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In CT It’s A Go For Borinqueneers, Nationally Left Out of Medal Design

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Bill Sarno
CTLatinoNews.com
 

As Connecticut is poised to rename a major street through a Latino neighborhood in Bridgeport to “Borinqueneers Memorial  Highway’, nationally questions are raised about the lack of input they’ve had in the design of the Congressional Gold Medal they were awarded.

The state bill, which passed early this morning in the legislature’s special session and is headed to the governor’s desk, honors  the segregated  Puerto Rican military unit, officially the  U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment that served in four wars, while enduring discrimination and other hardships from within the military itself.

Nationally, the organization that lead the grassroots effort  to have the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor awarded to the Borinqueneers is criticizing the U.S. Mint, which is responsible for the medal’s production. The issue, they say, is that those who fought in those units have had little if any participation in the design of  the medal.…

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Life of Roberto Clemente To Be Made Into A Movie

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The Legendary film studio, which produced “42″ about the life of African American baseball legend Jackie Robinson, will do the same thing for Roberto Clemente, the first Latino ballplayer to be inducted into the National League Hall of Fame.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Web site, the company has acquired the movie rights to the book “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero,” by David Maraniss, and has received the green light from the ballplayer’s family to make the film.

Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder will produce the work via their company Fuego Films.

Clemente, the Puerto Rican legend who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1955 and 1972, won two championships, a Most Valuable Player award (in 1966), four batting titles and 12 Golden Gloves.

In addition, he became the first Latino to hit 3,000 home runs.

Clemente, known for his strong social conscience and commitment, died …

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Evelyn Rojas: She Was Mentored, And Knows The Value Of Helping Others

From left, Carlos Mathew Soto, brother of Victoria Soto; Carlee Soto Parisi; sister of Victoria Soto; Big Sister Evelyn Rojas of Hartford, winner of the 2015 Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award; and Evelyn’s “Little Sister” in the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Jubilee, from Hartford. Photo courtesy Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

From left, Carlos Mathew Soto, brother of Victoria Soto; Carlee Soto Parisi; sister of Victoria Soto; Big Sister Evelyn Rojas of Hartford, winner of the 2015 Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award; and Evelyn’s “Little Sister”, Jubilee, in the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Photo courtesy: Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters

 
Lisa S. Lenkiewicz
CTLatinoNews.com

 

Three years ago, Evelyn Rojas first became a Big Sister with Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. When her first Little Sister moved out of state, she asked to be paired with another youth in need. This time, the match was perfect.

A native of El Salvador, Evelyn now lives in Hartford and works as an attorney at the Connecticut State’s Attorney Office, New Britain Judicial District. Her work days are long ones, but Evelyn feels she is blessed to have connected with her “Little.”

“Someone has always taken me under his or her wing …

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