Brooklyn Courier

Friday, May 2, 2008

Williamsburg

Tennis aces run in this family - Xaverian star follows brother

There’s a saying that goes, “Like father like son.” Comment.
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Students get the grand tour of Brighton Beach

Brighton Neighborhood Association’s Pat Singer and teacher Alan Folstein, hosted 50 students from Public School 225 on a tour of Brighton Beach. Comment.
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Sharks shut out Chiefs - Ace pitcher Martinez helps clinch 10-0 victory over Canarsie

It was a day that no ballplayer of either team would ever forget. Gracing the same field that future prospects of the New York Mets would is something that the players of the Sheepshead Bay Sharks and the Canarsie Chiefs would hold dear to their hearts for a lifetime when the two teams played KeySpan Park on April 17. Comment.
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PSAL campaign meets halfway point - Lincoln, New Utrecht look to take down powerhouse Madison squad

As the midway point approaches the girls of the PSAL softball circuit, there is still no clear-cut front runner for the title of the division’s best team. Although a supreme powerhouse of Madison (10-1) owns the division’s best record but Lincoln (9-2) and New Utrecht (5-4) both feel that they still have a fighting chance to claim the division championship. With half of the marathon in the books, there is one more half and a postseason before the league can crown a champion. All statistics in this article are of press time. Comment.
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McCarthy Memorial 5K

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Madison on the rise - Lady Knights softball going strong this season

James Madison H.S. has been dominating Brooklyn softball, with its lone loss so far in the season against Staten Island’s Tottenville. Comment.
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Lions look sharp in black ties - Group celebrates more than 50 years serving the community

Fond words and a trip down memory lane marked the occasion when the South Brooklyn Lions Club celebrated more than 50 years of community service with a black-tie charter night at Sirico’s. Comment.
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Knights: Best team on paper

Through the first half of the season, the Madison Knights have proven that they can dominate play in the Brooklyn East “A” Division with an untouched 7-0 record. There is no doubt that the Knights have the best team on paper and their play on the field fully supports that statement. Coach Vincent Caiazza’s team has posted a 14-2 record for the past three consecutive seasons, this season, they’re well on their way to ending with that same record. (Ed. note: all statistics are as of press time.) Comment.
Williamsburg

Jean-Baptiste, player of the year

Richard Jean-Baptiste, who led the Brooklyn College Basketball Team to a turn around season, was chosen as all-Metropolitan College Player of the Year among Division III colleges in the tri-state area by the Met Basketball Writers’ Association. Comment.
Williamsburg

From Lincoln to the big show - Former Railsplitter Nelson Figueroa stands tall on the hill for the Mets

In a neighborhood that is known for breeding superstar basketball players, a Major League baseball player has emerged. Comment.
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East beats West on the diamond

In another edition of “East meets West,” the East dominated as the Madison Knights, Brooklyn Tech Engineers, and Sheepshead Bay Sharks all earned victories against their respective West division rivals. Despite getting blown out 11-1 by Madison, the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (8-1) still holds a slight half game lead over New Utrecht (7-1) heading into Spring Break recess. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn stars shine in Jordan Brand Classic

Brooklyn boasted three high school basketball stars in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic, which features the top players from the metropolitan area in a City versus Suburban showdown at Madison Square Garden. Comment.
Williamsburg

Thugs face stiffer penalties

Senior citizens aren’t easy targets anymore. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hunt is on for note-passing bank robber

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Gavel comes down on ex-judge - Michael Garson forced to resign from NY State Bar

A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment.
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Crime busters in the drivers seat - 60th Police Precinct hails cops of the month

A car thief who was the bane of motorists throughout Staten Island had his emergency brake pulled during a recent holy day pilgrimage to Coney Island, officials said last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Crime-buster & lifesaver - Local cop pulls jumper back from brink of disaster

A three-and-a-half year veteran of the NYPD was honored last week for saving a suicidal man from himself. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Race and New Media’ coming to City Tech - First-ever conference to address pressing issues to take place May 3

“Race and New Media,” the first-ever conference of its kind, will take place at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., in the campus’ Voorhees Building, 186 Jay Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Anatomy of a Brownstone’ educational seminar April 26

Anatomy of a Brownstone: Green Roofs, Green Homes,” an educational seminar for people who live in and love Brownstones, will be presented by New York City College of Technology, Division of Continuing Education and Brooklyn Economic Development Council, April 26. Comment.
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Wasted funds in schools - Teacher’s union charges DOE squandered $153 million

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
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Walking for a cure to cystic fibrosis - Hundreds to converge on Marine Park this Saturday to raise money for research

Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment.
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Tunnel maven hopes for movie deal - Will give tour to producers

Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment.
Williamsburg

TransGas not giving up - Company moves to challenge defeat of power plant bid

Attention Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents: Hold the phone on the celebration! Comment.
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Speaking the same tongue - Wyckoff Hospital’s translation services lauded by group

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center earned high marks from Make the Road New York this month in a comprehensive report showing that the availability of language assistance is improving throughout New York City hospitals. Comment.
Williamsburg

Solving city’s problems through design - New York City high schoolers participate in Cooper-Hewitt ‘Design Your Hood’ workshop

After six weeks of commuting an hour and a half each way from the Bronx to Fulton Street Mall, students in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Your Hood” workshop presented their finished design proposals to revitalize the Mall’s communal space. Comment.
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Remembering a fallen hero - Memorial walk in honor of Brooklyn firefighter Martin Egan May 4

Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment.
Williamsburg

Parishoners ready to vote after church registration drive

Members of the Voter Registration Committee of the Polish American Congress helped parishioners fill out their registration forms during a busy Sunday morning at Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth, Queens. Comment.
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Opening day at Roberto Clemente field

Budding Derek Jeters headed to their local green for rites and a game when the Roberto Clemente Little League celebrated opening day at its namesake ball field. Comment.
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On the scene at Brooklyn Street Art’s launch party at Ad Hoc

