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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bob Ferraro hospitalized.. More '07 in review.. New tree entry.. Council reorg..

PLAINFIELD

Plainfield Today: Plain Talker: "More 2007 in Review"
Crescent Times: "A New Year's Wish" | "2007 Images You Probably Missed"
Plainfield Trees: "Tulip Trees" -- A new entry the ongoing series on Plainfield's trees.

Councilors are blogging: Check out Cory Storch (here) and Rashid Burney (here).

Council Reorganizations: "New year brings new business for municipalities"


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Tuesday - January 1. 9 AM. Mayor's New Year's Day Reception. Exchange New Year's greetings with the Mayor and other elected officials. City Hall Library.

  • Tuesday - January 1. 11 AM. City Council Reorganization. Council reorganizes: New elected members sworn in, officers elected, appointments made, calendars set, pro forma business conducted. Council Chambers/Couthouse.
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CENTRAL JERSEY


Newark --
Hannah Montana: "Kids who were there review Pru Center's biggest show yet"


STATE


Year in Review: "The governor survived, and the death penalty died"
Asbury Park: "Guardian Angels aim to aid city" -- Just like they 'helped' Plainfield?
Giants Stadium: "Surprise beer ban a sobering finale for Jets fans"
Neptune: "Neptune expected to name first gay mayor"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


2008 Primaries --
Pakistan: "Bhutto's Son, Husband Named To Lead Party"


OF INTEREST


Online Learning: "Colleges expand Web courses"

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

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Dornoch leads development.. Political 'friendships'.. Kwanzaa.. Massingberd obit..

PLAINFIELD

Plainfield Today:
Plain Talker: "Dornoch Leads 2007 Development"
Crescent Times: "The Problem With Friendships"
Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"
Councilors are blogging: Check out Cory Storch (here) and Rashid Burney (here).

Kwanzaa: "Kwanzaa fest centers on heritage"
School Funding: "Why the rush on school aid bill?" -- Paul Tractenberg of ELC weighs in.

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REAL ESTATE SUNDAY


SMALL PICTURE
Homebuying: "Buying a House 'As Is'"
BIG PICTURE
Sales: "Varied Home Markets Now Share a Slump"
Foreclosures: "The Status of Foreclosure S O S" -- Tri-state regulators left out?
Mortgages: "US Mortgage Payment Index"
TOOLS
Buy or Rent?: "Cost Comparison Tool" -- Enter your own values to calculate which is better, buying or renting. A really neat tool!
Ledger: "Home Finder", "Premier Estates" and "Real Estate" sections online.
Courier: "Real Estate" section online.
NYTimes: "This Week's Residential Sales Around the Region" -- 12/30/07: McCutchen Home included.
Trulia: "Your Personal Real Estate Google"

WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Tuesday - January 1. 9 AM. Mayor's New Year's Day Reception. Exchange New Year's greetings with the Mayor and other elected officials. City Hall Library.

  • Tuesday - January 1. 11 AM. City Council Reorganization. Council reorganizes: New elected members sworn in, officers elected, appointments made, calendars set, pro forma business conducted. Council Chambers/Couthouse.
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CENTRAL JERSEY


Business: "'Girl on the Go!' wigs help cancer patients lift spirits"


STATE


The Auditor - For political junkies: "Sunday, December 30, 2007"

First Night: "First Night in Flux" -- Montclair, Morris soldier on; Teaneck drops out.
Drug War: "Drug War, Minus Signs, Persists"
DWIs: "More Than a Traffic Stop: Tracing the Last Drink"
Profile: "Princeton's Amaney Jamal: Tapping Muslim opinion"
Witness Intimidation: "So Many Crimes, and Reasons to Not Cooperate"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


2008 Primaries: John Farmer: "Closing in on Iowa: The race takes shape"
CIA Tapes: "Tapes by C.I.A. Lived and Died to Save Image"
Pakistan: "Discord and Unrest Grow" -- NY Times | WashPost | LA Times |



OF INTEREST


Car Trade-ins: "New cars fully loaded — with debt" -- Rolling over the balance on your old loan could leave you owing more than the new car's worth.
Cremation: "Warning: Cremation can be hazardous to your health"
Literary Mentors: "Hugh Massingberd, Laureate for the Departed, Dies"

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

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Council reorg mysteriously reset.. Forum: Hopes, issues.. Westfielder replaces Gibson..

