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“Brooklyn’s own Joe Causi”, DJ on CBS FM’s evening show was among the throngs of ex-Brooklynites coming back to the Bread Plus Bakery on Harway Avenue and Bay 50th Street to get their bread fix.Joe a member of the Most Precious Blood Parish lived in the area before becoming radio’s most popular Disc Jockey. Joe and his beautiful wife Lucille had to get their Sunday bread from the newly re-incarnated Bay 50 Street bakery. The old bakery A&J fell to the recenteconomic disaster selling out to another local bakery owner who modernized the plain bakery store for the first time in 40 years, importing a special bread oven from Italy. Leo and his partners, Vinny and Antonio,arranged for the old owners to come back to teach him how to make their most fabulous bread in Brooklyn%u2026no, the city%u2026no the world, as my expanded waist size will attest.

Their transformation of the bakery immediately gave the store a bright modern day Italian look adding hundreds of products to take home, while adding an enjoyable diversity of choice for the old “just bread customers”who the new owners defy to not take home any of the other hundreds of bakery products, cookies, pastry, cakes and pies available for immediate consumption; stocking imported cans, pastas, coffees selling hot coffee as well as cold drinks. Unlike the old bakery that often closed early, the new hours are from 7am to 7 pm every day except Sunday when the bakery closes at 3 p.m.It’s impossible to leave the store with bread in one hand without a pizza, or roll in the other hand.

Getting back to Joe Causi, New York’s top disc jockey who has been a staple in New York radio since the early ‘80. Joe was raised in Bensonhurst, graduated Lafayette High School so he can truly claim to be Brooklyn’s Own.He takes the street smarts his neighborhood gave him and shares it with his fanatically loyal audience.Whether it is advertisers’ grand openings, dance clubs or concerts, Joe’s warm sense of humor has made him a favorite with listeners and his phone line is always open to take requests from his fans.

Every Saturday after visiting our six grandchildren in Long Island we listen faithfully to Joe Causi. Other times you can catch him from Monday-Thursday Midnight-6am, In addition to being on the air at CBS-FM Friday nights and hosting Saturday Night ‘70’s, both from 7PM to midnight, Joe serves as a field correspondent for ‘Hollywood Heat’

Like me, Joe received the honor of being a Grand Marshall of the Christopher Columbus parade in Brooklyn from the Federation of Italian Americans of Brooklyn (FIAOB.)As a Sicilian-American, Joe proudly says, “It just doesn’t get any better than that!” Always the class clown, he got his start by imitating people - teachers, and movie stars. Impersonations developed into a natural talent and an effective entertaining tool coupled with his on-air personality. A totally gregarious and generous person Joe is always willing to help neighborhood and community causes. Not surprisingly his popularity continues to grow to unbelievable heights as he receives many requests from the tri-state area. His unique speaking voice mesmerizes you into thinking you’re listening and socializing with an old friend. So we chatted about 20 minutes in front of Bakery Plus that Sunday morning, rehashing old times, inquiring about relatives, friends, cousins and children. Joe left with his lovely wife with bags and bags of bread, cookies and goodies, and we left with our car’s trunk with enough bakery goodies to feed Long Island.

Screech at you next week!

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