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Columbus Parade Helps Italians Celebrate Heritage Amid Changes BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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he proud traditions of Bensonhurst’s Ita lia n-A meric a n community will be on full display when the 37th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade takes place on 18th Avenue (AKA Cristoforo Columbo Boulevard after the Italian name for the explorer) on Saturday, Oct. 6. New York City will hold a parade on Columbus Day Day, Monday, Oct. 8, on Fifth Avenue. But Brooklyn likes to host its own parade. Sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) of Brooklyn, the parade is a longstanding Bensonhurst tradition that still draws large crowds every October, despite the fact that the neighborhood has undergone a sea of change in recent years, transitioning from a predominantly Italian-American community to one that is largely Asian-American. The FIAO’s success in keeping the Italian-flavored parade alive and thriving amid changing demographics is due to the organization’s willingness to embrace those changes, while at the same time promoting cultural pride, according to FIAO President and CEO Carlo Scissura. “To me, the parade is a celebration of Italian culture and culture in general,” Scissura told this

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Biagio Madaio (left), vice president of business development at Investors Bank, and Joseph Bova, Democratic district leader of the 49th Assembly District, were the grand marshals of the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade in 2015. newspaper. The FIAO has reached out to its Asian neighbors and invited them to take part in the festivities. Last year’s parade, for example, featured Chinese dragon dancers along with marchers waving Italian flags and dancing the Tarantella. “The parade has been

going on for decades. It always draws a large turnout of spectators and marchers,” Scissura said. The parade gets under way on Oct. 6 at noon on 18th Avenue and 60th Street.

Participants, including members of Italian organizations, church groups, dancers, students from local schools, marching bands and colorful floats, will make their way up the

avenue to Benson Avenue, where the FIAO’s headquarters, Il Centro (Italian for “The Center), is located and where the reviewing stand will be. The 2018 Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshals are: Joseph Bruno, former commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management; Frank Naccarato, past president of the FIAO; Det. Stephen Agosta of the 62nd Precinct; and Ursula Annio, principal at P.S. 748. “We have a great group of grand marshals this year,” Scissura said, adding that they were chosen because of their records of service to the city, the borough and the Bensonhurst community. The grand marshals will be the guests of honor at a special brunch six days before the parade. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Sirico’s Caterers, at 8023 13th Ave. Like the parade, the brunch is sponsored by the FIAO. Founded in 1977, the FIAO is a multi-faceted organization that offers educational programs, immigration assistance and social service referrals to more than 15,000 people a year. The organization also operates several after-school centers where more than 10,000 children play sports and get

help with homework. The FIAO’s balance of tradition and inclusiveness can also be found at Il Centro, the organization’s new headquarters which opened to great fanfare in June in a ceremony that included a ribbon cutting attended by Matilda Cuomo, mother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Il Centro is the first Italian cultural center in New York City, according to Scissura, who is the president of the New York Building Congress. The s i x- s t o r y, 44,000-square-foot Il Centro houses classrooms, an interactive learning library, a fitness center, a gymnasium, an auditorium and an indoor pool on the fifth floor that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides offering views of Bensonhurst, Coney Island and the Manhattan skyline. People of all nationalities have been flocking to Il Centro since it opened to take English language lessons, practice yoga, learn to swim, enjoy dance lessons and take history classes, among other self-improvement activities. In addition to Asian-Americans, Bensonhurst has become home to large numbers of immigrants from Russia, Poland, the Middle East and Central America in recent years.

Cops Seek Suspect Wanted for Bensonhurst Robbery BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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ops are hunting for a suspect in connection to a bank robbery in the Bensonhurst area. Authorities say that on Saturday, September 29 at around 10:36 a.m., the perp, described as a 40-year-old man, entered a bank on 18th Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets, and handed a teller a note that stated,” Give me everything in your box so no one gets hurt.” After reading the note, the teller

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Surveillance images of the suspect. gave the crook $500, in a packet that included a dye pack. The perp then fled eastbound on 86th Street

past 18th Avenue. The unidentified male is black-Hispanic, 5’08” with a beard. He was wearing a

baseball cap with “CARRE” on it, sunglasses and a tan trench coat. He was carrying a messenger bag. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers. com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


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Shining a light for Sweet Sally Sunshine BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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ally’s sunshine is spreading, even at night. Sally Kabel, the six-yearold Bay Ridge girl who died on Sept. 19 after bravely battling leukemia for most of her young life with a sunny, optimistic attitude that inspired everyone around her, was remembered at a candlelight vigil in Coney Island on Sept. 27. The vigil, which took place on the Riegelmann Boardwalk at West 19th Street at sundown, drew a large crowd of residents from several Brooklyn neighborhoods who came to show love and support for Sally’s grieving parents, Matthew and Nicole.

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Ribbons were given out at a candlelight vigil for Sally Kabel, known to many as “Sweet Sally Sunshine.” The remembrance was held in conjunction with the annual lighting of the Coney Island Parachute Jump gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. leukemia when she was 10 months old. Treyger said the candlelight vigil was meaningful because Sally Kabel helped unify people.

Participants also vowed to continue to fight for a cure for childhood cancer. The vigil took place on the same night as the Fifth Annual Lighting of the Parachute Jump, in which the landmark is lit in gold in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

The lighting ceremony was organized by the owners of Luna Park and by Councilmember Mark Treyger, a D emo c rat who represents Coney Island. Democratic Councilmember Justin Brannan, who represents

Bay Ridge, where the Kabels are from, also helped

put the vigil together. “A truly moving community tribute and vigil for #SweetSallySunshine before lighting the famous Coney Island parachute jump gold for Sally and all those impacted by childhood cancer. We won’t give up until there’s a cure!” Brannan wrote on Twitter. Sally Kabel, whose nickname was “Sweet Sally Sunshine,” was an inspirational figure to many of her Bay Ridge neighbors, who marveled at her courage and positive attitude as she underwent chemotherapy and other types of treatments. She was diagnosed with

“Sally opened our hearts and brought our communities closer together. We are in this together for Sally and for all children,” he wrote on Twitter.


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Cops at the scene of Joshua Stuart’s arrest.

Man Wanted for Ellenville Shooting, Armed Robbery in Bay Ridge Arrested in Park Slope BY JAIME DEJESUS

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he man cops say shot at several police officers in a hospital in Ellenville Friday and robbed a Bay Ridge deli at gunpoint Monday has been arrested. Authorities say that, on Monday, Oct. 1, 42-year-old Joshua Stuart — who on Friday, Sept. 28 shot at several officers at Ellenville Regional Hospital — entered a smoke shop near Third Avenue and 83rd Street, approached a 29-year-old male employee, took out a gun and grabbed his wallet, which had $50 and a credit card inside.

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Joshua Stewart.

According to police, the suspect then fled the scene in a 2005 Honda Pilot with the New York plate BVX2687. No injuries were reported. Later that evening, Stuart was spotted near a supermarket on Third Street between Second and Third Avenues where he was apprehended by members of the New York/New Jersey U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and the 78th Precinct. The NYPD and New York State Police say that the

suspect was also seen in the Sunset Park area, as well as Flatbush, where he is said to have relatives. Ellenville police described Stuart as being 5-foot-8 and about 155 pounds. On Tuesday, Stuart was walked out of the 68th Precinct. He was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Cops Arrest Teen for Allegedly Attacking, Robbing Victim Inside Bay Ridge Avenue Station BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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ops have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of a 17-yearold man in Bay Ridge. According to authorities, on Friday, Sept. 14 at around 8:50 a.m., the suspect -- a 15-year-old boy -- approached the victim

on the northbound R train platform of the Bay Ridge Avenue subway station, and asked him where his phone was. The teen then allegedly began punching the victim, stole his headphones and fled the scene. The victim received medical treatment. Cops arrested the suspect on Friday, Sept. 21. He was charged with robbery.

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Golden Says He is Not Fazed by Democratic Blue Wave BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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he Blue Wave that political observers are expecting to sweep across the country on Election Day isn’t going to reach the shores of Southwest Brooklyn, Republican state Sen. Martin Golden is confidently predicting. Golden, who is running for re-election in the 22nd Senate District on Nov. 6, said residents in his district tend to vote on a candidate’s record, as opposed to party affiliation. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district, but that hasn’t added up to defeat for Golden, who first won the seat in 2002, and is now running for a ninth term. He considers himself a hands-on lawmaker who regularly gets out and engages the public at events like the Summer Stroll on 3rd and his Summer Concert series in parks. “I am out there on a regular basis. People know me,” he told this newspaper

during an interview in his Bay Ridge office on Monday, October 1. Visibility and name recognition are two of his strengths, he said. Golden is the only Republican state senator representing Brooklyn. His re-election bid is getting a great deal of attention in part because of the talk of a Blue Wave and because his Democratic opponent, lawyer Andrew Gounardes, ran against him in 2012 and impressed many political leaders with a strong showing in Bay Ridge. Gounardes garnered more votes than Golden in Bay Ridge six years ago. Golden won the election due to his vote-getting strength in other neighborhoods like Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach. Gounardes, who is chief counsel to Borough President Eric Adams, has the entire Democratic Party establishment behind him as he seeks to unseat Golden. Golden said he is taking the challenge from Gounardes seriously. “I take nothing for granted,’ he said. Golden has recently

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State Sen. Martin Golden says he is confident that residents vote on a candidate’s record, not party affiliation. found himself at the center of controversies, including dust-ups over speed cameras in school zones. After a state-approved pilot program authorizing speed cameras in 140 school zones around the city expired on July 25, the state Senate did not vote on a bill to renew it, as the state Assembly had. Transportation safety advocates accused Golden of flip-flopping on the issue, supporting the cameras and then opposing

them, a charge he denies. “There is no time when I voted against speed cameras. I think speed cameras do work. They do save lives. I take public safety very seriously,” said Golden, a retired police officer. In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to re-activate the cameras on an emergency basis. “For now, our kids are safe,” Golden said. Transportation safety advocates have also charged

that Golden is a less-thanideal spokesperson on the speed camera issue, since his car has been ticketed for speeding on numerous occasions. Golden acknowledges the tickets, but said he is not the only person who drives his car. Golden pointed to his record in the Senate and said he has sponsored many pieces of legislation and has offered strong support for bills introduced by GOP colleagues. One of the bills he fought for would allow emergency medical technicians who were part of the recovery effort at the World Trade Center in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks to take sick leave and have it covered under the Det. James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. After Mayor Bill de Blasio requested state legislation to speed up major roadway repair projects, like the rebuilding of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), Golden said the Senate got it done. “We will save hundreds of millions

of dollars by speeding these projects up,” he said. Golden said he supported congestion pricing for Uber, Lyft and other for-hire services entering Manhattan, which begins in January. He is currently fighting for a so-called Lock Box to prevent New York State from siphoning money away the MTA and putting it toward other uses. In addition to working to fund subway repairs, Golden said he also advocated for alternative forms of transportation to give commuters choices. “I have fought for ferries. I have been at the forefront on that,” he said. He has also sponsored legislation to combat illegal home conversions. One bill would increase penalties against landlords who illegally convert one and two-family homes into multi-unit buildings. He is working on other legislation. “I’m looking for a crackdown through the entire process. We want to catch them when they are applying for permits,” he said.

Grassroots Group Targets Pols in Subway Campaign BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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iders entering subway stations in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst one recent morning might have been surprised to see volunteers handing out fans on the platform. The volunteers were members of the grassroots group Fight Back Bay Ridge and they were distributing the fans not just to help riders cool off in the hot weather but to send a message about how elected officials are letting the public down when it comes to subway service. Ten members of Fight Back Bay Ridge spent the morning rush hour distributing fans and leaflets to riders at the 95th Street, 77th Street, Bay Ridge Avenue, Kings Highway, 20th Avenue and 71st Street stations on the D, N, Q and R lines. All of the targeted subway stations are located within state Sen. Martin Golden’s district and they were chosen on purpose, according to Fight Back Bay Ridge Co-Founder Mallory

McMahon, who said the “He has voted to divert group’s goal is to raise $500 million over the past awareness of Golden’s lack six years,” McMahon told this newspaper. “That is a of action on the subways. The fans contained the lot of money that could have slogan, “State Senator been used to make subway Marty Golden: Nothing but repairs.” The subways in Golden’s Delays.” “We want riders to know Senate district are getting that the condition of the worse, McMahon said. subways and why there There were 16 delays on are always so many delays the D and R subway lines Photos courtesy of Mallory McMahon is not just because of old during a recent 23-day equipment but because period, she said. A member of Fight Back Bay Ridge shows one there are elected officials Fight Back Bay Ridge has of the fans she distributed at the 77th Street who are not doing their equal ire for Democratic subway station. jobs,” McMahon told this drives everywhere and newspaper. doesn’t take the trains, Golden, a Republican with delays increasing on representing a swath of Brooklyn from Bay Ridge his watch.” Holt added that to Marine Park, is a target since he moved to Bay Ridge because he is a member of two years ago, it takes him the Metropolitan Trans15 minutes longer to get to portation Authority (MTA) Union Square to go to work in the morning. Capital Review Board, a Riders coming down the stairs to the platform panel that looks at capital at a subway station are greeted by a member of Another volunteer, Jay expenditures, McMahon Fight Back Bay Ridge who has fans for them. Brown, of Bensonhurst, who talked to commuters said. She also charged that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ac- interests at heart,” she said. at the 20th Avenue station, Golden, who is running for cording to McMahon, Fight Back Bay Ridge said, “It was clear that re-election in November, who said that he is also member Alan Holt, who people are fed up and want has voted in favor of state a big reason behind the distributed fans at the 71st those responsible to be acbudgets that have unfairly group’s public awareness Street Station on the D countable for their actions line, said that part of the in office.” siphoned funds away campaign. from the MTA and toward “Golden and Cuomo are problem is that Golden can’t Fight Back Bay Ridge will other projects unrelated to two career politicians relate to subway riders. be distributing materials who don’t have our best transportation. “We have a senator who through Election Day.

The group, which formed in late 2016 in response to the election of President Donald Trump, is not endorsing a candidate in the state Senate race. Golden disputed the charges made by McMahon and Fight Back Bay Ridge. “It’s not true,” he told this newspaper. Golden said he worked hard to convince Mayor Bill de Blasio to chip in half of the funding, some $416 million, to help pay for the MTA’s ambitious Subway Action Plan to repair antiquated systems. Cuomo has pledged more than $400 million in state funding toward the plan. Golden said he supported congestion pricing for Uber, Lyft and other for-hire services in Manhattan. The program, in which drivers pay a fee to enter Manhattan, will generate funds for the transit system. In response to the charge that he has voted for budgets that redirect MTA funds, Golden said has introduced legislation to create a “Lock Box” to prevent New York State from siphoning money away the MTA.


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Cops Seek Two Suspects Wanted for Burglary in South Slope

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68 TH PRECINCT The 68th Precinct serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton. STEAL AND DASH: A Bay Ridge diner near 96th Street and Fourth Avenue was burglarized on Sun., Sept. 30. According to reports, the store’s employee closed the establishment at around 11:30 p.m. At opening time, the following morning, around 6:15 a.m., the victim discovered the broken lock on the front door and window, and realized that $260 had been stolen from the cash register. No arrests have been made.

