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Greek Monks Guard Faith and

Sacred Ground

February 9, 2003

MOUNT ATHOS, Greece, Feb. 4 — The rebel forces occupying a rugged cove on the Aegean here number more than 100, and they will not budge.

They have enough food to last them two years, given that they favor rudimentary meals, sometimes just once a day. They have enough faith to sustain them through utter isolation, which is actually their preferred lifestyle.

They have munitions, of a sort.

"There are 300 bullets here," said Father Methodius, their fearless leader, as he lifted his weapon in the air. It was a roped prayer chain of precisely that many knots, and his battalion of black-robed, bushy-bearded monks had plenty more.

This remote, mountainous peninsula in northern Greece, where 20 Orthodox monasteries lie beyond the reach of paved roads and most of the intrusions of everyday life, has become the unlikely setting of a holy war, or at least an extremely nasty spiritual spat over who says prayers, and which ones.

(Monks..full story)

Yanni in New York

Book signing February 11, 2003

February 3, 2003


Yanni is coming to the New York area for two book signings this week for his new book "Yanni In Words"..On Tuesday, February 11th, he will be in midtown Manhattan at the Barnes and Noble at Rockefeller Center (212-765-0592) starting at 12:30pm and then, that night, at 7:30pm he will be at the Barnes and Noble at Clifton Commons, 395 Route 3 East, Clifton, New Jersey..(973-799-5500)

An 18th b'day worth billions

January 26, 2003

THE world's richest girl, Athina Onassis Roussel, is about to turn 18 and gain control of her multibillion-dollar fortune.

When the only daughter of Greek shipping heiress Christina Onassis celebrates her birthday Wednesday, she will be legally entitled to handle her own trust, estimated at anywhere between $2.8 billion and $14 billion.

No one knows what she plans to do with her holdings, which has only fueled speculation. Athina's father, Thierry Roussel, who raised her since her mother died when she was 3, has spent the past 15 years fighting for control of her Onassis Foundation.

Roussel recently told the European press: "I don't know what she will do with the money. She might give it away."

He's not the only one who thinks that is a possibility. Veja, a Brazilian publication, has reported that Athina, an avid equestrian, plans on living a simple life, raising horses and keeping only $20 million. She is also expected to set up a charitable foundation.

"Unlike her mother who, fueled by amphetamines, loved to party days on end," said one columnist, "Athina leads a much quieter life . . . She is interested in green issues and supports the Save the Whales movement."

Some believe that her money could go into the pockets of her dashing 29-year-old Brazilian boyfriend, Alvaro de Miranda Neto, a k a Doda. An avid equestrian who took a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics, Doda recently told Veja: "Athina is a friend, a companion, and our life is simple. We train with our horses most of the time, watch films at my flat, go to restaurants . . . Our life is horses."

However, his estranged wife, Sibele, the mother of his child, does not see it that way. She told the press that Doda is a gold-digger. "He exchanged me for Athina's money," she said. "She can buy him horses, and I can't. He always told me he found her fat and ugly."

Unfortunately for Athina, she may have inherited some of the genes of her stocky grandfather, Aristotle Onassis, as well as his fortune. But, sources say, Doda has helped Athina lose as much as 45 pounds recently by supervising her diet.

California Developer Tsakopulos

                    Takes Tie in Supreme Court

By: Nick Katsoris  January 15, 2003

Sacramento, CA: Rarely does the Supreme Court of the United States agree to hear a case, yet recently, amidst their crowded dockets, they heard the case of California developer Angelo Tsakopoulos.

Last month, The U.S. Supreme Court voted 4-4 to affirm a lower-court decision that Tsakopoulos, who has 900 acres of apples and wine grapes in California's Central Valley, violated the Clean Water Act by "deep-ripping" federally protected wetlands on his Borden Ranch.

Justice Kennedy, a California native, withdrew from the case because he was an acquaintance of Tsakopoulos.  Hence, after spirited argument from both sides, with the Court evenly split, a one-line order announced that by a tie vote the ruling of the Court of Appeals would be affirmed.

Tsakopoulos, who was ordered to pay $500,000 and restore four acres of wetlands, said he appealed the case to defend the rights of farmers, not to avoid the financial penalty.

"There were so many people arguing this case who knew nothing about farming,"Tsakopoulos said. "Many of the people involved don't understand what a plow does. A plow loosens the soil, it doesn't fill anything."

