“The Juan Pablo Duarte Association of Jersey City” Celebrates the 179th Anniversary of Dominican Independence.


Jersey City, NJ: The Dominican organization, “The Jersey City Juan Pablo Duarte Association” (Jersey City Juan Pablo Duarte Association), celebrated in style on Monday, February 27, the 179th anniversary of Dominican Independence at City Hall with the presence of the Honorable Mayor, Steven M. Fulop, and other elected authorities of the Municipal Council.


The Dominican diaspora in New Jersey was filled with gala and glamour, presenting an excellently organized solemn act that also included the participation of the Dominican consul in the state of New Jersey, Ing. Ángel Pichardo Acosta was accompanied by the also consular officer, Carmen Conel.


Along with the authorities above, Dominicans Robert Paulino from The Factory Lounge; Puchu Grocery and Deli; La Parada Restaurant; pink bakery; Cibao Invites; Delsy Alejo; The seasoning of the Americas.

The Executive Board of the Dominican organization “The Jersey City Juan Pablo Duarte Association” is made up of Gregory Malave (Deceased), founder; Alma Santana, president; Glenis Polanco, first vice president; Lilliam Soriano Banner, Vice President; Luz Mayi, treasurer; Jaime Santana, Executive Vice President; Felicia Montas, voice; Miguel Beato Guzman; vocal; Gretel Sosa, singer and Naicy Beltré, voice.

The Dominican people dressed up for the presentation of this great event at its most critical and solemn moment when the tricolor flag was raised on the esplanade of the Jersey City City Hall in the presence of different authorities who listened in silence to the notes of the national anthems from the United States and the Dominican Republic. In contrast, the Quisqueya flag reached the top of the pole and began to wave upright and indomitable as the visualization of our fathers of the country.

Dominican-American Reflection:

Bruce Banner, pastor of Mount Holly, Burlington, Willingboro, Seven Day Adventist Church, New Jersey.
Pastor Carlos Pérez, Senior Pastor of Newark Community Church and Principal of Windsor School in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.

• The honors delivery was in charge of the city’s mayor, Steven Fulop.
• Reverend Derrick L. Green, International Political Activist.
• Pastor Carlos Pérez, Newark Community Church (NCC).

The closing blessing of the event was in charge of Pastor Pedro de la Rosa. Instead, the farewell was illuminated by Eddy Ozuna.
After raising the Dominican flag, all those present were invited to the third floor, where the other activities to celebrate Dominican Independence took place.

• The master of ceremony was in charge of Eddy Ozuna.
• Presentation of the Flag, Dickinson High School.
• Sonyeila Carpio from James J. Ferry High School sang the National Anthem.
• The welcome message and the interpretation of the Dominican National Anthem were given by Alma Santana, president of the Juan Pablo Duarte Association of Jersey City.
• Pastor Pedro de la Rosa of the Bayonne Seventh-day Adventist Church, New Jersey, made the invocation.
• The presentation of the Platform was in charge of Eddy Ozuna.

Jersey City School District Procedures

a) Dance: Frank R. Conwell PS#3.
b) Game: Frank R. Conwell MS#4 School.
c) Dance: Julia A. Barnes School PS#12.
d) Dance: Frank R. Conwell School PS#3.
e) Greeting and Poem: Rafael Cordero & Molina School PS#37.
f) Dance: Ferry High School.

The Juan Pablo Duarte Association of Jersey City was established in 1998 to address important social, cultural, and community issues facing the Dominican and Hispanic communities in Hudson County. New Jersey. For twenty years, the Association’s primary focus has been to promote and inspire Dominican and Hispanic elementary, middle, and high school students about the importance of identifying with their cultures. Encourages participation in ethnically cultural activities and programs. They believe that community associations have a role in mobilizing citizens and local resources to contribute to the community. As a non-profit organization, its goal is to increase the quality of life for the Dominican and Hispanic communities and share a sense of citizenship and inclusion.

“Living without a country is the same as living without honor.”
Juan Pablo Duarte, Father of the Homeland.



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