The Board of Directors of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) elected new officers for 2017 at the organization’s Annual Meeting in December. Steven T. Yglesias, longtime Ironbound business and property owner, will return as President. Hal Laessig, principal of Newark Metametrics and co-founder of the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, was reelected to the First Vice President position. Betty Spiropolous, Vice President, Newark Market Manager, Investors Bank, was elected as Second Vice President, retired businessman Renato Baptista will return as Treasurer, and Manuel Lopes, owner of Lopes & Sons Hardware on Ferry Street, was reelected Secretary.
Leysly Roldan was reelected as Assistant Secretary and Notary. Eddie DeSousa, Vice President and Branch Manager of TD Bank’s new office on Market Street, was appointed as the newest member of the IBID’s Board of Directors.
On behalf of the Newark Municipal Council, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador presented a proclamation and a commemorative portrait painting by Camilo Satiro, an acclaimed local artist, to longtime Ironbound resident Renato Baptista for his dedication and contributions to the Ironbound and Brazilian communities in Newark.
At the presentation ceremony during the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) September board meeting, Councilman Amador noted his respect and admiration for Baptista, a retired businessman who serves as Treasurer of the Ironbound District’s board of directors. “This is a testimony to what Renato Baptista has meant to this community for more than 50 years and to his work on behalf of the people of Newark,” the Councilman noted.
A dream inspired Victoria Villalba’s concept for her submission to the Ironbound Business Improvement District’s 14th Annual Anti-Litter Poster Contest. His concern about seeing people trip over litter on a local sidewalk motivated Miguel Carrera’s contest entry.
Their hard work and creativity helped Hawkins Street School win first place for the fifth to eighth grade and the Wilson Avenue School win first place for the first to fourth grade, respectively. Dozens of posters were entered by students from Ironbound elementary and middle schools participating in the contest which draws attention to the IBID’s “Let’s Work Together to Keep the Ironbound Clean” quality of life initiative. Leysly Roldan, IBID Office Manager, coordinated the contest with the schools.
An estimated 30,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected to be properly recycled at a free E-Waste Collection Event to mark Earth Day in the Ironbound District. The event, presented in partnership by the City of Newark, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Panasonic, Covanta and Urban Renewal Corp. at Peter Francisco Park, made it convenient and easy for local businesses and residents to recycle electronics like old TVs, PCs and laptops, printers, small household appliances, phones and other e-waste.
“We are pleased that our partnership has had an important impact in our district and beyond, with many truckloads of e-waste coming from downtown Newark and other parts of the city,” said Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director. “Many people realize it is important to remove electronic products from the waste stream but don’t know how or where to dispose of them properly. That’s why this service is so important to the Ironbound and the City of Newark.”
The bleaching effects of the sun, plus wind, rain, and snow, take a big toll on the colorful banners along Ferry Street that help define the Ironbound District. A cooperative effort between the City of Newark and the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) has replaced 110 banners in total that are once again welcoming locals and visitors to the Ironbound. The IBID provided the design, while the cost of producing the new banners was paid by the City of Newark’s Division of Traffic and Signals.
“We are proud to partner with the IBID in making Ferry Street a safer and more attractive corridor for pedestrians and motorists,” stated Jack M. Nata, Manager,
Division of Traffic and Signals, City of Newark.
Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director, noted that the banners do more than add color to the local streetscape. “The banners inform people that the district is being managed in a professional way, along with the streetscape planters, extra garbage cans and supplemental clean up services the IBID provides,” he continued. “At a time when our community is attracting increasing numbers of visitors for the district’s renowned dining, shopping and services, as well as new businesses and residents, it is important that we demonstrate our commitment to keeping the Ironbound a clean, attractive and welcoming destination.”
For more information about programs and services provided by the Ironbound Business Improvement District, visit goironbound.com. You can also follow news from the Ironbound District through social media at Facebook.com/goironbound
“Street Smart NJ” targets speed, distractednesss, and safety awareness for motorists and pedestrians
Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Engineering Director Phillip Scott, and Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata have announced that the City of Newark will be participating in the March 2016 Street Smart NJ Pedestrian Safety Education Campaign, “Street Smart NJ,” aims at reducing pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents in Newark and across all of New Jersey.
The Street Smart NJ campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations. Local police will work with several partners – including Newark Downtown District, Ironbound Business Improvement District, Rutgers University, Prudential, and many others to educate motorists and pedestrians throughout the month of March.