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.”


Task force strives for unity in Bay Ridge in response to intolerance

In the wake of a series of troubling anti-Muslim incidents in Brooklyn, a task force made up of religious, business and community leaders in Bay Ridge has decided to hold its annual breakfast event at a mosque as a sign of solidarity, the group’s leader said.

The Rev. Khader El-Yateem, chairman of the Bay Ridge Unity Task Force, said the organization is making a statement of support for the Muslim community. The annual breakfast will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Beit Elmaqdis Islamic Center at 6206 Sixth Ave., at 9 a.m.


Bay Ridge Democrats hope their party’s convention is Brooklyn-bound

It’s not just the big shots in the city’s Democratic Party that want the 2016 Democratic National Convention to take place at the Barclays Center. The party’s loyal foot soldiers want it too.

“I’m looking forward to riding the newly reinstated B37 from Bay Ridge right down to the Barclays Center and nominating the next president of the United States," said Justin Brannan, president of the Bay Ridge Democrats.


Cancer groups want Empire State Building to pay tribute to kids

An effort to use the Empire State Building to honor courageous children with cancer is gaining support from a wide variety of Brooklyn groups and health advocates after the building’s managers did not adhere to requests to authorize the tribute.

Advocates from across the country have requested that the New York landmark be lit in gold in tribute to kids with cancer at least some days in September. It would be part of a nationwide effort to have famous buildings lit up in gold for the kids.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.


Rescue Me: Prospect Park South's 80 Rugby Road, scorched by fire

Fire. Foreclosure. Eviction.

Awful afflictions, all of them.

They have left their mark on prime properties in sought-after Brooklyn neighborhoods, a stamp still visible in certain spots though our post-recession real estate markets get more prosperous by the minute.

Here is one such building which seems like it has “Rescue Me” written all over it.

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Nadler introduces resolution condemning anti-Semitism in Europe

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a democrat whose district includes Brooklyn neighborhoods, introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, condemning the growing anti-Semitism abroad. 


Pols add more free yoga lessons in Shore Road Park

Bay Ridge is becoming a yoga lover’s paradise!

A series of free yoga classes offered in Shore Road Park has drawn such enthusiastic crowds that the sponsors, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis and state Sen. Marty Golden, have announced that they are adding two more dates to the schedule.


Cops nab suspect in anti-Muslim incident outside Bay Ridge mosque

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a frightening anti-Muslim incident that took place outside a Bay Ridge mosque during a Ramadan prayer service, police said.

Chaim Weiss, 19, who lives in Borough Park, was arrested on Aug. 6 and charged in connection with the disturbing incident in which he allegedly drove up to the front of the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge at 6807 Fifth Ave., in a car festooned with Israeli flags and blared Hebrew music over a loudspeaker while Muslim worshipers were inside reciting prayers for Ramadan.



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