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The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS  
April 2012   
In This Issue
PALCUS Launches Portuguese-American Gateway
Senator Menendez joins Friends of Portugal in U.S. Senate
Clarification of Changes in Immigrant Visa Applications by the U.S. Dept. of State
UPDATE on Potential Closing of the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delagada
For Your Information
Names in the News
In Memoriam
Community Calendar
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Portuguese-American Gateway 

PALCUS is happy to announce that the new and improved Portuguese-American Gateway has been launched. The Gateway, a national on-line directory of Portuguese-owned businesses, organizations, restaurants, non-profits, and professionals and other services, was conceived in collaboration with Mr. Carlos M. Caldas of International Trade Bridge, Inc.   By consolidating our resources in one easily accessible location, the Gateway allows us to become a more connected community. Search for a bakery in Massachusetts or a lawyer in California. You can also submit your own listing - and it's FREE! To search or to submit your profile, visit: http://palcus.org/gateway/

H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal, lends his support to PALCUS on the Portuguese-American Gateway

From the desk of H.E. Nuno Brito:


Ambassador Nuno Brito 

We congratulate PALCUS on the new and improved Portuguese-American Gateway!

We welcome this powerful tool for an effective and powerful performance in communication and exchange among the Portuguese and Portuguese-American communities.


The online platform will bring together Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans from all walks of life, linking professionals with community centers and businesses, cultural associations, educational institutions, churches and all kind s of associations which help further integrate people of Portuguese descent.


This new technology will make information more accessible just a click away!


Nuno Brito


Embaixada de Portugal


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Senator Menendez (NJ-D) joins Friends of Portugal in the U.S. Senate

PALCUS thanks Sen. Menendez for his support of Portuguese-American Issues


Robert "Bob" Menendez (D) is the junior United States Senator from New Jersey. In January 2006, he was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jon Corzine, who resigned upon being elected Governor of New Jersey. Menendez was elected to his own full six-year term in the 2006 U.S. Senate election.


Bob Menendez 


Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Senate, Menendez was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 13th congressional district. He previously served as Mayor of Union City (1986-1992) and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.


The Senator's committee assignments for the 112th Congress include:  

  • Banking Committee
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
  • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
  • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
  • Finance Committee
  • Subcommittee on Health Care
  • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
  • Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness
  • Foreign Relations
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs
  • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
  • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues
  • Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

Senator Menendez joins Senators Reed (RI), Toomey (PA), Whitehouse (RI), Blumenthal (CT), Brown (MA) and Akaka (HI) in the Friends of Portugal Caucus. PALCUS looks forward to working with Senator Menendez and the Friends of Portugal in the Senate and the Portuguese American Caucus in the House of Representatives to ensure that issues of concern to the Portuguese American community are efficiently and effectively represented.

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Clarification of Changes in Immigrant Visa Applications by the U.S. Dept. of State


PALCUS has continued to investigate the status of the recent U.S. State Department notice that:


"Effective March 1, 2012, the U. S. Embassy in Lisbon and U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. These offices will neither schedule nor conduct IV or DV interviews after March 1, 2012; all immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Portugal and France will take place at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France..."


The PALCUS Government Affairs Committee has spoken with our State Department contact and learned that in an effort to streamline consular and embassy services, reduce costs and spending, the U.S. State Department is consolidating services and programs offered through its embassies and consulates abroad. This consolidation is not unique to Portugal and affects similarly situated northern European nations with relatively low volume of immigrant visas. According to State Department statistics, less that 150 immigrant IV and diversity visas (DV) were processed last year between the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon and the Consulate General in Ponta Delgada. Moreover the decision to move the processing of immigrant IV and diversity visas (DV) was made with the full advice and consent of the government of Portugal.


The State Department emphasizes on their website that "...this change only affects immigrant visa processing. The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon and the U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will continue to process nonimmigrant visas for business, tourism, education, and other purposes...." To learn more, visit: http://portugal.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html.


PALCUS has voiced its opposition to the move on behalf of Portuguese Americans who are attempting to reunite families and will continue to follow-up on this matter.

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UPDATE on Potential Closing of the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delagada


PALCUS has been assured by our contacts at the U.S. Department of State that there are no plans to close the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delgada at this time. Nevertheless, Congressman Dennis Cardoza (CA18 -D ), co-chairman of the House Portuguese-American Caucus addressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directly on this matter at the House hearing of the Foreign Budget for F.Y. 2013 on February 29th.


Congressman Cardoza expressed his concern regarding the possible closing of the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delgada and the decision to move the application of I-IV and DV visas from the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon to that in Paris.


