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Theft at Ancient Olympia Museum . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Hunger Relief, Greek Independence Dear Readers: “The financial crisis that has rocked Europe and deeply affected Greece has reached proportions where the suffering of innocents and the ordeal of common Frosene people cry out for urgent and substantive help,” Phillips said His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in his Editor Encyclical recently. “So many of our families have roots in Greece and many of us have relatives and friends who are now experiencing privation unknown in that a country since the time of the harsh occupation of the Second World War.” To answer the call, the Archdiocese as well as the National Philoptochos Society and the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) have all established efforts of relief to offer assistance. To learn more how you can help, please see pages 4 and 5. Locally, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metropolis of San Francisco, the Hellenic Federation of Northern California (UHAS) and the Greek Consulate of San Francisco have decided to forego its annual parade celebrating Hellenic culture and Greek Independence Day by offering a dinner and cultural program to support the relief efforts as well. Please see page 7 for complete details. Last month the HJ reported about the annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF) which took place in Aneheim, CA. Due to deadline constraints, the HJ will offer its full coverage in the April issue. For now, you can enjoy a taste of the festivities by turning to page 8. Finally, once again, I remind you to publish your Easter Greeting in our upcoming annual May HJ by filling out and returning the form on page 2. We appreciate your support!
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news from the archdiocese Archdiocese Establishes Relief Fund for the People NEW YORK
rchbishop Demetrios of America issued an appeal February 15 for immediate economic assistance to the suffering people in Greece, through a special Encyclical he sent on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod to the clergy, the parishes, the schools, the Philoptochos, Youth and affiliated organizations and to the Greek Orthodox Family in America. In his Encyclical Archbishop Demetrios states: “The financial crisis that has rocked Europe and deeply affected Greece has reached proportions where the suffering of innocents and the ordeal of common people cry out for urgent and substantive
help. So many of our families have roots in Greece and many of us have relatives and friends who are now experiencing privation unknown in that country since the time of the harsh occupation of the Second World War.”
Archbishop Demetrios, in his first official visit to Athens placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. PHOTO BY DIMITRIOS PANAGOS
More Ways to give to the Archdiocese “Relief Fund for the People of Greece”
The Archbishop emphasizes that the response to this special fundraising appeal should be immediate and generous: “Cognizant of this harsh reality, we must respond by offering real and tangible assistance to our brethren through trusted Church affiliated humanitarian and philanthropic agencies which will directly assist those most in need. Therefore, as the time of Great Lent approaches, when we are called by the Church to a greater consciousness of the needs of our fellow human beings, I hope that every Christian will generously respond to this special appeal by making a donation to the Relief Fund for the People of Greece of the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese established a special Relief Fund for the People of Greece and ALL contributions should be forwarded to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, 8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075, earmarked for the Relief Fund for the People of Greece. In addition to the Archbishop’s appeal the National Ladies Philoptochos Society has issued already a similar appeal. The full text of the Archbishop’s Encyclical can be read at: http://www.goarch.org/ news/encyclical-relief%20for%20 Greece-02152012
he Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has established the “Relief Fund for the People of Greece” to help provide economic assistance to the suffering people in Greece. In order to facilitate donations, the Archdiocese has established a web page – http://www.goarch.org/ special/greekrelief – to accept contributions online, through facebook, by an SMS text message and of course by traditional checks. To support the Greek Relief Fund, you may make a donation in any one of the following ways: 1) Donate Online through JustGive.org - Make a secure online donation through our partner JustGive.org. 2) Donate via Causes through Facebook - Make
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IOCC Quickly Joins Hunger Relief Efforts For Greece’s Struggling Families
is putting your support to work securing food aid packages for impoverished families and jobs for the unemployed. The job shortage is especially dire for young workers under 25 with more than 46 percent of them without a job according to EU statistics. Through your desire to help, IOCC is supporting Apostoli’s efforts to employ young people for jobs collecting, sorting and packaging food items from donation centers set up in 213 participating supermarkets in Greece. From a warehouse space donated by the Greek army, the newly hired workers assemble 30-pound parcels containing enough food The new poor of Greece includes young staples such as families like this woman and her two children who gratefully receive food and a flour, rice, beans, blessing from His Beatitude, Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece during milk and canned his visit to one of the many soup kitchens tomatoes to feed in Athens run by Apostoli, the social service a family of four agency of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for a month. The of Athens. PHOTO BY KATARINA BASILEIOU/APOSTOLI food aid packages
are then delivered each month to 70 parishes in the greater Athens metropolitan area where they are distributed by the parish priest
ach day the streets of Athens become more crowded with families newly evicted from their homes due to job loss and the inability to pay their bills. As Greece’s escalating economic woes drive more and more families into a desperate struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in cooperation with Apostoli, the social service agency of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens,
to families living in poverty. To date, 1,700 families numbering approximately 7,000 people receive monthly food aid packages.
