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Van Sotir Christo is appointed Honorary Consul of Albania in Massachusetts

Van Christo

Van Christo poses with a 1927 General Electric radio given to him by an appreciative fan of the Van Christo Radio Theatre. 

Citing more than 50 years of service to Albania and the Albanians, H.E. Ditmir Bushati, Foreign Minister of Albania, appointed Van Sotir Christo of Brookline, Massachusetts, as the new Honorary Consul of Albania in Massachusetts. The U.S. Department of State confirmed his new appointment in January, 2015.

Christo was President and Creative Director of Van Christo Advertising in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1960 to 1994 serving hi-tech/industrial clients in the USA, Canada, and the UK . His agency won numerous citations and recognitions including two CLIO Awards and two International Broadcasting Awards.

After the fall of Communism in Albania in 1994, Christo perceived a need for an organization to assist Albanian immigrants arriving in Massachusetts with housing, medical, educational, and other issues that arose as they attempted to find their way in a new country. In 1994, he formed the Frosina Information Network, a non-profit organization that provided valuable counsel and assistance to hundreds of Albanian and other immigrants. Christo was appointed to the Massachusetts Governors Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants by Governors Weld, Cellucci, and Swift.

In 2008, Christo’s wife, Jane Christo, as General Manager of NPR radio Station WBUR in Boston, received a Medal of Gratitude from Albania’s President Alfred Moisiu for her work in training Albanian and Kosovar journalists in both their home countries and the USA after the fall of communism. In 2012, her husband, Van Christo, was awarded the Order of Mother Teresa Medal from Albania president Bamir Topi for aiding Albanian immigrants arriving in America and for calling attention to the plight of Kosovars then under a repressive Serbian regime.

Christo is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific as a Petty Officer on the U.S.S. Chaffee, DE230. In January, 1945, the Chaffee was struck in the bow by a Japanese torpedo intended for the battleship, U.S.S. Pennsylvania, BB38. For this heroic action, the Chaffee crew was awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Star. Christo is a Founding Member and Commander Emeritus of the Albanian American War Veterans of the United States (AAWV) in Massachusetts.

Christo and his wife Jane reside in Brookline, Massachusetts.

SUMMER-2010 Consumer Information Catalog

Here’s the latest Frosina Advisory listing Sources for Helpful/Useful Information – most of them Free…

Free and Low-cost information from U.S. Government

Albanians and other newcomers to the USA should be informed about the
SUMMER-2010 Consumer Information Catalog from the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides data about Health – Money – America and other, much useful information. Almost 100 booklets are free of charge (except for a $2.00 service fee to accompany an order) with other costs beginning at 50 cents and up per booklet.

Shown below is only a small sampling of the SUMMER-2010 listings by catalog number and costs – if any – for the new booklets. Multiple copies of some FREE titles are also available – call toll-free 1-888-878-3256 for more information.

1. Smart Savings For College, (504V), FREE, Page 3
2. Food Safety For Seniors, (593), FREE, Page 5
3. Mammograms, (548V), FREE, Page 6
4. Depression – Medicines to Help You, (551V), FREE, Page 6
5. Smoking – Medicines to help you, (610V), FREE, Page 7
6. High Blood Pressure, (557V), Free, Page 9
7. Looking For The Best Mortgage: Shop, Compare, Negotiate,
(334V), $1.59, Page 9
8. Managing Your Money in Good Times and Bad, (581V), Free, Page 10
9. Guide to Business Credit for Women, Minorities,
and Small Businesses, (317V), $1.50, Page 12
10. The Constitution of the USA, and The Declaration of Independence,
(110V), $2.75, Page 13

View Catalog listings by punching in Federal Citizen Information Center at www.pueblo.gsa.gov. Mail your order to: FCIC-09D, PO Box 100, Pueblo, CO 81002, or go Internet: order publications online, and save the $2.00 service fee!

Phone toll-free 1 (888) 8PUEBLO to place an order M-F 6 am to 8 pm ET ______________________________________________________________________________________
The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) was established to help Federal agencies and departments develop, promote, and distribute useful consumer information to the public. One of the ways to do this is by publishing a new Consumer Information Catalog four times a year. Each quarter, FCIC searches out the best new consumer publications and reviews those already listed in the Catalog for accuracy.

WINTER-2010 Consumer Information Catalog

Since I founded Frosina some 15 years ago, I have made it a regular practice to produce and post ADVISORIES to Frosina’s website www.frosina.org that would provide a wide range of useful data for Albanian and other immigrants arriving in America. Just below is the most recent Frosina Advisory offering valuable information – much of it Free – about America, health, and other matters of interest and assistance to newcomers.

