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Aiding Puerto Rico - Collection Drives Underway To Assist Devastated Island
Likewise, another effort is ongoing in the community to send aid to Puerto Rico. Hispanic Community Council President Max Martin said his organization is also leading an effort in Dunkirk, Jamestown and Russell, Pa. that will continue for two weeks in conjunction with the city of Dunkirk. The donations will be sent straight to Puerto Rico.


Hispanic Community Council, community members collect for Puerto Rico October 27, 2017

Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County president, with volunteers at the Dunkirk Salvation Army collecting donations to send to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  JAMESTOWN — Collections are ongoing all across Chautauqua County to provide relief to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  The Hispanic Community Council has partnered with the city of Dunkirk, Martin said, who will then make sure the items reach Puerto Rico. Martin said it is important to help fellow countrymen, as the unincorporated U.S. territory is a part of the United States. He said if aid does not get to the island, the people on the island will come here for help.

Community Spotlight for July 30-Aug. 6, 2017

Hispanic Comm. Council of Chaut. County President Max Martin

July 30th, 2017 12:13pm | Duration: 14:58

We get a fresh perspective on Chautauqua County's growing Hispanic population from Hispanic Community Council President and Chief Executive Officer, Max Martin. Martin tells our Terry Frank that about 99-percent of the Hispanic community members come from the troubled-territory of Puerto Rico, and those who come here are born with all the rights of American citizens, so they are -- in effect -- able to travel "state-to-state." He says they love the Jamestown-area for the education, and health care opportunities. However, he says there are still barriers including the language, good housing, and job opportunities. He urges people to give them a chance, and work with them for the betterment of the region. The Community Council is a passion and mission of Martin's... who supports the program with his own money, and other donations.

JBC Hosts Hispanic Heritage-Themed Lunch

October 27, 2016

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Jamestown Business College hosted a lunch recently with special guest David Gonzalez. The lunch was attended by staff, faculty and JBC bilingual students. Gonzalez, a poet, artist and musician, spoke of his passion to build "community" within the ...

Mostly Positive Response For Hispanic Heritage Celebration

October 14, 2016 The response has been mostly positive, but still mixed, for Jamestown’s larger Hispanic Heritage Month celebration this year. Since the start of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. more »»


Chautauqua County Represented In Upstate Latino Summit

October 12, 2016 A local leader in the Hispanic community bridged the gap between Chautauqua County and the Upstate Latino Summit for the first time this year. more »»

Bridging Cultures to Welcome 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival
September 26, 2016

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut

Jamestown is building another bridge. We are spanning our newest cultural divide… as the city has done successfully so many times before. ἀe city’s 206 year history proves that bridges to new cultures lead to prosperity and cultural enrichment for everyone, every time.

Latin Jazz Band Ushers In Celebration Of Hispanic Heritage

September 24, 2016 With the sound of the bass, the drums and a massive xylophone, Trio Tumbao welcomed the crowd to a celebration of Hispanic Heritage on Thursday night. more »»

Jamestown’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off

September 22, 2016 The Jamestown community will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Jamestown Reads event and a Latin jazz trio at Jamestown Community College today. more »»

Community Spotlight for Sept. 11-18, 2016

Jennifer Gibson and Max Martin with Cultural Bridges Action Team.

September 11th, 2016 04:51pm | Duration: 14:58

This week, we talk with Jennifer Gibson and Max Martin from the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission's "Cultural Bridges Action Team" to discuss to upcoming programs designed to bridge the cultural gap between Hispanics moving into the area, and other, long-time residents. This grew out of a meeting with pastors of several local Hispanic churches. There will be a program on September 22, and another over two days, October 14 and 15. for members of the Jamestown community. Martin and Gibson say there's a lot of misunderstanding, and the language barrier can be a big part of that. Many of the families are fleeing Puerto Rico, which is a U. S. Territory that's in dire financial shape, and, has accumulated a huge amount of debt.


