Thursday, May 8, 2008

Williamsburg

Trailblazers on the track

In the 1940s, a time when black girls were often not even permitted to compete in high school sports, twin sisters Martha Benton DeSaussure and Mary DeSaussure Sobers broke barriers and opened the door for young African-American women and other minority youngsters to compete in sanctioned sports. Comments (1).
Williamsburg

Mad scramble to PSAL top - Time’s running out for teams

With just a week remaining in the PSAL softball season, every team that on the cusp of a playoff berth is fighting hard for every win, as it means the difference between the post-season and the off-season. Comment.
Williamsburg

Half marathon gets runners’ full attention - Marathon attracts 7,812

Runners from all over the United States from right here in Brooklyn and from as far away as London, Illinois, California and Florida came to Prospect Park last Saturday morning for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Comment.
Williamsburg

Figueroa gets hero’s welcome - Mets star pitcher returns home to halls of Lincoln H.S.

Coney Island native and New York Met Nelson Figueroa returned to his home turf to speak about his days at Abraham Lincoln High School, wowing students with his tales about growing up in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Buckley’s to Kennedy’s Run

The 28th Annual Buckley’s to Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run is set for May 18 at 10 a.m. The Run, in memory of Joan “Chickie” Murray and Battalion Chief Jimmy Savastano, will begin and end in Riis Park, on the Queens side of the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Comment.
Letters

Toothless signage

I am contacting you because you are the only paper that responded to the speeding on East 66th Street. Comment.
Letters

Obstacle course

I am writing this letter to voice my concern about a growing problem. Some time ago two car dealerships expanded into the heart of Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton. Comment.
Letters

Good word of mouth

I have lived in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and can not imagine living anywhere else. Brooklyn has been a great gift to me in that it provides a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. Comment.
Williamsburg

BIG SCREECHER - Sick and tired of Catholic bashing

By Carmine Santa Maria Comment.
Williamsburg

‘David et Jonathas’ premiere

The American Opera Theater presents the New World Premiere of Charpentier’s rarely performed opera, “David et Jonathas,” with performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), May 9-10 in the Opera House. Comment.
Williamsburg

Unlock the secrets hidden inside Green-Wood Cemetery

An exciting array of historic walking tours and events make up Green-Wood Cemetery’s ongoing spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment.
Williamsburg

The ‘quiet icons’ of city life

The Object Image Gallery presents its second exhibit in the yearlong series, “City Images,” featuring the work of Michael Calabrese and Jo Pendola. Comment.
Williamsburg

Reconnect with Sunset Park’s ‘Life Lines’

The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment.
Williamsburg

Moms say the funniest things: Get ready for Mamapalooza

You may have heard of Lollapalooza. Now get ready for Mamapalooza. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jam, Junk, more

Williamsburg

Come face to face with your food before it hits the plate

A reading and booksigning for “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” by Gene Baur will be held May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Bookstore of Park Slope, 143 Seventh Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory finale

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theater wraps up its 2008 Play Reading Salon Series with two beautiful Brooklyn vistas: a rooftop view of Park Slope by night and a floating barge view of NYC harbor by day. Comment.
Williamsburg

A century and a half of Gowanus manufacturing

From the third generation family business D. Maldari and Sons, the only pasta extrusion die company in the western hemisphere that makes the ‘ABC’s for Campbell’s Alphabet Soup, to J & M, the company that creates special effects for Late Night with David Letterman, the exhibit “Gowanus-Transformations” shows the face of contemporary manufacturing along the canal. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘New Day Dawning’ for reggae’s Judah Tribe

Revival Reggae Sundays will host the soul reggae band Judah Tribe, May 11 at 9 p.m. Led by vocalist Josh David, Judah Tribe is already blazing trails with its trademark blend of soul, rhythm & blues and roots reggae. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rocking and rolling against Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan

I n its four-year battle against Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn has had substantial backing from the artist community. From its who's who advisory board, including writers Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Safran Foer, to benefit projects like the novel Brooklyn Was Mine, where proceeds went to the organization, Brooklyn's artistic community has found creative ways to support the organization while raising awareness about what it sees as irresponsible and undemocratic development of their neighborhood. Comment.
Williamsburg

