The countdown to spring is on
by Lisa Komninos
Mar 05, 2019 | 1459 views | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Snow is still on the ground, but spring is just around the corner...or maybe a few blocks...but March 20 is the official first day of spring. I am counting the hours until the days are lighter and the skies are brighter.

At the end of February, I attended a very nice fundraiser sponsored by the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society. There was a screening of the famous film Casablanca. Fellow Leader-Observer columnist Ed Wendell did a great job organizing the event, as he always does.

He and his team, with wife Josephine by his side, cooked a great pasta-and-meatball dinner to go with the movie on the big screen. At the time, I did not know why there was a roulette wheel where guests won prizes. It wasn’t until after the film did I realize the relevance.

Ed also asked those in attendance to raise their hands if they had never seen the famous film before. I was quite embarrassed to say that I never saw it, thus I did not raise my hand, but I thought that maybe I had seen it or parts of it as I remembered some lines.

Either way the film was great. It was because of Ed that later on during the week I watched another old black-and-white flick on my television. Thanks Ed for teaching me to appreciate a real movie.

By the way, if you are curious the next film, I watched was Pal Joey with Frank Sinatra, another classic. In case you haven't seen it, try to add that to your "to watch” list.

I attended the February Community Board 9 meeting, where they voted on the street festival for the GWDC for the fall. We were approved and its now official, our street festival will take place on Sunday, October 13.

Last week, I was present at another fundraiser for veterans. Janet Chan Smith did an excellent job with this event. The music and authentic Irish food was superb, and I got to be "Irish For a Day."

After this event I secretly wished I could be Irish for a month or maybe more. Thanks to Janet and all her volunteers for a great time! Happy St. Pat's to all.

Coming in April, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation will host the very busy Easter Bunny in Forest Parkway Plaza. He will be there from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 13 taking free pictures with children of all ages.

This year, along with the usual giveaways, for the first time we will have a make-and-take it spring craft event for the children. Hope to see you there, the bunny will be waiting.

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