Friday, June 5, 2009

Williamsburg

Free tennis lessons for kids

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.
Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel: What on the Court Calendar

Judges closer to winning their raises Comment.
Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel: What’s on the Court Calendar

Judges closer to winning their raises Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Coping with your hot flashes

Hot flashes — they start with a sudden flush, the feeling that your internal thermostat’s been turned up, and spontaneous perspiration. Many women know the sensation all too well. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Finger’ will be clipped

Even though a city body upheld a permit allowing the so−called “Finger Building” to rise to 16 stories last December, the structure – a controversial high−rise at 144 N. 8th Street that has been under construction for several years – will not rise to its maximum allowable height, its developer confirmed. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklynites go medieval for spring

Just call it Aviator Sports & Recreation−shire! Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Fit as a fiddle for motherhood

Planning for a new baby can be an exciting task for most parents−to−be. Many pregnant women anticipate how the baby will affect the family dynamic or the best ways to save for college tuition. But did you know that some of the most important details for ensuring a healthy baby can be planned even before you get pregnant? Comment.
Williamsburg

Fundraisers have long way to go to convert old firehouse

Organizers hoping to raise the near $2 million needed to convert the former Firehouse 212 into a multi−purpose community center hosted an event last Friday celebrating the money they have raised so far – and showing how much further they still have to go. Comment.
Williamsburg

175−block rezoning effort underway

The City Planning Commission held a public hearing this past Wednesday regarding the rezoning of the “inland” portion of Williamsburg and Greenpoint not covered in the area’s waterfront rezoning in 2005. Comment.
Williamsburg

MetroTech BID scholarships

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.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Tips for staying healthy after 50

How can you stay healthy after age 50? Here are some tips for women. Comment.
Williamsburg

Just a little too much democracy for Markowitz

Former President George W. Bush was always fond of saying how much easier governing the United States would be if only it were a dictatorship. Old Number 43 may be history, but that sentiment about our democracy has apparently not faded out with him. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wrong turn on Kent

Last Wednesday, the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled a plan it hoped would quell the unrest surrounding the controversial Kent Avenue bike lanes, which the agency installed last October as a prelude to the Brooklyn Greenway. Comment.
Williamsburg

Just too much democracy for Marty

Former President George W. Bush was always fond of saying how much easier governing the United States would be if only it were a dictatorship. Old Number 43 may be history, but that sentiment about our democracy has apparently not faded out with him. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dr. Oz offers up a healthy prescription

Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz offered the lowdown on well−being, while Miss Cyclone provided the eye−candy during a community health fair in Williamburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: The truth about women’s health issues

Test Your Knowledge about Women’s Health Comment.
Williamsburg

Bad economy, hard drugs and the corner store stick−up

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

Organ donation

The Kane Street Synagogue presents Robert Berman, a pioneering activist and founder of the Halachic Organ Donation Society, who will discuss “Organ Donation: Jewish law and modern needs,” a lecture and discussion during Shabbat morning services, June 13, approximately 11:15 a.m. at 236 Kane Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney pulls hard for great ‘09

The Great Coney Island Tug of War held on the sand in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel went to “Wall Street” this weekend − but no one is feeling ripped off. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coalition re−defines Triangle

The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition (BTCC), comprising the 40−plus community groups protesting the city’s rezoning plan for the Broadway Triangle, presented its own vision for the Triangle at a raucous meeting this past Monday at Williamsburg’s P.S. 250 (108 Montrose Avenue). Comment.
Williamsburg

New fears about the safety of our drinking water

The machinations of energy companies in upstate New York could have a devastating impact on Brooklyn’s drinking water, a local lawmaker warned last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

North 1st Street resident narrowly escapes crushing

A North 1st Street resident was nearly crushed to death when his building suffered a partial collapse, officials said this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

St. Nicholas group steps forward

A walk to work by big−hearted Brooklynites translated into big bucks for disadvantaged youngsters hoping to attend camp this summer when the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corp. held its annual St. Nick’s benefit walk in Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

Jon and Kate Gosselin created more than a reality show — they created a nightmare, especially for their children. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

Whatever happened to... Comment.
Williamsburg

Treat your Dad like a real MVP

The Brooklyn Cyclones invite fans to show dad he’s MVP this Father’s Day, June 21st at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, by inviting him for a special catch in the outfield grass prior to the team’s 5 p.m. game. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pinstripe celebrity returning to old stomping grounds

