Parks are alive with the sound of music

“Summertime and the living is easy,” George Gershwin wrote. Well, the music is easy, too, especially if you live in southwest Brooklyn.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, is sponsoring a summer concert series in parks in his senate district.

The first show took place Tuesday night in Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge.


Gentile secures $8 million in funding to fix parks

Councilman Vincent Gentile, the longest serving member of the City Council, used his clout to secure millions of dollars from the city budget for repair projects for parks in his district, along with funding to increase sanitation collections on local streets.


Holy Angels Academy students raise $2,200 for wounded soldiers

Nolan Keegan, a third grader at Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge, said he was saddened to see images on his television of wounded military veterans returning home from Afghanistan.

“I saw soldiers in wheelchairs with no legs and no arms. I thought it was very sad,” the precocious eight-year-old told the Brooklyn Eagle.

But Nolan decided that it wasn't enough to feel sad. He had to do something.

So, with help from a classmate, Jonathan Mundy, Nolan organized a drive to raise funds for an organization that helps military amputees rebuild their lives.


Employees at Brooklyn demolition site faced potentially fatal falls

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has learned that workers demolishing a three-unit, three-story residential building in Brooklyn’s Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section were exposed to potentially fatal falls due to their employer’s failure to provide and ensure the use of lifesaving fall protection.


Med School: Where there is money there is a way

Medical schools in New York State would have an easier time attracting the talents of top researchers if they had more funding at their disposal, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who said he plans to continue pushing for legislation to smooth the way for them.


Scouts honor! Seven earn Eagle wings at Xaverian

There must be something in the water at Xaverian High School. It makes boys want to fly like eagles!

Five members of the Class of 2014, a boy who will graduate next year and an art teacher are all proud Eagle Scouts, having achieved the highest rank there is in the Boy Scouts of America.


HeartShare teens enjoy their first prom

A group of kindhearted Bensonhurst civic leaders made sure that autistic kids ended their school year in style!

Members of the 86th Street Kiwanis Club organized a “Dream Prom” for students from The HeartShare School in Bath Beach and the HeartShare Respite/Recreation Program. The school and the recreation program are sponsored by HeartShare Human Services of New York, a non-profit social services agency headquartered at Metro Tech.

The festivities took place at Sirico’s Catering on 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights on June 24.


IRS scam hits Borough Park

It’s one of the Internal Revenue Service’s “dirty dozen” scams being perpetrated by crooks around the country and now it has come to Borough Park.

State Sen. Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, both of whom represent the neighborhood, have issued warnings to residents to be aware of a scam in which a crook posing as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent calls a resident, tells the person they owe back taxes and threatens to arrest the victim if they don’t pay up immediately. The scammer often demands payment by credit card and asks for the victim’s credit card number.


Recchia opens Brooklyn campaign headquarters

Being a candidate for political office in a district that spans two boroughs brings special challenges. It means that you have to do a lot of traveling on a large, extended campaign trail and that you need to have two campaign headquarters to ensure that both ends of the district are being covered.


Schooner helps Bay Ridge celebrate eco dock opening

It’s not every day you get to board an historic schooner and it’s certainly not a common occurrence in Bay Ridge. But on Saturday, people lined up for the chance to board the Lettie G. Howard, an 1893 fishing schooner that was docked at the 69th Street pier for the day.

The Lettie G. Howard was the biggest attraction at the ceremony marking the opening of the second season of the Bay Ridge Community Eco Dock.



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