Friday, November 06, 2009

Seen Around the City

This window on Park Avenue has been broken since early August. Somebody placed a board behind the broken glass, but here we can see that a person reached through the broken glass to post a flier on the board. Shouldn't this window be secured from the outside instead of the inside? It is in the old Courier News building.

PNC Bank will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans' Day. The sign brings to mind the issue of when the day should be observed. Correction: it is Wednesday. Monday is the federal holiday, but historically it is the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when we should pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. No word yet on Plainfield's plans for a memorial service.

I usually try to avoid the crowd when school lets out, but made a tactical error a couple of days ago and ventured out only to find it was a half-day. I was somewhat surprised to see the Mobile Command Center in the Twin City lot with lights flashing. An officer told me it was there because of the half-day dismissal. Later, I stopped in the pizzeria, which was packed with students, and saw three officers standing by. I didn't know what to think. Was this a positive or negative thing or just the way life is around here? Any thoughts?

Back at the old homestead, a crew was digging up the driveway to work on the leak that started last Friday. Not having found a shut-off valve, the water company was putting in a new one. On Wednesday, the leak was finally fixed. I took off for Westfield while the water was turned off. Smith & Hawken is in its final days, a sad sight. But I came home with lots of treats, a happy thing when cooking is problematic.

The farm stand at Watchung and East Sixth is in its waning days for the season. Stop by on Mondays or Wednesdays for a few more weeks.
Enjoy these fall days! And stop by the Plainfield Public Library to see the "Four Seasons in Plainfield" exhibit. At least three local bloggers submitted photos. The reception and awards presentation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
--Bernice Paglia


Blogger Rob said...

Oh...our dear Plainfield. Such a jumbled look here and there. Is sad something as simple as a broken window hasn't been cited and forced to be fixed by the city. Lost Money, Lost Money......and the worst of it, lost appeal.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the inspections department do? It appears nothing.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uanfortunately the heavy pollice presence around high school dismissal is the norm. The kids in Plainfield today are out of control. You'll see packs of them walking downtown with cops following close behind to stop any wrongdoing and break up the crowds.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gibney said...

Bernice- Are you certain that Monday is the Federal holiday for Veteran's Day? It may be a state/city thing, but I work in an NYC government building, and we are closed on Wednesday. I thought that the DC observances were on that day as well?

10:26 AM  
Blogger active citizen said...

Unfortunately, having the police about when the high school lets out is part of living around here. I'm usually driving home around 3 from teaching my adult classes. Plainfied high students like to stop traffic, push people off the sidewalks, get into fights and more. Many of them are a danger to themselves and others. I've reported high school kids going into an open side door in my building and going to the roof to smoke pot. It's a Connolly building. How about that? They have finally fixed the door after many years of complaining.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Colleen, you are right. I checked with City Hall and they will be closed Wednesday.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The large handfull of thugs from the high school should be locked up to get them ready for their future. You can usually get ringside seats at the Twin City parking lot for what can be a dialy occurance. Large groups of thugs beating the *&^% out of one another. Send them to school to learn and they still come out ghetto. A bad influence that makes the good kids that are there to learn look bad too. Expell them so the kids can learn, and do it safely!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay ........ Finally someone is talking about what is really wrong with Plainfield, that no Economic Development committee will change. It is the Violence on the streets, and then the fact people have to hold up in their homes from fear.

12:58 PM  

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