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Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Borough-wide

X-Men on the right track: Xaverian’s varsity squad jumps out with two early wins

With two victories in this young season, the varsity football team at Xaverian High School is on the right track in having a turn around season and possibly going all the way in the Catholic High Schools Football League. Comment
Borough-wide

Running in big shoes for 20 years: Chris Hoban Memorial 5-mile run boasts competitive field

John Pollina’s debut in the 20th annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial 5-mile run was a complete success this past Sunday in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment
Borough-wide

Pete Gillen leaves mic for ‘Hall’ induction: BK Prep product comes home for honor

Pete Gillen is well remembered for his coaching days at Brooklyn Prep and Nazareth high schools in the early 1970s. The native of Brooklyn went on to the college ranks where he continued on his success. He is now a basketball analyst on television and radio. Comment
Borough-wide

Brooklyn martial artists strike silver

Brooklyn martial artists took three gold medals and four silver medals during the 2008 Wong Fei Hung Northeastern All Kung Fu Championships, an annual tournament, which celebrates Chinese martial arts (known as “kung fu”) and attracts martial artists from all over the country. Comment
Borough-wide

Barons win two

In their second game of the season, the Brooklyn Barons Rugby marched away with two more decisive victories. The Brooklyn Barons A and B sides beat Gotham RFC 38 - 0 and 60 - 0, respectively. Comment
Borough-wide

Amerikick brings home trophies

Once again, Amerikick of Brooklyn has shown that hard work and dedication brings out the winner in each of its students and instructors. Comment
Kings Courier

‘Wheel’ anxiety on the road: Truck cargo sparks concern among many

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment
Kings Courier

‘We had incredible summer,’ C.O. sez: 70th Pct. commander lauds crime stats

Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment
Kings Courier

‘Boom! Boom! Boom!’

That’s how eyewitness Jacob Gruenberger described the massive three-car crash on the Prospect Expressway on Thursday, September 18. The accident occurred at 8:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes approximately 100 feet north of the Church Avenue exit. Comment
Kings Courier

Violent backlash to bus convoy

An armada of buses is transforming Bergen Beach from a quiet residential enclave to a noisy blur of school bus yellow — and local residents have had enough. Comment
Kings Courier

Third Avenue Festival coming soon

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment
Kings Courier

The future of congestion: Workshop tackles Brooklyn traffic tie-ups

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Kings Courier

St. Edmund freshmen off and running

The freshmen successfully completed their first week at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School. Comment
Kings Courier

Parents: Let sun set on mayoral control

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment
Kings Courier

New prez at helm of Fraser Civic

A stalwart community organization recently began another era under a new president. Comment
Kings Courier

New group home put on hold: CB18 tables vote on controversial Mill Basin facility

A proposal for a group home in Mill Basin now resides in limbo, after the sponsor admitted last week that it had not bothered to notify neighbors about its planned arrival. Comment
Kings Courier

New cell tower emits bad vibes

Another cell phone tower has sprung up in Marine Park and residents are fighting mad. Comment
Kings Courier

Macy’s invests in Public School 269 students

Bookworms at Public School 269 can now embark upon exciting word and cyber expeditions in a brand new library, funded by Macy’s. Comment
Kings Courier

Knights of Pythias benefit seventeen

Seventeen diverse citywide charities received a financial boost from Brooklyn when Genesis Lodge 64 of the Knights of Pythias held an allocation night in Canarsie, dispensing a total of $10,000 to the non-profits. Comment
Kings Courier

High noon on Kimball St.: Hearing set on controversial six-story building

Next month, the future of a controversial residential building will be decided. Comment
Kings Courier

Give ’em all an ‘a’ for perfect attendance!

It was almost like going back to school. Comment
Kings Courier

Cops probe Parker dispute

As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment
Kings Courier

Cops hunt for rapist

The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment
Kings Courier

Cops downplay burglaries

Rumors of a burglary spike in Marine Park are unfounded, according to local police officers. Comment
Kings Courier

Borough hall hosts 5th annual ‘be proud’ celebration

Brooklynites were encouraged to be proud at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Be Proud Foundation at Borough Hall. Comment
Flatbush

‘Incredible summer,’ sez C.O.

Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment
Flatbush

Woman critical after bike crash: Cyclist collides with pedestrian on 12th Avenue and Dahill Road

A 38-year-old woman was clinging to life this week after she was struck down by a bicyclist pedaling through Kensington, officials said. Comment
Flatbush

TA puts breaks on Nostrand express service

Those who were hoping that a bus rapid transit route promised to run along Nostrand Avenue would speed up their commute shouldn’t expect relief any time soon. Comment
Flatbush

P.S. 217 students host the class of ‘55

What was Brooklyn like in 1955? Comment
Flatbush

P.S. 229 is in tune with new assistant principal

A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment
Flatbush

New prez at helm of Fraser civic

A stalwart community organization recently began another era under a new president. Comments (2)
Flatbush

Key to Flatbush: New historic guide debuts

The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) celebrated the release of the “Flatbush Neighborhood History Guide,” the newest addition to its popular Neighborhood History Guide series, during a launch event at BHS, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street. Comment
Flatbush

Holy Innocents prepares for centennial: Venerable Roman Catholic church looks to fully restore house of worship

As the centennial of the Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church in Flatbush approaches next December, the historic house of worship has a long wish list of improvements necessary to fully restore it to its original prominence. Comment
Flatbush

Grass is greener some say: Critics see disparity in the maintenance of Prospect Park

For some residents, the maintenance of the southern perimeter of Prospect Park raises a huge question – is that side of the park getting short shrift compared to areas of the park adjacent to other neighborhoods? Comment
Flatbush

Give ‘em all an ‘A’ for perfect attendance

It was almost like going back to school. Comment
Flatbush

Flatbush rezoning moving forward

It’s full speed ahead for the rezoning of Flatbush. Comment
Flatbush

Cold shoulder for the mentally ill

The East Flatbush community is embroiled in a struggle to keep a residence for people with mental illness out of their neighborhood. Comment
Flatbush

Atlantic Ave. viaduct to get makeover: Important Long Island Railroad stretch to undergo major restoration

