Connecticut heritage – CNCTB Fri, 30 Sep 2022 09:01:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Connecticut heritage – CNCTB 32 32 Cathy Bochain proud to be part of UConn women’s athletics legacy Thu, 29 Sep 2022 11:35:54 +0000

Cathy Bochain ’83 (PHR) doesn’t see herself as a trailblazer in UConn athletics, but rather as a builder of bridges to the success that Husky teams enjoy today.

Bochain was a member of the first class of freshman female basketball student-athletes in which every member was a scholarship holder, and she graduated as an all-time scoring and assisting leader. university history. There were female scholarship players before, but never an entire class — a direct result of the passage of landmark federal Title IX legislation in 1972.

Bochain will be among hundreds of former UConn student-athletes returning to campus the weekend of October 14-16 for a 50e anniversary of Title IX and the commemoration of an enduring legacy of UConn women’s athletics since its university inception in 1974.

Former UConn student-athletes who have not yet registered for the weekend are encouraged to do so at this special website.

Cathy Bochain during her days as a member of the UConn women’s basketball team (Cyril Morris/UConn Athletics Photo).

“Those things wouldn’t have happened”

Bochain grew up in Plainfield and played the usual sports while growing up with his brothers and friends.

“It wasn’t very cool for girls to play with boys, but I did, and I got harassed a bit, but it got me pretty hard,” Bochain says. “We had an old Little League field near our house and we played baseball all summer and football in the fall. I came to basketball a little late, but as I played it more and more, I not only liked it, but I was good enough for it.

Bochain had an outstanding basketball career at Plainfield High School and was encouraged by her coach, Claudia Combies, to pursue a college scholarship.

“She was a real feminist for the time,” Bochain says of her coach. “She had a bulletin board outside our gym that had pictures of people like Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova and the Connecticut Falcons softball team. She was very progressive and made sure that we knew the opportunities available to us.

Bochain was also part of the first wave of AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) women’s teams and beat 4,000 players at a tournament in Boston for a spot on a prestigious team that included future U.S. national team member Medina. Dixon and the 1985 NCAA Tournament. Most Outstanding Player, Tracy Claxton.

Bochain was heavily recruited by colleges and received scholarship offers from Yale, Boston University, and Boston College, but chose to come to UConn and its nationally renowned pharmacy school.

To this day, she is grateful for the opportunity for a full scholarship and to graduate debt-free. She also credits Title IX for the opportunities she had in high school, college, and the AAU.

“Everyone has wishes and thinks equality will evolve, but without Title IX these things wouldn’t have happened, so that was really important,” says Bochain.

“Athletics help make you a successful person”

Bochain, who grew up in the Moosup section of Plainfield, was also inspired to come to UConn by Moosup’s famous Dropo family – the “first UConn athletics family”, which included Walter, Milton and George. George was vice-principal at Plainfield High School when Bochain was in school.

“George would always call me into his office to show me all of his UConn memorabilia, especially after he did a recruiting visit to another school,” says Bochain. “He was always like, ‘You’re going to UConn, aren’t you?'”

Bochain’s Plainfield teams had great fan support from the school and community, and the gymnasiums were packed for games.

“Eastern Connecticut has always had really good women’s basketball,” she says, “and there were great crowds all over the area.”

That wasn’t the case when Bochain came to UConn in the fall of 1979. That was before Geno Auriemma and before the Gampel Pavilion, when games at the Field House were a matter of friends and family.

Bochain, right, with teammate Mary Ellen Langfield '83.
Bochain, right, with teammate Mary Ellen Langfield ’83 (UConn Athletics photo).

“We had more people from Plainfield at our games than anywhere else,” says Bochain, who was recruiting College of Pharmacy students and faculty to come to the games. They became the team’s biggest supporters.

“Being a student-athlete and a pharmacy student wasn’t easy, but the two things balanced out for me,” says Bochain. “If I had a bad day at school, I would go to the gym and work on things, and if I had a bad game, I knew there was an exam to study.”

Bochain had a successful professional career as a pharmacist for CVS and worked for many years on sites at Storrs, becoming an even more important part of the campus fabric.

“I really got to know so many people from the faculty, coaches, and students, and got to watch the campus grow,” Bochain says.

Bochain has a “family” relationship with current UConn women’s basketball coaches and staff, and was part of the search committee that hired Auriemma in 1985. She was actually the one who picked him up from the airport. for his job interview.

