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DECEMBER 2018
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ACROSS THE GLOBE

LIBERALS KEEP CONTROL IN BIG CITIES. Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) won the most seats (254) in the country’s 16 regional assemblies, while the opposition liberal Citizens Coalition obtained 194 and the rural-based Polish People’s Party – only 70.

Law and Justice appeals to those in poor and rural communities where its generous social policies, anti-immigrant sentiment, skepticism of the European Union, and message of national pride steeped in conservative values resonate most. Its lost ground in the more liberal, pro-European electorate, major cities including Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Lodz, and other in urban areas.

Commentators say the difference will be reflected in next year’s parliamentary elections.

TO COMPLY WITH EU COURT ORDER. Poland’s Conservative government has indicated it will comply with a European Union’s Court of Justice (ECJ) order to suspend the forced retirement of Supreme Court judges at age 65. That was part of a reform designed to rid Poland’s courts of communist-era judges, some of whom had sent Solidarity activists to prison under the Soviet-backed regime. By failing to comply with the ruling, Warsaw could run the risk of losing its vote in the EU and seeing its financial aid slashed.

MASSIVE MILITARY DRILLS HELD. Large-scale military drills involving thousands of troops got underway in Poland in November. The Anakonda-18 drills are the largest military exercises in the country this year, bringing together troops from Poland and nine other NATO member states. Soldiers are practicing defense tasks, such as recognition of and response to hybrid threats, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency has reported.

About 12,500 troops are training across Poland. Another 5,000 are conducting drills in neighboring Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

The Anakonda exercises are held every two years. This year’s drills will run until December 6.

WINKOWSKI IS TOP BRITISH YOUNG CHEF. Kuba Winkowski, head chef at the Fathered Nest Inn in south-central England’s Cotswold district, has been named Britain’s “Young Chef of the Year.” After receiving a financial-management degree in Poland, he went to England to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a chef.

“The main reason I wanted to become a chef was a love for food and eating,” said Winkowski, who did internships at Buckingham Palace and the British Embassy in Paris.

COMPENSATION DUE. Workers, including Poles, who cleared rubble following the 9/11 terrorist stack on America were not informed about the health risks involved, Polish news site onet.pl reported. Working in the toxic environment caused cancer as well as gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. Workers who contracted cancer may be entitled to up to $250,000 while others could receive up to $90,000 in compensation, the portal said, adding that further compensation could be paid out if they were unable to work as a result of their illness.

Thousands of Poles have already been compensated, but American lawyers are searching for others who may be unaware that they are entitled to compensation.

 AMBASSADOR OPPOSES VISA REQUIREMENT. Georgette Mosbacher, America’s ambassador to Warsaw, told news portal onet.pl making visa-free U.S. travel possible for Poles was one of her priorities as ambassador. But Mosbacher was expressing her own private opinion which has no bearing on the existing visa requirement. To qualify, a country’s visa application refusal rate would have to fall below America’s 3% threshold, a U.S. consul said earlier this year. According to the U.S. State Department, American consulates in Warsaw and Krakw last year rejected 5.9% of visa applications submitted by Poles, while in 2016 they rejected a record-low 5.37%.

AMERICAN POLONIA AT A GLANCE

FLORIDA

TAMPA BAY — American Institute of Polish Culture in Tampa Bay is celebrating Mikołajki / St. Nicholas Day, Thur., Dec. 6, 2018, 6:30-10:00 p.m. at Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 5th Avenue South, St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $40 each, which includes two drinks and Polish tastings of Kozuba’s premium craft spirits (vodka, whiskey, cordials) wine, beer, or water.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.aipctampabay.org.

NEW YORK

NEW YORK — Applications for the Kosciuszko Foundation Teaching English in Poland 2019 are now available.

Developed and conducted by The Kosciuszko Foundation since 1991, the Teaching English in Poland Program offers a truly unique and mutually beneficial educational opportunity for its Polish and American participants. Its purpose is to provide Polish students (upper elementary through high school) with instruction and practice in conversational English within an American cultural context at summer camps throughout Poland. The program also enables numerous American teachers and students the opportunity to become acquainted with the people, history, language, culture, and educational system of Poland.

