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Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:31

16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago taking place September 11- 21 in various locations throughout the city. The 11-day, 20-venue festival features 62 artists and groups representing 33 countries, including Greece, from around the world. 

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.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:13

Bill Poulos's new forex trade alert software

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New York, NY (PRWEB) —Forex Profit Accelerator Review: While Forex trading presents marvelous earning opportunities; it comes with substantial amount of risk that can drain the savings of the trader. Also, this form of trading needs constant commitment and attention. The good news is traders of today can benefit from Bill Poulos’s new Forex Software, the Forex Profit Accelerator 2.0 which is a program designed to guide traders in everyday Forex Trading by giving them the groundwork necessary to make smart decisions.

Sunday, 27 July 2014 22:07

OP state official lauds Spyropoulos:

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OP STATE OFFICIAL LAUDS SPYROPOULOS: Chicagoland Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos (D-Chicago), appointed to fill a vacancy in 2009 and subsequently elected to the same seat in 2010 for a full six-year term, hosted her annual campaign fundraiser in June. Not only was it well-attended, moreover she received a pleasant surprise courtesy of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, a longtime respected top Democrat statewide. The popular Secretary founded the famous "Jesse White Tumblers" and he's also a former elite athlete, having been an All-City prep basketball player and a one-time baseball prospect in the Cubs farm system. His reputation among the public is exemplary. So when he speaks, people listen. At the Spyropoulos fundraiser, White indeed spoke, strongly lauding Spyropoulos by indicating the party has "bigger" things in store for the Commissioner. Spyropoulos' career in public service is moving along nicely. She was recently named District Finance Chair, where her MBA and being an experienced private sector attorney lend well to fiscal and legal oversight. Serving as the informal emcee for the event was Greek community leader Louis G. Apostol, executive director of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. Also on hand was Leo Louchios, a longtime top aide at the Secretary of State's Office and prominent Greek American. Showing support for their colleague were fellow water board commissioners Debra Shore, Kathleen Meeney, Frank Avila, Barbara McGowan, and Patrick Thompson, in addition to many Greek American friends and associates, along with various labor and environmental groups. The function was held at Pegasus Restaurant in Greektown, Chicago. For more information about Commissioner Spyropoulos, log on to

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:34

The Matrix of the Hellenic Language

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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.

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Experts liken the fear of going to the dentist as similar to the rates of people who fear snakes or heights.

To put you at ease and alleviate any fears, Dr. Dino Mantis of Mantis Dentistry and Implant Center is sharing the five most common questions he hears in his office.

“Modern technology has advanced to make dental work comfortable, quick and durable,” explains Dr. Mantis. “The reward for taking care of your teeth is a beautiful, healthy smile.”

 Here are the most common questions he hears from patients:

 I’m scared of going to the dentist. What should I do?

 Many people avoid dental visits because of anxiety and fear. However, dentistry has come very far, and there are many ways we can make you comfortable during your visit.  We offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation and even IV sedation. Sedation dentistry is a safe way of making you comfortable during dental work.  It allows you to retain consciousness in a state of deep relaxation. Some patients even fall asleep during their appointment.

Do I really have to wear metal braces to straighten my teeth?

 The orthodontic solution for everyone may be different based upon their personal dental diagnosis. For some, metal braces may be required. For others, invisible braces or veneers may be an option.

 Invisible Braces:Sometimes called “invisible braces,” Clear Correct uses a series of removable custom-made plastic aligners. Every three weeks the aligners are replaced, each one gradually straightening teeth. Aligners can be removed for meals and are more comfortable than traditional braces.

 Veneers: Veneers look, feel, and function like a natural tooth in addition to hiding stains, chips or gaps in your smile. DURAthin veneers are as thin as contact lenses and constructed of resilient porcelain. They require no drilling or shaving of the tooth and last roughly 20 years.

 Traditional Braces: In certain cases, traditional braces are the best option. We offer a specialized wire and bracket system called Tip-Edge. With this system our patients typically have a more comfortable experience and a quicker result. The average time in braces is 1.5 years.  Should patients need it, we can also perform a bite correction after treatment.

 My gums are bleeding. Is that normal?

 Healthy gums do not bleed. Many dentists treat bleeding gums with a deep cleaning, but it is necessary to treat the underlying issue. To properly diagnose the problem, we perform an OralDNA test with a simple rinse of the mouth. This tells us what bacteria are causing the problem. Then we work with your general physician to prescribe the right antibiotic to treat it. Finally, we do a full mouth disinfection and bring it to the correct PH balance through customized rinses. Most gum surgeries can be avoided using this science-based technique.

 About Mantis Dentistry:

In practice since 1987, Dr. Dino Mantis has extensive experience and expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, family dentistry, orthodontics, implants and more. Mantis Dentistry & Implant Center is located at 1625 N Sheridan Road in Wilmette, IL. Visit or call 866-642-2006.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 23:55


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CONFIRMATION…JENNIFER  HOBBS was confirmed into The Holy Orthodox Faith on June 1, 2014 with Laura George as Sponsor.

