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Blue ribbons to husband-and-wife team Allison and Matt Robicelli on the publication of their new book, “Robicelli’s: A Love Story with Cupcakes.”

With a pound of yuks and cups full of laughter, the Robicellis introduced their latest creation at Hom’s Restaurant on Oct. 18.

And it’s already receiving a heaping portion of accolades.

“Robicelli’s famous French buttercream recipe alone is worth the price of this book,” wrote Shirley O. Corriher of Bookwise.

“A serious cookbook that doesn’t take itself so seriously,” wrote chef and author Johnny Iuzzini.

And, of course, “Bonnie and Clyde had bullets; Allison and Matt have cupcakes,” wrote Doug Quint, owner of Big Gay Ice Cream.

So if you’re hankering for some delicious cupcakes and can’t get to one of their retailers — they distribute all over the city— buy the book and try out some of the recipes yourself. Even if you don’t bake you will enjoy the easy prose and great pictures.

Standing O can’t wait to get its hand on a copy and try a hand at a cupcake or two. You can order your own copy on Hardcover is $24.63.

Dyker Heights

A healing voice

Singing is the best medicine and Dr. Donald Martinelli is a specialist.

By day Dr. Martinelli is a board certified internist, but by night the healing hero uses his singing talents to help the sick. Nursing home residents at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare had their spirits lifted and were treated to a concert this past July that featured hit songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s sung in English and Italian by our pal Dr. Donald.

“Medicine is not always the answer, as many of the elderly residents in a nursing home suffer from isolation and poor self-image,” he sung to Standing O.

Dr. Donald not only serenades his patients, but he is also the director at the home; he is involved in training the resident physicians at Maimonides Medical Center and is on the executive medical council, the governing body at Maimonides. Dr. Martinelli received a Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Michael Grimm at the concert. And now his card is complete with this Standing O.

Standing O sings out a great big “Mile grazia Dottore Martinelli.

Dr. Donald Martinelli [8306 13th Ave. at 83rd Street in Dyker Heights, (718) 833–6161].

Boreum Hill

It’s Sterling silver and gold

Three cheers to the Sterling School for being recognized as the winner of the “B” Green Challenge, sponsored by National Grid and the Brooklyn Nets. The school has taken mondo steps to reduce energy use and be more environmentally friendly by installing a programmable thermostat to help manage energy usage. The school also had bamboo floors installed, completed an energy audit, and upgraded the building’s lighting. But the most significant step was that the staff has engaged their students to be stewards of the environment by inspiring them to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Standing O awards the Sterling School a Sterling Standing O.

The Sterling School [299 Pacific St. at Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, (718) 625–3502].


Green thumbs up!

Huzza, huzza to the students at PS 276, the Louis Marshall Elementary School, for putting their green thumbs to good use. Together with the American Heart Association Teaching Garden program the industrious gardeners planted a garden full of healthy veggies. On Oct. 15 the farming friends reaped the benefits of the garden and harvested the goods. The goal of the program is to improve children’s health.

Standing O sends out a bushel of shout outs.

PS 276 The Louis Marshall Elementary School [1070 E. 83rd St. and Avenue K in Canarsie, (718) 241–5757].


Making Strides

Hats off to the teachers and staff at David A. Boody IS 288 for walking in support of the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 20 at the Nethermead in Prospect Park.

David A Boody Intermediate School 288 [228 Avenue S and W. Fourth Street in Gravesend, (718) 375–7635].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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