Don’t do the crime at St. Edmund’s

Who dunnit?: Audience members sit and discuss the clues to figure out who did the crime at the Cookies, Cocktails and Crime event at St. Edmundt Preparatory High School.
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Talented thespians at St. Edmund’s Preparatory High School’s Theater Club presented an interactive murder-mystery elbow tickler at their “Cookies, Cocktails, and Crime” fund-raiser.

The hilarious production had guests doing double duty as sleuths, as they quizzed the cast of suspects to uncover foul play and unmask the killer.

The play was directed by Peggy McEvoy, who led Broadway-bound seniors Kellie Diodato, Juliana Munoz, Mollie O’Brien, Gabriela Siniscalchi, and Skylah Fields — and sophomores Brian Jean, Alfred Caccamo, and AbbyGail Valcourt — in the award-winning performance.

Scott O’Donnell, the director of admissions and an alum of the theater group, wowed with his surprise appearance as Detective Reginald Harris.

The play was a huge success and raised pots of money for the school.

Standing O says, “Bravo, bravo!”

St. Edmund’s Preparatory High School [2474 Ocean Ave. at Avenue T in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 743–6100].

Borough Wide

Making Brooklyn great

You are “in good hands” with these awesome Allstate agents.

Flatbush agency owner Beverly Joseph and her Bensonhurst colleague Lina Bennardo received Allstate’s “Agency Helping Hands” awards, plus $1,000 each for an organization of their choice.

Agency owners, who must lead, mentor, or volunteer at a non-profit to be nominated, were selected for helping to advance Allstate’s mission, said the New York regional sales leader.

“Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we at Allstate do every day, which is protecting people from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future,” said Don Rubbo.

Joseph selected the Flatbush YMCA of Greater New York, where she regularly volunteers.

“The Flatbush YMCA truly makes a difference in the Brooklyn community,” she said. “These grant funds will help this organization continue to improve the lives of many people in the surrounding area.”

Bennardo shared her good fortune with the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn, where she volunteers, because of its positive, grass-roots influence, she said.

“These grant funds will help FIAO to continue to improve the lives of many people,” the winner added.

Boroughites should be proud of both recipients, said Rubbo.

“With support from the Allstate Foundation, Beverly and Lina are making Brooklyn a better, happier place to live.”

Beverly Joseph [2805 Glenwood Rd. near Kenilworth Place in Flatbush, (718) 859–5111].

Lina Bennardo [1904 86th St. at 19th Avenue in Bensonhurst, (718) 234–1800].


New home

Mark it in your Palmcorder: HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services Bensonhurst Family Services is moving from its old digs at 138 Bay 20th St. to a spiffy new location on Bay Parkway, but the staff will be making home visits during their relocation to ensure no disruption in services for undocumented residents, said the senior director of preventive services.

“We have three bilingual case planners, who can work well with the large Central American community from Guatemala and Ecuador,” said Sherry Brumel.

The Bensonhurst Family Service Center helps nearly 100 families through eight case planners, a case supervisor, and an office manager.

Services include individual, family, and group counseling; domestic violence prevention; creative art therapies; and training in parenting skills. Program participants also are connected to vital resources, including information on food stamps, housing subsidies, and employment opportunities.

HeartShare St Vincent’s Services Bensonhurst Family Service [8718 Bay Pkwy. Seventh Floor,, (718) 331–1541].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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