Bay Ridge’s P.S. 102 boasts high number of male volunteers

Fathers are becoming more and more involved in the education of their children, according to a nonprofit group that works to get families and community leaders to take an active interest in New York City public schools.

Learning Leaders, the group that runs volunteer programs in more than 200 schools in New York, said P.S. 102 in Bay Ridge is an example of the growing trend of dads becoming an important presence in their kids’ schools.


GOP lawmakers look to strengthen animal cruelty penalties

New York State should be doing a better job of protecting animals, according to two Republican state lawmakers who are pushing for passage of a package of bills designed to increase the penalties for suspects committing cruelty to animals.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) and state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-C-Staten Island) are working together to try to get the package of bills approved in their respective legislative houses.


Bay Ridge floral designer’s mission: Helping kids in hospitals

Robert Rising is proof that great ideas can come out of the most trying circumstances.

Rising, 33, a Bay Ridge resident and owner of Robert Rising Design, a firm that creates floral arrangements and interior designs for weddings, parties, hotel lobbies and corporate events, is also the founder of Project Hope NY, a non-profit group that brings toys, candy and school supplies to hospitalized children.

He got the idea for Project Hope NY during one of the most stressful times in his life.


Greenfield funds cleanup of Borough Park

A non-profit organization that gives jobs to homeless people to help get them back on their feet is teaming up with a Brooklyn councilmember to tidy up commercial streets in his district.

Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) announced on May 7 that the Doe Fund is cleaning streets in his council district.


Five Xaverian HS seniors all accepted by Cornell University

It’s quite a coup when a high school can say that a member of its senior class has been accepted into an Ivy League university. But five seniors? Now that’s something to boast about!

Xaverian High School, a Catholic school for boys in Bay Ridge, announced late last week that five members of the Class of 2015 have been accepted for admission into Cornell University. Four of them will be attending the Ivy League school this fall.

“It feels pretty nice,” Valedictorian Ritvik Taneja, 17, told the Brooklyn Eagle on Sunday. “I won’t be alone going to college.”


UPDATE: Drug treatment center backs out of Bay Ridge

State Sen. Marty Golden said Tuesday that he has learned that ACI, the non-profit group seeking to open a drug addiction treatment clinic at the site of the former Victory Memorial Hospital in Bay Ridge, has backed off the plan.

John Quaglione, Golden’s deputy chief of staff, said the senator has been told that ACI officials “are going to be looking for a new location.”

Golden had been talking to officials at “state licensing agencies” about the drug clinic proposal, according to Quaglione.


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.”



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