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Kayakers rejoice! Bay Ridge eco-dock construction begins Sept. 3

Brooklyn kayakers who have been waiting patiently for the Parks Department to build an eco-dock at the 69th Street pier in Bay Ridge won’t have to wait much longer.


Changes coming to property tax relief program

An effort by New York State to crack down on fraud could cause headaches for law-abiding homeowners who are just looking for a small tax break from their government.

Property owners who are enrolled in the state’s School Tax Relief Program, known as STAR, will be receiving notices in the mail from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance within the next few days, if they haven’t already, informing them that they are required to re-register for the program or risk being tossed off the rolls.


DOT to install safety measures on Ocean Parkway

The Kensington community spoke and the New York State Department of Transportation listened. That’s how elected officials and civic leaders described it after the state agency finally signed off on a city plan to install a pedestrian island and other features to make the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue safer to cross on foot.


MasterCard says it will cease doing business with hate groups

Holocaust deniers and other groups that spout hate won’t be able to sell their merchandise through MasterCard Worldwide, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who is applauding a decision by the credit card giant to stop doing business with such zany entities.

Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood) recently met top executives of MasterCard to thank them for their addressing what he called “this deeply hurtful issue.”


Catsimatidis calls for a halt to city’s trash plant plan

The city should not move forward with the construction of trash processing plants because there are too many environmental concerns about the proposed facilities, according to Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis.

Catsimatidis, one of three Republicans running in the Sept. 10 primary, called for a moratorium on facilities in the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) that have not yet been built, including the proposed waste transfer station near Shore Parkway and Bay 41st Street in Bensonhurst.


Flatbush man denies shooting a 3-year-old neighbor in the head

A Brooklyn man charged with shooting a 3-year-old neighbor boy in the head is denying the allegations.

Akeem Bernard's bail was set Sunday at $75,000. The toddler, Tharell Edward, is hospitalized in stable condition.

Tharell's mother was out and an acquaintance was watching him when he was shot in his Brooklyn apartment around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office says Bernard showed a gun to the mother's roommate Friday night and put it in a shoebox. A court complaint says the roommate heard a gunshot and found the boy bleeding in Bernard's arms.


Lander says DOT taking 2nd look at Ocean Parkway

A dangerous Kensington intersection where a woman was killed while crossing the street earlier this summer might be getting safety improvements, according to Councilman Brad Lander, who said the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of re-evaluating the corner.

Lander (D-Park Slope-Kensington) said he and other elected officials recently received a letter from state DOT officials in which the transportation experts indicated that they are considering improvements to the intersection.


Bay Ridge crooner sings tribute to Vic Damone

Vic Damone, whose silky smooth voice won him legions of fans who romanced their sweethearts to hit songs like “On the Street Where You Live”, “What Kind of Fool Am I” and “The Glory of Love”, turned 85 years old in June.

Damone, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, deserves a special tribute for his birthday, according to Martin McQuade, a singer who has become well known in southern Brooklyn nightspots for his one-man shows in which he performs show tunes and American pop standards.


IT HAS RETURNED! Statue of Jesus is back in garden outside St. Anselm Church

A statue of Jesus Christ that a vandal had covered with red paint last month is back in the garden outside Saint Anselm Catholic Church in Bay Ridge and parishioners are saying prayers of gratitude.


Catsimatidis says ‘City Council is about to put handcuffs on our police!’

Urging the City Council not to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the controversial bill to install an inspector general to oversee the Police Department, Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis charged on Tuesday that the move would “handcuff” the agency and make fighting crime harder.

"The City Council is about to put handcuffs on our police, instead of the criminals,” Catsimatidis said at a press conference outside City Hall where he was joined by former governor George Pataki and former Bay Ridge congressman Vito Fossella.



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