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How to add a twist to your new year’s celebration

By Tere Siqueira Fireworks displays and countdowns are the traditional ways of ringing in a new year. But what if you’re tired of seeing in a new year the same old ways?Well, fortunately, there are plenty of ways to celebrate a new year where you can add touches of individuality and give your celebrations personal […]

Use creative strategies to keep new year’s resolutions

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Making a new year’s resolution is easy.Keeping one? Not so much.Relying on conventional wisdom, experts recommend you improve your odds of keeping your resolutions by setting realistic goals and sharing your resolutions with loved ones to ensure you remain accountable. However, going beyond those conventional tips can offer fresh, innovative ways […]

The Hispanic Development Fund opens applications for scholarship program

By Roberta PardoThe Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) has opened the application period for its scholarship program.Known as the HDF Scholarship Program, it aims to help Hispanic students achieve their dreams of getting a higher education.“From the beginning, the Hispanic Development Fund has focused on a critical need that emanated directly from the community: developing a […]

How to celebrate Christmas with your family

Commentary by CharaChristmas is nearly here.Here are a few ideas to help you have a great time with your family and friends when you observe the Dec. 25 holiday:*Have a Christmas movie marathon: Enjoy some blankets, tamales, atole and/or hot cocoa as you binge-watch some Christmas movies. Choose some classic films or let each family […]

How to avoid holiday scams

Commentary by Tere Siqueira The holiday season is a time of joy.Unfortunately, this festive time also is ripe for scammers looking to take advantage of the spirit of the season.The following tips will help you enjoy your holidays with peace of mind, knowing you’re taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.*Be careful […]

How to host Las Posadas

Commentary by Chara Las Posadas are an important part of Mexican culture.Thus, if you want to host a celebration of Las Posadas to commemorate the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph before Jesus Christ’s birth, it’s important that you have the following: *Good planning and organization: It’s vital to plan weeks or months in advance.*Decorations: To […]

A quick look: The evolution of U.S. Hispanic art

By Tere Siqueira Often, Hispanic art in the United States intertwines a deep history of cultural influences with diverse forms of artistic expression.Here are a few facts you might not know about the evolution of Hispanic art in the United States:*Roots: Pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art forms are strong influences on Hispanic art in the […]

Be prepared if there’s a public shooting

Commentary by Tere Siqueira With public shootings having become an unfortunate reality, it’s essential to be prepared.To survive an active shooter incident, like the mass shootings that took place in October in Lewiston, Maine, reacting appropriately is crucial. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency offer some valuable […]

How to be a positive community leader

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Being a community leader is more than holding a position of authority.Effective community leadership requires skills and personality traits that foster trust, collaboration and positive change. Some important qualities that anyone aspiring to be a successful community leader should possess include the following: *Sense of understanding: Being empathetic to diverse perspectives […]

Creating art is beneficial to your health

Commentary by Chara The arts are forms of human expression.They’re also tools for humans to use to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.Some health benefits of creating art include the following: *Stress reduction: The act of creating art allows individuals to enter a state of flow – a mental state where one is fully immersed […]