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Vicky Polito July 21, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Ed--I often draft my posts in an unaddressed email text or in MS Word and then copy and paste--thoseRead More other programs check my grammar and spelling, just in case, (though not flawlessly, I admit) and then I also have a copy at least temporarily for the few times that Patch/internet technology throws a nutty and my comment just evaporates! Also, THANK YOU and everyone at the RF for doing such great work for such a good reason. LOVE this whole thing and would be happy to try and help in any way I can to push for that more space needed. You are correct that Plnfld Fest and/or Midwest Brewers' Fest can become huge draws that will give long-time successes in neighboring towns, like Rib Fest or various "Tastes" and music festivals, etc., some friendly competition!
Jan Schrock July 22, 2014 at 12:25 am
Dear Plainfield Community; The Plainfield High School Athletic Booster Club and Wildcat AthletesRead More would like to thank you for your wonderful support at the Dunk Tank at Plainfield Fest. We enjoyed meeting you and had a lot of fun. We also thank Plainfield Junior Cats and Plainfield River Front organization for their encouragement and assistance.
Caleb Woehr July 22, 2014 at 01:21 am
The fest needs a popcorn/kettle corn vendor
Credit: Submitted photo
Deborah Moore July 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Screamfield is an amazing haunt, in which the actors and the behind the scenes crew become a tightRead More knit family, Who return year after year. But we are always searching for new Blood, as a portion of our cast tends to be seniors in High School and move along to colleges. Haunt camp will be a fun, and enjoyable process. Come see what fun it is to scare others, even if you hate haunted houses yourself. (I would never ever go in one before I started working for Screamfield this will be my 5th year, I now go to six flags fright fest to enjoy the make up and special effects...even walking threw actual haunted houses) I hope to see alot of new bodies there....and new Victims... I mean cast members. Ms. Eat'em (Deb Moore) Tenant of Screamfield
Vicky Polito July 21, 2014 at 04:10 pm
The whole Screamfield/Halloween season in Plainfield is a terrific experience! Looking forward toRead More this year. Last year we happened to have friends in twon around that time and the weather was great and they were just bowled over by the job everyone involved in this public fun fest does!
Vicky Polito July 17, 2014 at 01:10 pm
This is a great idea. I saw a story on, I think, WGN a few weeks ago about two young-ish moms whoRead More realized as they were prepping for a garage sale that they had tons of baby and kids gear and clothes that were still very useful and they decided to found a free-market specifically for parents needing things for their children. It was very effective, positive, and smart and lots of people on little or no budget for new clothes or play equipment, etc., got things they needed that didn't go to the landfill too soon. Love it when something like this works out so well.
Credit: File photo
Vicky Polito July 13, 2014 at 04:08 pm
Noticed today that 135th Street west of Route 59 and leading to the railway crossing has curb areasRead More torn up for work with small hazard barricades in place. That's bad coincidence or timing. Be careful as there will no doubt be more traffic on 135th this week as the 127th crossing is repaired but there is unfortunately also road work (or, at least prep for same) on a key stretch of 135th.
my conscience July 14, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Unnecessary flagging ...
Tim July 15, 2014 at 09:26 am
Paul - I know that a lot of people(And I mean a LOT) see me as 'negative'. However, that is onlyRead More because I am a mirror of the problems going on. It is not me that is negative, it is the majority of self-interested officials that are negative. As an adult, I don't believe in patting someone on the back for doing the job they are supposed to be doing, which is why it is so rare that you will see me make a comment like the one above. However, if I have something to say it is because I see something being done the wrong way, or the negative long-term consequences of what is being done. Since that happens so very often around here, I end up having a lot to say. If someone(like you) does not attract my criticism, that is my way of saying I think you are doing a good job(That means you too, Ed A.). That is based on you having a consistent pattern, that does not blow around with the wind depending on who it benefits. THAT is what is important in a public servant. If that can be duplicated(not the ideas, just the process) the village will be MUCH better off in the long run. Instead, we have a bunch of self-serving and self-congratulating children in adult bodies that think words are more important than actions. We all know how high school behavior works, and its time to finally get it out of our local government.
my conscience July 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm
It could be worse...
