Brooklyn Courier

Friday, May 29, 2009

Williamsburg

United Baseball League returns!

The community recreation space at North Street and Central Avenue morphed into a “field of dreams” for budding Derek Jeters, who took to the green for opening day of the United Baseball League. Comment.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg Flea makes the scene

A new Sunday flea market set to open on June 14 will give the Southside a match for the Artists and Fleas market in McCarren Park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Backlash against ‘robotrains’

A bill authored by a Brooklyn lawmaker mandating that subway trains that pass underwater be staffed by a train conductor recently passed the state Assembly. But it is uncertain whether the bill will come for vote in the Senate, where it has died in recent years before a vote had even been taken. Comment.
Williamsburg

Old fashioned pedal power keeps ahead of MetroCard hikes

Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment.
Williamsburg

Sweet ULURP eludes Domino

Last week, the city’s Department of City Planning published a long list of projects certified to enter the public review ULURP process, a prelude to breaking ground on construction. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lander war chest leads pack

The much hyped, but ultimately meaningless, fight for campaign finance supremacy reached another threshold last week with candidates in the 39th Council District sizing up their opponents by the cash they’ve collected for their campaign coffers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Those ‘inhuman’ politicians

If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment.
Williamsburg

Pet lovers cruise

Don’t miss the boat on this summer’s most fabulous animal rescue benefit — a luxury Mega Yacht Cruise aboard the Atlantis, departing from the North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center, June 4. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lowy takes leave; says Buddy ‘packed’ IND

A surprising rally to endorse City Council candidate John Heyer has caused a massive shake−up in the leadership of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND). Comment.
Williamsburg

Make neighbors green with envy!

The deadline to vie for the coveted Greenest Block in Brooklyn title is fast approaching. June 1 marks the last day that residents and businesses who want to use the contest as a way to build greener communities can submit applications to enter the annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Comment.
Williamsburg

Readers stack up head & shoulders above the crowd

The Grand Street Campus High Schools (850 Grand St.) hosted their annual awards ceremony for the school cluster’s most prolific readers, honoring 17 students whose names showed up most frequently on the library’s computerized checkout database. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidates ‘rezoned’

Perhaps the most revealing moment of Tuesday night’s City Council candidate forum for the 33rd District came at the very end, when candidates were asked their thoughts on the controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dining Out for a Cure puts cancer remedy on the menu

Eating out is always a treat, even more so when you know that treating yourself to a wonderful meal will help raise money for a good cause. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Magnificent seven’ clash

For the second time in as many weeks last Tuesday, the seven candidates hoping to replace David Yassky in the 33rd Council District sat down for a forum and agreed on most issues. Comment.
Williamsburg

National CPR & AED Week

National CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week, a nationwide initiative designated by the US Congress to promote the importance of CPR and AED training, begins June 1. Comment.
Williamsburg

New shape of the ‘Triangle’

The latest front on the divisive community war surrounding the Broadway Triangle, the large tract of land bordering Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Bedford−Stuyvesant, will take place before Community Board 1 next month. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s chocolate man, Jacques Torres, is branching into the soft stuff. Comment.
Williamsburg

Chorus

The Brooklyn Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting open house rehearsals at 7:45 p.m., June 22. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Slope Dad has all the right questions for Alex Trebek

When Justin Bernbach got the call earlier this year inviting him on “Jeopardy!” he thought maybe he’d be lucky and win one game. Comment.
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Meet Dr. Anjan Rau

The human body is an amazing piece of work. Comment.
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Lifesavers are put to the test!

A man paces frantically outside a Brooklyn university while paramedics attempt to resuscitate his wife, who is in cardiac arrest. Nearby, other FDNY EMS members in protective gear are investigating a toxic substance emitting a poisonous plume of fumes into the air. Comment.
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New effort to extend statute of limitations

Two competing bills involving child molestation are winding their way through the State Legislature with supporters lining up on both sides. Comment.
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New scholarships available

A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment.
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Supporters stand tall for late firefighter

The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn Bravest, who emerged from his retirement to help with the 9⁄11 rescue and recovery effort only to later fall prey to cancer, received a financial boost from big−hearted boroughites, who organized a fundraiser in Windsor Terrace in memory of Firefighter Anthony Incarbone. Comment.
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MetroTech Bid backs students

Last year, the MetroTech Business Improvement District initiated a college scholarship program, in which they created a fund that provided 25 college scholarships of $1,000 each for high school graduating seniors who were going to attend colleges in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
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Pre−K graduation

The American Italian Coalition of Organizations’ annual pre−Kindergarten graduation will be held at 9:30 a.m., June 5 at AMICO Court Street Children’s Center, 292 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment.
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Class is out and the carnival is in at P.S. 154