Martin Serves Community As Hispanic Community Council President

July 23, 2016 Max Martin has a passion for the Hispanic community that won’t give up and he plans on using it to help. more »»


Mayor Rosas to Represent Dunkirk and WNY at Democratic National Convention

Jul 22, 2016 

By: Marcos Lebron  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will have a coveted spot as an Alternate Delegate at next week at the Democratic National Convention in...

Rosas Scholarship Recipients Announced

Jul 22, 2016 

Melanie Morales and Isaiah Dipini of Dunkirk High School are the recipients of the Willie Rosas Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship at Jamestown Community College. Miss...

“Orquesta Antonetti “ Live at the City of Dunkirk Pier

Jul 21, 2016 

This season’s Concerts on the Pier series will have a Latin twist. The Thursday concerts, sponsored by the City of Dunkirk, will feature an orchestra...

Mercé Breon DeJesus crowned Miss Borinquen Latina

Jul 19, 2016 

The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Miss Borinquen Latina of WNY Leadership Pageant winners....


Jul 6, 2016 

The Agustin "Pucho" Olivencia Community Center is proud to announce: 47th Annual Grease Pole Festival "El Palo Encebao” July 8th, 2016- July 10th, 2016 Location: Olivencia...

YMCA Announces New Eastside Y Program Director

May 13, 2016 On Tuesday, Jamestown Area YMCA officials announced Alex Lantigua as the new program director for the Eastside YMCA.


Reg Lenna To Feature David Gonzalez In Community Outreach Program Tuesday

April 28, 2016 The sights, sounds, stories and cultural stylings of the Spanish-speaking world will come to life inside the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts when David Gonzalez comes to Jamestown. more »»


Congress Honors 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, also known as the Borinqueneers.

Apr 25, 2016 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) was joined by members of the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. and the Buffalo Hispanic Veterans Organization at a...

Library Director Discusses Community-Based Funding Initiative

April 22, 2016 Community volunteers who meet to study and discuss methods of improving life in the community heard firsthand about the James Prendergast Library’s community-based funding initiative. more »»


Striders’ Bilingual Life Skills Educator Benefits Students

April 17, 2016 “I want to talk about growth and fixed mindsets today,” said Yanira Castellano, Chautauqua Striders’ Bilingual Life Skills educator, to a group of Jefferson Middle School English language learners.


The Puerto Rico crisis, explained

REUTERS/Alvin Baez

March 27, 2016

The U.S. territory can't pay its debts and will soon run out of money. How did it get into this mess? Here's everything you need to know:


Focus Group Meets To Start Democratic Dialogue

March 16, 2016 A focus group meeting to address what is needed for a future town hall meeting to deal with issues of migration and tolerance took place Tuesday at the James Prendergast Library. more »»


Hispanic Connection Action Team Forum Focuses On Solutions, Objectives

March 13, 2016 
Rather than waiting on someone else to solve issues the Hispanic community is facing, a group of community members, leaders and others took a more proactive approach. more »»


CODE Assisting Hispanic Leaders With Training Program

March 7, 2016 
A community organization known for housing and neighborhood revitalization is assisting Hispanic community leaders with job training for those who speak Spanish. Recently, Patrick Morris, CODE Inc. more »»


Now Is The Time To Solve Diversity Issue On Boards
February 28, 2016

Members of the Hispanic community weren't happy when the decision was made to end a Hispanic navigator position a couple of years ago. more »»


Project Blueprint To Return
February 22, 2016

A former program may be used once again to possibly increase the number of African-Americans and Hispanics on community boards. more »»


Community Meeting
February 22, 2016

A rare meeting took place recently in an effort to fulfill needs in the Hispanic communit. more »»


Hispanic Pastors Meet With Action Team
February 21, 2016

A rare meeting took place this week in an effort to fulfill needs in the Hispanic community. more »»


Foundation Directors Discuss Diversity
February 21, 2016

Concern over racial diversity among local foundation boards has been raised since the firing of a Hispanic community leader. On Feb. more »»


Adult Day Care Centers Names Latino Outreach Program Manager
February 17, 2016

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc. is proud to announce that Migdahlia Santiago will be taking on the role of managing the agency's Latino Outreach to Seniors program. more »»


