Thursday, May 21, 2009

Borough-wide

NYSAISAA baseball, softball championships preview

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Borough-wide

NYSAISAA softball playoffs round-up: Devils in final

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Borough-wide

Injuries behind him, Francis finds a home at LIU

Borough-wide

Kearns’ catch, errors hurt Eagles in loss to Fontbonne

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Borough-wide

Schirripa settles down, leads Fontbonne past Eagles

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Brooklyn Courier

Police Blotter

Road rip Comment.
Kings Courier

Garbage truck shakeup looms

The juggling of local Sanitation truck schedules has Community Board 14 concerned. Comment.
Kings Courier

Path cleared for ‘Michael Fischetti Way’

A Sheepshead Bay street will be renamed for a community luminary. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Golden’ base for this councilman

Councilmember Lew Fidler is the toast of the town – at least as far as the Jay Harama Senior Center is concerned. Comment.
Canarsie

Murdoch donates $5.5 million to charter school

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch made a surprise $5.5 million donation earlier this month to a Harlem charter school during a benefit concert at the neighborhood’s legendary Apollo Theater. Comment.
Canarsie

Run for the military

If you love freedom, thank a vet – plus help raise money for the families of those who made the supreme sacrifice. Comment.
Canarsie

Brook−Krasny says, ‘I do’

Add Assemblymember Alec Brook−Krasny to the growing list of legislators who are changing their minds on gay marriage. Comment.
Canarsie

City looks to close deal with ‘Rolling Steel’

Activity could soon flourish on a fallow Canarsie plot. Comment.
Canarsie

Teens teach reading to elementary school kids

In a small library at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, 763 President St., surrounded by biographies and storybooks of every variety and just beneath a sign that read, “Books – the company your mind keeps,” teens met tweens as part of a program to promote literacy. Comment.
Canarsie

Hospice and end−of−life seminar

Metropolitan Jewish Hospice panelists Rev. Eric Towse; medical social worker Khatima Shah, LMSW; Bereavement Coordinator Terry Glusko, MT−BC, GC−C; and Nurse Practitioner Anne Walsh, participate in Metropolitan’s diversity and end−of−life seminar, held at the Menorah Home and Hospital in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Wyckoff Farmhouse

The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum is inviting educators to learn about their educational programs, May 29 from 4−6 p.m. at the oldest structure in New York, and New York’s First National Landmark at 5816 Clarendon Road and Ralph Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

New legislation seeks to give victims of sexual abuse more time to bring civil action against predators

Two competing bills involving child molestation are winding their way through the State Legislature with supporters lining up on both sides. Comment.
Canarsie

Achieving a little bit of Mid−East peace right here

Did you hear the one about the Jew and the Muslim who went in to talk and came out firm friends? Comment.
Canarsie

The 49th Miss Polonia Pageant

The South Brooklyn Pulaski Parade Committee will celebrate their 49th Anniversary Miss Polonia Pageant, Dinner−Dance and Presentation of Junior Miss at Sirico’s, 8015 13th Avenue, May 31. Comment.
Canarsie

Pig roast & street fair

Our lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church will host its Ninth Annual Pig Roast and Street Fair on Memorial Day, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parish parking lot, 2020 Foster Avenue at Ocean Avenue, and on East 21st Street between Farragut and Foster avenues. Comment.
Canarsie

‘On the Watch’ convention

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are inviting all to hear interesting discussions about The Bible’s description of what some people refer to as the end of the world, during the 2009 “Keep on the Watch!” District Convention. Comment.
Canarsie

Hijackers kicked in the butt

The two men busted for transporting untaxed cigarettes through the area sent up a smoke signal of sorts when they decided to obscure the license plate to their U−Haul truck, police said. Comment.
Canarsie

Summer to open in the ‘endzone’

The beginning of summer could mean a new beginning for Canarsie. Comment.
Canarsie

P.S. 135 welcomes state−of−the−art library

Bookworms at Public School 135 can take a word voyage into a labyrinth of new books, plus surf the Web on brand new computers in their restored, state−of−the−art library. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Real pain’ for illegal truckers

There’s more than one way, they say, to skin a cat, and presumably, the old adage would apply to illegally parked trucks as well. Comment.
High School Sports

11 K’s against the city’s best

It was the best lineup Victoria Capozucca has faced all year and the best one she will face the rest of the way, too. That’s why no one involved with the Poly Prep softball team was unhappy with a 2−0 loss to Tottenville in a non−league game Friday afternoon in Bay Ridge. Comment.
High School Sports

Bishop Ford riding high after upset of defending champs

It was a victory that sent shockwaves throughout the CHSAA, a win that put the league on notice that the Bishop Ford baseball team is for real. Comment.
High School Sports

Bold Bonnies come up short

When it was over, the Fontbonne Hall softball team huddled just in front of the pitching circle. Star senior Corine Fitzgibbons, already hoarse, took the time to yell out each teammate’s name, followed by them yelling out hers. Comment.
High School Sports

