Generally Speaking: New School to host first Council Meeting

June 6, 2014 Theodore W. General
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Community Education Council 20, which is headed by Laurie WindsorIt will also be an opportunity for parents from other schools to see the interior of the district’s newest school that was built on the former site of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church (aka the Green Church).

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What an absolute terrific turnout for the street co-naming ceremonies in honor of the late, great Tom Kane.The block that Kane grew up on 88th street near Colonial Road was formally dedicated Tom Kane Way and was even blessed by Reverend Gerard SauerA host of dignitaries were on hand to join Kane’s family, friends and associates on this auspicious occasion. City Councilmember Vinnie Gentile — who ensured the full Council approved the co-naming, wrote in the program, A lifelong Bay Ridge resident, Tom’s tremendous contributions and achievements left an indelible mark on the community he loved so much.

Close friend Frankie Marra sang and played Forever Young by Bob Dylan.Kane was a big, big Dylan fan!

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Among the marching groups in the recent 147th annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade was the Society of Old Brookynites.The civic organization has been marching in every Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade since its founding in 1880.Its first march was led by former Brooklyn Mayor John Ward HunterRonald Schweiger.

On Sunday, June 22, at 12:30 p.m., the society will be celebrating its 134th anniversary at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The keynoter for the occasion will be society member and New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack who will be talking about the history of the Boy Scouts, prominent Eagle Scouts, and since he was a former attorney for Major League Baseball, a few hits, runs and strikes.

Also on the program will be former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz discussing his new role as vice president of borough promotion and engagement for NYC and Co.

The event is open to the public.Reservations are only $46 which includes a full sit-down dinner.Contact Sherman Silverman at 718-748-3165 or send him a check payable to the Society of Old Brooklynites, 340 Marine Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

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Former Science Assistant Principal and a past Bay Ridge Community Council President, Tom Greene was back at Denyse Wharf and the adjoining small beach under the shadow of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for his group’s 25th Bi-Annual Wharf and Beach Cleanup. This year, he was joined by 75 high school and grade school volunteers.

Greene continues to press efforts to establish a Marine Environmental Science Lab at the site. He is also currently a professor at Kingsborough College.

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The Kings County Republican Party is holding its 2014 Lincoln Day Reception and Dinner on Sunday, June 22, from noon to 3 p.m., at Gargiulo’s in Coney Island. Among the honored guests will be Westchester County Executive Rob AstorinoHe has been tapped as the county’s “Man of the Year.” Other honorees include former GOP Assembly Candidate Tom McCarthy as “Counselor of the Year,” past City Council candidate and President of the Brooklyn Young Republicans Russell Gallo as “Young Republican of the Year,” plus the following ladies, as “Women of the Year” Phyllis CarboFrancenia HallJoan Braunstein and Mary John.

Tickets are $200 a pop and available at


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