F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.

As a Plainfielder, there's a lot to be thankful for. We're blessed to live in one of the most diverse cities in the state with an energized and engaged citizenry.     No doubt about it - Plainfield is progressing. I'm proud to be an American, a Plainfielder, and to serve as your Mayor. I am determined to make a positive difference.

The Queen City has big plans for this coming weekend when, as you know, Americans will celebrate the nation's 239th birthday!  We have plenty to celebrate as President Obama rides the waves of an incredible week due to the Supreme Court's rulings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Same Sex Marriages, rounded out with Congress' approval and passage of his international trade deal.

During this July Fourth weekend, we will come TOGETHER and celebrate both our great city and country through Plainfield's 92nd Annual July Fourth parade, a concert, and fireworks! You will find very helpful information in the postings below as you plan your weekend.

Here are this week's updates:
  • Plainfield July 4th Celebration
  • Union County July Fifth Event 
  • Plainfield Road Closure
  • Economic Development Update
  • Administration and Finance Update
  • Public Affairs and Safety Update
  • Workforce Development Update
  • Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Plainfield Health Center Events
  • Plainfield Health and Wellness Fair
  • Plainfield YMCA Update
  • Plainfield Education Update
  • Plainfield Learning Center
  • Union County Update: New Owners of Million-Dollar Home Spooked by "Watcher"
  • State of New Jersey Update: Speaker Prieto on Restoring Tax Credit for Working NJ Families
  • Senator Cory Booker: Criminal Justice Reform
  • President Obama: Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage and an Update on Overtime 

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Plainfield July 4th Celebration 
Plainfield July 4th Line-up:

Plainfield's 92nd  Annual July 4th Celebration - parade, concert & fireworks display in Cedarbrook Park is back this year with an exciting line-up featuring fun for the whole family! This exciting event celebrates our diverse community's patriotic heritage and shares the love of our great nation with all of Plainfield.

  • July 4th Parade kicks-off at 10AM - With Grand Marshall, Flor Gonzalez
  • Concert at Cedarbrook Park starts at 5PM - Host Kenny Williams
  • Fireworks will start at dusk at Cedarbrook Park
Union County July Fifth Event 

Plainfield Road Closure Notice 

  • Watchung Avenue - Remains closed through July 20, 2015
Economic Development Update
Community Development Programs
Plainfield Service Providers Directory
The Department of Community Development is at this time beginning the revisions and modifications of the Plainfield Service Providers Directory.           The Directory  is a resource provided by our Mayor to advise Plainfield residents of services and resources that are available to them. While this is not an "Exhaustive" Directory,  every effort is being made to include our active Service Providers. If you would like to be included or wish to have your information modified, please contact our office: 908-753-3610

Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program (CHAP)
Another Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program's (C.H.A.P.) successfully completed job. This property owner received installation of a new  gutters.

Another Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program's (C.H.A.P.) successfully completed job. This property owner received installation of a new
Front Storm Door.

Administration and Finance Update

Plainfield Center of Islamic Enlightenment - Ramadan Community Dinner

On June 27th, 2015, the Plainfield Center of Islamic Enlightenment (PCIE) hosted a Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner at their mosque. The dinner was organized to celebrate the month of Ramadan and to foster friendships with the City of Plainfield community.  Ramadan is about individuals limiting their intake of food and drink during daylight hours and participating in celebratory evening get-togethers with friends and families over food.


At the end of each day, the fast is broken with a meal called Iftar. The meal is generally simple and designed to provide nourishment. Iftar also provides an opportunity for family and friends to celebrate together over a large meal.  For religiously observant Muslims, breaking the fast may also be accompanied by special readings of the Qur'an.


After everyone was seated and the guests were welcomed at the Iftar community dinner, greetings were brought by Councilman Cory Storch and Councilwoman Diane Toliver; Fire Chief Frank Tidwell; Shep Brown, Director of Community Relations and Social Services; and Mr. Barry Goode. 


There was a significant showing by members of the Plainfield Fire Department, and for many of them, their first Iftar. This is the second time members of the Fire Department attended an event at PCIE. Guests were excited about the opportunity to get to know one another and support the City of Plainfield as it continues to grow in its diversity.   We all look forward to many more community events sponsored by the PCIE.  



