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Friday, August 17, 2018

Cedarbrook Towers Annual Yard Sale Saturday

Cedarbrook Tenants Association Yard Sale is this Saturday.

The tenants association at Plainfield's Cedarbrook Apartments will hold their annual Yard Sale on Saturday (August 18) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. (No early birds, please!)

Among items offered are vintage jewelry, glassware and china, kitchen wares, lamps, bric-a-brac, crafting supplies and craft items, and gently used men's and women's clothing (including plus sizes for women).

Proceeds will benefit the Cedarbrook Apartments Tenants Association, which provides activities and events for residents of the age-restricted tower throughout the year.

The Yard Sale will be outdoors at the front of the building.

Cedarbrook Apartments is at 1272 Park Avenue. Parking on the street or in the visitors location at the rear of the building. Proceed down the drive to the parking lot at the rear of the building and use the area reserved for visitors at the rear of the lot.

For more information, call Tenants Association president Beverly Calland at (908) 361-8533.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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Weekend festival already setting up

As with any festival, food is a popular attraction.
(Seen here at the 2009 Fiesta.)

The first of many carnival rides for a weekend multicultural festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday arrived and set up on Thursday afternoon.

Edison Garcia, owner of the Los Faraones nightclub, is sponsoring the two-day event which will be held in Lots 8 and 8A between the Green Brook and Front Street stores, between Somerset Street and Watchung Avenue.

Garcia began festivals celebrating Latin American independence back in 2009 but suspended them for several years (though they seemed well-attended, there were complaints about the loudness and lateness of the music).

The festival will run from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday.

Besides the carnival rides, there will be plenty of food tents (which are always mobbed), vendors of all sorts of merchandise, some games of chance and musical and dance groups.

Parking may be problematic as work has begun on the public lot between Watchung Avenue and the Supremo supermarket and it is somewhat torn up, though not yet fully inaccessible.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mayor Mapp sponsors a Gospel Concert Sunday evening

Barbadian Gospel sensation Trinity Clarke presents
a Gospel Concert Sunday evening at FUSP.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and BACONJ, New Jersey's Barbadian-American social organization, cordially invite Plainfielders to a Gospel Concert this Sunday, August 19, at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. The concert begins at 6:00 PM -- doors will open earlier.

12-year-old Barbadian Gospel sensation Trinity Clarke will be joined by Anthony Nelson on the sax and the musical group Destined To Worship.

You can view a video of her singing here.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance by contacting one of the following --

  • Miguel Edghill (908-922-0143)

  • Jacqi Workman (908-27-7973)

  • Ayisha Mapp (908-477-5735)
Tickets may also be purchased at the door (cash only, please).

FUSP is at 724 Park Avenue, just off 7th Street. The building is handicap accessible.

Parking available on the street or in the lot across from the church.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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Mayor Mapp's 11th annual community BBQ is Saturday -- Sen. Menendez expected

Tents provide a gathering place for old friends and
new acquaintances, as well as to sip the Rum Punch.

UPDATE: Mayor Mapp informs me that Sen. Bob Menendez is expected to make an appearance about 6:00 PM.

The annual community BBQ hosted by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and his wife Amelia will mark it's eleventh anniversary this Saturday (August 18).

The Mayor's BBQ gets under way at the Mapps home at 535 West 8th Street at 4:00 PM and lasts until Midnight --or whenever the guests finally leave.

While the BBQ is an offering to the community, attendees have always brought donations of nonperishable foods and canned goods. In recent years, at Freeholder Rebecca Williams' suggestion, donations of personal hygiene articles are also sought. Williams has noted that church groups and others aiding homeless folks have said that sanitary napkins and tampons are among the most requested items by their clients.

A portion of the nonperishable food and personal
hygiene items donated by guests.

There will be tents in the back yard to shade the guests as folks gather to catch up on news and meet new residents of the city. Live music begins as darkness falls and folks turn the driveway near the garage into an impromptu dance floor.

And of course not to be missed is the Mayor's own special recipe Rum Punch.

Mayor Mapp and Amelia invite all to bring family, friends and neighbors and have a good time!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Depending on the kindness of strangers

My childhood church in Laona, NY. The church was raised
and a new basement put under it in my teen years.
The addition at the rear is more recent.

This is a shout out to Frances Lyon of the United Methodist Church's Commission on Archives and History (located, it turns out, in Madison, NJ), who found a piece of information for me that had proved elusive despite many Internet searches.

The little (well, not so little any more) country church in which I grew up is celebrating its 150th anniversary this fall and I have been composing a reminiscence of my years growing up in the congregation from 1948 to the early 1960s.

I was able to find obituaries for the minister and his wife from my early years but was completely stumped when it came to the Rev. Harold J. Wood, who served in the late 1950s to early 1960s. (In those years, ministers were moved about after a few years to a new congregation.)

In desperation, I sent an email to an address I found for the UM Archives folks and within an hour Ms. Lyon had sent me a PDF of the memorial for Rev. Wood from the 1971 Journal of the Troy (NY) Annual Conference.

This little Evangelical United Brethren congregation truly served its community and took seriously its responsibility for Christian service in the wider world.

I owe much of my outlook on life and community service to these warm-hearted and welcoming folks and will ever be in their debt.

It was there I learned the Sunday School song, "Jesus loves the little children." That's a pretty good summary for a lifelong view.

Many thanks for this service of kindness from a complete stranger. Heartening in these troubled times.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Answering Sean McKenna's objection

Political cartoonist Thomas Nast (a Morristown resident,
by the way) satirized political patronage thusly.

Sean McKenna, posting on the Buzz Facebook page (see here), objected to my characterization of his opinion on the question of "confidential aides" in the revised charter --
"--with respect to your blog post - I would like to clarify a point that you make that states "I do not agree with Sean that a patronage appointment automatically means the person is incompetent and a drag on the body politic." Since I am the "Sean" referenced in that comment, let me just say that I didn't say that, and I don't feel that is the case. I will say that a patronage job does not mean that the person is qualified - but I certainly didn't paint with the broad brush that you claim, nor did I embellish it with all being a drag on the body politic. In fact, my blog post related to the city charter changes didn't even use the words patronage, drag, body or politic."
First, let me apologize to Sean McKenna and Plainfield Today readers: In referencing his views on the confidential aides, I inadvertently pointed readers to the wrong post on his blog. The correct post is here.

The post concludes with this paragraph --
There is no arguing with the fact that changing a city charter is important and can have a great impact and cost to its citizens. Putting 10 “confidential aides” in the charter and saying “there is no intention of hiring them” is not the best way to safeguard taxpayers from increased costs and in fact gives this or future administrations the legal authority to use these as patronage positions (i.e. all cost no value). At best this is sloppy legislating done with haste, no public notice and without oversight (Alert: Legislative Check/Balance).
I am highlighting Sean's phrase: All cost no value.

It is this thought on which I based my difference of opinion.

Did I overreach in characterizing this statement as meaning --
"a patronage appointment automatically means the person is incompetent and a drag on the body politic"?
I will leave it to readers to decide.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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