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Friday, March 6, 2015

Olddoc: Street cams kindle a potpourri.. Bernice on another lost day..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Delayed Opening: Plainfield Public Schools, 90-minute delayed opening.

Frontiers:  "One-woman show portraying Harriet Tubman this weekend" -- Column by Jay Jefferson Cooke.
Stendergate --
Highland Park:  "Town may raise age for buying cigarettes to 21"
Newark:  "Christie contract with super does not follow state law"
Policing:  "NJ town's police put on four-day workshop on Islam, Muslim culture"

Bridgegate --
Christie for President
Hillary:  "Who knows? She could implode totally" -- Concern over having no other candidates in pool.
NJ Budget:  "Trooper unions sue Christie over shortchanged pension payments"
NJ Pensions:  "Healthcare costs are key to Christie's pension repairs"
Port Authority:  "Dems not budging on PA reforms"
Policing:  "How a dirty police force gets clean" -- Oakland, Cal. PD profiled.
Teaching:  "7 things you should know about proposed NJ teacher standards"
Workmen's Comp:  "What's an arm worth? What NJ pays for severed body parts"

Selma:  "GOP leaders skipping 50th anniversary event"

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] on another lost day.

[OLDDOC]  Street cams kindle a potpourri.

[Mayor MAPP] advocates for the Fleet Manager position up tonight.

[Councilor STORCH] notes Council became a blame-free zone on Monday (for a while).

[Councilor WILLIAMS] Earned sick days ordinance up tonight.

[DAVID] offers a Throwback Thursday vid: Lt. Ken Reid on Sally Jesse Raphael.

[JACKIE] Survivor-World Apart blog party.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] promotes Rutgers Latinas & Politics conference.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bernice is surprised by a theme song on the City's website.. Olddoc catches a break.. Councilor Storch notes Council became a blame-free zone on Monday (for a while).. David offers a Throwback Thursday vid: Lt. Ken Reid on Sally Jesse Raphael.. Jackie: Survivor-World Apart blog party..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Delayed Openings/Closings Thursday: Plainfield Public Schools, CLOSED. State offices, CLOSED. City offices, 90-minute delayed opening. Plainfield Public Library, 11 AM opening. County offices and courts, 10 AM opening.

Stendergate --
Amtrak:  "House of Representatives votes to increase Northeast Corridor service"
Newark --

Christie for President --
Congress:  "GOP fear: Two more years of gridlock"
ELEC --
Exxon Settlement --
Hillary --
Incarceration:  "Rowan U. to host panel on nation's incarceration rate"
Minimum Wages:  "Towns would be able to set higher rates than the state under proposal"
Paid Sick Leave:  "Christie prognosis for paid sick leave: Job losses"
Teaching:  "Are two semesters of student teaching too much? NJ colleges say yes"

Ferguson, MO:  "Holder slams police force as a 'collection agency'" -- Politico | NYTimes |

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] is surprised by a theme song on the City's website.

[OLDDOC]  catches a break.

[Mayor MAPP] advocates for the Fleet Manager position up tonight.

[Councilor STORCH] notes Council became a blame-free zone on Monday (for a while).

[Councilor WILLIAMS] Earned sick days ordinance up tonight.

[DAVID] offers a Throwback Thursday vid: Lt. Ken Reid on Sally Jesse Raphael.

[JACKIE] Survivor-World Apart blog party.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] promotes Rutgers Latinas & Politics conference.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bernice notes surveillance cams are coming; more innings for baseball controversy.. Olddoc posts on a romance, nonsense and a potpourri, not necessarily in that order.. Plainfield Latino promotes Rutgers Latinas & Politics conference..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Stendergate:  "Kennedy vs. Mahr gets decided tonight" -- Or, Lesniak vs. Cryan.
PHS Wrestling:  "Plainfield's Phillips state qualification good enough for two Cardinals"
Weather:  "Winter wallop will follow wet, warm Wednesday"

