Caribbean Music


by Francisco G. Gómez As mom and pop businesses continue to disappear at an alarming rate, there are those like, Brunswick Tire and Auto, that remain strong and thriving. There are a number of reasons for this. A work ethic that encompasses professional excellence, customer courtesy, superior automotive problem diagnosis, […]

Spotlight on Brunswick Tire and Auto


by Francisco G.Gómez We affectionately call her Kirita Bug because she’s always moving from task to task in almost total silence and never quits! This young lady has proven herself in so many ways, to be humble, loyal, hardworking, talented, unassuming, selfless and super intelligent. There’s just so much more […]

Raíces Spotlight on Eco-Warrior Kira Herzog


by Francisco G. Gómez Recently I was asked why Raíces’ mission had strayed so far away from the Arts. As all things evolve through the processes of experience, connections and new understanding, I pondered the question for a moment before answering. For the last five years the Center has come […]

Food, Music and Culture = EcoCulture





It took only two short years to make a Pachamama believer out of me. Not being one to seek out sages, gurus or other learned individuals who seem to be in abundance today, a very young person who sought learning from me, turned out to educate me instead. Having known […]

Of Gurus and Harvests



The Spirit of the Drum has travelled from Africa to the Caribbean to the US and is now alive in Middlesex County.  Raíces Cultural Center, A NJ Nonprofit Corporation has received a MINI grant from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission to produce the series “The Spirit of the […]

RAÍCES CULTURAL CENTER RECEIVES GRANT: THE SPIRIT OF THE HISPANO-AFRO-CARIBBEAN ...