College basketball stars help kids with cancer

Children with cancer will be getting expert advice on how to improve their basketball skills at a special sports clinic taking place Jan. 25 in Bay Ridge.

Members of the men’s basketball teams from Saint Francis College and Mount Saint Vincent College will be participating in the Fourth Annual “Swish for Kids Basketball Classic,” a sports clinic which will to take place at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 9511 Fourth Ave. on Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.

“Swish for Kids,” is sponsored by the Saint Ephrem Basketball/Youth Program with support from Investors Bank.


Lockdown at Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School cancelled after knife mix-up

Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School was placed on lockdown on Wednesday afternoon as police followed up on a report of three black males armed with knives.

The report turned out to be in error, a police spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle.

The person making the report "didn't recognize the individuals were students," she said.

Nothing criminal was going on, she emphasized. The students may have had "a pair of scissors, and they thought it was knives," she said. 


St. Patrick’s Parade Committee to host meet & greet

The committee organizing the Bay Ridge Saint Patrick Parade isn’t waiting until the day of the parade to stir up excitement over the big march.

There is a whole host of pre-parade activities planned between now and March 22, when the parade takes place on Third Avenue.

First up is a meet and greet cocktail reception hosted by Parade President Frankie Marra and the committee on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Greenhouse Café, 7717 Third Ave., starting at 4 p.m.


Gentile pushed council to fund bulletproof vests for cops

Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who led a drive back in 2006 to secure funding to outfit 18,000 New York City cops with new bulletproof vests, praised a proposal announced last week by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to replace the vests with new ones.


Bay Ridge business owners like Cuomo’s tax cut proposal

Owners of small, mom and pop-type businesses in Bay Ridge expressed cautious optimism about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new proposal to lower their taxes.


Golden predicts Albany session to be packed with action

Public safety, jobs and transportation are the top items on state Sen. Marty Golden’s plate now that the state legislature’s new session is under way.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), the only Republican state senator in Brooklyn, predicted that the legislative session in Albany will have plenty of action. “I think we’re going to be doing a lot,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Topping Golden’s list of priorities is public safety.


Adelphi kids wear pajamas to school for Spirit Day event

Students at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn came to school dressed in pajamas on a recent Friday, but it wasn’t because they all overslept. It was actually Pajama Day!

The annual event serves as a chance for students at the Bay Ridge private school to show their school spirit by coming to class in their favorite pajamas. Students of every grade level, from nursery school through 12th grade, were encouraged to come to school dressed in their most colorful sleepwear – bathrobes, slippers, etc. Many youngsters also brought their favorite teddy bears along with them.


Poly Prep hosts founder of nonprofit promoting acceptance of athletes of all sexual orientations

Poly Prep’s Middle and Upper Schools welcomed Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally, to their Tuesday morning chapels on Jan. 13.  During his presentation to assembled faculty and students, Taylor invited Poly student athletes to sign the Athlete Ally promise: “I pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Beginning right now, I will do my part to promote the best of athletics by making all players feel respected on and off the field.”


Xaverian internships give students a career head-start

Randy Antoun, a senior at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, is on his way to the top. Well actually, he’s already been there. The top of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, that is.

Antoun, who is leaning toward pursuing a career as a civil engineer, recently spent an internship with Northeast Structural Steel Inc., a steel building company based in Mount Vernon, New York.

"My internship in civil engineering took my education to unimaginable heights – literally. I was able travel to the top of the Verrazano Bridge and examine its suspension cables and beams up close,” he said.


Family of top Fort Hamilton quarterback denies that he is transferring to Grand Street

Sharif Legree is a Fort Hamilton Tiger and it appears that it will stay that way, according to Legree’s father Jeff Legree.

Legree was thought to be headed to Grand Street Campus after Grand Street’s head coach Bruce Eugene told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle earlier this month that he heard that he was transferring to the Williamsburg school this summer. However, Legree’s father denied the report and said that his son is staying put.



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