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Newark, NJ – March 2, 2011– Mayor Cory A. Booker presented his fifth annual State of the City address to local and state dignitaries, administration members, community leaders and Newark residents on Tuesday, March 1, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, located at 1 Center Street in Newark. The speech was broadcast live on News 12, the City of Newark’s Government Access TV Station (Channel 78), and streamed live on the City of Newark’s website at www.ci.newark.nj.us. This was the fourth time the annual address was delivered from a site outside City Hall.
Mayor Booker’s speech highlighted substantial achievements in the fields of public safety, education, economic development, and quality of life despite a global economic crisis. ((“Newark was founded in faith and forged by the faithful. We remain steadfast and determined, with an indomitable will and unyielding love. 2010 was a challenging year for our city's financial well-being. Through difficult choices and tremendous sacrifice, my administration has reigned in our city's structural budget deficit - bringing it down from over 150 million dollars to below forty million. We have come a long way, but we are not out of the woods yet because of rising costs of goods and services, pension and health care, the pressures on our budgets increase. Newark is not alone in facing harsh budget challenges," said Mayor Booker)).
A majority of the Mayor’s speech advocated the need for bold education reform. The Mayor underscored his commitment to pursuing reforms that will put the interests of children first, and announced his goals to continue to raise philanthropic donations to support city initiatives to fulfill the Zuckerberg challenge grant to Newark PublicSchools. To date, Mayor Booker has raised $43 million to match this grant. Mayor Booker also announced he would hold an event on March 28 to raise philanthropic donations to support the Newark Public Library.
“As we move forward with specific reform efforts, it is even more critical that NPS leaders, our State Commissioner, and myself continue our community engagement efforts. Engagement, inclusion, and transparency are necessary if we are to be successful, but not sufficient. We must move forward with bold reform efforts now, especially if we are going to get many of them in place for the start of our next school year in September. This must be our agenda to not compromise again when it comes to what is best for our kids. All eyes of our nation are watching and waiting to see what Newark will do with the opportunity to bring real reform to our schools. Our City, now more than ever represents not only the hope of every school child in our district, but the hope of our country rides with what we do – this nation needs our leadership. The fight for our schools starts now,” the Mayor said.
Mayor Booker added, “In a time of diminishing dollars for education in this country, I am grateful that Newark, NJ is able to attract philanthropy driven by the belief that Newark, by doing the difficult work and taking bold steps, can become a national model of educational success demonstrated by one central accomplishment: high student achievement.”
Mayor Booker announced that several corporate relocations and major project groundbreakings will occur in 2011. These include the attraction of minority-owned Bartlett Dairy to the South Ward Industrial Park, which will result in 400 new jobs in Newark over the next five years; and the attraction of Wakefern, which will build a 180,000 square foot distribution facility that will create 90 jobs. Construction will also begin in 2011 for the 150-room Courtyard by Marriott at the Prudential Center, which would be the City’s first new downtown hotel in 40 years. Manischewitz will also make Newark its global headquarters by building upon its Avenue K manufacturing operation.
Mayor Booker said, “2011 is the year when, after all of our planning, pushing, and promoting, we truly begin digging, drilling, and dazzling. This is our groundbreaking year.”
During his speech, Mayor Booker also highlighted the achievements of Brick City Development Corporation in supporting small business development in Newark. This year, BCDC is helping to create two new restaurants, LOFT47 and the Edison Ale House, which will be located right next to the Prudential Center.
Mayor Booker said, “The opportunity we must create in our city must be opportunity for all. My goal in 2011 is to empower even more Newark entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. We will start a new, multifaceted effort to help small, minority contractors break into the construction industry.” BCDC’s 2011 Business and Technical Assistance Program will aim to empower entrepreneurs by providing specialized assistance, funding, and support for small, women, and minority-owned business enterprises.
Public safety was also a theme in this year's State of the City address. Mayor Booker commended the leadership of Newark, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies for forming an unprecedented coalition to attack the significant increase in carjackings which affected the city in late 2010. This coalition resulted in dozens of arrests leading to the elimination of the carjacking spike and most notably a decrease in violent crime during the first quarter of 2011. Mayor Booker also announced a new initiative with Rutgers University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which will meet with gang members throughout Newark to work with them to show them alternatives to illegal activity and turn them away from violence and towards positive, healthy, lifestyles and life choices.
With gangs and recidivism consuming too many young Newark lives, Mayor Booker declared, “We will be raising private dollars to offer numerous social services and economic opportunity to these young men and women, which will enable them to make different choices. Policing needs to evolve and our department will continue to do so.”