‘No. 12’ demands attention

When the PSAL boys’ volleyball seeding came out last week, coach Noreen Begley and her Brooklyn Tech players saw the No. 12 next to their name and felt slighted. Comment.
High School Sports

Hurler’s crafty bag of tricks

Tiffany Irrera fully understands the type of pitcher she is. A fireballer and power arm she is not. Comment.
Canarsie

McAuliffe talent show

Students from the Christa McAuliffe Junior High School−IS 187 will be holding a talent show to raise funds for Jack Rubin and the Histiocytosis Foundation, May 26 from 6:30−9 p.m. at the school, 1171 65th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boy sent into coma on way to class

A 12−year−old boy was left in a coma Thursday after he was clipped by an SUV on his way to school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Borough Hall’s pink slip blizzard

The axe is again being sharpened on workers at Borough Hall: at least a dozen more employees can expect pink slips if Mayor Bloomberg’s recently submitted $41.4 billion executive budget for Fiscal Year 2010 comes to pass. Comment.
Borough-wide

Wild bunch: armed crew wanted in string of robberies

A violent crew of gun−toting, pistol−whipping goons is sought for committing six robberies throughout the borough. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor urged to lay off of BPL’s budget

Community Board 10 has jumped on the book−lovers bandwagon. Comment.
Borough-wide

Memorial Day celebrations on tap this week

Brooklynites will be proudly waving Old Glory, as neighborhoods around the borough turn out to mark Memorial Day. Comment.
Borough-wide

Democratic hopefuls take aim at Bloomberg

The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment.
Borough-wide

Theater of the outraged

“Shameful,” “absurd” and “horrific” — those are just a few of the choice words opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s bid to construct a $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Seaside Park used this past weekend, to describe efforts to transform their beloved Sea Breeze Avenue green space into the site of a new 8,000−seat outdoor music venue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Haitian culture & pride on Nostrand Ave.

Haitian Americans took their national pride to the streets, commemorating their Flag Day with a parade and festival in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

NYPD commish smiles on 70th Precinct crime−busters

A local precinct has been recognized by New York City’s police commissioner for the success of its crime reduction and community outreach efforts. Comment.
Borough-wide

Norwegian culture takes center stage

The rain didn’t dampen the spirit for more than 10,000 proud marchers, who celebrated their national pride by putting their best foot forward for the 58th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Runes of hate

There’s a battle of wills brewing over “Triumph of Will” and other Nazi−era graffiti that has been seen sprouting up around the borough of late. Comment.
Borough-wide

Livery cab driver shot down on a Sheepshead Bay street

A livery cab driver who had spent the last 20 years touring this fair city was executed just steps away from his Sheepshead Bay home Thursday — possibly by an unhinged lover, officials said. Comment.
Borough-wide

Roebling to city: don’t block the Bridge

For some, the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project is a matter of taste. But for Kristian Roebling, the idea that the project may block some residents’ view of the Brooklyn Bridge is personal. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brand new ‘pit stop’

Spiffy new fields, a renovated playground and a modernized concession stand make the Parade Ground a popular destination for local families and athletes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Expanding temple gives neighbors a helluva time

East 32nd Street resident Roberta Weiss and her husband went on vacation for a week last year, and when they returned home, their backyard was gone. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tourists beat a path through Brooklyn portal

It works out to about 10,000 a year. Comment.
Borough-wide

A new band of bad hombres to fear

Local residents are fearing the emergence of a Mexican gang terrorizing Brighton Beach, according to a long−time community activist. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blockbuster: biggest real estate deal in BK at $11.2M

MA Bay Ridge apartment building recently sold for $11.225 million with a 6 percent cap rate, becoming the biggest real estate deal in Brooklyn through nearly half of 2009. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sexual predator & burglar

A parolee who spent 17 years in prison for sodomy has been arrested for allegedly breaking into area homes late at night when his victims were asleep. Comment.
Borough-wide

Empire State College debuts on Livingston St.

Adults recently laid off, burnt out on their current job or looking to better their plight can now jump into Downtown Brooklyn’s burgeoning college scene. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jim Sempepos, local activist, dies

A legendary Bay Ridge activist is gone. Comment.
Borough-wide

Chairperson to neighbors: bend over and scoop

He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment.
Borough-wide

CityParks Senior Fit

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2009 Session of CityParks Seniors Fitness, a free program offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Creationists’ look to operate new charter school

A company reported to have taught creationism as a science at some of the schools it runs is looking to operate a new charter school being proposed for Canarsie. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pet project: Animals in the community

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.
Borough-wide

‘Anything Goes’ on stage at Carpe Diem Theatre

Forget the Ziegfeld, Broadway buffs headed to Bay Ridge Preparatory School’s Carpe Diem Theatre where starry−eyed students ignited the stage with their version of the Cole Porter classic, “Anything Goes.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Rev. El−Yateem marks 10th anniversary at CB10