The bidding started at 7 p.m. but the fun lasted all night as the Ad Hoc Art Gallery in East Williamsburg auctioned off 28 pieces from noted graffiti artists including Swoon, Judith Supine and Skewville to celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Street Art, a photography book by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington. Comment.
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On the prowl for armed robbers

Cops are on the lookout for a trio of suspects wanted for an armed robbery on Gerry Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

No space, no service - Merchants mad over lost parking spots

Merchants along Graham Avenue’s Business Improvement District are upset. Comment.
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Mighty Mommies get fit post-baby - New workout class at McCarren Park gets new moms, and dads too, in shape

Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment.
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Marking Arbor Day with famous faces

By 2017, the Big Apple will boast one million more trees. Comment.
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Lights out for power plant - Preservationists lament loss of 102-year-old building

A defunct power plant that once powered the Brooklyn Rapid Transit is being demolished, much to the displeasure of neighborhood preservationists concerned about maintaining the waterfront’s industrial heritage. Comment.
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Healthy Families honors - Bklyn health advocacy program welcomes new grantees

Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Green with anger - Protest at Earth Day festival

A local activist group staged a mock oil clean up to protest ExxonMobil’s sponsorship of the Go Green Festival, celebrating Earth Day at McCarren Park. Comment.
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Greenpoint goes green for Earth Day

The verdant lady received a green thumbs up from mom, dad and the kids during an Earth Day celebration at McCarren Park. Comment.
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Green plans grow in North Brooklyn - Community residents discuss McCarren, Transmitter and other park plans

Spring is in full swing, and so are plans for park spaces in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment.
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From Brooklyn to Antarctica & back - Williamsburg high school senior traveled the globe with Students on Ice

It’s a long way from Brooklyn to Antarctica, but then again, there is no earthly distance that can contain the boundless curiosity and energy of Iraida Cabrera. Comment.
Williamsburg

Breathing ain’t easy in Brooklyn

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
Williamsburg

All not grand with street rezoning

At first, it seemed like something the whole neighborhood could get behind. Comment.
Williamsburg

East River waterfront park efforts in progress

The State Parks Department recently announced plans to begin work on a “Master Plan” for the renovation of East River State Park, the waterfront park on Kent Avenue between North Seventh and Ninth streets, sometime in 2009. Comment.
Williamsburg

Earth Day at Grand Street Campus - Williamsburg high school to hold green festivities, as well as musical performances

Combining the last of seven high-definition screenings of the Metropolitan Opera with a celebration of Earth Day, the Grand Street Campus High Schools will host a day-long arts and environmental festival on Saturday, April 26. Comment.
Williamsburg

Crime on the rise, reports precinct

Nearly a third of the way into the year, the streets of the 90th Precinct are not nearly as safe as they were last year. Comment.
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Cell phone battle not dead yet

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Celebrate the Bklyn Bridge’s 125th - City Reliquary to mark anniversary with exhibit of New York City artifacts, memorabilia

A fortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment.
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Brooklyn home costs on the rise - Average home price in the borough up 3 percent compared to same time last year

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment.
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Bklyn rabbi sentenced to probation - Rabbi Kolko, charged with molesting yeshiva students, pleads guilty to lesser charges

A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bklyn body looter could get 60 years - Ringleader of body harvesting operation faces time with guilty verdict in bench trial

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bishop of Brooklyn leads welcome wagon for Pope

It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment.
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Addressing the foreclosure crisis - Brooklyn officials host forum on predatory lending; call for government bail out

As the mortgage foreclosure rate continues to escalate in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes joined Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and State Senator Martin Connor at the Brooklyn campus of Boruica College to inform Williamsburg residents about the dangers of predatory lending. Comment.
Williamsburg

Addressing the foreclosure crisis in BK

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment.
Williamsburg

A-B-Cs and PCBs - Bklyn official calls for investigation of toxins in schools

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment.
Letters

Kingdom of knuckleheads

I went to the Alpine to see “Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li recently and while it was an entertaining film, it was marred in part by the behavior of seven or so youths sitting in the right of the room. Comment.
Letters

Clinton & Clark Kent

Hi, Stanley Gershbein (It’s Only My Opinion), not to worry about Superman. Comment.
Letters

Cell phone headaches

Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment.
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NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Let’s tax the Big Mac & fries

Mayor Mike was recently on the Fox morning news show bombasting his way through the broadcast while sullenly shuffling his feet under the desk as he talked about losing his congestion pricing plan. The mayor, truculent that his bill was stillborn, complained about the loss of all those federal dollars he counted on, that would have, could have, allegedly fixed our transit woes. Comment.
Williamsburg

GUEST OP-ED - Saving the planet: It’s in the bag

For months, I had been eyeing the cloth shopping bags in the front aisle of the supermarket. Comment.
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A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Sean Bell succumbed to his own foibles

Justice has been served. Comment.
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CONSUMERS’ CORNER: Savings at the Hutch

Spring is in the air and all thoughts turn to The Hutch and its exciting collection of gifts, keepsakes and more. Comment.
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‘Kingdom’ comes for Chan, Li

In the pantheon of chop-socky cinema, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li ranks right up there with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Comment.
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‘Anamorph’ focuses on murder

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Brooklyn Filmmakers screening

The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) presents the annual Brooklyn Filmmakers screening, May 9 at the museum, as part of the 42nd BAC International Film Festival. Comment.
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Big Movies for Little Kids

Big Movies for Little Kids, Cobble Hill Brooklyn’s own popular, film series for children, continues with two screenings this month. Comment.
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‘Heroic Flourishes’ and plenty of brass

Organist Gregory Eaton will be joined by six brass players, percussion, and flute in a concert of “Heroic Flourishes,” April 27 at 7 p.m., at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Montague and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
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‘Crossing Culture’ debuts

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery present “Crossing Cultures,” an exhibition that demonstrates how emigration and the experience of uprooting can be the lens through which an artists’ works are conceived. Comment.
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Vaudeville days are here again at LIU

The wide-ranging cultural impact of vaudeville and the historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in the 1920s and 30s will be the topic of a special conference at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, April 25. Featuring panels with writers, critics and researchers along with rare film clips and a musical performance and reception, the event is free and open to the public. Comment.
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The Searchers