Additional highlights from Mayor Booker’s State of the City Address are summarized below:
· Newark will remain committed to fundamental and hard changes that elevate the interests of the students. Newark will be an advocate for our kids, and will put them first
· $100 million matching grant received from Mark Zuckerberg Foundation. $43 million to match has been raised so far.
· Announcement of the Foundation for Newark’s Future. This fund will have a community advisory board made up of notable Newarkers who will not only have access to the important information of the fund’s governance, but it will serve as a group who will help with grant-making strategies and oversight.
· Finally, the Foundation’s grant recipients will be made public as well as its general strategy and reasoning for making grants. Every donor to the Fund for Newark’s Future will be disclosed. http://www.foundationfornewarksfuture.org/
· Formation of the Newark Education Advisory Task Force, which will consist of a group of leaders representing every sector of Newark – parents, educators, clergy, community activists, and other notable leaders from the community to join. This group will meet regularly with the commissioner, the superintendent, and other NPS leaders. Their first mission is to help interview superintendent candidates and advise on the selection of the superintendent. They will start immediately and be in place over the coming months.
· The Mayor is tasking the Newark Public Schools staff to meet with the School Advisory Board more regularly, to inform them of policy decisions before they are fully formed and seek their input and guidance on major education actions. The SAB will also continue to play a critical role in interviewing and selecting our new Superintendent. During and after this process, Deputy Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks, Interim Superintendent Deborah Terrell, NPS staff, and the Mayor will be out in the community, holding meetings with stakeholders and residents to engage them in the process. Engagement, inclusion, and transparency are necessary as we move forward.
· Plans to extend the school day at Newark schools beginning next year with a pilot at 5-10 schools.
· Give principals greater autonomy and higher accountability.
· Take steps to hire the best quality teachers, while removing those who do not perform.
· Hold schools, teachers, principals, parents, and students accountable for the success of our schools.
· Stop pitting school models against each other – support schools that work, whether they are public, magnet, or charter schools.
· Provide parents with greater choice in schools, while demanding higher responsibility and accountability from parents, who bear the highest responsibility in raising a child.
· Create great public schools for all children.
· In 2011, the groundbreaking for the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at the Prudential Center will announce the arrival of Newark’s first new downtown hotel in nearly 40 years. The site will be built under a labor agreement that includes Newarkers in the construction process and that makes Newark residents the first source for positions at the completed hotel.
· In 2011, Bartlett Dairy, a minority-owned dairy product distribution center that services Starbucks throughout the region, will open a 105,000 square foot distribution center in the South Ward. Bartlett’s presence will start at 175 jobs and expand to over 400 over the next five years. Bartlett has agreed to a first source hiring agreement, ensuring that opportunities are made available to Newarkers first.
· Wakefern, the supplier for ShopRite supermarkets from Baltimore to Buffalo, will break ground in 2011 on a 180,000 square foot distribution center that will bring 90 jobs to Newark. This plant will be built under a labor agreement and the company has committed to making local residents the first source for the 90 permanent jobs created when the facility is up and running.
· Manischewitz, the nation’s leading producer of kosher foods, will make Newark its official worldwide home, and build upon operations at its Avenue K plant to include space for its corporate headquarters.
· Standard Chartered Bank, which brought 300 jobs to downtown Newark in 2008, will expand its Newark footprint by 12,000 square feet and over 100 more jobs in 2011.
· Audible.com, which the Booker administration helped attract to Newark in 2007, is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the internet. In 2011, the company will expand its presence by 25,000 square feet and to grow its Newark workforce.
· Teachers Village will break ground in 2011, an array of three charter schools, a day care center, 224 residences for Newark teachers, and new retail.
· Continuing to expand Newark’s role as a “destination City,” with the WNBA Liberty calling the Prudential Center home for the 2011-2013 seasons, the NBA Draft in June, NCAA March Madness, and the Newark Peace Education Summit in May.
· For 2011: BCDC assistance assisting in the creation of two new restaurants, LOFT47 and Edison Ale House, next to the Prudential Center.
· BCDC has proposed a new small business program with loans of up to $150,000 to small, female, and minority based businesses who seek to grow and expand economic opportunity in Newark.
· Starting a new effort to help small, minority contractors break into the construction industry through access to capital, opportunities to work on City-sponsored development contracts, and compliance training.
· The City Hall Office of Reentry – awarded a 2010 NJ League of Municipalities Innovation in Governance Award for its work – has a recidivism rate among program participants of less than 10 percent.