James Reams & The Barnstormers

May is Bluegrass Music Month, so get your family and friends together and go to hear James Reams & The Barnstormers, May 9 at 8 p.m. with two sets of old-school bluegrass music at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, 53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Internationally flavored jazz

On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. All performances take place at The Ink Well, 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. There is a $5 admission. Comment.
Williamsburg

Expert pickin’ and ‘a grinin’

Two fabulous country bands join forces for a night of amazing music. Wayne “The Train” Hancock and the Jack Grace Band will play at the Jalopy Theatre, May 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 718-395-3214. Comment.
Williamsburg

Conchita Campos is ready for a ‘Grand’ time in Brooklyn

After having moved around most of her life, living in Pasadena, Philadelphia and the Philippines, singer Conchita Campos came to New York nearly five years ago and has called Brooklyn home for the past two. Comment.
Williamsburg

Big Ben: Franklin live on stage like you’ve never seen him before

For those still craving a Founding Fathers fix after the HBO miniseries John Adams, a forthcoming play by the Bath Beach-based Ryan Repertory explores the complex psyche of another American pillar. Comment.
Williamsburg

Beyond Ikea: Three days of the hottest in home decor

Each spring, thousands of design cognoscenti and furnishings lovers from around the world descend upon the Big Apple to take part in the much acclaimed New York Design week. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Spring ahead’ into a new world of art on the waterfront

New York’s biggest artist-run art show will open May 10 on the waterfront in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. “Spring ahead” will present new works by more than 330 artists. Wide ranging styles from cutting edge to classic in both 2D and 3D media will be shown. Comment.
Williamsburg

Talented artists cross the line with drawings

Kentler International Drawing Space’s presents its “100 Works On Paper” Benefit, celebrating its 18th year, May 15 at 6 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shapeshifting New York painters

Sharon Horvath, associate professor of Painting at Purchase College School of the Arts, School of Art + Design, showcases her painting “Snake House,” as part of “Shape Shifters: New York Painters,” a traveling abstract exhibition by 24 Brooklyn painters. Comment.
Williamsburg

Polish paper tigers roar

Entropy Of Art, the Kurier Plus Gallery’s First International Exhibition of Works on Paper, opens with an artists’ reception, May 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery, 145 Java Street in Brooklyn. The show runs through May 30. Comment.
Williamsburg

Patricia Smith: City of One

The Front Room presents Patricia Smith: “City of One,” running May 9-June 1, with an artist’s reception May 9 from 7-9 p.m. The gallery is open Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Moody Southern elegance

Brooklyn artist Amy Williams, in her third solo exhibition at 440 Gallery, presents a series of dramatic large-scale color photographs depicting the classic, moody image of Southern elegance. Comment.
Williamsburg

Homespun artistry inspired by arachnid web spinners

Pocket Utopia will put forward a new definition of web design, as local artists Audra Woloweic and Brece Honeycutt will be installing fabric wall drawings and homespun wool and plastic fabric swatches for the gallery’s next exhibition opening on May 9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gowanus: Incubator of art

Brooklyn Artists Gym (BAG) Gallery presents Project for Calendar Studies, with an opening reception May 16 from 6-9 p.m. with the show running May 15-19. Comment.
Kings Courier

Vito Fossella faces jail time - Republican congressman awaits sentencing for DWI

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment.
Kings Courier

UHF hails auxiliaries

Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment.
Kings Courier

Rise in murder, rape, robbery - 70th Police Pct. reports uptick in felony crime

Major felony crime is inching up within the 70th Precinct, according to the latest statistics. Comment.
Kings Courier

Programmed to be victorious

Senator Marty Golden (pictured, third from right) helps cheer on Xaverian High School’s robotics team, the “Brooklyn Blacksmiths,” during the regional F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. Comment.
Kings Courier

