By Sabina Cardali
Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Borough President Claire Shulman gave her borough address to a full auditorium at Theater in the Park. There was no word, however, whether we would be getting more school seats for our children in College Point. Our plight continues in this regard.
Two sad events took place last week, the passing of two special canines: my 20-year-old Cupcake and Laraine Memola's 13-year-old Waggles.
EULOGY TO CUPCAKE AND WAGGLES
You both were as good as pets could be
Cupcake, you made your first family, the Aiellos, so happy
Then they moved and you had no home per se
So Rocky and I made you our pet on that day
You brought us, our friends, Krystal and Bud too
All the love that we returned to both of you
We all will think of you and your special friend Waggles with special love.
We know that you will be looking down on us from above
Happy Birthday to Fred Mazzarello, Patricia Carmichael, Hilda Augebroich, Jennifer Shannon, and her nephew Terrence King. Special speedy recovery to Hilda Ferony.
Congratulations to Patti McCarthy, who bowled 205 at Whitestone Lanes.
Happy New Year to the Chinese-Americans, who will usher in 4698, Year of the Dragon, midnight Feb. 4 to Feb. 13.
Ladies Auxiliary to VFW College Point Post No. 885 has started a very worthy project,” New Eyes for the Needy.”
It recently received 85 new frames from Henry Shyer for this project. Please drop off any used glasses to VFW Post No. 885, 120-19 14th Road, College Point. The veterans are being remembered on Valentine's Day by sending 50 cards to St. Albans Hospital. Any help you give the Ladies Auxiliary in this project will be greatly appreciated by them, as well as the ultimate users.
Judy and Bob Eisenberg are very proud of their son Hal, who is director of community service for the YM & YWHA, which is open to youths of all faiths. Students at the Louis Pasteur Middle School 67 in Douglaston and who are members of the Humanitarian Society collected more than 2,000 pounds of clothing to distribute to the homeless in all five boroughs. The Humanitarian Society includes 75 students in grades from six to nine and works in coordination with the Samuel Field YM & YWHA. They also have joined Newsday's Future Corps, which enlists students from Queens and Long Island in community service projects. Hal Eisenberg, director of this community service, says “students who join the Humanitarian Society see things in with a whole different perspective. Their eyes are open to things they don't normally see.”
The College Point Civic/Taxpayers Association will be holding its next big meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7 P.M., at the St. Fidelis Auditorium. All elected officials have been invited. Make sure to tell your neighbors and attend.
St. Paul's Church's Rev. Paul Hamilton, hosted a reception, service and dinner to thank all the people and organizations that had donated items to help them through their recent crisis, the fire. I was very impressed with Rev. Hamilton, with Greta Hruska, for her work, and all the parents who cooked a feast. And the wonderful attention span and behavior of the children who participated in the two-hour service. They will be having a Murder Mystery Night on Saturday, Feb. 12, $35 per person. For reservations, contact St. Paul's at 762-4100 or Irene Gerdau at 321-0377. Have an entertaining evening and help a good cause.
There will be a Special Native American Program at Poppenhusen Institute on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 1-4. p.m. A Matinecock descendant will be present in full regalia to speak on various subjects. The Four Directions ceremony will be performed. Native American Exhibit will be open. Archeologist Eugene Boesch will speak on the finding of a “dig” two years ago at 14th Avenue and 141st St.. Admission is free.
Knights of Columbus-St. Ambrose Columbiettes are presenting a “Knight of Murders,” at $35 per person, Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. Price includes dinner, beer, wine, a DJ for dancing and the murder mystery show. BYOB. The place: Knights of Columbus, St. Ambrose, 22-38 College Point Boulevard, College Point. Reservations must be made in advance. Call Karen or Melissa at 718-762-0506 or Bruce at 718-358-6873.
College Point Little League Registration for children ages 5-18 years is taking place. The cost is: $90 first child, $50 second child, $55 for T-Ball/Pee Wee. (Chance books are available to offset cost). The dates are: Saturday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 26, 9-12 and Monday, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m. Register in person at the C.P.L.L. Building, 123 Street and 14th Avenue. You will need registration fee (cash or check), birth certificate and proof of address. Anyone registering after Feb. 28 will be placed on a waiting list. For information, call 718-460-8408.
Sabina Says: I have been reading additional articles on charter schools. They have been unsuccessful. We have to continue to push for at least one additional elementary school that will be governed by our Board of Education, be accountable to them and have only certified teachers. Our tax dollars must be well-spent.