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment
Crime

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Boxed in Comment
Canarsie

‘Wheel’ anxiety rolling thru: Dangerous truck cargos spark concerns about safety

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment
Canarsie

‘Errors’ is a hit for seniors

Seniors from the Midwood Senior Center’s Midwood Active Adult Program performed William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” for more than 100 community seniors. Comment
Canarsie

Trader Joe’s makes BK debut: Doors open this week on first store in the borough

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Canarsie

Third Ave. Festival

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment
Canarsie

Steering towards more road congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Canarsie

Role Models of Distinction Awards

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Roy L. Austin, headlines a list of outstanding individuals who will be presented with CACNY Role Models of Distinction Awards in October. Comment
Canarsie

Rag-tag parade of masked tots returns: Annual Ragamuffin Parade to attract thousands of participants for day of fun

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment
Canarsie

Parents: DOE needs oversight: Some say sun gotta set on mayoral control of schools

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment
Canarsie

Makeover for Atlantic Ave. viaduct: Century-old Long Island Railroad stretch to be completely rehabilitated

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment
Canarsie

Hunt for rapist: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment
Canarsie

Hope fading fast for Astroland

“It’ll take a miracle.” Comment
Canarsie

Hockey scores for fallen U.S. troops: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment
Canarsie

Hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum

The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment
Canarsie

Fresh new take on Grand Army Plaza: Vital traffic hub gets upgradefor 21st century traffic

Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment
Canarsie

Free T-shirt design classes

Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment
Canarsie

Foreclosure central

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment
Canarsie

Empowering BK youth: Borough group to hold conference Oct. 10-12

Brooklyn Youth Empowerment, whose mission is to bring encouragement, hope and practical living steps to Brooklyn’s youth and make them aware of their abilities and the power they possess within to take charge of their situations and positively affect their environment, will be hosting a three-day conference, October 10-12, in hopes of challenging Brooklyn’s youth. Comment
Canarsie

Dynamite Youth Center annual walk-a-thon

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment
Canarsie

Dream is over for controversial school: Lacking a location, team withdraws proposal for BK charter school

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment
Canarsie

Doggie Olympics IV coming

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment
Borough-wide

Crack-up on the Expressway

“Boom! Boom! Boom!” Comment
Canarsie

Cops step up patrols for Jewish holidays: Security enhanced around Brooklyn synagogues and religious centers

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment
Canarsie

Cops probe Parker clash with staffer

As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment
Canarsie

Cops grapple with fluctuating crime

While crime in Canarsie is beginning to level off, cops from the 69th Precinct aren’t going to be happy until they hit zero. Comment
Canarsie

Cop cars jam up residents: Double-parked cruisers are a problem on East 98th St.

People living near the 69th Precinct station house have a straightforward message for some of the cops assigned there – don’t block our driveways. Comment
Canarsie

City renews permit for 10 more years of tunnel tours

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment
Canarsie

CB18 opposes medical waste station

Community Board 18 last week joined with opponents of a proposed medical waste transfer facility in Canarsie, calling for the state to postpone the application until all concerns are addressed. Comment
Canarsie

BK’s most powerful pen: Brooklyn Tech student is named ‘Best of the Borough’

A Brooklyn Technical High School graduate is the “best of the borough.” Comment
Canarsie

BK illustrator draws a ‘ray of light’: Partnership gives new hope to brave dad fighting cancer battle

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment
Bay News BIG SCREECHER

Mount Etna erupts

For a quick flashback, last week’s column dealt with my favorite carbonated drink Manhattan Special erupting each time I opened a bottle to drink. Last time I likened it to Mount Vesuvius erupting and this time I compared it to Mount Etna in Sicily. After all the families that founded the Manhattan Special Bottling Company in 1895 came from both Naples and Palermo, the two areas that had live Volcanoes in Italy. Comment
Bay News

Viaduct to get makeover

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment
Bay News

Salvatore Alba dies

Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment
Bay News

P.S. 229 strikes a new chord: Former music teacher named assistant principal

A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment
Bay News

Many give a hoot about stinky Owls Head plant: Persistent odors cause slew of complaints

Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment
Bay News LICH

Answering the call since 1858: Emergency care since horse & buggy days

What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment
Borough-wide

Holy snakes!

Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits. Comment
Bay News

Forecast on Brooklyn congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Bay News

Demo permit for Green Church: Venerable house of worship faces destruction

It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment
Bay News

A little too close for comfort: Residents sound alarm over Shore Road cell phone antennae

The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment
Bay News

‘Wheel’ big anxiety: Truck cargos spark concern

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Tear down this wall’: J.J Byrne Pk rehab starts

Handball players took a forced vacation from J.J. Byrne Memorial Park this week, as workers demolished their courts, all in the name of progress. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Nowhere’ Park plan: Privatization cheats public, activist sez

Judi Francis thinks that the residents of downtown Brooklyn have been cheated out of a park. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Metal head’ robs church: Six 9/11 memorial plaques stolen

Two additional bronze plaques have been stolen from a local church as police are still investigating a series of scrap metal thefts in the northern sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg near Meeker and Morgan avenues. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Fix’ is in at 202 Franklin: Landlord to put up bond for repairs

A crucial step toward returning tenants into their former building at 202 Franklin Street in Greenpoint was taken in Housing Court in downtown Brooklyn last Friday, as a judge issued a bond order for the landlord to follow to make necessary repairs to the building. Comment
Borough-wide

Playing the blame game: Agencies duck rap for missed signals

Sometimes, late isn’t better than never. Comment
Flatbush

Cops probe parker fight: Altercation with staffer under scrutiny

As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment
Kings Courier

Charges of Ugly trash: P.S. 207 playground comes under fire

Trash and teens are pitting parents against community residents. Comment
Canarsie

300 blocks ‘reinvented’: CB18 backs ambitious rezoning plan

Community Board 18 last week gave its blessing to the city’s rezoning plan for Canarsie, the largest initiative of its kind in the borough’s long history. Comment
Borough-wide

