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Thursday, April 30, 2009

PMUA: Boondoggle and runaround?.. Bernice: ARRA to Teppers?.. Maria: Caciquism.. Jerry: 3 posts and a whack.. McWilliams: Relay for Life..

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PLAINFIELD TODAY:
Be sure to check out fellow Plainfield bloggers: Bernice notes ARRA money may go to 'finish' the 'unfinished' finished space in the former Teppers. Maria wonders if there is a lesson for a certain Plainfield someone in Specter's defection to the Democrats. Caciquism? That's a keeper. Olddoc is having Internet connections problems-- check back later. PEPtalk calls to nonwinners to help parents become winners. The Assemblyman has three posts and a whack -- a press release on swine flu, a note on city cleanups, and a response to Maria. As for the Mapp citation, since Green wasn't present in the courtroom, one wonders where he gets his info. Councilor Storch muses about the 'party of No!'. Councilor McWilliams invites participation in this year's Relay For Life.


Park Avenue Overpass: "Stuck truck creates traffic snarl"
Swine Flu: "NJ: Seven cases and counting" -- Hotline number: 1-866-321-9571.
Wardlaw-Hartridge: "Science magazine editors spend day with students"

'Critter Ordinances': "Communities revisit rules on keeping chickens, goats and more"
Edison: "Choi relishes role of 'man who turned Edison upside-down"
GOP: Mulshine: "It's not funny what's happened to the GOP"
Job Interviews: "Expert shows how to respond better in interviews"
NJSO: "Järvi tenure leaves an indelible mark"
'Straw Buyer' Sales: "Former A.C. councilwoman charged in buying city property for self"
Solar Energy: "Schering-Plough flips switch on solar panels"
Union County Golf Courses: "Is County getting ready to sell off courses?"

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - April 30. 7 PM. Neighborhood House 70th Anniversary Celebration. Friends and supporters of the preschool and social services agency will gather to honor Pat Fields, Donald Van Blake, the Rev. LaVerne Ball and Wilson Memorial Union Church. At Snuffy's Pantagis in Scotch Plains. Tickets: $75/person, can be purchased at Neighborhood House, 644 West 4th Street.

  • Tomorrow - May 1. 7:30 PM. Murder Mystery Fundraiser. An evening of fun solving a murder mystery and supporting a good cause. Proceeds provide tracking devices to seniors at risk of wandering who are registered with the Somerset County Office on Aging. Light hors d'oeuvres. At The Chelsea, 274 King George Road, Warren, NJ. Tickets: $25/person. Info: (908) 903-0911.

  • Saturday - May 2. 9:30 AM. Liberty and Freedom. What makes us a 'free' people? Why is 'liberty' such a big deal? Is American different from any other country? Learn what power you have in the voting booth. Sponsored by Progressive Leadership for Plainfield. In the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room at the Plainfield Public Library, Park Avenue and 8th Street. FREE.

  • Sunday - May 3. Noon - 5 PM. 30th Annual Pet Fair. Petting zoo, face painting, games with prizes, live music, pony rides and refreshments. Exhibitors range from pet services to clubs to animal rescue organizations. Several competitive events for dogs. Admission: $3/person, children 6 and under FREE. At Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside. (908) 789-3670 or visit the website at www.ucnj.org/trailside.

  • Monday - May 4. 7:30 PM. City Council Agenda Session. City Hall Library. 515 Watchung Avenue. (Parking and entry at rear of building.) Public may speak at end of meeting.

  • Tuesday - May 5. 7 PM. PMUA Board of Commissioners. At PMUA headquarters, 127 Roosevelt Avenue (corner of East 2nd Street). Public invited.

  • Wednesday - May 6. 7 PM. Zoning Board of Adjustment. City Hall Library. 515 Watchung Avenue (parking in lot at rear of building). Public invited.

  • Thursday - May 7. 8 PM. Planning Board. City Hall Library. 515 Watchung Avenue (parking in lot at rear of building). Public invited.

  • Friday thru Sunday - May 8-10. Play: A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry's classic in a production by M.Power Performing Arts, directed by Alrick Brown. Exciting theater, locally produced. Times: Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 3PM and 8 PM; Sunday, 8:30 PM. At the YWCA of Central NJ, 232 East Front at Church Street. Tickets: $15/person ($30 at the door), $10/students and seniors. Group rates available. Info and reservations: (908) 756-3500 x115 or visit the website at raisinplfd.wordpress.com/, where you can see a video trailer and visit their Facebook page.
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STATE
2009 Races --
Budget --

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jerry a Peeping Tom?.. Swine flu.. 'Raisin' coming.. Olddoc: Budget and IT.. Abbott case before Supremes..

