Friday, March 16, 2012

Amaral Peixoto Highway Will Undergo Construction for Expansion and Repair

[Article from Secom Rio das Ostras, published here. Photos courtesy of Secom. My translation]

The State of Rio de Janeiro will invest in Amaral Peixoto Highway.

Twenty kilometers between Maricá and Saquarema, and another 30 from  Rio das Ostras to Macaé, will be doubled in size. The roads in the state of Rio de Janeiro will benefit from investments up to R$2.8 billion. There will be over 700 km of improvements. The announcement was made by the State Government. Among the roads that will receive investments, is RJ-106.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Public Library of Rio das Ostras Expands Book Collection

[Article from Secom Rio das Ostras, published here. Photos by Deork Daniel. My translation.]

The branch will receive about 1,300 books, including works by renowned authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne.

With a collection of more than 40,000 books, including editions in Braille, the Public Library of Rio das Ostras is further expanding their collection. Selected by the National Library Foundation (FBN), the branch, managed by the Culture Foundation of Rio das Ostras, will receive about 1,300 books, literary classics, works on history and anthropology, and biographies. Among the authors are names which are national and international references such as Aesop, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Darcy Ribeiro, Ruth Rocha, and Ana Maria Machado, among others.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

City of Rio das Ostras Invests in New Infrastructure Projects

[Article Posted by Igor Sampaio here. Photos by Mauricio Rocha. My translation.]

Places such as Âncora, Nova Aliança and Palmital are undergoing improvements.

Before and after
The Secretary of Public Services office is installing the paving, drainage and sewer systems in various locations in the city, in addition to maintenance actions such as replacing light bulbs, cleaning of culverts and repairing pot-holes. The second lane of Rua Gervásio Moreira Marques in Palmital was washed out by a creek. Residents have had constant flooding problems, but today, with the work having been completed, the reality is different.

State Government chooses Rio das Ostras for Pioneer Tourism Project

[Article from Secom Rio das Ostras, published here. Photos by Jorge Ronald. My translation.]

The State Secretary will come to the city on the 15th of March for the presentation of research on the panorama of tourism for the city.

The Tourism Survey of Rio das Ostras, the result of research carried out by the State Government on Tourism in the city, will be presented next Thursday, March 15 at 7pm at City Hall.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Indignant residents of Rio das Ostras clamor for security

[Article by Angel Morote from Secom Rio das Ostras, published here. My translation. Photos courtesy of Secom Rio das Ostras]

They claim that the Municipal Guard trailer was removed from the neighborhood.

The protesters closed the Amaral Peixoto Highway at the entrance of the neighborhood in front of the Centro de Cidadania. Residents of Bairro Enseada marched again last Wednesday (March 7th) at about 8:30 a.m. for improvements to the neighborhood and for the return of the Municipal Guard trailer which rendered service for the area to inhibit the high rate of theft, burglary and attempted rape.

City builds leisure area in Rio das Ostras

[Article from Secom Rio das Ostras, published here. My translation. Photos by Mauricio Rocha.] 

The Jardim Mariléa plaza is being revitalized.

Another important improvement project for the people of Rio das Ostras should be ready by July. Praça Jaime Rodriguez Villar in Jardim Mariléa is being revitalized by the prefecture's Department of Urban Planning and Construction. The investment is more than R$1 million and prioritizes the implementation of a variety of entertainment options.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

City of Rio das Ostras invests over R$1 million for improvements in the Gelson Apicelo subdivision

[Article via Secom Rio das Ostras, posted here, my translation]

Construction on the urbanization of several streets of the Gelson Apicelo subdivision will be completed Next month.

Initially, the Department of Urban Planning and Public Works are doing storm drainage, paving and completion of the drinking water network for the streets of Jurema Dias, Edith de Castro, Projetada 2, Lima Passos, Travessa Manuel, Rua B and Beira Rio. In total, more than R$1 million is being invested by the City of Rio das Ostras from their own resources.

The work provides for the extension of drinking water pipe in the subdivision, nearly 4 million square meters of cobblestone paving and 1,656 square meters of sidewalk, along with storm water drainage which will help to prevent flooding during heavy rains.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Online Portuguese Learning for Free

Thanks to a casual mention by another friend who is living in Brazil, I've discovered a new online resource for learning Portuguese.

Take a look at

Specifically you can find Brazilian Portuguese here.

I've just started using it today, so my review is based just on a cursory beginning (and only with the Portuguese course), but I really like it so far.