More Hellenic Happenings from Coast-to-Coast

From TV star Angie Harmon to the Clearwater, Florida-based Little Greek restaurant, the National Herald provides community coverage.

LOS ANGELES – Greek-American actress ANGIE HARMON, who stars as police detective JANE RIZZOLI on the hit television series RIZZOLI & ISLES is in the midst of a successful sixth season on the TNT network, and the show was recently picked up for a seventh season next year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Harmon won the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS for favorite actress in a cable TV drama, and the show won the award for favorite drama. She married former NFL player JASON SEHORN in 2001; he proposed to her three years earlier when both were on THE TONIGHT SHOW, then hosted by JAY LENO.

Sirius/XM reported that Harmon said the main problem for the couple, who have three daughters, was that they were apart due to their professional lives about six months out of every year.

Earlier this summer, Harmon told Access Hollywood how lucky she is because the Rizzoli & Isles crew is very supportive of giving Harmon time to spend with her three girls – who live on the East Coast.


CLEARWATER, FL – The “Little Greek” is not so little anymore. The chain, known for it’s “fast-casual American-inflected Greek food,” as cltampa.com describes it, has opened a new location in Clearwater, on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, otherwise known as “the Causeway” that connects the City of Tampa to Clearwater, and heads further west to the coastline – known as Clearwater Beach.  The new restaurant, the 23rd of  chain that spans Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas, will celebrate its debut with special menu items from September 11 through 20. As the restaurant explains on its website, littlegreekrestaurant.com, it offers “a variety of tasty and affordable Greek menu items to suit any appetite. Each dish is lovingly made to order using fresh high quality ingredients and served with our warm and attentive customer care. Although Little Greek is best known for its amazing Greek salads and Gyros, we also have some of the best Greek desserts found anywhere! Be sure to visit your local Little Greek Restaurant for our fresh, flavorful and fabulous Greek cuisine.”

Some menu items are universal, such as the chicken and gyro pita combo, or particular to certain locales, such as the tilapia and tzatziki pita in Texas.


SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Salt Lake is marking its 40 year tradition with its annual GREEK FESTIVAL. The Salt lake tribune reported, “from the humble beginnings in the basement of HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL, to a sprawling fair that reaches across blocks of Downtown Salt Lake City, the Greek Festival is poised to ring in its anniversary with thousands who make the event an annual tradition.” Parish Council President ALICIA MARES said “The Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake is delighted to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Salt Lake Greek Festival. Our annual event gives us the opportunity to share our deep rooted culture with the great people of Salt Lake City and beyond,” the Tribune reported. The festival’s hallmarks — delectable food and entertainment — continue this year with a barrage of Greek traditions that have become Salt Lake City staples. The festival will be held Sept. 11-13 at 279 S. 300 W. and begins at 11AM, and stays open until 11P. Friday and Saturday, and 8PM Sunday.





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BALTIMORE – Determined to mount a serious election campaign, with a focus on social issues emphasizing public education, first generation Greek-American educator Sia Kyriakakos spoke to The National Herald about her great endeavor.

NICOSIA - With Turkey already hunting for energy in parts of Cyprus’ offshore Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) it doesn’t recognize, the Greek-Cypriot government said Turkey didn’t have the right to allow a university research boat to conduct research in those waters.

ATHENS - A move by the ruling New Democracy government to allow private colleges in Greece has drawn interest from 10 top international schools, Education Minister Kyriakos Pierrarakakis said ahead of a vote in Parliament.

ATHENS - While there’s been an easing of tensions between the countries, Turkey said that Greece’s positioning of troops on some Aegean islands near Turkey’s coast violates peace treaties and said their sovereignty could be challenged.