Syria-born Atef Bolos , became a United States citizen

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Syria-born Atef Bolos of North Adams( Photo by Glenn Drohan )
NEW CITIZEN — Syria-born Atef Bolos of North Adams, right, became a United States citizen on Nov. 6 in a ceremony in Boston, and received a special community award Saturday at the Neighborhood Expo sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coloalition. State Rep. Daniel E. Bosley, D-North Adams, and Mayor John Barrett III (pictured left and right behind him) presented the award, with Barrett quipping, “More importantly, you’re a citizen of Northern Berkshire.” The community rallied behind Bolos, 46, owner of Atef’s Fine Jewelers on Main Street, when he became the target of rumors concerning his heritage after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001. He was also honored by numerous community leaders at a surprise party at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway Sunday.
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