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Bids Now Being Accepted for Early Head Start Center Redevelopment & Renovations

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS   Bids will be received and accepted via email to rocasio@lacasanwk.org or mail if submitted by 11:59PM July 10th, 2017, and by postal or courier delivery provide the courier by 11:59Pm July 10th, 2017 and delivered at La Casa de Don Pedro, 75 Park Ave, Newark, NJ

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Bids will be received and accepted via email to rocasio@lacasanwk.org or mail if submitted by 11:59PM July 10th, 2017, and by postal or courier delivery provide the courier by 11:59Pm July 10th, 2017 and delivered at La Casa de Don Pedro, 75 Park Ave, Newark, NJ no later than 10AM p.m. EST on Friday, July11, 2017 for:

Project Title: 221 -223 BROAD STREET Early Head Start Center -  Major redevelopment s of existing  4 classroom and support areas to 3 classroom and ancillary spaces.

Project Title: 87-89 St. Francis St Early Head Start Center -  Renovation of the west building with the creation of the second floor into two Head Start classrooms and renovation of the first floor into  an Early Head Start classroom. Opening of exterior wall to create new entry with new staircase/ramp and reception area.

Project Title: 432 15th STREET  Early Head Start Center -  Replacement of chain link fence with aluminum fencing. Replacement of outdoor shed with similar size aluminum shed..

The Invitation for Bid (“IFB”) documents may be obtained from Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director at 973-482-8312 beginning June 27, 2017.

The IFB is available in digital format (one per Contractor limit).  Proposal preparation will be in accordance with Instructions found in the IFB.  La Casa reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids.

 

  1. 1.    221-223 Broad St (C+C)
  2. 2.    87-89 St. FRANCIS . (C+C)
  3. 3.    432 15th Street (Replacement of fencing along the street frontage only]
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“Dream Strong Forever”- Newark’s Crane Street Mural shares inspiring words & images of Lower Broadway’s past, present and future

“Dream Strong Forever”- Newark’s Crane Street Mural shares inspiring words &  images of Lower Broadway’s past, present and future. View photos from the mural unveiling here “The Worker’s Anthem” starts at the corner of Broadway & Crane Street, where images of ironworkers, barbers, dressmakers, musicians– the faces and places of

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“Dream Strong Forever”-
Newark’s Crane Street Mural shares inspiring words &  images of Lower Broadway’s past, present and future.

View photos from the mural unveiling here

“The Worker’s Anthem” starts at the corner of Broadway & Crane Street, where images of ironworkers, barbers, dressmakers, musicians– the faces and places of Lower Broadway’s past and present– wrap around the furniture store to Webster Street. The mural ends with a motivational wall, where phrases like “Dream Strong Forever” “To Love is to always Live” “Be Strong Love Stronger” are painted across from Newark Public Schools Preschool’s Headquarters. Green’s vision for a mural was to create a piece of artwork where people walking past could look to the wall, see the portraits and images of past and present, and “ see themselves.”

The mural is a reflection of Lower Broadway’s vibrancy, its history and the faces and places of the neighborhood. Steve found his subjects and inspiration in the people of Lower Broadway. Musician, Lower Broadway icon and legend Boogeyman’s portrait is memorialized on the mural. “Boogieman was one of the first people that said “Hey, can you put me on the wall?” and I said “heck yeah” said Steve. A creative and active figure in Lower Broadway, Boogieman was the perfect subject for the mural. A friend of La Casa, Boogieman pitches in to help with neighborhood and playground cleanups, and spread the word about La Casa’s events. “I put in my hard work and determination; my E for effort just to show that I’m a part of the family, I want to be a part of everything everybody’s doing,” said Boogieman, “I want to thank La Casa because you’ve been a great inspiration and Steve Green, without you, I wouldn’t have been as recognizable.”

“You really get to see how your gift can touch other people’s lives,” said Steve, “because at the end of the day it’s really about connecting with people and I believe that was the success of this project here.”

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Community Gardening & Beautification Day!

