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Five stars and a grocery cart to FreshDirect, an online grocery shopping service, for presenting a $5,000 check to Children of Promise on May 17.

“FreshDirect aims to be a good community member by giving back to the neighborhoods they serve,” said Larry Scott Blackmon, veep of public affairs at FreshDirect.

Children of Promise is a community-based organization that provides services to children of prisoners and their families. The organization focuses on after school, summer camp, mentoring, and mental health programs.

FreshDirect is based in Long Island City, but provides grocery deliveries from many supermarkets in all boroughs.

Standing O says thanks for delivering.

Children of Promise [600 Lafayette Ave. between Nostrand and Marcy avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 483–9290].


Oh, what family fun

Standing O is sending out a great big huzzah to members of Community District Education Council 22, President’s Council (District 22 PA’s), Millennium Development and PBS Kids, for hosting one heck of a family fun night on May 20 at the John Malone Community Center Bergen Beach.

More than 600 families and friends joined in the festivities, as students from PS 119, IS 234, PS-IS 207, PS 236, PS 312, IS 278, PS 203, and IS 78 danced, sang, and demonstrated karate. Revelers were treated to music, special giveaways, popcorn, Italian ices, and snow cones — Standing O’s favorite!

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D–Canarsie) gave out free coloring books to the kids. The New York Parks mobile recreation van was parked, with plenty of games and toys for the children.

Standing O sends a special thanks to Paul Curiale, executive director of Millennium Development, and all his fabulous crew for an outstanding job.

Community District Education Council District 22 [5619 Flatlands Ave. and E. 56th Street in Flatbush; (718) 968–6120,].

Borough wide

Lady in waiting

Zum wohl to borough daughter and “princess” Oona Yasukevich for being chosen to accompany Miss German-American Rebecca Joy Koehler of New Jersey on this year’s Queen’s Float in the German-American Steuben Parade along Fifth Avenue in September.

Michaela Stuart of Pennsylvania was also chosen as a fellow princess and will march as well.

The ladies, who are all planning on furthering their higher education while celebrating their rich German-American heritage and culture, were feted at a ceremony at Liederkranz of New York City on May 15.

The queen will receive a $5,000 scholarship at the end of her term, while each of the two princesses will receive a $2,500 grant.

Standing O says, prost!

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Three cheers and hooray!

Standing O — an equal opportunity booster — sends out congrats to Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, which was designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

The designation represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, and is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize the highest-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. To attain this distinction, a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes, must be performed, and facilities must be accredited by the A.C.R., participate in the Dose Index Registry and General Radiology Improvement Database, and have pledged to Image Wisely and Image Gently. Sounds like a very big deal!

Standing O looks forward to giving Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the most respected practice on Long Island, a great big Standing O when it opens a facility in our fair borough, and provide Brooklynites with its exceptional services.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology (

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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