The road to the nation's highest court began in November 1999, when a U.S. District Court found Tsakopoulos in violation of the Clean Water Act. Tsakopoulos then appealed to the 9th Circuit U.S. District Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court's decision on the majority of the alleged violations. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to consider lowering the penalties, which is when Tsakopoulos appealed the case to the Supreme Court.
The history of the case dates back to 1993 when Tsakopoulos bought a 8,348-acre ranch for $8.3 million, planning to convert it into smaller parcels for vineyards and orchards. He used metal shanks as long as seven feet to break up heavy clay, but the Environmental Protection Agency said he needed a permit because deep ripping sends soil into wetlands. An exemption, however, is made for plowing by farmers.

Tsakopoulos thought he fell within this loophope and began deep-ripping without a permit in 1993. Tsakopoulos then filed suit in a U.S. District Court challenging the uthority of the EPA to regulate deep-ripping, and the U.S. government filed a counterclaim seeking injunctive relief and civil penalties.

With the recent Tsakopoulos decision, farmers across the West are afraid they are losing control of their land.

"We are going to be overwhelmed with environmental restrictions, which we already are," said Bill Stokes, president of the Lodi District Grape Growers
Association. "I would think environmentalists would want to see a vineyard instead of houses."

Arizona Farm Bureau President Ken Evans said the case "is an example of the government interfering with private property rights of individual landowners,"
and that farmers must be allowed to make their own planting decisions in a tight farm economy.

Rick Krause, an American Farm Bureau attorney, said he expects a similar case to go to the Supreme Court. "There's no clear direction," he said. "A court now could conceivably address the issue whether normal plowing would also require a permit. That is something we would certainly not like to see because it would greatly restrict what farmers could have on their own property."

Perhaps with all nine justices hearing the case the next time around, the result could be different.



Ed Rendell at Catsimatidis

Manhattan, Thursday December 12, 2002

Mike Karloutsos and Governor elect.

(l,-r.): Margo and John Catsimatidis, Governor Ed Rendell.

Pennsylvania Governor -elect Ed Rendell made his first public appearance in New York Cit(l,-r.): Margo and John Catsimatidis, Governor Ed Rendell.y since his near landslide victory this past November.  Appearing at the home of John and Margo Catsimatidis, Governor Rendell wanted to specifically thank the Greek American community for their loyal help during his campaign.

Political pundits agree, Governor Rendell will have a particularly strong national profile due to his victory, while other Democrats across the Country were defeated, and his history as first a tough Philadelphia prosecutor and his following success as Philadelphia's very popular Mayor.

(More photos)

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Reassembling Sundered Antiquities

By LEE ROSENBAUM  December 19, 2002

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It's the latest flare-up in the longstanding dispute over the Parthenon marbles — removed from Greece to Britain in the early 19th century under controversial circumstances. Greece is lobbying hard to have the so-called Elgin marbles, Britain's portion of the Parthenon frieze, returned to Athens in time for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. The British Museum's director says the marbles are "indispensable" and "cannot be lent to any museum."

The contretemps reportedly prompted the recent statement by 18 prominent museum directors defending the right of museums to retain long-held foreign antiquities. Such works, the directors said, have become "part of the heritage of the nations which house them," even if they were acquired by "partage" — a polite word for pillage and other forms of expropriation.

Reassembling Sundered Antiquities

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C.I.A. Chief Prospers

 From Bond With Bush

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 — When George W. Bush was president-elect, he got some fateful advice about his daily C.I.A. briefing from a man who would know.

Mr. Bush's father, the only president to have served as C.I.A. director, was in the unique position of having both given and received the secret morning updates, and often told friends that his time in the 1970's at the C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., was one of the best jobs he ever had.

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Hellenic Times Sponsors Christmas Party for 1000 Children

From Rainbow Room to Harlem

Catsimatidis' Host Police Athletic League Annual Affair

December 7, 2002

New York City, Harlem:  John and Margo Catsimatidis host their annual Police Athletic League (PAL) Christmas Party for over 1000 disadvantaged children from Harlem.  This is the Catsimatidis' 12th year of hosting this party which includes Santa Claus, presents, Broadway acts and a wild Saturday morning.

Above:  John Catsimatidis, Mrs. Ray Kelly, Margo Catsimatidis, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Harlem U.S. Congressman Charles Rangle.

(More PAL Christmas)

February 16, 2003

Nia Has a Date With Oscar

Nia Vardalos has a date with Oscar.  Yes, everyone's favorite bride was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and according to Hollywood oddmakers, she has a strong chance of taking the statue home with her on March 23 to become the first Greek Oscar winner since Olympia Dukakis won a Best Supporting Actress Award in 1988 for "Moonstruck." Photo Gallery

"The first thing I am going to do is call the Academy and remind them that I have a big family and will need a lot of Oscar tickets," Vardalos said. 

