Sunday, March 14, 2010

Kings Courier

Burnett bash: Two injured as truck meets light pole

Two people were hospitalized early Saturday after their red pick-up truck slammed grill-first into a light pole. Comment.
Borough-wide

Some wary about Superfunded Gowanus

Barely a Superfund site a week, and the Gowanus Canal has already vanquished one developer, and is causing problems for another. Comment.
Canarsie

Local CERT term trolling for new members

A local volunteer group is looking for new recruits. Comment.
Williamsburg

B-13 Bus Line’s Unlucky Number

The only bus that provides service directly to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (374 Stockholm Street) may be cut by the MTA if the transportation agency’s proposals are adopted later this year. Comment.
Borough-wide

Sure and begorrah - if it isn’t time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

The sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle will take to the streets later this month as Brooklynites come out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Comment.
Borough-wide

Visit red pandas during the peak of their mating season

Because of their striking appearance, red pandas Qin, a male, and Mei Lin, a female, are hard to miss. Visitors to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo can see their vibrant red coats and pale white faces on the zoo’s Discovery Trail. Comment.
Borough-wide

Weekly pre-/post-Mass pancake breakfast fundraiser

The Catholic Ladies Guild of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish will be holding a pancake breakfast and cake sale before and after all Masses beginning March 13 at 5:30 p.m., and March 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Comment.
Borough-wide

Paterson comes to Brooklyn Borough Hall

Embattled Governor David Paterson came to Borough Hall Monday to talk budget, amid continued questions of his alleged misconduct. Comment.
Bay News

Grandma’s going home, in victory over unscrupulous landlord

An elderly Holocaust survivor is going to be returning to her Bensonhurst apartment, and her family is vowing to do something to help other people who, like her, have been unfairly evicted. Comment.
Borough-wide

Historic music school undergoes “Team Depot” makeover

Planned improvements throughout the building include re-facing walls, replacing ceiling tiles, painting classrooms, hallways, lobby and waiting areas, installing new flooring (carpets and tiles), painting murals in theatre’s backstage area. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Jesuit Prep holds admissions open house

Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, a Catholic Middle School at 560 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, will hold an Admissions Open House, March 20 from 1-3 p.m. Parents and guardians of boys and girls entering the fifth or sixth grade in September are invited to attend. Comment.
Bay News

Councilmen hold safety forum in wake of tragic fire

Those on hand heard from representatives from the Department of Buildings about how to ensure that buildings are safe and adhere to zoning and building code. The also received useful tips and information from the FDNY on how to safeguard their homes from fire, and free smoke alarms and batteries were distributed. Comment.
High School Sports

State indoor track notebook: Loughlin’s Alexander leads trio of NYC shot putters

Adrienne Alexander admits she will be sorry to see Lancaster’s Melissa Kurzdorfer and North Babylon’s Vanessa Stewart graduate even though they stood in her way from a New York State shot put title. Comment.
High School Sports

Putting aside pain, Isler inspires in championship victory

Leroy Isler described the pain in his left ankle as sharp. He had trouble walking lately and didn’t attend the city championship game press conference on March 4. Comment.
High School Sports

Getting defensive: Pinkston leads Loughlin to CHSAA ‘AA’ semis

Jayvaughn Pinkston has made his name as an offensive force in the paint and on the perimeter. The McDonald’s All-American is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound ball of power with a finesse streak. Comment.
High School Sports

Ahadzi, Sandiford, Duggan claim state boys indoor titles

Richmond Ahadzi stood with the rest of his competition staring anxiously at the results board. The Sheepshead Bay junior and Amityville’s Sancho Barnett appeared to have crossed the line together. Comment.
High School Sports

Bed Stuy is back: Boys & Girls claims first crown since 1979

With tears in her eyes, the PSAL Class AA championship trophy in her hands, and chants of “You can’t beat The High” in the background, Ruth Lovelace was the picture of serenity. Comment.
High School Sports