Community Gardening & Beautification Day– June 3 The weather held up perfectly for La Casa de Don Pedro’s first Community Gardening & Beautification Day on Saturday, June 3rd .  A team of 50 La Casa staff, volunteers, families, children, youth from the Newark Youth Court, and teachers came together, rolled

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Community Gardening & Beautification Day– June 3

The weather held up perfectly for La Casa de Don Pedro’s first Community Gardening & Beautification Day on Saturday, June 3rd .  A team of 50 La Casa staff, volunteers, families, children, youth from the Newark Youth Court, and teachers came together, rolled up their sleeves to pull overgrown weeds, cut grass, till soil and plant gardens around the Head Start and preschool centers located at 201 and 202 First Street, respectively.

Excited about the gardens and beautification projects, La Casa’s teachers plan to incorporate gardening activities into their curriculum. Three vegetable gardens filled with sprouting tomatoes, peppers,  and strawberries will give our young students a chance to learn about nutrition and urban farming and expand access to fresh, healthy foods as students can bring fresh veggies home to their families.

With a little extra help from more volunteers, we will extend the beautification activities to more Preschool & Head Start Centers. With the support of La Casa friends and sponsors, we can continue beautifying and revitalizing our community.  If you are interested making a donation or volunteering your time, please donate at https://la-casa-de-don-pedro.atpy.it/beautification-is-revitalization or text GROW to [973.755.1812]or email info@lacasanwk.org.

View Photos Here 

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses who supported the activity.

Financial Contributors

Annie Basile

Margaret Cammarieri

Jerrah Crowder

Roy Frank

Heather Hall

Renee Hughes

Joel Lettman

Bernadette Mueller

Joe Perez

Tomas Porturas

Nancy Rivera

Gloria Ramos

Mark Thompson

Grizel Ubarry

Gwendolyn Watford

In-kind Contributors

Fernandez Family

Joy’s Farmstand

Newark Science & Sustainability

Orange Garden Center

Zo Garden Supply

 

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Crane Street Mural Reveal Event to Honor Lower Broadway

‘Crane St Mural’ Reveal Event to Honor History and Culture of Lower Broadway La Casa de Don Pedro, Yendor Arts, The City of Newark, The Painter’s Palette, and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association partner to unveil the recently completed Crane Street Mural.  Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm 54

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P1080072‘Crane St Mural’ Reveal Event to Honor History and Culture of Lower Broadway

La Casa de Don Pedro, Yendor Arts, The City of Newark, The Painter’s Palette, and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association partner to unveil the recently completed Crane Street Mural. 

Monday, June 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

54 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104

[May 31 2017 Newark, New Jersey]: Mayor Ras Baraka and The City of Newark, La Casa de Don Pedro, Yendor, The Painter’s Palette and The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association (LBNA), will be hosting a reception and press conference to celebrate the unveiling and completion of the Crane Street Mural by Newark muralist Steve Green on Monday, June 5th at 4:00pm at 54 Broadway, Newark NJ 07104.

The Crane Street Mural extends from Broadway to Webster Street and is the largest mural in Lower Broadway and honors the history, tradition, and vibrancy of the neighborhood.  Green drew inspiration from Lower Broadway’s history and local residents, some of whom are featured in the mural. The mural wraps around the brick wall of the outlet on Crane Street with images of people, industries, places and trades that have found home in Lower Broadway, illustrating how the neighborhood has evolved throughout time. With portraits of steelworkers, a seamstress, butcher, barber, saxophone player and the Lower Broadway Corridor itself, the mural presents a nonlinear, visual history of Lower Broadway and the people who live(d) and work here.

Born in East Orange, New Jersey and raised in Scotch Plains, artist Steve was introduced to art at an early age. Due to his artistic excellence and passion for urban renewal, he has been commissioned to execute large-scale murals throughout Greater Essex County. “Art is a ministry, and has the power to heal and change our world.” – Steve Green. Not only does he see art as a way to revitalize the soul, but also a way to re-imagine our communal living space, and stimulate creativity and pride within all citizens.

“We [La Casa] are thrilled to have another mural that brightens the Lower Broadway neighborhood; especially one that celebrates our community’s unique history and diversity. Beautification is revitalization; and collaborating with local artists and fellow organizations like Yendor makes this shared vision a reality.” – Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director, La Casa de Don Pedro

“La Casa De Don Pedro and Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association are two of the biggest entities in and have always been intentional about the development of the Lower Broadway community. I am honored that they have always included art in that forward thinking movement and they’ve always bestowed faith in Yendor to manage this process,” stated Rodney Gilbert, Yendor’s Executive Director.

