Bay Ridge pols say city’s water rate hike proposal is all wet

Bay Ridge elected officials from both sides of the aisle are busy pouring cold water on a proposal to raise the city’s water and sewer rates.


Senior center buys a van thanks to $65,000 state grant

Members of the Bay Ridge Center have got a brand new set of hot wheels.

Thanks to a $65,000 grant from New York State obtained by state Sen. Marty Golden, the center, a program serving senior citizens, was able to buy a new wheelchair accessible van to transport its less mobile members to doctors’ appointments, shopping excursion, and to and from home.

The new van was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place in from of the center on Ovington Avenue on Thursday.

The van isn’t a luxury, according to Golden and the center’s administrators.


Bay Ridge Jewish Center draws young families into the faith

Bay Ridge is becoming known in Brooklyn for its large and rapidly growing population of Arab-Americans, many of whom live near busy Fifth Avenue, where they shop in halal meat markets and buy clothing in boutiques catering to a Middle Eastern clientele.

But one block away, on Fourth Avenue, a small but vibrant synagogue is home to the neighborhood’s small but faithful Jewish community.


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.



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