Golden to host ‘Shred Fest’ outside his district offices

One of the best ways to protect yourself against thieves looking to steal your identity is to make sure they can’t get their hands on sensitive documents containing your personal information, according to state Sen. Marty Golden.

Destroying documents is a good way to stop identity thieves in their tracks, Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) said.


Bay Ridge mom starts petition for half-day pre-k classes

The city’s universal pre-kindergarten program isn’t universally loved.

Andrea Stockton, a stay-at-home mom from Bay Ridge, said that while she loves the idea of giving children a head start in their education by having them attend pre-k classes, she’s not crazy about making the kids sit in a classroom all day.

The vast majority of the city’s pre-k classes are full day classes, according to Stockton, who said that half-day sessions would be better for some families.


New Utrecht High School grad serving on warship

Dania Bologna, a New Utrecht High School graduate, is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Bologna, a petty officer 3rd class, is an aviation ordnanceman aboard the San Diego-based ship, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that is one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

Ordnancemen are responsible for guns, bombs, missiles and other weapons aboard a ship.

"We build bombs and assemble missiles and rockets to be loaded on our F-18’s and helicopters,” Bologna said.


Kids custom make their own Easter bonnets

Students and teachers at St. Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge got a jump on Easter Sunday by participating in the annual Easter Hat Parade in the school auditorium on March 31.

Everyone could take part in the parade, as long as they were wearing a custom-made hat!

A fun twist on traditional bonnets, the hats worn by the kids were tributes to the Easter season and were decorated with eggs, marshmallows, flashing lights, church replicas, religious messages, bunny ears and just about anything else the creative kids could think of to fit on top of their heads.


Poly Prep starts quest for fifth championship with a win

The Poly Prep Blue Devils looked a little sluggish. They had just returned home from a road trip in sunny Florida to the 40-degree, rainy weather of New York, and it showed on the baseball field. Head coach Matt Roventini had to call his team out on it.

“We're not a rah-rah team, but I felt that I needed to say something there because I felt that we were sleepwalking,” Roventini said. “We weren't giving it our all; the intensity wasn't there.”


NYC moves forward with citywide ferry service plans

The de Blasio administration has moved a step closer to instituting a citywide ferry service that would include stops in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. On Monday, The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to ferry operators for a citywide service.


Malliotakis presents idea on how to improve Access-A-Ride

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis said that more than 63 of her constituents contacted her office to complain about lousy service on Access-A-Ride.

“I’ve heard from constituents who have waited two hours for Access-A-Ride to come. They have missed doctors’ appointments,” Malliotakis told the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said she also heard from frustrated Access-A-Ride clients at a series of public forums she held at both the Brooklyn and Staten Island ends of her assembly district over the past several months.


Rutgers beauty wins Miss Norway of Greater New York title

A young woman who was born on the day the Winter Olympics began in Lillehammer in 1994 has been crowned as Miss Norway of Greater New York 2015.

Lauren Benson, 21, a junior at Rutgers University, wowed the judges with her beauty and poise as well as her charitable endeavors. The contest took place at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center at 1250 67th St. in Dyker Heights on March 28.


Fort Hamilton honors Vietnam veterans with ceremony

Fort Hamilton held its annual Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day ceremony at the Post Theater on the base on Thursday, where Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Claude “Mick” Kicklighter spoke and honored the dozens of veterans in attendance.


Bensonhurst looks to hold Weekend Walks this July

A major Bensonhurst shopping strip will turn into an outdoor plaza – where vehicular traffic will be banned and foot traffic will be welcomed – for two days in July if an application filed with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) by a community service organization is approved.

The Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) of Brooklyn has applied for a permit to host two Weekend Walks events on 18th Avenue in July, according to Community Board 11 (Bensonhurst-Bath Beach) officials who were informed of the filing.



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