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Fifth Avenue celebrates spring with a spectacular street fair

A belly dancer, a pizza-eating contest, a wine tasting, live music, children’s rides and games, sausage stands and balloon animals are all things that you won't usually find in the same sentence. But they were all part of the sights and sounds on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are turned out to enjoy the 21st Annual Fifth Avenue Spring Festival, a spectacular street fair sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). The festival, a celebration of spring, takes place each year in early June.


Regina Opera presents free concerts at Brooklyn Public Library branches

Regina Opera will present two free-admission concerts at branches of the Brooklyn Public Library.

As part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Services for Older Adults program, the New Utrecht and Bay Ridge branches of the Public Library will host a one-hour concert by Regina Opera. The concerts will feature opera and Broadway selections, performed by Regina Opera soloists.


TLC backs down after impounding Boro Park volunteer driver’s vehicle

Borough Park “Chesed” drivers and local politicians were outraged when Taxi & Limousine Officials pulled over one of the company’s volunteer drivers en route transporting cancer patients to a hospital this morning, issuing several tickets and even impounding the vehicle.

The story first broke on Yeshiva World News:


City officially renames street after Brooklyn Eagle’s Tom Kane

Tom Kane, the late journalist, actor, playwright, theater impresario and civic leader who helped children and the less fortunate has been immortalized by New York City, which officially dedicated the Bay Ridge street where he grew up in his name during a touching and memorable ceremony on Saturday.


Children’s Chorus to donate concert proceeds to Haitian kids

A group of socially conscious kids will raise their voices in song to help children in Haiti still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

The Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge will present their annual concert “Be Our Guest,” on June 8, at Art on the Corner, located at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., at 3 p.m.


Gentile says city taking his advice on STAR tax relief

Councilman Vincent Gentile offered the city some friendly advice and the city listened.

Back in April, Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) called on the New York City Department of Finance to warn the city’s homeowners that they must reapply for the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR), saying that the city agency should be doing everything it possibly can in order to notify homeowners that they risk missing out on the program if they don’t re-apply.


NCT awards performing arts scholarships to 4 students

Four students who are entering high school in September and who dream of performing onstage have been given a boost, thanks to Narrows Community Theater (NCT), which has awarded them scholarships.

NCT announced this week that the 2014 Betty Kash Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ilana Iskhakova, Vincent Nastri, Caitlyn Schmidt and Andrew Ziska. The students submitted essays describing their love of the theater.


Pols bring pet pooches to Albany for Animal Advocacy Day

Peanut goes to Albany!

Peanut, a Chihuahua owned by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, was one of several pets brought to the State Capitol by their owners on Wednesday to illustrate the call for stricter laws to prevent animal cruelty.

It was all part of the Fourth Annual Animal Advocacy Day in Albany, an event that brought lawmakers, their pets, animal advocacy groups, and law enforcement officials together to discuss ways to protect their four-legged friends.


City Council honors young Brooklyn gunshot victim

The New York City Council recognized a 13-year-old boy who has shown remarkable courage since getting shot while waiting for a bus with his aunt in Brooklyn.

On April 14, Gama Droiville was struck twice in the head, once in the right eye, at the bus stop at the corner of Flatbush Abenue and Beverly Road. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, but doctors say he is unlikely to regain the vision in that eye.

Kareem Potomont, age 20, was charged with the gang-related shooting. Potomont also shot another man in the leg.


Brooklyn task force offers ideas on fighting drug addiction

An eye-opening report released Wednesday by the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction recommends that the state take a series of measures to combat drug addiction, including limiting prescriptions for pain killers to a 10-day supply, making a drug overdose antidote more readily available, and increasing anti-drug education programs in junior high and high schools.



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