Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Plainfield Recreation's "Take Home" Easter Egg Hunt - Social Distancing Saves Lives!

The Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Plainfield Public School District's Food Services Director Dre James of Maschio's Food Services' Inc. to ensure that children have an opportunity to participate in a "take home" Easter Egg Hunt. Recreation has prepared special kits for families to have their own egg hunt at home. Each bag includes 10 candy-filled Easter eggs and a chocolate bunny. Also included are additional "social distancing" guidelines for families to follow. 

The team has taken the necessary safety measure and precautions when preparing these bags. Plastic eggs have been sanitized before being filled, and proper hand washing and glove usage has been implemented when handling. The limited supply bags are being distributed by Maschio's frontline workers with the meals. 

Photo Courtesy of Dre James, Maschio's Food Services

At left, the food service workers take care to make sure that everyone observes social distancing guidelines when picking up the food. Stay safe and be well!

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Kudos to the Division of Parks and Recreation for always keeping our residents in mind!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Union County Support Services: COVID-19

Cross-posted on
As we move to contain COVID-19, Union County is providing additional support services to our constituents during this stressful time. Please read the press release below about these services. As noted below: "Comprehensive information and guidance about COVID-19 is available online at For updates on Union County cancellations and services that have been modified due to the outbreak, visit the County website at"

Support Available During COVID-19 Outbreak

Union County, NJ – Additional support services are available in Union County for residents who are experiencing anxiety or stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to these community resources,” said Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. “There are people ready to assist you with experienced, reliable guidance.”
“Union County has taken extraordinary measures to protect our residents and employees, and our first responders and other essential staff are working around-the-clock to fight against the spread of the virus,” added Mirabella. “Everyone in Union County can join the battle and help ‘flatten the curve’ by working together to shield each other from exposure.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has advised that effective protective measures include maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently, covering coughs with a tissue or elbow, keeping hands away from face, staying away from sick people, and staying home when sick.
The following local, state, and national support services are available by telephone: 
24/7 Emergency Psychiatric Crisis Intervention Services
  • Mobile Community Outreach for Adults: 908-994-7131
  • Union County Mobile Response and Stabilization for Children: 1-877-652-7624
  • RWJ University Hospital: 732-381-4200
  • Overlook Hospital: 908-522-2000
Other 24/7 Crisis Services
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
  • NJ HOPELINE (for emotional distress):1-855-654-6735
  • Vet 2 Vet (for any New Jersey veteran): 1-866-838-7654
  • Vets 4 Warriors (national — for any veteran who has served in war): 1-855-838-8255
  • Substance Abuse (ReachNJ): 1-844-732-2465
  • Cop 2 Cop (law enforcement officers) 1-866-267-2267
Assistance with Emotional Distress
  • NJ Mental Health Cares: 1-866-202-4357 (8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
  • The Peer Recovery WarmLine 1-877-292-5588 (8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Mom2Mom, for mothers with special needs children: 1-877-914-6662 (8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; or leave a message after hours for a call-back)
  • Care2Caregiver, for family members caring for family member with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, dementia or a related disorder: 1-800-424-2494 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Worker2Worker, for New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency employees: 1-855-327-7482 (8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • NJ Peer Recovery: 1-833-422-2765 or TTY 711 (currently 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; will expand to 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. as of March 26)
Support for School Staff and Their Families
  • Aid NJEA: 1-866-243-6532 (Monday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
General Information about COVID-19
  • New Jersey Department of Health: 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253.
  • New Jersey Poison Control Center in partnership with 211: 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253.
  • Members of the public can also text questions to NJCOVID to 898-211, or receive live text assistance by texting their zip code to NJCOVID to 898-211.
Comprehensive information and guidance about COVID-19 is available online at
For updates on Union County cancellations and services that have been modified due to the outbreak, visit the County website at

Sunday, February 23, 2020

W.E.B. Du Bois - Journey Through Blackness


Black Reconstruction/
Begins with radical thought/
Followed by action. 

W.E.B. DuBois, (1868-1963), by Van Vechten, 1946.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Frances E. W. Harper - Journey Through Blackness

“We want more soul, a higher cultivation of all spiritual faculties. We need more unselfishness, earnestness, and integrity. We need men and women whose hearts are the homes of high and lofty enthusiasm and a noble devotion to the cause of emancipation, who are ready and willing to lay time, talent, and money on the altar of universal freedom.” --Frances E.W. Harper, The Anglo-African Magazine, 1859 

Echoing the truth
Across centuries that we
Are "bound together."

Frances E.W. Harper
(b. September 25, 1825 - d. February 22, 1911)

Abolitionist, feminist, poet, essayist, and novelist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was the author of the first short story published by an African American. The Two Offers was published in 1859 in the Anglo-African. Just click on the links below to read the short story, as well as important poems and essays by Harper.

“The Two Offers” (1859)

Poems by Frances E.W. Harper

Speeches by Frances E.W. Harper

Friday, February 21, 2020

Malcolm X - Journey Through Blackness

Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965. I would urge folks to watch the new documentary, Who Killed Malcolm X?, now showing on Netflix. It is an absorbing, 6-part series that has raised enough questions to prompt a new look at the case by the Manhattan district attorney. Click here for an article on the series.

Malcolm X proved that
Intellect is a potent
And lasting resource.

Malcolm X
(b. May 19, 1925 - d. February 21, 1965)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Frederick Douglass - Journey Through Blackness

Frederick Douglass, born ca. 1818, d. February 20, 1895.


If we must speak of heroes
Let us remember Douglass
Abolition’s soul.