“When I met him and was able to talk to him a bit, I knew he was the right choice with his personality and his charisma,” says Bochain.

She credits her athletic experience to date as helping her in many aspects of life.

“The real world of work is tough, and having an athletic education teaches you gut strength, resilience, and courage,” Bochain says. “Pharmacy work is tough, especially now, and you have to buckle up and be focused. I work as hard at my job as I have ever done in athletics. I hiked the Appalachian Trail with a 50 pound pack. Athletics helps make you a successful person and also teaches you to feel like you had a good day.

A look at New Jersey-based Goya Foods, Inc. Mon, 26 Sep 2022 23:44:32 +0000

In the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month, News 12 New Jersey visited the largest Hispanic food company in the United States.

More than 2,500 products are manufactured right out of the Goya Foods, Inc. plant in Secaucus. It all started in 1936.

“Our company has really tracked the immigration to this country of Latinos,” says Robert Uanaue, the company’s president and CEO. “It’s a melting pot.”

Goya Foods employs 5,000 people. As Latin American migration grows, the company’s product portfolio and footprint also grows. It has 26 installations worldwide.

“They say we’ll be the biggest band by 2050, if not maybe next week,” says Unanue. “Seventy million Latinos in this country and we are the second largest Latino country in the world.”

Unanue says that despite the recent inflation the United States has experienced, Goya Foods continues to maintain its affordability.

“What Goya sells is good, delicious and nutritious food. Rice and beans are a big part of our business,” he says. “We also produce our own cans and bottles. We are vertically integrated, so controlling the quality of canning, packaging, also allows us to reduce our costs.

Goya Gives, the organization’s philanthropic arm, continues to provide relief and supports nearly 300 organizations each year.

“We like to think of ourselves as first responders,” says Unanue. “Puerto Rico was devastated by [Hurricane] Fiona and here we are.

Unanue says the company has never stopped working internally during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also allowed them to help give back to the community in need.

“We didn’t stop for a moment…we were the first responders, we had food. We were the only businesses open and we were lucky to have people to provide packaging and materials,” he says.

Goya Foods was founded by Unanue’s grandparents. He says it proves the mission is as much about the importance of family as it is about achieving the American Dream.

The World Heritage Cultural Center will showcase a global array of artists October Sat, 24 Sep 2022 12:10:52 +0000

After too long a hiatus due to travel and event restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Newtown-based World Heritage Cultural Center returns to center stage with what promises to be a rich showcase , colorful, steeped in dance and music on stage at Edmond Town Hall on October 1.

The globally connected nonprofit empowers and promotes diverse and unique cultures around the world, creating a global village to foster tolerance, appreciation and unity, according to its founder and Sandy Hook resident , Satie Persaud. She said The Newtown Bee that the event is about more than just bringing in members of the public to watch a show and then get back to their lives.

She hopes to help make a lasting impression on every member of the audience, exposing and enlightening them to their ignorance of the cultures of the neighboring world and the incredible experience of experiencing and embracing them through visual and musical storytelling. . The first of the local non-profit events to be held in Newtown, Persaud also highlighted how this “world of color concert” will further his organization’s mission of promoting diversity.

“We understand that cultural identity reinforces diversity, and therefore believe that acceptance and tolerance are promoted through our creation of a common ground where the creative arts are a powerful tool used to tell great stories of traditions. “, according to the WHCC website.

Residents and visitors interested in the full immersion experience that Persaud and WHCC hope to share are encouraged to start their evening early, as a red carpet celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. Thereafter, a host of artists invite themselves to the stage of the Théâtre de l’Hôtel de Ville in Edmond from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by a VIP gala from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets to the red carpet, concert, and gala—with refreshments and food by Dodgingtown Market & Deli and Cash Bar—are $75; under 16 and seniors $55. Veterans, public sector workers, police, local volunteer paramedics, teachers and firefighters all also benefit from the reduction.

Tickets are available at Dodgingtown Market, which is also owned and operated by Persaud and his family, and tickets can be purchased at the door until they sell out. All proceeds are used to help artist groups cover their travel expenses.

According to Persaud, his organization has produced nearly 250 concerts to date, many of which have been featured on several travel and adventure shows in 16 states.

Since the creation of the WHCC in 2009, Persaud has maintained that “cultural diversity is the glue that holds humanity together, and it is as important as biodiversity is for nature”.

“My organization is not a hobby, but an extension of who I am and the people who have helped me find my voice,” she added. “I give gratitude every day by giving back, and that’s what drives me.”