OLYMPIC FENCER INSPIRES Public School 255 KIDS

Budding fencers at Public School 255 received tips from the top when Olympic fencer Akhnaten (Aki) Spencer-El stopped by to lead a class. Comment.
Kings Courier

Mayor’s cuts face City Council fight - Fidler vows to oppose lean budget

Enough with the funding cuts already. Comment.
Kings Courier

Many take steps to stamp out ovarian cancer

An “outgoing” Old Mill Basin woman, who was devoted to her family, was immortalized when her community organized a memorial walk in honor of the late Debbie Moss. Comment.
Kings Courier

I.S. 278 stages a show-stopping production of ‘Annie, Jr.’

Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Intermediate School 278 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment.
Kings Courier

Home Foreclosure crisis backlash

Devastated by subprime mortgages and foreclosures, Brooklyn homeowners take their battle to the steps of Brooklyn Supreme Court on Cadman Plaza West where 317 properties have been auctioned off since November 2007, according to data compiled by CHANGER. Comment.
Kings Courier

Helping women shed the pounds

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment.
Kings Courier

Fresh plumes bloom in BK Botanic garden

Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment.
Kings Courier

DOE bungled class size, sez UFT - Union blames city for squandering a chance to make positive change

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
Kings Courier

Couldn’t do it without ya: Salute to volunteers

Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Midwood Senior Center. Comment.
Kings Courier

Bicycle in May

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Flatbush

Your guide to civic meetings - Get involved at the grassroots level this month

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, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 332. Comment.
Flatbush

UHF Beth Israel staffers - Annual Hospital Auxilian & Volunteer Achievement Awards

Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment.
Flatbush

Support for name swap - P.S. 230 close to Civil War switch

P.S. 230 Doris Cohen School is another step closer to changing its name in spite of objections from Cohen’s family. Comment.
Flatbush

Sendoff for Inspector Harris

A thunderous outpouring of love and camaraderie greeted Inspector Tom Harris as he descended the steps of the 70th Precinct as a commanding officer for the last time. Comment.
Flatbush

Second Annual Comedy Night

The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Flatbush

Sean Bell verdict schockwave - Panel discusses ramifications of judge’s ruling

The pews of Brown Memorial Baptist Church were filled last week in a town hall meeting to address the acquittal of three police officers in the killing of Sean Bell. Comment.
Flatbush

Report: BK works just to pay the rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment.
Flatbush

Parents call mayor’s budget cuts ‘despicable’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment.
Flatbush

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls - ‘Prospective Members Day’ to be held at Masonic Hall this month

A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment.
Flatbush

Danger on the streets - Murder, rape, robbery and more on the rise

Major felony crime is inching up within the 70th Precinct, according to the latest statistics. Comment.
Flatbush

Brooklyn air quality slapped with a ‘D’

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
Flatbush

A ‘PAL’ to kids: Cops reach out to children

With the summer months around the corner, the 67th Precinct’s community youth police officer, Tanya Barry, is beginning to shift gears. Comment.
Flatbush

A fresh round of capital funding - Non-profits, cultural institutions get slice of $121.7 billion budget pie

Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment.
Canarsie

Young Fireflies burning brighter than ever - Innovative martial arts program helps autistic kids grow and develop

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Stamp’ out hunger - Postal employees food bank team up

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Practical’ author to lead healing circle

Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Green’ building preview

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment.
Canarsie

Wyckoff Farmhouse

The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will host a free celebration of the Pinkster holiday with various family activities, May 17 from 12-4 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Visitation Academy annual spring concert

The Upper School of Visitation Academy will present its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances of the Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and the eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street, May 9 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

UFT blasts DOE - Says city lost change to reduce class size

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
Canarsie

Guns on the streets - Neighborhood suffers seven shootings in ’08

There have been seven shootings so far this year in Canarsie. Comment.
Canarsie

Tavis Smiley to deliver LIU commencement address

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Spring 2008 is busting out all over Bklyn

Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment.
Canarsie

Sampson update

An article in last week’s Canarsie Digest referred erroneously to “weekly” meetings being held by State Senator John Sampson with community leaders. The meetings are held on a monthly basis. Comment.
Canarsie

