Puerto Rican Festival

7/10/2009:

Heard over the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel – that there’s a small festival on Jefferson Street between First and Second starting today, and lasting through the weekend. (I believe they said it was some kind of “Puerto Rican” festival). Public Safety Director Bill Bergin made a cameo appearance over the air confirming that they had permits and the street is closed.

So don’t drive down Jefferson St. this weekend if you don’t like being frustrated.

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65 Comments on "Puerto Rican Festival"

mooshu
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mooshu

I’m thinkin’ we work on the parents before the kids. Parents are the first teachers, and if they’re morons, well,…

AndyG
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AndyG

Great point. Too many parents these days are just plain stupid..sorry but it’s true. Can’t expect the kids to carry themselves any better if the parents are idiots.

In response to mooshu who said:
I’m thinkin’ we work on the parents before the kids. Parents are the first teachers, and if they’re morons, well,…

sweetgirl
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sweetgirl

All this back and forth won’t change the way I feel or change the way you do. But it’s good to read every comment to see how people feel. I do understand what you mean though. If the loud music was annoying someone should have done something, either called the cops or walked over to ask they bring the music down a notch. Aside from this, I am teaching my students to respect and be respected. Believe me. I’ve had kids who start out the year on the wrong foot and think no one can tell them what to do. Towards the middle they have almost done a 180 degree turn. The parents ask, how did you do it? I make sure all the children in my classroom feel important and learn to get along. There’s no selfishness or lack of anything. We become a family.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Can’t say that I agree with the “tossed salad” POV. I think that’s a recipe for a low-trust, siloed, and quarrelsome society.

Picture little pockets of people who can’t stop thinking, acting, and voting all along ethnic lines (“us [fill in the blank] gotta stick togetha”). Cooperation with people of other groups gets stifled as suspicion rises. “Us vs them.” Dysfunction rules the day.

Actually, that sounds familiar.

Teddy Roosevelt said it best…

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

mooshu
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mooshu

I’m all for street festivals if we tone down the obnoxious behavior and music. I enjoy the food.

How about food-related, cultural festivals? Screw these puking competitions.

homeworld
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Did she just say she prefers to toss the salad?

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