After helping her family sell candy and cigarettes outside her family home in Suriname after school between the ages of 7 and 11, Persaud came to the United States to achieve an arranged marriage that only lasted a short time.

“Still a teenager, I had the opportunity to become the nanny of my mother’s cousin, and by working two other part-time jobs, I put myself through university,” explained Persaud. After completing additional training in accounting, she entered the corporate world and now works full-time as a senior foreign exchange manager in corporate treasury at OTIS Elevator.

Concert programming

The October 1 “World Of Colors Concert” is hosted by actress, producer and educator Isabella Hofmann (Second City, Burlesque, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Flash), who will arrive from Los Angeles for the evening. Among the scheduled performers representing 21 countries in song and dance, with elaborate costumes and cultural attire, are:

Aubre Hill, a friend and supporter of WHCC since 2009, who is an international dance artist, choreographer, educator and event producer for major ensembles across the United States, Egypt, Morocco, Europe, China, Taiwan and Japan;

Bolivian traditions, a dynamic group from Washington, DC, traveling to Connecticut to showcase the beauty of Bolivia through folklore, dance and music;

The Daynomies including Baby Opie representing Native Americans. Persaud says Baby Opie, 5, has more than 63,000 Instagram followers who clicked to see him performing with his parents and siblings;

Anindita Nanda, performing the Odissi dance, one of eight classical dance forms originating in India that is considered one of the oldest ritual dance forms still in existence, a spiritual expression of devotion to a higher being, Persaud said ;

Manuel Trillo, a global ambassador for Spain with WHCC since 2018 and a master dedicated to Latin performing arts who has been seen on Dancing with the stars representing Spain and Argentina;

Svet, a unique talent of international renown recently featured on America has talent, the Bulgarian electro violinist and friend of WHCC since 2009 merges his talent on the violin with contemporary musical styles;

Together Barynya, founded in 1991, this ensemble shares folk traditions through arts representative of Jewish, Ukrainian, Moldavian and Russian cultures; and

Kaiholuni, trained in both Kahiko (the ancient and original form of hula) and the more modern auana, the multicultural group of women, youth and keiki represent Polynesia and Hawaii.

“This event aims to empower our community with the noble mission we have at the World Heritage Cultural Center,” Persaud said, “to invite people to be part of an important legacy in the making for our future generations.”

Learn more by visiting or the organization social networking sites, or contact WHCC at or 203-489-0963.

Twenty-one different nations and cultures will be represented by the artists, dancers, musicians and bands performing on October 1 at the World Heritage Cultural Center “World Of Colors Concert” taking place at Edmond City Hall . Hosted by actress, producer and educator Isabella Hofmann (Second City; Burlesque; Homicide: Life on the Street; The Flash), and featuring artists like Ensemble Barynya, an ensemble sharing folk traditions through the arts representing Jewish, Ukrainian, Moldovan and Russian cultures, the event promises to showcase diversity through various artistic performances.

Sandy Hook resident and founder of the Newtown-based non-profit World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC), Sattie Persaud presents the organization’s first “World Of Colors” concert on October 1 at Edmond City Hall – photo courtesy of WHCC

At the Capitol, Connecticut Latinos celebrate heritage and set priorities Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:12:28 +0000

Sandra Ferreira-Molina said that when she was 6 years old and her family immigrated from Colombia to the United States, her parents “knew they were coming to the land of opportunity, and as I sit here, I I feel privileged.”

Her mother looked at opportunities in America, like children buying cheese and bread at school, and wondering how they could be brought back to their home country. Ferreira-Molina wasn’t sure if she could bring things back, but pledged to do her best for families here in Connecticut.

“Sometimes you can’t be part of the system; you have to be outside of that, to make sure communities have a voice at the table,” Ferreira-Molina said. “Communities have a voice, and we just need to hear them.”

She is the deputy executive director of Latinos for Educational Advocacy and Diversity, and was one of many Latinos in the fields of education, health, housing, finance and politics to speak at Thursday’s a roundtable at the State Capitol celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The Commission on Women, Children, Older People, Equity and Opportunity (CWCSEO), a nonpartisan agency within the legislature, organized the event.

Leticia Colon de Mejias, acting chair of the commission’s Latino-Puerto Rican subcommittee, noted that Latinos make up 17 percent of the state’s population, but there is confusion over: “Who are Latinos and Latinas in Connecticut?”