The Front Room Gallery presents The Searchers, Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher, now to May 4; Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment.
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Talkin’ ‘bout books

The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the National Book Awards “Eat, Drink & Be Literary” series closes another season next month. Comment.
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Swing Along Broadway

The best tunes from the Broadway stage will be heard at Regina Opera’s upcoming “Swing Along Broadway” concert, presented at 3 p.m., May 6 at Regina Hall, 65th Street and 12th Avenue, Brooklyn. Comment.
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Spike Lee and ‘Dark Days’

Moviehouse presents two films, May 4 at 8 p.m., about ordinary New Yorkers doing extraordinary things. Come see Spike Lee’s Brooklyn masterpiece “Do The Right Thing” or experience the tragic and hopeful story of the underground homeless community of “Dark Days” at Galapagos Art Space. Comment.
Williamsburg

Slam Show springs ahead

Action addicts, thrill seekers and adventurous audiences looking for the next frontier in entertainment can leap into spring with Slam Show 11 at STREB’s Action Factory, S.L.A.M. at 51 North First Street in Williamsburg. Comment.
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Shop in Mother’s Nature’s own bodega

Naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous Wild Food and Ecology Tours of Marine Park in Brooklyn, May 4. This vastly under-appreciated park offers all the best wild foods of the rich seashore habitat. Comment.
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Sheep shearing

The warm weather has finally arrived, which means it’s time for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo annual Sheep Shearing events, May 3-4. This fleece-filled weekend of fun will feature live wool-processing demos, music, arts-and-crafts, and of course, the zoos’ wild and wooly sheep. Comment.
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Orquestra Universal

Just in time for the warm weather, St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts announces that popular salsa band Orquesta Universal will play at St. Joseph’s Latin Dance Night, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. Comment.
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One Family: Two Artists

Joan Eastmond will host an exhibition, “One Family: Two Artists,” consisting of paintings, prints, sculpture, and pottery of Rosalie and Robert Scott at her Brooklyn home, April 25-27 and May 2-4. Comment.
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No windmill is safe from Don Quixote

The Gallery Players presents the final musical of its successful 41st season, “Man of La Mancha.” With book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, The show runs April 26-May 18. Comment.
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Mexican partying

With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, Flatbush Farm & Bar rolls out a little Mexican-inspired cuisine for its next outdoor BBQ from 3-6 p.m., May 4. Comment.
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MANI Chamber

The MANI chamber music group announces their second home at 295 Douglass Street in Park Slope; this in addition to their regular series at Greenpoint’s Church of the Ascension. Comment.
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Green-Wood walking tours

An exciting array of historic walking tours and events conclude Green-Wood Cemetery’s spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment.
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Grab a stage full of culture

Kingsborough Community College’s series of free cultural events taking place on campus continues this month. Performances take place on the KCC campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Comment.
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Free screening of ‘Fading to Zero’

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honors Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman with a free screening of “Fading To Zero,” a feature length documentary depicting the work and life of Siegelman. Comment.
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Explore the life and times of Green-Wood Cemetery

An exciting array of historic walking tours and events conclude Green-Wood Cemetery’s spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment.
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Brooklyn Philharmonic puts modern spin on Stravinsky’s ‘Pulcinella’

Brooklyn Philharmonic is joined by Complexions Contemporary Ballet and its Co-Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson to choreograph Stravinsky’s ballet, “Pulcinella,” bringing a modern, multicultural spin to the work. Comment.
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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum offers free family programs in May with events ranging from a Japanese print-making class to May’s Target First Saturday. Comment.
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They bring your old Kentucky home to DUMBO

In the first Saturday in May, a bit of Kentucky will come to Brooklyn. Comment.
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Meerkats, fullbacks, and Michael Jackson zombies

The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, announced the return of its popular community free events, the Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 23-May 4. All these family events are free and open to all. Comment.
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Catch the unfolding saga of ‘Monduna’ live on stage

Lily Maase has one week to learn several pieces of new music before she hits the road for a month for a lecture tour and a few concerts with her band. With the first installment of their graphic novel performance work, “Monduna,” completed, Maase and producer Drayton Hiers are contemplating future chapters before her trip to the southwest. Comment.
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‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’

From May 1-11, the Brooklyn College Department of Theater presents William Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” directed by Valerie Clayman Pye, an alumna of the college. Performances will take place at The Gershwin Theater on the Brooklyn College campus. Comment.
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‘The Threat of Chance:’ New hope in very hard times

After being handed the keys to the Ad Hoc Art Gallery, Chris Stain and three other graffiti artists have decided to turn the space into a 1930s era shantytown complete with village houses made from found wood and particle board for the gallery’s latest exhibit, “The Threat of Chance,” opening on May 2. Comment.
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‘Endgame’ comes to BAM

Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” debuts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) featuring a cast that includes John Turturro (Hamm), Max Casella as Clov, veteran classical actor Alvin Epstein will play Nagg and the legendary Broadway actress Elaine Stritch will play Nell. Comment.
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Twinkle Truth

Brooklyn Philharmonic closes this season of its free “Music Off The Shelves” chamber music concert series at the Brooklyn Public Library with a concert the whole family can enjoy, “The Truth About Twinkle,” April 26. Comment.
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Opera Company of Brooklyn adopts ‘Korczak’s Orphans’

Since forming eight years ago, the Opera Company of Brooklyn has grown, from performances in the borough to gigs all over the city. Comment.
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NURTUREArt: An incubator of creativity

In an environment where it is increasingly a struggle for emerging artists to show their work in galleries and for emerging curators to have any kind of guidance whatsoever, NURTUREArt provides a home for many Brooklyn-based artists and curators to put together exhibitions in a professional space. Comment.
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New museum enjoys a ‘sporting’ chance of success

The Sports Museum of America (SmA), www.sportsmuseum.com, the nation’s first and only interactive, multi-media all sports museum experience, is set to open in Manhattan May 7. Comment.
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James Laudano photo show

