August / September, 2006
Benjamin Franklin Bridge Celebrates 80th Anniversary
A portrait of Modjeski hangs in the Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street, historic Philadelphia, just a few blocks south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Ralph Modjeski, considered "America's greatest bridge builder", was born in Bochnia, near the city of Krakow, Poland on January 27, 1861. He immigrated to America at the age of 15 with his mother, famous Shakespearean actress, Helen Modjeska, in July, 1876. Even though Modjeski seemed destined to become an accomplished concert pianist, he went on instead to become a highly successful civil engineer and "one of the twentieth century's most famous designers and builders of bridges". In 1929, Modjeski was awarded the John Fritz Gold Medal, the highest American engineering medal, with a citation for his genius in combining strength and beauty. He was also honored by the Pennsylvania state legislature in 1966 by a resolution citing him as one of America's "greatest inventors". Despite his busy engineering career, he found time to relax playing the piano for several hours daily. He remained professionally active until 1936 and died in 1940. The bridge engineering consulting firm established by Modjeski in 1893 continues to operate under the name of Modjeski and Masters, with offices in Pennsylvania and several other states.
When You're in Philadelphia's Historic District Visit The
Polish American Cultural Center Museum Exhibit Hall 308 Walnut Street
Featuring Polish History and Culture
Open 10 AM to 4 PM FREE ADMISSION
January through April Monday to Friday
Polish American Cultural Center
308 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 922-1700
May through December Monday to Saturday Gift Shop is Open During Regular Exhibit Hall Hours Closed on Holidays
Visit the Polish American Cultural Center Museum on the Internet at: www.PolishAmericanCenter.org
Featured on the web site are brief outlines of Great Men and Women of Polish Heritage, information about Polish customs and traditions, and information about organizations and activities in the Polish American Community.
Polish American Festival
September 2,3,4 (Labor Day), 9,10, 2006
Sat. Sept. 2nd
Charm City Sound Wislanie 90 Henry & the Versa J’s
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road - Doylestown, PA www.PolisShrine.com
$7.00 Per Person Admission Includes: Free Parking Midway Rides Stage Shows Polish Art Exhibition Special Events For info - call: 215-345-0600
Sun. Sept. 3rd
Polish American String Band Wislanie 90 Dyna Brass
Sat. Sept. 9th
Jersey Polka Richie Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men
Mon. Sept. 4th
Labor Day Tommy Thomas & Trio Wislanie 90 Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push
Sun. Sept 10th
Eddie Derwin & the Polka Naturals Ray Jay & Carousels
Listen to re-broadcasts of the Polish American Radio Program 24 hours a day • 7 days a week at: PolishAmericanRadioProgram.com
Where you can hear weekly
Festival Hours • 12 Noon to 8 P.M. Museum Gift Shop on the Internet
You can visit the Museum’s Internet Gift Shop and print out the order form from the home page of the Cultural Center’s Internet site at: PolishAmericanCenter.org. To receive a mail order form, call the Museum at (215) 922-1700.
See complete radio schedule in this newspaper.
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Preparing for Polish American Heritage Month in October
From the Desk of Michael Blichasz, President Media Contact & General Advertising 1. Display Polish American Heritage Month posters. Sample posters are available from the National Committee, or they can be downloaded from the Heritage Month link on the Museum’s Internet site at: PolishAmericanCenter.org. You can reprint these posters and encourage local stores, banks, supermarkets, churches and organizations to display the posters throughout the month of October. 2. Contact your local newspapers, radio and TV stations to tell them about National Polish American Heritage Month and your local activities. 3. Ask local radio programs to mention your area Polish American events during October as part of their community bulletin board or public service announcements. (Every radio station is required to give time for public service announcements.) You can also ask your radio stations to play a few selections written by Polish composers over the centuries and recorded by internationally famous artists. This is a way for them to bring attention to Polish American Heritage Month and highlight Polish composers. 4. Ask local organizations, banks, businesses and elected leaders to place a "POLISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH SALUTE" advertisement in local newspapers or on local radio or TV programs. Placing these salutes each week during the month of October will remind everyone about POLISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. (The National Committee has an artwork for the newspaper, radio and TV salutes available upon request.) 5. Ask area high school and college students of Polish descent to assist you with press releases, public service announcements and other activities. Often this is a way for younger students to get extra credit for school and will allow them to be part of the Polish American Heritage Month celebration. Possibly there are individuals in your community with children who could be called upon to assist you with publicity and other efforts. Family & Friends 1. Start your family tree and invite all the members of your family to get involved. 2. Review a map of Poland and learn more about the town or city of your ancestors. 3. Read a book on Polish history and share that information with family and friends. 4. Attend a Polish American event and invite others to attend with you. 5. Display a Polish and American flag, a red and white bow, or a Heritage Month poster in your home or place of business. 6. Learn more about Polish customs and share that information with others. 7. Join a Polish American organization and get involved in some way. For more information contact the National Headquarters: Polish American Heritage Month Committee Polish American Cultural Center Museum 308 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 Telephone: (215) 922-1700 Internet: PolishAmericanCenter.org
Polish American Cultural Center
and National Chairman
Polish American Heritage Month Committee This year we mark the 25th Annual Celebration of "Polish American Heritage Month" during October
A National Celebration of Polish History, Culture and Pride in Cooperation with the Polish American Congress and Polonia across America This publication is mailed across the United States. In an effort to help Polish communities nationwide to celebrate, the National Committee is presenting the following suggestions: Community Wide 1. Meet with your local Polish American organizations to discuss a successful, well-coordinated Polish American Heritage Month event. 2. Request local elected officials to present a proclamation or special greetings to the Polish American community. 3. Offer a Mass at your local church for the intention of your area Polish American community and invite everyone to attend. Following the Mass, hold a reception with Polish pastries and refreshments, welcoming all in the spirit of Polish hospitality. 4. Sponsor an event to honor noted men and women of Poland. During October we mark the death of American Revolutionary War Hero General Casimir Pulaski on October 15th. You can conduct a tribute ceremony in front of a portrait of Pulaski. You can also consider honoring people such as Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin, Marie Sklodowska Curie and others. 5. Encourage people to display Polish and American flags and Polish American Heritage Month posters in their homes, organizational headquarters, banks, businesses, etc. Flags, posters and banners help bring attention to the fact that October is National Polish American Heritage Month and that Polonia is celebrating proudly. Sample posters are available from the Heritage Month link on the Museum’s Internet site at: PolishAmericanCenter.com 6. Sponsor a lunch or dinner social with Polish food, music and entertainment. Youth Activities 1. Organize an essay contest in your local schools. Complete information on sponsoring an essay contest is available from the Museum’s Internet site. You can award prizes during a school assembly or public event to encourage participation from parents and students alike. Ask local businesses and organizations to help sponsor the event and offer prizes. This is also a way to involve local teachers as judges of the essay contest. 2. Sponsor a coloring contest. Art work samples are available upon request from the national committee or you can download coloring forms from the Museum’s Internet site. The coloring contest remains very popular in schools. Ask local art students to organize and judge the entries. Ask a local printer to reprint the artwork for your committee at no charge with the name of his business at the bottom as an advertisement. 3. Sponsor a children’s music or dance recital to highlight Polish music or dance in a local auditorium, school hall or recreation center. There are children's groups that would appreciate this type of exposure. It’s a great way to get people together for a positive event involving young people. Invite the general public to attend. 4. Sponsor a Polish poster art contest requesting area schools to highlight Polish history and culture through student art. Display their art works and sponsor an award ceremony. Cultural Displays 1. Organize a display at your local shopping mall or library featuring Polish books, arts and crafts, wycinanki and paintings by Polish American artists. Contact local artists and request them to display their works at the local library, parish hall, organization hall, public or office building lobby.
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Jadwiga Kozdra, President
Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School Dunks and Ferry Road Doylestown, PA Welcome to our eighth year at Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School. We have classes for all ages, ranging from kindergarten to adult groups. Students meet every Saturday from 9AM until 1PM at Our Lady Czestochowa Shrine. Classes will start in September following registration day on Sunday, September 17th after 10AM Mass . You may also meet us at the Polish American Festival in the children’s section of the Polish Village. The festival will be held this year on Sept 2,3,4 and Sept 9, 10 with numerous new attractions, including “ The Siege of Warsaw” and some surprises for children. This year festival sweepstake also includes 2006 Cobalt LS by Chevrolet. If you are interested in additional information, please contact Jadwiga Kozdra at 215-766-1696 or 215-429-6161. Stephen Skorczynski, President Associated Polish Home 9150 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia As a member of the Polish American Congress Youth Committee and the history teacher at the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School, located in the Associated Polish Home, I would like to let you know more about our Saturday school. Our program is designed for children from beginner to advanced levels of the Polish language. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Registration will be held Saturday, September 16, 10 A.M. Classes will resume Saturday, September 23rd at 9 A.M. Children from kindergarten to 8th grade are welcome to join our program where they will have the opportunity to learn the Polish language, history, customs, songs and dances. The school also participates at several local Polish American events including the Pulaski Day Parade, Kosciuszko Day and Polish Constitution Day. There is also a special Polish language program for adults that runs concurrently with the children’s program so families can attend the program together. For more information about the children’s program or adult classes, call the school’s president, Irene Ruczynski at: (215) 639-5148. I would also like to take this opportunity, as the president of the Associated Polish Home, to invite you to contact me regarding the use of our ballroom and picnic grounds for your special events such as business meetings, weddings, Communions, birthdays, anniversaries and various receptions. We have our own parking lot and there is ample street parking. We are conveniently located near major highways. Your caterer is welcome. If you have never seen our facilities, and would like to schedule a visit, call (215) 624-9954.
