Friday, July 24, 2009

Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel

No Cuban compassion Comment.
Williamsburg

Pitch in at MDA Camp

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.
Williamsburg

It’s gonna be a political horse race after all

It seems Election 2009 isn’t going to be a snoozer after all. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn home sale prices on the skids

Home values in Brooklyn continue a precipitous decline, as median sales prices slid 16 percent in the second quarter, and sales activity slumped to a trickle — but still showing improvement over the last anemic quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates forum

The candidates for New York City Comptroller and New York City Public Advocate will participate in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Candidates’ Forum, August 3 from 6−8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Government Affairs Committee, the event will be held at St. Francis College’s Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

The postman rings never

By the end of September, the United States Postal Service could begin making plans to close some of its offices in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Feds keep close eye on Brooklyn gas pumps

As the gas station manager watched nervously, government agents tested for water in the gas and checked whether the pump was calibrated correctly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cheers, jeers for ‘L’

Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

A Britisher’s View

Bragging about being “a perfect affirmative action baby” lowers the bar instead of raising it. Comment.
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Lunar Landing, “One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind.” It also marks the rare occasion of a stuffed toilet in outer space. The International Space Station (ISS) is experiencing plumbing issues with one “John” down and one holding down the fort. Comment.
Williamsburg

Summer Plaza

The Sunset Park Business Improvement District will host its a four−block Summer Plaza, rain or shine, as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program, August 2 from 12−4 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Loughlin’s Hamlet to play at Division II Post University

Trevon Hamlet said he’s always dreamed of playing Division I basketball. But a cruel reality set in about three weeks ago when he found out he was two classes shy of passing through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Comment.
Borough-wide

Former St. John’s star Grant changes wild lifestyle

Tyrone Grant is welcoming in a new era to his life – and it has nothing to do with basketball. The former St. John’s University star and his girlfriend, Cinzia, had their first child, Tyra, in March 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Two schools eyed for School District 15; hearing July 29

Two more charter schools seek to open in School District 15. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK waterfront: recharged

The city plans to reincarnate an industrial hub along the Sunset Park waterfront, investing more than $165 million to accomplish that goal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shocking discovery: mummy is a man

Talk about an identity crisis. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New Miss Liberty pops in

Singing the National Anthem at the top of their lungs, an assemblage of Lady Liberty lovers escorted a replica of the statue across the Brooklyn Bridge to its new home at Vox Pop. Comment.
Kings Courier

Candidates fight for ‘pol’ position

They just keep on coming. Comment.
Flatbush

Incumbent Mathieu Eugene faces dual challenges in Democratic primary race

Sitting City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene could be facing two challengers in the September Democratic primary. Comment.
Letters

Letters to the Editor

A house divided Comment.
Canarsie

It’s Only My Opinion

This terrible economy seems to be getting worse. Every month we see corporations dismissing workers. Increased unemployment translates to folks buying not only fewer luxuries but in a decrease in sales of necessities as well. Comment.
Canarsie

Become an MDA volunteer

The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment.
Canarsie

Family fun for everyone on East 21st Street

The flame of family fun burned brightly along East 21st Street – between Regent Place and Albemarle Road – where mom, dad and the kids teamed up with neighbors for a block party. Comment.
Canarsie

Stranger grabs six−year−old; ‘You’re my son,’ he shouts

It’s every parent’s fear come to life: A six−year−old boy was nearly abducted from the Marine Park playground last weekend during a brief confrontation with a crazed adult. Comment.
Canarsie

Narco bust at the Breukelen Houses

More than two dozen people were arrested last week as narcotics cops converged on the Breukelen Houses. Comment.
Canarsie

Crafty mummy pulls a fast one

Talk about an identity crisis. Comment.
Canarsie

‘Stew’ plus seven

They just keep on coming. Comment.
Canarsie

Rabbi: Sacha Baron Cohen’s shtick is solid

Sacha Baron Cohen’s box office persona known as Bruno is fashionable, a bit freaky and quite flagrant about his sexuality. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Local teens cash a big−top paycheck at the circus

For many, their first real paying job means typing and filing, but for Tatiana Ramirez, 17, and Lialani Thomas, 19, their first real job at the Coney Island Boom−A−Ring means snarling tigers and 8,000−pound pachyderms. Comment.
Bay News

