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

 
The Fight for 15 Must be Waged
 
Working families and individuals are the backbone of our great country and the source of our achievements. Labor Day is observed on the first day of every September. On this important day, we are granted an opportunity to contemplate on the progress of working people and families, and meeting the objective to reach a milestone where everyone who works can afford to live in dignity.

Organized labor groups have been our heroes and heroines throughout our history. The path to social justice has been forged by organized labor groups who fought for child labor laws, against gruesome sweat factories, and for a voice and right to collective bargaining over benefits, working conditions, and wages.

This past Saturday I joined 32BJ SEIU in a march to celebrate the contributions and achievements of workers, and to help amplify the call for better working conditions for all workers, especially those in the services industry. As Mayor of the City of Plainfield, and as a supporter of progressive causes, I remain resolute in my support of paid sick leave and the "fight for 15".

The journey ahead of us is still a winding road. For the last 50 years, middle class workers have seen their wages held hostage as the super wealthy have taken more for themselves. As income inequality continues to worsen, we are faced with increased attacks on our retirement security which has traditionally helped sustain the quality of life for working families and individuals in the past.

As you get caught up in your daily routines, which means for some getting your children ready for school, take the opportunity to reflect on this past Labor Day Weekend while giving consideration to what you can do to meet the challenges that lie ahead for all workers.

Paid sick leave is a cause for which I stand, and the "fight for 15' is one that must be waged on every front.



Creating One Plainfield - One Future,
 


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Plainfield 9/11 Day of Remembrance 











On the morning of Friday, September 11th, the Administration and members of the community came together to observe and share a day of remembrance to all that fell on that fateful day in 2011.  This horrid attack on America by terrorist forever changed our lives, families, and our great nation.  Not only did we lose loved ones from the planes that crashed in NYC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, we also lost our brave men and women in uniform as they rushed to these scenes of tragedy to save lives, and in doing so - perished while saving and protecting us all.

The ceremony shared by the community centered around the chiming of bells to signify the first and second plane crashes to the Twin Towers in NYC.  The presentation of colors was followed by Reverend David Rodriguez who performed the Invocation, my remarks, SSG Bigelow from the Plainfield Armed Forces Recruitment Center, and Reverend Dr. Gary Kirkwood who gave the Benediction.

I thank all of our brave and finest in uniform: police, fire, and other first responders. 
Labor Day Event
32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Third Annual Labor Day March

On Saturday, September 5th, I joined over two hundred enthusiastic members of the 32BJ SEIU for a march in downtown Plainfield.  Over two hundred office cleaners, supporters, and community leaders came out in support of the 3rd Annual labor march.

32BJ SEIU represents  over 11,000 property service workers in the state of New Jersey including office cleaners, security officers, airport workers, residential workers, cafeteria workers and school custodians. This year they are negotiating a contract that covers over 7,000 office cleaners and school custodians in over 500 office buildings and school districts throughout New Jersey. The current contract is set to terminate at the end of this year.
  
In just a couple of short weeks, they will be launching a contract campaign with a round of Labor Day Actions throughout New Jersey. 

Below is a link to a Univision video of the Labor Day march, which is in Spanish. There are some great visuals and remarks I provided to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of thousands of working families.

 
Economic Development: Update
Economic Development Workshop
 
The Office Of Economic Development encourages all business owners or future entrepreneurs to take advantage of this FREE workshop which is full of valuable and direct information from the lenders.  Learn the particulars of credit, business plans, loan options and other valuable information.  Come out, network, and meet the lenders.
  


Community Development Resources



 
 
Administration and Finance Update
Audit and Control
  • The City has reduced its audit findings by 75% from 16 to 4. This accomplishment can be attributed to the leadership of Chief Financial Officer, Al Steinberg, who assumed the position in 2014.
  • The City is accepting proposals for a parking study to determine the need for a parking deck in our downtown.
Public Affairs and Safety Update
Workforce Development
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 
Website: 

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
Division of Parks and Recreation Continues to Serve Our Youth and Seniors
Fin Says Goodbye!

The Division of Parks and Recreation Aquatic Mascot " Fin",  staff and community residents say good bye to the summer with the closing of the municipal pools.  See you next year! 
Health Fair Events

 
Free Diabetes Program Offered in Spanish at El Centro Hispanoamericano in Plainfield
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
 
CDC Urges Sepsis Awareness
  
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden emphasizes the importance of sepsis awareness and the need to identify sepsis early. To learn more, visit: www.cdc.gov/sepsis. 

Plainfield Education Update
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AT PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Plainfield Publics School BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS are set for the weeks of September 16-September 30, 2015, starting at 6:00 pm and until 8:30 pm.  Parents should check with their respective schools for the schedule. 
 
