Unsung Bay Ridge: Working toward unity


Unsung heroes have one thing in common; they commit a great deal of  time and energy to making Bay Ridge a better place in which to live.

Adil Oualim is a young man who has such a passion. Five years ago, he and his friends founded the Moroccan American House Association, to help foster peace and understanding between the various cultures in Bay Ridge.

He is a member of the Bay Ridge Unity Task Force, and holds open house meetings for the community, while proudly reminding people that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States of America. He is an active member of Community Board 10, and his organization teaches English and Arabic to any community child who wishes to learn these languages.

He and his loving wife Hanane are proud parents of a three-year-old son, Rayan. I applaud this young man for his community service, and his ongoing work in promoting peace and understanding in Bay Ridge.


Bay Ridge would like to wish one of its oldest residents (maybe the oldest) a happy 106th birthday. Catherine Allocca lives at the St. Nicholas Home, on Ovington Avenue, and will enjoy a birthday party in honor of her 106th birthday, which will be celebrated on March 17. Catherine loves to dance, play bingo and socialize with visitors and other residents.

A reminder to come out for the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Sunday, March 22. The route begins at Marine Avenue, and proceeds along Third Avenue, to 67th Street. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Fort Hamilton Base Commander, Colonel Joseph Davidson.


Today I will expand my health recommendation to include an over-the-counter pill that is indeed an unsung health remedy. Coenzyme  Q-10, is primarily recommended to strengthen the heart muscle. It is also frequently recommended to help hypertensive people. However, exciting research has found that this pill is also effective in breast cancer patients when used with traditional treatments.

Drs. Lockwood and Folkers of the University of Texas have published several cases of remission in women with metastasized breast cancer. It is worth asking your doctor about this small pill.

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

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