The PANCYPRIAN CHOIR invites all to attend their “Christmas with the Pancyprian: A Family Concert” performance on Friday, December 12th at 8:00 p.m. at St. Catherine Church in Astoria. This year’s performance will feature the joyous singing of the choir, heavenly harp music, favorite vocal soloists and the voices of children. Bring your family and participate in the annual sing-along, with a reception to follow. For more information about the annual Christmas concert call: ISMINI MICHAELS, president, at 718-746-5953.
SAINT BASIL ACADEMY CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE will take place on Saturday, December 13th, at Saint Basil Academy, 79 Saint Basil Road, in Garrison, New York. This event begins at 11:00 a.m. For more information, call: 845-424-3500. If you are interested in attending and do not have the means of transportation or would enjoy company THE PHILOPTOCHOS of the ANNUNCIATION CHURCH in Manhattan is organizing a trip to attend the Saint Basil Academy Christmas Open House. For more information, call 212-535-4040.
THE ASSOCIATION OF DRAMINON “ST. BARBARA” will hold their annual dance on Saturday, December 13th at the Crystal Palace in Astoria at 7:30 p.m. They will feature YIANNI FLORINIOTI, CHRISTOS TIXTAPANIDES will be on the lira with the FOTIADI ORCHESTRA. For information, call: ALEXIADES at 516-807-3235 or GEORGIA at 718-961-3334.
GREEK AMERICANS FOR BUSH-CHENEY ’04 committee is well on its way for the gala event to take place on Wednesday, March 24th, 2004 in Washington, DC. This committee led by ALEX SPANOS met in New York and discussed their commitment to the re-election efforts for President George Bush. The planned event for March has a starting ticket price of $2,000 per person. A tremendous amount of enthusiasm was displayed and an impressive amount of tables have already been pledged.
A recent report stated that Assemblyman MATTHEW MIRONES (R) from Staten Island has proposed legislation which will in effect lighten up the provisions which ban the “no-smoking” ban on the State level, which in turn will also lighten the ban in New York City. Credit must be given to Matthew for stepping up and taking a stand which seems reasonable and fair to the businesses and to those who wish to make the choice. The ban the strictest in the nation, is now being looked at not for its economic or health affects, but rather one of “choice”. The choice should be up to each adult individual on whether they wish to enter a smoking or non-smoking establishment. I have maintained all along that anyone wishing to invest into a business should be allowed to cater to a customer and offer the option for them to choose. Not to have government dictate policy. Maybe the 40% drop in business overall has made it necessary to revisit this legislation.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com