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Standing O is putting out the welcome mat to Park Sloper Joan Minieri, who has been appointed as the executive director of Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock on Long Island. (I know, Long Island).

“Joan brings many years of experience to the table. She is a leader in the field and someone who shares our values and priorities,” said Veatch board of governors chairwoman Katie Kurjakovic.

Joan said of her appointment, “I am truly honored to be part of a program that is dedicated to effective social change through philanthro­py.”

Bringing 30 years of experience to the position, Joan is an award-winning author, social justice organizer and educator, and the recipient of awards, including the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World” award and the Charles H. Revson “Fellows for the Future of the City of New York” award.

She has also coauthored “Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in Your Community.”

The Veatch Program, a charitable giving program, began with a bequest of Caroline Veatch in 1953 and supports a broad range of denominational and non-denominational activities.

Standing O wishes Joan good fortune in her new position.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock [48 Shelter Rock Rd, in Manhasset, (516) 627–6560].


Sharing the love

HeartShare Human Services has launched its eighth-annual ArtShare for HeartShare season at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in HeartShare programs have created and are exhibiting works, including drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, prints, and hand-crafted jewelry.

The ArtShare committee frames, transports, and sets up the art for each show — under the leadership of HeartShare co-curators Barbara Cuthel and Edgardo Velez.

The Brooklyn-based artists are reaching a wider audience within their own community thanks to lobby space from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, National Grid, and Forest City Ratner Companies.

HeartShare Human Services of New York [12 MetroTech Center at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 422–4200].

ArtShare for HeartShare at National Grid’s MetroTech office (1 Metrotech Center) Sept. 10–21.

Borough Park

Historic partnership

Maimonides Medical Center announced that it has entered into a partnership with The Coalition of Asian-American Independent Practices Association. The agreement will benefit the communities that both organizations serve.

More than 900 physician members and affiliates caring for more than 450,000 patients comprise the coalition, making it the largest independent practice association among the Asian-American communities in New York City.

Maimonides Medical Center is nationally recognized for clinical excellence across all major specialties and is dedicated to bringing patients the most advanced care available anywhere.

Maimonides Medical Center [4802 10 Ave. at 48th Street in Borough Park, (718) 283–6000].

Park Slope

More big news!

The wait is nearly over. Muscle Maker Grill will be opening a franchise right here in our fair city in Park Slope by the end of the year. Muscle Maker Grill offers a nutritious alternative to traditional dishes. Franchisees Curt Alexander, Anthony Noel, and Chad Harrigane will offer affordable, healthier choices for fitness enthusiasts to take on the go.

“Along with my partners, I am excited to bring the Muscle Maker Grill brand to Brooklyn,” Alexander said.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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