News and Events

Play It Safe in the Sun

Play it safe in the sun! Join us on Thursday, July 24 at 10am at our 23 Broadway location for our summer fun workshop. Horizon NJ Health will be on site offering free skin analysis. For questions and more information call 973-483-2703.

Financial Fitness Seminar – Credit 101: The Basics Launches Today

Our Financial Fitness Education seminar kicks off its first of three sessions today with, Credit 101: The Basics. For more information and to register visit: http://lacasafinancialfitness.eventbrite.com

Questions? Contact Sofi Cordero 973-485-0701 x 4644

2nd Annual Burgers & Brew Tickets & Sponsorhips Now Available

Join us for a casual evening at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange to celebrate the end of summer on Thursday, September 4, 2014. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

Streetscape Improvement Project for Lower Broadway’s Commercial District Has Begun

The Lower Broadway Commercial District is undergoing a major face lift. The commercial corridor will have new sidewalks, benches, improved lighting, and more. Click here to view pictures.

Stay tuned for updates on The Lower Broadway website, www.BroadwayNewark.com and Facebook Page.

La Casa Centers Closed July 4th

In observance of Independence Day, all La Casa centers will be closed Friday, July 4th and will re-open on Monday, July 7th.

LIHEAP Application Deadline is TODAY

Be sure to submit all necessary paperwork and your completed application today. For more information please visit: http://www.lacasanwk.org/programs-and-services/energy-assistance/.

National HIV/AIDS Testing Day

Take charge, know your status. La Casa will be offering free HIV testing and STD exams on Wednesday, June 25th from 10am-4pm at our 23 Broadway center. For questions call 973-482-2703.

Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth Announces Its Summer Solstice Festival

The members of the Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth have announced that they will be holding their inaugural Summer Solstice Festival on June 21 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M. The festival will be held simultaneously at three stations on the Morris and Essex Rail Line in Essex County:

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The members of the Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth have announced that they will be holding their inaugural Summer Solstice Festival on June 21 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M. The festival will be held simultaneously at three stations on the Morris and Essex Rail Line in Essex County: Broad Street Station in Newark, East Orange Station/City Hall Plaza Station in East Orange, and Highland Avenue/Valley Arts Station in Orange. The festival is the first public event being held by the newly formed Coalition, which was created in 2013 to encourage transit-friendly, walkable development around the Morris and Essex stations in Essex County.

The Coalition was formed at the conclusion of the Inner M&E Strategic Corridor Plan, which was completed by a group called Together North Jersey. The plan, which is available on the Coalition’s website, recommended a corridor-wide Coalition to advance redevelopment in the area. The vision is a Smart Growth corridor with mixed-use development, a wide range of housing choices, vital commercial districts and vibrant public spaces. The vision includes greater access within the corridor with improved pedestrian, bicycle, and other transit options that connect the stations to their surrounding communities. The Coalition is hopeful that by combining their resources to create the kinds of communities that have been created throughout New Jersey around train stations.

The Summer Solstice Festival is an arts-related event with activities scheduled for each of the three stations.

  • Newark Broad Street Station: Music will be provided by a DJ and dancing, with vendors selling food and other items
  • East Orange/City Hall Plaza Station: Music will be provided by a DJ with dancing, balloon art, face painting, mouth-watering Caribbean and Soul food, and vendors. There will also be a special Cheerleading and Double Dutch presentation;
  • Highland Avenue Orange/Valley Arts Station: An organized tour of the exciting art galleries will be available, along with a water coloring demonstration and artist workshops.

Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning, & Development for the City of East Orange, states: “East Orange is keenly aware of the great opportunities at our two train stations – East Orange Station and Brick Church Station. We are very excited about the great potential these two areas have for East Orange, Essex County, and the entire region. The Summer Solstice Festival allows us to highlight some of the great things our community has to offer, especially in the area of arts and entertainment, while working with our neighbors to advance great development sin the entire corridor.”

