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Lowell, MAWhen Arthur Demoulas and his family emigrated from Greece to Ellis Island, their hope was to begin building a better life for generations to come. Arthur Demoulas went on to create a multi-billion dollar corporation that would position his eldest son, John Demoulas, as the direct beneficiary of the family’s fortune. Becoming entangled in a life of gluttony and disgrace, John Demoulas abandoned his mistress and their five children, including George Demoulas. George Demoulas’ new memoir, “Illegit” chronicles the loneliness, abandonment and addiction he faced as his father deserted the family and lived an unattached life with no interest in acknowledging him as a son.

Antwerp, Belgium (UK) —Quietly but steadily men's jewelry is moving into the mainstream. Men’s attitudes to jewelry are on the move. After perhaps 200 years (at least in the West) of confinement to cuff links, tiepins and timepieces, they are experimenting with the kind of adornment previously regarded as exclusively feminine. Nikolaos Theodoridis wants to explore that segment of the jewelry market which is considered a very difficult one.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 21:25

Q & A with Dan Mihalopoulos

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Greek Star:   Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where did you grow up and go to school?

Dan Mihalopoulos: I was born on the North Side of Chicago, went to high school at Maine West in Des Plaines and graduated in 1996 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Greek Star:  How long have you been a reporter?  

DM:  I’ve been a reporter since I was a child, first as editor of my elementary school and high school newspapers. I also wrote a column called “News from Maine West” for the Des Plaines Times as a high school senior. I began writing for daily newspapers in college, and my first full-time job after graduating was as a Metro section reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I moved back home to become a reporter for the Chicago Tribune in 1999.

Greek Star:  What are some of the more memorable stories you have covered?

DM: Since 2012, I have been an investigative reporter on the Chicago Sun-Times “Watchdogs” team, and last year I began writing a weekly political column for the Sun-Times’ “Early & Often” political portal, which you can access at politics.suntimes.com. I also appear frequently as a news commentator on broadcast media, including WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight,” WBEZ-91.5 FM’s “Afternoon Shift” and my koumbaro John Kass’ morning talk show on WLS-890 AM.

I’ll certainly never forget covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.  It was very meaningful as a Greek-American —and a lot of fun —to cover the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. But I’m perhaps most proud of covering local government and politics in my home state for the past 16 years, including the Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel administrations. One of the most memorable stories I covered on the City Hall beat was the federal corruption investigation and 2006 trial of Daley’s patronage chief. More recently, it was interesting to report on how a politically connected Chicago charter-school operator had spent a record state grant of $98 million. 

Greek Star:  Can you tell us a little about your Greek roots? Do you speak the language?  Have you visited the country?

DM:   My parents are both Greek immigrants --  father Vasilios is originally from Tripoli, Arcadia and mother Despina (Tziforos) is from Achladokambos, Argolida. I speak Greek thanks to them as well as my grandparents, uncles, aunts and Greek school teachers. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Greece numerous times, to see relatives in Athens, Tripoli and Kranidi, Argolida. I’m very proud of not only my Greek roots but also the ethnic and religious community that I grew up in here in the Chicago area, many of whom have given me strong and greatly appreciated encouragement in my career. 

Having said that, you have to cover everyone— yes, even my fellow Greeks— in the same manner. I hope Hellenes are pleased to see my byline above stories that have value for all Chicagoans and Illinoisans, of every ethnicity, race and creed.

Greek Star:  What do you think about the political system here? 

DM:  The political system in this country is certainly one of the greatest manifestations yet of the democratic ideal that the ancient Greeks invented. There are many aspects of our system that are the envy of much of the world. The freedom of the press and other innovations such as open-records and open-meetings laws are vital to the functioning of our democracy.

Yet here in Chicago we are especially mindful of the system’s deep flaws, revealed in the frequent corruptions cases at our local federal courthouse and by the “watchdog” investigative reporting in the local media. Transparency in government is the greatest deterrent to actions that might benefit special, clouted interests at the public’s expense. Despite the economic challenges facing our industry, the owners of the Sun-Times and our journalists and lawyers have litigated cases under the state’s “Sunshine Law,” aka Freedom of Information Act, to help ensure accountability for every taxpayer dollar and for every decision carried out in the public’s name. I am a party in one such pending case against a major private, charter school operator that’s funded almost entirely by taxpayers.