YMCA CEO, Eastside YMCA Board Chairman Discuss Former Branch Manager, Budget
February 12, 2016

Dozens of city residents concerned about the future of the Eastside YMCA heard more information about the firing of the branch's manager and future financing for the facility Thursday. more »»


Eastside YMCA Branch Manager Fired
February 11, 2016

A leader in the Hispanic community and the Eastside YMCA's branch manager has been fired. more »»


Fiscal Stress
February 10, 2016

Eastside YMCA officials fear their doors could be closing next year if their funding is cut. more »»


'No One Left Behind'
January 31, 2016

With a motto of "No One Left Behind," the Jamestown Pride Society is taking on 2016 with an in-depth agenda and a lot of hear. more »»


Jamestown Pride Invites Public To Annual Meeting
January 25, 2016

The Jamestown Pride Society is moving into 2016 at lightning speed with an agenda to match, according to Jason Perdue. more »»


Give A Child A Better Life
January 7, 2016

Chautauqua County has some wonderful people acting as foster parents. It just doesn't have enough of them. more »»


JCC Pushes Against Declining Enrollment
February 1, 2016

With a decreasing population, the amount of local college-bound students has been decreasing as well. more »»


State Grant Aims To Start Community Conversations
January 7, 2016

Jamestown has been included in a grant worth $200,000 to support cultural integration. more »»


More Foster Homes Needed In Chautauqua County
December 29, 2015

A majority of the 50 to 76 foster care homes in Chautauqua County are either full or on hold, leaving home-finding case workers looking for more families to accept childre. more »»


Educational Opportunities
November 11, 2015

The Jamestown Community College Cyber Cafe offered more than computers and relaxation on Tuesday evening. more »»


Dunkirk Voters Welcome Mayor-Elect Willie Rosas
November 4, 2015

DUNKIRK — It's almost official. The city of Dunkirk will have a new mayor on Jan. more »»


Hispanic Celebration
October 12, 2015 With a full feast, dancing and music, the Eastside YMCA knows how to draw people in and entertain them for hours. more »»


Strategic Planning Hosts Community Conversation
September 27, 2015

In the hope of being a more inviting city, a Community Conversation was held in Jamestown Wednesday. more »»


Development Of The Five-Year JPS Strategic Plan
September 20, 2015

When Superintendent Tim O. more »»


Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet To Hold Salsa And Sangria Night
September 20, 2015

A Salsa and Sangria night will be held at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet at 6 p.m. Saturday in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. more »»


Love School Club Teams Up With Eastside YMCA
September 19, 2015

The Eastside YMCA has made room for more children to learn, grow and experience programming at their location. more »»


JCC Takes Proactive Approach To Budget, Enrollment Woes
September 16, 2015

Looking ahead, the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees is attempting to pre-emptively handle projected financial woes and decreased enrollment. more »»


Immersion Initiative Moving Forward
August 27, 2015 A group of community volunteers will be receiving help from the New York Council for the Humanities to assist with their Hispanic immersion initiative. more »»


Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers To Hold Event
August 25, 2015

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. will hold an informational event for the public from 1:30-3 p.m. today in the Crystal Ballroom in the Hotel Jamestown, 110 W. Third St., Jamestown. more »»


Coalition Discusses Hispanic Employment
August 15, 2015 MAYVILLE — One of the key components to the job-creation equation in Chautauqua County is the Hispanic community. Barriers remain, however, when it comes to integrating Latinos into the job mi. more »»


Breaking The Language Barrier
August 6, 2015

It is encouraging to see the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission continue its foray into breaking down the language and social barriers between English and Spanish speakers in... more »»


Strategic Planning Commission To Form Culture Immersion Action Team
July 30, 2015

A new action team is being formed to break down language barriers. more »»


YMCA Summer Lunch Program Exceeding Expectations
July 18, 2015 For many children across the city, a school lunch is not just a meal, but the only opportunity to eat fresh, healthy and affordable food. more »»


