Hello Everyone,

Hoping all of you had a “not so bad” winter up here in the North while our sun and fun friends escaped to the South. Can’t count March out of the picture but so far, not too bad.

We at the JPCA are embarking on a new era with our past President, Bob Holden setting off for the City Council. Good Luck Bob! And, of course, there is a big hole in our civic heart with the loss of our beloved Lorraine Sciulli. No one could ever “replace” these two leaders. They have done more for our community than anyone before ever accomplished. However, with a new President at the helm, Tony Nunziato, and the present Board, we will work on new projects as well as toward past goals. We need your help though, not only through your attendance at our meetings but also by joining us on the Board. If you are up to the challenge, please get in touch.

On Thursday evening, January 25th, Charlie Sadler, who was newly appointed Detective, was honored as the 104th Precinct Community Council’s “Cop of the Year.” Charlie has been a great friend of the JPCA attending all their meetings. Known for his charity work, he has helped rebuild homes in South Queens after Sandy even after flood waters destroyed his own home. He has also traveled to Oklahoma and Nepal to help rebuild after disasters. Charlie has many accomplishments that could take the entire Berry to recount. We wish Charlie continued success and Congratulate him as “Cop of the Year.”

Marilyn Muzio celebrated her birthday with family and friends at the home of her daughter Angela and son-in-law Sheldon in Fairfield, Connecticut on January 30th. Congratulations Marilyn!

Sharing a birthday on February 12th with my daughter Kelly has always been special. We celebrated on Sunday, February 11th at Barosa's Restaurant with family. Granddaughter Sarah who turned 11 on February 5th is pictured with Kelly and myself. A very happy birthday!

Four siblings, all having grown up in Middle Village and now living in four different States vacationed in a house in Naples, Florida for a week in January. I was a part of this and can say a fabulous time was had by all.

High School hockey teams got to play in the Barclay Center on Monday afternoon, February 5th. The teams were the Pearl River Pirates and the Bedford Fox Lane. Jack Killcommons played with the Pirates who won the game 11-3. It was a most exciting day for players and families there to cheer them on. The teams stayed on to watch the Islander game that evening that turned out to be an overtime thriller.

Giuseppe Campailla, principal of Our Lady of Hope Academy, has announced that Gerard Farco, nephew of Basil and Josephine Greco, has started a $500 merit-based scholarship for a 7th grade student. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Anna Olszowska. Mr. Campailla would like to thank Mr. Farco for giving back to the community and acknowledging the students at Our Lady of Hope Academy. Congratulations Anna!

And speaking of OLH, Killy’s Korner would like to welcome Fr. Noel Daduya to the parish. He is assigned the important role of Parochial Vicar.

Two Middle Villagers starred in an off-Broadway play this winter. Natalie Martino and Jeremy Lardieri portrayed characters in the show Subway Story (A Shooting) which was about gun violence, a very important topic. The show ran at Theater for the New City’s Community Theater from Feb. 22 to March 18. Congratulations!

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13. Anthony Perez was a loving 11-year old who tragically lost his life Feb. 6th while saving the life of his friend in an icy pond at Forest Park. May his family and friends find peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Local realtor Mark Anthony Reardon unexpectedly passed away on January 19th. He was known in the community as a true gentleman and will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends.