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Ivo Widlak ponownie był gościem programu informacyjnego “Monitor” emitowanego w Polvision TV w Chicago. Gośćmi prowadzącej, Elżbiety Sawczuk, byli: dziennikarz Ivo Widlak – twarz kampanii informacyjnej SAY IT OUT LOUD! oraz Grażyna Zajączkowska z Zrzeszenia Amerykańsko-Polskiego – koordynatora kampanii. Oryginalna data emisji: 5 październik 2011 rok.
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Ivo Widlak jest pierwszą publiczną osobą w środowisku polonijnym głośno przyznającą się nie tylko do depresji. Obejrzyj dzisiejsze wydanie “Monitora” Polvision i dowiedz się o czym Ivo Widlak również nie boi się głośno mówić. Gościem Elżbiety Sawczuk była również Grażyna Zajączkowska z Zrzeszenia Amerykańsko-Polskiego w Chicago. “Monitor” możesz obejrzeć również na internecie.
Ivo Widlak was a guest of Polvision’s Elzbieta Sawczuk, a newsanchor of news show “Monitor” today. Please watch the show to see what Ivo was talking about. Click here to watch: MONITOR POLVISION – July 27, 2011
Gościem Elżbiety Sawczuk w dzisiejszym, 27 lipca 2011 roku, wydaniu programu informacyjnego “Monitor” emitowanego w Polvision TV był Ivo Widlak. Zobacz czego dotyczyła rozmowa: MONITOR POLVISION – 27 lipca 2011
Defeat depression before it defeats you!
In today’s world many of us struggle to make ends meet and a growing number of people suffer from depression. To help people suffering from this illness, the Illinois Department of Public Health started an educational campaign for mental health called “SAY IT OUT LOUD”. The primary coordinator of the campaign directed at the Polish community is the Polish American Association in Chicago.
“People suffering from depression are often unable to identify their symptoms. They do not seek help, they find comfort in alcohol or drugs, which only temporarily improve their wellbeing, they do not address their problem, which only exacerbates them.” says coordinator Grazyna Zajaczkowska. She adds that the primary goal of the campaign is to bring attention to the fact that mental health is equally as important as physical wellbeing. She also notes that Poles struggling with psychological problems are often afraid to discuss them because there is an ongoing stigma that “(if) you have depression then you are mentally ill”.
She also says that more and more people are admitting to psychological issues and are not ashamed of them; they do not view a diagnosis of depression, ADD or ADHD as a final sentence and they try to seek help. However the number of people who take this approach is still small. Certainly the internet has helped by being a resource where one can anonymously read about mental illnesses.
The issue of depression among Polish immigrants may be more severe than we think. In their case, the issue is compounded by additional problems: missing their family home, separation from loved ones and difficulty assimilating in their new country of residence.
The Polish American Association turned to well-known Polish journalist Ivo Widlak to become the face of the “Say It Out Loud” campaign.
“A while ago Ivo told me that he owes a great deal to the Polish American Association because when he made the decision to treat his depression, they were the ones who helped him. He is also a well-known figure in the Chicago Polish community, thanks to which his participation in the campaign makes it more far reaching.” says Zajaczkowska, and adds that she is proud of Widlak because he had the courage to publicly admit to his depression. Ivo took part in recording television and radio commercials. He will also appear in banners and web pages advertising the campaign.
Ivo himself considers his participation in the campaign to combat depression as his responsibility:
“Being the face of this campaign is a great honor for me but more importantly, it is my responsibility. Since 2006 I have struggled with depression. The most important and most difficult part was making myself realize that this problem exists. Most of us are unable to differentiate between regular melancholy or malaise and depression. Untreated depression is very dangerous, I know this from experience: several hospitalizations during the course of one year were proof of that. I was fortunate that my family and friends helped me find specialists who helped me emerge from this dark period of my life. Having been freed from depression I appreciate the wonderful gift that is life and how joyful life can be.” says Ivo Widlak.
More information regarding this campaign can be found at www.MentalHealthIllinois.org as well as on the website of the Polish American Association, www.POLISH.org. For more information as well as a list of where medical and psychological help can be found free of charge, visit one of the offices of the Association located at 3834 N Cicero Avenue or 6276 W. Archer Avenue in Chicago.