Bad vibes on Shore Road: Residents decry installation of cell towers

The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment
Borough-wide

Youth hockey scores for fallen heroes: Patches campaign benefits U.S. families of the deceased

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment
Borough-wide

77-year-old tries to write off fortune in sex

Doing your taxes is rarely an arousing activity. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Lost tunnel’ in business for another 10 big years: City renews permit for popular underground tour

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Green Your School’ contest launched: Elementary and middle school kids invited to take part in competition

Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment
Borough-wide

2008 ‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon: The triumph of recovery over substance abuse

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Dreams’ die in Brooklyn: Controversial charter school proposal put on the shelf

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment
Borough-wide

Trader Joe’s debuts: Trendy grocer opens Brooklyn outlet

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Borough-wide

Tools for combat–and marriage: For soldiers, communication is key in both scenarios

“Communication saves lives on the battlefield. It saves marriages, too.” Comment
Borough-wide

Third Avenue Festival is here

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment
Borough-wide

Stars & stripes fly over 9/11 site

As darkness fell over the nation’s capital, about 200 volunteers busily posted nearly 3,000 full-sized American flags near the site of the Pentagon Memorial to be officially dedicated on the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Comment
Borough-wide

SJC Spirit Day

As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment
Borough-wide

Rob out, Vito in?

There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment
Borough-wide

Remembering 9/11 overseas

More than 300 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians gathered at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against America. Comment
Borough-wide

Prosperity over insurgency

The Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone initiative is helping 14 Iraqi-owned businesses — six of them industrial and eight retail — operating on Q-West. Comment
Borough-wide

Neighbors in community care: Cobble Hill Health Ctr., LICH celebrate

Cobble Hill Health Center hosted a reception for its neighbor in care, Long Island College Hospital, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment
Borough-wide

Military Family of the Year

A positive attitude and giving back to their community has earned a Colorado Springs, Colo., family the National Military Family Association’s title of 2008 Family of the Year. Comment
Borough-wide

Many give a hoot about stinky ‘Owl’

Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment
Borough-wide

Make way for the William McKinley Junior high school extension project

State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Education Committee, joined IS 259 Principal Janice Geary, District 20 Superintendent Karina Costantino, District 20 Community Education Council President Laurie Windsor, and local elected officials in the ceremonial construction groundbreaking of the extension to be built in the school yard of William McKinley Junior High School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Comment
Borough-wide

Maimonides in Top Ten

American Rights at Work Education Fund, in its Annual Labor Day List of notable employers, designated Maimonides Medical Center among its 2008 Top Ten, in recognition of the hospital’s partnership with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). Comment
Borough-wide

Increased security for Jewish holidays: Cops step up patrols around religious sites

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment
Borough-wide

Haunted Hotel

Halloween comes early this year for New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) Gravesend Inn — a Haunted Hotel. The general public may “check in” to this theme park-quality attraction October 16 and continue doing so through October 31, at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Borough-wide

From the pulpit to the kitchen

There are many reasons why someone chooses to join the army, either to take advantage of the educational opportunities, job security, or fulfill patriotic duty. There are even those that come from another country and enlist. Comment
Borough-wide

Demo permit for Green Church

It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment
Borough-wide

Commerce bank opens latest branch

“America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment
Borough-wide

Canine crowd to vie for glory in Doggie Olympics

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment
Borough-wide

Bumper-to-bumper future: Borough Hall hosts workshop on congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Borough-wide

Brooklyn youngsters give peace a chance

Prospect Park became a verdant platform for borough peaceniks, who joined a cavalcade of speakers and performers at the band shell to spread the good word as part of an international peace vigil. Comment
Borough-wide

Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar: Coveted grant provides for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment
Borough-wide

Blue Ribbon winner

US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that St. Bernadette School in Dyker Heights will be one of only 320 schools in the entire country awarded the highly regarded No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon distinction. To qualify for this honor a school must either show dramatic gains in the achievement of their students or be judged as academically superior by the US Department of Education. Comment
Borough-wide

BK stickball

All are invited to play stickball with the Brooklyn Stickball Old Timers, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, at 1 p.m., September 27 on 80th Street between Third & Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge. Comment
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge welcomes back masked tots: Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to neighborhood streets once more

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment
Borough-wide

A working summer for some: Prep students analyze results of public school study

Under the tutelage of Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor Emily Horowitz, four New York City students from the Prep for Prep Program and two additional student volunteers from Bronx public high schools spent the summer analyzing research for a study on public school utilization and overcrowding that Dr. Horowitz will be publishing later in the fall. Comment
Borough-wide

Artist draws a ‘ray of hope’

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment
Borough-wide

Advancing medicine on Pike’s Peak: Military research occuring a stone’s throw away from bustling tourist spot

Looming in the distant skyline in Colorado Springs, Pike’s Peak is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors on its 14,110-foot summit each year. Comment
Crime

Police hunt for rapist: Attacker wields screwdriver during sex attack

The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Apartment predators Comment
Letters

True to your school

Re: “Letters to the Editor” about Public School 207, 9-11 issue. Comments (2)
Letters

P.S. 207 controversy

I am a proud parent of two students of PS 207. Comment
Letters

Later to Sarah Palin

Regarding the letter from Ms. Deb Sugar, we of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women have no intention of supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. Comment
Letters

In P.S. 207’s corner

First, as an editorial policy, I would recommend that letters that the writer does not want to own up to and sign their name, should not be given a public platform in a widely-read community paper. Comment
Features NOT FOR NUTHIN’

The fall of Rome, part deux

It has been many centuries since the fall of the Roman Empire and a lot of time has passed to discover why it actually fell. Historians, intellectuals and theorists, being what they are, are still debating over the one, if any, of the diverse causes that precipitated the eventual downfall. However, they all agree that the main event that signaled the beginning of the end was actually on or about September 4, 476, AD, when Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed by Odoacer and the faro hit the fan. Comment
Features IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Even more cocktail party questions

Last week I offered you a bucket full of questions. Some were genuine questions. Others were really making statements. Here are some more. Feel free to read them at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows to a dull lull. Comment
Features A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Crazy Muslim cleric spews network ‘fatwa’

