Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009

Canarsie

‘Super-Sully’ and the trouble with ‘Rahmbo’

The curtain is about to descend on 2009. Before that fat lady sings I’d like to make several observations. Comment.
Canarsie

See you on the other side, Eutisha

Mere suspension without pay? Toss the book at the creeps. Jail time, too. Comment.
Canarsie

Zeroes, naughts, aughts - reflections on the decade

On December 31, 1999 my biggest worry was Y2K. As the clock struck midnight I held my breath along with the rest of the world and waited for the computers to crash, bank accounts to freeze and imminent global annihilation -we were 281 million citizens scared to death. Life would never be the same. Comment.
Canarsie

Your weekly newsbriefs

Museum menace pleads guilty Comment.
Canarsie

Cash for bumblers

Cash for bumblers Comment.
Flatbush

East Flatbush residents being put in email loop

Approximately 12,000 residents of East Flatbushwill soon find themselves on the 67th Precinct’s email list. Comment.
Kings Courier

Stabbed on O

Stabbed on O Comment.
Kings Courier

Bodies fall at Bklyn’s doorstep

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Kings Courier

A look back at 2009

January Comment.
Kings Courier

Santa’s little helpers pitch in

This year, with the help of Health Plus, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Forest City Ratner and Toys ‘R’ Us, the holiday season kicked off on a cheerful note as State Senator Parker hosted his sixth toy give-away party. More than 600 toys were donated to underprivileged children, just in time for Christmas. Comment.
Kings Courier

Passion-ate plea for sleep

Late-night noise from a Coney Island Avenue watering hole has area residents steaming. Comment.
Kings Courier

Lincoln, Madison students go toe-to-toe on television

The 13th season of “The Challenge” kicks off with all-star student scholars from Abraham Lincoln High School and James Madison High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show. Comment.
BoroBeat

Winter hit parade at public school 255

The auditorium was abuzz with the sound of merry music as budding crooners united in song for a winter concert at Public School 255. Comment.
Kings Courier

’Tis the season of warmth and giving at St. Edmund’s

St. Edmund Preparatory High School’s National Honor Society, moderated by Patti Buckley, held its first coat drive throughout December. Comment.
BoroBeat

P.S. 52 transformed into winter wonderland

Starry-eyed youngsters took to the stage and wowed the crowd during a “Winter Wonderland” concert at Public School 52. Comment.
BoroBeat

Good tidings and good cheer all around!

Area youngsters and their community cops joined reveling forces to jumpstart the season of glad tidings with a holiday party in Mill Basin, presented by the 63rd Precinct Community Council. Comment.
BoroBeat

Gil Hodges school strikes up the band

The auditorium was abuzz with the sound of music and fancy footwork as students teamed up for their annual holiday concert at the Gil Hodges School, P.S. 193. Comment.
Flatbush

Holiday horror

Holiday horror Comment.
Flatbush

Bklyn murder madness

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Canarsie

New BSA reforms urged

News that the much-maligned Department of Buildings [DOB] is “upping its game” and at least trying out new reforms should put smiles on the faces of all those who feel the agency has too often dropped the ball on controversial construction projects. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn Politics

While the words “class” and “politics” are rarely found together, we at Courier-Life see this week as a graduation of sorts for all of the local legislators who once proudly graced this page and will now be moving on (chin up, Dave Yassky!) That being said, here is the first Brooklyn Politics Graduation Edition with our soon-to-be annual Class of 2009 awards! And our awards go to... Comment.
Canarsie

Cymbrowitz addresses Holocaust revisionism at Berlin conference

Calling Holocaust deniers not only a violation of the memories of the victims, but a powerful tool of the modern day anti-Semite, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a second generation Holocaust survivor, traveled to Berlin, Germany to address The Legacy of World War II and the Holocaust Conference, a worldwide gathering of academics, former prisoners of ghettos and concentration camps, public officials, World War II partisans and journalists, sponsored by the World Congress of Russian Jewry. Comment.
Canarsie

Bklyn’s body count

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Canarsie

Valley National Bank redeems stock shares

Valley National Bancorp, the holding company for Valley National Bank, has received approval from the US Department of the Treasury for its request to redeem the final 100,000 shares of Valley’s Series A Preferred Stock outstanding and held by the Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program. Comment.
Canarsie

Lincoln, Madison high school students go toe-to-toe on television ‘Challenge’

The 13th season of “The Challenge” kicks off with all-star student scholars from Abraham Lincoln High School and James Madison High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show. Comment.
Canarsie

