Generally Speaking: Brooklyn beauty queen crowns Miss New York twice!

September 19, 2013 Theodore W. General
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Reigning Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan had the rare and perhaps historic opportunity of crowning a back-to-back Miss New York, in Atlantic City and before that at the St. George Theater in Staten Island, when the new Miss America Nina Davulurifrom Syracuse won the Empire State crown.

Prior to garnering her New York pageant win, Hagan — a resident of Windsor Terrace –had the title of, Miss Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, Mallory’s reign as Miss America was cut short by three monthswhen the Miss America pageant was moved back to Atlantic City from Las Vegas, and the date of the annual pageant moved up to September 15.

The last time we saw Hagan was in the Barclays Centerin downtown Brooklyn where she was introduced at Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s final state of the borough address.

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Two area groups are moving forward with plans to hold political debates.First up is the Bay Ridge Council on Aging debate on Wednesday morning, October 2, at the Fort Hamilton Senior Citizens’ Center, 100th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway.

Candidates invited to participate are: for Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams and Elias J. Weir; for city councilmember in the 43rd Council District, Vincent GentileJohn Quaglione and Patrick Dwyer. Gentile is the current incumbent.

Next on tap is the political debate sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council, on Tuesday, October 22, at 8 p.m., in the auditorium of the Holy Angels Academy on 73rd Street near Fourth Avenue.

According to Alex ContiPeter Scarpa * * *

This coming Saturday at 1 p.m., the Ragamuffin Parade organization headed by Colleen Golden is holding its annual fundraising luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The parade group is also celebrating its 47th year of hosting thefun-loving, colorful, pre-Halloween kiddy parade.

As we have mentioned here before, parades like the Ragamuffin Parade, where every kid gets a free gift, shiny new bikes are offered to the top winners and there are noentry fees,have become very expensive.Please send a donation or buy a ticket to attend the Ragamuffin Luncheon.

The honorees this year are Grand Marshal Karina CostantinoFrankie Marra.Luncheon admission is $65 per person. Contributions may be sent to 85 80th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

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Our hearty congratulations toMonsignor Kieran HarringtonNicholas Di Marzio, as the new rector of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral on PacificStreet. In addition, Harrington serves as the Diocese’s director of communications and co-publisher of the Diocesan newspaper, The Tablet.

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We were on hand as Matthew Scarpa debuted his new book, titled Bay Ridge, at the Bookmark Shoppeon Third Avenue.Scarpa alsoprojected several of the postcardsfrom his book, and offered a collation of free wine and crackers at the book signing.

The tome is nowone of the featured books in the postcard history series published by the Arcadia Publishing Company.The book is available at the Bookmark Shoppe or by mail via its website

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We were very proud and deeply movedto see my wife, JanetMarty Golden. Her team, known as CERT1NYC, covers Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, and was founded shortly after 9/11.


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