She noted that Latinos and Latinas come from 33 countries and have different hair, dialects and foods, some from islands and some from continents.

The subcommittee has held listening sessions over the past 12 months to identify its priorities.

These include a transparent and equity-based state budget process, opportunities for home ownership as opposed to simple vouchers, equity in education funding, prioritization of health care mental health, police reform, and representation on state boards and commissions.

Colon de Mejias said the CWCSEO wants to expand housing programs such as Time to Own, a new state program offering reimbursable down payment assistance.

Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno said 297 borrowers have been approved and are in the process of closing, 25% of whom are Latinos, and the department is processing another 544 applications.

On Thursday, Rep. Hilda Santiago, D-Meriden, discussed her recommendations for what the state should do with its $4.8 billion surplus.

She said she would like to see more money spent on education in places where it is needed, housing, health care, broadband technology and advertising the free community college program. ‘State, “because we don’t have enough young people applying for this, especially in the Latino community. The word isn’t there.

The event provided an opportunity for the public, including students visiting the Capitol, to see Latinos in various leadership roles.

CWCSEO executive director Steven Hernández said it was “important that young people see themselves in front of the room” and at the top of the organizational chart. An example at the roundtable was Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, who immigrated to Hartford from Puerto Rico when he was 9 years old.

“As a product of the Hartford Public Schools District, I have a duality that informs my leadership every day,” she said, “the fact that it was inspired not only by educators, but also by educators who looked and sounded like me and understood where I was coming from.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Dr. Mario Perez, UConn Health Respirologist Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:33:10 +0000
Dr. Mario Perez leads medical residents and nurses on rounds in an intensive care floor at UConn John Dempsey Hospital (photo Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health).

UConn Today spoke with Dr. Mario Perez, UConn Health pulmonologist, assistant professor of medicine in pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine at the UConn School of Medicine, to find out what his legacy Hispanic really means to him, how it has influenced his healthcare career, and those he deals with from diverse backgrounds at UConn Health.

What does your Hispanic heritage mean to you?
Hispanic heritage means feeling proud and honored to belong to a community that is willing to serve others, some through military service, church, or just plain hard work. It also means pride in being able to communicate in another language and maintaining the traditions associated with family and community while helping this country grow and prosper.

Who pushed you to go to medical school and become a doctor?
I’ve always loved science and trying to help people. I also had the privilege of having an uncle who worked as a pediatrician in the rural town where I was born and raised. He allowed me in his office to observe his work several times. Later in life my brother decided to go to medical school and I was always very curious to explore his textbooks. At first I was fascinated by the images of pathology presented in his dermatology books, and later hearing his enthusiasm for human physiology sparked my interest in medicine and a desire to learn more.

How does your connection to the Hispanic community influence your patient care?
Due to my heritage, I am available to serve some members of our community in their own language and perhaps with a better understanding of their needs. At the same time, I go the extra mile to be a good role model for others in the community.

Dr. Mario Perez watches a study participant take a lung function test.  (Lauren Woods/UConn Health Photo)
Dr. Mario Perez watches a study participant take a lung function test. (Lauren Woods/UConn Health Photo)

As a provider, what is your primary focus when caring for those in the Hispanic community?
My goal has always been to provide the best care possible, regardless of who I serve. Since the prevalence of asthma among the Hispanic population in the state of Connecticut is higher, especially among Puerto Ricans, I had focused my services on this condition which affects the respiratory system and especially the airways. Therefore, I have tried to educate my patients about the dangers of certain environmental exposures, tobacco, recreational substances, and alcohol. I also encourage them to seek all preventive care, and especially vaccinations to prevent or decrease morbidity from illnesses such as COVID-19 and influenza.

Do you have something to share with the Hispanic community or those who work in healthcare?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hispanic community for trusting us with their care, and UConn Health for fostering an inclusive environment.

Hartford Supermarket highlighted during Hispanic Heritage Month – NBC Connecticut Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:53:54 +0000

At El Mercado in Hartford, you can find a bit of everything. From yucca to papaya, to tres leches cake and flan.

“Any country in North and South America, whatever you’re looking for in your country or mine, you’ll find something here,” said company owner Ramon Flores.

Flores has been in business for almost 30 years. He was born in the Dominican Republic and when he came to Connecticut he saw the need for a Hispanic supermarket.

“I am 100% dedicated to the Spanish community,” Flores said.

