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A Labor Of Love – New Britain ‘Borinqueneers’ Monument To Be Dedicated This Saturday


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Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

Scores of dignitaries and officials, including the governors of Puerto Rico and Connecticut, plan to attend the ribbon cutting set for noon, Saturday, April 28 to celebrate the completion of the eagerly awaited  65th Infantry (Borinqueneers) Monument in New Britain, but they will not be the center of attraction.

“The day belongs to the Borinqueneers, their families and veterans,” said Carmelo Rodriguez, chairman of the New Britain Latino Coalition, a local organization which played a key role in the seven-year effort to erect a suitable tribute to the service and sacrifice of the Puerto Rico soldiers, who were assigned to a segregated unit, but fought alongside other ...

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Visiting Her Homeland For The First Time Since 1960, She “Reconciles” With The New Cuba

Arellano Cuba Passport

The original passport of Ana Arellano, a CTLatinoNews.com contributor visits her homeland for the first time after leaving at age five.  Courtesy: Ana Arellano.

Ana Arellano/CTLatinoNews.com

In 1960, when I was five, I left Cuba for the United States, for what I was told was a vacation.  At the same time,   there  was some political thing that needed to be sorted out in Cuba, some “evil” man named Fidel Castro took over.  We knew “Los Americanos” would help us fix this, so during that time, why not see the sights in Miami?  Our vacation would be for two, maybe three weeks. No date was set for our return.  As ...

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Op-ED – Puerto Rico: The Battle For Paradise

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Photo: mostphoto.com

Like everywhere else in Puerto Rico, the small mountain city of Adjuntas was plunged into total darkness by Hurricane Maria. When residents left their homes to take stock of the damage, they found themselves not only without power and water, but also totally cut off from the rest of the island. Every single road was blocked, either by mounds of mud washed down from the surrounding peaks, or by fallen trees and branches. Yet amid this devastation, there was one bright spot.

A Solar Oasis

Just off the main square, a large, pink colonial-style house had light shining through every window. It glowed like a beacon in the ...

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