When Paola Zuniga-Tellez moved from Brooklyn to the East End in 2005, she noticed a lack of information and representation for the Latino community as a whole — a sad experience, she said.
Now, Ms. Zuniga-Tellez, who was born in Mexico and came to the United States as a teenager, hopes to close that gap as a member of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association’s board of directors — the first Latina elected to the group’s board in its 18-year history.
Concepcion Choy of Riverhead is an immigrant from Guatemala who has lived in the United States for 12 years. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)
A social media post early Thursday morning from Aldo’s Coffee in Greenport read: “We are open on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and every other national holiday. Today, we are closed.”
This message was accompanied by a photo of a sign that read “In support of our people and #ADayWithoutImmigrants.”
Paola Zuniga-Tellez had already spent more than half her life in America by the time she moved from Brooklyn to the East End, resettling in Flanders with her husband, Jose. A native of Mexico, she had the advantage of being bilingual, yet still felt like an outsider in her new home. READ