Unsung Bay Ridge: Guardians of the nabe


Our unsung hero of the week is the energetic crusader Bob Cassara who has dedicated over 20 years of service to maintaining the excellent quality of life in our community.

For years, Bob was a member of Community Board 10. He has been on the forefront of  fighting large commercial vehicles that exceed the speed limit in Bay Ridge, thereby causing unnecessary traffic jams and accidents.

He also observed many homes under construction and his investigation showed that many were being renovated illegally to accommodate considerably more than the amount of families that is legally permitted. He co-founded the Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance in holding public hearings to stop these illegal conversions in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.

Bob has been working very hard in speaking to community groups to gain their support and to educate them about this ongoing threat to our quality of life. He is supported by his loving wife, Susan, daughter, Allison and sons, Jeffrey and Matthew.


There are a still few seats left for the Annual Kassenbrock Brothers Scholarship Luncheon, being held on Sunday, March 8 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person. For reservations and additional information, call Mary Ann Walsh at 718-833-6624.

The Bay Ridge Oscars returned to our community, as the ‘stars’ among us turned out to honor Bob Howe with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Kudos to Marianne Teta, whose brainchild came to life with her involvement and the hard work of Aida Nicolaou, Chuck Otey, Donna Mae DePola and my wife, Phillipa.

Generous gifts were donated by many within the community for raffle prizes. We can hardly wait for next year’s red carpet event.


The human kidneys work very hard to filter blood and other chemicals that enter the our bodies. An old folk remedy is to take a bunch of parsley and wash it thoroughly.

Cut into small pieces and place in a pot of clean, boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes and leave to cool. Pour in a clean bottle and refrigerate. Drink one glass daily to remove excess salt from the kidneys.

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

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