ASSEMBLYMAN MICHAEL GIANARIS of Astoria has his “Energy Security” bill on the desk of Governor Pataki for signing. This piece of legislation points to the short comings of our energy facilities and it provides for a security system to be put in place to protect our energy sources. These facilities do not provide sufficient security to protect New Yorkers from attacks or disasters. Did you know that a dozen major power plants which produce half of the City’s total power supply are located in Astoria? Should the Governor sign this power plant security bill, it will be the first major anti-terror legislation enacted since September 11, 2001. Hard to believe, we are approaching the second remembrance of 9/11.
The HELLENIC UNIVERSITY CLUB OF NEW YORK will present Oscar-winning actress OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, author of a candid new autobiography, “Ask Me Again Tomorrow,” which explores the subtle and overt challenges faced by a Greek-American woman attempting to live the American dream. Ms. Dukakis will also discuss her remarkable life and career. A book signing and reception will follow. The event will take place on Thursday, September 4th, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Center, 337 East 74th Street beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call: 212-661-8026 or 646-935-9445.
The STEINWAY DENTAL ASSOCIATES have opened their practice at 32-75 Steinway Street in Astoria. DR. JOHN ANGELIDAKIS, DDS and DR. NICK NATHENAS, DDS. Both from Flushing, John attended and graduated the William Spyropoulos Greek School of St. Nicholas, while Nick attended the St. Nicholas Greek Afternoon School. Dr. John and Dr. Nick also have the Farmingdale Family Dental office at 132 Main Street in Farmingdale. For further information, call: 718-204-0129 or 516-249-1029.
Congratulations to PETE SAMPRAS. As the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament began at Flushing Meadow Park, an old favorite, at a pretty young age hung up his racket for a quieter life. PETE SAMPRAS at 32 years of age retires with 64 singles titles and winner of a record 14 Grand Slam tournaments, bid a farewell to the Flushing faithful one year after winning the U.S. Open. Another bright star to join the tennis rankings comes from Greece…she is ELENI DANIILIDOU who was ranked 25th. Unfortunately, she did not fair so well being eliminated in the first round by Myriam Casanova of Sweden, 6-3, 6-1.
ANDREW SIMEON GOUNARDES and NICHOLAS APOSTOLAKOS received the highest honor for a Boy Scout of the Eastern Orthodox Faith, becoming Eagle Scouts. They were recently inducted into the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 715 of Holy Cross Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
ANDREAS GLYNIADAKIS is a 22 year old, 7’ 1” 280 lbs. basketball star from Greece. The Detroit Pistons selected Glyniadakis, a center, with the 58th and final selection of the 2003 NBA draft. He is an unsigned draft pick. He has been compared to Shaquille O’Neal of the LA Lakers as “Baby Shaq”. He wishes not to be compared to anyone, he would rather make a name for himself. We wish him luck.
Congratulations to ZINOVIA ABATZIZ of Astoria who was the valedictorian at the recent Marymount Manhattan College’s Commencement. Abatzis graduated with a BA degree in biology with an education minor. A wife and mother of two children, she plans to continue her education and pursue a Ph. D. in biochemistry-bioinformatics.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com