Everything’s so green!
Green-Wood Cemetery was honored by the Historic Districts Council at the annual Grassroots Preservation awards and Preservation Party on June 5 at the South Street Seaport, (we know, it should have been here, but it was there, maybe next year). Green-Wood received the honor for its history of preserving of the borough’s richest history. Its latest acquisition, the Weir-McGovern Greenhouse, is the only surviving Victorian greenhouse in the city. Once the landmarked building is fully restored, it will serve as Green-Wood’s visitor center. Green-Wood president Richard Moylan was on hand to accept the accolades, and said, “Our commitment to preserving our history is strong. Our historic monuments, sculptures and natural beauty are unrivaled.” You said it.
Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Greenwood Heights (718) 768–7300].
A string bean grows
Working at National Grid means service and the employees there know how to serve. Do-gooding volunteers donated their time to the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger SuperPantry to help our borough’s neediest eat a nutritious meal. Grid employees Sonya Johnson, Ruchi Shah, Johanna Chung, Robert Foster, and Katherine Smith, packed, sorted and assisted with the distribution of fresh veggies. SuperPantry helps more than 9,000 families each month with enough vittles to prepare more than nine nutritious meals. Sonya Johnson, who normally practices as senior counsel in the legal department, donned gloves and explained her reasons for giving. “With the challenging economy many people are finding themselves in need. This was a great opportunity for our department to make a difference in people’s lives,” Sonya said.
National Grid [One Metro Tech Center at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 403–2155].
Take a LEAP
It’s A’s across the board for Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. The healing hospital received an “A” rating for patient safety from the LeapFrog Group, a transparent and evidence-based national surveyor of more than 1100 hospitals who participate in the poll. Dr. Kurt Kodroff, veep of quality management was thrilled with the rating. “We take great pride in this achievement as it greatly impacts our patient satisfaction and our overall quality of care. This rating speaks volumes to our on-going commitment to patient safety and quality advancement,” he told Standing O.
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center 585 Schenectady Ave. at Winthrop St. in Crown Heights, (718) 604–5400].
Stamp out hunger
Bishop Kearney sophomore Nadia Bon is trying her best. Her essay was selected as the best in the high school division in the “World Food Day Essay Contest.” The 24th annual competition was sponsored by Stop World Hunger, Inc. Out of the 278 high school students from 10 schools that entered our Pal Nadia aced first honors. Standing O says, “Congrats.”
Bishop Kearney HS [2202 60th St. at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].
It’s the band man, the band
Strike the cymbals, roll the drums, St. Edmund Preparatory High School Band just celebrated the big 10th anniversary. Conductor and band teacher John Malazzo organized the celebratory concert and had his students perform everyone’s favorites. The Pep band performed “Louie Louie,” “La Bamba,” and “My Boyfriend’s Back.” The Badinage Ensemble played “The 1812 Overture,” and music from the Johnny Depp swashbuckling mega movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean.” To close the event The Badinage Ensemble, Concert Band and the Beginner’s Band and Alumni jammed in and performed the classic Bill Withers song, “Lean on Me.” Former student Scott O’Donnell, who now teaches at the school, shared his fondest memories of playing there. “Being part of the inaugural Concert Band was truly one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being part of the band motivated me to be the best trumpet player I could be and helped me understand that quality music does not only come from solo performances but from the collective as well.”
St. Edmond Preparatory High School [2474 Ocean Ave. at Avenue T in Marine Park, (718) 743–6100].