Friday, May 29, 2009

Williamsburg

United Baseball League returns!

The community recreation space at North Street and Central Avenue morphed into a “field of dreams” for budding Derek Jeters, who took to the green for opening day of the United Baseball League. Comment.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg Flea makes the scene

A new Sunday flea market set to open on June 14 will give the Southside a match for the Artists and Fleas market in McCarren Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Backlash against ‘robotrains’

A bill authored by a Brooklyn lawmaker mandating that subway trains that pass underwater be staffed by a train conductor recently passed the state Assembly. But it is uncertain whether the bill will come for vote in the Senate, where it has died in recent years before a vote had even been taken. Comment.
Williamsburg

Old fashioned pedal power keeps ahead of MetroCard hikes

Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sweet ULURP eludes Domino

Last week, the city’s Department of City Planning published a long list of projects certified to enter the public review ULURP process, a prelude to breaking ground on construction. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lander war chest leads pack

The much hyped, but ultimately meaningless, fight for campaign finance supremacy reached another threshold last week with candidates in the 39th Council District sizing up their opponents by the cash they’ve collected for their campaign coffers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Those ‘inhuman’ politicians

If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment.
Williamsburg

Pet lovers cruise

Don’t miss the boat on this summer’s most fabulous animal rescue benefit — a luxury Mega Yacht Cruise aboard the Atlantis, departing from the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center, June 4. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lowy takes leave; says Buddy ‘packed’ IND

A surprising rally to endorse City Council candidate John Heyer has caused a massive shake−up in the leadership of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND). Comment.
Williamsburg

Make neighbors green with envy!

The deadline to vie for the coveted Greenest Block in Brooklyn title is fast approaching. June 1 marks the last day that residents and businesses who want to use the contest as a way to build greener communities can submit applications to enter the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment.
Williamsburg

Readers stack up head & shoulders above the crowd

The Grand Street Campus High Schools (850 Grand St.) hosted their annual awards ceremony for the school cluster’s most prolific readers, honoring 17 students whose names showed up most frequently on the library’s computerized checkout database. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates ‘rezoned’

Perhaps the most revealing moment of Tuesday night’s City Council candidate forum for the 33rd District came at the very end, when candidates were asked their thoughts on the controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dining Out for a Cure puts cancer remedy on the menu

Eating out is always a treat, even more so when you know that treating yourself to a wonderful meal will help raise money for a good cause. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Magnificent seven’ clash

For the second time in as many weeks last Tuesday, the seven candidates hoping to replace David Yassky in the 33rd Council District sat down for a forum and agreed on most issues. Comment.
Williamsburg

National CPR & AED Week

National CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, a nationwide initiative designated by the US Congress to promote the importance of CPR and AED training, begins June 1. Comment.
Williamsburg

New shape of the ‘Triangle’

The latest front on the divisive community war surrounding the Broadway Triangle, the large tract of land bordering Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Bedford−Stuyvesant, will take place before Community Board 1 next month. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s chocolate man, Jacques Torres, is branching into the soft stuff. Comment.
Williamsburg

Chorus

The Brooklyn Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting open house rehearsals at 7:45 p.m., June 22. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope Dad has all the right questions for Alex Trebek

When Justin Bernbach got the call earlier this year inviting him on “Jeopardy!” he thought maybe he’d be lucky and win one game. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Meet Dr. Anjan Rau

The human body is an amazing piece of work. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lifesavers are put to the test!

A man paces frantically outside a Brooklyn university while paramedics attempt to resuscitate his wife, who is in cardiac arrest. Nearby, other FDNY EMS members in protective gear are investigating a toxic substance emitting a poisonous plume of fumes into the air. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New effort to extend statute of limitations

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

New scholarships available

A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Supporters stand tall for late firefighter

The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn Bravest, who emerged from his retirement to help with the 9⁄11 rescue and recovery effort only to later fall prey to cancer, received a financial boost from big−hearted boroughites, who organized a fundraiser in Windsor Terrace in memory of Firefighter Anthony Incarbone. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MetroTech Bid backs students

