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Posted on: November 3, 2023

City Celebrates Hispanic and Italian Heritages

In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15 and Italian Heritage Month October 1-31, two events hosted at City Hall paid homage to the legacy and achievements of these vibrant communities.  

 Hispanic Heritage Month (October 2), filled with the vibrant spirit of Hispanic culture, featured an assortment of delicious cuisines from a variety of local Latino restaurants, including Ava Ava Restaurant, La Esquina Salvadorena, Sabrosura Peruana, Arepamania, Taqueria del Valle, Mercado Hernandez, and pastry from El Trigal Bakery, along with music from Marilyn Castillo and “DJ Fuego” David Fajardo. The highlight of the evening was a screening of the documentary “The Latino List”, a collection of deeply personal video portraits of renowned Latino artists and leaders that offered a glimpse into the rich and thriving culture of Latino America. Following the screening, the City’s Hispanic Advisory Committee took a moment to recognize and applaud the professional accomplishments of numerous distinguished guests in attendance. 

 Italian Heritage Month (October 30) was an evening celebrating the vast contributions of the Italian American community in New Rochelle, beginning with personal remarks by NRHS student Lucca Lazzarinni, President of the Italian Heritage Club.  The event continued with a spotlight on Joe Fosina, a beloved patriarch and civil servant who has devoted decades of his life to City service, including over 20 years as the Chair of the Civil Service Commission, multiple terms as a City Council Member, and longtime director of New Rochelle Youth Tackle League. Joe’s unwavering commitment was praised by a number of distinguished speakers: radio personality Dennis Nardone, Westchester County Clerk and former Mayor Tim Idoni,  Earl Bradshaw of the Youth Tackle family and Joe’s son, Michael. Joe was joined by his wife Mickie and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Cuisine from local restaurants Maria, Modern and Spadaro rounded out the evening,  along with music from Angelo Vennuto. 

 “These events testify to the diversity, vitality and success of two essential heritage communities in New Rochelle,” said City Manager Kathleen Gill.  “Each exemplifies the strength that comes from unity, celebrates remarkable accomplishments, and underscores the invaluable contributions that have elevated our City while strengthening bonds that unite us all.” 

 “New Rochelle is a place where diversity thrives, and these events were wonderful opportunities to come together and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that enrich our community every day,” said Council Member Martha Lopez. “These events promoted Hispanic and Italian heritage while showcasing our local businesses and delicious cuisines, and recognized the significant accomplishments of our honored leaders.”

Hispanic Heritage Month Photo Album

Italian Heritage Month Photo Album

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