F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
The Hispanic cultures of Plainfield make up 40% of our population, adding to the beautiful tapestry of diversity and cultures in our communities.  Each year, our great country celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by recognizing the cultures, histories, and great contributions of American citizens whose heritage originates from Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Spain.

In 1968, this annual observance began as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson but President Ronald Reagan expanded this in 1988 to become a 30 day period of recognition starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th. This law became official on August 17, 1988.

Important historic dates: 
  • September 15 is the Anniversary of Independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua 
  • September 16 and 18 is the Anniversary of Independence for Mexico and Chile 
  • October 12 is Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which also falls within this 30 day period
PACHA (Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs) holds monthly meetings in the Plainfield City Hall Library, and the community is welcome to attend these meetings.  For more information regarding PACHA's meetings, events, and initiatives, you may email: pachaplainfield@gmail.com
Plainfield City Hall: PACHA Commission Recognizes Columbia Independence Day

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Recognition: John Louise and Public Works 
Going Above and Beyond
Rain nor shine stands in the way of our Public Works team.  Whether the task is to brighten your neighborhood at night through my "Light up the City Initiative" or our expanded curbside pick up all year round - the Public Works Team is there for you.  At the Council meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015, the Governing Body presented a resolution honoring Public Works Superintendent John Louise and his staff. 

Excerpt from Resolution: 
"Councilmanic Resolution recognizing John Louise, Plainfield Superintendent of Public Works & The Plainfield Public Works Division for their continued devotion to exemplary public service to the Plainfield community."  
I applaud the Public Works Team's professionalism and dedication, to the residents of Plainfield, and l look forward to their continued success.  
New Jersey American Water: Letter of Increase  
New Jersey American Water
Below is a communications from Kevin Watsey, Government Affairs Manager, New Jersey American Water

Dear Mayors, Administrators, and Clerks

I am writing to inform you that on September 11 2015, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) granted New Jersey American Water an increase in rates. Since New Jersey American Water's last rate adjustment in May of 2012, the company has spent more than $775 million to replace and upgrade approximately 160 miles of water infrastructure to improve uninterrupted access to high-quality, reliable water service for its customers. During the same period, the company has lowered its operating expenses by more than $19 million. Those cost reductions supported more than $125 million of infrastructure investment with no impact on customers' bills.   

The $22 million overall increase will mean that the average customer in your town will see an increase of just $3.15 per month. New rates became effective on September 21.

In addition, I am happy to report that your town's public fire service rates will remain unchanged.

While nobody likes to hear that rates will increase, the long term cost of not performing the necessary work covered by these new rates would be far greater. It is well documented that a safe, reliable water supply is vitally important for communities to thrive. The improvements we make in our systems help ensure water is available when needed. Additionally, repairs made to water mains during an emergency can cost up to ten times more than a planned replacement or rehabilitation. Though emergencies will always occur, our strategic and proactive planning ultimately aims to lessen these occurrences and saves our customers from bearing the brunt of higher costs.

For those who may experience difficulty paying their bill on time, New Jersey American Water offers financial assistance through the H20 Help To Others™ program, and our Low Income Payment Program. These programs are administered through NJ SHARES, a statewide non-profit corporation primarily providing assistance to individuals and families in need of help meeting their energy and utility burden.

Further information explaining the increase will be mailed to customers and they may also contact our call center at 800-652-6987 or visit our website www.amwater.com/njaw.  As always, you can like us on Facebook for the most up to date information on your water company.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Watsey in the government affairs department at 856-782-2373.

Kevin Watsey 
Government Affairs Manager 
New Jersey American Water 
1025 Laurel Oak Rd 
Voorhees, NJ 08043 
Phone: 856-782-2373 
Fax: 856-782-2490 
Economic Development: Update
Community Development Resources
Notice To Service Providers
You are invited to attend a Plainfield Service Providers meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd at 9:30 AM in the City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield.  Limited parking is available in the City Hall parking lot and on the street parking is available.  We look forward to seeing you.
Feel free to contact Donna Morris at 753-3377 or Winona Cleveland at 753-3582 if you have any questions. 

