Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Borough-wide

CHSAA boys’ basketball round-up: Rice bounces back

After a stunning loss to Xaverian on Sunday, Rice got back on track Tuesday with an 80-49 victory against St. Francis Prep in a CHSAA Class AA league game Tuesday afternoon in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Borough-wide

Xaverian wakes up just in time to beat Holy Cross

For three quarters, the Xaverian basketball team was stuck in a Holy Cross-induced malaise. The Knights’ patient offensive sets nearly lulled the Clippers to sleep and resulted in a 12-point deficit for Jack Alesi’s squad heading into the final eight minutes. Comment.
Borough-wide

Stephenson sets scoring record, wins fourth boro title

All that’s missing now for Lance Stephenson is a PSAL record fourth city championship. Comment.
Borough-wide

Back injury may end Spellman’s HS career early

His voice cracking and cheeks moist, Keith Spellman admitted his high school career may be over sooner than expected. Comment.
Borough-wide

Francis sets national record, Ford places second

Phyllis Francis blazed through the 600 meters and had her own meet record in sight as she approached the finish line. But it was not to be. Comment.
Borough-wide

Senior moments lead South Shore against Jefferson

Anwar Gladden knew it before the season started. The South Shore girls’ basketball team was only going to go as far as its seniors could take it. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jefferson pulls it out against Boys, goes to boro finals

Devante Cutler saw an opening, made a move and got into the lane. With Boys & Girls down two points and only eight seconds remaining on the clock, the senior guard went up, drew contact from Jefferson guard Keith Spellman and missed the shot. But Cutler got the rebound and went up again, drawing more contact and a blocked shot from Joel Wright. Comment.
Borough-wide

Lambert and Lucky receive two-game bans for altercation

If Transit Tech is going to upset top-seeded Lincoln, the Express will have to do so without steady point guard Josh Lambert. Comment.
Borough-wide

Collegiate edges Poly Prep in key Ivy League clash

It is a chant, like so many other chants, that starts with one solitary voice. But a second later, the packed, steamy shoebox of a basketball court at the Collegiate School sings and claps in unison, the crowd of about 200 sounding more like 20,000 and is clearly audible on the street three floors below. Comment.
Borough-wide

Second shot at solo row - AIDS activist plans incredible trans-Atlantic voyage

One man’s dream to row solo across the Atlantic Avenue from Africa to Brooklyn appears on track for the second time. Comment.
Borough-wide

New tree backlash - Plan to plant thousands meets opposition

A plan to plant a million trees is being met with opposition from homeowners not in the loop on where they are planted. Comment.
Borough-wide

BK couple touches hearts, loses ring - Lovebirds compete in Zales competition

A Bensonhurst couple’s love story didn’t win them a $22,000 diamond engagement ring – but it did win them fans. Comment.
Borough-wide

New effort to clear the air

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 Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Burning for solar power

Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) President Ira Zalcman’s ambitious plan to transform the Manhattan Beach Bathhouse into a 21st century solar electric station capable of powering neighborhood homes has yet to burn out. Comment.
Borough-wide

BK women in jeopardy

Women living in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst are playing with their lives. Comment.
Borough-wide

Madoff leaves his mark on BK, too - Court papers reveal many local residents got caught up in $50 billion Ponzi scheme

Brooklyn Dodgers great Sandy Koufax isn’t the only native son to strike out with alleged $50 billion Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Comment.
Borough-wide

Quinn’s Rx for the city

Brooklyn residents and small business owners could see income tax relief, less onerous governmental regulation, and the conversion of thousands of vacant housing units into affordable housing, as City Council Speaker Chrstine Quinn unveiled several new plans aimed at strengthening the local economy at her annual “State of the City” address last Thursday. Comment.
Borough-wide

Crime in Bklyn’s subways

The subway system in downtown and northern Brooklyn has seen an early spike in property thefts this year, but the amount of overall crime is similar to last year. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Tricky’ Toll Bros. irk CB6

