Friday, July 18, 2014

Having a Blast at the Summer Concert and Car Show!

On Thursday evening, Plainfielders were treated to the first Summer Concert event in Plainwood Square Park: "THREE WOMEN & SOME JAZZ," featuring the Grammy-nominated jazz flautist Sherry Winston (for Sherry Winston's website--click here), and vocalists Pam Purvis (for Pam Purvis's website--click here) and Crystal Jones. The event was sponsored by the Plainfield Special Improvement District (SID) and organized by event planner Pat Fields.

I was able to enjoy the music (as always, Pat brings incredible artists to the summer series), to catch up with folks, and relax in the warm summer air. Emcee Robert Graham invited me to the mic to say a few words of greeting. Mayor Adrian Mapp also offered greetings to the crowd, and reminded everyone of the upcoming concerts in Cedar Brook Park--one on August 13 and the other on September 13 (details to come).  

After the fabulous concert was over, I headed to the other event--the SID-sponsored Car Show right across the street--awesomely organized by George Withers of G-WIZ Auto Entertainment (click here for the website). I was given the honor of presenting the trophies to the car show winners, among them several Plainfield car (and motorcycle) enthusiasts. My favorite cars were the BMW Isetta (click here for a description), and the Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible. It was a wonderful evening, and we can thank Robert Graham, Dave Biagini, Pat Fields, and all the other members of the SID for their hard work in putting this first event together. The next Plainwood Square Concert is scheduled for August! See you there!

All best,



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Homophobia: The Weapon of Religious (and other) Hypocrites

I am the OPENLY gay councilor in Plainfield. Homophobic, hateful remarks are unChristian, and reflect religious hypocrisy, hatefulness, and insecurity. Homophobia is more often than not also accompanied by other forms of loathsome prejudice (such as dislike of people whose ethnicity is different, including that of those from the Caribbean and Latin America). Christ surely does not smile on despicable and hypocritical fakery of the type that I am speaking. The sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, church congregants, and others who overhear homophobic commentary by the frauds and hypocrites will be calling it out right to their faces. Just you wait and see. 

Brothers and sisters/
Being yourself is easy/
When God’s got your back.