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Bay Ridge lawyer is Hellenic Association’s Attorney of the Year

Charles Capetanakis, a lawyer and education advocate from Bay Ridge who is a partner in the law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, will be the guest of honor at the Hellenic Lawyers Association’s 25th Annual Dinner-Dance at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 15. Capetanakis will receive the Attorney of the Year Award from the association.


BrooklynONE presents borough premiere of ‘Everyday People Project’

“Everyday People Project,” a documentary by Brooklyn-born filmmaker JD Urban, in which the director interviews a variety of people about hope, faith, equality, and overcoming adversity, will have its Brooklyn premiere in Bay Ridge on Nov. 22.

The screening, which will take place in Saint John’s Episcopal Church hall at 461 99th St. at 7 p.m., is being presented by brooklynONE Productions, a theater and film company based in Bay Ridge, in cooperation with Everyday People Productions.

Urban will be on hand for the screening of his film.


‘Miracle on 34th Street’ was a musical, too

Talk to anyone you know about their favorite Christmas movies and “Miracle on 34th Street,” will be at or near the top of the list.

The 1947 film starred Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn and John Payne and is considered a classic. But did you know that there was also a musical version of the iconic story about the Macy’s department store Santa Claus who turns out to be the real thing?

In the early 1960s, a musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street” with a score by Meredith Wilson of “The Music Man” fame played on Broadway.


VA Center unveils plaque honoring all who serve in military

Carey Spearman, a Vietnam War veteran, served during the Tet Offensive in 1968, one of that war’s most famous battles. But he said he thinks military veterans who didn’t see combat are often overlooked when it comes to honors and recognition.

“If you signed up to serve, you did your duty, even if you weren’t shipped to a war zone. You still did your duty,” Spearman told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle during a visit to the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bay Ridge on Tuesday.


Nets spend Veterans Day at Fort Hamilton

Military men and women at the US Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton had an unusual crew of waiters serving them lunch on Monday. And boy were these waiters tall!

Members of the Brooklyn Nets, the borough’s own NBA team, paid a lengthy visit on Veterans Day to Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge, the borough’s only active military post, where the team held a practice and then, wearing chef’s hats and aprons, stood behind the serving station in the fort’s community club and served a hot lunch of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, carrots and string beans to the military men and women.


Women need to focus on their health care, experts say

Women are often the primary caregivers in the family, but do they take care of themselves?

To help women understand the importance of looking after their health, a Brooklyn lawmaker is joining forces with one of the borough’s largest hospitals to host an informational night.

And dinner is included!

Breast cancer detection and treatment will be the main topics of discussion at a special symposium focusing on women’s health co-sponsored by Maimonides Medical Center and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis on Nov. 20.


Justice Schack returning to his old stomping grounds

It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack when he speaks at the next meeting of Community Board 10. Schack is a former chairman of the Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights board.

Schack, who lives with his wife Dilia in Bay Ridge, has accepted an invitation from Board 10 chairman Brian Kieran to be the guest speaker at the board’s Nov. 18 meeting to take place at the Norwegian Christian Home, 1250 67th St., starting at 7:15 p.m. In his remarks, the justice is expected to discuss the topics of the court system and community leadership.


‘Historic Flatbush’ is topic of talk at New Utrecht Reformed Church

Flatbush, a neighborhood filled with landmarks and Victorian era homes, will be the subject of a talk by Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger, who will also draw upon his collection of more than 3,000 images of old Brooklyn during his presentation.

The lecture, presented by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht group, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. Admission is free.


Nursing student, teacher-in-training win church scholarships

Two students – one studying nursing and the other planning to become a special education teacher – received $500 scholarships from the congregation of a Bay Ridge church which established the fund in memory of a deceased church member.

Gabriel Benitez, a nursing student at Kingsborough Community College, and Anthony Maguire, a Brooklyn College student, were awarded the First Jim Gillies Memorial Scholarships by the congregation of Bay Ridge United Church in a ceremony last month.


Got a broom? Colton wants to clean up Bensonhurst

The streets of Bensonhurst will get a much-needed makeover on Saturday, thanks to volunteers taking part in a big community cleanup organized by Assemblyman Bill Colton.

Colton is asking residents to volunteer for the Nov. 9 cleanup. All you have to do is show up at his district office at 155 Kings Highway (between West 12th and West 13th streets) at 10 a.m. and be ready to get to work.



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