The slipper still fits for Brooklyn Tech as Cinderella run continues

As Brooklyn Tech senior forward Kherel Silcott stood at the free throw line late in a PSAL Class A quarterfinal matchup with Martin Luther King Jr., the Brooklyn Tech student section started its final cheer of the afternoon. Comment.
High School Sports

Samb, an unlikely hero, sends Bedford back to semifinals

With the season on the line, Robert Phelps called timeout. Comment.
24/7

Dirty Sock Funtime Band in concert at Brooklyn College

The band is a multi-national, New York City-based children’s rock band, which captivates children and parents alike with high-energy concerts full of rockin’ sing-a-long jams and audience participation. Comment.
24/7

Sweetest stores in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

Williamsburg and Greenpoint are two of the hippest nabes in Brooklyn. (Please excuse the hipster pun.) Comment.
24/7

Neighborhood Improvement Group holds its Spring Auction

NIA Community Services Network presents its Spring Auction, April 9, 7 p.m. at the Regina Center, 1258 65th Street in Bensonhurst. Comment.
24/7

Save some green – make your own salad at home

I love salad! Comment.
24/7

Chorus seeks singers for spring production of “Porgy and Bess”

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus under conductor Mark Mangini, conductor, is seeking choral singers. They offer a mixed repertoire of theater, folk and classical music, performing two annual free concerts at the Leon M. Goldstein Theater on the Kingsborough campus in December and May. They also perform concerts at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Comment.
24/7

Spring activities at Museum of the Moving Image

There will also be hands-on workshops for children and special demonstrations in the galleries. Comment.
24/7

Panel on the future of women artists at Brooklyn Museum

A.I.R. Gallery and The Feminist Art Project are hosting the panel series “The Issues of the Moment: What is the Future for Women Artists?” at The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. The topic of “Invisibility to Visibility” will be discussed, March 27 at 2 p.m. Comment.
24/7

Pianist Dinnerstein and students collaborate for concert

Simone Dinnerstein’s PS 321 Neighborhood Concerts will present “Face the Music,” an ensemble of 20 classically-trained musicians ranging from sixth to 12th grades dedicated to performing today’s most compelling and creative new music, in a concert called “Beating Down the Doors,” April 15, 7 p.m. at PS 321, 180 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Borough-wide

Day-long horticulture conference at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This year’s Making Brooklyn Bloom, “Soil in the City: Growing Healthy Neighborhoods from the Ground Up,” focuses on revitalizing our soil. Dr. Nina Bassuk, director of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University. Comment.
Borough-wide

Plea to save District 20 schools

The city Department of Education (DOE) doesn’t blink when closing schools — and parents fear School District 20 will be targeted next. Comment.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Borough-wide

Squadron says no to Senesh plan

Allowing a Carroll Gardens private school to expand into its courtyard would set a dangerous precedent and should be thwarted, a local lawmaker implored this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Greenpoint Goes Green with Town Square

Spring is in the air! Comment.
Flatbush

Tenants Stage Protest Outside Landlord’s Home

Residents living in a pair of dilapidated Flatbush apartment houses took their complaints on the road, staging a nighttime protest in front of their landlord’s Boro Park home, that brought traffic, at times, to a standstill on 47th Street, as passersby stopped to see what was going on. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kickboxing legend Neglia’s 28th Ring of Combat

Brooklyn kickboxing promoter and former world champion kickboxer Louis Neglia presented a rousing evening of Mixed Martial Arts during his Ring of Combat(ROC) XXVIII in Atlantic City’s Tropicana Resort and Casino. Comment.
Borough-wide

Parents fight school budget cuts

Brooklyn parents came out in force last week to protest the state’s proposed $1 billion cut in school funding. Comment.
24/7

WAH Center presents mixed-media works by ‘Creative Couples’

The Williamsburg & Historical Center (WAH Center) presents “Creative Couples,” with works of six couples exemplifying the progress made since the beginnings of the women’s liberation movement. Comment.
24/7

Inaugural DIY Music Festival Rocks Brooklyn

Let the music industry have South By Southwest and the CMJ festival. Brooklyn has its own DIY Music Festival for Brooklynites by Brooklynites. Comment.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Borough-wide

