Shred old documents for free at Golden’s office

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean washing the windows and painting the living room. It can also mean opening that desk drawer, sorting through that mountain-high pile of old papers inside and throwing them out.

To help you in your effort to get a fresh start this spring, state Sen. Martin Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) is hosting simultaneous shredding events on Saturday, April 26, at his two district offices, 7408 Fifth Ave. and 3604 Quentin Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Photographer’s images of natural wonders captivate crowds at gallery

The majesty and mystery of Mother Nature have been captured by the camera of Dyker Heights photographer Robert DeSantos, whose work is currently in display at Baboo Gallery in Chelsea.

DeSantos, an up-and-coming photographer still in his 20s, has four photos in the exhibition that opened April 10 at the Baboo Gallery at 37 West 20th St. and is running for the next four weeks. He is one of a handful of talented photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition. It marks the first public showing of his photographs.


St. Patrick’s Easter Hat Parade brings out kids’ creativity

Students at St. Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge got a jump on the Easter holiday by creating their own bonnets for the school’s annual Easter Hat Parade.

A fun twist on traditional Easter bonnets, these hats, custom-made by the students, featured all sorts of decorations, some edible! Some students put eggs and marshmallow peeps on their hats. Others decorated their hats with flashing lights, replicas of St. Patrick Church, stuffed bunnies and just about anything else they could think of to fit on top of their heads.


Third Ave. Merchants meet to plan summer stroll events

Vaulting over spring, the Merchants of Third Avenue business group is looking ahead to summer.

The organization, which represents the interests of hundreds of storeowners on the commercial strip between 69th and 94th streets in Bay Ridge, is meeting on Tuesday, April 22, to begin mapping out plans for another Summer Stroll on 3rd this year.

The Summer Stroll strategy session will take place at the Greenhouse Café, 7717 Third Ave., at 6:15 p.m. The regular meeting of the Merchants of Third Avenue will follow at 7 p.m.


Paperwork snafu delays military widows’ government benefits

Widows and widowers of military veterans all across the city are in danger of being denied survivor’s benefits by the US Department of Veterans Affairs because of a simple and fixable paperwork snafu, according to US Rep. Michael Grimm.

The problem, according to Grimm, is that the Dept. of Veterans Affairs requires a death certificate to list the exact cause of death to ensure that the veteran died of a service-related illness or injury so that the surviving spouse can qualify for benefits.


‘Italian Sunday Feast’ to be served at cancer charity fundraiser

Guests will be able to “mangia” to their hearts’ content, enjoying linguine, lasagna, chicken Francese, and other tasty dishes at an “Italian Sunday Feast” fundraiser for a children’s cancer charity to take place in one of Bay Ridge’s most popular restaurants on April 27.


Brooklyn tenants file suit against landlords for targeting black renters

A number of residents of the Homewood Gardens Estates, a group of apartment buildings in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, have banded together and filed a federal lawsuit alleging that their Brooklyn landlords have engaged in wrongful acts of race discrimination.

The tenants filed a claim in Brooklyn federal court on Monday. The claim contends that their landlords have “aggressively harassed and targeted black tenants who lived in the buildings in an effort to get them to move so that their apartments can be rented primarily to white tenants.”


Miss Norway of Greater New York is crowned

A Brooklyn-born beauty who charmed the judges by confessing that she rooted like mad for Norway to win gold medals in the recent Winter Olympics was crowned Miss Norway of Greater New York in a contest held Saturday afternoon in Dyker Heights.

Jillian McDonald, who is half-Norwegian, won the 59th Annual Miss Norway of Greater New York Contest, beating out four other contestants for the title. Sponsored by the Norwegian Immigration Association, the contest took place in front of a crowd of 200 spectators at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center at 1250 67th St.


Bay Parkway Community Job Center marks 12 years of service

There is a small trailer on the Bensonhurst waterfront where great matches are made every day. No, it’s not love matches we’re talking about.

The people who work inside the Bay Parkway Community Job Center trailer next to the Ceasar’s Bay Shopping Mall aren’t cupids. The matches they make are between employers and laborers. Private contractors seeking workers to do construction work, gardening, painting or cleaning come to the center and are matched up with laborers, usually immigrants, looking for jobs for the day.


Bay Ridge education council charges state bias toward charter schools

On the night before a planned protest march by parents to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office, members of a Bay Ridge education panel went on record in opposition to the new state budget, charging that the state has a bias in favor of charter schools.

The Community Education Council (CEC) of School District 20 voted unanimously on April 9 to oppose the education provisions in the state budget. CEC members said the state is increasing funding to charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools.



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