Ex-NY Congressman Grimm begins prison sentence for tax fraud

Former Congressman Michael Grimm, who represented southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island, has reported to a prison in western Pennsylvania to begin his eight-month sentence for tax evasion.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross says the Republican arrived at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run on Tuesday.

Ross tells the Staten Island Advance that Grimm has been assigned to a minimum-security section attached to the prison.

Grimm pleaded guilty late last year to aiding in the filing of a false tax return.


Xaverian HS wrapped in gold ribbon by students

Teenagers wrapped yards and yards of ribbon around their Bay Ridge school, but it wasn’t a youthful prank.

These kids were serious.

Students from both Xaverian High school’s middle school program, Genesis, and their high school friends from Xaverian joined forces to "Go Gold" on Sept. 16.


Hikind proudly wears maverick label

“I’m not afraid to rock the boat,” Assemblymember Dov Hikind told the Brooklyn Eagle during an interview in his Borough Park district office.


Bay Ridge supports Times Square going gold for cancer

Cancer advocates and elected officials from Bay Ridge came to Times Square as the Crossroads of the World turned into a golden paradise to raise cancer awareness.

Matthew and Nicole Kabel, whose little daughter Sally is a cancer survivor, were on hand to cheer as the iconic digital screens of Times Square were simultaneously illuminated in gold for an hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 as part of the Go Gold campaign.


Xaverian Jazz Band to play for Pope Francis

When Pope Francis arrives at John F. Kennedy Airport on Thursday for his first-ever trip to New York City, he will get a taste of Bay Ridge-style hospitality.

And he will be greeted by the sounds of jazz.

Students from Xaverian High School, a Catholic high school for boys in Bay Ridge, have been chosen to perform for the Pontiff during a ceremony marking his arrival at JFK on Sept. 24. The school’s jazz band will have the honor of being the only band performing for the Pope at the airport.


Brooklyn DOT Commissioner inspects Ocean Parkway

A dangerous Midwood intersection is in line for safety improvements after Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray conducted an on-site inspection of the area.

Accompanied by Assemblymember Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood), Bray took a close look at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway on a recent morning.


Bay Ridge Historical Society ready for new season

The Bay Ridge Historical Society has elected a new president and is gearing up for a new season of meetings and events, where talk of yesterday isn’t old fashioned.

Thomas A. McCarthy, a vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase, is the organization’s new president. He succeeds Andrew Gounardes, chief counsel to Borough President Eric Adams. Gounardes had served as president for two years.


Greenfield says repaving best done in summer

The streets of Borough Park aren’t paved with gold, but they definitely are paved.

Councilmember David G. Greenfield, who represents the neighborhood, recently announced that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has finished repaving roadways Borough Park and Midwood as part of a summer project.

Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst), who said he provided funding for the repaving, noted that DOT did much of the work during the summer months when schools are closed and when many people were away on vacation.


Harris gets Democratic nod to run for Assembly

Pamela Harris, a retired correction officer and Coney Island civic leader, emerged victorious when the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee met Tuesday night to select the party’s candidate to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny.

Harris, founder of Coney Island Generation Gap, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide jobs and opportunities to young people, beat out two other contenders — Kate Cucco, Brook-Krasny’s chief of staff, and Cody McCone, a politically connected Bay Ridge lawyer.


Fontbonne partners with Brown to promote STEM for girls

It’s a long way from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Providence, Rhode Island, but academic institutions in those two communities are teaming up to encourage girls to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Fontbonne Hall Academy, a Catholic high school for girls, will be offering the Brown University Pre-College Scholars Program in Engineering starting this fall.

Under the program, 22 students in grades 10-12 will participate in a year-long online course taught by the faculty of Brown University’s School of Engineering.



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