2nd Generationers to Gather on All Souls Day

Families of Poles who came to Buffalo as a result of WWII will gather at St. Stanislaus B. & M. Cemetery on Sunday, November 2 at 2pm to commemorate their dearly departed.

All Saints and All Souls days are when Poles travel to their ancestors’ graves to pray for their souls. Candles and flowers (mums, asters, fall flowers) are left at the graves. Candles are so numerous that one can see cemeteries glowing from afar at dusk.

In the Buffalo area, all children, grandchildren and spouses of deceased post-WWII immigrants are invited to gather at the Polish Veterans Plot at St. Stan’s cemetery on Pine Ridge Rd. in Cheektowaga. Those who do not have relatives buried at the plot are also encouraged to stop by on their way to or from their own parents’ or grandparents’ graves.


Recording Academy Chicago Chapter President Peter Strand with Joan Hammel / Photo by Theresa Carter

Grammy Awards Honor Joan Hammel

Joan Hammel was honored this month by the Recording Academy for her years of membership and for supporting its education, advocacy and human service initiatives.  It was presented at the Hotel Sax in Chicago during a special event celebrating membership.  Ms. Hammel was one of four recipients that evening presented by the Chicago Chapter President Peter Strand and the Executive Director Tera Healy.

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Ms. Hammel Chaired the Education Committee of the Grammy Awards organization for many years in Chicago including planning the Grammy in the Schools initiative where music professionals in different fields spend the day with high school age students.  This program, started in
Chicago, is now a national program for the organization reaching thousands of kids annually.  She served on the Grammys Board of Governors, and was a part of the first all female President/Vice President team in Academy history.   Her music as a vocalist and songwriter were on the Grammy Awards Nominations Ballot in different categories over several years.


Polish Tradition

All Saints/All Souls Day in Polonia

By Robert Strybel, Our Warsaw Correspondent

November 1st and 2nd have for centuries been celebrated by Catholics world-wide, and
Poland (together with some Romance-language nations) has observed it with particular devotion. The custom came over to America with Polonia’s immigrant pioneers who celebrated the first two days of November, November 2nd being the holy day of obligation. In a sense, both feastdays have been set aside to honor those who have gone on to their eternal reward. All Saints Day is the day people pray to their officially canonized patron saints as well honoring all those unknown and unnamed souls who have gone to heaven. Since no mortals know what the fate of those who have ‚crossed over’ may be, All Souls’ Day (Zaduszki or Dzien Zaduszny) has been devoted to honoring one’s own dearly departed and praying to God to show mercy to the poor souls in purgatory.


Galeria Postcard

Artist’s Insightful New Work Inspired by Mentally Challenged Brother

Milford, Mich.October 27, 2008 – Sculptor Evelyn Bachorski-Bowman will exhibit her newest work in a show entitled “Insights” at The Galeria at The Orchard Lake Schools in Orchard Lake, Mich. From November 2 through November 30.  The show features ten new pieces and six selected works from Bachorski-Bowman’s portfolio.  It is the first time the new pieces will be shown.

The Galeria is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 until 5 p.m. or by appointment.  The address is Building 8 at the Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI 48324. The phone number is 248-683-0345.

Mentally challenged brother is inspiration for the newest pieces. Unlike her previous work, this series focuses less on the physical likeness, and more on the emotive portrait. Bachorski-Bowman’s newest series called “Portraits of a Soul” was inspired by her brother.  “He is special; mentally challenged,” said   Bachorski-Bowman’s “He is a remarkable individual, who has greatly impacted my life.  He is unable to converse, yet is full of emotions he is unable to express verbally.  He is an adult by years; an innocent, a child, by experience.  The new work is inspired by the raw emotions I’ve seen in him.”


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AT&T Announces New Service Line For Polish – Speakers in Midwest

AT&T Call Center Launches New Dedicated Polish-Language Line for Polish-Speakers in Midwestern U.S. Region.

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October 27, 2008 — As part of ongoing efforts to provide customers with services that are relevant and convenient to them, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a new service support line available to Polish-speakers throughout the Midwest region.

The new service line provides billing and technical support, and offers the ability to order AT&T products and services in the customers’ native language. AT&T’s Polish-speaking customers will be able to dial 1-800-417-1588 to access additional support services in-language, including U-Verse and AT&T Wireless.


