Generally Speaking: Golden re-elected as Ragamuffin Parade president

January 14, 2015 Theodore W. General
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Our hearty congratulations to Colleen Golden who was recently unanimously re-elected to another two year term as president of the Ragamuffin Parade organization. Also re-elected for another term were Vice President Marie Lane, Secretary Arlene Keating and Treasurer David Ryan.

In addition to the officers, Ragamuffin board members include Liz Amato, Shirley Behlen, Leigh Brannan, Kevin Peter Carroll, Joe Conly, Ted General, Tressa Kabbez, Peter and Patricia Killen, Lynda O’Neill, Chuck Otey, Ilene and Sandy Sacco, Dilia Schack, Barbara Slattery, Inna Trinidad and Laurie Windsor. Associate members are Gene Brody, Joan Curran, Donna Guarinello, Gloria Melnick, Mary Quinones and Maria Rando. Melnick and Schack are past Ragamuffin presidents.

The annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade was co-founded in 1967 by the late Father James McKenna, an associate pastor at Our Lady of Angels Church in Bay Ridge, and OLA parishioner and youth leader Cliff Scanlon.

Pitch-hitting for New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack, 68th Precinct Community Council President and Attorney Ilene Sacco swore in the officers.                                                        * * *

I’m sure she’s far from being a happy camper happy about losing her boss, former Congress Member Michael Grimm, especially before his term of office was up. But the good news is that Fran Vella-Marrone, the former congressmember’s Brooklyn operations director, will remain in charge of the 11th Congressional District Brooklyn office until a new U.S. Representative is elected. Vella-Marrone is also the longtime president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association.


We are racked with outrage at President Barack Obama for not at least sending a high ranking member of his administration or an ex-president to join the 40 world leaders in solidarity against the horrific terrorist attacks that took place in Paris.

I’m pretty sure if he had asked former President Bill Clinton or Obama’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, they would have gone. Editorial workers at the Charlie Hebdo magazine were massacred along with hostages at a Jewish deli. This was also a wanton attack on freedom of the press and expression.


Our kudos to New Utrecht High School senior Andrew Windsor Jr., currently serving as non-voting student member of Community Education Council District 20.  He was tapped for the post by Community Schools Superintendent Karina Costantino. Andrew’s proud dad, also Andrew, is a past president of the Bay Ridge Community Council.


                                                        Je Suis Charlie!

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