Friday, June 19, 2009

Williamsburg

Beep backs off on Holocaust exclusion

The Holocaust Memorial Park Committee has asked for Borough President Marty Markowitz’s support in their push to stop the city from adding stones that would include homosexuals, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses killed in the Holocaust −− but it doesn’t look like Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleader is going to race to their aid. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dropout foes drop in on City Hall

As City Council members negotiate a multifaceted city budget, scores of parents, teenagers, and education advocates stormed the steps of City Hall last week to remind local legislators about the importance of dropout prevention programs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Five legislators back Davila’s City Council run

City Council candidate Maritza Davila welcomed the endorsements of five state legislators on the steps of City Hall last Friday, as she finished a long week of petitioning to be on the ballot for September’s primary. Comment.
Williamsburg

Parents say ‘tweaking’ mayoral control won’t cut it

The state Assembly’s mayoral control bill “just doesn’t go far enough” in providing a real checks and balances system, parents say. Comment.
Williamsburg

Funding to be cut from Brooklyn public schools

Public schools will lose $452 million this September. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer to turn up heat on Coney rezoning

The city’s comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already gone through an arduous review, but the toughest battles have yet to be fought. Comment.
Williamsburg

Embattled rabbi quits Corrections Dept.

Williamsburg resident Rabbi Leib Glanz, a chaplain with the City Corrections Department, resigned Tuesday after serving a two−week suspension for arranging a bar mitzvah and engagement celebration for an Orthodox Jewish inmate in a Manhattan jail. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mayor, Council agree on budget

The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment.
Williamsburg

Seneca Club draws in politicos

Anyone and everyone in Brooklyn running for public office in 2009 was spotted at the Seneca Club’s annual dinner at the Polonaise Terrace (150 Greenpoint Avenue) last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops look at the little things

Crime in the 90th Precinct is down 21 percent this year, leaving Deputy Inspector Michael Kemper and his officers to focus on the little things. Comment.
Williamsburg

2nd annual crest fest ‘09 art show

Crest Hardware’s Joe Franquinha has outdone himself this year, meticulously curating his store’s second annual Crest Fest 2009 Outdoor Art Show this past Saturday. Comment.
Williamsburg

Borough Hall salutes top precinct chiefs

There were a lot of cop cars, but no criminal activity at Borough Hall Wednesday. Comment.
Williamsburg

Schism over sex abuse bills

A group of Orthodox Jewish sexual abuse victims is calling out to Albany. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘burg waits for slice of the stimulus pie

Congress passed a $787 billion federal stimulus package earlier this year, but Williamsburg residents still wonder how much of that amount will find its way to their community and into which programs. Comment.
Williamsburg

Break for drivers

Williamsburg’s car owners may soon be breathing easier. Comment.
Williamsburg

New fight over turf

Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment.
Williamsburg

Library invests in marigold magic

A few rain showers did little to dampen the spirit of some of Williamsburg’s youngest gardeners as they planted marigolds in the garden of the Leonard Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the editor

Wheel trouble Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

Even with this down economy, more than 90% of us still have our jobs. Some of us who have been working hard and still doing well financially are being constantly told that we are to be taxed our “fair share.” Exactly what is my “fair share?” Twenty percent? Thirty−five percent? Fifty percent? That’s a number that’s hard to define, especially when almost half the population pays nothing. Now that’s very dangerous. Comment.
Williamsburg

A Britisher’s View

What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s way? Comment.
Williamsburg

GALLOP gala showcases riders’ talents

Join GALLOP for a day in Prospect Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21, as GALLOP students — riders whose disabilities include autism, down syndrome, CP, and emotional and learning disabilities — will be showcasing the riding skills they have learned throughout the past year. Spectators can meet a horse or pony and learn about horses, GALLOP, and horseback riding from the students. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lincoln’s Fuentes wishes she was blessed with a little more time

Katharine Fuentes has her fair share of regrets. The Lincoln senior wished she played more travel softball – she played just a few games with the Brooklyn Cyclones last summer. But more than anything else, she wants to soak up some more knowledge from new Railsplitters coaches Kim Procida and Nicole Adisano. Comment.
Borough-wide

Thomas takes home two state titles for Sheepshead

John Thomas’ start can pretty much decide the finish to most races. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Barack and roll’ at KeySpan Park

For one night this summer, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be transformed into the Baracklyn Cyclones, honoring the President of the United States, Barack Obama, June 23. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn’s cup runneth over with beauty

Park Slope beauty queen Magdalena Buszniewicz, 18, has plenty to smile about after being crowned Miss Polonia 2009. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn: Always lookng fashion−forward

Fugghedabout Paris, Milan and London – it’s Brooklyn that has the fashionistas swooning this summer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ballet troupe moves onto Schermerhorn

File this one under lowbrow living meets highbrow art. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City looks for new ‘ditch’ remedy

The city said this week it is looking for companies capable of devising a scheme to make tolerable the concrete and asphalt channel carved out by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Salvation’ for a principal

Parents hope Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will come to their rescue but, apparently, help isn’t on its way. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK pol is elevated in Albany

If one wants to make sense of all the madness brewing from last week’s Republican hijacking of the State Senate, southern Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger has a clear and concise explanation. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

DOT takes crack at improving the circle

Navigating the notoriously congested Park Circle in Windsor Terrace can sometimes resemble a scene from a Peter Sellers “Pink Panther” movie. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Local man busted for impersonating dead ma

The last six years had been one long drag for Thomas Parkin. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Committee votes to okay ‘utlimate fighting’ here

When the Barclays Center Arena gets built at the Atlantic⁄Flatbush Avenues intersection, it may one day play host to mixed martial arts fighting. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Candidates say they’ve earned spot on ballot

Well, that was fast. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Seventh Ave. P.O. safe − sort of

Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue post office won’t be shuttered — at least for now. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Calvary@Home encourages more volunteers to join

Make a difference in 2009 −− Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

