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CEC 21 president says she fights for all kids, not just her own

Heather Ann Fiorica first became involved in educational advocacy when her daughter Brieanne was a student at PS 177 in Bensonhurst. “My daughter was a special needs student and I became active so I could make sure that I pushed for the services she needed,” Fiorica told the Brooklyn Eagle in an interview on Tuesday.


Al Feldstein, Brooklyn native who headed Mad magazine, dies

BILLINGS, Mont.— Al Feldstein, whose 28 years at the helm of Mad magazine transformed the satirical publication into a pop culture institution, has died. He was 88.

Feldstein died Tuesday at his home in Livingston, according to the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. No cause of death was released.

In 1956, publisher William M. Gaines put Feldstein in charge of the magazine, which gleefully parodied politicians and mocked traditional morality.


Malliotakis addresses rumors that she's eyeing Grimm's seat

Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is looking at running for embattled U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat if Grimm’s political career can’t survive in the wake of the 20-count indictment leveled against him Monday by the Justice Department, according to a report in the New York Post.


Narrows Community Theater presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

The classic MGM movie musical “Singin’ in the Rain’ is coming to the stage in Bay Ridge, courtesy of Narrows Community Theater (NCT), which is presenting a stage version of the beloved film.

The show, which is being presented by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc., opens at the Fort Hamilton Post Theater, located on the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton, on May 9.


City memorializes community board pioneer by renaming street corner after him

A World War II veteran who helped pioneer the community board system in the 1970s has been given the city’s ultimate posthumous honor – a Brooklyn street corner was named after him.

The corner of Fifth Avenue and 80th Street in Bay Ridge has officially been renamed “Charles Ahl Way” in memory of Ahl, who served as the first chairman of Community Board 10 when the city established community boards in 1977.


Grimm resigns from House Financial Services Committee

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, under indictment by the feds for tax evasion, mail fraud and other charges, has resigned from his post as a member of the House Financial Services Committee.

Grimm (R-C-Staten Island-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) announced his resignation from the committee Monday night, just hours after he appeared in federal court in Brooklyn and pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against him. In a statement released by his office, Grimm said he was leaving the committee so that his legal troubles will not become a distraction to its members.


Colton salutes southwest Brooklyn’s ‘Women of Distinction’

More than a dozen women were presented with New York State Assembly citations for their work on behalf of their southwest Brooklyn communities in a ceremony hosted by Assemblyman Bill Colton on April 23.

The women were honored for their efforts in business, education, humanitarian work, military service, civic affairs, health care, government and volunteer work at the ceremony, which took place in the Community Room, 29 Bay 25th St. in Bensonhurst.


Bensonhurst celebrates the new saints

Roman Catholic parishes in Bensonhurst and Borough Park were packed on Sunday as Brooklyn celebrated the canonization to sainthood of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. In particular, the canonizations had special meanings for St. Frances de Chantal parish, which is a Polish-speaking congregation.


BREAKING: Grimm surrenders

The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn says Brooklyn Rep. Michael Grimm has been taken into custody to face federal charges.

The Republican, whose district includes all of Staten Island as well as Bay Ridge, was being booked Monday morning at the New York FBI office in lower Manhattan. He was expected to be arraigned later.


Bay Ridge merchants start making plans for ‘Summer Stroll on 3rd’

The super successful Summer Stroll on 3rd is coming back this year.

The Merchants of Third Avenue, a business organization representing store owners on the Bay Ridge end of the avenue, is joining up with state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) and Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) to sponsor the Third Annual Summer Stroll on 3rd event this July and August.



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