A member of Community Board 10 was in the spotlight at the board’s April meeting. Comment.
Borough-wide

Spotlight on Communion angels

The faithful flocked to Bay Ridge to commemorate their Blessed Mother with an outdoor ceremony at St. Anselm Church. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Black Hand’ crime−buster

Reflecting upon the courage and bravery of an Italian immigrant who became a respected police officer and fought against the scourge of organized crime, a plaque dedication ceremony was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Church in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Joseph Petrosino. Comment.
Parenting

Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival

State Senator Marty Golden will hosting his Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, May 31 from 12−5 p.m. at Leif Ericson Park, Seventh Avenue and 67th Street, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage. Comment.
24/7

Bklyn Designs reinvents the modern living space

From a chair crafted out of tennis balls to a table hewn from a massive, curving slice of wood, the home furnishing creations of Brooklyn designers and artisans strutted like fanciful peacocks −− think, birds of a distinctly different color −− across warehouse and showroom spaces in DUMBO, all gussied up for the annual Bklyn Designs show. Comment.
Bay News

State−of−the−art science

Snip, snip hooray! Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 52 jumps at the chance to help out

Big−hearted youngsters stepped up the battle to find a cure for heart disease by putting their best foot forward for a benefit jump−a−thon at Public School 52. Comment.
Bay News

Flap over flotsam & jetsam

The state is giving a Gerritsen Beach land owner just over two weeks to clean up the crumbling docks behind his property, this paper has learned. Comment.
Bay News

Manhattan Beach jeers proposal to extend B74 bus

Efforts to improve traffic conditions within the confines of Community Boards 11, 13 and 15 hit a brick wall last week when outraged residents said absolutely “no way” to many of the proposed changes. Comment.
Bay News

Senator for a day essay winners

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the winner of the 2009 Senator for a Day Contest is eighth grader Alexandra Capellini of the Genesis at Xaverian High School. Comment.
Bay News

An ‘important juncture’ for LICH

Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th year of serving the Brooklyn community with a reception hosted by Dominick Stanzione, Interim President. Comment.
Bay News

Hard times plus hard drugs equals crime

Financial recessions doesn’t lead to crime −− at least not directly, according to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment.
Bay News

Baby Bodyguards: on call to handle toddler trouble

When you have a baby, nothing is as secure as it once was — not even your own home. Comment.
Bay News

Salsa makes for a snappy showcase

Rapt visitors had a muy bueno tiempo when starry−eyed students at Public School 52 put a snazzy foot forward for a salsa dance showcase. Comment.
Bay News

Ratner claims victory in bid to build arena

With a major court victory behind him, developer Bruce Ratner is applying the full−court press to break ground on an arena this year that will eventually land the NBA’s Nets in Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Sexual predator on parole eyed in nighttime burglaries

A parolee who spent 17 years in prison for sodomy has been arrested for allegedly breaking into area homes late at night when his victims were asleep. Comment.
Bay News

‘Mona Lisa Cafe’ sitting pretty on 86th Street

A local watering hole is one step closer to expanding its outdoor cafÉ. Comment.
Bay News

Thor Festival debut is a bust

So far, Thor Equities’ highly publicized “Festival by the Sea” and “Dreamland” attractions have been a bigger bust in Coney Island than last season’s “Summer of Hope,” − and there isn’t much indication that this weekend will be any more promising. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn Business Summit coming

Small business owners and entrepreneurs: join hundreds of business people for 16 free workshops, one−on−one clinics and much more at the first annual Brooklyn Business Summit May 27 at PolyTech University, Six Metrotech Center. Comment.
Bay News

Parents’ new demands

Parents in School District 20 are demanding that they have a stronger role in the public school system. Comment.
Bay News

‘Air in the face’ thrills at Coney

Twelve acres of outdoor amusements in Coney Island is enough room to provide the masses with an “air in the face” experience packed with “speed, thrills and adrenaline.” Comment.
Bay News

Old−time stickball

Come out for an old−time stickball reunion and knock the ol’ Spaldeen around from 12−4 p.m., May 30 on Coyle Street and Avenue U. Comment.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Williamsburg

Hope for fireworks fizzle as Macy’s moves out

For the last decade and a half, the Williamsburg−Greenpoint waterfront has become a July 4th destination point, when the Macy’s annual fireworks light up the East River night sky. Comment.
Williamsburg

Prospect Avenue Allstate Agency to help fight ALS

May is Lou Gehrig’s disease awareness month and the Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place will donate $5 for every insurance quote given now through June 19 (Lou Gehrig’s birthday) to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Comment.
Williamsburg

Park, what park?

