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POLAND, UK SIGN DEFENSE PARNERSHIP. A Polish-British defense partnership treaty “combining all aspects of national security” will be signed in Warsaw in December, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz has said.

Macierewicz was in London together with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski for talks with their British counterparts.

The Polish defense minister said talks focused on Polish, British, and global security issues, including cybersecurity (see below). Meanwhile, Macierewicz said a Russian cyber attack had been warded off in Poland.

Macierewicz said cybersecurity was being researched jointly by Warsaw’s Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and Oxford University.

The meeting also discussed the conflict in Ukraine and ties with Russia.

Macierewicz said that London confirmed its commitment to bolstering NATO’s eastern flank under a decision taken at the alliance’s 2016 summit.

NATO members agreed to deploy four multinational battalion battle groups to Poland and three Baltic countries which fear potential Russian aggression following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. (Radio Poland)

ANOTHER FALLS FROM GRACE. The Archdiocese of Boston, which closed St. Michael’s Church in West Lynn, Mass. in 2006, has sold the parish property to a developer, who announced plans to convert it into condominiums.

The $3 million project includes 20, two- and three-bedroom condos with more than one parking spot for each. Four units will be in the rectory, eight in the school, and eight in the church, said developer David Cutler.

The Archdiocese of Boston included St. Michael’s on its list of churches slated for closing in 2004. It later gave it permission to remain open through 2006 so parishioners could celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Attorney Samuel Vitali, who represented developers at a City Council meeting, said his clients were mindful of preserving the character of the church and old school when they drafted their plans.

In addition to maintaining the original exterior, with the exception of adding windows and doors, a plaque commemorating the neighborhood's rich Polish history will be installed.

City Councilor Jay Walsh said the plan isn’t the first that has been presented to him for redeveloping the property in recent years, but it’s the only one that included preserving the history of the site.

The condos will be marketed around $200,000 each, which he said is reasonable when compared to the housing market.

The project will take about nine months to complete once construction begins.

VIRTUAL DEFENSES. Poland’s defense minister said the country will have a “cyber army” numbering at least 1,000 soldiers within several years, capable of waging warfare in cyberspace.

Antoni Macierewicz told the “Cybersec” European Cybersecurity Forum in Kraków, the country has earmarked about $550 million (USD) for the new initiative.

Macierewicz said that in the modern world, cyberspace is theatre of combat “no less than [military operations] on land, sea, air, and in space.”

He said the Ministry of Defense and other Polish government ministries were targeted by “troll factories” almost every day.

Macierewicz told the conference: “We are aware of how much responsibility falls on Poland because of the key role it plays on NATO’s Eastern flank.”

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło earlier announced a new department of cybersecurity would be set up in her office.



NEW BRITAIN — The S.A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish Studies and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York will present “Ostatnia Rodzina” (“The Last Family”), Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

In Polish with English subtitles, it is the story of a well-known artistic family: legendary painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, his wife Zofia and their son Tomasz, a highly praised music critic and translator. Their lives were far from being normal.

The film will be shown it Torp Theatre, located in Davidson Building CCSU, New Britain. Admission is free and open to the public. Public parking available in campus garages.

For further information, contact Polish Studies at (860) 832-3010 or


DETROIT — The Piast Institute will offer a lecture/discussion series on themes in Polish and Polish American history. These programs will explore, from new and unconventional perspectives, familiar themes that will give the audience new insights into the rich and complex story of Poland and the Polish diaspora. Four lectures will be given by Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, president of the Piast Institute and a scholar who has written and lectured on the history of Poland, Russia and East Central Europe and immigration and settlement in North America by Poles and other groups. One of the programs will feature Dr. Paul Radzilowski, associate professor of history at Madonna University. He is a specialist on the history of Late Medieval and Early Modern Poland.

The lectures/discussions will be held at the Piast Institute, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Scheduled upcoming lectures include:

Nov. 2. — Polish and other Immigrants and the Making of Americans
Nov. 11. — Themes & Conflicts in Modern Polish-Jewish Relations
Nov. 30. — Field Trip, Cultural Experience. Destination TBA
Dec. 7. — The Baroque: The Start of Modern Polish Music


PORTLAND — The Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave., (503) 287-4077, will present a concert “Young Artists of Polish Roots,” on Nov. 10. The event is a fundraiser for the 15th Polish Teachers and Parent Council Members Conference to be held in Portland in May 2018. The program features performances by Aniela Erbe, Adrian Cisowski, Matthew Kaminski, Timothy Shortell and Sebastian Stenfert-Kroese.

