Brooklyn Courier

Friday, June 5, 2009

Williamsburg

Free tennis lessons for kids

The New York Junior Tennis League’s annual spring program is offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel: What on the Court Calendar

Judges closer to winning their raises Comment.
Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel: What’s on the Court Calendar

Judges closer to winning their raises Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Coping with your hot flashes

Hot flashes — they start with a sudden flush, the feeling that your internal thermostat’s been turned up, and spontaneous perspiration. Many women know the sensation all too well. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Finger’ will be clipped

Even though a city body upheld a permit allowing the so−called “Finger Building” to rise to 16 stories last December, the structure – a controversial high−rise at 144 N. 8th Street that has been under construction for several years – will not rise to its maximum allowable height, its developer confirmed. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklynites go medieval for spring

Just call it Aviator Sports & Recreation−shire! Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Fit as a fiddle for motherhood

Planning for a new baby can be an exciting task for most parents−to−be. Many pregnant women anticipate how the baby will affect the family dynamic or the best ways to save for college tuition. But did you know that some of the most important details for ensuring a healthy baby can be planned even before you get pregnant? Comment.
Williamsburg

Fundraisers have long way to go to convert old firehouse

Organizers hoping to raise the near $2 million needed to convert the former Firehouse 212 into a multi−purpose community center hosted an event last Friday celebrating the money they have raised so far – and showing how much further they still have to go. Comment.
Williamsburg

175−block rezoning effort underway

The City Planning Commission held a public hearing this past Wednesday regarding the rezoning of the “inland” portion of Williamsburg and Greenpoint not covered in the area’s waterfront rezoning in 2005. Comment.
Williamsburg

MetroTech BID scholarships

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.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: Tips for staying healthy after 50

How can you stay healthy after age 50? Here are some tips for women. Comment.
Williamsburg

Just a little too much democracy for Markowitz

Former President George W. Bush was always fond of saying how much easier governing the United States would be if only it were a dictatorship. Old Number 43 may be history, but that sentiment about our democracy has apparently not faded out with him. Comment.
Williamsburg

Wrong turn on Kent

Last Wednesday, the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled a plan it hoped would quell the unrest surrounding the controversial Kent Avenue bike lanes, which the agency installed last October as a prelude to the Brooklyn Greenway. Comment.
Williamsburg

Just too much democracy for Marty

Former President George W. Bush was always fond of saying how much easier governing the United States would be if only it were a dictatorship. Old Number 43 may be history, but that sentiment about our democracy has apparently not faded out with him. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dr. Oz offers up a healthy prescription

Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz offered the lowdown on well−being, while Miss Cyclone provided the eye−candy during a community health fair in Williamburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health: The truth about women’s health issues

Test Your Knowledge about Women’s Health Comment.
Williamsburg

Bad economy, hard drugs and the corner store stick−up

Financial recessions doesn’t lead to crime −− at least not directly, according to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment.
Williamsburg

Organ donation

The Kane Street Synagogue presents Robert Berman, a pioneering activist and founder of the Halachic Organ Donation Society, who will discuss “Organ Donation: Jewish law and modern needs,” a lecture and discussion during Shabbat morning services, June 13, approximately 11:15 a.m. at 236 Kane Street. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coney pulls hard for great ‘09

The Great Coney Island Tug of War held on the sand in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel went to “Wall Street” this weekend − but no one is feeling ripped off. Comment.
Williamsburg

Coalition re−defines Triangle

The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition (BTCC), comprising the 40−plus community groups protesting the city’s rezoning plan for the Broadway Triangle, presented its own vision for the Triangle at a raucous meeting this past Monday at Williamsburg’s P.S. 250 (108 Montrose Avenue). Comment.
Williamsburg

New fears about the safety of our drinking water

The machinations of energy companies in upstate New York could have a devastating impact on Brooklyn’s drinking water, a local lawmaker warned last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

North 1st Street resident narrowly escapes crushing

A North 1st Street resident was nearly crushed to death when his building suffered a partial collapse, officials said this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

St. Nicholas group steps forward

A walk to work by big−hearted Brooklynites translated into big bucks for disadvantaged youngsters hoping to attend camp this summer when the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corp. held its annual St. Nick’s benefit walk in Williamsburg. Comment.
Williamsburg

Not for Nuthin’

Jon and Kate Gosselin created more than a reality show — they created a nightmare, especially for their children. Comment.
Williamsburg

It’s Only My Opinion

Whatever happened to... Comment.
Williamsburg

Treat your Dad like a real MVP

The Brooklyn Cyclones invite fans to show dad he’s MVP this Father’s Day, June 21st at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, by inviting him for a special catch in the outfield grass prior to the team’s 5 p.m. game. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pinstripe celebrity returning to old stomping grounds