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ops are looking for two suspects wanted in connection to a home burglary in the Park Slope area. According to authorities, on Thursday, September 13 at around 12:50 p.m., two men broke into a home belonging to a 39-year-old woman at 16th Street and Fourth Avenue. Once inside, the two stole several pieces of jewelry and fled the location in an unknown direction. Police describe the first suspect as a black man. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, a dark colored baseball cap with a red logo, a gray shirt with a red stripe across its chest, blue jeans and gray sneakers. The second suspect is also described as a black man. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with a white logo on the front, a black shirt, black jeans and black shoes. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their

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LOCK YOUR DOORS: An eatery at the corner of 80th Street and Third Avenue was burglarized by unknown crook sometime between 10 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29 and 9 a.m. on Sun., Sept. 30. According to the victim, the gate was closed but the door wasn’t locked. The gate was discovered halfway rolled up in the morning, and $700 and a Nikon camera valued at around $6,600 were missing. No arrests have been made. MISSING CAR: A vehicle parked on 78th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues was stolen on Thurs., Sept. 25 sometime after 9:54 a.m. The loss was discovered when the victim, a 28-year-old woman, returned later that day. No arrests have been made. NAVIGATION THIEF: A GPS was snatched from a car parked near 88th Street and Colonial Road on Saturday, September 29. Cops say that at around 9:26 a.m., the crook got into the vehicle and stole the device, worth $30, then fled the scene. The victim, a 41-year-old man, wasn’t sure if he locked the car. No arrests have been made. Photo courtesy of the NYPD

A surveillance image of the suspects. tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

62 ND PRECINCT The 62nd Precinct serves Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend. MEN BUSTED FOR KNIFEPOINT ROBBERY: Two men were arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing a 22-year-old man at knifepoint at 86th Street and 21st Avenue on Fri., Sept. 26. According to reports, at around 5:33 a.m., the two alleged assailants, 27 and 39, approached the victim, said, “Give me all your money,” and grabbed him by the shirt, threw him on the ground and held a knife to his neck. When officers caught the suspects, one of them was holding a can of beer. THREE AGAINST ONE: A 47-year-old was attacked and robbed by three perps while working inside a restaurant near Bay Ridge Avenue and New Utrecht Avenue on Sunday, September 30 at around 12:30 a.m. According to reports, the victim was hanging out with a co-worker when one of the perps punched him in the eye. The other crooks took the victim’s credit cards and fled the scene, but not before one of the crooks told the victim, “In three months, you need to work for us. That’s why we didn’t kill you.” No arrests have been made. FAST BURGLARY: An unknown burglar or burglars broke into a fast food restaurant near Bay Parkway and Shore Parkway and stole $1,500 and electronics on Saturday, September 29 at around 1 a.m. by making a hole in the ceiling of the establishment. Once inside, the crook(s) grabbed the cash from the safe and cash drawers as well as video hard drives then fled through the rear door in an unknown direction. The burglary was discovered by an employee opening up the store at 7 a.m. No arrests have been made. MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING GIRLFRIEND: A 33-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting his 18-year-old girlfriend inside a cafe near Avenue T and Stillwell Avenue on Friday, September 26 at around 8:23 p.m. Reports say that, during a verbal altercation, the suspect allegedly put his hands around her neck, resulting in minor injuries.

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Bay Ridge Deli Robbed at Gunpoint in Broad Daylight

87-Year-Old Man Struck, Killed By Mack Truck in Bensonhurst BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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n 87-year-old man was killed after being struck by truck in Bensonhurst. Authorities say that on Sept. 27, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Bath Beach resident Carmine Bruzzese was crossing 86th Street on 21st Avenue, north to south, when a Mack truck driving through the

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A Bay Ridge deli was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday, Sept. 25.

intersection struck him. Cops say that the 43-year-old driver of the truck was stopped at a red light on 86th Street heading westbound when, once the traffic light turned green, he continued forward despite Bruzzese’s crossing at the crosswalk. When police arrived, they found the victim lying on the road with trauma to his head and

body. Emergency Medical Services rushed him to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn where he was pronounced dead. The operator remained on the scene. The investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.

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Bay Ridge deli was robbed at gunpoint just before noon on Tuesday, Sept. 25. According to authorities, at around 11:46 a.m., a male suspect entered the store — located near the corner of 92nd Street and Fourth

Avenue — wearing a hat that covered most of his face and pointed a gun at an employee while demanding cash from the register. The victim gave the suspect $160. The suspect is said to have fled in a white Nissan. According to police, on Wednesday, September

26 a suspect has been apprehended. “It is believed to be the same suspect wanted for several deli robberies this month in Brooklyn,” wrote Councilmember Justin Brannon on Facebook. No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.

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Students at Visitation work on various STEM issues. this worthwhile cause. The Visitation Student Council, moderated by Mrs. Carolyn Santangelo, led the school’s efforts. In July 2018, the Iron Giraffe Challenge announced its thanks to students worldwide.  Students at Visitation have the opportunity to enhance their STEM education further by participating in a STEM Enrichment Program at Fontbonne Hall Academy. The program is open to Visitation seventh and eighth graders, and it will take place in the fab lab at Fontbonne. Students will use the 3D printer and virtual reality stations to explore various STEM topics, including engineering, astronomy and earth science, and the life sciences.

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IN PUBLIC SERVICE COMPILED BY PAULA KATINAS AND JOHN ALEXANDER

MALLIOTAKIS IS TECH CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Ascent Tech Conference on Oct. 4 at Pier 36 in Manhattan. The conference is expected to include a wide range of speakers discussing technology from various perspectives. “Social media has changed the way we communicate with our constituents and it has also become a 24/7 platform for constituents to notify us about quality of life issues, ask questions or express concerns. From using platforms like Facebook on the night of Hurricane Sandy to direct emergency resources to promoting events like my property tax protest to informing constituents of community news, social media has proven its value,” Malliotakis said in a statement. Malliotakis will discuss steps New York State is doing to attract tech startups to set up shop in the state. “New York has been working to create tech incubators throughout the state such as the one located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard focusing on artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology. We want to attract entrepreneurs and provide an environment that fosters innovation so these businesses to succeed, expand and create jobs here in our state,” she stated. PK

DONOVAN BLASTS GOP LEADERSHIP ON TAX BILL U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) joined with two Republican colleagues, U.S. Reps. Peter King and Lee Zeldin, in criticizing the House GOP leadership for scheduling a vote on a controversial tax bill that would make restrictions on State and Local Tax (SALT) Deductions permanent. “This legislation unfairly targets our hardworking constituents while subsidizing most of the rest of the country. We have made it clear to the entire House leadership, including the speaker and Majority Leader, that we strongly oppose HR 6760 and will not only vote against it but will denounce it publicly,” Donovan, King and Zeldin said in a joint statement. “We have had enough of other states being enriched at the expense of New York taxpayers who are once again being victimized on the altar of political gamesmanship and expediency. If we don’t fight for New Yorkers no one will,” the three New York lawmakers stated. PK

NADLER SPEAKS OUT IN SPORTS BETTING U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan-parts of Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, spoke out during a committee hearing on sports betting in America, urging the panel to tread carefully. “In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, otherwise known as PASPA, which prohibited states from authorizing sports betting, violated the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. In response, several states have enacted laws to allow intrastate sports betting, joining Nevada, which had been grandfathered because it allowed heavily regulated sports betting prior to PASPA. Certainly, we should all acknowledge that there is already a huge volume of sports betting taking place in this country, whether or not it is allowed by law or regulated in any way,” Nadler said in his remarks. “Whether it takes place through a local bookmaker, online through an offshore sports book, or in a state where it is legal and regulated, sports gambling has long been a part of our culture. In fact, betting actually serves to generate a substantial amount of interest in the sports themselves. We cannot simply prevent sports betting by enacting laws to prohibit it and pretend that it will go away,” Nadler added. PK

CARROLL CALLS ON THE CITY AND STATE TO SCREEN ALL KINDERGARTNERS AND FIRST GRADERS FOR DYSLEXIA October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and to kick it off, Assemblymember  Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope-Borough Park-Victorian Flatbush) is calling on the governor, mayor, chancellor and legislature to fund universal screening for dyslexia for all kindergartners and first graders. Carroll’s plan would institute curriculum changes in elementary schools to utilize multi-sensory phonics based approaches as part of a universal literacy program.   According to statement from Carroll, one in five students is dyslexic, 50 percent of fourth graders are not reading at grade level, 75 percent of students drop out in part because

they are poor readers and one in seven adults is functionally illiterate. “Our country is in the midst of a literacy crisis and we aren’t doing anything about it,” Carroll said. “A disproportionate amount of the over 50 percent of students who aren’t reading at grade-level are dyslexic or have another language based learning difference. But our literacy problem touches all types of students – and stems from improper curriculum and a lack of screening of students for phonological awareness issues.” Universal screening at the kindergarten-first grade level is currently being done in seven states across the country.  According to Carroll’s

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Assemblymember Robert Carroll. statement, research shows that early intervention makes it much easier and cheaper to remedy reading problems than if intervention occurs after second grade.  JA

BAY RIDGE COUNCILMEMBER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION FOR ILLEGAL CONVERSION TASK FORCE City Councilmember Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) joined Queens Councilmember Robert Holden to introduce legislation creating a task force that would report on illegal conversions and occupancies across the five boroughs, and devise strategies for the city to address them. The interagency task force would encompass and coordinate action between the FDNY, Office of Special Enforcement, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Department of City Planning. The task force would include one member appointed by the public advocate and three by the City Council speaker.

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Councilmember Justin Brannan. “Illegal conversions are a dangerous, exploitative practice of greedy, lawbreaking landlords,” Brannan said. “I support existing city law that fines landlords for creating these illegal apartments, which cause unsafe, poor living conditions that no tenant

wants. I am co-introducing this legislation because I believe we should do everything we can to further deter bad actors for ignoring the needs of their tenants and neighbors in favor of an extra buck.” Brannan also acknowledged the local impact of the legislation. “I got into this job because I want to fight for all of my constituents, new and old,” Brannan said. “But landlords who break the law to be unfair to their tenants have no place doing business in my district or in our city. This task force will make us better, smarter, and faster at dealing with these violations of law.”  Having been introduced to the Council, the bill will now go to committee hearings before it can go to a vote on the Council floor. JA

A LOOK AT EUGENE’S BUSY SCHEDULE Councilmember Mathieu Eugene had a busy month in September. Here is a look at just some of the events on his calendar. On Sept. 26, Eugene (D-Kensington-Prospect-Lefferts Gardens) took part in a celebration on the steps of City Hall marking the 50th anniversary of Olympic gold medalist Bob Beamon’s record setting long jump at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Earlier in the month, Eugene joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other elected officials to announce the creation of Shirley Chisholm State Park in Central Brooklyn. The first phase of construction of the 407-acre park is expected to be completed next summer.

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Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (second from right) greets participants at the recent Caribbean Wellness Day event at Paerdegat Park. Eugene also attended the APC Community Services Caribbean Wellness Day at Paerdegat Park, where he met

with vendors from health care organizations and expressed his thanks for their support of the community. PK


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Ragamuffin Parade Grand Marshals Are Introduced at Annual Luncheon

Ted and Janet General.

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Brooklyn Conservative Party Chair Fran Vella-Marrone, Ragamuffin Parade Grand Marshal Leo Lykourezos, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, City Councilmember Justin Brannan, Men of the Year Michael Esposito and Ted Nugent, and state Sen. Marty Golden. BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

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reparations are well underway for Bay Ridge’s biggest weekend of the year – the annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday, Oct. 13 and the Third Ave. festival on Sunday, Oct. 14. Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the neighborhood for the much-anticipated festivities. The annual parade is sponsored by Ragamuffin, Inc. and features thousands of colorfully costumed children dressed up as everything from superheroes like Spiderman and Wonder Woman to “Walking Dead” zombies. It runs along Third Avenue from 76th Street to 92nd Street. This year’s grand marshal is Leo Lykourezos, owner of Leo’s Casa Calamari at 86th Street and Third Avenue. Michael Esposito and Ted Nugent, owners of Cebu restaurant

Janet and Jerry Kassar.

at 8801 Third Avenue, were named men of the year. The day after the parade, Third Avenue becomes a giant 24-block-long street fair with sidewalk sales, music performances, games, rides, dance performances, outdoor cafes and more. Sponsored by the Merchants of Third Avenue, the festival runs along Third Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue (69th Street) to 93rd Street from noon to 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Ragamuffin committee held its annual luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor. A packed room of elected officials, community leaders and small business owners attended including U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, state Sen. Marty Golden, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, City Councilmember Justin Brannan, New York State Conservative Party Chair Mike Long, Brooklyn Conservative Party Chair Fran Vella-Marrone and 68th Precinct commanding officer Captain Robert Conwell.

Ray Aalbue, state Sen. Marty Golden and 68th Precinct commanding officer Captain Robert Conwell.

Frank Sena, Eleanor Schiano and Andrew Windsor. “On behalf of the Ragamuffin committee, I extend a very warm welcome and a huge thank you to all of you for attending our annual luncheon,” Ragamuffin President Arlene Keating said. “Your presence here today, in addition to our generous sponsors, allows us to continue the Ragamuffin Children’s Parade, a Bay Ridge tradition entering our 52nd year.” Keating introduced the honorees who were each presented with certificates of merit and proclamations from Donovan, Golden, Malliotakis and Brannan. Children can pre-register for the parade, or register on the day of the parade between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Academy, 74th Street and Third Avenue. Costume judging will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. before the march begins at 1 p.m. Ragamuffin Inc. will

award prizes to the children judged to be wearing the most creative costumes. All kids will receive some kind of gift, according to Ragamuffin. In order to be eligible for a gift, a child must have filled out a registration form prior to the parade and must have completed the entire

Paul Cassone, Dean Rasinya and Robert Kassenbrock. parade route all the way to 92nd Street. Pre-registration forms can be returned to a

child’s school or mailed to Ragamuffin, Inc. 9728 Third Avenue, Suite 504, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

New York Conservative Party Chair Mike Long, Maria Brody, state Sen. Marty Golden, Sheila Brody and Colleen Golden.


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FIAO Honors Grand Marshals, Preps for Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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earing up for Columbus Day. The Federation of Italian Americans (FIAO) kicked off the lead-up to its annual parade with its yearly fundraising brunch. The event, held at Sirico’s, 8023 13th Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 30 honored this year’s grand marshals: New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Bruno, 62nd Precinct Community Affairs Detective Stephen Agosta, Principal of P.S. 748 for Global Scholars Ursula Annio and past president of Ben-Bay Kiwanis and FIAO and Maimonides Medical Center Trustee Frank Naccarato. President of FIAO Carlo Scissura discussed the significance of the day. “It’s an opportunity to do two things,” he explained. “One is of course to highlight the grand marshals of the parade. There are four great grand marshals this year so we were very excited to honor them, highlight them and give them the awards. It also helps raise money for the parade which is an expensive proposition. We had one of our most successful brunches ever, so we’re really happy about it.” The honorees were selected based on exceptional community service, Scissura said. The importance of the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade continues to be

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Detective Stephen Agosta, family members and friends.

Frank Naccarato Jr., Tenor Luciano Lamonarca, Frank Naccarato, Anthony Naccarato and his son Frankie. strong. “I think for FIAO, it just continues our community involvement and now that we have Il Centro, we’ll end

Jack Spatola, Ursula Annio and Carlo Scissura.

the parade there and open it for people to see,” he said. “It adds a lot of value and for the people of the community, it is a day to

Jack Spatola, Frank Naccarato and Carlo Scissura.

celebrate Italian culture. It brings people out, and helps neighborhood businesses. It’s just a fun day.” The pre-parade mass will

Jack Spatola, Detective Stephen Agosta and Carlo Scissura.

be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Athanasius Church, 2154 61st St., at 10:15 a.m. The parade will follow, kicking off at 1 p.m.

at the corner of 61st Street. It will end in front of Il Centro, 8711 18th Ave. For more information, visit www.fiaobrooklyn.org.

