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English translations of local news of Almere


Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere.

All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. These articles were publishe is edition 12th and 19th of September 2018. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 7 articles with the following titles:

  1. New PostNL sorting center good for 400 jobs
  2. Guest writer Redmond O’Hanlon presents book
  3. Former mayor Jorritsma appointed Floriade Commissioner-General
  4. Windsurfing girls wanted for Almere Centraal competition team
  5. Organizations join forces against human trafficking and exploitation
  6. Pieter Baan Centrum definitely coming to Almere
  7. 2018 house rentals increase outstrips 2017

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New PostNL sorting center good for 400 jobs (edition 19thof September, page 3)

STICHTSEKANT – PostNL is constructing a parcel sorting center at Stichtsekant business park in Almere, alongside Waterlandseweg. It is expected that this facility will create approximately 400 new jobs. Alderman Maaike Veeningen of Economic and Spatial Development drove the first pile for the new building, on Wednesday.

Sustainability

PostNL says it takes sustainability seriously. The parcel sorting center will, for example, incorporate the highest possible level of sustainability (i.e. BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification). And, in coming years, the fleet will increasingly switch to electric trucks and vans. The roof of the new distribution center will have solar panels and the building will have LED lighting and be completely gas-free.


Driving the first pile together. (Photo: Feenstra Photography)

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Guest writer Redmond O’Hanlon presents book, ‘De Groene Stad’ (edition 19thof September, page 5)

 ‘I first detested Almere, then I embraced it’

By Petra Onderwater

ALMERE – On first acquaintance with Almere he detested its grey concrete, but during his three-year stay here, writer Redmond O’Hanlon came to increasingly appreciate the city. “I missed Almere even before I left it, when my job as guest writer was done”, says O’Hanlon. On Thursday evening he presented his book ‘De Groene Stad’ – the result of his discovery of Almere, at Schouwburg Almere.


Redmond O’Hanlon was interviewed during the book presentation by Emile Brugman of Uitgeverij Atlas Contact. (Photo: Studio Fred Rotgans/Beau de Bruijn)

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Former mayor Jorritsma appointed Floriade Commissioner-General (edition 12thof September, page 7)

 ALMERE – Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) has decided to appoint Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink, former mayor of Almere, as Commissioner General of Floriade Almere 2022.


Annemarie Jorritsma. (Archive photo: Fred Rotgans)

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Windsurfing girls wanted for Almere Centraal competition team (edition 12thof September, page 9)

ALMERE – Windsurfvereniging Almere Centraal is looking for female windsurfers, to form a new competition team. The windsurfing association aims to give enthusiastic windsurfers extensive experience in slalom and course racing competitions in the Netherlands, under professional supervision.

Girls between 11 and 16 years old are welcome to contact Windsurfvereniging Almere Centraal.

For more information visit http://www.almerecentraal.nl/wedstrijdsurfen/wedstrijdteam.
World champion Lilian de Geus sets the perfect example for new windsurfing talent. (Photo: Teunis van der Poel)

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Organizations join forces against human trafficking and exploitation (edition 12thof September, page 21)

ALMERE – Involved organizations are joining forces to combat human trafficking and exploitation in Almere and Flevoland. Veiligheidshuis Almere, Veilig Thuis, Terwille verslavingszorg, JGZ Almere, Scharlaken, GGD Flevoland, RIEC, Salvation Army, Blijf Groep, Zorggroep Almere and the municipality of Almere signed a declaration of intent to this end, last week.

Exhibition

In addition to signing the declaration of intent, a photographic  exhibition, ‘Open je ogen’ (Open your Eyes’), was held at the Grote Markt, to increase awareness that human trafficking occurs much more often than is apparent. CoMensha, the national coordination center against human trafficking, together with the Open Mind foundation and photographer Ernst Coppejans, have found thirty people willing to tell the stories that haunt their eyes. Stories about severe forms of violence and threat, about rapes resulting in pregnancy and about not wanting to carry on. In order to guarantee security and privacy, the photographs are presented in such a way that they cannot be traced back to the individual subjects.  The portraits will be displayed at the Grote Markt until Thursday, 27 September.


Photographic exhibition ‘Open je ogen’, at the Grote Markt. (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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Pieter Baan Centrum definitely coming to Almere (edition 12thof September, page 25)

STRIPHELDENBUURT – The Pieter Baan Centrum is definitely coming to Almere. The psychiatric observation clinic will be located next to De Oostvaarders forensic psychiatric center in the Stripheldenbuurt.

The Pieter Baan Centrum is regularly in news covering major incidents involving an offender. The center then observes the person concerned, in order to analyze his behavior. Talk that the center would move to the clinic in the Stripheldenbuurt has been going on for some time, but the move was repeatedly postponed. The center has been located in Utrecht, for almost 70 years. Over the years, the building it was in became very outdated. It was decided to move to partly newly-constructed premises in Almere, rather than carry out major maintenance on the old building. The move to Almere is scheduled for 10 September. The new, freestanding PBC building is located at Carl Barksweg 3, immediately next door to FPC de Oostvaarders. The new building will be officially opened on 8 October by Minister Dekker of Rechtsbescherming (Legal Protection).

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2018 house rentals increase outstrips 2017 (edition 12thof September, page 39)

ALMERE – House rental payments were on average 2.3 percent up in July 2018, compared to a year ago. In July 2017 the year-on-year rental increase was 1.6 percent. The rental increase for social housing provided by housing corporations was relatively low at 1.7 percent.

Other social housing providers raised their rentals by 3.3 percent. Rentals for houses in the private sector rose by 3.0 percent. This was reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of new statistics.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition 12thand 19thof September 2018. The summaries were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

A 2 minute video about Courtesie you can watch here:

 

English translations of local news of Almere

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 5th of September 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere.

All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 7 articles with the following titles:

1. New traffic situation on A6 at ‘t Oor
2. Orientation week at MBO college Almere is mainly hard work
3. Benefit concert for earthquake victims
4. Soapbox race from Forum to Esplanade
5. Almere Centrum presents specialty shops booklet
6. Almere triathlon participants ready to start
7. Housing prices up 6.5 percent on average in 2018

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New traffic situation on A6 at ‘t Oor (page 3)

ALMERE – New A6 traffic lanes, on-ramps and exits are ready for use. A temporary overpass has also been opened for cyclists, cars and buses. This temporary overpass replaces the Noorderdreef underpass. Road-users will clearly need to adapt to the new situation.
Measures taken
Rijkswaterstaat is monitoring whether there are bottlenecks and, if so, where they are and how to best deal with the affected traffic flow. Traffic controllers and sign trailers were deployed at various locations, extra yellow signboards have been placed and the public have been alerted to the new situation repeatedly via social media. Road surface markings have also been changed.
‘t Oor
The situation at ‘t Oor is temporary and will continue until the end of the first quarter of 2019. The ‘t Oor overpass at McDonald’s will then be put into operation and the temporary overpass will be demolished. Again, road-users will have to adapt to this situation as it unfolds.


Temporary traffic situation at ‘t Oor will last until end of first quarter, 2019. (Photo: Rijkswaterstaat)

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Orientation week at MBO college Almere is mainly hard work (page 5)

ALMERE – Students of MBO College Almere have started the first week of the new academic year with introductory activities and sports days. The MBO College has registered about 20 percent more first-year students than in the previous year. Media and Design students were immediately hard at work, in a week focused on an exhibition and book presentation.

Exhibition
“The standard of first-year students has never been this high”, says Frank Maas, Media and Design and ICT education manager. Students were tasked with creating a work of art on the first day of the orientation week. Using printing techniques, photoshop and a generous dose of creativity, students were surprised both their teachers and senior students. “You can see that the students already have a lot of experience and have already developed themselves considerably”, reacted Daniël, a third-year student. The work was exhibited at MBO College Almere at the end of last week.

Book presentation
Teacher Ruben de Haas wanted to leave his students with something special when he left to take another step in his career. He ended his teaching time with a project in which 48 students were each asked to design one page. Said Jari, a third year student, “My design tries to reflect the commotion going on in my head. This is represented by many different shapes and lines, but forms a whole”. The individual pages are collected in a book, ‘Made you look’. Said De Haas, “I wanted to give free rein to the students’ creativity. This resulted in a book with a different creation on every page. Each page is unique and different, just like the participating students”.


Media and Design students pose proudly with The Book (l to r): Rohit, Jari, Daniël, Wies. (Photo: Thalita Blöte)

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Benefit concert for earthquake victims (page 7)

Almere residents campaign for Lombok

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – Almere residents Tress Mataram and Richard Sitanala are taking action for the victims of the earthquake disaster on Lombok. On 13 October they will present a gala benefit performance. The proceeds will go to the victims on Lombok.
Entertainment donated
The gala will take place on Saturday, 13 October 2018, in Dorpshuis Hanswijk, Hanswijk 1, 1934 CP, in Egmond a/d Hoef, from 16.00 to 23.00. Tickets are 10 euros. Children under 12 years will be admitted free of charge. And there is plenty of free parking. Indonesian dishes will be catered by the Rasa Lombok restaurant. Dancers Tabita Lestari and Eddy Sugianto will donate their performance, as will dance group Nuansa Seni Indonesia, singers Diana Monoarfa, Theresia, Dewi Mass, Melanie Foeh, Grace Natalia, Dewi ten Cate, Vivi Subono, Asti Dewi and special guest from Ambon, Roy Tuhumury. The gala event is presented by Betty and Richard Sitanala.


Singer Theresia draws attention to Lombok at the Pasar Malam in Almere. (Photo: Fred Rotgans)

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Soapbox race from Forum to Esplanade (page 9)

Two age groups: 7 – 9 years and 10 – 12 years.

STAD – Following enormous success in 2017, the soapbox cart event will again take place at Almere City Esplanade on 6 October. A ‘professional’ circuit will be constructed from the Forum to the Esplanade with a start ramp, challenging obstacles, safety hay bales, grid girls and a steep, downhill route to the finish.

Up to the challenge? Registration is available for two age groups, 7 to 9 years and 10 to 12 years, but for a limited number of entries. Registration of race entries closes on September 22nd. A single soapbox cart may participate once in both categories. So, for instance, an 8 year-old and his/her 10 year old friend will only have to build one soapbox for both to participate. Registration fee is 7.50 euros per child.
To register email joost@oerz.nl

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Almere Centrum presents specialty shops booklet (page 15)

STAD CENTRUM – Almere Centrum is now home to more than 400 shops. In addition to the major retail chains there are also many specialty shops, which adds to the fun of visiting the center. The stories behind these unique, small businesses are now bundled in the booklet ‘036 winkeltjes’ (036 shops).
For more information go to www.almerecentrum.nl
The booklet ‘036 winkeltjes’ is a collection of the stories behind the center’s specialty shops. (Photo: Erik Frings)

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Almere triathlon participants ready to start (page 29)

ALMERE – Triathlon fever will grip Almere this weekend. Challenge Almere-Amsterdam is on the agenda. At least 3,500 athletes will be at the start, including an extremely strong professional contingent.


Almere participants are ready for the triathlon. (Photo: Fred Rotgans)

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Housing prices up 6.5 percent on average in 2018 (page 35)

ALMERE – The average municipal valuation of homes rose in 2018 for the third, consecutive year. On 1 January 2018 the average valuation was 230,000 euros per home, 6.5 percent more than in the previous year. This is according to the latest figures from CBS (Statistics Netherlands). Valuations in Almere rose by five to eight percent.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition 5th of September. The summaries were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

A 2 minute video about Courtesie you can watch here:

 

 

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” editions 22nd and 29th of August 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere.

