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Festival de la Familia Returns to Lower Broadway this Saturday!

[Newark, September 20, 2017] La Casa de Don Pedro, in partnership with the City of Newark, will host the 10th Annual Festival de la Familia (#FestivalFamilia2017) on Saturday, September 23th. This Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will also commemorate La Casa’s 45th Anniversary. The free festival will take place from 12pm-5pm

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[Newark, September 20, 2017] La Casa de Don Pedro, in partnership with the City of Newark, will host the 10th Annual Festival de la Familia (#FestivalFamilia2017) on Saturday, September 23th. This Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will also commemorate La Casa’s 45th Anniversary. The free festival will take place from 12pm-5pm on Broadway between Bloomfield Place & Broad Street in Newark, NJ.

Crespita Entertainment will open the celebrations with street performances and DJ Cisco-Francisco Morales/FM Entertainment will lead the show. Musicians and artists will showcase music and dance from countries like Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia and the continent of Africa. These include Yahaye Kamate Drummers, Ruben Figueroa and Conjunto Ritmo Tropical, Cimarrones, Alianza Latina, Peruvian Dance troupe, and Flor de Café. Newark’s very own Batman [Retired Detective Ortiz] and Batgirl will make a special appearance as well.

The street will be lined with bouncy house rides, carnival games, street performers and many other activities. Community Partner organizations such as the Newark Museum, the Newark Fire Department, Focus Hispanic Center for Community Development, The Newark Public Library, New Jersey Citizen Action, and others will share activities and resources. La Casa will offer free HIV testing as well.

“Festival de la Familia celebrates Newark’s cultural diversity. Events like these are so important because they bring families together and foster community pride. As we look back on our city’s history La Casa de Don Pedro is proud to have been a unifying force in the empowerment and development of our community. We are grateful for the City of Newark, our generous donors, and community partners that make this celebration possible,” said Carrie Puglisi, La Casa’s Director of Program & Fund Development.

Festival de la Familia is made possible by the support of our sponsors: Prudential, PSEG, Valley National Bank, JP Morgan Chase, M&T Bank, Rutgers University- Newark, TD Bank, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Horizon NJ Health; Capacity Benefits & Financial Services, and  The Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association.

For further information, visit www.festivaldelafamilia.weebly.com or contact festival@lacasanwk.org.

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How Can Arts & Culture Improve Our Community? Join us on 9/26 to share your thoughts!

Join La Casa de Don Pedro and Newark’s Arts for a Cultural Community Conversation to discuss the development and implementation of Newark’s Community Cultural Plan, also called Newark Creates! Newark Creates supports the civic, social and economic growth of communities in the City of Newark and will advance new developments

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Join La Casa de Don Pedro and Newark’s Arts for a Cultural Community Conversation to discuss the development and implementation of Newark’s Community Cultural Plan, also called Newark Creates! Newark Creates supports the civic, social and economic growth of communities in the City of Newark and will advance new developments in the creation, production, and availability of arts and culture in the city.

We need your voice! How can the arts and culture improve YOUR COMMUNITY?

Date:       Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time:       6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: La Casa de Don Pedro Youth and Family Center. 23 Broadway

The conversation will be hosted by La Casa de Don Pedro and facilitated by Newark Arts. We greatly value your ideas, feedback, and collaborative work during Newark’s cultural planning process.

For more information, please contact Susan Schear at 973-643-1625 or email newarkculturalplan@gmail.com. Thank you!

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With Deferred Action on the Chopping Block Comes a Real Opportunity for Permanency and Unity

La Casa de Don Pedro stands beside so many other institutions, organizations, individuals and politicians who have condemned President Donald Trump’s inhumane and insane action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Donald Trump’s decision will have immense consequences – hundreds of thousands of young adults who

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La Casa de Don Pedro stands beside so many other institutions, organizations, individuals and politicians who have condemned President Donald Trump’s inhumane and insane action to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Donald Trump’s decision will have immense consequences – hundreds of thousands of young adults who call this country their home, including more than 22,000 dreamers here in NJ, will live in limbo. Will they be forced to drop out of college? Quit their job? Terminate their drivers’ licenses? Return to a country where there may be no one waiting for them and with a culture that’s not their own? Live in the shadows again?

Given his past promises and actions we are not terribly surprised with Trump and his administration’s decision, and we know DACA was only a temporary solution to a broken immigration system. So let’s take this moment as an opportunity. We urge our elected officials to prioritize immigration reform and enact a permanent solution (that may require some compromising) so that the millions of undocumented people making a life for themselves here in the U.S. have a sound and fair pathway to citizenship. Dreamers should be first on that path to permanency; they have already been legally vetted; they are already active members of our communities, and they must stay.

This year La Casa de Don Pedro celebrates its 45 year legacy of unity, resilience, advocacy, and creativity. Immigrants give life to our community and our organization. We assisted 64 young people sign up for DACA and are helping them renew before the upcoming deadline. We have prepared and petitioned for more than 2000 people become U.S. Citizens. To date we have educated almost 4,500 eager immigrants about U.S. culture and the English language. We are in this together and we urge our diverse, vibrant community to be reminded that La Casa is their home. La Casa es Su Casa. And, we stand together to say that United States must remain home to The Dreamers.

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Call for Artists

2017 marks La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45th Anniversary. Taking Together We Rise as the theme, the year-long celebration has been held in recognition of La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy of unity, resilience, advocacy, and creativity. The celebration will close out with the 45th Anniversary Gala: Together

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2017 marks La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45th Anniversary. Taking Together We Rise as the theme, the year-long celebration has been held in recognition of La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy of unity, resilience, advocacy, and creativity.

The celebration will close out with the 45th Anniversary Gala: Together We Rise, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Tuesday, November 14th. Taking into account the value and impact of the arts community in Newark and its role in the city’s revitalization, La Casa de Don Pedro seeks artists of all backgrounds to join in celebration.

Artists of all backgrounds and mediums are invited to create and showcase works that express these themes to visualize Together We Rise. Those selected will exhibit their work at La Casa’s 45th Anniversary Celebration NJPAC on November 14th. Artists will receive a $200 stipend for their work.

Artists should complete and submit proposals by August 18th. The proposal can be found at http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/call-for-artists-2/.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Together We Rise selection committee and artists chosen will be called upon for interviews. The final selections [approximately three to five artists] will be made by September 15th.

Please contact info@lacasanwk.org with any questions.  Information about La Casa de Don Pedro can be found at www.lacasanwk.org.  For tickets and additional information about the Together We Rise celebration on 11/14 please visit http://www.lacasanwk.org/news-and-events/together-we-rise-45th-anniversary-celebration-gala/.

Important Dates:

 

August 18 2017          Proposal & Submissions due
September 15 2017     Final Selections made
November 14 2017 -   Together We Rise: 45th Anniversary Celebration, 6pm at NJPAC

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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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