During the catered reception at the Painter’s Palette (9 7th Ave), light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and guests are invited to network with others who are passionate about the public art in Newark as well as meet local residents and artists. This event is free and open to the public, beginning at 4:00 pm sharp.

The mural is part of a collaboration between The City of Newark, La Casa de Don Pedro, Yendor, The Painter’s Palette, and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association and local artists. Thanks to funding from Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, The City of Newark and the Garfield Foundation, Lower Broadway is being beautified and brightened with murals that illustrate the community’s vibrancy and neighborhood’s history.

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About Yendor and Newark Murals Program

NEWARK MURALS is an initiative of the Newark Planning Office and the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone to create works of art and design that manifest the spirit and pride of Newark in its public spaces. It aims to bring public art and design into each of Newark’s neighborhoods, cultivating civic and community pride, bringing unexpected visual pleasure to the urban landscape, engaging residents and other stakeholders, and connecting Newark’s young people to community-based artists. Newark Murals is first and foremost committed to completing projects that advance the neighborhood improvement agendas of community-based organizations. In its totality Yendor is dedicated to bringing the arts to the people, and we are deeply rooted in serving individuals within diverse communities. With an unwavering commitment to underserved populations, Yendor Productions fosters hope and healing through access to arts-integrated and cross-cultural programs and performances. www.yendorproductions.com

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Community Gardening & Beautification Day | June 3

Help beautify and revitalize La Casa de Don Pedro’s 201 and 202 First Street preschool and Head Start Centers by volunteering at our first Beautification Day of the Spring on Saturday, June 3rd! Date: Saturday June 3rd Time: 10am – 4pm Location: 201 First Street, Newark NJ 07107 Gather your

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Help beautify and revitalize La Casa de Don Pedro’s 201 and 202 First Street preschool and Head Start Centers by volunteering at our first Beautification Day of the Spring on Saturday, June 3rd!

Date: Saturday June 3rd
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: 201 First Street, Newark NJ 07107

Gather your friends, family or colleagues to spend the day gardening. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare garden beds to plant seedlings, flowers and shrubs. Drop by any time during the day and lend a hand! We can accommodate individuals as well as larger groups.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all volunteers. Parking is available at 201 First Street.

Please contact Mariel Fernandez at info@lacasanwk.org or 973.482.8312 with any questions.

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A walkthrough of our Eaton Place Townhomes with City of East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor

On May 19 2017, members of La Casa de Don Pedro’s community development team gave a tour of Eaton Place Townhomes in East Orange to East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and City of East Orange Officials. The Eaton Place Townhomes, were developed by La Casa de Don Pedro

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On May 19 2017, members of La Casa de Don Pedro’s community development team gave a tour of Eaton Place Townhomes in East Orange to East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III and City of East Orange Officials. The Eaton Place Townhomes, were developed by La Casa de Don Pedro in partnership with the City of East Orange. They were designed by CTS Architecture Group and built by Fast Construction, Inc with funding from New Jersey Community Capital as well as other public funds. The four townhomes are slated to be complete by the end of summer 2017. Homeownership stabilizes communities, and the Eaton Place townhomes will open homeownership opportunities for four low to moderate income families. La Casa de Don Pedro and the City of East Orange celebrated the progress we have made together and our shared commitment to neighborhood revitalization.

To learn more about purchasing one of these homes, please contact James William Hughes of Keller Williams Realty at 973.783.7400.

 

View Photos from the Walk-through Here

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La Casa hosts Gracias A Ti Breakfast

On Thursday, May 4th La Casa de Don Pedro hosted its first ever Gracias A Ti [Thanks to You] breakfast to show their appreciation for supporters and honor friends, supporters and staff members for their generosity and commitment to La Casa de Don Pedro’s mission. Held under a tent alongside

