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

On this day in history, August 21, 1959 Hawaii became the fiftieth state. It is one of the smallest and the only one comprised entirely of islands. The islands are the tops of volcanoes, some of which are still active.

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state, he also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official July 4, 1960.

Also on this day, August, 21, 2015, I will be walking my daughter Shemona Sueann Mapp down the isle.  It is a wonderful experience being a father. Raising my daughter, pushing and  supporting  her dreams, all the lessons and late night studying, sharing in all the good and  challenges  as a family, watching her grow up to be the special woman she has become - Words cannot express my pride and love for my daughter on this special day!

Have a great weekend.

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,
 


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
8th Annual Plainfield Community BBQ
 
 


On August 15, 2015, the First Lady, Amelia, and I hosted the 8th Annual Plainfield Community BBQ at our home.  We received generous supplies of non-perishable foods and toiletry supplies for our neighbors in need.  We were greeted by 400-500 Plainfield residents and guests.  This annual BBQ provides an opportunity for Plainfielders from across out great City to meet, mingle, and have a great time.  With heartfelt gratitude, the First Lady and I  thank all the residents who came out to make this year's Plainfield Community BBQ very special and a huge success.
 
HOPES: Groundbreaking Ceremony in Hoboken
John Stewart, Jr, Chief of Staff City of Plainfield, Ora Welch, CEO HOPES, and NJ State Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia
 
On August 18, 2015, HOPES Community Action Partnerships held a ground breaking ceremony in Hoboken for the HOPES Annex facility. HOPES, a non- profit agency established in 1964, is a Plainfield community partner. They  provide programs that address social, educational, and training needs of the community. Plainfield looks forward to a future groundbreaking ceremony right here in the Queen City!
City of Plainfield Back to School Events
 

FEMA: Last Day to Submit Hurricane Sandy Claims for Review is Four Weeks Away
 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Intergovernmental Affairs Division
Telephone 202-646-3444
  
Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory
  
August 12, 2015
  
Last Day to Submit Hurricane Sandy Claims for Review is four weeks away.
  
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed a claim as a result of Hurricane Sandy that there are four weeks remaining to request a review if they believe their claims were underpaid for any reason. FEMA set a Sept. 15, 2015 deadline for policyholders to request a review.

FEMA sent letters to approximately 142,000 NFIP policyholders who filed claims resulting from Hurricane Sandy, offering them an opportunity to have their files reviewed. To date, more than 10,000 policyholders have entered the process. Additional payments will be made to policyholders when warranted.  To be eligible for the review, policyholders must have experienced flood damage between Oct. 27, 2012 and Nov. 6, 2012 as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Policyholders can call the NFIP's Hurricane Sandy claims center at 866-337-4262 to request a review.

Alternately, policyholders can go online to www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-nfip-claimsto download a form requesting a review. The downloaded form may be filled out and emailed to FEMA-sandyclaimsreview@fema.dhs.gov to start the review process. 
For individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use 711 or VRS, please call 866-337-4262 to facilitate the filing of their claim review.  For individuals using a TTY, please call 800-462-7585 to begin the review process. 

Before contacting the claims center, policyholders are asked to have the policyholder's name, their flood insurance carrier name, policy number that was in effect at the time of the loss, and the address of the damaged property.  For security purposes, you will be asked to provide some information to verify your identity.  Policyholders will be asked a series of questions to determine whether they qualify for review. Once qualified, they will be called by an adjuster to begin the review. The timing of this call may be affected by the volume of requests for review. Most reviews can be concluded within 90 days.

Files will be assigned to an NFIP-certified adjuster who will review the claim file. Adjusters will contact policyholders to guide them through the review process. Policyholders who have already requested their review can call 866-337-4262 if they have questions or need more information.
Establishing this review is just one step in the plan to ensure that the NFIP is customer-focused and helps policyholders recover from flooding in a fair, transparent and expeditious way. The Sandy claims review process is intended to be simple for the policyholder and does not require paid legal assistance. Additionally, there are several nonprofit service providers ready to offer free advice and answer questions policyholders may have. 

A list of these advocacy groups can be found on the claims review website at www.fema.gov/advocacy-groups-and-services-referral-list.
If you have any questions, please contact FEMA's Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.
Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only.   FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. 

