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Heights resident’s volunteer project helps bring clean water to impoverished Honduras

Brooklyn Heights
In the middle of April, I left Brooklyn to volunteer with 19 Rotarians to endure exhausting physical labor in the mountains of Honduras, in conjunction with “Pure Water for the World” a non-profit organization. … Full Article

Don’t Do It! Communities slam R-Train tunnel closing

Brooklyn Boro
While recognizing the necessity for repairs, community leaders from Bay Ridge to Gowanus on Wednesday were dismayed about news that the Montague Street Tunnel, which carries the R train from Brooklyn Heights to Lower Manhattan, will be closed for up to 14 months starting this August. … Full Article

Grimm hails TSA’s policy reversal on airplane knives

Bay Ridge
“Today, our calls to keep knives off planes have been heard!” said US Rep. Michael Grimm, reacting to a decision by the federal Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to reverse its policy of knives on airplanes. … Full Article

Israel Day Parade features NY mayoral candidates

New York City
There was a sea of white and blue along New York's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the Israel Day Parade, which this year once again included former congressman Anthony Weiner. … Full Article

MTA KOs Montague tunnel: Sandy made us do it

Brooklyn Boro
The Montague Street subway tunnel, heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy, will be closed for long-term repairs beginning in the summer, the MTA will announce today. … Full Article

Getting a passport in Brooklyn just got a lot easier

Prospect Heights
Getting a passport can be a drag, but Brooklyn Public Library is making it much easier with an expanded passport center at the Central Library in Prospect Heights. … Full Article

OY! 100 Flatbush Yeshiva students ejected from NYC to Atlanta flight

Flatbush
 A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off an AirTran flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones. … Full Article

Clothing donation bins don’t bring out charitable feelings, officials say

Bay Ridge
Good intentions can have messy consequences, according to officials at two community boards in southern Brooklyn, who said that large metal bins placed on public sidewalks to accept clothing donations are not bringing out the charitable side of residents. … Full Article

Help is on the way for disintegrating Kosciuszko Bridge

Greenpoint
The Kosciuszko Bridge is crumbling, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce says the state’s move to accelerate a massive repair project is vital to Brooklyn’s economic growth. Groundbreaking on the new bridge has been moved up to the fall, a full 18 months earlier than originally planned.  … Full Article

New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg dead at age 89

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and the last World War II veteran remaining in the Senate, has died at age 89. … Full Article

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