Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Foxy fake out Comment.
Williamsburg

Your guide to 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 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. 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.
Williamsburg

‘Moore’ of market to come - BEDC takes reins of La Marqueta with five-year lease

After months of speculation, it’s officially official: The Moore Street Market, known locally as La Marqueta de Williamsburg, will continue to exist. Comment.
Williamsburg

Velazquez weighs in on bike lane controversy

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who secured funding for the proposed Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, has weighed in on how to solve the problems along associated with the proposed Greenway and temporary bike lanes installed as placeholders. Comment.
Williamsburg

Three more sites get ‘super’ status

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added three more sites in Greenpoint to the state Superfund list in late January, bringing the total number of possible originators of the Meeker Avenue Plumes to four. Comment.
Williamsburg

Residents happy to call Bklyn home - Survey finds a majority of Brooklynites satisfied, eager to improve their neighborhood

A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment.
Williamsburg

Remembering Montello

Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Preventing a heart attack

February is American Heart Month. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Reduce your chance of developing coronary heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control risk factors. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pol lambasts mayor on school cuts

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Owners: stores still suffering - Business along Kent Ave. has not improved despite DOT’s efforts

Despite some efforts by the Department of Transportation to ameliorate the situation, businesses along Kent Avenue still say they are suffering as a result of bike lanes the DOT installed in October as a prelude to the eventual Brooklyn Greenway. Comment.
Williamsburg

NYPD blues

Police investigators are asking the public for help in their search for five bogus cops wanted for raiding a Williamsburg home back in October. Comment.
Williamsburg

New start for Williamsburg venue - Chez Bushwick to receive $150,000 cultural fund; looks to strengthen arts community

Jonah Bokaer paces around the soft, well-worn hardwood floors of the East Williamsburg performance venue, Chez Bushwick, setting up pillows and chairs for the evening’s event, a film series on modern dance curated by Michael Kelley. Comment.
Williamsburg

Monkeying around

Going ape over new arrivals is an occupational hazard at the Prospect Park Zoo where a family of Geoffrey’s tamarin monkeys is giving new meaning to the phrase, “monkey business” with the birth of baby BonBon, snuggled here betwixt proud parents, Cannoli and Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Magnet information

The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a free Magnet Information Session, February 12 and March 25 at 415 89th Street in Bay Ridge, fourth floor conference room, between 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Comment.
Williamsburg

Keeping cool in a wild market

Investors should stay calm during the current financial crisis regarding their current investments, IRAs and 401(k) plans and adequately protect their finances, advised members of the Personal Financial Planning Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Comment.
Williamsburg

Games and guises - ‘Idiotarod’ returns to nabe

The past two years of the Idiotarod, the hipster-driven shopping cart marathon held every January in Williamsburg, have been dispersed by police officers before the race even began. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fire kills Holocaust survivor

A 100-year-old Holocaust survivor died Saturday morning when the 144 Division Ave. apartment he shared with his family became engulfed in flames. Comment.
Williamsburg

Emegency mode - Protecting yourself from economic crisis

The year 2008 has been a difficult one for many families. A once invincible economy has fallen into recession, unemployment has risen and the stock market is in the dumps. Heading into 2009, many families are justifiably edgy about their financial situation. Here are some financial moves that might help families make the best of these times, courtesy of experts from the Financial Planning Association. Comment.
Williamsburg

City Council race heats up in Bklyn - Thies, Simon lead the way in fundraising as six candidates vie for Yassky’s seat

Editor’s note: Due to a production error, the most up-to-date version of this story did not run in our Jan. 30 paper. Here is the correct version. We regret the error. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrating Brooklyn’s long-standing sweethearts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment.
Williamsburg

Braving the cold waters - Brooklyn-trained swimmers cross the Strait of Magellan

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bracing for the cuts - Local pols react to Bloomberg’s proposed budget

Brooklyn councilmembers braced for what promises to be difficult cuts in city departments and services as Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the city’s preliminary budget last week in City Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Beware of gift card pitfalls

Many people find gift cards to be a convenient and thoughtful way to allow friends and family to choose their own presents. While this may be true, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants warns of some potential pitfalls to be aware of when giving or receiving a gift card. Comment.
Letters

Too soft on terrorism

Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I happen to agree with you wholeheartedly about the relaxation of wire tapping on calls from unfriendly nations. Comment.
Letters

