Unsung Bay Ridge: Community causes on the menu


One of the special qualities about Bay Ridge as a community is the wide spread cooperation when it comes to raising funds for others in need.  Stephen Jackson, co-owner of the Yellow Hook Grille on Third Avenue, is one of our neighbors who quietly helps to organize such projects as he helps to raise funds for special causes.

He was born and raised in St. Ephrem’s parish, and went into community service as a police officer. Now retired from the NYPD, he nevertheless keeps busy as a coordinator for the Merchants of Third Avenue. He recently married his beautiful wife, Mary, and I wish them a long and happy life together.

Any reader can nominate an “unsung hero” by calling me at 917-836-3628, with a brief account of what the person does for your block or community.


Let us all “Go Gold” during September, which has been designated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We can get creative with gold lights or ribbons at our windows or gardens.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile has been actively soliciting the Empire State Building to show  their support for this cause. State Senator Marty Golden’s yard is lit with gold lights, as his wife, Colleen, consistently promotes the cause through social media. We can all do our part.

“Let’s Go Gold,”  Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst.

Please remember to come out and show support for the annual September 11th Memorial on the Veterans Memorial Pier, 69th Street and Shore Road. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. and is organized by Senator Golden.  Call 718-238-6044 for additional information.


Bitter melon is one of the most potent folk remedies against diabetes. It reduces blood sugar as well as blood pressure while cleansing the blood. It is also used for treating psoriasis and a host of other skin diseases.

As a vegetable, bitter melon can be found in many Asian markets, but it is a taste one needs to acquire. However, an alternative would be to make tea with the leaves or pills that are sold in health food stores.

Please consult your doctor if you have any health concerns,  or are on any medication.

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