Brooklyn students to perform original musical in Italian

It’s one thing for children to star in an original musical. It’s another thing to perform in an original musical in which the dialogue and songs will be entirely in Italian.

Students from the Little Italian Language School of Brooklyn will be doing just that when they present “Il Festival Della Musica Italiana,” an original musical in Italian, on Friday, May 29, in the auditorium of Most Precious Blood Church, 70 Bay 47th St., at 6 p.m.

Sponsored by the church’s Onora Italian Ministry, the show is inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s famous composition “The Four Seasons.”


Poly Prep senior’s legacy: Raising $20,000 for cancer kids

When Margaret Riordan was a sophomore at Poly Prep County Day School, she founded Poly Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer, a group that participated in walkathons to raise money for children with the disease.

Riordan is a now a senior getting ready to graduate from Poly Prep and can look back on her philanthropic endeavors with pride, according to school officials, who said she and her team have raised an impressive $20,000 over the past three years.


Edward R. Murrow HS celebrates 40th anniversary

Former students returned in large numbers to Edward R. Murrow High School to take part in a big celebration of the school’s 40th anniversary. The event, which took place at the school at 1600 Avenue L in Midwood in April, was open to all alumni, retired teachers and their guests.

Hundreds came back to Murrow and took a stroll down memory lane. The anniversary celebration included a preview of “The Addams Family,” the school’s spring musical. There was also face painting by the school’s Art Department, planetarium shows, chess games with the chess team and a robotics presentation.


Hikind demands daily trash pickups at yeshivas

There are more than 60,000 students currently attending yeshivas in the heavily Jewish communities of Borough Park and Midwood according to Assemblymember Dov Hikind, who said that the figure represents a much larger enrollment than is found in the local public schools.

Public schools receive daily trash collections by the city’s Department of Sanitation (DOS) and yeshivas deserve the same service, Hikind said.


Injured veteran honored at Memorial Day breakfast

An Iraq war veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury and who gets by, these days, with help from her service dog was cited for her courage and fortitude at a special pre-Memorial Day breakfast in Bay Ridge on Thursday.

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Katherine Ragazzino brought along her faithful service dog Daisy when she walked up to the podium in the ballroom of the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall to accept a citation from state Sen. Marty Golden as hundreds of veterans stood and applauded her.


Maimonides trustee wins United Hospital Fund award

Maimonides Medical Center was front and center at a recent awards luncheon held by the United Hospital Fund, as one of its board members was honored.

Jack Hidary, a member of the board of trustees at Maimonides Medical Center, was among the winners of the Distinguished Trustee Awards presented by the United Hospital Fund (UHF) at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on May 11. The award honors individuals for their leadership and service in the field of health care.


Donovan named to House Homeland Security Committee

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who was only recently elected to office, has already landed a plum assignment in the House of Representatives. On Thursday, the freshman congressman announced that he will serve as a member of two high-profile committees; Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.


State Senate targets domestic violence, child abuse

Members of the New York State Senate predicted that a pair of bills they recently passed will help victims of domestic violence and child abuse in the state if the proposed legislation is eventually signed into law.

The State Senate, which approved two bills on May 13, is awaiting action on the part of the State Assembly.

The proposed legislation would establish a commission to develop ideas on how to prevent child abuse in New York State and would also create new safeguards for victims who testify against their abusers in court.


Regina Opera to perform at Bay Ridge Library

Opera arias and Broadway show tunes will both be on the song list when the Regina Opera company presents a free concert at the Bay Ridge Library on Wednesday, May 27.

The one-hour concert, which will take place at the library at 7223 Ridge Boulevard at 6:45 p.m., will feature the talents of soprano Phyllis Falletta, mezzo-soprano Jackie Hayes and baritone Masami Morimoto –baritone. They will be accompanied by flutist Richard Paratley and pianist Maxine Feldman.


Bay Ridge veteran is grand marshal of Memorial Day Parade

A Bay Ridge World War II veteran who spearheaded a project to plant American flags on sidewalks in the community’s shopping strips will serve as the grand marshal of 148th Annual Kings County Memorial day Parade.

Howard Dunn, who served in the U.S Navy, will ride the parade route in an open air convertible.

The parade will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in Bay Ridge, starting at 11 a.m.

“There are a lot of other people who deserve it,” Dunn said, referring to his selection as the grand marshal. “But I’m very excited they chose me.”



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