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Teens conduct litter sweep of Bensonhurst streets

More than 100 Bensonhurst teenagers are spending the last weeks of summer vacation before school re-opens sprucing up the sidewalks of their neighborhood and encouraging their fellow residents to do the same.

As part of that effort, the teens took part in a “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” event organized by Assemblymember William Colton, Councilmember Mark Treyger and 47th Assembly District Democratic district leaders Nancy Tong and Charles Ragusa on a recent Saturday.


Second phase begins for Verrazano Bridge repairs

Drivers will have to pay extra attention on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge now that a major reconstruction project has entered its next phase.

MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Bridges and Tunnels announced that the second stage of construction work in a $235.7 million project to replace the 51-year-old bridge’s upper deck began on Aug. 29.

The first phase of the project began in March of this year and was recently completed.


Religion Vs Education: City probes Orthodox schools, 38 in Brooklyn

The story that Yeshivas serving New York's Hasidic communities – including 38 in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods -- provide scant secular education to their students has hit a nerve with readers across the Internet.

Boys attending the ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools receive almost no education in math, science, American history or other subjects considered essential in today’s world, even though private schools by state law must provide an education “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools.


Teaching kids how to save, one penny at a time

“A penny saved is a penny earned,” as the old saying goes. Louis Peters agrees with that theory wholeheartedly.


Felder launches ‘Wear a Helmet’ campaign for bike safety

In response to a recent report which labeled the 66th Police Precinct in Borough Park as the second most dangerous precinct in the city for bike riders, state Sen. Simcha Felder has launched a “Wear a Helmet” campaign with a health care organization called BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance.

Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) is taking his safety message to children, visiting day camps to talk about the importance of wearing helmets while bike riding.


Nadler endorses Iran nuclear deal after Obama letter

A personal letter from President Barack Obama to U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler outlining the reasons for the Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran might have been the final piece of the puzzle that helped persuade the influential House member to sign onto the controversial agreement.

Nadler (D-Upper West Side-Bensonhurst-Bay Ridge) announced his support for the Iran deal on Aug. 21, just two days after receiving a four-page letter from the President in which Obama sought to allay the congressman’s deep concerns over the agreement.


Coalition of Student Groups brings Middle East politics to Bay Ridge, takes to the street

The bloodshed over contested territories in Israel and Palestine may be thousands of miles away, but several dozen protesters sought to bring the debate home with a rally and march in Bay Ridge. Organized by members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a national network of campus-based anti-Zionist activists, the preliminary part of the event convened on the plaza of Leif Ericson Park at 67th Street and Sixth Avenue. 


Northfield Bank Foundation donates $15,000 to help hungry Bay Ridge residents

The Bay Ridge Center (BRC) is a shining example of an organization doing its part to help the community. Now, thanks to a generous $15,000 donation from the Northfield Bank Foundation, the center is going to be able to do even more to help those in need.

Among the center’s many programs that provide food for the community is the Brown Bag Lunch program, which serves 100-125 people a day with a bagged lunch that includes two sandwiches, milk and fruit.


Maimonides President Pamela Brier to step down

In a bombshell development, Maimonides Medical Center announced on Wednesday that Pamela Brier, the hospital’s president and CEO, will retire at the beginning of 2016 after leading the institution for 20 years.


IDNYC program comes to Bay Ridge

The city’s municipal ID card program is setting up shop in Bay Ridge.

Starting on Thursday, Aug. 20 and running for the next two weeks, the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs will have a pop-up center at the Bay Ridge Library at 7223 Ridge Boulevard for residents to apply for municipal ID cards under the de Blasio Administration’s IDNYC program.

The IDNYC site will be open six days a week and will house three enrollment stations, according to the Mayor’s Office. It is the first enrollment site in Bay Ridge.



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