By Wayne Jebian
When the owner of radio station WCUM Bridgeport, Pablo DeJesus Colon, Jr., first came to Connecticut in 1969 and began to work at WLVH radio in Hartford, he was one of the only Dominicans in town. “There were a couple, but there were a lot more Puerto Ricans here,” he recalled. In fact, Colon met a Puerto Rican woman in Connecticut, who he married and they had two sons, Pablo DeJesus Colon III and Javier Colon, a musician who recently rose to national prominence after winning “The Voice”, a talent contest on NBC television.
Since then, waves of immigration have brought a Dominican population explosion to New York City, where the Dominican-born and Dominican-American population has reached 9.3% in the Bronx and 8.1% in Manhattan, according to City-Data.com. Dominicans in Providence, …