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Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

Borough-wide

Step up for BC soccer

Off to a slow start, the soccer team at Brooklyn College has picked up and gradually improved to a possible title in its division of the City University of New York Athletic Conference(CUNYAC). Comment
Borough-wide

Playoff season within sight

As week six of the PSAL football season came and went last week, the home stretch to the campaign was right around the corner. Comment
Borough-wide

Brooklyn rugby back on track

Brooklyn rugby is back to winning ways. Comment
Kings Courier

55 years of matrimonial bliss

Congratulations to Stanley and Sandy Roher on celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. Comment
Kings Courier

‘Backseat’ music & art

Arts education in public school is “hanging on by a string,” according to the head of a local parents’ group. Comment
Kings Courier

The importance of a plan: Residents learn the ABC’s of emergency preparedness

In an emergency, being prepared can make all the difference. Comment
Kings Courier

27th annual Brooklyn Columbus parade

Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Christoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment
Kings Courier

Seven hurt in fire: Burnett St. residents burnt out

A retired cop was left clinging to life this week after a fire erupted in his Marine Park apartment building. Comment
Kings Courier

Ribbon cut at new community living ctr.

A $100,000 grant in Coney Island can go a long way. For the Institute for Community Living (ICL) West 12th Street Residence, home to nine men and women with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities, it means a new van, garden patio, kitchen cabinets and counters, wood flooring and huge smiles. Comment
Kings Courier

P.S.197 din dents the peace: Some local residents rail against construction

Last week’s Day of Atonement was more like a day of aggravation for Midwood resident Steve Goldberg. Comment
Kings Courier

Kings Theater tops wish list

After a pair of public hearings at which not a single member of the public spoke out, Community Board 14 has affirmed its budget priorities for the next fiscal year. Comment
Kings Courier

Inside the term limit battle: Brooklyn elected officials take sides in political tug-of-war

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment
Kings Courier

Hebrew school OK

The city Department of Education (DOE) has approved the creation of a Hebrew-themed charter school. Comment
Kings Courier

Green City conference at Brookyn Borough Hall

Brooklyn’s going green, and some of the borough’s top eco-experts were on hand to illustrate the point during a Green Brooklyn, Green City Conference at Borough Hall. Comment
Kings Courier

Feathers fly over rites: Chicken ritual sparks clash between PETA, rabbi

The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment
Kings Courier

Bensonhurst loves a parade — especially chris’

Italian-Americans jumpstarted Columbus Day festivities by fêting parade honorees with a brunch in Bensonhurst. Comment
Kings Courier

A ‘Dynamite’ way to beat alcohol and drug abuse

Big-hearted Brooklynites waged war against two potential killers by putting their best foot forward during a benefit walk to mark “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” Comment
Kings Courier

A better way to park your bike: Brooklyn firms compete in design contest

Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment
Flatbush

Volunteers turn Kensington lot green: Community uses paint to turn eyesore into neighborhood work of art

A rusted gate protecting a vacant Kensington lot recently received a ‘green’ makeover, courtesy of a newly formed local civic group. Comment
Flatbush

Slow drop in East Flatbush crime stats

Crime in East Flatbush continues to drop, although a bit more slowly than in the past. Comment
Flatbush

Saint Francis college faculty, students inaugurate 18th president

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment
Flatbush

Reddock reigns again

Through changes of commanding officers and watching violent crime plummet over the past dozen years, Patricia Reddock remains a pillar in the East Flatbush community. Comment
Flatbush

Promoting peace at Public school 119

In celebration of their third annual International Peace Day, Public School 119, the Magnet School for Global and Ethical Studies, organized and participated in a number of events to promote peace within the school and around the world. Comment
Flatbush

Kings Theater tops CB14 ‘wish list’

After a pair of public hearings at which not a single member of the public spoke out, Community Board 14 has affirmed its budget priorities for the next fiscal year. Comment
Flatbush

Ditmas Park woman marks 108th year

When Ditmas Park resident Theresa Anderson was born, the population of North America was 82,000,000, William McKinley was president and construction began on the first subway line linking Manhattan to Brooklyn. Comment
Flatbush

Construction leads to more work on CI Ave.

