A 'Fifth Symphony' by Beethoven is one of the most famous compositions of classical music and, according to a new Brazilian study, may help cure cancer.The survey, conducted by the Program Oncobiology Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, analyzed MCF-7 cells, which are linked to breast cancer. By exposing these cells to the famous theme, one in five eventually died, which enthusiastically involved.
The study, which began in May 2010, is to allow them to develop new prospects for cure of malignant tumors, using tones and frequencies, explains the newspaper 'O Globo'.
Already on the official unit Oncobiology univesidade of that, the charge of the study, Marcia Capella, states that have already used other musical compositions, Masner always with the same results.
"We began our work using three compositions: Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major" by Mozart [known to cause the 'Mozart effect', a temporary increase in spatial-temporal reasoning of an individual], the 'Fifth Symphony' Beethoven and 'Atmosphères' [the Hungarian György Ligeti], a contemporary composition, which is characterized mainly by the absence of a melodic line that reflects the theme, "he says.
According to expert, the composition of Mozart, caused no change in cells, but the Beethoven and Ligeti have killed an average of 20% of them, besides the "decrease in size and granularity."
The fact that Mozart did not provoke any reaction is to scare those responsible, since his compositions are among the most widely used in music therapy.
"We still need better study the mechanisms of these effects, ie: because only some cell types are sensitive to these songs? And why only some specific types of music cause effects? We tested also with MDCK, a cell non-tumorigenic, and lymphocytes, and they never responded to these sound stimuli, "admits Marcia Capella.
The aim is to use sound frequencies as the healing process instead of other more violent as radiotherapy.
The strategy, which seems strange at first, seeks to find ways more efficient and less toxic cancer-fighting: Instead of radiotherapy, one day you could imagine the use of frequencies. The study was innovative in using music therapy beyond the treatment of emotional disturbances.
- This therapy is usually adopted in diseases linked to psychological problems, situations involving an emotional component. We show that, in addition, the music produces a direct effect on the cells of our body - underscores Capella Márcia, Institute of Biophysics Carlos Chagas Filho, coordinator of the study.Because MCF-7 is doubling every 30 hours, Marcia waited two days between the music session and test their effects. In this period, 20% of the sample died. Among the surviving cells, many lost their size and granularity.
The search result is puzzling even to Marcia. The composition of "Atmospheres", the Hungarian György Ligeti caused effects similar to those registered with Beethoven. But the "Sonata for two pianos in D Major" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most popular music therapy had no effect.
- It was strange, because this sonata causes something known as the "Mozart effect", a temporary increase in spatial-temporal reasoning - considering the researcher. - But we were happy with the result. We believed that the symphony would cause metabolic changes only, not the death of cancer cells.
"Atmospheres", unlike the "Fifth Symphony" is a contemporary composition, characterized by the absence of a melodic line. Why, then, two different tracks that have caused the same effect?
Coupled with a team that includes a professor at the School of Music Villa-Lobos, Marcia, now seeks to answer this by dividing the music into parts. It may be that the effect has not been the whole work, but specifically of a rhythm, a tone or intensity.
In April, exposure to samba and funk
When you can identify what killed the cells, the next step will be to build a particular sound sequence for the treatment of tumors. The path to this tune will go through other genres. Starting next month, researchers will test the effect of samba and funk on tumor cells.
- We do not know music composer and what we use. The amount of sound combinations that we can study is immense - the researcher says.
Another avenue of research is to investigate whether the symphonies caused another type of effect in the body. For now, only renal cell tumor were exposed to music. Only in the second group was registered a change.
The survey also provided a strange conclusion to cell cultures. As it was proved that the effect of music goes beyond the emotional component, there may be a difference between listening to it with surround sound or headphone.
- Partial results suggest that with the headset, we are benefiting from the emotional effects and neglecting the direct consequences, such as those observed with the experiment - Marcia reveals.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Newark, NJ — March 28, 2011 — Mayor Cory A. Booker, City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board, President and CEO Gary Kelly, and Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Bill Baroni announced that Southwest Airlines has started its new service of six daily nonstop flights from Newark to Chicago Midway and two daily nonstop flights to St. Louis during a media reception at the Theater Square Grille in Downtown Newark. Also in attendance were Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Stefan Pryor and Department of Economic and Housing Development Director of Logistics and Industrial Operations W. Deen Sharif.