Last year, the MetroTech Business Improvement District initiated a college scholarship program, in which they created a fund that provided 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each for high school graduating seniors who were going to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pre−K graduation

The American Italian Coalition of Organizations’ annual pre−Kindergarten graduation will be held at 9:30 a.m., June 5 at AMICO Court Street Children’s Center, 292 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Class is out and the carnival is in at P.S. 154

A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a carnival at Public School 154. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Strawberry Jam at Franklin’s

Join the Friends of Community Roots Charter School for the Second Annual Strawberry Jam at Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden, 618 St. John’s Place between Classon & Franklin avenues, June 5 from 6:30−9 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lutherans invite new members

Classes will be starting for Bay Ridge residents to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church, one of Brooklyn’s most active and growing Lutheran churches. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

African monument

The National Park Service invites members of the public to an open house, June 9 from 6−8 p.m. at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 464 Washington Avenue between Greene & Gates avenues, to share ideas and expectations for the future of the African Burial Ground National Monument. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Summer street coming

Four blocks of Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians for Summer Streets on Vanderbilt Avenue, every Sunday in June (June 7, 14, 21 & 28) from 12−5 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s Psychedelic on Pier 5

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Support group

New York Methodist will hold a Hepatitis C Support Group, June 2 from 6−7:30 p.m. at 501 Sixth Street in the Wesley House (across the street from the hospital), classroom 6A; take the elevator to the sixth floor and make a left. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Modern Israeli politics through a rabbinical prism

Americans for a Safe Israel presents a lecture by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum on “Israel and the Nations: Understanding Prophecy and the Redemption Process” at 7:30 p.m., June 3 at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 401 Ninth Street between Sixth & Seventh avenues in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tish outpaces challenger

Incumbent 35th District City Councilmember Letitia (Tish) James has caught up and surpassed her upstart challenger Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa in money−rasing for the September Democratic primary. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hot wheels: car theft up

Crime in the Park Slope vicinity, including Prospect Park, is exactly at the same level it was last year. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn fashionistas takes on homelessness

Celebrate an unwavering commitment to ending homelessness in Brooklyn at the annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends gala benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), June 2 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City balks at ‘super’ rush

All we need, city officials implored the Environmental Protection Agency this week, is just a little patience. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Top cops put kibosh on ‘goth goons’

Two patrol officers nabbed a couple of thugs in the course of a day’s work and wound up receiving the 78th Police Precinct’s “Cop of the Month” award for their quick action. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Key Food teams up with P.S. 154

Continuing a long−standing partnership with Public School 154, the Windsor Terrace Key Food on Prospect Avenue joined in helping the PTA of the school to have another successful annual “spring fling.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Land a job

Keynote speaker and Human Resources Executive Arthur Danger will present “Interviews, Resumes, and Recruiters,” an analysis on how employees choose successful applicants and how you can influence their choice, 7 p.m., June 2 at Ozzie’s, 321 Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lions exorcise Blue Devils for win

It looked like Poly Prep was finally getting to Phillip Seay. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

4−peat for Poly Prep gals

Mildred Piscopo remembers well the first time Victoria Capozucca was in this position. The ace right−hander was an eighth grader on varsity at Poly Prep and in the circle for the Blue Devils against Marymount in the NYSAISAA championship game. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Doggone good and environmentally friendly!

Family fun took center stage at a day long event held May 16 at Coffey Park. The environmental stewardship and park appreciation event kicked off with a family dog training workshop, hosted by the group Red Hook Dogs, followed by family yoga, by Red Hook Yoga Studio and Drawing ,and a tree survey led by Kentler International Drawing Space and Coffey Park Gardeners. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rezoning helps define candidates

Perhaps the most revealing moment of Tuesday night’s City Council candidate forum for the 33rd District came at the very end, when candidates were asked their thoughts on the controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cops saluted for putting kibosh on muggings

A trio of cops from the 84th Precinct were honored last week for their hand in ending a disturbing wave of street robberies in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bklyn Bridge rehab work gearing up

Work is slated to start on the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge later this year and continue through 2014, Department of Transportation officials said last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Endgame for Dock St. saga

