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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Answers to Plainfield Presidents Day Puzzler


President Teddy Roosevelt was a staunch
conservationist who began the Nation Park system.

So, here was the President's Day puzzler: Identify the Plainfield streets named after US presidents (see the post here).

Here are the streets and their locations --

  • Washington Avenue - starting at West Front Street, is an extension of a North Plainfield street;

  • Jefferson Avenue - starting at West Front Street and running north into Dunellen, it is the boundary street between the two towns;

  • Madison Avenue - starting at the Green Brook behind McDonalds, running south to Cedarbrook School;

  • Monroe Avenue - starting at South Second Street and running south to Sherman Avenue;

  • Grant Avenue - starting at West End Avenue and running south to Geary Drive in South Plainfield;

  • Garfield Avenue - starting at East Front Street and running south to North Avenue;

  • Cleveland Avenue - starting on the south side of the main train station and running south to East 7th Street;

  • McKinley Place - a cul de sac running north from East 2nd Street;
  • Roosevelt Avenue - named after Teddy, and running south from Orange Place to East 7th Street;

  • Coolidge Street - running south from East 7th Street, it is a boundary street of Brisbane Estates.
As I said in the post, there are a couple of duds.

One is Clinton Avenue, but Bill Clinton wasn't even a glint in his grandfather's eye when this street was named in Plainfield, so it can't be considered as named after him.

Another is Adam Circle, which is not named for either of the presidents named Adams (with an 's'). but instead is named after a son of one of Brisbane Estate's developers.

You might wonder why, unlike many other communities, we have no streets or buildings named after more recent presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt orJohn F. Kennedy. The answer is simple -- until the late 1970s, Plainfield was a deep red Republican town.

Hope you enjoyed this little puzzler. I have another in mind for later.


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: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=theresa-moroney&pid=183660148#sthash.mSuRxaeS.dpuf


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