<%BANNER%>

The Syrian Lebanese star ( November 1, 2006 )

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
November 1, 2006
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00056

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
November 1, 2006
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00056

Full Text





THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY

SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE


$15.00 SUBSCRIPTION


Celebrating 44 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
www.syrianlebanesestar.com


XLIV #11 NOVEMBER 2006


I I -aa a


CI,,diac. hack oi l/th set.


SA Newswoman
Defies her Assassins
May Chidiac, Lebanon's Diane Sawyer,
was nearly killed by a car bomb. Now
she's back, and more outspoked than ever.


This July, just 10G
months after losing her left
hand and leg to a car bomb
planted under the seat of
her new Range Rover by
men alleged to be pro-
Syrian thugs. Lebanese
TV jouralist May Chidiac
returned triumphantly ito
the air. Her history of on-:
air remarks criticizing
Syria for stationing troops
in Lebanon and
engineering the 2005


Assassination of her
country's prime minister
had made hera target, but
she picked up exactly
where she'd left .off
hosting one of her
country's most popular
news talk shows, called,
Fittingly, With All
Courage. The only
difference: Chidiac was
wearing a prosthetic
hand-complete with
(continued on page 6)


Cedar Garden at Catholic
University of America


This month a very
special garden.
highlighting the Cedars of
Lebanon is being
completed at the Catholic
University of America
(CUA), in Washington.
D.C. Ties between the
Maronite community and


CUA go back to the late
1950s when Archbishop
(later Cardinal) Patrick
O'Boyle received a
delegation of Maronites
with a proposal to
establish a seminary in
Washington. Archbishop
(continued on page 7)


Book Reviews -


Rafiq Hariri
and the Fate
of Lebanon
by Marwan
Iskandar
On Valentine's Day
2005, self-made
billionaire Rafiq Hariri.
Lebanon's former prime
minister, was
assassinated in Beirut
by a massive bomb that
destroyed his
motorcade. The
Lebanese people
subsequently took to the
streets, and:-the United
Nations Security
Council responded by
declaring the'
assassination an
international terrorist
(continued on :page 6).

Syria:
Surviving
Lebanon's
Crisis
Indicatorson the Surian
economy are,
unfortunately, inconsistent
at best. However, what
information is available
suggests that far from
suffering from the
Lebanese crisis, the
economy has 'actually
benefitted, in part as a
result of its role as an
alternative provider of
goods and services for
Lebanon's markets, but
also because its defiance
has further endeared it to
those countries which.
share its hostility towards
the US.
Syria's relations with
the US may be
deteriorating, but this acts
as almost a positive as far
(continued on page 8)


C1


Inside The
Gender Jihad
Women's
Reform in
Islam
by Amina Wadud
In this insightful study,
Amina Wadud introduces
the feminist movement in (L to R
(L to R)
Islam and delves into its Doug B
Challenges, textual McKay,.
foundations in the Qur'an In
and its achievements. announ
Beginning with her CEOJc
own place in the effort for top off
greater justice for women Grill &
*inT Islam, she stresses, for the
"justice and full human
dignity granted. us by
Allah has been ignored."
and goes on to tackle a
Ecot
(continued on page 7) among
nations
Oman: and Ni
Plugging followed
Future Oil over t]
Oil;- an
Gap gas,
S" domins
We see several good earin
reasons to expect strong income
growth in the tourism govern
industry o\er the forecast region
period, allowing the ,
government to meet its
target of increasing the
sector's contribution, to -
GDP from 1% to 3%. For- U
a start, necessity dictates: w L
oil output fell to (
774,290b/d in 2005,
according to latest figures
from the Ministry of
National Economy. While
the authorities are C
planning to tackle this c
slide by investing LO .
US$10bn with the.aim of w "
increasing output to =
900,000b/d, reserves are C
declining so they have Io

(continued on page 8) ) 0 -


hili's Grill & Bar Heralds
Historic Contribution


SJohn R Moses, Todd Dierner Marlo Thomas and
rooks with St. Jude patients Lauren Luginbill, Akilah
Kole Keller Claudia Bafunno and Anna Grace Davis.
a historic raise $50 million, over a
cement, ALSAC 10-year period for St. Jude
Ihn P. Moses and Children's Research
icials from Chili's. Hospital. This, represents
Bar revealed.plans
restaurant chain to (continued on page 7)
Oil Producers Spend
Windfall Wisely


lomic strategy
the oil producing.
of the Middle East
[orth Africa has
d a similar trend
he past 30 years.
d to a lesser extent
revenues have.
ited GDP, export
s. and government
while
ments across the
have pledged to



I,

O .




co




co
a)
V:


channel a significant
proportion of their
hydrocarbon wealth into
economic diversification.
Despite the creation of a
number of oil
stabilization funds, state
expenditure has
traditionally fluctuated in
tandem with changes in
oil revenues, the pace of
which has largely been
(continued on page 9)


0



>- 0
LL_ 0
<0 0(0_



it IX > z
Smmz<
I 1:D (9


---n"





11 Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006 1


Josephine Sleiman
1.918-2006


En trepreneur,
community leader and


matriarch
Jacksonville's
Sleiman-
Josephine
passed away
Memorial
following an


of
prominent
family,
Sleiman
Friday at
Hospital
extended


battle with emphysema.
Bor June 15, 1918, she
was 88. Josephine
Sleiman grew up during
the Great Depression
with her three siblings -


brothers George and
Fayze Solomon and
sister Rose Tamargo in
Jacksonville's
Springfield
neighborhood. Her
parents, Peter and Frieda
Solomon, migrated to
America from the
Lebanese village of
D'Jezzine. Josephine
learned the grocery
business as well as
accounting from her
father who owned a
chain of stores before
losing almost everything.
in the stock market crash
of 1930: .She worked
hand-in-hand with her
(continued on page 10)


S10% Off
ALL fi UO Any Tree Job
TREE EXPERT $500 Or More
Coupon Must Be Presented
Prior To Work.
24 Hour Emergency Service
Lawn Maintenance Lawn Landscaping
(904) 703-9927
:Jacksonville, FL

S New Bible Bookstore, Inc.

SHours: M, W, F 1i0:00 A.. 6:00 P.M.
L L Tuesday 10:00 A.M. 5:30 P.M.
|, Thurs. & Sat. 10:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M.

Dr. Marie E. Baker
(904) 387-8777 or 800-439-8215

928 South Edgewood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32205


Van Zeeland Heating & Air Inc

Air Conffioning & Heating Systems / Conttaclors

(904) 751-51 22
L" Lc -.r c -C-f "S: "5-
www.vonzeelandheafir.gondair.comr
76087 Vonzeeland Lone Yulee. 1L 3.20 ;


ulie's Jewelry & Appraisals
S G.I.A. Graduate:
Diamllond R1ing Specialists
S Eurnpeacrn Designs

(904) 221-2007
-i 2740 Atlantic Blvd.. Ste. 3
Corer of Allanhrd & Girvi
Jacksonville, FL


Engagements
Mussalem Michal Haddad


Christina
Mussallem and
Paul Haddad,
Jacksonville,
announced
engagement
married.


Marie
Michael
both of
have
their
to be


The bride-elect is the
daughter of Marsha and
(continued on page 10)




Catering
The Perfect Choice for
Every Occasion!
Keith Waller/President
.Phone: (904) 642-5311
(904) 281-2233
Fax: (904) 281-2255
www.rsvpcaterers.com
info@rsvpcaterers.com
4660 Salisbury Rd.,
Jacksonville, FL 32256


Does 'our
Mother Look
Like This?
Ours Doesn't Either
mi'i SHE :.CAN C00K!

I, : '-


FOURNIER AIR CONDITIONING
& REFRIGERATION INC.
Residential *Commercial
www.furnierair.com
(904) 260-0464
6694-1 S. Columbia Park Jacksonville, FL
CAC 043879
GA 043879







NPS INC.
CALL TQDAY FOR A FREE STIMATIE





7442 SiFver Lake iTeracr e
(904) 725-0S22
"Srvitn Jacks ojnvwll Since 1 979"


BARK AVENUE]

All-Inclusive Luxury Boarding Brand New 10,000
Square Foot Facility Grooming Services
Recreation Yards Day Care

904-757-3295
10427 Alta Dr. Jacksonville, FL

Loving Care By The Handful
FOUlR PAxWS e r It

PetMassage Services for Dogs,
Cats & Other Small Animals
Relieves Strains & Sprains Improves Health
Increases Trust & Confidence
Susan Burnett, LMT #MA23389
CERTIFIED PETMASSAGE PROVIDER
(904) 228-1908
fourpawsandmore@yahoo.com
Jacksonville, FL

,.:.--':. Ameri-Life &
A "i Health Services
-441 f f t of North Florida, L.L.C.
Health Long Term Care
SUife Home Healthr Care
a .Anuity
"Qualty Products And People Make The Difference!"
Phone (904) 332-0716
8301 Cypress Drive, Suite 104 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Residential Commerical Automotive Lock-outs

Piner's Lock & Safe

Dick Sigler

904-398-1646

Fax: 904-398-4981
3861 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207

UNIVERSAL

BODY & REPAIR
We Take Care'of your Car Like It Has To Last Forever
Free Estimates
All Work Guaranteed

904-641-1201
9943 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL
Best Wishes To Our Many Syrian & Lebanese
Friends & Customers

BETTER AUTO PARTS
SServing Jax Over 20 years
Call For Fast Prices, You Can Deal Better With Matter
Buying Salvage & Wrecked Vehicles
737-1626


4400 1`11111 H11 N V Jalisen#ve, R







Page 3 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006


Thanksgiving



I pray the Lord may
open your spiritual eyes
and understanding to see
how short we are in
thanking and. praising our
God who loves us and
gave Himself for us that
we may have eternal life.
Sorry to say that I meet
many people: they don't-
know -God personally.
Others believe in God but
they thank Him once a
year on Thanksgiving.
Still others.deny God's
existence. Let me read to
you from the Bible
briefly where God uses
an unusual way to teach
us how worthy He is to be
worshiped and honored.
"And Moses stretched out
his hand over the sea and
the Lord caused the sea to
go back by a strong east
wind all that night, and
made the sea dry land,
and the waters were
divided. And the children
of Israel went into the
midst of the sea upon the


Rev. Fred Massabni
dry ground: and the
waters were a wall unto
them on their right hand,
and on their left. And the
Egyptians pursued, and
went in after them to the
midst of the sea. even all-
Pharoah's horses, his
chariots, and. -his
horseriien. And it canie to
pass. that in the morning
watch the Lord fighteth
for them against the
Egyptians. And the Lord
said unto Moses. Stretch
out thine hand over the
sea, that the waters may
come again upon the
Egyptians, upon their
chariots, and upon their
horsemen. And Moses
stretched forth his hand
continuedd on page II


M.J. SIMON
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT
(904) 356-2489
432 East Monroe Street Jacksonville, FL


ifolkhay llartie.%
Book Your
Holiday Pcirties.R(,11i,,u, u


Way r Vdsintq Siow~ers
Spet ml 8irtldukiv.i 10. 40. 501. Af tret
(Jl 1~1L-Al.f1'1111 -hiL.)NI&%[I-f t ove h %iWrgiW .lorinLi rai ,1 kwI ,I
w flrenVOYl t M .t h' Ii$ JEirwk r luli`0111C Ip % L 111L .t IIr iii


1410(1- M-AcdfL -M ,5li iiill T'i-minwi %%' (51101 (Nelt ~il 241 '1771


Mary's Place
in Islam and
in the Qur'an
According to the Qur'an
God made Mary and Jesus
a sign, a witness to faith:
"And We made the son of
Mary and his mother a
portent" (S.23:50;
S.21:91).
Three suras (chapters) in
-the Qur'an bear titles
recalling various aspects of
Christian tradition: Sura 3,
The Family of Imran; Sura
5, The Holy Table,
concerning imagery
Recalling Jesus' miracles;
and Sura 19,. Mar', giving
prominence to Mary and
Zachariah.
In general, the Qur'a,
focuses on two particular:
events in the life of Marn:
her birth and her time in the
Temple. "The angels said:
O Mar'! Allah has chosen
thee and made thee pure
and has preferred thee
above all women of
creation." (S. 3:42).
The same God who has
chosen Adam, Noah. and


By Brother John
Samaha, S.M.
the .families. of Abraham
and Imran also chose Mary.
The texts indicate three
points clearly: Mary is
favored;-she is pure; she is
chosen over all women of
the. world. In comparing
Marian texts of the Qur'an
with Christian sources we
find some close similarities
with the Protoevangelium
of James and other
apocryphal writings.
God chose Mary and
prepared her for an
important mission, "to
adore and pay homage."
(S. 3:43). Mary \aas chosen
to be a messenger of God
and to bear a child through
the Word of God rather
than normal intercourse.


continued on page 11)

Island Tire, Inc.
Serving the Trucking Industry for 25 Years
We specialize in providing emergency roadside service.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Nights and Weekends by Emergency Call or Appointment
Phone 904-522-0438 Fax 904-522-0203
St Augustine, FL

Black Creek Electrical Serivces Inc.
Electricians You Can Trust With Your Home or Business
SPaul R. Allen
Master Electrician
4293 CR 218 W Unit 109
Middleburg, FL 32068
Office (904) 291-7941
Fax (904) 291-7904
Cell (904) 219-8680
E-mail: prallen_@Bellsouth.net





LicaL-ed & Insured
Y Tee Pasroval Y Sturp Grinding
Y Trimnig Y Free Estirnates
10% Discount Military & Seniar Citizens
S904-226-2658
Jacksonville, FL


Prayer (8)
Certain Selected Sayings
about Prayer Dua, Salat,
are cited here:
1. There is .nothing
dearer to Allah than to pray
to Him and lay one's needs
before Him. (Hazrat Ali)
(Precious Gems, P. 519)
2. Do not despair for the
day caused in the
acceptance of your prayer,
as the more it is delayed,
the greater becomes the
prize. The acceptance of
prayer is often delayed, for
Allah grants abetter reward
or a higher gift to the
supplicant. (Hazrat Ali.)
Some Sayings of the
Holy Prophet of Islam,
peace be on Him, are
recorded as:
1. When you pray
something to Allah, do not
be impatient, rather
continue and expect in full,
the consequence in. your
favor.
2, Invoke Allah's
Blessings, being certain of
response, simultaneously,
know that Allah does not
respond to the one who


L I


By Dr. Qazi Muhammad
Barkatullah
does not have full faith in
Him.
3. Supplication before
Allah is the essence and
spirit of worship and it
cannot fail to produce one
of the three results in favor
of the supplicant:
i) who either gains some
immediate good;
ii) or, his/her sins are
forgiven in lieu thereof;
iii) or, some other
reward is stored up for
him/her in the next world
4. To pray is to worship
5. Nothing repels
calamity but prayer.
6. Fear the prayer of the
wronged, for verily there is
no veil between him/her
and Allah.
7. You should always
make it a point to ask Allah
for His Grace because it
(continued on page 12)


RC SCROGINS
PAINT COMPANY


PO. B J e 904.99 .

