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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Will the Board of Ed move the school board election back to November?

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Will the Board of Ed move the school board election back to November?

There have been rumors that the Board is considering moving its election back to the November slot, which would both save money (about $60,000) and align it with almost all the school boards in the state.

When the state gave local boards the option of making the move several years ago, most districts switched. Plainfield's switch came as the result of a City Council initiative.

At the first opportunity when the election could be changed back to April, then-Board President Wilma Campbell engineered the switch at a work/study session, without public notice or a published resolution.

According to Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, sponsor of the original legislation to allow the move to the November general election, Plainfield was the ONLY school district in the state to move its election back to November.

Once the state realized what had happened, the Legislature plugged the loophole, forbidding any future moves back from November to April.

There are rumors that the Board under its current president, Emily Morgan, will consider moving the election back (again) to November.

This would both save money and guarantee more voters participate in the school board election.

However, there is a fly in the ointment.

Communities wishing to move their election to October must pass a resolution regarding same before a February deadline.

The Board of Ed's first February meeting is slated to be a work/study session on February 7, with its regular business meeting on February 21 -- after the deadline.

This means that if the change is to be made, and done publicly, discussion would likely take place at the work/study session, with either action being taken that night (unusual, but permissible) or at a special meeting before the submission deadline.

The next meeting (work/study) is Tuesday, February 7, at 8:00 PM in the PHS Conference Room.

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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