All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 12 articles with the following titles:

  1. Construction of Waterhout campsite on Schateiland started
  2. Almere student second in world solar boat race championship
  3. Urgent call to witnesses to come forward!
  4. Almere developing into an international attraction
  5. Almere Haven Festival will be spectacular
  6. Rabobank: housing prices increase by 8.7 percent in 2018
  7. More than sixty Burendag activities in Almere
  8. Oldest scale model of Haven is located in Lelystad
  9. 10,000 senior citizens at Forever Young Festival
  10. Brass event on the town hall square in Almere City
  11. Heritage Day on 8 and 9 September
  12. Poortdreef below A6 closed from 10 September

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Construction of Waterhout campsite on Schateiland started (edition 22ndof august, page 3)

By Robert Mienstra

NOORDERPLASSEN – The construction of the Waterhout campsite on Schateiland in the Noorderplassen started last week. Jeanine and Sander Fokkens marked the start by cutting a ribbon. More than forty regular guests of Waterhout were offered a tour around the island on the Almere Veertje (ferry).


Jeanine and Sander Fokkens: “Construction of the Waterhout campsite on Schateiland is hereby  started.” (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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Almere student second in world solar boat race championship (edition 22ndof august, page 3)

ALMERE – Rebecca Belmer from Almere participated as a full-time Hull & Body Engineer in this year’s TU Delft Solar Boat Team. She looks back with great pride on a year in which she achieved a great deal with the team and took on many challenges. “It was great to round off this year successfully with the team. I can look back on an experience that will benefit me throughout my life”, said Belmer.

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Urgent call to witnesses to come forward! (edition 22ndof August, page 7)

Mayor Weerwind returns from holiday to deal with violent incidents

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – Mayor Weerwind is deeply concerned about the citywide increase in the number of violent incidents involving firearms and stabbings. “I’m watching the situation carefully, which is why I came back from holiday to work with the police and the public prosecutor’s office, so that the perpetrators can be caught quickly”, said the mayor last week.


Mayor Weerwind: “If you know or suspect something… report it!” (Photo: supplied)

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Almere developing into an international attraction (edition 22ndof august, page 9)

From ‘ugliest place’ to best city center

By Dominique Voss

ALMERE – The hotels and campsites are full, the cycle paths are busy and people are enjoying a drink on the many terraces. Tourism in Almere is doing better than ever. And that’s just as well says Almere City Marketing Director, Nik Smit.


Two VVV Almere staff on Segways help tourists on their way through the center.


Almere City Marketing Director Nik Smit in front of a table full of recent publications on Almere. (Photos: Dominique Voss)

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Almere Haven Festival will be spectacular (edition 22ndof august, page 15)

HAVEN – Almere Haven is the setting for the eighteenth Almere Haven Festival. From Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2 the festival will delight lovers of botters (classic Dutch boats), classical music, culture and art.

Attractions include special performances by famous orchestras and choirs. On Saturday, during the Havenkom Concert, the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam will perform various excerpts from famous operas. This free concert takes place in the charming harbor area of Almere Haven, which can accommodate at least 5,000 spectators. Various orchestras and performances can also be enjoyed on Friday and Saturday.

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Rabobank: housing prices increase by 8.7 percent in 2018 (edition 22ndof august, page 27)

ALMERE – Houses in the Netherlands were on average 8.9 percent more expensive in the first half of 2018 than a year ago. This is higher than expected, partly because house buyers are now far more likely to offer above the asking price.

House prices are expected to rise by an average of 8.7% over the whole of 2018, as reported by Rabobank economists in their Kwartaalbericht Woningmarkt (housing market quarterly report). Earlier this year they had assumed a price increase of 8.0 percent. Houses are, on the other hand, selling more slowly.

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More than sixty Burendag activities in Almere (edition 22nd of august, page 27)

ALMERE – Sixty-three activities have already been notified for Burendag (neighbors’ day) – to take place on 22 September in Almere. Neighbor day activities are organized in 97% of Dutch municipalities. Only 11 municipalities have not yet notified any activities. Douwe Egberts and the Oranjefonds organize Burendag annually on the fourth Saturday of September – which falls on 22 September this year.


Happy times in the Eilandenbuurt at an earlier neighbors’ day. (Photo: supplied)

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Oldest scale model of Haven is located in Lelystad (edition 29thof august, page 5)

By Robert Mienstra

HAVEN – The oldest known model of Almere Haven is in a storage facility in Lelystad. The study model dates from 1975 and is made of thin strips of cork. The model clearly shows the current contours of the Port.


This oldest, known model of Almere Haven is in storage in Leystad. (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

How Almere Haven looks today. The contours and coastline of the oldest harbour model are still clearly visible. (Photo: Google maps)

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10,000 senior citizens at Forever Young Festival (edition 29thof august, page 7)

STAD – The Esplanade in Stad was packed last week, with 10,000 seniors visiting the Forever Young Festival. The festival was open to people over 65 free of charge. Seniors could be accompanied by a companion or carer.

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Brass event on the town hall square in Almere City (edition 29thof august, page 24)

STAD – Another Caribbean Brass Event will be held in the city center of Almere on Sunday, 2 September. Three Caribbean brass bands will compete for the title of best brass band

Tribute

The Originals Brassband from Almere won the Battle of Drum in Rotterdam, during their recent, annual carnival. The Stichting Multiculturele Organisatie (multicultural organization foundation) will pay tribute to the band for their exceptional performance. Alderman Jerzy Soetekouw will officiate.

For more information, please visit info@smoa.nl

(Photo: supplied)

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Heritage Day on 8 and 9 September (edition 29thof august, page 33)

ALMERE – Alderman Hilde van Garderen will open Heritage Day 2018 (Open Monumentendag) on Friday, 7 September at 17:00 at the Almere Erfgoedhuis. Jan Frans de Hartog, one of Almere’s founding fathers, will give a lecture on what Almere has learned from the New Towns in France and England, and what appealed to representatives of these towns when they visited Almere.

Volunteers at each location will inform visitors on its history. For more information and the full program, please visit www.almere.nl/openmonumentendag.


A self-built house crowned with battlements and surrounded by a moat (Photo: Martin Kuijper)

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Poortdreef below A6 closed from 10 September (edition 29thof august, page 33)

POORT – Poortdreef will be closed in both directions between the Almere Poort exit (coming from Amsterdam) and the Elementendreef junction from Monday, 10 September to Thursday, 1 November.


(Photo: Rijkswaterstaat)

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, editions 22ndand 29thof August 2018. The summaries were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

A 2 minute video about Courtesie you can watch here:

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 15th of August 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere.

All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 6 articles with the following titles:

  1. KAF results heavily disappointing
  2. Almere DIT WEEKEND – in your mailbox on Friday, 7th September
  3. Number of wasp reports increasing
  4. Water police contribute to safety in water-rich Almere
  5. Almere residents provide free holidays in Italy for fellow citizens
  6. Join Almere’s 30 km run on 30 September

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KAF results heavily disappointing (page 1)

By Marcel Beijer

STAD CENTRUM – KAF (Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland) failed, by a big margin, to achieve last year’s budgeted results. Although there were more visitors to the premises, the number of paying entrants to the theatre, expo, academy and Citylounge (catering) was heavily disappointing. This is evident in KAF’s 2017 annual report.

Signals

Due to the political recess, Alderman Hilde van Garderen (VVD) has not yet seen the annual report. “But of course I have already received some signals. I am not going to say anything about it yet. There will be a management meeting with the KAF after the recess and I think it’s fair that this will give KAF ample opportunity to clarify the figures.” Van Garderen also points to the cultural plan that is currently being drawn up, which naturally includes KAF. “It’s clear to me that we need to be able to do more with this beautiful, iconic building. The future redesign of the Esplanade will bring the KAF ‘closer’ to the center.”


KAF draws far fewer paying visitors than expected. (Archive photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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New: Almere DIT WEEKEND – in your mailbox on Friday, 7th September (page 1)

ALMERE – Almere Stad and Poort will get a second newspaper as from Friday, 7 September – Almere DIT WEEKEND (Almere This Weekend). The initials ‘ADW’ are no coincidence.  As Almere DEZE WEEK (Almere This Week) will publish this second, Friday edition.

The Tuesday newspaper, Almere DEZE WEEK, will remain the source for news and background stories, interviews, articles and sections on homes, going out, sport and politics. Almere DIT WEEKEND will offer ‘lighter’ content, focusing on Saturday and Sunday, with fun reader promotions, recreation and entertainment tips, weekend news and weekend columns.

For more information, also for advertisers, phone 036-5300765 or email info@almereditweekend.

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Municipality acts on threat to public, Number of wasp reports increasing (page 5)

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – The wasp nuisance in Almere is increasing rapidly. “Years ago, we received fewer than ten reports per year”, says Rob Bulsing, ‘Schoon’ supervisor at the municipality. “Two years ago we had 20 reports. Today we have already passed that number for 2018.”

Tips
“If a wasp stings you, remain alert. When it stings, a substance is released that alerts other wasps to danger. So they can also attack”, says Bulsing. “The same applies if you kill a wasp. The same substance is released and other wasps are triggered to go on the attack. Always remove a dead wasp and then clean the surface well to remove this substance. And never strike a wasp. Blowing it away is safest. The wasp experiences that as wind.”


Wasp nests can occur anywhere. And they are useful creatures. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

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Water police contribute to safety in water-rich Almere (page 7)

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – The disturbance on the Weerwater lasted only a few minutes. The Almere water police had spotted a red speedboat behaving strangely, opposite Lumièrestrand beach.

This week Almere DEZE WEEK went on patrol, spending an afternoon on the police boat.

Warm welcome
It’s striking that most skippers warmly welcome the police officers; that their presence is appreciated. There is almost always a greeting or a short chat. Children ashore wave and dance when their boat passes. “The public value our presence, they are very positive”, the officers say. Then add, laughing, “Well, not always”.


From left: Hans Jansen, Andries Sloterwijk and Ro Teunissen wait for the lock in De Kromme Wetering. “We’re there to promote safety on the water.” (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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Almere residents provide free holidays in Italy for fellow citizens (page 9)

ALMERE – Whether it’s a week in the Veluwe, camping in France or a trek through Canada, most children and young people will go on holiday this summer. Those who cannot go on vacation are often those with the biggest need to do so. Hans Wendel and Berbara van Doorne of the Il Rifugio foundation want precisely this group to enjoy a week of vacation. And they have done something about it. Last week their first guests flew from Almere to Italy.

Almere residents Hans and Berbara have bought Il Rifugio, in the Italian region of Tuscany. Two habitable houses, a fruit orchard and a large meadow. It’s no coincidence that the first families that have been offered a week’s holiday at Il Rifugio also come from Almere. “We focus on families and children whom we know will benefit from a week of relaxation in a new environment”, says Berbara. “As a result of our volunteer work, these are mainly Almere families and children from children’s homes in Poland.” The first Almere guests are enthusiastic: “I don’t have to worry about anything. All I have to do is enjoy it here.”

Donations
The Il Rifugio foundation survives on donations. The organization has ANBI status, which means donations are tax-deductible, even if the contribution is in kind. For more information visit https://www.ilrifugio.nl


Time to enjoy a holiday in Tuscan Italy. (Photo: supplied)

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Join Almere’s 30 km run on 30 September (page 19)

POORT – ‘De 30 van Almere’ (the Almere 30) will be run on Sunday, 30 September. Last year more than six hundred runners participated and fast times were set.

