To Our Dear Community Members,

As the current president of our UPSES Portuguese Hall, I know we are living in some of the most pressing times in our country’s history. I wanted to reach out to all of you, to make sure you all are safe and keep you informed on the Hall and provide you an update.

First, I hope you and your families are all safe. Although challenging, make the most of your time together, go through old pictures or discuss family history, perhaps visit Isabel at the market and try some Portuguese recipes; Yes, the market is open!

The Hall, is currently closed per all the Government mandates. Andrea, our manager, is working from home should issues arise. A number of our vendor services have been cancelled to limit costs. A vast majority of events, have not been cancelled, but rather are hoping to reschedule once some sense of normalcy returns within our city and state.

Additionally, we are currently evaluating required long term maintenance for the Hall. The kitchen has been completely cleaned and organized. It looks great and is in a great starting point once we start having event again.We are looking at 2 big projects: painting the exterior and seeing what can be done with the hardwood floors inside the Hall.

Lastly, I am hoping that we are working like a community and are doing our part within the community to assist other members.

I thank you all for doing your part, by doing essential work or for staying home – whatever part you play, look forward to the return of a sense of normalcy, no matter how small. Until then, be proactive, stay home (if possible) and stay safe and healthy.

Should anyone have needs or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or the Hall.

Ricardo da Rosa
UPSES President