Community board chairman demands curb cut crackdown

Bill Guarinello wants homeowners who install illegal curb cuts to be hit by the city where it hurts: in the pocketbook.

Guarinello, chairman of Community Board 11 in Bensonhurst, has an outside-the-box idea on how the city could crack down on illegal curb cuts in his neighborhood and elsewhere. “The same way the city fixes a sidewalk that’s in violation and then sends a bill to the homeowner, the city should fix the curb and then bill the homeowner,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Pataki endorses Quaglione; Gentile eyes speakership

There is plenty of news happening in the race for the City Council’s 43rd District in Brooklyn this week, as challenger John Quaglione announced a high-profile endorsement and incumbent Vincent Gentile threw his hat into the contest to become the next council speaker.


DOT meeting on improving ‘scary’ Flatbush Avenue

A stretch of Flatbush Avenue is called “scary” by residents and hair-raising by drivers. Now the city’s Department of Transportation wants your feedback about proposed safety improvements for this section of Flatbush, running between Ocean Avenue/Empire Boulevard and Nostrand Avenue.


Parents balk at DOE plan to move charter school into Seth Low

The ongoing turf war between neighborhood public schools and charter schools has come to Bensonhurst.

Parents in that community are up in arms over a plan by the New York City Department of Education to move a charter school into Seth Low Intermediate School. Under the proposal, Seth Low IS, located at 99 Avenue P, would share its building with New Success Academy, a charter school, starting in September of 2014.


Brooklyn charity implicated in scheme to steal more than $5M

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday the arrest of William Rapfogel, former executive director and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”), a charity with offices in Midwood, Brooklyn, on felony charges of grand larceny, money laundering, criminal tax fraud and conspiracy, among others.


Debate schedule set in Gentile-Quaglione council race

Voters in the 43rd Council District who are hoping to see incumbent Vincent Gentile and challenger John Quaglione face each other in a debate will actually get four chances to watch the two candidates in action.

The Bay Ridge Odyssey reported that the two men will go head to head in a series of four debates, starting Oct. 2.


Bay Ridge resident runs for Parkinson’s cure

Shelton Hollers is a perfectly healthy 33-year-old man, but he thinks a lot about those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other debilitating illnesses. In fact, he’s on the run to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Hollers, a sales director for an event management business, is one of hundreds of people taking part in the Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn 10K, a charity race set to take place in Prospect Park on October 12. Sponsored by the Parkinson’s disease Foundation (PDF), the goal of the race is to raise money for research into a cure for the disease.


Recchia blasts Grimm for voting to defund Obamacare

Councilman Domenic Recchia, who has already declared his intention to run against US Rep. Michael Grimm for congress, even though the incumbent isn’t up for re-election until next year, is already talking as if the contest is taking place in this election cycle.


Do you have the talent to be next Senior Idol?

Can’t wait for the new season of “American Idol” to start in January? Well, there’s a talent contest here in Brooklyn that puts that show to shame.

The Seventh Annual Brooklyn Senior Idol contest, a talent showcase for people age 50 and up, will take place next month in Bay Ridge.

An audition will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, from 4-6 p.m. Contestants trying out for this singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment.


Ragamuffin Parade honoree warns: Support traditions or they will die

Frankie Marra has a stern warning for people who enjoy beloved southern Brooklyn traditions like the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade: Support them or they’ll fade away into memory.

“If you don’t support these things, they go away,” Marra told a roomful of civic leaders and elected official at the annual Ragamuffin Parade Luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on Sunday.



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