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State lawmakers meet China’s new consul general

State lawmakers, including members of the State Legislature’s Brooklyn delegation, welcomed a Chinese diplomat during her first visit to Albany on May 13, showing the foreign dignitary around the capitol and discussing trade and other issues.

Assembly members Peter Abbate, Nicole Malliotakis and Helene Weinstein from Brooklyn, as well as Queens lawmakers Assemblymember David Weprin and state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Bronx Assemblymember Jose Rivera were among the elected officials meeting with Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, the new consul general of the People’s Republic of China.


St. Patrick Drama Club’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’ shows audience ‘A Whole New World’

Members of the St. Patrick Drama Club performed “Aladdin Jr.,” a musical inspired by the animated Disney movie “Aladdin,” to sold-out crowds inside St. Patrick Catholic Academy’s Aldo Bruschi Auditorium during its recent run.

Featuring the lovable characters and songs from the hit Disney film, “Aladdin Jr.” tells the story of a poor boy from the streets who becomes a prince and finds love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, thanks to the help of a magical Genie.


Rob Amato tosses first perfect game in Xaverian history

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, a sharp ground ball was hit to Xaverian’s Phoenix Hernandez. He scooped it up and fired it to first base, but the ball sailed high. First baseman Xavier Vargas jumped, made the catch, tagged the runner and everyone’s eyes turned to the umpire.


Golden hosts informational fair for senior citizens

Senior citizens will be able to get answers to questions on everything from housing issues to Metrocard discounts at a special fair taking place in Bay Ridge on Thursday.

State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) is hosting a senior information fair on Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church Auditorium, 9511 Fourth Ave., starting at noon.

The fair is being held in honor of “Older Americans Month,” Golden said.


Bay Ridge’s P.S. 102 boasts high number of male volunteers

Fathers are becoming more and more involved in the education of their children, according to a nonprofit group that works to get families and community leaders to take an active interest in New York City public schools.

Learning Leaders, the group that runs volunteer programs in more than 200 schools in New York, said P.S. 102 in Bay Ridge is an example of the growing trend of dads becoming an important presence in their kids’ schools.


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.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) and state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-C-Staten Island) are working together to try to get the package of bills approved in their respective legislative houses.


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.

Rising, 33, a Bay Ridge resident and owner of Robert Rising Design, a firm that creates floral arrangements and interior designs for weddings, parties, hotel lobbies and corporate events, is also the founder of Project Hope NY, a non-profit group that brings toys, candy and school supplies to hospitalized children.

He got the idea for Project Hope NY during one of the most stressful times in his life.


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.

Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) announced on May 7 that the Doe Fund is cleaning streets in his council district.


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!

Xaverian High School, a Catholic school for boys in Bay Ridge, announced late last week that five members of the Class of 2015 have been accepted for admission into Cornell University. Four of them will be attending the Ivy League school this fall.

“It feels pretty nice,” Valedictorian Ritvik Taneja, 17, told the Brooklyn Eagle on Sunday. “I won’t be alone going to college.”


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.

John Quaglione, Golden’s deputy chief of staff, said the senator has been told that ACI officials “are going to be looking for a new location.”

Golden had been talking to officials at “state licensing agencies” about the drug clinic proposal, according to Quaglione.



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