On Tuesday, state officials and Hartford city leaders gathered to recognize its storefront and 20 other Latinx-owned businesses in the area.

“We are a proud diverse city with a strong and proud Latino community and a strong and engaged Latino business community,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

“These are people who work almost seven days a week, they have many hours, they have hardly any time for themselves, but they want to do well for their families. They want to send their children to college, they want to buy a house,” said Julio Mendoza, executive director of SAMA.

As they celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, the group took a moment to think of the thousands affected by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico.

“We want everyone to know that Connecticut is ready to do its part to help, as we have done in the past,” Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said.

Bronin said the capital was ready to welcome families from the devastated island.

“Our school system, as always, is ready to welcome children if they come to our community, especially if children come to live with family members here in Hartford,” Bronin said.

The United States Small Business Administration also stepped in to provide financial assistance. Business owners can apply for low interest disaster relief loans.

“It will be used either to rebuild their homes or for businesses to rebuild, homes to rebuild, or tenants who have been flooded,” said SBA Deputy District Manager Julio Casiano.

Westridge Court, owner of Heritage Square, seeks business tax to revamp its Naperville properties on Route 59 – Chicago Tribune Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:07:00 +0000

As developers move away from the big box stores at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, landowners on the east side of Highway 59 near the mall are asking Naperville for development tools to revitalize their commercial properties.

On Tuesday, Naperville City Council will respond to a request from New York-based Brixmor Property Group to pursue the creation of a business district that would allow the city to levy an additional sales tax on the property to fund the renovation of its shopping centres.

Brixmor wants to pay to move water, sewer, utilities, parking lots and roads in the Westridge Court and Heritage Square commercial areas to 404-405 S. Route 59, north of Aurora Avenue, using the revenue generated by the additional sales tax on businesses in the proposed district.

The company, which owns and operates nearly 380 malls across the country, wants to remove many existing big-box buildings and repurpose the site with a central core surrounded by outlets, according to a memo from Transportation Director Bill Novack. , Engineering and Development for the city.

The two neighboring malls were built in the 1990s when big box stores dominated the shopping landscape.

Across the country, Brixmor is redeveloping outdated commercial properties by getting rid of vacant retail buildings that once housed flagship big-box stores and replacing them with junior grocery or flagship stores.

For example, the Tinley Park Village Board in 2020 approved Brixmor’s plans for a $22 million rehabilitation of the Tinley Park Plaza shopping center at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue with the help of tax increment funding.

Instead of relying on TIF money, Brixmor is asking Naperville to help pay for Westridge and Heritage Square improvements by imposing an additional sales tax – up to 1% – on items sold by businesses in the district.

It’s similar to the request made by Heinen’s Grocery Store to redevelop the neighborhood mall built in 1974 on Chicago Avenue and Olesen Drive in the far east end of the city. A project to create a business district there is under consideration by the council.

Heinen’s is asking the city to add a half percent sales tax to fund an overhaul of the property’s drainage system that caused the buildings and parking lot to deteriorate.

Heinen hired consultant Kane, McKenna and Associates, who determined that the property met the qualifications necessary for Naperville to establish a business district and levy the additional tax.

Brixmor also retained Kane, McKenna and Associates to do an appraisal of its Route 59 properties.

This weekend’s West Dundee Heritage Fest offers three days of late summer and early fall fun – Chicago Tribune Thu, 15 Sep 2022 19:18:00 +0000

Heritage Fest, the ancestor of the Elgin region’s late summer and early autumn celebrations, takes place this weekend in the inner city area of ​​West Dundee and in Grafelman Park .

Kicking off Friday night, the long-running event will feature plenty of live music, food and family activities. The only thing missing will be the fireworks display, which had to be canceled because the cost was too high, said village manager Joe Cavallaro.

“That would have been more than the entire entertainment budget allocated to the event,” Cavallaro said.

Still, there’s still a cornucopia of things to see and do, including 14 musical acts performing over the weekend in the North First Street parking lot along the Fox River.

The music begins Friday with The Student Body from 6-8:15 p.m., followed by country band Madison County from 9-11 p.m.

Saturday’s seven acts begin with the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band, who take the stage at 10 a.m., and end with party rockers The Sofa Kings playing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the headliner performance Hi Infidelity from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, The Starlites, a jazz combo, gets the ball rolling with a show from 8am to 9am and The Lennys! close the festival with a performance from 3 to 5 p.m.