Earth to Shavana

I am responding to Shavana Abruzzo’s column, “Thank you Mr. Prez for a job well done,” A Britisher’s View, 1-15 issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Those temperamental home appliances

Psst! I’m going to let you in on a secret. All new home appliances are sentient beings. When they’re in the store, they behave just like old ordinary appliances – docile, performing their task to the best of their ability just so you will be impressed and buy them. But as soon as they arrive in your home, they communicate with your other appliances and form a cohesive underground unit. Their purpose is to shut you down when you least expect it, or when the warranty expires, whichever comes first. Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - 18-month wait for operations in Toronto

According to a very recent Rasmussen poll, 43% of American voters believe that health care in America will get worse if run by the government, 33% believe that the quality will improve. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Prez to terrorists: Puhleeze be our pal

Softness is for toilet paper companies to manufacture — not the new leader of the Free World as he begins his dealings with religious terrorists, their sponsors and their mollifiers. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Fortunately for consumers there are no shortages of places to shop in Brooklyn - if you’re willing to travel a little bit around the borough. But you might need some help finding out the best places to check out. That’s where the Consumer Corner comes in. Let’s see what’s out there this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

What’s happening

After dark Comment.
Williamsburg

No easy ‘fix’ for venue

Sound Fix Lounge, a popular music venue with a burgeoning underground comedy scene, is voluntarily closing its doors in late February or early March instead of fighting several pending charges of violations at an upcoming Liquor Control Board hearing. Comment.
Williamsburg

A lager with your love

Who needs roses, dimly lit restaurants, and a tab so hefty that your credit card might get rejected? Comment.
Borough-wide

Shoppers win new auto in raffle - Couple walks off lot with the best deal of all

Talk about being in the driver’s seat with lady luck as a passenger. Comment.
Borough-wide

Low point for Lions team

Bishop Loughlin players slowly filed out of the road locker room, their heads down, shoulders sagging, eyes glazed over. Comment.
Borough-wide

Clippers play through ‘pain’

Jack Alesi knew basketball purists would cringe when Xaverian traveled to Fresh Meadows to meet St. Francis Prep Friday night. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lincoln’s Darwin Ellis commits to St. Francis College

Three years ago, Darwin (Buddha) Ellis made a name for himself by beating Boys & Girls at the buzzer of the Brooklyn borough championship game with a 3-pointer. Since then, he has won two city championships and two state Federation Class AA titles, serving as Lance Stephenson’s partner in crime. Comment.
Borough-wide

South Shore makes statement with rout of Midwood

It didn’t take long for the South Shore girls’ basketball team to take over the game. Midway through the first quarter, Midwood had a four-point lead and then – as if they were shot out of a cannon – the Vikings were off, creating turnovers and turning them into fast-break point after fast-break point. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘It ain’t gonna happen’ - Brooklyn pol lambasts mayor’s school announcement

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Greenpoint

Tolls, express bus service in the works

It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first -- tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment.
Greenpoint

Toasting Brooklyn’s sweethearts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment.
Greenpoint

Three more Superfund sites

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added three more sites in Greenpoint to the state Superfund list in late January, bringing the total number of possible originators of the Meeker Avenue Plumes to four. Comment.
Greenpoint

P.S. 250 Feb. 7

The Evangelical Movement Inc., in conjunction with the Christian Crusade Youth Ministry, will host a youth rally at 6:30 p.m., February 7 in Public School 250 the George H. Lindsey School, 108 Montrose Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Greenpoint

Praise for Allocco - Honored for $50,000 donation to the community

Greenpoint’s community leaders praised Michael Allocco of Allocco Recycling for his company’s generous $50,000 donation benefiting local organizations committed to creating and maintaining park space in the neighborhood. Comment.
Greenpoint

Meeker Ave. plume meet

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol invites members of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community to a meeting to learn about the Meeker Avenue Plume from the State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and the State Department of Health (DOH). Comment.
Greenpoint

Marty blasted for Rent-a-Center ties

Rebels against dodgy Rent-A-Center consumer practices took their fight to Borough Hall last week, where they claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had taken money from the rent-to-own retail chain. Comment.
Greenpoint

Local 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 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. 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.
Greenpoint

Hobby ‘discrimination’ - Metal detector enthusiasts react to Prospect Park ban

In Prospect Park, city officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Greenpoint

