September 4th NPPCR meeting

The next NPCCR meeting will be held on Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 PM at the North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Rd.

Our guest speaker will be Carmine DeFalco, President of FinCredit of Marlboro.

Mr. DeFalco will talk to us about the “Go Shopping, Save on your Property Taxes Program” that is now in operation in Marlboro, Highland Park, Voorhees, West Orange, Pequannock, Bayonne, and soon to be operating in Hillsborough. The program involves getting property tax credits when shopping at participating merchants.

The North Plainfield Mayor & Council, Economic Development Committee, and the Business Association have been invited to this meeting.  Considering North Plainfield has the highest municipal tax rate in Somerset County, it is important to give serious consideration to any program  that has the potential to reduce our property taxes.

All business owners in North Plainfield are encouraged to attend this meeting.

NPCCR Founders

Recent Vehicle Burglaries

North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti announced that Borough Police Officers have made three arrests in the past day solving 10 different car burglaries throughout the borough. Unfortunately “as fast as we investigate these incidents and make arrests, it seems someone else will begin breaking into cars” Chief Parenti said.

We want to assure our residents of our effort to combat car burglaries.  The North Plainfield Patrol Division has stepped up patrols to include the use of unmarked vehicles, and plain clothed detectives.   In addition, Our Detectives are conducting following up investigation on each incident.

Don’t become a victim of “Cherry picking”  Cherry-Picking is the practice of miscreants walking through randomly chosen neighborhoods and checking vehicles in order to identify those that are left unlocked.  Once a thief locates an unlocked car he or she will enter the vehicle and remove any items of value.  However, if an item of value is observed the thief will break the window to seal the item.

There are several things you can do to make your car a less attractive target.  The simplest is not to leave valuables in your car and always lock and secure it.  Most of the crimes reported the thief’s took laptop computers, jewelry, small electronic devices and purses or wallets with cash in them.  When parking your car in the warm weather of summer, don’t be tempted to leave the car windows down.  If the windows are down, the door locks are not helpful.

Chief Parenti said, the public is our best ally in fighting this type of crime.  Please call the police if you see any suspicious activity.   

 

If you know any North Plainfield Youth that might benefit from this program please have them show up at the North Plainfield Middle School gym any Tuesday or Thursday  6:00 to 9:00 PM.

North Plainfield Police Department                                                                                                              STEP Program                                                                                                                                   Chief William Parenti                                                                                                                                June 26, 2014

North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti is pleased to announce that the Borough’s STEP, (Summer Teen Evening Program), began on Tuesday, June 24, at the North Plainfield Middle School gymnasium at 34 Wilson Avenue.   The program will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays till August 14. The program allows borough youth to gather in a safe and secure environment for pickup basketball games, and conversation; refreshments are also provided. Funding for the program is provided by the Municipal Alliance and the Youth Services Commission.  Volunteers and personnel from the Board of Education and the Police Department are always present. This year will be the program’s 15th year in operation and is a huge success.  “We usually have between 50 and 60, it’s a great example of community organizations and the Borough’s youth coming together”, Chief Parenti said. The program culminates on the last night, August 14, which will be a barbecue style picnic.  All borough teens are welcome to attend.

North Plainfield Borough Council Meetings – May 12 and June 9, 2014 (video)

North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – April 28, 2014 (video)

North Plainfield Borough Council Meeting – March 24, April 14 2014 (video)

Letter to the Editor

This is a letter sent to the Courier-News in January, 2014.  For some reason, it was not printed.  I can’t imagine why it was not printed since it is factual and informative.

Dear Editor:

As I drove around the borough after the recent snow storm, I saw dozens of our lazy, inconsiderate residents digging out their vehicles and throwing the snow onto the plowed streets.

Much of this could have been avoided in my opinion if the borough operated more efficiently and had implemented the alternate side of the street parking ordinance that was passed in mid-2013.  Some of the excuses for the delay are difficulty in getting the signs made and public works was in the process of leaf pick-up and could not erect the signs.  Nothing was said about the time period between the end of leaf pick-up and the start of snow removal.  In that time period, a good number of signs could have been erected if efficiency was a priority.

One of the benefits of alternate side of the street parking is that the plows can remove the snow right to the curb line reducing the need of the lazy, inconsiderate residents to deposit the snow on to the plowed roads as they dig out their vehicles.  According to the ordinance, the entire length of 27 streets would have been subject to the parking regulations during the last heavy snow fall.

Inefficiency might be one of the reasons North Plainfield came out #16 among the 30 of the most heavily taxed municipalities in New Jersey in a recent survey.  The good work of our public works employees was negated in some areas because of the snow that was shoveled back into the plowed streets.

Once the signs are erected, the snow removal as well as the sweeping of our dirty streets will be able to be done in an efficient and effective manner, providing enforcement is done properly.

Frank D’Amore Sr.