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Joined: 13 Mar 2007 / Male ♂
Last Post: 13 Jan 2012
Threads: Total: 33 / Live: 7 / Archived: 26
Posts: Total: 153 / Live: 33 / Archived: 120
From: east chicago, indiana
Interests: food, beer, baseball, football

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regionpolski   
12 Jan 2012
Law / Can prosecutors ask a judge to imprison a Pole over business taxes? [6]

A friend of ours has had legal troubles for over six years in Poland. He's a Pole, and these events have taken place in Poland. As far as we know (we are not that close to the situation so we may not know everything) our friend has been imprisoned several times over the past six years on suspicion of not paying business taxes. He's yet to be charged with any crime, so no trial dates have been set. Typically, he'll be put in prison (detained might be a better word) for 90 days, and then be released after posting a cash bond. This has gone on for six years. In the latest incident, he's been held for six months, and was scheduled for release two days ago. The prosecutor went to the judge and was granted permission to hold him another 90 days. Does this really happen? Can prosecutors detain people indefinetely in the hopes the'll talk or pay a bribe? I'm told this is not uncommon.
regionpolski   
12 Mar 2011
USA, Canada / How many Polish citizens left Chicagoland in the past three years? [14]

The Polish-born population in Chicago has plummetted in the past few years. I've heard numbers ranging from 50,000 to 150,000. Does anyone have a source for numbers? Chicagoland remains home to thousands of residents born in Poland but the numbers are certainly down.
regionpolski   
15 Dec 2010
Law / How long to renew a Polish Passport in Poland? [8]

How long will it take for a Polish citizen to renew a Polish Passport in Poland? Can it be done in a month?

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Moderators, please delete the question.
regionpolski   
7 Nov 2010
USA, Canada / Your favorite USA kieĊ‚basa? [37]

I like Kurowski in Chicago. I also like Gilmart's kielbasa. Around 10 years ago I had a contest on Christmas Day to determine the best tasting kielbasa. We had 12 different butchers represented, and around 50 tasters. It was an informal event. Regardless, Donajec's, located on Archer Avenue in Chcago won the contest going away. They received around 20 votes.

I often wonder if the USA has the best varities of kielbasa. When I visited Poland, the kielbasa was good, but not better than I had in the USA. I only had the mass produced versions in Poland, and that certainly can affect tastes and quality. Does Poland have thousands of small butchers making their own interpretations of kielbasa?
regionpolski   
31 Oct 2010
Genealogy / Americans of Polish descent. How many of us are on Polish forums? [216]

I'm American, fourth generation, half Polish. As far as I know, I have no family in Poland that bears my surname. I don't know if there are descendants related to my dad's maternal grandparents. My wife is from Poland, and she has plenty of family there. I would consider moving to Poland. I'm very proud of my American citizenship, and have no desire to give it up.
regionpolski   
1 Jun 2010
USA, Canada / Bobak's factory on Archer (Chicago) on lease? [3]

I was under the impression that Bobak's produced their products in the plant on Archer behind the store. I would regularly see Bobak's trucks parked in the loading docks. I believe the fued killed the rebranded stores in Naperville, Burr Ridge and Orland Park.
regionpolski   
10 Jan 2010
USA, Canada / Why no Polish stuff in Chicago? [41]

I know of a few Polish delis and restaurants in Chicago that have closed in the past two years. I don't know if it's part of the normal business cycle, the result of the economy, or the result of there being far fewer recent Polish immigrants in Chicagoland when compared to previous years. I talk to a few guys involved in the Polish beer distribution business in Chicago. They've said some interesting things based on their observations. These guys believe that the flow of immigrants back to Poland from the US has slowed, and perhaps stopped as a result of the worldwide recession. Additionally, they suspect that Poles are once again looking at the US as an option, forsaking Ireland, Wales and England. I found there comments interesting, to say the least.
regionpolski   
18 Dec 2009
USA, Canada / Pierogi Festivals across the States [17]

There are plenty of Polish people in Lake County, Indiana. Several churches continue to offer Mass in Polish. Gary, Hammond, East Chicago and Whiting were all home to large Polish immigrant communities. These days, Lake County continues to attract Polish immigrants, but certainly not in the numbers of 100 years ago, or of neighboring Illinois.

