Gentile sponsoring free mammograms

Women seeking mammograms can get the all-important the breast cancer screening for free, thanks to Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the American-Italian Cancer Foundation, who are teaming up to provide a mobile clinic outside the lawmaker’s Bay Ridge district office on Jan. 9.

The mobile clinic will be parked outside Gentile’s office at 8018 Fifth Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday to offer free digital mammograms and clinical breast exams to all women ages 40 and older. No co-pays are required and all deductibles will be waived, according to Gentile’s office. 


Grace Chorale to perform ‘Luminous Night’ in Bay Ridge

Works by Beethoven as well as music from contemporary composers will be on the program when Grace Chorale of Brooklyn makes its first appearance at Art on the Corner, an arts program in Bay Ridge.

Grace Chorale’s performance, which will take place on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave. (corner of Fourth Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway), at 3 p.m., is called “Luminous Night.”


Midwood kids get new basketball, handball courts

Midwood kids who visit Colonel David Marcus Playground are now getting the chance to try out their athletic skills on new basketball and handball courts.

The city’s Parks Department renovated the courts at the playground, located at Avenue P and East Fourth Street, thanks to $850,000 in capital funding obtained by Councilmember David Greenfield (D-Midwood-Borough Park-Bensonhurst).

Greenfield and Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein joined Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 30.


Borough Park sidewalks getting a clean sweep

With help from $100,000 in state funding provided by state Sen. Simcha Felder, the sidewalks in Borough Park are looking a lot cleaner these days.

Felder recently held a press conference on 18th Avenue and 50th Street to announce that Project Sweep, a citywide program that hires unemployed people to clean sidewalks in commercial zones, was coming to the Borough Park.


Bay Ridge’s Norwegian specialty shop to close

One of the last links to Bay Ridge’s Norwegian-American past will soon be no more.

Nordic Delicacies, a Third Avenue shop specializing in homemade Scandinavian dishes and imported goods, is closing its doors on Jan. 31, owner Arlene Bakke Rutuelo has confirmed.

“All good things have to end sometime and this is the right time,” Bakke Rutuelo told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Grimm bids farewell to constituents

Former Congressman Michael Grimm left office Monday, but on his way out the door, he bade his constituents a fond farewell.

In a message posted on his Facebook page, Grimm sought to assure residents that although he is out of office, his staff will still be working at district offices in Dyker Heights and on Staten Island to assist them. He resigned from office after pleading guilty to income tax fraud.


Bay Ridge block turns blue over NYPD deaths

Residents on one Bay Ridge block are getting behind a campaign to support the New York Police Department in a big way by tying blue ribbons around more than two-dozen trees on their street.

As the city was preparing for the funeral of Det. Wenjian Liu on Jan. 4, residents of 76th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues got busy tying blue ribbons around trees on their block to show solidarity with police.


Guild for Exceptional Children joins Rite Aid’s KidsCents charity

A Bay Ridge-based organization that helps the developmentally disabled stands to benefit from shoppers buying shampoo, toothpaste and other items at local Rite Aid pharmacies.

The Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC), a non-profit agency headquartered at 260 68th St. that sponsors educational, recreational, health and wellness programs for developmentally disabled people all over Brooklyn, recently announced that has become a member of KidsCents, a charity sponsored by The Rite Aid Foundation.


Father Time's Favorite Brooklyn Real Estate: Newkirk Plaza in Ditmas Park

Happy New Year, Brooklyn.

To honor the arrival of 2015, we're eyeballing the Brooklyn real estate that Father Time loves best.

Surely he favors properties with big, beautiful clocks, so he can see when the stroke of midnight arrives without having to elbow his way into the ball drop in Times Square.

First we must give Manhattan its due, for just a moment, when it comes to clocks and the real estate that accompanies them.


State Senate to hold hearings on police safety

In the wake of the assassinations of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on a Brooklyn street, Republican leaders of the New York State Senate announced that the senate will hold a series of public hearings starting in early January to examine police safety.

The hearings will review safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of Ramos and Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement, according to senate leaders.



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