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ACROSS THE GLOBE

SUPPORTS RETALIATION AGAINST SYRIAN REGIME . Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed support for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to fire upon the Shayrat Air Base in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. Dozens of people, including children, were killed in the regime’s assault. “In the face of this act of unimaginable barbarity, the civilized world could not remain indifferent,” Duda said in a statement. “Poland strongly condemns crimes committed against civilians and calls on the entire international community to engage even more strongly in the restoration of peace in Syria, to stop the madness of war and interrupt the spiral of violence.”

POLAND HAS REJECTED SUGGESTIONS that it may be punished politically and financially by the European Union for not accepting refugee/migrants. After hordes of migrants poured into Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had initially welcomed them, prevailed upon the EU to force other countries to admit specific quotas. Poland’s previous government agreed to take some 7,000 but was soon voted out of office. The present Polish government contends that it has issued work and residence permits to 1.3 million Ukrainians who have found jobs and housing and — unlike Muslim migrants — create few problems. Any Middle Eastern/African migrants accepted by Central-East European countries would soon find ways to move on to Germany, Britain or Sweden, known for generous welfare handouts.

POLLUTION APPEAL PLACED. Poland has lodged an appeal to the EU’s Court of Justice against a bloc-wide directive to lower air pollution, said the PAP news agency.

The appeal was sent to the Luxembourg Court in March.

In December 2016, the EU approved new rules aimed at drastically reducing air pollution in the region. The regulations set maximum limits for the emission of sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, which are produced by power plants, automobiles, and households. Poland is heavily reliant on coal for electricity production.

Poland is questioning both the way the new rules are being implemented and the distribution of the burden among EU member states.

2010 SMOLENSK AIR DISASTER CONTINUES TO GENERATE CONTROVERSY. The seventh anniversary of the 2010 plane crash that killed all 96 people on board including Poland’s First Couple, was marked across the country with assemblies, memorial masses and marches. The tragedy also continues to generate controversy and conflicting explanations. Marek Kuczyński, who heads the government’s new investigative team, said his findings have shown that two Russian air traffic controllers and a third person in the control tower willingly contributed to the disaster by issuing false information to the Polish pilots of the approaching aircraft. There are also suggestions that the plane started breaking up in mid-air and that a thermo-baric explosion might have occurred on board. An earlier Polish investigation found that both pilot error and control tower behavior shared the blame, while a Russian probe blamed only the Polish pilots.

CONSULATES IN UKRAINE REOPEN. Polish consulates in Ukraine reopened, almost a week after a grenade attack on a consulate in the north-western city of Lutsk.

The foreign ministry in Warsaw said Ukraine has taken “measures necessary to ensure the security of both Polish foreign service staff and Polish diplomatic and consular missions.”

Warsaw decided to close consulates in Ukraine after a grenade was fired at its consulate in Lutsk March 29. No one was injured. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko strongly condemned the attack.

Speaking after being called in by the Polish foreign ministry, Ukraine’s ambassador to Warsaw claimed Russia was behind the incident.

ACROSS AMERICAN POLONIA

MASSACHUSETTS
NORTHAMPTON — The Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton will observe Polish Constitution Day on Wed., May 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at St. Valentine’s Polish National Catholic Church, 127 King St.

The Committee will screen the film “Why Celebrate May 3, 1791 — Europe`s First Constitution?” a presentation by Professor Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski.

Light refreshments will be served.

NEW JERSEY
CAMDEN — Sun., May 7. St. Joseph History Society Annual Armed Forces Day Mass & Flag Blessing, St. Joseph Church, 1010 Liberty St., 9:45 a.m. Refreshments following Mass in the parish upper hall. Info call Henry Szychulski (609) 313-2433.

CAMDEN — Mon., May 29. St. Joseph Church (Camden) Memorial Day Mass. St. Joseph Cemetery, Chews Landing. 10:00 a.m. Info call rectory (856) 963-1285.

NEW YORK
BUFFALO — A mother from Cheektowaga, N.Y. has partnered with a national organization to raise $100,000 for the National PKU Alliance — the first national non-profit organization to unite all those involved in the PKU community. Phenylketonuria, or PKU, is an inherited disorder affecting about 1 in 10,000 infants born in the United States.

Staci Stincelli-Kasprzyk along with her husband Eddie Kasprzyk noticed the lack of information, support, and resources available to them when their daughter Norah was born with PKU.

“Shortly after the birth of our precious daughter, Norah, we received the news that she has a rare metabolic disease called PKU. Without unimaginable dietary restrictions, she would be become developmentally, intellectually and neurologically disabled in less than two years.”

A person with the disorder lacks the liver enzyme needed to process phenylalanine, a common part of most food, and it builds to toxic levels in their central nervous system, particularly the brain. Prior to the first newborn screening programs of the 1960s which looked for PKU, untreated children suffered mental retardation. Early detection and treatment now spare families from the worst of PKU’s consequences but living with the disorder requires constant vigilance and monitoring. A lifelong low-protein diet and dietary medical supplemental foods is the established treatment for PKU but it can be difficult to sustain into adulthood.

To make a donation, or to learn more about PKU, email Staci at ltlbuffalo2017@gmail.com or call at (716) 725-3212.

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania listings courtesy of www.PolishAmericanNews.com.

CHESTER — Wed., May 3. Polish Constitution Day Commemorative Program, Historical 1724 Court House, Avenue of the States, 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Polish American Heritage Association of Delaware County. Guest speaker will be Adam Smolij. Info call Judy Kucinski 610-494-6948.

DOYLESTOWN — Sun., May 7. Polish American Congress Polish Constitution Day Mass and Youth Program, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Rd. Mass at 12:30 p.m.; Youth Program at 2:30 p.m. Info call (215) 739-3408

DOYLESTOWN — Sun., May 7. Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia Annual Mass & Scholarship Awards Luncheon, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Rd. Mass at 11:00 a.m., followed by the luncheon. Info/reservations call Irene Musman (215) 914-2284.

SINKING SPRING — Sat., May 13. Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County 9th Annual Polish Open Golf Tournament, Manor Golf Club, 153 Bran Rd. 1:00 p.m. Info call Marilyn Wlazewski (610) 779-5523.

PENN’S LANDING — Sat., May 27. Polish Singers Alliance of America Dinner Dance, hosted by Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Chorus #321, Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, One Dock St. 6:00-11:00 p.m. Info/tickets call Debbie Majka (215) 627-1391 by May 5.

PHILADELPHIA — Sun., May 28. A Festival of Polish Song Gala Concert by the Polish Singers of Alliance (hosted by Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Chorus #321), St. John Cantius Parish Hall, 4435 Almond Street, Bridesburg section. 2:00 p.m. Free admission. Info call Debbie Majka (215) 627-1391.

PHILADELPHIA — June 22-24. St. Adalbert Parish Annual Festival. Thompson Street & Allegheny Avenue, Port Richmond section. 6:00-10:00 p.m. Thursday music by Polish American String Band; Friday music by DJ Patty Pat and Alumni Night; and Saturday Continental Polish Music. Games of chance, Polish food, refreshments, and more. Info call rectory (215) 739-3500.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Polish tenor Piotr Beczala and pianist Martin Katz will perform Wed., May 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre of the Arts at the University of D.C. The Gerald and Ann K. Perman Memorial Recital will include selections by Schumann, Karłowicz, Dvořák, and Rachmaninov. Beczala sang at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Paris Opera in leading roles in operas by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and other composers. He has also begun to concertize in recent seasons to wide praise at Vienna’s Musikverein, Salzburg Festival, the Schubertiade in Hohenems, and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

For tickets and information, call (202) 669-1463.

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