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The Story of Dennis Diaz

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The Story of Dennis Diaz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem Foreign Lawyer – Venezuela

Our interviewee today is Dennis Diaz, originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, who came to the United States when he was nine years old. How was that change for you? “The truth is that it was difficult, because my family was separated for a while. My father came first to work at a tobacco company….

The Story of Laura Battisti

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The Story of Laura Battisti

By Daniel Trock

Our interviewee for this issue is Laura Battisti, originally from Milan, Italy, currently a high-school teacher at Newtown High School. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Milan, in the northern part of Italy, though from the age of six to twelve, I lived in Geneva, Switzerland. My father was working there for…

The Story of Jessica Ruiz

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The Story of Jessica Ruiz

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is a 23-year-old girl, and her name is Jessica Ruiz. What’s your story? “My story is very long, with many ups and downs despite my young age, but I’ve discovered over the years that all the things that happen to us in life are to move us in the right direction.” What…

The Story of Vera Bourjeili

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The Story of Vera Bourjeili

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Our interviewee for this issue is Vera Bourjeili, originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Tell me your story as an immigrant. I came from Lebanon about twenty-five years ago. My husband immigrated in 1993 to be with his family in the USA, who had immigrated a few years earlier. We had been engaged for about a year,…

Fourth Annual American Dream Gala Presents $25,000 in Awards

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Fourth Annual American Dream Gala Presents $25,000 in Awards

By Daniel trock

The fourth annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was held on Saturday, September 16, at the Amber Room Colonnade, with nearly 400 guests and award winners in attendance. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and TNADF’s Vice-President, Emanuela Palmares, were the co-masters of…

The Story of Víctor Rodríguez

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The Story of Víctor Rodríguez

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee today is Víctor Rodríguez, who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. Tell me, what was the reason your parents moved from paradise to the Big Apple? “Puerto Rico is a beautiful island that has incredible natural wealth and people with an unbreakable spirit. It is almost impossible to describe their…

4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala Dinner to Honor Members of the Immigrant Community

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4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala Dinner to Honor Members of the Immigrant Community

By Emanuela Palmares

Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation Inc. (TNADF), a 501(c)(3) organization, will host their 4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. In 2014, in celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Tribuna created the American Dream Awards Gala, an annual awards…

The Story of Felipe Peláez

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The Story of Felipe Peláez

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Our interviewee today is Felipe Peláez. He was born and lived in the Republic of Colombia, specifically in the city of Medellín, Department of Antioquia. “Tell me Felipe, how did you decide to come to this country?” “The main reason was my eldest daughter. I was divorced and her mother decided to move from Colombia…

The Story of Claudio Martins

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The Story of Claudio Martins

By Mariana Silva

In this issue, our interviewee for the American Dream profile is the financial advisor, Claudio Martins, who shares with us his personal journey to the United States. In 1980, Martins made a decision that changed his life forever: he left the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and moved to New Jersey. He stayed at his…

The Story of Nadia Gerwell

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The Story of Nadia Gerwell

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today is Nadia Gerwell. She was born in Bronx, New York, surrounded by a colorful multicultural exchange, but then moved to Stamford in 1994. Her parents speak Spanish and that is why she is completely bilingual. I asked her to tell me a little about her parents: “My parents are from Ecuador. They…

The Stories of Evelin Garcia and Madiha Khan

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The Stories of Evelin Garcia and Madiha Khan

By WCSU Staff

Western Connecticut State University seniors Evelin Garcia and Madiha Khan were chosen as winners of this year’s Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award for their determination, demonstrated leadership, academic success and contributions to the community. Twelve Barnard Awards are given annually to distinguished students from Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Connecticut state universities. Khan and Garcia,…

The Story of Walter Suin Chin

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The Story of Walter Suin Chin

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today is Walter Suin Chin who, like many, is an immigrant in Danbury. I asked him the origin of his surname and he explained: “More than a century ago, many Chinese immigrated to Ecuador fleeing hunger and poverty, and searching for a better future. Now a century later, the desire for improvement motivated…

The Story of Wilson Hernandez

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The Story of Wilson Hernandez

By Mariana Silva

In these times of distress and uncertainty about the future, Tribuna Newspaper has decided to dedicate space to share the stories of those who make their lives an act of solidarity and compassion towards their neighbors. In this issue, our American Dream Series interviewee is entrepreneur and Ecuadorian Civic Center of Danbury President, Wilson Hernandez….

