Mill–Marine Courier & Canarsie Digest

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008


‘Wheel’ anxiety rolling thru: Dangerous truck cargos spark concerns about safety

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

‘Errors’ is a hit for seniors

Seniors from the Midwood Senior Center’s Midwood Active Adult Program performed William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” for more than 100 community seniors. Comment

Trader Joe’s makes BK debut: Doors open this week on first store in the borough

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Third Ave. Festival

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Steering towards more road congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Role Models of Distinction Awards

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Roy L. Austin, headlines a list of outstanding individuals who will be presented with CACNY Role Models of Distinction Awards in October. Comment

Rag-tag parade of masked tots returns: Annual Ragamuffin Parade to attract thousands of participants for day of fun

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

Parents: DOE needs oversight: Some say sun gotta set on mayoral control of schools

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

Makeover for Atlantic Ave. viaduct: Century-old Long Island Railroad stretch to be completely rehabilitated

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

Hunt for rapist: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment

Hope fading fast for Astroland

“It’ll take a miracle.” Comment

Hockey scores for fallen U.S. troops: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum

The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment

Fresh new take on Grand Army Plaza: Vital traffic hub gets upgradefor 21st century traffic

Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment

Free T-shirt design classes

Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment

Foreclosure central

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

Empowering BK youth: Borough group to hold conference Oct. 10-12

Brooklyn Youth Empowerment, whose mission is to bring encouragement, hope and practical living steps to Brooklyn’s youth and make them aware of their abilities and the power they possess within to take charge of their situations and positively affect their environment, will be hosting a three-day conference, October 10-12, in hopes of challenging Brooklyn’s youth. Comment

Dynamite Youth Center annual walk-a-thon

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

Dream is over for controversial school: Lacking a location, team withdraws proposal for BK charter school

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Doggie Olympics IV coming

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Cops step up patrols for Jewish holidays: Security enhanced around Brooklyn synagogues and religious centers

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Cops probe Parker clash with staffer

As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment

Cops grapple with fluctuating crime

While crime in Canarsie is beginning to level off, cops from the 69th Precinct aren’t going to be happy until they hit zero. Comment

Cop cars jam up residents: Double-parked cruisers are a problem on East 98th St.

People living near the 69th Precinct station house have a straightforward message for some of the cops assigned there – don’t block our driveways. Comment

City renews permit for 10 more years of tunnel tours

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

CB18 opposes medical waste station

Community Board 18 last week joined with opponents of a proposed medical waste transfer facility in Canarsie, calling for the state to postpone the application until all concerns are addressed. Comment

BK’s most powerful pen: Brooklyn Tech student is named ‘Best of the Borough’

A Brooklyn Technical High School graduate is the “best of the borough.” Comment

BK illustrator draws a ‘ray of light’: Partnership gives new hope to brave dad fighting cancer battle

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

300 blocks ‘reinvented’: CB18 backs ambitious rezoning plan

Community Board 18 last week gave its blessing to the city’s rezoning plan for Canarsie, the largest initiative of its kind in the borough’s long history. Comment

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