“Southwest Airlines is now part of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures; including an international airport, major rail connections, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast,” said Mayor Booker. “We are one of the top 10 most populous states in the nation. In addition to our transportation super-structure, Newark is an arts, cultural, sports and entertainment hub. We are excited to have Southwest Airlines join the City of Newark, and with a carrier that will provide our fellow New Jerseyans with a great travel experience. We welcome Southwest Airlines to Brick City and wish them success and growth.”
“We are thrilled about spreading our wings into the greater New York/New Jersey area. With this new service, not only are we adding nonstop flights to Chicago Midway and St. Louis, but also complementing our LaGuardia and Long Island service,” Mr. Kelly said. “Southwest is here to provide our Customers with our legendary Customer Service, our great value, and our Customer friendly policy of Bags fly Free. We appreciate the leadership of both Governor Chris Christie’s administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for making it possible for Southwest to bring our planes to New Jersey.”
“The Port Authority welcomes Southwest to Newark Liberty, where they join a family of airlines that serve the 34 million Newark fliers every year,” said Mr. Baroni. “Now, the people of New Jersey and New York have even more options to get to six new locations. These options for our fliers and the hundreds of jobs Southwest is bringing to New Jersey are a real sign of their commitment to our region.”
Southwest Airlines’ new service to Newark Liberty International Airport will offer direct or connecting service to more than 45 destinations including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, and San Diego. Beginning June 5, 2011, Southwest will offer more service from Newark with three daily nonstops to Baltimore/Washington, three daily nonstops to Denver, two daily nonstops from Houston Hobby, and two daily nonstops to Phoenix Sky Harbor.
To download the flight schedule and view all of Southwest’s destinations from/to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), visit www.southwest.com. To learn more about this new service, visit their blog at: /http://www.blogsouthwest.com/blog/big-72
“With increased transportation options combined with legendary customer service, the City of Elizabeth is proud to welcome Southwest Airlines to Newark Liberty International Airport,” said Mayor Bollwage. “As they embark on this exciting new initiative to expand services and meet the needs of diverse populations throughout our region, we extend our congratulations and best wishes for continued success.”
In addition to today’s news conference, Southwest volunteers flew in from the Company’s headquarters in Dallas, over the weekend to help celebrate the new service by volunteering alongside Jersey Cares. The team worked together to complete improvements at Newark’s South 17th Street School by weeding gardens, planting flowers, and beautifying the surrounding areas.
Bishop LeRoy Martin of the Thankful Center of Los Angeles was one of the first Southwest Airlines passengers who flew on a direct flight from Los Angeles to Newark. He gave the airline a positive review and said, “They were great. It was a direct flight with good service and very customer-friendly staff. I saved a lot of time by not having to fly in to La Guardia Airport or JFK in New York. I’m happy that my return flight will also be on Southwest Airlines.”
In its 40th year of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers – offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded; now serving 72 cities in 37 states. Southwest also is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit www.southwest.com/cares to read the Southwest Airlines One Report. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,400 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees system-wide.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PARIS, FRANCE – From Friday, April 1st to Sunday, April 3 rd , 2011, Broken Clouds, by Yuri Alves, willparticipate at the ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, which will project 78 films from 25countries. Broken Clouds will screen at the cinema Christine on Sunday April 3, 2:10pm – tickets availableat: http://ecu.slated.com/2011/filmsbrokenclouds_tba_ecu2011.
Broken Clouds, directed by Yuri Alves and produced by DreamPlay Productions, tells the story of a miraculoussurvivor seeking to restart life on the planet after the loss of his soulmate. The film was shot in Newark, NJ andin surrounding towns, as well as Brooklyn, NY over a period of 18 months. The cast features Vinicius Vieira,Klemen Novak, Candace Janee, David Nash and Ivo Canelas. Alves, along with some of the producers and castwill attend the festival.
In February 2011, Broken Clouds won Best Experimental Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival,which selected 33 films from over 300 entries. And recently, Broken Clouds was featured in an exclusive sneakpreview screening that drew over 550 attendees in Newark, NJ.
