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New York City--On Thursday, November 17th through Saturday December 3rd, 2011 renowned Brazilian artist Ernani Silva will launch a new exhibit of his latest artwork simply entitled “ Organic Metamorphosis “ It is a vibrant, creative song of praise to the matchless artistry and extraordinary splendor of nature, fine art which we all too often take for granted. The series opens at New Century Artist Gallery located between 10th & 11th Avenues in the heart of Chelsea at ( 530 West 25th Street, Suite 406 , New York N.Y.10001 ) 212-367-7072. Opening will be held on Thursday November 17, 2011 3:00pm- 7:00pm and Reception Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, but will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Live music performed by Ernani and Friends will be featured throughout the exhibition.
“The Earth is a rich palette of living color,” says Silva, “which woos every artist and compels him or her to put paint to canvas. When we destroy the Earth, we are silencing the magical Muse of nature, tearing at her life and leaving her in despair. Through the Organic Series I hope to remind everyone that we are one Creation. We are all organic, one living planet, and we are nature.”
In this series Ernani joyously unifies organic substances with paint to pound out rhythm and release, build depth and texture, pours on passion and sensuality, to infuse the canvas with the sparkling facets of natural color and form. He loves to integrate a mustard yellow curry or the burnt red of paprika, for example, into his work because these everyday spices exemplify rich hues that cannot be easily replicated on an artist’s palette. He reclaims what we toss away –rich brown coffee grounds, carbon black mussel shells, and pearly white dried beans. He reinterprets the commonplace in dynamic new ways, thus raising the ordinary to high art.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Silva retreated to the lush embrace of green forests full of colorful birds, sparkling waters, and dancing fish to manage the trauma of a vulnerable childhood caught up in the poverty and exploitation that ravaged his homeland. His mother taught him to respect the spirits of the forest and seek their permission to enter in. Through his spiritual drumming, singing, cooking and painting, he offers us the compassion he discovered, invoking a purity of creative expression that fills his canvas with unconditional love. There is no criticism in his work, only a melodic generosity that can divert the raging of a material world to share in the healing power of the luscious beauty he sees.
Ernani Silva is one of the most prolific artists of the 21st century. He produces only original ©, one-of-a-kind works. Each piece has been touched by the artist’s hand and represents a unique illustration of the spiritual vision he is working to express.
Contact: India DaSilva
Phone: 347-844-0455 / 516-993-2136 / 866-944-6241
Ernani Silva was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he encountered many adversities. At an early age of four Ernani displayed artistic gifts, but his father discouraged any involvement with the arts. He welcomed the opportunity to relocate to the United States, where he was further encouraged as an artist. Ernani is multi-lingual and well-regarded in an international audience.
Silva developed a distinctive style which reflects his Brazilian cultural influence of Native, European & African lineage. His creations are an amalgam of dance, rhythm, music and color which voice his rich mystical heritage and history. Silva is passionately attracted to the expression and emotion of his traditional music and the spiritualism of Candomble ceremonies and rituals. Silva’s palette is the alchemy of intoxicating opaque colors, as well as incorporating the use of heavy impression to create vibrant lyrical dancing figures. His work speaks a sensual language, which gives the viewer a glimpse of his intense celebrated reality, through an intoxicating palette of opaque colors and expression. He has extensive exhibition, teaching and curatorial experience in a wide variety of venues over a period of 40 plus years. His award winning work is on display throughout various galleries worldwide as well as donated to museums. Currently, Ernani "Cultural Movement of Rio de Janeiro to bring a full exchange of education through , visual art, music, culinary, language, history and tourism in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil. Ernani Silva is one of the most prolific artists of the 21st century. He produces only original ©, one-of-a-kind works. Each piece has been touched by the artist’s hand and represents a unique illustration of the spiritual vision he is working to express.
“I appreciate my God-given talent and believe that art is a healing force. Silva states, “My art is also therapy for me; it is a cathartic force in my life as well as others. My inspiration is life itself by bringing joy, peace and healing through the power of my God given gift. My paintings are my way of touching ones spirit and soul of others. Art took control of my life and healed me from the scars of abuse. I have helped others in their healing process by sharing what I have learned.” Ernani initiated working with underprivileged youths in Rio de Janeiro as well as, the United States offerings ” Art To Heal Workshops” to children and other individuals.