When push comes to shove, the Saudis sure know which side their pita is buttered on. Comment
Borough-wide

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Saving every cent and stretching a dollar is even more important than ever now that our esteemed elected officials are poised to give away the store to the fat cats in the financial industry. The whole corrupt bunch could learn a lot about fiscal responsibility from savvy Brooklyn shoppers. Let’s see what’s out there this week. Comment
Bay News

‘Wheel’ anxiety on the road

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment
Bay News

‘Green Your School’

Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment
Bay News

‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment
Bay News

West 23rd street revels in summer finale

Neighbors – among them local track star Anthony Killiebrew – shared the last rays of summer by uniting for a block party in Coney Island. Comment
Bay News

Wanted: ‘Miracle’ worker: Hope fading fast to resurrect Astroland for 2009

“It’ll take a miracle.” Comment
Bay News

Underground tours for another 10 years: Permit granted to Diamond’s ‘Lost Tunnel’

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment
Bay News

T-shirt design

Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment
Bay News

Traffic fear and loathing: Forecast on congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Bay News

Trader Joe’s set to open: Trendy grocer makes its Brooklyn debut this week

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Bay News

Thor lashes out: Developer denies any plans to let Coney lie fallow

Coney Island’s largest outdoor amusement property owner this week ripped into the person charged with spearheading the city’s massive rezoning of the area. Comment
Bay News

Tall salute to a terrific trio: 61st Pct. cops credited with busting woman’s attackers

The quick arrest of four teenage goons that robbed an elderly woman in Manhattan Beach was credited to the actions of three fast-thinking police officers named “Cops of the Month” last week. Comment
Bay News

Stepped-up patrols for Jewish holidays: Cops to increase security around Brooklyn religious institutions

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment
Bay News

St. Edmund Prep freshmen off and running

The freshmen successfully completed their first week at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School. Comment
Borough-wide

SJC First annual Spirit Day

As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment
Bay News

Silver star celebrates 40 years of service

While other mom-and-pop businesses are folding faster than you can say “mozzarella balls,” one local family-owned grocery store is living high on the hog – and even expanding after 40 years in the food industry. Comment
Bay News

Salute to Jamaican independence

Ah, Jamaica — land of sun, sea, world-class Olympic runners and…outstanding physicians. Comment
Bay News

Sal Alba, baker, 87: Innovator took pride in every cannoli

Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment
Bay News

Race for 13th takes new turns: Straniere turns down judgeship to run

There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment
Bay News

P.S. 229 is in tune with newest AP

A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment
Bay News

Prepping for a hurricane

Summer is over but hurricane season isn’t. Comment
Bay News

Parents: DOE needs oversight

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment
Bay News

Parenting workshops

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presents the Brooklyn Parents Academy, which will be holding two workshops at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street between Court & Adams streets. Comment
Borough-wide

Old-time stickball

All are invited to play stickball with the Brooklyn Stickball Old Timers, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, at 1 p.m., September 27 on 80th Street between Third & Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge. Comment
Bay News

No wiggle room

Bay News

New way to turn youngsters on to history

History is interesting, sure. But, from a kid’s perspective, is it really fun? Taught as a muddle of dates, tangled with the names of people long dead, is there anything for youngsters to connect to, to keep them coming back for more? Comment
Bay News

New DM at helm of CB11

In a “bittersweet” celebration, Community Board 11 welcomed a new district manager and bid farewell to the man who held the position for 31 years. Comment
Borough-wide

New day dawns at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined Brooklyn Children’s Museum President Carol Enseki and Chair of the Board of Trustees William D. Rifkin, as well as 50 Brooklyn school children, to open the newly-renovated Brooklyn Children’s Museum, an $80 million expansion project that doubles the size of the facility. Comment
Bay News

Nearly 5 percent jump in felonies

While crime dipped slightly over the summer, cops in Coney Island and Brighton Beach are still trying to get a handle on the nearly five percent crime jump that residents have suffered through over the past nine months. Comment
Borough-wide

Museum uncoils something new

Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits. Comment
Bay News

MBNA, News 12 tangle for charity

Big-hearted waterfront activists took to the field and emerged winners when they squared off against the local press during a benefit softball game in Manhattan Beach. Comment
Bay News

Masked tots to hit the street: Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to Brooklyn

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment
Bay News

Illustrator given a ray of light: Partnership with Brooklyn writer gives stricken dad hope

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment
Bay News

Hot ideas and feuds

Manhattan Beach Community Group President [MBCG] Ira Zalcman has big dreams of transforming the Manhattan Beach Bathhouse into a solar power plant capable of powering the entire community, but the hottest thing on the group’s agenda this week continues to be the future of the Beachside Security Patrol. Comment
Bay News

Hockey scores for fallen troops: Patches raise money to help support families of the deceased

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment
Bay News

Hoban runners hit the asphalt

John Pollina’s debut in the 20th annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial 5-mile run was a complete success this past Sunday in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment
Bay News

Green-Wood fundraiser Oct. 3

The Green-Wood Historic Fund will hold its first annual fundraiser, October 3 from 6-9:30 p.m., to support the array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street. Comment
Borough-wide

Gerritsen puts cancer on the run: Benefit raises $16,000 to battle disease

Gerritsen Beach became a battlefield for a killer disease when big-hearted boroughites laced up their sneakers and took fighting steps during a benefit run for CancerCare For Kids – raising $16,000 in a matter of hours. Comment
Bay News

From buggies to sirens: LICH emergency service

What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment
Bay News

Family first: Batchelder Street is fun for all

A special child-size choo-choo train guided residents of the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses to their annual Family Day block party on Batchelder Street between avenues W and X recently. Comment
Bay News

Dream ends for new school

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment
Bay News

Doggie Olympics coming

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment
Bay News

Crooks target teens with cell phones

Now that school’s back in session, teen-on-teen crime is in full effect. Comment
Bay News

Commerce opens latest Brooklyn branch

“America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment
Bay News

Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar: Fund pays for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment
Borough-wide

Borough hall hosts ‘Be proud’ celebration

Brooklynites were encouraged to be proud at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Be Proud Foundation at Borough Hall. Comment
Bay News

