Friday, January 16, 2015

Memorial for Pat Turner Kavanaugh Set for Sunday, April 19



Pat with neighbors at Leland Park Cleanup in 2012.
A Memorial Service for our beloved longtime League member Patricia Turner Kavanaugh, who died in October of last year, is set for Sunday, April 19, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Wardlaw-Hartridge School.
 
Contributions in Pat's memory may be made to The Wardlaw-Hartridge School and the Plainfield Public Library Children's Room. The family is creating a book of memories, and would like your recollections, stories, or funny moments that you have shared with Pat. Please email or send the recollections to:

Tamica Lloyd
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School
1295 Inman Avenue
Edison, NJ 08820
tlloyd@whschool.org
(908) 754-1882 Ext. 150

Below is the obituary published by Pat's family:

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, for Patricia Turner Kavanaugh, 69, of Plainfield, who died at home on Oct. 4. Born in Brooklyn, Mrs. Kavanaugh lived most of her life in Plainfield. She graduated from the Hartridge School (now The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison) and Vassar College, where she earned a degree in English and Political Science. Mrs. Kavanaugh worked at the BBC in London and NBC in New York before embarking on an extensive journalism career for several New Jersey newspapers, including The Courier-News, News Tribune (now Home News Tribune) and, most notably, The Star-Ledger of Newark, where she worked for more than two decades. Mrs. Kavanaugh also served as Public Information Officer for the City of Plainfield under Mayor Rick Taylor.

Friends recall Mrs. Kavanaugh as a "tenacious advocate" for her beloved Plainfield, fiercely fighting for many causes in the Queen City and working tirelessly on behalf of its citizens. She served as President of The Friends of Sleepy Hollow and Chairwoman of the Plainfield Area YMCA, where she served on the Board of Directors for 35 years. She was active in the Plainfield League of Women Voters, the City of Plainfield Historic Preservation Committee and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library. Mrs. Kavanaugh was a devoted supporter of The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1972-1994. She was elected an Emeritus Trustee and also an active member of the Alumni Association for more than 40 years. In addition, Mrs. Kavanaugh helped organize many reunions, including a milestone 50th anniversary celebration in September 2013. She was also a member of the school's Heritage Society. "Pat Kavanaugh was a proud and loyal alumna of Wardlaw-Hartridge," said Rudy Brandl, the school's director of communications and alumni relations. "She had a real passion for Wardlaw-Hartridge. Our entire school community will miss her greatly." Mrs. Kavanaugh loved traveling and was a certified master gardener. She covered skiing for more than 30 years, including the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Norway, and served with distinction as past president of the Eastern Ski Writers Association and former first vice-president of what is now the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

She is survived by two nephews, Christopher Thomas Newcomb of New Brunswick and Peter VanNest Newcomb of Plainfield. Mrs. Kavanaugh was predeceased by her husband, Reginald, also a retired newspaper reporter, who died in 1999, and her sister, Nancy Turner Newcomb, who passed away in 1987.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3 Important Public Questions on General Election Ballot


On this year's general election ballot (click here to view sample ballots) are three Public Questions. Question #1 focuses on pretrial detention for individuals in criminal cases, and Question #2 asks for state funds to be dedicated each year for environmental programs.

Question #3, however, is unique to Plainfield. This question asks Plainfield voters to consider establishing a Municipal Open Space Recreation Trust Fund to be used exclusively for the purposes of acquiring, developing, maintaining, and administering land for preservation as public recreation space at a rate of $.02 per $100 (approximately $20.00 per year on a property assessed at $100,000). Below are the questions, followed by the respective interpretive statements for each. You are asked to vote YES or NO on each question.



PUBLIC QUESTION #1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW A COURT TO ORDER PRETRIAL DETENTION OF A PERSON IN A CRIMINAL CASE

          Do you approve amending the Constitution to allow a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case? This would change the current constitutional right to bail.
          The change to the Constitution would mean that a court could order that a person remain in jail prior to trial, even without a chance for the person to post bail, in some situations.
          The amendment also removes language in the Constitution about bail eligibility for death penalty cases. The death penalty no longer exists in New Jersey.

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

          The Constitution currently requires a court to grant bail to a jailed person in a criminal case before trial. If the person posts bail, the person is released from jail pending trial.
          The amendment would give a court the option of ordering a person to remain in jail in some situations. The court could order such detention based upon concerns that the person, if released: will not return to court; is a threat to the safety of another person or the community; or will obstruct or attempt to obstruct the criminal justice process.
          The amendment authorizes the Legislature to pass laws concerning pretrial release and pretrial detention. The amendment would take effect on January 1, 2017 to allow any new laws to be enacted and their requirements to be established.
          The amendment would also remove language in the Constitution about bail eligibility for death penalty cases. The death penalty no longer exists in New Jersey.



