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This week’s heroes — yes, it’s Standing O

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Park Slope

Retired fire eater George Bachmann has lived through a lot. From the jungles of Vietnam to the collapsing Twin Towers, he survived it all with his Anne-Marie there beside him. Tragically, his beloved wife passed away on Sept. 28 — just shy of the couple’s 20th anniversary. To commemorate the date, Standing O pal George is donating $20,000 to his wife’s alma mater, St. Saviour’s School, where their daughter, Tara, goes (you remember Tara from Bachmann’s book, “Tara’s Cross,” which is about 9-11). Anne-Marie, a registered nurse, manned the emergency room at Methodist and also worked for the Fire Department for 25 years. “She touched many lives and saved more lives than a battalion of good firefighte­rs,” said fellow fire fighter Jimmy Boyle to Standing O. A plaque bearing her name will have a place of honor at the school.

St. Saviour’s School [588 Sixth St. between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 768-4406].

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It’s a red stocking day

It’s not even Christmas yet. The folks at New York Methodist Hospital are getting ready to host their annual fundraising Red Stocking Soiree. The event is slated for Nov. 30 and hopes to raise money for charity medical care benefiting the uninsured and underinsured. Lots of celebs have donated stuff to auction off, but none more celeb than our very own Borough President Markowitz, who donated a red Christmas stocking festooned with patches highlighting the wonderful businesses and iconic places of our fair town. The Soiree will have food from the Slope’s most prominent restaurants, including Fornino Park Slope, Stone Park Cafe and the Santa Fe Grill. Yummo! Come and support the cause between 7 and 9 pm in the cafeteria. Tickets are a bit steep at $100 a pop but the cause is worth it.

New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Park Slope, (718) 780-5343].

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These ‘Chips’ aren’t down

When the Danken Auto Parts store was consumed in flames on Sept. 23, the blaze also damaged CHIPS (Christian Help in Park Slope) including the studio apartments, meeting rooms and shelter offices. The philanthropic organization provides meals and groceries for the needy, and shelter and help for teenage mothers. Although there has been some funding its not nearly enough and CHIPS is struggling to get up and running for the upcoming holiday season. So far the soup kitchen has been the only area that’s been renovated and hopefully will be able to resume providing 200 to 250 daily hot meals by Turkey Day. Yikes, Standing O can’t feed 20. But CHIPS needs help to get the rest of the renovations done. So what are you waiting for? CHIPS might be down, but they’re not out.

CHIPS [200 Fourth Ave. between Degraw and Sackett streets in Park Slope, (718)-237-2962].

Sunset Park

These are breast friends

Three cheers to the students at John J Pershing Intermediate School. The plucky tweens and teens raised more than $1,300 to help the fight against breast cancer — and presented the funds to Maimonides Breast Cancer Center, where Dr. Patrick Borgen, the director, accepted the cash.

John J. Pershing IS 220 [4812 Ninth Ave. between 48th and 49th streets in Sunset Park, (718) 633-8200].


It’s hot, hot, hot

Saper Studio is up and open offering the bestest in fitness from banging instructors to state-of-the-art equipment. You can get your body groove on with yoga, pilates or the more intense pilates Spring Tower classes. The classes are small so you have lots of room for an awesome workout; you can rock your abs to the best music selections from 1990s hip hop to ’70s electro-pop rock, or jump start your cardiovascular system by getting down on the body barre. So check ’em out. Saper Studio is offering a complimentary class, drop Claire an e-mail at

Sapere Studio [65 Maspeth Ave. at Kingsland Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 715-0911].

Red Hook

Snip, snip hooray

Red Hook Homes is open for business. These apartments are banging, each featuring bamboo floors, stainless steel appliances, built-in microwaves, dishwashers, and a lot of other upgrades too many to mention. The complex features on-site, gated parking (we all know the bane of alternate-side parking regulations), laundry on every floor, and bike and stroller storages for riders and mommies. There is a live-in super, which is handy for those late-night drips, and rooftop terraces boasting mag views of Lower Manhattan and Our Lady of the Harbor. The best thing is that these houses are located right in the heart of Red Hook, that uber-trendy up-and-coming ’hood. If you are looking for a one- or two-bedroom apartment, there are still some available. So far, 42 lucky families have moved in.

Red Hook Homes [71 Wolcott St. between Richards and Van Brunt streets in Red Hook, (718) 237-2017 X133].

Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at or by calling (718) 260-2523.

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