Brooklyn Courier

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

Williamsburg

‘Metal head’ robs church - Six 9/11 memorial plaques stolen

Two additional bronze plaques have been stolen from a local church as police are still investigating a series of scrap metal thefts in the northern sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg near Meeker and Morgan avenues. Comment.
Williamsburg

Writer provides ray of hope for artist - Brooklynite hosting benefit on Oct. 4 for illustrator battling rare form of cancer

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

Up on the roof: carrots & peppers - Students at PS 257 development rooftop garden through United Nations program

Thanks to the school’s participation in a worldwide United Nations food and educational program, an otherwise drab roof area on P.S. 257 (60 Cook Street) is now home to an unlikely garden sprouting carrots, peppers and basil in the middle of a neighborhood notoriously deprived of fresh produce. Comment.
Williamsburg

Traffic fear & loathing - Transportation officials give forecast on congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment.
Williamsburg

Taking a stand for equal rights

Holding posters that said “Equal Rights Now” and “Love Makes a Family,” more than a dozen members of Revolution Church NYC held a vigil for local residents to speak up for equal rights in the LGBT community last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Schoolfest draws over 2,000 locals - Families explore their area education options at first annual school festival

More than 50 Greenpoint and Williamsburg schools, day care centers, and after-school programs partook in the first annual Schoolfest, a fun-filled event designed to promote and celebrate these area educational options. Comment.
Williamsburg

Republican looks to shake things up - Gay Senate candidate could draw votes from BK’s Daniel Squadron

Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pedestrians reclaim the streets

If you thought those three lush strips of sod in the middle of Bedford Avenue last Friday were an incongruous but pleasing site, well, that was the point. Comment.
Williamsburg

New homes for seven lucky felines - Empty Cages Collective holds successful kitten adoption event at the Beehive Salon

Last Saturday, some of Williamsburg’s cutest kittens gathered in the backyard area of the Beehive Salon and Downtime Spa (115 N. 7th Street). They were the showcased items of a kitten adoption event put on by Empty Cages Collective, a local animal advocacy group. Comment.
Williamsburg

Making strides against HIV/AIDS - Activists march across Brooklyn Bridge to urge pols to work towards ending 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.
Williamsburg

Locals get green thumbs - New community garden in South Williamsburg marked

South Williamsburg residents celebrated the opening of a new community garden last Friday as the neighborhood traded an unsightly vacant lot for a much-needed touch of green. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jewish New Year coming - Locals prepare for Rosh Hashanah with Torah dedication, march

With only days remaining before Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Lee Avenue bustled with members of Williamsburg’s Hasidic community celebrating the dedication of a new Torah and shopping for supplies to prepare for the upcoming high holidays. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hockey helping heroes - Bklynite raises money for soldiers’ families with patches

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

From Brooklyn to Iraq - Local doctor attends medical teaching conference

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.
Williamsburg

Everything but pie at this apple contest

Pie was definitely not the apple of the eye when the Brooklyn Kitchen held a benefit contest, aptly entitled, “Apples: Anything But Pie.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops prepare for Jewish holy days

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK historian receives ‘genius’ distinction - Nancy Siraisi 1 of 8 New Yorkers named a MacArthur Fellow

Park Slope resident Nancy Siraisi has received armfuls of accolades over her long academic career, but last week was a new one: genius. Comment.
Williamsburg

BURG ‘N’ POINT - From artsy jewerly to the healing arts - Greenpointer Lisa Levine does a career 180 with the start of her new yoga studio

This Sunday a jewelry store in the rough of East Williamsburg will be selling its last gems, so to speak. Lisa Levine Jewelry, located at 536 Metropolitan Avenue, is closing up shop after two years of selling designer necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings. Levine’s flair for mixing animal elements like feathers and quills into her pieces landed her collections in fashion mags Elle, Lucky and Marie Claire, to name a few. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘Fix’ is in at 202 Franklin - Landlord to put up bond for repairs

A crucial step toward returning tenants into their former building at 202 Franklin Street in Greenpoint was taken in Housing Court in downtown Brooklyn last Friday, as a judge issued a bond order for the landlord to follow to make necessary repairs to the building. Comment.
Greenpoint

Strides against AIDS - Activists cross Brooklyn Bridge to raise awareness

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.
Greenpoint

Remaining after it’s a wrap - Councilman wants to keep post-production work in New York City

After seeing New York filmmakers leave for neighboring states and Los Angeles to complete their projects, Councilmember David Yassky is proposing additional tax credits to keep post-production work in the city that so many people in the film industry call home. Comment.
Greenpoint

Museum uncoils something new

Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits Comment.
Greenpoint

More 9/11 plaques stolen from churches

Two additional bronze plaques have been stolen from a local church as police are still investigating a series of scrap metal thefts in the northern sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg near Meeker and Morgan Avenues. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Mars’ crash lands on Dean St.

