Lincoln was thinkin’ about sprucing up Brooklyn’s Wall

Remembering Heroes: Joe Chalmon, general manager at Premier Ford Lincoln, proudly displays the Torch of Honor plaque presented to him at the “Night Before” event held at MCU Park on Sept. 10.
Photo by Joanna DelBuono


The Lincoln Motor Company hosted its charitable initiative, the Lincoln Continental Gesture, to its dealers last June. The event donated $50 for each test drive of a Continental, or other vehicle in the Lincoln lineup.

At the same time, through a mutual acquaintance, general manager Joe Chalmon met with Sol Moglen, the man behind the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island. Sol said that the wall, due to the effects of salt water and Superstorm Sandy, needed to be revitalized, and what could Joe do?

A lightbulb went off for Joe.

“I set up tables at the dealership with a few of our sales people and started taking the vehicles out for a test drive,” he explained. “We kept a record and then sent the tally to the main company and were able to raise over $9,000.”

The funds, said Joe, will go towards the maintenance of the wall.

Joe presented the check to Sol at the annual “Night Before” event held at MCU Park on Sept. 10, and Sol presented Joe with the Torch of Honor plaque.

“This event,” said an attendee, “offers a way for locals to come together and console each other before a difficult day.”

Standing O says thank you and is adding a Standing O to Premier Ford Lincoln’s lineup.

Premier Ford Lincoln [5001 Glenwood Rd. between Kings Highway and Utica Avenue in Flatbush, (718) 258–7200]

Brooklyn Heights

Cream of the Tops

Congrats to St. Francis College, on its ranking in five of the “Best” lists for 2018, including making U.S. News & World Report’s lists of Best Regional Colleges in the North, Least Debt, and Best in Ethnic Diversity.

“The rankings show that we are a college of opportunity. Our success comes by making St. Francis accessible and affordable to everyone,” said college president Miguel Martinez-Saenz. “We pride ourselves on striving to enact a diverse learning environment in the broadest and most inclusive sense by aspiring to give everyone, who is motivated and committed, an opportunity to realize their dreams.”

U.S. News also selected St. Francis as third Best College for Veterans.

U.S. News bases its rankings on several key factors, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, and faculty resources.

“We are a small college with small classes where our professors build strong connections with their students, ones that extend well beyond the classroom,” added Martinez-Saenz.

St. Francis College made the Least Debt list last year as well, and, in the space of one year, the statistics show St. Francis lowered the number of students who graduate with debt by five percent while reducing the average amount of debt by more than $700.

St. Francis College is holding an Open House Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 am to 2 pm.

St. Francis College [180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights; www.sfc.edu]

Boro Wide

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The Brooklyn Nets will have a new voice this season. Olivier Sedra has been hired as the public address announcer for Nets games at Barclays Center and will represent the team at community clinics and special events.

He joins the Nets’ game presentation team after serving as PA announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers for 11 NBA seasons.

“I’m really excited to get started with the Nets and Barclays Center,” said Sedra. “Brooklyn is building something special and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

“Olivier’s booming voice, impeccable timing, and high basketball IQ will be a great addition to the game experience at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, chief executive officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.”

Barclay’s Center [620 Atlantic Ave. in Fort Greene]

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