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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

130 years of Plainfield clubs and organizations in new exhibit

Plainfield Elks Club in an undated postcard.
Building on the left has been replaced by
Investors Bank.
(Image courtesy Plainfield Public Library)
Plainfielders can get a glimpse of 130 years of local clubs and organizations in a new exhibit mounted at the Plainfield Public Library.

A special treat is a rare panoramic photo of African American Masons attending their 1937 state convention in Plainfield.

As would be expected in a community that was rock-ribbed Republican for much of its history, there are items from the Reform Club, which was a temperance organizaiton, and the Union Club, a staunchly conservative men's social club that catered to Plainfield's Wall Street set in the 1880s.

Clubs singled out for this exhibit include the Elks, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Laurel League, the Shakespeare Club and the Plainfield Camera Club.

The much-loved and warmly remembered Ric-Charles Choral Ensemble is also featured.

In all, 20 organizations are featured in this show -- the library has records of more than one hundred clubs and other groups -- and include photos, postcards, letters, programs and other memorabilia.

The exhibit is mounted in the display cases on both levels of the Library at 8th Street and Park Avenue. The Plainfield Public Library is an accessible building. Parking available in the 8th and 9th Street parking lots.

For more information about library hours and programs, visit the library's website at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Monday, May 25, 2015

No post today, had a touch of ptomaine

No post today, had a touch of ptomaine overnight. See you tomorrow.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Green's Plainfield caper turns Kobitz into 'loser'

Green turns Koitz into week's 'loser'.

Plainfield Assemblyman and Democratic chairperson Jerry Green has done something no one else could do.

Green has single-handedly turned Union County Board of Elections administrator Dennis Kobitz into one of the week's 'losers' according to PolitickerNJ's weekly rack up (see here).

How did Green do this?

He evidently persuaded Kobitz to allow a property of which he is co-owner to be used as the mailing address of the so-called "Union County's Committee" which has been paying for some of the trashy political pieces in your mailbox in recent days.

Kobitz, who was tagged by longtime Plainfield Democratic activist Dottie Gutenkauf (see here), is not happy and protests that his brother lives in the house.

Mayor Mapp called PolitickerNJ's attention to the matter (see here), calling for an investigation and for Kobitz to step down

But then Dottie turned up another -- and potentially more embarrassing -- connection: Turns out the original absentee ballot she received had been doctored to indicate the only choices for County Democratic Committee were members of Green's Regular Democratic Organization. Read her post on that discovery here.

After Gutenkauf protested, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi -- bless her! -- ordered the misleading ballots be replaced by freshly printed (and correct) versions.

PolitickerNJ sums up the whole mess by dinging Kobitz, at least for this week.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Lily sale at FUSP Saturday

Benfica is one of several varieties of lily
being offered at FUSP on Saturday.

The First Unitarian Society of Plainfield is having a sale of lily bulbs on Saturday, May 23, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

On offer are seven varieties of lily bulbs offering a wide range of colorings and planting options -- from shady spots to pots, and some that are very fragrant.

If you're an aficionado, you'll recognize the names -- Benfica, London Heart, Manissa, Souvenir, Spring Joy, and Venetian. There will also be a "mystery" assortment of Oriental mixed varieties (all fragrant). In addition, there is a limited selection of Amaryllis bulbs.

The bulbs are from Holland and imported by a North Jersey grower. The lily bulbs, which retail from $2.50-$4.00 per bulb are being offered at $1.00 each -- a real bargain. The amaryllis bulbs are being offered at $5.00 each and normally retail at $10-$12 each.

FUSP volunteers Sandy Kaplan and Gayle Jones are in charge. Be sure to say "Hi!" to them and tell them you learned of the sale through Plainfield Today.

FUSP is at 724 Park Avenue, just off Seventh Street. Parking on the street and in the city lot across from the church.

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