With both supporters and opponents waiting with bated breath, the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project is winding its way through the City Council for a final thumbs up or down under the city’s rezoning process. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Simon leads others in fundraising

Jo Anne Simon has surpassed Steve Levin as the leading fundraiser in the battle to replace David Yassky for the 33rd district City Council seat. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Topping out’ toast 400 feet over DeKalb Avenue

The star was a 9,000−pound bucket of concrete, hoisted 400 feet up in the air. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

No partridges in uprooted pear trees

Nothing lost, nothing gained. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Habana Outpost crowd parties hearty

Fun and friendship shared the spotlight with sizzling attractions when the Big Apple’s first solar−powered restaurant shut down a portion of Fort Greene for one of the borough’s first block parties of the season. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Landmark status for ‘Ma Bell’ on Bridge Street

Area dignitaries joined members of the business community to designate an “architectural masterpiece” as a city landmark in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Heroics of ordinary people’

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes recognized five local heroes who have gone out of their way, sometimes at great risk, to help victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bogus gift card scam

It’s okay to look a gift card in the mouth, according to the top cop at the 84th Precinct. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City Point Tower deal left to stall

From a massive 65−story tower with mixed retail⁄residential uses at the Dekalb⁄Flatbush intersection to a hole in the ground that threatens to blight the Fulton Mall. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kings Courier

Snappy salute: residents honor U.S. Veterans

If you love freedom, hail a vet. Comment.
Kings Courier

Board balks at temple expansion

Community Board 18 last week turned down a synagogue’s expansion plans, arguing that the proposal would alter the nature and character of the community, adding traffic and parking congestion to the area. Comment.
Kings Courier

Good scouts: salute to committee members

Three Boy Scout Unit 238 committee members were awarded for “outstanding dedication” to the Troops during a Crossover Ceremony held at St. Edmund Church, in which the Cub Scouts become Boy Scouts. Comment.
Kings Courier

New members of Arista at I.S. 234

Ace students were given an academic salute during an Arista induction at from William Arthur Cunningham Intermediate School 234. Comment.
Kings Courier

Keep your stinkin’ arts

The Department of Education is extending an olive branch to angry Marine Park residents — but parents aren’t interested. Comment.
Kings Courier

East Midwood Jewish ctr. fling

The borough’s golden set sparkled on the dance floor as it tripped the light fantastic and toasted a new season with a spring fling at the East Midwood Jewish Center. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cops intercept curious trio, uncover illegal weapon

Talk about getting more than you bargained for. Comment.
Kings Courier

Swine flu to return with a ‘vengeance’

As more cases of swine flu are announced practically daily by various news bureaus, Beth Israel Medical Center on Kings Highway is working diligently to prevent future outbreaks, said Rhona Hetsrony, Beth Israel’s Vice President. Comment.
Kings Courier

Mill Island Civic Association laurels

Rites and festivity were on the agenda when the Mill Island Civic Association held a gala awards night at El Caribe Country Club. Comment.
Kings Courier

Yeshiva of crown heights holds torah fair

Students displayed their knowledge of all things Jewish during a Torah fair at the Yeshiva of Crown Heights. Comment.
Flatbush

New face to come at Nostrand

Nostrand Playground is about to get a $1.9 million makeover. Comment.
Flatbush

Church ave. traffic fix

One−way traffic could be in Church Avenue’s future. Comment.
Flatbush

P.S. 198 holds gala arts festival

Pint−sized Rembrandts and Michealangelos commanded the spotlight and shared their wondrous works with an admiring audience during an arts festival at Public School 198. Comment.
Canarsie

Second annual track & field event

The Community District Education Council 18 will hold its Second Annual Track and Field event at South Shore High School field, 6565 Flatlands Avenue at Ralph Avenue, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Keep the Watch conference on Flatbush Av.

