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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Xanthakis flirts with rematch - Republican mulls over challenge to Janel Hyer-Spencer

Assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer will likely have an opponent when she runs for re-election this November, but just who that will be is still unknown. Comment.
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Student makes brains glamorous

Stefania Sainato, a junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University, double-majoring in English and communication studies with a minor in journalism, has been awarded The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine. Comment.
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Stressed out, Priced out - Coney residents fear losing apartments

Fears of being priced out of Coney Island led to a standing-room-only crowd at the United Community Baptist Church at 2701 Mermaid Avenue last week. Comment.
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NIA summer camp finds a new home - Program saved from the brink

There has been an eleventh hour turn of fate for a popular children’s summer camp in Dyker Heights. Comment.
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MTV gets ‘Real’ with Brooklyn - Brooklyn house to host 21st season of hit reality show

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
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Maimonides nurses get some extra ‘muscle’

Fugghetaboutit, I can fix you good. Comment.
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He’s got the whole world in his hands - BK teen to represent New York in National Geographic Society Bee

In 2007, purple fruit bats were discovered on the island of Mindanao in this South East Asian country. Name that country. Comment.
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DNA hunt for thug

Cops say they’re “going all out” in their hunt for the vicious thug who bashed a 69-year-old woman inside her Dyker Heights home. Comment.
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Cops hunt two in BK crime spree

Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment.
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Clues to your kidneys - Docs urge you to listen to what your body is saying

Feeling tired and weak? Have you noticed a loss of appetite? Are your feet or ankles swelling? Is your blood pressure out of control? Once you decide that your boss isn’t the cause, you should see your doctor and ask about your kidneys. Comment.
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CB11 clean up campaign

They say they’ve won the first round, but they’re not through with “him” yet. Comment.
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All pumped up over new gym

Health-smart boroughites have a new place to spring into action in – a New York Sports Club on 86th Street. Comment.
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Adler to make run for Civil Court slot - Former president of the Brooklyn Bar Association touts abilities

A Brooklyn Heights attorney who for a brief time represented former Assemblymember Clarence Norman in his troubles with the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced his intention to run for Civil Court last week – although he was vague on which of the three potentially open seats he was hoping to grab. Comment.
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Abbate eyes Fossella’s seat

Add Dyker Heights Assemblymember Peter Abbate to the growing list of Democratic contenders considering a run against bruised but still unbowed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment.
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Two sought in brazen Brooklyn robbery spree

Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment.
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Jailhouse forum coming

The Brooklyn House of Detention Stakeholders invite members of the community to attend an open forum to discuss the future of the Brooklyn Jail on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belarusian Church, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Comment.
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DNA hunt for vicious burglar - Cops on the trail of suspect wanted in bludgeoning attack on senior

Cops say they’re “going all out” in their hunt for the vicious thug that bashed a 69-year-old woman inside her Dyker Heights home. Comment.
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‘Real World’ to be shot here

MTV’s hit reality show “The Real World” is coming to Park Slope – or Red Hook, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill. Comment.
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‘Forty Hours of Devotion’

The RC Parish of St. Finbar will celebrate the traditional “Forty Hours Devotion” beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., May 23 and ending with the 11:45 a.m. Mass, May 25. Comment.
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Two sought in crime spree - Cops say duo is responsible for string of eight robberies

Eight robberies committed in Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan are believed to be the work of just two men, area cops said this week. Comment.
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Summer in Coney Island to get freakier - Thor promises ‘sideshow’ attractions

A 100-pound rat munching on straw versus the human blockhead hammering spikes into his skull, or the world’s smallest woman versus a tattooed fire-eating lady. Comment.
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Stars & stripes on parade - Brooklyn to honor American service men and women

Brooklyn residents will show off their patriotic pride this Memorial Day weekend, engaging in a variety of parades and memorials meant to pay homage to the men and women who have served the United States by putting themselves into the line of fire. Comment.
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Slow down on Oriental - Traffic light study for blvd.

