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March 2017



APOLOGY ACCEPTED. Poland’s ambassador to the United States accepted an apology by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) over claims regarding Poland’s stance on the Holocaust.

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek said he was satisfied with a letter of apology sent to him by the League’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, who had reportedly alleged that Poland refuses to publicly acknowledge Adolf Hitler’s attempt to exterminate Jews.

American broadcaster CNN published comments attributed to Greenblatt, citing him as saying that many countries — Iran, Russia, Poland, and Hungary, for example — specifically refuse to acknowledge Hitler’s attempt to exterminate Jews.

CNN quoted Greenblatt as saying that those countries opted “instead to talk about generic suffering rather than recognizing this catastrophic incident for what it was: the intended genocide of the Jewish people.”

In the letter to the Polish ambassador, Greenblatt admitted that he had made a mistake by including Poland among such countries.

TOP GENERAL RESIGNS. Poland’s top general, Mieczyslaw Gocul, resigned Jan. 27, the latest senior military figure to quit at a time when U.S. and NATO troops are deploying in the country to reinforce the alliance’s eastern flank.

The surprise resignations of several key generals over the last year have rocked Poland’s right-wing government as it faces terse criticism at home and abroad over a host of controversial reforms.

Poland’s PAP news agency said it was not immediately clear who would replace him but the role will fall to his deputy, General Michal Sikora, should no one be named.

WARSAW PROFESSOR NAMED WINNER. A professor from the University of Warsaw is among three winners of the 2017 Dan David Prize in the field of astronomy.

The prize is awarded annually by the University of Tel Aviv and the Dan David Foundation for innovative and interdisciplinary research. It is accompanied by a $1 million USD grant.

Professor Andrzej Udalski, 60, has been honored for his leading role in the OGLE (Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment) project, developed by a Warsaw University team. It involves large-scale observations of the sky in a broad time spectrum and has mapped out new directions in modern astronomical research.

Udalski is the director of the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw.

The award-presentation ceremony will take place at the University of Tel Aviv on May 21. (mk/pk)

THAT’S PROFESSOR MIKULSKI TO YOU. Former Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who left the Senate in January after four decades in Congress, has joined the Johns Hopkins University as a professor of public policy and an adviser to the president.

Mikulski, a Baltimore native who became the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the longest-serving woman in Congress, will be based in the political science department and serve as a Homewood Professor of Public Policy — a title the school said it reserves for individuals of significant accomplishment.

“I’m proud to join the Johns Hopkins faculty and to share my expertise and experience in public policy,” Mikulski, 80, said in a statement. “Being at Johns Hopkins enables me to continue to play a role locally in shaping Baltimore’s future while promoting a national agenda of innovation, leadership and service.”

Mikulski, long one of the state’s most popular politicians, shocked observers in Washington and Maryland when she announced in 2015 that she would not seek a sixth term in the Senate.



BALTIMORE — The Maryland Division of the Polish Legion of American Veterans meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Polish National Alliance (PNA) Building, 167 Eastern Ave. It adjourns for the months of July and August. For other events taking place at PNA including Polish Cooking Classes, a book club and Polish language classes, please go to


NORTHAMPTON —  The Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton is sponsoring a Ham Dinner,  Sun., March 26, 2017; at the St. John Cantius Parish Center, 10 Hawley St..  Doors open at noon and dinner is served at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets can be obtained from Polish Heritage Committee members or by calling Angie Fydendevez at (413) 530-0145 or Bob Gibowicz at (413) 224-1309.  The event will include door prizes and raffles with the proceeds to be used to help defray the expenses of sponsoring the Annual Pulaski Day Parade in Northampton, planned for Mon., Oct. 9.


ST. PAUL — Polish Hungarian Friendship Day will be observed March 23, 2017 at the International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave., 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota is co-hosting the event. No event charge. Free will offering to help offset costs. Polish beer. Hungarian wine. Sweets of both countries. Entertainment and cultural displays. For information, call (651) 647-0191.

ST. PAUL —The Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota needs volunteers for the May 4-7, 2017 Festival of Nations at RiverCentre.