BK street enjoys a bevy of block party fun

Block party madness hit Gerritsen Beach with the force of one of those big hammer-shaped balloons last week as residents of Bevy Court between Channel and Devon avenues held a special last summer blast celebration with all the trimmings. Comment
Borough-wide

Annual Third Avenue Festival: Thousands to flock for fun and games

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment
Bay News

And the survey sez...DOT to deliver results of traffic-light study

Manhattan Beach won’t have to wait much longer to find out if it’s going to get a new traffic light on Oriental Boulevard. Comment
Bay News

A better way to evacuate local kids: ‘Safe Spaces’ provides reassuring environment for children during crisises

Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment

Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Borough-wide

Soccer returns to St. Edmund’s Prep

Soccer is back at St. Edmund’s Prep. Comment
Borough-wide

New skippers at the helm: Nazareth, Xaverian start season with fresh faces

With the high school football season underway here in Brooklyn, two Catholic schools sport new head coaches-one at Nazareth and the other at Xaverian. One school engages in an independent schedule and one private school also plays an independent slate. The fans, usually the students in the competing schools, and families of the players, pack the stands cheering on their student athletes and some ‘fathers get into the game.’ Comment
Borough-wide

MBNA defeats News 12: Softball clash benefits Autism Speaks

Big-hearted waterfront activists took to the field and emerged winners when they squared off against the local press during a benefit softball game in Manhattan Beach. Comment
Borough-wide

Cyclones ‘08 highlights: No ring, but squad has plenty to be happy about

Although the Brooklyn Cyclones ended their 2008 season on a down note when they failed to make the New York- Penn League playoffs, the team still performed very well finishing the year with a 45 –30 record, which was actually fourth best in the 14 team league. Comment
Borough-wide

Chiefs lose in an season-opening squeeker: Fort Hamilton Tigers have enough bite to defeat Canarsie rivals

The difference between a 2-0 and a 1-1 record was a matter of just two points this past week in PSAL football. After scoring the overtime, game-tying touchdown, Fort Hamilton capitalized on a 2-point conversion to beat Canarsie 22-20 in an extra session. Comment
Borough-wide

Barons travel north for opener

The first regular season game of Brooklyn’s inaugural season in the Metropolitan NY Rugby Union was played in the small upstate town of Saugerties, NY. The NY Americans based in New Paltz, NY, proved to be a well-rounded and respectable first test. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Williamsburg

Summer crime slowdown

More than nine months into 2008, crime in the 90th Precinct remains significantly higher than it was at this point last year. But its rate of increase slowed considerably over the summer – while crime is still bad, it’s not as bad as it was at the beginning of the year. Comment

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Williamsburg

Staggering foreclosure stats: More than half of mortgages in central Brooklyn in state of foreclosure

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment
Williamsburg

Satmar school faces suit: Former student alleges molestation; wants teacher fired

A Greenpoint man is suing his former Williamsburg Satmar Talmudic school, alleging that the school’s principal repeatedly molested him when he was an eight-year-old student in 1993. Comment
Williamsburg

Post primaries, third term an option: With officials like Simcha Felder almost out of office, term limit debate battles on

The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment
Williamsburg

Parents: give power to schools

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment
Williamsburg

Kirk McMillian live at Spike Hill

Kirk McMillian of Atlanta, on the rise as a new face in an ever-growing community of singer songwriters with his new record “American Dream World,” will be performing September 24 at Spike Hill in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as part of a benefit for his charity Kirk4kids. Comment
Williamsburg

Foundation spreads literary love

Public School 250 youngsters were among the beneficiaries of the legacy of a 9/11 bookworm from Oyster Bay, who told her family on the eve of the terror attacks that “there was more to life than making money.” Comment
Williamsburg

Where Conner lost it all

In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment
Williamsburg

Electeds want four more: But some hopefuls advocate against a third term

While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment
Williamsburg

Copper thefts at Cooper Pk

A rash of petty thefts has a Williamsburg neighborhood that sits on the border between two police precincts on edge. Comment
Williamsburg

Construction site accident: Worker falls two stories, seriously injured at Union Avenue building

A construction worker sustained serious injuries when he slipped and fell two stories while working on a renovation of a Williamsburg building last Thursday afternoon. Comment
Williamsburg

Clash of Democratic titans at meet: Newly elected Kings County Democratic Committee members call for change

Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment
Williamsburg

Charitable locals come out for benefits

Two fundraisers were happening simultaneously on a recent Saturday off Bedford Street in Williamsburg, and the massesw came out to benefiting their causes. Comment
Williamsburg

Billyburg’s Boiy Krazi falls into fashion

While Fashion Week was wrapping up under the rain-soaked tents of Bryant Park, friends and fashionistas traveled across the East River to Joann Berman’s new store, Boiy Krazi (622 Metropolitan Avenue) to view the debut of her Fall 2008 Collection. Comment
Williamsburg

Beach cleanup coming: New York volunteers sought for September 20 event

Thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups, students, scouts, dive clubs, civic organizations, corporations, government agencies, and the general public will participate in a “Volunteer for New York State Beach Cleanup” event, September 20. Comment
Williamsburg

Astroland owner keeps fingers crossed: Carol Hill Albert still holding out for city deal to keep famed amusement park alive

The rides are all up for sale, Thor Equities seems intractable and local elected officials appear to have thrown up their hands. Comment
Letters

Whole lotta yakking

Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I enjoyed your recent column. Comment
Letters

Sign of the times

I have been a resident of the South Williamsburg area for over two years and love the combination of vitality and quiet of my block on South 6th and Berry. Comment
Letters

Out-of-towner backlash

I am a resident of Williamsburg. I am a little tired of picking up a copy of your paper and all I seem, to read about are artists who cant find a suitable place to work, or about McCarren Pool which, by the way, my father helped build, back when there was no work and where I grew up enjoying every summer day and night when I could cool off. I lived directly across the street. At that time the rent was about $60 a month. Comment
Letters

