Wednesday, April 25, 2007

PLAINFIELD TODAY has moved to a new address

PLAINFIELD TODAY has moved to a new -- and better -- address:

Come on over and check it out.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Yes, we are.

PT finished up the last essential touches on New Year's Eve, and
the NEW Plainfield Today is ready to roll.

The improvements in technology by Blogger, the service that hosts PT, mean that we must say farewell to our old web address ( because the NEW Plainfield Today has a NEW web address (

Come on over, the coffee's brewed.

If you subscribe to CLIPS (and why don't you?), your morning email will have the link to the new site.

The OLD site will remain active as an archive for all the material previously posted.

-- Dan Damon

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ecuadorian textiles at Library


The Plainfield Public Library is showcasing an exhibit of handcrafted rugs and fabric art in the Anne Louise Davis room through the end of January, 2007.

The textiles are designed locally by Plainfield resident Fernando Muñoz. Mr.
Muñoz is an interior designer who supplies both traditional and custom-designed pieces on commission.

Examples in the exhibit give an idea of the wide range of designs available -- from indigenously inspired village scenes to African and Native-American inspired designs to a bravura piece drawing on the abstract graphic art of M. C. Escher of the Netherlands.

For three generations, Mr.
Muñoz' family has developed these custom-designed textiles, and their work is well-known and widely exhibited in his home country, where they have received a variety of rewards and recognitions.

The family's custom-designed works have found collectors abroad, including -- besides the US -- Germany, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands.

Muñoz came to New York in 2000, where he studied hand weaving with Steve Andersen. He came to Plainfield in 2002, and established his firm here.

The exhibit is free and available for viewing during during normal Library hours.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Jessica Myers, head of Special Collections, at (908) 757-1111 x136.

-- Dan Damon

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2006 Holiday decoration videos

2006 Holiday Decoration Videos
Video ONE

Video TWO


Video FOUR

-- Dan Damon

Kwanzaa begins today


(Kwanzaa commemorative stamp, USPS, 1997.)

Kwanzaa begins today. The seven day festival runs through January 1.

Read more about the festival, its background and traditions here, a site including links to many other resources. Dr. Karenga's official Kwanzaa site is here.

Plainfield's official celebration, sponsored by the Recreation Division and Mayor Robinson-Briggs, will be this Saturday, from 1 - 6 PM, at the Washington Community School.

The event is free and open to the public.

-- Dan Damon

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Monday, December 25, 2006

A needed message





-- Dan Damon

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

PT taking advantage of tech improvements over holidays


Plainfield Today is taking advantage of improvements in technology being offered by Blogger, the service which hosts both PT and CLIPS.

I plan to begin the switchover to the improved format over the remainder of December.

Accordingly, both PT and CLIPS will be on a 'lite' schedule from December 24 through New Year's Day.

Happy Holidays!
-- Dan Damon
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Murder No. 10 - Updated Chart

Date: August 25, 2006**
Victim: Aurelios Landeros, 54, of Plainfield. Discovered unconscious at his residence, 1300-block of East 2nd Street on August 10. Slipped into a coma and died August 25. Autopsy was inconclusive about cause of death. Further forensic examination led the Prosecutor to declare the death a homicide in December.
Suspect: Unknown; AT LARGE
Drugs Involved: Unknown

**Reported by Ledger and Courier on Thursday, 12/21/2006.
Date: December 16, 2006
Victim: Maria Flores, 16, of Plainfield, multiple gunshot wounds
Circumstances: Reported anonymously to 911 about 9:55 PM, victim was found in a car outside deli area of Global gas station at West Front Street and Grant Avenue.
Suspect: Unknown; AT LARGE as of 12/16/2006
Drugs Involved: Unknown

Date: September 3, 2006
Victim: Joel Whitley, 26, of Burlington County
Circumstances: Shot after dispute at party on East 6th Street, shooter pulled up in silver van
Suspect: Bryden Williams, 29; IN CUSTODY as of 9/20/2006
Drugs Involved: Unknown
Date: July 6, 2006
Victim: Robert Clayborne
Circumstances: Shot, Hallway of Viola Aptmts., across from Crescent Ave. Presbyterian Church
Suspect: Unsolved
Drugs Involved: Yes
Date: July 1, 2006
Victim: Frank Puri
Circumstances: Beaten, found under Liberty Street underpass
At large: Robert Hayes, 19, of North Plainfield.
In custody: Robert Johnson, 18, and Dante Faulcon, 19, both of Plainfield, and a 17-year-old North Plainfield male.
Drugs Involved: Probable
Date: June 18, 2006
Victim: Lonnie Phillips
Circumstances: Stabbed, daylight, East Front at Church Street
Suspect: Dennis Thomas, arrested minutes later
Drugs Involved: No
Date: April 12, 2006
Victim: Sergio Suarez
Circumstances: Shot, Innocent bystander, West Front across from McDonald's
Suspect: Shaun D. Oatis, arrested April 12, 2006
Drugs Involved: No
Date: March 24, 2006
Victim: Michael Gregory
Circumstances: Shot, broad daylight, Green Brook Park
Suspect: Jeremy Watson, arrested March 24, 2006
Drugs Involved: Yes
Date: March 14, 2006
Victim: Robert Cody
Circumstances: Shot, Liberty Street underpass
Suspect: Donald Johnson, arrested Staten Island, April 23, 2006
Drugs Involved: Suspected
Date: February 16, 2006
Victim: Antwine McAllister
Circumstances: Shot, broad daylight, 6th & Park
Suspect: Shawn Wafi-Long, arrested May 19, 2006
Drugs Involved: Suspected

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