F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
 
There is no doubt that the world we live in has become increasingly dangerous. Radical Islamic groups have taken terror to places that had hitherto only watched events, such as suicide bombings, take place on their television screens. These extreme and cowardly actions have brought us face to face with a new and frightening reality.
  
Public safety has now become the number one priority for governments worldwide and new, in some cases extreme measures, have been put in place to circumvent the actions of those who would wage war on innocent victims.
  
While we must remain vigilant we cannot allow fear to paralyze us in such a way that we become polarized, unable to function, or go about our daily routine. Once that begins to happen, radicals have won and we have made ourselves victims. It is important to focus on what we can to prevent acts of vilonce and terror and therefore vigilance begins here at home.
  
Recognizing how important peace of mind is for effective functioning, my administration continues to institute measures to ensure the safety of Plainfield residents. The Plainfield police department is thoroughly engaged and increased its vigilance in light of threats which have been leveled against the USA.

Some of the recent measures implemented include:  
  •   Instituting a division wide Community Policing concept 
  •   Patrol Officers conduct directed patrols throughout the City between  answering calls for service and positively engaging the community 
  •   School Resource Officers conducted the Queen City Mentoring Academy over the summer for at risk youth
  •   The Installation of 30 high-definition cameras at various locations within City
  •   GPS in Patrol Cars that enable dispatchers to locate the nearest Officer to a call. This helps increase response times and supports officer safety.
  •   Police Division obtained 92 body cameras for officers, which will be deployed in the coming weeks
  •   Stronger Traffic Enforcement 
 
The safety and wellbeing of friends and neighbors throughout the Plainfield community continues to be a top priority for my administration. We are constantly seeking ways to improve our safety measures while keeping the well-being of our residents as the main focus of all discussions.

   
Creating One Plainfield - One Future,
 


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
New Jersey Urban Mayors Association


On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, I gave brief remarks at the New Jersey Urban Mayors' reception.  I communicated to approximately 200 hundred guests, which included Mayors from other urban centers - Plainfield's transformational change in the areas of economic development, public safety, constituent engagement, and the launch of the Mapp App and its functionality.   It was indeed a great evening for Plainfield.
The Mapp App is Here!

The Mapp App
The Mapp administration is proud to announce the first ever City of Plainfield Mobile app... The Mapp App... The First of its Kind

The Mapp App combines functionality and style to bring you up to the minute news and updates on what's happening in the Queen City.
  • Unsure of what's taking place around town just click on the EVENTS button
  • Need directions to a City building - the app will provide turn by turn directions, whether you're walking or driving.
  • Want to know when the next City Council meeting is? The app has it
  • Hungry and want to know where the best restaurants are around  town? You guessed it... the app has that
  • Want to contact the Mayor's office? It's all there  within app one-touch calling - no need to get out of the app to dial the number.
  • Need to pay a ticket and no time to get to the court - you can pay right on the app.
  • Notice a really bad pothole  - click the "Service Needed Potholes" button - take a picture and it will send an email directly to the City.
  • Want to stay up to date on the latest redevelopment projects? The app has it.
  • There's an emergency and the Mayor needs to send an urgent message to all residents - you wont be left out because it will pop up right on your phone.
The app is loaded with everything you need to make life easier as you navigate your way around Plainfield.  But don't just take our word for it - download it today!  You can find the Mapp App on the Apple iTunes Store
and on Google Play for Android.

To find it type in "Mapp App" or "City of Plainfield" in the search box.
Once it pops up, just hit the "download" or "install" button to get it on your device.

