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Three cheers to Dr. Melinda Keller for being a chiropractor to the stars. Founder and head of the Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa goes straight to the best spine aligner around and brings mom Frances for her adjustments too.

Fellow guardians Muguel (Justice) Lombardo, Keji (Duke) Oda, international director of the Guardian Angels, and John (Zeek) Gavares all have straight-as-an-arrow spines thanks to the marvelous manipulations of Dr. Keller.

Standing O says, “If you can’t get rid of that pain in the neck, head straight to Dr. Melinda Keller for the alignment of a lifetime and get that kink right out of your spine.”

Brooklyn Spine Center [5911 16th Ave. at 60th Street in Bensonhurst, (718) 234–6200].

Park Slope

Thanks for the memory

Cheers and hooray to Christopher Nadeau and Josephine Brown of the New York Memory Center, formerly the Park Slope Geriatric Day Center, for their dedication and commitment to the care and treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Christopher is the executive director at the center and has been a staff member since 2003. He will receive the World Award from the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn for his leadership and service to the older adult community at the Center.

Josephine is the program director and will be honored as a Women of Distinction at Courier Life’s fourth annual tribute in May. She has been a member of the staff since 2000 and became program director in 2008. Brown has been instrumental in developing innovative programming for the seniors at the center.

“The New York Memory Center has been honored with the dedication, caring, and fun that Christopher and Josephine provide with their leadership,” said Allan Kramer, board president. “These awards are well-deserved and bring them the wider attention they deserve.”

New York Memory Center [199 14th St. at Fourth Avenue in Park Slope (718) 499–7701]


Crafty calendar

Budding artist Alicja Sobieraj, a sixth grader from the PAL Brownsville Beacon Center, won for her creative piece “A Career out of this world.” The outta-this-world rendering is slated to be on the June cover in the PAL’s 2014 calendar.

Alicja practices and hones her craft at the center, which provides recreational, educational, cultural, and social activities to boys and girls in the neighborhood.

Standing O can’t wait to see Alicja’s works at the Met. Brava!

PAL Brownsville Beacon Center [985 Rockaway Ave. at Hegeman St. in Brownsville, (718) 485–2719].

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Hands across time

Standing O offers condolences to Standing O pal Rev Temah Garbaty of the Carmine Carro Community Center. Her dad Aaron Garbaty passed away on March 2 at the age of 87.

Rev. Garbaty took a picture of her dad’s hands when she first learned the art of black-and-white photography. And now she has this beautiful photo to remember his loving embrace.


The Easter Bunny is coming

Chocolate bunnies, lilies and homemade goodies will be available at the annual Lady of Grace Easter Fair on April 5–6. The Boy Scouts will be selling zeppoles and fried Oreos — how can you resist that? — and local vendors will provide homemade cakes and desserts while the children play games and hunt for Easter eggs.

The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for those memorable photo ops. You can also bring a toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program at the Fort Hamilton Army Base.

So come on down and celebrate the season of spring and renewal at Our Lady of Grace Church.

Our Lady of Grace Church [E. Fourth St. and Avenue W in Gravesend, (718) 376–8294].


Welcome to the community

Standing O welcomes Councilman Robert Cornegy (D–Bedford-Stuyvesant) to the neighborhood. The representative opened the doors to his new service offices at the Bedford Stuvyvesant Restoration Plaza on March 14.

“The opening of the new constituent services office is a moment of celebration and a demonstration of my pledge to provide an exceptional level of service to the residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights,” said the councilman.

The new office comes with a lactation station for breast-feeding working moms.

The office is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday until 8 pm, and the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm.

Councilman Robert Cornegy office [1360 Fulton St., suite 500, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 919–0740].

Bay Ridge


Standing O hears that applications are now being accepted for the Betty Kash Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Narrows Community Theater, Inc.

The program was named for longtime member Betty Kash who passed away in 2012.

Throughout her career as a performer and director, Kash committed herself to working with children to share her love of the craft with them.

The award is presented to graduating eighth graders who have an interest in theater, dance, and performance, and are advancing their education in theater.

Applications and essays are due by May 16. Award winners will be announced at the June meeting of the Narrows Community Theater.

Visit for information.

Borough wide

All that jazz

Borough President Eric Adams announced that the 15th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival will run from March 28 through April 28. The best of the borough’s scat, bebop, and jazz masters will share their craft.

“Brooklyn is the ‘baddest’ borough around, and you won’t want to miss the beats from our streets during the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival,” said Adams, adding that jazz is everywhere in central Brooklyn, from nightclubs and coffeehouses to community centers and houses of worship. “Artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Lee Morgan have long established Brooklyn’s place in jazz history, and we now want to see this be an economic engine for the borough into the future.”

Say tuned to our pages for more information.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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