Features

December, 2011

Big Screecher

Happy New Year from the Screecher. Now read this!

This week, Carmine rants about Fed Ex, his love of Carvel ice cream cakes, and the dangers of surprise parties for 100-year-olds. Comment.
Sunday Read

The Sunday Read: New Corner Restaurant’s the oldest on the block

In this week’s Sunday Read, learn how a little restaurant in Bay Ridge helped Brooklyn beat back the Nazis and survived Robert Moses’s destruction of Bay Ridge. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Ring in 2012 with great expectations

A Britisher’s View wishes all its fans — and foes — a Happy New Year! Read on! Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Ring out the old and plan for the end

This week, Joanna ponders the end of days. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Happy New Year from Stan — now here are his quotes of 2011!

This week, our columnist digs through his notes to find his favorite words of wisdom. Comments (3).
Letters

Yes, Virginia, we do receive letters

Here’s a Christmas present: Our letters to the editor! Comments (1).
Big Screecher

It’s a very Carmine Christmas, and — you guessed it — he’s angry!

In this week’s screech, Carmine goes off on Christmas! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Impeach Judge Evelyn LaPorte!

Our columnist thinks that the judge who released accused cop killer Lamont Pride should have stuck with her first choice of profession — airline stewardess! Comments (5).
Shopping

Help the economy by supporting retailers!

For many of Brooklyn’s local retailers and some national chain retailers, the holiday season is the crucial “make-or-break” period that defines a successful year. In fact, four-week span between Black Friday and the end of December accounts for half of some businesses’ yearly revenue. However, with consumer confidence at midrange measures, and a sluggish economic recovery, it remains to be seen whether retailers will have much to celebrate come New Year’s. Comment.
Shopping

The one percent corrupted our holidays!

It’s Only My Opinion

It looks like the good guys won the war on Christmas

The war on Christmas is over, and we can get back to normal. That is, if you agree with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has renamed the 30-foot-tall “holiday tree” in the Rotunda of the state capitol the “Christmas tree.” Yes, the evergreen tree decorated with ornaments is again officially a symbol of Christmas, in spite of the fact that we observe several holidays around the same time. The menorah and the dreidel remind us of Hanukkah. An ear of corn, a cup, seven candles in a candelabra and fruits on a mat are in honor of Kwanza. Comments (7).
Letters

BrooklynDaily reporters tell it like it is!

Here they are: our letters to the editor! Comment.
Big Screecher

Believe it! Carmine ain’t Fonda Jane!

In this week’s Screech, Carmine lays into Hanoi Jane! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Human rights in the birthplace of Islam

Our columnist thinks that a pair of recent parallel events clearly show why east-west differences may be unreconciliable after all. Comments (8).
Downtown

Opinion: Fulton Mall gentrification is only good for some

We asked the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and a Downtown activist group for dueling op-ed pieces about the gentification of Downtown’s main shopping strip. Only the activists accepted our invitation. Too bad. Comments (2).
Downtown

Fulton Mall is getting better

After too many years of decline, Fulton Mall is undergoing a historic transformation. This area brings back so many memories for me, and I’m sure for many of you here tonight who are of a “certain age.” I can still remember my mother dragging me to stores like Mays, Martin’s, E.J. Korvette, A&S, Chock Full o’ Nuts and Needicks. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

It’s curtains for the little show with big secrets

Not for Nuthin, but I wish they didn’t cancel “Eureka”! Comment.
Speak Out

Lou says there’s a restaurant at Abe Stark rink

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were cemented into W. 20th St. at the foot of the Coney Island Boardwalk in the late 1960s, when dollars were scarce, but the Borough President wanted an ice skating rink, and in this case he got what he wanted — almost. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s questions begin the debate

This week, Stan gives you some things to talk about this holiday season. Comments (2).
Letters

Joanna’s right, the Genie Bra ain’t magic!

Hey, Joanna DelBuono, what’s up with the “Genie Bra?” (“My research shows the ‘Genie Bra’ is not magic,” Not for Nuthin’, Nov. 17). Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s got some jokes to tell, so get ready to laugh

In this week’s screech, Carmine pulls out some of his favorite old knee-slappers! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

JFK still alive for photog

When our hard-boiled cameraman met Jack, it was a Camelot moment! Comment.
Features

Cuomo’s BQE failure endangers us all

This newspaper has reported that the state has “nixed” the schedule repairs of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, and that the feds have “pulled the plug” on the reconstruction of the triple-cantilevered highway beneath the Promenade overlooking the half-finished Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Features

Well, that was then …: Cuomo’s words turned on him!

The opening of a new bridge is great news for residents and businesses in the North Country who depend upon this bridge and have been inconvenienced by its closure. Today’s announcement demonstrates that, once again, New York State go Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Here comes SantaCon right down Drunkin’ Claus Lane

This week, our colunist tries to understand the fun behind dressing up as that old fat elf and having way too much to drink. Comments (5).
It’s Only My Opinion

1, 2, 4, what are they fighting for?

