Friday, May 8, 2009

Williamsburg

Kent avenue Compromise

The tentative compromise regarding the controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue that leaked out last week has drawn praise from involved parties. Comment.
Kings Courier

Crime stats continue to look rosy ‘round here

A downward spiral is one thing, but crime on the streets of Flatbush is down in six of the seven major felony crime categories and off nearly 24 percent for the year. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Our Town’ gets fresh life on an I.S. 278 stage

The students of Marine Park Intermediate School 278 christened their new “Little Theater” in style. Comment.
Kings Courier

P.S. 255 hails a bumper crop of kids

Brooklyn’s best and brightest academicians at Public School 255 were selected to receive Student of the Month honors for “serving as exemplars in their schoolwork, their thoughtfulness, and their kindness for others,” according to the school’s Project Arts Liaison, Miriam Rankin. Comment.
Kings Courier

Nothing but bright ideas from Green School Alliance

Brooklyn brothers Robert Wisniewski, 10, and Grant Wisniewski, 8 (pictured), of Public School 236 were given the opportunity to present their concept of energy conservation during the NYC Earth Day Fair at Grand Central Terminal for the Green School Alliance. Comment.
Kings Courier

Sampson at Fraser Civic town hall

The Fraser Civic Association’s next meeting will be held May 13, 7:45 p.m. at the Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, 1271 East 35th Street between Avenues K & L. Comment.
Kings Courier

Some welcome monitors on Bridge

Having antennas on the Brooklyn Bridge tracking your every movement may give some people reason to pause, but not everyone is convinced it’s a bad idea − especially if it helps alleviate traffic. Comment.
Flatbush

Eugene flows with Ocean on the Park

Rumors of City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene’s distaste for the Ocean on the Park historic district have been greatly exaggerated, the Flatbush lawmaker recently insisted. Comment.
Canarsie

From the bench to the stars

Midwood forward Jessica Previlon evolved from basketball rookie to bench warmer to star in fours years under coach Artie LaGreca. Comment.
Canarsie

Boys & Girls star shines on Merrimack

Tyler Young had a couple of Division I schools that were very interested, he had an offer from NJIT, but Wednesday afternoon he verbally committed to Merrimack College, a Division II program in North Andover, Mass. Comment.
Canarsie

Buckley’s−Kennedy’s 5K!

The 29th Annual Buckley’s−Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run is set for May 17, at 10 a.m. The run, in memory of Tom Killen and Theresa “Dee Dee” Muir, will begin and end in Riis Park, on the Queens side of the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Comment.
Canarsie

There’s no ‘I’ in Nick Punzone’s soccer squads

If there’s a single description about soccer teams coached by Nick Punzone, it’s that they are never, ever marked by a superstar. There’s never a player who does it all, because that kind of team, he says, will never amount to anything. Comment.
Canarsie

Coach posts stellar 22 years at Kearney

Cathy Crockett never imagined coaching for more than 20 years. In fact she had another dream. She wanted to be work for the New York City Police Department and, at 22 years old, was just waiting for the call from the academy to get started. Comment.
Canarsie

Blue Devils are heaven sent

Mildred Piscopo has been coaching the Poly Prep softball team for 21 years with plenty of success. The Blue Devils are a perennial powerhouse in the Ivy League and always fair well in the NYSAISAA playoffs. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn nurse out to draw blood on May 23

Nevada−bound grappling goliath Phillipe Nover – a former nurse at Coney Island Hospital – stayed close to his Canarsie roots when he selected Aviator Sports and Recreation to get in some last−minute practice before heading to the Silver State for the Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fighting Championship 98, May 23. Comment.
Canarsie

Winning doesn’t change Ft. Hamilton Tigers’ attack

There was no wild celebration. No hugging. A couple of high fives was as jubilant as it would get. Comment.
Canarsie

Big crowds cheer on pint−sized runners

Big−hearted warriors stepped up the battle to combat autism during a benefit run in Bay Ridge for Autism Awareness Month. Comment.
Canarsie

Jury still out on ‘All−Star’

The next fugitive to be exposed on “America’s Most Wanted” is... the villainous computer bug that screwed up the show’s All Star competition and left a Bay Ridge cop’s dreams of winning in a holding pattern. Comment.
Canarsie

Come on ‘a knockin’, the bandshell will be rockin’

David Byrne is about to get some company – a lot of it. Comment.
Canarsie

Borough to host Little People confab

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
Canarsie

When your home becomes your biggest enemy

For millions of Americans, “allergy season” never ends. Colder temperatures that eliminate the problems of grass and tree pollens also drive people indoors where they meet troublesome dust mites, animal danders, and mold spores. Most indoor environments actually trap airborne allergens where they can pose a risk to respiratory health. Comment.
Canarsie

Unity showcase ’09

Sunday’s bright sunshine was bouncing off police badges and wide smiles alike as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment.
Canarsie

Asthma on the rise

Asthma is a rapidly growing public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comment.
Canarsie

Thumbs way down for mayoral control

Under mayoral control, parents are “exhausted,” politicians are the “enemy” and superintendents are “number−crunchers.” Comment.
Canarsie

‘Nurturer’s Day Festival’ coming

Every Sunday morning, a multiethnic crew of adults leads a multiethnic group of kids for two hours of ethical consciousness−raising at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, across the street from Prospect Park. Comment.
Canarsie

Flu poses specific risks

As news of the swine flu situation develops, it is important for those with asthma or other respiratory conditions to be aware of the basic facts about influenza and how it is spread, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Comment.
Canarsie

Queens of the chess board

These girls got game. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn garbage sent out on a rail

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Waste Management of New York, LLC announced that New York City has taken the next step in implementing its historic Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) by exporting North Brooklyn’s residential and municipal solid waste by rail instead of truck. Comment.
Canarsie

Tenants demand more protection after murder

Following a recent unsolved murder near the Glenwood Houses on Ralph Avenue, local residents are lobbying for a larger police presence in and around the public housing complex. Comment.
Canarsie

Heartbreak in Coney Island

Tears were flowing freely in Coney Island Tuesday as a packed house of mourners held a weepy farewell at Our Lady of Solace Church for Jessica “Jessie” Giudici, who was killed in a fatal−attraction scenario too grisly for Hollywood. Comment.
Canarsie

Violet Longobardi Award winner

Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment.
Canarsie

Read all about it, and don’t stop

The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment.
Canarsie

Rally for September 11 hero

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment.
Canarsie

Look out! The Vikings are coming!

