F rom Plainfield City Hall
  Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
One Plainfield.  One Future.
This Sunday, Mother's Day, we will pay tribute to generations of women who labor or labored tirelessly to support and guide their children. President Obama said it best In his 2010 Mother's day presidential proclamation, "Whether adoptive, biological, or foster, mothers share an unbreakable bond with their children, and Americans of all ages and backgrounds owe them an immeasurable debt. Mother's Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate these extraordinary caretakers, mentors, and providers who have made us who we are."  Happy Mother's Day!


Here are this week's updates:
  • Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and Students of Maxson Middle School
  • An Engaged Community for the Benefit of All
  • Mayor's Cabinet Shadowing Program
  • Plainfield Road Closure Notice
  • Economic Development Update
  • Administration and Finance Update
  • Public Affairs and Safety Update
  • Workforce Development
  • Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Plainfield Education Update
  • White House Weekly Address
  • State of New Jersey: Office of the Governor
  • Union County - Monthly Meeting
  • Plainfield Education Update
  • Plainfield Learning Center
  • Events
  • Arts and Culture

Creating One Plainfield - One Future,

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and Students of Maxson Middle School

 

On May 6, 2015, I was surrounded by 50 proud students from Maxson Middle School during the grand opening of the Plainfield-Maxson Community Garden.  Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles and Dr. Davenport, Principal, helped me officiate this event. The Plainfield-Maxson Community Garden is a partnership between the City of Plainfield and Maxson Middle School. The students of the Maxson S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program have planted a wide range of produce in this community garden, located off Berkeley Terrace.  I am proud of the students who conducted the research. They have learned the importance of agriculture in an urban setting and how the benefits of healthy eating can be shared with the entire community.

An Engaged Community for the Benefit of All

  

  Community engagement and partnerships is a cornerstone of my administration       and crucial to a community that is unified in teaching the younger generation             and residents to make a difference.  On May 9, 2015, the youth of St. Mark's will       be joined by youth from All Saint's of Scotch Plains to clean up the Rushmore             Playground.  The cleaning of our city streets and playgrounds is very important to     all Plainfielders and my administration. I am determined to partner with faith-           based organizations and other partners to achieve this goal. I commend the youth     of St. Mark's for their leadership and their commitment to serving the Plainfield         community at large.

 

   Youth volunteers will meet at St. Mark at 8:30 am and will proceed and                        arrive at the playground to start working at 9:00 am.

 

 
Mayor's Cabinet Shadow Mentoring Program 
On Thursday, May 7, 2015, eight students from Plainfield High School, including two seniors who have been accepted to four year colleges, and six juniors came to City Hall to participate in the Mayor's Cabinet Shadow Mentoring Program.  This is an excellent opportunity for Plainfield students to get exposure to city government and my administration.  Throughout the day the students met and learned about the following departments and divisions: Office of the Mayor, Corporation Counsel, Economic Development, Community Development, Department of Public Works and Urban Development, Department of Administration and Finance, Plainfield Action Services, W.I.C., Health Officer, Information Technology and the Municipal Clerk's Office.  

The students were also exposed to my administration's strategic plan that focuses on economic development, public affairs and safety, getting our financial house in order and quality of life issues.  The students observed a meeting with my Chief of Staff and representatives of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as they gear up for their joint job fair scheduled for May 20, 2015.  The students learned about the importance and need for strategic partnerships that will help Plainfielders get back to work, and the importance of logistics and planning for such an event.  

The students were not the only ones who learned something on this day... we were "schooled" on social media.  Only one of the eight students use Facebook, while the other six use Twitter.  We also had an opportunity to talk about the events that have unfolded in the City of Baltimore and the rest of the country.   They recognize the injustice and want to help pave the way in finding solutions that benefit all and justice that works for everyone.  This partnership with the Plainfield School system will continue throughout the years. We look forward to giving our young students opportunities for exposure to municipal government.
 
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

Current Economic Development Initiatives

The Office of Economic Development is still offering free websites for your business through Google.  The Get Your Business On-Line (GYBO) Program is still looking for additional businesses to take advantage of this fantastic program which allows for the creation of a  "FREE" website for a year.  Please contact the office of Economic Development for additional details and for individual assistance in creating your new website. 


 
The City of Plainfield Loan Fund Program, a public/private initiative with RBAC, is available to help Finance Small Business Growth & Development in the City.  Loan funds between $5,000 to $250,000 are available for start-up and/ or existing businesses for the development of commercial real estate, inventory, equipment, furniture, marketing and working capital.   For additional details, visit the City's website at www.plainfieldnj.gov or call the office of ED at 908-226-2513. 

