Fort Hamilton salutes the Parade of Ships to kick off Fleet Week

Holy ship!

Fort Hamilton kicked off Fleet Week as it saluted the Parade of Ships with an 11-gun salute and honored Memorial Day with another 21-gun salute in front of more than 1,000 schoolchildren and scores of soldiers from the various branches of the military Wednesday morning.


Bichotte picks up 2 key endorsements in assembly race

Endorsement season has arrived in Brooklyn politics and candidates are busy touting their high-profile supporters, hoping it will sway voters in the Sept. 9 primary.

Rodneyse Bichotte, a Democrat running for the State Assembly seat in the 42nd Assembly District held by the retiring Rhoda Jacobs, picked up endorsements this week from U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo. Jacobs (D-Flatbush), a 36-year veteran of state politics, announced on May 18 that she will not seek re-election in November.


Brooklyn Chamber swings into the summer with annual golf outing

Are you ready for the summer?

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is after it kicked off the season with a Swing Into Summer golf outing at the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Dyker Heights on Monday with over 100 local residents, politicians and business leaders taking part in the annual golf classic.

“I try to come to these events as much as possible because the Brooklyn Chamber is so important to Brooklyn,” Assembly Member Alan Maisel said. “You are the blood of Brooklyn because of what you do for our borough.”


Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade is nation’s oldest

The oldest continuously run Memorial Day Parade in the nation takes place right here in Brooklyn each year.

The tradition will continue this year.

Gold Star mothers who lost their children in war will serve as the grand marshals for 147th Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade to take place in Bay Ridge on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.


2 Brooklyn students accused of poisoning teacher

The New York City police say two students at a Brooklyn elementary school are accused of trying to poison their teacher.

Police say the two boys, ages 9 and 12, allegedly put "a substance consistent with rat poisoning" in the teacher's water bottle Monday. The two were charged as juveniles with attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say the teacher became nauseous the next day. She was treated and is OK.

The substance was being tested.

The boys attend P.S. 315.


Obituary: Maureen Stramka, beloved Bay Ridge civic leader

Maureen Stramka, a longtime Bay Ridge civic leader who was as famous for her sharp wit as she was for her many charitable works on behalf of the less fortunate, died of cancer on May 16. She was 76 years old.

Stramka was a member of numerous organizations, including the Bay Ridge Community Council, the Bay Ridge Lions Club, the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization, the 68th Precinct Community Council and Ragamuffin Inc., the organization that sponsors the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade.


UPDATE: Bay Ridge husband charged in wife's murder

A Bay Ridge man who allegedly stabbed his wife to death during an argument in their apartment, slashed their 14-year-old son, and then stabbed himself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt early Tuesday morning, has been charged with murder.

Hasan Rugova, 52, was charged with second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The fatal incident took place shortly after 2 a.m. on May 20 inside the couple’s apartment at 101 Marine Avenue, according to police.


Jacobs, longtime assemblywoman, calls it quits

Rhoda Jacobs is calling it quits.

The longtime assembly member, who has represented Flatbush and other parts of Brooklyn for 36 years, announced that she will not run for re-election this year.

Her announcement came in the form of an email she sent to reporters and to her constituents on Sunday.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to retire from the New York State Assembly,” Jacobs wrote in the email.

Jacobs did not specify her reasons for leaving the New York State Assembly.


Colton, Treyger lead litter sweep of 86th Street in Bensonhurst

With help from an army of young volunteers from local high schools, two of Bensonhurst’s elected officials conducted a thorough cleanup of one of the neighborhood’s busiest commercial strips on Saturday morning.

Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) held a “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” event to get rid of litter on 86th Street and surrounding areas.


Raccoon Lodge raises funds with help from 1960s rock legends

Groovy, man!

Music legends from the 1960s helped the Raccoon Lodge raise money for a non-profit agency in Bay Ridge that works to help the developmentally disabled feel fully integrated into society.



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