Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chemistry not enough in NYC’s 31-14 loss to Island

HEMPSTEAD, L.I. – Najee Tyler was keeping things in perspective. His New York City team just fell to Long Island, 31-14, in the 14th annual Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge in a lackluster performance Tuesday night in front of 8,224 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium. Comment.

Cyclones’ Moore gets plenty of support in victory

Brandon Moore’s first year of professional baseball didn’t go nearly as planned. He was used as a spot starter and middle reliever. Then he injured his back. Comment.

Baby Bombers-Cyclones slog through soggy Sunday

Neil Medchill had an eventful professional debut on a soggy Sunday afternoon. The Staten Island Yankees leftfielder not only hit his first career home run, a solo blast in the second inning, he also sat through three rain delays at KeySpan Park before umpires called the game after 5 ½ innings. Comment.

Cohoon, Cyclones improve to 2-0 against Yankees

Mark Cohoon couldn’t catch a break. Comment.
Kings Courier

Old glory inspires Brooklyn patriots young and old

Marine Park morphed into a patriot’s haven, drawing a sea of red, white and blue for a troop rally and Flag Day celebration, presented by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Bad’ dream back

A controversial charter school has set its sights on School District 22. Comment.
Kings Courier

70th Precinct Medal Day

The 70th Precinct Medal Day awards ceremony at the Prospect Park Picnic House last week wasn’t just about accolades. It was also a time for the officers to take up a special challenge. Comment.
Kings Courier

Hearing set for Coney Island rezoning

Coney Island is about to experience a summertime scorcher. Comment.
Kings Courier

Carnival days come to Public school 197

A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a carnival at Public School 197. Comment.
Kings Courier

13th Annual Avenue J Student Art Show

Avenue J’s Apple Bank, Park Avenue Bank, and Berkshire Bank sponsored the 13th Annual Avenue J Student Art Show, held at The Berkshire Bank, 1119 Avenue J. Comment.
Flatbush

‘Change’ falls flat around here

At the end of the day, an effort to revamp the direction of one East Flatbush community organization sputtered, with members re−electing the incumbent chairperson to serve a fourth term. Comment.
Flatbush

Spike it to mike

Less a debate and more a conversation with concerned citizens, the mayoral candidates’ forum at Our Lady of Refuge Church last week was “give and take” in its purest form. Comment.
Flatbush

8 shot, 4 dead in the last 3 weeks

While overall felony crime remains down in East Flatbush, violent crime has spiked, leaving the 67th Precinct command vigilant heading into summer. Comment.
Canarsie

Leadoff spot suits ‘clone just fine

John Servidio had never batted leadoff before Friday night. Not in college. Not in high school. And certainly not during his one injury−shortened season of professional baseball. Comment.
Canarsie

Cyclones survive soggy slop

Mark Cohoon couldn’t catch a break. Comment.
Canarsie

Gavel to Gavel

Acquittal in Jet Ski death Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

Fireworks prohibition Comment.
Canarsie

A Britisher’s View

Planet earth doesn’t possess a launderette big enough to wash modern−day Iran’s stockpile of dirty laundry, nor a closet large enough to hide its skeletons. Comment.
Canarsie

Not for Nuthin’

I can’t help it: I like to watch game shows. I know most people won’t ever admit it, but I do — proudly and openly. The sillier they are, the better. Comment.
Canarsie

It’s Only My Opinion

Here’s a piece of America by the numbers. Comment.
Canarsie

Mortgage problem solving

If you’re behind in or concerned about your mortgage, come to Neighborhood Housing Services every Tuesday for an open house from 2−5 p.m. for referrals or other free assistance at 2806 Church Avenue between Nostrand & Rogers avenues. Comment.
Canarsie

Candidates court Canarsie voters

Canarsie residents crammed into a small room at a local synagogue to hear candidates running for election this year make their pitch for their support. Comment.
Canarsie

Farewell Holy Family School

Misty−eyed students and teachers joined the community – among them alums from the Class of ‘65 – in bidding an emotional farewell to Holy Family School, which is shutting its doors after schooling Canarsie’s children for 59 years. Comment.
Canarsie

