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Thursday, June 19, 2008

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SPEAK OUT - Old-time Coney Islander

Hey Lou, When Are They Bringing Back the Old Coney Island? Comment.
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BIG SCREECHER - Wakes can unlock a lot of history

What is that old saying “We only meet at weddings and funerals? ” Comment.
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66th Street feels the squeeze - Multiple developments have residents feeling boxed in

The good news for residents of 66th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues, is that a hotel is not going up on their block. Comment.
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Suffering under DOE cuts

Brooklyn schools are already feeling the effects of budget cuts to be implemented in September. Comment.
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Pitched battle for 60th A.D. seat - GOP puts up retired detective to challenge Janele Hyer-Spencer

A candidate who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Republican nomination two years ago for the Assembly seat in the 60th A.D. is giving the seat a second try. Comment.
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Off to the races: Bridezillas dash for prize

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
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Life’s cabaret for students

The Upper School of Visitation Academy presented its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by the school’s Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” held at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street. Comment.
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From car wash to public school - Dist. 20 looks for 5,000 new seats

With construction underway at various places in southwestern Brooklyn, the Department of Education (DOE) is still looking at sites to fulfill its commitment to add more than 5,000 seats to School District 20, as part of its current capital plan. Comment.
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Dems duke it out over Iraq - McMahon pegged as GOP light; Harrison as waffling

If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment.
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Death on the street - Calls for light follow fatal accident

A recent pedestrian fatality has sparked a new push for more street lights and signage on Brighton Beach Avenue, this paper has learned. Comment.
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Brooklyn youth try on police brass

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
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BRCC looks good at 57 - Group holds annual gala

Strains of Beatles tunes may have been nostalgic, but the focus was as much on the future as the past as civic leaders from Bay Ridge joined together to celebrate at the annual Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) dinner dance. Comment.
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Golden opposes gay okay

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
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‘Cut day’ furor - Charges of civil rights violations

The 61st Precinct’s handling of “senior cut day” in Manhattan Beach on Friday was either a sterling example of police work at its finest or a stunning case of authoritarian control at its ugliest – depending on which side of Sheepshead Bay you happen to live on. Comment.
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Would-be crooners step up for shot at Anthem

Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment.
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Turning Point benefit

Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment.
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The Coney Island experience through kid eyes

Starry-eyed students took visitors on a trip down memory lane when they staged a presentation about Brooklyn’s premier amusement Mecca entitled, “Through Our Eyes – The Coney Island Experience.” Comment.
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Tall salute to fallen cops - Finest loom large in hearts

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment.
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Survivors meet for memorial - Holocaust’s memory still vivid

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment.
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Summer reading challenge

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. reminds children and families that the New York State Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Comment.
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Sex in the city (of Bklyn) - Racy ‘Babeland’ shop debuts

Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment.
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Salem Fields memorial - Tall salute to fallen heroes

The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment.
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Robbery spike hurts Beach

Four strong-arm robberies committed within a few blocks of each other in just a week’s time is enough to make anybody sit up and take notice, but when they happen in sleepy Manhattan Beach the man paid to safeguard the community suits up on his day off to deliver an accounting. Comment.
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P.S. 52 - what a bunch of characters!

Spidey hobnobbed with Pocahontas and Pinocchio pressed flesh with a pirate during a character parade at Public School 52. Comment.
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Prognosis Magnificent: LICH looks great at 150

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
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Pride fest at Prospect PK - Event to celebrate borough’s diversity and spirit

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
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Oriental makeover looming - DOT commish takes active role in traffic concerns

Manhattan Beach might be one step closer to remaking Oriental Boulevard this week following a special meeting with Department of Transportation (DOT) Brooklyn Commissioner Joseph Palmieri. Comment.
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Off to the races: Bridezilla’s mad dash for nest egg

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
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New Utrecht returns to Civil War days

A Civil War encampment, a free concert and a pomp-filled parade capped the festivities as Liberty Weekend celebrations got underway at New Utrecht Reformed Church. Comment.
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New traffic signals

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment.
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Matching musical wits live on stage - Kids to put music knowledge to the test

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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Lightning strikes on Knapp Street

Firefighters were called to Knapp Street near Voorhies Avenue Sunday night after a lightning strike set a power line on fire. Witnesses said that amidst the heavy rain and thunder claps, lightning reportedly hit a power line that fell to the ground and caught fire. Responding firefighters put the small blaze out without incident. No injuries were reported, nor did any homes lose power, according to officials. Comment.
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Impressive ‘body’ of work for teen - Scribe carries class to exhibit

Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment.
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Ikea debut coming

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
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Home invasion!

Cops are looking for a brazen pair of gun-toting hooligans who terrified two Bensonhurst families residing in the same home. Comment.
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Hebrew hotbed of controversy - New charter school raises constitutional questions

A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment.
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Health insurance for seniors

Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment.
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Guv says ‘I do’; others ‘No way’ - Brooklyn lawmaker joins effort to block gay marriage OK

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
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Getting a leg up on cancer - Relay for Life gearing up for its most successful year ever

With the 10th annual Bay Ridge Relay for Life just days away, planning is picking up steam to make this year’s event the most successful one so far. Comment.
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Fundrasing gala

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner, June 19 from 7-11 p.m. at The Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street. Comment.
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Emergency preparation course

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment.
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Doc to give KCC address

Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment.
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Design and construction

The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment.
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D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
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Cuts mean fewer teachers, larger classes

Brooklyn schools are already feeling the effects of budget cuts to be implemented in September. Comment.
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Civic meeting

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s annual meeting and election of officers and directors will be held June 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment.
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Channeling John Brown- Brooklyn writer returns to Harper’s Ferry

As much as Park Slope writer John Cummings loves his adopted home, a part of him will always reside in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, the beautiful and historic Blue Ridge town in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he grew up. Comment.
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Cashing in on ‘The Real World’ - New MTV neighbors on Bridge St.

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
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Brooklyn Youths try on NYPD brass for size

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
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Brighton calls for safer streets

A recent pedestrian fatality has sparked a new push for more street lights and signage on Brighton Beach Avenue, this paper has learned. Comment.
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Beachside patrol takes backseat - Questions about security linger as feud continues

A string of rapid-fire robberies in normally sedate Manhattan Beach last week has left members of the neighborhood’s private security force feeling a bit more than red-faced. Comment.
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Bare-knuckle fight over Iraq - Democratic hopefuls trade jabs on opposition to the war

If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment.
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An axe hangs over kids - School advocates fear DOE will be devastating

Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment.
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A banner day for Public School 195

Public School 195 received two special gifts for its 60th birthday when Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz stopped by with a pair of American flags to celebrate the milestone anniversary. Comment.

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