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New Britain Works To Create A ‘Barrio Latino’ District

New Britain's Mayor Erin Stewart is joined by Latino leaders for the groundbreaking of a new business on Arch Street. Photo: Ray Shaw/New Britain Herald

New Britain’s Mayor Erin Stewart is joined by Latino leaders for the groundbreaking of a new business on Arch Street. Photo: Ray Shaw/New Britain Herald



A new Dollar General store at the end of Arch Street near Shuttle Meadow Avenue will be just the beginning of a neighborhood transformation if local Latino leaders have their way.

Joined by Mayor Erin Stewart and other officials, the New Britain Latino Coalition attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Dollar General Tuesday afternoon, saying the project is the first step in what is envisioned as a multi-pronged neighborhood redevelopment initiative.

Local Latino leaders are calling the nascent district “Barrio Latino.”

Francisco Cuin, the coalition’s founder and former president, said the development plan represents a longtime vision.

“It’s not a new idea,” he said.

Carmelo Rodriguez, the coalition’s chairman, said the vision aligns with and is fundamental to the organization’s efforts to change the …

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New Haven Family Business Is Their ‘Sofrito’


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Bill Sarno


When it comes to traditional Spanish-style cuisine, whether it be soup, beans, chicken, shrimp or anything else bolstered by a zesty sauce, it is very likely that what gives these dishes their distinctive flavor and aroma is sofrito, a blend of herbs, spices and vegetables.

For many Puerto Rican, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American cooks in Connecticut and parts of Massachusetts, the prime source ofsofritoponce this kitchen staple is Sofrito Ponce, a family business based in New Haven. Their sofrito is based on the recipe that Luis Rodriguez Sr. used in mixing fresh batches of this versatile cooking base for sale at the grocery store that he started in a Hispanic neighborhood after he arrived from Puerto Rico in 1959.

Rafael Diaz, a city firefighter, recalls that as a child it was the Rodriguez store, which was named Ponce Market after the owner’s hometown, where he …

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Entrepreneur And Visionary Giving Voice To Latinas In Tech

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You know that feeling you get when you meet someone who is so bold and has so much gumption that you just want to bottle it up so you can take a swig whenever you need a little boost? This is how I felt when I spoke with Deldelp Medina. Co-founder of Avion Ventures, Deldelp is helping Latinas all over the country bring their useful and often revolutionary ideas to market. And she’s doing it with such passion that I wanted to introduce you to her and the great work she is doing in the world.

I recently spoke with Deldelp to find out about key decisions she’s made in her life, her career path, and what advice she has for young Latina women who are ready to make their mark.

What do you do?

Our company Avion Ventures runs a pre-accelerator for Latinas in the mobile space. That means …

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