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I’m madder than Chicken Little during the latest storm of the century over the fact that no matter how hard it doesn’t snow, I still somehow always find and get my car stuck in the biggest pile of snow in Brooklyn!

Look, you all know the ol’ Screecher sometimes gets himself caught up in the kinds of hoots and hijinks that are usually reserved for 1980s sitcoms, and this past “snowstorm” was no different for me when my car acted like the one Ricky Shrieber slept in on “Silver Spoons” (In other words, it didn’t move! And needless to say, hilarity ensued!).

Now, I don’t need to tell you that the Rite Aid at 86th Street and Bay 41st has the biggest parking lot in Bensonhurst proper and the company as a whole spends a whole heck of a lot on advertising every year to make sure I keep coming back for my adult diapers (Hey! Those are just for long trips in the car!).

But if it was up to me, they would spend some of those big advertising bucks on security guards paid to protect those precious spaces from deadbeats who do one of five things: park there in my spot and run over to the gourmet deli down the block or (worse) the 7-11 across the street; or, well, make that one things!

On Monday, I had no such problem, able to get in and out with the necessary provisions unscathed. But things got a bit worse when I had to head over to a doctor’s appointment over on Ocean Avenue between S and T. We got there without a problem, and easily found a spot, but ended up getting trapped inside when one of DeBlasio’s snow plows, sensing I was there, decided to use my parking space as a snow storage area.

I told old lead foot to do what she does best and gun it to get us over the hump Dukes of Hazard style, nut the wheels ended up spinning so loud and so long, I wasn’t sure what would give out first — the engine or the tire treads!

Thankfully, a good Samaritan came by and offered not only pushed, but offered up some advice on which way to turn the wheel so we could get out, which we did.

Speaking of good Samaritan’s let’s take this break in the action to introduce you to this year’s BWECC! Five-Diamond Award recipient, Erica Kuskin! Now if I could just find that cut and paste button! Here goes!

Erica, born to Ilene and Ned Kuskin, was raised in Brooklyn with her two sisters Robyn and Randi. She attended all district 21 schools; P.S. 128, Joseph B. Cavallaro and John Dewey High School.

She has been working as a guest service associate at the Westin Grand Central Hotel (formerly The New York Helmsley) for eight years. Some guests travel to the hotel numerous times a year on business, and Erica greets them by name, ask about their families and make them feel like they’re at their second home. She understands how difficult travel can be for the single woman who doesn’t know anyone in the city, for the dad who missed his daughter’s first steps, for the new mom having to leave her infant, so she tries to do anything she can to make their necessary travel as relaxing as possible.

If Erica notices her guests are traveling with family, she’ll send milk and cookies to the room for the kids. If they’re feeling under the weather, she’ll send extra tissues and some hot tea up to their room. She genuinely loves what she does and cares about her guests.

Even though she has a full time job, she makes time to volunteer at P.S. 212 as well as volunteering on the hospitality committee for the Bensonhurst West End Community Council.

A single mother, she also spends plenty of time with her beautiful daughter Ashley, making sure she has everything she needs.

Erica began volunteering at P.S. 212 when her nephew Eddie Jr. was in the first grade back in 2006. Ashley was enrolled in P.S. 212 in 2009, the following year Erica became an executive board member and held the position of recording secretary of P.S. 212’s P.T.A. Erica has served on the school leadership team, and when possible she attends District 21 Community Education Council, President’s Council and the BWECC!’s monthly meetings where she makes the best coffee!

Whether it was setting up a fund-raiser, changing the letters on the outside P.T.A. board (in the rain) or volunteering at another school, she does it with a smile. Just to follow Erica in her extraordinary schedule is tiring, but she manages to make everyone she comes in contact with feel special and that is why she is receiving BWECC!’s award!”

Join us on March 5 at our gala at the Incomparable El Caribe Country Club. Contact BWECC@AOL.COM for info and details!

Screech at you next week!

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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