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Three cheers to Dr. Maurice Alwaya, the nicest pulmonologist around. The good doctor was bestowed this year’s Care and Compassion award on Oct. 22 because of his extraordinarily big heart and kindness. Dr. Maurice has distinguished himself as a very caring physician to his patients and supportive of his colleagues. “He’s a mensch,” said Rabbi Jacob Hoenig, Rabbinic Chaplain for Beth Israel Medical Center.

Recipients are chosen by a committee of the hospital’s Pastoral Care and Education department. “Dr. Alwaya embodies the spirit of the Care and Compassion award,” said Marguerite Croda, RN for Patient Care Services, and she should know — as a purveyor of loads of TLC and an angel of mercy.

“Dr. Alwaya has wonderful bedside manner,” said Rhona Hetsrony, veep for administration. “He is polite to his patients and colleagues and supportive to family members.”

Standing O knows from polite, so here’s a bit shout-out to Dr. Alwaya, “Congrats, you’re a breath above the rest.”

Beth Israel Medical Center [3201 Kings Hghwy. between New York Avenue and E. 32nd Street in Midwood, (718) 252–3000].

Dyker Heights

You can just eat Golden up

So what do you give someone who has everything? You name a hero after him, that’s what. It’s the Marty Golden, in honor of Standing O hero and the honorable state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), to commemorate his commitment to the community, the city and the state. Lioni’s Heroes, the bestest place in Dyker Heights to get good eats, created this tempting treat of home-made breaded chicken cutlet, , Lioni fresh mozzarella, (so good), red roasted peppers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper (Standing O is thinking, “OMG, I gotta get me one of those”), and presented it to the senator at a recent ceremony. The senator’s spokesperson, John Quaglione, told Standing O that Sen. Golden, “Hopes that the sandwich will be a top seller.”

Heck, if it’s half as good a sandwich as the senator is a senator, it’s bound to be the Panino di tutti Panino of heroes.

Standing O says, “Mangia bene”

Lioni’s Fresh Mozzarella [7803 15th Ave. between 78th and 79th streets in Dyker Heights, (718) 232–1411]

Borough Wide

A shiny red apple

The Fund for the City of New York announced this year’s recipients of the annual Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Science, and Mathematics. And the winners are: Cameron Cassidy of the Gotham Professional Arts Academy (265 Ralph Ave.), Naoual Eljastimi of the Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences (1830 Shore Blvd.), and Eyal Wallenberg of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice (283 Adams St.).

These fine educators have inspired, instructed and encouraged their students to pursue careers in science and math.

“These teachers are role models and leaders in their field,” said Mary McCormick, president of the fund. “The Sloan Awards for Excellence recognize these educators’ accomplishments of great teaching that takes place every day in our city.”

Each teacher gets recognition, monetary awards ranging from $5,000 to $7,500, and their schools get $2,500 to strengthen science and math programs.

It’s win-win for all — students get great teachers, teachers get a pat on the back, and schools get money to fund better programs, which equals well-educated students.

Hey, I see a Venn diagram forming here.

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