Friday, June 27, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Suit falls like a lead balloon Comment.
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Cops unmask bandit

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment.
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Cops: Thug attacked others - Catholic school teacher’s attacker implicated in more crimes

The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment.
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Happily shipwrecked on the sudsy shores of Beer Island

A new site off the Coney Island Boardwalk has been attracting thirsty revelers. Comment.
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142 years of helping families in need

The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service — one of Brooklyn’s first and largest providers of social services to 13,000 disadvantaged children, families and adults with disabilities — will celebrate its 142nd anniversary and honor “The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund” at its annual fundraising event, June 25 at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, 6-9 p.m. Comment.
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‘Spending power’ vs. budget cuts

A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment.
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‘Ghost ships’ plucked from Jamaica Bay - Abandoned vessels stop short of Davy Jones’ locker, so feds give ’em the heave-ho

Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment.
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Water bill cap - New effort to help residents

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate and several of his assembly colleagues introduced legislation (A.11382/S833) that would cap water and sewer bills for all New York City residents. The bill would prohibit the City of New York from imposing rent upon the New York City Water Board. Comment.
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Vying to be Beep - Yvonne Graham throws hat into the ring

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
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Vets’ Day

Kickstart your choppers and come on down to the Ninth Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day in the Park, June 29 from 12-7 p.m., at the Asser Levy Seaside Park bandshell, Surf Avenue & West Fifth Street. Comment.
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Verizon tiptoes in Manhattan Beach

Verizon may have set off a firestorm of controversy in Marine Park last year when it started sticking 45-foot tall poles in front of people’s homes, but the chair of Community Board 15 says the same thing is not going to happen in Manhattan Beach. Comment.
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Teacher layoffs feared - Cloud hangs over Twain Gifted & Talented program

Parents are taking action to protect I.S. 239, the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. Comment.
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Spotting trouble before it starts

A new state bill on the verge of being signed into law seeks to educate parents on recognizing signs of child predators. The law addresses what many child advocacy experts consider an education gap between children and parents when it comes to sex offenders. Comment.
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Sights set on Council - Brooklyn activist Ken Diamondstone want’s Yassky’s seat

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
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Shining a light on the housing crisis - Brooklyn group CHANGER holds foreclusure vigil on steps of BK Supreme Court

Brooklyn homeowners, livid about the financial institutions and predatory lenders that led to their foreclosures, built a mock village out of foreclosure rescue advertising signs and held a candelight vigil as the sun retreated behind Brooklyn Supreme Court last Thursday. Comment.
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Sharp turnaround for 60th Precinct

It’s a team effort. Comment.
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Shaolin team takes home the gold

The NYC Shaolin kung fu team, based in Williamsburg, attended the United States of America Wushu and Kung Fu Federation’s U.S. National Championships in Willamantic CT. Comment.
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Scout earns his wings helping others

When Brooklyn scout Giancarlo Rindone embarked upon his Eagle Scout project, he wanted to do something that would not only help his community, but be heartfelt and meaningful, too. Comment.
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Scarano caught in scam - Infamous architect busted for false statements to DOB

Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, whose name has become synonymous with the borough’s rapid development and what some characterize as an unregulated “Wild West” mentality surrounding it, was brought up on charges by the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Investigations last week. Comment.
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Ronald’s safe on 86th St. - Drive-thru wins support

A lax developer and red-headed clown with a thing for hamburgers will probably continue to do business in Bensonhurst thanks to a couple of approvals from Community Board 11 this week. Comment.
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P.S. 254 students put on their dancing shoes

The schoolyard was abuzz with the sound of music and the fancy footwork of budding Alvin Aileys as starry-eyed students teamed up for a song and dance extravaganza at Public School 254. Comments (1).
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New tool to help to get fit in NYC

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
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Nabe crime spike - Grand larcenies, robberies up

It has been a rough year for 90th Precinct, where crime is up 18 percent from its levels of June 2007. Comment.
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Music matters for Brooklyn kids

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.
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Mayor’s plan is fair, Taconic sez

The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment.
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Make Music NY returns

The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment.
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Lucky guy goes from doorman to made man - Blue-collar worker strikes it big in Mill Basin

Richard ‘Sonny’ Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment.
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Lion/Lancer Golf Outing

The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School & St. Augustine Diocesan High School alumni associations are holding their 12th Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing, June 26 at The Middle Island Country Club, 275 Yaphank Road. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lights out for Bay Imaging - Court order bans president from radiology business

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
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Laying the foundation for the BK Greenway

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment.
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Kingsborough’s 43rd commencement exercises

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
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Kids show there’s more to school than tests

Music and artwork marked the end of a successful academic year at Public School 52. Comment.
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Kids do more than just name that tune - Brooklyn schools excel in Riverside Symphony’s 2008 Music Memory Finals

Nonie Donato’s fifth-graders from P.S. 193 in Midwood placed first in the Riverside Symphony’s 2008 Music Memory Finals competition, followed closely by Michael Tornick’s fifth-grade class from P.S. 236 in Mill Basin, which finished second. Comment.
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Kane Street Synagogue Goodstock

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

I.S. 98 reflects on the Holocaust - Event designed to inform youth of ugly past

A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered at the Bay Academy I.S. 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue, recently for the Holocaust Memorial Committee’s 24th annual ceremony, an enduringly emotional event opening the emotional wounds wrought by the horrors of the Holocaust. Comment.
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IKEA power browsing

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment.
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Green Thumbs converge on Hewes St.

Through the hard work of dedicated community members, an unsightly vacant lot on the corner of Hewes and South 4th streets will soon become a verdant community garden. Comment.
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Gay pride on parade through local streets

Sunlit frolics, followed by a moonlit jaunt, drew mom, dad and the kids to Brooklyn Pride festivities in Park Slope. Comment.
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Free HIV testing

Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, in collaboration with Brownsville Multi-Services Family Health Center, will offer free HIV testing in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
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Forum on foreclosure - Borough leaders address ‘uncertain economic times’

The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment.
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Feuer retires from CB11 - District manager was there from the very beginning

This summer Community Board 11 will do something it has never done before: look for a new district manager. Comment.
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Family fair

The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment.
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Reform urged for RGB ‘sideshow’

City councilmembers and state legislators are scrambling to pass resolutions, seeking to significantly reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as it decides whether to increase rent for rent-stabilized tenants citywide. Comment.
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D.I.Y. renegades unite at McCarren Park

Hipsters far and wide descended on McCarren Park Pool last weekend for the Renegade Crafts Fair, the annual smorgasbord of alternative arts, crafts and clothing. Comment.
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Disgraced Vito leaves GOP in primary pickle

Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more convoluted, the race to succeed Representative Vito Fossella has taken another unexpected turn. Comment.
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Cut day rap - Sides debate police actions

NYPD tactics used in this year’s Senior Cut Day crackdown have been called into question, with community leaders charging that cops barred black teens from entering Manhattan Beach, even though the public beach should have been open to all. Comment.
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Cops: Thug attacked others