Underground work is causing aboveground disruption on Coney Island Avenue. Comment
Flatbush

Community Board 17 members get an ‘A’ for perfect attendance

Eleven members of Community Board 17 went “back to school,” so to speak, receiving perfect attendance awards from Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment
Flatbush

CB12 members at odds: Israel challenges Greenfield appointment to board

Hell hath no fury like a community board member who believes that a recent appointment to the board doesn’t reside or work in the community. Comment
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Shooter sought Comment
Canarsie

‘Twilight’ screening

A screening of “Twilight Becomes Night,” a documentary film by Virginie-Alvine Perrette, will be held on November 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in The Kane Street Synagogue, 336 Kane Street. Comment
Canarsie

‘Ollie’ all ya want at new BK skate park: 2.5-acre site downtown eyed for construction of new sports facility

A 2.5-acre park that straddles Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus is being touted as a strong candidate for the borough’s second permanent skateboard park. Comment
Canarsie

‘Jump ball’ for District 18 CEC

Brooklyn parents are giving children a reason to run, jump and play. Comment
Canarsie

Writers talking politics

Brooklyn College will present “Brooklyn on My Mind,” a special evening featuring prominent writers who will discuss the 2008 Presidential race, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. The event, titled “Election 2008: Left and Right,” will be held at Brooklyn College in the Whitman Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue. Comment
Canarsie

Tricks & treats for little ghosts and ghouls

Count on Brooklyn’s master crafter John Zammit to wow festive frolickers with his All Hallows Eve display. The annual showcase transforms Zammit’s house, 653 58th Street, into a whimsical exhibit of Halloween wonders complete with a boo-erific assortment of ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and other seasonal crowd-pleasers. Happy Halloween, John. Comment
Borough-wide

Thousands flock to festive Atlantic Antic

A sun-kissed autumn lark – and then some – was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Atlantic Antic. Comment
Canarsie

27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade

Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Christoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment
Canarsie

TASER death sparks call for real change

The NYPD needs a new approach in how they handle mentally ill and disturbed residents, one elected official said this week. Comment
Canarsie

Students on the brink await letters

Parents will soon know if their children are at risk of being left back. Comment
Canarsie

St. Francis College welcomes new prez

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment
Canarsie

Road to recovery over the BK Bridge

The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment
Canarsie

PETA clashes with rabbi

The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment
Canarsie

Park Cleanup

Join in for a fun filled Park Cleanup on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prospect Park. Help prepare for the biggest weekend of the season, Halloween. Comment
Canarsie

NYU/Poly partnership

Economic crisis or not, New York University has big plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comment
Borough-wide

Inside the term limit battle: Forces pro and con fight for their political lives

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment
Canarsie

Great bargains along Ford Street

Schmooze with your neighbors and walk away with great bargains during a block-wide yard sale along Ford Street between Voorhies Avenue & Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay, October 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment
Canarsie

Ghostly goings-on underground: Brooklyn’s ‘Lost Railroad’ open for Halloween tricks and treats

The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment
Canarsie

Funds funneled in to fill Victory hospital void

The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment
Canarsie

Fresh lighting for Avenue J

After receiving numerous complaints from Canarsie residents regarding the unsafe condition created by a lack of sufficient street lighting on Avenue J between East 84th and 86 streets, Assemblyman Maisel contacted the Department of Transportation, (DOT), asking them to conduct a survey to determine if additional street lighting was warranted. Comment
Canarsie

Flood of complaints on Ralph: Residents say commercial building source of the problem

Residents on East 59th Street are getting a real soaking, and they think the owners of the commercial buildings on Ralph Avenue right behind them are – to put it frankly – all wet. Comment
Canarsie

Dumpster vs.cruiser: Cop car, DOT truck collide on Utica Avenue

Cops were called to the corner of Utica Avenue and Avenue J Friday following a multi-vehicle accident involving an NYPD cruiser and a truck belonging to a city agency. Comment
Canarsie

DOE money ‘out the door’: Brooklyn parents jeer high-price consultant fees

Frustrated Brooklyn parents lashed out at city officials for putting consultants before schoolchildren. Comment
Canarsie

