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Latinos in Connecticut Working To Protect Our Environment


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Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

Ivette Lopez, a Californian who went to Yale, now calls Connecticut home and she is now working to protect its environment.   In July, she will lead several dozen Latino families from New Haven to one of her favorite East Coast spots, Outer Island, the outermost of the Thimble Islands off Branford, and part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

This will be the second year that Lopez, an intern with the nonprofit Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), will accompany Latinos to this protected environmental resource along Long Island Sound as part of the annual Latino Conservation Week, one of the yearly highlights of ...

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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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A Latina Foster Mom And Family Making A Difference


(From left) Maritza's husband Carmelo Morales, son Michael, daughter Melissa, Maritza, grandson Juan, Naiomy and Gabriela

(From left) Maritza’s husband Carmelo Morales, son Michael, grandson Juan, daughter Melissa, Maritza, grandson Juan, and Naiomy and Gabriela in front row.


Annika Darling/CTLatinoNews.com 

It was in March of 2016 when Maritza Morales met 13-year-old Naiomy and 15-year-old Gabriela. The sisters were part of the Milford based Boys & Girls Village (BGV) Therapeutic Foster Care program—a program that has successfully matched qualified foster parents with vulnerable children throughout the state for more than 75 years. Since being placed with Morales, the girls have begun to thrive in school, have been exposed to many new experiences and are looking forward to a bright, hopeful future.

Morales was one of the ...

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