· In 2011, BCDC will facilitate the creation of supermarkets in chronically underserved neighborhoods.
· Site renovations of a new grocery store on Springfield Avenue in the South Ward have already begun. A first phase will open this year, with a subsequent expansion to a full, 14,000 square foot supermarket to follow. A new 26,000 square foot supermarket on First Street in the Central Ward will also break ground this spring, with an expected opening date next year.
Market-Rate and Affordable Housing
· Since coming into office in 2006, the Booker administration has doubled the City’s rate of affordable housing production, creating more than 1,200 units for Newark residents.
· Among the affordable housing milestones planned for 2011 are the following:
· Project Live will begin construction on Ridgewood Avenue Apartments, which will provide 21 units for residents with mental illnesses.
· The City, Help USA, and the Make It Right Foundation broke ground on Clinton Avenue homes in February 2011. 21 of the project’s 56 affordable apartments will be dedicated to veterans, who will receive an array of supportive services on site.
· Episcopal Community Development’s Kinship project will produce 24 units of multigenerational housing.
· Developers are also working with the City to create new loft apartments in Newark. Studebaker Lofts will create 68 of these homes (50% of them at affordable rates). The historic Bowers building will undergo a renovation to create new lofts on Market Street. And a former car dealership will soon blossom into Packard Lofts, with 30 new residences at the corner of Broad and East Kinney Streets.
· Newark has as many police officers working out of precincts as we had before the layoff.
· Local, county and federal law enforcement agencies will continue to work together to ensure a safe summer in Newark.
· Newark’s newest initiative, going forward with Rutgers University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will meet with gang members throughout Newark to work with them to show them alternatives to illegal activity and turn them away from violence and towards positive, healthy, lifestyles and life choices.
· The city addressed a $150 million structural deficit for fiscal 2010, and is now addressing more than a $30 million deficit for 2011.
· The city will present a budget to the Municipal Council that will ensure critical services to our residents will not be compromised to reduce the remaining structural deficit.
Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz served as this year's Mistress of Ceremonies. The ceremony opened with the Newark Police Department Ceremonial Unit presenting the colors. Two Newark youth, Kyla Butler, aged 8, and Jordan DeHaarte, aged 5, recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The invocation was delivered by Reverend Dr. Steven B. Davis, pastor of Calvary Gospel Church. A Newark native, Davis became the church’s second pastor in 1993, and serves as a chaplain to both the Newark Police and Fire Departments, and is a member of the Mayor’s Council of Religious Leaders.
Miss Newark 2011, Victoria Virgo, sang the National Anthem. She is a second-year student at Essex County College. Virgo is majoring in pre-medicine and aspires to be a neo-natologist. She is an active volunteer and the founder of Giving Grenada, an organization with a focus on donating clothes, toys, and books to at risk youth homes in Grenada. Through her organization, Victoria has also donated stuffed animals and books to the pediatric ward at the University of Medicine & Dentistry in Newark.
The benediction was offered by Imam Abdul Kareem Muhammad of Masjid Al-Haqq. He serves as Director of Education for the Clara MuhammadSchool and as the Principal for the Muhammad University of Islam, both in Newark.
The entire State of the City Address can be currently viewed on the City of Newark’s website at www.ci.newark.nj.us.
For more information about any City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
Contact: Newark Press Information Office: (973) 733-8004
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Since 2008, Madrona Inc organization has been committed to fostering the careers of Latin apparel, performers and designers to creating the necessarily platforms for successful exposure.
In 2010, Christina Madrona, President of Madrona Inc. with the recognized artistic producer and prize winning choreographer Caio Castro, had a vision to level the playing field for Latin designers, and created the "High Volume Fashion " a Latin Charity Trunk Show. This event is a combination of:
High Fashion, welcoming new Latin designers to the big Apple Fashion Industry. High Hope helping children and adults in need of Bone Marrow transplants, and the High volume energy of volunteers, sponsor, and believers, one philanthropic event on behalf of the Icla da Silva Foundation, nonprofit organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS Code. Will be held March, 19, 2011, 7:00pm at fabulous Ballroom on 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY - btw 5Th and 6Th Ave. And covered by national and international press as Folha do Brasil - NY, Tu Revista Latina, Moda Brasil Magazine, iVive H2O - Tu Obsesion Hispana, many NJ & NY Media outlets and T47 Telemundo.
The Icla da Silva Foundation is the largest recruitment center for the Be The Match Registry in the United States. It recruits over 38,000 new potential bone marrow donors every year, with a strong focus on minority communities.
