The needler in the haystack.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Four house, garage and art sales this weekend

Sale of the contents of The Pillars headlines
four shopping opportunities this weekend.

Sales of the contents of The Pillars, Plainfield's only Bed & Breakfast Inn, is the headline event of a group of four special sales this weekend.


Nancy and Lamont are shutting down Plainfield's only B&B, and the contents will be available for sale this weekend. The Pillars is at 922 Central Avenue.

Here's the schedule--
  • Thursday (July 24), 10 AM - Noon
  • Friday (July 25), 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday (July 26), 10 AM - 3 PM

Van Wyck Brooks Historic District members Gayle and Al are having a garage sale as follows --

Friday (July 25), 1 PM - 6 PM (Preview)
Saturday (July 26), 8 AM - 4 PM
This garage sale at the Rectory of Grace Episcopal Church will offer housewares, china and silver, cooking utensils, jewelry, decorative accessories, children's clothing and more. All proceeds benefit the ministries and community outreach of the parish.

Saturday (July 26), 9 AM - 3 PM

Karen Torian is offering framed and unframed African and African-American prints, African masks, Black memorabilia and figurines, Ornamental plates and Jazz prints. Cash only.

Saturday (July 26), 10 AM - 3 PM
Put on your shopping shoes!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Signs of the times: Commercial Real Estate

Rival ERA Reed offers former C21 Campbell building for rent.

Paramount Properties is popping up everywhere,
as here at the corner of West Front Street and Clinton Avenue.

Change is popping up all over Plainfield, but some recent signs (literally) in the commercial real estate market have caught my eye.

I was startled on Monday to notice a 'For Rent' sign on Park Avenue across from the Plainfield High School auditorium entrance. Not the fact that office space is for rent but whose and by whom.

The sign is on the former offices of Century 21 John Campbell and is being offered for rent by ERA Reed Realty.

Those of us who were in the real estate business back in the days of the Plainfield Area Board of Realtors (are you reading this, Anne?) will recall the mostly friendly rivalry between the two brokers.

After Lydia Flagg moved her ERA Queen City to Scotch Plains and the Willard Agency and Centruy 21 J.J. Schwartz closed their doors, Reed and Campbell became the bedrock of the Plainfield real estate scene.

When John Campbell gave up the Century 21 franchise and bought the smaller brick building (once a doctor's office) further down Park Avenue, 967 sat empty, the Century 21 sign over the door gone. All that looks to change now.

The other startling sight is at the corner of West Front Street and Clinton Avenue. While checking out the progress of the new
7-Eleven Dunkin' Donuts being built there, I noticed a sign on the side of the corner building across from the Anchor Bar saying 'Crown Chicken Coming Soon'.

Turning the corner revealed that Crown will take the corner space, next to Mi Ranchito Viejo (one of three restaurants owned by my next door neighbor). And the vacant store on the other side displayed the now-ubiquitous red and white sign of Paramount Properties.

Paramount, which began a number of years ago, by acquiring the East Front Street retail and commercial properties of the Pittis Estate, has become absolutely dominant in Plainfield retail buildings.

They also are putting the finishing touches on the building next to the former King's Temple church on New Street.

The only place we haven't seen them active is in the East Second Street business district about which Councilor Reid has complained recently. Could it be next?

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Welcome to Plainfield Area Sports blog

Plainfield High's Cardinal is featured as the logo
of Neol Pyne's sports blog.

Plainfield's blogging scene has a new addition. Longtime Plainfield sports enthusiast and chronicler Noel Pyne sent word via Facebook of his latest effort -- the Plainfield Area Local Sports blog (see here).

The most recent post is a coup -- an interview with Plainfield High's new head football coach Jason Glezman.

Noel was one of the more prolific contributors to the former Plainfield Sports News blog begun by Augustine Dashiell. That blog, which covered Plainfield and New Jersey sports, has since been merged into another covering the greater New York area.

Pyne, a longtime resident and self-declared Plainfield sports fanatic since the mid-1970s also blogs about Cardinals football (see here) and basketball (see here).

As he says, 'I love getting the word out about the good news of Plainfield youth'. You can't beat that for boosting the community.

I'll be following the blog on CLIPS, where its handle will be 'PALS'.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

YWCA dangling?

No one from the YWCA seems to notice the dangling sign.

Plainfield's historic YWCA, though having declared bankruptcy, is still operating, though we don't hear much about its activities.

I noticed the other day that the sign on the Front Street side of the building was dangling precariously.

Seems like no one who works there checks the outside to see what's going on.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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