Plainfield residents and many veterans thronged City Hall Library Wednesday evening as Zoning Board testimony began on whether to allow the Yates House for Military Veterans in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District.
Attorney Steven C. Rother made several mentions of a witness who was on his way, but who had to attend a political event as he was running for governor. It turned out to be Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of Highland Park, where he had converted a church into veterans' housing. Kaper-Dale spoke of turning "NIMBY" (not in my back yard) to "YIMBY" with his housing advocacy, and said the veterans had gotten involved in the life of the community.