Con Edison’s Exhibiting Space presents a photographic exhibit by James Laudando May 2-30 in Con Edison’s building, 30 Flatbush Avenue Extension between Livingston and Nevins streets. Comment.
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Freedom Day at Harriet’s

Harriet’s Alter Ego, a lifestyle boutique and art gallery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn is hosting Freedom Day @ Harriet’s. Comment.
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Flax & Fleece Fest

It’s a wild and wooly adventure in Prospect Park May 3-4. The Flax & Fleece Fest comes to the Lefferts Historic House while the Fleece Festival is at the Prospect Park Zoo. Comment.
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The heart of Coney Island beats at Bond Street Gallery

With its crisp, bright walls adorned by images of a Coney Island from yesteryear and its finished brickwork, it’s hard to picture the image photographer Robert DiScalfani found when happening upon 297 Bond Street in August of last year. Comment.
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Celebrate Brooklyn Jazz Festival

The Andy Kirk Research Foundation, Inc. presents, as part of the Ninth Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, a three day tribute to the late jazz icon Dr. Maxwell Lemuel Roach. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bay Ridge rockers strike a chord with the troops

In the wake of the tsunami that devastated South Asia and East Africa in December 2004, Bay Ridge bands gathered together for a benefit at Peggy O'Neill's to raise money for UNICEF. After Hurricane Katrina, the community united to raise money for New Orleans. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

You just can’t win

The bank sent me a five-dollar check in the mail. I like checks in my mail. This is a good surprise especially since I live on a budget. My rent, my utilities, my food, medicines are disbursements. Money goes out, but where are my revenues? Comment.
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Yoga Thursdays

If you are a caregiver of an older loved one, take a break and join other caregivers for “Yoga Thursdays” at Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center. Classes start May 1 and are conducted by Amma Wilson. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Wide’ loophole closing - Community Bd. 6 supports zoning text amendment

Efforts to protect Carroll Gardens from out-of-character development are poised to yield some tangible results this week. Comment.
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‘Wheel’ cool cats on the prowl

One of the road’s cool cats made a smooth swerve onto the realty highway when the Brooklyn Board of Realtors presented a Jaguar showcase as part of its agents day in Mill Basin. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Top Model’ cast-off speaks out

She’s fierce! Comment.
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‘Time Out’ on Atlantic Yds.

As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment.
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‘Rainbow’ girls

A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Green’ your everyday life

Want to live a greener life inside and out? “Greening Your Everyday Life” is an evening of down-to-earth discussions led by acclaimed environmental experts who are also parents of PS 321 students. Comment.
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‘Great Strides’ against cystic fibrosis - Marine Park fundraising walk to help raise money for new research

Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Waterfront Museum

New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Walk to remember a 9/11 hero - Memorial for firefighter Martin Egan

Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Volunteer for Bike New York

Bike New York will present its 31st annual tour, May 4, which draws 30,000 cyclists of all ages. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Upcoming 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, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

UFT: DOE blew it on class size

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Two-car crack-up on Prospect Expressway

Firefighters were called to the Prospect Expressway Saturday night after two cars collided near the Fourth Avenue exit ramp. Officials said that the accident took place on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel-bound side of the span at 10 p.m. on April 26, causing at least one of the vehicles to spin out of control and slam into the side of a Fifth Avenue supporter pillar. One of the drivers was seriously injured and was taken to Lutheran Medical Center. The cause of the accident was still under investigation as this paper went to press. Comment.
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Tai Chi Day

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Students hold all the strings to puppet parade

Drizzle didn’t dampen the spirit of students from Saint Ann’s School, who transformed Brooklyn Heights into marionette heaven for their annual puppet parade. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Students get creative and get down to work

After a week of sketching, stenciling and spray-painting during their week off from school, teenagers christened the Starting Artists’ new Smith Street headquarters with a colorful wall-length mural celebrating the nonprofit’s motto, “Get inspired. Get Creative. Get to Work!” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stronger shield to safeguard children - New program helps volunteers recognize and fight child abuse

A village shouldn’t just raise a child; they should protect the child as well. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Step up, Janele

I am writing in response to Assemblywoman Janele Hyer Spencer’s recent public statements, concerning her role in working to keep Victory Memorial Hospital open. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stamps on display - African-Americans honored

A mural depicting more than 80 African-Americans on U.S. postage stamps and their biographies was set up in the lobby of Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza Station, 1368 Fulton Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spring show & sell

“Corduroy Kid” and “Small Magazine” are hosting a Spring Show & Sell, May 4 from 3:30-5 p.m. at 388 Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Solar-powered lanterns light Montague St.

In honor of Earth Day, trees along Montague Street were decorated with eco-friendly solar-powered lights. The decorative light installation, “Spring Lights,” was sponsored by the Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

See the latest in home architecture - May 4 event shows off Fort Greene’s finest

This year’s 29th Fort Greene House Tour, May 4 from 12-5 p.m., is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable ever. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view the first New York work of acclaimed young British architect, David Adjaye [www.adjaye.com], a spectacular 4,000 square-foot artists’ studio. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Revitalizing BK’s Fulton St. Mall - NYC students present design proposals

After six weeks of commuting an hour and a half each way from the Bronx to Fulton Street Mall, students in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Your Hood” workshop presented their finished design proposals to revitalize the Mall’s communal space. Comment.
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Recchia forgets his roots

In explaining his vote for the congestion tax, Councilmember Domenic Recchia said he was elected to lead. Apparently, he forgets who he is leading. When he voted with the mayor to raise our property taxes by 18.5 percent, he said he was doing it for his constituents. Comment.
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Rabbi gets probation in sex case - Accused of abusing kids; pleads down to lesser charge

A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment.
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Prospect Pk Craft Fair

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Pressure on to roll back cuts

The heat is on. Comment.
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Preservation honors - DNA, DDDB awarded

Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment.
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Pinocchio marionettes

The Puppetworks will present Carlo Collodi’s 1882 adventures of a wooden marionette, “Pinocchio,” in its Brooklyn Theatre, 338 Sixth Avenue, on Saturdays and Sundays from May 3 to August 17 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Comment.
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Old Stone House

