Reflecting on the events of SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 one remembers the sadness, anger and fear which overtook us all. Asking what had happened, questioning why, fearing the worst, realizing the horror and wondering the whereabouts of our loved ones. In some cases it took many hours to make the connection to a loved one. In too many cases such a connection never came. Two years later, it is still the anger that overtakes my emotions. Why and how can this have happened and have we done enough to protect ourselves from this ever happening again? At the airports, we still read of people trying to carry on automatic weapons, knives, electric drills, hedge trimmers and even chain saws. This is too hard to understand. Anger still rages when passing the site or viewing the New York City skyline. The void in the sky fuels the anger. The pictures are still too vivid in the mind. The realization of the events that have occurred should be the constant reminder and the example to future generations of the hatred which unfortunately exists in the world. Keeping in our hearts and minds those innocent victims who perished on September 11th, we must commemorate their memories solemnly on this day of remembrance. We must never forget.
“GONE FISHING” for blue fish with the MEN’S LEAGUE OF ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH of Flushing on September 20th at 6:00 p.m. on board the Lady JV setting sail from Point Lookout. For reservations call ANTHONY COULIANIDIS at 718-358-9152. For $60 you get the required fishing gear, food, beer and “catch” all the laughs you can and maybe “reel in” some blues.
MELINA KANAKAREDES landed the roll of the gin and heroin addicted nightclub singer, Sally Bowles, in “Cabaret”. Melina, was fresh off her television hit show “Providence” which had its series finale last season. But, the party is almost over for the hit Broadway play at Studio 54, they take their final curtain call on November 2nd, after nearly six years and $9 million.
ANDREW GOUNARDES is a freshman at Hunter College and is working part time in the office of New York City Councilman VINCENT GENTILE (43rd District) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. His aspiration is to someday enter politics.
THE HELLENIC LINK OF NEW JERSEY is organizing a picnic for its members and friends. Enjoy Greek music, great food, and drinks at this “Annual Get Together Picnic”, on Sunday, September 14th, from 12 Noon to Dusk at Johnson Park, Piscataway, NJ (Grove 2). The price of $12 (children 4-14 years of age, $6) includes hot dogs, burgers, salads, beer, soft drinks, and Greek pastries. Activities will include backgammon, chess, volleyball, soccer and more. Bring your own equipment if possible. For more information call JOHN KALOGRIDIS 732-287-4087, JOHN KARAKIS 908-889-6327, SPILIOS MAKRIS 732-203-0701 or PANOS STAVRIANIDIS 732-873-8889.
HANAC, Inc., the HELLENIC AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION COMMITTEE, celebrates their 30th anniversary of providing service to the needs of the Greek American community. A reunion is also planned for HANAC alumni for the Spring of 2004. Towards this goal anyone who worked for HANAC as a former employee, summer camper or counselor from 1973 to the present should contact HANAC at 212-840-8005 or on the web: hanac.org.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com