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AhepA FAmily News AHEPA Keeps Pressure on Port Authority Sends 12,000 Signatures to PA Executive Director In an effort to keep the pressure on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, AHEPA sent a follow-up letter with a petition signed by 12,000 persons to the port authority’s executive director, Mr. Christopher Ward, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. “We expressed our strong disappointment that we have not received the courtesy of a reply to our initial letter of August 19, and furthermore, we deemed it unacceptable that the port authority has failed to meet its commitment to resume negotiations with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to rebuild St. Nicholas,” said Karacostas. “We reaffirmed our call to rebuild the church at 130 Liberty Street, which is the agreed upon location according to the Ground Zero master plan, and restated our intolerance of further bureaucratic stall tactics.” In addition, the letter stated that as a result of the port authority’s silence, “... please find enclosed the signatures of 12,000 persons from across the country that join with AHEPA to strongly urge the Port Authority to honor its commitment and resume negotiations to help rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 130 Liberty Street, which is the location agreed upon in the Ground Zero master plan.” Finally, in his letter, Supreme President Karacostas reiterated that this issue is not a matter of building one religious structure over another, but rather a matter of the port authority honoring its word and commitment to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more information about AHEPA’s CUT THE RED TAPE campaign, please go to: UPDATE: In December, AHEPA sent an additional 4,000 signatures to the Port Authority, totaling 16,000. Fifteen Ahepans Inducted into The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, an organization with the fundamental goal of directing an ongoing concern for religious freedom and the defense and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, inducted fifteen Ahepans into its ranks, including AHEPA Executive Director Basil N. Mossaidis, at ceremonies officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios October 30-31 in New York City, announced Supreme President Nicholas A. Karacostas. “It is truly an honor for AHEPA to have so many of its members become Archons,” said Karacostas. “It solidifies the historic bond that exists between AHEPA and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. I congratulate all the new inductees and wish them well. Axios!“ 42 individuals were: Peter T. Arbes, John J. Blazakis, Paul G. Chiligiris, Jimmy Daskalos, George J. Kallins, Arthur Labros, Frank Mihalopoulos, Nicholas Nichols, Dr. Spiridon Spireas, William S. Stavropoulos, James Tasios, Demosthenes Vasiliou, James B. Zafiros, and Leonard Zangas. Last year, Supreme President Karacostas and Past Supreme President Ike Gulas joined a long line of previous supreme presidents that have been inducted into the Order. In 2003, AHEPA presented The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle with its Medal of Freedom Award for the Order’s championing of religious freedom and human rights for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Executive Director Mossaidis is inducted into the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle by Archbishop Demetrios. Ahepans who joined Executive Director Mossaidis in the Archon class that totaled Winter 2010-11 the ahepan 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Winter 2010/2011

The AHEPAN - Winter 2010/2011
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
AHEPA Conference Explores Emerging Relations Between Greece, Israel
Community Excellence Honored in New England
AHEPA Runners to the Front of the Marathon Line
The Newest Thing in Ancient History: The New National Hellenic Museum
AHEPA Family Chapter News
In Memoriam
The Periclean

The AHEPAN - Winter 2010/2011