Writer-director Yuri Alves, 27, was born in Brazil to Portuguese parents and grew up in Newark and surroundingareas. Alves says the film is “a highly personal expression of a dark spiritual and artistic phase for me. The film’sproduction actually paralleled the journey of the main character, and in particular, his search for catharsis in theface of existential fear.”
It is competing in the Short Dramatic Film category with 6 other films from around the world. This year’s ÉCUwill screen 78 films in 12 categories including features, short films, documentaries, animation, studentexperimental and more, which will be competing for 20 awards. Alves, along with members of the production andcast, will attend the festival in representation of Broken Clouds.
ÉCU is considered by many critics and industry insiders to be the “Sundance of Europe” because it hasdelivered on its mantra to “discover, project and promote” vibrant independent cinema. Festival President andAcademy Award winning filmmaker, Scott Hillier says: “The 2011 ‘Official Selection’ is full of innovative, intelligentand entertaining cinematic gems. We are proud to support these talented individuals and assist in help takingtheir careers to another level.”
Most recently, Alves directed ‘A Armadilha’ and ‘Mano a Mano’, two episodes from the Portuguese primetimetelevision mini-series Tempo Final, set to premiere in late April 2011. Yuri Alves is also the co-founder andCreative Director of DreamPlay Productions, a TV, film and multimedia company.
For more, visit: www.brokencloudsmovie.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Newark, NJ – March 7, 2011 - Mayor Cory A. Booker and Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director James Souder announced today that the City of Newark is opening registration for boys aged 18 and under for the 2011 Mayor’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held from April 19 to April 21, 2011 at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center, located at 211 West Kinney Street, with the entrance on Howard Street. Games will start at 9 a.m. and continue until the schedule is complete.
“This annual basketball tournament is the kind of action we want all of Newark’s youth to enjoy,” Mayor Booker said. “I commend our dedicated recreation team for organizing this event, which is one of several programs, like our Let’s Move! Newark campaign, which we are offering to engage our youth in wholesome activities. These programs will promote their health and well-being, while defeating childhood obesity. I encourage all of our residents to support our youth as they take it to the hoop and manifest their excellence on the courts of the JFK Recreation Center.”
The deadline to register for the tournament is March 31, 2011. There will be no exceptions. Organizations and groups can only enter one team per group. Eight teams in each age category will be the maximum limit, for a total of 24 teams. The tournament is timed to coincide with the spring recess from Newark Public Schools.
“The Mayor’s Basketball Tournament gives our youth a positive, wholesome activity during their spring break that helps them build strong minds, strong bodies, and teaches them valuable life lessons about competition and sportsmanship. I congratulate the entire Recreation team on developing and operating this program,” said Director Souder.
“I look forward to the Mayor’s Basketball Tournament each year. I’ve been involved with the tournament since 1999 and each year the excitement grows. I enjoy watching the teams compete against each other. I’m looking forward to this year’s tournament,” said Tia D. Montigue, the Program Coordinator for the Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs.
The tournament is played on the JFK Recreation Center’s NBA-regulation size basketball court and will consist of eight teams in each of the following three categories:
• Males 12 & under
• Males aged 13-14
• Males aged 15-18
Last year 41 teams competed in the tournament, and 24 are expected to play this year.
“It’s fun to get these kids together from the recreation centers to compete,” said Akima Stocks, coach of the Hard Rock team, which consists of 12 boys aged 15-17, drawn from public and private high schools across the City. The team won its age-group championship in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. She attributes her success to the team. “Kids who play for different high schools get an opportunity to play together on this team and in this tournament. The kids are hard workers. I don’t start with them until their high school seasons are done, and we start practicing two weeks prior to the tournament. We put a lot of hard work into a very short time. The kids are already good. The practices are to get them to play together, as a team,” she said.
The tournament is the beginning for the Hard Rock team’s summer season, competing in Amateur Athletic Union action in the region. “The mayor’s tournament sets the tone for the summer. It gets them into the competition and in shape for the summer action,” Ms. Stocks added. “Besides basketball, there’s a togetherness thing. Basketball is more than the spirit of playing and getting in shape. After practice, we cook out together, and everyone has a job at the cookouts. It’s getting kids to become a family. Anyone on the team will tell you that.” She added that some of the team’s players do not actually play on their high school teams, as they have jobs after school. Players have to maintain a 2.0 GPA or better to get on or stay on the team. “All but three of my kids have gone on to college. Some of them played for Rutgers and are just graduating from Rutgers now,” she said.