The Old Stone House of Brooklyn is the perfect intimate setting for a new jazz series curated by Charles Sibirsky, pianist and founder of Slope Music. Comment.
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No Brooklyn love for Oliver House

Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment.
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Museum preview

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment.
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Multiple Sclerosis group

Approximately 400,000 Americans are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and each week 200 additional individuals are diagnosed. New York Methodist Hospital is offering a free support group for individuals diagnosed with MS in the past two years. Comment.
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MS 51’s transoms

The William Alexander Middle School 51 Art Department will host a special fundraiser exhibit called the “Transom Project.” Comment.
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Mighty Mommies run the gauntlet - Workout program helps get new moms 

Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment.
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May’s packed at BPL - Brooklyn Public Library has things to do all month long

Spring is the growing season, and all through the month of May, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has programs to match. Comment.
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Long Island University hosts annual peace fair

Borough peaceniks joined a cavalcade of local groups to spread the good word during a peace fair at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Comment.
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Log on to FishNet to aid New Orleans

Fort Greene residents Wayne Taylor and Karrie Myers have launched FishNet, an internet-based project that connects donors with grassroots organizations that are successfully helping to rebuild lives affected by Hurricane Katrina. Comment.
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Life Lines turning 25 - Group seeks out former members for reunion

The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment.
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Lessons of Vietnam

Historian Marilyn B. Young, author of “The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990” will host “Vietnam: Lessons Learned and Forgotten,” a panel discussion presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history exhibit: “In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans,” May 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. Comment.
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Lambda holds 30th anniversary dinner party

Lambda Independent Democrats held their 30th Anniversary Dinner Party to honor a number of pioneers in the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender community. Comment.
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Know your PCBS - Toxins in public schools

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment.
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Jail for body snatcher - Christopher Aldorasi faces 60 years in prison

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment.
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Jackson on housing crisis

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment.
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It’s a sunny Earth Day at public school 58

Budding eco-buffs marched into the yard and offered Mother Nature a tall salute during Earth Day festivities at Public School 58. Comment.
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Housing prices on the rise - But numbers fall in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment.
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Historic magnolias

Since their first planting in 1932, the magnolias have been a key collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), and to this day their sweet scent and showy blossoms are among the early signs of spring at the garden. Comment.
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Health seminars open

Those on a quest for health can look no further than Greenpoint this weekend when a trio of health seminars begin their run at Top English Group. Comment.
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Health day

In observance of Mother’s Day, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a free Women’s Health Day, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical Office Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment.
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Headstone honors Irish freedom fighter - Green-Wood Cemetery unveils monument

Joined by a representative of the Montana National Guard, the Green-Wood Historic Fund unveiled a gravestone honoring Irish Freedom Fighter and Civil War Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher. General Meagher, who commanded troops in the storied Fighting 69th and Irish Brigades during the America Civil War, disappeared on the Missouri River in 1867. His body was never found. The new grave marker will lie beside the final resting place of Meagher’s widow, Libby. Comment.
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Greenway bike run

Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) for a 10-mile ride at a family pace, starting in Greenpoint and ending at Red Hook’s spectacular waterfront, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Comment.
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Green space for canal

Yes, the Gowanus Canal is sponge worthy. Comment.
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Green for Bklyn Center - BCUE receives state funds for new headquarters

One of Brooklyn’s most environmentally friendly buildings received an infusion of a different kind of ‘green’ last week. Comment.
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Grand prospect hall plays host to Carroll Gardens association gala

A distinguished quartet of honorees was hailed for its leadership and service to the community when the Carroll Gardens Association held an awards dinner at Grand Prospect Hall. Comment.
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Grandparents reach across the pond - British and Brooklyn caregivers meet

In a unique cultural exchange, Brooklyn grandparents raising their grandchildren had the opportunity to speak to a group of teens from Britain being raised by their grandparents. Comment.
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Gowanus Canal ‘flushed’ with changes - Butler Street pumping station to receive $130 million upgrade

The flushing tunnel and pumping station that helped transform water quality in the Gowanus Canal is scheduled for a bit of a makeover of their own. Comment.
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Governor Paterson in Bklyn for NAACP honors

Governor David A. Paterson took a detour into Brooklyn to attend a benefit reception, coordinated by the Brooklyn branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Comment.
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Going beyond ‘tolerance’ - Brooklyn forum promotes understanding instead

If there was one word in the English language that Hassan Askari would like to redefine, it would be the word “tolerate.” Comment.
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Getting out the vote

Members of the Voter Registration Committee of the Polish American Congress helped parishioners fill out their registration forms during a busy Sunday morning at Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth, Queens. Comment.
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Get help keeping your apartment

The People’s Firehouse (PFI) and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), in partnership with the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Tenant Anti-Displacement Collaborative, are co-hosting a Tenant Aid Workshop in order to help tenants living in the Northside neighborhood that are at risk of being displaced from their homes. Comment.
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Get a better night’s sleep - Hospital opens clinic for snooze disorders

Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) threw open wide the doors of its new Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center (SDDC), in an effort to help shut the door on sleeplessness in Brooklyn. A small ribbon cutting reception, with an open house tour followed immediately after. Comment.
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Funds for Park Slope organizations - Local civic council awards its neighborhood grants to 18 community groups

The Park Slope Civic Council has awarded its 2007-2008 Neighborhood Grants and is “delighted to support these local groups, as they reflect the range and variety of active, creative organizations in Park Slope and they contribute greatly to the diversity and vitality of our community.” Comment.
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Ft. Greene House Tour - Famed architect to lead walk

This year’s 29th Fort Greene House Tour, May 4 from 12-5 p.m., is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable ever. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view the first New York work of acclaimed young British architect, David Adjaye [www.adjaye.com], a spectacular 4,000 square-foot artists’ studio. Comment.
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Free film on immigration

Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and film professor (University of Texas) Anne Lewis visits Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Avenue (at Eighth Street), at 7:30 p.m., May 2 to screen her film about the affects of immigration on a small town’s labor force in Tennessee. Comment.
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Finish what you start

