From farm to table: fresh fruit, vegetables on sale at Greenmarkets

Southern Brooklyn residents looking to live healthier lives are getting help from tri-state area farmers. Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are on sale every weekend in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, now that two popular Greenmarkets have returned for the season.


PHOTO: Brooklyn disabled children run 5K

Sunday’s Race to Save Lives, the charity 5K the Hatzalah EMS organization held on Sunday on Roosevelt Island, featured 30 developmentally challenged kids from the Yachad School in Midwood, off Avenue M, who ran in the race. 

More than 300 people ran, raising more than $1 million for Hatzalah.


Family of hit-run victims pleads: ‘Don’t forget our mom and sister’

On June 7, 1994, Donna Blanchard walked to her local deli in Bay Ridge to buy some groceries. She brought her four-year-old daughter Michele with her. They never made it home.

After Donna and her little girl left the store and were crossing the street at Fort Hamilton Parkway and 92nd Street, they were struck and killed by a motorist driving a white box truck. The driver never stopped.


Scavenger hunt, poetry slam, live music all part of Summer Stroll plans

Following a brainstorming session that took place on Monday, plans for the Third Annual Summer Stroll on 3rd are starting to take shape, with store owners on the commercial strip and Bay Ridge community leaders talking about entertaining the crowds with a scavenger hunt, a poetry slam and plenty of live music by everyone from doo-wop groups to barbershop quartets.


City Parks Foundation offers free tennis, golf lessons to kids

Kids in Brooklyn will be able to enjoy free lessons in tennis, golf and other sports this summer, thanks to the City Parks Foundation, which is offering instructional programs in recreation areas all over the borough.

July 1 marks the start of City the foundation’s 2014 Summer Sports Program for children. Throughout the summer, the foundation provides more than 13,000 kids across the city with free tennis, golf, and track and field instruction including free use of equipment in over 60 locations.


Golden, Farina salute teachers in southern Brooklyn

More than 40 teachers from public schools in southern Brooklyn were saluted by state Sen. Marty Golden at the lawmaker’s 13th Annual Teacher of the Year awards ceremony recently held in Bay Ridge.

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina was on hand to congratulate the winners at the ceremony, which took place in the post theater at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton. District 20 School Superintendent Karina Costantino, and her counterpart, District 21 Superintendent Isabel DiMola, also attended the event.


Tech entrepreneur takes on Marty Golden

Republican Marty Golden is running for re-election to the state senate, but Democrat James Kemmerer says he’s determined to take on the incumbent and defeat him in November.

Kemmerer, owner of GEEKPAK, a company that develops, designs and maintains websites for businesses, officially launched his campaign for state senate this week, confirming rumors that have been floating around Bay Ridge political circles for months about a possible run.


Brooklyn boy wins $1,000 for his handwriting skills

Brooklyn Eagle readers of a certain age might remember when penmanship classes were standard in schools. Those were the days when students had to practice their handwriting by writing the same sentences over and over again on lined paper using No. 2 pencils. Kids literally had to cross their T’s and dot their I’s.


Broadway in Owl’s Head Park!

You’ve heard of Shakespeare in the Park. But how about Smokey Joe in Owl’s Head?

Bay Ridge music impresario Jeff Samaha and his production company are bringing the Broadway musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café” to Owl’s Head Park for a one-performance special event on Sunday, June 22, at 4 p.m.

And it’s free!


Manzi steps up to lead Xaverian to the CHSAA semifinals

Xaverian didn’t expect Jeffrey Manzi to have a huge impact on this year’s team. Xaverian wasn’t even expected to have a big season. After it lost 17 seniors from last year’s squad, the word “rebuilding” was thrown around.

When a pitcher, who was expected to be the No. 3 starter going into the year, becomes one of the hardest-working players on the team unexpected things start to happen.



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