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Thursday, February 16, 2017

'A Day Without Immigrants' observed in Plainfield

Immigrants rallied today in Boston and  other cities.

Doctor visit kept me from getting to City Hall in time for the rally in support of the 'Day Without Immigrants", but City Hall employees told me that between 300 and 400 participants crowded the plaza in front of City Hall. Bernice was able to cover the rally and took lots of pictures (see her post here).

A late afternoon drive through the central business district showed that many Hispanic-owned businesses along Front Street, Watchung and Park Avenues and the 7th Street shopping area were closed. On other streets, restaurants and bodegas were also closed.

The idea bubbled up on social media over the past few days as a way of showing the impact on the economy that immigrants provide. Immigrant business owners were asked to close for the day and explain with a sign in their window the reason for the closure. Workers were encouraged to stay away from work and not to shop.

 Protest signs were not without a sense of humor.

While the general sentiment was against Trump's anti-immigrant rants and travel ban, there was also the positive message of the contribution to the economy made by immigrant business owners and immigrant employees.

The day had the support of the NJ Hospitality and Restaurant Association.

In Los Angeles, a shop owner explains why the store is closed.

The only thing I would say could have used improvement is that most of the closed businesses downtown had no signs indicating the reason for the closure. That would be easy to fix if there is a repeat display of solidarity.
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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