NETS and Health Plus Team up for Lutheran Family Health Centers

The Lutheran Family Health Centers, NETS Basketball and Health Plus teamed up to brighten the holidays for patients of the Sunset Park Family Health Center. Accompanied by Santa Claus, NETS dancers and NETS mascot, Sly, handed out holiday gifts to children. Comment.
Canarsie

Your comprehensive guide to local civic meetings

The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-260-2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Canarsie

Anniversary of towers showcases collaboration in creating low-income housing

The Weinberg Council Towers, an attractive living community for low-income seniors created by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and tucked away inthe Starrett City/Spring Creek section of Brooklyn, just marked its 10th anniversary. Comment.
Canarsie

Neighborhood kids enjoy another toy run

This year, with the help of Health Plus, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Forest City Ratner and Toys ‘R’ Us, the holiday season kicked off on a cheerful note as State Senator Parker hosted his sixth toy give-away party. More than 600 toys were donated to underprivileged children, just in time for Christmas. Comment.
BoroBeat

Public Option dies hard outside Clark’s office

Rallyers Paul and Linda Grebanier turn holiday carolers in front of Rep. Yvette Clarke’s district office, 123 Linden Boulevard, as they sing their support for the “public option” clause in the Senate health care reform bill. Comment.
Bay News

Hey, Transit ... why are you so noisy?

In last week’s column, I mentioned how I discovered the city’s biggest screech. Comment.
Bay News

Lamenting Brooklyn’s disappearing gardens

How unknowledgeable of Brooklyn’s plight is our City Planning Chairwoman Amanda Burden, from her tall seat above the other City Planners, where are all the real causes of Brooklyn homeowners’ vanishing gardens. Comment.
Canarsie

Correction officers donate Christmas gifts to underprivileged children

For the 30th consecutive year, New York City’s Correction Officers donated, collected and distributed a truckload of Christmas gifts to the children of the SCO Family of Services, a community organization in Brooklyn. Santa Clausalso dropped in to help distribute the hundreds of gifts. Comment.
Bay News

Lincoln, Madison toe-to-toe on TV

The 13th season of “The Challenge” kicks off with all-star student scholars from Abraham Lincoln High School and James Madison High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show. Comment.
Bay News

Bklyn body count

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Borough-wide

Local gal joins Food Network ranks

She hasn’t hacked off a finger or made her microwave explode, but Brooklynite Rachel Coleman may very well be one of the “Worst Cooks in America.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Christmas tree-lighting in McKinley Park

In partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, State Senator Marty Golden hosted a Christmas tree lighting in McKinley Park in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season. Comment.
Borough-wide

Valley National Bank redeems shares

Valley National Bancorp, the holding company for Valley National Bank, has received approval from the US Department of the Treasury for its request to redeem the final 100,000 shares of Valley’s Series A Preferred Stock outstanding and held by the Treasury under the Capital Purchase Program. Comment.
Borough-wide

Your comprehensive guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-260-2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lincoln, Madison go toe-to-toe on TV

The 13th season of “The Challenge” kicks off with all-star student scholars from Abraham Lincoln High School and James Madison High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn killing fields

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Borough-wide

Long lines, tedious waits

A survey of Brooklyn post offices conducted by a local elected official reveals what many post office customers already knew: Long lines and tedious waits are the rule of thumb at many branches. Comment.
Borough-wide

End of an era at two Bay Ridge churches

As 2009 fades into 2010, the mood is bittersweet in Bay Ridge, as two venerable houses of worship close their doors for the final time. Comment.
Borough-wide

Council passes five local street renamings

The New York City Council approved five local street renamings, four of which were sponsored by Councilman Vincent Gentile. Comment.
BoroBeat

Holiday celebrations take center stage at Kaloidis Parochial school

Starry-eyed students at Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis Parochial School wowed the crowd with a rollicking holiday concert as they bade Year 2009 farewell by igniting the stage with a medley of song, dance and skit routines. Comment.
BoroBeat

Kids enjoy Sixth toy giveaway party

This year, with the help of Health Plus, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Forest City Ratner and Toys ‘R’ Us, the holiday season kicked off on a cheerful note as State Senator Parker hosted his sixth toy give-away party. More than 600 toys were donated to underprivileged children, just in time for Christmas. Comment.
Bay News

Trip to cell-ville

Trip to cell-ville Comment.
Crime

57 years for murder

Nursing home to fork over $19 million for mistreatment of senior who died Comment.
Bay News

Reforms needed at BSA, community critics say%A0

News that the much-maligned Department of Buildings [DOB] is “upping its game” and at least trying out new reforms should put smiles on the faces of all those who feel the agency has too often dropped the ball on controversial construction projects. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn post offices give new meaning to phrase, going postal

