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December, 2016

Standing O

Top of her game

Three cheers to Cobble Hill resident and social worker Dr. Jennifer Zelnick for receiving an award for her leadership in her field. Comment
Standing O

Lighting the way!

Alpha Lambda Delta is the newest honor society on the St. Francis College campus. Comment
Standing O

Top-notch care is here

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Not for Nuthin’

Dems the breaks: Sore losers need to get over election

Here we go again, the PC, liberal, sore-losing Dems took another swipe at the Trump family — this time on a Jet Blue Flight and aimed at Ivanka Trump, with her kids and husband in tow, no less. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Interfaith Medical Center thanks two employees for their 50-year service to the hospital with a free cruise. Comment
Standing O

Handing out a string of pearls

Happy 30 years to Brooklyn-born translation services company. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

An Investors Bank donation to the Greenpoint YMCA will ensure its afterschool programs will continue to serve the borough’s children. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s got some wishes for the naughty and nice

This week, our columnist has her take on “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Hundreds of toys were collected for boys and girls in need at the annual toy drive, organized by Bay Improvement Group. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Three cheers to St. Edmund Prep juinor Monique Wade, the recipient of the Jose Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Health insurance startup Oscar has opened the Oscar Health Care Center Downtown. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Embry-no! Frozen baby battle utterly childish

And our columnist cannot keep all her questions on ice! Comment
Standing O

Snipping the blue ribbon on children’s programming

The new Wyckoff Cornerstone Program, opened by HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, will provide a safe place for youth Downtown. Comment
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Not for Nuthin’

Jo remembers ‘Jersey Shore’

After all the political mumbo jumbo of the last 18 months, I thought I might take a foray into fluff and share thoughts on something less controversial — so here goes. Comment
Standing O

Pre-giving Thanksgiving Day

Southside United HDFC–Los Sures and volunteers hosted more than 600 guests at the 14th annual Thanksgiving fest held on Nov. 17. Comment
Standing O

Special confections

Chocolate man Jacques Torres hosted a gala in support of the March of Dimes and World Prematurity Day on Nov. 17. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

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November, 2016

Not for Nuthin’

‘Sanctuary city’ Chicago can’t even protect itself from itself

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to keep the immigrants safe from Donald Trump and keep Chicago a “sanctuary city.” Comment
Spin Cycle

Trump’s infrastructure plan can make lemonade out of lemons

Our columnist has a list of projects that can actually make America great again. And it all starts with the projects! Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Residents at Brigham Co-op honored Lewis Kobak for his 56-plus years as general manager. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

PC Richard and Son celebrated the grand opening of its Gateway Center store on Nov. 17. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Bernell K. Grier will be new executive director at Impacct–Brooklyn on Dec. 5. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

It’s time for colleges to stop coddling sore losers

I cannot state with absolute “certitude” that these reports are true, however, I have tried my best to unravel the mysteries of the big bang (Donald Trump as president). Comments (3)
Standing O

Fighting the good fight

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Standing O

Graduating to life-long park lovers

Standing O

Graduating to life-long park lovers

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Standing O

Rocking history

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Not for Nuthin’

We need to unite under Trump, and it starts with dropping the hyphen

I am not a hyphenated American. I am an American. Comments (4)
My Column Vinny

An ode to Shavana Abruzzo

Friday was Shavana Abruzzo’s last day at the Courier after nearly 30 years behind a typewriter. Our editor says goodbye. Comments (6)
Standing O

Let’s hear it for the bank!

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Standing O

Sending relief

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Standing O

Welcome to the new chairman

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Not for Nuthin’

Election 2016: ‘The aftermath’

The people have spoken, and so it is done. Thank God. Comments (3)
A Britisher’s View

A Britisher’s Adieu! Ta-ta and thanks for the memories!

