To The Point: College Point offers ways to volunteer

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If you heard all the barking, all those beautiful well-groomed dogs were heading for Madison Square Garden and the 125th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The show featured 2,500 dogs, so...

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point.

If you heard all the barking, all those beautiful well-groomed dogs were heading for Madison Square Garden and the 125th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The show featured 2,500 dogs, so beautifully groomed and wonderfully behaved and getting along with each other. All 2,500 entrants earned championship status at other contests, and the five top-rated dogs in all 158 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds were invited to the show. It was so very difficult to pick just a few winners from this large group. The scene-stealer from Mossland Kennels, Sage, the Norwich Terrier, did his acting and was waiting for his ribbon.

Cmdr. John Barry Assembly held a Testimonial Dinner for Michael O’Connor, P.F.N. at the Joyce Kilmer Council. Family and friends filled the hall to do him honor. His family was so friendly. His wife, Marian, daughters Debbie and Rosemary, sons Bill and Michael, cousins Laura and Joseph Vespi, Roseanne and Jim Napolitano, grandchildren Amanda Rose (who was dancing up a storm), Jennifer Lynn, and Nicholas Joseph, added to the joy of the evening. I was honored to be told that they always read my column.

Condolences to the family of Kevin Murphy, and to the family of Betty Shapiro, and also to Julia Streich on the loss of her mother.

Condolences to the families of former Mayors Abraham Beame and John Lindsay.

Best wishes and a continued speedy recovery to MaryAnn Fanneli from her friends.

Get-well wishes to Nicolo Cespe.

Congratulations to Greta Hruska who bowled 214 and Patti McCarthy who bowled 210 at Whitestone Lanes.

At the January meeting of the Henrietta Klein Guild of the First Reformed Church, a new slate of officers was installed: President-Virginia Schubert, Vice President-Edie Freund, Treasurer-Mary Failla, Rec. Secy.-Eva Mieras, Cor.Secy.-Helen Nothdurft, Spiritual Life-Mary Weber, Service-Connie Kastros, Organization-Virginia Lueck, Education-Grace Maltese, Publicity-Mabel McAuliffe.

Poppenhusen Branch Library, 121-23 14th Avenue, College Point, hosts a book sale on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drop by and make your selections!

Hearty congratulations to Pauline and Julius Pryor who celebrated 76 years of marriage at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with Archbishop Egan.

Congratulations to Commander Bill Shepherd and Skipper Ken Cockrell who opened the door to Destiny, the American-made science laboratory in the international space station. I understand that they were wearing red, white and blue socks and that makes us proud.

Remember that the Edison Schools will be getting funding from the Board of Education with no accountability required. Get the full facts before voting for this choice. They have also required $500,000 for advertising these schools.

St. Paul’s children are holding a fund raiser Bowlathon at Whitestone Lanes for Tuller Hall on March 3. Sponsors are needed. Please call St. Paul’s at 762-4100.

Irish Candlelight Cafe Night at the Landmark Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point, )358-0067, presents Moringstar, performing authentic Irish ballads, love songs and folk songs, Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The $15 ticket includes pastries and beverages, and must be purchased in advance.

The Poppenhusen Institute also offers Sign Language for adults. The six-week course begins Tuesday, March 6 and will be held on the next five Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with instructor Barbara Aliprantis. Fee $50 for six two-hour sessions; pre-payment is required. Also at the Institute, Creative Writing for Publication begins Tuesday, March 6 and will be held for the next five Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Fee $50 for six two-hour sessions, and pre-registration is required. Instructor Frank Priore.

The Association for the Advancement of the Blind and Retarded Inc. are in need for volunteers to work in their Thrift Shop, open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Bernadette LaMagna at 321-3800 or visit at 15-08 College Point Blvd. (upstairs from Genovese). This thrift shop provides some funding for them.

It is always wonderful to work closely with the Malba Association, association president Charles Kyriakoudes, and all our wonderful neighbors and to know that we are united in our efforts to keep our communities protected.

The 23rd annual Queens Half-Marathon and the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run will be held on Saturday, April 14. Race will start on Poppenhusen Avenue (MacNeil Park) between 119th Street and College Place in College Point at 8 a.m. Please leave your car at home from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. , since there will be traffic delays and traffic rerouting during this time. College Point Boulevard will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for the Skaggs Walsh 5K Run. To volunteer please call Hector Moreno at 424-2478.

On Saturday, April 14, the annual Queens Half-Marathon will be run for the 23rd year along with the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run. More than 3,200 runners from the tri-state area that will include competitors from various foreign countries will compete for awards and prize money. The Skaggs Walsh 5K Run will start at 8 a.m. and the Queens Half-Marathon will kick off at 8:10 a.m. Check in for both races is MacNeil Park, 119th Street and Poppenhusen Avenue.

SPECIAL NEWS: The Newtown High School multi-year reunion will take place on Saturday, July 21 at Leonard’s of Great Neck at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 per person, which include buffet, open bar, and continuous music. A photographer will be taking class pictures, $15, purchase is optional. Send your check in by April 1 along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of your tickets and directions. Checks are to be made to Dottie Gormley and mailed to: 42 Fordham Street, Williston Park, N.Y. 11596. Any questions call Dottie at 516-747-3526. I am an alumni of Newtown, and I can’t wait to attend!

SABINA SAYS: Get involved in all the important issues that are in your communities. Whether it be the bus stop, schools or power generators, read and study the information, and then take a stand.

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