Bay Ridge takes a Night Out Against Crime

Cops and civilians came together in a convivial atmosphere in Shore Road Park Tuesday evening to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime, an event designed to reinforce the importance of the police-community partnership.

Hundreds of people streamed through the park’s 79th Street entrance to enjoy a concert by the Ragdolls on the ball field, buy raffle tickets to win a chance at gift baskets and other prizes and meet police officers from the 68th Precinct who put their lives on the line everyday to protect them.


In Public Service: Peter Abbate learns from local knowledge

Sit down to lunch in Tommaso’s with Assemblymember Peter Abbate and the talk is bound to turn to the neighborhood it’s in, Dyker Heights, and the mom and pop shops and family-owned restaurants that make the community a great place.

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Council to pump $500,000 into day laborer centers

Employment centers that find jobs for immigrant day laborers will be getting $500,000 in city funding, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other officials announced in Bensonhurst on Monday.

Mark-Viverito was joined by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-Elmhurst-Corona), chairman of the Committee on Finance, and Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook), chairman of the Committee on Immigration, when she made the announcement at the Bay Community Center on the waterfront at Bay and Shore parkways.


Summer Stroll on 3rd set to move north

Fresh from the success of its first two Summer Stroll on 3rd events in July, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to Bay Ridge, the Merchants of Third Avenue business group is looking north this week.

The third installment of Summer Stroll on 3rd will take place this Friday, Aug. 7, a little farther north on Third Avenue, between Bay Ridge Avenue (69th Street) and 80th Street, from 6 to 10 p.m. The events held earlier this summer took place on the southern end of the avenue, between 80th and 90th streets.


Poly Prep student helps kids in Guyana

Blossom Parris, a student at Poly Prep Country Day School, is receiving international recognition for her efforts to help children in the South American country of Guyana to develop a love of reading.

Parris, who will be entering her junior year at Poly’s Upper School in September, recently received a Youth Award during a celebration at Borough Hall, marking the 49th anniversary of Guyana’s independence from Great Britain.


Donovan votes against bill Dems call ‘Donald Trump Act’

A bill that would cut federal funding to cities that don’t crack down on undocumented immigrants committing crimes was approved by the House of Representatives by a wide margin, 241-179, but it passed without the support of freshman U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who voted against the measure.

Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and voted no on the controversial bill.


Belt Parkway drives pothole lawsuits, Stringer says

What are the most pothole-plagued highways in Brooklyn? Judging from the number of lawsuits filed against the city by drivers whose cars have been damaged by potholes, the answer would have to the Belt Parkway.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced on Thursday that the Belt Parkway has generated 706 claims in the comptroller’s office during a six year period, making it one of the worst roadways in the city.


68th Precinct council hosts barbecue for Night Out Against Crime

Cops from the 68th Precinct and the members of the 68th Precinct Community Council are teaming up to host a major crime fighting event on Aug. 4, but there won’t be guns, handcuffs or arrests involved.

It’s going to be a barbecue in Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge.

A barbecue might seem like a curious way to fight crime but Ilene Sacco, president of the 68th Precinct Community Council, said it makes perfect sense.


Gentile demands MTA fix ‘drastic dysfunction’ on R train

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is rolling in dough, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said the agency has a surplus of $1 billion.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst), who said he has heard numerous complaints from his constituents about lousy service on the R train, said the MTA should be putting some of that money into improving that subway line.

R train riders have told Gentile of long waits for trains, crowded subway cars and other problems getting to work.


Bay Ridge movie wins Manhattan Film Festival award

Hey Bay Ridge, you’re a star! A movie filmed on a street in the Southwest Brooklyn community has won an award at a major film festival.

“A Box Came to Brooklyn” was named Best Comedic Short at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival, making writer-director Jason Cusato very happy.



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