Generally Speaking: Week of November 1

Mayors’ Charity Ball for children with disabilities

Known as the Mayors’ Ball, the Community Mayors organization will hold its annual charity ball on Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m., at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin. The all-volunteer, nonprofit, Bay Ridge-based charitable organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with disabilities.

According to Chief Mayor Shelly Della Rocca ApreaDominick Della Rocca humanitarian awards will be presented to Joseph GuagliardioPeter Vallone, Sr., a former speaker of the New York City Council; and Vincent MurdockDiane McKechnie

The late Dominick Della Rocca was a well-known community-minded business and civic leader. During his early career, he ran the famous Pete’s Restaurant on Myrtle Avenue, later opening Della Rocca’s Restaurant on Bay Ridge Avenue. In 1985, he led the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade as its grand marshal.

While chief mayor of the then-Locality Mayors, he revitalized the organization, having it renamed the Community Mayors. His daughter Shelly was elected to carry on the legacy of this prominent civic group.

Florence ThristinoHarrison enjoys the designation as Mayor of Bay Ridge from the organization. He also serves as one of its legal counsels. The deputy chief mayor is attorney Vincent Petraro.


Our hearty congratulations to Lou Trimboli. The CERT1NYC crew chief and a charter CERT member and officer was honored by the Dyker Heights Civic Association for his CERT service, as well as his tenure as president of the 62nd Precinct Community Council. Trimboli is also a member of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn.

Joining him for the occasion were CERT members Sal DemmaPat CrawfordFran MilasquasAnthony FormicaBill VitaleRay Wrigley and Alan Stoddart. Fran Vella-Marrone is the president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association.


At its October monthly meeting, the Bay Ridge Community Council had one of the city’s foremost geriatric psychiatrists — Dr. Robert Greenberg

Council First Vice President Alexander ContiRenee Dorsa, also introducedJeanne Lee


The BRCC also had another successful annual Halloween Art Window Painting Contest which is open to area public, parochial and private school students from Grade five to 12. Fourth graders were invited to participate in a Halloween Poster Competition.

We stopped by in the meeting room at the Bridgeview Dinner where the judges had just finished evaluating the posters, and were ready to go out and judge the painted windows. The panel of judges headed by BRCC Chair Maria Makrinos included Robert KassenbrockIrene HanveyJanet GounisPeter KillenGeorge MakrinosAneta DowlatramPatricia KillenJoanna SuccarCathy SantoPietro and Dawn Valentine.


At its recent meeting, the Fort Hamilton High School Alumni Association held a moment of silence on behalf of its late executive board member, Colonel Eileen Bonner (Ret.).


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