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Fort Hamilton has civilians in its corner

The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton is a military installation, but it has plenty of civilians willing to fight for it.

Ten years ago, at the behest of then-Congressman Vito Fossella and state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), a group of business and civic leaders from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst came together to form the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee to fight any effort by the U.S. Department of Defense to close the military base.


Photo: Bay Ridge Lawyers Association walks for charity

Members of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association and their families marched in the Light the Night Walk in Staten Island on Saturday. The group helped to raise $1,700 to help fight leukemia and lymphoma. Lawyers who walked: Lisa Becker, Laura Messiana and Stephen D. Chiaino.


Excitement builds for Ragamuffin Parade, Third Ave. Festival

Bay Ridge is getting ready for its biggest weekend of the year, when it welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood for a parade and a street fair that are sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces.

The 48 hours of fun gets underway with the 49th annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 1 p.m. The parade, which features children in homemade Halloween costumes, runs along Third Avenue from 76th Street to 92nd Street.


Alicia Keys helps Murrow HS launch music tech program

Alicia Keys is helping to give Brooklyn students the “keys” to success…as in musical keys.

The music superstar donated money to help Edward R. Murrow High School launch a new music technology program and then showed up at the school on Friday to sing with students.

Her appearance came as a surprise to most of the students.

It was all part of a special show that took place at the school, at 1600 Avenue L in Midwood, to announce “Music x Technology,” a program in music, sound and audio technology that will become available to students starting in February.


From Beirut to Bay Ridge

When John Abi-Habib was a boy growing up in Lebanon, he would always know when it was time to go to church on Sundays. The Abi-Habib family lived in a mountain outside of Beirut and John and his siblings would listen to hear the church bells coming from Mar Abda Church.

The bells signaled that it was time for Mass. “The church bells would ring and we would walk to church,” Abi-Habib told the Brooklyn Eagle in a recent interview at Mocha Coffee, a café in Bay Ridge.


Howard Dunn helped Bay Ridge show its patriotism

Howard Dunn, a World War II veteran who became famous in Bay Ridge for his dedication to veterans’ causes and his patriotic and painstaking efforts to plant hundreds of American flags on sidewalks throughout the neighborhood, died on Sept. 25 after a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Dunn served in the U.S. Navy from March of 1944 to April of 1946.


Gentile on the mend following surgery on both knees

Councilmember Vincent Gentile will have quite a tale to tell if he is asked how he spent his summer vacation.

The Bay Ridge lawmaker underwent a double knee replacement in July and is currently undergoing physical therapy at an NYU Lutheran facility located in the basement of Shore Hill, a senior citizens apartment house on Shore Road.

“I’m getting used to my two new knees,” Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) told Community Board 10 Monday night.


Gentile to host carnival on 69th Street Pier

The 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge will be the site of a carnival on Saturday designed to give New Yorkers the chance to enjoy the spectacular waterfront while the weather is still warm.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the Waterfront Alliance are teaming up to co-host the Sailors Carnival on the Pier.

The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 on the pier from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The activities will include miniature golf featuring maritime obstacles, arts and crafts and more, according to Gentile.


Adelphi Academy marks 50 years in Bay Ridge

Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s 153rd academic year is shaping up to be extra special, as the historic private school is also marking its 50th year in Bay Ridge.

Adelphi was founded in 1863 and was located for more than 100 years in Downtown Brooklyn. But 50 years ago, the school opened its current campus on a hilltop at 8515 Ridge Blvd.

Students in all grade levels gathered in the academy’s John Lockwood Auditorium Theatre on Sept. 10 for the first day of the new academic year.


Donovan displays independent streak in Congress

U.S. Rep. Daniel Donovan has been in Congress for only four months but he has had quite an eventful time as a freshman lawmaker.



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