Rockaway Pkwy speedway - Local residents fed up with out-of-control motorists

Speeding along Rockaway Parkway is causing problems for residents along the strip as well as endangering those who walk and drive there. Comment.
Canarsie

Reverend Jesse Jackson weighs in on Bk housing crisis

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment.
Canarsie

Mighty Mommies get in gear - Fitness class for moms

Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment.
Canarsie

Mayor’s school budget cuts called ‘despicable’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment.
Canarsie

Many are paying half their income on rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment.
Canarsie

LHC 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) and its board of trustees’ 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance celebrity performer will be standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker David Brenner. Comment.
Canarsie

K-9 Good Citizen Test

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment.
Canarsie

Hall of fame violinist

Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment.
Canarsie

Ground zero for the subprime lending crisis - Distressed area homeowners sound alarm at Flatlands Avenue town hall

The middle-aged Canarsie man waited patiently to speak with a staff counselor from the Kings County District Attorney’s office and then turned to speak with this reporter. Comment.
Canarsie

Grandparents reach across the pond - Caregivers from Great Britain meet their counterparts here in Brooklyn

In a unique cultural exchange, Brooklyn grandparents raising their grandchildren had the opportunity to speak to a group of teens from Britain being raised by their grandparents. Comment.
Canarsie

GOPers stick with Vito following DWI bust - Congressman Fossella faces five days in jail; says he won’t resign

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment.
Canarsie

Fresh Creek advocates push for cleanup

A group of people living near the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve have begun a petition drive to get the area cleaned up. Comment.
Canarsie

Fresh capital funds

Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment.
Canarsie

Free tennis instruction for kids

The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) has begun its annual spring program offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Comment.
Canarsie

Forum on DOB violations

A former special prosecutor for the New York City Department of Buildings, John Cox, will discuss some possible remedies for violations to the City Building Code at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association meeting, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Fit in your golden years

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program now through June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

ESU public information forum

Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment.
Canarsie

Daisy cooks with area kids - TV chefs inspire local students

On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment.
Canarsie

Curves for Women

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment.
Canarsie

Councilmen to contractors: Clean up your mess

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment.
Canarsie

CONSUMERS CORNER - Great food deals

Spring is party time and that means good grub. Here’s a great place to get some of the best party viddles in town. Comment.
Canarsie

Constitution Parade

Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Canarsie

Comedy Night fubdraizer May 15

The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

CERT recruiting - Special squad ready to swing into action

Two years after it was first formed, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for southeastern Brooklyn continues to recruit new members. Comment.
Canarsie

BK bicycling in May

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Canarsie

Annual UHF hospital achievement awards

Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment.
Bay News

You break it, you fix it, councilmen say - Officials try to compel contractors to repair damaged streetscape

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment.
Bay News

Summer camp blues

The Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Third Annual summer camp for children in Dyker Heights could be in jeopardy. Comment.
Bay News

Rezoning plan delayed 

A concrete plan to downzone Brighton Beach will be unveiled next month. Comment.
Bay News

Parents, Verizon on different wavelengths - P.S. 185 moms & dads reject offer to study cell phone towers

Parents from Public School 185 have turned down an offer from Verizon Wireless to provide funding for a study of radio frequency data from the company’s cell towers situated on a building across the street from the school. Comments (1).
Bay News

New ferry service launches - ‘Blue highway’ to stop in Bklyn

Ferry service is coming back to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Comment.
Bay News

Asser Levy transformed

The city is poised to invest $36 million into Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park, transforming the now modest summertime concert venue into a “world-class” amphitheater. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vito’s got friends - Brooklyn GOP backs DWI pol

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn rent slaves - Startling new report issued

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment.
Borough-wide

Air quality (cough) gets a ‘D’

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Aida’ graces a neighborhood stage

The time-honored tale of an Ethiopian princess, captured and brought into slavery in Egypt, commanded a rapt audience in Bay Ridge when starry-eyed students performed “Aida” at Xaverian High School. Comment.
Borough-wide