Hints at change for CB1 - Abate: ‘I know what I’m going to do’ at Feb. 10 meet

The protracted saga over the removal of Teresa Toro as Community Board 1 Transportation Committee hearing may be drawing to a conciliatory end. Comment.
Greenpoint

Happy to call BK home - New survey finds majority satisfied to live in borough

A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment.
Greenpoint

Games and guises - Idiotarod returns to nabe

The past two years of the Idiotarod, the hipster-driven shopping cart marathon held every January in Williamsburg, have been dispersed by police officers before the race even began. Comment.
Borough-wide

Dream come true for local families - New homeowners in the Greenpoint Renaissance Center celebrate their success

With the help of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corps and the city’s housing department, dozens of families can now call Greenpoint and Williamsburg home, permanently. Comment.
Greenpoint

Criminal Justice day at Gethsemane

The Church of Gethsemane, a worship service led by formerly incarcerated persons from Gethsemane, will hold its annual Criminal Justice Sunday, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK-trained swimmers brave the Megellan Strait

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK pols bracing for city-wide cuts

Brooklyn councilmembers braced for what promises to be difficult cuts in city departments and services as Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the city’s preliminary budget last week in City Hall. Comment.
Greenpoint

Bklyn remembers Gerry Montello

Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment.
24/7

Hear writers at, natch, the library

Poets and writers in North Brooklyn have found a welcome place to share their latest work now that the Bushwick Avenue Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library has launched a reading series on the second Saturday of every month. Comment.
24/7

Fresh color at art gallery

On a dark night in the middle of the winter, Factory Fresh’s “Anxiety Room” promises to burst and drip with color like a British candy factory next to the drab stretch of warehouses along Flushing Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Violent crime decline - Ft. Greene numbers actually low

Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swimmers train here for Magellan challenge - Duo hits Coney Island’s frigid surf

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

7, not 11, on the waterfront - Phoenix beer distributor to debut on Red Hook pier

Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned. The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayor’s talk earns him flak - Bloomy’s judgment questioned following teacher remark

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fast-tracking funds for the BK Navy Yard

The Bloomberg administration appears to be fast-tracking federal stimulus money for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City Council moves to cut idling engine fumes

An idle mind may be a devil’s workshop, but idling buses create unwelcome air pollutants that can increase adult and child asthma rates throughout North Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bridge tolls, bus cuts coming

It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first — tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

175 years of Solemn worship - First Unitarian Church marks milestone

With great fanfare, one of the oldest congregations in the borough – the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn (First Unitarian Church), originally organized in a Brooklyn Heights living room in 1833 – celebrated its 175th anniversary. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Sake Samurai’

Just call City Tech Professor Roger Dagorn the ‘wine warrior’ of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

S’no mean feat!

Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Latest stats on violent crime - Numbers reflect gains & losses at neighborhood precincts

Elected officials may have gotten high media mileage after a recent rape in Fort Greene, but 2008 year-end statistics reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Larger pack chasing big Bill

The race for the 39th district City Council seat is becoming crowded as 7th Avenue on a Saturday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Humphrey backlash

A volunteer parents group sent a resolution to the city Department of Education (DOE) criticizing the closure of P.S./M.S. 27, the Agnes Y. Humphrey School for Leadership. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

From cha-cha to amore - Remarkable couple celebrates a half-century love affair

One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn: Arctic training ground for swimmers - Duo trains here before taking on Strait of Magellan

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bloomy talk draws flak

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Letters

Toast to Brooklyn love birds

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment.
Letters

Changes to TV

Soon, television transmission as we know it will end. Those, who do not subscribe to cable television, especially senior citizens, should be given immediate attention at this time, by their families, friends and neighbors. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Seven, not eleven on the waterfront - Phoenix beer distributor coming to Pier 7

Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned. The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MTA links buses with tolls - ‘It’s a package,’ head honcho sez

It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first -- tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Love blooms from the cha-cha - Over a half-century of marital bliss for this remarkable BK couple

One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lakeside center in 2011

By the winter of 2011, Brooklyn ice skaters can look forward to a brand new rink that would also enable year-round recreational use. The new facility — dubbed “The Lakeside Center” — would replace the somewhat dilapidated Wollman Rink, which opened in 1961 and sits unused during the non-skating season. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Killer crime stats - Precincts post gains and losses

Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ice, ice, baby: chilling out at the beach

Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser, following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Funding faucet for Navy Yard

The Bloomberg administration appears to be fast-tracking federal stimulus money for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Aces skate hard against cancer

Aviator Sports & Recreation became an attack zone for a killer disease as it swayed the big-hearted to part with their cash — plus take in a game of hockey — during a benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bloomy bashed for comments - Mayor’s talk of firing 15,000 teachers sparks outrage

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bloody Sunday ’09 - Brooklyn seeks justice for slain Irish activists

With today’s fiscal crisis looming over everyone’s heads, we’re all having our fair share of troubles. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK: Arctic training ground - Duo swam Coney waters in preparation for Magellan strait

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Beep blasted for Rent-A-Center tie

Rebels against dodgy Rent-A-Center consumer practices took their fight to Borough Hall last week, where they claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had taken money from the rent-to-own retail chain. Comment.
Bay News

SPEAK OUT - Are we banking on privacy or piracy?

Here in Brooklyn, virtually each of our many branches of so many nationally renowned banks become day time anchors of our so many neighborhood shopping streets and malls. Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - NRA makes you a target

Bay News

Straphangers blast MTA fare hike - Angry riders confront officials face-to-face at hearing

In a raucous atmosphere reminiscent of an Isiah Thomas-coached New York Knicks game, hundreds of community members and dozens of elected officials from throughout the borough lambasted MTA board members over a flurry of proposed transit fare hikes and service cuts at a public hearing Wednesday night in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Riders cry foul over B-23 cut

If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has its way, Brooklyn residents will take a direct hit with the loss of the B-23 bus. Comment.
Bay News

P.O. ices longer hours - Plans to extend local operating times put on hold

Your local post office might not be opening later after all. Comment.
Bay News

Local crime spike - Muggings and robberies surge

Muggers and thieves were having a field day last year in Brooklyn, which saw a nine percent jump in robberies in some areas, according to recently released NYPD statistics. Comment.
Bay News

Lid put on P.S. 197 noise - Contractor promises to keep it quiet

Steve Goldberg may have emerged from the rabbit hole. Comment.
Bay News

Human rights scores for pols - Justice group rates local reps

Hey, we’re only human. Comment.
Bay News

Huge rent hike for CB18

And you think your rent increase is bad. Comment.
Bay News

Black market in fake guns

No matter what the fiscal climate is, black marketers are always, well, in the black. Comment.
Borough-wide

7, not 11, on the waterfront

Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned.  The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper.  Comment.
Borough-wide

Forest City nixes community input

Developer Forest City Ratner Companies has nixed several interim ideas that a community organization has suggested before the Atlantic Yards project gets underway. Comment.
Borough-wide

Treasure hunters banned! No room for metal detectors inside Prospect Park

In Prospect Park, city officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of  treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Borough-wide

Oceana to get bigger

With a single dissenting voice, Community Board 13 approved a planned expansion of the Oceana housing complex in Brighton Beach. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn slay time - Stats on violent crime

Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Irrational’ Bloomberg

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Crime

POLICE BLOTTER

Stabbed to death Comment.
Bay News

‘Jonathan’s Law’

This past year, the Assembly Majority worked across party lines to advance a sweeping package of laws aimed at better protecting children with physical and mental disabilities in residential care. One piece of legislation amends Jonathan’s Law to extend the period for retroactive record requests by parents or legal guardians (Ch. 321 of 2008 amending Ch. 24 of 2007). Another enhances the protections provided to children in residential care by redefining abuse and neglect for children in residential care and strengthening the investigative process (Ch. 323 of 2008). Comment.
Bay News

‘Honest Abe’ in Bklyn

‘Honest Abe’ will celebrate his 200th birthday at New Utrecht High School, accompanied by the famous ‘14th Brooklyn Regiment’, and then revel on the grounds of a Brooklyn church built when he was just a teenager. Comment.
Bay News

Undetected cancer

Many southern Brooklyn residents are not undergoing the procedure necessary to detect cancer. Comment.
Bay News

Toy gun ring busted

No matter what the fiscal climate is, black marketers are always, well, in the black. Comment.
Bay News

