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Ruiz, Cruz-perez y Pou reaccionan tras la amenaza de Trump en abandonar la ayuda para Puerto Rico

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)


RuIz, Cruz-Perez y Pou reaccionan tras la amenaza de Trump en abandonar la ayuda para Puerto Rico

TRENTON - Las Senadoras M. Teresa Ruíz, Nilsa Cruz-Pérez y Nellie Pou emitieron hoy las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a la amenaza del presidente Trump de retirar la ayuda de Puerto Rico mientras las condiciones en la isla continúan deteriorándose a raíz del huracán María:

"La amenaza del presidente de abandonar Puerto Rico y a los millones de estadounidenses que luchan por obtener las necesidades básicas para sobrevivir en la isla devastada por el huracán es inhumana y antiamericana", dijo la Senadora Ruíz (D-Essex). "Han pasado 22 días desde que el huracán María devastó Puerto Rico y más del 80 por ciento de la isla permanece en la oscuridad. Miles de personas viven en albergues y comunidades enteras se han desaparecido. Tres semanas después del desastre, las personas todavía están hirviendo agua potable y hay amenazas de una crisis de salud en un momento en que la mitad de los hospitales están funcionando con generadores. Abandonar a Puerto Rico cuando más lo necesita es simplemente inaceptable. El Congreso debe hacer todo lo posible para garantizar que el esfuerzo de socorro continúe. La asistencia que brindan FEMA y el gobierno federal es de suma importancia para la reconstrucción y recuperación de la isla y la salud y seguridad de los 3,5 millones de estadounidenses que viven allí. Esto se trata de salvar vidas”.

"Cuando el presidente visitó la isla, hubo 16 muertes. Hoy, hay 44. El huracán María devastó la isla, pero las condiciones ahora están empeorando. Las recientes lluvias han causado más inundaciones, y todavía hay áreas donde los socorristas de emergencia no han llegado a las víctimas de los huracanes debido a que las carreteras y puentes han colapsado. La crisis está aumentando, y arrebatar a FEMA y la Guardia Nacional de la isla sería insondable. Significará dejar morir a los puertorriqueños ", dijo la Senadora Cruz-Pérez (D-Camden / Gloucester). "El pueblo de Puerto Rico necesita ayuda ahora más que nunca. Le pido al presidente y a nuestros representantes del Congreso que se aseguren de que los residentes estén protegidos”.

"Leí los tweets del presidente esta mañana con tristeza y disgusto. El presidente Trump se comprometió a estar con la gente de Texas y Florida durante todo el tiempo necesario para restaurar esas comunidades, pero para el pueblo de Puerto Rico él expresa límites a su generosidad. "Debemos asegurarnos de que todas las personas que viven en áreas devastadas por desastres naturales reciban la ayuda que necesitan -en Texas y Florida, y en California, pero también en Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes", dijo la Senadora Nellie Pou (D-Bergen y Passaic). "Los residentes de Puerto Rico no deben ser tratados como ciudadanos de segunda clase. En los Estados Unidos de América, el gobierno federal tiene la responsabilidad de todos sus residentes. Al igual que en otras partes del país, el esfuerzo de socorro debe seguir en Puerto Rico por el tiempo que sea necesarIo.

Atlantis Avenue Flood Gates Completed

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Atlantis Avenue Flood Gates Completed

to Address Neighborhood Drainage Issues

(Atlantic City, NJ) – Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and federal officials held a ribbon cutting for the Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate Project today, marking the completion of the first phase of a major resiliency project to reduce nuisance flooding in Atlantic City’s neighborhoods.

Mayor Don Guardian stated, “The Baltic Avenue Canal was built in 1912 to provide a drainage system for entire area between the Expressway and the Inlet. By the 1960’s, the timber flood gates on each end of the canal no longer operated. It is great to see this system being rebuilt to 21st century standards to relieve flooding.”

The canal has two outlets with associated tide gates: one located at Atlantis Avenue and Beach Thorofare, and another at an open canal at Fisherman’s Park. Timber flood gates were originally designed to help control stormwater collected on Atlantic, Arctic, and Baltic Avenues, as well as surrounding streets. In the past, gates would be closed during high tide events to prevent the water from entering the system and flooding the City streets.

The Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate Project is part of a $12 million effort to rebuild the Baltic Avenue Canal. The timber flood gate has been replaced with a ten-foot-wide stainless-steel sluice gate with titanium bolts and a bronze connector. A diesel-fueled emergency generator will power the flood gate during power outages.

Mayor Guardian noted: “It is projects like this one that will help to raise the property values in Atlantic City. Nuisance flooding has been an issue for decades during high tides and storm events.”

The Baltic Avenue Canal is 9,700 feet long, over ten feet wide, and eight feet tall. It can store over 1.1 million cubic feet of stormwater when the flood gates are operational, serving a 775-acre drainage area that extends from Ducktown to the Inlet.

The Atlantis Avenue Flood Gate project was funded by the United State Economic Development Agency and Community Development Block Grant funds.