Plainfield Senior Center Upcoming Activities:

Please see list of activities below and call (908) 753-3506 for additional information:

The Union County Aging and Disability Resource Connection will be at the center on Wednesday, July 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to distribute food vouchers to Union County residents age 60 and over. Please bring proof of residency and current income with you. You will receive four vouchers totaling $20.00.

Please Note: Social Security no longer provides a representative at the center. Your membership must be current in order to receive a voucher. 



2015 Senior Farmer's Market Vouchers

For more information call (908) 753-3506









Public Affairs and Safety Update

Workforce Development
Free Job Training - Project Ready
Project Ready will be accepting applications for its free six-week job preparedness program on July 7 at 9:30 AM.  Students receive training in basic business and computer skills as well as resume writing, interviewing & job searching techniques. Project Ready is located within St. Joseph Social Service Center at 118 Division St. in Elizabeth. For more information, please call (908) 353-1045 x 213 or visit www.stjosephelizabeth.org

Job Seekers - Click on Link Below for a Listing of Local Job Fairs

Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity
Excerpt from Article:
As artificial intelligence increasingly makes many jobs obsolete, success in the future will belong to those able to tolerate ambiguity in their work. Too many recent graduates, however, approach their job descriptions the way they did a syllabus in college---as a recipe for winning in a career. They want concrete, well-defined tasks, as if they were preparing for an exam in college. "Excelling at any job is about doing the things you weren't asked to do," said Mary Egan, founder of Gathered Table, a Seattle-based start-up and former senior vice president for strategy and corporate development at Starbucks. "This generation is not as comfortable with figuring out what to do."

"Excelling at any job is about doing the things you weren't asked to do." - Mary Egan, founder of Gathered Table in Seattle and former senior vice president at Starbucks

Selingo, Jeff. "Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity." N.p., 29 June 2015. Web. 1 July 2015. <https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fpulse%2Fwanted-college-graduates-tolerance-ambiguity-jeff-selingo>.

LinkedIn Series:

Part 4 - How to view someone else's connections list on LinkedIn

Do you want to view someone else's LinkedIn® connections list and look for persons who are known to you? Watch this video to know about the steps to view someone else's connections list on LinkedIn®. 

Division of Parks and Recreation is Working for our Youth and Seniors






Plainfield Health Center Events


Plainfield Health and Wellness Fair

Plainfield YMCA

Plainfield Education Update

Plainfield High School welcomes New Principal
Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin-Pyles is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Willie Worley, as principal of Plainfield High School, effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Worley replaces Mr. Otis Brown who retired from the Plainfield Public School District after 41 years of service in the education field.

Since 2010, Mr. Worley served as Vice Principal of Weequahic High School, in Newark Public Schools. At Weequahic High School, Mr. Worley had extensive supervisory responsibilities over a number of initiatives and student programs. We warmly welcome Mr. Worley to his new role in the district's flagship school. PHS has a student enrollment of approximately 1,500 students, with a professional staff of 125 members, 40% of whom have advanced degrees. PHS offers a comprehensive educational program, a highly competitive athletic program, college and career preparatory courses, and over 25 clubs and activities are available for students' active participation to expand their knowledge and further develop their talents. The school's robotics team and debate team are among the best in the State of New Jersey. For additional information, please visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org

Kindergarten and Pre-K Enrollment
Registration is still open for children ages 3-4 to enroll in Pre-K programs. Also, open is registration for Kindergarten for children who will be age five (5) by October 1st.
Please contact the following:
* Pre-K Registration 908-908-731-4372
* Kindergarten Registration -908-731-4321

Summer School Programs at Plainfield Public Schools to start July 6, 2015
Plainfield students are ready to start their Summer Enrichment programs at Plainfield Public Schools. Months prior to the beginning of the summer, the parents enrolled their children via registration applications sent home by their schools. Enrollment has been excellent this year and we congratulate the students and their families for taking part in the summer of fun and learning opportunity. 


The summer 2015 Academic Programs sponsored by Plainfield Public Schools will start as follows:

  • Plainfield High School Credit Recovery Academy for Potential Graduating Seniors (ONLY) will take place at Plainfield High School, Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M., with graduation expected on August 30.
  • 21st Century CCLC/SBYS Summer Learning Camp, for students in Grades 4 - 11, will be held July 6 to August 7 at Clinton School.

