Archive: August 2018

Boraie Development Builds Another Luxury New Jersey High-Rise

The Aspire, built by Boraie Development, is a new high-rise luxury apartment complex in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This complex has 238 residential units and a 24/7 doorman/lobby. The Aspire also offers a state of the art fitness and yoga center, an indoor/outdoor residents club, a rooftop patio and BBQ space, an attached parking facility with elevator access and an individual storage and bike space for residents. In addition to the amenities that The Aspire offers, the complex is also located near the New Brunswick train station, the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital system and is near popular dining, shopping, and nightlife. Below the complex is located 10,000 square feet of retail. The Aspire allows pets and offers studio, one and two bedroom layouts.

According to Patch, Boraie Development has also partnered with Shaquille O’Neal to renovate an old movie theater in Newark, New Jersey, where the retired basketball star used to live. The theater is called CityPlex12. The project was completed in 2012, but this was not the end of O’Neal’s partnership with Boraie Development. The partnership continued to introduce new apartment complexes in Newark and Atlantic City. O’Neal does admit that he leaves the details to Boraie and is mainly an investor who helps plan the projects and says “Hey, make it beautiful.” Boraie and O’Neal have not just limited themselves to apartments, as they have also continued to develop movie theaters and retail complexes. Omar Boraie founded Boraie Development after he came to the United States in 1970 from Egypt where he was a chemist. However, he did not return to chemistry and is now in real estate with his three children. The Boraies met Shaquille O’Neal through his uncle, Mike Parris, who lives in New Jersey. Since they met in 2005, they have planned this partnership to develop apartments and retail spaces throughout New Jersey. For more details visit boraie.com

 

 

 

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The Human Rights Fight Against Arpaio

During the night of October 18, 2007 Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested under the charges of disclosing details about a grand-jury investigation by the Maricopa County Selective Enforcement Unit run by the aggressive Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge

Earlier that day Larkin and Lacey, the CEO and executive director of Village Voice Media, published an article in the Phoenix New Times highlighting the attempt of the grand jury to subpoena personal information on the personnel at the Phoenix New Times. The publication had recently been publishing information on the abuses of power of Sheriff Arpaio including racial profiling and mistreatment of inmates, particularly targeting the Latino community.

Previously, unconstitutional actions of Arpaio were not addressed publicly, however the Sheriff was notified which of his actions were legal and which were not. Larkin and Lacey noticed the public outcry against Arpaio’s actions and decided they needed to take action through their publications.

Newspapers had not previously covered the actions of Arpaio although his behaviors were well known. The arrest of Larkin and Lacey sparked outrage as the argument for illegal detention spread.

Reporters began to publicize articles based on Larkin and Lacey’s writings furthering the exposure of corruption, which ultimately helped lead to national attention on the issue. The two were released from prison and filed a lawsuit against Arpaio to exposing his corruption which was ultimately settled for $3.7 million.

Following the settlement, Arpaio was not re-elected in as Sheriff. However, police officers that worked for him and his supporters continued to racially profile and spread anti-Latino rhetoric. Arpaio was vocal in his support for the Trump campaign in 2016 and has recently been pardoned by the Trump Administration.

In an effort to oppose anti-Latino rhetoric continuing from Arpaio and his supporters, Larkin and Lacey used the settlement money to start their organization called Frontera Fund. Their organization helps support members of the Latino community. There have been multiple other human rights organizations rise to oppose Arpaio.

In the end, the combination of the Arpaio pardon and the opposing human rights forces have created a climate where the future is unknown. With the increase in public knowledge of Arpaio’s corruption, there is hope that his rhetoric can finally be put to rest.

Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio Opens Old Wounds for Larkin and Lacey

President Donald Trump’s first official pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is shaping up to be just as controversial as everything else he’s done so far.

The former Sheriff is nationally known for his stance on illegal immigration and the questionable tactics he used to enforce it. None to popular with the left side of the house, as well as the Latino community in Arizona, President Trump definitely did not get any brownie points with his pardon. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

But that pardon, coupled with Arpaio’s Senate run and the 2018 launch of Front Page Confidential by veteran newsman Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, are setting the stage for an interesting little show. The newsmen and Arpaio are famously known for a long-standing feud, one that cost Arpaio his legacy and the landed the newsmen in jail. So will the feud now continue that Arpaio is free and aiming for the Senate?

Michael Lacey began his career in alternative news back in 1970. He launched Phoenix New Times, a independent news weekly advocating for free speech and the first amendment. Within a year Jim Larkin had joined and used his business savvy to establish New Times as a self-sustaining business.

The two would go on to find much success, eventually ending up as executive editor and CEO of Village Voice Media, the multi-million dollar conglomerate they started in the mid-80’s. Containing seventeen weeklies the conglomerate stretched from sea to shining sea, granting them perfect national coverage of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s controversial turn on immigration.

At first there was not much of a feud. The newsmen building their business, and Arpaio was establishing himself as, “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. It was only until his treatment of the Latino community over immigration grabbed media attention that Lacey and Larkin would put Arpaio in their sites.

Seeing Arpaio’s tactics as against the constitution Lacey and Larkin started a smear campaign against Arpaio. They became his won private Woodward and Bernstein and their coverage gained national attention. Arpaio became angry and began investigating the Phoenix New Times. After the duo printed a confidential subpoena Arpaio had them arrested.

Since then Lacey and Larkin gained a $3.75 million dollar payout from their wrongful arrest case. They uses the money to finance the Frontera Fund which allocates money from the payout to help migrant rights groups in AZ.

It fights back against Apraio’s rhetoric and stands up for human rights. Their new website Frontera Fund has a whole section devoted to Arpaio. So the answer to the aforementioned question is resoundingly yes.