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Halloween Charity Event on the River Celebrates 23rd Year

For 22 years the site of Chicago’s most unusual and well-attended annual Halloween Parties has been Golan Studios on the banks of the Chicago River just south of North Avenue. The looming array of gothic warehouses, soundstages, walled courtyards and odd nooks and crannies is perfectly suited for the sprawling haunted house owner Ari Golan creates each year with macabre intensity.

This year’s party, titled “Dark Fright,” comes alive Saturday, November 1 from 8 PM until “dawn,” at 1501 N. Magnolia, Chicago. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Adaptive Adventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families through outdoor sports & recreation. www.adaptiveadventures.org For those who have never attended this annual Halloween Event, here are the top 5 reasons to go:


Polonia w USA
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Polonia w Proszku

Amerykańska Polonia traci na znaczeniu. Ani Obama, ani McCain nie zabiegali o jej głosy przed nadchodzącymi wyborami.

Polonia w USAKiedy na początku października Polonia obchodziła 400. rocznicę przybycia Polaków do Ameryki (wsławili się m.in <http://m.in> . zorganizowaniem pierwszego strajku na kontynencie), żaden z kandydatów do objęcia władzy w Białym Domu: ani republikanin John McCain, ani demokrata Barack Obama, nie zaszczycił obchodów w historycznym Jamestown. Nie był to przypadek czy 0wynik napiętego kalendarza kampanii przedwyborczej: 9 milionów Amerykanów polskiego pochodzenia ma po prostu coraz mniej do powiedzenia.

Choć w USA stanowimy ósmą pod względem wielkości grupę etniczną, latem tego roku senator Obama ominął Polskę szerokim łukiem podczas światowego tournée (mimo że syn prof. Zbigniewa Brzezińskiego, Mark, jest jednym z jego doradców). Najwidoczniej sztab ekspertów doradzający Obamie po analizie baz danych uznał, że wizyta w kolebce Solidarności nie przysporzy demokracie zbyt wielu głosów, bo Polonia jest grupą o słabnącym znaczeniu: nawet okręg wyborczy obejmujący bastion polskości, czyli chicagowskie Jackowo, reprezentuje kongresmen Rahm Emanuel, polityk pochodzenia żydowskiego.


Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire Announces 2008 Year – End Awards Recipients

Busch Earns Fire MVP while Soumare, Rolfe, and Gutierrez are also honored

Chicago FireBRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2008) – Chicago Fire Soccer is proud to announce the 2008 Chicago Fire year-end awards for Fire Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Golden Boot, the USSF Humanitarian of the Year.

2008 Chicago Fire Most Valuable Player: Jon Busch

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch is the only Fire player to start and play 90 min. in every MLS match this season.  Through his 2700 minutes, Busch posted the best saves percentage in the league (78.2) after making 122 saves on 156 shots faced.  With 10 shutouts, Busch tied for most shutouts in the league, while also tying a Fire single season shutout record shared with Matt Pickens for his 10 shutouts in 2007.   On Oct. 18, Busch saved a 17th minute penalty kick attempt at Toronto and for the first time in team history, the Fire did not concede a single penalty kick in regular season play. The Fire goalkeeper posted the second lowest goals-against average (1.1) in the league, and in team history with just 33 goals scored in 30 games.  


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Polish Army Major Receives Army Commendation Medal

Polish Army
Polish army Maj. Tomasz Semeniuk, resident of
Wroclaw, Poland, receives an Army Commendation Medal from U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William D. Frink, Jr., commander of the 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on Oct. 25, 2008.


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Fall Festival at Sonny Acres Farm

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During the month of October the celebration of harvest time spreads over a large area of Sonny Acres. Decorated with mountainous piles of pumpkins, visitors to the farm will discover a farm market, spook house, costume shoppe and all sorts of Halloween displays and attractions scattered about.

A visit to the harvest barn will find a wide assortment of gourds, squashes, Indian corn and other farm stand items unique to the fall season. Apple lovers will be delighted to find crispy Wisconsin and Michigan apples in their favorite varieties. Upstairs in the barn loft visitors will discover a dazzling display of Halloween, harvest time, and Thanksgiving decorations.