Animal cruelty protests, legal actions continue over Jewish ‘Kapporos’ ritual

Continuing protests and legal action over Kaporos a holiday ritual involving the use of live chickens, practiced by some observant Jewish communities took place in the courts and on the streets over the last few days.

On Eastern Parkway Wednesday morning, near the heart of the Chabad-Lubavitch community, a group called United Poultry Concerns protested the practice, which involves the raising of live chickens over participants’ heads to atone for their sins, then slaughtering the fowl.


Grimm, Recchia battle in first head to head debate

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and his opponent, former Councilmember Domenic Recchia, met for their first head-to-head debate Wednesday morning. While the questions from the audience were provocative, it was the candidates’ questions to each other that generated the most heat.


Fort Hamilton snaps seven-game losing streak, beats New Utrecht

Fort Hamilton quarterback Sharif Legree walked off the field at New Utrecht smiling and shaking his head at the same time.

“We needed this,” said Legree, still shaking his head. “It feels amazing to get all of that pressure off of our [backs]. We still have a long way to go, but this is huge. I hear a lot of people saying, 'What happened to Fort Hamilton? I thought they were supposed to be good.' Well, we're still here — we never left.”


Xaverian’s Hoban Run raises $30,000 for scholarship fund

The memory of a Xaverian High School graduate who died in the line of duty as a police officer more than two decades ago is being kept alive at his old school. The 26th Annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial Run took place in Bay Ridge on Sept. 21, drawing hundreds of runners and their friends for a day of sports, music and fun.

Hoban, a 1980 Xaverian graduate, was shot to death in 1988 while working undercover to arrest drug dealers.


Brooklyn puts it in writing, ‘We support Fort Hamilton troops’

The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton was established in 1825 and has honored many military traditions over the past 189 years. But on Tuesday morning, army brass, Bay Ridge elected officials and civic leaders took part in a relatively new event that the participants said they hope will become a time honored tradition at the military base.


Brooklyn Chamber to kick off Italian Restaurant Week with sneak peek at Il Centro

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its Second Annual Italian Restaurant Week, which will take place Oct. 8 to 15, with a commencement party on Oct. 7 at Il Centro in Bensonhurst. The event will allow for a sneak peek at the Federation of Italian American Organizations' new cultural community center, and participating restaurants will showcase their culinary talents.  Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura will attend the kickoff ceremony.


Carole King sings Recchia’s praises

Domenic Recchia is injecting some star power into his congressional campaign. The Democrat, who is trying to unseat Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, is getting a hand from music legend Carole King.

King, whose 1971 album “Tapestry” is one of the best-selling albums of all time and whose life story is the basis for the hit Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” sent out a fundraising email to Democratic Party members on Recchia’s behalf over the weekend.


Bay Ridge celebrates its biggest weekend of the year

It was Bay Ridge’s biggest weekend of the year, and it gave the neighborhood a chance to roll out the red carpet to show visitors what the community is all about — being a small town in the big city.


Cahill blasts Schneiderman’s job performance as attorney general

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “has utterly failed to restore confidence in state government,” said John Cahill, the man who wants to replace him. Cahill, a former commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is running against Schneiderman for attorney general and blasted the incumbent’s job performance during a recent reporter’s roundtable in Bay Ridge.


Rosanna Scotto chairs benefit for police, fire widows

Fans who enjoy watching of Rosanna Scotto on “Good Day New York” now have even more reason to admire the television host. Scotto, a native of Dyker Heights, will be the honorary chair at the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund’s 29th Annual Gala, to take place at the Waldorf Astoria on Oct. 23.

The event will honor William A. Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, LP.



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