Fairway helps Sandy victims to recover

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Red Hook

Cheers to Fairway Market for donating $30,000 to ReStore Red Hook, a non-profit dedicated to helping neighborhood shops recover after Hurricane Sandy.

Fairway sponsored a t-shirt sale in its community store and online, raising close to $15,000. The good guys at Fairway then matched the greenbacks, and presented the group with a check for $30K on May 19.

The super storm also wrecked havoc at Fairway’s Red Hook store, which sustained damage and losses. Bill Sanford, president of Fairway Market, said he was happy to join his fellow shop owners in helping to get their community back on its feet.

“Red Hook is a very close knit community and we are all dependent upon each other for success,” Bill told Standing O. “What’s good for us is good for the neighborho­od.”

Standing O adds, “What’s good for the community is really good for Standing O.”

Fairway Market [480-500 Van Brunt St. at Beard Street in Red Hook, (718) 254–0923].

Borough Wide

Move over the tassels

Borough daughter Amika McBurnie was awarded the Student Activity Award from Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. The award recognizes graduating seniors for their student contributions to extracurricular college, university, and community activities.

Our pal Amika graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree in health science. While in college, the award-winner served as a dean’s host and peer counselor, worked as a senior health educator for the Peer Health Exchange, and tutored in the School of Public Health.

“Amika’s capacity to serve is exceptional,” commented Professor Eileen O’Keefe, who presented the accolade.

Hey, of course Amika is exceptional — she’s from Brooklyn.

Amika will attend the BU graduate program in public health, focusing on epidemiology.

Standing O wishes her good luck in her continuing education.


Raising the bar

Attorney James Maleady was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Award for his outstanding volunteer legal work with victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The legal eagle dug in his heels and volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Brooklyn Bar Association after the storm struck, not only working in clinics and answering questions, but also rolling up his sleeves and offering follow-up consultations, while traveling to severely-damaged neighborhoods to offer assistance.

“Every year, millions of New Yorkers are forced to navigate the civil justice system without legal help,” said Seymour James, president of the State Bar. “I am so pleased to recognize the attorneys whose pro-bono efforts assisted those in need.”

Standing O congratulates the good attorney: “You did well.”


Killer read

It’s that time again for a good summer read, and Standing O has just the book for you.

“Right to Kill,” by fellow Gravesender Jim McGinty, is the story of a Brooklyn marine whose noble journey goes awry, and the moral struggles he encounters in the turbulent 1960s.

Standing O sat down long enough to give it a good read, and couldn’t put it down. It was a great story, especially for this past Memorial Day weekend when we saluted Americans who made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

You can get the book at Barnes and Noble.

Fly like an eagle

Shout-outs to Nicholas Marotta, a junior at Xavier High School, and Sriharsha Jummula, a freshman at Case Western University for rising to the rank of Eagle Scout.

The pair was inducted into scouting’s highest order on May 11 at Our Lady of Grace Church.

Our Lady of Grace [430 Avenue W at East Third Street in Gravesend, (718) 627–2020].

Bay Ridge

Grimebusting vollies

Keller Williams Realty Associates is the realtor with the big heart. The staff spent Worldwide Day of Service at Owl’s Head Park and then at the Guild for Exceptional Children, helping to weed, plant, repair and generally spruce up both community treasures.

Guild members also took part in a tour of the grounds, led by associate director Caroline Mansuetto.

“If felt so great to give back to the community we know and love,” said team leader Elizabeth Ameno. Standing O adds, “That’s the spirit.”

Keller Williams Realty Associates [9120 Fourth Ave. at 91st Street in Bay Ridge, (212) 300-3919].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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