Golden times at senator’s holiday party

When state Sen. Marty Golden and his wife Colleen decided to throw a Christmas party, they invited a few of their friends. A few hundred, that is!

Hundreds of guests packed the main ballroom of the Bay Ridge Manor Monday night for party hosted by the Goldens.

Political figures, like Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) rubbed elbows with civic leaders, members of the clergy, business owners and local residents, all of whom came at the invitation of the Goldens.


Bay Ridge Historical Society has big plans for 2014

A group steeped in history has its eye on the future.

The Bay Ridge Historical Society will hold its final meeting of 2013 on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, at 7:30 p.m. as members gear up for an exciting year in 2014 that will be filled with big changes.

Andrew Gounardes, who has been the society’s president since September, said the group has re-structured its leadership and is making other changes in an effort to excite Bay Ridge residents about the history of their community.


Golden plans ‘Holiday Senior Festivals’ to cheer up elderly residents

State Sen. Marty Golden is helping senior citizens in his southern Brooklyn district welcome the holidays by hosting a series of festivals this week. The events, which Golden is calling “Holiday Senior Festivals,” will include Christmas tree trimmings, raffles with great prizes, entertainment and a free lunch.


Diana Nyad inspires students at PS 185

Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who made headlines around the world when she swam from Cuba to Miami this past summer, was treated like a rock star when she paid a visit – this time on dry land – to a Bay Ridge elementary school Thursday afternoon.


Grimm welcomes Lech Walesa to Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill isn’t known as the film capitol of the U.S., but for one night it was.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) and other members of congress attended a special viewing on Dec. 4 of “Walesa. Man of Hope.” The new film about Walesa’s life and his fight against Communism is Poland’s official entry at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.


Felder calls Kelly city’s ‘best police commissioner ever’

As Bill Bratton prepared to take command of the New York Police Department, the outgoing commissioner was being lauded at a breakfast in Flatbush organized by a state lawmaker and a soon-to-be councilman.

Nearly 200 people, including elected officials and community leaders, gathered at the Canal Jeans Building in Flatbush Wednesday morning for an Appreciation Breakfast for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hosted by state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood-parts of Flatbush) and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay-Brighton Beach).


New Utrecht High School health fair offers more than just pushups

Amanda Feliciano and Brianna Auriemma had the blender going at full blast as they stood behind a table in the girls’ gymnasium in New Utrecht High School morning making delicious smoothies. Their fellow students eagerly lined up for samples of the healthy drink containing strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, honey and almond milk.

But before they could take a sip, they had to complete their exercises!


Pols demand more NYPD patrols on Jewish Sabbath

In the wake of another suspected “knockout” attack on Saturday - this time in Midwood - two lawmakers and a soon-to-be councilman are demanding that the NYPD put more cops on the streets in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods to protect residents.

Jews have been the targets in several of the “knockout” attacks that have taken place in Brooklyn, according to state Sen. Simcha Felder, Councilman David Greenfield and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch.


Garden club makes holidays greener with custom made Christmas baskets

The holiday season is going to look greener in the many households in southern Brooklyn, thanks to the Garden Club of Bay Ridge, which held a Christmas basket-making workshop on Monday, giving members a chance to use their green thumbs to show off their creative sides.

Members gathered in a basement room at Christ Church Bay Ridge on Ridge Boulevard first thing Monday morning and quickly got to work filling wicker baskets with flowers, pine leaves, pine cones, red ribbons and bells.


Bensonhurst church offers live Nativity scene

Why put up a crèche when you can have something closer to the real thing? That’s the thinking of members of the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst, who prefer real live people to wood carved figures of Mary, Joseph and the shepherd boy in their Nativity scene.



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