The Scandinavian East Coast Museum will host their annual Viking Fest, May 16 in Bliss⁄Owl’s Head Park, 68th Street and Colonial Road, from 12−5 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Youngsters lace up sneakers for annual 2−mile benefit run

Dyker Heights youngsters will be putting their best foot forward, as part of a fundraiser to benefit the children of servicemen and women who were killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment.
Canarsie

Help clean up ugly ‘floatables’

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment.
Canarsie

Suny Downstate Community Health Fair

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is extending an invitation to all residents of Brooklyn to attend its annual Community Health Fair, May 16 (rain or shine), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the hospital’s 445 Lenox Road entrance, between East 35th and East 37th streets. Comment.
Canarsie

Alternative treatment for your eczema

New research where traditional Chinese medicine was found to safely and effectively treat patients with persistent atopic dermatitis — or eczema, as it’s commonly known — could lead more physicians to prescribe complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat the allergic condition. Comment.
Canarsie

Lovebirds clear to wing their way to paradise

Their wedding bells may be more than a year away, but lucky Queens lovebirds JoAnn Porcello and Vincent Burner already have the icing on their cake – an all−expenses−paid Caribbean honeymoon, courtesy of this newspaper and the company which “knows why you fly,” American Airlines. Comment.
Canarsie

Residents urged to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger!’

The letter carriers of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, are joining forces with the Food Bank For New York City as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger! food drive effort. The food drive will culminate May 9, marking the nation’s largest single−day food drive. Comment.
Canarsie

Understanding all the wheezing

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is the most common long−term disease of children, but adults have asthma, too. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs. Comment.
Canarsie

Hypoallergenic dog − facts & myths

The search for the “hypoallergenic presidential dog” dominated the headlines recently, with the search for a “hypoallergenic” dog. Comment.
Canarsie

Ahoy! It’s BayFest

The 18th annual BayFest, Sheepshead Bay’s yearly festival of the fleet presented by the Bay Improvement Group (BIG), will be held from 12−6 p.m., May 17 along Emmons Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

swine time live!

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment.
Canarsie

Transfer H.S. could run into legal fight

If the Department of Education (DOE) decides to put a transfer high school into a new school building now being completed at 965 East 107th Street, they can expect a fight. Comment.
Canarsie

Panel discussion to tackle animal care

Members and friends of the Dyker Heights Civic Association are invited to attend a special panel to address “How Animals Help Our Community and How The Community Can Help Animals,” May 12, 8 p.m., at St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 80th Street and 11th Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

Critics open up floodgates of opposition to hike

As members of the city’s Water Board listened dispassionately, Marine Park homeowner Bob Antonucci expressed outrage that his water bill climbed some 60 percent in just a few years. Comment.
Canarsie

Budding filmakers at Tribeca Film Fest

Ever since watching “Jurassic Park” at the age of eight, Roberto Beltre knew he wanted to be involved in film as a screenwriter. Comment.
Bay News

Of English & Jack Armstrong

All right, you old fogies, who remembers Jack Armstrong, All American Boy? Comment.
Bay News

Go green and save green, climate group urges

Taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for your pocketbook, too. Comment.
Bay News

On guard against the MTA

Brooklyn! We have to triple our guard. This is their season and they’re dribbling through our legislatures trying to sink tolls on our bridges. Comment.

Borough to host Little People

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.

Beware diseased raccoons

Forget swine flu. Comment.

A ticket that wouldn’t die

It’s a scenario straight out of Kafka. Comment.

Big top tix go on sale!

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment.

Flu bug scare subsides at schools

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment.

Shooter busted without a shot

The man who wounded two people outside the Glenwood Houses this past March would have gotten away with the crime if it weren’t for the 63rd Precinct’s neighbors up north. Comment.

Boo−ya! Big top circus tickets go on sale

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment.

Marty wades into Coney plan

This past week saw Borough President Marty Markowitz finally issue his list of conditions for supporting the city’s controversial Coney Island redevelopment plan. Comment.

Nabe a safer place to Live

A downward spiral is one thing, but crime on the streets of Flatbush is down in six of the seven major felony crime categories and off nearly 24 percent for the year. Comment.

Borough prez wades into Coney debate

This past week saw Borough President Marty Markowitz finally issue his list of conditions for supporting the city’s controversial Coney Island redevelopment plan. Comment.

It all adds up for NYPD blue

A downward spiral is one thing, but crime on the streets of Flatbush is down in six of the seven major felony crime categories and off nearly 24 percent for the year. Comment.

Swine Time Live!

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment.

68th Precinct salutes fantastic five

Five police officers from the 68th Precinct, which serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton, were named March’s cops of the month. Comment.

Esteemed auxiliary cop grabs captain’s bars and her place in New York Police Department history

Linying Gong still hasn’t gotten used to people calling her captain and she still has a hard time fastening the new shield to her uniform, but her family and co−workers agree, no one is more deserving of the post. Comment.

Owens: We don’t want to micro−manage school

Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment.

Two day book fair

The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment.

DWI, auto break−ins continue

The 68th precinct has seen a decline in crime — but DWI and car break−ins remain a major concern. Comment.