Stan thinks “Occupy Wall Street” has been co-opted. But the Tea Partiers are true to their cause. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

That’s right! Carmine only shops at stores that end in ‘S’ … and other all-American things!

This week, Carmine riffs on how to make sure you buy American-made products at all-American stores! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Hey, Brooklyn Museum! Show Muslim art!

Yet another anti-Christian exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum? The ho-hum archive needs to promote free speech and public debate — with some Islam-inspired art. Comments (1).
Speak Out

Powsner on parking: It should be free

This week, our columnist considers residential parking permits Downtown. Comment.

November, 2011

It’s Only My Opinion

It’s Stan’s birthday, and here’s how to celebrate.

Stan tells you have to get free food. Comments (1).
Features

Sex ed in schools?

In August, the Bloomberg Administration announced that it plans to implement a comprehensive sex-ed program in January, 2012 — should it be manditory in all public schools? Click below for two views:
Big Screecher

Carmine finds teens who care — and keep this place clean!

I’m madder than a squirrel who’s lost the map to his nuts after spending all summer hiding them over the fact the media today focuses all of its attention on the bad things that young people do, instead of pointing out all the positives that are begging to be written about! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Everyday is ‘Thanksgiving’ in America!

A Britisher’s View wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving — and puts gratitude in perspective with some food for thought. Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

Not for Nuthin’, but enjoy that Turkey

You guessed it: A column discussing things to be thankful for. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Turkey chow mein never tasted so good

This week, Stan tells us the best way to ensure a tasty Thanksgiving dinner — made to order! Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s going to live forever — or at least to 150!

This week, the Screecher unlocks for you, dear reader, the secret of long life, and it ain’t eating well and excercising! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Statehood? Palestinians just aren’t up to the job!

That, folks, is the opinion of our columnist, who thinks jealousy over Israel’s national successes has fueled an antagonistic Palestinian agenda. Comments (1).
Features

We pay enough already — and deserve free parking!

Last week, the City Council voted to send a home rule message to the state Senate. It is asking for the right to allow residential parking permits to be issued, for a fee, by neighborhood. This plan is nothing more than another tax on residents. Comments (3).
Features

We deserve the option of parking permits!

For years, neighborhoods like Downtown have been clamoring for residential parking permits. Residents spend hours circling for spots near their homes, where commuters often leave their cars on the street and take public transportation. In fact, a Downtown Brooklyn Council study found that more than 40 percent of on-street parked vehicles in the neighborhood are commuter cars. Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

Grandma Jenny and the Genie Bra

This week, our columnist considers the magic of a new brassiere. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s not a one-percenter, but they sure pay a lot

I wanted to know how my income compared to the rest of the country so I googled the question and was directed to the Kiplinger website. You might be interested in knowing that the top one percent of wage earners — STOP! Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s stomach meets its match at niece’s wedding

This week, Carmine learns he can’t always get through the main course at a wedding! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Hajj — a spiritual journey to Hell

As believers from across the world perform one of Islam’s holiest rites — Hajj — our columnist sheds light on the perilous pilgrimage. Comments (28).
Speak Out

The Ravenhall Baths and the downfall of Coney

Tragedy struck the Coney Island’s mighty Ravenhall Baths in the 1960s. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

Faith escapes truth in advertising

This week, our columnist compares Harold Camping to Bernie Madoff! Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Faster than the speed of light — thank a vet!

This week, our columnist looks neutrinos, and reminds us why we are speaking and reading English. Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Betrayal, greed and crookery? The ‘Finest’ they’re not!

Blue-hoo! Our columnist thinks the rogue’s gallery of cops is getting noxiously prolific — with hundreds of NYPD officers arrested so far this year for allegedly exploiting their badges for personal gain. Comment.
Features

Parents deserve a say!

Teaching how to use a condom is foreplay compared with what the New York City Department of Education has in store for city students. Comment.
Features

The plan is one step forward!

The recent debates about the sex-ed mandate in the public schools have been a fascinating bit of historical whiplash for me. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

The Occupiers are getting a taste of capitalism

Our columnist says that a schism at Zuccotti Park has the heads or Occupy Wall Street sounding like a bunch of CEOs. Comments (1).

October, 2011

It’s Only My Opinion

The ID of Stan, and his toothbrushes

This week, our columnist says it’s easy to vote in America, but tough to find an American-made toothbrush. Comments (1).
Features

Charter school would be bad for my school

I want to call to your attention to the plight of the Nest program. Comment.
Big Screecher

International rules: Carmine spells it out for the world!

This week, The Big Screecher looks beyond his own backyard — and finds things he can’t stand from around the globe! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

NO MORE-mar Khadafy!

