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Pelham Bay singer’s new tune

Herb Stark sent us the following about country music singer Billy Jon Coogan’s new single:

The Bronx’s very own Billy Jon Coogan’s lively and danceable ‘Close Your Eyes On Love,’ a perfect blend of disco and pop-rock getting lots of airplay and heading up the MP3 charts. Coogan and his lovely wife Cheryl and their son Jon are celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary. Give a listen and it’s well worth your time!

Bronx-native serves aboard USS Gladiator

A borough native is keeping the high seas free in the Middle East, the U.S. Navy reports. Master Chief Petty Officer Igor Vargas is serving aboard the U.S.S. Gladiator, a mine sweeper.

Vargas is a master chief who lives and works at a U.S. Navy base in Manama, Bahrain, where the Gladiator is based.

Bahrain is a small island country on the western shores of the Arabian Gulf.

As a master chief, Vargas is responsible for the development and growth of sailors. He said it was a joy to interact with the sailors, and to mentor them.

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