Friday, June 28, 2019

Pride in the Park - Saturday, June 29 at Cedar Brook Park

Saturday, June 29 (that's tomorrow, folks) from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Plainfield will host "Pride in the Park," at the Parkside Picnic Area at Cedar Brook Park. This free, family-friendly event, presented by the Plainfield Pride Committee and the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will offer music, food, performances--including Drag Queen Story Hour--and games for kids of all ages. There will also be free HIV testing by Hyacinth AIDS Foundation (National HIV Testing Day is observed annually on June 27). So join us tomorrow for some family-friendly fun as we celebrate Pride!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Plainfield Pride Events - Sat, June 15 and Sat, June 22

I want to thank everyone who came out to our fantastic Plainfield Pride Flag-Raising and Block Party event last Thursday, June 6, and to our Union County Pride Flag-Raising on Friday, June 7. It was my honor and pleasure to serve as the Emcee for these wonderful events. But...Plainfield is not finished acknowledging and celebrating our LGBTQ community during this month of Pride! Please see my other blog (click here: And My Point Is) for the cross-reference to other Union County Pride events!

Join me this Saturday, June 15 as we continue to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in the City of Plainfield. At 10:00 AM at the Plainfield Public Library, located at 800 Park Avenue, we will be hosting Jodie Patterson, author of The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation. Jodie will be reading from her memoir, and we will have a book talk and Q & A after. Here is a short blurb about this memoir, from the editors at Ballantine Books/Random House: 

"Inspired by her transgender son, activist Jodie Patterson explores identity, gender, race, and authenticity to tell the real-life story of a family’s history and transformation. [...] In The Bold World, we witness a mother reshaping her attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of her community, to meet the needs of her transgender son, Penelope— and opening the minds of everyone in her family who absolutely, unequivocally refused to conform. 
Click on the link to read more: The Bold World

Later that evening, at 7:00 PM, we will continue to celebrate Pride with our "Come as You Are" LGBTQ Prom Night Dance Party at the new Plainfield Cultural Center, located at 724 Park Avenue (formerly the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield). This prom is free and open to the public--you must be 18 years or older to attend. Come and celebrate with us--bring your dancing shoes! I look forward to see you at both events!

The following Saturday, on June 22, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Plainfield will host "Pride in the Park," in the Shakespeare Garden at Cedar Brook Park, located at 121-147 Randolph Road. This free, family-friendly event will offer music, food, performances, and games.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thank You, Plainfield Democrats, for Your Support!

I want to just take a moment to thank all those Plainfielders who came out in support of me, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, and the Plainfield team. Your faith in the work the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has been doing held strong. I am grateful for your support, and I am thankful that my Freeholder colleagues, Chair Bette Jane Kowalski and Sergio Granados, and our Surrogate, James LaCorte, were also elected as Democratic candidates. There is much work to be done, but I am glad for the support of the majority of Democratic voters who came out on Tuesday, June 4. I congratulate all the winners in this primary election.

I will be out and about this spring and summer, and I look forward to seeing you at some of our events and meetings. I will continue to post events and activities of importance to Plainfield and Union County residents. I am dedicated to serving you! 

All best,