Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic

Monday, Feb. 2, 2009


Betting on Brooklyn: Nets beauties now call borough home

The Nets’ move to Brooklyn in the proposed Barclays Center arena may be stalled due to ongoing litigation and a crumbling economy, but two of the team’s star dancers have already made the move to the Borough of Kings. Comment


Assaults on the NYPD Comment

‘Smile power’

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so “Turn on Your Smile Power.” The Second District Dental Society and American Dental Association will present events throughout Brooklyn to heighten awareness of the importance of dental care and ensure that children have healthy smiles. Comment

‘Brown’ novelist inspires students: John Michael Cummings at Mark Twain

Young adult novelist John Michael Cummings, author of “The Night I Freed John Brown,” and Park Slope resident, visited sixth and seventh grade creative writing students at the Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 for the Gifted and Talented. Comment

Xaverian takes CHSAA title

Tom Agustino rolled a 246 and John Mosco had a 233 in the decisive second game to lead the Xaverian bowling team to a 3-2 win against Archbishop Molloy to win the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship for the second straight year Wednesday at Whitestone Lanes. Comment

Tiny laces into shooters

NEWARK, N.J. — It was about the most powerful statement Dwayne (Tiny) Morton could make to his highly touted, underachieving and inexperienced team. Comment

Thanks for the support, coach

Former New York Giants’ head coach Jim Fassell (center) scores a civic touchdown after being presented with a commemorative plaque at KeySpan Park for his support of the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance Foundation. Comment

Sex rap for yeshiva principal

A yeshiva principal who volunteered his time as a paramedic for the Flatbush Hatzolah Ambulance Service was put behind bars this weekend on charges that he had sexually abused two teenage boys. Comment

Rolling with a winning ‘Posse’: Scholarship recipients chart bright academic careers

Three talented and enthusiastic students from Park Slope’s Secondary School for Law were chosen for the “Posse” scholarship last month, earning free college tuition in recognition of their outstanding leadership skills. Comment

NYPD brass salutes Coney Island cop

A no-nonsense Coney Island police officer credited with ridding the famed amusement area of both guns and the criminals who use them received top honors from Brooklyn South’s top cop last week. Comment

16 new eucharistic ministers

Sixteen Bishop Kearney High School seniors were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers during a Mass attended by their parents and friends, as well as pastors from the parishes they represent. These girls […] Comment

National Blood Donors

Every day, hospitals in the United States need approximately 39,000 units of blood for patients with cancer and other diseases, accident victims and organ transplant recipients. During the winter months, because of illness, travel schedules, bad weather and holidays, blood is often in short supply. January, in particular, is difficult – perhaps for that reason, it has been designated National Blood Donor Month. Comment

MTA steers B-23 bus towards end

If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has its way, Brooklyn residents will take a direct hit with the loss of the B-23 bus. Comment

MTA sound off

What would you say to the MTA if you had the opportunity? The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island Chambers of Commerce will offer that opportunity, February 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. when they host an open forum, “The State of the MTA,” featuring Elliott Sander, executive director/CEO, MTA. Comment

Monkeying around during wintertime

Moja, a baboon at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo, gets acquanted with a new “freezey” friend. Zookeepers Jennifer Plummer and Astra Kalodoukas made this cold-weather pal as a form of enrichment for the baboons; these playful primates are often treated to snowmen because they include such edible delights as peanuts and carrots, and also because they’re big enough for the animals to play with and knock over – which is exactly what happened after Moja ate all of the snowman’s peanut “buttons.” The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park. For more, call 718-399-7339 or visit Comment

Manhattan Beach dog run staying put: Financial crunch delays proposed move

Manhattan Beach residents unhappy about activities at the Manhattan Beach dog run on Oriental Boulevard have more reason to growl at the recession this week - they’re going to have to put up with Fido for some time to come. Comment

Local B’nai B’rith Awards and accolades

Leonard Simon, past president of the Brighton-Atlantic Unit of B’nai B’rith (left), presents William Peirez, president of the Metronorth Region of B’nai B’rith, with a “Hamsa – Hand of G-d-Evil Eye” pictorial during an Oneg Shabbat held at Temple Beth El in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Leon M. Goldstein vs. Clara Barton: Students take TV ‘Challenge’

