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Friday, July 25, 2008

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Zigun faces a tough sell

Resurrecting the Thunderbolt roller coaster and pitching a permanent “big top tent” for the Big Apple Circus in Coney Island sound like intriguing ideas, but it looks like it’s going to take more than a little magic to make them a reality. Comment.
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Youths make summer special for seniors

Golden revels were on the social calendar for seniors at Holy Family Nursing Home, who celebrated the lazy, hazy days of summer with an outdoor party. Comment.
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‘Mayor Marty’ up in the polls - Borough prez ranks high among voters

“Mayor Marty” continues to have a nice ring to it with city voters, according to the latest poll related to the 2009 mayoral race. Comment.
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‘Crown’ street festival

Crown Ministries International Church will host its annual community street fair, the “Crown Festival,” August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Glenwood Road between East 104th & East 105th streets. Comment.
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Teens help spread literacy

“Teens Teach Reading” at St. Edmund Preparatory High School, moderated by Joan Kowkabany, and which encourages children to read and write, instituted a new project this year. Comment.
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Summer Fun supercedes traffic on 84th Street

Bensonhurst homeowners rose to the command with gusto during a block party along 84th Street. Comment.
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Saint Clare debut - New home for women on Ave. T

A home for women with “personal troubles” will open inside a vacant convent across the street from a Gravesend church, this paper has learned. Comment.
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Orlando theme for Coney - Zigun’s formula for success is sheer ‘fantasy’

Rebuild the Thunderbolt roller coaster and invite the Big Apple Circus to establish a new home inside the Shore Theater. Comment.
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New historic landmark in the making

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will “calendar” the Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step toward protecting one of Brooklyn’s finest — and most endangered — historic neighborhoods. Comment.
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New director for ‘Bethlehem’

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the founder and sponsor of the Bay Ridge Center for Community Service, has hired a new executive director. Comment.
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Millions for new bandshell

Borough President Marty Markowitz brought home nearly $90 million worth of bacon in capital funding from the fiscal year 2009 city budget, according to Borough Hall documents. Comment.
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Local kids help plan park

Now the kids are getting into the act. Comment.
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Kids take back Polar Street from cars

Mom, dad and the kids bonded with neighbors over simple pleasures as Coney Island sizzled with block party fever. Comment.
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Foes take jabs at de Blasio - Criticize candidate’s congressional endorsements

City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment.
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Express run all the way to Sundance - ‘Tunnel’ film gaining buzz

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment.
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Coney Island career opportunity fair

The Coney Island Career Opportunities Fair will be held August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Keyspan Park, 1901 Surf Avenue near West 19th Street. Comment.
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B’hurst man charged with sex attack

A 31-year-old man forever scarred a 14-year-old boy and smeared the good name of peace officers everywhere in a sex abuse attack, investigators said. Comments (1).
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Borough Hall rolls - Bicycles added to staff’s transportation fleet

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Transportation Alternatives to unveil Brooklyn Borough Hall’s new environmentally-friendly bicycle program. Comment.
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Blind eye in Manhattan Beach - NYC Transit is cool with Oriental Boulevard’s hot summer rush

Manhattan Beach residents complain that overcrowding is making waiting for a bus on Oriental Boulevard a dangerous game. Comment.
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Battered banner is replaced

The United States Postal Service replaced the bedraggled American flag drooping outside its retail station in Sheepshead Bay — and will be reviewing all its flags across the borough, following inquiries by this newspaper. Comment.
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Bad timing on Bay streets, say seniors

Seniors living in and around the Warbasse Houses went toe-to-toe this week with New York City Department of Transportation brass demanding the city reverse new changes made in their community. Comment.
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American Dream scholarships

Commerce Bank announced the recipients of its annual American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $1,000 to local graduating seniors who achieve both academic excellence and serve the community. Comment.
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Adopt-A-Chaplain - Local church welcomes Yolanda Gillen

The Bay Ridge United Church of Bay Ridge has adopted another chaplain under the Adopt-A-Chaplain Program. The church has been involved in Adopt-A-Chaplain with Chaplain 1LT Virginia Emery who was in Iraq but has returned to the states. Comment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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BIG SCREECHER - The most memorable graduation — Part 3

To quickly recap the last week two weeks’ columns, this year’s graduation at P.S. 128 was the one I will never, ever forget. I had sat next to Barrie Feibershon, a veteran P.S. 128 teacher who had helped set up the wonderful video slide presentation. Comment.
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‘Lost Tunnel’ hooks cable

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment.
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Victory resuscitated

It’s only a small victory – in more than one sense. Nonetheless, local officials are celebrating the news that limited medical care will continue to be available to those in need at the old Victory Memorial Hospital, which shut its doors at the end of June. Comment.
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Society of Old brooklynites looks swell at 128

A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment.
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Playboy playmates make boardwalk even hotter

They’re always playful and oftentimes amusing – so Coney Island was a no-brainer for them. Comment.
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New crop of seasoned cops - A fresh flood of NYPD blue to hit Brooklyn streets