Nothing without you! The author of “A Britisher’s View” is hanging up her news cap after nearly 30 years of enlightening and enraging us, and in her final installment retiring columnist Shavana Abruzzo thanks loyal readers who tuned in — to laud and lambast her! — week after week, month after month, year after year, and decade after decade! Comments (7)
A Britisher’s View

Nov. 8 is D-day for the swine and the swindler

Donald the dog or Hillary the hypocrite? November is D-day for more than just the presidential contenders, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

It’s a grand grand opening

Standing O

It’s a grand grand opening

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Standing O

Rally around the flag

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Standing O

Don’t do the crime at St. Edmund’s

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Not for Nuthin’

‘Vegan wallet’ costs too much green

Vegan wallets? I get a lot of e-mail at work — mostly requests for coverage of an event or someone wanting to be mentioned in my Standing O column, or spam (not the canned variety). Comments (1)

October, 2016

A Britisher’s View

It’s his own fault that The Donald is slipping in the polls

Our columnist wants Donald Trump to quit bleating like a victim and grow a pair. Comments (6)
Standing O

Let’s hear it for the HOOD!

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Standing O

Welcome back

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Standing O

In the pink for breast health

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Not for Nuthin’

All twisted up over Vanessa Hudgens ‘braid’ flap

Jo learns about cultural appropriation. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Council’s Muslim declaration a red herring

The City Council should have bigger fish to fry than cooking up addled resolutions of support for Muslims, writes our columnist. Comments (6)
Standing O

Getting a jump on a higher education

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Standing O

A doc on a mission

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Standing O

Hop, skip & paint the hopscotch board

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Not for Nuthin’

Apple’s new iPhone a rotten deal

Not for Nuthin™ but what right did Apple have to take away our choices for a headphone jack on our iPhones? Comment
A Britisher’s View

‘ISIS sucks’ ads are lamo response from #ActualMuslims

Sound Vision needs a better offensive than a lame “ISIS sucks” billboard campaign to reach the scums of our day, writes our columnist. Comments (11)
Standing O

It’s Disney-rific!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Loads of TLC at the Therapy Learning Center

Standing O

Loads of TLC at the Therapy Learning Center

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Standing O

Who let the dogs in?

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s big questions about ‘tiny houses’

When I saw that another episode of the Hillary and Donald hour (debate) was on Sunday night, I turned off the tube and binge-watched “Tiny Houses” on Netflix. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan takes another swipe at Hillary

Our columnist has a bag full of ‘em. Comments (21)
A Britisher’s View

Free speech is our first line of defense against theocratic fascists

Our columnist “sounds off” to readers she says are sabotaging her right to free speech. Comments (10)
Standing O

Welcome aboard!

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Standing O

Man of the very early hour

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Standing O

Looking to the stars and beyond

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo cant wait for this election to be over

So she can watch television in peace! Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s family never took welfare

Our columnist’s mom bravely refused big-government handouts in the pre-Social Security era. Comments (6)

September, 2016

A Britisher’s View

Disgracebook! Social network tries to fudge history

Is Facebook trying to rejigger history? Our columnist wants to know. Comment
Standing O

Adopt and be a pet lover

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Standing O

Soaring on eagles’ wings

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Standing O

Right on track for fun

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Not for Nuthin’

Prez debate was a joke

Jo was not impressed. Comments (2)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan takes a swipe at Hillary

Also bagels are very dangerous. Comments (3)
A Britisher’s View

Bombing and stabbing spree demands a global convention on Muslims and Islam

It is time we learned why Muslims permit their fanatical fringe to maim and kill innocent people in the name of Islam, writes our columnist. Comments (20)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Good tidings to share

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Standing O

Sailing on the briny deep

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo has her own basket of deplorables

And it’s mostly full of Federal bureaucrats. Comments (2)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan takes a swipe at the other Clinton

Lest we forget the former president’s Oval Office indiscretions. Comments (4)
A Britisher’s View

Clintonitis! Hillary is boring us to death!

Ho-hum Hillary! The Clinton campaign is a cold fish, devoid of passion, pot-clanging, and hoo-ha, writes our columnist. Comments (1)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Out and about for outreach

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Standing O

Treatment options

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo looks back on 9-11

After 15 years, Ground Zero has been restored, but our first responders’ wounds are still open. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

It’s a grab-bag of musings!

This week, our scribe takes on Hillary Clinton, considers the ever-evolving English language, and offers some advice for buying wine. Comments (3)
A Britisher’s View

Say can’t you see? Col fumbles the anthem

Muffed punt! Anthem-knocker Colin Kaepernick needs to look to the Oval Office to see how far a hardworking black person can succeed in America, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Reaching the American Dream

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Standing O

Riding for a cure

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo bids farewell to ‘Rizzoli & Isles’

Our columnist is on the hunt for a new police drama to get into. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan responds to a reader, pt. II

This time, it’s personal. Comments (6)
A Britisher’s View

Star cower! Islamo-celebs are blind, deaf, and dumb to radical Islam

How ‘bout it, Huma, Amal, and Gigi? Prominent Muslims living high on the hog in the West should be doing a lot more to defend the free world from the ravages of radical Islam, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Move over the tassels

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Standing O

Speed banking & parking too!

