Borough daughter is laser sharp!

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Three cheers to borough daughter Helen Pozdniakova, on being selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship to advance her medical education at Laser Spine Institute.

This annual scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare. Helen was selected based on both her proven passion and dedication to healthcare, as well as her strong essay submission outlining her innovative, patient-centered ideas for industry improvement.

The Gravesend native is currently pursuing her medical degree at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology from Bingham ton University. In addition to her role as a full-time student, she serves as a scribe in a federally-funded Medicare clinic and a private clinic in Manhattan.

Laser Spine Institute is a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. The company is committed to advancing future healthcare leaders by helping them to achieve their educational goals.

Standing O wishes Helen good luck in her future endeavors.

Fort Greene

Generals welcomed

BSE Global and AEG Facilities have added new leaders to their fold as well — they are (drum roll, please) Matthew Felker as the general manager of Barclays Center and Joe Zino as the general manager of NYCB LIVE for Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Both men will take the helm as of Oct. 1

Felker and Zino will begin overseeing the responsiblities on the depature of Steve Rosebrook, regional general manager.

“Steve and his AEG Facilities colleagues have done a tremendous job building world-class arena operations teams at both venues. We thank Steve for his years of service and wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Brett Yormark, chief executive officer of BSE Global, which oversees both venues. “We’re excited about the future with Matt and Joe and congratulate them on their well-deserved prootions. They have been integral leaders in the operation of Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE.”

“We were very fortunate to have an experienced executive like Steve operating these two venues for us. His leadership has prepared Matt and Joe for assuming bigger roles,” said Richard Krezwick, senior veep of AEG Facilities.

Matthew Felker currently serves as general manager of NYCB LIVE, and will lead operations for Barclays Center as general manager.

Joe Zino curently acts as assistant general manager, and will become the head of operations for NYCB LIVE.

Barclay’s Center [620 Atlantic Ave. in Fort Greene, (917) 618–6100].

Sheepshead Bay

Rock star!

Bay Rocker and former Sheepshead Bay son, Peter Frank Santovio, is in the running to become a nominee in the 17th annual Independent Music Awards

Long time O pal, and multi-talented Peter, is among the artists and bands vying for a nomination in this influential platform for established and emerging artists from around the globe. If nominated, Pete could be among this year’s winners which will be announced during The IMA ceremony in the summer of 2019 at the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center in Manhattan.

The prestigious award honors artistry and innovation rather than sales or touring statistics in more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Producer, Video, and Design categories.

Additionally, music fans can register at to vote for one Vox Pop [Fan Favorite] Nominee in each Song and Music Video category.

To help Peter get to the vox pop tops and become a Vox Pop nominee go to:

Come on all you Bay Rocker fans, get on your laptops and vote, vote, vote!

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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