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The National Herald A WeeKLY gReeK-AMeRIcAN PUbLIcATION August 8-14, 2015 www.thenationalherald.com VOL. 18, ISSUE 930 $1.50 c v O C V ΓΡΑΦΕΙ ΤΗΝ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΣΜΟΥ ΑΠΟ ΤΟ 1915 NEWS 100 th anniversary 1915-2015 For subscription: 718.784.5255 [email protected] ATHENS – Repeating what he’s been saying for six months, Greek Prime Minister and Radi- cal Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said the country is in the home stretch of an agreement with international lenders for another rescue package. “We are at the final stage of completing an agreement with the (creditor) institutions,” he said of the just-resumed negoti- ations with the Quarter of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Cen- tral Bank-European Stability Mechanism (EU-IMF-ECB-ESM). Tsipras has asked for a third bailout, of 86 billion euros ($94.38 billion) after reneging on campaign promises to reject austerity measures that come with the money. During his cam- paign ahead of the Jan. 25 snap elections, he said that Greece couldn’t afford to repay two bailouts of 240 billion euros ($261.54 billion) and would ask for debt relief. His dilemma is that he vowed to reject more austerity measures but has caved in to the lenders with Greece facing a financial catastrophe: unable to borrow from markets because of prohibitive interest rates, tax revenues falling and banks un- der capital controls, strangling investment and recovery. Greece needs assistance fast as it faces a 3.5-billion euro ($3.8 billion) payment to the ECB on Aug. 20 and defaulted last month on a series of bun- dled options of 1.6-billion euros ($1.74 billion) to the IMF. European Commission Pres- ident Jean-Claude Juncker said he believes Greece and its inter- national lenders will make a bailout deal by Aug. 20 but it still must be ratified by the Greek Parliament and those in the other 18 Eurozone coun- tries. “All the reports I am getting suggest an accord this month, preferably before the 20th,” Juncker told AFP in an inter- view. The government said it was shooting for an Aug. 18 tar- get date. The negotiations in Athens, which took some time to orga- nize, are now making “satisfac- tory” progress, Juncker said. He said if an agreement is not reached, “then we will have to arrange another round of bridge financing” similar to July, when Juncker helped put to- gether an emergency loan of 7.0 billion euros ($7.6 billion) so Athens could pay the ECB and make up arrears due to the IMF. SYRIZA REBELS RESIST Tsipras is, however, under mounting pressure from dis- senters in the ruling SYRIZA party to abandon the process. The revolt could trigger an early general election in the fall, less than a year into Tsipras’ mandate. The negotiators are pressing Greece to speed up a program to cut early retirement rights, impose stricter rules for tax ar- rears payments, and allow stronger creditor oversight of a privatization fund. The European Union’s exec- utive Commission, one of the main negotiators, said the talks are progressing in a satisfactory way and believes an agreement can reached by Aug. 20. “This is an ambitious yet pos- Euro Pres. Juncker Cites “Satisfactory” Progress for August 20 Target Date California technology entre- preneur George Macricostas, who started the off-site data backup management site Rag- ingWire, has donated $1.1 mil- lion so far to the campaign of Republican Presidential candi- date Rand Paul, a Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Macricostas ranked 29th on a list of donors of more than $1 million to presidential cam- paigns more than a year before the election and as the Republi- can field has swollen. Paul, a physician, is the son of former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul from Texas. Sen. Paul is a libertarian and strong sup- porter of the ultra-right Tea Party movement who an- nounced his candidacy on April 7, 2015 and has seen Macricostas being his prime sup- porter among the $6 million raised so far for the campaign. Paul is known for being ac- cessible to the media but he ad- mitted in an interview on CNN to being "short-tempered" with the press. The big donations flow through so-called Super PACs (Political Action Committees). Leading the list of donors to candidates is Robert Mercer, co- Chief Executive of Renaissance Technologies, who gave $11.3 million, 98 percent to Texas Re- publican conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, and the rest split between Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fio- rina. RagingWire is largely owned by the Japanese company NTT Communications. Macricostas gave his donation to Paul through America’s Liberty PAC, which is run by Paul’s former campaign manager Jesse Ben- ton, the Huffington Post said. Macricostas donated to the 2012 Presidential campaign of Paul's father and to a joint fundraising committee provid- ing money to Rand Paul's Presi- dential campaign, 2016 Senate account, and leadership PAC. RagingWire started as a co- location center providing off-site data backup for financial and technology companies. George Macricostas was a founder in 2000 and served as the com- pany’s first CEO. In a profile, the Sacramento Business Journal reported that he led the company from its somewhat rocky birth — com- Tech Whiz Gives $1.1 Mil to Paul Campaign Macricostas One Of Pres. Hopeful’s Prime Supporters TNH Staff MYKONOS, GREECE – For an entertainer and a would-be burn victim on Mykonos, “drag” has a whole new meaning. On July 24, James Davis, a Miami drag queen better known by his stage name, “Elaine Lan- caster,” pulled a young man out of a burning car on the island of Mykonos, the Miami Herald reported, just before the vehicle was consumed by flames. Davis saw the car rolling back and forth outside “my beautiful villa,” which is being occupied by Davis while he works the 54 Club with fellow drag queens Brooks and Lady Bunny through August, the Her- ald reported. There were three people in the car, tourists from Italy, two men and a woman. Davis saw the flames first, and alerted the visitors. The woman, driving the car, jumped out when she saw the flames, as did one of the men, who was sitting in the back seat. The other man, though, sit- ting in the front seat passenger’s side, was frozen, Davis said, “as if he were hypnotized.” Davis ran to him, grabbed him by the arm, and pulled him out of the car. When the man snapped out of his panic-induced intertia, he said to Davis “you saved my life.” Brooks relayed the story on Facebook, pointing out that “Elaine is too modest to tell you this herself,” and called Davis a “Mykonos SHEro.” Davis said, the Herald re- ported, that at the time he saved the man from the flames, “I had on a pair of shorts, no shirt, no shoes. I was dressed as a boy.” On Mykonos, New Meaning to “Drag” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens to a speech during a gathering at the Agriculture Ministry in Athens on Aug. 5. He is hopeful that a new bailout package will come any day now. It’s the Mr. Loukouma Man! Move over, Mister Softee, the “Mr. Loukouma” truck is making its way through Astoria. It is a business created by three Greek-Americans, Angelos Kambitsis, Yiannis Arvanitopoulos, and Panagiotis Papadatos, offering fresh loukoumades, yogurt, and frappe. The business pledges that 20% of the proceeds will go to help crisis victims in Greece. With a penchant for creating world-class drugs, George Yan- copoulos, 55, has gone from do- ing research at Columbia to su- perstar status in his industry, and made himself a billionaire doing it. Pushed by his father, a first- generation Greek immigrant who complained how little the university life paid, Yancopoulos in 1988 jumped ship to a small Tarrytown, NY Biotech firm called Regeneron and helped its worth rocket 2,240 percent in the past five years. His career, featured in Forbes magazine, showed how his sci- entific ability and humility com- bined to help him develop drugs for patients with illnesses from asthma to cancer and made the company a force to be reckoned with in its field. Yancopoulos: A Big Pharm Phenomenon By Steve Frangos TNH Staff Writer CHICAGO- The Camarinos brothers were among the first Greeks to settle in Hawaii in the 1880s. Originally from the vil- lage of Tsintzina near Sparta the Camarinos family relocated to nearby Goritsa. What might seem a minor point of family history becomes a prominent factor in this clan’s future busi- ness interests. Three Camarinos brothers eventually traveled to Hawaii, Demetrius (1856- 1903), Panayiotis (later Peter) (1862-1942) and John. Understanding the collective actions of these brothers can serve several historical pur- poses. First, given the leadership role of the Camarinos brothers we learn more about the collec- tive impact of the Greeks in Hawaii. Next, the Camarinos brothers’ business advance- ments inform the success of many Greek immigrant confec- tioners in North America that until very recently was not known. And finally even a causal review of the experiences of the Camarinos brother’s lives confronts the reader with a case study in the manner by which American history can gloss over terrible crimes. Demetrios Camarinos is cred- ited with attending the Univer- sty of Athens where he was studying to be a priest. However, by 1877, Demetrios abandoned his theo- logical studies and traveled to New York City looking for work. Displeased with the city, Ca- marinos moved westward, end- ing up in San Francisco. Like the vast majority of Greek immi- grants Camarinos’ first job was a dishwasher. In 1879, using savings and money sent by his father Camarinos purchased a fruit store on East Street near Clay. In 1887, Peter Camarinos joined his brother. Once to- gether the brothers decided to start a fruit company in Hawaii and from there to export fruit to California markets. In 1884, the twenty-two year old Peter Camarinos traveled to Hawaii to establish just such a business, the California Fruit Market. While this move would only seem logical, today, it must Hawaii Pineapples: Camarinos Bros. By Constantine S. Sirigos TNH Staff Writer NEW YORK – Retired 4-Star Ad- miral James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Com- mander at NATO, will present a lecture titled, “21st Century Se- curity Challenges and Opportu- nities” at the Kimisis Church of the Hamptons on August 8. The lecture is one of the ma- jor summertime events of a parish that does not slow down after June. Fr. Alexander Karlout- sos, Protopresbyter of the Ecu- menical Patriarchate, Fr. Con- stantine Lazarakis, and the Parish Council, led by President Gus Karpathakis, will welcome the guests. Stavridis, who will be signing copies of his book, The Acciden- tal Admiral, is the author of six books and hundreds of articles. He told The National Herald his presentation is “a look at the global security situation which I think we can all agree is pretty dangerous.” “There will obviously also be a conversation about Greece and its economic challenges and the challenges in the eurozone,” he said. “It’s important that we recog- nize that Greece is in an incredi- bly important geographic posi- tion, right on the nexus of terrorist routes, in a very con- tentious area for NATO, and is a willing participant in all NATO operation. It has been a very good and constructive partner from a geopolitical perspective and it affords extremely impor- tant strategic bases for the al- liance and the United States,” he said. So “Point 1 is: Greece Mat- ters,” and not just in the financial scheme of things,” he continued. His second point is that “Greece has an incredibly diffi- cult time ahead and it is vitally important that the U.S., the Stavridis to Speak on Challenges By Constantine S. Sirigos TNH Staff Writer NEW YORK – In an important message of solidarity and sup- port for its longstanding ally and acknowledgement of the role the Greek-American community can play in Greece, the Obama Administration has invited com- munity leaders to a discussion at the White House with Senior Administration Officials on the current situation on August 6. Approximately 40 commu- nity leaders are expected to be present, and there is reportedly an emphasis on people and groups already on the ground in Greece providing humanitar- ian aid and promoting economic development. Former Massa- chusetts Governor and 1988 De- mocratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis is reportedly among the invitees. Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff, will be among those who will make re- marks along with Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Na- tional Security Advisor for In- ternational Economic Affairs, and other Senior Administration Officials. The meeting will take place in the historic Indian Treaty Room in the East Wing of the Executive Building, where sem- inal documents such as the UN Charter and the Bretton Woods Agreement were signed. Philip Christopher, president of PSEKA, looks forward to the gathering. “Greece deserves this kind of support during the crisis, a situation which has been com- pounded by the flood of refugees into the country,” he said. Andy Manatos, the founder and president of the Coordinate Effort of Hellenes, said the meeting constitutes “positive fallout from the activity of Pres- ident Obama and Treasury Sec- retary Jack Lew’s activities dur- ing the recent negotiations. “The American government is taking a look at what we have that might be helpful to Greece. It’s an opportunity for the ad- ministration to share its assess- ment of what might be possible and enlist the community’s sup- port for such an effort,” he told TNH. Manatos agrees that it is rare that when policymakers think about America’s interest in help- ing other countries they can draw on the resources of a suc- cessful and engaged Diaspora community. John Galanis, Supreme Pres- ident of AHEPA, will send rep- resentatives. “It is commendable that the Obama Administration White House Hosts Greek- Am. Leaders Discussion AP PHOTO/YORgOS KARAHALIS TNH/DIMITRIS TSAKAS Tsipras Says Debt Deal is Imminent, Wants a Third Bailout Continued on page 4 Continued on page 7 Continued on page 2 Continued on page 5 Continued on page 9 Continued on page 5

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    ATHENS – Repeating what he’sbeen saying for six months,Greek Prime Minister and Radi-cal Left SYRIZA leader AlexisTsipras said the country is in thehome stretch of an agreementwith international lenders foranother rescue package.