He has always worked with various mediums concerned with creating new textural forms and compositions. Turning trash such as paper, empty bottles, broken glass, and discarded lumber into treasures is one of the solutions to the worlds’ problem of environmental pollution. It is my hope that my art embodies and incorporates “thrash” which will act as an inspiration for others “The Earth is a rich palette of living color,” says Silva, “which woos every artist and compels him or her to put paint to canvas. When we destroy the Earth, we are silencing the magical Muse of nature, tearing at her life and leaving her in despair. Through my “Organic Series” I hope to remind everyone that we are one Creation. We are all organic, one living planet, and we are nature.” In his latest organic creations, Ernani joyously unifies organic substances with paint to pound out rhythm and release, build depth and texture, pours on passion and sensuality, to infuse the canvas with the sparkling facets of natural color and form. He reinterprets the common place in dynamic new ways, thus raising the ordinary to high art.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
New Century Artists Gallery, 2011
Hamptons Black International Film Festival, 2011
Art Jazz Gallery, Phila., PA 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Galapagos Art Space- live musical art performance-DUMBO – NY 2010
Brazil Arts Gallery, Tampa, Florida 2006, 2008, 2010
Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA- 2007-2008
Negro Ensemble Company, Exhibit, New York 2008
Artist Showcase of Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Fl. 2008
Newark Airport “Latin Heritage Month” 2007
Breast Cancer Society LI, New York-2007
Casa Rui Barbosa “Rio de Janeiro
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
African American Museum of Philadelphia., PA, 2010, 2011
The DuSable Museum of African-American History, Chicago, 2010
American Crafts Festival - Lincoln Center, NY, NY 2010
St Stephen Art Show, Coconut Grove, FL 2010
Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, Ill. 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
Brazil Arts Gallery, Tampa, Florida 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010
Beaux Arts Festival of Arts, Miami 2009
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts, Miami 2009
Clinton Hill Art Festival, Brooklyn, New York, 2008
Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA 2008, 2009,
Embrace, Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia- 2006, 2007, 2008
National Black Fine Art, NYC, Puck Building, New York 2008
Gallery Guichard, “Canvas of Soul” &“Art Di Gras” Chicago, Ill. 2008, 2009
South Hampton Arts Festival, LI, New York 2008
Pier 57, Group Show, NYC-2007
“Off the Main”, Show, New York 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
“Global Vision”, Lambert Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 2006, 2005
Erotica Group, Matthew’s Gallery, Tampa, Florida 2005
Christie's Fine Art Auction House, New York City - 1993
Stylt Gallery, Goteberg, Sweden, 1993
Pezon Gallery "100 Years of Via Lobos", Rio, 1985
BNDES Gallery "Favla & Pere e Ria” Rio de Janeiro, 1986
Petrobras Gallery, "Labor" Group Show, Rio de Janeiro, 1977
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Reconigantion from Brazila Federal Government for the inception of "Cultural Movement of Underpriveriazed Youths of Rio de Janeiro, 1986 * SEVAA- Southeastern Virginia Arts Assoc. “Fine Art -1st Prize * Grand Prize Afram Festival * Official Artist for 2005 Chicago Jazz Festival * Nubian Women’s Circle of Art Award * Women Against the Wind, has been adopted by the Breast Cancer Society of Long Island, N.Y. * Work selected by the City Hall of Tampa, Fl. to represent Brazil Celebration * Personally, acknowledged by the Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor of New York for artistic contribution to The New American Art Show. The Dedicators, Inc., NY. Primary supporter of MoCADA during its inception through donations of art.
Café Brazil, New Orleans, Blue Note, West Village NY, St Nicks Pub, Harlem NY, Lincoln Center, NYC
PUBLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS
Journal Do Brazil, LA News, The New York Link, Amsterdam News, Kansas City Herald, Lawrence Journal World. Sony, UpScale, InStyle, Homes of Color, UnFold, Fox News, Jump Up TV, Mahogany TV.
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Kennedy, Ruby Dee, Tina Knowles, Andy Garcia, Elza Soares, Cassandra Wilson, Tampa City Hall and groups like Steps Ahead & Hot Chili Peppers.