Blood Lab Scam:  "Berkeley Heights salesman pleads guilty in scheme that netted 24 doctors"
East Brunswick:  "Township nixes fluoride in water" -- The loonies are coming?
Linden:  "Sen. Lesniak, Linden say Exxon deal stinks" -- Courier | Ledger |
Newark:  "Rec centers to be revamped into 'centers of hope'"
North Plainfield;  "Man run down by truck after argument, police say"
Paid Sick Leave:  "Bloomfield becomes first town in 2015 to mandate paid sick leave"
Summit:  "Hispanic community benefits from school district's liaison"
Wall:  "Township becomes home to NJ's largest domestic violence shelter"

Christie for President --
Hillary Clinton:  "Emails draw Clinton into a quagmire" -- Politico | NYTimes |
Bears:  "Drastic expansion of bear hunt approved by council"
Ebola:  "ACLU sues Christie over withheld Ebola documents"
NJ Budget --
  • "Unions to sue Christie over shortchanged pension payments in 2015 budget" -- PolNJ | Ledger | NJSpot |
  • "Lawmakers say they'll go to court to block Exxon settlement" -- NJSpot | Ledger |
NJ Transit --
Obamacare:  "Prognosis bleak for many in NJ if SCOTUS rejects tax credits"
Sandy Recovery:  "Pallone says FEMA should notify victims of fraud allegations"
School Elections:  "Only 20 of more than 500 districts still hold April elections"

Netanyahu Speech --
Ferguson, MO:  "DOJ probe finds bias from cops, courts"

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] notes surveillance cams are coming; more innings for baseball controversy.

[OLDDOC]  posts on a romance, nonsense and a potpourri, not necessarily in that order.

[Mayor MAPP] advocates for the Fleet Manager position up tonight.

[Councilor STORCH] on the Grand Opening of Farmers Insurance.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] Earned sick days ordinance up tonight.

[DAVID] witnesses another accident near Watchung & Kensington.

[JACKIE] week in review, with ships passing in the night.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] promotes Rutgers Latinas & Politics conference.



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bernice notes sick leave ordinance postponed to April.. Olddoc finds icy conditions unconducive to Council attendance.. David witnesses another accident near Watchung & Kensington..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Stendergate:  "The question of who succeeds Stender remains murky"
Union County:  "2015 budget has lowest tax hike in years"
Gas Prices:  "Why prices are rising, despite ample supply"
Hospitals:  "Consultant: Newark area has too many beds to be economically feasible" -- Ledger | NJSpot |
PSEG:  "Company proposes $1.6B gas main modernization" -- NJSpot | Ledger | -- Mainly in urban areas.
Weather:  "Snow, freezing rain, more snow after that"

East Brunswick:  "Mayor is against fluoride in tap water"
Elizabeth:  "Schools wrangle with mom over PARCC opt-out signs"
Girl Scouts:  "Scouts banking on merchandising deals"
NJ Transit:  "NJT receives $147M grant to fix Sandy damage"
North Brunswick:  "Rug merchant guilty in fencing stolen gold, jewelry" -- Much taken in South Asian home invasions.
North Plainfield:  "Vintage photo: Steer Inn, ca. 1960"
Orange:  "Top cop files suit saying sex harassment charges 'patently false'"
Paterson:  "Schools to cut $62M to resolve budget crisis"
South Plainfield:  "SPHS teacher charged with sexual assault of student, 15" -- Ledger | CBS News | Courier |
Trenton:  "City's paid sick leave law challenged by NJ biz groups"
Warren:  "Pizza shop owner gets prison for hiding $500K in profits from IRS"

Christie for President --
Sen. Menendez --
DOT:  "DOT's local bridges program to continue after funding freeze"
NJ Budget --
NJ Lottery:  "Tickets could soon be delivered to your house"
NJ Pensions:  "League: Christie pension changes could trigger 'mass exodus' of workers"
PARCC Tests:  "First day of wide scale testing sees few problems, state says"
Policing:  "Obama calls for changes after task force report" -- Citing Ferguson, Staten Island deaths.
Port Authority:  "NY sponsor of PA reform bill rejects NJ compromise" -- NYTimes | NJSpot |
Public Records:  "Journalist goes to court seeking $800K in Christie travel records"
Sandy Aftermath:  "Booker, Menendez seek hearings into possible Sandy fraud"
Wealth:  "Three in NJ among world's 500 wealthiest" -- Guess which one has Plainfield connections.