Kay's A Plus Cleaning

Available 7 Days a Week

Move In Move Out

S Residential Offices

Jacksoriville Beach, FL

Quinn-Shalz
'A Family Funeral Home
Jacksonville's Only On-site Crematory
The Beaches Only Locally Owned Firm
--' .-. i. urvwwi.quinn-shalz.com -

'(904) 149-1100
3600 S. 3rd St. Jacksonville Beach, FL






SPage 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006


Hospital Visitors
Make New Friends: Ray
Romano and Brad Garrett


Very Truly
Yours










First of all, I would like
to thank the ALSAC staff
and the many donors and
volunteers throughout the
country who have made
this, past year such a
successful, fund-raising
year; Without your
continued help and support,
we could not raise the
funds necessary to keep the
mission of St, Jude alive.
On behalf of all of the
children and their families,
please accept our sincerest
thanks. .
We had a very
successful ALSAC
National Summit in
Memphis in June. More
than 400 staff' members
from all around the country
attended, and it was an
energetic and productive
meeting. Out new strategic
plan was introduced to the
staff, and they welcomed it
(continued on page 12)


Ray Romano, star of
the animated film Ice
Age2: The Meltdown, and
Brad Garrett, Romano's
co-star from the hit
television show,
Everybody Loves
Raymong. visited St. Jude
on March 12.
Romano and Garrett
(center) were led on their
tour of the hospital by
ALSACCEO John. P.
Moses (far left) and St.
Jude director and CEO
William E. Evans.
PharmD..
Along with learning
more about the research


done at St. Jude, Romano
an dGarrett met several
St. Jude families and
brought smiles to many
children by -signing
autographs. posing for
photos and handing out
DVDs. books and posters
personalized for each
patient. :
Both Romano and
Garrett have been St. Jude
supporters for several
years. attending numerous
fund-raisers. In addition,
Romano has filmed TV
spots for the St. Jude
Thanks and Giving
program.


Professional Cat Photography
FelineFoto.com
Photos for: Advertising Calendars Magazines Websites
Personal Portrait of your beloved feline
Sally Cowan -She is the one to call
Set up a photo session with your special four-legged companion.
904-377-5586
3873 Hickory Lane, St. Augustine, FL


St. Johns Insurance Agency
The Beaches Auto & Homeowners Specialists
LS-1


Homeowners Condos Windstorm e Flood


Bill & Sons Mobile

Locksmith Service

Auto Experts Keys Made
Commercial Residential

(904) 272-1141
997-4 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL


sj


Cars Trucks 9 Motorcycles e M~





1 Page 5 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006 I


The Star is published once per month by A.M. Coplan. The Star is an independent
monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 40 years.
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
The Syrian-Lebanese Star
Publisher and Editor...A. M. Coplan
For Advertising Information Write P.O.Box 5545
Jacksonville, Florida 32247 Phone (904) 737-6996
Postmaster-send change of address.to the above address
Please send your letters, news stories, pictures and club activities to
The Editor's Desk.
4251 University Blvd. S., Suite 201, Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Subscription Rate: $15.00 per year

Ghanem's Energy


Now at the helm of the
National Oil Corporation
(NOC), former premier
Shukri Ghanem is
pressing the accelerator
on modernization of the
energy sector following a
period of stasis in H106.
Ghanem's main focus is
to resuscitate the oil and
gas exploration licensing
process, which lost
traction in the fug of oil
sector reorganization
earlier this year. In mid-
June, the NOC chairman
confirmed that the third
licensing round under the
EPSA-IV tennis would be
held by September-


Push in Libya
October, with the
company currently
sorting out which blocks
to offer up for auction.
Libya can be pretty sure
of a strong response; the
country once again
topped the annual poll of
exploration hotspots run
by consultancy Fugro
Robertson.
Plans to raise
production capacity to
more than 2mn b/d by
2007, from about 1.7mn
b/d now, will also rest on
current operators getting
more barrels out to
market -There is reason
to believe it will be


successful in this effort.
Spain's Respol YPF is
preparing to lift its
Libyan oil production by
200,000 b/d to 450,000
b/d within five years. The
winners of the EPSA-IV

(continued ni page 13)


Jacksonville Death
Shirley Isaac


Shirley Allen Isaac,
68, passed away
peacefully early Friday
morning. She was born
in Jacksonville on
January 4, 1938. A
devout Christian,
Shirley enjoyed travel,
cooking, arts and
crafts and spending
time with her family.
In her younger days,
(continued on page 13)"


Wholesale/Retai

All Insurance Work Accepted
"'We Ple YitcW "

904-733-0011
7658 Phillips Highway #500
Jackosnville, FL


Le Skin Care

& Nail Salon
"i Nails Spa Pedicures & Manicures
Facials Waxing
ce, MMicrodermabrasion
Walk-Ins Welcome For The Ultimate
In Skin & Nail Care


HOURS:
MON SAT
www.leskincarenail.com 9AM-7PM
904-241-8002 z


cEiiD


Jacksonville Beach, FL


Neat Freak

Chris Stone
L Professional Organizer

Closets *Pantries
Offices Garages


904-536-9306

chrislstone@comcast.net
Jacksonville, FL



WE OFFER YOU RECEIVE
* Free Onsile Appraisals a Ezceptional PNices
SKnowledge 1 Private Appointmenis
l* ntegrty At Our Olice Or
Your Home
*Immedia~e Payment



Buy Sell Trade
Mon Fri: 9:30-6:30 Sat: 10-2 Sun: Closed

5672 Santa Monica Blvd. S.
Jacksonville, FL


Omasr'v Ato
Air. & Reatir



When the people in this area
look to someone to take
care of any, mechanical
problems they might have
with their car van or light-
duty truck, many of them
head straight for Omar's
Auto Air & Repair. They are
conveniently located at
10066 103rd Street, in
Jacksonville, phone 904-
908-0555.
This well-known service
center specializes in all
types of expert automotive
air conditioning and
mechanical repairs and
service. They can handle
almost any size job at
reasonable rates.
The editors of Jacksonville's
Syrian-Lebanese Star highly
recommend Omar's Auto
Air & Repair to all of our
readers. Phone 904-908-
0555 for any information or
service.

904- 9Of- 0555
10066 103rd St.,
Jacksonville, FL


SWe Can Do It Right!

.Paid-pcii cail .dvrtiscm&en paid for tam apprnvcd by Bill BisXhp
SRepublican, for City Council District 2






Page 6 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR October 2006

ORANGE PARK/ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA


Newswoman
(continued from page 1)
French manicure and a
large gold ring-and an
artificial leg, and carefully
angled her' good ear
toward her guest (the blast
had deafened her on one
side). Chidiac continued to
broadcast while the streets
near her office were being
bombarded during this
s u m m e. r s
Israeli/Hezbollah conflict.
"I wanted to go back on
the air. I am a journalist.
I'm used to danger. This is
what I had to do." In the
meantime, she tries not to
dwell on the fact that the
people who attempted to


kill her in September 2005
are still at large. "They
didn't succeed, and they
are not happy seeing me
again like this, saying
loudly what I believe in.
But I won't hide or be
afraid," she says. This
month she'll receive a
Courage in Journalism
Award from the
International Women's
Media Foundation;
beyond that, she's
considering a run for
Lebanon's parliament in
2009. But she's sure of
only one plan: "Iwill keep
on speaking out until the
last day of my life."


1st CHOICE

MORTGAGE GROUP

We have the loans
you wish existed
and we close them.


Mention Ad When Calling.

(904) 224-6224
3535 Hwy 17, Ste 5
Orange Park, FL



ANIMAL

A6Vtl -CLINIC
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery,
Special Ihterest in Exotics, Reptiles, Birds and Behavior
We'll Help Your Best Friend Feel Better
Look For Our Drive Up & Drop Off Boarding,
Grooming & Bathing Facility.
DARLENE A. SCHIUTSKY-LUNDBERG, V.M.D., M.A.

904-771-2781


6001-2 Argyle Forest Blvd. Jacksonville, FL


Sales Service Rentals
Pharmaceuticals Diabetic Supples Wheelchairs

U.S. Post Office Station
904-298-0873
1994 Kingsley Ave. Orange Park, FL


Hariri Book
(continued from page 1)
act with severe regional
and international
ramifications. An
International
Independent
Investigation
Commission was
formed by the Security
Council to uncover the
perpetrators. Hariri was
mourned as a Lebanese
martyr, and his death
triggered the protests
that led to the


withdrawal of Syrian
forces in April of 2005.
From his humble
beginnings as a fruit
picker, Hariri achieved
fame and fortune as a
construction magnate in
Saudi Arabia. As prime
minister of Lebanon for
ten years (19921998 and
20002004) he was
widely credited for its
rebirth after years of
civil war, overseeing the

(continued on page 14)


Samantha Jones
Manager


868 Blanding Blvd. Suite 137
Orange Park, FL 32065
-904) 272-0998 Fax (904) 272-7693
2498 US1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 824-9009 Fax (904) 797-2540
4878 Palm Coast Parkway
Palm Coast, FL 32137
(386) 447-6568 Fax (386) 447-1618
www.zbestrental.com


CHeer




Providing students
of all ages with top
quality instruction &
encouragement in
a safe .
environment.

30+ Years of
Combined
Coaching
Experience

www.cheerauthority.net

904-264-6114


We Train True
Athletes To Be True
Champions


26 Industrial Loop
Ste. 173
Orange Park, FL


* Overlooking the City's Founding Site
* BEST RATES & SERVICE
GUARANTEED
Restaurant & Sports Bar
*^ Heated Jacuzzi & Large Pool
New King/Full size rooms
S High Speed Wireless Internet
* Tour Group Friendly 10% off rack rate
with this ad In Room Coffee, Iron & Hair
Dryer Free World Gym Dog Friendly Walk to
Historic sites, Shopping, Churches & Fine Dining
116 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL
1-800-575-5289
E-mail: info@ramadainnhistoric.com


-S L LOCALLY OL-1WED OPERATED
Committed to Quality &
Cus;s m err SeirfCe
RESIDENTIAL ALL COLORS AVAILABLE
6- SEAMLESS GUTTERS* EXPERT INSTALLATION
FREE ESTIMATES LICENSED & INSURED
Gutter Cleaning
Leaf Stopper Available
904-213-0100 904-759-8856
Orange Park, FL


Vote Clyde E.Wolfe : Nov. 7



13i.tt a Circuit Juudge- is m trncvndouiss
rvsporisibility tihat requires much
experience, as well as active in.volvemeni-
iLn the ommrxnity, I pledge to be a

Worthy stetwerd of your truat. Please visit
Smy wXeb site', 'ww.clydew' fe4hudge.co
o-.ar more information. And, do not forget
to vote tfo me on November 7, 2006.
.* ~milv. Law vMas.i.rratc 3.5 ye rs
--Child Support Enforcement Hearing
"" -Officer 3.5 years
Guatrdian. d Litem Program Attorney -
2-5 y
Private Practice 18 years%


*a I, CIRCUIT JUDGE ..


