Unsung Bay Ridge: Uff-da!


This week, I’d like to recognize the contributions of John Nerstenth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues for decades. Many of our Norwegian youngsters may not know of John’s crucial role in keeping the Norwegian culture, pride and parade going for decades in Bay Ridge.

John’s block was home to a large Norwegian population, and he was a leader who inspired patriotism, encouraged most homes on his block to fly the American flag, and spearheaded one of the best block parties every year.

John’s influence went beyond his block to being a part of several clean-up campaigns throughout Bay Ridge. Today, health issues have slowed John down, but along with his wife Barbara, he visits Fifth Avenue regularly to keep an eye on how things are going in the neighborhood.


Get ready for the annual Chris Hoban Memorial Run, sponsored by Xaverian High School, where Chris was once a student. Chris was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1988.

The race begins at Xaverian High School,70th Street and Shore Road, and continues along the Shore Road bike path to 101st Street; travelling on Third Avenue, back to the school. A donation of $20 is requested for adults and $15 for children. The cost includes a BBQ meal and music after the race. It is a great family event for a good cause.

Happy Birthday to Jim Clarkth Precinct. Many more healthy ones, Jim.

UNSUNG FOLK REMEDIES: Your Pets – Skin Irritations and Allergies.

Your cat or dog might be suffering from allergies if she bites, scratches and develops skin rashes. First, try changing her food. If that does not work, some pet owners have tried apple cider vinegar on cotton balls applied to the spot several times per day. Others have reported success with one or half (depending on weight) teaspoon coconut oil added to meals.

Please consult your doctor if you are ill or on any medication.

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