You can also use your phones QR scanner and scan the codes below to be taken directly to the app. Choose the code based on the device you have.
Get ready to have Plainfield unfold in your hands!
Save the Date! Mayor's Town Hall
Mayor's Town Hall
Please be advised that the Mayor will be hosting a "Town Hall Meeting" on Thursday, December 3 rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Plainfield Senior Citizens' Center.
  • Mobile Technology: The Mapp App
  • Economic Development: Updates  
  • Planning Division: Updates
Plainfield Senior Center Address:  400 E Front Street, Plainfield, New Jersey
Phone: (908) 753-3506
Greenbrook Park Soccer Ceremony
Economic Development: Update 
Mi Buenaventura Restaurant Grand Opening 

 
 
 On Thursday, November 16th, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Mi Buenaventura Restaurant.  This was a happy ending to an unfortunate incident, which led to the closure of the restaurant a few months ago.   Recently, w ith the assistance of the Office of Economic Development, who helped secure funding through the Regional Business Assistance Corporation (RBAC) P rogram - The funding made it possible for Mi Buenaventura to relocate the restaurant to another location and keep their employees in Plainfield.   In addition to providing financial assistance, RBAC worked in partnership with Kevin Chu of Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) to ensure that Mi Buenaventura's complete relocation, expansion, and upgrade needs were met.
   
Plainfield Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting
Topics:
Status of EPA Brownfield Grants
Status of DEP Brownfield Development Area sites
 
Monday, December 7, 2015
10: 30-12: 30
Plainfield Brownfield Advisory Committee Meeting
Planning Conference Room, 2 nd Floor
City Hall
515 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ
  
Please RSVP Leah Yasenchak by Friday, December 4th by 
email: eah@brsinc.com.
 
Administration and Finance: Update
Legal Notice City of Plainfield
Request for Proposals
Third Party Claims Administrator
 
Notice is hereby given that the City of Plainfield will receive Proposals on Tuesday December 1, 2015 at   11:30 A.M. in City of Plainfield, City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey for a Third Party Claims Administrator. Proposals are being solicited through a Fair and Open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-51, and the Municipal Code of the City of  Plainfield, Chapter 2, Article 10, Sections 19, 20, 21, and 22 (Ordinance MC 2011-11). Requests for Proposals (RFP) may be obtained at the City of Plainfield, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey 07060; Attn: CindyLea K. Weber, Purchasing Agent, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or www.plainfieldnj.com , the City of Plainfield's website. Proposal submissions may be mailed, upon request , by calling the Purchasing Agent's office (908) 226-2568. 

All questions regarding the RFP must be made in writing and directed to The Purchasing Agent. Questions may be faxed to (908) 753-3500. Submissions must be made in the form required by the specification. One (1) original and one (1) CD copy must be delivered to the Purchasing Agent prior to the deadline for the receipt of Proposals. All information requested in the Request for Proposals must be provided, or the submission may be disqualified. Submissions must be sealed and plainly marked on the outside of the sealed envelope to the services for which the Proposal is submitted. 

The City of Plainfield reserves the right to reject any and all submissions; to waive any informality in the RFP process; and to accept any submissions which, in their judgment, are most advantageous (price and other factors considered) and best serve the interest of the City of Plainfield. Submitters are required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A.  10:5-31 et seq., N.J.A.C. 17:27 and the "Pay to Play" rules of the City of Plainfield, pursuant to the Municipal Code of the City of Plainfield, Chapter 2, Article 10, Sections 19, 20, 21 and 22 (Ordinance MC 2011-11).
 
CindyLea K. Weber
Purchasing Agent
City of Plainfield,
County of Union
 
Public Affairs and Safety: Update
Protect Your Packages
The Plainfield Police Division is asking residents to take extra precaution during this holiday season to safeguard the delivery of packages.
In order to prevent package thefts, we suggest tracking your packages online.  If you order items online, they should be signed for and not left on the porch.
If you are not home and know when your packages will be delivered, please ask a neighbor to watch out for them.

Do not leave packages inside your home near the front or back door, or areas near windows that can be easily seen from outside. In addition, do not leave packages or valuable items visible in your vehicle.  Remember, always lock your doors.  Thank you all for your cooperation

American Red Cross Free Smoke Alarm Program
The Plainfield Fire Division is pleased announce the successful completion of the initial phase of the American Red Cross Free Smoke Alarms program.  Since our kick off campaign on October 10, 2015, we have installed 64 smoke detectors in 23 homes.  We currently have more alarms on order and it is not too late to sign up!  Call us today! 