Cops and the clergy team up

A half-dozen local priests, rabbis and pastors flocked to the 69th Precinct last week for a special group discussion with head Canarsie crime-fighter Captain Milt Marmara. Comment
Canarsie

Continuing education workshops, speakers

Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center (ARC) offers continuing education through a series of workshops and speakers in Brooklyn. All families formed through adoption are invited to these events. Comment
Canarsie

Brooklyn high schoolers make a run of it: Borough as top finishers at 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet

Brothers Paul Gilhuley and Joseph Gilhuley finished among the top 20 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ Division of the 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in The Bronx on a delightful, sunny Saturday last weekend. Comment
Canarsie

Brooklyn gals have designs on the ‘Top’: Talented designers vie to win reality TV’s ‘Top Design’ competition

Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment
Canarsie

Borough Hall goes purple to highlight Alzheimer’s fight

For the first time ever, the façade of Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated purple — the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter — from October 24-26, as part of the annual “Week to Remember.” Comment
Canarsie

Bay View Houses meeting

The Bay View Houses General Membership Meeting will be held at 7 p.m., October 23 at the Bay View Houses Community Center, 5985 Shore Parkway. Comment
Canarsie

A better way to park it: Search is on for the ultimate city bike rack

Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment
Borough-wide

‘Must-have’ robberies: Cops blame spike on lust for gizmos

Robberies are on the rise throughout Brooklyn, but the economy is not to blame – at least not yet, according to NYPD officials. Comment
Borough-wide

2-way safety push: New effort to alter traffic

There’s a two-way approach to protect bicyclists rolling through Park Slope. Comment
Borough-wide

Shootings spark action: Cops name brand-new ‘Impact Zone’

To combat a rash of crimes in the area, a new impact zone has been established in East Flatbush. Comment
Borough-wide

Not a class act: Sex-abuse charges for aide

A former school aide from Junior High School 126 was arrested Tuesday for groping student cheerleaders, as well as being way too open about his personal life, police alleged. Comment
Borough-wide

Look who’s moving in: Charter school looks for space

Another charter school battle could soon begin in Red Hook. Comment
Borough-wide

Home sale slide begins: Price of BK houses fall

Wall Street’s pain is beginning to pinch Brooklyn, as home prices in the borough fell 5.6 percent in the third quarter, a recent study revealed. Comment
Borough-wide

Group home gets a-ok: CB18 backs E.53rd St. facility

Over the objections of the local civic association, Community Board 18 last week voted overwhelmingly to support the arrival of a group home in Mill Basin. Comment
Borough-wide

E. Flatbush leads in gun busts: Nabe outpaces the rest of city in proliferation of firearms

East Flatbush is crazy about guns. Comment
Borough-wide

Deadly lake outing: Boating accident claims lives of 3

They were relatives by chance but best of friends by choice — lifelong buddies who played on the streets of Brooklyn together as children and then worked together as young adults. Comment
Borough-wide

BQE rehab’s On deck: Work to jibe with park plans

Much needed infrastructure work on the triple cantilever section of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Downtown Brooklyn doesn’t appear likely to affect the development of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment
Borough-wide

All fired up: Shootings, arrests rile locals

Overall crime incidents in the 94th Precinct may be stabilizing, but community members expressed concern about several high-profile incidents that happened in Greenpoint this fall. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Sued for Comment
Williamsburg

Take the fear out of HS

Starting high school is often a strange and stressful time for new students. Although they had previously visited the high school, heard the positive stories (and some negative) and feel ready to move on, there is still a certain inclination to stay put in the safety of primary school. Comment
Williamsburg

Resources for college applicants

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (clcu) has released four new resources for students, parents, and school counselors to assist current and aspiring college-bound students. The 2008 editions of Your College Search, Admissions and Financial Aid Bulletin, College Quick Tips, and a new color poster mapping independent campuses throughout the state, clarify the college search and financial aid process, and provide suggestions for making the most of the college experience. Comment
Williamsburg

