Unsung Bay Ridge: Making an art of helping


During this time of the year, I cannot help but think of our many neighbors and friends who help to make it “the happiest season” for many families, who would not have had one without their assistance.

Artie Maresca is one such person. Though he is a busy businessman, he supports numerous charities with his time and financial resources. He helped to create the Ben-Bay Kiwanas Club, together with his friend, the late Victor Allegretti. Throughout the years, that group has assisted many needy families on a monthly basis.

Artie also helps veterans and active duty military families, and can be depended on to assist many charitable organizations with food and other donations. He gives of himself, and can often be seen at fundraisers, contributing generously without looking for credit. Artie is one of the unsung heroes of our community. We are really happy to have him as a neighbor.


Many friends, schools and businesses in our community have donated generously to the Fort Hamilton Christmas party, but I wish to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of my dear friend Penney Santo. Penney devoted much of her holiday season to assisting her son, Dominick, in gathering toys and gift cards for the children of Fort Hamilton.

They held a fundraising Christmas party at their home, and appealed to friends, businesses and schools for donations of toys and gift cards to be donated at Fort Hamilton for the children of military families.

Students at Xaverian High School, where Dominick is a senior, gave generously to the effort as well. I am so thankful to have such friends whose giving make the season so much better for our military families.

A happy birthday to a wonderful young man, Matt Clavin. Matt is a director for the family operated funeral home, and also represents his family at many of our local functions. I am always happy to see the next generation of Bay Ridge children follow in the footsteps of their parents, as they live and work in our community.


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