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On Thursday, May 4th La Casa de Don Pedro hosted its first ever Gracias A Ti [Thanks to You] breakfast to show their appreciation for supporters and honor friends, supporters and staff members for their generosity and commitment to La Casa de Don Pedro’s mission. Held under a tent alongside La Casa’s 39 Broadway Center, Gracias A Ti gave guests a firsthand look and experience with La Casa’s work and community. Board President Richard W. Roper gave a welcome speech along with La Casa’s preschool students. La Casa de Don Pedro’s Executive Director Raymond Ocasio and Board Members Eltia I. Montano Galarza and Ivette Rosario spoke about La Casa’s impact and neighborhood revitalization. Staci Berger, President and CEO of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, and Craig Drinkard, Associate Director for Operations at the Victoria Foundation also spoke at the event. Kairo Goldsberry, Newark Prisoner Re-Entry Participant, gave a powerful testimonial speech about his experience with La Casa. The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Britnee N. Timberlake awarded Proclamations to each honoree for their dedication and service to La Casa de Don Pedro.

Gracias A Ti was an opportunity for supporters and friends of La Casa to get a closer look at the organization’s work and engage with the community. Staff members gave tours of La Casa’s 39 Broadway Preschool & Adult Education Center as well as the 23 Broadway Family Success Center. La Casa staff also led tours of the Lower Broadway Neighborhood, La Casa’s primary area of service, to show guests the work La Casa has done and the impact La Casa has in the community. During Gracias A Ti, La Casa made an appeal to guests to support neighborhood beautification projects like community gardens and murals that both beautify the neighborhood and build community pride. Guests also joined La Casa staff and volunteers to plant the first seeds for community gardens….. As part of the beautification appeal, La Casa also invited guests to volunteer for beautification days this summer and help build gardens and paint its Head Start Centers. For further information on volunteer opportunities, please contact info@lacasanwk.org.

Click Here to view photos from the event.
Photos by Anthony Alvarez: anthonyalvarezphoto.com/

Supporter Honorees

Annie Basile
Volunteer

Tony Hughes
Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association

Gloria Ramos
Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

Mark Thompson
Owner, Security-On-Point, Inc.

Miriam Silver Verga
Volunteer

La Casa Staff Honorees

Sofi Cordero
Senior Housing Counselor

Celena Cordova
Senior Human Resources Specialist

Gloria Jerez
Early Childhood Education Center Director III

Percival MacMaster
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Coordinator

Coraly Perez
Welfare to Work Case Manager

Nila Rouiller
Youth, Family & Health Services Program Assistant

 

Thank you to our Gracias a Ti Sponsors!

Prudential – Premiere Diamond Sponsor

PSEG - Premiere Diamond Sponsor

JP Morgan Chase - Premiere Gold Sponsor

M&T Bank - Premiere Gold Sponsor

Rutgers University – Newark - Premiere Gold Sponsor

Valley National Bank – Premiere Gold Sponsor

McCarter & English – Bronze Sponsor

City National Bank – Unity Sponsor

East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor – Unity Sponsor

City of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka – Unity Sponsor

Horizon NJ Health – Unity Sponsor

New Jersey Devils - Unity Sponsor

Driscoll Foods - Unity Sponsor

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin – Spring Sponsor

Housing & Community Development Network of NJ – Spring Sponsor

Security On Point, Inc. - Spring Sponsor

Pronesti Surveying - Spring Sponsor

Enid Roldan - Spring Sponsor

Thornton Agency – Spring Sponsor

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Together We Rise | 45th Anniversary Celebration
La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy in Newark is one of resilience, of creativity, and of unity of unity. We have built bridges that unite communities, empowered leaders who ignite social change and created opportunities for all to thrive. Forty five years later, we remember that together we rise.Together we triumph over adversity. And together we can build a brighter, more equitable future.

Gracias A Ti was the first of La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45th Anniversary Celebration Events. Click here for more information on upcoming events.