Dom Scala, who went from the dusty fields of 1960s era McCarren Park all the way to Yankee Stadium as the team’s bullpen coach, will come back to his home community to talk baseball with area children. Comment.
High School Sports

Wolves’ loss no reason to howl

Gina Lopez was visibly upset. Her 20th−seeded Grand Street Campus softball team had just lost to No. 13 Bayside, 12−2 in six innings, on Thursday in the first round of the PSAL Class A softball playoffs. Comment.
Williamsburg

S.L.A.M. Warehouse sends in the clowns to fight recession

A Williamsburg party seeks to turn the frown wrought by the current economic climate upside down by bringing the circus to town and sending in the clowns. Comment.
Williamsburg

The art of nourishing young minds at McCarren Park

In addition to featuring more established D.I.Y. artists, Artists & Fleas’ “Market in McCarren,” which runs every Saturday through the summer, has the additional benefit of providing a venue for Williamsburg’s more up−and−coming artists. Comment.
Williamsburg

Art for Social Justice at El Puente

Hector Calderon, principal of El Puente Academy of peace and justice, eloquently summed up a central tenet of El Puente, the North Brooklyn community organization. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cops: we ‘bagged’ grocery goons

Cops have rounded up the grocery goons allegedly responsible for a two−month−long robbery spree where six delis were raided. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope Farmers’ Market feeds the nabe

Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm−fresh delights on opening day of the Park Slope Farmers’ Market. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pint−sized kids; big hearts

Newly coiffed cuties Jordan Pittari (left) and pal Ashley Gallo, both 6, clipped their way into the hearts of underprivileged and ailing peers by lopping off their long tresses and donating their gleaming manes to Locks of Love, which makes hairpieces for children. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Focus on Health: Blue mommies: coping with bouts of depression

One of the most common affliction affecting women is depression during and after pregnancy. This article will lend some insight into this condition. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

MTA close to sale of the Vanderbilt Yards

MTA officials confirmed last week that they expect to come to an agreement with developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) on the sale of the Vanderbilt Yards section of the 22−acre Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Exciting events for older adults

CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Older Adult Services offers a wide array of services and free activities for seniors. Among their offerings are. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Heyer: I’m not afraid of Lambda forum

John Heyer is not going to let his conservative views get in the way of a possible endorsement. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

You folks go to the head of the class

Brooklyn educators delivered a tall tribute to their local supporters during a breakfast forum, presented by the Community Education Council of District 15. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Deadline looms for transition to digital television

The transition from analog to digital is quickly approaching, and many consumers are continuing to upgrade their outdated televisions in preparation of the June 12 deadline. While the switch to digital means better sound and picture quality, it also means more electronics entering the waste stream. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Borough’s first cohousing complex

The families preparing to move into Brooklyn’s first cohousing project are not just a group of community−minded folks. They’re environmentally minded, too. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Admirals’ Row demolition

Despite the angst of preservationists, the Army National Guard approved the demolition of nine of the 11 now−derelict houses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard known as Admirals’ Row. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New scorecard on ‘inhumane’ pols

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.
Brooklyn Courier

2009 Nurse of Distinction Award

“I function day to day on a simple premise,” said Mervis Smith, RN, a post anesthesia care unit nurse at New York Methodist Hospital. “If I take today and live it well, work to the best of my ability, then that day becomes the premise on which tomorrow is built.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Two more BK schools shutter in the face of swine flu fears

Suspected swine flu slammed the doors shut on two Red Hook schools this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Annuity wkshop

Adam Abraham of First United American Life Insurance Company will present an annuity workshop at the Aviator Sport and Recreation Complex, 5 Hangar Drive in Floyd Bennett Field, June 16 from 12:30−1:30 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pedaling into petition drive

Forget about winning hearts and minds. At this stage of the game, its all about petition signatures. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cop Shot − Not!