July Proclaimed 'Summer Meals Month' In New York State
July 6, 2015

In tandem with the federal Summer Food Service Program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently issued a proclamation deeming July "Summer Meals Month" in New York stat. more »»


Havana Provides Cultural Taste
June 7, 2015

From Cuban cigar boxes hanging on the walls to photos of Ricky Ricardo banging away on the conga drums to the Cuban version of a pulled pork sandwich known as a pan con lechon, visitors to Havana... more »»


First Employment Exploration Event Held For Hispanic Community
June 3, 2015 The Hispanic community is a key component of the job-creation equation in Chautauqua County. more »»


Commission Continues Diversity Discussion
May 23, 2015

Starting where they left off after their last meeting, the city's Strategic Planning And Partnerships Commission members continue their discussion on diversity. more »»


Employment Exploration Events To Be Held In County
May 19, 2015

MAYVILLE — The Hispanic Coalition of Chautauqua County is partnering with local employers to hold two Employment Exploration Events in the county. more »»


Senior Day Program Discusses Latino Outreach Program
April 26, 2015

On Friday, March 20, Chautauqua Adult Day Care's Dunkirk site held an informational tour for local delegates. more »»


Diversity Action Team Talks Progress
April 18, 2015

A discussion on goals for the Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission led to a dialogue on diversity. more »»


Breaking The Barrier
Communication Strengthening Between Educators And Foreign Language-Speaking Students


Pagan Learning To Lead Again
February 9, 2015

A Jamestown religious leader for years is now also leading through public service. The Rev. Alfonso Pagan was appointed to Jamestown City Council in October to represent Ward 3. more »»


A Clear Picture
February 11, 2015

The saying ''A picture is worth a thousand words'' was evident during a meeting about proposed changes near Chadakoin Park. more »»


Pagan Speaks To Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots
February 18, 2015

Southern Tier TEA Party Patriots learned at the Jan. 27 general meeting that their new website,, now is operational. more »»


Mayor To Have Council Vacancy Nominee By Monday
January 23, 2015 A nominee to fill the vacant Jamestown City Council position will be named by Monda. more »»


Community Foundation Partners With Chautauqua Striders In Advocacy, Mentoring Programs
January 11, 2015

Chautauqua Striders was recently awarded a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for its Hispanic Advocacy and Mentoring programs, both of which are designed to support young people,... more »»


CRCF Grant Supports Latino Outreach
January 9, 2015

Crystal Gabriel, outreach worker, translates information to Chautauqua Adult Day Care client, Elpidio Rojas. more »»


JBC Bilingual Cohort Evening Of Recognition
December 11, 2014

The 2013 fall term was a new beginning for both the community and Jamestown Business College. more »»


JBC Medical Program Students Look To 'Break The Stereotypes'
November 10, 2014

At the end of the month, 14 students in Jamestown Business College's Medical Office Assistant certificate program will graduate. more »»


Sheriff's Academy Awards JCC Graduate With Scholarship
November 26, 2014 The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy has awarded academy recruit Adrian Pagan with the Dan Feather Memorial Scholarship worth $900. more »»


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
October 18, 2014 From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanics across the country celebrated their culture as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. more »»


New City Councilman Appointed
October 28, 2014

Jamestown City Council no longer has a vacancy. On Monday, Rev. Alfonso Pagan was appointed and sworn in as the new councilman for Ward 3. more »»


Church Embraces Hispanic Community
October 31, 2014

New Creation Assembly of God of 116 S. Main St. in Jamestown is taking on an international flavor. more »»


JPS Compiles Strategic Plan After Months Of Work
August 10, 2014

Jamestown Public Schools' plan for the next five years included input from more than 140 community members. more »»


JBC Program Benefits Entire Community
May 21, 2014

Jamestown Business College is nearing a milestone that bodes well for the entire community. more »»


Yearly Honors
May 16, 2014 The Y — "so much more." That was the message driven home Thursday night at the Jamestown area YMCA's annual meetin. more »»


