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Street name in USA to honour proud Mangalurean Dr Austin D’Souza Prabhu


Daijiworld Media Network - Chicago

Chicago, Jan 13: Mayor of Forest Park, Chicago in USA will be honouring Dr Austin Prabhu with his own street sign in Forest Park. Dr. Austin is the resident of Forest Park for the past 37 years and involved in many organizations and associations for the betterment of its citizens.

Below is the extract from Mayor’s letter to the President of The Forest Kala Sampath Lions Club:

“Thank you for your letter dated November 13, 2017 in which you asked that Dunlop Avenue from Harrison Street to York be named in honour of Dr Austin D’Souza Prabhu. I could not think of a better qualifier for this type of honour and it would be my pleasure to move forward with this presentation. I am, however, going to ask that we conduct this ceremony in the spring of 2018 due to the frigid temperatures in the Chicago region at this time of the year. Towards that end, I have asked my assistant to reach out to you early April to begin making formal arrangements for the event. In addition to the official unveiling of a street sign, I will also be drafting an official resolution to be adopted by the Village Council in this honour and I hope that his family and friends can be present for the meeting and the unveiling.”

 

Anthony Calderone, Mayor of Forest Park recognized Dr Austin’s selfless dedicated social service to less fortunate to make their life a better place to live for tomorrow. His leadership is recognized all over the world and recently he has been named as the ‘International Konkani Icon’ at the programme held at the Milagres College, Kallianpur by Valley Quadras where prominent Konkani writers gathered.

Mangalureans in the world should be proud of Dr Austin’s achievement as such name streets of Indian origins are very rare in Western countries other than Mahatma Gandhi Marg or Mother Teresa Avenue in Chicago.

About Lion Austin D’Souza Prabhu

Austin has been an outstanding leader throughout his 39 years of Lionism. Lion Austin is a hard working Lion, dedicated to service in Lionism. He has served at the Club, District, State and International levels doing an outstanding job at all levels. The Forest Kala Sampath Lions Club bestowed upon him a Life Membership from The International Association of Lions Clubs in July, 2005 for his dedication and hard work for Lionism.

Austin has volunteered in his home community of Forest Park for the past thirty-three years. He was the member of St Bernadine Parish Council & School Board, Forest Park Neighborhood Watch, Friends of the Library, Forest Park Chamber of Commerce, Main Street and Forest Park Citizens Police Academy. He came first in his age category 65-69 twice this and last year in 5K Run for Breast Cancer in Stickney.

Austin received Award from the President of India in December 2009 in Mangalore for promoting Konkani culture and literary contributions through his books and articles in the US; He received ‘Millennium Leadership Award’ from Federation of Indian Associations in 2000 and a Leadership Award by Bishop of Mangalore-India, also in 2000. He was named as Asian American Hall of Fame in 2003 for Community Service. Received special award for his literary contributions in 2004 in Dubai and Chicago Mayor’s Award in 2005 for organizing ‘VisionFirst’ for Chicago Public School children. Lion Austin’s family received Asian American Humanitarian Family of the Year 2005 Award from Asia TV Chronicle. He is also a Certified Public Service TV Program Producer by Comcast Public Television. Lion Austin & Terry received Distinguished Couple Award from Chicago Filipino American Lions Club. Lion Terry and Austin were named as “Lifetime Asian Humanitarian Couple 2013” by Asian Chronicle, USA.

Lion Austin joined the Padil-Mangalore Lions Club in 1979 in India and has been a member in good standing ever since. He has held all of the offices in his clubs including the Presidency in 1992-1993 (Chicago Damayan Lions Club), Charter President, 1996-1998 Broadview Kala Sampath Lions Club).

He has served on all of the club committees and chaired most, including Candy Day, the July 4th Parade, Chicago Christmas Parade and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Twice he was the governor of District 1-A and Vice Council Chairman of MD1 for 2004-2005 and 2012-2013. He initiated 5 New Clubs in 2004 -5 and one new club in 2012-2013, He started District 1A signature programs like Lions Open University in Chicago, VisionFirst Program in District 1A with the help of Lion Ron Johnson from Beverley Ridge (Donated $25,000 and provided more than 80,000 pairs eyeglasses to needy students in Chicago with the help of Lens Crafters Luxotica) and for Tsunami Relief Fund (Collected $48,000) in District 1-A with great success.


