F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
As a community, we have all taken notice of the recent events in the country... from the recent shooting that claimed the lives of our military on July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga, TN, to the unjust arrest of Sandra Bland for a minor traffic violation on July 10, 2015 in Waller County, TX.  Ms. Bland was put in jail and found dead on July 13, 2015. This incident is now the subject of an on-going investigation.  We are all keeping a watchful eye as more and more of these heart wrenching incidents unfold and claim the lives of the innocent.  Whether young or old, this is a lot to process and digest.
All Plainfield residents, business community, non-profit and faith-based organizations are invited to a Plainfield community forum, Healing, Opportunities, Possibilities, and Education (H.O.P.E.).  I encourage everyone
to come out and let your voices be heard! Let's join forces and collaborate to  build a stronger and more engaged community with a quality of life that everyone desires and deserves.
The Forum will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the Rose of Sharon Community Church, 825 West 7th Street, Plainfield.


My staff and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Here are this week's updates:
  • Plainfield Community Forum
  • Plainfield National Night Out
  • Plainfield Road Closure
  • The Salvation Army Christmas in July 2015 Bicycle Giveaway
  • ACA (Affordable Care Act) Recognition
  • CUIA (Cities United for Immigration Action) Letter of Support
  • Administration and Finance Update
  • Public Affairs and Safety Update
  • Workforce Development Update
  • Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Plainfield Health Fair Events
  • Plainfield YMCA Update
  • Plainfield Education Update
  • Plainfield Learning Center
  • Union County Update: Freeholders Still Accepting Artwork Entries for Public Art Project
  • State of New Jersey Update: Student Summer Meal Program Available
  • Senator Cory Booker: Service Academy Applications
  • President Obama: Speaks on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Plainfield Community Forum 

Plainfield National Night Out





Plainfield Road Closure Notice 

Park and Watchung Avenues Bridge Replacement Milestones and Road Closures

  • 8/10/2015 - Close Gavett Place to begin erecting new bridges. NOTE:   North Ave. will be closed to WB traffic (eastbound only) in order to avoid U-turns due to the closure of Gavett Place.
The Salvation Army Christmas in July 2015 Bicycle Giveaway


I attended the Salvation Army Christmas in July Bicycle Giveaway on Thursday, July 23, 2015, and was pleased to see the community come together for such a great event.  The bike give-away fosters positive community partnerships and benefits children in need.  Family activities included information sharing, bicycle obstacle course, and bike and helmet give-aways.

ACA (Affordable Care Act) Recognition


The City of Plainfield received a certificate of recognition from the Oranges Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator Project for participation in spreading awareness of the ACA throughout the community. We successfully enrolled over 1,500 Plainfield residents into affordable health plans 


The third open enrollment period starts November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016.  For answers to any questions concerning an existing or new health plan, call: 973-500-6015, or you can visit a Plainfield Navigator every Monday from 9am - 5pm at the City Hall Annex.  


CUIA (Cities United for Immigration Action) Letter of Support


Administration and Finance Update

Delinquent Taxes

The City is preparing for the sale of tax liens for those properties with outstanding 2014 Municipal and/or PMUA taxes. In order to remove your name before the list of delinquent taxpayers is advertised, payment must be received in the Office of the Tax Collector by August 20, 2015.


Notice to Vendors

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3, the State Treasurer has increased the minimum bid threshold from $36,000 to $40,000 for entities subject to the Local Public Contracts Law whose purchasing agents possess a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) certificate awarded by the Division of Local Government Services.  As such, the new quote threshold for local units with QPAs is

$6,000 (15% of the $40,000 QPA bid threshold).


Local units that do not have a QPA-certified purchasing agent remain subject to the $17,500 minimum bid threshold set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3 and 40A:11-9a, with the corresponding quote threshold remaining $2,625 (15% of the $17,500 non-QPA bid threshold).


Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-3, the State Treasurer has also increased the minimum bid thresholds for school districts with QPA-certified purchasing agents from $36,000 to $40,000.  Like local units with QPAs, the new quote threshold for school districts with QPAs is $6,000.


The minimum bid threshold for those school districts without QPA-certified purchasing agents has also been increased from $26,000 to $29,000, with the corresponding quote threshold increased to $4,350 (15% of the $29,000 non-QPA school district bid threshold).