Standing O

Speed banking & parking too!

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Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

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August, 2016

Not for Nuthin’

Working hard to preserve Labor Day

Labor Day sales exploit workers, our columnist writes. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan responds to a reader

To the commenter going by Maurice: This one’s for you. Comments (30)
A Britisher’s View

Today is every dog’s day!

Faithful Fido has loved, nurtured, and saved us through the ages — National Dog Day on August 26 celebrates this savvy and soulful force of nature. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

For the very young at heart!

Standing O

For the very young at heart!

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Standing O

She’s EM-powered!

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Not for Nuthin’

Trump — what’s the worst that could happen?

There are none so blind as those who will not see. Comments (7)
A Britisher’s View

Long live the Olympics! Greatest sports spectacle rocks with human spirit

The games are a reminder that we can achieve world peace, writes our columnist. Comments (16)
Standing O

All aboard for the Polar Arctic Express

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Standing O

The boys of summer

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Standing O

Welcome home!

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Not for Nuthin’

A good mom reviews ‘Bad Moms’

Jo doesn’t like to go to the movies, but she did because her daughter asked — and she loved every frame of the new Mila Kunis flick. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan fends off another scammer

In which our wise wordsmith smells a swindler a mile away. Comments (14)
A Britisher’s View

Muslim v. Christian refugees — let the conversation begin

Selective compassion? Syrian Muslim refugee are entering the U.S. by the thousands, but Christian asylum seekers are receiving the shaft, writes our columnist. Comments (7)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Put out the welcome mat

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Standing O

Bang the drums and strike up the band

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo squashes SyFy’s new spider flick

Spoiler alert! “2 Lava, 2 Lantula” didn’t have a leg to stand on — let alone eight! Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s on a roll!

In which our columnist continues his critique of Hillary — and offers some advice about how to eat a hot dog. Comments (16)
A Britisher’s View

Bloody July! Boors and barbarians have a ball

Islamo-scums killed more people in June than the Irish Republican Army Germany’s Baader-Meinhof gang, and Italy’s Red Brigade did in their combined 70-year terror campaigns, but lefties, minorities, and liberal academia are more livid about Donald Trump, writes our columnist. Comments (14)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo in a frenzy over new Sharknado

Spoiler alert — read no further if you have not seen “Sharknado: the Fourth Awakens.” Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

A drive down memory lane

In which our sagacious motormouth shares some life lessons learned behind the wheel. Comments (1)

July, 2016

A Britisher’s View

A Vote of no-confidence for ‘Cancelwoman’ Sarsour

Brooklyn needs to squelch anti-American, cop-hating Muslim wacktivist Linda Sarsour’s political whims, writes our columnist. Comments (6)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Snip, snip, hooray!

Standing O

Snip, snip, hooray!

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Standing O

Lean up, clean up

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo does her Stan impression

Jo takes on “heat domes,” anti-Trumpers, and some great sci-fi movies in store for this summer in a grab-bag column inspired by wordsmith Stan Gershbein. Comment
Spin Cycle

The death of a legendary journalist

Fact it, they don’t make them like they used to. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Dimwits: Baby, I’m an anarchist — against the USA!

Knock it off. Extremists, antagonists, constipated progressives, and ornery apologists need to stop their useless uprising, and celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America or move to a real police state, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

That old gang of mine!