Greek Star:    What do you think about the media business today? Will the Internet entirely replace newspapers?

DM: There’s no doubt that the media industry is facing profound economic challenges and rapid technological changes. Every day now, I and most news consumers get the latest stories on handheld phones or other electronic devices as soon as we awaken, before we go down to the driveway or lobby to get our newspapers. So there no longer is one, daily deadline, because stories break continuously on the web sites of large media organizations and lone-wolf bloggers. This is a dramatic shift compared to how things were 20, or even 10 years ago.

Regardless of how the news is delivered, there are universal principles of journalism that transcend technology, time, place and language. The most important thing is that fair, aggressive journalists continue to do their jobs— no matter how our reporting gets transmitted.

Greek Star:  Is there anything else you would like to say that we haven’t asked?

DM: I think that about covers it, although I’m happy to try to answer any other, follow-up questions you might have.

CHICAGO—The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies will host Professor Thanos Veremis, well known historian of Modern Greece and Vice Mayor of Athens Oct. 15-Nov.15. The visit is sponsored by the University Seminars Program of the Onassis Foundation (USA). Professor Thanos Veremis is the best known historian of Modern Greece and so popular that he was recently elected Vice Mayor of Athens.

Below is the schedule of events:

Cultural History of Modern Greece, Class/GKM 285

Every Tuesday, R  11:00- 12:15

Lecture Center  A 105, 

Oct, 15-Nov, 15, 2014

Friday Oct. 17, 4:30: University of Chicago, Classics Building, 

Room 21 

The Years of Ottoman Rule, European Influences and National Ideologies

Oct. 22. 12: 12:50. Department of History, UIC, room 950

The role of populism in post-Andreas Papandreou Greek politics

Oct. 30. 3:00-5:00 pm. Department of Classics and MS, Daley Library, 

 Conversation  between Thanos Veremis (Athens), Stathis Kalyvas (Yale) and Leon Fink (UIC): 

“History  between the Academic and the Public Domain”

Nov. 11. Time TBA. U of I, Urbana/ Champaign . Modern Greek Studies

Greek Economic Crisis and the City of Athens: A Discussion with the Deputy Mayor of Athens, Prof. Thanos Veremis

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:55

Margaret Skourlis is 2014 Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite

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     Margaret Skourlis, a Greek-American, won the title of 2014 Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday, Setp. 6 2014.  This is Margaret Skourlis’ first National title, her prior titles include, Ms. New Jersey United States 2010, Ms. New Jersey United States 2009, Miss Kalamata 2003, Miss Kato Melpia 2002, and Miss Messinia 2001.  Margaret will spend her year as a national queen making appearances, doing signings, photoshoots, and giving speeches to help various charities and inspire the youth.  She has a master's degree in business administration and a second master’s in political science.  She is very passionate and active throughout her life in helping the Greek community both inside and outside of Greece.  Many of her relatives are still residing in Greece.

     Margaret attributes her success to her parents for instilling in her to never give up and always go after her goals.  Margaret is not only a beauty queen but a company owner, model, published poet, published writer, and actress.  In her free time she is very diverse in her hobbies which include scrapbooking, traveling, scuba diving, skiing, swimming, playing piano, and Greek dancing.    

     Her passion for the Greek community can be seen in all the organizations, Greek student programs she has taken, and positions she has held to help the Greek community.  She is Vice President of the Intercollegiate Hellenic Society.  Formerly she was President of the Maids of Athena Flushing Chapter #126.  She was one of the selected students that participated and finished the AHIF Foreign Policy Program to Greece and Cyprus in 2011.  She completed twice the D.I.A.S. International Academic Studies program in Crete.  During her former beauty queen titles she made appearances and helped various Greek charities and organizations.

      

The City Mayors foundation included Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on the shortlist of 26 candidates for 2014 World Mayor Prize.

Monday, 15 September 2014 10:33

Persians By Aeschylus At The Getty Villa

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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.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:24

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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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