Please call the Plainfield Fire Prevention Bureau at 908-753-3446, Monday through Friday between the times of 9:00am through 4:00pm.
 
Workforce Development
 

Jersey Job Club
The Jersey Job Club gives you the tools and support you need to find a job. We will help you develop new skills and build upon skills you already have. There are 23 local Job Clubs and six statewide industry-specific talent network Job Clubs throughout New Jersey.

T o find a good job in challenging times, successful job seekers look for opportunities to get an edge. The Jersey Job Club is just such an opportunity - and the sooner you start, the sooner you'll get results.


Job Seekers - Click on Link Below for a Listing of Local Job Fairs
Division of Parks & Recreation: Updates
 
 

 


 
Senior Citizens Center: Events

HIDDEN TREASURES THRIFT SHOP
Store hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Come and enjoy the savings.

MS. BEY'S TAI CHI FOR HEALTH
Tai Chi is a low impact, relaxing form of exercise that can be completed in about 45 minutes per day.  It is the Chinese form of art that focuses on the mental and spiritual aspects of movement.  It consists of a series of movements that are slow and gentle and doesn't leave you feeling breathless.  Join Ms. Bey every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the fitness room.

BE HEALTHY 11/23/15
Dr. Dave the foot doctor will be at the center to see our members starting at 10:00 a.m.

Learn Sodoku with Ms. Bey at 11:00 a.m.
11/24/2015
The center will travel to the CLG Food Bank in Plainfield at 11:00 a.m.
The Senior Pool Club meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m.

11/25/2015
The barber will be in at 10:00 a.m.  Please sign up with Leah.
Join us for Bingo at 10:30 a.m.
The Trip Committee meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m.
Join the seniors in traveling to ShopRite at 12:30 p.m.
 
THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER
The Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 26th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We invite members who are celebrating the holiday alone to come out and join us. The center will be closed from Friday, November 27th through Saturday, November 28th and will re-open on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m.
 
SAVE THE DATE:  THE HOLIDAY PARTY IS COMING
The annual holiday party will be held on Friday, December 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Washington Community School.  Due to a lack of participation in our large catered events, the center staff requests that all updated Plainfield residents leave a $10.00 deposit to reserve their seat.  Once you attend the event, your deposit will be refunded to you on the following Monday.  To attend, non-Plainfield residents must pay $20.00 which is non-refundable.  In order to ensure accurate attendance, all guests are asked to sign up in advance.  If you require transport, please print your name, address and phone number on the East or West End ride list.
 
Plainfield: Events


 
Plainfield: YMCA


  
 
Plainfield Learning Center
How I Teach Kids to Love Science | Cesar Harada | TED Talks   
 
Published on Nov 18, 2015
At the Harbour School in Hong Kong, Cesar Harada teaches citizen science and invention to the next generation of environmentalists. He's moved his classroom into an industrial mega-space where imaginative kids work with wood, metal, chemistry, biology, optics and, occasionally, power tools to create solutions to the threats facing the world's oceans. There, he instills a universal lesson that his own parents taught him at a young age: "You can make a mess, but you have to clean up after yourself."
Cities United For Immigration Action Statement On Governors' Refusal To Allow Refugees In Their States
For Immediate Release: November 17, 2015
Contact: CitiesUnitedForAction@gmail.com | @citiesforaction
CITIES UNITED FOR IMMIGRATION ACTION STATEMENT ON GOVERNORS' REFUSAL TO ALLOW REFUGEES IN THEIR STATES

NEW YORK - Cities United For Immigration Action (CUIA), a coalition of nearly 100 mayors, municipalities and counties, issued the following statement today in response to Governors expressing their unwillingness to accept refugees in their states:   "Our hearts go out to the people of Paris and those impacted by these senseless acts of violence. The American values of freedom and opportunity define who we are as a country, and to extend that promise to Syrian families seeking refuge from the threat of terror is imperative. As municipal leaders, we seek always to protect our communities, while we honor the diversity and growth of our cities and counties. The United States has a robust screening and background check system that ensures our safety and security is protected, as we welcome those in need of refuge onto our shores."