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

Berkeley Carroll upsets number 1 Poly Prep 4−1

Poly Prep had a sound strategy coming into the NYSAISAA championship game. The Blue Devils coaching staff knew Berkeley Carroll starter Phillip Seay had thrown 98 pitches in five innings on Sunday in the semifinals and tossed a five−out save on Saturday in the quarters. Comment.
Canarsie

Crime and the economy

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

K−9 trouble at Canarsie park

Dogs running in Canarsie Park off their leash can be a danger, as one local resident found out. Comment.
Canarsie

New scholarships from 1800−wheelchair

A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment.
Canarsie

Fashion takes on homelessness

Celebrate an unwavering commitment to ending homelessness in Brooklyn at the annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends gala benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), June 2 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Swap and shop’ at the BKLYN Yard this month

Talk about a recession special: Next weekend, the best things in Gowanus will be free. Comment.
Canarsie

Your comprehensive guide to neighborhood 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. 332. Comment.
Canarsie

Free or low−cost health insurance for kids and families

As layoffs continue to mount amid the recession, more New Yorkers suddenly find themselves unemployed and without essential health insurance coverage. Comment.
Canarsie

67th Pct. sees crime statistics fall

While it’s still an active precinct, crime continues to tumble in the 67th Precinct, which covers the streets of East Flatbush. Comment.
Canarsie

Dining out for a Cure’ returning

Eating out is always a treat, even more so when you know that treating yourself to a wonderful meal will help raise money for a good cause. Comment.
Canarsie

Showcase for talented youngsters

Bringing down the house… Comment.
Canarsie

CPR and AED training awareness

National CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, a nationwide initiative designated by the US Congress to promote the importance of CPR and AED training, begins June 1. Comment.
Canarsie

Community Board 17 education forum

The Community Board 17 Education Committee is sponsoring an education forum from 2−6 p.m., May 30 at Samuel Tilden High School, 5700 Tilden Avenue and 58th Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie salutes American veterans

If you love liberty, thank a vet. Comment.
Canarsie

Area land deal is a real ‘steel’

With a unanimous vote, Community Board 18 last week approved the terms of a business agreement between the city and a homegrown business intent on expanding. Comment.
Canarsie

Standing tall on the hill

Opponents are likely to hear plenty from Kasceim Graham come the CHSAA Class A intersectional playoffs. Comment.
Canarsie

Lions exorcise Blue Devils for win

It looked like Poly Prep was finally getting to Phillip Seay. Comment.
Canarsie

4−peat for Poly prep gals

Mildred Piscopo remembers well the first time Victoria Capozucca was in this position. The ace right−hander was an eighth grader on varsity at Poly Prep and in the circle for the Blue Devils against Marymount in the NYSAISAA championship game. Comment.
Canarsie

Jefferson H.S. standout sets sights on Morgan State

Keith Spellman is without a school no longer. Comment.
Canarsie

Russian cultural celebrations

As part of the monthlong Seventh Annual Russian Heritage Festival, June 1−30, the Russian American Foundation is holding two community events at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Ocean Parkway & Seabreeze Avenue, in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn Comment.
Canarsie

Asian Pacific Heritage Fest

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.
Canarsie

Flatbush Avenue Street fair coming

The Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District Street Fair will be held May 31, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment.
Canarsie

Inside peek at the new Kings Highway library

The Brooklyn Public Library’s Kings Highway branch doesn’t open until June 11 but this paper got a sneak peek at the new digs. Comment.
Canarsie

Set sail with other animal lovers

Don’t miss the boat on this summer’s most fabulous animal rescue benefit — a luxury Mega Yacht Cruise aboard the Atlantis, departing from the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center, June 4. Comment.
Bay News

DOE floats arts plan for I.S. 278

The Department of Education is extending an olive branch to angry Marine Park residents — but parents aren’t interested. Comment.

Apply now to be the Greenest Block in Brooklyn

The deadline to vie for the coveted Greenest Block in Brooklyn title is fast approaching. June 1 marks the last day that residents and businesses who want to use the contest as a way to build greener communities can submit applications to enter the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment.

Girls plummet 12 feet after grate collapses

A freak accident in which nearly three dozen female students were injured in a 12−foot fall has prompted area legislators to demand that all schools −− public and private −− hold routine safety inspections of their properties. Comment.

