Here it is — this week’s Standing O

Dan Gant (right) shows off just one piece of gear that his BP donated to Courtney Pollins, the commissioner of the Big Apple Youth Football League.
Steve Solomonson

By Joanna DelBuono

Dyker Heights

Spread the word — Juan Luis Peguero is the new president of the Young Men’s Organization at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. As president, our pal will assist and mentor more than 100 boys ages 12- to 18-years old here and over the bridge in Staten Island. “I love this program,” said Juan. “This program helps our youth to grow socially, academically and spiritually.” Standing O offers a hearty welcome to this hard-working man.


Ready for some football?

Big Apple Youth Football league members got the big deal from local BP gas station owners and USA Football when the team received an $8,000 grant for footballs and new uniforms. And let’s face it, without the football there ain’t no game. Thanks to the generous grant, the jocks at South Shore HS can now be spiffy on the field and kick some pretty spectacular field goals. “The fun and the life lessons learned by playing the game inspire them to reach their potential on and off the field,” said station owner Fares Dayekh.

South Shore HS (6565 Flatlands Ave. at 79th Street in Canarsie).

It is hard to believe that Buddy Scotto is 80.
Jeff Bachner


King of the world

Kings of New York, the hip-hop haberdashery, officially opened on Oct. 11. The store specializes in men’s street style. Bushwick dudes can pick up the latest fashions from Dont Question Kings, Rocksmith and Reason NYC. So come on down, no matter where you live, ’cause Kings of NY has a look that’s just right for you.

Kings of New York (464 Bushwick Ave. between Flushing Avenue and Montieth Street in Bushwick). For info, visit www.kingsofny.com.

Park Slope

Shear delight

Snip, snip hooray to Joseph Volpicelli the best barber of Brooklyn. Borough President Markowitz — hey, this is turning into Marty’s page! — dropped by Joseph’s Haircutting Salon and presented our pal with a proclamation in honor of his 50 years in the styling gig. When Joe came to the USA, he couldn’t speak a word of English, but through hard work (and learning the language), he now owns the salon and shares his shear expertise with lucky Slopers. In addition to cutting your locks, Joe entertains you with arias from his beloved operas. He isn’t simply a hair-cutting guru, he’s also run in several marathons and has traveled the world with his wife. Standing O offers another “Salute” to Joe for all his hard work and great hair styles. Keep on snipping.

Joe’s Haircutting Salon [97 Seventh Ave. between President and Union streets in Park Slope, (718) 638-5418].

PS 255 students of the month pose with principal Linda Singer (far left) and assistant principal Susan Ehrlich.


Hail these students

Give it up for the Students of the Month at PS 255, all of whom were cited by Principal Linda Singer for “exemplary school work, thoughtfulness and kindness.” Children are selected from each grade to wear the honored sash proclaiming them “Students of the Month,” and it’s all because of the darn good job of studenting they do (we’re sure that no one picks on them when they have the sash on!). Standing O is giving this month’s honorees one big boost and pat on the back for a job well done. Keep it going, kids.

PS 255 [1866 E. 17th St. between Avenues R and S in Homecrest, (718) 376-8494].

Bay Ridge

Blow out the candles

Three cheers to Jane Kelly, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Our pal Jane was honored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) at a big whoop-de-doo. Standing O sends out another “Salute.”


More candles to blow out

Hubba hubba to Buddy Scotto, the best friend Brooklyn ever had, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Buddy has tirelessly brought attention and resources to the restoration and revitalization of the formerly stinky Gowanus Canal as well as his beloved Carroll Gardens community. Standing O sends out her very best wishes for a happy and healthy.

(Left) Borough President Markowitz with barber Joseph Volpicelli.

Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2523.

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