The bid threshold adjustments are effective as of July 1, 2015.  The Division will be issuing a Local Finance Notice further discussing the matter. 


If you have any questions - Contact the Office of Administration & Finance at 908-208-2435 or Purchasing at 908-226-2500. 

Volunteers Make a Difference
Are you interested in community service? Then why not volunteer at a Food pantry? Volunteers are vital to the work of food pantries. There are several opportunities in the City of Plainfield to help people in need.   They are located at houses of worship, social service agencies and food banks. Food pantries desperately need individuals to assist with food collection, food distribution, stocking and client check-in. You can help us make a difference.    Please contact Plainfield Action Services at (908) 753-3519.


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 verification of income with you. You will receive four vouchers totaling $20.00.

Please Note: Social Security no longer provides a representative at the center. 


2015 Senior Farmer's Market Vouchers

For more information call (908) 753-3506





Public Affairs and Safety Update
Plainfield Fire Division Recruits 
On Wednesday, July 22nd, the Plainfield Fire Division's twelve recruits completed their training at the Middlesex Fire Academy. For the next two weeks, the new Firefighters will be involved in internal standard operating procedure training. Upon completion, they will be assigned to engine companies in all three of the City's fire stations. Please join me in welcoming the newest of the bravest, who have taken the oath to protect and to serve.
Workforce Development
TUESDAY - 07/28/2015
5pm - 7pm

CROWNE PLAZA  -  2055 Lincoln Hwy ,  Edison , NJ 08817,  Middlesex, NJ 

What to Do and Bring: Dress Professionally; Bring at least 15 copies of your resume; Be ready to network with other candidates. A job fair is a great networking opportunity to connect with hundreds of other candidates in the marketplace. Even if you are unsure about meeting with a company, approach them and pitch yourself and your skills, you never know where it will lead. The best chance to obtain the interview is to actually attend the event. Hiring managers are looking for those candidates that take the initiative to actually ATTEND the fair

Event Details: YOU SHOULD PRE-REGISTER for the event(s) you plan to attend, hiring managers will have access to your resume, this will increase your chances of connecting with the hiring companies. Please click or post the link below into your browser http://careershowcase.com/event-details/?eventid=297&venueid=44 to pre register. 5pm company presentations begin. Be on time for this informative session. Each company will present themselves to you in a theatre like environment so that you can familiarize yourself with what the company does and what they are hiring for. After the presentations, you will have the opportunity to meet with the companies that interest you most.

Additional Information:  Contact -  Brad Edwards at 732-424-2532   



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

Doing Business with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The VA is responsible for the overseeing the operation of a nationwide system of hospitals, clinics, regional offices, data processing centers, etc. that require a variety of goods and services.  These goods and services are purchased on a national and regional level as well as on a local level from small businesses.     At this seminar, we'll cover:

  • Best Ways to Market and Sell Your Products/Services
  • Bidding Opportunities

Learn what opportunities are available for your business with the VA at this event.


Date: August 6, 2015 @ 8:30 am -  1:00 pm
Location: 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083 United States

Click Here for More Information



Doing Business with the US Department of Interior

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) manages America's vast natural and cultural resources and relies on the help of America's businesses to maintain roads, bridges, schools, office buildings, irrigation systems and reservoirs.

Each of the DOI bureaus and other major organizations within DOI has its own procurement office.  The DOI procurement organizations contract with the private sector for a variety of supplies, equipment and services.

DOI's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is committed to providing a full and open competitive environment for procurement opportunities.  If you are seeking a contracting opportunity with DOI and want to learn more about the roles small businesses play at the Interior, this is the workshop for you.

Date:  August 20, 2015 @ 8:30 am -  1:00 pm
Location: 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083 United States

Click Here for More Information

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

Pictures from Movie Night - Hannah Atkins Playground





Movie Night Schedule





Health Fair Events


Plainfield YMCA

Plainfield Education Update

Ribbon-Cutting ceremony at Plainfield High School

A Ribbon-Cutting ceremony was held Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Plainfield High Schools (PHS). Among the attendees were Student Athletes, their Coaches and the Cheerleading Squad  who cheered the crowd on during the re-inauguration of the recently renovated PHS gymnasium. We are very proud of the renovations to the gym floor. We are confident that our students and the entire community of Plainfield appreciate the school District keeping its facilities up to the highest standards. The PHS Main Gym floor underwent a quality refinishing process to upgrade the look and feel of the floor. The floor was sanded to bare wood and sealed with two coats of certified 350 V.O.C. compliant oil modified polyurethane sealer, products of the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Authority (MFMA), The Sports Authority. After painting, lining, and applying the custom logo, the floor was sealed with finishing coats of NBA standard polyurethane finish. The basketball "keys" were also painted red to enhance the visual appeal of the floor. 


