Pat Fogarty is the Apple of Brooklyn’s eye

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Gather those bytes for Patrick Fogarty. Standing O pal Pat was named this year’s Apple Distinguished Educator. This apple of the borough’s eye is the only active Distinguished Educator in our town, and one of only 2,000 worldwide. Wow. Apple educators are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for the utilization of Apple technology in and out of the classroom. What an honor.

“I am proud of the collective effort that helped make it happen. It’s something I share with everyone at Xaverian, and I hope to be the first of many ADEs in our school community,” Pat shared with Standing O.

The school is darn happy too!

“Patrick has been at the forefront of incorporating technology, especially the iPad, in our school,” said Deacon Kevin McCormack, Xaverian principal.

Xaverian High School [7100 Shore Rd. at 71st Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–7100].

Brighton Beach

Schools open for Spring

Three cheers to Touro College New York School of Career and Applied Studies for re-opening. The campus sustained lots of damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy, forcing many of its students to either relocate to other campus locations throughout the borough, or drop courses. But after three months, new carpeting, new walls, and mold inspections, the damaged facility is ready and rarin’ to go for the Spring 2013 semester. Yippee.

“After three months of wide-ranging renovations, we are proud and pleased to announce that the location is open for business,” said Ella Tsirulnik, associate dean.

The leaders of the school are so committed to their students that they even waived fees for those who were forced to drop courses because of the damage to personal property, as a result of the mega storm. Now that’s one sweet mensch of a college.

Touro College of New York School of Career and Applied Studies [532 Neptune Ave. at Coney Island Avenue in Brighton Beach, (718) 449–6160].

Dyker Heights

Walking and wheeling

Three cheers to Francesca LaRosa for participating in this year’s Walk & Wheel event sponsored by The Norwegian Christian Home Foundation. The fundraising event supports the programs at Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center and funds the center’s mission of providing exceptional physical, social and spiritual life services to its residents. Standing O pal Francesca will be walking the walk on June 8 and is looking for donations to fund her team. Her goal is to raise $1,000, and she’s almost there. So come on folks, join the team and remember, just a little bit goes a long way — you never know. Standing O has already dipped in, so what are you waiting for?

Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center [1250 67th St. at 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights, (718) 232–2322]. Donate at


Is the soup on?

Yes, and lunch too. Now thanks to a partnership between Millennium Development and Midwood Senior Center, the folks at the center are having lunch every Thursday at 12:30 pm in the community room. Special thanks are sent out to Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D–Flatlands), Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–Flatlands), and the New York City Department for the Aging, for dipping into their pockets and putting their two cents into the pot pies.

Phillip Howard Housing Center, Community Room [1655 Flatbush Ave. at New York Avenue in Flatlands, (718) 513–0953]

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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