A July 19 car show is behind held in honor of Cpl. Brandon "Bubba" Meyers. Credit: GoFundMe.com
John Roberts July 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Hey jim everyone of my uncles,everyone of my family,everyone of my friends, especially the one whoRead More was in vietnam who has episodes like he's being attacked and hiding in the bushes, yeah that really happens, then having to deal with the VA hospitals each month "forgetting" to order diabetic medications,heart medications after EACH and EVERY single one of them had to deal with this ...APART from wanting to take their own lives...ALL of them said it was not worth it..This young man is a prime example of not being worth it....Serving to defend country yes...fighting a hitler sure...but know this...this man took his life for the things that were done against his morals.....Just like the rest of them.Listen to your Vets when they speak...dont just hang a yellow ribbon,have some parade,give them a dog.....LISTEN to them when they say things like.."THe war isnt worth it"...."Were not changing a thing it all remains the same"..When they came on Youtube wanting to come home and started speaking out against the war then started to get into trouble for it.....Listen to them when they told AMERICA they are not allowed to VOTE..The very right they are supposedly fighting to protect. Listen when they say we "Americans are just robbing citizens over there and doing what ever they want to anyone they want.....When this happens they do not "Rat "out their fellow soldiers so any actions as a group reflects on them weather involved or not because doing nothing is being involved..so it goes directly against their morals...I have sat and watched vets have flashbacks while fishing,watched vet tear up when telling something that reminds them of the war....I dare not say who or what they did...Lets lust say...I listened when they said after they enlisted they understood..they meant nothing and the whole "go America" was bull..war is all about business....From our soldiers having to sit face to face with other governemts that they know are directly reporting to the terrorists to kill more Americans....I listened when they said they all wanted to come home and that a Government poll guggested that 75 to 85% during the bullcrap "Presidential Elections" and maybe even this Soldier here was supporting and going to vote for Ron Paul which prompted Obama to pass the "Soldiers are not allowed to vote not appear at campaings,nor speak at podiums for any candidate" Then brought a wounded worrier and his mother to speak on his behalf....I almost bet this SOldier was voting for Ron Paul...like his fellow Soldiers...
John Roberts July 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm
I watched Hines hospital and what they put some of my friends through...I know every single one ofRead More my vet friends that faught in a war were the ones that told me and convinced me and i Quote.."You can defend America in America we need to protect it from ourselves first" We need to fix whats here first" "All the money wasted wasting time killing people who just come back with the same mentallity year after year we could have America looking like a palace" "I killed people...and all they gave me for it was a medal & a hard time" referring to the VA hospitals.
Kathy rios July 13, 2014 at 07:26 am
These service dogs are highly trained intuitive creatures who have the proven ability to assistRead More people suffering from PTSD. I've read the testimonials.
Demonstrators display sometimes graphic anti-abortion signs at prominent area intersections as part of the "Face the Truth" tour. Credit: Patch file photo
Tim July 11, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Shelia, unfortunately, this 'group' knows all the loopholes. They use the pretense of religion toRead More better get around the restrictions a secular organization would have to follow(just as you describe). When I say this group is a bunch of clowns, I really mean it. They are worth no more than a passing chuckle. As they trumpet to be for Truth(the capitalization gives it away), their methods are specifically designed to use loopholes to their advantage in order to get them where they want to be. I fully support them using these loopholes to do what they are doing, because anyone that spends just a few seconds looking up this group will dismiss them with the same chuckle as everyone does. Their sole purpose is to illicit a strong reaction, the correct way to negate their attempts is to dismiss it with laughter. That is exactly the opposite of what they want, and any restrictions attempted to be placed on them will only further enable them. So let them proudly display their deception and anger. It works against them far more than it works for them(which is none). In fact, the longer they do this, the more they will actually work against their purported aim by desensitizing people to these images. Shock value only lasts for so long, before it becomes accepted as normal. Like I said, logic is not this groups strong suit, and they are unaware they are the strongest counter-protest to themselves. So let them be, and they will destroy their organization from the inside out. This is exactly why I laugh at them - because they are blissfully unaware of what they are actually doing. The answer to free speech is ALWAYS more speech.
No Daddy Ball July 11, 2014 at 03:42 pm
I wish these people would let women make their own choices and not try and cram their views inRead More everyone's faces. They don't like it to bad! I would love to see one of them want to do something and have people in their faces yelling and screaming at them!
Sheila Raddatz July 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm
Tim, I didn't read the article correctly. I read 59 and Caton Farm and I assumed it was Plainfield.Read More Phew. I agree, I'm glad it isn't going on within city limits, too.
Credit: Forest Preserve District of Will County
Infamous Steve July 9, 2014 at 09:49 am
Sandra Bennett July 9, 2014 at 07:24 pm
I just wish people would pick up after there dogs. I have seen few that don't. The kicker is theyRead More even supply bags for us and still can't pick it up.
Ericus Alanas July 13, 2014 at 11:28 am
Dogs parks are mostly inexpensive, have permits to lower cost, and sometimes include sponsors asRead More this one did. Id say the average cost is around 75k total with fencing at around 10k, meaning most is administrative and landscaping. As for "everyone", There are now more American households with dogs than with kids of 43 million and 38 million respectively. "It's a playground for people without kids."
Ron Jidzny July 7, 2014 at 10:54 am
Too bad the Baci building couldn't be lifted off its foundation and sold at the yard sale. TheRead More exterior of that building looks awful. Good thing the Village purchased that and dumped tens of thousands of dollars into it. How long has that been sitting on the market now?