Secretary Clinton's reply in the record follows:


"CLINTON : Well, first, with respect to Portugal, I share your view that Portugal is a wonderful friend and not only a good partner in NATO and so many other areas, but the source of a lot of Portuguese-Americans, culture, food, so much else.I will have to take those questions for the record, Congressman, because I want to look into the two areas that you raised. But I want to assure you that we highly value our relationship with Portugal. And we'll be very careful in making any decisions that would affect the free flow of people and trade."


PALCUS would like to thank Congressman Cardoza for taking the question in person directly to Secretary Clinton on behalf of Portuguese-Americans in the United States. Meanwhile, PALCUS will continue to press the issue with its contacts at the State Department and through its letter-writing campaign.


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PALCUS is seeking applications from college students for the 2012 internships. Please contact Cynthia Russo, Internship Coordinator at internships@palcus.org for more information.


The PALCUS Internship Program, was established in 1994 to provide Portuguese-American students with work experience in their field of interest. Using its connections with government, civil-society and business leaders, PALCUS helps undergraduate and graduate students locate internships which will provide them with the experience needed for success in a future career. Since its inception, over 130 internship opportunities have been provided to university students throughout the United States and Portugal.


In 2010-2011, internships were offered at embassies, consulate offices, U.S. senate and congressional offices, PALCUS headquarters, large private companies, small businesses and practices, chambers of commerce, other government agencies, non-profit and non-governmental organizations.


Previous interns have been placed in Washington D.C., and at the district offices of congressional and state legislators such as Steny Hoyer, Devin Nunes, Patrick Kennedy, Barney Frank, Brian Bilbray, Lincoln Chafee, Albert Coutinho, and George Radonovich. Some have interned at Portuguese consulates in San Francisco, Newark, New York City and Providence while others have had the opportunity to travel abroad and intern at the Luso-American Development Foundation in Lisbon and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon. 


All interns receive a stipend to help cover their living expenses. Some select internships also include travel and housing expenses.



To be eligible for an internship, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • are a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student 
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0


Applications for 2012 internships are due by April 17, 2012. Along with their completed application (copy and paste below), students are required to submit:

  • current resume 
  • three letters of recommendation 
  • college transcript 
  • written essay of no more than 500 words on the topic of the importance of your Portuguese heritage


Click here to download and print the PALCUS Internship Application


Students should mail their application and the other required documents listed above by the deadline, April 17, 2012, to:


PALCUS Internship Program

Attention: Internship Coordinator

9255 Center St., Suite 404

Manassas, VA 20110





Congressman Jim Costa: Washington, D.C. and California Offices

Job Description: Answering telephone calls, assisting constituents in obtaining information from various state agencies, researching legislation, drafting responses to constituent inquiries, coordinating meetings and scheduling items, and attending district events.


Vice-Consulate of Portugal in Providence, RI

Location: 56 Pine Street, Providence, RI

Hours: Two days per week during summer months

Description: Routine office duties


PALCUS Social Media Manager

Location: Work from home

Description: PALCUS is looking for a media-savvy intern to help manage our social media outlets - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and YahooGroup mailing list.  The position entails researching relevant information to post to these outlets, responding to posts and help cultivate our following.  The candidate must be extremely detail oriented, a self-starter and trustworthy.  


PALCUS Newsletter Editor

Dates: Immediate Opening

Location: Manassas, VA or work from home

Description: PALCUS is in need of an intern to help write its monthly newsletter.  This positin entails collecting information about the organization's activities and member accomplishments, interviewing individuals, researching important topics and writing articles.  Knowledge of the Constant Contact newsletter application is a plus.


NIELSEN COMPANY, world's leading market and media research company with 34,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

Positions Available: Finance Intern, GBS Intern, And Professional Services Intern

Dates: 10-week assignment in Operations, Technology, Engineering, or Measurement Science (research and statistical methodologies)

Location: Schaumburg, IL or Tampa, FL, June through mid-August internships.

Criteria: 1) Enrollment in an undergraduate degree program in Technology, Operations, Engineering, Quantitative Social Science, Economics, Math or Statistics or related field; 2) Fewer than two years' full-time work experience; 3) Leadership experience (classroom, campus, summer jobs); 4) Permanent work authorization in the United States; FL or Schaumburg, IL;  

5) Coursework in financials, statistics or programming languages; 6) Initiative, creativity and passion to deliver results to our clients; 7) Ability to work independently and as part of a team; 8) Strong communication skills; 9) Effective decision-making and problem-solving abilities.

Duties: GBS Interns are challenged with high-priority summer assignments, business process improvement projects, leadership development, and networking opportunities.



Dates: Immediate Opening

Location: Newark, NJ

Description: Answer telephones and respond to client's inquiries, input data into computer database, assist handling correspondence and work product, internal and external productions, attend local functions, and assisting journalists and staff.

