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December, 2012

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Kids rock Kings Plaza for Christmas

Pint-sized performers from PS 361 received a standing ovation for their show at the Avenue U shopping center on Dec. 19. Comment.
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Police and firefighters honored with annual Appreciation Lunch

The Russian-American Be Proud Foundation and the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District thanked and honored police and firefighters at their seventh-annual Appreciation Lunch on Dec. 13. Comments (1).
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Gravesend lights up for Christmas!

Gravesend residents came out to celebrate the Christmas season with a tree lighting in Lady Moody Square. See our slideshow for all the festive fun. Comment.

November, 2012

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Crossing the aisle — Democrat, Conservative bigs join forces for hurricane fund-raiser

Bay Ridge red and blue leaders joined forces to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims. Comment.
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Monster mash! Kids have creepy fun at Sandy-delayed Halloween walks

Ridge and Dyker tots were treated to two Halloween events as Brooklyn rebounded from Hurricane Sandy. See the slideshow for all the spooky fun. Comment.
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Royal beauty bright! Politico cranks up Christmas display

Frank Seddio carried on his traditional holiday light display for the 26th time on Dec. 9 — complete with perennial favorites and new adornments. See our slideshow for all the well-lit fun. Comment.

October, 2012

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PS 115 revels in the fall

Kids, parents, and teachers had a great time celebrating all things fall at the school’s first Fall Festival. See all the fun in our slideshow. Comments (3).
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Pick a pumpkin: PS 130’s fall fest is a blast for families, kids and pumpkin lovers

Think you could guess the weight of a giant pumpkin? Comment.
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Kaiser Park becomes underwater wonderland

Students in the Coastal Classrooms program at John Dewey High School celebrated the inaugural and very-successful launch of their robotic submarine on Oct. 20. Comments (1).
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Fight breast cancer — in style

Women flocked to Third Avenue’s Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon to lace their hair with pink extensions — proceeds of which went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Comment.
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Singing senior wows judges

Seniors belted it out at Xaverian High School on Saturday in hopes of being dubbed Senior Idol. For all the performances, see our slideshow. Comment.
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Dynamite time!: Walkers raise awareness for youth treatment center

Families and friends didn’t let harsh weather stop them from walking in the 15th annual Dynamite Youth Walk-a-thon in Bay Ridge on Sunday. Comment.
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Costumed canines compete for best dressed

Bay Ridge’s pooches came out in their finest Halloween costumes for the annual Canine Costume Contest at the Narrows Botanical Gardens’ Harvest Festival on Sunday. For all the fall festivities, see our slideshow. Comment.
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Tasters choice in Sheepshead Bay

Foodies come out to get a “Taste of Sheepshead Bay.” Comment.

August, 2012

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Ridge runs to remember

Hundreds came out on Saturday to remember the soldiers who died protecting our country during the annual Run for the Fallen event. See our slideshow for all the action. Comment.

July, 2012

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Summer Stroll strolls on despite rainy weather

Merchants and pedestrians braved the rain for the first-ever Third Avenue Summer Stroll on Friday. See the fun in our slideshow. Comment.
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Funds — and roof — raised at Salty Dog

Ridgites united at the Salty Dog Bar and Grill to raise funds for families displaced by a massive fire last month. Comments (1).

June, 2012

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Midwood held its annual Mardi Gras on Avenue M on Sunday, treating families to live entertainment, shopping, and rides. See all the fun in our slideshow. Comment.
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CNG’s ‘Women of Distinction’ gala makes a big splash at the NY Aquarium

We can’t stop singing their praises. Comments (2).
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Students show off LEGO chops at PS 188

Students at the Coney Island school put their construction skills to the test during a fun — and educational — event on June 23. See their masterpieces in our slideshow. Comment.
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Come for the food, stay for the facts

Kids and families were treated to the Family Fun Festival on June 16, where they took part in good food, games, and some facts on helpful services. Comment.
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Berry binge in Ditmas Park