The Tournament is sponsored by the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact Tia D. Montigue, Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs, at (973) 733-6456.
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.
Recreation has been a major priority for the Booker administration. Since 2006, each of the City’s recreation centers has had a comprehensive rehabilitation. After millions of dollars of capital investment, every city Recreation facility and pool has been upgraded and is now open for expanded programs and community use. In addition, City programming at recreation centers has been expanded. Residents can now access a full catalogue of recreation and cultural programs and services.
The John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center is the City’s largest such facility, offering Newark residents of all ages a wide variety of daily recreation, exercise, and swimming programs. The facility features a multi-purpose exercise room, an NBA-regulation size basketball court, a state-of-the-art weight room and the only indoor/outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool in the State equipped with a retractable roof. The John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center has hosted numerous events, including the 2002 U.S. Youth Games Swimming competition, professional wrestling matches, a variety of exercise classes, amateur boxing bouts, basketball tournaments and other community functions.
For more information about all Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs or any other City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
HFFNY 2011 features two full-length action films. Come see what Brazil and Chile have to get your adrenaline going!
Dir. Roberto Santucci, Brazil
Museum of the Moving Image
Sunday, April 10, 6:30 pm, 90 min.
Monday, April 11, 5:00 pm, 90 min.
Riding High takes us into a most dramatic day in the life of Julia, a housewife who becomes the victim of two youngsters from the slums in the city of Rio de Janeiro. When Julia is kidnapped from her armored car by Case and Sapeca, what seems at first sight to be a social conflict between rich and poor turns into a much more complex plot linking the pasts and presents of the characters.
Dir. Ernesto Diaz, Chile
Wednesday, April 13, 2:50 pm, & Thursday, April 14, 9:45 pm; 90 min.
Antonio's parents were murdered when he was a child. As an adult, he becomes a ruthless bounty hunter, code-named "Mandrill," with the sole aim of finding the murderer and avenging his parents. But Mandrill has a weakness - women - so he asks his uncle Chone, a renowned Don Juan, to teach him the act of seduction. When he is hired to capture a powerful mobster casino boss, he soon discovers that he is the man he has sought all these years.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Legendary Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán will engage in a conversation with Gabriela Rangel (Director of Visual Arts, Americas Society) and Carlos Gutiérrez (Co-Founder and Director, Cinema Tropical) on the subject of Guzmán’s documentary practice and his most recent film Nostalgia de la luz. This program will be co-presented with Cinema Tropical.
Patricio Guzmán was born in Santiago, Chile. He studied documentary filmmaking while attending the Official Cinematography School in Madrid. Guzmán is renowned for his long and impressive career as a documentary filmmaker, most notably for his 1973 film La batalla de Chile, a five hour documentary on the end of Salvador Allende’s government. The film was nominated by CINEASTE magazine as “one of the ten best political films in the world.” Guzmán is founder and director of the International Documentary Festival of Santiago (FIDOCS). He also currently teaches documentary film classes in Europe and Latin America.
Reception to follow after discussion.
About TropiChat: TropiChat is a series of informal conversations between Latin American filmmakers covering a broad range of topics—from the work of a particular director to pressing issues facing the industry—while encouraging audience participation and interaction.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Newark, NJ – March 10, 2011 - Mayor Cory A. Booker announced today that IBM has selected Newark to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. The grant provides Newark with access to IBM’s top experts to analyze and recommend ways Newark can become an even better place in which to live, work and play. The approximate value of each Smarter Cities Challenge grant is equivalent to as much as $400,000.
The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide over the next three years. Teams of specially selected IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.
“Newark is honored to have been selected as one of the winners of this competitive grant process, which drew more than 200 applications from cities around the globe. Our team is excited to put the grant's resources to work in support of our efforts to leverage technology and make our government more efficient and effective. IBM's experts are second to none, and will bring a wealth of experience, proven approaches from other cities, and fresh ideas that will help us better deliver services to our citizens,” said Mayor Booker.
