To The Point: Groundhogs Phil, Chuck give conflicting forecasts

By Sabina Cardali

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point.

Groundhog Day was upon us and Punxsutawney Phil was wearing a tuxedo jacket — but it had a fur collar and he declared there would be six more weeks of winter. Mayor Bloomberg, however, was with Staten Island Chuck and this groundhog was wearing shorts and declared spring had arrived.

Congratulations to TimesLedger columnist Bob Harris and his wife on the birth of their grandson, Samuel Ian Leff, and to great-grandma Julia Harris who celebrated her 100th birthday.

Happy birthday to Ken Moss, Hilda Augenbreck and Patricia Carmichael.

Happy 90th birthday to Betty Pegen.

Condolences to the families of John Rossi and Maureen Grossi.

Condolences to the family of George Fraser, brother of the Rev. Jim Fraser of Holy Trinity.

A baby elephant was recently born at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, weighing in at 280 pounds. It was a female but they still named it Rudy in salute to former Mayor Giuliani who is an honorary ringmaster for life.

Be on the lookout for a white, male Pomeranian dog named Snowball. He ran out of his yard with no collar after having a bath. His owners are anxious for his return. Please call 539-6651 if you have seen Snowball.

The Lenten Film Festival at St. Fidelis will feature Otto Preminger’s presentation of Shaw’s “St. Joan” on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Madonna Room.

William Hom of Boy Scout of Troop 20 is holding a blood drive Sunday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Reformed Church as his Eagle Scout project. For more information, call 746-6973.

Holy Trinity will hold a St. Patrick’s dance Feb. 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight in Haggarty Hall, 14-45 143rd St., Whitestone. Tickets are $30 per person and include a corned beef and cabbage dinner, soda bread and beer. Music will be provided by The Boston Burglars. For tickets, call Ann at 746-5414, Marie at 767-1806, Theresa at 746-1670 or Marie at 767-4698.

A Caregivers Support Group will be held at St. Fidelis Rectory, 123-06 14th Ave., on Wednesdays, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24 and May 29. For more information, call Sister Helen Muhlbauer at 961-2729.

Bowling is beautiful at Whitestone Lanes, especially for the following bowlers: Dolores Ahearn 205, Greta Hruska 209, Maureen Pupplo 211. I’m an ardent fan of theirs but I just bowl for some exercise.

A continued speedy recovery to Frank Hess who smiles even when he is in pain with his broken foot.

Welcome to Maryse Abellard who was recently hired by the Consistory of the First Reformed Church as a youth leader.

SABINA SAYS — A very happy birthday to my grandson, Eric McIntyre, and to his dad, Paul McIntyre.

Remember that the weather has been unpredictable everywhere and it is important that you dress properly for it.

Also, there is a water shortage, so don’t waste even a drop. Run washing machines and dish washers when they are at full capacity. Do not wash sidewalks. Everyone’s cooperative efforts will help to get through this shortage.

Reach columnist Sabina Cardali by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 140.

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