Unsung Bay Ridge: Life blood of the community


I am honored to recognize a long-time friend and co-worker, who has quietly worked under the radar within our community for much of her adult life.

When Karen Breslin worked in the laboratory at Victory Memorial Hospital, she would often volunteer to run blood drives for those in need. She is still interested in helping those who need blood, and on September 11, organized a massive blood drive at her church, Redeemer St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dyker Heights.

She volunteers at homeless shelters, feeding those in need, and is still an active volunteer at Brookdale Hospital.

Karen’s children, James and Fara, can tell of a mother who was always involved in their school’s PTA. She is caring, energetic and compassionate. We are fortunate to have Karen as a neighbor.


Hats off to the restaurants of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights; Mill Basin and Queens, which generously donated cooked food, cakes, pastries and toys to the Fort Hamilton Military Base children’s Christmas party.

Thanks also to the organizations that joined the toy drive, and helped to make their annual party an overwhelming success. When asked, businesses and individuals  immediately stepped up and stunned the recipients with the scope of their generosity and support.

We can be very proud of our community; I have repeatedly heard from the military that it is one of a kind. Let us continue to support our mom-and-pop businesses.

All American Legion members are invited to the annual Amity Post holiday party, being held on January 18 at the Bay Ridge Manor from 1 to 6 p.m.  Tickets are $60 per person. For additional information, please contact Howie Dunn at 718-748-3150.


To prevent or fight the common cold, slice one large red onion. Place one slice at the base of a glass bowl and cover it with honey. Keep adding slices; covering each slice with honey. Raw honey is fine but Manuka honey is best.  Let is steep overnight or for days if possible.

One tablespoon of the honey twice per day will help to keep those flu germs at bay or help send them away quickly. Children love the taste, and the syrup will not have the onion smell.

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

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