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Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008


‘Bugging’ the Brooklyn Bridge: New plan to electronically monitor borough spans for potential dangers

At the behest of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the House of Representatives has allocated $5 million for a pilot technology that uses wireless sensors to evaluate the safety of bridges. Comment

Tunnel’s 1st anniversary: ‘Lost railroad’ tours going strong for Bob Diamond

Tunnel maven Bob Diamond is hoping to be surrounded by strangers when he celebrates a very special anniversary this month. Comment

Top marks for Canarsie’s L line

Brooklyn’s hippest subway is also the city’s best, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment

Testing the waters at Brooklyn’s shore: Latest report provides bathers with a snapshot of ‘frolicking’ conditions

Health advisories at select Brooklyn beaches totaled 30 last year—and that’s a marked improvement compared to statewide results, a recent report revealed. Comment

Tall salute to ‘forgotten heroes’

Borough patriots didn’t forget the battlefield heroes, who made the supreme sacrifice in “The Forgotten War.” Comment

Surgical Weight Reduction seminar

Obesity is an epidemic that impacts more than nine million Americans. More and more people who are affected by obesity are seeking to learn about surgical weight reduction. Comment

Super scoopers at Kingsborough

Ready, set, go! Comment

SUNY Flu ‘outbreak’: Medicos stage dress rehearsal for emergency

In 90-degree heat, 300 volunteer “patients” and more than a hundred SUNY Downstate Medical Center clinical and support staff and administrators participated in a Sunday morning disaster drill to test hospital response to a potentially life-threatening illness associated with cold weather — influenza. Comment

Summertime is sweet on East 84th Street

Sporting challenges, family frolics and more fanned the flame of friendship as residents gathered for block party festivities in Canarsie. Comment

Recalling the Waldbaum’s fire of ’78: City salutes the firefighters who gave all protecting the public

It was more of a family reunion than a memorial. Comment

Ready to respond to a disaster

New York City’s top crisis manager came to Brooklyn to personally congratulate graduates for completing a disaster preparedness course, which has garnered the borough eight new teams to respond to unforeseen disasters. Comment

Quinn offers Rx for the DOE: Speaker says education system needs checks & balances at BK meet

A checks-and-balances system should be put in place to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to a city official. Comment

Quinn: Cut DOE administration

The city Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet. Comment

One Ella-of a comeback

Ella, a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, is a pooch with a difficult background but a happy ending. The friendly puppy was left at Animal Care & Control in Brooklyn with two broken elbows which, sadly, looked like the result of mistreatment by a human. Comment

Newborns no longer welcome at LICH: Financial woes force officials to discontinue obstetric services

Citing increasing costs, annual deficits and a mountain of debt, Long Island College Hospital announced last week that it plans on discontinuing its obstetrical services. Comment

Millions for Brooklyn building projects

Borough President Marty Markowitz brought home nearly $90 million worth of bacon in capital funding from the fiscal year 2009 city budget, according to borough hall documents. Comment

Legal services for mothers

The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective (BYMC) has announced the creation of the Septima Poinsette Clark Law Center, whose main mission is to provide legal services and information to pregnant and parenting teens in Brooklyn. Comment

KeySpan to host ‘Bark in the Park’

Canine lovers are invited to bring their dogs to the Brooklyn Cyclones’ annual “Bark in the Park” game, August 11. Comment

Hunger for learning satiated

The National Supermarket Association awarded $85,000 in scholarships last Thursday to more than 80 inner city students from the five boroughs and New Jersey during its annual banquet at Flushing’s Terrace on the park. Comment

Delving deep into Brooklyn’s past: Students team up with the Brooklyn Public Library to uncover history

Anybody who walks through the doors of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch from now until the end of August is in for an unexpected treat. Comment

D.A. reducing the rate of recidivism: Innovative new program takes aim at ‘revolving door’ justice system

To Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, the key to reducing crime lies in putting a rubber stopper in the courthouse’s infamous revolving door — starting with those who just ended their rotation. Comment

D.A. looks to reload ‘gun buyback’: Recent success of program prompts officials to try and expand effort

Officials from the Kings County District Attorney’s office are setting their sights on holding another gun buyback program. Comment

Courage in the face of daunting challenges

Calvary Hospital hosted the 11th session of Camp Courageous, a children’s bereavement camp located at Arrow Park in Monroe, NY, surrounded by the beautiful and vast Sterling Forest. The 26 participants this year have all attended the children and teen bereavement programs, which Calvary, 150 55th Street, offers year-round. The camp provided a safe, nurturing environment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings, offer hope, and have fun for a few hours every day. Comment


Now is the perfect time to start becoming a savvy consumer. It’s the perfect time to start comparison shopping. It’s the perfect time to become a bargain hunter. In other words, it’s the perfect time to start a relationship with your friendly neighborhood Consumer Corner. Let’s take a look at what’s out there this week. Comment

Clinton hails Towns on Starrett City win

Call it payback for support, but Rep. Ed Towns brought out the heavy hitters to Starrett City last week to praise his work in helping to keep the sprawling housing complex affordable. Comment

Chase ends in hostage drama

A carjacking at a borough toy store ended in a nail-biting hostage drama in Canarsie Tuesday — just hours before the borough celebrated National Night Out Against Crime. Comment

Cancer support group

New York Methodist Hospital provides a free support group for individuals who are affected by cancer. Comment

Advanced Gynecology & Surgery: State-of-the-art treatment from a caring team of professionals

Brooklyn is fortunate to have two Board-certified female gynecologists who take the time to speak with women, to listen to them, and to see that their health needs are taken care of — Dr. Faina Akselrod and Dr. Genia Bekker of Advanced Gynecology & Surgery (1517 Voorhies Avenue, 718-332-6525). Comment

Burned at the playground: Pressure on Parks Department to better safeguard kids

Senator Carl Kruger, chairman of the Senate’s Social Services, Children and Families Committee, joined the watchdog group NYC Park Advocates at a news conference outside City Hall demanding measures to improve playground mat safety following incidents of children getting burned by surfaces that can reach temperatures of 166 degrees in hot weather. Comment

Brooklyn marriott hotel turns 10

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the staff and owners of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge to celebrate the hotel’s tenth anniversary. Since opening in July 1998, the Brooklyn Marriott has nearly doubled in size and is Marriott International’s second largest hotel in New York City. Comment

Body discovered in Park: Investigators say victim was hit over the head with object

A normally bucolic day at Prospect Park took a grisly turn Wednesday when a murdered man was found sprawled out in a thatch of trees and shrubs. Comment

Army corps. storm warning: Engineers look at safety of Brooklyn neighborhoods

An ounce of prevention could stop hurricane winds and flooding from tearing up Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay. Comment

An unsafe ride for BK commuters: New report finds hazardous conditions

Forget the subway’s third rail—it’s the stations themselves that commuters should be concerned about, a recent study concluded. Comment

Annual Family Day

Citizens for a Better Community invites its neighbors to attend their Seventh Annual Family Day, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Paerdegat Park, Albany Avenue & Farragut Road. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008


Taking it to the Street Community Fair

Brown Memorial Baptist Church will host its Seventh Annual “Taking it to the Street” Community Street Fair Washington Avenue between Fulton and Gates avenues, August 23. Comment

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Free dental screenings for kids 6 to 16

The Division of Dental Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital will provide free dental screenings as part of Pediatric Dental Awareness Days. Comment

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