APPOINTMENT….KATHLEEN MATSOUKAS was promoted to partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Litigation Department.
AWARD…GINA DEMAS, RN, received of the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses by Little Company of Mary Hospital.
PRESENTATION. . . DR. ELAINE THOMOPOULOS presented the paper “Famine, Destruction and Death: Greek Immigrants Remember World War II and the Civil War,” on February 11 at the Annual Conference of the Oral History Association in Cleveland, Ohio.
REALTOR. . . JOHN VRANAS is Realtor of the Year for the Chicago Association of Realtors. He will be honored April 17 at the banquet in Springfield. His firm, Vranas Ventures is associated with Vranas & Chioros Realty since 1978.
AUTHOR. . . GUS LEODAS, whose mother’s uncle was GIORGOS THEOTOKAS, noted 20th century writer, is the author of mysteries and suspense novels. Among them are: Letter from Magda…Unsafe Harbor…and Huntress. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Directors Guild of America.
KORAES GRADS. . . ALEXANDRA LENZ is on the Dean’s List at Marist High School. . . NATALIA CVETKOVIC, SLAVKO CVETKO, ANNABELLA GOFIS and DIMITRA SPANDONIDIS have earned “A” honor roll at Nazareth Academy. . .. GABRIELLA GOFIS has earned “B” honor roll at Nazareth.
MARRIED. . . PETER THEODORE and MELISSA RITZMAN….SOFIA RIZAKOS and RIM MAURUKAS.
40 DAY BLESSINGS….HELENA, daughter of Jim Polson and Jennifer Dendrinos ...SOPHIA JULIA, daughter of George and Julia Karos…RAYMOND KIMBALL, son of Raymond and Alexis Lazko…CHRISTINA, daughter of Spyros and Sofia Hristoforatos. . .JONATHAN BRIAN GINLEY, son of Stella and Brian Ginley.
Also… KONSTANTIN LUCIAN, son of Mariana Toscas and Mark Nowak…THANO EDWARD, son of Spiro and Amy Rempas…NICHOLAS KLEON, son of Robert and Soula Thomson…ZOE, daughter of Chris and Erin Harding Kobiljak…VICTORIA, daughter of Grigorious and Georgia Ress Raphael.
BAPTIZED. . . CHRISTOPHER DIMITRI, son of FATHER SOTIRIOS and PRESVYTERA PAMELA DIMITRIOU, with JOHN and MARIA CORASIS as Sponsors.
BELATED FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES for FATHER SOTIRIOS DIMITRIOU.
CHRISMATIONS…CORI ELEFTHERIA BROWN….DENISE DYONISIA BERRY.
MARCH BIRTHDAY WISHES for. . . FATHER JOHN KUTULAS on the 10th…Presvytera MARY SCOULAS…MARIAN GAVRILIS on the 26th…KATERINA GEORGIAFENTIS on the 31st. . . JACQUELINE ATHENS JAMES on the 16th…GEORGE KALOGERAS…PAULINE KALOGERAS on the 4th. . .JOHN J. KULIDES. . . MARY ORPHAN on the 27th… KATHY SIAVELIS on the 9th. . . JAMES A. REGAS on the 12th. . . PETE ZERVAKIS…ALEXANDRA ZIMA.
MARCH NAME DAY GREETINGS for. . . THEODORA ZOE ARMIROS…ANGELO AVGERINOS….LITSA DALAGEORGAS…ANGELO DALLAS…ANGELO DAMOLARIS…ANGELO LOUMBAS…EVANGELINE
MISTARAS…ANGELA PATERAKIS…EVANGELIA COLETTE SADOWSKI…MONA SKALKOS…EVAGGELIA LIA SKIPITARAS……THEODORA VASILS.
MARCH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CONGRATS for. . . GEORGE and VIVIAN KOUROS on the 5th.
BOOKS WEEK….Dr. CHRISTOPHER VENIAMIN will speak on St. Palamas and the Second Sunday of Lent on April 2, at 6:00 p.m. at the HOLY ApostleS Church .
SINGLES….JOHN PAPPAS, Agency Owner, American Family Insurance, was named as One of 50 Most Eligible Singles of 2013--- by Today’s Chicago Woman.
MUSIC. . . JOHN SUTKO who sings with the Pan Orthodox Choir of Greater Chicago is observing his 60th year as Choir Director of the St. Peter and St. Paul Orthodox Church (OCA), Burr Ridge, Illinois. He has published a Memorial Service book, a book of Christmas Carols of Eastern Europe, a Children’s Choir book and a book of Chant of the Carpatho-Russian people.