Topsporthal
Topsporthal will be the epicenter of the 30 of Almere for the third consecutive time. This is a convenient venue for picking up your race number, changing clothes, having a rest or a massage, or just sitting down for a chat.
Kids Runs (of 1 and 2 kilometers) and a 5 kilometer run will again be available. So there’s something for every runner, whether you are preparing for an autumn marathon or just want to participate in a fun, social run.


Last year more than six hundred runners participated in Almere’s 30. (Archive photo: Fred Rotgans)

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition 15thof August. The summaries were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

A 2 minute video about Courtesie you can watch here:

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” editions 25th of July and 1st of August 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere.

All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 10 articles with the following titles:

  1. Will there be enough teachers for all school classes after the summer holidays?
  2. Hogweed successfully combated – by sheep and volunteers
  3. Almere residents choose Captain Fantastic for outdoor screening
  4. WitchWorld not shocked by Park Eden Holland plans
  5. City board proposes SPFA as local broadcaster
  6. Agreements for Oostvaardersplassen management
  7. Sail-Today summer camp in demand
  8. De Kemphaan resembles a castle
  9. Chess talent conquers Scotland
  10. Housing market especially overheated in Randstad

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Will there be enough teachers for all school classes after the summer holidays?
(page 1, edition 30)

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – There were 68 vacancies in the Almere education sector at the end of last week. The summer holidays have started and on 27 August the schools will open again. It seems impossible that the school boards of Almere will be able to find enough teachers for all classes.


It remains to be seen whether all classes will have teachers after the summer holidays. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Nationwide problem

The shortage of teachers in Almere illustrates a national problem. “Primary education is in danger of entering the new school year with a shortage of some 1,300 teachers”, writes the PO (primary education) council, “and tens of thousands of pupils across the country are going to be affected. Whereas in previous years teacher vacancies were filled, albeit at the end of the summer holiday period, school boards will not be able to fill their vacancies this year. At present, more than half of the boards still have permanent and temporary vacancies. Nearly a quarter don’t expect to be able to fill their vacancies at this stage and therefore have no teachers for some groups.

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Hogweed successfully combated – by sheep and volunteers (page 17, edition 30)

ALMERE – With the help of volunteers and sheep from Stad en Natuur (City & Nature), the giant hogweed has been prevented from dispersing its seed. So this year the giant hogweed in this part of the countryside is under control, and the volunteer group had a good reason to enjoy a celebratory cake last week.

The giant hogweed in the Vroege Vogelbos was combated using sheep. The Stad & Natuur flock loves hogweed! And proliferation is contained if sheep eat the leaves and stems before the weed blossoms. Help is needed from volunteers, however, in places inaccessible to sheep.


Volunteers prevent further spread of hogweed. (Photo: supplied)

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Almere residents choose Captain Fantastic for outdoor screening (page 18, edition 30)

HAVEN – Almere residents voted last month to select the film to be screened outdoors on Friday, 24 August at the Markt square, in Haven. The Sundance Film Festival hit, Captain Fantastic, came out as the public’s favorite.

he preliminary program starts at 18.30 hrs. The film will start at 21.30.

The number of available seats is limited, so visitors are advised to bring their own seat in order to be assured of a place. Don’t forget to pack a warm sweater. The film will definitely be screened. In the event of bad weather it will move to the theatre hall in the Corrosia Theatre, Expo & Film. Admission is free.

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WitchWorld not shocked by Park Eden Holland plans (page 1, edition 31)

By Marcel Beijer

ALMERE – Director Ton Theunis of WitchWorld is not shocked that space will be reserved for another tourist initiative, the botanical Park Eden Holland, next to the grounds of the castle where his fantasy park is to be built. “We welcome all tourism initiatives for Almere. We can support and strengthen each other”, says Theunis. Whether Eden Holland will be implemented will become clear in the middle of next year.

Eden Holland aims to create an educational botanical park with a spectacular greenhouse, on the grounds to the west of Kasteel Almere. Plans already exist for the WitchWorld fantasy park on the grounds of the castle.

Next steps

The plans for Park Eden Holland will be worked out in more detail in the coming period and will include synergy and cooperation between Floriade and Eden Holland, at this location near the Floriade.


An artist’s impression of Park Eden Holland, showing the spectacular greenhouse. (Photo: supplied)

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City board proposes SPFA as local broadcaster (page 5, edition 31)

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – The Municipal Board recommends that the Council nominates Stichting Productie Fabriek Almere (SPFA ) to the Dutch Media Authority as the new, local broadcaster for Almere.

The Municipal Council will consider the advice of the Board after the recess.

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Agreements for Oostvaardersplassen management (page 7, edition 31)

ALMERE – Flevoland provincial deputy Harold Hofstra and Sylvo Thijsen, managing director of Staatsbosbeheer, signed an agreement last week to strengthen cooperation in the management of the Oostvaardersplassen.

Staatsbosbeheer will draw up a new management plan for the longer term. Development of Nationaal Park Nieuw Land will be accompanied by a drive for quality and improvement of access, recreation and facilities in the Oostvaardersplassen area. There will be a long-term maximum limit of 1,500 large herbivores.


Konik horses in the Oostvaardersplassen. (Archive photo: supplied)

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Sail-Today summer camp in demand (page 9, edition 31)

POORT – The annual Sail-Today summer camp weeks are once again in demand this year. Children from 7 to 14 years can enjoy sailing, surfing and stand-up paddling at the beach on the IJmeerdijk, near Muiderzand, until 31 August.

Still a number of places available (www.sail-today.nl).

Note: International Almere recently made a 1,5 minute film about Sail-Today, that includes some footage of the summer camp:

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De Kemphaan resembles a castle (page 15, edition 31)

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – The main building of De Kemphaan resembles a modern variant of a partially open water castle. This turned out to be the case when Kemphaan employees did research on De Kemphaan urban estate. This is also reported in the Almere architecture guide. De Kemphaan has now published the story – with a nod to the past.

The story of De Kemphaan water castle can be read at: www.waterkasteeldekemphaan.nl


The main building of Stadslandgoed De Kemphaan. (Photo: Florian Reumer)

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Chess talent conquers Scotland (page 19, edition 31)

ALMERE – Top Almere chess players, Daniel Kutchoukov (13) and Roger Labruyère (11), won the Robinson Cup and the Stokes Cup at the Glorney Gilbert Tournament in Scotland. The girls of the Dutch Youth Chess Team won the Gilbert Cup.


Roger Labruyère with the cup. (Photo: Ernst Labruyère)

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Housing market especially overheated in Randstad (page 23, edition 23)

ALMERE – The housing market is becoming increasingly overheated, with a shortage of houses for sale, particularly in the Randstad. Chairman of the NVM (Dutch real estate agents’ association), Ger Jaarsma, reported this to Real Estate Market magazine.


In Filmwijk, terraced houses are being converted into apartments in several streets, such as here on the Pasolinistraat. (Archive photo: Fred Rotgans)

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition 30 and 31 (July 25 and August 1, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

A 2 minute video about Courtesie you can watch here:

 

 

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 18th of July 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 7 articles with the following titles:

  1. Water weeds make sailing almost impossible
  2. Many MBO College graduates already have a job
  3. Rabobank Almere extends sponsorship of Almere Haven Festival
  4. Treasure hunts in Almere
  5. ANWB AutoMaatje launched in Almere
  6. Almere Heritage Day needs volunteers
  7. Fun for kids at Lumierepark in Almere

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Water weeds make sailing almost impossible (page 1)

By Kirsten Thuis-Woudenberg

HAVEN – Almere resident Jan van der Klooster fears that sailing will soon become impossible if pondweed continues to grow in Almere’s waters at the current rate. “You can hardly sail through the rampant pondweed which, even when it grows at a depth of 3 meters, will reach the water’s surface. A wing keel, in particular, drags masses of pondweed along with the boat”, says Jan van der Klooster. “You also can’t use the engine, because the weed winds itself around the propeller shaft like lianas.”


Almere Haven. (Photo: Fred Rotgans)

Complaint

Sailors complained to the municipality. As a result, the berths were mowed this week. “It’s good that the moorings are now being mowed, but the municipality has waited far too long. Rijkswaterstaat planted the pondweed years ago in order to clarify the water and thus combat blue-green algae. But the cure is now worse than the disease. The municipality will have to find a way to eradicate this problem completely. Despite the fact that the harbor is now being properly dealt with, Gooimeer, Markermeer and IJmeer are still filling up with pondweed. Next to nothing is being done about this and it is still not clear how the weed will be removed.

Cancellations

According to Van der Klooster, the fact that only the navigation channels are mowed means that yachtsmen can no longer sail on the lakes. “To be able to sail, you have to be able to tack – to sail a zig-zag course to windward. The mowed channels are not wide enough for this. I’ve spoken to sailors who have cancelled their berths in Gooimeer, Markermeer and IJmeer, because you can’t sail in these areas anymore. They’ve moved their boats to Friesland. But won’t it be a disaster if we can no longer sail in the vicinity of Almere?”

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Many MBO College graduates already have a job (page 5)

Students at the MBO College Almere have graduated cum laude and received scholarships.

ALMERE – More than 900 students from the MBO College Almere and MBO College Poort received their MBO (secondary vocational education) diplomas last week. A few students received diplomas cum laude, having shown excellent command of theory, obtained good passes in the practical exams and received excellent work experience employer feedback. A large proportion of the students will continue their studies at the Flevoland ROC or move on to a university of applied sciences program. Many students will look for a job or already have one.


Five out of the eight cum laude students. (Photo: supplied)

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Rabobank Almere extends sponsorship of Almere Haven Festival (page 17)

ALMERE – This year, for the fifth consecutive year, Rabobank Almere will be the main sponsor of the Rabobank Almere Haven Festival. The bank will also again sponsor the Rabobank Havenkom Proeverij.

Nik Smit, director of Almere City Marketing and organizer of the event, presented the Almere Harbor Festival announcement poster to Ferry Huurman, board chair of Rabobank Almere, in the harbor on board the Almere botter, AM1.

(Photo: Roxanne Overdijk)

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Treasure hunts in Almere (page 17)

ALMERE – Stad & Natuur has arranged no less than four treasure hunts at attractive locations in Almere this summer.

Entrance to the treasure hunts can be purchased via the website www.stadennatuur.nl (click on ‘winkel’) or at the locations themselves.

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ANWB AutoMaatje launched in Almere (page 17)

ALMERE – ANWB AutoMaatje (‘auto-mate’) has now also been launched in Almere, thanks to the collaboration of the ANWB with VMCA, De Schoor and Welzijn (social welfare) in Almere. ANWB AutoMaatje is a national network of service points which enable volunteers from local organizations to use their own cars to transport less mobile fellow citizens, at their request.

Interested parties can register as volunteers at the VMCA. Participants pay a travel expense contribution of € 0.30 per kilometer calculated from the home address of the driver directly to the volunteer, plus any parking costs. The contribution must be paid in cash.

More information: www.vmca.nl/vrijwilligers

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Almere Heritage Day needs volunteers (page 19)

ALMERE – More than four thousand magnificent monuments in the Netherlands are open free of charge to the public on the weekends of 8 and 9 September. Almere will also be taking part in this year’s Heritage Day. The organization is looking for volunteers.

The Heritage Day organization is looking for volunteers who are interested in architecture and in the history of Almere, and who will enjoy welcoming and informing visitors on Heritage Day. For more information and volunteer registration please visit  www.almere.nl/openmonumentendag.