“It’s My Park Day” is the city’s bi−annual celebration of its parks, during which New Yorkers are encouraged to care for their parks with a variety of clean−up and planning projects. Comment.
Williamsburg

Community Health Fair is here

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.
Williamsburg

Apply for a Cook Street apartment

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol announced that the Cook Street Housing LLC is currently accepting applications for the affordable housing now under construction at 9 Cook and 21 Cook Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Namaste Yoga and Tranquility Center

New York City has become one of the western meccas of Yoga. As the holistic approach to healthcare is becoming more popular, yoga studios are now as common as pizza joints in Manhattan, and the trend is spreading fast into Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

The Punisher: Golden seeks death penalty

State Senator Martin Golden wants cop killers to pay — with their lives. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates have no time for ‘buddies’

The fight for the 33rd Councilmanic District was never considered “scrappy” until Tuesday night, when candidates posed no−holds−barred questions to their opponents and showed some of their true colors in the process. Comment.
Williamsburg

Abate’s a tough act to follow

At its May meeting, Community Board 1 nominated candidates for its executive committee and attendance committee. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bone marrow drive for Kai

Just shy of five years old, little Kai Anderson’s only concern should be looking forward to kindergarten. Instead, the little tyke is routinely subjected to a concoction of seven powerful chemotherapy drugs designed to stave off the effects of a rare form of cancer called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Comment.
Williamsburg

Couldn’t be happier on the run

On an early morning Saturday last June, Greenpoint resident Aja Marsh hopped aboard the L train en route to Manhattan, where the starting line of her first half−marathon lay. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bowling alley bets on the Bklyn side

Brooklyn Bowl, the Northside bowling alley that triples as a music venue and restaurant will open in one to three weeks, one of its owners announced at Tuesday’s Community Board 1 meeting. Comment.
Williamsburg

Moving in on gay marriage

Another bill allowing gay marriage was passed by the New York State Assembly Tuesday with some mixed voting by the Brooklyn delegation. Comment.
Williamsburg

St. Nicholas group applauds neighborhood activism

The St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation hosted its fourth annual Rising Stars celebration last Thursday, honoring more than 80 activists for their work for local causes. Comment.
Williamsburg

Teens help spread the joy of literacy

In a small library at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, 763 President St., surrounded by biographies and storybooks of every variety and just beneath a sign that read, “Books – the company your mind keeps,” teens met tweens as part of a program to promote literacy. Comment.
Williamsburg

Senate head pops Parker after run−in

State Senator Kevin Parker’s impulse control issues are starting to cost him — dearly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates debate for City Council

The New Kings Democrats will host a new kind of forum for local elections in Brooklyn, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Harry Van Arsdale High School auditorium, 257 North Sixth Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fifth Avenue Fair promises 20 blocks of springtime fun

Enjoy 20 blocks of fun, food and entertainment, from 12th Street to Sterling Place, as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID launches its Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 17, rain or shine. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kid rock: McCarren Pk Live returns

McCarren Park Live!, the annual free spring concert series for children presented by the local civic group Park Moms, is back for another go−around next to McCarren’s Field House (Lorimer Street between Bedford and Driggs). Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Puerto Rico’ debut

The stretch of Graham Avenue going north from Woodhull Medical Center is co−named “Avenue of Puerto Rico” in honor of the neighborhood’s ethnic history. Comment.
Williamsburg

Filmmaking series teaches kids about lights, camera, action!

Brooklyn Young Filmmakers’ unique three class “Make A Film” series takes participants through the development of a script, pre−production, and production, concluding with the shooting of a short film. Comment.
Borough-wide

Park, Liang lead No. 12 Brooklyn Tech into quarters

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Borough-wide

St. Edmund knocks off Fontbonne, forces tiebreaker

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Borough-wide

Oneto pitches Madison softball past Poly Prep

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Borough-wide

Kearney tops Fontbonne for CHSAA Brooklyn crown

Borough-wide

Underrated King waits ... and waits for D-I offer

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Borough-wide

Different players but similar results for Poly Prep

Rich Carbone had heard the whispers since the fall – the Poly Prep baseball team wasn’t the same. He didn’t disagree; how could the Blue Devils not be different after graduating their top three starting pitchers? Comment.
Borough-wide

Must-watch Mejia mashing LIU toward NEC title

Borough-wide

King’s reign at Bishop Loughlin comes to an end

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Borough-wide

Eagles again prove they belong with Brooklyn elite

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Brooklyn Courier

Local civic: clean or death

Arguing for the health of current — and future — residents, the Park Slope Civic Council last week threw its support behind the designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Parishioners rally outside church

Exiled members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church took to the street this week, staging a protest outside their shuttered Boerum Hill house of worship. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Slope cries: give us more landmarking

Vast new areas of Park Slope deserve landmark status, and a local civic group aims to convince the city — and those living in the homes — that the protection is justified. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The cleanup could be on your tab

Taxpayers — not polluters — could foot a large chunk of the bill to clean up the Gowanus Canal if the city’s alternative approach to tackling the fetid waterway is adopted, an official from the Environmental Protection Agency said this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

This class of rookies promises to stay green

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and members of the Urban Park Service celebrated the newest classes of Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol and Central Communications staff members, and honored Parkies who have contributed to the Urban Park Service’s success during an event held at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Note to neighbors: bend over and scoop!

