Metro Area

A palace located in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Gustavo M, Creative Commons license)

Group Trips to Korea Imperiled by MERS

East Asian, Health, Metro Area June 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

As cases of MERS continue to be reported in Korea, groups from New York that had been planning home visits during the next couple of weeks are cancelling, while those with trips scheduled for August are still on schedule for now, The Korea Times reports.

"Intricate masterpieces" by Renee Salud (Photo via The FilAm)

Runway Show to Spotlight Philippine Indigenous Fabrics

Culture, Metro Area, Southeast Asian June 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Tataksaludnyc 2015, Filipino designer Renee Salud’s upcoming show in New Jersey, will present collections that feature indigenous fabrics from the Philippines, and “culturally hip” Filipiniana terno gowns, reports The FilAm.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Will Korean Seniors in NJ Get Their Garden Back?

East Asian, Environment, Metro Area, Seniors June 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Bergen County officials have barred entry to a community garden cultivated by Korean seniors for 17 years, on the grounds that it was run without permission, reports The Korea Times. The seniors, however, say the move doesn’t make any sense.

(Photo by David Camerer, Creative Commons license)

Fear of MERS Grows in Korean Community

East Asian, Health, Metro Area June 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Local Koreans who recently visited Korea report fearful reactions from co-workers and others, reports The Korea Times.

The Polish flag is being hoisted up the mast. The Polish ethnic group was most numerously represented at the park dedication ceremony. (Photo by Janusz M. Szlechta via Nowy Dziennik)

NJ Town’s Diversity Reflected in International Park

Culture, Metro Area June 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

International Park in Perth Amboy recognizes the diverse ethnic groups of the New Jersey town, including the Polish community, which had the largest turnout at the recent dedication ceremony, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Mayor Ras Baraka lent his image for the Newark municipal ID model. (Photo via El Diario)

Newark to Launch Municipal ID in July

Government, Metro Area May 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

New Jersey’s largest city will issue municipal IDs to its residents, regardless of their immigration status, El Diario reports.

Elderly parishioners at the St. Joseph of the Palisades in West New York were offered fake tickets to see Pope Francis when he visits in the fall. (Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM, Creative Commons license)

Papal Tickets Scam Targets Hispanics

Metro Area, Religion, Seniors May 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Senior Hispanic parishioners have been offered fraudulent tickets to see Pope Francis on his next visit to New York, El Diario reports.

Sampling beef lengua, laing at bacalao and the crisp fish skin chips, and other foods from restaurants participating in Filipino Restaurant Week. (Photo by Vivian Talambiras Cruz via The FilAm)

Two Weeks of Filipino Cuisine

Food, Metro Area, Southeast Asian May 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Filipino Restaurant Week runs for the first time in the metro area from May 11 to 23. The FilAm attended the launch event.

"Adam Centaur" (1976-82), found at Shelter Island Sculpture Park (Photo via Ernst Neizvestny Studio)

A Legendary Russian-American Artist Turns 90

Culture, Eastern European, Metro Area May 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Russian-American sculptor, painter, writer, and philosopher Ernst Neizvestny recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife, sister and a rotating array of friends and luminaries, Russkaya Reklama reports.

Korean food being offered at Palisades Park Jr/Sr High School in New Jersey in 2012. A new program will offer Korean lunch choices once a week to elementary students in Palisades Park. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Korean School Lunches Coming to One NJ Town

East Asian, Education, Food, Metro Area April 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm

An organization that promotes Korean healthy food choices has reached an agreement to offer Korean lunch selections once a week at a New Jersey elementary school, The Korea Times reports.

Varli Food Festival in Woodbridge, New Jersey (Photo via News India Times)

Indian Food Festival for Kids Promotes Healthy Eating

Food, Metro Area, Youth April 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Hundreds came out for the Varli Food Festival for Kids in Woodbridge, New Jersey, an event to teach children about healthy eating and regional cuisines from India, reports News India Times.

The proposal for a municipal ID states that every agency must accept the card as valid identification. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Plan for Newark Municipal ID Moves Forward

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area April 20, 2015 at 5:02 pm

The mayor of Newark has proposed a bill that could make the city the first in New Jersey to issue a municipal ID, El Diario reports.

(Photo by Jackie Snow via Juvenile Justice Information Exchange)

NJ Teen Reviews Juvenile Offender Cases

Criminal Justice, Metro Area, Youth April 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

A New Jersey teen is serving on a Juvenile Conference Committee that reviews cases against first- and second-time offenders charged with minor crimes. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports on his experiences.

(Photo via El Diario)

Racist Groups Harass Day Laborers in Ne­w Jersey

Immigration, Metro Area April 6, 2015 at 7:05 pm

From the Minuteman-inspired United Patriots of America to the Ku Klux Klan, hate groups abound in the Garden State, El Diario reports.

Celebrating Albanian heritage in Waterbury. (Photo via Illyria)

Albanian Center Gets a Boost from ‘Wunderkind’

Eastern European, Education, Metro Area April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Philanthropist Richard Lukaj has given the Albanian Community Center in Waterbury, Connecticut, a new computer lab, reports Illyria. The donation will allow the center to offer language and skills classes to improve the lives of community members.