Berlin, Conn. – The State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission has named Felix Viera, Hartford, as 2013 Latina Citizen of the Year.
Viera is host of the Berlin-based La Puertorriquenisima 1120 AM WPRX’s “Hablando En Serio,” a Spanish-speaking show featured on WPRX Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.
The commission, created by an act of the General Assembly in 1994, honors a male and a female Hispanic Connecticut resident each year. The commission will host an award reception Aug. 31 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford, where it also will give out the two lifetime achievement awards.
La Puertorriquenisima is Connecticut’s leading Spanish radio station, located in Berlin, which features music, news and community oriented programming. The station reaches more than 300,000 Hispanics living in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
As host of the show, Viera invites local organizations to speak out to the Hispanic community about serious topics, including disabilities such as multiple sclerosis. Most recently, a representative from the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, guested on the show, speaking to the effects of MS and the many ways the community can engage in the quest to help fund a cure.
President of the Berlin-based La Puertorriquenisima, Oscar Nieves’s late wife, Carol, who battled multiple sclerosis for 25 years before succumbing to complications associated with the illness.
For more information on the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, visit www.cga.ct.gov/lprac.
For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, assists people in Connecticut living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.