Three cheers for the 12 outstanding students who have been named this year’s Frankie’s Heroes by the Francesco Loccisano Foundation., which helps pediatric cancer patients nationwide. Nobody knows better than Standing O that it takes courage, determination and tenacity to be a Frankie’s hero, and this year’s crop — terrific teens Soumik Barua, Margaret Basti, Matthew Bramante, Hannah Ceretti, Billy Comis, Michelle Del Pin, Althea Ebenezer, Anthony Romano, Nicholas Russo, Annaliese Tucci, Katie Weinstein, and Angela Zeck — has gobs to spare. Each and everyone has shown courage in the face of overwhelming odds, determination in getting through each day with grace and tenacity to never, ever give up. Each has lived the life that Frankie Loccisano embodied. “Frankie made this world a better place through his sincere efforts and care for others,” said his proud mom Camille Loccisano. “Now, in his memory, we applaud these special young people who exemplify such values.”
For info visit www.frankiesmission.org.
Shouts out to Standing O pals Lionell Diaz, owner of the Munchinette, a small place with a very big heart, and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay), a man on a mission. Lionell has been keeping his little piece of heaven on Sheepshead Bay Road clean-as-a-whistle for the past few years by being an active member of the Adopt-A-Basket program sponsored by the Department of Sanitation. And Cymbrowitz is effectively kevetching shopkeepers to join in the battle against litter by adopting a basket of their own. The program is simple, all you have to do is to adopt a basket and change the city supplied light green plastic liners when the cans fill up. This keeps the corner baskets from overflowing and keeping the debris to stay in the can where it belongs and not on the sidewalk, which you and Standing O both know, is a big deal.
Lights, camera action
Students got a jump on success when they entered the Lights, Camera, Save contest sponsored by Ridgewood Savings Bank. Contestants were asked to create a video that would inspire their peers to learn about the value of saving money. First-place (and future Oscar) winning director Nang Yone from St. Brigid School in Fort Greene won an iPad, and her two assistants, Rochelle Roy and Jessica Louis, each scored a $50 gift card. Their winning video clearly conveyed the importance of saving the gelt and socking it away for a rainy day. The third place winner was Nicolette Wanunu from the Kings Bay Y, who received a $100 gift card for her entry. Chairman and president Peter Boger told Standing O, “We’re a community focused bank, so we want to teach young people about the value of saving to achieve financial security and success.” So can you teach Standing O how to save now?
Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, is spreading his departmental wings and opened the 33rd neighborhood center. The satellite office offers services and assistance on everything from matters of family violence, drug or gang activity, burglary or robbery, identity theft, fraud, and landlord tenant disputes. Reps are also on hand for advice on keeping your child in school or keeping seniors safe.
The new digs are located at the American Council of Minority Women building. The office is open on Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm.
Neighborhood Office [1090 Coney Island Ave. between Avenue H and Foster Avenue in Midwood, (718) 250-2555].