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Monday, June 27, 2016

Congratulations to Olddoc and the PHS Hall of Fame Class of 2016


PHS Hall of Fame, Class of 2016
(l. to r.) Cliff Holmes ('78), Frank Coit ('65), Patricia Ann (Pompano) Malin,
Harold Yood, MD ('36), 'Geri' Agurs ('66) and Martin Cox ('79)
(Photo, Brian Cole for PHS Hall of Fame)

Congratulations to Olddoc (also known as Harold S. Yood, MD) on being inducted in the Plainfield High School Hall of Fame, class of 2016.

The banquet and induction ceremony was held recently at Giovanna's on South Avenue. You can read more and see other photos on Olddoc's blog (here).

This year's inductees include --


  • Clifford R. Holmes, PHS Class of 1978
    • (Nominated, Presented & Inducted by PHS Class of 1978 Classmates- Patricia Barksdale, Chandra Jackson and Robin Miller.

  • Frank E. Coit, PHS Class of 1965
    • (Nominated by Stone Square Lodge #38 Presented & Inducted by Martin P. Cox, PHS Class of 1979).

  • Patricia Ann (Pompano) Malin, Non-Alumnus Staff (1967-1997)
    • (Nominated by Mary Anne Lozak, Presented by Mary Anne Lozak & Kathleen Conroy).

  • Harold Stanley Yood, MD, PHS Class of 1936
    • Nominated & Presented by Johanna Marshall. Dr. Yood waited 80 years between his graduation from PHS to his election 2016 into the PHS Hall of Fame. This is the 2nd longest wait for living Inductees into our our HOF. Only Mills Barnes, PHS Class of 1919, Inducted in 2001 (82 years) was a longer wait for a living Inductee.

  • Geraldine "Geri" Agurs, PHS Class of 1966
    • (Nominated by Barbara Rubin-Presented & Inducted by Patricia Fields, PHS Class of 1964 & PHS Hall of Fame Class of 2004 Inductee).

  • Martin P. Cox, PHS Class of 1979
    • (Nominated, Presented & Inducted by Charlene (Giejda) Terraglia-PHS Class of 1965)

Not Pictured: Julie Hodge & Donald Jones. Julie Renee Hodge, PHS Class of 1979, Posthumously Honored. Nominated by Vincent Nelson, PHS Class of 1979, Presented & Inducted by Martin P. Cox, PHS Class of 1979. Donald Jones, PHS Class of 2006. Nominated by Anthony "Prince" Graham. Presented and Inducted by Martin P. Cox, PHS Class of 1979. Award accepted by Mr. William Worley, PHS Principal.

Congratulations to all this year's honorees!



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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Enjoying the NJ State Bicycle Races Sunday (or not)


Route is outlined in red.
(Graphic, City of Plainfield.)

Beginning at 9:00 AM Sunday, Plainfield will be the site of the NJ State Bicycle Races. The route is shown in the map at top of story.

By dusk on Saturday, most of the route had been demarcated by yellow police tape strung from light poles, parking meters and trash cans to indicate both the race route and to prohibit pedestrian traffic across the streets.

Mayor Adrian Mapp is scheduled to present awards at an 11:00 AM ceremony, though the races are billed as running through 4:00 PM.
The races are comprised of several categories and awards will be made in each.

The course starts in front of City Hall and goes north on Watchung Avenue to East Front Street, west to Park Avenue, south to Seventh Street, east to Watchung Avenue and ends at Ciy Hall. The course is 1.1 miles in length.

Spectators will be able to view the races from any point along the route, but the area near City Hall will be prime space. Those interested in the best camera angles may seek a little elevation, as perhaps the steps of the YMCA, the front lawn of the Friends Meeting House or the Raritan Valley Line rail embankments.

If the bike races are not your thing, you should avoid downtown. Traffic patterns will be affected by street closings to make the route possible. If you are not attending the races, plan on alternate routes.

Central Avenue will be open as well as Richmond Street. If you are traveling east or west, be sure to use 9th Street/Franklin Place, as Crescent Avenue will be closed off at 7th Street.

Also, be aware that vehicles parked inside the parade route after the roads are blocked will not be allowed through until after the races are finished (posted signs say until 5:00 PM).

The weather is expected to be perfect. Bring your camera along and enjoy!



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Friday, June 24, 2016

SID Block Party, Jazz at Shiloh, NJ Bike Races, more this weekend


Route of Sunday's NJ State Bicycle Championships
is marked in red. Downtown traffic patterns will be affected.

Saturday and Sunday will see Plainfield rocking with activities for all.

SID BLOCK PARTY

The SID's 8th annual Block Party takes place Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM on Front Street between Park and Watchung Avenues.

