Metro Area

Independent candidate Néstor Montilla is running for Congress. (Photo via El Diario)

Dominicans Seek More Representation in NJ

Dominican, Metro Area, Politics October 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Two Dominican candidates hope to gain more visibility for their community in New Jersey, El Diario reports.

On Oct. 22, Gloria Oh, a councilwoman in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, held a press conference charging that she was the victim of a "racist political attack." (Photo via Korea Daily)

NJ Politician Charges Critics With Anti-Korean Racism

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics October 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Gloria Oh says flyers have singled her out for criticism in connection with the proposed LG construction because she is Korean American, reports Korea Daily.

Elizabeth, New Jersey (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Colombians Plant a Flag In Elizabeth, NJ

Metro Area, South American October 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

There may not be another place in the Garden State with a larger concentration of Colombians than Elizabeth, New Jersey, El Diario reports.

Professor Leandro Benmergui announcing the Casa Purchase initiative. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

‘Casa Purchase’ Comes to Westchester

Education, Latino, Metro Area September 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Casa Purchase looks to strengthen relations between the school and the Latino community in Westchester County, reports Westchester Hispano.

John Czop presents the last printed edition of the Post Eagle. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Weekly ‘Post Eagle’ Suspends Print Edition

Eastern European, Media, Metro Area September 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

After being in circulation for half a century, the Post Eagle, the English-language Polish-American newspaper, will continue online only, reports Nowy Dziennik.

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Opinion: Better Policing Won’t Fix ‘Broken Windows’

African American, Crime, Metro Area, Opinion, Staten Island September 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Better police training won’t fix the broken windows policy, which is deeply flawed, argues sociologist Mike Rowan in an opinion piece in City Limits.

Rosa Lopez (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Making Indigenous-themed Art in NJ

Culture, Metro Area, Mexican September 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Using natural materials, Mexico native Rosa López handcrafts art pieces inspired by indigenous peoples, reports Diario de Mexico.

Rondout Bridge in Kingston, New York (Photo by bsheets, Creative Commons license)

Migrating from Central America to the Hudson Valley

Immigration, In the News, Metro Area, Youth September 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

La Voz describes two brothers among several people migrating from Central America to the Hudson Valley, and the challenges such migrants face.

Women cook for langar meal at Sikh gurudwara. (Photo by Ramaa Raghavan via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Religious Tradition With an Indian Taste

Food, Metro Area, Religion, South Asian September 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Sikhism’s tradition of offering free food to the gurudwaras’ visitors is keeping temple kitchens very busy, reports Feet in 2 Worlds.

Logo of One Newark school reform plan (Image via Colorlines)

Parents Call for Boycott of Newark Schools

Black, Education, Metro Area August 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm

A parent’s group, NPS Boycott 4 Freedom, is advocating a September 4 boycott to protest a restructuring plan for a number of the Newark schools, Colorlines reports.

(Photo via World Journal)

Atlantic City Decline: Chinese Reaction

Business, East Asian, In the News, Metro Area August 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

World Journal covers the impact of the decline of Atlantic City on Chinatown bus operators and Chinese casino workers.

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Dad Creates Cartoon to Keep Kids in Touch with Roots

Culture, Metro Area, Southeast Asian August 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

One ambitious Jersey dad is making a Filipino-themed cartoon, called “Phil the Fil-Am,” to keep his kids in tune with their heritage, reports The FilAm.

(Image via Diario de Mexico)

Oaxacan Culture in Westchester

Culture, Metro Area, Mexican August 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Paintings, photography, poetry and other examples of Oaxacan culture will be presented August 2 in New Rochelle, NY, Diario de Mexico reports.

Caribbean Carnival Takes Over Jersey Streets

Caribbean Carnival Takes Over Jersey Streets

Caribbean, Culture, In the News, Metro Area July 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Jersey City locals waved flags and danced to music at the annual West Indian/Caribbean carnival and parade.

(Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Fighting ‘Secure Communities’ Deportations 

Immigration, Metro Area July 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is urging that counties oppose deportations carried out under the “Secure Communities” program, reports Diario de Mexico.