Efforts to put more traffic lights on Oriental Boulevard appear much more likely this week following the tragic death of a Kingsborough Community College student on May 8. Comment.
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Sixth annual educational day at P.S. 194

Child scribe Anne Capeci took captivated first-graders on a jolly journey of words during a literacy salute at Public School 194. Comment.
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Retired 61st Pct. cops return to the beat

Nice to see you, to see you nice. Comment.
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P.S. 52 students reach new heights for health

Fancy-footed youngsters executed crowd-wowing moves during a jump-a-thon benefit to fight heart disease at Public School 52. Comment.
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Pay attention to your kidneys - Doctors urge you to listen to your body’s signals

Feeling tired and weak? Have you noticed a loss of appetite? Are your feet or ankles swelling? Is your blood pressure out of control? Once you decide that your boss isn’t the cause, you should see your doctor and ask about your kidneys. Comment.
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NIA summer camp finds a home - Popular program survives; Christa McAuliffe school to play host

There has been an eleventh hour turn of fate for a popular children’s summer camp in Dyker Heights. Comment.
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New York Knicks groove truck stops by P.S. 101

Ace students at Public School 101 vroomed into a class of their own when the New York Knicks Groove Truck pulled up to reward them for excelling at a literacy program. Comment.
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Nelson in bizarre cyber spat - Fired deputy chief of staff says he was councilman’s online hatchet man

One fact has emerged from the festering online flap between City Councilmember Michael Nelson and his former deputy chief of staff Robert Varley: the two won’t be adding each other to their buddy lists any time soon. Comment.
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Musical memory challenge - Brooklyn teams vie for citywide bragging rights

Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment.
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Memory problems

More than 10 percent of American adults over the age of 65, and approximately 50 percent of those older than 85, have memory disorders. Although not uncommon, memory decline is not a part of normal aging. Comment.
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Manhattan Beach Yom Hashoah service

Tears marked the occasion as the faithful hailed the birth of the Land of Milk and Honey, and recalled the sacrifices of the Holocaust’s dead, with a joint tribute at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center. Comment.
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Maimonides nurses get some extra muscle

Fugghetaboutit, I can fix you good. Comment.
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MADD about you: activists hail local cops

Mothers Against Drunk Driving delivered a tall salute to Brooklyn’s Finest by feting them with a tribute at Bay Ridge Manor to mark Crime Victims Rights Week. Comment.
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Get help dealing with loss

Millennium Development has opened up a weekly venue for community residents dealing with grief, from 7-8:30 p.m. until June 19 at the John Malone Community Center, 2335 Bergen Avenue. Comment.
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Fossella won’t seek re-election

Three weeks after Representative Vito Fossella’s double life began to unravel, the sole Republican in the city’s Congressional delegation has announced that he will not seek re-election. Comment.
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Forum on jail’s future

The Brooklyn House of Detention Stakeholders invite members of the community to attend an open forum to discuss the future of the Brooklyn Jail on May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Belarusian Church, Atlantic Avenue and Bond Street. Comment.
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Ford St. update

In last week’s story about Ford Street a controversial marina in Sheepshead Bay was mistakenly attributed to “The Breakers” development. The area in question is actually part of another nearby development at 2908 Emmons Avenue. We regret the error. Comment.
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Firefighters fight deadly surf too

Three firefighters from Ladder Company 161 turned to their fire hoses for mooring lines Saturday as they swam out to rescue three teens found stranded in the Coney Island surf. Comment.
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Day of Remembrance ceremony coming - 1,000 Holocaust survivors to speak out and give testimony about Nazi atrocities

To honor the memory of those killed in the Holocaust as well as those who survived, the Brooklyn-based Nachas Health Family Network is hosting its annual “Day of Remembrance” ceremony. Comment.
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Coney fears keeping a roof over its head

Fears of being priced out of Coney Island led to a standing room only crowd at the United Community Baptist Church at 2701 Mermaid Avenue last week. Comment.
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Brighton lights up Israel parade - Nabe to offer big presence

