Where Plainfield turns for news.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Olddoc passes along NFL player Benjamin Watson's thoughts on Ferguson.. Bernice wonders if Council wlll go for forensic audit; notes Taste of Plainfield.. Look for Jackie's week in review..


Habitat:  "After 25 years, Plainfield Habitat expands to Middlesex"
Fire:  "Friday Plainfield fire displaces six"

Elizabeth --
Green Brook:  "Quadriplegic dad sells Christmas trees to help kids with life-threatening conditions"
Illegal Dumping:  "Eight charged with illegal dumping at state parks"
Trenton:  "Trinity Cathedral to host World AIDS  Day observance"
Vineland:  "City announces holiday lighting contest, $1,000 in prizes"

Gov. Christie --
Legislature --
Policing:  "Inventory of military gear gotten by NJ police gives critics new ammunition"
Prisons:  "Bill would require limiting solitary confinement of prisoners"

Ferguson Reaction --
NFL:  "Concussions, by the new book"
President Obama:  "Rift with Defense Department deepens"
Smartphones:  "Cashless society? It's already coming"


[BERNICE] wonders if Council wlll go for forensic audit; notes Taste of Plainfield.

[OLDDOC] passes along NFL player Benjamin Watson's thoughts on Ferguson.

[JACKIE] look for the week in review.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Olddoc on rape, immigration and more.. Bernice offers downtown sights.. David at the NY Ferguson soldarity protests.. Noel finds Elizabeth advances against Lindne..


Plainfield-Westfield Game:  "Throwback photos of Thanksgiving games past, plus stats"
Raritan Valley Line:  "One-seat ride on track thanks to Fed funds"
2004 Murder Conviction:  "Plainfield man convicted of killing his wife loses appeal"
Thanksgiving Weather:  "Winter Storm Watch in effect in Union County" -- Interactive map here.

Carteret:  "Officials celebrate $53M redevelopment deal"
Central Jersey:  "Central Jersey responds to Ferguson"
Newark:  "Ferguson protestors denounce lack of indictment" -- Ledger | PolNJ |

Gov.Christie:  "Clock ticking for Christie to act on controversial pig bill"
Gambling:  "Native American tribe first to launch Internet gambling in NJ"
Household Debt:  "NJ households carry large amounts of debt"
Lobbyists:  "Lobbying and the Thanksgiving fixins'"
NJ Bond Rating:  "Blaming pension woes, Fitch continues NJ's negative outlook"
Oil Trains:  "Christie quietly permits more oil trains in NJ"
Same-Sex Marriage:  "NJ activist lashes out at NYTimes over error in Magazine story"

Ferguson Opinion:  "Using a grand jury to aid the defense is one way to manipulate justice system" 


[BERNICE] offers downtown sights.

[OLDDOC] on rape, immigration and more.

[DAVID] at the NY Ferguson soldarity protests.

[NOEL at PALS] finds Elizabeth advances against Lindne.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Olddoc on Ferguson and the legal system; a post-weekend potpourri.. Bernice on Ferguson, new Senior apartments, snow birds.. Councilor Storch on the League of Municipalities conference..


2013 Murder:  "Plainfield police release video of suspect wanted in murder" -- Courier | Ledger |
Film:  "Plainfield author JM Benjamin finishing work on film, publishes new novel"
Hostile Work Environment Suit: "Plainfield pays $145,000 to settle workplace suit"

Edison:  "Complaint to be heard against mayor"
Jersey City --
Kean U.:  "$219K conference table sparks criticism"
Linden:  "Officials: Let towns decide to keep or scrap red light cams"
Neark:  "Arbitrators rule against super in two more tenure cases"
Newark:  "31 charged in takedown of large heroin ring"
Union County:  "Summit mayor wants end to county government"

2016 Dem Convention:  "Report: Convention could be held in NYC or Philly"
NJ Lottery:  "Lawmaker calls for review after revenue falls short"
Obamacare:  "Rules change cost save on costs, lead to customer dilemmas"
Public Employee Health Benefits:  "Partisan, labor politics drive battle over reforms"
School Attendance:  "Legislator wants students to be excused on Veterans Day"
Technology:  "The secret life of passwords"

Ferguson Grand Jury --
Obama Cabinet --


[BERNICE] on Ferguson, new Senior apartments, snow birds.

[OLDDOC] on Ferguson and the legal system; a post-weekend potpourri.

