Recently, the President of Greece, KOSTIS STEPHANOPOULOS, unveiled a new memorial at the Jewish cemetery in Thessaloniki, Greece, honoring the Greek Jews who gave their lives during the World War II battles from 1940-1941. COLONEL MARDOXAIOS FRIZIS, was one of the 513 Greek Jews honored by this memorial. U.S. Ambassador to Greece TOM MILLER received the prestigious 2003 FRIZIS AWARD, bearing the name of the Colonel, in Washington, D.C. earlier last month.
THE GREEK AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS and TENANTS ASSOCIATION will celebrate their 14th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner, on Thursday, November 27th. This tradition which began as a community event for the needy has grown into a family event with all the members joining in to help, with their families and remembering to give thanks. All are invited to 23-49 31st Street from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for great food and a real friendly family setting. This year the event will commemorate the memories of some of the members…KONSTANTINOS and MARINA FAKIRIS, MELINA ALEXIOU and TOM ALAFOGIANIS. For information, call: 718-545-4046.
SHAREING & CAREING is an organization which delivers support services to breast cancer victims. The organization’s president ANNA KRILL does a marvelous job in caring to the needs of each participant. This very dedicated group is comprised of cancer survivors and others who desire to make a difference. Their Annual Benefit Cocktail Party and Silent Auction will take place on Wednesday, November 19th at RICCARDO’S at 21-01 24th Avenue in Astoria. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m., and includes an open bar, hot and cold buffet for $50 per person. For information, call: 718-721-7777.
COSMOS FM the HELLENIC PUBLIC RADIO, WNYE 91.5FM, is conducting their Fall Membership Drive, which continues through Sunday, November 23rd. This not-for-profit, public radio station broadcasts under the aegis of the Greek American Educational Public Information System, Inc. (GAEPIS). GAEPIS is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hellenic heritage in the United States via the media of mass communication, and is the only such program providing educational and cultural broadcasting, in both Greek and English. These are crucial times for our friends at COSMOS FM. If you are inclined to help, call YANNIS SIMONIDES at 718-488-9500. In addition, the radio station offices will soon be relocating back to Astoria. Sometime in December they will occupy space at 28-18 Steinway Street, on the third floor, over MARATHON BANK, thanks to a very generous lease agreement by ALMA Realty and STEVE VALIOTIS.
HIS ALL HOLINESS BARTHOLOMEW, the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Faith, is planning a Pilgrimage to Cuba for the Consecration of the new St. Nicholas Church in January. I deem it a great honor, to have been asked to help organize this trip for His Holiness, since this will be a most historic event for our Orthodox Faith. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com