The June 1 Salute to Israel Parade up 5th Avenue will have shofars blowing, dancers tapping, drummers drumming and one more thing – a Russian accent. Comment.
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A winning world view - BK kid to represent NY in National Geographic geography bee

In 2007, purple fruit bats were discovered on the island of Mindanao in this South East Asian country. Name that country. Comment.
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Annual senior fair

State Senator Martin J. Golden, chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, will be hosting his Sixth Annual Senior Fair, May 23 from 12-3 p.m., to offer local seniors and their families an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health. Comment.
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Alzheimer’s facts

Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center will host a forum entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: All the Facts and None of the Fiction,” May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the center, 1 Prospect Park West. Comment.
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Adler to vie for Civil Court bench

A Brooklyn Heights attorney who for a brief time represented former Assemblymember Clarence Norman in his troubles with the Kings County District Attorney’s office announced his intention to run for Civil Court last week – although he was vague on which of the three potentially open seats he was hoping to grab. Comment.
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Abbate eyes run for Fossella’s seat - New York State assemblyman says he’s seriously considering run

Add Dyker Heights Assemblymember Peter Abbate to the growing list of Democratic contenders considering a run against bruised but still unbowed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment.

Monday, May 19, 2008

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Under the wire hate crimes - Forum looks at violence directed at LGBT community

It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment.
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6th annual Asian Pacific heritage Festival

Traditional lion, peacock and fan dances marked the fanfare during an Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at McKinley Park. Comment.
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St. Anselm RC school mass honors Feast Day

St. Anselm RC School celebrated a Mass in honor of the Feast Day of St. Anselm of Cantebury. Comment.
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Sensational young scribes in the spotlight

If I were a senator, I would… Comment.
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Mamalu fun and games

Mamalu Café, Play & Munch Ground will hold a number of events throughout June and is currently running its new Playspace by Italy’s Play, which now includes a new purple and green sneak-a-peek rocket cylinder and kaleidoscope. Comment.
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Luminaries enter Fontbonne Hall of Fame

A group of Bay Ridge stalwarts was honored for their “hard work and contributions” to Brooklyn’s students during a Hall of Fame induction at Fontbonne Hall Academy. Comment.
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Greek mythology inspires creativity in Mckinley students

Mighty Zeus must be giving them an A-plus from the heavens above. Comment.
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Fossella keeps quiet

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment.
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Delivery man’s accused attacker busted

Cops last week arrested a suspect in the brutal knife attack of a restaurant deliveryman. Comment.
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Celebrating The ‘art’ of neighborhood life

Family frolics were on the agenda as mom, dad and the kids headed to Bay Ridge for a day of community fun at the Narrows Botanical Garden. Comment.
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B’hurst ‘citizens’ fight back

Residents in Bath Beach and Bensonhurst aren’t taking their problems lying down – they’re mobilizing. Comment.
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BWECC meeting

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) next meeting will be held at 8 p.m., May 19 at new meeting quarters, the United Progressive Democratic Club House, 29 Bay 25th Street. Comment.
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Bklyn leads in unsafe buildings - Borough is ground zero for troubled projects

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment.
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A greener city...over time - City Council backs Yards amendment requiring more green space

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
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A Cry for housing - Coney Alliance demands to be heard

All the attention in Coney Island may now be centered on new rides, hotels and condos, but a developing coalition of labor, clergy and community groups is speaking out and challenging the city to start seriously addressing the lack of an adequate affordable housing component in its redevelopment plan. Comment.
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Zoning drives new MBNA, rival says - Manhattan Beach Community Group president criticizes breakaway organization

Democracy, inclusion, diversity – all these high-minded ideals have been given to explain the formation of the newly-formed Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA). Comment.
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We’re more than zoning, MBNA sez

We’re not a one-trick pony. Comment.
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Vito mum on his next move

