Karina Barrios, a student at the Ironbound’s Oliver Street School won first place among fifth to eighth grade students and Hawkins Street School student Arianna Alves won first place for first to fourth graders in the Ironbound Business Improvement District’s (IBID) 12th annual Anti-Litter Art Contest. Barrios was supported in her contest entry by Principal Douglas Petty and Art Teacher Rosalie Nascimento. Alves had the support of Principal Sandra C. Marques, Vice Principal Cristina DiTaranto and Teacher Filipa Silva.
Newark businesses and residents emptied their cluttered closets, drawers and offices to take advantage of a free collection event for household and business generated e-waste at Peter Francisco Park near Newark Penn Station. A total of 7181 pounds of electronics equipment was collected for proper disposal at the event, the second hosted by the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) and ECOvanta in cooperation with the City of Newark. ECOvanta is the e-waste recycling subsidiary of Covanta Energy, the operator of the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility in Newark. Nearly 80% of all the e-waste collected consisted of televisions!
Participating in the event were (left to right) East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, Brenda Anderson, City of Newark, Recycling Coordinator, Chris Bernardo, IBID Operations Coordinator and David Peterson, Account Executive, E-Covanta.
(left to right) Officer John Alves, Newark PD, Kimberly Lehmann, Panasonic, Dave Peterson, Covanta, Penny Joseph, Panasonic, Steven T. Yglesias, IBID, Brenda Anderson, City of Newark, Seth A. Grossman, IBID, Stephanie Greenwood, City of Newark, Amos Crudup, City of Newark, Hank Asher, Covanta, Kim Greene, City of Newark, Chelsea Albucher, Urban Renewal Corp., Lane Jacobs, Urban Renewal Corp., Justin Ritter, Urban Renewal Corp.
The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) presented community service awards to Lynier Richardson, former CEO of Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC), Michael Davidson, Executive Director, Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB), Lauren Hall, Director of Marketing, GNCVB, Chip Hallock, President & CEO, Greater Newark Regional Business Partnership, Hal Laessig and Yoland Skeete, Sumei Arts Center, Steven Yglesias, Mompou Tapas Wine Bar & Lounge and IBID President, Luis Nogueira, EXIT Realty, Lucky Associates, Jacinto Rodrigues, Chairman & CEO, Crown Bank, Victor Nichols, Publisher of NewarkBound Magazine and Roosevelt Donat, Director of Government Relations and Strategic Planning, BCDC. The awards were presented in recognition of outstanding contributions, commitment and service to the betterment of the City of Newark and the Ironbound community.
The signs along Ferry Street say “Welcome to Newark’s Ironbound.” As the City prepared to host thousands of visitors to the nearby Prudential Center on January 28th for Super Bowl Media Day, the Ironbound’s business community, including its nearly 200 renowned restaurants, bakeries, cafes and coffee shops were hoping hungry football fans will make a visit to the district part of their experience.
“The amount and variety of restaurants in Newark’s Ironbound section make it a dining gem and one of the top destinations in New Jersey,” noted Marilou Halvorsen, President of the New Jersey Restaurant Association. “Its close proximity to the Meadowlands and the Super Bowl will give visitors unique and easily accessible dining options.”
A coalition including East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), the Newark Police Department, the Portuguese American Police Association (PAPA) and the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) is sponsoring the annual Ironbound Holiday Coat & Toy Drive to benefit the needy of our community. Donations of new toys and new and good quality used coats for children ranging in age from infants to 18 years old will gladly be accepted until Friday, December 20th.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 4:30 pm and on Saturdays by special arrangement at Little City Hall, 113 Monroe Street. Donations can also be dropped off at Investors Bank’s Ironbound branch offices (184 Ferry Street, 255 Lafayette Street and 275 Chestnut Street) and at Garden State Community Bank (37 Wilson Avenue). Check with the banks regarding their office hours.
The City of Newark is one of five municipalities selected to participate in a statewide pedestrian safety education campaign pilot program to address the high incidence of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey (the rate is double the national average and Newark ranks number one in the state for pedestrian fatalities).
The campaign is branded “Be Street Smart” and urges pedestrians and motorists to “Check Your Vital Signs” to improve your safety on the road. The vital signs for motorists are “obey posted speed limits” and “stop for pedestrians in crosswalks” (the latter is the law), and “use crosswalks” and “wait for the walk signal” for pedestrians.
The campaign’s goal is to educate pedestrians and motorists about their duties and responsibilities so they make safety their top priority whether they’re walking or driving. The endgame is to prevent crashes and save lives.