Author: Matthew Dubas

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – A charity hockey game called “Skate for Ukraine,” held between the New York Kozaks and the New Jersey Kings on April 23 at Clary Andersen Arena in Montclair, N.J., raised more than $70,000 for humanitarian aid to Ukraine, according to the event’s organizers. Taras Odulak, who played for the Kozaks, described what...

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. − Ukraine’s women’s team, in fourth place in Group B of the qualifying stage of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after four matches played (one win, one draw and two losses, with four points), is scheduled to resume matches on April 7 against Scotland, April 11 against Hungary, September 1 against the...

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CHICAGO/PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukrainian American entrepreneur Fedia Kourbatov, 23, is the founder of Baba Bags, whose company tagline is “doing good-like Baba would.” Through sales at Baba Bags (www.baba-bags.com), Mr. Kourbatov is raising funds for refugee children from Poltava, Ukraine, who have been displaced from their homes as a result of Ukraine’s ongoing war against Russia-backed separatists in the Donbas region. Mr. Kourbatov, always thinking of new ways to reuse everyday items in order to save the environment, repurposed the collection of Ukrainian pillow cases by Valia Petrusha (January 1954-September 2020), who was a long-time family friend, into reusable gift…

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Ukrainian Dance Academy Workshop (held June 28 through July 10, for campers age 16 and over), and the Ukrainian Dance Camps (first session: July 19-31; and second session: August 1-14, for campers ages 8-16), were held in a safe and fun environment at Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y. Ania Bohachevsky Lonkevych, camp director, and Orlando Pagan, artistic director, spoke with The Ukrainian Weekly about this year’s camps. Ms. Lonkevych explained that to maintain a safe experience for campers, she implemented COVID-19 testing measures and created a “bubble” of isolation so that after…

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WHIPPANY, N.J. – St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church celebrated the centennial of its founding with a hierarchical divine liturgy on October 31, celebrated by Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. The celebrations included a centennial banquet and the unveiling of a street sign that honors Ukraine’s national poet, Taras Shevchenko, marking the intersection of North Jefferson Road (Taras Shevchenko Avenue) and the entrance to the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey (Taras Shevchenko Boulevard). Concelebrating the hierarchical divine liturgy were the Rev. Stepan Bilyk, pastor of St. John Church, the Rev. Roman Mirchuk (former…

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SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – Diana Stinkova, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and Scotch Plains, N.J., resident, originally from Chernivtsi, Ukraine, has been named to the 2022 class of New Jersey Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Scholars. The statewide education initiative engages the next generation of research and innovation leaders by recognizing high-achieving New Jersey high school and college students. Ms. Stinkova arrived in the United States from Ukraine at the age of 8 after her family won a green card lottery. This summer, she visited Ukraine as part of a job-shadowing program. While in Ukraine, in…

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – With the summer season at Soyuzivka Heritage Center once again impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the center’s staff took precautions to provide as safe an experience as possible. As a result, guests were able to enjoy weddings, retreats, camps and a variety of other events throughout the summer. Nestor Paslawsky, general manager of Soyuzivka Heritage Center, said that, from early- to mid-May, weddings and retreats got the summer season rolling along, albeit a bit quieter than before COVID-19 began. The Soyuzivka gift shop launched its online store on May 3, and readers can visit the online store…

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NEW YORK – President Volodymyr Zelens­kyy met with dozens of leaders representing various Ukrainian community organizations at the Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) on September 21 during his working visit to the United States. His primary reason for the visit to the U.S. was to participate in the opening of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Following the singing of the Ukrainian national anthem, Mr. Zelenskyy began his address by highlighting the active role of the Ukrainian community in the U.S. and its close working relationship with Ukraine.

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Dayana Yastremska and Max Purcell of Australia lost in the mixed doubles semifinal on September 8 against Giuliana Olmos of Mexico and Marcelo Arevalo of Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 6-10 at the U.S. Open. In the quarterfinal, Yastremska and Purcell defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Fabrice Martin of France 6-2, 6-3.

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The World Boxing Council (WBC) has named Vitali Klitschko among the world’s best all-time heavyweight boxers, taking the eighth spot in the rankings. The news was posted to the klitschko-brothers.com website on April 8. The list is topped by Muhammad Ali, followed by Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Sonny Liston and Ken Norton. Lewis (Great Britain) and Klitschko (Ukraine) were the only non-American boxers on the list.

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Soccer

• Dynamo Kyiv, ranked 12th in the list of top UEFA teams based on performance in the UEFA European Cup (1955-1991) and in its updated format since 1991, the UEFA Champions League.  With 231 matches played, Dynamo won 97 of them, drawn 51 and lost 83 for a coefficient of 245 points. Shakhtar Donetsk, in 31st place with 127 points, played 124 matches, with 51 wins, 25 draws and 28 losses. The ranking included 513 European clubs and the top-10 included Real Madrid (spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Manchester United (England), Juventus (Italy), Benifica (Portugal), Porto (Portugal), Liverpool (England) and Ajax (the Netherlands).

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Soccer • Ukraine lost 0-2 against Iceland on September 5 in Reykjavik as part of the World Cup qualifiers for Europe. In the previous match against Turkey on September 2, Andriy Yarmolenko scored a brace of goals for Ukraine at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv. Ukraine won the match 2-0 with Yarmolenko scoring in the 18th...

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