Maimonides tells churches: Let there be light

Dozens of churches in Southern Brooklyn will be getting a helping hand from an unexpected source when they decorate their parishes with trees, lights, wreaths, angels and mangers for the Christmas season this year. Maimonides Medical Center, through its “Celebration of Light” program, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to 33 churches for the holidays.


Jeff Samaha Theater Productions presents ‘Parade’

Jeff Samaha Theater Productions, a Bay Ridge-based performing arts company, is exploring murder and injustice in its next stage production. The company announced that it will present “Parade,” a musical which looks at the famous Leo Frank murder trial of 1913.

Frank, convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta, Georgia, was at the center of a media storm in the years before World War I. “Parade” is based on the true story surrounding the infamous murder case.


Council clothing bin crackdown bill could soon become law

A bill passed by the City Council to crack down on the proliferation of large, unsightly clothing bins on New York’s sidewalks is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who pushed for the legislation.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) told Community Board 10 last Monday that the mayor has indicated that he will sign the legislation.

The council passed the bill on Nov. 14.


Bay Ridge board OKs school construction on 92 Street

Over the fierce objections of local residents, Bay Ridge’s community board voted Monday night to recommend that the city approve a controversial plan by the owners of a private school to construct a four-story building on 92nd Street.

Community Board 10 voted in favor of the plans by the Greek School of Plato for a new school at 670 92nd St. after a marathon, jammed-packed meeting attended by more than 100 people and which lasted more than three hours as proponents and opponents sought to get their points across.


Has curtailment of stop-and-frisk caused Ditmas Park’s rising crime?

With a rising crime wave sweeping Ditmas Park, many residents have become guarded, and police are out in force. Some residents have speculated that striking economic inequality plus a wave of new, wealthier arrivals to the area have triggered crime. But lifelong resident Jonathan J.


Kiwanis clubs donate $100,000 to children's medical center

Members of Kiwanis International have found a unique way to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of their service organization. They donated $100,000 to the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island. Brooklyn Kiwanis clubs were among those who helped raise the funds that were donated.

The $100,000 check was presented to medical center representatives by leaders of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation, a group formed to provide funding and support for the health care facility.


Xaverian students learn to live on $3 a day

What’s it like to live on a measly $3 a day? Students from Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge had the unique opportunity to find out when they took part in an urban retreat.

Nine Xaverian juniors and seniors traveled to Camden, New Jersey to participate in the Romero Center’s Urban Challenge, a immersion retreat program, from Oct. 23-2​6.​


Kids to wear pajamas to school for fundraising drive

Students from all over Southwest Brooklyn are being asked by a health advocacy group to wear pajamas to school for one day next month and to donate $5 each to help a five-year-old Bay Ridge boy and others like him battle a rare and potentially deadly form of Muscular Dystrophy.


Pols vow action after Cuomo vetoes military pension bill

A bill that would have changed the formula under which military veterans employed by the state or city apply for retirement pensions was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the legislation’s supporters are vowing to move the measure forward despite the setback.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), chairman of the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, said he and other supporters are eager to “work with Governor Cuomo to resolve any issues.”


Bay Ridge to throw birthday bash for Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

A group fighting to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to install a bike-pedestrian path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will take time out from the battle to host a party in Bay Ridge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.

The Harbor Ring Committee will co-host a party with the Merchants of Third Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Yellow Hook Grille at 7003 Third Ave., at 7:30 p.m.



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