|Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM||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.
|Posted on November 6, 2017 at 6:05 PM||comments (4)|
This past October 29, 2017 the candidate for Atlantic County Sheriff and Mayor of the city of Somers Point , Mr. Jack Glasser made a statement that If he gets elected “Atlantic County won’t be a Sanctuary County”. This statement filled the immigrant community with panic and desperation, especially the Latino community. Such statement prompted his team formed by: Joseph A. Odonoghhue, Dennis Munoz, Clifton Sudler Jr. and Mario Suarez to reach out to us as community leaders to discuss the recent statement .
According to his team, the statement was taken out of content. The team stated that what Mr. Glasser meant, was that they have to apply the law and prosecute the criminals. However, there will not be discrimination or harassment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender or immigration status.
The team identified themselves as minorities of immigrants descendants and having immigrants relatives who understand the minority communities concerns on this matter..
Este pasado 29 de Octubre, 2017 el candidato a Sheriff por Atlantic County y Mayor de la Ciudad de Somers Point. El Señor Jack Glasser hizo un comentario donde dice que “El Condado de Atlantic no va a ser una Ciudad Santuaria” ( Lugar donde se le brinda albergue a los inmigrantes indocumentados) lo que lleno a la comunidad inmigrante de pánico y desespero, especialmente a la comunidad latina.
Dicho comentario llevo a su equipo formado por: Joseph A. Odonoghue, Dennis Munoz, Clifton Sudler Jr., and Mario Suárez a convocarnos a un diálogo inmediato como líderes de la comunidad concerniente a dicho comentario ..
De acuerdo a su equipo, El comentario hecho por Mr. Glasser fue tomado fuera de contexto, ya que su significado es que ellos van a aplicar las leyes y los criminales serán juzgados. Por lo tanto, no va a ver persecuciones a los inmigrantes por su , raza, color, desendencia, sexo
o estatus migratorio.
El equipo se identificó como minorías, con familias y descendientes inmigrantes quienes entienden la comunidades minoritarias y sus problemas.
We met with Mr. Glasser’s immediate team composed by:
JOSEPH A. ODONOGHUE
Ret. ACSO (Jack Glasser Aid)
40 years in Public Service
Former Egg harbor City Councilman
CLIFTON SUDLER Jr.
Ret. Lt. ACSO
CEO Island Sun Co. INC
CELESTE FERNANDEZ & YAFREISY SALAZAR
Staff Write The Society Page n Espanol
|Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
October 17, 2017, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Non-Profit United Voices for Puerto Rico Coalition Lead Case Manager Yvette Soto, La Casa Dominicana NJ President Luis Rodriquez, BMC Executive Producer Beatrice Caraballo, Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI) President Linda Carney, The Society Page en Espanol The official Latin Style Magazine President CEO Jorge Restrepo, U.S. HART-P3 Director Jimmy Whitehead, New Vistas President Michael Cohan, and LandMatters Disaster Recovery Project Director Lou Strugala met to establish the U.S.-Puerto Rico Se Levanta (Puerto Rico Rise) headquarters and logistical staging area located at CODI in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.
The Coalition discussed plans for the U.S. Federal Government’s $7.2B Seaport E funding; which will be used to expedite urgently needed humanitarian aid including food, water, medicine, healthcare, electric, telecommunications, infrastructure restoration, and community redevelopment. Mr. Whitehead advised the coalition that President Trump’s initiative will assist individuals and families throughout all 78 Puerto Rico municipalities.
U.S. Hurricane Rapid Recovery Program Chairman Ted Moats stated, “We are very proud to support President Donald Trump in expediting critical funds and services to assist with humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico.”
Houston, Texas recovery expert Counselor Greg Travis, who brings unique recovery compliance oversight experience, stated, “President Donald Trump has the right idea about engaging the public and private sector to expedite Puerto Rico’s recovery, and our team is steadfast behind his distinguished leadership.”
Mr. Whitehead introduced Disaster Recovery Project Director Lou Strugala. Mr. Strugala has extensive construction background and experience with rehab/rebuild after Hurricane Sandy where he was responsible for coordinating redevelopment throughout 30 NJ municipalities. Mr. Strugala informed the coalition that “We know what to do and more importantly what not to do to avoid huge redundant mistakes, fraudulent contractor services, and rebuild communities.”
|Posted on October 17, 2017 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
(Atlantic City, NJ) - On Monday, October 16th, 2017, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian announced a key endorsement for re-election of mayor from important local Atlantic City community leaders.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said: “Today, I humbly accept the public endorsements of four key Atlantic City community leaders: former Atlantic City Councilman Ernest D. Coursey, current City Council President Marty Small, Sr., Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr., and Bishop R. Fulton Hargrove II. These four community leaders have been serving Atlantic City residents for many decades, and truly represent our Atlantic City community. By giving me their endorsements today, I thank them for putting their trust in me to lead Atlantic City for the next four years.
Ernest Coursey and Council President Marty Small had the courage to stand up against the governor and outside Camden County political bosses to do what’s right for the residents of Atlantic City. I am also honored to accept the personal endorsements of two faithful community leaders - Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr. and Bishop R. Fulton Hargrove II. Reverend Days and Bishop Hargrove have always put the needs of Atlantic City residents first. Whether it’s providing food to the hungry, a place to stay for the homeless, rest for the weary, or encouraging the broken hearted with comforting words, they have always served our community with love and compassion. I humbly accept their powerful endorsements.”