A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a carnival at Public School 154. Comment.
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Strawberry Jam at Franklin’s

Join the Friends of Community Roots Charter School for the Second Annual Strawberry Jam at Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden, 618 St. John’s Place between Classon & Franklin avenues, June 5 from 6:30−9 p.m. Comment.
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Lutherans invite new members

Classes will be starting for Bay Ridge residents to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church, one of Brooklyn’s most active and growing Lutheran churches. Comment.
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African monument

The National Park Service invites members of the public to an open house, June 9 from 6−8 p.m. at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 464 Washington Avenue between Greene & Gates avenues, to share ideas and expectations for the future of the African Burial Ground National Monument. Comment.
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Summer street coming

Four blocks of Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians for Summer Streets on Vanderbilt Avenue, every Sunday in June (June 7, 14, 21 & 28) from 12−5 p.m. Comment.
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It’s Psychedelic on Pier 5

Get psyched for Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon streets in the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 6−9 p.m., June 4. Come celebrate the beginning of park construction and help kick−off a summer of fun on the waterfront. Comment.
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Support group

New York Methodist will hold a Hepatitis C Support Group, June 2 from 6−7:30 p.m. at 501 Sixth Street in the Wesley House (across the street from the hospital), classroom 6A; take the elevator to the sixth floor and make a left. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Modern Israeli politics through a rabbinical prism

Americans for a Safe Israel presents a lecture by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum on “Israel and the Nations: Understanding Prophecy and the Redemption Process” at 7:30 p.m., June 3 at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 401 Ninth Street between Sixth & Seventh avenues in Park Slope. Comment.
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Tish outpaces challenger

Incumbent 35th District City Councilmember Letitia (Tish) James has caught up and surpassed her upstart challenger Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa in money−rasing for the September Democratic primary. Comment.
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Hot wheels: car theft up

Crime in the Park Slope vicinity, including Prospect Park, is exactly at the same level it was last year. Comment.
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Brooklyn fashionistas takes on homelessness

Celebrate an unwavering commitment to ending homelessness in Brooklyn at the annual Fashion on Fulton and Friends gala benefiting Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS), June 2 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment.
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City balks at ‘super’ rush

All we need, city officials implored the Environmental Protection Agency this week, is just a little patience. Comment.
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Top cops put kibosh on ‘goth goons’

Two patrol officers nabbed a couple of thugs in the course of a day’s work and wound up receiving the 78th Police Precinct’s “Cop of the Month” award for their quick action. Comment.
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Key Food teams up with P.S. 154

Continuing a long−standing partnership with Public School 154, the Windsor Terrace Key Food on Prospect Avenue joined in helping the PTA of the school to have another successful annual “spring fling.” Comment.
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Land a job

Keynote speaker and Human Resources Executive Arthur Danger will present “Interviews, Resumes, and Recruiters,” an analysis on how employees choose successful applicants and how you can influence their choice, 7 p.m., June 2 at Ozzie’s, 321 Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place. Comment.
High School Sports

Lions exorcise Blue Devils for win

It looked like Poly Prep was finally getting to Phillip Seay. Comment.
High School Sports

4−peat for Poly Prep gals

Mildred Piscopo remembers well the first time Victoria Capozucca was in this position. The ace right−hander was an eighth grader on varsity at Poly Prep and in the circle for the Blue Devils against Marymount in the NYSAISAA championship game. Comment.
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Doggone good and environmentally friendly!

Family fun took center stage at a day long event held May 16 at Coffey Park. The environmental stewardship and park appreciation event kicked off with a family dog training workshop, hosted by the group Red Hook Dogs, followed by family yoga, by Red Hook Yoga Studio and Drawing ,and a tree survey led by Kentler International Drawing Space and Coffey Park Gardeners. Comment.
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Rezoning helps define candidates

Perhaps the most revealing moment of Tuesday night’s City Council candidate forum for the 33rd District came at the very end, when candidates were asked their thoughts on the controversial Broadway Triangle rezoning. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cops saluted for putting kibosh on muggings

A trio of cops from the 84th Precinct were honored last week for their hand in ending a disturbing wave of street robberies in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bklyn Bridge rehab work gearing up

Work is slated to start on the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge later this year and continue through 2014, Department of Transportation officials said last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Endgame for Dock St. saga

With both supporters and opponents waiting with bated breath, the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project is winding its way through the City Council for a final thumbs up or down under the city’s rezoning process. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Simon leads others in fundraising

Jo Anne Simon has surpassed Steve Levin as the leading fundraiser in the battle to replace David Yassky for the 33rd district City Council seat. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Topping out’ toast 400 feet over DeKalb Avenue

