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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Plainfield Mayor's Race: With Rivers, the third shoe drops

Flyer for a February event at the YWCA. Tiptoeing up
to the line, but not crossing it.

Councilor Bridget Rivers has finally officially made it a threesome. In a press release that forms the basis of a Courier story (see here), she openly declared her run for mayor in Plainfield's Democratic primary.

Not that folks haven't gotten wink-wink, nudge-nudge messages from the normally outspoken Rivers in the past couple of months.

There was always talk that she might be interested in a run, but she kept her head down -- locally.

I had hardly gotten out of rehab after my bypass operation when I heard through the grapevine that Rivers had boasted at a South Jersey Christmas party at which she was a guest that she was running for mayor of Plainfield -- probably little thinking that her remark would filter back to the Queen City. But it did.

In February, a photo of her in her council chair appeared with a flyer in Spanish advertising a meeting at the YWCA, with the text "Levantando la comunidad per medio de nuestros recursos un paso a la vez. Progres con la Concejala Bridget Rivers. Del pueblo para el pueblo." (Raising the community through our resources one step at a time. Progress with Councilmember Bridget Rivers. Of the people, for the people.)

Not too subtle, but not direct either.

Anyway, Rivers is now in.

Let the campaigning begin.

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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