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Third Avenue Festival brings the world to Bay Ridge

Music, dancing and lots of mouth-watering food to eat…is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Hundreds of thousands of people who came to the Third Avenue Festival in Bay Ridge on Oct. 4 would say, “There is no better way!” The 42nd Annual Third Avenue Festival was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Maimonides celebrates participants of Summer Youth Employment Program

Maimonides Medical Center recently honored the participants of the Summer Youth Employment Program at a special recognition ceremony. The event celebrated the important contributions made by the 324 participants, whose efforts help Maimonides’ staff to provide great care for patients and their families, as well as the community.

Welcoming remarks were given by Pamela Brier, president and CEO at Maimonides; Dominick Stanzione, executive vice president and chief operating officer; and Douglas Jablon, senior vice president and special assistant to the president.


Confirmed: 2nd body found in Borough Park rubble

Officials said on Monday that the investigation is ongoing into the cause of the tragic house explosion and fire that killed two woman and injured roughly a dozen in Borough Park.

A FDNY spokesperson confirmed to the Brooklyn Eagle late Monday that a second body had been found in the rubble. ABC Eyewitness News first broke that news.


Costumed kids star in Ragamuffin Parade

The skies were gray, there was a threat of rain and there was a chill in the air in Bay Ridge on Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t stop hundreds of children from braving the weather and marching in the Ragamuffin Parade.

The 49th annual Ragamuffin Parade was a smashing success, despite the weather and the warnings over Hurricane Joaquin hanging in the air. A day earlier it had poured in New York City, which had the parade’s sponsors concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. But on parade day, Oct. 3, the rain stayed away, and the parade went off without a hitch.


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.



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