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Mt. Prospect Partnership Supports Newark Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Mt. Prospect Partnership (MPP) is supporting the implementation of a Pedestrian Safety Campaign in the City of Newark announced by Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Acting Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish during the month of October. The Partnership has joined other organizations participating in the statewide pedestrian safety education effort to address the high incidence of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey. The “Be Street Smart NJ” campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations to educate pedestrians and motorists about making safety their top priority whether walking or driving.
Frank Petolino, the Partnership’s Executive Director, noted that drivers and pedestrians share responsibility for keeping Mt. Prospect Avenue safe. “Whether you are a resident of our community or visiting for shopping, dining or services, you can contribute to a safer and more welcoming streetscape whether they are walking or driving,” he stated.
The campaign, which includes both education and enforcement, urges pedestrians and motorists to “Check Your Vital Signs” to improve their safety on the road.  The vital signs for motorists are “obey posted speed limits” and “stop for pedestrians in crosswalks”, and “use crosswalks” and “wait for the walk signal” for pedestrians.
“Even one death on our streets is too many. I commend the Department of Engineering for partnering with the state and many other caring agencies to educate our residents and visitors about the simple steps they can take to be safe on the road We are working to educate the community so they know the steps they can take to ensure their own safety, and the consequences for violating the law. The endgame is to prevent crashes and save lives. I urge our residents to learn from this campaign, and make these simple concepts part of their lives,” said Mayor Baraka.
The State of New Jersey is 14th in the nation in pedestrian fatalities; 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in New Jersey are pedestrians, which is double the national average. Between 2009 and 2011, 402 pedestrians were killed and more than 13,000 injured statewide.  That translates to one death every 2.5 days and 14 pedestrian injures daily, prompting the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to designate New Jersey a “focus” state. The FHWA has also named the City of Newark a “focus” city.  Between 2009 and 2011, there were 1,863 pedestrian crashes resulting in 27 deaths and 1,623 injuries, Newark is first among state municipalities in pedestrian fatalities.
Throughout October, the City and its partners, including MPP, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), the Newark Downtown District (NDD), NJPAC, Prudential, NJ Transit, Rutgers University, NJIT, Essex County College, Newark Regional Business Partnership, and various community groups, are using their outreach channels to promote this message to pedestrians and motorists throughout the City. The campaign is being promoted through advertisements on street banners, window clings, posters (printed in English, Portuguese and Spanish), educational handouts, email blasts, and more.
In addition to the education component, targeted enforcement will take place at key hot spots in the City. “The enforcement component will focus on motorists adhering to New Jersey’s stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk law, which took effect in April 2010.  Police officers will also address speeding, illegal turns, and distracted driving, which often contribute to pedestrian- related crashes,” said Acting Director Mohammadish. “We need the support of all Newark residents and visitors to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on our streets.”
The bestreetsmartnj.org website is also providing pedestrian safety information to the public and community partners in Newark and statewide.

Mt. Prospect Partnership (MPP) is supporting the implementation of a Pedestrian Safety Campaign in the City of Newark announced by Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Acting Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish during the month of October. The Partnership has joined other organizations participating in the statewide pedestrian safety education effort to address the high incidence of pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey. The “Be Street Smart NJ” campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations to educate pedestrians and motorists about making safety their top priority whether walking or driving.

Frank Petolino, the Partnership’s Executive Director, noted that drivers and pedestrians share responsibility for keeping Mt. Prospect Avenue safe. “Whether you are a resident of our community or visiting for shopping, dining or services, you can contribute to a safer and more welcoming streetscape whether they are walking or driving,” he stated.

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2nd Annual Hot Rod & Classic Car Show  Sunday, September 6th!

From Duke Ellington to Count Basie, Frank Sinatra to Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson and more, the Marty Hoff/Kevin Hagen Big Band Orchestra will have the Avenue swinging to classic tunes will you enjoy classic cars and a family friendly community event!

 

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2nd Annual Classic Car Show Returns to the “OId Neighborhood” in Newark’s North Ward
Mt. Prospect Partnership (MPP) invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Hot Rod & Classic Car Show on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s Historic Forest Hill Neighborhood on Sunday, September 7th from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. The event is being sponsored by community partners Investors Bank, Wells Fargo and the North Ward Center. Mt. Prospect Partnership has also partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and financial support for the fight against breast cancer. Admission is free for the general public. The rain date is September 14th.
Over $1100 in cash will be awarded. Event highlights will include a special visit by Lou “Batman” Magnifico and his amazing 1960’s replica Batmobile, a performance by singer Bobby Valli (younger brother of Frankie Valli), music provided by the Marty Hoff/Kevin Hagen Big Band orchestra plus a DJ, a variety of food and ice cream vendors plus children’s entertainment like face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and more.
“The Partnership has received calls from classic car owners who once lived in the area and want to be part of the event in the ‘old neighborhood,’ and we are excited to welcome them and showcase how the Partnership has helped improve the area,” noted MPP Executive Director Frank Petolino. “Last year’s event was attended by more than 2000 people from Newark and surrounding communities.”
“We look forward to welcoming community members and visitors again this year to the car show which will take place on Mt. Prospect Avenue between Delavan Avenue and Heller Parkway,” stated Michael Sheehan, President of Mt. Prospect Partnership. “For classic car owners, it’s a minimal amount ($15 pre-show/$20 day of show) for such a great event, such great prizes and for such a worthy cause.”
Petolino said the street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event with more than 100 cars expected to participate. Absolutely no bicycles or skateboards will be allowed in the display area.
Staging of the vehicles will start on the day of the event between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Those that register early to secure specific locations must be in their assigned spots by 9:30 a.m. or they may lose those specific locations.
For more information about the event or to register, please contact Frank Petolino (973-481-6200) or Chris Bernardo (973-482-2200). You can also pick up a registration form at Petolino Florist (650 Mt. Prospect Avenue).Click here to download an application form.

Mt. Prospect Partnership (MPP) invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Hot Rod & Classic Car Show on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark’s Historic Forest Hill Neighborhood on Sunday, September 7th from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. The event is being sponsored by community partners Investors Bank, Wells Fargo and the North Ward Center. Mt. Prospect Partnership has also partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and financial support for the fight against breast cancer. Admission is free for the general public. The rain date is September 14th. 

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