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The city’s plan to tear down old, outdated telephone booths and replace them with gleaming, state-of-the-art kiosks that would provide free wi-fi is getting a great deal of attention in Bay Ridge, a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


Cross harbor tunnel proposal raises concerns in Bay Ridge

In an effort to reduce truck traffic on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and other crossings, the Port Authority and the Federal Highway Administration are looking at alternative ways to get deliveries of goods and services into the city and into the northeast region of the country, including building a cross harbor rail freight tunnel between New Jersey and Bay Ridge.


Community Board 11 blasts city over snow removal

Bensonhurst and Bath Beach were treated like second class citizens by New York City this winter, according to officials at Community Board 11, who charged that the Department of Sanitation was slow to plow the white stuff off local streets after major snowstorms.

“This district had a very uneven performance by the Sanitation Department this winter,” Bill Guarinello, the community board’s chairman, told his members at their monthly meeting at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare at 1740 84th St. on March 11. The board represents Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.


Irish eyes are smiling on Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day parades

Manhattan boasts the biggest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade of them all on March 17, of course. But Brooklyn is showing that it’s no slouch when it comes to shamrocks. The borough hosts not one, but two grand parades honoring the patron saint of Ireland.

The 22nd Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade is coming up this Sunday, March 22, on Third Avenue. On March 15, the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held each year in Park Slope, celebrated its 40th anniversary.


Felder blasts Assembly over educational tax credit failure

The Educational Investment Tax Credit, a bill designed to help public and private school parents defray the cost of educating their children by allowing people to earn tax credits for contributions to scholarship funds, is not likely to happen this year after the New York State Assembly did not include the legislation in its one-house budget released on March 10.


Bay Ridge Counseling Center moves its office

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, a provider of health services to adults and children, has moved its Bay Ridge Counseling Center to 9201 Fourth Ave., officials announced.

The counseling center was formerly located a few blocks away, at 9435 Ridge Boulevard, a building owned by Agras Realty LLC. The center’s lease expired, according to Allison Witty, media relations manager for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.


Police seeking Borough Park bank robber

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance locating a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Brooklyn’s Borough Park’s 66th Precinct last month.

The suspect entered a Citi Bank at 5420 13th Ave. near 55th Street at 4:51 p.m. on Feb. 26, according to NYPD, where he handed a note to the bank teller demanding money. 

The teller did not comply, however, and the suspect fled empty handed.


Gentile, Donovan hit campaign trail in special congressional election race

The special election for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat kicked into high gear this week, with Republican Daniel Donovan touting key endorsements from law enforcement unions and Democrat Vincent Gentile announcing the official start of his campaign.

Gentile, a Brooklyn councilmember representing Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and parts of Bensonhurst, will hold a campaign kickoff rally on Saturday, March 14 at his Staten Island headquarters at 35 New Dorp Lane.



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