 

 

Sign and Facade Program

We remind business owners that funds are still available from the Sign & Façade Grant Program. The program provides funding for the improvement and replacement of storefront signs and façade including new security gates, windows, awnings, entrances etc.  The Urban Enterprise Zone (UEPZ) Sign and Façade Program provides a  75% reimbursement of total project cost, up to a maximum of $25,000 per client.  Take advantage of this great program to help improve your store front today.  Applications are available on line or at the office of Economic Development.  For additional information call 908-226-2513. To qualify, you must be a member of the UEZ (Urban EnterpriseZone). 


 

Community Development

Initiatives

  • The Safe Housing and Transportation Program is accepting applications for qualifying Senior Citizens, aged 60 and older. For more information or to get an application - call the Office of Community Development: 908-753-3610
  • Comprehensive Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) applications are available for deferred, interest free loans (up to $ 25,000) that will be used for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied, one, two and three family homes. (Contact our office for more details)
  • Service Provider Directories are still available in English and Spanish. Please pick up your copy today. Call our office for details or view online.

*Attention Service Providers: If you would like to be included in our updated Service Providers Directory or require a modification of the existing information,

please complete the attached form and submit it to the Office of Community Development, Room 205, City Hall or email it to:  

Elaine.dunn-brown@plainfieldnj.gov or Donna.Morris@plainfieldnj.gov

Administration and Finance Update
The 2014 accomplishments of the Division of Health, noted below by Denise Proctor, Health Officer, are a testament to my administration's on-going commitment to ensuring the well-being of all Plainfield residents, especially through appropriate inspections of our restaurants. 





 

Plainfield Action Service Presents Community Action Month

Plainfield Senior Center
For more information regarding the activities below - call (908) 753-3506

MOTHERS' DAY CELEBRATION

Join the center as we recognize our mothers and grandmothers on Monday, May 11th at 11:00 a.m., with a Mothers' Day tribute. There will be poems, music, trivia and tea. Ladies, wear your Sunday best! Pictures will be taken. Please bring a tea cup.


 

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

SPRING FASHION SHOW

The spring fashion show, Viva Las Vegas, is   hosted by Johnnye Hansford and will be held on Thursday, May 14th. The cost of the show is $10.00. No food or refreshments will be served. Please get your tickets in advance as there will be assigned seating at this event. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show begins at 6:00 p.m.


 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

The center will be closed in observance of Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 23rd to Monday, May 25th, and will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th at 9:00 a.m.


 

MAY IS STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

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

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.


 

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH PROGRAMS

Senior Fire Safety: If a fire occurs at your home, do you know the proper procedure for getting to safety? Learn how to better prepare yourself in case of a fire. Attend the fire safety program on Friday, May 1st at 12:00 noon.


 

Take Your Best Shot: Do you want to know what multiple myeloma is and how to live with this common form of blood cancer? We will show a video that takes an in-depth look at this epidemic on Wednesday, May 13th at 12:00 noon.


 

Survival Driving: While driving do you ever think it's your instincts that keeps you safe from accidents? Well, come learn some proven driving tips that will keep you safe while on the road on Friday, May 15th at 12:00 noon.


 

NJ Hope and Healing: On Monday, May 18th at 12:00 noon, come learn how to manage the emotional consequences of flooding, storms, and other natural disasters. Also learn how to understand the impact and explore strategies for coping with weather emergencies


 

Heart Felt for Life: Dr. Oz and celebrity fitness  trainer Bob Greene brings you Heartfelt for Life, a personal fitness  video that will show you how to improve your heart health on Wednesday, May 20th at 12:00 noon.


 

Stroke Awareness - Did you or a love one suffer with a stroke in the past?  Come learn about the warning signs and how to minimize the devastating effects a stroke can have on a loved one on Tuesday, May 26th at 12:00 noon. 


 

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


 

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Plainfield Police Division Sgt. Stephen Huff.  On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Sgt. Huff was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in the State of Pennsylvania. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Sgt. Stephen G. Huff, 48, of Lopatcong Twp., was born in Elizabeth, NJ. He was the son of the late Cornelius R. Huff and Lenore M. Guertin Huff.  Sgt. Huff was a police officer for 25 years with the Plainfield Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant on June 18, 2012.  Stephen was a great co-worker, husband, dad and friend.

