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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving wishes from Plainfield Today


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Men Rise 5K set for Friday

5K run Thanksgiving Friday benefits SSYC.

The much-anticipated Black Men Rise 5K run/walk is slated to get under way Friday (November 25) in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park, with registration opening at 8:00 AM and the race starting at 9:30 AM.

The race is the brainchild of Pastor Paul Dean of Visions Ministry and is being hosted by the Visions Community Development Corporation.

Pastor Dean made a passionate appeal for support to the City Council a couple of months ago, saying that his hope was to reach out to young men who are tempted by gang affiliation to empower them to "rise to their rightful place in society as leaders, mentors, protectors and friends".

Pastor Dean explained that while the 5K race was aimed at young Black men, it was open to everyone in the community, regardless of fitness level.

Although the original press release said the fee for entrants was $25/person, a recent story in TAPinto Plainfield (see here) says there is no entry fee. For clarification, potential runners can call (908) 444-8195.

The event will feature information tables from various organizations as well as vendors selling merchandise.

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Bishop Donald Hilliard of Cathedral International, and other are scheduled to speak.

Proceeds of the race will benefit the Second Street Youth Center, a nonprofit which for decades has provided mentoring, educational programs and recreational opportunities for youngsters of the community.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving meals for hungry and lonely Plainfielders

Free breakfast and dinner Thanksgiving Day.

Hungry and lonely Plainfield residents will be welcome at two Thanksgiving Day meal opportunities.
For the fifth year, Unity Bank will underwrite a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and tea for all comers at the Plainfield Salvation Army.

Anyone who is hungry is invited. The breakfast will be served by volunteers from 9:30 to 11:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day.

The Plainfield Salvation Army is at Watchung Avenue and East 7th Street.
For the 17th year, members and friends of the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP) are opening their doors and hearts to Plainfielders who are hungry or alone on Thanksgiving Day.

Under the leadership of Denise Soppas, volunteers will prepae and serve a hearty free Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to those who come out.

The dinner is on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

FUSP (First Unitarian Society of Plainfield) is at 724 Park Avenue, just steps from Seventh Street. FUSP is an accessible facility.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Work begins on South Avenue 'Gateway' project

View of the demolition so far, looking west from Plainwood
Square Park (Netherwood Cafe partially demolished).

The former Netherwood Cafe awaits the wrecker's ball.

The former Laggren's Awnings is now completely gone...

... as are the buildings at the westernmost edge of the parcel.

Demolition work has begun in preparation for construction of the South Avenue Gateway residential complex.

The $50 million project will bring 212 luxury apartments to South Avenue.

Demolition has begun (see photos above) on the parcel that was assembled from 11 separate properties that were acquired by the developer in 2015.

The project will be anchored on its eastern end by the city's Plainwood Square Park, which will be retained as a city park.

The Gateway development will include on site parking -- with the parking to be written into tenant leases -- as well as amenities for residents.

While the project does not strictly meet the requirements of "transit village" development (there is no retail component), it's location is sure to boost businesses in the area, which include Giovanna's and Freppe's restaurants, Plainfield's renowned Dairy Queen, and a small supermarket.

This is one to keep an eye on over the coming months.

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