WEST ORANGE, NJ - When members of the West Orange Hispanic Foundation (WOHF) recently met for their monthly meeting at Holy Trinity Church, WOHF President Rodolfo Rodriguez and event coordinator Amalia Parada invited West Orange Chamber of Commerce member Cris Chapiliquen of Primerica Financial Services to give a presentation in Spanish about personal finances and "how money works."

"We are always grateful for the community’s involvement in volunteering services to inform our members," said Morales-Parada. "We hope to continue to serve as much as we can."   

Mayor Robert Parisi and Councilwoman Susan McCartney were also on hand to talk about progress with Rock Spring Golf course, to announce several upcoming community events and to answer general questions about the town. Officer Herbert Granado of the West Orange Police Department also addressed the audience about driving safety and distracted driving on I-280. 

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"The Hispanic Foundation is doing great work in this community," said Parisi. "Their meetings are informative and provide important support for the members. I always enjoy being there not only to learn more about their concerns or questions, but to learn what ways the township can continue to be helpful."  

"Leave it to Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez to consistently keep the the West Orange Hispanic community updated and informed with monthly guest speakers and educational outreach programs such as this one with Chris Chapiliquen from Primerica," said McCartney. 

The Hispanic Foundation typically meets on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church on Main Street.

Upcoming events include the June 7 monthly meeting, featuring a presentation about Saint Barnabas Medical Center as an “institute for prevention and recovery,” and Latin Night at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) on June 8.

Latin Night, to be held at 4 Boland Drive from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is free and open to public. Activities will include music from a live Merengue/Bachata band, Latin cuisine, giveaways for kids and a beer/wine garden for adults.

For more information about upcoming meetings and events contact WOHispanicFoundation@gmail.com.

For more information about May’s financial presentation, contact Chapiliquen at 973-449-3730.