The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rebecca and Charles - Plainfield Democrats for Council


Charles McRae and are I running for the open city council seats this year. I am hopeful that my leadership, constituent service, and advocacy for all the residents of Plainfield will continue to resonate with Plainfield's electorate and that I will prevail in this year's contest. As a grassroots activist, I will continue to provide the quality of leadership that my constituents have come to expect from me. Charles, as a community leader, Zoning Board of Adjustment member, Vice-Chair of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee, and past Citizens Budget Advisory Committee member, is poised to lead the effort to bring more effective representation to the 3rd Ward. We have been endorsed by the Plainfield Democratic City Committee, the Union County Democratic Committee, and will be on the ballot with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Union County Freeholder Linda Carter. Please visit our website, http://www.plainfielddemorg.org/ and make a donation to help us as we work to keep...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Plainfield Police Division Accreditation in Progress



I was asked by a constituent for the policies and standards for law enforcement accreditation for the Plainfield Police Division. I sent the documents along, but figured that it would be a good idea to make sure that all residents can see a more detailed review of what the Police Division's PowerPoint presentation on Monday night illustrated. You will remember that the city council passed a resolution in 2014 (the vote was unanimous) to support the accreditation process. Bernice wrote a story about it--here's the link: Council Approves Accreditation Contract. For more information on accreditation in general, click on the "Law Enforcement Accreditation" link below. If you click on the links, you can download the PDFs of the manuals and glossary. I have also included a link to the Plainfield Police Division's website.


The director noted that the accreditation process is about 83% complete and that the division hopes to conclude the other 17% within the next couple of months. As chair of the Public Safety Committee, I will provide comprehensive updates at our upcoming council meetings.

Best,

Rebecca

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Plainfield Police in the Community

Det. Henderson tosses the beanbag as his teammate, her buddy, and Det. Lucky (my teammate) watch.
Carol Anderson-Lewis, Officer Bernel Harrison, and Bev Calland.
As we learned at Monday evening's special meeting, the community policing efforts of the Plainfield Police Division (PPD) have been reaping many benefits, including increased trust and lower crime. I recently attended the Operation Fuse events at Plainfield High School on successive Fridays (March 4 and March 11). The Plainfield Municipal Alliance and the Plainfield Board of Education partnered with the PPD's Juvenile Unit to host these evenings of fun and activities for our young people. Hundreds of kids attended the 8th graders event on March 4, which brought together kids from Maxson and Hubbard, respectively, and the Plainfield High School event on March 11. 

With Ashley Davis and Recreation Supt. Veronica Taylor.


I participated in some of the games with our kids--it was clear that my aiming/throwing skills needed work! I attend these activities because I think it is important for our kids to know that we care about them, that we care about their safety, and that we demonstrate that by showing up for events that are important to them and to us, as a larger community.  






 

Friday, March 18, 2016

TOMORROW! Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Cedar Brook Park!

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 19th, from 10:00 am  - 12:00 pm, the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Brook Park (in the cricket field near the Shakespeare Garden). Like last year, there will be bunny petting, egg racing, and more. Children should bring their own baskets, which they can fill with treats. 


*Registering for events on Community Pass is convenient, easy, and free! It takes just 30 seconds! Register at: https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

*Community Pass is the Recreation Division's online registration resource for events and activities within the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation. By signing up for Community Pass, residents can register for events and activities 24 hours a day from the convenience of their own homes. For more information, contact the Recreation Division at (908) 753-3097.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tomorrow! 15 Minute Child Break at Second Street Youth Center on March 15

"Parents who talk to their children about their activities an average of 15 minutes per day have children who are 67% less likely to try marijuana." --Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

On Tuesday, March 15th, starting at 6:00 pm, the Plainfield Municipal Alliance, in partnership with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, will sponsor the Partnership for A Drug-Free New Jersey's (PDFNJ) 15 Minute Child Break Program at the Second Street Youth Center (935 S. Second Street). Below is more information about the program from the PDFNJ website. Click HERE for the link.


The 15-Minute Child Break is a FREE, interactive, one hour presentation for parents, grandparents and caregivers who are concerned about children (of any age) and substance abuse.  Representatives from the Partnership meet with groups on location to deliver this informative, engaging, and education presentation.