DOD launches online e−learning

The Defense Department announced that the 4th edition of its Web−based e−learning standard, used by government, commercial and international agencies, allowing organizations to easily exchange online learning, training and educational content is now in use.. Comment.

Bronze star for wounded WWII vet

Pfc. Clarence Wallaert was shot in the hip by a German sniper while fighting against the German Winter Line in Italy Dec. 30, 1943. Wallaert bandaged his own wound and provided 12 hours of automatic rifle support for his Army comrades advancing into the Liri Valley−the “gateway to Rome.” Comment.
Bay News

Cops hunt cat burglar

Cops are looking for a nocturnal creature that, like most things that go bump in the night, scurries off when they’re discovered. Comment.
Bay News

‘State Senator For a Day’ finalists

The finalists have been selected in State Senator Martin J. Golden’s Seventh Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest. Comment.
Bay News

New ‘Safety Net’ for Brooklyn pets in crisis

The increase in the number of animals up for adoption in Brooklyn may have less to do with the flagging economy than with the sheer mass of the borough, according to an official with Animal Care and Control of New York City. Comment.
Bay News

Department of Education urged to equip school buses with GPS

Council Member Michael C. Nelson, responding to recent unsettling events, is urging the NYC Council to adopt legislation requiring the Department of Education to equip all 7,000 DOE school buses with GPS tracking systems. Comment.
Bay News

Developers get more FAR

The city is one step closer to creating affordable condos in Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Elephant outrage: activists to protest circus

Elephants haven’t always had an easy time of it in Coney Island − they publicly fried one back in 1903 − but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus promises to treat its performing pachyderms with the utmost care when the Coney Island “Boom A Ring” debuts next month. Comment.
Bay News

Marty jeers ‘theater critics’

Borough President Marty Markowitz is reacting angrily this week to opponents who want to block construction of his new $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 215 on Amazon safari

Pint−sized eco−buffs at Public School 215 rained cheer on visitors by entertaining them with a show about the world’s most captivating canopy — the Amazon jungle. Comment.
Bay News

Youngsters have a ‘field day’ in Bergen Beach

Fit−smart Public School 254 students from Sheepshead Bay locked friendly horns over a tug−o−war battle, relay races and sprint dashes – among other the fun games – during a field day at the Malone Center in Bergen Beach. Comment.
Bay News

Buff in your golden years

The “Seniors in Shape” Fifth Fitness For Life Expo, sponsored by EmblemHealth at Aviator Sports & Recreation in Floyd Bennett Field, brought more than 800 attendees from all over Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens. Comment.
Bay News

Sunday Psychedelic on Pier 5 is coming

Get psyched for Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon streets in the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 6−9 p.m., June 4. Come celebrate the beginning of park construction and help kick−off a summer of fun on the waterfront. Comment.
Bay News

Raccoons make things rocky

Forget swine flu. Comment.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Williamsburg

‘Far out’ far eastern ways at home here

One world, one breath. Comment.
Williamsburg

All aboard with the L train’s all−pro point man

Greg Lombardi, the general manager for the L line, the lifeline of Williamsburg, spends around half his time in his office at the Canarsie−Rockaway Parkway station, the line’s terminus. Comment.
Williamsburg

Deeply Rooted in Our Parks.

Just in time for the warm weather, around 250 volunteers descended upon Williamsburg and Greenpoint last Saturday to spruce up the area’s parks. Comment.
Williamsburg

Foodies urge you to go slow

The name Slow Food USA basically says it all about this organization founded to counter America’s fast−food culture. Comment.
Williamsburg

Going deep with watsu water massage

Although I had been covering Williamsburg for nearly two years, I had never been to this part of the neighborhood: that stretch of Ainslie Street that veers west 30 degrees from Union Avenue. I had also never experienced what I was about to experience: A “watsu” massage, an underwater massage influenced by the Japanese shiatsu style, which seeks to facilitate the flow of the “chi,” or life force, through the body. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kangol crook threatens to shoot

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grid gives superfund cleanup some gas

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Flu fears force 3 Brooklyn schools to close

Suspicion of swine flu was enough to quickly shutter three Brooklyn schools this week — against the recommendation of the city’s Department of Health (DOH). Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Wine−ing’ helps fight breast cancer

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sink or swim with rate hike

With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Power to Learn’ marks 10th

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.
Williamsburg

Live ‘Woodsheding’

A bitingly satiric take on “Slumdog Millionaire?” A kazoo and ukulele duet? A dog who can answer final jeopardy questions (according to its owner)? Comment.
Williamsburg

Cheers! Vox Pop is back in business!

Vox Pop is open and running again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Congresswoman blasts rezoning

The Greenpoint−Williamsburg Tenant Anti−Displacement Collaborative, a coalition of local community organizations, hosted a tenant aid workshop last Saturday at Boricua College (9 Graham Ave.) for residents of a neighborhood all too familiar with gentrification pressures and displacement. Comment.
Williamsburg

EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green

The Students of Sustainability Reach (SOSreach) and Theatreworks at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will produce an eco−friendly vintage fashion show, “EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green,” May 8 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stock up at your local Green Market, Millman sez

Assemblywoman Joan Millman heralds spring and the opportunity to enjoy local produce, dairy, meat and seafood at New York City Greenmarkets. Comment.
Williamsburg

Waste Management rings the bell

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dock Street protest goes to City Hall

As the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project moves to the final city rezoning process, opponents staged a protest in front of City Hall last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

’burg flies high with these kites

It was the warmest day of the year, a somewhat out−of−nowhere emergence of full−blown spring on the last weekend of April. It was a perfect day for the fifth annual Williamsburg Kite Festival in McCarren Park, 780 Lorimar Street, presented by the parents of P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave.). Comment.
Williamsburg

Violet Longobardi Award ‘09

Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ex pol rips mayoral control of schools

Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment.
Williamsburg

Actress Glenn Close helps plant new trees in Sternberg Park for Arbor Day

Golden Globe and Emmy Award−winning actress Glenn Close came to Williamsburg’s Sternberg Park last Friday, helping to plant trees in honor of Arbor Day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tips on landing a book deal

The JLove Book Publishing Seminar Series #3 presents “How Do I Get A Book Deal?” featuring highly respected publisher Richard Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press), May 13 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (the exact location will be given to those who register). Comment.