WINTER-2010 Consumer Information Catalog

Free and Low-cost information from U.S. Government

Albanians and other newcomers to the USA should be aware of the
WINTER-2010 Consumer Information Catalog from the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides data about Americana – Health – Cars and other useful info.

Almost 100 booklets are free of charge (except for a $2.00 service fee to accompany an order) with other costs beginning at 50 cents and up per booklet. Shown below are only a few of the new WINTER-2010 listings along with costs for the new booklets. Multiple copies of some FREE titles are also available – call toll-free 1-888-878-3256 for more information.

1. Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants 101T ($10.00)
This comprehensive guide contains practical information to help immigrants deal with everyday life in the United States, as well as a basic introduction to the U.S. system of government. It also gives new immigrants TIPS on how to get involved in their new communities and exercise their rights as citizens or permanent residents. 122 pp. 2007 USCIS

2. The Constitution of United States & Declaration of Independence
100T ($2.75) Learn more about the foundations of our country’s freedom with the full text of both historic documents. 48 pp. 2006 HOUSE

3. Consumer Action Handbook 568T (FREE) Use this updated guide to get help with consumer purchases, problems, and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations; local, state, and federal government agencies; national consumer organizations, and more. 172 pp. 2009 FCIC

4. High Blood Pressure 623T (FREE), Pap Tests 599V (FREE), Mammograms 548V (Free), Cell Phones 509V (FREE), Medicine and Pregnancy 600V (FREE), Buying Contact Lens 543V (FREE), Birth Control Guide 598V (FREE)

5. Buying a Used Car 301V ($1.50), Nine Ways to Lower Auto Insurance 305V ($1.50)

View Catalog listings by punching in Federal Citizen Information Center at www.pueblo.gsa.gov. Mail your order to: FCIC-09D, PO Box 100, Pueblo, CO 81002, or go Internet: order publications online, and save the $2.00 service fee!

Phone: Call toll-free 1 (888) 8PUEBLO to place an order M-F 6 am to 8 pm ET _____________________________________________________________________________________
The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) was established to help Federal agencies and departments develop, promote, and distribute useful consumer information to the public. One of the ways to do this is by publishing a new Consumer Information Catalog four times a year. Each quarter, FCIC searches out the best new consumer publications and reviews those already listed in the Catalog for accuracy.

FALL-209 Consumer Information Catalog

Free and Low-cost information from U.S. Government

Albanians and other newcomers to the USA should be informed about the
FALL-2009 Consumer Information Catalog from the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides data about Health – Housing – Federal Programs – Drugs and Health Aids and other useful information.

Almost 100 booklets are free of charge (except for a $2.00 service fee to accompany an order) with other costs beginning at 50 cents and up per booklet. Shown below are only a few of the new Fall-2009 listings along with costs for the new booklets. Multiple copies of some FREE titles are also available – call toll-free 1-888-878-3256 for more information.

1. Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants 101T $10.00
This comprehensive guide contains practical information to help immigrants deal with everyday life in the United States, as well as a basic introduction to the U.S. system of government. It also gives new immigrants TIPS on how to get involved in their new communities and exercise their rights as citizens pr permanent residents. 122 pp. 2007 USCIS

2. Consumer Action Handbook 568T FREE
Use this updated guide to get help with consumer purchases, problems, and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations; local, state, and federal government agencies; national consumer organizations, and more. 172 pp. 2009 FCIC


3. The Constitution of United States and the Declaration of Independence 110T $2.75

Learn more about the foundations of our country’s freedom with the full text of both historic documents. 48 pp. 2006 HOUSE

4. High Blood Pressure – Medicines to Help You 623T FREE
Free medication, along with healthy eating and exercise, can help lower your high blood pressure. Learn about the various drugs available, their potential side effects, and warning signs. 18 pp. 2007 FDA

View Catalog listings by punching in Federal Citizen Information Center at www.pueblo.gsa.gov. Mail your order to: FCIC-09D, PO Box 100, Pueblo, CO 81002, or go Internet: order publications online, and save the $2.00 service fee!

Phone: Call toll-free 1 (888) 8 PUEBLO to place an order M-F 6 am to 8 pm ET _____________________________________________________________________________________

The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) was established to help Federal agencies and departments develop, promote, and distribute useful consumer information to the public. One of the ways to do this is by publishing a new Consumer Information Catalog four times a year. Each quarter, FCIC searches out the best new consumer publications and reviews those already listed in the Catalog for accuracy.