Fear removed for college aid

If you need financial aid to help meet college costs, you are very likely to receive it. Many colleges also offer merit scholarships where financial need is not a factor. Always apply for aid and meet the deadlines. Comment
Letters

Tireded of NYMTC

You reported that one of the attendees at September’s transportation workshop, sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), attributed the low attendance to poor publicity. Comment
Letters

Sticking up for P.S. 207

I am currently a sixth grade teacher at Public School207. It has come to my attention, that some of our neighbors, have been saying unkind things about our school. Comment
Letters

Steel and sunsets

Re: “The Bones of September.” Comment
Letters

Outrageous rent hike

I have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for over 30 years in Sheepshead Bay. Comment
Letters

MTV delivers again

Re: “Music-Schmusic VMA Was A Bust,” “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono, 9-11- issue. Comment
Letters

Give the money here

Instead of handing wall street close to a trillion-dollar bailout and bankrupt ‘main street,’ maybe the feds should hand every legal head of household a check for $100,000. Comment
Letters

Box office washout

I am very disappointed in the quality and content of movies, lately. Comment
Letters

Anti-abortion booster

Voicer Julie Kirshner, president of Brooklyn-Queens National Organization of Women, says, “Sarah Palin is anti-woman because she doesn’t believe in the ERA, embryonic stem-cell research, or the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest.” Comment
Letters

A man for all seasons

Shavana Abruzzo, (“A Britisher’s View”), I just read your beautiful column on Paul Newman [RIP: Paul Newman, 1925-2008). Comment
Williamsburg NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Pearls of wisdom from my father

The other morning, while sipping on a hot cup of coffee and enjoying a family breakfast moment, my husband turned to my daughter and said, “You know, you should never chew food when you have to sneeze.” Comment
Williamsburg IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Palin, Biden, O’Reilly — oh my!

Williamsburg A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Muckity-Mac’ leaves a lot to be desired

This is the first installment of a two-part column on presidential challengers John McCain and Barack Obama — ABV. Comment
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Unless people start demanding change thirsty working families waiting for some economic relief to “trickle down” can probably wait to hell freezes over – it just ain’t gonna happen under these house rules. Still, the Consumer Corner is here to help you uncover the best bargains and deals in town so that you can get the most out of your consumer dollar. Comment
Bay News SPEAK OUT

Abe Stark Rink: Coney’s secret handout

It is some five, or more years since Mayor Mike Bloomberg “took over” Coney Island as a leader on his agenda. Comment
Bay News BIG SCREECHER

Madelene Taub-Chan: Woman of the Year

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe. As you well know by now, I will be celebrating my 28th year as President of the BWECC and as is my custom every year, I spotlight each honoree in this column, so you know their credentials, their merits, and their outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted ‘BWECC Year” award. Now I will spotlight this wonderful lady, Madelene Chan. Comment
Bay News

St. Francis College chooses its new president

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment
Bay News

Recovery project walks across Brooklyn bridge

The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment
Bay News

Mother’s killer remains at large

A Bensonhurst street was awash in candlelight last week as mourners remembered a young mother murdered during a brazen early-morning heist. Comment
Bay News

Molinari backs Cochrane: Former S.I. president ‘delighted’ in pick

There’s a new show horse on the political merry-go-round that keeps turning, non-stop, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment
Bay News

Inside term limit battleground: Pols take sides in fierce political game of tug-of-war

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment
Bay News

Funds funnel into Victory void: State spends millions to allow other hospitals to improve

The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment
Bay News

Feathers fly over religious rites: PETA clashes with rabbi

The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment
Bay News

Delay’s foul stench: Time runs out on Owls pledge

Leave it to a Ridgite to come up with a heretofore unexpressed reason for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to change his position on term limits. Comment
Bay News

Brooklyn pivotal in 60 AD race

Brooklyn’s part of the 60th Assembly District may hold the key to victory for the candidates, this November 4th. Comment
Bay News

BK designers vow to be ‘tops’ on reality show

Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment
Bay News

Bay Ridge United Church adopts new chaplain

The Bay Ridge United Church of Bay Ridge has adopted another chaplain under the Adopt-A-Chaplain Program. The church has been involved in Adopt-A-Chaplain with Chaplain 1LT Virginia Emery who was in Iraq but has returned to the states. Comment
Borough-wide

