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PLAINFIELD VOTER is the official newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Plainfield.
 

In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

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SUMMER ISSUE 2009

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

New Officers Elected to Plainfield League

At the Annual Meeting of the league, the following members were elected as officers for the 2009/2010 term.

 

President - Janet Massey 

1st Vice-President - Rebecca Williams

2nd Vice-President - Raquel Horn (Voter Services Chair)

Treasurer - Alice Logie

Secretary - Patricia Turner Cavanaugh

Membership - Veronica Taylor

 

 

ELECTION NEWS

The 2009 primary was held on Tuesday, June 2nd.  The results below are courtesy of the Union County Clerk’s Office.

Plainfield Municipal Elections

Dem - Plainfield Mayor
34/34 100.00%
Under Votes 191
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
SHARON M. ROBINSON BRIGGS 2,017 46.65%
ADRIAN O. MAPP 1,681 38.88%
CAROL ANN BROKAW BOLES 152 3.52%
MARTIN P. COX 363 8.40%
THOMAS T. TURNER 37 0.86%
ROBERT FERRARO 72 1.67%
Personal Choice 2 0.05%
Total 4,324 100.00%


Dem - Plainfield Councilman, 4th Ward
5/5 100.00%
Under Votes 253
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
VERA GREAVES 239 48.19%
BRIDGET B. RIVERS 245 49.40%
KEITH J. HARDY 11 2.22%
Personal Choice 1 0.20%
Total 496 100.00%

 

April 2009

 

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION RESULTS (NON-PARTISAN)

 

The results below are courtesy of the Union County Clerk's Office.

 

Plainfield Board of Education
16/16 100.00%
Under Votes 509
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Non - Patricia I. BARKSDALE 881 19.59%
Non - Brenda GILBERT 717 15.94%
Non - Rasheed ABDUL-HAQQ 453 10.07%
Non - Joseph M. RUFFIN, Sr. 577 12.83%
Non - Mahogany HENDRICKS 558 12.41%
Non - Joanne HOLLIS 635 14.12%
Non - Lisa LOGAN-LEACH 675 15.01%
Personal Choice 1 0.02%
Total 4,497 100.00%


Plainfield Board of Ed. Unexpired Term
16/16 100.00%
Under Votes 289
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Non - Terrence WILLIAMS 302 21.87%
Non - Katherine PETERSON 583 42.22%
Non - Tammy WESTBROOK 495 35.84%
Personal Choice 1 0.07%
Total 1,381 100.00%

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM ON APRIL 16

The League of Women Voters of Plainfield invites all city residents to attend its Board of Education Candidate Forum.  The forum will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 in the Anne Louise Davis Room of the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Ave., Plainfield.  The field of candidates includes seven vying for three three-year seats and three seeking an unexpired two-year term.  Incumbents Rasheed Abdul-Haqq, Patricia Barksdale, Lisa Logan-Leach and appointee Joseph Ruffin Sr. are running for re-election.  Challengers for the three-year terms are Mahogany Hendricks, Joanne Hollis and Brenda Gilbert.  Candidates for the unexpired term are Katherine Peterson, Tammy Westbrook and Terrence Williams.

 

 Candidates’ statements will be included in an advertisement paid for by the League, to be published in advance of the forum. The event will follow the LWV format of an opening statement, responses to written questions from the audience and a closing statement. As required by LWV rules, an outside moderator will conduct the forum.

 

PLAINFIELD LEAGUE HOSTS EDUCATION FORUM ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

 

On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the Plainfield League welcomed Heather Ngoma, Director o the New Jersey Charter School Resource Center, Queen City Academy Principal Rashawn Adams, Plainfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Gallon III, and Board of Education member and Community Relations Chair Patricia Barksdale to discuss charter schools at a forum held at Emerson Community School.  More than 90 residents were in attendance.  League President Herb Green moderated with assistance from other League members and volunteers.  A question and answer session followed the presentations by the guest speakers.  The League would like to extend special thanks to the facilities staff at Emerson School for their assistance in making the forum a success.

 

FALL ELECTION ISSUE 2008

 

 

ELECTION NEWS

The 2008 general election was held on Tuesday, November 4th.  The results below are courtesy of the Union County Clerk’s Office.

 

General Election

Last Updated: November 10, 2008 11:05 AM

Registration & Turnout
299,762 Voters
  Vote Count Percent
Polling Place Turnout 209,380 69.85%
Absentee Turnout 11,601 3.87%
Provisional Turnout 2,076 0.69%
Overseas Turnout 894 0.30%
Total 223,951 74.71%


President
438/438 100.00%
Under Votes 1345
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Dem - BARACK OBAMA 141,417 63.58%
Rep - JOHN McCAIN 78,768 35.41%
VOT - JEFFREY BOSS 76 0.03%
LIB - BOB BARR 441 0.20%
Ind - RALPH NADER 1,006 0.45%
GRE - CYNTHIA McKINNEY 149 0.07%
SOC - BRIAN MOORE 21 0.01%
SOC - GLORIA La RIVA 17 0.01%
CON - CHUCK BALDWIN 176 0.08%
SOC - ROGER CALERO 26 0.01%
Personal Choice 329 0.15%
Total 222,426 100.00%


United States Senator
438/438 100.00%
Under Votes 33664
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Dem - FRANK LAUTENBERG 116,201 61.51%
Rep - DICK ZIMMER 69,069 36.56%
POO - DARYL MIKELL BROOKS 1,226 0.65%
LIB - JASON SCHEURER 1,049 0.56%
GOD - J. M. CARTER 684 0.36%
BOS - JEFFREY BOSS 398 0.21%
SOC - SARA J. LOBMAN 221 0.12%
Personal Choice 63 0.03%
Total 188,911 100.00%


House Of Representatives-6th
34/34 100.00%
Under Votes 3083
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Dem - FRANK PALLONE, Jr 12,122 91.03%
Rep - ROBERT E. McLEOD 1,061 7.97%
REG - HERB TARBOUS 126 0.95%
Personal Choice 8 0.06%
Total 13,317 100.00%

Plainfield Municipal Election

Last Updated: November 10, 2008 11:05 AM

Plainfield Councilman-At-Large
34/34 100.00%
Under Votes 3928
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Dem - ANNIE C. McWILLIAMS 12,340 99.78%
Personal Choice 27 0.22%
Total 12,367 100.00%


Plainfield 1st ward councilman, unexpired term
8/8 100.00%
Under Votes 1060
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Dem - WILLIAM REID 2,600 99.92%
Personal Choice 2 0.08%
Total 2,602 100.00%


Plainfield Councilman, 3rd Ward
10/10 100.00%

Under Votes 1053
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Dem - ADRIAN O. MAPP 3,517 99.01%
Personal Choice 35 0.99%
Total 3,552 100.00%

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PUBLIC QUESTIONS:

State Question 1

VOTERS TO APPROVE STATE AUTHORITY BONDS PAYBLE FROM STATE APPROPRIATIONS

438/438 100.00%
Under Votes 127794
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Non - Yes 52,447 57.25%
Non - No 39,158 42.75%
Total 91,605 100.00%


State Question 2

PROVIDES THAT METHOD OF SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT OF CERTAIN MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGES BE SET BY STATUTE RATHER THAN BY THE CONSTITUTION.

 

438/438 100.00%
Under Votes 129201
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Non - Yes 39,981 44.37%
Non - No 50,129 55.63%
Total 90,110 100.00%

SUMMER ISSUE 2008

 

LOCAL NEWS

New Officers Elected to Plainfield League

At the Annual Meeting of the league, the following members were elected as officers for the 2008/2009 term.

 

Herbert Green – President

Rebecca Williams - 1st Vice-President

Arlene Cossum - 2nd Vice-President (Voter Services Chair)

Treasurer - Alice Logie

Secretary - Patricia Turner Cavanaugh

Membership - Annie Stocks

The article below is reprinted from the Courier-News, June 27, 2008.

June 27, 2008

Past president comes full circle

Thirty years ago, Herb Green became the first male president of the Plainfield League of Women Voters. This month, at age 83, he is president again.

Green, a former school board member and an education activist, was chosen to head the League at the group’s annual meeting this month. He said he hopes to increase both awareness of the league’s mission and participation in its local activities. He and his wife, Marjorie, are planning a letter-writing campaign to people they know in Plainfield to renew interest in the league.

The local league was formed in May 1920, just three months after the inception of the National League of Women Voters. Besides voter registration and education, early activities included improving the quality of life in Plainfield. From 1954 to 1982, the League published four issues of “This is Plainfield,” documenting the structure of municipal government, the school system and community organizations and resources.

Green said he first became aware of the state League of Women Voters when he was working on election coverage for Channel 13 in 1948. He joined the Plainfield league in 1973 when it first began accepting male members. His presidency in 1978 garnered coverage by the Daily News.

Green said he hopes to draw people back to the league, which meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Plainfield Public Library or at a member’s home. The group’s history, mission and other information are available online at http://lwvplainfield.tripod.com/index.html along with its newsletter, Plainfield Voter. The league publishes candidate information and public forums before school board and general elections.

To join the League, contact Treasurer Alice Logie at (908) 756-9682.

 

ELECTION NEWS

The 2008 primary was held on Tuesday, June 3rd.  The results below are courtesy of the Union County Clerk’s Office.

Plainfield Municipal Elections

Last Updated: June 9, 2008 11:27 AM

Dem - Plainfield Councilman-At-Large

34/34 100.00%

 

Under Votes

195

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

HAROLD GIBSON

1,094

37.25%

ANNIE C. McWILLIAMS

1,842

62.72%

Personal Choice

1

0.03%

Total

2,937

100.00%


Dem - Plainfield Councilman, 1st Ward

8/8 100.00%

 

Under Votes

211

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

WILLIAM REID

382

99.48%

Personal Choice

2

0.52%

Total

384

100.00%

 


Dem - Plainfield Councilman, 3rd Ward

10/10 100.00%

 

Under Votes

62

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

DONALD DAVIS

372

37.09%

ADRIAN O. MAPP

475

47.36%

OLIVE LYNCH

155

15.45%

Personal Choice

1

0.10%

Total

1,003

100.00%

Rep - Plainfield Councilman-At-Large

34/34 100.00%

 

Under Votes

65

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

DEBORAH J. DOWE

123

98.40%

Personal Choice

2

1.60%

Total

125

100.00%

 


Rep - Plainfield Councilman, 1st Ward

8/8 100.00%

 

Under Votes

17

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Personal Choice

1

100.00%

Total

1

100.00%

 


Rep - Plainfield Councilman, 3rd Ward

10/10 100.00%

 

Under Votes

46

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Personal Choice

2

100.00%

Total

2

100.00%

May 2008

 

School Board Election (Non-Partisan)

The incumbents, Agurs Linward Cathcart, Jr., Bridget B. Rivers, and Vickey Sheppard were re-elected to the school board for new 3-year terms.  The results below are courtesy of the Union County Clerk's Office.

 

Plainfield Board of Education
16/16 100.00%
Under Votes 495
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Non - YOLANDA VanFLEET 335 12.33%
Non - JACLYNNE CALLANDS 394 14.50%
Non - BRIDGET B. RIVERS 699 25.73%
Non - VICKEY SHEPPARD 627 23.08%
Non - AGURS L. CATHCART, Jr. 658 24.22%
Personal Choice 4 0.15%
Total 2,717 100.00%

 

April 2008

 

The Plainfield Board of Education Elections (non-partisan) will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.  Polls are open from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.