Our columnist says the Libyan despot’s NATO-spurred assassination sends a crucial world message to authoritarians in Muslim-majority countries — you’re next! Comment.
Features

Boerum Hill needs Success Academy

When I founded Success Academies in 2006, I set out to create rigorous, high-performing public schools that I’d send my own children to in a heartbeat. Five years later, Success Academies is doing just that, serving 3,500 students at very high levels in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s with this same motivation to provide even more families with great public school options that Success Academies plans to open in Cobble or Boerum Hill next August. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

I said what I said and I meant what I meant

Our columnist fires back at those that question her take on “Occupy Wall Street.” Comment.
Speak Out

A young reporter jogs my memory

A bright young newsman on our pages, Dan Bush, phoned me recently determined to do some scouting around Coney Island and check some of its history, which of course jogged my memory. Comment.
Features

My president needs to apologize for wasting half a billion dollars

I can understand good folks making poor investments. The intentions of the Solyndra loan of half a billion bucks were good, but as we already know, the road to hell is paved — awe, never mind. Comment.
Big Screecher

All these interuptions are interupting my life!

This week, Carmine’s got a 10-point plan for getting back at telemarketers! Comments (3).
A Britisher’s View

Can cash-flushed ‘Occupy Wall Street’ walk the walk?

The now fabulously-funded Occupy Wall Street crowd is a beer-bottle toss away from becoming its own nightmare — a corporation! Our columnist hopes the movement holds itself to the same scruples it demands from the targets of its wrath. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Tony left his brains in San Francisco

Stan has some more fodder for the water cooler — and it ain’t cold. Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

Occupy Wall Street? For what?

Our columnist says they only thing we should be battling is our insatiable thirst for stuff. Comments (66).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s had it with kids today!

This week, our columnist says kids need better role models than Britney Spears! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Burn in hell, Anwar al-Awlaki

Another lethal al Qaeda tentacle has been disarmed, thanks to a targeted U.S. drone strike — cause enough for celebration, says our columnist. Comment.
Op-Ed

Don’t trash talk our BIDs!

Op-Ed

BIDs help the rich and screw the poor

Before you can fully understand the pernicious role that business improvement districts play in our city, let’s review the indisputable facts. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Hold on to your hats folks, because once again the end is near

The Apocolypse has arrived. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou chats with the mayor about Coney Island — and pro football

Residents constantly clamor for the “Old Coney Island.” Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Social Security is the government’s Ponzi scheme

This week, our columnist bears the naked truth about money, government and unkosher Social Security. Comments (7).
Big Screecher

Carmine says ‘Get off your butt!’

This week, Carmine encourages you to get out to civic meetings so you can make a difference! Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Ground Zero’s ‘mosquerade’

Our columnist says the proposed mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan is open to the public — but it continues to close the door to some frank talk. Comment.
Downtown

First of all, the 370 Jay St. thing is big news

We’ve undergone a dramatic transformation in Downtown in recent years, revitalized by an ever-growing stream of businesses, residents, and visitors. Comments (2).
Downtown

Make it a haven for small biz

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to give up its lease on the city-owned 370 Jay St. building, the question keeps coming up: What should be done with this eyesore of a building? Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Call the waaaaaambulance! It’s a whine attack

Our columnist doesn’t care if Martha Stewart went potty with the door open. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan loves tattoos — on circus freaks!

This week, our columnist looks back at tattoos through history — and warns the young’ins about there repercussions. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Victory! Carmine finds a great place to get his oil checked!

This week, Carmine tells all about the secret, convenient, no-line, health center in Southern Brooklyn! Comments (1).

September, 2011

A Britisher’s View

Dinner with a tyrant? Wake up and smell the coffee, America

Did we have to canoodle with a creep? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s dinner at the Warwick Hotel gave our columnist indigestion. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

PLEASE pull the plug on ‘Two and a Half Men’

Our columnist thinks Ashton Kutcher is not a good match for the popular TV show. Comments (61).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s cost-saving measures: cut back funds to the National Institute of Health

Columnist Stan sticks a pin in over-infalted budgets. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

We’re pretty confident Bloomberg doesn’t have Carmine’s vote

The Screecher has had an on-going problem with our mayor that dates back to the demise of WNEW-AM! Comments (3).
A Britisher’s View

‘Dem’ bums invincible no more, thanks to Turner win

The special election for the Ninth congressional district turned up some major surprises — some of which are unearthed here by our columnist. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Thirty years later, the sky is still falling

Our columnist says satellites go round and round — and life stays exactly the same. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou Powsner and the downfall of Ed Koch

Of all the charity pleas, the Brooklyn Public Library is our neighborhood’s number one. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on goats, golf and old bonds

Stan wants to know why the government is poking its nose into the goat business. Comment.
Big Screecher

You get what you pay for: tickets for parking legally!

