Generally Speaking: Week of August 23

Bay Ridge resident Michael Spinner

The remembrance exercises are in conjunction with the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the bloodiest and largest battle during the American Revolution. Susan DeMarkJoseph LentolVincent Gentile.

The next day, at Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, re-enactors in British and Colonial uniforms will take part in a skirmish near the main entrance to Green-Wood armed with muskets and a cannon.

At 2 p.m., The United States Merchant Marine Academy Marching Band will march from the lower part of Green-Wood to the top of Battle Hill where they will play the National Anthem and Taps.


A large delegation of delegates, alternates and guests from the 13th Congressional District, led by county chiefs Craig Eaton (Brooklyn) and Robert Scamardella (Staten Island), which includesCongressmember Michael GrimmMarty GoldenNicole Malliotakis and Lou TobaccoLisa GreyFrank AversaJohn Antoniello and Lisa Giovinazzo are heading down to Tampa, Florida for the GOP National Convention. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be giving the keynote speech.


Congratulations to our pal Carlo Scissura who’s taking over the reins of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. With Carlo moving on, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has bumped up two members of his senior staff. His press secretary Mark Zustovich will be doing double duty as he steps up to Communications Director, and Jon Paul Lupo takes over as the beep’s new chief of staff.


The Ragamuffin Parade Committee, which was founded in 1967 by the late Rev. James McKenna and Cliff Scanlon, will hold its annual luncheon celebration on Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m., at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street.

This year, Arlene FigaroJohn Abi-Habib

Both honorees will be saluted at the luncheon, which serves as the major fundraiser for the coming annual children’s Ragamuffin Parade along Third Avenueon Saturday, September 29. Tickets are $65 per person, and Ragamuffin President Colleen Golden has requested reservations be sent to her at85 80th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Checks should be made payable to Ragamuffin, Inc. If you can’t make the luncheon, contributions in support of the Parade may also be sent.

While this writer has been involved with the Ragamuffin organization for over 40 years and has seen our children and grandchildren participate, it still remains one of this area’s finest traditions and major youth events. If you use Facebook, please ‘like the Ragamuffin Parade site.


Renee Dorsa

Back in July, the council’s Arts and Culture Committee held Teen Idol auditions for boys and girls aged 13 to 18, in the parish hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9818 Fort Hamilton Parkway.

A little drum roll and a big ta-da! The Teen Idol finalists are Kristin Furfaro, Amanda Marucci, Mona Bruno, Taylor Leigh Cannon, Dana Curreri, Melissa Licciardello, Victoria Amato, Christina Chimento, Nicolette Shin, Alfred Mendez, Amanda Poli, Patty Piccinonno, Ashley Chico, Tim Sundholm and Nicole Gatto. Be sure to come out on September 15 for this really great and entertaining show, and to see and hear Brooklyn’s next Teen Idol.


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