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Fun for kids at Lumierepark in Almere (page 19)

FILMWIJK – Stichting Multiculturele Organisatie Almere is organizing a children’s village in Lumierepark on 5 August, with a free market for children.

There will be several bouncy castles and a variety of performances. Whether singing, making music, dancing or doing acrobatics, young artists in the making will be able to make their first stage appearance on the day. Children can sell toys they’re tired of and clothes they’ve outgrown at the free market. And, of course, the money made can be spent on the spot – on new toys or sweets!

The stage performances will be a mix of shows put on by new talent and entertainment by established names. The children’s village will also observe Millennium Development Goals and children will have the opportunity to get to know each other. This year’s theme is, “We are Family”. The children’s village event will also focus on cultural diversity and will reflect the Almere community in its performances, workshops and market.

The children’s village will have an information stand staffed by volunteers, to provide information on children’s activities in Almere. There will also be an information table with leaflets on education and nutrition and samples of various products.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition July 18, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” editions 4th and 11th of July 2018


Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 7 articles with the following titles:

  1. Municipal ecologist investigates plant disease in Almere (edition 11thof July, page 1)
  2. Slavery remembered during the Keti-Koti memorial (edition 4thof July, page 7)
  3. Almere’s Aeres University of Applied Sciences scores high (edition 4thof July, page 9)
  4. Municipality imposes fines for illegal bike parking (edition 4thof July, page 15)
  5. Almere hairdresser fights IS hatred – and finds love (edition 4thof July, page 9)
  6. Asylum seekers’ tent and caravan camp will remain in Oosterwold for the time being (edition 11thof July, page 1)
  7. More than 20,000 Almere children interact with nature (edition 11thof July, page 23)

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Municipal ecologist investigates plant disease in Almere

How we can give nature a helping hand

By Dominique Voss

ALMERE – At the moment Almere has to deal with a number of persistent plant diseases and pests such as ash dieback, boxwood moth and oak processionary moth. Is something wrong with Almere’s natural environment? Municipal ecologist Ton Eggenhuizen sheds some light on the issue.

“If we want to enjoy nature for a long time to come, we have to let nature go its own way”, says Eggenhuizen. Before our interview begins he empties a bread bag full of leaves onto the table. “This is what I found this morning, on my way to work”, says the municipal ecologist. “Look, there is still a larva on this leaf. This is not a problem, at all. You can just ignore them.” According to Eggenhuizen we often resort to pesticides too easily when come across what we think is an irregularity, but this is not a good thing.

“In a normal situation, the organisms that cause the diseases and the plants or trees in which these organisms settle should simply be able to live side by side”, explains Eggenhuizen. “If you prune the trees or use poison, you only make things worse.”

Different approach

The current situation calls for a different approach. Eggenhuizen says that the municipality has learned a lot in this area and hopes that others will also benefit from the knowledge. “If we want to enjoy nature for a long time to come, we must also continue to take good care of it. It is not our needs but those of nature that must be central.”


Ton Eggenhuizen: “Pruning and the use of poisons only make things worse.”
(Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK/Dominique Voss)

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Slavery remembered during the Keti-Koti memorial.

STAD CENTRUM – Sunday, July 1, marked the 155th anniversary of the official end of slavery in the Antilles. Almere celebrated this last Saturday, 30 June – because the national commemoration at the monument in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam took place on the Sunday.

The commemoration was held in the city hall’s civic hall. The opening ceremony was followed by a speech by Mayor Franc Weerwind. This, in turn, was followed by a parade through the city, in which the participants wore traditional clothing.


(Photo: Studio Rotgans/Beau de Bruijn)

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Almere’s Aeres University of Applied Sciences scores high

STAD CENTRUM  – Almere’s Aeres University of Applied Sciences scored well in the national student survey (Nationale Studenten Enquête, NSE), presented last week. The NSE surveys students’ opinions on their studies at Dutch universities and applied science universities.

The satisfaction levels among students at Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere have increased since last year. The three main dimensions – students’ opinions of their courses, their assessment of the atmosphere and whether they would recommend the course – all scored well above average. Students are very satisfied with the courses’ alignment with current developments and with their stimulating content. The university also scored high – above the national average – on the two new items added last year, namely challenging education and internationalization.

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Municipality imposes fines for illegal bike parking

ALMERE – Bicycles not parked in designated racks and parking facilities are at risk of removal as from Monday, 16 July. From that date on the municipality will strictly enforce its bicycle parking policy in the center of Almere Stad and Buiten and in the vicinity of all stations from Poort to Oostvaarders.

Incorrectly parked bicycles and scooters, abandoned and wrecked bicycles will be removed by the municipality to the bicycle depot on the Esplanade. The bicycles will be stored there for thirteen weeks. Owners can reclaim an impounded bike for 25 euros on presentation of an identity document and the bike key.

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Almere hairdresser fights IS hatred – and finds love

“Enough is enough! I’m going to Kurdistan!”

ALMERE – Shilan Hamid was 25 when she felt she could no longer stay at home and decided to go to the front to fight IS. She told her very special story to the editorial staff of Avanti, the social work organization.

Shilan Hamid resigned from her job as a hairdresser in Almere, said goodbye to her family and left for Kurdistan. This was a few years ago. In the meantime her story has taken a special twist. Once there, in circumstances of misery and sadness, she found love.

Read more about how she risked death to find the love of her life at https://avanti-almere.nl/liefde-in-tijden-van-oorlog/


Almere hairdresser Shilan went to the front, to fight IS. (Photo: supplied)

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Asylum seekers’ tent and caravan camp will remain in Oosterwold for the time being

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – Formally undocumented asylum seekers currently staying in tents and caravans on the grounds of Inspiration INC in Oosterwold can remain there for the time being. This was evidenced last Thursday at the Political Market from the answers given by Alderman Jerzy Soetekouw (PvdA) to written questions from the CDA and PVV .


The tent and caravan camp in Oosterwold (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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More than 20,000 Almere children interact with nature

ALMERE – Stad en Natuur is working hard to reverse the growing trend of children not playing outside. With success! In the 2017-2018 school year no fewer than 20,586 Almere children participated in a Stad & Natuur green activities.

The activities ranged from a visit to the petting farm to a ‘cloud excursion’ and a practical course on empoldering at the Markermeer.

City & Nature is satisfied with the great interest shown in the lessons, excursions and courses. “We, too, realize that fewer and fewer children come into contact with nature and that the computer and phone are increasingly replacing traditional and instructive outdoor playtime”, says Willemijn Huizenga, programming staff member at Stad & Natuur. “By offering a lot of fun, educational and challenging lessons, excursions and courses, especially for children, we are raising their interest in playing outside. It’s great to see how children are completely absorbed in the activities and lessons. All the phones are switched off and off they go – very happy to be outside together!”


Dukdalf pupils take part in the autumn class at Kemphaan. (Photo: Jorn van Eck)

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, editions 4thand 11thof July, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 27th of June 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 7 articles with the following titles:

  1. Hotel and cinema in Buiten center
  2. Weerwind: prison closing ‘a serious loss’
  3. The battle against street litter
  4. Volunteers wanted for children’s camp
  5. Ageing unemployment benefits group
  6. Big flea market at Almere animal shelter
  7. New Lumièrepark path open from 5 October

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Hotel and cinema in Buiten center (page 1)

BUITEN CENTRUM – In Almere Buiten the way has been paved for the construction of a hotel and a cinema. The hotel will be on the vacant lot directly opposite the station; the cinema will be on the parking lot opposite the shopping complex housing, among others, the Action store.

The vacant lot opposite the station will be developed as a complex in which the hotel, with its 5,000 square meter floor area, will stand out. The complex will also accommodate approximately 900 m2 of shops and restaurants. This will extend the Noordeinde’s role as a shopping street. Next to the station a square will house restaurants and sun terraces. Sixteen, small, social housing units will probably also be built. The aim is to open the hotel by the end of 2019 or, at the latest, early in 2020.

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Weerwind: prison closing ‘a serious loss’ (page 1)

ALMERE – Mayor Franc Weerwind regrets the Cabinet’s decision to close the penitentiary institution (PI) in Almere. The PI is a prison in full operation, with 360 prisoners and 250 employees. “Closure is a serious loss, for Almere and for the province”, said the mayor. “In terms of both regional employment and the service level offered.”

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The battle against street litter (page 7)

By Dominique Voss
BUITEN – It is seven o’clock in the morning. Paulien and her dog walk their daily route through the neighborhood. In Paulien’s left hand there is a litter grabber, in her right hand a plastic bag. “Two birds with one stone”, she says.

City without waste

Almere aims 0to be a city without waste by 2020, but has not yet found the right formula to achieve this. “In Almere, there are currently about 8,000 ‘clean supporters’. They are committed to keeping Almere clean,” says Rob Ravensbergen of Stadsreiniging (city cleaning). “It is, of course, a great pity that she has to do this, but we are very happy with the help of people like Paulien.”

Behavior

Paulien thinks that people’s behavior sets a bad example. She is therefore making an appeal: “Lead by example, don’t be too easy on yourself – hang on to your litter. Let’s keep the world clean, together.” Residents who, like Paulien, want to keep their own neighborhood free of litter can order free litter grabbers and refuse bags from the municipality.


Paulien cleans up the litter in her neighborhood. (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK/Dominique Voss)

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Volunteers wanted for children’s camp (page 23)

DE WIERDEN – The De Wierden/De Laren residents’ committee will hold a children’s camp from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 July, for children who cannot go on holiday. The organization is still looking for volunteers to help with the activities.

There is room for twenty children aged 7 to 12 years. Tents will be erected on the field next to the Meerveldplein. The children’s camp will offer a varied program with sports, games and time to relax. Participation is free of charge. The Kinderkamp is an initiative of Bewonerscommissie De Wierden/De Laren. Volunteers who wish to help with the activities can register at weijde@tip.nl.

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Ageing unemployment benefits group (page 27)

ALMERE – In May the proportion of people over 50 on unemployment benefits in Flevoland increased, reflecting the increasing average age of job-seekers. It is important both for employers and for jobseekers over 50 to look at motivation, interest and competencies.

At the same time, the total number on unemployment benefits has fallen slightly. 217 fewer WW benefits were paid in Flevoland in May, as compared to the end of April. The biggest decreases were visible in the sectors of Construction (-5.7%), Transport and Storage (-4.6%) and Education (-4.6%). In May, the number of WW benefits paid in Flevoland fell slightly, by 217 (-2.5%). This decrease is less pronounced than the national decrease of -4.2% in the month of May. At the end of May 2018, 8,425 unemployment benefits payments were made in Flevoland. The national decline of -22% in unemployment benefits over the past year exceeds the decrease of -18.9% in Flevoland. The Flevoland unemployment benefits percentage (which is the number of benefits recipients as a percentage of  the working population) in May 2018 was 3.8%, slightly higher than the national unemployment percentage of 3.3%. A year ago, the percentage for Flevoland was significantly higher, at 4.8%.

Ageing group

Since the start of 2016 the number of unemployment benefits paid to jobseekers aged 50 and over has steadily decreased in Flevoland, as a result of economic growth and a shrinking labor market. At the end of May this year, a total of 3,860 payments were made to people aged 50+ in Flevoland. As the total number of unemployment benefits decreases, the proportion of people aged 50+ who are receiving benefits is increasing, as is the proportion of older job-seekers in the labor market. The decline in the number of people aged over 50 is less pronounced than the decline in the total number of people entitled to unemployment benefits.  This is due to the fact that people over 50 are less likely to return to work.