'Relevan-t experience, solid legal knowledge and an
easygoing, calm manner make Clyde Wtllre. a St. Augustine
lawyer, the best candidate in a strong field for a new. 7th
Circuit judgeship."
-Daytona Beach News-Jouraal


"In Gtroup 27 of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, which includes
Volusia, Flagler, Putnamn and St. Johns counties, veteran St.
Augnstine lawyer Clyde. Wolfe is the best qualified among
four candidates."
-Orlando Sentinel

"nve mCin't t, foir Vei(4 p&Oer*i-Pt fj-re te, pCa-t E 2 6 ye-ov-r"
ASK SOMEONEr WHO KNOWS
PJIniAl .tA -' criin P.iad ror -tI A g ut-rl br Clyde E L Waf. E_-Pi it o Ct'Cii Jradie
St. Augustine, FL





Page 7 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

FLORIDA

Wadud Book Africa and New. York (a Cedar Garden class of five seminarians
(continued from page 1) traditionally male role), (continued from page 1) and number of pertinent Wadud charts the as its first rector. Arabic Television
issues, including the state evolution of Muslim O'Boyle continued to, Maronite Patriarch Boulos
of Muslim women's women organizations to facilitate the needs of the Peter (Cardinal) Meouchi Via Satellite
studies as a discipline im the international players early Maronite community arrived in Washington, Serving Florida & South Georgia
mainstream academia and they are becoming today. and inm the spring of 1961, D.C., in August of 1962
the .role of Muslim A major contribution t tthe first seminarians for a five day stay. During $35000
women in the domestic the debate on women and attended CUA under the this time he hada State Complete
space. Islam, this book will name of Maronites. In Visit with President John System
Brimming with (appeal to those who are July, 1961 he was F. Kennedy, officially Including: Basic515-0767
personal experiences, interested in the instrumental in securing dedicated the seminary on Installation, (75 CM (850) 313-6314
such as when the, author challenges facing the the present property of our August 26. 1962, and Dish, Digital KULNBF tm term
was invited to deliver the Muslim world in today's Maronite .Seminary on celebrated a large Mass at Digital Receiver) www.d mastr.com
Does Not andude Nevare, FL
Friday sermon in South society. Alaska Avenue, N.W., and the National Shrine of the Does Nor Iin
S" ; the new seminary opened pp
Chili n June 22 at an cal September 24, 1961 with a continued on page 14)
Chills (n June 22 at an official
ARE YOUt HIRWG WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
(continued from page 1) ceremony held on the St. ARE Ot wn O YOU K SeARE?
Jude campus. At the een A merican DataSearch
the largest donation in the M e was joined by ..-,.-,- ,.-.,, ..=,
history of the hospose was joined eby s r c us, r.!s : FC1IC SZ T EP !i G
history of the hospital.aro Thomas, St Jude The US parent o Jti reports thal 1
In 32 adlt Americans yms tirlig -supervis.ed'
"This overwhelming. national outreach director ,by e al a n SWtIa, ENSr eaW C erAG[NCy
generous gift from this and daughter of St, Jude a cities at he and o Tel:(321) 728-1151 Fax:(321) 72841124
eating corporation -ill' founder Danny Thomas; 30% l al l resumes canta ll.: wvw.gl balco.raig.us mlrlb ifagoai oarIagp.us
allow us to continue our Tony Thomas. St. Jude bltantZ erromeous infton ri't PLEAiE'fLJ UFOR A i00TECAR: HOME HEALTH ANDLIFE. I-SIl$1E
commitment to Nearly 1 mllWe Vioea4-s
unsurpassed patient care Board member and son of 1a 0 1.a *r
Danny Thomas: Doug .. -77.
and unparalleled scientific B roo : CEO and etlWftt .
Brooks, CEO and '0t .~ .kC bri.
research, which is freely president of Brinker: American DataSesar
shared with medical temation. Ca Tdray For FREE baurswwinu uoigiar
institutions all around the .I.terna onal, Chl ts 407nl-654-6444 orni Hthat iknowsybs
word." Moses said. parent company; and Todd .H 7 -654 DMD SI We ~alr Enrllsh, & Arabie A i
Do Moses iener, president of Cluli's Melbourne, FL
The plans were unveiled Grill & Bar.elbourne, FL


VLet's Elect
Vote at home:
l your Belinda Noah
-supervisor of.- B t d a .-:N o*
elections for S.
an absentee For U.S. enate
ballot -
..ba.... November 7th


What I Believe Professional Activities
We must restore tnist and integrity in government Candidate for Umted States Senate
We must increase disposable income for all Americans Producer of television shows .
We.must reduce the size and scope of government .. Practicing Attorney
We must institute responsible. long term fiscal policies in government. Legal consultant
We must keep our promises to the unborn. Member of the United States Supreme Court Bar
We must keep our promises to veterans. Member of the Florida Bar, State of Florida -
-* Adjunct Law Professor
T-hat mean : Publisher of aw ard-winning papers and books
That mean : Member of the Federalist Society
I will engage.in public debate in a manner that emphasizes the contrast Member of the Republican Lawyers Association
between the promise of the future and the politics of the past. Member of American College of Legal Medicine
When elected, I will immediately co-sign and work for passage of S.25, -
the FAITAX ACT in the Senate of the United States. Degrees
I will work to reduce the size, scope and number of federal agencies, con- Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications, University of South Florida
solidating functions of agencies wherever possible. ,* Juris Doctor degree, Florida State University College of Law
I will demand balanced budget discipline and the elimination of the $6. Master ofLaws degree, Widener University School of Law
trillion national debt. Master of Laws degree, Widener University School of Law
Trillion national debt. Doctor of Juridicial Science degree in 2003, Widener University School of Law
I will demand that the Republican U.S. Senate stick to its promise to
introduce a pro-life amendment.She wi appreciate the support of her many Syrian and Lebanese friends.
I will work to ensure veterans and their spouses receive their well-earned
benefits and quality services. Campaign funds and donations appreciated.
Pd Pol Ad paid for and approved by Belinda Noah.





Page 8 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

FLORIDA


Syria
(continued from page 1)
as attracting investment
from the states which have
also diversified away from
the US is concerned. One
example of this is China's
increasing presence in the
country. Meanwhile,
Syria's defiance towards
the US may also have
played a part in the
strengthening of its
relations with Venezuela:
President Hugo Chavez
announced on August 27
his intention to visit
Damascus, to: bolster. ties
between the two countries.
Indeed, the Syrian
investment office
announced on July 20 that
the number of investment
projects in the first half of
2006 it did not specify
what proportion, if any.
were domestic investments
- had reached 212, with a
total value of $SYP194bn
(US$3.7bn). This resulted
in the creation of 11,741
jobs, according to the
investment office.
Although difficult to
quantify. Syria is also Likely
to be benefiting from the
trade which is diverted
from Lebanon's ports, as
long as the Israeli blockade
continues. Basam Fedda
head of traffic at Latakia.
Syia's main port. told
Lebanese Engligh-


language paper the Daily
Star that the port had
handled 2,000 cargo
containers which had been
originally destined for
Lebanon but diverted to-
Egypt, Malta and Cyprus,
where they had been held
until recently. Although
Syria is likely to limit the
amount of tax is charges on
handling goods, on
humanitarian grounds, this
activity will nonetheless
provide a fillip to the
economy.
Finally, a report front eh
Syrian Chanbers of
Commerce (SCC) suggests
that deposits held with
Syrian public and private
bands rose by 25% and
30% respectively, in the 18
months to July. Chairman
of the SCC, Ratib al-
Shallah, has attributed this
to the return of deposits
from abroad, estimating the
amount of inflows from
Lebanon alone at US$300-
400mmn since the
beginning of the year. This
is likely to be result of the
Syrian withdrawal from
Lebanon in May 2005, as
well, as the deteriorating
political environment.
there. but also of
perceptions of a
strengthening banking:
sector at home, following
the introduction of carious
reforms.


Skilled, Dependable CNAs
Hourly No Minimum
Meal Preparations
M dedication Reminders
Light Housekeeping
Transportation/Errands
f* t Assistance With Dressing,
24 Hours/ Bathing & Grooming
7 Days A Week 386.252.0051/1.888.242.0051
www.comforcare.com 135 E. Iternmaonal Speedway Blvd. #10,
Daytona Beach. FL

Lesan Home Care, Inc.
-Serving Broward. Palm Coast, & Martin Counties
20% off with mention of thisad
S Please Call
561-742-0874 561-373-9593
866-655-9708
: Lie. & Insured #HCS221852 Boynton Beach, FL


Oman
(continued from page 1)
also been forced to turn
their attentions to other
areas.
Hotels and restaurants
alone accounted for 1.1%
of real GDP in 2004.
Doubling this in line with
the government's plan
could add just under a
percentage point to GDP
growth. Assuming
revenues also doubled,
the stronger tourism
figures could also take up
to half a percentage point
off the current account
deficit (we see the
account falling into
deficit, on the back of
lower oil prices, from
2008). Our calculations
suggest that doubled
tourism revenues could
cut the shortfall we are
currently forecasting for
2010, from 8.6% of GDP
to 8.2%.
Certainly, the record in
the region is very
promising, with tourism


having grown at an
average rate of 20%
annually for the last two
decades. Indeed, the
Middle East was the
strongest performing
region in terms of tourism
growth in 2004 and 2005,
according to the Hotel
Benchmark survey
carried out by Deloitte
and Touche. The survey
rates Oman second
regionally, with revenue
per available room having
soared by. 54% y-o-y to
reach US$87 in 2005,
thanks to a hotel room
occupancy rate of 70.6%.
Indicators this year
show that tourism
continues to grow
strongly, in spite of a
downturn elsewhere in
the Middle. East. Known
for its political stability,
Oman saw passenger
arrivals at its two- main
airports rise by 27.3% and
22.9% y-o-y respectively
in the first seven months
of 2006, taking total
(continued on page 15)


Tile, Carpet, Wood, Travertine
Granite, Slate, Onyx, Laminate.
(Exceptional Installation Available)

386-754-8767 (Lake City)
1-866-888-7847 (Toll. Free)

www.qualityflooringco.com





Aztec Trading

Company


Auto Dealer Used Cars
Hours: M-F 8:30 5:30
Sat: 8:30-2:30 Sun: Closed

904-966-0502

1534 S. Walnut St. BBB
Starke, FL 32091 .1


TLC Caregivers
Private Personal Care
Elderly Disabled Children
Since 1989
Serving Escambia Santa Rosa Counties
Homemakers Companions
Sitters Bonded Insured
SWorkers' Compensation
SDrug Free Screened
24 hours
www.tlccaregivers.com
tlccaregivers@aol.com
Member Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau
850-857-0920
4400 Bayou Blvd., Ste 9 Pensacola, FL 32503* #HCS5703


To Misty Meadows Home
Specializing In The Younger Individual (Ages 18-50)
Who Are Developmentally Disabled
a teaching hospital, the latest in technology
peaceful.relaxing atmosphere comfort and less stress
Spacious Bedrooms Loving Dining Beautiful Living Room
Home Cooked Meals Church Services Activities
Laundry & Housekeeping Services
For More Information or to Schedule a Tour:
Call Alice at 352-472-2820
Visit My Website: www.mistymeadows.com
Assisted Living Facility License #AL8031
103 NW 298th St., Newberry, FL 32669

Mid Florida

Protection Division

Patrol Cars

Bicycle Patrols

Walking Patrols

Armed Unarmed

24 Hours

352-377-4278

Gainesville, FL

Flagler Beach Hardware Store

See Us For All Your Maintenance Needs

: Cleaning Supplies Tools for Rent

Richards Paint Culligan Bottled Water

...much, much more!

Hours: M-F 7-6, Sat 8-4, Sun 10-3

Come see for yourself what we have!

386-439-2215

Flagler Beach, FL






Page 9 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

GEORGIA


Oil Producers
S(continued from page 1)
determined by variations-
in the oil price.
Some success has been
achieved in opening up'
new areas of economic
activity, such as in the
petrochemical industry,
but the consensus view
has been that Middle
Eastern governments have
largely failed to make the
most of their oil wealth.
However, a recent report
by the World Bank has
concluded that the
region's net oil exporters
are making far better use
of the bumper revenues
generated by the current
oil boom. The report is the
second in a new series of
annual World Bank
assessments of the Middle
East and North Africa


- (MENA) region's
economic prospects.
According to -the
Middle East and North
Africa Region: Economic
Developments and
Prospects .2006 report,
governments are using the
higher than budgeted f6or
oil revenues to improve
- their long term-economic
prospects. A large
proportion is being
dedicated to long, term
investments and ,debt
repayment, wbile oil
revenue stabilization
funds are being expanded.
Saudi Arabia, for
instance, had slashed its
national debt from 97% of
GDP in 2002 to 410. by
the end of 2005. It has
also turned a budget
deficit -of 6?%o .into a
surplus of 8.40o over the'.
same period.


