Standing O is back and cheering Brooklyn on!

Crowned queen: Taylor Powers (second from left) with her mom Virginia Powers, aunt Nancy Duggan, and Saviour High School Principal Sister Valeria Belanger. Taylor was chosen to be the Colleen Queen of the Great Irish Fair.

Fort Greene

Standing O welcomes Dr. Alan Saber into the borough. He comes to our fair land from Cleveland and is now the head of the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive General Surgery department at Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Dr. Saber earned his medical degree in Egypt, completed his residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, right here in the city, and then practiced in Florida and finally in Ohio. Boy, has he moved around a lot, but we are glad he’s here. Dr. Saber also lectures in obesity, sits on various boards of surgical techniques development and is a member of the Association of Surgical Education, among several other affiliations.

“I am delighted to have someone of Dr. Saber’s caliber,” said Dr. Richard Becker, president and CEO of the hospital.

So is Standing O.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center [121 DeKalb Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 250–8000].

Park Slope


She’s the queen, the cream of the crop, she’s Taylor Powers. The bonnie graduate, Class of 2012, was chosen to be the Colleen Queen of the Great Irish Fair (is there any other type of Irish Fair?).

Our pal Taylor has the distinction of being the second Colleen monarch named from Saint Saviour High School in the past five years. Taylor comes from a long line of fine lassies, her mother Virginia Powers and aunt Nancy Duggan are both alumnae of the school.

St. Saviour High School [588 Sixth St. between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, (718) 768–4406].


Gather those candles

Standing O sends out belated birthday felicitations to Sharon Santa Maria, the wonderful, patient, and we do mean patient, wife of our very own Screecher, Carmine Santa Maria. Her birthday was last week, but Standing O forgot to check the old birthday calendar list, so we’re just a few days late. Better late than never. So Sharon, Standing O wishes you a joyous belated B-day and hopes that the coming year will be filled with love, health, and joy.

Boosting around the borough

Skoal! It’s Oktoberfest and the steins will be overflowing on Oct. 21 at the annual Schnitzel Haus celebration. Martin McQuade will be warbling his Irish heart out and paying tribute to American songwriters of German origin, including Kurt Weill, Frederick Hollander, Frederick Loewe, Sigmund Romberg, Jerome Kern, and Oscar Hammerstein, just to name a few. Pete Sokolow will be tinkling the ivories along with Marty. So come on down between 6 and 9 pm, and raise a pint or two.

Schnitzel Haus [7319 Fifth Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–5600].

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Two future Oscar winners, Sam Griffith and Jackson Shane, were chosen as finalists in the Young Filmmakers contest. The two will walk the red carpet at Lincoln Center for the awards ceremony. We wish them luck.

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Congrats to aspiring artist Farhat Sikder, a former student at Edward R. Murrow High School and current student at Pratt Institute for having her painting, “Train Ride,” selected by the U.S. Department of Education to be part of its special exhibit, “Art.Write.Now.DC.”

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Kudos to LIU Pharmacy student and mother of four Lilian Almaghrabi. The Flatbush resident was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Women’s forum Education Fellow, receiving a $10,000 scholarship award. Lilian is one of 12 women honored this year and was cited for her superior qualifications, accomplishments, and commitment to education after overcoming many adversities.

LIU Pharmacy [One University Plaza, at Willoughby Street in Downtown, (718) 488–1000].

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Red roses to the Red Hook Initiative for being selected as one of six finalists for the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence Award sponsored by the New York Community Trust and New York Magazine (Standing O is an equal opportunity booster!). The group partners with community adults to nurture young people to be inspired, resilient, and health-conscious, and to envision themselves as co-creaters of their lives and society.

Red Hook Initiative [767 Hicks St. at W. Ninth Street in Red Hook, (718) 858–6782].

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New guy: Dr. Alan Saber is the new chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive General Surgery at Brooklyn Hospital Center.

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