The needler in the haystack.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Freeholder Linda Carter tapped to fill Assemblyman Jerry Green's seat

Freeholder Linda Carter will take up the Assembly
seat left vacant by the death of Jerry Green.


Municipal committee members of the towns in Legisltive District 22 met in a special convention Saturday morning (May 19) at the Scotch Plains-FAnwood High School.

The only item of business was to select a person to fill the vacancy left by the death on April 18 of longtime Plainfield Assemblyman Jerry Green.

Plainfield's Linda Carter, currently serving as a Union County Freeholder was the only name put in nomination.

Carter expects to be sworn in as a member of the lower house when the Assembly next meets on May 24.

She will serve in the vacancy until the November general election, at which time the voters will fill the vacancy for the remainder of Green's term.

Once Carter resigns the Freeholder seat, it will become vacant and will need to be filled by a vote of a special convention of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Linda began her career in public service as a Councilor under the late mayor Al McWilliams and has served eight years on the Freeholder board.

Congratulations to our hometown Wonder Woman!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fish Fry friendraiser for Ashley Davis this Saturday

Ashley and crew are hosting a Fish Fry
this Saturday (May 19).

Plainfield's First Ward Democratic candidate Ashley Davis and friends are hosting a Fish Fry friendraiser this Saturday (May 19) from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Prices are as follows --
  • Fish Dinner (with 2 sides) - $15.00
  • Fish Sandwich - $10.00
  • Dessert - $2.00
  • Beverage - $1.00
Meals may be picked up at 64 Berkeley Terrace (between East Front Street and Milton Place).

For pre-orders and donations, text (908) 409-5348 with your name, email address and order.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Council takes up $450,000 settlement for Plainfield firefighter at Monday's meeting

Lotta moola in settlement Council
takes up Monday evening.
Plainfield City Council is set to take up a $450,000 settlement with a Plainfield firefighter at Monday night's business meeting.

The resolution (R 185-18) does not specify the nature of the matter, although it does seems it had moved along a fair distance, since the resolution metnions "discovery", meaning that both sides had to divulge matters that would be brought up at a potential trial.

As in all NJ governmental settlements, the entity (in this case, the City of Plainfield) does not admit any wrongdoing.

What the public thinks about all this may be a different matter.

City Council meets at 8:00 PM in the Council Chamber / Courthouse at Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street. Parking is available on the street and in the lot across from Police Headquarters.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Drizzly day does not dampen Dem candidates' enthusiasm

Candidates and elected officials pose as rally begins.
(L to R) Councilor Rebecca Williams, Councilor Joylette
Mills-Ransome (2/3), candidate Ashley Davis (1), and
Freeholder Linda Carter.

Volunteer Roz Bradshaw serves ice cream
to a young attendee.

A drizzly, chilly day did not dampen the enthusiasm of Democratic candidates who held a rally at Jerry Green (Park-Madison) Plaza Saturday afternoon.

With music by DJs Kai and Khadijah throughout the afternoon, shoppers and strollers gathered to sample free ice cream cones, purchase T-shirts or jewelry from vendors, and browse handouts at a literature table staffed by volunteers Marie Davis and Rose Marie Cathcart.

Mayor Adrian Mapp presided as Freeholder and Plainfield candidates addressed attendees. (I missed this portion, having stepped away for an errand.)

The rally marks the beginning of serious campaigning for the Democratic Primary which is three weeks from this coming Tuesday.

This coming Tuesday, May 15, is the final day to register for the June Primary election. Accordingly, Municipal Clerk 'AJ' Jalloh has announced that the City Clerk's office will be open on that day from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM to register voters.

For your convenience, you may download a voter registration application in advance from the City's website here. For more information, call the Clerk's office at (908) 753-3222.

The Clerk's office is on the first floor of Plainfield City Hall at the corner of Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street. Parking and access at the rear of the building.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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