Application deadline is February 1, 2019,

2019 Camp Sites include: Arts Enriched English Language Camp in Załęcze Wielkie; English Language-American Culture Camp in Krakw (elementary); Krynica Zdrj; Mińsk Mazowiecki; Załęcze Wielkie; Olsztynek

All applicants must be energetic, responsible, flexible, courteous, and have good health.

Polish ancestry and knowledge of the Polish language are not prerequisites.

For more information, visit www.theKF.org.

PENNSYLVANIA

READING — Thurs., Dec. 6. Christmas with Alex Meixner, Liederkranz, 143 Spook Ln. 5:00-10:00 p.m. Price includes buffet and show. Info (610) 373-3982.

PHILADELPHIA — Sat., Dec. 8. Polish Christmas Open House, Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut St. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Snacks, refreshments; magic show at 12:15 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. visit by Sw. Mikolaj and singing of koledy. Everyone is invited. Free Admission. Info call (215) 922-1700.

MANAYUNK — Sun., Dec. 9. Polish American Heritage Association of Manayunk-Roxborough Traditional Wigilia Dinner, St. Josaphat Church Hall, 124 Cotton St. 3:00 p.m.; doors open 2:00 p.m. Info call Helen Cyzio (215) 482-3040.

ERIE — The Alliance College Alumni Association, through its 501(c)(3) Foundation (ACAAF), is honored to announce the selection of Ray Kman as the recipient of its annual $1,500 scholarship.

A freshman attending University of Notre Dame, Kman is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in electrical engineering.

Kman has joined numerous clubs and is already an active member in the First Year Engineering Council, responsible for planning various events for his fellow Notre Dame engineers.

A native of Richfield, Ohio, Kman continues to pursue his interests of hydroponics and sustainability by staying involved with the local community through various workshops.

Post-graduation, he plans to pursue a career within the field of engineering and continue his education in order to earn an MBA.

Kman is the son of Edward and Namie, and has an incredible family history with the college. His great grandfather, grandfather and two great uncles are all Alliance College graduates.

To learn more about the Alliance Alumni Foundation, contact Richard Day, ACAAF President, at (330) 858-3712; email [email protected].

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Polish American Arts Association of Washington invites all to the Annual Wigilia, Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at The Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW.

In addition to a traditional Christmas Eve dinner and the sharing of opłatek with friends and family, an artistic program will be held with kolędy singing with performances by David Cook, tenor; Alvin Smithson, piano; and Stasia and Olek Skrypczuk, vocals and violin.

For information, visit www.paaa.us; email [email protected], or call (703) 356-5198.

The Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington invites you to be a part of its Annual Dinner & Dance Gala, Sat., Dec. 1, 7:00-11:00 p.m. The evening will be a tribute to the “100th Anniversary of Poland Regaining its Independence” and will honor actress Loretta Swit with music, dances and accessories from the 1920s.

Swit is the recipient of the 2018 Kosciuszko Foundation “Pioneer” award. A well-known American actress of Polish descent, equally versatile at comedy and drama, Swit is best known for her portrayal of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on M*A*S*H* (1972), for which she won two Emmy Awards. Swit was nominated for four Golden Globes, is a winner of 1980 and 1982 Primetime Emmy Awards, 1983 People’s Choice Award, 1991 Sarah Siddons Award, and 2009 Impact Award.

The event will be held at The State Room at The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. Tickets are $185.00 per person. R.S.V.P. (202) 785 2320 or email: [email protected].

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation will present “Koledy - Christmas Celebration,” Sun., Dec. 16, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All are invited to join to sing together favorite Polish and English carols and to share a traditional Polish Christmas meal. Tickets are $20 for KF members, $25 general admission.

To R.S.V.P., contact [email protected] or call Basia at (202) 785-2320..

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