Sunday, June 8, 2008

Williamsburg

‘Maggie’ dog-napped

A six-month-old Yorkie puppy named “Maggie” was allegedly stolen by a man, who pulled up in a car and absconded with her off of a street corner in Marine Park. According to the family, the entire area has been thoroughly combed, posters have been hung all over the neighborhood, and the children are heartbroken. If you have any information on Maggie’s whereabouts, please calls Robin McKibbin at 718-859-0037 (home) or 212-276-1553 (work). Comment.
Williamsburg

Two cars collide on Flatbush Avenue

At least one person was rushed to the hospital following a harrowing collision on Flatbush Avenue Sunday. Police said that two cars collided right in front of the Marine Park Golf Course early Sunday. Firefighters had to shear off the top of one of the two sedans to free a motorist, who was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. The injuries the two drivers suffered were not considered life-threatening, officials said. It was unclear if any arrests or summonses were filed as a result of this accident as this paper went to press. Comment.
Williamsburg

Smack falls at his feet - 62nd Pct. cop of the month makes huge drug bust

A huge stash of drugs will never see its way to the streets of Brooklyn because of the efforts of one hardworking cop. Comment.
Williamsburg

Note-passing bandit hunt

Police have identified the note-passing bandit wanted for seven bank robberies – five of which took place right in the heart of the borough of churches. Comment.
Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Left with Basquiat Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops make smack stop - 61st pct. crime-busters make big drug bust

A huge stash of drugs will never see its way to the streets of Brooklyn because of the efforts of one hardworking cop. Comment.
Letters

What free country?

When I first glanced the headline screaming across last week’s issue of your paper, “New Hours at Pier,” I was first shocked, then offended, to see once again how the role of government has changed so drastically in this once free country. Comment.
Letters

Thanks for the attention

We really appreciate the very nice coverage you gave our new art exhibition, ‘Spring Ahead,’ in the 24/7 section of your May 9. Comment.
Letters

Some real horse sense

Horses in America have always been held in high esteem. They have carried us into battle, plowed our fields and inspired us with their grace and beauty. Comment.
Letters

Out with the old

Re: “Summer forecast for Coney: Gloomy with a spell of despair” by Shavana Abruzzo, “A Britisher’s View,” 5-29 issue. Comment.
Letters

Cheers to Joanna

Re: “Potential Pres Running on Empty Mouth,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-29-08 issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - SSDD – Same Story, Different Day

Tying the knot, jumping the broom, buying the cow or getting hitched — marriage by any other name is still a life sentence. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?

Chasing black street cred seems to be turning some whites into crud. Comment.
Williamsburg

Help dad tee of this year

This Father’s Day, give dad a gift that will keep him in the swing of things: a lesson with a golf pro. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER - Warm weather fun

Nobody likes spending money they don’t have. That’s why you should check in with the Consumer Corner each week for the lowdown on some of the best places to shop in the borough. Here’s what we found this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your ticket to private gardens

Enjoy a self-guided Garden Walk through more than a dozen private gardens and nine community gardens in historic Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill during the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District’s (BBGD) 11th Sunday Garden Walk, June 8. Comment.
Williamsburg

Silent auction

Vacation in Jamaica, see a music or dance concert, get a much-needed massage or fly high in a hot air balloon —just a few of the many items up for bid in the BAX Spring Silent Auction, June 1-9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Roll ‘em, ladies

The Jewish Women’s Film Festival (JWFF) is calling for films. The films should focus on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world. Comment.
Williamsburg

Park Slope author revisits John Brown’s legacy

Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nothing’s more surprising than the truth: Brooklyn Noir returns

In 1977, during the “summer of Sam,” a younger Tim McLoughlin was going to school part-time and driving for the neighborhood car service in Bay Ridge where he lived. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fort Greene fab

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is…Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cross-cultural connections

Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday explores cross-cultural connections on June 7. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. Thos month’s event features a rich cultural mix that melds traditional and modern influences from Bali, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Benin, Ghana, South Africa, and America. Comment.
Williamsburg

40 authors and you to talk about books, storytelling and all things literary

More than 40 authors will gather in southern Queens on the Rockaway peninsula, June 8, to participate in a series of panel discussions about books and writing. An evening film festival, presented on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, will round out the event. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your own hit parade: Brooklyn Music Wide Open

Connection Works presents “Brooklyn Music Wide Open,” an ongoing series of music presentations, workshops, and performances, June 7. Comment.
Williamsburg

This one’s all about American music

The Spring Concert of The Brooklyn Community Chorus celebrates the breadth of American music, June 7 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stravinsky, plus

The final concert in the 2007-2008 Music at Ascension season will be held June 7 at 4 p.m. presented by The Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Mani, the series’ resident ensemble, will perform works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Britt. Comment.
Williamsburg

Provocative female Jewish artists

As the Brooklyn Bridge turns 125 years-old, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan is bringing the next exciting thing out of the borough and into Manhattan. Comment.
Williamsburg

META at Revival Reggae

Revival Reggae Sundays will host the African reggae group META and the Cornerstones, June 8. Led by lead singer Meta Dia, this afro-fusion reggae band is quickly taking the world by storm with their infusion of rock, hip hop, soul and African rhythms. Comment.
Williamsburg

Labor’s unsung heroines

The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus presents “We Were There,” the untold story of women in the American labor movement, June 13 at 8 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jazz from here all the way to Europe

On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. Comment.
Williamsburg

Earth Stomping Dance Traditions to make you sit up and take notice

Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program presents Folk Feet Circle ’Round Brooklyn 3, a free afternoon of traditional dance workshops and performances from 3-5 p.m., June 8 in Fort Greene Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney Island keeps inspiring

Gallery 364, “Bay Ridge’s First Art Gallery,” presents its June 2008 Art Competition, entitled “Coney Island.” Artists are invited to submit their works within the prescribed guidelines, using “Coney Island” as their guiding theme. Comment.
Williamsburg

Afro-Caribbean benefit concert

Brooklyn-based non-profit organization Transdiaspora Network, Inc. (TDN) celebrates its official launch with an Afro-Caribbean benefit concert at Williamsburg’s Rose Live Music, June 12 from 6-8 p.m.. The benefit features a free raffle and a performance by Cuban-born jazz legend and newest TDN board member Yosvany Terry. Comment.
Williamsburg

Acoustic sounds

Famed Red Hook Brooklyn bakery “baked” hosts an acoustic music series produced by fellow “Red Hookers” Beautiful Day Media. The performances will run through the summer. Comment.
Williamsburg

You know, Back in the Day

The Henry Gregg Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 226, presents “Brooklyn Back in the Day,” an exhibition of documentary photographs by six photographers whose careers began and first flourished in Brooklyn. The show runs through June 15. Comment.
Williamsburg

Time’s running out on ‘The Masters of Japanese Print’

The exhibit “Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900,” is running at the Brooklyn Museum through June 15. It will feature over 90 hand-cut woodblock prints, primarily from the famed Utagawa School of Japanese printmaking. Comment.
Williamsburg

Players bring you Kit & Little and a lot of ‘Hope’

The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier Off-Off Broadway theater and Manhattan’s Engine37 Theater Company co-produce two new full-length plays to perform in repertory, June 6-21. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kingdom come for animals

