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North Bergen kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month festivities

The township is offering an array of events and activities in September and October

North Bergen officials raise the Salvadorian flag to mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo courtesy of the township.

North Bergen is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Township Commissioners have announced. Throughout the month, the North Bergen Free Public Library is hosting a series of live events for children and adults.

“North Bergen is a longtime, ardent supporter of Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Mayor Sacco, “being home to a large and robust population from many countries who have shared their rich traditions, talents, and deep connection to family values. Every year I am pleased to acknowledge the vast contributions of Hispanic individuals and culture to our community, with multiple events taking place throughout the township to mark this month, including concerts, performances, children’s workshops, celebrations of cultural pride – and of course the huge, lavish parades down Bergenline Avenue. We are proud to be a welcoming community that continues to be enriched by our diversity.”

To officially launch the month, officials raised the Salvadorian flag over Town Hall on Friday, September 16. The event began with North Bergen High School student Nicholas Gamboa singing the National Anthem, followed by a saxophone performance of the Salvadorian National Anthem by Erick Manuel Gudiel Folgar.

Six-year-old Marco Andre Gudiel Cardoza gave the Salvadorian Oath, along with a speech made by New Jersey Ambassador of El Salvador Ariel Valle. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Julio Marenco received recognition for his Salvadorian heritage. Also participating were Township Administrator Janet Castro, Police Chief Peter Fasilis, Hudson County Commissioner Chairman Anthony Vainieri.

Upcoming events

On Monday, September 26, the township will offer Adult Mexican Paper Crafts at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 27, North Bergen will host Special Bilingual Story Time at the Main Library at 11 a.m.

Also on September 27, the township will offer a Children’s Craft at the Main Library and the Kennedy Branch at 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 28, North Bergen will host a Latin Dance Class at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, September 29, the township will host a Baila Baila Musical Performance at the Main Library at 4 p.m.

On Monday, October 3, another Baila Baila Musical Performance will be held at the Guttenberg Resource Center at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 4, North Bergen will offer another Children’s Craft at the Main Library and Kennedy Branch at 3:30 p.m.

On Friday, October 7, the township will show the family movie “Encanto” at the Main Library at 2 p.m.

The Main Library is located uptown at 8411 Bergenline Avenue, the Kennedy Branch is located downtown at 2123 Kennedy Boulevard, and the Guttenberg Resource Center is located at the Galaxy Towers Mall at 7002 Boulevard East. For more information, call 201-869-4715 or go to nbpl.org.

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