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Big flea market at Almere animal shelter (page 27)

BEDRIJVENTERREIN DE VAART – Dierenasiel Almere, the animal shelter at Groene Kadeweg 24, is once again organizing a big flea market.

On Saturday 30 June you’ll find a wide variety of treasures at the market: books, records, household items, toys, tools and clothing. Everything has been donated to the Dierenasiel and is often still new, in its original packaging. There will also be live music and a snack terrace. The proceeds will be used for the accommodation and care of animals at the shelter.

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New Lumièrepark path open from 5 October (page 37)

FILMWIJK – This week the municipality started construction of the new path in the Lumièrepark, as part of the Rondje Weerwater route. From 5 October onwards, the section within the Lumière Park will be ready for public use.

The sand used for pre-loading will be removed and reused at the end of the Lumières beach, for construction of the next part of the path. This will be the future bridge over the Weerwater. In the park a start will be made on the installation of the concrete edging, the blue asphalt of the track and the furniture. New paving will then be laid on the Hospitaalbrug. The track will be used for the triathlon, in September, after which the final work will be carried out.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition June 27, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 20th of June 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to thank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 5 articles with the following titles:

  1. 10,000 diseased ash trees cut down
  2. Almere Knakwortel on supermarket shelves soon
  3. Almere is super-safe
  4. Water mayor rows Almere boat
  5. Summer exhibition opens in new Almere Haven photo gallery
  6. Cantatekoor Almere choir hunts singers
  7. New container makes separating glass waste even easier

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10,000 diseased ash trees cut down (page 9)

ALMERE – Some 10,000 ash trees will be removed – and mostly replaced – in Almere, by the end of 2019. The trees will be replaced by various other kinds of trees. The ashes are suffering from ash dieback, in which diseased branches of the ash break off and the tree eventually falls over.

Residents are being informed of the project in various ways. In many cases residents can provide input on the new trees for their street.


Photo: Almere Deze Week

Almere Knakwortel on supermarket shelves soon (Page 7)

ALMERE – Knakwortel (‘carrotwurst’) is a carrot that not only looks like a knackwurst but also tastes like one. This new product from Almere won the Albert Heijn Product Pitch last week. This means that the Knakwortel will be launched in the supermarket chain in the coming weeks.

The idea for the Knakwortel arose when Koen Kaljee and his girlfriend, Valerie Bos, went to a friend’s barbecue. They were asked to bring something. “I had been experimenting with vegetables for some time, because Valerie doesn’t like vegetables and had also decided to become vegetarian”, says Koen Kaljee. “She loved the marinated carrot, cooked sous-vide (in a vacuum) and then briefly fried in a pan or put on the barbecue. Then it goes on a bread roll, with some ketchup or mayonnaise, as if it were a hot dog. At the barbecue everyone seemed to like it”.

Bos and Kaljee, both entrepreneurs, realized that they had to do something with the idea. “When we saw how much people liked it I refined the recipe and the preparation method. In December we set up a separate company for this purpose and in February we found an external producer.”

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Almere is super-safe (page 9)

Recorded crime falls sharply

By Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – Recorded crimes decreased dramatically in Almere in 2017. The number of offences fell by 12 percent from 11,218 to 9,853. The relative number of offences in Almere is low compared to other large cities. This is evident from the municipality’s progress report on security.


Photo: Shutterstock

Prevention

The municipality has initiated a number of projects to tackle domestic burglaries, mugging and heists.

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Water mayor rows Almere boat  (page 15)

ALMERE – The recently-appointed water mayor, Kevin van Drumpt, experienced a baptism of fire on the IJmeer last week. He rowed to the fortified island, Pampus, with the Almere sloop rowers – in a 12-kilometer training session.

The boat-rowing foundation, Sloeproeien Almere, experienced steady growth last year and now also has a women’s team. Their sloop, Labora Stulti, sets out from the Marinahaven on the Gooi and IJmeer five times a week. This year the rowers will enter more, national sloop races than ever before. The crowning entry was the recently-completed HT-Roeirace (the 34 km. Harlingen-Terschelling crossing).


Water mayor Kevin van Drumpt rowed to Pampus with the Almere sloop rowers. (Photo: supplied)

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Summer exhibition opens in new Almere Haven photo gallery (page 23)

HAVEN CENTRUM – A number of photographers are exhibiting new work in the Anita Neve Galerie at Marktstraat 22. This includes work by new talent like Paulien Huizinga, Willem Houtsmuller, Maartje Roos and Nathalie Dekker.

Anita Neve Galerie specializes in accessible fine art photography and offers graduates of the Dutch art and photography academies and other selected talent a place to show their work and gain experience in the gallery world.

The summer exhibition opened on 14 June. The gallery is open from Thursday to Saturday and by appointment. All are welcome. Read more at www.anitanevegalerie.nl


From the photo series, ‘Muurbloem’ (‘wallflower’). (Photo: Nathalie Dekker)

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Cantatekoor Almere choir hunts singers  (page 28)

ALMERE – The Cantatekoor Almere (choir) will perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins on 3 February next year, in collaboration with the Almeers Jeugd Symfonie Orkest (Almere youth symphony orchestra). In order to make this concert a great success, Cantatekoor Almere is looking for around 40 new members of all voice types to join the project.

If you want to be part of a large choir performing an extremely special musical work in collaboration with a first class orchestra you can register at info@cantatekooralmere.nl or by phoning 036-5366467. Read more at www.cantatekooralmere.nl.


Choir Cantatekoor Almere. (Photo: supplied)

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New container makes separating glass waste even easier (37)

POORT – The first glass waste container for two different types of glass has been put into use. The container, with two openings, for white transparent glass and other colors, is located at the underground collection depot at the Albert Heijn supermarket at Olivier van Noortstraat 32. The new container makes it even easier for residents to separate their glass waste.

The unveiling of the new bottle bank on Wednesday, 23 May marked the start of the promotional campaign, ‘Glass in ‘t bakkie’ (‘Glass? Sorted!’).

5.5 kg glass waste per person

Almere is well on its way when it comes to separating glass, with 76 percent of its glass collection separated from other waste. This amounts to 17.7 kilos of separated glass per person, per year. However, about five and a half kilos of glass per person per year still disappears into unseparated residual waste bins in Almere. This waste is incinerated, which costs money and is bad for the environment. This is the motivation for separated glass collection, in a glass container that also sorts transparent white and colored glass.

The campaign ‘Glas in ‘t bakkie’ started on Wednesday 23 May at Albert Heijn in Almere Poort. Glass is currently only sorted into white transparent and colored glass. (Photo: supplied)

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition June 20, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 13th of June 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 5 articles with the following titles:

  1. Communal iftar meal in Turkish mosque
  2. Delays due to work at the Almere interchange
  3. Green oasis in shopping center
  4. Floriade Fietstocht: a bicycle tour of green initiatives
  5. New school building for Poort school

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Communal iftar meal in Turkish mosque (page 51)

MUZIEKWIJK – An iftar was held at the Turkish mosque at Lierstraat 9 on Sunday, 10 June.

The iftar brought Muslims and non-Muslims together to enjoy this evening meal. During Ramadan Muslims fast during the day, not eating or drinking anything between sunrise and sunset, for a month. Life is dominated by self-reflection and reflection at a spiritual level.

At sunset, family and acquaintances visit each other and eat iftar together. However, on a number of occasions during Ramadan, this custom is extended to a larger gathering where everyone, Muslim and non-Muslim, is welcome to join in the meal.

The aim is to promote informal social contact. Conversation during the dinner can be both instructive and enjoyable. All this to promote mutual contact – and tolerance, respect and understanding of each other’s cultures.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated with the Sugar Festival, this year from Thursday 14 June to Friday 15 June.

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Delays due to work at the Almere interchange (page 51)

ALMERE – Parkway6 will work on the Almere interchange during several weekends in June. The interchange will be connected to new lanes on the A6 between Almere Havendreef and  Almere Buiten-Oost. As a result, the junction will be partially closed during these weekends. Traffic should take into account diversions and delays.

New traffic situation

From Monday 2 July at 05:00 a new traffic situation will apply on the north side of the Almere interchange. Traffic from Lelystad to the A27 will have to keep to the left instead of the right. Traffic from Lelystad in the direction of Almere and Amsterdam will have to exit to the right and will bypass the junction. This traffic will be using the future, parallel lane. This is a temporary situation.


New situation at the Almere interchange. (Photo: Rijkswaterstaat)

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Green oasis in shopping center (page 55)

STAD CENTRUM – Those looking for a tranquil spot while shopping can take a seat on one of the benches in the ‘garden’ of gardener Rob Verlinden. The Rob Verlinden Plein (square), a partitioned-off area planted with green shrubs and containing two park benches, can be found on the Diagonaal. It’s a literal example of bringing green into the city.

The garden was created to mark the fact that Verlinden, known from the SBS6 program ‘Robs Grote Tuinverbouwing’, has been in the business for more than thirty years. At the end of last month he received a medal of honor from Mayor Franc Weerwind for his work, during the recording of the anniversary broadcast of Robs Grote Tuinverbouwing,

Rob Verlinden is a textbook example of someone with many years of commitment as an ambassador for Almere. He has used the impact and reach of his television programs to put Almere on the map in a positive light – as a special, green city. Rob Verlinden has lived in Almere since 1995.

Floriade festival

The Rob Verlinden Plein will remain until after the Floriade Festival, which is held in the center of the city on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June. The theme of this festival is ‘Food’, which is also one of the themes for the Floriade Almere 2022. There will be special things to see, discover and, of course, taste at various locations on the Floriade grounds. The event is a perfect day out for young and old.


Taking a break from shopping – at Rob Verlinden Plein. (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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Floriade Fietstocht: a bicycle tour of green initiatives (page 55)

ALMERE – On Saturday 16 June FRTC Almere will hold a new cycling event, the Floriade Fietstocht (cycling tour), together with the municipal Floriade organization.

The Floriade Fietstocht consists of three routes. Recreational cyclists on city bikes or e-bikes can choose between a 7 kilometer route (‘Rondje Weerwater’) or a 25 kilometer route (with stops at various green initiatives in the city). For the sporting cyclist there is an attractive 100 kilometer route, with surprising stops in Amsterdam Zuidoost and in the Gooi and Vecht region. At these stops there will be more information about the future of food and about surprising, local green areas. The tour, for racing bikes, starts between 09:00 and 10:00 from the Floriade pavilion on the Sturmeyweg. The Floriade pavilion also marks the end of the route.

Sign up via the Fiets, Race & Toer Club Almere Facebook page. Participation is free!

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New school building for Poort school, part of Het Baken school foundation (page 5)

POORT – The first pile has been driven for the new school building for Poort, a school for junior (‘mavo’) and senior (‘havo’) general secondary education and part of Het Baken schools group.  This festive event took place in the presence of the councilor for Education, the architect, the construction company as well as the director, various employees, a parent and a pupil of Het Baken.

The event was festively presented and the formalities were performed by a parent, a pupil and school staff member. This symbolized the collaboration between parents, pupils and employees of the school and is also reflected in the triangular shape of the new school building.

