The honorees are, from left to right, Rolando Torres, Lucy Guzman, Ana Berdecia, Lydia Williams, and Carlos Hendricks.Full size photo

The honorees are, from left to right, Rolando Torres, Lucy Guzman, Ana Berdecia, Lydia Williams, and Carlos Hendricks.

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TRENTON, N.J.-Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month today in Room 211 of the County Administration Building.

Hughes began the ceremony with the assertion that "Mercer County owes much of its cultural richness to the presence of a diverse Latino community," and expressed enthusiasm for the tremendous growth in Latino enterprise the County has seen in recent years.

After opening remarks by County Executive Hughes, County employees and members of the public were treated to the jazz stylings of accomplished guitarist Arturo Romay.  Works of visual art by Latino residents of Mercer County lined the walls of the Freeholder Meeting Room; attendees could also sample dishes from a variety of Hispanic cuisines.

Honored were:

  • Dr. Lucy Guzmán, Associate Pastor at Living Hope Alliance Church

  • The Honorable Rolando Torres, Jr., Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Personnel

  • Carlos Hendricks, Director of the Lawrence Neighborhood Service Center

  • Lydia Santoni Williams, Director of the Community Action Service Center

  • Ana Berdecía, Director of the Center for Positive Development of Urban Children at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy