Congratulations to Thomas Vannata who just received Eagle Scout rank at our local Boy Scout Troop 106. He is the 58th Eagle Scout in Troop 106. His Eagle Scout Project “Care Packages to Navy Seals” was completed in honor of Mark Valli who is serving overseas with the Navy Seals and is also a Middle Village native. Thomas and our community prepared over 50 care packages! Thanks to Artis Drugs, Robert Holden, Principal Carty, and the community for their support!

Newtown Historical Society had erected two historic markers in our area previously – one at the Memorial Square dedicated to Maspeth history and the other in western Maspeth to honor DeWitt Clinton. In January, a third one dedicated to Middle Village was unveiled at Christ the King High School. It will be viewed by thousands of commuters and students daily. Thank you to Mike Michel for arranging the installation.

Vincent Cannizzaro, who, after retiring as an NYPD detective, became a legendary high school basketball coach at Christ the King, died in late January at the age of 82. Cannizzaro was a New York State Basketball Hall of Famer for earning 456 wins across 19 seasons at Christ the King, winning 16 consecutive Brooklyn Diocesan titles. May he rest in peace.

Bridie’s Bar and Grill, now located at 64-54 Dry Harbor Rd. in the former Danny Boy’s space, had its grand opening on January 8. The place has been packed ever since. The good news is that they also do pickup and delivery if you want great food but aren’t willing to wait.

The UFT Teacher Center’s professional development activities for educators are designed to deepen content knowledge and enhance pedagogical skill. Activities include intensive in-classroom support and after-school study groups. A new center was opened February 28 at PS229.

A contest was held by the Queens Chamber of Commerce to determine the borough’s best bagel. After all the votes from the public were tallied, the winner was …. Middle Village Bagels! Congratulations on the honor.

Ending on a sweet note, a new bakery opened in January on Metropolitan Avenue. Sweetly Dipped by Aggie is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The husband-wife team behind the venture is Agnes and George Molina, who became popular contestants in a TV baking contest, and are also parents of 6 children. Good luck!