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DOT to install safety measures on Albemarle Road

A Kensington street that has been a major concern to local residents for years is going to be getting some special attention from the Department of Transportation over the next few months.

The stretch of Albemarle Road between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue is in line for safety improvements, including narrower lanes to encourage drives to slow down, the installation of “No Standing” signs to improve visibility and the installation of two speed humps, officials said.


Bay Ridge cops aggressively investigating mystery ‘abduction’

Police in Bay Ridge have a Christmas mystery on their hands.

Two days after the New York Police Department (NYPD) put out word that cops were investigating the possible abduction of a teenage boy on a Bay Ridge street, there was no sign of the boy or the alleged kidnapper. There was also no ransom demand issued or any witnesses coming forward to tell what they know.


School bus mess resolved, Felder says

A potentially messy situation stemming from a school bus company’s bankruptcy that could have left 40,000 students without a way to get to and from their classes has been averted, according to state Sen. Simcha Felder.

Felder said an agreement has been reached to re-assign the 1,600 bus routes handled by Atlantic Express to other school bus companies.


Police investigate possible abduction in Bay Ridge

Police are investigating a possible abduction of a teenage boy that took place on a Bay Ridge street in broad daylight on Sunday.

The strange incident took place on the street in front of 434 Marine Ave. (between Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway), according to police, who said a video taken of the street shows a Hispanic male between the ages of 10 and 15 exiting the driver’s side rear door of a double parked Nissan Altima and then getting into the car’s trunk at around 2:20 p.m. on Dec. 22.


Volunteers make church’s live Nativity a success

“We have reinforcements coming!” Susan Hanyen said gleefully as she stood on the front lawn of the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst on Saturday.

Hanyen, vice president of the church’s consistory, or parish council, was in charge of the live Nativity scene the church was presenting as a pre-Christmas treat for the neighborhood.


Pajamas in school? Kids wear nighttime attire to class!

Students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy recently ditched their school uniforms in favor of pajamas. But don’t worry. The youngsters didn’t get into trouble.

The school’s principal, Andrea D’Emic, gave her permission!

Third graders at the Catholic school at 401 97th St. in Bay Ridge wore their favorite PJs to class on Dec. 17 as part of their class salute to “The Polar Express,” a classic children’s book written in 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg.

Their teacher, Erin Watters, read the book aloud in class.


Brooklyn neighborhood sues to block luxury high-rise

Residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods have filed a lawsuit against New York state and a high-end private real estate development company to block the construction of a proposed 23-story luxury high-rise building. Citing environmental concerns and a desire to respect and preserve the context of existing architecture, the suit requests a halt to the development process.


Feds cite Kings Highway Rite Aid for safety violations; fines could be $83K

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Rite Aid for repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at the retailer’s store located at 185 Kings Highway in Brooklyn.

The drugstore chain faces $83,200 in fines following an inspection by OSHA’s Manhattan Area Office.


Gentile backs Mark-Viverito for council speaker

The man who will soon become the City Council’s most senior member is backing a liberal councilwoman from East Harlem to become the next council speaker.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) announced on Thursday that he is supporting Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) in her quest to take the council’s top job.


St. Patrick’s Christmas pageant teaches kids true meaning of holiday

Being locked inside a school during Christmas vacation because of a snowstorm isn’t a kid’s idea of fun. But students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge used that concept as the plot of a play about the real meaning of Christmas.



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