Tickets are $15.00.

For more information, visit, or email Renata Dajnowska at


PHILADELPHIA— Fri., Nov. 10 - Sat., Nov. 11. Christmas Bazaar. St. John Cantius Hall, 4435 Almond St. (Bridesburg section of Philadelphia). Fri. 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat. 4:00-9:00 p.m. Polish food, game wheels, pictures with Santa, Christmas Shop and much more. For info call (215) 535-6667.

PHILADELPHIA — Sat., Nov. 11. Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia Annual Polonaise Ball, The Chateau at Sugarloaf, Chestnut Hill, Pa. Chestnut Hill College. 6:00-11:00 p.m. Cocktails, dinner, and music by Dennis Ostopowicz Band. For info call Marie Hejnosz (215) 487-0221.

PHILADELPHIA — Sun., Nov. 19. Polski Uniwersytet Ludowy Lecture in the Polish Language. Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Rd., Northeast Philadelphia, 3:00 p.m. Speaker: Julian Kulski. Topic: “The Color of Courage - a young boy’s heroic fight against the Nazi Germans during the Warsaw Uprising.” For info call (215) 624-9954. All are invited to attend. Free admission.

On Sun., Dec. 3, Dr. Iwona Fijalkowska will discuss in Polish, “Blood function and disturbance of the circulatory system,” at the Polish Home.

CONSHOHOCKEN — Sun., Nov. 19. St. Mary Polish American Society Christmas Bazaar. TK Club, 500 East Hector St. Noon to 6:00 p.m. Music, Polish food, games of chance, raffles, and much more. For info call Dorothy Swedkowski (610) 630-0861.

PHILADELPIA — Sun., Dec. 3. Christmas Bazaar. St. Stanislaus Hall, 3rd and Fitzwater Sts., South Philadelphia, Noon to 4:00 p.m. Games of chance, food and much more. Info call rectory (215) 468-1922. Everyone is invited.

PHILADELPHIA — Sat., Dec. 9. Polish Christmas Open House. Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut St. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Snacks and refreshments, 12:15 p.m. magic show; 1:00 p.m. visit by Sw. Mikolaj, followed by and singing of koledy. Everyone is invited. Free Admission. For info call (215) 922-1700.

MANAYUNK — Sun., Dec. 10. Polish American Heritage Association of Manayunk-Roxborough Traditional Wigilia Dinner. St. Josaphat Church Hall, 124 Cotton St., Manayunk, 3:00 p.m.; doors open 2:00 p.m. For info call Helen Cyzio (215) 482-3040.

CORNWALL — Sun., Dec. 17. Christmas Dinner Dance. Sacred Heart Parish Center, Cornwall Road & 419, Cornwall, PA. Music by Golden Tones Band, 1:30 to 7 P.M. For info/tickets call Joe Yaklowich 717-566-5704.


SEATTLE — The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UW PSEC) announced Dr. Justyna Budzik as the Fulbright Lecturer of the Polish Studies at the University of Washington in the 2017 / 2018 academic year. Dr. Budzik is an assistant professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland with an interest in cinema anthropology and archeology. Her UW fall course is on Polish contemporary photography.

SEATTLE — A Fall Bazaar will be held at the Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Nov. 4-5, from noon until 6:00 p.m. each day. The annual fall bazaar features booths with amber and silver jewelry; crafts; Polish books and CDs; Boleslawiec pottery; Polish crystals, as well as booths by local Polish American organizations. The Polish Choir Vivat Musica will perform on Sat. at 2:30 p.m. You can buy Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki), pierogi, homemade cakes, and enjoy a full-course dinner. Also available frozen pierogi and dinners to go. The event is organized by the Polish Women’s Club. (206) 322-3020.

SEATTLE — Poland’s Independence Day will be observed at the Polish Cultural Center, Nov. 12, in a program beginning with a Mass at St. Margaret’s Church at noon, followed by a 2:30 program at the Polish Cultural Center. Presented by the Polish Home Association, the celebration includes a patriotic poetic program in Polish prepared by Barbara Strutynski, and a performance by the Polish Choir. Admission is free. For details, visit

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