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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Back-to-school dental checkups Tuesday and Wednesday at NHC

The Neighborhood Health Center is offering Back-to-School Dental Checkups this Tuesday and Wednesday at its 1700 Myrtle Avenue location.

On Tuesday August 22, checkups will be offered from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM. On Wednesday, August 23, the hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Checkups are by appointment -- call (908) 753-6401, x1501 or x1503 to schedule your child's visit.

Services offered include dental exams, X-rays, cleanings and fluoride treatments. Information on caring for your children's teeth will be available.

Most insurances are accepted. There is a sliding fee arrangement for those without dental insurance.

The Neighborhood Health Center is at 1700 Myrtle Avenue (corner of Rock Avenue). Parking available in the Center's lot at the rear of the building.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Candlelight Vigil Monday in solidarity with Charlottesville victims

Community residents, students and faculty gather at
a vigil at UVA in solidarity with the victims and against
hatred and violence. (Photo: USAToday)

Across the country, communities are gathering in vigils and other community events to show solidarity with the victims of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12th.

Plainfield will host its community candlelight prayer vigil Monday, August 21, at City Hall Plaza, beginning at 7:30 PM. For more on who is participating, see Rebecca's blog here.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and the Plainfield City Council invite residents to join with them, Plainfield clergy and community leaders in the service.

The incident in Charlottesville, which is also the home of UVA (the University of Virginia) was sparked by a protest rally by right-wing nationalist groups entitled "Unite the Right" that was set for that weekend. Other right-wing groups -- including the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi organizations -- joined them as the raally got under way.

The original permit was issued to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. However, when baseball bats, clubs and shields were brandished, it seemed that the intent had become to provoke a violent incident.

These elements clashed with counter-protesters who came out to oppose the rally. The counter-protesters included local racial justice, faith-based groups and peace organizations. They also appear to have been joined by ANTIFA (or anti-Fascist) groups who go around the country looking to pick fights with right-wingers.

A car plowed into a group near the rally, killing Heather Heyer, 32, a Charlottesville resident who was protesting the nationalist rally and injuring nearly 20 others. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields Jr., who seems to have been with one of the groups that joined the origina sponsoring organizations, is in custody and has been charged with second degree murder.

Hours later, two Virginia State Troopers, who were surveilling the scene from the air, were killed when their helicopter crashed.

City Hall Plaza is in front of City Hall, at Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street. Parking is available in the lot behind City Hall.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mayor Mapp's Community BBQ marks 10th anniversary Saturday

Guests take advantage of the shade to schmooze.

The annual community BBQ hosted by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and his wife Amelia will mark it's tenth anniversary this Saturday.

The mayor's BBQ will top a day of cookouts and other events throughout the Queen City.

The Mayor's BBQ gets under way at the Mapps home (535 West 8th Street -- address has been corrected -- DD) at 4:00 PM and lasts until Midnight --or whenever the guests finally leave.

A portion of the nonperishable food and personal
hygiene items donated by guests.
While the BBQ is an offering to the community, attendees have always brought donations of nonperishable foods and canned goods. In recent years, at Council President Rebecca Williams' suggestion, donations of personal hygiene articles are also sought. Williams has noted that church groups and others aiding homeless folks have said that sanitary napkins and tampons are among the most requested items by their clients.

Their will be tents in the back yard to shade the guests, as folks gather to catch up on news and meet new residents of the city. Live music begins as darkness falls and folks turn the driveway near the garage into an impromptu dance floor.

And of course not to be missed is the Mayor's own special recipe Rum Punch.

Mayor Mapp and Amelia invite all to bring family, friends and neighbors and have a good time!

There are also three other events throughout the day --

10 AM - 2 PM: Second Street Youth Center Community Day

Many activities for children and families, including games, rides, face painting, entertainments, health screenings and presentations by elected officials. Music by Calvary Baptist Church Choir. Book bags filled with supplies will be handed out as long as they last.

The event is on the SSYC Playground, 935 South Second Street.

11 AM - 3 PM: Neighborhood Health Center Festival

The NHC concludes its observance of National Health Center Week with an event at its NHC-Cardinal Center at Plainfield High School.

The event features health and dental screenings, Nutrition information, Educational demonstrations, Moonwalk, games, refreshments and door prizes.

Use the Stelle Avenue parking lot at Plainfield High School, just off Park Avenue.
Noon - 8 PM: BKS1 and The Brothers BBQ Community Appreciation Day

The 4th Annual Community Appreciation Day will be held at Milt Campbell Field.

A great day of music, all types of food, live entertainment and DJs. Games for the kids and family fun for all. Free hot dogs and hamburgers to 3 PM or when supplies run out.

Milt Campbell Field is located on East 3rd Street near Terrill Road.

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