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Friday, June 19, 2009

Williamsburg

Beep backs off on Holocaust exclusion

The Holocaust Memorial Park Committee has asked for Borough President Marty Markowitz’s support in their push to stop the city from adding stones that would include homosexuals, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses killed in the Holocaust −− but it doesn’t look like Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleader is going to race to their aid. Comment
Williamsburg

Dropout foes drop in on City Hall

As City Council members negotiate a multifaceted city budget, scores of parents, teenagers, and education advocates stormed the steps of City Hall last week to remind local legislators about the importance of dropout prevention programs. Comment
Williamsburg

Five legislators back Davila’s City Council run

City Council candidate Maritza Davila welcomed the endorsements of five state legislators on the steps of City Hall last Friday, as she finished a long week of petitioning to be on the ballot for September’s primary. Comment
Williamsburg

Parents say ‘tweaking’ mayoral control won’t cut it

The state Assembly’s mayoral control bill “just doesn’t go far enough” in providing a real checks and balances system, parents say. Comment
Williamsburg

Funding to be cut from Brooklyn public schools

Public schools will lose $452 million this September. Comment
Williamsburg

Summer to turn up heat on Coney rezoning

The city’s comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already gone through an arduous review, but the toughest battles have yet to be fought. Comment
Williamsburg

Embattled rabbi quits Corrections Dept.

Williamsburg resident Rabbi Leib Glanz, a chaplain with the City Corrections Department, resigned Tuesday after serving a two−week suspension for arranging a bar mitzvah and engagement celebration for an Orthodox Jewish inmate in a Manhattan jail. Comment
Williamsburg

Mayor, Council agree on budget

The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment
Williamsburg

Seneca Club draws in politicos

Anyone and everyone in Brooklyn running for public office in 2009 was spotted at the Seneca Club’s annual dinner at the Polonaise Terrace (150 Greenpoint Avenue) last week. Comment
Williamsburg

Cops look at the little things

Crime in the 90th Precinct is down 21 percent this year, leaving Deputy Inspector Michael Kemper and his officers to focus on the little things. Comment
Williamsburg

2nd annual crest fest ‘09 art show

Crest Hardware’s Joe Franquinha has outdone himself this year, meticulously curating his store’s second annual Crest Fest 2009 Outdoor Art Show this past Saturday. Comment
Williamsburg

Borough Hall salutes top precinct chiefs

There were a lot of cop cars, but no criminal activity at Borough Hall Wednesday. Comment
Williamsburg

Schism over sex abuse bills

A group of Orthodox Jewish sexual abuse victims is calling out to Albany. Comment
Williamsburg

‘burg waits for slice of the stimulus pie

Congress passed a $787 billion federal stimulus package earlier this year, but Williamsburg residents still wonder how much of that amount will find its way to their community and into which programs. Comment
Williamsburg

Break for drivers

Williamsburg’s car owners may soon be breathing easier. Comment
Williamsburg

New fight over turf

Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment
Williamsburg

Library invests in marigold magic

A few rain showers did little to dampen the spirit of some of Williamsburg’s youngest gardeners as they planted marigolds in the garden of the Leonard Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment
Letters

Letters to the editor

Wheel trouble Comment
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

Even with this down economy, more than 90% of us still have our jobs. Some of us who have been working hard and still doing well financially are being constantly told that we are to be taxed our “fair share.” Exactly what is my “fair share?” Twenty percent? Thirty−five percent? Fifty percent? That’s a number that’s hard to define, especially when almost half the population pays nothing. Now that’s very dangerous. Comment
Williamsburg

A Britisher’s View

What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s way? Comment
Williamsburg

GALLOP gala showcases riders’ talents

Join GALLOP for a day in Prospect Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21, as GALLOP students — riders whose disabilities include autism, down syndrome, CP, and emotional and learning disabilities — will be showcasing the riding skills they have learned throughout the past year. Spectators can meet a horse or pony and learn about horses, GALLOP, and horseback riding from the students. Comment
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‘Barack and roll’ at KeySpan Park

For one night this summer, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be transformed into the Baracklyn Cyclones, honoring the President of the United States, Barack Obama, June 23. Comment
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Brooklyn’s cup runneth over with beauty

Park Slope beauty queen Magdalena Buszniewicz, 18, has plenty to smile about after being crowned Miss Polonia 2009. Comment
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Brooklyn: Always lookng fashion−forward