This week, Carmine goes after the city for giving drivers tickets — even if they paid for their space! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Jumaane incident proves NYPD needs ‘CPR’

Our columnist says Councilman Jumaane Williams should have forgot about the color of his skin when he publicly derided the NYPD over his treatment during the West Indian Day Parade, and should have focused on the rank-and-file cops’ failure to adhere to the department’s standard of Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect. Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

What Paul Krugman should have done

Some times if you don’t have anything nice to say it’s best to say nothing at all Comments (3).
It’s Only My Opinion

The economy’s turning the corner, and other fairy tales

Stan talks taxes, jobs, and dog bites. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Not for Nuthin’, but I remeber that day

What was I doing on Sept. 11 2001? Most assuredly the same thing that I did on Sept. 10, 2001 but even more assuredly not the same thing that I would do on Sept. 12, 2001 or ever after. Ten years on and the memories of 9-11 are still as sharp and crisp as they were that day. Comment.
Big Screecher

Hurrican’t! City won’t take Carmines calls during storm!

Our columnist has smoke blowing out of his ears over the city’s inability to to use a technology that’s more than 100 years old. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Surviving the terror: One woman’s story, Pt. II

A Brooklyn woman, who was in the thick of 9-11, recalls the horrors in this final installment of a two-part column. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

A whole lot of honey, honey

Our columnist’s take on the Comment.
Speak Out

Loud and clear: When Lou speaks out, friends listen

Lou recalls columns past, and how friends remember them. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Here’s what we learned on Labor Day

Stan’s post-barbecue thoughts. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

The nerve of these peoples!

This week, Carmine complains about low-life neighbors who booed kids that were doing a great thing — keeping Bensonhurst beautiful! Comment.
Coney Island

Sunday reading: 30 minutes, plus Lou Powsner, equals gold

Our reporter learned more in 30 minutes with 91-year-old Brooklyn Graphic columnist Lou Powsner than he did in four years of college. Comment.
Big Screecher

In loving memory of my sister, Millie

This week, in a very special Big Screecher, Carmine says goodbye to his sister. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Surviving the terror: One woman’s story, Pt. I

A Brooklyn woman, who survived 9-11, recalls the horrors in this final installment of a two-part column. Comment.

August, 2011

Not for Nuthin’

Oportunidades keeps on knocking, but we shouldn’t let it in

Our columist has a few words for the mayors plan to give moms and dads money — to be better parents! Comment.
Features

Should the city fund private police forces?

The Shomrim — a publicly funded Jewish watchdog group that responds to emergencies in several Brooklyn neighborhoods — has been lauded recently for its help in searching for Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Borough Park boy murdered last month. But are these groups successful, and should they get taxpayers’ money? Two writers weigh in.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan says the economy is getting worse, no matter what Bam says

Our columnist takes a hard look at the nation’s bottom line — and he doesn’t like what he sees. Comments (1).
Features

Why Fort Hamilton’s worth saving

Features

Fort Ham is a viable military installation

I had the great – and solemn – honor of chairing the citizens group which erected the first 9-11 memorial in the city — the “Beacon Memorial” on Veterans Memorial Pier at 69th Street, which faces lower Manhattan. It reads: “Brooklyn Remembers … For Those Lost on September 11, 2001.” I pray, and would prefer, not to have to do that again. Comment.
Speak Out

The Raiders of Main Street

Lou explains how the big boxes suck the life out of our commercial strips. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

When you have nothing to write about, write about it

Our columnist is grasping at straws – and our editor lets it slide. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan says the cost of living is getting costly

Our columnist says infaltion’s on the rise, and everyone knows it — except the government. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine faces Sophie’s Choice!

The Big Screecher has to choose between two great websites, and he doesn’t know what to do! Comments (6).
A Britisher’s View

Bklyn wall remembers 9-11 heroes

Brooklyn’s Wall of Remembrance tops Manhattan memorial by providing a timely tribuite to 9-11 heroes. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan takes aim at the FAA, and has a TEA Party

Here’s a perfect example of government waste and how, as it so often does, it applies to the inefficiencies of both political parties, Mr. Raisman. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine enjoys another landmark party

Carmine has a blast at Cookie’s 75th birthday party! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Hail our wag-nificent pals on National Dog day

August 26 is National Dog Day — occasion enough for our columnist to deliver a woof-tastic salute to man’s best friend. Comment.
Features

Who guards the guards?

Whether private, Orthodox Jewish “Shomrim” (“guards” in Hebrew) may serve any useful function is not the question. Let us assume they do. The question – which ought to answer itself – is whether New York City taxpayers should be helping to fund organizations that 1) encroach on the purview of official law enforcement agencies, 2) favor the interests of one specific community, and 3) may well suppress criminal complaints for ostensibly religious reasons. Comment.
Features

Shomrim plays a vital role

Recent attacks against the Shomrim could not be more inaccurate and further from the reality of the important role a neighborhood watch group like the Shomrim plays for city residents. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

I’m going bonzo over the Bongo fiasco

Our columnist says losing a Beanie Baby is nothing like losing the real thing. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Find out where Stan stands on Brooklyn’s Walmart

Our columnist thinks there’s somehting fishy going on with pols that don’t support the superstore’s move into our borough. Comments (1).
Speak Out

Remembering the dog days of August, 1944

Lou recalls a 45-day sail throught the South Pacific Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Deport DSK maid back to Guinea

Our columnist thinks that Nafissatou Diallo should be sent back to her homeland for making a mockery of the U.S. justice system. Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

Looking for steak in the all the wrong places

Our columnist travels to “Spain” for love — and wine. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

It’s time to let businesses get to business

Our columnist says he won’t invest in a new business venture until Obama is out of office. Comment.