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PLAINFIELD TODAY:
Be sure to check out fellow Plainfield bloggers: Bernice notes signs of space available at 212-16 Park Avenue. Maria notes the district is working on the swine flu issue and points to the upcoming 'Raisin' production (also see calendar below). Olddoc comments in full on the budget and the IT discussion by Council. Assembly Green posts on 'The Swine Flu and our medical neighborhood'. xxx.


Abbott Districts: "Funding for poor schools put to test" -- Oral arguments yesterday.
NJT Fares: "NJT budget does not call for fare increase"
Swine Flu: "Plea from ERs: Don't worry" | "Enough Tamiflu on hand" | "1st U.S. fatality"

Bound Brook: "$13M Stimulus money for Green Brook flood control" -- Courier | Ledger |
Duke Estate Auction: "Auction promises glimpse of glamor" -- Ledger |
Newark: "Feds give Housing Authority a passing grade" -- At last.
Obama Rated: "Jersey bloggers on Obama's first 100 days"
Union County Open Space Fund: "Countywatchers: Land grabs? Use for county salaries?"

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Tomorrow - April 30. 7 PM. Neighborhood House 70th Anniversary Celebration. Friends and supporters of the preschool and social services agency will gather to honor Pat Fields, Donald Van Blake, the Rev. LaVerne Ball and Wilson Memorial Union Church. At Snuffy's Pantagis in Scotch Plains. Tickets: $75/person, can be purchased at Neighborhood House, 644 West 4th Street.

  • Friday - May 1. 7:30 PM. Murder Mystery Fundraiser. An evening of fun solving a murder mystery and supporting a good cause. Proceeds provide tracking devices to seniors at risk of wandering who are registered with the Somerset County Office on Aging. Light hors d'oeuvres. At The Chelsea, 274 King George Road, Warren, NJ. Tickets: $25/person. Info: (908) 903-0911.

  • Saturday - May 2. 9:30 AM. Liberty and Freedom. What makes us a 'free' people? Why is 'liberty' such a big deal? Is American different from any other country? Learn what power you have in the voting booth. Sponsored by Progressive Leadership for Plainfield. In the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room at the Plainfield Public Library, Park Avenue and 8th Street. FREE.

  • Sunday - May 3. Noon - 5 PM. 30th Annual Pet Fair. Petting zoo, face painting, games with prizes, live music, pony rides and refreshments. Exhibitors range from pet services to clubs to animal rescue organizations. Several competitive events for dogs. Admission: $3/person, children 6 and under FREE. At Trailside Nature & Science Center, 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside. (908) 789-3670 or visit the website at www.ucnj.org/trailside.

  • Monday - May 4. 7:30 PM. City Council Agenda Session. City Hall Library. 515 Watchung Avenue. (Parking and entry at rear of building.) Public may speak at end of meeting.

  • Wednesday - May 6. 7 PM. Zoning Board of Adjustment. City Hall Library. 515 Watchung Avenue (parking in lot at rear of building). Public invited.

  • Thursday - May 7. 8 PM. Planning Board. City Hall Library. 515 Watchung Avenue (parking in lot at rear of building). Public invited.

  • Friday thru Sunday - May 8-10. Play: A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry's classic in a production by M.Power Performing Arts, directed by Alrick Brown. Exciting theater, locally produced. Times: Friday, 8 PM; Saturday, 3PM and 8 PM; Sunday, 8:30 PM. At the YWCA of Central NJ, 232 East Front at Church Street. Tickets: $15/person ($30 at the door), $10/students and seniors. Group rates available. Info and reservations: (908) 756-3500 x115 or visit the website at raisinplfd.wordpress.com/, where you can see a video trailer and visit their Facebook page.
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STATE
2009 Races --
Air Quality: "Jersey earns 10th straight 'F' for air quality"
Ft. Dix Plot: "Three life sentences in terror plot"
Gas Theft: "Ex-County OEM gets PIT, avoids trial for theft of gasoline" -- $7 worth.
Mortgage Fraud: "Milgram charges two firms with mortgage fraud


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mapp & Smiley win same line.. Mayor's swine flu plan.. Bernice & Olddoc: Budget adopted.. Jayson Williams tasered by cops..

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PLAINFIELD TODAY:
Be sure to check out fellow Plainfield bloggers: Bernice notes the drama around the budget's passage last night. Maria notes Plainfield's 'power and ego saga at its best' and apologizes to PEP, as well as linking to Upward Bound. Olddoc notes the budget saga closes, pseudo-ly, and offers pix of Jerusalem. PEPtalk thanks attendees at last night's BOE reception. PSN notes Justice come up short against Queens.