Non-sugary boost

Motivation with those fries? Comment
Letters

Hands offa m’gun

I’m responding to “BK reacts to gun ruling” by Aaron Short. Comment
Williamsburg BURG ‘N’ POINT

All that shimmers: WAS is back: ‘Shimmering Matter,’ ‘Personal Doping’ are two favorites at Williamsburg Every Second

What do men who hang from the ceiling, birds with human heads, long swirling shadows and the Grand Canyon have in common? You guessed it! They are all mental byproducts of this week’s Williamsburg Every Second. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

‘12’ is the magic number for officials: Pols facing ‘unemployment’ look to stretch terms

The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

‘Undemocratic’ challenge: Opponents jeer efforts to overturn term limits

While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

‘Baby Fingers’ at Gumbo

“Baby Fingers – Sign Language and Music Classes” with Ana Vianna Balzano, Sign teacher, and Dan Golden, guitar, meets Tuesdays at Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins Street & Third Avenue, from 10:30-11:15 a.m., for nine weeks. Interested persons may drop in for a sample class. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Workshop looks at congestion woes

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Where Connor lost it all: Post election tally breaks down numbers

In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Water worries run deep: Mural puts spotlight on conservation & preservation

Budding conservationists turned to a new canvas to issue a call to save one of the planet’s most important resources — a wall in Park Slope for a mural about water preservation. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Volunteer ‘pals’

Calling all volunteers. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

United Way day of action

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is calling on New Yorkers to “Live United” to help raise awareness about the need to bridge the gaps in education, income and health in New York City by walking together across the Brooklyn Bridge, September 20, and to attend a volunteer festival co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Volunteer Center at Cadman Plaza Park. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Underground tours for another 10 years

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Turmoil for Kings County Dems -‘We need better leadership than this,’ committee rep says

Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Trader Joe’s set to open

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

8th Street is first in block party fun

Food and friendship courted the whole family as homeowners shared the spirit along 8th Street for block party day. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

6th Street chases out cars, welcomes pals

A sun-splashed day was just the ticket for homeowners to bond over a block party along 6th Street. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Suspected car thieves busted

A rash of car break-ins in Windsor Terrace may have been brought to a quick end last week with the arrest of three thieves. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

SJC Spirit Day

As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Seeds of a lasting memorial: Friends move to honor the life of slain 10th Avenue merchant

A lasting memorial for a beloved Windsor Terrace merchant is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Salute to Jamaican independence

Ah, Jamaica — land of sun, sea, world-class Olympic runners and…outstanding physicians. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Recovery rally coming

Thousands of recovering addicts, their families, treatment providers and advocates from across the country will join together to form a human chain — a living symbol of recovery — and walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and proceed to a rally at City Hall Park, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the promise of recovery. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Rebirth of Grand Army Plaza

Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Peace day service

The Church of Gethsemane will host its annual International Interfaith Peace Day Service, September 21 at 1:30 p.m. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

On the waterfront: Nothing but big smiles

Borough revelers embraced the onset of the golden season — plus celebrated their nabe’s culture by flocking to Carroll Gardens for the Waterfront District Fall Festival. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

No traffic today, just lotsa good times

Community spirit flowed as freely as the good cheer as Park Slope residents ignited the flame of friendship with a block party. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Neighborhood tag sale

Starting Artists, Inc., a new nonprofit arts center that benefits Brooklyn middle and high school students through training in arts & entrepreneurship, is hosting a neighborhood tag sale, the first fundraiser of the 2008/2009 school year. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

JHS 51 observes anniversary of 9/11

Patriotic students lifted their voices heavenward and sweetly serenaded the heroes during a 9/11 tribute at Junior High School 51. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Foreclosing on Brooklyn dreams: Startling number of residents face losing it all

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Filthy feasts at Brooklyn restaurants: Borough hosts almost half of New York City’s foulest eateries

Nearly half of the ‘dirty dozen’ — considered the filthiest eateries in the city — can be found in Brooklyn, a state lawmaker announced this week. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Fall equinox

The “Become As You Are” celebration, a Spirit Circle commemorating the fall equinox and the transition from summer to fall, will be held September 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Prospect Park. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

DOE to start testing tots

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Dean Street delights in final rays of summer

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

Cut education costs at your local library

School’s back in session and Brooklyn Public Library has everything you need to fall into the fun. The new state-of-the-art Dweck Center has tons of programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs will be held in the Dweck Center of the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza unless otherwise noted. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Cry for change after cyclists die

While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn youngsters give peace a chance

Prospect Park became a verdant platform for borough peaceniks, who joined a cavalcade of speakers and performers at the band shell to spread the good word as part of an international peace vigil. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn knocks on the doors of peace

Brooklyn For Peace joined Million Doors for peace, which will mobilize 25,000 volunteers from all 50 states, September 20, to contact one million people and ask them to sign a petition urging the next Congress to bring US troops home from Iraq within one year. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Bottlemania author speaks: Award-winning writer Elizabeth Royte on Seventh Avenue

Park Slope’s Old First Reformed Church and Community Bookstore and local advocacy group Park Slope Neighbors are joining forces to present a reading and community forum featuring award-winning investigative journalist — and Park Slope resident — Elizabeth Royte. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Book signings and more

Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its calendar of events throughout September. Here’s what’s on tap this week. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

A nail in Astroland’s coffin: Owner stalls for time; City officials come up empty

The rides are all up for sale, Thor Equities seems intractable and local elected officials appear to have thrown up their hands. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

All the ingredients for fun on 11th Street

The neighborhood rang with good cheer as homeowners fired up the barbies and ignited the fun with a block party along 11th Street. Comment
Greenpoint

New path for MTA: Council readies to draft new plan after meet

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Greenpoint

Nassau headache relief: DOT releases reconstruction plans for local roadways

Greenpoint residents hope that traffic congestion on Nassau Avenue will be eased in the near future, following the Department of Transportation’s extensive reconstruction plans for area roadways. Comment
Greenpoint

Keeping smells at bay near the creek

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials have been working to reduce odors from three distinct sources inside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Comment
Greenpoint

Beach cleanup

Thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups, students, scouts, dive clubs, civic organizations, corporations, government agencies, and the general public will participate in a “Volunteer for New York State Beach Cleanup” event, September 20. Comment
Greenpoint

