The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Food Service Program - Starts This Monday, June 26!


The Free Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) begins on Monday, June 26 and runs through Friday, August 18.
Snack at 2:30 pm; Dinner at 5:30 pm. 

The sites are Hannah Atkins (6/26-8/18), Rushmore Playground (6/26-8/18), Seidler Field (6/26-8/18), and City Hall (7/5-8/11). Yesterday's kickoff at Hannah Atkins Playground had a very successful turnout, as you can see from the photos--there was face painting, a dance contest, giveaways, and everyone enjoyed the cookout! The community is motivated! Be a Hunger Hero and spread the word! 










Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Plainfield's FREE Summer Food Program Kicks Off Wed, June 21



Tomorrow--Wednesday, June 21--from 3:30 - 7:00 pm, the City of Plainfield is hosting the Free Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Kickoff community event at the Hannah Atkins Playground. There will be games, refreshments, and fun as we begin the summer. As noted by the Division of Parks and Recreation, which administers the program, Plainfield is second in Union County in successful delivery of meals to needy youth in the summer, but the goal is to do better this season. To that end, Recreation is recruiting "Hunger Heroes"--residents who agree to share the feeding site information on social media and via other means. The "Hunger Heroes" will receive a free "Hunger Hero" T-shirt while supplies last. Signups are at tomorrow's event. In addition, Recreation will be canvassing the city with Summer Food Program fliers on Thursday, June 22, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved--and, now that school is out, it's a great opportunity for community service for our kids. So, come help out, or send some young people to assist as we spread the word!  


Monday, June 19, 2017

On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, the City of Plainfield will continue its celebration of LGBT Pride Month with a staged reading of the comedy Five Husbands, written by Award-winning playwright and Plainfield resident B.V. Marshall. This presentation, directed by Rodney Gilbert, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, will take place in the Parish Hall Theater at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, located at 724 Park Avenue in Plainfield. The performance will be followed by a reception with refreshments and conversation in the Parish Hall. Parking is available in the lot across from the Unitarian Society.

Five Husbands details the travails of Oliver, the owner of a small boutique who, despite being successful in other areas of his life, prefers to sleep with unavailable men. The new legality of marriage equality notwithstanding, Oliver rejects marriage and celebrates his independence with his best friend Sally, who is equally free–wheeling. When another man from their mutual past returns, it sets in motion a series of events that forces Oliver to examine his fear of commitment to a relationship, to the men in his life, and his own views towards commitment. A member of the Dramatists Guild, playwright B.V. Marshall has received fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Victor Bumbalo/Robert Chesley award for LGBTQ playwriting and four playwriting awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Plainfield has a large and very diverse LGBT population--make sure that you come out in support of the LGBT community--we are your children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents, and your friends.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LGBT Pride Events in Plainfield and Union County


As most folks are aware, June is LGBT Pride Month. This year, Plainfield will be celebrating with an official raising of the LGBT Pride Flag tomorrow--Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Rev. Damaris Ortega, pastor of UCC Congregational Church will offer the invocation, followed by remarks, the reading of the council resolution, the mayoral proclamation, and the flag raising itself. In addition, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host its Family Pride Community Picnic this Saturday, June 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Rahway River Park with a rally, a concert, and family-friendly activities throughout the day. See the flier at the bottom of this post for details.

On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, the City of Plainfield will continue its celebration of LGBT Pride Month with a staged reading of the comedy Five Husbands, written and directed by Award-winning playwright and Plainfield resident B.V. Marshall. The presentation will take place in the Theater Space at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, located at 724 Park Avenue in Plainfield. This free performance will be followed by a reception with refreshments and conversation in the Parish Hall. Parking is available in the lot across from the Unitarian Society.

Five Husbands details the travails of Oliver, the owner of a small boutique who, despite being successful in other areas of his life, prefers to sleep with unavailable men. The new legality of marriage equality notwithstanding, Oliver rejects marriage and celebrates his independence with his best friend Sally, who is equally free–wheeling. When another man from their mutual past returns, it sets in motion a series of events that forces Oliver to examine his fear of commitment to a relationship, to the men in his life, and his own views towards commitment. A member of the Dramatists Guild, playwright B.V. Marshall has received fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Victor Bumbalo/Robert Chesley award for LGBTQ playwriting and four playwriting awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Plainfield has a large and very diverse LGBT population--make sure that you come out in support of the LGBT community--we are your children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents, and your friends.
 





Friday, June 2, 2017

Of Honesty, Integrity, and the TRUTH


As I reflect on the final weekend of the primary campaign season, I am struck by the number of evasions, omissions, and half-truths, and downright lies that I have seen in some of the campaign literature sent out by Tracey Brown and her Republican team of John Campbell and Danny Dunn. I must say, though, it doesn't surprise me. Last year, when I was running for (and won) the open Citywide At-large seat on the city council, which was then being held by Tracey Brown, she put out the same type of negative mailing about me. After the election, some of her supporters came to the next council meeting to speak about how she should be proud to have run a "clean" and positive campaign. I have a different view--perhaps her supporters did not view the extremely negative mailer that Brown herself put out about me. So, here is what Tracey sent to Plainfield voters about me, along with the truth, point by point.

Further, the  deliberate obfuscation about her campaign workers not spreading the malicious libels about Mayor Mapp is truly unsettling. Even as she was inside the League forum saying she "had nothing to do with that," her campaign worker, Danny Dunn, was outside the forum distributing her fliers. This is the same campaign worker who wrapped the lies about Mayor Mapp into her campaign literature and handed it to a fellow pastor on West 4th Street. Dunn was working for Tracey in front of Hubbard School during last year's primary, literally calling me "the devil." When she showed up, she jokingly chided him as he said it--at no point did she say that he did not represent her and her campaign--nor did she take away his campaign materials or tell him to leave. So, to say that he and other campaign workers did not spread the current nasty, "fake-news" flier on her behalf  just defies credibility.  

And this year, she is basically attempting to run on MY record. At the League of Women Voters forum this week, she mentioned initiatives that she "supported"--THEY WERE INITIATIVES THAT I INTRODUCED, SPONSORED, AND LED, such as the Earned Sick Leave Act. It is sad that she has no legislative accomplishments of her own and instead is running on my legislative record. In her sphere, which is that of the pastoral, she is comfortable. Outside of her sphere, which is municipal governance, she has clearly shown that she is thoroughly unprepared to lead our municipal government, and that she lacks the knowledge even after 4 years of sitting on the council to even answer a straightforward question on PILOTs, development, etc. 

Tracey sat next to me for almost her entire term on the council, and we enjoyed a cordial relationship--I often asked her to pray for family members who were going through very difficult times. For that, I am eternally grateful...but how, then, can she mislead voters? Tracey's calling, as she herself has often expressed, is to preach the gospel of Christ--i.e., to give spiritual guidance to her congregation--the spiritual realm is where she is comfortable. She had the same voting power that I had--why would she write that I was trying to cut resources when that is just untrue? It made me feel sad. Our Plainfield community suffered through 8 years of fiscal mismanagement under the previous administration. The other mayoral candidates have offered nothing but empty rhetoric, which has been matched by their zero record of accomplishments while holding elective office. 

However, in the municipal realm, professional, experienced, and capable governance is what we need to continue moving Plainfield forward. 
Tracey Brown truly lacks that.