Teaching & Other Art-Related Experience
Taught ongoing courses and “Art to Heal” workshops for the mentally challenged and underprivileged in Rio De Janeiro, Georgia, South Beach Psychiatric Center & Acorn Center (NY), and Family Life Center/Domestic Violence Center for Abused Women & Children (FL.), and Children of Karina, in New Orleans. Ernani continued his education and professional development in sculpture, music and writing, Pratt Institute, New York.
Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Denise Reis has thrilled audiences all around the world with her warm, expressive musicality and unique talent. Her continual musical success has been attributed in part to her extraordinary ability to imitate the sound of the trumpet with only her lips and voice.She is a truly dynamic performer, surprising and delighting listeners with impressive improvisations, innovative arrangements, and Latin-American jazz textures.
The rich emotion in Denise’s music allows her to transcend cultural barriers and speak directly to the ears and hearts of her audiences.Denise Reis has toured various countries including her native Brazil, Senegal, Ukraine, Venezuela, Portugal, and Israel, where she performed with world renowned composer Yoni Rechter.
In 2009 Denise was honored with an invitation to compose a song and perform for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Albany, NY. Her latest album, Alfândega, subtly injects world rhythms with a Brazilian sensibility. The album features musical production by Denise herself.
– Tito Madi (composer)
"Denise Reis interprets songs beautifully, giving color to her
singing, making any song soar. Her voice is pitch-perfect and
masterful. I would even say her voice is magic."
– Jô Soares, TV Globo
"Denise Reis is one of the most musical people I've ever met.
She is fated for success."
– Jornal Estado de Minas
"After her debut with "Chá de Hortelã com Caviar", an album
which featured Brazilian pop classics, Denise Reis reaches
new audiences with "Alfândega", a work that reveals her skill
as a songwriter. An album with elegance and refinement."
Marcelo Nami and acclaimed percussionist Marcos
• Birdland (New York)
• Cafe Wha? (New York)
• Caffe Vivaldi (New York)
• Joe’s Pub (New York)
• City Winery (New York)
• World Cafe Live (Philadelphia)
• Teatro Café Pequeno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
• Zappa Club (Tel Aviv, Israel)
• Saint-Louis Jazz Festival (Saint-Louis, Senegal)
• Barquisimeto Jazz Festival (Barquisimeto,
• Chá de Hortelã com Caviar (2003)
• Alfândega (2007)
~ Listen to Denise at: http://denisereis.com.br
~Booking Contact~ Madalena Sousa
T: (917) 400-1578
New York-NY, Aug. 1. By Marcellus Lima.
VejaTv.com staff went this morning on a press conference called by the U.S. Soccer as they officially presented former German soccer player, coach and 1990 World Cup champion Jurgen Klinsmann as the new head coach for the U.S Men's National soccer team. Klinsmann's first challenge ahead of the team will be against Mexico taking place in Philadelphia on August 10.
After the event we talked to soccer writer Cesar Diaz who said has positive expectations for Klinsmann's performance. Although he aknowledged that Klinsmann has a difficult task ahead of him since the United States is not traditionally strong in this sport. When asked about the delays concerning the development of the infrastructure of Brazil for hosting next World Cup he commented that such things are common to happen and that people have no reason to worry about it. He says he is positive that ((Brazil is going to do a great job and that the world will see an unforgettable spectacle)).
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For its 4th consecutive year, The Lavagem of 46 Street, a Brazilian Cultural Parade and Festival are the producers of the annual "Lavagem Expo".
which officially opens the Brazil Week.
In the past years the Lavagem Expo had given opportunities to various Brazilian artists to exhibit their various works, such as phot...ography, fine arts, poetry, theater, fashion, music and dance presentations.
This year we will present "Expressions" by Bel Borba a visual artist from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. He initially became famous for his mosaics that can be seen in many neighborhoods throughout Salvador, he also works in a variety of mixed medias including acrylic paint, metals, digital renderings, ceramics and more. His work often has a humorous surrealistic quality.
When: Monday, August 29 to Sept 5, 2011
11 am to 8pm (daily)
Where: Chashama Gallery
217 E. 42nd Street (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
WHAT: Exposition, Workshops and Live Performances
Lavagem da Rua 46, means "The Cleansing of 46th Street" in English, is an event produced by Silvana Magda’s Viva Brazil Dance Company, Inc., a Not- for- Profit, tax exempt, 501C3 organization that works in conjunction with the Brazilian Day in New York. The mission behind the Lavagem is to create a unique cultural celebration experience in the Big Apple.