Electeds want four more years: But some Council hopefuls advocate against a third term for New York City officials

While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment
Greenpoint

Church’s 9/11 plaque swiped: Police on the hunt for memorial stolen from St. Cecilia’s

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks, police were searching for the vandals who stole a plaque dedicated in remembrance of three parishioners of St. Cecilia’s Church who died in the tragedy. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Where Martin Connor lost it all: Post election tally breaks down voter preferences

In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Turmoil besieges Kings County Dems: ‘We need better leadership than this,’ committee rep declares

Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Trader Joe’s set to open its doors here

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Shock waves from two-wheel tragedies: Call for change after cyclists die

While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

New Hoyt St. bike lane

Bicyclists rejoice! Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Kids march for a car-free Prospect PK: Students go over Brooklyn Bridge

As the Who song goes, “The kids are all right.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn Courier

Gun buyback hits the mark again

Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Foreclosing on Brooklyn homeownership dreams

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Forecast for Brooklyn traffic: Workshop looks at how bad congestion is likely to get

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Crime stats down, sez 88th pct.: ‘Crime wave’ talk in contrast to numbers

Belying a spate of negative media attention earlier this year, crime in the 88th Precinct, which includes both Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, is actually down 3.6 percent from its 2007 levels. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Changes to parking

Community Board 2 residents are confronting the old axiom, “be careful what you wish for.” Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Boon for Fort Greene bibliophiles: A new bookstore will soon debut in the neighborhood

In a borough known for its wordsmiths, Fort Greene stands out proudly as a neighborhood that boasts a good many of them past and present. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

BK parents: DOE needs oversight

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

A more ‘humane’ Myrtle Avenue

Imagine a Myrtle Avenue public plaza full of pedestrians enjoying their newspaper or laptop while lunching at an outdoor table and watching a street performer. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Wyckoff Street chases out traffic, brings in the fun

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party in Boerum Hill. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Where Martin Connor lost it: Post-election tally breaks down the numbers and tells the tale

In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Wannabe Palin is fair game in Red Hook

A ‘pit bull with lipstick’ has found a temporary home in Red Hook. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Trader Joe making BK debut: Trendy food retailer opens its doors on Court St. next week

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Tough living in Bklyn

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

3rd Street families party outdoors

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

Postal service restored - sort of

A week after the powers that be broke the news to Carroll Gardens residents that not only were they not getting a new post office, they would be losing supplemental postal service as well, new word has come that some much needed service is being restored to the community after all. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

No love for Oliver House at CB Six

Time, so far, is not on William Stein’s side. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

New bike lane here

Bicyclists rejoice! Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Kids call for car-free Prospect PK: Student action brings them over the Brooklyn Bridge

As the Who song goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Ikea shuttle buses don’t truck with many: Red Hook residents say that vehicles pose a threat on neighborhood streets

Red Hook residents complained that the Ikea store’s buses pose dangers to pedestrians and are a source of pollution at Community Board 6’s monthly transportation meeting last Thursday. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Call for change after cycling tragedies

While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn parents: DOE needs oversight

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

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Brooklyn Heights

Wyckoff street chases out traffic, brings in the fun

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party in Boerum Hill. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

World peace starts on the streets of Brooklyn

Prospect Park became a verdant platform for borough peaceniks, who joined a cavalcade of speakers and performers at the band shell to spread the good word as part of an international peace vigil. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Where Martin Connor lost it all: Post-election tally tells the tale of 30-year incumbent’s defeat

In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Trader Joe’s to open its doors soon

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Teens demand car-free park: March over Brooklyn Bridge to oust traffic

As the Who song goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment
Brooklyn Heights

3rd street families party outdoors

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

One heck of a moustache

It wasn’t hormones or hair gel—it was Hashem who helped catapult a Brooklyn rabbi to victory at the First Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition last weekend. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

New designs on the future of GAP

Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

More room to bike it: New lane on Hoyt Street

Bicyclists rejoice! Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Kings County Democrats in turmoil: ‘We need better leadership,’ critic says

Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Gun buy back program hits target once more

Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Fear and loathing of BK traffic: Workshop tries to forecast the future of congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Cycling tragedies hit hard: Renewed calls for enhanced safety measures ring out

While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Columbia Street enjoys a day of fun

Homeowners embraced the final rays summer sunshine as block party fever seized homeowners along Columbia Street. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Clean sweep of parking rules: Residents debate pros & cons of street cleaning shake-up

Community Board 2 residents are confronting the old axiom, ‘be careful what you wish for.’ Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Carroll Street has a block party blast

Kids romped on the traffic-free block and neighbors prepared grilled goodies to share with loved ones as block party festivities unfolded in Carroll Gardens. Comment
Williamsburg

’Burg will never forget: Community marks 9/11 with candlelit vigil

Williamsburg residents joined their city and country in commemorating the attacks of September 11, 2001, banding together for a candlelight vigil led by City Councilmember Diana Reyna. Comment
Borough-wide

Waste war diary: Transfer station foes battle on

Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay who argue that the facility will cause immeasurable damage to the local environment are keeping their legal options on the table, a state lawmaker reported. Comment
Borough-wide

Toxic mess jeered: Residents gather against facility

Canarsie residents are saying a loud and clear “no” to a medical waste transfer facility proposed for East 100th Street and Farragut Road before their time runs out to do so. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Rubber hits the road: Kids want car-free park

As the song by The Who goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment
Greenpoint

Rabbi ‘sex’ shock: Man claims principal molested him

A Greenpoint man is suing his former Williamsburg Satmar Talmudic school, alleging that the school’s principal repeatedly molested him when he was an eight-year-old student in 1993. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

P.S. 8 left back: School balks at failing grade

Two months ago, P.S. 8 was called a success. Now it’s called a failure. Comment
Borough-wide

Man found Dead: 95th St. man’s demise is a mystery

A night of heavy drinking could have led to the demise of a man found inside a 99th Street apartment Thursday, officials said this week. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Looking for a fighter: Critics urge de Blasio to step up

