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Family of top Fort Hamilton quarterback denies that he is transferring to Grand Street

Sharif Legree is a Fort Hamilton Tiger and it appears that it will stay that way, according to Legree’s father Jeff Legree.

Legree was thought to be headed to Grand Street Campus after Grand Street’s head coach Bruce Eugene told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle earlier this month that he heard that he was transferring to the Williamsburg school this summer. However, Legree’s father denied the report and said that his son is staying put.


Bay Ridge seminar focuses on business taxes

There are important changes to federal and state tax laws this year that owners of small businesses need to know about, and a seminar taking place in Bay Ridge on Jan. 29 is designed to provide the latest information, organizers said.

The seminar, "Federal and New York State Tax Law Updates for Small Business Owners,” is being presented by the Staten Island Small Business Development Center and will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th St., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The seminar is free.


How to stay healthy in cold weather? Doctor has tips

Flu season is here, but Brooklyn residents can avoid the coughing, sneezing and aching agony associated with the flu if they take precautions in the cold weather, according to a top doctor.

Dr. John Marshall, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, a 711-bed hospital at 4802 10th Ave., has issued a list of handy tips on how to reduce the chances of getting sick this winter.


Children’s arts festival dedicated to Malala Yousafzai

A children’s arts festival held in Bay Ridge every year that is dedicated to world peace will be saluting Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Children’s Choral & Arts Festival of Peace, now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Union Church of Bay Ridge, 7915 Ridge Boulevard, at 3 p.m.


State Senate wants word ‘prostitute’ banned from penal law

The New York State Penal Law will no longer contain the word “prostitute” if legislation approved by the State Senate this week becomes law.

Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden was among the lawmakers voting in favor of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) to change the state’s Penal Law so that the word “prostitute” no longer appears.

The proposed change, which was approved by the senate on Jan. 12, is part of a larger bill sponsored by Lanza to strengthen the state’s laws against sex trafficking.


Arab-Americans seek status change for next U.S. Census

The Arab-American Association of New York is urging residents to support a proposal to change the form Americans will fill out for the 2020 U.S. Census to allow those of Middle Eastern heritage to be designated as such by checking a box on the form.

The association, based on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, has sent an email to people on its mailing list asking them to signal their support for the proposed measure.


NY Rising to present disaster recovery plan

Representatives of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, a project established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to address ways to prepare for future Sandy-type natural disasters, will present a preparation and recovery plan in Bensonhurst on Wednesday night.

NY Rising will host a public meeting on Jan. 14, at the Block Institute, 133 Bay 27th St., at 7 p.m.


Malliotakis drops out of race for congress

Ending speculation about her political future, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis announced that has brought her campaign to run for the congressional seat vacated by Michael Grimm to a halt.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) issued a statement to the media on Jan. 12 announcing that she has thrown her support behind Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who was chosen over her by the Staten Island Republican Party to be the candidate in an upcoming special election to fill Grimm’s seat.


Bay Ridge Community Council cancels luncheon

A time-honored Bay Ridge tradition is biting the dust. The Bay Ridge Community Council has decided not to hold its Presidents’ Luncheon, an event that has attracted mayors, borough presidents, city commissioners and other top officials over the years.

The luncheon took place each year, usually on the last Saturday in January or the first Saturday in February, to honor the presidents of the community council’s member organizations.

But it will not be held this year, community council leaders said. And its future is in doubt.


Xaverian extends winning streak to 9 with win over St. Mary's

The Xaverian Clippers beat St. Mary’s 65-58 in Bay Ridge on Sunday night to extend their winning streak to nine games. The impressive run was news to head coach Jack Alesi, who is so locked into his two-year plan that he isn’t worried about wins so early in January.



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