[Text: Marta Kossecka-Rawicz, Photos: Super Express]
Reports said countless Polish people in Chicago is filled with excitement as they partake in the worldwide celebration of the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Several festive activities were lined-up for the beatification.
To commemorate Pope John Paul II, special events such as concerts, processions and masses will all be conducted on May 1 in Chicago.
Ivo Widlak, the representative of Chicago’s Paderewski Symphony Orchestra said that their group has been conducting rehearsals for their three concerts on the late Pope’s beatification.
“He was extremely beloved. Pope John Paul II was a very musical person and he loved to sing. We as the organizers of the concert wanted to make sure that we played the songs that he liked, that he knew, that he sang,” Widlak said.
The orchestra will play the Pope’s favorite songs such as “Black Madonna” and “Barka”. Classical songs of Bach, Schubert and Mozart were also in the group’s list. These songs will be played on April 29 to May 1 in the churches of Chicago.
Widlak was certain that a huge number of people will be joining the concerts to honor Pope John Paul II. “Everybody is overjoyed,” he said.
“When he became Pope, the joy of the Polish people and the Polish nation was extraordinary. When he passed away, the whole of Poland mourned and all Polish people around the world took it extremely personally - because we knew him, we saw him, we heard him speaking to us,” Widlak remarked.
Widlak noted that the feeling of joy for the late Pope’s beatification was overwhelming. For the many years of living in Chicago, Widlak said that it has been a home of more than one million Polish. “How often do you witness somebody, who you know as a living person, going to be a saint? This is something you can witness once in a lifetime,” Widlak said.
[Source: Catholic Favors]
Concerts, Masses, processions and special services dedicated to the memory of the late Pope are among the many local events planned in the days leading up to the beatification in Rome on May 1.
“He was extremely beloved,” said Ivo Widlak, spokesman for Chicago’s Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, which is slated to perform three concerts in honor of the pontiff.
“Pope John Paul II was a very musical person and he loved to sing,” Widlak told CNA in an April 18 interview. “We as the organizers of the concert wanted to make sure that we played the songs that he liked, that he knew, that he sang.”
Along with personal favorites of the Pope’s, such as the songs “Black Madonna” and “Barka” – which translates to “ship” – the symphony will play a classical repertoire including Bach, Mozart and Schubert from April 29 to May 1 at local parishes.
Although he didn’t have exact numbers for the expected crowds at the upcoming concerts, Widlak said “there will be a lot of people. Everybody is overjoyed.”
“When he became Pope, the joy of the Polish people and the Polish nation was extraordinary,” Widlak said, adding that more than 1 million Poles reside in Chicago.
“When he passed away, the whole of Poland mourned and all Polish people around the world took it extremely personally – because we knew him, we saw him, we heard him speaking to us.”
“Now,” he added, “there is a lot of joy” over John Paul II’s advancement towards being recognized as a saint.
“How often do you witness somebody, who you know as a living person, going to be a saint?” he said.
“This is something you can witness once in a lifetime.”
Diane Dunagan, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s media contact, provided CNA with a list of a dozen parishes in the area that are planning celebrations for the beatification.
Local Polish church St. Hyacinth Basilica will commemorate the life of John Paul II with six days of events.
From April 26-29, the parish will host evening Mass with a special homily of previously recorded messages of the late pontiff. Following Mass, a film of one of Pope John Paul’s pilgrimages to Poland will be shown.
On April 30, all night Eucharistic adoration will follow the evening Mass. The beatification ceremony on May 1 will be shown on a large screen and followed by a procession to the parish’s John Paul II statue.
Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George is scheduled to participate in celebrations at Holy Name Cathedral on April 27, where reflections and favorite songs of John Paul II will be performed. Cardinal George will then join a group of pilgrims headed from the Chicago archdiocese to Rome for the beatification of the beloved Pope John Paul.
“Beatification” is the second step in a three-stage process the Catholic Church has created for declaring a deceased person a saint. Beatification confers the title “Blessed.”
[Source: Catholic News Agency]
Do you remember my post Dont’t pump gas on Friday, April 15? CBS 2 Chicago’s Mike Parker picked up the story and I had a pleasure to spoke with him on camera. Please go to CBS 2 Chicago’s website to read and watch Mr. Parker’s filming material that was broadcasted last night at CBS 2 Chicago’ newscast at 10:00 pm.