CB6: No hi−rises in Park

Community Board 6 last week threw its support behind an alternative plan to finance the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, one that eliminates the construction of two high−rise apartment buildings amid the birds and the trees. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ikea trees wilt

When IKEA celebrates its one−year anniversary in Red Hook this week, several trees along the store’s 3.5−mile public esplanade won’t be part of the party. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

LGBT community rallies for marriage

Dozens of advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bi−Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) causes gathered together at Washington Park in Park Slope Sunday to demand that Albany says “I do” to gay marriage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Community Bd. 6 exodus derails ‘code of conduct’ effort

Approval of Community Board 6’s code of conduct for responsible contractors will have to wait until July. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Merchant busted for allegedly peddling fireworks

Police have popped a neighborhood merchant allegedly caught selling fireworks out of his Third Avenue bodega. Comment.
High School Sports

Madison can’t halt the Pirates’ six−peat

Bill Dumont knew the situation would eventually find his James Madison softball team against Tottenville. Comment.
High School Sports

Coney’s Shaq shines

Shaquille Stokes spent his first year in Coney Island desperately seeking to fit in. He adhered to seniors and listened intently to his coaches. He desperately wanted to please. Comment.
High School Sports

For the love of the game

Jai Kellman’s commute this summer creates a whole new meaning to the word. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mariners draft LIU star

When Long Island University junior James Jones took the mound this spring, his every pitch was closely scrutinized by dozens of Major League scouts. Comment.
Flatbush

“Peter Pan” at Public School 217

Rapt visitors enjoyed a joyous trip to Never, Never Land when starry-eyed students staged a delightful, homespun version of “Peter Pan” at Public School 217. Comment.
Flatbush

Ateret Avot Senior Residence

Members of Scharf’s Ateret Avot Senior Residence who couldn’t attend the Salute to Israel Parade, held along Fifth Avenue on Manhattan, attended their own parade at the Midwood senior center, 1410 East 10th Street. Comment.
Flatbush

New scorecard on ‘inhumane’ elected officials

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.
Flatbush

Advocates push for more rides in Coney

With the City Planning Commission set to render its verdict on the Coney Island development and rezoning proposal this week, ride advocates returned to the steps of City Hall last Wednesday afternoon with a last-ditch plea: “Don’t shrink Coney Island.” Comment.
Flatbush

Public School 315 Concert

The auditorium was alive with the sound of music when starry-eyed Public School 315 students performed a spring concert to celebrate the end of a successful academicyear. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook can finally ‘can it’

Trash cans finally arrived in Red Hook — less than a week after this newspaper reported their scarcity along the commercial strip. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Smile! P.S. 32 students step up for free dental exams

Assemblywoman Joan Millman teamed up with the New York University College of Dentistry to provide free dental exams for students at Public School 32. The NYU Smiling Faces Going Places mobile dental van, outfitted with dental chairs, was parked nearby to serve classrooms of children throughout the day. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Concrete fit on Columbia

United States Concrete, the Texas−based construction giant, could be poised to open a plant in Red Hook, this paper has learned. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sixth Annual Children of Abraham Peace Walk

In Brooklyn, we get along. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A schoolhouse divided on Sullivan Street

P.S. 15 in Red Hook is a war zone, complete with “incidents” in bathrooms and students stalking each other in stairwells, parents claim. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dance Theater Etcetera presents 16th annual show

A sunset salsa party, rapping lyricists, a free kayak ride – and a showcase of emerging local talent – were among the sizzling crowd−pleasers when Dance Theatre Etcetera presented its a weekend−long arts festival at Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier. Comment.
Features

Not for Nuthin’

It all started with a poster. “Be a lifeguard,” it read.“Earn money for the summer.” Comment.
Canarsie

It’s Only My Opinion

Even with this down economy, more than 90% of us still have our jobs. Some of us who have been working hard and still doing well financially are being constantly told that we are to be taxed our “fair share.” Exactly what is my “fair sharei” Twenty percenti Thirty-five percenti Fifty percenti That’s a number that’s hard to define, especially when almost half the population pays nothing. Now that’s very dangerous. Comment.
Canarsie

Motorcycle enthusiasts support nation’s war heroes full throttle

Historic Floyd Bennett Field was the launching pad for motorcycling patriots and their families from across the metropolitan area, who put the pedal to the metal for American war heroes %u2013 past and present - during a pomp-filled commemorative bike ride to Manhattan. Comment.
Canarsie

Financial pros needed

In today’s challenging economy, a number of people find themselves in career transitions as a result of the ailing job market. The US Department of Labor just revealed that the economy lost around 650,000 jobs in March. According to the Associated Press, the US unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February, and economists recently announced that the national jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in March. Comment.
Canarsie

Juneteenth block party celebration

In honor of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the announcement of African-American freedom from enslavement, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is throwing a Juneteenth Block Party in celebration of African-American people, culture, and community, June 21 from 12-8 p.m. on Macdonough Street between Lewis Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard. Comment.
Canarsie

Poetry Walk

A sea of ode lovers embarked upon a literary pilgrimage to indulge their passion for balladry during a twilight poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge which, according to aficionados, “could just make you fall in love with New York all over again.” Comment.
Canarsie

Veep’s bride delivers KCC address

Lifelong educator and “deputy first lady” Dr. Jill Biden was among the notables in attendance as students marked the end of a successful scholastic year with graduation day rites and festivities at Kingsborough Community College. Comment.
Canarsie

City would like to sell Canarsie Cemetery.

