Monthly Archives: May 2013

How I spent my birthday

I was born on May 25, and most of the time my birthday falls during the Memorial Day weekend. That puts things in perspective, and my focus shifts to honoring those who gave their lives serving the country. I’m happy … Continue reading

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Open letter to Rochester Republican Committee and beyond

Before and during the dedication of the Rochester Veterans Park, Memorial Day 2011. With fellow Town Board members Tavi Cilenti and Carl Chipman, May 30, 2011. Dear members of the Rochester Republican Committee and other open-minded readers: After more than … Continue reading

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Why am I running?

I’m Manuela Michailescu. I served four years as your Town of Rochester Councilwoman, currently I’m a member of the Town’s Youth Commission. Why am I running? I’m doing it for the right reason: I have a genuine desire to serve … Continue reading

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The day I will never forget

May 9, 1980 is a day I cannot ever forget. A week after leaving Romania for good, I was approaching North America on a Pan Am flight out of Istanbul, Turkey. My first transatlantic flight, with an airline still alive … Continue reading

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Sharing memories, honoring the veterans

Transforming a problem into an opportunity results in excellent ideas, products, or marketing solutions. A muddy trail which could not be used by the Youth Department for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt led to the idea of using, with great … Continue reading

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Why am I running?

Easter is my preferred celebration. For over thirty years now I attended the Easter service at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Queens, New York. I love to look up and see my father’s name, Luca, looking down from the … Continue reading

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I love being Manuela

I’m being Manuela because my father chose this name for me. It means “God with us.” Here we are together in this Christmas 1953 photograph: my father, myself, and my doll. A political prisoner from 1959 till 1964, my father … Continue reading

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