Felder hosting agency fair in Midwood

Residents will get a chance to meet representatives from various city agencies and civic organizations and get their questions answered on everything from how to pay water bills to applying for senior housing at a special fair state Sen. Simcha Felder is hosting on May 7.

The free event, which Felder is sponsoring, will take place on Thursday, May 7, at the Midwood Library, 985 East 16th St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


DOT agrees to move ‘cash cow’ speed camera

A speed camera sitting at the end of a Belt Parkway exit ramp that has been the target of numerous complaints from drivers charging that it’s nothing but a cash cow for the city is going to be moved to a different location.

Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) said the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to his request to move the speed camera from its perch on Shore Parkway between Ocean Parkway and West Avenue to an alternative location closer to Ocean Parkway.


Bay Ridge pols warn: Beware of phone scammers

You’re sitting at home watching “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC and you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who tells you that you owe a fortune in back taxes and that if you don’t pay up immediately, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.


Dyker Heights civic leader offers bold idea to NYC

Fran Vella-Marrone, a lifelong resident of Dyker Heights, has a counter-proposal to the city’s plan to raise water rates by 3.24 percent this year.

“The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has called its proposed 3.24 percent water rate increase its lowest suggested increase in a decade. I would like to make a counter proposal of a 0 percent increase,” she wrote in written testimony she submitted to a public hearing Tuesday at St. Francis College.


Bay Ridge community board asks city for better bike lanes

Bay Ridge could soon become a bicycle rider’s paradise if the city’s Department of Transportation goes along with a request made by the local community board.

At its April 20 meeting, Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) voted overwhelmingly, 30-5, to request that the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) approve the board’s proposal to establish additional bike lanes on local streets and improve existing lanes.


Mismatch Day gives kids chance to make creative clothing choices

Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s Annual Mismatch Day event on April 17 created a lively atmosphere that helped to boost school spirit while encouraging creativity and acceptance.

Students of every grade level at the historic private school at 8515 Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge, from Adelphi’s Little Schoolers to its college-bound Senior Class, were encouraged to come to school dressed in the zaniest mix of clothing they could find.


City gives Bay Ridge go-ahead for Summer Stroll on 3rd

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved plans by the Merchants of Third Avenue business group to host another series of Summer Stroll events this July and August.

Community Board 10, which had recommended that DOT approve the plans, announced that the Summer Stroll on 3rd events will take place on two successive Fridays, July 17 and 24, on Third Avenue from 80th Street to 90th Street; and two Fridays in August, the 7 and 14, on Third Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street.

The event hours will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all nights.


Storefront Art Walk matches artists with merchants

Organizers of the Storefront Art Walk in Bay Ridge recently played the role of matchmaker, bringing together talented artists and savvy local merchants for a special exhibition.

Fifteen artists have been chosen to take part in the Storefront Art Walk (SAW) and each will create a one-of-a-kind artwork tailored to the specific store with which they have been matched.

The exhibition’s organizers announced the pairings on Monday.

The opening ceremony for SAW will take place on Saturday, May 16, in front of the offices of Community Board 10, 8119 Fifth Ave, at 11 a.m.


Sanitation Dept. expands organic recycling in Bay Ridge

More Bay Ridge residents will be asked to collect their after-dinner table scraps as part of the Department of Sanitation’s organic recycling effort, according to a local official who said the agency is expanding a pilot program already underway in the neighborhood.

Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, told board members at an April 20 meeting that the city’s organic recycling program, which was introduced to certain portions of Bay Ridge last year, is now being expamded to cover the entire neighborhood.


Colton organizing Bensonhurst trash plant protest

Undaunted by the start of construction of a new Department of Sanitation trash processing plant in Bensonhurst, Assemblymember Bill Colton is organizing a rally to protest the facility.

Colton, who is working with Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) on the rally, said the protest will take place on Sunday, May 3, on the promenade next to the Caesar’s Bay Shopping Mall at 8973 Bay Parkway, at 1 p.m.



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