40 DAY BLESSINGS…ELENI  OLIVIA daughter of Elizabeth and Themios Roussis…KATERINA, daughter of Marianthi and Christo Thanopoulos… CONSTANTINA and ALEXIA, daughters of Ruby and Fotios Psyhogios…JULIAN, son of Darice and Bobby Alvertos…KORINA, daughter of Monika and Matthew Douvikas. . .ELEKTRA  PAPAEFTHIMIOU, daughter of Sophia and Michael Gurado.

SCHOLARSHIPS…DINA  O’CONELL, daughter of Martha and Lawrence O’Connell was the recipient of the Philoptochos AcademicExcellence Scholarship…ARIANA  BIEN, daughter of Sofia and Kinh Bien, was the recipient of the Paulettee  Kappos  Education Scholarship. . . PETER COTSIRILOS, son of Steven and Dianne Cotsirilos was the recipient of the Nicholas Corolis Engineering and Medical Studies Scholarship. . . THERESA  SHANLEY, daughter of Georgene and Larry Shanley was the recipient of the Athie Koulgeorge Panarites Orthodox Religious Education Scholarship.

HONOR ROLL. .  . CHRISTOPHER CROSBY,  KORAES school grad was on the High Honors Honor Roll at Brother Rice High School. . . GEORGE CROSBY was on the B Honor Roll.



Also.. . CATHY  PEPONIS…VIVIAN PAPPAS….BERTHA  PASKALIDES on the 4th. . . NANCY  SADOWSKI on the 9th…MONA  SKALKOS on the 25th. . . DEMETRA  SVOLOS on the 18th…FRANCES TSAOUSSIS on the 18th. . .. . ANDREW  E.  ZERVAKIS celebrating his 50th. . . GABRIELLA   ZERVAKIS…ARETI (TOULA) ZERVAKIS.

JULY  WEDDING  ANNIVERSARY  CONGRATS for. .  . LOUIS and ALEXANDRA  APOSTOL on the 31st. . . JAMES and LEE  COROLIS on the 9th. . . NICHOLAS and KATHERINE  GEORGIAFENTIS on the 9th. . .The Hon. JUDGE A.C. and PHYLLIS  E.  PERIVOLIDIS on the 11th. . . MAE and TED PNOPLOS on the 24th. . . TESS and TONY ANDREAKIS on the 12th. . . PAUL and CYNTHIA YANNIAS on the 4th.

MARRIED. . . INEZ RAMOS and JACK SENODENOS with Margaret Small as Sponsor on July 5.

ANCHOR. . . GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS was promoted to CHIEF ANCHOR at ABC News.  His is now at the head of the Network’s news hierarchy.

GRADUATE. . . PAUL MICHAEL JOURAS graduated from Lincoln Way North High School.

CONDOLENCES to the family of the late LEON MARINAKOS, Honorary Cultural Attache to the Consulate General of Greece and  held many other positions in the community,  who  fell asleep in the Lord recently.  May his memory be eternal.


No human condition is ever permanent

Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune

Nor too sorrowful in misfortune.


This week, we caught up with

 Konstantine Buhler

 A recent Stanford Grad, Mayfield Fellow, Activist and Entrepreneur

who spoke to us from his summer internship in Italy


Maria A. Karamitsos: Tell us about your family.

Konstantine Buhler: Both my parents are American, but my mother is of Greek descent.  My pappou was born in the town of Lidoriki, in central Greece. My yiayia was born in a small village in the Peloponnesus region just outside of Pylos, called Kynigou. My father is American and we are not positive about his ancestry. Though, at heart, he is very Greek. We believe he is half Swiss-German and half Norwegian. This explains my blonde hair and blue/green eyes, haha, like the ancient Greeks.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:57

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

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The 8th Greek film festival in Los Angeles was a great success with their award ceremony taking place at the famous Egyptian theater in Hollywood. The festival featured a total of 28 films, many of them by new directors. One of the many remarkable documentaries  was the heartbreaking KALAVRYTA-PEOPLE AND SHADOWS, from director Elias Giannakakis. 

The Philoptochos Society of Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview announced that it raised more than $12,000 at its May fashion show.  The proceeds will benefit PROMISE, a Salvation Army initiative addressing the sexual exploitation of minors, as well as many other Philoptochos philanthropic efforts.

“The event co-chairs, Dena Pavlopoulos and Bess Chidichimo, put together a wonderful dinner and fashion show, and it was fun to have members of our church family participate as models,” said Pat Nassos, president of the Saints Peter and Paul Philoptochos.  “We exceeded our expectations and are especially pleased that the funds raised will help support so many worthwhile programs.”

A significant portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army’s PROMISE (Partnership to Rescue Our Minors from Sexual Exploitation).  A Chicago-area task force – representing the social service, education, legal, judicial, healthcare, law enforcement and other government sectors – develops strategies for providing awareness, prevention, intervention and service delivery to combat sex trafficking of children.

Event proceeds will also help support many other Philoptochos charitable and philanthropic endeavors.  The organization contributes to a wide range of area food pantries, women’s shelters and support services, youth and senior services, as well as several national and international causes.

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