Waiting, waiting, waiting. Comment.
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Fifteen minutes of fame

Shavana Abruzzo, I found your article to be very offensive [“He simply isn’t ready to be our commander-in-chief,” A Britisher’s View, 3/27 issue]. Comment.
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Ex-judge is ‘benched’ - Michael Garson forced to resign from bar

A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment.
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Earth Day flotilla launches eco-activists

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy held its Ninth Annual Gowanus Canal Earth Day Flotilla, which began with a guided historical and educational eco-cruise of the Gowanus Canal aboard the organization’s unique 32-foot Indian shipping canoe. Comment.
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Driving down costs

The installation of a Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program in Brooklyn should certainly assist in bringing the high cost of auto insurance down in Brooklyn by providing thousands of new customers to the auto insurance companies. Comment.
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District 15 CEC

The District 15 Community Education Council will hold a special working session for “friends and colleagues” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 6. Comment.
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Dirty 10th District

With the inauguration of New York’s first black governor and the democrats seriously considering a black nominee, this should be the year that we celebrate the ascendancy of the new black politician. Comment.
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Dinner, auction

St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Park Slope will hold its Spring Dinner & Auction from 6:30-11:30 p.m., April 26. Comment.
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Crime busting is a lot of fun when cops and the community team up

The looming clouds did little to break the camaraderie between the cops and the community last week as Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment.
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convention

The Polish Singers Alliance of America’s (PSAA) member choruses of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will participate in their 59th District Seven Convention, hosted this year by the Jutrzenka Singing Society, female chorus # 226, May 31. Comment.
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Concessions unmet on Caton

Two years after their small corner of Brooklyn was up-zoned to accommodate the plans of an individual developer, residents of an apartment building in East Windsor Terrace are still waiting for the developer to make good on his promise to revise his plans to provide a 16-foot buffer between that building and the one he is planning to erect next door. Comment.
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Cleaning out the Gowanus canal, one kayak load at a time

Mom, dad and the kids helped sustain a marine habitat undergoing a rebirth during the ninth annual flotilla spring clean up along the Gowanus Canal for Earth Day. Comment.
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Changing the world, Brooklyn style - Couple featured in Bill Clinton’s ‘Giving’

Former Lincoln High School teacher Mark Grashow and his wife, Sheri Saltzberg, residents of Park Slope, Brooklyn, have been featured in former President Bill Clinton’s latest book, “GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World” because of their endeavors to save schools and schoolchildren in Zimbabwe. Comment.
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Chamber champs

Saint Ann’s School ninth grader Katie Coates and junior Monica Greco were the first prize winners in the High School Chamber Music Competition, sponsored by the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Bishop Loughlin High School, 357 Clermont Avenue. Comment.
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Canarsie closing blues

Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment.
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Brooklyn Real Estate roundtable

The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable will hold its second quarterly luncheon for 2008, May 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, in Brooklyn Heights. A networking reception will begin at 12 p.m. and the luncheon and a program featuring four speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Comment.
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Brooklyn Peace Fair

Brooklyn For Peace and the Long Island University Student Government Association are co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair from 11 a.m to 6 p.m., April 26 on LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, Flatbush & DeKalb avenues. Comment.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum series

Cuentos Para Niños (Stories for Children) continues through May with new bilingual programs at neighborhood libraries. This month, explore the theme “home” through stories in Spanish and English and meet an animal that carries his house wherever he goes. The museum kicks off its summer outreach series with BayFest, May 18 from 12-6 p.m. Look for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community festivals in the coming months. Comment.
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Breathing Toxic air - BK air quality gets ‘D’ grade

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
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Botanic Garden doles out honors

In recognition of Brooklyn’s outstanding community leaders, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) honored the extraordinary achievements of four individuals at the annual Forsythia Day awards ceremony. Comment.
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Bklyn Indie Mkt

The Brooklyn Indie Market will kick off its seasonal opening with an Indie Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 3 at Smith Street between Union and President streets in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
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Bklyn artifacts - City Reliquary opens up

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
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Author speaks to local yeshiva students - ‘Infidel’ conducts provocative workshop with young neighborhood scholars

Children everywhere are warned not to take candy from strangers, but when Nonie Darwish was growing up in Cairo, she was taught to refuse sweets from people she didn’t know because they could be Jews “trying to poison” her. Comment.
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American Stevedoring wins new lease deal

For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment.
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ACORN keeps head up - Remains confident Atlantic Yards be seen through end

The non-profit organization working with developer Forest City Ratner on the affordable housing portion of the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project said they remain confident that the project will get done. Comment.
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A bit hard to swallow

While it may seem like a simple action, swallowing is a complicated process that plays a vital role in both the physical and mental wellness of an individual. Comment.
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A bargeload of music

Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment.
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Waterfront master plan - Renovations in gear for E. River park

The state Parks Department recently announced plans to begin work on a “Master Plan” for the renovation of East River State Park, the waterfront park on Kent Avenue between North Seventh and Ninth streets, sometime in 2009. Comment.
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Wasted funds - Union charges DOE squandered $153M

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
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Tunnel maven hopes for movie deal - Will give tour to would-be feature financiers

Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment.
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Tips on avoiding displacement - Tenant aid workshop to be held at Mt. Carmel RC Church on April 28 by PFI, NAG

The People’s Firehouse (PFI) and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), in partnership with the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Tenant Anti-Displacement Collaborative, are co-hosting a Tenant Aid Workshop in order to help tenants living in the Northside neighborhood that are at risk of being displaced from their homes. Comment.
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The ABCs of PCBs - Official calls for investigation of toxin in public schools

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment.
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Speaking the same language - Advocacy group lauds Wyckoff Hospital’s translation services

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center earned high marks from Make the Road New York this month in a comprehensive report showing that the availability of language assistance is improving throughout New York City hospitals. Comment.
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Remembering a 9/11 hero - Walk to honor Brooklyn firefighter and WTC responder Martin Egan

Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment.
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Park plans in gear for North Bklyn