Maria Koleda, President
St. Adalbert’s Polish Language School
Thompson Street and Allegheny Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St. Adalbert Polish Language School is looking forward to another fruitful school year. We will welcome returning and new students back to school on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 9:00 A.M. Please have children ready for class for we will start up immediately. Learning a second, third or even a fourth language is very popular. Our public and private schools are offering many language choices and requirements for a foreign language has increased in certain high schools from three to six years. As a result we are experiencing an increase in Saturday school population. This year we will be offering a class for high school aged teenagers. It will cover many topics at a closer range. We would also like to begin a group for the children who do not speak any or much Polish. They are in need of a different approach and we want to extend a very warm welcome to those who wish to learn conversational Polish. The changes - they are coming. We are open to changes and improvements and embrace all of our Polish youth from kindergarten through high school. WITAMY! We are also interviewing teachers for these positions. All interested parties please call Maria Koleda at 610-368-1604 for further information.
PAC Youth Committee Update
Get the YOUNG PEOPLE involved!
The Polish American Congress would like to encourage you to consider enrolling your children in one of the Philadelphia area youth groups listed below. They welcome participants from all area public and parochial schools. Contact: St. Adalbert Polish Language School (Saturdays) Classes are held in St. Adalbert's School Hall, Thompson Street and Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia. Students from 1st to 7th grade. For info call Bozena Walska at (215) 634-2084. Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School (Saturdays) Classes are held in the Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Students from lst to 8th grade. For info call Irene Ruczynska at (215) 639-5148. St. John Cantius Polish Language School (Fridays) Classes are held in St. John Cantius Hall, Almond and Orthodox Streets in Philadelphia from 5 to 8 P.M. For info call Janina Dybas at (215) 671-1161. Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School (Saturdays) Classes are held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. For info call Jadwiga Kozdra at (215) 766-1696. Polish Beneficial Association (Mondays) Classes are held in PBA headquarters, Almond and Orthodox Streets, in Philadelphia from 6 to 7 P.M. Children from the age of 5 and up. For info call Colleen Teska at (215) 535-2626. Polish Scouts of America "Harcerstwo" (Sundays) The scouts welcome boys and girls between 6 and 20 years. For info call Kasia Przybycien at (215) 634-0827. For more information about youth activities in the Philadelphia area, call the Polish American Congress Youth Committee, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. Call (215) 922-1700.
Polish Museum of America
America’s First Ethnic Museum 984 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622
773-384-3352 • http://pma.prcua.org
Polish American Citizens Club Camden County
7th Annual Picnic
Saturday, August 19, 2006 (Rain or Shine)
Soupy Island, Red Bank Avenue & the River National Park, NJ
Polish Police Association Polka Weekend
From Friday, November 17th, to Sunday, November 19th, the Polish Police Association of Philadelphia is inviting you to their “Reunion Weekend” at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, NJ. Music will be provided by Jolly Joe & the Bavarians, Polka Punch, Johnny O’Such, Shoreliners and more. You will enjoy a welcome party, 6 full course meals, cocktail parties, sports, a Polka Mass on Sunday morning, and much more. For more information or reservations contact Bob Bailey 215-634-7325 or Joseph Gorka at 856-384-6162.
Directions - From Walt Whitman Bridge, South on Interstate 295, to Exit 22 • 1 to 6 P.M. Featuring Chuck Pendrak Band Food & Refreshments Available For information call Joe Prorok at 856-478-4615.
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Preparing for the Pulaski Day Parade and Polish American Heritage Month Events
Be Proud of Your Polish Heritage!
Theresa Romanowski 2006 Pulaski Parade Coordinator
October will be here sooner than we think - and that means Polish American Heritage Month, a time which Polish Americans across the nation will join in a celebration of Polish heritage, culture and ethnic pride. Polish Americans can be proud of the contributions made to America and the world by sons and daughters of Poland. They can be proud of what they have accomplished since the first immigration of Polish settlers to Jamestown in 1608. From the country which produced Copernicus, Chopin, Marie Sklodowska Curie, Adam Mickiewicz, Joseph Conrad, Henryk Sienkiewicz and a great many more, hundreds of thousands emigrated to America to become leaders in the arts, sciences, government, military service, business, sports and education. One of the opening events of Polish American Heritage Month is the Pulaski Parade in center city Philadelphia on Sunday, October 1, 2006. This year ’s parade theme is “Saluting Heroes of Freedom”, which will provide us an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that Poles have made to the cause of freedom. Poles such as Casimir Pulaski, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa, Ignacy Jan Paderewski are some examples. As the coordinator of the 2006 Pulaski Parade, I invite everyone to participate in this year ’s parade and show that we are proud of our Polish heritage. Also, I am pleased to be working with this year ’s Grand Marshal, Richard Klimek, well known for his work in Polonia. Richard is the Program Supervisor of Polish American Social Services (PASS), and the Recording Secretary of the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, as well as a member of the P.K.M. Polish Folk Dance Group. Our next Pulaski Parade meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2006, at the Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Road, in northeast Philadelphia beginning at 7:00 P.M. I invite you to this meeting; volunteers are always welcome. If you cannot attend meetings, I invite you, your family and friends to come to the parade on Sunday, October 1st, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Let’s show our Solidarity - Let’s be proud of our Polish heritage! This is the opportune time to do so! If you need more information regarding the parade, call me at 215-739-3408.
Mark Your Calendar and Plan to Attend the Opening Events for Polish American Heritage Month 2006 and the Pulaski Observance in Philadelphia
Wednesday, September 27 - Polish American Heritage Month and the Pulaski Day Parade Proclamation Ceremony, 12:00 Noon, Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street, Historic Philadelphia. Refreshments following the ceremony. Saturday, September 30 - Pulaski Dinner Dance, Associated Polish Home Ballroom, 9150 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia. Cocktails 5 P.M. - Dinner 6 P.M. For more info/ reservations call Jean McCloskey (215) 425-4783 or the Polish American Congress in Philadelphia at (215) 739-3408. Sunday, October 1 - Pulaski Observance & Heritage Mass, 9:30 A.M., Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul Chapel, 18th & Parkway. Sunday, October 1 - Pulaski Tribute Program, 10:30 A.M., at the Pulaski Portrait near the Kopernik Monument, Torun Triangle Park, across from the Cathedral, 18th & Parkway. Sunday, October 1 - Pulaski Parade steps off at 12:30 P.M., Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Reviewing stand at Logan Circle. The parade will be televised on WPVI- TV 6 beginning at 1 P.M. Tuesday, October 10 through Friday, October 13 & Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20, celebrating 25th Anniversary of Polish American Heritage Month with guided tours & video presentations, Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street, Historic Philadelphia, 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. Sunday, October 22 - “Dozynki” Polish Harvest Celebration Mass, St. Adalbert Church, Thompson Street & Allegheny Avenue, Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, 10:30 A.M., followed by a Polish Harvest Festival, St. Adalbert’s Auditorium, 12 Noon to 4 P.M. Music, food and entertainment. Admission free. For more information about Polish American Heritage Month and the Pulaski Day Parade call the Polish American Congress in Philadelphia at (215) 739-3408 or call the Museum at (215) 922-1700.
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Help the Pulaski Day Parade Committee
The Pulaski Day Parade Committee has set Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, as “Help the Pulaski Day Parade Committee Days.” To help defray the expenses of the parade, members of the Parade Committee will be selling Grand Drawing tickets outside all Polish parishes and clubs on these days. Parade and Polish American Heritage Month posters will also be available on these days. Businesses, organizations and individuals are urged to display and distribute these free posters. Please don’t forget the weekend of September 16 and 17, “Help the Pulaski Day Parade Committee Days.”
The Pulaski Coloring Contest will begin Thursday, September 7, with all entries to be returned by Monday, September 18. Schools interested in participating should call the Polish American Congress Coloring Contest Committee at (215) 739-3408, Mon.-Fri., 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Polish Language Classes at the Polish American Cultural Center
The Polish American Cultural Center at 308 Walnut Street in historic Philadelphia announces its fall/winter semester Polish Language Classes. Two levels of the Polish language focusing on conversation will be offered. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 P.M. until 9 P.M. The cost of the twelve week program is $125 plus book fee. If you are interested in enrolling in the Polish Language Classes at the Polish American Cultural Center, you can call for an application, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. (215) 922-1700.
