Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Sights

The flower beds in front of City Hall have been cleaned and mulched. The Knockout Roses and Coreopsis are trimmed. The Yews are showing signs of growth. All in all, it is an inviting sight. Public Works Director Eric Jackson and Public Works Superintendent John Louise carried out the renovation last year with advice from the Plainfield Garden Club, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Shade Tree Commission. Last April's view shows the work in progress.
On Park Avenue, David Holmes III (aka Chef D) gives a nod to the season with this colorful window display at his "It's-A-Wrap" restaurant.
Next door, David Holmes Jr. welcomes customers to The Computer Store with this tasteful window display. Both stores set an example for others in the Park & Seventh shopping district with their eye-catching windows.
Outside the chiropractic office in the next block, the heather is in bloom. This owner landscaped his front lawn when he took over the historic former dental office and is careful to maintain it. It gives plant lovers a little extra boost to see this harbinger of spring, and even passersby who don't know it's heather can appreciate the lovely flowers.
Still on the to-do list: Putting back signs such as this one that were damaged in the severe winter. 
The sign above warns truck drivers about the height of the railroad underpass on Watchung Avenue. Many a truck has gotten wedged under here even with the warning sign, but maybe replacing it should still be near the top of the to-do list.
The interesting sign here is the one for Union County College superimposed over one for the former Thul's automotive store. The college is expanding its presence in Plainfield, a welcome indication of support as the city pumps up its transit-oriented development initiatives.

We are promised a couple of really nice days this week. Get out and about and see your own signs of spring in the Queen City!



  1. Wonderful pictures, and great advice. Love the way the business owners have started tastefully sprucing up their windows. Good sign.

  2. I am so pleased that the old yews on front of City Hall were cut back to rejuvenate them. The combination of new and old looks great. Thanks to all involved for a job well done. This restores my belief that people in the City can work together to produce fine work.

    April M Stefel, RLA

  3. such a beautiful city ... thank you !