Jack Spatola, Honorable Joseph Bruno, Dr. Sal Cumella and Carlo Scissura.


SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

STEM Lab Offers Hands-On Learning to Catholic School Kids By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle

When Kelly Wolf arrived at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy to take the helm as principal last year, one of the first things she did was put together a STEM Night during the celebration of Catholic Schools Week in which she challenged her students to come up with projects that showed their creative sides. “It was incredible,” Wolf told the Brooklyn Eagle. “They were building homes out of marshmallows. They were building a car out of boxes. The kids had such an enthusiastic response. The excitement in the gym was amazing.” The various projects demonstrated the students’ talents in science, technology, engineering and math. And the excitement the principal saw in her students’ eyes that night gave her a bold idea. Wolf’s plan came to fruition a few weeks ago when Our Lady of Grace, a Catholic elementary-middle school located at 385 Ave. W in Gravesend, officially opened its new STEM lab. The lab, which contains Chromebooks, iPads and SMART Boards, as well as a 3D printer, is fast becoming a popular destination for students in the academy. The lab was organized by Stephanie Campanella, who teaches science to the school’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders. To go along with the new STEM lab, the school has also introduced a new interactive science curriculum. Our Lady of Grace educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and all grades are getting the opportunity to work in the lab. Fourth graders, for example, are learning about the systems in the human body and have been spending time in the new lab to conduct research. Students in the second grade are learning about weights and measures and are getting their share of lab time. Sixth graders are learning about properties of matter, according to Campanella, who said they are using the lab to explore the difference between an element and a compound by finding the mass, volume, and density. In grade seven, the talk is all about atomic structure and exploring the Periodic Table of Elements. “Eight elements were given to each group and they had to create a Venn diagram to separate the elements into two different groups based on their physical properties. Once separated, they needed to look up the element and find out whether the element is a metal, metalloid, or nonmetal,” Campanella told the Eagle. The eighth graders are busy learning about

The ribbon was cut on the new STEM lab. heat and heat transfer and are exploring the relationship between heat, kinetic energy and temperature. Their lab works includes calibrating a thermometer, having water reach boiling point and then having water reach the freezing point, Campanella said. “I was able to bring all three classes into the STEM lab and they absolutely love it,” she added. Wolf said one of the best things about the lab is the way the facility reinforces what students

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are talking about in the classroom. “The students prep in the classroom and then go to the lab and get the chance for hands-on learning,” said Wolf, who added that the lab also helps teachers as they prepare their lesson plans. The Diocese of Brooklyn, which oversees Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, assisted Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in getting the plans for a lab off the ground, according to Wolf.

Faced with competition from public schools, which are free, religious education institutions in New York City that charge tuition are coming up with all sorts of ways to attract students and increase enrollments. Keeping pace with public schools in STEM appears to be one way to do it.

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HEALTH and BEAUTY NYU Langone Doctors Tout Hospital’s Success Rate in Brooklyn

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Doctors Joseph Weisstuch, Bret Rudy, David Gordon, Nicholas Gavin, Janet Yeh and Erich Anderer took part in the symposium. BY PAULA KATINAS

medical facilities centered PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM in Manhattan. Lutheran Medical Center was merged into the ighting against a persistent public NYU family in 2016 and its perception that name was changed to NYU patients can get better Lutheran Medical Center. health care in Manhattan In 2017, the name was changed again, this time than in Brooklyn, leading to NYU Langone Hospital doctors at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn hosted – Brooklyn. But while NYU Langone a breakfast symposium on Sept. 28 to tout the medical is centered in Manhattan, center’s success rate and to Rudy and other medical outline ambitious plans for professionals at the breakthe future. fast repeatedly sought to assure news reporters Dr. Bret Rudy, senior vice and editors that the 450president and executive hospital director, said NYU bed Brooklyn hospital was Langone Hospital – Brook- not a mere satellite of the lyn, located at 150 55th St. Manhattan center, but a in Sunset Park, provides full-fledged, multi-faceted “the same quality of care as facility of its own with a Manhattan.” high-level of patient care and an atmosphere that Formerly known as Lutheran Medical Center, fosters medical innovation. NYU Langone HospiIt was a theme the medital – Brooklyn is part of cal professionals returned the larger NYU Langone to again and again during network of hospitals and the 90-minute symposium.

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“We want people to know that they don’t have to go across the river get good health care,” said Dr. Janet Yeh, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, who treats breast cancer patients. One of the reasons NYU Langone officials wanted to set up shop in Brooklyn is because research revealed that many patients seeking treatment at NYU Langone in Manhattan were from Brooklyn, according to Dr. Joseph Weisstuch, the chief medical officer. “Thirty percent of the patients who left the hospital in Manhattan came home to Brooklyn,” he said. The goal now is to convince Brooklyn residents that they can get top-notch care closer to home, Rudy said. NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn is a certified Level One Trauma center, meaning

that it is equipped to handle all types of emergencies. It is also an academic institution where doctors are trained in their specialties. In addition to the hospital, NYU Langone runs dozens of small, family oriented health centers around Brooklyn as well as an ambulatory care center at 6740 Fourth Ave. in Bay Ridge. Coming in 2019 is the Perlmutter Cancer Center, a 22,000-square facility at 5718 Second Ave. that will offer radiation and infusion treatments for patients with cancer or blood disorders. Meanwhile, there is innovation going on in many areas of the hospital, according to doctors. Robotic surgery, which doesn’t involve robots but allows doctors to use technology to perform minimally invasive surgery,

is becoming increasingly common. The hospital has done over 400 robotics surgeries to date. The hospital also uses an electronic medical records-keeping system that follows a patient to any part of the NYU Langone system, Brooklyn or Manhattan. It is designed to prevent duplication and delays in getting vital medical records to doctors within the system. A new system that is currently being developed would allow emergency room patients to receive upto-the-minute bulletins on their smartphones that will enable them to learn which doctor will be seeing them, what medical tests they can expect to undergo and whether they will have to be admitted into the hospital as an inpatient or be released. Dr. Nicholas Gavin, chief of the Emergency Medicine,

said the emergency room saw 80,000 patients last year. The department has made enormous strides in reducing the time it takes for an emergency patient to be seen by a doctor, from an average of 35 minutes to an average of 12 minutes, he said. “This is not happening anywhere else in Brooklyn,” he said. The Emergency Department has undergone a renovation. “Bringing the facilities up to speed is something we are focusing on,” Rudy said. Dr. Erich Anderer, chief of neurosurgery, said that innovation in his department has meant that patients with complex neurological issues who would have ordinarily been transferred to an NYU facility in Manhattan can now stay in Brooklyn. “We used to treat 150 cases a year. We are up to 500 cases a year,” he said.

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Maimonides Medical Center Remembers Hurricane Maria During Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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elebrating Hispanic heritage while remembering a hurricane’s devastation. Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 Tenth Avenue, hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Thursday, September 20. The day featured speakers

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Maimonides staffers marking the occasion. who was part of the planning committee and served as the master of ceremonies. “Every year, we get bigger Diana Reyna with Alexander and stronger, Alvarez. and we provide more and more who celebrated the culture, information to the commumusical performances nity. Today is a very special by Grupo Tumbao and day. It happens to mark the giveaways. one year anniversary of “This our third event,” Hurricane Maria hitting said Alexander Alvarez, Puerto Rico.”

After a moment of silence to remember those affected by the massive devastation, Deacon Julio Barrenche addressed the crowd. “This is an opportunity to meet with your Maimonides family to celebrate this significant contribution made by Hispanics that will help shaped this community,” he said. “We, as Hispanics, understand our responsibilities and are always ready to work hard to help those in need. We are grateful for the opportunity that has been given

Elizabeth Yeampierre. to us, the challenges we face and our great network.” Diana Reyna, former councilmember for the 24th District and former deputy borough president, was the keynote speaker. “Today we are embracing

culture and diversity and recognizing the beautiful Latino Diaspora, a mixed race,” she said. “Personally, I’ve been asked if I’m Indian or if I speak Spanish because most don’t think that I am Latina. Here lies my journey, one that is deeply rooted in this great borough of Brooklyn. Thanks to the love and sacrifice of my Dominican parents, opportunities blossomed.” During her speech, she discussed the hardship her parents faced with minimal education. Her mother was a seamstress, her father a factory worker and pizzeria owner. “I know where I come from,” she said. “I am one generation away from a family of farmers. As a Latina, I celebrate with you our accomplishments in arts and culture, film and media, politics and business.” The majority of the ceremony was heavily focused on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico, which is reported to have claimed the lives over 3,000 people. Executive Director of

UPROSE Elizabeth Yeampierre spoke about the devastation and climate change. “I am so grateful that this is happening today in a hospital because we are living in the age of climate change and health care providers are not prepared for the impacts of climate change,” she said. “People think when a hurricane hits and people die, that number is finite. They don’t understand the implications of climate change.” The hospital awarded Yeampierre and Reyna plaques and flowers. Luz Fonseca of Maimonides was also recognized for relief efforts following the hurricane. “When Hurricane Maria occurred, we got together to talk about what Maimonides’ response was and what we could do to support folks, and the devastation of that impacted island,” she said. “We all just chipped in. Maimonides has the solidarity to come through and help out in time of need. This is a family hospital where anything that affects any of us, whether it’s students or nurses, it’s a time for helping.”

Special Q&A with Renowned Psychologist Connie Jasmine Castro BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

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r. Connie Jasmine Castro is a nationally certified school psychologist. She is also a licensed psychologist. She has spent over 10 years working with children, adolescents and their families. She recently took a few minutes to explain her methods of working with a variety of populations. Q: Please give us some background about yourself. What made you decide to become a psychologist? I initially decided to become a psychologist because I enjoy helping others. I enjoy being part of a process that brings self-awareness, individual growth and inner happiness to others. I began my career working with children, adolescents and young adults. I have extended my capacity also to work directly with

their families, resulting in the ability to work with all age groups. Psychology is a field that permits me the opportunity to assist others with any concerns they would like to discuss or work through in therapy sessions. Q: Tell us about your process of working with people with special needs. Depending on the type of special need required by an individual, several types of support are typically needed. Therapy is one aspect which can help positively modify certain thoughts or behaviors to improve an individual’s ability to react to or function in daily situations. For example, social skills training is one type of therapy that can be used to teach the individual how to relate to or engage with others on a daily basis. Furthermore, therapy for their caregiver, parent or family member can also serve as a support system.

Q: You enjoy working therapeutically with individuals of all ages. Is there one particular age group you find most rewarding to work with? There is no one particular age group I find most rewarding to work with. I prefer to work with all ages as each age group brings forth different types of thoughts, behaviors and situations relating to their stage in life. This makes the therapeutic process more interesting and rewarding as I am able to witness different types of positive changes and individual growth in each client. Q: Please describe your collaborative approach to working with your patients. My collaborative approach varies with the age group. In summary, I attempt to guide the client and/or caregiver to identify the thoughts, behaviors and/or situations they would like to work through. If the client needs further

assistance with this, I facilitate the dialogue to help create greater individual self-awareness. Q: What are some of the various therapy methods you provide? The therapy methods used are individualized to each client. I am a believer that there is not one method of therapy that is the right fit for all. I also believe that it may be necessary to use a variety of therapeutic

methods overtime. In essence, the end result is to have the individual increase their cognitive awareness which in turn can improve the client’s ability to understand and positively modify their behavior or reaction in different situations. Furthermore, the therapy methods used are even more successful if the client feels understood by the therapist.

Q: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? I am credentialed as a provider for various health insurance panels. I also have private rates if you don’t have health insurance, or if I am not on your health insurance panel. Please call the Psychology Office of Dr. Connie Jasmine Castro PLLC at 917-991-1615 to make an appointment, or if you have any further questions.

Dr. Connie Jasmine Castro Licensed Psychologist 5392 62nd Street Maspeth, NY 11378

917.991.1615

drconniejasminecastro@gmail.com

I am a licensed psychologist and nationally certified as a school psychologist. I have over ten years of experience in working with children, adolescents and their families. I also have experience in working with special needs populations. I enjoy working therapeutically with individuals of all ages. I offer my clients a collaborative approach, including cognitive behavioral therapy, and I individualize each clients’ therapy needs.

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Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH Distinguished Professor & Chairman Department of Otolaryngology Pediatric Otolaryngology

Krishnamurthi Sundaram, MD Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology Head & Neck Oncology

Marina Boruk, MD Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Director of Rhinology

Nira Goldstein, MD, MPH Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology Pediatric Otolaryngology

UPB – Brooklyn ENT Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery The ear, nose, and throat surgeons in the University Physicians of Brooklyn faculty practice are the ONLY otolaryngology group practice in Brooklyn that offers:

1. Comprehensive ear, nose, and throat care of children, including breathing problems, hearing loss, ear infections, sinus disease, cleft lip and palate. 2. State-of-the-art management for patients suffering from tinnitus (ringing in the ear), including a full-time tinnitus specialist. 3. Cochlear implantation to restore hearing in profoundly deaf infants, children, and adults. 4. Pediatric airway reconstruction, including laser, endoscopic, open surgical and balloon-assisted procedures. 5. Minimally-invasive procedures for head and neck cancer, including laser microsurgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, and transoral robotic surgery. 6. Surgery for acoustic neuromas and invasive skull base tumors by a fellowship-trained neuro-otologist. 7. State-of-the-art medical management of nasal and sinus problems with image-guided surgery by a fellowship-trained rhinologist. 8. Rehabilitation of hearing and speech problems in infants and young children in partnership with the Auditory Oral School of New York. 9. State of the art care provided by 100% fellowship-trained Otolaryngologists with teaching appointments at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. 10. Training for 15 otolaryngology residents in one of the most competitive residency programs in the country. 11. Coordinated medical and surgical care at convenient practice locations throughout Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, East Flatbush, and Bay Ridge. 12. Access to some of the leading physicians in the field of otolaryngology, with national and international reputations for excellence in research, teaching, and patient care. For more information on our providers, services, locations, and initial registration forms to make your first visit more convenient, please visit our website:

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Image courtesy of the artist and Smack Mellon

Spread Wild: Pleasures of the Yucca will be on exhibit through Novemer 4th at Smack Mellon.

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Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform at BAM October 10-13th.

Image courtesy of the artist and Art in General.

Traitor Muscle will be on exhibit through November 3 at Art in General.

