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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

President Williams works to keep Council focused

Councilor Williams recognizing some of Plainfield's mothers.

Plainfield City Council President Rebecca Williams worked at keeping the body focused on moving through its agenda last evening. As usual, the two cats needing herding were Councilors Rivers and Toliver.

Rivers took great exception to the spending of money on headsets and a Spanish translator for the Council meetings, which President Williams had authorized based on 2015 action taken by the Council. At that time, Rivers was council president, but she never made an effort to put the translation service into effect. Now she complains when it is finally being done.

The amendments to the taxi ordinance took up almost all the public comment period. You would think Councilor Rivers was running for mayor of North Plainfield the way she defended that borough's Soria Taxi company. Both Rivers and Toliver raised the question of whether more cab companies could be authorized in the city.

After items concerning improvements at Seidler Field were passed to the agenda, Toliver wanted to go back and discuss the need for further environmental testing.

The city engineer, who was present, came to the mike to explain that the initial study had revealed some areas of concern and that the terms of the grant required these to be cleared up. He noted the areas were not where the field work would be done and thus would not interfere with the lighting and artificial turf projects. The improvements will be made this spring.

Toliver asked for a copy of his report when finished, though, as she said, "[she] probably won't understand a word of it."

Mayor Mapp interrupted his attendance at Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman's town hall, to speak briefly to the Council about his Plainfield Promise proposal, announcing that he was appointing a 7-member committee to study the proposal and report back to him in six months with recommendations on how to move forward.

Councilor Barry Goode was elected vice president of the Council on a 5-2 vote (I'll let you guess who the 'nay' votes were) and promptly sworn in by Mayor Mapp. The Vice President will automatically assume the chair whenever the president is absent.

Plainfield City Council's business meeting is next Monday, March 13, at 8:00 PM at the Courthouse/Council Chambers, East 4th Street and Watchung Avenue.

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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