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Economic Development Update

Business Grand Openings

 

 

 

Community Development Programs

 

 

CHAP Program 



 

Administration and Finance Update
Cost Savings - Every Bit Counts:

Electricity
The City participated in an auction to purchase electricity. The result is estimated to be an annual savings of $15,000 per year, or $30,000 over the two year contract period.

Equipment
The City is entering into an agreement to replace most of the City copiers. The new contract will save the City approximately $12,000 per year.

Postage
A new contract for postage services was authorized. The City will save in excess of $4,000 per year.

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.
 
Senior Center Events:

Paterson Falls Historical Park
The center will travel to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park on Wednesday, August 26th for a tour of its plantation, museum, and gift shop. The van leaves the center promptly at 9:30 a.m. This trip is limited to ten members only. Please sign up now. We recommend that you bring a bagged lunch and money for souvenirs.

Public Affairs and Safety Update
Traffic Alert
The Barclay's Golf Tournament will be held at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison between the dates of August 24 - August 31, 2015.  Event planners are expecting 15,000 - 25,000 spectators a day at the event. Motorists are encouraged to seek other travel routes and avoid this area as traffic delays are expected.
 
The following traffic patterns will be in effect.
  • Woodland Avenue will be a one way, northbound, during the hours of 6 a.m. until 10 p.m from Oak Tree Road in Edison to Sprague Avenue in South Plainfield which borders Plainfield.
  • Maple Avenue will be closed from Park Avenue to Woodland Avenue during the hours of 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. This will be open to South Plainfield residents only.
  • Old Raritan Road in Edison will be closed from Woodland Avenue to Inman Avenue.
  • All roads in South Plainfield intersecting Woodland Avenue will be closed and blocked with positive closure barriers at the intersection, with the exception of Oak Tree Road, Dolores Avenue, Maple Avenue and Sprague Avenue.
  • Detour signs will be posted directing motorists around the area.
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
INTERVIEW LOCATION:  DOUBLETREE HILTON HOTEL, 700 HOPE ROAD, EATONTOWN N.J. 07724

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

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

 
Pathway to Careers in  Recreation 
The second cohort of lifeguards are completing training this week at Hannah Atkins Pool.  As part of the program, youth are given opportunities to train as lifeguards, water safety instructors and, eventually, certified pool operators.  The City of Plainfield operates three " FREE" outdoor municipal pools: Hannah Atkins Pool, 508 West 3 rd Street; Rushmore Pool, 1401 West 3 rd Street; and Seidler Field Pool, 300-54 Netherwood Avenue.
Health Fair Events




PMUA Environmental Fair



Plainfield Public Library



Plainfield YMCA



Plainfield Learning Center
 
Could We Cure HIV with Lasers?  
Published on Aug 14, 2015
Swallowing pills to get medication is a quick, painless and often not entirely effective way of treating disease. A potentially better way? Lasers. In this passionate talk, TED Fellow Patience Mthunzi explains her idea to use lasers to deliver drugs directly to cells infected with HIV. It's early days yet, but could a cure be on the horizon?
 

The benefits of Good Posture

Plainfield Arts and Culture

The Plainfield Symphony
 
Community Events
Community Appreciation Day

 



Second Street Youth Center Community Day

  

Union County Update:  State Law Changes for Ballot Messengers and Bearers
  
Union County Press Release:
Union County, NJ  -  Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds County residents that a new state law has changed the number of vote-by-mail ballots that an individual can transmit to voters, and the number of completed ballots that an individual can bring to the Board of Elections.
"The new law sets a limit of three on the number of ballots that one individual can transmit to voters, and bring to the Board of Elections," said Rajoppi. "This is the first election cycle with the new three-ballot limit in place, so please keep that information in mind if you are planning to be a ballot messenger or bearer."

Previous state law enabled one "ballot messenger" to transmit as many as 10 blank ballots to voters, and it enabled one "ballot bearer" to bring an unlimited number of completed ballots to the Board of Elections.
The new requirements are defined in bill number S-685/A-4306, signed into law by Governor Christie on Monday, August 10.
For information on  vote-by-mail in Union County, and to download the free  Union County Votes mobile app, visit the County Clerk online at  ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4996.