When Community Board 6 gave its blessing in November to a massive residential housing complex near the Gowanus Canal, it did so with the belief that a sizable portion of the controversial project would include affordable housing.   Comment.
Borough-wide

Co-op eyes Israeli ban - Members jeer Gaza policies

The Park Slope Food Co-op may be souring on products imported from the Land of Milk and Honey, this paper has learned. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shift in day care challenged

“Just where are we going to go?” Comment.
Borough-wide

Beep: Build, baby, Build! State of the Borough ’09

Borough President Marty Markowitz said last week that the time has come to build the Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 208 tackles the mechanics of science

How does the temperature of a golf ball affect its bounce? Is water sweeter than saccharine? Do germs really grow on surfaces? Comment.
Bay News

POLICE BLOTTER

Gunned down Comment.
Flatbush

Midwood hebrew school celebrates joys of Purim

Rites and revelry stepped off Purim celebrations at the East Midwood Hebrew Day School. Comment.
Flatbush

L train tops clean list

It’s hip to be clean, a survey released last week confirmed. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Letters

‘Islamic mayhem’

Re: “Prez to terrorists — puhleeze be our pal,” A Britisher’s View by Shavana Abruzzo, 2-5 issue. Comment.
Letters

Hurray! Iron fist!

Dear Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I would like to comment on two of your recent articles, but before I do that, let me say that you are one of the main reasons I continue my subscription to this publication. When I get my paper in the mail, the first thing I do is find your “It’s Only My Opinion” column. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - ‘Sweet’ Sixteen: Ugh, it’s all too much

In a column long ago, I complained about the excesses of “My Super Sweet Sixteen,” a reality TV show, that, to my dismay, is still running. The girls were all spoiled, self-indulged and had parents with too much money and not enough sense to know what to do with it all. Ha! I could tell them a thing or too, I proclaimed. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Islam’s thugs are whooping it up to the mosque

After 9/11 we needed justice but little was delivered, largely due to America’s political correctness. Comment.
Williamsburg

Heart Docs: safeguarding cardiac health

The heart works hard from the second we are born until the moment life ends. Comment.
Williamsburg

DCIC Business Institute: prepare for success

Is this the year you’ll find success in the business world? Comment.
Williamsburg

Consumer’s Corner

Love may be in the air for those who Cupid decides to smile on, but there’s also something else waiting through the streets of Brooklyn this week. No, not the trash - it’s the sweet aroma of savings. Let’s take a look. Comment.
Borough-wide

Jefferson girls’ basketball forfeits games

The Thomas Jefferson girls’ basketball team has forfeited at least 10 league games – all victories – because no coach on the bench during those contests had proper paperwork as per PSAL rules, sources told FiveBoroSports.com Tuesday morning. Comment.
Borough-wide

Without Pinkston, Bishop Loughlin rallies past Cross

With Jayvaughn Pinkston on the Bishop Loughlin bench, ruled academically ineligible, Trevon Hamlet knew he and his teammates on the boys’ basketball team had a chance to prove they could win without one of the most dominating players in the CHSAA. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coaches vs. Cancer Round-up: Poly falls to Holy Child

Asking Poly Prep to guard Sophia Aleksandravicius just didn’t seem fair. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sunday shocker: Xaverian edges Christ the King

With the talent that left from graduation and transfers, the prevailing thought coming into the boys’ basketball season was that the CHSAA Class AA league was wide open. Christ the King and Rice were slight favorites, but Bishop Loughlin was also a contender. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Incredible’ start to a safe 2009

So far, so good. Comment.
Kings Courier

‘Crafty’ families at Barbara Reing School

At P.S. 255’s, Barbara Reing School, children and parents bond together over crafting. Each year they unite to make home made holiday presents. This year’s event, a walloping success, allowed over 200 parents and children to attend. Comment.
Kings Courier

Wild ride...