Fugghedabout Paris, Milan and London – it’s Brooklyn that has the fashionistas swooning this summer. Comment
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Ballet troupe moves onto Schermerhorn

File this one under lowbrow living meets highbrow art. Comment
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City looks for new ‘ditch’ remedy

The city said this week it is looking for companies capable of devising a scheme to make tolerable the concrete and asphalt channel carved out by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Comment
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‘Salvation’ for a principal

Parents hope Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will come to their rescue but, apparently, help isn’t on its way. Comment
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BK pol is elevated in Albany

If one wants to make sense of all the madness brewing from last week’s Republican hijacking of the State Senate, southern Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger has a clear and concise explanation. Comment
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DOT takes crack at improving the circle

Navigating the notoriously congested Park Circle in Windsor Terrace can sometimes resemble a scene from a Peter Sellers “Pink Panther” movie. Comment
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Local man busted for impersonating dead ma

The last six years had been one long drag for Thomas Parkin. Comment
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Committee votes to okay ‘utlimate fighting’ here

When the Barclays Center Arena gets built at the Atlantic⁄Flatbush Avenues intersection, it may one day play host to mixed martial arts fighting. Comment
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Candidates say they’ve earned spot on ballot

Well, that was fast. Comment
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Seventh Ave. P.O. safe − sort of

Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue post office won’t be shuttered — at least for now. Comment
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Calvary@Home encourages more volunteers to join

Make a difference in 2009 −− Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment
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No hi−rises in Park

Community Board 6 last week threw its support behind an alternative plan to finance the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, one that eliminates the construction of two high−rise apartment buildings amid the birds and the trees. Comment
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Ikea trees wilt

When IKEA celebrates its one−year anniversary in Red Hook this week, several trees along the store’s 3.5−mile public esplanade won’t be part of the party. Comment
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LGBT community rallies for marriage

Dozens of advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bi−Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) causes gathered together at Washington Park in Park Slope Sunday to demand that Albany says “I do” to gay marriage. Comment
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Community Bd. 6 exodus derails ‘code of conduct’ effort

Approval of Community Board 6’s code of conduct for responsible contractors will have to wait until July. Comment
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Merchant busted for allegedly peddling fireworks

Police have popped a neighborhood merchant allegedly caught selling fireworks out of his Third Avenue bodega. Comment
High School Sports

Madison can’t halt the Pirates’ six−peat

Bill Dumont knew the situation would eventually find his James Madison softball team against Tottenville. Comment
High School Sports

Coney’s Shaq shines

Shaquille Stokes spent his first year in Coney Island desperately seeking to fit in. He adhered to seniors and listened intently to his coaches. He desperately wanted to please. Comment
High School Sports

For the love of the game

Jai Kellman’s commute this summer creates a whole new meaning to the word. Comment
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Mariners draft LIU star

When Long Island University junior James Jones took the mound this spring, his every pitch was closely scrutinized by dozens of Major League scouts. Comment
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Red Hook can finally ‘can it’

Trash cans finally arrived in Red Hook — less than a week after this newspaper reported their scarcity along the commercial strip. Comment
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Smile! P.S. 32 students step up for free dental exams

Assemblywoman Joan Millman teamed up with the New York University College of Dentistry to provide free dental exams for students at Public School 32. The NYU Smiling Faces Going Places mobile dental van, outfitted with dental chairs, was parked nearby to serve classrooms of children throughout the day. Comment
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Concrete fit on Columbia

United States Concrete, the Texas−based construction giant, could be poised to open a plant in Red Hook, this paper has learned. Comment
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Sixth Annual Children of Abraham Peace Walk

In Brooklyn, we get along. Comment
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A schoolhouse divided on Sullivan Street

P.S. 15 in Red Hook is a war zone, complete with “incidents” in bathrooms and students stalking each other in stairwells, parents claim. Comment
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Dance Theater Etcetera presents 16th annual show

A sunset salsa party, rapping lyricists, a free kayak ride – and a showcase of emerging local talent – were among the sizzling crowd−pleasers when Dance Theatre Etcetera presented its a weekend−long arts festival at Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier. Comment
Canarsie

Juneteenth block party celebration

In honor of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the announcement of African-American freedom from enslavement, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is throwing a Juneteenth Block Party in celebration of African-American people, culture, and community, June 21 from 12-8 p.m. on Macdonough Street between Lewis Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Days numbered for St. Ann’s Warehouse

