Carmine screeches in the New Year!

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I’m madder than Baby New Year when he gets the bill for that fancy Stetson top hat over the fact that these days I relearn my lessons the old-fashioned way — by watching re-runs of movies I’ve seen a thousand times on the Zenith in the living room.

Look, you all know the ol’ Screecher spent my Sundays as a kid doing two things — working the 6:30 am mass at our the Most Precious Blood church in Little Italy before spending the rest of the day in confession being absolved of my sin that was and still is gluttony. So you’d think the lessons of my youthful days would stick in my noggin like it was nobody’s business.

So you may be surprised to learn that while I’m looking down the barrel of 80, my mind tends to wander near and far, and I sometimes forget the things that I used to know.

But believe it or not, sometimes this could be a good thing — because when you think you are hearing something really intelligent for the first time again, it’s like learning it all over again!

Take, for instance, the time last week when I was watching a re-run of the 1961 classic “King of Kings” starring my old buddy Rip Torn. I completely forgot what Jesus said when the crowd was about to stone Mary Magdalene. I was sitting there on the edge of my couch thinking to myself “What is he gonna do now?!”

But then he goes forth with this, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” and I’m like, “Wow! Why didn’t I think of that!”

That brings me to the real reason for this week’s column: the naming of BWECC!’s Parent of the Year!

This year it is Lisa Addeo, who will receive the coveted “Cesaria Soccoa” award at our 54th Annual Gala on March 5 at the fabulous El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin.

And now’s the point in the column where I cut and paste her bio from an e-mail sent to me by Barbara DaSilva, the president of PS 177 PTA, saving me hours of work, and sending my editor to the infirmary!

Here goes:

Lisa has been a part of PTAs since her first child, (who is now 27!). There is not one teacher who does not know her. She has made it her business to get to know all of the teachers in the schools that her children attend. Parents and students love her! Lisa’s not only about the PTA. She is all about the kids. This is a woman who goes above and beyond for anyone who needs, from the smallest of things to the bigger things.

The greatest thing about her is she has her strong beliefs and sticks by them, and if she sees it wrong she’ll tell you! She is so passionate with everything she does, from dressing up with the craziest, funniest Halloween costumes just to make the kids laugh, to dressing all in blue and painting her face blue as well just to support her team.

This is a woman who goes out of her way for anyone. If you call her she’s there. If you want her at a party, she’s there. If you want her at a rally, she’s there. She is a woman who never says no!

Last year she helped another school start a big fund-raiser while running her own for her child’s school and this year she’s doing it again. She is truly a dedicated person. She deserves all the best life has to offer! Never in this lifetime will I ever meet a person like Lisa Addeo!

Now back to me.

After meeting Lisa at BWECC’s Open Community meeting on Dec. 18, she reminded me that we met many times during my career as Brooklyn’s favorite Santa Claus and as president of Community School Board 13. So we’re talking about a score of years of interacting with her daughter (now 27) and then following her during her son’s education in grammar and middle schools. She quickly fell right into the swing of thing speaking her mind of what was needed in District 21’s schools.

Join us in honoring Lisa Addeo for reservations and information e-mail us at bwecc@

Happy New Year to everyone!

Screech at you next week!

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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