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Friday, March 3, 2017

Land Use boards offer the public overviews, time for feedback on Saturday

There will be an update on the status of the Muhlenberg
Hospital tract at Saturday's meeting.

Filled out by citizen-volunteers, Plainfield's four land use boards (Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation and Shade Tree) tend on a monthly basis to a myriad of issues bearing on how Plainfield looks now and will (hopefully) function in the future.

Saturday morning, the four boards will meet jointly to get an overview of projects currently under way and discuss issues and concerns with the public.

After remarks from chairs and elected officials, the group will review current status of active projects, including --

  • Cedar Brook Park sports facilities (turf field, lighting and other improvements)
  • Seidler Field (a turf field is in the works)
  • South Avenue and South Second Street projects (status updates)
  • Muhlenberg Hospital tract (status)
  • Development Maps
  • Redevelopment Plans (what's coming)
  • Master Plan re-examination
In addition, a section of time is being set aside for the public and board members to discuss matters such as --

  • Technical Review Committee
  • Board jurisdiction
  • Annual Zoning Board of Adjustment report
  • Discussion of group homes / historic districts
  • Future planning and zoning initiatives (including ordinance changes)
The meeting is in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue. Parking and entry at the rear of the building. It gets under way at 9:00 AM and is scheduled to wrap up at Noon. The public is welcome.

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:

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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