F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
I am proud the residents of Plainfield exercised their right to vote during the last Primary election held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  With the conclusion of the Primary, there is an exciting air of possibility and hope.  With that hope comes the responsibility of leading our great City of Plainfield to new heights for all of its residents, and to continue forging ahead together.  The team will continue to work diligently for you, no matter the size of the challenge. We will prevail through teamwork, innovation, and collaboration.

Thank You.

Here are this week's updates:
  • New Jersey Smart Growth Awards Event
  • The Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project & City of Newark Economic Summit
  • Winning the Gold Medal
  • USPS Grow Your Business Workshop
  • Plainfield Road Closure Notice
  • Economic Development Update
  • Administration and Finance Update
  • Public Affairs and Safety Update
  • Workforce Development Update
  • Department of Public Works and Urban Development
  • Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Plainfield YMCA Update
  • PSE&G Encourages Customers to Apply for Help Paying Energy Bills 
  • Plainfield Education Update
  • Plainfield Arts and Culture Events
  • State of New Jersey: Resources to Expand Your Business 
  • Sprint and Verizon Agree to Illegal Billing Pay-Backs
  • Senator Cory Booker: Finding Your Roots
  • President Obama: Young Southeast Asian Initiative Fellows

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
SMART Growth Award

On Thursday, June 4, 2015 I felt honored as I accepted the prestigious and very competitive statewide 2015 Smart Growth Award on behalf of our great City of Plainfield.  

From New Jersey Futures:
Smart-Growth Challenge: How can a small city reinvigorate a low-density area of primarily industrial buildings with a busy train station at its center?
The city of Plainfield is blessed with not one but two NJ TRANSIT train stations: Plainfield, which anchors the city's downtown area, and Netherwood, at the city's eastern end. A 2010 study on transit-oriented development opportunities in Plainfield, prepared by the Master of Infrastructure Planning Program of the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, led the city to re-zone both station areas. A new high-density residential zone and the Gateway Redevelopment Area were re-zoned to encourage transit-oriented development. The Plainfield station was able to receive a Transit Village designation from the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 2014. There are now 15 projects either completed or under construction that are revitalizing the city's core.

With the advent of week-day one-seat rides into Manhattan via the Raritan Valley Line, both stations are anticipating increases in ridership. The City will  capitalize on the resulting redevelopment potential around Netherwood station which is located amid a neighborhood of low-density, single-story industrial and commercial buildings. The plan is to secure Transit Village designation for this station as well.
Rezoning From Industrial to Transit-Oriented. (n.d.). Retrieved June 4, 2015, from http://www.njfuture.org/smart-growth-101/smart-growth-awards/2015-smart-growth-award-winners/rezoning-from-industrial-to-transit-oriented/  
Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project and City of Newark Economic Summit
On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, I attended the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project & City of Newark Economic Summit held at Rutgers University's Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark.  The event, hosted by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Mayor Ras J. Baraka, brought together corporate executives, small business owners, entrepreneurs, academics, and community and faith leaders. "PUSHing Technology to Achieve Economic Success" was the theme of this one-day statewide summit.  I was honored to participate in a mayoral panel discussion on economic issues alongside Hillside Mayor Angela R. Garretson, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor.
Winning the Gold Medal

Earned Sick Days are Good for Plainfield
In New Jersey, nine municipalities have adopted the Earned Sick Day ordinances.  I believe in protecting workers and ensuring public health through this ordinance.  The ordinance would allow for the right of workers to earn sick days to care for themselves and their families.  To learn more about this ordinance,      I urge you to attend a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9th, at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield on Park Ave.

USPS Grow Your Business Workshop

Plainfield Road Closure Notice 
Please note the roadway closure schedule for Park Avenue and Watchung Avenue:
  • Watchung Avenue - April 20 through July 20 (approximately 3 months)
Economic Development Update
Community Development Events

Administration and Finance Update

Plainfield Senior Center Upcoming Activities:

Please see list of activities below and call (908) 753-3506 for additional information:


The Union County Senior Art Show invites all senior artists to a reception at the NUI/Elizabethtown Gas Company in Union, NJ on Wednesday, June 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The art show is open to Union County residents ages 60 and over. To obtain an application, see Colin Baptiste. The exhibit lasts from Monday, June 1st to Monday, July 13th.

