Standing ‘top of the’ O to Denis Doherty

Marine Park

Sláinte! Borough son Denis Doherty had the luck of the Irish shine upon him at this year’s parade. The Marine Parker was among the estimated one million-plus who watched the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and has the very special souvenir sash to prove it.

Our pal Denis is a student at Fort Hamilton High School, and also works as a physical therapy and occupational therapy assistant at the Brooklyn Veteran’s Administration hospital.

The merrymaking continued, despite a minor hitch, said his mom Katherine Doherty, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Verizon Emerald Society

“Denis was having a bit of trouble crossing Fifth Avenue due to his mild cerebral palsy,” she said. “That’s when a very wonderful man came to help us across to the reviewing stand.”

That man was Dr. Patrick Delamere, chairman of the parade’s Line of March Committee.

Katherine was amazed and said, “Considering he had such an important job to do, it was a kind gesture.”

Dr. Delamere was happy to help and said to Denis, “I find that your spirit is so inspiring, I would like you to have something.” That’s when he presented Denis the Line of March sash, and just like that a memory of a life time was made.

Denis could not believe his good fortune.

“This sash is one of my prized possessions,” he told Standing O.

“That sash made my son’s day,” added mom.

Standing O is happy to add to Denis’ good fortune, and is awarding him his very own Standing O.


Welcome aboard!

Standing O is putting out the welcome mat for Gregory Calliste on his appointment as the new chief executive officer at New York City Health and Hospitals, Woodhull Medical Center. Standing O pal will be responsible for ensuring quality standards of care, increasing workforce engagement, expanding access, building community collaborations, and providing an exceptional patient experience.

Gregory has been serving as acting chief executive officer in the Bronx for the past six months, and chief operating officer since March 2015. He has held several senior administrative positions at NYC Health and Hospitals Kings for more than 20 years.

Standing O wishes him a long and successful tenure.

Woodhull Medical Center [760 Broadway and Flushing Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 963–8000].


Save the date

Calling all graduates of the class of 1966 from James Madison High School. Come share your memories and celebrate the 50th reunion on Sept. 17, 2016 at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights.

Classmates will be coming from all around the globe — at last count, 14 states and two countries (Canada and Israel) will be represented. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to organize the whoop-de-do, to find discounted blocks of hotel rooms, and make arrangements for a tour of the school on Sept. 18.

Visit www.JMHS66.com for updates.

Outer Brooklyn

Walk for a cause

The Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Neurofibromatosis Foundation will hold their annual 10K walk on May 14 to support research, raise awareness, and provide support for sufferers and their families.

Check in begins at 9 am, with a scavenger hunt following at 10:30 am.

For information or to register, visit www.nfwalk.org/StatenIsland.

Every one is welcome. Dogs must be on a leash.

Historic Richmond Town (441 Clark Ave. at Arthur Kill Road in Richmond Town).

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