 

Stephen was past Masonic Master in the Phillipsburg Masonic Lodge                #52 F&AM. He loved the outdoors, especially at Merrill Creek Reservoir during the Hawk Watch. He loved reading, photography, playing chess, and traveling.      Most of all, his other "true love" was going for rides on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved life!  He was a member of St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church, Phillipsburg. He is survived by his mother, Lenore Huff of Green Brook, NJ.; his beloved wife, Loideth Knott Huff; His loving children, Shaina Huff of Lancaster, Pa. and Briana Huff, at home. He is also survived by his siblings,   Susan M. Huff of Hi-Nella, NJ.; and Martin C. Huff and his wife Celine of Scotland, Connecticut. His nephew and niece, Kyle and Karlee Huff, both of Scotland, Connecticut.

 

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 2 to 4PM and 6 to 8PM   in the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:30PM on Friday. The main Service will be held 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Finegan  Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St. Phillipsburg. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10AM at St. Philip & St. James Catholic Church 430 S. Main St., Phillipsburg. Interment will be held at St. Philip & St. James Cemetery, Greenwich Twp., NJ.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Stephen, to The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org

 

Workforce Development
USPS is Hiring - Save the Date! USPS (U.S. Postal Service) Job Fair
May 20, 2015    4pm-7pm
Plainfield City Hall

NJ State Department of Labor
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a listing of job fairs and resources for job seekers.

 

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

 

 


 


 

White House Weekly Address: Ensuring Every Child Gets a Great Education

 

 

In this week's address, the President reiterated his commitment to expanding access to education, and to spreading the joy of reading to more children and young adults. 




 
NJ State: Office of the Governor

 

New Jersey Aims to Recruit 6,000 Mentors by 2018, Invites Government, Business, Education and Community Representatives

 

Trenton, NJ - As part of New Jersey's first STEM Week, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today announced the kick-off of the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative in New Jersey, which seeks to recruit at least 6,000 mentors for young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by 2018.

"I am thrilled to announce the New Jersey Million Women Mentors program, which will provide guidance to our young women with an interest in STEM and help them become tomorrow's leaders," said Lt. Governor Guadagno. "By engaging our young women on the benefits of a career in STEM fields, we are not only investing in their future but ours as well.  I applaud all the volunteer mentors for sharing their time to serve as positive role models for these young women."

 

MWM is a collective effort of corporate sponsors, strategic partners and organizations representing more than 18 million women and girls.  The program welcomes corporations, government entities, higher education groups and non-profit organizations to serve as mentors to increase the percentage of young women pursuing and obtaining degrees and careers in STEM fields.

"Celebrating the state's STEM economy is especially important today because, by 2018, New Jersey needs to fill 269,000 STEM jobs," said Anthony Cicatiello, President of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. "Now is the time to embrace the STEM economy and encourage its growth in New Jersey, and also to introduce students to our state's rich history of innovation. Once they see what we've done in this state, from Edison to streptomycin, they're going to be inspired to keep the legacy going through this century."

 

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than in non-STEM jobs, with 80% of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States dependent upon STEM knowledge and skills.  While women comprise 48% of the US workforce, just 24% of women are in STEM fields.

In its first year, MWM has more than 272,000 men and women serving as mentors, coaches, role models, partners and sponsors.  The program has pledges from 27 states, 58 partner organizations and 30 major sponsors.  More information on the initiative can be found online at www.millionwomenmentors.org.

 

 

Roberts, Kevin. "Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Kicks Off Million Women Mentors Program to Benefit Young Women in STEM Programs." State of New Jersey. N.p., n.d. Web.  7 May, 2015

 
Senator Cory Booker: U.S. Senate Prepares Passenger Rail Overhaul Bill

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety & Security, today hosted a field hearing in Newark, New Jersey, on America's passenger rail system. The field hearing sought input to shape forthcoming legislation that will update and improve passenger rail in the United States. "The Northeast Corridor is an indispensable transportation asset and economic driver for New Jersey," Booker said. "Yet we are approaching a crisis as passenger rail investment languishes and the whole system relies on outdated, 100-year old bridges and decaying infrastructure. Meanwhile, our competitors in foreign nations are pushing ahead, leaving us behind. That's why today's hearing is so important: to gather input on a bipartisan effort to invest in and update our passenger rail system."


 Click Here to read the complete Article
 

" Http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=232." 
Cory Booker United States Senator for New Jersey . N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2015. 
 