All-star student scholars from Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences will go head to head against Clara Barton High School in the first round of the 12th season of Cablevision’s “The Challenge,” an academic quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format. Comment

Landmark status for Hubbard House: Gravesend residence dates back to 1830

Every house has a story, and the Hubbard House in Gravesend has a particularly unusual one. Comment

Kiwanians make special deliveries

Every club in the Brooklyn Division of Kiwanis, part of a global organization of volunteers and do-gooders, attended the charitable organization’s annual Christmas party, in which more than 400 presents were given out by Santa Claus (Kiwanian John LaGreca from Gravesend) to the children of service members at Fort Hamilton. Comment

I.S. 14 students get their holiday cheer on

The sounds of the season rang joyfully at Intermediate School 14 as festivities kicked off a week early at the school, 2424 Batchelder Street, with a medley of music, dance and singing during their holiday showcase. Comment

Hall of Fame skater dies: Marjorie Parker Smith skated on Olympic world stage

Brooklyn resident Marjorie Parker Smith, a member of the first official US ice dancing championship team and an inductee in the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2009, passed away in her sleep at her home. She was 92. Comment

Free tax services

State Senator Marty Golden’s district office will provide free basic tax preparation service, as part of the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for the 12th consecutive tax season. Comment

Four hurt in Gerritsen crack-up

A motorist was trapped in his car for 20 minutes following a bone-jarring three-car smashup in Gerritsen Beach. Officials said that a total of four people were rushed to area hospitals after the 2 p.m. collision at the corner of Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue V January 22. Witnesses told authorities that at least one of the cars involved in the smash was knocked into a row of parked cars, damaging two. No life-threatening injuries were reported and no arrests had been made as this paper went to press. Comment

Fire erupts in Brighton: Bungalow blaze is the latest to strike nabe

A man was reportedly killed last week after a raging fire ripped through a Brighton Beach bungalow — a blaze that had some worrying that the spree of arsons that terrorized the small beach house community last year was continuing. Comment

Fear for student rolls

Educators fear a new middle school placement policy will devastate School District 21. Comment

Deep into culutral roots

Diversity-awareness was the central theme of an informational booth and “Lunch and Learn” about Hungary event held at Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division on the United Nations-declared International Migrants Day. Comment

Critics jeer amphitheater: Park advocates denounce plan for new Coney Island Ctr.

Plans to break ground on the new $64 million Coney Island Center at Asser Levy Park are running full throttle this week, but increasingly vocal opponents say it’s a bad idea. Comment

Cops: Two; Crooks: zero: Crime busters take down thugs

The cracker-jack crime fighting team recently honored for taking a machine gun off the streets of Bath Beach is once again in the sights of a grateful community. Comment

Coney ULURP hearings

Pins and needles. Comment

Coney Island son welcomed as a hero

Brooklyn patriots paid tribute to one of their own ‘president’s men’ — who felt “good to be home” — during a tribute in Coney Island, presented by Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS). 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, 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

Chronic crime inside the community

Cops are redoubling their efforts to combat neighborhood car break-ins, identity theft and credit card fraud. Comment

Carbon-copy loss for Falcons: Bishop Ford falls 70-55

GARDEN CITY, L.I. — Chaz Williams wanted to prove a point on Sunday. The Hofstra-bound senior wanted to show his Bishop Ford team deserved to be mentioned among the elite in New York City boys’ basketball this season. Comment

Cancer sent to penalty box

Aviator Sports & Recreation became an attack zone for a killer disease as it swayed the big-hearted to part with their cash — plus take in a game of hockey — during a benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Comment

Brooklyn Marine dies: Julian T. Brennan was 25

In many ways, he was your typical twenty-something Park Slope resident, hanging out at the local bars and aspiring to be a successful actor. Comment

Brighton Beach rezone: CB13 to hold hearings on plan to revamp 50 blocks

The Brighton Beach downzoning plan is now in the public review phase. Comment

Auxiliary Cops shine in the 60th Precinct spotlight

The ‘eyes and ears’ of Brooklyn’s Finest received a tall salute during an awards ceremony for the 60th Precinct’s Auxiliary unit in Coney Island. Comment

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