 

2008 Candidate Profiles & Responses to League Questions

Listed in Alphabetical Order--Asterisk  (*) Denotes Incumbent

 

Candidate Profiles

 

Jaclynne Callands

41-year Resident of Plainfield; Self and family alumni of Plainfield Public Schools; Married for 26 years, Mother of 3; Foster Parent for nearly 10 years; Superintendent of Sunday School for 25 years; Founder of Youth Services Sorority and Youth Mentor.

 

Linward Agurs Cathcart, Jr.*

Married, father of four; Manager, AT & T for 23 years; Member, Plainfield Board of Education. President, 2006-07; Vice-President, 2005-06; Member, Union County Education Commission, 2003—present; Founder/Recruiter/Coordinator, S.O.C. Mentoring Program; Plainfield Division of Recreation Youth Basketball Coordinator; Member, Y.A.M.. Plainfield Class of 1977; Member, Fathers Against Guns.

 

Bridget B. Rivers*

Member of Plainfield Board of Education since 2005; Vice-President 2007-08; Chairperson for Human Resources; ESP Committee Member; Mother of 3 children; Mentor to troubled teen girls; Founder of and advisor to Superior Steppers Drill Team; Event planner and organizer of community and fundraising events; Organizer of summer camp for underprivileged children; Former member of Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Committee; Customer Care Supervisor.

 

Vickey Sheppard*

I’ve been a Board member for the past three years. I have raised 4 children as a single parent, 2 of whom are PHS graduates, and my granddaughter will attend PPS in September. I’m the former President of Parents Empowering Parents, and several organizations working with parents and children in our community.

 

Yolanda Van Fleet

Yolanda is a visionary with her feet on the ground. She has a diverse background in education, business and personal & professional development. She has spent most of her adult life working to educate young people and prepare them to lead purposeful and productive lives. She believes that young people can only do what they believe they can do, so her main goal is to help challenge and expose their minds to progressive ways of thinking. If you can help people change the way they THINK, they can change or improve the quality of their lives.  Yolanda is a lifelong resident of Plainfield, a graduate of PHS, has her business in Plainfield and also represents Clergy in Plainfield. She currently does personal coaching for young people and adults through her company, Destiny Impact. Currently, she teaches Abstinence Education in the Newark Public Schools. She has always desired to serve in her own community.

 

Q&A

 

The League asked this year’s school board candidates the following questions. Their responses appear in alphabetical order.  

 

 1. During the next three years, the board will be working with a new superintendent.  How best can the board establish a good working relationship with him?

 

Jaclynne Callands

The best way that the board and community can have a good working relationship with the new superintendent is by, establishing open communication, clearly defined objectives with measurable goals that are set to realistic timeline. 

 

Linward Agurs Cathcart, Jr.*

In order to establish a good working relationship with the superintendent, there must be clear and concise goals that we are working towards. The board must provide support and trust the knowledge and expertise of the superintendent. We are confident that we have hired a person who has the knowledge and the expertise in leading our district and taking our students to the next level. If re-elected, I look forward to working with the new superintendent and continuing to move our district to the next level.

 

Bridget B. Rivers*

First and foremost, the new superintendent and the board must establish a communication strategy. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page. Secondly, the board must allow the new superintendent the opportunity to define his vision for the district and his organizational structure that supports student achievement. Lastly, the board must govern and hold those in authority accountable to deliver.

 

Vickey Sheppard*

Ask the correct questions of items presented by the Superintendent that supports the goals. By establishing a line of communication that’s open and direct, he’ll know how to work with us because he knows our expectations. Give him support and become District Ambassadors, which means we become knowledgeable about our roles and schools.

 

Yolanda Van Fleet

The Board can best establish a good working relationship with the new superintendent by opening clear lines of communication and being committed to working with high integrity.

 

2. The state has mandated a 4% increase in the local school tax levy, the first increase in 15 years, which will require at least some staff cuts.  Where would you suggest these cuts be made. Please be specific in your answer.

 

Jaclynne Callands

Only through critical analyzes of the budget, spending patterns, forecast combined with understanding the demands necessary for providing a quality education, then and only then can we have a better understanding of where changes will need to occur. We have to seriously examine the impact of reduced funding to the District. The state of the economy and past results of the District will require that we function with a trimmer budget and more accountability. Although we don’t want to see anyone’s life disrupted by unemployment, there are some decisions though hard, must be made.

 

Linward Agurs Cathcart, Jr.*

Budget cuts are always challenging. Therefore, I would draw upon the knowledge and expertise of the superintendent to guide us through these challenging times. Experience has taught us that the only thing that is constant is change. Hence, we must all adapt to these challenging situations.

 

Bridget B. Rivers*

As a member of the Board of Education, I look to the administration to perform their due diligence with respect to where the cuts are to be taken. I would encourage the administration to specifically preserve those positions that directly impact student achievement and provide a safe environment for instruction.

 

 

Vickey Sheppard*

Look at staff that have the least contact with students first; Look at the use of District buildings to ascertain the feasibility in operating expense to ensure they are used to the fullest capacity; Look at other areas we can have shared services; Do staff development more effectively and economically by having larger groups work together and use our own exceptional people to perform the training.

 

Yolanda Van Fleet

Unfortunately, at this time, I am not able to suggest where cuts could be made without conferring and reviewing all data, situations, and persons considered.

 

3. What would you like to see the school district do to provide remedial academic education and family dynamics education to parents, grandparents, and other relatives who are raising or have custody of children, so that the household adult has the skills to help the child with his or her studies and social relationships?

 

Jaclynne Callands

I would like to see more public/private partnership that will provide the resources and tools necessary for strengthening the family. We have to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and create partnerships that will benefit through inter-generational programming, lifetime learning and confidence in the role of family in education. These partnerships can also bring in resources through grants, contributions and leveraging of existing services. 

