Honoring America’s Vets

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Three cheers for our men and women in the armed forces. State Sen. Marty Golden, (R–Bay Ridge) hosted his annual Veterans Day breakfast awards ceremony that spotlighted the Ladies Auxiliary of The Catholic War Veterans Russo-De Marco Post #1702, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans — volunteers that coordinate and distribute puzzle books, games, crocheted lap blankets and hats that are donated to the Veterans Administration Hospital outpatient program — Vietnam Veterans Jose Hernandez and Thomas Karnes who served in B Company 1st Brigade, 12th Calvary, 1st Calvary, and a special woof out to Caesar, a NYPD Transit Authority K-9 — the first K-9 to serve three tours for the United States military in Afghanistan.

United States Army Garrison Commander Joseph Davidson, Congressman Michael Grimm and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joined in the gathering to remember and pay tribute to the boroughs’ vets.

Golden said, “We gather to remember and pay tribute to those who have answered our country’s greatest call.” He suggested that we pay special attention and “Think about our own vets this Veterans Day.”

State Sen. Marty Golden’s District Office [7408 Fifth Ave. at 74th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–6044].

Borough Wide

Bibliophiles rule

It’s time to turn the page to victory. Members of the Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library Books Ops were victorious in this year’s sorting contest, shutting out Washington State’s King County Public Library in the fourth-annual Book Sorting Competition. In addition to printing bragging rights and claiming the Lyngsoe Sorting Cup, the winning team received a cuppa of Seattle’s best coffee and some Washington State salmon.

Our local book sorters beat the King team by sorting 12,570 books to their 11, 868.

Brooklyn Public Library [Grand Army Plaza, (718) 230–2100].

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Pageant hopeful

Standing O is sending out good luck charms to Breanna Farrell. She was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen New York Pageant competition that will take place on Nov. 16. Breanna will be competing for her share of prizes and the chance to represent our state in the national competition taking place in Orlando, Fla.

Bay Ridge

HEAPs of heat

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) is encouraging all residents to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program when rolls open on Nov. 17. The program is federally funded and provides up to $625 for eligible households to pay for energy costs.

“New York is an expensive place to live year-round, but costs can increase exponentially during the winter months,” said the newly re-elected representative. “Heating your home is an essential amenity that all New Yorkers deserve, and HEAP helps make this possible.”

For eligibility requirements or an application visit or call 311 or (800) 342–3009.

Marine Park

Sing, sing, sing

It’s going to be a rocking weekend at James Madison High School on Nov. 21 and 22 when the school holds its annual Sing Performance. Since 1947, the seniors have paired with the sophomores and the juniors partnered with freshmen to compete for points in talent, showmanship, costumes, and set design. Winners of the competition go on to compete and perform at the second annual “Brooklyn Sings” Inter-SING! Competition.

James Madison High School [3787 Bedford Ave. at Avenue P in Marine Park, (718) 758–7346].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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