Tablet Talk July 21

It was luau time for the Golden Age Club of Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills. What started out as a simple Hawaiian chicken luncheon, July 11 turned into a Hawaiian luau, complete with grass skirts, leis and more. Although they didn’t get a hula dance going, many enjoyed putting their faces through life-sized cardboard cutouts of Hawaiian figures and posing for photos. The event was such a success, there was talk of it becoming an annual event.

The Teen Drama Club at Holy Child Jesus parish, Richmond Hill, proudly presents its production of 42nd Street. Performances will be held at the Msgr. Murray Auditorium Aug. 9, 7 p.m., Aug. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 12, 3 p.m. Tickets are $12, and $10 for seniors and children under 12 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Call 718-847-1860 or email HCJTEENDRAMA@gmail.com.

Representatives from Catholic War Veterans Post No. 1948 gathered on July 14 to honor Flushing native Corporal William A. Leonard on the 100th anniversary of his death in World War I.

The event took place in Leonard Square in Flushing at the monument which was dedicated in his honor by the William A. Leonard American Legion Post No. 422 on Nov11, Armistice Day in 1934.

Leonard, who was a member of the U.S. Army Infantry, was 29 years old when he was killed in action in Belgium. He is buried in The American Cemetery in Flanders Field in Belgium.

Joseph Brostek, historian of St. Andrew Avellino Parish and a trustee of the Queens Historical Society, organized the event with the cooperation of CWV Post Treasurer Peter Weidner who recited the traditional prayer “Our Dead” at the ceremony and Post Commander Joseph Tropani.

Corporal Leonard was a parishioner of nearby St. Andrew Avellino Parish and a very active citizen before volunteering to join the Army. He was an editor of the Flushing Times and also served on the Queensborough Public Library Board of Trustees.

“Leonard Square is a very important historical site,” Brostek said. “I am very pleased that this ceremony could take place.”

The Square is located at 154th Street right off Northern Boulevard adjacent to the Father McGoldrick Public library.

There are also other plaques in the Square in memory of local residents who were lost on 911 and NYPD officer George Scheu who was killed in 1987.

Pictured below from left are: CWV Post 1948 members Paul Dean, Peter Weidner, Pat Longo, Joseph Tropani and Joseph Brostek, USAF Veteran.

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