Walk this way for scares: Traditional Halloween fest returns for 14th year

On a sunny autumn day, the whistling winds and eerie shadows of Halloween seem far away – that is, if you don’t happen to notice the odd assemblage of individuals gathered outside the Colonial Road gate of Owls Head Park. Comment
Borough-wide

Twilight screening

A screening of “Twilight Becomes Night,” a documentary film by Virginie-Alvine Perrette, will be held on November 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in The Kane Street Synagogue, 336 Kane Street. Comment
Borough-wide

Tipping the scales in the 60th AD

Brooklyn’s part of the 60th Assembly District may hold the key to victory for the candidates this November 4. Comment
Borough-wide

Step right on up for some tricks and treats

What a spooktacular sight… Count on Brooklyn’s master crafter John Zammit to wow festive frolickers with his All Hallows Eve display. The annual showcase transforms Zammit’s house, 653 58th Street, into a whimsical exhibit of Halloween wonders complete with a boo-erific assortment of ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and other seasonal crowd-pleasers. Happy Halloween, John. Comment
Borough-wide

Special education fair: Forum for families in School Districts 20, 21 and 22

State Senator Martin J. Golden will host a special education fair for families and students of School District 20, 21 and 22, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marine & Academic Center Rotunda at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. Comment
Borough-wide

Special adoption workshops: Programs help tackle thorny family questions

Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center (ARC) offers continuing education through a series of workshops and speakers in Brooklyn. All families formed through adoption are invited to these events. Comment
Borough-wide

Search for a better city bike rack: Top designers vie for winning concept

Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment
Borough-wide

Recovery project walks across Brooklyn Bridge

The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment
Borough-wide

Pool side fracas lingers on

A six-year-old battle between a school administrator and a crew of physical education teachers at Fort Hamilton High School in what could be best described as a poolside political struggle is still alive and well, thanks to a civil suit that apparently will not end. Comments (1)
Borough-wide

Political talk

Brooklyn College will present “Brooklyn on My Mind,” a special evening featuring prominent writers who will discuss the 2008 Presidential race, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. The event, titled “Election 2008: Left and Right,” will be held at Brooklyn College in the Whitman Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue. Comment
Borough-wide

Policing Afghanistan: 200 newly trained recruits bulk up National Police

Two months ago, the 200 men standing at attention before their leaders were students preparing for the Focused District Development police training course. Under a hot Afghan sun, the graduates now stood ready to serve as fully trained guardians of their respective communities. Comment
Borough-wide

New park to ‘ollie’ all ya want: New skate facilities eyed for Douglass/Greene Park

A 2.5-acre park that straddles Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus is being touted as a strong candidate for the borough’s second permanent skateboard park. Comment
Borough-wide

$13.2 M ‘HEALs’ a lot of ills

Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has been awarded $13.2 million in HEAL NY Phase 7 funding. The grant will support a major expansion of the medical center’s Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Comment
Borough-wide

MTA to pay for rusty mess

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is fessing up, and has said it’s willing to pay up, too. Comment
Borough-wide

Molinari backs Cochrane: Former Staten Island borough prez ‘delighted’ with candidate

There’s a new show horse on the political merry-go-round that keeps turning, non-stop, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment
Borough-wide

Miracle of birth through Web cam

Like most soon-to-be first-time fathers, Marine Lance Cpl. Jovan Rodriguez anxiously awaited the birth of his child and looked forward to being by his wife’s bedside. Comment
Borough-wide

Inside the term-limit battle: Pols take sides in tug-of-war to decide their political lives

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment
Borough-wide

Homefront ‘action’ is the best Rx

More than 50 recently wounded veterans, including troops being processed through the disability evaluation system, are experiencing the healing power of recreation here through the first National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Pilot Program. Comment
Borough-wide

Haunted subway: Halloween hijinks deep underground

The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment
Borough-wide

Hall goes purple for Alzheimer’s

For the first time ever, the façade of Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated purple — the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter — from October 24-26, as part of the annual “Week to Remember.” Comment
Borough-wide