Webinar: Strengthening Incarcerated Individuals and their Families through Healthy Relationship Education
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families will host a webinar on September 23, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. EDT, exploring the importance of providing healthy relationship services to incarcerated inmates and their families. This webinar will highlight two states, Ohio Department of Corrections and New Jersey Department of Corrections, discussing strategic partnerships and promising practices for working with incarcerated inmates and their families.
To register for the webinar see https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/content/webinar-strengthening-incarcerated-individuals-and-their-families-through-healthy.

 Community Service Events

Administration and Finance Update
Help Bag Hunger
September is National Hunger Action Month, a time when organizations and businesses across the country help raise awareness and raise donations to help fill the shelves of local food banks.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 the Shop Rite of Blue Star hosted a "Help Bag Hunger" event.  The City of Plainfield was honored to take part in this event.   Mr. Ron West, Director of Administration and Finance and other staff volunteered for this important cause.

Mayor's Wellness Walk

Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Public Affairs and Safety Update
Using New Technologies to Help Plainfield Residents
On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Public Affairs and Safety Director, Carl Riley announced that Patrol Officers in Plainfield will be wearing body-worn video cameras by the end of next month.  This initiative is part of New Jersey's largest county funded, multi-municipality pilot program of its kind.  Taser International will be supplying equipment, installation, and training to the participating departments during the coming weeks. All of Union County's municipal police departments were contacted earlier and Director Carl N. Riley wrote and submitted a compelling commentary expressing an interest in participating in the program.

The Plainfield Police Division is one of Eight departments of the Twenty One Union County Municipalities that has been chosen to participate.   Director Riley stated " As the Director of Public Affairs and Safety, I am committed to using all available resources to ensure that officers are professional and prepared to safeguard every citizen.  Outfitting supervisors and officers of the Patrol Bureau and Traffic Bureau with body worn cameras will be vital to continuing the progress of the Police Division. There are countless instances across the country where statistics show that use of force incidents and citizen complaints decrease when the Police Department is outfitted with body worn cameras.  Ultimately this will enhance trust and build better community relations between the public and police."
Workforce Development
Edison Job Fair
MONDAY - 09/21/2015
11:00 - 2:00  
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel  
515 US Highway 1 South  
Iselin ,  NJ   08830  
County:  Middlesex

What to Bring: - Dress your best! Treat this as a job interview with 15 Companies - Update your Resume and Bring at least 30 copies with you. - Bring at Least 30 copies of your resume - Do not bring any food/drinks/gum into the Career Fair - Make sure you visit EVERY employer at the event. - No Cell Phones inside the Career Fair room! Treat it as a large interview and be professional!

Event Details: Edison Job Fair - September 21, 2015 Job Seekers are invited to attend the Edison Job Fair on Monday, September 21, 2015. This is a great opportunity to interview with dozens of top employers hiring for positions in all types of industries. Candidates in all fields are encouraged to REGISTER TO ATTEND. Edison Job Fair Monday, September 21, 2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel 515 US Highway 1 South Iselin, NJ 08830 Industries Represented * Accounting/Auditing * Administrative and Support Services * Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations * Banking * Consumer Products * Customer Service and Call Center * Finance/Economics * Financial Services * Hospitality/Tourism * Insurance * Real Estate/Mortgage * Restaurant and Food Service * Retail/Wholesale * Sales * And many more...


Sponsored By: Coast-to-Coast Career Fairs

Contact Information:
Event Contact: Kevin McCrea
E-mail:  kevin@kmjfairs.com
Phone: (508) 981-6995
Website:  http://tinyurl.com/ptkxea7  

 The HireLifeScience.com Career Fair 2015
TUESDAY - 09/29/2015 
11am - 4pm 
Location: 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison ,  NJ   08837 