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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Wed, Jan 17 2018

    Certainly he is one of the best known sons of Mother Konkani across the globe. Congratulations Austin.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 17 2018

    GREAT NEWS for Mangaloreans. What a proud moment for all of us to hear this good news. Cngratulations Dr.Austin as shown your ability and achieved success. We feel proud of you. best of luck.

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  • Royston Prabhu, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 16 2018

    Congratulations Mr. Austin. Proud of your achievements and dedication towards society. Keep up the good work. Best wishes in the years to follow................

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  • CONRAD FERNANDES, Goa, Mangalore/ Thailand

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Dr. Austin D'souza,
    Your unconditional service to your neighbors, community, and all the people that have been touched by your generosity, has bestowed great pride on your friends, acquaintances, family, the people of Mangalore, and all the Indians at home and abroad. Your legacy will remain enshrined in the U.S.A with a street named after you . May God bless you in all your endeavors. You really are an inspiring legend of a person.

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  • Eddie Sequeira, Bendore, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Dr Austin... a proud moment for all Indians, Mangaloreans , especially your friends here. God Bless You

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  • Apolinaris D'Souza, Valencia/Muscat

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Austin'bab. God bless you in all your future endevours.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Sir! You have made Coastal Karnataka proud of you!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Mangalurean's Rule the World ...

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala/Qatar

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Almost four decades passed away since Dr. Austun DSouza Prabhu left Mangalore to USA but not his Name, his brilliant smile, his literary works, his love for Konkani, aptitude for social works for Lionism lives in him are the proof his more than 25 National and International awards, Twice was the governor of District 1-A and Vice Council Chairman of MD1 for 2004-2005 and 2012-2013 in USA . What is much more ? And now is a rare fete honoring his life time achievements; awarded his own name street in Chicago where he lived – ‘Forest Park’.

    Many people call Dr. Prahbu as ‘Wilfy Rebimbus’of Chicago for his brilliance literary works, as an artist, good Samaritan compassionate works among the least fortunate once, his humble and soulful nature and above all his Love for his mother tongue, Konkani.

    After few years, even if Dr. Austin decides to come down to Mangalore, in Chicago he will be remembered as ‘Amar Austin’. Bov Borem Magovm Tumka Dotor Austin baab.

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  • Mark Denis D'souza, Niddodi/Sharjah-U.A.E.

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations,the proud moment to all Indians.Good luck and God bless you.

    Mark denis D'souza

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  • CGS Prabhu, Valencia,Mangllur

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Austin! I am extremely happy and proud of you buddy! Keep going.God bless your selfless work for the humanity.

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  • NELSON PINTO, UDUDPI /OMAN

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    God Bless you Dr. Austin . you made us proud .
    GOD BLESS YOU .

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  • Elsie Cardoza & Fly, Balkunje/Belman/Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Dr. Austin D'Souza Prabhu on your achievement. Very glad to hear this great news. You have made us all proud. God bless you and may the rest of your life be full of many more success like this one. Keep it up!

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  • Max Mendes, Taccode/Canada

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Dear Dr. Austin,
    Congratulations! We are truly proud of your outstanding achievement and recognition. Keep up the good work. God bless you, Terry and your family.

    Best wishes:

    Max, Nancy and family

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Dr.Austin D'Souza Prabhu and we the nation are really proud of you

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  • Gladys DSILVA, Mumbai-Belman

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    We Mangalorean konkani s are very greatful to you. Your achievements and honours made all of us recognized in this great country USA. May almighty God grant you good health and long life to continue your Good work.We also thank your family for supporting your selfless work.

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  • Conrad franks, Mangalore/Phoenix

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    This is a excellent achievement. Congratulations Austin.

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  • Dinesh Correa, Pernal / Sharjah

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Wow, that's an honour to Konkani, Mangalore, Karnataka and India!

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  • Claude Fernandes, Mississauga

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Austin known to everyone in the parish I grew up Bendore Mangalore, right from my childhood days, has been a mentor, motivator with tremendous energy has helped all those around him dream more, do more and become more. A personality who humbled himself has now been exalted and he deserves it for his dedication and hard work. Congratulations and Kudos to the entire D'Souza fly.

