Wedding bells will be ringing
Standing O is sending out best wishes to Danielle Fallacaro and Antonio Costanza, the cute-as-can be couple have been dating for six years and just announced their engagement. It’s about time Antonio. Anyway, Standing O has known the bride-to-be since she was knee-high to a Little Tikes Turbo car and has seen her grow into a beautiful, talented, accomplished young woman. Mom Rachel and pop Anthony and li’l bro Frankie couldn’t be happier with Dani’s selection and Standing O agrees. Standing O sends out an Italian toast: “May your days together be like a loaf of Italian bread — long and full of dough.” So, Dani girl, don’t forget the address for the wedding invitation, ya hear!
Welcome to the neighborhood
Kindertots cheer now that Dr. Finkelstein is here.
Standing O pal and board certified pediatrician Dr. Eugene Finkelstein moved from the Preferred Health Partner’s Coney Island center to the Nostrand Avenue facility on July 25. The good doc takes care of all the small ones — from newbies to teens. Parents may bring in their tots for well visits, sick visits and immunizations (yes those icky, but necessary, shots). Dr. Eugene is also fluent in Russian, Hungarian, Slovak and Polish (whew, Standing O is lucky to be fluent in English — not that her editor thinks she is!). Oh, and most insurance plans are accepted.
Dr. Eugene Finkelstein [3245 Nostrand Ave. at Avenue S in Marine Park, (866) 791-0993].
The seniors have returned! Due to the worst storm — ever! — to touch down right here in River City (we’re talking to you, Irene), seniors at the Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care had to be evacuated to higher ground. Now that the worst is over, patients and residents have returned to roost under a picture perfect sunny sky. Like a returning king, resident Mikhail Rabkin (pictured above) waved to the crowd as he was escorted back to the center, telling Standing O, “It’s good to be home.” You said it, mister.
Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care [1516 Oriental Blvd. near Oxford Street in Manhattan Beach, (718) 646-4441].
“There’s no place like home,” said the seniors at the Shorefront Center, which sits right smack dab on the Boardwalk and right in the path of that pesky Fake-icane Irene. Not to worry, the nearly 350 seniors where whisked away to safety and spent the weekend at a dry facility long before the rains came. Hooray and whoop de do, the worst is over now — and the sun is shining like a big rubber ball. Standing O says, “Willkommen, bienvenue.”
Shorefront Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care [3015 W. 29th St. at Surf Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 368-7619].
Bring in the money
Yippee! Issue Project Room is $1.1 million closer to achieving the dream to complete the construction of the theater at 110 Livingston St. thanks to the generous good guys at the Department of Cultural Affairs, Councilmen Steve Levin (D–Williamsburg) and Brad Lander (D–Park Slope). Issue now has $2.3 million towards the $3.7 million necessary for the project. The next challenge is to collect $425,000 by Dec. 31. Come on, readers, give from the heart; Standing O wants to see the re-do completed already.
To fork over some shekels to support Issue’s ongoing programs or help it reach the December goal, visit www.issueprojectroom.org.
Issue Project Room [232 Third St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 330-0313].