2 Brooklyn students accused of poisoning teacher

The New York City police say two students at a Brooklyn elementary school are accused of trying to poison their teacher.

Police say the two boys, ages 9 and 12, allegedly put "a substance consistent with rat poisoning" in the teacher's water bottle Monday. The two were charged as juveniles with attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say the teacher became nauseous the next day. She was treated and is OK.

The substance was being tested.

The boys attend P.S. 315.


Obituary: Maureen Stramka, beloved Bay Ridge civic leader

Maureen Stramka, a longtime Bay Ridge civic leader who was as famous for her sharp wit as she was for her many charitable works on behalf of the less fortunate, died of cancer on May 16. She was 76 years old.

Stramka was a member of numerous organizations, including the Bay Ridge Community Council, the Bay Ridge Lions Club, the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization, the 68th Precinct Community Council and Ragamuffin Inc., the organization that sponsors the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade.


UPDATE: Bay Ridge husband charged in wife's murder

A Bay Ridge man who allegedly stabbed his wife to death during an argument in their apartment, slashed their 14-year-old son, and then stabbed himself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt early Tuesday morning, has been charged with murder.

Hasan Rugova, 52, was charged with second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The fatal incident took place shortly after 2 a.m. on May 20 inside the couple’s apartment at 101 Marine Avenue, according to police.


Jacobs, longtime assemblywoman, calls it quits

Rhoda Jacobs is calling it quits.

The longtime assembly member, who has represented Flatbush and other parts of Brooklyn for 36 years, announced that she will not run for re-election this year.

Her announcement came in the form of an email she sent to reporters and to her constituents on Sunday.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire from the New York State Assembly,” Jacobs wrote in the email.

Jacobs did not specify her reasons for leaving the New York State Assembly.


Colton, Treyger lead litter sweep of 86th Street in Bensonhurst

With help from an army of young volunteers from local high schools, two of Bensonhurst’s elected officials conducted a thorough cleanup of one of the neighborhood’s busiest commercial strips on Saturday morning.

Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) held a “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” event to get rid of litter on 86th Street and surrounding areas.


Raccoon Lodge raises funds with help from 1960s rock legends

Groovy, man!

Music legends from the 1960s helped the Raccoon Lodge raise money for a non-profit agency in Bay Ridge that works to help the developmentally disabled feel fully integrated into society.


Norwegian Day Parade brings thousands to Bay Ridge


The Norwegian word for "welcome" was the greeting one heard most often at the 62nd Annual Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade in Bay Ridge this weekend.

The spectators were as colorful as the marchers participating in the parade. “Nice hat!” a marcher in a Viking hat shouted at George Anderson, who was wearing a top hat bearing the colors of the Norwegian flag as he stood on 77th Street with his wife Phyllis to enjoy the parade. “Thank you!” Anderson shouted back as he gave his newfound Viking buddy a thumbs-up.


Students create ‘Generations’ mural for Norwegian Christian Home

The Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center in Dyker Heights has a striking new mural outside its back door, thanks to students from McKinley Intermediate School and leaders of a non-profit group devoted to the arts.

The kids were guided by artists from 20/20 Visions For Schools, a group which works on art projects with public school students, in their creation of “Generations,” a mural now on permanent display on the lawn outside the home. The facility is located at 1250 67th St. “The Generations” greets visitors entering the Ovington Avenue side of the building.


NYPD: Huge weapons arsenal recovered in Brooklyn

New York City police have recovered an arsenal of weapons inside a Brooklyn apartment.

Police say hundreds of rounds of ammunition, handguns, revolvers, a rifle and eight swords were found at 175 Dahill Road in Bensonhurst on Thursday. Sergeant Jeremy Berson and officers Atara Ashford and Christopher Santiago made the arrests, according to the NYPD.


Catholic school students present ‘outside the box’ ideas at Aquinas Expo

When you tell students to think outside the box, all sorts of interesting things happen!

A model for an underwater military base, a baseball diamond made out of candy and a Coney Island scene, complete with the Cyclone and Nathan’s Famous, constructed out of recyclable materials were all on display Wednesday morning at the Aquinas Expo, a fair designed to allow students from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to present their ideas for a better world.



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