/1i4& LIFE'S GREAT AT SUPER 8
Mini Suites Double/Triple Rooms
B Swimming Pool Free Local Calls
Jacuzzi High Speed Internet
King Beds Coffee Makers

478-272-5141
Fax: 478-272-5727
2150 S. Hwy. 441 Near 1-16
Dublin, GA


The key difference-
between economic policy
now aid during previous
oil booms appears to be a
more conservative
approach., During the
successive pol price highs
of the 1970s and later,
governments appeared to
assume that prices would
remain high. Expenditure
rocketed and then had to-
be severely curtailed
when prices fell sharply.
Several states tried to
maintain high expenditure
by taking out large loans
on the mistaken
assumption that the oil
price would soon
rebound, enabling them to
quickly repay their debts,.
Jennifer Keller, the main
author of the World Bank
report and the senior
economist in the Office of
the Chief Economist for


the Middle East and North
Africa Region,. sais that
"there's a realization that
they can't do things as
before."
Average economic
growth in the MENA
region reached 6% in
2005, producing an
average of 6.2% over the
past three years, up from
just 3.5% during the three
years up to 2000. This has
largely resulted from
higher oil revenues in.
Kuwiait. Libya, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab. Emirates.
The annual oil revenues
of the region's oil rich,
labor importing countries
increased from' $186bn in
2002 to: $440bn by last
year. partly because of
increased oil production
but mainly because of the
(continued on page 15)


FROM THE HEART FLOWERS
For All Occasions
Teleflora Wire Service
Weddings Gift Baskets Sympathy
SMajor Credit Cards
We Customize... $12.99 and up
www. myfsn.com/fromtheheart
wwwfromtheheartflowers.com
770-682-0005 1-888-954-0005
294 A Buford Dr. Lawrenceville, GA
Please Mention This Ad


A .SEVANANDA
NATURAL FOODS MARKET "
--oo{ratt ,y voirned.isince t94-S- .




nyorJouurneyo l

'C'Grocerles & Organic Produce
OVitamins, Supplements & Wellness
*Cooking & Yoga Classes








467 Moreland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA
404-681-2831
www.sevananda coop

V l W. w


SUPERIOR
BUILT IN SYSTEMS

Installation,
Monitoring and
Repair of:
Alarm Systems
(closed circuit
camera System),
Central Vacuurh
Systems
(Distributor of
BEAM Central
Vacuum for all
Southeast), Phone
systems, Sound
Systems & -
-Surround Sound




770-664-7171

Alpharetta, GA


Experience a
world of lavc r.
FLAVOR CAFE BAKERY







Hours: Mon: 7 A.M.-3 P.M., Tues-Fri 7 A.M.-9 P.M.,
Sat 8 A.M.-9 P.M., Sun 8 A.M. 3 P.M.
Call us to place your holiday orders!
404-255-7402 Fax: 404-255-7220
www.flavorcafebakery.com
236 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA







Mortgage Solutions. L L
Commercial/Residential/Construction
Refiance Purchase Construction
0% Down, 100% Financing
1st Time Home buyer
Call'Seyed M. Degani
GA: 678-791-3298 *AL: 205-222-8664
678-585-7508
smdegani@yahoo.com
1056 Reed Rd. SE, Smyrna, GA


C&B Tours
Passenger Luxury Coaches
Experienced Drivers
DOT Certified & Insured
www.candbtours.com

800-281-9658
Valdosta, GA

PAT'S KO UNTRY KITCHEN
"Why Bother Cooking, Let Us Do It For You"
-Locally Owned & Operated By Pat Long
Winter Hours: Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs. 11 A.M. 8 P.M.
Friday & Saturday 11 A.M. 9 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: Serving Breakfast 8 A.M. 11 A.m.
Serving lunch & Dinner from Short Orders to Complete Meals
Served Hot & Just the way you like Open 7 Days A Week
Try our Homemade Garlic Dressing & Homemade Pies
706-492-5477
1212 Blue Ridge Dr. Hwy.5 McCays\ille, Georgia


IORTER'S AUTO GLASS
.LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED BY DOUG PORTER
SERVING THIS AREA WfIM 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
INSURANCE CLAIMS PLATE GLASS AUTO GLASS -WINDOW
GLASS *MIRRORS SHOWER DOORS FREE ESTIMATES QUALITY
WORK GOOD SERVICE REASONABLE PRICES
"WE SERVE A 65-MILE RADIUS EXPERIENCED EXPERT"
INSTALLATION *WINSHIELD ROCK-GRIP REPAIRS
770-830-7497
3303 B CARROLLTON VILLA RICA HWY.
CARROLLTON, GA





Page 10 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

NORTH CAROLINA/SOUTH CAROLINA


Sleiman
(continued from page 2)
husband Eli, who passed
away in 2001,i as they
built a single grocery
store into one _of
Florida's largest and
most successful
development companies,
Sleiman Enterprises.
Josephine met and
married Eli during a
1948 trip back to her
family's village in
Lebanon. They arrived in
the U.S. two years later
nearly penniless with a
new baby. They worked
hard to save and borrow
enough money to open
their first store in
Springfield. They built
their success on an
incredible work ethic and
a simple business
philosophy of providing


exceptional value to
customers. They took
risks and their business
grew rapidly. Josephine
ultimately had four boys
-- Toney. Joseph. Eli Jr.
and Peter. -- while
continuing to help Eli Sr.
in managing, their
growing enterprise.
Throughout her life,
Josephine remained very
involved in local
charities as well as civic
and- community
organizations. In the
mid-1950s the Sleimans
began investing in real
estate and the seeds of
the development empire
they built were planted.
Today. Sleiman
Enterprises, along with
other associated family-
owned companies,
represents one of
Florida's most successful


&TP. M.*r4: :



Call For Free Consultation iith Mention of This Ad.
Established In 1992
Custody Divorce Employee Screening
Missing Persons Process Serving
Premarital Check Video Surveillance
Loss Prevention Night Vision Surveillance
Workers'Comp Alienation of Affection
Criminal Record Check
x\-wvw.blackmanpi.com
e-mail: investigator@ blackmanpt.corn
(919) 821-0016
323 W. Morgan St. -.Raleigh, NC
Toll Free 800-683-8511

-Best Wishes
-Chris Saad's

Dalton Carpets of

Greenville
864-235-7454
www.DaltonCarpets.org
1208 Laurens Rd. Greenville, SC







AMF WESTVIEW LANES
Proudly Serving This Area *. Manager Ameila Cates
252-243-3776
1700 Ward Blvd. Wilson; N.C. -


businesses. From its
South point
headquarters, it has
expanded into markets
including Orlando,
Atlanta and. Tennessee.


Engagement
(continued from page 2)
Charles Mussallem of
Jacksonville. She is a
1999 graduate of Bishop,
Kenney High School and
a 2003 graduate of
Jacksonville Unixersity.
She is employed by
Prudential .Network
Realty and Mussallem
Galleries.
The groom-elect is the


Until recent years when
her. long battle with
emphysema took its toll,
Josephine Sleiman
remained involved in the
company that she and her
(continued on page 16)


son of Karen and Ray
Haddad of Sarasota, Fla.
He is a 1995 graduate of
Cardinal Mooney High
School. and a 1999
graduate of Florida State
-H
University. He is
employed by .Aelte
Homes.
The couple plan to wed
Nov. 25. 2006. at
Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church in
Jacksonville.


FAIRWAY
FINANCIAL SERVICE


CREDIT PROBLEMS? WE CAN HELP!
SLOW CREDIT BANKRUPTCIES
HIGH DEBT RATIOS
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
CALL OUR FREE TALKING AD TO
FIND OUT HOW FAIRWAY
CAN HELP YOU!
PLEASE MENTION AD WHEN CALLING.
(919) 871-5678 (919) 850-9340
5854 FARINGDON PL., RALEIGH, NC



JEBAILY LAW

FIRM, P.A.



(843) 667-0400
1-800-868-0400

291 W. EvANs ST.
Posr OFFICE Box 1871
FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA 29503

1602 Curtis Bridge Rd.
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

336-667-9090
or 667-0897
Dealer #0067138

Email: tilleyautosales@hotmail.com
Located across from Lowes Corporate Office


THF l.rN IVF.RS FY NORTH CAROLINA
GREENSBORO
Bryan School ofBusiessand orcnics


Undergraduate Degree Programs
Acco~,nlirg
Busriess Adminislralon
Eownornks*
'Finance
bniarnalbrn Systen,5 arid
0pardlians Managwnont
Marketirig

Masters D~eree Proqrams
MA in Accounting
MBA
MA in Applied E.riornJin
PS in Information Tcnr logy
Mailagerneit

Ph O Programi
PhD in Econorrmi
PhD i intrmatiu Sysrems


Professional Development
Program for Management
Development


We are committed to a diverse


We are cnomitted to a diverse student body.

S.Greensboro, N.C.


.B&ADA
NURSES


Home Care Specialists

BAYADA NURSES IS
HERE FOR YOU


For over 30 years Bayada Nurses has provided quality
homecare to the elderly and disabled. We are committed to
meeting the needs in our community for many years to come.
We would like to invite you to call us for more information on
how you can keep your loved ones at home. Our Boone office
is open and ready to serve your needs in Ashe, Avery and
Watauga Counties.

Please call 828-263-5350
Sor 1-800-619-2182
Soon, NC

CAROLINA SOLAR

STRUCTURES


Please Mention Ad When Calling.

Beautiful Enclosures For Pools & Spas

www.carolinasolar.com


(828) 684-9900
8 Loop Road Arden, NC






Page 11 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

MARYLAND/VIRGINIA


Thanksgiving
(continued from page 3)
over the sea, and the sea
returned to his strength
when the morning
appeared; and the
Egyptians fled against it;
and the Lord overthrew
the Egyptians in the midst
of the sea. And the waters
returned, and covered the
chariots, and the
horsemen, and all the host
of Pharaoh that came into
the sea-after them; there
remained not so much as
one of them. But the
children of Israel walked-
upon dry land in the
midst of the sea; and the
waters were a wall unto
them on their right hand,
and on their left,"' Ex,
14:21-29
"And the Lord said
unto Joshua, Eearnot: For
I have delivered them
into thine hand; there
Shall not a man of them.
stand before thee. Joshua
therefore came unto them
suddenly, and went up
from Gilgal all night. And
the Lord discomfited
them before ISrael, ,and
slew them with a great
slaughter at Gibeon, and


chased them along the
way that goeth up to
Beth-horon, and smote
them to Azekah, and unto
Makkedah. And it came
to pass, as they fled from
before Israel, and were in
the going down to Beth-
boron, that the Lord cast
down great stones from
heaven upon then unto
Azekah, and they died;
they. were more which
died with hailstones than
they whom the children-
of Israel slew with the
sword. Then spake
Joshua to the Lord in the
day when the Lord
delivered up the Amorites
before the children, of
Israel, and he said in the
.sight of Israel, Sun stand
thou still upon Gibeon;
and thou, Moon, in the
valley of Ajalon.. And the
sun stood still, and the
moon stayed, until the
people had avenged
themselves -upon their
.enemies. .Is_._.tw_,this.
written iin the book of.
Jashei? So the sun stood
still in the midst of
heaven, and hastened not
to go down about a whole
(continued on iage. 16)


LONG & FOSTER
REAL ESTATE, INC.

SALMA-MUSA, Real Estate Agent
Joanne Musa, Real Estate Agent
SERVING MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, AND WASHINGTON D.C.
Licensed CRS/Certified Buyer Broker
Direct: (202) 285-4698 ,
Salma.Musa@longandfoster.com
Joanne.Musa@longandfoster.com
Silver Springs, MD


ARTISTIC

Framing & Gallery

Please Mention Ad When Calling

One Day Framing Available
32 Years Experience
Commercial Professional Residential

(301) 929-8988
11410-L Georgia Ave. Wheaton, Maryland


Mary
(continued from page 3)
Like their Christian
counterparts did with the
Bible, Muslim
commentators embellished
the Qur'an. Muslim stories
about Mary are based on
the same apocryphal stories,
believed by Christians in
countries where Islam
replaced the Gospel.
The important point in
Mary's genealogy for
Muslim exegetes is that her
family is from David's
lineage, because Islam
places great importance on
pure lineal descent from
the prophets.
Nothing is said about
Joseph in the Qur'an, but
he has a place in the
M Islim tradition.
Mary's Annunciation
holds special significance
in the Qur'an, especially in
suras 3 and 19.
Sunni, Shi'ite and Sufi
commentators all express
profound reverence and
deep appreciation for


Mary. Although the
vocation and mission of
Jesus, and Mary's
association with him, are
not as clearly stated in
Islam as in the Gospels,
especially Luke's, these
beliefs are found in the
Qur'an or indicated in
commentaries.
Both'the QUr'an and the
entire Muslim tradition
consider Mary the most
blessed and prominent of
women. This belief reaches
back to Muhammad as
noted in Musnad by Ibn
Hanbal. The founder of
Islam placed Mary above
even his daughter Fatimah,
who, he said, would have
been highest among
women were it not for
Mary.
The Qur'an is clear that
Mary was born without sin,
and that Jesus son of Mary
was born of a woman who
had no relations with a
man,. since the common
reference to a man is as son
of his father, not of his
mother.


Austria's Finest

Naturally

100% Natural, Extra Virgin Pumpkin Seed
Oil with Omega 3, 6, 9, Vitamin E
Styrian Pumpkin Seeds
growing without hulls, etc., etc.
Professionals ask for Trade Prices
www.austrianpumpkinoil.com
Please Mention Ad When Calling

Call 800-630-5766


ROLEX
Authorized
Siles and Service
SLENKERSDORFER -
F-Ir JFWFIT Rf
Tysos Conmer Center
703/06-6712

iljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers
Tyson's a3lleria, Mdea, VA
703/4486731


*F
SP


CT rthsr &t &*&

ood, Treats & ,-* Unique
oys -: Gifts
let Supplies & Small


Health Needs
* Small Animals,
Birds


Animal
Boarding


At The Shops at Sumner Place
4611-N. Sangamore Road, Bethesda, MD
Teh: 301-320-3998 Fax: 301-320-8834
Bethesda, MD


BEVERLY L. JONES
CPA PC
ACCOUNT 1NG
BOO KK E EPINC
PAYROLL
Tax 1- re pa rat i on
tBusine ss & T ndivi duals
IRS Prob lemr SoluAtions
FREE COINSULTA'T lON
wwwv b j cpa. corn
(757) 463-2585
One Colunlibus Center #302
Vi rin ia Beac-h, VA

H S


Home Inspections
Licensed Lead Pain Testing
Certified Termite Reports j
Radon Testing


Over 25 Years Experience
Member of ASHI
Instant Reports


Free Termite Report With Every Home Inspection
MARYLAND HOME
SPECIALIST, INC.



