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    Default St. Michael's Medical Center embarks on $250M makeover of Newark campus

    NEWARK — It was "The Feast of St. Michael" today at the saint’s namesake medical center in Newark. With it came a morning prayer service with a reading from Ecclesiastes, which speaks of a transitory life: "A time to tear down and a time to build."
    It was a fitting verse today for "Goodbye Mother Schervier Hall Day," a signal that St. Michael’s Medical Center was, in fact, embarking on a sweeping $250 million makeover of its Newark campus. Robert H. Evans, the hospital’s CEO, even sported a lapel pin depicting a colorful butterfly, a symbol of transformation.

    The hall, erected in 1951, is the first piece of the old St. Michael’s that will be demolished at year-end to make way for a state-of-the-art outpatient services center featuring 180,000-square-feet of medical suites atop an underground robotic valet parking system that scans the dimensions of an arriving sedan and mechanically stores it away "without human intervention." Its trade name: Boomerang.

    "No more walking up multi-deck parking garages ... Everybody has ‘the doctor’s spot,’" said Michael Gilbert, whose private Healthcare REIT is actually building the medical suites and hi-tech parking garage.


    Sometime in 2012, the suites will front Martin Luther King Boulevard. Next up will be the teardown of the circa 1940 hospital wing to create access to "The Hub," a new hospital-within-a-hospital featuring a main lobby, larger emergency room, gift shop and auditorium.

    "The Hub" will be tucked in at the end of a new entrance on one of Newark’s main thoroughfares, where the hospital will reclaim a row of 19th century hospital wings. Lastly, a new medical education building will rise at the rear of the complex along Central Avenue.

    It all signals a sea-change for St. Michael’s.

    In 2008, Catholic Health East, the Newtown, Pa. conglomerate, purchased the ailing 357-bed hospital from Cathedral Healthcare when state officials agreed to loan the new owner $252.5 million, with bonds issued by the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, in part for expansion.

    Robert Spira, president of the medical staff, remembers the old days.
    "No money. No mission for the last 10 years," said Spira, a physician.
    "Now," CEO Evans said, "we have both."

    Ever present today was Mother Frances Schervier, the Francisan Sisters of the Poor "foundress" who died in 1876 and was beatified in 1974. A large oil portrait hung in the hall today as staff visited for a Feast of St. Michael’s featuring cheese and fruit. Little postcards bearing her image announced tonight's decommissioning of the hall, led by Bishop Manuel Cruz of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

    Mitsu Yasukawa/ The Star-LedgerArtist rendering showing the new look of St. Michael's Medical Center, which will be completed in 2014.

    Her order’s commitment to the "poor and marginalized" is present today in the hospital’s mission statement, which Evans echoed anew today.

    "The quality of care shouldn’t depend on what zip code you come from," he said.
    Evans said St. Michael’s currently has seen a 40-percent jump in same-day surgeries and a 44-percent increase in volume at its emergency room.

    "And that’s with this clunky campus," he said.

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    Tech innovation helps keep downtown Newark clean

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 by Andaiye Taylor in Featured, Living
    Sixty-inch flower pots placed by the Newark Downtown District line Raymond Boulevard. Photo: Andaiye Taylor


    NEWARK, N.J. – To frequent visitors, downtown Newark has in the past couple of years become greener, cleaner, and more pedestrian-friendly than it has been in recent memory. In addition to the new flowerpots, garbage cans, benches, and lampposts that now dot the sidewalks, visitors said they have also noticed the bevy of workers in yellow shirts who tend the area.

    The workers are employees of the Newark Downtown District, also known as NDD, a nonprofit created more than a decade ago by a city ordinance. The NDD is devoted to increasing the commercial viability of the district. Its employees, who they dub “ambassadors,” stand out in their bright outfits as they power wash the sidewalks, scrub the graffiti, sweep the streets, and otherwise maintain the neighborhood.

    Over the past three years, the NDD has aggressively embarked on a neighborhood beautification campaign. The district’s innovative use of Geographic Information System, or GIS, technology lets its employees efficiently track and maintain the new neighborhood improvements.

    To use the GIS technology, the NDD affixes a unique bar code to the improvements when they are initially placed. If a worker spots a problem, he or she scans it, submitting a time stamped work order to a central queue where it is prioritized and assigned by NDD management. People in the neighborhood can also submit damage reports by either calling a hotline or logging onto the district’s website, identifying improvements by type and location, and characterizing the damage.
    The workers’ use of the GIS scanners, skinned in yellow and black to match their outfits, is subtle, but people who live, work, and shop downtown notice the upkeep, thanks to the new technology.

    Roshawn Bristol, 39, of Newark, sees the workers as a sign of increased collective pride in the city. “The people with the yellow shirts, they’re out cleaning,” she said. “Newark is beautiful, and they’re making it that way.”
    Most people incorrectly assumed that the city employs the workers. The NDD’s online interface enables people to submit complaints about city-owned property, but the organization forwards those requests to the appropriate city agency. According to a report summary furnished by the organization, more than six of 10 issues captured by the system are ultimately assigned to the NDD to address.