Big Screecher

Bay News

Health threat to BK dogs

Here’s another reason to hate rats: their urine could kill your dog. Comment.
Borough-wide

Williamsburg’s Pocket Utopia closes

It was a bit like the end of The Wizard of Oz, where all the familiar cast of characters, rather, artists, returned home for one last time. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn woman vies for filthiest apartment

She might be the Pig Pen of Brooklyn, but a Crown Heights woman failed to claim the prize for the country’s worst pig sty. Comment.
Borough-wide

Eugene has two challengers for Council seat

Sitting City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene could be facing two challengers in the September Democratic primary. Comment.
Borough-wide

De Blasio vows to stay on public advocate ballot

Call it a technicality, but City Councilmember and Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio now faces a court date next Tuesday to get back on the ballot for the September 15 Democratic primary. Comment.
Borough-wide

1st Amendment flap at Seaside Summer Concert Series

Members of the Community Task Force trying to block construction of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Park say cops stepped on their First Amendment right to free speech last week during the opening of the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concerts series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Yassky wins four square challenge

Councilmember David Yassky demonstrated his facility and dominance on the four square courts, teaming up with City Council candidate Jo Anne Simon to defeat Williamsburg Courier reporter Aaron Short in an epic match. Comment.
Borough-wide

New leaders for District 15 CEC

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) now has a president and chairperson. Comment.
Borough-wide

And then there were eight: Crowd of candidates files for 45th C.D.

They just keep on coming. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tempers flare in CB 1

It’s a war of words in Williamsburg. Comment.
Borough-wide

Home values continue to slide

Home values in Brooklyn continue a precipitous decline, as median sales prices slid 16 percent in the second quarter, and sales activity slumped to a trickle — but still showing improvement over the last anemic quarter,according to a recent report. Comment.
Borough-wide

Locals not sold on day care

An alfresco meeting last week did little to sway Marine Park residents that a day care facility would be an appropriate addition to their quaint block. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ciao Bloomberg!

Borough-wide

Hair’s to you: Coney Island girl donates locks to less fortunate peers

When you’re tangling with a 21-inch pony tail all day, every day, your hair can become a burden. Comment.
Borough-wide

Acclaimed Brooklyn-born author Frank McCourt dies

Frank McCourt, the Brooklyn-born Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose memoir of a miserable childhood skyrocketed him to international fame, died July 19 in Manhattan. He was 78 years old. The cause of death was skin cancer, according to published reports. Comment.
Borough-wide

Community stalwart Rosemarie O’Keefe dies

Rosemarie O’Keefe, the firebrand activist whose civic career took her from her quaint Bay Ridge block to the city’s rarefied halls of power, died July 17 at Calvary Hospital’s Brooklyn campus. She was 65 years old. The cause of death was cancer, according to her husband, Bill. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents protest St. Saviour pastor — again

The battle at St. Saviour continues — this time with parents protesting during mass. Comment.
Borough-wide

Diamondstone challenges challengers

On the eve of the petition filing deadline, 33rd District City Council candidate Ken Diamondstone has challenged his fellow opponents to refrain from challenging each other’s petitions to get on the ballot. Comment.
Borough-wide

Freedom March: Lady Liberty returns to Vox Pop

Singing the National Anthem at the top of their lungs, an assemblage of Lady Liberty lovers escorted a replica of the statue across the Brooklyn Bridge to its new home at Vox Pop. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn rabbis collared in massive New Jersey sting  

Fourteen Brooklynites, including several prominent rabbis, were charged last week with public corruption and money laundering centered around real estate dealings in New Jersey. Comment.
Borough-wide

Few clues in Flatlands man’s death

Police are looking under every rock for clues that will lead them to the person who shot a 36-year-old Flatlands man dead in his Land Rover last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Crooked clinics take part in $47 million scam

As they treated hundreds of residents each year, a handful of local medical clinics helped set the stage to a $47 million Medicaid scam shut down by the New York Attorney General’s office last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sex ed may stop Brooklyn Dreams Charter School

The Brooklyn Dreams Charter School is eyeing a parochial school building — but the Diocese of Brooklyn’s refusal to allow sex education instruction in its facilities may quash the deal. Comment.
Borough-wide

Martial arts extravaganza

Fists of fury — and skulls of steel — will be on display next month at a star-studded event featuring some of the finest martial arts talent culled from across the globe. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dirty Projectors clean up the East River