[Councilor STORCH] on the League of Municipalities conference.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bernice on PMUA wages, unions.. Check Olddoc later.. Councilor Storch on the League of Municipalities convention.. Jackie: Week in review plus pix.. David: Cultural & Heritae grants still available..


Racial Discrimination:  "Plainfield settles former police employee's suit for $145,000" -- Settlement details here.
Historic Photo:  "Grand opening of Plainfield Kresge's in 1917"
League of Municipalities:  "Wrapup: The top 10 least attended sessions"
Weather:  "Snow, rain to develop Wednesday"

Elizabeth:  "BOE election recount will begin Tuesday"
Essex County:  "Politics afoot at Baraka's North Jersey Explosion party"
EWR:  "United to begin Newark-Venice flights in June"
Home Invasions:  "Questions linger about lack of diversity in Central Jersey police"
Kean U.:  "$219,000 conference table the center of attention" -- Huh?!
Newark:  "Baraka continues push to wrest back control of schools"
Red Light Cams:  "Linden, Union, Springfield fighting to keep cams"
Soup Kitchens:  "NJ restaurants offer training and work-for-a-meal programs"
Teachers:  "Bayonne teachers fuming over retro-pay delay"
Union County:  "New DNA evidence frees man convicted in 2002 Elizabeth sex assault"

Energy:  "BPU blocks offshore wind project for second time"
Healthcare:  "Changes to primary care help patients follow prescriptions"
Policing:  "Ocean Twp. police invite public to join in virtual ride-along"
Rape By Fraud?:  "NJ lawmaker introduces bill to make it a crime"


[BERNICE] on PMUA wages, unions.

[OLDDOC] Check back later.

[Councilor STORCH] on the League of Municipalities convention.

[DAVID] Cultural & Heritae grants still available.

[JACKIE] Week in review plus pix.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Olddoc on Obama action; Tokyo 2020, more.. Bernice is skipping a day.. Noel on Mid-State 38 playoff predictions..


Lady Vikings:  "Plainfield Lady Vikings headed to Nationals"
Internet Access:  "NJSpotlights' map shows NJ's digital divide" -- Wow!

Elizabeth:  "Schools super visits White House for education summit" -- Ledger | NJSpot |
Newark:  "Prudential donates money to hospital for Ebola equipment"
Piscataway:  "Female cop says male officers pressured her for sex"
Somerville:  "Somervilee HS marching band wins Yamaha cup, state championship"
Trenton:  "Residents questions how study commission on violence will help make a difference"
Union County:  "Educators key in preventing gang membership, officials say"

Immigration --
Offshore Drilling:  "Booker, Menendez, Pallone urge Feds to discuss with NJ residents"

Obituary:  "Mike Nichols, celebrated director"


[BERNICE] is skipping a day.

[OLDDOC] on Obama action; Tokyo 2020, more.

[NOEL at PALS] on Mid-State 38 playoff predictions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Olddoc reports frightening news for hypochondriacs.. Bernice notes Library opens Makerspace.. David on the rise of the Serial podcasts..


Courier Player of the Week:  "Plainfield's Rohan Philip"
Missing Person:  "Missing Plainfield man found safe in NYC"
League of Municipalities --
Port Authority:  "Hearing today in AAA suit to block toll hikes"

Drug Mills:  "Mills blended into quiet neighborhood, office building next to school"
EWR:  "A taste of Newark airport's new dining experience"
Linden:  "110 summonses issued in recent crackdown on distracted driving"
Newark --
Gov. Christie:  "Victory lap for GOP governors could be cut short by 2016 presidential politics"
Rep.Pallone:  "Pallone seeks committee assignment over Pelosi objection"
Identity Theft:  "NJ man arrested in NJ with 205 fraudulent credit cards"
Profile:  "As Rev. Al Sharpton rose, so did his unpaid taxes"
Undocumented Immigrants:  "NJ sees largest increase in US, Pew report says"

Thanksgiving Day Parade:  "Macy's previews new floats"


[BERNICE] notes Library opens Makerspace.

[OLDDOC] reports frightening news for hypochondriacs.

[DAVID] on the rise of the Serial podcasts.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sat/Sun: FiOS problems hit CLIPS.. Bernice: New revenues among PMUA updates.. Olddoc: Unimaginable progress, but still far to go.. David promotes a play at Metropolitan Church today.. Jackie: Week in review includes 'Stylin' in the hood'..


