Let’s hear it for Emily!

Put your hands up for Rachel Walfish, seated in red surrounded by friends and staff.

Fort Greene

It’s the biggest news ever, Greenlight’s Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, is having a baby! Standing o pal Jess is expecting to expect the little bundle of joy sometime in January. While she’s away Greenlight Bookstore will be left in the very good hands of Emily Russo Murtagh, daughter of Richard Russo. Emily was formerly the events coordinator at Odyssey Bookshop in Massachusetts, but she’s since come down south and boy is Standing O glad she did. Jessica told Standing O, “She’s a total pro and I’ve already learned a lot from her.” Standing O knows but we’ll still miss Jessica. Standing O is sending out a “Welcome aboard to Emily and a wish for Jessica— easy labor!”

Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. at South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246-0200].


Heidi, heidi, heidi ho!

Cheers to the Harway Terrace Moms — Randi Garay, Erica Kuskin, Dina Lam, Tara Musellla, Joanie Rodriguez, Amy Fernandez, and Dorothy Cochin. These holiday-loving moms rolled up their sleeves, donned their organizer hats and hosted one heck of a Christmas/holiday party. According to Standing O pal Randi, “We do this for the children, and to bring the families in the building together for the holiday season. This year, about 45 children showed up and we all had a great time.” There was pizza, goodies, crafts and a special visit from Santa who handed out lots of toys. How can you go wrong, I ask you?. Standing O says, “How about an invite next year?”

Harway Terrace [2475 West 16th St. between Stillwell Avenue and Bay 50th Street in Bensonhurs,(718) 996-6257].

Park Slope

Say goodbye to pain

What a great holiday present for kidney stone sufferers. New York Methodist Hospital is now using an improved technology, known as the Sonolith i-move, in the treatment of kidney stones. As any sufferer knows, and Standing O has close personal knowledge of it, kidney stone pain is right up there with labor pain, if not worse. This new generation of lithotripter, according to Dr. Ivan Grunberger, head of Urology, “Makes the pulverization of the kidney stones more accurate and also means that a higher number of patients will be stone-free after the first treatment. This ensures better patient outcome.” All Standing O can say is “Yipee.”

New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 780-3000].


Strike up the band

Teens from James Madison High School marching band visited Beth Israel Medical Center to spread a little holiday cheer. Clarinetist Aaliyah Johnson, the daughter of hospital employee Barbara Clarke, PCA, had her band mates entertain patients, visitors and of course the staff. Standing O says, “Play one for us.”

Beth Israel Medical Center [3201 Kings Hwy. between East 32nd Street and New York Avenue in Flatbush, (718) 951-2807].

Brooklyn Heights

That was easy

St. Francis College is in the pink now that Staples granted the college with $15,000 endowment to support the summer science academy. Now in its 12th year, the program encourages high school juniors and seniors with an interest in science to continue their studies into college. The academy is a three-week, full-day program chock-full of hands-on activities and educational trips — are there any other kind, in the field? “We are very grateful to Staples for providing us this opportunity to continue this program,” said Kathleen Nolan, chairwoman of the Department of Biology and Health Promotion. She added, “This intensive three-week program has made a difference in the lives of dozens of people. Now we will be able to help even more.”

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. between Court and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 858-8217].

Oops –

Standing O named a Ping not a Pang to our pal Danny in our Standing O to Sterling Place and its wonderful window display in the Dec. 16 issue. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.

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

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