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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.

Friday, 14 February 2014 14:13

100th Birthday for Konstantin Zotos

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On January 6, former Greek Star columnist Konstantin Zotos celebrated his 100th birthday together with his wife Mary Ellen and his daughter and son-in-law, Nausica and Ioannis Neroulias.

An ancient Greek artifact excavated by University of Missouri–St. Louis archaeologist Michael Cosmopoulos will be part of an exhibition opening in January at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium, often referred to as BOZAR.The fragment of wall painting, part of a larger wall fresco, was unearthed in stages from 2010 to 2011 at a site in Iklaina, Greece, where for the past 15 years Cosmopoulos has led a team of students, staff and specialists.
The fragments were spread among the ruins of a destroyed palace that dates from sometime between 1400 B.C. and 1300 B.C., which was during the Bronze Age.The fragment is an irregularly shaped piece, approximately 5 inches by 6 inches. It is part of a larger composition that shows a maritime representation – a ship with its oarsmen and dolphins.  Its importance is that this is the earliest naval representation from the Greek Mainland.
The exhibition, titled “Nautilus: Navigating Greece,” will combine unique works of art from ancient and contemporary Greece. It examines the intimate relationship between the Greeks and the Mediterranean Sea trough the ages, and will run from Jan. 27 through April 27. On display will be nearly 100 ancient artifacts, including bronze and marble sculptures, frescoes, coins, vases and ceramic vessels, from more than 30 Greek museums.
The display was organized in cooperation with the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Sports.Cosmopoulos said the wall fragment was found on the very last day of the 2010 excavation season.“Everyone on the dig was so excited and amazed at the discovery of such an intricate fresco – it was totally unexpected,” he said. “There it was, a window into the Bronze Age past of a prehistoric people long gone.”Upon his team’s return in 2011 additional pieces were found in the ruins of the building. And he said there may even be more that have yet to be discovered.This will be the first time the artifact will be exhibited outside of Greece. Since, the fragments discovery it’s been in storage at a local museum in the Greek city of Pylos.The excavations at Iklaina have also brought to light massive walls, formal buildings and the oldest-known written tablet in Europe, which is also the oldest-known state bureaucratic record.The exhibition was organized to highlight Greece’s upcoming six-month turn as president of the European Union. The nation took the helm Jan. 1, 2014. In addition, Greece will issue a commemorative stamp depicting the wall painting. 


Thursday, 09 January 2014 22:31

Barztis hosts fundraiser

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Prominent businessman Peter Barztis hosted an early December fundraiser for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford's campaign for the GOP primary for Illinois governor. The event was held at the Parthenon Restaurant in Greektown, Chicago.

Chicago—Sarantos releases his 1st song “Not Where I Wanna Be” and now his fans await the release of his music video. Sarantos’ unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!” Solo music artist Sarantos, who is Greek American, has reached over 25,000 fans on Facebook and 50,000 Twitter followers without even releasing his first song yet. All this hype has made Sarantos even more excited for his music debut. The 1st song is titled “Not Where I Wanna Be” and was finally released worldwide on January 2nd, 2014.

Fortunately the number of Orthodox children’s books keeps multiplying, yet it is encouraging to see that Maria Khoury’s Christina books continue to anchor the shelves!   Her books communicate to our little ones so sweetly and effectively about our faith.  Christina’s Counting Book, Second Edition, is another treasure, and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:03

Making a Difference: Anna Kioutas

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Beneath the beautiful and elegant appearance of Anna Kioutas is the heart of a Greek American committed to strengthening Hellenic organizations and supporting just Hellenic causes.

Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:23

Eleanna Livaditis crowned Miss Colorado USA 2014

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 Greek American Eleanna Livaditis is the new Miss Colorado USA, having been crowned October 27 at a ceremony in Greeley, CO as part of the Miss USA beauty pageant. To our knowledge, she is the very first Greek American who’s first generation to win such a contest. She’ll be traveling the state during the next year representing the organization at various charity functions, simultaneously working full time at an oil and gas company and part time as a Greek school teacher.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Honorable Gus M. Bilirakis  honored National Merit Semi-Finalist, Salutatorian and up and coming Greek-American, Andreas N. Stamatakis for his academic and extra-curricular achievements. The Honorable Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives.

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