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Patricia Koproski and Jerzy Karwowski Honored at New York Consulate
The Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York City held a celebration of Polish Constitution Day at the Polish Consulate on May 2, 2006. Two Polonians were honored at the event with awards presented by Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk. Patricia Velliquette Koproski was honored for her many contributions to Polonia over the last 40 years. She is a founder of the American Center of Polish Culture in Washington, D.C., and serves as its Treasurer. She is also Financial Secretary of the Polish American Cultural Society of Stamford, CT, and is a parishioner of Holy Name of Jesus Church. She resides in Stamford, CT. The second honoree, Jerzy Karwowski, was born in Poland and came to the United States 30 years ago. He has been active in Polonia and founded the Olympia Soccer Team, which is now semi-professional. He is active in many Polish American organizations and was instrumental in the dedication of a statue of Pope John Paul II at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Stamford, CT. He lives in Norwalk, CT. Congratulations are extended to Patricia Koproski and Jerzy Karwowski from the Polish American Congress, Eastern PA District. Sto Lat!
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Presented to MSNBC Anchor Rita Cosby
MSNBC Anchor Rita Cosby received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor which acknowledges the many ancestral groups who, through struggle, sacrifice and success, helped build this great nation. Rita Cosby’s father, Richard Cosby (Kosobudzki), was a resistance fighter in Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising. “For me this is such a special award,” said Cosby, whose parents came to the United States in 1955. As a teen, Richard Kosobudzki joined the Polish resistance to fight against the Nazis in World War II. He escaped death many times by traveling in the sewer system. “My father and so many other Poles were soon taken prisoners, stripped naked and taken to a POW camp near Dresden, Stalag IV-B, where, weighing only 90 pounds, he helped lead a massive escape,” said Cosby. “As I grew up, I came to appreciate the love of my parents. And the incredible struggle they endured in their homeland, all to ultimately find the American dream.”
In Grateful Recognition of a
to the Polish American Cultural Center Museum in Memory of
Offered by Hedwig Kierbiedz
We Would Appreciate Everyone's Financial Help With This Effort
100th Anniversary Celebrations
Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 100 Years Legacy of St. Ladislaus Church. Mass at St. Helena Church, Yost Road & Rt. 202, Blue Bell, PA 19422, 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at Normandy Farm, Blue Bell. For reservations call Irene Koziol 215-4640563. Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 100th Anniversary celebration of Sacred Heart Parish, Swedesburg, PA. Mass at 3 p.m., followed by a banquet at the Presidential Caterers, 2910 DeKalb Pike, East Norriton, PA. For info call rectory 610-275-1750.
Dear Members and Friends: The celebration of Polish American Heritage Month during October and the annual Pulaski Day Observance will soon be upon us. Each year the Polish American Congress coordinates several activities to celebrate Polish American Heritage Month in our area. At this time we are asking you to help support these efforts by placing your Heritage Month Salute in the October edition of the Polish American News. As you know, the majority of the events sponsored by the Polish American Congress are not fundraisers. They are held to commemorate important events, celebrate our heritage, work with our youth and keep our people united. All of these events, however, cost a tremendous amount of money, and to help make them a reality, we need your financial support at this time. Your salute in our newsletter will help us not only sponsor our October Newsletter, but will also help us with other events throughout the month. Kindly respond by using the form below. We need your help to make Polish American Heritage Month a success. Kindly reply today. Special Edition Newsletter Committee
PRCUA 59th Quadrennial Convention
Best Wishes to our supporter, the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, its National President Wallace Ozog, the Executive Board, and Delegates and Members, for a successful 59th Quadrennial Convention, which will take place from August 13th to August 16th in Buffalo, New York. From: Polish American Philadelphia, Polish American Polish American Polish American Cultural Center & Museum PA Congress, Eastern PA District Heritage Month Committee Radio Program
Polish American Congress Special Heritage Month Newsletter
Enclosed is the donation for the Special Heritage Month Newsletter Salute in the amount of $ List the following name under the Polish American Heritage Month Salute: Name: Business: $50.00 Organization: $50.00 Individual: $25.00 Must be returned by September 8, 2006 Make your check payable to: Polish American Congress Return to: PAC Special Edition Newsletter 308 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
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DURBIN, U.S. SENATE MARK 65th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Senate passed a resolution by unanimous consent on June 14, 2006, recognizing the accomplishments of the extremely popular Polish musician, composer, statesman and philanthropist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941). Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in Kurylowka, in Russian partitioned Poland. Educated by tutors, at the age of 12, he entered the Warsaw Conservatory of Music. He graduated in 1878 and was hired there to teach piano. He was befriended by prominent violinist, Wladyslaw Gorski, with whom he teamed up for concert tours. In 1880, Paderewski married Antonina Korsak, also a pianst. Their son, Alfred, was born that year but Ignacy’s wife died in childbirth. Ignacy composed a eulogy and immersed himself in musical compositions. In 1882, he went to Berlin to study composition and was encouraged to become a piano virtuoso. Ignacy moved to Vienna in 1886 to study under Teodor Leszetycki. His rapid progress launched his career as a concert pianist. He made a joint appearance with the famous actress Helena Modjeska in Krakow, where they were well received. Ignacy then debuted as a virtuoso in Paris in 1888 and was an instant success. By 1891, his popularity as a concert pianist was well established in London, so Paderewski made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 17, 1891. Over the next 130 days, he gave 109 concerts in his U.S. tour, achieving phenomenal popularity. Paderewski also worked tirelessly to have Poland - which had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia and Austria in the late 1700s and had thus been wiped off the map of Europe - restored as an independent country. He donated the proceeds of his concerts to the Polish cause for freedom and used his friendship with leading statesmen to draw attention to Poland’s dilemma. In 1917, he wrote a document about a New Poland, which was delivered to Col. House on Jan. 12, 1917, who in turn gave it to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. On January 23rd, President Wilson spoke of a “New Poland” saying, “I take it for granted that statesmen everywhere are agreed that there should be a united, independent, autonomous Poland.” This became Point 13 of Wilson’s proclamation, which insured an independent Poland after World War I. Paderewski was considered an expert on matters connected with Poland. He served as the first Prime Minister of the New Poland. At the end of WWI, the Big Four (Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George and Orlando) unanimously expressed their opinion of Paderewski as the Polish Prime Minister in a joint letter signed by them: “No country could wish for a better advocate.” By 1920, Paderewski had resigned his post and returned to his music, giving concert tours in Europe and the US. Even though Paderewski aspired to be a great composer and considered it his most enjoyable pursuit, he had little time to devote to it. He composed several dozen works: 2 operas, a symphony, 2 piano orchestral pieces, a violin and piano sonata, several songs and numerous pieces for the piano. His most inventive piano works are Sonata, Op. 21 and Variations and Fugue, Op. 23. Two popular piano pieces are the Cracovienne Fantastique and Chants du Voyageur, Op. 8. He also composed the famous Minuet in G. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt invited Ignacy to come to the U.S. For years, Paderewski had donated much of his earnings to charitable causes and established the American Legion’s Orphans and Veterans Fund. Although he had retired from the stage, he began giving concerts again to raise money to assist war-torn Poland. Paderewski died suddenly in New York City on June 29, 1941. He lie in state in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, then his body was conveyed on a gun carriage pulled by 8 horses to Pennsylvania Station where it was sent by special train to Washington, D.C. By an act of Congress, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. By his own stipulation, his remains were not to be transferred to Poland “until the country is free and independent.” His heart, however, was enshrined in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA in 1986. Durbin said, “That shows the respect and admiration that America has for Paderewski. He embodies the democratic spirit and I’m proud to be an original co-sponsor of this resolution.” Fifty-one years passed before Paderewski could be laid to rest in a free Poland. On July 5, 1992, his remains were re-interred in the crypt of Warsaw’s St. John’s Cathedral. US President George Bush and President Lech Walesa of Poland participated in the ceremony. With the 65th anniversary of Paderewski’s death having occurred on June 29, 2006, the U.S. Senate acknowledged Paderewski’s role in forging close ties between Poland and the U.S. This resolution also calls Poland an ally and a strong partner in the war against global terrorism.
- This article appears courtesy of Polish Museum of America.