Kings Courier

Tree planting gets thorny

A plan to plant a million trees is being met with opposition from homeowners not in the loop on where they are planted. Comment.
Kings Courier

Tolls and buses - MTA boss talks ‘package’ deal

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.
Kings Courier

Talented Free throw finalists hit nothing but net

Budding Lance Stephensons soared to new heights when they challenged mettle in a basketball contest at St. Bernards’s Church, presented by the St. Bernard’s Council of the Knights of Columbus. Comment.
Kings Courier

SUV mows down boy

An eight-year-old Flatlands boy was clinging to life Sunday after he was struck by a rampaging SUV and flung into the air, landing atop another car heading in the opposite direction. Comment.
Kings Courier

Seniors celebrate promise of a new year

Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment.
Kings Courier

Scammers at the front door - Crooks are masquerading as utility workers, police warn

Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment.
Kings Courier

Public school 153 celebrates 100 years of academic achievement

When Public School 153 first opened in 1909, a loaf of bread cost four cents, the national population was 90,490,000, New York Harbor had yet to be graced with the Statue of Liberty and the average American income was less than $1,000 a year. Comment.
Kings Courier

Murrow musicians hit a high note on Avenue L

Talented teens rang in Year 2009 by holding the audience spellbound with their musical skills during a winter concert at Edward R. Murrow High School. Comment.
Kings Courier

High-rise fire on Ocean Avenue

Firefighters scrambled to a seven story high-rise in Midwood last week after a fifth-floor apartment caught fire. Officials said that the all hands fire erupted inside the Ocean Avenue building, located near Avenue O, at about midnight on February 2. Firefighters scaled ladder trucks to get to the fire, which was put out in a half hour. At least one person was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for medical attention, officials said. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was still under investigation as this paper went to press. Comment.
Kings Courier

Felony crime down 22%

While everyone is crying the blues over the fiscal downturn, cops from the 66th Precinct are celebrating another downturn -- a criminal one. Comment.
Kings Courier

Cop dies after 7-month coma

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment.
Kings Courier

Brooklyn treasure hunters fight back - Members of metal detection clubs fight park ban

City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Kings Courier

Bloody Sunday ‘09: Bk demands justice for the slain

There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment.
Kings Courier

BK culture on thin ice - Zoos, museums, gardens face dramatic cuts

The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment.
Kings Courier

Astroland movies/pix sought

Calling all Brooklynites -- if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment.
Flatbush

Two schools, one building - DOE reveals plans for two new small schools

The city Department of Education (DOE) has finally revealed how it will utilize the new school building on East 107th Street in Canarsie. Comment.
Flatbush

70th Police Precinct salutes terrific trio - Officers’ foot chase leads to busts, recovery of loaded gun and illegal drugs

A foot chase leading to a cache of illegal drugs, a loaded gun and several arrests netted a 70th Precinct anti-crime team “Cop of the Month” certificates. Comment.
Flatbush

SUV slams into area family

An eight-year-old Flatlands boy was clinging to life Sunday after he was struck by a rampaging SUV and flung into the air, landing atop another car heading in the opposite direction. Comment.
Flatbush

Rehab, stroke ctr. opens - NY Congregational Nursing Ctr. hosts ribbon cutting

New York Congregational Nursing Center hosted health care professionals from the Brooklyn community during a ribbon cutting ceremony opening of the newly renovated Rehabilitation Suite and Stroke Specialty Program. Comment.
Flatbush

Lunar New Year shines - Asian-American seniors celebrate the season

Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment.
Flatbush

High-end retailers wanted in Bklyn

Forget the recession, Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment.
Flatbush

Express buses and new tolls - MTA boss talks about ‘package’ deal for riders

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.
Flatbush

Cops: crime down nearly 20% in 70th Pct.