AVAILABLE 7 DAYS-A WEEK
10% SENIOR DISCOUNT
mdhomespecs@hotmail.com
Serving Baltimore and Surrounding Counties
Rosedale, MD


A CAUSES
PlANNERS"


FOR A FREE BRCHR CAL Juit ComsHa
Cal no fo Resrvaios
410418931
or Tol Free
86-47-57
S.. t~rusplnesco
wwaligcuse.comS
Elict Ciy MD






Page 12 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

ALABAMA/TENNESSEE


Prayer,. .
(continued from page 3)
does involve His Grace.
8. A servant becomes
nearest to his/her Lord
while he/she is in
prostration-so. increase
supplications.
9. 0 Allah! Make nie
such as I can be much
Thankful to Thee; increase
Thy remembrance: follow
"Thy injunctions: and
remember Thy instructions.
10. Your Allah says: Call
me: and I shall give you
response.
11. Nothing but
invocation repels a Decree.
12. Beseech Allah of His
.Favor, because Allah likes
to be beseeched; and verily
the best Divine service is
the prolonged hope for
relief.
13. Whoso is pleased to


see that Allah should
respond to him or her at the
time of calamities, let him
or her increase invrocations
at the time of happiness.
15. Verily. your Allah is
Ever-Living, the Generous,
the Gracious, the Merciful.
So when His servant raises
up his/her hands before
Him. He does not return
them empty.
16. Three prayers are
answered and there 'is no
doubt therein;
i) The prayer of a parent:
ij) The prayer of a
wayfarer:
iii) The prayer of an
oppressed or a \\Tonged
person.
17. My words are Law,
my example is Doctrine,
and my state is Truth.
(3000 Precious Gems.
pp. 520-521: 603)


Truly Yours
(continued from page 4)


with enthusiasm. We were
fortunate to have Marlo
SThomas speak to+ the
participants at .a the
Orpheum Theater and
Lizzie Ayoub, daughter of
Board member Paul
Ayoub, entertain, us with
her beautiful voice.We all
look forward to getting
together again next year.
It has been a rather
busy and exciting
summer. It all started with
Chili's historic
announcement of its $50
million conuiitment to
the hospital over a 10-
year period. The entire
Chili's and Brinker
International executive
team visited our campus
on June 22 for the
announcement. Many
thanks to Chili's and all of
its employees, we are'
proud to have Chili's as a
member of the St. Jide
faInily.
I recently attended and


spoke at the annual
convention of the
Southern Federation of
Syrian Lebanese-.
American Clubs. My
thanks to Richard and
Peggy Karam, Sam and
June Hamra. Ralph and
Adeline Abersia, Bill
Frank and Sarah Benson
for being such wonderful
hosts and extending such
warm hospitality. At the
event, I had. an.
opportunity to talk with
the organization about our
common ties and to urge
them to join the St. Jude
.mission'. We are happy
that the group will hold its
mid-winter meeting in
Memphis.
I.also attended the Tri-
Delta convention in
Hollywood. I am happy to
report that they have
made a $7.5 :million
commitment to the
hospital that w'ill fund a
floor in the Chili's Care
Center. : "+ .
Williams-Sonoma Inc.
(continued on page 17)


0

m&URE
aiihametul hWF defdefi owlll
AV EDAI
FlOMIS IVI


Hours: M-F 9-7, SAT 9-5
WALK-INS WELCOME
SalonAzure.com
865-588-2954
5120 Kingston Pike, Homberg Place
Knoxville, TN 37919

Ooutbern .JJ moral Co.
Since 1939




Headstones Footstones

Mark Wilson, Owner
(205) 428-5242
1111 4th Avenue North
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
We do commercial plaques


*Commercial, Residential & Industrial Service
* Stationary & Self-Contained Compactors
* Recycling Programs

* Portable Toilet Rental
* Open Roll-OffContainers (10, 20, 30, 40 Cubic Yards)

* Front Load Containers 2-10 Yards


S29 2nd Ave.
Birmingham, AL


3520
35204


CLEAN CAR rZ$
CENTER "


WE OFFER A COMPLETE LINE OF
AUTO CLEANING &
RECONDITIONING SERVICES

AUTO DETAILING
PAINTLESS DENT REPAIR
PAINT TOUCH-UP

Monday Friday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

Call David Whaley for an Appointment
423-928-2088
411 E. Market St. Johnson Ciy, TN

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
CULVERHOUSE COLLEGE OF COMMERCE
-and-
THEMANDERSO GRADUATE
SCHOOLOFBUSINESS

Tuscaloosa,AL 35487


(205)348-5437 *'
oracesor ibst t w~u0d
WeaeS m iedi ies Stdn Bod'


BOGGAN'S
FLORISTS
SFull Service Florist
-City Wide Delivery

Major Credit Cards Accepted


901-685-8217

5255 Poplar Ave.
\lemphis, TN


-General Manager -
Jeff Armstrong
Searing Breakfast,
Lunch, and Dinner


115 Gumbranch Rd.
-40& S.R. 46, Exit 172 _.
(615) 441-3353
'-- ckon TN'-

"We Cover Anything Under;he Sun"

CANVAS PRODUCTS CO. INC.

SSince 1944

251 -4 71 -5308
S Fax 251-473-8840

2601 -lalls IVlill Rd. Mobile, AL.


-


- -- -




Page 13 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

TEXAS/LOUISIANA


Energy in Libya
(continued from page 5)
rounds last year and other
1 o n g s t a nd i n.g
participants are also
ramping up drilling
activity in their allocated
blocks. Italy's Eni is
expected to reach its


Isaac
(continued from page 5)
she was a Nvay
cheerleader and in
1955 was the first
head-cheerleader at
Paxon High School.
Together, she and her
husband built the
electrical contracting


150,000 b/d at its
Elephant field by end-
2006. PetroCanada is
planning to double its
current Libyan
production of 50,000 b/d
by year-end.
Gas is likely to receive
greater attention in


business of Ernie Isaac
Electric Co, Inc. Her
magnetic personality,
zest for life and
generous nature will
make her sorely missed
by the many who knew
and loved her.
She is survived by
her husband of 51
years, Ernest "Ernie"


1 CHEF PAUL PRUDHOMME'S"


FREE
CATALOG 15 All Natural Blends *
(with $5 Off Magic Pepper Sauce
~ceeificate) Great Gift Pack Selection
1.800.457. Autographed Cookbooks
2857 Star K Supervision.

Please Mention Ad When Calling!
New Orleans, LA





BUSINESS TELEPHONE SYSTEMS VOICE MAIL
Prompt Professional Service Service All Major Brands
... SALES Purchase Or Lease New & Refurbished
* Equipment Trade Ins On Old Equipment Competitive Rates
.. SERVICE Free Estimates Consultation
*-Relocations System Changes Extended Warranties
.. TELEPHONE CABLE PLACEMENT Data & Voice *
Aerial and Underground Fiber Optics

713-455-4007
S1516 KENNY HOUSTON, TX


The ZpW.Ieepor
Day Care & Boiarding
I.6,ely Home Setti ng
24 Hrs. Day 7 Days A Week
No Cages Longer Than 2 Hours
Outdoor Playtimne Walking
Affodablte Rates
Daily- Weekly & Monthly Rates o5
Multiple Pets Dicount
Pet Supplies. Greeting Cards 2960 Bed Kouns Ind, Loop
All Pet N'cds All Domestic ShrveptLA


Libya's energy plans
from now on. Royal
Dutch/Shell, which is
rehabilitating Libya's
sole (and
underperforming)
liquefied natural gas
plant is looking to bring
output to a sustainable


Isaac Jr. who loved her
dearly and their two
devoted daughters,
Delores Rinehart
(Jack), Delaine Flora
(Rob). She was blessed
with three grandsons,
Jason Rinehart, David
Flora and Brian Flora.
Other Survivors
include three sisters,


750,000 tonnes/year,
from around 500,000 t/y
currently. But much of
Libya's gas reserves
remain stranded for want
of proper export
infrastructure, and work
is lagging on a plan to
pipe gas to Tunisia.


Lavonia Allen Bajalia,
Violet Allen
McClelland, Judy
Hammer Briggs and
one brother, Franklin
Lee Allen along with
numerous nieces and
nephews.


PASSPORT


We provide fast and professional service for:
New passports, Renewals, and Child passports
Amendments for existing Passports
*'Additional Pages We do Passport Photos
Foreign passports (Where Regulations Permit)
Visas (Business,,Tourist, Groups and Work)
Birth Certificates
Pick-up and delivery services Translations
For more information, call:
214-437-8830
Fax: 972-767-2233
7775 S. Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080

3. 'ET'S 3EWELRY
CUSTOM DESIGNED JEWELRY
MASTER JEWELER & GEMOLOGIST
Platinum Bridal Jewelry
Exclusive Styles Platinum Casting
Loose Diamonds & Colored Stones
Watch & Jewelry Repair Damond & Gold Buyer
www.jkeithjewelry.com
WE SET THE STANDARD IN JEWELRY DESIGN
Compare Our Prices Personal Service
806-791-0092
Fax: 806-791-3255
Open Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-3
8001 Quaker Roman Oaks, TX

Briar Shoppe
Houston's Oldest & Largest Tobacco Shop
Fine Cigars *Pipes
Tobacco Lighters
Accessories Pipe Repairs
SWine & Liquor
Imported Cigarettes
713-529-6347
www.briarshoppe.com
2412 TIMES (In the Rice Village) Houston, TX


JIM SHARP
1ST COURT OF APPEALS

Independent Courts Cannot
Be All Republican Vote
Democratic


The Texas Judiciary
(as seen from Harris County):

CPRiB IE COURT Of TEXAS b5Rtblidt.S

TLASC UOlUTOFCR DMNALAPPEALS tpubPicnm.9
DIaocme .0
C0L.To T OF APPEALS SLATEDIN I HOUSTON
tIT tOak Itpuka 9s
I ~rr'cd r Iputi.h,,.I

ItARRiS" O01 4t mlmIS
l1'i- 7..1'n 1" .a







CO R L AT pub i.'.
.?I -w ; B.b.I1 4.
















COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
iOL.TY COL'R1K AT L\,W, CRBISA ltt iciliam.l




@TEXAS

STATE

UNIVERSITY


SAN MARCOS -
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
AND COMMUNICATION
San Marcos, TX 78666

For program information please call
(512) 245-2308
or access our website at
www.txstate.edu

We are Committed to a Diverse Student Body
San Marcos, TX


Best Wishes From

Lake Arthur Butane
Established 1945
PRROPANE GAS SERVICE
Fast Clean Economical
(337) 474-2315
2329 E. McNeese Street Lake Charles, LA 70607


1





Page 14 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

TEXAS


Hariri Book
(continued from page 6)
rebuilding of 90 percent
of the country's
infrastructure. His
resignation in 2004 over
the extension of
President Lahoud's
mandate was viewed as
a protest against Syrian
interference in
Lebanese affairs.
Marwan Iskandar-
offers an in-depth
perspective of the Hariri
years, -including a
detailed look- at. the
considerable economic
reforms instituted under
Hariri's leadership.


