Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

Ayo shows Bayside the door, leads Sheepshead romp

The game was tied at 12 early in the second quarter when a positive turned into a negative and spoiled Bayside’s upset plans.  The 12th-seeded Commodores had Ayo Isijola, No. 5 Sheepshead Bay’s talented senior running back, trapped in the backfield, set up for a six-yard loss. Comment.

Sophomore, Kangaroos hop over Campus Magnet

Boys & Girls was on the cusp all season. The Kangaroos played tough against the highest level of competition – teams like Curtis, Sheepshead Bay and Kennedy. But heading into the playoffs, they were still looking for that signature win. Comment.

PSAL football round-up: Midwood avoids upset against Adams

Scott Dorante did everything he could to keep Midwood from being upset by John Adams. He carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns, made six tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown to help give No. 3 Midwood a 34-32 win against No. 6 Adams in the opening round of the PSAL Bowl division playoffs Sunday. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008

Fort Hamilton O-Line leads undefeated Tigers

Port Richmond has Zamel Johnson, Torian Phillips and Jeremy Ramos. Curtis has Dominique Easley and Naykwan Johnson. Tottenville has Tremaine Wilson, Canarsie has Steven Rene and Sheepshead Bay has Ayo Isijola. Comment.

Cinderella Tech has nothing to be ashamed of

Most coaches on the wrong side of a 6-1 score in the playoffs would be irate with their team. Comment.

College round-up: LIU tops Monmouth in women’s soccer

Freshman Ariana Calderon scored twice to lead the Long Island University women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Monmouth. The victory gives LIU the Northeast Conference regular season crown with a 9-0-0 mark against conference foes. The Blackbirds also finish the regular season with a program-best 15-3-1 record. Comment.

Kearney shuffles off to Buffalo after stunning Fontbonne in B/Q final

Charlie Candela has never been to Buffalo before. Comment.

PSAL football Week 9 round-up: Fort Hamilton puts up 50 at Tottenville

Fort Hamilton stayed perfect with an impressive 50-14 win over Tottenville in PSAL City Championship division football Saturday night under the lights in Huguenot. The win also keeps Tottenville from earning a home game in the first round of the playoffs. Comment.

LIU keeper honored for work in classroom

Long Island University senior goalkeeper Amy Johnson was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I University Division second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced. Comment.

Loughlin hires King as interim boys’ basketball coach

With three days left before the official day of practice, Bishop Loughlin named Rudy King, an assistant and junior varsity coach with the Lions for five years, as interim boys’ basketball coach, Loughlin Athletic Director Angela Proce confirmed with FiveBoroSports.com. Comment.

Linares digs SFP out of trouble, into finals

The St. Francis Prep girls’ volleyball team was in need of a spark. Big time. Comment.

Top of the Hill: TMLA bests Kearney to reach finals

Better late than never. That’s the philosophy the Mary Louis girls’ volleyball team was living by Tuesday night. The Hilltoppers dropped the first set to Bishop Kearney in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens semifinals at St. Francis Prep HS in Fresh Meadows and won the next two, but didn’t play their best volleyball. Comment.

With one two-minute burst, Madison sends ND home

With each passing minute and missed scoring opportunity, Madison exuded an odd aura of confidence. Instead of panicking with its season possibly coming to a close – down a goal late in the second half in an opening-round PSAL Class A ‘P’ bracket playoff game against No. 7 New Dorp – the second-seeded Knights’ heads remained held high, their will and skill picking up, owning play even. Comment.

Shark attack: Sheepshead blanks Boys

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.

Sounding the Horn: Fordham Prep beats Xaverian

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.

Fontbonne shocks, stops Molloy in five sets

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.

In rematch with Ford, McClancy’s feet do the talking

By Five Boro Sports Comment.

Volleyball round-up: Sheepshead escapes with win over New Utrecht

Estefania Rodas had four kills and Wing Lam Chan had four digs as the Sheepshead Bay girls’ volleyball team defeated New Utrecht, 23-25, 25-20, 25-12, on Wednesday at Midwood HS in Brooklyn 3-A action. Comment.

Kearney, extending its two streaks, rips Fontbonne

Bridget Dalton heard plenty of trash-talking from Fontbonne Hall over the last month, dating back to the first meeting, won by Bishop Kearney in five, grueling sets. It was talk that Dalton has heard before. Comment.