Poly Prep beats Fieldston

Normal Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Learn how to land a book deal

The JLove Book Publishing Seminar Series #3 presents “How Do I Get A Book Deal?” featuring highly respected publisher Richard Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press), May 13 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (the exact location will be given to those who register). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stevedors offer salty apology

Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SpaceBuster tests creativity of many

The Brooklyn−Queens Expressway became the dome for a vibrant traveling art gallery when the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and Storefront for Art and Architecture hosted a community workshop under the causeway, inviting art−smart boroughites to beautify the rugged space with their own creative ideas. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rock ‘em, sock ‘em rugby gals enjoy home field advantage

Since forming two years ago, the Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team has traveled the Northeast, going out−of−state to play teams from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swine flu fears hit home

Suspicion of swine flu was enough to quickly shutter three Brooklyn schools this week — against the recommendation of the city’s Department of Health (DOH). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Dazzle Me Forum’ fails to produce any standout stars

They were called in to dazzle the audience, but they were the ones who were seeing stars in the end. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Grime−busters volunteer to sweep through park

Prospect Park is sparkling for spring – thanks to the handiwork of big−hearted grimebusters, who spruced up the verdant lady for Hands on New York Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Waste’ executives ring stock bell

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cabrini Green egg hunt!

Dozens of families turned out to hunt for eggs, pet a real life Easter bunny, and eat yummy treats during the first annual Spring Egg Hunt at the Cabrini Green Urban Meadow in the Columbia Waterfront District. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Be Seen in Green’

The Students of Sustainability Reach (SOSreach) and Theatreworks at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will produce an eco−friendly vintage fashion show, “EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green,” May 8 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Some trash gets sent out on a rail

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Waste Management of New York, LLC announced that New York City has taken the next step in implementing its historic Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) by exporting North Brooklyn’s residential and municipal solid waste by rail instead of truck. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dedicated Park Slope cyclist pedals hard against cancer

Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New effort to sink water rate hike

With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Little People confab at the Marriott

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

PTA 5K in Prospect Pk

The PTAs of Brooklyn’s elementary schools are coming together to sponsor the second annual five−kilometer race⁄walk⁄stroll⁄toddle⁄bike (kids) in Prospect Park, May 2. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kangol crook strikes bank

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bonnies best their Kearney rivals

Nearly all involved expected the type of game that was played between Fontbonne Hall and Kearney. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Longobardi Award

Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A flotilla of fun sails down the Gowanus

Eco−volunteers explored the fetid waters of the Gowanus Canal last weekend for the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s 10th Annual Gowanus Canal Earth Day Flotilla Spring Clean−Up. Fifty brave souls from across the city were offered a close and personal perspective into the environmental issues that challenge the water, soil and air quality in and around the canal, which is being considered for inclusion in the federal Superfund program. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Architects to honor IDC executive

Vincent C. Battista, executive director of the Institute of Design and Construction (IDC), will be honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at its biennial dinner dance, May 7 at El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn’s ‘Wine−ing’ helps strike a blow against breast cancer

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Forewarned and forearmed seniors

Retired teachers received a lesson in how to shake off swindlers during a Smart Seniors forum in downtown Brooklyn, presented by the Office of State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Power to Learn at 10

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Legionnaires deliver special salute to crime−busters

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

2−day book fair on Pierrepont

The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Westward ho for far eastern practices

One world, one breath. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spring spruce−up at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Grimebusters polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a cleanup at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Canal sweep has some gas

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thousands turn out in show of Unity

Sunday’s bright sunshine was bouncing off police badges and wide smiles alike as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment.
Kings Courier

Owens: Schools need a bailout — pronto!

Forget AIG — give public schools a bailout. Comment.
Kings Courier

D.A. salutes animal rescue groups

They’re always there for us, so we should be there for them. Comment.
Kings Courier

Teaching faith, and ABCs

A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment.
Kings Courier

Weiner wants new marshes for Bay

A little “stimulation” might go a long way to save Jamaica Bay’s disappearing marshlands, a federal lawmaker said last week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Fraud−busters: beware of scam artists

“If it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.” Comment.
Kings Courier

Zoning in on 180 blocks

Community Board 14 last week overwhelmingly approved a rezoning proposal for Flatbush, a measure expected to preserve the architectural uniqueness of this diverse neighborhood — while not obstructing growth along commercial strips. Comment.
Kings Courier

City hopes to pump new life into Erasmus

The city is attempting to find a tenant willing to occupy Erasmus Hall Academy, a decaying landmark with aging rooms filled with mismatched furniture and long−ago memories. Comment.
Kings Courier

Salt Marsh gets a good scrub

Grimebusting Boy Scouts from St. Edmund’s Parish in Sheepshead Bay helped tranform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes by sprucing up the Salt Marsh Nature Center for Earth Day. Comment.
Kings Courier

Marine Park plays it safe

Only a relatively small percentage of the crime committed in the 63rd Precinct takes place in Marine Park. Comment.
Kings Courier

I.S. 278 has the best of luck with ‘Sky’

Under the direction of teachers Victoria Turoff and Amy Wilkinson, a cast of nearly 30 students in Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s performing arts department wowed the crowd with singing, dancing and comedy as they performed the classic “Guys and Dolls” in front of two sold−out audiences. Comment.
Kings Courier

Devastating cuts for CB 14

Community Board 14’s anticipated budget cuts just got a bit deeper. Comment.
Flatbush

