Five local leaders honored for community achievement

Union County’s first Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St. in Rahway. The event is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is requested. To register, use the online form at

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The event will include live performances, an awards ceremony, food tastings and more. Parking is available at the Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage location at 360 Hamilton St.

“It is an honor, as chairman, to host the County’s first Hispanic Heritage event. Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate the diversity and cultural ties that build a strong, inclusive community,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, who is of Salvadoran-American descent. “Hispanics continue to make major contributions in all aspects of American life."

Attendees are invited to explore Hispanic culture through music and dance performances, art and entertainment. The day’s activities will be capped off with a performance by the Mike Ramirez Salsa Band.

Five local leaders will be honored with awards for their community achievements. The awardees are:

  • Edwin Gomez - Elizabeth: Business Award
  • Maritza Martinez - Plainfield: Community Engagement Award
  • Louis DeMondo - Kenilworth: Public Safety Award
  • Jeremy Mojica - Rahway: Community Leadership Award
  • Frank Cuesta - Elizabeth: Education Award

The Hispanic Heritage Month event is coordinated through the Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity. The office is part of Freeholder Chairman Granados’s 2018 “Moving Union County Forward” initiatives for supporting inclusion, individual empowerment and community engagement in Union County.

For more information, contact Union County's Office of Community Engagement and Diversity coordinator, Nathalie Hernandez, at or 908-527-4880.

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