Three cheers to recipients of Community Board 6’s Core of the Apple awards.
The honorees were: James Proscia, retired district superintendent of the New York Sanitation Department, and Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, former commander of the 76th Precinct and one of New York’s finest.
Chairperson Daniel Kummer bestowed the accolades at the board’s Nov. 2013 meeting, where district manager Craig Hammerman and his assistant Leroy Branch shared in the festivities.
The awardees received the recognition for consistently going above and beyond in their service to the district, stated Standing O pal Kummer.
“In both cases, we have two excellent examples of local service chiefs,” he said, adding clean streets and crime reduction can make us forget the hard work of our uniformed workers. “It’s important that we make the time to recognize those that are responsible for these essential services that improve our quality of life.”
Standing O salutes Deputy Inspector Schiff and District Superintendent Proscia.
Community Board 6 [250 Baltic St. at Court Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 643–3027].
Gelt for People’s Playground
Hip, hip, hooray to the New York City Regional Council for awarding the Alliance for Coney Island a $225,000 grant to improve tourism in the one-and-only Coney Island.
The campaign draws tourists by marketing and expanding seasonal events and programs, according to Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey Klein, who hailed the group’s workers.
“I am proud of the awardees who are making environmental sustainability and long-term job growth a touchstone of their success,” he said.
Standing O is especially proud of the Alliance for Coney Island for helping to keep America’s Playground strong for Brooklynites and attractive to visitors.
Alliance For Coney Island [1000 Surf Ave. at W. Eighth Street in Coney Island, (718) 594–7895].
And the Tony goes to…
Brava to Josh Hecht. The borough son is directing “The Clearing,” which will run off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in that other borough across the river, from Jan. 15 through Feb. 9.
Josh is also the recipient of the Drama Desk Award for “Christine Jorgensen Reveals,” and a director of first-run productions, including “Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie,” “Drew Larimore’s Out Of Iceland,” “Bob Morris’s Assisted Loving,” and “The DR2 Anna Ziegler’s BFF,” among many others.
“The Clearing,” written by Jake Jeppson and starring Allison Daugherty, Gene Gallerano, Brian McManamon and Brian Murphy, tells the story of two brothers bound together by a terrible secret.
Josh officially hit the big time with this Standing O to add to his accomplishments!
“The Clearing” at Theatre at St. Clement’s [423 W. 46th St. in Manhattan, (212) 246–7277].
In their ‘Hour’ of need
The do-gooding family at Saint Saviour High School has done it again. Students, staff, and parents joined together for the second consecutive year to donate clothes, toys, and other items to Hour Children, a compassionate service organization that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children to rejoin the community and reunite with their families.
Sr. Anne Lalley, head of Religious Studies, organized the drive.
Standing O is proud to give a shout-out to Saint Saviour’s good Samaritans, who make sure people are not neglected in their hour of need.
St. Saviour High School [588 Sixth St. at Eighth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 768–4406].
Three cheers to the Massage Envy Spa in Brooklyn Heights for giving the gift of relaxation to staffers at PS 8, the Robert Fulton School.
Spa workers provided stress-reducing chair massages for a teacher appreciation event over the holidays, to thank the hard-working educators for their dedication to the next generation.
Spa owner Aaron Jones said it felt great to let teachers know just how important and appreciated they really are.
“Giving them a few minutes of calm in the middle of a busy day is just a small way that we can say thank you for all that they do,” he said.
In return, Standing O says, “Thank you” to the Massage Envy Spa.
PS 8, the Robert Fulton School [37 Hicks St. at Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 834–6740].