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It’s official: B37 bus back in service starting June 29

The B37 bus is coming back!

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) confirmed to the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday that the shuttered bus line, which was eliminated in a cost-cutting measure in 2010, will be back in service starting June 29.

The B37 will run from Shore Road in Bay Ridge to the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, making stops in several neighborhoods along the way, including Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. The bus runs along Third Avenue for a large portion of its route.


Bay Ridge pols seek legislative action to curb drug abuse

Two Bay Ridge lawmakers, each taking a separate tack, are seeking legislative ways to combat heroin and prescription drug problems among the community’s young people.

State Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis both said recent tragedies involving drug overdoses need to be addressed.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) announcing his vote to support of a bill that will add pharmacists to the law that charges individuals with a felony for filling out false controlled substance prescriptions.


Conservative Party speaker assesses de Blasio’s first 100 days in office

April 10 will mark Bill de Blasio’s 100th day in office and a New York Post columnist offered an assessment of the mayor’s tenure so far, telling the Brooklyn Conservative Party that the mayor’s proposed ban on carriage horses on city streets bears particular scrutiny.

Nicole Gelinas, the keynote speaker at the Conservative Party’s annual brunch at the Bay Ridge Manor on April 6, called the proposed ban on the tourist-friendly carriage horse industry “a targeted attack on the small business community.”


Windsor wins Ronald Reagan Award from Conservative Party

Laurie Windsor, president of the Community Education Council of School District 20, exemplifies what Ronald Reagan talked about when he urged Americans to volunteer to help their communities, according to leaders of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, who gave her an award named after the 40th president.

“She is really what Ronald Reagan was talking about,” Party Chairman Jerry Kassar said before he and Party Vice Chairman Fran Vella-Marrone presented Windsor with the Ronald Reagan Americanism Award at the party’s annual brunch at the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on Sunday.


Capetanakis named winner of Bay Ridge Community Council Civic Award

Basil Capetanakis, a longtime business leader and community activist in Bay Ridge, was named by the Bay Ridge Community Council as the recipient of the 2014 Civic Award, council leaders announced April 3.

Capetanakis, a licensed real estate broker, is a founding member of the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) and is a former chairman of Community Board 10.


Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union VP says NYC’s economy is looking up

The city’s economy is getting a lot better and its growth will strengthen this year, a financial expert is predicting.

Anthony Grigos, executive vice president of the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union, delivered that good news to a ballroom filled with the neighborhood’s movers and shakers who gathered for a party hosted by the credit union at the Bay Ridge Manor Catering Hall April 2.


Wounded Warrior amputees' softball team to play Bay Ridge charity game

Baseball Hall of Fame greats have got nothing on Josh Wege and his buddies!

Wege, a 24-year-old US Marine from Wisconsin, lost both of his legs while he was serving in the war in Afghanistan in 2009 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. But that isn’t stopping him from being a great softball player. Wege is a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and will play in a special exhibition game against the Bay Ridge All-Stars, a group of bar league players, on July 12.


Bay Ridge begins organic recycling April 28

Bay Ridge is joining the city’s composting revolution.

Residents in the southwest Brooklyn community will begin voluntarily taking part in the Department of Sanitation’s pilot program to recycle organic trash for composting at the end of this month.

Residents won’t be expected to compost, but they will be asked to place things like food scraps, coffee grounds, yard waste and even food-soiled paper in a special bin for separate collection by sanitation workers - apart from the normal recycling collections that have taken place for years.


Art of Brooklyn film festival coming to Bay Ridge

Get out the popcorn! Bay Ridge is going to the movies.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, the only independent, international film festival built entirely around Brooklyn, is coming to Bay Ridge, Councilman Vincent Gentile announced on Tuesday.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said the festival will be presenting films over a period of two days, May 8 and 10, in Bay Ridge.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (AoBFF) was founded in 2011 by Brooklyn-born artists.


Bay Ridge’s Norwegians prepare for parade celebrating constitution

Plans are underway for the 62nd Annual Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade next month, an event that is always a highlight of the spring calendar in Bay Ridge. Picture kids dressed up as Vikings marching up Third Avenue and you get the idea of the fun aspect of the parade.

The parade, which celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution on May 17, 1814, is sponsored by the Norwegian-American 17th of  May Parade Committee of Greater New York and traditionally takes place on the Sunday closest to May 17.



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