The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nosotros estamos aqui para ustedes, Ecuador!


Yesterday, on the steps at city hall, I joined Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Consul General of Ecuador Jorge Lopez, and Maritza Martinez, Flor Gonzalez, and Nelson Santana--all commissioners on the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA)--and dozens of others as Plainfield responded to the tragedy in Ecuador with a relief event at city hall.  

Mayor Mapp with Consul General Jorge Lopez.
Organized by Maritza (who is herself Ecuadorian), several organizations, including El Centro Hispanoamericano and the Latin American Coalition, along with dozens of businesses, as well as residents, donated food, water, clothes, toiletries, and other goods, which were brought to city hall to be donated to the victims of the earthquake. City staff and members of the city's boards and commissions (such as Charles McRae of the Zoning Board of Adjustment) brought crates of water and other non-perishables to be loaded onto the container trucks (I counted at least four) which were being filled yesterday. 


PACHA: Maritza, Flor, Nelson, Mayor Mapp, Charles McRae



The relief effort continues today until 7:00 pm. Please bring what you can to assist. There are other events going on around the state as organizations come to the aid of this devastated country. It was wonderful to see so many folks come out to aid our brothers and sisters. Many of my students are Ecuadorian, and are helping with relief efforts in their communities here in New Jersey.

As I stated in my brief remarks, "Nosotros estamos aqui para ustedes, Ecuador!"




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Victory for Plainfield's Kids

Congratulations to the team who kept it moving throughout a difficult campaign! Positive change is in the air--a win for transparency! 



Saturday, April 16, 2016

IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE! VOTE ANDERSON-HURTT-PILE FOR SCHOOL BOARD

At the League of Women Voters of Plainfield* candidate forum, held last week, I listened to all the candidates present as they spoke of their commitment to the school district--they also challenged Wilma Campbell on her more than a decade long tenure as a president/member, presiding over declining graduation rates, lack of textbooks, lack of transparency--with last-minute "walk-on" items, such as the shocking vote to move the election from November to April without any public input*--and what they viewed as mismanagement of public school fundsI think it's time for Wilma Campbell to go--it's time for new energy, new ideas, and a real vision for the district. I am supporting the team of Lynn Anderson, Dorien Hurtt, and Carmencita Pile for the board this year, and I hope that you will join me in voting for a fresh perspective! Please visit the league's website (CLICK HERE) for information on the candidates and their platform.


**When current members of the Plainfield Board of Education, led by Campbell, garnered enough votes to move the election, I was disappointed, because I knew that this would impact voter turnout and add significantly to the cost of the election--upwards of $115,000, according to the Municipal Clerk of Plainfield. I was further disappointed with the newly-restricted voting hours of 2:00 - 9:00 pm--this will surely suppress the vote. If the board thinks cost should not be an issue in moving the election, they should have at least ensured that there would be no voting restrictions. That said, I hope everyone realizes that the school board election this Tuesday, April 19, is crucial to the future of our children.



Best,

Rebecca 

*I am a longstanding member of the LWV-Plainfield, and I served as time-keeper, along with member Rupert Crawford. The forum was moderated by a member of the State LWV, as per the organization's rules.


 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Recreation Programs - L.E.G.O. Robotics and Double Dutch!

The Recreation Division has a bunch of low-cost programs running for our young people right now! LEGO Robotics is an after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program running at the Second Street Youth Center, located at 935 S. 2nd Street. Also, Double Dutch is being offered at the Cedarbrook K-8 Center (1049 Central Avenue. Intellectually challenging recreational programs as well as physical fitness fun are great activities for our kids to enjoy! Check them out!



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

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs!

The Recreation Division's Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs program, which was initiated last year with great success, is back for 2016. The program, for children in grades 3-12, will be offered on Saturdays9:00 - 11:00 am from April 23rd - August 6th, at Cedar Brook Pond (8 Pemberton Avenue). This program is FREE

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


Monday, April 4, 2016

UPDATE: Youth Dance--Starting Monday, April 4 at Clinton School!


From April 4th - June 9th, for only $25 for 8 sessions,* the Division of Parks and Recreation will be offering Youth Dance on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Clinton Elementary School (1302 W. 4th Street).

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

*NOTE: The schedule of Recreation programs mailed out to residents last week inadvertently listed this Youth Dance lessons program as free. Although the majority of youth programs on the calendar are free, this low-cost program is $25 for 8 sessions, to cover the cost--that's about $3.00 per child.