Poppenhusen presents free summer concerts

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I hope that all fathers enjoyed their special day and that Father’s Day was memorable to you. Of course, right after this came all the wonderful graduations.

St. Francis Prep girls’ varsity tennis...

By Sabina Cardali

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point.

I hope that all fathers enjoyed their special day and that Father’s Day was memorable to you. Of course, right after this came all the wonderful graduations.

St. Francis Prep girls’ varsity tennis team from Fresh Meadows captured the 2004 Mayor’s Cup All Scholastic Tennis Tournament sponsored by the N.Y. Junior Tennis League. It was the team’s fifth consecutive title coached by John Brennan.

Under the sponsorship of the First Reformed Church since 1914, Boy Scouts Troop 20 and the parents of Eagle Scouts Joseph Helmut Augstein and William Chu Hom cordially invited guests for the special ceremony for the Eagle Scout award at an Eagle Court of Honor. Augstein started on Aug. 11, 2002 and William Chu Hom started on June 9, 2002.

After presentation of the U.S. flag, troop flag, Pledge of Allegiance and Scout Oath, the Order of the Arrow made a wonderful presentation. The invocation was made by Pastor Linda Burlew; the Perspective on Scouting by John Carmichael; the Eagle History by Robert Greco; the Steps Towards Eagle by Eagle Scout Robert Carmichael; and the Oyster and the Eagle by Brian Mackay. Marcos Martinez presented the awards and parents’ pins.

The guest speakers were state Sen. Frank Padavan and Scott Wolff for Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, as well as Eagle Scout Rick Abbadessa Jr. Other guest speakers and presenters included George Lenz, master of Anchor-Astoria Masonic Lodge; Rocco Cardali, past grand knight of St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus, Council 1463; Herbert Brown, district commissioner of Oscar Ammon Post 853; Frank Feeley of the American Legion; Bob Maeurer Sr., Queens Federation of Churches; Robert Greco, Matinecock chapter chief; Karl Nagasawa, Poppenhusen Institute; and Jim Reilly, VFW.

Parents Friedhelm and Barbara Augstein and David and Frances Hom spoke about their sons. Colors were retired and dessert was served.

Despina Siolas of Bayside was the keynote alumni speaker at the 134th commencement exercises of the class of 2004 of St. John’s University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was one of 20 national recipients of the 2004 American Medical Association and Pfizer Foundation Leadership Award.

Poppenhusen Institute’s free summer park concerts at MacNeil Park on 5th Avenue and College Place will be on Sundays at 6 p.m. and will include a July 4 ceremony featuring a “Thomas Jefferson” reading the Declaration of Independence and a performance by The Band of Long Island, a 30-piece band performing patriotic music.

Risky Business will perform oldies music of the ’50s and ’60s on July 11, and July 18 Savannah Sky will perform country music with the Poppenhusen Line Dancers and instructors Ellen and Ira Lengel. On July 25 Phil Costa and The Something Special Orchestra will perform the sounds of the Big Bands.

The College Point old-timers reunion will be Thursday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Milleridge Cottage Inn in Jericho, N.Y.

There will be a full buffet including lunch, coffee, tea and desserts for $29.50 including tax and tip. Hosts will be Al Vicarelli, who can be reached at PO Box 620, Cutchogue, NY 11935 or 631-734-5001; Virginia Tkatch, who can be contacted at 1008 Cabot Path, St. James, NY 11780 or 631-584-5314; and Howie Van Allen, reachable via 10 Deberg Drive, Old Tappen NJ 07675 or 201-664-5908. Send your check to Virginia Tkatch no later than July 30 or sooner to make it easier on those who are doing the planning.

Congratulations to Joe Governale of Whitestone on earning master’s degrees in protection management and security management and terrorism.

The graduating class of Holy Trinity Parish School took place and 19 graduates garnered 12 full- and part-time scholarships. Principal Mrs. Menna and the teaching staff helped mold the graduates with the cooperation of parents.

The competing design proposals for the Korean War Veterans Monument to be built in Kissena Park will be available for public viewing at the Queens Museum of Art this month. This monument will honor the sacrifices of the men and women who fought to defend freedom and democracy in the Korean War.

Some City Council members have expressed doubt that transit officials can take over private buses serving thousands of Queens riders by July 1, and union leaders warned that the MTA wants to set up a Regional Bus Authority so it can cut service. Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) has asked for an extension of the deadline for the takeover.

Cooperation among Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the borough president’s office, council members and the Department of City Planning has resulted in the rezoning of 10 neighborhoods, Bayside, College Point, Whitestone and East Flushing in addition to other areas across the county.

Edward Joseph McGovern will be ordained to priesthood. Prior to joining Maryknoll, he was a deputy bureau chief at the Queens County district attorney’s office in the Arson, Economic and Environmental Crimes Bureau. He has also been an assistant attorney general for the New York State Department of Law in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and as assistant district attorney. He certainly has a background.

Sabina says ... Thank you for your concern and love and know that it is reciprocated, and thank you for your love of me and my work.

Updated 7:07 pm, October 10, 2011
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