How did she hear the news? Well, the Winnipeg, Ontario Canada native says she was so tired from working on the upcoming TV spinoff series, "My Big Fat Greek Life," that she slept through her alarm when the nominations were announced at 5:35 AM Los Angeles time. As a result she learned about her nomination in a phone call from her best friend in Toronto, who was screaming and crying into the phone and Nia, half asleep, responded 'What, who died?' "
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Vardalos spent the rest of the day with her screen family watching the second episode of the upcoming CBS TV series, which debuts on Monday February 24 at 9:30 PM before it settles into its permanent timeslot on Sundays at 8:00.

Vardalos told Daily Variety she has not yet been able to really bask in the film's success. "Just as I begin to absorb one fantastic milestone on the film, we hit another, so I am always a day behind. I think I would need to take a year off, sit on an island and soak it all up like a sponge." 

Vardalos, who lives in Los Angeles, says she promised her big family that she would bring them all to Hollywood for the Oscars even though she won't have enough tickets for every relative to attend the ceremony.

"I think it's a stamp of legitimacy," Vardalos says of her nomination. "I never really needed that. I just wanted to be a working actor, so to actually have this laurel is icing on an already big fat wedding cake."

Greek Wedding, which was released on video and DVD this week, has grossed over $240 million domestically during its miraculous 10 month theatrical run. It was also nominated for two Golden Globes and won a People's Choice Award last month as favorite comedy motion picture.

February 6, 2003


For Twentieth Century Fox, 2002 was "the biggest year in the history of the studio, both in grosses and in profits," said Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. The company's total box office take for the year exceeded $931 million domestically and $2.3 billion internationally. The film visionary noted that 12 of 14 Fox films were profitable in 2002 including blockbuster hits like "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones," the surprise animated hit "Ice Age" featuring the vocals of Ray Romano and Tom Cruise's "Minority Report."

Is Julia Roberts Greek?

(Entertainment Connection)


Early Frontrunner Kerry

Stops by Catsimatidis home

Monday January 27, 2003

New York City:  It is early in the process, but Massachusetts, U.S. Senator John Kerry has already been labeled the frontrunner in the Democratic Presidential primary process.

Photos above as the Senator dropped in on John and Margo Catsimatidis Monday evening 

January 15, 2003 


Nia Vardalos' blockbuster hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" has become the highest grossing independent film of all-time with over $230 million at the box office, it won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, it is rumored to be an Oscar contender and the CBS sitcom titled "My Big Fat Greek Life" will debut on February 24, yet all this phenomenal success has lead to one big fat Greek lawsuit.

(More Entertainment)

January 3, 2003


In what was expected to be its last season on the air, 2002 was a banner year for Jennifer Aniston and her NBC sitcom "Friends."  The show garnered two
Emmy Awards for Best Comedy and Best Actress for


ratings in years finishing as the number one comedy on television.  So why give up a good thing?  That's exactly what the six cast members jointly decided right before Christmas giving Aniston and company
individually another $1 million per episode in their stocking each week.

NBC will pay $10 million per episode for the show, a record price for a half-hour series license fee.  Warner Bros./NBC's "ER" still holds the record at $13 million per episode it fetched for three seasons from 1998-2001, but that is a hour-long drama.

(More Connection)


Snow Bound Birthday Bash

Margo Catsimatidis Celebrates at Rainbow Room

December 5, 2002

Senator Hillary Clinton was but one of New York's dignitaries who persevered a blizzard to join Margo Catsimatidis celebrating her birthday at Manhattan's magnificent Rainbow room atop Rockefeller Center.

Over 300 guest braved the cold to dance to the music of the "Drifters" and sing Happy Birthday (several times) to the girl of the hour, Margo Catsimatidis.

(Catsimatidis Party)


December 1, 2002


Live from New York It's Nia Vardalos!  The star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding recently hosted SNL and her opening monologue was nothing short of hilarious. In the opening segment, Vardalos invited SNL head writer and fellow Greek Tina Fey on stage calling her "my sister," and before you knew it, Vardalos was mobbed by over a dozen of Fey's Greek relatives, loading her up with everything from spanakopita to kourambiedes.