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo: ‘Did Melania plagarize? Who cares — our country is doomed’

Our columnist asks: Don’t we have bigger fish to fry than Donald Trump’s wife? Comments (1)
It’s Only My Opinion

Secure the border — for our kids’ sakes

Pointing to the recent terror attacks on a Turkish airport, our columnist has at least 45 good reasons to tighten our country’s perimeter. Comments (16)
A Britisher’s View

Mow-tivated! Tycoon Trump was a typhoon teen who cut grass like a dynamo, sez Courier shutterbug

Say what? Long before Donald Trump was a turkey-tawkin’ mogul and tentative presidential nominee bound for the Republican National Convention in the Buckeye State next week, he was a polite and pompadoured teen who was a whiz laborer, legendary cameraman Jim Romano tells our columnist. Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Critically important for critical care

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Standing O

Today the Mohbat tomorrow the Pulitzer

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo wants a uniter, not a divider

Yet again, another mass shooting — this time against white police officers. And yet again, our president makes an lame statement about the violence in our country. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s cure for aging

Eat more preservatives! Our resident chemist breaks down the compounds keeping your food from breaking down. Comments (7)
Spin Cycle

Balancing fatherhood and alumni pride

Tom looks back on his Alma mater as his daughter visits colleges. Comments (1)
A Britisher’s View

Booters! PS 24 is not a cool school for playing soccer with a human rights hooligan

Penalty! The Sunset Park school sold its soul to score a free soccer field from an Islamo-government that oppresses and tortures people, but it can still redeem itself and return the foul handout, writes our columnist. Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

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Standing O

We are the Champions!

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Standing O

Let’s hear it for the winners

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo is hungry for ‘Sharknado 4’

Our fan of fins is in a frenzy over news that SyFy will be releasing the fourth installment in its camp-thriller series. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Happy Birthday, America — you’re the greatest!

Brexit was Britain’s “independence day,” but July 4 is America’s opportunity to hail a country without which the world would suck, writes our columnist. Comment

June, 2016

Standing O

Standing O is standing tall for Winton Yee

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Standing O

Standing O is putting out the welcome mat

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Standing O

100 candles and a T-Shirt too!

Standing O

100 candles and a T-Shirt too!

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Not for Nuthin’

Turn off the tap! Jo wants regs on booze before guns

Every day I am bombarded with comments about guns from those that are for, those that are against, those that want assault weapons banned and not hand guns, those that want all guns banned — oy vey! Stop! Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

America — where you’re free to own a gun and eat dog food

Our columnist wishes just one law-abiding Pulse-goer was packing heat, tells a funny story about a famous person eating pooch food, and makes the bombshell announcement he is backing Trump over Clinton. Comments (3)
Spin Cycle

Thoughts of dad, and all he did

Tom cheers his father, a holocaust survivor who lost most of his family during World War II. Comments (1)
A Britisher’s View

Crunch time! The Islamo-adulteration of the West

We need a frank, national chat about a community that’s front and center of global terrorism, writes our columnist. Comments (7)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Raise the flag, snip the ribbon

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Standing O

Extending the welcome mat

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Not for Nuthin’

Jo demands Obama apologize to America for Orlando massacre

Last week I was angry, this week I’ve graduated to flat-out disgusted and ashamed by an administration — no, a president — who consistently betrays the American people who voted him in not once, but twice. Comments (2)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan stands up for public free speech

Unless it’s flag-burning — then our columnist cannot abide. Comments (3)
A Britisher’s View

Islamo-moderates pray while Islamo-nuts prey on Americans

Moderate Muslims? Come out, come out, wherever you are and destroy radical Islam as only you can, says our columnist. Comments (1)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Tee-ing off a great season of golf

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Standing O

It’s a Big Win!

Standing O is knocking it out of the park for the Midwood HS Hornets! Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo is watching the watchers — and she doesn’t like what she sees

Our columnist wants more accountability for the Feds who didn’t see the massacre in Orlando coming. Comments (1)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan issues a Warren-ing to the senator from Massachusetts

In which our pontificator points our her alleged hypocrisy. Comments (14)
A Britisher’s View

Right on! ‘Tough-love’ moms are super heroes for turning in thug teens

Well done! Our columnist applauds and commends the Brooklyn moms who dragged their daughters off to the police precinct, after learning they may have beaten up a senior. Comments (1)
Standing O

Bang, Zoom, to the Space Station

Standing O

Bang, Zoom, to the Space Station

Standing O is blasting off congratulations to the winning students. Comment
Standing O

Signing on the Uncommon Banner

Standing O

Signing on the Uncommon Banner

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Standing O

Strings of Rubies

Celebrating 40 years of excellence. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo goes ape! In defense of slain gorilla

She ain’t monkeying around. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s got the cure

In which our author advocates for lethal injections for criminals and better health screening for immigrants. Comments (15)
A Britisher’s View

The rise of the Muslim politician in the West imperils free societies

The historic election of London’s new mayor — the first Muslim to lead a major Western city — underscores the free world’s Islamification, writes our columnist. Comments (5)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

What a Success!