    “We are at the final stage ofcompleting an agreement withthe (creditor) institutions,” hesaid of the just-resumed negoti-ations with the Quarter of theEuropean Union-InternationalMonetary Fund-European Cen-tral Bank-European StabilityMechanism (EU-IMF-ECB-ESM).

    Tsipras has asked for a thirdbailout, of 86 billion euros($94.38 billion) after renegingon campaign promises to rejectausterity measures that comewith the money. During his cam-paign ahead of the Jan. 25 snapelections, he said that Greececouldn’t afford to repay twobailouts of 240 billion euros($261.54 billion) and would askfor debt relief.

    His dilemma is that hevowed to reject more austeritymeasures but has caved in tothe lenders with Greece facinga financial catastrophe: unableto borrow from markets becauseof prohibitive interest rates, taxrevenues falling and banks un-der capital controls, stranglinginvestment and recovery.

    Greece needs assistance fastas it faces a 3.5-billion euro($3.8 billion) payment to theECB on Aug. 20 and defaultedlast month on a series of bun-dled options of 1.6-billion euros($1.74 billion) to the IMF.

    European Commission Pres-ident Jean-Claude Juncker saidhe believes Greece and its inter-national lenders will make abailout deal by Aug. 20 but itstill must be ratified by theGreek Parliament and those inthe other 18 Eurozone coun-tries.

    “All the reports I am gettingsuggest an accord this month,preferably before the 20th,”Juncker told AFP in an inter-view. The government said itwas shooting for an Aug. 18 tar-get date.

    The negotiations in Athens,which took some time to orga-nize, are now making “satisfac-tory” progress, Juncker said.

    He said if an agreement isnot reached, “then we will haveto arrange another round ofbridge financing” similar to July,when Juncker helped put to-gether an emergency loan of 7.0billion euros ($7.6 billion) soAthens could pay the ECB andmake up arrears due to the IMF.SYRIZA REBELS RESISTTsipras is, however, under

    mounting pressure from dis-senters in the ruling SYRIZAparty to abandon the process.

    The revolt could trigger anearly general election in the fall,less than a year into Tsipras’mandate.

    The negotiators are pressingGreece to speed up a programto cut early retirement rights,impose stricter rules for tax ar-rears payments, and allowstronger creditor oversight of aprivatization fund.

    The European Union’s exec-utive Commission, one of themain negotiators, said the talksare progressing in a satisfactoryway and believes an agreementcan reached by Aug. 20.

    “This is an ambitious yet pos-

    Euro Pres. Juncker Cites “Satisfactory”Progress for August 20 Target Date

    California technology entre-preneur George Macricostas,who started the off-site databackup management site Rag-ingWire, has donated $1.1 mil-lion so far to the campaign ofRepublican Presidential candi-date Rand Paul, a RepublicanU.S. Senator from Kentucky.

    Macricostas ranked 29th ona list of donors of more than $1million to presidential cam-paigns more than a year beforethe election and as the Republi-can field has swollen.

    Paul, a physician, is the sonof former U.S. CongressmanRon Paul from Texas. Sen. Paulis a libertarian and strong sup-porter of the ultra-right TeaParty movement who an-nounced his candidacy on April7, 2015 and has seenMacricostas being his prime sup-porter among the $6 millionraised so far for the campaign.

    Paul is known for being ac-cessible to the media but he ad-mitted in an interview on CNNto being "short-tempered" withthe press.

    The big donations flowthrough so-called Super PACs(Political Action Committees).Leading the list of donors tocandidates is Robert Mercer, co-Chief Executive of RenaissanceTechnologies, who gave $11.3million, 98 percent to Texas Re-publican conservative Sen. TedCruz, and the rest split betweenRepublican Louisiana Gov.Bobby Jindal and formerHewlett-Packard chief Carly Fio-rina.

    RagingWire is largely ownedby the Japanese company NTTCommunications. Macricostasgave his donation to Paulthrough America’s Liberty PAC,which is run by Paul’s formercampaign manager Jesse Ben-ton, the Huffington Post said.

    Macricostas donated to the2012 Presidential campaign ofPaul's father and to a jointfundraising committee provid-ing money to Rand Paul's Presi-dential campaign, 2016 Senateaccount, and leadership PAC.

    RagingWire started as a co-location center providing off-sitedata backup for financial andtechnology companies. GeorgeMacricostas was a founder in2000 and served as the com-pany’s first CEO.

    In a profile, the SacramentoBusiness Journal reported thathe led the company from itssomewhat rocky birth — com-

    Tech WhizGives $1.1Mil to PaulCampaignMacricostas OneOf Pres. Hopeful’sPrime Supporters

    TNH Staff

    MYKONOS, GREECE – For anentertainer and a would-be burnvictim on Mykonos, “drag” hasa whole new meaning.

    On July 24, James Davis, aMiami drag queen better knownby his stage name, “Elaine Lan-caster,” pulled a young man outof a burning car on the islandof Mykonos, the Miami Heraldreported, just before the vehiclewas consumed by flames.

    Davis saw the car rollingback and forth outside “mybeautiful villa,” which is being

    occupied by Davis while heworks the 54 Club with fellowdrag queens Brooks and LadyBunny through August, the Her-ald reported.

    There were three people inthe car, tourists from Italy, twomen and a woman. Davis sawthe flames first, and alerted thevisitors. The woman, driving thecar, jumped out when she sawthe flames, as did one of themen, who was sitting in theback seat.

    The other man, though, sit-ting in the front seat passenger’sside, was frozen, Davis said, “as

    if he were hypnotized.” Davisran to him, grabbed him by thearm, and pulled him out of thecar. When the man snapped outof his panic-induced intertia, hesaid to Davis “you saved mylife.”

    Brooks relayed the story onFacebook, pointing out that“Elaine is too modest to tell youthis herself,” and called Davis a“Mykonos SHEro.”

    Davis said, the Herald re-ported, that at the time he savedthe man from the flames, “I hadon a pair of shorts, no shirt, noshoes. I was dressed as a boy.”

    On Mykonos, New Meaning to “Drag”

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens to a speech during a gathering at the AgricultureMinistry in Athens on Aug. 5. He is hopeful that a new bailout package will come any day now.

    It’s the Mr. Loukouma Man!Move over, Mister Softee, the “Mr. Loukouma” truck is making its way through Astoria. It is abusiness created by three Greek-Americans, Angelos Kambitsis, Yiannis Arvanitopoulos, andPanagiotis Papadatos, offering fresh loukoumades, yogurt, and frappe. The business pledgesthat 20% of the proceeds will go to help crisis victims in Greece.

    With a penchant for creatingworld-class drugs, George Yan-copoulos, 55, has gone from do-ing research at Columbia to su-perstar status in his industry,and made himself a billionairedoing it.

    Pushed by his father, a first-generation Greek immigrantwho complained how little theuniversity life paid, Yancopoulosin 1988 jumped ship to a smallTarrytown, NY Biotech firmcalled Regeneron and helped itsworth rocket 2,240 percent inthe past five years.

    His career, featured in Forbesmagazine, showed how his sci-entific ability and humility com-bined to help him develop drugsfor patients with illnesses fromasthma to cancer and made thecompany a force to be reckonedwith in its field.

    Yancopoulos:A Big PharmPhenomenon

    By Steve FrangosTNH Staff Writer

    CHICAGO- The Camarinosbrothers were among the firstGreeks to settle in Hawaii in the1880s. Originally from the vil-lage of Tsintzina near Sparta theCamarinos family relocated tonearby Goritsa. What mightseem a minor point of familyhistory becomes a prominentfactor in this clan’s future busi-ness interests. Three Camarinosbrothers eventually traveled toHawaii, Demetrius (1856-1903), Panayiotis (later Peter)(1862-1942) and John.

    Understanding the collectiveactions of these brothers canserve several historical pur-poses. First, given the leadershiprole of the Camarinos brothers

    we learn more about the collec-tive impact of the Greeks inHawaii. Next, the Camarinosbrothers’ business advance-ments inform the success ofmany Greek immigrant confec-tioners in North America thatuntil very recently was notknown. And finally even acausal review of the experiencesof the Camarinos brother’s livesconfronts the reader with a casestudy in the manner by whichAmerican history can gloss overterrible crimes.

    Demetrios Camarinos is cred-ited with attending the Univer-sty of Athens where he wasstudying to be a priest.

    However, by 1877,Demetrios abandoned his theo-logical studies and traveled toNew York City looking for work.

    Displeased with the city, Ca-marinos moved westward, end-ing up in San Francisco. Like thevast majority of Greek immi-grants Camarinos’ first job wasa dishwasher. In 1879, usingsavings and money sent by hisfather Camarinos purchased afruit store on East Street nearClay. In 1887, Peter Camarinosjoined his brother. Once to-gether the brothers decided tostart a fruit company in Hawaiiand from there to export fruitto California markets.

    In 1884, the twenty-two yearold Peter Camarinos traveled toHawaii to establish just such abusiness, the California FruitMarket. While this move wouldonly seem logical, today, it must

    Hawaii Pineapples: Camarinos Bros.

    By Constantine S. SirigosTNH Staff Writer

    NEW YORK – Retired 4-Star Ad-miral James Stavridis, Dean ofThe Fletcher School of Law andDiplomacy at Tufts Universityand former Supreme Allied Com-mander at NATO, will present alecture titled, “21st Century Se-curity Challenges and Opportu-nities” at the Kimisis Church ofthe Hamptons on August 8.

    The lecture is one of the ma-jor summertime events of aparish that does not slow downafter June. Fr. Alexander Karlout-sos, Protopresbyter of the Ecu-menical Patriarchate, Fr. Con-stantine Lazarakis, and theParish Council, led by PresidentGus Karpathakis, will welcomethe guests.

    Stavridis, who will be signingcopies of his book, The Acciden-tal Admiral, is the author of sixbooks and hundreds of articles.He told The National Herald hispresentation is “a look at theglobal security situation which Ithink we can all agree is prettydangerous.”

    “There will obviously also bea conversation about Greece andits economic challenges and thechallenges in the eurozone,” hesaid.

