Unsung Bay Ridge: Making a difference on many fronts


This week I have decided to shine the spotlight on a true Bay Ridge treasure, a man who never seeks the limelight. Dino Lamia is a decorated U.S. Army Air Corps retiree who has received medals from both the Unites States and French governments for his heroic service.

He has been honored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars for his service. He is a past president of the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board and was a leader in developing the Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District.

Dino also led the way in founding the Colonial Club, where small business leaders meet weekly to find ways to cooperate in ventures that would benefit everyone. He is a Eucharistic minister at St. Ephrem’s, and can be found actively involved in parish affairs.

Dino is currently associated with Lincoln Brokerage. He spends his free time with his daughter Risa and granddaughter Ann. Dino’s active community involvement has always been an inspiration to me. He has made our country and community better for us all.


Congratulations to the entire Joudeh family, especially Dr. Ramsey Joudeh, and his lovely wife, Alaa, on the birth of their first child, Habib.  Baby Habib, is named after his grandad Habib Joudeh, owner of Pharmacy on Fifth. We wish this new addition to the family a long and healthy life.

Just a reminder to support the National Night Out Against Crime, being held on August 6. This festive event begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 11 p.m., at 79th Street and Shore Road. Free music and snacks are available, as we show our support and appreciation for our police officers.


Going to the Hamptons and other areas outside of the city has its benefits, but mosquito bites and other insect stings, can be a problem. Despite using natural bug sprays, some people still get attacked. Here is an old farmer’s trick that has worked for many: eat one dill pickle per day. If you do get bitten, dampen a paper towel or wash cloth and stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes. Apply to affected itchy area.  It relieves inflammation and itch.

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

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