PLAINFIELD



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: "Forum Reveals Issues, Hopes" | "Top 2007 Story: School District Woes"
Crescent Times: "Season's neighborhood displays" | "From litter to flowers"
Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"
Councilors are blogging: Check out Cory Storch (here) and Rashid Burney (here).

Gibson Replacement: "Westfield man named acting UC public safety chief"
Housing Market: "Sales Of New Houses Plummet" -- NY Times | WashPost |

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.

  • Tuesday - January 1. 9 AM. Mayor's New Year's Day Reception. Exchange New Year's greetings with the Mayor and other elected officials. City Hall Library.

  • Tuesday - January 1. 11 AM. City Council Reorganization. Council reorganizes: New elected members sworn in, officers elected, appointments made, calendars set, pro forma business conducted. Council Chambers/Couthouse.
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CENTRAL JERSEY


DWI Judge: "Judge loses seats after admitting DWI, threatening cops"
Newark: "In streets and station houses, Booker is on patrol"
Piscataway: "Accused son and slain dad were pals" -- Ledger | Gannett |
Pru Center: "Pru Center not yet rock solid on sell-out crowds" -- Gimme a break! It takes years to build a venue's crowd.


STATE


Codey: "This Acting Governor Really Acts Like a Governor"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


Pakistan: "Masses Mourn Bhutto, Unrest Spreads" -- NY Times | WashPost |


OF INTEREST



Will Vegas be green before Plainfield? Looks likely.
Las Vegas: "City of blinding lights starting to see green" -- LEED in LV.

Cats & Rats: "LAPD enlists feral cats for rat patrol"

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

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Plainfield landlord cited in E. Orange.. Budget & committees.. NJEA backs Corzine plan..

PLAINFIELD


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: "Happy Holidays to All!"
Crescent Times: "Budget and Committees" | "What kind of community?"
Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"
Councilors are blogging: Check out Cory Storch (here) and Rashid Burney (here).

School Funding: "NJEA backs Corzine's school-funds makeover" -- Ledger | Gannett |


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Reminders:
    • FREE tickets for tonight's Nets-Wizards game, see contact info here.

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.
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CENTRAL JERSEY


Piscataway: "Slaying of officer shocks township" -- Ledger | Gannett | NY Times |
Hillsborough: "Hillsboro OKs windmill plan"
Union Twp.: "Bottlenecked area about to get more crowded" -- The 'Kean corner'.


STATE


Profile: "Jean Burgdorff: Realty royalty" -- The one and only, where I still have my license hanging.
Sex Offenders: "Internet access tightened for sex offenders" -- Ledger | Gannett | NY Times |
Voter Rights: "ACLU asks court to OK voter rights cards at polls"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


Pakistan --

OF INTEREST


Essence Magazine: "Essence Editor Is Leaving Magazine"
Fisk University: "Historically Black College Struggles Financially"

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

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Free Nets tix.. Maria digs into the budget.. Councilors blogging.. Forum tonight..

NOTE TO AOL USERS: Sorry, but several AOL deliveries bombed this AM. For such a big company, why can't they get mail right?

(Breaking)
Pakistan: "Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated"

PLAINFIELD



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: "Happy Holidays to All!"
Crescent Times: "Adding numbers up" | "More numbers added"
Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"
Councilors are blogging: Check out Cory Storch (here) and Rashid Burney (here).

School Funding: "Corzine's $7.8B funding plan to be debated today"

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - December 27. 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Community Forum. The flyer is headed as from the 'Office of the Mayor' and lists as discussion items: Budget, Redevelopment, Affordable Housing, Shared Services, Commissions/Boards. Plus 'Plainfield Dialogue'. It concludes 'Speak with your city representatives'. Is that Council people? I do not know. Is it a repeat of the '100 Days' fiasco? I do not know that either. At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue (parking in Spooner Avenue lot). Public invited.

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.
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CENTRAL JERSEY


Elizabeth: "Death of a salesman is suspicious" -- Prime suspect: The headline writer.
Hillside Budget: "Angry residents want more hearings for input, answers"
Gay Newark: "Gay clique of Newark is finding its voice"
Hannah Montana Tix: "Charity's the ticket to Hannah concerts" -- At $1,000 a pop.
Orange: "Elevator outage irks ailing senior citizens" -- New Community Corp. taking it on the chin.