So far, so good. Comment.
Flatbush

Cop loses fight for his life

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment.
Flatbush

BPL backs entrepreneurs

It’s not just books you get from the library these days. Comment.
Flatbush

Beep blasted for ties to Rent-A-Center

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.
Canarsie

‘State Senator for a Day’ essay contest

State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Committee on Education, will be hosting his Seventh Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest, and has invited local junior high school participation within grades 6, 7, and 8, throughout District 20, 21, and 22. Comment.
Canarsie

‘09 Bloody Sunday march in Brooklyn - Demonstrators seek justice for slain Irish activists killed during massacre

There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon as they began their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment.
Canarsie

UFT urges parents to oppose cuts

Teachers are asking parents to help save their jobs. Comment.
Canarsie

Teacher of the Year

National Dance Institute (NDI) presented Kathlyn Wilson, Visual Arts teacher at PS 235-The Lenox School, 525 Lenox Road in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the NDI Sylvia Gilman Teacher of the Year Award. Comment.
Canarsie

Synthetic fix for Coney boardwalk

There’s a giant hole in the Coney Island boardwalk. Comment.
Canarsie

Stimulus for Navy Yard - Bloomberg looks to fast-rack funding for BK projects

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

State okays sharp budget cuts, but more are still to come

The first round of state budget cuts and increased fees has been completed, with another, far larger deficit reduction package in the offing. Comment.
Canarsie

Seniors Bring in New Year - Asian-Americans revel in the promise of the season

Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment.
Canarsie

SCHIP health plan finds smooth sailing through Brooklyn

Every single one of Brooklyn’s representatives in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the expanded children’s health insurance bill passed just a few days ago. Comment.
Canarsie

Ribbon cut on new rehab & stroke ctr.

New York Congregational Nursing Center hosted health care professionals from the Brooklyn community during a ribbon cutting ceremony opening of the newly renovated Rehabilitation Suite and Stroke Specialty Program. Comment.
Canarsie

Religion, fine - but no sex education

Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment.
Canarsie

Officials take aim at teenage dance parties

In the wake of a triple shooting that left one teenager fatally wounded, and two expected to recover, two Brooklyn lawmakers are drafting legislation tightening restrictions on teenage dance parties. Comment.
Canarsie

MTA’s ‘package’ deal-Boss links express bus service with tolls on bridges

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.
Canarsie

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 between proud parents Cannoli and Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment.
Canarsie

Mayor uses ‘scary’ talk-Bloomberg suggests 15,000 teachers could be canned

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

LICH to hold diabetes wkshop

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.
Canarsie

Lennon’s legacy lives on in Brooklyn

Hundreds of public school children from National Dance Institute (NDI) presented a high-spirited mid-year performance at PS 235-The Lenox School, 525 Lenox Road in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Canarsie

Join the Genesis Lodge

Men 18 years of age and older are invited to join the Genesis Lodge #64, the Canarsie branch of the nation’s oldest non-sectarian fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias. Comment.
Canarsie

Help with Earned Income Tax Credit

The Taxpayer Assistance Center at 625 Fulton Street is among a dozen statewide Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax-help centers, which will expand their service to taxpayers eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by opening their doors February 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

Heart disease awareness

Brooklyn Women’s Services (BWS) believes the key to prevent heart disease is through education, therefore, this month, in celebration of American Heart Health Month, BWS with offer a free educational event. Comment.
Canarsie

Free heart screenings

There will be two free Heart Month screenings at Maimonides Medical Center this month, to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Comment.
Canarsie

Flim-flam artists at the door

Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment.
Canarsie

Filmmaker seeks Coney memories

Calling all Brooklynites – if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment.
Canarsie

Entrepreneurism by the book - BPL helps residents get their businesses off the ground

It’s not just books you get from the library these days. Comment.
Canarsie

Emergency readiness for older adults

Borough professional are invited to the conference, “Emergency Preparedness & the Aging,” in Bay Ridge, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Canarsie

East 107th St. building to house two schools

The city Department of Education (DOE) has finally revealed how it will utilize the new school building on East 107th Street in Canarsie. Comment.
Canarsie