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Standing O

Hello, goodbye, and congratulations!

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Not for Nuthin’

‘Bloody’ weekend in Chcago should be a wake-up call

Another bloody Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago, and yet there is not a peep from Mr. Al Sharpton, the Black Lives Matter group, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, or our illustrious president who hails from the great state of Illionis. What gives? Comments (1)

May, 2016

It’s Only My Opinion

The buck starts here! Stan’s got ‘America by the dollars’

In which our correspondent runs down how America is spending its hard-earned dollars — and who is raking ‘em in. Comments (5)
Standing O

Blessed are the children

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Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

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Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

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A Britisher’s View

U.S. veterans, dead and alive, deserve our gratitude and support on Memorial Day — and every day

Memorial Day is more than a day for shopping, barbecues, and welcoming summer, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of our battlefield bravehearts — deceased and living — writes our columnist. Comments (1)
Not for Nuthin’

Jo memorializes Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. It’s the time of year when we open up the pool, invite family and friends over for a barbecue, and then hit the mall for those once-in-a-lifetime specials. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan aims for the headlines

Our media-savvy marksman scopes out some presidential news and explains that all his fellow seniors are packing heat. Comments (3)
A Britisher’s View

Facebook or Farcebook? Social network no friend of free speech

Facebook portrays itself as a friend of free speech, but the gossip in the grapevine suggests it’s more a first amendment foe, committed to dismantling the ideals brave Americans have died defending on the battlefield, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Stop the presses: this just in

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Standing O

Standing O is saluting the students

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Standing O

Three cheers and Boola, Boola for the graduates

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Not for Nuthin’

Spoiler alert: Jo has resurrected her love for ‘Game of Thrones’

No seriously — spoiler alert. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s back with ‘America by the numbers’

In which our number-crunching columnist sifts through the data so you don’t have to. Comments (2)
A Britisher’s View

Cower-dy Arabia! Saudis in a falafel over 9-11 bill

The proposed legislation could open up a can of worms about who was behind 9-11, but victims’ families deserve the whole truth about America’s worst day, writes our columnist. Comments (1)
Standing O

Mom’s rule at hair salon

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

This grad is smart ‘n’ sharp

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Prez race should not be a popularity contest

Can we get over ourselves and cut the crappola already? This whole Republican-Democratic nomination process has spiraled into a juvenile high-school election. Deciding who gets to sit in the White House for the next four years has devolved into a popularity contest. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan talks softly and carries a big bat

In which our correspondent moderates a political discussion among friends. Comments (1)
A Britisher’s View

Trump-bashing celebs? Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Cheerio! America would be much more wonderful if Trump-thrashing celebrities made good on their threats to leave the nation if he’s elected, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Putting out the mat

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Walking for a cause

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo is pressing 1 for English only

Our columnist casts her vote for ballots written only in America’s official tongue. Comments (5)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s got the formula for success

Our former pharmacist quizzes you on household chemistry and warns about the perils of drug abuse among musical superstars. Comments (1)

April, 2016

A Britisher’s View

Dachau’s D-day! A Brooklyn veteran remembers the horrors, Part 2

American soldiers liberated Nazi Germany’s first concentration camp 71 years ago today, and Homecrest vet Seymour Kaplan was among the first to enter the infamous hell-hole and rescue Holocaust survivors. In this final installment of a two-part column, the heroic freedom fighter shares how Dachau’s D-day altered his life forever. Comments (1)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

By the sea, by the sea, the fabulous sea!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Literacy is Fun

Standiing O shares the love of learning with PS 212 Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo wins the shopping lottery

Our columnist went into a department store “just to ook around” and emerged with a blender and blue jeans — but at least she got ‘em for a song. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan offers a lesson in media skepticism

Don’t believe everything you read on the web — except Stan! Comment
A Britisher’s View

Dachau’s D-day! A Brooklyn veteran remembers the horrors, Part 1

American soldiers liberated Nazi Germany’s first concentration camp 71 years ago next week, and Homecrest veteran Seymour Kaplan was among the first to enter the historic hell-hole and help return Holocaust survivors to freedom. He shares how he became a changed man that day, in the first installment of a two-part column on Dachau’s D-day. Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O welcomes back our roving writer