Dom Scala, who went from the dusty fields of 1960s era McCarren Park all the way to Yankee Stadium as the team’s bullpen coach, will come back to his home community to talk baseball with area children. Comment.
High School Sports

Wolves’ loss no reason to howl

Gina Lopez was visibly upset. Her 20th−seeded Grand Street Campus softball team had just lost to No. 13 Bayside, 12−2 in six innings, on Thursday in the first round of the PSAL Class A softball playoffs. Comment.
Williamsburg

S.L.A.M. Warehouse sends in the clowns to fight recession

A Williamsburg party seeks to turn the frown wrought by the current economic climate upside down by bringing the circus to town and sending in the clowns. Comment.
Williamsburg

The art of nourishing young minds at McCarren Park

In addition to featuring more established D.I.Y. artists, Artists & Fleas’ “Market in McCarren,” which runs every Saturday through the summer, has the additional benefit of providing a venue for Williamsburg’s more up−and−coming artists. Comment.
Williamsburg

Art for Social Justice at El Puente

Hector Calderon, principal of El Puente Academy of peace and justice, eloquently summed up a central tenet of El Puente, the North Brooklyn community organization. Comment.
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Cops: we ‘bagged’ grocery goons

Cops have rounded up the grocery goons allegedly responsible for a two−month−long robbery spree where six delis were raided. Comment.
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Park Slope Farmers’ Market feeds the nabe

Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm−fresh delights on opening day of the Park Slope Farmers’ Market. Comment.
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Pint−sized kids; big hearts

Newly coiffed cuties Jordan Pittari (left) and pal Ashley Gallo, both 6, clipped their way into the hearts of underprivileged and ailing peers by lopping off their long tresses and donating their gleaming manes to Locks of Love, which makes hairpieces for children. Comment.
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Focus on Health: Blue mommies: coping with bouts of depression

One of the most common affliction affecting women is depression during and after pregnancy. This article will lend some insight into this condition. Comment.
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MTA close to sale of the Vanderbilt Yards

MTA officials confirmed last week that they expect to come to an agreement with developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) on the sale of the Vanderbilt Yards section of the 22−acre Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
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Exciting events for older adults

CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Older Adult Services offers a wide array of services and free activities for seniors. Among their offerings are. Comment.
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Heyer: I’m not afraid of Lambda forum

John Heyer is not going to let his conservative views get in the way of a possible endorsement. Comment.
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You folks go to the head of the class

Brooklyn educators delivered a tall tribute to their local supporters during a breakfast forum, presented by the Community Education Council of District 15. Comment.
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Deadline looms for transition to digital television

The transition from analog to digital is quickly approaching, and many consumers are continuing to upgrade their outdated televisions in preparation of the June 12 deadline. While the switch to digital means better sound and picture quality, it also means more electronics entering the waste stream. Comment.
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Borough’s first cohousing complex

The families preparing to move into Brooklyn’s first cohousing project are not just a group of community−minded folks. They’re environmentally minded, too. Comment.
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Admirals’ Row demolition

Despite the angst of preservationists, the Army National Guard approved the demolition of nine of the 11 now−derelict houses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard known as Admirals’ Row. Comment.
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New scorecard on ‘inhumane’ pols

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.
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2009 Nurse of Distinction Award

“I function day to day on a simple premise,” said Mervis Smith, RN, a post anesthesia care unit nurse at New York Methodist Hospital. “If I take today and live it well, work to the best of my ability, then that day becomes the premise on which tomorrow is built.” Comment.
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Two more BK schools shutter in the face of swine flu fears

Suspected swine flu slammed the doors shut on two Red Hook schools this week. Comment.
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Annuity wkshop

Adam Abraham of First United American Life Insurance Company will present an annuity workshop at the Aviator Sport and Recreation Complex, 5 Hangar Drive in Floyd Bennett Field, June 16 from 12:30−1:30 p.m. Comment.
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Pedaling into petition drive

Forget about winning hearts and minds. At this stage of the game, its all about petition signatures. Comment.
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Cop Shot − Not!