Brooklyn’s Micro Museum presents “2008 BIG Ideas with Animals In Your Kingdom,” 12-7 p.m., now to July 19 with an opening party June 7 from 8-11 p.m. with gifts, drinks, snacks and live music at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

For really sensational art check out...the library

Find the unexpected at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. New art exhibitions present familiar sights in new ways. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk coming

The 2008 Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk celebrates its fifth anniversary by showcasing more than 200 artists in an interactive and participatory celebration of art along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, June 7-8 from 1-6 p.m. each day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Curators on the cutting edge: My Little/Membrane at NUTUREart

In a first for Williamsburg’s NUTUREart gallery, two curators will be curating the same show, My Little/ Membrane, opening at the gallery’s Grand Street location on May 9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cancer fighter unleashes a torrent of provocative new art

After two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation proved ineffective, Brooklyn artist Cordula Volkening tried NovoCure, an experimental treatment that attacks her brain tumor with electrical currents. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bushwick buckles down for exciting Open Studios tour

Laura Braslow, Maggie Pounds and Chloe Bass of Arts in Bushwick have no idea what to expect during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios, which, held from June 6 to June 8, will coincide with Bushwick’s Puerto Rican Day Parade festivities. Comment.
Williamsburg

BAC explores ‘The Line That Connects You to Me’

BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) Gallery announces “The Line That Connects You To Me,” a group exhibition curated by Dana Gentile featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media work by Brooklyn-based artists that opens with a reception June 5 from 6-8 p.m. (with free beer) during the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk. Comment.
Williamsburg

Artists coalition puts out the welcome mat for you

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) hosts its ever-popular Red Hook/Carroll Gardens Open Studio Tour, June 7-8. This self-guided tour is an annual BWAC event which offers the public the unique opportunity to meet artists on an intimate level and view their original works firsthand. Comment.
Bay News

POLICE BLOTTER

Urination intervention Comment.
Bay News

Zigun quits CIDC board

The self-proclaimed “mayor” of Coney Island has handed in his resignation from partnering with the city to rezone the area. Comment.
Bay News

‘Spirit’ moves BK teens - New religious-themed mag begins publishing here

Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment.
Bay News

Women’s health symposium

Female physicians and women in the Brooklyn community will come together for the free “Women Caring for Women” symposium, June 7 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Comment.
Bay News

Too young to rob - Cops blame kids for crime spike

Bensonhurst is seeing a spike in robberies and cops say kids are to blame. Comment.
Bay News

Text and get a ticket - New effort underway to penalize dangerous drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Bay News

Super civic alliance

Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment.
Bay News

Seventh Heaven fest

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment.
Bay News

PTA’s most dedicated earn flowers, kisses

The ‘eyes and ears’ of the Department of Education were hailed for being involved in their children’s education when the Community District Education Council 22 lauded mom and dad during an awards ceremony at Public School 255. Comment.
Bay News

More cash for college makeover

Thanks to an influx of state funding, Brooklyn College is getting a makeover. Comment.
Bay News

Messy search for GOP candidate

Democrats hoping to snag the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella may face a primary fight, but Republicans trying to hold the seat apparently can’t even decide whose candidacy to endorse. Comment.
Bay News

Local Lawmen and lawmakers inspire I.S. 14 students

What shall I be when I grow up? Comment.
Bay News

It’s a stretch in Manhattan Beach

Workin’ it: Manhattan Beach residents hit the sand for the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s free Pilates class. Organizers say that about 30 people showed up to shape up and slim down. Comment.
Bay News

It’s all about Parks

Nature lovers embraced their emerald empire with a daylong showcase of fun and festivity for “It’s Our Park Day” at Kaiser Park. The outdoor celebration drew mom, dad and kids to the sprawling green – bounded by Neptune and Bayview avenues and West 24th and West 25th streets – where they enjoyed hours of simple pleasures; among them, a talent show, sports tournaments, music and air rides. The annual spectacle – part of National Parks Day celebrations – was presented locally by Friends of Kaiser Park to the theme of, “Fitness is Fun.” Comment.
Bay News

Holocaust Memorial event

The Holocaust Memorial Committee will hold its 24th Annual Gathering & Exhibit, June 8 at 11 a.m. inside The Bay Academy-IS 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment.
Bay News

Hands off horseshoe crabs - Gateway rangers cracking down on pesky poaching

Gateway National Recreation Area is showing some respect to Earth’s elders. Comment.
Bay News

GOP to host Ridge

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Bay News

Funding fiasco has chilling effect - Nonprofits fear future as money is frozen

As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment.
Bay News

Fossella aide to vie for Assembly

A longtime community activist and political aide is making a bid for public office. Comment.
Bay News

Fast acting: Stroke awareness at Maimonides

The acronym was among the tips on how to prevent and treat the nation’s third leading killer when the state’s top health official held a public alert at Maimonides Medical Center for National Stroke Awareness Month. Comment.
Bay News

Fashion on Fulton & Friends

Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

Enter the New York City Hall of Fame - Click on Big Apple heroes online

With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment.
Bay News

2008 edition of Bay fest floats all boats

Sheepshead Bay overflowed with marine merriment as spring revelers embraced the borough’s liquid jewel by heading for Bay Fest 2008. Comment.
Bay News

East 21st Street pulls up welcome mat

Curses and recriminations flew fast and furious inside Kingsborough Community College’s faculty dining room last week as upset neighbors protested the proposed opening of a group home on East 21st Street. Comment.
Bay News

Dylan to plug into Brooklyn

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Bay News

Drink, but only in HAMS - Group dedicates itself to reducing alcohol’s risks

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment.
Bay News

Cutting away at quality education - Parents send out S.O.S.

Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment.
Bay News

Clean sweep in old Gravesend

Local scouts polished up on the elbow grease and made short work of cleaning up a historic place of repose. Comment.
Bay News

CB13 kept rezoning under wraps

It was Community Board 13’s policies that prevented City Planning from presenting its long-awaited Brighton Beach rezoning plan at the board’s meeting last week. Comment.
Bay News

Brighton beach hails WWII veterans

World War 11 veterans were extended a tall salute for their supreme sacrifices during a Victory Day commemoration in Brighton Beach, which hailed the memories of the 22 million Soviets, who perished in the “patriotic war.” Comment.
Bay News

Beach feudin’ continues - Further fragmentation could impact security patrol

The man who operates Manhattan Beach’s Beachside Neighborhood Patrol officially cut his ties with the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) this week, alleging that the organization was freezing him out. Comment.
Bay News

Babes in BK toy land

Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment.
Bay News

Annual Israel celebration

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will bring Israel to the Greater Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park community for its Annual Israel Celebration June 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Williamsburg

‘Underground’ art headed to tunnel - Abandoned Long Island Railroad pathway to host performance company LiveFeed

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Williamsburg

New effort to prevent ‘body snatchers’ - Senate approves bill prohibiting sale of body parts as charged looter awaits sentence

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment.
Williamsburg

HONORING PAST & PRESENT SERVICEMEN

A host of organizations teamed to host the 8th annual Greenpoint Memorial Day Parade, which took place on May 25, the day before Memorial Day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Healing photos

Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment.
Williamsburg

Headed to the big time - IS 318’s Senior Band to play on Carnegie Hall’s stage

The talented and hard-working Senior Concert Band at IS 318 (101 Walton Street) will soon take their act from Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle to Carnegie Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Day care changes cause concern

A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dive head first into this summer - Brooklyn celebrates beach openings at Coney Island and Manhattan Beach

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cyclones battle Yanks on day 1

The Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2008 season kicks off June 17, 7 p.m. at Keyspan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, with a game against crosstown rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. Comment.
Williamsburg

Budding writers the ‘real deal’- Brooklyn students pen screenplay debuting on Showtime this summer

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Williamsburg

Big $core for housing - Lopez secures record $300M in state funds

Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment.
Williamsburg

Annual Tour de Brooklyn - Local cyclists compete in 18-mile bike challenge

Mom, dad and the kids donned their helmets and put the pedal to the metal for the fourth annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Comment.
Williamsburg

An ace on the mound and in class

Hats off to this multi-talented grad. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Engineering’ one remarkable win

With the championship game knotted up at two, it came down to, arguably, Brooklyn’s best two female handball players – Brooklyn Tech’s Sarah Au and Midwood’s Danielle Dasklakis – to settle the set for the title. Comment.
Borough-wide

The little league that could- Brooklyn Queens Sports Center’s 18 teams poised to be champs on and off field

It has been ten years in the making, but the Brooklyn Queens Sports Center launched its inaugural season with a colorful parade of its 18 teams at Bushwick Playground last Saturday. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ring of Combat XIX - Neglia Mixed Martial Arts in Atlantic City

Local contenders headed to Atlantic City for Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat XIX, the “Big Show” on the east coast for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), a combat sport which uses a variety of fighting techniques in competition. Comment.
Borough-wide

Quebradillas going strong - Venerable little league opens for a new season of fun

The smells of grilled meats and flavored ices floated over small clouds of dust and base line chalk Saturday morning as Bushwick’s oldest youth baseball league played its first games of the season at Hope Field, located on the corner of Myrtle and Knickerbocker avenues. Comment.
Borough-wide

NY Stars soccer

The New York Stars, Italian-American Soccer League of New York, will hold tryouts for the 61st Viareggio International Soccer Tournament at 10 a.m., June 6-7. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lady Knights suffer setback

The Madison Lady Knights have been dominating competition throughout the 2008 regular season by posting a 14-2 record, but a fourth round defeat at the hands of their Staten Island rivals, Tottenville, will mean that the Lady Knights have to be even sharper as they are forced to face two more rounds of play before a championship game berth can be had. Comment.
Borough-wide

Knights versus Trojans - Date set for stellar Shea Stadium showdown

Heading into the baseball postseason, there were many doubts about how far the Madison Knights could advance in the playoffs, even though they held the only undefeated record in the city and had the top seed in the “A” Division playoff bracket. But the Knights silenced the critics, last weekend, as they defeated 13th seeded Gompers, two games to one in the three-game semifinals series to advance to the championship game. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grappling for Aussie trip

St. Patrick’s Church morphed into a benefit bump ring for grappling gladiators from East Coast Professional Wrestling, who staged a match to help local kids raise money for a trip to the Land Down Under. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gapak to carry Dolan win into NYC marathon

A Ukrainian runner, now residing in Flatbush, is among the elite athletes in New York City and could be headed toward faster times in his specialty and compete in the New York City Marathon. Comment.
Borough-wide

Charity softball

The High School of Sports Management, in partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones, announces its Second Annual Celebrity/Charity Softball Game at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, June 7 at 1 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Achilles athletes go the distance - Disabilities are no barrier for club

Don’t let a disability stop you from becoming an athlete. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

POLICE BLOTER

Open house Comment.
Borough-wide

Your guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Reel deal’ student scribes - Cable TV to produce work of young Brooklyn writers

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Moral’ author

To commemorate the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s 100th anniversary, BSEC will hold an Anniversary Lecture at 4 p.m., May 31 at the Poly Prep Auditorium, 49 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘LiveFeed’ from deep inside the ‘lost tunnel’ - Performance group plans underground productions

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Lit Match’ teen essay contest

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz invites Brooklynites ages 14-19 to submit stories, poems, essays, spoken word and raps for the third annual “Lit Match” teen writing contest, part of the Young Readers and Writers Program of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

TV star, singing CIA agent

What do you get if you cross Captain B.J. Hunnicutt with a singing spy? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Three bagged in robbery

Quick wits and good police work earned a civilian and two cops high praise and hearty applause at the 78th Precinct Community Council this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The ‘silent tsunami’

It’s been the leading story in major newspapers and TV news programs. More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a “silent tsunami” of rising food prices, according to World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran. A dozen countries have experienced food riots and strikes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sunset of mayoral control

Senator Eric Adams and the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID) will co-sponsor an education forum, June 1 at 3 p.m., called “NYC Education System after 2009 – A Change is Coming,” at the Union Temple on Eastern Parkway, next to Grand Army Plaza. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Soccer’s new field of dreams - McCarren Park facilities offer kids room to grow

Kids love soccer. The reason why it is the most popular sport in the world is not a mystery: Any kid can play the game; it’s simple to learn, easy to play, requires almost no equipment, doesn’t favor kids who are taller or stronger and every player on the field gets a chance to handle the ball, make plays and dream of the World Cup. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Soaking the middle class

Re: “Don’t Throw Out the Bath Water!,” “Not for Nuthin’” by Joanna DelBuono, 5-22 issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Snow White show-stopper - St. Francis de Sales shines

The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slain merchant fund

Beloved neighborhood merchant Kyung-Sook “Linda” Woo, who owned the Eden Dry Cleaners at 10th Avenue and Windsor Place in Windsor Terrace, was found dead in her store on the morning of May 16. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

See ‘Annie Jr.’ live

New Horizons Middle School Drama Club, in collaboration with Music Theater International Broadway Junion, the Shubert Foundation and the New York City Department of Education Office of Arts & Special Projects will perform their first annual musical, “Annie Jr.” at 7 p.m., May 30-31 in the PS 32/MS 442 auditorium, 317 Hoyt Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Protect yourself online

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will participate in the first-ever Internet Week New York with Checking the Monitor: A Forum on Internet Safety, June 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Park southwest digs into the season

Green-thumbed Windsor Terrace dwellers joined forces with their neighbors to beautify their building by planting shrubs and flowers in time for the season of sun. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Poetry, singing and signing

Barnes & Noble Park Slope is hosting a series of kids events throughout June. Events include. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Playground triumph & tragedy - P.S. 124 dedicates new space to children lost in traffic accidents

A Park Slope school is paying tribute to three young children who tragically lost their lives. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

People’s summit

Area residents are invited to join Community Board 6 Board members Brad Lander, Elly Spicer, Bob Zuckerman and Craig Hammerman at the free People’s Accountable Development Summit, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pals pitch in for It’s my park day at Prospect Park

Nearly 300 people participated in “It’s My Park Day!” at Prospect Park, a half-day of park-wide volunteer projects to care for Brooklyn’s great landmark park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

On guard against a stroke - NY Methodist Hospital to hold special awareness campaign