Welfare at the mansion

A Bay Ridge couple who lost a son in one of the most gripping organized crime dramas of the 1990s were taken into custody last week on charges that they scammed over $33,000 in welfare benefits from the city while owning and maintaining 13 properties throughout the borough and beyond. Comment.

More Brooklynites biking to work

Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment.

Standing for valor and courage

A 21−gun salute and static displays provided the pageantry when borough patriots flocked to Fort Hamilton Army Base to view a parade of ships as it sailed along New York Harbor, jumpstarting Fleet Week in New York with a bang. Comment.

Thor equities goes topless

The tents on Stillwell Avenue were still missing this Memorial Day, but Thor Equities’ much ballyhooed “Festival by the Sea” made a go of it anyway. Comment.

Kenneth Dolan Memorial 5k Run coming

The Belmont Stakes, the last leg of horse racing’s “Triple Crown,” takes place on June 6. The next day, the first leg of the “Brooklyn Triple Crown” will commence with the (two−legged) running of the Kenneth Dolan Memorial 5k run in Prospect Park. Comment.

Swine flu to be back with a ‘vengeance’

As more cases of swine flu are announced practically daily by various news bureaus, Beth Israel Medical Center on Kings Highway is working diligently to prevent future outbreaks, said Rhona Hetsrony, Beth Israel’s Vice President. Comment.

Some rev their engines for parking permits

Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment.

Cops to flood Brighton, Coney

Following a rash of violent crimes, the 60th Precinct covering Coney Island and Brighton Beach has quietly instituted an ‘Impact Zone.’ Comment.

Robberies linked to one crew

Workers at two auto parts franchises have been assailed by robbers in recent holdups – crimes that are hauntingly similar to another series of robberies that resulted in arrests. Comment.

Asser Levy showdown looming

Two competing impressions of the new amphitheater planned for Asser Levy Seaside Park — one fanciful, the other nightmarish — collided head−on in Coney Island last week at a contentious and often ugly meeting of Community Board 13’s parks committee, held at the New York Aquarium’s Education Hall. Comment.

Local cops report drop in crime

Crime continues to be down by double digits in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. Comment.

Students unveil Visionary mural at McKinley

Mighty Zeus must be giving them an A−plus from the heavens above. Comment.

Community salutes veterans

If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment.

Support for Walter L. Johnson renaming

Someday soon, a founding father of Dyker Heights may get the recognition he has long deserved. Comment.

A welcome ‘cover−up’

After years of holding their noses, Bay Ridge residents living near the Owls Head Water Treatment Plant may soon be able to sniff the roses. Comment.

Bay Ridge Lions celebrates with lots of pride

A veteran grassroots gladiator added another feather in her cap of community work when the Bay Ridge Lions Club installed Patricia Killen as its new president. Comment.

Five−star rating

Lutheran Medical Center has received a top five−star rating for spine surgery, and is best rated in the Brooklyn−Staten Island area for overall orthopedics, by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings company. Comment.

Justice Ctr. seeks to heal the wounds inflicted by violence

Whenever he gets the opportunity, it seems, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes makes a point of talking up his office’s Family Justice Center. Comment.

That’s a lot of shoe leather

Forty−seven years – and still going strong. Comment.

Brave heart: Supporters honor late firefighter

The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn Bravest, who emerged from his retirement to help with the 9⁄11 rescue and recovery effort only to later fall prey to cancer, received a financial boost from big−hearted boroughites, who organized a fundraiser in Windsor Terrace in memory of Firefighter Anthony Incarbone. Comment.

Red, white and blue salute to the armed forces

Against the thunder of a 21−gun salute, a sea of red, white and blue triumphed in Bay Ridge as flag−waving patriots took to the streets to recall the valor of America’s war heroes with a Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the United War Veterans of Kings County Memorial Day Parade Committee. Comment.

Garden of community delights at the narrows

Family frolics were on the agenda as mom, dad and the kids headed to Bay Ridge for a day of community fun at the Narrows Botanical Garden. Comment.

Lutheran classes

Classes will be starting for Bay Ridge residents to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church, one of Brooklyn’s most active and growing Lutheran churches. Comment.