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  • Prakash Pinto, Dubai Derebail Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Rightly said Claude, Absolutely true. 👍👍👍

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    I join scores of people in saying kudos to Austin on his achievements. The honour bestowed on him this time is not a gift awarded to him but a recognition of his service to people and the country.

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  • Stanley karkada, Mangalore/Kadri /USA

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations,Dr Austin Prabhu This is a proud moment, for us...

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  • Paul dsouza, Balakunje

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    GREAT PROUD FEELING DEAR AUSTIN, NANTHOOR. CONGRATULATIONS. GOD BLESS.

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  • Antony Fernandes, Mangaluru/USA

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Sir. Your good work has been recognized when you are there and not after. It is nice to see that wherever you go, wherever you live, if you had done good for the betterment of the people that has been recognized by one or the other way. Do good to others as it will never go in vain is the example of, Dr Austin D’Souza Prabhu.

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  • Lawrence Mascarenhas, Houston

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    Congratulations Austin. We are proud of you.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    India's loss , America's gain. Congratulations Austin Prabhu.

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  • Oswald Fernandes, Bendur/Dubai

    Mon, Jan 15 2018

    We are very much delighted and honoured to read this great news.

    Congratulations.

    Wishing many such laurels and accomplishments to follow.

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  • Gilbert Jane Aranha, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations Austin
    We are proud of you. May God Bless you with good health

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar, Sharjah-U.A.E.

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations Dr. Austin D'Souza Prabhu. This is the Great and Proud Moment to all Mangaloreans
    You have won so many Awards and Achievements. You are Famous Everywhere already for your Social work .May God Bless you always and n Abundance.

    All the Best for your Future!!

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  • Letitia D Souza, Mangalore/Canada

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations Dr.Austin D Souza Prabhu! Mangalorean's and Indians are very proud of your achievement in USA. May God bless you.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations Austin bab

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  • Allan fernandes, Bejai Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations Dr. Austin Dsouza Prabhu, we are proud of you.

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  • Vinod Wilfred Tauro, Madanthyar, Dubai

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Dear Austinbab, Congratulations to you and we are proud of you and your achievements in US. You have made all the Mangaloreans proud and you are a roll model to all. Naming a street in your name that too in US is un imaginable. Wish you all the best with good health.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    This is called true democracy. They treat same way as long as respect land of law. It would have been in India they would have told he is foreigner don't keep his name. This is the deference between India & USA

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations, Dr. Austin Prabhu. Very happy that you are being honoured for your work in the community in which you have lived for 37 years by naming a street after you.

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  • Peter Oswald Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    We Mangaloreans are really proud of you Austin. May God bless you and give lot of energy to do humanitarian service.

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  • Rudy D Souza and Family Kuwait, Omzoor/Kuwait

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations Mr. Austin Prabhu

    Your social service really deserve the honour. It reminds me your strong and dedicated leadership right from your youth days (in Mangalore). Even after relocating in Chicago you did not give up. That makes the difference. We are really proud of you. You are the Role model for many Mangaloreans. God bless and many many many congratulations. Kudos

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  • Frederick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    From "WEAKNESS NANTHOOR" in the late Sixties n the Seventies, what an achievement!. Pride to Mangaloreans in particular n India general.Hearty congratulations to you Weakness nay Austin Prabhu.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulations, Dr. Austin D'Souza Prabhu. We are proud of your achievement and it is an honor to have an own street name in the USA.

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  • John DSilva, Karkala/Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congratulation dear Dr. Austin DSoua Prabhu on getting the street named in your name. You have achieved what others could not just dream of it.You deserve it. We Konkanis are proud of you. I had the pleasure of organising 31st Session of All India Konkani Parishad in Mumbai as president of its reception committee and President of Konkani Bhasha Mandal Maharashtra on 6th and 7th January 2018. It was grand success. Wishing you all the best in your humanitarian service. With regards, John DSilva, Mumbai

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    Congrats Austin.

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  • Sneha, Dubai / Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    This is a proud moment for us and All fellow M'loreans....
    Congratulations Sir!

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