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Pets get blessing at New Utrecht Reformed Church

The dogs were at their best behavior as they wandered around the front lawn of the New Utrecht Reformed Church on Saturday afternoon, almost as if they knew they were on church grounds. Not one dog barked.

Dog owners brought their pet pooches to the historic old church, located on 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst, for a special “Blessing of the Animals” event on Sept. 5.


Community board chairman: Southwest Brooklyn needs more health services

The closure of Victory Memorial Hospital took place six years ago, but it’s still having a negative effect on the delivery of health care services in southwest Brooklyn, the chairman of Community Board 11 said.

Bill Guarinello, whose board advocates on behalf of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach residents, told Board 11 members at their Sept. 4 meeting that he is forming a task force to come up with recommendations for city and state officials on how to improve services in southwest Brooklyn communities.


Arab-American civil rights activist attacked

A leading Arab-American civil rights activist who has spoken out many times to condemn hate crimes against Arabs became the victim of a hate crime herself in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, authorities said.

Linda Sarsour, 34, executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, was attacked by a man who allegedly yelled anti-Arab slurs at her and threatened to behead her during the incident, which took place outside the association’s headquarters at 7111 Fifth Avenue on the afternoon of Sept. 3.


Fort Hamilton looks to recapture football glory days

Sharif Legree grew up on the sidelines of Fort Hamilton and watched its glory days when his brother, Jeffrey Legree, helped the school win back-to-back city championships.

That was nearly 10 years ago. Over the past two seasons, the Tigers have paled in comparison to those teams, but Legree and his team think that he’s the perfect person to return Fort Hamilton to glory.


Poly Prep looks to complete another undefeated season

A loss in the final game of the season kept Poly Prep’s football team from a coveted undefeated season, but with so much talent returning this year, including its patented huge offensive line, a perfect season could be within the Blue Devils’ reach this time around.


Bay Ridge’s 86th St. attracts nationwide chain stores

It’s no secret! Victoria’s Secret is coming to Bay Ridge!

The famous lingerie emporium, whose fashion shows draw millions of online viewers eager to see gorgeous models strut their stuff in sexy undergarments, is planning to open up shop on 86th Street. Victoria’s Secret isn’t the only national chain setting up shop on 86th Street. A new Chipotle Mexican Grill, which recently opened at 463 86th St., is also the talk of the town.


Classes begin for thousands of Catholic school kids

The Rev. Msgr. Michael Hardiman, pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Bay Ridge, was at the auditorium door at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy Wednesday morning, ready to greet students coming to school for the first day of classes after their summer vacation.

Andrea D’Emic, the academy’s principal, also eagerly greeted the children as they showed up for the start of the new school year.


Bay Ridge prepares to commemorate Sept. 11 victims

Bay Ridge, a neighborhood that lost 36 of its residents in the Sept. 11 attack, is getting ready for an annual ceremony in which the community pays tribute to the victims and their families on the anniversary of that dark day 13 years ago.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) sponsors a commemoration every year at the American Veterans Memorial Pier, also known as the 69th Street pier, and will do so again this year on Thursday, Sept. 11, starting at 8 p.m.


Community Council hosts Bay Ridge Great Debate

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the political season is heating up.

Vincent Bocchino, president of the Bay Ridge Community Council, has announced that the civic organization will be holding its annual political forum, known as the Bay Ridge Great Debate, at the group’s first monthly meeting of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Holy Angels Catholic Academy, 337 74th St. Brooklyn, NY, starting at 7:30 p.m.


Police hunt Bensonhurst groper

Police are looking for a suspect who grabbed and groped two women in separate incidents in Bensonhurst in August.

One of the incidents took place on the sidewalk outside 1839 Bath Ave. (between Bay 19th and Bay 20th streets) on Monday, Aug. 11, according to police, who said the suspect, a Hispanic man in his 20s, approached a 34-year-old woman from behind as she was walking down the street at approximately 10:20 p.m., grabbed her buttocks and then forcibly touched her private parts before fleeing on foot.



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