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Ragamuffin Parade luncheon raises funds for kiddie march

Preparations are being finalized for the 48th Annual Ragamuffin Parade, an event that features thousands of children wearing homemade costumes marching up Third Avenue in Bay Ridge to the cheers of tens of thousands of spectators lining the streets.


Xaverian students tie giant gold ribbon around school for cancer awareness

There's plenty of gold in Bay Ridge!

Students at Xaverian proudly displayed gold ribbons inside and outside the school building at 7100 Shore Road in Bay Ridge on Sept. 16 to announce their participation in “Go Gold Bay Ridge,” in support of children with cancer. Students from Genesis, Xaverian's middle school program, also took part in the “Go Gold” campaign.


Bay Ridge Lawyers swear in Lisa Becker as president

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA) held its Passing of the Gavel ceremony at Hunters Steakhouse in Bay Ridge on Wednesday night, when Hon. Matthew D'Emic swore in the association's new officers, directors and incoming president, Lisa M. Becker.

The other officers taking on new roles include Grace M. Borrino as vice president, Stephen A. Spinelli as secretary, Margaret M. Stanton as treasurer and Joseph R. Vasile as corresponding secretary.


Grimm-Recchia poll numbers suggest a tight race

The first major poll in the race between U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and his challenger Domenic Recchia showed the incumbent clinging to a slim four-point lead among likely voters in the 11th Congressional District (Brooklyn-Staten Island), but both sides said they see a silver lining buried within the numbers.


Brooklyn’s newest Democratic district leader makes history

In an event that will mark a major milestone in Brooklyn politics, Nancy Tong will be sworn into office on Sept. 21 as the Democratic Party district leader in Gravesend-Bensonhurst, the first Asian-American to hold a political post in the borough.

Various political luminaries from around the borough are expected to attend the ceremony, which will take place on Sunday at the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, 7802 Bay Parkway, at 11 a.m.


Meticulous makeover for former Loew's Kings movie palace in Flatbush

Back from the dead.

A former Loew's picture palace in Flatbush that showed its final film when Jimmy Carter was president is making a comeback as a meticulously renovated performing arts venue.

Calling Kings Theatre meticulously renovated may be the understatement of the year, as a hard-hat tour for reporters revealed Tuesday.

The firms involved in a fab rehab of the fabled movie house have gone to extraordinary lengths to make it look like it did in the glory days after its 1929 debut as the Loew's Kings.


Drug rehab center opens in Bay Ridge

A Sunset Park-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that has been operating for two decades has opened up a satellite site in neighboring Bay Ridge and has already seen a big demand for its services, the founder announced this week.


Gentile ties school overcrowding to illegal home conversions

What does home construction have to do with overcrowded classrooms in schools? A lot, if you ask Councilmember Vincent Gentile.


Salvation Army’s Bay Ridge corps sets goals for fall season

It’s only mid-September, but the Salvation Army is already thinking about Thanksgiving.

Lt. Joel Ashcraft, the officer-pastor of the Salvation Army’s Brooklyn Bay Ridge Corps, made his first appearance at Community Board 10 Monday night and outlined the charitable army’s mission for the fall season.

“We have a very high need to help families during Thanksgiving,” Ashcraft told Board 10 members at their monthly meeting in the Shore Hill Community Room at 9000 Shore Road. Ashcraft estimated that the Bay Ridge corps helps 1,500 people every Thanksgiving.


Department of Consumer Affairs to give store owners break from onerous fines

A high-ranking Department of Consumer Affairs official came to Bay Ridge Monday night and delivered some good news for struggling mom-and-pop stores: the city is going to get off your back!

Amit Bagga, deputy commissioner for external affairs at the Dept. of Consumer Affairs (DCA), told Community Board 10 that the agency is making a concerted effort to issue fewer violations against the city’s small business owners than previous city administrations.



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