Malliotakis says Cuomo’s trip to Cuba is a mistake

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, whose mother Veralia left Cuba in 1959 to escape the Castro regime, is highly critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s trade mission to that country, charging that the idea of promoting trade will fall flat.


Window collapse raises safety concerns at Dyker Heights school

The collapse of a large window in a classroom at Dyker Heights Intermediate School on Monday is raising alarms over school safety.

Students at the school were still in shock over the incident a day later. The accident took place shortly before noon on April 20 when a window in a fourth floor classroom at the school, at 8010 12th Ave., suddenly collapsed and landed inside the classroom during a science lesson, according to officials.


Telecom fails first test, still looking for heart and leadership

The Telecom Yellow Jackets are perennially one of the top baseball programs in Brooklyn, but there is a clear need for heart and leadership after they failed their first big test of the season when they lost to Tottenville 11-1 in Dyker Heights on Friday.

“We've been spoiled,” said head coach Ed D'Alessio, who is in his 15th year coaching the team. “We're a small school, a small program; we've been successful, but it's hard to keep it going. You are going to have years where it's hard to keep the talent going.”


Fort Hamilton celebrates West Point Day

Two historic military institutions, the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, joined together for a day and invited the public in to have a look behind the scenes.

Fort Hamilton celebrated West Point Day on Saturday, welcoming hundreds of cadets and academy officials to the garrison for a parade and a fair aimed at providing information about the academy to prospective students.


Maimonides embracing surgery-performing robots

Baby Boomers all remember “The Jetsons,” a jazzy cartoon series they watched as kids in the early-1960s about George Jetson, his wife Jane and their two children living in a futuristic society. The family’s maid, Rosie, was a sassy robot. At Maimonides Medical Center, they don’t have robot maids, but robots are coming in handy in the operating room.

Keeping with the hospital’s philosophy of performing minimally invasive surgery, Maimonides Medical Center is embracing surgical robotics in the OR. The hospital is located at 4802 10th Ave.


U.S. settles discrimination lawsuit against Fabco Shoes

A discount shoe store chain has agreed to pay a customer a $10,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Attorney after an employee in its Bensonhurst store allegedly refused entry to the shopper because the woman was in a wheelchair, officials announced.

Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said the federal government had reached a settlement with the owners of Fabco Shoes over violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).


New novel captures a piece of Brooklyn’s past

Brooklyn during the Great Depression, when movie houses like the Loew’s 46th Street Theater sponsored “Dish Nights," families gathered around radios to hear Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats” and kids took the trolley to Coney Island, is the time frame in which writer Catherine Gigante-Brown’s novel, “The El,” takes place.


Golden calling on residents to protest water rate hike

Residents will have even more reason to take short showers, water the plants less frequently and turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth in the morning. The city is planning to raise the water rates starting in July.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) said he’s outraged by the proposal by the New York City Water Board to increase rates by 3.24 percent and is calling on residents to speak out against the plan at an upcoming public hearing in  Brooklyn.


Arab, Asian leaders to co-sponsor congressional debate

In a sign of the growing political clout of the borough’s Arab and Asian communities, organizations representing the two groups are joining forces to co-sponsor a debate featuring two of the three candidates for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island seat in Congress.

A coalition of non-profit community-based, advocacy, and social service organizations will host what is being termed as a non-partisan candidate forum on Sunday, April 19, at the Happy Healthy Adult Daycare Center, 1874 86th Street, at 2 p.m.


Quagliones turn March of Dimes walk-a-thon into family affair

Every time Kerry and John Quaglione look at their three-year-old daughter Natalie Grace, they feel incredibly lucky to have her.

Natalie Grace was born on October 19, 2011, two months premature, and weighed four pounds, two ounces at birth. The Quagliones, who live in Bay Ridge, couldn’t take their newborn home for two weeks. The first-time parents had to visit their infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at The New York Methodist Hospital, where the baby was kept in an incubator, attached to a spider web of tubes.



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