Victory Hospital to flat line - ‘We’re basically gone,’ board of trustees chairman says

It is the final countdown for Victory Memorial. Comment.
Borough-wide

UFT says city bungled funds

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
Borough-wide

Third Ave. Key Food to close - Loss of neighborhood supermarket has many up in arms

Another Bay Ridge supermarket is shutting its doors, leaving many residents wondering just where they are going to shop for food. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tavis Smiley at LIU - Broadcaster to deliver commencement address

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Cam-pus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Taking time out to clown around

Children normally are told to quit clowning around, but at a child development center at Fort Myer in Virginia, it was actually encouraged. Clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus entertained more than 100 youngsters there. Comment.
Borough-wide

Surprise birthday bash for Chip Cafiero

Bay Ridge native Chip Cafiero was the toast of the town when the community feted the Brooklyn activist with a surprise birthday revel at Xaverian High School. Comment.
Borough-wide

Summer camp blues in Dyker - P.S. 229 work jeopardizes program

The Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Third Annual summer camp for children in Dyker Heights could be in jeopardy. Comment.
Borough-wide

Spring concert

The Upper School of Visitation Academy will present its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances of the Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and the eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street, May 9 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senior fitness at your local park

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program now through June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Recruits enlist with biometric technology

When 20 recruits gathered at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station to sign their enlistment contracts, none needed a pen. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parishioners reach out to neighbors

Big-hearted youngsters at St. Anselm’s Church reserved a thought for their underprivileged neighbors by coordinating a drive during Lent at the Bay Ridge house of worship for Lent. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents reject Verizon study - P.S. 185 moms & dads remain wary of cell phone tower safety

Parents from Public School 185 have turned down an offer from Verizon Wireless to provide funding for a study of radio frequency data from the company’s cell towers situated on a building across the street from the school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Order of the Rainbow

A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Night of comedy

The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

New effort to fight hunger

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor’s budget cuts called ‘despicable’ - Parents outraged by Bloomberg’s refusal to restore funding to schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lutheran Medical staff rejoices in center’s 125th year

Lutheran HealthCare continues its yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary by honoring every 125th baby born at Lutheran Medical Center. Comment.
Borough-wide

Life at home for an Army wife - Spouse finds ways to deal with challenges of deployment

Friends, yoga, a family support group, online courses, a trip to England and a toddler lifted 24-year-old Samantha Windell out of her funk when her husband, Chase, went to war. Comment.
Borough-wide

Helping women lose weight

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment.
Borough-wide

Heading back to Iraq - Wounded intelligence specialist returning to combat

Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy F. Boutwell, 23, knows a thing or two about honor, courage and commitment. Comment.
Borough-wide

Guardsman finally laid to rest in USA

The remains of Colorado Air National Guard Maj. Perry H. Jefferson, who vanished during an observation flight 39 years ago over the jungles of South Vietnam, were at last laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Comment.
Borough-wide

Get out there and ride in May

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Get a sneak peek inside ‘green’ building - Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers a preview

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fresh funding for Brooklyn College, b’walk - Non-profits, cultural institutions get slice of $121.7 billion budget pie

Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fort Hamilton commander bound for Baghdad

Trailblazing Fort Hamilton Army Base chief, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson was bid a fond farewell when the Rankin Healy post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars feted her with a reception in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ferry service returns to BK

Ferry service is coming back to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Comment.
Borough-wide

ESC public info

Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

DOS warns shopkeepers to ‘keep’ streets clean

Trash, be gone. Comment.
Borough-wide

Developing Fireflies burning bright - Martial arts help children with special needs

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment.
Borough-wide

Daisy cooks with BK kids - Celebrity chef visits Twain

On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment.
Borough-wide

Councilmen push ‘pottery barn’ doctrine - Pols back new measure to compel contractors to repair damaged streetscape

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transporta-tion (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment.
Borough-wide

