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Flatbush mom charged after toddler son found dead

A Flatbush woman has been arrested after her 19-month-old son was found dead in their apartment over the weekend.

Police on Monday charged Anna Thomas with murder and manslaughter in the death of her son Justin Stephens.

Officers responded to her apartment around 8 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call about a disturbed person.

They found the toddler unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.


Sweet Sally soiree raises $20,000 for baby with leukemia

The name of the group is Bay Ridge Cares and its members proved on Sunday that their neighborhood really does care.

The “Sweet Sally Sunshine Fundraiser,” organized by the group to raise money to help the parents of one-year-old Sally Kabel pay for her leukemia treatments, was a monumental success, according to Justin Brannan, the organization’s founder.


Bay Ridge eco dock grand opening set for Oct. 17

Kayakers and other aquatic fans are going to be happy to hear this news: the southern Brooklyn’s first eco dock will have its grand opening on Oct. 17.

Located at the end of the 69th Street pier, the Bay Ridge Community Eco Dock will be open to the public starting on that date for kayaking, marine life studies, and to provide New Yorkers with a place from which to board sloops and other small vessels that will be anchoring there.


School fundraiser had students thinking on their feet!

It was a beautiful day for a walk along the shore – and to raise money for their school!

Students and teachers at St. Patrick Catholic Academy, 401 97th St. in Bay Ridge, participated in the school’s annual Walk-a-Thon on Oct. 2, marching in unison from Fourth Avenue to the Shore Road Promenade and toward the 69th Street Pier, earning money with every step.

“It’s our first big fundraiser of the year,” said Principal Andrea D’Emic, who walked alongside the children. “The children were sponsored by their parents and grandparents to benefit the school.”


Third Avenue Festival shows off best of Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors on Sunday, as the 39th Annual Third Avenue Festival took place, offering pedestrians a variety of sights, sounds and fun-filled experiences including sidewalk sales, concerts, dance performances, outdoor cafes, kiddie rides and carnival games, and more.

A 23-block section of Third Avenue, from 69th Street to 92nd Street, was closed to traffic so that pedestrians could walk in the street and stop at booths at their leisure. The festival started at noon and ended at 6 p.m.


Ragamuffin Parade brings out thousands of costumed kids

Thousands of children let their imaginations take hold and marched up Third Avenue in Bay Ridge dressed in colorful, creative and sometimes wacky, homemade costumes as part of the 47th Annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday.

The parade, a beloved tradition in Bay Ridge, is held every year a few weeks before Halloween to give kids a chance to enjoy the spotlight. The march is sponsored by the non-profit group Ragamuffin Inc., led by Colleen Golden.


Charter school mess spills into neighboring community

The fight over putting a Success Academy charter school in Seth Low Intermediate School in Bensonhurst is having an effect on the neighboring community, according to a local education official, who said the battle is spilling over the border between two school districts.

Laurie Windsor, president of the Community Education Council of School District 20, said that while Seth Low IS is a District 21 school, the future of students in her district is tied up with Seth Low. The school is also called IS 96 by educators.


Brooklyn financial exec gives advice about government shutdown and the market

The federal government shutdown is not only affecting federal government employees and federal installations such as Gateway National Park, it’s also affecting the financial markets and investors.

So says Mark Seruya, a senior vice president and managing director at Morgan Stanley and a resident of Midwood.


Neighbors band together to help baby with leukemia

Members of Bay Ridge Cares, a volunteer organization that formed last year to help local families who had been burned out of their homes, is now organizing its charitable efforts around the plight of a little girl with a serious illness.

Bay Ridge Cares is holding a “Sweet Sally Sunshine” fundraiser to help the parents of one-year-old Sally Kabel pay for the little girl’s leukemia treatments. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Wicked Monk restaurant-bar at 9510 Third Ave., from 2-5 p.m.


Hynes to re-enter D.A. race On Republican, Conservative lines?

Vanquished Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who was defeated in the Democratic Primary last month by Ken Thompson and was then urged by Republican and Conservative party leaders to run on their lines in November, has thrown his hat back into the ring, the New York Post reported on Thursday.



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