 

Linward Agurs Cathcart, Jr.*

I would like the district to continue to offer parents and guardians multicultural workshops that include the current curriculum being taught within the Plainfield school system to facilitate a learning environment for not only educational growth but social and economic growth as well.

 

Bridget B. Rivers*

I would like the district to take a similar approach in establishing other schools as community schools, such as has been successfully accomplished at Washington Community School. That community school provides remedial academic education and family dynamics education to parents, grandparents, and other relatives who are raising children—Washington School belongs to the Community.

 

Vickey Sheppard*

I would like to see the District offer classes during the day to those families who can attend and in the evenings or Saturdays in partnership with PTA/Os to accommodate those who are busy during the day. We could have classes once a week to cover curriculum content and classes on basic life skills or what parents and guardians think is relevant for their child’s school that’s taught by staff. Offer the instructor/facilitator a flexible schedule to keep costs down.

 

Yolanda Van Fleet

I would like to see the District provide interactive life skills seminars with follow-up coaching & tutorial made available to any custodial individual that is interested in improving the academic and social lives of our children.

 

 

March 2008

 

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION 2008

 

Five Plainfield residents filed to run for 3 three-year terms on the Plainfield Board of Education.  The candidates are, in alphabetical order:

 

Jaclynne Callands

Agurs Linward Cathcart, Jr.*

Bridger B. Rivers*

Vickey Sheppard*

Yolanda Van Fleet

 

*Asterisk denotes incumbent.

 

The Plainfield League will sponsor its annual Candidates Forum for the Plainfield Board of Education's School Board Election on Wednesday, April 9, 2008.  The forum will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Room at the Plainfield Public Library, located at Park Avenue and 8th Street in Plainfield.  Attendees are requested to park in the 9th Street lot.  Please cooperate in keeping the 8th Street lot available for regular library users.

 

The school board candidate profiles and answers to the League's questions (below) will be published in the April edition of Plainfield Voter and will also be published in the Community section of the Courier-News on Wednesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 9, 2008.

 

The Plainfield Board of Education Elections (non-partisan) will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.  Polls are open from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.

 

The League of Women Voters of Plainfield, a non-partisan organization devoted to good government, asked this year’s school board candidates the following questions. Their responses will appear in the April edition.

 

 1. During the next three years, the board will be working with a new superintendent.  How best can the board establish a good working relationship with him?

 

2. The state has mandated a 4% increase in the local school tax levy, the first increase in 15 years, which will require at least some staff cuts.  Where would you suggest these cuts be made. Please be specific in your answer.

 

3. What would you like to see the school district do to provide remedial academic education and family dynamics education to parents, grandparents, and other relatives who are raising or have custody of children, so that the household adult has the skills to help the child with his or her studies and social relationships?

 

 

November 2007 - Municipal Elections

 

Four Plainfield residents filed to run for 2 four-year terms on the Plainfield City Council.  The candidates are, in alphabetical order:

 

Sean Alfred

Linda Carter*

Deborah Dowe

Cory Storch*

 

*Asterisk denotes incumbent.

 

The Plainfield League will sponsor its annual Candidates Forum for the Plainfield Municipal Election on Thursday, November 1, 2007.  The forum will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Room at the Plainfield Public Library, located at Park Avenue and 8th Street in Plainfield.  

 

Attendees are requested to park in the 9th Street lot.  Please cooperate in keeping the 8th Street lot available for regular library users.

 

Candidate profiles submitted to the League will be published in the Courier-News during the week preceding the election.

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2007.  Polls are open from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

 

 

Web Site

Our web site is now listed along with the rest of the other state leagues at www.lwvnj.org, which should make it easier for League members across the state to contact us.

*In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

 

April 2007 VOLUME 8.6 - School Board Elections Issue
 

Plainfield Board of Education
16/16 100.00%
Under Votes 609
Over Votes 0
     
  Vote Count Percent
Non - CHRISTIAN ESTEVEZ 660 20.28%
Non - JEANETTE CRISCIONE 562 17.27%
Non - DAVID O. GRAVES 593 18.22%
Non - WILMA G. CAMPBELL 766 23.54%
Non - MARTIN P. COX 669 20.56%
Personal Choice 4 0.12%
Total 3,254 100.00%

 

 

 

October 2006 VOLUME 8.5 - Municipal Elections Issue
 

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization devoted to good government, asked this year’s municipal candidates for the Plainfield City Council three questions.  The questions are below.  The League's Candidates Forum will take place on Wednesday, November 1 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue. 

 

 1.According to New Jersey's nonpartisan Center for Civic Responsibility, "pay to play is the practice in which large campaign contributions are traded for lucrative government contracts."  What is your stance on "pay to play," and what specific reforms would you adopt in a Plainfield anti-pay to play ordinance to prohibit political contributions from vendores who do business with the city?

 

2. Since New Jersey is the most expensice state for housing costs, how can Plainfield help to make housing more affordable?

 

3. The City Council is being asked to approve many land use decisions involving higher densities than currently allowed by the master plan.  Do you feel these decisions can be made on a case-by-case basis or should all redevelopment reflect master plan goals?

 

(The candidates' answers to these questions will be posted on-line on Wednesday, October 25th.)

