At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Maimonides President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth D. Gibbs, Senior Vice President of Operations and Clinical Programs Declan Doyle, and Chief of Urology and Center Director Dr. David Silver made remarks about the importance of the center and the work doctors will be able to do in it.
One six-year survivor who attended the event said that the more people knew about the center and its offerings, the more it would help people.
“The more exposure that they have, people can see what’s going on and what’s available for them,” said Ernest Johnson, who lives in East New York.
— Julianne McShane
Faculty and students at a Park Slope Catholic school cut the ribbon on a new, hydroponic greenhouse on March 25.
The high-tech classroom for budding green thumbs was dedicated to a beloved former teacher at St. Saviour High School credited with pioneering the academy’s environmental science program, and the retired instructor couldn’t have been more pleased to accept the honor.
“After 31 years of teaching at St. Saviour and running beach clean-ups and other environmental community service projects, I am extremely honored to be a part of this special day with my St. Saviour family,” said Roberta Willard.
The new classrooms utilizes hydroponics farming technology to teach kids about the future of food, and has already been used to grow crops — including cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, mint, rosemary and nasturtium, an edible flower, according to the school’s principal.
“This is an exciting time for St. Saviour High School. Our students have been able to learn about plant-based sustainable agriculture and the impact it will have on the future,” said Dr. Paula McKeown.
The hydroponic classroom was constructed in partnership with New York Sun Works, a non-for-profit that uses hydroponic farming tech to teach kids about the science of sustainability, and is the first hydroponic-equipped greenhouse at a school within the Brooklyn Diocese.
— Colin Mixson