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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

National Night Out celebration tonight

Then-Councilor Linda Carter (l.) and Assistant Union County Prosecutor
Tiffany Wilson (r.) coordinated the national award-winning 2007 celebration.

Plainfield observes National Night Out this evening with two celebrations -- the official event at City Hall (getting under way at 6:30 PM) and a neighborhood observance jointly sponsored by Netherwood Neighbors and FOSH.

The City Hall observance, which is being coordinated by Councilor Vera Greaves will include a basketball contest, a performance by the PHS Drill Team, T-shirts, safety information packets and refreshments.

The Netherwood Neighbors-FOSH observance begins at 6:00 PM at the Netherwood Station with a march to the Leland Avenue Playground where participants will enjoy a community BBQ (scheduled for 6:30 PM).

Plainfield has been a participating community in NNO activities for nearly thirty years, mostly under the leadership of various City Council members.

Events have included highlights such as a cavalcade of cars led one year during Mayor Al McWilliams' administration and organized by Councilor Liz Urquhart. It went from Rushmore Park on a meandering route to City Hall, where a monster BBQ was held in the City Hall parking lot.

Perhaps the most ambitious program ever was the 2007 celebration coordinated by then-Councilor (now Freeholder) Linda Carter and Tiffany Wilson of the Union County Prosecutor's Office. That year, the committee put together a week-long series of community-building 'challenges' in each ward leading up to the citywide celebration at City Hall (see my post here).

For that effort, Plainfield was recognized by the national organization as a winner in the 15,000-50,000 population category (see story here).

NOTE: This post was corrected on 8/6/14 to reflect Ms. Urquhart's contribution.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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