The controversial Dock Street project might have garnered City Council approval recently, but it also started the clock ticking for one of DUMBO’s most important cultural institutions to find a new home. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Seeking soup kitchen volunteers

St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest soup kitchen with an array of social service programs, is seeking volunteers for the summer months. Specifically needed are Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish and Russian translators who are fluent in one of those languages and English to help guests apply for social service programs. Other volunteers are being sought for data entry. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Road work ahead

DUMBO is getting the mother of all road infrastructure improvements beginning next month. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Worker Bees cause an artistic buzz on Tillary

Downtown Brooklyn is now an open−air public art gallery, thanks to a 200−foot−long mural painted along the Tillary Street concrete traffic barrier, which offers viewers a kaleidoscopic narrative of the similarities between humans and the common bee. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Looking good on Atlantic

Community Board 6 last week threw its support behind an alternative plan to finance the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, one that eliminates the construction of two high−rise apartment buildings amid the birds and the trees. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

School kids ‘break out’ of the classroom

A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a spring arts festival at Public School 307⁄Middle School 313 in DUMBO. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Bargains and bellyaching at Brooklyn Bridge Flea Market

Never deny a New Yorker’s God−given right to complain about living in the city. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Windows on public artistry

By Stephen Witt Comment
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BK teens on tobacco road

More teens in Brooklyn use tobacco than in any borough, according to a federal lawmaker promoting legislation he hopes will help young lungs curb the harmful habit. Comment

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel: What on the Court Calendar

Juror bails out of Jet Ski crash case Comment
Williamsburg

Furor over bike lane plan rages

Dissent over the Kent Avenue bicycle lane plan has not abated, as several Williamsburg residents vigorously protested this week the Department of Transportation’s proposal to reroute truck traffic onto North 11th Street and restrict vehicular traffic to a one−way northbound lane. Comment
Williamsburg

Members unanimously elect new Community Board 1 chair

Community Board 1 members overwhelmingly elected Greenpoint resident Christopher Olechowski as their new chair this past Tuesday night, replacing Williamsburg resident Vincent J. Abate, Jr., who has served in the position for nearly 30 years. Comment
Williamsburg

Boards see cuts as a threat

Facing a proposed budget cut of nearly $35,000, Community Board 1 member Chris Olechowski and District Manager Gerry Esposito joined more than 200 New Yorkers from community boards citywide at a City Hall rally this past Tuesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision. Comment
Williamsburg

Candidates under the gun to get on ballot

Let the petitioning begin! Comment
Williamsburg

Jews, justice and Obama

Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment
Williamsburg

BK pol cheers GOP coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment
Williamsburg

Conservation voters don black ties

More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all−star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment
Williamsburg

Carroll Pk food vendor sought

Carroll Gardens activists were caught off guard last week to learn that the city Parks Department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to put a food vender in Carroll Park. Comment
Williamsburg

Activists are toasted at Teddy’s Bar

In honor of Brooklyn Day, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honored Brigitte Veneski and several Williamsburg activists at Teddy’s Bar and Grill (96 Berry Street) who have been raising money for the Northside Town Hall Community Cultural Center in the former site of Wythe Avenue’s Engine 212. Comment
Williamsburg

Brooklyn schools put on swine flu ‘watch list’

The city Health Department has placed several Brooklyn schools on a “watch list.” Comment
Williamsburg

Rapper helps inspire greater literacy in kids

Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment
Williamsburg

Ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog − but seniors love ‘em

In collaboration with The Good Dog Foundation, the Cobble Hill Health Center held its first Dog Show, which brought out animal−loving residents, who enjoyed the parade of pups, which included a Labrador Retriever, Pug, Dachshund, Shiatsu, Miniature Maltese, Spinone, amongst others. Comment
Williamsburg

Brooklyn teens firmly on tobacco rd.