He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Suspected GPS thieves get their signals crossed

The not−so−bright future of four would−be GPS thieves was clearly mapped out this week after cops apprehended them in two separate incidents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Catholic school reunion

All alumni from St. Anthony of Padua and St. Alphonsus are invited to attend an alumni reunion dance in celebration of Catholic School Education, May 30 from 6:45−11 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 862 Manhattan Avenue (use the Leonard Street entrance). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MTA express running straight into your wallet

Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Forecast calls for storm of pink slips at Borough Hall

The axe is again being sharpened on workers at Borough Hall as at least a dozen more employees can expect pink slips if Mayor Bloomberg’s recently submitted $41.4 billion executive budget for Fiscal Year 2010 comes to pass. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK principals sound alarm

Additional budget cuts will devastate Brooklyn schools, according to local principals. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

4th of July fizzles out for area fireworks fans

For the last decade and a half, the Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens⁄Red Hook waterfronts have become a July 4th destination point, when the Macy’s annual fireworks light up the East River night sky. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Speech screenings

In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, free speech screenings will be offered to assess the articulation skills of children three years and older by DeMoor Speech Therapy in the Windsor Terrace section Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

E−waste recycling

E−waste recycling collection days will be held May 16−17 at First Unitarian Chapel, Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 12−2 p.m. on Sunday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Changes to Holocaust memorial

Let not one victim be forgotten. Comment.
High School Sports

Blue Devils still the favorite

Rich Carbone had heard the whispers since the fall – the Poly Prep baseball team wasn’t the same. He didn’t disagree; how could the Blue Devils not be different after graduating their top three starting pitchers? Comment.
High School Sports

Bishop Loughlin taps new boys basketball coach

In what might be the shortest coaching search in the history of the CHSAA, Ed Gonzalez has been named the new Bishop Loughlin boys’ basketball coach, it was announced by Loughlin principal James Dorney on Friday. He replaces Rudy King, who resigned as interim coach Tuesday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Ween’ benefit

It’s not every school that gets a rock star to headline its benefit concert, but this month, PS 29 will be that lucky. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Trace the source of musical inspiration

Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn presents “Inspiration: Princes, Gypsies And Ethos,” May 15, 8 p.m., at the Old First Reformed Church, Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street in Park Slope; May 17, 4 p.m., at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, corner of Clinton and Pierrepont streets in Brooklyn Heights; and May 20, 7:30 p.m., at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Clinton and Pierrepont streets in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Music for Families finale is here

The highly acclaimed group, Project, will present the final “Music for Families” concert at the Brooklyn Conservatory concert hall, May 17 at 3 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

6th annual BBCS Art Show this month

The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service presents its Sixth Annual BBCS Art Show, featuring art work from the PMO and TLC Art Therapy Programs. Comment.
Kings Courier

Kids get a jump−start on smart money management

Budding Donald Trumps and Suze Ormans received a valuable lesson on how to manage their money during a personal finance seminar at Roy H. Mann Junior High School. Comment.
Kings Courier

Charter school

The Madison−Marine−Homecrest Civic Association will meet on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of King’s Chapel, on Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment.
Kings Courier

Salute to ‘magnificent seven’

Three separate incidents in the 70th Precinct last month resulted in the arrest of an alleged killer, and three guns taken off the street. Comment.
Kings Courier

Youth is served at Brooklyn College forum

Approximately 200 area teens seized the opportunity offered by a recent youth conference to learn about volunteering, work and internship opportunities and how to package themselves to apply for such positions. Comment.
Kings Courier

It’s a small world after all at Cunningham Junior H.S.

A rainbow of song and dance performances ignited the stage – and traditional foods tickled the palate – during a multi−cultural showcase at Cunningham Junior High School. Comment.
Kings Courier

New effort to rein in cell phone towers

Local representatives have taken their first step toward curbing the proliferation of cell phone towers in the city’s residential areas. Comment.
Flatbush

Need for weed, say state senators

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

Many back new safeguards

The rezoning of Flatbush appears to be coasting to fruition. Comment.
Flatbush

Youth forum attracts teens from around the neighborhood

Approximately 200 area teens seized the opportunity offered by a recent youth conference to learn about volunteering, work and internship opportunities and how to package themselves to apply for such positions. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Accused killer: I was the real victim

The teen accused of butchering Carroll Gardens newsman George Weber is claiming he was the true victim in the bloody episode that played out inside a Henry Street apartment this past March. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Candidates cross paths on way to Council

Glowing self−appraisals flowed like wine when contenders vying for the 39th Council district seat pledged their case to the people during a candidates forum at the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center. Comment.
Canarsie

