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B37 fans have an ally at the MTA

Elected officials, community activists and transit advocates who have been pushing for service to be fully restored on the B37 bus now have a surprising ally in their battle with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – an MTA board member.


Children’s Chorus sings to help homeless kids

Children will be helping other children at an arts festival set to take place at a Bay Ridge church on Jan. 26.

The Third Annual Children’s Choral & Arts Festival for Peace, to be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., at 3 p.m., will feature the talents of dozens of kids from local schools who will sing songs of peace. The festival will also include an exhibition of art created by students in the Brooklyn Public Library’s “Explore and Create Art,” a class offered at the Bay Ridge Library.


Commodore Barry Club has big travel plans this year

Members of the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn will have to pack their bags this spring as they set off on two separate journeys in their quest to get the country to give more recognition to the Irish immigrant and Revolutionary War hero who has been dubbed by historians as the Father of the U.S. Navy.


Greenfield calls for investigation after boy falls through manhole

It’s a story that has a happy ending, but Councilman David Greenfield said he wants to make sure it’s a story that is not repeated.

In the wake of the successful rescue of a 10-year-old boy who fell through an open manhole on a Borough Park street on Jan. 14, Greenfield called on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) to review the response to the incident in order to prevent a similar accident from happening again.


UFT endorses bill to give teachers tax credits

A typical teacher spends nearly $1,000 of his or her own money each year on basic classroom supplies to help students whose families can’t afford to purchase notebooks, pens, and other necessities, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), said teachers dig into their own pockets “because they care and they want to make a difference in children’s lives.”


Viking Love group raises $12,000 to help autistic children

A Bay Ridge-based charity group formed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is still providing comfort and support to people in need long after the hurricane blew out of town.

Viking Love NYC, a non-profit organization founded by a group of friends that included Ean Evers, a local resident, and Jason McDermott, the owner of the Pour House, a bar-restaurant on Third Avenue, recently hosted a fundraiser at the Pour House for the PATH Family Center, a Staten Island program for children with autism.


Hikind says muni-meter receipts blowing in the wind

Talk about being in the thick of it!

Drivers are getting unfair parking tickets because of the flimsiness of muni-meter receipts, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who said the thin pieces of paper are blowing away, causing traffic enforcement agents to mistakenly believe that motorists didn’t bother to put money in the meter. As a result, the agent issues a summons to the driver.

The problem, Hikind said, is the flimsiness of the receipts, which are printed on very thin paper.


Maimonides uses trailblazing procedure to help heart patients

Cardiac patients who are considered too high-risk to undergo traditional heart valve replacement surgery are getting a new lease on life, thanks to doctors at the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center, who are using an innovative procedure to save them.

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, involves the treatment of severe aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the aortic valve opening).


Tommy Kane’s buddies to hold tribute concert

The late Tommy Kane, co-founder of brooklynONE, a Bay Ridge-based theater company, loved writing, producing plays and acting, according to his friend, Anthony Marino. “He was big on collaboration,” Marino said.


CB 10 demands NYPD put traffic agent at dangerous corner

A heavily trafficked Bay Ridge street corner that has been the scene of numerous car accidents in recent years should have a traffic agent to help move things along smoothly, members of Community Board 10 contended.

Members of the board’s Traffic and Transportation Committee are demanding that the New York Police Department (NYPD) assign a traffic agent to the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 86th Street. “It is the second highest collision area in Community Board 10,” Committee Chairman Doris Cruz told two NYPD officials at a meeting on Jan. 8.



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