Citizen Kane’s Bay Ridge Beat: January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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By Friends of Tom Kane

Way to go, Yus! … Heading into last Saturday’s meeting with SUNY Purchase, the men’s basketball team at the College of Mt. St. Vincent was struggling along at 1-5 in league play. Enter junior guard Stephen Oliver, who shot the lights out in establishing career highs in points, three-pointers and rebounds in leading the Dolphins to a convincing, 80-61 victory.  

“It was a great game,” Oliver said afterward. “We needed the win, especially against Purchase. They’re one of the top teams in the league. I just got hot and kept shooting.”

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Hot doesn’t even begin to tell the story. Oliver buried six out of nine from behind the arc and was perfect from the foul line in the second half as the Mount closed out the game.  Congratulations, Steve!

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The Big Blue Bus in park … We’ve written before about Pat Savage and the Big Blue Bus that carries his band of diehard Giants’ fans to the Meadowlands every week. Last Sunday, as the Jints prepared for their matchup with the Pack, Savage did the same. Faced with a journey to Green Bay that was just too far to consider, Savage and his boys did the next best thing. They parked the bus in the driveway, braved the freezing temperatures and tailgated in the backyard. Since it worked so well, I hope you’re planning the same party for Sunday, Pat!

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Bay Ridge, Etc. … Last week, we mentioned a wonderful new book that was introduced to us by our buddy Justin Brannan – Bay Ridge, Etc. from the Bay Ridge Historical Society. On Saturday, three of the book’s contributors, Ted General, Jack LaTorre and Peter Scarpa, will join our good friends Christine Freglette and Bina Valenzano, proprietors of The BookMark Shoppe, for a book-signing celebrating the release of this compilation of both modern and vintage photographs of Bay Ridge and its people. Stop by at 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and short lecture and meet the people around our community. The BookMark Shoppe is located at 8415 Third Ave. See you there!

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Stephen Oliver’s 25 points carried Mount St. Vincent to a victory over SUNY Purchase.

Replacement for Jorge? … One of TK’s greatest gifts to our community was the way he interacted with kids. One of his favorites was Matt Bartholomeo, who turns 9 today. Already a talented catcher, Bartholomeo may be on Brian Cashman’s radar now that Jorge Posada has called it a career. Happy Birthday, Matt!

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Kane … Happy first birthday in heaven to one Mr. Thomas G. Kane. While it seems impossible that you’ve already been gone almost a year, TK, it also seems like forever since we were able to bask in the glow of your personality. We still reach for the phone to call you whenever something happens, think of you whenever any of your favorite teams is in the news and, in the words of your close friend John Vacante, “Can still hear you screaming my name across some bar.”

You left a huge hole in our little corner of the world, buddy; one that won’t be filled anytime soon. However, I think it’ll make you happy to know that we never think of you without smiling. Happy 54, Kane! Have a good thought for Eli and the boys this week.

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Picks of the week … Our song of the week is “Going, Going Gone,” from The Life and Times of Matthew Ryan, an original musical by Tom Kane. Our movie of the week is Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon and our book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

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Goodnight, everybody!


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