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Monday, April 14, 2014

Plainfield Recreation gets super new Super

Time to update things at the Rec Division. This detail from the sign
at Milt Campbell Field, photographed on 4/13/2014.
After a year and a half without a Superintendent, Plainfield's Division of Parks and Recreation gets a new one starting today.

Veronica Taylor, known to all as 'Roni', assumes the responsibilities for overseeing the city's recreation programs and facilities as Mayor Adrian Mapp's newest hire.

Roni comes to the city from the Plainfield Public Schools, where she was a  teacher in the high school and coached several athletic activities, including swimming and track and field.

Prior to working for the school district, Roni served for fifteen years as the Director of Housing Services for the Plainfield Area YMCA and was a founder of The Plainfield Coalition, an organization of social service agencies serving Plainfield residents.

Roni served three terms as an elected Board of Education member, as well as a term as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority of Plainfield. She is a past president of the Plainfield chapter of the League of Women Voters, founded in 1920 and one of the oldest chapters in the country. She is a 1982 graduate of Plainfield High School and an alumna of Douglass College.

Roni served on the Recreation subcommittee of Mayor Mapp's Transition Team and helped author its report, which she says will be used as a guide to getting the Division up and running again.

The Division has been without a leader since September 2012, when former Superintendent David Wynn resigned abruptly amid allegations of financial and other improprieties in the administration of the the Division.

Besides managing recreation activities and opportunities for residents of all ages, the Division is responsible for the Fourth of July Parade and the annual Outdoor Festival of Art.

Wellwishers can give Roni a shoutout at her new office telephone number, (908) 753-3097.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

I know that the Children of Plainfield will have a good Summer and more and better activities in the future because Roni is now in charge