A RECENT ISSUE of the weekly Bay Ridge Eagle featured a report on the 75th anniversary party of the Bay Ridge Credit Union. President and CEO GENE BRODY gave an inspiring speech that reminded all attendees at the Bay Ridge Manor that America has weathered ten recessions since World War II (“Yes, TEN”, he added emphatically). BRODY’S speech became a primer in economics that is available at www.brooklyneagle.com (key words: Bay Ridge Credit Union)… Other highlights of the evening: the 26-inch flat-screen was won by a Bay Ridge community leader that everyone knows “doesn’t watch television.” PETER KILLEN said he would take it home and reconsider.
A few key remarks were made by Bay Ridge Credit Union board member JOHN ABI-HABIB, who was one of the honorees at the Fleur de Lys Dinner Dance for the Fontbonne Hall Academy on Shore Road, now celebrating its 72nd year in Bay Ridge. The big party was Wednesday, May 6 at Gargiulo’s on Coney Island.
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OTHER BAY RIDGE HUMAN ASSETS: We can’t follow Washington hearings without noting the greater role being played by our New York Senator Chuck Shumer… which reminds us that his right hand man in New York is Bay Ridge native MARTIN BRENNAN, who was Grand Marshall of the Bay Ridge St. Pat’s Parade recently… And lest we forget the lasting power of good Irish organizational skills (as early New York immigrants, they did it first and best) please note that Borough President MARTY MARKOWITZ held his seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Borough Hall representing officially the “Loyal League of Yiddish Sons and Daughters of Erin.” How’s that for Irish outreach? At that breakfast Bay Ridge’s own CHARLES J. HYNES, Kings County DA, was a host and distinguished attorney CODY McCONE was named Irishman of the Year.