In the second week of the Pool Parties on the East River (North 9th Street and Kent Avenue), music fans enjoyed the softly eclectic voices of the Brooklyn-based Dirty Projectors. Comment.
Borough-wide

Breukelen Houses center of narcotics bust

More than two dozen people were arrested last week as narcotics cops converged on the Breukelen Houses. Comment.
Borough-wide

Arrest made as slain teen mourned

Justice in the form of an arrest was little comfort for family members of 13-year-old Miguel Saavedra, who came out in droves Friday, July 17, to trace the youngster’s steps before he was mercilessly stabbed to death. Comment.
Borough-wide

Red light camera thieves caught

Stop! Comment.
Borough-wide

Vito Lopez hosts seniors for Long Island fun

The rain may have ended the festivities a bit early, but it did little to dampen the spirits of over 4,000 Brooklyn seniors and 350 volunteers at the 37th Annual Senior Citizens Picnic at Sunken Meadow State Park, hosted by Brooklyn Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick) and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Comment.
Borough-wide

Three Council candidates challenged

The challenges are already pouring in. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Dreams faces fight in District 22

Brooklyn Dreams Charter School has no place in School District 22, parents say. Comment.
Borough-wide

Broadway Triangle: next steps

Now that Community Board 1 has approved the Broadway Triangle rezoning (Broadway and Flushing Avenues and Throop Street), an opposition group is planning a two-pronged strategy to delay or derail the plan as it moves forward. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Air Jamaica, others in the house

PHILADELPHIA – While the nation’s elite descended on Akron, Ohio. for the LeBron James Skills Academy this week, Philadelphia was the place to be for everyone else. Comment.
Borough-wide

Xaverian hurler has the right stuff

In two innings, Steven Pastrana showed his immense potential and his shortcomings. Comment.
Borough-wide

Now entering the Ring of Combat XXV

Former World Champion kickboxer and promoter Louis Neglia presented a jam−packed evening of electrifying martial arts during Ring of Combat XXV, held at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Comment.
Borough-wide

Back in the swing of things

Mired in a mini−slump, Nick Santomauro has been fiddling with his batting stance of late. Cyclones hitting coach Jack Voigt noticed that the outfielder’s hands were too far from his body, making his swing tight and rigid. They are now up and away from his body more to make his stroke shorter and freer. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Cyclones get medieval on ya

The Brooklyn Cyclones are calling all knights and fair maidens to their kingdom at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, to bear witness to their battle against the Hudson Valley Renegades, August 3 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘No trash left behind’ at garden

Soldiers joined forces with the faithful to help transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a cleanup of Shore Road Gardens. Comment.
Borough-wide

Not even worth half a fare

Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week — and the N and D trains weren’t even worth half the price of a fare. Comment.
Borough-wide

A bicycle made for you; just share

With nearly 200 miles of marked bicycle routes created in the last three years, and an estimated 130,000 people riding in the city each day, is New York City ready for a bicycle−sharing program? Comment.
Borough-wide

Tall salute goes to community stalwarts

“Outstanding” individuals were honored for their service to Brooklyn youth during a community tribute in Mill Basin, presented by the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment.
Borough-wide

Home sweet home sales sour in Bklyn

Home values in Brooklyn continue a precipitous decline, as median sales prices slid 16 percent in the second quarter, and sales activity slumped to a trickle — but still showing improvement over the last anemic quarter, according to a recent report. Comment.
Borough-wide

Downstate hosts SUNY chancellor

Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system with some 440,000 students, spent nearly a full day touring the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, meeting with a diverse cross−section of its staff, as well as with the elected officials and community leaders which the institution serves. Comment.
Borough-wide

Word’s out on afforable housing for seniors

State Senator Martin J. Golden has begun informing seniors 62 years and older that the new income eligibility for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program is $29,000. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Locks of Love’ in Coney Island

When you’re tangling with a 21−inch pony tail all day, every day, your hair can become a burden. Comment.
Borough-wide

Labor Day Telethon volunteers

The local office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for people interested in volunteering at the local 2009 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon Pledge Center. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hats off to these stellar ps 119 scholars

Two local students were in the spotlight, honored for their academic achievement and their service to their school. Comment.
Borough-wide

Borough may lose post offices

By the end of September, the United States Postal Service could begin making plans to close some of its offices in Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Crime prevention workshop Crime prevention workshop

