2008-03-07 / Community

Milestones

Scholars' Academy student Connor Pfister Scholars' Academy student Connor Pfister Pfister Accepted To Leadership Forum

Connor Pfister of Breezy Point has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Pfister, a Scholar's Academy Student, was chosen to join a select group of students in Washington, D.C. to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States' most prominent monuments and institutions. He was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institution, and from Colonial Williamsburg to the National Museum of American History, Pfister will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience first-hand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.

Crumlish Celebrates 100th Birthday Milestone
Pheffer Welcomes New JWV Officers Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer recently welcomed the new officers at the Jewish War Veterans Post 258 Installation Breakfast. Pictured l-r sitting: Michael Menchel, Hanna Deutch, Queens County Commander JWV, Sara Berger, Adele Brenner, Harold Arnow, outgoing Post 258 Commander, Jules Birnbaum. Standing: Barry Tracy, Jr. Vice Commander, Leslie Brown, Assemblywoman Pheffer, Commander Steve Cooper, Larry Eichen, Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Frank Gulluscio, Vincent Celinira, Past Queens County Commander American Legion, David Rivkin, Queens County Sr. Vice Commander JWV. Pheffer Welcomes New JWV Officers Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer recently welcomed the new officers at the Jewish War Veterans Post 258 Installation Breakfast. Pictured l-r sitting: Michael Menchel, Hanna Deutch, Queens County Commander JWV, Sara Berger, Adele Brenner, Harold Arnow, outgoing Post 258 Commander, Jules Birnbaum. Standing: Barry Tracy, Jr. Vice Commander, Leslie Brown, Assemblywoman Pheffer, Commander Steve Cooper, Larry Eichen, Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Frank Gulluscio, Vincent Celinira, Past Queens County Commander American Legion, David Rivkin, Queens County Sr. Vice Commander JWV.

On February 16, 2008, Belle Harbor resident Catherine Crumlish celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Promenade Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

The centenarian was born in Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in March 1928. She settled in Westchester and worked for many years as a live-in maid.

She married Henry Crumlish on July 24, 1938. Catherine and Henry had three daughters: Catherine (Sister of Mercy), Anne and Eileen.

Crumlish and her daughters moved to Belle Harbor from Brooklyn in 1974 and became active members of the St. Francis de Sales Parish.

She received a New York State Assembly Citation from Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and a letter of congratulations from television's Judge Judy.

Easley Named To Honor Roll At Taft School

Ebony Easely, daughter of Far Rockaway residents, Angela Hines and Steven Hazel, earned a spot on the honor roll at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, where she is a freshman.

Horace Dutton Taft, the brother of President William Howard Taft, founded the Taft School in 1890. The independent, coeducational high school houses 468 boarding students and 108 day students.

Far Rockaway Residents Excel Through Graduation

Two local students, Kayla Nusbaum and Tamar Schutz, have graduated from Excelsior College, both earning Bachelor of Science degrees.

Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior College is a private, nonprofit institution of higher learning. It is one of the nation's oldest and most respected distance learning and online colleges. Excelsior College provides access to many different avenues for earning college credit, focusing on what students know, rather than on where and how they learned it. The college makes Associates, Baccalaureates, and Masters degrees more accessible to busy, working adults.

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