The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt This Saturday in Cedar Brook Park! 10:15 am SHARP!

This Saturday, March 24, the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will once again host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Cedar Brook Park. The first 200 children to arrive will receive FREE chocolate bunnies. Make sure that the kids have a basket to collect the eggs. The hunt begins at 10:15 am SHARP (near the parkside grove behind Hartwyck) and will continue until all the eggs are found. Activities include a petting zoo and games for kids. 

Come join the fun!

Friday, March 16, 2018

March for Our Lives - Union County: Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 AM

On Saturday, March 24, at 10:00 AM, the Union County "March for Our Lives" will begin at Burnet Middle School (1000 Caldwell Avenue) in Union, and will end at Union Township Town Hall (1976 Morris Avenue). March for Our Lives is the movement begun by young people in the wake of the massacre in Parkland, Florida, where 17 lives were taken by gun violence. So far, 763 events are scheduled for that day. The Washington, D.C. national march will bring tens of thousands of children and adults to the capitol " demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today."* Let's show our young people that we value them, and that we are willing to stand with them to stop the proliferation of guns and gun violence in our community.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Aftermath of the Storm: Cleanup Continues

At right: Photo 1: Florence Avenue, with tree down and live wires, during storm. Photo 2: After removal and cleanup.* 

As many have noted, Plainfield was hit pretty badly by last week's Nor'easter. News reports state that around 300,000 customers lost power. At last night's council meeting (March 12), the administration noted that 1,883 homes in Plainfield were without power at some point during and after the storm, some for as many as 5 days. There are still some downed wires in some parts of the city, and PSE&G is working to ensure restoration to the remaining nine or so homes. During the storm and its aftermath, I remained in contact with residents across the city (including Florence, W. 4th, Ellsworth, Victory, Pemberton, my own neighbors on South Ave., etc.) through social media, texts, and phone--sending in photos and info on downed trees and wires to DPW as they were sent to me, contacting PSE&G, checking in with folks after the storm, and stopping through areas that had been called in after the storm.

PSE&G contracted additional tree companies to help with the downed wires/tree removal, as many of Plainfield's trees came down in the storm, as well as large limbs and branches. The cleanup continues, with crews from the Plainfield DPW working to remove all the debris to clear all the streets. During stressful times like these, frustration often sets in, as homeowners and other residents anxiously await the arrival of snow plows, utility workers, and others after these huge weather events. I do, however, want to thank city workers and first responders, as always. Theirs is not an easy job.

* Florence Avenue photos by Michelle Lisabeth.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Congratulations to Sgt. Larry Brown: Well Done, Sir!

Sgt. Brown at work.*
Plainfield's Finest.*

I want to take this moment to congratulate one of Plainfield's Finest, Sgt. Larry Brown (Qasim Talib), on his retirement from the Plainfield Police Department after 32 years of service to the City of Plainfield. Sgt. Brown will be "walking out" of the police department (200 E. 4th St.) tomorrow (Thursday, March 1) at 1:00 PM. Sgt. Brown has been an exemplary officer whose commitment over the past three decades has been to keep our city safe. 

As a Crime Analyst and Criminal Intelligence Supervisor for the PPD, as well as a specialist in gang intelligence, the Sgt.'s work has been a major component in the reduction of crime in our city. Loved and respected by his colleagues, admired by younger officers who have been trained under his tutelage, Sgt. Brown has brought a unique perspective and wealth of experience to the division. As the city council's public safety liaison over the years, I could always call on him for advice if I had questions--I thank him for all that he has brought to the division--his knowledge of police work, the depth of his research skills, and his dedication to training and educating the next generation of public safety professionals. I wish Larry and his family all the best as he navigates into the next phase of his life, and I hope you will join me in thanking him on a job well done. 



*Photos: Plainfield Police Division

Thursday, February 1, 2018

"From the Middle Passage" - Black History Concert at Shiloh Baptist Church

On Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 515 W. 4th Street in Plainfield, will be hosting Rev. Stef and Jubilation's New and Improved "FROM THE MIDDLE PASSAGE: AN AFRICAN AMERICAN JOURNEY" concert. It is an awesome concert with brilliant singing and a moving narrative that speaks to our history. Tickets are only $10! You can purchase them at the event, or online at Shiloh's website: 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

The A Team for Plainfield endorsing Mayor Mapp. 

After my previous blog post, I received several queries from local and county friends, constituents, and media types, some of whom seemed to think that I was "signing off," so to speak. Nothing could be further from the truth, so I just wanted to set the record straight. I remain committed to public service, and I am thankful for the support from my colleagues on the city council, as well as from Mayor Mapp, a loyal friend and ally whose unwavering support and friendship remain dear to me as we work together for the betterment of our city, county, and state.

As council president, I was able to successfully move the legislative agenda forward this past year with the assistance of my colleagues, and I led the council as Finance Committee Chair for the second consecutive year in adopting the earliest budget passage in recent memory while staying below the 2% cap.
Being sworn in by Mayor Mapp.

In addition to serving as the First Vice-Chair of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee, elected unanimously by the membership on a slate endorsed and presented by our municipal chairman, Mayor Mapp, I am now the second longest-serving councilor among the current governing body, with several years of legislative experience under my belt, including passage of important initiatives, such as the Earned Sick Leave Act--legislation which I am proud to have introduced and led, and which was passed unanimously by the city council. As a veteran campaigner for 16 years, who has run many local elections going back several years (including serving as campaign manager for Linda Carter's first foray into politics when she ran for an at-large council seat, and serving in various capacities over the past two decades (as well as often managing campaign operations) for several councilors as well as for Adrian Mapp), I am happy to have a strong track record of success as a loyal and hardworking team member. My many years of experience have taught me well.

As an African American woman in politics, I am always ready to serve, and my long record of experience (15 years) as a member and former Vice-President of the League of Women Voters of Plainfield also keeps me well-informed on the issues facing voters. I am often invited to the Eagleton Institute's Center for American Women and Politics to serve on panels and offer my insights into the legislative process in New Jersey, and I am grateful for the many friends I have made.

I continue to appreciate and enjoy the unwavering support of the mayor and my colleagues as new opportunities arise and as we look toward the future in Plainfield, in Union County, and in the state with our new governor. I look forward to continuing to serve my city, my county, and my state.

All best,


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year...New Beginnings

The new year provides us all with an opportunity to do a little better. This year and next year hold a great deal of promise for me--this year, in particular, will be a decisive one, filled with new creative opportunities and challenges. However, I will remain focused on continuing to provide a high level of constituent service while on the city council, and on doing my part to make sure that our residents, and especially our young people, enjoy an increased quality of life. I  look forward to continuing to cheer on "Williams's Red Tails," the youth basketball team that I am sponsoring through the Y.E.S. League  (Youth Empowered for Success), and to working with everyone in the best interests of Plainfield. I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2018.

Williams's Red Tails  (in white) play opponents in the Y.E.S. League.