Constitution Day Parade

Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Caring for ‘Our Military Kids’ - Nonprofit provides grants for children of military personnel

Our Military Kids, is a nonprofit organization that provides grants that keep children of deployed National Guardsmen and reservists engaged in extracurricular activities. The non-profit recently honored these children as special members of the military community. Comment.
Borough-wide

Canine Good Citizen test being administered

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bumper-to-bumper nightmare - Residents demand solution to Verrazano traffic jams

Area lawmakers are touting new solutions to ease Brooklyn’s maddening traffic crunch. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklynites breathe in a toxic brew

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
Borough-wide

Author’s healing circle - Acclaimed ‘Practical Intuition’ scribe comes to Brooklyn

Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Delivery man stabbed Comment.
Bay News

You break it, you fix it

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment.
Bay News

‘Designs’ on Asser Levy makeover

The city is poised to invest $36 million into Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park, transforming the now modest summertime concert venue into a “world-class” amphitheater. Comment.
Bay News

UHF hails volunteers

Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment.
Bay News

Tug-of-war on Corbin Place

The wrecking ball is swinging precariously over a century-old home on the border of Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach. Comment.
Bay News

Smiley coming to LIU

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Shedding pounds

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment.
Bay News

Scrambling for section 8

The Brighton Neighborhood Association held a community meeting at the Brighton Beach Library to discuss the new bill on Section 8, which mandates that landlords must not discriminate against a tenant who is on this program. Comment.
Bay News

1-2-3-4! P.S. 216 strikes a chord with the whole district

Welcome to the real School of Rock! Comment.
Bay News

Parents push back against mayor

The heat is on. Comment.
Bay News

Norwegian pride

Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Bay News

New funding for Brooklyn College, b’walk - Borough non-profits, cultural institutions get slice of $121.7 billion budget

Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment.
Bay News

New effort to stamp out hunger pains in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment.
Bay News

Mighty Mommies - Fitness after pregnancy, for moms and dads

Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment.
Bay News

Master musicians jazz up the joint on 84th St.

Friends of Historic New Utrecht welcomed the Jazz Big Band and Jazz Ensemble from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, who performed the repertory of seminal jazz figures such as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk, as well as the works of lesser known figures and original compositions as. Comment.
Bay News

LHC 125th anniversary

Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) and its board of trustees’ 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance celebrity performer will be standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker David Brenner. Comment.
Bay News

Jesse Jackson in BK - Reverend weighs in on home foreclosure crisis

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment.
Bay News

Harder to make ends meet - More are paying 50 percent of their income on rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment.
Bay News

Green building sneak peek

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment.
Bay News

Grab your bike and ride in May

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Bay News

Free health fair

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year about 700,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke. Comment.
Bay News

Forum on building code violations

A former special prosecutor for the New York City Department of Buildings, John Cox, will discuss some possible remedies for violations to the City Building Code at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association meeting, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Fireflies burning bright - Martial arts course opens up worlds for children

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment.
Bay News

FIAO community building

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn has announced its most ambitious fund raising effort to date: the “Building a Stronger Community Campaign,” which officially kicked off during FIAO’s gala celebration of 31 years in operation. Comment.
Bay News

Drivin’ and cryin’ - Vito Fossella refuses to resign

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment.
Bay News

Daisy cooks with Mark Twain students - Television gourmand inspires kid chefs to cook in Coney Island

On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment.
Bay News

Community kudos to preservationists

Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment.
Bay News

City Planning a no-show, again

A concrete plan to downzone Brighton Beach will be unveiled next month. Comment.
Bay News

Canine citizens

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment.
Bay News

Bernie Sanders, others join Madison wall

A double Academy Award winner, a senator and a major league baseball player were among the diverse crop of notables immortalized when James Madison High School dedicated its Wall of Distinction with a pomp-filled ceremony. Comment.
Bay News

Author healing circle

Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Bay News

Annual summer camp in jeopardy - P.S. 229 construction could impact NIA kids

The Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Third Annual summer camp for children in Dyker Heights could be in jeopardy. Comment.

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