Powder delivered to Judge Gerges’ office

Cops are looking for the menace who sent an envelope filled with a suspicious white powder to the offices of Judge Abraham Gerges, the jurist who cleared the last roadblock against the controversial Atlantic Yards Project earlier this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Beyonce comes to DUMBO

One of pop music’s brightest stars is coming to DUMBO Mar 5 - with the mom. Comment.
Features

Sandy DiTrapani: BWEC’s Man of the Year

“Sandy DiTrapani began his career as a math teacher at JHS 263 in District 23, and received the Distinguished Teacher’s Award in June 1987.He worked diligently as the Dean of Students for many years, earning the respect of the students, parents and colleagues for being fair and honest. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dolphin Spotted in Newtown Creek

Dolphins may be among the smartest mammals in the animal kingdom, but how exactly did one end up in Newtown Creek? Comment.
Borough-wide

AY starts off an economic boom for Brooklyn contractors

With the Barclays Center arena and the Atlantic Yards project officially underway, all the parties to the Community Benefits Agreement say they expect the agreement to be honored. Comment.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Williamsburg

Gunning for wallets

Gun run Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Civil rights veteran talks to St. Saviour students

The Honorable Judge Lewis Douglass, a lifelong advocate of civil rights who has a long standing history and involvement in the movement, celebrated Black History Month at Saint Saviour High School. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fixing school food the agenda of CEC 15 meeting

The District 15 Community Education Councilis co-sponsoring a forum featuring Janet Poppendieck, author of “Free For All: Fixing School Food in America,” March 18, 7-9 p.m. at MS 462 Secondary School for Law, 237 Seventh Avenue between Fourth & Fifth streets in Park Slope. Comment.
Flatbush

Cops vs. machete man in East Flatbush

Cops shoot machete man Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ticket to cell

Movie menace Comment.
Canarsie

Cops fail to crack under foul mouthed motorist’s pressure

Car stop cracks Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cell swiper nabbed

Cell swiper nabbed Comment.
Borough-wide

Women’s History Month events throughout the borough

A number of Women’s History Events will be taking place throughout the borough this month, including author-illustrator readings and opening receptions at various bookstores and galleries throughout Brooklyn. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn Politics: Legislating fun on Purim

Dilan and James, Comment.
Borough-wide

Pre-Kindergarten program information session

The Office of Early Childhood Education will be holding an information session for Brooklyn parents who want to learn more about the Pre-Kindergarten program, March 8, 5:30-8 p.m. at Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place. Comment.
Borough-wide

School bake sales are back — kinda

With a few bags of Doritos and Baked Lays, the city Department of Education (DOE) is trying to make amends with Brooklyn’s Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA). Comment.
Borough-wide

Everybody in the shower!

Laura Goldberg is beaming over her new walk-in shower. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coffee and Pie (and Ice Cream), Oh My!

What’s better than a cup of slow-drip coffee, vanilla ice cream, and a side of fried chicken with apple pie with cheddar crust on a chilly March evening? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

P.S. 15 parents sue city

Red Hook parents are appealing the city’s decision to keep a charter school in P.S. 15’s building. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City to move nearly 500 workers to Downtown Brooklyn

Riders on the B54 bus going to Jay Street/Borough Hall and others in Downtown Brooklyn may soon see an ease in security measures. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus pipeline raises eyebrows

Plenty of things — both dead and alive — have turned up over the years floating in the Gowanus Canal, but inanimate objects are producing consternation this week among community activists. Comment.
Borough-wide

Feds won’t be super for lending along Gowanus

Contrary to what the feds claim, designating the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site will have a devastating impact on the ability to construct, and even renovate thousands of homes near the toxic waterway, a coalition of landowners and developers charged last week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Fountain follies: Borough Hall rest spot bowled over

Now there’s no relief for the weary, wicked or anyone else. Comment.
Williamsburg

Delays at The Edge, Alterations at Ikon

Two Williamsburg condominium towers faced unexpected obstacles last week as city codes and procedures forced developers to briefly delay or alter their plans. Comment.
Williamsburg

New Deli “Looms” Over Flushing Ave

Finding a reliable place for a bite to eat on an industrial stretch of Flushing Avenue separating Williamsburg and Bushwick has long been a challenge. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cooper Park Boils Over Boiler

The boilers under a Williamsburg public housing building that worked intermittently on weekends have rankled its tenants, most of whom work longer hours than the boiler. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tennis Bubble, Restaurant Coming to McCarren?

