‘Neigh kidding’ at rehab center

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Residents at the Bushwick Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare got a surprise visit from some unique guests — Aiden and Pearl, two mini-horses from Horseability, a Long Island organization.

The residents gave a warm welcome, a hug, and a tasty treat to the equine ambassadors.

“Our residents loved these horses!” said Maria Machado, recreation director. “Their faces lit up so beautifully when the horses cantered in. What a heart-melting sight.”

The horses were such a hit that they were scheduled for another visit.

Bushwick Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare [50 Sheffield Ave. at Atlantic Avenue in Bushwick, (718) 345–2273].

Sheepshead Bay

Sad tidings

Standing O is sad to announce the passing of longtime reader Mary Rose Favilla on July 31.

Mary, a lifelong resident of our town, was a vibrant, loving woman who touched many lives.

This borough daughter was young at heart with many interests, including decorating, playing piano and mandolin, cooking, and art. She could strike up a dance and tune anytime. She enjoyed people dropping by, having conversations, and loved to see people smile. She always had the ability to look on the bright side of any situation.

Mary will be missed by the O, as well as all those she came in contact with. She is survived by her son Anthony and daughter-in law Katherine, as well as her grandchildren: Anthony and wife Andrea, Joseph and partner Phil, Elizabeth and husband Paul, Andrew and wife Laura, and her great grandchildren: Gabrielle, Sofia, Isabel, Nicholas, Luke, Charlotte, and Carmine.

Crown Heights

Grants galore

Thanks to Carver Federal Savings Bank, a certified Community Development Fund Institution, for granting six community organizations to receive funds awarded to the Bank under the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bank Enterprise Award program.

Carver received approximately $195,000 to award to non-profit organizations located in qualified areas that provide vital services to low- and moderate-income populations. Of the six organizations, two were from the borough — Bridge Street Development Corporation in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Comunilife in Brownsville.

“Carver is pleased to have selected these organizations to receive awards under the Bank Enterprise Award program,” said Michael Pugh, president and chief executive officer of Carver. “Each of these community organizations performs much-needed work in our communities every day.”

Emilio Dorcely, president and chief executive officer at Bridge Street Development Corporation, said: “Bridge Street’s mission is to build partnerships with businesses, government, and other community stakeholders to provide civic and economic opportunities to the residents of Central Brooklyn, with a focus on LMI households and small businesses located in underserved neighborhoods. The grant will be used to support a Small Business Boot Camp, which provides a training and development workshop series in partnership with the LIU School of Business.”

Dr. Rosa M. Gil, president and chief executive officer of Comunilife, said, “Since its founding in 1989, Comunilife has grown into one of NYC’s best-respected community-based health and housing service providers. The grant will support the workforce development initiative located at our Dona Rosita II Residence.”

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

Bay Ridge


Hallelujah — at long last, and after four long years, Christ Church Bay Ridge got a new permanent priest. As prayers from the flock were answered, Father Lawrence DeLion, formerly of Smithtown’s St. Thomas of Canterbury parish, took to the pulpit for a resounding sermon of faith last week. It was standing room only at the welcoming Mass.

Christ Church Bay Ridge [7301 Ridge Blvd. in Bay Ridge, (718) 745–3698].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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