At a time when an off−duty cop was shot down by a fellow officer in Harlem, a Park Slope resident picked a poor way to vent his outrage at a police officer who had arrested him on a minor drug charge. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City is hungry to lure new food vendor to Carroll Park; activists voice concern

Carroll Gardens activists were caught off guard last week to learn that the city Parks Department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to put a food vender in Carroll Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SuperFund foes face backlash over flier

A glossy flier urging residents to “just say no” to designating the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site is turning off some of the very people it was created to sway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Retired general talks torture

The O’Dovovan Rossa Society will host a talk, “State Terrorism: From Torture to Murder – Lessons Learned from Abu Ghraib to Castlereagh,” with Brigader General Ret. James Cullen at 7:30 p.m., June 10 at Rocky Sullivan’s Pub, 34 Van Dyke Street (at Dwight Street) in Red Hook. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lowy: it would be unfair for me to remain president of IND

In a parting message to the candidates in the 39th Councilmanic District, Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND) President Kenn Lowy had one wish: for everyone to play nice together. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greenway tix

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s annual benefit, New Views 2009, brings you to another new waterfront destination, June 18 June 18 from 6−9 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Let Legends Car & Limo get you there

Who says all car services are alike? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Runners rumble thru Coney Island

Close to 10,000 runners pounded the wooden warrior at Coney Island, joyously, culminating the New York Road Runners Half−Marathon Grand Prix, which began at Prospect Park and ended at Coney’s famous Riegelmann Boardwalk. Comment.
High School Sports

Hands down, Midwood rules!

Give them a hand. Comment.
High School Sports

Elimination stings feisty Falcons

In each of Mike Hanrahan’s two seasons as the Bishop Ford baseball coach, he has seen vast improvements. The Falcons have made the playoffs both years, their league record has gotten better and they even beat defending CHSAA Class A intersectional champion Xaverian this spring. Comment.
High School Sports

The tennis ball is in her court

Hannah Berner said she would love to be thought of as a role model for other girls. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Grease is still the word in Brooklyn

Stellar students stole the show when they took to the stage for a rollicking performance of “Grease” at Middle School 51. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Farmers market

With twice as many vendors, the Sunday Farmers Market in Park Slope, held on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be a one−stop−shop for neighborhood residents this season. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Russian cultural festival

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.
Brooklyn Courier

PAL health fair

The Police Athletic League (PAL) Miccio Headstart Center will hold its annual health fair for Head Start and other families in Red Hook, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pal Miccio Center, 120 West Ninth Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Summer festival

The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters, a third−year public middle school in Fort Greene, invites families and community members to attend its 2nd Annual SummerFest on June 20th, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the school located at 225 Adelphi Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Terriers anticipate front−court boost

St. Francis College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Nash announced that Alexander Harrington has signed a national letter−of−intent to join the Terriers for the 2009−2010 season. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cops claim gains despite spree

Although two robbery teams made it a point to wend their way through the command during their borough−wide crime sprees, robberies in the 63rd Precinct have been cut in half over the last month, according to recently released NYPD statistics. Comment.
Kings Courier

Brooklyn clan holds its breath for astro−cousin

Members of the Midwood Active Adults Program held their breath as they awaited the return of the cousin of one of its members from space. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Absolutely gorgeous’ plan for Seba Playground

Despite the tough state of the economy, the city is showing that not everything needs to be downsized — at least in Gerritsen Beach. Comment.
Kings Courier

70th cops have crime on the run

While felony crime continues to drop in Flatbush, the commanding officer of the 70th Precinct is vowing that now is not the time to rest. Comment.
Kings Courier

P.S. 207 students shine bright in the spotlight

Starry−eyed students engaged rapt visitors with their showmanship during a spring concert at Public School 207. Comment.
Kings Courier

P.S. 255 celebrates music and poetry

Public School 255’s favorite BookPAL, actor Paul Hecht and fellow musicians brought music and poetry to the school as a culmination to National Poetry Month. Comment.
Flatbush

‘Change’ invoked on local board

Infighting may be rearing its ugly head once again on Community Board 17. Comment.
Flatbush

Keeping Brooklyn Safe

They go out and address quality−of−life crimes and wind up making a difference. Comment.
Flatbush

Peter Pan live

Public School 217−The Col. David Marcus School will present “Peter Pan” at 6:30 p.m., June 6 in the school’s auditorium, 1100 Newkirk Avenue. Comment.
Flatbush

That’s how the Twinkie crumbles

Wonder Bread has given way to weeds, and Twinkies to trash, at the shuttered Hostess Thrift Store at Albany Avenue and Farragut Road. Comment.
Flatbush

BK goes medieval!

