Hundreds of Jamaicans and close friends of Jamaica gathered on September 4, in Paterson, New Jersey to witness the renaming of 1 of the major streets in that Metropolis in honor of the superb contribution that Jamaica and Jamaicans have built to the city of Paterson.
Vreeland Avenue, involving 17th and 19th Avenues, was renamed “Jamaica Way”, and was unveiled by the City’s Mayor André Sayegh, who stated, “the naming of a portion of Vreeland Avenue, Jamaica Way, is a very pleased instant for our multicultural municipality.”
He said the space hosted a substantial population of Jamaicans and is house to several Jamaican corporations. “I am honored to assistance the avenue naming and would like the planet to know that ‘one love’ is what we strive for in “one Paterson,” which is a far better location mainly because of Jamaicans who call our town home,” Mayor Sayegh stated.
“Today we are eventually going to pay back tribute to a place that has contributed so much to the Town of Patterson. There is no improved way than Jamaica Way,” the mayor declared.
In her information to mark the occasion, Minister of Culture, Gender, Leisure and Activity, The Hon. Olivia Grange claimed the authorities had taken “note all that you proceed to do to make sure that Jamaica stands at the middle of commerce, society and social engagement in the town of Paterson, New Jersey.”
She explained “the renaming of this street is a testomony to the span of impact spawned by customers of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States. We on the rock go on to be proud of Jamaicans all over the environment who, via activism and civic and political engagement, have affected and influenced growth anywhere they are to be located.”
“When we insert to that the accomplishments of our persons at household and overseas, we have each explanation to rejoice our Jamaican-ness,” she mentioned.
“As the Minister of Society, Gender, Leisure and Sport, I commend you once again on this important celebration of the renaming of a avenue there in Paterson, New Jersey, as Jamaica Way,” she said.
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks congratulated the Jamaican Business of New Jersey, Higher Passaic Chapter and the Paterson Metropolis Council for timely honor.
“On behalf of the Governing administration and the men and women of Jamaica, I thank the Paterson Town Council for this recognition and applaud the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaican Organization of New Jersey for lobbying the Metropolis Council in conferring this sign honor of renaming one particular of the city’s area streets, “Jamaica Way.”
She mentioned “the accomplishment of this kind of an significant gesture by the persons of the Metropolis of Paterson, is a primary indicator of the significant esteem in which Jamaicans are held in your neighborhood. There is no doubt that we are a people of power, capability, and impact. This is a testament to your perseverance and very good standing in the Paterson community. You should be justly proud,” Ambassador Marks declared.
Jamaica’s Consul Standard to New York, Mrs Alsion Roach-Wilson commended the Jamaica Affiliation for lobbying the Town Council hence enabling the renaming of the road. “This is a fitting tribute to all Jamaicans residing in this City and nowadays is a happy minute,” she mentioned.
President of the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaican Organization of New Jersey, Owen Eccles counseled the Jamaican people and the Paterson Town Council for this recognition, noting that the naming of the avenue in honor of Jamaica need to be seen with a feeling of satisfaction by Jamaicans in New Jersey and the entire world in excess of.