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Prospect Heights

Well hello and welcome to the newest heart at Heart of Brooklyn. Liz Harris was selected to serve the organization as its newest director. Liz brings with her more than three decades of corporate and civic experience to the job. Now, Liz might have been born in Chicago, that windy city, and raised in Pasadena, but she is giving her all to the heart of our city, little old Brooklyn. Standing O joins with the Heart’s board, as well as Standing O’s fellow booster Borough President Markowitz, in welcoming Liz here.

“Brooklyn is the creative and cultural capital of New York City,” said Marty (and he ain’t kidding). “Partly due in no small part to the outstanding work of the Heart of Brooklyn. I welcome Liz Harris to this new chapter in her life, and there’s no doubt she will bring ‘heart and soul’ to the Heart of Brooklyn.”

Heart of Brooklyn [789 Washington Ave. between Lincoln and St. John’s places in Prospect Heights (718) 638–7700].

Brooklyn Heights

A safe haven in a stormy port

Kudos to Safe Horizon as it continues to provide help to residents throughout the holiday season. Holidays can be a stressful time of year, and especially so for victims of crime and abuse, as well as in those of Hurricane Sandy.

The staff at Safe Horizon is on hand 24–7 to help those in need no matter what the season.

“Whether we are responding to child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, or other violent crimes, we are there to provide the practical tools to help victims and their families. We are here to help,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon.

If you need a helping hand the emergency hot line is staffed 24–7. Call (800) 621–4673.

Outer Brooklyn

Bruno’s best friends

Look, Standing O usually boosts Brooklynites, however, there are those occasions in which Standing O has to roll out that big yellow donut and give shout-outs to great people in the other boroughs.

Okay, here we go: many thanks to the students and staff at Elias Bernstein Intermediate School 7 on Staten Island. One, because the students really deserve it, and, secondly, because it’s Standing O’s little O’s alma mater.

Anyway, the generous tweens raised more than $1,300 and handed it over to Frankie’s Friends, a charitable group that uses the funds to help animals in need of medical attention.

This time, the cash was used to pay for emergency surgery for Bruno, a Staffordshire bull terrier who hails from Howard Beach — wow, Standing O really is rolling around town. Anyway, the poor pooch was injured whilst trying to evacuate from the horrors of Hurricane Sandy when he was, unfortunately, hit by a car, and his front limb was fractured. The money paid for his surgery at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Queens.

So it’s just Standing O’s all around.

Standing O says you can help because there are many more Bruno’s out there that need assistance.

Donate to or call (888) 465–PETS.

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