Mill–Marine Courier & Canarsie Digest

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008


WWII vet ends his six-decade wait

After more than six decades, 86-year-old Brooklyn veteran Fred Futterman was be awarded Navy medals for his distinguished service during World War II, after Brooklyn/Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner secured the medals, ensuring that Futterman is finally awarded the honors he deserves. Comment

Wrestling stars thrill Bay ridge fans: East Coast Professional Wrestling sports new heroes and legends

St. Patrick’s Church morphed into a benefit bump ring for grappling gladiators from East Coast Professional Wrestling, who staged a match to raise money for the Bay Ridge house of worship and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Comment

Trio sought in robberies

Cops are looking for three thugs who are partial to auto parts stores. Comment

25th annual Harbor Fitness Race attracts 100 runners

About 100 runners, and some 25 dogs, turned out for the 15th annual Harbor Fitness Race this past Sunday. Comment

Tall salute for troops: Aviator Sports hosts special ceremony

Pomp, circumstance and a poignant reflection marked the occasion when borough patriots delivered a tall salute to New York’s military heroes during a troop tribute at Aviator Sports & Recreation, coordinated by the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. Comment

Shark defense rules ‘tank’: Sheepshead Bay blanks veteran Kangaroos

Fred Snyder was already worried about Saturday’s showdown against upstart Boys & Girls before he did research on his opponent. Then, after watching the tape of the Kangaroos’ loss to Curtis and seeing that 33 of the Kangaroos’ 45-player roster were seniors, the Sheepshead Bay coach felt even worse. Comment

Obama outruns McCain: ‘Obamathoner’ shirts far outpace rival at Brooklyn shop

Barack Obama is cleaning John McCain’s clock – at least on 7th Avenue. Comment

New Living Judaism conference

Now in its fifth year, the Institute of Living Judaism (ILJB) in Brooklyn will hold its fall conference, “The Believers Next Door: How Mainstream Jews Interface with the Muslim, Evangelical, and Haredi” at 4 p.m., November 2. Comment

More muggings on local streets: 63rd Police Precinct reports uptick in neighborhood robberies

Often considered one of the saving graces of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, the 63rd Precinct is slowly finding itself following the borough’s increasing robbery epidemic. Comment

Millions in unclaimed cash: ‘Stimulus’ checks, tax refunds sit idle

About 4,700 Brooklynites are owed federal money and the Internal Revenue Service wants them to get it. Comments (1)

Magnet forum

The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a Magnet Information Session, November 5 at 415 89th Street, fourth floor conference room, Brooklyn, New York from 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Comment

Ladies of Distinction

The Gotham Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction will be hosting its Area II Leadership Conference at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel, October 30-November 2. Comment

Kearney on solid footing: Coach gets tremendous output from outstanding squad

Bishop Kearney High School’s soccer team had an exciting season so far this year, as they played their hardest under the direction of coach Charlie Candela, with the support of captain senior Kristina Iudica and co-captain junior Brigid Tennesen. Comment

IMAX movies come to Brooklyn: Sheepshead Bay United Artists Theater transforms screen into new cinema experience

Brooklyn’s first IMAX theater opened last week in Sheepshead Bay, giving borough moviegoers an immersive cinematic experience that previously was only available in Manhattan. Comment

Hockey skates with U.S. troops

A young hockey player recites the names of the 212 soldiers from New York who have made the supreme sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was one of dozens of pucksters who gathered at Aviator Sports, Hangar 5 at Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue, as part of the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. For more information, visit Comment

High expectations at SFC: Senior Jamaal Womack leads promising team

Jamaal Womack heads an improved St. Francis College basketball team for the upcoming season that opens with three straight road games, including one against Big East rival Seton Hall at the Prudential Center in Newark on Nov. 14. Comment

Helen Keller Sound & Light Gala: Brooklyn Navy Yard hosts 32nd annual gala salute to friends & supporters

With more than 250 in attendance, Helen Keller Services for the Blind held its 32nd Anniversary Sound & Light Gala at Steiner Studios’ Stage 6 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment

Health Services Expo on Nov. 10

The Bay Ridge Center for Community Services presents its Health Expo, November 10 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 414 80th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Happy to keep Sitt out: Ward family deals land to city to keep amusements alive

The family that recently sold a key acre in Coney Island to the city for $11 million said they are relieved that developer Joe Sitt did not buy the property. Comment