Parkville Youth Association hailed for outstanding 46 years

Bob Stoll, past president of the Parkville Youth Association (right), accepts a New York State Proclamation from Assemblyman William Colton at the National Grid Parkville Youth Association Field on the occasion was the opening of the baseball season. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Wrestler’ stars grappling here

Two stars from this year’s Academy Award−nominated and Golden Globe−winning drama, “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke in an historic comeback role, will square off in the ring at the St. Athanasius parish auditorium, 6120 Bay Parkway, Saturday night, May 16. Comment.
Canarsie

17th Annual Major McCarthy 5K Run

The 17th Annual Major Eugene McCarthy Memorial 5K Race — held every year in memory of Marine Major Eugene McCarthy, a 1973 graduate of Nazareth Regional High School — will be run at Marine Park, June 6. Comment.
Canarsie

Laying Foundations into the Forest for Brooklyn kids

In a world increasingly focused on environmental conservation, it is vitally important that urban children understand and appreciate the natural world around them. Comment.
Canarsie

Jewish war Veterans honor Americans lost in combat

The Kings County Council Jewish War Veterans presented a special service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, in honor of the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, Korea and Vietnam. Comment.
Canarsie

Junior’s signature cheesecake keeps ‘em in the green

Junior’s Restaurant sold a lot of its signature cheesecake last year, as well as its overstuffed sandwiches, soups, and other line of desserts. Comment.
Canarsie

Remarkable local man celebrates his 101st birthday!

Samuel Schanzer, having survived the Great Depression, two world wars and the Holocaust, commemorated his 101st birthday last week at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center, on the border of the Borough Park and Bensonhurst sections of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Borough Hall salutes talents of young Brooklyn writers

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the annual Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.
Canarsie

Subway fares going up 10%

Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment.
Canarsie

Chairman: bend over and scoop

He might be human, but Robert Newman played a dog at the last meeting of Community Board 14. Comment.
Canarsie

VE−Day looms large here

Wearing their countless medals, Russian WWII veterans, who are also clients at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center, commemorated the 64th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE−Day) at the Borough Park⁄Bensonhurst−based facility, 6202 16th Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

Fantastic frocks for High School seniors

Brooklyn Cinderellas found the prom dress of their dreams – or close to it – during a gown giveaway in Flatbush. Comment.
Canarsie

Rezoning critics fear density

As the rezoning of Canarsie moves forward, a small contingent of determined residents continues to oppose portions of the plan, saying they will increase the neighborhood’s density rather than restrict it. Comment.
Canarsie

Backlash against shuttered park access

Show me where the figures came from! Comment.
Canarsie

Empire State College in Brooklyn

Adults recently laid off, burnt out on their current job or looking to better their plight can now jump into Downtown Brooklyn’s burgeoning college scene. Comment.
Canarsie

Public advocate, comptroller hopefuls rip Bloomberg

The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment.
Canarsie

Strike a real blow against ALS

May is Lou Gehrig’s disease awareness month and the Steven Schneider Allstate Agency on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place will donate $5 for every insurance quote given now through June 19 (Lou Gehrig’s birthday) to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Comment.
Canarsie

Mom is always number one around here

Moms were feted with food and fond words when the Abe Stark Senior Center held a Mother’s Day celebration. Comment.
High School Sports

St. Edmund Prep junior gets ‘amped up’ behind the plate

Casey Sclafani needs a little push sometimes. The St. Edmund Prep junior, who plays travel softball for the New York Panthers, didn’t try out for the school’s team her first two years, in order to concentrate on her school work. Comment.
High School Sports

Bay Ridge Prep garners special Senate kudos

New York State Senator Martin J. Golden visited Bay Ridge Preparatory School to give special recognition to the school’s championship junior varsity boys basketball team. Comment.
High School Sports

All−City standout left to wait

An honor roll student, Rasheem King is mature and grounded. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tech hitter puts Saturday prayers on hold

O’Shane McRae says he’s missed church on a Saturday about three times that he can recall. The Brooklyn Tech junior middle hitter and native of the island of Jamaica is a Seventh−day Adventist, a Christian denomination that observes on Saturdays. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Art in the Park’

Enjoy the music and art of the Narrows Botanical Gardens during the 14th Annual Art in the Park Spring Festival, May 17 (rain date: May 24) from 12−5 p.m. at the Bay Ridge greenspace, Shore Road between 69th & 72nd streets. Comment.
Canarsie

Fabulous 5th Avenue Fair

Enjoy 20 blocks of fun, food and entertainment, from 12th Street to Sterling Place, as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID launches its Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 17, rain or shine. Comment.
Borough-wide

LIU star is a hit because of big sis

Softball didn’t always come so easy for Bianca Mejia. Comment.
Canarsie

6th Annual BBCS Art Show

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the annual Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.
Canarsie

