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Newark, NJ – December 12, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz, Acting Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services T. Karim Arnold, and other dignitaries will join municipal employees and residents from every ward to celebrate the City of Newark’s 26th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, in the City Hall First Floor Rotunda, at 920 Broad Street, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. Deputy Mayor Muñiz will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Performing at the ceremony will be the Newark Boys Chorus School’s Concert Chorus, the American History High School Choir, and local saxophonist Bobby Wise. Refreshments will be provided by the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs, and The Salvation Army.
WHO: Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement Margarita Muñiz, Acting Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services T. Karim Arnold; representatives from The Salvation Army; Newark Boys Chorus School’s Concert Chorus; the American History High School Choir and local saxophonist Bobby Wise.
WHAT: Will celebrate the City of Newark’s 26th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13
Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004.
MEDIA NOTE: The entire ceremony will be held indoors.
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Newark, NJ – November 30, 2011 - Mayor Cory A. Booker, Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish, and Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that the City of Newark’s “Project Red Light” Automated Photo Enforcement System has expanded to include a new intersection at Wilson and Doremus Avenues in the East Ward. The 30-day warning period began on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. All motorists who run through red lights at this intersection will receive a warning, but after the 30-day warning period they will be issued an $85 traffic violation. After the 30-day warning period expires, tickets will start being issued on Friday, December 30, 2011.
“This program was created for the critical purpose of increasing pedestrian and motor safety at our busiest intersections,” Mayor Booker said. “With our partners, we are efficiently and effectively pursuing and punishing motorists who disregard our laws and disrespect the lives of our residents by running red lights, and saving many lives. I commend our Department of Engineering and the New Jersey Department of Transportation on developing this program.”
The City of Newark’s “Project Red Light” Automated Photo Enforcement System first went into operation on December 16, 2009, at the intersection of Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard and the intersection of Broad and Market Streets. Based on the City of Newark’s one-year report to the State of New Jersey, accidents at the first 10 intersections with photo enforcement cameras dropped 16 percent in 2010 over the 2009 total, with half the intersection cameras installed for six months or less. From July through December 2010, there were 23 percent fewer accidents than the final six months of 2009.
“The camera installations and activations are part of a continuing initiative to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by motorists who ignore red lights. The Red Light Camera Program is supporting our Police Department in its efforts to enforce traffic safety regulations and is improving safety at our intersections for both motorists and pedestrians,” Director Mohammadish noted.
“This program is enhancing our ability to enforce traffic ordinances and maintain safety for pedestrians and motorists alike without incurring additional expenses or duties for our officers,” said Police Director DeMaio. “This Automated Photo Enforcement System is enabling us to work smarter and to eliminate the needless tragedies that result when motorists ignore red lights.”
In January 2008, Governor Jon S. Corzine enacted Assembly Bill 4314, establishing a five-year pilot program to determine the effectiveness of the installation and utilization of traffic control signal monitoring systems. Under the program, a traffic control signal monitoring system utilizes cameras and vehicle sensors in conjunction with the intersection’s traffic lights to produce images of vehicles disregarding a red signal and running a red light.
According to Division of Traffic and Signal Manager Jack M. Nata, whose division is overseeing the implementation of the program, “The Red Light Camera Program is one of the most important safety initiatives the Department of Engineering has ever pursued and these camera systems have created safer intersections for pedestrians and motorists alike,” Mr. Nata said.
The type of violation issued is similar to one for running a red light captured by a police officer on the street, with the exception that no points will be assigned against the driver or the owner of the vehicle. The penalty imposed for failing to observe a traffic control device is set forth in Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes. The automated cameras snap photographs of license plates of vehicles that run red lights, which will result in the owners of the vehicles being mailed a ticket for the violation. Violators can view the digital still images and a 12-second video of the violation online. The program is financed by a percentage of the paid violations being collected by the State and disbursed among the State, County, and City.
For information on all City of Newark programs and policies, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
Contact: Newark Press Information Office - (973) 733-8004
Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. - (781) 684-0770
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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 commuter and freight rail lines, 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. Its population showed growth in the most recent census. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The rate of production of affordable housing has doubled, and new businesses are moving in. 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.
LIST OF PENDING AND ACTIVE INTERSECTIONS
Wilson Avenue and Doremus Avenue – Goes active on December 30, 2011
Market Street and University Avenue
Market Street and Washington Street
McCarter Highway and Market Street
McCarter Highway and Edison Place
McCarter Highway and Lafayette Street
McCarter Highway and South Street
Broad Street and Market Street
Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard
Broad Street and Murray Street
Raymond Boulevard and Raymond Plaza West
Raymond Boulevard and Prospect Street
Mulberry Street and Market Street
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NEW YORK, NY – October 10, 2011 – My Lifestyle Magazine NY is pleased to announce the celebration of its 1st Year Anniversary on November 30, 2011, 7:30pm – 11:00pm. This private networking event will be held at the glamorous Samsung Experience, 3rd Floor, of the Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY. Presented by Elizabeth Ortiz, President of My Lifestyle Magazine NY, Karen Hoyos of Karen Hoyos International and in association with Samsung Experience and Society’s Choice; in collaboration with My Lifestyle Magazine, managing editor, Carlos Anaya also known as the “Latino Ryan Seacrest.” Event coordinated by Event Planner, Fleriser Bello.