While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New charter school coming to P.S. 15 - Opening of PAVE Academy comes over vociferous objections of parents

In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MetroTech scholarships - 25 awards to be given

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mani Chamber Ensemble

Mani, a chamber music ensemble dedicated to using all art as a vehicle to develop a diverse, healthy, and compassionate community, will hold a number of shows throughout Brooklyn in the coming week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Livin’ large in poverty

Re: “Shopping when you should be working" (5/16 issue): When I lived in Brighton Beach, I heard that this is how it’s done: give a merchant $500 worth of stamps in return $450 or so in cash, do it a couple of times, then go buy yourself a nice fur coat. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lady Bird is not happy

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is a program, established by the late Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson in 1966. Lady Bird was the wife of the 34th President of the United States, the late Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kids in limbo - Many wait for DOE okay

The wait is almost over for parents of District 15 students. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hillary factor hurts Clarke - CBID withdraws support of Brooklyn congresswoman

A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Giving auxiliary cops their due - Justice department to award death benefits to slain vollies’ families

Borough auxiliaries are applauding the United States Department of Justice’s decision to give the families of NYPD Auxiliaries Eugene Marshalik, 19, and Nicholas Pekearo, 28, $300,000 in death benefits. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Forces gather to fight glass tower

Well over 100 people packed the chapel of the Grace Reformed Church on Bedford Avenue last Tuesday night to protest construction of a 24-story glass tower in their community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fifth Ave. BID gets the okay

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dr. Oz health fair

HealthCorps®, the innovative health educational and mentoring program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, announces New York City‘s largest single day Health Fair spanning all five boroughs, rain or shine, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Doll and Toy Museum’s 9th b’day - A treasure chest of fun to be opened

Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dining on my dime

Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cyclists cruise through borough

Mom, dad and the kids donned their helmets and put the pedal to the metal for the fourth annual Tour de Brooklyn bike ride, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crossing religious divides

A coalition of Christian and Muslim leaders, all members of a task force formed by the Office of Brooklyn District Attorney met with DA Charles J. Hynes to discuss issues that impact their community. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cops & kids team up - Collaborate on ‘Riot Act’

The Police-Teen Theater Project presents two showings of its newest production, “Riot Act!,” including both improvised and scripted material, all generated by the project’s teen and police officer participants. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Clean up your act

Section 163.19 of the NYC Health Code mandates - That the owner, agent, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person who manages or controls a building or lot shall be jointly or severally responsible for keeping the sidewalk, flagging and curbstone abutting the premises free from obstructions and nuisances and for keeping such sidewalk, flagging and curbstone clean and free from garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, and other offensive matter or accumulation of water. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City Tech graduates new class

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 68th Commencement Exercises, June 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Challenge to mayor’s CB cuts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bust out the bikinis: BK beaches reopen - Parks commissioner ushers in ’08 season

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Building her American Dream - City Tech grad embarks on architectural career

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK battles as day care money dries up

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

An ‘arresting’ performer at the piano - Gifted beat cop to play solo show at Brooklyn Music School

When you think of New York City Police Officers, classical piano might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A fashionable turn on Fulton - Event spotlights designers and helps fight homelessness

Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A better way to get to the Brooklyn Bridge - Borough welcomes debut of enhanced walkway leading to span

The Dumbo Improvement District unveiled an extensive public art project and upgrade to the Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway as part of Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz’s five-day celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. The permanent improvements feature wayfinding signage by Emphasis Design, and a public art lighting installation by Tillett Lighting Design and KT3D entitled “This Way.” Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Hot bed’ on E. 45th St.

Firefighters raced to the corner of East 45th Street and Avenue N Thursday after a mattress inside an apartment went up in flames. Comment.
Kings Courier

We won’t waste cans, FCA sez - Concerned residents want more trash receptacles on the streets

The need for more litter containers and the lack of garbage pick-ups the days after a Monday holiday were addressed at the recent Flatlands Civic Association meeting. Comment.
Kings Courier

Tsk, tsk: texting while driving will cost you - New legislation to crack down on bad drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Kings Courier

Top 70th Pct. cop helps make streets safer

A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
Kings Courier

Swastikas scrawled on temple

Extra patrols have been sent to the corner of Avenue L and East 29th Street after swastikas were found on a side door of a neighborhood synagogue. Comment.
Kings Courier

Salute to Shomrim

Thanks for the assist… Comment.
Kings Courier

Safe and sound thanks to their dedicated help

The borough’s Finest and Bravest were among the cream of the crime-fighting crop honored for “keeping Brooklyn safe” during a Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast, presented by District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment.
Kings Courier

Rock thrower in hard place

Have rock, will rob. Comment.
Kings Courier

Remembering Shanghai ghetto

Survivor testimonies, plus a candle lighting ceremony, were among the poignant tributes paid during a Holocaust memorial at the Young Israel of Midwood in tribute to the 20,000 Jews who sought refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II. Comment.
Kings Courier

P.S. 255 makes the right moves

Students at the PS 255 Out of School Time (OST) Program are learning the art of dance during their last few weeks of school. Comment.
Kings Courier

Power to the people - New civic alliance in the works

Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment.
Kings Courier

New mobile lifeline for senior citizens

“With our public streets having been stripped of pay phones, what does a senior do if they are on an outing and are short of breath, or if they feel threatened? How do they call for help? These cell phones provide a lifeline for seniors,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind. Comment.
Kings Courier

NBA great is a slam dunk with P.S. 207 students

Retired professional hoopster Albert King Star and Nets team mascot Slyfox received a slam-dunk of a welcome when they visited Public School 207 to promote the written word as part of the National Basketball Association’s ‘Read to Achieve’ literacy campaign. Comment.
Kings Courier

Nasty cops are a no-no

The 63rd Precinct wants you to help keep cops under control. Comment.
Kings Courier

MADD about you: activists laud local cops

Mothers Against Drunk Driving delivered a tall salute to Brooklyn’s Finest by feting them with a tribute at Bay Ridge Manor to mark Crime Victims Rights Week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Kid creativity shines at annual student art show

The Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) and the Avenue J Board of Trade announced the winners of its 12th Annual Students Art Show. Comment.
Kings Courier

Golden marks first 10 years in public eye

From law enforcer to law maker. Comment.
Kings Courier

Flo-ing right along for 25 years now

Members ushered in a slate for the incoming year during an officer installation of the Bergen Beach Civic Association. Comment.
Kings Courier

Dylan on a Brooklyn stage

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Kings Courier

Day care ctr. battle cry

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Kings Courier

Community Council

The 61st Precinct Community Council’s June 11 meeting will be held at the Bainbridge Adult Day Health Care Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue at 7:30 p.m., not at the stationhouse as reported in a previous issue. Comment.
Kings Courier

3 cheers at Fraser

The changing of the guard took place in April, but, this month, new Fraser Civic Association (FCA) President Tom Hernandez took a break from organization business to recognize his predecessor. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cemetery field trip — oddly captivating for kids

Budding history buffs from David A. Boody Junior High School paid a visit to their famous namesake’s resting place during a field trip to Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment.
Kings Courier

