Entering a New World

I haven’t posted very much lately, particularly after the elections. It’s coming back, there have just been some distractions as of late. No, I haven’t been enjoying the beautiful summer weather – well OK, Saturday I did spend the day on the beach in Asbury Park – but in general, my lapse is due to…

The smooth sounds of the Plainfield BOE

No one likes executive sessions. In fact, just this week, attendees endured a one hour executive session during Monday’s City Council meeting, leading to a post 9-pm start and a near midnight finish. Like the Council, the Board of Education regularly has these sessions, too. There are a plethora of contractual and other private matters, the details…

Community members demand return of Lamar Mackson

At last night’s City Council agenda fixing session, around fifteen people came to the mic in support of recently fired Director of Media, Lamar Mackson. That figure doesn’t take into account Mackson’s many more supporters who sat both in the pews and even upon the City Council bench. While I managed to get video of some speakers, I fumbled…

Plainfield artist aims for Panama Residency

In reporting on her Drake House Exhibition this past February, I wrote about Plainfield artist Indira Bailey’s travels to Morocco, South Africa, and Japan, and her intention to learn in Panama this summer. The 2012 NJ Teacher of the Year finalist has now launched a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her Panamanian residency. You…