We Gratefully Acknowledge those who offered Major Donations to support the Museum Exhibit Hall During its 2006 Exhibit Hall Sponsors Campaign
Individual Sponsors Krystyna Blanarowycz Michael Blichasz & Family Marion & Donna Blichasz Chester T. Cyzio, Esq. Mrs. Meyer Eglin Rev. Msgr. Francis Feret Rev. Francis Gwiazda Kirk T. Karaszkiewicz, Esq. Hedwig V. Kierbiedz Richard & Dorothy Klimek Mr. & Mrs. Alexander R. Koproski Rev. Leonard Lewandowski Leon A. Mankowski, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Thaddeus Miksinski, Sr. Captain Ronald J. Pytel USPHS Theresa B. Romanowski Irene T. Stankiewicz George R. Szymanski, Jr., Esq. Helen Waskiewicz Rev. Krzysztof Wieliczko Mark A. Wisniewski, Esq Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wyszynski Rev. Joseph Zingaro Business Sponsors Able Public Adjusters Ray Wyszynski, Jr. Exit Realty of Cherry Hill Yelena Kaganovskiy Father And Son Remodeling Greg Matyjaszek F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Law Offices Giorgio Products Krystyna’s Polish Bakery Wilmington, DE Merrill Lynch Consumer Markets Joseph S. Bodalski, Financial Consultant Polish American Journal Post Eagle Theresa Korneluk Reilly, M.D. Eye Physician & Surgeon Schneider Funeral Home, Hatboro, PA Joseph T. Sekula Funeral Home, Inc. The Selzer Company Jerry Gregorowicz Sights & Soul Travels Yolanta Barnes Slabinski Funeral Home, Inc. Syrena Auto Body Shop, Inc. Chester Chrzanowski Szypula Polish Bakery Tantala Associates Consulting Engineers John S. Taras, M.D., Hand Surgery Edward C. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Inc. Union Roofing Weichert Realtors Marion Blichasz Robert Zogorski Real Estate Real Estate Auctions Foundations Meyer & Stephanie Eglin Foundation Richard L.Krzyzanowski, Esq. Krzyzanowski Foundation Financial Institution Sponsors Polonia Bank Anthony J. Szuszczewicz, President Third Federal Bank Kent Lufkin, President & CEO Washington Savings Association Joseph Bednarek, President Parish Sponsors National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA St. Adalbert Parish, Phila., PA St. John Cantius Parish, Phila,, PA St. Josaphat Parish, Phila., PA St. Laurentius Parish, Phila., PA St. Stanislaus Church, Phila., PA Organizational Sponsors Ampol Copernicus Society of America Council of United Polish Societies Chester, PA Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Polish American Congress Eastern Pennsylvania District Polish American Heritage Assoc. St. Hedwig Society, Chester, PA Polish Beneficial Association Polish Falcons of America Polish National Alliance of Brooklyn, U.S.A. Polish National Alliance of the U.S. of N.A. Polish National Alliance, Lodge # 650 Polish Police Association of Phila. Polish Roman Catholic Union of America Polish Women’s Alliance of America Polish Women’s Alliance Gr. #417 St. Adalbert Polish Language School The Society of Our Mother of Consolation, Wilmerding, PA In Memoriam Helen & Alexander Bagdzinski offered by Irene Stankiewicz Hilary Ann Andrzejczyk Cosgrove offered by the Cosgrove Family Laura Danielczyk offered by Blichasz, Danielczyk & Evangelist Families Walter Derby Dorothy A. Dudek offered by Kwiatkowski, Kirby, Howitt, Michael Dudek, Ted Dudek, Ersing, & Sosnowski Families John & Jessie Glinski offered by daughter Mrs. Jadwiga Wojcik Rev. Joseph Jarosz Peter Kierbiedz offered by his sister Hedwig Kierbiedz John Cardinal Krol Terri Miksinski Miller offered by parents Mr. & Mrs. Thaddeus Miksinski, Sr. Edward J. Piszek Irene Schmidt offered by her husband Frank Theodore & Sophia Sosnowski offered by Kasia Fogarasi, Krysia McCurdy, Paul T. Sosnowski, Esq. & Henry D. Sosnowski Helen M. Stanowski
You are Invited to Become a Polish American Cultural Center Museum Exhibit Hall Sponsor Call Theresa Romanowski, Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (215) 922-1700. All donations are tax-deductible.
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Thank You Rev. Louis S. Garbacik
Congratulations Fr. Carl A. Urban
Congratulations to Fr. Lucius Tyrasinski on 50 Years in the Priesthood
The Polish American Congress, Eastern PA District, and the New York State Divisions join with Polonia to wish Reverend Lucius Tyrasinski all the best and thank him for his 50 years of service to the church, the Pauline Fathers, and Polonia. Fr. Lucius Tyrasinski marked his 50th Anniversary in the priesthood with a Mass on Sunday, June 11, 2006, at 12 noon, held at St. Stanislaus Church in New York City.
On Sunday, June 25, 2006, at 12 noon in St. Stanislaus Church in Hazleton, PA, a farewell Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Rev. Louis S. Garbacik, on his retirement as pastor. Concelebrants were Reverends Charles and Stephen Krawontka. Fr. Garbacik has served St. Stanislaus Parish as pastor since October 25, 1986. Following the Mass, a farewell dinner was held at Genetti Best Western Lodge in Hazleton. Fr. Garbacik is known as an individual who has lived out his calling from God with humility, sincerity and deep devotion. He has a great affection and love for his Polish culture and heritage and was always supportive and available to the Polish American Congress (PAC) Eastern PA District, PAC of N.E. PA, Polish American Cultural Center & Museum, Greater Hazleton Area Polonaise Society and many others.He will remain as a resident at St. Stanislaus Church. Polish American Congress, Eastern PA District, along with the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Parish, members of various organizations and the entire Polonia thank Fr. Garbacik for all his tireless work and service to the church and Polonia - wishing him much health, happiness and Sto Lat! Visit us on the Internet at:
Congratulations are extended to Fr. Carl Urban on his 40th Anniversary in the Priesthood. Fr. Urban celebrated his 40th Anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Church of St. Adalbert, Schenectady, NY, followed by a luncheon in the Parish Center on Sunday, June 11, 2006. Fr. Urban, a native of Schenectady, has ministered as an assistant at Resurrection Church, Germantown, NY, St. Casimir’s Church, Albany, NY, St. Patrick’s Church, Ravena, NY, and Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany, NY. He taught at Vincentian Institute and at Cardinal McCloskey High School, both in Albany, NY. Fr. Urban also served as chaplain at St. Joseph Provincialate, Castleton, NY. In 1974, Fr. Urban was appointed pastor of the Church of St. Adalbert in Schenectady, where he still serves. Fr. Urban has served on many committees and is a member of many organizations. He has a great love and affection for his Polish culture and heritage, and is supportive of all Polish organizations and events. The Polish American Congress, Eastern PA District, and Polonia extend congratulations and best wishes to Fr. Carl Urban on the occasion of his 40th Anniversary in the Priesthood. Sto Lat!
On Sunday, August 6, 2006, Polonia gathered along with the Pauline Fathers and Brothers at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestoshowa in Doylestown, PA, to celebrate Fr. Tyrasinski’s 50th Anniversary with a MASS of Thanksgiving at 12:30 P.M. followed by a luncheon reception. Fr. Tyrasinski is presently the Pastor of St. Stanislaus Church in Manhattan. Many will remember Fr. Tyrasinski for his extensive work at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, where he served in several different positions over a 40 year period. The entire Polonia wishes Fr. Tyrasinski Sto Lat!
Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Marjanczyk
Born in Elizabeth, NJ, on April 17, 1921, Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Marjanczyk grew up in St. Adalbert’s Polish Parish, attended Jefferson High School, then graduated from Seton Hall University (B.A.) in 1941. He later attended Immaculate Conception Seminary (M.Div.), Darlington, NJ, and was ordained a priest by Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh on May 5, 1945. “Father Joe” spent his first 27 years as a priest as Parochial Vicar and also as Administrator at St. Valentine Church, where he directed building projects, established the Altar Rosary Society, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and a Parish Advisory Council, and served as Polish Chaplain and Bloomfield Knights of Columbus Chaplain. During this time he was also Adjunct Professor of Polish in the Master School of Foreign Languages at Seton Hall University for 12 years. In 1972 Fr. Marjanczyk became Pastor of his home parish of St. Adalbert’s. Always very supportive of Polish causes, Fr. Marjanczyk was involved in numerous organizations, including the Polish Cultural Foundation of NJ (Board of Trustees), NJ Chapter of the Pope John Paul II Foundation (Founding President), the Polish Army Veterans (National Chaplain), and the Polish American Immigration and Relief Committee of Greater New York (President). On the national level, Msgr. Marjanczyk chaired the 25 th anniversary celebrations and remodeling of the Polish Chapel in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, in 1986. Since 1989 he has served in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees. He also advises the Polish Heritage Room Committee of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC. Msgr. Marjanczyk’s decades of commitment to Church and community have been recognized by numerous prestigious awards including the Officer ’s Cross of Polonia Restituta by the Polish Government in Exile in London (1988), the Officers’ Gold Cross, Republic of Poland, Order of Merit by President Lech Walesa (1991), Grand Marshal of the General Pulaski Memorial Parade in New York City (1993), and the “Pride of Polonia” Award at the annual National Polish Apostolate Day held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA (1997).
PolishAmericanCenter.org P.A.P.A. Convention Held in Newark, NJ
The National Polish American Priests Association (P.A.P.A.) convention was held from April 24-28 in Newark, NJ. More than 100 delegates, including guests from Rome, Italy, and Lublin, Poland, attended the convention. Various reports were given and speakers from America and Europe noted the contributions of Pope John Paul II. On Thursday, April 27, a Mass for the beatification of Pope John Paul II was celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral Basilica, Newark. Archbishop Szczepan Wesoly, President of the Pope John Paul II Foundation in Rome, was the main celebrant and homilist in Polish. Bishop Thomas Paprocki from Chicago delivered a homily in English. In the evening, the convention banquet was held at the Cracovia Banquet Hall, Wallington, NJ. During the program the National Father Leopold Moczygemba Award, which is given to an individual or institution that continues in the Spirit of evangelization of a great priest, was presented by P.A.P.A. founder, Bishop John Yanta of Texas, to Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Marjanczyk, M.Div., P.A. The following day, April 28th, the annual convention was concluded with a Mass. Compliments to Fr. Miroslaw Krol, convention chairman, for organizing an excellent convention. The 2007 convention is planned for Cleveland, OH.
Polish Museum of America Art Contest
The Polish Museum of America in Chicago is sponsoring its 8th Annual Polish American Heritage Month Art Contest. This year ’s theme is “Polish Folk Art in the form of woodcrafts, paper cuttings, beading and embroidery.” For more information, call 773-384-3352, or visit www.prcua.org - click on News and Events - First Lady’s Page for an entry form.
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PASS Welcomes Donor Choice, Corporate Matching Gifts Polish American Social Services (PASS) is a leading source of information, referral and direct social services to low-income clients in the Philadelphia area. Thousands of clients, especially the Polish-speaking elderly, have benefited from our efficient and effective services. To continue its work, PASS relies on government, foundation, and corporate support, as well as gifts from individuals, especially through the United Way Donor program.
Thank You From Polish Children’s Heartline
This year over $230,000 worth of medical/surgical equipment for children has been sent to Poland, including cardiac monitors, neo-natal incubators, anesthesia equipment and burn grafting instruments. Each year over 3000 children with congenital heart problems receive medical or surgical treatment in hospitals, in Zabrze, Katowice and Mother’s Hospital in Lodz. Additionally, hundreds of children receive medical and surgical care at POLISH CHILDREN’S the pediatric units in Bialystok, Grajewo, Suwalki HEARTLINE, INC and Legnice. Ronald Syslo, A Non-Profit Corporation - State of NJ President, and Alexandria P.O. Box 612 Patras, CEO, of Polish Brick, NJ 08723 Children’s Heartline thank everyone for all their past support and ask for continued support since much is still needed. Contributions may be made in memory of someone. Each donation is tax exempt and acknowledged. For information call 732-680-0680 or 732-341-5044.
A Message from John Groch Director of Development
As soon as your workplace campaign begins, ask for a Donor Choice form and designate all or a portion of your contribution to Polish American Social Services. Also encourage co-workers to consider a gift to PASS. If you work for a company that matches employee gifts, double your gift by filling out the appropriate form. Many companies who would otherwise not support agencies like PASS, do provide support through this program. Important information you’ll need in order to fill out your form: Polish American Social Services (sometimes listed as “United Polish American Social Services”) 308 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Code numbers for the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania areas: (Numbers are subject to change. Check your campaign booklet.) United Way of SE Pennsylvania - 1869 Combined City Campaign - 11-01869 Combined Federal Campaign- 9327 Donor Choice contributions to PASS are honored in many states along the East Coast. It is important to ask your campaign management about this option no matter where you live. For more information, call PASS at 215-923-1900. Ask for John Groch. Also visit our web site at www.PolishAmericanSocialServices.org. Thanks for your support! The Polish National Youth Baseball Foundation is an American based non-profit organization that has been working for over eighteen years to establish and support Little League baseball and softball programs in Poland. The organization collects good used baseball equipment and uniforms and sends them to Poland. They also assist with coaching, direction and field construction. Currently they are working to raise funds necessary for baseball field construction projects being planned in several cities. Donations are appreciated. Call for more information at 716-941-6504 or visit the website www.PNYBF.com. Polish National Youth Baseball Foundation
Polish Gift of Life Thanks Its Supporters
The Polish Gift of Life, Inc. would like to thank all of its generous supporters, who, for over 25 years, have made it possible to help sick Polish children. Over 250 children have been brought to the United States for live-saving heart surgery, which was not available to them in their own country. This year therapy equipment and medical supplies were sent to an orphanage; also an EKG machine was sent to a P.O. BOX 273 Albertson, NY 11507 rehabilitation center. Much-needed medical equipment and supplies were provided to several hospitals in Poland. A 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor with softwear, cuffs, battery charger and batteries, an ambulatory Doppler machine, and a pulsometer were sent so that more children can be helped. Your financial support will allow the Polish Gift of Life, Inc. to continue to give Polish children the precious “gift of life!”
Save The Date to see the Philadelphia Premiere of Deco Diva
By Kara Wilson - Starring Rene Goodwin Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge Street (1 block South of South Street)
August 10 through August 26, 2006
The play, Deco Diva, is about the artist, Tamara de Lempicka, the daughter of a Russian Jewish father and a Polish mother. Accustomed at an early age to a life of wealth, the adjustment to a life of struggle after the Russian revolution was a difficult one for Tamara, her husband Tadeusz Lempicki, an attorney, and their daughter, Kizette. Settling in Paris, she began studying painting. Her determination and extraordinary talent emerged to make her one of the foremost portraitists of the Art Deco era. Galleries around the world exhibit her work, including the current exhibition in Boulogne, France. The beauty and passion of her work and life, which were intertwined, have earned her the title “Deco Diva”. This one woman, one act play, is performed by Philadelphia born actress, Rene Goodwin, who is of Polish descent (her mother’s maiden name was Olszewski). Ms. Goodwin, a trained actress, singer/songwriter, and voice teacher, sings in Polish, Russian and French in the play. Rene has two CD’s available with seven original songs included in the mix. She has choreographed for stage shows and for the Mummers Parade. She studied Shakespearean theatre at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts and performed as a featured act in Japan. Ms. Goodwin teaches voice at her studio. She will be appearing in a production of “Imaginary Friends” next winter at the Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio Five. For information/tickets call 215-271-5872 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Tom Krajewski National Director, Great Lakes Region 6552 Colonial Drive Boston, New York 14025 Phone: 716-941-6504 Email: TomPNYBF@aol.com Website: www.PNYBF.com
Congratulations! Pennsylvania Super Lawyers The Jagiellonian Law Society is pleased to annouce the election of the following members among this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers:
Richard J. Heleniak, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice Stanley P. Jaskiewicz, Business / Corporate Richard M. Jurewicz, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products Marian A. Kornilowicz, Business / Corporate Robert Szwajkos, Bankruptcy & Creditor / Debtor Rights Eric G. Zajac, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products
Becoming a 2006 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer is a tremendous honor. The selection is extensive and each Pennsylvania Super Lawyer has been judged and chosen by his or her peers as being among the best in the profession.
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You are invited to attend the
Polish American Heritage Month Celebration
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Polish American Cultural Center Museum
Sunday, October 22, 2006
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"Dozynki" Harvest Festival 12 Noon to 4 P.M.
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Thompson Street & Allegheny Avenue
The Dozynki Festival will feature:
Food & Refreshments - Live Music & Dancing - Polish Folk Dancers - arts, crafts and displays, and other entertainment. This is a community-wide celebration of Polish Heritage for people of all ages and a time to enjoy yourself.
93 Old York Road • Jenkintown, PA 19046 Some of the reasons why Polish Americans are outstanding citizens of Pennsylvania and the United States of America
1. Polish Americans are a major asset to the State of Pennsylvania and every state where they live. They consistently pay their fair share of taxes including income, wage, business, sales, and real estate taxes. These taxes make up a sizable portion of the revenue generated for municipal, state and federal government services. 2. They remain outstanding property owners who pride themselves with ongoing building maintenance, which in turn promotes real estate values and reduces crime. 3. They strive to maintain the communities where they live as clean, safe places, which in turn reduces law enforcement costs and adds to the quality of local communities. 4. They support educational alternatives for their children and the right of families to choose public, private or parochial schools. Very often, while increasing their own financial burdens, they select private and parochial schools, providing yet another tax reduction for taxpayers. 5. They support the mission of organizations like Polish American Social Services and others that assists individuals of all ages within their own communities. This saves considerable expense in the delivery of social services, especially when assisting individuals with language barriers to self-sufficiency. Polish Americans represent a major portion of the tax base for municipal, state and federal governments and make considerable contributions to social, cultural and educational programs, which benefit the general population. 6. Polish Americans sponsor public events to promote positive publicity and goodwill for the communities where they live. These are a few examples why Polish Americans are an important part of America and its tax base. When Polish Americans ask for something, the request should be a top priority to local and national elected officials. In reality, it is a portion of Polish American tax dollars that make state-wide services, national services and international grants possible in the first place.
Bring your family and friends • Admission is Free
For additional information call the Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street in historic Philadelphia, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. (215) 922-1700 Internet: PolishAmericanCenter.org
Place your business ad in the next edition of the Polish American News. For more information, call 215-922-1700, Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
An Update From Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Stack
Fighting to Keep our Neighborhoods Safe
Standing Up Against PGW's Plan to Transport Liquified Natural Gas Tankers Up the Delaware River
In 2005, PGW announced a plan to receive LNG from tankers sailing up the Delaware River. PGW claimed that the purpose of the project was to provide affordable natural gas. At first glance PGW's plan sounded good, but the facts showed that the proposal created significant safety and quality of life risks. The Department of Homeland Security declared LNG Tankers could be an attractive target for terrorists. A government report said an attack on a tanker could "set off a fire so hot it would burn skin and damage buildings nearly a mile away."