The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment.
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Coney takes good health to the streets

Area residents received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well being – plus enjoyed a revel or two – during a community health and street fair in Coney Island, presented by the United Community Baptist Church. Comment.
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Charter school hearing

Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment.
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BSSU Marchers make Mermaid Avenue merry

Marching bands, floats, and banner groups flocked to the streets to hail Brooklyn-Queens Day with a parade presented by the Brooklyn Sunday School Union (BSSU). Comment.
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BK History Fair

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment.
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Bill over & out

A visibly appalled Bill Guarinello announced his resignation from Victory Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees last week, predicting a dire situation in the months ahead. Comment.
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Bensonhurst packs 86th Street with fun & games

Bensonhurst brimmed with spring fun, drawing mom, dad and the kids to a multicultural fair, presented by the 86th Street Merchants Association. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bandit unmasked - False beard and glasses betray crook

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment.
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Annual Lena Cymbrowitz health fair

Hundreds of local residents learned about the merits of having and maintaining good health, all in an enjoyable atmosphere, during the Fifth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Health Fair. Comment.
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Air thick with complaints - Upset residents sound off at town hall meeting

A gamut of complaints and community concerns were aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment.
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A history of Jews in New York - Scholar and author Oscar Israelowitz to host lecture at the Williamsburg Library

On June 24, the Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Avenue) will host a lecture on the history of Jews in New York by renowned Jewish architect, scholar and author Oscar Israelowitz. Comment.
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NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Empty nesting and not liking it

It started on Thursday. Comment.
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A BRITISHER’S VIEW - US Supreme Court delivers junk justice

“For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head,” self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has gloated about his 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (1963-2002), whose wife gave birth to their first child three months after his cruel and cold-blooded execution. Comment.
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It’s not easy being green at the movies

This week at the movies was no time to cross anything green. Comment.
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Sufi trance rock

Haale descends upon New York in June, bringing her sufi trance rock. On June 22, for Celebrate Brooklyn!, Haale is opening for the legendary Malian Griot performer Salif Kaita in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Strolling & cruising by twilight

Thursday Night Twilight Tours in Prospect Park return for the summer, with excursions on June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28. This special event runs 7-9 p.m. at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Comment.
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Live opera in your park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
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Hansel & Gretel

Once upon a time a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel lived with their mother and father at the edge of a very great forest…” begins the classic children’s fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” presented by the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, June 21-22 and 28-29 at 3:30 p.m. Comment.
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Fin-tastic fun for the younger set

The raucous colors and sights of Coney Island’s famed Mermaid Parade come to life for young readers in a new picture book, Mermaids on Parade. Comment.
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Carroll Pk concerts

The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment.
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Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds live

Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 30th season of free entertainment continues June 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the double bill The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds. Comment.
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Western swing is the thing at Jalopy this month

Smokey Hormel’s Western Swing comes to Jalopy, with Frank Schaap opening June 20 at 9 p.m. ($10 cover charge). Comment.
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Tom Moran: Happy to be ‘Starting Over’ again

Tom Moran, 43, had a difficult time growing up in Brooklyn with vice and disappointment constantly coloring his childhood. He eventually succumbed and started drinking at a fairly early age – a decision that would come to haunt but eventually inspire him as an adult. Comment.
Williamsburg

Revel in the richness of the Caribbean

The new Caribbean-American Heritage Day, a part of the free Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival, may just be the most exciting program in the whole 2008 National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a celebration first made official by Congress and the president in 2006. Comment.
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Performing a bit of ‘Self Surgery’

Choreographer and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Dance Artist in Residence (2007-09) Sam Kim presents a work in progress showing of “Self Surgery,” June 20-21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 6 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pass Kontrol brings the dance party beat back home

The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment.
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Our Brooklyn accent has developed a country twang

In a recent piece in the Village Voice, the headline said it all: “Country music grows in Brooklyn.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Music in the streets: Annual fest turns on the Big Apple

For the second straight year, New York City’s streets will give themselves over to music on June 21 for the Make Music New York festival, a nascent tradition that began last year and was met with enthusiasm across the five boroughs. Comment.
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After the Jump busts out of the blogosphere in a big way

Last summer, music blogs banded together to promote 14 of their favorite bands, as well as raise money for a good cause – under-funded city music programs – at the After the Jump Fest. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jamel photography expo

A collective photography exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz, which explores photography beyond its subject matter, highlighting the “Posivity,” the definite moment when the lens captures and shines on an individual or object, is on view now to July 26, with an opening reception June 22 from 4-7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hip-hop, jazz, pop and more

BAMcafé Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, the performance series curated by Brooklyn Academy of Music Associate Producer of Music Darrell M. McNeill, continues its line-up for June with all performances (unless otherwise stated) beginning at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

440 Gallery Small Works Show this month

The 440 Gallery presents its fourth annual “Small Works Show,” June 26 through July 27 with an opening reception June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

A photographic journey

The Front Room presents Edie Winograde’s “Place and Time,” now to June 29, and on view Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Clones to avenge ‘07

Last year was a dream season for the Brooklyn Cyclones, but it was the kind of dream that ended abruptly and disturbingly. Comment.
Borough-wide

THIRD BASE - MARIA MANTAGAS, Madison

The best offensive infielder in the borough and on Madison, Mantagas can be touted as the sophomore sensation as she led the division with 30 RBI while hitting to the tune of a .604 BA. Comment.
Borough-wide

THIRD BASE - BRIAN CUBERO, New Utrecht

Despite being on the varsity level for his first season, the senior Ute batted to the tune of a .361 batting average while playing a solid “hot corner” for New Utrecht. Comment.
Borough-wide

17th Annual McCarthy run - Memorial 5K honors life of an American hero

The memory of a heroic Midwood resident – and the first American fatality of the Persian Gulf War – was delivered a tall salute when boroughites teamed up at Marine Park for the 17th Annual Eugene McCarthy Memorial Run. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sixth grader is a slamming success

Tennis player Dan Kerznerman is a name to watch out for in future years, and he’s only in the sixth grade. Comment.
Borough-wide

SHORTSTOP - LIZA ACEVEDO, Lincoln

Acevedo has played a great shortstop for Lincoln; while she has got it done in the field, she has also got the job done in the batter’s box, posting a .532 BA and driving-in 19 runs. Comment.
Borough-wide

SHORTSTOP - JAMES WONG, Madison

Madison’s secret weapon in the infield. Not only was he clutch in the playoffs by hitting a double that broke open game three of the semifinals, but Wong flashes the best glove in the borough. Comment.
Borough-wide

SECOND BASE - ASHLEY MAWAD, Midwood

The most improved player on Midwood in her freshman season, she batted only .190; this season, Mawad skyrocketed to a .537 BA and a .756 slugging percentage while having 22 hits. Comment.
Borough-wide

