Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Plainfield's Annual Community Barbecue This Saturday, August 20

The 9th Annual Plainfield Community BBQ, hosted as always by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and First Lady Amelia Mapp, is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 4:00 pm until midnight, at the mayor's home, located at 535 West 8th Street, Plainfield, NJ. The BBQ is open to the entire Plainfield community. 

This year's cost of admission, just like last year's: Canned/non-perishable food items, as well as toiletries, for donation to our neediest Plainfielders.*

I am including portions of a post from last year, regarding toiletries. Feminine products such as tampons and sanitary napkins are very much in demand, as they are expensive and usually not listed as "toiletries," per se. I would urge folks to also contribute these items for distribution at our local shelters. I have cut and pasted an article on this topic by Madeleine Davies below--or, you may just click on the link. Please be a generous donor! I will see you on Saturday!

Of the all the extreme challenges faced by homeless people, the lack of access to menstruation products is one that, for many homeless women, is among the worst and most humiliating.

In many cases, homeless shelters will have both limited resources in regards to pads and tampons, as well as strict bathroom restrictions that make it increasingly hard, if not impossible, for women to keep clean while having their periods. Not only that, but, as The Huffington Post's Eleanor Goldberg puts it, "the fact that menstruation is a taboo topic to begin with means that people who are able help often aren't even aware that such a vast need exists."

It was that realization that motivated Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire to start Distributing Dignity, an organization devoted to "distributing pads, bras and tampons to women in need."

Feminine hygiene products are often overlooked during natural disaster drives (as a friend who volunteered during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath once told me, "All these poor women want is some goddamn tampons") and even in donations to women's shelters. 

From Philly.com (via HuffPo):

Jeey Moncayo is a caseworker for Camden County Women's Center, where more than a thousand women in 2013 found safety from abusive relationships. She said most women escape their abusers in a hurry, arriving with just the clothes they're wearing. For others, their abusers, in fits of rage, have burned or thrown bleach on their clothes.
Mothers spend any money they have on their kids first. "The women's needs come last," she said.
In June, the center received 150 bras from Distributing Dignity. The women especially liked the option of feminine pads marked narrow, slim, and tween. "It sounds silly," said Moncayo, "but the choice is empowering."

Something to consider next time you donate. Another thing to consider: the government subsidizing tampons and pads.

*If you are unable to attend this year's barbecue,the First Family asks you drop off your items on their front porch at 535 West 8th Street.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Jamaica Independence Day Flag-raising on Friday, August 12

On Friday, August 12th, the City of Plainfield will recognize the 54th anniversary of Jamaica's independence with a flag-raising ceremony at city hall, with festivities from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. As a city with a significant Jamaican-American population, join us as we continue to celebrate our diversity!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Support Our Youth Cadets - Graduation Ceremony for QC Mentoring Academy This Friday

2016 Queen City Mentoring Academy cadets. Photo by UCC Congregational Church.


For those of you who attended last night's National Night Out and cheered for our youth cadets of the Queen City Mentoring Academy, facilitated by the Plainfield Police Division, you have another opportunity to do so! The entire community is invited to the graduation ceremony for these young cadets. Graduation is scheduled for this Friday, August 5, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Plainfield High School. Come and support our young people. We are a strong community!



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Plainfield's National Night Out: Tuesday, August 2 at City Hall Plaza

As the Chair of the City Council's Recreation Committee, I am truly looking forward to this year's National Night Out, scheduled for this coming Tuesday, August 2nd, beginning at 6:30 pm. For the second year in a row, participating city council members will caravan throughout the city with police personnel, stopping and chatting with residents, block associations, and neighborhood watch groups. The city hall events will begin at 6:30 pm, with the presentation of Community Service Awards to some of our senior citizens. There will be a Kids Zone, safety demonstrations from the Plainfield Fire Division and the Police Division, a car show, live music, and food. Limited quantities of school bags and school supplies will also be given out. As we work to keep our city safe, we can also have fun. I hope to see you there!



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tonight! Plainfield Outdoor Movie Nights: Disney's "Inside Out" at Seidler Field

This is just a final reminder that tonight's Plainfield Outdoor Movie Nights film is Disney's Inside Out, at Seidler Field (341 Garfield Avenue) at 8:30 pm--dusk, for best viewing.*  Today will be an extremely warm day, but the temperature should be cooled down to about 80 degrees by the time the film begins. Bring your chair, some extra snacks, maybe a little bug spray, and enjoy being outdoors. The sound system and screen are awesome. The image below has the remainder of the schedule of films, which are being screened at a variety of locations throughout the Plainfield community.

*NOTE: Rain Dates are set for the Friday immediately following the original movie night--i.e., the rain date for this Thursday's screening would be Friday, July 22.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at Cedar Brook Park Sunday, July 24

"Malvolio" from Twelfth Night. Photo by Next Stage Ensemble.
This Sunday, July 24, enjoy a treat! Union County’s FREE Shakespeare in the Park tour of Twelfth Night,* performed by Next Stage Ensemble, arrives in Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield on Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park is sponsored by by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. I love Twelfth Night--it is very funny, and appealing to all ages. I saw a fantastic production about 8 years ago down in Staunton, VA at the American Shakespeare Center. Click here for more information about Shakespeare in the Park. Bring your snacks and lawn chairs, and come out to enjoy one of Shakespeare's most entertaining comedies!

*Note--this is an abridged version.

Monday, July 18, 2016

American Crucible

History is now/American crucible/May we not perish.

The image above appeared in the August 1, 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly. It is an illustration of the burning of the Colored Orphans Asylum on Fifth Avenue, during the New York City Draft Riots, which occurred from July 13-16, and which remain the bloodiest and deadliest riots in American history. 

Click on the link below for a brief history: Virtual New York - The Draft Riots