Unsung Bay Ridge: People, places and things below the radar that positively impact Bay Ridge lifestyles


This week we salute a lady who had devoted a lifetime of service to her community. Mary Nolan has worked for decades to improve the lives of many, especially the Irish immigrants in Bay Ridge.

She has been a long serving president of the Commodore Barry Club, and was presented with the prestigious Paul O’Dwyer Award at the Great Irish Fair in Coney Island. Mary is very active in St. Patrick’s Parish and has served as hostess for the visits of the Enniskillen Scout Band, as they held various concerts in our community and throughout New York City.

She is actively involved in the Brooklyn Irish Parade, which is held in Park Slope, and is a member of Community Board 10. Mary is supported in all of her community work by her beautiful daughters, Cara and Caitlin. Bay Ridge is fortunate to have a resident with the warmth and dedication of Mary Nolan.


Congratulations to my dear friend, Mary Jo Tobin, as she celebrates the 10th anniversary of her Animal Adoption Service. You are invited to join in the celebration as she shows beautiful cats and dogs up for adoption.

The adoption fair will be held at Trinity Church, 91St and 3rd Ave, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her group has helped place almost 2,000 animals in need of homes. All animals have medical clearance. A small adoption fee helps with this expense, and a valid I.D. is also required.

My wife and I are so grateful for our beautiful dog, Allie, which was adopted from this group. Please call 718-986-1362 for any additional information.

Belated birthday greetings to our dear friend and community activist, Father Khader El’Yateem. He is the pastor of the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, and chairperson of the Unity Task Force. Pastor El’Yateem is also an active member of Community Board 10. His beautiful wife, Grace, and children join us in wishing him a wonderful year.

UNSUNG FOLK REMEDIES:   Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can be found in almost every medicine cabinet, yet many do not know that it can be used as a gargle to clear a stuffy nose, post nasal drip and other cold and flu symptoms effectively. At the first sign of a cold, clean your ears and gargle with peroxide. Do not swallow.

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


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