IOCC Executive Director, Constantine Triantafilou, who IOCC JOINS HUNGER RELIEF continued on page 7
National Philoptochos Issues Appeal for the Welfare of the People of Greece NEW YORK
ational Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas on January 17, 2012 issued an immediate appeal to all Philoptochos Presidents, members nationwide and their respective communities to support a drive for the welfare of the people of Greece. President Skeadas stated, “We enter 2012 mindful of the dire economic circumstances and supreme hardships faced by our brothers and sisters in economically ravaged Greece, our ancestral homeland. We cannot and will not turn our backs to the needs of our people.” Daily news reports document widespread poverty in Greece where many parents can no longer afford to provide adequate food
and warm winter clothing for their children while other parents are forced to abandon their children in orphanages. People struggle to exist with less income as unemployment continues to rise. For all too many, hope disintegrates into depression. These tragedies affect young and old, families, and most importantly, the children who have had their dreams and futures taken away. National Philoptochos will provide a measured and deliberate response that addresses concrete social needs to alleviate hunger and homelessness, to strengthen family and children’s services and to ensure that families remain united. National Philoptochos Social Worker Paulette Geanacopoulos leads a team to identify appropriate nonprofit, non-governmental and religious organizations with which Philoptochos can partner to ensure
maximum impact. Philoptochos will make every effort to ensure transparency and accountability regarding utilization of its contributions. Philoptochos Sisters are urged to unite in love to help those in need. Immediate aid is imperative and Chapters are asked to contribute generously to this unique appeal for the welfare of our fellow Greek Orthodox Hellenes. With the support of all members, National Philoptochos will offer life-changing and lifesaving relief to help our brothers and sisters rebuild their lives at this critical time. Donations marked ‘Welfare of the People of Greece” may be sent to: National Philoptochos 7 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019. To make online donations go to www.philoptochos.org.
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In view of the dramatic situation that has recently developed in Greece, the Board and General Assembly of the United Hellenic American Societies (UHAS) has unanimously decided to continue with our plans to celebrate the 25th of March at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco as planned on March 24 but to forgo the Parade that usually precedes the Celebration. The reason for forgoing the Parade is that we do not think it is appropriate for us to be parading and celebrating in the streets of San Francisco while hundreds of thousands of families with children in Greece are living below poverty, as they are jobless and homeless, stricken by the recent financial crisis. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to put on the parade, we think it is more important to concentrate our efforts and resources on informing and rallying our communities to come to the aid of the needy. These are families that used to make a comfortable living and raising their children until recently, but suddenly now they have lost their jobs and their homes and they have to resort to soup kitchens and church-distributed food and clothing. Metropolitan Gerasimos is in full support of our decision. The funds we will raise will be used to provide food and supplies directly to the kitchens that serve the poor in Greece.
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Theft at Ancient Olympia Museum, Culture minister resigns Two hooded thieves broke into the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia early Friday, February 17, and made away with a large number of exhibits after tying up the guard, prompting Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos to tender his resignation to Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. An as yet unknown number of statuettes were stolen by two men wearing hoods over their faces who stormed into the Museum shortly before 8:00 a.m. The men tied the guard to a chair and gagged him, grabbed the statuettes from the display cases and disappeared. Archaeologists arrived at the Museum to identify and appraise the items stolen, while police
Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos tendered his resignation following the theft at the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia.
