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Department of Consumer Affairs to give store owners break from onerous fines

A high-ranking Department of Consumer Affairs official came to Bay Ridge Monday night and delivered some good news for struggling mom-and-pop stores: the city is going to get off your back!

Amit Bagga, deputy commissioner for external affairs at the Dept. of Consumer Affairs (DCA), told Community Board 10 that the agency is making a concerted effort to issue fewer violations against the city’s small business owners than previous city administrations.


GOP says teachers should get tax credits

With the school year underway, Republican members of the state assembly are pushing for legislation to help teachers who have to dip into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) is among the GOP lawmakers calling on the state to help teachers.

Under the bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Phil Palmesano (R-C-Corning), the state would provide up to $500 in annual tax credits for teachers who use their personal funds to pay for teaching supplies that benefit students.


Fontbonne students get valuable lessons in cyber security

Increasingly, students at the Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge are showing an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects that used to be dominated by males, according to school officials.

This past summer, five Fontbonne students took part in a special program offered by the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering that focused on computer science and cyber security.


Chess NYC to open program at Hebrew Language Academy

Are you ready for shachmat?

Students at the Hebrew Language Academy will get a chance to learn how to play chess this fall as Chess NYC, New York's largest chess community, is set to start a program there later this month. It’s part of a slow, but growing trend to get chess into the classrooms.


Strong defense helps Poly Prep overcome sloppy first half

The Poly Prep Blue Devils lost four fumbles throughout the entire season last year, but had three in the first half of Friday's game and committed 125 yards worth of penalties to make things worse.

“We are never going to beat anybody playing like that — four turnovers in the first half and we had 125 yards in penalties,” Poly Prep head coach Dino Mangiero said afterward. “That's a terrible first half. That’s probably the worst half of football that we've played here in a long, long time.”


Midwood High School fighting for football relevancy

Last season, Midwood High School's football team was right on the cusp. It wasn’t one of the top teams in Brooklyn, but it was close. The Hornets fought all season, finished with a 5-4 record and scored 30 points against Lincoln in the playoffs, a team with a strong defense that went on to win the city championship.

As it goes in high school sports, the season ended and players graduated. Now the Midwood Hornets are trying to get back to that level with an inexperienced team.


Hundreds gather on 69th St. pier to remember 9/11 victims

With prayers, poetry, song and a 21-gun salute, Bay Ridge paid tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 in a heartfelt ceremony held at the 69th Street pier Thursday night.

“We stand here with pain in our hearts, tears in our eyes and images burned into our memories,” state Sen. Marty Golden, who organized the remembrance, told a crowd of hundreds standing on the pier.


Brooklyn Remembers 9/11

Fort Hamilton was the scene of a moving memorial ceremony Thursday to honor the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Tonight, Brooklynites will be marking the 9/11 anniversary with interfaith prayers on the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights and a commemoration on the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge.

The borough's tributes to fellow New Yorkers who were lost on that terrible day began at the landmarked fort, where uniformed soldiers laid wreaths before the American flag, and a 21-gun salute was fired.


New elementary school to open in Bensonhurst

The Bensonhurst-Dyker Heights area, a swatch of southwest Brooklyn that large numbers of families with young children and been flocking to in recent years, is getting a new school.

The Department of Education (DOE) is renting a two-story building on 15th Avenue in Bensonhurst from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and is currently renovating the site for use as an early childhood school (for kindergarten and first grade students) to open in September of 2015, officials said.


Midwood tennis star meets Billie Jean King

A Midwood teenager was recognized for her outstanding tennis skills by the City Parks Foundation, which presented her with the Billie Jean King Award at its recent benefit dinner.



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