Brooklyn Courier

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

Letters

Right on the money

Stanley Gershbein’s recent column concerning the projected cost of attending baseball games at the new Mets Citifield (why not Gil Hodges?) Stadium was right on the money, and I do mean money (“It’s Only My Opinion”). Comment.
Letters

McSame song & dance

If Senator John McCain truly cares about veterans, why is he always voting against their interests? Comment.
Letters

Making Obama look good

This is in response to the recent letter from Deb Sugar who seems to think Sarah Palin is the greatest thing to come down the pike since the invention of the light bulb and sliced bread. Comment.
Letters

Lenore will be missed

Editor’s Note: The following pays tribute to the late Lenore Friedman, a life-long resident of Sheepshead Bay who was also an active member of the Bay Improvement Group (BIG). Comment.
Letters

Hurricane relief

Having seen on TV, on CBS several weeks ago, one of the places to donate food and other supplies for victims of Hurricane Ike is: 1612 Stillwell Avenue, The Bronx, New York. Comment.
Letters

Fighter for the nabe

School District 20 has truly lost a legend in the education community with the passing of Lucrecia Marsigliano. Comment.
Letters

Double-crossing ‘Judah’

There is a new scam going around today that I feel that your readers – particularly grandparents – should be made aware of. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN - Gold-medal grocery unpacking

What compels us to think that we can manage to unload the trunk all in one shot? Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - Palin’s eyeglasses are a hit

Now that we’ve had a few weeks to digest some information about Governor Palin, the question that is running around the Internet is – Did Senator McCain make the right choice when he chose her to be his running mate? Results from the CNBC poll – 51% Yes, 37% No and 11% just don’t know. Results from Vote.Com – 85% Yes, 15% No! Results from the Bill O’Reilly poll – 91% Yes and only 9% No. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - End the reign of puffed-up pols

As the eighth richest American with a net worth of $20 billion, he must protect his assets – and those of his wealthy cronies, too. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Heck of a job so far, ain’t it? With the economy in the tank becoming a bargain hunter is now more imperative than ever. If you weren’t a comparison shopper before, you going to want to become one now. The Consumer Corner, as always, is here to help spotlight some of the best shops to check out in Brooklyn. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Williamsburg

‘NAGging’ about community issues - Neighbors Allied for Good Growth holds town hall to find out what’s on your mind

On the night of the vice presidential debate, with politics on their minds, a diverse group of community members found themselves mostly talking about local community-building issues at the NAG (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth) Town Hall Organizing Meeting on Williamsburg’s north side. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Fall’ into the McCarren Park Greenmarket

Fall’s cooler temperatures mean different types of produce at the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Comment.
Williamsburg

Welcome, Dugan - St. Francis College inducts new president

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment.
Williamsburg

Venting about Bedford Ave. vendors - Entrepreneurs call out competitors for lack of proper licensing, garbage piles

Paul and Ann Tivorsky have been selling vintage clothing, jewelry, and fine art at The Stand on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street for three years but have noticed several unlicensed vendors started joining them. Comments (1).
Williamsburg

Teens get into action at new garden - Students from St. Nick’s program continue work on S. 4th Street community jewel

A new community garden opened last week on South 4th and Hewes streets. Very quickly, it was put to good use. Comment.
Williamsburg

Spooks and ghosts underground - Bob Diamond’s next tunnel tour on Oct. 19 to catch the spirit of Halloween

The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment.
Williamsburg

Show of support for local cancer patient

“This neighborhood is like a small town in a big city. We know how to rally around each other and take care of our own. People really pitch in here to make this a community. It’s been very humbling, and I’m unbelievably touched to live around these people.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Remembering lives lost to violence - Park Slope vigil on Oct. 16 honoring those who died as a result of domestic abuse

The Park Slope Safe Homes Project, an anti-domestic violence organization that provides support for survivors, will hold its 15th annual Remembrance Vigil on October 16 to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

