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Rotary Club of Verrazano, Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club offer turkeys to soldiers at Ft. Hamilton

Members of the Rotary Club of Verrazano, along with the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, donated fifty 20-pound turkeys to soldiers at Fort Hamilton on Monday. Pictured from the rotary club: Michael Fina, Vinny Nativo, John Manning, President of the Club of Verrazano Ralph Succar and Michael Ashkenazy. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese


Student poets get their verses published

Our Lady of Guadalupe School has several talented poets in its student body. Fourteen of the Catholic school’s students can boast that they are now published poets.

Their work is included in the 2014 edition of “Accolades,” an anthology that is published by the American Library of Poetry.


Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn celebrates Crazy Hat Day

Students at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn came to school on a recent Friday wearing all sorts of crazy things on their heads, everything from balloons to buttons. And their teachers didn’t mind a bit. They were wearing strange headgear too!

It was all part of Crazy Hat Day, a celebration of all things creative and fun at the private school located at 8515 Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge. Students, teachers and staff members all took part. Crazy Hat Day is one of the academy’s most popular school spirit events, according to administrators.


Grimm calls Obama’s immigration overhaul ‘shameless’

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, the lone Republican member of the New York City congressional delegation, lashed out at President Barack Obama over his announcement to use executive action to overhaul the nation’s troubled immigration system.

Grimm, who issued a statement following the president’s nationwide address on Thursday, stopped short of calling for impeachment, as other Republicans have done, but accused Obama of committing “a shameless act.”


Thanksgiving Mitzvah! Free kosher turkeys in Flatbush

More than two years after Superstorm Sandy, Thanksgiving remains a difficult holiday for cash-strapped central Brooklyn residents still struggling to repair their homes. Hoping to change that experience, the Food Bank of New York City headed to Flatbush Thursday morning to distribute more than 300 kosher turkeys to local residents in need.

“It’s a great feeling to help people around the holidays,” said Rhiannon Nihill, a Food Bank of New York volunteer. “There’s no necessity more important than having food on the table.”


Mixed feelings over Verrazano Bridge anniversary celebrations

Brooklyn residents had their chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at a party held in Bay Ridge Thursday night that featured all of the things one may associate with a birthday party — a cake adorned with candles, funny hats, streamers, gift bags and plenty of finger food.


Xaverian football falls to Fordham Prep in CHSFL A finals

As Xaverian head coach Mike Jioia watched Fordham Prep's Michael Bronzo return a punt 61 yards for a touchdown, he couldn't help but think back to Xaverian's 12-7 loss to Christ the King earlier in the year and recall a feeling of déjà vu.

"It was the same situation as Christ the King," Jioia said. "That punt turned the entire game around. We had just scored, they return a kick 69 yards, we hold them, they hold us, we punted to them and they returned it. That was it. That was the breaking point."


Gentile Tells Council: Don’t criminalize chokeholds by NYPD

A bill introduced in the City Council to criminalize chokeholds by police officers would unfairly handcuff cops and interfere with their ability to do their jobs, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said he plans to vote against the proposed legislation.


Maimonides tells churches: Let there be light

Dozens of churches in Southern Brooklyn will be getting a helping hand from an unexpected source when they decorate their parishes with trees, lights, wreaths, angels and mangers for the Christmas season this year. Maimonides Medical Center, through its “Celebration of Light” program, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to 33 churches for the holidays.


Jeff Samaha Theater Productions presents ‘Parade’

Jeff Samaha Theater Productions, a Bay Ridge-based performing arts company, is exploring murder and injustice in its next stage production. The company announced that it will present “Parade,” a musical which looks at the famous Leo Frank murder trial of 1913.

Frank, convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta, Georgia, was at the center of a media storm in the years before World War I. “Parade” is based on the true story surrounding the infamous murder case.



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