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Third Ave. Merchants meet to plan summer stroll events

Vaulting over spring, the Merchants of Third Avenue business group is looking ahead to summer.

The organization, which represents the interests of hundreds of storeowners on the commercial strip between 69th and 94th streets in Bay Ridge, is meeting on Tuesday, April 22, to begin mapping out plans for another Summer Stroll on 3rd this year.

The Summer Stroll strategy session will take place at the Greenhouse Café, 7717 Third Ave., at 6:15 p.m. The regular meeting of the Merchants of Third Avenue will follow at 7 p.m.


Paperwork snafu delays military widows’ government benefits

Widows and widowers of military veterans all across the city are in danger of being denied survivor’s benefits by the US Department of Veterans Affairs because of a simple and fixable paperwork snafu, according to US Rep. Michael Grimm.

The problem, according to Grimm, is that the Dept. of Veterans Affairs requires a death certificate to list the exact cause of death to ensure that the veteran died of a service-related illness or injury so that the surviving spouse can qualify for benefits.


‘Italian Sunday Feast’ to be served at cancer charity fundraiser

Guests will be able to “mangia” to their hearts’ content, enjoying linguine, lasagna, chicken Francese, and other tasty dishes at an “Italian Sunday Feast” fundraiser for a children’s cancer charity to take place in one of Bay Ridge’s most popular restaurants on April 27.


Brooklyn tenants file suit against landlords for targeting black renters

A number of residents of the Homewood Gardens Estates, a group of apartment buildings in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, have banded together and filed a federal lawsuit alleging that their Brooklyn landlords have engaged in wrongful acts of race discrimination.

The tenants filed a claim in Brooklyn federal court on Monday. The claim contends that their landlords have “aggressively harassed and targeted black tenants who lived in the buildings in an effort to get them to move so that their apartments can be rented primarily to white tenants.”


Miss Norway of Greater New York is crowned

A Brooklyn-born beauty who charmed the judges by confessing that she rooted like mad for Norway to win gold medals in the recent Winter Olympics was crowned Miss Norway of Greater New York in a contest held Saturday afternoon in Dyker Heights.

Jillian McDonald, who is half-Norwegian, won the 59th Annual Miss Norway of Greater New York Contest, beating out four other contestants for the title. Sponsored by the Norwegian Immigration Association, the contest took place in front of a crowd of 200 spectators at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center at 1250 67th St.


Bay Parkway Community Job Center marks 12 years of service

There is a small trailer on the Bensonhurst waterfront where great matches are made every day. No, it’s not love matches we’re talking about.

The people who work inside the Bay Parkway Community Job Center trailer next to the Ceasar’s Bay Shopping Mall aren’t cupids. The matches they make are between employers and laborers. Private contractors seeking workers to do construction work, gardening, painting or cleaning come to the center and are matched up with laborers, usually immigrants, looking for jobs for the day.


Bay Ridge education council charges state bias toward charter schools

On the night before a planned protest march by parents to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office, members of a Bay Ridge education panel went on record in opposition to the new state budget, charging that the state has a bias in favor of charter schools.

The Community Education Council (CEC) of School District 20 voted unanimously on April 9 to oppose the education provisions in the state budget. CEC members said the state is increasing funding to charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools.


St. Patrick Academy students present junior version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge isn’t a place where you’ll find wild beasts. But for one weekend, a beast in the school brought out the romantic in everyone.

Members of the St. Patrick Drama Club told a junior version of Disney’s enchanted tale of “Beauty and the Beast” in their school auditorium, entertaining capacity crowds on April 4, 5 and 6. Directed by Narrows Community Theater Treasurer Susan Huizinga, the show featured more than 40 talented students acting, singing and dancing in colorful costumes.


Parents to demonstrate against state education budget

Parents from southwest Brooklyn are planning to take part in a citywide march on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office Thursday to protest the state education budget.

Leaders of the community education councils (CEC) of school districts 20 and 21 emailed notices and distributed fliers to parents urging them to join the after-school protest march and to bring their children along.


Met Council distributes kosher food packages for Passover

Ahead of Passover, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is giving away 2.1 million pounds of kosher food to an estimated 50,000 families in New York who might otherwise not be able to afford to have a Seder.



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