launched a manhunt for the thieves. Culture and tourism minister Geroulanos immediately put his resignation at the disposal of the prime minister. Gov’t cuts pensions to secure ‘missing’ 325 million euros AMNA / The government announced that it will be cutting both main and supplementary pensions in order to secure budget cuts of 325 million euro demanded
by its EU and IMF creditors in order to release bailout loans. There will be a 12 percent cut to main pensions above 1,300 euro a month, with the exception of NAT seamen’s fund pension which will see reductions of 7 percent. These will include the ‘gilt-edged’ pensions paid out by public utilities and banks. The cuts will apply to supplementary pensions as low as 200-250 euro a month, which will see cuts of 10 percent, while those from 250-300 euro will be cut by 15 percent and those above 300 euro by 20 percent. Those below 200 euro will not be cut. www. amna.gr
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Labour ministry sources said the sums saved through the cuts amount to 400 million euro, and not the 300 million euro originally demanded, because the sums collected by cuts to other ministry budgets fell short by 100 million euro. Ten relief measures for businesses damaged in riots The government has approved 10 relief measures for businesses that suffered damage during the riots in central Athens on February 12. The decisions were taken at a meeting held between Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and local government officials to evaluate the extent of the damage and discuss ways of restoring the buildings and businesses that were damaged. Among the decisions made was to set up a coordinating body within the week made up of general secretaries from the finance, environment and culture ministries, as well as representatives of the Athens municipality and the Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This will be in charge of monitoring the work to restore the damage and provide financial support to those affected, as well as coordinating the state services involved. In charge of setting up and running this will be government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos. The meeting also decided to set up working teams from the municipality and the finance and environment ministries to carry out a rapid assessment of the state of buildings, based on which compensation will be given. Special teams of environment and culture ministry staff will be detached to Athens municipality
town planning services to help cut through bureaucracy and speed up the issue of permits to repair damaged buildings. Nationalities, ages of riot suspects announced Police on February 13 announced that of the 79 suspects arrested on rioting and looting charges linked to the previous day’s violence in central Athens, 53 are local residents, nine are Albanian nationals, while the rest of the arrested suspects include four Algerians, a Tunisian, one Mauritanian man, two Romanian nationals, two Poles, an Afghan, four Palestinians and one Iraqi. Authorities did not specify whether the foreign nationals are considered illegal migrants or holders of legal residence permits or valid travel documents. Moreover, three of those in custody are minors, aged between 14 and 17 years old; 41 suspects are aged from 19 to 29; 27 from 31 to 39 and eight suspects over the age of 40. Of the 92 individuals detained for questioning, 68 are Greek citizens and 24 are foreign nationals – two Armenians, three Albanians, a Pole, a Russian, seven Afghans, five Iranians, an Iraqi man, a Pakistani, an Algerian, one Kazakh and one man from Palestinian territories. According to an AMNA dispatch, 93 buildings were totally destroyed or seriously damaged by fire during the rampages on Sunday evening, among them nine listed or historically significant buildings. At least 150 other sites were looted and damaged on Sunday afternoon and in the evening hours, when hoodlums attempted to disrupt large and peaceful protests against the latest bailout plan. Some 103 police officers were injured along with a large number of citizens, who were taken to hospitals.
The government has approved 10 relief measures for businesses that suffered damage during the riots in central Athens on February 12.
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greek independence SF Bay Area Hellenic Cultural Celebrations Begin Fundraising effort for Greece spotlighted
n the occasion of the 191st anniversary of Greek Independence, March 25, 1821, the San Francisco Bay Area prepares to celebrate Hellenic culture, heritage and Greek Independence Day. Hellenic Cultural Celebration The Metropolis of San Francisco, Hellenic Federation of Northern California (UHAS), and the Greek Consulate of San Francisco present its Hellenic
Cultural Celebration 2012 on Saturday, March 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Auditorium, 99 Grove Street in San Francisco. The event will offer a buffet dinner, music, dancing and a cultural program. UHAS is requesting a $20 donation to support the relief efforts for the needy stricken by the financial crisis in Greece. Children 18 and under are free. In lieu of the turn of events in Greece, the Board and General Assembly of UHAS decided to continue with its plans to celebrate Greek Independence Day but to
The 18th annual Greek Independence Day Run and Walk is hosted by the Ascension Historical Society of Oakland. The run/walk takes place around beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. HJ FILE PHOTO
forgo its annual parade. “Instead of spending thousands of dollars to put on the parade,” said UHAS President Ted Laliotis, “we think it is more important to concentrate our efforts and resources on informing and rallying our communities to come to the aid of the needy.” With the support of Metropolitan Gerasimos, the funds raised will be used to provide food and supplies directly to the kitchens that serve the poor in Greece. “These are families that used to make a comfortable living and raising their children until recently, but suddenly now they have lost their jobs and their homes,” said Laliotis. “They have to resort to soup kitchens and churchdistributed food and clothing. For more information, visit www.hellenicfederation.org. Greek Run/Walk Later in the month across the Bay in Oakland, the 18th annual Greek Independence
Day Run/Walk around beautiful Lake Merritt begins at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, March 31. All ages and families are welcome to join the 10K/5K run or 5K walk on this scenic flat course. The race starts (rain or shine) at the Boat House at Lake Merritt, 568 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland. Applications postmarked by March 10, 2012 are guaranteed a t-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Presented by the Ascension Historical Society, post-race activities include crowning wreaths to overall first-place male and female finishers as well as medals and plenty of refreshments, Greek food and a raffle. Registration is $25 General ($30 Race Day); $15, Juniors 12-19; $5, Children 11 and under. Register online at http:// run.pahh.com, see coupon (page 4), call 925-788-3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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witnessed the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Greece during his visit last month, says, “IOCC opens its heart and hand to the people of Greece during these difficult times and we encourage those in Greece who can help their neighbors to work with the Church to do so.” IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented relief and development programs in 50 countries across four continents around the world. You can help the victims of poverty around the world, like those in Greece, by making a financial gift to the “IOCC International Emergency Response Fund,” which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, visit www.iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.