Lincoln phenom faces legal trouble

The IS 8 Tip-Off Fall Classic final between the Playaz Seniors of New Jersey and the Juice All-Stars took a back seat to Coney Island phenom Lance Stephenson on Sunday afternoon. But it wasn’t for any crossover dribble or slam dunk. Comment.
Flatbush

Push to honor P.S. 235 teacher

Fond memories of a longtime Public School 235 educator are the driving force in the effort to have a street near the school named in her memory. Comment.
Flatbush

Party time at Veronica Pl. Community garden

Mom, dad and the kids headed for fall fun at the Veronica Place Community Garden. Comment.
Flatbush

NY Congregational home hosts 19th annual spirit of life celebration

This past September, New York Congregational Home for the Aged Foundation held their 19th Annual Spirit of Life Celebration at the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. This year they focused on “choices.” At New York Congregational Nursing Center, having choices allows one to retain a sense of control over what happens during the course of a day. Each day, in so many ways residents and patients are encouraged to exercise their choices in activities, therapies, nursing care delivery, meal selection, and clothing to wear. Comment.
Flatbush

Look who’s looking out for the flu

Councilman Lew Fidler has partnered with Beth Israel Kings Highway Hospital to provide flu shots to more than 700 adults, age 18 and over, during this month-long “Flu Prevention” effort. Comment.
Flatbush

Fraser Civic

The next meeting of the Fraser Civic Association, on November 12 at 7:30 p.m., will address the homeowner’s financial crisis. The meeting will be held at Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, 1271 East 35th Street between Avenues K and L. Comment.
Flatbush

70 cops flood ‘Impact Zone’

The cavalry has arrived in the form of 70 new cops to one of the crime areas in the 67th Precinct. Comment.
Flatbush

Charges rekindle ‘Louima’ memories

The Kings County District Attorney’s office has empanelled a special grand jury to investigate an alleged molestation at a Flatbush train station that’s brought everyone in the borough back to the summer of 1997, when the horrid assault on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima brought police-community relations to an all new low. Comment.
Flatbush

Brooklyn home sale prices slide

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

Trio sought in robberies

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

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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. Comment.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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 www.nyshockeyplayerssupportourtroops.com. Comment.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

Foreclosed homes become crime dens

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

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

Dollar van backlash

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

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

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 www.nyaquarium.com. Comment.
Bay News

‘Nuisance’ dollar vans - Hendrickson St. residents cry foul on their block

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

Spotlight on Columbus parade grand marshals

Italian-Americans jumpstarted Columbus Day festivities by fêting parade honorees with a brunch in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Bay News

Smile, you’ve got dental coverage

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 www.nyaquarium.com. Comment.
Bay News

Park vandals continue damage

Vandals are setting benches and swings in Marine Park ablaze, according to residents. Comment.
Bay News

Milking motorists for cash

With approximately 40,000 tickets written citywide on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, it should come as no surprise that Brooklyn residents feel they are the cash cows the city is milking to line its coffers. Comment.
Bay News

Fidler faces backlash - Voters jeer ‘self-serving’ NYC councilman

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

Brooklyn biggest bill producers - NYPIRG scorecard on local legislators

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

Boating accident victims laid to rest - Mourners pay final respects to young men

As the morning sunlight accentuated the stained glass window depicting Mother Mary cradling the baby Jesus, two beloved youths from Dyker Heights were mourned at Regina Pacis Church before a visibly moved community. Comment.
Bay News

Black eye for E. 24th St. permit

Concern over inadequate notification to nearby residents of a proposed Midwood home expansion has caused Community Board 14 to vote at its October meeting to oppose the a special permit for 1155 East 24th Street. Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - Barry Fein, BWECC’S 2008 Man of the Year

At the Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s 48 Gala being celebrated at the beautiful El Caribe on Wednesday, November 19th where BWECC will honor its Man, Woman, Couple, Parent , Educator and Network Leader of the Year, the guests will be treated to the dry humor of Barry Fein for the last time, inasmuch as Barry will be retiring in December. Comment.

Your granny at risk - Streets prove dangerous for seniors

Senior citizens are increasingly risking life and limb just crossing Brooklyn streets. Comment.

Ritual bath brawl - Turmoil over new mikvah

The religious organization seeking to replace a colonial-style home at the corner of East 28th Street and Avenue R with a new facility for ritual baths won the blessing of Community Board 15 this week – and the consternation of some of its neighbors. Comment.

Ramp repair ripped - Many see problems on 65th St.

Members of Community Board 10 are not entirely satisfied with plans for repairing the Gowanus Expressway where it runs above 65th Street. Comment.

Guns, gangs & grief - Shootings blamed on hoodlums

Most of the gun smoke wafting out of Canarsie was created by either gang violence or retaliation attacks. Comment.

Gifted & talented ‘exodus’ - Fewer programs spark fears of families packing up

The existence of fewer gifted programs in local public schools has renewed fears of families leaving Brooklyn for the suburbs. Comment.

Doubt leaks into Nets move - Borough Hall sends mixed messages

Borough Hall’s Director of Planning and Development Jon Benguiat raised some eyebrows last week when he suggested that Brooklyn might not become the new home of the New Jersey Nets after all. Comment.

Brooklyn home sale price slide

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

40 years of safeguarding our children - Special proclamation for school crossing guard Maria Tarzia

A crossing guard with 40 years experience was a center of attention at the October meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council. Comment.

