City Tech professor is busy keepng our structures safe.

City Tech professor is busy keepng our structures safe.
Anja Hitzenberger

Prospect Heights

Professor Illya Azaroff, that’s who. The dashing expert on all things disaster recovery is an associate professor of architectural technology at City Tech and co-chairman of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee.

With hurricane season upon us (yes folks, it’s here), the good professor is kept hopping. But what would make a suave professor of architecture dig into the gritty world of recovery? Standing O asked and the professor answered.

“Growing up in tornado-prone Nebraska helped me understand the toll of destruction caused by natural disasters.” Combine that with his degrees in geography and architecture and you have a professor who has a clear vision about the relationship of earth science and the way we build and live in a world where disaster can strike in a matter of seconds.

“The goal of resilience is to get businesses back in business and people back in their homes as soon as possible, in the safest way possible after an event such as Sandy.”

Standing O is glad the good professor has our backs, sides, and sea-fronts, too.

City Tech [300 Jay St. at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 260–5900].

Standing O’s School News

Bay Ridge

Standing O hears that the Catholic school at St. Anselm’s, which closed in June, will be reopening in September as the St. Anselm’s Catholic Academy. The change occurred as part of the Diocesan plan for Catholic Education.

Standing O sends a quick prayer for the academy’s success.

St. Anselm’s Catholic School [365 83rd St. at Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge (718) 745–7643].


Bishop Kearney High School has become the only all-girls high school in the borough to offer a medical Science and Profession Program. The school partnered with Calko Medical Center in June to provide the education course this September. The program will be offered to students who are interested in the medical sciences and will offer opportunities including medical internships, symposiums and clinical experiences.

Bishop Kearney HS [2202 60th St. at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].

Bay Ridge, again

Hip hip hooray, it’s official — PS 971 will now be known as the School of Math, Science and Healthy Living. The requested renaming was granted late July and will open in September with the new moniker.

PS 971 [6214 Fourth Ave. at 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 765–2200].

Brooklyn Heights

Press that easy button.

The Staples Foundation has granted $2,000 to support the Summer Science Academy at St. Francis College. Now in it’s 13th year, the program encourages high-school juniors and seniors with an interest in science to follow their dreams in a three-week, full-day, hands-on science experience.

“We are grateful for the support,” said Kathleen Nolan, chairwoman of the department of Biology and Health Promotion.

Standing O says, “That was easy.”

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 489–5200].

Bay Ridge

Opa and Efharisto!

Three cheers to Spartan Souvlaki Restaurant. The owners George and Maria Lykourezos presented a check for $3,300 to the Guild for Exceptional Children. Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), was on hand when George and Maria handed the check to Paul Cassone, executive director and CEO at the Guild.

Standing O says, “Break out the ouzo.”

Spartan Souvlaki Restaurant [6824 Eighth Ave. at Bay Ridge Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 748–5838].

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Opa!: From left, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Paul Cassone, of the Guild for Exceptional Children, celebrate a donation to the Guild from George and Maria Lykourezos, owners of Spartan Souvlaki.