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To The Point: Kids ‘strut their stuff’ at 12th dance recital

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Strut Your Stuff held its 12th recital at Queensborough Community College, “Made in the USA.” I have attended all of them, and each one has been greater than the previous. The children are so intense and really work hard to make stellar performances. Of course, the adult numbers added to the glory.

Rosalie Hanlon and her group and Artie Ferony and his group, including Carlos Malave, added to the excellence of the day. Christy Loeb and Lisa Ferony always give more than stellar performances. It was nice seeing Rickey Ann Tuttle, Kimberly Hanlon, Alyssa Malave and Melissa Malave. Julie Smith-Corbett gave a beautiful performance with her daughter, Bryanna, and this proves the show will always go on. Plaudits also to Jimmy Sensale for all of his performances. A great big hand for all who performed and for all who taught and helped in the background.

Congratulations to Mark Sinatra, who enlisted in the U.S. Marines.

Condolences to the Rimsky family on the passing of Ed’s father.

Congratulations to Susan and Ed Rimsky on their 16th anniversary.

Congratulations to Michelle Newcomb on her graduation from PS 129.

Happy birthday to David Newcomb and to Rachel Newcomb.

Happy 53rd anniversary to Penny and Frank Hess and happy 45th anniversary to Greta and Joe Hruska.

Happy Silver Anniversary to Maryann and Tom Graziano.

Congratulations to Christina Graziano on her graduation from Adelphi University and to Thomas Graziano from Chamarade.

St. Ambrose Council elections took place and the following are the officers: Chaplain Father Paul Borowski, Grand Knight Thomas Nazario, Deputy Grand Knight Artie Ferony, Chancellor George Conte, Warden Andrew LaFurno, Financial Secretary Sir Knight Donald Remiszewski, Treasurer Brian O’Keefe, Recorder Philip Simonelli, Lecturer Paul Gatto, Advocate Michael Luzophone, Inside Guard Sir Knight Joseph Paliotta, Inside Guard Frank Szamboti, Outside Guard James Ayres, Trustee three years James Slavin, Trustee two years Robert Spitz, Trustee one year Sir Knight Rocco Cardali Past Grand Knight. Alternate Delegate for Grand Knight Sir Knight Rocco D’Erasmo, Alternate Delegate for Past Grand Knight Sir Knight Donald Remiszewski.

The College Point Street Fair will be Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with games, rides, vendors, food and music at 14th Avenue to 20th Avenue, College Point Boulevard. For information and to reserve your space, call Susan at 444-6028. Vendor space is limited, so don’t delay; space is on a first-come basis.

Many people have asked me about the meaning of poppies for Memorial Day; the following poem explains it:

IN FLANDER’S FIELDS:

In Flander’s Fields the poppies blow.

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch, be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields.

And now the torch and Poppy rod

Wear in honor of our dead.

The College Point Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps. collected more than 50 units of blood at its blood drive sponsored by the New York Hospital of Queens, Flushing, N.Y.

The First Reformed Church will be having a family picnic after worship on June 23.

Sabina Says: Let’s give a great deal of thought to making this the best summer ever for children and family due to the many drastic happenings from the past months. They are your most important assets and making them happy should make you happy, too.

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