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To The Point: Town Hall holds tours, concert to end summer

Anthony Tondo, chairman of the College Point Yacht Club, had a wonderful season-ending barbecue and clam bake. Everyone had a wonderful time...

By Sabina Cardali

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The summer has come to an end and with it some nice events.

Anthony Tondo, chairman of the College Point Yacht Club, had a wonderful season-ending barbecue and clam bake. Everyone had a wonderful time and even the lobsters were standing and dancing to the wonderful music of Gerry Moran and his partner, John Bartash.

Flushing Town Hall held a Day of Remembrance co-sponsored by Councilmen John Liu and Leroy Comrie and Community Board 7. After breakfast, “Taps” was played and then there was a moment of silence. A concert was held featuring The Little Brass Band of the American Concert Band, Dr. Kirby Jolly, director. After opening remarks by Jo-Ann Jones, state Sen. Frank Padavan and the councilmen there were escorted trolley tours along Flushing’s Freedom Mile with stops at the Kingsland House (1785), Bowne House (1661) and Friends Meeting House (1694).

Poppenhusen Institute had its barbecue featuring the “Unveiling of the Coming of the White Man,” by Herman Atkins MacNeil. James Healy, president of the Conrad Poppenhusen Association gave the welcoming remarks, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, “God Bless America” and a moment of silence.

An update on the institute as well as history on MacNeil and the plaster cast of “The Coming of the White Man” was by Susan Brustmann and Peter Greenberg, trustee, Conrad Poppenhusen Association. Donors — Bob Friedrich, The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Susan Wunderlich. The Poppenhusen Institute was established in 1868.

The Program for Teens at the Poppenhusen Institute will resume on Monday, Sept. 23, at 114-04 14th Rd. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for children 10 through 11 years old, and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for children 12 through 17 years old. Students do not have to attend both days. Frank Priore will be the instructor. Call 358-0067 for more information.

Gabe Vitale 21st Memorial 5K Run returns after a one-year hiatus due to Sept. 11. The event will be held Sept. 22 at 9:30 a.m. The start of the 3.1-mile race will be near 119th Street and Poppenhusen Avenue outside MacNeil Park. Leo Nicholas, race director, and his staff expect a large turnout. In addition to the 5K there will be a half-mile race for children 12 and under. The race is named for Gabriel Vitale, a police officer who was killed in the line of duty. A perpetual memorial cup donated by the Vitale family will be presented to the winning police team representing the first-place precinct.

The Association for the Advancement of Blind and Retarded and the New York Child Learning Institute are holding a fabulous fashion and boutique show for their benefit on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. at Harper’s Restaurant, 1270 Union Turnpike, New Hyde Park, $30 per person includes dinner and fashion show.

St. Fidelis Film Festival featuring Bette Davis resumes on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Madonna Room. The feature presentation is “Now Voyager.”

Sabina says... School is back in full swing and I hope that the children are too. I hope that the parents are involved in making this term the children’s very best.

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