Ukrainian embassy officials visit Florida to provide consular services

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Officials from the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States visited North Port, Fla., to provide services to Ukrainian nationals residing in the southeast United States. Kostyantyn Vorona, the head of the embassy’s consular section, and Hanna Babenko, the embassy’s third secretary responsible for adoption, citizenship and registration of permanent residence, were on hand to offer their help. Their two-day visit was extremely successful and productive.

Plast Newark concludes active year with closing ceremony

WHIPPANY, N.J. – The Newark Branch of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization in the U.S.A. concluded its program for the 2020-2021 year with a formal closing ceremony that was held in person at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey on June 4. The closing ceremony was an opportunity for the scouting group to recognize and reward its members for their accomplishments over the past year.

Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten celebrates 50th anniversary of episcopal consecration

STAMFORD, Conn. – On May 25 clergy and religious of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford and close friends, including Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak and Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, gathered in St. Basil Seminary to celebrate the golden anniversary of the consecration of Bishop Basil H. Losten. On that day, 50 years ago, Msgr. Basil H. Losten was elevated to the episcopacy through the imposition of hands by Metropolitan-Archbishop Ambrose Senyshyn of Philadelphia (1961-1977).

Brotherhood and UNA Branch 13 members perform clean-up at Shevchenko monument

TROY, N.Y. – Members of St. Nicholas Brotherhood Society (Branch 13 of the Ukrainian National Association) in Watervliet, N.Y., gathered together to clean up around the Taras Shevchenko Memorial Monument located in the city of Troy, N.Y. In recent years, members of the Brotherhood Society have assumed responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of the Shevchenko monument in the area. The cleaning crew this year included, as seen in the photo from left to right, Mykhailo Oliynyk, Walter Klem, John Uruskyj, John Suchowacki, Mykola Fil, Slavko Tysiak and Victor Holovashchenko.

The Lighter Side of Cooking: A night with Chef Andrey Sonevytsky

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – A wide circle of members and friends of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) Branch 75 of Morris County, N.J. were treated to an afternoon of delightful entertainment this past winter: a Zoom cooking class led by renowned and beloved chef Andrey Sonevytsky of Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y.

Mr. Sonevytsky has spent nearly his entire life cooking. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1995 with a degree in Culinary Arts. As part of his credentials, Mr. Sonevytsky interned at three well-known restaurants in New York City: the Tribeca Grill, Montraché and NOBU. Soon after, he started to work at Soyuzivka, training under the mentorship of Andrij Lesiw. Shortly after, Mr. Sonevytsky took over as head chef at Soyuzivka, where has worked since.