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Friday, June 27, 2008

Kings Courier

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

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

Shovels in the ground; Carro center coming

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

School hearing

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

Red light, green light

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

Narcisse vies for City Council

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

Kimball St. building clipped - DOE orders top floor removed

Lop it off. Comment.
Kings Courier

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gil Hodges students put on a showstopper

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

DOE tries to gloss over school cuts

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

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

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

Bklyn History Fair

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

The Power of the penny

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

Red light, green light 1...2...3

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

Public forum on Hebrew charter school

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

Police urge cell phone protection

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

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

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

Newkirk Plaza merchants celebrate remarkable 100-year history

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

Make Music NY ’08

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

Haitian pride on parade in Brooklyn

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

Graham: I want to be the Beep

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

Friendly fish out of water

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

Flatbush fears the rise of McMansions

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

Fewer crime victims - Cops hail latest statistics

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

East 34th St. backs tomorrow’s leaders

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

Deadbeats at EDC

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

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

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

Click online, then get out there and play

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

Clean sweep for bay - Parks Service targets abandoned vessels

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

Classroom retooling for 13 schools

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

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

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

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

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

Another winning year at Wingate campus

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Flatbush

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

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

Top cop recovers .357 magnum following shooting

A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
Flatbush

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

The greening of Flatbush is well underway. Comment.
Flatbush

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

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

Student artists in the winner’s circle

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

Merchants eager to welcome MTV neighbors

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

Making beautiful music together At P.S. 219

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

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

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

Long Island College Hospital marks 150th b’day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congestion sticks in Flabush’s craw

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

Chess wiz puts marty in check

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

Capt. vows to keep residents in the loop

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

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