ASPCA tells how to keep pets safe in blizzard

If a blizzard is bad for us humans, imagine how your pet pooch feels! The ASPCA is urging pet owners to take special precautions during and after Winter Storm Juno.

The ASPCA has issued a list of tips on how pet owners should handle the snow storm.

Here are the highlights:


Winter Storm Juno has Brooklyn jumping

Officials in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Coney Island and other Brooklyn communities didn’t wait for Juno to make her appearance to start preparing for the monster winter storm.

Even before the first snowflakes hit the ground, storm preparations began.

Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) officials monitored the weather reports carefully and made the decision Sunday night to postpone the board’s monthly meeting that had been scheduled for Monday night at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road in Bay Ridge.


Pols push Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll discount plan

In the wake of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority move to increase bridge and tunnel tolls and bus and subway fares, two Bay Ridge elected officials are renewing their call for Brooklyn residents to receive a discount on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll.


Barry Club tests students’ knowledge of Revolutionary War hero

College students can win prizes for their knowledge of the Revolutionary War and Irish history by entering a contest sponsored by the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, Inc.

The club promotes the legacy of Commodore John Barry, the Irish immigrant who fought in the Revolutionary War and is considered by many to be the father of the U.S. Navy. The club is soliciting submissions from college undergraduates for its contest.


College basketball stars help kids with cancer

Children with cancer will be getting expert advice on how to improve their basketball skills at a special sports clinic taking place Jan. 25 in Bay Ridge.

Members of the men’s basketball teams from Saint Francis College and Mount Saint Vincent College will be participating in the Fourth Annual “Swish for Kids Basketball Classic,” a sports clinic which will to take place at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 9511 Fourth Ave. on Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.

“Swish for Kids,” is sponsored by the Saint Ephrem Basketball/Youth Program with support from Investors Bank.


Lockdown at Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School cancelled after knife mix-up

Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School was placed on lockdown on Wednesday afternoon as police followed up on a report of three black males armed with knives.

The report turned out to be in error, a police spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle.

The person making the report "didn't recognize the individuals were students," she said.

Nothing criminal was going on, she emphasized. The students may have had "a pair of scissors, and they thought it was knives," she said. 


St. Patrick’s Parade Committee to host meet & greet

The committee organizing the Bay Ridge Saint Patrick Parade isn’t waiting until the day of the parade to stir up excitement over the big march.

There is a whole host of pre-parade activities planned between now and March 22, when the parade takes place on Third Avenue.

First up is a meet and greet cocktail reception hosted by Parade President Frankie Marra and the committee on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Greenhouse Café, 7717 Third Ave., starting at 4 p.m.


Gentile pushed council to fund bulletproof vests for cops

Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who led a drive back in 2006 to secure funding to outfit 18,000 New York City cops with new bulletproof vests, praised a proposal announced last week by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to replace the vests with new ones.


Bay Ridge business owners like Cuomo’s tax cut proposal

Owners of small, mom and pop-type businesses in Bay Ridge expressed cautious optimism about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new proposal to lower their taxes.


Golden predicts Albany session to be packed with action

Public safety, jobs and transportation are the top items on state Sen. Marty Golden’s plate now that the state legislature’s new session is under way.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), the only Republican state senator in Brooklyn, predicted that the legislative session in Albany will have plenty of action. “I think we’re going to be doing a lot,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Topping Golden’s list of priorities is public safety.



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