Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

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SPEAK OUT - Coney under Trump’s thumb

At the far western border of the walk-around Coney Island amusement area, Steeplechase Park was its proud western anchor. Comment.
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BIG SCREECHER - BWECC Couple of the Year

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe, and as my custom every year, will spotlight each honoree, so you will know their credentials, merits, outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted ‘BWECC Year” award. Comment.
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Thousands flock to the Third Avenue Festival

An end-of-summer adventure – and then some –was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of one of Brooklyn's premier parties – the Third Avenue festival. Comment.
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The real P.S. 207

I normally would never respond to a “Name Withheld” letter, but the letter you printed from this angry and very mistaken writer left me no choice. Comment.
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Sex fiend bust - Suspected rapist in custody

Suspected Bay Ridge rapist Ralph DiMassi cut a swath of violence through two states before cops apprehended him last week. Comment.
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Rides, not malls!

I was at Coney Island recently. It was a beautiful day, and the rides were all going strong. There was a big crowd at Astroland because people had heard that it was to be the last day for the rides. Comment.
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Residents sign ‘covenant’ with U.S. troops overseas

Area patriots made a pact to support our troops overseas and their families at home by signing a covenant during a pomp-filled ceremony at Fort Hamilton Army Base. Comment.
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Pint-sized parade

Pretty Marileana Rodriguez is set for a “spooktacular” stroll in her bewitching garb as the Bay Ridge munchkin stands poised to join other costumed tots in the annual Ragamuffin Parade. Comment.
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Picture-perfect article

Michèle De Meglio, just a note to thank you so much for the great article that you’ve written regarding our wedding on Brighton Beach. Sorry you weren’t able to join us, it would have been great to meet you. Comment.
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Parker questions

To the voters of the 21st State Senate District, the allegations regarding my opponent State Senator Kevin Parker are quite disturbing. Comment.
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Parents, students brace for deep cuts - ‘It’s going to be bad,’ District 21 Community Education Council president says

Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment.
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PACC book reading

The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), one of the most active not-for-profits in Brooklyn, which prioritizes low and medium income housing issues, is hosting a book reading by author and former PACC community organizer, Gabriel Thompson. Comment.
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New president at helm of BRCC - Arlene Keating now leads 58-year-old civic organization

Refining existing programs rather than reinventing the organization is the paramount goal of the new president of the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC). Comment.
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New gig for retired principal - Former P.S. 200 administrator joins CEC

A veteran administrator has joined a local volunteer parents’ group. Comment.
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More pain for BK parents, kids

Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment.
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Last night at Astroland

We were blessed to be part of the “ Night of Faith,” sponsored by Thor Equities in August. They sponsored 1000 free tickets for five hours of free rides at Astroland Amusement Park. Little did we know that a few weeks later, Astroland would close its doors for good. Thor also gave us 1000 ice creams and 20 I- pods’s to give away. Comment.
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Honor of the Pledge for Golden

The president of Ragamuffin was in the spotlight at Community Board 10’s most recent meeting. Comment.
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Ends just don’t meet

I am an American citizen who cares that expenses in Brooklyn are on the rise. Rents are so high, gas bills, Con Edison, health care, taxes, drugs, food, the list goes on an on. Comment.
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Cops respond to chain snatchings - Women become target of thieves

A series of chain-snatchings involving one of Bay Ridge’s most vulnerable populations is putting cops on alert and a concerned community on edge. Comment.
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Cops credit crime drop to teamwork

Felony crime is down 10 percent in the 62nd Precinct and officials there are quick to credit the teamwork and diligence of the rank-and-file cops. Comment.
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Ballroom dance

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction for youngsters and seniors in its popular inter-generational dance classes at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment.
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AIDS activists on the move - Hundreds march over the Brooklyn Bridge

More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge this month to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment.
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‘Calling All Radicals’ - PACC to host Thompson book reading

The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), one of the most active not-for-profits in Brooklyn, which prioritizes low and medium income housing issues, is hosting a book reading by author and former PACC community organizer, Gabriel Thompson. Comment.
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Work underway on Surf Avenue Sea Garden

An unused plot behind a Coney Island building for people with behavioral health needs is about to be transformed from an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes – thanks to the handiwork of its green-thumbed clients. Comment.
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Two-way street on Avenue W urged

Assemblyman William Colton is lauding the Department of Transportation (DOT) on its investigation and conclusion that Avenue W between Van Sicklin and West Sixth streets should become a two-way street. Comment.
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Trader Joe’s makes its Brooklyn debut - Doors officially open on Court St. store

To the staccato rhythm of steel band music, Brooklyn’s first Trader Joe’s opened promptly at 9 a.m. on September 26, and a couple of hundred hungry customers – undeterred by the steady rain that had started the night before – filed into the emporium, grabbed carts or baskets and began shopping. Comment.
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Three-day youth conference