Mum’s the word for lusty lawmaker Rep. Vito Fossella, as the embattled pol continues to mull his political future. Comment.
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Truckers irk residents

Wayward delivery trucks are straying off course in Bensonhurst and neighborhood residents are scrambling to find the emergency brake. Comment.
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Training paves the way to greener buildings

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Kingsborough Community College have formed a partnership to provide low-cost training for small to mid-size contractors and builders who want to earn the green building certification they will need to stay competitive and meet New York City’s PlanNYC 2030 environmental goals. Comment.
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Take the 2008 summer reading challenge - Assemblyman urges students to get involved

Assemblyman William Colton reminds children and families that the Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and that his office will again distribute the assembly’s brochures to schools and parents. Colton, a former NYC school teacher, knows full well the value of reading, especially during summer vacation. Comment.
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Survivors bear witness to Holocaust horrors

Luna Park resident Zina Zeidel moved the audience to a hush when she took to the podium and recited a poem about loss of her family, and the destruction of her hometown, during a Holocaust memorial at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center. Comment.
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Special salute to Children’s champs

Victoria Secret Angel and top model, Selita Ebanks presented New York Giants Super Bowl XLII hero, David Tyree, with the Children’s Champion Award at the Children of the City Benefit hosted by Steve Schirripa of the Sopranos and The Tonight Show, and Superstar New Jersey Net, Richard Jefferson at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York. Board member and local businessman Rocco Basile, was also a Children’s Champion Award Recipient. Comment.
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Special NYANA seder is held

The New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), celebrated its 59th Passover seder, an event coinciding with New York City’s Immigration Heritage Week, in which New York City celebrated the impact immigrants have had and continue to have in shaping America. Comment.
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Sowing the seeds for greener blocks - City Council backs Yards amendment

While a flurry of development over the past several years has decreased the amount of green space in the city, new zoning regulations recently approved by the City Council are expected to put the brakes on that trend. Comment.
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Shabbat Service

Temple Sholom and Madison Jewish Center present their Cantorial Shabbat Service, led by Cantors Steve Shor and Leslie Timer, who will be joined by adults and childrens choirs at 9:30 a.m., May 17. Comment.
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Sensational scribes put themselves in the senate

If I were a senator, I would… Comment.
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P.S. 254 breaks out of the classroom for spring games

A tug-o-war battle, relay races and sprint dashes were among the fun games that had youngsters from Public School 254 challenging mettle while engaging in some down time during a sports day at the Malone Center in Bergen Beach. Comment.
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Park clean up

Take ownership of your green spaces and join Prospect Park for a day of cleaning and greening one of New York’s most magnificent public recreation areas, May 17. Comment.
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Parents need greater voice, advocates say - Forum on mayor control fails to draw big crowd

Parents must demand that the city Department of Education (DOE) involve them in school matters, according to education advocates. Comment.
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Mideast peace panel discussion

Brooklyn For Peace will present a panel discussion by three distinguished speakers on Israel and Palestine, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of their “Visions for Peace” series. Comment.
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Meet the captain

The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., May 20 at the precinct’s station house, Bath Avenue and Bay 22nd Street. Comment.
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MBNA wants to get physical - Free Pilates exercise class coming to Manhattan Beach

They already portray themselves as the younger, more vibrant civic organization among the two now existing within the narrow confines of the community, so maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that members of the recently launched Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association want to get physical with their neighbors. Comment.
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Leona Goldberg remembered - JCCGCI celebrates coordinator’s life and career

A large crowd of co-workers and friends packed the Surf Solomon Senior Center for a moving memorial tribute presented by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) in memory of Leona Goldberg, who passed away after serving for more than 23 years as JCCGCI’s case management coordinator. Comment.
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Kings Bay Y honors lives lost in the Holocaust

Poignant memories drew survivors to a community-wide Holocaust memorial ceremony service at the Kings Bay Y. Comment.
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Homeless claim doubted - Residents question cause of Brighton fires

The Fire Department blames homeless squatters for the blazes that destroyed several bungalows in Brighton Beach. Comment.
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Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York State - Local assemblyman sponsors resolution

