Sunday, April 24, 2005

Education Corner

Manny Hernandez, who regularly contributes columns to the Puerto Rico Sun on education issues, is now publishing his own blog.

Check out Manny's new blog. It's still under construction.

Manny Hernandez
Community Happenings

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Casselberry Art House
(Next to the City Hall)
127 Quail Pond Circle
Casselberry, FL 32707
Tel: (407) 262-7700
Hors D oeuvres

Entertainment by:

About the artist
Through his artwork Obed Gomez wants to convey a sense of peace and
beauty and a quiet solitude which he accomplishes in works like Danza de
Enamorados (Lovers’ Dance) and Dulce Melón (Sweet Melon); on the other
hand, through his vibrant use of colors, Gómez depicts movement and a
passion for life captured in the essence of works like , Al ritmo de mi
tierra and Tango II.

Please visit


Sunday, April 17, 2005

Cruiser arriving to San Juan.(3-12)

Photo by Gilda D. Padilla

See more of Gilda's and more photos in the Puerto Rico Sun photo pool at flickr.


Originally uploaded by minusbaby.
Check out minusbaby's collection of photos from Spanish Harlem at flickr.

This is among his collection.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Community Happenings


Here is an e-mail I received from a boricua yahoogroup I belong to:

Subject: 2005 National calendar of PuertoRican Festivals &Parades

2005 National calendar of Puerto Rican Festivals & Parades

APRIL 24, 2005
Puerto Rican Cultural Parade of Florida & Folklore Festival, Inc.
24724 State Road 54 #114
Lutz, Florida 33559
Sandra A. Acevedo, President

JUNE 5, 2005
Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade
Fifth Avenue Brentwood
Long Island, New York
Naomi Robinson
631.434.3481 Ext.14

JUNE 5, 2005
Yonkers Puerto Rican Day Parade Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 467
Yonkers, New York 10705
Carmen Gomez, President
914.966.1202 Fax

JUNE 12, 2005
National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.
2804 Third Avenue - 7th Floor
Bronx, New York 10455
Ralph Morales, Chairperson
718.401.0404 Ext. 348
718.585.9110 Fax

JUNE 18, 2005
Puerto Rican Parade Committee of Chicago
"Casa Puertorriqueña"
1237 North California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Miguel Sanchez, President
773.292.1860 Fax

JUNE 19, 2005
Asociación Puertorriqueña y Hermanos de Queens, Inc.
56-04 68th Street
P.O. Box 380227
Maspeth, New York 11378
Juan Figueroa, President

JUNE 20, 2005
California Puerto Rican Parade Association
"Casa de Puerto Rico"
1700½ West Victoria Avenue
P.O. Box 148
Montebello, California 90640
Wilfredo Bonilla, President
323.887.2804 Fax

JUNE 25,2005
Western Region Puerto Rican Council
Magda Y. Calderon

JUNE 26, 2005
Parada San Juan Bautista, Inc.
P.O. Box 2908
Camden, New Jersey 08101
Juan J. Gonzalez, Esq., President
856.757.9600 Office
856.541.5263 Fax

JULY 22-24, 2005
Festival Betances
"La Casa de la Cultura"
85 West Newton Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Sabrina Aviles, Director
617.927.1781 Fax

JULY 23-24, 2005
Organización Desfile y Cultural Puertorriqueña del Noroeste de
Indiana, Inc.
P.O. Box 3027
3485 Michigan Avenue
Suite 2R
East Chicago, Indiana 46312
Ramon Casillas, President
(219) 397-1324 Fax

JULY 24, 2005
La Familia Hispana, Inc.
"Hispanic Family Festival"
P.O. Box 6550
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01041-6550
Diosdado Lopéz, President
413.532.8035 Fax

JULY 25, 2005
Allianza Cultural Puertorriqueña de Allentown
P.O. Box 213
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18105
Beverly Rivera, President

JULY 31, 2005
Festival Puertorriqueño de New Jersey, Inc.
P.O. Box 1051
Vineland, New Jersey 08362-1051
Carmen Nydia Perez, President
856.696.1189 fax

