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With bright colors blowing in the Coney breeze and the smell of fantastic foods wafting in the air, the 16th annual Russian Heritage celebration began on June 10 at Asser Levy Park.

And little Standing O pal Lior Moisa Hauzenberg was there to kick start the festivities with his soccer team the Chernomorets.

This curly-haired soccer star is a member of one of the many sponsors of the event and is the son of our very own Rami Hauzenberg, senior account executive.

The fun community festival, the only one of its kind in the U.S., offers loads of activities and celebrates the Russian community in York City.

According to its website, the event was established by the Russian American Foundation in collaboration with The City of New York, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and the Daily News in 2003. The day-long festivities celebrate the legacy and achievements of the Russian-speaking émigrés from the former Soviet Republics to the United States.

Borough Wide

Come blow your horn

Three cheers for August Haller. This talented horn player and borough son was chosen to join the National Youth Orchestra of the United States and will perform at Carnegie Hall this summer before embarking on a whirlwind world tour and visiting Shanghai and Beijing, as well as debut concerts in Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon.

The young musician begins his residency in July at Purchase College, SUNY.

Standing O wishes him success in his journey.

Crown Heights

Happy anniversary

Carver Federal Savings Bank, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, hosted a swinging soiree at its newly renovated Crown Heights branch to recognize the important work of three vital non-profit, community organizations: DREAMS/YouthBuild, Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, and Crown Heights Youth Collective.

As part of Carver’s commitment to the neighborhoods it serves, a $10,000 check was presented to each of these organizations to support their giving work in the community.

DREAMS/YouthBuild program is part of the Settlement Housing Fund’s alternative school and vocational training programs, which assists individuals in obtaining high school equivalency diplomas and job skills, securing employment and enrolling in college or vocational school.

The Jewish Council provides vital programs and services, such as housing, job assistance, adult education, and at-risk-youth and crime prevention, which are available to all residents of Crown Heights.

The Youth Collective provides development-oriented programs to the youth and families of Crown Heights with cultural, educational, employment and career counseling services.

“Neighborho­ods are only as strong as the people who live and work in them,” remarked Michael Pugh, president and chief executive officer of Carver. “As a mission-based community bank we are thrilled to honor and support these good works. The Crown Heights community is strengthened by the positive contributions that these three organizations make every day. I wish them much more success and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Ditashiah Kohn, director of Settlement Housing Fund-DREAMS/YouthBuild said “Our organization’s mission is to help young adults become dedicated, responsible, educated, accountable, motivated, and self-sufficient. We are confident that we will be able to put Carver’s generous donation of $10,000 to good use.”

Rabbi Eli Cohen, executive director of Crown Heights Jewish Community Council added, “Our organization serves over 5,000 clients each year, providing vital assistance to residents and families in need. Carver’s generous donation of $10,000 will help us to further assist those who need help in the Crown Heights community.

Carver Bank [1009 Nostrand Ave. in Crown Heights, (718) 230–2900].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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