Ernest Coursey stated: “I am endorsing Don Guardian for mayor of Atlantic City. I am honored to call Don Guardian my friend. This election is not about Democrats versus Republicans. This election is about electing the best person to serve as mayor of Atlantic City. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Don Guardian is the best person. He has worked tremendously hard over the past four years, and has earned the right to serve Atlantic City residents for four more years. We must vote to re-elect Don Guardian because Atlantic City cannot go backwards. Too much progress has already been made under the Guardian Administration. I am honored to support Don Guardian for re-election as mayor of Atlantic City.”
City Council President Marty Small stated: “As a Democrat and City Council President, I truly believe that current Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian is the best candidate for Mayor. Don and I fought hard against the State takeover on behalf of the residents last year, and we worked well together for the sake of moving Atlantic City in the right direction.The same can’t be said about Frank Gilliam. Frank is bought and paid for by political bosses near and far, and is nothing more than a Manchurian candidate. Councilman Frank Gilliam was missing in action during the most important time in our City’s history because he was promised things by political bosses. Frank is nothing but an obstructionist voting ‘no’ on issues to save our city, flip flopping positions for political gain, and more importantly, offering no solutions. Frank Gilliam is temperamentally and professionally unfit to serve as mayor of Atlantic City. Lastly, special interest candidate Frank Gilliam is still a stranger to the community, only becoming visible during the Mayoral campaign. As seen in the Primary, Frank Gilliam will do and say anything to get elected, as proven by his alliance with former Council President Craig Callaway and his organization. The last time Callaway was in charge of the city, we all know how that ended.
Don Guardian has earned my respect as mayor. He crosses party lines to get things done. This election is too important to worry about party lines (Democrat vs Republican) and racial lines (black vs white). It’s about who is more qualified to serve the residents of Atlantic City, and Don Guardian has earned the right to be mayor for the next four years. As I always stated ‘I may not always do the popular thing, but I take pride in doing the right thing by the residents of Atlantic City.’ Re-electing Don will keep the Mayor’s office in local control. Don isn’t only the better candidate but he’s the better person. He is a good man, and that’s why I wholeheartedly endorse and support Don Guardian as the best person for mayor of Atlantic City. I will make sure that all of my family, friends, supporters, and voters from the June Primary vote for Don Guardian for Mayor.”
Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr.: “Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian has proven himself to be the right mayor for Atlantic City. He has endured many trials and tribulations over the past four years, but still leads our community with optimism and faith. Mayor Guardian has blessed our community with his dedication of serving with wisdom and discernment. So many things have been done for our community in the past four years that I feel he deserves another term to be our mayor. He shows up to every event to offer his support. I have not seen any mayor work harder than Mayor Guardian. That is why I am endorsing Don Guardian 100% for re-election as our mayor of Atlantic City for the next four years.”
Bishop R. Fulton Hargrove II: “I have watched Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian closely since he was elected mayor and I am truly impressed with his record of accomplishments and his love for Atlantic City. In particular, he is sincerely committed to the residents and doing what’s right for them. Like Nehemiah in the Old Testament, I have watched Mayor Guardian work to rebuild Atlantic City so that it can be vibrant again for all residents. And like Nehemiah in the Bible, when critics tried to keep him from doing his work, he says, ‘I am doing a great work and cannot come down.’ This is the type of leadership we need. We need a leader who is focused on rebuilding Atlantic City for everyone, and that leader is Don Guardian. I support Don Guardian for Mayor of Atlantic City.”
|Posted on October 6, 2017 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie announced today that 48 troopers from the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) departed New Jersey to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
The troopers from Troop "B" Headquarters in Totowa and Troop "C" Headquarters in Hamilton Township, Mercer County will meet with the New Jersey State Police advance team, which arrived a week earlier to coordinate recovery efforts with local, state, and federal authorities. These additional troopers will focus primarily on law enforcement and humanitarian aid to the region, hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“New Jersey law enforcement and emergency personnel take their first-hand expertise gained during Superstorm Sandy with them as they work with officials in Puerto Rico to help their people regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives after such devastating storms,”
Governor Christie said. “Their experience should prove invaluable to Puerto Rico and we wish them well on their mission. We will continue to deploy help as needed that has been requested by the Governor of Puerto Rico.”
Last week, Governor Christie authorized the mobilization of 1,100 emergency responders and soldiers to deploy to Puerto Rico, including NJSP and 500 National Guard citizen soldiers with various equipment.
In addition, two New Jersey National Guard armories continue to accept donations to aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts. The following are suggested items that elected officials, community leaders and organizations should collect for donation:
Baby food, batteries, box fans, canned goods, cots, cleaning supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, flash lights, flood pumps, hand sanitizer, first aid items, leather work gloves, new underwear and socks, new bed pillows and blankets, toiletries, utility knives and high capacity generators to restore power for hospitals, water service, and flood pumps.
The armories will not accept any items dropped off for deliver and all deliveries must be scheduled by calling 1-833-NJ-HELPS. Financial donations may be made by visiting www.NJ4PR.org.