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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Thought Leader and Global Citizen, India’s Filmmaker Mira Nair

New York, N.Y. I braved freezing weather recently to hear Mira Nair speak at the President’s Forum at the Upper East Side’s Asia Society (video).  It crossed my mind that I could write a story on her work. I failed to grasp her work – as both a humanitarian and a filmmaker – was so vast it [...]

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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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As if They Were His Own: How Toastmasters Gave a Humanitarian Courage

How TI gave a humanitarian the courage to transform the world’s orphanages New York, N.Y.   For Jim Luce, a trip to Indonesia to help a friend changed his own life. On a drive through the countryside in 1995, the former Wall Street investor made a fateful visit to an orphanage. “I’m not sure why I stopped, [...]

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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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U.N.: 3,700 Children Orphaned by Ebola, Lives Shattered

New York City Poetry Corner: Poem by Sharon Stern

U.N.: Not One Child Untouched by Recent Gaza Conflict

In Hong Kong, Occupy Central Gains Momentum

True Love at Last: The Cancro-Silvetz Wedding

Luce Leader Grows at Yale: from Anti-Bullying to Autism Awareness