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is adding up the accolades

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Thanks for all the blooms

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo has a message for all the haters

She wants ‘em to keep their vitriol to themselves. Comments (2)
Op-Ed

Opinion: Let New Yorkers keep their nickels

Once again, there are reports that the Council is nearing a deal that would require retail and grocery stores to charge a fee for every plastic or paper bag used by customers. This was a bad idea in 2008 and it is still a bad idea today. Comments (2)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan unpacks the perils of air travel

In which our penman pontificates on checking baggage, surly security guards, and the world’s busiest airports. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Sympathizer-in-Chief has love for illegals and contempt for the law

Law of the underhand! President Obama may be as lawless as the illegal immigerants he wants to protect and uphold, thanks to the deferred action program he created without congressional approval, writes our columnist. Comments (3)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O applauds Lutheran Medical Center’s 133 years of service

Brooklyn’s biggest booster sending shout outs to NYU Lutheran Comment
Standing O

Standing ‘top of the’ O to Denis Doherty

Standing O is smiling big Irish smiles Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Transgender people should stick to the bathrooms they were born with

Our columnist is not comfortable having men who identify as women in her restrooms and locker rooms. Comments (10)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s putting global travel on hold after recent terror attacks

He’s still cruisin’ — but he’s sticking to the good ol’ U-S-of-A. Comments (2)
A Britisher’s View

Migraine-t! USA should bone up on Europe’s refugee crisis

Castaway depot! President Obama’s pledge to take in hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees by 2017 raises concerns about the rise of a Europe-style Franken-society, writes our columnist. Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O welcomes the new coach

Spiking, acing and cheering on the new head coach at Pratt Comment
Standing O

Standing O is sharing hte challenge

Brooklyn’s biggest booster can’t wait to cheer on the winner! Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s got some pointers on picking knitting needles

My Uncle Phil always told me to use the right tool for the job. True, sometimes his right tool was a rubber mallet, but for him it got the job done. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan goes the extra mile — for free travel

In which our well-travelled writer offers some tips on how to make the most of your credit card’s travel mile bonuses. Comments (2)
A Britisher’s View

Brussels aftermath? Muslims must reform their culture and religion

Our columnist wants to know why Muslims aren’t clearing the cobwebs off Islam and beginning the overdue conversation about why so many of them are lovin’ terrorism. Comments (4)

March, 2016

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is breaking out the pompoms

!Cheering on the kearney Step Team on its win! Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo wants reasonable discourse in the presidential race

What has happened to this country’s collective intelligence? Comments (2)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan takes comments from the audience

This week’s missive comes with a little help from our columnist’s readers. Comments (6)
A Britisher’s View

Riding the Cyclone Roller Coaster is a Brooklyn rite of passage

Whoopee! Our columnist recalls her maiden voyage on the wooden warrior. Comments (1)
Standing O

Standing O is snipping the ribbon on the new lobby

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Rocking out to the band

Standing O is celebrating 23 years of rock and roll with the Bay Rockers Comment
Standing O

Standing O stands tall for cancer

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo jumps on the Trump bandwagon after Brussels attacks

“So far, Donald Trump hasn’t said anything that turned out to be false,” our columnist writes. Comments (5)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan measures his success one cruise at a time

This week, our columnist says his lifestyle is his favorite thing, and that he just might vote for Trump. Comments (16)
A Britisher’s View

Muslim subway posters fall flatter than steam-rolled frittatas

The Muslim brand needs more than a subway poster campaign to restore its fallen image, writes our columnist. Comments (34)
Standing O

Finally finished the Emergency Room Dept. is state-of-the-art-ready at NY Community Hospital

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is toasting the old-fashioned Italian way

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should beware the Ides of March

Our columnist sounds off on The Donald and party politics. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s raising the bar for airports

In which our author decries not-rigorous-enough airport security, opines on befriending lushes, and characterizes the humble barber shop as the modern-day Greek Agora. Comments (6)
A Britisher’s View

Ink fascists rip Trump over KKK non-remarks, but bypass Obama’s black supremacist ties

Media caesers invented a KKK flap for Donald Trump, but continue to ignore President Obama’s fondness for black supremacists, writes our columnist. Comments (6)
Standing O

Standing O says, ‘Keep on dancing!’