Board backs rezoning

Community Board 14 last week overwhelmingly approved a rezoning proposal for Flatbush, a measure expected to preserve the architectural uniqueness of this diverse neighborhood — while not obstructing growth along commercial strips. Comment.
Flatbush

CB14 struggles under the budget axe

Community Board 14’s anticipated budget cuts just got a bit deeper. Comment.
Flatbush

Detective: Streetwalkers bring ‘poor quality’ peeps

Prostitution is sometimes called a victimless crime, but that’s not true, according to Det. Barbara Harper from the NYPD vice squad. Comment.
Flatbush

Salute to Cop of the Month

Two of the more harrowing incidents that police on the beat face every day is the possibility of having a gun pointed at you and having to shoot someone. Comment.
Flatbush

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey in Bklyn

Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages will have 84 opportunities to catch a miniature version of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in the heart of Coney Island this summer. Comment.
Flatbush

Law and order awards gala

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kangol crook threatens to shoot!

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayoral control of schools likened to a ‘dictatorship’

Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Top cops save schizophrenic man

Two cops from the 84th Precinct recently proved that the brain is mightier than the Beretta. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rough room for NYCHA boss

The boss of the New York City Housing Authority visited the Red Hook Houses last week, vowing to cut costs at agency headquarters and listen more to residents who make up the vast housing network. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

National Grid girds for cleanup

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Richard Sherry Way debuts; late firefighter is remembered lovingly

A veteran Bravest and humble grassroots gladiator who “left the world a better place than when he entered it” was immortalized when his community hosted a street co−naming in Bay Ridge for the late Richard Sherry. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shut out of ‘Summit’

Red Hook parents claim their children were deprived of the opportunity to attend a new charter school. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pardon our salt mountain

Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Marriott hosting Little People’s confab

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

No Kronas for the kids

IKEA is refusing to play ball. Comment.
Canarsie

Stimulus cash to safeguard the Bay

A little “stimulation” might go a long way to save Jamaica Bay’s disappearing marshlands, a federal lawmaker said last week. Comment.
Canarsie

A Change of Face’ focuses on Beth Israel Medical Ctr. docs

Renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Milton Waner, MD, Monica Tadros, MD and Mark Smith, MD, from Beth Israel Medical Center and Roosevelt Hospital will be profiled in an upcoming three part documentary series, “A Change of Face,” scheduled to air on MSNBC−TV, May 3, 10 and 17 from 10−11 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Tie the knot with help from Isabella’s Wedding Center

Even in a tough economy, people want to go all out for their weddings. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn scribe wins Pulitzer

As accolades and awards continue to pile up for Boerum Hill playwright Lynn Nottage, her heart and soul remains rooted in Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Sign up to play ball with the 69th Precinct Community Council

Registration for the 69th Precinct Community Council’s 2009 baseball season, now in session, is open to boys and girls, ages five to 14 years of age (birth certificate is required). Comment.
Canarsie

Best blocks in Brooklyn recognized

Grassroots gladiators were delivered a tall salute for being committed to their communities during a Block Association Recognition Day, presented by Community Board 17. Comment.
Canarsie

Six murders in six weeks

A staggering spree of violence in the western end of Coney Island has sparked six murders in six weeks and has put the police and the community on edge. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Hall’ up for rent

The city is attempting to find a tenant willing to occupy Erasmus Hall Academy, a decaying landmark with aging rooms filled with mismatched furniture and long−ago memories. Comment.
Canarsie

Kids for a Better Life annual walkathon

Kids for a Better Future, a non−profit organization run by kids, which supports children’s rights all around the world, will hold its Third Annual Walkathon starting at 10:30 a.m., May 9. Comment.
Canarsie

Dismembered body found

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment.
Canarsie

On track with ‘Seniors in Shape’

The “Seniors in Shape” Fifth Fitness For Life Expo, sponsored by EmblemHealth at Aviator Sports & Recreation in Floyd Bennett Field, brought more than 800 attendees from all over Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens. Comment.
Canarsie

‘The Tree Book for Kids’

Arbor Day is swiftly upcoming on April 24 and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating with its very special, “sure−to−be−a−classic” The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown−ups. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Power to Learn’ marks its 10th year

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.
Canarsie

Ringling Brothers is coming to town

Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages will have 84 opportunities to catch a miniature version of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in the heart of Coney Island this summer. Comment.
Canarsie

One more toke over the line: push to O.K. pot

Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment.
Canarsie

Seniors armed against scammers

One of the state’s top guardians helped rip the veil of senior scams, identity theft and other cons during a community information meeting, presented by the National Council of Jewish Women, Brooklyn Section. Comment.
Canarsie

Rally for late hero

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment.
Canarsie

All aboard with the L line’s all−pro ‘point man’

Greg Lombardi, the general manager for the L line, the lifeline of Williamsburg, spends around half his time in his office at the Canarsie−Rockaway Parkway station, the line’s terminus. Comment.
Canarsie

Rogers’ Gift Shoppe: something special

No matter what the economy, we need to celebrate special occasions, and let friends and family know how important they are. Comment.
Canarsie

P.S. 230 spring fest flea market

Public School 230 will hold its first annual Spring Festival Flea Market & PTA Plant Sale, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (raindate: May 3) at 1 Albermarle Road between McDonald Avenue & Dahill Road. Comment.
Canarsie

Zone’s Fatal Flaws

Members of the South Canarsie Civic Association are encouraging residents to speak out against what they believe is a flawed rezoning initiative. Comment.
Canarsie

Calvary graduates its largest class of CCTs ever

Calvary held its 48th Graduation Ceremony for their Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. It was their largest graduating class ever, 29 CCTs, who will work at the Bronx Hospital and their Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center, 150 55th Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Researchers make rats ‘senile’

A group of Brooklyn neuroscientists have discovered a way to make rats quite literally fuggedaboutit. Comment.
Canarsie