Just call it Aviator Sports & Recreation−shire! Comment.
Flatbush

Frolicking fun at flat bid fest

Spring spectacles abounded in the nabe when the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District held a street fair, featuring fun for the whole family. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Rush Hour Benefit to Terminate Hunger’

St. John’s Bread & Life (SJB&L), Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is holding its first “Rush Hour Benefit to Terminate Hunger” at Grand Central Station’s Northeast Balcony, June 24 from 5−8 p.m. by the elevator at Track #23. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City gets serious about Gardens rezone

The Department of City Planning this week announced the beginning of the formal review for an 86−block contextual rezoning of the Carroll Gardens and Columbia Street district, an effort to preserve some of the most unique, verdant, low−scale and beautiful blocks in the city, the agency said. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dyker golf outing

Capt. John McKenna and the LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Portside encourages retro−Red Hook effort

The Red Hook experience could be yours — for the right price. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 32 showcases students’ academic prowess

The Red Hook experience could be yours — for the right price. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

A fine homecoming Comment.
Features

A Britisher’s View

In a perfect world, crime would cease to exist, and dedicated NYPD officers, such as Omar Edwards and Andrew Dunton, would not be the victims of yet another act of flagrant lawlessness by yet another flagrant law−breaker. Comment.
Canarsie

Coping with your hot flashes

Hot flashes — they start with a sudden flush, the feeling that your internal thermostat’s been turned up, and spontaneous perspiration. Many women know the sensation all too well. Comment.
Canarsie

Deadline for digital TV conversion

The transition from analog to digital is quickly approaching, and many consumers are continuing to upgrade their outdated televisions in preparation of the June 12 deadline. While the switch to digital means better sound and picture quality, it also means more electronics entering the waste stream. Comment.
Canarsie

City drums up support for mayor

Learn NY’s grassroots coalition of 78 education programs, community−based organizations and faith−based institutions kicked−off a five−borough bus tour to highlight the overwhelming public support for mayoral control. With the deadline for renewing the mayoral control law just weeks away, parents and educators came together to thank the State Legislature for enacting mayoral control in 2002 and to call on them to renew the law this June. Comment.
Canarsie

25 stellar years on the job

A 25−year veteran who helped the city and NYPD on the beat and behind the scenes was honored for her many years of faithful service last week. Comment.
Canarsie

Armed to the teeth

A cache of bullets was recovered from an East 89th Street home after a 24−year−old resident allegedly took potshots at a couple passing by his second−floor window and then refused to surrender when the NYPD came calling. Comment.
Canarsie

Elimination stings Falcons

In each of Mike Hanrahan’s two seasons as the Bishop Ford baseball coach, he has seen vast improvements. The Falcons have made the playoffs both years, their league record has gotten better and they even beat defending CHSAA Class A intersectional champion Xaverian this spring. Comment.
Canarsie

Organ donation talk

The Kane Street Synagogue presents Robert Berman, a pioneering activist and founder of the Halachic Organ Donation Society, who will discuss “Organ Donation: Jewish law and modern needs,” a lecture and discussion during Shabbat morning services, June 13, approximately 11:15 a.m. at 236 Kane Street. Comment.
Canarsie

African Burial Ground forum

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.
Canarsie

Con Edison hails Brooklynite

Brooklyn resident Nathaniel Howard, a senior specialist in Con Edison’s gas engineering department, received Con Edison’s highest honor, the company’s “Living Our Values” award, during a gala held by the 73 year−old utility company. Comment.
Canarsie

Kid left overnight at school

Following a series of missteps, a fifth−grade student at one local public school reportedly ended up spending the night there undetected, officials confirmed this week. Comment.
Canarsie

MetroTech BID offers scholarships

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.
Canarsie

Old−timers go sewer−to−sewer

Sewer−to−sewer dingers wowed the crowd as golden street−warriors squared off against each other during a reunion stickball game in Sheepshead Bay, proving that when it comes to pounding the pavement, all roads lead back to Coyle Street. Comment.
High School Sports

Railsplitters advance in playoffs

Katharine Fuentes looked up into the mist as the ball was popped high in the air over the pitching circle. The bases were loaded with two outs in the seventh and Abraham Lincoln was ahead by four. The ball, which was on its way down to her glove, would be the final out of a long and laborious day for the ace senior windmiller. Comment.
High School Sports