Invited guests: Latina celebrity actress, Danna Garcia (Por Derecho de Sangre), Consul General of Colombia, Elsa Gladys Cifuentes Aranzazu, actress and writer Marisol Carrere, actor Jay Emmanuel, Latino artist, Fragancia, former Ms. Belleza Latina 2011, Helen Troncoso, Latina celebrity and model Jessica Caban in addition to its high profile executives, and selected members of the press: national and international.
My Lifestyle Magazine NY has seen an unprecedented growth over the last 12 months classified as the top Latino magazine in New York City Metro Area. Its innovative articles educate its readers of all cultures on fashion, beauty, health, travel, entertainment and New York City lifestyle. The bi-monthly publication distributes more than 20,000 copies in New York City Metro Area, Florida and Latin America. With the release of 6 publications within the year, the journey of My Lifestyle Magazine has been a success, impacting its readers and the community with excellence in editorial content, photography and design; its luxuries publications enhances the quality of the brand.
The evening will be hosted by “voice of the year” Gloria B. A fashion show by celebrity Brazilian designer Sisa Simone; hair and make-up by celebrity stylist Carlos Otero and David Gulino. Sisa will also give an announcement on Breast Cancer Awareness.
The night will continue with an inspirational speech given by international speaker and author Karen Hoyos followed by a prelude and special recap video of the journey of My Lifestyle Magazine. Elizabeth Ortiz will present the team of My Lifestyle Magazine NY led by Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Andres Castro. Music provided by DJ Melissa Nikita, a live performance by New York’s acclaimed Dance Mix Sensation Electric violinist “Violin Diva” Sarina Suno and live performance by self-proclaimed“old soul” and first Latin finalist at NBC’s Fame show Arias. A food presentation by celebrity Star chef Julieta Ballesteros of Crema Restaurant. Beverage and liquor provided by Doen Zhumir and beer provided by Heineken. The event will conclude with a raffle price brought to you Dr. Roly Borges. A community recognition award presentation “Dancing Heart” by CEO of Chateau Jewelers Gary Salvitt. Pass-around hors d’oeuvres by Crema Restaurant, a cake by Alex Almeda from Passion Desserts; gift bags with exclusive brands provided by Z.One Concept and flowers by Blanca Garcia from A Secret Garden. Sponsored by Dr. Clark, of Carl Clark Aesthetiques, and So Cap USA. www.mylifestyleny.com, www.sisadesigns.com, www.karenhoyos.com www.melissanikita.com, www.sarinasuno.com, www.ariasmusica.com, www.cremarestaurante.com, www.chateaujewelers.com, www.passiondesserts.com, www.z-oneconcept.com, www.doenzhumir.com, www.heinekenusa.com, www.asecretgardenny.com, www.defineyourlook.com, www.socapusa.com.
My Lifestyle Magazine is supporting: “Save the future foundation” and Breast Cancer Awareness
For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Ortiz, President & CEO, My Lifestyle Magazine NY
Karen Hoyos, President & CEO, Karen Hoyos International
Fleriser Bello, Event Coordinator
This project is presented and co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York and consists of a solo guitar recital featuring traditional Brazilian repertoire and premiers of pieces by Brazilian composers Raimundo Penaforte and Ricardo Calderoni. João Kouyoumdjian will also receive guest artists Paulo Martelli (guitar), Kathryn Farenish (flute), Marta Kukularova (soprano) and Welson Tremura (guitar).
Praised for his elegant and expressive musicianship by Grammy award winner Sharon Isbin, João Kouyoumdjian is a Brazilian-Armenian guitarist of distinction. In the words of guitar virtuoso Paulo Martelli "João Kouyoumdjian is one of the most extraordinary Brazilian guitarists of his generation. His interpretations always displayed refined sensibility and profound aesthetic meaning."
When: Carnegie Hall for November 28th, 2011 at 8pm.
João Kouyoumdjian, Guitar
Marta Kukularova, Soprano
Welson Tremura, Guitar
Kathryn Farenish, Flute
Paulo Martelli, Guitar
Program of traditional Brazilian music and world premieres by Raimundo Penaforte and Ricardo Calderoni
Newark, NJ – November 17, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr. and a coalition of State and Essex County elected officials will hold a press conference to discuss the future of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) on Friday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m., in the 1st Floor Rotunda of City Hall, at 920 Broad Street, in Newark.
WHO: Mayor Cory A. Booker, State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Essex County Executive DiVincenzo, Members of the Newark Municipal Council, and a coalition of State and Essex County elected officials.
WHAT: Will hold a press conference to discuss the future of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey(UMDNJ).
WHEN: Friday, November 18
WHERE: First Floor Rotunda
920 Broad Street
Contact: Newark Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004
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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.
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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