The City Mayors foundation included Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on the shortlist of 26 candidates for 2014 World Mayor Prize.
Performances of the play Persians by the Greek master tragedian Aeschylus began its theatrical run at the Getty Villa on September 4th as its ninth outdoor production. The play has tremendous historical significance as it is the only play surviving that is based on an actual historical event, the Battle of Salamina in 480 B.C. won by the Greeks against the Persian naval force, who were far superior in numbers, marking the beginning of the Persian Empire’s downfall. The play was produced just ten years later and won first place at the Athenian festival of Dionysos.
HONORED. . . HARRY NICHOLS, Honorary board Member, long time Parish Council member and steward of the Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, was honored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce and commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day on Normandy Beach of which Mr. Nichols was a part. He received an honorary medal for his service in Normandy at this event.
NEW YORK – Timothy (Tim) J. Maniatis, Archon Exarchos and longtime consultant with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America fell asleep in the Lord, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Mr. Maniatis was a well-known organizer and leader in the Greek-American Community, participating in many organizations including AHEPA and the National Hellenic Society. He was a special consultant to the Archdiocese and Leadership 100 for planning events and most importantly, the Biennial Clergy Laity Congress. He served for many years on the Archdiocesan Council. Commenting on his passing, Archbishop Demetrios released this statement:
On behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, I am offering our profound condolences on the falling asleep in the Lord of the most esteemed Archon and co-worker in the Lord, Tim Maniatis. Tim was an outstanding co-worker, committed deeply to Hellenism and to his Faith, and assisted the Archdiocese for many years with his many skills. He would work behind the scenes and never take credit, always allowing others to shine. He will surely be deeply missed by his family, but also by all of us who have had the lasting privilege to know and work with him for the good of the Church. May his memory be eternal.
He is survived by his wife Stracie, daughter Jenna and son-in-law Alex Lee, and daughter Stephanie.
The viewing will be on Wednesday, August 6, from 7 to 9 pm at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia in Washington DC. Archbishop Demetrios of America will officiate at the funeral the next morning, Thursday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 am again at the Cathedral. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia is located at 2815 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20007.
Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, was formally inducted into the Academy of Athens in Greece last month for his exceptional leadership and accomplishments in the field of engineering. The Academy of Athens honored Yortsos for his contributions to fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media, as well as his extensive work with technical publications and his dedication to engineering education and research.
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A good 3-4 years ago I ran into a post on Facebook by a man named Eleutherios Argyropoulos from Greece. He had some amazing things to say about a secret code inside the Greek Alphabet or I should say the Hellenic Alphabet. All the information I was reading on seemed so out there, so unreal.
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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.”