Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

The 31st annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month opens Sunday. The celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with roots in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain begins on Sep. 15. It’s the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. […]

“Eli” Lugo, local singer seeks success

Commentary by Chara “Eli” Lugo to perform at Fiesta Hispana When Elizabeth “Eli” Lugo started singing at age 6, her mother, Vickie Lugo, thought it was a game. It was not. Over time, Vickie Lugo realized singing was something her child wanted to do and began supporting her daughter’s interest in performing. That support has […]

Unity Fest 2019 attracts a big crowd

Story by Roberta Pardo and photos by Clara Reyes and Carlos Dominguez Our Lady of Unity Parish hosted its annual Unity Fest event on Sept. 7. The event attracted dozens of families to enjoy a day full of activities and performances. There were traditional dances from ballets from Peru, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Mexican […]

Conexiones magazine founder dies at 52

By Roberta Pardo Juan Enrique Cruz, founder of Conexiones magazine in Kansas City, died Sept. 2 after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Cruz, 52, was born on Oct. 10, 1966, in Huayllay, Cerro de Pasco, Peru. He moved to the Kansas City area with his family in 2000, seeking new opportunities. Cruz became a well-known […]

E-cigarettes use causes deaths

By Chara First e-cigarettes related death reported in Kansas A 50-year-old woman has died from lung disease related to vaping, becoming the first casualty of this type in Kansas, the state’s health officials said Sept. 10. According to the statement, the woman became seriously ill shortly after she started using e-cigarettes and her symptoms progressed […]