Cedar Garden
(continued from page 7)
Immaculate Conception.
As a special symbol of
friendship and
appreciation, Patriarch
Meouchi sent two Cedar
of Lebanon trees from
Lebanon to Archbishop
O'Boyle as a gift. The
Cedars of Lebanon arrived
in May, 1962 and
Archbishop O'Boyle gave
them to Catholic
University's ninth
rector, B is'hop
WilliamMcDonald for
planting at the university.
The two trees were
planted, one on each end
of; the McMahon


BIG TRUCK CO

SAME DAY SERVICE
Low Rates
Complete Moves Starting At $135.00
APARTMENTS HOMES OFFICES
LOCAL & NATIONWIDE MOVES
PLEASE MENTION AD WHEN CALLING!
SU.S. Dot #761309
BBB Member Houston

281-590-0599
11022 Wicklowe Houston, TX 77016

THE LAW OFFICES OF
JOSEPH E. ASHMORE, JR, P.C.
(RETIRED PROBATE JUDGE
IMMIGRATION: CIVIL LAW:
Member of American
Immigration Lawyers Family Law
Association Probate
SPersonal Injury
* Family or Work Based Estate Planning
Petitions Civil Litigation
* Adjustment of Status -, Wills & Trusts
through Spouse Employment Law
* Defense against Deportation Corporate / Business Law
(214)559-7202
3636 MAPLE AVENUE
DALLAS, TX 75219
WWWAS H MO RE LAW.COM


0Cervis Plumbing Inc.
Plumbing Contractor
Commercial & Residential
Courteous Professional Service

956-383-1629'
1722 N. Closner Edinburg, Texas


Administration Building,
and have grown over the
years. During the fall of
2004 one of the two trees
underwent a severe duress,
died, and had to be
removed. Ina Rihani, a
parishioner of Our Lady of
Lebanon Maronite Church
in Washington, D.C., took
notice and pursued
avenues for replacing the
Cedar of Lebanon. This
pursuit led to the idea of
establishing and
dedicating a section of the
campus landscape to a
"Cedarof Lebanon
Garden."With the
sponsorship -of both
Bishop Gregory Mansour


IBER8'


and Bishop Robert
Shaheen, the new Cedar
Garden at CUA was
established and features a
new cedrus libani tree to
enhance the integrity of
the space occupied by the
previously gifted tree from
Patriarch Meouchi. The
Cedar Garden is located
next to McMahon Hall on
the side facing the Basilica
of the National Shrine of
the Immaculate
Conception. The corer
and sidewalk have been
replaced with cobble
pavers making the site
pronounced and
distinctive with a
(continued on page 17)


Life Made Easy
Hom Helt


Improving Your Quality of Life...At
Home
* Skilled Nurses Home Health Aides
, Companions Flexible Schedules


Free In-Home Consultations
Licensed, Bonded & Insured
S www.lmez.com


(5122 459-5631
1005 W. 41st t., Suite 200 Austin, TX



INRAN



LUNCH & DINNER
EXCEPTIONAL LUNCH BUFFET DAILY
PRIVATE BANQUET HALL

Two Locations to serve you:


2514 Times Blvd. at
713.523.4753


16556 SW Frwy
281.494.2981


Houston, TX


WIRED STRAIGHT
Home Theater Design, Sales and Installation
* Whole House Audio & Video
* Surveillance Automation Lighting Control
* Tele Com Consulting Trouble Shooting
C.E.D.I.A. Certified Bose Certified insured
Please Mention Ad When Calling
wiredstraight.com
214-769-9578
Call For Free- Estimate
Little Elm, TX


Convenient Location

Value Options


GROVE HILL FUNERAL HOME
4118"SAMUELL BOULEVARD DALLAS, TX
214-275-0906

Grove Hill Funeral Home is conveniently
located in the heart of Dallas so that your
family can depend on the finest in service and
value. With our new product, Dignity
Memorial, we can offer even more options to
choose from. Call us today to learn more about
Dignity Memorial.


GROVE HILL
FUNERAL HOME CEMETERY FLORIST



FS 0 g 1 ,iit
C esiojns Par ii t BY







Games Dealers Supplies
Home Custom Designed
*School Events For All
Company Occasions
Charity

Quality Equipment & Services At A Competitive Rate
Responsive & Experienced Professional
Complimentary Consultation Site Visit Delivery
No Event Is Too Large Or Too Small
Old World Class With Las Vegas Excitement
"The Special Event Professional"

Since 1977
* Fundraising Reunions Promotional Pro Grads
* Conventions Receptions Holiday Birthdays
-.Rodeo Weddings Celebrations

281-437-1573
2320 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77003
Member: ISES International Special Events Society, NACL National
Association Of Catering Executives; NAC & TPU National Association Of
Casino & Theme Park Operators


L.C.
Auto Beauty
Quality Workmanship
American & Foreign


No Job Too Large Or Too Small

903-748-4122
602 McCann Road Longview, Texas


2~ 1
s %rra;~
'bJtlll i ~~t






Page 15 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

TEXAS/NEW MEXICO


Oman
(continued froni page 8)
arrivals at the two airports
to 2.9mn.
The risk is, though, that
in spite of its own
stability, Oman's
attraction as a tourist
destination will be
harmed by its proximity
to a much more volatile
area: Iran lies just across
the Hormuz straits,


Oil Producers
(continued from page 1)
higher price. This
translated into average
growth in these states of
7% last year. The
economies of the oil rich,
labor abundant countries
-Algeria, Iran, Syria, and
Yemen grew almost as
quickly at 5-6%.
Somewhat unexpectedly,
growth in the region's net
oil importers was rather
lower. During previous oil
--priee booms," rising
expenditure in the oil


through which an
estimated 40% of the
world's oil supply is
transported, If tensions
between Iran and the US
escalate then it would
have a negative impact on
Oman's overall growth
and balance of payments.
But the underlying
combination of over-
dependence on oil and
dwindling reserves would
remain on the horizon.


producing states has
generated employment
for many more migrant
workers from poorer
Miggle Eastern countries.
Their remittances have
helped to some extent to
spread the benefits of
successive oil booms
around the region. It
appears that fewer jobs
are being created this time
around, while aid by the
oil producers to their
poorer neighbors has not
increased.
Nevertheless, some of
the oil wealth has trickled


Serving the finest home cooked
Mexican food in SW Houston
M-TH 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Live Music Wed. & Fri. evenings
Lunch Specials Mon. Fri..11-3
-713.283.1388
5300 N. Braeswood Blvd. Houston, TX
r---------- pg ---------------
.l lll.lll......I.........
S FREE Dinner Entree
S Buy any Entree & 2 Beverages
Get 2nd Dinner FREE
II
Dine-in only ($5.95 Value) I
S1 coupon per table or party. Excluding fajitas. I
I Not valid with any other offer. Expires 11/30/06 I
L_---------------------------- A
.i ".11




"Local Caring Pet
Cremat otr Ser~afce"
* Pick-up & Delivery Service from
DVM or Home.
Urns
Professional Staff
Safe, Convenient Location
505-341-4119
1-888-876-0062
Pager 251-8974
6r01 2nd St NW Just North of Osuna
Albuquerque, NM


down to the rest of the
region and the World
Bank report concluded
that the boom "has had
important financial
spillovers." It added:
"Over the last few years,
MENA has seen un
upsurge in financial
activity, as abundant
liquidity has fed a rapid
rise in credit growth,
surging stock markets,
and a booming real estate
sector. Oil economies
have been the primary
recipients, but a financial
market upswing has also
reached some of the
region's resource poor
countries through


increased cross border
investment, remittance
flows and tourism"
Another factor appears
to be increased oil
consumption in countries
such as Jordan, where
governments have
attempted to minimize the
impact of the high oil
price by subsidizing fuel
costs. Jordanian fuel
subsidies accounted for
5.8% of GDP in 2005, up
from just 3.1% in 2004.
Saudi Arabia also
subsidizes prices and
Riyadh recently cut the
price of diesel and petrol
by 30%, although the
(continued on page 17)


SIMPLY BASIC HEALTH
Colon hydrotherapy is the river of life...
Experienced Certified Hygienists
Gravity System Filtered Water
Disposable Equipment Upon Request
(505) 474-4022
Santa Fe Cell: (505) 670-2464
At the GRD Professional Center
1505 Llano St., Santa Fe, NM


ROBERT

K.

FRISCH
Attorney at
.Law

CIVIL TRIAL &
-BUSINESS LAW

FAMILY LAW

WILLS & TRUSTS

30 YEARS
EXPERIENCE

MENTION AD
WHEN CALLING


(972) 386-3940
5550 LBJ Frwy,
#550 Dallas, TX

Not certified by the Texas
Board of Legal
Specialization


* School Groups
* Civic Clubs
* Airport Transfers


* Weddings
* Concerts
* And Much More


One of the Most Relaxing and Enjoyable Ways to Travel

For Motorcoach service to anywhere U.S. and Canada
call us today.

Irving Chamber of Commerce s Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Dallas CVB Dallas BBB Southwest Motor Coach Assoc.
American Bus Association United Motorcoach Association

972-721-0545
1-800-829-8687 Fax 972-579-1361

www.eagletoursinc.com
1634 E. Irving Blvd., Irvitg, TX 75060
US DOT 194430

Best Wishes To Our Many
Syrian & Lebanese Friends & Customers
The Angelus Funeral Home
Dedicated To Service Since 1910
Family Owned & Operated
Pre-Arranged Funerals
Serving Families of All Faiths
(210) 227-1461
1119 North St. Mary's, San Antonio, TX


EAGLE TOURS, INC.
Luxury Transportation





Page 16 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

ARIZONA/NEVADA


Sleiman
(continued from page 10)
husband turned over to
their sons in the 1970s.
She is survived by her
four sons, four daughter-
in-laws, and 13
grandchildren; Ashleigh,
Hunter, Brandon, Joseph,
William, Alex, Kelley,
Eli III, Olivia, Peter,
Paul, Louis and Toney.
Pallbearers are her
grandchildren, Hunter,
Peter Jr., Paul, Eli III,
Joseph Jr, and Mario
Mendez. Honorary
Pallbearers are her
r e m a i n i n g
Grandchildren, Ashleigh,
Brandon, William, Alex,
Kelley,. Olivia, Louis and
Toney and Wayne
Tamargo. The Sleiman
family wishes to grant a
special thanks to: Mario
Mendez; Nancy
Vanessa, and 'Ingrid
Diaz; Emma and Cynthia
Moreno; and Mercedes
and Nadia Cevela for the
love, care and attention


they provided our Mom
during her illness and Dr,
Sohrab Afshari for the
countless times he gave
us his undivided
attention during his
loving care of our Mom.
It is requested that in lieu
of flowers donations be
made to the Josephine
Sleiman Foundation for
terminally ill children at
Jacksonville's Angel Aid
Foundation, P. O. Box
47527, Jacksonville
32247-7527. A Rosary
service in her honor is
planned for 6:00 p.m.
Monday Oct. 2, 2006 at
Hardage Giddens, 4115
Hendricks Avenue with a
Funeral Mass at 10 a.m.
Tuesday Oct. 3, 2006 at
San Jose Catholic
Church with interment
immediately following
the Funeral Mass at Oak
Lawn Cemetery -
Sleiman Family
Mausoleum.


3 FOREIGN *DOMESTIC a
Family owned CAR TRUCK *R.V'S
We Specialize In CHASSIS DYNO FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT
Customer Serve MODERN DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT I COMPUTERIZED ALIGNMENT
Emissions Injection Carb Muffers Brakes "TunWps Translsh
Suspeneo n Repairso H r Con loorng Custaom Engine Build n
M 133 5, Country Club Dr Mesa, AZ/1 Block S. of Main

Family Music
Sales Lessons Rent To Own Repairs
Lowest Prices Guaranteed
Mention This Ad and Receive a Discount


Thanksgiving
(continued from page 11)
day. And there was no
day like that before it or
after it, that the Lord
hearkened unto the voice
of a man; for the Lord
fought for Israel" Joshua
10:8-14.
Only God by Christ
can perform these
unusual miracles. The
Bible spirit and life. It is
the greatest miracle. Read
it to the wise. Believe it to
be sage. It contains light
to direct you to know that
Christ and God are one.
In the New Testament,
we see Jesus raised
Lazarus after he had been
dead four days. He
changed the water to
wine. He walked on
water. He calmed the
waves and wind. He came
from Heaven and died for
our sins. He said, "I even
I am the Lord and beside
me there is no Saviour."
is 43:11 in John 8:224,
Jesus said, ye shall die in
your sins; for if ye
believe not that I am he
(God), ye shall die in
your sins." "I and my
Father are one." God said
in Is 1:25-26, Is 46:9-10,


and Is 48:16, there is. one
God. This the Holy
Trinity working in unity;
one God, 3 inl. As we are
body, soul, and spirit: 3 in
1. Jesus is continuing to
say I am Alpha and
Omega, the first and the
last. Rev. 1:8.
"0 come, let us sing
unto the Lord: let us
make a joyful noise to the
rock of our salvation. Let
us come before his
presence with
thanksgiving, and make a
joyful noise unto him
with psalms." Ps 95:1-2
"O Lord our Lord, how
excellent if thy name in
all the earth! Who hast set
thy glory above the
heavens." Thou art
worthy to receive power
and riches and wisdom
and strength and honor,
and glory and blessing"
He is the One we should
thank Him, adore Him,
and praise Him day and
night for what He is.
"When thou hast eaten
and art full, then thou
shalt bless the Lord thy
God for the good land
which he hath given thee.
Beware that thou gorget
(continued on page 18)


ARIZONA INVESTMENT
REAL ESTATE
Multi-Family Units *
Apartment Complexes
Single Family Homes
ARNJSWOIRTH[ > Retail & Office
Rui & MtmaRemroEu' One stop Real Estate
Company that has
been helping investors
for over 45 years with
their Real Estate & Property Management Needs
Phoenix/Dallas Areas
Please Mention Ad When Calling fjn
JOE FARNSWORTH IM i
(888) 661-5481 I
www.farnsworthrealty.com

"Professional Jewelry Designers on
Premises To Assist You In
Creating Future Heirlooms"

STRUNG OUT ON BEADS

PRECIOUS & SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES
TAHITIAN PEARLS CULTURED PEARLS
FRESHWATER PEARLS
GOLD & SILVER FINDINGS
WHOLESALE & RETAIL
DESIGNER OWNED & OPERATED

5........ 20-3.23-6233
5460 E. Speedway Blvd. B105 Tucson, AZ



A SHADE BETTER
"Low Overhead Means Low Prices"
Solar Screens Patio Covers
Security Doors Screen Doors
FACTORY DIRECT FREE ESTIMATE
ALL WORK GUARANTEED
All Of our Employees Are Covered By
Workmans' Comp For Your Protection
Please mention ad when calling
702-385-5833
Licensed Bonded Insured
ON TIME APPOINTMENTS WE SHOW UP!
Las Vegas, NV


