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July, 2018

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Visionary!

Enterprising fifth graders from PS 102, the Bayview School, created banners that were installed at several locations along Fifth Avenue in an effort to promote Vision Zero. Comment
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Empire Girls Strike it Big

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s winners of the 2018 Building Brooklyn Awards. Now in its 18th year, the awards recognize recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods and economy. Comment
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Digilio Playground is ready for its close-up

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Digilio Playground is ready for its close-up

After a $2.8 million dollar renovation, the Kensington play space is now open again and ready for fun. Comment
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She’s in the Navy: Saint Saviour grad off to Naval Academy

The 2018 valedictorian is the first student to enter the Academy directly after graduating from the Park Slope school. Comment
The banking institute opened its second borough location. Comment
Connie Cincotta knocks it out of the park. Comment
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Haley’s Comets lands at Greenhouse Cafe for its 50th blood drive

Donors rolled up their sleeves to give a pint on June 27. Comment
The all-girls team from the Gravesend Public Library branch took the top honors at the library’s Robotis League Championship. Comment
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Hip, hip, hooray for job fair

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Hip, hip, hooray for job fair

State Sen. Kevin Parker sponsored his 11th annual job fair at Brooklyn College on June 26. Comment

June, 2018

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Telepsychiatry is here

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Telepsychiatry is here

Imagine a world where kids can connect with a psychiatrist just by flipping on a monitor. It’s here! Welcome to Telepsychiatry—an interactive video-based means of connecting patients to mental health services. Comment
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Listen to the balalaika ring out

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Listen to the balalaika ring out

With bright colors blowing in the Coney breeze and the smell of fantastic foods wafting in the air, the 16th annual Russian Heritage celebration began on June 10 at Asser Levy Park. Comment
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Stepping up, stepping out

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Stepping up, stepping out

Raise your pom-poms and put your hands together to congratulate the Brooklyn Technical High School’s dual National Championship Step teams. Members of Organized Chaos and Lady Dragons, stepped their feet off to earn the distinction at the Break the Stage National Step League Competition in Atlanta on June 16. Comment
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Bay Ridge pharmacy keeps March of Dimes marching on

Kudos and thanks to the owners and staff of Bridge Pharmacy. The giving guys and gals presented a $500 check to, “Team Natalie Grace,” a March of Dimes Family Team in support of the organization’s annual March for Babies fundraiser. Comment
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Stepping into the top spot

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Stepping into the top spot

Congratulations to podiatrist Dr. Paul Liswood, DPM, on his election as the 76th president of the New York State Podiatric Medical Assocation. He succeeds Dr. Patricia Nicholas, NYSPMA’s first Caribbean-born female president, and was installed during the 122nd Annual House of Delegates on June 2 at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y. Comment
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They’ve got a need to read!

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They’ve got a need to read!

Congrats to the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. The winning entries were on display at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library last month. Comment
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Helen Keller Services gets a new board member

Standing O is putting out the welcome mat for Dr. Alka Nischal. The geriatric medicine specialist at Winthrop University Hospital of Medicine has been named as a board member to the Board of Trustees at Helen Keller Services. Comment
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St. Francis College gets a new women’s basketball coach

Welcome to Linda Cimino, the new head coach for the Terriers, the women’s basketball team at St. Francis College. Linda steers a new future at the school as the 13th head coach, replacing retired coach John Thurston. Comment
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Home cooks take pot luck to new heights

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Home cooks take pot luck to new heights

Standing O is asking, “Did ya eat yet?” Yes, it’s the second annual Pot Luck event hosted by South Brooklyn Food and Drink, founded by favorite gastronomes Frank Tilelli and Bianci Pappas. Comment
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Brooklyn high school senior wins MCU-sponsored scholarship

Congrats to high school senior Jared Rios. The borough son was the recipient of the 2018 James McKeon Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Municipal Credit union. Jared is graduating this month from St. Edmund Preparatory High School in Sheepshead Bay and will use his $5,000 scholarship funds towards his expenses at Princeton University when he starts classes in the fall to study political science. Comment
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Scout honors soldiers’ resting place

A special thank you to borough son Andrew Contrino. The Eagle Scout candidate of BSA Troop 310, as part of his community project, conceived and organized a beautification project to give Barkaloo Cemetery a much needed make-over on May 19. Comment
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Still going strong at 101!

