Standing O is at it again!

Paying it forward: Joe Romano, Jr., center, and St. Edmund students participated in the Joe Romano Memorial Basketball Tournament.

Sheepshead Bay

More than one hundred St. Edmund Prepatory High School faculty, alumni, and students met on March 26 for the fourth annual Joe Romano Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The event pays tribute to the man who spent many hours in the gym and on the field mentoring hundreds of Eagles. “Big Joe” Romano was a dedicated coach of both baseball and basketball at the school for more than 15 years until he lost his fight with pancreatic cancer in August 2013. The funds raised by the tournament support the annual Joe Romano Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded each spring to a rising senior.

Joe Romano, Jr., who teaches history at the school, succeeded his father as the varsity baseball coach and also assists with junior varsity boys basketball.

Present at the tribute were Alumni Division Winners: Jamel Gist, Nolan Adams, ’99; Brian Shea, ’07; and Tommy Guerin, ’05. Student Division Winners: Joe Castello, ’17; Conor Leon, ’18; and Richie Simon, ’18 (Richie is also the recipient of the 2017 Joe Romano Memorial Scholarship). This team was sponsored by Andy Louison, ’03.

In the women’s division, the winners were Nina DiCioccio, ’16; Kelly O’Donnell, ’17; Ryann Duffy, ’17; and Jordan Lauderborn, ’19. This team was sponsored by the school’s faculty member Jillian Banilover, ’09.

Everyone gets a Standing O, too. Big Joe would be proud.

St. Edmund Preparatory High School [2474 Ocean Ave. at Avenue T in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 743–6100].

East Flatbush

It’s Kristal clear!

Kristal Auto Mall is getting a big Standing O for its season-long partnership to aid the Joe Torre East Highway Little League organization. In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, the auto giant is supporting the ball team through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. The dealership is hitting the ball out of the park with this sponsorship, which includes monetary and equipment donations during the present youth baseball season.

Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the community.

Along with monetary aid, Kristal will also donate Chevrolet-branded equipment to the league.

“We are looking forward to a great season with Joe Torre East Highway Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations” said Phil Spoto of Kristal. “Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.”

Standing O is sending out a MVP to Kristal Auto Mall for its generosity

Kristal Auto Mall [5200 Kings Hwy. and Forster Avenue in East Flatbush, (718) 434–6000].

Bay Ridge

Ten and counting

Standing O wishes Father Gerasimos Makris of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church synxaphthpia (congratulations) on his 10th year serving the church and the community.

Standing O pal John Quaglione, aide-de-camp to state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), congratulated and presented Father Makris with a New York State Senate Resolution on his behalf.

“I was truly honored to represent Senator Golden in presenting a New York State Senate Resolution to Father Gerasimos Makris on the occasion of his 10th anniversary of service to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Father Makris is truly an extraordinary individual who has made many contributions in faith and service to so many. Senator Golden and I wish him much continued success in the future,” John said.

Standing O says to Father Makris, “Efcharisto poli (thank you) for your service.”

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church [8401 Ridge Blvd. at 84th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–3510].

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