Grand Street rebounds from loss to Lincoln by beating New Utrecht

Grand Street Campus was leading New Utrecht 19-6 early in the fourth quarter as the Utes were steadily marching downfield toward the end zone.


Residents fear for Vitagraph smokestack, last remnant of silent film studio

Midwood residents fear the last remnant of an historical film era may soon be demolished.

“The legendary Vitagraph smokestack is in danger of being torn down!” said Ellen Levitt, a lifelong Brooklynite and Midwood resident since 1971.


Mary Nolan wins O’Dwyer Award for service

Bay Ridge resident Mary Nolan, president of the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, received the Paul O’Dwyer Award at the Great Irish Fair held recently in Coney Island. The award is named in memory of Paul O’Dwyer, a native of Mayo County, Ireland, who championed progressive causes and served as president of the New York City Council from 1974 to 1977.


Italian Opera Company to perform Neapolitan folk songs at library

Putting opera aside for an evening, members of the Italian Opera Company, a Brooklyn-based performance troupe, will entertain audiences with Neapolitan folk songs in a special concert at the Dyker Heights Library on Oct. 14.


Malliotakis meets with Bay Ridge business owners

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who has been endorsed for re-election by the National Federation of Independent Business, a group representing owners of small businesses across the country, recently met with merchants in Bay Ridge to discuss steps taken in Albany that she said will help improve the economic climate.


Golden bill would force businesses to reveal security breaches

State Sen. Marty Golden says he will continue to push for passage of legislation he introduced to protect the privacy of New Yorkers from online hackers. Golden said, among other things, his bill would require rapid notification of any breach of email accounts or credit cards and enforce penalties against the owners of email and web services when breaches occur.


Gentile’s district office now has night hours

Councilmember Vincent Gentile announced on Friday he has expanded his office hours.

Starting on Oct. 8, Gentile’s office at 8018 Fifth Ave. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said he made the decision to have night hours because he understands that not everyone can stop by his office during the day.


Animal cruelty protests, legal actions continue over Jewish ‘Kapporos’ ritual

Continuing protests and legal action over Kaporos a holiday ritual involving the use of live chickens, practiced by some observant Jewish communities took place in the courts and on the streets over the last few days.

On Eastern Parkway Wednesday morning, near the heart of the Chabad-Lubavitch community, a group called United Poultry Concerns protested the practice, which involves the raising of live chickens over participants’ heads to atone for their sins, then slaughtering the fowl.


Grimm, Recchia battle in first head to head debate

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and his opponent, former Councilmember Domenic Recchia, met for their first head-to-head debate Wednesday morning. While the questions from the audience were provocative, it was the candidates’ questions to each other that generated the most heat.


Fort Hamilton snaps seven-game losing streak, beats New Utrecht

Fort Hamilton quarterback Sharif Legree walked off the field at New Utrecht smiling and shaking his head at the same time.

“We needed this,” said Legree, still shaking his head. “It feels amazing to get all of that pressure off of our [backs]. We still have a long way to go, but this is huge. I hear a lot of people saying, 'What happened to Fort Hamilton? I thought they were supposed to be good.' Well, we're still here — we never left.”



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