 

 

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La Casa Holds ACLU Know Your Rights Training

ACLU Know Your Rights Workshop On Monday, March 13th, La Casa de Don Pedro held a training session at St. Lucy’s Church to educate staff members on Immigrants’ Rights & Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what staff can do to support the undocumented community. The Know Your Rights training

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ACLU Know Your Rights Workshop
On Monday, March 13th, La Casa de Don Pedro held a training session at St. Lucy’s Church to educate staff members on Immigrants’ Rights & Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what staff can do to support the undocumented community. The Know Your Rights training session was led by Jeanne LoCicero, Esq., Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. La Casa organized the workshop with the ACLU in response to increased ICE raids in New York and New Jersey and increased concern from constituents. Prior to the Know Your Rights, La Casa staff reported receiving more questions about Immigrants’ Rights, DACA applications and renewals, and a deepened sense of fear among constituents. La Casa staff posed questions to Ms. LoCicero regarding how to file third party complaints, what to do if ICE comes to La Casa, rights to record police or ICE interactions, and identification. The ACLU workshop educated staff on how to respond to questions and provide accurate information about immigrants’ rights if confronted by ICE, local law enforcement or deportation. Newark remains a sanctuary city, where police will local law enforcement will not provide information to ICE nor will Newark Public Schools provide information about students or parents immigration status to ICE officers. La Casa’s Executive Director ensured staff that La Casa remains a sanctuary for immigrants. Know Your Rights posters and pocket cards, with information provided by the ACLU and United We Dream are available at all of La Casa’s centers. 

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Announcing our Gracias A Ti Honorees

At our Gracias A Ti breakfast on May 4, La Casa de Don Pedro will honor individual supporters and staff whose generosity and dedication to La Casa inspires us every day. Supporter Honorees Annie Basile Volunteer Tony Hughes Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association Gloria Ramos Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

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At our Gracias A Ti breakfast on May 4, La Casa de Don Pedro will honor individual supporters and staff whose generosity and dedication to La Casa inspires us every day.

Supporter Honorees

Annie Basile
Volunteer

Tony Hughes
Vice Chair, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association

Gloria Ramos
Board Member & Secretary-at-Large

Mark Thompson
Owner, Security-On-Point, Inc.

Miriam Silver Verga
Volunteer

La Casa Staff Honorees

Sofi Cordero
Senior Housing Counselor

Celena Cordova
Senior Human Resources Specialist

Gloria Jerez
Early Childhood Education Center Director III

Percival MacMaster
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Coordinator

Coraly Perez
Welfare to Work Case Manager

Nila Rouiller
Youth, Family & Health Services Program Assistant

 

Gracias A Ti is the first of La Casa’s 45th Anniversary events. With the theme, Together We Rise, our 45th Anniversary events celebrate our legacy in Newark and our community. La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy in Newark is one of resilience, of creativity, and of unity of unity. We have built bridges that unite communities, empowered leaders who ignite social change and created opportunities for all to thrive. Forty five years later, we remember that together we rise.Together we triumph over adversity. And together we can build a brighter, more equitable future.

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#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy

#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy On Thursday evening, March 30th, parents, kids, teenagers and teachers filled a classroom in La Casa de Don Pedro’s 39 Broadway center to talk arts advocacy. Lauren Meehan & Mayuri Chandra of Newark Arts Education Roundable’s

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#ArtsEdNow: La Casa & NAER team up for a Community Creative Session for Arts Advocacy
On Thursday evening, March 30th, parents, kids, teenagers and teachers filled a classroom in La Casa de Don Pedro’s 39 Broadway center to talk arts advocacy. Lauren Meehan & Mayuri Chandra of Newark Arts Education Roundable’s (NAER) facilitated the community conversation, while La Casa’s ­­Youth & Family Counselor, DeboraCubias provided Spanish translation. The group discussed the importance of arts education, both inside and outside of school, the barriers to arts education, and how parents and students can organize to make arts a priority. After the discussion, kids got creative with painting projects and a collaborative drawing of the city.

“If there isn’t more music, painting, or extracurricular activities, other than math, etc. in schools, then what are [our kids] learning?” asked one mother. The message from parents, teachers and students was clear: Arts education is a priority, and we want to have more art programs in school curriculum, after school programs and over the summer.

La Casa de Don Pedro has made arts education a priority, for kids, teens and adults alike. We believe art is a source of empowerment. The 21st Century Kids After School Enrichment program at McKinley School engages our fourth fifth and sixth graders in issues of social justice and community engagement through music, dance, theatre and poetry. Art therapy is a critical component of our Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Program. We’ve worked with arts organizations such as Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, La Asociación de Barranquiteños de New Jersey, NJPAC, Newark Arts, City Without Walls, and GlassRoots. Yendor Productions, local artists and our kids have painted murals along Lower Broadway.

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