This week’s tribute to Brooklyn’s all-stars

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Clinton Hill

Talented chef Michael Allen, through a collaboration with entrepreneurs Andrew and David Golden, opened a world class wholesale bakery chock full of artisan desserts, breads and fine French pastries. Yeasty goodies will be made fresh daily at the Fresh Fanatic Bakery, and sold at their retail shop on Washington Avenue. Our pal Michael also introduced a line of organic, vegan and gluten free breads and pastries for our vegan friends (don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all got one). As for the rest of us, there’s still plenty of truffles, gingerbread, desserts and cakes to choose from — just in time for the holiday gorge!

Fresh Fanatic [88 Washington Ave. at Flushing Avenue in Clinton Hill, (888) 373-7404].

Coney Island

Out of the park

It’s a grand slam for native son Gary Perone, director of New Business Development for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Gary was awarded Minor League Baseball’s Presidential Citation for his commitment to minor league ball, as well as the initiatives he helped organize for children at the High School of Sports Management, the Christian Cultural Center and the Hideki Matsui international friendship program. Whether it’s behind a desk or on the field, Gary leads the minor leagues in major league deeds.

Brooklyn Cyclones [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 382-2600].

Boro Wide

Scholars ahoy!

Heads up high school seniors, MCU is now accepting applications for its 2012 Scholarship Program. Eligibility is open to all MCU members’ children or grandchildren who will be entering college in the fall of 2012. Selection is based on academic performance, extracurricular and community activities, letters of recommendation and an essay expressing personal goals. Applications may be obtained at any MCU branch, or online at; completed applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 13, 2012. Good Luck!


Big bang for physics

It’s a three-bagger for physics professors Andrea Ferroglia, Justin Vazquez-Poritz and Giovanni Ossola. These profs took a quantum leap of joy when they learned that each of them had been awarded a research grant by the National Science Foundation. Ferroglia received funding for his “Top-Quark Pair Production Beyond NLO.” Vazquez-Poritz received funding for his “Constraining Gravity Dual Models of Strongly Coupled Plasmas,” and Ossola received the grant for his research on “Automated Computation of One-loop Scattering Amplitudes.” All Standing O can say is “Huh?” The trio are members of the College’s new Center for Theoretical Physics, and hopefully will have an opportunity to collaborate in the future. “Our work is complement­ary,” said Ferroglia. Now, what are the odds that three professors from the same university in the same department would all receive grants from one source, all at the same time? Hmmmm? Only a physicist could know for sure.

New York City College of Technology [300 Jay St. at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 260-5979].

Dyker Heights

Jingle all the way

You know it’s Christmas when the Polizzotto family opens its doors to its phantasmagoric Yuletide display. Each year, the family dresses up the manse with dazzling decorations that defy the imagination, and accepts donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, Santa is even making a pit stop at the Dyker Heights house, so tots can tell him all their toy dreams. The house will be lit up and shining on Dec. 16-18, 22, and 23 from 6pm-9 pm.

Recommended for children age 1-92.

A. Polizzotto [1145 84th St. between 11th and 12th avenues in Dyker Heights, (212) 957-9475].

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Oops! In the Standing O “Oh Carol” item in the Dec. 2 issue, the name of Karen Ditolla was incorrectly listed as Anita. Standing O appologizes for the error.

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

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