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Poland is in a state of shock. But so is Chicago’s large Polish population after an aging Russian airliner carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, along with other top officials, crashed Saturday morning in Russia.
No one survived the crash.
The dead include an activist with deep ties to Chicago, Poland-born Wojciech Seweryn. He designed a monument in Niles ment in Niles that commemorates the massacre.
Pawel Strojny said it was significant to be mourning at the Niles monument Saturday because it was such a “difficult day.”
“Difficult day, for everybody, I think. Not only in Poland,” he said.
A monument at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, where Strojny and his family left flowers, was built to honor the victims of the Katyn massacre. Those aboard the flight were heading to Russia to commemorate the 70th anniversary of that moment in history.
Ivo Widlak of the Polish Cultural Institute said the world is looking at that event in light of the recent tragedy which took place on the anniversaryof Katyn.
“For so many years, nobody was speaking about the Katyn massacre,” Widlak said. “Now the whole world is looking at this event.”
In 1940, Soviet secret police killed 22,000 Polish officers, intellectuals and priests. Among the officers executed, was the father of Wojciech Seweryn. Seweryn, a Polish-born Chicagoan, was on board the Tu-154 that crashed.
“He didn’t even know his father because he was so young,” said Zygmunt Matynia, the Consul General of Poland in Chicago.
Matynia said he knew Seweryn well.
“Actually I think, every Pole in Chicago knew him,” he said. “Thanks to him, that monument is in place.
Seweryn helped to raise $300,000 to get it constructed and put in some of his own money.
“That monument was his child,” Matynia said.
On Saturday, mourners covered Seweryn’s sculpture with flowers, Polish flags and candles.
The artist, who once worked in a Chicago-area auto body shop to make ends meet, was remembered as a loving family man. He was also known for helping several churches design sculptures and displays.
The loss is particularly great for St. Hyacinth Basilica. Seweryn was a member of their congregation, and back in 2006, President Kaczynski visited the church. He was expected to make another visit next month.
Saturday night, thousands gathered for a special Mass to remember both men and the 95 others who died.
As the names of all 97 victims were read many fought back tears over the loss of their beloved president. After he visited the church in 2006, many felt Kaczynski was more than the leader of their country. The 5,000 in the parish were looking forward to his second visit, just weeks away.
“I feel like I lose the best brother and father of our land,” mourner Stanislaw Grochal.
Another name on that list that rang louder than the others was that of Seweryn. The sculptor’s daughter, Anna Wojtowicz, was among those attending tonight’s service. She said he was looking forward to attending the Katyn commemoration in Russia.
“Oh, my God, he was so excited yesterday,” she said. “I talked to him around 5 o’clock. … He said they are treating him like a king. He was so happy.”
Saturday morning, Anna learned of the crash from her mother, who had been too sick to travel to Russia. The artist’s daughter said the family takes some comfort that Seweryn died near Katyn, the site of his father’s death.
“I think he’s happy with his father — he is together with him,” Anna Wojtowicz said. “This was his whole life. I think he died as a hero.”
Near the Polish Triangle on Chicago’s North Side — once the heart of the city’s Polish population — the day started with a moment of silence.
Nearly 200 students from Polish schools across the city toured the Polish Museum, but they first stopped to pray for those killed.
“It’s a very, very dramatic situation for us,” said Malgorzata Kot, a librarian at the museum. “We lost friends.”
Outside the Polish Consulate, mourners placed flowers at the base of a flagpole where the Polish flag, flies at half staff. Inside the consulate, well wishers gathered to sign a condolence book. Among those the comforting Consul General was U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
“I’m sure Poland will come through this,” Durbin said. “It is a strong nation, strong democracy and strong friend of America, but at this moment we pause and join them in this grief.”
Poles wept before their televisions, lowered flags to half-staff and taped black ribbons in their windows after hearing that the upper echelons of the establishment lay dead in woods a short drive from the site of the Katyn forest massacre, one of Poland’s greatest national traumas.
Thousands of people, many in tears, placed candles and flowers at the presidential palace in central Warsaw. Twenty monks rang the Zygmunt bell at Krakow’s Wawel Cathedral — the burial spot of Polish kings — a tolling reserved for times of profound importance or grief.
The consul general of Poland also lost two other dear friends. One he went to university with, the other, was the undersecretary at the president’s chancellory, Mariuz Handzlik. The consul general was supposed to pick Handzlik up at the airport in Chicago Sunday. Handzlik was coming to prepare for the Polish president’s visit, later this month, to Chicago. The consul general says people can go to the Polish Consulate Sunday and throughout the week, to sign the condolence book.
