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From being thrown out of kindergarten to composing ‘Ave Maria’

Pianist, vocalist, composer and author Roger Rossi, whose real name is Roger Rossito, grew up in Bay Ridge, although he now lives in Palm Beach with his longtime wife Sally (“Sal”). 

And during his life as a bandleader and musician performing in nightclubs and high-end hotels around the country — particularly in Florida — he has rubbed elbows with some of the 20th century's greatest musicians, entertainers and sports figures.


Boody principal calls new anti-bullying device ‘a win-win’

When Dominick D’Angelo became the principal of David A. Boody Intermediate School eight years ago, one of the key decisions he made was to confront the school’s problems head-on and not to sweep them under the rug.

At the time D’Angelo arrived, Boody had several problems, including a situation with bullying. The issue was so intense that parents didn’t want to enroll their children there, the principal admitted. “Boody was a school that nobody wanted to come to,” he candidly told the Brooklyn Eagle in a phone interview on Wednesday.


Brown & Gold Day fosters pride at Adelphi Academy

The halls of Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn were a sea of brown and gold on a recent Friday, as students and teachers at the Bay Ridge private school came to class dressed in the academy’s official colors in a unified display of school spirit.
Students of every grade level, from Adelphi’s Little Schoolers (a program for 2-year-olds) to the academy’s senior class were encouraged to come to school dressed in official Adelphi gear.


Congressional candidates speak out on U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

Tehran is a long way from Bay Ridge, but the delicate negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over nuclear weapons has become a hot topic in a local congressional race.

Republican Dan Donovan, Democrat Vincent Gentile and Green Party candidate James Lane are all speaking out about the framework for a deal reached between Iran and the U.S. and its allies that could lead to an agreement that would convince Iran to give up its program to build a bomb in favor of the West lifting of crippling economic sanctions.


Bay Ridge family raising funds for homeless child with cancer

A Bay Ridge husband and wife who are dealing with the stress of having a young daughter with leukemia are opening their hearts to help another family struggling to cope with the devastating illness.


Christian Orthodox pastor leads Xaverian students in prayer

Xaverian High School was originally founded in 1957 as a Catholic educational institution for boys, but the Bay Ridge school actually has a diverse population that includes students who are Christian Orthodox.

For over 30 years, the Very Rev. Eugene N. Pappas, a renowned ecumenist, educator, missionary and social activist and pastor at Three Hierarchs Church in Brooklyn, has served as Xaverian’s Orthodox Theological Ministry instructor.


Art on the Corner presents an evening of ‘Crime Jazz’

“Crime Jazz” sounds like a music category like “Gangsta Rap” but it’s actually the name of a unique show that will be presented in Bay Ridge this month featuring music associated with crime and criminals.

The show is being presented by Art on the Corner, the arts program at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., on Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m. The concert will take place in the Soul Café, a venue located in the church building.


Bay Ridge activist leads NYC to DC March2Justice

Brooklyn is expected to have a strong presence at a planned protest march that will take demonstrators from New York City all the way to Washington D.C. on foot.

Linda Sarsour, executive director of the non-profit organization Arab American Association of New York, is the co-chairman of the March2Justice, a multi-day protest set to start on Monday, April 13 in which participants will walk from New York to Washington D.C. to deliver a “Justice Package,” a set of proposed law changes, to members of congress. The Arab American Association is headquartered in Bay Ridge.


American Legion band to perform at historic church

Veteran conductor Irwin Meyer will lead the Kings County American Legion Headquarters Band in a free concert at the historic New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst later this month.

The concert will take place on Sunday, April 26, in the Parish House, a late 19th Century building located on the grounds of the church at 1827 84th St. at 2:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, a group that works to promote the history of the church and the surrounding community.


Bensonhurst school uses smart phones to combat bullies

At David Boody Intermediate School, students and teachers are using smart phones for a lot more than just texting and checking emails.

Boody is one of a handful of schools using Bridg-it School, a new program aimed at reducing incidents of bullying with the help of technology.

Invented by a Manhattan-based company called Bridg-it, Bridg-it School is an online program that allows students, teachers, parents and administrators to securely file a confidential report in less than one minute from anywhere at anytime.



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