Borough Council Approves National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Program

By MARIANNE IVERS in TAP into NewProvidence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council approved the New Providence Diversity Committee’s request to host and support events in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month at its Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting.

Members of the Diversity Committee and organizers of the Hispanic Heritage Month attended the meeting to present the activities and events scheduled during the Heritage Month which runs from Sep. 15 through Oct. 15. The month-long celebrations highlight the history, heritage and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and South and Central America. The celebrations will incorporate the theme “Unidos (United): Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” and they will include the following programs: student poster contest, speakers, Hispanic heritage artifact display, zumba/dance demonstrations, movie “ENCANTO”, bilingual music class, Spanish story time, parade of traditional dresses, Daria’s World of Music, folklore and Latin dance, arts and crafts activities, as well as Mariachi music.

All events will be posted on the borough website, community bulletin board, and on the Diversity Committee’s Facebook page.

With regards to other news the council approved the final traffic ordinance to change the traffic flow and parking regulations at the high school/middle school. Borough Administrator Bernadette Cuccaro advised residents to familiarize themselves with the new traffic patterns before the start of the school year.

Additionally, Mayor Al Morgan expressed his outrage and disappointment that the construction of the Commerce Street pedestrian bridge has been delayed due to supply issues. Borough Engineer Kevin Boyer explained that the material is expected to be available in early November. Morgan noted that the delay is unacceptable, and that the borough engineer should be on the phone demanding the contractor to continue to bridge construction immediately. This is “a priority,” he stated.