F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
 My sincere gratitude to the large number of enthusiastic residents who participated in the 2015 National Night Out, an event that began nearly 29 years ago under the leadership of former Councilwoman Elizabeth Urquhart. An integral part of this year's event was the recreation of her idea for a caravan through Plainfield's four wards.
I had the privilege of presenting plaques to residents who continually demonstrate an on-going commitment to the cause of crime fighting including sports activist Nancy Jordan; city employee and volunteer Rose Marie Cathcart; and Carlos Ponton of the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
Kudos to the Plainfield Police Division whose outstanding work was featured in a short film shown during the event.

I thank the staff and the entire community for making the City of Plainfield's 29th Annual Night Out event a huge success! 

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Plainfield National Night Out






National Night Out 2015

August 4, 2015... what an evening!  Over three hundred Plainfield residents came together to enjoy the City of Plainfield's 29th Annual National Night Out events. The evening began with the Mayor's National Night Out Caravan. Mayor Mapp was joined by the Governing Body and other  officials who drove through all four wards of Plainfield offering greetings to the residents.


An important part of the Plainfield National Night Out event was the Community Award Ceremony where four members representing each of the four wards in Plainfield were honored.  The recipients of the community Service awards were Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Urquhart, Rose Marie Cathcart, Nancy Jordan and Carlos Ponton.  


The Governing Body also recognized the many Plainfield Block Associations for their efforts in our communities.  The evening truly belonged to Plainfield's finest. A video Tribute to Plainfield Police was shown on a large movie screen.  The Plainfield Police division was also recognized for their efforts in connecting with our community, and for their tireless and constant dedication. They place their lives on the line every day as they serve and protect our great City. 


Click Here to Watch Plainfield Police Tribute Video


Crime is Down in Plainfield: Plaintalker II
From Plaintalker II

A National Night Out Message

By Bernice Paglia

Someone asked at the Community Forum whether crime was really down.

If you want to check for yourself, you can go to the state web site, then under Departments & Agencies go to the Department of Law & Safety, Office of the Attorney General and from there to the Division of State Police and finally to Uniform Crime Reports.

Well, maybe not finally - you still have to get the Plainfield report out of a very long list of municipalities. Hint: It's on Page 512 of the report, though the page itself is numbered 511.

Anyway, once you get there, you will see categories of crime and year-over-year numbers, along with a comparison to New Jersey totals. So yes, you can see that for Plainfield Total Crime dropped by 6.1 percent, the Crime Index dropped by 8.1 percent, Violent Crime was down by 15.5 percent and Non-Violent Crime was down by 5.7 percent. So lift a drink of water, soda, juice or what former Police Chief John Driscoll used to call an "adult beverage" and make a toast to the Queen City on National Night Out!

These percentages are based on figures for Jan.-Dec. 2013 vs. Jan.-Dec. 2014. Some quarterly figures for 2015 are also posted and for the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2015, figures show even higher percentages of decline in crime:

Total: -30.0%
Crime Index: -36.9%
Violent Crime: -10.3%
Non Violent Crime: -42%

Crime is down in general statewide, as indicated in the first chart on the list for 2013 versus 2014. However, the perception of crime tends to persist in urban centers. But you can see by the numbers that when Mayor Adrian O. Mapp says Plainfield is a safe city, he has a factual basis. That doesn't mean you can leave your house or car unlocked or otherwise ignore simple precautions when you go on vacation - there are always some criminal types looking for opportunities anywhere. Still, Plainfield appears to be doing well, and with the combined efforts of residents and police, will likely do even better in days to come. 


Paglia, B. (2015, August 4). Plaintalker II. Retrieved August 6, 2015, from http://ptalker2.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-national-night-out-message.html 

Plainfield Joins Four Other Municipalities to Participate in Freeholder Board Creative Placemaking Project

Excerpt from Press Release:

Union County, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce Plainfield as the fourth municipality to participate in the County's first Art Outside The Box public art project. Art Outside The Box is a new countywide creative placemaking project created to support Union County visual artists by offering a nontraditional exhibition opportunity that broadens and diversifies public exposure to art murals.


Visual artists are invited to submit original artwork for consideration to cover traffic control boxes at four different locations in Plainfield.

"The Freeholder Board is pleased to include Plainfield in this year's collaborative creative placemaking pilot project," said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. "By integrating visual art with public spaces, Art Outside The Box seeks to provide our communities with opportunities that celebrate creativity, enhance community identity, and encourage cultural tourism."


"Call for Artists - Plainfield Joins Four Other Municipalities to Participate in Freeholder Board Creative Placemaking Project." Ucnj.org. Union County, 3 Aug. 2015. Web. 4 Aug. 2015. <http%3A%2F%2Fucnj.org%2Fpress-releases%2Fpublic-info%2F2015%2F08%2F03%2Fcall-for-artists-plainfield-joins-four-other-municipalities-to-participate-in-freeholder-board-creative-placemaking-project%2F>.
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.
Economic Development Update

Community Development Programs



CHAP Program 


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.

New Jersey SHARES

Plainfield Action Services (PAS) is committed to continually search out ways to bring support to the citizens of Plainfield.  PAS is now an authorized Intake Agency for NJ SHARES.  New Jersey SHARES, Inc. (NJ SHARES) provides assistance to individuals and families living in New Jersey who are in need of temporary help in paying their energy and utility bills.

Eligibility is based on household size and income.  


Families and individuals who do not qualify for Federal and State assistance programs due to the household's income. NJ SHARES Grant amounts can be up to $700 for heating source (gas and electric heat), and can be up to $500 for electric service. Grants must result in continuance and/or restoration of service. Applicants must demonstrate a temporary financial need and a history of good-faith 

payments to their energy provider.


Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants Must: *Reside in New Jersey

*Be experiencing a financial crisis, such as a job loss or illness

*Be behind on their energy bill

*Have income over the limit for Federal programs such as the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and state programs such as the Universal Service Fund (USF)

*Have an income level that does not exceed 400% of the Federal Poverty Level

*Have made a good-faith payment of $100 or more within 90 days of applying for NJ SHARES

Guidelines for Seniors and the Disabled

*Applicants 65 years of age or older, with households of one or two members, will be eligible for NJ SHARES if the maximum household income is $70,000 gross annually or $5,833 gross monthly. Proof of age is required.

*Applicants receiving Federal Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, with households of one or two members, will be eligible for NJ SHARES if the maximum household income is $70,000 gross annually or $5,833 gross monthly. Applicants must show proof of Federal SSD benefit.


Plainfield Action Services can be contacted at (908) 753-3519



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.     


Please contact Plainfield Action Services at (908) 753-3519.


Public Affairs and Safety Update

Residents beware... if you receive a phone call from a person representing themselves as a member from the U.S. Grant Department, it is a scam. The caller will either have some of your basic personal information or attempt to solicit more personal information as they claim that you are in receipt of a federal grant. The number usually comes from an untraceable 202 Area Code. Do NOT provide any information and immediately hang up.

Mentoring Graduation Ceremony
The Plainfield Police Division held its Queen City Mentoring Academy Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 at 5:45 pm. The three week Academy, held at Hubbard Middle School, was designed to educate young adults in various aspects of the criminal justice system. Plainfield Police Officers worked with the youth to foster a positive working relationship between the youth and police. Special thanks to the Plainfield Police Juvenile Bureau and School Resource Officers, Plainfield Board of Education, Plainfield Fire Division, Plainfield Department of Recreation, Amaker & Porterfield Bus Company, New Jersey National Guard, Pepsi Corporation, Rapp's Pharmacy, Burger King (South Avenue), Italian Village, Mr. Asante and Mr. Williams of Hubbard Middle School, Sgt. Jerry Plum, and DJ Vinnie Tyler! 

Workforce Development
GNC is Hiring
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, GNC Will be conducting ON-THE-SPOT INTERVIEWS for positions throughout the central NJ Market. Positions include: 
  • Store Managers
  • Assistant Store Managers
  • Associates

PHONE: 732.544.9300

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.


To 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.


Click Here for More Information



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


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
Hooked on Fishing not Drugs Program

Join the Division of Parks and Recreation for the " Hooked on Fishing not Drugs" program at Cedar Brook Park Pond, Saturdays in August. The goal of New Jersey's program is to encourage school-aged children to avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol usage by providing alternative activities that involve learning to fish, appreciating aquatic and environmental resources, and developing positive life skills. The program will provide students with access to extracurricular outlets that utilize New Jersey's incredible outdoor recreational assets.

Make a Splash Program

" Make a Splash" comes to Siedler Field. Free swim lessons were made possible through the "Make a Splash Foundation".


Recreation Programs

Click on any of the links below to learn more about these exciting recreation programs.


Teen Trips


Swimming Lessons


Rep Your Pool


Movie Night Thursdays


Hooked on Fishing


Health Fair Events


Plainfield YMCA

Plainfield Learning Center


A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights

Daily, Americans exercise their rights secured by the Constitution. The most widely discussed and debated part of the Constitution is known as the Bill of Rights. Belinda Stutzman provides a refresher course on exactly what the first ten amendments grant each and every American citizen.




USA.gov - Safeguard Your Financial Future 




Click Here to Use Interactive Financial Tool

Plainfield Arts and Culture
Jazz in the Sanctuary


Union County Update:  Linde Group Lends a Hand in Historic Deserted Village
Volunteers from the Linde Group of Berkeley Heights spruced up the Deserted Village of Feltville for the Union County Adopt-a-Park program in July. Photo credit: Betty Ann Kelly/County of Union.


Excerpt from Press Release:

Union County, NJ - The Deserted Village of Feltville is a historic jewel tucked away in Union County's Watchung Reservation. Earlier this month it received a polish from a hardworking group of volunteers organized by the Linde Group of Berkeley Heights.

"It is truly inspiring to see local businesses and residents give their time and energy to help preserve one of Union County's most unique and cherished historic landmarks," said Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohammed Jalloh. "The Linde Group has set a wonderful example of community service."

As participants in Union County's Adopt-A-Park program, the Linde Group volunteers came to the Deserted Village of Feltville on Friday, July 17. With the help of Union County staff, they cleaned floors, roofs and gutters at the church/general store, planted a wildflower meadow to control erosion, removed invasive plants, cleared weeds, and installed split rail fencing. 


Click Here for Entire Press Release


Union County. News. Linde Group Lends a Hand in Historic Deserted Village. Ucnj.org. N.p., 31 July 2015. Web. 4 Aug. 2015. <http://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2015/07/31/linde-group-lends-a-hand-in-historic-deserted-village/>.
New Jersey State Update: NJ Transit Fare Increase
Watson Coleman Criticizes Tactics of Anti-Choice Groups    
Published on Jul 22, 2015

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman questions the motives and methods of recent attacks on Planned Parenthood, and the many House Republicans who quickly jumped on the bandwagon.

President Obama:  Wall Street Reform is Working   
In this week's address, the President speaks to the progress we have made in making our financial system stronger, safer, and more fair in the years since financial crisis.

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