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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mayor Mapp hosts community forum Tuesday

Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will host a community forum on Tuesday at Rose of Sharon Church. The evening's event is sponsored by the City of Plainfield and the Central Jersey Clergy Association. View a brief public service announcement here.

Titled 'Restoring HOPE in Our Community', the forum will feature presentations on four themes: Healing, Opportunity, Possibilities, and Education.

Bishop LaVerne Lattimore Ball, host pastor, will deliver the invocation, after which there will be a welcome and remarks  by Mayor Mapp, and introductions and presentations by several clergy and community leaders. The event will be moderated by Diane Keel-Atkins.

Among those making presentations are the Rev. Gary Kirkwood, president of the clergy association; Carl Riley, the city's Director of Public Safety; the Rev. David Rodriguez, pastor of Emanuel Assembly of God Church, and community advocate Carlos Ponton, a member of Plainfield's Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

After a break, attendees will address their questions to a panel composed of the presenters.

The event is free and all are invited. Refreshments will be available. The forum gets under way at 7:00 PM sharp.

Rose of Sharon Church is at 825 West 7th Street, just past Grant Avenue. There is ample on-site parking.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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