The bubble has burst in Williamsburg’s housing market, but could a new one be built over the McCarren Park Tennis Courts in the coming years? Comment.
Borough-wide

Filmfest planned for Fifth

A Park Slope business improvement district would like to transform the neighborhood into the borough’s own version of the Sundance Film Festival. Comment.
Borough-wide

Barclays Center to do official groundbreaking

With the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Barclays Center arena set for March 11, the ducks finally seem to be lining up in a row for developer Forest City Ratner. Comment.
Borough-wide

“Almost Home” screens free in Brooklyn

“Most of us live in denial - but it’s staring us right in the face: we’re going to get old, and so are our loved ones.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

U.S officials look at Downtown Brooklyn for economic abuse

While advocates for the poor admit that a local economic boost hardly compares to life-and-death abuses around the world, they appeared downright giddy to get federal officials to inspect a downtown Brooklyn site as a possible blemish on this country’s human rights record. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope peace keepers honored

All it took was a set of eagle eyes and a glance. Comment.
Borough-wide

Mint condition: Crime fighting team takes down gunmen

It was a perfect triple play and it wasn’t even baseball season. Comment.
Borough-wide

Bay Ridge plagued by car break-ins

It’s getting so bad that they might start calling Bay Ridge “Window Break Ridge.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Fecal fiasco! Pooping pugilst makes a mess of Bay Ridge apartment building

This was not what a local resident expected to see as the sun came up on Bay Ridge this past Sunday: a poop-smeared pugilist going to town on the front door to his apartment door. Comment.
Borough-wide

Noise nightmare

Noise nightmare Comment.
Borough-wide

Water bills expected to increase in double digits

With water rate hikes expected to be in double digits when they are announced next month, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner came to Brooklyn recently to discuss projects and initiatives in the borough. Comment.
Borough-wide

Blizzard blind sides search for Marion

A search for Marion McCleneghan sparked by a friend’s Facebook page was forced to end before it began Saturday thanks to last week’s storm. Comment.
Borough-wide

Plumb Beach to remember gay bias victim

Michael Sandy’s joyful smile and peaceful demeanor will always be immortalized in his friends’ and family’s memories. Comment.
Borough-wide

DUMBO puppets irk Hindus

Puppets produced by a DUMBO business are no laughing matter — they are an affront to religion, Hindu groups charged this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

PTA members participate in run-/walk-a-thon to support their schools

As they have for the past two years, the Parent Teacher Associations of Brooklyn’s public elementary schools are coming together to sponsor The Third Annual Brooklyn PTA 5K Run/Walk/Stroll/Toddle in Prospect Park, May 1. Comment.
Borough-wide

‘Jersey Shore’ in Brighton Beach sounds right to some

The “Jersey Shore” clone proposed for Brighton Beach doesn’t even have a TV deal yet, but some here in Brooklyn can’t wait for the cameras to start rolling. Comment.
Bay News

Bank bozo

Bank bozo Comment.
Borough-wide

Bars to stay away from Churches

Two Brooklyn lawmakers are tightening a law so people don’t drink near where they pray. Comment.
Borough-wide

BAC’s annual benefit and art auction

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) hosts its annual benefit and auction, “Alive With Art,” March 23, 6:30-9 p.m. at The Bell House, 149 Seventh Street in Park Slope. Comment.
Borough-wide

Carroll Gardens cop an “example to all”

Police Officer Oliver Lopez should not only be honored for all the work he does cleaning up the streets, but for being a role model for children. Comment.
Borough-wide

Tischler off ballot in 44th District City Council race

All he needed was 765 signatures and a dream of becoming the first 18-year-old city council member. Comment.
Borough-wide

