Archive | 2009

If It Is Astoria, It Must Be Opa! Forty Years of Greek Cuisine with Perdika Zevlakis

Astoria, N.Y.  Since 1969, the year man walked on the moon, Opa! Souvlaki Restaurant of Astoria, Queens, has been Greek to its core.  It is run by the Greek community’s Elaine Kaufman, Perdika Zevlakis.  Astoria itself has become more diverse in those 40 years, but the legendary Opa! lives on – as if a time capsule for the neighborhood’s new […]

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Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis: Are American Service Clubs Too Old To Matter?

New York, N.Y. Service clubs are a particularly American institution that began in the heartland, although now they are found on both coasts, as well as virtually every country in the world.  Iraq and North Korea are exceptions, although Libya now has a Lions Chapter. The ideal of these international organizations – particularly Rotary, Lions, […]

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Bob Cushman: A Serious Commitment to Humanity

New York, NY. “We have made a commitment to our clients to assist them in every we can, to recommend solutions we believe are in their best interests, and to imagine that they are sitting with us on every transaction executed on their behalf.” This is how Bob Cushman began our interview which included his partner […]

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Review 79 (Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and His Legacy) Launched at the Americas Society

By Hector Daniel Velarde, edited by Jim Luce. On Thursday, November 12th, the Americas Society launched a special “Inca Garcilaso” issue of its acclaimed journal, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas (see also). The launch culminated the Society’s Fall 2009 literature series —- a season that focused on the life and legacy of Inca […]

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Wynton Marsalis Awarded French Legion of Honor in NYC

New York, N.Y. Wynton Marsalis received France’s highest distinction last week in New York – the insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor, an honor that was first awarded by Napoleon Bonaparte. Sitting literally at his feet during the performance of the Wynton Marsalis Quintet which followed the ceremony, I witnessed why Wynton Marsalis […]

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Korean Parade & Festival Gave New Yorkers Taste of Asia

Every year, the Korean-American Parade offers colorful costumes and floats.Korean martial arts, traditional dancers, regal apparel, and spectacular floats were on dazzling display at the Korean Parade and Festival 2009. Mayor Bloomberg, Council member John Liu and other notables “cooking” in Koreatown. The event, themed “Cooperation and Peace in Troubled Times,” was organized by the […]

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Post-9/11 & Katrina: What’s Up With the American Red Cross?

Washington, DC. In addition to interviewing Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies recently (story), I was also able to speak with David Meltzer, Senior V.P. of International Services for the American Red Cross.   David manages American Red Cross government- and privately-funded programs in more than 30 […]

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Hip Campaign from World’s Oldest Humanitarian Program

Geneva, Switzerland.  The International Red Cross and Red Crescent can be best understood as a collection of pieces building a whole. In my first piece, I told the story of the Secretary General. In my second column, I interviewed him on the role of the Red Cross Red Crescent today. The latest Red Cross Red […]

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Photo of the Day – Sept. 26, 2016

The Heart of Mental Health and Well-being at the United Nations

In NYC: Songs of Peter, Paul & Mary to be Performed by Peter & Paul

Matt Scott to Run Organization for Autism Research Marathon in NYC

Ugandan-Indian Filmmaker Mira Nair – Brilliant Thought Leader

Advocating Fair Trade, Hands In Attends NYC’s Fashion Event