“The Cleansing of the 46th Street embraces the responsibility to help expand the Brazilian culture in the world’s capital” says the event producer and general coordinator Silvana Magda. “We are fully involved in this project to maintain our traditions and promote our artists who of course, also have the particular responsibility of strengthening the positive image of Brazil abroad.”
A mystic tradition that started in the 18th century in Bahia, when an image of Christ was brought from Portugal and arrive in Brazil 1745. The attribution of miraculous powers made Our Lord of Bonfim an object of popular devotion.
It is believed that the Cleansing of Bonfim was originated in the times when the slaves were forced to wash the stairway of the Church for the Patron Saint’s party.
Currently this traditional celebration consists of an enormous procession that leaves the Church of Conceição da Praia towards the Church of Bonfim, a distance of 8 Km. Hundreds of baianas open the procession and take, both in their hands and on their heads, vases with flowers and perfumed water in order to wash the stairway and cleanse the devotees.
The procession also embraces all religions and creeds since Our Lord of Bonfim, according to the religious syncretism in Bahia, corresponds to Oxalá.
The Lavagem/Cleasing was brought abroad and reformulated for the United States by Silvana Magda, with the support of the Brazilian entrepreneur João de Matos.
This year, the Lavagem/Cleansing unites diverse voices and rhythms to genuinely represent the enchantment, the tradition of not only Bahia but all the people. This glorious event will celebrate the purification, the energy, the nature, the unification of the people and the perpetuation of peace.
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Newark, NJ – July 14, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Business Administrator Julien X. Neals, Fire Director Fateen A. Ziyad, Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio, and Fire Chief John Centanni launched the City of Newark’s first-ever joint weekly training exercises for the Police and Fire Departments on Wednesday, July 13, at the Fire Department Training Academy at 191 Orange Street. The 9-week training exercises will help better prepare both agencies for first response to multi-vehicle accidents and other emergency incidents.
The training will be held once a week on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., through mid-September at the Fire Department Training Academy. A different engine and ladder company, along with 25 members of the Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit, will participate in the nine-week training exercise, which is being conducted by Newark Fire Department Special Operations and Police Department Emergency Services Unit instructors. The goal of the training is to familiarize the two agencies with all the assets of each others’ resources, such as rescue equipment, vehicles, capabilities, and procedures. The two municipal agencies handle as many as 15,000 vehicle extrications annually.
At the first training session, Mayor Booker and City Business Administrator Julien X. Neals, Esq., greeted the participants before they went to work. Then, in full gear, the Police Emergency Service Unit and Ladder Company 9 broke out their extrication equipment, and removed the top and doors from two junked cars, working seamlessly to extract two mannequins, which stood in for “crash victims.”
“Newark’s Finest and Newark’s Bravest share the same mission: to protect and serve the residents of the City of Newark. This training will enable them to work more closely together than ever, provide higher quality emergency response services, and most importantly, save lives,” said Mayor Booker. “I want to express my gratitude to this extraordinary team. They are doing our best to keep us strong. In every way, they are the most exceptional police and fire departments in New Jersey.”
“I recently took part in emergency operations training in Texas with Newark employees,” said Business Administrator Neals. “And I and the other employees gained a new appreciation of what our police officers and firefighters do every day. I salute you.”
“We want these two agencies to operate as one when they respond to joint incidents,” said Director Ziyad. “Inter-operability, communication, and teamwork will save lives and protect our residents when disaster strikes. Future collaborative training initiatives are being considered that will increase public safety for Newark’s citizens. There are a number of areas in which fire and police interact yet have not done formal training together. Acting Police Director DeMaio and I understand this and see a great opportunity to better serve our community by addressing those areas with dual departmental training to form a more coordinated, cohesive response to emergencies. We want one public safety division, which is about service to the residents.”
“No one knows when or where an emergency might appear in Newark. But we all know that the Newark Police and Fire Departments will be first on the scene. This training will ensure that they work together efficiently and professionally in any emergency,” said Director DeMaio.
