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Let’s hear it for these Kearney HS scholars!

Brooklyn Daily

Bensonhurst

Honors for Kearney students

Honor and service is the order of the “Dei” for these Bishop Kearney HS scholars!

One hundred and ninety-five students were inducted into the Mater Dei Chapter of the National Honor Society, which recognizes 10–12th graders with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and a wealth of community service on their record. All told, 82 seniors received permanent membership, with 67 juniors and 46 sophomores granted one-year provisional membership. Sister Thomasine Stagnitta officiated the induction ceremony, presenting each girl with a membership card and rose from Geri Martinez, the assistant principal and moderator of the chapter. Senior officers were also installed, including Rebecca Tom, Lisa Esposito, Billie Wei, and Alessia Goarracca. Kearney guidance counselor Sharon Keller, charged the inductees and officers to “always keep the youthful enthusiasm you had as a freshmen,” adding “Life will not always be easy.

Rely on the support of your friends and use your intelligence to get through the hard times.” Standing O couldn’t have said it better.

Bishop Kearney High School [2202 60th St. at Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, (718) 236-6363].

Williamsburg

The little garden that can

Spring has sprung at the Green School. The green-thumbed budding horticultural enthusiasts at the Academy for Environmental Careers are planning to create a learning lab garden by cleaning up a little-used grassy area in the school yard to grow herbs, veggies, flowers, and berries.

The space will also house a sitting area where you can rest your bones and admire the work of the members of the garden club. So far, students have constructed a compost bin (better to feed the soil with my dear!), and, soon the green plot will be sprouting healthy veggie snacks and pretty flowers. Sprucing up the unused space will also beautify the neighborhood, decrease storm water run-off, and increase air quality. Wow!

Who woulda thunk a garden could do all that!

Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers [223 Graham Ave. at Scholes Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599-1207].

Bay Ridge

100 candles and counting

Happy B-day wishes to Susan Cipparulo, a pal of Standing O who hit the century mark on March 2 at Shore Hill, where she has been a resident for the past 27 years. Surrounding Susan with balloons, hugs and lots o’love were her son Michael, daughter-in-law Rosemarie, grandsons Michael and Stephen, and cousin Neil, who also lives at Shore Hill. But you know it just wouldn’t be a big whoop-de-do without proclamations, and for Susan there were plenty — Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge), Rep. Michael Grimm, (R–Bay Ridge), Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), and state Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) all sent their best wishes for another 100 years. Standing O sends out 100 buon compleanno’s, too!

Shore Hill [9000 Shore Rd. at 91st Street in Bay Ridge. (718) 745-7700]

Borough Wide

Book it down to the library

It’s time to restock the shelves at the library. The fourth annual “Support Our Shelves” fund-raiser is on. The Brooklyn Public Library’s goal this year is to collect $500,000, which is a lot of paperbacks, no matter how you read it.

The Library is asking each and every one of us Brooklynites to help out our branches through donations and advocacy. Come on, now, Standing O readers! We can do it!

As we all know, the library is the greatest place around, not just because it is chock full of books (not to mention issues of this newspaper!), but also because it offers programs for children and adults that teach everything from knitting and crocheting to playing a Nintendo Wii (really! Standing O should know, because I’m also in charge of our calendar of events!)

All it takes to reach the goal is a little here and a little there. So donate $1, $5 or $20, now through June 30 and help to keep the shelves full.

For information visit www.bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/donate.

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