DOE forum on magnet studies

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.
Canarsie

Crying shame for centers-Brooklyn day care operators hit with charges of fraud

It’s a short trip from the rungs of a baby’s crib to the bars of a cell block for five Brooklyn day care center operators, who were all charged with defrauding special government-funded child care programs last week. Comment.
Canarsie

Cop dies after long coma

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment.
Canarsie

City Tech alum greets the president

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) alumnus Larry R. Felix, a 1980 graduate of the college’s liberal arts program, greeted President Barack Obama at swearing-in ceremony for new US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geitner. Felix was named director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing by former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow in January 2006. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie park to reopen-Spring to bring completion of rehab’s first phase

The first phase of the rehabilitation of Canarsie Park will finally be finished this spring. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie crime on steep decline

One month into 2009, crime is down a whopping 42.72 percent in Canarsie. Comment.
Canarsie

BWI can help you land a new job

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) and Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) are nonprofit organizations, which can help you find work through their employment services and job training programs. All services are free to qualified New York City residents. Training programs include job readiness and job placement assistance. They have assisted hundreds of New Yorkers in obtaining employment. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn treasure seekers fight ban

City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn cultural hubs on thin ice

The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment.
Canarsie

Beep blasted over ties to Rent-A-Center

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.
Canarsie

BAM sets the ‘stage’ for new theater

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

POLICE BLOTTER

Gravesend raid Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - Gun-control law fallacies

Bay News

X-press linked to tolls - MTA boss says buses & bridge fees are a package

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.
Bay News

‘Bloody Sunday’ will not be forgotten

There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment.
Bay News

workers who don’t work

Bay News

Tree plan proves thorny - City’s drive to go greener upsets some residents

A plan to plant a million trees is being met with opposition from homeowners not in the loop on where they are planted. Comment.
Bay News

Treasure seekers strike back

City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Bay News

Pols rated on their ‘humanity’

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

lunar new year shines on area seniors

Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment.
Bay News

In search of ‘Astro’ movies

Calling all Brooklynites -- if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment.
Bay News

Flim-flam artists at the front door - Crooks are masquerading as utility workers, cops say

Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment.
Bay News

Downturn in crime - 66th Precinct cops say stats show 22% decline

While everyone is crying the blues over the fiscal downturn, cops from the 66th Precinct are celebrating another downturn -- a criminal one. Comment.
Bay News

Culture on thin ice

The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment.
Bay News

BK cop loses fight for survival

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment.
Bay News

An officer and an angel - Cop is strong on showing soft side

Sometimes policing has nothing to do with walking the streets and enforcing the laws. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mayor’s ‘scary’ teacher talk - Suggesting 15,000 could be canned earns Bloomy jeers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Catholic schools in trouble - Five in Brooklyn could face shut down this June

Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment.
Borough-wide

Coney Commons nears

A community center and residential housing complex is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment.
Borough-wide

Making a new life on the outside - Church of Gethsemane hosts ‘Criminal Justice Sunday’ with families of the incarcerated

The Church of Gethsemane, the Park Slope Presbyterian church (1012 8th Ave.) founded by formerly incarcerated persons, hosted a panel discussion last Sunday featuring those whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Comment.
Borough-wide

Grocers versus liquor store owners

Thanks to a relatively obscure provision in Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget, alcohol consumers may soon be able to get their favorite wines at the supermarket or even at the corner deli. Comment.
Borough-wide

Madoff’s trail of BK pillage - Court papers reveal long list of residents who lost their shirts

Brooklyn Dodgers great Sandy Koufax isn’t the only native son to strike out with alleged $50 billion Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. Comment.
Borough-wide

The MTA’s package deal - Boss links buses with tolls

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.
Borough-wide

We must build, sez Markowitz

Forget the recession; Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment.
Borough-wide

The easy crime - Robberies, muggings up

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.
Borough-wide

‘We must build,’ Markowitz declares

Forget the recession, Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Preserving the vision’-Diocese may face fight with school plans

Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment.
Borough-wide

Welcoming the New Year

Two Metropolitan Jewish Health System agencies – Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC) and Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center (Adult Day) – both of which have significant populations of Chinese patients and clients receiving services, hosted Chinese New Year celebrations. Comment.
Borough-wide

59th Street pals back together

Meeting for the first time in more than 35 years, best pals from the old neighborhood – 59th Street between 11th & 12th avenues in Brooklyn – reminisce about the good old days during a fun-filled reunion at the Roadhouse Restaurant in Staten Island. Joann, Elaine, Mickey, Cookie, Tina, Lynn, and Millie (seated) laughed about their picnics, get-togethers, parties, and watching each others children grow up. Comment.
Borough-wide

State okays cuts and increased fees

The first round of state budget cuts and increased fees has been completed, with another, far larger deficit reduction package in the offing. Comment.
Borough-wide

Specialist breaks all-male barrier

Soldiers are expected to adapt to any environment, and a Mississippi National Guard soldier here is living up to that expectation as she works outside her normal specialty. Comment.
Borough-wide

Shopping on 5th

You don’t need to travel to exotic places or even cross the bridge into that other borough to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Park Slope BID knows how you can show the one you love how much you really love them. Comment.
Borough-wide

SCHIP sails through BK-Delegation unanimously backs health benefits package

Every single one of Brooklyn’s representatives in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the expanded children’s health insurance bill passed just a few days ago. Comment.
Borough-wide

Recounting ‘The Troubles’

Anna Henry carries the memory of Hugh Gilmore on her shoulders as she mourns the 14 civil rights protestors gunned down by British soldiers in Derry, Ireland, on Jan. 31, 1973, a crucial moment in Irish history remembered as “Bloody Sunday.” During the 37th annual march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Bay Ridge, marchers demanded justice for the victims’ families and prayed for positive changes in Northern Ireland. See Page 26 for more. Comment.
Borough-wide

Pols try to clear the air-New legislation is aimed at combatting idling engines

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 Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Peter Pace portrait unveiled

It’s a plain, unadorned painting -- just a general officer in service-dress alphas looking straight at you. But the portrait of retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace now hanging in the Pentagon captures the measure of the man. Comment.
Borough-wide

Navy’s Hi-tech tick-tock-Next generation clock keeps most accurate time ever

The ultra-precise timing technology that enables NAVSTAR Global Positioning Systems and high-speed Internet communication soon may resolve the measure of time to 100 trillionths of a second, according to the world’s authority in time-keeping and celestial observation. Comment.
Borough-wide

MTA boss talks ‘package’ deal

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.
Borough-wide

Making life more livable at the FOB

Army Spc. Joseph Cook, a Carbondale, Ill., native serving in Multinational Division Baghdad leads an Iraqi work force that ensures daily maintenance and improvement for soldiers and others occupying the small northeastern Baghdad base. Comment.
Borough-wide

Leaving Kala gush

Every Friday, 60 to 70 Afghan children get shoes and socks at Forward Operating Base Kala Gush through the efforts of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nurestan province. Comment.
Borough-wide

Iraqi vet walks road less traveled

Danielle Green-Byrd, a former basketball star from Chicago’s inner city, served in the Army and was injured in Iraq has learned that time does really heal wounds. Comment.
Borough-wide

Inside new Sunset Pk high school

New details have emerged about Sunset Park High School. Comment.
Borough-wide

Idea for Pier pay toilet gets flushed

Some six months after the city announced that it would put Bay Ridge’s first automatic pay toilet on the 69th Street Pier, it turns out that the pier will not work for that purpose. Comment.
Borough-wide

Flim-flam artists at the front door

Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment.
Borough-wide

Emergency readiness

Borough professional are invited to the conference, “Emergency Preparedness & the Aging,” in Bay Ridge, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Drill, baby, drill — someplace else-Grassroots effort to block contamination of water supply