High-end cinema here - IMAX screen coming to a theater near you by 2009

Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment.
Williamsburg

Firearms dropoff here - Local churches to host gun buyback program Oct. 11

Crime-fighters are once again putting their faith in the Kings County District Attorney’s office gun buy-back program. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK pols want you to decide if Mike can run again

Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK’s top designers - Two locals acompeting on reality TV show

Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment.
Williamsburg

As vote nears, calling out for change - Williamsburg activists gather for a phone party to sway swing voters to go blue

In one of the most left-leaning neighborhoods in one of the most Democratic cities in the country, the push to get Sen. Barack Obama into the White House is on. Comment.
Williamsburg

Absolved of sin

A South Williamsburg woman waves a chicken over her head during kapparot, a Jewish ritual practiced during the week before Yom Kippur in a symbolic attempt to transfer one’s sins to the animal. Comment.
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Workers forum

New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse will speak alongside Dan Cantor, founder of New York’s Working Families Party at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Two experts in the field of labor advocacy, Greenhouse and Cantor will discuss challenges facing the US workforce in the context of the current economic crisis, and with an eye toward the elections in November. Comment.
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1-woman show

“The Desert Island Project,” a one-woman show featuring Belinda McGuire in four world premieres by choreographers Kate Alton (Toronto), Andrea Miller (New York) and Idan Sharabi (Israel/Netherlands), as well as a work by McGuire herself, is presented at 8 p.m., October 10-11, at the 303 Bond Street in Carroll Gardens, followed by a final weekend of shows October 17-18. Comment.
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The littlest grime-buster

Mom, dad and the kids including Danny Clarke (above), polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a neighborhood clean-up in Park Slope. The grimebusters teamed up with like-minded neighbors for the day of beautification along DeGraw Street, between 4th and 5th avenues, where the vollies bagged trash, planted trees and distributed new recycling tags and “No Menu” signs for every building on the block. The clean-up was co-sponsored by City Councilmember David Yassky. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Saviour’s Church opens to local pets

The courtyard of St. Saviour’s Church was transformed into an outdoor altar as the annual blessing of the animals got underway. Comment.
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13 streets in Brooklyn to be renamed - Brooklyn changes part of 85 new designations to be made citywide

A Marine Park realtor, a Canarsie historian and a group of guys who love to take really cold baths will all have streets renamed after them in the coming months, city officials announced. Comment.
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Stats show a decrease in Slope crime

There’s good news on the streets for residents of Park Slope – crime in the neighborhood is down over seven and a half percent, more than twice the citywide average. Comment.
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Something wicked in the tunnel - Halloween ghost stories and the ‘lost’ railroad

The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment.
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Solar Energy Society Green Buildings Tour

When the sun smiles, the urban oasis comes to life, beckoning the contemplative to come and rest by its gentle waterfalls, and reflect by its ponds purring with fish. Comment.
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Search for Dean Playground bucks - Community group works to advocate for recreational space

With ground freshly broken on a $1.6 million synthetic turf ball field for a neighborhood park, locals are already looking for additional funding. Comment.
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Saint Francis of Assisi: a canine’s best friend

The borough’s emerald empire provided a grassy altar for four-legged parishioners as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pumpkins get pretty in advance of the witching hour

Creative youngsters had gourds of pre-Halloween fun when Mazzone’s True Value hosted a pumpkin-painting party. Comment.
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Paling around with Palin

Voicer Julie Kirshner, president of Brooklyn-Queens National Organization of Women, says, “Sarah Palin is anti-woman because she doesn’t believe in the ERA, embryonic stem-cell research, or the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ollie all ya want: new skate pk here

A 2.5-acre park that straddles Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus is being touted as a strong candidate for the borough’s second permanent skateboard park. Comment.
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Mayoral control - Forum on DOE’s future

A local elected official is asking parents for their opinions on mayoral control. Comment.
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Making Obama look good