Plainfield Public School Summer Program

Our Summer School Programs are winding down...Thursday, July 30 will be the last day for students.  Please visit our website to view photographs of the students inside the classrooms and outdoors where they are receiving a high quality of enrichment programs including Literacy and Math Programs; English Language for English Learners (ELL); Robotics; Reading readiness; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) Program; Intensive Visual and Performing Arts Programs, and more.  Visit www.plainfieldk12nj.org  


Pre-k Registration and Kidndergarten Registration

We would like to remind parents that Pre-K registration is open Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m.  No appointment is necessary.  Free screening for your preschooler when you  bring him/her to registration. Receive free screenings for vision, hearing, height, weight, and blood pressure. Register at Early Childhood Programs and Services Office, located at 209 Berckman St.  Should you have any questions, please call 908-731-4372.


Family Picnic

The Plainfield Public Schools Family Success Center is offering a Family Picnic on July 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The event is FREE and open to the public. The Location is: 209 Berckman St.


Stay Connected

To receive notices on your telephone about Plainfield Public Schools please visit our website and download the FREE APP for Plainfield Public Schools at www.plainfieldk12nj.org


Plainfield Learning Center

NIH (National Institute of Health): Preparing for Your Medical Visit



Perspectives for a Diverse America
Teaching Tolerance's Perspectives for a Diverse America is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias content with the rigor of the Common Core.

Plainfield Arts and Culture
Jazz in the Sanctuary


Union County Summer Concert Series

Good Vibrations (Beach Boys Tribute)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 @ 7PM

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside, NJ

Union County Update:   Freeholders Still Accepting Artwork Entries for Public Art Project
Press Release:
Union County, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders offers a call for entries to all 2D visual artists living and working in Union County to participate in the County's first Art Outside The Box  public art project - a nontraditional exhibition opportunity that broadens and diversifies public exposure to art murals. The theme of this art project is diversity. The deadline for entry is August 1, 2015. There is no fee required to participate.

Click Here to Read Entire Article

"Freeholders Still Accepting Artwork Entries for Public Art Project." Union County New Jersey. N.p., 16 July 2015. Web. 21 July 2015. <http%3A%2F%2Fucnj.org%2Fpress-releases%2Fpublic-info%2F2015%2F07%2F16%2Ffreeholders-still-accepting-artwork-entries-for-public-art-project%2F>.
New Jersey State Update: Student Summer Meal Program Available
Excerpt from Article:

Richmond, Lynne. "Department of Agriculture | STUDENT SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM AVAILABLE." Department of Agriculture | STUDENT SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM AVAILABLE. State of NJ Department of Agriculture, 14 July 2015. Web. 21 July 2015. <http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/news/press/2015/approved/press150714.html>.
Senator Cory Booker: Service Academy Applications
Excerpt from Cory Booker Website:

Thank you for your interest in serving our country! As your Senator, I am honored to select outstanding young New Jersey residents for nomination to the service academies: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy. It fills me with pride to see the hundreds of patriotic and driven young women and men from New Jersey who wish to serve our country.


Due to the high volume of applicants and limited number of permitted nominations per member of Congress, I strongly encourage all candidates to also apply for a nomination from Senator Menendez, their U.S. Representative, and other possible nomination sources such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and the Secretary of Army, Navy, or Air Force. Applying to other offices will not affect your chances of securing a nomination from Senator Booker.


The application and all supporting materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2015. If for any reason you cannot submit the entire application electronically, all materials should be postmarked by October 16, 2015. Incomplete or late applications postmarked after October 16, 2015 will not be accepted.


Click Here to See Application Criteria

 "Service Academy Application." Cory Booker United States Senator for New Jersey. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 July 2015. <https%3A%2F%2Foampublic.senate.gov%2Fconstituent%2Flogin%2F4c093dc2-4c8d-47f4-ab0b-a5fcf5c1642c%2F>.
President Obama: Speaks on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

President Obama delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. July 20, 2015.
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