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National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2022
What is Hispanic Heritage Month celebration?
September 15th begins the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. From September 15 through October 15, 2022, Americans will celebrate the history, contributions and traditions of Hispanics past and present. More than 20 countries are called Hispanic, including Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Peru and Spain.
The observance of Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, it became a month-long event under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan. The 30-day timeframe is significant due to several independence days celebrated in Hispanic countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador and Honduras. 

2022 Theme
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. According to the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers, it “encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.”
Hispanic Population Growth
The 2020 U.S. Census demonstrates our country’s population is more diverse than ever. The number of people who identified as Hispanic increased to nearly 19% in 2020 versus 16.3% in the 2010 census. 
1920 census Hispanic Population Growth
What does Hispanic mean?
While many people use Latino(a) and Hispanic interchangeably these two words mean different things. A Hispanic person is someone who comes from or is a descendant of a Spanish-speaking country. Latino(a) is used when referring to someone who comes from Latin America or is a descendant from any Latin American country. A person can be both Hispanic and Latino(a), but not all Latinos are Hispanic. Brazilians, for example, are Latinos, but their native language is not Spanish. Conversely, not all Hispanics are Latino(a). Spaniards are considered Hispanic, but not Latinos, since they are part of the European Union.
Hispanic countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Latin American countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
New York Upcoming Events
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - Visit Orange County, NY (
Join us on October 16th from 2pm to 6pm @ Safe Harbors Green.
For more information, contact Maritza Calderon-Caballero at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (845) 913-6085.
On September 20th:
On September 22nd:
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - Live at...
Thu, 7 – 10 PM
William J Brennan Courthouse, 583 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Also on the 22nd:
Hispanic Heritage Month Networking BBQ Potluck
Thu, 11 AM – 4 PM
Columbus Monument Picnic Area #6, Freedom Way
Jersey City, NJ
On September 24th:
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Sat, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Essex Market, 88 Essex St
New York, NY
Also on the 24th:
Color, Paint, and Draw!: Hispanic Heritage Month
Sat, 3 – 4 PM
Macomb's Bridge Library, 2633 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
New York, NY
Hispanic Heritage Month Program — Historic...
Sun, 11 AM – 3 PM
Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave
Staten Island, NY
On September 25th: 
365 Black- A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
Sun, 1 – 3 PM
Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W 181st St
New York, NY
Ballet Hispánico Hispanic Heritage Month Dance...
Sep 17 – Oct 14
Ballet Hispánico, 167 W 89th St #1901
New York, NY
  • Ori-Gen: Afro-Latinidad
  • Sat, 1:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, 928 Simpson St.
  • The Bronx, NY
    Hispanic Heritage Month
    Thu, 7 – 8 PM
    Woodbridge Main Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza
    Woodbridge, NJ
    On October 2nd:
    A La Calle Block Party
    Sun, 12 – 4 PM
    Ballet Hispánico, 167 W 89th St #1901
    New York, NY
  • On October 1st:
    Hispanic Heritage Month - Presentación musical de...
    Sat, 7 PM
    100-01 Northern Blvd
    Queens, NY
    On October 8th:
    Hispanic Heritage Month Festival — The Empanada Truck
    Sat, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
    Hawthorne Municipal Complex, 445 Lafayette Ave
    Hawthorne, NJ
  • 1
     Hispanic Poetry in Motion
    Sat, 2 – 4 PM
    Queens Public Library Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Blvd
    Queens, NY

Our very own Woodbury Courthouse was renamed the Judge Edward J. Kellman Court House on July 15th, 2022.  Please see the below press release.  

pdf Joint Press Release Skoufis Woodbury Officials Honor Beloved Town Justice Educator with Courthouse Dedication (200 KB)

                         Courthouse_Skoufis_Judges_and_Board_2_2.jpg   Courthouse Supervisor Speaking 

                 Woodbury Courthouse 2    Courthouse Senator Skoufisr Speaking

                    Courthouse Judge Hasin peaking    Courthouse Judge Schonberg peaking

                   Woodbury Courthouse 2

                                            Courthouse Plaque Dedication

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month brings attention to the widespread issue of mental illness that affects millions of people across America.

Every year, local communities organize events and activities that bring the conversation about mental health into public view.

The origins of Mental Health Awareness Month date back to 1949 when Mental Health America (then known as the National Association for Mental Health) first organized an observance in May as a way to raise awareness and erase the stigma attached to mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed every year since and remains a time where those who suffer from mental illness can be reminded of the support available to them and feel a little less alone in their struggles.

Mental illness is a term used to describe mental health conditions that impact mood, thinking, and behavior. These disorders may interfere with a person’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.

Common mental illnesses include:

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness affecting an estimated 48 million people in the U.S per year (19.1%), followed by mood disorders (9.7%).

Symptoms vary depending on the type of mental illness one is struggling with. However, some common symptoms associated with many types of mental illness include:

  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional numbness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Excessive fear and worry
  • Self-harm
  • etc.

The signs and symptoms of mental illness can often be confused for various other ailments such as stress, fatigue, or even teenage hormones. 

Other conditions may also mask a person’s true struggle with mental health such as an eating disorderaddiction, or even physical pain that does not have a clear source (such as back pain).

Please watch out for the signs, be there for your family and friends.  Provide the necessary support they need and realize this is not a stigma.  

Mental Health Awareness Month - Bing video

Mental Health Awareness Exercises - Bing video

Mental Health Awareness: The Ultimate Guide [2022] - Mental Health Foundation

 Suicide Prevention     

Preventing Suicides in Construction | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (



Woodbury Residents,

I hope  you enjoy our second Woodbury Monthly Newsletter.  

Best regards,

Supervisor Thomas J. Burke

pdf b. February 2022 Woodbury Monthly Newsletter from Mayor Giacomazza and Supervisor Burke (1.80 MB)

“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Please click on the link below to hear Brandon Calore's "Behind the Woodbury Signs" interview with the Woodbury Community Ambulance Team.  

                       Woodbury Community Ambulance - YouTube