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - KAYLA HILL, Madison

The future is extremely bright for Madison as Hill has emerged as the key pitcher for the Lady Knights. In her first season on the varsity level, Kayla has only allowed five earned runs while fanning 56 opposing batters in 46 innings tossed. Not only has she done the job on the mound, Hill’s bat is lethal as she has batted to the tune of .373 BA, 4 HR, and 14 RBI. Hill has stepped up to be one of the borough’s most terrific stars as she still has three more years to dazzle fans and scouts while frustrating opponents. Comment.
Borough-wide

PITCHER- MARIE ONETO, Madison

Simply touted as the ace of Brooklyn, Oneto was unhittable as she tossed 46 shutout innings en route to a spotless 6-0 regular season record. In the playoffs, the ace struck out 14 batters in 15 frames tossed. Comment.
Borough-wide

PITCHER - DANIEL PERRI, Tele

In only his first season as a starter, Perri has powered Telecommunications’ starting rotation with a 5-1 record. But the freshman’s most impressive statistic was that he only surrended six earned runs in 29.2 innings pitched. Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTFIELD - STEVEN DEVALLE, Tele

In only his second season on the varsity level, Devalle went from batting .297 in 2007 to a solid .500 in 2008. The junior posted up 11 RBI and 28 hits. Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTFIELD - KRISTINA BERMUDEZ, Lincoln

While she is not at the hot corner, Bermudez roams the Lincoln outfield. The freshman stole 24 bases in only her first season on the varsity level. Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTFIELD - KEVIN LAIDLAW, Madison

Madison’s biggest outfield threat. Kevin has laid the law with a .440 BA while slugging at .500 for his final season roaming the Knights’ outfield. Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTFIELD - JENNIFER GABAY, Madison

Gabay has been a terrific outfield anchor for the Lady Knights as her glove is one of the best in Brooklyn. Her .429 BA and 24 RBI offensive output is among the top on Madison and in the division. Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTFIELD - GEENA BELL, Midwood

The leading offensive player for a team that struggled this season, Bell rung up opposing pitching for a .467 BA, .867 slugging percentage and produced a team-high 18 RBI and 21 hits. Comment.
Borough-wide

OUTFIELD - ALEXANDER WARDEN, New Utrecht

Warden has charted New Utrecht’s course into battle with a solid 2008 campaign (.308 BA and 13 RBI). His RBI total is tied for the team lead. Comment.
Borough-wide

FIRST BASE - RICHARD ADAMES, Tele

After finishing 2007, hopes were high for Adames to put up the same numbers (.413 and 13 RBI) as he did in a down year for Tele. But in a year when they won the division, Adames went out with a bang, batting .333 with 17 RBI. Comment.
Borough-wide

FIRST BASE - NIKKI PANARO, Madison

Madison’s slugger, Panaro plays a terrific first baseman and is the anchor on the Lady Knights’ infield. Additionally, her numbers solidify her position as that slugger (.474 BA, 27 H, and 27 RBI). Comment.
Borough-wide

DESIGNATED HITTER - JON PIERRE GARCIA, Tele

Although his natural position is behind the dish, Garcia has been the sparkplug for the Yellow Jackets’ offense. The slugging DH has batted to the tune of .455 BA, 2 HR and 19 RBI. Comment.
Borough-wide

CATCHER - LISA MORRO, New Utrecht

When she is not toting the hill, Morro has played a superb backstop and has posted terrific offensive numbers (.545 BA, 23 R and 23 RBI) for her final season as a Ute. Comment.
Borough-wide

CATCHER - JASON GALEANO, Tele

The best offensive backstop in the borough (.366 BA and 18 RBI), and it was only his first season as a Jacket. The freshman has proven to be a superb addition to the Telecommunications’ infield. Comment.
Borough-wide

Broomstick kings return

Sewer-to-sewer dingers wowed the crowd as golden street-warriors squared off against each other during a reunion stickball game in Sheepshead Bay, proving that when it comes to pounding the pavement, all roads lead back to Coyle Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

BK’s new generation of Tiger Woods golfers - Free golf center for children debuts

The Brooklyn site where the late father of Tiger Woods learned golf and fell in love with the sport is now also home to the nation’s first free golf center for children, complete with a six-hole course and pointers from the pros. Comment.
Borough-wide

Arrgh! It’s ‘Pirate Night’

The Brooklyn Cyclones will host the Aberdeen IronBirds on “Pirate Night” at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, June 26 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Goodstock’ coming

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Waterfront benefit

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

4th St. enjoys summer jumpstart

Summer fun was on the menu – not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights – when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Teen Challenge of Brooklyn

The oldest, largest, and most effective private agency of its kind, “Teen Challenge of Brooklyn,” celebrates 50 years as a free faith-based residential recovery center that trains and restores victims of substance abuse and other life controlling addictions. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stocking the shelves with spoiled goods - Attorney general cites Rite Aid stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Charles Jubilee

The CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center will hold its 35th anniversary celebration from 1:30-3 p.m., June 25 at the center’s facility, the Pierrepont House, 55 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Everyone 60+ and their guests are welcome to enjoy free food, music and dancing. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Smith Street Fun Day

The eight-block-long Smith Street Fun Day Sunday is coming to town, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

2008 senior citizen fair

Senator Martin Connor and Assemblywoman Joan Millman invite you to attend their 2008 Senior Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 27 at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Polytechnic graduates 153rd class

“Be bold and be brave and strive to break the thinking that something can’t be done,” urged Arthur C. Martinez in his commencement address to Polytechnic University’s 153rd graduating class at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pol pushes teen agenda

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery called for the adoption of her three-pronged Teen Health Agenda aimed at safeguarding New York’s young people from sexually-transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Picnic for Pooches & People

Treat your best furry friend to a fun-filled walk in the park as FIDO — the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners — hosts its annual “Summer Picnic for Pooches & Their People” from 5 p.m. to dusk, June 27 in Prospect Park’s Nethermead. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New plan to govern Yards

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New chief of urology at Methodist - Ivan Grunberger, MD, FACS, takes over department’s helm

New York Methodist Hospital recruited Ivan Grunberger, MD, FACS, to become the hospital’s new chief of urology. Dr. Grunberger treats diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract in men and women, and the reproductive system of men. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Meeting bullies head on

The staff at the Windsor Terrace branch of the Brooklyn Public Library really try to use additional resources in helping children in all areas of education. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayor’s plan is fair, Taconic sez - Major landowner signs on to city’s plan to redevelop Coney Island

The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Madison Street dresses for success - Block association wins Mollie Parnis Award

The Madison Street Block #3 Association has been named the first ever recipient of the Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Award in recognition of engaging neighborhood youth and residents in the renovation of the area community garden, announced The Citizens Committee for New York City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Livin’ life off the leash

The Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners (FIDO), along with NYCDog, celebrated the anniversary of FIDO’s first off-leash event in Prospect Park. Also on hand to join in the festivities was Assistant Parks Commissioner Bob Ipcar and members of FIDO’s steering committee. For more about FIDO, go to www.fidobrooklyn.com. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

KC Arts owner dies

Clementine S. Elia, owner and manager of KC Arts, 252 Court Street, died June 4, 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Juneteenth Arts Fest - Gala celebration marks end of U.S. slavery

