Unsung Bay Ridge: Filling in for neighborhood needs


Our unsung hero of the week is Dr. Paul Racioppi, DDS,  a caring dentist who monitors and keeps up the appearance of our block on Bay Ridge Parkway, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

I worked with Dr. Paul when he was a dental consultant at Victory Memorial Hospital. His interest in community service lead to his support of the late Rosemarie O’Keefe when she founded our block association, and in so doing, provided the model for forty other block associations.

Dr. Paul can be seen many afternoons, washing the sidewalk and sweeping way beyond his office space. Susan Brown helps to maintain one side of our block and Dr. Paul helps to upkeep the other half.

He became active in the Brooklyn Dental Association, and cares for those in need, many times free of charge. It is refreshing to see a doctor take such interest in his community beyond the call of medical duty.


Hats Off to our Police Captain, Ray Festino, for extending the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade 10 additional blocks, now to begin at 77th Street and Third Avenue), and ending at John Paul Jones Park. The parade is on Monday, May 25,  starting at 11 a.m. This year’s  grand marshal is our own American patriot Howie Dunn.

Happy birthday to Ilene Sacco, president of the 68th Precinct Community Council. Ilene has done a beyond super job working for the community for the past 20 years. We are very fortunate to have her passion and dedication benefit Bay Ridge.


The health benefits of garlic are legendary. Drink crushed garlic with one teaspoon of olive oil to avoid the smelly breath.

Garlic and olive oil are both blood thinners, so it helps blood circulation and bad cholesterol, and is heart healthy. However, if you are already on blood thinners or daily aspirin, please consult your doctor first.

Ten drops of garlic juice mixed in two teaspoons of honey is a folk remedy for asthma. Rub raw garlic juice on bug bites for relief.

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

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