CEC sounds S.O.S. - Cut threaten kids’ education, parents warn

Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment.
Kings Courier

Caring hands and hearts

The creative and talented seniors who make up the “Heights and Hill Handicrafters” are busy. At holiday time, they donated all the hats, scarves, dolls and blankets they had spent the year knitting and crocheting to the Mother-Baby unit of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn. Comment.
Kings Courier

Brooklyn College graduates stellar class

Clad in cap and gown and amid the landscape of America’s “most beautiful college campus,” distinguished public radio host Leonard Lopate, Class of ’68, delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads and distinguished alumni – among them Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award winner Professor Michael Cunningham (’54), acclaimed author, translator, poet and director Paul Auster and celebrated professor of psychology, author, humanist and activist Philip G. Zimbardo – during Commencement Day at Brooklyn College. Comment.
Greenpoint

Williamsburg does Memorial Day - Residents mark holiday with rooftop barbeques & acoustic sounds at Harefield Road

Memorial Day was never a holiday I really understood. I remember in high school it meant that I had to march around my small town in New Hampshire in the school band. It meant hot sweaty music in stale polyester uniforms and lots of group pauses in front of flower-covered memorials. It meant closing our eyes or looking down at our feet and pretending to remember war heroes we’d never met. Comment.
Borough-wide

School’s out for good at St. Cecilia

Parents of children at St. Cecilia School (115 Monitor Street), which recently announced plans to close after this year, are angry the Diocese of Brooklyn reneged on an earlier promise to keep the school open. Comment.
Greenpoint

1 more year for cb 1 chair - Vincent Abate, 91, sets date for retirement

Community Board 1 Chair Vincent Abate, whose tenure began in 1980 and spanned drastic changes in North Brooklyn and New York City, recently announced he will step down in June of 2009. Comment.
Greenpoint

Local students are the ‘real deal’ - Brooklyn residents write screenplay, which will debut on Showtime this summer

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Greenpoint

Healing photography at Woodhull

Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment.
Greenpoint

$ for affordable housing - Lopez secures record amount in state budget funds

Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment.
Greenpoint

Fight to keep rents low - MRNY vigil to prevent rent spikes, one block at a time

With the Rent Control Board hearings looming, Make the Road Members gathered for a vigil outside the Bushwick Playground near Putnam Avenue where a number of row house apartments are being removed from rent-stabilization protections. Comment.
Greenpoint

Body snatcher prevention

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Veterans hold lone vigil at WW II memorial - Old soldiers warn that Memorial Day is losing its meaning

While there was plenty of fun in the sun at Cadman Plaza Park this past Memorial Day weekend, no one apparently went to the park to do what it was designed for – honoring the veterans. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Robbery gang is no match for 88th Pct. cops

The doubling of efforts to catch a small gang of robbers earned two patrol officers in the 88th Precinct “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MetroTech college scholarships - 25 $1,000 awards to be given to deserving students

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lakeside Center skates on thicker ice - More money allocated to make Prospect PK project a reality

About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s a family affair at Fort Greene Park

Mom, dad and the kids joined peace-loving forces with their neighbors during a unity day at Fort Greene Park. Comment.
Borough-wide

Guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Get it direct from farmer Sergio - Residents can sign up for farm fresh all-natural produce

Throw down a little seed money and you could be receiving cardboard boxes full of fresh vegetables. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Felony crime drops - 88th Pct. records 33 percent decline

Despite a few problem areas, felony crime continues to go down within the confines of the 88th Precinct. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Daycare funding woes

A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cops hunt apologetic muggers

They were very sorry for what they did – just not sorry enough. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City Council green light 5th Ave. BID - Merchants hope new business alliance will improve prospects

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Call for stop work order

The developer of a controversial Clinton Hill building quietly continued construction on the 16-story, 49-unit luxury high-rise about two weeks ago. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Building on the American Dream

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Break out the bikinis & sun block - BK beaches officially open for ‘08 season

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK kids’ work to hit Showtime

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Flatbush

Tickets for text messaging

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Flatbush

66th Pct’s ace crime-buster

Have rock, will rob. Comment.
Flatbush

67th Pct. cops keep ahead of shootings

For 2008, the 67th Precinct is on target to maintain the record low number of shootings recorded last year. Comment.
Flatbush

New ‘super’ civic - Grassroots organizations plan alliance

Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment.
Flatbush

Hillary costs Clarke CBID endorsement

A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment.
Flatbush

Gone but never forgotten in their hearts

The supreme sacrifice of a hero cop was recalled with tears and prayers when family, friends and colleagues united for a Mass in Sunset Park in memory of slain 67th Precinct Officer Anthony Mosomillo. Comment.
Flatbush

Fight for child care - officials, parents protest funding changes

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Flatbush

Felder throws hat in the ring

And then there were three. Comment.
Flatbush

Drowning in a puddle of woe - Clarendon Road residents are awash after heavy rain

The recent re-paving of Clarendon Road by the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) may have made a long-standing ponding problem worse. Comment.
Flatbush

Dressed for green success on E. 32nd St.

East 32nd Street, between Tilden and Snyder avenues, is looking lush and verdant, thanks to the proud handiwork of its green-thumbed homeowners. Comment.
Flatbush

DOE pushes Fahari - New charter school coming to nabe

Flatbush could soon be home to a new charter school. Comment.
Flatbush

D.A. Hynes salutes Brooklyn’s bravest, finest

The borough’s Finest and Bravest were among the cream of the crime-fighting crop honored for “keeping Brooklyn safe” during a Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast, presented by District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

5th Ave. BID gets okay - Students stage production of timeless children’s classic

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Teen scribes are ready for their close up - Cable TV to produce the work of talented Brooklyn screenwriters

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Francis de Sales students shine with ‘Snow White’ - Students stage production of timeless children’s classic

The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Some fume over Gardens rezoning

Carroll Gardens’ wide street text amendment is heading for a public hearing before the City Planning Commission this week with official support from both Community Board 6 and Borough President Marty Markowitz, but critics still want to put the brakes on it. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sixth graders on pins & needles waiting on DOE - Area families await middle-school admission letters

The wait is almost over for parents of District 15 students. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Runners test their mettle to the max

On your mark, get set, go! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Poetry and more

Barnes & Noble Park Slope is hosting a series of kids events throughout June. Events include. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Opposition to community cuts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New MetroTech scholarships

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More seed money for Prospect ice rink - New Lakeside Center moves one step closer to becoming a reality

About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment.
Borough-wide

Man holds family hostage - Drama plays out on St. Mark’s Place as cops storm block

Cops converged on St. Marks Place between Third and Fourth avenues Wednesday morning during a bizarre stand-off with an area resident who refused to relinquish a child under his care to city authorities. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Like it or not, Here’s PAVE - Charter school coming to P.S. 15

In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

How to safeguard yourself from a stroke - New York Methodist Hospital to hold free screenings for residents

While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus Goes Green festival

Lavender Lake will be decidedly green this weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Go out and get involved - Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Enhanced cardiac care in Brooklyn

The Mount Sinai Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center have agreed to enter into a clinical affiliation to offer premier cardiac care in Brooklyn. Mount Sinai and Lutheran have applied to New York State for permission to jointly operate the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center on Lutheran’s campus. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City Tech grad builds her American Dream - Bright architectural career awaits 29-year-old emigre from Ecuador

