x

Politics

A Historic Walk Down Greek-American Lane in Lowell

LOWELL, MA –  Former Massachusetts State Senator Steve Panagiotakos, on a recent walk in the old Greek-American neighborhood of Acre in Lowell, and told the story of the vibrant life his fellow Greeks brought to the area, the Lowell Sun reported.

The tour reflected on a past gone by, most of the old buildings now gone for nearly a century, the Sun reported, even as the memories remain and Panagiotakos brings them to life.

“You would hear a foreign language, see foreign lettering and women dressed in black,” the former senator said, the Sun reported.

As the Sun wrote, “during a brief stop at Ymittos Candles on Dutton Street, proprietor Daniella Papanastassiou poked her head out the door to greet the walkers and tell the story of her company, which was founded in 1910 and continues to produce candles the old-fashioned way — without automated machinery. A large part of her business is supplying candles to churches throughout the country, and it requires labor-intensive work on candles of varying sizes and differing liturgical purposes.”

The tour culminated with a visit to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which is over a hundred years old. At that point, Panagiotakos explained the history of why there were once four Greek churches within a short promixity:  “Political and religious divisions in Greece spread to the streets of Lowell,” he said, the Sun reported, because of a divided following, of the patriarch of Constantinople or the one of Athens, and which calendar – Julian or Gregorian – to follow.
The divisions were followed “with lawsuits and pistol shots,” said Panagiotakos with a sly wink, the Sun wrote.

RELATED

An ethnic Greek jailed in Albania after being elected Mayor of the seaside town of Himare said Prime Minister Edi Rama is behind it and controls the courts who sentenced him over the protests of Greece.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

In one New York Congressional district, Orthodox Christians, Hellenes, and all those who love justice and religious freedom have a rare opportunity next Tuesday, June 25 to strike a blow for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and against Turkey’s illegal military occupation of Cyprus.

The 4th of July barbecue is a staple of the holiday as much as the annual Macy’s Fireworks display.

Since day one, our administration has had a clear mission, protect public safety, rebuild our economy, and make our city more livable for hard-working New Yorkers.

WASHINGTON  — Donald Trump told a group of evangelicals they “cannot afford to sit on the sidelines” of the 2024 election, imploring them at one point to “go and vote, Christians, please!" Trump also endorsed displaying the Ten Commandments in schools and elsewhere while speaking to a group of politically influential evangelical Christians in Washington on Saturday.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.