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Happy birthday wishes to Sarah Simpkins on celebrating her 90th birthday. Her children, grandchildren, and doctor, who made a house call just to wish her a happy 90th, attended a gala party held in her honor. Sarah still lives independently in her own home thanks to the good folks at GuildNet Coordinated Care. She might not know why she has been around this long, but she is certainly grateful. “I thank the Lord that my brain is still together,” she told Standing O. Sarah doesn’t let age get her down either, she is still active in her community, serving as the Senior Delegate in her senior housing center, attends meetings at City Hall, and is a member of GuildNet. “My GuildNet Nurse Manager adds to the quality of my life by providing the means for me to stay in my own home, stress and anxiety free,” she told us.

Sarah is a delight, and an asset to GuildNet, her peers said.

“Ms. Simpkins has some disabilities. But at 90 she is still an inspiration to all of us,” said Joselyn Salazar, GuildNet director of Marketing.

Standing O wishes many more.

Park Slope

Oh what a relief!

Thank you New York Methodist for getting rid of our indigestion.

The hospital now offers advanced treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition associated with acid reflux. Talk about your agita!

The new treatment reduces the chances that someone with Barrett’s esophagus will develop cancer.

“With nearly one-third of Americans experiencing acid reflux symptoms at some point, the number of cases of esophageal cancer is likely to increase in the years ahead,” warned Dr. Mukul Arya director of advanced endoscopy at the hospital.

“Patients diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus are 30 times more likely to develop cancer than those without the condition,” he added. This minimally invasive procedure called radiofrequency ablation uses radio waves to kill the metaplastic cells caused by Barrett’s and considerably reduces the odds of the patient developing cancer.

The good doctor advised, “The best way to reduce the risks posed by Barrett’s esophagus is to prevent the condition before it emerges.” GERD, that bane of our existence and enemy of the little blue pill, can alter and damage the lining of the stomach and is a common precurser to Barrett’s esophagus.

Call New York Methodist and make an appointment today.

New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 780–3000].

BOrough wide

Gather those accolades…

St. Athanasius School in Bensonhurst received reaccreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for meeting the standards set for a quality school.

[6120 Bay Parkway between 61st and 62nd streets in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–4791].

Rapid Realty Franchise, LLC in Bay Ridge was awarded the distinction of placing on Inc. Magazine’s 2012 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States.

[681 Fourth Avenue at 68th Street in Bay Ridge (718) 788–2423]

Ex Bensonhurst native and author John Biscello has just published his first novel, “Broken Land, A Brooklyn Tale.” A great end of summer read, but then again it’s about Brooklyn, it’s great anytime of the year.

Brooklyn playwright Joe Simonelli is having a 12-performance equity showcase run of “Heaven Help Me” at The Producers Club Theatre, 358 W. 54th St. in Manhattan from Sept. 19 through Sept. 30. Tickets can be reserved by visiting www.theatremania.com. It’s one hoot of a comedy.

Grab your baton — Arlene Figaro, headmistress of Bay Ridge’s Visitation Academy, has been named Grand Marshal for this year’s 46th annual Ragamuffin Parade on Sept. 29.

Joining her on the honors is John Abi-Habib, president and CEO of MSI Computers — he is this year’s “Man of the Year.” Both will be feted at the Ragamuffin Luncheon celebration on Sept. 16 at the Bay Ridge Manor. Tickets are $65.

[476 76th St. at Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge (718) 833–4928].

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