Nos Quedamos Hosts ‘We Are Melrose Común-Unidad’

Jose ‘Chema’ Soto’s family proudly accepted NYS Assembly and Congressional citations on his behalf.
Photo by Edward Watkins

Nos Quedamos hosted ‘We Are Melrose Común-Unidad: Common Unity = Community’ on Saturday, July 21 at East 160th Street between Melrose and Elton avenues. This year’s exemplary honorees were Bronx Parks Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa; John Dudley, Community Board 3 district manager; Bill Aguado, En Foco director and former Bronx Council on the Arts executive director; Raymond Figueroa, Friends of Brook Park organizer; Carmen Allenda, South Bronx Action Group director and the late Jose ‘Chema’ Soto’ Rincón Criollo, Rincón Criollo Community Garden founder and legendary urban green space pioneer.

MazArte Dance Company gave a crowd pleasing traditional Mexican dance performance.
Photo by Edward Watkins

Bronx County Conservative Party District leader and Assembly District 84 leader Oswald Denis joined Grow NYC’s Mayra (l) and Miryam in promoting green recycling.
Photo by Edward Watkins

Nos Quedamos congratulated this year’s honorees on their accomplishments.
Photo by Edward Watkins

The birthday cake was a true work of art!
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Nos Quedamos co-founder Anna Vincenty (2nd from r) and Assemblyman Michael Blake honored Carmen Allende (c).
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Jeremiah Medina (c) was eager to play the congo drums.
Photo by Edward Watkins

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