What to Bring:  Printed invitation and copies of your resume. 
Event Details:  On September 29, 2015 HireLifeScience.com will be hosting their annual HireLifeScience.com Career Fair. The HireLifeScience.com Career Fair 2015 will take place at Raritan Center - New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. There will be no recruiting agencies participating in this event, making it one of the few times candidates will meet exclusively and directly with employers from the life science industries. This means direct access to the contacts who will do the interviewing, no middle men! Candidates must possess a 4 year life science related degree and 2 years professional experience working for a Life Science related company. An invitation to attend will be sent if the minimum qualifications are met. Novo Nordisk, Covance, Johnson & Johnson and many more will be in attendance. We expect 20 or more companies. 
Directions to Event:  http://www.njexpocenter.com/directions/ 

Sponsored By:  HireLifeScience.com 
Event Contact:  Matthew Masterson 
E-mail:   matthew@hirelifescience.com 
Phone:  (609) 308-2658 
Edison Health Career Fair
WEDNESDAY - 10/07/2015 
10am - 2pm 
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Hotel - Edison Raritan Center 
50 Raritan Center Parkway 
Edison ,  NJ   08837 

What to Bring:  Resume & a Smile! 
Event Details:  A Health Career Fair for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, CMAs, MAs, CHHAs, Direct Care, PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs and SLPs. FT * PT *Per Diem - All shifts available. Meet Face to Face with Recruiters, fill out applications and Get a Job! 

Additional Information:  Free Parking. 

Sponsored By:  Guide Publications - Jersey Job Guide 

Contact Information:
Event Contact:  Stacey LaBruno 
E-mail:   stacey@njguidepublications.com 
Phone:  (732) 263-9675 
Website:   www.guidepubs.net  

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
Health Fair Events
Free Diabetes Program Offered in Spanish at El Centro Hispanoamericano in Plainfied
Are you living with diabetes or know someone who is? We invite you to attend a six-weeks Diabetes Self-Management Workshop series which will be conducted in Spanish. Participants will learn about diabetes and its risks; the role of diet and exercise; how to deal with pain, fatigue and depression; how to effectively communicate with healthcare providers; managing medications and much more.

Join us for these free workshops at El Centro Hispanoamericano, located at 525 E. Front street in Plainfield. Workshops take place on Mondays from September 28 to November 9, 2015 (excluding October 12), from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The exact dates are: 9/28/15, 10/5/15, 10/19/15, 10/26/15, 11/2/15, and 11/9/15.  

For more information or to register for these free workshops, call Silvia Hernandez at (908) 753-8730.

Plainfield YMCA

Plainfield Learning Center
Why Vaccines are Made Too Late... If They're Made At All
Published on Sep 17, 2015
It seems like we wait for a disastrous disease outbreak before we get serious about making a vaccine for it. Seth Berkley lays out the market realities and unbalanced risks behind why we aren't making vaccines for the world's biggest diseases.