2009 Mayor's Race: "Judge removes candidate's name from slate"
Recreation Forum: "Mayor hosts community forum tonight" -- Short notice.
School Funding: "State's new funding formula to top court today" -- Abbott in the balance.
McGreevey: "Star-linked mobster guilty of murder"
Sojourner Truth Dedication: "Plainfield group performs at dedication in DC Tuesday"
Letter, CN: Rosalie Maimone: "In the end, gay marriage is not about God"
Defeated School Budget: "Council meets to review school budget cuts"

Berkeley Heights: "Council wants police chief to return retroactive pay"
EMTs: "Corzine funding raid would be tragic, EMT official says"
Hospital Sale: "Irvington expects quick sale of hospital site"
Lesniak Robbery: "Suspects deny robbing Lesniak"
OPRA: "Top court rules Bergen must turn over 8 million real estate records"
Jayson Williams: "Williams tasered by NY cops in violent incident" -- | Ledger | Courier | NYPost |


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - April 28. 6:30 PM. Citywide Block Association Meeting. Getting reorganized. At: United Presbyterian Church, 525 East Front Street (across from Richmond Towers, parking in rear).

  • Thursday - April 30. 7 PM. Neighborhood House 70th Anniversary Celebration. Friends and supporters of the preschool and social services agency will gather to honor Pat Fields, Donald Van Blake, the Rev. LaVerne Ball and Wilson Memorial Union Church. At Snuffy's Pantagis in Scotch Plains. Tickets: $75/person, can be purchased at Neighborhood House, 644 West 4th Street.
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STATE
2009 Races: "Corzine sidesteps vow on campaign fundraising" -- Federal donation sidesteps state rules.

DYFS: "Report: Higher marks for child welfare system"
Meadowlands Development: "EnCap ends role in golf and housing project"
Stimulus Money: "Lautenberg lands NJ $27M for anti-poverty agencies"
Vas Corruption Case: "Calls for Vas' resignation continue" -- Ledger | Courier |


NATION / WORLD

Air Force One: "White House phot opp sparks panic" -- Careful, boneheads at work.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Mapp & Smiley in court this AM over ballot.. Council adopts budget tonight..

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PLAINFIELD TODAY:
Be sure to check out fellow Plainfield bloggers: Am off to an appointment, check below for today's posts by your favorite bloggers.


Abu Ghraib: "For Roselle man charged in case, documents offer a chance at justice"
Pay-to-Play, Editorial - CN: "More money, tighter rules on pay-to-play"
Supreme Court: "NJ to consider limit on gun sales"
Swine Flu: "Jersey raises vigilance for outbreak"
Women Catholic Priests: "Sussex woman 47th woman ordained"


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - 10 AM - Noon. Annual Parade of the Children. From City Hall to Library Park. Daycare and preschools from around the city join in a parade and celebration at Library Park. Refreshments, entertainment, awards.

  • Today - April 27. 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Meet & Greet the New BOE. Sponsored by PEP: Parents Empowering Parents. At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking available in the Spooner Avenue lot.) All are invited!

  • Today - April 27. 8 PM. City Council: Special Budget Meeting, IT Discussion. A special meeting includes a public hearing on the budget amendments at which the final budget 'may be' adopted -- with two months remaining in the fiscal year. The long-planned Information Technology discussion will follow. At City Council Chambers/Courthouse. Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street. Public may speak on the proposed budget and amendments.

  • Tomorrow - April 28. 6:30 PM. Citywide Block Association Meeting. Getting reorganized. At: United Presbyterian Church, 525 East Front Street (across from Richmond Towers, parking in rear).
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Another landmark gone.. Butterfly garden.. Cedar Brook Lake cleanup.. PMUA, Charter Schools.. PHS grad Monroe in NFL draft..

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PLAINFIELD TODAY:
Be sure to check out fellow Plainfield bloggers: Bernice covers the planting of the community butterfly garden at Grace Church. Maria finds Parkside/Lakeview and Pemberton neighbors cleaning up Cedar Brook Lake. Olddoc takes up comments on the PMUA and charter schools. PSN covers Queen City Baseball action, noting a Dodgers win.


NFL Draft: "PHS grad Eugene Monroe to Jacksonville Jaguars"

Duke Estate Auction: "Auction next week features finds from heiress' fabulous estate" -- $20 and up, at Morristown Armory.
Exhibit: "Scotch Plains-Fanwood Art Association shows at library"
Immigration Rally: "Menendez speaks to hundreds at Elizabeth church"
Newark: "In Newark, another James campaigns"
South Plainfield: "EPA on cleaning Cornell-Dubilier Site"
Obituary: "Bea Arthur, star of 'Maude' and 'Golden Girls'" -- LATimes | Hollywood Reporter |

NJ Real Estate: "The 'Gold Coast' alternative"


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Tomorrow - April 27. 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Meet & Greet the New BOE. Sponsored by PEP: Parents Empowering Parents. At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking available in the Spooner Avenue lot.) All are invited!

