December 24, 1986
I was misquoted in staff writer John Corr's Dec. 18 article, "To Joe Z being Polish is more than ethnicity. " At no time did I say that the "Z" in Zazyczny could also stand for zippy. The effort to save the Kosciuszko house went on from the late 1960s through the 1970s with the financial help of Edward Piszek and under the leadership of Henry Wyszynski, then president of the Polish American Congress in eastern Pennsylvania. The Polish American Congress and its more than 100 member organizations, along with chapters and divisions across the nation, joined to help establish the Kosciuszko house as a national memorial.
March 8, 1988 |
Over opposition by the Goode administration and one Republican Councilman, a City Council committee yesterday approved $350,000 to help a Polish-American group meet its mortgage on an Old City office building and begin building a museum on its first floor. The group, the Polish American Cultural Center, purchased the building last year with a $2.1 million city-backed loan, which representatives of the group said they would repay through private fund-raising efforts. However, Michael Blichasz, the center's president, said that shortly after the loan was approved, members of the city Polish community argued that he should try to seek more government funds to retire it, rather than rely on donations.
October 3, 1988 |
If there's one thing Stephanie Zawislak, Diane Hlywiak and Aimee Zakrzewski like, it's their seventh grade teachers at the St. Josaphat's Parish School in Manayunk. "All of them know exactly how to pronounce our last names - even on the first day of school," Hlywiak said. That's just one of the advantages of attending a school founded for students of Polish ancestry. The other advantage, of course, is the annual march in the Pulaski Day Parade in Philadelphia. The three 12-year-olds, along with dozens of their classmates, joined an estimated 20,000 other participants on a march from 18th Street and the Parkway to Independence Hall yesterday.
June 19, 2011
In 1902, Polish immigrant Stephan Nowaczyk began publishing Gwiazda (meaning "Star" in Polish), which would become one of the longest-running Polish American newspapers in Philadelphia. Nowaczyk was born in Poznan, Poland, in 1869 and immigrated to the United States with his family in the 1870s. They settled in Port Richmond, a predominantly Polish section of Philadelphia. Like his father, Nowaczyk was trained as a printer. He purchased secondhand printing equipment from his employer in 1902 to begin publishing Gwiazda from his home.
July 5, 1989 |
Danuta Walesa cradled a bouquet of red roses with her left hand and grasped small Polish and American flags in her right. A few yards away, Barbara Kulikoski, a Polish-American who had traveled from New York for yesterday's ceremony, poked a large Solidarity banner into the air. "She (Walesa) is the first lady of our country," Kulikoski said, as she observed the ceremony that capped four days of Freedom Festival activities. Danuta Walesa was accepting the city's first Philadelphia Freedom Medal for her husband, Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity labor movement in Poland.
June 11, 1996 |
Walter Szmid, who committed his life to Polish-American community work, died Thursday. He was 80 and lived in Port Richmond. After the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939, Szmid was instrumental in forming the Committee for Relief of Poland, dedicated to raising funds and supporting the Polish underground. That followed his involvement in 1938 helping to establish the General Orlicz-Dresher Chapter of the Sea League in America for young adult Polish immigrants who needed help to get adjusted in the United States.
August 16, 1988 |
Maryanna Struzinska Liszewski, 95, a leader in the city's Polish community who helped translate for immigrants, find scholarships for children, campaign for Polish-American politicians and honor the customs of her motherland, died Saturday at Germantown Hospital. Hard-working and independent, Mrs. Liszewski became a leader in the Polish community in the 1930s, when she took over as president of the Polish National Alliance, Lodge No. 2261, located near her Frankford home. During four decades of leadership, she also went on to become a regional director and a delegate to national conventions for the alliance, while also becoming active in the Polish American Congress and the Polish-American Citizen's League of Pennsylvania.
July 18, 1989 |
There's a "strong possibility" that Lech Walesa will visit Philadelphia sometime in November during the Polish labor leader's eight-day visit to the United States, a Polish-American leader said today. In addition to his trip to America, Walesa also may visit Moscow before the end of the year to meet Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, according to a Polish Solidarity leader. If Walesa does stop in Philadelphia, he will finally have the opportunity pick up the city's Freedom Medal that was presented to him in absentia in 1981 by former Mayor William Green.
September 7, 1989 |
Ed Jakubowicz's arms were sore from chopping the cabbage and stirring the 120 gallons of kapusta, or sauerkraut, he made during the first two days of the 28th Annual Polish American Festival. He took a break after filling his sixth 20-gallon crock with cabbage and salt and using a thick wooden mallet to crush the cabbage. "There's only one trick," said Jakubowicz, a second generation Polish American living in Levittown. "You have to get it mashed, so you break it up and let the juices out. Then you let the bacteria do the work and after two weeks you have the finished product.