Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

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BIG SCREECHER - Mount Etna erupts

For a quick flashback, last week’s column dealt with my favorite carbonated drink Manhattan Special erupting each time I opened a bottle to drink. Last time I likened it to Mount Vesuvius erupting and this time I compared it to Mount Etna in Sicily. After all the families that founded the Manhattan Special Bottling Company in 1895 came from both Naples and Palermo, the two areas that had live Volcanoes in Italy. Comment.
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Viaduct to get makeover

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment.
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Salvatore Alba dies

Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment.
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P.S. 229 strikes a new chord - Former music teacher named assistant principal

A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment.
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Many give a hoot about stinky Owls Head plant - Persistent odors cause slew of complaints

Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment.
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LICH: Answering the call since 1858 - Emergency care since horse & buggy days

What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment.
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Forecast on Brooklyn congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment.
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Demo permit for Green Church - Venerable house of worship faces destruction

It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment.
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A little too close for comfort - Residents sound alarm over Shore Road cell phone antennae

The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment.
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‘Wheel’ big anxiety - Truck cargos spark concern

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment.
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‘Wheel’ anxiety on the road

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment.
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‘Green Your School’

Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment.
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‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment.
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West 23rd street revels in summer finale

Neighbors – among them local track star Anthony Killiebrew – shared the last rays of summer by uniting for a block party in Coney Island. Comment.
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Wanted: ‘Miracle’ worker - Hope fading fast to resurrect Astroland for 2009

“It’ll take a miracle.” Comment.
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Underground tours for another 10 years - Permit granted to Diamond’s ‘Lost Tunnel’

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment.
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T-shirt design

Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment.
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Traffic fear and loathing - Forecast on congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment.
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Trader Joe’s set to open - Trendy grocer makes its Brooklyn debut this week

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment.
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Thor lashes out - Developer denies any plans to let Coney lie fallow

Coney Island’s largest outdoor amusement property owner this week ripped into the person charged with spearheading the city’s massive rezoning of the area. Comment.
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Tall salute to a terrific trio - 61st Pct. cops credited with busting woman’s attackers

The quick arrest of four teenage goons that robbed an elderly woman in Manhattan Beach was credited to the actions of three fast-thinking police officers named “Cops of the Month” last week. Comment.
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Stepped-up patrols for Jewish holidays - Cops to increase security around Brooklyn religious institutions

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment.
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St. Edmund Prep freshmen off and running

The freshmen successfully completed their first week at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School. Comment.
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Silver star celebrates 40 years of service

While other mom-and-pop businesses are folding faster than you can say “mozzarella balls,” one local family-owned grocery store is living high on the hog – and even expanding after 40 years in the food industry. Comment.
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Salute to Jamaican independence

Ah, Jamaica — land of sun, sea, world-class Olympic runners and…outstanding physicians. Comment.
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Sal Alba, baker, 87 - Innovator took pride in every cannoli

Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment.
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Race for 13th takes new turns - Straniere turns down judgeship to run

There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment.
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P.S. 229 is in tune with newest AP

A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment.
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Prepping for a hurricane

Summer is over but hurricane season isn’t. Comment.
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Parents: DOE needs oversight

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment.
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Parenting workshops

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presents the Brooklyn Parents Academy, which will be holding two workshops at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street between Court & Adams streets. Comment.
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No wiggle room

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New way to turn youngsters on to history

History is interesting, sure. But, from a kid’s perspective, is it really fun? Taught as a muddle of dates, tangled with the names of people long dead, is there anything for youngsters to connect to, to keep them coming back for more? Comment.
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New DM at helm of CB11

In a “bittersweet” celebration, Community Board 11 welcomed a new district manager and bid farewell to the man who held the position for 31 years. Comment.
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Nearly 5 percent jump in felonies

While crime dipped slightly over the summer, cops in Coney Island and Brighton Beach are still trying to get a handle on the nearly five percent crime jump that residents have suffered through over the past nine months. Comment.
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MBNA, News 12 tangle for charity

Big-hearted waterfront activists took to the field and emerged winners when they squared off against the local press during a benefit softball game in Manhattan Beach. Comment.
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Masked tots to hit the street - Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to Brooklyn

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment.
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Illustrator given a ray of light - Partnership with Brooklyn writer gives stricken dad hope

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment.
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Hot ideas and feuds

Manhattan Beach Community Group President [MBCG] Ira Zalcman has big dreams of transforming the Manhattan Beach Bathhouse into a solar power plant capable of powering the entire community, but the hottest thing on the group’s agenda this week continues to be the future of the Beachside Security Patrol. Comment.
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Hockey scores for fallen troops - Patches raise money to help support families of the deceased

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment.
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Hoban runners hit the asphalt

John Pollina’s debut in the 20th annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial 5-mile run was a complete success this past Sunday in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment.
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Green-Wood fundraiser Oct. 3

The Green-Wood Historic Fund will hold its first annual fundraiser, October 3 from 6-9:30 p.m., to support the array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street. Comment.
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From buggies to sirens - LICH emergency service

What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment.
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Family first: Batchelder Street is fun for all

A special child-size choo-choo train guided residents of the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses to their annual Family Day block party on Batchelder Street between avenues W and X recently. Comment.
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Dream ends for new school

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment.
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Doggie Olympics coming

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment.
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Crooks target teens with cell phones

Now that school’s back in session, teen-on-teen crime is in full effect. Comment.
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Commerce opens latest Brooklyn branch

“America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment.
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Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar - Fund pays for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment.
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BK street enjoys a bevy of block party fun

Block party madness hit Gerritsen Beach with the force of one of those big hammer-shaped balloons last week as residents of Bevy Court between Channel and Devon avenues held a special last summer blast celebration with all the trimmings. Comment.
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And the survey sez...DOT to deliver results of traffic-light study

Manhattan Beach won’t have to wait much longer to find out if it’s going to get a new traffic light on Oriental Boulevard. Comment.
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A better way to evacuate local kids - ‘Safe Spaces’ provides reassuring environment for children during crisises

Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

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SPEAK OUT: Crime in Coney Island high-rise houses

Through the throes of the Depression petty crimes made early appearances in Coney Island perhaps a notch more because the closed-down amusement area was a target for petty break-ins or in some cases, for torch jobs. Comment.
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BIG SCREECHER - Drink like an authentic Italian

Growing up in Little Italy necessitated that I would get hooked on Manhattan Special. Any Italian or Italian American knows of this delicious beverage that was found only in Italian neighborhoods. It is my favorite drink and I defy anyone to gulp down a bottle faster than me. It is espresso coffee soda at its finest. The company established in 1895 always displayed its Gold winning award on its label and as a child that impressed me. Wow, this delicious soda went beyond the neighborhood. Comment.
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Waste war diary - Transfer station foes battle on

Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay who argue that the facility will cause immeasurable damage to the local environment are keeping their legal options on the table, a state lawmaker reported. Comment.
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99th St. man found dead at home

A night of heavy drinking could have led to the demise of a man found dead inside a 99th Street apartment Thursday, officials said this week. Comment.
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Testing the tots - Kindergarten kids up next for DOE exams

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment.
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Murder comes home to Brooklyn

Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment.
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Callous vandals target special swing - Park equipment repeatedly torched

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment.
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BWECC meet

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its next community meeting at 8 p.m., September 22 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low-IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th & West 12th streets. Comment.
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Arboreal abominations! Residents resist planting of new trees

Life for some Dyker Heights residents is the pits -- thanks to the city’s obsession with tree pits. Comment.

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