Met Council gives kids a chance to sit around the camp fire

Sixty kids from Brooklyn and Queens are getting the chance to enjoy swimming, camping, volleyball and other fun-filled activities at summer camp, thanks to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which expanded a scholarship fund it runs to enable the kids to get out of the city.

The funds were provided by Lizzy and Bryce Markus, according to the Met Council, which is providing the camp scholarships to 60 children from families living below 300 percent of the poverty level ($71,550 for a family of four). The families got to select the summer camp their child is attending.


Seniors bring creativity to wheelchair transportation

July is National Wheelchair Beautification Month and Bay Ridge senior citizens got into the spirit of the observance in a big way.

More than 50 senior citizens at the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center commemorated the month with a special wheelchair parade on July 16. But first, they re-decorated their wheelchairs and walkers to give them a whole new look.

Talk about hot wheels!


Bay Ridge triathlete tests his endurance to raise money for cancer research

Shelton Hollers of Bay Ridge is one of thousands of people who will take part in the NYC Triathlon on Aug. 3, testing his ability to swim, bike and run for long distances.

But he’s after more than just a medal.


Retired educator’s dream: A science lab on Bay Ridge pier

Thomas Greene, a retired assistant principal who taught science for many years at Fort Hamilton High School, has dreamed of building a marine science lab on the Bay Ridge waterfront for a long time.

The centerpiece of his dream is Denyse Wharf, a dilapidated pier at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Bay Ridge that was built before the Revolutionary War.


Summer Strollers enjoy the arts outdoors

The Bella Voce Singers attracted large crowds of admirers as they sang Italian songs on the street. So did Narrows Community Theater, whose members performed Broadway show tunes. And everyone who watched the Benito Bravo Dance Company perform was talking about the dance troupe’s orange, yellow, and white costumes.


Brooklyn-born actor comes home to perform Shakespeare

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. And if you’re middle aged, still chasing after a dream, and haven’t yet reached your goal, don’t give up.

That’s the advice Brooklyn-born actor Michael Vincent Carrera has for fellow actors whose lofty dreams are bombarded by the tough reality of life as a struggling artist.


Summer Stroll on 3rd plans include activities on every block

Bay Ridge is THE place to be on Friday night as the first of four Summer Stroll on 3rd events takes place.

Third Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street from 6 to 10 p.m. so that a pedestrian mall can be created and people can feel free to stretch their legs, enjoy live music, hunt for bargains at a leisurely pace and sip cappuccinos in outdoor cafes.

Opera companies, folk singers, rock and rollers and dance troupes will be out on the sidewalk to entertain pedestrians.


Bay Ridge crooner salutes Elvis Presley

Martin McQuade, a Bay Ridge crooner who has performed songs made famous by the likes of Bing Crosby and Dean Martin, is paying tribute to the King.

McQuade’s new dinner show, to be presented at Hunters Steak and Ale House at 9404 Fourth Ave. on July 17, will honor Elvis Presley.

“I will perform a show honoring the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley's very first recording session (July 5, 1954) as well as his first live professional appearance (July 30, 1954),” McQuade wrote in an email to the Brooklyn Eagle.


Financial expert says Gen Xers too timid with money

Millennials are far too young to be thinking about saving money for retirement, or are they?

“I have clients that are Millennials,” said Ron Palastro, a financial advisor. “Sure, they’re decades away from retirement. But they’re looking toward the future. They want to be smart about money.”


Fontbonne students learn how to be ‘Power Girls’

Talk about girl power!

Students from Fontbonne Hall Academy in Bay Ridge were among hundreds of young women who took part in the YWCA of New York City’s Potential to Power Girls Symposium, a recent event that brought together leaders from diverse backgrounds to foster awareness and social action regarding critical issues facing girls.

One of the goals of the symposium was to create a network of advocates to make changes that will benefit the next generation of women in school, career and life, according to Fontbonne officials.



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