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Iguanas belong ‘au naturel,’ even in Puerto Rico

Commentary By Luis Chaluisan Iguanas: they’re not common pets in New Jersey, thank the power, even though people occasionally decide this exotic (as in non-native) animal would make a great pet. It’s not so. Iguanas belong in their native habitat, where they have the company of other iguanas, the right temperature and food, and the chance to be an iguana “au naturel.” Caribbean tourist attraction During a recent vacation in the Caribbean, I saw lots of iguanas, which made it easy for me to continue to be fascinated by them – their myriad colors, especially the bright green of young ones; their long ring-tails; their front feet, especially, with long, curving finger-like appendages; their casual ability to “go out on a limb,” seeking a flower or a tender green leaf at the end of a branch that looks incapable of holding them. And, these kids can travel too! If they need to get away, they can do it. They’re not graceful, but they’re fast. Far from eating red

Celebrate Puerto Rican Heritage Month in NYC

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Community calendar COMITÉ NOVIEMBRE mes de la herencia puertorriqueña SAVE THE DATES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009 CN’S 23RD ANNUAL KICK-OFF CELEBRATION EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO , NEW YORK CITY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009 CN’S 14TH ANNUAL GALA CELEBRATING 23 YEARS OF PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE MONTH THE NY HILTON, NEW YORK CITY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2009 COMITÉ NOVIEMBRE AND HOSTOS PRESENT JESÚS OMAR RIVERA EL BORICUAZO Puertorriqueñidad…Defendiendo nuestra imagen HOSTOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS & CULTURE THEATRE, BRONX, NY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 CN’S FOURTH ANNUAL ARTISANS FAIR & EXHIBIT CN’S FIRST ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR EUGENIO MARÍA DE HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BRONX, NEW YORK SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2009 CN’S 15TH ANNUAL DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IPRHE’S UPACA SENIOR CENTER, NEW YORK CITY COMITÉ NOVIEMBRE C/O IPRHE, 105 EAST 22ND STREET – 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NY 10010 FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: (212) 677-4181 OR (914) 263

NYC to show its solidarity with Puerto Rico's National Strike

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There will be a rally tomorrow at 5 p.m. in New York City in support of the national strike in Puerto Rico . This comes after Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño laid off thousands of government workers earlier this month, citing the island's poor economy as the culprit that has led him to make some tough decisions in this difficult financial time. But the layoffs have led different sectors on the island to engage in civil disobedience . The national strike on the island is also tomorrow. To participate in NYC's rally: 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15th PRFAA, 135 West 50th street (between 6th & 7th Avenues), Manhattan The NYC Chapter of National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights is a sponsor. Puerto Rico Sun is in solidarity. While it is true that the governor did need to cut workers from the government payroll because it is too big, the sudden number of layoffs are just too drastic and negatively impact too many poor and working class families on the island. These

PRSUN Radio chats with Urban Jibaro George Torres

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My upcoming guest on PRSUN Radio is Urban Jibaro George Torres of Sofrito for your Soul. The show airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday at http://blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . George Torres is a social media consultant, cultural activist, radio personality and founder of cultural online magazine SofritoForYourSoul.com . Read a brief bio at my blog at http://blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . UPDATE: To listen to the interview, go to my archived show at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio

Making the everyday exceptional with food

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Here is an interesting community event for those of you who love to cook with a twist. Daisy Martinez has a Food Network show called “Viva Daisy!”, Harumi Kurihara , often times referred as Japan’s Martha and celebrity event planner Karen Bussen will speak at the Japan Society on how once thought “exotic” food or culture is now influencing regular American kitchen.  Both Latin or Japanese food aren’t “go-to” food when cooking at home, but both Harumi and Daisy are trying to change this myth. Click on the image for details. For more information on this event at the Japan Society in Manhattan, go to http://www.japansociety.org/event_detail?eid=3b47535a

PRSUN: Take part in Hispanic Heritage Month book giveaway

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Puerto Rico Sun is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month book giveaway on behalf of Hachette Book Group . Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 th through October 15 th .     Zumba® By Beto Perez , Maggie Greenwood-Robinson ISBN: 0446546127 Evenings at the Argentine Club By Julia Amante ISBN: 0446581623 Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz By Belinda Acosta ISBN: 044654051X Tell Me Something True By Leila Cobo ISBN: 0446519367 Amigoland By Oscar Casares ISBN: 0316159697   Each winner will receive one whole set of books (5 books) for the giveaway.   If you are interested in receiving the book giveaway, please send me your name and address to clarisel (at) puertoricosun.com. Only five winners will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents. No PO Boxes please.   Good luck, and Happy Hispanic Heritage Month. UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS. Giveaway is now closed.  

Comite Noviembre seeks boricuas making a difference in their communities

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Lo mejor de nuestra comunidad awards Through Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad award, Comité Noviembre in New York City recognizes outstanding individuals who are the unsung heroes of our community and who are making a difference in the Puerto Rican communities of this country. Puerto Ricans whose pride in their heritage and strength of character have empowered themselves and inspired others to make significant impact on the community are recognized. The recipients of this award are chosen by Comité Noviembre from nominations submitted by the community. These individuals are honored at the kick-off celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month. The nomination criteria and form for Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad award is now available at Comite Noviembre's website. The deadline for nominations to be received by CN is Wednesday, September 23rd. Recipients of the award will be informed by Monday, September 28th. The Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly spearheads the awards proce

Q&A with activist Vicente "Panama" Alba

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The organization “For a Better Bronx,” a community-based organization in the South Bronx, which fights to achieve environmental, social and food justice through education, community organizing, and empowerment held a special event earlier this year at St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx. That day, long-time activist Vicente “Panama” Alba was honored for many years of service to the organization and his commitment to people. Vicente has done it all in his many years of activism, including being a member of the influential Young Lords Party, which this weekend celebrates its 40th anniversary, and being a member of the underground group the F.A.L.N. (Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nationalista). He has fought against police brutality and against the war. He is an environmentalist. He was also active in the movement to get the Navy out of the Puerto Rican town of Vieques. With the anniversary and reunion of the Young Lords, Alba reflects on his time with the organization and says it continues t