The star was a 9,000−pound bucket of concrete, hoisted 400 feet up in the air. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

No partridges in uprooted pear trees

Nothing lost, nothing gained. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Habana Outpost crowd parties hearty

Fun and friendship shared the spotlight with sizzling attractions when the Big Apple’s first solar−powered restaurant shut down a portion of Fort Greene for one of the borough’s first block parties of the season. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Landmark status for ‘Ma Bell’ on Bridge Street

Area dignitaries joined members of the business community to designate an “architectural masterpiece” as a city landmark in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Heroics of ordinary people’

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes recognized five local heroes who have gone out of their way, sometimes at great risk, to help victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn in honor of National Crime Victims Week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bogus gift card scam

It’s okay to look a gift card in the mouth, according to the top cop at the 84th Precinct. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City Point Tower deal left to stall

From a massive 65−story tower with mixed retail⁄residential uses at the Dekalb⁄Flatbush intersection to a hole in the ground that threatens to blight the Fulton Mall. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Williamsburg

1800wheelchair.com announces scholarships

A Brooklyn−based online business that serves disabled people in the U.S. and abroad is now accepting applications for its bi−annual college scholarship fund. Comment.
Williamsburg

Hero cops snatch troubled man from the brink

Police officers aim to “protect and serve,” the old saying goes. Sometimes, this means protecting people from themselves. Comment.
Williamsburg

Say bye−bye to Black Betty

On June 15, Black Betty, the popular Williamsburg Middle Eastern eatery and live music venue that was one of the first bars in the neighborhood to cater to the “hipster” scene when it opened in 1999, will close. Comment.
Williamsburg

Robberies, thefts drive spike

Although crime is down 6.5 percent from its levels of this time last year, this past month has not been a good one for the 94th Precinct, which encompasses Williamsburg north of Metropolitan Avenue and Greenpoint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Murdoch donates $5.5 million

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch made a surprise $5.5 million donation earlier this month to a Harlem charter school during a benefit concert at the neighborhood’s legendary Apollo Theater. Comment.
Williamsburg

New effort to institute parking permits; Bloomberg administration isn’t buying it

Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cops probe site of shootout

Looking for evidence... Comment.
Williamsburg

Burglars have hot time in the Burg

While crime in the 90th Precinct remains significantly down from last year’s levels, the precinct has seen a spike in burglaries over the past month. Comment.
Williamsburg

New addition on McKibbin Street

A new not−for−profit industrial center opened in Williamsburg this week, dedicated to retaining manufacturing in the community. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn Business Summit coming to PolyTech University

Small business owners and entrepreneurs: join hundreds of business people for 16 free workshops, one−on−one clinics and much more at the first annual Brooklyn Business Summit May 27 at PolyTech University, Six Metrotech Center. Comment.
Williamsburg

Simon leads the fundraising pack

Jo Anne Simon has surpassed Steve Levin as the leading fundraiser in the battle to replace David Yassky for the 33rd district City Council seat. Comment.
Williamsburg

Swine flu freakout

The swine−flu scare has come to Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dad stabs his child in the head

Cops keep watch outside a Jefferson Avenue home where a man recently stabbed his child in the head with a butter knife. Comment.
Williamsburg

Many are up the creek without a park

A large group of North Brooklyn parks advocates marched on Saturday to call attention to the open space they say the city promised them in the 2005 rezoning but has largely not delivered. Comment.
Williamsburg

Talking ‘money’

The Kane Street Synagogue will present a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Late Night Shavuot Study on “Money: Teachings from Classical Jewish Texts” May 28 at the shul, 236 Kane Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

G line to be extended

The G train is coming to Church Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Thousands flock to this year’s Graham Avenue Fiesta

Despite an ominous forecast, the weather held out for Saturday’s Graham Avenue Fiesta, the annual introduction to summer presented by the Graham Avenue Business Improvement District on the bustling Williamsburg commercial strip known as the “Avenue of Puerto Rico.” Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ quiz separates candidates

At Tuesday night’s 33rd Council District candidates’ forum, sponsored by the New Kings Democrats, most candidates agreed on most issues, which is par for the course for such events. Comment.
Williamsburg

Swine could chase cons to Brooklyn

In the wake of a swine flu outbreak at Rikers Island, city Department of Correction officials last week did not rule out transferring inmates to the Brooklyn House of Detention. Comment.
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Polluted Gowanus Canal fouls up rezoning

A controversial proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site has left a ballyhooed plan to rezone the surrounding neighborhood stuck in the mud, this paper has learned. Comment.
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Bike path rethink urged