Family Music East
2714 N. Green Valley Pkwy
Las Vegas. NV
702-435-4080 :


Family Music West
8125 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas. NV
702-360-4080


lPM; f ar U 7?i' 9nkh usmarwfnn
Bruce Leavitt
SFlooring & Countertops (Free Estimate)
* Saltillo.'Slates, Sandstones, Granite, Marble & Travertine
SCustom Medallions Fountains & Statues
7702-220-5199
3420 Spring Mountain & Polans (1 mile W. of 115) Las Vegas, NV


480-607-7317
8736 E. JOSHUA TREE LN.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85250


480-219-9442
11030 N. 84TH PL.
SCOTTDALE, AZ 85260


CONTACT LEA OR JOHN


.. ,





www.azculinary.com
480-603-1066
10585 N. 114th St. Scottsdale, AZ


CHIL'DROOFERS
Childproofing Solutions
forYour Home
Please Mention Ad When Calling
SPremier Childproofing Products
SRoom-by-Room Home Safety Assesments
Expert Installation
480-998-SAFE
Fax: 480-545-7366
www.azchildproofers.com
Gilbert, AZ


CALINI'S
ASSISTED LIVING HOMES

AFFORDABLE ADULT CARE

STATE LICENSED MUSIC THERAPY
*PLANNED ACTIVITIES
24-HOUR NURSING CARE
*ONE ACRE GROUNDS

TWO GREAT-LOCATIONS TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY






Page 17 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006
CALIFORNIA


Truly Yours
(continued from page 12)
had a tremendous event in
Scottsdale, AZ, where I
had an opportunity to
thank them for being such
wonderful partners in the
Thanks and .Giving
program. In addition, in
Nashville, I spoke at the
Dollar General Manager's


Cedar Garden
(continued from page 14)
welcoming appeal. A
curved flower bed will
enhance the welcoming
nature of this site with a
combination of perennials
and annual plants,
including lavender. The
focal theme of the Cedar-
Garden will be a specimen
cedrus libani tree, with
several boulders placed in
front of it. Two 6-foot
benches will. provide a.
spot of repose. Upon the
:center boulder is a 12"X
16"bronze plaque with the
falov#ing.inscriptin:
"The righteous shall
flourish like the palm tree,
andigrow like a cedar in
Lebanon." Psalm 92:13
We dedicate this Cedar'
Garden in celebration of
the. warm and fruitful


Meeting. This was a
chance to welcome the
company as a new Thanks
and Giving partner and to
thank them for their
commitment to the dream
of Danny Thomas.
I concluded my
summer with a visit to
Palm Desert, CA, to
attend the ESA


relationship between the
Catholic University of
America and the Maronite
priests, seminarians, and
lay students who have
studied here. Bishop
Gregory J. Mansour
Eparchy of Saint Maron of
Brooklyn Bishop Robert J.
Shaheen, Eparchy of Our
Lady of Lebanon May,
2006
A second plaque has
been installed beneath the
remaining originally gifted
tree fromPatriarch
Meouchi, located on the
opposite side of McMahon
_Hall with the inscription:.
"Cedar of Lebanon"
Gift from Maronite
Patriarch Paul Peter
Cardinal Meouchi in 1962
to. Patrick Cardinal
O'Boyle Iof Washington
(continued on page xx)


VIP Waterproofing
Over 25 Years Of Experience

COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL
INTERIOR EXTERIOR R CLEAN & NEAT

Design & Color Consultation
On TinmeJob Completion
Bonded & Insured Lic. #719859
Free Estimates

415-292,6205 :

Cell Phone: 415-902-8013 SanFrancisco, CA

Cantra C&ta

IdieVale l Tuewer&, C.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MENTION AD WHEN CALLING
Freshness at very reasonable prices
Retail & wholesale fresh flowers
Fruit & Gourmet Gift Baskets Available
Mon.-Fri..8-5, Sat 8-4, Closed Sun.
-1-800-944-0844
Swww.contracostaflowerco.com
3240 Monument Way, Concord, CA


convention. This year was
an unbelievable and
historic fund-raising year
for.ESA. The organization
is celebrating both its
highest annual dollar total
and the cumulative $100
million mark. '
We continue to work
closely with Dr. Evans
and his team at the


Oil Producers
(continued from page 15)
Saudi government is in a
far stronger position to
afford such a policy.
Nabli commented: "Oil
subsidies are a drain on all
the :economies of the
Middle East region, but
are often politically
difficult to abandon.
Rising oil .revenues seem
to be delaying plans to
reform subsidy systems in
several countries."
The report also
indicated that progress is
being made on economic
reform in the region.
Although most Middle


f.S ta,


hospital. We are always
grateful to the hospital
staff for their dedication
and devotion to the
mission of St. Jude.
ALSAC has set even
higher fund-raising goals
for next year. I am sure
that with your continued
support and God's help,
we will reach those goals.


Eastern economies
remain highly regulated,
trade barriers are slowly
being lowered and
governance is improving.
Bahrain, Oman and Qatar,
were singled out as the
countries making the
most rapid progress on
economic reform. Keller
warned that it will be
important for
governments to consult
with th&e rest of the
country to ensure that the
reforms actually bring the
expected benefits.
She added: "Reforms
that are implemented
through top down
(continued on page 18)


A MosT UNIQUE


, RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT
Z SERVICE FOR SENIORS
Z www.conceptsforliving.com
C)


* Mzh.elme~anr-aitemen~la


# Aslsited LUvlAg
* 1oard Ond Care


' P ftrsMoa onscta uretobf sao wFtlee manWsgemt mad * Reoammenadanst deslone to the Ua qurn w 03f aes ocliIent
# will acco'pa y cC,,ima On .iHif& rNts' fe MIIrnd ~a cemtBmIfee

1-800-414-4242
All Facilities Pre-Screened
Serving Los Angeles and Surrounding Areas

Who do you know who is
Sat least 62,. and tired of
maintaining a home, a yard,
or a lifestyle that no longer
suits their needs?
o a O'Connor Woods offers
O'CONNOR carefree retirement living
WOODS -on a 34-acre Country
Estate with no buy-in feed!
CCAC Accredited
www.oconnorwoods.org
(209) 956-3400
Toll Free 1-800-249-6637
S 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton, CA


California State

Polytechnic University
Pomona College of Science





For program information,
please call

(909) 869-3600

or access our website at
www.csupomona.edu





We are committed to a


diverse student body




Pamona, CA 91768



FRAHM




#aB e

VOLUME DEALERSHIP
IN CALIFORNIA
FOR RAM TRUCK SALES


1983 HAMNER AVE. NORCO,CA

iA Pro &
t. Commercial
^/ Residential
SAudio &
U Lighting Systems
Wireless Microphone
Systems by Shure,
S Samson & Vega
s featuring...AKG Allen Health Altec Lansing
Atlas Soundolier Countryman EAW Electro-Voice
Mackie Micro Audio Middle Atlantic NSI PAS
OSC Amplifiers Soundcraft Tannoy Whirlwind Etc
Specializing in Houses of Worship
(909) 627-6818
4774 Hall Ct., Chino, CA
Please Mention This Ad When Calling
Lic.# 736052






Page 18 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

CALIFORNIA


Thanksgiving
(continued from page 16)
not the Lord thy God, in
not keeping his
commandments, and his
judgments, and his
statutes, which I
command thee this day:'
Lest when thou hast eaten
and art full, and hast built
goodly houses, and dwelt
therein; And when thy
w herds and thy flocks
multiply, and thy silver,
and thy gold is
multiplied, and all that
thou hast is multiplied,
Then thine heart be lifted
up, and thou gorget the
Lord thy God, which
brought thee forth out of
the land of Egypt, from
the house of bondage."
Duet 8:10-14. Since
1938, I.have not seen
even one family kneel
down after their meals as
we were commanded. We
should thank Him, not
because we are fill and
happy, but always
because of His love. We
should never ask Hini
.why or muirnmur. When
He gives us the cup,
remember He. gave the
cup first to His SOn1


Jesus. He is the One who
created man from dust
and breathed on Him the
breath of life, and man
became a living soul. He
is the One who came
down from Heaven in a
form of man and died in
our place, rose again the
3rd day and now He is at
the right hand of the
Majesty. (John 5:28-29).
Jesus is Lord. Worthy is
the Lamb that was slain
to- receive power and
riches and wisdom and
strength and honor and
glory and blessing. Again
I warn you, "I said
therefore unto you, that
ye shall die in your sins:
for if ye believe not that I
am he (God), ye shall die
in your sins." Put your
trust in the living and
only Savior and have
eternal life. Your sins \\ ill,
be forgiven. Pra\ this
prayer now: Lord Jesus
be merciful to me, a
sinner. Forgive my sins,
enter my heart .and
change my. life. I trust
\ou. Thank you for.
sa ing my soul.
His servant.
Fred Nlassabni


"DON'T KILL YOUR WIFE LET US DO YOUR WORK"

WALKLEY

VENETIAN

BLINDS

Sales'* Cleaning Repairs Parts Supplies
' Horizontal Vertical Winds 'Pleated a Cellular Shades
S Woven Wood Shades Transparent Shades
Fanmilm Owned Established 1956 Estimates
S.. ick-Up & Delivery Available

(619) 284-9764
4359 Dwight St. San Diego. CA 92105



CANNON10o N
Please Mention Ad When Calling!
All Accessories For The Smoker
Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5
: Closed Sundays-& Holidays
714-739-0894
7941 Beach BL.at La Palma, Suite F Buena Park, CA


Oil Producers
(continued from page 17)
management may work
initially, but it is difficult
to enact reforms at a deep
level, unless you have the
compliance and
participation of those
groups whose well being
is affected by reforms."
Nabli agreed:
" Go v e r n a n c e
improvements in MENA
are important not only to
take into account .the
needs and values of those
who are affected by
reforms, but also to


ensure that in the
transition to a new
development model, the
economic outcomes are
socially acceptable
among those who have
benefited from the old
systems. It is thus
important that MENA
economies are making a
start at these changes."
The World Bank also
pointed out that the
private sector was still
being given too limited a
role in the economic life
of the region. Mustapha
Nabli, the World Bank's
(continued on page 19)


LOW PRICES AND FRIENDLY SERVICE
Since 1990
San Francisco's Finest Independent Dealer Of
Photographic and Motion Picture Equipment And Supplies
SNew & Used Cameras Lenses
Binoculars Digital Film & Accessories
SMotion Picture Supplies Darkroom Supplies
Pholofinishing Film To Video Transfer
SOn Premises Repair
H BUY SELL _-TRADEL__ ____. _
www.actioncamerasf.com
Mon-Sal 10am-6pm Antique Camera Gallery



--- -- A
EXTERIOR
ROLLING
SHUTTERS
"The Valley's Local
Factory Since 1984"


BLOCKS OUT 100% OF SUNLIGHT
ENERGY SAVINGS NOISE REDUCTION
WIND & DUST CONTROL -SECURITY
EXTERIOR RETRACTABLE
SOLAR SCREENS & AWNINGS


74991 Joni Dr., #9,
Palm Desert, CA
Lic. # 593736


Andrea De Graff,
Travel Consultant
Honeymoon & Family
Vacation Specialist
_= l r JJ i


-TRAVEL WIZARD lease menuon Aa
When Calling

200 Park Road Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 696-6900 (800) 446-0046
Fax (650) 696-6913
andrea@travelwizards.com


TRAWNT RIDES

Weekend Scenic Excursion
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Holiday Trains
Corporate Events
Family Parties
Special Events
Railfest in March
805-524-2546 | 800-773-8724
www.fwry.com Fillmore, CA


NOT JUST FACES

MEDICAL AESTHETICS
"Titan" Newest & Non-Surgical Face Lift
Laser Hair Removal* Photofacial & Photodynamic Treatments
Botox Restylane Sclerotherapy Mesotherapy
Regenique (Medical Grade Microdermabrasion) Chemical Peels
Please Mention Ad When Calling.
Free Consultation
Lita Gelgur, RN Board Certified
(949)489-1858
E-mail: Litagelgur@cox.net
33080 Niguel Rd., Dana Point, CA


(JR"


Maintain your independence in
the familiar comfort of home.

Services are available
24 hours/7 Days


Our Home Health Aides and caregivers are fully certified,
bonded, insured and carefully matched to meet the unique
needs of each family.
* Assistance with walking and exercising, bathing and dressing
* Preparation of nutritious meals
* Monitoring of medications
* Accompanying clients to medical appointments, on
errands, to family and social outings
* Providing relief and support for a family member who is
the everyday caregiver
For more information or a free consultation, please call
(310) 246-1918.
Los Angeles, CA



liii 1-im


ASSISTED


CARE


Home Care Aides & Companions
Live-Ins, Bathing Service
Licensed, Bonded & Insured
24 Hour Service 7 Days a Week
Please mention ad when calling

925-944-5779


1717 N. California Blvd. Walnut Creek, CA


~e~-~6


1~


R6~LIWQI g+RI~~





Page 19 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006

CALIFORNIA


Oil Producers
(continued from page 18)

chief economist for the.
Middle East and North
Africa, argues that the
current high levels of
overall economic growth
.should not mask the
continued unstable
economic base typical of
oil producers- in the
region. He said that
growth had been
generated "because. you
have an increase ii public
expenditures which .is
multiplying and creating
jobs but this cannot
sustain itself as such. A-
long .term solution is
private investment to
create new activities. new
projects and increase
productivity."
Oil revenues are
<-,.


expected to, remain strong
during the rest of the year.
While it is difficult to
predict the direction of the
oil price, a number of
security concerns point
towards the likelihood of
a $100 barrel sometime
during the course of this
year. The Israeli offensive
in south Lebanon has
prompted fears of wider
insecurity in the Middle
East. In particular, it is
possible that Iran could
become drawn into the
conflict. At the same time,
any intensification in the
dispute between Iran and
'the international
conununity over Tehran's
nuclear development
program .could further
drive up oil prices.
Outside the Middle East,
rising tensions in Nigeria
ahead of next year's


presidential election could
provide yet another
source of oil sector
uncertainty.
Insecurity usually
spells bad news for
international trade, as
conflict almost inevitably
results in the curtailment
of trade. The oil industry
is a case apart, however,
in that the fear of conflict
results in even greater
revenues. While there
may be no direct link
between the Middle East's
dependence on oil and the
level of insecurity in the
region, the investment of
extraordinarily high oil
revenues in economic
di\ersificanon should be a
development that is
welcomed b) e\ eryone.


