Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008

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‘Hipster express’ rated city’s best - Campaign gives top marks to L train line

Brooklyn’s hippest subway is also the city’s best, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
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Tied up in knots

Shavana Abruzzo, I was amused by the spurious analysis of your column (“Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties,” A Britisher’s View). Comment.
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Subway on fast track - Service on local lines enhanced

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.
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Safer trip to school for kids

The city is implementing safety improvements at local schools. Comment.
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New school to rise on Fourth Avenue - Many say new pre-k to 5 is sorely needed

Plans are rolling full steam ahead to build a new school in Bay Ridge. Comment.
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More traffic control

I go to Brighton Beach Avenue regularly and I must disagree with the borough traffic commissioner, who said that further traffic control along confusing Brighton Beach Avenue is unnecessary. Comment.
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Marinated in oil

Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), in your recent columns you have been advocating for drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, as well as offshore drilling. Comment.
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Kagero rocks Brooklyn

The Land of the Rising Sun struck the right chord with music lovers in Bay Ridge, when the Narrows Botanical Gardens headlined Japanese gypsy rockers Kagero at its free waterfront festival. Comment.
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HeartShare moving to St. Finbar’s

After 12 years in Bay Ridge, HeartShare Human Services of New York’s First Step Early Childhood Center is moving to the former St. Finbar’s elementary school in Bensonhurst this summer. Comment.
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Harrison dumps on rival - Skewers McMahon on waste transfer station

Congressional hopeful Steven Harrison is raising a stink about City Councilmember Michael McMahon, his opponent for the 13th Congressional District. Comment.
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DOE Rx: checks & balances

A checks-and-balances system should be put in place to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to a city official. Comment.
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Coney’s conundrum - Competing visions of development cause confusion

Make it like Orlando, Florida. Make it like the Mall of America. Make it like it Used to Be. Comment.
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Centenarian marks milestone with family, friends

What’s her secret? Boasting age-defying good looks and a slim, trim figure, Bay Ridge birthday gal Inez Coffin turned 100 years young, celebrating the milestone occasion with relatives and friends at Victory Memorial Skilled Nursing Center. Comment.
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‘Super’ sized help for teens - 80 students receive scholarships

The National Supermarket Association awarded $85,000 in scholarships last Thursday to more than 80 inner city students from the five boroughs and New Jersey during its annual banquet at Flushing’s Terrace on the park. Comment.
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‘Hope’ vanishing in Coney - Empty lots, Astroland’s exit equal gloomy future

With rides like the “Ring of Fire” and other Thor Equities amusements disappearing midway through the summer of ’08, many in Coney Island are wandering if the vanishing act isn’t a gloomy precursor to next year at “America’s Playground.” Comment.
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‘Buyback’ reloaded

Officials from the Kings County District Attorney’s office are setting their sights on holding another gun buyback program. Comment.
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‘Bark in the Park’

Canine lovers are invited to bring their dogs to the Brooklyn Cyclones’ annual “Bark in the Park” game, August 11. Comment.
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West 28th Street takes block back from cars

Games and good cheer were the order of the day when neighbors bonded over block party festivities in Coney Island. Comment.
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tunnel’s’ triumphant return

Tunnel maven Bob Diamond is hoping to be surrounded by strangers when he celebrates a very special anniversary this month. Comment.
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Terror bucks for temples

The front line on the war on terror is being waged not in some faraway country—but apparently right here in Brooklyn, where local yeshivas and synagogues recently received over $1 million to fortify their operations. Comment.
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Sunday morning disaster drill - 300 volunteers sign up for ‘treatment’

In 90-degree heat, 300 volunteer “patients” and more than a hundred SUNY Downstate Medical Center clinical and support staff and administrators participated in a Sunday morning disaster drill to test hospital response to a potentially life-threatening illness associated with cold weather — influenza. Comment.
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Shocking conditions at senior centers - Comptroller’s report finds dirty bathrooms, broken smoke detectors and more

Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment.
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Safer kid trek - Streets to be upgraded

The city is implementing safety improvements at local schools. Comment.
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Protecting your tank - Stiffer penalties for gasoline thieves

Talk about a precious commodity. Comment.
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Plumb 2nd Street revels in block party fun

Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts of sunshine and community spirit during a block party along Plumb 2nd Street. Comment.
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Please note…