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services will hold a free crime prevention workshop for senior citizens, August 4 at 10:30 a.m, sponsored by the District Attorney’s Senior Affairs Unit, at the Northside Senior Center, 179 North Sixth Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

No stickball, just a lot of four square going on

Music, dancing and some four square were all the rage during Williamsburg Walks on Bedford Avenue, as locals took advantage of the car−free block recently. Comment.
Borough-wide

Block is for summer partying on 16th street

Party hearty, folks! Comment.
Borough-wide

A Thanksgiving breakfast for 67 crime−busters

Pass the juice? By the way, thanks for all you’ve done for us. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ken Diamondstone: the un−challenger

On the eve of the petition filing deadline, 33rd District City Council candidate Ken Diamondstone has challenged his fellow opponents to refrain from challenging each other’s petitions to get on the ballot. Comment.
Borough-wide

Nonprofit status could be at stake for two local groups amid allegations of improper campaigning in City Council race

Two North Brooklyn−based nonprofits have found themselves in the crosshairs of Brooklyn’s nastiest City Council campaign. Comment.
Borough-wide

Comptroller forum Aug. 3

The candidates for New York City Comptroller and New York City Public Advocate will participate in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Candidates’ Forum, August 3 from 6−8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Government Affairs Committee, the event will be held at St. Francis College’s Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

It takes two at District 15 CEC

School District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC) now has a president and chairperson. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lemon−aid for the children of Haiti

Sheepshead Bay kids are using a lemonade stand to help an impoverished country. Comment.
Borough-wide

Help for vets who are crime victims

The Kings County District Attorney’s office has signed onto a special program to help veterans who left a war zone only to find themselves in a new crisis. Comment.
Borough-wide

Vox Pop welcomes new Lady Liberty with parade

Singing the National Anthem at the top of their lungs, an assemblage of Lady Liberty lovers escorted a replica of the statue across the Brooklyn Bridge to its new home at Vox Pop. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tall salute to Silver Beaver Award winners

The coveted Silver Beaver Award was bestowed upon a distinguished roster of recipients when the Brooklyn Council Boy Scouts of America held its annual leader recognition dinner in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

B’way jeer team

Now that Community Board 1 has approved the Broadway Triangle rezoning (Broadway and Flushing Avenues and Throop Street), an opposition group is planning a two−pronged strategy to delay or derail the plan as it moves forward. Comment.
Borough-wide

To splice, or not to splice, B61 bus

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will decide next week whether to splice the B61 into two shorter routes, an effort aimed at bringing efficiency and convenience to the notorious line. Comment.
Borough-wide

Family Day

Citizens for Better Community, a non−profit consortium of 13 blocks involved in helping enhance the quality of life within the East Flatbush community, will be celebrating its eighth annual Family Day Celebration, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Paerdegat Park, bounded by Foster Avenue, Farragut Road, East 40th Street and Albany Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Steadfast opposition to new day care center on East 38th Street

An alfresco meeting last week did little to sway Marine Park residents that a day care facility would be an appropriate addition to their quaint block. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fore! Third annual semper fi golf classic tees off

Miss America 2008 helped local patriots deliver a red, white and blue salute to the Empire State’s military heroes during a pomp−filled benefit in Dyker Beach, hosted by the Capt. McKenna & LCPL Glover Foundation. Comment.
Borough-wide

High marks for Tranquility room’s healing garden

Assemblymembers Peter Abbate and Steven Cymbrowitz were hailed for their efforts to help expand local patient care in Brooklyn with a dedication ceremony at Maimonides Cancer Center. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tis: Frank McCourt dead

Frank McCourt, the Brooklyn−born Pulitzer Prize−winning author whose memoir of a miserable childhood skyrocketed him to international fame, died July 19 in Manhattan. He was 78 years old. The cause of death was skin cancer, according to published reports. Comment.
Borough-wide

Explore BK Greenway July 26

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, eco−minded Brooklynites are invited to follow the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy Enviromedia Mobile, July 26 from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Race for beep seat, others heats up

It seems Election 2009 isn’t going to be a snoozer after all. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Dreams’ eyes diocese site − sex could be a hang up

The Brooklyn Dreams Charter School is eyeing a parochial school building — but the Diocese of Brooklyn’s refusal to allow sex education instruction in its facilities may quash the deal. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Women and money’ conference July 27