This is in response to the recent letter from Deb Sugar who seems to think Sarah Palin is the greatest thing to come down the pike since the invention of the light bulb and sliced bread. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greenest block in BK - Winners awarded in annual contest

Assemblywoman Joan Millman joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Botanic Garden President Scot Medbury and Independence Community Foundation Executive Director Marilyn Gelber to award winners of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. The project is sponsored by Greenbridge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s community horticulture program, Sovereign Bank, the Independence Community Foundation and Borough President Markowitz. The purpose of the project is to encourage neighbors and businesses to spruce up their blocks and in doing so take pride in their surroundings. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Free walking tour

Join the Urban Park Rangers at 11 a.m., October 12 at the park at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Tillary Street and Cadman Plaza West for a free walking tour showcasing the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Comment.
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Church anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fort Green, Hanson Place & South Portland Avenue, will be observed with celebration and song, October 12 & 19. Comment.
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CB6 clashes with church members - Vitriol flies as district manager tangles with advocates of traditional feast

A recent Catholic street feast in Carroll Gardens is continuing to leave a bad taste in the mouths of locals — made even more bitter by what some have called “anti-Semitic venom.” Comment.
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Car-free, no thank you! - Opponents decry efforts to shut autos out of Prospect Pk

Park Slope Assemblymember Jim Brennan has joined the fight demanding due process and community involvement when it comes to traffic changes in Prospect Park. Comment.
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Brooklyn designers vie to become the ‘Top’ - Two land a spot on hit Bravo reality show

Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment.
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Band plays on for Harvey Schultz - Bandshell dedicated to late luminary

Harvey Schultz, a longtime Brooklyn public servant and the former Commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who died last September, was immortalized this week when the city dedicated the Prospect Park bandshell near Ninth Street in his honor. Comment.
Greenpoint

‘NAGging’ about the nabe - Group holds town hall to find out what’s on your mind

On the night of the vice presidential debate, with politics on their minds, a diverse group of community members found themselves mostly talking about local community-building issues at the NAG (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth) Town Hall Organizing Meeting on Williamsburg’s north side. Comment.
Greenpoint

Woodhull honors green thumbs - Brooklyn Botanic Garden judges award top gardens at the hospital

A collaboration between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Woodhull Hospital has helped turn the fifth-floor Psychiatry Department into the greenest floor at Woodhull. Comment.
Greenpoint

Pols want you to vote on bids for third terms

Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment.
Greenpoint

One blessed pooch

A beloved pet awaits the holy rites at the annual blessing of the animals at St. Anthony of Padua. Comment.
Greenpoint

Fundraiser for cancer patient

“This neighborhood is like a small town in a big city. We know how to rally around each other and take care of our own. People really pitch in here to make this a community. It’s been very humbling, and I’m unbelievably touched to live around these people.” Comment.
Greenpoint

BK’s own top designers - Two locals competing in Bravo reality television show

Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment.
Greenpoint

Bacon Bits taste glory at finals - After defeating the John Cougar Mellencamps, team takesr Kickball League champs

The Bacon Bits are your 2008 Brooklyn Kickball League champions! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

NYU, Poly partnership moves forward

Economic crisis or not, New York University has big plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
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Hospital greenery is the best prescription - Botanic Garden teams up with Woodhull

A collaboration between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Woodhull Hospital has helped turn the fifth-floor Psychiatry Department into the greenest floor at Woodhull. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Court Street milling causes a late night racket - Necessary roadwork elicits slew of complaints

Those recent middle-of-the-night sounds of machinery rattling Brooklyn Heights residents out of their beds ended last week, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comment.
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Blessed be the furry flock

Lucky’s fortune receives a spiritual boost from Rev. Mark Lane, who douses the pet pooch with holy water under the watchful eye of owner Nicole Matthew during a Blessing of the Animals at St. Boniface Church in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

An about face on two local streets

Southern Clinton Hill residents are being asked to weigh in on two possible street direction changes at a public hearing slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. Comment.
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‘Tis the season for flu - Docs recommend vaccinations against this year’s strains