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a second generation Holocaust survivor, presented a New York State Resolution, which he sponsored, proclaiming May 1st as Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York State to Rhonda Barad, eastern director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Michael S. Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. The ceremony was held at Manhattan’s Simon Wiesenthal Center. Comment.
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Holocaust memorial

An annual Holocaust commemoration program, sponsored by the Young Israel of Midwood, will be held at 8 p.m., May 18 in the synagogue’s social hall, 1694 Ocean Avenue. Comment.
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Help clean up the beach

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2008. Comment.
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Hate crimes flying under the radar

It is an ugly reality, but hatred still lives in Brooklyn. Comment.
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Ford Street furor shaping up on Emmons Avenue

There’s only so much neighborliness you should probably expect from people who prefer you stay on the other side of a locked gate at all times. Comment.
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Flying high for mom

Troop 20 scout and Kingsborough Community College freshman Danny Wing has accomplished his goal – to make his late mom proud. Comment.
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FiOS TV plugging in - New agreement to bring in fiber optic network

Brooklyn’s cable television customers may soon have another provider to choose from—and more channels to occupy their attention. Comment.
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Entrepreneurial boost

Borough entrepreneurs looking to open or expand their businesses have a local place of support, thanks to the opening of a new assistance unit at City Tech. Comment.
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Designers tackling Brigham St. park

Designs for a new park at Brigham Street will be completed by the end of August, a consultant with New Yorkers for Parks told the Bay News this week. Comment.
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Death on the blvd. - Motorcyclist killed leaving KCC

Youzdjan Bekir’s friends returned to Manhattan Beach on Saturday afternoon, two days after the Kingsborough Community College student was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on Oriental Boulevard. Comment.
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D.A. office in the ‘hood

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has brought his staff to the local community to assist constituents with their problems. Comment.
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Cops prepare for ‘cut day’ - Annual Manhattan Beach bash has 61st Pct on alert

Senior “cut” day is coming and the new commander of the 61st Precinct says that he’s ready for it. Comment.
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Coney plan under fire again - New coalition demands more affordable housing

All the attention in Coney Island may now be centered on new rides, hotels and condos, but a developing coalition of labor, clergy and community groups is speaking out and challenging the city to start seriously addressing the lack of an adequate affordable housing component in its redevelopment plan. Comment.
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CB11 lands body blow on ‘cheap moving guy’ - Volunteers tear down hundreds of postings

They say they’ve won the first round, but they’re not through with “him” yet. Comment.
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Candles recall millions of lives lost - Shoah Scroll read here

A Jewish girl in Romania during World War II, Sara Koprak felt she had no childhood. She spent a good part of her time looking for food and a safe place to sleep, worries that usually only adults have. Comment.
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BWECC moves to new quarters

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) next meeting will be held at 8 p.m., May 19 at new meeting quarters, the United Progressive Democratic Club House, 29 Bay 25th Street. Comment.
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Brothers in arms stick close together - Neighborhood VFW visits ailing comrades at VA Medical Center

Proving that brothers-in-arms always look out for one another, members of the Rankin-Healy VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post paid a friendly visit to the vets, currently hospitalized at the VA Medical Center, 800 Poly Place in Bay Ridge. Comment.
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Borough Hall salutes Jewish heritage - Special presentations made to outstanding individuals and organizations

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Committee hosted the Brooklyn Jewish Heritage Night Salute to Israel ceremony and reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.
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Arrest in delivery man attack

Cops last week arrested a suspect in the brutal knife attack of a restaurant deliveryman. Comment.
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A lot fight in ‘Citizens’ - B’hurst civic balks at waste station, post office

Residents in Bath Beach and Bensonhurst aren’t taking their problems lying down – they’re mobilizing. Comment.
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Achilles Track

A new chapter of the Achilles Track Club is currently being formed by Brooklyn Chapter founder Ilina Zablozki-Amir. Comment.

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