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Councilmember Deutsch holds fire safety training in memory of Sassoon children

Councilmember Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) hosted a community fire safety training this week in memory of the seven Sassoon children who were tragically killed in a fire early Saturday morning. The purpose of the forum was to expand safety training for community residents to ensure that everyone is educated to take proper safety measures.


St. Anselm retreat helps parishioners understand Lent

Lent, the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, is usually a time of reflection and prayer by Catholics. At Saint Anselm Catholic Church in Bay Ridge, parishioners got the chance to delve deeper into their faith by taking part in a recent four-night retreat called a Parish Lenten Mission.


State Senate moves to curb city’s ability to raise property taxes

A bi-partisan group of state senators successfully pushed for passage of a bill that would force New York City to cap property tax increases at two percent a year, a move that supporters said would help homeowners get a better handle on their household budgets.

Brooklyn senators Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) and Simcha Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) all signed on to the proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island). State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) also voted for the bill.


In wake of lethal Midwood fire, BP Adams calls for Brooklyn burn center

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced a borough-wide fire safety education campaign, following a fatal fire Saturday in Midwood that claimed the lives of seven siblings, aged five to 16, from the Sassoon family.


Piano virtuoso visits Bay Ridge for special performance

Maxim Anikushin, a piano virtuoso who has performed at Lincoln Center at other famous venues, will be bringing his talents to Bay Ridge on Friday.

Anikushin will be appearing in a concert at Art on the Corner, an arts program at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., at 7 p.m.

The program will include works by Bach and Beethoven. 


Brook-Krasny wants name change for Interstate 278

Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny, whose district includes the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton, is pushing to have the portion of Interstate 278 that is located within Brooklyn to be named in honor of military veterans.

Brook-Krasny (D-Bay Ridge-Coney Island) introduced legislation last week calling on the New York State to rename the Brooklyn portion of Interstate 278 the “Brooklyn Veterans Memorial Highway.”

Interstate 278 runs from New Jersey to New York and includes the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Gowanus Expressway along portions of its 35.6-mile route. 


GOP pols push city to pump more money into MTA

Straphangers started paying more to ride buses and subways on Sunday, but New York City isn’t paying its fair share into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan budget, according to two Republican lawmakers, who are calling on Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio to rectify the financial shortfall.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) and Assemblymember Joe Borelli (R-C-Staten Island) called on de Blasio to “adjust” the city’s contributions to the MTA capital plan budget so that it keeps pace with inflation.


You don’t have to be Irish to love Bay Ridge St. Patrick Day Parade

Irish eyes were certainly smiling on Bay Ridge’s Third Avenue on Sunday, as the neighborhood celebrated the spirit of Saint Patrick and saluted the Emerald Isle in grand style.

But Irish eyes weren’t the only ones smiling at the 22nd Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Spectators, who eagerly lined the route along Third Avenue from Marine Avenue to 67th Street, were treated to a variety of memorable sights and sounds, bagpipe bands, high school marching bands, Irish step dancers and colorful floats.


Congress candidates open their Brooklyn campaign headquarters

Gearing up for a special election that is less than two months away, congressional candidates Daniel Donovan and Vincent Gentile both opened their Brooklyn campaign headquarters over the weekend as each man sought to get a foothold in the borough.

Gentile, a Democrat, went first, opening his campaign office at the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club at 7321 15th Ave. in Bensonhurst in a building owned by 7321 15 Avenue LLC on Saturday morning.


Bodies of siblings killed in Midwood fire arrive in Israel

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel— The bodies of seven ultra-Orthodox Jewish siblings who died in the most fatal New York house fire in years arrived Monday in Israel for burial.

The bodies of the children from the Sassoon family, ages 5 to 16, were flown into Israel's international airport and whisked away by police escort in a convoy of cars toward a Jerusalem cemetery.



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