SHARE TWEET By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Latino Affairs, The Blog, Videos As National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 draws to a close, we continue to recognize the many ways Hispanics contribute to the growth of Pennsylvania. Over the last month, Pennsylvanians have taken the opportunity to celebrate the cultural traditions and to honor the significant achievements of our Hispanic and Latino American communities.History of Hispanic Heritage MonthNational Hispanic Heritage Month evolved from National Hispanic Heritage Week, first observed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded this celebration to cover the 30-day period we are familiar with today: September 15 through October 15th.This date range is significant because it includes the dates that many South American countries celebrate the anniversary of their independence, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile. This date range also encompasses the celebration of Día de la Raza or Columbus Day, which is on October 12.To further exemplify this national observance, Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania.Over the last month, organizations across the commonwealth hosted events to recognize the many contributions Hispanic Americans make to our commonwealth.Pennsylvania’s MakeupAccording to the Pew Research Center, more than 834,000 Hispanic Americans call Pennsylvania home and lead in business, industry, government, education, the sciences, arts, faith and the armed forces.Pennsylvania’s Hispanic American population grew by more than 80 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data.A study lead by the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce found that the Greater Philadelphia Region, representing the second largest Hispanic market in northeastern United States, grew by 58.3% from 2000 to 2010.That same study also highlighted that Hispanic Americans in the Greater Philadelphia Region have a total purchasing power of approximately $4.2 billion.Dating back to the revolution, Hispanic Americans have always played a an integral role in government, including helping Pennsylvania champion its title as the keystone state during the formation of the United States.Today, two of the commonwealth’s highest positions are served by Hispanic Americans: Secretary Pedro Cortez, Pennsylvania Department of State, and Secretary Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Department of Education.Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Pennsylvanians to join together to celebrate our commonwealth’s rich, diverse heritage and our common pursuit of life and liberty. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Contributions to Pennsylvania October 14, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Eat dinner under the stars every night. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe perfect place to curl up on the couch with a book.“The buyers were the very first group through the open home,” he said.“They’re a professional couple with two young boys.“They instantly fell in love from the moment they stepped through the front door.“This is now going to be their home, they were renting previously.”Among the home’s standout features are a tennis court, infinity edge waterfall pool, dining room with glass ceiling and sitting area surrounded by windows. The home at 5 Charolais Cres, Benowa Waters, has an infinity edge pool and tennis court.A WATERFRONT property with an infinity edge waterfall pool and tennis court has sold for more than $1 million.The five-bedroom Benowa Waters home at 5 Charolais Cres has changed hands for $1.725 million.Marketing agent Scott Euler, who handled the sale with his @realty colleague Nicola Buchanan, said they had 60 groups of people through in the three weeks it was on the market.A local couple bought the property. There’s plenty of cooking space in this kitchen. Imagine winter nights by the fire.“Another attraction too is that the property is very deceptive from the street,” Mr Euler said.He said the sprawling 1336sq m block could only be fully appreciated once inside the home.“It’s a real rarity in that pocket,” Mr Euler said.Property records show the home was last sold in 2002 for $1.05 million. This home’s size is deceiving front the street.