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Saint Sophia Cathedral Dedicates New Huffington Center By Mavis Manus
t took 12 years to fundraise the $16 million and plan but once under way it took only a miraculous one year to build. St. Sophia dedicated the splendid new Huffington Center on February 5, 2012. The cultural and multipurpose facility is named after its major benefactor, film producer and former U.S. Congressman, Michael Huffington. As a venue where various organizations can gather for events and meetings, it will have a significant cultural and economic impact on life in southern California. “The Huffington Center at Saint Sophia Cathedral will help revitalize the community at large because the facilities and programs will be available to the community as a whole,” said the Very Reverend Father John Bakas, Dean of the cathedral. The 53,820-square-foot center houses the Wilson Hanks Family Cultural Center, named
for major donors Rita Wilson and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, who attend Saint Sophia. Visitors will also enjoy the beautifully appointed banquet facilities in the Maniatakos Fellowship Center and Pavilion, in honor of major donors Ted and Maria Maniatakos, as well as the elegant lobby named for major donors Mary Lynn and Ted Rallis. The facility also includes a basketball court, classrooms, meeting rooms, as well as a library and museum. Saint Sophia Cathedral was completed in 1952 with the leadership of legendary studio chief Charles Skouras. “Since Charlie Skouras built the cathedral, we haven’t had a
community building to match its grandeur,” said Huffington. “But it’s what we do inside the building that matters. We’re now able to reach outside our wonderful community to all of Southern California with outstanding facilities that can educate and bring together people of all backgrounds.” Huffington adds, “Since Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and I are in the film business (as was Charlie) we have included equipment to show uplifting movies in the movie capital of the world.”
Architect Ara Zenobians, AIA, of Flewelling & Moody designed the facility, and RM Dalton, headed by Larry Wares, was the General Contractor. Newport Real Estate Services, led by Glen Allen, provided Construction Management Services, and Steven C. Hanna, Vice President of New Huffington Construction Center at Caruso Affiliated and a Saint Sophia parishioner, volunteered his time and expertise overseeing the entire project on behalf of the Foundation. Dignitaries who attended the ceremony included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Ed Reyes, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Michael Huffington, Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Very Reverend Father John Bakas, and Angelo Pappas, President Board of Trustees at Saint Sophia Cathedral.
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community Philoptochos Past President Angie Leventis Honored
ngie Leventis was celebrated by Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco this past January in appreciation for her devotion and presidency for its Ladies Philoptochos Society. Joined by her family and friends, the luncheon recognized her at the Philoptochos annual Vasilopita Luncheon. In 1999, Angie began her volunteer work with the LPS as an Assistant Treasurer. In 2001, she began her Presidential duties
which ended in May 2011. In addition to chairing several social events for the church, Angie also worked on the HJ advertising staff for four years during this
time. Philoptochos President Patricia Aleck offered a special presentation as well as His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos who surprised Angie with a beautifully framed photo of them in remembrance of their work together. Axios!
