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Donovan to be sworn into office May 12

Congressman-elect Daniel Donovan is about to become Congressman Daniel Donovan.

Fresh off his landslide victory in the special election for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat, Donovan will be sworn into office in the U.S. House of Representatives today, May 12, at around 6:30 p.m., his campaign spokesperson announced.

The Staten Island Advance reported that House Speaker John Boehner will administer the oath of office to Donovan.


Regina Opera to present free performance of ‘Carmen’

Regina Opera will present a free-admission performance of Bizet’s "Carmen" on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. The opera will be fully staged with piano accompaniment and English supertitles.

The performance will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school auditorium, 5902 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn.

Among the soloists are Jackie Hayes, who sings the role of Carmen; Lindell Carter who portrays Don Jose; Nathan Matticks as Escamillo; and Patricia Vital as Micaela.


Gateway Pre-K director wins state recognition

A Bay Ridge church leader who also directs a pre-kindergarten program had to take time out of her busy schedule to accept an award in Albany.

Theresa McPhail, a leading member of the Gateway City Church, was named a “State Senate Woman of Distinction” by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) and recently traveled to Albany to receive her award on May 5.

The state senate honors Women of Distinction each year. Each senator is allowed to select one woman from his or her senate district to receive the honor.


Bay Ridge ready to host Norwegian Day Parade

One of Bay Ridge’s longstanding traditions is once again on its way.

The 63rd Annual 17th of May Parade, also known as the Norwegian Day Parade, will take place on Sunday, May 17, on Third Avenue, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee of Greater New York, the parade commemorates the anniversary of the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814.

The theme for the 2015 parade is “Celebrating 1,000 Years of Christianity.”


Transportation, Sandy relief top Donovan’s agenda

Congressman-elect Daniel Donovan, who won a decisive victory over City Councilmember Vincent Gentile in the special election in the 11th Congressional District (Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) Tuesday night, vowed to get to work immediately on issues such as transportation and Superstorm Sandy relief.

Donovan, the Staten Island district attorney, told jubilant supporters at his victory party at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island that he is looking forward to serving the people of the district.


Bay Ridge Prep’s Tiger Trot raises $117,000

Running along Shore Road with the sun shining down on you, the wind at your back, and the warm breeze from New York Harbor greeting you…what could be better?

Four hundred students from Bay Ridge Preparatory School took part in the Tiger Trot, a fundraiser for the private school in which participants run along the Shore Road Promenade.

The Tiger Trot, attracting students from all grades in the K-12 school when it was held on May 1 raised an impressive $117,000, according to school officials. The school is also known as Bay Ridge Prep.


Stringer audit shows express buses habitually late

If you ride the X27 or X28 express buses from Brooklyn to Manhattan and feel like you wait a long time for your bus to arrive, City Comptroller Scott Stringer says you’re right.

An audit conducted by the comptroller’s office of express bus service operated the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) revealed that the buses missed their scheduled departure times more than 30 percent of the time.


St. Nicholas Home hosts barbecue-fundraiser

Dozens of civic leaders from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst munched on pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, Buffalo wings and other tasty finger foods at a backyard barbecue Sunday afternoon, but they weren’t eating just for the fun of it. It was part of a fundraiser for the St. Nicholas Home, a nursing home in the neighborhood.

Edward Mafoud, chairman of the board of directors at the home, said the facility is trying to raise funds to renovate its building at 437 Ovington Ave.


Bensonhurst pols demand city halt trash plant construction

Two Bensonhurst lawmakers charged that the construction site of a new waterfront trash plant is rife with violations and demanded that the city halt the work immediately.

Assemblymember William Colton and Councilmember Mark Treyger held a press conference on the Bay Parkway Promenade on Sunday to reveal what they claimed are violations of the construction permit for the Southwest Marine Transfer Station and called on City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia to halt construction at the site


Poly Prep pitcher leads team to big win against George Washington

It was supposed to be a pitchers duel between two of New York City’s best — Poly Prep’s Nick Storz against George Washington’s Wesley Rodriguez — but Rodriguez didn’t take the mound that day.



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