The Icla da Silva Foundation was established in 1992, in memory of the 13-year-old brazilian girl named Icla da Silva. After three years of fighting leukemia, Icla passed away in New York City, where she came hoping to get her life saving treatment: a bone marrow transplant. The young girl never found a matching donor.
Dr. Jason Worrall will be hosting celebrities as Dr. Robert Rey, a Brazilian plastic surgeon featured on the E! reality series as Dr. 90210. He is private practice in Beverly Hills specialized in cosmetic surgery. The Brazilian Top Model Camilla Brant and Driely Bennettone who was crowned Miss Earth 2011, and the music by Dj Nagib Duarte will bring liveliness to the preview of Spring/Summer collections by exceptional designers from Brazil and Colombia as Priscilla Costa, Sandra Baquero, Graf Brasil, Canoan, Phax, Maria Bonita and Patricia Moura with her partner Projeto Rendarte.
When: March 19 2011
Where: 4 west 43rd Street - New York (Casa do Brasil)
For more information please visit our site at www.highvolumefashion.com.
*Seats are limited.
For reservation please call 1888-638-2870
Kessel reported for CNN in Jerusalem from 1990-2003. After leaving CNN, Kessel wrote a column for Haaretz called 'The Sakhnin Diaries' and a weekly sports column for the Haaretz English Edition.
Veteran journalist Jerrold Kessel, whose career covering Israel and the Middle East for dozens of major news organizations lasted over five decades, passed away on Thursday in Jerusalem after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
Kessel is a former Haaretz columnist and longtime CNN Mideast correspondent who covered the Israel-Palestinian conflict, regional wars and peace efforts.
Kessel reported for CNN in Jerusalem from 1990-2003. His thick white beard and South African accent were immediately recognizable to viewers as he covered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Mideast violence and the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
After leaving CNN, Kessel continued writing for several newspapers, including a column for Haaretz called "The Sakhnin Diaries," which was later turned into a documentary film, and his weekly 'On the Couch' sports column in Haaretz English Edition.
Newark, NJ – February 22, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Council Member-at-Large Carlos M. Gonzalez, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development and Brick City Development Corporation Chair Stefan Pryor, New Jersey Economic Development Authority Vice President of Regional Business Development Lori Matheus, Brick City Development Corporation CEO Lyneir Richardson, Standard Chartered Bank Americas CEO David Stileman, and other dignitaries cut the ribbon to open the 12,000-square-foot expansion of Standard Chartered Bank’s Newark offices today. The offices are located on the 12th floor of 2 Gateway Center in Downtown Newark.
Standard Chartered Bank already houses a services facility with more than 300 non-client facing staff in 45,000 square feet in Newark’s downtown business district. ((The London-based Bank has committed to staying in Newark for the next 10 years, having designated a 57,000 square foot space at 2 Gateway Center.)) The expansion will bring an additional 125 jobs to Newark and support Standard Chartered’s Manhattan headquarters. The expansion is expected to spur further growth in the city’s economy and is seen as a vote of confidence by the private sector for Newark.
“With its global reach, Standard Chartered is a company that can locate its operations anywhere in the world. Today, I am so pleased that the bank, which chose Newark in 2008, is increasing its commitment to Newark and bringing 125 new jobs here. I look forward to many years of continued success, growth, and partnership with Standard Chartered Bank in Newark,” said Mayor Booker.
The Bank’s decision to open and expand a services facility in Newark was based largely on the city’s status as a major transportation hub with convenient access to the New Jersey workforce, the international airport and mass transit systems, as well as its many celebrated entertainment venues, cultural institutions, and historical landmarks.
“This expansion gives Standard Chartered another 12,000 square feet, supporting our strong and growing business in Newark, thanks in large part to the relationships we have with our clients and the work the mayor and the community have done to transform the city,” said Standard Chartered Bank Americas CEO David Stileman.
Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC) worked closely with representing brokers, EDA, 2 Gateway Center owners, and the City of Newark to secure tenancy of the bank. Launched in 2007, the Newark-based non-profit has taken the lead in the city’s efforts to spur economic development by attracting new businesses, expanding small and minority businesses throughout the city, and creating employment opportunities for Newarkers.
Deputy Mayor Pryor said, “In its two years in Newark, Standard Chartered Bank has already established itself as one of the City’s valued corporate citizens. Now, with the expansion of its presence in Newark, we look forward to growing our partnership. Thank you to David Stileman, CEO for the Americas, and Matthew Millett, Chief Operating Officer of the Americas, for their leadership in making this transaction happen.”
