Dyker Heights

Golden calling on residents to protest water rate hike

Residents will have even more reason to take short showers, water the plants less frequently and turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth in the morning. The city is planning to raise the water rates starting in July.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) said he’s outraged by the proposal by the New York City Water Board to increase rates by 3.24 percent and is calling on residents to speak out against the plan at an upcoming public hearing in  Brooklyn.


Arab, Asian leaders to co-sponsor congressional debate

In a sign of the growing political clout of the borough’s Arab and Asian communities, organizations representing the two groups are joining forces to co-sponsor a debate featuring two of the three candidates for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island seat in Congress.

A coalition of non-profit community-based, advocacy, and social service organizations will host what is being termed as a non-partisan candidate forum on Sunday, April 19, at the Happy Healthy Adult Daycare Center, 1874 86th Street, at 2 p.m.


Quagliones turn March of Dimes walk-a-thon into family affair

Every time Kerry and John Quaglione look at their three-year-old daughter Natalie Grace, they feel incredibly lucky to have her.

Natalie Grace was born on October 19, 2011, two months premature, and weighed four pounds, two ounces at birth. The Quagliones, who live in Bay Ridge, couldn’t take their newborn home for two weeks. The first-time parents had to visit their infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at The New York Methodist Hospital, where the baby was kept in an incubator, attached to a spider web of tubes.


Narrows Community Theater presents 'The Wedding Singer'

A cast of zany, lovable characters, including a wannabe rock star, a winsome waitress who wins his affection and a spicy grandmother, are all part of the fun of “The Wedding Singer,” the 2006 Broadway musical that was based on the hilarious 1998 movie starring Adam Sandler.

Narrows Community Theater, a theater company based in Bay Ridge, is presenting its version of the madcap musical comedy in a series of performances starting May 1 at the Fort Hamilton Post Theater, located at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton.


Malliotakis blasts Obama’s Cuba policy

The meeting between President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City over the weekend has been hailed a thaw in the tensions between the two countries, a frostiness that dates back more than 50 years.

But not everyone is praising the Obama Administration for seeking to establish better ties between the U.S. and Cuba.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), whose mother is a Cuban refugee, was highly critical of Obama.


Xaverian hopes to avoid senioritis and repeat as City champions

The Xaverian Clippers were supposedly rebuilding last season and went on to win a city championship. This year they have the majority of the team coming back, so expectations are a bit higher — it’s another title or bust.

“Anything less than a championship will be a disappointment,” head coach Frank Del George said. “This is the team that was supposed to do it this year; we’ve got a lot of veteran guys coming back and just two guys are out on that field that weren’t there last year.”


Police probe apparent suicide of NYPD sergeant

The NYPD is investigating the tragic death of one of its own.

An off-duty police sergeant shot himself in the head in an apparent suicide in his Bay Ridge home on Sunday afternoon, according to various media reports.

The sergeant, identified by several media outlets as James Fitzpatrick, 48, was discovered in the master bedroom of his Narrows Avenue home in Bay Ridge with a gunshot wound to his head shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Artists tell Poly Prep students to create their own opportunities

A panel composed of artists and women working behind the scenes in the arts offered empowering advice to middle school students at Poly Prep Country Day School, telling the youngsters at a special forum not to sit around and wait for that big break, but instead to be bold, believe in themselves and create their own opportunities in life.


Unlike de Blasio, Gentile quickly endorses Clinton

Mayor Bill de Blasio might be hesitating the endorse Hillary Clinton, but another Democrat in New York City wasn’t shy at all about throwing his support behind the former Secretary of State’s bid to become the next President of the U.S.


From being thrown out of kindergarten to composing ‘Ave Maria’

Pianist, vocalist, composer and author Roger Rossi, whose real name is Roger Rossito, grew up in Bay Ridge, although he now lives in Palm Beach with his longtime wife Sally (“Sal”). 

And during his life as a bandleader and musician performing in nightclubs and high-end hotels around the country — particularly in Florida — he has rubbed elbows with some of the 20th century's greatest musicians, entertainers and sports figures.



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