This free event draws larger crowds each year.

This year's music will highlight a reggae group, a mariachi band, and Bolivian dancers as well as other groups.

More than 30 local vendors and nonprofits will have tents and tables, and the Army Recruiting Center will host the ever-popular rock-climbing wall.

QCBL CLOTHING DRIVE

Plainfield's Queen City Baseball League (QCBL) is holding a clothing drive on Saturday, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Rock Avenue ballfields.

This is an opportunity to clean out your closets of unwanted clothing, shoes, sheets, blankets and comforters. All items must be clean, wearable and usable. Put in large plastic trash bags.

This is an important opportunity to help support youngsters who want to learn and play baseball.

Queen City Baseball League is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donors will be given a tax donation letter at the event.

ABC's OF BLACK ECONOMICS

Frontiers International is presenting the annual Westry Horne Lecture on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue.

This year's topic is "The ABC's of Black Economics and Entrepreneurship," and will be presented by economist Richard Barber, and Jeffery Dunn, president of the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking available in the Spooner Avenue parking lot.

JAZZ AT SHILOH

"Jazz in The Sanctuary" will be presented at Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday at 4:00 PM.

This year will celebrate "Steelpan Jazz", featuring Victor Provost on steelpan (from St. John), Herman Burney on bass, Nasar Abadey on drums, and Anthony E. Nelson Jr. on reeds.

As always, admission is free. (A freewill offering will be taken; suggested donation is $20.)

Shiloh Baptist Church is at West 4th and Liberty Streets. Parking available on the street or in the 5th Street lot.

NJ STATE BICYCLE RACES

Plainfield will host the NJ State Bicycle Races on Sunday, beginning at 9:00 AM. Mayor Adrian Mapp will present awards at an 11:00 AM ceremony.

This is a special honor for the Queen City to host this statewide bicycling event. The races are comprised of several categories and awards will be made in each.

The course starts in front of City Hall and goes north on Watchung Avenue to East Front Street, west to Park Avenue, south to Seventh Street, east to Watchung Avenue and ends at Ciy Hall. The course is 1.1 miles in length.

Spectators will be able to view the races from any point along the route, but the area near City Hall will be prime space.

Notice to drivers: Downtown traffic patterns will be affected by street closings to make the route possible. If you are not attending the races, plan on alternate routes.

GAY PRIDE AT UCC

The United Church of Christ-Congregational invites all to its annual Gay Pride Worship Service at 10:30 AM on Sunday.

This year's service will be dedicated to the memory of victims of the Orlando shooting, says Pastor Damaris Ortega.

The United Church of Christ is at West 7th Street and Madison Avenue. Parking available in the church lot on Madison Avenue and in the street. The church is an accessible facility.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Michael Popper dies in kayaking accident


Michael and Jenn Popper, active in Netherwood Heights Neighbors.
Word comes from Plainfield's Netherwood Heights Neighbors Facebook page that Michael Popper has died in a kayaking accident in Maine. Jennifer was rescued by the Coast Guard, suffering from hypothermia. She is in a Maine hospital. (The news was reported briefly in the Boston Globe and more fully in a local newspaper -- see here.)

Here is the post from the Facebook page --




Post from Netherwood Heights Facebook page.

I will post more information as details become available.



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why Christie's school funding plan should alarm Plainfielders


Gov.Christie's proposal would reduce per-pupil funding
for the Plainfield public schools by 59%.

Plainfield taxpayers should be alarmed over Gov. Christie's proposal to change school funding. Very alarmed.

Christie is proposing a flat per-pupil allocation of state aid to school districts of %6,500 per pupil.

The Star-Ledger estimates this would REDUCE state aid to the Plainfield public schools by 59% (see story here).

The gross state aid for the Plainfield school district was slated to be slightly over $124M for the fiscal year 2017.

Even though Christie says that funds for special needs students will not be cut, you can see that Christie's proposal would be disastrous for the Plainfield schools.

In the event Christie's plan succeeds, making up the difference by raising local property taxes would be on the table.

You may express your concerns or raise questions with members of Plainfield's legislative representatives --


PLAINFIELD'S LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION

Senator Nicholas P. Scutari Democrat
1514 E. Saint Georges Avenue, 2nd Floor,
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 587-0404
Email: senScutari@njleg.org

Assemblyman Jerry  Green Democrat
200 West Second Street, Suite 102
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 561-5757
Email: asmGreen@njleg.org

Assemblyman James J. Kennedy Democrat
34 East Cherry Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 943=2660
Email: asmKennedy@njleg.org

Tip: When emailing legislators, always 'CC' or 'BCC' yourself so you keep a record of when and what you wrote.



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