Mayor Daley also offered his condolences. He said President Kaczynski was a committed leader who worked to promote cultural ties between Chicago and Poland and was a strong supporter of our Sister City relationship with Warsaw.
Outside of Warsaw, Poland, Chicago has the largest Polish population. By some estimates, there are around 700,000 first, second or third-generation Poles in the Chicago area.
On board the plane were the national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said. Kaczynski’s wife, Maria, also died.
“This is unbelievable — this tragic, cursed Katyn,” Kaczynski’s predecessor, Aleksander Kwasniewski, said on TVN24 television.
The Polish military suffered the deepest losses. Among the dead were the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces, who were all making the emotional trip to honor the Polish officers slain by the NKVD, the acronym for the Soviet secret police at the time of the murders in 1940.
Some on board were relatives of the officers slain in the Katyn massacre. Also among the victims was Anna Walentynowicz, whose firing in August 1980 from the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk sparked a workers’ strike that spurred the eventual creation of the Solidarity freedom movement.
“This is a great tragedy, a great shock to us all,” former president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said.
Polish Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, who became acting president, addressed his country on television: “Poland is in mourning, we have suffered a dramatically painful loss.”
He said he would announce early elections within 14 days of the president’s death, in line with the constitution. The vote must be held within another 60 days.
Russia’s Emergency Ministry said there were 97 dead, 88 in the Polish state delegation. Poland’s Foreign Ministry said there were 89 people on the passenger list but one had not shown up for the roughly 1 1/2-hour flight from Warsaw’s main airport.
Poland called for two minutes of silence across the country Sunday and declared a week of mourning. Medevedev declared Monday a day of mourning in Russia.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk flew to Smolensk from Warsaw. The president’s twin brother, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, headed to the area in a chartered plane along with relatives, according to his party.
The deaths were not expected to directly affect the functioning of Polish government: Poland’s president is commander in chief of its armed forces but the position’s domestic duties are chiefly symbolic. No top government ministers were aboard the plane.
Polish-Russian relations had been improving recently after being poisoned for decades over the massacre of some 22,000 Polish officers in and around Katyn forest.
Russia never has formally apologized for the murders but Putin’s decision to attend a memorial ceremony earlier this week in the forest was seen as a gesture of goodwill toward reconciliation. Kaczynski wasn’t invited to that event because Putin, as prime minister, had invited his Polish counterpart, Tusk.
Rossiya-24 showed hundreds of people around the Katyn monument, many holding Polish flags, some weeping.
Kaczynski, 60, was the first serving Polish leader to die since exiled World War II-era leader Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski in a mysterious plane crash off Gibraltar in 1943.
The president was a conservative and a lifelong skeptic of Russia with many detractors at home and abroad. Condolences from world leaders paid tribute to his patriotism and defense of freedom during Communist rule in Poland.
Both black boxes have been found. Preliminary data indicated that the plane hit the treetops as it was making the approach to the airport in poor visibility, the ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Marina Gridneva, an official with the Russian general prosecutor’s office, as saying.
Andrei Yevseyenkov, spokesman for the Smolensk regional government, said Russian dispatchers had asked the Polish crew to divert from the military airport in North Smolensk and land instead in Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus, or in Moscow to the east because of the fog.
While traffic controllers generally have the final word in whether it is safe for a plane to land, they can and do leave it to the pilots’ discretion. Air Force Gen. Alexander Alyoshin confirmed that the pilot disregarded instructions to fly to another airfield. The Smolensk airfield is not equipped with an instrument landing system to guide planes to the ground.
“But they continued landing, and it ended, unfortunately, with a tragedy,” Alyoshin said. He added that the pilot makes the final decision about whether to land.
The Tu-154 was the workhorse of East Bloc civil aviation in the 1970s and 1980s. Poland has long discussed replacing the planes that carry the country’s leaders but said they lacked the funds.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, there have been 66 crashes involving Tu-154s in the past four decades, including six in the past five years. The Russian carrier Aeroflot recently withdrew its Tu-154 fleet from service, largely because the planes do not meet international noise restrictions and use too much fuel.
