Thanks to state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), the New York City Department of Aging, and Homecrest Community Services, seniors have a new place to hang their canes. The senior center will provide more than 23,000 congregates meals, multi-social services including health and wellness care and activities, citizenship assistance, and case management. Let’s not forget all those rhumba contests, too. The senator recognized the need for a new center (hey, we’re all getting up there, you know) and he knows how many seniors are in his district. “This senior program will greatly support all senior citizens in need in my community,” our pal Marty told us.
Richard Kuo, executive director of Homecrest Community Services, joined with the senator in his praise and said “We are very pleased to be designated for this new center contract. This center will give seniors access to essential government services and help promote their overall health, socialization, and well-being.”
Senior Center [7907 New Utrecht Ave. at 17th Avenue in Bensonhurst, (718) 621–7960].
California has David Beckham, but Brooklyn has Maksim Kleimenov. Our pal Maksim is representing the good ol U. S. of A. at the 2012 World Deaf Football Soccer Championships in Ankara, Turkey. Maksim came here from Russia in 1997 with his dad, who is also deaf, and developed a passion for the game. Now, not only is he a championship kicker, but he’s really, really smart — he is fluent in four languages: Russian Sign, Russian, American Sign, and English, and mentors deaf teens. Even though Maksim is on the team, he’s a few thou short of his contribution, which pays for accommodations, training facilities, uniforms and other costs, so if you want to help him out you can send your donations to:
USA Deaf Soccer Association, c/o 2012 World Deaf Football Championships Team, 3711 S. State Rt. 157; Glen Carbon, Il 62034 (put Maksim’s name in the subject box).
Standing O is sending out roses again, this time to Diana Mendoza, the teen with the mostest, who has been chosen to participate in the “National American Miss Pageant” to represent our fair borough on Aug. 19 at the Brooklyn Marriott. Diana loves volleyball, spending time with family, and acting. She is also interested in student government. Do we see Sen. Mendoza or even President Mendoza in her future? Standing O hopes so. Proud mama Isabel told us, “I am really looking forward to seeing my daughter compete.” Diana told us, “This is my first pageant and it is very important to me.” By the looks of things this might be her first, but certainly not her last.
Shout-outs are in order to the more than 400 children at St. Saviour Elementary School for donating $1,000 to the Calvary Hospital. The kind-hearted kinders hosted a one-day Caps On event and for the privilege of wearing a cap of their choice, donated $2 a pop to the institution. The monies go toward keeping the hospital’s programs and services in the pink.
St. Saviour Elementary School [701 Eighth Ave. between Seventh and Eighth streets in Park Slope, (718) 768–8000].Read Standing O every Thursday on BrooklynDaily.com!