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  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
 On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, we will join the rest of the nation in celebration of a very important holiday that is centered on the remembrance of soldiers from all American Wars. Whether through a moment of silence, participation in a formal ceremony, parade, or partaking in the decoration of graves with wreathes and flowers, we must remain mindful of the costly price of war.  Please take some time on Monday to remember all of our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may live in a nation of the free.

Here are this week's updates:
  • Mayor's Town Hall Meeting
  • NJ Junior BizTown Event
  • 2015 Annual USPS Job Fair Event
  • Plainfield Road Closure Notice
  • Economic Development Update
  • Administration and Finance Update
  • Public Affairs and Safety Update
  • Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Plainfield Education Update
  • Plainfield Learning Center
  • Plainfield Arts and Culture Events
  • Union County - Monthly Meeting
  • State of New Jersey: Economic Development Authority 
  • Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman: R&D Tax Credit Bill
  • President Obama Briefing

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Mayor's Town Hall


On May 21, 2015, we held our Town Hall Meeting to a packed house at the Plainfield Senior Center.  Plainfield residents were engaged as members of my administration presented the key accomplishments of the Mayor's Office and Quality of Life Initiatives, Administration and Finance, Public Affairs and Safety, Department of Public Works and Urban Development, and Economic Development.  


It was with much pride that I presented special awards to residents from all four wards for their outstanding service to our community. The recipients included First Ward Honoree - Former City Clerk, Laddie Wyatt; Second Ward Honoree - Dorothy Henry; Third Ward Honoree - Dottie Gutenkauf; and Fourth Ward Honoree -  Elliot Simmons.  It was a great evening for all the residents of Plainfield as we discussed the administration's accomplishments and provided a venue for residents to interact with my Cabinet. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions, express their opinions and share concerns.  We look forward to our next Town Hall meeting.

Junior Achievement BizTown Event


On May 19, 2015 I was honored to take part in the NJ Achievement BizTown event with Plainfield students.  This is a great program for Plainfield youth as they are exposed to financial literacy, local government, various job positions including bank tellers, financial services reps, live local radio station workers and managers...all taking place in a "constructed town with a main street." Activities included balancing a checkbook, writing checks for monthly mortgages, and depositing paychecks at the "local bank."  I swore in the newly elected NJ BizTown Mayor, Nidajia Waitlock, who followed with her mayoral remarks and student presentations. 

2015 Annual U.S. Postal Service Job Fair

On May 20, 2015, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, we hosted the 2nd Annual USPS Job Fair. I am pleased to report that over a 100 Plainfield residents attended the career fair event and had the opportunity to learn about 251 jobs vacancies, the application process, and interview process. Providing Plainfield residents with employment opportunities, resources, and training is a key initiative of the administration. As a result of the USPS job fair last year,100 Plainfield residents were placed in full-time work with great benefits.
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 Programs and Events

  • Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) is available to provide residents with financial assistance for the rehabilitation of  owner-occupied 1-3 family houses. Loans are interest free and payment is deferred until sale or transfer of title. Please call our office today to review your situation and eligibility at 908-753-3610 .
  • The Safe Housing and Transportation Program (SHTP) is now accepting qualifying senior citizen's applications for our waiting list. These grants are available to homeowners with minor health and /or safety repairs. Please contact the Department of Community Development with any questions at 908-753-3610 .
  • Emergency Housing Assistance Monies are available for tenants affected by Condemnation, Fire, etc. Please contact our Office to discuss your situation.
  • June 3, 2015 - "Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?" - Please join us for a seminar from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library for an informative event. This is being presented in partnership with New Jersey Small Business Development Center @ Kean University. Please contact Elaine Dunn- Brown at 908-753-3610 or email her at Elaine.dunn-brown@plainfieldnj.gov to pre-register.  Funding provided by Bank of America.
  • June 9, 2015- Are you interested in Homeownership? Have questions regarding the process? Join us at the City Hall Library from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to enjoy our First Time Homeownership's Workshop -" Opening Doors...Your Key to Homeownership and more!" being presented in conjunction with ERA Queen City Realty and Jersey Mortgage Company. Please contact Elaine Dunn- Brown at 908-753-3610 or email her at Elaine.dunn-brown@plainfieldnj.gov to pre-register.
Administration and Finance Update

Plainfield Action Service Presents Community Action Month

Plainfield Senior Center Upcoming Activities:

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


A Stroke is a serious medical condition that affects millions of Americans each year. It can affect you or your loved ones at a moment's notice. As part of  Older Americans' Month, join Public Health Nurse Sarah Muller-Robbins on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:00 a.m., as she educates our members about stroke awareness and some of the warning signs. 



Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection will be at the center 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 27th, to discuss  the 2016-2018 Area Plan for Union County.


How Do I Do Diabetes: Do you know that approximately twenty-one million Americans live with diabetes? That's over 7 percent of the population. Learn how to cope with type 2 diabetes on Friday, May 29th at 12:00 noon.

Public Affairs and Safety Update
Honorable  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp will swear in twelve new Plainfield Fire Division recruits on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Director Carl N. Riley has announced that the following recruits will be sworn in: Kareem Schenck, James Felton, III,  Patrick Revan, Jr., Randell Pearson, Jameel Sanders, Steven Smith, Aaron Spivey, Johnathan Callands, Ronnie Belin, Jr., Kevin Bulla,  and Anthony Pineda.   The ceremony will be held on the steps of City Hall.  
Division of Parks and Recreation is Working for our Youth and Seniors


The Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the Memorial Day Weekend Opening of the Hannah Atkins Community Pool. Come meet "Fin," the Plainfield Public Pool's Mascot!  The pool will be open weekends and holidays 12pm to 5pm.  All city pools are open daily as of June 27, 2015.  Admission to the pools is free.

