Generally Speaking: Fort Hamilton military museum reopens

After extensive repairs, the Fort Hamilton’s Harbor Defense Museumis reopening.Located in the base’s caponier, the 187-year-old buildingwhich is part of the original fort,had to be re-waterproofed, and a new heating and ventilation systeminstalled.

An invitation-only ribbon cutting ceremony was to takeplace on September 5, with garrison commander, Colonel Eluyn Ginespresiding.

Regularmuseumoperating hours to the general public will begin on September 9, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Richard Cox is the director and curator of the facility which is the only U.S. Army Museum in the city.The museum is located in Building 230, on Sheridan Loop.Adult visitors entering the base must have a photo ID Card. For more details, call 718-630-4349.

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In addition to the morning ceremonies at Ground Zero, in remembrance of the horrific attacks on 9/11, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon andShanksville, Pa., several local memorial tributes are happening in this area.

They include candlelight vigils on the American Veterans Memorial Pier, at the foot of Shore Road and 69th Street,coordinated by State Senator Marty GoldenOver at Fort Hamilton, in front of the garrison headquarters, Building 113, there will be a 3 p.m., memorial commemoration. For those who might be unaware, the Brooklyn Remembrance Wall consists of three 30 x 12-foot granite walls containing the laser-engraved images of 346 FDNY firefighters, 37 NY-NJ Port Authority police officers, 23NYPD officers, three New York State court officers, one New York City fire patrol investigator and one K-9 rescue dog named Sirius.

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City Councilmember Sara Gonzalez has received an endorsement from the New York League of Conservation Voters. The league is a nonpartisan, policy-making and political action organization that works to make environmental protection a top priority with elected officials.

If Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes should lose the Democratic nomination in the September 10 primary, his name will still be on the ballot on two lines during the November 4 general election, courtesy of the Kings County GOP and Conservative Party.


Our congratulations to the commander of the 68 Precinct, Richard DiBlasio * * *

Patrick GilbrideHe plans to have a coach-type bus pickup club members and others interested,at St. Patrick’s Church, 95th Street and Fourth Avenue, on Saturday, September 14.Round-trip bus fare, plus a ticket to the game, is $75. Tickets for the trip may be picked up at St. Pat’s Rectory.For more details, contact Gilbride at 646-342-9040.

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Fort Hamilton High School graduate Karina Costantino, who was voted2013 grand marshalby the Ragamuffin Parade Committee andwho is the current community superintendentfor District 20 public schools, will receive her parade sash and special recognition at the Ragamuffin Parade annual fund-raising luncheon.

Costantino, a native of Bay Ridge, began her teaching careerat Public School 104, 92nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Also being saluted at the Ragamuffin bash will be Ragamuffin Man of the Year, Frankie MarraA very popular local band leader, musician and singer, Marra is currently the top honcho at the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, and helped raised thousands of dollars is support of the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the United MilitaryVeterans of Kings County.

The Ragamuffin luncheon kicks off at 1 p.m., on Sunday, September 22, at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street.Tickets are $65 per person.Since this writeris the longest continuousmember of the committee, we urge everyone to join us for this important fund-raiser.

If as a child you marched in the parade, or had your children or grandchildrenparticipate, we need YOUR support. Please consider attending the luncheon or sending along a donation.

Checks payable to Ragamuffin, Inc., may be sent to 85 80th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.Ragamuffin officers include Colleen GoldenMarie Lane
Dave RyanArlene Keating * * *

As members of the Jewish faith celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we wish them a new year of good cheer, peace, good health and happiness. Shalom.


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