PREGUNTA PÚBLICA #1

ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL PARA PERMITIR QUE UN TRIBUNAL ORDENE LA DETENCIÓN DE UNA PERSONA PREVIA AL JUICIO EN UN CASO PENAL

          ¿Aprueba usted que se reforme la Constitución para permitir que un tribunal ordene la detención de una persona previa al juicio en un caso penal? Esto cambiaría el derecho constitucional a fianza actual.
          El cambio a la Constitución significaría que un tribunal podría ordenar que una persona permaneciera en la cárcel antes del juicio, aún sin que esa persona tenga la oportunidad de pagar una fianza, en algunas situaciones.
          La enmienda también quitaría texto de la Constitución acerca de la elegibilidad para fianza para los casos de pena de muerte. La pena de muerte ya no existe en New Jersey.

DECLARACIÓN INTERPRETATIVA
          
          Actualmente la Constitución requiere que un tribunal otorgue fianza a una persona encarcelada en un caso penal con anterioridad al juicio. Si la persona paga una fianza, es liberada de la cárcel, pendiente de juicio.
          La enmienda daría al tribunal la opción de ordenar que una persona permanezca en la cárcel en algunas situaciones. El tribunal podría ordenar dicha detención en base a la incertidumbre de que si esa persona es liberada, podría no volver a presentarse en el juicio; es una amenaza para la seguridad de otra persona o la comunidad; u obstruirá o intentará obstruir el proceso de justicia penal.
          La enmienda autoriza a la Legislatura a sancionar leyes sobre la liberación previa al juicio y la detención previa al juicio. La enmienda entraría en vigencia el 1 de enero de 2017 para permitir que se sancionen leyes nuevas y se establezcan sus requisitos.
          La enmienda también quitaría texto de la Constitución acerca de la elegibilidad para fianza para los casos de pena de muerte. La pena de muerte ya no existe en New Jersey.

PUBLIC QUESTION #2

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEDICATING STATE FUNDS FOR OPEN SPACE,FARMLAND,AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND CHANGING EXISTING DEDICATION FOR WATER PROGRAMS, UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS, AND HAZARDOUS SITE CLEANUPS
          
          Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate certain State revenues each year for environmental programs?
          The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This amendment raises the amount from four percent to six percent beginning on July 1, 2019.
          The amendment also changes, beginning July 1, 2015, some of the programs funded by the current dedication. The new dedication would be used mostly to preserve and steward open space, farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas. Funds would also be used to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground tanks, and clean up polluted sites. Lastly, the amendment dedicates money received from leases and other uses of State open space lands to pay for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

          This amendment would ensure stable funding for some of the State’s environmental programs.
          The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This amendment raises the amount from four percent to six percent beginning on July 1, 2019. It also changes the amounts allocated to some of the programs funded by the existing dedication beginning on July 1, 2015.
          The money from the new dedication would be used: (1) to preserve and care for open space (Green Acres), farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas (Blue Acres); (2) to improve water quality; (3) to pay for polluted site cleanups; and (4) for underground tank removal and cleanup.
          Lastly, the amendment requires that money received from leases and certain other uses of State-owned preserved open space be used to pay for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.
          The current dedication of Corporation Business Tax revenue helps pay for water quality programs, polluted site cleanups, underground tank removal and cleanup, air pollution equipment for diesel engines, and improvements to parks.
          Under the State’s open space preservation programs, known as Green Acres and Blue Acres, land is bought to protect water supplies, create and maintain parks and fish and wildlife areas, and protect flood-prone areas. The Green Acres program also helps pay for improvements to parks. 


PREGUNTA PÚBLICA #2

ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL PARA DEDICAR FONDOS ESTATALES PARA ESPACIOS ABIERTOS, TIERRAS APTAS PARA EL CULTIVO Y LA PRESERVACIÓN DE SITIOS HISTÓRICOS Y CAMBIAR LA ASIGNACIÓN EXISTENTE PARA PROGRAMAS HIDRÁULICOS, TANQUES DE ALMACENAMIENTO SUBTERRÁNEO Y LIMPIEZA DE SITIOS PELIGROSOS
          ¿Aprueba usted que se reforme la Constitución para dedicar determinados ingresos del Estado cada año para programas ambientales?
          La Constitución ahora dedica cuatro por ciento del dinero que se recauda del impuesto comercial a las corporaciones para ayudar a pagar algunos programas ambientales. Esta enmienda aumenta el monto de cuatro por ciento a seis por ciento, a partir del 1 de julio de 2019.
          La enmienda también cambia, a partir del 1 de julio de 2015, algunos de los programas financiados por la asignación de fondos actual. La nueva asignación de fondos se destinaría en su gran mayoría a preservar y dirigir los espacios abiertos, las tierras aptas para el cultivo, los sitios históricos y las áreas propensas a inundarse. Los fondos también se usarían para mejorar la calidad del agua, remover y limpiar tanques subterráneos, y limpiar sitios contaminados. Por último, la enmienda dedica el dinero proveniente de los arrendamientos y otros usos de los terrenos de espacios abiertos del Estado para pagar por los espacios abiertos, las tierras aptas para el cultivo y la preservación de sitios históricos.

