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Bay Ridge writer’s book has advice on how to land that first job

Like any ambitious entrepreneur, Jason Navallo saw a void in the marketplace and went about trying to fill it. “I noticed that there were a lot of advice books on job hunting out there, but none of them were aimed at college kids,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Now, there is one.


Commuter headache: MTA to renovate N train stations

Straphangers in southwest Brooklyn who ride the N train to work will have to put up with rerouted trains, closed subway platforms, construction noises and other commuter headaches starting in 2015.

But there will be a big reward at the end: several newly renovated subway stations making for a more pleasant commute. And one of the stations, New Utrecht Avenue, will be getting an elevator.


Bay Ridge Lawyers Association collects Toys for Tots at holiday party

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association hosted its annual holiday party and judiciary night at the Bay Ridge Manor on Tuesday.  There were more than 100 attendees, including judges, lawyers and Fort Hamilton-stationed U.S. Army members.

“This is always such a wonderful event, and this evening was no different,” said Lisa Becker, president of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA). “We had a beautiful turnout, with beautiful people, a beautiful ambiance and great food.”


Adelphi’s holiday pageant features ‘Charlie Brown’ show

Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn welcomed nearly 200 families to its annual Holiday Brunch and Pageant, transforming the school’s John Lockwood Auditorium into Santa’s Village on a recent Sunday afternoon.


Gentile wants more cops using Tasers to subdue suspects

At a time when thousands of New Yorkers are taking to the streets to protest a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, one Brooklyn council member is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire more cops and to let more officers use Tasers when subduing suspects.  

Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said cops should have all of the tools they need at their disposal.


City performs DNA tests to establish paternity

The city’s Human Resources Administration does DNA testing to settle the question of whether a particular man has fathered a child. That little-known function of the agency was revealed by a representative who came to Bay Ridge Monday night to discuss the types of surprising services available to parents struggling to raise children.

John S. Cnapich, director of paternity and outreach for the Human Resources Administration’s (HRA) Office of Child Support Enforcement, said much of what his office does is largely unknown to the public.


Board 10 member’s toy drive helps kids in shelter

Children who have been ripped from their homes because of domestic violence will still have toys for the holidays, thanks to Bay Ridge civic leader Greg Ahl, who conducts a toy drive each year to make the season a little brighter for kids housed in a shelter sponsored by the Center Against Domestic Violence.

The Brooklyn-based program serves domestic violence victims and their families. The location of the center’s shelter is not publicly disclosed to protect the domestic violence victims from possible retribution from their abusive spouses.


War veteran's donation touches Xaverian lacrosse team

Bay Ridge resident Charles Zale served in both World War II and the Korean War and is still finding ways to be of service to others. A small gesture he recently made has had a large impact on a local high school.


Pols demand action from city to stop illegal home conversions

Bay Ridge’s elected officials have stepped up their efforts to fight the troubling trend of illegal home conversions in their community and in other southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods, charging that the practice is endangering lives.


Salvation Army red kettle donation drive falling short

The Salvation Amy in Bay Ridge, which has helped thousands of people get back on their feet over the years, is asking for help itself these days.

With Christmas less than two weeks away, The Salvation Army’s famous holiday season red kettle donation drive is in danger of falling far below last year’s results, according to Lt. Joel Ashcraft, corps officer for Bay Ridge.

“So far, we haven’t had the response that we had hoped for. And we’re running out of time,” Ashcraft told the Brooklyn Eagle.



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