The other end of the canal at Fisherman’s Park is also being retrofitted with a new flood gate, a replaced bulkhead, 85 feet of new canal, and two pumps to evacuate the canal when the gates are closed to provide storage capacity for stormwater during flood events. This section of the project will be completed later this year. The Fisherman’s Park Project is fully funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal sources.

“Atlantic City has moved forward with many projects since Superstorm Sandy to make the City more resilient,” Mayor Guardian remarked.

Last week, the City opened the Phase 2 of the $50 million Absecon Inlet Seawall and Boardwalk reconstruction project. This project has been on the drawing board for more than twenty years. When fully complete in 2018, the Inlet neighborhood of the City will be armored with rock and steel bulkheads.

The City has been awarded grant funds from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to leverage this massive project.

The City is also working with local properties owners who have had multiple flood claims to attract FEMA funds to help fund the elevation of their homes. Since homeowners cannot apply for this grant directly, the City has worked to submitted applications on their behalf. Later this week, a FEMA grant application will be submitted to fund the elevation of 25 homes in Atlantic City. This grant program is offered annually and property owners who are interested should contact the City’s Office of Emergency Management.

The City has secured $450,000 for emergency generators for the All Wars and PAL Buildings so that they can serve the neighborhoods during times of power outages.

On a larger scale, a grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has been awarded to the City to design a microgrid that would power critical facilities during power outages.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection have partnered with the City to develop ways to protect the Chelsea Heights neighborhood. Due to the City’s persistence, these agencies have committed up to $14 million toward protecting this neighborhood.

Atlantic City is also working with the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to develop a coastal protection plan for the entire Back Bay area. The $3 million New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study will develop solutions that reduce damages from coastal flooding.

Flooding issues on the Black Horse Pike have continued to be a priority for the Guardian Administration. The City is actively working with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, who has allocated $8.6 million for bulkhead and road elevation improvements on this State Highway. Construction is planned for 2019.

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN Atlantic City-NJ

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


------ Luis O. De La Hoz, Vice Chairman, Jorge Restrepo RESTREPO PUBLICATIONS , Carlos A. Medina, ESQ., Chairman -----

Hospitality Fiesta in Atlantic City

Atlantic City-NJ Nov. 14, 2017

Atlantic City se lleno de gala al recibir una de las organizaciones latinas con más de 3500 miembros activos en nuestra comunidad, el evento fue todo un éxito, se vio, se vivió la grandeza de la comunidad latina, el crecimiento económico y todo lo que aportan a esta gran nación.

El crecimiento de los latinos se mostro en todas las facetas dentro de diferentes estados, los miembros de la organización, que ocupan puestos políticos empezando desde una secretaria en una oficina, gubernamental, concejales, hasta alcaldes de diferentes ciudades, lo que más llamo la atención: la primera alcaldesa latina, y diferentes miembros de la organización que están corriendo para puestos importantes dentro del gobierno.

Esta fiesta fue todo un éxito, oportunidad de ejecutivos, empresarios y gente del gobierno latino presentes en un solo lugar.. Esta organización verdaderamente se llevo el galardón, de una de las organizaciones más importantes dentro de New Jersey. Esperamos grandes triunfos mas participación de otras organizaciones locales de los diferentes condados en new jersey que son 23 condados dentro de new jersey con un 18.9% de la populación hispanos or latinos mas de  2 Millones y un 17 % de la populación total de los Estados Unidos de América. Hagan la cuenta...??? 

Sin más que hablar, tenemos que estar más unidos, manifestarnos de una manera respetuosa, inteligente. Siempre buscando el mejor porvenir para todas las comunidades que nos rodean.

Felicitaciones a todos los organizadores, entre los invitados que son imposibles de nombrarlos a todos, ni tampoco entrevistarlos a todos los dejo con este pequeño Video.

Felicitaciones

Carlos A. Medina, ESQ., Chairman, Luis O. De La Hoz, Vice Chairman, Idida Rodriguez, Secretary, Miguel Bernal, Treasurer,Harry Ayala, Chairman Emeritus, Sam Delgado, Robert J. Polanco, John C. Leon, Gracias a los invitados especiales...

"SI NO ERES PARTE DE LA SOLUCION, ERES PARTE DEL PROBLEMA" "COUNTRUYENDO UN FUTURO JUNTOS"

Large Reduction in Flood Insurance Approved for Atlantic City Property Owners

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Atlantic City, New Jersey – Mayor Don Guardian announced today that starting on May 1, 2018, Atlantic City property owners who have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program will start to receive a twenty percent discount. 

Mayor Guardian stated, “Now that the City has received FEMA approval, property owners who have flood insurance will save 20 percent or more than $1,477,500 annually.  My administration has been working hard on this initiative for over a year.  Last week, the City received notification that it has achieved a Class 6 certification in the Community Rating System (CRS) program.  Class 5 is the best level achieved by any community in New Jersey.  Since flood insurance rates are ever increasing, this savings will only grow in the future.  The average cost of flood insurance in Atlantic City is about $950 so this discount will save each property owner an average of $190.”  

