To The Point: Flushing Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

By Sabina Cardali

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, Staten Island Chuck and Flushing Phil are still wearing their mufflers, so there will not be an early spring. These groundhogs know their stuff. I think they are wearing earmuffs, also.

Condolences to the family of Mary Corrigan. A beautiful co-celebrated mass by Holy Trinity and St. Fidelis took place.

Condolences to the family of May Pidgeon.

Blessings on the birth of Christina Sahellenir, parents Anna Marie and George Nicoletta.

Blessings on baby Katlin, mother Margaret and grandparents Tim and Dolly O’Donnell.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. George Pataki and President George Bush at a White House ceremony transferred ownership of Governors Island from the federal government to New York. In 1800, the state gave the island to the Army, which turned it over to the Coast Guard in 1966. Bloomberg and Pataki intend to transform the island into a campus for CUNY.

Condolences to the families of the astronauts from the Columbia space shuttle: Indian-born Kalpana Chawla; Ilan Ramon, first Israeli in space; Cmdr. Rick Husband; Michael Anderson; David Brown; William McCool; and Laurel Clark.

Congratulations to Lorraine Darcy for bowling 221 and to Maureen Puppolo for bowling 209 at the Whitestone Bowling Alley.

Join the Knights of Columbus on their 11-day tour of the Canadian Rockies (June 23) or their 12-day tour to the Emerald Isle — Ireland (Aug. 8). For more information, please contact Pat Neville, PGN, at 1-516-221-2826.

St. Agnes High School of 1983 is planning its 20-year reunion for March 2003. Anyone who needs more information should call Christine Baxter-Rennie at 1-718-886-0378, Lisa Champion-Romono at 1-917-295-3682, or log on to www.classmates.com for details.

There will be free drama classes for teens between 13 and 17 years old at the Poppenhusen. These free programs help to develop self-confidence and improved speaking skills, as well as provide instruction in various acting skills. Classes for younger teens will be on Mondays, and other classes will be on Tuesdays in February from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with instructor Frank Priore. Call to put your child on the waiting list.

There will be country line dancing on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It’s great fun and good exercise. No leather boots, soft-soled shoes only, donation $6. Dance instruction and music by Ira & Ellen at Poppenhusen.

The First Reformed Church was to celebrate Boy Scout Sunday on Feb. 9, with the young men from their troop leading the worship. The baptism of Paul DiScala, son of Heather and Neil DiScala will be celebrated Feb. 16. March 2 will be Girl Scout Sunday.

Happy February birthdays to Patricia Carmichael, Harrry Kastros, Betty Pegan, Brian Lopez, Angela Creed, Hanna Speck, Patricia Schuck, Mark Clingo, Debbie Martinez, Rose Kustra, Paul Johnson, Robert Carmichael, Richard Foilz, Cynthia Schlegel, Vanessa Bond and Pauline Morris.

Queens Centers for Progress will honor state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), Borough President Helen Marshall and the Chef of the Year Georgiana Reese at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadow Park, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. To attend call 1-718-380-3006.

Happy birthday to Terrance King. Happy first anniversary to Lucie Ann and Ray Schnell.

There will be a St. Patrick’s Dance on March 8, $35 per person, at the Knights of Columbus. Please call Grand Knight Tom Nazario at 1-718-767-6848 for information.

It was great meeting Papazzio Restaurant’s Bill Black, who is working on a five-hour yoga program. I am generally not a yoga expert, but I am willing to try it. You will have to wait and see.

Sabina says…Last week it was a little chilly, but this week it is a lot chilly; therefore, I hope that you worked real hard on generating more warmth in your heart so that you will be able to generate it throughout your whole being.

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