Other mayors expressed support individually for allowing refugees to be settled in the United States with appropriate and intensive screening in place.
"As a city and as a country it is not our custom to turn our backs on people who are in need and who are innocent. We have yet to receive guidelines from the federal or state government on how they will move forward, however should we be told that Boston is accepting refugees, we will work with our partners at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the safety of Boston residents," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh .

"We should not close our borders to any group of people fleeing the atrocities and horrors of terrorism. To do so is to hand terrorists a victory over our democracy, strengthened over the years by Americans who died or risked their lives for it. We are a strong country. We can protect our country with the appropriate and intensive screening and accept refugees seeking our protection at the same time. New York City is a proud immigrant city, and we will not turn our back on that history o r the people being persecuted and fleeing war," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio .

"We are heartbroken by the tragic events in Paris and stand with those affected by these acts of terrorism. In light of the Paris attacks, it is imperative that the Department of Homeland Security provide security guarantees to hosting communities, such as Dayton, regarding each individual seeking protection regardless of their home country. The City of Dayton does not have a role in the resettlement process of refugees. Should the decision be made to place refugees from any country in the City of Dayton, we will continue to be a leader in the welcoming movement and will champion inclusive communities that enable all residents to thrive,"  said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley .   "I support accepting Syrian refugees into the city of Columbus, state of Ohio, and the United States, provided they are rigorously screened by the federal authorities. The horrific, senseless violence in Paris should cause us to be more resilient against terrorism, but it should not cause us to shut down our borders to those in need of a safe harbor," said Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman .

Other mayors who expressed support for allowing refugees into the U.S. with security screenings, include: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, and Haledon, NJ Mayor Dom Stampone.
In recent months, mayors have joined forces with nearly 100 cities and counties as part of Cities United for Immigration Action, a coalition that is leading the effort to promote and execute the President's immigration actions nationwide.
Union County Update:
Training Supermarket Opens at Union County Vocational-Technical High School   
Press Release from Union County Website: http://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2015/11/13/training-supermarket-opens-at-union-county-vocational-technical-high-school/

Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella joined Union County Vocational-Technical School Superintendent Peter A. Capodice, representatives from the Wakefern Food Corporation and Union County Vocational-Technical (UCTECH) High School faculty and students at the ribbon cutting reopening the training supermarket at UCTECH in Scotch Plains. The market is part of the supermarket technology program that is designed to introduce students to the various aspects and career opportunities associated with the retail food industry.
State of New Jersey: Immigration Ruling a Huge Blow to NJ -Opinion
 November 19, 2015 at 8:32 AM, updated November 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM
TRENTON - Three New Jersey municipalities in Union, Hudson and Middlesex counties are under investigation by the state for stalling property reassessments for decades and could be forced to conduct revaluations.
The investigation of Jersey City, Elizabeth and Dunellen is a shot across the bow to municipalities in the three counties the state says have neglected their legal duty to ensure fair property assessments, key in determining the real estate taxes home and business owners owe.  Tax boards in these three counties have "consistently failed to require towns to uniformly and fairly assess properties," Treasury Department officials said Wednesday.

Over time, properties' assessed values grow increasingly out of line with their market values, and some owners wind up paying too much, while others pay too little. Jersey City hasn't reassessed in 27 years, Elizabeth in 39 years and Dunellen in 33 years, according to the state.  "The Division of Taxation is reluctantly taking this action because the Hudson, Middlesex and Union county tax boards have failed to do what they are supposed to do," Treasury spokesman Joe Perone said. "The state has been more than patient in trying to convince the county tax boards to meet obligations, but they have been lax in enforcement because revaluations are unpopular."

