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The Town of Kearny celebrated Portuguese-American Heritage Month with a recent series of events. Mayor Carol Jean Doyle and the Kearny Town Council hosted a flag-raising ceremony at Bicentennial Park, which drew guests including Portuguese Ambassador Francisco António Duarte Lopes and members of the governing body, among others. Following the ceremony, the town hosted its first Portugal Day Parade since 1999, from Town Hall to the Portuguese Cultural Association. It featured traditional music and dance performances. 

Photos by Ron Smits/Town of Kearny

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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, an organization he has served since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, and X, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to Kearny to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.