Friday, April 29, 2011

Free tour of Boston's Franklin Park

Albanian newcomers to Boston and others can enjoy a wonderful opportunity to make an free, organized tour of Boston's famous Franklin Park located in Dorchester. Check out the information below, and make every effort to attend especially with youngsters who will find it delightful and memorable!!


Saturday, May 14, 2011 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Time Traveling Through Franklin Park - History Tour 2

Join Franklin Park Coalition, Historic New England, and Julie Arrison for the second in a series of three park history tours. Learn about architectural features and anecdotes from the park's history as well as fascinating new information about this public space. This tour covers one of the most scenic locales in the park known as Schoolmaster, which features breathtaking views that stretch from the golf course hills and dales to the Blue Hills.

location: One Circuit Drive, Franklin Park, William Devine Golf Club House, Boston
phone: (617) 442-4141
cost: free

funded by Mass Humanities grant program

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kosovar student seeks financial help

Here's another request from a Kosovar student for financial help studying in the USA. Any ideas or suggestions for this chap?



I'm Kreshnik Deliu, a student from Kosovo, currently studying in secondary education in Wisconsin, USA. I recently had the chance to learn more about the activities that your organization does, therefore I wanted to contact you for more Info.

As mentioned above I am a student from Kosovo, ethnic Albanian, studying with a scholarship from US State Department. As a senior, I am planning to continue my education in USA through college. I have already been accepted and got an academic scholarship at St. Norbert College, WI and UW-Superior with a scholarship too.

Being an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, I was interested to learn more and maybe receive any financial if applicable for me. It there is any chance i have numerous document that prove that I deserve any financial help, starting from my academic transcript to the family annual income documentation.

I look forward hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,
Kreshnik Deliub

Saint George Cathedral: Slide show about Albania

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION: "The Changing Face of Albania" by John Joseph.

Saint George Cathedral is pleased to sponsor a presentation on May 1, 2011: the Sunday of St George and St. Thomas. A fascinating power-point event of photos and dialogue. See how Albania is changing by taking this photographic journey from Tirana to Berat, Vlora, the coastline of Saranda and on to the mountains to Korce. The presentation will be held following the 10 AM liturgy in the Cathedral's Fellowship Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Come celebrate our Cathedral's Nameday and enjoy this unique event.
We ask that you consider making a freewill donation to benefit the children's Home of Hope (in Durres.

Information will be given at the presentation.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

URGENT! Albanian volunteers needed to help elderly in Roslindale

Dear Frosina,

May is Older Americans Month and SeniorPalooza, a month-long series of events for seniors, is Roslindale's way of celebrating! We are in need of Albanian-speaking volunteers to assist at our upcoming Albanian International Labour Day Celebration.

The details:
Albanian International Labour Day Celebration
Monday, May 2, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Arbri Cafe, 146 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale

This event will feature music, food and resources for Albanian elders. It is pivotal that we have Albanian-speaking volunteers on hand to help us translate to make certain elders understand the resources available to them.

To sign-up to volunteer or for questions please contact, Alex Freeman, Volunteer Services Program Manager, at 617-522-6700 x 323 or

Alex Freeman
Volunteer Services Program Manager
Ethos l 555 Amory Street l Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-2672
617-522-6700 ext. 323 (main line) l 617-259-5330 (cell) l
"care. compassion. community."

More about our pilot initiative, AgeWell West Roxbury


Albania on display at Boston City Hall !!

Here's a unique and wonderful opportunity for everyone to to learn something about Albania's history, and culture including its folk music, dancing, and food!

Be there!



Mayor Thomas M. Menino, The Office of New Bostonians and The Culture Awareness Committe will Present Albania to the City of Boston on April 28th, 2011 at 12:30 PM in the Piemonte Room, 5th Floor at Boston City Hall.

Please come and join us in Celebrating Albanian Culture, Food, Dance, Art Work and Clothing with the City of Boston.

12:20 - 12:30 Visual Journey to Albania

12:30 - 12:45 Opening remarks by Armando Silva &

Introduction of Cheng Imm Tan , Director MONB

12:45 - 12:55 Remarks by Hon. Consul General
Stephan Kochi

12:55 - 1:05 Traditional Albanian Dance

Bashkimi Dance “Dance of Godoleshit”

1:05 - 1:20 Brief History of Albania

Beralda Kokoshi

1:20 -1:30
Singer Johnny Athanas “Various Songs”

1:30 - 1:40 Brief History of Albanians in Boston

Rev. Father Arthur Liolin

1:45 Serving Albanian Traditional Food

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Albanian lady seeks position in hospital or medical facilty

Lately, I've been receiving several requests for assistance to Albanians that I've already posted to the Frosina Blog at and also forwarded to MASS BESA at

Just below is an appeal I received today for help for an Albanian woman seeking a position at a hospital or medical facility. Can anyone out there provide leads or suggestions for this qualified Albanian lady??


My name is Bruce Eckman and I am contacting you for some guidance for an individual I met last week. I am a mentor with SCORE Boston. SCORE is a non-profit group who's mission is to help, assist, provide direction to either start up companies or companies that require help in a specific area.

A woman of Albanian descent met with me last week to discuss a start up business but I suggested that given her lack of financial resources and other mitigating factors she would be best served utilizing her skills for an employer.