Other prints include:

  • An arts and crafts fair featuring approximately 100 vendors set up on Lincoln Avenue will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • A cornhole tournament takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Grafelman Park.
  • A car show is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the 100 block of South Second Street.
  • Dundee Township Lions Clubs are hosting a 5k run and 1.6 mile walk starting at 8am on Saturday. It starts in West Dundee city centre, heads south to South End Park and back through East Dundee.
  • A pancake breakfast hosted by the Dundee Township Lions Club will be held downtown, near the Squire Village, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A number of vendors will be selling food and drink, and a business and non-profit expo will take place all weekend.

Cavallaro said Heritage Fest has been a village tradition for about 30 years, drawing thousands to the village.

“We are excited for this year. So far the weather forecast is looking pretty good,” he said.

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Mike Danahey is a freelance writer for The Courier-News.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins Thursday in Waukegan with Fiestas Patrias Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:30:00 +0000

Hispanic Heritage Month begins Thursday in Waukegan with Queen’s Coronation Fiestas Patrias and a Grito de Dolores celebrating when Mexico declared independence from Spain in 1810.

Fiestas Patrias begins Hispanic Heritage Month in Waukegan, which is also observed nationally from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the independence of not only Mexico, but also the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Chile.

Margaret Carrasco, the director of the festival, said that although the call for independence was first made on September 16, 1810 by the Reverend Miguel Hidalgo, a priest from Mexico, the celebration traditionally begins the night before.

After the Queen’s coronation on Thursday, Carrasco said there would be a re-enactment of the Cry for Independence where someone says “Viva Mexico” three times. There will be another re-enactment on Sunday during the annual Fiestas Patrias celebration.

The city’s annual community-wide celebration of Fiestas Patrias takes place on Sunday with a parade, festival and reenactment of the Grito de Dolores in downtown Waukegan, featuring the region’s top Mexican official.

Sandra Mendoza, Mexico’s consul general in Chicago, will shout “Long live Mexico” three times during the re-enactment of the start of the battle for independence from Spain.

Deputy Arturo Hernandez Tapia, a member of Mexico’s federal legislature, will also take part in weekend activities, including Thursday’s Grito de Dolores and other festival events. He’ll say “Viva Mexico” at Thursday’s Grito de Dolores.

Tapia will announce the various parade participants at the main stand near Washington Street and Sheridan Road as the procession moves onto the festival grounds in the parking lot near Washington and Sheridan.

“It’s a celebration of the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries,” Carrasco said. “We have never seen people of this stature come to our parade and festival.”

Waukegan Mayor Ann Taylor said in an email that she was thrilled the parade was once again taking place in the city. The city’s large number of Latinx residents is an important part of the community’s culture.

“We view our diversity as an asset to our community,” she wrote. “Our residents and neighbors from all walks of life have the opportunity to soak up the sounds, culture and tastes of Latin America here in Waukegan.”

The parade begins at noon Sunday at the corner of Washington and Butrick streets and continues east to Sheridan Road. Carrasco said there were 100 attendees Thursday and she expects that number to grow.

State Representative Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, will be the parade grand marshal. There will be around 80 horses with riders entertaining the spectators, as well as a large contingent Waukegan High School Junior ROTC. There will also be Mexican artists.

“There will be dancing and colorful costumes,” Carrasco said. “We really want to involve young people. We need new blood to fully perpetuate these traditions.

After the parade, the festival begins at 1 p.m. in the parking lot near Sheridan and Washington. Carrasco said there will be live music including mariachi bands, singers and more. In addition to Mexican acts, shows from other Latin American countries will be presented.

The Grito de Dolores starts at 3 p.m. on Sundays at the same location. Carrasco said attendees will be dressed in costumes resembling worm clothing in Mexico in the early 1800s.

“It will be a live re-enactment,” Carrasco said. “There will be Spaniards and people dressed as Mexican Indian peasants.”

Although her identity will not be known until Thursday evening, the Queen will also be part of the parade. Elizabeth Marrero, who organizes the Queen’s Pageant, said there were four contestants. It takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at A Crazy Pace in downtown Waukegan.

Marrero said the Queen is someone who will represent young people in the Latinx community, know their heritage and be an ambassador for her people. They should be fairly fluent in Spanish and hang out with people.

“They should be ready to help the Latino community and represent it,” Marrero said.

