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Saturday, July 19, 2008


‘Butcher’ gets jail time; victims’ relatives confront body snatcher

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment.

WOMB conference at the Marriott

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.

Thor mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’ - Feud over Coney Island’s future boils over at latest scoping meeting

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment.

Tears at Touro College - Late graduate is remembered fondly

Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment.

Seniors make golden years look good

Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment.

Polytechnic, NYU merger gets the green light

The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment.

NYCHA struggles with cuts - Agency considers eliminating programs and consolidating ctrs.

Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment.

New help for ‘old fogies’ - Authorities step up efforts to protect horshoe crabs

Gateway National Recreation Area is showing some respect to Earth’s elders. Comment.

Murder rate on the rise - Brooklyn south precincts record grim crime stats

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment.

Mayor backs off on school cuts - Bloomberg, council agree on city budget

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment.

Man in Maxima accused of flashing little girls

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment.

Lions make a good ‘kase’ for charity

If you’re like most people you have a closet full of knapsacks/backpacks and suitcases you no longer use. “Kases for Kids,” an international Lion’s project will take them off your hands. Comment.

LICH gets the job down in crunch time

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn received an award from Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) for its role in energy management during crisis conditions. ECS is a prestigious energy-management organization working with New York State to control its electricity supply and demand. Comment.

Left with Bingo - Director’s exit devastates seniors

Three months after a popular program director was removed from her position at the Remsen Senior Center, those who attend the center are still mourning her departure. Comment.

Hijacker-busting cops shine - 69th Police Precinct salutes stellar five-member team

A gun-toting crew allegedly responsible for raiding a DHL truck was carted off to a jail cell thanks to a team of savvy Canarsie cops. Comment.

Get screened and avoid a stroke

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment.

Flatbush Avenue BID street fair

The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment.

Farm bill has far-reaching roots here - Representatives hope for bigger subsides for food stamp program and pantries

Brooklynites are hoping for higher subsidies for food stamps, food pantries and other emergency programs after the House of Representatives passed the comprehensive Farm Bill last week. Comment.

Family Media Scavenger Hunt

The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment.

Economic Development Corporation deadbeats - Agency owes $4.5 million in unpaid water bills, according to comptroller

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.

DOE deaf to music and art education

An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment.

District 22 showcases talented students

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.

Courageous dad has heart of a champion - Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment.

Civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.

City wants to give more food stamps

The City Council, in partnership with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Food Bank of New York, will launch a wide-ranging outreach program to identify 211,801 Brooklyn households who are eligible for food stamps but may not be enrolled in the program. Comment.

Celebrating our bridge

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. Comment.

BK Cyclones fall behind in the count - Comptroller William Thompson says ball club owes city in excess of $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment.

A taste of the Caribbean in Brooklyn

Delegations from Guyana, Suriname and Haiti shared the spotlight with a pulsating Trinidadian steel drum band and an information table manned by Air Jamaica during the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Conference at Borough Hall. Comment.

A Fashionable turn for youngsters

Youngsters turned cool catwalk cats as they strutted their stuff – plus shed the spotlight on local designers – during a fashion show, presented by the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment.

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