‘Think Pink Day’ - Visitation Academy students have big plans

Students in Visitation Academy’s upper school elected new members of their student council, for the purpose of organizing functions for the for the school and various charities for the school year. Comment.

‘Marathon’ of prayer

On Marathon Sunday, November 2, New Yorkers will gather for a “Marathon of Prayer & Praise” to support the runners at a church directly on the marathon route. Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting an inter-denominational service to pray for the runners as they safely continue their way through Brooklyn and the other boroughs. Comment.

‘Go-to-guy’ sweats the small stuff

The phone at the desk is ringing and a soldier is hovering, asking for help with getting lights for an event to be held later. Comment.

Victims of boating accident laid to rest - Mourners bid final farewell to young men

As the morning sunlight accentuated the stained glass window depicting Mother Mary cradling the baby Jesus, two beloved youths from Dyker Heights were mourned at Regina Pacis Church before a visibly moved community. Comment.

u.S. Africa command reports for duty

A new U.S. unified command that seeks to meld civilian expertise with military planning and logistics raised its flag during a Pentagon ceremony today. Comment.

Upcoming races on hold

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.

Unclaimed windfall - ‘Stimulus’ checks, tax refunds wait for owners

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

Top priority: clean up foul ‘Owl’

Reiterating past requests, and underlining one that is critical to their own ability to serve the neighborhood, members of Community Board 10 voted at the board’s most recent meeting for their capital and expense budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2010. Comment.

Teen fitness

Harbor Fitness is offering free trial classes for its new Fiteenz program, November 3-13. Harbor Fitness knows that the communities it serves needs fun activities for young people to help stay active, and so is launching a fitness program for young adults. Comment.

Surviving September 11

Seven years ago Army Col. William Stoppel dropped his 9-month-old son, Will, at day care and went to work. Comment.

Strength and stamina - Combat fitness test measures Marine readiness

Ask Marines deployed aboard the USS Iwo Jima what they think of a new Marine Corps test to assess their combat fitness, and one might be surprised by the lack of complaining. Comment.

POLICE BLOTTER

Hit and run Comment.

Next civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.

Military families donate kid clothes

Donations of school supplies and children’s clothing from military families and friends at home are helping deployed New York Army National Guard soldiers in their mission to mentor and train the Afghan national security forces and support the Afghan people. Comment.

Master of chow hall

When you step into the chow hall in Trebil, Iraq, the first thing you notice is the smell of gourmet coffee, then the orderly array of shelf-stable meals displayed in cubbies along the plywood walls, available to the post’s Marines 24 hours a day. If you come during morning or evening chow hours, you will find home-cooked meals, made mostly from scratch. Comment.

Living Judaism forum

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.

17 lay claim to Cop of the Month honors

Some of them cracked major cases. Others have helped to build bridges between the police and the community. Comment.

Kids to cast their votes, too - Election Cake and ballots for all at Lefferts House

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.

It’s a festive Halloween hoe-down, Bay Ridge style

Bright-eyed youngsters shared the spotlight with an emerald empire sparkling with orange beauties and gourds of thrills when Leif Ericson Park hosted its annual Halloween festival. Comment.

IMAX comes to Brooklyn

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 the troops - Players pay tribute to American heroes at Aviator Sports

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.

Help for expanding Afghan army

The Consolidated Fielding Center is a new organization that is improving the Afghan National Army’s ability to move capable forces from its training center to the operational commands. Comment.

Health Expo

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.

Halloween’s for the dogs

Happy Howl-a-ween… Comment.

Hall opens for Vance

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.

Divided right gives McMahon edge - But insiders say Corchrane could give Straniere a shot at win

The four-way race to replace Rep. Vito Fossella – with three of the candidates ranged along the right flank – appears to give the advantage to the Democratic candidate, City Councilmember Michael McMahon. Comment.

disinterested locals

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

CB10 Honor of the Pledge

Advocates for the mentally ill were in the spotlight, during Community Board 10’s October meeting. Comment.

Bikers throttle up in race for breast cancer cure

Health crusaders took their battle against breast cancer on the road when Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson teamed up with the Brooklyn Cyclones for a benefit motorcycle tour through borough streets. Comment.

Barack ‘outruns’ McCain

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

APO BROOKLYN - A bunch of military brats under one roof

I live with a bunch of “brats.” Military brats, that is. The term military brats has been around for a long time and refers to the children of military life, not to be confused with “being a brat” (although there have been times ...). My husband and all four of our children are military brats. I, on the other hand, grew up civilian. As a parent, I often reflect on the differences between being raised a civilian (my childhood), my husband’s experiences and now our children’s experiences. Comment.

Almost 25-year fight for marine science lab goes on - Advocate’s dream for Denyse Wharf refuses to die

Back in 1985, Tom Greene – then a staffer at Fort Hamilton High School – broached the idea of building a marine science lab for student use at Denyse Wharf, an unused pier on federally-owned land in the shadow of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Comment.

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