New anti−hunger campaign launched

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s “Stamp Out Hunger!” campaign at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Silhouette Mind⁄Body Fitness

Urban life is stressful. Especially for women. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Small minority of crime’

Only a relatively small percentage of the crime committed in the 63rd Precinct takes place in Marine Park. Comment.
Canarsie

Back pain and arthritis relief

Metro SportsMed will present a free lecture on “Back Pain and Arthritis,” featuring guest speaker Nicola Hawkinson, NP – affiliated with Frank Schwab, spine surgeon, New York Methodist Hospital⁄ Hospital For Joint Diseases⁄ NYU. Comment.
Canarsie

Bank teller menaced

In these troubled financial times, people are trying to do everything to pad their 401K plan. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Wine−ing’ for a good cause

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.
Canarsie

Obama gear is just too hot

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment.
Canarsie

Legionnaires hail NYPD

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment.
Canarsie

Water Taxis on call in a watery emergency

In Brooklyn, when you’re part of the nabe, you’re part of the nabe. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn woman pedals hard against cancer

Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Kangol crook jumps line to rip off Court St. bank

We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cheers! Vox Pop is back in business once again

Vox Pop is open and running again. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Stock up at your local Green Market, Millman urges

Assemblywoman Joan Millman heralds spring and the opportunity to enjoy local produce, dairy, meat and seafood at New York City Greenmarkets. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Terrible teens busted

The teenage terrors responsible for a wave of neighborhood muggings have been apprehended, cops from the 84th Precinct said this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dock Street protest reaches City Hall steps

As the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project moves toward the final steps of the city rezoning process, opponents protested it in front of City Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Top cops save schizophrenic man from doom

Two cops from the 84th Precinct recently proved that the brain is mightier than the Beretta. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New effort to sink latest hike in city’s water rates

With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

National Grid’s ‘super’ clean up

National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Stevedors issue salty apology

Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment.
Bay News

Owens: ‘Schools need bailout’

Forget AIG — give public schools a bailout. Comment.
Bay News

‘Small minority’ of crime inside Marine Park

Only a relatively small percentage of the crime committed in the 63rd Precinct takes place in Marine Park. Comment.
Bay News

Marbury basketball tourney getting bounced

After 14 years, NBA star and Coney Island native Stephon Marbury will soon see his annual hoops tournament in the neighborhood booted from its public housing development basketball court. Comment.
Bay News

Obama gear just too hot

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment.
Bay News

Grisly end for beauty

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment.
Bay News

Bay Pkwy couple slain

A 70−year−old man and his live in girlfriend were found murdered in their Bay Parkway duplex apartment last Thursday in a building that the down−on−his−luck senior once owned, officials said. Comment.
Bay News

Murders plague Coney

A staggering spree of violence in the western end of Coney Island has sparked six murders in six weeks and has put the police and the community on edge. Comment.
Bay News

Rallying for late firefighter

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment.
Bay News

Bank bandit menaces teller, escapes with cash

Looking for an illegal bailout... Comment.
Bay News

Lottery for senior housing coming

The new Surf Gardens housing development in Coney Island catering exclusively to low−income senior citizens will be ready to accept residents by 2010, this newspaper has learned. The seven−story development, now taking shape between West 31st and 32nd streets at Surf Avenue, will offer residents age 62 and older 77 units of new housing through a lottery system. Comment.
Bay News

Weiner wants new marshes for Jamaica Bay

A little “stimulation” might go a long way to save Jamaica Bay’s disappearing marshlands, a federal lawmaker said last week. Comment.
Bay News

Making room for religion

A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment.

Bklyn officials votin’ for some tokin’ - Local lawmakers introduce bill to legalize medical marijuana

Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment.

Cherry Hill blasts critics, vows to open inside Lundy’s

The lights may be burning bright inside the Cherry Hill Gourmet market on Emmons Avenue this week but the doors still remain tightly shut on the landmark Lundy’s building. Comment.

Rally for September 11 hero - Friends and supporters coming to the aid of late firefighter’s family

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn-born-and-bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9/11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment.

Devil driver: ‘I killed her’ Area woman stabbed, dismembered

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment.

Legionnaires salute NYPD

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment.

‘toking’ it over the line

Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment.

NY Methodist Hospital gala

New York Methodist Hospital’s annual Board of Trustees “Candlelight Gala,” will be held May 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hospital’s Institute for Neurosciences. Comment.

Kids for a Better Future annual walkathon

Kids for a Better Future, a non−profit organization run by kids, which supports children’s rights all around the world, will hold its Third Annual Walkathon starting at 10:30 a.m., May 9. Comment.

Giving kids the power to learn

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.

Four stars: special salute to outstanding women

Four local women were hailed for their “outstanding” service to Brooklyn during an awards ceremony presented by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment.

Robber menaces teller

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged Looking for an illegal bailout... Comment.

Golden breaks with Brooklyn delegation

One local legislator has bucked the entire New York City delegation in Albany, by opposing legislation that could help protect residential neighborhoods against the siting of potential dangerous facilities. Comment.

Charter school makes room

A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment.

Brooklyn writer Lynn Nottage wins international acclaim and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for ‘Ruined’

As accolades and awards continue to pile up for Boerum Hill playwright Lynn Nottage, her heart and soul remains rooted in Brooklyn. Comment.

Inside ‘penalty pricing’

Do you know what penalty pricing is? Well, read the fine print on your credit card agreement and you may find out that because you were just a few days late making a monthly payment you were not only charged a late payment fee, but the lower rate you signed up for is now as high as 29.99%. Comment.

P.S. 153 marks grand centennial

When Public School 153 opened its doors in 1909, a new home cost under $3,000, astronomers sighted Pluto and the nation of Cuba became a republic. Comment.

Rogers’ Gift Shoppe: get something special

No matter what the economy, we need to celebrate special occasions, and let friends and family know how important they are. Comment.

