Curvy Girls stage an uplifting fund-raising benefit for scoliosis

Members of Curvy Girls, the Brooklyn Chapter of the International Scoliosis Foundation with their fashion braces at this year’s Fashion Show fundraiser.
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Wow-wee-kaz-ow-ee to Nicole Agaronnik, chapter leader of Curvy Girls an International Scoliosis Support Group, for the successful fundraiser on Jan. 14 held at the Kings Bay Y at 3495 Nostrand Ave.

The group presented a scoliosis brace fashion show, which included a performance of wheelchair ballroom dancing among other entertainment.

“Many of the girls in our group are 10-14 years old and they wear a hard plastic brace for scoliosis and undergo other treatments,” said Nicole Agaronnik. “So we wanted to design costumes for them and create a fashion show out of something that they often feel shame about,” she explained.

Models included, Nicole Agaronnik, Vika Berfirer, Marsha Kinkov, Emily Shteynberg, Nicole Shteynberg and Lisa Tselikovskayal.

A solo dance was performed by Paula Mirani; and a Duet-Latin dance performance by Kevin Berfirer and Ariella Baazov. A vocal and guitar duet by Marsha Kinkov and Daniella Serdyuk, and a solo piano by Erica Prechen; Duet-Wheelchair Ballroom performers included, Rik Daniels and Nicole Agaronnik, and Levy Agaronnik rounded out the event.

Curvy Girls was started in Spring 2017 as an effort to connect girls with scoliosis in the local community.

Sunset Park


Blink Fitness cut the ribbon on its new facility on Jan. 16. In celebration of the opening, Blink donated 50 one-year memberships to local organization Turning Point Brooklyn, a group that is dedicated to serving at-potential individuals and families in need through health, education, supportive housing, and social services. This is the 65th facility of the premium quality value based club.

Blink Fitness [5109 Fourth Ave., at 51st Street in Sunset Park]

Fort Greene

Additional welcomes

Standing O is also putting out the mat for Hungry Ghost Coffee Bar & Cafe, which opened on Jan. 3. This is the fifth coffee bar & café of the chain that first opened in Prospect Heights in 2012. For those chasing the perfect shot of espresso or cold brew, the new location boasts 420 square feet on the ground floor of Forest City Ratner’s luxury building and offers a menu of Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown coffees along with imported French pastries — c’est magnifique!

“Hungry Ghost is an ideal addition to the evolving Pacific Park neighborho­od,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, president and chief executive officer of Forest City New York.

Hungry Ghost Coffee Bar & Cafe, (80 DeKalb Ave. in Fort Greene]

Coney island

Save the Date

Mush! The biggest news ever! — More than 120 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders will converge on the beach in Coney Island at Stillwell Avenue on Feb. 3, at 9 am for the annual Klondike Derby. Scouts from all over the city will form teams and pull sleds in races just as dogs do in the Iditarod.

This event allows scouts to demonstrate teamwork, craftsmanship and to exercise winter-survival skills.

So don’t be square — be there.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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