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City to start building Bensonhurst trash plant

In a move that has set off alarm bells all over Southwest Brooklyn, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) sent a letter to elected officials informing them that construction of a controversial trash plant is about to begin on the Bensonhurst waterfront.


Education panel demands raises for assistants

Members of the Community Education Council of School District 20 are demanding a raise – not for themselves but for their administrative assistant, Randi Lazarus, and for others like her who work diligently behind the scenes for councils across the city.

At its Dec. 5 meeting, the Community Education Council (CEC) voted unanimously to support an effort started by CECs in other parts of the city to seek a change in the salary structure for administrative assistants.


Xaverian student asks charity donors to share Christmas memories

When Dyker Heights teenager Dominick Santo decided to embark on a one-man mission to raise funds for his favorite non-profit group to help the organization pay for a holiday party for underprivileged children, he thought about his own happy childhood and the wonderful Christmases he shared with his parents, Penney and Dominick Santo, and his sisters.

His recollections led to a brainstorm. Instead of simply asking people to donate money to the Sansone Foundation, Santo decided to hold a fundraiser in which guests would get to share their favorite Christmas memories.


Writer resurrects Agatha Christie’s famous detective

Bestselling author Sophie Hannah’s new book revives an old character made famous by the grand dame of mystery writers, Agatha Christie.

“The Monogram Murders” features Hercule Poirot, the investigator and hero of many of Christie’s books. “The Monogram Murders,” published by William Morrow, was authorized by Christie family.

Hannah will be appearing at the BookMark Shoppe at 8415 Third Ave. in Bay Ridge on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. to sign copies of her book. The BookMark Shoppe visit will mark the author’s only appearance in New York.


City shuts down 9 massage parlors in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst

Acting on complaints from elected officials and local residents, police and investigators from Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office swept into Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge on Thursday, raided nine massage parlors, arrested 15 women on prostitution-related charges, and padlocked the allegedly illicit businesses.

Thompson and Police Commissioner William Bratton, who announced the arrests on Thursday, said the massage parlors were fronts for prostitution.


Greenfield applauds police crackdown on truck drivers

Truck drivers who park overnight on a stretch of 21st Avenue in Borough Park have been hit with a flurry of tickets in the past few weeks and at least one elected official is applauding the crackdown.

Councilmember David Greenfield said he requested a ticket blitz to curb wayward truckers.


School nurses do more than take child’s temperature

School nurses do a lot more these days than just take a student’s temperature and dispense aspirin. The nurses working in New York City schools do such things as offer first aid, train people in the proper use of an Epi-Pen and screen children for mental issues like depression.

Gail Adman, RN, deputy director of school nursing at the Office of School Health, who was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Community Education Council (CEC) of School District 20 on Wednesday night, offered the public a glimpse of life as a school nurse.


Brooklyn food pantries struggle to keep up with demand

A knock on the door, your signature, a flash of your ID, and you’re in.

Once inside, residents are handed 2 bags: a “hard bag” of canned foods and soup, and a “soft bag” of rice, pasta and cereal. A thump on the side door and a square metal window swings open, and those in need are given a low-in-sodium, sugar-free bagged lunch of milk, fresh fruit and juice, a fruit cup and two sandwiches.


Gentile unveils Verrazano sculpture in Bay Ridge Park

Charging that Brooklyn was effectively “shut out” of the official celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Councilmember Vincent Gentile organized a tribute of his own on Wednesday, unveiling a sculpture of the man after whom the span was named.


Edward R. Murrow High School to mark 40th anniversary

Edward R. Murrow High School, named after the legendary CBS newsman, turned 40 years old last month and officials are making plans for a big celebration during the spring semester.

Murrow alumni will be invited to join the anniversary party in the spring.

November marked 40 years since Edward R. Murrow High School opened its doors at 1600 Avenue L in Midwood under the supervision and leadership of Saul Bruckner as principal.



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