This year, five to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu, a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The effects vary, but more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications and at least 36,000 people die from flu each year. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Too tall for the neighbors - Carroll Gardens balks at height of Toll Bros. development

Already feeling besieged by large, out-of-context buildings from within, now Carroll Gardens has to worry about the prospect of looming towers from without. Comment.
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Saint francis of Assisi: a canine’s best spiritual friend

The borough’s emerald empire provided a grassy altar for four-legged parishioners as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at Prospect Park. Comment.
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P.S. 58 library reopening

Public School 58’s Principal Giselle McGee and Assistant Principal Jayme Perlman will welcome local officials, parents, students and staff to a celebration for the much-anticipated opening of the newly renovated PS 58 Library, 330 Smith Street, October 14 at 9 a.m. Comment.
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Ninth St. truck traffic instills fear

Trucks are barreling down Ninth Street and someone is going to get killed. Comment.
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Mike faces term limit challenge

Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment.
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Hired hand for Gardens rezoning - Grad student on the job; study still a wait

The effort to protect Carroll Gardens against overdevelopment got some extra help this week, but advocates hoping to get on the fast track to “downzoning” probably shouldn’t expect to zip to the head of the line. Comment.
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God bless Brooklyn’s animals great and small

Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Paul’s Church. Comment.
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Divine critter

Ebullient pooch Stitch’s holy rites are administered by Rev. Peter Cullen during a Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s Church. Comment.
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Car-free for some, a parking lot for others - Opponents decry barring autos from Prospect Park

Park Slope Assemblymember Jim Brennan has joined the fight demanding due process and community involvement when it comes to traffic changes in Prospect Park. Comment.
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Burglary spike dulls

Police in Carroll Gardens say that they have gotten a handle on the up-tick in burglaries they have been experiencing for the past month. Comment.
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Arrest in Douglass Pool murder - Cops bust 20-year-old man

A 20-year-old man with a lengthy rap sheet has been arrested for allegedly gunning down a Parks Department night watchman at the Douglass Street pool this past August. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

St. Paul’s church opens doors to neighborhood pets

Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Paul’s Church. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Small, but truly excellent - Yassky hails Robbie Dawg, Inc. recipe for success

Councilmember David Yassky, chair of the City Council Committee on Small Business, presented his Small Business Community Excellence Award to Robbie dawg, inc. in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sit, roll over, accept heaven’s blessing!

Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at St. Boniface Church. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Saint Francis of Assisi: A Brooklyn canine’s best friend

The borough’s emerald empire provided a grassy altar for four-legged parishioners as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Safety town hall

Council Member Letitia James will hold a public safety town hall meeting from 7-9 p.m., October 15 with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and staff, 88th Precinct Captain Anthony Tasso, 84th Precinct Captain Alan Abel, and PSA 3 Captain Brian McGinn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

One-way on St. James Place - Hearing set on proposals to alter traffic flow at two locations

Southern Clinton Hill residents are being asked to weigh in on two possible street direction changes at a public hearing slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

NYU, Poly partnership moves forward - School to expand university’s reach

Economic crisis or not, New York University has big plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Let voters decide term limits

Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Just too tall for the neighbors - Alternative plan for Gowanus advanced

Already feeling besieged by large, out-of-context buildings from within, now Carroll Gardens has to worry about the prospect of looming towers from without. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Car-free is bust for them - Opponents say Prospect park changes will hurt nabe

Park Slope Assemblymember Jim Brennan has joined the fight demanding due process and community involvement when it comes to traffic changes in Prospect Park. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Blessed furry flock

Lucky’s fortune receives a spiritual boost from Rev. Mark Lane, who douses the pet pooch with holy water under the watchful eye of owner Nicole Matthew during a Blessing of the Animals at St. Boniface Church in Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

all quiet on court street - Nighttime street work now complete

Those recent middle-of-the-night sounds of machinery rattling Brooklyn Heights residents out of their beds ended last week, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comment.

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