DiMango deflects praise on her 50 years of community service

Mafalda DiMango has been an education advocate and community leader in southern Brooklyn for half a century. She was a PTA leader in the 1960s, a time of social upheaval when school busing brought simmering racial tensions exploding to the surface. As a school board member, she had a hand in hiring district superintendents and principals and, by extension, influenced the education of generations of students.

But when you ask her about her career, the modest DiMango would rather talk about the accomplishments of others, not herself.


Golden says judge got it right with SAFE Act ruling

The federal judge who threw out parts of New York State’s strict gun-control law made the right decision, according to an ex-cop politician who said he agreed with the decision handed down from the bench.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said the decision handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny “upholds the most important parts of the SAFE Act, which overall keeps New York State safe from the use of assault weapons.”


Hercules packs a punch! Brooklyn digs out from snow storm

Southern Brooklyn did its best to get on with daily life during Winter Storm Hercules on Friday morning, but like their fellow citizens elsewhere in the borough, residents found that the snow, the heavy winds, and the sub-freezing temperatures disrupted their normal routines.


Elderly man struck and killed on Seventh Ave.

A 75-year-old man was struck and killed in a freak accident Thursday morning in which a car that had slowed down to let him cross the street was rear-ended by a jeep, causing the auto to hit the elderly pedestrian, police said.

The fatal accident took place near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 65th Street, a corner described by local officials as one of the busiest and most high-trafficked corners in Bay Ridge.


Bay Ridge Catholic school offers tuition help for students

The high cost of putting a child through Catholic school can often prohibit parents from choosing a religion-based education for their children.

But at one Catholic school in Bay Ridge, struggling parents are receiving help with tuition costs thanks to a program that provides financial assistance to families.


Grimm warning: Don’t let Winter Olympics turn into Benghazi

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, co-chairman of the House Russian Caucus, condemned the bombings that have taken place in Russia with a little more than a month to go before the Winter Olympics in that country, warning that security measures should be in place to prevent the Games from turning into a Benghazi-like disaster.


School tax exemption deadline fast approaching

Dec. 31 is more than just the last day of 2013. It also marks the last day in which homeowners can register for New York State’s school tax relief program, otherwise known as STAR.

Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) is among many elected officials across the borough making a last minute push to get homeowners to sign up for STAR before it’s too late.


Gentile’s pet peeve – people abusing animals

A bill the City Council approved at its last session of 2013 will go a long way toward protecting animals from abuse at the hands of heartless people, according to Councilman Vincent Gentile, who co-sponsored the animal-rights legislation.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said the bill to create an animal abuse registry similar to the state’s sex offender registry will help prevent abusers from getting their hands on other animals.


National Grid has special fund to help with your heating bills

Help is available for low income homeowners having trouble keeping up with the high costs of heating their houses.

State Sen. Martin Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) is urging residents to sign up for the National Grid Neighborhood Heating Fund, a program that provides assistance to eligible homeowners during the cold winter months.


DOT to install safety measures on Albemarle Road

A Kensington street that has been a major concern to local residents for years is going to be getting some special attention from the Department of Transportation over the next few months.

The stretch of Albemarle Road between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue is in line for safety improvements, including narrower lanes to encourage drives to slow down, the installation of “No Standing” signs to improve visibility and the installation of two speed humps, officials said.



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