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City to investigate Bay Ridge’s troubled Prince Hotel

A Bay Ridge hotel that has long been the target of complaints from local residents is now on the de Blasio Administration’s radar.

The Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement is going to be taking a close look at the Prince Hotel at 315 93rd St., according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile’s office and Community Board 10 officials.

It’s too early to tell what the outcome of the probe will be, but Bay Ridge officials said they’re pleased the city is finally zeroing in on the place.


Verrazano Bridge repair work brings lane closure until 2017

Motorists are facing a lane closure, a detour and other traffic headaches driving on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge now that a major reconstruction project has begun on the span.

The first phase of a massive, $235.7 million project to replace the deck on the upper level of the bridge began on March 7. In addition to replacing the deck, contractors will also be installing a permanent Bus/HOV lane on the upper level of the bridge, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).


Xaverian beats Cardinal Hayes, advances to semifinals

The Xaverian Clippers picked up a big win when they beat Cardinal Hayes 56-54 during the Catholic High School Athletic League AA intersectional quarterfinals at Fordham University on Sunday.


Bay Ridge luncheon raises money for scholarships

Hundreds of people turned out at the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on Sunday to enjoy lunch, enter a raffle to win prizes and raise money for a scholarship fund for local students.

The administrators of the Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fund held their annual luncheon on March 8, attracting a large crowd of local residents eager to help the organization raise money to be able to continue its 42-year-old tradition of awarding scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.


Poly Prep senior wins Gold Key Award in 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing competition

Poly Prep artist and Rhode Island School of Design-bound senior Rowan McAllister (’15) won a Gold Key Award for a self-portrait in the photography category of the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

This year, in the New York region, the competition received a record 11,000-plus submissions in all categories, which makes McAllister’s award all the more notable.

McAllister also won six honorable mentions in the drawing and illustration category.


Xaverian High School is going co-ed

Xaverian High School, a Catholic high school in Bay Ridge that has been an all-male bastion in grades nine through 12 since it was founded during the Eisenhower Administration, is going co-ed.

The school will begin accepting female students in the fall of 2016, officials announced. The Class of 2020 will have the first females in the graduating class.


Fontbonne Hall starts guest speaker circuit to empower students

Fontbonne Hall Academy students have been exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints, thanks to the school’s Guest Speaker Circuit, a new program in which speakers are invited to the school to share tips on how to get ahead.


Adams pushes plan to fight illegal home conversions

Combating the rash of illegal home conversions taking place in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and other Brooklyn neighborhoods will take a combination of strong legislation and beefed-up investigations by inspectors from the New York City Department of Buildings, according to housing preservation advocates.

At a recent Dyker Heights town hall held to discuss the problem, residents and civic leaders demanded action on the part of government officials.


Bay Ridge leaders praise inclusion of Muslim school holidays

Bay Ridge boasts a large population of Arab-Americans and leaders of that community were full of praise for the announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to add two Muslim holidays to the public school calendar.

The mayor and chancellor announced that from now on, public schools will be closed on Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, two of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar.


Colton to co-host seminar on how to prepare for retirement

The issues surrounding retirement, including when to retire and how much money one should be saving toward retirement, will be the main focus of a seminar to take place in Bensonhurst next month.

Assemblyman William Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and the Russian-American Community Coalition are co-sponsoring the seminar to be held on Thursday, April 30, at the United Progressive Democratic Club, 29 Bay 25 St., at 7 p.m.

The seminar, which is free, is called “Are You Ready for Retirement?”

The goal is to help people prepare for retirement, according to Colton.



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