Generally Speaking: Bay Ridge police C.O. calls for residential security cameras

At the October monthly meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council,Deputy Inspector Richard DiBlasio explained to the gathering how helpful video cameras have been in solving local crimes.

While the NYPD will be adding hi-tech TV along three sections ofupper Fifth Avenue and many stores along the shopping strip have TV cameras, several residents expressed concern about rowdy and sometimes menacingteenagers hanging out near or on the stoops of their homes on side streets.One resident spoke about drug sales he seeshappening frequently on one of those sidestreets.

DiBlasio responded by telling residents not to confront them but to call 911.At the same time, he strongly urged homeowners to add videocameras which will help police to identify troublemakers and provide additional protection.

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We were recently selected to join a prominent group of Brooklynites being cited for outstanding leadership and for their contributions to the community, at the third annual Kings of Kings Countynetworking breakfast at the El Caribe Country Club on Thursday, November 7.

The event which is being hosted and coordinated by the Brooklyn Media Group, publishers of this paper, is sponsored by the NY Daily NewsRalph DePas.

Tickets which include a business expo, networking, breakfast and awards ceremony are $85. For reservations and or more information, call 718-224-5863, ext. 226 or click on

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Fort Hamilton High School’s award-winning marching band and its U.S. Army Junior ROTC Cadet Corps were recent participants in both the 47th annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade and Brooklyn’s 32nd annual Columbus Day Parade on 18th Avenue.Bishop Kearney’s all-girls high school marching band marched in the nation’s largest Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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Andrew GounardesThe guest speaker for the occasion was fellow Bay Ridgeite Daniel Prebutt who works as a park ranger at the Theodore Roosevelt National Museum at 28 East 20th Street, in Manhattan, the birthplaceof TR.

Prebutt’s focus was on Roosevelt’s birth and early childhood,and he projected photos of the former president’s early life at the three-story brownstone residence which has been turned into a museum.TR was born there on October 27, 1858.

Marion SinottCharles Swan Devoy
to the BRHS meeting.Devoywasa former Kings County clerk and later clerk of the Supreme Court of Kings County.

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Vicki EllnerPeter Killen, she spoke about “Strategies for Successful Aging.”

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The Brooklyn Consumer Federation recently held its annual meeting and named well-known realtor and Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue BID President James Clark to head the federation. Other officers include Patricia Killen as vice president, and Michael Garthaffner as secretary-treasurer.

Directors include former President and founder Gene BrodyAnthony GrigosTed General and Larry Morrish. Peter Killen continues as executive director. Brody is the president and CEO of the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union.


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

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