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Diane Adam

Diane Adam

Diane Adam is the current editor of The Greek Star newspaper. She came to the newspaper in 1994, after having worked as an English teacher in Kato Patissia, Athens, Greece. Active in the Greek-American community, Diane served as a board member of the Hellenic Foundation and the Hellenic American Women’s Council. She and her husband, George, reside in the northwest suburbs.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:03

Yannis Pappas to perform in Chicago

UP Comedy Club at The Second City is proud to annouce that from October 23-25, Greek comedian Yannis Pappas will be performing five shows at UP Comedy Club. Pappas is currently the co-anchor of “Fusion Live,” a one-hour news magazine program on Fusion Network, which focuses on current events, pop culture and satire. Fusion launched in September 2013 as a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Yannis has a Half Hour Comedy Central Special that can be found on Amazon and iTunes.

 He has also been featured on AXS TV, VH1’s “Best Week Ever”, CBS and Good Morning America on ABC. He was the first comedian to do stand-up ever on the New Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (it was a test show and didn’t air, but Yannis thinks it’s still kind of a cool thing). He tours the world as a stand-up comedian and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. He has also been on TV in Canada a few times and Denmark and Greece.

Monday, 15 September 2014 09:55

Films from Greece coming to Chicago

The Chicago International Film Festival will feature the following movies from Greece. All screenings are at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL. For more information log on to www.chicagofilmfestival.comFestival  

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, announced the establishment of a new scholarship endowment, The George A Paterakis Scholarship, and the scholarship’s first recipients, announced Supreme President Phillip T. Frangos.

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Friday, 18 July 2014 08:20

A time to pause

Summer is in full swing. There are no early nights, but rather the day fades into evening rather nicely. There is something about the less frantic summer months that allow us all to slow down. We are constantly reminded to shut off distractions. Some people don’t pause as much as they like but the intent is there. 

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 22:18

Summer Plans?

Summer is here and the Greek festivals are in full swing. There are many upcoming events happening here in Chicago. Be sure to attend a Greek festival and enjoy the long days of summer. The Greek Star’s next issue date will appear the week of July 17. Enjoy and get outside and make your summer plans!


‘Loneliness has become the most common ailment of the modern world’  Yesterday I fell upon an interesting video. It is called The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen.

The eye-opening animation by Shimi Cohen will have you transfixed on how your time on social media is in fact not social but the exact opposite. I know this is a distorted view to naysayers but look through the lens Cohen presents. It might   make you reconsider your next post a little more carefully.


Interesting news coming out of Washington from the Archons: “Just days after the Pew Research Center, in the largest political survey in its history, found that Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history, the Senators of the Foreign Relations Committee provided a stunning counterpoint: regardless of party, they agreed unanimously on one of the most vital issues of our day -- that in dealing with the United States of America, religious freedom trumps diplomatic expediency.

“In a striking show of solidarity, all ten Democrats and all eight Republicans on the Committee signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to support religious freedom for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of Orthodox Christianity, the second largest Christian Church in the world,” said Dr. Anthony Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew -- Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

“We greatly appreciate the leadership of Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate European Affairs Subcommittee, who initiated this letter,” said Andy Manatos, who heads the Order’s religious freedom efforts in Washington, DC.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is urging President Obama to press Turkey to grant the Ecumenical Patriarch full religious freedom. The letter said, “The restoration of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s religious freedom would benefit people of all faiths, America’s national interests, and the best interests of Turkey as well.”


So often we hear unfavorable or sad news about yet another teen’s life gone wrong. However, today, I’d like to share quite the opposite. Arianna Vranas, the daughter of  Nikos P and Ellena Kontos Vranas, DDS, is a junior at Naperville North High School who recently was the top fundraiser at her school, raising almost $8,000 by shaving her head for St. Baldrick’s. This national charity funds research to help find a cure for childhood cancers.  Arianna followed her heart by participating in this event in honor of her aunt and cousin who both died from cancer and for her grandfather who is undergoing cancer treatment. This is not an easy feat to many, but to Arianna she is a teen filled with goodness that is pouring out to others.

BBC Radio’s 1Xtra, a national station in the UK for hip hop and R&B fans, hand selected rapper, record producer, and songwriter Drew32 to be one of 32 rappers in the world to participate in their 2014 World Cup Freestyle competition. The 32 rappers, coinciding with the 32 countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, each spit a 32-bar freestyle rhyme about their country. Drew32, a Detroit native and Greek-American, was selected to represent Greece.  He quickly put pen to pad and laid down a Greek-flavored track that not only embodies his pride in his motherland, but also captures the fierce competition of the games.

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