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Fort Hamilton advocates raise funds to fight for base’s survival

The Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee held a dinner Thursday night to raise funds for a fight it hopes it never has to have.

The committee, which was formed 10 years ago, has a mission: to fight any effort by the federal government to close the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton. The committee counts among its members several business leaders and civic activists.

Committee President Bill Guarinello said the fort, located at Fort Hamilton Parkway and 101st Street in Bay Ridge, is not in any immediate danger of closing.


Fontbonne students guide Visitation girls through STEM

Two of Bay Ridge’s Catholic schools are working together on a project aimed at promoting the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as desirable courses of study for female students.

Both Fontbonne Hall Academy, at Shore Road and 99th Street, and Visitation Academy, at 8902 Ridge Boulevard, are schools for girls.

Fontbonne, a high school, has asked its students to assist the girls from Visitation, a K-8 school, with STEM projects.


Brooklyn Senior Idol takes place Oct. 3

Brooklyn Senior Idol, the talent contest for the over 50-crowd, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road in Bay Ridge, at 7 p.m.

The contest rules stipulate that the contestants must be at least 50 years of age.

The event is being presented by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) and Xaverian High School.


Eaton steps down as Brooklyn GOP chairman

There is a changing of the guard in Republican Party politics in Brooklyn.

In a surprise move, Craig Eaton, a Bay Ridge lawyer who had served as chairman of the Kings County Republican Party since 2007, stepped down and announced his support for his vice chairman, Dr. Arnaldo Ferraro, a retired educator from Bensonhurst, to take his place.


Malliotakis to co-host pet adoption at Third Ave. Festival

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is teaming up with the organization Pet Lovers United Together as One (PLUTO) to host a pet adoption event at the Third Avenue Festival in Bay Ridge on Oct. 4.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) is encouraging all prospective pet owners to stop by the PLUTO van on Third Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets from noon to 3 p.m. to find a loveable pet to adopt.

The assemblymember is the owner of two dogs that she adopted.


Golden offering social networking advice to businesses

State Sen. Marty Golden is co-hosting a social media and marketing seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th St., at 6:30 p.m.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) is working with the Staten Island Small Business Development Center to organize the seminar.

The event is designed to help local businesses develop effective social media strategies and action plans that can support and advance their sales and marketing, Golden said.


Fort Hamilton has civilians in its corner

The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton is a military installation, but it has plenty of civilians willing to fight for it.

Ten years ago, at the behest of then-Congressman Vito Fossella and state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), a group of business and civic leaders from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst came together to form the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee to fight any effort by the U.S. Department of Defense to close the military base.


Photo: Bay Ridge Lawyers Association walks for charity

Members of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association and their families marched in the Light the Night Walk in Staten Island on Saturday. The group helped to raise $1,700 to help fight leukemia and lymphoma. Lawyers who walked: Lisa Becker, Laura Messiana and Stephen D. Chiaino.


Excitement builds for Ragamuffin Parade, Third Ave. Festival

Bay Ridge is getting ready for its biggest weekend of the year, when it welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood for a parade and a street fair that are sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces.

The 48 hours of fun gets underway with the 49th annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 1 p.m. The parade, which features children in homemade Halloween costumes, runs along Third Avenue from 76th Street to 92nd Street.


Alicia Keys helps Murrow HS launch music tech program

Alicia Keys is helping to give Brooklyn students the “keys” to success…as in musical keys.

The music superstar donated money to help Edward R. Murrow High School launch a new music technology program and then showed up at the school on Friday to sing with students.

Her appearance came as a surprise to most of the students.

It was all part of a special show that took place at the school, at 1600 Avenue L in Midwood, to announce “Music x Technology,” a program in music, sound and audio technology that will become available to students starting in February.



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