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You don’t have to be Irish to love Bay Ridge St. Patrick Day Parade

Irish eyes were certainly smiling on Bay Ridge’s Third Avenue on Sunday, as the neighborhood celebrated the spirit of Saint Patrick and saluted the Emerald Isle in grand style.

But Irish eyes weren’t the only ones smiling at the 22nd Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Spectators, who eagerly lined the route along Third Avenue from Marine Avenue to 67th Street, were treated to a variety of memorable sights and sounds, bagpipe bands, high school marching bands, Irish step dancers and colorful floats.


Congress candidates open their Brooklyn campaign headquarters

Gearing up for a special election that is less than two months away, congressional candidates Daniel Donovan and Vincent Gentile both opened their Brooklyn campaign headquarters over the weekend as each man sought to get a foothold in the borough.

Gentile, a Democrat, went first, opening his campaign office at the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club at 7321 15th Ave. in Bensonhurst in a building owned by 7321 15 Avenue LLC on Saturday morning.


Bodies of siblings killed in Midwood fire arrive in Israel

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel— The bodies of seven ultra-Orthodox Jewish siblings who died in the most fatal New York house fire in years arrived Monday in Israel for burial.

The bodies of the children from the Sassoon family, ages 5 to 16, were flown into Israel's international airport and whisked away by police escort in a convoy of cars toward a Jerusalem cemetery.


Schumer relives his days at James Madison HS

Schumer Relives His Days At James Madison HS

New York’s powerful senior senator was once a teenager who took a job cranking up a mimeograph machine for one of his favorite teachers to earn a couple of extra bucks.


‘Little Shop’ a big hit at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn

Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s John Lockwood Auditorium was transformed into Mushnik’s Skid Row Flower Shop and served as home to a giant, bloodthirsty, alien plant named Audrey II as the school recently presented the hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”


New York’s First Lady visits VA to encourage veterans

New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, who has made it her mission during her husband’s mayoralty to speak out on mental health issues, paid a visit to the Veteran Administration’s New York Harbor Healthcare System in Bay Ridge on Thursday to congratulate veterans taking part in an art therapy program there.

McCray’s visit to the veterans hospital at 800 Poly Place was part of #ShattertheStigma, her five-borough effort aimed at drawing attention to mental health issues and highlighting successful treatment programs helping patients.


Bay Ridge Community Council to host congressional debate

Most of the action in the special election for Republican Michael Grimm’s congressional seat is taking place on Staten Island, but Brooklyn voters will get their chance to see the main two candidates up close when the Bay Ridge Community Council holds a debate later this month.

Both Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who is the Republican candidate, have been invited to the debate, according to leaders of the Bay Ridge Community Council.


Graffiti, pothole complaints keep Bay Ridge board busy

What’s on the minds of Bay Ridge residents these days? Community Board 10 officials can offer a clue based on the number of phone calls they receive from people complaining about quality of life issues.

Potholes, graffiti, illegally parked trucks and trash on the streets top the list of complaints from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights residents contacting the community board, District Manager Josephine Beckmann told members at the board’s March 16 meeting. The board serves both neighborhoods.


Assembly’s GOP members vow to continue reform fight

Republicans in the New York State Assembly, who are outnumbered by Democrats 105-44, are also outgunned when it comes to trying to make major changes in how the legislative chamber operates.

The Democratic majority recently voted down legislation the Republicans were promoting to reform the State Legislature. The GOP bill contained 17 proposals, including term limits for assembly speaker and other top lawmakers.


De Blasio seeking sites for more pre-K classes

With the demand for pre-kindergarten classes in New York City schools running high, as evidenced by the fact that 21,938 families applied for seats on Monday, the first day of registration in the second phase of universal pre-K, the de Blasio Administration is actively trying to locate potential sites, according to one official.



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