Brooklyn Youth Empowerment, whose mission is to bring encouragement, hope and practical living steps to Brooklyn’s youth and make them aware of their abilities and the power they possess within to take charge of their situations and positively affect their environment, will be hosting a three-day conference, October 10-12, in hopes of challenging Brooklyn’s youth. Comment.
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Take a ride on vintage Brooklyn buses - 15th Annual Bus Festival coincides with Atlantic Antic; admission free

The New York Transit Museum will partner with the Atlantic Antic street fair to present its 15th Annual Bus Festival, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment.
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St. Edmund Prep observes September 11

St. Edmund Preparatory High School commemorated the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in a remote field in Shanksville, PA, with prayer during the opening school Mass. Comment.
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Spate of new street renamings

A Marine Park realtor, a Canarsie historian and a group of guys who love to take really cold baths will all have streets renamed after them in the coming months, city officials announced. Comment.
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Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses celebration

Mom, dad, the kids – and even grandma and grandpa – added to the frolic when Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses residents bade summer a fond farewell with a family day. Comment.
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Proliferation of guns - Success of buyback highlights problem

News that more and more guns are being pulled off the streets of Coney Island comes with an ammunition magazine filled with mixed emotions for the cops of the 60th Precinct. Comment.
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Preservationist go 3 for 4 - Special permits shot down at Community Board 15

No one really believes that the tide is changing at Community Board 15 when it comes to backing special permits, but three of the four items on this month’s agenda did get shot down. Comment.
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New Year starts with charity

A new year began with a thought for the underprivileged when the Ocean View Jewish Center held a food distribution to hail the first High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah. Comment.
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New face on District 20 CEC - Former principal joins parents advisory group

A veteran administrator has joined a local volunteer parents’ group. Comment.
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62nd Precinct meet

The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., October 21 at the stationhouse, Bath Avenue & Bay 22nd Street. Comment.
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Meet with cops

The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., October 21 at the stationhouse, Bath Avenue & Bay 22nd Street. Comment.
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Major disruptions on the Brighton line

Q train riders listen up: your commute is about to undergo a major shake-up courtesy of the MTA. Comment.
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Loughlin celebrates

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, October 9. Comment.
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Local doc goes on mission to Iraq - Assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate goes to Al-Anbar Provence

Patricia Kavanagh, MD, assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, was one of two US-based physicians traveling to Al-Anbar Province in Iraq this summer to participate in a medical teaching conference for the benefit of Iraqi healthcare workers. This was the first such conference in Anbar since 2003, the province having been the site of major violence until recently. Comment.
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Knights of Pythias benefit

Seventeen diverse citywide charities received a financial boost from Brooklyn when Genesis Lodge 64 of the Knights of Pythias held an allocation night in Canarsie, dispensing a total of $10,000 to the non-profits. Comment.
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In the ‘market’ for trouble - New Lundy’s tenants draw violations from city, jeers from critics

After months of prepping for their debut inside the landmark Lundy’s building at 1901 Emmons Avenue, the operators of Cherry Hill Market have run afoul of both the city and some in the community this week. Comment.
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Institute debuts new garden

A former Institute for Community Living executive, who successfully solicited a $100,000 improvement grant for the Coney Island residence, reaped the fruits of her labors when the institute dedicated its new garden in her honor. Comment.
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In Coney, the writing’s on the wall

Bust out your spray can and bag that graffiti. Comment.
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Green buildings

The 6/15 Green Community Garden will participate in the American Solar Energy Society’s Annual Green Buildings Tour, October 4. Comment.
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Felony crime drops 10 percent

Felony crime is down 10 percent in the 62nd Precinct, and officials there are quick to credit the teamwork and diligence of the rank-and-file cops. Comment.
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Coney Island son returns to walk the beat

You can never go home again, but you can always protect it from criminals. Comment.
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Clumsy crook is caught on tape - Ocean Avenue bank bandit free for now

We think it’s the first-time jitters. Comment.
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Civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
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Central Brooklyn: foreclosure ground zero

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment.
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BWECC 48th Annual Dinner Dance

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its 48th Annual Dinner Dance, November 19 at the El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m. Comment.
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Brennan Cop of the Year awards - Honors go to police officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was among the list of dignitaries to honor a Brooklyn police legend and two borough cops who lived by his example. Comment.
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Blue ribbons - Honor for St. Bernadette

US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that St. Bernadette School in Dyker Heights will be one of only 320 schools in the entire country awarded the highly regarded No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon distinction. To qualify for this honor a school must either show dramatic gains in the achievement of their students or be judged as academically superior by the US Department of Education. Comment.
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Annual Circle of life health fair

Heart-smart clients of the Block Institute shared their trips for personal well-being during a community health fair in Bensonhurst. Comment.
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AIDS activists flood Bklyn Bridge - Hundreds urge presidential candidates to take stand to end disease

More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment.
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A hand for freshmen

Incoming freshmen attended a brunch at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School to help them become familiar with the school and meet some of their new classmates. Comment.

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