Mentor On The Move: A YMCA And JPS Collaboration
May 6, 2014

"OK, let's do our word workout," said Jamestown High School sophomore Isayah Baker to a group of third and fourth graders at the Eastside YMCA after school progra. more »»


JBC Working With Hispanic And Medical Communities
May 8, 2014

Jamestown Business College recently began offering a course for members from the Hispanic community to become medical office assistants and its first class is inching closer to graduation. more »»


Promoting Respect: YWCA Hosts Second Annual Festival Of PRIDE
April 26, 2014

Food, fellowship and fun abounded at the Jamestown YWCA Friday evening. more »»

Jefferson & Washington School Principals Visit Eastside YMCA
November 17, 2013 Melissa Emerson, Washington Middle School principal; Carm Proctor, Jefferson Middle School principal; and David Hickey, assistant principal, recently visited the Eastside YMCA for a "Meet the... more »»


Community Fiesta
October 12, 2013 Area residents enjoyed authentic Latin cuisine, music, dancing and conversation during a Hispanic Heritage month celebration Friday. more »»


Social Welfare Roundtable
August 21, 2013 MAYVILLE — 
MAYVILLE - U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, held a social welfare roundtable Tuesday to meet with area public officials and community stakeholders for a discussion of anti-poverty and social welfare programs.U.S. Rep. more »»


Jan Carlos De Los Santos Nunez
July 9, 2013

Jan Carlos De Los Santos Nunez, 17, of 175 Allen St., died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo, following a swimming accident in Westfield. more »»


YMCA Teens Receive Awards
June 23, 2013

At the recent Jamestown Area YMCA annual meeting, Luis Castro of the Jamestown YMCA, Rachel Mole of the Lakewood YMCA, Austin Storms of YMCA Camp Onyahsa and Michael Quigley of the Eastside YMCA wer... more »»


Melting Pot
April 27, 2013

Area residents joined representatives from eight local organizations on Friday for a festival that celebrated differences and mutual respect. more »»


Cornell Cooperative To Hold Hispanic Labor Meeting
January 18, 2013

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County will be holding a meeting on Friday, Feb. 1 from 1-2:30 p.m. more »»


Finest Saluted
February 13, 2013

On Tuesday, the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce saluted the community's finest. At the Dr. Lillian V. more »»


Elsa N. Monge
February 7, 2013

Elsa N. Monge, 31, of 209 Allen St., Jamestown passed away Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2013), in Buffalo General Hospital, following a brief illness. more »»


Understanding Cultural Diversity; Dealing With Mental Illness
December 7, 2012

By Jose Melendez Hispanic Outreach Manager Liz Wigren Former Hispanic Outreach Assistant, Family Service of the Chautauqua Region After working closely with the U.S. more »»


Middle School Academy Gives Students Opportunities At Eastside Y
December 2, 2012

Washington Middle School seventh-grader Kiara Medina stepped up to the microphone at the Family of Notes Entertainment recording studio to record tracks to her song "Take a Look in the Mirror. more »»


Community Senior Fellowship Announces Schedule
March 25, 2012

The first meeting of 2012 for the Community Senior Fellowship organization featured Max Martin, Eastside YMCA branch manager. Anita McDonald offered devotions. Roland A. more »


Diversity Group Continues Work
February 19, 2012 Max Martin, branch manager for the Eastside YMCA, believes there is still too little understanding between people of different races in Jamestown and envisions a city that takes pride in racial... more »»»


JTA Donates To Eastside YMCA
December 20, 2011 The Jamestown Teachers Association held its annual Christmas party recently at La Scala Restauran. more »»


Community Foundation Supports Eastside YMCA
December 6, 2011

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently helped support programs provided by the Eastside Family YMCA. more »»


Diversity Action Team Welcomes New Leadership
October 22, 2011

On day two of his tenure as the diversity action team co-chair, Max Martin presented his plan to others members of the Strategic Partnerships and Planning Commission. more »»


First Breakfast
July 3, 2009

A local pastor had breakfast last month with the most powerful man on the planet. more »»


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