The Cooperative Culture Collective, an association of Brooklyn-based artists and entrepreneurs, presents the Eighth Annual Juneteenth Arts Festival, which will feature performances, vendors, and workshops, June 21 from 12-6 p.m. in Culyer Gore Park, corner of Fulton & Greene streets in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

History fair

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Heaven on earth - specifically 7th Avenue

Summer revelers were in “Seventh Heaven” as Park Slope’s annual frolic of community friendship and spirit transformed the neighborhood into an outdoor emporium of seasonal fun. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hear jets’ roar - Many jeer flight paths

It’s not a bird, it’s a plane—many planes—flying overhead at a prodigious rate and disrupting life in pastoral Park Slope, fed up residents said this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Good business goes to the dogs

Councilmember David Yassky, chair of the City Council Committee on Small Business, presented his Small Business Community Excellence Award to robbie dawg, inc., in Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Goin’ to ‘town’

Townhouses may rise at 110 Amity Street after all. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Friday the 13th turns lucky

A Park Slope rental store leased the superstitious some good fortune this past Friday the 13 when its veep traveled up from Texas and randomly handed out Brooklyn Cyclone tickets to 1,000 lucky boroughites. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Foreclosure ‘field’ crops up here - Homeowners sound alarm outside court

Brooklyn homeowners, livid about the financial institutions and predatory lenders that led to their foreclosures, built a mock village out of foreclosure rescue advertising signs and held a candelight vigil as the sun retreated behind Brooklyn Supreme Court last Thursday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fighting obesity

Obesity is an epidemic that impacts more than nine million Americans, and more and more people who are affected by obesity are seeking to learn about surgical weight reduction. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Family Support Fair

The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DUMBO farmer’s market

The Dumbo Improvement District’s DUMBO Farmers’ Market will operate every Sunday, now to mid-November, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the corner of Main and Plymouth streets (entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dream home turns to jail cell - Convicted assemblywoman faces six years behind bars

A scheme for a dream home left State Assemblymember Diane Gordon in a small dingy jail cell – one that a judge ordered her to stay in for the next six years. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Diamondstone plans Council run - local activist announces bid for Yassky’s 33rd District seat

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bibliophiles rejoice this month

Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout June. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BAM land swap made

In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment.
Kings Courier

70th hails stats - 31 fewer victims of crimes this year

While 2008 may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start for the 70th Precinct, crime is now down approximately three percent for the year. Comment.
Kings Courier

Shovels in the ground; Carro center coming

The groundwork to immortalize a deceased grassroots leader was laid with pomp when local dignitaries assembled at Marine Park to begin construction on a new $11-million community center in honor of Carmine Carro. Comment.
Kings Courier

School hearing

Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment.
Kings Courier

Red light, green light

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined students from the Christian Heritage Academy, Steven Yamin, president of Nieuw Amersfort Community Association and community residents in celebrating the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Avenue J and East 42nd Street. Comment.
Kings Courier

Narcisse vies for City Council

Fully realizing the uphill climb she has in front of her, Canarsie activist Mercedes Narcisse officially announced her run for City Council last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lights out for Bay Imaging

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Kimball St. building clipped - DOE orders top floor removed

Lop it off. Comment.
Kings Courier

It’s a tale as old as time at Roy H. Mann JHS

A time-honored classic ignited the stage when students at Roy H. Mann Junior High School presented “Beauty and the Beast.” Comment.
Kings Courier

Hard work and studying pays off for top students at Public School 255

The close of the month has brought with it the newest batch of Brooklyn’s best and brightest as Public School 255 named their “Student of the Month” honorees. Comment.
Kings Courier

Grandma and Grandpa ... this one’s just for you

In recognition of grandparents throughout the community, Millennium Development Senior Services sponsored the Third Annual Grandparents Appreciation Day, held at the John Malone Center, 2303 Bergen Avenue. Active adults and seniors from various centers and their families attended the breakfast/event with their families. Comment.
Kings Courier

Gil Hodges students put on a showstopper

Starry-eyed students took to the stage – drawing rave reviews for their stellar showmanship – during the annual talent show at the Gil Hodges School P.S. 193. Comment.
Kings Courier

DOE tries to gloss over school cuts

A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment.
Kings Courier

Deluxe station house in the sky - Efforts to construct new 70th Police Precinct inch forward

It’s not happening any time soon, but someday – if things continue moving forward as they now are – the men and women of the 70th Precinct will have a new home. Comment.
Kings Courier

Bklyn History Fair

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment.
Greenpoint

St. Cecilia’s closes doors for good

Parents and teachers are still reeling as St. Cecilia’s School prepared to close its doors this week during its final year of classes after serving Greenpoint and Williamsburg for more than 100 years. Comment.
Greenpoint

Shaolin team brings home the gold

The NYC Shaolin kung fu team, based in Williamsburg, attended the United States of America Wushu and Kung Fu Federation’s U.S. National Championships in Willamantic CT. Comment.
Greenpoint

Scarano caught in scam - Infamous developer busted for false statements to DOB

Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, whose name has become synonymous with the borough’s rapid development and what some characterize as an unregulated “Wild West” mentality surrounding it, was brought up on charges by the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Investigations last week. Comment.
Greenpoint

Reform urged for rent board ‘sideshow’

City councilmembers and state legislators are scrambling to pass resolutions, seeking to significantly reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as it decides whether to increase rent for rent-stabilized tenants citywide. Comment.
Greenpoint

Reaching great heights - BK native scales Mt. Hood to raise cancer research funds

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment.
Greenpoint

New Tool to help you get fit in NYC

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
Greenpoint

Meet Eustacia Raymond - New Greenpoint liasion for Councilman David Yassky

City Councilmember David Yassky welcomed Eustacia Raymond, a new district aide for Greenpoint and Williamsburg, to his staff this past month. Comment.
Greenpoint

Know the signs - Education effort against pedophiles

A new state bill on the verge of being signed into law seeks to educate parents on recognizing signs of child predators. The law addresses what many child advocacy experts consider an education gap between children and parents when it comes to sex offenders. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK TKTS booths

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Greenpoint

Changing of the guard - New officers elected to 94th Precinct Community Council

The 94th Precinct Community Council elected new officers this week, voting in longtime Greenpoint resident Betty Hulsen as the council’s president for the coming year. Comment.
Greenpoint

Bay Imaging owners gone for good - Court order permanently bans corrupt businessmen from working in radiology services

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Year-end bash at Prospect Heights H.S.

Pupils at Prospect Heights High School put the “F” in fun when they wrapped up the academic year with a rollicking party. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Volunteers land in the winner’s circle

Fort Greene resident, 65-year-old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Robberies, burglaries on the brain

Despite the overall reduction of crime in Fort Greene during the year, community residents remain alarmed at the preponderance of robberies and burglaries that have been happening overnight in their neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lights out for shady diagnostics center

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kingsborough’s 43rd commencement day exercises

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brutality discussion in wake of Bell verdict - Fort Greene Peace holds forum

Questions of NYPD racial profiling and police brutality were discussed at length during an eye-opening forum held by Fort Greene Peace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Big chain peddles bad goods - Attorney general finds some rotten things at Rite Aid stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BAM land swap - Two Trees to build in Cultural Dist.

