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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
Troops landing on Omaha Beach.

June 6, 1944 marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II which ultimately led to freedom for Western Europe from Nazi Germany domination. It was one of the largest and fiercest amphibious attacks in history and over 9,300 U.S. armed service members died on D-Day and in subsequent battles.

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Looks like GOP primary contender Bob Capano has a leg up over his other competitors, including Liam McCabe and John Quaglione.  Even if he should lose the GOP Primary, he still has a guaranteed ballot line for the General Election.

Curtis Sliwa, who is the chair of the New York State Reform Party, announced that his party has endorsed Capano as their candidate for the soon-to-be-vacated seat now occupied by City Councilmember Vinnie Gentile who cannot run again for it due to term limits. The Democrats running in the primary include Kevin Peter CarrollJustin BrannanNancy Tong and Rev. Khader ElYateem.

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George Broadhead, who was recently elected to another term as president of the Society of Old Brooklynites, has announced Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Marty Maher will be the keynote speaker when the civic group that was founded in 1880 holds its 137th anniversary luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor on Sunday, June 25. For reservations or additional information, call 718-748-3165 or 718-833-4928.

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It was another splendid Fifth Avenue Festival sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID. However, we were disappointed that Rocco’s Pizzeria didn’t hold its annual pizza-eating contest which is always a big draw. In addition to enjoying the festivities, we had the chance to sit at the Bay Ridge AARP table quarterbacked by Peter and Patricia Killen.

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