Elementary School Summer Camps will be held from July 6-July 30, 2015 - Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM as follows:

  • SOAR: (Summer Opportunity to Achieve Readiness) Grades 1-5 at Cedarbrook School
  • SPED: Extended School Year (Grades Pre K - 12) at Clinton School and PHS
  • Cook & Woodland Summer Enrichment (Rising 3rd & 4th grade students) at Cook School
  •  Summer ELL Academy (Grades K - 11) Locations: Cedarbrook, Emerson, Jefferson, & PHS
  • The Jefferson Literacy and Math Academy (Rising K - 4th grade students) at Jefferson School
  •  Maxson Summer STEM Program (Grades 6 -8) at Maxson Middle School
  • Summer Robotics and Engineering & Performing Arts Program (Grades 9 -12) at Plainfield Academy for Academic and Advanced Studies.

For questions, please call Gloria Montealegre, Community Engagement:           908-731-4333. Or visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org 

Plainfield Learning Center

Filing Disability Appeals Is Now Easier and Faster
If you need to appeal a Social Security disability decision, you can now:
File your appeal online and upload your supporting documents
File your appeal even if you're abroad and not in the United States
Find a shorter appeals process online
Receive quicker decisions from Social Security

If you wish to submit an appeal online, be sure to provide the necessary documents to support your appeal online. Learn more about the appeals process.

Social Media Series
Twitter Tutorial for Beginners

Twitter - What is a Hashtag?

Plainfield Arts and Culture

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" kicks off tour at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield on July 12

Excerpt from Article:

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present Shakespeare in the Park featuring The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Next Stage Ensemble performing "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare and directed by Illana Stein. Admission is free at each of the six performances.

"Shakespeare's works have survived the test of time and remain undeniably some of the most significant words ever written," said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. "This summer's tour of "Romeo and Juliet" in our parks provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to experience the most beloved playwright who ever lived."

News, Suburban. "Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' Kicks off Tour at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield on July 12." NJ.com, 22 June 2015. Web. 24 June 2015. <http://www.nj.com/suburbannews/index.ssf/2015/06/shakespeares_romeo_and_juliet.html>.
Union County Update:   New Owners of Million-Dollar Home Spooked by "Watcher"
After paying $1.3 million, the owners of a six-bedroom home in Union County, N.J., have been stalked by a person called "the watcher" who has left dozens of creepy letters. They're suing the seller charging the owner knew of the problem while selling.
New Jersey State Update: Speaker Prieto on Restoring Tax Credit for Working NJ Families (A-4602)

Restoring Tax Credit for Working NJ Families
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) discusses the Legislature's recent action to restore a tax credit benefiting working New Jersey families.

The bill (A-4602) increases the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 30 percent of the federal credit after years of Christie administration cuts to the successful anti-poverty program. The governor reduced the tax credit to 20 percent of the federal credit from 25 percent in his first budget in 2010, effectively raising taxes on low-income families by $45 million, and failed to restore it in subsequent years.

Senator Cory Booker: Criminal Justice Reform
Congressional Black Caucus Message to America: Criminal Justice Reform
In his remarks, Senator Cory Booker explains how America can move forward by reforming our broken criminal justice system.

President Obama: Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage and an Update on Overtime 
Obama Applauds Same-Sex Marriage Decision
President Obama says the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision is another step toward equality in the United States.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Overtime

Except from Article:

The Department of Labor has announced a proposed rule that would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white collar workers within the first year of its implementation. Failure to update the overtime regulations has left an exception to overtime eligibility originally meant for highly-compensated executive, administrative, and professional employees now applying to workers earning as little as $23,660 a year. For example, a convenience store manager, fast food assistant manager, or some office workers may be expected to work 50 or 60 hours a week or more, making less than the poverty level for a family of four, and not receive a dime of overtime pay. Today's proposed regulation is a critical first step toward ensuring that hard-working Americans are compensated fairly and have a chance to get ahead. 


Click Here to Read Entire Article


"Wage and Hour Division (WHD)." <i>Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Overtime</i>. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 June 2015. <http://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/NPRM2015/>.
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