Vincent Gentile takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It's a good thing Councilmember Vincent Gentile didn't wear a suit to work on Wednesday. He got soaking wet!

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) took part in the summertime phenomenon known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wednesday morning outside his Fifth Avenue District office. Doing the honors were Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) and Arlene Rutuelo, owner of Nordic Delicacies on Third Avenue. Both women had issued the challenge to Gentile.


Bay Ridge Unity Task Force revives its peace mission

In the wake of a series of attacks on Muslim Americans in southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods in recent months, the Bay Ridge Unity Task Force held a special breakfast meeting in a mosque Tuesday morning to begin planning a strategy on how to address hate crimes and promote peaceful co-existence between neighbors.


UPDATE: One World Trade Center to go gold

The Freedom Tower will be bathed in gold light in a tribute to the courage of children with cancer, thanks to a group of Bay Ridge lawmakers.

Two days after petitioning the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to have the majestic One World Trade Center tower "Go Gold" for kids with cancer, US Rep. Michael Grimm, state Sen. Marty Golden, Assemblymembers Alec Brook-Krasny and Nicole Malliotakis and Councilmember Vincent Gentile announced that their mission was succesful.


Bay Ridge pols take on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’re visiting Bay Ridge, don’t be surprised if you see people dumping buckets of ice water on each other’s heads.

The community has taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way.

The latest local celebrity to accept the challenge is Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst), who agreed to have ice water poured on his head at his district office on Aug. 20.


Bay Ridge’s Summer Stroll ends on a high note

The fourth and final Summer Stroll on Third for 2014 drew tens of thousands of visitors to Bay Ridge’s Third Avenue on Friday night. The avenue, which is normally busy with cars, was closed to vehicular traffic from 80th to 90th streets so that a pedestrian mall could be created. Attendees at the event strolled along the avenue, enjoyed dinner and drinks at sidewalk cafes, listened to singers and musicians playing along the route and got to know the avenue’s store owners.


John Starks hits 3-pointer with Bensonhurst kids

Students at P.S. 112 in Bensonhurst are far too young to remember when John Starks was a big star with the New York Knicks in the 1990s, but they treated him like a rock star when he paid a recent visit to a day camp at the school to promote the importance of reading.

The visit by Starks was part of the Eighth Annual Knicks Summer Reading Program presented by Cablevision’s Optimum and Madison Square Garden.


GOP joins effort to stop illegal home construction

The concern over the future of housing in the Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights area is running across political party lines, with Republicans and Democrats alike demanding action from the city to prevent the neighborhood from becoming overcrowded due to increasing numbers of people moving into former one and two-family homes that have been secretly retro-fitted into apartment buildings without city approval.


Backpacks needed for kids from low-income families

Parents struggling to make ends meet often don’t have the money after paying the rent and the bills to indulge their children by buying a new backpack for school. As a result, children of low-income households arrive for the first day of school in September and find that they stick out like a sore thumb in a classroom where everyone else has a new backpack.


Bensonhurst junior golfer to play in major tournament

Nortee Panpinyo could be the Tiger Woods of the future.

The 13-year-old Bensonhurst youngster will compete in a major tournament in Florida in December, thanks to the City Parks Foundation, which recently awarded him a scholarship.

Nortee will get to take part in the Doral Publix Junior Classic tournament, a premier event in the Miami for young golfers that brings out over 680 competitors from around the world to compete each year. Contestants not only have to be great golfers but they also have to demonstrate academic excellence in school.


Fort Hamilton grad wins scholarship from Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald may have helped launched the career of a future Broadway star.

Giacoma Bonello, a Fort Hamilton High School graduate who will enter the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to study acting in the fall, is getting a big boost in paying for college thanks to the four-year scholarship she received from Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“I think it’s fantastic and I’m very grateful,” Giacoma, 18, told the Brooklyn Eagle in a phone interview Thursday morning. “College is very expensive and this scholarship will help me tremendously.”



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