"State Law Changes for Ballot Messengers and Bearers." Union County New Jersey. N.p., 17 Aug. 2015. Web. 17 Aug. 2015. <http://ucnj.org/press-releases/public-info/2015/08/17/state-law-changes-for-ballot-messengers-and-bearers/>.
New Jersey State Update: N.J. Has Highest Rate of Distressed Mortgages in Nation, Study Shows
  By   Erin O'Neill | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

A greater share of residential mortgages in New Jersey were distressed at the end of the second quarter of this year than any other state in the nation, new data shows.   The data from  the Mortgage Bankers Association's  National Delinquency Survey shows 10.2 percent of mortgages in the state are either in foreclosure or at least three months behind on payments, according to Patrick O'Keefe, director of economic research with CohnReznick. The national rate stood at 3.95 percent.

O'Keefe wrote in a memo that New Jersey's distressed mortgage rate was the "highest among all states for the seventh consecutive quarter." 
The association's survey also shows the percentage of mortgages in New Jersey in the foreclosure process remained top in the nation despite a drop in the state's foreclosure inventory.

"As has been the case since the fourth quarter of 2012, New Jersey, New York, and Florida had the highest percentage of loans in foreclosure in the nation," Marina Walsh, the Mortgage Bankers Association's vice president of industry analysis, said in a statement. 

New Jersey's foreclosure inventory rate was 7.31 percent, according to the report, while New York had the second highest rate at 5.31 percent. The report also noted that both states have a judicial foreclosure process.
"New Jersey's relatively slow pace in reducing it distressed mortgage inventory is partially attributable to its status as a 'judicial foreclosure' state," O'Keefe wrote. "Court supervised foreclosures entail procedures that are more rigorous - and time consuming - than administrative actions."
Florida, which also has a judicial foreclosure process, had a rate of 4.24 percent.


Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman: Statement on AG Investigation of Radazz Hearns Shooting
Ewing, NJ (August 13, 2015), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the New Jersey Attorney General's office continuing investigation into Friday's shooting of Radazz Hearns by New Jersey State Troopers and a Mercer County Sheriff's Officer:

"It is tragic to see any young person injured by gunfire, so I am deeply relieved at reports that Radazz is in stable condition, and I pray for his speedy and full recovery.  Moving forward, I am committed to uncovering the details of this shooting, and I look forward to facilitating conversations between law enforcement and our community to shed light on these events.
"Public safety is my primary and imminent concern; the public must have full confidence in the investigatory agencies that are tasked with uncovering the truth. I have been in communication with Attorney General Hoffman, Sherriff Kemler and Mayor Jackson. While they each have committed to and desire a thorough and transparent investigation, the lack of information to the public has resulted in public faith quickly eroding, requiring swift action to regain the confidence of the community. As such, I have requested a federal investigation so that the public can have additional independent assurances that we will find the truth. Moving forward we need to seek ways to prevent cases like these, but also ensure that when they do occur, the community has a voice in the process.

"Across the United States, a number of unexplained and unnecessary deaths precipitated by interactions with law enforcement over the past several months have shaken our nation's trust in police and the criminal justice system.  When these cases are addressed swiftly with transparency and decisiveness, as in the Cincinnati shooting of Samuel DuBose, we restore faith in the process.  When there is no communication, the public frequently feels misled and we see the kind of disruption and violence witnessed in Ferguson or Baltimore. By giving the public a vested interest in maintaining the legitimacy of investigations like this one, we can work together to guarantee that objective justice remains our goal."
 
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Watson Coleman Statement on AG Investigation of Radazz Hearns Shooting. Bonnie Watson Coleman Representing New Jersey's 12th District. N.p., 13 Aug. 2015. Web. 17 Aug. 2015. <https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/watson-coleman-statement-ag-investigation-radazz-hearns-shooting>.
President Obama:  Makes the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent
Published on Aug 17, 2015
The President has signed an Executive Order making the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program a integral, permanent part of the Federal government moving forward. The program brings executives, entrepreneurs, technologists, and other innovators into government, and teams them up with Federal employees to improve programs that serve more than 150 million Americans.
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