FDA mulls ban on ‘torture’ in boarding schools

The federal Food and Drug Administration is considering imposing a ban on “aversive conditioning” techniques, including shock treatments, in boarding schools for developmentally disabled students, a move that won praise from Councilman Vincent Gentile, who has been speaking out against the disturbing practice for more than a decade.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) submitted written testimony to the FDA ahead of a Thursday meeting an agency committee is holding to discuss the practice.


Business advocate disputes New York's ‘rosy’ economic forecast

Take one at the new television commercial touting New York State’s positive business climate, a spot that boasts about corporations moving here that don’t have to pay taxes for 10 years and you’ll think the economy is on the upswing, said Mike Durant, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“The commercial says, ‘It’s a new New York.’ And ‘New York is open for business.’ It’s not true,” Durant bluntly told members of the Merchants of Third Avenue in Bay Ridge on Tuesday.


Writer chronicles year spent living like Martha Stewart

In January 2012, New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster announced to her husband that she was embarking on a unique one-year mission: to live her life according to the dictates of Martha Stewart. Lancaster was in a funk after a particularly rough year and recognized she was in need of her own version of “The Happiness Project.” A longtime Martha Stewart fan, Lancaster immersed herself in Martha’s media empire, taking herself, her husband, her pets and her house along for the ride.


Don’t throw out old pills!

Don’t toss those old, outdated prescription pills in the trash!

In an effort to keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) started National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to encourage residents to bring their outdated medications to a safe place, such as a police station, instead of putting them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet.

The Eighth Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 26.


Malliotakis says State Legislature wastes too much paper

They have to kill a lot of trees to make laws in Albany.

On Earth Day, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) charged that the State Legislature wastes excessive amounts of paper by having all pieces of proposed legislation printed and distributed to all members of the state senate and assembly.


Harbor Fitness conducts workouts for autistic kids

Harbor Fitness, a company that operates health clubs in Bay Ridge and other Brooklyn neighborhoods, is opening its doors to a group of autistic children for a special workout on April 23.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Harbor Fitness is holding a special fitness class for 12 children from The HeartShare School, a school for special needs kids in Bath Beach. The school is sponsored by HeartShare Human Services of New York, the non-profit social services agency based in downtown Brooklyn.


Bay Ridge singers hope to bring 'Rhapsody' to crowds at fundraiser

The Rhapsody Players, the popular Bay Ridge-based singing group that performs the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s, will be harmonizing for a good cause – to help kids get a foothold in the theater.


Shred old documents for free at Golden’s office

Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean washing the windows and painting the living room. It can also mean opening that desk drawer, sorting through that mountain-high pile of old papers inside and throwing them out.

To help you in your effort to get a fresh start this spring, state Sen. Martin Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) is hosting simultaneous shredding events on Saturday, April 26, at his two district offices, 7408 Fifth Ave. and 3604 Quentin Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Photographer’s images of natural wonders captivate crowds at gallery

The majesty and mystery of Mother Nature have been captured by the camera of Dyker Heights photographer Robert DeSantos, whose work is currently in display at Baboo Gallery in Chelsea.

DeSantos, an up-and-coming photographer still in his 20s, has four photos in the exhibition that opened April 10 at the Baboo Gallery at 37 West 20th St. and is running for the next four weeks. He is one of a handful of talented photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition. It marks the first public showing of his photographs.


St. Patrick’s Easter Hat Parade brings out kids’ creativity

Students at St. Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge got a jump on the Easter holiday by creating their own bonnets for the school’s annual Easter Hat Parade.

A fun twist on traditional Easter bonnets, these hats, custom-made by the students, featured all sorts of decorations, some edible! Some students put eggs and marshmallow peeps on their hats. Others decorated their hats with flashing lights, replicas of St. Patrick Church, stuffed bunnies and just about anything else they could think of to fit on top of their heads.



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