“BCDC works with companies considering a relocation or expansion in Newark by providing a toolbox of resources – including assistance with site location and analysis of economic indicators, workforce, available financial incentives, and other relevant information. We are proud that BCDC took part in both bringing Standard Chartered Bank to Newark in 2008 and, today, in expanding the business in 2011,” said Brick City CEO Richardson.
The Bank is eligible for the State of New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise Zone sales tax exemption. In addition, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) provided funding under the Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP), in 2008, to help support the original relocation.
“Corporate partners like Standard Chartered Bank are essential to Governor Chris Christie’s ongoing efforts to grow New Jersey’s economy and revitalize the State’s urban centers. As New Jersey’s ‘bank for business,’ the EDA is proud to have worked in partnership with the City and BCDC to help encourage this company to relocate to and expand in Newark,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Caren Franzini.
For more information about any City of Newark policy or program, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
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Newark, NJ – February 3, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz, Municipal Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr., Acting Director of the Department of Child and Family Well-Being L’Tanya Williamson, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Director of Wellness Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Newark YMCA COO Michael Bright, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations Director Jonathan Pearson, members of the Let’s Move! Newark Council and other community partners joined with Newark municipal employees for a press conference to launch the “Newark Beth Challenge” today, in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street.
“This is going to be a lot of fun and the mantra has to be no excuses,” said Mayor Booker, who added that obesity has become a national epidemic. “We in City government have to be the change that we want to see in the community. The issue is real. This is a crisis in our nation and city. Over 50 percent of our children are either overweight, obese, or grossly obese. This is eating at the potential of our City. We must be healthy for not only our fellow adults, but our children. Children may not listen to their elders, but they never fail to imitate them. We have to pull together as a community and a family to get this right.”
At the “Newark Beth Challenge” weigh-in, Mayor Booker registered at 279.6 pounds, 11 down from his Christmas 2010 high of 290 pounds. The Mayor has set a goal of losing 30 pounds by his birthday, which is April 27 and is also challenging others to join him in losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle through his Facebook and Twitter accounts, where he reports his personal weight-loss progress on a daily basis.
“Many of you have weighed in, registered and made the commitment to live healthier lifestyles,” said Deputy Mayor Muñiz, “We as adults, as leaders, mentors and caregivers, as fathers, mothers and family members, take on the responsibility to give our children a bright future and longer life spans, and we do so by setting the example, and taking the ‘Newark Beth Challenge’ individually and with accountability.”
“I have 12-year-old triplets and health issues of my own – diabetes and high blood pressure, and I want to walk my daughter down the aisle one day. So this program is personally important to me. It is important to our community, our families, our lives, and ourselves. It shows that our community can come together on things that really matter and are positive for this community,” said Council President Payne.
The “Newark Beth Challenge” is a successful weight loss program and contest designed by NBIMC that is now being offered to municipal employees to reduce their weight, improve their health and help then to achieve healthy changes in their lifestyle. The three-part, 12-week Weight Loss and Fitness Challenge includes education and fitness training, under the supervision of a registered dietitian/certified personal trainer from NBIMC. So far, more than 200 Newark employees have signed up, forming 19 teams to lose weight. The drive to register municipal employees and create teams was spearheaded by Nikeysha Neal of the Department of Child and Family Well-Being, who coordinated the process.
“Our staff has done a phenomenal job promoting the challenge as well as recruiting individuals and teams. The number responding to our call shows a true commitment to their desire to live a healthier lifestyle. We are hopeful everyone will continue making healthy choices beyond the challenge,” said Director Williamson.
“We are giving all municipal workers the education and resources needed to make healthier life decisions. With improved health, they will be able to accomplish their life and work goals even more effectively, and set an example for all New Jersey residents,” said Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Executive Director Dr. John A. Brennan in a statement.
“We are delighted to see that Mayor Booker and all of City Hall have taken good health to heart,” said Ms. Mintz. “They are setting a healthy example for the entire community.”
Municipal employees who sign up with the “Newark Beth Challenge” will benefit from one-on-one professional guidance on healthy food options and fitness, private weigh-ins and consultations, and a free 12-week gym membership at the Colosseum Gym and the Newark YMCA.
“At the YMCA, healthy living is at the heart of our mission and we improve lives every day,” said Newark YMCA Chief Operating Officer Michael Bright. “We have seniors working out to stay in shape, and youth learning to swim or dribble a basketball for the first time in their lives. We are trying to change the environment for youth today. And all of you, taking part in this program, can be at the YMCA every day, receiving support, guidance, and resources to achieve your health and fitness goals.”