Educator of the Year

The New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth & Citizenship Program announced that Madeleine D. Brennan, principal of Dyker Heights Junior High School−IS 201 has been named Educator of the Year. Comment.
Parenting

Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5

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

Kids can learn how to play tennis for free

The New York Junior Tennis League’s annual spring program is offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Comment.
Bay News

Thompson, Avella to square off here

The American Heritage Democratic Organization (AHDO) will hold a forum for the Democratic candidates for mayor at 7 p.m., June 1 at The American Legion Hall, 345 78th Street (between Third & Fourth avenues), second floor in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Outstanding volunteer makes auxiliary 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

New effort to extend statute of limitations

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

New effort to honor the late Bob Buonvino

During his lifetime, Bob Buonvino dedicated himself to many civic causes but none, arguably, was more important to him than the preservation of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, at 18th Avenue and 83rd Street. Comment.
Bay News

Sirico’s Caterers hosts annual amico awards gala

Five community representatives were rewarded with plaudits and words of appreciation when the American−Italian Coalition of Organizations (AMICO) held its annual awards reception at Sirico’s Caterers. Comment.
Bay News

A bad bunch of hombres in Brighton

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

YM−YWHA gives special salute to luminaries

Those who make Brooklyn jive and thrive received plaudits galore at a community recognition night, presented by the Kings Bay YM−YWHA. Comment.
Bay News

Gowanus rezoning nears ULURP

The city’s plan to rezone a large area near the Gowanus Canal inched forward this week in Borough Hall. Comment.
Bay News

DOE offers arts sweetener to charter school plan

The Department of Education is extending an olive branch to angry Marine Park residents — but parents aren’t interested. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Williamsburg

1800wheelchair.com announces scholarships

A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hero cops snatch troubled man from the brink

Police officers aim to “protect and serve,” the old saying goes. Sometimes, this means protecting people from themselves. Comment.
Williamsburg

Say bye−bye to Black Betty

On June 15, Black Betty, the popular Williamsburg Middle Eastern eatery and live music venue that was one of the first bars in the neighborhood to cater to the “hipster” scene when it opened in 1999, will close. Comment.
Williamsburg

Robberies, thefts drive spike

Although crime is down 6.5 percent from its levels of this time last year, this past month has not been a good one for the 94th Precinct, which encompasses Williamsburg north of Metropolitan Avenue and Greenpoint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Murdoch donates $5.5 million

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.
Williamsburg

New effort to institute parking permits; Bloomberg administration isn’t buying it

Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops probe site of shootout

Looking for evidence... Comment.
Williamsburg

Burglars have hot time in the Burg

While crime in the 90th Precinct remains significantly down from last year’s levels, the precinct has seen a spike in burglaries over the past month. Comment.
Williamsburg

New addition on McKibbin Street

A new not−for−profit industrial center opened in Williamsburg this week, dedicated to retaining manufacturing in the community. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Business Summit coming to PolyTech University

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.
Williamsburg

Simon leads the fundraising pack

Jo Anne Simon has surpassed Steve Levin as the leading fundraiser in the battle to replace David Yassky for the 33rd district City Council seat. Comment.
Williamsburg

Swine flu freakout

The swine−flu scare has come to Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dad stabs his child in the head

Cops keep watch outside a Jefferson Avenue home where a man recently stabbed his child in the head with a butter knife. Comment.
Williamsburg

Many are up the creek without a park

A large group of North Brooklyn parks advocates marched on Saturday to call attention to the open space they say the city promised them in the 2005 rezoning but has largely not delivered. Comment.
Williamsburg

Talking ‘money’

The Kane Street Synagogue will present a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Late Night Shavuot Study on “Money: Teachings from Classical Jewish Texts” May 28 at the shul, 236 Kane Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

G line to be extended

The G train is coming to Church Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Thousands flock to this year’s Graham Avenue Fiesta

Despite an ominous forecast, the weather held out for Saturday’s Graham Avenue Fiesta, the annual introduction to summer presented by the Graham Avenue Business Improvement District on the bustling Williamsburg commercial strip known as the “Avenue of Puerto Rico.” Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ quiz separates candidates

At Tuesday night’s 33rd Council District candidates’ forum, sponsored by the New Kings Democrats, most candidates agreed on most issues, which is par for the course for such events. Comment.
Williamsburg

Swine could chase cons to Brooklyn

In the wake of a swine flu outbreak at Rikers Island, city Department of Correction officials last week did not rule out transferring inmates to the Brooklyn House of Detention. Comment.