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Art FIRST THURSDAY GALLERY WALK The first Thursday of every month‚ the galleries of DUMBO stay open late, hosting special events and receptions. Neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for First Thursday patrons. When: Thursday, October 4th, 6 – 8 p.m, Where: DUMBO/Various Locations DIAMONDS A new exhibition from New York based artist Catherine Mosely. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) FIVE CENTS TO DREAMLAND: A TRIP TO CONEY ISLAND This special exhibition brings together highlights

from both permanent collections to explore Coney Island’s history from a new and unique perspective. When: Saturdays & Sundays, Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 6 p.m. Where: Coney Island/ Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue) SIZE MATTERS Curator William Norton has assembled artists from Japan, China, the USA and the UAE to get to the heart of the issue that keeps artists up every night: Does Size Matter? Asian cultures conceive the importance of scale in relationship to value differently than Western artists. Participating Artists: Yukari Edamitsu / Yuki Okamoto / Marcela Silva / Sonomi Kobayashi / Koto Takei /Melissa Stern / Noriko Nokano / Millicent Young / Xiaowei Chen / Miwael / Camelia Mohebi / Chris Ketchie / Michael David / Daniel John Gadd / Peter Hopkins / William Norton

/ Cake Hara Performances by: Jonah Bokaer / Dirty Churches / Yannah Paradise / Lisa Levy / Plus Surprise Guests. When: Daily September 29th – October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/100 Bogart Street Gallery (100 Bogart Street) LOOK AROUND, ROUND, ROUND, ROUND, ROUND Caroline Cox’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. For this exhibition, Cox presents a group of immersive installations built from monofilament, crystal balls, horsehair fabric and glass lenses. These materials are used in ways that employ their unique capacity to interact with light, gravity and space.  When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 7th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Bushwick/STUDIO10 (56 Bogart Street) JAMEL SHABAZZ This journalistic timeline documents almost 40 years of historical moments photographed by Jamel Shabazz. These include images of the hip hop culture, the Native American community, the Masonic experiences, the Rastafarian Family and Shabazz’ iconic subway rides. When: Tuesday-Sunday through October 14th, TueSat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 12

– 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) THE LEAST ORTHODOX GODDESS IV Curated by Jasmine Wahi. A group exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi featuring works by Felipe Baeza, Darío Calmese, David Antonio Cruz, Delano Dunn, Jonathan Gardenhire, Billy Ray Morgan, Zachary Richardson, and Kiyan Williams.  When: Tuesday-Saturday through October 20th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Prospect Park/ Jenkin Johnson Gallery (207 Ocean Avenue) FOR WHICH IT STANDS Participating Artists: Simone Bailey, Christina Barrera, Andrew Demirjian, Stephan Jahanshahi, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Jeff Kasper & Christopher Spinozzi, Josh MacPhee & Jesse Purcell, Sal Muñoz, Iviva Olenick, Manju Shandler, Athena Soules– NYC Light Brigade, Katherine Gressel, Curator For Which it Stands is a contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) offering a fresh take on the flags of the American Revolution and today, including the contradictions inherent in their symbolism. Select artists reinterpret flags associated with OSH’s history as the site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn, to consider how their values are being upheld today. Others envision bold new flags for contemporary local and global communities.  When: Fridays through October 24th, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street) DEANNA LEE Creates site-specific installations consist of masses of lines that evoke various influences: organic structures like plants, hair, muscles, and fungi; natural systems such as waves and wind currents; geological strata; and topographical maps. When: Daily through October 25th Where: DUMBO/Main Window (One Main Street) EMPIRE SKATE: THE BIRTHPLACE OF ROLLER DISCO Empire Skate: The Birthplace of Roller Disco brings the world of Empire to life, exploring its role as a cultural icon and a community hub. Artifacts, archival materials, video, and first-hand interviews, come together to share the stories of the people who skated at Empire during the 70s and 80s and will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds

of the rink. Through the examined histories of and around Empire, connections between roller skating and larger narratives of race, class, and urbanization in America are uncovered. Beyond the roller disco movement, the exhibit traces the history of roller skating in the United States, highlighting the diversity of rinks around the country and the unique history of skating in New York City, which was home to over 20 rinks at its skating peak. When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 14th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Reliquary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue) MAX DE ESTEBAN The Binary Code series are a colorful concoction of collages that excite our imagination and send the viewer on a trajectory of multiple narratives. When: WednesdaysSaturdays through October 26th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street) BROOKLYN BEFORE PHOTOGRAPHS, 1971– 1983 An exhibit of 18 South Brooklyn photographs selected by Joseph and Audrey Anastasi from the 126 images in Mr. Racioppo’s new book. These new digital prints express a cross section of the ongoing themes in Larry’s work – family, neighborhood, and religion. He scanned and printed over six hundred of his earliest 35mm and 120mm black and white negatives for this project. When: Thursdays-Sundays through October 27th, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Sunset Park/Tabla Rasa Gallery (224 48th Street) BLANKET STATEMENTS A group exhibition of three contemporary Native American women abstract artists — Gina Adams, Maria Hupfield, and Marie Watt — organized in collaboration with Accola Griefen Fine Art. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through October 27th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16A Main Street) QUIETER PLACES Marshall LaCount’s Quieter Places paintings are a collective approach to places quieter than the city; quieter than a mind treading in traumas; quieter than political despondency. These Quieter Places are beyond certain borders. They are elsewhere, for they are not places, they are images. In this case, they are images constructed by aching hands and sore arms which have managed to pull away

from other work, made in less quiet places. Plaster is shaped alongside acrylic paint, wallboard, spray paint. Graffiti and the constant buffing of graffiti get a nod. The works are playful: primary colors occupy measured spaces in largely white fields of textured plaster. This play is a renegotiating of borders. When: Daily Through October, 12 – 9 p.m. Where: Greenpoint/Exhibit Salon (182 Driggs Avenue) THE BRIDGE THE BRIDGE The Bridge! The Bridge!, Robert Latchman’s first solo exhibition at LAND Gallery, as a title encapsulates the commanding effect the Brooklyn Bridge has on this artist’s work. Latchman’s fascination with the Brooklyn Bridge began a few years ago.  Since then, the bridge has served as his main subject, completely capturing the artist’s focus. The Brooklyn Bridge is not his only subject, but it is a dominating one; the work evokes permanence, construction, and calls attention to the history of place. When: Mondays-Fridays through October 30th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Land Gallery (67 Front Street) CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

TRAITOR MUSCLE A New Commission and the first major solo exhibition in New York by Joseph Buckley. The artist’s practice centers on the relationship between grief and postcolonialism. Against a backdrop of contemporary fascism, Buckley employs a range of visual and cultural references—from sci-fi to modernism to Doc Martens to slave ships to Amazon’s factory floor—asking us to deeply consider society’s divisions and fractures, using the medium of sculpture to investigate the psychic technologies that enable them. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through November 3rd, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Art In General (145 Plymouth Street) ROBERT CUMMINGS New drawings from polymath artist Robert Cumming. Cumming’s nudes imply a compelling yet elusive narrative informed by his merging interests in painting, sculpture, and photography. When: Tuesdays-Saturdays through November 3rd, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water Street) SPREAD WILD: PLEASURES OF THE YUCCA

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Paula Wilson’s mixed-media installation transforms Smack Mellon’s industrial space into a landscape resembling the high desert plains of New Mexico, where the artist currently lives. Central among the flora and fauna depicted are the yucca plant and yucca moth. Their pollination ritual represents a quintessential example of mutualism, which Wilson reimagines as a love scene. She outfits the gallery’s towering columns as larger than life naturalists who act as guides and observers of the display. By portraying an untold narrative of black and brown environmentalists, Wilson draws connections between the human rights and environmental movements and offers a paradigm for how embracing the natural world can engender harmony. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through November 4th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) BRIDGING TWO WORLDS: THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND THE LAND OF THE DEAD The exhibition brings together artworks and artifacts that speak to the universal question: “what happens to us after we die?” When: Saturdays & Sundays through December 2nd, 12 – 5 p.m.

Where: Green-Wood/GreenWood Cemetery Fort Hamilton Gatehouse (500 25th Street) TOWARDS A NEW ARCHEOLOGY This group show brings together artists who reevaluate the history of material culture—presenting installation and sculptural works that speak to a mystical, transcendent, and visionary future. Towards a New Archaeology features work by Amy Brener, Leeza Meksin, Sheila Pepe (NWA’02), Ioanna Pantazopoulou, Ester Partegàs (NWA’09), Jean Shin (NWA’07), and Rachel Eulena Williams. When: Daily through January 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Street) THE BUSINESS OF BROOKLYN: AN EXHIBITION ON THE OCCASION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE An exhibition exploring the past 100 years of business in the borough. The story spans booming factories, family shops, iconic innovation, and labor struggles. The exhibition showcases images and objects from companies large and small that thrived in Brooklyn, including Domino Sugar, Squibb Pharmaceuticals,

Schaefer Beer, Drake Bakeries, Abraham & Straus, Gage & Tollner, and many others. It includes numerous artifacts from the Brooklyn Chamber’s history, including a gavel that the Chamber used to convene meetings in the 1920s, the telephone the Chamber used in its first offices at 75 Livingston Street, and a program for the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, which honored entertainer Danny Kaye. It also includes treasures from BHS’s collections, including Eberhard pencil sets, Virginia Dare bottles and glasses, coasters and trays from Brooklyn’s illustrious beer brewing history. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through January 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street) SOMETHING TO SAY: BROOKLYN HI-ART MACHINE The Brooklyn Museum highlights the work of four Brooklyn artists with Something to Say, a yearlong activation of the Museum’s public spaces emphasizing the institution’s important role as a place for civic discourse. Bringing together existing works and new, site-specific commissions by Brooklyn HiArt! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed,

and Hank Willis Thomas. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through June, 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)

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ON FEAR AND GOVERNANCE With Anne Bogart and Monica Youn In conversation with Corey Robin. When: Friday, October 5th, 6 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place) NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA Feminist artist, activist, and Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova for a discussion of her new book, Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism, which offers a timely guide to radical protest and joyful political resistance, structured around her revolutionary philosophies and illustrated with stunning examples from a life of inspired action and creative rebellion. When: Tuesday, October 9th, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) IMMIGRANT WOMEN, LABOR, AND THE QUEST FOR GENDER JUSTICE How can immigrant women

workers achieve safe and just work environments free from sexual harassment and violence? Come to BHS as Bernice Yeung, ProPublica reporter and author of In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, shares the harrowing experiences she chronicles in her book. She is joined by Rachel Isreeli of the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program in Sunset Park, which organizes cooperatives in the traditionally exploitative domestic work industry. Joanna Morales, a home care worker, will share her perspective as a workerowner of Golden Steps Elder Care Cooperative. When: Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street) SOUP & SIP WITH JULIA TURSHEN AND NIK SHARMA Julia Turshen, Nik Sharma, and Jarry are joining forces to throw the book launch party of the year at MOFAD! To celebrate the release of Now & Again by Julia Turshen and Season by Nik Sharma, we will serve special soups from these cookbooks prepared by the Brooklyn party and fundraising series Queer Soup Night. There

will also be small bites from each recipe book prepared by MOFAD chef John Hutt, cocktails from Shannon Mustipher, Brooklyn Brewery beer, book signings, and a conversation with Julia, Nik, and Jarry Mag co-founder Lukas Volger. When: Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Museum of Food and Drink (62 Bayard Street)

Educational NAVAL CARTOGRAPHY AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD Continuing the fall discussion series, “Wayfinding for the Wayfarer and the Landlubber,” this second talk investigates the significant role cartography – the science of drawing maps – has had in shaping world views, power, and politics. Led by Andrew Gustafson of Turnstile Tours, the discussion focuses on developments in navigation and cartography at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the Yard’s role in scientific expeditions, intellectual debates, coastal surveys, and the advancement of technology. When: Thursday, Ocotber 4th, 6 – 7:30 p.m. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard/ Bldg 92 MONDO 2018 a global business conference and festival uniting music and technology. Emerging artists, innovators and industry insiders will connect and collaborate with fans in a mission to advance human creativity in an ever-changing world. When: Daily through October 5th. Where: Williamsburg/The Williamsburg Hotel (96 Wythe Avenue) COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR The event will feature a range of vendors who will present information on health and community services and provide free health screenings. Service providers at the fair will include: Rite Aid (flu and pneumonia shots), VNS (Blood Pressure monitoring), S & K Pharmacy, Consumers Credit Union, Apple Bank,

NYU Langone, Children’s Health Services, FDNY (Fire Safety Education) as well as JASA Caregivers, a Psychotherapist, Ophthalmologist, Podiatrist, and the NYPD Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Community Watch. There will also be music and Yoga and Tai Chi demonstrations. When: Sunday, October 7th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Coney Island/The Warbasse Houses (Neptune Avenue and West 5th Street) MUSIKIDS This class focuses on basic development and cognitive skills, socialization, cooperation, and always a sense of play. When: Sunday, October 7th, 3- 4 p.m. Where: Fort Greene/Brooklyn Music School (126 St. Felix Street) BABY SIGN LANGUAGE In this playful and

educational program, students and caregivers will learn the basics of the language, including numbers, colors, greetings, family terms and more. Students can practice and grow their new language skills through a variety of fun activities such as songs and games. When: Tuesday, October 9th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Where: DUMBO/Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (1 John Street) IPAD BASICS Learn the basics of how to use an iPad to browse the internet, use email, download apps, watch videos, take pictures, connect online and more. iPads will be provided for this class. When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 9th & October 11th, 1:30–2:45 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (463A 7th Street)

Family Fun Discovery Hike: Nocturnal Insects New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Enjoy learning about the diversity of noctunal insects which inhabit our parks.

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Moths, bees, and beetles are only a few of the critters we may be able to encounter. When: Sunday, October 7th, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Where: Marine Park/Salt Marsh Nature Center (East 33rdStreet and Avenue U)

Film SHORT FILMS: PSYCHEDELIC HORROR, DRAMA AND SCI-FI The festival is an ode to the exploration of altered states of consciousness created by music, art, film and psychedelia. When: Friday, October 5th, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The Spectacle Theater (124 S. 3rd Street) WAJIB + THE FILMS OF ANNEMARIE JACIR BAMcinématek presents Wajib + The Films of Annemarie Jacir, an exclusive week-long run of Jacir’s latest film and the first New York retrospective of the Palestinian filmmaker’s work. Jacir will be in attendance opening weekend for postscreening Q&As. The Films of Annemarie Jacir includes Jacir’s feature films Salt of This Sea (2008—Oct 7) and When I Saw You (2012—Oct 7). Salt of This Sea, which screens with Like Twenty Impossibles, depicts a

Brooklyn-born PalestinianAmerican woman who seeks to reclaim the ancestral land taken from her grandfather in 1948. Jacir’s second feature, When I Saw You (2012—Oct 7), tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who runs away from a refugee camp in Jordan and joins a group of Palestinian guerilla fighters following the SixDay War in 1967. When I Saw You screens with Palestine, Summer 2006 (2006), Jacir’s short film about the political gulf separating Jerusalem and Ramallah. When: Daily, October 5th through 11th, see www.bam. org for schedule Where: Fort Greene/BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue) THE 11TH ANNUAL BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in

Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love. BFF provides spaces for audiences from all backgrounds to connect and discover new independent movies and experience unique cultural events. When: Daily, October 10th through 14th, Where: Bushwick/Syndicated Bar Theater and various locations (40 Bogart Street)

Flea Markets BROOKLYN FLEA With its mix of vintage, repurposed, handmade, and food vendors in a townsquare environment now replicated around the world, a decade later the Flea still features many of the same vendors from the original 2008 market, who have become fixtures of Brooklyn culture while emerging as world-class dealers in their individual niches When: Saturday, October 6th, 10 a.m. – 5 pm, Where: Industry City/Industry City (274 36th Street) GREETINGS FROM NASHVILLE POP-UP SHOP Curated by The Callaway, a communications company in Nashville founded in

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2015 by former fashion editor Libby Callaway, GFN features a pop-up store filled with clothing, accessories, media, apothecary, home goods, and art designed or produced by over two dozen of Nashville’s finest creative companies. The store will have one-of-a-kind items and limited-edition designs that are exclusive to the GFN project, as well as vintage collectibles and clothing that pays homage to Nashville’s historically inimitable style. When: Daily through October 30th, Where: Williamsburg/Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue)

Food & Drink BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL GREENMARKET Buy fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables and more. When: Thursday, October 4th, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights// Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza (209 Joralemon Street) LOCAL FOOD TASTING AND HAPPY HOUR Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover what your groceries should taste like and enjoy complimentary cocktails. Join Local Roots for a special tasting event. Enjoy a spread of delicious fare and try our locally-sourced artisanal cheese, charcuterie, freshly cut salad greens, fresh fruits and more along with complimentary cocktails. When: Thursday, October 4th, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Where: Bedford Stuyvesant/ Stonefruit Espresso (1058 Bedford Avenue) OKTOBERFEST A celebration of German culture featuring food, LIVE MUSIC, dancing, and more. When: Saturday, October 6th, 4 – 8 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/Zion German Evangelical Lutheran