More teens in Brooklyn use tobacco than in any borough, according to a federal lawmaker promoting legislation he hopes will help young lungs curb the harmful habit. Comment
Williamsburg

Renegade Craft Fair has nice threads

With McCarren Park Pool locked up and fenced away, more than 300 designers surrounded the McCarren Park track (Bedford and North 12th Street) to sell their homemade wares at the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend. Comment
Williamsburg

Tips on getting your band booked

For most musicians looking to play in Brooklyn and the city at large, you go about doing it the hard way, learning from your mistakes gig by gig. Comment
Williamsburg

Despite rain, Boom−A−Ring big top rises in Coney Island

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s “Boom−A−Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment
Williamsburg

New Views 2009 benefits the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway development

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold New Views 2009, its fourth annual benefit for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 18 from 6−9 p.m. at IKEA Brooklyn’s Erie Basin Park. Comment
Williamsburg

Thompson, Avella at mayoral candidates forum

Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment
Williamsburg

Annual golf outing honors U.S. servicemen and women

The Capt. John McKenna and LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment
Williamsburg

Jews only at Holocaust Park

A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment
Williamsburg

Triangle feud grows acute

Department of Housing Assistant Commissioner Champa Chanda barely finished the first sentence of her Broadway Triangle rezoning presentation before more than 100 community residents erupted in repeated chants of “Open process!”, commandeering Tuesday night’s Community Board One meeting for nearly an hour. Comment
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

Ever since the dawn of time, men have had a problem with laundry. Lacking in their genetic make−up is the ability to mix furs, pelts and coloreds. They can beat a rock over the head of an elk − but are unable to beat the rock out of delicates. Comment
Williamsburg

A Britisher’s View

Could you identify the national flag of Botswana as, readily, as Botswanians could peg Old Glory? Comment
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

And still more thoughts from those scraps of paper that have been accumulating in my pockets. Comment
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New look for Flatbush Ave.

The North Flatbush Business Improvement District will unveil 30 nylon silkscreened banners, June 22 from 9−10 a.m., all of which will be displayed on all street lampposts on Flatbush Avenue from Plaza Street to Atlantic Avenue and in front of Burrito Bar and Kitchen, at the corner of Prospect Place and Flatbush Avenue. Comment
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Jews, Social Justice, & the Obama Era

Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment
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Bklyn pol cheers GOP’s Albany coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment
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Super sized jeers

The city extended an olive branch to critics of a plan to build a new school for P.S. 133, but residents were unmoved and said that officials are “not sincere at all.” Comment
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Thumbs up for rezoning

In a strong show of support, the executive committee of Community Board 7 voted unanimously to recommend a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of Sunset Park’s waterfront at a public hearing on Tuesday night. Comment
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Thompson, Avella at candidates forum

Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment
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Hikind: Only Jews allowed in Holocaust Memorial Park

A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment
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Schools on swine flu ‘watch list’

The city Health Department has placed several Brooklyn schools on a “watch list.” Comment
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Sweet Adelines chorus

The Brooklyn Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting open house rehearsals at 7:45 p.m., June 22. Comment
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City seeks public input on the future of Tillary Street

All it takes is a dream, and a meeting to present it. Comment
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Dean backs Skaller...um, and Lander as well

For former governor, presidential nominee and progressive Democrat champion Howard Dean, promises made at parties can get sticky. Comment
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NY Cares urges you to become a volunteer

New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers hundreds of ways for Brooklyn residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects. Comment
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4th annual Greenway gala

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold New Views 2009, its fourth annual benefit for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 18 from 6−9 p.m. at IKEA Brooklyn’s Erie Basin Park. Comment
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Pride Agenda calls for up or down vote on gay marriage

After Monday’s Republican coup, the chance of a vote being called for gay marriage in the State Senate was thrown to the four winds. Comment
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A bit of the emerald isle in the slope

Prospect Park sparkled with emerald frolics as visitors enjoyed a day of national pride – Irish−style – during the annual Tara Festival at Bartel Pritchard Circle, attended by the consul general of Ireland. Comment
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Fallen tree causes cracked ribs, concussion

A tree fell in Prospect Park last week, injuring four teens, one seriously, a police official said. Comment
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Lambda Dems support Zuckerman campaign

Park Slope City council hopeful Bob Zuckerman secured the support of the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading LGBT political club, last week in an election where candidates aren’t taking anything for granted. Comment
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Spanish development angers Satmars here

Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment
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Annual golf outing honors U.S. military

The Capt. John McKenna and LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment
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Same−sex marriage rally on June 14

Advocates for gay marriage will demand that the tumultuous state senate votes on the pivotal issue during a rally at Washington Park at Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street this Sunday, June 14. Comment
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Daughtry slams Yards critics