Hungry kids and adults sunk their faces into heaping piles of strawberry shortcake at the Cortelyou Greenmarket on Sunday in hopes of being crowned Brooklyn’s king of cake eaters. Check out our slideshow for all the messy fun. Comment.
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Bicyclists invade Bay Ridge

A swarm of cyclists made its way through Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Dyker Heights on June 3 for the first time in the annual Tour de Brooklyn. Comment.
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Enterprise sets sail

Brooklynites were treated to a rare sight on Sunday as a barge pulled Enterprise space shuttle past the Kings County shoreline. See photos of the voyage in our slideshow. Comment.
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They’ve got the golden ticket! Students perform ‘Willy Wonka’

Students at IS 226 in Bensonhurst treated parents, teachers, and staff to a world of pure imagination with their version of the beloved story. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comments (7).
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PS 236 kids take a look under the sea

Marine photographer and author Michael Patrick O’Neill taught students at the Mill Basin school about the creatures of the deep-blue sea. Comment.
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PS 52 art students inspired by the greats

Students at the Sheepshead Bay school displayed their artwork and performed in concerts at the end-of-the-year celebration. Comment.

May, 2012

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The zombie plague grows

Participants in the ninth-annual “NYC Zombie Crawl” made their way around Williamsburg on May 27 in full undead makeup. Comment.
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Oh, say, can you see? Ships parade under Verrazano to kick off Fleet Week

Nearly 2,000 people welcomed sailors to New York at the 10th annual Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton. See all the festivities in our slideshow. Comment.
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Navy band rocks out at Sheepshead Bay High

Bad weather kept the Navy Seals from putting on a planned air show at the school, but the rain didn’t stop a Navy band from entertaining the students. Comment.
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Memorial Day Parade unites soldiers young and old

A new crop of veterans who marched in the parade on Monday are keeping the nation’s oldest Memorial Day celebration going strong. See our slideshow for all the patriotic festivities. Comment.
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Sheepshead Bay goes country!

PS 238 brought country to Brooklyn during their rockin’ spring concert. For all the fun, see our slideshow. Comment.
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Saluting our veterans — with champagne!

More than 80 veterans raised their glasses to toast their fellow service members during a pre-Memorial Day celebration on May 20. Comment.
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Remembering heroes and victims of 9-11

Middle schoolers at William McKinley spent months creating a 150-foot tribute to the World Trade Center attacks so they would never forget that fateful day. Comments (1).
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NYPD reaches out to Muslim youth

Officials from the NYPD, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security showed off their gear to Muslim students for the second year in a row. Comments (7).
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Vikings invade Bay Ridge

The neighborhood celebrated its Scandinavian roots with the annual Viking Fest and Norwegian Independence Day Parade. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Sheepshead Bay celebrates Memorial Day early

The annual parade brought out more than 450 residents who paid tribute to the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. For all the red, white, and blue festivities, see our slideshow. Comment.
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Record number of visitors flock to BayFest

Visitors flocked to Emmons Avenue to see bands, party with neighbors and friends, and enjoy Sunday’s perfect weather. For all the fun, see our slideshow. Comments (2).
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PS 52 students jump around for a good cause

Youngsters at the Sheepshead Bay school put their jump rope skills to the test to raise money for the American Heart Association. Check out the fun they had in our slideshow. Comment.
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Fore! Greener pastures ahead for Marine Park Golf Course

Borough President Markowitz lauded the renovations of the “green jewel” of Southern Brooklyn at a reception celebrating the city’s largest public golf course on May 15. Comments (1).
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Light fire with fire!

Lag BaOmer celebration lit up Midwood last week as marchers paraded down Ocean Avenue. Comment.
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Here’s mud in your eye!

