Friday, Dec. 5, 2008

Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Emperor Mike exposed

In my column two weeks ago, I rejoiced that the check would finally be in the mail. The Emperor of New York, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, had relented and was planning to send out those rebate checks. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Radical Islam, hard at work

As the west moves forward — with an open wallet and a helping hand — the east is degenerating further into its own abyss, and the Mumbai attacks are only the latest, sorrowful reminder of old grudges, new gripes and fresh blood. Comment.
Borough-wide

Frazier off to roaring start for Loughlin Lions

Branden Frazier was one of the first to know that Doron Lamb, Bishop Loughlin’s sensational shooting guard, decided to transfer last summer to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tigers wideout Williams is back and better than ever

Levon Williams had no answer for the question: Why did you quit football for basketball? Comment.
Borough-wide

Similar dominant offenses two years apart

The similarities are so startling they are impossible to ignore. The 2006 Fort Hamilton offense and the 2008 Port Richmond unit are almost clones of one another. Comment.
Borough-wide

No Brown out in season opener for Bishop Ford

Shayra Brown was seemingly everywhere doing everything. Comment.
Borough-wide

FiveBoroSports.com All-Brooklyn boys’ soccer honors

It wasn’t a banner year for Brooklyn soccer. But there were some interesting stories and outstanding performers. Foremost among the latter was one of the best players in the city, Stanley Ballantyne of Jefferson, a Class B team that missed the playoffs because of an ineligible player. Comment.
Borough-wide

A volleyball powerhouse sustains in Brooklyn

Kyle Robinson knew it wasn’t going to be easy. When he took the women’s volleyball coaching job at Long Island University in August, he was inheriting a program that had won four straight Northeast Conference tournament titles and went 32-1 in league play during that span. Comment.
Borough-wide

Post play will make Loughlin a force again in CHSAA

The coach is a familiar face, although not the same one. The backcourt is brand new. But the goal – to win the CHSAA city championship – remains consistent, as does the Lions’ cocksure attitude. Comment.
Borough-wide

Push for better B-line service

Transferring trains shouldn’t be a hardship for already harried commuters, but on certain routes, it most certainly is, a city lawmaker charged last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Plan to cut cadets seen as ‘dangerous’

There’s cutting the budget, then there’s putting peoples lives in danger. Comment.
Borough-wide

More BK cyclists bike to work - New transportation report reflects rise in two-wheeled commuters

More Brooklynites are getting on the bike. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gunmen caught on video tape

The two gunmen wanted for a daring — and nearly deadly — bank robbery in Bensonhurst were snapped up by an area surveillance camera before they stepped into the Chase Bank they were gunning for, police said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Following in Hill’s steps - Velázquez to Senate

One Brooklyn lawmaker is reportedly being considered to replace Hillary Clinton as the next United States Senator from New York while another is lobbying behind the scenes for the job. Comment.
Borough-wide

DOE earns failing grade - City Councilman Lew Fidler gives the city a big fat ‘F’

A local City Councilmember has a report card grade for the city Department of Education — F. Comment.
Borough-wide

Business is way up at local food pantry - ‘Reaching Out’ director reports increase in clientele in need of emergency help

With more and more people looking for help in feeding themselves and their families, the founder of a local food pantry is asking area residents to do what they can for their less fortunate neighbors. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bid to bring back tax

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) mulls over sweeping cuts to borough trains and buses, Brooklyn city legislators are leading the charge to bring back the state commuter tax. Comment.
Bay News

POLICE BLOTTER

Cyber cop charlatans Comment.
Bay News

Young Israel anniversary gala

Rabbi Efraim and Rebbetzin Chanie Zaltzman will be honored for 10 years of their distinguished service and dedication to Young Israel of Brighton Beach and the Brighton Beach community during a Gala & Benefit Reception celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Young Israel of Brighton Beach synagogue. Comment.
Bay News

‘Mary’ grows

The Board of Trustees of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning has approved the creation of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning High School, with a ninth grade to begin in September 2010. Comment.
Bay News

Tree lighting

State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the Bay Ridge Parks Task Force, will host three Christmas tree lightings throughout the community in December, in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season, to bring out the holiday spirit and celebrate this magical time of year. Comment.
Bay News

Swedish dancing

The Swedish Folkdancers of New York are hosting their 39th annual Lucia Pageant and Christmas Dinner Dance on December 13 from 7-11 p.m. at the Danish Athletic Club. Comment.
Bay News

61st Police Precinct salutes keen eyes

The November “Cops of the Month” honored by the 61st Precinct Community Council all have one thing in common — they have a keen eye for cars. Comment.
Bay News

St. Edmund Prep dedication

A blessing from the Brooklyn bishop added to the pomp when St. Edmund Preparatory High School dedicated its new building with a program of celebration. Comment.
Bay News

Spanish kids book fair

Over 1,500 beautifully-illustrated children’s books, educational magazines, games, CDs and DVDs in French, Spanish and English will be on sale at the 4th annual French and Spanish Children’s Book Fair hosted by the International School of Brooklyn (ISB), on December 6, from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Seniors in Shape at Aviator

