Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hannah Atkins Pool Opening on Saturday, May 27!

Once again, the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation will open the Hannah Atkins Pool on Memorial Day weekend, as the division has done in the two previous years.
As noted in the flier below, the pool will be open on weekends, starting Saturday, May 27 from 12 noon - 6:00 pm. Kids will meet the pool mascot, "Finn, the Dolphin!" The first 50 children to arrive will receive FREE swim goggles and swimming caps. The other pools, at Seidler Field and Rushmore Park, are being readied for their regularly scheduled openings in June.

The City of Plainfield website has the summer schedule of recreation activities and events, including outdoor movie nights, fishing derbies, free yoga, and more. Click on this link, 
Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation, to be taken to the page of activities--please remember to check back regularly, as more events will be added throughout the summer.

I would also urge those of you who use Facebook to "Like" Plainfield's official Facebook page, where you can find out about all the events and happenings through our city. Click here: City of Plainfield, NJ - The Queen City

Contact the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 753-3097 or email recreation@plainfieldnj.gov to find out more information. Enjoy a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

Best,

Rebecca

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Plainfield Rescue Squad Open House This Saturday, May 20!

This Saturday, May 20, the Plainfield Rescue Squad will be hosting an Open House from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. The Plainfield Rescue Squad provides an invaluable service to our community, as they are among our First Responders in emergencies. Come to the Open House, located at the Plainfield Rescue Squad Headquarters--700 W. 7th Street, corner of Spooner Avenue--and learn more about the Rescue Squad. Membership applications are available for the EMS Cadet Corps, and for the Auxiliary and Explorer Programs. Fill out an application to become a volunteer. The flier below has all the information--several city agencies, including Recreation, Plainfield Action Services, and the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA) will also be in attendance to provide information to the community.  

MEET THE FOLKS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR YOURS! 

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED AND ALWAYS WELCOME.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Remembering Jo-Jo, Jo-Ann Sloane

Jo-Ann Sloane (at right) with Plainfield's Linda Carter* in 2006.
Today, May 7, marks the birthday of our dearly departed friend, Jo-Ann Sloane, who died in February of 2008. Jo-Jo, as we affectionately called her, worked at the Lyon VA Hospital and at the Plainfield Area YMCA. Jo-Jo was also an integral part of the Plainfield political and activist community, serving as treasurer for the late Mayor Al McWilliams and for New Democrats for Plainfield, the political club founded by Al and a bunch of us, some of whom are now elected officials here in Plainfield. 

A die-hard Eagles fan, Jo-Jo's car was always decked out with Eagles gear--whenever we rode together in her car, I always felt like I was in an Eagles pro shop! Jo-Ann was a part of a "Black Biographies" book club that some of our mutual friends started--her commentary was always insightful (and often very humorous).   Some of you will also remember Jo-Ann's favorite wine, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, a bottle of which she always brought to special occasions and parties. I remember one Thanksgiving when Jo-Jo brought a bottle over to my house and my sister thought that adding some of the wine to her ginger ale would make a tasty spritzer--the look that Jo-Ann (who was mock-horrified at the idea of diluting the wine) gave her was priceless: "Not my $20 bottle of wine"... 

Jo-Jo's  laugh is one of the things that I remember most--beginning with a sort of a cackle and then moving to a deep guffaw. I miss her. It's been a little over nine years since we lost her to cancer, but she will always be our hearts. May she continue to rest in God's peace.

Best,

Rebecca

*At the time, Linda Carter was serving as Councilwoman At-large for the 1st and 4th Wards. She now serves on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.



Friday, May 5, 2017

YOGA? ZUMBA? FREE CLASSES CONTINUE THROUGH JUNE!

The Plainfield Division of Parks & Recreation continues to offer these  popular courses--FREE Yoga and FREE Zumba--at the following locations--just download the fliers! These activities continue through June!




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 4, 1968


49 years ago...


Nina Simone, singing "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)"

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Blues for Becky"



The only piece of correspondence I ever remember receiving from my father, Richard Williams, was a postcard (pictured below) from London that he sent to me in the late 1970s. The other side was an image of nightlife at Piccadilly Circus. It reads:

"Dear Becky, I am fine and hope you are likewise. I will see if the record with your tune is out yet, and get a copy for you. I will write everybody again soon. love your father" 

The record my father was referring to was a song titled "Blues for Becky," named after me, which he recorded with jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz on his album, Excition, which came out in 1977, and which was re-released on Steeplechase in 1993. Other personnel included Frank Foster (sax), Buster Williams (bass), and Roy Brooks (drums). Click on the link to hear the song--a bop blues. I sometimes wonder...why did he write a blues for me? Those who know me well will not wonder. Enjoy!






Monday, March 6, 2017

Screamin' the Blues!

I have been chided by some folks because I haven't been posting on my blogs regularly--this is due to being extremely busy with a bunch of projects. But...here's something I hope you will enjoy.

Below is an image that was sent to me by a jazz fan of my father's (trumpet player Richard Williams--1931-1985). It was taken in the early 1960s, and pictures the personnel on an album by Oliver Nelson (at right) titled Screamin' the Blues. Here are the musicians, left to right: Oliver Nelson (tenor and alto sax); Richard Wyands--he also played on my father's classic New Horn in Town (piano); Roy Haynes (drums); Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet and alto sax); Richard Williams (trumpet); George Duvivier (bass).





Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FREE Vision Board Workshop: This Saturday, Feb. 4 at Emerson School!

There are a number of activities happening in Plainfield to get you started RIGHT! On Saturday, February 4, starting at 10:00 am, Dr. Denise Dennis of Prepared Mind Coaching will facilitate this FREE Vision Board Workshop* at Emerson Community School (305 Emerson Avenue). 

Vision Boards help to provide you with a reminder of the goals that you have set for yourself in 2017. Supplies will be provided, but try to bring some old magazines with you as well. A light lunch will be served! 

Join your friends and neighbors in this free, fun, interactive workshop! I will be there--I'm looking forward to it!


*The Recreation Division changed this pilot event to free!