The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Friday, September 26, 2014

Joann Hollis, Community Leader and Councilwoman

I received word several hours ago that former Councilwoman and life-long community activist Joann Hollis passed away. My deepest condolences go out to my colleague, Council President Bridget Rivers, to Joann's beloved mother, Mrs. Marjorie Hollis, and to her entire family and other loved ones. I remember visiting Joann with a couple of friends a while back (before this last hospital stay), and how, even though her health was delicate, she kept her spirits up, sustained by her deep and abiding faith.

One of the last photos I have of Joann is one I took of her greeting "Santa" at the New Democrats Holiday Party and Toy Drive for the children of the Elm-West Residents Association, which our Community Service Team sponsored last December. Even though Joann said she was still feeling weak, she added that there was no way she would miss out on seeing the children of our community having a great time.

In looking at this photo, you can see that Joann's smile is broad and bright. She will be deeply missed. May she rest in peace.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Family Fun Day Rocked!

Getting ready for the Egg Toss
Jeanene Knorr (Crossfit 1280) & Hiroshi Powell (Chiseled Health & Fitness)
Family Fun Day in Leland Avenue Park (also known as Cook School Playground) was a great success, thanks to our Recreation Division (Supt. Roni Taylor and her staff--Nat, Carmencita, Chanel, Ahmad, and Phil), our Department of Public Works (Supt. John Louise, Lester Davis), the Parking Bureau (George and Regina) and the support of the mayor and the governing body.* I also want to thank Nadine and Crystal for the wonderful face-painting--the kids (and a few adults!) loved it. Mayor Adrian Mapp and Councilman Cory Storch also greeted the crowd, and
Board of Education President Wilma Campbell offered words of support for the shared services agreement between the governing body and the school district.

Crossfit 1280 and Chiseled Health and Fitness provided a free workout, along with fresh fruit, to make sure that we sweated off the hot dogs and other snacks. DJ Sunil provided fantastic music, and served as MC for the Limbo Contest, the Egg Toss, and the other games. The Interactive Sports Game Competition left me 0-6 against Cory in basketball, and I was 0-5 in football against my nine year-old competitor. The children were awesome, and were delighted to be presented with medals after the competitions. Below are some additional photos--more will be posted on Facebook, but I thought folks would like a little preview.

Kids and adults having fun
Charles McRae sampling the culinary expertise of DPW Supt. John Louise, Plainfield's hot dog griller extraordinaire!

"Plainfield Children First" BOE candidates Terrence Bellamy and David Rutherford with the young constituents they hope to serve!

*The one sour note came on Friday, when I received word that appointed Councilwoman Taylor wanted her name off the flier and website promotion for this event because, apparently, she said she had not been "invited." How ridiculous. This was a city-sponsored event, and she was certainly aware of it--all council members who sponsor events are a part of the events and are automatically invited--in fact, the governing body should be doing its part in spreading the word about our events. 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ward families came out to enjoy Saturday's festivities. Many of my 3rd Ward constituents who came to our Family Fun Day were stunned by how small-minded the appointed councilwoman showed herself to be. Are we supposed to "bow down" to Her Imperiousness? What a petty, mean-spirited position to take! The template for the 2nd Ward Family Fun Day event is the same template that was used for the 4th Ward Family Fun Day event--I don't remember her saying this when her name was placed on the 4th Ward flier. Her ridiculous posturing speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of her council meeting blathering for folks to "treat each other more nicely." In SPITE of such pettiness, we had a fabulous time!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2nd Ward Family Fun Day at Leland Avenue Park Saturday, Sept. 20!

This Saturday, September 20, from 12 noon - 4:00 pm, Councilman Cory Storch and I will be hosting the Second Ward Family Fun Day in Leland Avenue Park. We invite the friends and neighbors of the 2nd Ward to come out and have some fun--on tap will be refreshments, games, contests (with trophies!) and wholesome fun for the whole family.

As a special treat (click on the links) Crossfit 1280 and Chiseled Health and Fitness--both Plainfield-based gyms--have joined together to offer a free "parent/child fun workout" at the park! The temperature promises to be in the high 70s, so we should have fabulous weather to say a final goodbye to our last summer weekend and, at the same time, welcome autumn and the beauty of fall colors! 

So, bring a lawn chair, bring friends, and feel free to bring a dish to share!