SOUTH PLAINFIELD – In efforts to continue to keep residents engaged and in good health during COVID restrictions, many South Plainfield community organizations have gone virtual. At the Council meeting on Feb. 15, several virtual events and activities were announced. The Mayor’s Wellness Committee will host a Live Video Workshop called “Maintaining Emotional Health & Wellbeing During COVID-19” on Feb. 25 at 7p.m. The South Plainfield Cultural Arts Committee (SPCAC) will hold an interactive Black History Trivia Night on Feb. 26 at 7p.m. The South Plainfield Senior Center is holding daily virtual classes, including Zumba Gold, Chair Pilates, Chair Yoga, and Reiki Energy Healing.
With the stress of the global pandemic and resulting depression of isolation on the rise, the Mayor’s Wellness Committee has created a virtual workshop to help residents cope. “Maintaining Emotional Health & Wellbeing During COVID-19” by Dr. Stephanie Marcello, Ph.D. of Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare. Marcello will present for 20 minutes and then open the forum up for 10 minutes of Question & Answers.
As Chief Psychologist for Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare, Marcello is an expert in helping patients manage posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, and mental illness. She is published in many peer-reviewed journals and is a mother of two and has firsthand experience as well. The live workshop will focus on maintaining emotional health for both oneself and family during the COVID pandemic. Signs to be aware of that may indicate help is needed and where to turn will also be covered.
To join the Mayor’s Wellness Committee for the Feb. 25 workshop at 7p.m., visit https://boroughofsouthplainfield.my.Webex.com and enter code 126 663 1990. The workshop begins at 7p.m., however, the committee asks that everyone log on 10 minutes prior.
SPCAC has been holding several ongoing events to keep the community engaged. They most recently invited the children of South Plainfield to spread a message of hope and create a community quilt. Those who registered were given a 11×14 canvas board to decorate however they liked to make it special and unique to them. On Feb. 19, the art was collected and will be pieced together like a quilt and displayed virtually.
Feb. 26 at 7p.m., residents are invited to participate in an interactive Black History Trivia Night. To register to play live, sign up the link before the Feb. 25. Trivia Night will be transmitted live on Facebook, where everyone is invited to comment, share, and cheer on their neighbors.
The South Plainfield Senior Center Classes has also gone virtual. Zumba Mondays take place at 1p.m., Wednesdays at 11a.m., and Fridays at 1p.m. Chair Yoga is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11a.m. Chair Pilates is every Wednesday from 3p.m. to 3:45p.m. And the newest class Senior Center class, Reiki Energy Healing, will take place from 4p.m. to 5p.m. on Mar. 1, 15, and 29.
During the Council meeting, it was also announced that in the Spring, there will be a Rabies Clinic in front of Department of Public Works (DPW) on May 1 from 9a.m. to 12p.m. Licenses will also be issued at that time.
Closing the meeting, Mayor Matthew Anesh added that the number of cases of COVID-19 is trending down slightly and urged those interested in getting vaccinated to visit the state website and be persistent about checking availability.
“It seems we’ll have a number of months before we get back to normal or the new normal,” said Anesh. “The good news is that we have seen several vaccines approved for use. There are only a couple of thousand vaccines going out county wide, so even though there’s been a push from the Presidential Biden Administration to increase the number of vaccinations, we have seen some reports come out that they’ve been able to find additional vaccines, but it will be a little slower getting to the state. What I recommend, register on the state site. And then be diligent in trying to get an appointment depending on where you are.”
As the number of COVID positive cases continues to drop, the hope is that in-person events will resume soon. In the meantime, South Plainfield’s virtual community is going strong. Council asks residents to be on the look-out for more events and activities.