Flatbush man denies shooting a 3-year-old neighbor in the head

A Brooklyn man charged with shooting a 3-year-old neighbor boy in the head is denying the allegations.

Akeem Bernard's bail was set Sunday at $75,000. The toddler, Tharell Edward, is hospitalized in stable condition.

Tharell's mother was out and an acquaintance was watching him when he was shot in his Brooklyn apartment around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office says Bernard showed a gun to the mother's roommate Friday night and put it in a shoebox. A court complaint says the roommate heard a gunshot and found the boy bleeding in Bernard's arms.


Lander says DOT taking 2nd look at Ocean Parkway

A dangerous Kensington intersection where a woman was killed while crossing the street earlier this summer might be getting safety improvements, according to Councilman Brad Lander, who said the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the process of re-evaluating the corner.

Lander (D-Park Slope-Kensington) said he and other elected officials recently received a letter from state DOT officials in which the transportation experts indicated that they are considering improvements to the intersection.


Bay Ridge crooner sings tribute to Vic Damone

Vic Damone, whose silky smooth voice won him legions of fans who romanced their sweethearts to hit songs like “On the Street Where You Live”, “What Kind of Fool Am I” and “The Glory of Love”, turned 85 years old in June.

Damone, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, deserves a special tribute for his birthday, according to Martin McQuade, a singer who has become well known in southern Brooklyn nightspots for his one-man shows in which he performs show tunes and American pop standards.


IT HAS RETURNED! Statue of Jesus is back in garden outside St. Anselm Church

A statue of Jesus Christ that a vandal had covered with red paint last month is back in the garden outside Saint Anselm Catholic Church in Bay Ridge and parishioners are saying prayers of gratitude.


Catsimatidis says ‘City Council is about to put handcuffs on our police!’

Urging the City Council not to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the controversial bill to install an inspector general to oversee the Police Department, Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis charged on Tuesday that the move would “handcuff” the agency and make fighting crime harder.

"The City Council is about to put handcuffs on our police, instead of the criminals,” Catsimatidis said at a press conference outside City Hall where he was joined by former governor George Pataki and former Bay Ridge congressman Vito Fossella.


Golden, Malliotakis promote heart health

Residents of southern Brooklyn will be able to undergo testing to see if they are in danger of suffering heart attacks or strokes, thanks to two lawmakers who are teaming up to sponsor free health screenings in the district office they share.


Bay Ridge enjoys a Summer Stroll on 3rd Avenue - no cars!

Karen Fischer and her fiancee, Peter Cipriano, were walking in the middle of the street on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge Friday evening, but they didn’t have to worry about getting hit by a car.

That’s because there were no cars!

An 11-block stretch of the avenue, from 69th Street to 80th Street, was closed to vehicular traffic for four hours (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) to accommodate foot traffic. It was all part of Summer Stroll on 3rd, an outdoor event for foodies and art lovers that was sponsored by the Merchants of Third Avenue.


Gentile backs de Blasio for mayor

Citing Bill de Blasio’s fight to save Long Island College Hospital, Councilman Vincent Gentile announced on Monday that he is endorsing the public advocate for mayor.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said he was impressed by the leading role de Blasio has played in the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) fight. Last month, de Blasio was arrested at a protest demonstration involving the hospital. Gentile said he’s also impressed by de Blasio’s efforts to keep neighborhood senior centers open in Brooklyn.


Catholic Charities helps kids get ready for school

Children whose parents can’t afford backpacks and notebooks because of tough economic times will still be able to walk into their classes on the first day of school next month with the supplies they need, thanks to Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens which is co-sponsoring a drive to gather school supplies.


Court hears new case arising from Poly Prep sex scandal

An elite Brooklyn school is in court again on an issue related to a well-publicized sex scandal case that was settled. 

The plaintiffs in the original case against Poly Prep Country Day School are now suing the school’s attorneys, Manhattan law firm O'Melveny & Myers, alleging that the lawyers fraudulently misrepresented facts in an attempt to deceive the court into reaching a decision in Poly Prep’s favor.



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