In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Atlantic Yards reform - New effort to increase public input

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

As wacky and tacky as they want to be

To offset some of the stress stemming from end-of-year Regents and final exams, Bishop Ford High School held a “Wacky Tacky Tuesday,” in which students and faculty dressed up in wacky outfits. Mike Satira, physical education teacher and director of Student Activities at Ford, 500 19th Street, organized the event and explained that in addition to defraying test-taking anxiety, “Wacky Tacky Tuesday” also serve as a great way to build school spirit. Yukking it up are seniors Mary Bruns and Jamie Conroy, with Satira, center. Comment.
Flatbush

The Power of the penny

An “easily forgotten” copper coin was transformed into a “powerful tool for youth action and service” – plus a pot of gold – when Public School 119 presented the fruits of its Penny Harvest fundraising labors to an organization which helps the needy. Comment.
Flatbush

Red light, green light 1...2...3

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined students from the Christian Heritage Academy, Steven Yamin, president of Nieuw Amersfort Community Association and community residents in celebrating the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Avenue J and East 42nd Street. Comment.
Flatbush

Public forum on Hebrew charter school

Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment.
Flatbush

Police urge cell phone protection

A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment.
Flatbush

Parents’ patience wears thin - Superintendent forced to admit school budget ‘cuts’

A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment.
Flatbush

Newkirk Plaza merchants celebrate remarkable 100-year history

They’ve come to hold a fond place in the hearts of locals. Comment.
Flatbush

Make Music NY ’08

The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment.
Flatbush

Haitian pride on parade in Brooklyn

The streets of Brooklyn were alive with the spirit of the Caribbean, as the Seventh Annual Haitian Day Parade made its way down Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard which, in “Little Haiti,” is better known as Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
Flatbush

Graham: I want to be the Beep

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Flatbush

Friendly fish out of water

A majestic ice princess is ready to reign supreme at the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, coming June 21. Comment.
Flatbush

Flatbush fears the rise of McMansions

As if with one voice, residents of Victorian Flatbush spoke out at a public hearing on the rezoning of their neighborhood to demand that the Department of City Planning (DCP) effectively under-zone the community, to protect it from over-development. Comment.
Flatbush

Fewer crime victims - Cops hail latest statistics

While 2008 may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start for the 70th Precinct, crime is now down approximately three percent for the year. Comment.
Flatbush

East 34th St. backs tomorrow’s leaders

The civic-minded were delivered a tall salute when the East 34th Street Block Association held its annual scholarship benefit at Café Omar. Comment.
Flatbush

Deadbeats at EDC

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Flatbush

Conquering Mt. Hood today, cancer tomorrow - Remarkable woman touches roof of the world in search of a cure

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment.
Flatbush

Click online, then get out there and play

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
Flatbush

Clean sweep for bay - Parks Service targets abandoned vessels

Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment.
Flatbush

Classroom retooling for 13 schools

Local Parent-Teacher Association presidents can now take their work to the next level, thanks to a high tech donation by Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs and the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC). Comment.
Flatbush

Caring that always wins - CNR honors Alisa Huggins for her exemplary work

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment.
Flatbush

Brooklyn is Barack Obama country - Hillary Clinton super delegates officially switch support to Illinois senator

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Flatbush

Another winning year at Wingate campus

A multi-media showcase of student talent celebrated the end of a successful academic year at the schools of Wingate Campus. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Yards critics laud bill

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Scarano smack down - Local reaction to charges filed against architect

It’s about time. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rite Aid stocks shelves with expired goods - State attorney general cites Brooklyn chain stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

43rd commencement exercises at KCC

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Meatballs, anyone? Consumers flock to opening of superstore

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Locals get first stab at Ikea jobs

Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kids dance their way to Lincoln Center

Twenty charter school students from Clinton Hill made their first visit to Lincoln Center a memorable one: by dancing on center stage. Part of the American Ballet Theatre’s “Make a Ballet” program, the students designed, choreographed, constructed, produced and performed their own original performance, “Cinderella and her Prince,” on stage at Lincoln Center. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Inspiring black history

The Town Hall and Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. presented awards to five winners of their Black History Poster/Essay Contest during a ceremony at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in New York City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Health conscious and living fit in Red Hook

Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on the merits of living a long and stress free life during a health fair outside at the PAL Miccio Head Start Center in Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Council races gets crowded

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Connor confident of victory

When State Senator Martin Connor was endorsed by the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender political club, he was pleasantly surprised. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Clean sweep for park’s Tennis House

Burly Bruce Ratner has given Prospect Park the brush-off. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

CB6 members go to ‘town’ - Board backs Amity Street townhouses

Townhouses may rise at 110 Amity Street after all. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Caring for your neighbor - Residents honored with Volunteer Leadership awards

Fort Greene resident, 65 year old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn: Get your TKTS here

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Goodstock’ at Kane Street Synagogue

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Woman climbs the heights for cancer cure - Brooklyn native tackles Mount Hood in quest to battle deadly disease

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment.
Canarsie

Shocking thug attacked others, police say - Catholic school teacher’s attacker implicated in a series of other heinous crimes

The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment.
Canarsie

Seventh Annual Haitian Day parade on nostrand

The streets of Brooklyn were alive with the spirit of the Caribbean, as the Seventh Annual Haitian Day Parade made its way down Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard which, in “Little Haiti,” is better known as Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

Senator pushes Teen Health Agenda - Campaign is aimed at educating youngsters about dangers of unprotected sex

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery called for the adoption of her three-pronged Teen Health Agenda aimed at safeguarding New York’s young people from sexually-transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy. Comment.
Canarsie

School is a Hebrew hotbed of controversy - New charter school raises separation of church and state questions

A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment.
Canarsie

Residents take stock of their good health

Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well-being during a health fair presented by St. Alban’s Health Guild. Comment.
Canarsie

Reflections on the Holocaust

A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered at the Bay Academy I.S. 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue, recently for the Holocaust Memorial Committee’s 24th annual ceremony, an enduringly emotional event opening the emotional wounds wrought by the horrors of the Holocaust. Comment.
Canarsie

Reaching out across the borough

A high-stepper rises to the occasion during a Brooklyn Day rally and celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.
Canarsie

Raptors roost high atop Gil’s bridge

Talk about a bird’s eye view. Comment.
Canarsie

Pol. sentenced to six years in housing scam

A scheme for a dream home left State Assemblymember Diane Gordon in a small dingy jail cell – one that a judge ordered her to stay in for the next six years. Comment.
Canarsie

Picnic for Pooches & Their People

Treat your best furry friend to a fun-filled walk in the park as FIDO — the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners — hosts its annual “Summer Picnic for Pooches & Their People” from 5 p.m. to dusk, June 27 in Prospect Park’s Nethermead. Comment.
Canarsie