Senator Michael Stack
The location of PGW's proposed LNG facility in Port Richmond is within a mile of residential neighborhoods, schools, recreation and daycare centers. Anyone near the Delaware River might be in jeopardy. During a town meeting I hosted with Rep. McGeehan, a Philadelphia Police Inspector said that I-95 would have to be closed during LNG deliveries, creating gridlock. During LNG deliveries in Boston Harbor, bridges and highways are closed and planes are redirected. Rep. McGeehan and I visited Boston Harbor to witness an LNG delivery. Although, we were impressed with the Coast Guard's operation, the trip reinforced our belief that an LNG import facility is not the right fit for Northeast Philadelphia. I emphasized how it was important for PGW and their partner, Hess LNG, to provide us with answers about the safety concerns of neighbors. Finally, Hess decided to pull out of the project. We have won round one. You can count on me to stand up against PGW in the future whenever the quality of life or safety of our neighborhoods is threatened. I WANT TO THANK ALL OUR NEIGHBORS WHO CAME TO THE TOWN MEETING AND LET THEIR VOICE BE HEARD. WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY, WE CANNOT BE IGNORED.
You’re Invited To Attend
Big Joe’s TV Polkafest
“Happy Music for Happy People”
Labor Day Weekend September 2,3,4, 2006
Ki Convention Center Complex & The Regency Suites Downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin 3 Days - 10 Bands Each Day • Beginning at 12 Noon each day See listings of bands on website www.bigjoepolka.com Order Tickets by phone Toll Free 1-800-25POLKA or 1-800-257-6552 Internet”www.polkacatalog.com
Visit the Polish American Cultural Center on the Internet at: PolishAmericanCenter.org
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Polish American Cultural Center Exhibit Hall Sponsors Business Directory
Robert Zogorski Real Estate Real Estate Auctions
1845 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 Toll Free: 800-294-9390 * www.rzre.net Serving Pennsylvania
Joseph T. Sekula Funeral Home, Inc.
Florence B. Sekula, Supervisor 2634 E. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19134 215-739-7900
Life Insurance Organizations
Polish National Alliance America’s Largest National Fraternal Organization
National Office: 6100 N. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL 60646 • 1-800-621-3723
Auto Body Shop
Syrena Auto Body Shop
6201 Oxford Avenue • Philadelphia, PA (215) 535-6606 691 Bethlehem Pike • Montgomeryville, PA (215) 361-1900
Slabinski Funeral Home, Inc.
2614 Orthodox Street Philadelphia, PA 19137 215-744-2700
Polish National Alliance of Brooklyn, U.S.A.
A Fraternal Life Insurance
Edward C. Tomaszewski Funeral Home, Inc.
Two of Port Richmond’s Most Modern and Spacious Chapels at One Location 2728-30 E. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19134 215-739-6624
Main Office: 155 Noble Street P.O. Box 22-9006 Brooklyn, NY 11222 • 1-718-389-4704 Polish Roman Catholic Union of America
National Fraternal Benefit Society
Krystyna’s Polish Bakery
Krystyna Blanarowycz 32 Carpenter Plaza Wilmington, DE 19810 • 302-475-1157
The Selzer Company Insurance - Business & Personal 975 Easton Road, Suite 100 Warrington, PA 18976 215-491-1660 Ext. 107
Main Office: 984 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 • 1-800-772-8632
Satellite Offices: 2636-38 E. Allegheny Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19134 1-800-558-8792 or 215-425-3807 6966 Broadway, Cleveland, OH 44105 1-800-318-8234 6011 South 27th St., Greenfield, WI 53321 414-281-6281 • www.prcua.org
Szypula Polish Bakery
3050 Richmond Street Philadelphia, PA 19134 215-634-5756 Hours: Friday 6 A.M. - 5 P.M. Saturdays 6 A.M. - 3 P.M.
FATHER & SON BUILDERS
“The Name You Know and Trust” Fully Licensed and Insured Free Estimates - Financing Available Specializing in Custom Kitchens & Modern Bathrooms Serving Philadelphia and Surrounding Areas Greg Matyjaszek - 215-634-7800
Joseph S. Bodalski
Merrill Lynch, 300 West State St., 2nd Floor, Media, PA 19063 Stocks/Bonds Retirement Planning Mutual Funds Portfolio Management CDs/Money Markets/Alternatives Business & Individual • 610-565-9833
Polish Women’s Alliance of America
National Fraternal Benefit Insurance Organization
Branches in States Across America Main Office: 6643 N. Northwest Highway Chicago, IL 60631 • 847-384-1200
Chester T. Cyzio, Esq.
1429 Walnut Street, 8th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102 Telephone: 215-568-6220 Fax: 215-564-2859
Tantala Associates, Consulting Engineers
4903 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124
215-289-4600 • www.tantala.com Albert M. Tantala, Sr., P.E. Peter J. Tantala, P.E. Albert M. Tantala, Jr., AIA Michael W. Tantala, P.E.
Copernicus Society of America P.O. Box 305 Fort Washington, PA 19034 • 215-646-2470 Council of United Polish Societies Chester, PA 113 Prospect Drive Wilmington, DE 19803 • 302-479-0070 Polish American Congress Eastern Pennsylvania District 308 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 • 215-739-3408 Polish American Heritage Association of Delaware County St. Hedwig’s Society, Chester, PA P.O. Box 1164 - Brookhaven, PA 19015 302-798-2842 Polish National Alliance, Lodge #650 2201 N. Bent Lane Aston, PA 19014 • 610-876-4565 Polish Police Association of Philadelphia P.O. Box 16381 Philadelphia, PA 19114 • 215-677-1774
Polish Women’s Alliance, St. Rita’s Society
Dorian, Goldstein, Rochestie, Wisniewski, Orchinik & Parlow, P.C.
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Kirk T. Karaszkiewicz & Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law Suite 2230 100 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19110 215-563-1900 Leon A. Mankowski, Esq. 2624 E. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19134 215-739-8521
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Bridesburg: Orthodox & Almond Sts. 215-743-6673 Frankford: 4625 Frankford Ave. 215-289-1400 Mayfair: Roosevelt Blvd. at Unruh 215-332-7650 Fishtown: York & Memphis Sts. 215-423-2314 Woodhaven: Knights & Woodhaven Rds. 215-824-0151 For locations in Bucks & Mercer Counties, please call 215-579-4000.
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue 10C47 Philadelphia, PA 19130 • 215-769-8530 St. Adalbert Polish Language School 2645 E. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19134 • 215-739-3500 Classes Are Held On Saturday Mornings The Society of Our Mother of Consolation P.O. Box 331 Wilmerding, PA 15148
George R. Szymanski, Jr.
Attorney • Adwokat When You Need Personal Legal Attention
Accidents• Injuries • Criminal Defense • Social Security Disability • Wills & Estates • Free Initial Consultation 2538 E. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA • 215-426-4680
Washington Savings Association
2701 E. Allegheny Avenue 215-427-3500 2548 E. Lehigh Avenue 215-739-7219 10663 Bustleton Avenue 215-673-3500 8729 Frankford Avenue 215-624-8400 2900 Comly Road 215-698-9400
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Physicians & Surgeons
Theresa Korneluk Reilly, M.D. Eye Physician & Surgeon 2418 E. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19134 • 215-634-6660 Office Hours by Appointment John S. Taras, M.D. Hand Surgery
The Philadelphia Hand Center, P.C.
Life Insurance Organizations
Polish Beneficial Association
A Fraternal Life Insurance Society Serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, & Delaware Main Office: 2595 Orthodox Street Philadelphia, PA 19137 • 215-535-2626
Schneider Funeral Home
431 North York Road Hatboro, PA 19040 215-672-0660
The Benjamin Franklin House 834 Chestnut Street, Suite G114 Philadelphia, PA 19107
For Appointments, call (800) 971-HAND The South Jersey Hand Center, P.C. Marlton & Cherry Hill
Polish Falcons of America
A National Fraternal Insurance Organization Main Office: 615 Iron City Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205 • 412-922-2244
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Scams, Scams and more Scams!
It seems that every day another person has their identity stolen or they lost money due to some kind of scam. The main way this starts is from a phone call or an “official” piece of mail to the house. Most scammers and identity thieves are very good at convincing you that they need some of your personal information, like a social security number, date of birth, or bank account number so they can “help” you in some matter that is very important to you. Many times they pose as representatives from your gas or electric company, life or car insurance company or bank. Sometimes they even pose as a medical provider, that is a doctor ’s office or a visiting nurse program. Many times they say they are calling just to update an account or to offer you another service that may be of a real benefit. It is very scary to think how clever scam artist and identity thieves have become and how easily they can convince you to work along with them. So what are some things you can do to prevent being scammed or prevent your identity from being stolen? Here’s a few pointers: 1) Never give out private or personal information over the phone to someone who is calling you. There is no reason for anyone to be calling about your social security number or bank account number or to verify any information. You do NOT have to answer any questions over the phone that you do not feel comfortable with. 2) Hang up the phone if you feel something is wrong. If you are further harassed or threatened, you can contact the phone company, police or district attorney’s office, or call a trusted friend or family member for help. 3) Rely on trusted family members and friends to help you deal with any matter,including phone calls and mail offers. Keep an “Emergency List” of trusted family and friends close to your telephone. 4) Always shred all important documents you are done with. Do not just throw them into the trash can or recycling bin. Shredders are available at office supply stores like Staples or Office Max. Identity thieves will steal your trash to see if they can find documents you threw out with account numbers and other important information. 5) There is a phone number you can call to stop unwanted sales calls. You must call for your home number as well as your cell phone number. The number is 1-888-382-1222. This does not mean that scam artists will stop calling you. This will cut down on the amount of sales calls you receive.
