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Summertime

It is that time of the year again. On the night of Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, the clock will be put forward an hour forward. That means one hour less sleep. But also that it will be light for an hour longer in the evening.

Because it is light for an hour longer, the cabinet has decided to start the curfew an hour later. That’s from March 31. The curfew will then start at 10 p.m.

Earth Hour March 27

Heemstede will turn off the light in solidarity, would you do the same?

On Saturday 27 March from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Heemstede will turn off the lights in the town hall and the Molen and request all inhabitants of  Heemstede to participate.

With this worldwide action of  Earth Hour, in which 180 countries and millions of people participate, attention will be drawn to our fragile nature on Earth.

This year there is a special and live stream version of Earth Hour. During this livestream, ambassadors Humberto Tan, Armin van Buuren and André Kuipers together with other well-known Dutch people will give nature a voice.

During the  Earth Hour LIVE, full of music, inspiring stories from special guests, discussing  dilemmas and entertainment. Such as a mini-show by comedian Guido Weijers, a live performance by Danny Vera and FRIDAY, a lesson on climate by Amara Onwuka and much more. The live stream can be followed from 20:15 via wwf.nl/earthhour

Press release Municipality of Heemstede

 

Integration

Although I have no idea what kind of  people visit this website and read our articles, and therefore do not know who I am reaching while writing this article, I have something to say that comes straight from my heart. This website is a part of  “The Platform for Integration’‘, intended for new residents of Heemstede. And of course, there are a bunch of newcomers in Heemstede, from various corners of the world. I am using the “world” on purpose, because I want to address more people, than just some Amsterdammers who move from their city to the beautiful Heemstede.

Platform for integration, integration means that one becomes a part of the society, but that has to come from both sides. We often say that “the other should integrate more”. But we forget that the other person, who moves to our country, should also be given the chance to do so. In terms of contributing to better integration of newcomers, our part as Dutch / residents of Heemstede, is essential in our municipality.

I was confronted with this again recently. I happened to be present at a meeting of “a neighbor” and a newcomer. The neighbour came by to say thanks for something tasty she had received from the newcomer. She was asked, If she could come in for a moment by the new Heemsteder “Of course”, she replied. When that Dutch neighbor and I were having a conversation about her new neighbours, she told me that people in the neighborhood thought that the new neighbours did not want to connect with others, since their curtains were always shut. I explained it had to do with their culture and religion. The neighbor reacted surprised, relieved, and happy. “Ooohhh, that was the reason. So I could have just rang their bell?” She was completely amazed when the new neighbours turned out to be very welcoming and they could also communicate very wel in Dutchl.

A message to everyone: Get in touch with newcomers (immigrants/refugees). Just start by saying hello and having a chat. And if there is something that “bothers” you, talk about it. Don’t “lecture” others, but just explain if there is any cultural clash or difference. It is possible that the other person doesn’t even know that he / she is doing something “wrong”, that might bother you. Remember that with regard to the initiative to contact, it can more easily come from you, as a Dutch person. It really doesn’t have to be a weekly coffee invitation right away, but just show some interest in the other person who is trying to find his or her way in our country.  I frequently get asked the following questions by the new residents : “How can I talk to Dutch people? With whom? Where? When?” .Every conversation, no matter how small, helps the other one step further. For real! And, believe me, usually people speak better Dutch than you assume. But people are often afraid to make mistakes. “Help them” sounds so dramatic, but let’s call it “pay a part” in their integration

 

Volunteering in the times of this pandemic

Volunteering in the times of this pandemic: I for you and you for me!

As a newcomer in Heemstede you will receive help from all sides to feel at home here: learning the language, learning how everything is organized here, learning how to find a job and so on.

But maybe you would like to do something for others yourself? After all, almost everyone likes to be able to do something for someone else. It is also a nice way to get to know new people and improve your Dutch.And especially nowadays it is also a way to combat loneliness.

Is there anything you like and that you could help others with?

  • For example, do you enjoy gardening, do you not have a garden yourself and would you like to help someone take care of their garden?
  • Do you enjoy running errands for someone?
  • Do you enjoy walking the dog for someone?
  • Do you enjoy taking someone for a walk?
  • Are you handy and do you enjoy doing small chores around the house?

Then take a look at the website https: //https://heemstede.wehelpen.nl

There you will find all kinds of questions for help. And you can also post to offer any help you could give.

