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

  We know the value of community involvement and partnership with law enforcement. The birth of community oriented policing such as Neighborhood Watches and many similar programs have opened up communication and cooperation from citizens like never before.
 
In communities around the country, including Plainfield, law enforcement hold regular community meetings to talk about crime. They share methods of prevention and offer resources for support and help.   They are in our schools reaching out to our children, and are open to sharing information.
 
Today, thanks to social media, information sharing and transparency have become synonymous. This transparency is truly law enforcement's best friend. Especially in light of events that have transpired across the nation in recent years, which seem to cast police officers in a less than savory light.  While I firmly believe that Law enforcement officers who abuse their power, and disrespect law-abiding citizens are the minority, I am in support of any initiative that propagates further transparency and partnership between law enforcement and the community, and therefore, am a proponent of body cameras being worn by all officers on duty. (I am pleased to announce that we have taken steps to equip our local police force with a large number of these and anticipate that it will only serve to highlight the partnership enjoyed between law enforcement and our community.)
 
The past culture of secrecy exhibited by many law enforcement agencies combined with less than ethical behavior exhibited by a very small minority has contributed greatly to distrust of the police in many communities. We cannot dispute that there are things that need to remain confidential. Transparency does not involve divulging privileged information. Being transparent means empowering our citizens with information so they can appreciate, understand, support, and trust our police agency and staff to do the right thing for all citizens in our community.
 
I encourage other counties and municipalities in New Jersey to invest in body cameras, as Union County and the City of Plainfield have done, so as to create a much needed layer of transparency that will improve relations between law enforcement and the community while at the same time protecting both the police and the public from false allegations and from the use of excessive force.

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,
 


Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
In Observance of Columbus Day
PLEASE NOTE:

The City of Plainfield -City Hall offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015 due to the observance of Columbus Day.


 
Division of Public Affairs and Safety: Community Meeting
Mayor Adrian Mapp, Director of Public Safety and Police Director Carl Riley, and Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park participated in a community meeting regarding new initiatives to increase transparency between law enforcement and the public. The meeting took place on Wednesday, October 7 , 2015 in the Anne Louise Davis Room of the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave, Plainfield. The discussion was regarding protocols governing investigations into use of force by police officers and a new body-worn camera pilot program that will be launched within the City.  Please view the video below for more information on this program.


 
Plainfield Police Division: Newest Graduates!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Plainfield Police Division's newest graduates -Officer Carlos Maldonaldo, Officer Roberto Roman, Officer Marcelo Lopez Vasco, Officer Gregory Peterson, Officer Bernard Waddell, Officer Michael Gordon, and Officer Andrew Crawford.  These officers graduated from the Passaic County Police Academy in Wayne, New Jersey on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 and are now assigned to a seasoned training officer within the Plainfield Police Division.  We welcome the new officers to the Plainfield Police Division.

 
Division of Public Affairs and Safety

The Annual Plainfield Fire Division Fire Prevention Fair will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015.  The hours of the event will be 10:00am until 3:00pm.  It will be held in the 100 block of North Avenue (main train station).  The event will include a Car Seat Check station, games and activities for children, a DJ, the Hopper (Happy Jump) House, the Plainfield Fire Division Smoke House, and several fire division demonstrations.  We also will kick off Fire Prevention Month with a free Smoke Detector Program sponsored by the American Red Cross. 
 
All ages are welcome to attend! 




 
Plainfield Action Services
Evangel Church: Service for Service

Evangel Church's "Service For Service" will be held on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.  It is a community wide activity where hundreds of volunteers will be working in Plainfield on various community clean-up projects. Evangel Church would also like to do something special for the fire fighters and police officers on that day, specifically a meal or a snack.  Additionally, a smaller group led by the First Unitarian Society will clean-up and do planting at Library Park.  The project sites are as follows:
  • Hannah Atkins Playground
  • Mathewson Playground
  • Seidler Field
  • Drake House - Clean up and restoration
  • City Hall - Mural
  • Salvation Army - Internal painting
  • Habitat For Humanity - 7th Avenue new houses landscaping
  • Thruway clean up - Small teams of 5 doing litter removal in the following areas:
  • Park Ave
  • Watchung Ave
  • Front Street
  • Leland Avenue
  • South Avenue

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  HISTORIC QUEEN CITY WALK/RUN FOR LIFE

HOLIDAY GIFT & FOOD BASKET




EVENTS:




 
Administration & Finance
            
Theta Phi Omega Hosts Annual Clothing Distribution
Contact:                                                                                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brenda Woodbury-Williams
Cell Phone: 908-397-6864
Email: nccjfk@aol.com
 
(Plainfield, NJ). Theta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® and its charitable arm Ivy Visions, Inc. 501 C3 are hosting its Annual Free Clothing Distribution.  The event will take place Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 10am to 2pm at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ.  This is event is open to the general public.  There will be clothing, shoes, and accessories in various sizes for men, women, and children plus a lot more!  Everything is FREE! Tell a friend, bring a friend! For additional information, please contact Lonzella Brice (LPBrice@aol.com) 908-812-8630.







 
Division of Parks & Recreation: October Events
           
 
On Friday, October 30, 2015 Parks and Recreation will host Trunk or Treat in the parking lot behind City Hall.  Trunk or Treat is an alternative to traditional door to door trick or treating.  There will be a costume parade and then various prizes awarded.


