The Borinqueneers finally get their day, Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month Block Party, & Much More

Everything you need to know happening in and around the capital city

Governor Phil Murphy Marks April 13 As “Borinqueneer’s Day”

A joint resolution was signed by Governor Phil Murphy which appointed April 13 to be coined Borinqueneer’s Day in New Jersey on September 15.

As a way to kick off Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, this joint resolution was able to recognize the members of the Borinqueneers. These members were Puerto Rican soldiers who made up the 65th Infantry Regiment during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

The name Borinqueneers derives from the Indigenous Taíno name for their land. “Borinquen” or “boriken” means “land of the great lords.” Throughout history, many of the members had been chastised and suffered various forms of social injustice, racism, and discrimination. In 1952, there were 91 members jailed and court martialed under the watch of General Douglas MacArthur. Although they were eventually pardoned due to public outcry, many had died without being able to see the day of receiving justice and the dirt cleared from their name.

“After years of unfair treatment, while they were serving in the armed forces, it is wonderful to see the Borinqueneers finally receive the recognition they deserve for their sacrifices and dedication to our country,” said Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, according to InsiderNJ.com.

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County to Hold Hispanic Heritage Month Block Party

In honor of Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month, the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County will be hosting a block party celebration at the Boys & Girls Club Center on September 24.

This family friendly event will allow all to come together to celebrate the culture and history made by Hispanics and Latinos all over the world and the United States.

The festivities will begin from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is free entry for this event and will take place rain or shine. There will also be free parking at the Cure Arena located at 81 Hamilton Ave and shuttle buses to the event will also be available, if needed. There will be food and drinks for purchase, live music, a DJ, lots of dancing, a bouncy house, community resources, and more! If you have any questions, please contact the event coordinator, Johanny Rodriguez at (609) 392-3191.

The New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence Exhibition Returns to the New Jersey State Museum

The New Jersey State Museum will be holding a seven gallery talk with their respective artists at the 2022 New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence exhibition on September 21.

During the first part of the series, artists Donté Hayes and Donna Conklin King will talk about their pieces and how they came to be during an hour-long showcase. Hayes’ exhibit features a look into the culture of various African heirlooms while King’s exhibit ventures into the relationship that makes up nature and architecture.

These free artistic discussions will begin at 12:15 PM and will be held at the New Jersey State Museum located at 205 West State Street.

Grounds for Sculpture Founding Member and Designer, Passes Away

Brian Carey, an architect, landscape designer, sculptor, and member of the Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) Founding Team passed away on September 6 at the age of 83.

Carey's keen ability to find creative ways to adaptively reuse everything-from broken bricks from the old fairgrounds to specimens discarded from plant nurseries-and turn that material into something magical, can be seen throughout the grounds, from the design of the Sculpture Court to the Maple Alleé. Alongside Bruce Daniels and the late Brooke Barrie, he worked to make Seward Johnson’s extraordinary ideas and dreams tangible when Grounds for Sculpture first opened its doors thirty years ago, in 1992.

GFS Executive Director, Gary Garrido Schneider, said: “This is a monumental loss to Grounds For Sculpture, which is a tremendous legacy to his immense talent and personal dedication. It cannot be overstated how central Brian’s design aesthetic and horticultural passion are to the park we know and love today. The initial plan of the park and the adaptive reuse of the former fairground buildings as light-filled galleries sheathed in glass, as well as the realization of the Welcome Center in The Seward Johnson Center for the Arts building, Rat’s Restaurant, and the gazebo are all projects he designed. His love of horticulture, nature, and garden design are experienced viscerally at GFS as our visitors follow the meandering paths through the park. Brian will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with longtime partner, Valerie Tomaselli, his family, and many friends.” Rest in peace.

Weather Forecast for This Week

As the summer finally comes to a close, the weather is certainly reflecting that this week. Enjoy the warmth and the sun as much as possible because the day of the fall equinox shows the final day of being in the 80’s. This week shows mostly sunny conditions with partly cloudy days throughout the area and a high of 87℉. For this week’s weather forecast, click here.

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