Runnells Hospital:  "Union County continues running psychiatric unit"
African-American Quilts:  "'from Heart to Hand' at Montclair Art Museum"

Asbury Park:  "Kilt Run raises money for charity"
Johnson & Johnson:  "J&J in suit over alleged talcum powder cancer risk"
North Plainfield:  "Teen struck by minivan, hospitalized" -- Courier | Ledger |
Rutgers:  "Scarlet Knights stage comeback against Indiana"
Sayreviile:  "Emails in football hazing reveal new details"

2016 Race:  "Christie tells Iowans he will veto pig bill"
Court Fees:  "NJ court fees to be increased"
Sandy Aid:  "Menendez calls for investigation of flood insurance reports"
Sports Betting:  "Lesniak calls NBA commissioner's remarks a 'game changer'"
Tax Credits:  "NJ filming tax credits about to expire"
Transportation --
Drones:  "Salem police chief's drone offers overhead views of city" -- Video.
Foreclosures:  "NJ man facing foreclosure beats creditors, takes possession of home"
Hangovers:  "Princeton student develops hangover cure"


[BERNICE] New revenues among PMUA updates.

[OLDDOC] Unimaginable progress, but still far to go.

[DAVID] promotes a play at Metropolitan Church today.

[JACKIE] Week in review includes 'Stylin' in the hood'.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Olddoc reflects on progress (or not) from Hadley Field to landing on a comet.. Bernice notes Library owed for past PMUA costs.. Jackie: San Juan del Sur blog party..


Cardinals Football:  "Plainfield gets win against Belleville in consolation game"
Netherwood Avenue Bridge:  "State grant partially funds reconstruction of bridge" -- Not expected until 2016.
Plainfield Habitat:  "Habitat launches new project for disabled vet"

Atlantic City --
Bound Brook:  "Prosecutor asked to investigate schools' $30M bond campaign"
Debt Collection:  "NJ man sues JPMorgan Chase over debt collection calls"
'Jeopardy':  "Bridgewater student advances to Tournament of Champions semifinals"
Recreation:  "Central Jersey towns get recreation grants for disabled"
Sayreville Football Scandal:  "Investigating whether coach violated bullying statute"
Union County:  "Appeals court rules smell of marijuana enough to search, arrest man found with cocaine"

2017 Governor's Race:  "Jersey City's Fulop says he is going to 'punt' on guv run"
Legislature:  "Assembly approves assisted suicide bill" -- Ledger | PolNJ |
Obamacare:  "Online help for NJ's uninsured, just in time for open enrollment"
Port Authority:  "PA reforms now up to governors after Assembly passes bills"


[BERNICE]  notes Library owed for past PMUA costs.

[OLDDOC] reflects on progress (or not) from Hadley Field to landing on a comet.

[JACKIE] San Juan del Sur blog party.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Olddoc on high medical test costs.. Bernice notes city's new cash handling rules; Photo exhibit at Library.. Jackie: Survivor San Juan del Sur blog party.. Rebecca profiles her grandfather, a WWI vet..


Raritan Valley Coalition:  "Coalition's Nov. 17 meeting in Plainfield will recap 1-seat ride progress"
Runnells:  "Plainfield 8th-grder highlights talent show at Runnells Hospital"

Atlantic City:  "Christie dishes out blame" | "State to take over AC"
East Orange:  "Officials credit technology for steep drop in crime"
Edison:  "Indian community on edge after home invasions" -- Courier | Ledger |
Hospitals:  "Buyer of Newark's St. Michael's defends its record" -- Ledger | NJSpot |
Newark:  "Wake for RU prof Clement Price is today"
Rutgers:  "Piscataway considers imposing tax on RU sports parking"
Somerville:  "Yestercades is video game heaven"

Gas Tax Debate:  "Final hearing set for Transportation Trust Fund on Nov. 20"


[BERNICE] notes city's new cash handling rules; Photo exhibit at Library.

[OLDDOC] on high medical test costs.

[JACKIE] Survivor San Juan del Sur blog party.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] profiles her grandfather, a WWI vet.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Olddoc recounts Monday council doings.. Bernice on the Veterans Center opening; New 'Welcome' signs.. Noel offer Playoff predictions for the Mid-State 38..


