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Fort Hamilton HS grad serving aboard aircraft carrier

Arian Trower is making Brooklyn very proud.

Trower, a 2013 graduate of Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, joined the U.S. Navy and is currently on the adventure of a lifetime serving aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George Washington.

The ship is stationed at a U.S. Navy base located 35 miles south of Tokyo.

Trower, an airman recruit, is an aviation boatswain’s mate aboard the aircraft carrier. While out at sea, the ship visits numerous countries each year such as the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.


Baker shows veterans Valentine’s Day love with cupcakes

Military veterans got to enjoy an early Valentine’s Day gift that satisfied a sweet tooth, thanks to a baking company president who wanted to show his appreciation for their service to the country.


Golden adds Bay Ridge business leader to his staff

Arlene Rutuelo, a Bay Ridge business and civic leader who was recently in the news when she announced the closure of her Norwegian goods shop Nordic Delicacies, has landed a new job.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) announced on Monday that he has hired Rutuelo to serve as his executive assistant.


BP Adams awards Midwood Ambulance Service as first of borough’s Community Businesses

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Saturday launched Brooklyn’s Community Businesses, a series where he will honor local businesses with a commitment to their communities, and named Midwood Ambulance Service as the first such honoree. After touring the business’s main dispatch facility and corporate office in Gravesend, Adams presented members of the Rapisarda family, who now operate the business 59 years after their grandfather Benny started the company out of his home, with a citation recognizing their dedication to serving patients in need throughout the borough.


Grandmaster tells Poly Prep students: Chess is fun!

Maurice Ashley, the first African-American international chess grandmaster, recently paid a visit to Poly Prep Country Day School’s Bay Ridge campus, where he told students in Poly’s middle school about his efforts to convince people that chess, while a difficult endeavor, is also a fun game.

Middle School Head Lori-Anne Brogdon introduced John Maucere, who co-founded a chess education program called Grandmaster Learning with Ashley. Maucere introduced Ashley to the students at the forum, which took place in the school chapel on Jan. 30.


Town hall to focus on stopping illegal home conversions

Residents of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge are growing increasingly nervous about the prospect of a population explosion hitting their communities due to illegal home expansions that create multi-unit apartment houses in what were once charming one- and two-family dwellings.

But rather than complain, residents are taking action.


Maimonides doctors can replace heart valves without major surgery

A heart operation is never going to be as simple as going to the dentist, but doctors at Maimonides Medical Center are working on ways to reduce cardiac complications for their patients.


Art on the Corner marks 10th anniversary with concert

An arts program that has been offering entertainment, education and enrichment in Bay Ridge for a decade is marking its 10th anniversary with a special concert that will also serve as a fundraiser.

Art on the Corner will present a concert featuring cellist Mary Robb, pianist Keiko Asakawa-Golden, violist Eva Gerard, harmonica virtuoso Jiayi He and other talented musicians on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Musicians from the church will also perform in the concert.


Bay Ridge board seeks safer crossing for school children

Thousands of children are potentially in danger when they walk to schools in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights due to deteriorating roadway conditions and a shortage of school crossing guards, according to Community Board 10 officials, who are working on a transportation safety plan.

At one school, P.S. 69 (6302 Ninth Ave.), a recurring problem with street cave-ins in and around the crosswalk in the intersection is putting kids at risk of tripping and falling, Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann said.


Special guests, events highlight Catholic Schools Week at St. Patrick

A federal magistrate judge returned to her old elementary school in Bay Ridge, where she helped students kick off Catholic Schools Week festivities and picked up an award as a notable graduate.

Hon. Vera Scanlon, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, was the guest of honor at a mass at Saint Patrick Church on Jan. 25 that marked the opening of Catholic Schools Week festivities at St. Patrick Catholic Academy.



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