 

 

April 2006  VOLUME 8.4 - Special School Board Elections Issue

LOCAL NEWS

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION RESULTS

Plainfield Board of Education (Non)
Completed Precincts: 16 of 16 (100.00%)
  Vote Count Percent
Non - PATRICIA I. BARKSDALE 1,005 23.87%
Non - LISA C. LOGAN-LEACH 661 15.70%
Non - CLAUDETTE LOVELY-BROWN 637 15.13%
Non - NAN ANDERSON 271 6.44%
Non - RENO B. WILKINS 441 10.47%
Non - RASHEED ABDUL-HAQQ 788 18.71%
Non - DAVID O. GRAVES 406 9.64%
Personal Choice 2 0.05%
Total 4,211 100.00%

 

SCHOOL BOARD RACE 2006

 

Seven Plainfield residents filed to run for 3 three-year terms on the Plainfield Board of Education.  The candidates are, in alphabetical order:

 

Rasheed Abdul-Haqq

Nan Anderson

Patricia Barksdale*

David Graves*

Lisa Logan-Leach*

Claudette Lovely-Brown

Reno Wilkins

 

*Asterisk denotes incumbent.

 

The Plainfield League will sponsor its annual Candidates Forum for the Plainfield Board of Education's School Board Election on Thursday, April 13, 2006.  The forum will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Room at the Plainfield Public Library, located at Park Avenue and 8th Street in Plainfield.  Attendees are requested to park in the 9th Street lot.  Please cooperate in keeping the 8th Street lot available for regular library users.

 

The school board candidate profiles submitted to the League will be published in the April edition of Plainfield Voter on April 5, and will also be published in the Community section of the Courier-News on Wednesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 12, 2006.

 

The Plainfield Board of Education Elections (non-partisan) will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006.  Polls are open from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.

 

CANDIDATES FOR PLAINFIELD SCHOOL BOARD 2006

 

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization devoted togood government, asked this year’s school board candidates the following questions. Their responses, in alphabetical order, are listed below.

 

 1.What would you like to see the school district do to provide remedial academic education and family dynamics education to parents, grandparents and other relatives who are raising or have custody of children, so that the household adult has the skills to help the child with his or her studies and social relationships?

 

2. How would you improve school environment so that our students are able to look at the school as a safe and supportive place where the primary focus is on learning?

 

3. Please list, in the order of importance, the three most important problems we need to address to improve our schools.

 

Rasheed Abdul-Haqq

My name is Rasheed Abdul-Haqq and I reside at 219 Lee Place. I am a Business Owner—American Auto Cab, and I have resided in Plainfield for 40 years. I am the father of three. I am a longtime community activist. My current activities include being a member of Plainfield High School’s Administrator Interview Panel, Leadership Council, Youth Watch, and PTSO; School Based Youth Services Advisory Board and Regional Block Association No. 1. I am a Neighborhood Leadership Initiative Fellow and have been recognized for leading the Initiative to Restore Plainfield Train Overpasses.

 

1. I would like to see the school district institute a well-publicized program of class offerings at various strategically located schools to develop the caretakers’ needed academic skills along with conflict resolution strategies.

 

2. I would work to improve school environment through the implementation of fair, but firm, rules, i.e., the recently adopted Code of Conduct, wherein the total school population observes the rules or receives the prescribed disciplinary action.

 

3. 1) Student Motivation; 2) Teacher Morale;3) School Leadership with an emphasis on competent and effective Principals.

 

Nan Anderson

Married, adult children. NJ certified teacher, B.S. Management & Organizational Behavior, M.P.A., and National Urban Fellow. Participated in variety of social, political movements in city.

 

1. The question presumes I support the proposal. Familial custody is often a result of Division of Youth and Family Services case management. The District could develop supportive data of need, and then propose collaboration with DYFS, which routinely provides/coordinates family dynamics classes; to support the designated student/families. Additionally, college service organizations may commit a semester of tutoring adult caretakers.

 

2. Safe schools have zero tolerance for bigotry, bullying, violence or drugs and the Board of Education develops and sustains initiatives that discover and deter those behaviors.

 

3. 1) Leadership perspectives; 2) Learning environs; 3) Discretionary spending.

 

Patricia I. Barksdale

I, Patricia I. Barksdale, am a lifelong Plainfield resident, graduate of Plainfield High School and the University of Virginia, mother of three and Realtor. I have been active in initiatives for children for decades. My belief in and passion for the success of our children led me to seek the one year unexpired term on the school board last April. Now, upon completion of board training and a better working knowledge of budgets and board operations, I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of all children in Plainfield Public Schools. We have some of the brightest students in the state in this District and they deserve caring, committed and courageous leaders on the Board of Education who will develop policies that are in their best interest.

 

1. Work through the District’s Student Family Support Services and Family Liaisons to sponsor skill building and social skills development workshops at convenient locations and times throughout the District for individuals responsible for rearing our children.

 

2.Celebrate and support the students and staff who are positive, productive and demonstrate pride in their schools

  • Actively and consistently enforce the Code of Conduct and enhance safety measures
  • Evaluate the needs of the students who disrupt the learning community, providing corrective measures to help them regain focus

3. 1) Safe and academically sound learning environments; 2) Good Governance; 3) Increased parental and community involvement.

 

David O. Graves

Code Enforcement Officer

  • Thirty-five plus years’ residency in Plainfield
  • Husband, father of two
  • Member, Plainfield Board of Education
  • Recipient of the Superintendent Apple Award for Parent Involvement
  • Former Cedarbrook’s PTA Vice and President
  • Former Cedarbrook’s SMT/LINCC member
  • Former Hubbard’s PTO Vice and President
  • District/Superintendent’s Key Communicator member
  • Former Hubbard’s SMC/LINCC member
  • Former member of District Abbott Advisory Council; District LINCC
  • Member of SEOC
  • Former Member/Chairman of the Plainfield Board of Adjustment
  • Former Member of the Union County Planning Board
  • PHS Alumnus
  • Former President of Unity Area Association
  • Member of the District’s Code of Conduct Committee
  • Former member of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee

1. I think the district does provide at this time all the remedial help to both students and parents, grandparents and all other relatives who are raising or have custody of children. The problem the district has is the guardians are not using the services.