“I want to thank Mayor Booker for his great leadership in the City. I am a son of Newark with deep roots in the City, growing up on Garside Street, so this is a proud day for me and our 4,700 employees. Many of them will take the challenge, too. Horizon has been here 78 years in Newark and we are proud to be part of the Newark Beth Challenge.” Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield partners with the YMCA on an anti-childhood obesity program that reaches out to more than 20,000 youth statewide,” said Mr. Pearson
“I am so proud to be a part of Mayor Booker’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to create a healthy America. I have struggled with weight loss most of my adult life, often times lacking motivation and always making excuses for myself, until the mother of a veteran asked me to lose weight so that I can continue helping other veterans, as I did with her son. That was all of the motivation that I needed. Since that day seven months ago I have lost 70 pounds as a commitment to our troops and the veterans that have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Always remember: no excuses, stop sucking it in and start sucking it up and let’s move,” said Jack Fanous, Executive Director, The G.I. GO Veterans Transition Center of Newark, who spoke at the ceremony.
At the ceremony, Mayor Booker recognized the teams that have been formed to lose weight. Some 19 teams have already been formed in various offices around the City, and a group of Police Officers, inspired by the event, formed another team on the spot.
“We called ourselves the ‘D’Elite Team,’” said Irene Fryer Alton, a Senior Analyst with the Department of Child and Family Well-Being’s Personnel Services Unit. “It means, ‘Delete Unnecessary Weight for a Healthier, Happier, Life.”
The team of four workers from the division is committed to “losing as much weight as we can, maintaining the weight loss, and living much healthier lives for the rest of the year,” she said. So far the group has changed its eating habits, discarding red meats in favor of fruits, vegetables, chicken, and fish, and has begun a regular Saturday morning team workout at the YMCA at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, working with their personal trainers.
“This is one of the most fantastic and innovative programs the City has done,” Ms. Fryer Alton added. “We need morale boosters, and we need to lose weight and to live longer.”
The classes and exercise programs will be held outside of working hours. Participants will also be given information about family diet and exercise plans. A contest for the largest percentage of weight loss will be included. Contestants can enter as individuals and/or teams.
The health and well-being of Newark’s residents is a priority for the Booker Administration. At his Fourth Annual State of the City Address on February 9, 2010, the Mayor announced that he will serve as National Co-Chair of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight childhood obesity. These have included such programs as the “Super Healthy Summer,” the annual Newark Bicycle Tour, and public festivals like this year’s Festival de la Familia Latina, which focused on good health practices and nutritious eating. The City has also provided economic grants and loans to stores that sell fresh food, through the Brick City Development Corporation’s Fresh Foods Program and Small Grocer Initiative. The “Let’s Move! Newark” campaign will promote healthy lifestyles, nutritious eating, and efforts to help obese people regain control of their health.
For more information about any City of Newark policy or program, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
On Tuesday January 25 at 9 p.m. ET, President Obama will deliver his 2011 State of the Union Address, which will be streamed live on YouTube on http://youtube.com/askobama . This year, you can do more than just watch the speech: you can also submit your questions for the President for an exclusive YouTube Interview that will take place just two days later, on January 27.
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Newark, NJ – January 25, 2011 - Police Director Garry F. McCarthy will welcome Newark business executives and managers into the first-ever Newark Police Business Academy at a breakfast at The Newark Club, at One Newark Center (1085 Raymond Boulevard), on Wednesday, January 26, at 8:30 a.m.
The evening classes will commence on Wednesday, February 9, at the Police-Fire Command Center, located at 311 Washington Street, and will continue for 13 weeks. Students taking the class will gain a glimpse into the operations and organization of the Police Department and training received by Newark Police Officers that will include firearms instruction, courtesy of the Department’s state-of-the-art Firearms Training Simulator, and patrol techniques. Through this training, the business leaders will get a better understanding of and greater appreciation for what it takes to become a Newark Police Officer and a better understanding of the decision-making process involved in combating crime.
Program participants will learn how to prevent criminal activity and how to detect and report crime. They will also have classes on business-related issues as shoplifting, employee theft, forgery and credit card fraud, identity theft, workplace violence, and workplace sexual harassment. The class is a direct result of the Newark Police Department’s new Community Relations strategy, which is designed to engage the community more closely in eradicating crime in the City.
WHO: Police Director Garry F. McCarthy and representatives from 50 Newark businesses.