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Break out the bikinis - Beach season returns in Brooklyn

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn International Film Fest returns

An upcoming film festival is looking to its host borough for inspiration—and finding it on virtually every street corner. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK battles as child care funding dries up

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Canarsie

You gotta be ‘FAST’ to fight off a stroke

The acronym was among the tips on how to prevent and treat the nation’s third leading killer when the state’s top health official held a public alert at Maimonides Medical Center for National Stroke Awareness Month. Comment.
Canarsie

Women’s health forum

Female physicians and women in the Brooklyn community will come together for the free “Women Caring for Women” symposium, June 7 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Comment.
Canarsie

The ‘Spirit’ moves Bklyn youngsters - New ‘KidSpirit’ magazine begins publication life in the borough

Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment.
Canarsie

Texting is going to cost you - New legislation has teeth to take on dangerous drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Canarsie

SUNY Downstate Medical Center students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Canarsie

Starrett City tenants claim victory over rent hikes

After more than a year of tenant hand-wringing and political hardball, the owners of Starrett City signed a pact that will keep the complex affordable for at least the next 20 years. Comment.
Canarsie

Parks Dept. holds off on Canarsie Park reopening

In an about-face, the city’s Parks Department has cancelled its plans to reopen portions of Canarsie Park that have been under renovation, just days before the ribbon-cutting was scheduled to take place. Comment.
Canarsie

Open door policy at 69th Pct. - Captain urges residents with complaints to stop by or call

Captain Milt Marmara, the new commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, told residents last week that they don’t have to wait until their monthly community council meeting to address crime problems on their block. Comment.
Canarsie

New ‘super’ civic in the making - Heads of local grassroots groups plan formation of new alliance

Local organizations are considering the formation of the Southern Brooklyn Civic Alliance, a coalition of civic groups sharing common concerns. Comment.
Canarsie

My hero: MADD celebrates crime-busters

Mothers Against Drunk Driving delivered a tall salute to Brooklyn’s Finest by feting them with a tribute at Bay Ridge Manor to mark Crime Victims Rights Week. Comment.
Canarsie

Moderation is the key to HAMS - Group seeks alternative ways to combat substance abuse

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment.
Canarsie

Kings County GOP to host Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Canarsie

It’s showtime inside the lost tunnel - Performance art group draws inspiration deep beneath Brooklyn street

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Canarsie

Holocaust memorial

The Holocaust Memorial Committee will hold its 24th Annual Gathering & Exhibit, June 8 at 11 a.m. inside The Bay Academy-IS 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment.
Canarsie

hold fourth annual health fair

Community residents are invited to participate in the fourth annual health fair/street fair, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of the Brookdale University Hospital-Medical Center, East 98th Street (rear entrance to the Hospital) from Hegeman Avenue to Amboy Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Health insurance for senior citizens

Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment.
Canarsie

Hats off to nabe’s magnificent moms

Moms and grandmas were fêted in style as the Remsen Senior Center – 650 Remsen Avenue – hosted its first Mothers Day luncheon, featuring a mélange of food, poetry and an outpouring of tributes in honor of Dear Old Ma. Comment.
Canarsie

Ground zero for something really big

A large vacant property in Canarsie might one day see a flurry of activity. Comment.
Canarsie

FUBA lauds some of its fantastic friends - Stellar cast of community luminaries toasted during 12th anniversary banquet

It was time for celebration as Canarsie activists and elected officials gathered together to toast those who make a difference. Comment.
Canarsie

Enter the Hall of Fame - New York City heroes are now online

With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment.
Canarsie

Dylan to play Brooklyn

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer as he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Canarsie

Doll and Toy Museum anniversary bash

Marlene Hochman, founder and executive director of The Doll and Toy Museum of NYC, will host the museum’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library 280 Cadman Plaza West, second floor. Comment.
Canarsie

Clergy breakfast

Councilman Kendall Stewart will host a Clergy Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 14 at Café Omar, 1744 Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

30 ccs of cheer – stat! Beth Israel Medical Center salutes nurses

Recognition by their peers, co-workers and patients distinguish a special group of Beth Israel Medical Center nurses who were honored at the recent Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence Awards ceremony and represented the hospital at the 1199 SEIU-League of Voluntary Hospitals Nurse of Distinction competition. Comment.
Canarsie

Can the plastic bag - Reuse and renewables are the watchwords

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined City Council Members Simcha Felder and Gale A. Brewer and Elizabeth Broad, deputy director of Earth Day New York, in handing out reusable canvas shopping bags to patrons of the greenmarket behind Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie history enthralls locals

The parade simply wasn’t enough for local patriots, who filled up on national pride at the Canarsie History Museum where a history fair paid further tribute to America’s war heroes. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn College graduates stellar new class

Clad in cap and gown and amid the landscape of America’s “most beautiful college campus,” distinguished public radio host Leonard Lopate, Class of ’68, delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads and distinguished alumni – among them Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award winner Professor Michael Cunningham (’54), acclaimed author, translator, poet and director Paul Auster and celebrated professor of psychology, author, humanist and activist Philip G. Zimbardo – during Commencement Day at Brooklyn College. Comment.
Canarsie

Bloods & Crips on pier - Hundreds of gangbangers congregate

Anglers aren’t the only ones baiting guppies at the Canarsie Pier. Comment.
Canarsie

A fashionable turn - Creativity combines with community outreach

Witness the remarkable homecoming of fashion, community leadership and economic development at the Sixth Annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), one of New York City’s premier providers of supportive housing, at 6 p.m., June 9 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue. Comment.
Bushwick

‘Cinergistic’ film smorgasbord coming - 11th annual Brooklyn International Film Festival set to run May 30 to June 8

An upcoming film festival is looking to its host borough for inspiration—and finding it on virtually every street corner. Comment.
Bushwick

Tunnel tour to get new theatrical boost

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Bushwick

Taking it to the streets - Bushwick: ‘No more crime’

Bushwick residents are fed up with violence in their community and took to the streets to demonstrate against crime. Comment.
Bushwick

Prescription for fine art photography at Woodhull

Brooklyn photographer Nancy Siesel knows hospitals. Comment.
Bushwick

Officer recognized for gun arrests

Deputy Inspector John Bambury of the 83rd Precinct and the Ridgewood Times presented an award to Officer Rafael Belardo for his work making two separate gun arrests over a span of three days. Comment.
Bushwick

It’s ‘Showtime’ for 2 Bklyn teens

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing a screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Bushwick

IS 318 musicians to play Carnegie Hall - School’s Senior Concert Band to appear as part of annual PS Arts Week

The talented and hard-working Senior Concert Band at IS 318 (101 Walton Street) will soon take their act from Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle to Carnegie Hall. Comment.
Bushwick

Day care funding formula could imperil Bklyn sites

A new funding system is jeopardizing the future of Brooklyn’s day care centers. Comment.
Bushwick

CB4 members take their seats - Board largely re-elected; community activists ‘humbled’ by support

Community Board 4 members reelected candidates for executive committee at the Board’s May meeting, held at Hope Gardens Multi Service Center (195 Linden Street). Comment.
Bushwick