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Fr. James Adams Retires as Chancellor of the S.F. Metropolis
r. James Adams was celebrated for his years of service at an intimate dinner at Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco on January 24. Friends and family were in attendance. Joining His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos were several members of the clergy from throughout the S.F. Metropolis as well as choir members who saluted Fr. Adams in song under the direction of
Dr. Tikey Zes. Pictured: (Top) Fr. Jim Pappas from St. George, Fresno, served as an eloquent and entertaining Master of Ceremonies, paying tribute to Fr. Adams whom he first served under as an assistant priest at St. Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles. (Left) Members of the Metropolis Philoptochos
he Northwest Philoptochos Winter Conference held at St. Demetrios Church in Seattle drew its largest attendance (110) to the S.F. Metropolis Philoptochos regional conferences to date. Metropolis Philoptochos President Jeannie Ranglas spoke about the many facets of philanthropic activities that women support on the local, metropolitan, national, and international levels. The creation and functioning of the Philoptochos Circles of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland were delineated in depth by Philoptochos President Stacey Giannopoulos, Past Philoptochos President Paula Diamond and Metropolis Board member Mari Lou Diamond. Georgia Gianacos Steenis of St.Demetrios Church and Shelle Pickens addressed their two Camp Agape programs
respectively in Washington and Oregon. Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis from Holy Apostles Church in Shoreline presented a lively, pertinent talk on “Giving and Receiving: The Art of Balance,” based on the Biblical story of Martha and Mary, Metropolis Philoptochos Board member Emilie John and St. Demetrios Philoptochos President Susan Reichmann coordinated the event. The luncheon was organized by Peggy Tramountanas and Despina Read. Clergy attending were Proistamenos Fr. Photios Dumont and Deacon Perry Angelos of St. Demetrios Church; Fr. Dean Kouldukis of Assumption Church, Seattle; Fr. Michael Tervo of Saint Sophia Church, Bellingham; and Fr. Tom Tsagalakis of Holy Apostles Church, Shoreline.
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reported that over 2,000 the performance and attended his funeral, many vocal talents of Ariana of them opening black Savalas. umbrellas on the way to To view the the grave. An accordion video, visit http:// player played the music www.youtube. of Eleni Karaindrou, com/watch?v=M_ (who wrote most of the MdpiOaKRo. soundtracks of his films) as well as moving songs ■■■ from the district of Epiros where many of his films Last month the were shot. “A very sad Hellenic University Award-winning filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos and moving day for the Club kicked off its PHOTO COURTESY ANGELOPOULOS FILM OFFICE Greek cinema and a great 2012 season with a farewell to a major Greek filmmaker even larger question that becomes lecture by Stergios Skaperdas, who made us proud worldwide of professor of Economics UC personal to each of us: how being Greek,” said Taraviras. Irvine. The evening began at 4 do we see the world within Andrew Horton, who wrote: p.m. with a social hour, followed ourselves and around us?” The Films of Theo Angelopoulos: by dinner and at 6 p.m. with the A Cinema of Contemplation lecture. The title of the lecture ■■■ (Princeton University Press, 1997: was Greece: Staying with the euro revised edition, 1999) had this to vs. default and exit. Singer and songwriter Ariana say about the loss of Angelopoulos. Savalas just released her first music Dr. Skaperdas is Professor “I have written this book of Economics at the University video for the single “Perfect Man.” because the films of Theo of California, Irvine. He was Ariana performs opposite Eric Angelopoulos matter. They born in Greece, received a BA in Dane, the star of ABC’s Grey’s matter because they dare to cross Economics from Reed College Anatomy. In the video, Dane plays a number of borders: between and the MA and PhD degrees, the role of what appears to be the nations, between history and myth, «Perfect Man.» But the romance also in Economics, from the the past and the present, voyaging Johns Hopkins University. He quickly gets twisted and exposes a and stasis, between betrayal and has received numerous academic shocking conclusion. a sense of community, chance distinctions and is a member of Ariana Savalas is, of course, the and individual fate, realism and youngest daughter of the late Emmy many think tanks. His research surrealism, silence and sound, has been published in a variety winning, Oscar nominated actor between what is seen and what of economics and political Telly Savalas (star of Kojak) and is withheld and not seen, and science journals, including the inventor Julie Savalas. The 25 year between what is ‘Greek’ and what American