Councilman Ramos Praises Developer for Creation of Affordable Housing in Historic Forest Hill Home

Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. was on hand today for the opening of seven new affordable housing units in the renovated Wright-Clark house on Mount Prospect Avenue in the city’s Forest Hill neighborhood that had been an abandoned and deteriorating eyesore for more than 25 years.

Ramos said redeveloping the Wright-Clark house has been one of his priorities since he was first elected to represent the North Ward on the City Council in 2006. At the time, the home was owned by the city and Ramos pressed the administration of former Mayor Cory Booker to designate the property to RPM Development Group and urged the administration to allocate funding for the project. 

RPM, one of the leading developers of affordable housing in New Jersey, entered into an agreement with Newark in 2013 to restore the home to the Department of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. The city required original details such as woodworking, windows, and the floor plan of the home to be restored or replicated.

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Councilman-at-Large Carlos Gonzalez, Edward Martoglio of RPM Development Group, and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. with tenants who will move into one of the apartments in the restored Wright-Clark home.

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City of Newark Snow Removal Guide

With predictions of 10 to 15 inches of snow falling on our city, here are some helpful tips from the City of Newark.

A SNOW REMOVAL REMINDER

Streets must be cleared from curb to curb. Residents and business owners are encouraged to remove snow in a two-foot circumference from fire hydrants located in front of their residences or businesses.

Think safety for all. Clearing the streets of snow may require several passes of the snow plows. If you have no sidewalk, pile snow on the left side of the driveway (stand facing the residence). If there is a sidewalk in front of the residence, pile snow to the left of the driveway on either side of the sidewalk and to the right of the driveway behind the sidewalk (stand facing the residence).

DO NOT SHOVEL SNOW INTO THE STREET.

Park all vehicles in the driveway during snowstorms to save time shoveling and to keep the road clear for snow plows and emergency vehicles. After plowing is complete, the front of the residence should remain clear of obstructions for later parking.

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White House Official Joins Ramos in Urging Newark Residents to Enroll in Obamacare

An official from the White House traveled to Newark’s North Ward to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Bess Evans, the associate director of Public Engagement for the White House, told more than 100 residents attending an enrollment event at the Vince Lombardi Center to spread the word to their families, friends and neighbors that they have until Feb. 15 to enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace.

At the Jan. 22 event, sponsored by Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr., more than 75 families – aided by bilingual navigators – signed up for health insurance on the spot.

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White House Associate Director of Public Engagement Bess Evans (third from left) traveled to Newark to encourage residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. From left to right, Councilman-at-large Luis Quintana, Lydia Valencia of the Puerto Rican Congress, Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr., Dennis E. González, executive officer for the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region II flank a health navigator.

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