Whether it’s Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, it’s still time to celebrate. Aviator Sports and Recreation at Floyd Bennett Field, Hangar 5, has just the ticket for seniors to ho, ho, ho and still stay healthy, with a Seniors in Shape event for anyone over 55 years of age on December 11 from 9 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Seddio house begins annual holiday transformation

On a chilly November Sunday, geese wheeled above Flatlands Avenue, near 93rd Street. Comment.
Bay News

Santa’s in town

Santa Claus will be making an in-person appearance at Weichert, Realtorsww — The Franzese Group at 1707 86th Street in Bensonhurst, from 12-3 p.m., December 13. Comment.
Bay News

Salute to ‘Aardvark’ king

Members of the 60th Precinct Community Council were all smiles last week when they honored one of their favorite neighborhood businessmen — Dennis Schifter of Aardvark Amusements. Comment.
Bay News

Report card rebuke - School assessments challenged

Many Brooklyn schools earned an A on their school report cards, but parents still aren’t happy. Comment.
Bay News

Rabbinical talk

Rabbi Eliezer Waldman MK, Rosh Yeshiva of Hesder Yeshivat Kiryat Araba, will be speaking at Congregation Pri Eitz Chaim-The Ocean Avenue Jewish Center, 2600 Ocean Avenue between Avenues U & V, December 10 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 321 crafts fair

The 2008 PS 321 Holiday Crafts Fair will be held December 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 180 Seventh Avenue at First Street in Park Slope. Admission is free. Comment.
Bay News

Prayers for the departed

A parent should never outlive her children. When it happens, the circle of life fractures, creating an anguish that neither time nor faith can fully heal. Comment.
Bay News

Pops Concert Band

The North Shore Pops Concert Band will entertain area residents during a free performance featuring traditional holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House at the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets, December 13. Comment.
Bay News

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, 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.
Bay News

New ‘Parent Engagement Ctr.’

Moms and dads wishing to speak with their child’s teacher at Intermediate School 228 can now seek an appointment at the parent engagement center. Comment.
Bay News

New coalition forms to challenge DOE - Campaign for Better Schools takes aim at continuation of mayoral control

There’s a new group representing parents as politicians decide the future of the public school system. Comment.
Bay News

New bank opening

One of the banking world’s premier commercial reserves has opened shop in Sheepshead Bay. Comment.
Bay News

NET debuts on cable TV

NET, a new “faith-based” network, is set to launch on cable. Comment.
Bay News

Mumbai attacks hit home in Bklyn - Community mourns loss of young couple

The 183 victims of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India included three with strong Brooklyn roots. Comment.
Bay News

Model railroaders go x-press

Every holiday season, New Yorkers can look forward to a an extra stocking stuffer for the kid in us all: model railroad shows, where miniature locomotives chug along through Lilliputian landscapes and make even the most jaded grownups wistfully recall childhoods spent playing with trains in grandpa’s basement. Comment.
Bay News

Middle school fair at JHS 278

Since District 22 students can no longer attend gifted programs outside their district, it’s time to learn about what schools they can attend. Comment.
Bay News

Kearney sports teams high on ace players

To say the 2008-2009 season has gotten off to a great start for Bishop Kearney High School’s sports teams is certainly an understatement. Comment.
Bay News

It’s St. Nick day

St. Nicholas Day at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum is December 6 from 12-4 p.m. The day begins with warm cider, speculas ginger cookies, family crafts and a house tour with senior docent, Lucie Chin. Comment.
Bay News

Here comes Santa Claus

Brooklyn’s most famous Santa Claus, Carmine Santa Maria, will make his first stop of the holiday season at 11 a.m., December 6 in Bensonhurst’s Historic New Utrecht Reform Church Parish House, 18th Avenue and 84th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Cyclones tickets

Beloved Brooklyn Cyclone mascot Sandy the Seagull is delivering an early holiday gift to all of Brooklyn’s baseball fans, and he doesn’t need to fit down a chimney to do it. Comment.
Bay News

Cosme Turkey Trot runs cool

Big-hearted boroughites put their best foot forward to help raise money for area youth during a benefit walk in Coney Island. Comment.
Bay News

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

If you start hearing sleigh bells ringing somewhere off in the distance, don’t call your therapist — it really might be Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer. We are now in the midst of the holiday shopping season so check with the Consumer Corner each week for of the best places to shop in Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Caregiver event

The Center of Nursing and Rehabilitation’s (CNR) Adult Day Health Care Program is sponsoring a free “Caregiver Appreciation Evening” at 5:30 p.m., December 10 at 596 Prospect Place. Comment.
Bay News

Bishop Ford runs down titles

Bishop Ford High School students are going for the gold these days, as some of Brooklyn’s quickest residents are capturing cross-country titles faster than you can say, “Go!” Comment.
Bay News

BID silent auction

The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District will hold its Third Annual Holiday Silent Auction, December 16 at 254 Flatbush Avenue from 7-10 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

A flock of tasty turkeys

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’ office was turned into a “turkey warehouse” as he distributed 100 turkeys to local community organizations and the area’s police precincts and firehouses to help make Thanksgiving a little more cheerful for those in need. Comment.

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