Thanksgiving Mitzvah! Free kosher turkeys in Flatbush

More than two years after Superstorm Sandy, Thanksgiving remains a difficult holiday for cash-strapped central Brooklyn residents still struggling to repair their homes. Hoping to change that experience, the Food Bank of New York City headed to Flatbush Thursday morning to distribute more than 300 kosher turkeys to local residents in need.

“It’s a great feeling to help people around the holidays,” said Rhiannon Nihill, a Food Bank of New York volunteer. “There’s no necessity more important than having food on the table.”


Mixed feelings over Verrazano Bridge anniversary celebrations

Brooklyn residents had their chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at a party held in Bay Ridge Thursday night that featured all of the things one may associate with a birthday party — a cake adorned with candles, funny hats, streamers, gift bags and plenty of finger food.


Xaverian football falls to Fordham Prep in CHSFL A finals

As Xaverian head coach Mike Jioia watched Fordham Prep's Michael Bronzo return a punt 61 yards for a touchdown, he couldn't help but think back to Xaverian's 12-7 loss to Christ the King earlier in the year and recall a feeling of déjà vu.

"It was the same situation as Christ the King," Jioia said. "That punt turned the entire game around. We had just scored, they return a kick 69 yards, we hold them, they hold us, we punted to them and they returned it. That was it. That was the breaking point."


Gentile Tells Council: Don’t criminalize chokeholds by NYPD

A bill introduced in the City Council to criminalize chokeholds by police officers would unfairly handcuff cops and interfere with their ability to do their jobs, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said he plans to vote against the proposed legislation.


Maimonides tells churches: Let there be light

Dozens of churches in Southern Brooklyn will be getting a helping hand from an unexpected source when they decorate their parishes with trees, lights, wreaths, angels and mangers for the Christmas season this year. Maimonides Medical Center, through its “Celebration of Light” program, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to 33 churches for the holidays.


Jeff Samaha Theater Productions presents ‘Parade’

Jeff Samaha Theater Productions, a Bay Ridge-based performing arts company, is exploring murder and injustice in its next stage production. The company announced that it will present “Parade,” a musical which looks at the famous Leo Frank murder trial of 1913.

Frank, convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta, Georgia, was at the center of a media storm in the years before World War I. “Parade” is based on the true story surrounding the infamous murder case.


Council clothing bin crackdown bill could soon become law

A bill passed by the City Council to crack down on the proliferation of large, unsightly clothing bins on New York’s sidewalks is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who pushed for the legislation.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) told Community Board 10 last Monday that the mayor has indicated that he will sign the legislation.

The council passed the bill on Nov. 14.


Bay Ridge board OKs school construction on 92 Street

Over the fierce objections of local residents, Bay Ridge’s community board voted Monday night to recommend that the city approve a controversial plan by the owners of a private school to construct a four-story building on 92nd Street.

Community Board 10 voted in favor of the plans by the Greek School of Plato for a new school at 670 92nd St. after a marathon, jammed-packed meeting attended by more than 100 people and which lasted more than three hours as proponents and opponents sought to get their points across.


Has curtailment of stop-and-frisk caused Ditmas Park’s rising crime?

With a rising crime wave sweeping Ditmas Park, many residents have become guarded, and police are out in force. Some residents have speculated that striking economic inequality plus a wave of new, wealthier arrivals to the area have triggered crime. But lifelong resident Jonathan J.


Kiwanis clubs donate $100,000 to children's medical center

Members of Kiwanis International have found a unique way to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of their service organization. They donated $100,000 to the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island. Brooklyn Kiwanis clubs were among those who helped raise the funds that were donated.

The $100,000 check was presented to medical center representatives by leaders of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation, a group formed to provide funding and support for the health care facility.



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