|Posted on March 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM||comments (5)|
Local Author Turiya S.A. Raheem to Speak on ‘Black Women in Islam
Galloway, N.J. – Atlantic City native and author Turiya S. A. Raheem will speak on “Black Women in Islam” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Room 211 at The Carnegie Center, 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Atlantic City.
The event is hosted by Stockton University’s Africana Studies Program and The Muslim Students Association.
Raheem is the author of Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside, which examines African-American life in Atlantic City before casinos. Her latest book, Why We Chose This Way, examines real-life stories about African-American Muslim women.
Raheem accepted Al-Islam as her way of life in Washington, D.C. in 1978. She has also lived in Cleveland, Boston, Tuskegee, Atlanta and Capitol Heights, Maryland. After 32 years away, she returned to Atlantic City in 2008 to live a semi-retired life. She continues to teach English and Cultural Geography and is a creative activist for all things positive in her community.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205
|Posted on March 13, 2018 at 12:05 AM||comments (1)|
(MARGATE) Today, three Democrats announced their candidacies for Atlantic County Freeholder.
Celeste Fernandez will run for Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large. An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Celeste came to this country with nothing but work ethic and the drive to succeed. Now, Celeste is a U.S. citizen and the owner of her own insurance business in Pleasantville, Fernandez Services LLC. She is an actively involved in advocating for Pleasantville’s Main Street business community and helps newly-naturalized citizens become acclimated in the Atlantic County community. She lives in Egg Harbor Township and is a proud grandmother.
Maureen Leidy will run for District 2 Freeholder, which is mostly made up of the downbeach communities of Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport as well as the mainland communities of Northfield, Linwood, and Somers Point. A former domestic violence counselor, Maureen has a long history of working in the nonprofit sector, including the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. She currently works in the administrative offices of the Inspira Health Network and lives in Ventnor.
Barbara Butterhof-Rheault will run for District 5 Freeholder, which is the western end of Atlantic County, including Hammonton, Buena Vista Township, Mullica Township, Egg Harbor City, and roughly half of Hamilton Township. Barbara is a STEM teacher in the Mullica Township School District and leads the Mullica Township Education Association. Barbara is also a Mullica Township Committeewoman, where she serves as the Director of Public Safety. During her time on Township Committee, Barbara has fought to maintain services and hold the line on tax increases.
“The people of Atlantic County want public servants who will roll up their sleeves and make Atlantic County a better place to live and work,” said Fernandez, Leidy, and Butterhof-Rheault. “As Freeholders, we’ll work to increase educational and employment opportunities for our residents as well as make Atlantic County a more affordable place to live for middle-class families and seniors.”
Fernandez, Leidy, and Butterhof-Rheault will seek the endorsement of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee at its nominating convention this Sunday, March 18. Any members of the media wishing to attend the convention must RSVP by emailing [email protected]
|Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:50 PM||comments (3)|
Film on Equal Rights Amendment Featuring Professor Linda Wharton to be Shown at Stockton on March 6
Galloway, N.J. _ A documentary on the status of women in America and the Equal Rights Amendment that features Stockton University Professor of Political Science Linda Wharton will be shown at Stockton at 6 p.m. March 6, in the Campus Center Theatre, followed by a panel discussion.
The 2016 film, “Equal Means Equal” discusses issues affecting women including poverty, wage discrimination, rape and sexual assault, foster care, domestic violence and sex trafficking. It makes the argument for reinvigorating the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
The films was produced and directed by Kamala Lopez and actress Patricia Arquette.
Wharton got involved through her work doing equal rights advocacy for women before she came to Stockton. She worked on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and participated on panels discussing the issue. Lopez asked her to advise on legal issues for the documentary.
“I came in as a consultant, helping to understand the law,” Wharton said. She said the ERA is needed now more than ever because strict constructionists say that the U.S. Constitution says nothing about equal rights.
Congress passed the ERA in 1972, but never got the necessary 38 states to ratify it before the 1982 deadline.
“(The ERA) has continued to be reintroduced in each Congress, but there is no energy behind it,” Wharton said. “But now we have the #metoo movement.”
Following the film, Wharton along with Lucienne Beard, executive director of the Alice Paul Institute, and Donnetrice C. Allison, professor of communication and Africana studies will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Amanda Owen, executive director of the Justice Bell Foundation.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205
|Posted on February 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM||comments (1)|
A Business Summit is planned for all business owners and developers on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 beginning at 9 am in City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall.
