Generally Speaking: Schools Chancellor Walcott to hold town hall here

The Community Education Council for District 20 schools is hosting a town hall for Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on Thursday, May 2, at Public School 204, 8101 15th Avenue, at 6 p.m.

One of the thorny issues to surely come up is the council’s recent unanimous resolution calling for the protection of confidential student data from a commercial database to be maintained by a firm called inBloom, Inc.


Bishop Frank Caggiano

The Roman Catholic prelate holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He also serves as the vicar general for evangelization and pastoral life for the Brooklyn Diocese.

Prior to attending the event held at Hunter’s Steak and Ale House, Bishop Caggiano conducted the 5 p.m. mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 9511 Fourth Avenue. Also in attendance were Monsignor Joseph NagleMarty Golden’s Deputy Chief of Staff John Quaglione.

Patrick Gilbride is the Men’s Club president, and other officers include Chair James LamondBob Pota and Treasurer Tom Horan. On a personal note, we were knighted by the Knights of Columbus last year at the same time as Bishop Caggiano was elevated to the Fourth degree.


There was a nice turnout for the fund-raising cocktail party hosted by the 64th A.D. Democratic Leader Kevin Peter Carroll and 46th A.D. Leader Dilia Schack for likely next Brooklyn borough president, State Senator Eric Adams.

Adams represents roughly the same district that current Borough President Marty Markowitz represented when he was in the New York State Senate.

Although, primarily a Democratic function, the event drew Republicans and Conservatives as well. Among the attendees was Justin BrannanIlene SaccoSteve Maresca; Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny; District Leader Mark Davidovich; former Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes; Cody McCone; Tobias Russo; Kate Cucco; Linda Lupia and Linda Orlando.


One of the guest speakers at the recent successful Senior Expo sponsored by this paper at the Dyker Beach Golf Course Clubhousewas a good friend, Michael Connors


We mentioned here a few editions ago about an up-and-coming project to rebuild the Bay Ridge Avenue bridge, which on top carries traffic for the Belt Parkway and below serves as a tunnel and entrance way to the American Veterans Memorial Pier (also known as the 69th Street Pier).

On April 1, the State Department of Transportation awarded a contract to the Restani Construction Corp. of Astoria, Queens. Actual construction at the site won’t get underway until August, and then we were further advised the project will take about 24 months to complete.


Accompanied by its full award-winning orchestra, the Fort Hamilton High School Performing Arts Department is presenting the Broadway comedy musical “Legally Blonde” at the Shore Road school, Narrows Avenue and 85th Street, on May 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 7 p.m., and on May 4 and 11, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. General admission at the door is $12, $10 for students and seniors.


Former City Councilmember and Democratic mayoral contender Sal Albanese will be holding a fundraiser on Thursday, May 2, at the Salty Dog Tavern, 7509 Third Avenue, between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. His campaign is seeking contributions ranging from $50 to $250. To RSVP or get more information, call 347-201-3725.


To reach Ted General via the Internet, his e-mail address is:


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