Generally Speaking: HeartShare CEO receives Brotherhood Award

Civic and business leader William Guarinello was tapped by the Parent Teacher Association of Public School 104, located at Fifth Avenue and 91st Street, as its recipient of the 2013 International Brotherhood Tea Award.

Guarinello, who in addition to being the president and CEO of HeartShare, is the chair of Community Board 11 and the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee, received the honor in the school auditorium on Valentine’s Day.

Angela DiyarzaPenny Merron gave the opening welcome. She was then joined by Principal Marie DiBella

Brief skits on brotherhood and friendship were performed by eighth grade students under the direction of teachers Paul Wiley and Robert Rossicone. The school continues to maintain one of the sharpest middle school color guards in the city, and its performance at this year’s event was no exception.

Other members of the PTA include President Donna Periera John; Recording Secretary Sophia Koutouzis and Corresponding Secretary Jade Lacroix.

Also in attendance were key education officials led by District Schools Superintendent Karina Costentino and Community Education Council 20 President Laurie Windsor.

This significant brotherhood recognition of a member of the community is not your typical PTA citation or honor. It goes way back in years when it was original sponsored by the School’s Mothers’ Club.


Want to know more about social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and how to promote your nonprofit or community group, then the place you want to be is at the next meeting of the Bay Ridge Community Council, on Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m., at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road.

The program, which is being hosted by the Council’s New Initiatives Committee headed by Chandra HiraRenee Dorsa is the current BRCC president.


This past week we attended the 113th Anniversary Dinner of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn held for the first time in the West Side Ballroom of the relatively new New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Broadway near West 44th Street.

This year’s honoree was Edward S. WalshMichael Gould

The more than 40 guests that were seated on the dais were led into the ballroom by the young bagpipers from Xaverian High School. Monsignor Kieran HarringtonMarty Golden one of the club’s board of governors, about robot calls he was getting about the next Pope!

Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the group and said he deeply appreciated the support and cooperation his administration has received from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzioJim Kerr served as the master of ceremonies.

Bishop DiMarzio spoke about Pope Benedict XVI resignation effective February 28. Also presenting remarks on behalf of the Club were President John Heyer II and Vice President and Dinner Co-Chair Martin Cottingham.

Monsignor Jamie GigantielloJoseph BrunoDomenic Recchia Jr., Peter Vallone, Jr. and Vinnie Gentile; New York State Conservative Party Chair Michael Long; Judges Arthur SchackJohn IngramMatt D’Emic and Patricia DiMango; Kings County GOP Chair Craig Eaton; Kings County Democratic Chair Frank Seddio; Kings County Conservative Party Chair Jerry Kassar; Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis; Monsignor David Cassato; Democratic District Leader Joe Bova; BRCC President Renee Dorsa; Frank Keating, James McHugh; Tablet Editor Edward Wilkinson; NYPD Inspector Eric Rodriguez; Michael and Beth Connors; Mary Hughes; George Prezioso; Tom McCarthy and Vincent Iannelli.

We were seated with Xaverian High School President Robert Alesi and an old friend, Principal Deacon Kevin McCormack.


Three of the longest serving Democratic City Councilmembers are up for election for another term of four years. It’s possible one of them may even be the next Council speaker. I refer to them as the Fort Hamilton Caucus because they are all graduates of the Shore Road High School. They are Vincent GentileSara Gonzalez and Letitia James. Two have announced they are holding re-election kickoff campaign fundraisers.

On Wednesday, February 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., Gonzalez (who represents Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace and Red Hook) is holding hers at the Country Boys Restaurant, 568 Fourth Avenue at 16th Street. Tickets are $20 per person. For more info, contact Alice Montalvo at 917-626-5184 or

Gentile follows with his on Thursday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dyker Beach Golf Course, 1020 86th Street. Tickets range in price from $100 to $500 each. For more details, contact Bill Arsenault at 212-239-7323.

Qualified donations to both campaigns are eligible to receive six to one matching city funds.


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