    “It’s important that we recog-nize that Greece is in an incredi-bly important geographic posi-tion, right on the nexus ofterrorist routes, in a very con-tentious area for NATO, and is awilling participant in all NATOoperation. It has been a verygood and constructive partnerfrom a geopolitical perspectiveand it affords extremely impor-tant strategic bases for the al-liance and the United States,” hesaid.

    So “Point 1 is: Greece Mat-ters,” and not just in the financialscheme of things,” he continued.

    His second point is that“Greece has an incredibly diffi-cult time ahead and it is vitallyimportant that the U.S., the

    Stavridis toSpeak onChallenges

    By Constantine S. SirigosTNH Staff Writer

    NEW YORK – In an importantmessage of solidarity and sup-port for its longstanding ally andacknowledgement of the rolethe Greek-American communitycan play in Greece, the ObamaAdministration has invited com-munity leaders to a discussionat the White House with SeniorAdministration Officials on thecurrent situation on August 6.

    Approximately 40 commu-nity leaders are expected to bepresent, and there is reportedlyan emphasis on people andgroups already on the groundin Greece providing humanitar-ian aid and promoting economicdevelopment. Former Massa-chusetts Governor and 1988 De-mocratic Presidential NomineeMichael Dukakis is reportedlyamong the invitees.

    Denis McDonough, WhiteHouse Chief of Staff, will beamong those who will make re-marks along with CarolineAtkinson, Deputy Assistant tothe President and Deputy Na-tional Security Advisor for In-ternational Economic Affairs,and other Senior AdministrationOfficials.

    The meeting will take placein the historic Indian TreatyRoom in the East Wing of theExecutive Building, where sem-inal documents such as the UNCharter and the Bretton WoodsAgreement were signed.

    Philip Christopher, presidentof PSEKA, looks forward to thegathering. “Greece deserves thiskind of support during the crisis,a situation which has been com-pounded by the flood ofrefugees into the country,” hesaid.

    Andy Manatos, the founderand president of the CoordinateEffort of Hellenes, said themeeting constitutes “positivefallout from the activity of Pres-ident Obama and Treasury Sec-retary Jack Lew’s activities dur-ing the recent negotiations.

    “The American governmentis taking a look at what we havethat might be helpful to Greece.It’s an opportunity for the ad-ministration to share its assess-ment of what might be possibleand enlist the community’s sup-port for such an effort,” he toldTNH.

    Manatos agrees that it is rarethat when policymakers thinkabout America’s interest in help-ing other countries they candraw on the resources of a suc-cessful and engaged Diasporacommunity.

    John Galanis, Supreme Pres-ident of AHEPA, will send rep-resentatives. “It is commendablethat the Obama Administration

    White HouseHosts Greek-Am. LeadersDiscussion

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    BALTIMORE, MD – Everyoneloves a small plate of deliciousfood. Long time Greek-Ameri-can friends opened up a CavaMezze in Baltimore, reportedthe Baltimore Sun. Mezze is nota new concept in the Baltimoredining scene but it is definitelynot overplayed, wrote the Sun.Cava Mezze opened in late Junein Harbor East. It is “a welcomeaddition to the city and alreadyfeels familiar. Its Greek-inspiredsmall plates are mostly well-con-ceived and nicely prepared, andservice is friendly and knowl-edgeable, though not perfectlypaced.” This is the fourth loca-tion for Cava Mezze. The otherrestaurants are located aroundthe DC area. The owners havenational plans for Cava Mezzeand her sister Cava Grill.

    The Sun reported that the“Baltimore restaurant's newlybuilt space is loud, dimly lit andmodern, with dark fixtures andmetal and wood accents. On arecent Monday night, '90s rapgave the space an upbeat, chattyvibe that felt appropriate for thecrowd — couples and smallgroups of friends, mostly in their30s — though the space couldskew sexier (or younger) withnothing more than a change inmusic.” Cava Mezze adds a littleflair by frying happens table-side; where waiters ignitesaganaki and flames shoot intothe air. “Flaming dishes are dra-matic and fun.” Although CavaMezze has a solid list of localbeers and gamely offers a fewGreek beverage selections, thecocktail menu branches out a

    bit. Some suggestions from theSun about what to eat: “Groupsshould consider the dip sampler,which includes small scoops ofCava Mezze's five dips, servedwith pita triangles. Tzatziki,hummus and roasted eggplantspreads, all well-seasoned, werefamiliar takes on the classicGreek dips. Taramosalata, is abright pink spread made withsalmon roe, was subtly fishy anddressed up with truffle oil anda sprinkling of salty caviar. Ourfavorite of the dips was the"crazy" feta. It is Whipped andinfused with jalapeno, the fetawas spicy, salty and very lik-able.”

    And for dessert: “Challahbread French toast served withberries, and loukoumades, frieddoughnuts drizzled with honeyand sprinkled with choppedwalnuts. Both were fluffy andsweet but not too sugary. Theloukoumades were better –crispier on the outside and more

    interesting all around.”

    PITTSBURGH, PA – This weekwriter Gabe Rosenberg wrote anarticle on Carrie Weaver, a lec-turer and recent Kenneth P. Di-etrich School of Arts and Sci-ences Postdoctoral Fellow at theUniversity of Pittsburgh, thePittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.Weaver analyzed 258 burials andskeletons from the Passo Mari-naro necropolis in Kamarina,which were excavated in the1980s by Italian archaeologistGiovanni Di Stefano but neveranalyzed. Rosenberg says,“Sometime between 500 B.C.and 200 B.C., residents of theGreek colony of Kamarina inSicily dug two graves for twobodies. They pinned down eachbody with large rocks or pottery;if the bodies awoke from thedead, they could not escape. Re-animated corpses did not, to thebest of anyone’s knowledge, rav-age the Greek Empire then, but

    ancient Greeks certainly believedthey could. Instances of bothnecrophobia (fear of the dead)and necromancy (the practice ofcommunicating with the dead)are common in ancient Greekculture, and are the focus of newresearch by Weaver.”

    Rosenberg laughably saysthat “The zombies of AncientGreece would put the zombiesof American pop culture toshame — if only because theywere really, truly feared.”Weaver, a classical archaeologistwho specializes in human oste-ology and funerary archaeology,was working in Sicily when shefound these skeletons had beenleft unexamined in a museum.Two burials stood out to her.Weaver said that, “Any time thata body is buried differently fromthe rest of the members of thecemetery, it’s termed a deviantburial,” the Gazette reported.Weaver found that ancientGreeks belief in the supernaturalextended to convictions that cer-tain individuals were predis-posed, predestined or compelledto become “revenants,” or theundead. “Illegitimate offspring,victims of suicide, mothers whodied in childbirth and victims ofmurder, drowning, stroke orplague could all becomerevenants. Improper treatmentof a body, such as not providingproper burial rites or allowinganimals or insects to leap or flyover a body, could cause it totransform.” Weaver’s examina-tion of the Kamarina cemeterywill appear in her book, “TheBioarchaeology of Classical Ka-marina: Life and Death in GreekSicily.”

    Cava Mezze

    n THRU OCT. 31CHICAGO, IL – The NationalHellenic Museum, 33 S HalstedSt., in Chicago, pays tribute tothe legendary actor and artistAnthony Quinn, who brought tolife one of the greatest and mostlife-affirming literary charactersof our time – Zorba the Greek.Quinn’s creative genius is show-cased in an exhibition of morethan 80 of his emotive paintingsand powerful sculptures. Visi-tors will see reflections ofQuinn’s life experiences and theimpact of his long friendshipwith the Greek people.

    n THRU OCT. 3TARPON SPRINGS, FL – Nightin the Islands returns to theworld-famous Sponge Docks ofTarpon Springs for 2015! Satur-days, 6-11PM: Sept. 12, andOct. 3. A free event of Greekmusic, dancing, and dining! Andwe will offer an hour of freeGreek dance lessons by the Lev-endia Dance Troupe from 6-7PM.

    n AUGUST 21-22MONESSEN, PA – The St. Spyri-don Greek Orthodox Church,1207 Grand Boulevard in Mon-essen, invites you to join our cel-ebration at our Annual GreekFestival on Friday, Aug. 21 andSaturday, Aug. 22 11AM-10PM.Our Festival is part of the 47Greek festivals throughout thePittsburgh area this summer,and the last of them to takeplace in August.

    n AUGUST 21-23ANCHORAGE, AK ¬¬– TheHoly Transfiguration Greek Or-thodox Church, 2800 O’MalleyRoad, Anchorage, AK 99507, in-vites you to join them for theirannual Greek Festival. The fes-tival will be on Friday, Aug. 21and Saturday, Aug. 22 from11AM to 10PM and SundayAug. 23 from 11AM to 6PM. Ad-mission is free. There will be livemusic, cooking demonstrations,church tours, and Greek danceperformances. Bring the kids, asthere is many fun activities forthem too. Parking is free onchurch grounds and across thestreet. Free shuttle parking isalso available. See festival web-site for more details.

    RENO, NV – Be Greek for theday at the annual 2015 RenoGreek Festival. Authentic Greekcuisine crafted by the membersof the St. Anthony’s Greek Or-thodox Church, 4795 LakesideDrive in Reno. It infuses theneighborhood with scents oforegano, olive oil and lemon.Traditional Greek dance, music,desserts, and imports create aMediterranean atmosphere anda family friendly environment.Sharing the Greek culture withthe community for nearly 40years, The Reno Greek Festivalhas proven to be a signature cel-ebration in our hometown. Fri-day, Aug. 21: 5-10PM, Saturday,Aug. 22 12 Noon-10PM; Sun-day, Aug. 23 11AM-3PM. Formore information, please con-tact the Church at (775) 825-5365.

    n AUGUST 28-30CARMEL, IN – The Holy TrinityGreek Orthodox Church, 3500W. 106th street in Carmel invitesyou to join them for their annualGreek Festival. The festival willbe on Friday, Aug. 28 from 4PMto 11PM and Saturday, Aug. 29from 11AM to 10PM and Sun-day Aug. 23 from 11AM to 4PM.Admission is free. There will belive music, food and pastries, aguided church tour, and Greekdance performances. The Hel-lenic Dance Troup will be per-forming, as well as the Ormi Or-chestra. The whole family willenjoy the Children’s ActivityTent. Face painting, Greek flagtattoos, lollipop draw, braceletmaking, and guessing the num-ber of olives in a jar will be someof the fun everyone will enjoy.Make a Greek flag, an Olympiclaurel wreath to wear, and apostcard. A “Cell Phone Selfie”

    center will allow children to useprops to take pictures of them-selves in front of a backdrop onFriday and Sunday. There willbe a puppet show every 90 min-utes on Saturday only duringthe duration of GreekFest. Seefestival website for more details.

