Unsung Bay Ridge: A lifetime spent in service


Our unsung hero of the week is a wonderful woman who has spent a lifetime of service to our children and the community. Joan Curran is a retired teacher who devotes her spare time to volunteering for the Bay Ridge Community Council.

She is chairperson of the Acts of Kindness Committee whose latest project was giving shamrock plants to the residents of the St. Nicholas Home, when celebrating the 106th birthday of Catherine Allocca. The committee brought cheer and joy to the residents.

Joan has spent over 30 years with the Lions International, working on numerous projects to assist those in need. When her son Thomas was a Boy Scout, Joan volunteered as a den mother.

She is also a member of the Ragamuffin Parade Committee. She finds the time to continue teaching Catholic religious instruction to students within the parishes of St. Finbar and St. Andrew. Joan has great energy, and spends much of it in service to others. I am honored to share with others some of her contributions to our community.


I am always pleased to welcome new businesses in our community. My wife and I were delighted when we entered the new ‘Adana Mayla Turkish Restaurant’ at 7701 Fifth Avenue, and found every dish we ordered was superb.

The lentil soup was so delicious that we took an order home. We loved the mixed appetizer plate, and promised to return. The warm and friendly atmosphere combined with very reasonable prices makes this restaurant a sure winner. We welcome them to Fifth Avenue and wish them well

Please show your support for the Annual Bay Ridge Semper Fi Fund 5K Run and Walk, which will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. The race begins and ends at Cannonball Park, 101st Street and Fourth Avenue. The race supports injured Marines.


Mix two cups V8 Juice, two to three cloves of garlic, two tablespoons lemon juice and hot sauce or cayenne pepper. and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Sip slowly and re-heat when it gets too cool. This remedy was first proposed by Jean Woolhiser, but has become a popular folk remedy for colds, and sinus and other respiratory problems.

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


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