The event is the longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest. PACIM is a vital part of the celebration of global arts, traditions, music, dance and food, and it includes a Polish cafe, where thousands of festival goers taste our delicious Polish food and experience warm hospitality, gracious service and generous spirit.

Volunteers are needed in the kitchen, counter, for setup or cleanup, and other vital tasks. Contact Marie Przynski at for details.


GARFIELD — The Sons of Poland Benevolent Foundation will honor Malina Stadnik Nealis and Michelle Pyka Laskowski for Meritorious Service. The award is given to those who demonstrate leadership, commitment, and whose accomplishments serve as an inspiration to others. The event will be held March 7 at the Royal Manor in Garfield. For information, call (201) 935-2807.

RUNNEMEDE — Sun., March 19. Polish American Citizens’ Club of Camden County St. Joe’s/St. Pat’s Spring Social Dance, Runnemede VFW Post #3324, E. 6th Ave. and Veteran’s Way. 3:00-7:00 p.m. Music by the Music Box Band. No BYOB. Tickets/Information: call Dan Steiner (856) 468-1215 or Larry Gasperone 745-2960.

ATLANTIC CITY – A group of historians here wants to open a museum dedicated to President Trump. Stockton University professor Bob Blaszkiewicz told the Press of Atlantic City that the subject of Trump in Atlantic City would be of historical importance, now that he is president.

Trump once owned three casinos in the city. They brought in a lot of money, but were involved in four bankruptcies under his watch, and one more after he was gone.


NEW YORK — The new Kosciuszko Bridge is expected to open to traffic in early spring. The fresh span — built as a replacement for what was widely considered one of the worst bridges in the country — is nearly complete, with less than 100 feet of roadbed left to install.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents the areas surrounding both ends of the Kosciuszko Bridge, was instrumental in securing $670 million dollars in federal funds for the project, roughly 85% of the cost of rebuilding the bridge. The new state-of-the-art bridge will have six lanes and is expected to greatly reduce traffic.


PITTSBURGH — Tomasz Skowronski of Apteka was one of six local chefs and hospitality professionals named as StarChefs 2016 Rust Belt Rising Stars. The New York-based StarChefs honors rising chefs four times each year from across the country.

Apteka, which translates from the Polish as “pharmacy” or “chemistry shop,” is a Central and Eastern European restaurant and bar with an all-vegetable menu. Skrowronski and partner Kate Lasky are known for running a pop-up restaurant and community event called Pierogi Night for over four years around the city’s East End.

PHILADELPHIA — Sun., March 12. Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia’s Annual Chopin Concert, Sister Francesca Onley Education Center, 9801 Frankford Ave. 2:00 p.m. Featuring Eric Lu, a 19-year-old pianist. Light reception following recital. Info/tickets call Debbie Majka (215) 627-1391.

PHILADELPHIA — Sun., March 19. Polski Uniwersytet Ludowy Lecture in the Polish language, Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Rd. 3:00 p.m. Speaker: Malgorzata Kaluza, Daily News Reporter. Topic: “Discovering New York.” Info call (215) 624-9954. All are invited. Free.

On Sun., April 16, the lecture series will feature Danuta Wyszynska, artist and Polonia activist, who will discuss “Hieronim Wyszynski — life of one man.”

PHILADELPIA — Sat., March 25. Cultural Heritage Mass, Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 18th & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Procession of ethnic groups 1:30 p.m.; Mass 2:00 p.m. Info call (215) 587-3540.

PHILADELPHIA — Fri., March 31. Lenten Fish Fry, St. John Cantius Parish Auditorium, 4435 Almond Street, Bridesburg section. 4:00-7:00 p.m. Info call Terry (215) 535-6667.

LANSDALE — Sat., April 22. Annual International Spring Festival, North Penn High School, Valley Forge Road & Sumneytown Pike. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Food vendors, international displays, live entertainment, activities for children and much more. Info call Lansdale Public Library (215) 855-3228. Free admission. Everyone is invited.

WYOMISSING — Sun., April 23. Berks County Polish American Board of Education Scholarship Banquet, Crowne Plaza, 1741 Papermill Rd. 5:00 p.m. Music. Info/reservations call Helen Nowotarski (610) 777-4598..

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