Bay Ridge-born Jimmy Fallon takes over ‘The Tonight Show’

Bay Ridge residents had a special reason to watch Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC Monday night. Fallon is a native son.

The former star of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” was born in Bay Ridge, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that the comedian’s family moved to Saugerties, New York. Fallon grew up in that upstate community.


Fontbonne students make it to finals of National History Bowl

Forget the Super Bowl! Students at one Bay Ridge school will compete for a different kind of championship.

The team from Fontbonne Hall Academy has qualified to compete in the National History Bowl in Washington, D.C. in April. The competition is a high-stakes quiz that tests a student’s knowledge of history.

Students Jennifer Reilly, Michela DeVito, Chloe Ladias and Emily Hirowski shined when they recently completed in a regional qualifying tournament at Lynbrook High School.


Golden wants welfare recipients banned from buying cigarettes and alcohol

New York State residents on public assistance should not be able to use their benefit cards to buy “frivolous” things like cigarettes and liquor, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who is applauding the passage of a bill aimed at cracking down on the recipients by banning certain purchases with taxpayer provided funds.

“For too long, people have abused the welfare system to make unnecessary and frivolous purchases at the expense of not only the taxpayer, but those who rely on these programs to support their families,” Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said.


Greenfield wants bigger signs on Prospect Expressway

The speed limit on the Prospect Expressway is 45 miles per hour but it drops to 30 mph north of Church Avenue. Drivers who don’t see the signs warning of the lower speed limit are often slapped with summonses.

The problem might be that the speed limit signs aren’t big enough for drivers to see, Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Kensington-Bensonhurst) said.


Valentine's Day brings chocolate-dipped treats to Bay Ridge

Love is a many-splendored thing. Especially when it involves chocolate - and strawberries.

Nothing says Valentine's Day like a gift of the succulent heart-shaped berries (nice work, Mother Nature) coated in the best treat in the universe.

At Charles Arnone's Bay Ridge shop Choc Oh Lot Plus, the strawberry-dipping is done on the Big Day itself, so the finished product will be super fresh. Cupid wouldn't want it any other way.

"It's a 35-year tradition," said Arnone, whose Fifth Avenue shop has been in business since 1979.


Storm shut down vulnerable N line Thursday

Because of snowstorm conditions, MTA New York City Transit on Thursday temporarily suspended service on the southbound N line, also known as the Sea Beach Line, between 36th Street and Coney Island.

The service was suspended in order to allow snow blowers to remove accumulated snow and ice from the tracks and the third rail. The N line, which goes through an open cut between 59th Street and Coney Island, is particularly vulnerable to snow and ice.


Tragedy and Miracle: Brooklyn pregnant woman killed by plow, baby delivered

Police say a woman who was nine months pregnant was struck and killed by a private snow plow in Brooklyn, and her baby was in critical but stable condition after an emergency C-section.


De Blasio slammed with criticism for keeping schools open in snowstorm

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina faced a torrent of criticism from elected officials, teachers and others for their decision to keep the public schools open on Thursday as a major snow storm hit the city.

“It’s like a blizzard out there today. The city has got it totally wrong. It was a misguided decision,” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Malliotakis helps college students Connect2Politics

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) will be traveling south, not to escape the cold winter weather of New York, but to be a guest lecturer at Duke University in North Carolina on Feb. 18.

Malliotakis, 33, who is considered a rising star in the Republican Party by party leaders, has been invited to speak at the university’s Connect2Politics series, in which elected officials and other government workers are asked to share their experiences with students and encourage young people to become politically active in their communities.


Three high schools to compete in BROOKLYN SINGS competition

A grand show business tradition of Brooklyn high schools is getting a new twist.

SING!, the school talent show that pits students from the same school against each other, is for the first time going to feature a three-school rivalry.

Students from Madison, Midwood and Edward R. Murrow high schools will take part in an inter-school Sing competition. The Sing event, which is being called BROOKLYN SINGS, will take place on Saturday, March 8, at Edward R. Murrow High School, starting at 6 p.m.



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