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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Plainfield Council takes up two interesting ordinances Monday

United is one of four Plainfield taxi companies,
the others are Queen City Yellow, Caribe, and Liberty.

Plainfield City Council is getting down to serious business early in the year, with 8 ordinance up for to go on next week's meeting for second reading and passage, and four new ones Monday evening, slated to be formally introduced next Monday.

Among the four new ones, two caught my eye.

2017-08 Indicates that the developer's name for the South Avenue Gateway project is to be changed -- perhaps because another investor is joining the project. At any rate, gone is any mention of South Avenue; now it's to be called Sleepy Hollow Fleet Developers Urban Renewal LLC. Got that?

The interesting thing is they want to use the term "Sleepy Hollow", which is the subject of a resolution declaring a neighborhood to be called Sleepy Hollow and having no bearing to the hundreds of homes that were sold over the years as being in "Sleepy Hollow".

Another tidbit: When I Googled images of homes in Sleepy Hollow, a mansion in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District popped up. Now, THAT is a stretch.

The other interesting ordinance is 2017-10, proposing changes to the violations and penalties regarding taxi cabs.

You will recall that a large number of drivers, owners and family supporters came before the Council not long ago, protesting unfair competition from North Plainfield taxis (primarily Soria) and so-called "gypsy cabs" -- freelancers with no taxi license, unmarked and uninsured, who undercut the regular taxi fares.

Soria and other North Plainfield companies have responded by removing the once-prominent side markings on their cabs and reducing the size of the phone numbers -- except for the cab's color, it is now hard to tell whether that is a cab coming toward you or not.

But several Plainfield cab drivers have told me the gypsies are the bigger threat. I did see an older white Cadillac pull up in front of a laundromat over the weekend, pop the trunk lid and wait while the passenger emptied it, then drove away.

On the same outing, I saw a Plainfield cab pull into the parking lot outside the QuickChek on Somerset Street in North Plainfield, honk the horn and then whisk away with a fare who came out from the store.

So, it's not all black and white in the taxi business.
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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