No matter who owns it, Canarsie Cemetery must be reincarnated to reflect the stature it rightly deserves, Community Board 18 urged this week. Comment.
Canarsie

Fun-filled day of games, activities, delicious BBQ

Every year, the East Midwood Hebrew Day School takes their children and parents out for a fun-filled day of games, activities, delicious BBQ and all around fun to celebrate and honor Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer,in the Jewish calendar, as counted from the second day of Passover until the holiday of Shavuot. Pictured here, the students participate in a Tug ’O War. The East Midwood Hebrew Day School is located at 1256 East 21st Street. Comment.
Canarsie

GALLOP showcases disabled riders

Join GALLOP for a day in Prospect Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21, as GALLOP students — riders whose disabilities include autism, down syndrome, CP, and emotional and learning disabilities — will be showcasing the riding skills they have learned throughout the past year. Spectators can meet a horse or pony and learn about horses, GALLOP, and horseback riding from the students. Comment.
Canarsie

One heck of a year: Dist. 20 hails school family

The end of the school year means parties — and awards. Comment.
Canarsie

DKNY...and now an R.N. to boot!

Call her “Nurse” Donna Karan — an honorary title the internationally renowned fashion designer earned at the graduation of the largest class in the history of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. Along with 114 students who completed the rigorous associate degree program, Karan received her honorary diploma from Phillips Beth Israel Co-Chairs Janet Green and Ruth Nerken, who presided over the ceremonies. Comment.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

Hop a kayak at Canarsie Pier

A fleet of kayaks will be the star attraction at the Canarsie Pier this summer. Comment.
Canarsie

Celebrity-autographed photographs

Veteran celebrity hound Louis Schlamowitz boasts his nose for news, and a venerable collection of celebrity-autographed photographs, which seem to fit the bill for the headline of the day. Comment.
Canarsie

Kids can learn how to play tennis this summer 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.
Canarsie

Politics

The Albany fallout Comment.
Canarsie

Spanish development angers Satmars here

Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment.
Canarsie

Cricket field, Canarsie Park

The “fastest growing sport in New York City” now has its own ‘field of dreams’ at refurbished Canarsie Park. Comment.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

Canarsie High School’s got rhythm %u2013 not rage.

Starry-eyed students there joined peers from Sheepshead Bay High School to audition for a “My School has Rhythm Not Violence” rap contest, presented by the NYPD School Safety Community Outreach Unit. Comment.
Canarsie

Flatlands Civic Association brought the politicians to the people

The Flatlands Civic Association brought the politicians to the people for a frank discussion of issues such as poverty, term limits, education, and skyrocketing water bills. Comment.
Canarsie

Annual health fair coming

Community residents are invited to participate in the fifth Annual Health Fair/Street Fair, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, One Brookdale Plaza betweenRockaway Parkway and Linden Boulevard. Comment.
Canarsie

New fears about your drinking water

By Gary Buiso Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Days numbered for St. Ann’s Warehouse

The controversial Dock Street project might have garnered City Council approval recently, but it also started the clock ticking for one of DUMBO’s most important cultural institutions to find a new home. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Seeking soup kitchen volunteers

St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest soup kitchen with an array of social service programs, is seeking volunteers for the summer months. Specifically needed are Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish and Russian translators who are fluent in one of those languages and English to help guests apply for social service programs. Other volunteers are being sought for data entry. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Road work ahead

DUMBO is getting the mother of all road infrastructure improvements beginning next month. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Worker Bees cause an artistic buzz on Tillary

Downtown Brooklyn is now an open−air public art gallery, thanks to a 200−foot−long mural painted along the Tillary Street concrete traffic barrier, which offers viewers a kaleidoscopic narrative of the similarities between humans and the common bee. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Looking good on Atlantic

Community Board 6 last week threw its support behind an alternative plan to finance the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, one that eliminates the construction of two high−rise apartment buildings amid the birds and the trees. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

School kids ‘break out’ of the classroom

A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a spring arts festival at Public School 307⁄Middle School 313 in DUMBO. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bargains and bellyaching at Brooklyn Bridge Flea Market

Never deny a New Yorker’s God−given right to complain about living in the city. Comment.
Canarsie

Child’s death spurs more flu fears

The death of a Brooklyn public school student has reinforced parents’ fears about swine flu. Comment.
Borough-wide

Beep backs away from Holocaust exclusion

The Holocaust Memorial Park Committee has asked for Borough President Marty Markowitz’s support in their push to stop the city from adding stones that would include homosexuals, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses killed in the Holocaust -- but it doesn’t look like Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleader is going to race to their aid. Comment.
Borough-wide

Candles burn for the dead

Once again, they’re saying never again. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Windows on public artistry

By Stephen Witt Comment.
Borough-wide

Borough prez salutes top precinct chiefs

What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s wayi Comment.
Borough-wide

Late Brooklynite’s cancer fight is not over

Cancer robbed Patty Cavallo of her brave daughter Sienna last summer, but the disease has only strengthened the South Park Slope mom’s resolve to battle for a cure. Comment.
Borough-wide

Class goes green

The City Council has given its blessing to the use of the Green Church site for a new school, bringing the proposal one step closer to fruition. Comment.
Borough-wide

Golden cheers Albany coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

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.
Borough-wide

Pols rated on animal rights issues

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.
Borough-wide

Community boards rally against budget cuts

Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment.
Borough-wide

Boom−A−Ring circus tent rises!

The Coney Island “Boom-A-Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment.
Canarsie

Asser star slum

With the lack of toilet facilities and overall poor state of the bandshell at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Borough President Marty Markowitz says “it’s a miracle” that any celebrities have agreed to perform at his annual summer concert series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Raw sewage leak forces closure of Brooklyn beaches

A sewage leak caused the closure of several Brooklyn beaches last Sunday, but the situation was soon rectified and the beaches were reopened again Monday morning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayoral control a ‘boo−boo’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have never been put in charge of the public school system, according to a local politician. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

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

Bloomberg administration touts mayoral control

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.
Brooklyn Courier

BK teens on tobacco road

More teens in Brooklyn use tobacco than in any borough, according to a federal lawmaker promoting legislation he hopes will help young lungs curb the harmful habit. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Boot camp’ for children