And speaking of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the film that debuted seven months ago just crossed the $200 million mark at the box office, making it one of the most successful comedies of all-time.  On the heels of its big screen success, production is set to begin in January for the new CBS sitcom "My Big Fat Greek Family," starring Vardalos and her silver screen relatives Louis Mandylor, Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine.  In fact, the early buzz is that this mid-season replacement could end up in the post-"Everybody Loves Raymond" spot on Mondays at 9:30, which would guarantee high ratings.

 (More Entertainment)






Dr. James Doundoulakis and Maro Athans

Exchange Vows

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul

4:00PM Friday November 22, 2002

Heampstead NY


Leadership 100

"Each One Reach One" Grand Success

November 19, 2002

Tribecca, Lower Manhattan, Thalassa Restaurant.  (l-r) Michael Karloutsos Philadelphia, PA with Dean Metropoulos, Greenwich, CT.

Leadership 100:  The out reach program for Leadership 100 was another smashing success last night at Manhattan's newest, Greek restaurant in Tribecca, Thalassa.  This new hot spot is owned by George & Julia Macros.

Nearly 100 members of the elite group brought along nearly 30 new recruits to the prestigious club of generous givers to the Church.


Leadership 100, Dallas Conference

November 8, 2002

(l-r): John Marks, Chicago, George Safiol, Massachusetts, John Catsimatidis, New York City and Basil Yanakalis, Miami.

(Leadership 100 photo page)

Dennis Mehiel

Rallies Greek troops for final push

New York Lt. Governor candidate
puts faith in voter turnout

October 17, 2002

Dennis and Karen Mehiel

  Dennis Mehiel brought his campaign for New York Lt. Governor to midtown Manhattan last night. 

  At the home of John and Margo Catsimatidis, Mr. Mehiel told a packed room of Greek Americans that victory is within reach.  He told his supporters that a heavy turnout in predominantly Democratic New York City will push he and his running mate, Carl McCall, over the top.

(Lt. Governor reception photo page)

Senator Hillary Clinton

Braves blizzard, again, to visit Catsimatidis

Friday February 7, 2003

Manhattan:  For the second time in as many months, Senator Hillary Clinton braved a blinding snow storm to visit her friends John and Margo Catsimatidis.

It was late Friday evening, but Senator Clinton kept one more appointment on her hectic, weather beaten, schedule.  The Senator dropped by her old friends the Catsimatidis to update a few friends on the state of the state.

 Just as the Country was placed on a high state of alert, Senator Clinton said she was deeply concerned about the course of the United States' foreign policy and Country's preparedness to defend itself from acts of terror.

(Hillary Photos)


Archbishop Spyridon

Dinner in Manhattan to celebrate Foundation.

January 31, 2003

Manhattan:  John and Margo Catsimatidis hosted a dinner for Archbishop Spyridon, former Archbishop of America, to celebrate the opening of the His Eminence's "Spyridon Foundation" which is dedicated to furthering Greek education and cultural studies in America.

The private dinner for for about 70 guests was like a home coming for the retired prelate.

(Dinner Photos)

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The Black Sea Yields Ship

 From Greece in Glory Days


Thursday January 16, 2003

Scientists said yesterday that they had discovered the remains of a 2,400-year-old ship at the bottom of the Black Sea — the oldest shipwreck ever found in the sea and a testament to its role as a vibrant crossroads of ancient commerce.

The ship, laden with amphoras,

Petar Petrov, Impact Press Group

Dwight Coleman, chief scientist of an expedition to the Black Sea, on the research ship Akademik with a jar recovered from an ancient shipwreck.

the clay storage jars of antiquity, apparently sank in about the fourth century B.C., the golden age of the Greek city-states. One amphora held the bones of a six- to seven-foot-long freshwater catfish that had been dried and cut into steaks, a popular food in ancient Greece.   ( FULL STORY )

Minority Leader Gephardt Joins

White House Hunt

Congressman Richard Gephardt lays out plan to Hellenic Times Editor John Catsimatidis

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri traveled to New York City this day to discuss his Presidential candidacy in 2004 with key players in the national political scene,

He dropped by the offices of John Catsimatidis and told the Hellenic Times Editor that he plans to run on a platform of healthcare and economic equity.


(l-r): Gephardt aide, Catsimatidis and Congressman Gephardt review latest Hellenic Times issue.

Airplanes are always an interest to a candidate for national office.

New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy

Manhattan Reception

December 11, 2002    

New elected New Jersey Governor host Manhattan reception.  First since election last year.