Rhonda Coe of the Newark Housing/Building Believers Trust Corp. echoed similar sentiments. “The admirable work of the Urban Essex Coalition in the Newark community around the Broad Street Station District will significantly improve the quality of life for the residents and businesses in the Baxter Park neighborhood. I look forward to the synergies that will be realized by the Coalition’s plans around the transportation center, Newark Housing Authority’s new mixed-income and mixed-use developments and the collaborative community planning and development activities to be undertaken by Building Believers Trust Corporation along with residents and other community Stakeholders in the Baxter Park neighborhood in the upcoming weeks. The future for this community looks bright and filled with unlimited possibility!”

Rhonda Lewis of Greater Newark LISC said, “As one of the founding members, Greater Newark LISC is very supportive of the Coalition’s vision and mission. The Coalition’s efforts are important because it strengthens connections among the communities along the corridor and promotes the development of vibrant, unique and sustainable neighborhoods.”

The Urban Essex Coalition is also using the Festival to announce the launching of its new website at www.urbanessexcoalition.org, and the recently completed strategic plan, which outlines the ideas the Coalition will be implementing to create great neighborhoods. The plan can be viewed in its entirety on the Collation’s website.

The Urban Essex Coalition partnership includes: The City of Newark, The City of East Orange, The City of Orange Township, Greater Newark LISC, HANDS, Inc., La Casa de Don Pedro, Essex County Department of Public Works, NJ TRANSIT, Valley Arts, Inc., Newark Housing Authority, Building Believers Trust Corporation, Community Asset Preservation Corporation, Brick City Development Corporation, Rising Tide Capital, East orange Housing Authority, RPM Development, Arts Council of East Orange (ACEO), Orange Housing Authority, Blackstone Group, Rutgers University – Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Center Stage Cuts, Question Mart, and the Newark Arts Council.

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LIHEAP Application Deadline is June 30, 2014

As a result of the program  deadline approaching June 30th, 2014 . All intake sites for La Casa de Don Pedro will be open Monday June 23 – Friday, June 27th and Monday June 30th. LOCATIONS AND HOURS •317 Roseville Avenue Newark, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday (June 27th only) 9am-4pm.

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As a result of the program  deadline approaching June 30th, 2014 .

All intake sites for La Casa de Don Pedro will be open Monday June 23 – Friday, June 27th and Monday June 30th.

LOCATIONS AND HOURS

•317 Roseville Avenue Newark, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday (June 27th only) 9am-4pm. Wednesday 9am-6pm
•600 Central Avenue East Orange, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday (June 27th only) 9am-4pm. Wednesday 9am-6pm
•59 Main Street West Orange, PSE&G CSC, Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Please Note: After the program deadline there will be no walk-in’s on Friday & no representative at PSE&G CSC West Orange

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Learn How to Keep Your Finances In Shape

Our Financial Fitness Education seminar series of three 2-hour classes provide an overview of what credit is, using and maintaining credit, understanding your credit reports, credit scores, bouncing back from financial difficulties, budgeting, goal setting, and planning for your financial future. Register Online http://lacasafinancialfitness.eventbrite.com 1 Class for $15 All 3

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Our Financial Fitness Education seminar series of three 2-hour classes provide an overview of what credit is, using and maintaining credit, understanding your credit reports, credit scores, bouncing back from financial difficulties, budgeting, goal setting, and planning for your financial future.

Register Online http://lacasafinancialfitness.eventbrite.com
1 Class for $15
All 3 for $35
July 22nd

Credit 101: The Basics

Find out what credit is, different types of credit, how to establish & maintain your credit, how to get your free annual credit report.

August 12th

Credit Scores: What’s Your Number?
Learn how to read your credit report, understand credit scores, improving your credit, avoiding common credit traps, and more!

September 18th
Visioning: Your Financial Future
Buying a home or new car, paying for college, saving for retirement?Get tips, tricks, and tools to help achieve your financial goals.
Questions? Contact Sofi Cordero 973-485-0701 x 4644

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