The Ionian Village after a one year hiatus will once again open its doors. One of the finest programs under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America, it has been the guiding light for our youth for many years.
This summer camp program in Greece offers our youth three individualized program setting for 7th to 9th graders, 10th to 12th graders and for adult ages of 18 to 30.
The experience of the Ionian Village program is a must for all our youth. Activities include arts & crafts, hikes, athletics, swimming and the famous campfire chats. There are also fantastic daytrips to Mt. Olympos, Aegina, Zakynthos, Kalavryta and Athens. The experience of the Orthodox surroundings and the friends they will make will remain with them for a lifetime.
The deadline to register is in early May. For additional information, call 646-519-6190.
Remember Mary Danakas who worked at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese? She went on to Project Mexico and their mission is to build dreams by constructing homes for the less fortunate people. This labor of love, with the blessings of the SCOBA, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas has recently completed its 100th home with over 5,500 volunteers for the Orthodox in Mexico.
Steve Lappas former basketball coach of Villanova is on the scene as basketball coach at University of Massachusetts, but he does come to New Jersey often to visit his mom. Steve was a product of the HANAC basketball programs in Washington Heights in the early 1970s. If you were a product of HANAC…an employee or in the summer camp, as a counselor or camper call Tina Kiamos at 212-840-8005. HANAC is putting together an alumni group, which sounds like great fun. What a fantastic opportunity to rekindle old memories.
Nick Gregory, meteorologist for FOX-5, will be the guest speaker at a special science assembly for the junior high school students of the William Spyropoulos School of St. Nicholas Church in Flushing, on May 13th. I understand Nick has placed an order to forecast a sunny day for his visit.
Dr. Anastasios Fokas, O.D., optometrist has opened his own pratice, Fokas Eyecare and is doing very well. Located in the mini-shopping center above Mediterranean Foods in Astoria at 23-18 31st Street. LOOK him up.
John Kassimatis has been promoted to Inspector/Commanding Officer of the Port Authority of NY & NJ. Congratulations to John on this tremendous accomplishment. John is also a survivor of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Jimmy Roumeliotis was recently promoted to Commanding Officer of the 19 Pct. of the New York City Police Department. Congratulations to our new Captain, who is also the president of St. Paul’s Society, which is the Eastern Orthodox officers of the NYPD.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com