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Friday, September 30, 2016

Drake House will help digitize your memories Saturday

The Drake House will help rescue your precious memories.

Do you have drawers full of old photos (as I do)? Or boxes of 35mm slides? How about 8mm and 16mm home movies of the kids? Or VHS videotapes?

Plainfielders with collections of fragile old-media memories can get help Saturday from the Drake House in digitizing them.

Working in partnership with Digital Memory Media (, the Drake House will help you preserve your memories by converting them into DVDs.

Photographs and 35mm slides fade, film deteriorates, and magnetic tapes grow brittle and break over time. Not to mention who wants (or even has) the outdated equipment to view these memories?

This Saturday (October 1), from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, you can bring your collections of photos, tapes, film, etc. to the Drake House and get an estimated cost of conversion.

Your items will be taken by DMMEM, digitized and recorded on DVDs and your original materials will be returned. Once scanned and digitized you will be notified of a date and time to retrieve your materials from the Drake House.

A portion of the proceeds from this project will benefit the Drake House, Plainfield's museum, which is managed by the Historical Society of Plainfield.

The Drake House Museum is at 602 West Front Street (at the foot of Plainfield Avenue). For more information, call (908) 755-5831 or visit the website at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

FOSH Celebration of Animals Sunday

Blessing of Animals is Sunday at Leland Park.

Friends of Sleepy Hollow's 17th Annual Celebration of Animals takes place at Plainfield's Leland Avenue Park on Sunday (October 2), 1:30 PM. The event is organize by the group's Animal Initiative Committee.

Here is their press release --

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) Animal Initiative Committee is holding the seventeenth annual Celebration of Animals on Sunday October 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM at Leland Avenue Park, (next to Cook Elementary School, 739 Leland Ave.)  Plainfield, New Jersey.  The event is free of charge and open to everyone, with or without pets, to celebrate the importance of animals in the lives of human beings.

Anatole France’s quote ‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened,’ says it best,” said MaryEllen Chanda, Animal Initiative Celebration event chairwoman. Held in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, representatives of local religious and spiritual traditions will offer blessings for all animals. All are welcome to bring their pets to receive a blessing,” said Mrs. Chanda.

Birds must be caged, cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. Pets that are uncomfortable around other animals should be left at home. A photo can be brought to represent them for a blessing. Water will be available for the animals and light refreshments will be served after the blessing. For more information about the Celebration please call 908.256-3858 or visit
The Animal Initiative Committee (AIC) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to increasing people’s awareness of their responsibility for the well-being of all animals. The Committee was formed in March 2000 after Plainfield’s contracted animal control kennel was closed due to over 600 counts of animal cruelty.  “Wildlife and companion animals are being needlessly killed due to inadequate facilities and lack of education programs,” said Mrs. Chanda.

The AIC has always focused on the problem of overpopulation of dogs and cats, especially community cats. It implemented a very successful trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program for the latter. “We continue to emphasize the importance of the use of available spay/neuter programs in controlling dog and cat populations, but we can only succeed with the active support of both the community and City Administration,” Mrs. Chanda stressed. “We welcome volunteers to help with this important effort”, she concluded. For more information about the Animal Initiative Committee, please call 908.256-3858.
The Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH) is a neighborhood association created by and for all citizens and taxpayers of Sleepy Hollow and surrounding neighborhoods in the City of Plainfield, New Jersey. FOSH was founded to --
  • foster neighborhood awareness, camaraderie, participation and image
  • create and maintain secure neighborhoods
  • promote neighborhood issues and concerns to city officials
  • organize neighborhood activities for the benefit of the citizens of our community and Plainfield.
There are no membership requirements, dues or formal joining process for The Friends of Sleepy Hollow.  The group believes that all the neighbors in Sleepy Hollow are its "members". Having the support, participation and suggestions of our members is critical to FOSH's success.  Anyone is welcome and encouraged to join any planned activity that we host.  For more information about FOSH, please visit:

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cleanup campaigns continue with 'Clean the Queen' event on Saturday

Some of the trash collected at the Plainfield train station
this past Sunday. Saturdy's event is at West Front and Clinton.

Plainfield Councilor Barry Goode's "Operation Clean the Queen" takes place Saturday (October 1), from 9:00 AM to Noon, starting at West Front Street and Clinton Avenue.

Goode's aim is for the event -- and others to follow -- to foster community beautification and improve neighborhood relations. Residents of all ages are invited to participte in a sweep that will clean up trash and debris from the area surrounding this West End intersection.

The city's Division of Public Works will supply gloves, rakes, bags and free water to participants.

Queen City Pride (QCP), a newly forming group also dedicated to beautification and cleanup efforts, will take part in the Saturday event. (They will also continue their efforts around Plainfield's train stations with a sweep at Netherwood Station on Sundy, October 2, at 8:00 AM.)

For more information on Saturday's "Clean the Queen" event, contact Councilor Barry Goode at (908) 295-2456.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

League spearheads big community voter empowerment push tonight

The Union County Board of Elections will have a
live demo voting machine on hand this evening.

Plainfield's chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) has organized a monster community voter registration forum for this evening at the Plainfield High School cafeteria.

Several organizations will be joining members of the LWV to inform and inspire Plainfield voters in advance of the November elections. Today is National Voter Registration Day.

Among the topics covered will be --
  • What you can expect from your City government
  • Voter information sharing
  • Voter machine demonstration
  • "Chat and Chew" discussions on various topics
  • Voter registration forms will be available
Groups partnering with the League in the evening are --
  • City of Plainfield
  • Plainfield Board of Education
  • Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA)
  • Human Relations Commission
  • Plainfield Youth Commission
  • Omicron Chi chapter of Omega Psi Phi
  • CJA Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
  • FUSP Social Action Committee
  • National Association of University Women
  • Union County Board of Elections
Among other things, the effort is targeting Plainfield youth aged 18 who will be able to vote in this year's general election. Backpacks will be given to the first 50 attendees.

The event is open to the entire community. New to Plainfield and want to know more about local elections? Have you moved and don't know your new voting location? Need to know how to declare or change your party affiliation? Whatever your election questions, you will find answers tonight.

The event runs this evening from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the PHS cafeteria. Refreshments will be served. Use the Kenyon Avenue parking lot. Entrance is right by the lot. The cafeteria is handicap accessible.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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