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Marine Park

Cheers to Dr. Ilya Bilik, the new chief of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center Kings Highway Division. President Dr. Harris Nagler made the announcement on Feb. 3 that our pal Dr. Ilya will be heading the department. “I congratulate Dr. Bilik on his appointment. He will work closely with our clinical and administrative leadership team here.”

Dr. Ilya served as director of community medicine before this step up, and played an integral role in improving the hospital’s discharge planning protocols. You know, sometimes getting let out is harder than getting let in.

The good doctor is board certified in three different specialities and sub specialties, including hospital medicine. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Physician of the Year award presented by the Bikur Cholim of Flatbush.

Hey, Dr. Ilya is always a doctor of the year in Standing O’s opinion.

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

Mill Basin

Wax on, wax off

Don those black belts and put on your gi for Ricardo Louis, Alexis Watson, Roberto Betancourth, Brandon Pierre, Woodlynn Pierre, and Aneisha Pierre. The black-belt wonders have chopped, kicked, and blocked their way into representing the good-old U.S. in the world competition in Australia.

The kickers are all members of the Kokoro Karate & Fitness Center, and have been selected by the Amateur Athletic Union to participate in the 2013 W.K.C. World Championships this spring.

But you know these trips ain’t cheap, so any sponsorship is welcome. If you are so inclined to help out, you can check out the website at www.kokorokaratecenter.com.

Standing O wishes the black belters, “Gambatte Kudasai” (do your best, in Japanese). Kokoro Karate & Fitness Center [5212 Avenue N, between E. 52nd and E. 53rd streets in Mill Basin, (718) 253–0303].

Borough Wide

Baby it’s cold out there

Now that winter is upon us, our pals at National Grid want Standing O to remind its customers that applications are still being accepted for the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In case you didn’t know (what, were you living under a rock?), the program provides income-eligible families assistance in paying their energy bills. And can’t we all use a little help with that, I ask you?

Payments vary depending on household income, household composition, and heating fuel costs in relation to income. The funding is limited, but if you feel you may qualify, contact National Grid ASAP. That means today, without delay. Okay? Call customer service from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

National Grid [1 MetroTech Center, at Myrtle Avenue and Jay Street in Downtown, (800) 692–0557].

BAY RIDGE

Techno improvements

Thanks again to state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) for securing more than $400,000 buckaroos in state funding for eight schools in his district. The lucky educational institutions include IS 228, PS/IS 229, IS 259, PS 102, PS 186, IS 201, PS 222, and PS 247.

These funds will help get laptops, smartboards, new wiring, and loo renovations. Yippee!

The senator told Standing O, “I am proud to have been able to secure this funding to support the needs of our schools.”

Standing O sends out thanks 400,000 times over to the hard-working pol.

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