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Midwood residents line up to get their flu shots

“Roll up your sleeves. This won’t hurt a bit.” Nearly 200 residents heard that those words and dutifully rolled up their shirtsleeves so that nurses would give them a flu shot.

The scene didn’t take place in a hospital or a doctor’s office. The flu shots were given at state Sen. Simcha Felder’s district office in Midwood on Tuesday.

Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) arranged for nurses from Beth Israel Medical Center to come to the office to distribute the flu shots. Felder was offering the flu shots for free.


Police unions endorse Gentile’s re-election bid

Councilman Vincent Gentile was surrounded by police in John Paul Jones Park Wednesday morning. No, the two-term councilman wasn’t in trouble with the law – far from it, in fact.

Leaders of four law enforcement unions came to the Bay Ridge park to announce that they are endorsing Gentile’s re-election bid.


Ciao! Brooklyn’s Columbus Day Parade takes place Saturday

Brooklyn’s Italian-American community is getting set to march with pride in a salute to Christopher Columbus this weekend.

The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, on 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, a community that is still home to large numbers of Italian Americans, despite the changing demographics in recent years. Several years ago, the City Council renamed a section of 18th Avenue from 65th Street to 86th Street “Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard” in tribute to the neighborhood's Italian-Americans.


DA race reveals sharp divide in Bay Ridge

The suddenly reinvigorated race for Brooklyn district attorney is exposing some sharp divisions in Bay Ridge, a community that current DA Charles Hynes calls home, but where the local Democratic club is aggressively pushing for the election of his rival Ken Thompson.


Mayor, DA races loom large over Dyker Heights council debate

Bill de Blasio and Ken Thompson weren’t in the room during the debate between Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile and his Republican-Conservative opponent John Quaglione, but they might as well have been.

The names of the Democratic candidates for mayor and Brooklyn district attorney loomed large over the debate that was sponsored by the Dyker Heights Civic Association and in Saint Phillip’s Episcopal Church Hall Monday night.


New Fed head Janet Yellen is a Brooklyn girl

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation's central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry.

Both Yellen and Bernanke are scheduled to appear with Obama at the White House on Wednesday for a formal announcement.


Greenfield to merchants: Take storage containers off the street!

The city is about to crack down hard on store owners in Borough Park and Midwood who put large storage containers on the streets in front of their shops and take up parking spaces, according to Councilman David Greenfield and Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein.

Greenfield and Perlstein are warning businesses in the two communities of the impending crackdown.

Merchants will likely be hit with fines if they don’t comply with the law. Store owners are required to have permits to put storage containers outside their shops.


Chamber of Commerce is key player in efforts to form BIDs

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is flexing its muscles by becoming the primary backer in efforts in two different neighborhoods to form business improvement districts.

“BIDs are good things,” Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (BCC) told the Dyker Heights Civic Association at its meeting Monday night.


Flatbush mom charged after toddler son found dead

A Flatbush woman has been arrested after her 19-month-old son was found dead in their apartment over the weekend.

Police on Monday charged Anna Thomas with murder and manslaughter in the death of her son Justin Stephens.

Officers responded to her apartment around 8 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call about a disturbed person.

They found the toddler unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.


Sweet Sally soiree raises $20,000 for baby with leukemia

The name of the group is Bay Ridge Cares and its members proved on Sunday that their neighborhood really does care.

The “Sweet Sally Sunshine Fundraiser,” organized by the group to raise money to help the parents of one-year-old Sally Kabel pay for her leukemia treatments, was a monumental success, according to Justin Brannan, the organization’s founder.



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