This week’s heroes — in one easy-to-read format

(Left) Marathon hopeful Andrew Rausa with dad Sam.


Hubba, hubba. What does George Haber have to do with our little paper? Well Standing O pal George worked for the Kings Courier back in the day, well before we were a twinkle in News Corporation’s eyes. Haber was first an intern, then a cub crime reporter for former publisher Ed Luster. Now you might say this is one heck of story, but it only gets better. The best part is that George, along with fellow Lafayette HS alum, celebrated their 50th reunion this past October and danced, kibitzed and schmoozed the day away at Gargiulo’s, reliving those glory days of 1961. “We received a terrific education at Lafayette and didn’t appreciate it at the time,” said Miriam Kagan Leberstein, classmate and retired attorney. Former teacher Malcolm Largmann, added, “As teachers we were as inspired by you as much as you were inspired by us.” Now Standing O is inspired to go to her own reunion.

Brooklyn Heights

A run for the money

Andrew Rausa started running three years ago when his dad Sam was diagnosed with cancer. It was a way that both could deal with the prognoses (Sam is now in remission), and also cope with Sam’s many treatments. Although each has competed before, this Sunday is the first time that they will compete together in the New York City Marathon. Our pal Andrew has also been selected by Foot Locker to represent our borough in a “race within a race” pitting him against schlubs from the four non-Brooklyn, and therefore uninteresting, boroughs. The winner not only gets to brag, but wins a Tiffany trophy and a $1,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice. Standing O wishes all five city runners good luck, but will be offering special cheers for Brooklyn’s own Andrew. Is it wrong to say, “Break a leg”?

Bay Ridge


Irish eyes are smiling for native son Frank Comerford, who has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Frank is dusting off his tam-o-shanter, polishing up his shillelaghs, and gearing up to march that long green mile down Fifth Avenue in that other borough. “It was an honor to be with the Committee when they announced Frank would lead the march,” State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) told us. “Frank has long been a leader in the community and it’s only fitting that he be selected.” Standing O thinks so, too, and will be hoisting a pint in Frank’s honor come March 17.

Fort Greene

What a bambino

After a labor of love, My Brooklyn Baby bounced onto Fulton Street last month offering the cutest, bestest baby items. Not only does the shop provide toys and clothes, for children up to 4 years old, but it boasts a diaper-changing station, play area and place for moms to kick back and rest their weary tootsies. Owner Darcey LeFleming knew that a baby store is what she really wanted to open — and just what the community needed. As a new mom, Darcey discovered that whenever she needed to shop for baby stuff, she had to travel out of the neighborhood just to buy essentials. “Until my store opened here, moms had to travel to Park Slope, shop online or go to big box stores to get supplies. My store offers a local shopping option for them,” Darcey told us. “It’s amazing how supportive the community has been and such a treat to watch the children play in this space I created.” Darcey is also hosting a Santa’s Village on Dec. 9–11 where you can take pix with the Jolly Old Elf and then make some nifty crafts to take home.

My Brooklyn Baby [692 Fulton St. near S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene (347) 889-6026]. Open every day from 11 am to 7 pm.


For Hope

Hats off to developer Bruce Ratner for pledging $15,000 per year for the next five years to the Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund, a charity created after the untimely death of the rising political star and aide to City Councilman Steve Levin (D–Brooklyn Heights). The announcement was made at a kick off at Brooklyn Borough Hall with Hope’s family and friends. Hope is the daughter of Judge Gus Reichbach, an old college buddy of our pal Bruce. The memorial fund will pay interns who volunteer with local community groups. Borough President Markowitz also offered his praise to Reichbach.

Reach reporter Joanna DelBuono at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2523.

Borough President Markowitz looked skyward to honor Hope Reichbach at the dedication of a memorial fund to the late Council staffer.
Photo by Alice Proujansky

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