Public school 115 gets in the game

Potato sack races, sprint dashes and other fun games had youngsters challenging mettle while engaging in some down time during a sports day at Public School 115. Comment.
Canarsie

More support for park redux

By unanimous vote, Community Board 18 last week gave its hearty endorsement to the third phase of a city plan determined to remake Canarsie Park. Comment.
Canarsie

Shocking hospital death: 1 year later

A Brooklyn woman who died unnoticed on a floor of a psychiatric emergency room floor last June became the poster child for “murder by neglect” when rallyers marked the first anniversary of her death with a vigil outside Kings County Hospital Center. Comment.
Canarsie

Public schools to lose close to half−a−billion dollars

The public school system will lose $452 million this September. Comment.
Canarsie

Help sweep the beach

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

Bone yard boo!

Capitalism is dead — at least in Canarsie Cemetery. Comment.
Canarsie

Fourth of July Parade, and more Indy celebrations

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment.
Canarsie

Mortgage fraud suspected here

The Kings County District Attorney’s office investigation into mortgage fraud may not have hit your home, but it may have hit your neighbors’. Comment.
Canarsie

Gains and losses inside new budet

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.
Canarsie

Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman dies at 63

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, died in his Gravesend home on June 20th after a decade long struggle with kidney disease. He was 63 years old. Comment.
Canarsie

Mermaids don’t need dry land

Tinseltown titan and Brighton Beach native Harvey Keitel – and wife Daphna Kastner – morphed into majestic Mighty King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, pounding their webb−tastic feet alongside exquisite ice princesses and spectacular sea urchins, who helped transform Coney Island into a rollicking boulevard of fun and festivity for the annual Mermaid Parade. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Everything is going to work out’

With things looking bleaker than they already are in Albany, Democrats in the State Senate are now looking to a Canarsian for solace. Comment.
Canarsie

Prison stripes loom for cross−dressing con artist

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

Committee balks at changes to Holocaust Park

Believing that the decision was “politically motivated,” members of the Holocaust Memorial Committee are steadfastly against the city’s plans to place five markers in Holocaust Memorial Park to honor homosexuals, gypsies and political upstarts killed by the Nazis. Comment.
Canarsie

Clara Barton star runs away with Wingate Award

Track & Field was a part of Kadian Dunkley’s life growing up. She ran for fun back home on the Island of Jamaica and when she came to Brooklyn at the age of 12. Comment.
Canarsie

Unbeatable ‘off the bend’

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

Ace Lincoln hurler overcomes ‘regrets’

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.
Canarsie

BK product goes for gold

At 6’6” and 300−plus pounds, Oday Aboushi is the kind of guy who’s used to getting noticed. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Hot−shot’ freshman

Sometimes Adrienne Alexander has to forget she is just a freshman. She is one of the best shot putters in the state and the best in the CHSAA, but at first had realize just how close she was to the upper−echelon throwers. Comment.
Canarsie

Boom−A−Ring debut

If pitching a tent on one of the planet’s most famous boardwalks for the summer wasn’t enough, now Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has its very own street to toot its horn along – through September 7. Comment.
Bay News

Big screecher

Bay News

Speak out

Can it be 36 years ago that Lou Powsner tried to live his ‘impossible dream’? Returning from war and graduating college, my Dad needed help. He was aging and needed aid running his Coney Island Men’s Shop full time. It was time to step in and help to run his store. We joined my Dad just as the tides of crime were beginning to engulf the tides of Coney Island and the City at large. Comment.

‘Waterpod’ surfaces in Sheepshead Bay

That weird−looking thing sitting on the end of Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay isn’t part of any cheesy “Bio−Dome” sequel, but it is home to four forward−thinking artists with a starry eyed vision of the future. Comment.

It’s stop and go at latest town hall on traffic

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

Belt Pkwy Redux

Reconstruction of Brooklyn’s Belt Parkway bridges is expected to begin soon, commencing a massive, half−billion−dollar project to replace the aged spans. Comment.

