Birthday wishes for Brooklyn centenarian - Brooklyn Paper

Birthday wishes for Brooklyn centenarian

Skoal!: Centenarian Ida Drucker raises a glass of bubbly to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto


Standing O is sending out bushels of good wishes to Ida Drucker, who turned the magical age of 100 on June 12, with daughters Leaf Miller and Ellen Kantor, friends, and invited guests at the Senior Citizens League of Flatbush center on the exact day.

Lenore Friedman of the center told the “O” that Ida has been coming to the center for the past 35 years.

“She walks here from her home almost every day,” Lenore said. “Ida is one of the most wonderful human beings in this world. She is incredibly helpful to all, always available when anyone is in need, and extremely caring and loving”

Long time friend Ida Dublirer was there to help Ida trip the light fantastic and enjoy a glass or two, along with invited pols, Borough President Adams, and Mary Kay Seery on behalf of Assemblyman Robert Carroll (D–Midwood), who presented proclamations to Ida commemorating the milestone day.

Standing O wishes Ida many more celebrations to come.

Senior Citizens League of Flatbush (870 Ocean Pkwy. at Elmwood Avenue in Midwood).

Borough Park

You gotta have heart

When it comes to positive angioplasty and adult cardiac surgery, these docs are the tops.

The staff in Maimonides Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center once again aced the outstanding with kudos from the New York State Department of Health.

In fact, Maimonides is the only hospital in the state to have both its cardiac surgery and its angioplasty programs commended for significantly low mortality rates.

The report shows mortality rates for angioplasty in three categories: emergency cases, non-emergency cases, and all cases. Maimonides is the only hospital in the state to achieve significantly low rates in all three categories of angioplasty for the three-year period reported.

The Adult Cardiac Surgery Report shows mortality rates for coronary artery bypass grafting (or heart bypass) surgery and valve surgery. The team of cardiac surgeons at Maimonides was among five teams state-wide that achieved significantly low mortality rates — and the cardiac surgeons at Maimonides achieved mortality rates lower than any program in Manhattan.

“This is further evidence that our approach to teamwork is the best approach for the people in our care. We’re delighted to provide excellence to our patients across the region,” said Dr. Jacob Shani, chairman of Cardiology.

Dr. Greg Ribakove, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, explained, “Our cardiac experts work together daily to provide the very best options for each and every patient. It’s a privilege to work with so many outstanding professionals and deliver this level of care to the communities we serve.”

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


They took the challenge

Shout out for the 25 English-learning high school students at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Williamsburg, who shared projects they had been working with 25 teens and young adults in Medellín, Colombia.

A project of Museums Connect and spearheaded by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the teens addressed real life challenges by applying creativity, imagination, and scientific knowledge to find solutions to their everyday needs. While walking through their community, new construction was what really caught the eyes of our borough teens — specifically the gentrification of their neighborhood.

Students shared their projects to an audience that included Councilmember Steve Levin, president of the Intrepid Museum Susan Marenoff-Zausner, Superintendent of Schools Karen Watts, teachers, family and classmates. The projects included videos, songs, poems, posters, paintings, and 3-D models.

“This program connects students from around the world and helps them see themselves as changemakers. By encouraging them to understand the social issues affecting their immediate community, making them aware of similar issues faced by peers in another country, and challenging them to find solutions, we hope to create an empowered, engaged, globally minded generation that will work together to shape a brighter futur,” said Tom Barry, the senior manager of Community Engagement at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Juan Morel Campos Secondary School [215 Heyward St. at Harrison Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 302–7900].

Read Standing O every Thursday on BrooklynDaily.com!

More from Around New York