NEIGHBORS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Our unsung heroes
During this time of year when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it perfect to highlight a native son of Ireland, who has done a lot of good work in our community.
Dominick O’Regan is an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Holy Name Society. He steps away from public recognition, preferring to do good away from the spotlight.
He has been in charge of the grounds at Our Lady of Angels Church for the past 15 years, and like everything else he does, keeps the wheels running smoothly. He and his family actively support the parish in fundraising projects, senior citizen activities and youth sports activities year round.
Dominick is always ready to put his time and energy behind any project that needs his help. It is a team effort with his lovely wife Ann and daughters Mary Elizabeth, Maria Margaret, Cora Ann and William Dominick.
In 2009, he was given the honor of being a deputy marshal at the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. When he has free time from his numerous activities, he enjoys riding his bike throughout the community.
Dominick’s energy and warmth is good for the image of OLA, and also good for the well-being of Bay Ridge. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to a proud son of Ireland.
Congratulations to Mary Ann Walsh on being selected as this year’s grand marshal for the Ragamuffin Day Parade. Congratulations also to Steven Oliver, who was named the Ragamuffin Person of the Year. Both Mary Ann and Steven are dedicated community activists, and work hard for the benefit of our children.
You are invited to participate in the second annual blood drive in memory of Mathiew Johnson, late son of June Johnson. The blood drive will be conducted at P.S. 102, the Bay View School cafeteria, hosted by Principal Cornelia Sichenze, Thursday, March 26, from 3-7:30 p.m. at the school, 211 72nd Street. Enter on the 71st Street entrance of the school. There will be free refreshments and raffle prizes.
UNSUNG HEALTH REMEDIES: Nuts
In spite of the fear about contracting cancer, heart disease has a higher annual mortality rate for women than all cancers combined. Research has shown that people who eat nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews) two to four times a week have a lower risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol levels. Try to buy them without salt or rinse salted nuts before eating.
Please consult your doctor if you have any health concerns, or are on any medication.