Union County:  Freeholder Meeting

 

 

Union County Freeholder Meeting April 30, 2015 - Union County NJ 

 
Plainfield Education Update


 

  • Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin-Pyles invites the Plainfield Community, parents, students, and faith-based and community organizations to support our young aspiring actors at PAAAS's 2015 theater production of The Talented Tenth. The play was written by Richard Wesley and directed by our own Odell J. Miller. The Talented Tenth is about a band of "buppie" Howard University graduates dwelling in New Jersey's upper middle class. Wesley examines the extreme importance of self-awareness and each generation's responsibility to cultivate and serve the next.  The play will run three days, May 28-30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Plainfield High School Auditorium, 950 Park Avenue.  Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.   You are invited!
  • Plainfield Public Schools will be participating in the SHOES THAT FIT campaign, an event to provide shoes for children who need new shoes.  Our schools will  select a staff member as the coordinator who will make sure the children are  measured accordingly.  The shoes are provided by the organization SHOES THAT FIT, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.  In the past three years, they have provided shoes for over 1,500 elementary schools in 41 states. For additional information, parents should consult with their school principals.
  • A group of students from PAAAS, OBAACD and Plainfield High School visited City Hall today to meet with Mayor Adrian O. Mapp's staff and learn about City governance. The students are part of the Mayor for a Day and Cabinet Shadow Mentoring Program.  Students were introduced to the work of several departments including Economic Development Department. They sat in on a meeting about the logistics for setting up a May 20 Job Fair.


 

In the picture is John Stewart, Chief of Staff, with the students.

 

  • Spring Fest Carnival 2015 at Plainfield High School - May 21-May 23, Superintendent of Schools Anna Belin-Pyles extends an invitation to our Plainfield Community to come and enjoy our annual Spring Fest Carnival at Plainfield High School, 950 Park Avenue, starting Thursday, May 21.  The five-day event will be held May 21-May25.  Thursday and Friday from  6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday-Monday 3 - 7pm. Come and enjoy the fun!
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Six Tips for Keeping Teens Safe on Social Media

As the end of the school year approaches, children and teenagers might turn more to social media channels to stay connected with their classmates and friends during their vacations. This season also gives them the opportunity to make new friends through summer activities or camps, making social media sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter important tools to stay in touch. 

 

More than 60 percent of teens in the United States have at least one social media account, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. And while being online is a good way to keep in touch with friends, it's important for parents to be proactive about Internet safety.

 

Unfortunately, there are people who can use your child's personal information to steal identities, bully them or begin an inappropriate relationship. Help protect students from online dangers by following these safety tips:

1. Keep your child's profile private so that only family and people you know see photos, important dates and other information.

2. Make sure they're not posting personal details, including phone numbers, home address, and the name of their school or Social Security number.

3. Only allow them to publish photos and videos that don't jeopardize their safety or their integrity.

4. Make sure they choose a strong password that can't be guessed, and that it gets changed every three months.

5. Never allow them to accept friend requests from people they don't know.

6. Keep an open dialogue with your children. Ask them to let you know if they've received private messages from a stranger, or from someone at school who is teasing, harassing or threatening them. Those could be signs of cyber-bullying or even a sexual predator.

 

Get additional online safety tips, and other relevant information on OnGuardOnline.gov, a great government resource for parents and teens.

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GI Go Fund: Jeans for Troops Day

On May 21, 2015, In honor of Memorial Day, join the millions of participants nationwide wearing Jeans to support our troops.  Starting Monday, May 4, 2015, at Plainfield City Hall - Mayor's Office, you can show your support by making a $5 donation, with the proceeds benefiting the GI Go Fund. Please note, Plainfield City Hall will recognize and wear jeans on Friday, May 22, 2015.


 
Events



Arts and Culture
Frontiers International Westry Horne Cultural and Heritage Series Schedule 

The purpose of this series is to educate and provide space for intergenerational dialogues on topics of African American history and culture.

 

Click Here for Complete Schedule

Plainfield Student Art

"Journeys," the Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies fourth annual student art show, will open this week at Plainfield Public Library.


 

The exhibit will feature works in pencil, sharpie, pastel and paint, computer-generated art and mixed media created by the school's visual art and graphic design students. The works will be on display Thursday through June 6 in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery at Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave. 


 


Star-Ledger, C. (n.d.). Student art exhibit opens in Plainfield. Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/05/student_art_exhibit_opens_in_plainfield.html#incart_river
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