Participants receive age specific information and communication skills concerning substance abuse.
Parents are empowered and supported with the assurance that, even in today's society, they are still the strongest influence in their children's lives.
The 15-Minute Child Break presentation is supported by research (2000 PDFNJ Middle School Study on Substance Use) which demonstrates that kids who communicate regularly with their parents about their daily activities are 67% less likely to be involved in substance abuse than children who have little or no communication.
The 15 Minute Child Break covers topics such as:
  • Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
  • Influence of Media and Pop Culture
  • Effects of Specific Drugs
  • Keeping Your Kids Drug-Free
  • Strengthening Parenting Skills
  • Utilizing Teachable Moments

 


Friday, March 11, 2016

Free LUNCHTIME YOGA at the Plainfield Public Library!



LUNCHTIME YOGA continues on Fridays from 11:30 - 12:30 pm at the Plainfield Public Library (800 Park Avenue). This FREE class is one of the most popular offered. 

Contact the Recreation Division at (908) 753-3097 for more information. Please note the dates and spread the word. Registering on Community Pass is convenient, easy, and free! It takes just 30 seconds! Register at: https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Brook Park

On Saturday, March 19th, from 10:00 am  - 12:00 pm, the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cedar Brook Park (in the cricket field near the Shakespeare Garden). Like last year, there will be bunny petting, egg racing, and more. Children should bring their own baskets, which they can fill with treats. Register on Community Pass before March 11, 2016 and receive a free chocolate bunny!*


Contact the Recreation Division at (908) 753-3097 for more information. Please note the dates and spread the word. Registering on Community Pass is convenient, easy, and free! It takes just 30 seconds! Register at: https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

*Community Pass is the Recreation Division's online registration resource for events and activities within the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation. By signing up for Community Pass, residents can register for events and activities 24 hours a day from the convenience of their own homes. For more information, contact the Recreation Division at (908) 753-3097.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Awesome New Recreation Programs!

Many activities for Plainfielders of all ages* have been happening in Plainfield's Division of Parks and Recreation! Here are fliers for some upcoming free and low-cost events. Contact the Recreation Division at (908) 753-3097 for more information. Please note the dates and spread the word. Registering on Community Pass is convenient, easy, and free! It takes just 30 seconds! Register at: https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm




Mondays through Fridays, the Recreation Division is offering FREE Homework Helper at Hannah Atkins Community Center (508 W. 3rd Street), from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Homework support is offered by a certified teacher. Learn to play Chess for FREE on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Second Street Youth Center (935 S. Second Street). Beginners to advanced players from ages 5-17 are welcome!



For only $25 for 6 weeks, children can register for the LEGO ROBOTICS after school S.T.E.M. class, scheduled to start in April at the Second Street Youth Center (935 S. Second Street). Call for exact start dates. DOUBLE DUTCH, also only $25 for 8 weeks, is scheduled to run on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm from April 7 - June 9th at Cedarbrook K-8 Center (1049 Central Avenue).

*In addition to providing transportation and tickets for Plainfield Senior Citizens (also known as older active adults) to attend the Black History Month Concert at Shiloh Baptist Church, the Rec Division once again sponsored a trip to the annual gospel event, "The Evening of Gospel Choirs" at Rutgers University. The program, presented by the American Studies Department, "...is the longest continuous running and best-attended Black History Month Program at Rutgers University." The seniors also attended a dramatic performance of "Fences," the stage play by the late August Wilson in Union, New Jersey.
 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rebecca for Councilwoman-at-Large

This past Saturday (February 27), I was chosen as the Plainfield Democratic City Committee's (PDCC) candidate for the open At-Large council seat in the June 7th primary election. Also chosen was Charles McRae, who will be running for the open Third Ward seat. This year, there was a screening process for candidates, with a subcommittee of PDCC members from all 4 wards, chaired by Joylette Mills-Ransome. Joylette handled her responsibilities with the integrity, honesty, and fairness that the entire Plainfield community has come to expect from her. 

I was chosen by the screening committee based on the scores received on questions put to me by the committee. Each potential candidate was asked the same questions. The committee made their recommendations for each seat to the chairman, who then asked the PDCC whether anyone was in disagreement with the recommendation. No one spoke. Then, he asked if everyone present (and a majority was in attendance) was in agreement with the committee's recommendation, and all applauded and I was given the "line." The same process occurred with Charles, and I am excited to once again have him as a running mate. 

I am hopeful that my leadership, constituent service, and advocacy for all the residents of Plainfield will continue to resonate with Plainfield's electorate and that I will prevail in this year's contest. As a grassroots activist, I will continue to provide the quality of leadership that my 2nd and 3rd ward constituents have come to expect from me. All power remains with the people, and the people who come out to vote will decide.

Best,

Rebecca