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Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. I’m back and I want to thank everyone for their concern. Of course I couldn’t help but return after that wonderful Memorial Day Parade in College Point. “United We Stand” was our theme and commemorated the war dead as well as the World Trade Center dead. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Grand Marshal Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, Sen. Frank Padavan, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Sen. David Weprin and Borough President Helen Marshall all made this parade a special event. The Poppy Queen was Stephanie Santiago.

Each May leading up to Memorial Day, members of the American Legion and other veterans groups sell red paper poppies made by disabled veterans. Funds from the sales are used for activities for veterans and other charitable activities of the Legion.

Wreaths were placed and ceremonies held at all churches, monuments, VFW and American Legion halls, public libraries, Poppenhusen Monument, 109th Precinct and the fire house. Ceremonies took place at MacNeil Park. There were crosses for the College Point war dead. There were six divisions, 16 bands, and eight floats.

Carol Reilly made a beautiful painting of the Twin Towers and surrounding buildings for the College Point Security Float. The K-Nine Float honored the rescue dogs from the Sept. 11 disaster. Twelve dogs were very well-behaved on their float, of course with Laraine, Sean, Gary and George they would have to be. The Knights of Columbus also had a beautiful float about the Twin Towers and the war dead. Everyone involved has to be commended for their wonderful work and efforts in making this parade a memorable one.

Every blessing to the Rev. Linda Burlew, the new pastor of The First Reformed Church of College Point.

The College Point Street Fair will take place Sunday, June 30. There will be games, rides, vendors, food and music, 14th Avenue to 20th Avenue, College Point Boulevard. For information and to reserve your space, call Susan at 444-6028. Vendor space is limited, don’t delay.

The Daisies Troop 4175 held their Investiture Ceremony at the First Reformed Church.

Leader Jacqueline Valente, Troop Assistants Millie Grennan & Kyrie Knapp. Daisies: Megan Alicea, Kristen Kangas, Meghan Kennedy, Irene Koutsoulidakis, Catherine Markart, Alyssa Mickalauskas, Hanna Sheeran, Karla Silva, Meagan Swithers, Christina Valente. Troop 4046 helped with the flag ceremony.

Congratulations to Russell and Jeannine Spero who had fraternal twin boys born six weeks premature. Robert and Thomas are doing well. The proud grandparents are Bob and Clara Spero, Bob and Regina Hauer.

Evening performances of “Move Over, Mrs. Markham” are scheduled at Poppenhusen Institute, for June 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. An additional matinee on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. General admission is $12, senior citizens and students are $8.

Congratulations to Catherine and Rolf Dieckmann on their Golden Anniversary. They were married on June 15, 1952 in St. Fidelis Church and the reception was held at the Williamsburgh Yacht Club.

The Eisenberg/Anderson clan welcomed a new addition on April 28 at 7:15 a.m. Jeremy Mikhail Anderson, 7 pounds, 2.3 ounces, 19 inches. Congratulations to Uncle Hal Eisenberg on receiving his master’s degree from Adelphi University on May 19.

Happy 53rd & 45th anniversary to Penny and Frank Hess & Greta and Joe Hruska, respectively.

Happy birthday to Helen Mazzarello, June Masone and Cathy Artese.

Congratulations to Cathy Tuttle, Maureen Pupplo and Debbie Renest who won 1st Place in Kaffee Klatch Bowling League, and to Maureen Pupplo on her bowling series 210, 223, 214.

Happy 50th Golden Anniversary to June and Danny Masone.

Happy 16th anniversary to Cathy and Ritchie Tuttle. Happy 80th birthday to Harold Tuttle.

Blessings to Nicholas Fanelli on his confirmation.

Congratulations to Sandi Van Ohlen, as she graduates from Public School 185.

Happy 1st Anniversary to Lisa and Robert Bucholz

Congratulations to Audrey & Steve Steiner on their 50th anniversary and to Nancy and Don Moss on their 40th anniversary.

Congratulations to Ed Jarvis as he graduates from Cornell Medical School, to Christy Loeb on her graduation from St. Francis Prep and to Rickey Anne Tuttle on her graduation from PS 129.

Strut Your Stuff recital on June 8.

Condolences to the families of Susan Hika, Adele Kruger and Mary Costello.

Sabina Says: Take a little happiness from each day so that at the end of the week, you can at least have one full happy day.

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