STATE



Poster by Adbusters.
Kelly Heyboer on NJ Blogs: "Is it time for a Buy Nothing Christmas?" -- Adbusters site here.
A.C. - Macau Mystery: "MGM deal prompst 2nd probe"
ATV's: "Jersey looks to curb illegal off-roading"
HIV Testing: "HIV tests mandated for infants and moms" -- Ledger | NY Times |
Immigrants: "ICE: The deportation crackdown"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


Housing Market: "Housing Bust Hits Harder" -- NY Times | WashPost |
Iraq, Afghanistan: "Wars Cost $15 Billion a Month, GOP Senator Says"

Mortgage Mess: "In mortgage probes, banks' liability remains unclear"
Retirement Plans: "U.S. Ruling Backs Benefit Cut at 65"


OF INTEREST


Mother Teresa's Order: "B-R alum travels to work with Missionaries of Charity.

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

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Holiday greetings from Bernice, Maria & Dan.. Kwanzaa crafts today.. Homefirst's record fundraiser..

PLAINFIELD

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: "Happy Holidays to All!"
Crescent Times: "Merry Christmas to All" | "A Thank You to Netherwood Neighbors"
Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"


Homefirst: "$350K donated at annual breakfast"


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - December 26. 2 PM. Kwanzaa Craft-time. Kids learn about this important African American celebration with some fun craft projects. In the Young People's Room. Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street at Park Avenue. FREE.

  • Tomorrow - December 27. 7:30 PM. Historic Preservation Commission. City Hall Library. Public invited.

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.
Got an event to publicize? Click here and send me the details.


CENTRAL JERSEY


Hillsborough: "Town gets federal $$$ for new senior center"
Orange: "Elevator problems keep seniors home at holiday" -- New Community Corp. problems.
Roselle Park: "Senior housing plan has hurdles to clear"


STATE


Dodge Foundation: "Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation gives $4.1M in green grants"

Housing: "Hovnanian hit hard as housing decline persists"

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


2008 Primaries --
Exports: "Tide Is Shifting On U.S. Exports"
Iraq: "Shiite Contest Sharpens In Iraq"


OF INTEREST


Chewing Gum: "Gum That Won’t Stick to Shoes? It’s in the Works"
Development: "In Providence, local businesses question mixed-use project"
Literacy: "Superman Finds New Fans Among Reading Instructors"
Panettone: "Panettone -- to give and to keep" -- But does it beat fruitcake?
Taxes & The Bible: "Professor Cites Bible in Faulting Tax Policies"

Obituary: "Oscar Peterson, Jazz’s Piano Virtuoso"

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

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Monday, December 24, 2007

A Christmas riddle.. Budget online.. Fatal traffic accident.. Schools, Kwanzaa, Muhlenberg..

PLAINFIELD

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: "Happy Holidays to All!"
Crescent Times: "Councilman Burney posts budget online"
Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"

Kwanzaa: "Kwanzaa celebration has African themes"
Muhlenberg: "Solaris to remain in Horizon network"
Newborns In Need: "NIN spreads the holiday spirit"
Plainfield Schools - Editorial, CN: "Schools need some help from state"
Traffic Death: "City woman struck, killed crossing street" -- Ledger |Courier |

School Funding --
Home Sales: "Builders cutting prices to cut deals"

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - December 24. 5 PM. Santa Sighting and Sing-along For Little Ones. Gather for an hour with your little ones at Leland Avenue Park for some hot chocolate, holiday songs and a visit by Santa with candy canes for the little ones before he goes off to deliver all those presents to good girls and boys everywhere! Info (908) 561-8575 or email Jennifer. FREE.

  • Wednesday - December 26. 2 PM. Kwanzaa Craft-time. Kids learn about this important African American celebration with some fun craft projects. In the Young People's Room. Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street at Park Avenue. FREE.

  • Tuesday - December 27. 7:30 PM. Historic Preservation Commission. City Hall Library. Public invited.

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.
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CENTRAL JERSEY


Catholic Deacons: "Deacons with difficult jobs find strength in their faith"
Metuchen: "Fire destroys Metuchen family pizzeria"


STATE


Cranberries: "Cranberry shortage pumps up crop price"

Holidays in the Shelters: "Call her Mrs. Christmas"
Human Trafficking: "Colombian immigrant rescues refugees from human trafficking"

Subprime Mortgages: "Rockaway family to lose home at holidays" -- Truly depressing.

Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


2008 Primaries --
Blackwater: "Warnings Unheeded On Guards In Iraq" -- Arming the Rockettes?
The Dollar: "Dollar's Fall Is Felt Around The Globe"


OF INTEREST


Buzzwords 2007: "All We Are Saying" -- And 2006's, if you missed them (here).

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

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Bernice: 3 on BOE.. Traffic.. Budget.. Plainfield dog lights up Illinois campus..

PLAINFIELD



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: "Elm Envy"

Budget: "Plainfield seeks ways to trim tax increase"
Cathedral International: "City church helps needy"

Abbott Schools: "Q&A: Lessons from Abbott" -- Deborah Yaffe, author of the newly released 'Other People's Children' (Rutgers U Press).
Special Ed: "School districts working to address disproportions"
St. John's-on-the-Mountain, Bernardsville: "Program nourishes bodies and souls" -- St. John's is one of the partners in Grace's Kitchen, Grace Church's feeding program.

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REAL ESTATE SUNDAY


SMALL PICTURE
Home Equity: "2 sue to recoup losses of equity in their houses"
Insurance Scores: "For Insurance, Know the Score" -- What?! You didn't know you had an 'insurance score'?
Personal Finance: "A game plan in case of recession"
Power Outlets: "When the Ground Is Up"
Customer Experience: "Borrowers Rate the Mortgage Experience"
Mortgages: "Notes on Paying Off a Mortgage Early"
Tax Benefits: "Tax Benefits for Mortgage Co-Signer"

BIG PICTURE
Housing Outlook - Ledger: "Slump expected to drag on well into '08"
Mortgage Mess:
Mortgages: "US Mortgage Payment Index"
TOOLS
Buy or Rent?: "Cost Comparison Tool" -- Enter your own values to calculate which is better, buying or renting. A really neat tool!
Ledger: "Home Finder", "Premier Estates" and "Real Estate" sections online.
Courier: "Real Estate" section online.
NYTimes: "This Week's Residential Sales Around the Region" -- 12/23/2007
Trulia: "Your Personal Real Estate Google"

WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Tomorrow - December 24. 5 PM. Santa Sighting and Sing-along For Little Ones. Gather for an hour with your little ones at Leland Avenue Park for some hot chocolate, holiday songs and a visit by Santa with candy canes for the little ones before he goes off to deliver all those presents to good girls and boys everywhere! Info (908) 561-8575 or email Jennifer. FREE.

  • Wednesday - December 26. 2 PM. Kwanzaa Craft-time. Kids learn about this important African American celebration with some fun craft projects. In the Young People's Room. Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street at Park Avenue. FREE.

  • Tuesday - December 27. 7:30 PM. Historic Preservation Commission. City Hall Library. Public invited.

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.
Got an event to publicize? Click here and send me the details.


CENTRAL JERSEY

Linden: "Secure Juvenile Centers That Don’t Show It"

Booker: "Respect at core of Booker's ties with Jews" -- Remember Sharpe saying Cory was Jewish?
Franklin: "Franklin hires finance director"
Lawyering: "Firms increasingly dropping mandatory retirement"
New Brunswick: "A Masterful Touch as Rahway Chef Branches Out"
Rahway: "For AP students, school has cash" -- Courtesy of local foundation.
Roselle: "Roselle looks at hiring a public safety director"
Runnells Hospital: "Runnells seeking to change its niche"
Wardlaw-Hartridge: "Spear joins board of trustees"


STATE


The Auditor - For political junkies: "Sunday, December 23, 2007"

2008 Primaries: "Jersey's part of big gamble by Giuliani"
Adoption: "Master Moore's real home for Christmas" -- A 'Heart Project' success story.
Death Penalty: "In Ending Executions, Soul Searching"
Public Defender's Office: "Lawyers recall hectic first days 40 years ago"
Scholastic Athletics: "Public Schools Say They Want Level Playing Field"
Vaccinations: "Some Parents Seek Options to Vaccine Orders"


Sheneman's Cartoon is here.
Margulies' Cartoon is here
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NATION / WORLD


2008 Primaries --
CIA Tapes: "Report: Tapes Were Kept From 9/11 Panel"
Iraq: "Iran Cited In Iraq's Decline in Violence"

Latin America: "Stakes High For U.S. and Argentina in Cash Scandal" -- Meddle? The U.S.?


