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A Step Closer To Reality For New Britain Borinqueneers Monument And Park

 Borinqueneer GB 1When a long-awaited monument to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, becomes a reality this fall in New Britain it will not just salute the highly decorated fighting unit, but will also honor their Puerto Rican heritage.

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Sketch of the proposed monument and park dedicated to the Borinqueneers in New Britain.

The Puerto Rican heritage of the regiment will be recognized and celebrated in the edifice’s design with architectural flourishes that evoke the island’s history and culture and with the Puerto Rican flag flying next to this nation’s banner above the structure.

Five years in the making, a groundbreaking ceremony for the monument was held on August 5th.  ...

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Latino? But You Don’t Speak Spanish? This Poet Aids Your Struggle


Spanish-speaking has long been a fraught part of Latino identity formation, and there are many reasons why second or third generation Latinos may not be able to speak it well – not least of which is a powerful social stigma that for decades encouraged assimilation at the expense of preserving Latino cultural heritage.

Back in the day, speaking Spanish outside of the home was discouraged and even punished. In the 1960s and 1970s, students were subject to paddlings and corner-time for speaking Spanish in school. But even today, without such overt penalties, it is proving difficult to pass the language on to next generations of US-born Latinos.

A recent Pew ...

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A Troubled Homeland High On The Minds Of Venezuelans In Connecticut


Bill Sarno                                                                                                                                                                                      CTLatinoNews.com

On a Friday evening when many Connecticut residents were heading home to begin their weekends, Marla Velez drove though the rush hour traffic and gathering thunder storm clouds to a friend’s home in Simsbury to pick up household items and other essentials destined for shipment to her native Venezuela, a nation in the grips of a profound humanitarian crisis.

Velez, who works as a system administrator for a human resources company in Darien, makes the ride from Fairfield County to the Hartford suburb in order to gather up toothpaste, along with personal care products, toothbrushes, children’s clothing and other items desperately needed In the impoverished South American ...

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