Dozens of new -- but experienced – officers are flooding the streets of Brooklyn South. Comment.
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New charter schools on the horizon

Coney Island could soon be home to two new charter schools. Comment.
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Millions for FIAO center

Brooklyn’s Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) can soon break ground on their planned community center thanks in large part to the recently passed 2009 fiscal year city budget. Comment.
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Latest bus balk issued - Report says ridership has outpaced services on routes

While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment.
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Here there be dragons — lots of ‘em - I.S. 228 magically whips up a whole colony of fanciful creatures

Students at I.S. 228 David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies took a stand against violence in a rather surprising way. Comment.
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Full House race - Vito void creates crowded field

The unexpected continues to rear its head in the race to succeed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment.
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Dumpster diving

It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment.
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Celebrating 30 years of top-notch care

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment.
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A better way to cycle - Greenway connector to link park to bike path

Cyclists can look forward to an easier transition between the city streets and the Shore Road bike path. Comment.
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‘Officer’ & a gentleman

No, Richard Gere has not joined the NYPD. Comment.
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‘CLEAR’ way to new Coney

Another Coney Island scoping meeting has come and gone, and neighborhood residents still want to know where they fit into the city’s plans for the future. Comment.
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Thieves find gold in recycled garbage

It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment.
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Society of old brooklynites toasts 128th anniversary

A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment.
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Shop til you drop - First look at ‘Station Plaza’

Renderings of a proposed development in Sheepshead Bay were revealed last week, shedding light on a vision that could potentially transform the once quaint fishing village into a glitzy shopping destination. Comment.
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Senior citizens own the ‘beach idol’ stage

Move over Carrie and Clay, there are some golden kids on the block and they’re stealing your thunder – at least in Brooklyn. Comment.
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Rappers vow ‘Straight Pride Parade’

They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment.
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Phantom hydrant haunts man - $200 ticket becomes long fight

Simon Belsky says he gets no respect. And he may just have a $200 ticket and the pictures to prove it. Comment.
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Old glory has seen better days on Avenue X - Tattered American flag flies over post office

It’s not supposed to be: ‘I pledge allegiance to the tattered flag of the United States of America.’ Comment.
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New charter schools for Coney

Coney Island could soon be home to two new charter schools. Comment.
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Motorist trapped after collision

An area motorist was rushed to the hospital Thursday after his car slammed into a parked school bus in Coney Island. Officials said that firefighters had to rip away the crushed remains of the victim’s sedan to free him following the morning crash at West 27th Street and Neptune Avenue. Stunned witnesses said the motorist was heading eastbound when it rammed into the back of the parked bus – its nose falling under the rear bumper. Comment.
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Money allocated for busted b-ball court

Dig out your basketball and lace up your Converse because it looks like this time the dilapidated courts at Manhattan Beach are finally going to get a facelift. Comment.
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Millions for FIAO center - Group has funds to build Italian-American cultural facility

Brooklyn’s Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) can soon break ground on their planned community center thanks in large part to the recently passed 2009 fiscal year city budget. Comment.
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Latest bus balk issued - MTA failing to keep pace with ridership, report sez

While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment.
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Here there be dragons - lots of ‘em - I.S. 228 creates colony of fanciful creatures

Students at I.S. 228 David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies took a stand against violence in a rather surprising way. Comment.
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Forum on new citizenship

State Senator Martin J. Golden, along with the City University of New York, are hosting a citizenship event July 19 in the cafeteria of Our Lady of Angels School, 337 74th Street. Comment.
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Final farewell to war hero - Funeral services for Daniel Farkas held at Ocean Avenue temple

Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment.
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Expres run all the way to Sundance - ‘Tunnel’ film gaining buzz

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment.
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Dreamland rink ready to roll again

Retro roller skating enthusiasts wondering if it was all just a dream back in March take heart: Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink is returning very soon. Comment.
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Crime and surveillance - Manhattan Beach thievery revives plan for security cameras

It may be among the safest neighborhoods in the entire city, but some thieves still insist on letting their sticky fingers do the walking in Manhattan Beach. Comment.
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Congressional four-way for GOPers - Republicans scour ranks, look outside party for candidate to succeed disgraced Vito

A four-way primary – including two candidates from outside the party – could be in the offing for Republicans in Brooklyn and Staten Island as they scramble to find a candidate to run in the 13th Congressional District. Comment.
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CB13 is mad for Marion Cleaver - Incumbent chairwoman wins reelection unopposed

She’s still in charge. Comment.
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Batten down the hatches

At the time of this writing, Hurricane Bertha – the first hurricane of the 2008 season – was packing 90-mile-per-hour winds and bearing down on Bermuda. Comment.
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Aviator sports throws door open to seniors

Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment.
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Anthony Neglia dies - B’hurst businessman was 80

Anthony Neglia, a pillar in the Bensonhurst business community whose generosity was only surpassed by his kind spirit, died in South Nassau Communities Hospital on July 12. He was 80 years old. Comment.
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Angry bus-stop backlash - Manhattan Beach calls on MTA to take action

“Someone’s going to get killed.” Comment.

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