At a time when an off−duty cop was shot down by a fellow officer in Harlem, a Park Slope resident picked a poor way to vent his outrage at a police officer who had arrested him on a minor drug charge. Comment.
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City is hungry to lure new food vendor to Carroll Park; activists voice concern

Carroll Gardens activists were caught off guard last week to learn that the city Parks Department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to put a food vender in Carroll Park. Comment.
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SuperFund foes face backlash over flier

A glossy flier urging residents to “just say no” to designating the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site is turning off some of the very people it was created to sway. Comment.
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Retired general talks torture

The O’Dovovan Rossa Society will host a talk, “State Terrorism: From Torture to Murder – Lessons Learned from Abu Ghraib to Castlereagh,” with Brigader General Ret. James Cullen at 7:30 p.m., June 10 at Rocky Sullivan’s Pub, 34 Van Dyke Street (at Dwight Street) in Red Hook. Comment.
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Lowy: it would be unfair for me to remain president of IND

In a parting message to the candidates in the 39th Councilmanic District, Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND) President Kenn Lowy had one wish: for everyone to play nice together. Comment.
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Greenway tix

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s annual benefit, New Views 2009, brings you to another new waterfront destination, June 18 June 18 from 6−9 p.m. Comment.
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Let Legends Car & Limo get you there

Who says all car services are alike? Comment.
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Runners rumble thru Coney Island

Close to 10,000 runners pounded the wooden warrior at Coney Island, joyously, culminating the New York Road Runners Half−Marathon Grand Prix, which began at Prospect Park and ended at Coney’s famous Riegelmann Boardwalk. Comment.
High School Sports

Hands down, Midwood rules!

Give them a hand. Comment.
High School Sports

Elimination stings feisty Falcons

In each of Mike Hanrahan’s two seasons as the Bishop Ford baseball coach, he has seen vast improvements. The Falcons have made the playoffs both years, their league record has gotten better and they even beat defending CHSAA Class A intersectional champion Xaverian this spring. Comment.
High School Sports

The tennis ball is in her court

Hannah Berner said she would love to be thought of as a role model for other girls. Comment.
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Grease is still the word in Brooklyn

Stellar students stole the show when they took to the stage for a rollicking performance of “Grease” at Middle School 51. Comment.
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Farmers market

With twice as many vendors, the Sunday Farmers Market in Park Slope, held on Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be a one−stop−shop for neighborhood residents this season. Comment.
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Russian cultural festival

As part of the monthlong Seventh Annual Russian Heritage Festival, June 1−30, the Russian American Foundation is holding two community events at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Ocean Parkway & Seabreeze Avenue, in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn Comment.
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PAL health fair

The Police Athletic League (PAL) Miccio Headstart Center will hold its annual health fair for Head Start and other families in Red Hook, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pal Miccio Center, 120 West Ninth Street. Comment.
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Summer festival

The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters, a third−year public middle school in Fort Greene, invites families and community members to attend its 2nd Annual SummerFest on June 20th, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the school located at 225 Adelphi Street. Comment.
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Terriers anticipate front−court boost

St. Francis College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Nash announced that Alexander Harrington has signed a national letter−of−intent to join the Terriers for the 2009−2010 season. Comment.
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‘Rush Hour Benefit to Terminate Hunger’

St. John’s Bread & Life (SJB&L), Brooklyn’s largest and likely the nation’s most high−tech soup kitchen, is holding its first “Rush Hour Benefit to Terminate Hunger” at Grand Central Station’s Northeast Balcony, June 24 from 5−8 p.m. by the elevator at Track #23. Comment.
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City gets serious about Gardens rezone

The Department of City Planning this week announced the beginning of the formal review for an 86−block contextual rezoning of the Carroll Gardens and Columbia Street district, an effort to preserve some of the most unique, verdant, low−scale and beautiful blocks in the city, the agency said. Comment.
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Dyker golf outing

Capt. John McKenna and the LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment.
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Portside encourages retro−Red Hook effort

The Red Hook experience could be yours — for the right price. Comment.
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P.S. 32 showcases students’ academic prowess

The Red Hook experience could be yours — for the right price. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dock Street d−day

As this paper went to press, the City Council Land Use Committee was expected to address and possibly vote on the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project under the city’s rezoning process. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MTA close to Ratner deal

MTA officials confirmed last week that they expect to come to an agreement with developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) on the sale of the Vanderbilt Yards section of the 22−acre Atlantic Yards project. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

YWCA rehab nears completion

After several tense months, the stalled renovation of the YWCA on Atlantic Avenue is back on track. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Local Produce Festival: a bounty of neighborhood fun

Are you coming to the revel? Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Miss Brooklyn’ looks to take the next step

Before Miss Brooklyn Keelie Sheridan goes off to compete in the Miss New York scholarship pageant later this month, she’s getting some help from her “dream team” of local sponsors, who have been providing the beauty with everything from fitness training to headshots to getting her primped and primed for the pageant. Comment.

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