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Still going strong at 101!

Hats off to Boro Park Center resident Leng Nguy who turned the magic number — 101 — on May 18. Leng, along with his wife, Roen Bik, have resided at the center since February 2017. Comment

May, 2018

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She has the power

Hats off to Skye Workman. This borough tween taught us all a lesson about the power of giving. The seventh-grader at Saint Bernard Catholic Academy knew a cancer patient who lost hair as a result of treatment. Comment
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salute the members of the Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron

Let’s salute the members of the Floyd Bennett Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary. The group held its annual promotion and award ceremony on May 19th at the American Legion Post on Avenue N. Comment
Three cheers to the outstanding team of stroke specialists at the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Maimonides Medical Center. Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Sheepshead Bay) visited the team of doctors and clinicians, and presented the dedicated docs with a proclamation. Comment
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Pharmacy and prestige at LIU

Hurrah to two faculty members of Long Island University’s School of Pharmacy on receiving prestigious awards from The New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP) Research and Education Foundation. Comment
Three-for-three cheers to Michael Maffia, Sam Daniele, and Jalen Blunt. This trio of talented teens from Scout Troop 353 received their Eagle’s wings on May 12 at an Eagle Court of Honor service at Trinity Church followed by a reception in their honor. Comment
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Standing O is at it again!

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Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
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Remembering the triumph and tragedy of a Holocaust journey

Raise a toast to Sonja Maier Geismar, a Holocaust survivor who shared her story of courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy as the keynote speaker at the Yom Hashoah commemoration held at St. Francis College on April 11. Geismar recounted how she and hundreds of other Jews fled Germany on the ill-fated voyage of a refugee ship, The St. Louis. Comment
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Brooklyn rabbi delivers opening prayer at French president’s address

Rabbi Shlomo Segal of Kehilat Moshe of Sheepshead Bay delivered the opening prayer at the historic address by Emmanuel Macron, president of France, before the U.S. House of Representatives on April 25. Rabbi Segal was sponsored as guest chaplain of the day by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, (D-Sheepshead Bay). Comment
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Science-minded students display skills at a STEM fair

Students at St. Anselm Catholic Academy examined and displayed exhibits and experiments at the school’s annual STEM — science, tech, engineering and math — fair last month in the school’s Meletia Hall. Comment
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Local kids pen Presidential essays

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Local kids pen Presidential essays

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis asked third-, fourth- and fifth-graders to write ‘If I were President...’ essays, and treated six talented winners to a pizza party at a local eatery. Comment
Carver Federal Savings Bank hosted a grand re-opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Crown Heights location on April 19. On hand for the event were Carver officials, local dignitaries, elected officiais, bank staff and community leaders. Comment
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Never Forget

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) again hosted his 18th annual Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts contest at Kingsborough Community College’s Marine Academic Center. Comment

April, 2018

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Scout’s honor

Congratulations to borough son Thomas Verveniotis of Boy Scout Troop 715 for receiving the 2018 New York Knicks Dave DeBusschere Award. Comment
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125 years and counting

Let’s hear it for Helen Keller Services for the Blind, Darcy Stacom and Robert B.Catell. The venerable institution will culminate its year long celebrations of its 125th year on Sept. 13 at a gala at Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook as well as honoring Stacom, the Chairwoman of CB Richard Ellis, New York City Markets and former chairman of National Grid Robert Catell (below). Comment
Volunteers from the charitable Be Proud Foundation handed out more than 600 bags of groceries to needy southern Brooklyn families during the ninth annual Passover Food Distribution drive. Comment
Bergen Basin Realty, a fixture in Marine Park for more than 40 years, just got bigger, with the opening of new offices at Quentin Road and East 32nd Street Comment
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Still going strong at 106