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Tambour Wine Bar 652 5th Ave. at 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 917-1747 Tambour Restaurant and Wine Bar’s Chef Thomas Perone is always hard at work in the kitchen. He’s in there preparing something unique and delicious like Tambour’s signature Tamburger! That’s smoked gruyere, caramelized onions, thick cut bacon and tomato relish. And it pairs well with a Chateau Ramafort Medoc Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux! www.tambourbar.com

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Along with serving some of the best pizzas and Sicilian pies in the borough, Russ Pizza is also known for its other delicious menu items including the mouth-watering meatball hero and other hot hero sandwiches, cold subs and incredible appetizers like Ham Calzone, Garlic Knots and Stromboli! www.russpizza.com

Taheni Mediterranean Grill 224 Fourth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 522-2083 Taheni’s Malek Deib loves talking to us about his unique Jordanian-influenced Middle Eastern cuisine. And he also told us about Taheni’s build-your-own wrap which includes onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage, lettuce, spring mix, and you can select your choice of protein, spread and sauce. Now, that’s a wrap!!! www.taheni.com

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Wanisa is known for some of the best home-style Thai food in the borough. Chef and owner Tan recommends the spicy and delicious TomYum Soup! It has lemongrass, galangal, onion, mushroom, lime juice, chili and cilantro topped with evaporated milk. It’s a dish to warm both your heart and soul! wanisahomekitchen.com

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Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness 474 Bay Ridge Parkway Brooklyn, N.Y. 11209 (347) 560-6920

Jenara Barbershop Unisex 429 Seventh Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 725-4400 As soon as you walk into Jenara Unisex you feel the warm, friendly atmosphere. It offers incredible customer support. Ella says that you can get a warm cup of tea or coffee as you let the team of trusted professionals take care of all your grooming needs! Jenarabarbershop.com

201 E. 69th Street, Suite 2C New York, N.Y. 10021 Sarrica Physical Therapy & Wellness has a great team in place to help with all of your physical therapy and wellness needs. Led by Marcello Sarrica, they are a highly trained and experienced group specializing in a wide variety of pain conditions, injuries, chronic diseases and performance training. And they provide personalized therapy programs in both of their locations! Sarricapt.com

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Three Guys from Brooklyn is known for having the freshest produce in the borough, and for its commitment to neighborhood causes. They want people to know about the upcoming Oct. 21 Bike to Battle MS event. This one hits especially close to home. It’s in loving memory of Phillip C. Penta, one of the original three guys, who recently lost his battle with MS. 3guysfrombrooklyn.com

Real Estate lawyer Pete Weinman has quite an impressive resume. He prides himself on helping handle all your real estate concerns. And Pete’s list of community service activities is literally Staten Island wide. But aside from all his good works, he most enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, riding his motorcycle and competing in marathons! www.StatenIslandLaw.com

The Kings Beer Hall 84 St. Marks Place Brooklyn, NY 11217 (347) 227-7238 The Kings Beer Hall has a lot going on this month! First, it’s Oktoberfest and there’s no better place to celebrate than KBH. It has 22 beers on tap and four weeks of fun events including Stein Holding, Costume Contests and Boot Chugging! Check out the website for more info. www.thekbh.com

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Theatre for Kids and of Families Park Slope Children Discover a ‘World Wonders’Opens at Early in Childcare Center By John Alexander INBROOKLYN

Play Nice Theatre has begun its season of lighthearted musicals with positive, life-affirming messages about cooperation and kindness. And they’re looking for their July/August cast, musicians, and backstage helpers. Relocated from Manhattan, this all-volunteer company’s rehearsals and meetings reflect their mission and message by encouraging its mixed-generation cast and crew (ages 6 to 106) to interact socially and share stories of their own lives on and off stage. In a welcoming atmosphere, the experienced and new Play Nice actors and crew are encouraged to come early and linger after assigned rehearsal slots in order to get to know each other, help each other memorize their lines, do school homework and play games. Some may choose to help with scenery painting or prop-making. All ticket sales from main stage shows ($10 admission) is donated to local charities, a prime motivation for many participants who find it rewarding to help raise money for those less fortunate through donating their time and talent. According to theatre founder Rob Lester, the cast and crew are like a second family. “Working on a show with

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friendly people is fun and satisfying,” he says. The Brooklyn Eagle stopped by the new location at 89 Fourth Avenue, five blocks from Barclays Center, where the two-act musical “The Three Little Pigs Buy a Brownstone in Brooklyn” is running on weekends (2 p.m. Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. Sundays, through July 1). The Eagle is mentioned prominently in the Brooklyn-centric script in Scene 6 and the newspaper is used as a prop as well. The show’s target audience is ages six and up, with plenty of humor adults will appreciate. “Two six-year-olds are among the actors, with the oldest member more than ten times their age, and the family idea is reflected literally: the cast includes two brothers who play two of the pigs; a mother and her son have a scene together as an older pig

and hedgehog; two actors are cousins,” we’re informed. Original lyrics are set to public domain melodies including old folk songs and classic children’s tunes. The show, which emphasizes “being a good neighbor,” plus patience, perseverance, and pig puns runs through July 1, will be followed by show after show, starting with the summer musical about kids and counselors at an unusual summer camp, titled “Not a Happy Camper.” The theatre welcomes audition appointments, visits, donations of costumes and supplies, and all inquiries throughout the year. Acting classes, puppet shows, concerts, one-day free workshops, variety shows, and special family events are planned and a fundraising concert on July 20. For more details, show times, tickets, and contact information, go to www.PlayNicePeople. com.

It’s a virtual wonderland of learning at World of Wonders Early Childcare Center. For over 10 years, the in-demand childcare location has been providing nurturing childcare with a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages two to six in the heart of Brooklyn. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, World of Wonders hosted a grand opening for its newest center at 6705 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights. Photos are from the It included food, balloons and a traditioncurrent production of “The 3 Little Pigs al ribbon-cutting ceremony with friends, Buy a Brownstone in Brooklyn” familyPhotos and by theJarrett parents Scottof children who attend World of Wonders, including Marcello Sarrica of Sarrica Physical Therapy and Wellness, whose children are enrolled at the center. One of the center’s major supporters is community leader Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of New York Building Congress. Scissura’s daughter Teresa Rose is a recent graduate of the daycare. Jeannine McKenna started World of Wonders from her home in 2000. She opened the first World of Wonders Early Childcare Center in 2008 at 7219 New Utrecht Avenue. Her goal was to create a safe, nurturing environment for children with age-appropriate programs that would allow them the opportunity 14INB • INBROOKLYN — A Special Section of Brooklyn Eagle/Heights Press/Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator/Brooklyn Record/Greenpoint Gazette • Week of June 14-20, 2018 to learn new skills while at the center. Each classroom is geared to foster a child’s Colleagues gather for the World of Wonders ribbon-cutting ceremony. cognitive, emotional, physical and social development. The various learning centers are designed to help stimulate children’s early literacy skills. In addition, each classroom features various learning centers focusing on math, science, drama, writing, art and computer skills. McKenna’s efforts were so successful that in 2014 she opened a second World of Wonders at 7215 New Utrecht Avenue. This week McKenna, her husband Bobby, and their children Bobby, Bryan and Meagan celebrated the opening of their third daycare. World of Wonders offers a variety of childcare programs including ones specifically designed for two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and full time pre-k. The staff consists of New York State certified teachers and group teachers who have obtained their Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. They are fully licensed by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Day Care. For more information, go to The balloon lady entertains children at the worldofwondersdaycare.com daycare center. Students having fun at the World of Wonders daycare center.

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Borough Pres Adams Wants Municipal Building Named After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg By Rob Abruzzese INBrooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has started a petition on Change.org to have the Municipal Building in Downtown Brooklyn renamed after Brooklyn’s most famous U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, raised in Flatbush and attended James Madison High School before she went to Cornell University and Columbia Law School. “The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a quintessential New York story. She grew up in Flatbush, the daughter of Jewish immigrants,” said Adams’ Change.org petition. “Despite family tragedies that struck Justice Ginsburg early in life, including the death of her 6-year-old sister and early passing of her mother Celia, she rose to the apex of her profession, staying true to her ideals and principles.

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“Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an icon, affectionately referred to as the ‘Notorious RBG.’ In an era where popular culture puts performing artists and sports stars on a public pedestal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has risen to incredible levels of iconic admiration and love.” Visit brooklyneagle.com for a full report.

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Come See Williamsburg’s Bedford Ave., Before or After the L-Pocalypse Starts

THE AREA IS A MAGNET: When the L train stops running from Manhattan to Brooklyn, this will still be a prime place to • For tourists. party. • For young people who want to be where other We’re talking about the area around the Bedford young people congregate on Saturday nights. Avenue L train station in Williamsburg. • For Brooklyn residents who want to shop at

Apple and live closer to the store on the corner of North 3rd Street and Bedford Avenue than the one near Barclays Center in Fort Greene. • For real estate nerds like us who are fascinated by Williamsburg’s jumble of architectural styles.

ABOVE: Welcome to Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue, the home of upscale retailers such as Space NK. See next page.

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Come See Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue, Before or After the L-Pocalypse Starts By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn

When the L train stops running from Manhattan to Brooklyn, this will still be a prime place to party. We’re talking about the area around the Bedford Avenue L train station in Williamsburg. The area is a magnet: • For tourists. • For young people who want to be where other young people congregate on Saturday nights. • For Brooklyn residents who want to shop at Apple and live closer to the store on the corner of North 3rd Street and Bedford Avenue than the one near Barclays Center in Fort Greene. • For real estate nerds like us who are fascinated by Williamsburg’s jumble of historic rowhouses, spiffed-up factories, garish new apartment buildings and entertaining restaurants and shops.

The street and sidewalks are a bit chaotic around the Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street subway entrance because of construction that’s already underway though subway tunnel repairs haven’t yet begun. See related story. Even so, it’s great fun to stroll in a loop down Bedford Avenue to Grand Street then up Berry Street and back over on North 7th Street to the subway entrance.

Fancy British Cosmetics and A Former Sweater Factory

We took lots of photos when we walked this route the other day. You can find a full set of them at brooklyneagle.com. Highlights of our stroll include the fab oldfashioned rowhouse with a classic wooden storefront at 229 Bedford Ave. Its retail tenant is a British cosmetics retailer called Space NK. The entrance to Whole Foods at 238 Bedford Ave. was filled with a wall-to-wall display of potted orchids for sale. We love the former sweater factory at 218 Bedford Ave. that’s now a loft apartment building with a mini-mall on the ground floor. It was one of the neighborhood’s first industrial-to-residential conversions. Nearby, Senko Funeral Home at 213 Bedford Ave. is another eye-catching property. The wedge-shaped building at 292 Bedford Ave. on the corner of Grand Street is at least a century old. A cocktail bar called Kill Devil House of Dark Spirits recently opened there.

Nostalgia Alert: Gant Shirts Are Sold on Berry Street

On the corner of Berry and North 4th streets, a 1930s factory called the Lewis Steel Building is now a loft apartment complex. The two-story former factory at 160 Berry St. has a funky mural on a side wall that depicts a giant squirrel. A Shake Shack is located there.

We love the row of old-fashioned houses that starts at 107 North 5th St., where a shop called ID Menswear is located, and extends up Berry Street to the corner of North 6th Street. Gant, the clothing maker best known for its button-down shirts, is housed in a handsome low-rise building on a Berry Street corner. Its address is 115 North 6th St. There’s a glassy four-story condo building on another Berry Street corner. Its look is very typical of 21st-century Williamsburg. Its address is 120 North 7th St.

RETAIL VACANCIES ABOUND NEAR THE BEDFORD AVENUE L STOP By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn L-mageddon already has a prime span of Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue in its grip. The L train shutdown between the Bedford Avenue station and Manhattan doesn’t start until next April. But construction machinery already clogs the streets outside the L train stop at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street. The North 7th Street block between Bedford and Driggs avenues is closed to vehicular traffic for construction in the road bed. A sign posted there says the closure will continue until June 2019. Work is underway to make improvements on the Bedford Avenue station. An online posting by the MTA says two new street-level stairways are being added to the station’s Bedford Avenue entrance, and two others are being added to its Driggs Avenue stop. The current construction in the street and the looming threat of diminished numbers of shoppers, diners and drinkers coming from Manhattan are apparently making vacant storefronts a bit harder to fill with tenants. When we were strolling around the area the other day, we made a list of empty ground-floor spaces. Afterwards, we tracked down some details about the vacant properties. What follows is a sampler of them. — Continued on page 23INB —

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ABOVE: The handsome building at right is 107 North 5th St. on the corner of Berry Street.

Retail Vacancies Abound Near the Bedford Avenue L Stop

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By the way, when we talk about Bedford Avenue leasing deals, we’re talking big bucks. In the Real Estate Board of New York’s most recently published survey, which was for the Winter 2018 time period, Bedford Avenue between Grand and North 12th streets was tied with Downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall as the commercial corridors with the priciest ground-floor retail asking rents in our borough. The median asking rent for both locations was $350 per square foot per year, the survey indicates. Also, Bedford Avenue’s range of ground-floor retail asking rents — from $138 to $600 per square foot per year — had the highest ceiling among Brooklyn commercial corridors. The next highest retail rent range was on Fulton Mall, with a low of $320 and a high of $400 per square foot per year.

Bernstein signed the deeds for these properties the firm purchased, Finance Department records show. • A sign on the door at vacant 184 Bedford Ave. says there is space for rent on the building’s ground floor, second floor and lower level. There’s 3,200 square feet available on each floor. Finance Department records show RedSky Capital bought 184-186 Bedford Ave. through an LLC for $20.675 million in 2014. • A handbag maker called Min & Mon formerly occupied now-vacant 190 Bedford Ave. This building belongs to RedSky Capital, which paid $13.181 million for it through an LLC in 2016, Finance Department records indicate. • A sushi restaurant called Mizu formerly occupied nowvacant space at 192 Bedford Ave. RedSky Capital bought the building through an LLC for $12.25 million in 2015, Finance Department records indicate. • Leasing agents have posted RedSky Capital’s name and a rendering in the windows of vacant 204-206 Bedford Ave. According to the signage, the available space in this build-tosuit project will include 3,558 square feet on the property’s ground floor, 3,708 square feet on the second floor, 1,195 square feet on the roof and 3,112 square feet on the lower level. RedSky Capital purchased the property through an LLC for $19 million in 2014, Finance Department records show.

