Thursday, May 24, 2012


BESA - Historic Photographic Exhibit - Opening Event - June 10 Sunday

Posted by: "lbazas"   lbazas

Wed May 23, 2012 4:36 pm (PDT)

The opening event for the BESA Exhibit will take place Sunday June 10 at 3pm Suffolk University Law School.

The honored guest speaker will be Ms Johanna Gerechter Neumann who was sheltered with her family in an Albanian home during World War II. Ms Neumann has made it her mission to tell audiences throughout Europe and the U.S. about the heroic efforts of Albanians to save Jews from the Holocaust.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to hear an inspiring, dynamic speaker, view the Besa Exhibit, an historic photographic exhibit of Albanians who saved Jews during World War II, and enjoy a delicious Albanian buffet prepared by Yada Yada Cafe and Bagel Bin Deli.

Please invite your friends. We want as many people as possible to be informed of this untold story of Albanian history.

For more information about Albanians Who Saved Jews visit and please "like" -

Sponsored by the Albanian American Law Students Association in partnership with the Albanian American Law Society.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Help The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank
Help feed the hungry. Contact your State Senator for an additional $2,500,000 in funding for Massachusetts.
Last week the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed to level fund the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) core food line item at $11.5 million and its administrative line item at $1 million in FY13.

The combined funding for the line items which provide food to 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters across the Commonwealth is $500,000 less than the House budget.  Senator Hart and Senator Downing filed an amendment to increase funding for the MEFAP foods to $14 million.  Please ask your MA State Senator to support their amendment  (#158 Section 2 2511-0105) today.   Locate your state senator here.

Urge your MA State Senator to support Senate Amendment #158 (Section 2 2511-0105) to increase funding for MEFAP foods before Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Use these talking points to support your request:
  • In recent years, the number of people using emergency food assistance in eastern Massachusetts has increased by 23 percent, yet funding for MEFAP has remained flat.
  • Level funding combined with increased food costs reduces the amount of food that can be purchased using MEFAP funds - resulting in one million fewer meals distributed to those in need in 2012 alone.
  • MEFAP is a reliable source of food such as meat, eggs, milk, and fresh produce for vulnerable populations including seniors and children.
  • In addition, MEFAP dollars go back into the Massachusetts economy - supporting local growers and manufacturers.
More than 800,000 people across Massachusetts utilize the state's emergency food assistance network. The additional funding will help the food banks provide more nutritious food to those who need it most.

Thank you for your support! Want to help spread the word? Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
The Greater Boston Food Bank 70 South Bay Ave. Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 427-5200  |  Email:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Albanian American Success Stories !!

Please find attached, a formal press release, that is going out to all Albanian American Community organizations, Albanian American media and diplomatic missions, regarding Albanian American Success Stories.  We ask that you forward this email to your contacts and help us to identify Albanian American Success Stories to include in this book.

Albanian American Success Stories
Albanian Media Group • Fadil Berisha Studio• KAEF


NEW YORK, New York, May 14, 2012 We are pleased to announce the launch of a new project Albanian American Success Stories, a collaboration between the Albanian Media Group, Fadil Berisha Studio, and American Councils for International Education’s Kosovo American Education Fund. The Albanian American Success Stories project showcases the successes of individuals in the Albanian-American community through various multi-media channels, highlighting the contributions they have made in business, politics, science, education, the arts, etc.  Individuals and their accomplishments will be presented in a full-color book, videotaped interviews on the website, documentary and an annual awards gala to be held in January, 2013 honoring the participants in the project.

Vera Mjeku
Executive Director

Monday, May 14, 2012

OBITUARY: WWII Vet Theodore J. Bittelari 1931-2012

Theodore J. Bittelari of Watertown, died on Wednesday May 9, 2012 after a long illness. Born in Watertown, MA at 46 Spring St, on March 22, 1931 and has lived there ever since. He was a retired Electrical Engineer for Fay, Spofford, & Thorndike of Burlington, MA. He served in the United States Air Force as an Airman 1st Class, serving four years and served in the Korean War for over one year. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal; the United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Medal; and the Korean Service Medal. He was the son of the late John T. and Christina (Lambert) Bittelari, the brother of Colonel Thomas J. Bittelari, of Framingham, MA, and the late William J. Bittelari, George J. Bittelari and sister Lillian (Bittelari) Pappas. He is survived by nephews and a niece John G. Bittelari of New Hampshire, Jeff Pappas of Groveland, MA, Mark Pappas of Cambridge, MA, Lisa Pappas of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Bryan Pappas of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and several grandnephews and a great grandnephew. He was a member of the Albanian-American War Veterans, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, The Watertown Elks, and the late Watertown Eagles. The Visiting Hours will be from 4p.m. to 8p.m. on Tuesday at the Nardone Funeral Home, 373 Main Street, Watertown, MA. Relatives & friends are kindly invited. Funeral Services will be at the Albanian-Orthodox Cathedral of St. George, 523 East Broadway, South Boston, MA, on Wednesday at 11a.m. Burial Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ted, may be made to the St. George Cathedral and/or the Salvation Army.