JULY 31, 2005
Desfile Puertorriqueño de Trenton
P.O. Box 1661
Trenton, New Jersey 08607
Idamis Perez-Margicin, President
609.890.7344 fax

JULY 31, 2005
Annual Puerto Rican Parade
P.O. Box 2802
Aurora, Illinois 60507
Miguel Rivera, President
630.264.4401 Fax
630.330.1313 cell

AUGUST 6, 2005
10th Annual Latino Waterfront Musical Festival
520 Market Street - Room 306
Camden, New Jersey 08101
Andres Camacho, Coordinator
856.225.5591 Fax

AUGUST 8, 2005
Festival Puertorriqueño de Massachusetts
P.O. Box 366172
Hyde Park State, Massachusetts 02136
Antonio Molina, President
508.587.1950 Fax

AUGUST 12 & 13, 2005
Puerto Rican Festival of Rochester, Inc.
130 North Winton Road
P.O. Box 10008
Rochester, New York 14610
Ida Perez, President

AUGUST 14, 2005
Atlantic County Puerto Rican Parade
102 North Chelsea Avenue
P.O. Box 1503
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08404
Yvette Soto, President
609.226.8183 cell

AUGUST 20 & 21, 2005
Institute of Latino Arts & Culture
Centro Las Americas
11 Sycamore Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608
Dolly Vasquez. Executive Director
508.798.1900 Ext. # 229

AUGUST 21, 2005
Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Parade
P.O. Box 8434
Jersey City, New Jersey 07308
Luis "Mosquito" Gonzalez, President

AUGUST 21, 2005
Desfile & Festival Puertorriqueña de Rhode Island, Inc.
P.O. Box 2066
Providence, Rhode Island 02905

AUGUST 21, 2005
Unity Day Parade of Lakewood
P.O. Box 775
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
Mirta Marsala, President
732.473.0117 Fax

AUGUST 27, 2005
Children of Faith Parade & Multicultural Festival
378 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07307
Rev. Jose C. Lopez, Founder
201.222.1683 Fax

AUGUST 28, 2005
Desfile Puertorriqueño de Paterson, Inc.
P.O. Box 5451
Paterson, New Jersey 07509
Daniel Vergara, Sr., President

AUGUST 28, 2005
Sociedad Cultural Borincana
P.O. Box 6140
Paterson, New Jersey 07509
Jose A. Villalongo, Sr., President

SEPTEMBER 10, 2005
Western New York Association, Inc.
73 South Point Drive
Lancaster, New York 14086-3333
Miguel Santos, President
716.857.4756 Fax

SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2005
Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County
P.O. Box 7507
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Adalberto "Bert" Lopez, President
609.625.6944 Fax

SEPTEMBER 17, 2005
Puerto Rican Day Parade of Western New York Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 28
Buffalo, New York 14201
Andres Garcia, President

SEPTEMBER 17, 2005
Hispanic Awareness Committee
"5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration"
P.O. Box 2583
Camden, New Jersey 08101-9998
Norma Ruiz, Chairperson

SEPTEMBER 18, 2005
Puerto Rican Heritage Statewide Parade
258 Clifton Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07104
Irving Linares, President
973.481.6807 Fax

SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2005
Puerto Rican Civic Association of Hammonton
P.O. Box 633
Hammonton, New Jersey 08037
Gloria E. Stewart, President

SEPTEMBER 25, 2005
Regional Puerto Rican Parade
705-09 North Franklin Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Jose Rivera, Deputy Director
215.627.7440 Fax

OCTOBER 16, 2005
Puerto Rican Cultural Parade of Florida, Inc.
"Puerto Rican Patron Saint Festival in Pinellas Park"
24724 State Road 54 #114
Lutz, Florida 33559
Sandra A. Acevedo, President

Hermanos Fraternos de Loiza Aldea Carnival
1702 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10029
Bianca Irizarry, President

Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County
P.O. Box 447
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601-0447
Johnny Ortiz, President

Bayonne Hispanic Associated, Inc.
P.O. Box 1302
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002
Daniel Valentine, President
646.283.6192 cell

Puerto Rican Parade South Florida
1124 North 59 Avenue - Unit S
Hollywood, Florida 30024
Elizabeth Saldaña Kobel

