NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) invited residents to a luncheon and musical performance at its Lawler Towers today.
A similar event was held last year, which was attended by approximately 100 residents, as was this year’s. Food was purchased through funds raised by NBHA from local eateries, Rumba Cubana and Noches de Columbia, as well as a cake for dessert. On the menu was carne ripiada and arroz con moros. Flamenco Flavor, led by guitarist, and North Bergen native David Castellano, provided entertainment with traditional flamenco music and dancing, which many in the crowd clapped along to captured on cell phone cameras.
“We have events like this around the holidays and on the anniversary of the building in spring each year,” said NBHA Executive Director Gerald Sanzari. “It’s a great day that people really get to enjoy some Hispanic culture and some great food. We’re always pleased to see the turnout as large as it is.”
Also attending were North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, Finance and Revenue Commissioner Julio Marenco and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri. At the conclusion of the event, five raffle winners were presented with $20 gift certificates to Target.
“This country was built on wave after wave of immigration and when I see all the people here, I am reminded of what makes our country great,” said North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco.
NBHA provides comfortable and affordable housing in a safe, stable and secure living environment for low-income, senior or disabled residents. The NBHA aligns its philosophy with that of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all and to build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.