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Calls increase for name change at Fort Hamilton

A movement to convince the U.S. Army to change the name of a street located on the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton that honors Confederate general Robert E. Lee appears to be gaining momentum as Brooklyn elected officials are speaking out on the controversy.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is the latest public official to call for a name change.


Brooklyn parks come alive with music this summer

“The hills are alive with the sound of music,” Julie Andrews sang in the classic movie “The Sound of Music.” But in Brooklyn, it’s not just the hills that are alive with music — the parks are, too.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, is presenting a series of summer concerts in parks in his senate district in July and August.


St. Patrick Catholic Academy Honors Class of 2015

Eighth-graders at St. Patrick Catholic Academy celebrated their graduation on Friday, June 12 with a special mass and brunch in the morning and a commencement ceremony later that evening. There was plenty to celebrate, as the Class of 2015 was awarded a total of $600,000 in scholarships to local high schools. 


Brooklyn man sentenced to 35 years for 2014 New Year’s Day Flatbush shooting

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced on Friday that a 31-year-old Brownsville man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted earlier this month of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault for opening fire outside a Flatbush nightclub on Jan. 1, 2014, firing nine shots and striking two victims.
“This defendant could have easily killed someone when he opened fire outside that nightclub,” said Thompson.


Bay Ridge lawmakers say rent law needed tweaking

State Assembly members representing Bay Ridge all voted in favor of legislation extending New York City’s rent control law and each pointed to what they said are positive changes in the legislation that will help tenants and homeowners.

The State Legislature approved the rent law extension in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session on Thursday.


Bay Ridge Lawyers send off President Becker at annual dinner

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association hosted its 61st annual dinner dance to mark the end of its year and to honor its outgoing President Lisa Becker at the Vanderbilt South Beach in Staten Island on Wednesday night.


Bishop Kearney HS dinner celebrates student athletes

Student athletes were the stars of the night at Bishop Kearney High School’s Annual Sports Awards Dinner, as parents, coaches and members of the school’s administration came together to congratulate all those who took part in the sports activities this year.

Awards were handed out to several Bishop Kearney students, including many girls from Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Marine Park. The dinner took place earlier this month at the Rex Manor, a catering hall in Dyker Heights.


Schumer joins fight to save VA hospital surgical unit

A controversial plan by Veterans Administration New York Harbor Healthcare to close a 25-bed surgical unit at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center has drawn the ire of New York’s senior senator.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reverse the decision to close the 12W medical surgical unit. Schumer charged that the closure of the in-patient unit will pose a considerable inconvenience and diminution in health care to the veteran community in Brooklyn, Staten Island and beyond.


St. Patrick Parade committee awards $10,000 in scholarships

The Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee does more than just put together a parade every March.

Under the leadership of President Frankie Marra, the committee has expanded its longstanding mission of promoting the cultural contributions that Irish-Americans have made to Bay Ridge. The committee is now also promoting Catholic education as a way of honoring St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.


P.S. 127 dance festival celebrates Disney

The 19th Annual Dance Festival at P.S. 127 in Bay Ridge had an international flavor, as students from all grades performed dances from countries all over the world for a large crowd of teachers and parents who applauded their every move.

The dance festival, which took place in the school yard at P.S. 127, 7805 Seventh Ave. on a recent Tuesday, also paid tribute to the late Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and such classic movies as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Bambi” and “Mary Poppins.”

The theme of the dance festival was “The Wonderful World of Disney.”



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