In 1957, Corliss was hired as a nurse at Plainfield's Muhlenberg Hospital. She was the first black nurse on staff, and her hiring required a special meeting of the Board of Directors. She remained at Muhlenberg until 1968, when she left to take a job as an instructor at the School of Nursing at Middlesex County College (MCC) in Edison, New Jersey. Corliss became an Associate Professor at MCC as well as the teacher's union representative, a role she embraced with passion and tenacity. While teaching a full course load at MCC, she earned a Masters degree in Education at New York University, taking classes at night and on the weekends. Corliss retired in 1991.
In February 2018, in a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Princeton, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy presented Corliss with a Legacy Award for her professional and lifetime achievements.
Corliss Henry died on 14 April 2020 of complications from Covid-19. She is predeceased by Preston Henry, died 1 September 2012, and is survived by her son Steve and his partner, Philip Shneidman; son, Bruce Henry, and his wife, Jacqueline; and their daughters, Sarah and Ashleigh, son-in-law Ben Wauer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
PMUA Temporary Changes
Effective Monday, March 23rd, both garbage and recycling collections will be consolidated into one day per week, as follows:
Cambios Temporal de PMUA
Efectivo el Lunes 23 de Marzo, colecciones de basura y reciclaje se consolidarán en un día por semana, de la siguiente manera:
Friday, December 13, 2019
The Historical Society of Plainfield invites one and all to their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 13th. Children are encouraged to participate as Santa will be making a surprise visit, with a gift for every child. In addition to the large Christmas tree in the ballroom, there will be three decorated theme trees in the period rooms of the Museum. This program is free to the public.
The Plainfield Symphony
Charles Prince, Musical Director
716 Watchung Avenue Plainfield, NJ 07060
Activities include Touch a Truck, pony rides. a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and more! Space in certain activities is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is rain, some programs will be held inside the Library building. All activities are free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
2:00-4:00 PM in Library Park (adjacent to the Plainfield Public Library)
The Historical Society of Plainfield will host Gordon Thomas Ward in his program entitled “Historic Haunts of Central Jersey" at the Drake House Museum. Ward is an author, singer, songwriter, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of paranormal investigation.
“Historic Haunts of Central Jersey" is based upon Ward’s book, “Ghosts of Central Jersey.” The event will include a presentation that mixes photographs of investigation sites, documented tales, and live music.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Roselle Park Arts Festival will showcase an Art Walk with work by professional artists and artisan craftsmen, live music, Short Film Festival, Street Art, interactive activities, The Art of the Food Truck, chalk drawing, painting, woodworking, paint and pour etc.
Roselle Park on Chestnut Street Saturday,September 28, 2019 (rain date the next day)
The Netherwood Heights Neighbors (NHN) are sponsoring a tour of seven historic Plainfield homes, built from 1894 through 1929. Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of Plainfield’s incorporation by visiting some of its earliest residences, and learning how the city transformed from a rural village to a fashionable suburb for America’s post-Civil War elite.
$35 in advance
The Coffee Box (1359 South Ave)
Swain’s Gallery (703 Watchung Avenue)
$40 at event
The tour starts at the registration tent located at 551 Belvidere Avenue, Plainfield 07062.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 12 PM to 4 PM (Rain or Shine)
Queen City Pride
Jackie's TV Blog
Plainfield Charter Commission