June 19, 1865, Juneteenth, is a celebration commemorating the arrival of Union soldiers at  Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free. The center will commemorate this event on Friday, June 19th at 11:00 a.m. Please see Sharron Brown if you would like to join the Juneteenth committee to help make the event a success. We will also honor our fathers and grandfathers with a special BBQ as part of the Juneteenth celebration.

The center is traveling to Monmouth Park Racetrack on Saturday, June 20th at 11:00 a.m. to enjoy an afternoon of horse racing. You must leave a $2 deposit to reserve your seat. Come and enjoy the thrill of the track!

Come enjoy the 92nd Annual Fourth of July parade on Saturday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m. Later, enjoy a free concert in Cedar Brook Park at 5:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Please bring your own lawn chair to relax.

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 ages 60 and over. Please bring proof of residency and current income with you. You will receive four vouchers totaling $20.00.

Please Note: Social Security no longer provides a representative at the center. Your membership must be current in order to receive a voucher. 

Public Affairs and Safety Update
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Award 
Your safety is a main priority of my administration, and providing our firefighters with the resources and proper equipment is paramount. I am pleased to announce that the Plainfield Fire Division has been awarded a $250,000 Hazard Mitigation Grant from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM). The NJOEM controls the disbursement of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds from FEMA. The funds will be used to purchase and install one (1) permanent diesel-powered generator system at the Plainfield Fire Headquarters, located at 315 Central Avenue.  This will provide backup power in times of outages to ensure continuity of services for the Office of Emergency Management, Fire Station, First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians.
Workforce Development
Free Job Training - Project Ready
Project Ready will be accepting applications for its free six-week job preparedness program on July 7 at 9:30.  Students receive training in basic business and computer skills as well as resume writing, interviewing & job searching techniques. Project Ready is located within St. Joseph Social Service Center at 118 Division St. in Elizabeth. For more information please call (908) 353-1045 x 213 or visit www.stjosephelizabeth.org

Job Seekers - Click on Link Below for a Listing of Local Job Fairs
Department of Public Works and Urban Development
Planning Board Update
North Ave. Progress
On May 21 the Planning Board granted preliminary site plan approval to allow for the conversion of the existing structure at 122-128 East Second Street / 127-135 North Avenue from vacant retail and office use to 4,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, and 5 residential apartments on the second floor. 

Zoning Board of Adjustment Update
 The Zoning Board of Adjustment had a busy agenda on June 3, 2015, with ten cases - ranging from relief to permit signage, residential pool and additions, to auto repair and auto towing operations, and the creation of a six unit apartment building on West Front Street.
Division of Parks and Recreation is Working for our Youth and Seniors

Plainfield Senior Center: Flea Market Crawl

Click Here to Watch Informative Video 


Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp applications for youth and teens are available in the Division of Parks and Recreation Office, 510 Watchung Avenue.


The month of June is packed full of community trips for Active Older Adults.  On June 1st we took our first exciting trip to New Hope and Lambertville. Join us for a full month of the "Flea Market Crawl".  Treasure seekers will visit a different flea market every week while experiencing the backroads of New Jersey . Come get on the "Recreation Bus"!








Plainfield YMCA

PSE&G Encourages Customers to Apply for Help Paying Energy Bills


Plainfield Education Update
Plainfield Graduating Class of 2015
Plainfield Public Schools, Superintendent of Schools, Anna Belin-Pyles, and the Plainfield Board of Education will honor the graduating Class of 2015, at the Annual Clearinghouse Scholarship Awards & Senior Recognition Program, on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Plainfield High School. The students will receive over $100,000 in scholarships offered by organizations and community businesses who donate every year. These Awards/Scholarships allow our students to supplement their higher education costs. We thank all the sponsors and the organizers for a Great Job Done!