WHAT: Will welcome City business executives and managers into the City’s first-ever Newark Business Police Academy.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 26
WHERE: The Newark Club
One Newark Center
1085 Raymond Boulevard
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Newark, NJ – January 20, 2011 - Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Newark Municipal Council and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services James Souder reminded residents today about the City of Newark’s snow removal ordinances, as four to eight inches of snow is expected to again impact the region late tonight and into tomorrow afternoon. The highest snowfall rates are possible during the Friday morning commute, and the snow should end by early Friday afternoon. Very cold air will follow this storm system Friday night through the weekend, bringing Newark the coldest air of this winter season, which will create icy conditions.
During snowstorms, the City mobilizes personnel and vehicles to spread salt and plow roads as conditions dictate. The first priority for salting is hills, bridges, and major arteries that lead in and out of the City’s borders. Residents should not shovel snow back onto streets after they have been plowed. This becomes a safety hazard and an additional cost to the City because the road has to be re-plowed. The City of Newark will be enforcing all parking and street sweeping regulations and requests the cooperation of all residents to help the snow cleanup effort.
“Our residents must to do their part and be good neighbors when snow falls, by taking action to ensure the safety of their homes, their sidewalks and their neighborhoods,” Mayor Booker said, “I urge everyone to abide by our ordinances. When you shovel snow, please keep it out of the street.”
To report streets that need plowing and salting, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311, which is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours may be extended at the Call Center as conditions dictate.
As a “Good Neighbor” you can assist the City and your neighbors in weathering the snowstorm, by abiding by the following laws:
* Park vehicles in your driveway, so that the plows can get through to remove snow and ice.
* If possible, share your driveway with neighbors or secure vehicles on off-street lots.
* Clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your storefront or home.
* Do not throw snow into the street. Place the snow on your lawn, on the side of your home or in the rear of the property.
* Remove snow and ice from hydrants and/or drains near your home.
* If you must venture out, take public transportation or car pool where possible.
* Be aware of alternate side of the street parking signs and parking restrictions when road is snow covered.
“When shoveling your sidewalks or removing snow from your vehicles or lots, residents should push the snow toward the curb and not into the street. If we all act as good neighbors and good citizens, Newark can avoid the hazards and dangers snow creates,” said Director Souder.
Home and property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from all private residential and commercial property, including areas in and around driveways, sidewalks, and walkways. The City of Newark does not provide snow removal services to private property – residential or commercial.
* Streets must be cleared from curb to curb. Residents and business owners are encouraged to remove snow in a two-foot circumference around fire hydrants located in front of their residences or businesses. Clearing the streets of snow may require several passes of the snow plows.
* If you have no sidewalk, pile snow on the left side of the driveway (stand facing the residence). If there is a sidewalk in front of the residence, pile snow to the left of the driveway behind the shovel (stand facing the residence).
* After the street is plowed, the front of the residence should remain clear of obstructions for parking.
There are two Snow Removal ordinances: 29:17-3. Keeping Traffic Lanes Clear; Manner of Clearing Access of Parking Places: “No person shall place, or cause to be placed, any snow or ice upon the traffic lanes of the roadway of any streets. In the event that it is necessary to clear the roadway of snow and ice in front of any property for the purpose of providing parking space or to give access to such property, then such snow or ice shall be property piled in the roadway in front of such property at no greater distance than six (6) feet from the curb line and in such manner that the gutter way shall be unobstructed. (R.O. 1966 22:17-3)
The second ordinance is 29:17-4. Dumping in Roadway from Private Property: It shall be unlawful for any person to remove snow or ice from any private property and place the same onto the sidewalk or roadway of any street (R.O. 1966 22:17-4)
Violators of either ordinance can receive tickets ranging anywhere from $100 to $1,000 from any uniformed Newark enforcement agency, including Police, Fire, Housing Code Enforcement, Sanitation and the Newark Parking Authority. All violations will be ticketed and subject to action in the Newark Municipal Court. Residents, business owners, and landlords are reminded that anyone who shovels snow into City streets will face Municipal Court action and fines.
For further information, or to report streets that need salting or plowing, contact the City of Newark Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To get our hearts started in the new year, two exhilarating dance shows this weekend may work as well as CPR.
Grupo Corpo, visiting Ann Arbor, is Brazil's pre-eminent modern dance company, displaying amazing physical skills and Latin fire.
Then for something completely different, Shen Yun Performing Arts arrives at the Detroit Opera House with stories from ancient China, glammed up in gorgeous costumes, 3-D backdrops and a live orchestra.