The new building is located immediately next to the Topsportcentrum in the Olympiakwartier in Almere Poort and can accommodate around eight hundred students. Poort is a school for junior and senior general secondary education. Pupils are taught at senior level as most of them will go to universities for applied sciences. This school for junior and senior general secondary education is characterized by its small scale. Together with Stad College, Park Lyceum, Trinitas Gymnasium and Almere International School, it forms part of school group foundation, Het Baken Almere. At the moment the Poort school is located at Slowakijehof in Almere Poort.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition June 13, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 6th of June 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 5 articles with the following titles:

  1. Big terrace for restaurant Loetje
  2. Almere low on culture index list
  3. An Almere museum with international allure?
  4. Almere DIT WEEKEND, in your post box this September
  5. Collecting to save insects

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Big terrace for restaurant Loetje at Martineztoren – opening this year (page 7)

By Marcel Beijer

The news that restaurant Loetje is opening in Almere is the best-read article on the websites of Almere DEZE WEEK and Almere Zaken in the year to date. The famous establishment will be located on the ground floor of the Martineztoren, which is currently being renovated. The doors will open at the end of October/beginning of November.

Restaurant Loetje will occupy 840 square meters in the seven-meter-high former office lobby, which will be fitted with a mezzanine floor as part of the re-development. Outside will be a partly-covered terrace of 250 square meters. The entrance to the Martineztoren itself will be on the WTC side, as will be the lobby of the Plaza Best Western. This four-star hotel will have 220 rooms. “The first fifty rooms will be completed by the end of October”, says managing director Hugo van Woerden, asset manager and developer of the DutchRE project. “The rest of the hotel rooms and the restaurant will be completed in November. Delivery of the 142 short-stay rooms is scheduled for January 2019. These will be hotel rooms with a kitchenette, for people staying in Almere for a few weeks to a few months.”

The Martineztoren (originally developed as an office complex) will house a hotel and restaurant Loetje. (Photo: Almere DEZE WEEK)

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Almere low on culture index list (page 5)
By Hestia Ruben and Robert Mienstra

ALMERE – After Nissewaard, Almere scores worst of the fifty largest municipalities in the Netherlands in terms of culture. Last Wednesday, the 2018 Atlas for municipalities was published, with culture as its theme. Almere is not doing very well in this area, ranking 49th among fifty large cities.

Nissewaard, a municipality in Zuid-Holland with less than half the population of Almere (which is over 85,000), is at the bottom of the list in 50th place. Almere, at 49, is below Lelystad (48). Amsterdam tops the cultural index, followed by Maastricht (2), Leeuwarden (3), Utrecht (4) and Delft (5).

Art organizations: ‘Almere is definitely on the cultural map’.

On 21 April of this year Corrosia, BonteHond, Suburbia, Vis à Vis and KAF met with the coalition parties to discuss what needs to be done from a political point of view in order to promote culture in Almere. The organizations want more money and also asked for a multi-year municipal plan for culture. And they want a Head of Culture at the town hall.

Nevertheless, Almere’s cultural organizations felt that Almere’s culture was not in too bad a state. According to a statement made at the meeting: “Almere is a national pioneer in cultural education. Culturally it is the most progressive city in the Netherlands. We set an example at national level – and Almere is also on the international cultural map. This is recognized outside Almere, but not from within.”

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Old masters and other art treasures (page 1) 

An Almere museum with international allure?

By Marcel Beijer

An idea presented last year to establish a ‘museum of museums’ in Almere will be resubmitted after consultation with officials of the municipality of Almere. The museum should become the focus of a now multifunctional project to be erected on the so-called Majestic site, behind Almere Centrum Station, adjacent to the WTC and the Martineztoren.

Tower

Following the official consultation, in which it was stated that the municipality would like to focus on creating employment in developing the station area, the plan for the site now includes a tower with commercial space on the ground and first floors and residential units from the 2nd floor up. The tower will be pierced, at a height of approximately 25 meters, by a rectangular ‘shoe box’ in which the museum will be housed. “We are thinking of a museum containing the work of well-known artists, now stored in the archives of eight large museums”, says Hugo van Woerden of DutchRE. “Museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and Van Gogh have numerous works archived. These cannot be seen by the public, simply because there is no room to display them. The intention is to get these works out of the cellars and give them a place in Almere. So you get a ‘museum of museums’.”

‘Best of’ museum

The ‘shoebox’ in the residential tower has an area of 3,500 square meters. Van Woerden: “This will be a extremely interesting museum, because the collection will actually be a ‘best of’. From old masters to modern art – and the Film Museum. Anything but boring. It’s also a formula that fits a young city like Almere well. In addition, the architectural concept of the building is internationally unique. We expect a lot of visitors for this reason alone.”

An artist’s impression of the tower, with the ‘shoebox’ museum. (Photo: supplied)

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Almere DIT WEEKEND, in your post box this September  (page 1)

ALMERE – As of September the city will have a second newspaper: Almere DIT WEEKEND. The first three letters, ADW, are not coincidental. Almere DEZE WEEK will publish this second paper, every Friday.

The Tuesday newspaper, Almere DEZE WEEK, remains unchanged as the paper for news, with background stories, interviews, homes, sports and politics.

Almere DIT WEEKEND will offer lighter reading and focus mainly on the weekend.

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Collecting to save insects (page 5)

ALMERE – Thousands of volunteers from Natuurmonumenten (the natural heritage organization) will be collecting donations as of Monday, 11 June. This year the theme of the collection drive is insects.

The number of insects is decreasing dramatically. This is serious, as insects are crucial in almost every ecosystem. Natuurmonumenten is calling on everyone in the Netherlands to join the fight for insects. Natuurmonumenten is also taking further measures to improve the insects’ environment. Examples of this are a greater diversity of flowers in natural areas, more variety in the landscape and insect-friendly mowing management.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition June 6, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Translations of “Almere Deze Week” edition 30 Mei 2018

Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.

The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.

Below you find summaries of 4 articles with the following titles:

  1. Formulating new coalition a major task
  2. ‘Lelystad Airport Businesspark a boost for Almere’
  3. Used clothing market for East Romania
  4. Kevin van Drumpt is the water mayor of Almere

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Formulating new coalition a major task (page 1)

By Robert Mienstra

Coalition has been achieved in the municipal council. The councilors are from the VVD, PvdA, D66, GroenLinks and Christian Union political parties. The agreement is almost complete. It took a long time, “But it was also a big job”, says Hilde van Garderen, the VVD negotiator.


A satisfied Hilde van Garderen re-reads the coalition agreement. (Photo: Almere Deze Week)

She looks back on the preceding period and, above all, at the coming period. “We were easily able to agree on the principles of collegiality in the council and on more involvement of the city itself in the management process.

“Maintenance is in arrears, which is why we are now investing ten million in maintenance on an incidental basis, followed by 1.6 million a year on a structural basis. Because we live in a green city, the city is also expensive to maintain. However, once we have the city in order, it will also become more attractive for residents and entrepreneurs. Fortunately, because things are now improving financially, we are able to invest in this. And we’re going to ask residents and businesses what they regard as important in their neighborhood.”

Culture is expressly mentioned in the coalition agreement. “Culture must, above all, connect residents”, says Van Garderen. “We need to be at the forefront, both regionally and nationally. Suburbia, Vis-a-Vis and the Bonte Hond must be supported in this. We will draw up a multi-year cultural plan which connects with Almere City Marketing, residents and the economy. Culture must be given a more prominent place in our city.”


The new municipal board is committed to a collegial approach.  L. to r. Jan Hoek (GroenLinks), Jerzy Soetekouw (PvdA), Jaap Lodders (VVD), Maaike Veeningen (D66), Aldrik Dijkstra (Christian Union), Hilde van Garderen (VVD) and Tjeerd Herrema (PvdA). (Photo: Almere Deze Week)

The agreement does not deal with education as much as before. “Education is primarily the responsibility of the school boards; the municipality is party to the discussion. The education system is sounding the alarm regarding the shortage of teachers. Together with the schools, we want to draw up an action plan to facilitate accommodation, develop schemes for lateral entrants and for local teachers’ study bursaries. Much investment in education has been on impulse in the recent period. And that’s not money we’ll be getting back.”

Sustainability

There is a long paragraph on this subject in the coalition agreement. “Sustainability is part of all councilor portfolios”, explains Van Garderen. “We need to be energy-neutral and gas-free; the city needs to be climate-proof and waste-free. There will be a sustainability agenda for this. And a new office will be set up where residents can obtain information about how they can address and finance sustainable measures. A climate fund will be set up, so that new investments can be made in the city using the proceeds of sustainability, and a Climate Knowledge Centre will be set up.”

Ambitious

The coalition agreement looks ambitious. It will bring the council closer to the city, as stated in the agreement, and the city closer to city hall. “We are going to experiment with co-decision-making, neighborhood conferences, youth councils and residents’ platforms”, says Van Garderen. “We want a different management and organizational structure, one that is more collegial and collaborative.

“I hope to be able to walk through Almere in four years’ time and actually see the results of our policy. I want to have the feeling of, ‘Wow, that’s what we managed to do, together, in Almere.”

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Amsterdam – Almere – Lelystad: a prime location area for logistics companies

‘Lelystad Airport Businesspark a boost for Almere’ (page 7)

by Robert Mienstra

The dramatic development of Lelystad Airport Businesspark (LAB) is having a major impact on Almere. “And certainly also for the entire region of Amsterdam – Almere – Lelystad – Zeewolde”, says Rob Verhoeff, Director of the airport development company, Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Airport Lelystad Almere (OMALA). “The establishment of the massive distribution center for fashion giant Inditex at Lelystad Airport Businesspark, will boost employment in the region and certainly also in Almere.”


Rob Verhoeff (photo: Almere Deze Week)

Employment

Many Almere residents will also soon be able to find work at Inditex. “The company will open in spring 2019 and there will then be a demand for more than 400 employees. Furthermore, the international development of Lelystad Airport Businesspark will have a major impact on the region. The location of Inditex in this business park is already being mentioned by Almere in its marketing to recruit new businesses to the city. I expect that more logistics companies will soon locate on our sites as well as in the rest of the polder, and certainly in Almere. Elsewhere in the Netherlands there’s no space any more, nor any staff. Here in Flevoland we have all that on offer.
Lelystad Airport from above (photo Almere Deze Week)

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 Used clothing market for East Romania (page 25)

INDISCHE BUURT – A large clothing fair will be held on Saturday 2 June from 12:00 to 16:00 in the De Wegwijzer building at Makassarweg 80. Hundreds of unused and hardly used garments will be sold for bargain prices.

In addition to clothing there will also be accessories, such as belts, shoes and handbags. The proceeds are for charity work among children in East Romania. Payment can be made by bank debit card. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. For more information contact Paul Wolters, tel. 06-21967610, or visit www.missiegura.nl.

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Kevin van Drumpt is the water mayor of Almere (page 40)

ALMERE – Almere’s very first water mayor was elected last week. Kevin van Drumpt, 31, will be this year’s ambassador for Almere’s waters.

Van Drumpt runs three businesses on or near the water. He was chosen by the jury because of his plans as water mayor – and because he managed to win almost a third of the public vote.


Kevin van Drumpt (Photo: Sven Kraaijenbrink)

“Sailing in Almere is both dream and a secret. Almere is still a long way from being discovered. And I would like to take on this task, as water mayor”, says Van Drumpt.

In cooperation with initiators of the Almere Economic Development Board, he plans to organize events and meetings to involve citizens, entrepreneurs and the municipality more closely with each other – on the subject of water.

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Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition May 30, 2018. The summaries  were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl

Special Dutch Days – King’s Day, Dodenherdenking and Bevrijdingsdag

At the end of April and the beginning of May three typical Dutch events take place every year. I noticed that these events often raise questions to internationals living in the Netherlands. If properly explained, internationals can more easily relate to the Dutch behavior during these days. Understanding the customs and rituals also helps to emotionally connect with the Dutch during these days and take part in the celebrations. I therefore will try to bring some clarity on the meaning of these events to the Dutch and  explain some of the customs, habits and rituals that can be seen during these events.

