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Viking Love group raises $12,000 to help autistic children

A Bay Ridge-based charity group formed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is still providing comfort and support to people in need long after the hurricane blew out of town.

Viking Love NYC, a non-profit organization founded by a group of friends that included Ean Evers, a local resident, and Jason McDermott, the owner of the Pour House, a bar-restaurant on Third Avenue, recently hosted a fundraiser at the Pour House for the PATH Family Center, a Staten Island program for children with autism.


Hikind says muni-meter receipts blowing in the wind

Talk about being in the thick of it!

Drivers are getting unfair parking tickets because of the flimsiness of muni-meter receipts, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who said the thin pieces of paper are blowing away, causing traffic enforcement agents to mistakenly believe that motorists didn’t bother to put money in the meter. As a result, the agent issues a summons to the driver.

The problem, Hikind said, is the flimsiness of the receipts, which are printed on very thin paper.


Maimonides uses trailblazing procedure to help heart patients

Cardiac patients who are considered too high-risk to undergo traditional heart valve replacement surgery are getting a new lease on life, thanks to doctors at the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center, who are using an innovative procedure to save them.

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, involves the treatment of severe aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the aortic valve opening).


Tommy Kane’s buddies to hold tribute concert

The late Tommy Kane, co-founder of brooklynONE, a Bay Ridge-based theater company, loved writing, producing plays and acting, according to his friend, Anthony Marino. “He was big on collaboration,” Marino said.


CB 10 demands NYPD put traffic agent at dangerous corner

A heavily trafficked Bay Ridge street corner that has been the scene of numerous car accidents in recent years should have a traffic agent to help move things along smoothly, members of Community Board 10 contended.

Members of the board’s Traffic and Transportation Committee are demanding that the New York Police Department (NYPD) assign a traffic agent to the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 86th Street. “It is the second highest collision area in Community Board 10,” Committee Chairman Doris Cruz told two NYPD officials at a meeting on Jan. 8.


GOP lawmakers like Cuomo’s ‘three strikes, you’re out’ DWI crackdown

As they were listening to Governor Andrew Cuomo deliver his State of the State Address in Albany on Wednesday, two Brooklyn Republicans were startled when they heard something familiar in the speech.

A proposal Cuomo made in his speech for a crackdown on drunk drivers made state Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis smile in their seats. The governor’s “three strikes, you’re out” idea is the same proposal the two lawmakers put forth two years ago, Malliotakis said.


Grimm: Never mind Christie, what about Obama?

New York City’s lone Republican congressman was quick to come to the defense of fellow GOPer Chris Christie after the embattled New Jersey governor held a press conference Thursday to answer tough questions about the so-called “Bridge-gate” scandal that is threatening to upend his presidential ambitions.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said Christie “demonstrated true leadership and accountability” in the Trenton press conference.


Fontbonne Hall students fight sex trafficking

There’s a dark side to the Super Bowl that no one likes to talk about.

Each year, thousands of young women are brought into the city where the Super Bowl is played and are forced to perform sex acts on men who spend three days getting drunk and partying prior to the big game, according to students at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Bay Ridge, who cited research they conducted into the issue of human trafficking.


DiMango deflects praise on her 50 years of community service

Mafalda DiMango has been an education advocate and community leader in southern Brooklyn for half a century. She was a PTA leader in the 1960s, a time of social upheaval when school busing brought simmering racial tensions exploding to the surface. As a school board member, she had a hand in hiring district superintendents and principals and, by extension, influenced the education of generations of students.

But when you ask her about her career, the modest DiMango would rather talk about the accomplishments of others, not herself.


Golden says judge got it right with SAFE Act ruling

The federal judge who threw out parts of New York State’s strict gun-control law made the right decision, according to an ex-cop politician who said he agreed with the decision handed down from the bench.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said the decision handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny “upholds the most important parts of the SAFE Act, which overall keeps New York State safe from the use of assault weapons.”



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