Awards for nabe-minded cops

Members of the National Police for the Dominican Republic presented Detective Dennis Diaz and Police Officer Damarys Franco, Community Affairs Officers with the 83rd Precinct, with an award recognizing their work with the community. Comment.
Bushwick

A vigil for their homes - Streetside event to help save rent-stabilized apartments

With the Rent Control Board hearings looming, Make the Road Members gathered for a vigil outside the Bushwick Playground near Putnam Avenue where a number of row house apartments are being removed from rent-stabilization protections. Comment.
Bushwick

Affordable housing windfall

Assemblymember Vito Lopez secured a record $300 million for affordable housing programs in this year’s state budget, as Brooklyn housing organizations wait for the final allocations to be divvied out over the next few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Zoning challenge

Carroll Gardens’ wide street text amendment is heading for a public hearing before the City Planning Commission this week with official support from both Community Board 6 and Borough President Marty Markowitz, but critics still want to put on the brakes on it. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Moral Clarity’ author at BSEC

To commemorate the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s 100th anniversary, BSEC will hold an Anniversary Lecture at 4 p.m., May 31 at the Poly Prep Auditorium, 49 Prospect Park West between First and Second streets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Vets warn their day is waning

While there was plenty of fun in the sun at Cadman Plaza Park this past Memorial Day weekend, no one apparently went to the park to do what it was designed for – honoring the veterans. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Teens scribes are the Real Deal - Brooklyn students to have their work produced on cable TV

Writing a screenplay for the first time is hard enough. Writing screenplay for a national contest selected from hundreds of submissions with nine people who have strong opinions about culture, masculinity, and New York City, however, is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Skimping on child day care - Brooklyn advocates push back against efforts to reduce funding

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

People’s summit on development

Area residents are invited to join Community Board 6 Board members Brad Lander, Elly Spicer, Bob Zuckerman and Craig Hammerman at the free People’s Accountable Development Summit, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pals pitch in for It’s My Park Day at Prospect Park

Nearly 300 people participated in “It’s My Park Day!” at Prospect Park, a half-day of park-wide volunteer projects to care for Brooklyn’s great landmark park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MetroTech BID college scholarships

The MetroTech Business Improvement District (BID) last week announced they were giving away 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each to local public high school seniors who choose to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lakeside Center skates on thicker ice

About $35 million in the can and another $40 million or so to go before work can begin on Prospect Park’s proposed 26-acre Lakeside Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hillary backlash hurts Clarke

A downtown Brooklyn Democratic club has decided not to endorse Rep. Yvette Clarke in this year’s election – and, no, it’s not because the president of the club lost to her back in 2006. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the play we go...

The talented students at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf staged an impressive version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” last week, delighting those who packed the auditorium at the 260 Eastern Parkway school. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Free Stroke Alert Day at NYM Hospital

While the effects of stroke can be debilitating, this serious health condition is often preventable or treatable. In order to educate the public about stroke prevention and detection, New York Methodist Hospital hosted a free Stroke Alert Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Foodies fight back against the scourge of cancer

Eat, drink and be hopeful. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fifth Avenue BID gets the okay

The City Council this week unanimously approved the creation of a Business Improvement District for Fifth Avenue, an initiative supporters say will enhance the popular commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Crime falls in the Heights

For two seasons so far, crime continues to decline in the 84th Precinct. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cops storm block - Family held hostage on St. Marks Pl.

Cops converged on St. Marks Place between Third and Fourth avenues Wednesday morning during a bizarre stand-off with an area resident who refused to relinquish a child under his care to city authorities. Comment.
Borough-wide

Community Bd. cut protest

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham, joined district managers and chairs of Brooklyn’s community boards on the steps of Borough Hall to call on Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Office of Management and Budget to reconsider the proposed cuts to the city’s 59 community boards. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Civic meetings guide

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Charter school movin’ in - PAVE Academy to debut at P.S. 15 over parents’ objections

In spite of parents’ objections, a new charter school will definitely open in P.S. 15 this fall. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Building on the American Dream - Ecuadorian immigrant embarks on architectural career

“My parents came to the U.S. 15 years ago in search of a better life,” says Bushwick resident Carolina Leon, who will be receiving her Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology (City Tech), June 3. “In Ecuador, my mother was an architect and my father was a civil engineer. Professionally, it didn’t quite work out the way they planned. Today, my mother is a waitress and my father works for a catering company.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Break out the bikinis & sunblock - BK beaches officially open for ’08 season

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined elected officials and New Yorkers at ceremonial beach openings throughout New York City to announce the official start of beach season this week. The City’s beaches are now officially open to the public, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ballooning BK Bridge PK - Price tag for project soars

While published reports state that the cost of Brooklyn Bridge Park has ballooned to $340 million, the agency charged with building the park refused to confirm the price tag. Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - A perfect Memorial Day weekend

I got myself in the Memorial Day Spirit by putting Old Glory on my new car just leased from Manfredi Subaru in Staten Island. I’m glad I was able to find one; they’ve become pretty scarce lately. Usually I buy them a dozen at a time in the Dollar stores because I like to fly them two at a time, one on each back window. Not only does it show patriotism, but makes your car easier to find in the Mall’s parking lots…lot of cars got one flag only. Comment.
Bay News

10 years in public eye

From law enforcer to law maker. Comment.
Bay News

‘Dustbowl’ days are numbered - Leif Ericson Park to be revamped

There’s a reason why the ballfield at Leif Ericson Park are known familiarly as “the dustbowl.” Comment.
Bay News

Tsk, tsk...texting is going to cost you - New crack down coming on bad drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Bay News

St. John’s parishioners hold feast of Corpus Christi

Parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal culminated Holy Week rites with a Solemnity Feast of Corpus Christi. Comment.
Bay News

Shoppers rally to save Key Food

Upwards of 100 people gathered outside the soon-to-be-shuttered Key Food this past Saturday to protest the loss of another supermarket in the community. Comment.
Bay News

Israel celebration

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will bring Israel to the Greater Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park community for its Annual Israel Celebration June 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Fossella aide to vie for Assembly

A longtime community activist and political aide is making a bid for public office. Comment.
Bay News

Dylan on a Brooklyn stag e

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Bay News

Dark ages provide a lot of illuminating fun

Mock jousting and medieval costumes were among the scene-stealers when budding thespians staged a Shakespearean festival at Dyker Heights Intermediate School 201. Comment.
Bay News

Bully boy crime - Teens blamed for robbery spike

Bensonhurst is seeing a spike in robberies and cops say kids are to blame. Comment.
Bay News

Brother george Larkin Scholarship winner

Jessica Minotti Verderame of Bay Ridge, daughter of Sam Minotti and Holly Habuba of Poland, Ohio, has been selected as a four-year recipient of the St. Francis College Brother George Larkin Scholarship. Comment.
Bay News

Bay Ridge prep school marks 10th year

A milestone was hailed with cheers and a trip down memory lane when the Bay Ridge Preparatory School celebrated its 10th anniversary at the El Caribe Country Club. Comment.
Bay News

Bad news for parts peddlers

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment.
Bay News

A Community salute to inspiring women

Two “outstanding” women were delivered a tall salute during an honor tea, presented by the Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women’s Club. Comment.
Borough-wide

