Editor’s Note: “Citizen Kane’s Bay Ridge Beat” was created by late Bay Ridge Eagle Community Editor Tom Kane, who passed away in February 2011 after a brave battle with cancer. This column, now penned by Friends of Tom Kane, continues to publish as a tribute to its creator.
Strolling along … Who pays these weathermen, anyway? After constant thunderstorm warnings spooked organizers into canceling the third installment of “Summer Stroll on 3rd” last week, we were befuddled when 6 p.m. rolled around and the rain had all but stopped for the night. What a shame!
Still, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Organizers said they could not risk having that many people in an open area with the threat of severe thunder and lightning looming. Hard to argue with that!
Nevertheless, many Bay Ridgeites still flocked to the avenue to enjoy a meal in their favorite restaurant or “stroll” along the sidewalk. The real shame is that the chance to take in some truly unique and entertaining performances was washed away. However, the hardworking folks who have organized the innovative “Summer Stroll” program are determined to try again this week.
Be sure to stop by from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, for the final installment of this popular program, which we all hope returns bigger and better next summer!
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Cool contest … Need to cool off in the hot weather? There’s no better way than to enjoy some delicious ice cream!
State Sen. Marty Golden and Maria “The Ice Cream Girl” Campanella, are co-hosting an event that will give you a chance to enjoy eating all the ice cream you want.
Marty and Maria are inviting local residents to take part in the Fourth Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. at L&B Spumoni Gardens, 2725 86th St., in Bensonhurst.
“Who doesn’t love ice cream and who doesn’t love Spumoni Gardens?” Golden said. “What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and take a break from the summer heat. And if you don’t want to compete, be there to watch the contest!”
Here are the rules: Those wishing to participate must be 18 years of age or older and have valid identification. Participants must not have had or currently have any allergies to nuts, nut oil, milk or milk products, and must sign a waiver and release form and abide by all rules and regulations.
L&B Spumoni Gardens is an event sponsor and representatives from the Frankie Loccisano Memorial Foundation will be in attendance to raise awareness about children with cancer.
For more information, contact Maria Campanella at (917) 578-6374, or Sen. Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.
We’ll see who gets last licks!
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Globetrotting in Brooklyn … The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Brooklyn!
For the first time in the team’s 86-year history, the Harlem Globetrotters will play in Brooklyn. The game will be one of the first events in the brand-new Barclays Center on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m.
Brooklyn native Donte “Hammer” Harrison is scheduled to be on the Brooklyn roster. He will be joined by TNT Maddox, the Globetrotters first female since 1993, and many other fan favorites.
For more information, visit the website www.harlemglobetrotters.com.