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Komunikaty~Announcements

May 3rd Polish Constitution Day Parade Grand Marshall Call for Nominations

The May 3rd Parade Committee announces that it will be accepting nominations for the Grand Marshall of the 2009 Parade.  Candidates should be of Polish descent and have rendered notable service to Polonia.

 

Nominations should be in writing and include the name of the nominee and a brief description of his/her accomplishments, as well as the name and contact information of the person or organization submitting the nomination.

 

Nominations will be accepted from organizations and individuals.  All nominations may be submitted in person at the general open parade meeting on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Alliance of Polish Clubs, 5835 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL. by mail or by fax to 773-745-7278. All candidates will be screened by a Nomination Committee which will choose two or three finalists.  Final voting for the Grand Marshall will be held at the general Parade meeting in March 2009.

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Komunikaty~Announcements

Illinois Veterans’ Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth Reminds Children of Combat Veterans About University of Illinois Scholarship

Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver available for up to six children per county – application deadline is March 1


CHICAGO
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director L. Tammy Duckworth is reminding the children of Illinois’ combat Veterans to take advantage of the 2009-2010 Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver at the University of Illinois.  Every year, up to six tuition waivers are available in each county throughout Illinois for the child of a Veteran from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  This year’s application deadline is March 1, 2009.

 

“Families across Illinois are facing financial difficulties and with the cost of a college tuition rising, it can be extremely difficult for Veterans and their families to afford college.  The University of Illinois’ waiver program is a great benefit for our Veterans’ children, and I want to encourage all children with a parent who is a combat Veteran, to apply for the scholarship,” said Director Duckworth.  “Every child deserves to have the opportunity to pursue a college education.”


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Komunikaty~Announcements

10TH POLISH CONSTITUTION DAY ART CONTEST

Organized by The Polish Museum of America

Sponsored by Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago

THEME:   Days of Triumph:  The 20th Anniversary of the Downfall of Communism in Poland; the 10th Anniversary of Poland’s Entry into NATO and the 5th Anniversary of Poland’s Admission to the European Union.

Create a picture presenting the positive changes in Poland during the last two decades.  You can show a person or an event. Please present positive achievements and successes.

Be creative.  Use many colors.  Use any medium you like. Since the winning artwork will be framed, the size must be 36 x 24 in. and it must be done on posterboard or heavy cardboard but not on canvas.

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Business News

BBB Warns: Your Facebook Friends Could Actually be Hackers, Scam Artists, and ID Thieves

Chicago, IL, January 22, 2009 – Social networking Web sites are a great way to find old classmates, stay connected with friends, or even make new friends. Unfortunately, hackers have learned how to use Web sites like Facebook in order to disseminate viruses or steal identities. The Better Business Bureau is offering advice on how consumers can protect themselves against hackers, scammers and ID thieves on social networking Web sites.
 
The popularity of social networking Web sites has grown immensely in the past few years. According to the blog Inside Facebook, Facebook has been growing daily and is approaching 150 million active users. As a result of the increase in popularity, scammers are seeing an opportunity to step in and ply their trade.
 
“Social networking is extremely popular because it allows us to connect and reconnect with people we know and trust,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Scammers know that they can take advantage of that trust by masquerading themselves as friends, family members and coworkers in order to easily disseminate viruses or steal personal information such as bank or credit card numbers.”

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Chicago

Sister Cities International Breakfast with Mayor Daley

Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mrs. Maggie Daley meet with members of the Chicago Sister Cities Board and Executive committee as well as special guests during an International Breakfast hosted by the Chicago Sister Cities International Program on Thursday, January 15, 2009 in downtown Chicago.


“Urban centers are where the greatest concentrations of people will be living during the 21st Century. We must make cultural connections and expand our working relationships with global partners so we can continue to collaborate for the long-term,” said Mayor Daley. “The future well-being of cities like Chicago depends to a large degree on how we plan for and deal with that global inter-connection.”


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Business News

W obronie sklepów z dopalaczami

Internauci krytykują organy państwa, które zaangażowały się w akcję przeciwko legalnie funkcjonującym sklepom z dopalaczami.


Kilka dni temu Urząd Kontroli Skarbowej przeprowadził nalot na sklepy zajmujące się sprzedażą tzw. dopalaczy.


