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Board 10 member’s toy drive helps kids in shelter

Children who have been ripped from their homes because of domestic violence will still have toys for the holidays, thanks to Bay Ridge civic leader Greg Ahl, who conducts a toy drive each year to make the season a little brighter for kids housed in a shelter sponsored by the Center Against Domestic Violence.

The Brooklyn-based program serves domestic violence victims and their families. The location of the center’s shelter is not publicly disclosed to protect the domestic violence victims from possible retribution from their abusive spouses.


War veteran's donation touches Xaverian lacrosse team

Bay Ridge resident Charles Zale served in both World War II and the Korean War and is still finding ways to be of service to others. A small gesture he recently made has had a large impact on a local high school.


Pols demand action from city to stop illegal home conversions

Bay Ridge’s elected officials have stepped up their efforts to fight the troubling trend of illegal home conversions in their community and in other southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods, charging that the practice is endangering lives.


Salvation Army red kettle donation drive falling short

The Salvation Amy in Bay Ridge, which has helped thousands of people get back on their feet over the years, is asking for help itself these days.

With Christmas less than two weeks away, The Salvation Army’s famous holiday season red kettle donation drive is in danger of falling far below last year’s results, according to Lt. Joel Ashcraft, corps officer for Bay Ridge.

“So far, we haven’t had the response that we had hoped for. And we’re running out of time,” Ashcraft told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Fariña says school overcrowding hard to solve

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came to a town hall in Bay Ridge Wednesday night and faced a surprising number of questions about a housing controversy in southwest Brooklyn and its impact on school overcrowding.

Questions from the audience included the topic of so-called illegal home conversions — where developers subdivide one- and two-family homes into multiple units and create apartment buildings — in neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst.


Adelphi Academy students take Turkey Trot through Bay Ridge

Students and teachers at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn put their school pride on parade for all of Bay Ridge to see when they wore sweatshirts bearing the school colors – gold and brown – and marched through the streets of the community on a recent Tuesday.

It was all part of the academy’s annual Turkey Trot, a popular tradition at the school.


Guild holds rally to save early childhood program

Low tuition would be a dream for most parents sending their children to a private school. But at the Guild for Exceptional Children, low tuition rates are actually endangering a popular pre-school program.

Guild officials recently announced that the Carrie Mastronardi Early Childhood Education Program, which the Guild has been operating for 40 years, will close on Jan. 23 unless New York State steps in to save it.


Shore Road becomes small town for Christmas tree lighting

The Shore Road Parks Conservancy hosted its 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Monday night in Bay Ridge, an event that turned the park’s overlook into a scene from small town America.

Scores of people gathered at the gazebo in Michael Behlen Circle in the park at 90th Street to take part in the ceremony. They sipped hot chocolate, munched on cookies, listened to the Xaverian High School Band, heard the Guild for Exceptional Children’s, Chorus and cheered when the switch was turned on to light the tree.


Golf prodigy to compete in national tournament

A promising young golfer who learned how to play the sport at the CityParks Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights is set to compete in his first major tournament later this month.

Nortee Panpinyo, a 14-year-old from Bensonhurst, will be taking part in the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic in Florida on Dec. 20. His trip to Florida is being funded through a scholarship provided by the City Parks Foundation, professional golfer Cristie Kerr and the Trump Organization.


Malliotakis named to U.S. delegation for China trip

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis has been chosen by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation to visit China this month. Malliotakis will be part of a delegation of eight elected officials from all around the U.S. making the 10-day trip.

The delegation will visit the cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.

The foundation’s mission is to strengthen relations between the U.S. and China by facilitating open exchanges among policy makers, business leaders and academic experts. 



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