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Pols demand more NYPD patrols on Jewish Sabbath

In the wake of another suspected “knockout” attack on Saturday - this time in Midwood - two lawmakers and a soon-to-be councilman are demanding that the NYPD put more cops on the streets in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods to protect residents.

Jews have been the targets in several of the “knockout” attacks that have taken place in Brooklyn, according to state Sen. Simcha Felder, Councilman David Greenfield and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch.


Garden club makes holidays greener with custom made Christmas baskets

The holiday season is going to look greener in the many households in southern Brooklyn, thanks to the Garden Club of Bay Ridge, which held a Christmas basket-making workshop on Monday, giving members a chance to use their green thumbs to show off their creative sides.

Members gathered in a basement room at Christ Church Bay Ridge on Ridge Boulevard first thing Monday morning and quickly got to work filling wicker baskets with flowers, pine leaves, pine cones, red ribbons and bells.


Bensonhurst church offers live Nativity scene

Why put up a crèche when you can have something closer to the real thing? That’s the thinking of members of the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst, who prefer real live people to wood carved figures of Mary, Joseph and the shepherd boy in their Nativity scene.


Golden hosts Christmas tree lighting events

Two public spaces in Gravesend and Dyker Heights will have beautifully decorated Christmas trees – complete with hundreds of twinkling lights – after this week when ceremonies will take place to celebrate the holiday season.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) will host ceremonies to light Christmas trees in Lady Deborah Moody Square in Gravesend and McKinley Park in Dyker Heights.


Christmas displays put Dyker Heights on tourist map

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been helping businesses in Brooklyn since 1918, but when current president Carlo Scissura took over the group a year and a half ago, he thought it needed a kickstart. One simple thing he did was to change the way the Chamber runs its meetings.

“We used to have these wonderful, but boring mixers,” Scissura said. “So we decided that we were going to change it up a little bit and not just having a boring mixer in the same place every time.


Gentile says Brooklyn Bridge toll plan is DOA

A proposal being put forth by a former city traffic commissioner to put tolls on the Brooklyn Bridge and the other East River crossings is getting a Bronx cheer from the man who will soon be the City Council’s most senior member.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) blasted the proposal from Samuel Schwartz to introduce a tiered system of tolls that would install levies on bridges in heavily congested areas that have viable public transportation options and lower the tolls on bridges in areas where public transportation is poor.


Writer tells how cooking can heal a grieving heart

When Camille Orrichio Loccisano lost her teenage son Francesco to cancer six years ago, she found that her grief followed her into the kitchen. “You never know how a loss like that is going to affect you. With me, I found that I could no longer cook,” she told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Grimm, Recchia spar over Obamacare

The troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act is the latest bone of contention between U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and Councilman Domenic Recchia, the man who plans on running against the congressman next November.

Calling the Obama Administration and progressives “completely misguided” on the health care law, Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) also took a swipe at Recchia, calling his prospective opponent “a phony baloney” who is telling residents what they want to hear, rather than telling them the truth.


New state law protects consumers from check fraud

You open up your credit card statement, look at it, and frown. As if the bill itself isn’t bad enough, inside the envelope is a bunch of blank checks with your name on them and a friendly letter from your bank inviting you to use the checks.

You take these so-called “convenience” checks and throw them in the trash.

But if a thief finds the checks and uses them, are you liable for the costs? Does the credit card company have the right to charge you for the thief’s purchases in your name?


Bay Ridge Democrats revel in perfect record

Justin Brannan should buy himself a lottery ticket! He certainly has a knack for picking winners.

Brannan, president of the Bay Ridge Democrats, an upstart political club in Brooklyn, is riding high these days, looking forward to the inauguration of Bill de Blasio as New York City’s next mayor. Brannan and his club members showed themselves to be clairvoyant, endorsing de Blasio way back in April, long before the public advocate became the front runner in the contest for City Hall.



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