Chelsea Shivers, a sixth grader at Heidelberg Middle School in Heidelberg Germany,alongwith other classmates with deployed or recently redeployed parents had the opportunity to be like their Soldier parents - by participating in “Kids’ Boot Camp.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Call her “Nurse” Donna Karan

Call her “Nurse” Donna Karan — an honorary title the internationally renowned fashion designer earned at the graduation of the largest class in the history of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. Along with 114 students who completed the rigorous associate degree program, Karan received her honorary diploma from Phillips Beth Israel Co-Chairs Janet Green and Ruth Nerken, who presided over the ceremonies. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gavel to Gavel

The manslaughter case over the death of Paul Zaccaria was thrown into turmoil this week when a juror stated that she has had enough. Comment.
Borough-wide

New Secretary of the Navy installed

Ray Mabus, former Mississippi governor and U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was sworn in as the 75th Secretary of the Navy. Leading the Navy and Marine Corps,Mabus will be responsible for an annual budget in excess of $150 billion and almost 900,000 people. Comment.
Borough-wide

Borough Briefs

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez, originally from Sunset Park, pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now, he is the subject of “New Muslim Cool,”which kicks off P.O.V.’s 22nd season on PBS on June 23 at 10 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Real Warriors’ seek help for PTSD

Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Hopper returned home from his second deployment from Iraq and knew that “something was definitely wrong” with him. Comment.
Borough-wide

Star-spangled salute at Fort Hamilton

Old Glory reigned supreme during a Flag Day celebration at Fort Hamilton Army Base, which drew patriots, young and old, to hail the nation’s emblem. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grateful community honors aux captain

Music from a lone bagpipe filled the air. Ceremonial units from the NYPD stood at attention. Mourners wiped away tears. This was the somber scene outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Bay Ridge as family and friends came to pay their final respects to 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Captain Linying Gong, who died early last week after a long battle with cancer. She was 60 years old. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tabata tests army men’s mettle

Seven soldiers of Company A, 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, grunted and moaned as they lifted Humvee shock springs to build strength and endurance in preparation of upcoming missions. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vice prez to Air Force grads: shape a new history

Vice President Joe Biden called upon the newest graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy to shape a new history for the country as they said goodbye to academia and welcomed their new challenges as second lieutenants in an ever-changing U.S. military and world. Comment.
Borough-wide

Canines prove to be the best medicine

Trained in explosives detection, narcotics detection and more, military working dogsare now assisting in a different type of fight: The fight to rehabilitate patients at the Air Force Theater Hospital. Comment.
Borough-wide

For all Poland

Park Slope beauty queen Magdalena Buszniewicz, 18, has plenty to smile about after being crowned Miss Polonia 2009. Comment.
Borough-wide

Homeowners assistance program expands, says DOD

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced details for the temporary expansion of the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).The $555 million allocated to the HAP will be used to provide benefits to eligible military and DoD civilians who face financial losses selling their primary residence during the current housing downturn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Amalgamated names new bank manager

Amalgamated Bank’s Rosemarie Gentiliaco has been named vice president and manager of the bank’s newest branch, 426 86th Street in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. The branch is scheduled to open in June. Gentiliaco grew up and still resides in the borough. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stop, go and other bumps in the road

Those who have a speed bump on their block want it gone. Comment.
Borough-wide

Help clear the beach of ugly floatables

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

Responding to a disaster area

Whether a terrorist attack, a massive flood or the swine flu, being prepared for an emergency is crucial. Comment.
Borough-wide

League of Conservation Voters don black ties

More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all-star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor, City Council hammer out $59.4 billion budget

The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment.
Borough-wide

Calvary@Home urges more to become volunteers

Make a difference in 2009 -- Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment.
Borough-wide

Construction at Sixth Avenue off-ramp coming

Ridgites can look forward to a protracted period of construction at the Gowanus Expressway’s Sixth Avenue off-ramp. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ticked off with the AHDO, new UADO forms

There’s no quarrel, he insists, but one Bay Ridge Democratic powerhouse has formed a new political club to give shelter to local activists unhappy with the direction of one area club. Comment.
Borough-wide

It’s been a long flight for Hueys from LZ X-Ray

Amid the tangle of scrub brush, ravines and sun-baked termite hills near the Chu Pong Massif in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley, the then Capt. John Ghere maneuvered his UH-1 Helicopter close to the deck in search of a landing zone. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge loses community stalwart

Philip Schirripa, a lifelong Bay Ridge resident, who worked as a bartender/manager in Antiquity’s Pub (now Kopperfields), The Full Moon Saloon and The Schnitzel Haus. and was one of the owners of The Full Moon Saloon from 1998-2005, died last month. He was 56 years-old. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge rallies to help put cancer on the run for good

Mom, dad and the kids help wage war on a killer disease %u2013 plus hailed the courage of victims and survivors %u2013 during the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Relay for Life benefit in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Why are posters of a woman with missing fingers in my face all over the subway Comment.
Features

A Britisher’s View

What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s wayi Comment.
Bay News

Youngsters give School of fish some company

Curious young minds received a lesson in subterranean treasures in their very own ‘classroom on the pier,’ courtesy of a pair of professional divers, who geared up in their scuba suits and led an expedition of the historic treasures that lie beneath Coney Island. Comment.
Bay News

Snap, crackle, fizzle: cops warn against fireworks

Light fireworks anywhere in the confines of the 61st Precinct this July 4 and you’re the one going to be popped. Comment.
Bay News

Child’s Death Spurs More Flu Fears

By Michèle De Meglio Comment.
Bay News

Brighton residents say gangs are on the prowl

Following an exclusive story about gang activity in Brighton Beach two weeks ago, this newspaper has received several tips from Hispanic sources that the problem is escalating. Comment.
Bay News

Amphitheater opponents remain unswayed

A two-hour face-to-face meeting with the borough president has not tempered Mendy Sontag’s opposition to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to construct a $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Park. Comment.
Bay News