If you've suddenly started going to the gym this month and need a mental image to use as motivation, buy a ticket to Grupo Corpo for Friday or Saturday at Power Center in Ann Arbor.
These 19 dancers from Brazil have bods the gods might envy. The performers are toned, rippling and as springy as gymnasts, exuding Latin heat.
As if to underscore the point, the troupe's name translates to "body group."
(However, in Portuguese, the language of Brazil, "corpo" can also mean a body of work, a corps de ballet or a corporation, an ambiguity the company founders liked.) The dancers put those physiques to stunning use on stage, thrilling audiences and critics alike.
Wrote a New York Times reviewer about their visit to the Brooklyn Academy of Music: "The troupe is remarkable for the disciplined, uniform precision of its spectacular dancing."
Although the company's chief choreographer, Rodrigo Pederneiras, insists his inspiration comes from neither Europe nor North America, the company's technique is grounded in European ballet.
"Our dancers must have strong ballet technique — it is the first thing to see when we hire," says Pederneiras.
But he uses that technique in the service of a distinctly Latin style of modern dance.
"I spend many years of looking and studying many styles of (Latin) popular dance," says Pederneiras.
"They vary by country and many different regions. But they all have one point in common — all movements start on the hips."
That hip movement develops into sometimes sinuous, sometimes stomping, sometimes airborne choreography that variously hints at mambo, samba, folk and tribal dance but ultimately becomes its own art form.
The Ann Arbor programs include Pederneiras' "Parabelo," from 1997, a dance inspired by the folk art of a poverty-stricken region of northern Brazil.
"Even though the people are very poor, their art is fantastic, full of happiness and color," he says.
He adds the dance is intended to express that color and joy.
A newer piece, 2009's "Ima," fills out the program. It is more abstract, with a theme he calls "magneto," about attraction and repulsion.
The piece features solos, duets and ensembles in succession, contrasting emptiness with fullness, union with dispersion.
Grupo Corpo was founded in 1975 as a family enterprise.
Pederneiras' parents moved out of their family home in Belo Horizonte, a Brazilian state capital, so it could house the fledgling company.
"My brothers and friends were young people who studied dance (Rodrigo had danced in Argentina with Oscar Araiz's celebrated troupe), and we wanted to make dance our profession here in Belo Horizonte, which had no professional company," he says.
His older brother Paulo is artistic director, while other siblings and friends have danced, designed sets or done other behind-the-scenes work for the troupe.
At first, the troupe based its dances on the music of Brazilian pop composers, but later branched out to European classical music.
As the company's reputation has grown, it has commissioned scores from Brazilian musicians.
Now, widely considered Brazil's most celebrated dance troupe, Grupo Corpo takes its unique dance perspective to the world.
Barbara Hoover is a Metro Detroit freelance writer.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110120/ENT05/101200321/Dance-from-Brazil-&-China
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Newark, NJ – January 14, 2011 – City of Newark Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Brick City SERVES Chief Service Officer Nichelle Holder, PSE&G Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Vaughn McKoy, La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio, representatives from the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) and the Rutgers University Energy Service Corps will hold a ceremony to launch “MLK 25 Days of Service,” to honor the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday as a national holiday on Monday, January 17, 2011, at 9 a.m. at the headquarters of PSE&G at 80 Park Plaza, in Newark.
“MLK 25 Days of Service” is part of a national initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to service and his challenge, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” With this in mind, the City of Newark, Brick City SERVES, PSE&G, La Casa de Don Pedro, New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) and the Rutgers University Energy Service Corps will be leading a city-wide volunteer effort to provide free, basic, home weatherization to 100 Newark families during a 25-day period. PSE&G is a major sponsor of this initiative.
At the ceremony, volunteers will be issued with equipment, given training, and sent off to weatherize houses. Teams will visit homes in all five wards of Newark to perform basic weatherization at no cost. Volunteers will seal cracks around windows and doors, change old light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs, and distribute energy-efficient materials.
For more information about volunteer opportunities with the City of Newark’s “MLK 25 Days of Service” volunteer initiative please contact Brick City Serves at (973) 733-4674 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO: City of Newark Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Brick City SERVES Chief Service Officer Nichelle Holder, PSE&G Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Vaughn McKoy, La Casa de Don Pedro Executive Director Raymond Ocasio, representatives from NJ Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) and the Rutgers University Energy Service Corps.
WHAT: Will launch “MLK 25 Days of Service,” a city-wide volunteer effort to honor the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday as a national holiday.
WHEN: Monday, January 17
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