Standing O is at it again!

Standing O is at it again!
Henry Gutman (center) will lead the Department of Transportation for the last 11 months of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term.
File photo by Kolin N. Mendez


Long-time advocate for economic development Albert C. Wiltshire (inset below, left) was honored for his decades of service when the Brooklyn Navy Yard named its on-site job facility the Albert C. Wiltshire Employment Center.

Albert’s legacy of mentoring and providing community members with local employment opportunities will live on and continue to help find jobs for those in need. For the past 15 years the center has placed more than 2,000 people in quality jobs.

For more than 35 years, Albert served the Navy Yard in a range of capacities, including as president, director, and vice chairman of the board of directors, said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.

“The Brooklyn Navy Yard would not be what it is today without Al’s leadership,” she said.

David Ehrenberg, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, called the honoree a true public servant and community leader.

“He embodies the spirit and mission of the Yard’s Employment Center to connect community members with high-quality employment opportunities,” he said.

Albert was touched by the plaudit that will keep giving.

“I am humbled and grateful for the honor and the love shown to me,” he said. “My service to the Yard was a labor of love and never about recognition.”

Albert now has a Standing O to add to his accolades!

Brooklyn Navy Yard Building [63 Flushing Ave. in Fort Greene; (718) 907-5932].

Borough Wide

Golden anniversary!

Cheers to Pastosa Ravioli for celebrating its 50th year of providing Italian specialties and the best ravioli around — Standing O’s personal favorite is the home-made fusilli!

In the past half century, Pastosa Ravioli has grown from a Brooklyn landmark to a household name throughout the five boroughs and beyond.

Joseph Ajello, the current owner and grandson of Anthony Ajello, and his siblings are planning on meeting future demands with new products and additional locations.

“It is exciting to think of what the future has in store for Pastosa Ravioli,” he said. “The Pastosa Ravioli name has always meant a lot to us as a family and our reputation, and we are very proud to carry on what our grandfather and father worked so hard to build.”

Standing O is excited, too, and says, “Wishing you another 50 years of making the best pasta and ravioli!”

Pastosa Ravioli [7425 New Utrecht Ave., (718) 236–9615; and 5223 Avenue N, (718) 258–1002].

Bay Ridge


Congratulations to Tom Burns — the new boys’ varsity basketball coach at Xaverian High School.

Bob Alesi, president of Xaverian said the school community was incredibly fortunate that what could have been a difficult decision was anything but that.

“Tommy’s dedication and commitment to not only the athletes playing basketball, but each and every student in the building are the most fundamental reasons that Xaverian’s program has always been so successful,” he said.

Standing O wishes long-time coach Jack Alesi good luck on his retirement: Kick back and enjoy!

Xaverian High School (7100 Shore Rd. at 71st Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–7100].

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The Federation of Italian American Organizations is offering a soccer clinic for children under 6 years of age, every Sunday at 10 am during July, and the best part is that the clinics are free!

Verrazano Sports Complex at Calvert Vaux Park [Shore Parkway and Bay 46th Street in Bensonhurst, Sara Gambino (718) 259–2828].

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