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Undergraduate 2015 Scholarship Grants
MARYLAND – The Polish Heritage Association of Maryland will be providing three $2000 and several $1500 scholarship grants to undergraduate students for the academic year 2015-2016. To qualify the applicant must currently be a fourth-year high school student or full-time college student, a legal resident of Maryland, and have at least two Polish ancestors. Students must attend an accredited college or university in the United States of America. Selection will be primarily made on the basis of financial aid. Additional evaluation will focus on academic standing, leadership potential and the student’s pride of their Polish heritage. Applications are now available and must be completed/postmarked by March 1, 2015. Complete information on how to apply is posted on the website: (

Clifton Citizens Unite To Make A Safer Community
NEW JERSEY – The Clifton Recreation Department is providing Adult CPR, AED and First Aid training at the Annual “Your Heart is in My Hands” Safety Rally on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Recreation Department provides this training at a reduced cost to get as many citizens trained as possible. The cost of the rally is only $35.00 and students who successfully pass all skills and written requirements will receive an American Red Cross certification valid for two years. All participants will receive a Valentine gift, to give to their loved one, with a tag that reads, “I am trained in CPR and First Aid because I love you – Your Heart Is In My Hands” as well as a continental breakfast. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center, located at 1232 Main Ave. Pre- registration is required. Register at the Clifton Recreation Department, 900 Clifton Ave., City Hall – 2nd Floor, Clifton or online at For more information, call (973) 470-5956. Give your family and friends a special Valentine gift this year by learning these important life-saving skills. The class teaches participants to recognize emergency situations, check the scene and call for help. How to avoid blood borne pathogen exposure, recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory and cardiac emergencies, care for a conscious and unconscious choking victim, perform CPR, use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillation) and how to recognize emergency situations, check the scene, call for help, avoid blood borne pathogen exposure, care for wounds, bone and soft tissue injuries, head and spinal injuries, burns, heat and cold emergencies, manage sudden illnesses, stroke, seizure, bites, etc., and how to minimize shock.

Communist Agents In Polish American Community
MARYLAND – Discussion with Dr. Marek Ciesielczyk about communist agents in the Polish American community. Dr. Marek Ciesielczyk (Tarnów, Poland) will present his newest book “Communist agents in the Polish American community”. This is a Polish language event and will be held on Tuesday, February 10th, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Polish Parish, 9700 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. We will discuss painful history. For mature audiences only. For more information call 312-656-5573, e-mail: or visit the website:

Dr. Marek Ciesielczyk prezentuje swoją książkę pt. “Polonijni agenci Służby Bezpieczeństwa”.
Tuesday, February 10, starting at 7:30 PM MIEJSCE SPOTKANIA: Sala Parafialna Rzymsko-Katolickiej Parafii Personalnej Matki Boskiej Królowej Poski i Św. Makymiliana Kolbe, 9700 Rosensteel Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Marek Ciesielczyk was active in anti-communist opposition and co-founded the Independent Students Association (NZS). He earned his Master’s in Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow in 1981. Later he studied in West Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States. His Ph.D. in Political Science, History and Philosophy is from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In the late 1980s, Dr. Ciesielczyk wrote the first Polish language nonfiction book about the Soviet intelligence agency, the KGB. More recently, Dr. Ciesielczyk published a book about spies and collaborators of Soviet-controlled Polish intelligence agencies (SB) in the Polish American community, based on documents he gained access to at Poland’s official National Remembrance Institute (IPN). Dr. Ciesielczyk will tour the United States in February, stopping in various cities to discuss issues related to vetting (lustracja) and to promote his book in the Polish communities in America. Dr. Ciesielczyk is involved in local politics as an anti-corruption advocate in his native city of Tarnów, Poland, where he recently won a court battle to overturn city council elections, on the grounds that the name one of the candidates was missing from the ballot. Dr. Ciesielczyk says he is not currently a member any political party, but he serves as the vice president of a national organization called Stowarzyszenie “Ruch Oburzeni” (The Outraged Movement).