Continue reading Special Dutch Days – King’s Day, Dodenherdenking and Bevrijdingsdag

Internationals in Almere are welcome at the FREE music festival this weekend – Popronde Almere 2017!

Guest Post by Jens Lendering, producer of Popronde Almere!

This Saturday (September 30th), the city centre will transform into a music festival landscape as the Popronde will land there for the eight time. The newest and hottest upcoming Dutch (and international) acts will present themselves for free (gratis!). Popronde Almere hosts 38 shows at 15 different locations with stages within shops, restaurants, bars, cafés and even on the street. If you are an expat living in Almere, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know great locations within Almere as well as new bands that may even break through and become big artists. After reading this guide, you will know everything you need to get started! Continue reading Internationals in Almere are welcome at the FREE music festival this weekend – Popronde Almere 2017!

Reap what you sow – a message from our sponsors.

This is a sponsored post from Beacon Global Advisers and contains affiliate links.

Autumn has arrived, the harvest season has begun. Only a few weeks away until the holiday season officially starts. Thanksgiving sets off the holiday season for Americans across the globe. 

shutterstock_361361252Let’s take a moment to consider what it is you would like to reap when you have reached the “autumn stage” of your own life. What would you like to cultivate? 

Start planning now, and plan to harvest! Think like a farmer: determine what it is you Autumn has arrived, the harvest season has begun. Only a few weeks away until the holiday season officially starts. Thanksgiving sets off the holiday season for Americans across the globeeventually need and when. Weigh out your options, consider potential (financial) crisis and other unforeseen events, do not leave things to chance, and evaluate regularly.

Make sure, you sow now,… in order to live a comfortable life, and enjoy your retirement, later on.

 [Contributed by Beacon Global Advisers]  Continue reading Reap what you sow – a message from our sponsors.

Important Venue Change Announcement!

As you may know by now, our traditional home of First Friday Night Drinks, the Apollo Hotel is closed for renovations until December (and we can’t WAIT to see what their new look is going to be!)

We’re so lucky in Almere to have other great venues willing to come on board and take us – so we’re happy to announce our temporary home is none other than the fantastic CafeOp2 on the Stadhuisplein! (Members will still get their first drinks on us).

So why not pop on down to the Stadhuisplein on October 7th at 8pm, check out our temporary digs and enjoy a drink with some amazing people!

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Holiday Season Appeal – Can you help us?

It’s August, and being the busy little bees we are, we’re already planning ahead to December and our annual holiday festivities.

December’s holiday season is is a difficult time of year for our families.

Many do not have the opportunity to travel back to their home country, and often spend the holiday period alone, thousands of miles from their loved ones. We aim to try to alleviate this by hosting events aimed at keeping the festive spirit for everyone.

Every year, we plan 2 parties – one for the kids of the group, and one for the adults.  The kids party has magicians, crafts, gifts and a visit from Santa. The adults party is a sit down, 3 course dinner designed to provide a night of  relaxation and a festive atmosphere before the stress of the holiday period starts.

It’s increasingly difficult financially to put on these events, without eating into our reserve funds.

This year we are looking for a little help from all of you to spread our message and make our 2016 Holiday parties the best ones yet!

We are specifically looking for donations of raffle/tombola prizes, financial donations to help subsidise the cost of the children’s event, sponsoring a family in difficulty (financial, medical etc), or even just volunteer some of your time to help us organise the event, approach potential sponsors or be there on the day to help run an activity.

Ultimately, it all comes down to the amount of support we get as to how awesome the party is, and more importantly, how cheap we can put it on for.  We are a group of volunteers, and we very rarely call out for help – but this time we need you! If you can help us in any way – donations, financially or volunteering – click here and send a message through to us about how you can help us make 2016’s December events the ones to remember! (And don’t forget to share the message – the more people who see it, the more chances we have of people helping us!)

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US Fatca Compliant Investments

So I guess the first thing everyone is asking is why did an Australian go to a seminar about US Investments and Pensions?  Well, I see the questions going up in our group all the time, and in other groups I belong to, and I hear some of my friends from the US cursing the beast that is ‘FATCA’.

So purely out of curiosity, I went along to find out a little more about the beast that has people quaking in their boots, as well as to find out more about what our new sponsors do, and what they can provide for our members. Continue reading US Fatca Compliant Investments

Another shock win at Quiz Night!

In another exciting night of Quiz Night, the Upside Downers were again knocked off their perch by another new team – De Slim Club!  With first place taken with 69 points, a clear 11 point margin over second place, is it time to call the days of domination by the Upside Downers ended? Are we seeing a new trend?  Only one way to find out? Come along next month and see who will take the title!

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Welcome back in 2016!

It’s been a while since we caught up with everyone, and for that we’re really sorry!  Things have been crazy around our offices with the holidays and even some of the board being on holidays across the globe.  Thankfully, everyone is back in one piece and we’re excited that 2016 is shaping up to be a great year!

Become A Member.

We’ve updated our events policy and placed a copy on the website and in our Facebook Group so it’s easier for everyone to see.  Please take a moment to read through – nothing has changed, but now it’s all in one place.

February is a busy month! Check out the flyer below for all our upcoming activities – but not only do we have First Friday Night Drinks starting back, and our Quiz Night, but our faithful new regular event, the “Buiten Mums Night” is back.

Mark the date as well – February 26th is our AGM. This year we’ve started a dedicated section on our website for the AGM so you’ll be able to see all the information before we start!

As always, you can keep up to date by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or simply tuning into our calendar here on the website!

Hoping to see you all soon at one of our events,

Gerard and the International Almere team.

Here's what's on the plans for February!

Do expat women get judged more?

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This is a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot, but only now have I found (hopefully) the right way to put it into words. The question I’ve been asking myself is whether expat women experience more judgment than women who don’t live abroad. I think there is no definite answer to that question, but I’ll try to look at this from different perspectives.

First of all, women (and oh yes, men) everywhere get judged and shamed every day. I don’t know anybody who didn’t experience being judged at some point. Especially when you’re a mom, suddenly the whole world is watching you, to see whether you are raising your child “the right way”- whatever that means.

In case of expat women, on top of the regular parenting judgment, there is judgment based on cultural differences. Different cultures have different ideas of how a child should be raised, and expat women often raise their children differently from societies they live in- which again results in judgment. Schools, languages, friends, the topic of integration are also all common to expat women, and may also be a source of judgment.

Then, I think that expat women may experience judgment on more than one level. For example, they may be judged by people from their countries of origin, their new home country (and by their husband’s country) and by the expat community, all at the same time. Many women, who are already struggling with their new life abroad, may find this really hard. On the other hand, expat communities are often very open-minded, tolerant and less judgmental.

Then, it may depend on your country of origin. So, you may feel more or less judged, based on where you come from and where you moved. If you felt judged in your home country, you may be relieved and empowered by not feeling the social pressure anymore. It may be more difficult for you if it’s the other way round.

Another aspect is the subjective feeling of being judged. So often we feel judged even though the other person doesn’t mean it that way. Especially if we’re already struggling with some aspect of raising children, an innocent comment can make us feel judged and unsure of our decisions. Expats (and women here are no exception) often feel like outsiders wherever they go. Hence, judgment may not affect them as much- because they have learned to cope with it.

So, are expat women judged more? I don’t know. While writing this, I have realized that the problem is not in being an expat or being a woman. The problem is in judgment. So, maybe, I should ask other questions: Why are women being judged? Why is anybody being judged? How can we deal with judgment? And what can we do to stop it?

Do you have any ideas? Have you felt judged as an expat? How did it make you feel, and what did you do about it? Please share your experiences in the comments!

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Meet Olga Mecking, our regular contributor at International Almere, who is an expert in multilingual life in the Netherlands.

Olga is a Polish woman, living in the Netherlands with her German husband and 3 trilingual children. In the past, Olga has lived in several countries (including Germany, Canada and the Netherlands), and learned to speak 5, that’s right, 5 languages.

She studied German philology at the University of Warsaw, then followed by a MA in Media Cultures at the University of Bremen. Olga blogs at The European Mama and we recommend you check her out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.[/box]

 

The Dutch Circle Party Guide

Invader StuIt would be impossible to be an Expat living in the Netherlands without knowing about Invading Holland. It’s much like The Undutchables; a must-read for us all. Invading Holland is a light-hearted look into life in the Netherlands with hilarious anecdotes about having your bike stolen, an addiction to Speculoos and signs to look out for that you might be becoming Dutch…

Earlier this month, Stu, the voice behind Invading Holland won a Bloggie, which is the bloggers’ equivalent of The Oscars. It’s not a big deal, it is THE big deal.

Now, to the article.

Anyone who has lived in Holland for any length of time has most likely encountered a Dutch circle party and those who have not will eventually, it is inevitable. A Dutch circle party (the name is not a euphemism) can be best described as a ‘party’ that involves sitting in a circle all afternoon and chatting while drinking tea and eating cake. Anyone who only considers a party to be a party if someone is passed out in the corner, people are making out in the kitchen and the cops have been called at least three times is going to be sorely disappointed.

When attending a Dutch circle party it is important to know that when other attendees shake your hand and announce ‘Gefeliciteerd’ they are not introducing themselves. It might start to seem like you are being introduced to a very big family or that Gefeliciteerd is a more common name than Smith but they are in fact wishing you, “congratulations”.

“Gefeliciteerd.”

“Stuart. Nice to meet you Mr and Mrs Gefeliciteerd.”

This is because it is custom for the Dutch to congratulate everyone at the party and (as I discovered) is not because they are unsure about who the birthday boy or girl is (don’t try to be helpful by pointing).

Once you have successfully found a place to sit with in the circle (not necessarily with the people you arrived with and most likely with people you don’t know at all) you will be offered a drink and some cake. If you desire a drink with a little extra kick it is advisable to secretly conceal a hip flask of alcohol about your person since the strongest thing to be served at most Dutch circle parties is chamomile tea.

Circle PartyIt is also custom for there to be a minimum of 3 or 4 generations of family present at a Dutch circle party (the maximum limit is only set by the average human life span). This makes it entirely possible to go from a conversation about life as a member of the Dutch resistance during World War 2 to which Sesame Street character is best and why (It’s best to avoid getting these two conversations mixed up, Dora the Explore was never part of the Dutch resistance).

However, since a lot of these conversations will be in Dutch and thus impossible for a non-Dutch speaker to follow it is best to find something of interest to do to pass the time such as; staring at a wall, listening to the clock tick, trying to guess how much Dutch ‘worst & kaas’ you can eat or simply going to your happy place.

However, you must also stay alert! As a non Dutch speaker it is possible to go from being unintentionally ignored to suddenly having the entire room focus upon you within a split second as everyone waits silently for your answer to a question that you might not have heard because you were too busy watching a bug crawl across the window. This can happen because a Dutch attendee simply wanted to practice their English, ask you what brought you to Holland or simply know the current prices of the UK housing market. Whatever the reason, everyone in the room suddenly wants to hear the English speaker talk and they never seem to realize what a shock to the system this sudden intimidating attention can be or that testing us on our Dutch under the watchful eye of a room full of native speakers is not necessarily the most comfortable of situations.

But do not worry. Most Dutch circle parties have a set end time at a very respectable hour which the host or hostess will politely remind you of by starting to clean up around you.

PARRTTTYYYY!!!!!

This post orig­i­nally appeared on Invading Holland and has been repub­lished with full permission.

