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Bridges - December 2009

Bridges - December 2009

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Table of Contents
Kūčios in Brooklyn 1904
First Annual Meeting of the Lithuanian American Community
Trivia
Blessed George, the Marian Renovator
A Teenagers First Trip to Lithuania Part II
Photo Album 2009 Colorado
The Coming of Our Savior
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Lithuanian Festival in California
Subscription ORDER FORM
Photo Album LAC meeting in Colorado

http://javlb.org/bridges_en.php
Table of Contents
Kūčios in Brooklyn 1904
First Annual Meeting of the Lithuanian American Community
Trivia
Blessed George, the Marian Renovator
A Teenagers First Trip to Lithuania Part II
Photo Album 2009 Colorado
The Coming of Our Savior
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Lithuanian Festival in California
Subscription ORDER FORM
Photo Album LAC meeting in Colorado

http://javlb.org/bridges_en.php

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LITHUANIANAMERICANNEWSJOURNAL
december
2009
bridges
 
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BRIDGES
Lithuanian American News Journal
USPS 017131 – Published 10 times per year(Jan./Feb. & Jul./Aug. combined). Address of publication is:
LAC, Inc./BRIDGES,
3906 Lakeview Dr., Racine, WI. 53403
BRIDGES
is the official publication of theLithuanian American Community, Inc.
National Executive Board
2715 E. Allegheny AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19134Tel: 800- 625 -1170Fax: 856-428-6014
E-mail: Lithuanian USA@yahoo.com
BRIDGES Consultants
 Jeanne Dorr EditorGema Kreivenas Art Director/ProductionRimas Gedeika TreasurerLithuanian American Community, Inc., &Subscription Manager.
THE INFORMATION CENTER FOR HOMECOMING LITHUANIANS 
Collects & provides information from Lithuania.
Copyright ©2007 Lithuanian American Community, Inc. All rightsreserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. All statements & opinions,including product claims, are those of the organization/advertisermaking those statements or claims. The publisher does not adopt,or put forth, any such statement or claim as his own, & anysuch statement or claim does not necessarily reflect theopinion of the publisher.
 Address all editorial correspondence to:
BRIDGES
 Jeanne Dorr4 Shrewsbury YardRiverton, NJ 08077-1038E-Mail: Jeanneshalna@aol.com
For subscription & advertisinginformation, please contact:
LAC, Inc./BRIDGES,
Rimas Gedeika78 Mark Twain Dr.Hamilton Sq., NJ 08690
Subscription rate is $20.00 annually, 2 full yearsfor $38.00 (US Mail serviced subscribers).Subscriptions to other addresses are (US $35.00),payable in advance (US funds). Periodicals postagepaid at Racine, WI & additional locations.
Contact us on the Internet at:
http://www.lithuanian-american.org
Postmaster: Send any address correction&/or changes to:
LAC, Inc./BRIDGES,
Rimas Gedeika78 Mark Twain Dr.Hamilton Sq., NJ 08690
* Cover:Traditional manger scene with live animals at the Cathedral Square,Vilnius. Photo by Banga Grigaliunaite ˙, Vilnius, Lithuania 
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editorial
Letter from the Editor
 Jeanne Dorr 
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BROOKLYN 1904
Gloria Kivytaite˙ O’Brien
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First Annual Meeting of the Lithuanian AmericanCommunity
 Danguole Navickas
7
trivia
Submitted by 
 Edward Shakalis
8
reflections
Blessed George,the Marian Renovator 
PARTII
 DanValenti
11
reflections
A Teenager’sFirst Tripto Lithuania
 Part II 
 Audra Kriaucˇiunas
12
photoalbum
2009
COLORADO
17
reflections
The Coming of Our Savior 
Sr. Margarita Bareikaite
17
letter
 My Brothers and Sisters in Christ 
 Msgr. Edmond J. Putrimas
18
lacnews
 XXIII - LithuanianFestival in California
EugenijaMisevicˇius
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calendarinthisissue
 Part of the live  manger 
 