    Though no one denied that the improvements are a positive change, a few people went out of their way to distinguish between refacing the downtown neighborhood and implementing the more fundamental changes they think are necessary in Newark.

    Oscar Mercado, 31, is a Newark homeowner and parking attendant who works two blocks from the Prudential Center arena. “You can cosmetically dress it up with a little flower pot, a couple benches,” he said, while sitting on an NDD bench in front of the parking lot. “All these little decorations haven’t changed anything.”

    Abdul Holden, 35, of Newark, said the professionally dressed workers are a signal that the city is “trying.” While he thinks more fundamental work needs to be done to improve the city, he said he also thinks sprucing up the neighborhood is an easy win that can change perceptions of Newark.

    Pennsylvania-based GIS Tech Solutions designed the system to the NDD’s specifications. The company’s president, Bill Chappell, said that while he has designed programs for other municipalities, this is a unique application of his company’s technology. Chappell said that the Newark Downtown District can further integrate GIS by building a mobile phone application that automatically detects users’ coordinates, enabling them to submit repair requests even more easily.

    The International Downtown Association is considering the NDD for its 2010 IDA Downtown Achievement Award for applying GIS technology to capital improvement maintenance.

    http://neighborhoodbeatbox.org/2010/09/03/4503/

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrollhectic View Post
    NEWARK — It was "The Feast of St. Michael" today at the saint’s namesake medical center in Newark. With it came a morning prayer service with a reading from Ecclesiastes, which speaks of a transitory life: "A time to tear down and a time to build."
    It was a fitting verse today for "Goodbye Mother Schervier Hall Day," a signal that St. Michael’s Medical Center was, in fact, embarking on a sweeping $250 million makeover of its Newark campus. Robert H. Evans, the hospital’s CEO, even sported a lapel pin depicting a colorful butterfly, a symbol of transformation.

    The hall, erected in 1951, is the first piece of the old St. Michael’s that will be demolished at year-end to make way for a state-of-the-art outpatient services center featuring 180,000-square-feet of medical suites atop an underground robotic valet parking system that scans the dimensions of an arriving sedan and mechanically stores it away "without human intervention." Its trade name: Boomerang.

    "No more walking up multi-deck parking garages ... Everybody has ‘the doctor’s spot,’" said Michael Gilbert, whose private Healthcare REIT is actually building the medical suites and hi-tech parking garage.


    Sometime in 2012, the suites will front Martin Luther King Boulevard. Next up will be the teardown of the circa 1940 hospital wing to create access to "The Hub," a new hospital-within-a-hospital featuring a main lobby, larger emergency room, gift shop and auditorium.

    "The Hub" will be tucked in at the end of a new entrance on one of Newark’s main thoroughfares, where the hospital will reclaim a row of 19th century hospital wings. Lastly, a new medical education building will rise at the rear of the complex along Central Avenue.

    It all signals a sea-change for St. Michael’s.

    In 2008, Catholic Health East, the Newtown, Pa. conglomerate, purchased the ailing 357-bed hospital from Cathedral Healthcare when state officials agreed to loan the new owner $252.5 million, with bonds issued by the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, in part for expansion.

    Robert Spira, president of the medical staff, remembers the old days.
    "No money. No mission for the last 10 years," said Spira, a physician.
    "Now," CEO Evans said, "we have both."

    Ever present today was Mother Frances Schervier, the Francisan Sisters of the Poor "foundress" who died in 1876 and was beatified in 1974. A large oil portrait hung in the hall today as staff visited for a Feast of St. Michael’s featuring cheese and fruit. Little postcards bearing her image announced tonight's decommissioning of the hall, led by Bishop Manuel Cruz of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

    Mitsu Yasukawa/ The Star-LedgerArtist rendering showing the new look of St. Michael's Medical Center, which will be completed in 2014.

    Her order’s commitment to the "poor and marginalized" is present today in the hospital’s mission statement, which Evans echoed anew today.

    "The quality of care shouldn’t depend on what zip code you come from," he said.
    Evans said St. Michael’s currently has seen a 40-percent jump in same-day surgeries and a 44-percent increase in volume at its emergency room.

    "And that’s with this clunky campus," he said.
    This hospital is going to be looking nice when its finished and it should keep some of its old facade so it can have its history still with it. Maybe this wont be the only thing new added to newark in 2014??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66nexus View Post
    If only I could get a quarter for every time I've heard that over the years...I'd be richer than a Facebook CEO
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e31_1223077613


    NEW JERSEY, U.S.A. (sidewalk CCTV)

    Mara Salvatrucha gang members clash against black gangsters near "George Washington Carver" elementary school in Newark. NJ's black gangs are not going to let newly-arrived illegal alien MS-13 hoodlums from overtaking their slums

    Look at the side bar to get an idea of how violent the MS-13 are. They congregate on the border of elizabeth and newark and which is why no middle class is going to sprout in Newark outside of Univ Heights.