Local residents who feel they aren’t receiving nearly enough support from City Councilmember Bill de Blasio in their upcoming showdown with developer William Stein at the Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) this month are letting their local elected official know about it. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Gun buyback hits mark again: Brooklynites turn up to turn in deadly weapons

Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

From worst to first: Failing P.S. 270 scores an ‘A’ this year

Last year, P.S. 270 was a failing school. Now it’s one of the best in the city. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Kings Courier

‘HOPE and the Power of One’

The unsung heroes of Brooklyn, those senior citizens who give freely of their time and efforts to better their communities will be officially recognized at a gala, September 23 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment
Kings Courier

Where to find all the Brookyn jobs: Chamber looks at employment figures

Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment
Kings Courier

Now they’re testing tots! Kindergarten kids up next for examinations

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment
Kings Courier

Nottingham

The next meeting of the Nottingham Association will be held at Public School 193, Bedford Avenue and Avenue L (in the basement) at 8 p.m., September 25. Comment
Kings Courier

Nabe waits for BSA ruling on Ave. S: Much anticipated decision could still be two months off

The fate of a controversial Homecrest development could be decided in roughly two months, ending almost a year of construction limbo for both the builder and aggravated local residents. Comment
Kings Courier

Mindless destruction: Vandals repeatedly target swings for special kids

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment
Kings Courier

Marine Park reflects on September 11 attacks

Inspirational speeches, a candle-lighting ceremony and a 21-gun salute helped pay tribute to the sacrifices of the dead during a 9/11 memorial at Marine Park. Comment
Kings Courier

H.R. in the house in ‘10: Clarke shrugs off latest election loss to Maisel

He’s 0-2, but Harvey HR Clarke believes that, for him, three times will be the charm. Comment
Kings Courier

Gun buyback program hits target once more

Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment
Kings Courier

Green light for synagogue: CB14 backs new house of worship on Avenue M

By the narrowest of margins, Community Board 14 has given the go-ahead to a new synagogue on Avenue M. Comment
Kings Courier

Decision due on Hebrew charter school

City officials are now deciding if a Hebrew-themed charter school will open in Brooklyn. Comment
Kings Courier

Death at home: Report: husbands killing wives

Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released this last explains. Comment
Kings Courier

Dangerous ‘dominos’ on Avenue N

Paramedics pull a woman from a multi-car accident at the corner of East 3rd Street and Avenue N last week. Police were told that the crash, which involved a minivan and a sedan and then caused a domino effect on cars parked on the Midwood street, took place on the afternoon of September 9. At least one person was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The rest were treated at the scene. Police said that none of the injuries was considered life-threatening. Comment
Kings Courier

Crack up with cars, bus

Several people were injured following a multiple vehicle crash that involved two cars and a city bus. Comment
Kings Courier

A new GAP for the 21st century: Ambitious designs go on display at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Imagine Grand Army Plaza with a green ‘canopy’ bridge over Flatbush Avenue, which becomes the main vehicle route while a network of ramps and paths link the entire area. Comment
Flatbush

‘An incredible summer’: 70th Precinct commander trumpets drop in crime stats

Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment
Flatbush

Talk of new Reid plea deal abounds: Defendent’s lawyer denies claims

Five months after being indicted for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, the former chief of staff to City Councilmember Kendall Stewart may be trying to work out a plea deal. Comment
Flatbush

Report on BK workers

Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment
Flatbush

Pack up the veggies, lose the sugary sweets

Put down that sugary soda and pick up some veggies. Comment
Flatbush

Now the DOE wants to test tiny tots!: Kindergarten kids next up to be tested; opponents call exams unreliable

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment
Flatbush

No traffic today, just lots of good fun

Grooving to the sounds of summer… Comment
Flatbush

More charter schools: Doors open on five new places in Brooklyn

The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment
Flatbush

Moore lends star power to children: Actress in Brooklyn to help OEM improve emergency shelters for kids

Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment
Flatbush

Marlborough Road revels in summer fun

You’re never too old for block party fun. Comment
Flatbush

Klein nixes name change

The city Department of Education (DOE) rejected P.S. 230’s request to rename the school, this paper has learned. Comment
Flatbush

Killers in the home: Women’s partners turn deadly

Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment
Flatbush

Kids suffer from mindless vandalism

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment
Flatbush

HR Clarke undaunted: Unsuccessful candidate says he’ll run again in 2010

He’s 0-2, but Harvey HR Clarke believes that, for him, three times will be the charm. Comment
Flatbush

Flatbush frolic is a feast for the senses

An end-of-summer adventure – and then some –was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Flatbush Frolic. Comment
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Evil apartment hunters Comment
Bay News SPEAK OUT

Crime in Coney Island high-rise houses

Through the throes of the Depression petty crimes made early appearances in Coney Island perhaps a notch more because the closed-down amusement area was a target for petty break-ins or in some cases, for torch jobs. Comment
Bay News BIG SCREECHER

Drink like an authentic Italian

Growing up in Little Italy necessitated that I would get hooked on Manhattan Special. Any Italian or Italian American knows of this delicious beverage that was found only in Italian neighborhoods. It is my favorite drink and I defy anyone to gulp down a bottle faster than me. It is espresso coffee soda at its finest. The company established in 1895 always displayed its Gold winning award on its label and as a child that impressed me. Wow, this delicious soda went beyond the neighborhood. Comment
Bay News

Waste war diary: Transfer station foes battle on

Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay who argue that the facility will cause immeasurable damage to the local environment are keeping their legal options on the table, a state lawmaker reported. Comment
Bay News

99th St. man found dead at home

A night of heavy drinking could have led to the demise of a man found dead inside a 99th Street apartment Thursday, officials said this week. Comment
Bay News

Testing the tots: Kindergarten kids up next for DOE exams

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment
Bay News

Murder comes home to Brooklyn

Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment
Bay News

Callous vandals target special swing: Park equipment repeatedly torched

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment
Bay News

BWECC meet

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its next community meeting at 8 p.m., September 22 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low-IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th & West 12th streets. Comment
Bay News

Arboreal abominations! Residents resist planting of new trees

Life for some Dyker Heights residents is the pits -- thanks to the city’s obsession with tree pits. Comment

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