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] notes sick leave ordinance postponed to April.

[OLDDOC] finds icy conditions unconducive to Council attendance.

[Mayor MAPP] advocates for the Fleet Manager position up tonight.

[Councilor STORCH] on the Grand Opening of Farmers Insurance.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] Earned sick days ordinance up tonight.

[DAVID] witnesses another accident near Watchung & Kensington.

[JACKIE] week in review, with ships passing in the night.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] reprints Ledger editorial: Latinos face new form of voter bias.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Olddoc recalls life at UVA in the 1930s.. Bernice notes scaled-back Fiestas up tonight; Clerk issues electronic packets.. Mayor Mapp advocates for the Fleet Manager position up tonight.. Councilor Williams: Earned sick days ordinance up tonight.. David gets the Decarcerate forum photos and vid up -- at last..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Plainfield Public Schools: Two hour delayed opening this morning.
Vintage Photo:  "Nixon campaigns in Plainfield, 1960" -- Accompanied by Jackie Robinson.
Weather:  "Sunny today, but more snow possible mid-week"

Moving Company Scam:  "Company banned for holding customer goods hostage" -- If it sounds too good to be true...
Policing:  "Bergen County police merger expected to save over $200M"
Round Valley Reservoir:  "There used to be a town down there" -- Documentary is filmed.
South Plainfield:  "Boro and VFW at odds over pending land sale"

Christie for President
Alzheimer's:  "Music and memory program unveiled for those with Alzheimer's"
Congress:  "White House gloats over GOP's DHS flop"
GOP in Legislature:  "Six times Republicans have refused to go against Christie vetoes of legislation they supported"
Healthcare:  "Getting a handle on preventing, managing diabetes in NJ"
Iran Policy -- Netanyahu speaks to Congress Tuesday.
NJ Budget --
Politics:  "Young conservatives: Forget purity, let's win"
Property Taxes:  "Christie property tax break meets with skepticism"
Race:  "Grading Clinton, Buish, Obama on race" -- By a reporter who has covered all three.
SCOTUS:  "Nonpartisan redistricting commissions in danger?"
Teacher Pensions:  "Should state offload pensions to local school districts?"

Ferguson, MO:  "DOJ to fault local police, see bias in traffic stops"
Obituaries --

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] notes scaled-back Fiestas up tonight; Clerk issues electronic packets.

[OLDDOC]  recalls life at UVA in the 1930s.

[Mayor MAPP] advocates for the Fleet Manager position up tonight.

[Councilor STORCH] on the Grand Opening of Farmers Insurance.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] Earned sick days ordinance up tonight.

[DAVID] gets the Decarcerate forum photos and vid up -- at last.

[JACKIE] week in review, with ships passing in the night.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] reprints Ledger editorial: Latinos face new form of voter bias.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Olddoc on Monday's Council meeting.. Bernice wonders if the third time will be the charm for the fleet manager proposal.. Councilor Williams on Linda Stender: An investigation is warranted.. Jackie's week in review, with ships passing in the night.. Plainfield Latino reprints Ledger editorial: Latinos face new form of voter bias..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Coyotes:  "Coyotes right at home in NJ suburbs"
Weather:  "Sleet and snow expected overnight Sunday"

Bridgeton:  "Tense moments at rally over police shooting"
'Dreamers':  "St. Peter's aims to ease way with Center for Undocumented Students"
Duke Farms:  "Second annual Sugar Maple Celebration" -- Brings back childhood memories.
Edison:  "Cause of last month's massive DPW building fire still unknown"
Newark:  "City faces $50M shortfall, working to meet state introduction deadline"
South Plainfield:  "Five from SPHS wrestling advance to Region 3"
Women's History Month:  "Women take the mike throughout NJ"

