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Believing in the Evil Eye is to Recognize the Hidden Harm of Praise

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BELIEVING IN THE EVIL EYE IS TO RECOGNIZE THE HIDDEN HARM OF PRAISE By Katherine Kizilos The Age
Published in The National Herald, June 3, 2006  
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I am excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 
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You do not expect to see a display of metaphysics in your local milk bar, but I think that's what I witnessed when I watched a man curse a woman who carelessly leaned across him while pointing to an item in the dairy counter. The woman looked sad and preoccupied, and when she bumped against the man, she apologized. He responded with a deliberate, softly spoken curse. 
The woman drew herself up and looked down at the man. He was a small man. "What did you say?" she asked, not raising her voice. 
"You heard," he replied. 
What happened next is hard to describe. She continued to look at the man, but he couldn't hold…

Tracing the Facts about Greek Immigration

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TRACING THE FACTS ABOUT GREEK IMMIGRATION By Stratos Boudouridis Special to The National Herald
Published in The National Herald, March 4, 2006  
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I am excited to announce that The National Herald has given Hellenic Genealogy Geek the right to reprint articles that may be of interest to our group. 
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NEW YORK - President Lyndon Johnson's immigration legislation reforms in 1965 played a very important role in the life and development of all immigrant communities in the United States. By extension, the Greek American community was no exception. 
According to relevant prior laws, Northern Europeans had priority over residents from other countries. The same legislation, which was created in 1920, limited the immigration of residents from many countries in Latin America. It is estimated that, until the Johnson immigration law reforms, 90 percent of U.S. immigrants emanated from Europe. 
The immigration reforms adopted in 1965 opened Ame…

1871 - Village of KALYVIA, Municipality of Karyoupoleos, Region of Gythio, Greece - FREE Translation of 1871 General Election List

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The digital collections of the Greek State Archives offer a wealth of information to those of us interested in Greek genealogy.  As part of their online collection is the "Election Material From the Collection of Vlachoyiannis" .  This includes "General Election Lists" for each Municipality; recorded by community (city, village, settlement, etc.).
You can view a scanned copy of each list, printed in the Greek language.  This is a GREAT resource, but very difficult to navigate for those who do not read Greek.  Each row includes:  Line # -  Given Name, Surname - Father's Name -  Age - Occupation.
I have translated these pages and made them available in both Greek and English, doing my best to transcribe the information accurately.  I would always recommend viewing the original scanned copies (link below). 
- To the best of my knowledge, these lists include all Males who were eligible to vote in the elections.  
- Names are in alphabetical order by Given name (First n…

IN THE NEWS - 1904 - The Greek Confectioners Chicago the Mecca of the Candy Business

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Greek Star -- April 01, 1904 The Greek Confectioners Chicago the Mecca of the Candy Business
p. 2- Practically every busy corner in Chicago is occupied by a Greek candy store. Their perfect cleanliness and their elaborate method of making pure and delicious candies have made the Greeks the predominant factor in that line of business. An impartial investigation reveals the indisputable fact that the Greeks are the fathers of the present candy industry. What kind of candy store did we have here before the Greeks began to monopolize the trade? Where was candy sold, and what kind of candy? Old-timers know and remember where it was sold, and what kind of candy it was before the Greeks developed and expanded the manufacture and sale of confectionery. The Greek confectioners are Chicago's pride, and Chicago is the pride of two thirds of the country. Chicago, not New York, has the credit of being the city of candy-makers. Seventy per cent of the Greek candy-merchants in America were originall…

Obituaries - PATSIOS, DEMETROPOLOS, DEOMES, FROUSTIS, JAVARAS nee KATSIVELAS, KALOGERAS, KOUTSOUKOS, METALIOS, MICHAS, MILTIADES, MONOCRUSOS, PROUSIS nee HARRIS, SPEROS - The National Herald, March, 25, 2006

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The following obituaries and articles were published in the March 25, 2006 issue of The National Herald, with their kind permission I am providing them as a possible tool for Hellenic genealogy research.

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George Patsios, Head of Local YMCA and “Godfather” of Hamilton, Ontario’s Greek Community, dies at 69

By Daniel Nolan, The Hamilton Spectator

HAMILTON, Ont. - If ever there was a man who tried to live life to the fullest, it was George Patsios. 

The Greek immigrant - called by some the "godfather" of Hamilton's Greek community - didn't hesitate to take on a task and worked on two continents, including stints as head of the Downtown Hamilton YMCA and general manager of the former Cable 4 (now Cable 14). 

At one point, in the summer of 1974, while working in Greece as director of a summer camp, he risked being drafted into the Greek army when the country almost went to war with Turkey over the future of Cyprus. But the Greek Government (a military dictatorship the…