Sending Italian-themed toasts Sandy’s way. Comment
Standing O

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Sailing the seven seas

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo wants Bloomberg to be the first Jewish president

Our columnist wants the paternalistic three-term mayor to put the U.S. government on a diet. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Why are feminists so hush hush about female genital mutilation?

The sordid practice of mangling vaginas to sate sadistic men is a non-issue for feminsts on International Women’s Day, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Three cheers for eco-friendly construction!

Standing O

Three cheers for eco-friendly construction!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

99 rainbow balloons

Standing O

99 rainbow balloons

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Standing O

Irish eyes are smiling bright

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo never saw the Oscar movies — and they all stink

This week, Jo doesn’t just have a problem with the weak Oscar crop — she has a problem with the whole darn system. Comment

February, 2016

It’s Only My Opinion

Stan wants revenge on Montezuma

In which our hawkish essayist subtly suggests the U.S. go to war with our southern neighbors. Comments (10)
A Britisher’s View

What the hack? Apple and Uncle Sam rumble at the techno-fault line over terror phone

The tech titan’s lawsuit against the feds will seem like the good old days, once forthcoming mind-control powers set a new bar for good and evil, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

And the Winners Are!

Standing O gives props to Brooklyn’s pint-sized muralists. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is helping Mildred blow out the candles

They say it’s your Birthday - well Standing O is saying “happy birthday to ya!” Comment
Standing O

Standing o welcomes Joseph Bruno to the positiion

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

New holiday proposal a sham-rock

Jo thinks that the only way to quell the out-of-control number of religious holidays in schools is to kill ‘em all and let god sort ‘em out. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Why are Dems berning Hil?

In which our man of letters explains why Democrats are so meshugenah for comrade Bernie. Comments (14)
A Britisher’s View

They don’t make an aspirin strong enough for Hillary’s headaches

Our columnist counts the ways why Hillary Clinton would make a lying president. Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O is wishing Rose another 105 years of happy living

Birthday wishes galore for 105-year-young Rose Marciante. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is breathing clean, thanks to Paul Gammarano

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo separates Grammys’ winners from gramma-phonies

Thank you Taylor Swift! Finally, someone told that bloated, braggadocios, arrogant Kanye West off. It’s about time. Taylor Swift showed more class in her one speech than Yeezus has shown in his entire career. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan boosts the sixth borough

In which our citrus-loving correspondent extolls the virtues of the Sunshine State as the perfect alternative for seniors tired of New York winters. Comments (12)
A Britisher’s View

Love is color blind, and conquers all — in true Valentine’s Day fashion

The road to true love can be paved with prejudice for inter-racial couples. One pair of lovebirds shares its pleasure and pain with our columnist for Valentine’s Day. Comments (1)
Standing O

Standing O is adding up the accolades

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O celebrates a whole lotta ice!

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Not for Nuthin’

Flag on the play: Jo hated superbowl 50

Watching Super Bowl 50 was like watching two elks, antlers locked in battle, for two hours on National Geographic — it was sleep-inducing. I was hoping for halftime before the first quarter was done. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Vacation pics are a ‘welcome mat’ for burglars

In which our tech-savvy typist warns you not to brag to the whole world when you’re out of town on vacation, beause you never know who might be paying attention. Comments (4)
Spin Cycle

Time for pols to fix this city up

Tom Allon thinks the city needs to invest in itself — or else. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Illegals, not American travelers, may be bringing Zika to our shores

Connect the dots between illegal immigration and the Zika virus in the USA, writes our columnist. Comments (2)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Sailor of the year, a cool school, and a youth group getting a grant! Standing O shouts out to Brooklynites who make our borough a better place. Comment
Standing O

Hats off to this officer

Brooklyn’s biggest booster celebrates an East Flatbush flatfoot. Comment
Standing O

Standing O sends congrats to the new NYU Lutheran ALS Center

Patients with ALS can now receive treatments under one roof. Comments (1)
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s getting into the ad game

Our columnist looks forward to this weekend’s Super Bowl ads — and makes a plug of her own. Comment

January, 2016

It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s never going to a football game again

In which our scribe bids farewell to football season and weighs the staying power of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll versus the Chairman of the Board. Comments (2)
A Britisher’s View

Why did Ridge rallyers condemn America and not radical Islam?