Phony glasses & beard can’t hide crook - 68th Precinct cops see right through bank bandit’s pitiful disguise

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment.
Canarsie

Open a door find a millionaire - Blue collar guy becomes set for life after walking into local mini-mart

Richard “Sonny” Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment.
Canarsie

New ground broken in Weeksville

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Weeksville Heritage Center Executive Director Pam Green and others to break ground on the new Education and Cultural Arts Building at the Weeksville Heritage Society’s historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Comment.
Canarsie

New Cabrini CEO

Eugene R. McCormick has been selected as the new president and CEO of The Cabrini Mission Foundation (CMF). Comment.
Canarsie

Mural for the whole neighborhood

An eyesore becomes a sight for sore eyes. Comment.
Canarsie

Mayor’s plan for Coney is fair, Taconic says - Major landowner signs on to city’s controversial redevelopment plan

The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment.
Canarsie

Marty aide says she wants to be borough prez

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Canarsie

Make Music NY ‘08

The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment.
Canarsie

Jailhouse door open for home scammers - Crafty duo faces 25 years in prison for trying to bilk homeowners

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
Canarsie

It’s lights out for shady imaging ctr. - Court order bars company’s president, manager from working in radiology

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Canarsie

I.S. 211 coins put to work fighting cancer

A simple copper coin morphed into a powerful tool for youth action and service – plus an impressive pot of gold – when Intermediate School 211 presented the fruits of its Penny Harvest fundraising labors to an organization which helps the needy. Comment.
Canarsie

Indie Market fashion designers

Join Brooklyn Indie Market designers for a day of cool and unusual craft projects at BIM — a weekend market of emerging fashion and product designers — corner of Smith and Union streets, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Home sharing emerges in the borough - Program expands to include younger people looking to share living expenses

Younger New Yorkers have responded to New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ expanded Home Sharing Program, a unique affordable housing option and free matching service, which has recently allowed younger “hosts” under the age of 60 to share their homes with older “guests.” Comment.
Canarsie

Go for the green - Gala to benefit revitalized waterfront

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment.
Canarsie

First Kings Masons band together to help fight diabetes

The First Kings Masonic District is continuing its fight against diabetes. Comment.
Canarsie

District 22 students demand the spotlight

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.
Canarsie

Cut too deep, pols vow to block budget - City councilmembers say they won’t support plan until school funding is restored

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Canarsie

Condos + foreclosures = big squeeze - Brooklynites scramble to find affordable housing in the borough

The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Click on your favorite sporting event

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment.
Canarsie

City Tech graduates top class - Borough prez delivers stirringsend off to students

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s father died when Marty was nine, also leaving behind a wife and Marty’s two younger sisters, ages four and a half and 18 months. The family went on welfare and Marty had to work at night and on the weekends to help make ends meet. They ended up having to move into public housing when they could no longer afford their apartment. When it was time for Marty to go to college, he had to go part-time at night and it took him nine years to graduate. Comment.
Canarsie

Cell phone snatch & grab - Cops offer VIN etching to protect devices

A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn Public Library: More than its books

Summertime has arrived and so has a full schedule of great events at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) including classes, workshops, music and more. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn is Obama country - Hillary super delegates switch support to Barack

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn History Fair

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment.
Canarsie

Brookdale 58th Annual Service Awards - Staffers are hailed for their many years of outstanding service to hospital

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center’s 58th Annual Service Awards ceremony honored 397 employees of the hospital and its Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation who have attained from 10 to 40 years of service. Comment.
Canarsie

Borough president salutes some of Brooklyn’s best young scholars

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment.
Canarsie

BK Bridge Boot Camp

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, founded by Ariane Hundt, is inviting fitness enthusiasts to “Boot Camp Workouts” on the Brooklyn Bridge, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Bay View Houses

The Bay View Houses Residents Association will hold its general membership meeting at 7 p.m., June 26 at the Bay View Community Center, 5985 Shore Parkway. Comment.
Canarsie

Activist vies for Council Seat - Canarsies Mercedes Narcisse launches ‘underdog’ campaign

Fully realizing the uphill climb she has in front of her, Canarsie activist Mercedes Narcisse officially announced her run for City Council last week. Comment.
Canarsie

A clean sweep of Jamaica Bay wreckage

Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment.
Bushwick

Yearning to bring local kids a touch of Belize

James Lovell tuned his guitar along with the other musicians in the common room of the Biko Center while dreaming of what could happen soon. One day he hopes to be teaching dozens of children guitar, piano, saxophone, drums and other instruments in the Garifuna music of his native Belize. Comment.
Bushwick

Trying to shatter the glass ceiling, with their fists

“Just like the boys,” as the saying goes, they put in hours of grueling work, absorb punches, and spit blood in buckets. Comment.
Bushwick

PS 120 honors cultures

Students and teachers at PS 120, the Carlos Tapia Magnet School (18 Beaver Street) bounced from country to country, passing through customs desks in order to celebrate their fourth annual Multicultural Day with families and members of the community. Comment.
Bushwick

Pols agitate for school funding - City Council members boycott city budget unti education money restored

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Bushwick

Pass Kontrol keeps it ‘loose’ - N. Brooklyn band dishes on striving to make it big, and making it thru the border unscathed

The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment.
Bushwick

Obama captures Brooklyn super delegates

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Bushwick

Nabe crime down - Still, 8.3 percent murder uptick

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly came to Bushwick last week to deliver good news about the long-term reduction in crime citywide while community members demanded more officers patrolling their neighborhood blocks. Comment.
Bushwick

Mortgage fraudsters could face 25 years - DA: Alleged schemers used straw buyers, forged deeds to bilk home purchasers

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
Bushwick

Local pride at Bushwick Day Parade

Tenants and workers peered out of the windows in their buildings to gawk and shout at a river of marching bands, youth baseball players, Girl Scouts, and artists flowing through the streets of Bushwick during the third annual Bushwick Day Parade. Comment.
Bushwick

Know your rights

Last year during the Puerto Rican Day festivities, Jesus Gonzales saw several police officers positioned on rooftops and riding horses down two blocks on Grove Street telling residents to leave their stoops and go inside. Comment.
Bushwick

It’s tenants versus landlords - Groups urge Rent Control Board to back moratorium on increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Bushwick

IKEA set for Red Hook launch - Swedish furniture giant blitzes Brooklyn with quirky campaign

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
Bushwick

Helping Bushwick’s Mexicans

The Mexican Consulate chugged through Bushwick giving hundreds of Mexican citizens new passports, renovating their existing passports, and distributing counsular IDs to residents who stopped by hosted by Make the Road New York’s Bushwick headquarters (301 Grove Street) last week. Comment.
Bushwick

Design info sessions

The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment.
Bushwick

Brooklyn kids embody boro’s best

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment.
Bushwick

Brooklyn housing market still afloat - Condo prices rose 4 percent in first quarter of 2008, new statistics show

Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment.
Bushwick

Board blasts Wyckoff

A few months ago, Tom Perrin fell down the stairs in his home and suffered a knee injury. After waiting in the emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for eleven hours, he received a hospital bed. Comment.
Bushwick