Bridge Rebuilding:  "State gives grant for rebuilding Netherwood Avenue bridge"
Death in Jail:  "Councilor Tracey Brown presses for investigation of death"
Commuting:  "Waits at PA Bus Terminal may be getting shorter"
Deer Overpopulation:  "Bill in legislature would allow hunters to sell meat"

East Orange:  "Hearings begun to dismiss water commissioners for 'gross mismanagement'"
Kean U:  "NJIT blasts Kean architecture school plans as wasteful, duplicative"
Middlesex County:  "County college ranks fifth nationwide for veterans"
Newark:  "Baraka proposes raising fees for public defenders"
North Plainfield:  "Canucks in state playoffs"
Rutgers:  "New dean appointed for business school"

2017 Race:  "Fulop says he's not behind website urging his run for governor"
Christie Cabinet:  "DOT's Jamie Fox's Dem credentials get less notice in new bio"
Drones:  "Why someone ca fly one over your house and why there's nothing you can do about it"
NJTV:  "Mary Alice Williams brings news pedigree and ratings"
Obamacare:  "It may pay to shop again for coverage"
Retail:  "Dozens of NJ malls to open on Thanksgiving despite Black Friday backlash"


[BERNICE] on the Veterans Center opening; New 'Welcome' signs.

[OLDDOC] recounts Monday council doings.


[NOEL at PALS] offer Playoff predictions for the Mid-State 38.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Olddoc zeroes in on three resolutions.. Bernice notes 'Welcome' signs to be replaced.. David shares a Sandy story.. Jackie's week in review.. Noel on Hunterdon-Westfield game..


Plainfield Symphony:  "PSO features Strauss at November concert"
Armed Robbery:  "Plainfield laundromat owner shot during armed robbery"
Road Improvements:  "Busy Plainfield intersections to get upgrades"
Veterans Day:  "Central Jersey honors veterans" -- No listing for Plainfield.

Bridgewater:  "Bridgewater student returns to 'Jeopardy'"
Campaign Finance:  "Former ambassador who wants to run for Guv spent big on elections"
Jersey City:  "Allies of parents group blame Fulop for Board of Ed loss"
Meadowlands:  "New counciimen chary of town involvement in American Dream project"
Oil Tank Trains:  "Teaneck protesters call for safer rail cars"
Policing:  "Former Newark director takes on Bloomfield challenge"
Veterans:  "Thomas Edison State College creates portal for vets"
Vietnam Veterans:  "NJ memorial aims to preserve stories of lost heroes"

Christie 2016:  "Christie's practice run is over"
Energy:  "PSEG calls for greater energy efficiency, new business paradigm"
Obamacare:  "What you need to know about open enrollment"
Schools:  "NJ wins 1-year extension of 'No Child Left Behind' waiver"
Teacher Tenure:  "Order forcing Newark to rehire fired teacher could affect other cases"


[BERNICE] notes 'Welcome' signs to be replaced.

[OLDDOC] zeroes in on three resolutions.

[DAVID] shares a Sandy story.

[JACKIE] Week in review.

[NOEL at PALS] on Hunterdon-Westfield game.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bernice on Carlos Sanchez; and Jerry's 'ducky Dems'.. Olddoc on what the elections change in Washington.. David shares a Sandy story.. Noel: MidState 38 Top 10 - Week 8..


Boys Soccer:  "Plainfield boys soccer advances in NJSIAA tournament"
DWI:  "Plainfield woman rears end one car, causes another collision"

Edison:  "After home invasions, Indian residents demand more police resources" -- Courier | Ledger |
Elizabeth:  "'Stop the violence' petitions delivered, march planned for Saturday"
'Green' Government:  "Nearly two dozen central Jersey towns go 'green'"
Home Depot:  "Hackers infected self-checkout, stole 33 million email addresses"
Hudson Rail Tunnel:  "Amtrak: Build tunnel or lose $100M a day"
Middlesex County:  "County Improvement Authority, blasted by Christie, cleans ups its act"
Newark --
Public Records:  "Short Hills Mall loses bid to deny access to videos of fatal shooting"
Trenton --
Pipeline Controversy:  "Pipeline developer may be using scare tactics against homeowners"
Gov. Christie --
Campaign Finance:  "Christie: Let donors give unlimited cash if they disclose within a day"
Legislature:  "OLS official Christie dubbed 'Dr. Kevorkian of budget numbers' to retire"
Obamacare:  "NJ congressional delegation: GOP win may not bring repeal of ACA"
Sandy Impact:  "Victims fear another financial blow if tax rule isn't reinstated"


[BERNICE] on Carlos Sanchez; and Jerry's 'ducky Dems'.

