Unsung Bay Ridge: People, places and things below the radar that positively impact Bay Ridge lifestyles


This week, the spotlight is on Kevin Farrell, a man who has volunteered much of his time toward preserving the quality of life in Bay Ridge. Kevin has served as a member of the Committee to Preserve the Fort Hamilton Army Base from closing. He is also active in the American Legions Wounded Warriors Project, supporting Howie Dunn in fundraising activities.

Kevin and his lovely wife, Anne, are supporters of Xaverian High School and very active at Our Lady of Angels church. He has served on the advisory board of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for the past 10 years.

Kevin retired as chief of detectives for Manhattan North NYPD, and also served as New York City sanitation commissioner. It is remarkable that he finds time to support his community in spite of holding such demanding positions. He credits it to the support of his wife, son Kevin, daughter Nancy and grandchildren, Katelyn, Owen and Elizabeth.


My friend, the great entertainer Martin McQuade, invites us to the 75th anniversary of ‘Billboard’s Annual Top Ten’ on Thursday, July 23 at Hunters Steak House, 94th Street and Fourth Avenue, from 7 until 10 p.m. Martin is an entertainer and showman, and is supported by Pete Sokolow on piano.

Congratulations to the Merchants of Third Avenue’s 2015 pioneers. The following community activists who have thus far been announced are Kathy Khatari, Brian Chin, Phillipa Morrish, Annette Fisher, Leigh Holliday Brannan, Giacomo Santangelo and Anne Strafaci. Two others awardees are yet to be announced. Stay tuned for more information regarding the October 26 cocktail reception where the awards will be given.

UNSUNG FOLK REMEDIES: Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is one product that is always in my home. My wife suffers from occasional rapid heartbeat episodes, and she swears that one tablespoon is all that is needed to slow it down immediately.

Folk remedies abound about its many uses. Many people claim that it prevents and even reverses gray hair when taken daily. Most health food stores sell blackstrap molasses, or order it online. One or two tablespoons in coffee makes it appealing for most people; however, avoid if you are diabetic due to the sugar content.

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

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