Generally Speaking: Week of November 15

November 16, 2012 Theodore W. General
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New York salute to veterans and military

Over 20,000 reservists, veterans and Armed Forces personnel on active duty, along with bands, floats, vintage military vehicles and Junior ROTC units, participated in last Sunday’s 93rd annual New York City Veterans Day Parade.

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Former Mayor Ed KochDavid DinkinsCharles Rangel

Thirty four years earlier, while in office as the 105th mayor, Ed Koch led thousands of costumed kids up Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, as the 1978 grand marshal of the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade. This time, he walked the full length of the parade, waving and calling out, How am I doing? Back then, the parade was much longer.It ran from 68th Street to Marine Avenue.

Dyker Heights’ native Roseanna ScottoGreg Kelly

Among the top brass reviewing the parade was the highest ranking member of the U.S. Coast Guard, its commandant,Admiral Robert Papp, Jr.Eluyn Gines, the commanding officer of the Fort Hamilton Army Garrison.

Each yea, the parade committee rotates special recognition to each Armed Service.This year, it was the Coast Guard which traces its roots back to 1790. Also present for the opening parade ceremonies were Mayor Mike BloombergChristine Quinn and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.Mayor Bloomberg placed a wreath at the Soldiers and Sailors Eternal Flame Monument prior to the start of the parade.


Guest speakers at the monthly meeting of the Bay Ridge Inter-agency Council on Aging were Frank Winter from the Federal Government Center, who spoke about Medicare and reminded organization representatives who want to change supplementary, or opt in and out of parts of Medicare, they only have until December 7.

Also addressing the group was Anna Becker


Congrats to incumbent local legislators that recently won re-election. They include Congress members Michael GrimmJerold Nadler and Nydia VelazquezMarty GoldenEric Adams and Diane SavinoNicole MalliotakisAlec Brook-KrasnyFelix OrtizPeter AbbateBill ColtonDov Hikind. Also a high five to an old friend, newly elected State Senator Simcha Felder

Let me also add my congrats to the Third Avenue Merchants headed by attorney Bob Howe and to the 2012 Pioneers who include Lori PedoneLinda AllegrettiBina ValenzanoRoy BlashRick ButtacavoliJason McDermott and James Whiffin.


The Society of Old Brooklynites spent its usual November meeting touring the new Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum and Visitors Center where members were given a guided tour by the Museum’s Vice President of Exhibits and the Yard’s archivist Daniela Romano.

Since most of the bodily remains from the British prison ships were recovered from Wallabout Bay (the present site of the Navy Yard) and later entombed into a large crypt in Fort Greene Park, the area has special significance to the society. It has been holding annual commemorative memorial ceremonies at the foot of the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument.


Captain Gene Ritterst Street and Shore Road. Ritter has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox News.


Bay Ridge AARP Chapter Secretary Ann Panzarino informs us the St. Patrick’s Church Crocheting Club is holding a sale on crocheted items, such as hats, scarves, lap blankets and baby sets on Sunday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the meeting room, under the arch at St. Patrick’s, 95th Street and Fourth Avenue.


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