Three cheers to the Guild for Exceptional Children

Bay Ridge

Congrats to the Guild for Exceptional Children for picking up $250,000 in state grant money to continue its work with developmentally disabled people of all ages. State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) presented the extra-extra-large check to Guild Executive Director and CEO Paul Cassone on April 16 at the organization’s headquarters on 68th Street. The Guild gave Golden a gift in return: a mug made by exceptional students in the center’s ceramics class.

The Guild for Exceptional Children [260 Third Ave. between Third Avenue and Madeline Court in Bay Ridge; (718) 833–6633].— with Will Bredderman


Fly me to the moon

Patients and visitors were treated to an afternoon of music and melody when volunteers decided to give an impromptu concert. The atrium was filled with the sounds of music by volunteers Bonnie Edner, Dov Hirsch, Joshua Reis, Patrice Sinclair, Rose Huczko, Jayvon Evans, and Vikens Vilpique. The volunteer vocalists were accompanied by John Louis on piano, Jed Jean Claude on piano and Ann Glasser on guitar.

Beth Israel Hospital, [3201 Kings Highway between E. 32nd Street and New York Avenue in Flatbush (718) 252–3000].

Red Hook


Yeah! The renowned restaurateur, cookbook author and PBS host of “Lidia’s Italy,” Lidia Bastianich is making a pit stop at the Red Hook Fairway Market on May 12 from noon to 2 pm. Shoppers will be treated to a sampling of Lidia’s sauces and pastas and meet with the chef as she signs copies of her latest book, “Lidia’s Italy in America.” Standing O will be first in line.

Red Hook Fairway Market [480-500 Van Brunt St. at Reed Street in Red Hook, (718) 694–6868].

Park Slope

Foiled again

En garde to Sloper and alum of The Dwight School Race Imboden, who was officially named to the United States Olympic Fencing Team by the United States Fencing Association. After the fourth world cup, our pal Race qualified for the Men’s Foil team. He told Standing O “I couldn’t be more excited to be competing as a member of Team USA especially since it will be held in London, because that’s where my mom’s from.” Race is currently ranked as the No. 6 man in the Federation Internationale d’Escrime, and No. 2 in the U.S. Fencing Division. Along with a gruelling schedule of practice, Race will begin his higher education at Notre Dame this fall.

Let the games begin!

Breath deep

They’ve done it again – this time it’s a new comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Program for the diagnosis, care and treatment of lung cancer.

The latest offering features a multidisciplinary care team of pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons and radiologists, who all work together to diagnose and treat the disease. The new approach streamlines the process offering patients the maximum chances of a good outcome. Dr. Suhail Raoof, chief of pulmonary and critical care told Standing O,

“The best weapon in the fight against the disease is an early diagnoses.” Dr. Raoof added, “We’re thrilled to have developed the program here.” Standing O is thrilled too.

New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues in Park Slope (718) 780–3000].


Rah, rah, sis boom bah

Bishop Kearney cheerleaders twirled, flipped, and pom-pomed their way to first place at the Shore Showdown and Beast of the East competition in that other state, New Jersey, this past weekend. The Tiger pride glowed as the girls, led by coaches Krystina Macca and Victoria Viviani aced the trophy as well as the Grand Champion for their division. Team captains Jacklyn Terranova, Catherine Tucci, and Dana Lebvechia led their squads to a resounding victory.

Bishop Kearney High School [220 60th St. between 23rd Avenue and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst (718) 236–6363].

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

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