    n AUGUST 29-30HONOLULU, HI – Aloha andYeia Sas! We invite you to joinus in our annual Greek Festival,to take place at Ala Moana Parkin Honolulu on Saturday, Aug.29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. Bothdays, Noon until 9PM. Generaladmission is $3, but activemembers of the U.S. militaryand children 11 and under getin for free! Also, if you wear atoga, you get in for just $1! Wehave our “Nisiotes” dancers ofour Sts. Constantine and HelenGreek Orthodox Cathedral en-tertaining you with varioustypes of traditional islanddances (the Greek islands, thatis!). There are three dancegroups: the adult group is theNisiotes (Islanders) Dancers,our middle group is the Ni-siotopoula (Young Islanders)and the Nisiopedea are the littleisland children. We are non-profit and depend on donationsto buy, repair, and clean cos-tumes. Our dancers are Greek,half Greek, part Greek, and non-Greek. What binds us togetheris our Orthodoxy and the loveof Folk dancing so we keep ondancing year after year!

    n SEPTEMBER 5TOLEDO, OH – OPA! Join HolyTrinity Greek Orthodox Cathe-dral for our 44th Annual Greek-American Festival, Sept. 5, 6 &7. Come and enjoy authenticGreek Food, Greek Pastries &Greek Dancing. Browse throughour Greek Boutique, Greek Cul-ture, Greek Language & Reli-gious Education Booths. Tourour beautiful Byzantine Cathe-dral. Attend the Greek Language& Culture Presentations, andwatch the Greek CookingDemonstrations.

    n SEPTEMBER 16LEMONT, IL – There's nothinglike a day spent among friendsand colleagues in an informalsetting, especially as we enjoythe end of summer. MariyanaSpyropoulos, President�of theMetropolitan Water Reclama-tion District, is having a GolfOuting at the Gleneagles Coun-try Club,13070 McCarthy RoadLemont, IL. We hope you'll joinMariyanna at her first annualgolf outing, in memoriam of TedSpyropoulos, at GleneaglesCountry Club on Wednesday,Sept. 16. Join us as we take afew swings, enjoy a beautifulday on the course, and cap offeverything with relaxing cock-tails and food. Registrationopens at 8AM and the shotgunstart will be at 9AM. There willbe lunch on the course at noon.There will cocktails at 2PM fol-lowed by dinner at 3PM.

    n OCTOBER 11LOS ANGELES, CA – By populardemand, Peggy Zina is comingto Los Angeles for a special en-gagement. Peggy will be per-forming live at Club Nokia, 800West Olympic Blvd, in Los An-geles. Peggy has a career whichhas lasted over 20 years withmany hits going multi-platinum.We are excited to present heralong with her band directlyfrom Greece for the only westcoast performance! Peggy willbe here Sun, Oct. 11 at 7PM andMon, Oct. 12 at 12 Noon. To gettickets call (877) 639-9715.

    n NOTE TO OUR READERSThis calendar of events sectionis a complimentary service tothe Greek American community.All parishes, organizations andinstitutions are encouraged toe-mail their information regard-ing the event 3-4 weeks aheadof time, and no later than Mon-day of the week before theevent, to [email protected]

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    HELLENIC HAPPENINGS FROM COAST TO COAST

    COMMUNITY2 THE NATIONAL HERALD, AUGUST 8-14, 2015

    By Demetris TsakasTNH Staff Writer

    ASTORIA – The name of the lateDennis (Demosthenes) Syntilas,prime mover of the project thatbecame Athens Square in Astoriawill soon grace the street signson 30th Avenue between 29thand 30th Streets, the southernboundary of the slice of Greecein America he helped to create.

    Syntilas, the first presidentof the Athens Square Commit-tee, will be honored through astreet “co-naming” after legisla-tion passed in the New York CityCouncil on July 23 authorizedthe establishment of DennisSyntilas Way.

    The measure, which will alsoaffect 51 other thoroughfares inthe city, is expected to be ap-proved by Mayor Bill de Blasioand the ceremony expected inthe Fall.

    The touching act of civic ap-preciation is the initiative ofCostas Constantinides, the firstGreek and Cypriot-American toserve on the City Council.

    Constantinides previously in-troduced the measure, pro-moted by the Federation of Hel-lenic Societies of Greater NewYork, to rename the street infront of the church of Sts.Catherine and George in Asto-

    ria’s Ditmars Boulevard districtin honor of the late prelate.

    At the unveiling of the signsfor Archbishop Iakovos Way onMarch 28, the day that also sawthe unveiling of the statue ofSophocles, the latest work of artto be placed in Athens Square,Constantinides, as was revealedby The National Herald, dis-cussed with the spouse of thedeceased – educator Rita Synti-

    las – and her family his idea forDennis Syntilas Way. Theyagreed, accepting his proposalwith emotion.

    That day was the first timein thirty years that Dennis Syn-tilas was not present for a majorAthens Square event.

    Constantinides immediatelyproceeded to gain the necessarysupport of other neighborhoodorganizations. The Greek-Amer-

    ican Homeowners Association,where Syntilas once served aspresident, received the proposalwith enthusiasm.

    The National Herald re-ported that Syntilas died on Jan-uary 7, 2015 at his home in As-toria, plunging into mourninghis wife, children and grandchil-dren, and his friends and otherrelatives.

    Syntilas was for many yearsa branch manager for AtlanticBank in Astoria and worked ashard as anyone else on issues ofconcern to the Greek-Americancommunity. He also served aspresident of the AesculapianThessalian Brotherhood.

    Both of those organizationspurchased building in Astoria,great achievements, but thegrand opening of the AthensSquare, which has become abeacon of Hellenism in NewYork as a venue for culturalevents, was his finest moment

    Syntilas belongs to the "we,"in the immortal words of Greekrevolutionary hero YannisMakrygiannis, by virtue of hisgentleness, simplicity, consis-tency, dedication, patience andperseverance. Syntilas was alsodistinguished for his ability toget Greek-Americans to dip intotheir savings accounts to fundAthens Square.

    Street in Astoria is Renamed “Dennis Syntlias Way”

    Dennis (Demosthenes) Syntilas had the power to turn his visionfor Athens Square in Astoria into a reality. The Street borderingthe beloved park will soon bear his name.

    troika, Greece, all work in a con-structive way and not throwstones at each other.”

    “I spent a lot of time in nego-tiations over the years and per-sonality matters,” he told TNH.“How people address each othermatters – whether it is with re-spect or lack of respect – and Ithink there is plenty of blame forboth sides. Those negotiationswere not conducted in my viewin an entirely professional wayon both sides. There were per-sonal attacks and it was coun-terproductive,” he said.

    It was noted that Yanis Varo-ufakis, the former Greek FinanceMinister, said he was running ontwo hours of sleep per night formonths. “How it is possible forpeople to be making optimal de-cisions,” under those conditionsTNH asked. “I think you an-swered your own question,”Stavridis replied.

    “I am not an economist,” hesaid, shifting into that area, “butmost economists agree – eventhe IMF says that – we will haveto see some restructuring ofGreek debt, and provide somemeans of lift to the Greek econ-omy. We will not solve the prob-lem simply by a series of cutsthat bring more downward eco-nomic pressure… you have touse some form of expansionarypolicy to stimulate growth toavoid an endless downward spi-ral.”

    He emphasized, however,that Greece must also take actionon matters like reducing tax eva-sion and other structural reformslike raising the retirement ageand reducing the bloated publicsector. “Most responsible Greeksrecognize this, and that’s thepainful part of this, but it has to

    come with some kind of stimulusor the boat won’t float.”

    Stavridis agreed that the op-portunity dimension must be ad-dressed, for example, making iteasier for entrepreneurs, espe-cially young people, to openbusinesses.”

    CHALLENGES ANDOPPORTUNITIES

    The presentation will includea discussion on ISIS and the mas-sive migrations that are fromAfrica and the Middle East to Eu-rope, and he will also look at cy-ber risk, the situation in Ukraineand China.

    “It’s a walk around the worldto look at the challenges, but Ihate talks that suddenly stopwith the message ‘there it is. It’sa pretty dangerous world. Whatdo you think of that?”

    He said he tries to then talkabout opportunities, to also focuson what is going well.

    A Q & A and reception will

    follow.Stavridis is enjoying the sum-

    mer. His only regret is that thereferendum interfered with hisplanned trip to Greece. “It wasnot going to be productive tohave meetings with governmentofficials.”

    He is looking forward to a va-cation trip and visit to his familyin Florida next week, where hegrew up, his father Paul GeorgeStavridis being stationed thereas a U.S. Marine.

    His paternal grandparentswere refugees from the Smyrnaregion, and his mother, ShirleyAnne, is of Pennsylvania Dutchstock.

    Asked if he ever pursued ge-nealogical research, Stavridissaid his sister was more inter-ested in that. “I am one to lookforward. I’m very proud to be aGreek-American and proud ofmy family’s courage, cominghere during difficult times,” pass-

    ing through Ellis Island and set-tling in Allentown, PA.

    Stavridis and his father haveled parallel lives. After his mili-tary career “He was still a rela-tively young man. He earned aPhD in higher education and be-came the president of AlleghenyCommunity College in the Pitts-burgh area.

    He acknowledged that hispath was inspired by this father“his example based on patriotismand courage, and the fact thathe became president of a collegewas very much on my mind.”

    Paul George “loved to mentoryoung people and was a naturalteacher. Throughout his time inthe Marine Corps he spent a lotof time helping young peopleand he wanted to continue thatas a civilian and the same ratio-nale applied to me.”

    “He was a fabulous father,”Stavridis said, and added he wasalso blessed with great mentors,including Admiral MichaelMullin, Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff, Vice Admiral Cut-ler Dawson, Secretary DefenseRobert Gates – “the was instru-mental in recommending I be-come an educator…he later be-come the president of TexasA&M.”

    Among the things he learnedfrom them are: “Never lose yourtemper. Stay calm at all times.Always focus on the positive –be an optimist. Optimism is avery powerful force.”

    They also reinforced the valueof education, and last but notleast, they showed him the valueof family, which means “Makingsure that you put your familyfirst in your heat, knowing thatthere will be times when youhave to take on hard jobs andcannot always be the perfect fa-ther or husband.”

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  • By Constantine S. SirigosTNH Staff Writer

    NEW YORK – If nobody knowsthe truth, is it still the truth? Be-neath the Olive Tree, the re-markable documentary aboutthe concentration camps forwomen during and after theGreek Civil War, is provokingthought and tears across Amer-ica.

    Narrated and co-produced byOlympia Dukakis and directedby Stavroula Toska, the movie,decades after the fall of theGreek junta, is shattering sometaboos about “the junta beforethe junta” – the repression underpost WWII rightwing govern-ments which used the Cold Waras cover to crack down on theirnon-communist opposition.

    The Truth, which is healingand liberating for societies andindividuals, is often inaccessibleand buried, sometimes literally.

    Seven journals found be-neath an olive tree on the islandof Trikiri, near Volos, becamethe basis for Eleni Fourtouni ‘sbook Greek Women in Resis-tance.

    Trikiri was a concentrationcamp for women and childrenwho were relatives of membersof the EAM-ELAS, the commu-nist WWII resistance movement,and Toska told TNH the note-books were kept by young

    women under the guidance ofeducator Rosa Imbrioti.

    “They did not know if theywere going to get out there aliveor not…their hope was at somepoint someone would discoverthem and learn what happenedon those islands – the torture,the executions, everything,” shesaid.

    Toska was inspired to turnthe stories into a movie, andDukakis opened the door to thehearts and memories thewomen who have been condi-tioned by their life experiencesto distrust.

    “Oh, if Olympia Dukakis isinvolved, we’ll talk to you,” theytold her.