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december
2009
Gloria Kivytaite˙ O’Brien
Juozas Bandoraitis left Lithuania in1895 to avoid the Russian Czar’s mili-tary draft. He went to England, found asteady job and a place to live, andstayed. After a while he sent for hiswife, Anna, and infant son, Juozukas.When a second son, Antanukas, joinedtheir family, they decided that theyshould seek a better life in a bigger  place -- America.They settled in New York, in theLithuanian community of Williamsburg,Brooklyn, and in the course of time, twomore children were born -- Mary andOnute˙. Both were baptized in Queen of Angels Church, a Lithuanian parish.Juozas worked in the big Domino sugar factory on Williamsburg’s waterfront,and the family rented an apartment in atypical four-story tenement nearby, onGrand Street.It was a “railroad” flat, with fiverooms, all in a row. There was no bath-room. There had been an “outhouse” inthe backyard, but just recently a smalltoilet closet was built in the hallwayoutside their rooms.The kitchen, the largest room in theapartment, had a large porcelain-cladcast-iron double sink, that was bigenough to allow a child to sit in it and bathe. Adults had to make do withwashcloths. Many regularly went to themunicipal bath-house on Maujer Street,for a comfortable shower.A large section of the kitchen was takenup by the big black coal-burning stovethat stood against one wall, in an alcovethat was a blocked-off fireplace.Standing next to that was a small, four- burner “moderngreen porcelain gasstove, and in a corner, a tall silver-col-ored boiler full of water, that allowedthe tenants to light the attached gas-fired mechanism to heat the water. Theother large occupant of space in thekitchen, was the very important ice- box, that helped keep foodstuffs fresh.A table covered in colorful oilclothstood in the middle.Anna was a proud and busy housekeep-er, and her home was decorated withattractive embroidered items, pillows,curtains and spreads. She had spent thewhole day yesterday cleaning the apart-ment. She had special things put asidefor special holidays, and she was sort-ing through her bedspreads as she spokewith her husband:“Juozai, brangusis, (dearest), you knowthat it is almost time we must getdressed and ready for Ku-cˇios. The girlsand I will bathe in the kitchen, and youcan go to the bath-house around thecorner for a nice shower. Now whereare the boys? They were supposed to gowith you. If they do not come homewithin an hour or so, you will have togo on alone.“Just remember, this year we will haveguests, Mr. and Mrs. Cˇikanas, who arewell-off and accustomed to the best.We don’t want them to be disappointedin our hospitality.“Where are those boys?! I realize it isstill only 3 o’clock, but we all knowhow fast time flies. Juozukas, as theresponsible elder, assured me theywould be home in plenty of time. I amvery angry! They will both know itwhen they return! And, my dear, beforeyou leave for the bath-house, pleasestop at the stables across the street andask them for an armful of sweet hay. Iwill spread it on the table under our nice new tablecloth.”Anna woke especially early that day,and had already prepared several dish-es for the traditional meal: Her ice-boxwas full today. Just one or two moredishes, and she would be finally ready.She had a whole fresh fish ready to bake in the oven; several dishes of her-ring prepared in different ways; sˇlizˇikaiand poppy seed milk; kisielius (cran- berry pudding); fruit compote; veg-etable salad; mushrooms; roasted pota-toes; sauerkraut; and dark bread. Her kitchen had been busily steaming andhumming all day.The two boys told their mother theywere going to the “movies”, to see a picture about a “Bold Bank Robbery”,and she expected them home within ashort time. But apparently, they had been delayed, and Anna was by now beside herself with anxiety. What if they had an accident? The city could bea dangerous place with all its teemingtraffic.At 3 o’clock, even though the boys hadnot returned, Juozas decided it wastime to go to the bath-house. While hewas gone and the apartment was other-wise empty, Anna had her washcloth bath, bathed her two daughters, and putthem to bed for a little nap. Soon itwould be time for them all to don their  best clothes, to be ready for the cele- bration of Ku-cˇios.Anna just had time to prepare her table,strewing an armful of sweet hay beneathher pure white tablecloth, setting the places, then distributing her food dishesin an attractive pattern. She dressed thegirls, placed her fish in the oven of thecoal stove, and was ready.Juozas had come home, was alreadydressed, and seated in his soft armchair in the front room, “out of the way”.Soon their guests would arrive, but the boys were not to be seen.Anna began to fret; perhaps theyshould go to the police station aroundthe corner and ask if anyone had heardanything about two young boys who
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