Nabe toasts Manhattan Beach’s high−stepping beauty queen

Dazzling dancing grandmas, distinguished guest dignitaries and a huge iced cake capped the celebration when “Miss Brooklyn” Keelie Sheridan made her debut in Sheepshead Bay. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

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.
Brooklyn Heights

Hopefuls pile on Bloomy’s record

The richest man in the city doesn’t have a clue about what regular people are going through. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

The Spirit of volunteerism

Through their dedicated efforts, 800 volunteers gave more than 65,000 hours of service to New York Methodist Hospital (NYM) in the past year. To honor these outstanding individuals for their invaluable contributions to the hospital, NYM reheld its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

RHI celebrates new hub of operations

They’re back on the block! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sky−high hopes for new district

Look! Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

2020: shovel ready

Rip Van Winkle can wake up and go back to sleep before infrastructure work on the triple cantilever section of the Brooklyn−Queens Expressway in Downtown Brooklyn begins. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Salute to Cobble Hill Health Center CEO

The Cobble Hill Health Center’s CEO, Olga Lipschitz (center), was honored for her more than 30 years of service to the health care industry and her role in the Jewish community. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH at 150: New challenges and fresh ideas

Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th year of serving the Brooklyn community with a reception hosted by Dominick Stanzione, Interim President. Comment.
Bay News

2 paws up for rescuers

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

Female auxiliary cop makes BK 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.
Bay News

Beep backs Brighton plan − with bungalow conditions

The proposed rezoning plan for Brighton Beach “would substantially reduce development potential” in the bungalow district, according to Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment.
Borough-wide

Major networks ‘dig’ tunnel king’s explorations

Thirty feet below Atlantic Avenue, a star is rising. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops identify suspect in drive−by shooting of Brooklyn mom

Police have identified a suspect in the drive−by shooting that ended the life of a single mom in front of an East Flatbush church. Comment.
Borough-wide

Poseidon adventure in the Bay

A fun−filled cruise to nowhere for a group of Xaverian High School graduates ended in a rescue operation as the ship’s helmsman deviated from his course to save six stranded anglers found grasping onto their overturned vessel. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bovine reprieve! Courageous cow’s road to freedom cuts through Brooklyn

She escaped a Queens slaughterhouse, made a pit stop on Brooklyn, and finally found freedom in Suffolk County. Comment.
Borough-wide

Abbate’s a threat to nix mayoral control

A state assemblymember is ready to reject mayoral control. Comment.
Borough-wide

Subway fares going up 10% percent;

Only with the MTA does a loss appear like a win. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cannons to boom across the Narrows

Brooklynites will revel in the U.S. Navy’s military might −− and then watch the Army shoot at them −− next week as soldiers from Fort Hamilton welcome an armada of ships heading into New York Harbor to kick off Fleet Week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brawling pol gets socked

State Senator Kevin Parker’s impulse control issues are starting to cost him — dearly. Comment.
Borough-wide

Golden: Kill a cop and you die

State Senator Martin Golden wants cop killers to pay — with their lives. Comment.
Borough-wide

Doors swinging shut on Brighton Beach post office

Concern is sweeping Brighton Beach as the area’s only post office is scheduled to close at the end of the year. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kids prey on other kids for their cell phones

While crime continues to go down in Canarsie, one problem has begun to rear its head −− kids stealing cell phones from their peers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Changes to Holocaust Park

Let not one victim be forgotten. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bone marrow drive for little Kai

Just shy of five years old, little Kai Anderson’s only concern should be looking forward to kindergarten. Instead, the little tyke is routinely subjected to a concoction of seven powerful chemotherapy drugs designed to stave off the effects of a rare form of cancer called Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rockin’ writers earn high marks for their library essays

Councilman Vincent Gentile honored winners of his 2009 National Library Week Essay Contest during an awards presentation at McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Crapped’ out: board protests gaming cafÉ

Some months ago, Community Board 12 voted to reject a request to recommend approving a “gaming cafÉ” on 53rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, only to see the Department of Consumer Affairs grant a license to the establishment anyway. Comment.
Borough-wide

Celebration of Norwegian pride and culture!

A sweet serenade from the Nansen Chorus added to the festivities during a rally program in Bay Ridge, stepping off the annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 17. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ace crime−busters!

