Maimonides adopts new approach in nursing

In an effort to address the complex needs of patients and their caregivers, the Nursing Department at Maimonides Medical Center has adopted a new approach to delivering care and interacting with patients and families, according to hospital officials.

The philosophy behind the new Relationship-Based Care (RBC) program is simple: reminding nurses to make their own health a priority.


Visitation Academy students enjoy Field Day on school grounds

When Visitation Academy hosted its Field Day on a recent Saturday, Principal Arlene Figaro didn’t have to find transportation for the students, teachers and parents to a public park.

That’s because the academy’s bucolic campus served as the setting for the Field Day festivities.

Located at 8902 Ridge Boulevard, Visitation Academy, a Catholic school for girls, boasts 7.5 acres filled with trees, grass, flowers, benches and walkways. There’s even a small lake on the grounds.


Brooklyn pols blast plans to close VA Medical Center unit

Plans by the Veterans Administration New York Harbor Healthcare System to close an in-patient surgical unit at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center in Bay Ridge are coming under fire from two local elected officials who charged that the shutdown will hurt patients, particularly elderly veterans.


Gentile hosting Father’s Day celebration

Hey, all of you dads out there, what could be better than spending Father’s Day with your kids enjoying the cool breeze on the waterfront?

Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance are scheduled to co-host a Father’s Day event at the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge on Sunday.

The event, called Dad’s Day on the Pier, will run from 11a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, located on 69th Street and Shore Road.


P.S. 102 kids run for fun and health

When students at Bay Ridge’s P.S. 102 wanted to show the importance of getting regular exercise and eating healthy foods, they didn’t just talk the talk. They walked the walk.

Actually, they ran the race!

In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of healthy living, the students recently organized a charity race that raised money for WaterAid, a nonprofit organization that helps communities around the world build and manage clean water supplies.


Ray Kelly tells Bishop Kearney grads to ‘be ready’

Former police commissioner Ray Kelly was the commencement speaker at Bishop Kearney High School’s graduation ceremony, where he told the graduates to be ready to make a difference in the world.

In his address, Kelly sought to remind the graduates that the education they had received at Bishop Kearney High School, a school for Catholic girls located at 2202 60th St. in Bensonhurst, had prepared them well for the years ahead.


City repairs sinkhole on Bay Ridge street

The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) had to deal with a sinkhole that had suddenly developed on a Bay Ridge block Monday night.

It’s not clear why the roadway in front of 465 Bay Ridge Parkway suddenly buckled, but DOT quickly dispatched crews to investigate and patch up the street.

A car parked at the location was dangerously close to being swallowed up by the sinkhole, according to witnesses.

DOT placed tape around the sinkhole site so that drivers and pedestrians would know to stay away.

By Tuesday morning, repair crews had covered the sinkhole.


Malliotakis tells Rutgers students to get active in politics

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who first won a seat in the Assembly at the age of 29, told a group of female Rutgers University students about her journey to elective office and urged them to think about careers in politics.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) was a guest speaker at a recent panel discussion at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and talked about why she decided to run for public office.


Schumer guest speaker at Xaverian HS graduation

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for Xaverian High School, telling the Class of 2015 that they must not take for granted the privilege they have received in being educated at Xaverian, referring to the Catholic school for boys as one of the best in the state.

Schumer also spoke to the new graduates about the need to “go for it” as they navigate their future education, careers and personal lives.


Bay Ridge precinct council starts ‘Summer of Support’ for NYPD

Fighting what they termed an avalanche of negative publicity against cops, a coalition of Southwest Brooklyn civic and political groups announced the start of “Summer of Support,” a show of public support for the NYPD in which everyday New Yorkers are asked to sign pro-police message boards in lawmakers’ offices and other sites.



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