Taking a walk for brain awareness

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Marine Park

Walkers laced up their trainers, put on their tees, and put soles to the pavement at the sixth annual Brooklyn Brain Aneurysm Awareness 1K walk in Marine Park on June 9.

Organized by borough daughter Julie Bagarozza in memory of her brother-in-law Daris Bagarozza, the walk benefited the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s work to fund research and awareness of the disease.

“My family and I didn’t know what a brain aneurysm was until we lost Daris. My mother-in-law and I started the walk in memory of him. It is a wonderful way to celebrate life, bring awareness to the disease and a reminder that we are not in this fight alone,” she said.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park) who was on hand to cheer on the walkers and was one of the walk’s supporters, stated: “Brain aneurysms are silent killers because most cause no symptoms. It is important we participate in events that raise money to support research and provide education on brain aneurysm awareness. I am proud to have supported the sixth Annual Brain Aneurysm Walk.”

“It’s great to see a community come together to celebrate survivors and honor those such as Daris Bagarozza,” said Christine Buckley, Brain Aneurysm Foundation executive director.

For those interested in donating, visit

Park Slope

ITT breakout!

Congrats to Steve Conyers, president of CMIT Solutions of Brooklyn North for acing the prestigious “Breakout” award at the 22nd annual convention in Vancouver, Wash., of the ITT giant CMIT Solutions. The gathering served as an opportunity to celebrate the brand reaching a new growth milestone of 200 offices open. CMIT Solutions is one of the nation’s leading information technology companies. Its annual convention brings together home office leadership and owners from across the nation for four days of training, information-sharing, and recognition of excellence.

“The Annual Convention is always the highlight of the year,” said Jeff Connally, president and chief executive officer at CMIT. “We get to bring all of our franchise partners and the home office together to inspire and learn from each other. We have been growing faster than we ever have, and continuing to encourage a collaborative community is essential to our future.”

Themed “CMIT Elevate,” the convention celebrated several key accomplishments and included extensive sales and marketing training, educational seminars, and opportunities to share best practices.

The CMIT Solutions home office completed comprehensive assessments prior to deciding which office would win the prestigious “Breakout” award. The winner was selected based on criteria such as client satisfaction, retention, revenue growth, and the number of client devices managed.

“This award means so much to me, and I’m honored to be among so many inspiring award winners,” said Conyers. “With the help of my team, this was all made possible. I’m looking forward to the years ahead.”

CMIT Solutions of Brooklyn North [320 Seventh Ave. between Eighth and Ninth streets in Park Slope, (347) 599–0737].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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