Greek Orthodox focused on fires

With wildfires blazing across Greece, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is asking all parishes to hold a memorial service this Sunday for victims of the fires and to take special collections to send to Greece.

Demetrios, the Archbishop of America, writes in a short “encyclical:”:

As our good and gracious Lord is merciful, may we offer our love and gifts to our brothers and sisters. Knowing the boundless generosity and love of you, the faithful of America, we are confident that you will respond most generously to this appeal to help those people who have lost loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods and who will need our assistance both on a short and long term basis to recover from this devastating tragedy.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.