2 mob associates convicted for murder of Brooklyn businessman

U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch announced Thursday that following a two-week trial, a federal jury convicted Richard Riccardi, 41, of Manalapan, N.J., and Louis Grasso, 46, of Staten Island, N.Y., of the robbery and murder of James Donovan on  July 2, 2010.


Bay Ridge blood drive draws lots of donors

A blood drive organized by a Bay Ridge mom in memory of her late son drew a tremendous amount of support on Wednesday, as scores of people rolled up their sleeves to donate their plasma for a good cause.

By the end of the day, 100 pints of blood had been donated, according to June Johnson, a Bay Ridge community activist who held the event in memory of her son, Mathiew Johnson, a school custodian who died of a heart attack last year. Mother and son would often donated blood and Johnson said she thought a blood drive would be a great way to pay tribute to her son.


Grimm hosts Victorian Tea for 21st Century women

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm turned into a waiter for an afternoon, pouring tea and offering scones on a tray to a group of highly accomplished women at a luncheon he hosted in their honor on Wednesday.

“Victorian Tea, not bad, right?” the congressman said to the group as he held the tea pot and got ready to pour a cup for one of his guests in the library of the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care.


Fontbonne students join global campaign for girls’ education

“Girl Rising” is the name of a global campaign to promote the education of women and girls in developing countries. Students at Fontbonne Hall Academy, a Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge, learned about the campaign from a filmmaker who presented “Girl Rising,” a movie focusing on the struggles of nine young women in the developing world.


Metropolitan Council delivers food to families for Purim

The Purim holiday which took place this past weekend was a lot more festive for hundreds of people in Brooklyn, thanks to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which distributed food packages to families in Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park and Borough Park as part of its Kosher Food Network.

Volunteers from the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush and the Jewish Community Council of Far Rockaway delivered 500 two-person meals to homes on Friday, March 14, in time for the Jewish festival.


Bay Ridge residents relieved after DA announces major drug bust

Residents and community leaders in Bay Ridge expressed relief in the wake of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s announcement on Monday about a major drug bust that shut down a sophisticated narcotics network in their neighborhood.

“I’m so happy. Now maybe our neighborhood will finally be free of rampant drugs,” one resident told the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday, the day after the arrests were announced.


Six arrested in bust of Bay Ridge drug ring

Six defendants were charged on Monday with operating narcotics, steroids and marijuana phone delivery services in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Sunset Park and Bensonhurst. The charges resulted from a wiretap and undercover investigation conducted by the New York Police Department’s Narcotics Borough Brooklyn South and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau.

The investigation began after complaints by neighborhood residents, community leaders and local politicians, and after several overdose deaths in those neighborhoods, according to the DA’s Office.


Dyker Heights woman organizes fundraiser for animal rescue charity

Sandy Irrera said she didn’t expect the onslaught of people who came to the fundraiser at La Bella Panini Restaurant on 13th Avenue that she organized to benefit No More Tears Rescue, a non-profit group that saves unwanted, unloved and mistreated dogs.

“I figured we’d get about 50 people to come,” Irrera told the Brooklyn Eagle as she stood in the dining area of the restaurant on March 13, the night of the fundraiser. “But look at this! They’re still coming through the door!”


Gentile applauds assembly vote on universal pre-k

Vincent Gentile, a deputy leader of the City Council, praised a vote by the New York State Assembly in favor of funding universal pre-kindergarten classes for New York City schoolchildren, calling it “a fundamental step towards turning our schools around.”

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said the action taken by the Democratic-controlled chamber is an important first step in the state’s budget process.


Narrows Community Theater seeks scholarship applicants

Betty Kash, a longtime member of Narrows Community Theater, loved working with kids, according to members of the Bay Ridge-based performing arts company, who said they always admired her generosity toward young people.

Kash had a boundless energy and a bubbly personality that drew young people to her like a magnet, her friends said.



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