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Catholic Charities helps kids get ready for school

Children whose parents can’t afford backpacks and notebooks because of tough economic times will still be able to walk into their classes on the first day of school next month with the supplies they need, thanks to Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens which is co-sponsoring a drive to gather school supplies.


Court hears new case arising from Poly Prep sex scandal

An elite Brooklyn school is in court again on an issue related to a well-publicized sex scandal case that was settled. 

The plaintiffs in the original case against Poly Prep Country Day School are now suing the school’s attorneys, Manhattan law firm O'Melveny & Myers, alleging that the lawyers fraudulently misrepresented facts in an attempt to deceive the court into reaching a decision in Poly Prep’s favor.


Gentile helps residents move electrical wires off their sidewalk

A potentially dangerous situation that had been festering for months on a Bensonhurst street was finally resolved, thanks to, of all things, a block party.

Councilman Vincent Gentile was visiting with residents of a block 79th Street between 17th and 18th Aves for their annual block party on a recent Saturday when he noticed what appeared to be live electrical wires running from a manhole in the street, along the sidewalk, and into a nearby apartment building.


Bensonhurst food pantry buying backpacks for school kids

When school starts next month, hundreds of Brooklyn children will be ready for the first day of classes with backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils and other supplies, thanks to a charitable organization based in Bensonhurst.

Reaching-Out Community Services Inc., a non-profit organization that operates a food pantry and helps down on their luck residents with referrals to Medicaid, Social Security and other government programs, is seeking donations for its “Big Backpack Giveaway Event” to take place on Aug. 24 outside its headquarters at 7708 New Utrecht Ave.


Brooklyn’s young politicos travel deep into the heart of Texas

Brooklyn was well represented at a four-day national convention of young Democratic Party activists that took place deep in the heart of Texas, according to one participant, who said he came back energized by the experience.

Bay Ridge resident Kevin Peter Carroll, the Democratic district leader of the 64th Assembly District (Bay Ridge-Staten Island) was part of an eight-person delegation from Brooklyn that attended the Young Democrats of America Convention in San Antonio, Texas on Aug. 8-11.


Greenfield urges residents to take back 18th Avenue Park

Councilman David Greenfield is looking for local residents to join a new group he is forming to take care of a local park that has become a focal point of complaints from neighbors.


Trash plant controversy becomes an issue in council race

Political campaigns are often full of trash talk, but in one Brooklyn City Council race, it’s literally true.

The controversy over the city’s plans to build a trash compacting plant on the Gravesend waterfront has suddenly become a hot button issue in the race between Democratic incumbent Vincent Gentile and his Republican-Conservative challenger John Quaglione in the 43rd Council District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst).


Felder says: Can't understand election booklet? Call me!

Thousands of informational pamphlets the New York City Board of Elections has sent to voters in anticipation of the Sept. 10 primary look like junk mail, according to state Sen. Simcha Felder, who said the yellow booklets are poorly designed and confusing to read.

Calling the booklets “ridiculous,” Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) said he wouldn’t be surprised if many voters toss them into the trash on the belief that the literature is junk mail from stores seeking to sell them something.


Veterans to visit more schools, thanks to new state law

Assemblyman Bill Colton got the idea when he attended a Career Day event at PS 226 in Bensonhurst. One of the speakers was a military veteran who talked to the students about his experiences. Colton saw how enraptured the kids were with the veteran’s speech and how much they learned from someone who had seen war first-hand. The event gave the lawmaker the idea to make appearances by veterans a regular part of the school year for youngsters all over the state.


Albanese wants MTA to give express bus riders a fare break

The Brooklyn Army Terminal ferry, which the city installed to relieve R train riders stranded by the closure of the Montague Street tunnel, is fine, but not enough to soothe commuters’ jagged nerves, according to an underdog mayoral candidate who is pushing a plan he said would make life a lot easier for passengers.



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