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Get your crochet hooks in hand and come on down to the Brooklyn Crochets for a Cause workshop at Borough Hall. Beep Eric Adams announced the free classes led by professional crafters will be held every Wednesday through April at Borough Hall. Beginners can create crocheted squares that will be joined together to make blankets or scarves and donated to children with autism.

Familiar with a granny square, single, double or treble stitch? Then bring your talents, skills, and time, and help create a unique gift that will warm the bodies and hearts of the children who receive it. The workshop meets from 10 am until 11:15 am and will culminate in April for Autism Awareness Month, when the crochet creations will be presented to a charity.

“Brooklyn Crochets for a Cause is a great volunteer opportunity to practice a favorite pastime, or learn a new skill, while giving something special to some of our most special Brooklynit­es,” said Adams.

Lucina Clarke, executive director of My Time Inc. — which is co-hosting the event — thanked Adams for raising consciousness.

“I am so pleased that our borough president is taking a stance in bringing more awareness of autism in our community,” she said. “This is definitely a positive way for all.”

Standing O says, “Break out the hooks and let’s get stitching.”

Brooklyn Borough Hall [209 Joralemon St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 802–3831].

Bay Ridge

Solid gold Home-Made

Congratulations are also in order for Brooklyn jewelry designer Alina Skyler. She was recently named a finalist in “Martha Stewart’s American Made” awards for her brand, Sklyer Man. Alina creates unique, cool, edgy jewelry that is eco-friendly and utilizes recycled gold and silver, and ethically sourced diamonds and gems — all of it done in her Bay Ridge studio.

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Sheepshead Bay

More welcome mats

Say “Hello” to Irina Laffer, the new veep and territory sales manager at Valley National Bank. Our pal Irina has more than 18 years of banking experience and will be responsible for strengthening the banks’ ties with businesses, as well as making sure that customers receive the best personalized service and care that Valley National is known for.

Maureen Zegler, senior veep at the bank, shared her excitement over Irina’s arrival with Standing O.

“Irina is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable banking professional who understands what the residents and businesses of Brooklyn expect from their bank,” said. “I am confident that she will continue to be successful in this role.”

Valley National Bank [1633 Sheepshead Bay Rd. at Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 332–2318].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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