A grassroots effort is afoot to prevent drilling for natural gas in the vicinity of the New York City watershed, in upstate New York. Comment.
Borough-wide

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.
Borough-wide

Cops squeeze alleged ‘juice’ joint

A Bay Ridge pharmacy which sidelined as a steroid clearing house was at the epicenter of a profitable illegal “juicing” enterprise that flexed its way through gyms throughout both Staten Island and Brooklyn, officials alleged. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cop loses fight for survival-P.O. Michael Weinstein fell into coma following accident

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bugs chow down-Termites feast on Fort Ham. library

The discovery of extensive termite damage under the subfloor at the Fort Hamilton library is delaying the reconstruction of the structure. Comment.
Borough-wide

Buckled up in Belgium-Teenagers get behind the wheel of U.S. Army simulators

Teenagers in Belgium are learning to drive in the rain, in the fog, and even on narrow mountain roads at night. They’re driving while their friends talk and laugh behind them, and even while their cell phones ring. But because of new technology, their lives are in no way at risk. Comment.
Borough-wide

BRCC hails the community’s best-Group holds annual presidents luncheon

Bay Ridge activists were the center of attention at a recent luncheon honoring their efforts. Comment.
Borough-wide

BRCC essay picks developing brains-Essay asks grade school scribes, ‘If I could change one thing, it would be...’

Students at 22 area elementary and intermediate schools will be sharpening their pencils to compete in the annual essay contest sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC). Comment.
Borough-wide

Boos for mayor’s scary talk-Bloomberg jeered after saying 15,000 teachers could be cut

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bloody Sunday march ‘09-Bay Ridge demonstrators demand justice for the slain

There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bklyn culture on thin ice-Zoos, museums, gardens face serious budget cuts

The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment.
Borough-wide

Battle of the bottle rages-Budget remedy pits grocers against liquor store owners

While grocery stores may be raising a toast to a relatively obscure provision in Governor David Paterson’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, liquor store owners are up in arms at the proposal, which would allow grocery stores around the state to sell wine. Comment.
Crime

Police Blotter

Gravesend raid Comment.
Bay News

Treasure hunters strike back-Members of metal detection clubs band together against park ban

City officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Bay News

The MTA’s package deal-Boss links buses with tolls

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.
Bay News

Synthetic fix for boardwalk

There’s a giant hole in the Coney Island boardwalk. Comment.
Bay News

Steering clear of heart disease

Brooklyn Women’s Services (BWS) believes the key to prevent heart disease is through education, therefore, this month, in celebration of American Heart Health Month, BWS with offer a free educational event. Comment.
Bay News

State okays cuts and fees

The first round of state budget cuts and increased fees has been completed, with another, far larger deficit reduction package in the offing. Comment.
Bay News

Stanley Givant, activist dies

Community activist Stanley Givant, husband of Jeanette Givant, female district leader of the 47th Assembly District, which encompasses Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst, has died. He was 80 years old. Comment.
Bay News

Sonya Sky live at Avion

Attention lovebirds: CUNY alumni and electronic-dance music sensation Sonya Sky is set to fire up the club crowd at Avion in Gravesend, February 14 — complete with a real jetliner on the dance floor. Comment.
Bay News

Smooth sailing for SCHIP in Brooklyn-Delegation unanimously backs health plan

Every single one of Brooklyn’s representatives in the House of Representatives voted in favor of the expanded children’s health insurance bill passed just a few days ago. Comment.
Bay News

Short sparks nasty blaze on Cropsey Ave.

