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GAGE CAPTIVATES AT MUSEUM: The National Hellenic Society sponsored an evening with famous author Nicholas Gage (wrote “Eleni”) at the National Hellenic Museum on June 13 and a prominent contingent came from coast-to-coast to witness one of Greek America’s living legends give a lecture on his career as an author and former investigative reporter at the New York Times. While at the Times, Cage wrote a scathing piece alleging improprieties by then US Vice President Spiro Agnew from when Agnew was a state official. Agnew was Greek American as well, and he resigned a short while later following the publication of the piece. One of the funniest lines of the night was delivered by Gage. Some friends used to kid Gage that he went easy on Greeks. So when the Agnew piece was published, he held that up to his friends, and one responded, “If Agnew was Greek Orthodox and not Episcopalian, would you still have written the article?” The Museum crowd roared in laughter. On hand for the event were Museum Chairman John Calamos, along with NHS chairman Dr. George Korkos, NHS executive director Art Dimopoulos, and NHS executive board members George Marcus and Fani Economides.
Lincolnwood, IL— May 28, 2014— “I plan to share this prize with my parents. They have always taken care of me so I want to take care of them,” Petros Marinakos said after winning $300,000 playing Lucky Day Lotto. The Lincolnwood resident was happy to discover that the numbers on his Quick Pick ticket – 08 - 15 - 28 - 38 - 39 – were an exact match in the April 8 Lucky Day Lotto evening drawing.
On Monday, May 12, at the Roditys Restaurant in Chicago, The Chicago Council of Justice for Cyprus (CCJC) held an event in memory of one of its most dynamic past chairmen, “Celebrating the Life of Basil Portocalis.”
EL GRECO. . . An early painting, a religious icon by Domenikos Kyriakos Theotokopoulos has been loaned to the Santa Cruz Museum in Toledo, Spain for an exhibit that will run through June 14 as part of events for the “El Greco Year” in both Greece and Spain. The painting’s origins were discovered in 1983 by the culture ministry’s archaelogist GIORGOS MASTOROPOULOS.
MOSAICS…The Classical Art Society welcomed DIMITRI LIAKOS, Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University who was to lecture and examine the unique and magnificent mosaics from churches in Ravenna, on May 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Fullerton Hall of the Art Institute of Chicago.
BEST WISHES. . . to LOUIS G. APOSTOL, Executive Director and counsel for the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board who was elected Chair of the NIU College of Law Board of Visitors at its Annual Meeting in April.
STAR CHEF. . . Chicago chef JIMMY BANNOS, JR., of River North’s The Purple Pig, was a co-winner in the Rising Star Chef category at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards held in New York.
HONORED. . . MRS. KAREN COOKE and MRS. ALEXANDRA SMIRNIOTIS upon their retirement---for the many years they have dedicated to the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church Sunday School administration.
CHRISMATION. . . VASILIOS (WILLIAM) SENSENBRENNER with Eleni T. Lemberis as Sponsor. . . . NICOLETTA DODARO with Maria Visvardis as Sponsor. .
40 DAY CHURCHING. . . SEAN JR., son of Marina Dedes and Sean Gallagher. …JULIAN, son of Bobby and Darice Alvertos…CONSTANTINA and ALEXIA, children of Fotios and Ruby Psyhogios.
MAY NAME DAY GREETINGS for. . . FATHER CONSTANTINE P. BOTSIS…CONSTANTINE BACIL…DAN GEORGAKAS…MAURETTA KOPOULOS…ARISTOTLE PAPANIKOLAOU…DEAN STAVRAKAS…DR.
ELAINE THOMOPOULOS…DIANNE NICHOLS THODOS…IRENE TZAKIS…DEAN MARAGOS.
MAY BIRTHDAY WISHES for. . . PRESVYTERA GEORGIA BOTSIS…WILLIAM ARMIROS on the 28th…GEORGE ARAVOSIS on the 27th…PRISCILLA BETZELOS on the 10th…IRENE MARIA DRIKAKIS on the 20th…NICHOLAS GEORGIAFENTIS on the 28th…PAT GRAMMAS on the 23rd. . . THOMAS H. KAPSALIS on the 31st. . .