Unfortunately this website is only written in Dutch. Maybe you can find someone to help you read? Or send an email to volunteerpunt@wijheemstede.nl

Reinforce the Platform


At the end of July, I posted a message on this website in which I invited everyone to become a member of the Platform. In short: Welcome to Heemstede, a Platform for integration. In the platform, we discuss how we can help our new permit holders who live in Heemstede in all kinds of fields so that they can find their way more easily within Heemstede and the surrounding area. If you haven’t read or heard of this invitation, take a look back at the website for the article from the end of July. Within the platform, we also discussed how we can do that even better. It would probably help if one person from each group (country of origin, same language, etc.), who has been in the Netherlands / Heemstede for some time, fulfills a position as a key person. Usually, that person speaks the Dutch language a little better than somebody who came here just a few months ago.

We would be great if those key persons would sign up for the Platform. We think that the integration process can then run even more smoothly and that people will feel more at home. If you have other / better ideas there, we hope that you will come and join us. It is now – in the corona time – even more important. The corona measures will probably be further tightened in November and people will have to stay at home even more than now. We think that could be demotivating or depressing for people who do not quite feel at home yet(in the Netherlands). We hope to be able to do something for them through this platform.

Again, sign up for the Platform if you want to do something for Heemstede and the integration of permit holders. This can be done by clicking on the “About the Platform/contact” on the website. You can also sign up for the newsletter there.

Country house De Hartekamp

The De Hartekamp country house was built in 1692 for Johan Hindelopen. It stood on the site of the farmstead of the Van Berkenrode family. It has been adapted several times over the centuries to suit the residents.


The famous Swedish biologist Carolus Linnaeus lived there from 1736 to 1738 as a guest of the Clifford family. Linnaeus has classified 18,000 plant and animal species.

The monumental country house has been in use since 1952 by the Care Center “De Hartekamp Groep”, an organization for people with disabilities.

You can enjoy a walk in the park. It is a beautiful place and the garden is beautifully landscaped.
It is accessible for free.

The Park is located at Herenweg 5, 2105 MB Heemstede

Neighbor‘s Day 2020

Neighbor‘s Day is the day when neighbors meet each other and do fun things together. This can be anything: having a drink together, decorating the street together, playing games together, making a treasure hunt for the children together, cleaning the street together, and so on.

Neighbor’s Day is celebrated every year in September. This year it’s on September 26th.

The Neighbor’s Day was started by Douwe Egberts (a well-known Dutch coffee manufacturer) and the Oranje Fonds (a foundation that donates money for social activities). They subsidize the celebration of this day.
Do you also want to organize a Neighbor’s Day with your neighbors?
 On this link, you will find some information and tips:
https://www.burendag.nl/vier-burendag

You can register to organize a  Neighbors’ Day together with your neighbors, but an association can also register.
Maybe all of this is too difficult for you. In that case, keep an eye on the local newspapers of Heemstede to see if a Neighbor‘s day is being organized in your area, and just have a look! It is a lot of fun !! And also a great way to get to know some people from your neighborhood.
We wish you lots of fun!!

The schools have reopened again

The schools in our region started their first day on Monday, August 17. In order to start the new school year well prepared, the following advice may help.

  • Choose the easiest way to school!
  • Make sure you put your smartphone in your bag
  • Is your bag on your back or on your luggage carrier?
  • Make sure to check if the light on your bike works beforehand.

Stay out of the blind spot of cars or trucks. This means that you always stay to the right and keep a good distance behind a large vehicle so that you are three meters behind it.

If you want more information, click on the link below. There you will find information from Veilig Verkeer Nederland.

https://vvn.nl/de-scholen-zijn-weer-begonnen

 

New Corona measures from the 6th of August

How are you and what are the newest rules?
The number of corona infections is increasing again, now especially among young people. Many infections originated in places where many people were together who did not observe the social distance
On Thursday, August 6, Prime Minister Rutte gave another press conference. This is what he said;

● People still don’t follow the corona rules.
● More and more people are getting infected with corona.
● The rules are being adjusted.

Education

● Meetings are only allowed if they are really necessary, for example, to provide live information. Only small groups are then allowed.
● Student associations are not allowed to organize meetings.
● Study associations and student sports associations may only organize meetings if they are really necessary. In small groups, until 10 pm at the latest, and without alcohol.

Catering industry
● You have to make a reservation beforehand.
● You get a seat at a table or bar.
● You must answer questions about your health on arrival and leave your name and telephone number so that you can be called if someone in the restaurant or bar is found to be infected.

Local measures

● If necessary, additional measures can be taken in your own place of residence, e.g. adjustment of opening hours of the catering industry and of the shopping center, mandatory masks in busy streets, or the prohibition on meetings with many people.

THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL IS :

● COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF THE GOVERNMENT
● STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY SYMPTOMS,
● KEEP 1.5 METERS DISTANCE,
● WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY,
● AVOID GOING TO BUSY PLACES
● If you do this, the chance of catching the coronavirus is very small.