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Summer Stroll on 3rd plans include activities on every block

Bay Ridge is THE place to be on Friday night as the first of four Summer Stroll on 3rd events takes place.

Third Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street from 6 to 10 p.m. so that a pedestrian mall can be created and people can feel free to stretch their legs, enjoy live music, hunt for bargains at a leisurely pace and sip cappuccinos in outdoor cafes.

Opera companies, folk singers, rock and rollers and dance troupes will be out on the sidewalk to entertain pedestrians.


Bay Ridge crooner salutes Elvis Presley

Martin McQuade, a Bay Ridge crooner who has performed songs made famous by the likes of Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, is paying tribute to the King.

McQuade’s new dinner show, to be presented at Hunters Steak and Ale House at 9404 Fourth Ave. on July 17, will honor Elvis Presley.

“I will perform a show honoring the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley's very first recording session (July 5, 1954) as well as his first live professional appearance (July 30, 1954),” McQuade wrote in an email to the Brooklyn Eagle.


Financial expert says Gen Xers too timid with money

Millennials are far too young to be thinking about saving money for retirement, or are they?

“I have clients that are Millennials,” said Ron Palastro, a financial advisor. “Sure, they’re decades away from retirement. But they’re looking toward the future. They want to be smart about money.”


Fontbonne students learn how to be ‘Power Girls’

Talk about girl power!

Students from Fontbonne Hall Academy in Bay Ridge were among hundreds of young women who took part in the YWCA of New York City’s Potential to Power Girls Symposium, a recent event that brought together leaders from diverse backgrounds to foster awareness and social action regarding critical issues facing girls.

One of the goals of the symposium was to create a network of advocates to make changes that will benefit the next generation of women in school, career and life, according to Fontbonne officials.


Maimonides earns perfect score for its breast cancer center

There’s nothing quite like taking a big test and then finding out that you aced it.

The Maimonides Breast Cancer Center, a facility at 745 64th St. in Bay Ridge run by Maimonides Medical Center, achieved a perfect score of 100 percent when experts from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers came to take a look.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is administered by the American College of Surgeons.


Landmark status for St. John’s Episcopal Church?

With shock over the news that Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Bay Ridge is closing due to declining congregation numbers still settling in for community residents, speculation has begun over that will happen to the church building after the last service is held there in September.


A step in the right direction: Repairs to Bay Ridge step street

It was a steep climb, but Bay Ridge elected officials said the New York City Department of Transportation has agreed to their request to repair a step street that had fallen into disrepair endangering pedestrians who regularly use the concrete staircase.


The Wounded Warriors play powerful game in Bay Ridge

It doesn’t get much more American than this.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team was in Brooklyn last Saturday as it took on the Bay Ridge All-Stars, a team comprised of local celebrities, with plenty of patriotic Brooklynites, politicians and even some actors looking on.

"It would be hard to top this as a great American scene," city councilman Vincent Gentile said. "Having the Wounded Warriors right here in Bay Ridge, a very patriotic community, playing America's pastime. It could only be more American if it were on the Fourth of July.”


Hikind heads to Israel

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continued, despite a cease-fire plan put forth by Egypt, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind made plans to hop on a plane and travel to the Middle East to stand in solidarity with Israelis.

Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood) announced on Sunday that he would leave for Israel on Monday to join with the eight million Israeli citizens under bombardment. The district Hikind represents is the predominantly Jewish.


Historic Episcopal Church in Ft. Hamilton prepares to close

A historic church in Bay Ridge where two Confederate Generals once worshiped has made the hard decision to close its doors and merge with a nearby Episcopal parish.

St. John’s Church in Fort Hamilton will close after 180 years of public ministry. The Rev. David Sibley, Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Church, and the Bishop’s Committee made the announcement last week.



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