Traveling through time… Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spike in auto thefts

Fort Greene became a motorized mecca for car thieves that flocked to the nabe last week, taking seven vehicles off area streets, police said. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shopping Trader Joe’s Brooklyn aisles - Inside the hotly anticipated shop

The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs — bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s — marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Scary good fun at your local library

Ghost and goblins beware, Brooklyn Public Library offers programs and activities that are sure to scare. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise notes. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New era for Children’s Museum

The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

More security for Jewish holidays - Police to step up patrols around religious sites

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Local doc goes on Iraq mission - Physician helps teach Iraqi health care workers

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Jeers for privatization

Judi Francis thinks that the residents of downtown Brooklyn have been cheated out of a park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fight over a car-free Prospect Park

Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Economy be damned! Full speed ahead with Atlantic Yards, Beep sez

The borough’s top elected official last week said the softening economy is all the more reason why Forest City Ratner Companies’ proposed Atlantic Yards project should get underway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cross-prognosis for LICH - Corporation, staff feud over how to save it

As the 150-year old Long Island College Hospital teeters on the brink of possible closure, the institution’s corporate parent and the medical staff remain at odds on how to save the facility. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celestial celebration at GaP

Spirited boroughites flocked to Grand Army Plaza to view an astronomical wonder as it crossed the skies – at exactly 6:23 p.m. Comment.
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AIDS activists call on candidates to do more

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.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Green Your School’ contest

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

Turmoil for Kings County Dems - ‘We need better leadership than this,’ says committee rep

Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Solemn salute to war heroes

The ultimate sacrifice of Brooklyn patriots was recalled during a memorial service presented by Corrigan-Kiernan Memorial Post 8160 in Windsor Terrace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shopping Trader Joe’s aisles

The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs — bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s — marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Playing the blame game - Agencies duck rap for missed signals

Sometimes, late isn’t better than never. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Muddled ‘treatment’ for LICH - Hospital staff and corporate parents at odds

As the 150-year old Long Island College Hospital teeters on the brink of possible closure, the institution’s corporate parent and the medical staff remain at odds on how to save the facility. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mounting challenge to DOE power

It is “critically important” that parents join the citywide discussion on the future of school governance, according to a local parents’ group. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Heightened security measures - Cops increase patrols around Jewish institutions

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

From horse & buggies to tricked out rides

What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment.
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First look at ‘Freedom’ designs

Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment.
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Cool under fire - Cops chase down dangerous gunman

For two cops from the 76th Precinct, a simple mechanical error could have been the difference between a September of accolades and a summer of sadness. Comment.
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Challenge to Squadron

Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment.
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BSA defers Oliver decision - Stein attorney seeks more time to review challenges

A Department of Buildings Stop Work Order against William Stein’s Oliver House development in Carroll Gardens remains in effect this week after the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decided to punt on a ruling that will ultimately determine the project’s fate. Comment.
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AIDS activists flood Brooklyn Bridge - Urge presidential candidates to take stronger stand on eradicating 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.
Brooklyn Courier

A bumper-to-bumper future - Workshop forecasts vehicular congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Nowhere’ Park plan - Privatization cheats public, activist sez

Judi Francis thinks that the residents of downtown Brooklyn have been cheated out of a park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Mars’ crash lands on Dean Street

The corner of Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights looked like a photo from the disco-crazed 1970s Monday as film crews shot a scene from the new ABC show “Life on Mars.” Vintage cars from the Ford administration (pictured above) added a special touch to the story line, in which a present day detective is thrown back to the 1970s to solve crimes there without modern investigative luxuries like CSI teams. The show, based on a BBC hit, stars Harvey Keitel, Lisa Bonet and “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Viaduct to get makeover

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

84th Pct. salutes outstanding cops

Two cops from the 84th Precinct with a hand—and handcuffs—in two separate arrests this summer were recently recognized for their heady police work. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Stepped-up patrols for Jewish holidays - Police to increase security around Brooklyn religious institutions

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Shopping at Trader Joe’s - Inside the new Court Street super market

The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs – bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s – marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Parents: DOE needs oversight

