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The borough’s newest Boston Market Restaurant got an outdoor make-over from local students. Budding muralists from IS 364 Gateway Middle School and Frederick Douglass Academy VIII Middle School took brush to paint and collaborated with community artists Miss BoomBox and LadyKFever to create masterpieces on the construction barricade wall outside the new eatery on Oct. 17. The community was asked to take to social media and vote for the best mural. In return the national restaurant chain donated up to $7,500 to the participating schools.

Stay tuned to this page to find out the winner of the mural contest when the restaurant officially opens on Nov. 23.

Boston Market is a staple on many busy dinner tables, and Standing O’s favorite go-to dinner choice!

Boston Market in Spring Creek Plaza (1340 Pennsylvania Ave. in East New York).

Sheepshead Bay

We can see clearly now

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) announced that he’s collecting used eyeglasses to help people who may not be able to afford them. People can drop off their old glasses at his district office or at the offices of optometrists Doctors Wilck, Schwartz and Novak, 445 Kings Highway, who are partnering with the assemblyman to benefit New Eyes for the Needy.

It is estimated that nearly 700 million people have impaired vision that could easily be helped with a pair of glasses. Instead, due to lack of insurance or inability to pay, they’re forced to live with functional blindness — the inability to see well enough to do basic everyday tasks, such as reading, writing, cooking, and holding a job. For children as well as adults, the implications can be lifelong and devastating.

“It is unfortunate and unnecessary that so many people live with impaired vision simply because they can’t afford glasses,” said Cymbrowitz. “This eyeglass collection drive is a win-win — those who donate will feel good knowing that their unused glasses are helping people in need and individuals who can’t afford to buy glasses will receive a gift that could change their lives.”

It’s clear to Standing O this truly deserves a shout-out.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Hurry up, time’s a-wasting!

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s district office [1800 Sheepshead Bay Rd. in Sheepshead Bay, (718) 743–4078].

Borough Wide

You heard it here first

The Brooklyn Public Library is expanding hours of service across the borough, thanks to an additional investment of $12 million in local libraries from the mayor and Council. Every Brooklyn branch will now be open at least six days a week, with several branches expanding to seven-day service. The library system will offer more evening and weekend hours throughout the borough.

Check a branch near you at www.bklynlibrary.org.

Marine Park

Gee whiz, sing a song

Give a hand to native son Pasquale Gee, a 22-year-old singer and songwriter on the road to the big time. Pasquale performs at open mic shows with guitar in hand at Pete’s Candy Store, the Delancey, Bitter End, Parkside Lounge, Bowery Electric, and Pianos.

Standing O says tune into Pasquale’s YouTube channel, or catch his music at https://soundcloud.com/pasquale-gee-music.

Bedford-Stuyvesant

An offer you can’t refuse

Welcome to Planet Fitness on its milestone of opening its 100th club in New York State right here in our little hamlet.

The fitness franchise has revolutionized working those abs with low prices; high-quality equipment and a non-intimidating atmosphere called the “Judgement Free zone.” Members experience the benefits of cardio workouts, strength training equipment, circuit training and much more.

New members can join at the new branch for only $1 down and then $10 a month with no commitment through Nov. 24.

What are you waiting for, an engraved invitation? Get going, it’s a great deal.

Planet Fitness (1245 Fulton St. in Bedford Stuyvesant, www.planetfitness.com).

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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