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To The Point: Dedications, ceremonies, festivals, all at the Point

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Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point.

Many events have taken place, especially the arrival of my daughter, Angela and my two grandsons, Eric and Brian. The children’s laughter and their outlook on life is always so refreshing and stimulating.

Speedy recovery to Helen and Fred Mazzarello, and to Mary Costello.

Condolences to Pastor Carl Rosenblum on the passing of his father, to the family of Filomena Ferrero-Damlano, to the family of Maureen Maxwell, and to the family of Frank Graziano.

The summer program of the Mommy an Me runs through Aug. 15; during the summer it is free. Regular classes for Mommy and Me and Playgroup start Sept. 10. The new director for both programs, at the First Reformed Church in College Point, is Claudine Scheu.

Kelly Newton, 11, won a U.S. Tennis Association Level 3 competition for girls 12 and under at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Kelly has been competing in USTA events for about a year. Her previous best finish was second at a Level 3 competition in Freeport. Kelly beat her opponent in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) for the win.

Congratulations to the 2001 Communicants — Shane Tucker, Ryan Tucker and Stephen Marlinez. The Rev. William Cameron, who served the First Reformed Church for almost 20 years before retiring last year, will be a guest on Aug. 5.

At the official dedication of the New York Hospital-Queens emergency room, tribute was paid to the medical staff and employees, as well as members of New York City’s uniformed emergency services who have died in the line of duty in Queens. The dedication was attended by Mayor Giuliani, Borough President Claire Shulman, Queens District Attorney Robert Brown, Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, Chairman George Heinrich, President Stephen Mills, and Chairwoman Diane Sixsmith. Honor guards lead the procession to the dedication site, and a special tribute and invocation was given by Rabbi David Keehn, director of pastoral care services. there was also a ceremonial burial of a time capsule. A reception followed the dedication. Special thanks to Betty Letterese for making this a wonderful dedication.

The Community Dinner was sponsored in May by the James Stout Funeral Home, in June by the College Point Board of Trade and the July dinner will be sponsored by the American Legion 853.

The New York City Summer Reading Program is in session. Call your local library.

Be A Clown Workshop is at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point, Ages 6 to 12 years old.

The Multicultural Community Summer Festival took place at the Queens Botanical Garden Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. It included many wonderful talent shows, Tae-Kwondo and Kung-Fu demonstrations. Ballet, traditional music, folk song artists, and vendors were out in force.

Mark your calendar for a free park concert at MacNeil Park, Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. The 35-member American Concert Band will perform show tunes and classical pieces, with Conductor Dr. Kirby Jolly. It’s sponsored by the Flushing Council on the Arts with special support from Poppenhusen Institute and Congressman Mike Abel.

SABINA SAYS: It was truly wonderful to go to the Newtown High School all-class reunion. This was my first time and it certainly brought back a lot of memories. My friends Cathy Bair and Helen Banniettis came with me. It was also great to see State Senator Frank Padavan who is also an alumni of Newtown High.

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