To The Point: College Point goes out for ‘Friends of Karen’

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The birds ready to fly out for spring are still chirping that it can’t be spring yet because they can still see snow on the horizon.

I just can’t grow old not with invitations to from two to four...

By Sabina Cardali

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point.

The birds ready to fly out for spring are still chirping that it can’t be spring yet because they can still see snow on the horizon.

I just can’t grow old not with invitations to from two to four events every day, but each so wonderful and heartwarming.

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 20 at First Reformed Church, College Point, held their “Eagle Court of Honor” ceremony. Michael William MacKay received the Eagle Scout Medal. The welcome was given by Committee Chairman Robert D. Maeurer Sr. Invocation was given by Reverend Carl Rosenblum. The rededication and Law of the Eagle was given by Eagle Scout, Troop 18 Scoutmaster and District Dean of Merit Badges Ed Petersen. The presentation of Eagle Medal was made by Eagle Mother Ann Mackay, Eagle Badge and Pin by Eagle Father John Mackay and Mother’s and Father’s Pins presented by Eagle Scout Michael William Mackay. Eagle community service project was presented by Scoutmaster Marcos Martinez. Senator Frank Padavan made a presentation, as did College Point Security Patrol Director Rocco Cardali. Robert Hom was MC and gave the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Congratulations to Eagle Scout Michael William MacKay and his family.

Happy Birthday to Lucie Ann Shannon, to Ray Schnell, to Biff Shannon, to Cathleen King, and to Judy Zoldak.

The next Ret-Set luncheon is March 28 at the First Reformed Church at 12:15p.m. and the Spring Luncheon will be Wednesday, April 11.

The College Point Community Ambulance Corps, in conjunction with New York Hospital of Queens, held their annual blood drive at corps headquarters, 123-06 18th Avenue, College Point on Saturday , March 3. Many came and 70 people gave the gift of life. It was simple, safe and urgently needed and each also received a gift for the donation.

Congratulations to Barbara Niegerball at Whitestone Lanes who again bowled 200. I was tempted to type ditto, as this is three times in a row.

Holy Trinity Parish was selected by the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association as one of the first three parishes across the U.S. to embark on a parish planning process. This involves all members of the faith community in creating a “shared vision” for the parish. Each and every one of the parish is vital in the planning process which iis in these phases: organizing, listening, discernment and planning. The Listening Day took place on March 3. The Parish Planning Design Team worked hard on the program. After Fr. Latona, Jim Moyer continued and Senator Padavan spoke on community trends.

Adelphi University’s Undergraduate Social Work Council presented a live music concert to benefit “Friends of Karen,” which has provided financial, emotional and advocacy support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families since 1978. It featured live music including The Band Outlet, The Joe Rock Band, Live DJ and Buffet Dinner, silent auction, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle. Co-chairs of Student Social Work Undergraduate Council were Denise A. Wind and Hal S. Eisenberg. In 1978, Karen MacInnes, a 16 year old girl with Lafora’s disease, a progressive, fatal neurological illness, wanted to go home for the holidays. The medical costs were too great. A friend of the family, Sheila Peterson, raised the money to send her home. Karen died thgat year.

At Adelphi, support has come from administrators throughout the campus, some fraternities and sororities, former students, as well as politicians. I was overjoyed to see the students gathered together and all arduously working in such a worthy cause. A green ribbon has come to symbolize hope for the children and their families.

Hal Eisenberg played the drums with the Outlet band. One of the raffle prizes, the DVD Player, received the loudest cheer from the winner. Judy Eisenberg, Hal’s mother, was very proud of her son and his loving efforts for the charity, as well as his wife, Regina, and her wonderful artistic singing.

St. Francis Prep Honor Roll (grade averages of 90 or above) Keith Dutton, Victoria Ficuciello, Lianne Legaspi, Violetta Matysiak, Eric Rooney, Jean Steele, Joseph Azzara, Stefanie Badzim, Cheryl Dapolito, Stephen Dapolito, Martha Diaz, Lee Dinapoli, Stephanie Fortino, Ian Johnston, Christina Loeb, John Rice & Daniel Torres.. St. Maryís H.S. ñ Second Honors: Cristina Ponzini.

College Point Road Runners: The 23rd annual Queens Half-Marathon and the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run will be held Saturday, April 14. Race will start at 121st Street on Poppenhusen Avenue (MacNeil Park) at 8 a.m. College Point Boulevard will be closed from 8 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. To volunteer call Hector Moreno at 424-2478.

Safe Driver Course will be held on March 31 in the Madonna Room at St. Fidelis. Call the Rectory to register.

The College Point Memorial Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 27. If you would like to volunteer for this worthy parade, please call Chairman Fred Mazzarello at 939-3393.

SABINA SAYS: It was wonderful attending the Golden Anniversary celebration for Helen and Fred Mazzarello given by their three daughters, Helen, Rita and Mary. I can’t believe that Fred took an afternoon off, but he did and his dancing and participating really was the only gift that Helen wanted. Also one of the special guests, recuperating nicely , was MaryAnn Fanelli. Fr. Arthur Minichello of St. Fidelis dropped by for the renewal of the vows. Everyone had a great time.

Posted 7:03 pm, October 10, 2011
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