Unsung Bay Ridge: Our unsung hero Marianne Teta

This week, our unsung hero might be known to many, because of her decades-long history of community service in Bay Ridge. However, though Marianne Teta has been out of the public eye for a while, she has been working below the radar as an active board member of the Francesco Loccisano Foundation.

This organization was formed to honor the memory of one of Marianne’s ex-students, Francisco, better known as Frankie, a past student at Xaverian High School, who succumbed much too young to cancer. The organization raises funds for scholarships and gives assistance to children stricken with cancer.

Marianne has served as president of the following organizations: School Board 20, The Bay Ridge Community Council and the Bay Ridge Lions. It is great to see Marianne giving her time and energy to such a worthy cause. Let us support her and the foundation in their work to assist those stricken with this terrible disease.


Attention all single ladies. It will be “raining men” at the Francesco Loccisano Foundation’s ‘Bachelor Auction’ to benefit its fight against childhood cancer. There are over three dozen men scheduled to be ‘picked.’ This event is usually great fun and it supports a worthy cause.

The auction will be held at the Dyker Golf Course, 86th Street and Seventh Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 Tickets are $75 each. For reservations, please call 718-238-7244.

The Kassenbrock Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Sunday, March 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. Tickets are $50 each. Please call 718-833-6624 for reservations.


Most people use Epsom salts as a soak for bodily aches and pains. However, did you know that half a teaspoonful of Epsom salts in orange juice every morning has helped many epileptic sufferers greatly reduce seizures.

Another little known use for Epsom salts, according to Dr. John Thorp of the University of North Carolina, is an infusion when women go into premature labor. It is said to cut in half the rate of babies born with cerebral palsy.

Please consult your doctor if you are on any medication.

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