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

New Children’s Museum

The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Mary Madonna on procession through the nabe

The faithful flocked to the streets to hail their Blessed Mother as the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows got underway in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Local doc goes on Iraqi mission

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.
Brooklyn Heights

LICH split over ‘treatment’

As the 150-year old Long Island College Hospital teeters on the brink of possible closure, the institution’s corporate parent and the medical staff remain at odds on how to save the facility. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ground zero for foreclosures - Brooklyn homeowners see their American dreams slowly fizzle

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.
Brooklyn Heights

Green City conference at Borough Hall

Brooklyn’s going green, and some of the borough’s top eco-experts were on hand to illustrate the point during a Green Brooklyn, Green City Conference at Borough Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Good day sunshine on State Street

Fall fun was on the menu – not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights – when neighbors jumpstarted the golden season in the sun with a block party along State Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Gay GOPer challenges Squadron - John Chromezak runs on reform platform

Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

From parking spot to outdoor playpen

Sustainable Fort Greene took the high road to reclaiming the neighborhood from motorists by transforming a parking spot into an outdoor playpen. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

First look at ‘Freedom’ - Designs for Underground Railroad memorial unveiled

Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Call for 3-month car ban in park

Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

AIDS activists on the move - Hundreds march over the Brooklyn Bridge

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Letters

Take back the power

Our 50 states can save us from federal tyranny. Comment.
Letters

Rides yes, malls no

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.
Letters

Now jeers McCain/Palin

Regarding the letter from Ms. Deb Sugar, we of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women have no intention of supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. Comment.
Letters

Drug dealing, USA

While visiting Brooklyn, I read with interest the well-written article by Helen Klein, “Residents rail against chronic drug dealing.” Comment.
Letters

Cinematic mess

I am very disappointed in the quality and content of movies, lately. Comment.
Letters

Bugged on Second St.

I have a major mosquito problem in my backyard, which is on Second Street between 6th and 7th avenues. Comment.
Letters

A ‘wee’ problem

Re:“Tree advocate boxed out on Clinton Street,” 9-12 issue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

POLICE BLOTTER

Domestic disturbance Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Youngsters dance for peace

Thirty young people from National Dance Institute (NDI) performed on September 11, 2008 at the plaza at Rockefeller Center as part of The September Concert. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Tear down this wall’ - J.J Byrne Pk rehab starts

Handball players took a forced vacation from J.J. Byrne Memorial Park this week, as workers demolished their courts, all in the name of progress. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Vandals hurt the innocent - Special kids suffer after swings are repeatedly targeted

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

United we stand and march! Campaign trumpets education

Filling the gap between the education, income and health of New Yorkers was as easy as a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge when United Way of New York City held its “Live United” festival jaunt along the historic viaduct. Comment.
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Two Brooklynites MacArthur Fellows - Their life’s work exemplifies ‘human spirit’

Park Slope resident Nancy Siraisi has received armfuls of accolades over her long academic career, but last week was a new one: genius. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Traveling through time

The corner of Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights looked like a photo from the disco-crazed 1970s Monday as film crews shot a scene from the new ABC show “Life on Mars.” Vintage cars from the Ford administration (pictured above) added a special touch to the story line, in which a present day detective is thrown back to the 1970s to solve crimes there without modern investigative luxuries like CSI teams. The show, based on a BBC hit, stars Harvey Keitel, Lisa Bonet and “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

7th Street revels in food, family and fun

Park Slope residents took the command with a dollop of joy when they united with neighbors for their annual block party. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

12th Street enjoys best of summer

The onset of autumn had neighbors jumping with joy as they bonded over block party festivities in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

6th St. chases traffic, invites good times

Park Slope bopped as block party fever seized homeowners along 6th Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Third annual ArtMart 11225

PLG Arts announces the third annual “ArtMart 11225,” a community arts and crafts market, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date: October 5) on Lincoln Road between Ocean and Flatbush avenues. Comment.
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The market be damned! - Full speed ahead with Atlantic Yards, sez beep

The borough’s top elected official last week said the softening economy is all the more reason why Forest City Ratner Companies’ proposed Atlantic Yards project should get underway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tall salute to nation’s war heroes

The ultimate sacrifice of Brooklyn patriots was recalled during a memorial service presented by Corrigan-Kiernan Memorial Post 8160 in Windsor Terrace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Stepped-up security - Cops increase patrols around Jewish institutions

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shuttle revamp - Ikea shakes up free service

IKEA announced this week that it will amend the daily schedule for its water taxi and shuttle bus services that bring customers to and from its Red Hook superstore. Comment.
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Role models