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• Just north of the intersection of North 7th Street, there’s A Prime Corner Are Vacant empty ground-floor space at 168 Bedford Ave., whose tenant At the intersection of Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street, had been a restaurant called Peter’s Since 1969. Its signature just one corner storefront is occupied. dish was rotisserie chicken. It’s 200 Bedford Ave., where Brooklyn Fox Lingerie is lo• On the opposite side of the street at 177 Bedford Ave., a cated. The retail spaces on the other three corners are empty: Korean gastropub called Sujo has closed. • Uva Wines & Spirits moved out of 199 Bedford Ave. to • The first thing L train riders to Williamsburg used to see when they came out of the Bedford Avenue subway station a location farther away from the Bedford Avenue L train stawas now-closed Khim’s Millenium Market. In fair weather, it tion. An entity called 199 Bedford Corp. with Kenneth Firpo as had a big outdoor display of cut flowers for sale, arrayed in president owns 199 Bedford Ave., having purchased it for big buckets. The store was located in an eye-catching old-fashioned $575,000 in a 1999 estate sale, Finance Department records show. brick rowhouse 185mini-park Bedford Ave. the corner of North Greenpoint Landing’satnew has aon grassy lawn with a great view•ofGarry the Empire Stateand Building the United Steinberg Jaime and Schultz of LeeNations. & Associates 7th Street. are marketing a 575-square-foot retail space and a 260-squareThe beautiful building belongs to an LLC with Jerry Lebedowicz as managing member, city Finance Department foot retail space at 196-198 Bedford Ave., where now-departed New York Muffins had been located. The two spaces can be records indicate. Jerry and Lucy Lebedowicz owned it until 2009, then combined into a single space, their online marketing material transferred their ownership of the property to the LLC. They says. The building belongs to Northside Properties Inc. with had bought it for $42,750 in a 1985 estate sale, Finance DeJoseph Lentini as president, Finance Department records inpartment records show. dicate. • The storefront at 197 Bedford Ave. is vacant. Prior tenants An Investment Firm Owns Vacant Spaces RedSky Capital, a Brooklyn-based real estate investment include a combination coffee shop-restaurant-live jazz venue firm founded by Benjamin Bernstein and Benjamin Stokes, called Blackbird Parlour. According to Finance Department records, the building owns several vacant retail spaces on the Bedford Avenue belongs to Andrew Lee and Christine Mark. blocks between North 7th and North 5th streets.

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NYPD Officers Honored At Mass in Gravesend

Saints Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church (near Van Sicklen Street and Avenue T in Gravesend) hosted an NYPD appreciation mass last weekend at the church. NYPD officers present included Brooklyn South Chief Charles Scholl. The parents of slain Police Officer Wenjian Liu were present. Msgr. David Cassato, Msgr. Robert Romano, Father John Maduri and Father Sijo George participated in the mass. Cassato spoke about the dedication of police officers in protecting the community and taught about St. Michael the Archangel as the patron saint of law enforcement. Retired NYPD Detective Daniel Sprague played the bagpipe as his son Owen, who suffers from Down Syndrome, marched by his side. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Arthur De Gaeta

Plymouth Church Hosts ‘Centered in Song’ Festival Plymouth Church invites Brooklyn Heights to become “Centered in Song.” The full-day program, on Saturday, Oct. 6, is the Center for Congregational Song’s final official launch event in a series of regional launches since the fall of 2017. The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada last year launched the Center for Congregational Song as its new resources and programmatic arm. These events celebrate the importance and power of congregational song. The Plymouth Worship and Arts Ministry hosts this program that features master song leader Mark Miller, who will lead a presentation on singing justice. Composer and author Ana Hernandez will lead worship and a session on rote-song singing. Other presentations will include an introduction to the Center for Congregational Song, led by the center’s founding director Brian Hehn, who will introduce the center and its mission. Plymouth member Jacque Jones, a recent past president of the Hymn Society, will lead a breakout session on hymn text writing. The day will conclude with a rousing hymn festival led by Mark Miller and Brian Hehn. This daylong song festival is expected to be of particular interest to sacred music profes-

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sionals and those interested in the creation and use of congregational song. Admission is free, but registration is required (https://bit.ly/2NZiX7X). The hymn festival portion, starting at 5 p.m., open to the public and held in the history-rich Plymouth sanctuary on Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights, will focus on “Singing Justice.” During the workshop portion of the day, Hehn will introduce the concept of Sing Justice

in a presentation titled “Serve and Sing.” Participants will sing great hymns of the faith while writing notes of encouragement to the professionals who assist the victims of abuse and trafficking. Plymouth’s Anti-Trafficking Ministry will then use these notes. During another presentation in the Plymouth Sanctuary, Miller will explore themes of justice in worship and music. There will also be some free time for participants to experience guided tours of the church

that Plymouth History Ministry members will lead, and for shopping in Plymouth’s Underground Thrift Store, which supports anti-trafficking agencies. Participants are responsible for their own lunches. Plymouth is a block away from several eateries on Henry St. More information about the Center for Congregational Song may be found at congregationalsong.org. For information about Plymouth Church, check out plymouthchurch.org.

Glenn Mohr Chorale Presents ‘Deep River: America’s Songs of Faith’ The Glenn Mohr Chorale, in two Brooklyn and one Queens concert, will present “Deep River Celebrates America’s Songs of Faith.” Through song, drama and storytelling, the Glenn Mohr Chorale celebrates the diverse voices that created some of America’s most enduring and inspirational songs, including “Amazing Grace,” “Simple Gifts,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Blessed Assurance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” The chorale will bring “Deep River” to the Knights of Columbus (349 Quentin Rd.) on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.; and to St. Saviour Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope (611 Eighth Ave.) on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. The third concert, on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. takes place at the United Methodist Church of Floral Park (35 Verbena Ave., Floral Park). Free will offerings requested.

Righteous King Hezekiah Is Topic of Lunch & Learn Series Scripture portrays Hezekiah (c. 715 to 686 BCE) as a righteous and powerful King of Judah who purified and repaired Solomon’s Temple, purged its idols, and reformed the priesthood. He will be the subject of a new series at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue now through January thanks to Rabbi Serge Lippe’s presentation of “Lunch and Learn: The Reign of Hezekiah: King of Judah.” The text will be Everett Fox’s Translation of the Book of Kings Those who want to learn about the post-Davidic defeat of the Philistines, the destruction of idolatrous high places and the restoration of Passover as a pilgrimage festival, may register for the course, which convenes on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting Oct. 4. The series is free for members; $36 for non-members.

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THIS WEEK IN FAITH HISTORY On October 2, 1954, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “A service in the Mohawk-Oneida dialect, the only regular American Indian language service in the city, will be resumed at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Cuyler Presbyterian Church, 358-360 Pacific St. Rev. David Munroe Cory, Th.D., is the pastor. The service will follow the evening communion and the Iroquois choir will sing.”

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State Senate Rivals Spar over Constituent Services, Charter Schools BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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epublican state Sen. Martin Golden and his Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes clashed over several issues in a heated debate at a Bay Ridge senior citizens center on Oct. 3, but it was a question from an audience member that generated the biggest controversy of the morning. During the question and answer session, Mallory McMahon, co-founder of group Fight Back Bay Ridge, charged that Golden has been ducking her when she has repeatedly requested to meet with him. Golden did not deny McMahon’s assertion, but said she is a Democratic Party loyalist who is not interested in engaging in a reasonable discussion of the issues with him and would rather engage in attacks on him. He also said the Fight Back Bay Ridge is not a non-partisan group and is registered as a political organization. “Mallory, I’m too busy for you,” Golden told McMahon, implying that he is busy working on behalf of his constituents to get into an argument with a partisan. Gounardes, who appeared shocked by the exchange, said that if he is elected, he would be willing to meet with all constituents, no matter what their political party affiliation might be. “I’m not afraid of people who disagree with me,” he said. The audience also got into the dispute. When McMahon, who has stated in the past that she is not a Democrat, said she wanted to meet with Golden to talk about education funding, a few audience members didn’t believe her and shouted at her to sit down. The verbal fireworks typified the tense atmosphere of the debate, which was sponsored by the Bay Ridge Inter-Agency Council on Aging and took place at the Fort Hamilton Senior Citizens Center at 9941 Fort Hamilton Parkway.

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Andrew Gounardes. At one point, Golden noted that Gounardes had been endorsed the day before by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Cuomo administration has been mired in corruption scandals, Golden said. Gounardes shot back that Golden was under investigation for expenditures. Golden angrily denied it. Golden then pointed to Gounardes and asked the audience, “This is what you want in Albany?” Golden, a retired police officer, was first elected to the state Senate in 2002 and represents the 22nd Senate District, a district that includes parts of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach. Gounardes, a lawyer who serves as chief counsel to Borough President Eric Adams, ran against Golden in 2012 and lost. Throughout the debate, Golden sought to portray himself as a hands-on, community-minded, reliable elected official who gets things done. “You all know me. You know what I’ve done for this community,” he said. Among his

State Sen. Marty Golden. accomplishments, he said, are securing funding for senior citizen centers, schools and transportation. Locally, Golden said he has obtained $250,000 for the Bay Ridge Center and $1.4 million for elder abuse prevention programs, and has fought for funding for drug prescription programs and the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE). On transportation, he said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is currently building an elevator at the 86th Street R train station and that there are plans to build elevators at the 95th Street and 77th Street stations, all at his urging Gounardes, by contrast, sought to portray himself as a breath of fresh air who could bring much-needed change to Albany. “I know that the status quo is leaving us behind. We need fresh ideas up in Albany. You’re not going to solve these problems if you keep sending the same people to Albany year after year,” he told the audience. Gounardes’s ideas include appointing a rider to represent subway passengers on the MTA board, establishing a GI Bill for

senior citizens who might want to go back to college or train for a new profession, and awarding tax credits to people who serve as caregivers to family members. Golden and Gounardes also clashed over charter schools when they took turns answering a question about education. Charter schools are publicly funded but are privately run. There has been talk of a charter school opening at the site of the former Angel Guardian Home at 12th Avenue and 63rd Street in Dyker Heights. The Angel Guardian Home, which opened in 1899 as an orphanage, was recently sold to a new owner. “We don’t need more charter schools in this neighborhood,” Gounardes said. Golden contended that charter schools could help alleviate overcrowding in surrounding public schools. “We have the most overcrowded school district in the city of New York,” he said. “Charter schools are public schools.” The two candidates also disagreed on the Child Victims Act, a bill that was drafted in the wake of the Catholic Church sex abuse

scandal. The bill would ease the statute of limitations for adults seeking to bring criminal charges against Catholic priests and other people who sexually abused them when they were children. Gounardes favors it. Golden expressed concerns about it. “Let’s talk about justice,” said Gounardes, who added that many victims were abused as children and have never been able to discuss it until now. “We need to erase the statute of limitations.” Golden said that would create problems. “If you get rid of the statute of limitations for this crime, you would have to eliminate it for all crimes,” he said. Golden supports another bill to create a Child Victims Fund that would set up a fund for victims to seek financial settlements stemming from past abuses. Other debates that took place at the forum Wednesday morning did not generate the drama of the Golden-Gounardes fight, largely because of the absence of key candidates. U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, a Republican representing Southwest Brooklyn and

Staten Island, did not attend the forum, moderator Peter Killen saying that Donovan was in Washington. That left the stage to his Democratic opponent, Max Rose, and Green Party candidate Henry Bardel. Another scheduled debate fell through when Republican Steve Saperstein sent his regrets and did not come to debate Democrat Mathylde Frontus. The two are running for the state Assembly seat in the 46th Assembly District. But Saperstein had a good excuse, according to Liam McCabe, a friend who read a statement from him announcing that he and his wife had a baby girl the day before. Frontus was among those who applauded congratulations to the Sapersteins. She had the stage to herself and talked to the audience about her proposals. Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican representing Bay Ridge and Staten Island, did show up, as did her Democratic opponent, Adam Baumel, who works as an Uber driver for wheelchair-bound riders. Their debate was a quiet event that generated no fireworks.


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Locals Lend Helping Hand in Wake of Bay Ridge Resident’s Death BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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grieving Bay Ridge family is getting a helping hand thanks to the neighborhood. Following the death of 61-year-old Bay Ridge resident Ronald Shammas, who was killed in a car crash Saturday, Sept. 22, friends, neighbors and strangers alike are stepping in to help his family. Shammas, died early Saturday morning after suffering a medical episode behind the wheel and losing control of his vehicle while driving eastbound on 92nd Street. He collided with another car while making a right turn onto Fifth Avenue. A GoFundMe page has been created on his family’s behalf with all donations going to paying for Shammas’ funeral services. In just four days, 72 people have helped raise $6,325 of the intended $10,000 goal. The page features a YouTube video displaying several photos of Shammas with his children. “He was driving from another day of work when the unexpected happened,” the video reads. “Ron had a major heart attack behind the wheel which led to a fatal car accident. He was rushed to the hospital and doctors did everything they could. But Ron didn’t make it.” The video also explains the impact the accident has

had on Shammas’ family. “His kids had to find out unexpectedly that their beloved father had passed away,” it read on. “Ron was a good man with a huge heart. His three kids meant everything to him.” “On behalf of the Kettle, Tuscany, and Ho Brah we offer our deepest condolences,” wrote one donator, calling Shammas “a sweetheart of a man.” “We all loved Ron very much and will miss him dearly.” Sources say Shammas was a delivery driver for a number of local eateries. Another called him “the best Santa ever.” “His kindness went far above his annual red suit,” the commenter wrote. “May his beloved children keep his spirit close them always. . .Every conversation with your dad started [and] ended with you! God bless you all in this time of great sorrow.” The page’s video also makes a statement. “Ron didn’t get the chance to say goodbye or I love you one last time,” it reads. “Let this story be a reminder to us all that life is precious, and while alive and able, let us love with all our heart. “Although we can’t bring Ron back, we can keep him in our hearts and prayers and we can do our best to support his family,” the video concludes. To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/ r on- sh a m m a s-m e m or ial-fund.

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A memorial has been made at the corner of 92nd Street and Fifth Avenue where Ronald Shammas (inset) was killed.

Bay Ridge Friends Help Raise Awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

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sme Ellison and Kristine Kelleher are like Batman and Robin in the fight against Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD). For the long-time friends, this battle is personal as they join forces to help raise awareness of the debilitating diseases. Kelleher has suffered from ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract, since she was in college and has since undergone a total colectomy. Ellison has suffered from Crohn’s disease since first being diagnosed in 2009. “The mission of the

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Friends Kristine Kelleher and Esme Ellison are determined to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and colitis. Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is to cure IBD,” Ellison told this paper. “One out of every 200 infants, children and adults in America suffers from Inflammatory

Bowel Disease. There is no cure and the incidence of Crohn’s and colitis is increasing worldwide.” On Saturday, October 6, Ellison and Kelleher are

hosting the Bingo Power 2 Cure fundraiser for IBD at the Harp Bar at 7710 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. It is in preparation for Spin4 Crohn’s & Colitis Cures, the official Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation indoor cycling event on Sunday, Oct. 21. Ellison and Kelleher have committed to raising at least $1,000 at the Harp Bar where guests can purchase $20 bingo cards, with each card valid for all 10 games, and win a variety of prizes. Cash or checks are accepted with all checks made out to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. “The silver lining of this disease is that it helped form a lifelong friendship of two people dedicated to help finding a cure,” Ellison added.


