Life’s a ROMEOWS
Hats off to born-and-bred borough son Robert Sarnoff.
He’s an author, a director, an artist, and “a poor man’s Gaugin,” according to his curricula vitae from Brooklyn College.
Our pal Robert, a renaissance man for sure, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Brooklyn College Alumni Association on Sept. 14.
He has authored several books and articles, his plays have appeared off-Broadway and on TV. His “Brooklyn Trilogy” is comprised of three one-act plays, and his “Men of Substance” was based on his work at a Lower East Side shelter. His award winning documentary, “The ROMEOWS — Retired Older Men Eating Out Wednesdays,” received rave reviews from Denis Hamill, the Huffington Post, even the New York Times, and has been shown on TV and in movie theaters around the city.
The U.S. Postal Service selected one of his paintings to become its 2004 matted print and cachet, and he created the Mets Fantasy Camp logo. Currently he is the Editorial Cartoonist for “The Wave.”
To add to his already long list of achievements, his most recent accomplishment is becoming an assistant baseball coach in the Rockaways Little League.
Standing O offers congratulations on his Lifetime Achievement Award and says, “Now you have a Standing O to add to the mantle.”
Friends to the homeless
Hats off to Barbara Conanan and Cloverlene Charles. The pair, employees of Lutheran Family Health Center, were honored on Aug. 13 with awards from the New York City providers of Health Care for the Homeless.
Standing O pal Barbara received the Philip W. Brickner Visionary Clinician’s Award for her role in the Health Care for the Homeless program for more than 30 years, which has served more than 7,000 patients.
Standing O pal Cloverlene was presented with the S-Hero Award for her 16 years of service with outstanding commitment, quality, integrity, and compassion as a dedicated staff member at the Community Medicine Program.
Standing O says “Thank you” to both for their dedication to the community and life-long commitment to service.
Lutheran Family Health Centers [150 55th St. at First Avenue in Sunset Park, (718) 630–7095].
Welcome to the new digs
Standing O hears that Bonnii’s Dance Showcase has picked up sticks and moved to a new location. For almost 25 years the long-time business resided at 1567 Ralph Ave., but moved over the summer break.
Bonnii Gargano, one of the owners of the danceatorium, said, “Students should not worry if they see an empty building and missing signs. We’re only moving a few stores away.”
The seamless transition ensures that students won’t miss a step and will be able to pick up their pas de deux when classes resume in September.
Standing O says, “Good luck in the new digs and keep on dancin’.”
Bonnii’s Dance Showcase [1549 Ralph Ave. Between Foster and Avenue and Farragut Road in Canarsie, (718) 251–2224].
100 years and counting
Listen up all Standing O readers, PS 95, the Gravesend School, will be celebrating its centennial birthday next year. Denise Caulford, a teacher at the school for the past 25 years, has asked all former students to share their yearbooks, report cards, pictures, newsletters, memories and whatever ephemera available to become part of her historical display at that school.
This is the most wonderful news. Standing O has a long relationship with the little red school house. Not only is Standing O an alumna, but so is O’s older brother and O’s daughter, so you know O will be digging through those memory boxes.
Don’t sit on this folks! You may have a whole year before we blow out the candles, but it takes a lot of time to gather all these records and memories. So get a move on!
Send materials to Denise Caulford at the school, or contact her at PS95Centennial@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/ps-95-100th-anniversary.
PS 95 The Gravesend School [345 Van Sicklen St. at Avenue U in Gravesend, (718) 449–5050].