A survey of Brooklyn post offices conducted by a local elected official reveals what many post office customers already knew: Long lines and tedious waits are the rule of thumb at many branches. Comment.
Bay News

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Bay News

Bodies at BK’s door

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Bay News

Lincoln, Madison go toe-to-toe on television

The 13th season of “The Challenge” kicks off with all-star student scholars from Abraham Lincoln High School and James Madison High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show. Comment.
High School Sports

Sheepshead Bay’s Thomas striving for national 300 mark

John Padula wasn’t sure how John Thomas was going to run in the 300 meters after he finished winning the 55-meter dash. It was a transition the Sheepshead Bay senior was not used to as former teammate Ayo Isijola ran the race for the Sharks the last two seasons. Thomas pleaded with his coach for a chance. Comment.
High School Sports

Figueroa lifts Lincoln over Lafayette

Shaquella Figueroa barely picked up a ball this summer. She stayed away from the AAU circuit and didn’t play in any summer leagues with her Lincoln girls basketball teammates. Comment.
High School Sports

Speedy senior duo runs Banneker past FDA

Alexcia Barnes corralled a long rebound on the right side and fired a pass deep down the left side line. Fellow Benjamin Banneker guard Kaylah Gholson ran under it and took one dribble and two steps for an easy fast break layup. Comment.
High School Sports

Medgar Evers guard speeding under the radar

Barney Davis wasn’t sure how his team, specifically senior point guard Jasmin Robinson, would handle the hostile environment of Manhattan Center on December 15. Not only are the Rams one of PSAL Class AA’s top teams, their home gym is one of the toughest places to play in the city. Comment.
High School Sports

Fran-tastic: Midwood junior emerges as dead-eye shooter

One. That’s how many 3-pointers Francess Henry had in league games last year for Midwood. Then a sophomore, the 5-foot-10 wing was sparsely used off the bench. Comment.
High School Sports

Lincoln adds another transfer: Chris Ortiz from Christ the King

Chris Ortiz has become the latest CHSAA basketball player to transfer to Abraham Lincoln, he told The New York Post. Comment.
High School Sports

Jefferson comes up short in hard-fought loss to Rhode Island power

Much like its game two weeks ago against Francis Lewis, Thomas Jefferson had it tied against a good team late in the fourth quarter. And much like that game Dec. 14 against the Patriots, the undermanned Orange Wave couldn’t get over the hump. Comment.
High School Sports

Back for the holidays

Jai Kellman didn’t want a new pair of sneakers or any designer clothes for Christmas. Comment.
BoroBeat

Kris Kringle deputizes extra elves this year

For the 30th consecutive year, New York City’s Correction Officers donated, collected and distributed a truckload of Christmas gifts to the children of the SCO Family of Services, a community organization in Brooklyn. Santa Clausalso dropped in to help distribute the hundreds of gifts. Comment.
BoroBeat

It’s a winter wonderland at public school 52

Starry-eyed youngsters took to the stage and wowed the crowd during a “Winter Wonderland” concert at Public School 52. Comment.
BoroBeat

Santa’s little helpers

This year, with the help of Health Plus, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Forest City Ratner and Toys ‘R’ Us, the holiday season kicked off on a cheerful note as State Senator Parker hosted his sixth toy give-away party. More than 600 toys were donated to underprivileged children, just in time for Christmas. Comment.
BoroBeat

Holiday season at St. Athanasius Church

The seasonal spirit was ignited with a flip of the switch! Comment.
BoroBeat

Seasonal spectacular at Aviator

A spectacular synthesis of sport and artistry greeted seasonal spectators when Aviator Sports and Recreation Complex presented a holiday ice fantasy show at Floyd Bennett Field. Comment.
BoroBeat

NYPD blue is silver & gold for the holidays

The long arm of the law displayed its big heart when cops from the 61st Precinct, including one dressed as Santa, -made a holiday pitstop at the Bay Family Center to deliver gifts to grateful, bright-eyed youngsters. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Borough-wide

End of an era at two Bay Ridge churches

As 2009 fades into 2010, the mood is bittersweet in Bay Ridge, as two venerable houses of worship close their doors for the final time. Comment.
Borough-wide

MTA allows nearly 10,000 commuter spouses and kids to ride for free

While the MTA sharpens the axe to cut free public transportation for city kids, nearly 10,000 spouses and kids of Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro North Railroad (MNRR) employees will continue to ride mass transit for free. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn post offices give new meaning to phrase, going postal