Community Board 6 last week urged the city to tweak its plan for a bicycle path along Prospect Park West, a roadway that will either be made safer or, critics say, more dangerous if the scheme is enacted. Comment.
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49th Miss Polonia Pageant

The South Brooklyn Pulaski Parade Committee will celebrate their 49th Anniversary Miss Polonia Pageant, Dinner−Dance and Presentation of Junior Miss at Sirico’s, 8015 13th Avenue, May 31. Comment.
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Nazi−era ‘runes’ put local authorities on alert

There’s a battle of wills brewing over “Triumph of Will” and other Nazi−era graffiti that has been seen sprouting up around the borough of late. Comment.
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Mother⁄Daughter Health Day

The Girls for Gender Equality’s Fourth Annual Mother Daughter Health and Play Day will be held May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pacific School −PS 38, corner of Nevins and Pacific streets. Admission is free. Comment.
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East meets west

The 100−foot long tunnel below Willoughby Street linking two sets of subway lines from across Brooklyn would do Indiana Jones proud — except workers found no lost tomb or buried treasure when digging it. Comment.
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NYRR Half−Marathon to wrap up in Coney

Nearly 10,000 runners plan to take part in the NYRR Half−Marathon Grand Prix Presented by Continental Airlines: Brooklyn, a 13.1−mile journey that starts in Prospect Park and finishes on the boardwalk at Coney Island, May 30. Comment.
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Swap meet coming up May 30

Talk about a recession special: Next weekend, the best things in Gowanus will be free. Comment.
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Free or low−cost health insurance

As layoffs continue to mount amid the recession, more New Yorkers suddenly find themselves unemployed and without essential health insurance coverage. Comment.
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You can park it with a permit

Two state lawmakers from Brooklyn have drafted a bill that would allow the city to sell residential parking permits (RPP) to motorists with the revenue going to subway and bus improvements. Comment.
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LIU holds stellar 2009 commencement exercises

Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns, music−industry giants Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and award−winning journalist Ron Chernow were among the notables who helped students celebrate the culmination of a successful academic year with graduation day rites and festivities at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Comment.
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Landowners oppose Superfund

A powerful coalition of landowners and developers has formed to battle a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, a plan they warn could stifle the area’s hard−fought progress. Comment.
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Brooklyn Business Summit

Small business owners and entrepreneurs: join hundreds of business people for 16 free workshops, one−on−one clinics and much more at the first annual Brooklyn Business Summit May 27 at PolyTech University, Six Metrotech Center. Comment.
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Fare−free commute: National Bike to Work Day

Forget crowded subways or sitting in traffic. Brooklynites and all New Yorkers recently celebrated National Bike to Work Day, an unofficial holiday since 1956 that has gained traction in New York in recent years because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to encourage cycling as a form of transportation. Comment.
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‘Keep on the Watch’ convention

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are inviting all to hear interesting discussions about The Bible’s description of what some people refer to as the end of the world, during the 2009 “Keep on the Watch!” District Convention. Comment.
High School Sports

‘No. 12’ demands attention

When the PSAL boys’ volleyball seeding came out last week, coach Noreen Begley and her Brooklyn Tech players saw the No. 12 next to their name and felt slighted. Comment.
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Neighborhood life is grand in Willowtown

Good cheer, neighborliness and a nudge to the social conscience set the tone for an afternoon of simple pleasures in Willowtown where mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with visitors to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the handsome, history−steeped red brick community in Brooklyn Heights with a special salute to its visionary – affordable housing pioneer Alfred Tredway White [1846−1921]. Comment.
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Kapur: Carroll Gardens ‘is working’

The city pledged last week to protect the low−rise nature of Carroll Gardens, initiating a rezoning aimed at preserving the neighborhood’s particular aesthetic. Comment.
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Kick the habit with free patches, gum

With a pack of cigarettes rising to more than $9, the city is relaunching its efforts to encourage smokers to quit their deadly habit. Comment.
High School Sports

Tenth Annual Metro SportsMed Awards

Metro SportsMed presents the Tenth Annual Metro Sportsmed Scholar Athlete Awards Program. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

20 solid blocks full of Fabulous fun & games

Frolickers headed for a splash of spring fun as the “Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair” got underway in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New meaning to ‘meter maid’

You get more than parking for your quarter on Montague Street these days. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Tish now raises more money than Dee

Incumbent 35th District City Councilmember Letitia (Tish) James has caught up and surpassed her upstart challenger Delia (Dee) Hunley−Adossa in money−rasing for the September Democratic primary. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Students go from the classroom to the stage

A rapt audience received a lesson in showmanship from starry−eyed drama students at New Horizons Middle School, who ignited the auditorium with their rollicking presentation of the Disney crowd−pleaser, “High School on Stage!” Comment.

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