The presidential plane was fully overhauled in December, the general director of the Aviakor aviation maintenance plant in Samara, Russia told Rossiya-24. The plant repaired the plane’s three engines, retrofitted electronic and navigation equipment and updated the interior, Alexei Gusev said. He said there could be no doubts that the plane was flightworthy.
Kacyznski became president in December 2005 after defeating Tusk in that year’s presidential vote.
The nationalist conservative had said he would seek a second term in presidential elections this fall. He was expected to face an uphill struggle against Komorowski, the candidate of Tusk’s governing Civic Platform party.
Poland has become a firm U.S. ally in the region since the fall of communism — a stance that crosses party lines.
The European Union member nation of 38 million people sent troops to the U.S.-led war in Iraq and recently boosted its contingent in Afghanistan to some 2,600 soldiers.
U.S. Patriot missiles are expected to be deployed in Poland this year. That was a Polish condition for a 2008 deal — backed by both Kaczynski and Tusk — to host long-range missile defense interceptors.
The deal, which was struck by the Bush administration, angered Russia and was later reconfigured under President Barack Obama’s administration.
Under the Obama plan, Poland would host a different type of missile defense interceptors as part of a more mobile system and at a later date, probably not until 2018.
CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot and Mai Martinez and the Associated Press and Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report
source: CBS 2 Chicago
Chicago-area Poles mourn plane crash victims
April 11, 2010 8:36 PM
Polish native Renata Olbinska’s tears have been flowing since Saturday, when she learned her long-troubled nation once again was mired in tragedy.
Olbinska, 32, who said she moved to Chicago six years ago for the “American dream,” dabbed her eyes as she questioned why more people had to die.
Poland President Lech Kaczynski and some of the nation’s highest military and civilian leaders were among 96 people killed Saturday when the presidential plane crashed while coming in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia. Ironically, the contingent was headed to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.
Kaczynski was expected to attend the Polish Constitution Day Parade in Chicago on May 1.
“We are the country that suffers the most,” Olbinska said. “I hope that this day will be remembered.”
Chicago is home to the largest number of Poles outside of Poland, with about 821,000 people of Polish or Polish-American ancestry living in the metro area, U.S. Census data show.
That’s why Artur Gajko, 16, of Norridge, described the tragedy this way: “It’s like if (President) Obama died.”
To help Poles in the Chicago area mourn, Ivo Widlak, founder of the Polish Cultural Institute, and Daniel Pogorzelski, vice president of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society, quickly organized a march that took place Sunday from Chopin Park in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood to St. Hyacinth Basilica in the Logan Square neighborhood about three miles away.
Clad in black and gripping red and white small Polish flags, about 300 marchers took to the streets. The crowd was mostly silent, except for a few sobs. As marchers hurried along Milwaukee Avenue, which includes a strip of businesses that are staples in the Polish community, people inside laundromats, flower shops and delis came outside to clench their hands and bow their heads in silence.
As she marched, Janina Michalczuk, 56, who moved from Poland to Chicago about 30 years ago, held a picture of Jesus from a recent pamphlet passed out at a Mass in one hand and a small collection of purple irises from her garden in the other.
“I feel like I lost somebody very close,” Michalczuk said.
After the march, mourners gathered in the parish Memorial Garden next to St. Hyacinth. There stands a towering bronze statue of the late Pope John Paul II, the first Polish pontiff. A handful of people lit candles and said a prayer.
Marek Popieluszko, 40, of Prospect Heights, was overcome with grief. He knelt in front of a statue for his uncle Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko, a pro-democracy activist who was murdered by officers of the Communist government’s secret police in 1984, that is near the one for Pope John Paul II.
“It’s like missing one of my family (members) again,” Marek Popieluszko said of Poland’s latest tragedy.
Inside the basilica, hundreds squeezed in throughout the standing-room only Mass. Many adults and children dressed in their Sunday best and entwined their hands with rosaries.
Church leaders, who conducted the Mass in Polish, read the names of each of the people who died in the plane crash. That includes Chicago artist Wojciech Seweryn, a St. Hyacinth parishioner who dedicated most of his adult life to remembering the thousands of Polish victims shot and buried in a mass grave by Soviet secret police in 1940.
Parishioners prayed for peace and sang about Poland’s continuous fight for freedom.
After the service, the pews emptied out once again to the Memorial Garden, where people returned to the statute of the late pope and sang.