Spring is in full swing, and so are plans for park spaces in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment.
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Outcry over shooting - Greenpoint community reacts after nightclub inicident

Reassurances from Captain Dennis Fulton that crime remains low in their Greenpoint community fell on deaf ears following a shooting at a local nightclub as fed-up residents demanded answers of the 94th Precinct. Comment.
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New study: breathing ain’t easy in Bklyn

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
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More foul news with Dupont St. sludge tank

The restlessness of Greenpoint residents surrounding the long-delayed demolition of the Dupont Sludge Tank was exacerbated recently at a Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee (NCMC) meeting with officials from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Comment.
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Mighty Mommies get fit post-baby - Exercise class at McCarren Park helps get new moms 

Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment.
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House prices on the rise - Cost of a Bklyn home up 3 percent vs. same time last year

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment.
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Green with anger - Protest at Earth Day event

A local activist group staged a mock oil clean up to protest ExxonMobil’s sponsorship of the Go Green Festival, celebrating Earth Day at McCarren Park. Comment.
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Your guide to local community meetings in May

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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Ultimate fighting bouts may call Brooklyn home

The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment.
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Brooklyn Eats answers the culinary question: What’s for dinner?

If you enjoy the flavor of Brooklyn neighborhoods as much as the flavor of the borough’s food, then the latest incarnation of Brooklyn Eats will be just your piece of cake. Comment.
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Bklyn body looter could get 60 years - “Pawn” in body harvesting operation faces time with guilty verdict in bench trial

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment.
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Addressing foreclosure - Brooklyn officials call for government bailout

As the mortgage foreclosure rate continues to escalate in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes joined Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and State Senator Martin Connor at the Brooklyn campus of Boruica College to inform Williamsburg residents about the dangers of predatory lending. Comment.
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‘Time out’ on Ratner

As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment.
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‘Grassroots’ efforts lauded with awards - Bklyn orgs recognized for preservation wor

Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment.
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UFT: City bungled funds

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
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Stevedores settle in on waterfront - Cargo co. gets new lease deal

For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment.
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Save our nabe - Locals: expand historic district

Preservationists from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill continued their push to get expanded historic districts in their neighborhoods with a recent pitch to Community Board 2. Comment.
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Patrol Borough Brooklyn South celebrates unity

The looming clouds did little to break the camaraderie between the cops and the community last week as Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment.
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Outrage at bell outcome - Brooklynites express dismay

The pews of Brown Memorial Baptist Church were filled last week in a town hall meeting to address the acquittal of three police officers in the killing of Sean Bell. Comment.
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Mud starts slinging in Towns/Powell showdown - Congressional candidates launch verbal attacks

The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment.
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Literacy unlocks a whole new world

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Judge upholds Bklyn Bridge Pk plan - Condo opponents call ruling ‘a sad day for public parks’

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court last week unanimously dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn the approved plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
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Gasp! BK air quality stinks! - American Lung Association survey gives borough a ‘D’ rating

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
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Earth Day done delicious - Restaurateur draws crowds to Habana Outpost

The restaurateur who brought you the city’s first solar-powered restaurant outdid himself last weekend with a two-day Earth Day Expo in the courtyard of his Fort Greene eatery. Comment.
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Carroll Gardens is not amused - Residents irked by Oliver House project; lash out at de Blasio

Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment.
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Boro home prices up despite sales drop

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment.
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Yoga Thursdays in Park Slope

If you are a caregiver of an older loved one, take a break and join other caregivers for “Yoga Thursdays” at Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center. Classes start May 1 and are conducted by Amma Wilson. Comment.
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‘Green’ your life

Want to live a greener life inside and out? “Greening Your Everyday Life” is an evening of down-to-earth discussions led by acclaimed environmental experts who are also parents of PS 321 students. Comment.
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Two injured in Nelson Street collapse - Workers hospitalized after plywood floor gives way at constuction site

Two construction workers suffered minor injuries when the plywood floor they were working on gave out underneath them, officials said. Comment.
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PCBs in Brooklyn schools - Pol calls for testing, abatement of toxic chemical

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment.
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New park to ‘Sponge’ up pollution

Yes, the Gowanus Canal is sponge worthy. Comment.
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New home for Manhattan diner - Red Hook to house ousted eatery

Manhattan’s culinary loss is Brooklyn’s gain. Comment.
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Music, a bargeload at a time - Former violinist brings culture to the water’s edge

Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment.
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Much too large - Carroll Gardens locals decry Oliver House plans

Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment.
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Lots of earmarks come Bklyn’s way - Pork includes $1.5M for work on Fulton Ferry State Park

While all the pork barrel dust hasn’t settled from the state’s recently passed $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget, several large entities on the northern end of Brooklyn did appear to get large allocations. Comment.
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Jackson: home crisis worse - Says borough at epicenter of foreclosures

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment.
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It’s time to ‘play ball!’ in Red Hook

Red Hook Stadium morphed into a “field of dreams” for budding A-Rods, who took to the green to launch the Little League season of the national pastime. Comment.
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Hilton hotels to set up shop at 313 Gold St.

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Groups honored for ‘grassroots’ work - Four Brooklyn organizations recognized for efforts to preserve the borough

Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment.
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Come see the transoms at Middle School 51

The William Alexander Middle School 51 Art Department will host a special fundraiser exhibit called the “Transom Project.” Comment.
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Cleaning the canal, one kayak at a time - Floating do-gooders help clear gunk out of pulluted Gowanus

Mom, dad and the kids helped sustain a marine habitat undergoing a rebirth during the ninth annual flotilla spring clean up along the Gowanus Canal for Earth Day. Comment.
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Cash infusion for green group - $250K check goes to Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment

One of Brooklyn’s most environmentally friendly buildings received an infusion of a different kind of ‘green’ last week. Comment.
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BK home prices rise, even as sales slump - Still, prices down in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Greenpoint and Clinton Hill

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment.
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Bike New York May 4

Bike New York will present its 31st annual tour, May 4, which draws 30,000 cyclists of all ages. Comment.
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‘Wide’ loophole closing up

