Pajamas in school? Kids wear nighttime attire to class!

Students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy recently ditched their school uniforms in favor of pajamas. But don’t worry. The youngsters didn’t get into trouble.

The school’s principal, Andrea D’Emic, gave her permission!

Third graders at the Catholic school at 401 97th St. in Bay Ridge wore their favorite PJs to class on Dec. 17 as part of their class salute to “The Polar Express,” a classic children’s book written in 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg.

Their teacher, Erin Watters, read the book aloud in class.


Brooklyn neighborhood sues to block luxury high-rise

Residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods have filed a lawsuit against New York state and a high-end private real estate development company to block the construction of a proposed 23-story luxury high-rise building. Citing environmental concerns and a desire to respect and preserve the context of existing architecture, the suit requests a halt to the development process.


Feds cite Kings Highway Rite Aid for safety violations; fines could be $83K

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Rite Aid for repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at the retailer’s store located at 185 Kings Highway in Brooklyn.

The drugstore chain faces $83,200 in fines following an inspection by OSHA’s Manhattan Area Office.


Gentile backs Mark-Viverito for council speaker

The man who will soon become the City Council’s most senior member is backing a liberal councilwoman from East Harlem to become the next council speaker.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) announced on Thursday that he is supporting Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) in her quest to take the council’s top job.


St. Patrick’s Christmas pageant teaches kids true meaning of holiday

Being locked inside a school during Christmas vacation because of a snowstorm isn’t a kid’s idea of fun. But students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge used that concept as the plot of a play about the real meaning of Christmas.


Grimm vows fight against cell phone use on planes

With everything airline passengers put up with these days – long security checkpoint lines, fees for carry-on bags, bad food – you might have to add one more: having to listen to the idiotic ring tone blaring from the cell phone of the guy sitting next to you.

Brooklyn’s lone Republican congressman came out strongly this week against a plan to allow passengers to make and receive cell phone calls on airplanes during flights, charging that easing restrictions would ruin plane rides by forcing people to listen to the incessant chatter of others.


Golden times at senator’s holiday party

When state Sen. Marty Golden and his wife Colleen decided to throw a Christmas party, they invited a few of their friends. A few hundred, that is!

Hundreds of guests packed the main ballroom of the Bay Ridge Manor Monday night for party hosted by the Goldens.

Political figures, like Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) rubbed elbows with civic leaders, members of the clergy, business owners and local residents, all of whom came at the invitation of the Goldens.


Bay Ridge Historical Society has big plans for 2014

A group steeped in history has its eye on the future.

The Bay Ridge Historical Society will hold its final meeting of 2013 on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, at 7:30 p.m. as members gear up for an exciting year in 2014 that will be filled with big changes.

Andrew Gounardes, who has been the society’s president since September, said the group has re-structured its leadership and is making other changes in an effort to excite Bay Ridge residents about the history of their community.


Golden plans ‘Holiday Senior Festivals’ to cheer up elderly residents

State Sen. Marty Golden is helping senior citizens in his southern Brooklyn district welcome the holidays by hosting a series of festivals this week. The events, which Golden is calling “Holiday Senior Festivals,” will include Christmas tree trimmings, raffles with great prizes, entertainment and a free lunch.


Diana Nyad inspires students at PS 185

Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who made headlines around the world when she swam from Cuba to Miami this past summer, was treated like a rock star when she paid a visit – this time on dry land – to a Bay Ridge elementary school Thursday afternoon.



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