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Two Women Struck by Dump Truck in Sunset Park BY JAIME DEJESUS

standing right at the corner and he just ran them over,” said Josue Ayala, who lives near where the accident occurred. He added, “I saw a lady on the floor pretty badly hit on one of her legs. It looks like

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wo women, one 65, the other 47, were hit by a dump truck in Sunset Park on Thursday, Sept. 20, leaving one in critical condition. According to authorities, at around 11:54 a.m. that morning, the commercial dump truck was traveling westbound on 43rd Street when the driver, a 24-yearold man, attempted to make a right turn onto Third Avenue and struck the two women. Both were taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn where the 65-year-old

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The scene of the accident. woman was listed in stable but critical condition. The 47-year-old woman sustained only minor injuries. “A big truck was coming

down from Fourth Avenue on 43rd and made a right turn on Third Avenue. It looked like he didn’t see the two ladies that were

the two back tires of the truck just ran over one of them. It was a terrible thing to see.” Locals say that the area has had its share of accidents. “Two or three days ago there was a lady who was hit also at the same spot,” Ayala added. “I wish everyone would be careful,” said another witness. “I see about three people getting run over every two to three weeks. Everyone has to be more cautious.” The operator of the truck remained on the scene. The investigation is ongoing. Additional reporting contributed by Loudlabs News NYC

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312 GROUP LLC. Arts. of Org. ¿led with the SSNY on 01/17/17. Of¿ce: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Oren Hakim 14 Bond Street, Great Neck, NY 11021. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. #163243

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Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: ZABKA NEW YORK LLC. Articles of Organization ¿led with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/28/2018. NY of¿ce location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post of¿ce address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Legalinc Corporate Services Inc. 1967 Wehrle Drive Suite 1 #086 Buffalo, NY, 14221. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. #163894

File No. 2017-1758/A PA. No. 140279 SURROGATE’S COURT, KINGS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Jefferson Springer, Attorney General of the State of New York, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, New York City Human Resources Administration. The Spouse if any, and any and all unknown distributees and creditors of MARGARET POND, deceased, whose whereabouts are unknown and if any of the aforesaid persons be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if the persons died subsequent to the decedent herein, to their executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and to all other heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of MARGARET POND, the decedent herein, whose names and, places of residence are unknown and cannot after due diligence be ascertained, A petition, and an account having been duly ¿led by the Public Administrator of Kings County, who has of¿ces at 360 Adams Street, Room 144A, Brooklyn, New York 11201, United States. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Kings County, at 2 Johnson Street, Room 319, Brooklyn, New York, on October 23, 2018, at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why: (a) The account of proceedings of the Public Administrator of Kings County as Administrator of the estate of MARGARET POND, a Summary of which has been served herewith, should not be judicially settled; (b) The Public Administrator of Kings County should not be paid his commissions pursuant to SCPA Sec. 2307 in the amount of $4,326.96, as set forth in Schedules C-1 and I of the Account; (c) The Public Administrator of Kings County should not be paid his administrative expenses pursuant to

SCPA 91106(3) in the amount of $865.39, as set forth in Schedule: C-1 and J of the Account; (d) The Court should not ¿x, determine and approve the legal fees of Cullen and Dykman LLP, counsel to Petitioner, in the amount of $5,192.36 as set forth in Schedules C-1 and J of the Account; (e) The Court should not ¿x, determine and approve the disbursements of Cullen and Dykman LLP in the amount of $286.00 as set forth in Schedules C-1 and J of the Account; (f) The claim of New York City Human Resources Administration, in the amount of $41,778.29 should not be allowed, to the extent of the net estate after the payment of administration expenses and any creditor claims which have priority of payment; (g) The claims of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and Jefferson Springer, if any, should not be ¿xed and determined (h) The Petitioner should not be permitted to distribute so much of the net estate to the decedent’s distributees, as now known or hereafter determined, as their interests :may appear, and to deposit any amount not so distributed with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York to be held for the bene¿t of decedent’s unknown distributees or for the bene¿t of any distributees of the decedent who are under disability for whom no guardian of the property has been appointed; (i) The Petitioner, upon fully complying with the Decree to be made in this proceeding, should not be released and discharged of and from any and all liability, responsibility and accountability with respect to the Petitioner’s acts and proceedings as Administrator as set forth and embraced in said account and the Court grant such other and further relief as it deems just and proper; Dated, attested and sealed August 30, 2018, Hon. Margarita Lopez Torres, Surrogate, Doreen C. Quinn, Chief Clerk. Cullen and Dykman LLP, 44 Wall Street, New York, NY 100052407 Joseph J. Borges, Esq. (212) 701-4175 NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not re-

quired to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you, and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney. #163818

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MASTR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006AM3, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AM3, V. CORDELL MATTHEWS; ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 31, 2014, and entered in the Of¿ce of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein U.S. BANK N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF MASR ASSET BACKED SECURITIES TRUST 2006-AM3, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AM3 is the Plaintiff and CORDELL MATTHEWS; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the KINGS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 360 ADAMS STREET, ROOM 224, BROOKLYN, NY 11201, on November 1, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1706 DEAN STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11213: Block 1348, Lot 30: ALL THAT PARCEL OF LAND IN BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, KINGS COUNTY, STATE OF NEW YORK, Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ¿led Judgment Index # 012915/2010. Lyle F. Silversmith, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. #163400


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FIAO Honors Grand Marshals, Preps for Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade BY JAIME DEJESUS JDEJESUS@BROOKLYNREPORTER. COM

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earing up for Columbus Day. The Federation of Italian Americans (FIAO) kicked off the lead-up to its annual parade with its yearly fundraising brunch. The event, held at Sirico’s, 8023 13th Ave., on Sunday, September 30 honored this year’s grand marshals: New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Bruno, 62nd Precinct Communit y Affairs Detective Stephen Agosta, Principal of P.S. 748 for Global Scholars Ursula Annio and past president of Ben-Bay Kiwanis and FIAO and Maimonides Medical Center Trustee Frank Naccarato. President of FIAO Carlo Scissura discussed the significance of the day. “It’s an opportunity to do two things,” he explained. “One is of course to highlight the grand marshals of the parade. There are four great grand marshals this year so we were very excited to honor them, highlight them and give them the awards. It also helps raise money for the parade which is an expensive proposition. We had one of our most successful brunches ever, so we’re really happy about it.” The honorees were selected based on exceptional community service, Scissura said. The importance of the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade continues to be

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Detective Stephen Agosta, family members and friends.

Frank Naccarato Jr., Tenor Luciano Lamonarca, Frank Naccarato, Anthony Naccarato and his son Frankie. strong. “I think for FIAO, it just continues our community involvement and now that we have Il Centro, we’ll end

Jack Spatola, Ursula Annio and Carlo Scissura.

the parade there and open it for people to see,” he said. “It adds a lot of value and for the people of the community, it is a day to

Jack Spatola, Frank Naccarato and Carlo Scissura.

celebrate Italian culture. It brings people out, and helps neighborhood businesses. It’s just a fun day.” The pre-parade mass will

Jack Spatola, Detective Stephen Agosta and Carlo Scissura.

be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Athanasius Church, 2154 61st St., at 10:15 a.m. The parade will follow, kicking off at 1 p.m.

at the corner of 61st Street. It will end in front of Il Centro, 8711 18th Ave. For more information, visit www.fiaobrooklyn.org.

Jack Spatola, Honorable Joseph Bruno, Dr. Sal Cumella and Carlo Scissura.


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OPINION GENERALLY SPEAKING

To reach Ted General via the Internet, his e-mail address is: General@Journalist.com.

BY THEODORE GENERAL

Bay Ridge Credit Union Merges with Long Island Credit Union

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nother Bay Ridge financial institution will no longer carry the moniker “Bay Ridge” as part of its corporate name. First it was the Bay Ridge Savings Bank that was gobbled up by the Anchor Savings Bank. Then, years later, the old Bay Ridge Savings and Loan Association Bank disappeared. Now, as of October 1, with the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union merger with the Hauppauge, Long Island-based Island Federal Credit Union, the name Bay Ridge fades away again! The deal was confirmed by Bay Ridgeite Anthony Grigos, the former president and CEO of the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union. With the new merger, Island Credit Union reportedly will have combined assets of $1.6 billion and close to 50,000 members. Island has announced that the former headquarters of the BRFCU at 1750 86th Street will become the 10th branch of the Island network. We were advised that members and depositors will see no staff changes at the old BRFCU site. In fact, they will now also be able to use and carry out transactions at Island’s other nine branches. Membership in the Brooklyn Consumer Federation will

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Marchers in the 2017 Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade. continue to be one of the ways to join the Island Federal Credit Union. The federation at its recent board meeting reappointed retired NYPD Detective Peter Killen as executive director. Killen, a past president of the Bay Ridge Community Council, is also the current president of the Bay Ridge chapter of the AARP. *** On Saturday, October 6, the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn will commemorate the 526th anniversary of the discovery of the New World by Italian explorer and seafarer Christopher Columbus, as well as celebrate Italian culture

and heritage. The occasion will be heralded by the 37th annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade along 18th Avenue, aka “Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard,” from 61st Street to Benson Avenue, kicking off at 1 p.m. (Note: I must have missed my morning coffee; we had the wrong date in last week’s column.) Among the featured bands will be the championship Fort Hamilton High School Marching Regiment. FIAO President Carlo Scissura will be providing the commentary on the reviewing stand in front of the new Il Centro community center building. New York City’s 74th

State Sens. Marty Golden and Diane Savino and Assemblymember Bill Colton with Msgrs. David Cassato and Jamie Gigantiello in the 2017 Columbus Parade. Columbus Day Parade takes place along Fifth Avenue on Monday, October 8. *** The Fort Hamilton Army Garrison’s Deputy Commander Don Bradshaw recently took on a new post with the Army’s Pacific Installation Management Command in Hawaii. Aloha, Don! The Pentagon recently assigned Perry Yoshimiya as the interim deputy commander for Fort Hamilton. *** I’ve got to mention my frustration with Verizon. My home landline phone has been out for

most of the week. Verizon customer service claims it might take at least a week for one of its field technicians to come out to correct the problem. First, customer service asked me whether I had FIOS service. When I said no, I was told Verizon was backlogged as a result of the stormy weather over the tri-state area. It is also affecting my Internet service. I tried pleading and escalating, all to no avail. I believe Verizon has been laying off too many of its hard-wire technicians and when it comes to major disruptions, it is unable to respond quickly.

OP-ED

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The Property Tax Disparity in Brooklyn Must End

roperty taxes are easily one of the top issues affecting our community and other pockets of New York City, and a leading reason why our city has become so unaffordable. As the system currently exists, low and middle-income New Yorkers are subsidizing the property taxes of those living in the highest valued properties in our city’s most affluent neighborhoods. It sends the wrong message when the mayor of our city lives in a home valued at $1.7 million and only pays $3,600 in property tax while others are paying twice that for homes valued at half as much. To use a similarly priced home in Bay Ridge as an example: One of my

constituents has a home valued at $1.5 million and is paying $11,000 (nearly triple) in property taxes. Another resident in my district has a home valued at $369,000 and pays $4,200, still more than our mayor. This is a real ‘Tale of Two Cities’ and one that must be rectified so it is fair, equitable and affordable for all. Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Canarsie, Brownsville, Flatbush, Mill Basin, Gerritsen Beach, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, Marine Park, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst are just a few of the neighborhoods in Kings County that suffer by paying double or triple what that their neighbors in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights

and Manhattan with much If the highest effective higher property values are tax rate paid in the city is paying. 1.05 percent and the lowRecently, I anest is 0.32 percent, nounced new a u uniform rate w leg islation for f all should that I plan to be met in the introduce middle. in the state Second, the Assembly to city should consider profix the many c viding a properinequities of vid ty our current t tax cap for seniors who property tax BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER are 65 and system. NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS older, have My bill will ensure fixed incomes that all Class 1 properties under $75,000 and have are assessed at full mar- lived in their residence for ket value by removing at least 20 years. the amount by which This is primarily a proproperty assessments can tection for senior citizens increase, so that the trend- living in the more expeniest neighborhoods are not sive neighborhoods in the safeguarded from paying city who have seen their the same property tax rate property values increase greatly during the 20+ as the rest of the city.

years. In this case, property taxes would be capped based on a designated percentage of the individual’s income to prevent senior citizens from being forced to sell due to inability to pay their annual property tax bill. Finally, New York City should be subjected to a two percent cap on its property tax levy, which is the amount of money city government seeks from property taxpayers. Currently, New York City is one of the few municipalities in the State of New York that does not have a cap on the property tax levy. As a result, we have seen the mayor and City Council increase the property tax levy by a whopping 44 percent to over $27 billion since 2013, placing an incredible

burden on New York City citizens. In addition to homeowners struggling to keep up with this pace, we all know that as property taxes go up, landlords pass that cost on to renters. Rapidly increasing property taxes have made our city unaffordable and are driving our low and middle-income earners to other cities. Mayor de Blasio’s property tax commission is coming to Brooklyn on October 15. Let’s make sure we get out there and tell the commission that our community should not be subsidizing the property taxes of the city’s most affluent and expensive ones. Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis represents the 64th A.D. in Bay Ridge and Staten Island.


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Focus on Bay Ridge By Charles F. Otey

Traditions Carry Bay Ridge Into Colorful, Festive Season Ragamuffin Parade, 3rd Ave. Festival, Pioneers Reception Among Highlights Bay Ridge has remained Bay Ridge because of sustaining neighborhood traditions that welcome and charm newcomers and visitors while reminding the rest of us what a special place this is. For instance, we are now contemplating our fall festival season, which will include the Ragamuffin Parade, the Third Avenue Festival, the 25th Annual Pioneer Reception and the extraordinary Haunted Halloween Walk, organized by Chip Cafiero and state Sen. Marty Golden, which draws thousands of children and parents each year. All of these defining events don’t just happen, nor are they sponsored and paid for by the city. Just about all of them are supported by volunteers who collect funds in the form of tickets, journal ads and other contributions. This past Sunday, the Ragamuffin Parade Committee — serving children here by the tens of thousands since 1967 — held its annual fundraiser at the Bay Ridge Manor honoring Grand Marshal Leo Lykourezos and “Men of the Year” Mike Esposito and Ted Nugent. The committee is led by President Arlene Keating, Vice President Laurie Windsor, Secretary Rose Gangi and Treasurer Ilene Sacco. Their top-notch team of volunteers includes Colleen Golden, Rose Gangi, Liz Amato, David Annarummo, Jeanine Condon, Ted General, Allison Greaker, Sonia AbiHabib, Michele Pollifront-Hass, Pat and Peter Killen, Kevin Peter Carroll, attorney Joann Monaco, Linda O’Neill, Jen Reinhard and David and Sandy Sacco. They held a huge and profitable (we hope) round of drawings and raffles at the luncheon. Receiving special attention that afternoon was the very active Merchants of Third Avenue Business-Civic Association led by President Bob Howe, who has been selected as the emcee for the colorful Ragamuffin Parade set for Oct. 13 along Third Avenue. (All three of this year’s Ragamuffin honorees happen to be Third

Avenue merchants.) The following day will be the 44th Annual Third Avenue Festival — the safest and most successful in our fair city, thanks in large part to “Festival Guy” Cafiero, one of the handful of leaders who guarantees that, through volunteerism and unity, Bay Ridge remains great. Third Avenue has had a special relationship with the Ragamuffin Parade thanks in part to a move by Third Avenue leaders like Al Nahas, Jim Thompson and Harry English in the 1970s to sort of adopt the parade, which had celebrated its first several years on Fourth Avenue.