Mayor Frank Gilliam stated, “We want to do everything that we can to assist the business community of Atlantic City to grow and prosper. Federal, State, County and City agencies, along with our local utilities, are all working together to support economic development in our City”.
Three new businesses in Atlantic City have already taken advantage of the GROW NJ Tax Incentives: South Jersey Gas, the Atlantic City Call Center and Enroute Computer Solutions. Gilliam noted “this powerful program is set to end on June 2019, so we need to help new businesses take advantage of it now.”
Another New Jersey Economic Development Authority effort is the Business Lease and Business Improvement Incentive Program. This program is targeted to Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue from Massachusetts Avenue to Albany Avenue; the Downtown Loop area bounded by South Carolina Avenue, the Boardwalk, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue; and Albany Avenue. The Business Lease Incentive provides for reimbursement of 15 percent of the annual lease for two years of a five-year lease. The Business Improvement Incentive is a grant of up to 50 percent of the cost for first floor improvements not to exceed $20,000.
The NJEDA also provides a wide array of programs to assist small businesses from financing to technical assistance which will be discussed.
The City has also been awarded federal grant funds to assist developers to complete brownfields assessments of their properties. The advantages of this program will be presented.
A goal of the Gilliam Administration is to make Atlantic City a model community for energy efficiency and alternative energy. The City already hosts the only wind farm in New Jersey; has solar panels on the Public Works Complex, Wave Garage, County Court House and the Convention Center; has a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles and a CNG fueling station and will soon be the first City in New Jersey to convert all its street lights to efficient LED technology. But much more can be done.
To continue this commitment, Mayor Gilliam has invited the two local utilities to present their programs designed to assist local businesses to be more energy efficient.
Atlantic City Electric will present its EDGE Program which offers new and growing businesses a 20 percent discount off the delivery distribution portion of their electric rate. South Jersey Industries will discuss the Direct Install Program which funds up to 70 percent of energy efficiency upgrades for small businesses.
Mayor Gilliam stated, “it is great to have everyone working together to help local businesses”.
Each program will be presented and then the presenters will be available to speak one on one to assist those who attend the Summit.
For more information regarding any of these programs please, contact Ben Kaufman, Atlantic City Planning & Development Department at 609.347.5404.
|Posted on February 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM||comments (2)|
Galloway, NJ _ Mayra Espinosa wants her elementary school students in Panama to learn English.
That’s why she is among 21 teachers from Panama who will spend eight weeks at Stockton University studying English, teaching methods, and technology in the classroom.
“It is much easier to learn a language if students start when they are younger,” Espinosa said through interpreter Yibin Feng, an international student advisor at Stockton. “Knowing English will make them more competitive in the labor market and business.”
In July, Stockton president Harvey Kesselman traveled to Panama to visit with officials and learn about the government’s Panama Bilingue Initiative to train 10,000 Panamanian teachers in English and in the latest teaching methods. The goal is to improve public education and economic development in the country by increasing the English fluency of its citizens.
Stockton was approved by the Panamanian government to offer the training, and will also develop opportunities for Stockton students to study in Panama.
The teachers arrived on Jan. 15 and are staying at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, where the staff has adapted the menu to include traditional items including empanadas and rice and beans. Students said the food has been “delicioso.”
On Jan. 19 Stockton hosted a welcome luncheon at which the teachers, some wearing traditional dress, presented small gifts to Stockton officials. President Harvey Kesselman gave each teacher a Stockton pin and they presented him with a plaque, gifts and a Panama flag pin.
“This is a very important program for Stockton,” Kesselman said. “A major initiative here is global engagement. We value what you bring to us and we want you to immerse yourselves with our students.”
Their visit will also include weekend trips to New York and Philadelphia.
Provost Lori Vermeulen said learning another language and culture is a gift that keeps on giving.
“This program is critical to the growth of the economy of Panama,” she said. She said Stockton wants to play an active role in helping the country meet its 10,000-teacher goal.
After lunch that included fried plantains and churros, students gave out small coconut candies called cocadas, which they made in the Seaview kitchen. Teachers Yarelis Gonzalez and Olmedo Ortega performed a traditional dance.
Media interested in attending a class or interviewing the teachers can contact Stockton News and Media Relations Director Diane D’Amico. A farewell luncheon is scheduled for 12 p.m. March 9.
A gallery of photos from the luncheon is on flickr.
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205