Be proud of your borough - 12th annual Brooklyn Pride kicks off June 14

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Bushwick

Art and acrobatics at Open Studios Fest - Jazz-inspired kickoff party, other attractions wow Bushwick crowds

Brooklyn’s art and music fans braved three days of sweltering 90 degree heat to navigate Bushwick’s asphalt jungle of more than 150 art studio lofts, music sets, and performances this past weekend during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios festival. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Volunteers and winners too

Fort Greene resident, 65 year old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Scarano under fire

It’s about time. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Maraia speaks to K-boro grads

A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Locals get first crack at Ikea jobs

Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lights out for shady Bay Imaging - Court order bars president, manager from radiology business

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH looks back at 150 years of Brooklyn caring

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, founded in 1858, is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

$600K for a part of Henry Street - Developer moving ahead with plans for former Mitchell-Lama property

Trees are making way for a four-story building in Brooklyn Heights, as work on a controversial development project near 20 Henry Street appears to be moving forward. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Keep noise down - Neighbors slam ‘loud’ pub

St. Marks Place resident Marisol Sang can’t use her patio anymore, and she doesn’t dare open her windows. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Get your tix here

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Council race more crowded

Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Connor confident of win - Incumbent ready to defend state Senate seat

When State Senator Martin Connor was endorsed by the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender political club, he was pleasantly surprised. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Clinton Street brings the party outside

Sporting challenges, family frolics and more fanned the flame of friendship as residents gathered for block party festivities in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Click first, then get out there and get in the game

Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Clean sweep for Prospect Park Tennis House

Burly Bruce Ratner has given Prospect Park the brush-off. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Boon for Yards critics

Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Blue-and-yellow fever - Brooklyn shoppers flood new Ikea superstore

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Big chain Rx bungle - Attorney General slams Rite Aid drug stores

There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment.
Borough-wide

Area students dance their way to Lincoln Center

Twenty charter school students from Clinton Hill made their first visit to Lincoln Center a memorable one: by dancing on center stage. Part of the American Ballet Theatre’s “Make a Ballet” program, the students designed, choreographed, constructed, produced and performed their own original performance, “Cinderella and her Prince,” on stage at Lincoln Center. Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - Another grandfather takes pride

Bay News

United Progressive Dems salute special eight

Eight “outstanding” boroughites were hailed for contributing to the “betterment of their communities and fellow man” during an awards tribute, presented by the United Progressive Democratic Club. Comment.
Bay News

Twain on verge of teacher layoffs - Questions swirl around gifted & talented

Parents are taking action to protect I.S. 239, the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. Comment.
Bay News

Top-notch policing

Sounds like the police did a great job putting an end to student “cut day” on Manhattan Beach. Comment.
Bay News

Teens take ballroom dance challenge at Mckinley JHS

Take your partners for the waltz, tango and fox trot, please. Comment.
Bay News

Ronald McDonald safe on 86th Street - CB11 backs renewal of McDonald’s drive-thru permit

A lax developer and red-headed clown with a thing for hamburgers will probably continue to do business in Bensonhurst thanks to a couple of approvals from Community Board 11 this week. Comment.
Bay News

Kudos to custodians

I am the parent of a former student at Public School 207, and am writing in response to the recent unsigned letter, “Not All Fun and Games.” Comment.
Bay News

Kids excel in the scientific method

How activity influences memory, how chewing mints affect the mind and how silver kills killer organisms were unraveled by budding Einsteins during a science fair at FDR High School. Comment.
Bay News

Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial scholarships

Sixteen local students have received a total of $30,000 in scholarships given in memory of a pair of community activists. Comment.
Bay News

Jobs that are never done

To the letter writer of, “Not all fun and games,” I am a retired custodial worker, who worked in schools for over 25 years. Comment.
Bay News

Gripes fly at Golden town hall

A gamut of complaints and community concerns was aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Bay News

Grateful community

Students cut schools for Brooklyn-Queens Day in Manhattan Beach, but thanks to the expertise and professionalism of Captain Mastrokostas and his staff of the 61 Precinct, it was just as peaceful as any other day. Comment.
Bay News

Get your cell phone VIN etched here

A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment.
Bay News

Former Markowitz aide steps out - Yvonne Graham says she wants to be the next Brooklyn borough prez

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Bay News

Endgame for St. Finbar School - Final class graduates with tears

An era is coming to an end. Comment.
Bay News

Dyker grills DOB - Heights rips rep on building woes

Residents of Dyker Heights questioned the Department of Buildings (DOB) Deputy Borough Commissioner of Operations about dilapidated buildings, vacant lots and unsafe scaffolding at the last Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting before the fall. Comment.
Bay News

Chew on this, Mike

I read that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see energy taxed dramatically. Comment.
Bay News

Brighton Beach fiasco

Re: Rezoning to Preserve and Save Brighton Beach). Comment.
Bay News

A storybook ending

Thank you for the beautiful article on our storybook day, written by Helen Klein. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rent control meltdown - Tenants socked with another increase; system challenged

Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases, respectively Comment.
Borough-wide

One sad day - Contender for Vito’s seat dies of heart attack

Politics collided with the personal in a particularly devastating way, as Republicans in Brooklyn and Staten Island reeled from the latest disaster to befall them in the 13th Congressional District – the death of congressional candidate Frank Powers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Home-furnishing giant opens - Ikea comes to Red Hook; throngs wait in line for free sofa

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Lt. Dan’ rocks troops

Award-winning actor and part-time rocker Gary Sinise and the “Lt. Dan Band” jammed for a standing-room-only crowd in the courtyard of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Goodstock’ this month

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Very, very crafty

Borough-wide

The summit of cancer fight - BK native conquers Mt. Hood

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Teens take ballroom dance challenge at McKinley JHS

Take your partners for the waltz, tango and fox trot, please. Comment.
Borough-wide

Squadron chief finally heading home - Committed helicopter major extended his Iraq tour twice

Maj. Jiro McCoy, commander of Mi-17 multirole helicopter advisors for 770th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, is finally heading home to Fort Rucker, Ala., after voluntarily adding more than 18 months to what was supposed to be a six-month deployment. Comment.
Borough-wide

Recalling the past, praying for the future - Survivors gather and recount harrowing ordeal of the Holocaust

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment.
Borough-wide

Reading challenge

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. reminds children and families that the New York State Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Comment.
Borough-wide

Procession of the Blessed sacrament

Hundreds of St. Anselm RC Church parishioners, escorted by the 68th Precinct and led by Monsignor Michael Phillips, Father Martin Kull, and Father Michael Gelfant, processed throughout the streets of Bay Ridge carrying the Blessed Sacrament. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pray for an angel - Advocates lean on Golden to help save Green Church

For activists working to save Bay Ridge’s beloved Green Church, the question for a long time has been, “Where’s Marty?” Comment.
Borough-wide

Patrick Sullivan 9/11 Memorial Way debuts - Local residents applaud special 79th Street designation

