The Patriarchal Trip to Cuba came and went, but the memories will last a lifetime. As a religious pilgrimage it was a historic and monumental event for the Greek Orthodox Faith. To have witnessed His All Holiness consecrate the first religious structure built in Cuba in over 40 years and to have been a part of it is beyond words. Over 1,300 faithful from around the world enjoyed a glorious day which began with Matins, the Consecration and the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy followed by a luncheon in a breathtaking outdoor setting in the Plaza de Armas. All in all it was a tremendously uplifting religious experience.
Queens Borough President HELEN MARSHALL delivered her State of the Borough Address on Tuesday, at Queens College. Marshall, who is in her midterm as borough president has set forth an ambitious plan for Queens. She calls it her “Marshall Plan”. She introduced a number of new and exciting initiatives which include neighborhood parks and a continued effort to expand school construction, so as to alleviate overcrowding. Her Chief-of-Staff ALEXANDRA (LOVIS) ROSA assisted in putting the final touches on the address.
Councilmember PETER F. VALLONE, JR. is attempting to save public radio broadcasts and with this in mind met with Deputy Mayor Deputy Mayor DENNIS WOLCOTT to discuss the proposed sale of WNYE-TV & WNYE-FM, both owned and operated by the Department of Education. Vallone recently introduced Resolution 1126 calling for the City Council to conduct an oversight hearing on the proposed sale and whether such a sale is in the best interests of the City. Both WNYE-TV and WNYE-FM
provide valuable educational, cultural and civic programming to over 1 million viewers and listeners throughout the City and broadcast to nearly 15 million people in the New York metropolitan area.
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS will perform as Clytemnestra in Aeschylus’ “AGAMEMNON”, and her husband actor LOUIS ZORICH will play Agamemnon. The performances will take place from February 3rd to February 22nd, at the John Jay Theatre at 899 10th Avenue, across from Lincoln Center in Manhattan. For information, call: 212-998-8017.
The PTA of the Greek Afternoon School of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Flushing, is having their annual dinner dance on February 8th and will honor Fr. ANASTASIOS DIACOVASILIS. The event will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Terrace on the Park.
THE CATHEDRAL FELLOWSHIP OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESAN CATHEDRAL THE HOLY TRINITY presents its 2004 Pre-Lenten Lecture Series. All lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at The Cathedral Center, 319-337 East 74th Street, in Manhattan, between First and Second Avenue. Donation is $5.00 and refreshments will be served. The next lectures to be offered are as follows: Thursday, February 5th on Depression, with DR. EVA PAPPAS, Therapist; on Wednesday, February 11th on Anxiety with DR. PETER KALELLIS, Therapist; on Wednesday, February 18th on Sexuality with DR. JOHN CHIRBAN, Harvard University/Holy Cross Theological Seminary and on Wednesday, February 25th the Lecture Series Conclusion with FR. MARK AREY, of St. George Tropeoforos Greek Orthodox Church. For information, call DEAN SIRIGOS at 718-937-1017.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.”
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