    Their stories are not merelypolitical; they have humanitar-ian power.

    “I will never forget the storyof the 60-year-old woman whoin the mountains finally learnedto read,” Dukakis said.

    Once Toska gets the distrib-ution deal her dream is for herteam to go to Greece for ascreening with the women andtheir families. In the meantime,she is thrilled to convey to themhow people are inspired by theirlives.

    PLEASING WHOM?“It all started the moment

    Olympia handed a book to mein 2010.”

    Toska came into Dukakis’

    apartment brimming with ex-citement about a project thatjust wasn’t appetizing toOlympia.

    We had an honest, toughconversation,” Toska said, “I waswriting scripts I thought I couldsell to television and get me tothe next level of success, but Iwas not expressing myself…Olympia changed my life withtwo simple questions: why areyou writing this and whom areyou trying to please?”

    The Oscar-winning actresswho loves the role of mentor,told her “Forget everybody.Whatever you do, do it for your-self, do it because you have noother choice…If you are goingto write, write what you know,or stories that strike a chordwith you.”

    Toska said “I could tell heranything without be afraid ofbeing judged and I know she hasmy best interests in mind…whatever she says to me,whether I want to hear it or not,it’s always for the best.”

    But on that day the disap-pointment was too great, andToska was in tears as she walkedout of the light and plant-filledhome of the renowned actressand teacher.

    Dukakis ran out to her andshouted “wait!” – and handedher the book.

    “Something compelled me…To find the book and give it toher…I wanted her to havesomething she could be passion-ate about…I did not spend mycareer looking for success. I wassearching for things thatgrabbed me,” Dukakis told TNH.

    After Toska read the book,she came back “a different per-son” Dukakis said.

    “Olympia, who are thesewomen? I went to school inGreece but I never heard ofthem.”

    Dukakis, impressed with theresponse, told her “If you wantto do something about this, evenif you don’t know yet was it is, Iwill support you any way I can.”

    Greeks say everything hap-pens for a reason, but there arealso accidents.

    “I think I may have juststumbled onto the book, and I

    wanted to do what Stavrouladid, but I ended up running atheater and I always felt bad be-cause I dissuaded someone fromdoing it.”

    It was obviously meant tocome to life through Toska, buther connection Greek Women in

    Resistance ran deeper than thetwo women could imagine.

    After pressuring her motherabout, “I discovered that my ma-ternal grandmother was one ofthose women…She was impris-oned for 3 ½ years.”

    Dukakis became excited ,pounded her fist as exclaimed“Can you believe that!”IF THEY CRY IN DUBUQUE…

    The film was completed inApril “after five years of incred-ible patience…but Olympia keptme going and she has been thebiggest cheerleader.”

    Dukakis praised Toska’s for-titude - “And she is not evenfrom Mani” – where Dukakis’mother is from – she said.

    The movie had its world pre-miere at the prestigious SarasotaFilm Festival. At the Interna-tional Film Festival in Dubuque,IA Toska said she had an amaz-ing experience “It didn’t thinkthat people in Iowa of allplaces… would come to us withtears in their eyes.”

    Their first award came fromThe First Time Film Festival inNew York in March and at theLos Angelos Greek Film Festivalshe won the inaugural Van Vla-hakis award for the Most Innov-ative Film Maker.”

    The East Coast premiere iscoming up, which her team isvery excited about.

    “I was blessed with talentedpeople willing to work hard forlittle or no money. They said Iwant to be a part of it.”

    Sophia Antonini, Toska’sbusiness partner with OramaPictures, produced and co-wroteit, and Greek-American filmmaker Nick Efteriades also co-produced. Lauren Jackson madea significant contribution as ed-itor, Tao Zervas wrote the haunt-ing score, Paulina Zaitseva did

    the animation sequences, andEleni Drivas was the historicalconsultant.

    Orama just launched Livingthe Dream, a web series aboutfilm makers trying to make it inNew York – which Toska plansto turn in a network comedy se-ries, and she is developing pro-jects dealing with domestic vio-lence, which Dukakis is alsopassionate about.

    “It’s very exciting stuff,”Dukakis said.

    They are also looking for-ward to the documentaryOlympia Dukakis Undefined, di-rected by Harry Mavromichalis.

    He filmed her with her familyand at work, including arts andsocial activism projects, but partof the movies magic is scenesfrom a special trip.

    “I had the feeling take thefemale members of my family,my daughter and my two grand-daughters – the matrilineal line– to my mother’s village inMani.”

    She is deeply grateful that aprominent Greek-American pro-ducer who admires her workmade it happen. “He paid forthe transportation – plane fare,helicopters to the village andplaces like Mycenae and Epidau-rus, which is so moving to me –and my granddaughters couldnot get enough.”

    All of Dukakis’ children – shehas been married to Serbian-American actor Lou Zorich for53 years – have a touch of theartist, if not the teacher in them.

    Among the family treasures inher Manhattan apartment – theLowell native loves New York –are framed drawings made byher children and grandchildren.

    Without even mentioningpolitics, one learns of genes formany talents in the Dukakisfamily – Dukakis is also a re-markable athlete and herbrother Apollo is also an actor –but their source is beloved Hel-las, and the Greek crisis cameup often in the discussion.

    It was noted that societies,like individuals, are damaged byrepressed truths, and they arepleased the movie illuminatesthe current crisis. They pointedto the rise of the far left despitethe decades of suppression, andalso to the fascist elements inGreece, and interference fromoutside powers, the timing isamazing.

    It can be argued that therewas a double taboo, in Greece,first against talking aboutrightwing persecution of the left,and also the resistance withinthe left, perhaps because theyprovoked persecution, to a re-examination of treasured prin-ciples and policies. Across thespectrum parties must “Adapt ordie,” Toska said, but sclerosis inGreece comes in all political col-ors.

    Dukakis pointed out the farleft should be supporting re-forms that fight corruption andtax evasion among the rich, butin Greece, the supposedly pro-gressive far left seems opposedto change of any kind.

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsiprasthey agreed, however, is show-ing signs he can distinguish thenecessary structural reformsnecessary to build a New Greecefrom the Troika’s other de-mands.

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    Olympia Dukakis Narrates Beneath the Olive Tree

    TNH Staff

    [On August 2, Newsdayfeatured an article titled “Claimsof religious miracles on LongIsland and in New York City,”focusing on various accounts ofmiracles over the decades relayedby residents of Long Island andNew York City. Some of thoseindividuals were Greek-American; we provide excerpts ofthose stories here.]

    NORFOLK RD. MIRACLE“In 1960, Pagora Catsounis

    was praying before an icon ofthe Virgin Mary that hung onthe wall in her bedroom in Is-land Park,” Newsday wrote,“when she says she saw a tearemerge from the figure's eye.The icon, given to Pagora andher husband, Panagiotis Catsou-nis, by a Greek nun as a wed-ding gift, was apparently weep-ing, Newsday reported at thetime.

    “Hundreds were drawn tothe small apartment to see thelithograph, calling the event the‘miracle of Norfolk Road.’ HisEminence Archbishop Iakovos,then primate of the Greek Or-thodox Archdiocese of Northand South America, traveled tothe home and verified reportsof the apparent miracle, as didFather George Papadeas, priestof the Greek Orthodox Cathe-dral of St. Paul in Hempstead atthe time.

    “The icon reportedly tearedfor several days. The icon waslater moved to St. Paul's wheretens of thousands of people vis-ited to witness the event.”“THE ICON IS CRYING!”Newsday also reported about

    a similar instance, one most re-cent and in the heart of theGreek-American community inAstoria: the weeping icon at St.Irene Chrysovalantou: “In therear of St. Irene in Astoria inJanuary 1992, ArchbishopPaisios, leader of the congrega-tion, said that in December 1989he took the icon on tour toChicago, to St. Athanasiuschurch. There, following a cere-mony, the archbishop says hewas at a reception in the churchhall when suddenly people camerunning up, shrieking, ‘the iconis crying!’ As St. Irene is the pa-troness of peace, the archbishopsaid that she was crying becauseof the outset of the Gulf War.

    “This icon in Astoria is saidto have performed so many mir-acles that people left their pre-cious jewelry in thanks, whichwas placed in the frame aroundthe icon.

    According to a New YorkTimes article in 1992, the lead-ership of the Greek OrthodoxChurch cast doubts on theweeping icon. The press officer

    of the archdiocese issued a newsrelease describing the saga as‘an affront to ‘the Greek-Ameri-can community.’ But not all con-gregants and religious leadersdismissed the claims. The Rev.Milton B. Efthimiou told the

    Times that he had experiencewith weeping icons, and he wassure the St. Irene icon had wept.

    SIGHT TO THE BLINDA former Long Islander

    named Michael, Newsday re-ported, claims that a local priest

    cured his blindness. “In 2013,Michael approached FatherDimitrios Moraitis, formerly ofSt. Paraskevi Greek OrthodoxShrine Church in Greenlawn,NY wanting to walk his guidedog around the church property,according to an interview onAncient Faith Radio.

    “Unbeknownst to Michael, inthe Greek Orthodox Church, St.Paraskevi is the patron saint forhealth, specifically of the eyes.In the late 1960s, a family fromthe Church built a shrine in theSaint's honor and brought backholy water from a natural springthat flows from a church builtat the place of St. Paraskevi'smartyrdom in Asia Minor. BothSt. Paraskevi and the water werethought to have healing powers.Since the shrine's conception,hundreds of people have re-ported receiving miraculouscures from the holy water,Moraitis told Ancient Faith Ra-dio.

    “Moraitis invited Michael towalk the property and invitedhim inside the church for aprayer service and anointing.When Moraitis put his hand onhis head and read a prayer, hesays a vibration went throughhis body and Michael shud-dered. They both cried, asMoraitis helped him up and ledhim to the shrine for anotherservice.

    “After Michael washed hisface with the holy water,Moraitis says he took a step backand said, "There's a womanhere!," pointing at the icon ofSt. Paraskevi. He turned toMoraitis and remarked, "I seethe color of your eyes! I haven'tseen a color in seven years andI see the cross over here and Isee this round icon."

    “Michael's doctor was dumb-founded, according to Moraitis,who told him, "because theycan't tell you why you shouldbe able to see, it tells me thatevery time you open your eyes,it's a miracle. You are a walkingicon."“SO OPEN TO MIRACLES”“I admire the Greek Ortho-

    dox, because after all theseyears, and here in the UnitedStates in the twenty-first cen-tury, they are still so open andaccepting of miracles,” aLutheran minister told TNH. “Ibelieve, too, and have laidhands [faith healing], but hav-ing been raised in the West, it isdifficult for me to be as open.

    “But I have to commend theOrthodox,” he continues, “be-cause they have not waveredfrom their beliefs for centuries.”Not everyone is comfortablewith strict church traditions anddoctrine, but “there is some-thing to be admired about that,”he said.

    Greek-Americans and Miracles over the Decades

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    ABOVE: The famously-known “weeping icon” of St. IreneChrysovalantou, in Astoria. BELOW: (L-R): Rev. MiltonEfthimiou, Rev. George Papadeas, Archbishop Iakovos, PagoraCatsounis, and her husband, Panagiotis, look at the lithographicon of the Virgin Mary in Catsounis’ Island Park apartment,about which she says she saw a tear emerge from Mary’s eye.