  • Tomorrow - April 27. 8 PM. City Council: Special Budget Meeting, IT Discussion. A special meeting includes a public hearing on the budget amendments at which the final budget 'may be' adopted -- with two months remaining in the fiscal year. The long-planned Information Technology discussion will follow. At City Council Chambers/Courthouse. Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street. Public may speak on the proposed budget and amendments.

  • Tuesday - April 28. 6:30 PM. Citywide Block Association Meeting. Getting reorganized. At: United Presbyterian Church, 525 East Front Street (across from Richmond Towers, parking in rear).
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

North Ave crime scene?.. Monday: City budget hearing and passage.. Arbor Day pix.. QSAC progress noted.. Letter: John & Marie Davis..

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PLAINFIELD TODAY:
Be sure to check out fellow Plainfield bloggers: Bernice posts some great pix of the Arbor Day Celebration which honored the late Charles Billups and notes what will and won't happen at Monday's properly-noticed Council meeting. Maria notes QSAC progress by the school district and congratulates Dr. Bailey and team. Olddoc thanks Jerry Green and Councilor Burney, plus some Outer Hebrides pix. Councilor Burney updates us again on the school budget and Council involvement. Assemblyman Green clarifies some pre-Gallon school district mismanagment, with a Ps on the new school funding formula. PSN reports Justice prepares for its home opener and posts Penn Relays results.


Sojourner Truth Statue: "Plainfield voices will sing out at unveiling of Capitol statue"
Letter, CN: John & Marie Davis: "Silly partisan labels won't help Plainfield" -- Response to Abdul-Haqq letter.

Budgets: "Irvington set to act on budget -- Plainfield not the only town with no budget yet.
Edison: "Pallone endorses Choi"
Green Brook: "Mayor to receive service award"


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WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Today - April 25. 9 AM - 1 PM. Community Health Fair: RWJ's Scotch Plains Center. Free healthy food, children's activities, cooking demos, clowns, giveaways -- and health information. At RWJ Rahway Fitness & Health Center, 2120 Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains. Info: (908) 232-6100 or visit their website at www.rjwrahwayfitness.com/.

  • Today - April 25. 2 PM. Grand Opening: LiVay Sweet Shop. Truly sweet: ice cream, handmade chocolates, cold drinks, fruit salad, chocolate dipped strawberries and more. Located at 104-B Watchung Avenue (formerly Rena's Ice Cream). Info: (908) 755-1313 or visit their website at www.livaysweetshop.com/. As they say, third time's the charm. Check it out -- Dan.

  • Today - April 25. 5 PM. ¡Fiesta Multicultural!. Music, dance, food and more at this festival celebrating the cultures of 15 Latin countries. Sponsored by Mision Presbyteriana Nuevas Fronteras. At United Presbyterian Church, 525 East Front Street. Parking and entry from the lot off Norwood Avenue (also available from Front Street). Info: (908) 756-2666. Donation: $5 (includes food).

  • Today - April 25. 8 PM. Crescent Concerts: Reformation and Requiem. The Crescent Choral Society and orchestra present J.S. Bach's Ein feste' Burg cantata and John Rutter's Requiem. Under the direction of Ronald Thayer. At Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue (parking in lot on First Place or at Swain Galleries). Tickets: $20/person, $15/seniors, $5/students. Info: (908) 756-2468 or visit the website at www.crescentconcerts.org/.

  • Monday - April 27. 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Meet & Greet the New BOE. Sponsored by PEP: Parents Empowering Parents. At Washington Community School, 427 Darrow Avenue. (Parking available in the Spooner Avenue lot.) All are invited!

  • Monday - April 27. 8 PM. City Council: Special Budget Meeting, IT Discussion. A special meeting includes a public hearing on the budget amendments at which the final budget 'may be' adopted -- with two months remaining in the fiscal year. The long-planned Information Technology discussion will follow. At City Council Chambers/Courthouse. Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street. Public may speak on the proposed budget and amendments.

  • Tuesday - April 28. 6:30 PM. Citywide Block Association Meeting. Getting reorganized. At: United Presbyterian Church, 525 East Front Street (across from Richmond Towers, parking in rear).
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STATE
2009 Races: "Cryan tag-teams with Lonegan as he attacks Christie"
Delaware River Oil Spill: "Foundry must pays millions for harm to workers, river" -- Ledger | NYTimes |
Hands-Free Talking: "Cellphone use while driving down a year after law enacted"


NATION / WORLD

GM: "Pontiac set to join Oldsmobile, Plymouth in the dustbin of history"
FAA: "Plan-bird collisions soar, says FAA"

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