She has received a certification in medical terminology and medical transcription but is having a difficult time even landing an interview. Her ability to speak both English and Albanian combined with some fluency in two other languages would make her an ideal candidate for a hospital or medical facility that has a significant client base of
Albanian speaking people.

Any advice or any suggestions you may have will be greatly appreciated. I will pass on to her anything of value you can provide.

Bruce Eckman

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2 UMass Kosovar students seek host families

Here's a great opportunity for the Boston Albanian community - including Kosovars - to host 2 students coming from Kosova to study at UMass Boston. Who can help?


Dear Mr. Van Cristo,

Genti Rapi, head of the Albanian Students Association at the University of Massachusetts Boston thought you might be interested in a project we are sponsoring to bring two students (one Albanian and one Serbian) to UMass from Mitrovice/Kosovska Mitrovica. Both students, Ardiana Osmani from the south, and Milos Golubovic from the north, plan to matriculate as undergraduates in fall 2011. Ardiana will likely begin her studies here with ESL classes. We are looking for host families for both, to whom we will be able to provide a monthly stipend, and I hope you might have suggestions for contacts who might be interested in hosting these two and in supporting their stay here.

A little about the background:

One year ago, from 24 to 28 May 2010, the Forum for Cities in Transition (FCT) welcomed representatives from ten cities from four continents to a working week in the city of Mitrovice/Kosovska Mitrovica. The opening panel included distinguished guests from Belgrade, Serbia and Pristina, Kosovo, who do not often meet in public, and Padraig O’Malley of University of Massachusetts Boston. The delegates discussed the challenges and successes of municipal administrations in cities in transition from conflict. They spoke of how their municipal services function and how to improve them, including issues such as housing, business development, water and electricity, citizens’ engagement, and policing, and they were facilitated by experts from all over the world.

Delegates experienced life in Mitrovice/Kosovska Mitrovica and visited projects and sites where citizens had come together to overcome difficulties in their everyday lives. They stayed in hotels both north and south of the River Iber/Ibar, and they ate and socialized throughout the city. The program included visits to high schools in Mitrovice/Kosovska Mitrovica, a picnic along the banks of the river, a talent contest of young people, and many other events.

Conference delegates were guided through the week by a team of international and local volunteers. Ardiana and Milos, the two students we plan to bring to the University of Massachusetts Boston, each headed up a group of student volunteers, one from south of the Iber/Ibar, the other from the north. The students, who were at first wary of one another, were key to the success of the effort launched in Mitrovice/Kosovska Mitrovica in May 2010, and by the end of the conference they had become good friends.

The FCT was established in Boston in April 2009 by representatives from Kirkuk, Nicosia, Derry/Londonderry, and Mitrovice/Kosovska Mitrovica at a conference hosted by Padraig O’Malley, Moakley Professor of Peace and Reconciliation and by the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. The next FCT will take place in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in May 2011.

The McCormack Graduate School is raising funds to pay for tuition and fees, but we are also getting in touch with the local Serbian and Albanian community to help the students secure room and board, books, and find a helpful social network here in Boston.

I hope this description does the project justice. And I hope it might be of interest to you and that we might talk further at your convenience.

With best wishes,

Patrricia Peterson
McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

PS more information about the FCT is available at

Kosovar student seeks summer employment

I received this request from a person seeking summer employment for a young Kosovar student who will be able to come to Boston or elsewhere in America if he can find summer employment. Details for the program that will permit him to do so are given below so I hope some visitors to the Frosina Blog can help out.


Good morning Mr. Christo,

I found your contact information while researching Boston-area businesses connected to Albanians. I am assisting in the job-search for a close friend of mine, Sabahet Meta. He is young man from Prishtina studying English in University, who is looking to travel from Kosovo to the United States for the summer. With a student work visa program they have established, if Sabahet can procure a summer job and provide proof of employment, the program sponsors his visa and gives him an opportunity to travel beyond the Balkans for the first time.

He is English-fluent and a friendly, reliable, outgoing person who loves travel and meeting new people. If you have any opportunities for summer work or know of any other businesses that might be able to offer work, we would very much appreciate it. I would be happy to talk with you on the phone or in person, and provide his contact information.

Thank you in advance for any assistance that you can offer,

Laura Rushfeldt

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Boston City Hall Presents ALBANIA

Posted by: "Nerejda Vlladesi" nerejda.vlladesi

Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:58 am (PDT)

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, The Office of New Bostonians and The Culture Awareness Committe will Present Albania to the City of Boston on April 28th, 2011 at 12:30 PM in the Piemonte Room, 5th Floor at Boston City Hall.
Please come and join us in Celebrating Albanian Culture, Food, Dance, Art Work and Clothing to the City of Boston.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Useful Tips for Child Behavior

I read the following tips for child behavior in The Boston Globe and was impressed by them so I thought I'd pass them along. Is there, perchance, someone out there who can translate them into Albanian?
Van Christo

For Children

1. Children should understand at an early age the importance of eye contact, a firm handshake, and gracious greetings.
2. Children should practice deference and respect for all grown-ups.
3. Children who practice kindness and gratitude at home will find social situations at school and elsewhere instinctively easier.
4. Giving and receiving compliments sincerely builds self-esteem.
5. "Please" and "thank you" are more than magic words. The former acknowledges not everything in the world belongs to you; the latter affirms that what you have is a consequence of a connection to others.

Source: "Beyond the Salad Fork", Liza Weisstuch, The Boston Globe, G, p.13, 4.2.11