“There are many occasions when our police and fire departments respond to an emergency together,” said Chief Centanni. “This training will ensure that they do so seamlessly and professionally, so that we can protect lives and property more efficiently. We are committed to putting in the resources to make sure this training works. We are as committed at our command level as I am sure you are committed to it at yours. This is the first step of a long journey of collaborative effort.”
The training involves exercises that simulate extrications of people trapped or seriously injured in major car accidents. The training exercises will focus on vehicle stabilization, extrication and hose line protection to increase efficiency and effectiveness in joint response to emergency incidents. Firefighters and police officers will use vehicle extrication tools to remove “victims” from multiple wrecked vehicles. Each fire company will rotate through the training, as will the Police Emergency Service Unit. Battalion Chief Arthur Mauriello, who heads the Fire Department’s Special Operations Unit, is coordinating the training.
“The training went very well,” said Capt. Mario Martin, Executive Officer of the Police Emergency Services Unit. “We’re working together to accomplish a common goal: to serve the people of Newark.”
Since 2006, the Newark Fire Department has opened new and renovated fire stations, and added new vehicles to its inventory. In 2008, the Department graduated the 39th Recruit Class of 18 recruits from the Fire Academy In October 2009, the Newark Fire Department unveiled its new 41-foot-long Hazmat and Heavy Rescue truck which will provide firefighters with a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment, including a 9,000-pound winch, a 9,000-watt light tower, a Robotic Search Camera to investigate disasters areas difficult to access, and extrication tools for car crashes.
Over the past four years the Fire Department has also purchased three new fire engines; two ladder trucks, and several support and utility units, reducing the average age of its vehicles to close to 50 percent. The Department also saw a restructuring that led to a 67 percent reduction in overtime, as well as the creation of the region’s first Urban Search and Rescue Unit, as well as the employment of new technology, such as voice-amplified face pieces, a new CASCADE rehabilitation and tank filling apparatus, and a state-of-the-art Voice Alert System.
The Newark Fire Department also has a number of specialized units, including an Arson Unit, a Hazardous Materials Unit, a Fireboat, a Confined Space Rescue Team, a Foam Tanker, and a Cascade Unit, which responds to emergency scenes to fill air bottles. In addition, the Department is one of only nine in the State of New Jersey whose Metro Strike Team has a Collapse Unit, to deal with collapsed buildings. Most of the Department’s specialized units are assigned for regional response, to assist neighboring communities that lack such equipment and training.
Under the Booker Administration, the City of Newark has formed several new partnerships and launched numerous new initiatives and policing strategies. Since being created in 2006, the Newark Police Foundation has raised thousands of dollars in philanthropic donations to support the purchase and deployment of new crime-fighting technology, including the deployment of more than one hundred wireless video surveillance cameras, a sonic gunshot detection system, a new state-of-the-art emergency services vehicle, and the operation of the City’s “Crime Stopper” and “Gun Stopper” anonymous tip lines.
More than 1,100 officers make up the Newark Police Department, making it the largest municipal department in the State of New Jersey. This September, the Department is scheduled to open its new 5th Precinct in the South Ward, a state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot facility that will include the City’s Office of Emergency Management. The Department also received a $1 million grant earlier this year to provide for a specialized vehicle that can read license plates numbers.
For more information about any City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
Contact: Press Information Office: (973) 733-8004
About the City of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one 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.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, businesses are returning and crime is going down. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.
For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website at www.ci.newark.nj.us
OPENING JULY 16th 12:00 - 2:00PM
FROM JULY 16th THROUGH AUGUST 16th, 2011
HASTINGS CAFE STATION - Metro North Station
134 Southside Avenue. Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
FREE WORKSHOP FOR KIDS; RECYCLED ART AND CLAY
Phone: 1 914 216-9803 / 1 914 478-3752
STUDIO VISITS BY APPOINTMENT
Alcinda Saphira ( Painter,Sculptor and Jewelry Designer ) is from Brazil and has been living and maintaining her studio in Hastings on Hudson, New York. Her formal art education began at the Escola De Belas Artes Federal Da Bahia in Salvador, Bahia (School of Fine Arts at Bahia Federal University). After leaving her job as a television and radio producer at TV EDUCATIVA Salvador/Ba and transferring to TV CULTURA, the public broadcasting television service in her home region Belém/Pa she sought out the traditional potteries in that part of the Amazon. For many years she traveled from one small town to another, studying ancient techniques while sharing back lessons learned at the academy. This became a crucial period in developing the visceral and political commitment to the survival of the Amazon that largely defined the shapes, colors, texture and themes of her work.