Bike lanes don’t make cycling safe Mon, 12 Sep 2022 16:26:37 +0000

Everyone favors bike safety, but bike paths are not safe. This was demonstrated once again with the tragic death of US State Department Foreign Service Officer Sarah Langenkamp on August 25.

Langenkamp, ​​who had recently returned from duty in Ukraine, was biking during the day, in a bike path on River Road in Bethesda, Maryland, returning from a meeting at her child’s school, when a Volvo flatbed truck veered right off the road into a parking lot and hit her. His injuries were fatal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 938 cyclists were killed on the roads in 2020, according to the latest available data. That’s a 9% increase from 2019 and the highest number since 1987. Injuries were estimated at 10,171, down 21% from the previous year.

It’s time to rethink the concept of cycle paths as a safe space for cyclists. Why? Because it is impossible to build bike lanes without vehicles entering these lanes to access underground garages, surface parking lots and to make right or left turns at intersections.

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In Langenkamp’s case, the truck driver was turning into a shopping area and did not see her. The bike path at this location, where I have ridden several times, is narrow and unprotected from the car lanes. However, even when bike lanes are protected from car lanes by a line of parked cars or a physical barrier, there is still a need for entrances for cars to get to businesses or make turns.

The problem was originally described by industrial engineer John Forester in his 800-page book Efficient Cycling, which had seven editions (MIT Press, 2012).

Forester estimated that crashes on bike lanes are 2.6 times higher than on roads because bike lanes are more dangerous. It predicted more car-bike collisions, as it is difficult to make intersections between cycle paths and roads as safe as normal roads. Nearly 90% of urban accidents were caused by crossings or bends, either by the cyclist not respecting the rules of the road, or by the motorist turning into a cyclist, as happened in the case of Langencamp.

Writing about California’s plans for bike lanes, Forester said, “Nobody with a background in traffic engineering could believe that [bikeway] designs so contrary to normal knowledge of traffic engineering would produce safe traffic movements… If these designs had been proposed for a certain class of motorized traffic – for example, trucks or motorcycles – the designers would have were considered crazy.

Jan Heine, editor-in-chief of Quarterly Bike, wrote: “Any barrier that visually separates the cyclist from other traffic effectively hides the cyclist. This is counterproductive for security. Moving cyclists off the roadway, onto separate bike lanes, is even more dangerous, as drivers don’t look for (or can’t see) cyclists to the side. He continued: “On streets with frequent intersections, separate paths only make cycling less safe. I wish those who defend them look at the data and stop asking for facilities that will cause more accidents.

Although the U.S. Department of Transportation recommends bike lanes, other studies have reached similar conclusions to Forester and Heine, such as a 2019 analysis of bike lanes and accidents in Colorado. (which includes a review of the literature). The author concluded that separate bike lanes increase the number of accidents by 117% compared to shared carriageway. Separate cycle lanes, which are separated from cars by a median strip, parking lane or row of plantings, increased accidents by 400% more than a cycle lane.

In many urban settings, the safest place for a bicycle is in the middle of a car lane, with bicycle lights and a helmet lamp for the cyclist, who is riding behind vehicles rather than next to them. Naturally, cyclists have no place on urban or interstate highways. Cyclists must ride with the same rules as motor vehicles, stop at STOP signs and traffic lights, and signal when they are turning.

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All states must educate drivers through road tests to treat cyclists with respect, just as they treat other vehicles with respect. For example, as part of the driving and licensing program, states could require a technique used in the Netherlands, called Dutch Reach. Drivers are taught to open car doors with their right hand, to force them to check for approaching cyclists.

Despite their dangers, cycle paths are multiplying. An example: the Washington, DC Department of Transportation is planning several more bike lanes, including one on each side of Connecticut Avenue. This particular bike lane would redirect 7,020 vehicles each day to local streets, according to the DC Department of Transportation.

District residents noted that the plan does not consider how people would cross bike lanes to board buses; where ride-sharing vehicles, taxis and delivery drivers would pick up and drop off people and goods; how people using wheelchairs and walkers would cross cycle paths; and where the trucks would unload. All of these features pose hazards to cyclists as potential obstacles force them to stop suddenly or pull out of the bike path and into traffic.

Cities spend millions of dollars on bike lanes. That money could be better spent on other purposes, such as app-based intelligent transport systems that would connect drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and warn them of potential accidents.

Bike lanes give cyclists and drivers a false sense of security, leading to an increase in accidents. Cyclists should be aware that the term protected cycleway is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. It’s time to change.

This piece originally appeared in Forbes