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Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Enjoyed a Visit to the Portuguese Sport Club of Newark, Saturday

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura welcomes Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to the Portuguese Sport Club of NewarkPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

Yesterday, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, arrived in the US for a 5-day visit and took the time to visit the Portuguese Sport Club of Newark, Henrique Mano of Luso-Americano News reported. Rebelo de Sousa is in the country to take part in the United Nations 76th General Assembly being held in New York City.

Saturday's Visit
Rebelo de Sousa, 72, has been president of Portugal since 2016.

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Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visiting the Portuguese Sport Club MuseumPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

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Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa signs Book of Honor at Portuguese Sport Club of NewarkPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

After visiting the club’s museum and signing their Book of Honor, the President of the Republic delivered comments to those gathered for the occasion.

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Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa speaks before the attendees at the Portuguese Sport Club of NewarkPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

Rebelo de Sousa was accompanied by Portuguese dignitaries and New Jersey state and local officials including:

  • Domingos Teixeira de Abreu Fezas Vital, Portuguese Ambassador to US
  • Pedro Monteiro, Consul General of Portugal in Newark
  • Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Eliana Painter Marín, NJ Assemblywoman
  • Armando Fontoura, Essex County Sheriff
  • Ras Baraka, Newark Mayor
  • Alberto Santos, Kearny Mayor
  • Dina Grilo, East Newark Mayor
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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de SousaPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

Other individuals joining in the gathering included:

  • Bruno Machado, Advisor of the Portuguese Communities
  • Fernando Crilo, President of the Portuguese Clubs Association of New Jersey
  • José Carlos Adam, Assistant Coordinator of Portuguese Teaching
  • Katherine Soares, Vice President of Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
  • Manny Lopes, President Ironbound Business Improvement Corporation
  • Fernando Albuquerque, President Portuguese Instructive Social Club
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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura stands with members of the Sheriff Department and Newark PolicePhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

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Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa walks to the Escola Luis De Camões on Commerce Street, NewarkPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

Following the gathering, Rebelo de Sousa and his entourage walked to make an unexpected visit to the Escola Luis De Camões which offers Portuguese-language classes on Congress Street, Newark.

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Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visiting the Escola Luis De Camões on Commerce Street, NewarkPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

Portuguese-American Armando Fontoura

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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura speaks with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Portuguese Sport Club of NewarkPhoto: Henrique Mano / Luso-Americano News

Armando Fontoura was born in Portugal and later raised and educated in Newark. He served on the Newark Police Department and is currently the longest-serving sheriff in Essex County's history.

“Sport Club Português is a cultural organization founded in 1921, it is a leading institution located in the heart of the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. SCP is a symbol of Portuguese tradition and culture, combining both past and new traditions. It is, in fact, one of the strongest and oldest ethnic organizations on the East Coast and in the Ironbound community. SCP has thrived tenaciously through the education of Portuguese traditions such as: folk dancing, theater, cultural events, museum/library, language school and sports, namely soccer. Since 1921, SCP has opened its doors to all of the local cultures of the community, creating a bigger home for many over the years. Throughout the years, we have seen our institution become a locus for our vibrant City of Newark, as well as a tool in enriching cultural resources for our community. In fact, these community events are essential in uniting our local and surrounding communities.”
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Portuguese Sports Club of Newark, NJPortuguese Sports Club

Portuguese Sport Club of Newark
This year, the Portuguese Sport Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

  • Established in December 1921, the Sport Clube Português was created by Portuguese immigrant residents in Newark, NJ, so that they could have a central location to share their culture and form bonds of friendship.
  • The club started out with about 200 members, mostly men, and housed a theatre with orchestra, and included a section dedicated to sports.

United Nations General Assembly
Rebelo de Sousa is in the US to take part in the General Assembly which is made up of 193 Member States of the United Nations who meet to work together on international issues.

  • This year the group will be considering the challenges of "Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations."

Later this week, Rebelo de Sousa is expected to receive representatives from the tri-state Portuguese community at the residence of Portugal's permanent representative to the UN, Francisco António Duarte Lopes.

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For further information:

Sport Clube Português
55 Prospect St Newark, NJ 07105
973.589.1133

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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