    Oscar-winning Actress Olympia Dukakis

    Top photo standing, 3rd fromR, composer Elli Nikolaidou,and 5th from the right isMaria Giftodemou-Kara-georgi. Middle: Women fromThessaloniki and Kilkisl; at farright is Nitsa Gavriilidou. Bot-tom: Women imprisoned onMakronnisos, off the coat ofAttika.

  • is reaching out to the commu-nity…it is very encouraging andit should prove to be helpful toGreece and to America,” he said,adding that “AHEPA will bethere to listen at this point andmake recommendations later.”

    Mark Arey, The Hellenic Ini-tiative’s (THI) Executive Direc-tor, said that “knowing thatmany THI Board members havebeen invited, and given that itengaged in crisis relief, workingwith NGOs (Non-GovernmentalOrganizations) and workingwith the entrepreneurial ecosys-tem to promote economic de-velopment, we are very pleasedthe White House is taking thisinterest in the situation inGreece, which is quite grave.”

    Phillip Angelides, the formerCalifornia State Treasurer, toldTNH “Like many other Greek-Americans, I am hopeful that wecan find ways to help Greece atthis time of immense challengeand I am appreciative of the ef-forts that the president and theadministration have made insupport of Greece.”

    The meeting shows how con-cerned Washington is about thesituation in Greece in the after-math of the July 12 agreement.

    The outreach was reportedlypartly spurred by conversationsof administration officials withGreek-Americans, economistsand other analysts, who havebeen working with officials inGreece. In that regard, some ofthe impetus for exploring howthe Diaspora can help is ema-nating from Athens.

    PRES. MUST REMAINENGAGED

    One prominent communityleader noted to the endeavorwill require the continued en-gagement and interest of Presi-dent Obama, who can spur thebureaucracy to move forward.The president is not expected tobe present at the meeting, butis believed “to be behind whatis happening now.”

    Endy Zemenides, the Execu-tive Director of the HellenicAmerican Leadership Council(HALC) told TNH the meetingmust be seen in the context ofthe many meetings the Obamaadministration has been havingwith community leaders onabout the crisis.

    “It’s yet another indication ofthe U.S. government’s commit-ment to helping Greece as a crit-ical ally – it is reiterating itscommitments to standing byGreece.”

    COMMUNITY4 THE NATIONAL HERALD, AUGUST 8-14, 2015

    By Theodore KalmoukosTNH Staff Writer

    NEW YORK – John Kiriakou,the Greek-American counterter-rorism expert and former CIAemployee who served 23months in federal prison for dis-closing classified information tojournalists, visited Greece lastweek.

    Kiriakou and his supportersbelieve he was punished for be-ing the first U.S. government of-ficial to confirm that water-boarding was used tointerrogate Al Qaeda prisoners.

    Kyriakou, who has roots inRhodes, knows Greece very wellsince he worked at the embassyof the United States for twoyears.

    Kiriakou told TNH that "I hada specific purpose for this trip. Iwork for a think tank in Wash-ington called The Institute forPolicy Studies, which collabo-rates with the Australian thinktank Blueprint for Free Speech.We have drawn up a plan to-gether, which helps countriesaround the world make newlaws against corruption and alsoprotects whistleblowers who ex-pose corruption."

    He told TNH he met withPanagiotis Nikoloudis, the Min-ister of Transparency and Anti-Corruption and other Greek of-ficials.

    “Basically we dined togetherfor many hours deep into thenight;” he said, and emphasizedthat "all of them, member of allparties without exception,treated me like an old friend,with respect and friendliness.”He also had meetings with Non-Governmental Organization(NG) officials.

    Former PASOK Minister AnnaDiamantopoulou told him heshould visit Greece every twomonths.

    Speaking about the generalsituation in Greece, he said:

    "I cannot figure out how thecountry will survive if Europedoes not offer any plan for eco-nomic relief. There must be debtreduction or a lengthening of

    the payment period – some-thing, anything."

    He said the aid Greece hasreceived is only going for payingback previous loans, causing thecountry to lose “its most edu-cated people, doctors, lawyers,engineers, professors, who arenecessary for the reconstructionof Greek society, and this is agreat sin."

    He said he saw "Greeks sleep-ing on sidewalks who werewearing good clothes - middle-class people.

    The only thing they had leftwere the clothes they werewearing, and it seems that themiddle class is disappearing.

    “I was struck by the factthere was no traffic in Athens. Iwent to a meeting in Halandriand asked the taxi driver andhe said no one can afford to runhis car."

    Kiriakou believes that "theausterity measures are not pro-ductive and probably will neverbe productive. This I can sayfrom my experience from theMiddle East and especially inYemen."

    Kiriakou has already com-pleted two new books. One willbe released close to Christmasand other next spring called Let-ters from Loretto – the Federa-tion prison where he spent mostof his incarceration time – andone that describes his everydaylife in prison, the state of theprisons in America, and the ju-dicial system titled Doing TimeLike A Spy: How the CIA TaughtMe To Survive And Thrive InPrison.

    When TNH asked him whythe authorities were so strictwith him yet so lenient withGeneral David Petraeus, Kiri-akou said "I am convinced thatthey were strict with me be-cause I aired the dirty laundryof the CIA. I went on televisionin 2007 and I said three things,1) The CIA tortured prisoners.2) Torture is an official policyand practice of the United StatesGovernment; and 3) that thispolicy was endorsed and signedby the president. "

    John Kiriakou Now HelpingFight Corruption in Greece

    Greek-Americans John Kiriakou and attorney Plato Cacheris.The latter defended the whistleblower in court at a discount.The former’s book sales will help pay his defense costs.

    Not Even the Sponges Can Soak up all the WaterTarpon Springs, the Gulf Coast city with more Greeks percentage-wise than anywhere else inthe United States, usually escapes Florida's hurricanes and other inclement weather. But thissummer it hasn't been so lucky, as massive flooding has closed down the road of its maintourist attraction, the historic Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard.

    White House Invites Greek-Am. Leaders for DiscussionContinued from page 1

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden greet Archbishop Demetrios at the GreekIndependence Day reception at the White House, annual event for community leaders.

    Church of the Dormition ofBurlington Hosts Festival

    After the Divine Liturgy performed by FatherEphraim Ehrs on July 26, the annual festival of theDormition Greek Orthodox Church in Burlingtonkicked into high gear. Food and fun were the orderof the day, but in addition to its usual hospitality theparish also proved to be a good neighbor throughmajor recycling/composting efforts. Clockwise fromtop left: Lilly Anemikos and George Bonacos preparesalads;the youth dances, with Stella Papaseraphimand George Bonacos in the lead (Center). Also, with(L:R): Zoe Papaseraphim, Ellie Yialiades, IlyanaValadakis, Cassiani Austin, Steven Valadakis andManolis Anemikos; (L:R): Paul Henninge, GusPoulos, Argie Economou, Nectar Rorris man thegrills; Philoptochos members share a joke as theywork hard to sell pastries to benefit the Church andlocal charities.(L-R): Theodora Contis, AlexandraMichaelides, Manolis Anemikos, Nancy PappasTrombley, Deb Rorris. Left: Anita Danigelis (L) andPat Oleszkiewicz keep track of food line payments.

    MIAMI, FL – John Liappas has a whole Lotto love for theFlorida lottery after winning $28 million in a July 22 drawing– but the 63-year-old says he’s going to keep working for awhile yet.

    Liappas has just come forward to claim his winnings. “Idon’t plan to retire right away out of courtesy and gratitude tomy employer who has been great to me all these years,” Liappas,63, told the Miami Herald Aug. 4.

    “My only regret is that my parents aren’t here to enjoy thiswith me.”

    His winning numbers were: 10-26-29-38-42-46.Liappas told lottery officials that he has played the same

    numbers for 15 years, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel said.He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum pay-ment of $19,151,244.65 instead of spread out in an annuity.

    He said his first splurge will be taking his wife to Europe fora vacation and that he’ll keep buying lottery tickets hoping toget lucky again.

    Publix Super Market at 1401 Monza Ave. in Coral Gableswill receive a commission of $135,000 for selling Liappas thewinning ticket.

    Lottery winner John Liappas with Florida Lottery SecretaryCynthia O’Connell.

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  • By Constantinos E. Scaros

    READING, PA – Greeks areeverywhere in the United States,literally. From Maine to Florida,Alaska to Hawaii. North Dakota,to the best of my knowledge re-mains the only state in the na-

    tion without a Greek OrthodoxChurch, but even they haveGreeks there (and I happenknow one personally)!

    But in Central Pennsylvania,where there are several GreekOrthodox Churches and plentyof Greeks that fill the pews week

    in, week out, there is nary aGreek deli/food store/importspecialty store to be found.

    You Astorians know what I’mtalking about: a place like Titan,or Mediterranean Foods, the lat-ter of which, at the rate it’s go-ing, will soon have more storesthan Sylvester Stallone madeRocky movies.

    A store that sells those great,Greek cheeses, the sweetenedcondensed milk for frappe (notto mention the coffee itself),those wonderful Greek butterbiscuits, and of course, theGreek chocolate bars. A place tobuy a komboloi, some tarama(especially the kind in a tube!),Amita fruit juices, and The Na-tional Herald.

    We Central Pennsylvanianshave one place like that – Man-dros Imported Foods in Lan-caster, a thriving small city, inwhich the Annunciation Churchis located. Mandros does nothave the variety of the AstoriaGreek food giants, but it is theoasis in our Greekless desert.

    But what about Reading,

    home of the Sts. Constantineand Helen parish – which justcelebrated its 100th anniversarylast year? How can there be noGreek store there? At theChurch’s annual bazaar lastyear, which featured merchantsselling a variety of Greek fooditems, I asked them where’s thenearest Greek foods store: “oh,you have to go to Mandros,”they replied.

    “Yes, I know about Mandros,”I said. “Isn’t there anythingcloser?” I asked (Mandros is

    about 35 miles away from theChurch.) “No, that’s about theclosest one.”

    Not exactly. There is also awonderful Italian Deli calledRusso’s Gourmet Foods andMarket in Wyomissing, a subur-ban town adjacent to Reading.Russo’s is hands down the bestbona fide supermarket-style Ital-ian deli in the area, and it doesdevote an aisle to Greek foods:the aisle even has a Greek flagflying atop to indicate whichone it is. But it is still only one

    aisle.And what about the state’s

    capital, Harrisburg? How canthey be no Greek deli there?There is certainly a thrivingGreek community, and the HolyTrinity Greek Cathedral and itsparish.

    Quick, somebody, read thisand open up a Greek foods storeout here. Not only will youmake this writer happy, butyou’ll have bunches andbunches of other happy Greekcustomers, too.

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    Preheat oven to 375°. Bringhoney and 1/4 cup sugar to asimmer in a saucepan, stirringto blend. Remove from heat andadd apricots; set aside.