Economic Review, old artist is creating a lot of buzz is not. In short, Theo Angelopoulos with her debut album, Kingdom. the American Political Science can be counted as one of the Review Economic Journal, the The star was originally noticed by few filmmakers in cinema’s first Journal of Conflict Resolution, Mark Portmann, who has worked hundred years who compel us the Journal of Economic Theory, with the the distinguished likes of to redefine what we feel cinema Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. and the Journal of International is and can become. But there is Economics. But after this video, it’s not only more. His films open us to an Dr. Skaperdas has recently Portmann who will be noticing published in the New York Times the controversial article: “How to Leave the Euro,” promoting the idea that the sooner Greece leaves the Euro, the better for its economy. The meeting took place at Loyola Marymount University. While it is expensive to host events there, the HUC board decided to charge for the events at about cost, so that more people could participate. They feel that though this might hurt fundraising, it will increase the club’s service to the community. To learn about HUC, its future events or to subscribe for the season, email to email@example.com or telephone 323-651-3507. Ariana Savalas COURTESY PHOTo
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northwest and pacific notes George Seferis, who felt that art Yiannis Beratis, Eva Vlami, and politics should not mix, was Nikos Kasdaglis, Pavlos Kalligas, under pressure from his fellow Thanos Vlekas, Nana Kallianesi authors to stand up against the and George Katsimbalis. For his junta. Finally in 1969 he issued translation of Thanos Vlekas, a By a public audio-taped statement (Nineteenth Century) Greek Novel by Theodora denouncing the Junta and calling Pavlos Kalliga; Prof. Doulis received Dracopoulos for its demise and the return to the Elizabeth Constantinides Argue intellectual and artistic freedom of Translation Prize and Hellenic THE IRON STORM expression. His message (in Greek) Foundation for Culture Translation The Iron Storm: The Impact was broadcast on BBC, Radio Paris, Second Prize. Prof. Doulis wrote on Greek Culture of the Military and Deutsche Welle in Cologne. two history books on the Greeks Junta, 1967-1974 was released Most Greek newspapers in Athens in Oregon: A Surge to the Sea: A by Xlibris Corporation in 2011 in received the printed version. Photographic History of the Greeks softcover, hardcover, and Ebook Unfortunately Seferis died in 1971, in Oregon and Out of our Past: The formats. The book is a study by before the Junta was brought down. First 75 Years of the Greek Orthodox Professor Thomas Doulis of Thomas Doulis, a Pennsylvania Community of Oregon, as well as two Portland State University. While native, earned his B.A.in Anglonovels on immigration: The Open at the same American Hearth, A Novel of Immigration, The time teaching Literature in First Generation and City of Brotherly fulltime and 1955 from Love, the Second Generation. His writing his La Salle other novels are the Path for our own works of University in Valor and The Quarries of Sicily. fiction, he has Philadelphia, He also edited both the Journeys to devoted about and his M.A. Orthodoxy, a Collection of Essays by three decades in Creative Converts to Orthodox Christianity, to the research Writing and Toward the Authentic Church, and writing in 1962 at Orthodox Christians Discuss their Prof. (Emeritus) Thomas Doulis, author of The Iron Storm. of the 240Stanford Conversions: A Collection of Essays, COURTESY PHOTO page text with University, both by Light and Life Publishing. some hundred-plus bibliographical and went to Greece on a Fulbright entries. Copies of the book can be Scholarship where he did research ANCIENT TABLET ordered from the author (hhtd@pdx. from 1968 to 1971. He saw TRANSLATED edu) or Orders@Xlibris.com. firsthand the effects of the Junta; his Dr. Alexander Hollmann, Through the political, cultural, interviews are reported in the book Associate Professor of Classics and historical writings of prominent which he offers to the readers as a” at the University of Washington Greeks, author Doulis renders personal witness of an important era and an expert on ancient Greek a chronological history of the in Greek history.” and Roman magic, religion and “march” toward the military junta He is Professor (Emeritus) literature, recently decoded from and its takeover of Greece. It is at Portland State University in Greek a wordy curse covering an interesting study in that the the Department of both sides of a natural bent of the Greek mind is English. Prof. Doulis lead tablet (in nationalistically political even in the taught Modern Greek the Princeton midst of creativity. Early chapters Studies courses on University Art remind the reader of the people’s “George Seferis and Museum) that struggles during WWII and the Modern Greek Poetry,” archaeologists Greek Civil War. “Nikos Kazantzakis,” uncovered