PACE and PACENET
Polish American Social Services or PASS would like to remind senior citizens that the PACE and PACENET Program, a prescription drug program for Pennsylvania senior citizens is still available. To get an application or discuss eligibility requirements call PASS at 215 923-1900.
For those seniors already on PACE and PACENET, they can expect a letter soon (if they already did not get one) asking the senior to enroll in one of seven Medicare Part D Plans. This move is not hurting the senior citizen in any way and not taking away any benefits the senior enjoys under the program. That means the co pay will never be more than what the senior paid for on PACE/NET, they will still have access to all the medications they used before and still be able to use their existing pharmacy. This is a cost saving measure for the PACE program and seniors are being encouraged to participate. It means that the senior will have two plans, a Medicare Part D plan and PACE/NET together. The pharmacist’s computer will keep track of all the paperwork. The only thing the senior will have to do when buying medication is present both cards to the pharmacists. The senior has ten days to respond to the letter, especially if the senior would like to know if one of the six other plans would be better. No late penalty is attached to this move because the seniors were enrolled in PACE/NET at the time of the May 15th deadline. For more information on this change to the PACE program, please feel free to call PASS at (215) 923-1900.
PASS’s Employment Information
For those seeking employment information, Polish American Social Services, “PASS”, has an employment information link on their web site at: www.PolishAmericanSocial Services.com Job Seekers will find information and links about employment opportunities, assistance in resume preparation, and even places to post a resume. Also, if your place of employment is about to or has posted a job position, call PASS so the agency can make the information available to job seekers. Call PASS Monday through Friday between 9A.M. and 4P.M. at (215) 923-1900 or please send the job posting to: mail@polishamericansocial services.com Polish American Social Services 308 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Losing Your Home?
Emergency Relief Available through HEMAP
Life throws all kind of situations at us such as the loss of a job and with that comes the possibility of losing one’s home. For homeowners who have had circumstances beyond their control cause them to fall behind on a mortgage, the State of Pennsylvania has a program called HEMAP which stands for Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. For those that qualify for the program, the program can pay the bank or mortgage company the amount necessary to catch up on your mortgage and then can pay mortgage payments for up to 24 months. This is NOT a grant. It is a loan which does have to be paid back when you sell your home or finish paying off your mortgage. But it is a way to save your home when you fall on hard times. Housing counseling agencies throughout Philadelphia are able to help you file a HEMAP application. For more information about HEMAP or to find a housing counseling agency near you, call PASS at (215) 923-1900.
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Polish American Social Services “PASS”
From the Desk of Richard Klimek
As the Program Supervisor for Polish American Social Services “PASS” and its United Social Services Outreach Program, I have the opportunity to work with clients of all ages. I work closely with our social service representatives who provide the information and services to clients, and community representatives so that people are informed about what is available to assist clients at a time of need. Its inspiring to see how many of our clients work so hard to maintain their self-sufficiency and financial stability. In today’s economy it is getting harder for a person to maintain that independence, especially those living on a fixed income. As you review the articles in this newspaper, I ask you to spread the word to family and friends about the services offered at PASS. They are free and confidential and available in the English and Polish language. If you or someone you know would like information, referral or would like to set-up an appointment to speak with one of our representatives, call the main office of PASS at (215) 923-1900. Additional information is listed below. I also ask that you let people know about PASS’s Internet site. Check it out at: PolishAmericanSocialServices.org.
Deadline Approaches for 2005 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program on June 30, 2006
Real Estate Taxes/Rent Rebate Program for year 2005 is now being administered. New applications are available. Get back as much as $500 on last year’s real estate taxes or rent and put it towards this year’s taxes or rent. Income limit is $15,000 annually to qualify. It is important to know that only half of your Social Security or SSI counts toward the income guideline. Four different age categories are eligible. 1) 2) 3) 4) 65 years or older living with a spouse who is 65 years old or older a widow or widower between the ages of 50 to 64 100% permanently disabled individual between the ages of 18 and 64
P olish A merican S ocial S ervices “PASS”
United Social Services Outreach Program
Main Office: 308 Walnut Street • Philadelphia, PA 19106
For more information contact: Polish American Social Services "PASS" (215) 923-1900 • PolishAmericanSocialServices.com
Open Monday to Friday • 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Telephone: (215) 923-1900
Outreach Services in and around the Philadelphia area If you, a family member, or friend have a question concerning social services, call PASS and discuss your needs with a representative. All calls are CONFIDENTIAL, and PASS will either give you the information you need, handle your service directly, or refer you to the proper agency that can assist you. Clients wishing to visit the main office at 308 Walnut Street, or one of the outreach sites, are asked to call in advance so that a Social Service Representative can tell you what documentation you will need to bring with you to process your request. You can view an outline of several programs on the PASS Internet site, which are available to senior citizens and individuals of all ages. PolishAmericanSocialServices.com. For additional information, call PASS, Monday through Friday, between 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. at (215) 923-1900.
Are you one of the 57,000 Philadelphia homeowners eligible for the NEW 2006 Property Tax Rent Rebate Program?
In another article on this page, about the 2005 Property Tax Rent Rebate Program, it states that the program has been extended till December 31, 2006. That program is for the year 2005 and for taxes or rent paid during 2005. If you read the program guidelines, and you feel that you may be eligible, why not file an application for a rebate. There is NO LIEN placed on your property and you do not have to pay back any money. The rebate does not count as income. For the 2005 Program, you could get up to a $500 rebate. The amount of the rebate is determined by the amount of income. Next year, in 2007, when we look back at 2006 property tax or rent paid out , 57,000 more Philadelphia homeowners, and thousands of more homeowners across the State of Pennsylvania, will be eligible for the 2006 program. The reason so many households will be eligible for a rebate, is because the income guidelines have changed. Let’s take a look at the 2006 eligibility, income guidelines and rebate amounts: Just like last year, you must meet one of the following age criteria: • you must be 65 years or older • your spouse is 65 years or older • you are a widow or widower, 50 to 64 years old • you are 18 years old and permanently disabled If your income, and that of a spouse living with you is: $8,000 or less $8,001 - $15,000 $15,001 - $18,000 $18,001 - $35,000 Your maximum rebate amount is: (homeowners) $650 $500 $300 $250 (renters) $650 $500 $--0-$--0--
The Battle of “Wills”?
PASS would like to remind everyone to take the time this summer to review their wills and if you do not have them in place, have forgotten where they are located, or have not reviewed and updated them in awhile, NOW would be a good time to get this done before the hustle and bustle of fall and winter begins.
Wills are very important for your loved ones, much like life insurance. They help to take care of matters once you have passed. It is important to talk with a lawyer and tax advisor about your Will and Estate and make sure that you structure things the way you want to and that will be to the benefit of your loved ones. Often people rush into these matters and just sign the home over to the children. This is not effective Will and Estate planning. Also some people did their wills long ago and cannot remember where they were placed. Take the time to find them and make a note of where all of your vital documents are located. Also, maybe your family structure has changed. It would be a good idea to review your will and update it per your wishes.
This term confuses may people. A living will is nothing more than a declaration of your wishes concerning your health care. It tells your doctor, hospital and family what your wishes are concerning things like cardiac resuscitation, mechanical respiration (also known as a vent) and other forms of treatment. Another part of this will is to appoint a Health Care Power of Attorney, that is somebody who will carry out your wishes concerning your health care when you are no longer able to do so. Wills and Living Wills are specific to the State where you live. It would be a good idea to contact your family attorney or doctor, social service agency or a trusted family member or friend and address these issues now, while you can do it in a relaxed manner.
Remember, only half of your Social Security, SSI or Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits count towards your income. This means that a person who gets $15,000 a year in Social Security benefits will only count $7,500 toward the program as income. All other income such as salary, IRA payouts, dividends or interest earned is counted at 100%. Renters income limit stays at $15,000 per year as for the 2005 rebate program. The difference for renters for the 2006 program is those with incomes of $8,000 or less can get up to a $650 rebate. It is also interesting to note that senior citizen homeowners of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton, with incomes under $30,000, will have enhanced rebates once gambling income starts to come in. The rebates will be approximately 50% greater for this group of seniors. To get on the mailing list for a 2006 application, call PASS at (215) 923-1900, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Social Service representatives will be available to answer you questions concerning the change in this program.
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Highlights From Last Year’s Polish Festival
Plan to Attend This Great Event This Year!
Polish American Festival
September 2,3,4 (Labor Day), 9,10, 2006
Sat. Sept. 2nd
Charm City Sound Wislanie 90 Henry & the Versa J’s
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road - Doylestown, PA www.PolisShrine.com
$7.00 Per Person Admission Includes: Free Parking Midway Rides Stage Shows Polish Art Exhibition Special Events For info - call: 215-345-0600
Sun. Sept. 3rd
Polish American String Band Wislanie 90 Dyna Brass
Children enjoy the sun and rides at the Polish American Festival in Doylestown, PA.
