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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Muhlenberg commemoration, Mapp BBQ highlight the day

(Left to right) Jaon Van Pelt, Mother Carolyn Eklund and
Dottie Gutenkauf at the 2013 commemoration.

Two events highlight what looks like a perfect summer Saturday.

Plainfielders and others from surrounding communities with gather at 3:00 PM to commemorate the closing of Muhlenberg Hospital in August 2008.

The annual observance draws together those who fought the closure of the 130-year-old hospital, which was also Plainfield's largest employer.

Activists in support of Muhlenberg and local clergy will make brief remarks. The gathering is at the corner of Park Avenue and Randolph Road, beginning at 3:00 PM.

The group always gets enthusiastic honks from passersby who see the banners and posters concerning the hospital.


Mayor Adrian Mapp and his wife Amelia will open their home this afternoon to the seventh annual Mapp Family BBQ. All are invited to the event, which begins at 4:00 PM and runs into the evening.

This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with old friends and neighbors and to meet newcomers to the community. There is always plenty to eat and drink and music to keep the beat going.

As always, guests are invited to bring along a contribution of nonperishable food items to be donated to local feeding programs. Items gathered in will be distributed through the food pantry of Shiloh Baptist Church.

The Mapp's home is at 535 West 8th Street, and Adrian and Amelia cordially welcome all.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Wouldn't be summer in hood field without another murder death kill
Bring back Marty