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The Gutenkauf family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support following the passing of our beloved Dottie in December.  Please join us in celebrating her life and legacy on Saturday, March 19th 2016.

DG Memorial invite

On March 19th, 2016, family, friends, cohorts and fans will come together in celebration of the life of Dorothy “Dottie” Miller Gutenkauf, who passed away in December. This event is open to anyone who was touched by Dottie’s remarkable spirit. There will be an abundance the things she loved most – amazing people, incredible music, insightful words and exceptional food.

Musical selections will include The Solidarity Singers, as well as segments of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and more.

For more information, please email dottiegmemorial@gmail.com

Monday, November 23, from 12 noon to 2 pm, is the grand opening of the new “JFK-Muhlenberg Satellite Emergency Department” at the corner of Park Avenue and Randolph Road.

I am so glad this is happening–JFK simply let the main building deteriorate, and a recent inspection found asbestos, mold, fallen tiles, as well as other problems. so I’m glad the ER will be out of there. The Planning Division and the Planning Board were very thorough, and insisted that the name “Muhlenberg” be included in the signage–and it has been.

We have a lot of people to thank, and I’m just going to mention three:  Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, Steven Hatcher, chairman of POP’s Plainfield branch, and Bennet Zurofsky, the labor & civil rights attorney who represented POP (and us) during the extended proceedings.  Larry and Steve organized the marches and rallies held before the closing–hundreds of people from Plainfield and neighboring communities joined them–and kept the “savehospital” slogan as long as possible.  The State Health Planning Board held an unprecedented second hearing in Plainfield–they scheduled the first one for the high school auditorium, which holds about 1500, probably anticipating that there wouldn’t be a lot of people there–instead, it was standing room only and they had to schedule a second hearing in the same place, which was also standing room only.  They did have a brief third hearing during their meeting near Trenton, and about 200 Plainfielders showed up–so clearly, the public had an impact.  The SHPB in approving the closing mandated that JFK keep the ER open for a minimum of 5 years, and they kept it open longer than that.  The fact that the new SED is opening (with Muhlenberg in its name) shows the impact we all had.

That’s what happens when a community comes together.  We may win or we may ultimately lose, but we show that we all care enough to take action–and it makes a difference!  JFK wanted to close Muhlenberg earlier, but we delayed it.  JFK wanted to put 600 “luxury apartments” on the hospital site, but community outrage put an end to that nonsense.

As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  Words of wisdom indeed!

PS, I haven’t blogged in a long time–been ill with an obscure respiratory virus which is all cleared up now.  But my immune system is shot (because of all the cancer drugs) so please don’t be offended if I’m wearing a mask–it’s simple self-protection.

The Gutenkauf family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support following the passing of our beloved Dottie in December.  Please join us in celebrating her life and legacy on Saturday, March 19th 2016.

DG Memorial invite

On March 19th, 2016, family, friends, cohorts and fans will come together in celebration of the life of Dorothy “Dottie” Miller Gutenkauf, who passed away in December. This event is open to anyone who was touched by Dottie’s remarkable spirit. There will be an abundance the things she loved most – amazing people, incredible music, insightful words and exceptional food.

Musical selections will include The Solidarity Singers, as well as segments of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and more.

For more information, please email dottiegmemorial@gmail.com

“It’s hard to believe that gay Americans achieved full constitutional personhood just five years after corporations did,” he said.

Pho 99 in South Plainfield, a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant (and the only one in our area) will be closed by the end of June, since the property owner has sold the building. Pho 99 has been there for 15 years and has gotten rave reviews from patrons and the media. It is the successor to La Viet, which was on Front Street in Plainfield for a number of years–the food is great and the iced coffee is fantastic.

Now’s your chance (if you haven’t visited them already) to explore the menu. I often tell people that once you’ve eaten a Vietnamese egg roll, you’re hooked–you will never really want a Chinese egg roll again. The spring rolls, too, are fabulous. The menu is full of good things–soups, entrees, salads, you name it–and the prices are very reasonable.

Go while you have a chance! Go south on Park Avenue, cross Oak Tree Road, and take the right turn into the parking lot–you’ll see the Pho 99 sign on the left. They’re closed on Mondays–and as of June 28 they will be closed forever.

We have been regular patrons and will miss them greatly. I hope you can visit and enjoy before they close.

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