Athletic Awards
Plainfield High School will celebrate the 2014-2015 Spring Sports Athletic Awards Ceremony and Reception on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Yvonne Sheard, District Supervisor of Athletics will preside at the event with the assistance of Superintendent of Schools, Anna Belin-Pyles and members of the Board of Education.

Our Schools will be celebrating end of the year events that include the following:
? June 5 thru 6  - The Play, "Annie Jr." by student actors and crew at Cook School, 739 Leland Avenue. VIP Tickets $10. Saturday, June 6 Matinee at 2:00 p.m.

? June 6 - Jefferson School will inaugurate their "School Garden" with volunteers from Goldman Sachs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

? June 6 - Maxson School PTO Fundraiser, "Deposit your Closet", donate your  clothes and shoes to raise funds for the students. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

? June 7  - Evergreen students will be participating in "Devil's Day" at Prudential Center in the City of Newark to celebrate "Achievement in Academics." Mrs. Knight's Class was invited.

? June 11 - Cedarbrook School will be paying tribute to the music of the 60s with a student production, "The Sensational 60s Rhythm and Blues Tribute" at 6:00 p.m.

? June 11 - Woodland School will sponsor PTO Dance at 6:00 p.m.

? June 11 - Early Childhood Program & Services sponsors - P.I.E.C.E.S. Parent Recognition Event -at 5:30 p.m. at BUF

? June 15 thru June 17 - our schools will celebrate promotional events and school awards and graduation ceremonies.

? June 19 - Plainfield Public School Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2015, at Hub Stine Sports Complex, 1410 Randolph Rd., at 6:00 p.m. (rain location PHS Gymnasium).

Last Day of School
Last day of school for Plainfield Public School will be June 19, 2015. Last day for Teachers is June 23, 2015.

Plainfield Arts and Culture Events
Frontiers International Westry Horne Cultural and Heritage Series:
The purpose of the Frontiers International Westry Horne Cultural and Heritage Series is to educate and provide space for intergenerational  

dialogues on topics of African American history and culture.


Click Here for Complete Schedule

Wisdom, Hope, and Unity Walk

Union County:  Warinanco Spraygound/Playground Dedication
The Freeholder Board celebrated the opening of a new playground and spray ground at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth on 5/21/15. 

New Jersey State
Resources to Help You Expand Your New Jersey Business

Thinking of moving your business location, expanding or improving your existing facilities, or developing a new facility for your growing business? First things first: call the New Jersey Business Action Center at 1-866-534-7789. The Business Action Center offers a comprehensive suite of services, including regulatory assistance services, designed to help you save valuable time, money and resources, so you can concentrate on what matters most: growing your business. 


Sprint and Verizon Agree to Illegal Billing Pay-Backs. (n.d.). Retrieved June 4, 2015, from http://blog.usa.gov/post/119274761541/sprint-and-verizon-agree-to-illegal-billing
Sprint and Verizon Agree to Illegal Billing Pay-Backs
Sprint and Verizon Agree to Illegal Billing Pay-Backs
Mobile Carriers Will Refund Current and Former Customers
Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers: You may be entitled to refunds for illegal charges "crammed" onto your bills over the past five years.
Both companies have agreed to pay back customers for letting third-party vendors charge them for unauthorized services like premium SMS or text messaging.

If you don't know whether you were billed for these services or not, you can view summaries of your charges on the claim submissions websites starting in July. Former customers may apply. See this Consumer Financial Protection Bureau blog post for the details.

Sprint and Verizon Agree to Illegal Billing Pay-Backs. (n.d.). Retrieved June 4, 2015, from http://blog.usa.gov/post/119274761541/sprint-and-verizon-agree-to-illegal-billing  
Senator Cory Booker: Finding Your Roots John Lewis and Cory Booker


Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television series hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates.
President Obama:  The President Speaks with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows
President Obama answered a few questions from Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellows at the White House. June 1, 2015.

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