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Posted on: September 27, 2017

Passaic County Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored 3 people at their September 26th meeting. Below are the proclamations. 

PROCLAMATION

            WHEREAS our Nation is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Hispanics over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Felicia Candelario Ortiz; and

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the oldest of three sisters and raised by a single mother; and

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz was involved in different organizations during her school years and because of her academic and athletic abilities she received a scholarship from the prestigious Interamerican University of Puerto Rico where she earned a degree in Economics and Business Administration and also an Associate Degree in Education; and

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz was a member of the Dominican Republic National Olympic Team for 14 years, where she developed abilities in different facets such 100mts flat, 100mts Hurdles, 200mts, 400mts flat, 400mts Hurdles, Heptathlon, 4X100mts, 4X400 open, and was a record holder for more than twenty years, she represented the Dominican Republic in the Central American Caribbean Games, Pan-American Games, World Championship, Olympic Games and various Invitational competitions around the world obtaining many medals and Awards, and she was named an “Immortal of Sport” in the Hall of Fame of the National Sport in the Dominican Republic; and

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz moved to Paterson in 1987 with her family, and presently resides in Prospect Park, she was employed as a Sales Manager in the retail business for 17 years, she has served in support services for mental health, and is a successful Real Estate Agent; and 

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz has been a member and leader of numerous organizations, where she assists victims of domestic violence; and

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz is a hardworking and inspiring individual and much of her time and energy is devoted to improving the effectiveness of the community and the quality of life, she served as a Councilwoman in Prospect Park for the past nine years, she is the recipient of the “Annual Woman’s History Month Award” from the New Jersey Senate, the “Woman of Excellence” by the New Jersey Assembly, and “Example Mother” by the Dominican Parade of the State of New Jersey; and

            WHEREAS Felicia Candelario Ortiz has four children and two grandchildren;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic proudly applauds and acknowledges the numerous achievements and significant contributions that Felicia Candelario Ortiz has made and continues to make benefiting and demonstrating her proud Hispanic Heritage; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Felicia Candelario Ortiz for continued success.

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PROCLAMATION

            WHEREAS our Nation is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Hispanics over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Esther Perez; and

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez was born and raised in the City Paterson, she attended Paterson Public Schools, and is a proud graduate of Eastside High School, she attended Montclair State University and the American Inter Continental University where she earned her BA; and

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez has been working for the Paterson Public Schools for the past 27 years; and

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez has been involved in the Paterson Puerto Rican Day Parade where she has held various titles from Public Relations to Secretary, she is a member of various organizations, and she served as a former Legislative Aide to Senator Girgenti; and

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez is a proud homeowner and the first Hispanic woman elected to the Borough of Prospect Park Council where she served for 12 years and recently returned to the Council in September 2016 and was re-elected in November 2016, where she has chaired many committees as well as being Council President five time during her tenure; and

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez serves as Chair to the Hispanic Heritage Committee, a committee that was necessary due to the growing Hispanic population and will be celebrating its 2nd Annual Celebration; and

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez is a hardworking and inspiring individual and much of her time and energy is devoted to improving the effectiveness of the community and the quality of life; and     

           

            WHEREAS Esther Perez has two children;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic proudly applauds and acknowledges the numerous achievements and significant contributions that Esther Perez has made and continues to make benefiting and demonstrating her proud Hispanic Heritage; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Esther Perez for continued success. 

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PROCLAMATION

            WHEREAS our Nation is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional Hispanics over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Elsa Mantilla; and

WHEREAS Elsa Mantilla arrived in the United States of America on June 12, 1972 from the Province of Higuey La Altagracia, Dominican Republic and acquired her American Citizenship on November 5, 1982; and

WHEREAS Elsa Mantilla enrolled in Passaic County Community College in Paterson where she took classes to reinforce her knowledge of the English language and later enrolled in Bergen Community College in Paramus where she studied business administration; and  

WHEREAS Elsa Mantilla founded her own company and bridal boutique “Rossy Elsie” in Paterson and formed the organization and presides as the President of the Dominican Parade and Festival of the State of New Jersey, Inc. in 1989 and Latino Women in Action of New Jersey, Inc. in 2002, which gave her the opportunity to award over $40,000.00 in scholarships for aspiring higher education students; and

WHEREAS Elsa Mantilla has been recognized for her community service many times, she was named “Patersonian of the Year” in 2008 and she served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Paterson in 2009, she has organized Free American Citizenship Drives, Voter Registration Drives and has collected toys and food for needy children and their parents, she formed a committee to aid victims of Hurricane George in Jaiman, Dominican Republic where she collected funds to build a school in that city, and she has supported many local political campaigns in Passaic County; and

WHEREAS Elsa Mantilla is a hardworking and inspiring individual and much of her time and energy is devoted to improving the effectiveness of the community and the quality of life; and

WHEREAS Elsa Mantilla is the wife of Francisco Mantilla, they have three children and eight grandchildren;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic proudly applauds and acknowledges the numerous achievements and significant contributions that Elsa Mantilla has made and continues to make benefiting and demonstrating her proud Hispanic Heritage; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Elsa Mantilla for continued success. 




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