Dyker Heights woman organizes fundraiser for animal rescue charity

Sandy Irrera said she didn’t expect the onslaught of people who came to the fundraiser at La Bella Panini Restaurant on 13th Avenue that she organized to benefit No More Tears Rescue, a non-profit group that saves unwanted, unloved and mistreated dogs.

“I figured we’d get about 50 people to come,” Irrera told the Brooklyn Eagle as she stood in the dining area of the restaurant on March 13, the night of the fundraiser. “But look at this! They’re still coming through the door!”


Gentile applauds assembly vote on universal pre-k

Vincent Gentile, a deputy leader of the City Council, praised a vote by the New York State Assembly in favor of funding universal pre-kindergarten classes for New York City schoolchildren, calling it “a fundamental step towards turning our schools around.”

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said the action taken by the Democratic-controlled chamber is an important first step in the state’s budget process.


Narrows Community Theater seeks scholarship applicants

Betty Kash, a longtime member of Narrows Community Theater, loved working with kids, according to members of the Bay Ridge-based performing arts company, who said they always admired her generosity toward young people.

Kash had a boundless energy and a bubbly personality that drew young people to her like a magnet, her friends said.


Malliotakis’s bill would ban tattoos on animals

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who owns two dogs, said she would never dream of subjecting them to getting tattoos and doesn’t understand why anyone else would do that to their pets.

“Animals should not undergo cosmetic surgeries, tattoos and piercing, not only because it is cruel, but general anesthesia puts them at a tremendous health risk. Seeing this practice become more and more common is incredibly disturbing,” Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said.


Dyker Heights man seeks bone marrow donor

Somewhere out there, someone just might have the bone marrow Dominick LoCascio desperately needs.

All he needs is for someone to step forward and be willing to donate it.

LoCascio, 60, of Dyker Heights, suffers from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, and is seeking a bone marrow transplant to save his life.

“He was diagnosed in April of 2013, almost a year ago. He is putting up a good fight, but he needs help,” his son Steven LoCascio told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Visitation Academy students show how cupcakes can save dogs

Everyone knows you’re not supposed to feed cupcakes to your dog, but a group of students in Bay Ridge fed cupcakes to people and saved the lives of animals at the same time.


Brooklyn gang leader gets 20 years in prison

Devon Rodney, also known as “D-Bloc,” a former leader of the violent Brooklyn street gang “Six Tre Outlaw Gangsta Disciples Folk Nation,” also known as the “Folk Nation,” was sentenced to 20 years in prison at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

Rodney pled guilty on Nov. 15, 2013 to charges of racketeering, including attempted murder and robbery conspiracy as predicate racketeering acts, and brandishing a firearm.


Bay Ridge cops tell pedestrians: Stay in the crosswalk!

Dep. Insp. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, and Police Officer Vito Viola, the precinct’s community affairs officer, were standing on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 86th Street in Bay Ridge Monday afternoon stopping pedestrians who had just jaywalked and handing them pieces of paper.

The paper that each pedestrian received looked suspiciously like a summons. Printed in bold letters at the top of the page was the message, “68 PCT. PEDESTRIAN VIOLATION,” along with a serial number and a list of charges.


Who needs Manhattan? Bay Ridge has its own St. Patrick’s Parade

The Bay Ridge Saint Patrick’s Parade, one of the neighborhood’s best known traditions, will once again bring shamrocks, Irish step dancers, Irish flags, Kelly green scarves and lots of fun to the community when the big march takes place later this month.

“It’s a great parade. It’s an Irish heritage parade. It’s a religious parade. It’s a community parade,” Frankie Marra, president of the parade committee, told the Brooklyn Eagle. “It connects on all levels.”


Bay Ridge luncheon raises funds for student scholarships

The guests eagerly placed their bids on prizes that ranged from a 19-inch flat screen television to a Coach make-up case to a brownie maker. More than 50 prizes were there for the taking, if you had the right raffle ticket.

The trustees of the Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fund held their annual luncheon on March 9 at the Bay Ridge Manor to raise money for scholarships the group awards to college-bound students each spring.

The organization raises funds through the luncheon ticket sales, as well as from raffle tickets.



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