July, 2011

Features

Anthony Weiner screwed Brooklyn — again

Anthony Weiner screwed Brooklyn, twice. Comment.
Features

Queens brings a worthy candidate

First and foremost, I was saddened and dismayed by the recent resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner and felt that he should have remained in office until an election was held. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Prepare yourself for the invasion of the hogweed!

Be on the lookout for lethal leafy plant, which is making its way into the Empire State. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Blimey! Wot will ‘appen to the ‘Page 3 girl’ now?

With the end of the News of the World, our columnist explains what ‘that rag’ meant to Britain. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan says he played his cards right

Our columnist says he got where he is today because he worked for it. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s the life of the party — as usual

Our columnists tells it how it is in Afghanistan. Comment.
Features

Fairness and equality prevailed over ignorance and fear

History was made last month when New York became the largest state in the nation to confer all of the rights, benefits and responsibilities of civil marriage upon same-sex unions. Same-sex couples — some who have been together for decades — will soon be able to get married and raise families knowing that their unions and their children will be protected under New York State law. Comment.
Features

Gay marriage is truly something to celebrate

I was very interested to attend a special meeting of Community Board 10 Traffic and Transportation Committee earlier this summer, where Sen. Marty Golden (R– Bay Ridge) proposed creating a pedestrian mall on Friday nights in the summer on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

‘Same-VEX’ marriage for bishop

New York’s marriage equality triumph should indicate that we’ve come a long way, but not even the law can budge some indoctrinated homophobes. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Grandma Jenny really loved her ‘stories’

The same can’t be said of viewers today, though. Comment.

June, 2011

Features

Don’t be a jackass - don’t drink and drive

The truth is the truth, no matter how you slice it. Last week, Ryan Dunn of Jackass fame, died in a fiery crash. The accident was attributed to Dunn’s intoxicated state (his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit), while he was driving his Porsche 911 GT3 at an excessive rate of speed (reportedly in excess of 110 miles an hour). Comment.
Features

‘Seven in Heaven Way’ — way to go for 9-11 heroes

Their supreme sacrifices are immortalized in our hearts, and now also on a street sign in Red Hook. Engine 202 and Ladder 101 Firefighters Joseph Gullickson, Brian Cannizzaro, Salvatore Calabro, Thomas Kennedy, Patrick Byrne, Joseph Maffeo and Terence McShane rushed to answer the call on 9-11 with an obligation to duty that only super-humans who storm burning buildings without a thought to their own safety can fully understand. Comment.
Features

Weiner’s gone, but he’ll live on — on us

Congress has been very, very good to Anthony Weiner. His sexting fiasco may have gotten him canned from a cushy seat, but his golden parachute is positively platinum. Comment.
Features

Muslim con-verts in the pokey

It takes just one grouchy sympathizer to carry out a terrorist act in the name of Allah — and America’s prisons are spilling at the seams with Islamo-cozy anarchists. Comment.
Features

Google’s got nothing on good ‘ol MapQuest

Why is the road getting there always longer than the one coming home? Especially when I use Google Maps? Comment.
Features

Memo to hoodlums — Judge DiMango is waiting for you

The smirk was wiped right off her sullen face — and her second chance swiftly dumped in the can. Comments (1).
Features

My e-mail can make me a very rich man

Wow! What a week this has been. It started on Monday when I received an e-mail from Caroline Flynn, the clinical facilitator for the Irish National Lottery Online Draw. I don’t know what that means, but someone with a title like that must be important and wouldn’t waste time delivering an insignificant message, so I read on. Comment.
Features

I was right, Weiner was lying

Not for nuthin, but what grown man cannot state with “certitude” and identify his own wiener?And who uses the word “certitude” nowadays, anyway? How about “certainly,” “without a shadow of a doubt,” or the ubiquitous “No way!” But “with certitude?” Really now. Comment.
Features

Shockingly, Weiner gagged by ‘Groingate’

First impressions do count. Comment.
Features

Let’s keep the wood in our beloved Boardwalk

For months or more, the future of the world-renowned Riegelmann Boardwalk of Coney Island has been poppin’ its nails in the controversial sands-of-time, as verbs and vowels have shredded the salt-tasty airs of “America’s Seashore.” Comment.