Cedar Garden
(continued from page 17)
and given to Catholic
University's ninth Rector,
Bishop William
McDonald"
The new Cedar
Garden at CUA is a
wonderful addition to the
CUAcampus, a landmark
site and a source of pride
and joy for the Maronite
community-a gift from
Patriarch Meouchi and
Lebanon which will keep
on giving.
The remaining Cedar
tree originally given by
the late Patriarch Meouchi
to Patrick. Cardinal
O'Boyle ofWashington.
D.C. This tree is located
on the side of McMahon
Hall at the Catholic
, University of America.


C6TWP SI
TILE & STONE
"VMY"


CORTOPASSI



TILE & STONE




Featuring The Finest Selection of:


Best Wishes From



- Since 196.5
The Valley's Oldest Family-Orwned rFirplace Shop
.; Fireplace Extraordinair...
Wood Pellet Gas Stoves Inserts* Accessories
Glass Doors Custom Screens
Kozy Heat at RSS
S Austroflamm Country Lopi
FREE DELIVERY FINANCING AVAILABLE
www.customfireside.com


916-331-2423
5545 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA.


916-714-4423
10461 Grantline Rd.. #100
Elk Grove, CA


JACQUELINE LADRECH MFT
Pschodierap! Hipnoanalysis
Individuals Couples Familiee. Relationship Issues
SAbuse & Trauma Addiction Co-Dependency
Depression, Anxiety Disaster Mental Health
Calif. Lic.#MFC20178
-:415-479-9008
240 Tarnal Blvd., Ste. 270, Corne Madera, CA


TRANSMISSiONS I CLTCIH


rgHr Dwmmw! Is ftmwSn.
SAWN1 I vAMr

wulounn Yua m UAI
ANN" & tuni. OMa a XWi w

VDWW WAMANTEI MR4011
" He 22 PoMT lnAwGNUMt4 oKEO
" Cow=sg 9 m&a1m 27a bqm U
We* O*VW & pm W WWWB~aq-WVWW"hbu .p IN to N


Halo Flooring
Residential & Commercial
Specializing In
New Installations Repairs
Refinishing Stairs & Moldings
Ask About Our "Dustless Sanding" Systems
Free Estimates

S VA.A-i .haaloflooring. com
1 Year Warranty On Labor
5 Year Warranty On Refinishing
Hardwood Floor & Molding

818-389-3724
818-345-9249
SOur Showroom
16931 Gault St.. Lake Balboa. CA 91406
Iic. #5845871; Insured


Cinenta COUNTRY CLUB
i cn""an CONDOMINIUMS
Rentals
Enlchanling Palm Springs
reaantifil Vacation Rentals'
Sat atTordable prices in
Rancho Mirage & Palm IlDsetf.
Sgolf, tennis. swinuming and
month, week, or 3-7day package-

7:O 35603, n7 or
9890 899.1129
wVAAA .continertacatiorBerelds.corn
Palm Desert, CA


* TILE & STONE FROM AROUND THE WORLD


* PORCELAIN WALL & FLOORS


* MARBLE


* RESTORATION TILE GRANITE TILE


* LIMESTONE GLASS TILE


* GLASS BLOCK SLATE POOL TILE


* PAVER TILE GLASS MOSAICS






Showroom Hours M-F 7-5 Sat 9-3




916-361-8193


9931 Horn Rd., Sacramento, CA


MA HILLs TRANSMISSI


F





* Page 20 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR November 2006
RECOMMENDED BUSINESSES


Since 1906
PLUMBING AND HEATING CO.., INC.
24 HOUR SERVICE
PHONE: (303) 777-3037
LICENSED- BONDED INSURED
Fax: (303) 744-3155
Englewood, CO
Best Wishes From
SRIEMANN

Memorial Funeral Homes, Inc.
Gulfport
863-1522 -11213 Highway 49 North
Biloxi
374-1188 274 Beauvoir Rd.
Mississippi

GRAY'S TIRE &AUTO
TUNE UP & EMISSION TEST
Complete Front-End Repair
-4 Point Alignments -
BRAKES SHOCKS CLUTCHES
AIR CONDITIONING ,.
(719) 632-2676
_1608 S. Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Best Wishes To Our Many
Syrian & Lebanese Friends & Customers
Grier Funeral Service
"Since 1930"
Serving the Family with Dignity and Personal Understanding
(704) 332-7109
115 N. Cloudman Street
Charlotte. NC


Fre Inspcctlon and Fstiimiis t
(901) 386-9222
I sl i si stltppr C a_ __ta r
- a4K Residential, Commercial and Industrial Business
S Financing Ai ailahllk and til Majrir Credi Cards Accepted
C(mnipklt IrrrUi aiud tl .i l' ih r t rmirnilr Prrnmiu lulsir
Lirn.-ti, hritmrtd, and Sanlked .tknliw imtin nlnmunul Aialjablr
1 r0caN 5rtrifig lB lstm ad lniltjisippl I ll h JhiB 1 lt14tasl : %s1M 1I


eat simply! live well!'
www.ChefShop.com
800-596-0885
Please Mention Ad When Calling
Seattle, WA


SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE
SCHOOL FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

For program information please call
(314) 977-3292
or access our website at www.slu.edu

WE ARE COMMITTED TO A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY

St. Louis, MO 63103


Best Wishes To All Our Synan & Lebanese Friends & Customers
FLEETWOOD COLLISION
COMPLETE COLLISION WORK
Specializes in CORVETTE Repair & Painting
All Work Guaranteed
VANS, PICK-UPS & ALL MAKES OF CARS
State Certified Auto Technicians
586-773-6660
21620 HARPER ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI
Between 8 & 9 Mile Road Corner of Shady Lane
Best Wishes To All Those Who Are
Getting Married In The Year 2006!
San Marino Club
Catering For All Occasions
Weddings Banquets Seminars Exhibitions
Displays Business Meetings
(248)689-4615
1685 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, Michigan 48083





COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL
(801) 281-6694
.-Fax 281-6695
4661 S. 440 W. Murray, UT


1200 CEbb PrFwaEy North *
suit -0
Marietta 3k is2 2418 S


S77)Ae5272


GRAND VALLEY

STATE UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49504

SFor program information
Please contact us at

(616) 331-6650

or www.gvsu.edu

We Are Committed To A
Diverse Student Body


Tulsa Shade
SPECIALIZING IN
ALL:MODERN
WINDOW
TREATMENTS
RESIDENTIAL AND
COMMERCIAL
918-744-0027
2739 15TH St Tulsa,
OK 74104


BIMMER
CAR CARE INC.
Specializing In Complete
Service On BMW's
2460 Morgan Rd.
S.E. Bessemer, AL
205-426-2691


74_.W9 M-





I -- I


THE









$15.00 SUBSCRIPTION


SYRIAN-LEBANESE
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY

SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE
Celebrating 44 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
www.syrianlebanesestar.com


I I


'a.


flra~ ~ kr l~Brxis


P P L L. C.. I


4~AJ


St. Jude News


................. ..............Page 2


Jacksonville News ........................... .Page 2

Editorials .................. ............. Page 3

Fears of Inquiry Dampen Giving by U.S. Muslims .Page 4

A Sheik's Thoroughbred ............ .... ...... Page 4

Federation News ........................... Page 5

Muslims Debate Role of Women Full Veils ....... Page 6

St. Jude News ............................ Page 7


SK4ASONtS GREETINGS'
Fl, ) ; c-:'ItNL," .hn V. I:.




A L. .; ." .'- '
,'-'--


L \71~ I ~ -,.


I S SEASONS .

o AGRaEETINGSe Fm

Tolr Reas Aertisers From O Sta
ToAllOur Readers & Advertisers From Our Staff


w -0


* =3 5LL
co pZ-


OuO
0 X



_(i ^ >w
=i 0.


'VV

U-ra)


Sr0
>'-' (0-
c(I,


4) LO 0)
x > Cn
M C-,

_CO a )
Cl)
U)U


0 <
gx
l_ a -

j -0
FlO-LLO
LL U) 0


W .O


4: IC.Z CQ
Uj3 JL
>U *Z.JC


S.ATE.CF CnrrL.F-DI-I1


'r L-. YU I....,..kI J.A,.nb ln In~rf
I~m~l4;lll
r~r *i~i~;;umirr vl..r-.n rrrl


I*1*pr
-il-- --i-^L-i
--I
r
I*i-
L--,-~--r.-..--- ---u L
-i- -'Lrr---iL.. ~


I


STAR









XLIV #12 DECEMBER 2006


m


.


11IFFF L~- w- -


.wr-:-. : -: -: :: -

7_ U 11.'2 '-" -ry .'.7,----7 '_-. .
:fvi.. l.
/*^T^


c~l
FfP!
~--7~"F': .
m;rN:~x-






SPage 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR December 2006


St. Jude News
ESA Celebrates
34 Years of Giving


ESA members, as well as Terre Thomas and John P.
celebrate more than $12 million raised for St. Jude.


Since Danny Thomas
first approached Epsilon
Sigma Alpha (ESA a
women's service and
leadership organization -
to become partners with
St, Jude in 1972, members
have been diligent in
raising the funds necessary
to keep the doors of the
hospital open.
At the group's 59th
annual convention in Palm


Desert, CA, July 23-30,
the ladies of ESA
announced that their 34
dedicated years of fund
raising had translated into
$100 million in cash and
pledges for St. Jude. This
total includes more than
$12 million from the
group's work this past
year.
Terre Thomas, daughter
(continued on page 8)


Elias-Salman


Samya Salman,
Kuwait, and Michael
Elias, Jacksonville, were
married at 4:30 p.m.
October 15th in
Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church.
The bride is the
daughter of Samira and
Emile Salman, Kuwait.
The groom, son of
Lucy and George Elias,
Orange Park, graduated
from the University of
North Florida and is
employed by Bank of
America.
The bride's sister,
Randa Akel, was the
(continued on page 8)


Kuchynski-Joseph


Cheryl Joseph of
Jacksonville and James
Kuchynski of Jacksonville
were married at 5:00 p.m.
October 21st in
Jacksonville, Florida.
The bride is the
daughter of Hedy
Abdelnour of
Jacksonville, FL and the
late Louis Abdelnour.
The bridegroom is the
son of Anita and John
Kuchynski of Cleveland,
(continued on page 8)

Best Wishes to our Many
Syrian and Lebanese
Friends and Customers

REBECCA

L. PEREZ

CPA-PA

Accounting for Small
Businesses and
Individuals

904-472-8176

Jacksonville, FL
mac




FIG LEAF
FASHIONS
2740 Park Street
(904) 387-5041
MON SAT 10 am 6 pm

CASUAL
SPORTSWEAR
INEXPENSIVE PANT
SUITS & SKIRT SUITS
MISSES & PLUS SIZES

Additional 10% Off
with this Ad
(Expires 9/30/06)
'< i ackgonv ille.'' '* *'


Jacksonville News


A&B Asphalt
Repair Inc.

For All Your Asphalt Needs
"No Job Too Small"
On Time Every Time
www.abasphaltrepair.com

FOR INFORMATION CALL
(904) 696-0914
Jacksonville, FL




Complete beverage at-erting
I .. .: ,

L. 241-6858
Fut T 8ais8rs Fr@*zA _Brif81
s.h .r i r. s.i, a- t 'iSTc__ T

Dolphin Irrigation
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Design Installation Repair
Backflow Testing Landscape Lighting
Lic # 1-173 Insured
Member of:
SBetter Business Bureau Florida Irrigation Society Inc.
(904) 757-8979
Jacksonville, FL

VIVERETTE'S

PAINT & BODY SHOP

601 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL

904-272-4220

"We Help You With Your Entire Insurance Claim"

B&T Glass Works, Inc.
Residential Commercial Replacements
Storefronts Windows Table Tops
SCustom Mirrors Tub & Shower
Enclosures

Licensed & Insured
(904) 382-9081
Jacksonville, FL

Best Wishes to our Many
Syrian and Lebanese Friends and
Customers
Glover Painting
& Drywall Inc.
Drywall Tile Work
Fire Restoration
(904) 476-2211
'* 6{t20:Powers'A&e. #205s'*JacksonvilHe 'PL'''