FISHING DERBY




 
Senior Citizens Center: SPECIAL GUEST VISIT
 
 
Senior Citizens Center: Events
 
Columbus Day Observance - Center Closed
The center will be closed in observance of Columbus Day from Saturday, October 10th through Monday, October 12th. The center will re-open on Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 a.m. for regular services.
 
FLU SHOTS
Flu shots will be given at the center by the Plainfield Health Department on Wednesday, October 14th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you would like more info about the flu shots, see Colin Baptiste. Sign up now.
 
AARP DRIVER'S ED COURSE
AARP Driver Safety Program is designed for motorists age 50 and older. The six-hour course will be taught in two-three hour sessions spanning two days from Thursday, October 15th to Friday, October 16th from 9:00am to 12:00noon. AARP members will be charged a $15.00 fee and non-members will be charged $20.00. Payments by cash, check or money orders are accepted and should be made payable to the AARP Instructor. Upon completion of the two-day course, students will receive a certificate of completion to send to their insurance company which will entitle them to a 5% reduction on their automobile insurance premium for three consecutive years. Those who complete the program will receive a two-point reduction on their   Motor Vehicle Record. This class is not available in New York or Florida.
 
LEARN TO PLAY SUDOKU WITH MS. BEY
Learn how to play Sudoku and other mind games every third Tuesday of the month from 11:00am to 12:00noon with Abenaa Bey. It's fun! Sudoku is one of the most popular numbers game that we can play every day to exercise the mind. It's a numbers game where players have to fill each of the blank boxes in a puzzle based on specific rules. Playing Sudoku actually exercises your brain extensively. Try it. You'll be happier and smarter and your brain will thank you.
 
Some of the many benefits of playing Sudoku are:

*Improves your memory
*Stimulates your mind
*Reduces the chances of developing Alzheimer's
*Learn to do things quickly
*Increases your concentration power
*You Feel Happy

MS. BEY'S TAI CHI CLASS
Tai Chi is a low-impact, relaxing form of exercise that can be completed in about 45 minutes a day.  Tai Chi is a Chinese art form that focuses on the mental and spiritual aspects of movement. This meditative form of exercise consists of a series of movements that's slow and gentle and doesn't leave you feeling breathless. It addresses numerous key components of fitness:  Muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and low-aerobic conditioning. Join her every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the fitness room.
 
CITY OF PLAINFIELD WALK/RUN FOR LIFE
Plainfield will be hosting its FIFTH ANNUAL 5K WALK/RUN FOR LIFE starting at the steps of City Hall on Saturday, October 17th at 9:00 a.m. Come and enjoy yourself. There will be awards, vendors, bands and much more!

Sage Elder Care/Medicare Part D  - Monday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m.

 
Gavett Place Road Closure  



 
Cultural and Heritage  Commission: Grant Applications Due November 16, 2015 
The Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission invites you and your organization to review the guidelines below and apply for a grant or mini-grant. The Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission is a nondiscriminatory organization, encouraging a broad base of participation among artists, organizations, and audiences. All awards are made without regard to age, race, creed, religion or national origin.
Guidelines

Who is eligible?
  • The grant or mini-grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to local artists, arts organizations, cultural purveyors, art educators and others involved in the creation of art and cultural and heritage projects. Applicants must be Plainfield-based (not necessarily a resident), and the application must demonstrate the project's broad impact on Plainfield and Plainfield area residents. The event must take place in Plainfield, New Jersey.
  • A 501(c) 3 is required for organizations. 
Click Here for More Information
 
Economic Development: Update
Community Service Events

 
Division of Health and Social Services Update
Mayor's Wellness Walk

Forty-five students from UC TEAMS Charter School were chaperoned by their teachers and guidance counselors, and seniors from Plainfield Tower West apartments, they all participated in the Mayor's Wellness Walk to celebrate life for the cure of breast cancer.  The seniors who were encouraged to "GO FRESH! GET HEALTHY! were each presented with a bag of fresh fruits and vegetables at the completion of this fun, enjoyable and successful walk.

Priscilla Pyke-Angoy, City of Plainfield-Health Educator stated that 40 participants took advantage of the free health screenings, which were offered by William Mitchell and Eugenio Mendez of Horizon NJ Health and Heena Patel of Rays Pharmacy-Dunellen NJ.


Breast Cancer Awareness Event


Workforce Development

2015 Health Career Fair
October 28th (Wednesday) - 
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center - Toms River
815 Route 37 West * Toms River, NJ 08755 * Directions


COMPANIES ATTENDING: 
* Seabrook Village * Bayada Home Health Care
* The New Jersey Institute for Disabilities * HealthSouth Rehab Hospital of Toms River
* Revera Health Systems / Whiting Healthcare
* Meridian at Home* Preferred Home Health Care 
* AMIB, Inc. * Epic Health Services * Rose Garden Nursing and Rehabilitation
* Barnabas Health Monmouth Medical Center* ALLIES, Inc. 

For more information please contact Guide Publications.
(732) 263-9675 * Email: stacey@njguidepublications.com
 
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 Learning Center
 
An Invitation to Men Who Want a Better World for Women | Elizabeth Nyamayaro | TED Talks




Plainfield Arts and Culture

The Plainfield Symphony
 


Union County Update:  September Freeholder Meeting 
Union County - Freeholder Meeting September 24, 2015 - Union County NJ


President Obama: Speaks at a U.N. Luncheon
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