Are you interested in having an intern work in your office for the summer or during the year? Providing internships to young Portuguese-Americans is an excellent way to help our youth gain valuable real-world experience that will prepare them for a successful career.

Please contact PALCUS with the details of any available internship positions you have in your office and we will help to find a student that is a fit for your team.

Send your internship job descriptions to palcus@palcus.org or fax to 202-466-4661


Not a PALCUS member? It's easy to join on our website at http://palcus.org/join/membership-types and to pay by Pay Pal. Join today!

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A Cow for the Holy Spirit  by Rose Silva King is a novel about the life of a young boy from the Azores who dreams of coming to America. It centers on his promise to donate cows for the Pentecost festas should his dream come true. The story unfolds as he arrives in the United States and embraces a new way of life without letting go of his old values.


The book is available on Amazon and at portuguesebooks.org . (Also see www.rosesilvaking.weebly.com.)


Em português o livro chama-se Uma Promessa ao Divino Espírito Santo (A experiência de um açor-americano). Está disponível em Amazon.
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Mary Louise Nunes
PALCUS Director Mary Louise Nunes CPA
, has been appointed to the Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).Nunes, the owner and principal of Mary Louise Nunes, CPA, PC, was selected by the chair of the AICPA Board of Directors to fill one of three openings in the 21-member committee. She is serving an initial term of one year, which began in January, on the senior technical committee charged with the responsibility of interpreting and enforcing the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. Read more: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20120311%2FNEWS%2F203110350%2F-1%2FNEWSMAP
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Mary Fernandes

PALCUS mourns the passing of Hon. Maria D. Fernandes, first Portuguese-American mayor of Sea Bright, New Jersey and the third Portuguese-American mayor in the United States, at the age of 59. We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and to the community of Sea Bright.  


To learn more about her remarkable life and public service, visit: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mycentraljersey/obituary.aspx?n=maria-d-fernandes&pid=156178475&fhid=9492
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The Community Calendar is a free service provided by PALCUS. If you would like to post your event, please send name of event, date, time, location, price, details and contact information to palcus@palcus.org.


March 31, 2012: Education and Portuguese Language Fair

Sponsored by: Various

Place: East Side High School, Newark, New Jersey

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/1w-dpm7ZU2s83Xzluioba1V7KVzqCY-Kei3Nmi8VOfJXyovCtSVDsDIxUtQwR/edit?pli=1


April 1, 2012: Annual Palm Sunday Breakfast

Sponsored by: Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

On the Menu: Scrambled eggs, Home fries, Bacon, Sausage, Ham, Baked beans, French Toast (made with sweet bread), Pastries, Coffee, Juice, Milk.

Place: Cranston Portuguese Club, 20 Second Ave., Cranston, RI

Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tickets: $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12 years of age.

For more information:  http://www.dayofportugal.org or Al Oliveira at (401) 347-4539


April 5, 2012: Palestra: "Roteiros de Portugueses na América De Alfredo Mesquita a Natália Correia"

Presented by: Dr. Mário Mesquita, Membro Conselho Executivo da FLAD

Sponsored by: Casa dos Açores da Nova Inglaterra in collaboration with Dept. of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University

Place: Casa dos Açores da Nova Inglaterra, 160 Orchard St., East Providence, RI 02914

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Fee: Free and open to the public

For more information, contact: Nélia Alves, President at  secretaria@casadosacoresni.org


April 5, 2012: Lecture: Stuart Feld to Highlight New Bedford Whaling Museum Collections   Sponsored by: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Place: Cook Memorial Theatre, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

Time: 6:30 pm Reception, 7:30 pm Lecture

Tickets: $25 non-members, $15 members

For more information: (508) 997-0046 or visit the Whaling Museum  http://www.whalingmuseum.org



Sponsored by: Casa dos Açores da Nova Inglaterra

Place: Na Sociedade Cultural Açoriana, 205 South Main St., Fall River, MA

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Fee: Free and open to the public

For more information, contact: Nélia Alves, President at  secretaria@casadosacoresni.org


April 14 & 15, 2012: PAPS Forum XIII - "A Portuguese Renaissance - a decade of scientific and cultural growth"

Sponsored by: Portuguese American Post-Graduate Society

Place: University of Toronto, Canada

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2012

For more information:  http://www.papsonline.org/forum2012/program


April 15, 2012: Day of Portugal Fundraising Dinner

Sponsored by: Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

Music by DJ Underground Sound

Place: Club Social Português, 131 School Street, Pawtucket, RI

Time: 12 noon

Tickets: $25 for adults / $10 for children (6-12).