Above (l-r):  Harlem Congressman Charles Rangle, Hellenic Times owners John Catsimatidis, Margo Catsimatidis and Governor James McGreevy.


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The Priests in Black
Yearn for Unorthodox Attire


ATHENS, Nov. 28 — When the Rev. Ioannis Melissaris puts on his long black robe, and then another black robe over it, and then a tall black hat to top it all off, he knows that he is honoring tradition and has no problem with that.

But he also knows that he is going to swelter, and maybe stumble, and possibly snag a sleeve in a car or bus door. It has happened to Father Melissaris, a Greek Orthodox priest here, too many times already, and, he said, "I can't deal with it anymore."

(more Times)

U.S. Senator Paul  Sarbanes

One of nine Senators to hold firm on Homeland Security

November 20, 2003

Rotating Photos of Senator Sarbanes

Washington DC:  In the face of relentless White House pressure, Greek American's ranking elected official, Maryland U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes stood his ground.

When contacted this afternoon, the Senator gave the Hellenic Web site the following statement:


November 20, 2002 

“Legislation creating the new Department of Homeland Security should protect the rights of those hard-working federal employees, who in many instances are putting their lives on the line every day, to engage in collective bargaining and to protect their rights under the current civil service system. This legislation failed to do that.
 “In addition, the legislation could also create more problems than is solved. At this critical time, when we should be devoting our energies to protecting the homeland, it will divert the energy and attention of a lot of people who are responsible for homeland security away from the immediate substance of the problem and to moving desks and chairs around.
 “And finally, the legislation fails to include our domestic and international intelligence gatheting operations  the FBI and the CIA. They should have been included ía this endeavor for they are the initial eyes and ears in protecting our domestic homeland.”

                                         By: Nick Katsoris

November 11, 2002

Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis started singing at the age of four. He would often take his dream to the rooftops of homes in his neighborhood where he would exhibit his talent. He would also sing on the bus on the way to school, entertaining his classmates.

Today, his dream is a reality as Greece's hottest export has released "Sometimes I Dream," an album of international proportions, which is being praised not only for its comparison to Andrea Bocelli, but also for its originality.

(Mario Frangoulis cont.)


(Pilgrimage photo page)


Foundation for Life


to host fundraiser


Monday, Feb.24, 2003 Astoria, Queens

                                                                  February 6, 2003


Foundation for Life honors the lives of two young brothers, John and Michael Katsimatides, whose passion for life was immeasurable. The sorrow of having lost Michael in May1999 made the shock of losing John on September 11th even more unbearable.


One way to eternalize the memory of these two incredibly vibrant individuals was to establish a foundation in their name whose purpose is to inspire and enrich
the lives of others in need. The vision for the foundation comes from the desire to share and perpetuate John and Michael’s legacy of altruism and zest for life. It is our hope that the J&M Foundation will help provide a better quality of life to those less fortunate.


Anthoula Katsimatides

1st Annual Fundraiser - Monday, Feb.24, 2003 - Central Lounge
(20-30 Steinway Street, between 20th & 21st Avenue) 7pm - 11pm.
Contribution $20 (wine & appetizers served between 7 and 9)
Raffle drawing at 10:30pm
* This event will benefit The Greek Children's Fund *
For more information, please call 1-718-726-9378.

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Greece Arrests 3 Suspects

Drive Against Terror

Monday February 3, 2003

ATHENS, Feb. 2 (AP) — The Greek police arrested three suspected members of a radical far-left group in raids over the weekend, including the mayor of an Aegean island, the authorities said today.

The raids were part of a major police antiterror effort ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

The suspects, arrested on Saturday and today, were identified as Angeletos Kanas, 52, the mayor of the island of Kimolos; Constantine Agapiou, 56, a civil engineer; and Irene Athanasaki, 49. Kimolos is 95 miles southwest of Athens.

A police spokesman, Lefteris Economou, said the three were accused of taking part in a terrorist group, the Revolutionary Popular Struggle, which had eluded the authorities since it first appeared in 1975.

The suspects were being questioned at police headquarters here and were to appear before a public prosecutor. The police also questioned more than a dozen other people, none of whom were held.

Revolutionary Popular Struggle claimed responsibility for the killing of two police officers and more than 100 bomb attacks — including those on many American commercial enterprises — before it officially disbanded in 1995.

The police say the group was closely tied to a deadlier Greek guerrilla group, November 17, which was broken up last year. Nineteen people arrested as suspected members of November 17 are to go on trial next month. The group is blamed for 23 killings, including those of four American officials, and scores of bomb and rocket attacks.