Christie for President --
Sen. Menendez:  "Aides attempt to avoid testifying in grand jury probe of senator" -- NJ Law Journal | Ledger |
ID Cards:  "Undocumented Indians seek advice on emerging from the shadows"
Medicare:  "Rules frustrate patients, leave ambulance companies hanging by a thread"
NJ Budget:  "Christie's budget lowers revenue expectations"
Obamacare:  "SCOTUS decision could affect thousands in  NJ"
Politics:  "2014 in NJ: The year of Fulop"
Prisoner Re-Entry:  "New Brunswick event reviews strategies to ease re-entry after prison"

Federal Loan Programs:  "The federal program with a 116% default rate"
Mortgages:  "One-stop borrowing on the Web"
Obituary:  "Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Notre Dame president, transformed small football college"

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] wonders if the third time will be the charm for the fleet manager proposal.

[OLDDOC]  on Monday's Council meeting.

[Mayor MAPP] posts his weekly newsletter.

[Councilor STORCH] on the Grand Opening of Farmers Insurance.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] On Stender: An investigation is warranted.

[DAVID] notes YMCA $25 deal ends today; still having issues with vid of the Decarcerate forum.

[JACKIE] week in review, with ships passing in the night.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] reprints Ledger editorial: Latinos face new form of voter bias.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Olddoc on second half of the 1930s; comment on Council agenda.. Bernice asks if Stender affair gives Jerry Green a 'housing headache'.. Jackie: TAR's blog party continues; Plus watching for subway rats?..


[PLAINFIELD TODAY]
CLIPS is your daily roundup of links to blog posts and news about Plainfield or affecting Plainfielders. Begun in 2003 as an email newsletter to Plainfield city council members when I was Plainfield's public information officer, it was later offered to the general public by email and has been available as a blog since 2007. If you have questions, suggestions or tips, email me at plaindan@gmail.com.

NEWS --

Pedestrian Accident:  "Plainfield man struck girl in crossing, drove her home, did not report accident'
Pilgrim Pipeline:  "PSEG: Pilgrim can't use our right-of-way" -- Runs parallel to Terrill Road.
Stendergate --

Atlantic City:  "The final indignity: Hasbro may take away AC street names on Monopoly board"
Edison:  "After $250K settlement, retired cop sues Edison again"
Historic Preservation:  "'Steward of Hightstown History' award to be given" -- Nice idea.
Newark:  "Despite super's contract renewal, board vows continued fight"
North Plainfield --

Skateboarding:  "Tony Hawk Foundation gives JC $25K for skate park"
Soccer:  "NJ's Red Bulls to get some NYC competition"
Solar Project:  "Bailout of 3-county solar project should get independent review, legislators say"
South Plainfield:  "'Glitter' award recognizes beautification, property maintenance"
Christie for President --
Climate Change Controversy:  "Dems climate probe brings 'witch hunt' turnabout"
NJ Transit:  "Drewniak, former top Christie aide, to head policy/planning for NJ"
Pollution:  "NJ settles $9B pollution case against Exxon for chump change"  -- NYTimes | Ledger | Record |
Port Authority:  "Sen. Kean to introduce PA reform bill following Christie veto" -- Ledger | NYTimes |
Transportation Trust Fund:  "Christie's rosy view on fund insulting" -- Courier editorial.

Obituary:  "Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek"

RECENT BLOG POSTS --

[BERNICE] asks if Stender affair gives Jerry Green a 'housing headache'.

[OLDDOC]  on second half of the 1930s; comment on Council agenda.

[Mayor MAPP] posts his weekly newsletter.

[Councilor STORCH] on the Grand Opening of Farmers Insurance.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] A historical perspective on mass incarceration.

[DAVID] notes YMCA $25 deal ends today; still having issues with vid of the Decarcerate forum.

[JACKIE] TAR's blog party continues.

[JACKIE'S PHOTO BLOG] watching for subway rats?.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] celebrates Mattiwilda Dobbs.

[NOEL at PALS] Plainfield overcomes Christ the King.

[PLAINFIELD LATINO] College Achieve Charter open house Wednesday.