Bay Ridge mom organizes blood drive in memory of her son

Mathiew Johnson, a school custodian, always joined his mother June Johnson when she went to donate blood at various blood drives in their community of Bay Ridge over the years.

So when June Johnson was looking for a way to pay tribute to Mathiew, who died of a sudden heart attack last year while on the job, she thought a blood drive would be the perfect vehicle.


Merchants, city workers help lead cops to scam suspects

They picked the wrong people to scam.

That’s what police are saying after they arrested three suspects, two men and a woman, on Feb. 27 for allegedly trying to scam Bay Ridge store owners out of money by giving the merchants a sob story about a local resident who lost a family member and needed cash for the funeral.

The crooks identified themselves as working on behalf of Community Board 10, according to police at the 68th Precinct.


MTA gives progress report on Montague Street tunnel repairs

Take heart, R train riders!

The Montague Street Tunnel repair project is moving along on schedule and the tube will likely reopen in October – 14 months after it was closed.

That’s the news from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials, who told the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) at a recent meeting that the repair project is progressing nicely.


Golden defends charter schools

While several of his fellow southern Brooklyn elected officials were criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio over Hizzoner’s decision to allow plans for two charter schools to share space with traditional public schools in Bensonhurst to move forward, state Sen. Marty Golden was also unhappy with the mayor, but not for the same reason.


De Blasio's approval of Bensonhurst charter schools angers pols, parents

Mayor Bill de Blasio overruled plans for three charter schools to share space with regular public schools that had been previously approved by his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, but in his decision, announced on Feb. 27, he did leave proposals involving two Bensonhurst schools in place.

He also blocked plans for six traditional public schools to co-locate inside existing schools.

The mayor's move made the neighborhood’s elected officials and educational leaders livid.


OPINION: A smaller hospital: better than none

As readers of this paper know by now, after various legal machinations that are too complex to repeat here, SUNY has gone back to the drawing board and issued a new RFP for Long Island College Hospital. The new RFP process gives extra points to bidders whose plans include an actual full-service hospital, although it isn’t mandatory. It is understood that there also would be some residential development included, most likely condos.


PS/IS 104 hosts International Brotherhood Tea

At PS/IS 104 in Bay Ridge, the students wear T-shirts emblazoned with a Superman logo on the front. On the back is a slogan, “PS/IS 104 puts a stop to bullying.”

Tolerance, acceptance and brotherhood are all part of the curriculum at the school, according to Principal Marie J. DiBella. “The children learn how to be kind to one another,” she said during a school assembly on Thursday.


68th Precinct commander warns: Scammers are pros

The crooks behind the Green Dot MoneyPak scam are pros that could make even the most cynical citizen fall for their tricks, a police commander in Bay Ridge warned.

Dep. Insp. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct issued an alert to thousands of residents on the e-mail notification list of the 68th Precinct Community Council urging people to be on their guard against the scammers.


Is Fort Hamilton on the chopping block?

The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton could be targeted for closure if budget cuts outlined on Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel become a reality.

Hagel, who is proposing cuts that would slash military spending by billions of dollars to pre-World War II levels, stated that he will push congress to conduct a round of base closures in 2017, NBC News reported.


Malliotakis says Cuomo saved the day on welfare reform

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Governor Andrew Cuomo are on opposite sides of the political fence, but the Republican-Conservative Bay Ridge lawmaker is lauding the Democratic governor for taking steps to crack down on welfare fraud.

If the governor didn’t act, New York State would have been in danger of losing $120 million in federal funding, Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said.



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