An electrical short triggered a two-alarm fire that ripped through a pair of stores at the corner of Cropsey Avenue and Bay 50th Street last week, officials said. FDNY officials said that the blaze erupted inside Modern Cleaners just after 7:30 p.m. on February 4 and quickly spread to an adjacent grocery and an upstairs apartment. It took nearly an hour for firefighters to beat back the blaze. No injuries were reported. Comment.
Bay News

Senator essay contest

State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Committee on Education, will be hosting his Seventh Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest, and has invited local junior high school participation within grades 6, 7, and 8, throughout District 20, 21, and 22. Comment.
Bay News

Run, Bill, Run: Dems back Thompson-Comptroller picks up support for mayoral run

The comptroller of the city of New York got a warm welcome from Brooklyn Democrats, when he spoke before a local political organization. Comment.
Bay News

Pharmacists & friends-State Senator honors efforts to keep costs down

New York State Senator Martin J. Golden presented a resolution to the Stop & Shop supermarket, 1710 Avenue Y in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, and certificates of recognition to the store’s two pharmacists in commendation of Stop & Shop’s free antibiotic prescription program. Comment.
Bay News

Mayor’s ‘scary’ teacher talk-Suggesting 15,000 could be canned earns Bloomy jeers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that 15,000 teachers will be out of a job is “just a scare tactic,” according to a state Assemblymember representing Brooklyn. Comment.
Bay News

Marty: ‘We must build’-Borough president urges high-end shopping corridor

Forget the recession, Brooklyn’s going high end. Comment.
Bay News

Get your heart checked free

There will be two free Heart Month screenings at Maimonides Medical Center this month, to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Comment.
Bay News

Flim-flam artists on your front doorstep

Con artists in utility company clothing are once again preying on area residents. Comment.
Bay News

Fall in love on 5th

You don’t need to travel to exotic places or even cross the bridge into that other borough to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Park Slope BID knows how you can show the one you love how much you really love them. Comment.
Bay News

Emergency preparedness

Borough professional are invited to the conference, “Emergency Preparedness & the Aging,” in Bay Ridge, February 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment.
Bay News

Coney Commons nears-Plan for new community ctr, apts. enters ULURP

A community center and residential housing complex is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment.
Bay News

Chess team makes all the right moves-Boody scores at 43rd annual state clash

The chess team of David A. Boody Middle School’s (IS 228) won the novice level at the 43rd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships, marking the second year in a row that the squad has claimed that title. Comment.
Bay News

Catholic schools in trouble-Five in Brooklyn could face shut down this June

Even if a plan to turn some Catholic schools into publicly funded charter schools becomes a reality, the Diocese of Brooklyn would want to continue teaching religion – but not touch sex education. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn demands justice for Bloody sunday victims

There were more than one comment on the “luck of the Irish” February 8 as members of the Bay Ridge Irish American Action Association stepped outside to a balmy, almost spring-like afternoon to begin their annual Bloody Sunday march to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Comment.
Bay News

Brighton 5-story building stuck in neutral

A Brighton Beach developer is trying to lift a stop-work order on a five-story residential building. Comment.
Bay News

Bklyn culture on thin ice

The sign on the lily pond read thin ice. Comment.
Bay News

BK cop dies after 7-month coma

A beloved Marine Park cop who languished in a coma for seven months following a near-fatal motorcycle accident has died. Comment.
Bay News

Beep blasted over 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.
Bay News

A Valentine to the whole nabe

Love struck pedestrians are sure to capture the spirit of the occasion when they pass by the Bensonhurst home of John Zammit, whose Valentine’s Day display has all the ingredients professed by Cupid. The plethora of eye-pleasers adorning the exterior of the house, 653 58th Street, includes heartfelt sentiments for civilians at home, and US troops abroad. Add floral displays, plus other Valentine fancies, and the nabe is ready to celebrate the calendar’s day of love — Zammit-style. Comment.
Bay News

Astroland films/pix sought!

Calling all Brooklynites -- if you think you might have some old photographs or home movies of Astroland from the 1960s kicking around your attic or basement, documentarian JL Aaronson wants to hear from you. Comment.
Bay News

An officer and an angel, too

Sometimes policing has nothing to do with walking the streets and enforcing the laws. Comment.
Borough-wide

A new member of the troop

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 with proud father Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment.

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