Keeping with tradition, the Dyker Heights Civic Association – one of the oldest civic organizations in the borough, established in 1928 – on Thursday, October 26 commemorated its 89th year at its annual dinner dance.
This year’s celebration was held at Sirico’s, 8015 13th Avenue, and honored Joseph DeMarco – a local resident who wears many hats of service – and the Scarpaci family – owners of the longstanding Scarpaci Funeral Home – for their dedicated service to the Dyker Heights community at large.
DeMarco has been involved in community and service organizations in the neighborhood and beyond for the last three decades, according to Dyker Civic. He is currently the lieutenant governor of the Brooklyn Division of Kiwanis International, commander of the George Washington-Victor Allegretti Post of the Sons of the American Legion and president of Brooklyn-Staten Island UNICO and a member of the Joseph B. Cavallaro Post of the Knights of Columbus.
Through these ventures and others, DeMarco has organized, promoted and assisted with a plethora of charitable events in the community, benefiting a number of worthy causes.
The Scarpaci family, according to Dyker Civic, has always been active in community and service organizations, among them Lions International, the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis International and Pietro’s Fight – to name a few.
The funeral home was established in 1910 by Thomas Scarpaci. Five generations later, it stands as an institution in Dyker Heights.
According to Dyker Civic Association President Fran Vella-Marrone, the money raised at each year’s dinner dance goes towards funding some of the organization’s activities and initiatives throughout the following year, “That way,:” she said, “we can continue to do things, and we can continue to fight for the community and make sure that we continue with the great quality of life here in Dyker Heights.”