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Denyse Wharf cleanup crew gets close up view of harbor seal

Members of the Harbor Seals Swim Team got a chance to meet their namesake when a real life harbor seal swam up to the edge of Denyse Wharf while the swimmers were cleaning the Bay Ridge pier.

Volunteers make it a point to clean Denyse Wharf twice a year.


Property tax relief bill wins senate approval

Senior citizens who qualify would be eligible for a break on their property taxes if a bill recently passed by the New York State Senate eventually becomes law.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) and co-sponsored by state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Borough park-Midwood) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), was passed with bipartisan support in the state Senate on May 28 and has been sent to the state Assembly.


Bay Ridge’s 5 Ave. Spring Festival offers food, fun, frivolity

The weather forecasters predicted a deluge for Sunday afternoon, but the rain held off until the end of the Fifth Avenue Spring Festival in Bay Ridge, a delay that allowed hundreds of thousands of people the chance to enjoy the food, rides, games, music and other sights and sounds.

The rainstorm didn’t start until 6 p.m., the close of the festival, which began at noon.


Make Access-A-Ride renewal process easier, pols say

Frail elderly New Yorkers who rely on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Access-A-Ride program to get to doctor’s appointments should not have to jump through hoops to remain eligible for the service, according to two lawmakers fighting to change the system.


Maria ‘The Ice Cream Girl’ pens children’s book

Maria Campanella has made a living selling ice cream from her truck for more than 25 years but these days she is also offering a bit of wisdom along with scoops of vanilla and chocolate.

Campanella, known throughout the Bensonhurst community where she lives by her nickname, “Maria The Ice Cream Girl,” has branched out into children’s literature. Her self-published book, “Maria The Ice Cream Girl,” came out last month.


Bay Ridge Greenmarket turns parking lot into town square

The Bay Ridge Greenmarket, which had its official grand opening on Saturday, is more than just a place to buy fresh potatoes, carrots and strawberries from the farmers who grow them, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile. It’s also a new type of town square, he said.


Maimonides expert: Every second counts in stroke treatment

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to Dr. Steven Rudolph, director of the Jaffe Stroke Center at Maimonides Medical Center, and is the leading cause of disability in adults.

That’s why it’s vital to get medical help for a stroke victim immediately, Rudolph said. “Every second counts in the race to identify and treat stroke. The sooner we can make a diagnosis and start treatment, the more we improve our chances of minimizing damage to your brain,” he said.


Colton, Treyger lead clean sweep of Bensonhurst

The sidewalks of Bensonhurst are looking a lot cleaner these days, thanks to a group of volunteers who took part in a community cleanup organized by Assemblymember William Colton and Councilmember Mark Treyger on May 23.

The litter sweep was part of “Speak-Up & Clean-Up,” an ongoing campaign founded by Colton and civic activist Priscilla Consolo. The May 23 event marked the first cleanup of the 2015 season, according to Colton’s Office. The previous cleanup took place in November.


Bay Ridge Lawyers host Judge Ingram for maritime law discussion

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association held its monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) meeting at which Hon. John G. Ingram discussed maritime law in a speech titled, “Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice on the High Seas” at Hunter’s Steakhouse in Bay Ridge on Wednesday.

It sounds like a topic that only a few lawyers would be interested in, but Judge Ingram spoke passionately and was able to convey the importance of maritime law. He kept it interesting with many anecdotes and practically gave a history lesson on Brooklyn’s waterfront and ports.


Bishop Kearney senior tells how blood transfusion saved her life

A Bishop Kearney High School senior says she’s living proof of the importance of donating blood.

Maria Lieggi, who is about to graduate from the all-girls Catholic high school in Bensonhurst, was one of the speakers at a recent reception hosted by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens. She spoke about how a blood transfusion saved her life in 2014.



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