Rezone Nixed in Brighton

Brighton Beach will not be downzoned. Comment.
Bay News

Teen charged with mowing down senior

Manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges have been filed against a teenage driving student who ran down a 65-year-old man waiting for a city bus in Bensonhurst last week. Comment.
Bay News

Forum tackles dementia

Many seniors and their caregivers often keep to themselves persistent concerns that may be considered taboo for discussion. Questionsabout depression, dementia and delirium can be aired openly and answered candidly at Beth Israel-Kings Highway Division, June 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Cops dispatch mobile command ctr. to Houses

The police are paying closer attention to the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses. Comment.
Bay News

Authorities: no deal in senator’s assault case

Rumors of State Senator Kevin Parker’s plea deal with the Kings County District Attorney’s office have been exaggerated. Comment.
Bay News

86th Street construction can’t end soon enough

By Helen Klein Comment.
Bay News

The graffiti clean-up

A graffiti-strewn block of buildings that’s plagued the Glenwood Houses for some time has been given new life thanks to a new initiative sponsored by the Kings County District Attorney’s office. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sampson rises out of dust up

If one wants to make sense of all the madness brewing from week’s Republican hijacking of the State Senate, all one has to do is ask Mill Basin/Sheepshead Bay State Senator Carl Kruger. Comment.
Bay News

A skate park, a music pavilion and extended trails are in the offing for Canarsie Park.

With the first phase of the park’s reconstruction -- including a new cricket oval -- now complete, attention is turning to construction of the second phase of the project, said Marty Maher, Brooklyn parks chief of staff for the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation, during a presentation to members of the United Canarsie South Civic Association (UCSCA). Comment.
Bay News

‘Sun is about to set’ on mayoral control of schools

The public school system may be revamped in just two months — so Brooklynites should make their voices heard now. Comment.
Bay News

Become a calvary volunteer

Make a difference in 2009 -- Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment.
Bay News

Ribbon cut on new Kings Hwy Library

The Kings Highway Library is up and running again %u2013 following a $7.5 million makeover. Comment.
Bay News

Summer heat is on Coney Island rezoning proposal

The city’s comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already gone through an arduous review, but the toughest battles have yet to be fought. Comment.
High School Sports

Stellar Xaverian run falls just short

By Five Boro Sports Comment.
High School Sports

Utes’ dream of glory fizzles out

By Five Boro Sports Comment.
High School Sports

Knights ready now for ‘next year’

By Five Boro Sports Comment.
High School Sports

Bishop Ford girls varsity basketball coach to retire

By Five Boro Sports Comment.
High School Sports

Pressure on Lincoln’s Shaq

By Five Boro Sports Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel: What on the Court Calendar

Juror bails out of Jet Ski crash case Comment.
Williamsburg

Furor over bike lane plan rages

Dissent over the Kent Avenue bicycle lane plan has not abated, as several Williamsburg residents vigorously protested this week the Department of Transportation’s proposal to reroute truck traffic onto North 11th Street and restrict vehicular traffic to a one−way northbound lane. Comment.
Williamsburg

Members unanimously elect new Community Board 1 chair

Community Board 1 members overwhelmingly elected Greenpoint resident Christopher Olechowski as their new chair this past Tuesday night, replacing Williamsburg resident Vincent J. Abate, Jr., who has served in the position for nearly 30 years. Comment.
Williamsburg

Boards see cuts as a threat

Facing a proposed budget cut of nearly $35,000, Community Board 1 member Chris Olechowski and District Manager Gerry Esposito joined more than 200 New Yorkers from community boards citywide at a City Hall rally this past Tuesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates under the gun to get on ballot

Let the petitioning begin! Comment.
Williamsburg

Jews, justice and Obama

Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK pol cheers GOP coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Conservation voters don black ties

More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all−star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment.
Williamsburg

Carroll Pk food vendor sought

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.
Williamsburg

Activists are toasted at Teddy’s Bar

In honor of Brooklyn Day, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honored Brigitte Veneski and several Williamsburg activists at Teddy’s Bar and Grill (96 Berry Street) who have been raising money for the Northside Town Hall Community Cultural Center in the former site of Wythe Avenue’s Engine 212. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn schools put on swine flu ‘watch list’

The city Health Department has placed several Brooklyn schools on a “watch list.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Rapper helps inspire greater literacy in kids

Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog − but seniors love ‘em

In collaboration with The Good Dog Foundation, the Cobble Hill Health Center held its first Dog Show, which brought out animal−loving residents, who enjoyed the parade of pups, which included a Labrador Retriever, Pug, Dachshund, Shiatsu, Miniature Maltese, Spinone, amongst others. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn teens firmly on tobacco rd.

More teens in Brooklyn use tobacco than in any borough, according to a federal lawmaker promoting legislation he hopes will help young lungs curb the harmful habit. Comment.
Williamsburg

Renegade Craft Fair has nice threads

With McCarren Park Pool locked up and fenced away, more than 300 designers surrounded the McCarren Park track (Bedford and North 12th Street) to sell their homemade wares at the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tips on getting your band booked

For most musicians looking to play in Brooklyn and the city at large, you go about doing it the hard way, learning from your mistakes gig by gig. Comment.
Williamsburg

Despite rain, Boom−A−Ring big top rises in Coney Island

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s “Boom−A−Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment.
Williamsburg

New Views 2009 benefits the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway development

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold New Views 2009, its fourth annual benefit for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 18 from 6−9 p.m. at IKEA Brooklyn’s Erie Basin Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Thompson, Avella at mayoral candidates forum

Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment.
Williamsburg

Annual golf outing honors U.S. servicemen and women

The Capt. John McKenna and 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.
Williamsburg

Jews only at Holocaust Park

A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Triangle feud grows acute

Department of Housing Assistant Commissioner Champa Chanda barely finished the first sentence of her Broadway Triangle rezoning presentation before more than 100 community residents erupted in repeated chants of “Open process!”, commandeering Tuesday night’s Community Board One meeting for nearly an hour. Comment.
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

