SHARING KNOWLEDGE...TRANSFORMING LIVES!!
On Tuesday, April 17th, Westwood Library was the proud host of the Naturalization Ceremony with USCIS. Seventeen Pascack Valley candidates from 11 countries were sworn in as US Citizens during the ceremony after fulfilling the requirements set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The ceremony commenced with the Presentation of Colors by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office, followed by Natalie Pira, Westwood high school student, singing the "Star Spangled Banner". Rashida Tewarson, LVPV ESL tutor and naturalized citizen, presented the keynote speech. Rashida reflected on her experience coming to the United States and integrating into the community. Rashida spoke of her ESL volunteer experience and her responsibility to teach not only the English language but the nuances of American life and culture to help newcomers feel connected to the community. She spoke of the duty of the new citizens to participate in civic life. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi spoke of her ancestors journey from Italy and opportunities she received as a result. Mayor John Birkner addressed the new citizens urging them to participate in public life and stressed that Westwood is an inclusive and open community. Westwood Library Director, Martha Urbiel found it very fitting to have the ceremony at the library, stressing that the doors are open to all members of the community. Enjoy the photos and news article, click HERE.
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Literacy Volunteers of Pascack Valley is a non-profit literacy program dedicated to assisting adults in our community learn English as a Second Language. We teach the most basic survival skills up through advanced reading and writing skills. LVPV is a member of Literacy NJ and fully accredited by ProLiteracy.
Maureen Lostumbo, coordinator or Marilyn Katz, assistant coordinatorMonday 9-1:30, Tuesday 6-9, Wednesday 9-1,
Thursday 9-4:30 and Friday 9-12