Menu: Soup and salad, fish fillets and tomato rice, mixed meat with roasted potatoes and vegetables, coffee and desserts .

For tickets, please contact Al Oliveira (401)347-4539


April 19 - 22, 2012: XXXVI LAEF Education Conference - San Jose , CA

Sponsored by: Luso-American Education Foundation

The theme of the conference is "Community Building Through Education and Technology".

For program and registration, visit:  http://www.luso-american.org/laef/

Questions? Please contact Bela at LAEF's office via email: education@luso-american.org or 925-828-3883.


April 22, 2012: Festival Gastronomia e Folclore

Sponsored by: Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

Place: Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St., Pawtucket, RI

Time: 12 noon - 6:00 pm

Tickets: prices per plate For more information:  http://www.dayofportugal.org


April 27, 2012: Global Strategic Innovation Business Mixer

Sponsored by: Leadership Business Consulting and PALCUS

Place: Autodesk Gallery, One Market, 2nd Floor, San Francisco

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tickets: Registration required, admission is free.  http://t.co/1EO7fTfT  


April 28, 2012: Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese-Speakers (MAPS) 2012 Annual Awards Gala

Place: Cambridge Marriott, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Tickets: $75 To reserve seating: http://www.maps-inc.org/events/annual-gala/2012-gala/reserve-seating/

 For more information: http://www.maps-inc.org/events/annual-gala/2012-gala/


May 3, 2012: Portuguese Music Recital for Cello" by David Cruz & Raquel Gorgojo

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston 02216

Time: Reception: 6.15pm, Concert: 7pm

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org


May 4, 2012: Literatures in Portuguese Language Conference: "Re-construction of Identity in Contexts of Migration"

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: UMass Boston, Healy Library, 100 Morissey Blvd., Boston, MA

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information: Center for Portuguese Language Instituto Camões/UMass Boston, Healey Library / clpic.boston@gmail.com


May 1 - 5, 2012: World Meeting of the Teaching of Portuguese

Place: Broward Center of Performing Arts, 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

For more information: Rita Pierotti Glass, (954)-779-3072 or production@pmmsite.com


May 10, 2012: "Fado Vadio" Photograph Exhibition by Luís Pavão / Film Exhibit "Amália" by Carlos Coelho da Silva, 2008

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: MIT (TBC)

Time: Film Exhibit: 5:00 p.m., Exhibit Reception and Inauguration: 7:00 p.m.

The Exhibit will be open until May 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., except on weekends.

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org


May 15, 20122: Scholarship Dinner

Sponsored by: Club S.S. Sacramento Charitable Foundation

The Charitable Foundation provides $30,000 in scholarships annually and has given almost $400,000 in scholarships since its inception.

Place: 50 Madeira Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02745

Time: 6:00 p.m. open/dinner @ 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 for Family style Portuguese chicken & fish

Dress is casual, jeans acceptable as the event is held in the pavilion

For more information, contact: Victor Rebello @ 508-992-2844

There is also entertainment. Usually a special appearance by our Folkloric Group as well.


May 19 - 21, 2012: Portuguese Cinema: António Reis Retrospective

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org 


May 20, 2012: Miss Day of Portugal Pageant

Sponsored by: Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

Place: Our Lady of Fatima Church Hall, Cumberland, RI

Time: TBA

Tickets: TBA

For more information: http://dayofportugal.org or call Christina Santos at 401-744-5366


June 2, 2012: Portuguese Lusitano Horse Show

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Sons of the Wind Farm, Merrimack

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org 


June 3, 2012: Azorean Whale Boat Regatta

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: MIT Rowboat Boathouse, Cambridge

Time: 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/ 

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org 


June 8, 2012: BPF Annual Reception -- Celebrating Beira Alta

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org


June 9 & 10, 2012, Day of Portugal Arraial and Parade, Providence, RI

Sponsored by: Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.

Place: Arraial - Bank of America City Center, Kennedy Plaza; Parade - RI State House to Bank of America City Center

Time: TBA

Free and open to the public

For more information: http://www.dayofportugal.org


June 10, 2012: Flag Raising Ceremony & Reception at Boston City Hall

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Boston City Hall, Boston, MA

Time: 11:00 a.m.

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org 


June 10, 2012: Saint Anthony's Procession

Sponsored by Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Cambridge, MA

Time: 2:00 pm

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org 


June 17, 2012: Day of Portugal Parade

Sponsored by: Boston Portuguese Festival

Place: Somerville and Cambridge, MA

Time: 2:00 pm

For more information: http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/

or Email: info@bostonportuguesefestival.org 
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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501 © 3 non partisan, non profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the  Portuguese American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advance the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.