Congratulations to Assemblyman MICHAEL GIANARIS on the landmark legislation signed by Governor George Pataki, last week. Gianaris’ “Energy Security” legislation is the first in the country since September 11, 2001 which will provide and put in place measures to protect our energy sources. This legislation will address the concerns that these facilities do not provide sufficient security to protect New Yorkers from attacks or disasters.
Looks like it is fundraising season around the Metropolitan area. The next best thing to a festival for the Greek Churches has become a night with comedian BASILE. BASILE IN CONCERT appears on Friday, October 3rd at the Holy Cross Community Center in Whitestone. The event is sponsored by the Holy Cross Greek/American School. For information, call: 718-767-2955.
Talk around town is that FERNANDO “Freddie” FERRER the former Bronx Borough President and Mayoral candidate will be announcing (if he has not already announced by the time we published this column) his intention to make another run for Mayor. This will change the political landscape for the Mayoralty. Does this forestall the efforts of former City Advocate and Mayoral candidate MARK GREEN who wants to make the run for Mayor, but wishes not to relive the experiences of his last Mayoral run? Will JOHN CATSIMATIDIS not run for Mayor if Freddie Ferrer announces and instead support his good friend? It also looks like the Mayor’s poll numbers are starting to rise. If people start to realize that the City is improving economically and the steps taken by the Mayor have saved the City, this can be a boost for MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, in his re-election bid.
The HELLENIC WOMEN’S CLUB of North Shore, Long Island will host their annual philanthropic luncheon on Wednesday, October 1st, at 11:00 a.m. at the North Hills Country Club. This event will benefit ST. MICHAEL’S NURSING HOME. There will be entertainment, boutiques and a Chinese auction. For information, call: 516-627-4053.
The ALEXANDER S. ONASSIS PUBLIC BENEFIT FOUNDATION sponsors an evening of musical masterpieces and commentary with pianist CYPRIEN KATSARIS. Put October 3rd on your calendar and enjoy music of Chopin, Bach, Haydn and Liszt. The event will take place at the ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER, Olympic Tower, 645 5th Avenue, Suite 304. For information, call 212-486-4448.
Congratulations to DEBRA LEE GOUNARDES and JAMES DANIEL SOMERVILLE II, who were married last weekend at Sts. Catherine and George Greek Orthodox Church in Astoria. Debbie is the daughter of PAM and LEE GOUNARDES and James is the son of CECILIA AWEEKY and JAMES SOMERVILLE. A beautiful reception followed at TERRACE ON THE PARK and the happy couple is in Hawaii on their honeymoon.
If you may had forgotten to wish a happy name day to anyone who celebrated this past Sunday, September 14th, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Timiou Stavrou, now would be a good time to do so.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com