‘Hutch’ hailed as Patrick Brennan Cop of the Year

On any given day in the 67th Precinct on Snyder Avenue, Detective Leroy “Hutch” Hutchinson can be found in the building’s lobby, talking with visitors. Comment.

Poet laureate dies at age 63

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poet laureate, died in his Gravesend home on June 20th after a decade long struggle with kidney disease. He was 63 years old. Comment.

A star−spangled salute to independence

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment.

July 4th without fireworks

Local cops have already kicked off their anti−fireworks efforts for 2009. Comment.

Memorial committee calls changes to park ‘political’

Believing that the decision was “politically motivated,” members of the Holocaust Memorial Committee are steadfastly against the city’s plans to place five markers in Holocaust Memorial Park to honor homosexuals, gypsies and political upstarts killed by the Nazis. Comment.

More input sought on Tillary makeover

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

St. Patrick’s baseball diamond has a new shine

Bay Ridge boasts its own two−million−dollar emerald empire of dreams – thanks to Councilmember Vincent Gentile. Comment.

Be a Bread & Life volunteer

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.

Kids can Run! Jump! Fly!

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, their newest, extremely hands−on exhibit, lets kids try out activities they’ve never before encountered and helps develop balance, strength, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance while they pretend to be action heroes in training. Run! Jump! Fly!, designed to help combat childhood obesity and inactivity by showcasing the fun and other benefits of fitness activities they can pursue alone, with their families, or in teams, is open now to September 6. Comment.

Starting off with a ‘Boom’

If pitching a tent on one of the planet’s most famous boardwalks for the summer wasn’t enough, now Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has its very own street to toot its horn along – through September 7. Comment.

Leaving the CEC

School District 20’s Community Education Council (CEC) bid adieu to several members. Comment.

Bright futures for Bishop Kearney class of ‘09

Bishop Kearney’s class of 2009 is currently in the process of selecting where they will attend college, from an impressive array of schools to which they have been accepted and received scholarships. Comment.

New faces and old friends change places on Community Board 10

It was time for goodbyes, and hellos, at Community Board 10’s June meeting, where the board’s four new members were introduced, and two retiring members were honored for their service to the board. Comment.

Mom tees off

The Dyker Beach Golf Course Clubhouse was packed to capacity as members of the Visitation Academy’s Mothers’ Club, in addition to more than 300 family members and friends, celebrated the club’s yearly achievements during its annual lunch at the catering hall on Seventh Avenue & 86th Street in Bay Ridge. Comment.

Fifth Ave. merchants’ ‘fantastic’ forecast

There’s plenty of good news for merchants along Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment.

Lutheran salutes stellar team

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.

Borough hails BK’s best chiefs

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

MDA vollies

Volunteers looking for a rewarding and memorable experience should consider Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, and help them enjoy a fun−filled MDA summer camp August 16−22 in Spring Valley, NY. Comment.

Over 1,500 seniors attend special fairs

State Senator Martin J. Golden hosted his seventh annual series of senior fairs to offer local seniors and their families an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health. Comment.

Cops ‘blitz’ teens

Gangs of teens have Ridgites distinctly on edge. Comment.

Guild for Exceptional Children benefits from $1,500 ‘Easter egg

At an annual Orthodox Easter celebration held outside his Bay Ridge restaurant, Spartan Souvlaki owner George Lykovrezos has provided free food and drink to residents who gather outside to celebrate the holiday and season. When some residents insisted on paying him for his generosity this year, Lykovrezos decided to take his generosity one step further. Comment.

68th Police Precinct hails some of its finest

Two 68th Precinct officers took center stage at the recent meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council as “Cops of the Month” for June. Comment.

Forget the trouble in River City, Visitation Academy revives ‘The music man’

Starry−eyed students at Visitation Academy attuned themselves to a Broadway classic by taking to the stage for a crowd−pleasing version of “The Music Man.” Comment.

Building Brooklyn Award winners

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.