OF INTEREST

Green Christmas: "Ode to Joylessness: Hold That Yule Log"

Consulting the Past: "What Would George Do?" -- Thoughts on Iraq and the Presidency.
J. Edgar Hoover: "Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950" | "Hoover Letter" -- News from our dark past.
Police Work: "Detectives’ Interrogation Tricks Under Scrutiny After Court Ruling"

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

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bernice: Arrest in Lot 6 shooting.. Maria: Links to all budget sections.. Dan: Puzzled in Plainfield..


PLAINFIELD


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: "Arrest in Lot 6 Shooting" | "Winter is Here"
Crescent Times: "Budget: Links to All Sections"

Plainfield Trees: "Elm Envy"

Plainfield Schools: "State sends 'technical assistance' to school district"
Abbott Schools: "'Abbott' is taboo in Corzine's draft of school aid plan"
Lot 6 Murder: "Plainfield youth, 18, may be tried as adult"

Christmas Eve Closings: "Post offices closing early on Christmas Eve"
Christmas Gift Protocols: "Woman stabs husband after he opens Christmas gift early"

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - December 22. 1 - 4 PM. Cathedral International's 'Christmas in the Park' Celebration. Song, dance and entertainment. Giveaways include new unwrapped toys for children of all ages and bags of groceries. Light refreshments will be served. An outreach activity of Cathedral International's ministries. Info: (732) 585-4059/

  • Today - December 22. 1 - 6 PM. Toy Giveaway at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Sponsored by local police organizations, including PBA Local 19, EBONY and Long Hill Twp. police; as well as Investor's Savings Bank, Liberty CDC, and the UC Prosecutor's Office. At Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 216 Liberty Street (at West 3rd). FREE. (Note: This item submitted by Bernice Paglia to the Courier News, which published it in print, but not online, today.)

  • Monday - December 24. 5 PM. Santa Sighting and Sing-along For Little Ones. Gather for an hour with your little ones at Leland Avenue Park for some hot chocolate, holiday songs and a visit by Santa with candy canes for the little ones before he goes off to deliver all those presents to good girls and boys everywhere! Info (908) 561-8575 or email Jennifer. FREE.

  • Wednesday - December 26. 2 PM. Kwanzaa Craft-time. Kids learn about this important African American celebration with some fun craft projects. In the Young People's Room. Plainfield Public Library, 8th Street at Park Avenue. FREE.

  • Tuesday - December 27. 7:30 PM. Historic Preservation Commission. City Hall Library. Public invited.

  • Saturday - December 29. 1 - 6 PM. Kwanzaa Celebration. Program, refreshments, crafts. Sponsor: Recreation Division. At: Washington Community School Cafetorium, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking on Spooner Avenue). FREE.
Got an event to publicize? Click here and send me the details.


CENTRAL JERSEY


Mt. St. Mary's: "Mount St. Mary Academy finishing $9M in renovations"
South Plainfield: "Town finalizes plans for $4 million library"
Turtle Back Zoo: "Zoo hosting Holiday Light Spectacular"
Union County Jail: "More cameras, razor wire, guards planned for jail"
Zimmerli Museum: "Learn about Hungarian art"


STATE


Wayne Bryant Case: "Prosecutors dismiss claims of 'selective prosecution'" -- 'Scurrilous', Christie says.
'Director of Gangs & Guns': "East Orange police director is named state gangfighter"
Minimum Wage: "Panel proposes raising Jersey's minimum wage"

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


NATION / WORLD


2008 Primaries --
CIA Tapes: "9/11 Panel Study Finds That C.I.A. Withheld Tapes"
FEC: "As Primaries Begin, Election Commission Will Shut Down" -- No appointees, no quorum.

Rescue Fund: "Big Fund to Prop Up Securities Is Scrapped" -- Pack up the smoke and mirrors.


OF INTEREST

Candles: "Selling Hope by the Wick"
Lead Poisoning: "For Pets, a Fleck Is a Lot"
Nuns' Brains: "Nuns Leave Their Brains to Science" -- The study is here.

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

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