 DECLARACIÓN INTERPRETATIVA

          Esta enmienda asegurará fondos estables para algunos de los programas ambientales del Estado.
          La Constitución ahora dedica cuatro por ciento del dinero que se recauda del impuesto comercial a las corporaciones para ayudar a pagar algunos programas ambientales. Esta enmienda aumenta el monto de cuatro por ciento a seis por ciento,
a partir del 1 de julio de 2019. También cambia los montos asignados a algunos de los programas financiados por la asignación existente, a partir del 1 de julio de 2015.
          El dinero proveniente de la asignación nueva se usaría: (1) para preservar y cuidar los espacios abiertos (Acres Verdes), las tierras aptas para el cultivo, sitios históricos y áreas propensas a inundarse (Acres Azules); (2) para mejorar la calidad del
agua; (3) para pagar limpiezas de sitios contaminados; y (4) para la remoción y limpieza de tanques subterráneos.
          Por último, la enmienda requiere que el dinero proveniente de los arrendamientos y ciertos usos de espacios abiertos preservados del Estado se use para pagar por los espacios abiertos, las tierras aptas para el cultivo y la preservación de sitios históricos.
          La asignación actual del dinero que se recauda del impuesto comercial a las corporaciones ayuda a pagar los programas de calidad del agua, limpiezas de sitios contaminados, remoción y limpieza de tanques subterráneos, equipos de contaminación del aire para motores diésel y mejoras a parques.
          Conforme a los programas de preservación de espacios abiertos del Estado, conocidos como Acres Verdes y Acres Azules, se compran terrenos para proteger el suministro de agua, crear y mantener parques y las áreas de caza y pesca y para proteger áreas propensas a inundarse. El programa Acres Verdes además ayuda a pagar las mejoras a los parques.

PUBLIC QUESTION #3

Shall the City of Plainfield consider establishing a Municipal Open Space Recreation Trust Fund to be used exclusively for the purposes of acquiring, developing, maintaining and administering land for preservation as public recreation space to provide all city residents recreational opportunities or assist in the acquisition of same or the administration of programs serving the same purposes within the City of Plainfield at a levy not to exceed $.02 per $100.00 of total municipal real property valuation.

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

 A vote of “yes” on this binding referendum will give the elected officials of the City of Plainfield the sentiment of the voters concerning the establishment of a “Municipal Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund” to be used exclusively for the purposes of acquiring, developing, maintaining and administering land for preservation as open space in order to provide recreational opportunities and assist in the acquisition of same or the administration of programs serving the same purposes within the City of Plainfield to be funded at a rate not to exceed $.02 per $100.00 of total municipal real property valuation. As an example, at the $.02 rate, the owner of a property assessed at $100,000.00 would be contributing for municipal tax purposes $20.00 to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund of the City of Plainfield to improve and maintain existing parks and to provide access to safe, clean parks, neighborhood playgrounds and playing fields for recreational activities. Once the objectives of this program have been achieved, the tax can be discontinued. A vote of “no” will not authorize a dedicated tax for the purposes set forth above.

PREGUNTA PÚBLICA #3

 Debería la Ciudad de Plainfield considerar establecer un Fideicomiso Municipal para la Recreación en Espacios Abiertos, el cual se utilizará exclusivamente para fines de adquisición, desarrollo, mantenimiento, y administración y preservación de la tierra com
o espacio de recreación pública para proporcionar oportunidades de recreación a todos los residentes de la ciudad o para asistir en la adquisición de la misma o para administrar los programas que tienen el mismo propósito dentro de la Ciudad de Plainfield en una tasa de impuesto que no exceda de $.02 por $100.00 de la valoración municipal total de la propiedad. 

DECLARACIÓN INTERPRETATIVA

Un voto a “Favor” en este referéndum vinculante permitirá a los funcionarios electos de la Ciudad de Plainfield a comprender el deseo de los votantes en cuanto a establecer un “Fideicomiso Municipal para la Recreación en Espacios Abiertos”, el cual se utilizará exclusivamente para fines de adquisición, desarrollo, mantenimiento, y administración y preservación de la tierra con el fin de proporcionar oportunidades recreativas y para asistir en la adquisición de la misma o para administrar los programas que tienen el mismo propósito dentro de la Ciudad de Plainfield para ser financiados por una tasa de impuesto que no exceda de $.02 por $100.00 de la valoración municipal total de la propiedad. Como por ejemplo, a la tasa de $.02, el dueño de una propiedad valorada por $100,000.00 estaría contribuyendo a la propuesta un monto de $20.00 al Fideicomiso Municipal para la preservación de Espacios Abiertos de la Ciudad de Plainfield para mejorar y mantener parques existentes, proveer parques seguros y limpios, parques infantiles y campos deportivos para realizar actividades recreativas. Una vez que los objetivos de este programa se hayan alcanzado, el impuesto podría ser retirado. Un voto en “Contra” no autorizará dicho impuesto para fines explicados anteriormente.