The Greeks of New England and the National Herald have had a long and close relationship ever since the newspaper’s establishment a century ago.
There, in the shoe factories and textile mills of Lowell and other cities, thousands of new immigrants found work and then brought over their relatives and friends.
It was in Boston that they founded the first Greek newspaper in America, Neos Kosmos, -New World – published in 1892 by Constantine Fasoularides of Nisyros.
The National Herald developed close ties to the Greek communities there, put down roots and became part of their life. After the closing of Atlantis in 1973, the number of our subscribers increased significantly.
Of course, the presence of our tireless reporter Theodore Kalmoukos in the region over the decades has strengthened more than ever those ties.
I found myself there this past weekend, among the Greeks of Boston. Of course, it was not my first visit, but it was a trip I will never forget.
Not only because I received, on behalf of the newspaper, several important honors related to our 100th anniversary.
It was because of the love and appreciation from our many subscribers for our work, which has exceeded all expectations.
This is not the usual type of relationship a newspaper has with its readers. It is more like a family relationship, a relationship of friends who communicate daily through our paper ’s pages.
I thank our friends there, each one individually. They can be sure that their love and kind words accompanied me back to New York and strengthen my resolve to make them ever prouder of their newspaper.
I congratulate Vasilios Kafkas, the president and all the members of the Federation of Hellenic American Societies of New England for the work they do with such enthusiasm and above all, with purpose.
I was overjoyed to find that Boston ’s Greek community has not lowered the bar of Greek principles and matters of national concern.
Moreover, the Boston community is fortunate to have a good and tireless Consul General, Ifigenia Kanara, who works with enthusiasm and love for the Greek community.
Finally, it was noticed – rather with relief – the absence of the local Metropolitan, from both the events celebrating March 25 and from the Boston Greek Parade itself was noted.
His representative said that he was absent because he had to go to the Patriarchate.
I am sure, though, that had the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew known about the events taken place in Boston, surely he would have relieved him of his obligations in Constantinople.
How else are we to interpret this behavior of a local Metropolitan , other than as an act of denigrating the celebration of Greece ’s most important national holiday, and as an unprecedented demonstration of indifference to his flock?