Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge) offered kudos and presented Certificates of Merit to a brand spankin’ new group of Eagle Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 715, chartered at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge. The five young men, Vasilis Papayiannis, Christopher Xanthos, Michael Leonardos, Nicholas Mutskakis and Constantine Panagakos received high praise for their leadership, dedication and community service. Standing O pal, Assemblywoman Nicole said, “These young men have demonstrated exemplary community service and are tomorrow’s leaders. I congratulate them for what they have accomplished at such a young age.” Hear, hear!
Not satisfied with just lungs, New York Methodist is also adding gastric bypass surgery to the list of robotic assisted programs at the hospital, which is only one of three in the whole northeast to offer this type of procedure. Standing O pal and surgeon extraordinaire Dr. Steven Carryl said, “Weight loss surgery can greatly improve the quality of life for many patients. Bariatric surgery can be a good option for many obese patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight.” This procedure helps patients lose up to 70 percent of body fat and allows for increased precision and enhanced magnification for the surgeon, which results in less pain and a shorter recovery period for the patient. Less pain and shorter recovery sounds like a home run to Standing O!
For those who don’t want the surgery but still want to lose weight, NY Methodist also offers a comprehensive, customized weight loss program. According to Dr. Alfred Ba Tun Leong, “Working with a support team makes the process of losing weight easier. This program is not about a quick fix, but rather long-term lifestyle changes.”
New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 780-5293].
Relay for life
The American Cancer Society, Aviators Sports Center, Assemblyman Alan Maisel (D-Marine Park), families, caregivers, and survivors gave a kick in the rear to cancer when they hosted this year’s kick-off party for the Relay for Life fundraiser, coming this spring. “Relay for Life is an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as much as it is a fundraiser,” explained Aviator’s team executive Matthew Kemp to Standing O. The party on Jan. 20 held at the center brought a whole lotta luck to the borough’s stick men when the Aviators iced the New Jersey Outlaws 6-1. Entertainment was provided by Elizabeth’s Dancing School with lots of raffles and prizes.
Relay for Life is an all day celebration where individuals and teams barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track, relay-style, to raise funds, celebrate survivors, and remember those who lost their battle. At night, participants light hundreds of luminaria around the track to honor survivors, friends and families.
The first Relay for Life in the Mill Basin, Bergen Beach and Marine Park area will be held on Sat. June 2.
Aviator Sports Center (3159 Flatbush Ave. Hanger 5, Field 2 in Marine Park). For more info visit www.relayforlife.org.
Daddy’s little girl
It was a special delivery for our very own mail room coordinator Tim Perrins, when Mr. Stork delivered little Hazel Bea down the mail chute and onto his front doorstep on Jan. 25. Daddy’s bundle of joy weighed in at six pounds four ounces, and stretched out to 20 inches long. Standing O sends a big stamp of congratulations to Mama Jessica and Papa Tim.
Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (718) 260-2523.