Assemblymember Dov Hikind’s office conducted the survey at 10 borough post offices over the course of a month, beginning in early November, and timing the study to include both the holiday rush and the quieter time that preceded it. Comment.
Borough-wide

Working together: Precincts join forces to nab purse snatcher

A little NYPD teamwork helped track down an 18-year-old thief responsible for three purse snatchings that took place at the height of the holiday shopping season. Comment.
Borough-wide

Whole Foods to clean its prospective Brooklyn house

Yes, Virginia, there will be activity on the Whole Food’s site — but it won’t be the construction of a new store, not yet at least. Comment.
Borough-wide

Arsonist sought in teen’s murder

A man tending to his clothes at a late-night laundry may be able to help cops in their search for the two arsonists who lit up a Harrison Place apartment building where a 17-year-old girl was killed. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Santa’ Bloomberg brings Christmas Cheer to seniors

Some of Brooklyn’s most venerable residents who gathered at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center Christmas morning shared their holiday with a very special guest: Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Borough-wide

RightRides is all right

By Michèle De Meglio Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn filmmaker rewrites Bible in “Apostles of Park Slope”

If Jesus’ apostles were from Brooklyn, the Bible would have been for mature audiences only. Comment.
Borough-wide

DEP’s probation declared over

The DEP no longer stands for Double Extra Probation. Comment.
Borough-wide

New Long Island Rail Road Terminal draws raves

Rays of daylight cascaded through the glass ceiling of the new Long Island Rail Road Terminal as Brooklyn resident Krystle James leaned against the twin staircases leading from the sub-ground level upto either Flatbush Avenue or Hanson Place. Comment.
Borough-wide

City to EPA:Commit or quit

The EPA’s deadline for public comments on cleaning up Newtown Creek ended on December 23, and the city has responded with a comprehensive report that neither supports nor opposes Superfund designation. Comment.
Borough-wide

Reform the BSA now, say critics

News that the much-maligned Department of Buildings [DOB] is “upping its game” and at least trying out new reforms should put smiles on the faces of all those who feel the agency has too often dropped the ball on controversial construction projects. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn penthouse in the sky

Want a Brooklyn apartment that looks down on the iconic Williamsburg Bank Building, now known as One Hanson Place? Comment.
Borough-wide

Downtown Brooklyn businesses see more fees in 2010

Merry Christmas! Now pay more. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Heights Association celebrating 100

A Brooklyn Heights civic group whose long history of battling for the neighborhood dates back to the Taft administration is readying to highlight another worthy cause: itself. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fire ravages BR Volvo; owners promise to rebuild

A blistering fire ripped through Bay Ridge Volvo on Fourth Avenue near 89th Street as residents throughout the nabe dreamed about their Christmas holiday. Comment.
Borough-wide

Old Glory inverted atop Ratner mall

Keen-eyed last minute holiday shoppers may have thought something was awry on Dec. 24 if they looked at the state of Old Glory flying atop the Atlantic Terminal Mall. The flag was being flown upside down — a signal of dire distress. Was this a not-so-subtle comment on the state of the retail sector? Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn’s Board 6 paper-free, mostly

Community Board 6 is doing its part to help the environment — and also save a bit of green, its district manager said this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

More eyes on Carroll Gardens development

A massive Carroll Gardens development will suddenly be the subject of public scrutiny next week, after city officials determined its construction to be contrary to the neighborhood’s new zoning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn’s making a killing: Borough murders make up nearly half of the city’s 2009 slayings

While the city is touting the lowest homicide rate in over four decades, nearly half of the 461 killings that did occur took place right here in the borough of churches. Comment.
Borough-wide

2009: Groundbreaking and breakdancing in Williamsburg parks

North Brooklyn’s parks have had an eventful year, from two long-awaited groundbreakings to the debut of a popular summer concert series at a new riverside venue. In addition, there were a number of small yet significant improvements throughout the park system. Here is a look back and forward with North Brooklyn Parks administrator Stephanie Thayer. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 28, 2009

Borough-wide

Board voices concern over self-certification for bars

One local volunteer group has turned thumbs down on a new policy implemented by the State Liquor Authority (SLA), whereby those seeking liquor licenses are allowed to self-certify key data needed to obtain them. Comment.
Borough-wide

Board poised to smile on zoning change

They’re still thinking and reviewing, but members of Community Board 10 seem generally enthusiastic over proposed changes in the city’s Zoning Text that would tighten restrictions on the addition of curb cuts and front yard parking pads. Comment.
Borough-wide

East Flatbush residents being put in email loop

Approximately 12,000 residents of East Flatbushwill soon find themselves on the 67th Precinct’s email list. Comment.

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