In a news release, the state also calls out Westfield, South River, East Newark, Harrison, Roselle and Winfield. They are among 32 municipalities that have not reassessed in at least 25 years, Perone said.  This would be the first time in four decades that the division is invoking its authority to force a municipality to reassess its property "because it's clear that the county tax boards and the three municipalities have no interest in complying with the law," he said.
Property revaluations can be costly and unpopular, and some owners can wind up with higher tax bills based on their new valuation.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in 2013 cancelled a citywide property revaluation, saying he feared a citywide crash in property values. A downtown property owner could see his taxes increase $12,000 despite a big drop in property value, he warned at the time.  State Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Warren), who has criticized Jersey City for evading revaluation despite increased prosperity since its last reassessment, praised the administration's announcement and potential enforcement.  "Over the nearly three decades since Jersey City's last revaluation in 1988, the New Jersey Gold Coast city has seen a substantial redevelopment and increased demand," he said in a statement. "Despite a booming real estate market that has enriched homeowners, many Jersey City residents continue to pay taxes as if they couldn't give their homes away. Even worse, the rest of New Jersey has been forced to pick up the tab while city officials have resisted efforts to be held accountable for their own spending."

In nearby Weekawken, also Hudson County, four residents recently won a suit to force the township to conduct a revaluation after arguing the township's failure to update assessments on older properties while assessing new ones at market value created unduly burdened them. It hasn't reassessed in 23 years.
According to the state Department of Treasury, the true value of Jersey City properties is $15.6 billion higher than its assessed value. In Dunellen, the market value of property exceeds the assessed value by a factor of four.
Dennis Shilling, acting director of the Division of Taxation, said a "director's ratio" - the ratio of assessed value to market value - lower than 85 percent suggests a municipality is out of compliance with a law that requires properties to be assessed uniformly statewide.

Jersey City's ratio is 27.63 percent and Dunellen's 24.51 percent. At 13.4 percent, Elizabeth's ratio is among the lowest in the state, meaning a home in Elizabeth is assessed at just 13 percent of its market value, according to the Treasury Department.  Elizabeth spokeswoman Kelly Vance, the Dunellen Mayor Robert Seader and an aide for Fulop did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  "Based on this and other available data, the division will conduct an investigate and convene public hearings for taxpayers so it can determine whether to order the three municipalities to conduct a revaluation," Shilling said.  State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), an Elizabeth resident, said it's important for every property to be assessed fairly.
"The state has that authority, and if they determine that a revaluation is necessary, they'll exercise that authority," he said.
Senator Corry Booker: Lauds Obama's Endorsement of Senate LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation
Press Release from Senator Cory Booker's website: https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=329

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) today praised the White House's endorsement of the Equality Act, comprehensivelegislation that would ban discrimination against LGBT Americans.
 
"I am grateful for President Obama's support in our legislative fight to achieve justice and equality for those who endure discrimination due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. Brave men and women in every generation throughout America's history have mustered the conviction to fight for freedom and equality against all odds - from abolitionists and suffragettes to civil rights activists. With each fight for justice, ordinary people have challenged our nation to become a more perfect union. The Equality Act would build on the work of those who have struggled and fought for LGBT rights and extend basic civil rights protections that must be guaranteed to every American."
  
The Equality Act would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, and federal funding. The bill would also add protections against sex discrimination in parts of anti-discrimination laws where these protections had not been included previously, including in public accommodations and federal funding.
 
In addition to Senators Booker, Merkley, and, Baldwin, the legislation is cosponsored in the Senate by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Harry Reid (D-NV), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
 

 
President Obama: The President Delivers a Statement on the attacks in Paris
 
Published on Nov 13, 2015
President Obama delivers a statement on the attacks in Paris. November 13, 2015.


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