Today’s women and heart disease

Join with millions of women, as well as companies, organizations and cities across America on National Wear Red Day, February 6. By wearing red and making a donation, you’ll help the American Heart Association support ongoing research and education about women and heart disease. Comment.
Bay News

Toast to BK love birds

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment.
Borough-wide

These Coney Island Bears never hibernate

Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser, following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment.
Bay News

The cha-cha leads to love - Brooklyn couple has been dancing together for 50 years

One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment.
Bay News

Taps blown for M, R lines

At least at this ‘funeral,’ mourners didn’t just wear black – they wore a wry smile or two. Comment.
Bay News

Tall salute to burglar-busting cops

A pair of curious cops were responsible for shutting down a burglary pattern that spanned two neighborhoods, officials said this week. Comment.
Bay News

Some see new charter schools as a threat

Parents fear Coney Island schools will suffer when a charter school opens this fall. Comment.
Bay News

Rosemary Jewelry: the keys to her heart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you still haven’t picked out that perfect gift, it’s time to get moving. Comment.
Bay News

Retro rocket could rock passengers again

The next time the Astroland Rocket returns to Coney Island, you might be able to get in and blast off to the moon. Comment.
Bay News

Red, white and tattoo!

Williamsburg “first fan” Brittany Selditch, 22, pays lip service to the nation’s 44th president after getting “Obama” tattooed inside her bottom lip – proving that Bam’s Brooklyn fans put their money where their mouth is. Comment.
Bay News

9 percent robbery rise! Precincts report surge from Carroll Gardens to Coney

Muggers and thieves were having a field day last year in Brooklyn, which saw a nine percent jump in robberies in some areas, according to recently released NYPD statistics. Comment.
Bay News

Oceana to get bigger - CB 13 okays plan to erect new tower at complex

With a single dissenting voice, Community Board 13 approved a planned expansion of the Oceana housing complex in Brighton Beach. Comment.
Bay News

MTA Brass bash - BK riders jeer fare increase

In a raucous atmosphere reminiscent of an Isiah Thomas-coached New York Knicks game, hundreds of community members and dozens of elected officials from throughout the borough lambasted MTA board members over a flurry of proposed transit fare hikes and service cuts at a public hearing last week in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

LICH Diabetes workshop

Diabetes is on the rise in the US, largely due to lifestyle choices. Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the Dodge YMCA at 225 Atlantic Avenue (between Court Street and Boerum Place), is hosting a community education workshop series about diabetes. Comment.
Bay News

Lean, fit and healthy hearts

Staying lean and fit can dramatically lower the risk of heart failure in men, researchers report in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.” Comment.
Bay News

Human rights scorecard for pols

Hey, we’re only human. Comment.
Bay News

Fatty acids in diets

Omega-6 fatty acids – found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds – are a beneficial part of a heart-healthy eating plan, according to a science advisory published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.” Comment.
Bay News

DOE info session

The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a free Magnet Information Session, February 12 and March 25 at 415 89th Street in Bay Ridge, fourth floor conference room, between 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Comment.
Bay News

Dist. 22 CEC to hold election - Future of advocacy group uncertain

School District 22’s Community Education Council (CEC) is asking parents to join the group “just in case.” Comment.
Bay News

Bloody Sunday march in Brooklyn - Protesters demand justice for Irish activists

With today’s fiscal crisis looming over everyone’s heads, we’re all having our fair share of troubles. Comment.
Bay News

Blaze on Brighton Beach Ave.

Firefighters scrambled to Brighton 3rd Street after a heavy fire ripped through a two-story home near Brighton Beach Avenue. Witnesses said that firefighters fought back heavy flames and smoke throughout the night on January 27 as the vacant wood framed house was turned into so much kindling. FDNY officials said that no injuries were reported. It was unclear what caused the blaze as this paper went to press. Comment.
Bay News

Benefit for DEP worker

Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

BAM looks to set the (new) stage - Launches fundraising effort for theater

Through both good and bad economic times, art continues marching forward to its own beat. Comment.
Bay News

Astroland time capsule lost

The crew digging around at the base of Coney Island’s 270-foot tall Astro Tower with shovels last week wasn’t trying to uproot the defunct ride before landowner Joe Sitt could get his hands on it - they were digging for buried treasure. Comment.
Bay News

And the Bk survey sez...Happiness is a hometown affair, according to new report

A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment.

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