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Garden club makes holidays greener with custom made Christmas baskets

The holiday season is going to look greener in the many households in southern Brooklyn, thanks to the Garden Club of Bay Ridge, which held a Christmas basket-making workshop on Monday, giving members a chance to use their green thumbs to show off their creative sides. … Full Article
 

Bensonhurst church offers live Nativity scene

Why put up a crèche when you can have something closer to the real thing? That’s the thinking of members of the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst, who prefer real live people to wood carved figures of Mary, Joseph and the shepherd boy in their Nativity scene. … Full Article
 

Golden hosts Christmas tree lighting events

Two public spaces in Gravesend and Dyker Heights will have beautifully decorated Christmas trees – complete with hundreds of twinkling lights – after this week when ceremonies will take place to celebrate the holiday season. … Full Article
 

Christmas displays put Dyker Heights on tourist map

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been helping businesses in Brooklyn since 1918, but when current president Carlo Scissura took over the group a year and a half ago, he thought it needed a kickstart. One simple thing he did was to change the way the Chamber runs its meetings. … Full Article
 

Gentile says Brooklyn Bridge toll plan is DOA

A proposal being put forth by a former city traffic commissioner to put tolls on the Brooklyn Bridge and the other East River crossings is getting a Bronx cheer from the man who will soon be the City Council’s most senior member. … Full Article
 

Writer tells how cooking can heal a grieving heart

When Camille Orrichio Loccisano lost her teenage son Francesco to cancer six years ago, she found that her grief followed her into the kitchen. “You never know how a loss like that is going to affect you. … Full Article
 

Grimm, Recchia spar over Obamacare

The troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act is the latest bone of contention between U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and Councilman Domenic Recchia, the man who plans on running against the congressman next November. … Full Article
 

New state law protects consumers from check fraud

You open up your credit card statement, look at it, and frown. As if the bill itself isn’t bad enough, inside the envelope is a bunch of blank checks with your name on them and a friendly letter from your bank inviting you to use the checks. … Full Article
 

Bay Ridge Democrats revel in perfect record

Justin Brannan should buy himself a lottery ticket! He certainly has a knack for picking winners. … Full Article
 

Precinct council president warns: Don’t let criminals ruin holidays

Now that the Christmas shopping season is in full swing, Brooklyn residents are running to malls, department stores and mom-and-pop shops to buy gifts for friends and relatives. … Full Article
 

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