Today her work is more global and her techniques are unique. Her works are enriched by transparencies and symbolic details, resulting in multiple colors and textures.
Saphira was awarded with the first place prize atUBENY International Competition, selected bytheGuggenheim Museum critics.
Currently, Saphira has been offering art classes in her studio in Hastings on Hudson and working as a free lance curator and project coordinator for The Brazilian Endowment for the Arts located in Manhattan, NY . In addition Saphira has been working as an independent curator promoting art events at different locations, such as: The United Nations, galleries in Chelsea NYC, and the Brazilian Art Expo in Massachusetts-Brazil.
In the past has free lanced with Wingspan Art Program, an after school program for kids. Saphira has also done different workshops in places such as Central Park, Pier 17, Ardsley Country Club,Aquafest-friends of Old Croton Aqueduct and more.
In 2009 she was selected as one of the three artists to contribute to the ongoing effort to beautify Downtown Yorkers, New York. She received a commission to create a mural for a building in Downtown Yorkers (the dimensions were dictated by the size of the building façade in downtown Yorkers 21x12’feet). The painting is part of the main street project sponsored by Yonrkers Downtown Water front Business improvement District in partnership with Raising Development.
APRIL 2011 – Project MIGRATION, a projected initiated by Saphira and her partners, Rene Nascimento and Antonio Oliveira. The first exhibition took place at the New York Public Library, chelsea NYC. The fallowing Project Migration Exhibition is schedulle to occur in BAHIA Art Museum, Brazil through the months of December 2011 to January 2012.
The Project MIGRATION is aiming to create an artistic exchange among artists from all over the world. The project’s objective is to share talents, and create opportunities for artists in public and private galleries in different parts of the world.
Metamorphosis is a new series inspired by the idea of The Element of Styles. Some works are minimal and other times more intense through the use of bold colors. Each symbolism of color and shape is interpreted differently which allows us to use our own imagination. The works are surrounded by a great variety of movement of expression and liberty.
Saphira’s Studio offers Art classes for kids every Saturday from 10:15 AM-11:15 AM as well as 11:30AM - 12:30PM. The studio is located in Hastings on Hudson, New York.
The classes focus on traditional and modern art techniques using Acrylic on canvas, Water color, Assemblage, printing and more. Saphira’s Studio has also been dedicated towards teaching children how to use recycled materials and natural pigments to create different art forms.
For more information regarding the classes please contact Alcinda Saphira.
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Newark, NJ – June 6, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, the Newark Municipal Council, members of the Portuguese-American community and other dignitaries will hold a City Hall ceremony on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30pm to honor Bernardino Coutinho for his 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Newark and the Portuguese-American community. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street.
As a businessman, activist, and philanthropist, Bernardino Coutinho has a long career of community service and has defined Newark’s excellence and diversity. Coutinho founded the Newark Portuguese Day Parade and Festival, which has become the largest celebration of Portuguese culture in the world outside of Portugal. In 1991, Mr. Coutinho founded the Bernardino Coutinho Foundation, which supports Portuguese Heritage Month celebrations in Newark, an inner-city soccer program which engages more than 1,200 Newark youth, and programs to assist newly-arrived immigrants and their families.
WHO: Mayor Cory A. Booker, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, the Municipal Council, members of the Portuguese-American community and other dignitaries.
WHAT: Will hold a ceremony to recognize Newark Portuguese-American community leader Bernardino Coutinho.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall Rotunda 920 Broad Street Newark
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What: Fashion House Of Hopes
Hosted by: TV personality Stephanie Carrera and Fashion Stylist ShiNuh Holt (Ambassadors for Casa Esperanza para Mujeres Y Ninos)
A Fashion Show to benefit:
Casa Esperanza Para Mujeres y Niños, INC.
Presented by Donny Ponce & Directed by Jahdi Duarte
You are cordially invited to our Fashion House Of Hopes a Red Heels and Red Bow Tie Affair.