Whiting maintains a large Slovak community. The Pierogi Fest originated from Whiting's Sloval community.
regionpolski   
30 Oct 2009
Food / Do you call it kiszka or kaszanka? [55]

I was in Kurowski Sausage Shop in Chicago on Sunday. I asked for kiszka, and got a puzzled look. I then asked for kaszanka, and got my kiszka.
regionpolski   
12 Oct 2009
USA, Canada / Fresh czernina in Chicagoland [5]

I was saddened to learn that Boniek's Deli on Foster and Harlem has closed. They had very good food, especially the sledze in vinegar (not oil!!) swojska and czernina. Does anyone know where fresh czernina is still prepared? I checked the places on Archer Ave. and struck out. I bought the czernina for two friends who are up in years, and I would like to continue to make their day every once in awhile.
regionpolski   
24 Aug 2009
Genealogy / THE MEANING AND RESEARCH OF MY POLISH LAST NAME, SURNAME? [4500]

Both places make sense. My great-grandfather's origins are obscure, and his wife was from Zielona Gora (Green Hills). His brothers emigrated after he did, and the two cities you researched were listed as their places of origin on immigration documents. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate my great-grandparents' documents (arrived in Baltimore in 1903 with an infant). What confuses the issue, for me at least, are what their daughter (traveled with them as an infant in 1903) lists on some of her documents. She lists both of her parents as Galician on a census. She also lists her place of birth as Hrys, Poland on her husband's naturalization form (She married a man from Sanok). I can't find Hrys anywhere. I suspect it's Hzran, or something close. Basically, it looks like my great-grandfather really moved around. He was probably born in or near present day Lithuania, traveled to Galicia, married a woman (maiden name Domicella Marcela Prugar) and eventually they traveled to.....Hamburg(?) and then to the US via Baltimore.

Polonius, thank you for your insights. They are much appreciated.
regionpolski   
23 Aug 2009
Genealogy / THE MEANING AND RESEARCH OF MY POLISH LAST NAME, SURNAME? [4500]

Polonius, would have any insights on the name Balitewicz?
Any insights into a place called either Schipliski or Lyepisaki, both in turn of the 19th century Russia?

Thanks in advance.
regionpolski   
6 Aug 2009
USA, Canada / Pierogi Festivals across the States [17]

Where at in Indiana?
I went this year. It can be a fun time, but there's one problem that never goes away. While there are dozens of vendors selling pierogies, kielbasa, etc., only a few have really good food. The rest are mediocre at best. The places with great food have long lines.
regionpolski   
22 Jul 2009
USA, Canada / Pierogi Festivals across the States [17]

It's what you make of it. I've gone a few times. There are plenty of pierogies, golumpki, kapusta etc. but very little Polish Piwo. The parade on Friday night can be funny. It's a parody of "normal" parades. The crowds on Friday night are huge. You need to arrive really early to get a spot to watch the parade. If you like crowds, and feed off of the energy, and enjoy meeting new people, Friday is your day. If I go, I go on Saturday afternoon. I grab some food, have a beer or two, look around, and head home. I usually run into a few people I know too.
regionpolski   
5 Jul 2009
USA, Canada / How can I get a local US grocer or liquor store to carry Polish beer? [10]

You need to locate the Zywiec distributor in Tennessee, if there even is one. They would be able to tell you where it's sold. If it's distributed in Tennessee, there should an upscale import/specialty liquor store that carries the product. I presume that Memphis has one of those stores.
regionpolski   
19 Jun 2009
USA, Canada / The history of Polish mafia in Chicago, Illinois [51]

I had relatives who were mafia cohorts. They were Polish-Americans, however, they grew up in the Italian section of Chicago Heights, Illinois. One of my uncles was a full-blown mafia man. He not only dressed the part, he lived the life too. He had two brothers that were also involved in crime with the mafia, one to a much greater degree than the other. Their other brother was a police officer, ironically enough. Their lives make for great stories, some are very entertaining. The parts about my cousins not seeing their dad because he was in prison are not very fun. My uncle that was really involved was a real thug in his mafia life, although he was very nice otherwise. His mother, my grandmother's sister, lived with my family when I was a kid. We had a basement apartment, and my aunt lived there until she passed away. My uncles visited her all the time. My uncles were involved in collections, either "insurance" or gambling money, as well as robbery. My cousins were paid a few bucks to have holes dug in the yard...for safes, not bodies. I recall once, in 1971 or 1972, I was real little, my uncle came by to visit my grandfather. He lived right across the street from us. My uncle drove a Cadillac, and he was towing a big U-Haul trailer. It was filled with fireworks. My uncle wanted my grandfather to sell the fireworks at the local bars. They would split the proceeds. My uncle "found" the fireworks. Grandpa declined. My uncle owed my grandfather a lifetime of favors. Grandpa, along with his brother-in-law, once bribed a prosecutor a huge sum of money so that my uncle's felony robbery charges would be dropped. He had been in hiding for a couple of years but wanted to attend his father's funeral. I cold ramble on and on about stories. The Chicago Crime Commission has a website. Check it out.
regionpolski   
23 Nov 2008
Food / Do Polish people really love cabbage ?? [78]