Magic number is six for X−men

Consider six Xaverian’s magic number. Comment.
High School Sports

Knights ready now for ‘next year’

Vinny Caiazza was drained, emotionally and physically. He felt worn out. After his Madison baseball team was swept in its best−of−three, semifinal series against Monroe, falling 5−2 Sunday afternoon at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, it ended a long season, that although memorable was arduous. Comment.
Canarsie

Annual Holocaust observance coming

The Holocaust Memorial Committee’s 25th Annual Gathering & Exhibit will be held at 12 p.m., June 14 at Holocaust Memorial Park, Shore Boulevard and Emmons Avenue at the foot of Sheepshead Bay. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie calls stars back to gridiron

Gridiron gladiators locked friendly horns and wowed the crowd with their skills and showmanship during an alumni football game at Canarsie High School. Comment.
Canarsie

Lutheran Church invites 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.
Borough-wide

Dredgers sour on Superfund

PCBs be damned — a local canoe club isn’t fazed enough by the polluted Gowanus Canal to support designating it a Superfund site. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dock Street d−day

As this paper went to press, the City Council Land Use Committee was expected to address and possibly vote on the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project under the city’s rezoning process. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MTA close to Ratner deal

MTA officials confirmed last week that they expect to come to an agreement with developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) on the sale of the Vanderbilt Yards section of the 22−acre Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

YWCA rehab nears completion

After several tense months, the stalled renovation of the YWCA on Atlantic Avenue is back on track. Comment.
Borough-wide

Residents decry coming of more trucks, pollution

The city is quietly moving away from aspects of its plan to improve public access to the Red Hook waterfront, leaving local residents adrift in a sea of trucks and pollution, critics of the project charged this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Local Produce Festival: a bounty of neighborhood fun

Are you coming to the revel? Comment.
Bay News

‘Inhumane’ pols are scored

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.
Bay News

Block party fever grips residents of Devon Avenue

How do Brooklynites ring in the start of summer? Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Robotrain’ does not compute for some

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.
Borough-wide

NYPD toasts stellar 25 years on the job

A 25−year veteran who helped the city and NYPD on the beat and behind the scenes was honored for her many years of faithful service last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Bill Reinhardt Way’ debuts

A “legendary” trailblazing businessman with the Midas touch, who transformed a single real estate office into the Big Apple’s largest privately−owned and operated real estate firm, was immortalized with tears and cheers when his family and community dedicated the intersection of that first office, “Bill Reinhardt Way.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops downplay gangstas

Although a recent shooting may be linked to gang violence, cops from the 69th Precinct said that gang activity in Canarsie is at an all−time low. Comment.
Borough-wide

Flu fight is on!

By Gary Buiso and MichÈle De Meglio Comment.
Borough-wide

Bloomy campaigns hard from Bay Ridge

With his fate at the polls five months away, Mayor Mike Bloomberg is courting Brooklynites with a new campaign office in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hebrew charter school nixed

A Hebrew−themed charter school will not be housed in I.S. 278, Marine Park Junior High School — but it could still open in a local public school. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Miss Brooklyn’ looks to take the next step

Before Miss Brooklyn Keelie Sheridan goes off to compete in the Miss New York scholarship pageant later this month, she’s getting some help from her “dream team” of local sponsors, who have been providing the beauty with everything from fitness training to headshots to getting her primped and primed for the pageant. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vanderbilt Avenue to become a summer street − autos banned

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.
Borough-wide

More criminal charges for Senator Kevin Parker

Troubles against Flatbush State Senator Kevin Parker continue to mount as more and more criminal charges are being filed in connection with last month’s violent exchange with a New York Post photographer. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Transfer’ is nixed

Following parents’ protests, the city Department of Education (DOE) may nix its plan to house a transfer high school on East 107th Street — and instead place it in another Canarsie school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn College grads smile through the rain

Clad in cap and gown at America’s “most beautiful college campus, Internet guardian Lawrence H. Landweber (Class of ‘63) delivered the keynote address in the company of proud grads, distinguished alumni and honored guests on graduation day at Brooklyn College. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cops: We ‘bagged’ grocery goons

Cops have rounded up the grocery goons allegedly responsible for a two−month−long robbery spree where six delis were raided. Comment.
Borough-wide

