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Photo courtesy Bernard Fialkoff
By Phil Corso

Leaders on Community Board 11 recognized four borough dentists for supporting a Bayside-based free drug education program for city children.

At the Fialkoff Dental Study Club’s monthly meeting, held Oct. 7 in Bayside, CB 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld and city board Health Committee Chairwoman Eileen Miller presented glass plaques to those who supported Dr. Bernard Fialkoff’s Foundation for a Drug Free World program, which provides drug education to schools throughout New York City.

“I care about what is happening to our community and to our country,” said Fialkoff, a Bayside dentist. “It is up to us doctors to do something about the conditions that surround us.”

Drs. Daniel Weinstein and Elie Marzouk, Long Island City dentists, joined with Howard Beach’s Dr. Hanette Gomez and Flushing’s Dr. Edward Portnoy in front of 65 other dentists to thank them for their involvement in community activities and service.

Fialkoff’s program offers free presentations to schools and after-school programs throughout the city and has conducted more than 80 free drug education events at schools, including JHS 190 in Forest Hills and after-school programs in the borough. The five dentists being honored all donated to Fialkoff’s program in its early stages of development.

“It starts with one dentist deciding to improve his neighborhood and then expands to a city,” Fialkoff said. “This is why we are acknowledging Dr. Weinstein, Dr. Marzouk, Dr. Portnoy and Dr. Gomez tonight for their tremendous efforts in this good cause.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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