When I visited Poland it seemed that every meal had three servings of vegetables. Cole slaw, red cabbage, and kapusta were the staples.
regionpolski   
18 Jan 2008
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

I think it's a lifestyle a lot of Poles emulate. Poles are knee-deep, at least, into the silly " whatever you have I have better and got it for less" mentality. That said, I think most Poles really like Americans. However, Americans don't realize how open they (Americans) are and how it contrasts traditional Polish attitudes. This causes a bit of friction. Poles tend to be very reserved, while Americans tend to be anything but.
regionpolski   
7 Dec 2007
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

I'll add to it that these Poles in this group feel like Americans owe them something. They complain that they are in a strange country, don't know the language, have no family around and they feel that Americans should kiss their a$$e$, should feel sorry for them and should bend over backwards to accommodate them.

I don't think that that's the case. These people don't feel they're owed something. Rather, they believe that they shouldn't be penalized because they don't have a piece of paper. I assume we're both basing our opinions on experience. If that's the case, my experiences contradict yours, and vice-a-versa.

thank you for clarifying..Apologies to you.

Okee-dokee.
regionpolski   
7 Dec 2007
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

I'm not quite following you, but it's me, not you. I will eloborate on my post. My last sentence, " Americams are fat and lazy, because they can't become one." was not meant as an insult to Americams. It was rather, a generalization of the attitude many Poles feels towards Americans. Because those Poles are in dead-end jobs, they steroetype Americans.
regionpolski   
7 Dec 2007
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

I think it the Poles in the US can be divided into two groups. The ones here legally, or the Polish-Americans, and all the rest. The legal people view the US as the land of opportunity. They're here because they want to be here. Some of their children may be Americans. Often they speak English with some profiency, so they have more opportunities. And if they don't, their children certainly do. Sure they miss the old country. Who doesn't.

The ones here illegally are in a different boat. Often times their English is very limited. Without a social security card, they have fewer options. Many of these people are very well educated. But without English profiency, and documentation, they're relegated to the most menial of jobs. They carry a chip on their shoulders, because they know they're capable of more than a minimum wage cleaning service job. They're very resentful, and often full of spite. They're here because they believe they must be here, not because they want to be here. As a result, everything in America sucks, except the money. The food in Poland is beter. The people are nicer. The schools are better. The doctors are smarter. Americans are fat and lazy, because they don't have a chance to become one.
regionpolski   
2 Nov 2007
USA, Canada / What do Polish people think of the USA [287]

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Of the three, Life seems to be trumping the other two. Patrick Henry didn't say, " Give me Life with tremendously curtailed Liberties, which will greatly inhibit my ability to Pursue Happiness, or give me death." I agree with Kronx1970.
regionpolski   
28 Oct 2007
Life / Famous Polish music and musicians [48]

I saw Waldemar Malicki on television, and he was very entertaining. I'm hopeful that he will visit Chicago again.
regionpolski   
21 Oct 2007
USA, Canada / Shipping a piano from Poland to the U.S. [8]

What kind of piano is it?

It's a Casilia, which are made in Poland. They are generally not available in the U.S. These are 100% hand-made, which is something a lot of piano makers can't claim.
regionpolski   
21 Oct 2007
USA, Canada / Shipping a piano from Poland to the U.S. [8]

My wife has a very nice piano in Poland. We're interested in shipping it to the U.S. Does anyone have experience with shipping a large item from Poland to the U.S.? Is Domu Shipping a good place to start? I assume we'll be looking for some square footage in a container. Any advice is appreciated.