Manhattan Beach patchwork

“It looks like garbage.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Conservative candidate shakes up Democrats

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.
Crime

Gavel to Gavel: What’s on the court calendar

Judges closer to winning their raises Comment.
Borough-wide

Future so bright, she’s gotta wear shades

Ashley Anglade, a senior at Bishop Kearney High School, has earned an incredible list of acceptances, scholarships and awards this year. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shot in the arm for Lutheran Medical

Robert T. Reilly, president and CEO of RTR Financial Services, Inc., a health care industry−leading provider of accounts receivable management services, presented Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO of Lutheran HealthCare, with a check for $10,000. Comment.
Borough-wide

No−show Thompson gets endorsement

It apparently wasn’t necessary for New York City Comptroller and mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson to put in an appearance at a candidate’s night scheduled by a local political group. Comment.
Borough-wide

Honor of the pledge

A local activist known for his efforts to promote understanding between different cultures was in the spotlight at Community Board 10’s May meeting. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rockin’ good library

Students from Visitation Academy participated in and won an essay contest, entitled “WOW, My Library Rocks,” sponsored by Councilman Vincent Gentile, head of the Library Committee for the City Council, through his district. Comment.
Borough-wide

18 win Kassenbrock Brothers scholarships

Eighteen college−bound students from the Bay Ridge⁄Dyker Heights area have been awarded scholarships of between $5,000 and $1,000 based on their records of community service. Comment.
Borough-wide

No traffic today — just a lot of fun and games

There’s a block party in the neighborhood – and you’re all invited. Comment.
Borough-wide

Traditional St. Anthony Novena at St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church

St. Anselm R.C. Church has a traditional day of praying the St. Anthony Novena every Tuesday after the 11 a.m. Mass. St. Anthony, a Franciscan Religious, is noted for helping the poor, and Brother Robert Duffy, director of Faith Formation at St. Anselm’s, leads the congregation in the praying of the novena. Comment.
Borough-wide

Simply fabulous along Fifth Avenue

An pre−summer adventure – and then some – was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of one of Brooklyn’s premier parties – the Fifth Avenue Festival in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pizza gladiators go to the ‘crust’ of the challenge

Sal Carbone’s dreams aren’t just a pie in the sky. Comment.
Borough-wide

Road work furor

Though the end is now in sight, the sewer and water main project that has tied up 86th Street for the past two years continues to drag on. Comment.
Borough-wide

OLPH walkathon keeps youngsters hopping

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School students walked, ran, hopped, skipped, jumped and showed their school spirit when they participated in the annual OLPH Walkathon in Notre Dame Hall. Comment.
Borough-wide

New president, same war in Iraq

Not ready, not there! Comment.
Borough-wide

Teens and tweens bond over a good book

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.
Borough-wide

Benefit to help fight hunger

St. John’s Bread & Life (SJB&L), Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is holding its first “Rush Hour Benefit to Terminate Hunger” at Grand Central Station’s Northeast Balcony, June 24 from 5−8 p.m. by the elevator at Track #23. Comment.
Parenting

Get in on the great goings−on at Prospect Park

Here’s a list of all the special events and ongoing events this month at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s favorite greenspace. Comment.
Parenting

Free ‘Together in NY Community Festival’

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.
Bay News

Fontbonne Hall keeps on winning

The academic team from Fontbonne Hall Academy has continued its remarkable winning streak. Comment.
Bay News

Prom dress giveaway makes dreams come true

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

Help put cancer on the run

The Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society (ACS) — a gathering of friends, families and co−workers who team up to walk the track in relay fashion in the hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who are battling cancer will be supported and that one day, cancer will be eliminated — will be held all day, June 13 at the Fort Hamilton High School athletic field, 83rd Street & Narrows Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

‘Michael Fischetti Way’ debuts

Fond words and misty−eyes recalled a “guardian” of Brooklyn, who established a local organization for neurological disorders while operating a pair of successful local businesses – and whose legacy will live on at the corner of East 27th Street and Avenue Z, now also “Michael Fischetti Way.” Comments (1).
Bay News

The Ferraro Award

The 62nd Precinct Community Council will present The Michael J. Ferraro Community Service Award to graduates of elementary schools within the boundaries of the 62nd Precinct, at 7:30 p.m., June 10 at the St. Finbar Center, 1825 Bath Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

