Generally Speaking: Remembering Pearl Harbor on December 7

This coming Monday, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This year marks the 74th anniversary of the horrific sneak attack by the Japanese Navy bombing America‘s Pacific fleet based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to it as “A date which will live in infamy.” A total of 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 were wounded.

Among the commemorative programs will be a remembrance ceremony near the end of the American Veterans Memorial Pier (69th Street Pier) at the foot of Bay Ridge Avenue, at 11 a.m., by the Kings County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

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At the November monthly meeting of the Bay Ridge Council on Aging, the guest speakers included Renee Lee Rosenberg, an author and licensed mental health counselor; Leslie Sierra from the New York State Wide Senior Action Council, and Aimee Loewenberg, director of NYU Lutheran Medical Center’s Services for Older Adults, Rosenberg spoke about maintaining good health and well-being as well as her new book, titled Achieving the Good Life After 50. Loewenberg discussed the advantage, convenience and schedule of the van transportation service sponsored by NYU Lutheran, known as “Bay Ridge on the Move,” which was originally established by the Bay Ridge Council.

During her remarks, Sierra reminded seniors age 65 and older that December 7 is the open enrollment deadline for Medicare. She also distributed pocket calendar booklets which included a Medicare checklist of of preventive services.

The New York State Wide Senior Action Council, which the Bay Ridge Council is affiliated with, is a grassroots senior advocacy organization founded in 1972, to improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. For more information, visit or you can call its Patient’s Rights Medicare Helpline at 800-333-4374.

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The Brooklyn Bar Association headed by former Assistant District Attorney Arthur Aidala, now a prominent defense lawyer and on-air TV consultant, announced that the association will be honoring noted attorney Alan Dershowitz and former New York State Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango, now one of the three celebrity judges on the hit CBS television show, “Hot Bench.”

The event will take place on December 7, at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott Hotel.

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As our Jewish friends and readers get ready to celebrate the annual Festival of Lights, we extend our best wishes for a Happy Chanukah.

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