 

2. The appropriate way as a board member would be to ensure the superintendent is held accountable for the staff members she recommends for hire.

 

3. a) A safe, healthy learning environment; b) Improving communication and cooperation district-wide; c) Raising expectations of all staff regarding student academic achievement.

 

Lisa Logan-Leach

I have lived in Plainfield for a total of 22 years. I have one child who is currently attending Cedarbrook Elementary School. I am a member of the following: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Order of Eastern Star (P.H.A.) Rebecca Chapter 1, Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of the Cedarbrook PTA.

 

1. We should have training sessions on the curriculum for the parents, grandparents and other relatives who are raising or have custody of children. There should also be samples of lessons on our community access channel to assist with homework. We must communicate with our parents and guardians to let them know that we are here to help in any way that they need. If there is a void, then we must do everything to shorten that gap. 

 

2. I would bring the DARE program back into our schools. We must have a ZERO tolerance for violence and vandalism in our schools. We also must talk with our youth to receive feedback from them as well. We have to communicate with all of our stakeholders.

 

3. a) We must reclaim a FULL Certification; b) ZERO tolerance for violence and vandalism; c) ZERO tolerance for truancy.

 

Claudette Lovely-Brown

 After thirty-five years in finance I retired July 1, 2005 from Bank of America as Vice President & Senior Manager of my district. I have served on numerous community boards throughout my professional career. I’m currently a member of the Elizabeth Chapter of National Council of Negro Women. I serve as Corporate Secretary and Trustee at Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield and on the teaching staff of the Christian Education and the Tutor Ministries.

 

1. I would like to see the school district encourage, promote and sponsor classes for remedial academic and family dynamics education to parents, grandparents and other relatives that are raising or have custody of children. The household adult should have the skills to help the child with their studies as well as social relationships. There is a disconnect between parent and student when it comes to assisting them with homework assignments. These classes would improve the parent/student and parent/teacher relationships.

 

2. For the school to be a safe and supportive place where the primary focus is on learning, I would improve the school environment by having visible security in place. The DARE program should be implemented back into the schools so that students will be educated on violence. The lack of knowledge can cause fear of the unknown.

 

3. The three most important problems to address to improve our schools are:

    • Improvement of parent/teacher involvement
    • Improvement in student achievement
    • Guarantee of a safe learning environment

 

Reno B. Wilkins

 Education: Safety Engineering, Mechanical Engineering;

Background: Safety & Risk Management;

Community Involvement: Little League Baseball, Board of Directors—Plainfield PAL, the Neighborhood House Association, Trustee—New Light Holy Church.

 

1. We say no child left behind. Well in many cases the parents/custodians of the children don’t necessarily have the skills to support their child’s education. We can offer programs to assist parents in these areas, empower them with the tools to support their child’s education. We need to better utilize the “Community schools”.

 

2. In talking with parents and student’s there is a real concern about safety within the schools. Schools should be a learning environment. Consistent enforcement of the policy already on the books. Any and all acts of violence and vandalism should be dealt with immediately. District’s “Zero Tolerance Policy”.

 

3. Removing the word “Conditional” from the District’s Certification. To do this we must improve student achievement; graduation rate, improve standardized test scores. Accountability, student and teacher morale.

 

 

LEAGUE MEETINGS

 

Our monthly meeting location has changed.  The Plainfield League now meets every 4th Tuesday at the Plainfield Public Library in Lower Level Meeting Room 4.  We will continue to meet at the same time, 7:00 pm.  Our April meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

 

OTHER LEAGUE EVENTS

 

Wednesday, May 3 - "Freedom in Modern American Politics" - a topic discussion by Dr. Anthony Trancone, sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Union County.  7:30 pm, to be held at Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford.  Please RSVP to (908) 687-4285 or Sydelleh@comcast.net.  For directions, please call Millie Lewis at (908) 276-7764.

 

June 10-13, 2006 - League of Women Voters US National Convention 2006

First Call

What: 47th LWVUS National Convention: "Meeting in the Middle"

When: June 10-13, 2006  (Pre-Convention Training June 9)

Where: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

Business to Conduct: adopt biennial program, elect officers and directors, adopt biennial budget, consider proposed Bylaw amendments

Deadlines: Proposals for National Program and Bylaws amendments due March 1, 2006.  Details available on the National League's website - Members Section

Banquet Speaker: Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion"

LEAGUE SUPPORT
The Plainfield League has received a $3,000 grant from the Plainfield Foundation for our Voter Services work.

 

Web Site

Our web site is now listed along with the rest of the other state leagues at www.lwvnj.org, which should make it easier for League members across the state to contact us.

*In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

 

March 2006  VOLUME 8.3

LOCAL NEWS

 

 

League Meetings

 

Tuesday, March 28 - Membership and board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the Plainfield Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room 4.

 

2006 SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

 

Thursday, April 13 - The Plainfield League will sponsor its annual Candidates Forum for the Plainfield Board of Education's School Board Election.  The forum will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Room at the Plainfield Public Library. 

 

Tuesday, April 18 - Plainfield Board of Education Elections (non-partisan).  Polls are open from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.

 

June 10-13, 2006 - National Convention 2006

First Call

What: 47th LWVUS National Convention: "Meeting in the Middle"

When: June 10-13, 2006  (Pre-Convention Training June 9)

Where: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

Business to Conduct: adopt biennial program, elect officers and directors, adopt biennial budget, consider proposed Bylaw amendments

Deadlines: Proposals for National Program and Bylaws amendments due March 1, 2006.  Details available on the National League's website - Members Section

Banquet Speaker: Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion"

LEAGUE SUPPORT
The Plainfield League has received a $3,000 grant from the Plainfield Foundation for our Voter Services work.

 

Web Site

Our web site is now listed along with the rest of the other state leagues at www.lwvnj.org, which should make it easier for League members across the state to contact us.