Sat. Sept. 9th
Jersey Polka Richie Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men
Mon. Sept. 4th
Labor Day Tommy Thomas & Trio Wislanie 90 Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push
Sun. Sept 10th
Eddie Derwin & the Polka Naturals Ray Jay & Carousels
Festival Hours • 12 Noon to 8 P.M.
Children enjoy the free rides at the Polish American Festival
A Winged Hussar dressed in traditonal Polish warrior armor, rides his horse around the grounds at the annual Polish American Festival.
You can see how kielbasa is smoked in a traditional smokehouse in the Polish Village at the annual Polish American Festival.
The Polish American String Band strut the grounds and entertain the crowds at the Polish American Festival.
The Polish White Eagle Dance Ensemble perform traditional folk dances at the Polish American Festival.
Lou Rakszawski, PAC District Vice President representing Bucks County, leads the parade through the grounds at the annual Polish American Festival.
Polish soldier re-enactors parade the grounds at the annual Polish American Festival.
The Highlanders (Gorale) Dance Group take time to pose for a photo at the annual Polish American Festival.
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Polish American Festival
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA
Adam Styka Memorial Art Exhibit
During the Polish American Festival at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, visit the 33rd Annual Adam Styka Memorial Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia in cooperation with the American Council of Polish Culture and the Pauline Fathers.
Youngsters watch how pisanki eggs are decorated at the annual Polish American Festival.
These Polish charmers from the Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School will help you make Sand Art.
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The Polish American Cultural Center Welcomes All Visitors
Polish American Cultural Center Museum Gift Shop Open during regular Exhibit Hall Hours
If you’re not on the Internet, call the Gift Shop, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. and an order form will be mailed to you. If you are on the Internet, there is an order form you can download.
Visit the Museum Gift Shop on the Internet at: PolishAmericanCenter.org Items are shipped United Parcel Service or Priority Mail
For more information call (215) 922-1700.
All Major Credit Cards are accepted at the Gift Shop when considering that special gift for a family member or friend.
Polish Women’s Alliance of America Youth Group visits the Polish American Cultural Center Museum on Thursday, July 13, 2006. They represent several states of the organization which is headquarted in Chicago, Illinois.
Register to Vote
October 10th is the last day for Pennsylvania voters to register to vote for the General Election that will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. It is important for us to VOTE for the people that represent the City of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania and our national interests in Washington, D.C. It is also important to be part of the process which began in 1776, and continues to keep our country a sound democracy. Polish Americans are the 6th largest ethnic group in the United States of America. More than 20 million Americans share full or partial Polish heritage. We are a major asset to the American economy, its tax base and its cultural well-being. It is important for Polonia in America to partake in this privilege and responsibility. IF YOU DON’T VOTE, YOU allow those who DO VOTE to have the full privilege of electing the people that represent our individual needs as taxpayers at all levels of government. If you need a mail-in Voter Registration Form application for the State of Pennsylvania, call the Polish American Congress office in Philadelphia, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and a Voter Registration Form will be sent to you. Call 215-739-3408.
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The Polish American Congress Encourages All to Support the Activities of Our Member Organizations!
Thursday, August 3, Friday, August 4, Saturday, August 5 Annual Festival, St. Adalbert Parish, Thompson Street & Allegheny Avenue, Port Richmond section, Philadelphia, 6 to 10 p.m. Polish American String Band performing Thursday, August 3rd. Games of chance, refreshments & much more. Info call rectory 215-739-3500. Rain or Shine! Sunday, August 6 - Polish Army Veterans Post #12, Polish Soldiers’ Day, Polish Veterans Park (Polanka’s), 3258 Knights Road, Bensalem, PA. Mass 1 p.m. followed by Commemorative Exercises. Info call Stanley Kreft, 215-698-2338. Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 - Walking Pilgrimage - starting from St. Adalbert Church, Port Richmond section, Philadelphia, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA. Info call Fr. Thaddeus Gorka 215-739-3500. Saturday, August 19, Polish American String Band Golf Classic, Valley Brook Country Club, Blackwood, NJ, from 1 to 9 p.m. Activities throughout the day. Info call Stephen Szymanik 267-408-1644. Saturday, August 19 - Polish American Citizens Club, Camden County 7th Annual Picnic, Soupy Island, Red Bank Avenue & the River, National Park, NJ, 1 to 6 p.m. Music by The Chuck Pendrak Band. Info call Joe Prorok 856-478-4615. Sunday, August 20 - Polish Soldiers’ Day, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA. Mass 12:30 p.m., activities throughout the day. All are welcome. Info call 215-345-0600. Sunday, August 20 - St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Minersville, PA Annual Polish Day Picnic, South Cass Fire Company Picnic Grounds, Primrose, PA, 12 noon to 10 p.m. Music by Joe Stanky & the Cadets Band, Gamut the Band and The Golden Tones. Games of chance, Polish food, crafts and much more. Info call 570-544-2211. Sunday, August 20 - The Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation Second Annual Summer Concert & Reception, Ethical Society Building, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA. Featuring Claire Huangci, pianist. Ticket reservations call Teresa Wojcik 215-752-9270. Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 - Annual Festival, Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Augustine Parish, Hurst Street, Bridgeport, PA. Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. Music, food and fun for the entire family. Info call Connie Hunt 610-272-4088. Sunday, August 27 - Polish Apostolate Day & Polish Women’s Alliance of America Day, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA. Mass 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Info call 215-345-0600. Sunday, August 27 - Polka Dance, Associated Polish Home Ballroom, 9150 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia, 2 to 6 p.m. Music by Tempos Band. Info call 215-624-9954. Saturday, September 2, Sunday, September 3, Monday, September 4, and Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10 - Annual Polish American Festival, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA. 12 Noon to 8 p.m. Music, food and fun for the entire family! All are welcome. Info call 215-345-0600. Monday, September 4 - Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School Labor Day Picnic, Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia. 12 to 6 p.m., Polish Kitchen. No B.Y.O.B. Music by Music Box Band. Info call Irene Ruczynska 215-639-5148. Rain or Shine! Saturday, September 9 - St. Adalbert Polish Language School Registration and 1st Day of Class, St. Adalbert School Cafeteria (entrance on Thompson & Madison Streets), Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, 9 a.m. Info call Maria Koleda 610-449-3819. Saturday, September 9 & Sunday, September 10 - Polish Falcons Pilgrimage Weekend, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA. Activities include Polish American Festival on Saturday. Mass 12:30 p.m. on Sunday followed by activities throughout the day. All are welcome to attend. Info call Patricia Del Busse 1-800-535-2071. Sunday, September 10 - 38th Annual Country Fair, Little Servant Sisters, 1000 Cropwell Road, Cherry Hill, NJ. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entertainment by Chuck Pendrak & His Orchestra, Joseph Ambrozaitis and the Ambertones Band, PKM Dancers, Maki Children Dance Group, and Disc Jockey Andy Citkowicz. Polish food, games and fun for the entire family. Info call 856-424-1962. All are welcome to attend! Rain or Shine! Sunday, September 10 - Polka Dance, Thaddeus Kosciuszko Club (TK), East Hector and Apple Streets, Conshohocken, PA. Music by Polka Express Band, 3 to 7 p.m. Free parking. Info call 610-828-9352. Saturday, September 16 - Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School Registration, Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia. 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Classes will resume Saturday, September 23rd. Info call Irene Ruczynska 215-639-5148. Saturday, September 16 - Marcella Kochanska-Sembrich Chorus #321 PSAA “Those Were The Days.” Cabaret/Stage Show, with songs, skits, solos, duets, jokes, and humor. Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Road, Northeast Philadelphia. 7 to 11 p.m. Info call Dolores Czaplicka 215-633-0560. Sunday, September 17 - Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School Registration, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA, 11:30 p.m. Info call Jadwiga Kozdra 215-766-1696 or 215-429-6161. Sunday, September 17- St. Valentine Parish Family Picnic, Pulaski Park, 875 Mill Road, Andalusia, PA., 1 to 6 p.m. Music. If inclement weather or for info call rectory 215-535-4978. Everyone is invited.
The Tradition Continues............
The longest running ethnic festival in Schuylkill County St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Minersville, PA, will conduct its 81st Annual Polish Day Picnic on Sunday, August 20, 2006, at the South Cass Fire Company Picnic Grounds, Primrose, PA, from Noon to 10:00 P.M. Polish Day Entertainment will include: 12 Noon - 3:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. - 9.00 P.M. Joe Stanky & Cadets Band Gamut, the Band The Golden Tones Band
Additionally, there will be games, bingo, crafts, rummage sale, Polish Pot Luck, Polish food, baked goods and children’s activities. Ample parking is available. For more information contact St. Stanislaus Kostka Rectory, 139 Spruce Street, Minersville, PA 17954, tel. 570-544-2211.
Everyone is Invited to the
38th Annual Polish Festival & Country Fair
Sponsored by The Little Servant Sisters 1000 Cropwell Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Sunday, September 10, 2006 11:00 A.M. to 7 P.M.
Entertainment by: Chuck Pendrak • The Ambertones P.K.M. Polish Folk Dancers • Maki Children Dance Group and Radio Personality Andy Citkowicz
For additional information call:
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