NEIGHBORS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Our unsung heroes
My unsung hero of the week is Marie DiResta, a lady who has made a big difference during her active years of service in Bay Ridge. Marie wore many hats, even though she held her day job as an administrator at a law firm. She helped young mothers with newborn babies, and was also actively involved in the Bay Ridge Professional Women’s Association. She joined the Bay Ridge Community Council and chaired many committees before becoming president, and later executive secretary.
Though Marie moved to Staten Island, she continues to support Bay Ridge by attending various functions and giving assistance wherever needed. She has continued her community service with the support of her daughter, Donna.
She is active as a resource in the mentally disabled community, and currently serves as first vice chairperson for Community Board Two. Marie has tireless energy, and now contributes to two communities instead of one. She is truly a neighbor who makes a difference wherever she lives.
The Ragamuffin Children’s Parade Luncheon will be held at the Bay Ridge Manor on Sunday, September 27, beginning at noon. The grand marshal will be Mary Ann Walsh and the Person of the Year is Stephen Oliver. Both honorees have a long and outstanding dedication to the youth within our community. Tickets are $60 per person. For reservations, please call 718-748-8855.
Amity Post American Region is inviting all of its members to a reception at the St. Anselm’s auditorium; 83rd Street and Fourth Avenue, on September 12, from 5 p.m. The post is rewarding its membership for their hard work throughout the year. It is free of cost. For further details, please call Howie Dunn at 718-748-3150.
UNSUNG FOLK REMEDIES: Fallen Arches
Fallen arches can cause foot pain when wearing flat shoes. Some people develop fallen arches as they get older. You can purchase arch supports to place in your shoes, but a folk remedy is to place a piece of 2×4 or 4×4 board.
Place it on the floor and rest your toes on the board, then push yourself to your tiptoes, raising your heels off the floor (hold for 3-5 seconds) and repeat for 10 reps for three sets. This exercise will help to strengthen and restore your arches.
Please consult your doctor if you have any health concerns, or are on any medication.