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


Free Adult Line Dancing will begin the last Friday of every month beginning on May 29, 2015, Plainfield Senior Citizen Building, 7pm - 9pm.  Come on down and dance to the music of the 60's, 70's and 80's.


The month of June is packed full of community trips for Active Older Adults.  June 1st is an 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 Education Update

Plainfield Public Schools Superintendent, Anna Belin-Pyles, and the Plainfield Board of Education will honor school educators and support staff at the Plainfield Public Schools Annual 2015 Red Carpet Affair to be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. The Red Carpet Affair honors  k-12 teachers, educational support staff and school personnel who have distinguished themselves throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  Among the 33 honorees will be Elementary School Teachers, Supplemental Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Bilingual/Bicultural Teachers, Social Studies and Science Teachers, Library Media Specialists, Substance Abuse Coordinators, School Social Workers, Assistant Custodians, Security Personnel and School Nurses.  Congratulations to all!


Students from Washington Community School collected pennies and non-perishable goods to donate to the New Jersey Food Pantry and Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen, as part of a hunger awareness program held during the months of  April and May 2015 at the school, in collaboration with Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies of Edison, N.J.  The students held discussions on hunger and the prevalence of hunger in our communities and were very excited about making a charitable donation.  Congratulations to Ms. Perez, Ms. Pandurangan, and the Washington Wildcats for this outstanding community service project!


The Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (PAAAS) presents a school theatre production of the play written by Richard Wesley, The Talented Tenth.  The Talented Tenth will run for four performances from May 28 through May 30. Opening night is Friday, May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Plainfield High School Auditorium, located at 950 Park Avenue, Plainfield, N.J. We invite the students, parents and our Plainfield Community to attend. Tickets are $10 for adults and $ 5 for students.  Tickets may be purchased online.  Please visit www.plainfieldk12nj.org.


The Annual Clearinghouse Scholarship Awards & Senior Recognition Program will be held Monday, June 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Plainfield High School.


Commencement exercises for all Plainfield Public Schools will be held June 19, 2015 at Hub Stine Sports Complex (weather permitting) at 1410 Randolph Road, Plainfield, N.J.  The alternate site will be Plainfield High School Gymnasium, at 950 Park Avenue in Plainfield, N.J.

Plainfield Learning Center
Energy Drips - How To Save Money And Energy In Your Home

Your home may be full of little energy drips - and they can really add up!  Here are some simple, practical ways to reduce energy drips in your home and stop paying for energy that you never get to use.

Check if your car is part of the Takata recall

If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or Toyota, you might be affected by a national recall on air bags. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website using the VIN search tool to confirm whether your individual vehicle is affected by this recall, or by searching by VIN on a specific vehicle-maker's site. Check back regularly as automakers confirm which vehicles are affected.


The recall found that the airbags are made with materials that can rupture over time and have been blamed for six deaths worldwide. This Takata inflator recall affects nearly 34 million vehicles.

As manufacturers supply a complete list of affected vehicles, NHTSA will include updates on its recalls page.

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

Plainfield Library Event:

Union County Freeholder Meeting



Union County Freeholder Meeting May 7, 2015 

NJ State: New Jersey Economic Development Authority

New Jersey Helps Small Businesses with Online Tool that Tracks Federal, State and Local Bids and Contracts 

Excerpt from Article:

(Princeton, N.J.) - As National Small Business Week kicks off this week, Choose New Jersey, Inc. is offering small businesses across the Garden State an online tool, RPF Watch, which can help them potentially win millions of dollars in contracts.

With hundreds of Request for Proposals (RFPs) distributed on a daily basis, small businesses can easily miss opportunities for which they are qualified. For small businesses that depend on contracts, RFP Watch can be a game changer.

Click Here to Read Entire Article

"News Articles." NJEDA. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <http://www.njeda.com/Press-Room/News-Articles/News-Articles/New-Jersey-Helps-Small-Businesses-with-Online-Tool>.
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman: R&D Tax Credit Bill

Washington, DC (May 20, 2015) - Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman issued the following statement after the House voted to approve H.R. 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015, legislation that would make the Research and Experimentation Credit (R&D credit) permanent without addressing the $182 billion it adds to the deficit:

"Federal support for research and development is absolutely essential to creating high-skilled jobs and promoting a strong economy in my district and across the country, but that support comes at a cost, and this bill refuses to pay it. By making the R&D tax credit permanent without offsetting the costs by closing other tax loopholes, we add $182 billion to the deficit. That's simply unacceptable.


"Republicans have consistently applied a double standard to bills that spend taxpayer dollars - cutting wantonly and invoking the deficit when it comes to programs that help create jobs for working families, but tossing the budget out of the window when it suits them. I support effective, tailored tax relief, such as making the R&D credit permanent, but we need to pay for it so that we can make all of the other important investments this country needs."

"Watson Coleman Statement on R&D Tax Credit Bill." Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. N.p., 21 May 2015. Web. 22 May 2015. <https://watsoncoleman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/watson-coleman-statement-rd-tax-credit-bill>.
President Obama : Opportunity For All

In this week's address, the President highlights the importance of expanding opportunity for all Americans -- a principle that has guided his work throughout the past six years. 

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