Efforts to protect Carroll Gardens from out-of-character development are poised to yield some tangible results this week. Comment.
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Waterfront Museum fun

New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment.
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UFT: City bungled change to reduce class size for kids

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
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Toxic air in Brooklyn - American Lung Association gives borough poor grade

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
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Take steps against Cystic Fibrosis

Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment.
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Station flush with change - Rehab for pumping station

The flushing tunnel and pumping station that helped transform water quality in the Gowanus Canal are scheduled for a bit of a makeover of their own. Comment.
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School park christening - Patrick F. Daly/PS 15 playgrounds to open May 6

Next week will mark the official opening of the Patrick F. Daly/P.S. 15 playgrounds, a collaborative effort that turned a humdrum schoolyard into a vibrant community space. Comment.
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Relics of Brooklyn’s past

A fortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment.
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Podcast walking tours

Two Downtown Brooklyn BIDs unveiled a podcast walking tour of Downtown Brooklyn. The Fulton Mall Improvement Association (FMIA) and the MetroTech BID partnered to create and produce a free 45-minute self-guided tour of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
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Parents fight to roll back cuts - Pressure on city to fund schools

The heat is on. Comment.
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Judge okays ban - Parents vow to fight for cell phone

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Guide to 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, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment.
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Ex-judge ‘benched’ - Michael Garson forced to resign from bar

A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment.
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Congressional mudslinging

The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment.
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Calling for a ‘time out’ on Atlantic Yards

As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment.
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Body snatcher faces 60 years in prison - Christopher Aldorasi found guilty on charges involving ghastly body parts scheme

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment.
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American Stevedoring settles in on waterfront - City and cargo co. have agreement

For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment.
Bushwick

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - To clip or not to clip coupons

Has anyone else noticed that a regular loaf of white bread that used to cost only $1.50 now costs $3? Not for nuthin', it’s not only the bread that’s risen: it’s the milk, the veggies, the rice and even the pasta, the surefire go-to meal that would always feed an army on very little. Sadly, no more. Comment.
Bushwick

BIG SCREECHER - Cancer patients cheer congestion pricing demise

I was not a fan of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but I am now. With all the hullaballoo of Mayor Bloomberg pushing for his congestion pricing plan that would have divided the boroughs into haves and have-nots, guess which four boroughs were the have-nots? Certainly not Manhattan, where the Mayor resides in his luxurious townhouse, and where he rules the roost of his money empire. Comment.
Bushwick

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - It’s tough to vote for puffed-up pols who vie to lie

The next president of the United States should keep in mind that even on a good day, politicians give nice people gas. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Wide streets’ loophole closing - Community Board Six backs new Zoning Text Amendment

Efforts to protect Carroll Gardens from out-of-character development are poised to yield some tangible results this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Time out’ on Atlantic Yds. - Protesters to rally against Bruce Ratner project

As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Grassroots’ efforts lauded with awards - Bklyn orgs recognized for preservation work

Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ugly mud flies in Towns/Powell showdown - Candidates launch verbal attacks on each other

The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

UFT: DOE blew it

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Tunnel maven hopes for movie deal - Diamond to give tour to potential financiers

Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Taking a robber off the street - Cops of the Month Colao and Catania make the 84th Pct look good

Fast-acting cops earned special recognition last week for taking an alleged robbery suspect off the street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Stevedores settle in

For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

St. Ann’s holds the strings to puppet parade

Drizzle didn’t dampen the spirit of students from Saint Ann’s School, who transformed Brooklyn Heights into marionette heaven for their annual puppet parade. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Shoppers flock to Brooklyn flea market

It’s a bliss for bargain hunters and a super-souk for savvy shoppers. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Seniors get fit

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program on June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Podcast the best of Downtown BK - New self-guided walking tour introduced

Two Downtown Brooklyn BIDs unveiled a podcast walking tour of Downtown Brooklyn. The Fulton Mall Improvement Association (FMIA) and the MetroTech BID partnered to create and produce a free 45-minute self-guided tour of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

PCBs in our local schools - Pol sees toxins in classrooms

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Park to soak up grime - Greenery would help clean up the Gowanus

Yes, the Gowanus Canal is sponge worthy. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Parents rally to roll back cuts

The heat is on. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Oliver House irksome to Carroll Gardens - Angry residents taking aim at de Blasio

Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

NY Methodist Hospital Candlelight Gala - Outstanding trio of honorees up for special salute from medical community

New York Methodist Hospital will honor three distinguished individuals for their commendable service to the hospital and the Brooklyn community at the 2008 New York Methodist Hospital Board of Trustees “Candlelight Gala,” to be held May 3 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hotel of gold - Hilton coming to Oro

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Great Strides Against Cystic Fibrosis - Marine Park Fundraising walk to help raise money for new research

Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Gowanus Canal ‘flushed’ with changes - Butler Street pumping station slated for $130 million restoration

The flushing tunnel and pumping station that helped transform water quality in the Gowanus Canal are scheduled for a bit of a makeover of their own. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Earth Day done delicious

The restaurateur who brought you the city’s first solar-powered restaurant outdid himself last weekend with a two-day Earth Day Expo in the courtyard of his Fort Greene eatery. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cleaning out the Gowanus Canal, one kayak load at a time

Mom, dad and the kids helped sustain a marine habitat undergoing a rebirth during the ninth annual flotilla spring clean up along the Gowanus Canal for Earth Day. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cheyenne coming to Red Hook - O’Connell to preserve Manhattan diner

Manhattan’s culinary loss is Brooklyn’s gain. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Boro home prices rise despite sales drop

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Body snatcher faces 60 years in jail - Christopher Aldorasi found guilty of charges involving ghastly body parts scam

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK Bridge Pk plan upheld - It’s a sad day for parks, say critics

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court last week unanimously dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn the approved plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Air quality (cough) gets a ‘D’

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

A bigger piece of history - CB2 locals fight to expand historic districts

Preservationists from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill continued their push to get expanded historic districts in their neighborhoods with a recent pitch to Community Board 2. Comment.

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