Country’s oldest boy scout troop celebrates centennial

The nation’s “oldest continuously chartered and sponsored Boy Scout unit in the country” is now also a Brooklyn centenarian. Comment.
24/7

Martin McQuade performs St. Patrick’s Day favorites

Martin McQuade,with Jesse Gelber providing piano accompaniment, will be playing your favorite Irish tunes, March 14, 6 p.m. at the Greenhouse Café, 7717 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge, in honor ofthe upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day. Comment.
24/7

Flatbush celebrity chef shares her secrets in new volume

From her Flatbush kitchen, celebrity chef Daisy Martinez salutes and celebrates the entire world, and particularly the Latino culinary creations that, for her, are literally the meat and drink of her imagination. Comment.
24/7

Brooklyn kids to rock out

Brooklyn Kids Rock, a local school that teaches children how to play and write music, gives kids the chance to live out their rock and roll fantasies via band practices, photo shoots and live shows. Comment.
24/7

The beef is back

The Brooklyn Beefsteak is back and bigger than ever. Comment.
Borough-wide

Report find’s borough’s retail gold coast

Rents along retail corridors in Downtown Brooklyn and Bay Ridge are the priciest in the borough, a report released last week revealed. Comment.
Borough-wide

EPA designates Gowanus Canal a Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency this week declared the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, ending nearly a year of often toxic debate and beginning what supporters say will be a new dawn along one of the nation’s most polluted waterways. Comment.
Williamsburg

New Domino, same plan

For New Domino’s developers, density may be destiny. Comment.
Flatbush

Some East Flatbush bank customers getting stung

East Flatbush residents who do their banking at the intersection of Church and Nostrand avenues might be wise to take an occasional glance over their shoulder. Comment.
Borough-wide

Winter not so wonderful for 63rd Precinct cops

The first two months of 2010 may have been icy, but it hasn’t been as smooth as a frozen-over lake for cops in the 63rd Precinct. Comment.
Borough-wide

Gill tries to hook Kruger

Fight Back NY to target Kruger? Comment.
Borough-wide

Sen. Golden co-hosts Annual Lunar New Year celebration

Senator Marty Golden, together with the Chinese American Partnership, will host their Annual Lunar New Year celebration, March 7 at New Utrecht High School, 1601 80th Street in Dyker Heights. Comment.
Bay News

Fire erupts in Sheepshead hell house

The Sheepshead Bay “Hell House” earned its moniker Friday morning after a smoky fire forced panicked residents out into the two-day blizzard. Comment.
Borough-wide

School bake sales are back - kinda

With a few bags of Doritos and Baked Lays, the city Department of Education (DOE) is trying to make amends with Brooklyn’s Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA). Comment.
High School Sports

Surprised Sheepshead claims PSAL boys indoor crown

There were looks of dejection on Sheepshead Bay’s faces coming down to the awards ceremony. Coach John Padula’s calculation had his team losing to Midwood by two points in a meet in which the Sharks did not win a single event. Comment.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope Schoolhouse begins construction on new child care center

Construction on the ground and basement levels of 556 Fifth Avenue, which is being renovated to serve as the new facility for the Park Slope Schoolhouse Child Care Center, has begun. The center is currently located at 515 Sixth Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

A Libertarian approach to health care ‘reform’ OR I Can Get It For You Wholesale

I had a physics professor in Brooklyn College who was asked one day about a book entitled, "Physics Made Simple." The question was whether or not physics could indeed be made simple. HIs answer was, "Of course it can be made simple. Just leave out all the hard stuff." Comment.
Borough-wide

Nightclub nightmare on Utica Avenue

The fight against a notorious neighborhood nightclub has gained new life. Comment.
Flatbush

Church campaigns for community center

Dr. Al Cresci still remembers hearing the warbling notes of the Skinner organ when he entered the Holy Innocents Church in fourth grade. Comment.
Features

Herd ‘em back to Gitmo

Before advocating rights for terror suspects, there must first be a nation in which to advocate them. Comment.
24/7

It’s lucky to be Irish in Brooklyn

Break out your green finest – St. Patrick’s Day is coming. Comment.

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