The Story of Karen Beckenstein

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The Story of Karen Beckenstein

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today was born in the United States but her roots are Latin. Her father was born in Italy, but moved to Venezuela when he was 15 years old. What motivated your father’s family to move to Venezuela? “At that time, in the 1940s, South American countries like Venezuela opened their doors to these…

The Story of Talline Carvalho

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The Story of Talline Carvalho

By Mariana Silva

For Talline, the United States represents her home and a place where she can be anything she wants to be as long as she is willing to pursue it.    Talline Carvalho, a Brazilian business owner in the insurance industry, is Tribuna’s interviewee for the American Dream profile in this issue. Born in Criciuma, Santa…

The Story of Ileana Camacho Kotulich

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The Story of Ileana Camacho Kotulich

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today was born in Virginia but raised in Connecticut, and her parents are Cubans. She is a person with an extremely contagious enthusiasm for life. I asked how her parents left Cuba and she replied: “They left Cuba on December 31, 1961, with the excuse of traveling for vacation. The entire family was…

The Story of Julián Pacheco

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The Story of Julián Pacheco

By María Danniella Gutiérrez-Salem

Our interviewee today is an educated, enterprising and very honest young man named Julián Pacheco. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, but his parents are originally from Luquillo, Puerto Rico, which is why he considers himself Boricuan. Tell me about your family. With a very soft tone of voice, he replied, “Well, my family is…

The Story of JAZMIN LOPEZ

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The Story of JAZMIN LOPEZ

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

  Our interviewee is a young woman born in the United States, whose parents are Puerto Rican. They came to this country as teenagers, grew up in Bronx, New York, where they met, married and conceived this young woman, whose vivacious eyes seem to speak for her. Jazmín Lopez defines herself as “Newyorkrican,” a term that is, according to her, used by those whose origins are from the “Island of Enchantment” but who live in New…

The Story of JAZMIN LOPEZ

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The Story of JAZMIN LOPEZ

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Our interviewee is a young woman born in the United States, whose parents are Puerto Rican. They came to this country as teenagers, grew up in Bronx, New York, where they met, married and conceived this young woman, whose vivacious eyes seem to speak for her. Jazmín Lopez defines herself as “Newyorkrican,” a term that…

The Story of Jorge Lopez

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The Story of Jorge Lopez

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  Our interviewee was born in the United States, but his parents are originally from the State of Sonora in the Republic of Mexico. Like the State of Sonora, his life has been marked by being at the border of two cultures. His parents came to this country in 1993, hoping to start a family in an atmosphere of prosperity, security and…

The Story of KARINA PARR

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The Story of KARINA PARR

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

The United States is perhaps the country with the largest Hispanic community in the world. Mexicans, due to geographical and economic factors, are the largest Hispanic group. By welcoming its workforce, the doors to their cuisine, music and traditions are also opened. Our interviewee was born in Mexico City, but came to the United States when she was only 18 years old in search of her American dream….

The Story of ABEL TORRES

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The Story of ABEL TORRES

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

What defines our nationality? Is it where we are born or where we grow up? For some, our legal status is the place where we are born but sentimentally, it’s where we grow up. However, our interviewee today is living proof of the convergence of these two definitions. Abel Torres explained: “Even though I was born in the U.S., when I was one month old, my parents moved to the Dominican Republic because that was…

The Story of LEANDRO DIOGO

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The Story of LEANDRO DIOGO

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez

Being an immigrant is difficult for many reasons. The most common reason is the cultural differences between the country where one is born and the country where one chooses to live. So to find a young man who has managed to coexist between two cultures, I can say that young immigrants leave their mark on the development of this beautiful country. Our interviewee was born in Bello Horizonte, Minas Gerais,…

The Story of Magaly Landivar

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The Story of Magaly Landivar

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

The adventure of parenting leads us to make decisions on behalf of our children, sometimes painful, but in the end successful. Our interviewee was born in Ecuador and lived in the city of Cuenca, the capital of Azuay province. This is such a beautiful city that in 1999 it was named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. However, like most Latin American countries, this country is not…

The Story of JOVANNA GARCIA

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The Story of JOVANNA GARCIA

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Children are an extension of our own life and we always want their lives to be better than ours. Our interviewee is 22 years old, born in Mexico. Jovanna arrived in Danbury, thanks to her parents, when she was only 8 years old. She is deeply proud of her family, her achievements and her Hispanic…

The Story of Monica Mollengarden

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The Story of Monica Mollengarden

By Maria Danniella Gutiérrez- Salem

Is it our origin that defines our dreams? We assume that everyone is different and unique. However, after hearing about a person’s dream, we find a similitude in what we have lived and the importance of everything that we have done to achieve our dream. Our interviewee, Monica Mollengarden, is originally from a village called…