Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Louis Weber launches Civic Association January 12th, 2021
Translated and edited from original article: LusoAmericano by Ricky Duraes
“This civic association aims to help revitalize and reorganize a neighborhood that we all love ... and continues to be, greatly harmed by this pandemic. As a member of this neighborhood .... I feel the obligation to repay all the good that this .. community gave me.”
A Civic Association led by Louis Weber was announced in the Ironbound on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021. The Association was formed in November of 2020 but only recently announced.
Louis Weber, director of Newark's Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC), announced the launch of his civic association at a community restaurant earlier this week.
The event was attended by community steak holders, entrepreneurs, representatives of organizations and members of the community.
In conversation with LUSO-AMERICANO, Weber who is of Italian and Portuguese descent, his father being from Murtosa said, "This civic association aims to help revitalize and reorganize a neighborhood that we all love and that was and continues to be greatly harmed by this pandemic, as a member of this neighborhood where I was born and grew up, I feel the obligation to repay all the good that this neighborhood and this community gave me , I want to contribute to a better quality of life for our residents and thus be an integral part of a future in which we all believe."
Louis Weber attended Oliver St. School and St. Benedict's Prep, a descendant of a family of police officers, he too became law enforcement officer at the age of 18, having worked in every precinct in the city, as well as working in major crimes, narcotics, homicide, swat and the Executive Protection Unit. During his tenure with the Newark Police Department he received several awards, including: two Medal of Valor awards, three Outstanding Bravery awards and several Outstanding Police work medals for courage and community based policing.
In 2015 he was injured and had to retire, which he considered to have been, "one of the most difficult days of my life and one of the most difficult decisions I have made."
Since 2018 he has been working for the city of Newark and is currently in charge of the department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, responsible for controlling the sale and regulation of liquor establishments. This department became crucial during this pandemic situation, which gave it Weber even more reason to move forward with a civic organization, in order to cope with the realities of a changing community as well.
The Louis Weber Civic Association's mission is to help restore and revitalize the East Ward and Ironbound by supporting the efforts of residents in all segments of the community, in improving the quality of life in our neighborhood and bringing our community back to life.
To register for events click here.
To donate to this Civic Association click here.