IBM selected cities that made the strongest case for participating in the Smarter Cities Challenge. During these engagements, IBM technical experts, researchers and consultants immerse themselves in local issues and offer a range of options and recommended next-steps. Among the issues they examine are healthcare, safety, social services, transportation, communications, sustainability, budget management, energy, and utilities. “((We selected Newark because of its commitment to the use of data to make better decisions, and for its desire to explore and act on smarter solutions to their most pressing concerns,” said Jennifer Crozier, Director, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs.)) “The cities we picked are eager to implement programs that tangibly improve the quality of life in their areas, and to create roadmaps for other cities to follow. The stakes have never been greater but we’re excited at the prospect of helping cities tackle the most pressing challenges of our time.”
IBM’s consultants and technology specialists will help municipalities analyze and prioritize their needs, review strengths and weaknesses, and learn from the successful strategies used by other cities worldwide. After studying the role that intelligent technology might play in uniting and advancing different aspects of city life, IBM then outlines a range of concrete strategies designed to help make cities healthier, safer, smarter, more prosperous, and attractive to current and prospective residents and businesses.
A consistent theme in these projects is the collecting, sharing, analyzing and acting on data generated by urban interactions and transactions. Such information can include everything from smartphone adoption, crime statistics, foot and vehicle traffic, to tax revenue and library usage. Correlations are then made that link seemingly unrelated aspects of urban life to develop innovative and cost effective strategies to address persistent challenges.
During Smarter Cities Challenge engagements, IBM will help recipients become comfortable using a free Web site called City Forward (http://www.cityforward.org). The site gives policy makers, citizen-advocates and the public a new perspective on how their respective cities are performing compared with others. It serves up easy-to-use data to help them make more informed decisions that improve services and make their citizens and businesses healthier, happier, safer, more productive and prosperous.
It captures vital statistics on the performance of many specific services such as safety, health, transportation, land use, utilities, energy, environment, personal income, spending, population growth and employment. Users can then gather, compare, analyze, visualize, and discuss statistical trends, giving them real-world insight that can help shape public policy.
The need for better city management has never been greater. In 2008, according to the United Nations, more than half the world’s human population began living in cities for the first time in the world's history.
Smarter Cities Challenge draws upon IBM’s intrinsic technological savvy, but also upon the field experience accumulated by IBM over the last three years from the company's ongoing pro bono Corporate Service Corps grant program. Corporate Service Corps has deployed 100 teams of 1,000 top IBM employees from around the world with skills in technology, scientific research, marketing, finance, and business development. They work with local government, non profit civic groups, and small business to develop blueprints that intersect business, technology, and society.
Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by the international philanthropic foundation at IBM, which has been a leader in corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship for 100 years. For more information about the Smarter Cities Challenge grant program, can visit http://www.smartercitieschallenge.org. To learn more about IBM’s corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/blogs/citizen-ibm
For more information on this or any other City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This festival was born from the will to promote new music from all genres in Newark, NJ, and to promote musical diversification in the Ironbound area.
The first event will be dedicated to Rock: “Dr Jones”, “Zinthonia”, “3 Locos” and “At a Distance” are the chosen bands. They represent the willingness and creativeness of the NJ area musicians.
We hope to build a sequence of festivals with different genres - on a monthly basis or bimestrial, if possible – that can meet musical expectations from the public in the East ward of Newark. We’ll try to promote it the best we can with Posters, Networking, Radio and TV Interviews etc., so the artists can get more exposure and the public can be well served, to. Tickets will be on sale at the door at 6 pm and there is free parking for the general public.
When: Sunday, March 20 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Where: Palacio Europa - 278, New York Avenue - Newark, NJ
Newark Music Festival - Program
1st Band: 7 pm
Dr Jones : Lucas de Mattos Vocals, Electric Guitar
Fellipe Prata – Vocals, Electric Guitar
Tiago Garcia – Bass
Benhur Oliveira – Drums
2st Band: 8 pm
Zinthonia: Diego Sardonez – Vocals
Fabian Presa – Vocals and Electric Guitar
Martin Silva – Bass
Richard – Drums
3st Band: 9 pm
3 Locos: Mauricio El Moro – Vocals, Electric Guitar
Gelix – Bass
Julio – Drums
4th Band: 10 pm
At a Distance: Kelly Ann Pinho - Vocals
Rui Abrunheiro – Vocals, El Guitar, Prog.
Carlos Ferreira - Drums
More information at :
Phone: (973) 392-3810
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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