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Schumer relives his days at James Madison HS

Schumer Relives His Days At James Madison HS

New York’s powerful senior senator was once a teenager who took a job cranking up a mimeograph machine for one of his favorite teachers to earn a couple of extra bucks.


‘Little Shop’ a big hit at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn

Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s John Lockwood Auditorium was transformed into Mushnik’s Skid Row Flower Shop and served as home to a giant, bloodthirsty, alien plant named Audrey II as the school recently presented the hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”


New York’s First Lady visits VA to encourage veterans

New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, who has made it her mission during her husband’s mayoralty to speak out on mental health issues, paid a visit to the Veteran Administration’s New York Harbor Healthcare System in Bay Ridge on Thursday to congratulate veterans taking part in an art therapy program there.

McCray’s visit to the veterans hospital at 800 Poly Place was part of #ShattertheStigma, her five-borough effort aimed at drawing attention to mental health issues and highlighting successful treatment programs helping patients.


Bay Ridge Community Council to host congressional debate

Most of the action in the special election for Republican Michael Grimm’s congressional seat is taking place on Staten Island, but Brooklyn voters will get their chance to see the main two candidates up close when the Bay Ridge Community Council holds a debate later this month.

Both Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who is the Republican candidate, have been invited to the debate, according to leaders of the Bay Ridge Community Council.


Graffiti, pothole complaints keep Bay Ridge board busy

What’s on the minds of Bay Ridge residents these days? Community Board 10 officials can offer a clue based on the number of phone calls they receive from people complaining about quality of life issues.

Potholes, graffiti, illegally parked trucks and trash on the streets top the list of complaints from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights residents contacting the community board, District Manager Josephine Beckmann told members at the board’s March 16 meeting. The board serves both neighborhoods.


Assembly’s GOP members vow to continue reform fight

Republicans in the New York State Assembly, who are outnumbered by Democrats 105-44, are also outgunned when it comes to trying to make major changes in how the legislative chamber operates.

The Democratic majority recently voted down legislation the Republicans were promoting to reform the State Legislature. The GOP bill contained 17 proposals, including term limits for assembly speaker and other top lawmakers.


De Blasio seeking sites for more pre-K classes

With the demand for pre-kindergarten classes in New York City schools running high, as evidenced by the fact that 21,938 families applied for seats on Monday, the first day of registration in the second phase of universal pre-K, the de Blasio Administration is actively trying to locate potential sites, according to one official.


Review: Regina Opera's ‘Barber of Seville’

A large crowd enjoyed Rossini's “Barber of Seville” in the expansive Our Lady of Perpetual Help school auditorium on Sunday.

Debut artist Augusta Caso was simply magnificent as Rosina, with incredible vocal decorations; her acting was so believable and she very much looked the part of a gorgeous ward of Dr. Bartolo, played by John Schenkel.  Schenkel is Regina Opera's ever-faithful bass and he delivered a truly memorable characterization.


Xaverian loses in city final to three-time champion Christ the King

Xaverian High School lost to Christ the King 59-56 in the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s AA city championship at Fordham University on Sunday. Christ the King, which beat Xaverian in the Brooklyn-Queens final two weeks ago, has now won the last three CHSAA city titles.

“We came into this game thinking about revenge because we thought that we could beat them,” said Xaverian forward Najee Larcher. “They're not that much better than us, but they proved to be the better team today because they played harder.


Bay Ridge leaders wonder where city is building wi-fi kiosks

The city’s plan to tear down old, outdated telephone booths and replace them with gleaming, state-of-the-art kiosks that would provide free wi-fi is getting a great deal of attention in Bay Ridge, a neighborhood that still has dozens of phone booths on its sidewalks.

“There are 58 pay phone sites here. They are no longer in working order,” Jayne Capetanakis, chairman of the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Community Board 10, told board members at their March 16 meeting.



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