CCONDOLENCES to the family of the late GEORGE SFONDELES who fell asleep in the Lord recently. May his memory be eternal.
Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to
roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly
if they even roll a few more upon it.
Eight works from the collection of Anthony Quinn, the late American actor, feature in the next Bonhams sale of South African art on March 20th in New Bond Street, London. Including paintings and sculptures by Cecil Skotnes, Lucky Sibiya, Dumile Feni-Mhlaba and Cyprian Shilakoe, the selection ranges in price from £2,500 to £30,000.
The Greek Star Editor Diane Adam recently talked with Andrew S. Natsios, executive professor at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A and M University. Natsios has a long list of public service, which includes former CEO of the US government’s foreign aid agency which contains a nearly $14 billion dollor budget and workforce of 8,100 employees. He has also served as the President’s special envoy to Sundan.
This week we caught up with guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis, from the rock band OWL,
whose second album, “The Right Thing,” hits the stores on April 9
This week we caught up with the Greek Goddess of Comedy,
- Ellen Karis
- Greek Goddess of Comedy
- Greek American
- Greek American comedy
- Jimmy Santis
- Fox Business Channel
- The View
- Jim Mendrinos
- Joy Behar
- The Sopranos
- Rants from the Greek Goddess of Comedy
- Operation Warrior Wellness
- David Lynch Foundation
- ovarian cancer research
- Sunday School
- Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre
- Anna Vissi
- Greek Chicks Rule
CHICAGO—Eighty-Eight Entertainment presents the Chicago Premiere ofHershey Felder’s riveting new production, AN AMERICAN STORY for ACTOR AND ORCHESTRA, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last day, in a limited engagement at The Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted, previewing Thursday, March 7, 2013 and opening Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m.
ATHENS—Dozens of talented, creative volunteer organizers have joined forces once again to help organize and stage the always-exciting, carnival. Little known, the Athens district known as Metaxourgeio, or "Silk Factory" in Greek, very nearly became home to the presidential palace during the Nineteenth Century because of its central location.
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 16th Annual European Union Film Festival runs March 1-28 and this year two critically acclaimed new Greek films – HANNIBAL ANTE PORTAS (ANIVAS PRO TON PILON) and MAGIC HOUR – will make their Chicago debuts as part of the festival. For more information on these films, the EU Festival or the Film Center, visit http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/eufilmfest2013.
Secretary of State Attends The Special Birthday Bash
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was among the special guests invited to the milestone birthday celebration for three centenarians at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre on Friday, February 15th.
Wheeling, Ill.--The second floor activity room at the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre was filled with well-wishers and family members of the “three birthday girls.” The honorees are Diamanto Sakellariou who turned 103 years of age, Agnes Ehrhardt who turned 101 years old, and Katherine Diamantes who turned 100 years of age.
In his remarks, Secretary White exclaimed, “Imagine all that they have seen in their lifetime. They are an inspiration to us all.”
Each of the honorees were adorned with birthday crowns as queens for the momentous day. While family and friends armed with cameras, tablets, and smart phones snapped countless photos of the three centenarians.
In addition to his kind words, Secretary White also presented the three with commemorative plagues that recognized their remarkable longevity as well as their contributions as citizens of Illinois.
Secretary White noted that, “Not only do they each share their birthdays on the same day but these three proud women also live in the same great facility, the Greek American Rehab and Care Centre.”
With many of the board members and staff looking on, Secretary White also presented “The 2013 Commitment to Community Award” to the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Center for its ongoing commitment to helping people in need with its state-of-the-art skilled nursing and rehab care.
The special celebration rolled on with lots of great food and of course three special birthday cakes for “the three birthday girls,” Diamanto, Agnes and Katherine, who made Secretary White commit to coming back to celebrate with them next year.
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This week we caught up with award-winning guitarist Pavlo, known as the Greek God of Guitar
Who has sold a million albums worldwide, and is very proud to be Greek
- Greek God of Guitar
- Greek Canadian
- Mediterranean Music
- Mediterranean Nights
- guiar music
- Paco de Lucia
- Jose Feliciano
- John McLaughlin
- Yngwie Malmsteen
- George Dalaras
- Guitarra Azul
- Mayne Stage
- Six String Blvd
- Areti Ketime
- World Vision
- Batten Disease
- PAVLO Guitars
- Godin guitars