A 100-balloon birthday celebration

CENTENNIAL! Vincenza Sarrica, (second from left), celebrated her 100th birthday and received blessings from Father Guy Sbordone, left , as son Frank and wife Lina Sarrica look on.
Photo by Zoe Freilich

Dyker Heights

Standing O is wishing Brooklyn native Vincenza Sarrica a very happy 100th birthday. The borough centenarian celebrated her milestone birthday at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights on May 12 with family and friends attending.

Amid the cake, the balloons and fantastic food, baby bro Gianni Palumbo, 84, was on hand to celebrate with his big sis, as well as son Frank and daughter-in-law Lina. Vincenza also received a special benediction from Fr. Guy Sbordone, pastor at St. Frances Cabrini parish, which honored her special day.

Sheepshead Bay

Come to the Pantry

Come one, come all — community residents are invited to a weekly food distribution at the Beth Aaron Synagogue.

Let’s face it, times are hard for all, so the congregation at Beth Aaron Synagogue is helping to serve the needs of the Bay community by hosting a much-needed food pantry.

It’s open every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm (or thereabouts), and is open to all.

Maybe you don’t need to receive — your lips to You-know-who’s ears — but you have a desire to donate, so be a mensch and donate!

Any questions, Rabbi Sorcher has the 411.

Beth Aaron Synagogue, [2261 Bragg St. between Avenues W and V in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 646–9368].

Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Move over the tassel

Huzza, huzza to borough son Brian Ghezelaiagh on his graduation from the State University of New York Downstate, College of Medicine.

We all know medical school is a tough nut to crack, but this Standing O pal had one more obstacle than the norm to overcome — he was born legally blind.

With dedication, courage, and a whole lot of determination, this doc-to-be aced his studies and will be embarking on a career in psychiatry.

Standing O wishes Brian much success in his career.

State University of New York at Downstate, College of Medicine [450 Clarkson Ave. at New York Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, (718) 270–1000].

Prospect Park

Get your bark on

Save the date — this Saturday, FIDO will celebrate 20 years of monthly off-leash playtime for dogs in Prospect Park’s Great Meadow.

All are welcome — including pooches, companions, friends, and families — to enjoy a morning filled with activities.

In addition to a performance by folk band The Sparrow Sisters Family Band, also on the agenda is Mary Jane Monahan, who will be demonstrating agility training equipment; a local vet to answer all things pet related; and a report from Sylvia Bedrosian of petfriendlypr.@gmail.com on the state of affairs on man’s best friend who were affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico. There will also be a complimentary breakfast and a special gift for dogs attending.

FIDO (Great Meadow in Prospect Park, fidobrooklyn@gmail.com) on June 2 from 7 to 9 am.

Bay Ridge

Save another date

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge) is hosting a free Basics of CPR Training Instruction workshop, provided by CPR Heart Starters Inc., on June 16 from 10 am to 11:30 am.

According to the American Heart Association, effective CPR delivered within four minutes of the initial arrest can double or triple an individual’s rate of survival.

Please note, attendance does not provide official CPR certification, but will teach basic CPR skills.

Space is limited, please register by calling the rep’s office at (718) 987–0197 or e-mail claritd@nyassembly.gov.

Holy Angels Church Gymnasium (7320 Fourth Ave. at 73rd Street in Bay Ridge).

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