Friday Odds & Ends May 13, 2016

Golden Recognizes Dr. Mardie Sheiken As Woman Of Distinction

State Sen. Marty Golden and Dr. Mardie Sheikin
State Sen. Marty Golden and Dr. Mardie Sheiken

Bay Ridge State Senator Martin J. Golden this week recognized Dr. Mardie Sheiken as a 2016 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at a ceremony held in the State Capitol.

Each year, this eventrecognizes outstanding women living and working in the Empire State whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

“At an early age, Dr. Mardie Sheiken started working with adults with disabilities and realized that helping those in need was her life calling. She now cares for children with special needs and is instrumental in obtaining the vital services they need to lead full and happy lives,” said Golden. “I am proud to recognize Dr. Sheiken for all she has achieved for the benefit of others, and for her countless hours of community service. Her dedication, commitment and success is an inspiration for all New Yorkers.”

Dr. Sheiken is currently the Coordinator of School Psychologists at the NYL William O’Connor Midwood Preschool, a special needs early childhood center, that provides services children with various diagnoses. Dr. Sheiken is instrumental in the admissions process and in counseling parents, as well as advocating for their obtaining services
their children need.

Dr. Sheiken completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and two Master’s Degree, one in Education and another in School Psychology.  While working full-time, Dr. Mardie went on to obtain her Doctorate in Psychology at the age of 30, the youngest to obtain that degree at that school at that time.

Since then, Mardie has worked in the preschool, volunteered as the Parent Association President at Public School 222, Intermediate School 278, and Midwood High School, where she served on the School Leadership Teams at each schools.

In addition, Dr. Sheiken volunteered her time at the Cort Club in Gerritsen Beach after Hurricane Sandy, providing psychological services wherever needed.  She also provided free services in her private practice for those impacted by the storm.

Cumbo Co-Names Clinton Avenue For Slain Attorney Carey Gabay

City Council Member Laurie Cumbo
City Council Member Laurie Cumbo

Fort Greene/Clinton Hill City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, joined by the Gabay family, elected officials, and area residents, will gather on Sunday to co-name Clinton Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Avenue as Carey Gabay Way.

Gabay, the former First Deputy Counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation, lost his life last year at the J’Ouvert festival when he was caught in the middle of a gun battle between two rival gangs. He would have turned 44 on Sunday.

The unveiling is the result of a joint effort by Council Member Cumbo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to co-name Clinton Avenue.

The co-naming is slated for beteen 1-3 p.m., Sunday, May 15 on Clinton Avenue between Myrtle and Willoughby avenues in Clinton Hill.

Cymbrowitz Honors Student Winners Of Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest) Sunday will honor the winners of his Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest for students in grades three through 12.

The ceremony will feature remarks by Dr. Farley Herzek, President of Kingsborough Community College and the son of Holocaust survivors, and Alex Teplish, author of the award-winning graphic novel Aron: A Survivor’s Story, chronicling his grandfather’s survival as a teenager under the Romanian/Nazi occupation during World War II.

All of the student entries will be on display. Musical groups from Edward R. Murrow High School will perform.

The contest attracted approximately 400 entries from elementary, middle and high schools.

Cymbrowitz sponsors the contest with the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, Holocaust Memorial Committee, the Lena Cymbrowitz Foundation and Project Witness to honor the six million who perished and also to teach students that anti-Semitism and bias-motivated violence remain painfully relevant issues. The Assemblyman’s parents were Holocaust survivors.

“In the not-too-distant future, there will come a time when no one will be around to bear witness to the Holocaust,” he said. “We need our children to inherit the memories, to share the stories, and to keep alive the terrible reality of what can and did happen when people remain silent in the face of evil.”  

The event is slated for 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sunday, May 15 at the Kingsborough Community College  Marine Academic Center Rotunda, 2001 Oriental Blvd. in Manhattan Beach.


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