CHSAA boys’ volleyball championship match preview

At a Glance: CHSAA boys’ volleyball championship match Comment.

Jefferson star Spellman commits to Morgan State

Keith Spellman is without a school no longer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Polluted Gowanus Canal fouls up rezoning

A controversial proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site has left a ballyhooed plan to rezone the surrounding neighborhood stuck in the mud, this paper has learned. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bike path rethink urged

Community Board 6 last week urged the city to tweak its plan for a bicycle path along Prospect Park West, a roadway that will either be made safer or, critics say, more dangerous if the scheme is enacted. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Nazi−era ‘runes’ put local authorities on alert

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Mother⁄Daughter Health Day

The Girls for Gender Equality’s Fourth Annual Mother Daughter Health and Play Day will be held May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pacific School −PS 38, corner of Nevins and Pacific streets. Admission is free. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

East meets west

The 100−foot long tunnel below Willoughby Street linking two sets of subway lines from across Brooklyn would do Indiana Jones proud — except workers found no lost tomb or buried treasure when digging it. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

NYRR Half−Marathon to wrap up in Coney

Nearly 10,000 runners plan to take part in the NYRR Half−Marathon Grand Prix Presented by Continental Airlines: Brooklyn, a 13.1−mile journey that starts in Prospect Park and finishes on the boardwalk at Coney Island, May 30. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swap meet coming up May 30

Talk about a recession special: Next weekend, the best things in Gowanus will be free. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Free or low−cost health insurance

As layoffs continue to mount amid the recession, more New Yorkers suddenly find themselves unemployed and without essential health insurance coverage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

You can park it with a permit

Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LIU holds stellar 2009 commencement exercises

Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns, music−industry giants Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and award−winning journalist Ron Chernow were among the notables who helped students celebrate the culmination of a successful academic year with graduation day rites and festivities at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Landowners oppose Superfund

A powerful coalition of landowners and developers has formed to battle a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, a plan they warn could stifle the area’s hard−fought progress. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn Business Summit

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Fare−free commute: National Bike to Work Day

Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Keep 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.
Brooklyn Courier

‘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.
Brooklyn Courier

Neighborhood life is grand in Willowtown

Good cheer, neighborliness and a nudge to the social conscience set the tone for an afternoon of simple pleasures in Willowtown where mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with visitors to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the handsome, history−steeped red brick community in Brooklyn Heights with a special salute to its visionary – affordable housing pioneer Alfred Tredway White [1846−1921]. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kapur: Carroll Gardens ‘is working’

The city pledged last week to protect the low−rise nature of Carroll Gardens, initiating a rezoning aimed at preserving the neighborhood’s particular aesthetic. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kick the habit with free patches, gum

With a pack of cigarettes rising to more than $9, the city is relaunching its efforts to encourage smokers to quit their deadly habit. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tenth Annual Metro SportsMed Awards

Metro SportsMed presents the Tenth Annual Metro Sportsmed Scholar Athlete Awards Program. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

20 solid blocks full of Fabulous fun & games

Frolickers headed for a splash of spring fun as the “Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair” got underway in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New meaning to ‘meter maid’

You get more than parking for your quarter on Montague Street these days. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Tish now raises more money than Dee

Incumbent 35th District City Councilmember Letitia (Tish) James has caught up and surpassed her upstart challenger Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa in money−rasing for the September Democratic primary. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Students go from the classroom to the stage

A rapt audience received a lesson in showmanship from starry−eyed drama students at New Horizons Middle School, who ignited the auditorium with their rollicking presentation of the Disney crowd−pleaser, “High School on Stage!” Comment.

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