Dyker Heights

Guild holds rally to save early childhood program

Low tuition would be a dream for most parents sending their children to a private school. But at the Guild for Exceptional Children, low tuition rates are actually endangering a popular pre-school program.

Guild officials recently announced that the Carrie Mastronardi Early Childhood Education Program, which the Guild has been operating for 40 years, will close on Jan. 23 unless New York State steps in to save it.


Shore Road becomes small town for Christmas tree lighting

The Shore Road Parks Conservancy hosted its 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Monday night in Bay Ridge, an event that turned the park’s overlook into a scene from small town America.

Scores of people gathered at the gazebo in Michael Behlen Circle in the park at 90th Street to take part in the ceremony. They sipped hot chocolate, munched on cookies, listened to the Xaverian High School Band, heard the Guild for Exceptional Children’s, Chorus and cheered when the switch was turned on to light the tree.


Golf prodigy to compete in national tournament

A promising young golfer who learned how to play the sport at the CityParks Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights is set to compete in his first major tournament later this month.

Nortee Panpinyo, a 14-year-old from Bensonhurst, will be taking part in the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic in Florida on Dec. 20. His trip to Florida is being funded through a scholarship provided by the City Parks Foundation, professional golfer Cristie Kerr and the Trump Organization.


Malliotakis named to U.S. delegation for China trip

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis has been chosen by the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation to visit China this month. Malliotakis will be part of a delegation of eight elected officials from all around the U.S. making the 10-day trip.

The delegation will visit the cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.

The foundation’s mission is to strengthen relations between the U.S. and China by facilitating open exchanges among policy makers, business leaders and academic experts. 


City to start building Bensonhurst trash plant

In a move that has set off alarm bells all over Southwest Brooklyn, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) sent a letter to elected officials informing them that construction of a controversial trash plant is about to begin on the Bensonhurst waterfront.


Education panel demands raises for assistants

Members of the Community Education Council of School District 20 are demanding a raise – not for themselves but for their administrative assistant, Randi Lazarus, and for others like her who work diligently behind the scenes for councils across the city.

At its Dec. 5 meeting, the Community Education Council (CEC) voted unanimously to support an effort started by CECs in other parts of the city to seek a change in the salary structure for administrative assistants.


Xaverian student asks charity donors to share Christmas memories

When Dyker Heights teenager Dominick Santo decided to embark on a one-man mission to raise funds for his favorite non-profit group to help the organization pay for a holiday party for underprivileged children, he thought about his own happy childhood and the wonderful Christmases he shared with his parents, Penney and Dominick Santo, and his sisters.

His recollections led to a brainstorm. Instead of simply asking people to donate money to the Sansone Foundation, Santo decided to hold a fundraiser in which guests would get to share their favorite Christmas memories.


Writer resurrects Agatha Christie’s famous detective

Bestselling author Sophie Hannah’s new book revives an old character made famous by the grand dame of mystery writers, Agatha Christie.

“The Monogram Murders” features Hercule Poirot, the investigator and hero of many of Christie’s books. “The Monogram Murders,” published by William Morrow, was authorized by Christie family.

Hannah will be appearing at the BookMark Shoppe at 8415 Third Ave. in Bay Ridge on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. to sign copies of her book. The BookMark Shoppe visit will mark the author’s only appearance in New York.


City shuts down 9 massage parlors in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst

Acting on complaints from elected officials and local residents, police and investigators from Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s office swept into Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge on Thursday, raided nine massage parlors, arrested 15 women on prostitution-related charges, and padlocked the allegedly illicit businesses.

Thompson and Police Commissioner William Bratton, who announced the arrests on Thursday, said the massage parlors were fronts for prostitution.


Greenfield applauds police crackdown on truck drivers

Truck drivers who park overnight on a stretch of 21st Avenue in Borough Park have been hit with a flurry of tickets in the past few weeks and at least one elected official is applauding the crackdown.

Councilmember David Greenfield said he requested a ticket blitz to curb wayward truckers.



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