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Fontbonne Hall starts guest speaker circuit to empower students

Fontbonne Hall Academy students have been exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints, thanks to the school’s Guest Speaker Circuit, a new program in which speakers are invited to the school to share tips on how to get ahead.


Adams pushes plan to fight illegal home conversions

Combating the rash of illegal home conversions taking place in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and other Brooklyn neighborhoods will take a combination of strong legislation and beefed-up investigations by inspectors from the New York City Department of Buildings, according to housing preservation advocates.

At a recent Dyker Heights town hall held to discuss the problem, residents and civic leaders demanded action on the part of government officials.


Bay Ridge leaders praise inclusion of Muslim school holidays

Bay Ridge boasts a large population of Arab-Americans and leaders of that community were full of praise for the announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to add two Muslim holidays to the public school calendar.

The mayor and chancellor announced that from now on, public schools will be closed on Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, two of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar.


Colton to co-host seminar on how to prepare for retirement

The issues surrounding retirement, including when to retire and how much money one should be saving toward retirement, will be the main focus of a seminar to take place in Bensonhurst next month.

Assemblyman William Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and the Russian-American Community Coalition are co-sponsoring the seminar to be held on Thursday, April 30, at the United Progressive Democratic Club, 29 Bay 25 St., at 7 p.m.

The seminar, which is free, is called “Are You Ready for Retirement?”

The goal is to help people prepare for retirement, according to Colton.


Xaverian falls to Christ the King in Brooklyn-Queens championship

Xaverian High School lost 66-59 to Christ the King High School during the Catholic High School Athletic Association Brooklyn-Queens Diocesan tournament in Queens on Feb. 27.

“This is a very tough loss, very tough,” said Xaverian senior Najee Larcher. “We came into this game knowing that we could win, but by the end, we just stopped playing hard.”


Green Party candidate enters race for congress

The special election in the 11th Congressional District is no longer a two-man race.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan learned on Tuesday that a third candidate, James Lane, would be running in the May 5 special election as the Green Party candidate.

Lane was the Green Party candidate for Public Advocate in 2013. Lane, who works for an internet media company, lives in Brooklyn.


Bay Ridge board says yes to another Summer Stroll on 3rd

Old Man Winter still has a firm grip on New York City, but that’s not stopping Bay Ridge business leaders from thinking ahead to the long, hot summer.

The Merchants of Third Avenue business group is making plans to file an application with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold its Fourth Annual Summer Stroll on 3rd this summer.


Working Families Party endorses Gentile for congress

Democrat Vincent Gentile, a councilmember seeking to become a Congress member, has picked up the endorsement of the Working Families Party in his race against Republican Daniel Donovan.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) announced on March 2 that the Working Families Party had endorsed him and that he was accepting the endorsement.


At one Bay Ridge school, respect comes in many different colors

Students at P.S.127 recently spent a week wearing a rainbow of colors to school – a special color for each day – to symbolize their sense of brotherhood.

A recurring theme throughout Respect For All Week was combating bullying.


Bay Ridge official warns residents to shovel snow

Shovel your sidewalk! That’s the warning issued by a Bay Ridge official, who said some homeowners and merchants in the area have been falling down on the job and creating a public safety hazard this snowy winter.

Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights), said that while the city’s Department of Sanitation (DOS) gives homeowners and business owners time to clear snow off the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses after a storm, there are many residents who don’t bother to pick up a shovel.



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