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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Plainfield Public Library announces 2017 Photography Contest

A bronze marker noting a Revolutionary War campsite stood for years in Green Brook Park. PhotIt was stolen sometime after this
August 2008 photo was taken. (Photo by Dan Damon)

The Plainfield Public Library has announced the theme for the 2017 Photography Contest. This year's entries will focus on Plainfield Art, History, and Culture.

This will be the 12th year of the annual contest, which is open to both amateur and professional photographers of all ages from the Queen City.

Library Director Mary Ellen Rogan points out that the enthusiastic participation each year helps grow the library's collection of photographs of Plainfield daily life and people that go back to Plainfield's early days as a "railroad suburb".

The contest is free, but entries must meet certain guidelines. They may be in color or black and white, but each must be printed in either 5x7 of 8x10 format and accompanied by a separate entry form. The maximum number of entries per person is five, and they must have been taken within the past two years. The contest is free and there are no entry fees. All submission become the property of the Library's permanent photographic collection and are made available digitally after the contest closes.

Details about the contest and entry forms are available on the Library's website, see here.

Ribbons and cash prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library are awarded to those judged to best meet the year's theme. All entries must be submitted by Saturday, September 30, 2017. For more information, contact the Local History Department at (908) 757-1111 x136.

The exhibit will open in November 2017 with a reception and then hang in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery through the end of the year.

Theresa Ann Moroney Teacher and Plainfield bookstore owner was an avid reader and adventurous cook Theresa Ann Moroney of Plainfield, N.J., died on Jan. 19, 2017, from complications of breast cancer. Family and friends are invited to join together to honor Terry's life at The Landing, 311 Amwell Rd., Hillsborough, N.J., on Sunday, Jan. 22, for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Terry was born on March 24, 1944, in Summit, N.J., to Mary Gallagher and David Moroney, the seventh of nine children. She graduated from St. Teresa's Grammar School, Summit, in 1958, and attended three high schools: Summit High for two years, followed by a year at Madison High, before graduating from South Plainfield High in 1962. Terry attended Fairleigh Dickinson University while working night shifts at her sister Catherine's diner, becoming the first member of her family to graduate from college with a B.A. in English in 1967. While at FDU she served as editor for the school newspaper. After graduation, Terry and her sister Grace travelled across the country. Terry began her teaching career at Westfield High in 1967 and continued at Plainfield High. In 1972 the call of the highway beckoned once more, and she and Grace continued their cross-country exploration. Upon returning to New Jersey, Terry met and married the love of her life, David Beck, and soon welcomed two sons into her world. In 1980 she reentered the work force, teaching adult education in Plainfield and New Brunswick, N.J., a vocation in which she took tremendous pride. In 1992 Terry returned to high school, teaching at North Plainfield until her retirement in 2009. In 1997 Terry opened "Another Look Books" in Plainfield. A labor of love, the used book store served the downtown community until closing its doors in the early 2000's. Terry was active in the Cook School PTA, and while at North Plainfield she served as advisor for the school newspaper and lent her aid to countless students; she took particular joy in helping her ESL students apply to college. She was an active member of the Plainfield Historical Society and the Democratic Committee in Plainfield. Terry was an avid reader and adventurous cook; the two pursuits birthed an extensive and lovingly used library of cookbooks and personal recipes. Terry was predeceased by her husband, David Michael Beck, in 2014. She is survived by her sons, Andrew David and Richard Evelyn; her daughter-in-law, Christine Beck, and grandsons, Damien Carter and Alexander David. The seventh of nine children, Terry is survived by her sister, Constance Costello Rooney. She was predeceased by her brothers, David, Richard, and James, and her sisters, Margaret, Catherine, Rosemary, and Grace. In New Jersey, Terry will be missed by her sister-in-law, Kathleen Moroney; nephews, Charles Femminella and his wife, Charlotte Ryden, Christopher (Gretchen), Sean (Karen), and Mark Moroney (Kelly); nieces, Regina and Renee Femminella, Maureen Pena (Joseph), Sandra Roberts (Steve Kosciolek), and Jennifer McBride (Sean); in Virginia, by Moyra Moroney; in Arizona, by her brother-in-law, Paul Beck and, in Hawaii, by John Beck; and many grand-nephews and grand-nieces. - See more at:

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