Regina Opera Celebrates 45th Anniversary with Gala Concert

Lara Tillotson

AT 3 PM on Sunday April 12, Brooklyn's Regina Opera Company will celebrate its 45th Anniversary by presenting a Gala Concert at Our Lady of Perpetual Help auditorium, at 5902 6th Avenue (@ 59th St) in Sunset Park.

Come celebrate the end of winter and the 45th Anniversary of this neighborhood treasure with a two-hour program of opera highlights, featuring Regina Opera soloists Christina Rohm, soprano; Lara Tillotson, mezzo-soprano; Michael Morrow and Daniel Rodriguez, tenors; James Pierce, baritone; and Antoine Hodge, basso.

Accompaniment by flutist Richard Paratley and pianist Victoria Ulanovskaya.

The program will include opera duets from classics "Cavalleria Rusticana", "Tosca", and "Norma"; and arias from "Andrea Chenier", "Don Carlo", "Faust" and other masterpieces of the operatic genre.

General admission tickets are $12 and teens $5. Children are admitted free. 

For more information, email info@reginaopera or call 718-259-2772.


Staten Island Fleet Week Fundraiser at the Leif

From 2 to 8 PM on Sunday, April 12, the Leif Bar, at 6725 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, will host a fundraiser for Staten Island Fleet Week.

The band lineup includes Cherry Bomb, Sha Doobie, Prodigal Child, Steppin' Back, and Nowhere Man

The donation is $20 at the door.  All proceeds go to the rental cost of tents, staging and equipment for the big Fleet Week Concert in Staten Island.

All are invited to come out to support our troops and have a good time.

Children's Author Artie Bennett at the Bookmark Shoppe

Artie Bennett
If you're 12 or under and have ever wondered how many times a day people fart, there's a guy you need to meet.

At 2 PM on Sunday, April 12, award-winning children's author Artie Bennett will read from his latest illustrated book "Belches, Burps, and Farts--Oh My!" at the BookMark Shoppe, at 8415 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge.

The Brooklyn native's "madcap manual on intestinal gas" is illustrated by the equally manic artwork of Pranas T. Naujokaitis.

Hailed as "the Dr. Seuss of your caboose", Bennett doesn't just laugh at bodily functions: he also explains the remarkable science behind them. His widely-praised earlier publications include the "The Butt Book", "Poopendous!" and "Peter Panda Melts Down!"

Reviewers have compared Bennett to Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, with HuffPost praising his "amazing" ability to make the disgusting amusing. 


Kemmerer Hosts Gentile Campaign Fundraiser at Cebu

James Kemmerer, of local political club Bay Ridge Democrats, is hosting a campaign fundraiser for City Council Member and Democratic congressional candidate Vinnie Gentile from 7- 9 PM on Monday, March 30 at Cebu Bar and Bistro, at 8801 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge.

Gentile, who Kemmerer praised as a "tireless champion" of the community, is facing Conservative Republican Dan Donovan in the May 5 Special Election to replace Michael Grimm in the 11th CD.

Vinnie, unlike Donovan, Kemmerer said, is a known quantity:  we know his record, his values and his work ethic. 

Kemmerer urged the Bay Ridge neighborhood to turn out for the fundraiser. Reserved tickets for Bay Ridge Democrats members are $75 pp and include dinner and 2-hour open bar. RSVP to bayridgedems@gmail.com.

With the election just 5 week away, Kemmerer called on local residents to join him in volunteering for the Gentile campaign.

Don't forget the candidate debate on Tuesday, March 31 at 8 PM at the Guild for Exceptional Children, at 260 68th Street in Bay Ridge.


Don't have a shredder at home, but want to protect your ID? State Senator Marty Golden's got you covered.

Next month, Golden will host the shredding truck at these district office locations:
  •  At 7408 5th Avenue, from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, April 25; and 
  • At 3604 Quentin Road, from 11 AM to 1 PM on Sunday, April 26.
District residents are welcome to bring their shredding: bank statements, bills, receipts, anything containing the kind of personal information that would attract identity thieves.

Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the U.S., affecting more than 13 million
Americans last year, and the country's most frequently-reported consumer fraud complaint.

For more information on Golden's free shredding events or to request a copy of an information pamphlet on identity theft prepared by his staff, call (718) 238-6044 or email golden@nysenate.gov.

A bill, S. 2158, introduced by Golden, would require credit card companies to issue New York state residents credit cards employing secure, state-of-the-art smart chip technology.


Buzz-in Burglars Working Shore Road in Fort Hamilton

According to a note posted by my super in the lobby this evening, residents are warned not to buzz any strangers -- including "Con Ed workers" -- into the building.  

According to the super's note, there have been a number of reports from people living in buildings along Shore Road in Fort Hamilton that robbers are blitzing the intercoms in the middle of the night. If they can manage, by ringing every bell, to get buzzed in, they go through the building knocking on apartment doors until some unsuspecting resident opens up -- and gets robbed.

The Donovan Campaign's 3rd Avenue Office

The article from the Brooklyn Eagle.

Kids' Summer Camps in Brooklyn

Here's a quick list, which I'll add to as other links turn up:
More Brooklyn Summer Camps from City Kid.

Affordable Brooklyn Summer Camps from the City Department of Health.

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