Star Ledger: Newark has haven in East Ward office

Newark has haven in East Ward office
The Ledger profiles “Little City Hall” — Augusto Amador’s office on Monroe Street in the Ironbound, which provides services to the community you might otherwise get at City Hall downtown.

Like old friends, Gloria Feijo and Rosa Tavares chatted in Portuguese about the weather, family and the traditional Portuguese pastries Feijo bakes.

Before leaving, Feijo handed Tavares a check for her water bill, then walked the three blocks home.

“We speak her language,” Tavares said as Feijo walked out of Little City Hall on Monroe Street in the Ironbound section of Newark.

Feijo and many others consider it a blessing to have a local office to pay bills, request permits and conduct other business instead of having to stand in long lines, deal with strangers or — more significantly — try to find parking near Broad Street’s City Hall.

It also makes life easier that Feijo can communicate in Portuguese.

“Even if I spoke English, I would still come here,” Feijo said before she left.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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