More than 400 tossed tractor tires and slogged through the muck during the Metro Dash at the Aviator Sports and Events Center. See all the pictures in our slideshow. Comment.
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Stars rock out for New York Methodist Hospital

New York Methodist Hospital’s surgeons, physicians, nurses, and guests rocked out with stars at the Brooklyn Museum for the medical center’s annual fundraiser on May 12. Comment.
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Ten-hut! Recruits get a taste of Army life at Fort Hamilton

New recruits and their families got a sneak peak at their future in the Army with a day of competitions and exhibitions at the base. Comments (6).
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A taste of Asia in Brooklyn

McKinley Park turned into a showcase of the best Brooklyn’s growing Asian-American community has to offer during last week’s annual Asian-Pacific Heritage Festival. For all the fun, see our slideshow. Comment.
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It’s war! Republicans take on Democrats in bid for tug-of-war glory

State Sen. Marty Golden and his team of GOPers went head to head with Councilman Vincent Gentile’s daring Democrats during an annual Bay Ridge slug-fest: the Bay Ridge Community Council’s tug-of-war competition. Comments (1).
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Boardwalk trash cans get summer makeover

More than 100 residents, beachgoers, and elected officials braved the rain on Sunday to paint trash cans as part of the annual art fest, “Boardwalk Barrels of Fun.” Comment.
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New ‘Adventures’ afoot for Marine Park tots

Itty Bitty Adventures preschool celebrated its grand opening on Saturday with face-painting, games for tots, and — best of all — Elmo! Comment.
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CB15 trounced! Neighborhood group beats board 20–9 in softball game

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association trounced Community Board 15 in the groups’ annual charity softball game on May 6. For all the action, check out our slideshow. Comment.
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Bike tour re-opens old wounds

The Five Boro Bike Tour shut down streets and highways citywide on Sunday — again sparking a heated debate between pro-bike and pro-car Bay Ridgites. Comments (1).
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Laughs in the laboratory

Parents and students of PS 255 spent Thursday night conducting basic experiments at an event that proved science is fun. Check out the good times in our slideshow. Comment.
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Giving Broadway a run for its money

Brooklyn Theater Arts High School’s newly renovated auditorium provided students with better lighting and acoustics for their rockin’ production of “Footloose.” Comments (2).
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Church Avenue party draws hundreds

The neighborhood’s yearly fete lets kids and families take over the block between E. 10th Street and Argyle Road on April 29. Check out all the fun in our slideshow. Comment.
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Trash mob!

Do-gooder Kensington residents armed with brooms, rakes, and gloves cleaned up Church Avenue. Check out all the fun in our slideshow. Comments (1).
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Baseball’s back! Our Lady of Grace kicks off season

Gravesend’s Our Lady of Grace Athletic Association’s Little League season kicked off with a bang, thanks to an Opening Day parade on April 28 that drew more than 500 players. Check out all the fun! Comment.

April, 2012

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History comes alive

Families got a fun lesson in our nation’s past at the History of the American Revolution event in Marine Park. Comment.
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Coney Island is open for business

The People’s Playground opened for its summer season on April 1, drawing big crowds to its classic attractions. Check out the photos in our slideshow. Comment.
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Play ball!

Kids from Saint Athanasius School paraded through Bensonhurst as part of tradition to kick off Little League season. See our slideshow for all the action. Comments (1).
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Skating the night away

Families came out to hit the rink for Family Skate Night, which raised money for Millenium Development’s Relay for Life team. Comment.
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Little Leaguers compete for baseball bragging rights

Little Leaguers showed up to show off their talents at the Bergen Beach Youth Organization’s second annual Pitch, Hit, and Run challenge. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Whacky party! Seniors make and destroy art in same day

It’s certainly more action-packed than crocheting. Comment.
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Rewarding positive behavior

PS 249 kicked off its new incentive program with a party filled with performances, music, and dancing. Comments (1).
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Kids learn the art of the bow in Marine Park

Children, teens, and adults flocked to Lenape Playground to learn how to sling arrows on April 8. Check out the photos in our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Students jazz up Broadway musical

Kids at the Marine Park school blew the audience away with their production of the 2002 Broadway musical. Comments (1).
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Kids charge Dyker Park in search of eggs

The first-ever 13th Avenue Merchants’ Easter Egg hunt drew hundreds of youngsters who searched high and low. Check out the photos in our slideshow. Comment.
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Robin Hood takes over Ditmas Park school!