The Allstate Foundation will host a series of Economic Empowerment seminars for women, kicking off with “Women & Money,” 7 p.m., July 27 at Regina Hall, corner of 65th Street and 12th Avenue, with Robert Russo, Allstate agent. Comment.
Borough-wide

Street effort to honor Brooklyn poet laureate

Many knew him as Brooklyn’s poet laureate, but to those who live in the tight−knit Gravesend community, the late Ken Siegelman was also a beloved friend and neighbor. Comment.
Borough-wide

Special consideration for veterans running afoul of law

The Kings County District Attorney’s office has signed onto a special program to help veterans who left a war zone only to find themselves in a new crisis. Comment.
Borough-wide

Manhattan Beach beauty represents BK

Wherever Keelie Sheridan went in Albany this past weekend, she was greeted with shouts of “Brooklyn!” Comment.
Borough-wide

Candidates urge supporters to dig deep into their pockets

With less than two months remaining before the Democratic primary, City Council candidates throughout Brooklyn have been urging supporters to make their financial contributions as they enter the final stretch of their campaigns. Comment.
Borough-wide

Marty foes booted from Asser Levy

Members of the Community Task Force trying to block construction of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Park say cops stepped on their First Amendment right to free speech last week during the opening of the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concerts series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

It’s time for Brooklyn to ‘Celebrate!’

The Prospect Park Bandshell provided a fitting stage for a fun−filled explosion of music and spoken word as Celebrate Brooklyn! – one of New York City’s longest−running, free outdoor performing arts festivals – kicked off its 2009 summer season at the borough’s emerald empire with the Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert. Comment.
Borough-wide

Employment agency closed over fees

Talk about hitting people when they’re down and out. Comment.
Borough-wide

Not all in alliance with the OSA

The Open Space Alliance has asked for an extension in filing its 2008 tax forms, which is was granted, and is working on rele Comment.
Borough-wide

Stab Suspect in Custody

Justice in the form of an arrest was little comfort for family members of 13−year−old Miguel Saavedra, who came out in droves Friday, July 17, to trace the youngster’s steps before he was mercilessly stabbed to death. Comment.
Williamsburg

With a wing and a prayer, competitors chow down

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast−growing urban tradition – the free Siren Music Festival. Comment.
Borough-wide

Red Hook ferry freeloaders told to walk the plank

The ship has sailed on free weekday rides to Red Hook. Comment.
Borough-wide

Congress gives Gowanus study a $300K boost

Congress injected a bit of green into Lavender Lake, it was announced last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sunset Park Summer Plaza Aug. 2

The Sunset Park Business Improvement District will host its a four−block Summer Plaza, rain or shine, as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets program, August 2 from 12−4 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Family fun on Wythe all day long

Party hearty, folks! Comment.
Borough-wide

No movement on pending statute of limitations bills

Victims of child molestation that occurred in schools and other institutions will have to wait a little longer for justice to be served. Comment.
Borough-wide

Industry coming to Sunset

The city plans to reincarnate an industrial hub along the Sunset Park waterfront, investing more than $165 million to accomplish that goal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Move to limit Coney building heights flops

Coney Island ride advocates dreading the specter of a wall of hi−rise hotels one day greeting visitors at the Stillwell Avenue subway station suffered a body blow this week when members of the New York City Council rejected a motion limiting the height of new buildings south of Surf Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents jeer church actions

The battle at St. Saviour continues — this time with parents protesting during mass. Comment.
Borough-wide

The Siren song lures thousands to Coney

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast−growing urban tradition – the free Siren Music Festival. Comment.
Borough-wide

80th Street revels in glory of summer

Coney Island exploded with musical fireworks as dynamic new talent took to the stage for a fast−growing urban tradition – the free Siren Music Festival. Comment.
Borough-wide

Don’t bring your ‘Dreams’ here

Brooklyn Dreams Charter School has no place in School District 22, parents say. Comment.
Borough-wide

Marking Hiroshima

The Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition will hold a Hiroshima Day Commemoration, August 1. Comment.
Borough-wide

Angels on the Bay has right Rx

It was 10 years ago that the families of the Rockaways and surrounding areas received a unique boost to the health of their children, when Angels on the Bay, a pediatric unit of unique design and purpose was dedicated at Peninsula Hospital. Comment.
Borough-wide