Ever since the dawn of time, men have had a problem with laundry. Lacking in their genetic make−up is the ability to mix furs, pelts and coloreds. They can beat a rock over the head of an elk − but are unable to beat the rock out of delicates. Comment.
Williamsburg

A Britisher’s View

Could you identify the national flag of Botswana as, readily, as Botswanians could peg Old Glory? Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

And still more thoughts from those scraps of paper that have been accumulating in my pockets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hajjar pitches Xaverian to 9-2 win against Xavier

As the Xaverian bus rolled into the parking lot adjacent Kaiser Stadium on the campus of St John’s University, Clippers coach Dennis Canale noticed a look in senior Anthony Hajjar’s eyes not seen before today. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vargas, Telecom move one step closer to final round

Glenn McCartney told his hitters before the sixth inning to take a strike before swinging away. The Telecommunications softball coach wanted to make InTech Academy reliever Araya Henry work. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New look for Flatbush Ave.

The North Flatbush Business Improvement District will unveil 30 nylon silkscreened banners, June 22 from 9−10 a.m., all of which will be displayed on all street lampposts on Flatbush Avenue from Plaza Street to Atlantic Avenue and in front of Burrito Bar and Kitchen, at the corner of Prospect Place and Flatbush Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Jews, Social Justice, & the Obama Era

Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bklyn pol cheers GOP’s Albany coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Super sized jeers

The city extended an olive branch to critics of a plan to build a new school for P.S. 133, but residents were unmoved and said that officials are “not sincere at all.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thumbs up for rezoning

In a strong show of support, the executive committee of Community Board 7 voted unanimously to recommend a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of Sunset Park’s waterfront at a public hearing on Tuesday night. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thompson, Avella at candidates forum

Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Hikind: Only Jews allowed in Holocaust Memorial Park

A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Schools on swine flu ‘watch list’

The city Health Department has placed several Brooklyn schools on a “watch list.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Sweet Adelines 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

City seeks public input on the future of Tillary Street

All it takes is a dream, and a meeting to present it. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dean backs Skaller...um, and Lander as well

For former governor, presidential nominee and progressive Democrat champion Howard Dean, promises made at parties can get sticky. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

NY Cares urges you to become a volunteer

New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers hundreds of ways for Brooklyn residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

4th annual Greenway gala

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold New Views 2009, its fourth annual benefit for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 18 from 6−9 p.m. at IKEA Brooklyn’s Erie Basin Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pride Agenda calls for up or down vote on gay marriage

After Monday’s Republican coup, the chance of a vote being called for gay marriage in the State Senate was thrown to the four winds. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ride advocates urge city to go big in Coney Island

With the City Planning Commission set to render its verdict on the Coney Island development and rezoning proposal in just a few short days, ride advocates returned to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday afternoon with a last−ditch plea: “Don’t shrink Coney Island.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A bit of the emerald isle in the slope

Prospect Park sparkled with emerald frolics as visitors enjoyed a day of national pride – Irish−style – during the annual Tara Festival at Bartel Pritchard Circle, attended by the consul general of Ireland. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fallen tree causes cracked ribs, concussion

A tree fell in Prospect Park last week, injuring four teens, one seriously, a police official said. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lambda Dems support Zuckerman campaign

Park Slope City council hopeful Bob Zuckerman secured the support of the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading LGBT political club, last week in an election where candidates aren’t taking anything for granted. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spanish development angers Satmars here

Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Annual golf outing honors U.S. military

The Capt. John McKenna and 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

Same−sex marriage rally on June 14

Advocates for gay marriage will demand that the tumultuous state senate votes on the pivotal issue during a rally at Washington Park at Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street this Sunday, June 14. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Daughtry slams Yards critics

Following an animated showing at the recent Senate hearing regarding Atlantic Yards, one of the project’s most ardent supporters continued to lambast opponents. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Free study for residents 60−plus

The My Turn Program at Kingsborough Community College is offering a special program for New York residents, 60 and older, who are interested in attending regular college with regular students. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Car−free days of summer on Vanderbilt avenue

Pounding the pavement is a sweeter prospect in Prospect Heights this month. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lil mama inspires kids to read

Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Boards balk at budget cuts

Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Treat dad like an MVP at KeySpan

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.
High School Sports

Coach likes ‘pure soccer brain’

When Carlo Acquista sat down and evaluated what he wanted to upgrade in his team, the Adelphi University men’s soccer coach wrote down a few important characteristics: natural ability, ability to break teams down, technically and tactically sound, great vision. Comment.
High School Sports

Falcon to roost close to home

Kasciem Graham needs a certain level of control. It’s one of the reasons the Bishop Ford senior loves being on the mound so much. Comment.
High School Sports

Bishop Ford runners to share same track at St. Francis College

If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Comment.
High School Sports

Loughlin girls return to Division I

After two seasons playing in CHSAA Brooklyn⁄Queens Division II, the Bishop Loughlin girls’ basketball team will move back up to Division I next season, according to athletic director Angela Proce. She, varsity head coach Rocco Romano and his staff came to the decision two weeks ago and the move was approved by the league. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

7th Heaven Fair

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 35th Annual “Seventh Heaven” Street Fair will be held along Seventh Avenue, from Flatbush Avenue to 16th Street, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Farmers Market

With brand new vendors and live music, the Sunday Farmers Market in Dumbo is a one−stop−shop for healthy, local food and neighborhood fun this season. The farmers market will be held at the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Main Street, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 22. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carroll Park Kids’ Concert Series

The Carroll Park Kids’ Concert Series kicks off with Astrograss at 4 p.m., June 14. Comment.
Kings Courier

It’s good to be the goat in this scenario

The latest adventure for the Builders Club at Marine Park Intermediate School 278, 1925 Stuart Street, has been to raise money in order to buy a goat through Heifer International, which provides employment opportunities and education to people in developing areas, including the United States. Comment.
Kings Courier

