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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Council frames budget cuts.. New school aid revealed.. Candlelight concert.. Rally over arrests..


Plainfield Today: (Click HERE to read the posts serially, otherwise take your pick below. There are more stories up than posted below, and more go up during the day. -- Dan)
Plain Talker: "Council Frames Budget Cuts" | "Certificates of Occupancy, Compliance Not the Same"
Crescent Times: "April's labor of love"
Plainfield Trees: "Norway Maple"

Crescent Singers Concert: "Crescent Singers to present 'Yuletide by Candlelight'"
Schools: "Plainfield district names another interim leader"
People's Organization for Progress: "Rally to protest arrests at anti-violence march"

Banks: "3 Big Banks See No Relief as Write-Offs Mount Up" -- All with local branches.
Home Sales: "Slumping Home Sales - By Region" -- NY metro area map here.
(Breaking) Jayson Williams Case: "Jayson Williams arrives at courthouse"

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  • Today - December 13. 3:30 PM. Christmas Story-time and Crafts. Kids learn about this important time of the year with interesting stories and some fun craft projects. In the Young People's Room. Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street at Park Avenue. FREE.

  • Today - December 13. 4 - 8 PM. Treasures of the Earth II. An exciting array of fine diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. Portion of sale proceeds will benefit the Plainfield Public Library. Refreshments by Sandy Spector Caterers. Suburban Jewelers, 126 East Front Street. Info: (908) 756-1774.

  • Tomorrow - December 14. 8 AM - Noon. Abbott v. Burke: A Conversation with Former Governors. Join former governors Brendan Byrne, James Florio, Donald DiFrancesco and James McGreevey offer insights and suggestions. Panel discussion followed by Q&A. Continental breakfast. At the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton. Online registration and directions here. The public is invited.

  • Tomorrow - December 14. 7 PM. Sleepy Hollow Realtors Holiday Party & Toy Drive. Join Joe Burris, John Nash and the SHR crew at Cafe Vivace for some holiday fun and help brighten the holidays for area children. Gift of an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl will benefit the holiday outreach of the Plainfield Area Red Cross. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. Cafe Vivace, 1370 South Avenue at Plainwood Square Park.

  • Saturday - December 15. 11 AM. Rally in Support of 'The Plainfield Four'. Members of the Peoples' Organization for Progress were arrested for unlawful assembly on November 17 at Front and Park protesting alleged police brutality. The group regularly protests the Iraq War and military recruitment in front of the Armed Services Recruitment Center. Original press reportage here. Rally is at Front and Park.

  • Saturday - December 15. 3 - 6 PM. Holiday Afternoon Tea. Champagne, spiced cider, teas of the world and holiday treats. Sponsor: Plainfield Area YMCA. At: The Pillars B&B, 922 Central Avenue, Plainfield. Info: (908) 756-6060 or (908) 499-9298.

  • Sunday - December 15. 3 PM. Christmas Concert and Open House. Join the choirs and musicians of St. Bart's for an afternoon of familiar and not so familiar carols and holiday music. At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, 2032 Westfield Avenue, Scotch Plains. Reception follows. Info: (908) 322-5192 or visit the church's website.

  • Sunday - December 16. 5:30 PM. Yuletide by Candlelight. A gift of holiday music to the community. Presented by the Crescent Singers. At: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Watchung Avenue at East 7th Street. Info (908) 756-2468. FREE.
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Newark: "Cheers in Newark for a Housing Project’s Downfall" -- Ledger | NY Times |
..... - "Newark councilwoman Dana Rone guilty in traffic stop"
New Providence: "Downtown upgrade moves to fast track"
School Aid Increases: Union County | Somerset County | Middlesex County |
South Plainfield: "Project to extend road hits dead end"


NJ Blogs: Kelly Heyboer: "Vaccine rules: Saving children's lives? Or government parenting?"

Death Penalty: "What happens after death row?"
..... -Bob Braun: "Celeste Fitzgerald: 'Time to close up shop'"
Merck: "Merck vaccine recall called precautionary"
National Guard: "N.J. Guard gears up to meet new rules"
UMDNJ: "Trustees weigh who will control UMDNJ"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here


CIA Methods --
The Markets --
Mortgage Mess: "Countrywide at center of web of investigations"


Baseball & Steroids: "Report Details Drug Use In Baseball" -- Ledger | NY Times | WashPost |
Reconstructive Surgery: "Face-Transplant Patient 'Satisfied'"
(Breaking) Sharpton's 2004 Race: "Feds launch sweeping probe of Sharpton finances"
The Sopranos: "Lawyer Who Showed Producer Around Wants a Cut" -- Ledger | NY Times |
Veterans' Charities: "Study Faults Charities for Veterans" -- AMVETS, Military Order of the Purple Heart among those ripping vets and families off.
Wal-Mart & Sweatshops: "Senator Says Wal-Mart Sells Holiday Sweatshop Products"

Miss Manners: Check out the nation's doyenne of conduct here in the Washington Post.

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