St. Patrick Parade committee awards $10,000 in scholarships

The Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee does more than just put together a parade every March.

Under the leadership of President Frankie Marra, the committee has expanded its longstanding mission of promoting the cultural contributions that Irish-Americans have made to Bay Ridge. The committee is now also promoting Catholic education as a way of honoring St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.


P.S. 127 dance festival celebrates Disney

The 19th Annual Dance Festival at P.S. 127 in Bay Ridge had an international flavor, as students from all grades performed dances from countries all over the world for a large crowd of teachers and parents who applauded their every move.

The dance festival, which took place in the school yard at P.S. 127, 7805 Seventh Ave. on a recent Tuesday, also paid tribute to the late Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and such classic movies as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Bambi” and “Mary Poppins.”

The theme of the dance festival was “The Wonderful World of Disney.”


Genesis graduates ready for high school

Students at Genesis, the middle school program at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, recently completed an important step in their educational lives when they graduated and prepared for life in high school.

Genesis celebrated the commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 on a recent Saturday with a ceremony that included an invocation by student Madeline Schalk, welcoming remarks by Xaverian President Robert Alesi and a closing prayer led by student Brendan Cottingham.


P.S. 102 kids enjoy visit from NYPD K-9 Unit

It’s not every day a kid gets to see a dog in school. But the dogs that third graders at Bay Ridge’s P.S. 102 got to see on Monday weren’t just any pooches.

Members of the NYPD’s elite K-9 Unit visited the school at 211 72nd St. Monday morning with their specially trained police dogs to talk to a group of students about their work.

The visit was arranged by Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), who said she thought it would be a unique educational opportunity for the kids.


You don’t have to wait to pay that muni-meter

If you park your car at any muni-meter in New York City, this has probably happened to you: You get to your destination before the meters have gone into effect for the day and you have to wait patiently, checking your watch or cell phone, as the minutes tick by and the meters start operating so that you can put your money in.

Your wait is about to end.


Apple Bank to open Bay Ridge branch

The Bay Ridge 86th Street Business Improvement District (BID) will soon become the home of an Apple Bank branch. Apple Bank announced that its newest branch will open at 426 86th St. on June 29.

The new full service branch, the 18th Apple Bank branch in Brooklyn, will officially open at 9 a.m.


Maimonides adopts new approach in nursing

In an effort to address the complex needs of patients and their caregivers, the Nursing Department at Maimonides Medical Center has adopted a new approach to delivering care and interacting with patients and families, according to hospital officials.

The philosophy behind the new Relationship-Based Care (RBC) program is simple: reminding nurses to make their own health a priority.


Visitation Academy students enjoy Field Day on school grounds

When Visitation Academy hosted its Field Day on a recent Saturday, Principal Arlene Figaro didn’t have to find transportation for the students, teachers and parents to a public park.

That’s because the academy’s bucolic campus served as the setting for the Field Day festivities.

Located at 8902 Ridge Boulevard, Visitation Academy, a Catholic school for girls, boasts 7.5 acres filled with trees, grass, flowers, benches and walkways. There’s even a small lake on the grounds.


Brooklyn pols blast plans to close VA Medical Center unit

Plans by the Veterans Administration New York Harbor Healthcare System to close an in-patient surgical unit at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center in Bay Ridge are coming under fire from two local elected officials who charged that the shutdown will hurt patients, particularly elderly veterans.


Gentile hosting Father’s Day celebration

Hey, all of you dads out there, what could be better than spending Father’s Day with your kids enjoying the cool breeze on the waterfront?

Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance are scheduled to co-host a Father’s Day event at the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge on Sunday.

The event, called Dad’s Day on the Pier, will run from 11a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, located on 69th Street and Shore Road.



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