Brooklyn Chamber to kick off Italian Restaurant Week with sneak peek at Il Centro

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its Second Annual Italian Restaurant Week, which will take place Oct. 8 to 15, with a commencement party on Oct. 7 at Il Centro in Bensonhurst. The event will allow for a sneak peek at the Federation of Italian American Organizations' new cultural community center, and participating restaurants will showcase their culinary talents.  Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura will attend the kickoff ceremony.


Carole King sings Recchia’s praises

Domenic Recchia is injecting some star power into his congressional campaign. The Democrat, who is trying to unseat Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, is getting a hand from music legend Carole King.

King, whose 1971 album “Tapestry” is one of the best-selling albums of all time and whose life story is the basis for the hit Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” sent out a fundraising email to Democratic Party members on Recchia’s behalf over the weekend.


Bay Ridge celebrates its biggest weekend of the year

It was Bay Ridge’s biggest weekend of the year, and it gave the neighborhood a chance to roll out the red carpet to show visitors what the community is all about — being a small town in the big city.


Cahill blasts Schneiderman’s job performance as attorney general

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “has utterly failed to restore confidence in state government,” said John Cahill, the man who wants to replace him. Cahill, a former commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is running against Schneiderman for attorney general and blasted the incumbent’s job performance during a recent reporter’s roundtable in Bay Ridge.


Rosanna Scotto chairs benefit for police, fire widows

Fans who enjoy watching of Rosanna Scotto on “Good Day New York” now have even more reason to admire the television host. Scotto, a native of Dyker Heights, will be the honorary chair at the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund’s 29th Annual Gala, to take place at the Waldorf Astoria on Oct. 23.

The event will honor William A. Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, LP.


Grimm, all alone at debate, assails Recchia’s readiness

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm sought to take advantage of the absence of his opponent Domenic Recchia at their first scheduled debate in Bay Ridge on Tuesday, telling voters in the audience that a vote for Recchia is a vote for the policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio, and then telling reporters at a post-debate press conference his opponent is not ready for prime time.


Erasmus Hall graduate serving on US Navy ship in Japan

A 1996 Erasmus Hall High School graduate is serving aboard USS John S. McCain, living and working at a US Navy base in Japan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Miguel Barker is a machinist mate aboard the ship operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. Often called “the tip of the spear,” Yokosuka is located approximately 35 miles south of Tokyo and accommodates America’s furthest forward deployed naval forces.


Chris Mullin named to Xaverian High School’s board of trustees

Chris Mullin, a five-time NBA all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and an inductee into the NBA Hall of Fame, is taking on a new challenge – one that will have him helping to guide Brooklyn students. Mullin has been named to the Board of Trustees at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge.

Mullin, who retired as a player and is now an advisor to the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings, is a 1981 graduate of Xaverian. He is one of five new members of the Catholic school’s Board of Trustees.


Bay Ridge Cares to hold fundraiser for cancer patients

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close, but a group of activists in Bay Ridge is working to make sure September goes out with a bang. Bay Ridge Cares, a non-profit organization that assists families in need, will host a party on Sept. 27 to raise money for the families of children with cancer.

A portion of the funds will be donated to the World Go Gold fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


41st Third Avenue Festival to be 'best one yet,' organizers say

The 41st Annual Third Avenue Festival will be the best one yet, the event’s organizers predicted. The festival, a 25-block-long street fair featuring everything from concert stages to flea markets, is set for Sept. 28 on Third Avenue from 69th Street to 94th Street from noon to 6 p.m.



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