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  • OBITUARIES CLASSIFIEDS6 THE NATIONAL HERALD, AUGUST 8-14, 2015

    DEATH NOTICES

    n DAVIS AVLIHOS, TERRYMONTGOMERY, TX (from theBeaumont Enterprise, publishedon Aug. 2) – Terry passed awaypeacefully, at the age of 92, onTuesday, Jul. 28, in MontgomeryTX. Born Oct. 24, 1922, in Pa-tras, Greece, she was one of 4children born to Yanni andKristina Avlihos. Terry was thebeloved wife of the late John A.Davis and is survived by her lov-ing children, Andy J. Davis, MDand wife, Stella of Montgomery,Texas; son, Johnny Jr. of Hous-ton, Texas; and sister, MariaToumbaniaris of Athens, Greece.She was preceded in death byher grandson, Andrew JoshDavis, parents and other sib-lings. Terry lived her life withintegrity, elegance and a deeplove for her family and God. Shewas a kind and generous womanwho was always smiling and herpresence possessed a childlikegrace. Terry was a very tradi-tional woman, who loved theGreek culture and never lostsight of her heritage. A privategraveside service was held inBeaumont, Texas on Thursday,Jul. 30, where Terry was laid torest by her husband John. Theyspent 40 years together in Beau-mont raising their family andwere very active in the GreekOrthodox Church. Terry wasblessed with many friends andactivities since moving to Mont-gomery. Donations, in lieu offlowers, may be sent to: TexasChildren's Hospital-NICU, InHonor of Terry Davis, Office ofDevelopment, Ste. 5214, P OBox 300630, Houston, TX77230-0630 or online at:waystogive.texaschildrens.org.To leave condolences for thefamily go to: www.shmfh.comor mairl to: The Davis Family, P.O. Box 357, Conroe Texas77305.

    n DELIS, BARBARACANTON, OH (from the Repos-itory, published on Jul. 28) –Barbara Delis age 91, passedaway peacefully on Jul. 25, inher home in Canton, Ohio. Shewas the widow of George A.Delis, who owned and operatedtheaters in Ohio and West Vir-ginia, including the operation ofthe Palace Theater in downtownCanton for many years until hisdeath. She was the daughter ofthe late Peter and Anna Katchi-anes and was preceded in deathby her two brothers Nicholasand George Katchianes and herbeloved sister Mrs. DorothyEconomou. Survived by her lov-ing children, a son, AnthonyGeorge Delis, a daughter, VassaDelis- Parker, and her adoredgrandson, Anthony GeorgeParker, sister-in-law Mrs. AliceKatchianes, cousins Mrs. Car-olyn Spilios, Mrs. Estelle Tender,and Dr. George Vasilion, rela-tives Mrs. Diane Foradas andMrs. Veti Vasilion, cherishedfriend Mrs. Aurelia Krugliak,and many much-loved niecesand nephews both from thiscountry and Athens, Greece. Shespent much of her life in Athensand Varkiza, Greece and consid-ered it her second home. Bar-bara was a member of St. Har-alambos Greek OrthodoxChurch and St. HaralambosPhiloptochos Society. She was abeautiful and gracious lady andan amazing cook and hostess.She was loving, devoted, per-ceptive, and very intelligent.Barbara will be greatly missed.Barbara's children would like tothank her doctors, Dr. PaulManuszak and Dr. David Schu-maker, and their staffs for theircompassionate and dedicatedcare. Calling hours are onThursday, Jul. 30 from 5PM to8PM at the Rossi Family FuneralHome with a Trisagion Serviceat 7PM and on Friday, Jul. 31from 10AM to 11AM at St. Har-alambos Greek OrthodoxChurch with funeral services at11AM, the Reverend Dr.Nicholas V. Gamvas officiating.Interment will be in Forest HillCemetery. In lieu of flowers, do-nations can be made to St. JudeChildren's Research Hospital.

    n DOHRN, NINAVISALIA, CA (from the VasaliaTimes- Delta, published on Aug.1) – Our beloved mother andgrandmother went to be withthe angels early in the morningof July 27, 2015, and though weare so very sad, she is now atpeace. Nina was born "EdeltraudTaufer" on Sep. 30, 1924 to Ottoand Wilhelmine Taufer in Trop-pau, Czechoslovakia. She andher younger brother, also namedOtto, lost their mother when shewas just six. However, hermother's family (grandmother &siblings) took them in and pro-vided a very loving and happychildhood. In March 1939, Hitlertook over Czechoslovakia and inSeptember 1939 took overPoland, changing lives all overthe world. After serving in themandatory youth group workingon a farm, climbing telephone

    poles, and working as a trolleyconductor, Nina survived thewar but found herself all alonewalking with no place to go be-cause she was not allowed to gohome. She eventually made herway to a displaced person'scamp in Linz, Austria. There shemet Art Dakessian, whose familyhad survived the ArmenianGenocide, and they raised Artand his brother in Athens,Greece. After knowing eachother only six weeks, she speak-ing only German and he speak-ing Greek, French and a little bitof German, they married onAug. 22, 1945. Through thesponsorship of the CatholicChurch, Art and Nina werebrought to America on a trooptransport to New York (coinci-dentally arriving on Aug. 22,1949), put on a train to SanFrancisco and picked up by acouple to work on their farm inHappy Camp, CA. They movedto Weed, CA in Jun. of 1950where they both worked for thelumber company as well as do-ing any side jobs to make money.They raised 2 children. They di-vorced in 1970 and went theirseparate ways. Nina marriedJohn T. Dohrn of Weed in Nov.of 1970. They moved to Sacra-mento where they managed andowned apartments. John(Jimmy) and Nina retired in1990 and moved to Galt, CAwhere they lived very happilyuntil Jimmy's death in Oct. of1999. They went on 7 cruisestogether visiting 5 continents.They also went to Germany tosee Nina's family, and when theBerlin Wall came down, she evengot to see her brother whom shehad not seen in 30 years. Shealways loved President Reaganfor that. In Nov. of 2000, Ninamoved to Visalia, CA to live withher eldest daughter. Soon, there-after, her other daughter andgranddaughter moved just downthe street. She was very gener-ous with her family introducingthem to her love of cruising. To-gether, she took her girls on 3cruises to Hawaii and Europecreating beautiful memories thatwill never be forgotten. In thelast year her health deterioratedbut in Sep. of 2014, we threwher the 90th birthday party forwhich she had asked and shesaid it made her feel like aqueen. It was a wonderful night!Nina is survived by her daughter,Marlene Dakessian, and herpartner, Eric Komar and familyof Visalia, CA; her daughter,Elaine Dakessian, and grand-daughter (Elaine's daughter)Gabrielle Dakessian, of Holly-wood, CA; her cousin, Monika,and her husband, Fritz Hucke ofLincoln City, OR and their fam-ily; her stepchildren, RonaldDohrn and Gary Dohrn of Weedand their families; and many rel-atives and friends scatteredthroughout the world. There willbe a private Celebration of Lifeat the home where Nina residedon Aug. 22, at 12:00PM.

    n EPIOTIS, NICHOLAS D.SEATTLE, WA (from the SeattleTimes, published on Aug. 2) –An internationally respectedscholar and lecturer and a dis-tinguished author and charis-matic professor of organic chem-istry at the University ofWashington from 1972 until hisemeritus status in 2008, Profes-sor Epiotis died suddenly at theUWMC, surrounded by his lov-ing wife, Linda Daniel, and car-ing doctors and nurses. Over thecourse of his long illness he hadthe good fortune to be treatedby a number of doctors who hadbeen students of his over theyears, most with an amusinganecdote or two from their O-Chem course to relate. Thehistrionics of teaching were in-nate to him and his widely ac-claimed gift for storytelling andfor providing real-life analogiesto the difficult concepts of or-ganic chemistry captivated andinspired his students. ProfessorEpiotis received various awardsand honors throughout his pro-fessional life. These included anAlfred P. Sloan award, anAlexander von Humbolt awardand an invitation from the RoyalSwedish Academy of SciencesNobel Committee for Chemistryto submit a proposal for theaward of The Nobel Prize inChemistry in 2007. He publishedseveral widely-cited books andnumerous widely-cited papers innational and international schol-arly journals, but what matteredmost to him, a theoretical scien-tist, was his critically acclaimed1996 groundbreaking "Decipher-ing the Chemical Code," an over900 page tome in which he chal-lenged the conventional theoriesof chemical bonding. Passionateabout opera, and sympathetic tothe "unconstrained nature of art"as opposed to the "constraineddiscipline" and "self-consistency"of science, he dedicated thiswork to the renowned Italiantenor, Franco Corelli, whose Metperformances in the 60's greatlyinspired him during his time atPrinceton and thereafterthrough live broadcasts from theMet and from recordings. It wasshortly after this publication thathe was diagnosed with the firstof a series of brain tumors that

    were to plague him until the endof his life. He had an insatiabledesire for learning and receivedhis greatest pleasure from mind-related pursuits. Even with theirony of his illness, he continuedto pursue his quest for truth andunderstanding (particularly ofthe philosophical mind/bodyquestion) until the very end.Nick was born in Athens, Greecewhere he attended Athens Col-lege, an American private schoolwhere he excelled both in acad-emics and in sports, earning aletter in basketball. Upon grad-uation, he began his college ad-ventures at Ripon College inWisconsin where he graduatedsumma cum laude in two yearsand was a member of Phi BetaKappa. He received his Mastersdegree from Harvard where hewas a Teaching Fellow and hisPhD from Princeton where hewas a University Fellow. Thisman had a commanding pres-ence and was a kind, gentle, lov-ing soul (often clothed in a cer-tain Zorba the Greek bravado)and above any level of pettiness.He did not suffer fools gladly,was intellectually curious andengaged those with whom hecame in contact with his quickwit, playful sense of humor andgenuine interest in them. Sum-mers in the Aegean islands,where he played in his youthand rejuvenated in adulthoodwere essential for him, but hefound solace in Hawaii wherehe, a Pisces, swam with spinnerdolphins and marveled at thevastness and mysteries of the Pa-cific Ocean. He was a polymathwith a beautiful mind as rare asthe aggressive, recurrent braintumors he faced with dignityand grace and to which he ulti-mately succumbed. His wife con-siders it a privilege to haveshared a rich and meaningful lifewith such a fine, fun, ever-fasci-nating and caring husband,whom she cherished, and whocharmingly addressed her as "mytreasure." Every moment to-gether was precious. Their spiritswill remain together eternally.This extraordinary man will begreatly missed by all those wholoved him and admired by allthose who appreciated his intel-lect. He was preceded in deathby his parents, Demetrios andParaskevi Ipiotou, of Athens,Greece. He is survived by hiswife, Linda Daniel, of Seattle,WA; his sisters, Dr. Maro Nianiouand Dr. Lena Ipiotou and theirrespective husbands, Nassos Ni-aniou and Giorgos Petrakis; hisnieces, Dr. Eleana Nianiou, DafniNianiou, Martha Petrakis andAnna Petrakis; grand nephew,Phivos Taylor, and extendedfamily members, all of Athens,Syros and elsewhere in Greece;brother-in-law, Allen CurtisDaniel of Cashmere, WA andbrother-in-law and sister-in-law,Ronald Craig and Sandi Danielof Phoenix, AZ. and extendedfamily members elsewhere inthe US. Many celebrations of hislife will occur at future gather-ings in Athens. Any memorialsmay be donated to the FredHutchinson Cancer ResearchCenter, Seattle Cancer Care Al-liance or The Nature Conser-vancy.

