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GOP lawmakers look to strengthen animal cruelty penalties

New York State should be doing a better job of protecting animals, according to two Republican state lawmakers who are pushing for passage of a package of bills designed to increase the penalties for suspects committing cruelty to animals. … Full Article
 

Bay Ridge floral designer’s mission: Helping kids in hospitals

Robert Rising is proof that great ideas can come out of the most trying circumstances. … Full Article
 

Greenfield funds cleanup of Borough Park

A non-profit organization that gives jobs to homeless people to help get them back on their feet is teaming up with a Brooklyn councilmember to tidy up commercial streets in his district. … Full Article
 

Five Xaverian HS seniors all accepted by Cornell University

It’s quite a coup when a high school can say that a member of its senior class has been accepted into an Ivy League university. But five seniors? Now that’s something to boast about! … Full Article
 

UPDATE: Drug treatment center backs out of Bay Ridge

State Sen. Marty Golden said Tuesday that he has learned that ACI, the non-profit group seeking to open a drug addiction treatment clinic at the site of the former Victory Memorial Hospital in Bay Ridge, has backed off the plan. … Full Article
 

Donovan to be sworn into office May 12

Congressman-elect Daniel Donovan is about to become Congressman Daniel Donovan. … Full Article
 

Regina Opera to present free performance of ‘Carmen’

Regina Opera will present a free-admission performance of Bizet’s "Carmen" on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. The opera will be fully staged with piano accompaniment and English supertitles. … Full Article
 

Gateway Pre-K director wins state recognition

A Bay Ridge church leader who also directs a pre-kindergarten program had to take time out of her busy schedule to accept an award in Albany. … Full Article
 

Bay Ridge ready to host Norwegian Day Parade

One of Bay Ridge’s longstanding traditions is once again on its way. The 63rd Annual 17th of May Parade, also known as the Norwegian Day Parade, will take place on Sunday, May 17, on Third Avenue, starting at 1:30 p.m. … Full Article
 

Transportation, Sandy relief top Donovan’s agenda

Congressman-elect Daniel Donovan, who won a decisive victory over City Councilmember Vincent Gentile in the special election in the 11th Congressional District (Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) Tuesday night, vowed to get to work immediately on issues such as transpor … Full Article
 

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