Bay Ridge cops offer a chance to return drugs – no questions asked

The NYPD's 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge is offering local residents a chance to get rid of their unused, expired or illegally obtained prescription pills – no questions asked.

Under a new program that began May 12, a permanent prescription drop box was placed in the precinct station house at 333 65th St.


Supermarket workers union endorses Recchia

Domenic Recchia has another endorsement in the bag.

Recchia, a former councilman trying to unseat embattled U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, has been endorsed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers union.

Union leaders were singing Recchia’s praises. “As a New York City Council Member, Domenic Recchia had distinguished himself as a vocal and aggressive advocate for working families,” said UFCW Local 1500 President Bruce W. Both.


Gentile looking to hold hearings on campus sexual assaults

Councilman Vincent Gentile, a former assistant district attorney who prosecuted sex crimes, said the only way to combat sexual assaults on college campuses is to have “an all-encompassing approach” that includes educating students to make them aware of their rights.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) is one of the driving forces behind a new council bill, the New York City Campus Safety Act, which seeks to ensure that students have protection and support on campuses.


Malliotakis pushes for abortion clinic inspections

Charging that tanning salons are inspected more often than abortion clinics, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is co-sponsoring legislation that would require the New York State health commissioner to check clinics at least once every two years.

The bill sponsored by Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) and fellow Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R-C-Erie) would also require that a written report of each inspection be sent to the assembly and state senate.

The legislation would apply to abortion clinics overseen by New York State.


Reaching-Out Community Services to hold fundraiser

A Bensonhurst-based food pantry that has fed thousands of Brooklyn residents over the years is holding a fundraiser later this month so that it can continue to feed the hungry.

Reaching-Out Community Services Inc., which operates a food pantry out of a storefront at 7708 New Utrecht Ave., will hold its Sixth Annual Benefit Dinner on Friday, May 30, at Gargiulo’s Restaurant at 291 West 15th Street in Coney Island, at 7 p.m.


Community Board 11 mines city's 311 data to address concerns

When you call 311 to complain about a broken street light, a pothole or a noisy neighbor, your complaint is logged and categorized. That way, the city is able to keep track of the data and determine the most prevalent concerns.

But the information on how many residents want a pothole fixed or are unhappy with that bar down the street isn’t only for the city’s use, according to Marnee Elias-Pavia, district manager of Community Board 11.


Bay Ridge church pastors ask MTA for mercy

Sitting in a pew during mass at Saint Anselm Catholic Church is like “riding the train,” said the Rev. Msgr. John Maloney, the church’s pastor. The reason? The church, located on 82nd Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, sits above the R subway line.

But while the church is located above the R train, parishioners shouldn't have to feel as if they're in the middle of a subway car when they're sitting in a pew praying, Maloney said.


Grand Street baseball bounces back from ugly loss

Message sent, but will it be received?

On Monday, the Grand Street Campus Wolves lost their first game of the season to the Midwood Hornets during a contest where they committed six errors. On Wednesday, they had another shot at the same Hornets team and tried to send a message to the rest of the city that they are still the best team in the Public School Athletic League.


"Girls" is filming in Brooklyn, in a Victorian Flatbush home

Attention Lena Dunham fans! The HBO hit "Girls" is filming in Victorian Flatbush this week - and this house on Westminster Road was where it was happening Wednesday.

Yeah, yeah, we know Brooklyn is a TV- and movie-making mecca, and there are shoots all over the place. But this beautiful house where "Girls" ruled on a sunny May day was one of two sites on the very same block where two completely unrelated projects were happening.


Brooklyn College grads grab Emmys

A trio of talented news hounds left Brooklyn for the bright lights of Hollywood to pick up Emmys they won for a college newscast they produced and got a golden opportunity to meet with leaders of the broadcast news industry during a whirlwind stay in Tinseltown last month.

Two Brooklyn College graduates, Michael Gomez and Anthony Tart (both members of the Class of 2013), and Brooklyn College senior Nickesha Johnson were the toast of the town at the 35th College Television Awards, presented on April 23 by the Television Academy Foundation.



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