The nose knows where to find fun

Before the Ringling Bros. Circus takes over Coney Island, performers gave Brooklynites a sneak peek of what’s in store this summer. Comment.
Kings Courier

Spanish development angers satmars here

Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment.
Kings Courier

Public school 225 celebrates student diversity

It’s been a busy month for the students and staff at Public School 255. Comment.
Kings Courier

Senior issues on the agenda

Seniors from the Midwood Active Adults Program joined Millennium Development administrators in Albany to meet elected officials, such as Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, and State Senators Martin Golden, Carl Kruger, John Sampson, and others. Comment.
Kings Courier

No money for new station house

It’s old, ill−placed and rumors are rife that the building is haunted, but cops in the 70th Precinct better not hold their collective breath waiting for a new place to hang their hats. Comment.
Kings Courier

Patchwork of caring counts for a lot

The Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s Builders Club continues to find fun and unique ways to help their community. Comment.
Kings Courier

Fidler pinch−hits for tardy Bill Thompson

The Flatlands Civic Association brought the politicians to the people for a frank discussion of issues such as poverty, term limits, education, and skyrocketing water bills. Comment.
Flatbush

Block Associations pow−wow with police

Local notables were rewarded with plaudits and words of appreciation when the East 49th and East 48th Street Block Association held an awards reception at Fellowship Hall. Comment.
Flatbush

Rezoning right on!

One more time, a chorus of approbation sang the benefits of the rezoning of Flatbush, this time before the City Planning Commission (CPC). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Candidates launch all−out effort to get on ballot

Let the petitioning begin! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Station house boasts the safest command in all of Brooklyn

Crime continues to decline in the 76th Precinct, the safest command in Brooklyn — and ranked third citywide. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Full house fears

The city extended an olive branch to critics of a plan to build a new school for P.S. 133, but residents were unmoved and said that officials are “not sincere at all.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Van Brunt Street waits to can it

In Red Hook, the numbers just don’t seem to add up: Three years, tens of thousands of dollars, and still no new trash cans along Van Brunt Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK pol cheers GOP coup in Albany

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carroll Gardens honors the life of Frank Verderame

A community advocate received a lasting, verdant memorial last weekend in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Christie’s Auction House in Red Hook

Christie’s, the white glove Manhattan auction house, will find a home in Red Hook, it was reported this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

76th Precinct cop of the month is well above average

Officer Adnan Mohsin was named “Cop of the Month” by the 76th Precinct Community Council last week, a recognition of sustained excellence and consistent results. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the editor

Talking tough turkey Comment.
Canarsie

Bloomberg administration touts mayoral control

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

Lions Club 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.
Canarsie

Golden cheers Albany coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment.
Canarsie

Conservative Voters gala

More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all−star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment.
Canarsie

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

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

That’s what Friends are for: Beep salutes civic

It was a night for celebration. Comment.
Canarsie

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.
Canarsie

Progressive Jews

Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Mayoral control a ‘boo−boo’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have never been put in charge of the public school system, according to a local politician. Comment.
Canarsie

NY Cares volunteers

New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers hundreds of ways for Brooklyn residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects. Comment.
Canarsie

Dov Hikind: Jews only at Holocaust Memorial Park

A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment.
Canarsie

‘Support Our Troops’ rally

State Senator Martin J. Golden will host a rally to “Support Our Troops,” June 14 in Marine Park at 2 p.m. (enter at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway). Comment.
Canarsie

Golf outing dedicated to U.S. military

The Capt. John McKenna and 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.
Canarsie

Community boards rally against budget cuts

Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment.
Canarsie

Annuity workshop at Aviator

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.
Canarsie

Tour of MeadowWood Condominiums

Teachers were in a class of their own when Fillmore Real Estate presented an open house for educators at MeadowWood at Gateway. Comment.
Canarsie

Rezone moves ahead

The rezoning of Canarsie has passed its penultimate stage. Comment.
Canarsie

South Canarsie Civic candidates forum

The South Canarsie Civic Association will hold a candidates forum open to all Canarsiens at 7:30 p.m., June 22 at Congregation AAA Sfard, 1385 East 94th Street and Avenue L. Comment.
Canarsie

Mayoral candidates forum set for this month

Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment.
High School Sports

Loughlin girls returning to Division I

After two seasons playing in CHSAA Brooklyn⁄Queens Division II, the Bishop Loughlin girls’ basketball team will move back up to Division I next season, according to athletic director Angela Proce. She, varsity head coach Rocco Romano and his staff came to the decision two weeks ago and the move was approved by the league. Comment.
High School Sports

Mayor’s Cup title winner!

Hannah Berner was one more loose game from being pushed to a third set. She wasn’t playing particularly well, double faulting and sitting back on the baseline too cautiously. Comment.
High School Sports

Bob Leckie back behind the bench

When it came to legendary Bob Leckie, it took Ed Gonzalez less than the time he needs to draw up a play during a 30−second timeout to decide on an assistant. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie Bridges Festival is a hit

Live entertainment, awards presentations and plenty of seasonal fun was on the agenda when the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie presented the Canarsie Bridges Festival. Comment.
Canarsie

Kings Bay Y ‘Israel on Nostrand Ave.’

The Kings Bay Y will present “Israel on Nostrand Avenue,” their annual Israel expo, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘09’ stellar for KCC squad

Kingsborough Community College’s men’s tennis team completed its 2009 seasons with a five wins and one loss record. Comment.
Borough-wide

Big win in Tucson!