HOME COMING at Plainfield High School
  Homecoming for Plainfield High School has been TENTATIVELY  set for Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  The kick off activities start on the preceding Friday with a bonfire at 5:00 p.m. (in the back of the school) followed by a Homecoming Dance.  During the Homecoming Dance, the King and Queen and their Court will be crowned.  The next day on HOMECOMING GAME DAY, the 2:00 p.m. game will be preceded by a parade, with the students clubs and organizations participation.  The students will assemble and march to the field led by the Plainfield High School Band and Cheerleaders. At Half Time, the Homecoming Court will be announced as well as the King and Queen.  All the Plainfield High School Senior Athletes will be announced and recognized.  The organizing committees include  the Student Council, Plainfield High School Athletic Department, the Principal and other staff.  We invite all the parents and our entire Plainfield Community to attend. Let's go CARDINALS!
 
SCHOOL NEWS
With parents and community members increasingly on the go, it is important to stay connected to your school news. The School Messenger notification service is trusted to deliver large volumes of messages through several channels including voice, email, text message, push notification, social media, web posts, desktop alerts, and more. You can also elect to receive alerts for school news, school closings, and information about student activities or events via our free Plainfield Public Schools' APP.  Visit our schools website at www.plainfieldk12nj.org to keep informed.  Don't miss out on your school news.
 
FREE PRE-K REGISTRATION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12  9-2PM AT 209 BERCKMAN STREET
Pre-K Registration is still open to all children in Plainfield who are three and four years of age by October 1.  Bring your children to registration and receive free screenings for vision, audio, weight and height. PRE-SCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER School Year 2015-2016, Saturday - September 12, 2015, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM  at the Office of Early Childhood, 209 Berckman Street, Plainfield, 07062. 908 -731-4378.
 
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:
Dawn to Dusk located at 1504 W. Third Street
H.O.P.E.S. Headstart  7-9 Watchung Avenue, 3rd FL
Precious Steps  20 Washington Avenue
SSYC, 935 So. 2nd Street
Plainfield Arts and Culture
Plainfield Resident Art Exhibit
Artist: Paul Pinkman upcoming exhibitions
Two of Paul Pinkman's portraits have been accepted into the Portrait show at the Monmouth Museum! 

Details below. This is one of three exhibits opening in September which has some of Paul's creative work.

Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road * Watchung, NJ 07069 * 908-753-0190   http://watchungarts.org/Exhibitions.htm
Artists' reception/brunch September 13, 11:30 am to 2 pm

Hamilton Gallery, 6 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805 - http://hamiltonstreetgallery.com/
Artists' reception September 13, 2 to 5 pm

Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 -  http://monmouthmuseum.org/in-the-galleries/main-gallery/
Artists' reception September 18, 6 to 9 pm

Please come and attend one or all of the openings.


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.

 
Union County Update:  Freeholder Meeting (AGENDA) September 3,2015 - Union County NJ


New Jersey State Update: What N.J. parents should know as they send their kids back to school
By Brittany M. Wehner | For NJ.com 
on September 09, 2015 at 9:19 AM, updated September 09, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Associated Press 

It's time for more pencils and more books as students head back to the classrooms for another school year.

But with a new school year, there is always change, whether it's policy, security upgrades, or new technology gear for students.
So if you're a parent, here are three things to know as you send your children off to school this week for the 2015-2016 school year:
Security
School districts have worked over the years to  enhance security to improve protection of students while on campus.The Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District has been proactive in tightening security.
In 2015, the joint regional district implemented armed security to patrol the halls and this will continue.

Other districts have recently added security through camera installation.
Logan Township School District just updated the camera systemic all of the buildings, according to Superintendent Patricia Haney.
"We want to keep an eye in all aspects of our campuses to ensure we are safe," Haney said.

And in terms of an actual emergency, are students allowed to have cell phones?
Many school district's allow students to have their cell phones with them but they cannot be actively using them during class time.
However, they are permitted in lockers or cubbies in case of an emergency, according to superintendents in various school districts.

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Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman: Announces Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

August 27, 2015 
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Ewing, NJ (August 27, 2015) - Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) announced her support for the P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to prevent a nuclear armed Iran:
 
"Since the release of the text, I have carefully considered the details of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 countries and Iran.  I have attended numerous classified briefings with Administration officials, met with constituents on both sides of the issue, and consulted with nuclear and foreign policy experts.  After extensive consideration, I have concluded that supporting this agreement offers the most viable option available to us to prevent Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons.
"As a member of Congress, no issue ranks higher than protecting our national security.  It's clear to me that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose an unacceptable threat to the United States and to our closest ally in the region, Israel.   As such, I have never wavered in my opposition to any deal that lacks the strength to prevent Iran's development of nuclear weapons.  I have long said that in order to garner my support, any final agreement must sufficiently weaken Iran's nuclear infrastructure such that it cannot develop a weapon, and have an inspection and sanctions regime that ensures any violation of the deal's terms will be detected and punished.  This agreement meets that first, critical standard.


Watson Coleman Announces Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement. (2015, August 27). Retrieved September 9, 2015, from https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/watson-coleman-announces-support-iran-nuclear-agreement-0
President Obama: Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
Obama Adds Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

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