    Sad this is right next to Beth Isr. Hospital:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie...7ZE4_cNoL1kbkC

    as well as the area where that professor got punched in the face and blinded before he good graduate from rutgers. Its stupid stuff like this that escalates to knives and guns and eventual homicide.
    Last edited by block944; October 2nd, 2010 at 04:13 PM.

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    The Top 10 Poverty Stricken Cities Within the United States



    What do the top 10 cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

    Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961;

    Buffalo, NY (2nd)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954;

    Cincinnati, OH (3rd)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984;

    Cleveland, OH (4th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989;

    Miami, FL (5th)...has never had a Republican mayor;

    St. Louis, MO (6th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949;

    El Paso, TX (7th)... Has never had a Republican mayor;

    Milwaukee, WI (8th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908;

    Philadelphia, PA (9th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952;

    Newark, NJ (10th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.

    Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

    It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats --- yet are still disadvantaged.

    Opinion: The Disadvantaged remain disadvantaged because they are looking for the

    government to give them something, instead of having to work for it.

    (How can a person be 5th generation & still disadvantaged in this country?)

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free".

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    Quote Originally Posted by block944 View Post
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e31_1223077613


    NEW JERSEY, U.S.A. (sidewalk CCTV)

    Mara Salvatrucha gang members clash against black gangsters near "George Washington Carver" elementary school in Newark. NJ's black gangs are not going to let newly-arrived illegal alien MS-13 hoodlums from overtaking their slums

    Look at the side bar to get an idea of how violent the MS-13 are. They congregate on the border of elizabeth and newark and which is why no middle class is going to sprout in Newark outside of Univ Heights.

    Sad this is right next to Beth Isr. Hospital:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie...7ZE4_cNoL1kbkC

    as well as the area where that professor got punched in the face and blinded before he good graduate from rutgers. Its stupid stuff like this that escalates to knives and guns and eventual homicide.

    What!? No middle class is going to sprout outside of Univ. Heights? Ironbound? Forest Hill? SH? Newark's middle class may be small, but if it were non-existent Newark's poverty rate would be 3x worse. C'mon.

    I'm well-versed on MS-13, however, gangs in Newark are not a new phenomenon, this has been going on for decades. The area around Beth Isr is on my old street (Osbourne Ter), that area isn't nice at all. I'm not sure what a middle-class has to do with it. Cities w/ sizable and stable middle-class populations still have gang problems. All of Newark doesn't border Elizabeth and Irvington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by block944 View Post

    Search Keyword Location
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    The Top 10 Poverty Stricken Cities Within the United States



    What do the top 10 cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

    Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961;

    Buffalo, NY (2nd)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1954;

    Cincinnati, OH (3rd)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1984;

    Cleveland, OH (4th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1989;

    Miami, FL (5th)...has never had a Republican mayor;

    St. Louis, MO (6th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1949;

    El Paso, TX (7th)... Has never had a Republican mayor;

    Milwaukee, WI (8th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1908;

    Philadelphia, PA (9th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1952;

    Newark, NJ (10th)...hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1907.

    Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

    It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats --- yet are still disadvantaged.

    Opinion: The Disadvantaged remain disadvantaged because they are looking for the

    government to give them something, instead of having to work for it.

    (How can a person be 5th generation & still disadvantaged in this country?)

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free".
    That list doesn't provide a good point b/c if you look at the years in question, apparently Newark went through its golden age under democratic mayors. Also, what about immigrant populations?

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    Newark needs a barnes & nobles i wonder when will they ever put one????

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    That would be never.

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    i disagree though some point newark will change it has to but one of these days it will come down to newark.

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    B&N wouldn't really be a stable addition to Newark, it's been downsizing and is losing money due to the rise and increasing commonality of e-books

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    and theft is sky high. At the chinese buffet next to UMDNJ, peeps were stealing food and eating while putting food in their containers while knuckle heads were running around saying nigga this and nigga that a hooterin and screeching like idiots. Newark is to ghetto to have a barnes and noble unless they took over a college bookstore where they could charge sky high prices for text books. newark ain't getting anything except for more layoffs and more poverty and more ignorant people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66nexus View Post
    That list doesn't provide a good point b/c if you look at the years in question, apparently Newark went through its golden age under democratic mayors. Also, what about immigrant populations?
    Yup and that golden age really sustained itself real well from all that wonderful leadership

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp33ajAqoaM
    Emergency Press Conference on Newark Budget Gap


    Boys Fighting Downtown Newark NJ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QWBABhL8kc

    Last edited by block944; October 3rd, 2010 at 02:26 PM.

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    Why the middle class don't want to be in downtown newark

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXd1K...eature=related

    Oh yeah there may be working people in newark but they don't come downtown or sent their kids to newark school or ride the bus

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