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Roy L. Austin, headlines a list of outstanding individuals who will be presented with CACNY Role Models of Distinction Awards in October. Comment.
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Renewable energy

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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Recycled bike art show

In participation with the 2008 DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, Recycle-A-Bicycle will host its second annual recycled bike art show and reception, featuring various pieces made by NYC youth, September 26 from 7-10 p.m. at Recycle-A-Bicycle, 35 Pearl Street at the corner of Plymouth Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pioneering treatment - Help for emphysema sufferers

Early this year, New York Methodist Hospital began participating in an international clinical trial to investigate an important new, minimally invasive option for people with advanced widespread emphysema. Comment.
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Parents foment systemic change of DOE - Many call for more oversight and greater voice for moms and dads

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

It is “critically important” that parents join the citywide discussion on the future of school governance, according to a local parents’ group. Comment.
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NYC gridlock

The New York Transit Museum will present a screening of the documentary “Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock,” October 2 at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion led by Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, Paul Steely White. This evening about sustainability and transportation will take place at the Transit Museum’s subway station home, 130 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It is free to the public. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New on campus

Bishop Ford High School opened its 2008 school year by welcoming Brother Thomas Barton, OSF as the school’s new Campus Minister. Brother Tom (center) is welcomed by Bishop Ford President, Dr. Raymond Nash (left) and the school’s Chaplain, Fr. Peter Rayder, also the Pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. Bishop Ford High School is located at 500 19th Street in Windsor Terrace. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Museum uncoils something new

Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Masked tots to hit the street - Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to Brooklyn

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Latest budgetary crisis makes parents see red - After dodging $99 million bullet, schools now face loss of $185 million

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.
Brooklyn Courier

Katrina stories

August 29, 2008 marked the third anniversary of the horror that Hurricane Katrina inflicted upon the north-central Gulf Coast. Its devastation is a wound not yet healed and its survivors are the subject of Brooklyn-born Joseph Rodriguez’s fourth powerHouse Book, “Still Here: Stories After Katrina.” In it, he documents the ongoing expressions of hope, perseverance, and suffering in the affected communities. Comment.
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Internet safety tips

Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes hosted an informative Internet safety seminar for parents at Public School 58, 330 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Inside Trader Joe’s aisles - Shopping Court Street’s trendy new supermarket

The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs — bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s — marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Illustrator given a ray of light - Partnership with Brooklyn writer gives stricken dad hope

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

Hockey scores for fallen troops - Patches raise money to help support families of the deceased

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

High Holy days

Twenty- and 30-somethings are invited by Ohel Ayalah to worship with them and hear the shofar during the Jewish High Holidays at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Services are free…just walk in. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green-Wood makes bid for support

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

Green Brooklyn, Green City conference

Brooklyn’s going green, and some of the borough’s top eco-experts were on hand to illustrate the point during a Green Brooklyn, Green City Conference at Borough Hall. Comment.
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Glenn Mohr Chorale

The Glenn Mohr Chorale, the talented and versatile vocal ensemble, presents performances of the original musical production: “Memorare: Mary Remembers” at 4 p.m., October 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas 249 Ninth Street in Brooklyn (718-768-9471) and 7 p.m., October 19 at Our Lady of the Snows, 258-15 80th Avenue in the Floral Park section of Queens (718-347-6070). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gay GOPer vies for Senate - John Chromczak runs on reform platform

Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

First look at ‘Freedom’

Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Doggie Olympics coming

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

Celestial celebration at GAP

Spirited boroughites flocked to Grand Army Plaza to view an astronomical wonder as it crossed the skies – at exactly 6:23 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Call for 3-month car ban in Park

Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Business seminar

The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation present a free workshop for new small businesses and entrepreneurs, “Self Funding Your Own New Business,” October 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the BEDC office, 175 Remsen Street, Suite 350. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Blessing of the animals

FIDO in Prospect Park welcomes all pets and their owners to the annual blessing of the animals at 7:45 a.m., October 4 at Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK at 35,000 ft.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Brooklyn Tourism office is partnering with “US Airways Magazine” to provide guidance for a 25-page profile on the borough, to run in the award-winning in flight publication of US Airways, which reaches more than five million affluent business and leisure travelers each month. Comment.
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Atlantic viaduct rehab

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

Cynthia King is being honored by the Women’s Ministry of Flatbush Tompkins Congregational Church, October 3 at Autun’s in Queens, NY. Comment.
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AIDS activists flood Brooklyn 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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