Hall opens for ‘Dylan of Doo Wop’

In 1975 while most of us boogied to “King Fu Fighting” and swayed to “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Kenny Vance and the Planotones were looking for an echo. Comment

Foreclosed homes become crime dens

The foreclosure virus inflicted on Canarsie has had many negative side effects. Comment

Fidler already picking up flack for term limit vote

By voting to extend term limits, City Councilmember Lew Fidler ignored the wishes of his constituents, according to angry Marine Park residents. Comment

FCC meeting draws apathetic crowd: Few turn out for forum on 2009 transition to digital broadcasts

As every viewer knows, Friday isn’t a great day for TV. Comment

Easier breast self-exams: Canarsie Curves offers local women ‘Liv Aid’ kits

Curves, the international women’s fitness franchise, is no stranger to the fight against breast cancer. Over the last several years, Curves locations, including the one in Canarsie, have participated in various fundraising and charitable events to raise millions for the cause. Now, to continue their efforts, Curves of Canarsie will be offering the Liv Aid breast self-exam kit during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help women become more comfortable performing their monthly at-home exams. Comment

Dollar van backlash

Hendrickson Street is the prime target for speeding dollar van drivers, according to Marine Park residents. Comment

Clippers fall to Fordham

Pete McNamara has been coaching soccer at Fordham Prep for almost a quarter of a century and he is usually quick to rationalize game situations, positive and negative. But when the Rams dominated the first half of a CHSAA Class A intersectional quarterfinal game against Xaverian with nothing to show for it, McNamara didn’t have an answer. Comment

Children to vote, too

Kids get to practice voting for the President of the United States at the Lefferts Historic House, November 4 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

Caution: major traffic changes ahead

Starting November 8, several traffic and bus changes are coming to intersections and streets in the Fort Greene area and around the Atlantic/Flatbush/3rd/4th Avenue hub. Comment

Cash-strapped city bags leaf collection program

A year after the city put finishing touches on an ambitious program for leaf composting that would have required homeowners in many parts of the city to bag leaves in brown paper or put them loose in a can for pickup, the program has been put on hold. Comment

Candidates put plans on hold: Many wait for dust in term-limit lawsuits to settle before running

With the City Council recently extending term limits to a third four-year term, and less than a year before the September primaries, several upcoming races remain in the air. Comment

Broadway shines on local kids: I.S. 278 students tapped for Broadway League performance

Seventeen Marine Park Intermediate School 278 students were invited to perform at the Broadway League Dinner honoring Chairman of the Schubert Organization Gerald Schoenfeld, and New York City School Chancellor Joel Klein. The two gentlemen were awarded with the first ever “Schoenfeld Vision for Arts in Education Award.” Comment

Bonnies on track for another title

Victor Popovsky knew it long before Colleen Ryan ever enrolled at Fontbonne Hall, long before the sophomore scored against rival Bishop Kearney in a 2-0 victory at Verrazano Narrows Complex in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon. Comment

Bonnies bask in win: Brooklyn dispatches tough Molloy squad

The attack from Archbishop Molloy was out. It was the fifth set, match point. But the players on the Fontbonne Hall Academy girls’ volleyball team didn’t celebrate. They didn’t do anything. Comment

BK home sale prices on the decline

Wall Street’s pain is beginning to pinch Brooklyn, as home prices in the borough fell 5.6 in the third quarter, a recent study revealed. Comment

Biggest bill producers: NYPIRG scorecard rates Brooklyn reps in Albany

When it comes to drafting legislation in Albany, some Brooklyn lawmakers are eager bill writers. Comment

Barons lock up playoff opportunity

As of last week, the Brooklyn Barons rugby team had locked up a playoff birth. Their seeding was dependent upon two factors: their final regular season game with North Jersey and the Hudson Valley versus Danbury matchup. Comment

Aki’s dental plan covers tusks!

Sixteen-month-old Pacific walrus Akituusaq shows off his new set of titanium crowns at his home in Sea Cliffs at the New York Aquarium. “Aki” was fitted with these crowns by Wildlife Conservation Society Global Health Program veterinarians working with a dental consultant to protect his tusks from damage during growth. Aki seems to be adjusting well to his new armor. The New York Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West Eighth Street in Coney Island. For more, call 718-265-FISH or visit Comment

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