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Still going strong at 106

Centenarian Goldie Lasser Sohn celebrated her 106th birthday with family, friends and staff at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Shore Hill Neighborhood Center in Bay Ridge on April 11. Comment
The intersection of Avenue T and Van Sicklen Street was renamed ‘Association Caggianesi D’America Way’ in honor of a local organization formerly headed by community activist and longtime Gravesend resident Joseph Caggiano. Comment
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Expansion is his expertise

Michael Kelly is the new chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Comment
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Strike up the band

Brooklyn’s own Dr. David Wechsler is the new director of education at the InterSchool Orchestra of New York. Comment
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How does your garden grow?

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How does your garden grow?

Green-thumbed students at St. Anselm’s Catholic Academy planted, pruned, and implemented their own keyhole gardens. Comment
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Exraordinary heros are New York’s Finest

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Exraordinary heros are New York’s Finest

Three cheers to Officers Matthew Slavin and Yasser Shohatee of the 68th Police Precinct for saving the day with an extraordinary act of kindness. Comment

March, 2018

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Youngsters mark Black History in poetry and song

Students at Success Academy Cobble Hill celebrated the contributions of black Americans in warfare with poems and songs during a Black History Month celebration at the school Comment
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This Eagle Scout walks the Walk

Eagle Scout — and Brooklyn College student — Luis Cruz, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, will for the sixth year head ‘CRUZin’ for a Cure,’ a team of volunteers to participate in the annual MS Walk on April 15. Comment
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Brooklyn rep honored for ‘courageous’ run

The state Conservative Party gave Brooklyn Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis a 2018 “Profile in Courage” award for running against incumbent Mayor DeBlasio last year. Comment
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He’s a survivor: Former patient raising funds for children’s hospital

The Brooklynite is giving back. Comment
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Big welcomes to these new leaders

A big welcome to the newest board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the new chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Brooklyn Hospital Center, and the new president at St. Joseph College in New York. Comment
Sending out the welcome to the borough’s new, full-service spine center to offer an advanced, image-guided spine surgery. Comment
Three borough groups were honored for their hard work. Comment
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It’s a golden year for these Brooklyn lovebirds

Carmine Santa Maria and his lovely wife Sharon celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Comment
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Power woman honored for her philanthropy

The giving New Yorker was recognized during United Way of New York City’s Power of Women luncheon for supporting youth literacy. Comment
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Yeoman gets her wings, is ready to fly high

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Yeoman gets her wings, is ready to fly high

U.S. Navy Yeoman First Class Shellyann Atwater, a Brooklyn native, received her Blue Angels Crest after successfully completing several weeks of training at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif. Comment
The brass and staff of Maimonides Heart and Vascular Institute, clad in red, marked National Heart Month with speeches and a flag-raising outside the hospital’s 10th Avenue entrance on Feb. 23. Comment
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Cheers to Sheepshead Bay woman on her 100th birthday

Longtime Bay resident Pauline Nikolakakos turns 100 on March 12; four generations will gather around to mark the happy occasion. Comment
The future healthcare workers were recognized at the Feb. 2 event. Comments (1)
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Hail to the chief: Top doctor awarded radiation oncology fellowship

The Chief of Radiation Oncology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center was selected for his work in the field. Comment
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Brooklynite named Marine of the Year

Cpl. Nelfi Tineoferreiras was awarded the honor on Feb. 8. Comments (1)

February, 2018

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Con Ed analyst wins award for tech advances

Con Edison senior planning analyst Andrew Reid won a prestigious energy industry award for his work researching and deveoping microgrid networks. Comment
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In General, he’s an honorable guy

