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.


Report: Hynes mulling run as Republican

The race for Brooklyn district attorney might not be over, after all.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, who lost the Democratic Primary to rival Ken Thompson on Sept. 10 and had publicly stated that he would not to campaign as a Republican in the general election, is being urged by GOP and Conservative Party leaders to change his mind and run, according to various media reports.


Quaglione says DOT should mark parking spaces

Parking spaces on commercial streets with muni-meters should be clearly delineated to educate drivers as to how much room they have to park, according to a City Council candidate in Bay Ridge, who is pushing the Department of Transportation to take action to prevent motorists from hogging more than one spot.


Carroll raises funds for re-election campaign…in 2014!

It’s never too early to start raising funds for your next re-election campaign, even if you’re not on the ballot until 2014.

That’s the philosophy of Kevin Peter Carroll, the Democratic district leader of the 64th Assembly District (Bay Ridge-Staten Island), who is currently serving his second term and doesn’t have to run for re-election until next year.


Soldier’s widow finally gets benefits from government

Miranda Valenti could tell a lot of stories about government bureaucracy. She has experienced it first-hand.

The Bay Ridge woman, who lost her husband John, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, two years ago, waged an ongoing battle with bureaucrats at the US Department of Veterans Affairs to receive her widow’s benefits. Her paperwork kept getting delayed, then lost, then found and delayed again.


Elderly man hit by out-of-control truck dies

A 71-year-old man who was struck and critically injured by a pickup truck that came onto the sidewalk after colliding with a mini-van at a Dyker Heights intersection Tuesday afternoon has died, police said.

The victim, identified as James McCoskey, died at Lutheran Medical Center, where he had been taken by ambulance following the accident, police said.


OSHA proposes nearly $200K in fines against CVS for hazards at Brooklyn store

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a CVS store in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for exit access and other hazards at the retailer’s 2151 86th St. pharmacy.


Cast having fun rehearsing ‘Les Miserables’

There was a lot of movement on the stage as the cast of “Les Miserables” rehearsed the lively number “Master of the House” on a recent Thursday night.

“Be specific in what you’re doing,” Associate Director Frank Caiati instructed the cast as they swayed, smiled, and flirted with each other during the song.


Lawsuit challenges for placement on the ballot in all-but-uncontested borough president race denied

Former New York State Senator Eric Adams ran unopposed in the September 2013 Democratic primary for Brooklyn borough president. This is partly because a potential candidate was left off of the ballot.

John Gangemi, a lifelong Brookynite and attorney, filed a petition in early July with the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) purporting to designate him as a Democratic Party candidate for Brooklyn Borough President. Deeming the initial petition insufficient, Gangemi, on his own volition and without prompting by the BOE, filed an amended petition cover sheet.


Fontbonne students greet school year with sunrise ceremony

The cliché about teenagers is that they like to sleep late. But try telling that to seniors at Fontbonne Hall Academy!

They started off their school year literally at the crack of dawn.



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