Pioneer Anthony Perricone of Anthony’s Butcher Shop. Photo courtesy of Anthony Perricone

Pioneer Albert C. Corhan of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn Photo courtesy of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn

Third Ave. Pioneer Project Spotlights Leaders on Third and Beyond By the time we’ve recovered from the very special Ragamuffin/Festival weekend, we’ll be ready for the 25th Annual Merchants of Third Avenue Pioneer Reception, set for Oct. 22 at the Bay Ridge Manor. As Pioneer Committee Co-Chair Lori Pedone explains, “We started selecting pioneers from the ranks of Third Avenue businesspeople, but the Pioneers concept soon proved so popular that a new Civic Award category was created, giving us a wider charter to bring in honorees such as then-Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (BCC) President Carlo Scissura, New York City Business Partnership leader Kathy Wylde and, this year, Rick Russo, who is the acting president of the BCC.” “We still focus like a laser on the individual merchants on the avenue,” Howe said, “because as we know small businesses produce most of the jobs here and throughout the country.” Among those selected in this category this year is Anthony Perricone, proprietor of Anthony’s Butcher Shop at 74th Street on Third Avenue. “We understand the various chain and box stores will come and go,” Howe said, “But we — and our community — rely on the traditional, reliable shops like the one run by Anthony and his

Pioneer Civic Honoree Ray Ferrier ebrooklyn media/file photo by Rob Abruzzese

family, which also includes his wife Rosemary and daughters Christina and Michelle.” Other special awards will be given out that night, including a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jane Kelly, Bay Ridge’s revered volunteer icon. Dennis Monier of Tops Restaurant & Bar Supply will receive the Half-Century Award for his 50 years in business. Below is the full slate of honorees:

Pioneer Civic Honoree Rick Russo ebrooklyn media/file photo by Arthur De Gaeta

25th Anniversary Pioneer Reception Honorees Pioneers

Zoe Koutsoupakis Signature Bank

Phil Guarnieri Empire State Bank

Dina Morra & Sanaa Morra Nile Boutique

Albert C. Corhan Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn

Nicole Esposito & Tarin Sukkarieh

DSNY Columbia Associates Salaam Club Ray Aalbue Ray Ferrier

Larry Morrish Award David Ryan

Bohemian Rose Hair Studio

New Business Award

Anthony Perricone Bagel Boy

Patsy’s Pizzeria Ogo New York

Uncle Louie G’s

Civic Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award

MaryAnn Kearns

Rick Russo Louis Peters

Anthony’s Butcher Shop

James Clark

Evans Kotsis Jane Kelly Caffé Café

Half-Century Award Dennis Monier

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jane Kelly ebrooklyn media/file photo by Arthur De Gaeta


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OPINION Senator “in Training”

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tate Sen. Golden admits, “It is no secret that the finances of the MTA are in complete disarray. They are accountable to no one and their debt continues to rise, while the service they provide fails its commuters.” He knows that our transportation system has failed commuters in the 22nd District as well as all of Brooklyn and has done nothing in the past 16 years to fix the problem. Even though Golden is the vice chair of the majority conference in the state Senate, he has only been able to stymie proposals to fix what is most definitely a broken transportation system. StreetsPAC, an advocacy group for increased street safety and improved transportation for commuters, endorsed Andrew Gounardes, Democrat, to

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unseat Sen. Golden in the 22nd District which covers Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Midwood this November. Transportation advocates recognize that Andrew Gounardes is the candidate to restore speed cameras and to implement street safet y improvements. StreetsPAC criticized Golden as a legislator who “has distinguished himself primarily as an obstacle” to progress in street safety and better transportation for commuters. Gounardes, on the other hand, has volunteered on the Community Board 10 subcommittee dedicated to street safety, and has worked with BRAKES (Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe) on

pedestrian safety issues. Golden, as I have previously noted, collected 14 speed camera summonses for his speeding in safety zones and failed to extend the lifesaving speed camera program. Golden has been in Albany for 16 years and has done everything possible to maintain his seat while helping Republicans maintain a stranglehold on power there. The balance of power in Albany will be decided this November because the Republicans control the state Senate, 32 seats to 31, with the help of a Democratic turncoat, Sen. Simcha Felder, who votes with the GOP. Defeating Golden in November could give Democrats control of the chamber and a chance to make some real changes in New York City and throughout the state. It has never been more

BY BRIAN KIERAN

The balance of power in Albany will be decided this November because the Republicans control the state Senate, 32 seats to 31, with the help of a Democratic turncoat, Sen. Simcha Felder, who votes with the GOP. important for voters to come out and vote in an election. Gounardes supports a restoration of the speed camera program and the creation of a fair congestion price system to lessen vehicular traffic as well as to fund mass transit. Gounardes had stated he will “support congestion

Seeing Red

s much as local Democrats would like you to believe their rhetoric that a blue wave is descending onto Southern Brooklyn, the race to watch is the one between Republican/Conservative/ I n d e p e n d e n c e / R e f or m Party candidate Steve Saperstein and Democratic primary winner Mathylde Frontus with the loser of the Democratic Assembly primary Ethan Lustig-Elgrably on the Working Families Party line. In this seat, the Democrats might very well see RED. Saperstein brings to the race an impressive background as a public school teacher of the deaf who happens to hold a law degree. Last year, he ran for City Council, winning the portions of the Council district that overlap with this Assembly district against a popular city councilmember. This year, Steve is ringing

doorbells, doing mail, attending events everywhere, issuing statements and developing solutions to a whole slew of issues affecting this district. Steve has received several important union endorsements. He is successfully raising the type of money that will continue to give him the resources necessary to win this campaign. He has been endorsed by Congressmember Dan Donovan, state Sen. Marty Golden (whom I serve as chief of staff ) and Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis who have made many appearances with him. Frontus on September 13 (it was not official for almost two more weeks) won a tough primary against two Democratic machines including the Bay Ridge Democrats who were part of a deal earlier in the summer to drop their candidate to assist Ethan. From Primary Day to

this week, she essentially put her general election campaign on hold as she and her team dealt with the recount. After that, she and her staff took some time off to recharge. Steve used this time to campaign, gain supporters and lock in votes for November.

The bottom line is that you have the right not to vote, but no good reason not to vote. The district essentially comprises Bay Ridge from 81st Street to the Verrazano Bridge, most of Dyker Heights, some of Bath Beach, all of Coney Island and Seagate, plus Trump Village and Brighton Beach. There will be a number of debates between now and election Day including one being held by the Dyker Heights Civic Association on Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. at St. Philip’s Church Hall, 80th Street and 11th

WE THE PEOPLE pricing provided that two important criteria are met. First, the funds raised from any congestion pricing plan must be dedicated solely and wholly to our mass transit system, specifically our subways and buses. Second, the proposed investments to mass transit must be definite, concrete, and immediate, and must include upgrades to the signaling network and making all subway stations accessible for all.” This is something that Sen. Golden and his upstate Republican cronies have failed to do. Golden, although on an MTA oversight committee, has done nothing substantive to hold the MTA to account for the dismal service provided to R train

riders and bus passengers throughout South Brooklyn. StreetPAC pointed out that Golden blocked efforts to improve bus service in his district last year while he and upstate Republicans cut funding for the MTA. Republicans in the state Senate including Golden have made safe streets and improved transportation partisan issues, so it is time to vote for a change. Electing Gounardes to the state Senate will provide a representative with the right priorities for street safety and improved transportation. The election of Andrew Gounardes this November is the key to unlocking a better and brighter future for New York roads, rails and subways.

COMMON SENSE BY JERRY KASSAR

Avenue. The Bay Ridge Community Council will also be holding a debate. There are certain to be other forums and debates. Sadly, this district has had its problems. The last two Democratic assemblymembers were arrested, with Alec Brook-Krasny (who stepped down from the post to take a job in the private sector) awaiting trial on charges stemming from his post-Assembly career, and his successor Pam Harris pleading guilty to multiple charges. Between now and November, I will say this a lot. The election is Tuesday, November 6. It is very important that you plan to vote. Mark it on your calendar. People often tell me that they do not have the time.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. No one in Brooklyn is more than a few blocks from his or her polling site. If you are going to be out of your county all day, you are allowed to vote by absentee ballot. Applications for an absentee ballot can be found on line at the New York City Board of Elections website. If you are not registered to vote, you have until October 12. The bottom line is that you have the right not to vote, but no good reason not to vote. *** As usual, the Ragamuffin lunch was a great success. The main dining room at the Bay Ridge Manor was full as Ragamuffin President Arlene Keating presented the honorees, Grand Marshal Leo Lykourezos and Men of the Year Michael Esposito and Ted

Nugent to those assembled. A number of public officials including Donovan, Golden, Malliotakis and Councilmember Justin Brannan, together with Conservative Party officials State Chairperson Mike Long and Brooklyn Chairperson Fran Vella-Marrone, were in attendance. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, running along Third Avenue. It is the parade’s 52nd year. I remember as a child sitting on the lawn of my grandparents’ house at 86th Street and Colonial Road (the first few years it went up along 86th Street) watching the parade with my family. I think more than most things, this parade has been a consistent ongoing part of Bay Ridge life which has created countless lifelong memories for children.

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22• BROOKLYN SPECTATOR • Week of October 5 - October 11, 2018

Police Appreciation Mass Celebrates New York’s Finest

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The honor guard filing into the church. BY JOHN ALEXANDER JALEXANDER@BROOKLYNEAGLE. COM

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he community of Gravesend gathered at Sts. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church on Sat., Sept. 29 to honor the New York Police Department on the Feast

Day of Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of law enforcement. The church, founded in 1897, is located at 295 Ave. T. Father John Maduri, administrator at Sts. Simon and Jude, was the main celebrant at the mass, along with Father Sijo George, Msgr. David Cassato of St. Athanasius

The priests celebrating the mass.

Church and Msgr. Robert Romano of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Romano serves as chaplain at Fontbonne Hall Academy; both Monsignors are NYPD chaplains. According to Christian doctrine, the Archangel Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors who battled Satan and is seen as a

Daniel Sprague, retired pipe sergeant with the New York City Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, and son Owen. protector against evil forces. “This is our third Annual NYPD Appreciation Mass and the original idea was to show community support and appreciation to the NYPD and law enforcement,” Patrick Dellamura, an organizer of the event told this paper. “This year, we decided to have a

special collection for the NYPD’s ‘With Arms Wide Open Foundation,’ which supports police families who have children with special needs.” Sixty-Second Precinct Commanding Officer Capt. Anthony Longobardi attended along officers from the 62nd Precinct. Blue

lapel pins were distributed to honor the men and women in blue. Particularly poignant was the presence of the parents of Detective Wenjian Liu, a Bensonhurst resident who was killed in 2014 while sitting in his police car, along with partner, Detective Rafael Ramos. Daniel Sprague, retired pipe sergeant with the New York City Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, performed “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes as his son Owen stood by his side. “This annual event is a win-win for all involved… the parish, the community, the NYPD and a great non-profit organization,” added Dellamura. After mass, everyone was invited to enjoy a dessert reception in the church hall.

The parents of slain NYPD Detective Wenjian Liu with Msgr. Robert Romano and Capt. Anthony Longobardi, commanding officer of the 62nd Precinct.


Week of October 5 - October 11, 2018 • BROOKLYN SPECTATOR • 23

Tigers Engineer Air Attack over Tech BY JIM DOLAN FORT HAMILTON 46 BROOKLYN TECH 6 he Tigers (3-1) earned their third win of the 2018 season over a 1-3 Brooklyn Tech as Fort Hamilton quarterback Marquis Willoughby had a career day rushing for two touchdowns and going seven for 11 for 220 yards passing with three touchdowns. “Marquis really put on a show for us today,” said senior co-captain Sean Hart referring Willoughby’s ability to spot his receivers and to hit them downfield. Hosting the Engineers for Fort Hamilton’s second home game, Tech scored on a 15-yard run by Koby Lee to put the Engineers up 6-0 for the first quarter. Going into the second quarter, the Tigers then scored in quick succession as Willoughby made a 40-yard gain followed by a 15-yard rush to tie the game at 6-6. Midway in the second quarter, Zyeonrey Jones gambled and picked up a dangerously bouncing ball to score on a 60-yard punt return. Jadin Goodman made a juggling sideline catch at the

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In addition to scoring two rushing touchdowns, Fort Hamilton quarterback Marquis Willoughby rolls out of the pocket to pass over a rushing Brooklyn Tech defense in a game that the Tiger signal caller pass for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 46-6 rout of the Engineers. 40-yard line before he was pushed out of bounds to set up the next touchdown. Willoughby then followed with another touchdown run for 35 yards once he saw all his receivers were covered downfield to put the Tigers ahead 22-6 at the half. In the third quarter, the Tigers quickly went to

work to put the game out of reach for the Engineers as Willoughby rolled out to make a shovel pass to CeVon Marshall at the 20-yard line. From there, Willoughby hit Marshall again for the score as the wide receiver made one of his patented diving end zone catches.

The third quarter ended with Willoughby finding Orion Clarke Tenn open downfield on a 45-yard pass play for a 38-6 Tiger lead. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers finished the game with one more score as Goodman showed that he was fully recovered from an arm injury, reaching

high over his head for the reception to score on 60-yard pass play for the 46-6 final score. Besides praising the defense that held Tech scoreless for three quarters, Coach Reggie Wilson pointed out how many members of his offense can be scoring threats as

long as they continue to practice to get better and gain confidence. “We’ve got a lot of first time starting players this year to give us a wide open team with a lot of possibilities,” said Wilson. Next week on Fri., Oct. 5, the Tigers take on 4-0 Curtis in Staten Island.

Housing Programs Need #MeToo Moment, Velázquez Says BY PAULA KATINAS PAULA@BROOKLYNEAGLE.COM

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he #MeToo movement is coming to America’s public housing programs, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker who is pushing the federal government to dig deeper into sexual harassment complaints by tenants. The day before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and the testimony of alleged sexual assault victim Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez introduced a bill aimed at combating the sexual harassment. Velázquez’s bill, the “Sexual Ha ra ssment Awareness and Prevention Act” would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to work with other agencies to collect information on

sexual harassment and abuse claims related to housing. Velázquez, a Democrat who represents Sunset Park, Gowanus and Red Hook, as well as other portions of Brooklyn and Manhattan, said she introduced the legislation because housing needs a #MeToo moment, too. She introduced the bill on Sept. 26. “If the ‘Me Too’ movement has taught us anything it is this: Anywhere there is an imbalance of power, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the workplace, there’s room for abuse and, sadly, there’s the potential for sexual misconduct,” she said in a statement. The government should be working to make sure that housing programs across the country come under additional scrutiny, according to Velázquez. “We need to ensure that

when it comes to the housing sphere, we are taking a hard look at these kinds of abuse and that we are standing with survivors, whether it is a tenant in public housing who is harassed by a landlord, a Section 8 recipient who is subject to unwanted advances from a voucher administrator or someone who is treated inappropriately when applying for a government-backed mortgage,” she stated. Many tenants who are sexually harassed do not report the incidents out of fear of being evicted, Velázquez said. Specifically, her bill would require HUD to collect data on every sexual harassment complaint, commission the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the effectiveness of existing programs the agency has in place to address sexual

Photo courtesy of Rep. Nydia Velázquez

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez says “We need to ensure that when it comes to the housing sphere, we are taking a hard look” at potential abuse. harassment and set up a task force on that would put GAO’s recommendations

into practice. “The first step to solving any problem is fully

grasping its scope and this bill would ensure federal agencies are proactively looking at this issue. We need a full accounting of how widespread this problem is and that requires different federal agencies to step up and tackle this issue head on. We are approaching a long overdue turning point in American culture with regards to sexual misconduct,” Velázquez said. Velázquez’s bill has been endorsed by several organizations, including the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Housing Law Project, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.


24• HOME REPORTER • Week of October 5 - October 11, 2018

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25th Anniversary Pioneer Reception Honorees Pioneers Phil Guarnieri Empire State Bank

Zoe Koutsoupakis Signature Bank

Dina Morra & Sanaa Morra Nile Boutique

Albert C. Corhan Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn

Nicole Esposito & Tarin Sukkarieh

Salaam Club Ray Aalbue Ray Ferrier

Larry Morrish Award David Ryan

Bohemian Rose Hair Studio

New Business Award

James Clark Bagel Boy

Patsy’s Pizzeria Ogo New York

Uncle Louie G’s

Civic Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award

MaryAnn Kearns

Rick Russo Louis Peters DSNY Columbia Associates

Half-Century Award

Anthony Perricone Anthony’s Butcher Shop

Evans Kotsis

Caffé Café

Jane Kelly

Dennis Monier

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