Councilman Vincent J. Gentile was joined by family, friends and other elected officials for a street renaming ceremony in honor of Patrick Sullivan of Bay Ridge. Gentile had introduced legislation that was passed by the City Council to have the city’s Department of Transporta-tion rename 79th Street between Third and Fourth avenues, “Patrick Sullivan 9/11 Memorial Way.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Next generation of leaders - Mission to Dominican Republic inspires young church-goers

The Bay Ridge United Church hosted the youth group “LNG” — Leaders of the Next Generation — from Fort George Presbyterian Church in Washington Heights to hear of LNG’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic, which included a visit to Tu Puedes, a school being built near San Cristobel. Bay Ridge United has also visited Tu Puedes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Marty aide wants to be Beep - Yvonne Graham vies to become next Brooklyn Borough President

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lookng for a better way to bank - Gentile urges financial institutions to enhance community outreach

In a new effort to spotlight the role of local banks in the revitalization of their local communities, City Councilman Vincent Gentile spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Bay Ridge branch of the Park Avenue Bank. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lights out for shady imaging center

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jamaica Bay picked clean of wrecks - National Parks Service goes after derelict ocean vessels

Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hail to the exiting chief of Fort Hamilton

Trailblazing Fort Hamilton Army Base chief, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson was bid a fond farewell when the community feted her with a reception at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Guild for Exceptional Children awards

A packed room of supporters attended the Guild for Exceptional Children’s Community Appreciation Awards Luncheon, held at the non-profit agency’s main building, 260 68th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gripes fly fast & furious at town hall

A gamut of complaints and community concerns was aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grid’s ‘power of action’

To honor National Grid employees who serve in the armed forces, National Grid employee and Iraq War Veteran Panaupio Louis threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea Stadium when the New York Mets played against Los Angeles Dodgers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Greenway benefit

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment.
Borough-wide

Greening the ridge

The environment will take center stage as Bay Ridge debuts its first annual Greening the Ridge Festival on the 69th Street Veterans Memorial Pier. Comment.
Borough-wide

Good health inspires scribes

In celebration of Lutheran HealthCare’s 125th anniversary and to generate awareness among Brooklyn’s youth about the importance of good health, Lutheran held a unique essay contest: “What Does Good Health Mean to Me?” Comment.
Borough-wide

Fossella leaves rocked Republicans in primary pickle - Staten Island doc makes bid for GOP nomination

Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more convoluted, the race to succeed Representative Vito Fossella has taken another unexpected turn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Family support

The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dyker Heights confronts DOB - Residents detail litany of woes plaguing the community

Residents of Dyker Heights questioned the Department of Buildings (DOB) Deputy Borough Commissioner of Operations about dilapidated buildings, vacant lots and unsafe scaffolding at the last Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting before the fall. Comment.
Borough-wide

Doorman unlocks millions - Blue-collar guy becomes a millionaire at mini-mart

Richard ‘Sonny’ Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment.
Borough-wide

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

With the economy in the toilet, gas prices soaring and the dollar getting whipped around the globe, now is a good time become a bit more discerning with your money. If you’ve never been a comparison shopper before, now is a perfect time to start. The Consumer Corner is here to help you on your way. Comment.
Borough-wide

Caught in the big squeeze, many seek answers - Borough’s quality of life suffers as condo boom continues unabated

The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Captain enlists with ‘Army Wives’

The road to Hollywood is rarely paved with combat boots and camouflage, but a Hollywood of sorts is exactly where one soldier landed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Budget showdown - Cut too deeply, pols vow to oppose mayor

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn’s own state of emergency

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bill Guarinello: over and out

A visibly appalled Bill Guarinello announced his resignation from Victory Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees last week, predicting a dire situation in the months ahead. Comment.
Borough-wide

Big leaguers step up to the plate

The Heroes of the Diamond Tour brought four retired Major League Baseball players to visit service-members at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bid to pull off food co-op coup - Bay Ridge residents respond to Key Food supermarket exit

Instead of waiting on the sidelines for a new outlet to open in supermarket-starved Bay Ridge, a group of residents has taken the grocery shortage into its own hands, by taking steps to form a food co-op. Comment.
Borough-wide

Beep takes a shine to poets

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bandit unmasked

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comments (1).
Borough-wide

A Woman of Distinction - Activist Aida Y. Nicolaou awarded special honor

State Senator Marty Golden named Bay Ridge resident and activist Aida Y. Nicolaou a 2008 “New York State Senate Woman of Distinction,” recognizing “Aida’s outstanding work on behalf of our community” during a ceremony in Albany. Comment.
Borough-wide

POLICE BLOTTER

Free-wheeling stabbing Comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Flatbush

Winthrop’s real winner - Teacher wins Siemens Science Award for outstanding work

An award-winning teacher works at the East Flatbush Community Research School. Comment.
Flatbush

Top cop recovers .357 magnum following shooting

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.
Flatbush

The farm comes to Flatbush - Fresh greenmarket produce being sold on local streets

The greening of Flatbush is well underway. Comment.
Flatbush

Teens try on police brass for size - Kid commissioners see what it’s like being a big city crime-buster

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Flatbush

Student artists in the winner’s circle

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

Merchants eager to welcome MTV neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Flatbush

Making beautiful music together At P.S. 219

Assemblyman Nick Perry recently visited PS 219-The Kennedy-King School and was welcomed by Principal Winsome Smith, Music Teacher Anthony N. Lucas, UFT Representative Ellen Mandleberger, and students from classes 4-404 and 3-316 in their new high-tech music classroom. Comment.
Flatbush

$1,000 makes for a good read at P.S. 249

Literacy is the good word for members of the Newkirk Area Neighborhood Association, who take Public School 249 students on a tale-telling journey to promote the love of reading after donating $1,000’s worth of books to the Flatbush school, 18 Marlborough Road Comment.
Flatbush

Long Island College Hospital marks 150th b’day

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
Flatbush

Junior’s smoking essay earns class a trip to ‘Bodies’

Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment.
Flatbush

DOE school squeeze play - Funding being cut from your kid’s education

Schools in Canarsie and Flatbush will lose thousands of dollars this September. Comment.
Flatbush

D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks - Real estate scammers face 25 years in prison

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
Flatbush

Congestion sticks in Flabush’s craw

Residents of Flatbush joined with representatives of the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the omnipresent congestion on Church Avenue. Comment.
Flatbush

Chess wiz puts marty in check

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Comment.
Flatbush

Capt. vows to keep residents in the loop

With serious felony crime statistically flat for the year, the new commanding officer of the 70th Precinct vowed last week to keep local residents in the loop regarding crime trends. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Free-wheeling stabbing Comment.
Bay News

New traffic signals coming

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment.
Bay News

GUEST OP-ED - ‘How can a church help solve the world’s water problems?’

How does a church in Brooklyn, New York get connected to a mission school in Najayo near San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic through Trenton, New Jersey and Louisville, Kentucky? This article will tell how one Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA)/Reformed Church in America (RCA) accomplished it. Comment.

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