State Senate targets domestic violence, child abuse

Members of the New York State Senate predicted that a pair of bills they recently passed will help victims of domestic violence and child abuse in the state if the proposed legislation is eventually signed into law.

The State Senate, which approved two bills on May 13, is awaiting action on the part of the State Assembly.

The proposed legislation would establish a commission to develop ideas on how to prevent child abuse in New York State and would also create new safeguards for victims who testify against their abusers in court.


Regina Opera to perform at Bay Ridge Library

Opera arias and Broadway show tunes will both be on the song list when the Regina Opera company presents a free concert at the Bay Ridge Library on Wednesday, May 27.

The one-hour concert, which will take place at the library at 7223 Ridge Boulevard at 6:45 p.m., will feature the talents of soprano Phyllis Falletta, mezzo-soprano Jackie Hayes and baritone Masami Morimoto –baritone. They will be accompanied by flutist Richard Paratley and pianist Maxine Feldman.


Bay Ridge veteran is grand marshal of Memorial Day Parade

A Bay Ridge World War II veteran who spearheaded a project to plant American flags on sidewalks in the community’s shopping strips will serve as the grand marshal of 148th Annual Kings County Memorial day Parade.

Howard Dunn, who served in the U.S Navy, will ride the parade route in an open air convertible.

The parade will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, in Bay Ridge, starting at 11 a.m.

“There are a lot of other people who deserve it,” Dunn said, referring to his selection as the grand marshal. “But I’m very excited they chose me.”


City breaks ground on Gravesend Park renovation project

A Brooklyn neighborhood that has a serious shortage of parkland is going to be getting a new version of an old familiar park.


Better to be lucky than good for Madison High School

Madison High School coach Vincent Caiazza knew that he had a young team this year and didn't expect a whole lot, but as the Public School Athletic League has wrapped up its regular season, the Knights have the best record of all of Brooklyn’s AAA public schools. They’ll represent the No. 4 seed when the playoffs start on Wednesday.

So how did Madison pull it off?


Storefront Art Walk wows Bay Ridge shoppers

The new Whitney Museum is grand, but you don’t have to go to there to see thought-provoking works of art. All you have to do is shop on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue.


17th of May Parade brings out Norwegian in everyone

Everyone was Norwegian in Bay Ridge on Sunday, even if they weren’t born Norwegian!

A special Scandinavian spirit took over the neighborhood as the 63rd Annual 17th of May Parade — also known as the Norwegian Day Parade — took place on Third Avenue.


Bay Ridge school board backs parent demands for more half-day pre-K

A Bay Ridge school board is siding with parents who are demanding that the de Blasio administration offer more half-day pre-kindergarten classes for their children.


No Five-Peat: Poly Prep upset in Ivy Prep League baseball quarterfinals

Poly Prep's incredible run of four consecutive Ivy Prep League championships is officially over after the Blue Devils lost 5-3 to Hackley in the quarterfinals round of the New York State Association of Independent Schools playoffs in Bay Ridge on Saturday.


State lawmakers meet China’s new consul general

State lawmakers, including members of the State Legislature’s Brooklyn delegation, welcomed a Chinese diplomat during her first visit to Albany on May 13, showing the foreign dignitary around the capitol and discussing trade and other issues.

Assembly members Peter Abbate, Nicole Malliotakis and Helene Weinstein from Brooklyn, as well as Queens lawmakers Assemblymember David Weprin and state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Bronx Assemblymember Jose Rivera were among the elected officials meeting with Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, the new consul general of the People’s Republic of China.



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