W Zielonej Górze przed sklepem z dopalaczami stanie strażnik miejski, który będzie legitymował nastolatków wchodzących do sklepu.


A w Legnicy – sprzedaż dopalaczy narusza aż trzy obowiązujące w Polsce przepisy prawne. Nakazaliśmy wycofanie 22 produktów – mówi Romualda Dumańska, starszy specjalista z legnickiej delegatury Inspekcji Handlowej.


W Białymstoku oprócz urzędników skarbowych, na sklepy (legalnie działające sklepy sprzedające legalne produkty) ruszyły sanepid, straż miejska i policja.


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Stany Zjednoczone - USA

“Let Freedom Sing!” Symphony of a thousand on February 11 to honor Lincoln, unite community

SPRINGFIELD – Patriotic and inspirational music for the entire family will be featured at “Let Freedom Sing!” a musical extravaganza on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield.  The concert will be preceded by a Gospel Showcase beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This concert is free to the public and requires no ticket or advance reservations.

 

Under the direction of Maestra Karen Lynne Deal, music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the evening will feature the Lincoln Celebration Chorus, a group of more than 500 church and student singers assembled just for this event.  Also on the program will be the Springfield High School Band, the Sangamon Valley Youth and Community Orchestras, the Four Sopranos, Melanie Dennison, the Feitshans Academy Bell Choir, and the St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums.  In addition, WICS-TV’s Jerry Lambert, award winning TV journalist and producer Bill Kurtis, and Springfield’s own Abraham Lincoln – Fritz Klein – will narrate.  “This is the largest concert we have ever tried to organize, but we are hopeful that if we build it, they will come – and coming they are!” said Deal.


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Stany Zjednoczone - USA

Comprehensive Energy Program

Letter to the Editor:

Congress and the Administration are touting alternative energy sources to replace power production derived from foreign oil.  They want to generate 10% to 20% of the U.S. energy needs from alternative sources.

 

Most of the alternative energy would have to be generated from wind power systems.

If we assume 10% of the U.S. energy requirements consists of 100,000 megawatts, and each wind turbine produces approximately 2 to 3 megawatts, it will take about 40,000 wind turbines to produce the 100,000 megawatts.

           

The siting of 40,000 wind turbines around the country could be a monumental task since an average wind speed of about 12mph is needed to efficiently operate a wind turbine.  Hilltops, mountains, canyons and some coastlines are candidate locations for the wind machines, but these locations pose logistical, noise and aesthetic obstacles.  The generation of power from the wind turbines is dependent on weather conditions, and we all know how unpredictable and varied the weather can be.  Furthermore, we would need an electrical grid system spread out around the country to tie in the wind turbines to the national grid.

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Polska - Poland

Andrzej Czuma ministrem sprawiedliwości

Prezydent Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Lech Kaczyński na wniosek Prezesa Rady Ministrów, powołał z dniem 23 stycznia 2009 r. Andrzeja Czumę na stanowisko ministra sprawiedliwości. 

Andrzej Czuma zastąpił Zbigniewa Ćwiąkalskiego, który podał się do dymisji w związku z samobójstwem Roberta Pazika, jednego ze skazanych za porwanie i zabójstwo Krzysztofa Olewnika.

Była to już trzecia taka śmierć wśród skazanych za porwanie i zabójstwo Krzysztofa Olewnika.

Czuma jest obecnie posłem PO i szefem komisji śledczej ds. nacisków. W przeszłości był działaczem opozycji antykomunistycznej, więźniem politycznym, działaczem polonijnym. […]

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Zdrowie~Health

State health director urges consumers to be aware of recalled peanut butter products

Illinois reports six cases of salmonella matching the nationwide outbreak

 

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, is asking consumers to let store managers and their local health department know when they see items on grocery store, in vending machines, gas station or convenience stores shelves that have been recalled because of the nationwide Salmonella outbreak.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments across the state to check stores for recalled products, but the number of recalled items continues to grow and it can be difficult to keep pace.

 

The most recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of products being recalled in relation to the nationwide Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak can be found on the IDPH Web site.   Information from both the Minnesota and Connecticut state health departments, along with the results available from laboratory testing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiological analysis, have now led the FDA to confirm that the source of this outbreak is peanut butter and peanut paste produced by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Ga. processing plant.


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