Also…. STAR Editor DIANE ADAM…GEORGIA MITCHELL on the 12th…ERNEST NEOKOS on the 26th…GEORGE PATERAKIS on the 30th…JOHN H. SECARAS on the 16th…HARRY J. SECARAS on the 19th…MARY YANNIAS on the 28th.
MAY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CONGRATS for. . . NICK and ELAINE THOMOPOULOS on the 24th….LEON and ROSE VAINIKOS on the 20th.
KORAES GRADS. . . CONSTANTINE ALEMIS…NATALIA CVETKOVIC …ANNABELLA GOFIS and NICHOLAS GEORGIOPOULOS attained “A” Honor Roll at Nazareth Academy. EVAN SELLAS achieved “B” Honor Roll status. Koraes students scored in the top 10% nationally in standardized testing.
AWARD. . .The Illinois Associated Press Media Editors (IAPME) annual contest winners includes DAN MIHALOPOULOS who received 3rd place in business for his “Clout in Session.”
CONDOLENCES to the family of the late GEORGE THOMAS TSOKOLAS who fell asleep in the Lord on April 18. He was the husband of Sultana (nee Papanikolaou) and son-in-law of Father Byron and Presvytera Cynthia Papanikolaou. May his memory be eternal.
One is rich
through one’s possessions,
through that which one can
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Joined by wide-eyed youngsters from some of the city's most impoverished Southside neighborhoods, religious leaders gathered this week at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago to dedicate more than 10,000 new books provided by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). The trove of colorful, age-appropriate reading materials will benefit thousands of schoolchildren participating in after-school enrichment opportunities, mentoring and summer learning programs in the Chicago area.
Fr. George P. Pappas, Assistant Priest at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana, and Officer Tom Pappas of the Chicago Police Department both marched in the Greek Parade on Sunday with their respective groups. Pictured here with their families, their children also participated in the parade with their Greek School programs.
ATHENS—Greece’s economic crisis as well as beauty of Greece’s landscape and culture inspired award-winning journalist Marissa Tejada to set her first novel, Chasing Athens, in the Mediterranean country, where she moved to five years ago. The romantic comedy and contemporary romance novel will be released by e-book romance publisher Musa Publishing on April 25.
On Sunday, March 30, The Greek Women’s University Club (GWUC) held its 26th Annual National Music Competition for musical performers and composers of Greek ancestry, ages 20-29, at the Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University. Chairperson for the event was Anna Moreno. At a reception following the music competition, three awards were presented.
Koraes Elementary School is excited to announce a rare feat. This year, four students received an honorable mention by the 2014 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision. It is quite difficult to reach this honor because only eleven honorable mentions were given out in the state of Illinois. As part of the project, students had to create a product about ten years into the future. They had to describe the product in detail, its need, and purpose. Congratulations to teacher Mrs. Marasco for leading the middle school students in this project. Congratulations most especially are extended to the winners: Lena Kohilas, Roula Kohilas, John Lenz and Michelle Lenz, for their imaginative work.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Anthony C. "Tony" Kyriakopoulos, who faces a primary challenge on March 18, is grounded and guided by his ethnic and neighborhood origins. It's with him every day at work. In fact, his old church basketball court sits literally within his court-room chambers and serves as an ever-present symbol providing strength and perspective. More on that in a bit. At various times during his life, this first generation Greek American has worn many hats. There's young Anthony, Tony, husband, dad, and Judge Tony. The latter currently sits in the Chancery Division, hearing cases mostly involving mortgage foreclosures and mechanic liens, with a docket ranging from 6400 to 8400 cases. Judge Tony also presides over marriages and civil unions, including more than a few Greeks over the years. Appointed in 2010 by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of a retired judge from the 10th Judicial Subcircuit, Judge Tony was initially assigned by the Chief Judge to Traffic Court. While there, he also presided over preliminary hearings and misdemeanor matters beyond traffic.