Comment below with your funniest Circle Party experience to win one of Stu’s Circle Party Survivor t-shirts.  The post with the most number of likes will be announced the winner.  This competition is open to residents of the Netherlands only and only comments on this article below will be eligible for the prize.  Good luck!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Stephanie Ernst-Milner, Stu’s Circle Party tshirt is all yours! We will be in touch to give you your shirt as soon as possible, so check your email!

Thanks very much to everybody who entered and submitted stories. We haven’t laughed so hard in ages.

And thanks again to Stu for such a wonderful post and a wonderful prize.

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Multilingual parenting ideas that got thrown out of the window — Part Two

If you haven’t already, check out part one in this series here.
This happens to every parent. You wanted to breastfeed only to find that your milk didn’t come in. You wanted to co-sleep only to find that your child hates it. Or you hate it. You wanted to only give your child organic home-made food only to find that your child actually eats sweets. And so the list goes. It is just so normal and very human.
Here is part two of Olga’s confession.  She didn’t achieve everything that she had planned before having children as far as their multilingualism was concerned.  What has fallen by the wayside for you as a parent (multilingual or otherwise)?

 

Having everybody on board

I hoped that if I just were dedicated and educated- and persuasive enough, I could persuade everybody that what I’m doing is beneficial to my children. Little did I know that I would be dealing with some extremely unhelpful and judgemental people. Knowledge and dedication to the cause is not something I’m lacking but I’m too tired to waste my time with people who can’t help or support me even though I know that what I’m doing is right. Sometimes the best way to deal with these sort of people is to ignore their comments and advice, and not to try argue with them.

 

My high expectations

I set out on this multilingual journey with the utter conviction that my children will be poster children. After all, I am bilingual myself, and I for everybody to read and be inspired, and hence my children should act accordingly, right? Wrong. Again, I had to adjust my expectations to Klara’s slow speech and language development. But you know, it doesn’t feel like a failure. Instead, I am proud that my children speak all three languages. I am proud that they’re catching up and progressing. In fact, I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I just need to make sure my children are fine.

 

Having a language plan

I can’t think of one instance where a plan proved useful. On the contrary, they fool my brain into thinking that I have done something when the only thing I did was actually writing things down. And while I can understand the usefulness of a language plan for some families, it wouldn’t work for us. We’re just trying to work out things for ourselves, and react accordingly to circumstances. It doesn’t mean however, that we don’t think about the future. Our choice of school proves it. The fact that I’m keeping to speaking to them in Polish proves it. Another thing plans do is that they make you feel like we have control over everything, and we don’t.

 

The idea that if I do things right, I would get the right results

I strongly believed that, just like in all things parenting, if you do things the right way, you will get the right results. And I believed that the same goes for raising multilingual children. Except, parenting isn’t mathematics. Sometimes you do all the right things and still get no results. You could do mistakes and your children could still turn out great. So, no, doing right things right doesn’t guarantee results. We are so desperate to believe that we can control how our children will end up, that we forget we really can’t. So, I can do my best, and hope for the best, but this is all I can do.

 

The idea that it would be easy and natural

I have long ago heard that being a parent- and especially being a mom comes naturally. I have read about the mother’s instincts that will tell me all I need to know about raising children. And you know what happened when I had children? My mother’s instinct proved to be very shy and didn’t tell me anything. I had to learn everything from the beginning. Of course, I spoke Polish to my children, but talking to them still felt weird. They didn’t reply, they didn’t answer, and talking like that just wasn’t my thing. It wasn’t natural at all to force myself to say, for the zillion-th time, “yes, this is a table”. Of course, it’s a stupid table! It wasn’t at all natural to me to change my way of talking so that my children can understand me. Argh! Sometimes I wanted to bang my head on the table. Luckily, now it’s getting better. Now I can finally talk to Klara more naturally. So I know it’s getting better, but I was in for a shock at the beginning.
 
 

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Welcome to Olga Mecking, a new regular contributor at International Almere, who is an expert in multilingual life in the Netherlands.

Olga is a Polish woman, living in the Netherlands with her German husband and 3 trilingual children. In the past, Olga has lived in several countries (including Germany, Canada and the Netherlands), and learned to speak 5, that’s right, 5 languages.

She studied German philology at the University of Warsaw, then followed by a MA in Media Cultures at the University of Bremen. Olga blogs at The European Mama and we recommend you check her out on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.[/box]

 

This post originally appeared on The European Mama and has been republished with full permission.

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Multilingual parenting ideas that got thrown out of the window – Part One

This happens to every parent. You wanted to breastfeed only to find that your milk didn’t come in. You wanted to co-sleep only to find that your child hates it. Or you hate it. You wanted to only give your child organic homemade food only to find that your child actually eats sweets. And so the list goes. It is just so normal and very human.

The same happens to multilingual parents. It has certainly happened to me. So here’s my confession. I didn’t achieve everything I had planned to before I had children as far as their multilingualism is concerned. Here’s a list of things I either wasn’t able to do or they didn’t happen until much later.

Reading from birth

As a certified book addict, I wanted to convey my love of books to my children. I was dead serious on reading to them from the day they were born, to turn them into as enthusiastic readers as I am. And then Klara was born. And you know what? I was busy doing other things. Like recovering from birth. Like dealing with a crying newborn and trying to figure out what she wanted. Like resting. Reading aloud to her just didn’t happen. I tried again later. Again, nothing. As it turns out, I resented it (I’ve always hated reading aloud), and Klara just wasn’t interested. Books are for playing, and not for reading, don’t you know? And mom, please shut up, I’m trying to explore my surroundings here. But we had tons of books waiting for her to be ready, and she played with baby books a lot. She also often saw me on the couch with a book in my hands. Now, she loves it when I read to her, and I enjoy it because we can both chose books that are fun for us and talk about the stories. On the other hand, Julia loved when I read for her, so I did that. She loved being held and cuddled, and reading went greatly with that. So, not all is lost!

High-quality time in Polish every day

I was so set on making every day a day full of high quality Polish language input. And then I found that having a child is actually beyond exhausting. There was crying, sleep deprivation, and my deep need for me-time. But whenever I had time or strength, I jumped on the opportunity. I talked to her. I took her with me wherever I went and explained, explained and explained. And I talked, and talked and talked some more. At the end of the day I was even more exhausted and took the next day to relax. Luckily, my husband helped a lot with the quality language input. Also I think that while multilingualism is important, there are other things that are important as well: like letting the children play by themselves. Like being silent for a while and resting. Like just holding your child. Multilingualism is not all. And I think that quality time doesn’t always mean talking. I already see that wherever I spend a lot of time with my children (talking or not), they are more likely to speak Polish.

Consistency

I was going to be so consistent! I would only speak Polish, sing Polish songs, read Polish books and never talk another language with my children. I would also make sure that everybody else behaves the same. And what happened? I still only speak Polish with my children. But some of their favourite songs are in German/English or Dutch. Some of their favourite books are in German- even though I translate them. I also sometimes have to translate something into German so that the girls can ask their father something. The girls hear me speaking English, Dutch, German and Polish on a daily basis. But I keep thinking that maybe they will see that multilingualism is cool that way.

Polish as their primary language

I really thought that Polish will become the girls’ primary language. After all, they spent a lot of time with me at home, and if only I spoke enough Polish, they’d pick it up. And after all, I am their mom, so that would automatically make my language their language? Wrong. It didn’t happen. Instead, German is becoming Klara’s favourite. Maybe it was due to my not being able to provide enough good quality Polish in input. Or maybe because Klara’s daddy’s girl. Or maybe because children just make language choices that are different from ours. Who knows? The important thing to me is that they speak it.

Saturday school in Polish and Polish playgroups

I was desperate to find another source of Polish for my children, besides myself. I even became part of a Polish-speaking mom’s group. We met once a month at one of the mom’s places, and it was good. But the children were much younger than Klara, and it was important to me that she had somebody to talk to. And, as it happened, most of the moms went back to Poland, and the group was no more. I then found a Saturday school, and for a while I was convinced that this was the way to go. But well, a Saturday school, as fun as it may seem, is just that: a school that you attend on Saturday. Also, while it is every second Saturday, the children get kicked out if they miss class more than twice. We were pretty sure that with our travelling schedule Klara would surely miss more than two classes, so we decided not to go through with this. If we wanted to, we can still do it later, but since children in the Netherlands start school early- at the age of 4- we thought that maybe we should give her a break. After all, speaking Polish should be fun, not a chore!

 

What about you?  Did you have any multilingual (or even everyday) parenting ideas that went out the window?

 

Stay tuned next week for part two!

 

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Welcome to Olga Mecking, a new regular contributor at International Almere, who is an expert in multilingual life in the Netherlands.

Olga is a Polish woman, living in the Netherlands with her German husband and 3 trilingual children. In the past, Olga has lived in several countries (including Germany, Canada and the Netherlands), and learned to speak 5, that’s right, 5 languages.

She studied German philology at the University of Warsaw, then followed by a MA in Media Cultures at the University of Bremen. Olga blogs at The European Mama and we recommend you check her out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.[/box]

 

This post originally appeared on The European Mama and has been republished with full permission.

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Utrecht: Come Visit

Utrecht is gearing up for the big celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht this week. Banners are strung in the streets and the Domtoren is getting the finishing touches for the big light show that will launch on 11 April. The list of events that will be taking place this year is impressive.

 

Utrecht, come visit
Utrecht, come visit

 

There’s plenty going on in Utrecht, even when we’re not celebrating the end of a war, but I still get people writing to me as if I live in Amsterdam. While Utrecht is only 20-minute train ride from Amsterdam, it’s still its very own city and a unique one, too. To remind you, here are a few of my past posts where I talk about how great Utrecht is and why websites and magazines and more should pay attention to Utrecht (and other cities in the country) not just Amsterdam. Nothing against Amsterdam, but in such a small country, why not check out a few other cities while you’re at it!

Reasons to Visit

Ranting, You’re Doing It Wrong

An Open Letter (of sorts) to Travel Publications

Coming up this weekend, hopefully, will be some more gargoyles and maybe a mention of the Domplein trees that have pulled up roots and moved. However, this weekend is also the spring beer festival over at Leidig Erf, so who knows what will actually get done. Anyone else going to the festival on Saturday?

This post originally appeared on A Flamingo in Utrecht and has been republished with full permission.

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Meet Alison, a woman from the southern US, who now finds herself in the Netherlands, thanks to an Italian boyfriend. Alison a native Floridian who has spent time in North Carolina, New Orleans and New York, before continuing herlove affair with the letter N and moving to the Netherlands. She is an art historian by degree, an editor by profession, and a photographer in her mind.

Alison writes at A Flamingo in Utrecht, and you can find her on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.  We recommend that you do.[/box]

Special Offer: The Guest Card

The Guest Card is the largest expat community in the Netherlands and was started as a joint initiative with the City of The Hague to help internationals with starting their lives in the Netherlands.  In 2012, The Guest Card is celebrating their 5th birthday, and their expansion to other areas of the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam area.

As part of their birthday celebrations, The Guest Card is giving away free membership to everybody at International Almere.  The card offers loads of discounts and exclusive deals especially for international people living in the Netherlands.

Here are some of what is on offer:

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 Normally the membership costs €12,- for the main subscriber and €6,- for an additional partner card.

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Go ahead and take advantage of this great offer.  It will be worth it, especially the Sligro membership.  Plus, the more International Almere members, the greater the opportunity for the team at The Guest Card to work with more local Almere businesses and service providers to get a better deal for us.