Hello Everyone,

Sure hoping you all are doing okay during this time of pandemic quarantine. We are so fortunate here in Middle Village to have our very beautiful Juniper Valley Park to escape to for a brief walk. And we were able to see the amazing Blue Angels flyover from the ball field. Awesome!

First, we would like to give a huge thank you (and that even seems like not nearly enough) to so many heroes: Doctors, nurses, all hospital workers, all first responders, Police, Firefighters, EMS. We must thank our food workers, transportation, sanitation, delivery people, postal workers. God bless them all. They are keeping us going while we stay safe in quarantine.

Congratulations to all the seniors graduating from grammar, high schools and colleges. We recognize your hard work and wish you all the best of luck in your new endeavors.

Our grandchildren, twins, Jack and Julia will be graduating from Pearl River High School and attending James Madison University and University of South Carolina in the fall. Congratulations guys.

And our youngest granddaughter, Sarah, graduated from Pearl River Middle School and will be attending Pearl River High School. Congratulations Sarah!

Erik Rosenhammer, OLH grad and grandson of Juniper park volunteer Ursula Rosenhammer, graduated Sacred Heart University.  He plans to attend graduate school for physician assistant studies. Congratulations Erik!

Alex Sepe will be graduating Our Lady of Hope Academy and will attend Regis High School. Congratulations Alex!

Congratulations to Matthew Gallo graduating from Martin Luther School. He will be attending St. Francis College.

Juliana Crino is graduating from PS/IS 128 in Middle Village and will be attending Townsend Harris High School. Congratulations Juliana!

Ava Reese Angerano graduated from Our Lady of Hope and will be attending Msgr. McClancy School in the fall. Congratulations Ava Reese.

One of Roy and June Mooney’s granddaughters just graduated from University at Albany. Elizabeth O’Brien completed her “four years in three”! Wow! She will now complete her Master’s Degree at Queens College.

Joseph DiBenedetto graduated from Adelphi University with a major in Sports Management with a minor in Communications. Congratulations and good luck on the job search!

Father Peter of Our Lady of Hope has been streaming live Mass on Sundays at 10:00 AM and on May 9th and May 17th he led a procession holding the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Our Lady of Hope Parish. It was quite awesome. Thank you Father Peter. Here, he is pictured on 60th Road between Eliot and Caldwell.

Speaking of 60th Road, our neighbors on this small block with nine houses regularly come out at 7pm to honk their horns, play New York, New York and clap in honor of our first responders. They are heroes in their own right. 

Unfortunately, there won’t be any July concerts this year, but maybe we’ll reschedule them for the fall if things calm down. There certainly is enough space at the park to listen to music while socially distancing.

Even in these times of social distancing the DeSantis family found a way to celebrate Paul Birthday in their big yard on Sunday, May 24th. On hand were closest family members all keeping social distance and wearing masks. It was so great seeing people enjoying a celebration outdoors. Happy Birthday Paul.

Happy Birthday to our granddaughter Nicole Werner celebrating on 60th Road May 30th.

Congratulations to Victoria Perry, Commanding Officer of the 104th Precinct, on her well-deserved promotion May 29th from Captain to Deputy Inspector.

A fond farewell to Detective Thomas Bell who retired in early June after decades at the 104th Precinct in Community Affairs. Keep in touch and come back to visit!

A new banner and American flag were mounted by the LIRR crossing at 76 Ave. & 88 St. in Glendale courtesy of Chapter 32 Vietnam Veterans. The banner was printed by Maspeth Press. Other locations will be Grand Ave. in Maspeth and Whitestone by 20 Ave.

Well, stay safe everyone!