Frosina Advisories

I have been producing Frosina Advisories for many years in order to provide possible helpful information to Albanian and other newcomers to the USA. At first, I distributed them to all Albanian-oriented and other organizations in Massachusetts and elsewhere, but as the cost of postage kept going up, I began the practice of placing Advisories on the literature rack in Frosina’s reception area, including them with other mailings, while also posting them to the former Frosina Forum. To date, I don’t really know if these Advisories were ever useful to anybody so here’s the latest one below. I’d be curious to get your comments if you believe they’re worthwhile or not.

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A Frosina Information Network Advisory

SUMMER-2009 Consumer Information CatalogFree and Low-cost information from U.S. Government

Albanians and other newcomers to the USA can receive a FREE copy of the
SUMMER-2009 Consumer Information Catalog from the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides information about Health – Housing – Drugs and other useful data in the form of individual booklets by sponsoring federal agencies and offices including the following only partial listings under each category:

HEALTH – “Antibiotic Resistance,” “Concerns about Cell Phones,” ”Safe Use of Cosmetics,” “Mammograms,” “Pap Tests,” “Sleep Disorders,” “Strokes””

DRUGS AND HEALTH AIDS – “Over-the-Counter Drugs,” “Smoking – Medicines to Help You,” “Menopause and Hormones,” “Use Caution with Pain Relievers”

HOUSING – “How to Buy a Home with a Low Down Payment,” “A Consumer’s Guide to Mortgage Refinancing,” “Twelve Ways to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Costs”

MONEY – “Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance,” “Protecting Yourself from Overdraft and Bounced Check Fees,” “Building a Better Credit Report,”

And much more helpful information…!!

Over 125 booklets are free of charge (except for a $2.00 service fee to accompany an order) with other costs beginning at 50 cents and up per booklet. Multiple copies of some free titles are also available –
call toll-free 1-888-878-3256 for more information.

MAKE IT EASY – GO INTERNET !! View Catalog listings by punching in Federal Citizen Information Center at www.pueblo.gsa.gov, order publications online, and save the $2.00 service fee!

For a FREE copy of the SUMMER-2009 Consumer Information Catalog,
please write to: FCIC-08B
PO Box 100
Pueblo, CO 81002
______________________________________________________________________________________
The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) was established to help Federal agencies and departments develop, promote, and distribute useful consumer information to the public. One of the ways to do this is by publishing a new Consumer Information Catalog four times a year. Each quarter, FCIC searches out the best new consumer publications and reviews those already listed in the Catalog for accuracy.

Evaluation of diplomas from foreign universities

The information below is an important source for all those seeking USA equivalency of foreign diplomas.


A Frosina Information Network Advisory


Sources for the Evaluation of Diplomas from Foreign Universities to Determine USA Educational Equivalency


Albanian and other newcomers to the USA who have received diplomas as graduates of universities or institutes of higher learning in Albania and other foreign countries should have their diplomas evaluated to determine their equivalency to degrees offered by USA colleges and universities. This is important when seeking to continue with academic studies or for professional employment purposes.

Evaluation standards for reviewing foreign diplomas are those recommended by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials. In response to many inquiries, the Frosina Information Network is pleased to list the following organizations that are qualified to review foreign diplomas and to issue certification of their USA equivalency:

Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
Ann K. Kugler, Director
PO Box 199
Boston, MA 02117-0199
Tel: (617) 338-7171 / Fax: (617) 338-7101

World Education Services
Mariam Assefa, Executive Director
PO Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 966-6311 / Fax: (212) 966-6395

Educational Credentials Evaluators
James Frey, Executive Director
PO Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
Tel: (414) 289-3400 / Fax: (414) 289-3411

Josef Silny & Associates
Josef Silny, President
PO Box 248233
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Tel: (305) 666-0233 / Fax: (305) 666-4133

Academic Credentials Evaluation
Jasmin Saidi, President
PO Box 6980
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel: (310) 275-3530 / Fax: (310) 275-3528

Foundation for Educational Services
Jack Hoover, President
200 West Mercer St., #503
Seattle, WA 98119-3950
Tel: (206) 298-0171 / Fax: (206) 298-0173

Choosing a Career

Choosing a career that will hold up over time is not easy. To pinpoint jobs for the future, U.S. News interviewed dozens of experts in 20 fields across the USA. As a result, the following job descriptions offered the best possibilities:

  1. ACCOUNTING: Business Valuator
  2. ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT: Animator
  3. BANKING/FINANCE Financal Planner
  4. COMMUNICATIONS: Crisis Specialist
  5. EDUCATION: Math/Science Teacher
  6. ENGINEERING: Computer Engineer
  7. ENVIRONMENT: Pollution Fighter
  8. HEALTH CARE: Physician Assistant
  9. HUMAN RESOURCES: Training Specialist
  10. INTERNET/NEW MEDIA: Internet Executive
  11. LAW: Business Expert
  12. MANAGEMENT: Supply Chain / Logistics
  13. MEDICINE: Cosmetic Dentist
  14. PERSONAL SERVICES: Professional Organizer
  15. PUBLIC SERVICES: Corrections Officer
  16. SALES: Electronics Specialist
  17. SOCIAL WORK: Grief Therapist
  18. TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Wireless Technician
  19. TRADES: Truckdriver
  20. TRAVEL/HOSPITALITY: Inbound Tour Guide

Job Hunting on the Internet

Albanian-American professionals and others who have access to the Internet can now take advantage of finding job openings and other useful prospective employment information both in Massachusetts or anywhere in the USA.

A. MASSACHUSETTS

  1. www.magnet.state.ma.us/det/
    Punch up www.magnet.state.ma.us/det/ and under “employer services” click on “job listing.” State and national job listings can also be accessed through computers located at Massachusetts Employment and Training Offices — look in your telephone book for the office location nearest you.
  2. www.masscareers.state.ma.us One-Stop Career Centers with 8 locations across Massachusetts offer both no-cost and fee-based services and will help people:
    • find current job openings
    • enter education & training programs
    • market themselves for future opportunities
    • assess their skill levels and interests
    • anticipate industry trends
    • identify financial aid resources

B. ANYWHERE IN THE USA

  1. www.ajb.dni.us/
    Job listings anywhere in the USA through America’s Job Bank can be accessed through www.ajb.dni.us/. Some 500, 000 jobs were listed on America’s Job Bank in 1996, and that number is expected to grow to more than a million by the end of 1997.
  2. www.jobfind.com Looking for a job or need to more about employment opportunities? JobFind offers the following services for any state in the USA to which you may want to relocate or to explore the possibility of employment:
    • Job Search
    • Resumes
    • Career News
    • Information
    • Corporate Profiles
    • Advertising Services
  3. www.doleta.gov 
    One-Stop Career Centers, now being set up in 33 states, will help you write a resume, search for job openings by regions and job skills, and even offer computer classes.

The Cambridge Health Alliance Seeks Interpreters

Author: The Cambridge Health Alliance

The Cambridge Health Alliance has full-time openings for Portugese, Spanish, and Haitian Creole interpreters. Some positions require written translation skills, other do not.
The Cambridge Health Alliance is also looking for freelance interpreters for the following alphabetically-listed languages on a per diem basis:

Albanian, Amharic, Arabic (especially women), Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Tibetan, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Interested parties should fax a resume to (617) 498-1420 or mail them to:

Interpreter Services
Cambridge Health Alliance
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

A Source of Employment Possibilities

Author: The Irish Immigration Center

The Irish Immigration Center (IIC) is committed to providing individualized support, professional services, and dynamic programs to immigrants in the Massachusetts area. It was established in 1989 in response to a growing concern about the needs and welfare of immigrants. Its services are available to Albanian newcomers and other immigrants via a network of experienced counselors and social workers.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
The IIC offers new and established immigrants the opportunity to pursue their job search in a friendly, supportive, and self-help environment. Its “One Stop” Center allows job-seekers access to computers and information on upcoming workshops and job fairs. In-depth professional assistance is provided by an Employment Coordinator, including resume and cover letter writing, tips on interviewing techniques, and advice on networking and informational interviewing. The In-house Jobs Board lists positions currently available. Consistent contacts with employers and employment agencies enables the Employment Coordinator to develop a wide range of employment opportunities for job seekers.

Drop-In Center
The Drop-In Center is a friendly, relaxed and comfortable space which hosts a wide array of professional services. People frequently come in just to check the job/housing notice boards (every day except Tuesday and Thursday). For additional information about employment possibilities, please contact:

Anne Kieran, Employment Coordinator Irish Immigration Center
18 Tremont Street
Suite 143
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: (617) 367-1126
Fax: (617) 367-1420