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Art on the Corner marks 10th anniversary with concert

An arts program that has been offering entertainment, education and enrichment in Bay Ridge for a decade is marking its 10th anniversary with a special concert that will also serve as a fundraiser.

Art on the Corner will present a concert featuring cellist Mary Robb, pianist Keiko Asakawa-Golden, violist Eva Gerard, harmonica virtuoso Jiayi He and other talented musicians on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Musicians from the church will also perform in the concert.


Bay Ridge board seeks safer crossing for school children

Thousands of children are potentially in danger when they walk to schools in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights due to deteriorating roadway conditions and a shortage of school crossing guards, according to Community Board 10 officials, who are working on a transportation safety plan.

At one school, P.S. 69 (6302 Ninth Ave.), a recurring problem with street cave-ins in and around the crosswalk in the intersection is putting kids at risk of tripping and falling, Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann said.


Special guests, events highlight Catholic Schools Week at St. Patrick

A federal magistrate judge returned to her old elementary school in Bay Ridge, where she helped students kick off Catholic Schools Week festivities and picked up an award as a notable graduate.

Hon. Vera Scanlon, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, was the guest of honor at a mass at Saint Patrick Church on Jan. 25 that marked the opening of Catholic Schools Week festivities at St. Patrick Catholic Academy.


Fort Hamilton student wins football scholarship

On National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 4, Michael Brooks, who played as a defensive back and running back for the Fort Hamilton High School Tigers, signed with the University of Southern Connecticut.

Fort Hamilton High School, in Bay Ridge, has won three Public School Athletic League (PSAL) football titles in the past 10 years, in 2005, 2006 and 2010. The 2010 contest, against Abraham Lincoln High School, was the first high school football game played in the new Yankee Stadium.


Assembly’s GOP members want repeal of Common Core

Taking the election of new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie as a sign of a fresh start, members of the assembly’s Republican minority are renewing their calls for major reforms in the state’s education system.


Bay Ridge officials praise de Blasio’s ferry plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that his administration will be instituting a citywide ferry service in 2017 is creating a great deal of excitement in southern Brooklyn communities like Bay Ridge and Sunset Park, where officials praised the plan as a much-needed boost for commuters tired of taking the subway to work in Manhattan.


Maimonides and North Shore-LIJ hospitals explore partnership

Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center and Long Island’s North Shore-LIJ Health System announced on Tuesday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) initiating “exclusive negotiations” to explore a partnership.

“This preliminary announcement is the result of a focused, 12-month strategic planning process by the Maimonides Board of Trustees and our executive team to identify a regional partner whose vision and commitment to excellence are aligned with ours,” Pamela S. Brier, president and chief executive officer of Maimonides Medical Center, said in a statement.


Nadler blasts Boehner over Netanyahu’s visit

House Speaker John Boehner committed a big blunder by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of congress without first consulting the White House, according to U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who said the controversial move could have major implications.

Nadler (D-Bensonhurst-Manhattan) said Boehner, a Republican, should have consulted the Obama Administration before extending the invitation to Netanyahu. He also accused Boehner of putting politics above the need for the U.S. to show a united front in its foreign policy.


Golden goes after cyber criminals

Alarmed by the massive data breaches that hit nationwide chains like Target and Home Depot in recent years, in which sensitive personal information on tens of millions of customers was obtained by cyber crooks, state Sen. Marty Golden said he is working with technology experts to develop legislation aimed at protecting consumers.


Doyin Isaac is the straw that stirs the drink for Xaverian

Call him the messenger.

Last season, the Xaverian Clippers knew they were inexperienced, so the focus was on development rather than championships. This year, they are much improved and point guard Doyin Isaac is out to send a message to the rest of the Catholic High School Athletics Association: Xaverian won’t be satisfied without a crown. 



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