PS 217 was turned into Sherwood Forest on March 31 as kids participated in a Robin Hood-themed fair and took part in a production of the epic tale. Comment.
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PS 102’s Night of Stars did not disappoint

The best and brightest young talent from the Bay View School performed at their annual talent show. Comment.
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Dog-napped pup visits kids

Kids at PS 193 were so interested in the story of Brooklyn the dog-napped Yorkie, they invited the cuddly pup to their classroom. Check out the photos in our slideshow! Comment.
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Pajama party!

PJ-clad tots snuggled with blankets while teachers read classic books at PS 255 on March 29. Comment.
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Kids clean Marine Park — of Easter eggs!

With hundreds of kids on the hunt, those eggs didn’t stand a chance. Comment.
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Fun with snakes and brains

Bay Academy students got their hands dirty with cool science exhibits during the Sheepshead Bay school’s annual Family Science and Math Night. Check out our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.

March, 2012

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Bay Ridge St. Pat’s Day Parade had Irish eyes smilin’

That other St. Patrick’s Day Parade had revelers putting their best foot forward in Bay Ridge. See our slideshow for photos of all the fun. Comment.
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Lt. Dan actor will rock out in Brooklyn

Gary Sinise, known for his role in “Forrest Gump,” will perform with his Lt. Dan Band to raise money for a Brooklyn-born vet. Comment.
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Annual awards laud notable Brooklynites

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council honored a stellar group at its annual fete. See our slideshow for all the honorees. Comment.
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‘Bye, bye’ for beloved producer at IS 187

Students of IS 187’s Drama Club gave their outgoing producer a top-notch send off when they performed the Broadway classic “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” Comment.
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It’s out of this world!

PS 253 students and staff took their science fair to the next level — a planetarium the children set up in their Brighton Beach gymnasium. Comments (1).
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Cool science!

Budding inventors and scientists from PS 52 unveiled their projects at this year’s science fair. Check out the fun in our slideshow! Comment.
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School carnival a real money-maker

Students, parents, and staff of PS 312 raised funds for classroom supplies and programming at the Bergen Beach school’s annual spring carnival. Comment.
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Kids and parents celebrate Purim through theater!

Parents dressed like Mordecai for their retelling of the Purim story, but the kids stole the spotlight when they took to the stage for their retelling — dressed as superheroes! Comment.
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“The Champagne Diaries” author creates a buzz at The Bookmark Shoppe

A flute of fizz is fine, says the Bay Ridge blogger, who served up her sensible lifestyle diet plan at the Bay Ridge book store. Comment.
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Purim preservation

This synagogue threw a rocking Purim party in an attempt to attract some younger members. Comment.
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Speed Racers! Cub Scouts hit the Pinewood Derby

More than 160 kids flocked to Kings Plaza to create and race their favorite roadsters. Comment.
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PS 255 students skip TV for Family Math Night!

The annual event drew quite the crowd as kids and parents saw just how fun math can be. Comment.
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LongBow Pub celebrates St. David’s Day with leeks and daffodils

New York’s only Welsh pub did the patron saint of Wales proud with a celebration of all things “Cymru” (that’s Welsh for “Welsh”). Comment.
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Gerritsen Beach school protests teacher data reports

Educators, students, and parents say the subpar ratings given to PS 277 teachers are wrong. Comment.
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New Utrecht High School breathes fun into ‘Year of the Dragon’

Singing, dancing, and merriment accompanied the Chinese New Year revel at the Bensonhurst school. Comment.
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Going, going, gone! Gals get their guys at ‘bachelor auction’

Big-hearted ladies cough up cash for Mr. Right Now during a special benefit for the Francesco Loccisano Foundation for Children with Cancer. Comment.
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How sweet it is! Bay Ridge ice cream shop turns 115

Anopoli Ice Cream Parlor and Family Restaurant opened when William McKinley was in the White House. Comments (1).
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Yeshiva students bring history to life

Students of the Crown Heights Yeshiva wowed the crowd when they brought historical figures to life during their production of “A Time Line Through History” at the Marine Park school on Feb. 28 and 29. Comment.

