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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Holy Week in Plainfield is devoted to the 2017 Budget


Citizen volunteers will scrutinize the numbers.



As Plainfield enters Holy Week, the agenda is full of consideration of the CY2017 Budget from Monday through Thursday --
MONDAY - April 10
A public hearing in the CY2017 Introduced Budget is slated for 8:00 PM in the City Council Chambers / Courthouse, East 4th Street and Watchung Avenue. The hearing will take place during the regular Council business meeting.
TUESDAY - April 11
The Citizens Budget Advisory Commission (CBAC) takes up the Department of Public Affairs and Safety. This covers the Police and Fire Divisions. CBAC meetings are open to the public and take place in the City Hall Library, beginning at 7:00 PM. Parking and entry from the lot behind City Hall.
WEDNESDAY - April 12
On Wednesday, the CBAC will go over the budget proposed for the Department of Administration and Finance, the city's largest department. CBAC meetings are open to the public and take place in the City Hall Library, beginning at 7:00 PM. Parking and entry from the lot behind City Hall.
THURSDAY - April 13
On Maundy Thursday, the CBAC will continue its review with the Department of Public Works and Urban Development. , which includes Planning, Public Works and Recreation, among others. CBAC meetings are open to the public and take place in the City Hall Library, beginning at 7:00 PM. Parking and entry from the lot behind City Hall.
Friday is a good day to meditate on what all of this means.

Holy Saturday is one of the shortest services in the Christian calendar, and also one of the most dramatic. If your religious community observes it, do not dawdle or you will miss it.

With sundown on Saturday, the Easter Vigil begins with the blessing of a new fire, a new Paschal candle, the singing of the ancient Exsultet, the baptism of the catechumens and the first mass of Easter.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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