Brian Ganz’s “All Chopin Recital”
MARYLAND – The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. cordially invites all to an “All Chopin Recital”on Saturday, February 7th, 8 p.m. with Brian Ganz, piano and the National Philharmonic Piotr Gajewski,Music Director & Conductor In Residence at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert will take place at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Free parking. For ticket prices or more information, call 301-581-5100 or visit Join pianist Brian Ganz, a prize winner in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition, for the fifth recital in his quest to perform all of Chopin’s works at the Music Center at Strathmore. Mr. Ganz, considered a leading Chopin interpreter, will explore the many facets of the mazurka dance in Chopin’s music. Chopin imbues his mazurkas with an immense range of emotions, from sweet nostalgia to mysterious longing, from bitter despair to joyful celebration. Mr. Ganz will also play the Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44; several waltzes and nocturnes; and finally the Rondo à la Mazur, Op. 5. “There isn’t much about Chopin that Brian Ganz doesn’t know… His delight and wonder in this music seem to grow, apparently without bounds, as time goes on.” (The Washington Post)

Make Your Own Victorian Valentine!
NEW JERSEY – Children of all ages! Visit Lambert Castle on Saturday, February 14th and get a chance to make your own Victorian Valentine. Learn about early Valentine’s and the evolution of the holiday. This is a child friendly event and the craft project is free with regular admission to the museum. The craft program will be running the whole day (1pm-4 pm) so there is plenty of time to see the museum as well. Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson, NJ. The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County’s cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County’s natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website at or call (973) 247-0085

A Valentine’s Celebration Benefit of Music
NEW JERSEY – Blue State Productions, in residence at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clifton NJ, announces its ongoing original series entitled ‘The Main Event of Love’. The show celebrates a diverse selection of music encompassing varied levels of love and relationships from love present, family, to love lost and friendship past. The cabaret features Mark Bigica of Clifton, Nancy Bach of Fair Lawn, Luisa Fuentes of New York, Mac McCormick of West Milford and Eileen Hladky of central NJ. Musical direction is by Marc Pannullo with Direction by Joseph Schreck, Jr.Some of the music celebrated will be the classic ‘If I loved you’, ‘Evergreen’, and ‘Home’. The evening features top notch vocalists that will make your day a brighter, providing Broadway caliber at New Jersey prices. The performances will take place in two locations. Three performances will be presented February 8, 13 & 14. February 8 is at 3:00 PM at St. Philip’s Marian Hall, 797 Valley Road, Clifton. This performance will include a pasta buffet lunch at 2:00 PM with the show at 3. February 13 & 14 are at St. Peter’s Episcopal at 380 Clifton Ave, Clifton. St Peter’s performances will include refreshments and are both at 8:00 PM. All performances will benefit The American Heart Association, Go Red for Women@ AHA and Troop 21 Eagle Scout Project benefiting the renovation of St Philip choir loft. Please visit our web-site at for full information and ticket prices. Reservations are STRONGLY suggested as each performance will have limited cabaret style seating. They can be made by emailing us at or call us at 973-607-1924. All reservations will be confirmed and tickets are paid at the door on the day of performance.
Children Programs At Morris Museum
MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY – The Morris Museum continues its winter 2015 season of children’s programming with a fun array of family festivals, theatre, art workshops, and more. The February line-up includes the Museum’s annual Chocolate Festival on February 7, featuring a production of Alice in Wonderland; and enjoyable activities for the Presidents’ Day vacation, such as studio art workshops and a laser show. Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3706 or online at CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL – Sat. Feb. 7th – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Bring the family to the Morris Museum for a day of chocolaty fun. Attend a performance of Alice in Wonderland in the Bickford Theatre, enjoy chocolate tastings, make desert themed crafts, and listen to love songs from the Museum’s collection of automated musical instruments. ALICE IN WONDERLAND- Sat. Feb. 7th – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm During the Chocolate Festival, performances of Alice in Wonderland will be held in the Bickford Theatre at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Filled with Lewis Carroll’s brilliant characters and Pushcart Player’s whimsical direction, this production offers a precious theatre experience that young viewers will long remember.
PRESIDENTS’ DAY ACTIVITIES – Monday, February 16 This Presidents’ Day, children will enjoy an assortment of fun activities at the Morris Museum. Visitors can take in a laser show in the Theatre, participate in a studio art workshop, or visit the many family-friendly exhibitions currently on view. Theatre: American Pride Spectacular – Mon. Feb. 16 – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. This incredible show returns with a dazzling display of laser magic to celebrate America’s spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration. Using the most advanced visual technology, Prismatic Magic has been captivating the imagination of over one million children since 2003.
Studio Art Workshops:
• Scrimshaw on Paper Workshop with Kelly Bogucz (Ages 6 – 8)* Monday, February 16, 10 am–12 pm
• Three-D Collage Workshop with Nina Nemeth (Ages 8 – 14+)* Monday, February 16, 10 am–12 pm
• Adventures in Mixed Media with Caitlin Albright (Ages 8-12+)* Monday, February 16, 1–3 pm Please note that advance registration is required for all the studio art workshops.
Location & Hours The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the second and third Thursday of the month.