    n MIHOS, STEVE P. TOLEDO, OH (from the ToledoBlade, published on Jul. 31) –Steve P. Mihos, 85, of Toledo,passed away Wednesday, Jul. 29.He was born Apr. 4, 1930, inDrepano, Greece and was theson of Panayotis and Ageliki Mi-hos. Steve worked on AristotleOnassis ships, as a boiler opera-tor. He married Evangelia Petros,on October 12, 1958, and theirfirst son, Panyotis was born in1960. In 1966 the family movedto Magna, Utah, where Stevetook over a bar business fromhis aging uncle, George Zaros.Their second son, George wasborn in 1966. Steve retired fromCity Auto Stamping, as a boileroperator. Steve enjoyed garden-ing, cooking, Bar-B-Que cookingand listening to Greek music. Healso made his own homemadewine. The only time Steve sawhis family in Greece, since hemigrated to the United States,was in 1996. He always enjoyedcooking for any visitors whocame to the house and treatedthem to a glass of his homemadewine. The last 3 years of his life,he developed dementia alongwith diabetes. Steve was a mem-ber of Holy Trinity Greek Ortho-dox Cathedral, downtownToledo and he volunteered nu-merous times at the Greek Fes-tival. He is survived by his wife,Evangelia Mihos; sons, Pete Mi-hos and George Mihos; grand-children, Stephen and Marisa,and niece, Tina. He was pre-ceded in death by his brother,Christos; sisters, Eleni andMaria, and his first grandson,Peter Mihos, age 14, in 1997,due to a tragic car accident.Friends are invited to visit from4PM to 8PM Friday Jul. 31 inthe Ansberg-West FuneralHome, 3000 Sylvania Avenue,(between Secor and DouglasRoads), where Trisagion Prayerswill be held at 7PM. Funeral ser-vices will be held at 10AM Sat-urday, at Holy Trinity Greek Or-thodox Cathedral, 740 North

    Superior Street, Toledo, OH43604. Interment in ToledoMemorial Park. Memorial con-tributions may be made to HolyTrinity Greek Orthodox Cathe-dral or Hospice of NorthwestOhio, 30000 E. River Road, Per-rysburg, OH 43551.

    n PALAMIOTIS, MARIASAVANNAH, GA (from the Sa-vannah Morning News, pub-lished on Aug. 3) – Maria D.Palamiotis, 79, passed away Fri-day Jul. 31, at St. Joseph's Hos-pital in Savannah GA. She is sur-vived by her husband DenoPalamiotis of 49 years, herdaughters Helen and Nikki, herstepdaughter Stephanie andgrandson Nick Richardson. Sheis preceded in death by her sonAthanasios. Her sister Dena Pag-oni of Lamia Greece survives heralong with numerous nieces andnephews of both Greece andAmerica. She was born andraised in Lamia Greece andresided in US since 1966. Shewas a pillar of the St. Paul'sGreek Orthodox Church of Sa-vannah Ga where she was a ded-icated member of several orga-nizations including Daughters ofPenelope, St. Barbara's Philop-tochos and chairperson of GreekFestival Food Committees. Ser-vices: Visitation hours are Tues-day Aug. 4, from 5PM to 7PMwith Trisagion service immedi-ately after. Funeral Services areWednesday 11:00AM. Burial atGreenwich cemetery. Donationsto St. Paul' s Greek OrthodoxChurch of Savannah, GA in lieuof flowers.

    n PAPPAS, VASILIOSHOLDEN, MA (from the Worces-ter Telegram & Gazette, pub-lished on Aug. 2) – Vasilios "Bill"Pappas, 61, of Holden died un-expectedly, early Friday, Jul. 31in UMASS Memorial MedicalCenter. He leaves two brothers,Theodore Pappas and his wife,Ourania of Holden and Themis-toklis Pappas and his wife, Geor-gia of Psina Ioannina Greece;three sisters, Vasiliki Pappas andher husband, Athansios of Syd-ney, Australia, Pangiota Giotisand her husband, Evangelos ofFall River, and Margarita Zois ofGermany; several nieces,nephews, great nieces, greatnephews and cousins. He waspredeceased by a nephew,Theophilos Pappas and abrother in law, Demos Zois. Hewas born Jul. 22, 1954 in Psina,Ioannina Greece, son of the lateKostasdinos and Sevasti (Ster-gious) Pappas. Bill emigrated toWorcester in 1970. He was amember of Saint SpyridonGreek Orthodox Cathedral andthe American Hellenic Educa-tional Progressive Association.He worked in several pizzarestaurants over the years andfor the last eight for the Mass-DOT. He was beloved by hisfamily and friends. Bill's greatestpleasures were playingbackgammon with his friends atthe Ahepa house and sharing hiscalm smile and easy going de-meanor with his family. He hada unique close relationship withall of his nieces and nephews al-ways presenting a warm heartfelt hug and a reassuring word,for them and their children. Hewill be greatly missed. A callinghour will be held on Wednesday,Aug. 5 from 10:00AM to11:00AM in St. Spyridon GreekOrthodox Cathedral, 102 Rus-sell Street followed by his fu-neral service at 11:00AM. Burialwill be in Hope Cemetery. In lieuof flowers memorial contribu-tions may be made to St. Spyri-don Greek Orthodox Cathedral,102 Russell Street, Worcester,MA 01609. O'Connor BrothersFuneral Home, 592 Park Av-enue, Worcester is directingarrangements.

    n RANGOS, NICHOLAS W. AIKEN, SC (from the AikenStandard, published on Aug. 3)– Nicholas William " Nick " Ran-gos, loving husband of IreneSango Rangos, died Aug.1, athome. Trisagion Service andviewing will be held from 6PMto 8PM Tuesday, Aug. 4, atShellhouse Funeral Home. TheTrisagion Service will be held at7PM. Funeral services will beheld at 2PM Aug. 5 at Holy Trin-ity Greek Orthodox Church, cor-ner of 10 the and Telfair St., Au-gusta, GA with the Father VasileBitere officiating. Interment willfollow at Historic BethanyCemetery located in Aiken, SC.A reception will follow at Wood-side Country Club, Aiken, SC.Mr. Rangos was the son of thelate Vasilios and Stella Chala-paos Rangos. He moved herefrom Greece and started a cater-ing business. He provided cater-ing services for the Masters GolfTournament for forty five yearsmaking his famous PimentoCheese and Egg Salad. He hada soda fountain at WoodruffDrug Store, owned Nicks Grill,operated the Ramada InnRestaurant and Lounge, cateredfor over thirty years for OwensCorning Fiberglass, catered forthe Aiken Steeplechase, and allaround catering for many eventsin the Aiken and Augusta area.He was an entrepreneur, he hadthe insight for business and hard

    working drive to realize success.He was very diverse in real esteas well as various businessesaround Aiken Co. He was al-ways a very active member ofHoly Trinity Greek OrthodoxChurch, Augusta, GA where hetruly loved his church. He wasa 50 plus Year Life Member andpast president of AHEPA Chap-ter 407, member and past pres-ident of the Church ParishCouncil, recipient of theArchangel Michael Honors fromthe Greek Orthodox Metropolisof Atlanta, and cooked for theGreek Cuisine for many years.He truly loved his friends,church and family. This is whatput a smile on his face, and al-ways grateful to be in such greatcompany. To his friends, thankyou for being a part of a life thatwas truly very full, and thefriendships that will never goaway. To the Holy Trinity GreekOrthodox Church, anything hedid to help was a true labor oflove for the church family, thisis where his faith and heart leadhim to serve. Our husband, fa-ther, grandfather, great grand-father, uncle, will always be aguiding light and example forall of us, a light that will liveforever deep in our hearts. MayHis Memory Be Eternal! Sur-vivors besides his wife includehis daughters, Stella (Richard)Alexander, St. Augustine, FL,Crystal Katherine Rangos,Aiken, son, Nicholas Basil Ran-gos, Aiken. Grandchildren: Hi-lary Rangos, Paris, France,Amanda Alexander, Orlando,FL, Bryan Alexander, St. Augus-tine, Fl, Nicole Cook (Mike), Mt.Pleasant, SC, Robert Molden-hauer, Aiken, great grandchild,Caleb Cook. Harriet Jackson (fi-ance' to Nicholas Rangos) andher two sons Peter and FrankJackson. Brian Connelly (fiance;to Amanda Alexander). And abeloved dog, Pepper. Pallbearerswill be, Peter Jackson, FrankJackson, Bryan Alexander, MikeCook, Kenneth Keaton, andCosta Trapalis. Honorary pall-bearers will be Chuck Ballas,Gus Magoulas, George Gregory,and AHEPA Member Chaper407. Memorials may be directedto Holy Trinity Greek OrthodoxChurch, 953 Telfair St., Augusta,GA 30901 or AHEPA Chaper407 , 953 Telfair St., Augusta,GA 30901.

    n STAVROPOULOS, ETHOLEMALBOROUGH, MA (from theShrewsbury Chronicle, pub-lished on Aug. 3) – EtholeStathoula Stavropoulos, 86, ofWestborough passed awaypeacefully at home on Saturday,Aug.1. She was the wife of thelate John Stavropoulos. Born inSaga, Greece, she was thedaughter of the late Andreas andAkaterini (Koutzoulis)Vasilopoulos and was educatedin Greece. Mrs. Stavropouloscame to the United States in1968 settling in the Chicago, Illi-nois area. She was employed inthe packing department forNabisco Co. prior to her retire-ment. She and her family movedto Westborough in 1998. Shewas an active member of Sts.Anargyroi Greek Ortho- doxChurch in Marlborough. Shealso contributed to the Worces-ter Food Bank and in 2013 wasgiven recognition for her contri-butions to the food bank. Sheenjoyed travelling throughoutthe world with her sister and en-joyed gardening and flowers. Et-hole is survived by one daughter,Theodora S. Choros and her hus-band, John, of Westborough;one brother, Fr. VasiliosVasilopoulos of Greece; three sis-ters, Vasiliki Gatseos of Greece,Christina Demos of Chicago andMarina Kolovos of Palos Hills,Illinois and three grandchildren,Konstantina, Efstathia and Yian-noula Choros. Relatives andfriends are invited to attend call-ing hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough FuneralHome, 62 West Main St., West-borough, on Wednesday, Aug. 5,from 5PM to 8PM. Fr. Greg willoffer Trisagion Prayers at7:30PM. Funeral services andburial will take place in Greece.In lieu of flowers, donations inher memory may be made to theSts. Anargyroi Church BuildingFund, PO Box 381, Marlbor-ough, MA 01752.

    n TASSOPOULOS, MARIALANSING, MI (From the LansingJournal, published on July 29)– Maria Tassopoulos passedaway Sunday, July 26 at homesurrounded by family andfriends. She was born in Theok-tistos, Arcadia, Greece. She em-igrated to Montreal, Canada in1962, and Lansing, Michigan in1967. From 1967 until her re-tirement in 1997, Maria and herhusband George Tassopoulosowned and operated The BestSteak House on 3020 East Kala-mazoo Street in Lansing. Mariawas vibrant, energetic, and fullof life all her days. She leavesbehind sister-in-law EleftheriaTassopoulos, nephews Andreasand Dimos Tassopoulos, great-nephew and niece Ioannis(Yanni) and Lydia Tassopoulos,brother Pericleas Giammas, andmany other relatives.

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