With Businessman George Tsounis and Helen Psaras – Photo: Dimitrios Panagos
By Constantine S. Sirigos, TNH Staff Writer, The National Herald, April 5-11, 2014
MANHATTAN – When the clouds hovering above Manhattan saw the Greeks marching up Fifth Avenue were undaunted by the early drizzle, they relented, making for a chilly but dry celebration of the 193rd anniversary of Greek Independence. The weather was not ideal, but thousands were on hand, including New York’s new Mayor Bill de Blasio.
FLUSHING – The Spirit of Liberty, Hellenism, and the great Greek Island of Crete, spiced by the humor of renowned Greek-American writer Harry Mark Petrakis who was honored along with Greek parliamentarian and former foreign minister and mayor of Athens, Dora Bakoyiannis, filled the penthouse ballroom of the Terrace on the Park on December 6.
The Awards Gala of the Pancretan Association of America (PAA) was a commemoration of the centennial of the Union of Crete with Greece in 1913. Emannuel Velivasakis was the Centennial Events Chairman and the MC of the gala that gathered Cretans – including five tables of young people – and friends of Crete.
By Nancy Biska & Georgia Kokinidou, ΚΡΗΤΗ Magazine, October 2013
Celebrations with a series of cultural events in New York City on December 5 – 8, 2013 are being organized by the Pancretan Association of America and the Cultural & Education Committee
of the NY&NJ local chapters, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Union of Crete with Greece (1913-2013).
The celebrations of this historical milestone for Crete and Greece will start by organizing a United Nations Symposium entitled “The Cretan Diet: 100 years of Crete’s contribution in Better Nutrition and Healthy Living.” (December 5, afternoon). The Symposium’s purpose is to promote the traditional Cretan diet as a model of the Mediterranean Diet, as well as a way of living for maintaining health and longevity. At the same time, the Symposium will promote the rich and excellent quality of the agricultural products of Crete.
By Constantine S. Sirigos, TNH Staff Writer, THE NATIONAL HERALD, MARCH 31 – APRIL 6, 2012
MANHATTAN – The Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Avenue was not graced by the sun this year. It was a little damp and chilly, but the sun of Hellenism and of Justice for Cyprus glowed in the hearts and shined in the minds of thousands of marchers and spectators.
Grand Marshal Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey, inspired the hundreds who heard him speak at events throughout the weekend. “It’s an extraordinary day. It is one of [my] highest privileges to have been named the grand marshal,” said the Manhattan-born Senator of Cuban descent. He has often expressed the powerful affinity he feels for the community and for Greece. He believes the Athens, as the birthplace of democracy, is still a beacon of light throughout the world.
New York, 07.06.2011
What do the New York State Senator, Mike Giannaris, New York Reps, Aravela Simota and Nicole Malliotaki, Judge Peter Georgalos, senior New York Times member, George Kalogerakis and other prominent Greek – American scientists, businessmen and artists have in common? All of them have taken Greek language lessons in Greek schools, during their student years; something they have not forgotten, honoring their teachers until today.
By Catherine Tsounis
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well,” said Alexander the Great. On Sunday, June 5th, an elegant, free Luncheon was held at the Cultural Center of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 337 East 74 St, New York. The Federation of Hellenic-American Educators and the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” honored the Greek Teacher at the Prometheus 35th Anniversary.
Outstanding students were honored by their teachers. A raffle was held. Donations for the event were from the Greek-American business and professional community. An outstanding Journal book was published, showing the role of the Modern Greek Teacher in America.
The Luncheon Committee, who organized this unique event, comprised the following persons: Stella Kokolis; Vasiliki Filiotis; Dr. George Melikokis; Adriana Fiolitis, Timoleon Kokkinos; Georgia Papadopoulou; Demosthenis Triantafillou, Dr. John and Emily Antonopoulos; Dr. John Siolas, Past President of Prometheus; Cathy Koutsoupakis and Georgia Filiotis.
La Gazeta, Volume 6, Issue 1, page 3, Adelphi University GAZETTE-ADELPHI UNIVERSITY
Professor Biska, our professor of Greek, reports that the Hellenic Society won the “Educational Event of the Year” award for their event “A Taste of Greece” at Adelphi’s Brown & Gold banquet! “At this event,” she notes, “students presented videos and photographs from Greece, showing Greece’s contribution to the western civilization and the importance of restoring Greek values in our daily lives.
The walls of the hall were decorated with posters, while images from Greece were being projected, using material which was provided by the head of the GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) in the US, Mr. Chrysanthos Petsilas.
The Pan Macedonian Studies Center in New York hosted recently Professor C. Nadia Seremetakis, an innovative and well-published anthropologist with a vast array of scholarly and poetic achievements.
The Center’s Director Nancy Biska introduced Dr. Seremetakis who in turn held an interdisciplinary lecture “On the Branches of Memory: Feeling, Materiality and the Environment,” spanning ethnography, archaeology, physical anthropology, and environmental studies. A Q&A session followed.
Currently at the new University of Peloponnesus in the School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Professor Seremetakis’ teaching experience includes institutions in the United States and Europe. Additionally, she has served as advisor to the Ministry of Public Health in Greece and as an advisor to the World Health Organization.
Washington, D.C., By Catherine Tsounis, Greek News
“Today, we honor Ambassador Alexandros Mallias, a man who has created history in Washington, D.C.,” stated Mrs. Stella Kokolis, President of the Federation of Hellenic American Educators, SAE – USA Region. “He is responsible for creating the education events at the Capitol in 2008 and 2009. Without his support, we would not be here. We wish him well in his next diplomatic mission, since this is his last day in Washington, D.C.”
Published in NEO magazine
The Federation of Hellenic American Educators under the auspices of SAE-USA (World Council For Hellenes Abroad) Region and the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. presented the 2nd annual event on “The Ecumenical, Humanistic and Diachronic Values of the Greek Culture and Education” on Thursday morning, June 4th at the Cannon Building of the Capitol, Washington, D.C. Nancy Biska, representing Mariyana Spyropoulos, was Mistress of Ceremonies.
Greetings were delivered by Senator John Sarbanes and representatives from Congressional leaders Carolyn Maloney, Gus Bilirakis and Tina Titus. Closing remarks were made by Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis.