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Sheepshead Bay

Put those hands together for Mildred Grauer, who celebrated a milestone 100th birthday on Aug. 8 at the Crown Nursing Home in Sheepshead Bay.

Our roving shutterbug Steve Solomonson was there to capture the Kodak moments as our pal Mildred prepared to take a slice of a delicious b-day cake, and enjoyed a visit with family members including sister Terry Kole, brother-in-law Martin Kole, daughters Cindy Weinstein and Marsha Grauer, and staff.

Younger sister Terry said, “I don’t remember going to Radio City Music Hall or the movies with my mother, but my sister.” She added, “Her [Mildred’s] friends would come and call her to go to the movies or out, but she would say, ‘No I’m watching Terry.’ She would cry but she wouldn’t leave me. That is what a wonderful person she was and still is.”

“My sister has always looked at the glass half full, never as half empty,” Terry explained as to why she thinks Mildred has achieved such longevity. “Never a harsh word for anyone, and never thinking of the negative but only putting a spotlight on the positive.”

Standing O sees why Mildred is surrounded by such love. Her brother-in-law Martin couldn’t stop praising her. “Mildred is more than a sister-in-law to me,” he said. “She is a sister.” He added, “She has always been self-sufficient, lived alone, took care of herself and visited her daughter in Florida, she also took care of her daughter Marsha, who suffered a stroke several years ago and is at Crown Nursing with her. My sister-in-law is a fabulous, delightful person to be with and to talk to. I wish her many more birthdays.”

And so does Standing O.

Crown Nursing Home [3457 Nostrand Ave. at Avenue V in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 535–5100].


Hail to the dean

Standing O, along with St. Francis College, welcomes the new Dean of Students, Dr. Jose Rodriguez. The Standing O pal is an experienced administrator and educator and takes up his new desk when the new school year begins — in just two weeks. Yikes! Students, get ready!

Dr. Rodriguez is a team player and told Standing O he wanted, “A community that is committed to enhancing the lives of students, and helping them develop into ethical, responsible and compassionate citizens.”

A point Standing O agrees with.

Dr. Rodriguez comes with a whole lot of past experience, he was veep of Campus Life and Global Initiatives at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he coordinated the college’s global outreach efforts, among many other responsibilities. And before that, he was associate veep of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at St. John’s University.

He added, “It is my conviction that student-life administrators are educators, a seamless part of a campus culture that focuses on actively engaging students in a wide range of learning opportunities that both challenge and support their development.”

Standing O says welcome aboard and is thrilled he decided to come down-state to teach at St. Francis.

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 522–2300].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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