Penny−pinching kids come thru

An “easily forgotten” copper coin was transformed into a “powerful tool for youth action and service” – plus a pot of gold – when big−hearted students from Intermediate School 14 donated the fruits of their Penny Harvest fundraising labors to the Bay Family Center. Comment.
Bay News

Theater critics blast Board

Angry critics of the new $64 million amphitheater planned for Asser Levy Seaside Park are steaming mad this week, wondering why Community Board 13 did not bother to record their opposition to the project. Comment.
Bay News

New fears about the safety of Brooklyn’s water supply

The machinations of energy companies in upstate New York could have a devastating impact on Brooklyn’s drinking water, a local lawmaker warned last week. Comment.
Bay News

Overall crime down; murder is up

Nearly five months into 2009, crime in Bensonhurst continues to plummet. Comment.
Bay News

‘Flawless’ plan earns cops top honors at the 62nd

Police officers affiliated with the Brooklyn South Task Force, as well as the 62nd Precinct, were in the spotlight, honored as the precinct’s “Cops of the Month” for May. Comment.
Bay News

Town Hall meeting

State Senator Martin J. Golden will host a community town hall meeting for the residents of Gravesend and Bensonhurst at 7 p.m., June 11 at the David A. Boody School−IS 228, 228 Avenue S. Comment.
Bay News

Kids run with the power of ‘change’

The subjects ranged from animal cruelty to the atrocity of children compelled to serve as soldiers as area students demonstrated the “write stuff” during an essay contest sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC). Comment.
Bay News

Most Precious Blood Parish to celebrate pastor’s milestone

The Most Precious Blood Parish will celebrate 65 years of priesthood for their Pastor Emeritus, Father Vincent Termine, at the El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue in Mill Basin, June 14 from 2−6 p.m. Comments (3).
Bay News

Family Justice Center at five

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.
Bay News

Friends of Kaiser Park

Four community notables were recognized for their support of a local emerald empire when Friends Of Kaiser Park (FOKP) held its annual awards dinner at Paradise Caterers. Comment.
Bay News

Cavallaro cares a lot!

“The Caring School,” Joseph B. Cavallaro MS−IS 281 has lived up to its name. Comment.
Bay News

Tug−of−War ‘pulls’ in volunteers

The Great Coney Island Tug of War held on the sand in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel went to “Wall Street” this weekend − but no one is feeling ripped off. Comment.
Bay News

Lions golf outing

Fore! The South Brooklyn Lions Club is hosting their annual Memorial Golf Outting, on June 12 at the Dyker Beach Golf Course. Comment.
Bay News

10th annual Jimmy McElroy 5K run

The Good Shepherd Sports 10th Annual 5K Run⁄Walk in memory of Jimmy McElroy will be held June 20, rain or shine. Comment.
Bay News

18th Annual Bay Fest comes to Emmons Avenue

Sheepshead Bay overflowed with family−friendly fun as spring revelers celebrated the borough’s liquid jewel by heading for Bay Fest 2009. Comment.
Bay News

Barbershop chorus

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Borough-wide

Ban the Man: Banham’s goal gives Madison ‘B’ crown

Michael McGuinness had seen it before. In James Madison’s semifinal game against No. 4 Stuyvesant, Jesse Banham came flying around the back of the net and scored to the far side post to give the Knights an overtime win. Comment.
Borough-wide

Young Madison takes heart in semis loss to Monroe

Vinny Caiazza was drained, emotionally and physically. He felt worn out. After his Madison baseball team was swept in its best-of-three, semifinal series against Monroe, falling 5-2 Sunday afternoon at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, it ended a long season, that although memorable was arduous. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grand Street falls in first round after successful year

Gina Lopez was visibly upset. Her 20th-seeded Grand Street Campus softball team had just lost to No. 13 Bayside, 12-2 in six innings, on Thursday in the first round of the PSAL Class A softball playoffs. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fuentes battles through weather, walks to lead Lincoln

Katharine Fuentes looked up into the mist as the ball was popped high in the air over the pitching circle. The bases were loaded with two outs in the seventh and Abraham Lincoln was ahead by four. The ball, which was on its way down to her glove, would be the final out of a long and laborious day for the ace senior windmiller. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lenahan, Madison shock Tottenville, advance to semis

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Borough-wide

Glassman, Regis prevail over Xaverian for CHSAA title

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