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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New bar questioned.. Hoboken's cowboy cops and Plainfield's true blues.. Death penalty death knell nears..


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 --
Crescent Times --
Plainfield Trees: "Norway Maple" -- A new posting in this ongoing series.
Van Wyck Brooks HD: "Christmas Tour - 2007" -- It's THIS Sunday, get your tickets ahead of time at Swain's.

Death Penalty: "Time running out on death penalty" -- Ledger | Gannett | NY Times | -- Dottie Gutenkauf sends her thanks to all who worked on replacing death with life without parole. Dottie has been an activist advocate in this matter since day one. Huzzah!

Princeton Dog Case: Paul Mulshine: "Good sense is going to the dogs"

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  • Reminders:
    • Library's Food-for-Fines drive under way thru December 7 -- details here.
    • Van Wyck Brooks HD's 'Old-Fashioned Christmas' House Tour -- Advance ticket info here.

  • Today - December 4. 10 AM - 1 PM. Small Business Tax Workshop. Topics include: Reporting business income, filing sales and use taxes, registering your business, types of ownership and the tax consequences of each. Sponsor: NJ Division of Taxation. At the Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street and Park Avenue. Free, but registration is required: (908) 737-4220.

  • Today - December 4. 6 PM. The AIDS QUILT. Public viewing of the traveling panel and reception. 7 - 9 PM, a workshop and panel discussion of AIDS and HIV in 2007. Child care provided. At: First Unitarian Society, 724 Park Ave. Information: (908) 756-0750.

  • Today - December 4. Chanukah begins at sundown.

  • Tomorrow - December 5. 7:30 - 9 PM. New Horizons College Club. Helping high school students prepare for college. See Club website here. At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue.

  • Tomorrow - December 5. 8 PM. City Council Business Meeting. City Council Chambers/Courthouse. Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street.

  • Thursday - December 6. 3:30 PM. Hanukkah Story-time and Crafts. Kids learn about this important Jewish holiday with interesting stories and some fun craft projects. In the Young People's Room. Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street at Park Avenue. FREE.

  • Thursday - December 6. 6, PM cocktails. 7 PM, dinner. The Scarlett Foundation's Pledge Dinner. A fundraiser in support of the DASH program (see website). $60 contribution as a placeholder, pledge to be made at dinner. Sponsor: The Scarlett Foundation. At: Café Vivace, 1370 South Avenue. Information and reservations: (908) 499-9298.

  • Thursday - December 6. 8 PM. Planning Board Public Hearing on Revised 'Netherwood' Plan. The Planning Board meets at City Hall Library. Public invited.

  • Thursday - December 6. 6 - 9 PM. Holiday Exhibit Opening: Francisco Langdon Clay, Juan José Olivieri, Erik Lauritzen, plus Eight Contemporary Women Artists. Edge Art Gallery, 1575 Irving Street, Rahway. Info: Website or (732) 669-0112.

  • Friday - December 7. 6 PM. The AIDS QUILT. Public viewing of the traveling panel and reception. 7 PM, a screening of Silverlake Life, about a couple who had and ultimately die from AIDS. Discussion follows. Child care provided. At: First Unitarian Society, 724 Park Ave. Information: (908) 756-0750.

  • Friday - December 7. 7 PM. 13th Annual Drake House Christmas Tree Lighting. Stories, carols, refreshments -- and many decorated trees throughout the house. Drake House, 602 West Front Street (at Plainfield Avenue). Info: (908) 755-5831. FREE.

  • Saturday - December 8. Noon - 3 PM. Holiday Horse and Wagon Rides. The SID's 3rd Annual Horse and Wagon Ride gets even bigger. Two staging areas: West Front Street, near McDonald's and Plainwood Square Park on South Avenue. Treats for the kids, coupons and drawings for prizes -- including two TVs and an 8-foot stuffed stocking -- as well as hot cocoa for all and a visit by Santa (at Plainwood Square Park). Info: Visit the SID website or call (908) 756-1088. FREE.

  • Saturday - December 8. 7 PM. Heritage for the Holidays Concert. Heritage Youth Chorus -- winners of Mcdonald's GospelFest contest -- present a concert of holiday favorites, with the theme 'Help for the Homeless'. At Shiloh Baptist Church, West 4th and New Streets. Canned good donations welcome and will benefit area food pantries. Tickets: $25/adult, $15/Seniors, $10/Children. Info: (908) 222-1722.

  • Saturday - December 8. 8 PM. Holiday Choral Concert: Our Family Celebration. A concert by the NJ Gay Men's Chorus. Attendees are invited to bring a donation of canned goods, which will be donated to a local food bank. $25 at the door. Discounts in advance -- see their website here or call (609) 396-7774 At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue.
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Bank Heists: "'Route 35 crew' busted"
Bound Brook: "Recount augments Bound Brook victory"
Jewish Museum of NJ: "New museum is also a rallying cry"
Linden: "Asphyxiation at plant could have been avoided, say experts" -- This cries for an investigation.
Piscataway: "The way of four faiths: Ethel Road" -- Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Hindu.
Rutgers: "McCormick: Rutgers may need to pare plans for stadium"
Union County: "Corzine gives backing to Union prosecutor"


Booze in the A&P?: "Committee weighs letting supermarkets sell alcohol" -- "Liquor stores worry"
Legislative Elections: "With all 120 seats up, spending nears $69M"
Legislature --
Scholastic Athletics: "Bid to split scholastic athletics falls short" -- Ledger | Gannett | -- Tensions between public, private schools.
Voting Machines: "AG criticized for extending deadline on printers" -- Ledger | Gannett |

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


2008 Elections: "Vulnerable Democrats See Fates Tied to Clinton" -- The toxic side of Hillary.
Guantanamo: "Now Online, a Guide to Detainee Treatment" -- The manual can be found here.
Iran: "Intel report a blow to Bush's Tehran policy" -- WashPost | NY Times | -- Neocons caught ginning up war, again?
Mortgage Mess: "Paulson's Mortgage Aid Plan Will Aid Only Few" -- NY Times | WashPost | -- A 'rescue' plan by the guy who was shorting the mortgage market? Truth IS stranger than fiction.


Credit Cards: "Congress Probes Credit Card Industry"
Larry Craig Redux Redux: "New Allegations Test Craig's New Boldness" -- Links to the Idaho Statesman stories and blogs here.
Divorce & Ecology: "Divorce harms the environment with higher energy, water use"
Girls & Science: "Girls Make History by Sweeping Top Honors at a Science Contest"
On Immigration: John Farmer: "An answer to the immigrant surge"

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

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