The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Community Service: LiVay Sweet Shop's "Smile Drive"



Once again, Plainfield's own Stacey Welch, owner of LiVay Sweet Shop, (home of some of the best cupcakes in the world) is putting the Plainfield community first, with her “Smile Drive,” which will provide our kids with new toothbrushes and toothpaste as part of their back-to-school gear. Stacey is partnering with the City of Plainfield’s Book Bag-Backpack Program to ensure that our young people have everything they need as they begin the new school year. 

Stacey has run several successful community service collection drives—she and her team represent the best of Plainfield, in terms of giving back. Many of you participated in those drives…this one is equally worthy. As Stacey notes, “Kids are taught to brush their teeth twice a day. Let’s give them the toothbrush and the toothpaste to take care of their beautiful smiles.”

LiVay will be collecting the toothbrushes and toothpaste on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at both store locations (104B Watchung Avenue in Plainfield and 1590 Rte. 22 East in Watchung). Here is the link to the Facebook Page of LiVay’s, where you learn more—and also share information on the drive on your own social media page: LiVay's on Facebook  

Also, while you're at the shop, don't forget to purchase some of LiVay's delicious cupcakes and other baked goods--support Plainfield's businesses! The book bags/backpacks will be given out at Plainfield’s 2017 National Night Out event at City Hall on Tuesday, August 2nd, while supplies last.

All the best,

Rebecca

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thursday Movie Night at Hannah Atkins: The Batman Lego Movie!

This week of summer fun and celebration continues on Thursday, July 6 with a free community screening of The Batman Lego Movie at Hannah Atkins Playground (508-552 Plainfield Avenue). The movie starts at 8:30 pm--free popcorn will be served! Bring the kids, bring your lawn chair or blanket, and join us! (Check out the rest of the schedule as well!)

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.