Whiners, not winners! Bay Ridge residents rallied against Islamaphobia on Martin Luther King Day, but ignored the murderous rages of radical Islam, writes our columnist, who wants to know why. Comments (16)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

New and improved rehab therapy

Standing O

New and improved rehab therapy

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O sends congrats to Sister Graham

Diamonds and stars on the Jubilee anniversary Comment
Not for Nuthin’

New Syfy show ‘Magicians’ is abraca-drab-ra

What do you get when you throw in a bit of Hogwarts, a smattering of Narnia, a heavy dose of “Alphas,” and just that slight touch of “Charmed?” The Syfy channel’s latest offering — “The Magicians” — based on the book of the same name by Lev Grossman. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan discovers Italy’s other major religion

In which our well-traveled writer finds out about a ragu-related religion, offers tips for racking up frequent-flyer miles, and expounds on the perils of placing phone calls from space. Comments (5)
A Britisher’s View

Hey, Mr. Mayor, Brooklyn’s community gardens don’t deserve a date with the wrecking ball

Community gardens make the community grow and City Hall must rethink razing four Brooklyn green spaces that are a borough asset, writes our columnist. Comment
Standing O

Ring the bells for Santa’s Helper

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo wants Spike Lee’s Oscars seat

Our columnist thinks that Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the Oscars is tougher to stomach than the crop of duds the Academy nominated. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Wasser-name again?

In which Stan takes on the head of the Democratic National Committee, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Comments (1)
Big Screecher

Classic Carmine: The Screecher breaks his fast

Here’s another classic Screech from our archives! Comments (2)
A Britisher’s View

Jihad! Muslims need to crush terrorists

What are Muslims waiting for to wage their own jihad against the terrorists? Our columnist wants to know. Comments (1)
Standing O

Anchors Aweigh!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is putting out the mat

Let’s put our hands together for the new veep Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s tragical mystery tour

For Joanna, the day the ’60s died was Jan. 9, 2016. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s ‘Twilight of the Idols’

In which our Nietzschean man of letters deftly turns a few disparate aphorisms into a commentary on the country’s political climate — plus an anecdote about cruises! Comments (4)
Big Screecher

Classic Carmine: A visit to the Guggenheimlich!

We look back at the time Carmine headed to the city for a day of art and eating. Well, actually, just eating. Comments (1)
A Britisher’s View

Trumping logic! America’s love affair with The Donald

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign surges onward with the shelf life of Yoo-Hoo, writes our columnist. Comments (1)
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O says Mazel Tov

Standing O is honoring this year’s honorees! Comment
Standing O

Standing O says Bien Venu

Standing O is putting out the welcome mat Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s New Year’s resolution grace period

Jo starts her New Year’s weight-loss regimen two days late, becasue all the leftovers were weighing on her mind. Comment
It’s Only My Opinion

Crticisms of ‘The Donald’ all trumped-up

In which our political pontificator points out just how mega-builder Donald Trump’s presidential qualifications stack up, defends the practice of racial profiling, and gives precocious youth some pointers on college applications. Comments (7)
Big Screecher

Classic Carmine: Screecher looks back on Christmas Pasts

This week, the Screecher wonders why he doesn’t get any toys anymore. Comment
A Britisher’s View

Freedom in the USA! Make a New Year’s resolution to preserve freedom in the freest nation of all

Cheers to freedom in the USA! It’s a New Year’s resolution worth keeping, writes our columnist. Comment

December, 2015

Standing O

Rockin’ around the clock with Elvis

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Toys for girls and boys

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
Standing O

Standing O is celebrating with Our Lady of Solace

Standing O is sending out heartfelt good wishes to the congregation for putting SuperStorm Sandy behind them. Comment
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s ‘thin’ resolution will make Oprah’s wallet fat

Our columnist is hopping on the Winfrey Weight Watchers bandwagon. Comments (1)
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan ain’t buyin’ what Jeb’s sellin’

In which our expert essayist expounds on how an old salesman’s adage could help the 2016 Republican presidential candidates, updates us on who we lost this go-‘round-the-sun, and wishes everyone a safe new year. Comments (10)

July, 2015

Standing O

Outward Bound!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment
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