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Sheila Raddatz July 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Frank, this was on all the major networks starting the morning of July 1. Today, I saw it on theRead More morning news, too. Our town is known for the big tornado and the reporters infer to it every time they mention that we did not sound the sirens. At the same time, I have to say that once again that the Public Works crew have been very helpful and diligent with the storm clean up at the north end of town. They, somehow, never end up with the thanks that they deserve in any type of storm recovery. Thank you, Public Works!
Tim July 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm
Shelia - When someone is doing their job correctly, you won't even know they are there. The people IRead More know in public service do it because they really want to serve the public, and not themselves. Are we patting people on the back for doing what's expected of them now? Is that how far down the village has sunk? There is a reason Plainfield has been in the news so much lately.
Frank July 10, 2014 at 09:33 am
As Tim inferred, we as a village have made the news for all negative things lately, i.e. the PPDRead More issues, the recent tornado, the village hall remodeling, etc. and to add insult to injury, people were chuckling about it. I really don't find that funny, and I'm being sincere here, not trying to stir the pot. There are once again many rooftops going up here, which is really good to see and there is evidence of a resurgence of some pretty solid commercial investment activity. These are all positives. Then, people from outside the community see these ridiculous news items about our village governance and the foibles of our leadership and one really has to begin to wonder how good is that for our community and its future? We really need to get our act together so the next several news bits that appear on TV or radio about our Village are about some of the positives going on around here. This is a great place to live, but our leadership must stop doing things that ultimately end up presenting our community in a bad light. If I sound frustrated, I am.
Colleen McAbee July 2, 2014 at 10:30 am
Awesome in the true sense of the word.
william savick July 2, 2014 at 02:18 pm
We don't often get storms of this character in Chicago-proper the magnitude of which gives us moreRead More than a concerned eye for those unprotected in the outskirts .
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Ed Arter July 18, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Friday quiting time--- Eddie Happy---hope Saturday will demolish all previous attendance records.Read More Saw more patrons than I ever anticipated...all for the improvement to our Riverfront. We are starting to look like a Village of over 40,000. Looking to top this next year wil take some hard work.
RB July 19, 2014 at 07:56 pm
Congratulations to all people involved with the organization of Plainfield Fest. It keeps improvingRead More year over year and it's a fun event for the whole family.
Ed Arter July 20, 2014 at 02:09 am
Saturday Quitting time--- The house was packed to the point of guarded public safty issues regardingRead More capacity. Our apoligies if you were held up due to the massive population inside the Beer Tent. This proves to me that Plainfield, as a community, WILL support a well run LARGE event. Monday starts the planning for 2015. Perhaps a Known Name--I like Kid Rock--others have offered names like Foghat to grace our village. The Riverfront Foundation gracefully thanks all of you for your support and wants to Kick this thing into a hard 2nd gear in 15. I'm ready to ROCK. How about some feed back--not afraid of hearing negative comments as knowledge (and repair) of our faults will only improve our 2015 presentation.
Credit: Ray Fischer, Wheatland Plains subdivision in Plainfield
Don Gettys July 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm
Their internal communications leave much to be desired. I respect and appreciate their hard work,Read More but the people in "customer service" are always given less info to work with than they used to receive. There needs to be a much better system to communicate to customers what delays may exist and why the do exist. The consumer's deserves better. Of course, we could all switch to solar back-ups, thereby lessening our reliance on a corporate monolith. No, not to replace. Not at today's level of technology. But as an option to power a refrigerator and a TV is doable with some recent advances. Watch it, Excelon. You could become less of a need and more of an option. Keep customers better informed.
Don Gettys July 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm
Their internal communications leave much to be desired. I respect and appreciate their hard work,Read More but the people in "customer service" are always given less info to work with than they used to receive. There needs to be a much better system to communicate to customers what delays may exist and why they do exist. The consumers deserve better. Of course, we could all switch to solar back-ups, thereby lessening our reliance on a corporate monolith. No, not to replace. Not at today's level of technology. But as an option to power a refrigerator and a TV is doable with some recent advances. Watch it, Excelon. You could become less of a need and more of an option. Keep customers better informed.
The scene in a Romeoville backyard. Credit: Tricia Duke Coomer
Tim July 1, 2014 at 06:51 pm
If anyone is old enough to remember... This has shades of Mayor Bilandic in '79. One of the fewRead More times a local weather event can be pinpointed as the cause of a politician losing an election. Hopefully, this event becomes another one. Even more hopefully, before someone needlessly dies or is injured.
camaro1 July 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm
I'm not aware of any distinction between township and village sirens, I think they are allRead More interconnected. BTW the sirens are meant to warn people outdoors. They are not meant to warn people indoors who have access to TV, radio, internet, etc. The storm was very loud and with the high winds blowing the sound around it would be very difficult for people indoors to hear the sirens.
Romeoville Resident July 2, 2014 at 11:14 am
For the record Romeoville sounded sirens
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