Meet Plainfield’s own Negros Americanos

It’s increasingly popular for young people to go and teach English abroad after college – I did so myself, in France. Most of us return with better knowledge of a new language, get a new perspective and a better understanding of culture and the world, make life long friends, and have some great stories to…

Welcome to Plainfield: Signs with a message…or three

Back on August 15 I attended a very post-worthy Planning Board meeting. However, since I hadn’t joined Plainfield’s blogosphere, well, naturally, there was no post. A month later the fruits of that meeting, and of a strong push by groups of citizens of Plainfield are bearing their fruit. That night, I was surprised to encounter…

Turn down the volume, please: Planning Board Meeting

As a first order of business at tonight’s Planning Board Meeting, the board reviewed the capital improvement plan (CIP) for the years 2014-2019. Much of the discussion was about, for example, whether an inactive spreadsheet cell should have a $0 or a dash, whether the categories and amounts were clear, and other logistical and formatting…

Energy Savings take spotlight at Board of Ed. Meeting

The first order of business at tonight’s Plainfield Board of Education Business Meeting was the Superintendent’s official public acknowledgement of Board President Wilma Campbell’s award for her service in education. This honor was presented by P.E.R. Council #21 to Mrs. Campbell on Sunday, September 1 at the Spain Inn. Unbeknownst to me, the School District…

Four Little Girls, Terrorism, & State Repression

This evening I had the privilege of attending a screening of Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls” at Plainfield Public Library. The showing was put on by Councilwoman Rebecca Williams, who facilitated a discussion afterwards. While the movie came out 16 years ago, I had never seen it. “4 Little Girls” is a collection of interviews…