February, 2012

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Kings Plaza flips for wee Aviator acrobats

Young gymnasts and kickboxers showed off their skills at the Marine Park mall on Saturday. Comments (2).
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Brooklyn’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is ready to roll with grand marshal induction

The men and women selected to lead the 37th annual parade were installed at a dinner dance at St. Patrick’s Church — where else? Comment.
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Jump around! Kids hop to it to raise money for hearts

Students at PS 197 in Midwood put their best foot forward to skip rope — and class — for a good cause: the annual jump rope marathon to raise money for the American Heart Association. Check out our slideshow to see the students’ fancy footwork. Comment.
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Aviators score big with visits to kids at SUNY Downstate and PS 212

Star members of the Brooklyn hockey team spent two days off the ice to read with children at a Downtown hospital and lead a skills clinic with students at a Gravesend school. Comment.
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Rotarians put the ‘fun’ in fundraising with Coney fashion show

The Rotary Club of Verrazano held a fashion show at Gargiulo’s Restaurant to raise money for the underprivileged. See all the fun in our slideshow. Comment.
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Best in sniff: Nosy service dogs put on a show at PS 163

Students at the Bath Beach school were visited by the trained canines, who demonstrated the power of their snouts. Comments (2).
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Groovy! Ateret Avot keeps seniors dancing like stars!

A “Dancing With The Stars” contest had golden oldies movin’ at the Midwood residence. Comment.
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Brooklyn’s sweethearts celebrate 50-plus years of wedded bliss

Droves of couples married for 50 years and more turned out for the annual Brooklyn Sweethearts, right in time for Valentine’s Day. For photos of the love fest, see our slideshow. Comment.
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Twenty3 Supper Club — new Vegas-style eatery comes to the Ridge

Glitz, live music and specials make the area’s new culinary venture a cut above the rest. Comments (2).
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Kids learn how to keep their pearly whites sparkling

Youngsters got a fun lesson in tooth care thanks to the Dental Health Day Children’s Program at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Comments (1).
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New look for Church Avenue butcher shop

Meat Palace Supreme gets a makeover. Comment.
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Pint-sized PS 329 ‘entrepreneurs’ become business owners

Students at the Coney Island school are studying the ABCs of starting their own companies. Comment.

January, 2012

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Rockin’ out at PS 255

Special-needs students from the Sheepshead Bay school brought the house down during their Rock-N-Roll show on Jan. 24. See all the fun in our slideshow. Comment.
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‘We do!’ Brooklyn pulls off its first same-sex wedding expo!

You knew we would be the first! Comment.
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Spellers go word-for-word in Sheepshead Bay vocab contest

Middle school students from Bay Ridge to Brighton Beach duked it out on Jan. 23 as they fought for a spot in a citywide spelling bee competition this spring. See our slideshow for all the action. Comments (1).
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Big hearts add up to big bucks for cancer research

Workers work overtime to form a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life run. Comment.
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Nursing home celebrates Russian Orthodox Christmas

Residents of the Shore View Nursing Home in Brighton Beach were treated to a festive holiday play on Jan. 7 in celebration of the Russian Orthodox Christmas. Comment.
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Three Kings Day steps off with Williamsburg parade

Camels, floats and costumed “kings” brought the magic of the Magi to the festive hordes on Sunday. Comment.
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Gotham’s first 2012 baby — born in Brooklyn!

Congratulations to Greenpoint’s newest bundle of cuteness — baby Monika Sieminska, who jockeyed with another baby girl from the Bronx for the title of the city’s first newborn of 2012! Comment.
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Brooklyn’s party animals usher in 2012 with a bang at Grand Army Plaza!

If the world does go up in smoke in 2012 Brooklyn’s thrill seekers can say that they were there to celebrate the beginning of the end! See all the fun in our slideshow. Comment.

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