Casa Esperanza para Mujeres y Niños, INC, is a Non-Profit Organization empowering women to become change agents in their communities by providing them with the tools needed to render support, outreach, spiritual development and preventive services to other women infected or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
The Founder & CEO, Gina Ramos, and Chief Operating Officer, Takiysha McLeod are registered nurses with 25 years of combined experience. Through their professional journeys they have learned that the key to personal strength, development and most off all self love is “Empowerment.” As an organization they have developed an unique framework that incorporates empowerment through their community outreach/prevention initiatives.
Fashion House Of Hopes a Red Heels and Red Bow Tie Affair will be held June 4th, 2011 at #1 Front St. restaurant & lounge. Located at 1 Front Street under the Brooklyn Bridge. This event will serve a dual purpose, to raise funds and celebrate Casa’s mission, clients and to honor those selected professionals with in the community that have provided assistance for the women and children that benefit from our organization.
When: June 4th 2011
Where: #1 Front St. restaurant & lounge. Located at 1 Front Street under the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Newark, NJ – May 17, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Members of the Municipal Council, Acting Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio and other dignitaries saluted the valor of Newark Police Officers who have distinguished themselves in the line of duty by presenting awards for bravery and merit during a Municipal Council Chamber ceremony today. The ceremony is part of the City of Newark’s observance of National Police Week, which was originally created by federal legislation and signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, as National Peace Officer Day. Since then, the week of May 15 is observed each year to honor all law enforcement officers.
“Newark Police Officers are in their job for a profound purpose, to protect and serve our residents. They are the highest exemplars of courage, strength, duty, and purpose. They are subject to scorn until people call 911 to reach a police officer. They seek no recognition. ((The officers that we are recognizing today are deserving recipients of our respect, honor, and gratitude,” said Mayor Booker)).
During the ceremony, Mayor Booker and Acting Director DeMaio presented medals for valor and efficiency to police officers, civilian employees, and community members that supported the police. Officers were honored for standing off would-be armed carjackers, weapons seizures, and capturing armed felons. Also commended were the Emergency Service Unit and the 2nd Bureau Special Enforcement Unit. Selected for the Civilian Employee Recognition Award was Information Processing Manager Peter Lutz. Bishop Cleveland Blash received the Citizen Community Service Award. A total of 26 awards were presented at the ceremony.
“The men and women of this agency perform their duties relentlessly day in and day out, oftentimes going above and beyond the call of duty to protect Newark’s citizens. It’s a great day when we can recognize officers for a job well done and thank them for their undying willingness to keep this city safe from harm’s way,” said Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio. “I salute these officers for a job well done and look forward to recognizing others in the future. We will continue the charge to keep our city safe while improving the quality of life here for residents and visitors alike,” he added.
“I want to congratulate all of our police officers who are being honored today and to express our appreciation for the entire Newark Police Department,” said Municipal Council Vice President Anibal Ramos, Jr., speaking for his colleagues on the Council. “When it comes to the Newark Police Department, we stand in solidarity in giving them our support and gratitude.” He was joined in attendance by Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr., Council Members-at-Large Mildred Crump and Carlos Gonzalez, and Central Ward Council Member Darrin Sharif.
At the awards ceremony, Lt. Donald Robertella, the master of ceremonies, read out the citations for each officer honored, who then received his or her medal and a framed certificate from Director DeMaio.
Sgt. Leslie Jones from the Police Clergy Alliance offered the invocation and benediction. Also in attendance were Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, First Assistant Prosecutor Robert Laurino, and Essex County Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose.
This year’s 2011 “Class A” award which is the Police Department’s highest honor went to eight police officers who were involved in five separate incidents involving armed suspects. A complete list of awardees and their citations is attached.
Lt. Dennis Sanders, who received the Medal of Honor for shooting an armed suspect who attempted to carjack his personal vehicle, discussed the incident. “It was a life-altering experience for anyone to face that situation,” said the 21-year-veteran. “But sometimes the good guys prevail. I never had to face that kind of situation before, but my training prepared me for it.
“I loved the ceremony,” he added. “It shows that the community and our dignitaries care about the citizens and the police.”