A ‘super’ guy gets the Honor of the Pledge

A lifelong educator took center stage at the April meeting of Community Board 10. Comment.

Guild for Exceptional Children brunch shines

Public officials, community leaders and officers of the Guild for Exceptional Children attended the agency’s third annual Legislative Brunch, held at 260 68th Street, which was followed by a tour of Guild programs and casual meetings with developmentally disabled participants engaged in the day’s activities. Comment.

Owens: our schools need a bailout!

Forget AIG — give public schools a bailout. Comment.

Paws down, they’re the best

They’re always there for us, so we should be there for them. Comment.

Silhouette Urban Mind⁄Body Fitness

Urban life is stressful. Especially for women. Comment.

Your guide to 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.

Building a more physically fit soldier

The Army’s newest resiliency training, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, is a program designed to improve the emotional and psychological fitness of soldiers and their families, announced the program’s director said. Comment.

Afghan girl flies to the USA; gets help

Nazia Gardezi, a 2−year−old girl from Afghanistan’s Gardez province and her family flew to Cincinnati earlier this month to have reconstructive surgery on her trachea, a procedure made necessary after she swallowed a battery last year. Comment.

BRAVO volunteers hit the road in an effort to keep vital ambulance corps running

Usually, they are engaged in a race against time, with lives possibly hanging in the balance. Comment.

Holiest day for St. Anselm RC Church

Father Michael Gelfant led the community in a solemn Palm Sunday procession as St. Anselm RC Church began its celebrations of Holy Week. Comment.

Waste Management execs ring the bell

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.

Welcome: Visitation Academy girls host students from Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Visitation Academy, an all girls elementary school spanning nursery to eighth grade hosted Mendota Heights Visitation Academy from Mendota Heights, Minnesota. The visit celebrated 400 years of Salesian spirit. Comment.

Obama gear is just too hot to handle

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment.

Residents urged to contribute to food drive

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s “Stamp Out Hunger!” campaign at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.

Water taxis: on call in an emergency

In Brooklyn, when you’re part of the nabe, you’re part of the nabe. Comment.

Most wanted police woman in America

A Bay Ridge cop whose selfless act of kindness drew national attention is poised to be an America’s Most Wanted “All Star.” Comment.

The ‘Miracle on the Mountainside’

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Roy, a 36 year veteran, stretched his legs out in front of a rolling fire and reflected on the magnitude of the day. Comment.

Rallying for late firefighter’s family

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment.

Senior housing lottery coming up

The new Surf Gardens housing development in Coney Island catering exclusively to low−income senior citizens will be ready to accept residents by 2010, this newspaper has learned. The seven−story development, now taking shape between West 31st and 32nd streets at Surf Avenue, will offer residents age 62 and older 77 units of new housing through a lottery system. Comment.

Norwegian Constitution Day coming soon!

Brooklyn’s Viking heritage will be in the forefront as Scandinavians turn out en masse in mid−May to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. Comment.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary students take their hats off to spring

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary greeted the spring with renewed spirit. After hearing the news that they would be remaining open, the students, filled with school spirit, participated in the annual Easter Hat Parade. Comment.

‘Home is where the military sends you’

As I grew up and progressed through my 20s and 30s, I thought I had outgrown many things; my tendency to get homesick, my insecurities, my weakness for all Drake’s products and, unfortunately, my size 7 Jordache jeans. As I reflect back on those alledged accomplishments, I realize that some of them haven’t really ‘taken.’ I still have some insecurities, I still crave Devil Dogs, and I still get homesick. But hey, at least the Jordache thing has stuck!!! Comment.

Reach out & touch somebody

Soldiers need to move a little closer into each other’s personal space after deployments to help prevent problems that may lead to suicide, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel told Army National Guardsmen and others at a suicide prevention meeting. Comment.

Bad brew of traffic, trash and graffiti

Trash and traffic were the subjects du jour at a town hall held by a local politician. Comment.

Sip wine, benefit cancer research

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.

Poly Prep alum takes Jeopardy challenge

Marine Park−raised Kadeem Cooper isn’t fazed by bright lights or big questions. Comment.

Mobile ‘Wall’ hits the road to help heal Vietnam War’s wounds

Richard Lyons and his wife Debbie Frederick have a new job they’re proud to perform −− bringing honor and respect to the troops who never returned from the Vietnam War. Comment.

Calvary graduates large class of cancer care techs

Calvary held its 48th Graduation Ceremony for their Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. It was their largest graduating class ever, 29 CCTs, who will work at the Bronx Hospital and their Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center, 150 55th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Marbury basketball tourney gets bounced

After 14 years, NBA star and Coney Island native Stephon Marbury will soon see his annual hoops tournament in the neighborhood booted from its public housing development basketball court. Comment.
Bay News

State denies Project Esteem’s bid to open

The state’s decision to block a new drug and alcohol treatment center from opening on Mermaid Avenue is being widely applauded in Coney Island this week. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 153 cheers first 100 years!

When Public School 153 opened its doors in 1909, a new home cost under $3,000, astronomers sighted Pluto and the nation of Cuba became a republic. Comment.
Bay News

Cancer Care Techs graduate!

