Welcome and bienvenue to the newest branch of Investors Bank. The lending institution opened to big hoopla with sweepstakes drawings and mega prizes including a big-screen TV, Apple watches, Kindle Fire tablets, and $1000 Visa gift card. Sheesh! I remember when opening an account got you a toaster.
The bank forged ahead in the neighborhood and formed relationships with non-profits including Council of Jewish Organizations, Masbia Soup Kitchen, and My Extended Family. Each time a customer opens up an account at the Avenue J branch, the bank donates $25 to one of the non-profits.
Manager Steven Shnitman, personal banker Marc Lighter, customer service associate Jean Mouscardy, and Quentin Road manager Michael Blinder were all on hand to congratulate grand-prize winner Jason App on his brand-new, big-screen television.
Standing O says “Congratulations on the win — and welcome to the neighborhood.”
Investors Bank [1201 Avenue J and E. 12th Street in Midwood, (718) 377–0385].
Three cheers to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge), who shared her love of reading with kindergarten students at the Hellenic Classical Charter School.
“I love to read, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time with these kindergartners and read this book about the election process,” she said.
During her visit, she read “Grace for President,” which tells the story of a little girl who dreams of being the first woman president. “They were genuinely excited, and I hope my visit helps encourage new readers to explore a variety of books on their own,” Malliotakis said.
Standing O shares the love of a good book with the reading Republican representative, too.
Hellenic Classical Charter School [646 Fifth Ave. and 19th Street in Sunset Park, (718) 499–0957].
Three cheers to Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) on his appointment to the state’s new Anti-Poverty Work Group by Speaker Carl Heastie. He joins with 13 other members to examine the drastic increase of New Yorkers living in poverty and how best to combat the scourge. Factors to be discussed include education, supportive housing, fair labor practices, job training, and shelters and rental assistance.
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz is the chairman of the Aging Committee and has spoken out on this alarming trend.
“According to the 2013 American Community Survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau, approximately one in 10 New Yorkers aged 65 and over are currently living in poverty,” he explained. “Older adults are living longer due to better health and medical advances, but their quality of life can suffer when they need to make difficult sacrifices with severely limited resources. It is imperative that we do more to ensure that seniors’ later years are truly golden ones. I look forward to working with my colleagues to improve efforts to prevent poverty.”
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ district office [1800 Sheepshead Bay Rd. between Emmons Avenue and Bay Court, (718) 743-4078].
“Nothing hits the spot on a cold winter’s day like a bowl of piping hot, hearty soup,” says Chef Chris Scott and wife Eugenie Woo, the owners of Brooklyn Commune in Windsor Terrace.
The charitable culinarians will donate a can of soup to the food pantry Beyond Hunger Food Pantry (operated by CAMBA) for every bowl of soup they sell between now and March 20.
What are you waiting for, the soup to get cold? Get slurping.
Brooklyn Commune [601 Greenwood Ave. at Prospect Avenue in Windsor Terrace, (718) 686–1044, www.brook