“When I heard Lt. Robertella read the details of what happened that day, it brought memories back of what happened,” said Officer Latasha Merritt, who received the Medal of Honor. “And then it was a surreal feeling when I heard my name being called to receive the award. I feel honored every day to serve the community as a Newark Police Officer. I hope to be a role model for other young women who choose a career in law enforcement.” She joined the force at age 26. She was honored for shooting an armed suspect who menaced her and her partner with a loaded weapon.
After the Awards Ceremony, Mayor Booker, Acting Director DeMaio and the police officers held a memorial to honor the 50 Newark Police Officers (including one Housing Officer and one Special Police officer) who died in the line of duty during the department’s history, in the City Hall Rotunda.
The names of each of the fallen officers was read in the order they were lost, starting with Officer Maxwell Badgley, killed in 1854. Officer Badgley was not only the first Newark police officer to give his life, but the first in the entire state of New Jersey. The last name read was Sgt. Tommaso Popolizio, who was killed during the pursuit of a fleeing suspect in March 2007. A lone bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Retired Newark Police Sergeant Daniel Santos, who is the curator of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 12’s Police Museum, read the names and said, “All across the country last week, police agencies honored their fallen officers, those individuals that have made the ultimate sacrifice. This practice has been performed since 1962. So, it’s only fitting to gather here once again and honor members of our family, fallen officers of the Newark Police Department. In these trying times, both socially as well as economically, officers are being asked to do more – even if it means – with less. They continue to do just that, without hesitation because they swore an oath to protect and serve. Their valor then, as well as the valor of our officers today, gives us all hope for the future.”
Under the Booker Administration, the City of Newark’s Police Department has formed several new partnerships and launched numerous new initiatives and policing strategies. Since it was formed in 2006, the Newark Police Foundation has raised thousands of dollars in philanthropic donations to support the purchase and deployment of new crime-fighting technology, including the deployment of more than one hundred wireless video surveillance cameras, a sonic gunshot detection system and a new state-of-the-art emergency services vehicle.
In 2006, the Newark Police Department also launched the operation of the City’s “Crime Stopper” and “Gun Stopper” anonymous tip lines. Since the program began police have received more than 4,100 calls and paid out more than $84,000 in reward money resulting in more than 260 arrests, the recovery of 106 guns, and the confiscation of more than $250,000 worth of illegal narcotics. The impact of these initiatives has also been seen in Newark experiencing an overall 21 percent crime rate reduction since 2006, with a 46 percent drop in shootings. In 2008, Newark gained national recognition for leading the nation in violent crime reduction and in March 2010, the City saw its first homicide-free calendar month since 1966. The Police Department also received a $500,000 grant from the state Attorney General’s Office in April 2011, to purchase crime-fighting technology. For more information about the Newark Police Foundation please visit their website at www.newarkpolicefoundation.org.
The Newark Police Department is the largest municipal police department in the State of New Jersey with more than 1,100 police officers in the force. This September, the Police Department is scheduled to open its new 5th Precinct in the South Ward, a state-of-the-art 75,000-square-foot facility that will include the City’s Office of Emergency Management.
Indianapolis lawyer Mark S. Zuckerberg made news this week after his Facebook profile page was removed by the social network, which cited false identity issues.
Zuckerberg, who shares his first and last name with the Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, got his page back on Thursday, with apologies from the company, Indiana’s WISH-TV reported.
Just to set up his account in the first place, the lawyer had to submit copies of his driver’s license, birth certificate and Indianapolis Bar Association license, Zuckerberg said.
The social network has had similar problems with other famous names in the past.
The Today Show reported that several Kate Middletons from Boston, Australia and Britain have all been kicked off the social network in the past.
And Justin Bieber of Jacksonville, Fla. briefly found himself without a Facebook profile in 2010, after the teen pop sensation of the same name shot up the charts, First Coast News reported. Bieber said he also got daily fan letters and phone calls, despite having changed his listing in the phone book.
Zuckerberg — the lawyer — said he also seems some unwanted attention because of his name. He told WISH that he has to deal with thousands of friend requests, as well as the occasional stranger asking for a loan.
Do you share a name with a celebrity? Has it affected your digital identity?
(Post Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Donald E. Graham sits on Facebook’s board of directors, and the newspaper and many Post staffers use Facebook for marketing purposes.)