The Kingsborough Community College Women Tennis Team won the Division III Junior College Championships in Tucson, Arizona. The community college, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, placed players in all nine final flights and won six of the final matches. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Rapper Lil Mama inspires greater literacy in kids

Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sunset benefit aids Brooklyn Bridge Park

Psychedelic surf music, mythical revelry – plus a visit by Hizzoner – helped step off summer fun along the Brooklyn waterfront when the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosted its annual sunset benefit in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dock Street project a go

As this paper went to press, the City Council overwhelmingly approved the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project as modified by the City Planning Commission. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Candidates launch all−out drive to get on ballot

Let the petitioning begin! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ken Lowy joins CB 2

Kenn Lowy, who recently took a leave of absence from the Independent Neighborhood Democrats after the political club endorsed conservative Democrat John Heyer for the upcoming 39th District City Council primary, was officially appointed to Community Board 2 last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Grecian festival ‘urns’ the affection of crowds

Melt−in−your−mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and special attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun – Grecian−style – in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bklyn pol cheers GOP coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment.
Bay News

Speak Out

She sat along the westside skyline of Manhattan, aglow with the flowing crowds that came to bask in the sunny Memorial Day activities re−awakening that over−trafficked highway. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shut it down & clean it up

Parents sent a message to the city this week: “Close our children’s school.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Free tennis lessons for Brooklyn kids

Councilman Vincent Gentile celebrated the beginning of a free community tennis program at PS 186, 7609 19th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. The program, operated by the New York Junior Tennis League, provides free tennis instruction and practice to children ages six to 18. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ralph Fabrizio School dedicated

Public School 170 is now also called ‘The Ralph A. Fabrizio School.’ Comments (1).
Borough-wide

Community Board 7 backs Sunset Pk rezoning

In a strong show of support, the executive committee of Community Board 7 voted unanimously to recommend a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of Sunset Park’s waterfront at a public hearing on Tuesday night. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage

Leif Ericson Park morphed into a Byzantine gallery of “oohs” and “aahs” as traditional Chinese lion dancers shared the spotlight with Buddhist martial artists – and Japanese sword−fighters divvied up the attention with Tahitian steppers – during the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

Financial pros needed

In today’s challenging economy, a number of people find themselves in career transitions as a result of the ailing job market. The US Department of Labor just revealed that the economy lost around 650,000 jobs in March. According to the Associated Press, the US unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February, and economists recently announced that the national jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in March. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor putts around here

Rain doesn’t dampen the spirit of Hizzoner, who comes out swinging to kick off his annual Mayors Cup Golf Tournament at Dyker Beach Golf Course, enjoying a day on the links and hitting his first ball in Hole 4. Comment.
Borough-wide

Volunteer to help clean the beach of ugly floatables

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

Bay Ridge closing in on new food co−op

It’s taken a year, but the idea of a Bay Ridge food co−op is coming closer to becoming a reality. Comment.
Borough-wide

86th Street nudge

Bay Ridge residents do not take kindly to messy sidewalks. Comment.
Borough-wide

BRCC marks its 58th year

Hundreds of Bay Ridge residents flocked to the El Caribe Country Club last week to celebrate their community and the activists who help to make it the unique place that it is. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pride calls for up or down vote on gay marriage

After Monday’s Republican coup, the chance of a vote being called for gay marriage in the State Senate was thrown to the four winds. Comment.
Borough-wide

New UADO club enters the political fray; first meeting held

On the eve of the start of petitioning, a new Democratic club was launched in Bay Ridge by a long time political activist. Comment.
Bay News

Free tennis lessons for kids

Councilman Vincent Gentile celebrated the beginning of a free community tennis program at PS 186, 7609 19th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. The program, operated by the New York Junior Tennis League, provides free tennis instruction and practice to children ages six to 18. Comment.
Bay News

Big Screecher

Bay News

Chamber announces winners of the 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee announced the winning projects for its 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards. The largest annual real estate industry event in the borough, the Building Brooklyn Awards (BBA) recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy. Comment.
Bay News

Fr. Thomas Murtaugh Library debuts

Our Lady of Grace parish in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn opened the Fr. Thomas Murtaugh Library with a program that included coffee and cakes for churchgoers, and a blessing from Pastor Thomas F. Leach. Comment.
Bay News

Salute to Coney luminaries

Coney Island’s past, present and future generations were celebrated with words of appreciation and plaques of gratitude when Urban Neighborhood Services held an awards night at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Comment.
Bay News

New Key Food supermarket on neptune

Coney’s new Key Food supermarket – Neptune Avenue and East 34th Street – is opened to shoppers with a ribbon−cutting, attended by area officials and industry representatives. Comment.
Bay News

All jazz hands on deck

Members of the Jazz Band from David A. Boody Middle School−IS 228 in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn performed on the aircraft carrier Intrepid as part of “Take Action NY,” a Global Youth Service Day program of Children for Children. Comment.
Bay News

Boom−A−Ring circus tent rises!

The Coney Island “Boom-A-Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment.
Bay News

State okays mixed martial arts fights

When the Barclays Center Arena gets built at the Atlantic⁄Flatbush Avenues intersection, it may one day play host to mixed martial arts fighting. Comment.
Bay News

Mayoral election forum

“There is a Choice in the 2009 NYC Mayoral Election” will be the discussion topic for the Madison−Marine−Homecrest Civic Association’s next meeting, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Raw sewage leak forces closure of Brooklyn beaches

A sewage leak caused the closure of several Brooklyn beaches last Sunday, but the situation was soon rectified and the beaches were reopened again Monday morning. Comment.
Bay News

Community Board 13 chair: We are broke

Community Board 13 needs some cash. Comment.
Bay News

Asser star slum

With the lack of toilet facilities and overall poor state of the bandshell at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Borough President Marty Markowitz says “it’s a miracle” that any celebrities have agreed to perform at his annual summer concert series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment.
Bay News

Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community health fair

The husband of a Brooklyn lawmaker who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2000 makes sure his wife didn’t die in vain by organizing a community health fair each year to help save others from a similar fate. Comment.
Bay News

Pols rated on animal rights issues

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

Eco−minded civic action at its greenest

Miss Brooklyn added the eye−candy, helping with spring plantings, a recycling drive and other creative art projects that transformed trash into treasure during an Earth Day frolic at the Block Institute. Comment.

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