[OLDDOC] on what the elections change in Washington.

[DAVID] shares  a Sandy story.

[NOEL at PALS] MidState 38 Top 10 - Week 8.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Olddoc on the new Washington, following the 2014 midterms.. Bernice notes NJT tree removal near Watchung, Park Avenues.. Councilor Williams thanks all for their support.. David analyzes his BOE team's big win.. Jackie: Survivor: San Juan del Sur blog party.. Rebecca honors Clement Price..

  • "Is Jerry Green on the way out as UC Dem chair?"

Union County College:  "UCC men's soccer teams wins Region XIX title"

Bribery:  "Union County employee admits bribing NJT agent for work" -- Courier | Ledger | CountyWatchers |
Elizabeth:  "BOE challengers' win celebrated as 'new day'" -- Craven Ledger story.
Jersey City:  "City to get $31.5M from its MUA"
Newark --
Linden:  "Linden elects first African-American mayor"
Rahway:  "Steinman wins first full term, says he'll concentrate on arts, redevelopment"
Trenton:  "With 6,300 vacant properties, Council proposes escalating annual registration fees"
Union:  "Township, developer battle with Kean over former Merck property"

2014 Election --
Sen. Booker:  "A-list celebs pumped money into Booker campaign"
Highway Safety:  "NJ bans guardrail piece linked to traffic deaths"
Private Schools:  "Study ranks top ten private schools in NJ"


[BERNICE]  notes NJT tree removal near Watchung, Park Avenues.

[OLDDOC] on the new Washington, following the 2014 midterms.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] thanks all for their support.

[DAVID] analyzes his BOE team's big win.

[JACKIE] Survivor: San Juan del Sur blog party.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] honors Clement Price.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Olddoc: First observations on the election.. Bernice on Rebecca and Rutherford team wins.. Councilor Williams thanks all for her win.. David's BOE team says 'Thank You'.. as does Rebecca..


Election Results --
Watson Coleman:  "NJ elects first black congresswoman" -- Courier | Ledger | NJSpot |
Pallone: "Pallone re-elected in NJ 6th District"
Photo:  "Election Day activity at Hubbard School"

Bergen County:  "Dem challenger unseats GOP incumbent"
Elizabeth --
Linden:  "Armstead ousts Gerbounka" -- Courier | Ledger |
Montclair:  "Voters mandate paid sick leave for private employers"
West Orange:  "Incumbent beats back former Orange mayor"

Gov. Christie --
Public Questions --
Sen. Booker:  "Booker commits to working across the aisle"

[BERNICE] on Rebecca and Rutherford team wins

[OLDDOC] First observations on the election.

[Councilor WILLIAMS] thanks all for her win.

[DAVID] David's BOE team says 'Thank You'.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] says 'Thank You!'.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Councilor Williams on Jerry team's robocall against her.. Olddoc and Bernice urge all to VOTE today.. Rebecca: Vote yes on public questions, 2-3-7 for Board of Ed.. David has three posts: Dispelling opponents' lies; More on Danny Dunn; photos from Cornel West visit..


Elections --
Fake Time Sheets:  "Plainfield officers plead not guilty to filing $11K in fake time sheets"
Recognition:  "Plainfield recognized as among 'most caring' American cities"
Roads:  "Upgrades for West 7th Street intersections in Plainfield"
Warrant Arrest:  "Warrant lands Plainfield woman in jail after one-car crash"

Bound Brook:  "Teacher suspended for emailing nude pictures"
Edison:  "Exxxotica expo brings sexy back to Edison"
Elizabeth:  "Board of Ed race: Two visions" -- Lesniak vs. Fajardo.

Defective Hop Implants:  "Mahwah firm to pay over $1 billion to settle lawsuit"
Medicine:  "The twenty-five most prescribed drugs in NJ"
'Move Over' Law:  "Lawmakers want protections extended to drivers of disabled vehicles"
Public Records:  "ACLU says Raritan should pay in public-records fight"

Obituary:  "Tom Magliozzi, one-half of 'Car Talk' brothers" -- NPR | NYTimes |Boston Globe |


[BERNICE] urges all to VOTE today.


[Councilor WILLIAMS] on Jerry team's robocall against her.

[DAVID] has three posts: Dispelling opponents' lies; More on Danny Dunn; photos from Cornel West visit.

[REBECCA at Bathrobe Blogger] Vote yes on public queestions, 2-3-7for Board of Ed.