Funds funneled in to fill Victory void

The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment
Borough-wide

First-ever ‘Fall Festival’: St. Anselm RC Church hosts special community event

St. Anselm RC Church hosted its first-time ever “Fall Festival,” which brought families from the parish and community together to enjoy a hefty dollop of food, games, rides, and fun, and show their support for the vibrant house of worship. Comment
Borough-wide

Delay’s foul stench: Mayor on the hook for cleanup

Leave it to a Ridgite to come up with a heretofore unexpressed reason for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to change his position on term limits. Comment
Borough-wide

Church going brick by brick

Up in the clock tower of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, workers could be seen, in silhouette through a gauze of netting, removing bricks. Comment
Borough-wide

BWECC meet

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its monthly Open Community Meeting at 8 p.m., October 27 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P. Comment
Borough-wide

Bus full o’ complaints: Survey reveals dissatisfaction

Overcrowded buses and long waits are the main complaints of riders who use express buses in southwestern Brooklyn. Comment
Borough-wide

Brothers keep a step ahead: Gilhuleys finish among Interscholastic’s top 20

Brothers Paul Gilhuley and Joseph Gilhuley finished among the top 20 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ Division of the 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in The Bronx on a delightful, sunny Saturday last weekend. Comment
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Rays refuse to strike out: Embattled baseball club keeps pitching as things disintegrate around them

Joe Mittiga isn’t giving up on his field of dreams. Comment
Borough-wide

Blocks of bargains

Schmooze with your neighbors and walk away with great bargains during a block-wide yard sale along Ford Street between Voorhies Avenue & Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay, October 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment
Borough-wide

Aviator to host cancer benefit: Ice skating & carnival

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation will sponsor its second annual “Make a Difference Day” family ice skating and carnival, October 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Aviator Sports & Recreation, Hanger 5 Floyd Bennett Field. Comment
Borough-wide

Audie Murphy still inspires heroes

During a World War II battle in Holtzwihr, France, a wounded US soldier climbed into a burning tank, took a spot behind a .50-caliber machine gun and fired until the enemy was vanquished. Comment
Borough-wide

A step ahead of disaster: City Tech professional leads climate change committee

Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis. Almost on a daily basis, a natural disaster occurring somewhere on our planet makes headlines. “Improving our ability to predict such events is essential if we are to achieve our goal of substantially minimizing the death and destruction that occur in their wake,” says Reginald Blake, a physics professor at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY). Comment
Borough-wide APO BROOKLYN

Little pieces of home

Borough-wide

Aid mission brings airman back home

The California Air National Guard’s 163rd Medical Group brought much-needed relief to thousands of Guatemalan citizens during a recent medical readiness training exercise mission, but for one airman, the humanitarian effort meant more than just helping people. It was a walk down memory lane. Comment
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Anti-Asian arrest Comment
Bay News

‘Agent Heroes’ reporting: Allstate Insurance Company salutes Brooklyn staffers

Allstate Agents Gennaro De Simone and Christina De Simone, whose De Simone Enterprises office is at 7023 Avenue U, were named Agent Heroes by Allstate Insurance Company’s New York Region for awarding a $1,000 grant to a local youth program. Comment
Bay News

Writers talking U.S. politics

Brooklyn College will present “Brooklyn on My Mind,” a special evening featuring prominent writers who will discuss the 2008 Presidential race, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. The event, titled “Election 2008: Left and Right,” will be held at Brooklyn College in the Whitman Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue. Comment
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Twain steps up to challenge: Students help raise funds to battle breast cancer

When Elizabeth Calise saw that her school, Mark Twain IS 239, raised the second most of any school in Brooklyn for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, she wasn’t satisfied. She knew they could do better. Comment
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27th Annual Brooklyn christopher Columbus parade

Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Christoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment
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S’head Bay store clerk gunned down: Cops on the hunt for duo wanted in connection with six other crimes

A pair of masked gunmen are being sought for shooting a Sheepshead Bay liquor store employee during a brazen gunpoint robbery – the seventh that the duo has reportedly committed since the beginning of September, according to police. Comment
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Something wicked underground: Time for Halloween ghost stories inside Brooklyn’s ‘Lost Subway’ tunnel

