Newark businesses and residents are being encouraged to empty their cluttered closets, drawers and offices and take advantage of a free collection event for household and business generated e-waste on Thursday, April 18th from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm at Peter Francisco Park, located between Edison Place and Ferry Street in Newark’s Ironbound District. This is the second event being 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.
Title of Exhibition: UPCYCLE CHANDELIERS
Name of Artist: Willie Cole
Exhibit Location: Prospect Street Firestation Gallery, 56 Prospect St.
Ironbound Section of Newark, NJ
Exhibit Presented By: Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center
Dates: Thursday April 4 ‐ to Friday May 31, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday April 13, from 3pm – 8pm
For Information: 973‐589‐5525 or 973‐985‐4069 cell.
NEWARK, N.J., March 20, 2013 – Hundreds of commercial property owners in Newark’s Ironbound participated in community meetings to express their concern over the results of the recent property revaluation in the City, and to share information regarding the appeals process which has been extending by several weeks, with the help of local elected officials, including East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador.
Reports of commercial property values increasing by 100 percent and more have prompted many owners to question the methodology used by Appraisal Systems, Inc. to produce wholesale property value increases that appear implausible during a recession when compared against market conditions.
The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) was the proud sponsor of a local youth soccer team participating in the Indoor Soccer League located at the Ironbound Boys & Girls Club this winter. IBID President Steven T. Yglesias said the sponsorship was another example of the organization’s support and involvement in programs that benefit the Ironbound community. “In addition to the thousands of visitors who come to the Ironbound for our excellent restaurants, shopping and entertainment, the people who live in our community are not only our friends and neighbors, but also our customers,” Yglesias stated. “The business and commercial property owners of the IBID are proud to support the team and the soccer program.”
Nearly a dozen local business and restaurant owners participated in a meeting hosted by the Ironbound BID to help promote the proper permitting and operation of sidewalk cafes in the Ironbound District. The IBID’s professional staff was joined by representatives of the City of Newark’s Special Permit Office and the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to provide and accept applications, and to offer guidance.
“The IBID strongly supports sidewalk cafes because they add to the welcoming environment for Ironbound residents and the thousands of visitors we host every year,” stated Seth A. Grossman, IBID Executive Director. “The City will be regulating and enforcing sidewalk cafes more forcefully in the weeks ahead, and we thought it was important to serve as a liaison to help people in the Ironbound District understand the rules and apply for permits correctly and successfully so they can operate effectively and contribute to our reputation as New Jersey’s top dining destination.”
A tip from an alert Ironbound business owner led to the Newark Police Department’s recovery of eight trash receptacles stolen from Ferry Street in the Ironbound District and the arrest of the perpetrator. Local officials believe the positive outcome reflects the Ironbound community’s commitment to crime prevention and public safety. The trash receptacles were reinstalled on January 28, 2013.
It’s important that the residents of our community are involved and inform the police when a crime is being committed,” stated East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador. “I would like to commend the business owners for their diligence in reporting that a crime was being committed, and the Newark Police Department for acting so swiftly. I also add that issues such as crime cannot be resolved solely by the police and I encourage everyone to be involved so we can continue to build a stronger and safer community,” he added.
The Board of Directors of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) elected new officers for 2013 at the organization’s Annual Meeting in December. Steven T. Yglesias, the owner of Mompou Tapas Wine Bar & Lounge on Ferry Street will return as President. Renato Baptista, a retired businessman, was reelected to the First Vice President position. Local businessman Manny Lopes, owner of Lopes & Sons Hardware on Ferry Street, was reelected Second Vice President. New officers elected include Treasurer Christopher Silva, Principal, Ironbound Realty Advisors, LLC and Secretary Brian Morgado, Manager of the Ironbound Pet Shop on Ferry Street.
IBID Executive Director Seth A. Grossman, Ph.D., pointed to the diversity of the board as one of the organization’s strengths. “Our board members include business and restaurant owners, district residents, retail and professional service providers, men and women representing the Ironbound’s many different cultures,” added Grossman. “All share a commitment to the Ironbound and to Newark, and are contributing to the community partnerships that are the hallmark of the IBID’s efforts to improve quality of life and business activity in the district.”
“We are pleased to welcome our new officers for 2013, and thank our returning officers for their continued commitment to the organization,” said Mr. Yglesias. “As volunteers, they are dedicating their time and effort towards making the Ironbound a great place to live and work, and a world class destination for great dining, entertainment, international shopping and services.”
The Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) presented community service awards to Karim Arnold, Director of Neighborhood Services, City of Newark, Hank Asher, Business Manager of Covanta Essex Company, Newark, NJ, Kim Greene, Director of Sanitation Services, City of Newark, Captain Greg Quackenbush, Newark Police Department, Tracie Shorte, Manager, Permits, City of Newark, Sumei MultiDisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ and Melvin Waldrop, Exec. Assistant to the Business Administrator, City of Newark. The awards were presented in recognition of outstanding contributions, commitment and service to the betterment of the City of Newark and the Ironbound community.