12th Annual Pastor’s Tournament at Dyker Beach

Members of St. Anselm Youth Activities stepped up to the tee for the group’s 12th Annual Pastor’s Tournament Golf Outing at Dyker Beach Golf Course. Comment.
24/7

Summer Art Series at The Narrows

The Narrows Botanical Gardens & Gallery 364 invites you to celebrate its ongoing “Summer Art Series,” every Sunday throughout the summer, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Lit cigarette results in blaze

Sheepshead Bay smoke eaters were honored as heroes after they pulled a couple from a Brighton Beach blaze Monday night. Comment.
Bay News

New designation honors St. Brendan’s Church

The faithful can now pound the holy grail along “St. Brendan’s Way.” Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 100 students entertain Trump Village

A senior−student sing−song – plus an award−winning dance presentation – was on the books when Public School 100 pupils trekked over to Trump Village for a morning of music and merriment. Comment.
Bay News

God help you if you’re caught posting illegally

City Councilmember Simcha Felder is putting yeshivas, churches, mosques, meeting halls and every other kind of religious institution on notice: “Even if you’re selling God,” you don’t have a right to put up illegal posters. Comment.
Bay News

KCC opens food pantry to help feed cash−strapped students

Kingsborough Community College sits in one of the most affluent sections of Brooklyn, but some of its students are so needy that the school has opened up a food pantry and taken to handing out leftovers to help them make ends meet. Comment.
Bay News

Marine Park Civic looks fit & spry at 83

Eighty−three years of community service were hailed with rites and festivity when the Marine Park Civic Association celebrated the milestone anniversary with the induction of a new slate of officers. Comment.
Bay News

Crime down on Coney stat sheets

The impact zone appears to have made an impact on the violent crime spree occurring on the western end of Coney Island. Comment.
Bay News

Ribbon cut on new Public School 205 playground

Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s plan to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10−minute walk of a recreational space bore its first fruits when Hizzoner helped snip the ribbon on a new, $820,000 playground at Public School 205. Comment.
Bay News

Cops: livery cab stick−up man has long rap sheet

In a nutshell, he was driving neighborhood livery cab drivers crazy. Comment.
Bay News

Gangs frustrate 60th Pct.

While police acknowledge the presence of Hispanic gangs in Brighton Beach, ridding them from the neighborhood is a more thorny issue. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 52 staff and students step up to the plate

Just call teachers at Public School 52 budding Cat Ostermans. Comment.
Bay News

Become an MDA camp volunteer

Volunteers looking for a rewarding and memorable experience should consider Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, and help them enjoy a fun−filled MDA summer camp August 16−22 in Spring Valley, NY. Comment.
Bay News

Mark Twain JHS holds commencement exercises

Mayor Mike Bloomberg returned to school, helping help heap honors on beaming Mark Twain Junior High School students during their graduation day at Brooklyn College. Comment.
Bay News

Muslims to city: we want school holidays too

Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim community is urging the City Council to pass legislation to include the two holiest holidays of Islam on the New York City public school calendar before the end of June. Comment.
Bay News

New post for Assemblymember Maisel

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Assembly Member Alan Maisel as the new vice−chair of the New York State Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management, established in 1984 to evaluate solid waste management practices in New York State. Comment.
Bay News

A whirlwind of yankee−doodle dandy delights

Visitors got up close with Lady Liberty, retraced the steps of immigrants who arrived through Ellis Island, and then took a trip on Cyclone roller coaster – all without leaving Public School 177. Comment.
Bay News

Volunteer at BK’s largest soup kitchen

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.
Bay News

A poppin’ picnic for the 4th

This Independence Day, Brooklynites will proudly show their true colors, marking the nation’s birthday with a parade, a picnic and probably the world’s most famous competitive eating event. Comment.
Bay News

‘Boom−A−Ring Boulevard’ is home to circus fun

If pitching a tent on one of the planet’s most famous boardwalks for the summer wasn’t enough, now Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has its very own street to toot its horn along – through September 7. Comment.

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