Born and bred in Brooklyn, the police officers who make up the anti−crime team at the 68th Precinct were among those honored by a local organization for their efforts on behalf of the community. Comment.
Borough-wide

BPW raises money for scholarships

Bay Ridge Business and Professional Women held its annual Spring Fling fundraiser at Dyker Beach Golf Course Clubhouse to raise funding for the 2010 scholarship program and community projects. Comment.
Borough-wide

America’s war heroes feted

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment.
Borough-wide

Power washed away at the intersection of 82nd Street and 5th Avenue, thanks to grime−busters

State Senator Marty Golden has a way to transform the eyesores in his district into sights for sore eyes – a graffiti−removal program called CitySolve. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Hall’ of a time for six

A group of Bay Ridge stalwarts was honored for its “hard work and contributions” to Brooklyn students during a Hall of Fame induction at Fontbonne Hall Academy. Comment.
Borough-wide

Excellence in BK nursing

Marjorie Graham, RN, Park Ridge Family Health Center, was presented with the Lutheran Family Health Centers’ 2009 Nurse of Excellence Award recognizing outstanding clinical practice. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge feasts on Farm fresh goodies

Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm−fresh delights at the Bay Ridge green market. Comment.
Borough-wide

The New three R’s: Reduce, reuse and recycle

Pint−sized preservationists received a fun−filled lesson on how to make their classrooms, their homes and their communities cleaner and greener during an eco−fest at Public School 102. Comment.
Bay News

Criticism of Coney Island rezoning softens

With two key endorsements now under its belt, the city is quickly closing in on a successful conclusion to the rezoning of Coney Island and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Comment.
Bay News

Coney CERT knew all about scary flyover

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have been in the dark about Air Force One’s controversial flyover in Manhattan, but Coney Island’s rescue unit wasn’t. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 255 excels at the scientific method

Mom and dad glowed with pride as they watched their pint−sized Einsteins conduct experiments of research and deduction during a science fair at Public School 255. Comment.
Bay News

Beep backs Brighton rezoning − with bungalow conditions

The proposed rezoning plan for Brighton Beach “would substantially reduce development potential” in the bungalow district, according to Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment.
Bay News

Cherry Hill is open

Cherry Hill Gourmet is marking its first full week in business inside Lundy’s landmarked building, despite findings from Department of Buildings that the enterprise is operating contrary to zoning. Comment.
Bay News

Reading challenge

Assemblyman William Colton reminds children and families that the Assembly’s 2009 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and his office will distribute the Assembly’s brochures to schools and parents. Comment.
Bay News

Bill courts Manhattan Beach

Mild−mannered Comptroller William Thompson didn’t exactly come out swinging when he visited the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) last week, but he did have some choice words for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Bay News

Thrill of the grill grips S’head Bay

A steaming chili smack−down and a grand grill−fest called on local chefs to flex their barbecue muscle for cash prizes and bragging rights during a benefit cook−out in Sheepshead Bay for St. Mark Church. Comment.
Bay News

Salute to ‘Black Hand’ foe

Reflecting upon the courage and bravery of an Italian immigrant who became a respected police officer and fought against the scourge of organized crime, a plaque dedication ceremony was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe RC Church in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. Joseph Petrosino. Comment.
Bay News

Coney Island insists on more affordable housing

Residents in Coney Island are once again speaking out about the proposed plan to redevelop their community. Comment.
Bay News

Standoff on West 6th St.

Heavily armed police officers were called to West 6th Street in Gravesend Tuesday morning when a domestic dispute ended with an area man barricading himself inside his home with a gun. Comment.
Bay News

Kings Bay Y honors lives lost in the Holocaust

Heartbreaking memories drew survivors to a community−wide Holocaust memorial ceremony service at the Kings Bay Y. Comment.
Bay News

Cops and the community gather 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.
Bay News

Tall salute and green thumbs up for new ‘Parkies’

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and members of the Urban Park Service celebrated the newest classes of Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol and Central Communications staff members, and honored Parkies who have contributed to the Urban Park Service’s success during an event held at the Prospect Park Picnic House. Comment.
Bay News

Free health screenings

Free health screenings and information will be offered free to the public at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Spring Health Fair, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Kings Highway Division, 3201 Kings Highway. Comment.
Bay News

Here comes BayFest ‘09

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.
Bay News

Pull up an intricately designed armchair

From a chair crafted out of tennis balls to a table hewn from a massive, curving slice of wood, the home furnishing creations of Brooklyn designers and artisans strutted like fanciful peacocks −− think, birds of a distinctly different color −− across warehouse and showroom spaces in DUMBO, all gussied up for the annual Bklyn Designs show. Comment.
Bay News

Knocking on freedom’s door at I.S. 228

The art, dance, drama, and vocal students of David A. Boody Middle School−IS 228 celebrated African−American heritage with a performance of “The Door: A Black History Journey of Freedom, Hope, and Progress” in the school’s auditorium, 228 Avenue S in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Borough hall spotlights talented kids

Young scribes and poets helped provide odes of ethnic pride when Borough Hall hosted a salute to the Land of Milk and Honey, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Public weighs in on future of DUMBO rezoning

As this paper went to press, Borough President Marty Markowitz was set to hear the public weigh in on the Department of City Planning’s proposal to rezone a wide swath of DUMBO. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Activists have a trunk−full of criticism

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Boo−ya! Circus tix 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.
Brooklyn Courier

City eager to control of BK Bridge Pk

City Parks Commissioner Adrien Benepe is licking his lips at the prospect of the city taking control over the development and administration of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bonnie, Taj to play Brooklyn live!

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

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