Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!


Standing O is screeching out to our very own Big Screecher, that portly pundit and gadfly about town, Carmine Santa Maria, on the occasion of his 77th birthday — and he doesn’t even look a day over 50! Carmine celebrated the momentous occasion with boss Assemblyman William Colton (D–Bensonhurst) at his Gravesend office with a cake (sans candles) and, of course, his trusty steed Tornado in tow.

As you can see, our pal Carmine can’t wait to get his hands on the confectionery delight that the Assemblyman is holding.

But what Standing O really wants to know is, “Hey, Carmine, where’s our piece?”

Standing O sends out an Italian wish, “Tanti auguri di buon compleanno, baci, baci, baci” And many, many more.


We hate to see you go

Standing O is joining with the staff and physicians at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center to say goodbye to Dr. Alvin Kahn, chairman of the Board of Trustees, on his retirement effective Oct. 1.

The good doctor has headed the helm for more than 12 years and more than 55 years of dedicated medical service.

Even though hospital members are sad to see him go, they are grateful for the last 12 years that he has been in charge.

“Dr. Kahn embodies the values and missions of this hospital. We are grateful for his dedication,” said Mark Toney, CEO and president at the facility.

“He has been a great leader, a caring physician and an enlightened counsel to hundreds of former residents. We will miss his daily presence.”

Although reluctant to leave, Dr. Kahn is comfortable turning over the reins to his replacement.

“It has been a great pleasure to serve this community,” Kahn told us.

“But I believe that Brookdale will not only survive, but flourish. Our staff and physicians are fighters and we are fighting for this community.”

Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center [Brookdale Plaza at Linden Boulevard in Canarsie, (718) 240–5000].

Mill Basin

There’s a new kid in town

Welcome to Rabbi Yisroel Perelson, who has taken the reins from Rabbi Halpern at the Flatbush Park Jewish Center. Standing O pal Rabbi Yisroel is fully aware of what his congregation needs, telling Standing O, “I know and very much care about who our congregation is. I can emphatically say that more than anything I want to see our shul continue to grow and be strong and vibrant.” Standing O wants to see the shul grow, too. Rabbi Yisroel was thrilled with the welcome he and his wife received. “I want to thank the congregation for being so supportive. It was very special to receive all the calls and good wishes on our arrival,” he said.

“I want this congregation to succeed in being of one heart, caring, and considerate of each other’s needs,” he said, closing with. “We are together at good times and we are one in difficult times.”

Standing O is happy to share in the love.

Flatbush Park Jewish Center, [6363 Avenue U at E. 66th Street in Mill Basin, (718) 444–6868].

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