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Mill–Marine Courier & Canarsie Digest

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008


‘World of Difference’

Five Brooklyn high school students are spending their summer vacation making a difference in the fight against racism, bigotry and discrimination. They are among 15 student peer trainers chosen to participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) A World Of Difference® Institute Summer Internship Program. Comment.

‘Stimulus’ reminder

The Internal Revenue Service reminded qualifying retirees and veterans that it is not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment and announced it will send a second set of information packets to 5.2 million people who may be eligible but who have not yet filed for their stimulus payment. Comment.

‘Reinventing Grand Army Plaza’ - Exhibition looks at ways to transform traffic hub for the 21st century

Come next month, travelers to the heart of Brooklyn may be passing through the Snapple Grand Army Plaza. Comment.

‘Better late than never,’ WWII vet sez - 85-year-old is finally awarded medals for his heroism on behalf of Uncle Sam

A neighborhood World War II veteran who fought in Italy, Africa, France and Germany was honored for his service last week – 63 years after the war ended. Comment.

Wyckoff tours

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum Senior Docent Lucie Chin will give an historic cellar-to-attic tour of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, New York City’s oldest structure, from 5-7 p.m., August 28. Comment.

Two-year-old tot in leukemia battle - Family, friends and neighbors rally around courageous family

About a month ago, two-year-old Brooklynite Sadie Page was diagnosed with leukemia. Comment.

Towns pushes for bathroom parity - Women need more bathroom facilities, Congressman declares

Surrounded by several dozen women supporters on the steps of Borough Hall, Rep. Edolphus Towns last week jumped into the bathroom parity issue. Comment.

Tour Brooklyn’s lost subway tunnel - Fascinating subterranean adventure open to visitors once more

Urban explorers are invited into the underground labyrinth beneath Atlantic Avenue, when Brooklyn’s own Indiana Jones, Bob Diamond, hosts another of his very popular tunnel tours tracing the living history of the borough from a very unique vantage point. Comment.

Top high schools suffer grad decline

While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment.

Seven years of guaranteed summer fun

Paerdegat Park at the corner of Albany Avenue and Farragut Road was awash with summer fun last week when members of the Citizens for a Better Community held their Seventh Annual Fun Day. Comment.

2nd annual Senior Idol contest

State Senator Marty Golden, City Councilman Vincent Gentile and a surprise celebrity judge will be judging Brooklyn’s Second Senior Idol Contest, also featuring a guest appearance by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment.

32nd Annual Brighton Jubilee

Come to “Little Odessa,” the Russian capital of Brooklyn, for the Brighton Neighborhood Association’s 32nd Annual Brighton Jubilee, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place to Coney Island Avenue, and then turning off CIA towards the beach. Comment.

Mayoral control of schools: not working - Growing opposition to school governance on display at town hall

Mayoral control of the city’s public schools, as presently configured, is not working. Comment.

Many take advantage of health screenings

Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well-being during a family wellness day at the Brooklyn College Student Center. Comment.

Kick off to West Indian American day carnival

Empire Fulton State Park was alive with Caribbean culture recently as members of the West-Indian American Day Carnival Association held their first annual New York West Indian Carnival Kick-Off Reception. Comment.

Here’s your change to get into the movies

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting present the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. This free skills training and job placement program aims to promote diversity in NYC’s production industry and create new career opportunities for young adults who are unemployed or low-income. Comment.

Help for women suffering from diminished sex drive

One issue that often is overlooked is the importance of sexual intimacy. It may be surprising to know that approximately 40 million American women suffer from some type of sexual disorder — the most common being Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), sometimes referred to as low sex drive. Comment.

Help for survivors

Selfhelp Community Services’ “Community Linkage” program, which began setting up sites in early 2006 in order to reach out to Holocaust survivors in their community, has expanded to seven sites throughout New York City, which provide survivors with the opportunity to socialize, enjoy entertainment and refreshments, attend lectures and participate in discussion groups. In addition, Selfhelp staff are present to be able to provide resources and support to clients in need. Comment.

Give residents a discount card, sez Colton - Assemblyman floats plan to give Brooklyn consumers more bang for their buck

The New York City Resident Discount Card — don’t leave home without it. Comment.

Giant web is enough to make Spidey blush

There’s a huge spider web right in the middle of the Discovery Trail at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. It’s not part of an animal exhibit, and it’s not the kind of web that can be washed away by a light rain. Rather, it’s a brand new human-sized web of fun that kids are getting caught-up in everyday. Comment.

Getting away from it all – right here - Connecticut clan spends family vacation in Brooklyn

Forget Barcelona, Disney World or the Hamptons for summer vacations. When American families want the real urban experience, they are coming to Brooklyn. Comment.

Dire warning for Coney Island

“We may lose Coney Island forever.” Comment.

Diabetes Walk

The Brooklyn Diabetes Task Force will celebrate its Sixth Annual Diabetes Walk for Health, August 23 in Prospect Park at the Bartel Lot by 15th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.

Bravest loom large at Bk ballfield

The skirl of bagpipes unfurled the pomp as New York’s Bravest celebrated their agency with an FDNY night at KeySpan Park. Comment.

Bad-news buzz is back in Brooklyn

Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment.

Backlash against Erksine St. land grab - City authorities decide to get tough with businessman after more than a decade

When it comes to city-owned property, that old patriotic ditty should be changed to: “This land is our land, this land ain’t your land.” Comment.

Another BJ’s a maybe - Could replace abortive Home Depot at Foster and D

Someday soon, eastern Brooklyn may get a second BJ’s warehouse store. Comment.

A feisty centenarian – and then some - Remarkable Brooklyn woman celebrates her 107th birthday with family & friends

Josephine Ingoglia is still one feisty woman after all these years – all 107 of them. Comment.

Action first, slices later

Christina’s Pizza in Mill Basin can now add film credentials to its menu. Comment.

Make waste haste - Transfer station application done

A proposal to site a medical waste transfer station in Canarsie is moving forward. Comment.

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