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To The Point: A fond ‘welcome home’ to local war hero Wurtz

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Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point.

I hope your family enjoyed the Passover and Easter holidays and I hope that all the Easter eggs that were hid were found and counted.

We were all happy that Sgt. David Wurtz received the Purple Heart and came home from Afghanistan to College Point to recuperate, but most assuredly no one was more elated than his parents Joan and Clem. David was born and raised in College Point and graduated from Flushing High School. He enlisted in the Army while in high school through the delayed entry program. After recovery from his injuries, he will most likely return to Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division for the remainder of his nine-month tour. After he finishes with the Army, he plans to join the New York City Police Department. Good luck with all of your endeavors, David.

Congratulations to all of the Girl Scouts, especially the Silver Award honorees whose ceremony took place at the Church on the Hill in Flushing. The Silver Award is the highest Cadet achievement representing a culmination of many accomplishments. The honorees were Amy Blauner, Carla Hung, Samantha Kerath, Sara Lizzul, Andrea Marsala, Gabrielle Nussbaum, Linda Saur and Lauren Schneiderman. Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) presented these girls with a proclamation and a state medal. Borough President Helen Marshall and Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza also sent proclamations.

Eva Hrastnig-Mieras is the delegate of the North Queens 3 Service Unit of which Girl Scout Troop 4-089 is a member.

A very happy birthday to Leona Ryan who is a very big fan of mine.

Speedy recovery to Lucie Shannon, John Tie and Dotty Securanza.

The Rev. Carl Rosenblum, interim pastor of the First Reformed Church, had a very warm, loving farewell luncheon as he left for Glendale Reformed Church. The children of the Sunday School made the crosses that were given to each parishioner during this holy week. Linda Burlew was to begin her duties as pastor April 1.

The Association for the Advancement of Blind and Retarded, Inc. will be sponsoring its annual dinner-dance April 12 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing. Contact Eileen Keegan or Bernadette Kolessar at AABR, Inc., 15-08 College Point Blvd., PO Box 560247, College Point, NY 11356 or call them at 321-3800.

Holy Trinity School Fashion Show will be also held Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at The Immaculate Conception Center, 7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. The event includes a hot buffet, open bar and Viennese table for $38 per person. Tickets are available at the school and church offices.

Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn will host her annual Family Health Fair Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Electrical Industry Center Auditorium, 67-35 Parsons Blvd. There will be an ambulance tour, The New York Hospital Medical Center Queens Asthma Van, Senior Van, MetroCard Bus. For more information, call Scott in Assemblywoman Mayersohn’s office at 463-1942.

Happy retirement to Lucy Nunziato, executive vice president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, who was a big asset to the Chamber. Proclamations were given to her by Borough President Marshall and Sen. Padavan.

Our Memorial Day parade is set for Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. “United We Stand” will be our theme and will commemorate the war dead as well as those who died at the World Trade Center, including police, fire and rescue workers. If you would like to be part of the committee, please call Chairman Fred Mozzarella at 939-3393.

The 24th Queens Half Marathon will be held in College Point along with the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run on Saturday, April 13. More than 3,500 runners from the tri-state area as well as 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 step off at 8:10 a.m. Check-in for both races is at MacNeil Park, 119th Street and Poppenhusen Avenue. Borough President Helen Marshall will be the official starter of the Half-Marathon.

The Queens Half-Marathon has been selected for the New York Roadrunners Grand Prix Series and is also a points race for women. Additional cash prizes of $2,000 will be awarded to the first three men and women who finish the race. The major sponsor for both races is the Skaggs-Walsh Fuel Co. which has sponsored the event for the last 10 years. Contributing sponsors are the Queens Surface Co. Science Bus Co., NYPD 109th Precinct, departments of Parks, Sanitation, Highways, Community Board 7, the Queens borough president’s office, College Point Security Patrol, JM Tennis Court Maintenance, Jetro Cash and Carry, Target Stores, Coca-Cola, College Point Board of Trade, College Point Ambulance Corp, NYC Emergency Medical React and the Abbey in Williamsburg.

The College Point Board of Trade has donated two $250 scholarships to the first male and female full-time students from Malba and College Point who finish the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run. Entry blanks are available at Skaggs-Walsh.

Reach columnist Sabina Cardali by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 162.

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