May, 2011

Features

Stan will take cheap oil over caribou

How much, you ask? Comment.
Features

Free at last - school’s out for EVER

For the past 13 years, from pre-K on up, I have awaited June and the end of the school year with both joy (“Hey! Bri passed and she’s promoted!”) and trepidation (“Hey! September is two months away. What are we going to do until then?”) Comment.
Features

The savings are fantastic, the clothes, foreign

My roommate was sitting at the table, opening the mail, and let out a geschrei. Comment.
Features

Santa’s elf needs a shave

I have mentioned in previous columns my utter disgust and disappointment at the politically correct trend to call the Comment.
Features

Stan says know who you donate to

Features

Arnold knows PR and, you guessed it, he’ll be back

What better way to stage a comeback than to have a scandal? And what better kind of scandal than sex and a love child — with the maid! Aaahnold really knows how to stoke the star-making machinery. Comment.
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This time around, the end of the world has nothing on me

In my growing up years, whenever I would obsess over some tiny matter, my mom would always say to me, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you have to worry about something, make sure it’s big, like the end of the world.” Comment.
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Pakistan — a dim bulb or a blatant accessory to terror?

It’s now abundantly clear that Islamic Republic of Pakistan is two-faced. Comment.
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Stan crunches the number, and tells you what he thinks

According to the Associated Press, nearly 23 million people in the United States woke up early to watch Kate marry the Prince. To them, and to the bride and groom, I say mazel tov. Comment.
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Stan says the polls don’t lie

The CBS-New York Times poll also has the “No” number at 70 percent. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll? Sixty-three percent. Reuters? Sixty-nine percent. And Pew research has the number at 73 percent. Comment.
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Finding old friends in the warmth of Florida

One of the few occasions that we left our Willow Wood, a spacious, serene area, was when Estelle Horwitz, widow of our past city councilman Sam Horwitz visited. She had gotten authority to join a gathered group of past and present Sea Gate residents who were partying at a Floridian luncheon at a palm-studded Deersfield Beach lakeside hotel. Comment.
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Osama’s dead … and other things I learned on the InterWeb

OK, I lied. Here’s what I’m going to add to it. Comment.
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Another reminder that a silent killer is always on the rise

Happy nations have horribly high suicide rates. Comment.

April, 2011

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Carmine’s losing battle with our streets and sidewalks

Last week’s column I once again expounded on hazardous streets and sidewalks of Bensonworst, which made my handicap scooter flip — landing me smack dab in a filthy puddle of water. Comment.
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Another reminder that a silent killer is always on the rise

Happy nations have horribly high suicide rates. Comment.
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I was there for the ‘Wedding of the Century’

How we loved her. Comment.
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Brave Lashaun battled the bogeyman, and won

Our will to live can move mountains and, at the same time, shatter our hearts to pieces. Comment.
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Carmine rants on our crummy sidewalks and streets … again!

I’m so upset with the sad state of our streets and sidewalks, I’m writing about them again! So buckle up and hold onto your hats, because you’re about to get another mouthful from the Screecher! Comment.
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Stan knows how to trim the budget

Dear Mr. Raisman: In complying with your request for my thoughts on where my government cut spending, I offer you this week’s installment in three words — Reduce Foreign Aid. Comment.
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Coupons, smoupons. Just get me in and out

This column is for professionals only — don’t attempt this at home! Comment.
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My winter in the sun, minus Puerto Rico

Lou Powsner used to spend the mean winters of Brooklyn away from home, soaking up the sun in Puerto Rico. Comment.
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The plight of the purloined poop pole

Home ownership has taught me and my husband many valuable lessons, not the least of which is the worth of the “poop-pole,” also known as a toilet auger. Comment.
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Carmine’s got a beef about our streets

Now that I have survived one of the worst winters in decades, my body is trying to survive the hazards that Mother Nature — and the city — has wrought on our streets, highways and sidewalks. Comment.
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Coupons and other quandries....

Another 30-percent-off coupon from Kohl’s arrived this morning. So guess where we spent the afternoon? While my roommate was busy over in the women’s section, I, once again, was busy doing research in the men’s. Last time, I investigated where the products were made. Today my focus was on the brands being sold there. Comment.
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Shattered Japan gives lesson in humanity

Valiant Japanese survivors of the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami can give all of us a lesson in composure and civility as they try to piece together their torn lives in the midst of one of the worst disasters in the history of the world. Comment.
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Stan likes to tell you what he hates

You’ve read about many of the things I like in this space, but here are some that I don’t like. Comment.
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The Belt Parkway is just one long strip mall

Neighborhoods decline when our city’s main streets decline, and the area tumbles into a darkened abyss. Just look around. Comment.
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Carmine screeches about charter schools

It is no secret that the Community Education District 21, of which I am a former member and maintain close ties with, is fighting a losing battle against the Department of Education and the Bloomberg Administration over charter schools. The city is determined to shoehorn the Coney Island Prep charter school into a Department of Education building, sharing precious space and resources with one of our public schools, and it’s not going to stop until it gets that job done. Its latest target is IS 303. Comment.
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Stan likes to tell you what he hates

You’ve read about many of the things I like in this space, but here are some that I don’t like. Comment.
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Shattered Japan gives lesson in humanity

Valiant Japanese survivors of the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami can give all of us a lesson in composure and civility as they try to piece together their torn lives in the midst of one of the worst disasters in the history of the world. Comment.

