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Monday, September 29, 2008

Five for Monday

Texas Weiners I's owner Tom Pavlou will celebrate the eatery's 85th birthday TODAY with special one dollar prices on its classic 'Texas weiner', as well as other food items.

On Watchung Avenue just steps off East Front Street, it is in the same location as when it opened in 1924, making it Plainfield's oldest continuously operating luncheonette in its original location.

Far as I know, the debate still rages over whether it is the first New Jersey eatery to coin the unique spelling of the famous Viennese sausage -- known to the rest of the world as the 'wiener'.

If you have an interest in knowing what goes on in government and how to get your hands on public records, you will want to make it to a free symposium Wednesday at Rutgers.

Titled (OPRA) Finding Out: How to Exercise Your Right to Obtain Public Records, it will help you understand NJ's public records law and make it work for you. Speakers: Guy Baehr, Rutgers professor and former Ledger reporter; Tina Renna, chairperson, Union County Watchdog Association; and John Paff, citizen-activist.

At the Rutgers Student Center, Room 410. College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick. The symposium is free and open to the public and Rutgers students.

Girl Scouting is getting a boost in Plainfield with a Girl Scout Information and Recruitment Evening this Friday.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Come learn how you and your daughter can get involved in an organization that helps girls become leaders, learn about themselves, and serve their community.

Children welcome. Light refreshments will be served. At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue (parking in Spooner Avenue lot). Information: Call Fatima Latif at (908) 232-3236 x1218.

A reader alerted me over the weekend to take a ride by the Plainfield Health Center at Rock and Myrtle Avenues.

The lawns haven't been attended to in some time -- perhaps weeks -- and are overgrown and full of weeds. On the berm adjacent to the parking lot, it looks tall enough to bale for hay.

Now, what's that all about?

Lastly, one of my favorites: City Communications.

There is a page on the city's website where you can view or download flyers for various events (see here). Nice touch.

Now if whoever is tending the page would just check them before they post them. For instance, the flyer above is marked as the 2008 Fire Safety event. You will note the flyer is for last year.

Will it be updated? Probably after someone reads this.

-- Dan Damon

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Michael Townley said...

I contacted the "Contact Us" person at, and was told that they are working on replacing the out-of-date Fire Division flyer. I also suggested that they make the file sizes smaller, and was told that they would do that. Lastly, I suggested that their Contact Us page would look better with a nice picture of the City Hall Annex and not the office building at Park and W. Front.

Dan said...

Thanks for the update, Michael -- Nice they're willing to fix it, but IMHO, all the things you note are just the ABCs of running a site. The last time I was congratulated for tying my shoes was in Kindergarten. But I forget -- nobody ties shoes anymore. Silly me...;-)

olddoc said...

Dan,your "Texas Weiners" brief brought back most pleasant memories. Back in the 50s, three nights a week, after our family dinner, I would return to my office about 7pm and have evening office hours (I hope I do not have to explain what that was) until about 9pm.After leaving the office I would stop at the Texas Weiner place and buy enough of those chili and raw onion swamped dogs for the kids and myself. When I got home all four instead of being asleep would be waiting and rushed downstairs for their treat. The oldest was about 10.

To this day they still speak fondly about those dogs. Is the chili the same?

Plainfield was a great community in those days