Plainfield Education Update
The Plainfield Public School District is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at all of its schools and pre-K Early Education Centers.  A district-wide celebration will take place on October 16, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The students and their parents are urged to RSVP online at www.plainfieldnjk12.org. For a listing of all the Plainfield Public Schools' Hispanic Heritage events, please visitwww.plainfieldnjk12.org.
Its official, Plainfield High School will celebrate HOMECOMING on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The celebration will begin with  "Spirit Week" starting Monday, October 19.  There will be a Pep Rally, on Thursday, at 1:30 p.m.; a Bonfire on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the Homecoming Dance and Crowing of the King and Queen and the Court, at 7:00 p.m.  HOMECOMING GAME is Saturday, October 24,  starting at 2:00 p.m. at Hub Stine Sports Complex, 14 Randolph Road.  Come cheer the team!! Go Cardinals!
The Plainfield Board of Education welcomes new member, Mr. Richard Wyatt.  Mr. Wyatt, is Assistant Assessor, for the Tax Assessor for the City of Plainfield, the office that is responsible for the fair assessment of all real property in Plainfield, in order that the tax burden may be equally distributed.  Mr. Wyatt is also co-founder of the civic organization, "Calling on 100 men!"  The organization, in partnership with the Plainfield Public School District, that was responsible for bringing over 100 men, in their business suits, to shake the hands of Plainfield High School students as they entered the school on their first day of class, September 3, 2015.  The goal was to let students know the community supports them and wants them to be successful during the school year.
Plainfield Public School students can begin earning college credits, as early as the ninth grade, via the Upward Bound program offered by Rutgers University, to Plainfield Public School high school students.  Students can enroll in the year-round college preparation programs, that offer them exciting ways to earn college credits, individual tutoring and advice, visits to colleges, and an opportunity to earn scholarships, grants and stipends. Students interested in the sciences may join Upward Bound Math-Science Program.  The parents participation is requested at key events. To participate students must fill out an online application at access.rutgers.edu.  The application deadline is December 18, 2015.  Students are urged to sign up now!
Please mail or bring your application to Rutgers Upward Bound Office, Lucy Stone Hall A316, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854.  Plainfield High School students may bring their application to Guidance Counselor, Roberta Wilson, Room 618, in the North Building.
Plainfield Public Schools District will be providing transportation to Plainfield High School students, who are interested in participating in the Rutgers College Fair for undocumented students, on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The fair will take place at Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  Translation will be provided. For additional information visit www.plainfieldk12nj.org.
Plainfield High School students are participating in the Gannett Media Education program that offers students and faculty free access to newspapers online.  The program provides access to local newspapers via the e-Newspaper at no cost to the school.  Journalism Teacher, Sebastian Hill, is participating in the program with his class and is providing his students with up-to date, current instruction, while incorporating innovative learning strategies to improve their literacy and critical thinking skills.
Breast Cancer Awareness events are planned for October 15-October 27.  The "Plainfield Passionistas" and the Plainfield Public Schools, are partnering to bring to the community several events, starting Thursday, October 15, 2015, with Line Dancing at Plainfield High School, from 4-5:30pm; PINK DAY on Friday, October 23, 2015; and a Cancer Awareness and Health Fair/Walk on Tuesday, October 27 from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.  For additional information, please call Janice Woods, at 908-397-0158 or visit www.plainfieldnjk12.org.
Plainfield Arts and Culture
Frontiers International - Westry Horne Cultural and Heritage Series
Black Media: A Status Report with Radio personality, Filmmaker, and National Activist
Bob Law. 

Saturday, September 26,2015 from 1:00 - 4:00pm at The Washington Community School  Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Ave, Plainfield, NJ. Light refreshments will be available.

This event is free and is supported by funds from the Union County HEART Grant and the  Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club. Please come out and spread the word. F or additional information call 908-868-8704 .

The Plainfield Symphony
Plainfield Grassroots Community Development Gala
The Plainfield Grassroots CDC provides great educational support services to the Plainfield area communities with one of the best SAT prep programs in NJ, an outstanding STEM program called "Out of The Box Club", and a summer day camp. Please help the PGCDC help the youth and families in our community. The PGCDC is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization.

Second Street Youth Foundation Event

Union County Update:  Prosecutor Launches Countywide Police Body Camera Program

Having the truth available is more protection than anything, said acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park as she was talking about a countywide body camera pilot program. (Video by Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media)

New Jersey State Update: These 4 Factors Determine How Much you Pay for Gas
On September 15, 2015 at 9:38 AM, updated September 15, 2015 at 1:59 PM

What goes in to calculating gas prices?
There's the price of crude oil and the cost of refining it into gas, but other factors go into the final price that drivers pay at the pump.

There are four things that make up the gas and diesel fuel price that drivers pay at the pump, according to the federal  Energy Information Administration

In July, which was the most recent break down from the EIA, the price of crude oil makes up almost half of the per-gallon price. It's also the most volatile, because it is traded on commodities markets. You can see how the price for a barrel of crude oil changes each trading day.

Senator Cory Booker: Criminal Justice Reform with the Coalition of Religious Leaders
Criminal Justice Reform with the Coalition of Religious Leaders
Criminal Justice Reform with the Coalition of Religious Leaders
President Obama: The President Speaks on College Access and Affordability
College Access and Affordability
President Obama travels to North High School in Des Moines, Iowa to hold a townhall on college access and affordability. September 14, 2015

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