March, 2011

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Our gala was one of the biggest and best

Pulling off the Bensonhurst West End Community Council 50th Anniversary Gala was a bit of a miracle. Of course, preparations began at the beginning of the year, when we selected our award winners and confirmed the date and caterer, settling on the exquisite Riviera, right here in Coney Island. The invitations were printed and sent. We were expecting less than the 320 guests we got for last year’s event — far short of the 360 capacity of the Riv. Comment.
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Stan’s question that don’t need answers

Just because a spoken sentence ends in a raised voice or a printed one ends with an eroteme (that’s fancy-speak for a question mark), does that necessarily indicate that one is seeking information or testing knowledge? In most cases, yes, but there are also instances when a particular question is asked merely to make a statement. Here are some from the notes sitting on my desk. Comment.
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Monday night is ‘Secret’ night at my house

Will Amy sleep with Ricky? Will Adrian say yes to Ben? Will Ben be happy with a yes? These are the questions that fill the hearts and minds of every American teenager (and a few of us that ought to know better), as the fourth season of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” comes back to the tube. I have to admit, I’m addicted to the show myself. Comment.
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Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor

“Beauty is truth, truth is beauty — that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know” [John Keats, 1795-1821]. Comment.
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Of Home Depots, highways, and raids

Now the raiders race for our parkways. Comment.
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Carmine recaps 31 years as president, dinners and all

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council celebrated my 31 years as its president — which encompasses more than half of the council’s history — at its Golden Anniversary Gala. Comment.
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Quake revives memories for A-bomb survivor

Worried Flatlands resident Joan Heaney — née Ikeda — was overjoyed to get in touch with her 86-year-old brother, Kuji, in Tokyo last week after the monster earthquake and tsunami clobbered Japan, shifting the coastline 2.4 meters, sweeping away entire villages, plunging the island nation into a nuclear crisis and killing nearly 7,000 people, with as many still missing. Comment.
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Stan’s tips for giving — and saving — money

It’s that time of year again — when the national charities start their Easter-Passover pitch for contributions. Comment.
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The road to yale begins at pre-K. Not.

Can somebody smack some sense into this dumbed-down mom and her lawyer, too? Comment.
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For Dr. Strauss’ 90th, I defer to his daughter

With a stirring eloquent welcome from Rabbi Alvin Kass of the East Midwood Jewish Center to start the festivities, Doctor Strauss’ beautiful bride of 65 years, Shirley, controlled the crowd as only she could. After all, she raised her son Elton to became the head of Mount Sinai’s Orthopedic Division, and daughter Bonnie to become one of the first female wizards of Wall Street. Comment.
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Some civil servants DO deserve what they get

One of the big differences between Gov. Scott Walker’s bill before the state legislature in Wisconsin and Gov. John Kasich’s bill in Ohio is that the Wisconsin bill does not apply to cops and firefighters. I have a completely different feeling about cops and firemen than I do about teachers, sanitation workers and pretty much all other civil servants. Comment.
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Malls and the death of Downtown

The powers of the Yankee Dollar are too visible on our local main streets where neighborhood stores have lost their shoppers to raiding intruders — the brazen mall-builders who suck the dollars to the roadside traffic jams. Comment.
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Today, I am an American

It’s noble to take a stand against bigotry, but it depends from which angle. Comment.
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Live in Nevada? Ya gotta be insane!

My roommate and I are two of the few people who travel to Nevada to visit cities other than Las Vegas. On our annual visit to our friends who reside there, we take time to drive around the state. We’ve toured the cities of Reno, Laughlin, Henderson, Carson, Paradise and many more. Comments (1).
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Bensonhurst’s own Marcus Welby, MD, celebrates his 90th

When I received the invitation for his 90th birthday party — a surprise party at the East Midwood Jewish Center — I immediately replied, because Dr. Strauss was more than my doctor, he was my confidant, and has been my friend ever since I came to visit my cousins in Bensonhurst — which was considered the country for this boy from Little Italy — in my teens. Comments (1).
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Lisa Speroni is on our Honor Roll

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Anne plus James equals Oscar disappointment

If Oscar wore a tux he’d be ripping it off in disgust right about now. Comment.
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Brooklyn flies a flag for freedom

The simple act of raising the red, white and black banner spoke volumes while extending a heartening message: We’re with you. Comment.
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More thought’s from Stan’s dustbin

And still more from the scraps of paper I find in my pockets. Comment.

February, 2011

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Bait-and-switch never tasted so good.