in an In that the Junta prohibited and “Modern ancient well on freedom of the press, literary men Greek Literature in the Syrian/Turkish and women of Greece did not Translation.”His border in 1930. have a full forum for expression. areas of specialization It was common Some of the authors who figure included Modern some 2000 years preeminently in The Iron Storm are Greek Fiction, Modern Professor Alexander ago to place curses Dimitris Hatzis, Kostas Kotzias, Greek History, Modern Hollmann, University on people for of Washington George Theotokas, George Greek Culture, Film matters of various Professor and expert Seferis, Athena “Nana” Kallianesi Noir, Fiction and Film, on Ancient Greek and transgressions. Roman Magic. (who “as owner of a bookstore/ and Ethnic History. Prof. Hollmann PHOTO BY OLGA HOLLMANN publishing firm, was to play a He and his wife Nancy thinks a decisive role in the intellectual have two sons Yianni and Dion and competitor placed the curse on the resistance to the Junta” on p. 127), two grandchildren. green grocer to be drowned and Savvas Costantopoulos, Rodis Prof. Doulis’ profuse number frostbitten in the well. The tablet Roufos, Costas Tachtsis, Theofilos of publications on Greek authors even stated where the man lived, Frangopoulos, Nikos Kasdaglis, provided him with a solid ground so the gods would know. Prof. Alekos Kotzias, Alekos Argyriou, on which to write The Iron Storm. Hollmann said in an interview with Yiannis Ritsos, and Kostas His nonfiction writings cover the Sindya N. Bhanoo in the Jan. 3, Varnalis. works of Ilias Venezis, George 2012 issue of the New York Times. Nobel Peace Prize recipient Theotokas, Stratis Tsirkas, Tablets “are so similar, because
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businessman and philanthropist, and loving caretaker. Andy is also Andy embraced writing later in survived by his grandchildren, GREEK NEWS doing but Gregory did not rule from page 6 hiscontinued life and published two novels Nicole better Manitsas, out a reduction taxes. and collection short stories. billa for settling of outstanding tax Manitsas, AndreainManitsas, cases, He will be missed as only the which received Alessandra Monroy, Michelle Citizen’s IDSophia card issue patriarch of support a loving and family reluctant strong Monroy and Varlow. to providedoffor sprawled throughout criticism from evenMarin rulingand be A celebration lifepublic was discussion extending East Bay. PASOK into MPs,the Papandreou held on January 8, 2012 at main axes of the “citizen’s Andy Varlow predeceased by law theThe asserted thatis the current tax Corinthian Yacht Club in card”, which be provided hiswas firstessentially wife Penelope Varlow, “non-existent” Tiburon, CA.will Donations arefor public debate,towere and is survived by implemented. his sister Betty since it was not appreciated one discussed of Andy’sin afavorite wide meeting by Prime Katzourakis, Athens, Greece; He stressedofthat Greece must causes: chaired National Minister George Papandreou at hisnow fourlook children Celiataxation Manitsas, to a new Campaign to Prevent Teen and the Maximos. Marietta system Monroy, where theTheodore concept of an Unwanted Pregnancy, or The AccordingResearch to reports, the card Varlow and John Prather; son-in“unchecked case” did not exist. Lymphoma Foundation. will be used for all of the citizen’s “Inspections will be transactions with the state and for conducted randomly and exhaustively, where violations are social services in particular. License FD 745 The card will also be used as a found there will beCa extremely travel document for destinations severe penalties andServing all cases the will Orthodox Community for over within Schengen. close within the same year and 40 years. According to the same reports, not be transferred to the next government is orientated year,” he said. QuestionstheAbout towards extending theOptions uses of the This wasArrangements very different to Funeral • Cremations/Cremation card toFunerals uses for the private sector the old system Pre-Needs that assumed • Traditional well, such• asVeteran transactions with all tax-payers were crooked Memorial Services • World WideasShipping Services and kept them ‘hostage’ for 10 banks. questionsadded. I can help you with call mesaid 24/7 Theplease same sources that years,Any Papandreou there is no question with personal The prime(510) minister also or (510) 368-3892 (cell) 522-5188 data and that their full protection firstname.lastname@example.org promised that the Email: government is anticipated. I’m here to great assistemphasis you with any arrangements you wish would place on funeral The “citizen’s card” is boosting employment during Member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland expected to start being available 2011. He clarified that wages as of December 2011 and will could only be increased if tax evasion was drastically reduced gradually replace the police identity card. and the Greek economy was
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