*In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2006  Vol. 8.2

LOCAL NEWS


PASSAGES

The Plainfield League notes with sadness the death of long-time Plainfield resident Hugo Faraone on Thursday, February 9, 2006.  Mr. Faraone's wife, Constance, was an active League member.  She preceded him in death in 2000.

 

The league also notes the passing of former Plainfield Councilwoman Helen Miller on Thursday, February 9, 2006.  Mrs. Miller was a member of the LWV-Plainfield for many years.  A staunch advocate for Plainfield's senior citizens, she remained committed to the building of the Plainfield Senior Center.

 

PLAINFIELD SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY FILLED

The vacancy on the Plainfield Board of Education has been filled by resident David Graves, president of the Hubbard Middle School PTO.   

 

2006 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

 

Candidacy information available at local school district office

School board nominating petitions are now available in the Plainfield Board of Education’s Board Secretary’s office at 504 Madison Avenue. The deadline for filing nominating petitions to run for positions on the Plainfield Board of Education is 4 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2006, Victor R. Demming, Board Secretary/School Business Administrator announced today. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2006.

 

(Source: Plainfield Public School District, http://www.plainfieldnjk12.org/)

 

League Meetings

 

Thursday, February 28 - Membership and board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the Plainfield Public Library, lower level.

 

Thursday, April 13 - The Plainfield League will sponsor its annual Candidates Forum for the Plainfield Board of Education's School Board Election.  The forum will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 pm in the Anne Louise Davis Room at the Plainfield Public Library. 

 

Tuesday, April 18 - Plainfield Board of Education Elections (non-partisan).  Polls are open from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.

 

June 10-13, 2006 - National Convention 2006

First Call

What: 47th LWVUS National Convention: "Meeting in the Middle"

When: June 10-13, 2006  (Pre-Convention Training June 9)

Where: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

Business to Conduct: adopt biennial program, elect officers and directors, adopt biennial budget, consider proposed Bylaw amendments

Deadlines: Proposals for National Program and Bylaws amendments due March 1, 2006.  Details available on the National League's website - Members Section

Banquet Speaker: Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion"

LEAGUE SUPPORT
The Plainfield League has received a $3,000 grant from the Plainfield Foundation for our Voter Services work.


QUEST

Several members of QUEST attended and took part in the Urban Clergy Breakfast Meeting with Plainfield School Administrators and School Board Members on December 11, 2005.  The Meeting is currently being televised daily on Plainfield Cable Television's Channel 74 at 2:00 pm, with rebroadcast at 9:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

 

Web Site

Our web site is now listed along with the rest of the other state leagues at www.lwvnj.org, which should make it easier for League members across the state to contact us.

*In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

 

 

January 2006  VOLUME 8.1

LOCAL NEWS

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY ON THE PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

There is a vacancy on the Plainfield Board of Education, and the Board invites any interested resident who wants to apply for this seat to meet the following requirements:

            • Complete a board of education petition and return it to the board within seven (7) days from the date this announcement appears in the newspaper.

            • Provide the board of education with a one (1) page letter of explanation why he/she wishes to be a member of the board within the above prescribed seven-day period; and

            • Be available for an interview with the board within seven (7) days following submission of the completed board of education petition. All interviews shall be conducted during a public session meeting of the board.

 

The request for a petition shall be made to:

Public Schools of Plainfield

504 Madison Avenue

Plainfield, NJ 07060

Attn: Victor R. Demming, School Business Administrator

Or call 908-731-4344

 

 

2006 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

 

Candidacy information available at local school district office

School board nominating petitions are now available in the Plainfield Board of Education’s Board Secretary’s office at 504 Madison Avenue. The deadline for filing nominating petitions to run for positions on the Plainfield Board of Education is 4 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2006, Victor R. Demming, Board Secretary/School Business Administrator announced today. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2006.

 

(Source: Plainfield Public School District, http://www.plainfieldnjk12.org/)

 

League Meetings

ATTENTION - Two representatives from each League are requested to attend the LWV of Union County meeting on Sunday, January 29, 2006 (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS).

 

Tuesday, January 24 - The January membership and board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the home of Barbara Sandford, 1275 Denmark Road in Plainfield.  

 

Sunday, January 29 - League of Women Voters of Union County Business Meeting and Potluck Luncheon - 1:30 pm at the home of Sydelle Hirsch, 2839 Debra Way in Union.  Two representatives from each League are requested to attend (Presidents and Voter Services Chairs). Please bring a luncheon item for 6-8 people, beverages provided.  R.S.V.P. to (908) 687-4285 or sydelleh@comcast.net.

 

June 10-13, 2006 - National Convention 2006

First Call

What: 47th LWVUS National Convention: "Meeting in the Middle"

When: June 10-13, 2006  (Pre-Convention Training June 9)

Where: Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

Business to Conduct: adopt biennial program, elect officers and directors, adopt biennial budget, consider proposed Bylaw amendments

Deadlines: Proposals for National Program and Bylaws amendments due March 1, 2006.  Details available on the National League's website - Members Section

Banquet Speaker: Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion"

LEAGUE SUPPORT
The Plainfield League has received a $3,000 grant from the Plainfield Foundation for our Voter Services work.


QUEST

Several members of QUEST attended and took part in the Urban Clergy Breakfast Meeting with Plainfield School Administrators and School Board Members on December 11, 2005.  The Meeting is currently being televised daily on Plainfield Cable Television's Channel 74 at 2:00 pm, with rebroadcast at 8:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

 

Web Site

Our web site is now listed along with the rest of the other state leagues at www.lwvnj.org, which should make it easier for League members across the state to contact us.