“This was a team effort,” continued Mayor Guardian.  “I would like to thank several people for their assistance in helping the City achieve a Class 6 rating, including Dale Finch, Anthony Cox and Wally Shields of the Licensing and Inspection Department; Angelo DeMaio and Jenny Darnell of the Emergency Management Office; and Elizabeth Terenik, Russell Cipolla, Steve Lilley, Bob Preston and Donna Weiss Piegaro of the Planning Department.”

Over 7,800 property owners in Atlantic City have federal flood insurance policies.  These policies insure over $1.4 billion in property and paid more than $7,387,500 in premiums in 2016 alone. 

The flood insurance discount is based on the total number of points that the City earns. A community accrues points to improve its CRS Class rating and receive increasingly higher discounts. Points are awarded for engaging in any of 19 creditable activities, organized under four categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reduction, warning and response.

The 20-percent premium reductions for property owners wouldn’t take effect until after May 1, 2018, when they renewed their current flood insurance policies or changed flood insurance providers. 

ATLANTIC CITY LIBRARY NEWS

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)
ATLANTIC CITY LIBRARY NEWS
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Library Foundation donates new children's computer
The Foundation of the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic City Free Public Library donated a new children’s computer in June. The computer is available for public use — for children ages 2 to 8 — in the Main Library’s Youth Service Department. The computer is an Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) featuring more than 4,000 learning activities. Click here to read more.
Click here to see the library's July/August newsletter
Children, teens invited to join Summer Reading Program
The Atlantic City Public Library's Summer Reading Program for children and teenagers is underway. A summer full of fun and educational events is planned. Click here to check out the complete summer schedule or click here to download the brochure.
JULY/AUGUST PROGRAM SCHEDULE
(programs subject to change)
 
COMPUTER TRAINING
Call 345-2269, ext. 3079, for information. Classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees must bring their Atlantic City Library card to class.

Walk-in Job Skills Lab
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17, 31

Microsoft Word Basics
Wednesday, July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Email Setup and Practice
Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
July 20 and Aug. 10, 31

Basic Internet and Typing Skills
Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
July 27 and Aug. 17

Microsoft Excel Basics
Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.

* Thank you to Internet Essentials from Comcast for their support of the Atlantic City Library’s computer training program.
 
ADULT LITERACY CLASSES
Call 345-2269, ext. 3079, for information. Registration is required.

Basic Reading and Writing
(first-grade reading level or lower)
Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Basic Reading and Writing
(fifth-grade reading level or lower)
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2, 9, 23, 30

CHILDREN
Call 345-2269, ext. 3050, for information.

Weekly programs
Tween Days in the Teen Lounge
Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LEGO Club
Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 6, 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Family Story Time and Craft: Fairytale Feasts
Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Baby Bounce and Play Group
Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Comic Drawing
Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Family Friday Matinee
Fridays, July 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.

More children's programs
Choo Choo Charlie
Wednesday, July 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Fitness Frenzy
At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Thursday, July 14, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Summer STEM Projects
Saturdays, July 16, 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Sciencetellers
Thursday, July 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Seussology
Tuesday, July 26, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Snakes N’ Scales
Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m.

End of Summer Reading Program Dance Party
At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)
Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate with ice cream sundaes, plus music by DJ Dave. Ages 18 and under.
 
TEENAGERS
Call 345-2269, ext. 3050, for information.

Books into Film Club
Fridays, July 8; Aug. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. (Films)
Saturdays, July 9, 30; Aug. 13, from 3 to 4 p.m. (Book talk)

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Saturdays, July 9, 30; Aug. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Teen Script Writing Workshop
Tuesday, July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Silent Library Challenge
Saturday, July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Introduction to Tai Chi
Thursday, July 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.

TAG Age-Out Party and Elections
Saturday, July 30, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Crochet Circle
Thursday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m.

End of Summer Reading Program Dance Party
At Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
(317 N. Pennsylvania Ave.)

Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Teen Entrepreneur Series
This series is conducted by Carol Waties, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stockton University.  

Business Plan Review
Tuesday, July 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Presenting Your Elevator Pitch
Tuesday, July 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.
 
ADULT PROGRAMS
Call 345-2269 for more information.

Film Society: View & Discuss “Pretty Woman”
Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m.
* For current Film Society members only

Film Society: Year Ten Anniversary Party
Tuesday, July 12, at 4:30 p.m.
* For current Film Society members only

Film Society: Class on Director George Stevens
Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Film Society: View & Discuss “Shane”
Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m.
ATLANTIC CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
MAIN LIBRARY
One North Tennessee Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
609.345.2269

NEW MAIN LIBRARY HOURS
Monday, Friday, Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY
4115 Ventnor Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
609.340.0215

NEW RICHMOND BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(operated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library)
South New Jersey Avenue and Boardwalk at Garden Pier
Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
609.347.5839

Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the library on the Web at www.acfpl.org
Visit the museum on the Web at www.atlanticcityexperience.org

The Atlantic City Free Public Library is a service of the City of Atlantic City

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