Following an animated showing at the recent Senate hearing regarding Atlantic Yards, one of the project’s most ardent supporters continued to lambast opponents. Comment
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Free study for residents 60−plus

The My Turn Program at Kingsborough Community College is offering a special program for New York residents, 60 and older, who are interested in attending regular college with regular students. Comment
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Car−free days of summer on Vanderbilt avenue

Pounding the pavement is a sweeter prospect in Prospect Heights this month. Comment
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Lil mama inspires kids to read

Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment
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Boards balk at budget cuts

Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment
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Treat dad like an MVP at KeySpan

The Brooklyn Cyclones invite fans to show dad he’s MVP this Father’s Day, June 21st at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, by inviting him for a special catch in the outfield grass prior to the team’s 5 p.m. game. Comment
High School Sports

Coach likes ‘pure soccer brain’

When Carlo Acquista sat down and evaluated what he wanted to upgrade in his team, the Adelphi University men’s soccer coach wrote down a few important characteristics: natural ability, ability to break teams down, technically and tactically sound, great vision. Comment
High School Sports

Falcon to roost close to home

Kasciem Graham needs a certain level of control. It’s one of the reasons the Bishop Ford senior loves being on the mound so much. Comment
High School Sports

Bishop Ford runners to share same track at St. Francis College

If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Comment
High School Sports

Loughlin girls return to Division I

After two seasons playing in CHSAA Brooklyn⁄Queens Division II, the Bishop Loughlin girls’ basketball team will move back up to Division I next season, according to athletic director Angela Proce. She, varsity head coach Rocco Romano and his staff came to the decision two weeks ago and the move was approved by the league. Comment
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7th Heaven Fair

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 35th Annual “Seventh Heaven” Street Fair will be held along Seventh Avenue, from Flatbush Avenue to 16th Street, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment
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Farmers Market

With brand new vendors and live music, the Sunday Farmers Market in Dumbo is a one−stop−shop for healthy, local food and neighborhood fun this season. The farmers market will be held at the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Main Street, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 22. Comment
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Carroll Park Kids’ Concert Series

The Carroll Park Kids’ Concert Series kicks off with Astrograss at 4 p.m., June 14. Comment
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Candidates launch all−out effort to get on ballot

Let the petitioning begin! Comment
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Station house boasts the safest command in all of Brooklyn

Crime continues to decline in the 76th Precinct, the safest command in Brooklyn — and ranked third citywide. Comment
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Full house fears

The city extended an olive branch to critics of a plan to build a new school for P.S. 133, but residents were unmoved and said that officials are “not sincere at all.” Comment
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Van Brunt Street waits to can it

In Red Hook, the numbers just don’t seem to add up: Three years, tens of thousands of dollars, and still no new trash cans along Van Brunt Street. Comment
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BK pol cheers GOP coup in Albany

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment
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Carroll Gardens honors the life of Frank Verderame

A community advocate received a lasting, verdant memorial last weekend in Carroll Gardens. Comment
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Christie’s Auction House in Red Hook

Christie’s, the white glove Manhattan auction house, will find a home in Red Hook, it was reported this week. Comment
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76th Precinct cop of the month is well above average

Officer Adnan Mohsin was named “Cop of the Month” by the 76th Precinct Community Council last week, a recognition of sustained excellence and consistent results. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Rapper Lil Mama inspires greater literacy in kids

Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Sunset benefit aids Brooklyn Bridge Park

Psychedelic surf music, mythical revelry – plus a visit by Hizzoner – helped step off summer fun along the Brooklyn waterfront when the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosted its annual sunset benefit in Brooklyn Heights. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Dock Street project a go

As this paper went to press, the City Council overwhelmingly approved the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project as modified by the City Planning Commission. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Candidates launch all−out drive to get on ballot

Let the petitioning begin! Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Ken Lowy joins CB 2

Kenn Lowy, who recently took a leave of absence from the Independent Neighborhood Democrats after the political club endorsed conservative Democrat John Heyer for the upcoming 39th District City Council primary, was officially appointed to Community Board 2 last week. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Grecian festival ‘urns’ the affection of crowds

Melt−in−your−mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and special attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun – Grecian−style – in Brooklyn Heights. Comment
Brooklyn Heights

Bklyn pol cheers GOP coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

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