In a story that ran last week entitled “Zap Trial Tears At Family,” the last words Roberta Cambria said to her daughter’s killer, Guy Zappulla, were Cambria’s alone and at no time were repeated or expressed with the help of Assistant District Attorney Julie Rendelman. Comment.
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NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge hits 10

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the staff and owners of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge to celebrate the hotel’s tenth anniversary. Since opening in July 1998, the Brooklyn Marriott has nearly doubled in size and is Marriott International’s second largest hotel in New York City. Comment.
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Newborns no longer welcome at LICH - Continuing financial woes prompt officials to eliminate obstetric services

Citing increasing costs, annual deficits and a mountain of debt, Long Island College Hospital announced last week that it plans on discontinuing its obstetrical services. Comment.
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Mom legal services

The Brooklyn Young Mothers’ Collective (BYMC) has announced the creation of the Septima Poinsette Clark Law Center, whose main mission is to provide legal services and information to pregnant and parenting teens in Brooklyn. Comment.
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LICH enlists help from specialist

For the past several months, the Board of Trustees and senior staff from Continuum and Long Island College Hospital have been discussing approaches and options to secure a bright and prosperous future for LICH. The issues that must be addressed are complex, and the ultimate plan of action will require particular expertise and experience. Comment.
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Kick in the caboose for local lines

It was a veritable Christmas in July for some local commuters last week, when the MTA-New York City Transit increased service on nine subway lines. Comment.
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Join the MDA Telethon

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers to answer phones and help out behind the scenes at this year’s Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethin, airing on MY-9 WWOR-TV August 31 and September 1. Comment.
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High marks for the L line - Straphangers group gives top rating to Brooklyn subway

Brooklyn’s hippest subway is also the city’s best, a commuter advocacy group determined this week. Comment.
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Hazardous to riders

Forget the subway’s third rail—it’s the stations themselves that commuters should be concerned about, a recent study concluded. Comment.
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Harrison dumps on McMahon - Skewers rival on waste transfer station

Congressional hopeful Steven Harrison is raising a stink about City Councilmember Michael McMahon, his opponent for the 13th Congressional District. Comment.
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Frolic brings out the kid is everyone

Strolling performers, games and gospel music were among the crowd-pleasers when the community banded with like-minded revelers for a festival at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ. Comment.
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Fallout from Shpelfogel axing - Local figures praise his work in the community

Colleagues who work alongside Mitchell Shpelfogel here in the community are reacting this week to the young man’s firing from the office of Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Lila Gold. Comment.
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Data reveals pulse of beaches

Health advisories at select Brooklyn beaches totaled 30 last year—and that’s a marked improvement compared to statewide results, a recent report revealed. Comment.
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Coney Island’s continuing conundrum

Make it like Orlando, Florida. Make it like the Mall of America. Make it like it Used to Be. Comment.
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City recalls terrible Waldbaum’s fire of 1978

It was more of a family reunion than a memorial. Comment.
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CIDC puts parkland at 11 acres

No, the city has not upped the ante in its bid to designate nine acres of real estate inside the Coney Island amusement district as protected parkland. Comment.
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Brooklyn Cyclones get their own Slurpee

The flavor of a new drink celebrating a minor league baseball team does not taste like chewing tobacco, salty sea air or even freshly-cut grass. Comment.
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Breast cancer walk

In preparation for 15,000 Brooklynites getting together for the borough’s largest fundraising walk and cancer event, October 19, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” will hold a Team-Leader kick off August 12. Comment.
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‘Mummy’ offends with dragon breath

It’s a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment when a drop-kicking abominable snowman is the lone highlight in a mummy picture. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

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SPEAK OUT - The night Coney came aflame in the heat

We have long forgotten the date, but we can’t ever forget that infamous Easter Sunday, during the second term of John Lindsay’s mayoral administration. Comment.
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BIG SCREECHER - The vultures of TV’s ‘The View’

I don’t care if you’re Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal or Independent, you cannot watch WABC’S very successful “The View” without feeling sorry for the gangbanging of the lone Republican on the panel, Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Although Whoopie Goldberg is much better in that slot than Rosie O’Donnell, she tends to join the gangbang whenever possible and I find the groups debasing the President every chance they can in a way that is offensive to his office and to this country. Comment.
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Tunnel’s’ triumphant return

Tunnel maven Bob Diamond is hoping to be surrounded by strangers when he celebrates a very special anniversary this month. Comment.

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