Folkloric Heritage
172 Edison Road
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08034
Eddie Rosado, Director

Hermandad Latina, Inc.
P.O. Box 1161
Vineland, New Jersey 08362
Maribel Rodriguez, President

Taller Puertorriqueño
2721 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19133
Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director
215.426.5682 Fax

Spanish American Social & Cultural Association
Levitt Parkway-Charleston Road
P.O. Box 2248
Willingboro, New Jersey 08046
Jose Ramos, Executive Director

Puerto Rican Action Board
90 Jersey Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903-0240
Guillermo Beytagh-Maldonado, Executive Director
732.828.4546 Fax

Delaware Hispanic Festival & Parade Committee
3213 Ruby Drive
Wilmington, Delaware 19810
Freddy Matos, President

Festival Boricua de Hall Avenue
631 State Street
Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861
Wilda Diaz
732.376.9003 Fax

Frances Vega, State Director
Hispanic/Latino Outreach
Ivy Tech State College
One West 26th Street
P.O. Box 1763
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
317.921.4629 Fax

Fiestas de Loiza En Connecticut En Honor A La Apostol Santiago
153 Lloyd Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06513
203.777.5907 Fax

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Interesting headlines

American Psychological Association, Sat, 09 Apr 2005 3:50 AM PDT
Puerto Ricans Top Survey on Satisfaction
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Ricans have ranked highest in the world
in one survey of how satisfied people are with their lives, but the
result is drawing head-shaking on the Caribbean island, where some say
islanders have plenty of personal problems and psychologists estimate
nearly one in three are at risk of mental illness.

ABC News, Fri, 08 Apr 2005 5:51 PM PDT
Puerto Ricans Top Survey on Satisfaction
Survey Ranks Puerto Ricans at the Top in How Satisfied They Are With
Their Lives

I don't buy it!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Puerto Rico in the BX!

Puerto Rico in the BX!
Originally uploaded by clarisel.

I have created a new group dedicated to images showcasing The Bronx.

Photos must be Bronx-related. As you know, boricuas have a lot of history in The Bronx.


Silent Night, Holy Night

By Clarisel Gonzalez
"Silent Night" is a song that even till this day reminds me of Pope John Paul II.
That's because one of the most beautiful memories I have of the Pope of Young People was his visit to New York City's Central Park in 1995.
He said, in his homily: "I remember a song I used to sing in Poland as a young man, a song which I still sing as Pope, which tells about the birth of the Savior. On Christmas night, in every church and chapel, this song would ring out, repeating in a musical way the story told in the Gospel. It says: "Wśród nocnej ciszy głos się rozchodzi: 'Wstańcie pasterze, Bóg się wam rodzi! Czem prędzej się wybierajcie, do Betlejem pospieszajcie przywitać Pana'". [And, the Pope also sang it] "In the silence of the night, a voice is heard: 'Get up, shepherds, God is born for you!
Hurry to Bethlehem to meet the Lord'". The same story is told in the beautiful
hymn, "Silent Night", which everyone knows. That is a hymn which moves us deeply by reminding us that Jesus, the Son of God, was born of Mary, born to make us holy and to make us adopted sons and daughters of God. It is a hymn to the creative power of the Holy Spirit. It is a song to help us not to be afraid...
The Pope asks you to do this. He knows that you will do this, and for this he loves you.
Then you can tell the whole world that you gave the Pope his Christmas present in October, in New York, in Central Park. Do not be afraid! The power of the Holy Spirit is with you!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful! Enkindle in them the fire of your love!"
I had not thought about that day in New York in a while. I reflected on that magical moment as I prayed with a group of fellow Catholic school teachers in Puerto Rico during one of our faculty meetings Friday. We prayed for the Pope's health as a group, and the principal, a sister, shared with us how special the Pope was for the Catholic Church, humanity and to her. We recited "Our Father," "Hail Mary" and "Glory Be." Then, we had a moment of silent prayer.
And, I quietly reflected on the hymn "Silent Night." It was my personal gift to the Pope during his time of agony. Silent Night, Holy Night. Pope John Paul II, we love you! Amen.

Rest in Peace.