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In General, he’s an honorable guy

LOCAL HERO: Bay Ridge go-to guy Theodor “Ted” Generalwas honored with the 2018 Brotherhoood Award, bestowed by the PS/IS 104 Parent-Teacher Association at its Inernational Brother Tea on Feb. 14. Comment
ONWARD AND UPWARD:Two dozen stellar Brooklyn Tech students who excelled academically have been awarded National Merit, Questbridge and THE Posse Foundation scholarships to further their college educations. Comment
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World renowned metabolomics professor comes to LIU School of Pharmacy

Long Island University’s School of Pharmacy welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Idle, a world leader in the fields of metabolomics and pharmacogenetics, to its research staff Comment
As part of Catholic Schools Week, students at Good Shepherd Catholic Academy in Marine Park made Valentines Day cards and collected funds from Dress Down Day to give senior citizens at the Parish Friendship Club a special day. Comment
BANKS A LOT!: The Municipal Credit Union has opened a digiital banking center at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, that will allow students to conduct banking transactions without the assistance of college employees. Comment
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Long-serving Brooklyn Hospital doctor returns at head of Pediatrics

Dr. Noah Kondamudi has returned to The Brooklyn Hospital Center for a second time, to take the helm of the facility’s Department of Pediatrics. Comment
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Cheers to a Brooklyn lady for hitting the century mark

Brooklyn’s own Mary Favilla celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 28 surrounded by family, friends and staff at The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Sheepshead Bay. Comment
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Breaking the ‘Ice’ Barrier!

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Breaking the ‘Ice’ Barrier!

Brooklyn’s own Constantin Schreiber won this year’s Icebreaker International Marathon and Half Marathon, held Jan. 28 in East Meadow, L.I., finishing the marathon in two hours, 59 minutes and 50 seconds. Comment
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz presented the institution with a $400,000 check to support development of the center. Comment
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Get out those candles!: Helen Keller Services for the Blind celebrates 125 years in Downtown

The organization was feted with a breakfast at Borough Hall. Comment
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Skoal!: Winners of Scandinavian East Coast Museum’s essay contest announced

The budding essayists will be published and ride on the museum’s float in the annual Norwegian Day Parade. Comment

January, 2018

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Life’s a dream for Brooklyn scholar

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Life’s a dream for Brooklyn scholar

Brooklynite graduates as a Dream Scholar from Hunter College. Comment
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Standing O is at it again!

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Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
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100 candles and counting for Flatbush centenarian

Birthday girl Rosaline Maude Thompson-Archer turns 100 on Feb. 3. Comment
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An Albanian immigrant girl finds academic glory at a Downtown Brooklyn college

The valedictorian at this year’s St. Francis College commencement will be Kejsi Shkreta, who immigrated from Albania and achieved a 4.0 Grade Point Average, internships, and membership to academic clubs and an honor society. Comment
Here’s to the Curvy Girls, an International Scoliosis Support Group that staged a very successful fund-raising fashion show for young girls living with scoliosis. Comment
Kudos and citations to the merchants, movers and shakers on Sheepshead Bay Road who sponsored the 2017 Holiday LIghts Drive and made the boulevard sparkle. Comment
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Who saved the cats and dogs? Members of the NYPD and District Attorney’s office

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals honored those who helped the city’s animals. Comment
Renee Giordano was feted after serving as the executive director of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District for 20 years. Comment
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Whip it!: Assemblywoman appointed Whip of New York State Assembly’s Minority Conference

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis will serve on the conference’s leadership team. Comment
The HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services Wyckoff Gardens Community Center is repainted and fitted with a computer room and a lounge, courtesy Habitat for Humanity and the Quadra furniture rental firm. Comment
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Changes on the board of directors at a major local park conservancy

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy board has added two new members: top real estate execs Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan and Sanjay Mody. Comment
St. Edmund Prep students give toys and other gifts to kids at the Hour Children facility. Comment
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