Tuesday, August 13, 2013

6th Annual COMMUNITY BBQ this Saturday!

Hello, Plainfield,

Once again you are invited to the 6th Annual Community BBQ hosted by Amelia and me at our home, 535 West 8th Street, Plainfield. We invite you to join us for an evening of summer fun in our back yard; there will be plenty of food and refreshments. However, we know that as we are eating and drinking there will be others in the city who will not know where their next meal will come from.

Therefore, all we ask is that you bring some canned goods or other non perishables to be donated to a local food bank to help provide for those among us who are not able to provide for themselves. Your donation can be dropped off on our front porch or side yard any day this week or you may bring it with you on Saturday. The BBQ begins at 4:00 pm; we look forward to celebrating the summer with you.


Adrian & Amelia

Monday, August 12, 2013

ECC's Leadership Bootcamp and "The Servant Leader"

With Dr. Gale Gibson, Interim President of Essex County College

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Leadership Boot Camp at Essex County College, where I did a presentation to the students participating in the camp for the Urban Issues Institute, which is housed at the college.The title of my presentation was “The SERVANT LEADER: A Paradigm for Leadership in Local Government.” It was a great experience presenting to the students, interacting with them and answering their many questions about the process of government and my journey on the road to elective office.
The students were very engaged and showed a keen interest in many aspects of government. I was one of many present and past elected officials who participated in this annual program aimed at exposing students to the workings of government.

Interim President of Essex County College, Dr. Gale Gibson, a native of Barbados, was in attendance for the duration of my presentation, as was Dr. Margaret Stevens, who is the Director of ECC's Urban Issues Institute. My council colleague Rebecca Williams, who is a member of the English faculty at Essex County College, was also in attendance. This was a wonderful opportunity to again talk to young people about civics and government and to get them interested, engaged, and involved!