Petitions under fire

The challenges are already pouring in. Comment.
Borough-wide

$47M Medicaid scam hits home

As they treated hundreds of residents each year, a handful of local medical clinics helped set the stage to a $47 million Medicaid scam shut down by the New York Attorney General’s office last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Democrat 33rd mixer

The 33rd District Council Forum will hold a meet and greet for contenders of the Democratic Primary seat representing Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, July 28 from 7−9 p.m. at the Williamsburg Northside Preschool, 152 North Fifth Street between Bedford and Driggs avenues. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rosemarie O’Keefe, 65, activist extraordinaire

Rosemarie O’Keefe, the firebrand activist whose civic career took her from her quaint Bay Ridge block to the city’s rarefied halls of power, died July 17 at Calvary Hospital’s Brooklyn campus. She was 65 years old. The cause of death was cancer, according to her husband, Bill. Comment.
Borough-wide

Library shut

The Brooklyn Public Library will be closing its Flatbush branch at 22 Linden Boulevard for approximately four weeks for roof replacement and abatement. The branch will closed to the public at the end of the day, July 31, and will reopen August 31 at 9 a.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Horton’ hears a ‘boo’

Take a hike, Tim. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Eat your heart out, Chuck Norris

Fists of fury — and skulls of steel — will be on display next month at a star−studded event featuring some of the finest martial arts talent culled from across the globe. Comment.
Borough-wide

Rocco gets bumped up at Kearney

Rocco Sellitto was promoted to Bishop Kearney girls’ varsity basketball coach after four seasons as the head man of the school’s junior varsity squad, athletic director Anthony Troiano told FiveBoroSports.com on Wednesday. He takes over for legendary coach Cathy Crocket, who retired at the end of last season. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Eco−art’ festival

NYS Senator Eric Adams and Comptroller Bill Thompson will join dozens of artists, vendors, and leading environmental groups to promote ‘greener’ habits and eco−friendly practices during the “Eco Art Community Festival,” July 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hip Kids’ boutique

All ages are encouraged to attend Still Hip children’s and maternity boutique’s second anniversary block party, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 283 Grand Avenue between Lafayette Avenue & Clifton Place. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Divas’ to rock Brooklyn

The divas are back! And coming to Brooklyn! Comment.
Borough-wide

Street ball legend is still ‘The Believer’ after 20 years

Before his sterling career at Manhattan Center, the Sports Illustrated cover story, the sexual assault case that cost him a year of college basketball, his scintillating first three years at LIU, Richie Parker was a streetball legend. He started at Rucker Park the summer before ninth grade, the summer of 1989, scoring 45 points in his debut. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pocket Utopia packs it in on Flushing Avenue

It was a bit like the end of The Wizard of Oz, where all the familiar cast of characters, rather, artists, returned home for one last time. Comment.
Borough-wide

West Pointer

Commitment, dedication and drive are words typically used to characterize a Xavier high school graduate but in the case of Giancarlo C. Rindone, three other words also come to mind — duty, honor and country. Rindone will join a select group of students this summer as part of the entering class of 2013 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Comments (1).
Borough-wide

Report slams subway maintenance

Brooklyn’s L train is the second best subway line in the city, but it still isn’t worth the full price of admission, a commuter advocacy group determined this week — and the N and D trains weren’t even worth half the price of a fare. Comment.
Bay News

Dist. 21 CEC in ‘twilight zone’

School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has elected a new president and executive officers — but questions remain about whether or not the votes count. Comment.
Bay News

36/2-6/2

Fourteen Brooklynites, including several prominent rabbis, were charged last week with public corruption and money laundering centered around real estate dealings in New Jersey. Comment.
Bay News

Census 2010 Awareness Day

The Jewish Community Council of Kings Bay, HIAS−LOREO, Kings Bay YM−YWHA and United States Census 2010 invite the community to the Census 2010 Awareness Day, July 31 from 9:30−10:45 a.m. at the Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenues U and V. Comment.
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Last smash for BK Racquet Club

It was game, set and match for the Brooklyn Racquet Club this week, which shuttered its doors after nearly four decades of serving the borough. Comment.
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Produce markets cross the line on 86th Street, older adults complain

A group of gray panthers is on the march against the produce stores that display fruits and vegetables too far outside their store. Comment.

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