The ‘Spirit’ moves Brooklyn youngsters - New ‘KidSpirit’ magazine heats up the presses life in the borough

Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn battles child day care cuts - Opponents say city’s new funding formula puts centers in jeopardy

The fight is on to protect the city’s day care programs. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Followed and stabbed Comment.
Borough-wide

’Tis fun to speak in Shakespearean tones

Mock jousting and medieval costumes were among the scene-stealers when budding thespians staged a Shakespearean festival at Dyker Heights Intermediate School 201. Comment.
Borough-wide

Women Caring for Women - Bay Ridge manor to host special health symposium

Female physicians and women in the Brooklyn community will come together for the free “Women Caring for Women” symposium, June 7 at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vito exit leaves GOPers scrambling - Maltese in the mix after party bosses put up Powers

Democrats hoping to snag the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Vito Fossella may face a primary fight, but Republicans trying to hold the seat apparently can’t even decide whose candidacy to endorse. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tiger Woods tees off for the military - Troops looms large for Fourth of July National Golf Tournament

Professional golfer Tiger Woods understands the sacrifices military families make and the importance of acknowledging those sacrifices. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tickets for texting behind the wheel

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Borough-wide

Thanks for keeping us safe: DA hails bravest, finest

The borough’s Finest and Bravest were among the cream of the crime-fighting crop honored for “keeping Brooklyn safe” during a Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast, presented by District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Students identify powerful ‘poms’ - Brooklyn duo documents virus-fighting properties of the pomegranate

Two students at Touro College’s Lander College of Arts and Sciences – Flatbush (LCAS – Flatbush) have discovered that bacteria that cause cavities in teeth and the viruses that plague hospitals can be destroyed by properties in pomegranate juice and other readily available beverages. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stroke awareness and prevention

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn will hold a Nutrition & Stroke Prevention seminar at LICH’s Avram Conference Center, Room A, 339 Hicks Street at Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stellar class of 2008 - Arlene Keating becomes neighborhood organization’s 58th president

Clad in cap and gown and amid the landscape of America’s “most beautiful college campus,” distinguished public radio host Leonard Lopate, Class of ’68, delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads and distinguished alumni – among them Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award winner Professor Michael Cunningham (’54), acclaimed author, translator, poet and director Paul Auster and celebrated professor of psychology, author, humanist and activist Philip G. Zimbardo – during Commencement Day at Brooklyn College. Comment.
Borough-wide

State Senator Golden marks 10th year of political life

From law enforcer to law maker. Comment.
Borough-wide

Singing soldier is in tune with comrades

“He was a Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Shoppers rally to save Key Food - Many say loss of area market would be a serious blow

Upwards of 100 people gathered outside the soon-to-be-shuttered Key Food this past Saturday to protest the loss of another supermarket in the community. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rx for Maimonides staff - Community Board 10 salutes neighborhood hospital

A local hospital was in the spotlight during Com-munity Board 10’s monthly Honor of the Pledge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Push to rename ballfields

The 68th Precinct Youth Council has joined with the family of Richard Sherry to request the renaming of 83rd Street and Shore Road, where the 68th Precinct Youth Council baseball fields are located, in honor of their long-time community leader, who recently passed away. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parishioners march for the feast of Corpus Christi

Parishioners of St. John’s Episcopal culminated Holy Week rites with a Solemnity Feast of Corpus Christi. Comment.
Borough-wide

New leadership at the helm of BRCC - Arlene Keating becomes neighborhood organization’s 58th president

A year after he accepted the gavel from Barbara Vellucci, Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) President Robert Cassara has passed it on to the organization’s new leader, Arlene Keating. Comment.
Borough-wide

Military connections

MilitaryConnection.com has announced that they have become a corporate supporter of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program. The relationship continues to benefit the military community through alliances and partnerships with a number of the nonprofit organizations that are part of the America Supports You program. Comment.
Borough-wide

Medicos fighting ‘Compassion fatigue’

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, has launched a program aimed at caring for a segment of the military population much more accustomed to administering care than receiving it. Comment.
Borough-wide

Madd lauds local crime-busting effors

Mothers Against Drunk Driving delivered a tall salute to Brooklyn’s Finest by feting them with a tribute at Bay Ridge Manor to mark Crime Victims Rights Week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lost tunnel tour getting close-up attention - Performance group finds artistic inspiration deep beneath the borough

A fledging performance company is looking off Broadway—and beneath Atlantic Avenue—for its latest artistic excursion. Comment.
Borough-wide

Holocaust exhibit

The Holocaust Memorial Committee will hold its 24th Annual Gathering & Exhibit, June 8 at 11 a.m. inside The Bay Academy-IS 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment.
Borough-wide

George Larkin scholarship

Jessica Minotti Verderame of Bay Ridge, daughter of Sam Minotti and Holly Habuba of Poland, Ohio, has been selected as a four-year recipient of the St. Francis College Brother George Larkin Scholarship. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fossella aide to challenge Brook-Krasny

A longtime community activist and political aide is making a bid for public office. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ferraro Service Award

The 62nd Precinct Community Council will present The Michael J. Ferraro Community Service Award to graduates of elementary schools in the 62nd Precinct boundaries, at 7:30 p.m., June 10 at the St. Finbar Center, 1825 Bath Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Farm bill could grow more subsidies here

Brooklynites are hoping for higher subsidies for food stamps, food pantries and other emergency programs after the House of Representatives passed the comprehensive Farm Bill last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Everything in moderation - HAMS fights alcohol abuse

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Effort to stop parts peddling

As one of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s body-snatching scam awaits his sentence, a local elected official has spearheaded changes to make sure that the ghoulish practice isn’t repeated anytime soon. Comment.
Borough-wide

Digging into 86th Street - Pol gets update on massive sewer project’s progress

State Senator Martin J. Golden visited and met with officials of the Department of Design and Construction at the site of the 86th Street sewer construction project to be updated about the status and progress of the project. Comment.
Borough-wide

City Council fiasco has chilling effect - Frozen funds have Bklyn groups worrying when the money will come

As Speaker Christine Quinn announced several major changes to the City Council’s current budget allocation process earlier this month, local nonprofit organizations are still wondering when they will receive their discretionary funding for the current fiscal year. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cheers for World War II vets

They last donned their uniforms nearly 70 years ago, but the veterans appeared as proud as if they were still wearing them as they set out for their visit to the nation’s capital to see the memorial in their honor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Careers in military medicine - Graduates train to be the best doctors in uniform

Navy Ens. Sandra McLaughlin could have gone to medical school anywhere, all expenses paid. But after a year at Yale University’s School of Medicine, she felt she wasn’t in the best place to prepare for a career treating combat casualties. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blowing off the dust - New era for Leif Ericson Park

There’s a reason why the ballfield at Leif Ericson Park is known familiarly as “the dustbowl.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge club hails outstanding women

Two “outstanding” women were delivered a tall salute during an honor tea, presented by the Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women’s Club. Comment.
Borough-wide

A perfect ‘10’ for Bay Bidge prep

A milestone was hailed with cheers and a trip down memory lane when the Bay Ridge Preparatory School celebrated its 10th anniversary at the El Caribe Country Club. Comment.

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