*In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

 

 

December 2005 VOLUME 7.10

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Election Results 2005: Last Updated: November 14, 2005 2:35 PM

 

Plainfield Mayor

Completed Precincts: 34 of 34 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - SHARON ROBINSON-BRIGGS

4,357

55.75%

Non - ROBERT FERRARO

1,119

14.32%

Personal Choice

2,339

29.93%

Total

7,815

100.00%

 


Plainfield City Council at Lg.2 & 3 Wds. Unexpired Term

Completed Precincts: 21 of 21 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - ALONZO COLEMAN JR.

1,150

25.72%

Non - RASHID BURNEY

3,310

74.02%

Personal Choice

12

0.27%

Total

4,472

100.00%

 

Plainfield City Council, 4th Ward

Completed Precincts: 5 of 5 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - ELLIOTT SIMMONS

968

96.03%

Personal Choice

40

3.97%

Total

1,008

100.00%

 

 

Registration and Turnout
Union County

 

 

 

 

Completed Precincts: 443 of 443 (100.00%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Reg/Turnout  

 Percent  

Total Registration

268,810

 

Total Turnout

134,294

49.96%

Polling Place Turnout

128,562

47.83%

Absentee Turnout

5,350

1.99%

Provisional Turnout

382

0.14%

Overseas Turnout

0

0.00%

 

 

 


 

 

 

Governor

Completed Precincts: 443 of 443 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - DOUG FORRESTER

50,036

37.73%

Non - JON S. CORZINE

77,982

58.80%

Non - EDWARD FORCHION

606

0.46%

Non - WESLEY K. BELL

321

0.24%

Non - HECTOR L. CASTILLO

1,511

1.14%

Non - JEFFREY PAWLOWSKI

636

0.48%

Non - MATTHEW J. THIEKE

367

0.28%

Non - MICHAEL LATIGONA

108

0.08%

Non - COSTANTINO ROZZO

57

0.04%

Non - ANGELA L. LARISCY

71

0.05%

Personal Choice

924

0.70%

Total

132,619

100.00%

 

General Assembly-22nd District

Completed Precincts: 140 of 140 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - NANCY MALOOL

13,428

18.56%

Non - ELYSE BOCHICCHIO-MEDVED

11,705

16.18%

Non - JERRY GREEN

22,721

31.41%

Non - LINDA STENDER

24,438

33.78%

Personal Choice

51

0.07%

Total

72,343

100.00%

 

Union County Clerk

Completed Precincts: 443 of 443 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - SAUNDRA P. SPECTOR

41,465

35.43%

Non - JOANNE RAJOPPI

75,548

64.55%

Personal Choice

30

0.03%

Total

117,043

100.00%

 

Union County Freeholders

Completed Precincts: 443 of 443 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Non - PATRICIA QUATTROCCHI

47,881

13.94%

Non - STUART KLINE

47,001

13.68%

Non - ALBERT DILL

46,000

13.39%

Non - ANGEL ESTRADA

67,429

19.63%

Non - RICK PROCTOR

66,636

19.40%

Non - NANCY WARD

68,499

19.94%

Personal Choice

91

0.03%

Total

343,537

100.00%

 

 

Public Questions

 

Public Question # 1: Constitutional Amendment to Establish the Office of Lieutenant Governor

Shall the amendment of Articles II, IV, V and XI of the Constitution, agreed to by the Legislature, establishing the office of Lieutenant Governor, and providing for the term, election, succession, salary, qualifications, and duties of the office, and for an interim succession to be employed in the event of a vacancy in the office of the Governor before the election of the first Lieutenant Governor, be adopted?

Completed Precincts: 443 of 443 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Yes

36,175

56.81%

No

27,506

43.19%

Total

63,681

100.00%

 

Public Question # 2: Constitutional Amendment to Expand uses of Dedicated Tax Revenue to Fund air Pollution Control and Administrative Costs of the Underground Storage Tank Program

Shall the amendment to Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 of the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, expanding the authorized uses of the constitutionally dedicated Corporation Business Tax revenue: (1) to allow the use of 17% of the dedicated funds for 10 years, to pay for providing grants for the costs of air pollution control equipment to reduce particulate matter emissions from diesel-powered engines, funding for other measures to reduce human exposure to those emissions, and for no more than $1,150,000 in associated State administrative costs, (2) to allow the use of no more than $1,000,000 per year for State administrative expenses for the underground storage tank program, and (3) to allow an appropriation as the Legislature may provide up to $10,000,000 from the preceding unexpended balances dedicated and appropriated for the underground storage tank program to provide grants for cost of air pollution control equipment to reduce particulate matter emissions from diesel-powered engines, and funding for other measures to reduce human exposure to those emissions, be approved?

 

Completed Precincts: 443 of 443 (100.00%)

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Yes

33,986

57.11%

No

25,519

42.89%

Total

59,505

100.00%

 

 

QUEST

QUEST had an excellent forum on October 15th, and has gained allies, including Dr. Farmer, who ran the forum.  We have been invited to be observers at Plainfield High School, which is doing its own work to improve the school climate.  QUEST has chosen a school to contact to begin a study circle.  School board observers attend and report on all meetings.  QUEST had a productive meeting with the county superintendent and Plainfield administrators.

 

League Meetings

The January membership and board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the home of Barbara Sandford, 1275 Denmark Road in Plainfield.  

 

Web Site

Our web site is now listed along with the rest of the other state leagues at www.lwvnj.org, which should make it easier for League members across the state to contact us.

*In order to save on postage and printing costs, the Plainfield Voter is now available on-line to League members.  It will continue to be mailed to members who request it via print--call Rebecca Williams at (908) 561-4905 or send an e-mail to rebelwill7@hotmail.com if you would like to continue to receive the print edition or if you have postings and/or announcements for the newsletter.

 

 

 

 

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League of Women Voters of Plainfield * P.O. Box 2900 * Plainfield, New Jersey 07062