On Thursday, March 9, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual Greek History and Heritage Celebration at St. Peter the Apostle Greek Orthodox Church in Kingsbridge.

The event was co-sponsored by New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides and The Hellenic Orthodox Community of The Bronx.

This year’s honorees were Eleftheria “Effie” Ardizzone, Deputy Director and Bronx Borough Coordinator for the Bureau of Public Affairs and Communications at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Marika Artoglou, former president of the parish council at the Church of Saint Peter the Apostle; Captain Christopher Stilianesis, executive officer of the NYPD’s Central Robbery Division of The Bronx and Nick Tsakonas, restaurateur and owner of the Royal Coach Diner on Boston Road.