For those of you with a teenager in the house, the bait-and-switch tactic is not a new concept. In fact, most teens have been using this technique for so long, they’ve created an elaborate art form. It starts out with “I’m going to Ann’s house, OK?” You say, yes, you like Ann. Comment.
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Stan cleans out his pockets

Every two weeks, when I pick up my clothing from the dry cleaners, I get a dirty look from the gal behind the counter. I don’t like her.She staples those little numbered tags right inside the crotch of my pants but never closes that staple tight. Ouch! Comment.
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Journalists also make the ultimate sacrifice

Their abuses and bloodshed are mapped in treacherous trails around the world. Their crime? Getting the word out. Comment.
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Remembering Steven Solarz

In the annals of Brooklyn politics, young Stephen Solarz carved a decisive niche that culminated in action, near-upheaval, victory and an unforgettable defeat. Comment.
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Shopping for a dress — with reinforcements

It’s prom dress shopping time again. Any type of shopping with a teenager is difficult, but prom dress shopping can be particularly explosive. Comment.
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Randi Garay is our Parent of the Year

Randi Garay, this year’s Bensonhurst West End Civic Association’s Parent of the Year, was born to Ilene and Ned Kuskin, lived on Bay Parkway with her sisters until they moved to Harway Terrace where her grandparents Sylvia and Harold Feinberg lived. Comment.
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Stan reports back on the numbers

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My annual Super Bowl Ad round-up

Black and yellow, black and yellow, NOT! With Green Bay trouncing the Steelers with a two-touchdown lead as Super Bowl 45 came to a close. Ahh, another year … another bunch of commercials. Comment.
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Our senators need a lesson in consistency

Sen. Charles Schumer asked for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to release 30 million to 40 million barrels of oil to help Americans pay for the skyrocketing costs of heating oil and gas. He said, “I think it’s clear to anyone who drives or owns a home that prices are going through the roof. And Americans are being sopped with a triple whammy this winter: a soft economy, rising unemployment and now higher gasoline prices.” Comment.

January, 2011

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Principal Domicick D’Angelo: Our man of the year

Gravesend native Dominick A. DDominick became an educator after a successful 17-year career in business. He took the helm of Intermediate School 228 in his native Gravesend in 2007, transforming the 80-year-old school into one of the most innovative middle schools in New York City. He aggressively sought to make David A. Boody the city Comment.
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Our award winners are ultra-deserving

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on March 24 at the exquisite Riviera at the corner of Stillwell and Neptune avenues in Coney Island. I spotlight our 2011 honorees in these columns to show why they so deserve their awards. Executive board member Michel Rizzotto nominated Frank Carone as our Business Man of the Year. Comment.
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The Left doesn’t see the light, but Stan does

Ten minutes after the tragedy in Tucson hit, the left wingers were out there on the airways attempting to gain political capital on the crisis. Shame on it, and good for America for not buying its bovine excrement. The latest poll results are in and weChris Matthews, a left wing, bomb-throwing, trouble-maker himself, was busy the other night focusing negative comments in the direction of Mark Levin and Michael Savage. Comment.
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The Screecher has oil the answers

Did you know that the United States has more oil than all of Arabia, and that’s not including Alaska’s reserves? Huh? So why are we paying almost $4 a gallon? Comment.
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Solarz death recalls Lombardi

The sad news of the premature death of former Rep. Steve Solarz (1940–2010) stirred up many personal memories I have of the very amiable, soft-spoken legislator, who was also our former state assemblyman and state senator. Comment.
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Some Internet advice from your Uncle Stanley

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Time to quit the blame game — and study geometry!

On the ferry coming to the office, I stood on the prow watching the harbor traffic. Not too far in the distance I saw a little white speck heading in our direction, growing ever larger as it neared. All at once, Euclidian geometry popped into my head. Will a boat (with me on it!), sailing at x rate of speed and travelling in a north-easterly direction, collide with another vessel sailing at y rate of speed and traveling in a north-westerly direction? , but itjdelbuono@cnglocal.com Comment.
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Hill’s ‘extreme’ Muslim rush

Memo to Hillary Clinton: a lone American nutter with a gun is a far cry from the 9-11 terrorists.Arizona massacre suspect Jared Loughner didnsabruzzo@cnglocal.com Comment.
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Open mouth, insert foot

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Aunt Mary’s memory keeps me from hoarding

Whenever my Aunt Mary would visit, she would organize my stash of plastic shopping bags under my kitchen sink. She would fold them and put them in neat little bundles secured together with rubber bands., but if one day of bundling plastic bags and organizing the closet can induce such calmness, putting the whole house in order should put me in a coma. Thanks, Aunt Mary! Jdelbuono@cnglocal.com Comment.
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The days after the blizzard

T’was the night after Christmas and all through the city Comment.
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The city has new and exciting ways to pick your pocket

They’re finding new roads to our shrinking pocket books. Comment.
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Happy New Year, folks, now get to it

Hope springs eternal from the word “new.” Comment.
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More quote analysis from Stan

Last week I offered some of the best quotes of 2010. In the interest of space I pared my list down and am now looking at several more that I deleted which are informative, entertaining, and sure to stimulate conversation when it slows down at your next cocktail party. Let’s start with an easy one for those of us who are grandparents. Comment.
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