Calvary held its 48th Graduation Ceremony for their Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. It was their largest graduating class ever, 29 CCTs, who will work at the Bronx Hospital and their Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center, 150 55th Street. Comment.
Bay News

A special salute to outstanding women

State Senator Martin J. Golden hosted an event in conjunction with the national celebration of Women’s History Month, and honored Eddie Bellochino, girl scout leader, St. Frances Cabrini; Sylvia LaCerra, former principal, PS 200 and member of Community Education Council District 20; Alice Lee, assistant principal, PS 105; Police Officer Susan Porcello, NYPD, 68th Precinct, and Janice Yang, Asian Community Outreach Department, Maimonides Medical Center. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn cyclist pedals hard to defeat scourge of cancer

Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment.
Bay News

African vibe: P.S. 52 students celebrate continent’s richness

Pulsating rhythms and delightful ditties hailed the continent credited with being the birthplace of mankind when starry−eyed students at Public School 52 performed a musical tribute to Africa. Comment.
Bay News

Charter school wants to make room for religion

A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment.
Bay News

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ effort launched

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s “Stamp Out Hunger!” campaign at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.
Bay News

Waste Management executives ring NY Stock Exchange bell for Earth Day

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment.
Bay News

Hate to drop a call: cops collar cell phone speeder

The high−speed car chase through the streets of Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay reminded some law enforcement agents of a scene out of the TV show “Cops.” Comment.
Bay News

Obama gear too hot to handle

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment.
Bay News

Sparkling field of dreams

Budding Derek Jeters had a ball heading over to their local green for rites and a game during opening day of the Grace−Gravesend Little League. Comment.
Bay News

Big appetite for upcoming Brooklyn Food Conference at John Jay High School

Everything we eat is food for thought −− at least according to organizers of the Brooklyn’s Food Conference, which seeks to explore issues ranging from sustainability to healthful eating, in ways that borough residents old and young can both learn from and enjoy. Comment.
Bay News

Bank bandit menaces Dime teller

Looking for an illegal bailout... Comment.
Bay News

Glittering prizes for Kings Bay youth

Watch out, Eli Manning! Comment.
Bay News

Blood drops lead to arrest of burglary crew

A crew of crackerjack investigators helped take down a burglary crew allegedly led by a violent ringleader who has had his fair share of run−ins with the law. Comment.

Rally for September 11 hero

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment.
Bay News

Coney suffers six murders in six weeks

A staggering spree of violence in the western end of Coney Island has sparked six murders in six weeks and has put the police and the community on edge. Comment.
Bay News

Wine−ing’ helps fight breast cancer

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment.

‘Change of Face’ to air in May

From left, Milton Waner, MD; Monica Tadros, MD and Mark Smith, MD. Comment.
Bay News

Kids for a Better Future 3rd annual walkathon

Kids for a Better Future, a non−profit organization run by kids, which supports children’s rights all around the world, will hold its Third Annual Walkathon starting at 10:30 a.m., May 9. Comment.
Bay News

Bklyn officials votin’ for some tokin’

Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment.
Bay News

Legionnaires salute crime−busters

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment.

‘Arms race’ draws 5,000 onlookers

The 32nd Annual White Castle NYC Big Apple Grapple International Arm Wrestling Championships attracted more than 5,000 spectators throughout the day at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Comment.
Bay News

A bam−boozled president yields to yobos

President Barack Obama must be trying to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for befriending the most bullies during his first 100 days in office. Comment.
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Brooklyn author claims ‘09 Pulitzer Prize for ‘Ruined’

As accolades and awards continue to pile up for Boerum Hill playwright Lynn Nottage, her heart and soul remains rooted in Brooklyn. Comment.

This ‘Wonder Woman’ leads the charge

Kristen O’Neill needed a moment before she stepped back into the batter’s box. Kearney’s Joanna Emilio, who had walked, just moved to third when Fontbonne Hall catcher Tommasini Faratro threw the ball into shallow centerfield as Emilio tried taking second on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Comment.
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Brooklyn Chamber pushes borough agenda in Albany

Energy, healthcare and Health insurance topped the list of legislative issues that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce members brought to Albany in the annual lobbying trip. Comment.
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Singer: ‘Civilian of the Month’

Longtime civic activist Pat Singer (third from right) received the “Civilian of the Month” honors at the recent 60th Precinct community Council meeting. Comment.
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Devil driver: ‘I killed her’

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment.
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Lottery for new senior housing coming up

The new Surf Gardens housing development in Coney Island catering exclusively to low−income senior citizens will be ready to accept residents by 2010, this newspaper has learned. The seven−story development, now taking shape between West 31st and 32nd streets at Surf Avenue, will offer residents age 62 and older 77 units of new housing through a lottery system. Comment.
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Power to Learn marks 10th year

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment.
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Schools need a bailout, Owens declares!

Forget AIG −− give public schools a bailout. Comment.
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Stimulus money brings smiles to the Coney Island boardwalk

Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and Alec Brook−Krasny applauded Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to allocate $15 million of federal stimulus money for repair of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which forms the southern border of each assemblyman’s district. Comment.
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Veterans discuss USA’s role overseas

American war heroes, including a 21−year−old soldier serving in Afghanistan, mulled over Washington’s foreign policy during a panel discussion in Coney Island, presented by the Veterans Outreach Project of Urban Neighborhood Services. Comment.
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Kid Power & the Planet Protectors wow neighborhood kids

Health−smart eco−buffs at Public School 277 received a lesson in the value of personal and environmental preservation from ‘Slim Goodbody,’ himself, when actor Bruce Wilson stopped by with the low−down on how to keep the body and the planet ticking soundly. Comment.
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NY Methodist Hospital gala event

New York Methodist Hospital’s annual Board of Trustees “Candlelight Gala,” will be held May 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hospital’s Institute for Neurosciences. Comment.
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‘Oscar’ night for the nabe’s boys in blue

A wave of dress blue uniforms crashed down on Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach recently as the 61st Precinct passed out its 2008 Medal Day awards. Comment.
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Farm fresh goodness at returning Greenmarket

The Bay Ridge Greenmarket is coming back. Comment.

Knights tired of all that buzzing

Madison had heard all about Telecommunications. The Yellow Jackets’ pitching and their potent lineup. They read about it online and in the newspapers, how Telecomm was the team to beat in Brooklyn. They listened to the chatter from a distance, seething. Comment.
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Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team plays tough

Since forming two years ago, the Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team has traveled the Northeast, going out−of−state to play teams from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Comment.

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