The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment
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SFC chooses its new president: Profs, students celebrate the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment
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Ribbon cut on new group home

A $100,000 grant in Coney Island can go a long way. For the Institute for Community Living (ICL) West 12th Street Residence, home to nine men and women with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities, it means a new van, garden patio, kitchen cabinets and counters, wood flooring and huge smiles. Comment
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P.S. 52 Garden honors Principal Michael Carr

A garden grows in memory of Principal Michael Carr at Public School 52. Comment
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Prayers for shattered life: Mom’s killer still at large

A Bensonhurst street was awash in candlelight last week as mourners remembered a young mother murdered during a brazen early-morning heist. Comment
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Pediatric cancer

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation will sponsor its second annual “Make a Difference Day” family ice-skating and carnival, October 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Aviator Sports & Recreation, Hanger 5 Floyd Bennett Field. Comment
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Park cleanup

Join in for a fun filled Park Cleanup on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prospect Park. Help prepare for the biggest weekend of the season, Halloween. Comment
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Noxious spill hits Bay: ‘Overpowering’ stench sparks multi-agency response

Officials still don’t know exactly what that oily stuff was pouring into Sheepshead Bay last Friday afternoon, but it made more than a few people nauseous. Comment
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Next BWECC meeting

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its monthly Open Community Meeting at 8 p.m., October 27 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P. Comment
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New advisory committee

The 60th Precinct Community Council is now forming a Council Advisory Committee, that will work as part of the council and will be vital in helping interaction with the police department. Comment
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Molinari backs Cochrane run

There’s a new show horse on the political merry-go-round that keeps turning, non-stop, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment
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Kids & adoption

Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center (ARC) offers continuing education through a series of workshops and speakers in Brooklyn. All families formed through adoption are invited to these events. Comment
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Inside the battle over term limits: Pols choose sides in the battle of their political lives

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment
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Hospital to nowhere

I’ve been following the saga of Victory Memorial in your paper, and the last story of the 150 leads me to write. Comment
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Hebrew charter school OK: DOE gives green light to controversial program

The city Department of Education (DOE) has approved the creation of a Hebrew-themed charter school. Comment
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Health care system that’s killing you

There’s no reason why Brooklynites have to die from cancer, according to a health advocate. Comment
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Golden paints rosy outlook: Running unopposed, senator is upbeat on economy

Economic hard times were the subject when Republican State Senator Marty Golden stopped by at a recent candidates’ forum. Comment
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Funds funneled into Victory void: Surrounding hospitals get help to upgrade and expand services

The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment
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Ford St. bargains

Schmooze with your neighbors and walk away with great bargains during a block-wide yard sale along Ford Street between Voorhies Avenue & Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay, October 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment
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Fierce Condo blaze: 7 hurt on Burnett Street

A retired cop was left clinging to life this week after a fire erupted in his Marine Park apartment building. Comment
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DOB raps Windjammer: 15 rooms forced to close

A Sheepshead Bay motel with a problematic prior history was hit with 15 building code violations last week. Comment
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Designs on ‘Top’ spot: Two vie for cable TV glory

Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment
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Chicken ritual sparks PETA squawk

The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment
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Car crashes through photo shop

A quiet afternoon on Brighton Beach Avenue near Brighton 6th Street was shattered with the sound of exploding wood, brick and glass last week as a wayward motorist slammed through the front of a neighborhood photography store. Officials were told that the elderly driver got behind the wheel at 1:30 p.m. on October 8 and somehow mistook the driving gear for the reverse gear. When he hit the gas, he reportedly hopped the curb and backed up right into the store. A woman inside the store was hit by flying glass, but no other injuries were reported, officials said. Comment
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Brothers keep a step ahead: Gilhuleys impress in Interscholastic Cross Country Meet

Brothers Paul Gilhuley and Joseph Gilhuley finished among the top 20 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ Division of the 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in The Bronx on a delightful, sunny Saturday last weekend. Comment
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A better way to park your bicycle: Brooklyn firms compete in design contest

Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment

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