Revolutionary Popular Struggle and November 17 were the deadliest of several Greek urban guerrilla groups, which opposed the American military presence in Greece but also took aim at Greece's business elite.

A government spokesman, Christos Protopapas, said today that the investigation into domestic terrorism had entered a crucial stage. "I would advise everyone to be patient," he said.

Mr. Kanas was detained in Athens on Saturday. "He denies all charges," said Yiannis Tzovaras, his lawyer. "He has nothing to do with this organization."

Golden Greeks:

  Greeks Win 4 Golden Globes
Friday January 25, 2003

Jen2003 Golden Globe Awardsnifer Aniston, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Payne struck gold at the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills this week. The Golden Globes, broadcast to 125 countries, are presented in film and television categories and are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of 90 foreign journalists based in the U.S.

Leading off the night was Jennifer Aniston who snagged the Lead Actress in a Comedy Globe to complete the triple crown of television achievement. Aniston won the Emmy Award last September and earlier this month garnered her third consecutive People's Choice Award for her role as Rachel Green on the hugely successful NBC comedy "Friends."

(More Entertainment)


Old Friends


January 13, 2003



John and Margo Catsimatidis met former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev several years ago and they have stayed in touch.  Here the friends caught up at a seasonal gathering just before Christmas.

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The New York Times Opinion


Tuesday January 7, 2003

Ending the Conflict in Cyprus

Plan welcomed by Greek side.

The divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, long contorted by tensions between Turkey and Greece, can look forward to a more promising future if the Turkish Cypriot leadership accepts a United Nations peace plan. Under the plan, already welcomed by the Greek side, a united Cyprus could join the European Union next year. That would benefit Cypriots from both communities and open the way for early Turkish admission to the union. If the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, succeeds in blocking the agreement, the pain and unfairness of Cyprus's armed partition could be locked in for years to come.

(Full Editorial)


                    CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
During this very special time of year, on behalf of myself and my family, my only regret is not having more time to spend with so many of my friends.

I want to wish all of my friends and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My dream for 2003 is peace in the world, a strong economic recovery and good health to all.



Crazed Gunman Fires at Athen's Mayor


Athens gunman had mental problems, police source

ATHENS, Dec 13 (reuters) - A man who shot at newly elected Athens mayor Dora Bakoyanni on Friday had a history of mental problems and had been hospitalised in the past, a police source said on Friday.

Bakoyanni, who will be mayor during the 2004 Athens Olympics, escaped with no serious injuries but her driver was being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds to the neck.

Security has been a main concern for the Athens Olympics.

"The man, George Sandalis...has been in and out of clinics in the past years," a police source told Reuters. Sandalis, 35, was arrested immediately after the shooting and was being held by police.

A government spokesman said the incident seemed unrelated to the leftist November 17 urban guerrilla group, which murdered Bakoyanni's husband in 1989.

"It does not seem to be a terrorist attack. It may just be a completely unrelated incident," Telemachos Hytiris said.

Sandalis' father told Greek television the man was mentally unstable.

"The boy has serious problems, that's why he has been staying with me for the past three years," Argiris Sandalis said, speaking over the phone from his hometown of Liviadia, some 100 km (60 miles) north of Athens.

"He told me yesterday he was going to Athens for some errands. I didn't know what he was going to do and I want to apologise," he said.



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His Eminence Dimitrios


The Good Scout

December 2, 2002

Times Square Marriot



His Eminence Dimitrios receives the "Good Scout" Award of the Boy Scouts of America.  John Catsimatidis, Phil Christopher and Tom O'Brien of Atlantic Bank were Co-chairs of the evening.

(More Photos)

Vermont Governor, Howard Dean


Presidential candidate 2004

 November 20, 2002



Dennis Mehiel, John Catsimatidis visit with 2004 Presidential hopeful, Democratic Vermont,  Governor Howard Dean (top, far rt.) when the Governor dropped by Hellenic Times offices Wednesday November 20, 2002.


October 21, 2002


It is no secret that Friends star Jennifer Aniston has become the runaway friend.  Not only is she married to Brad Pitt, People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," but she is the only cast member to have won an Emmy Award (her
vintage Dior gown from the Emmy telecast was auctioned off for $50,000), and her movie career is shaping up nicely.  She received Actress of the Year honors last week at the Hollywood Film Awards, and the buzz for her film "The Good Girl," is calling out Oscar nomination as well.

(Entertainment October 21, 2002 cont.)

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