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.


GOP says teachers should get tax credits

With the school year underway, Republican members of the state assembly are pushing for legislation to help teachers who have to dip into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) is among the GOP lawmakers calling on the state to help teachers.

Under the bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Phil Palmesano (R-C-Corning), the state would provide up to $500 in annual tax credits for teachers who use their personal funds to pay for teaching supplies that benefit students.


Fontbonne students get valuable lessons in cyber security

Increasingly, students at the Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge are showing an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects that used to be dominated by males, according to school officials.

This past summer, five Fontbonne students took part in a special program offered by the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering that focused on computer science and cyber security.


Chess NYC to open program at Hebrew Language Academy

Are you ready for shachmat?

Students at the Hebrew Language Academy will get a chance to learn how to play chess this fall as Chess NYC, New York's largest chess community, is set to start a program there later this month. It’s part of a slow, but growing trend to get chess into the classrooms.



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