Brooklyn Courier

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

Williamsburg

Robbed on the rails

A straphanger was mugged by four thugs as he rode the J train into the Marcy Avenue station last week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Gavel to Gavel

A Bushwick man who oversaw security for the Museum of Natural History will be facing the next two to six years in a very, very secure environment %u2013 prison, law enforcement officials said this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

Our Endorsements

David Yassky Comment.
Williamsburg

Borough Briefs

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 8, street cleaning/alternate side parking regulations will be temporarily suspended in small parts of downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights south of Joralemon Street and Boerum Hill due to a changing of signage and regulations. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bill counts on ‘grassroots’

It’s a numbers game that’s awfully one-sided: Mayor Michael Bloomberg has $36.5 million set aside for his re-election campaign while New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, his Bed-Stuy born and bred challenger, has a little over $5 million squirrelled away in his bid to unseat him. Comment.
Williamsburg

Kent - in a round-about way

In the tenth official debate among the candidates for the 33rd City Council District, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, the theme of transportation naturally dominated discussions. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jobless crisis looms large in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended. Comment.
Williamsburg

Two skip 34th Dist. candidates debate

This week, a crowd of approximately 70 residents, community leaders and reporters from nine newspapers gathered in the basement of 1st Spanish Presbyterian Church expecting a raucous debate among candidates running for the 34th Council District seat. Comment.
Williamsburg

Lander backs away from Blatt ‘abominations’

A Borough Park newspaper article about Brad Lander has called the 39th City Council candidate’s views on gay marriage into question. Comment.
Williamsburg

NYC on guard against h1n1

Fear of a swine flu resurgence has led the city to offer free flu shots to public school students. Comment.
Williamsburg

Call for Triangle investigation

As the proposed rezoning of the Broadway Triangle makes its way through the city’s land use review process, one member of the City Planning Commission, Angela Battaglia, has played a significant but largely behind-the-scenes role in the project’s advancement, making opponents of the plan uncomfortable. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brewing over bars

The State Assembly may be in summer recess, but Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick) has been spending a busy summer meeting with his constituents in Williamsburg to hear their concerns over public safety. Comment.
Williamsburg

Candidate spotlight on Isaac Abraham

Hasidic Judaism is filled with Talmudic rules and practices that must be followed in order to live a healthy, kosher life. But there’s only one rule to keep about going to dinner at the Williamsburg institution Gottlieib’s (325 Roebling Avenue) with City Council candidate Isaac Abraham: let Isaac order for you. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Chorus Line’ auditions

The Northside Players is holding auditions for their production of “A Chorus Line” at 7:30 p.m., September 8-9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel auditorium, 3 Havemeyer Street between North Eighth and North Ninth streets. Comment.
Williamsburg

Everybody in the pool for one last 2009 sun splash

There was no question whether the popular concert series at East River State Park would reach its capacity of 8,000 for indie-favorite headliners (and Brooklyn residents) Grizzly Bear.The question was when. Comment.
Williamsburg

Duran shooting - 1 year later

On July 14, 2008, 22-year-old Williamsburg resident Richard Duran was murdered in a gang shootout near the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, shadowed by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the elevated J-train. Comment.
Williamsburg

Smokey Robinson to play Recovery Rally%A0

Over the last six sessions, A&E Network’s “Intervention” reality series has chronicled the lives of 138 men and women suffering with addiction. Comment.
Williamsburg

Big chains at home in the borough

Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment.
Williamsburg

Get ready to party, party

Over one million people are expected to flood Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, September 7, for Brooklyn’s annual extravaganza, the 42nd annual West Indian Carnival Festival Parade. Comment.
Williamsburg

Obama makes Hillary Clinton look good

Ronald Reagan said that we can disagree without being disagreeable. Unfortunately, many who disagree with me are both downright unreasonable and extremely disagreeable. Just because I don’t agree with them I am now, according to those with the political power of the press, un-American, unpatriotic, a member of the mob, Astroturf, a hooligan and a political terrorist. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cheese it! Eating showdown is on!

Bensonhurst’s Bob Coccodrilli recently lost 20 pounds, but this weekend, he might be gaining it all back at a cheesesteak-eating competition in Clinton Hill. Comment.
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Skaller family’s blessed event

City Council candidate Josh Skaller took a few days off the campaign trail last week when he and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a new member of the family, daughter Selah. She was born at New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope after a difficult delivery. Comment.
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Shops take part in ‘Fashion Night Out’

Calling all Brooklyn retailers to participate in this year’s “Fashion Night Out,” a citywide effort to promote retail, boost consumer confidence and celebrate fashion. Comment.
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Stop-gap measure keeps LICH school-based clinics running

The cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital (LICH) received a boost last week thanks to a state government stop-gap measure. Comment.
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Aviator Sports and Recreation

Aviator Sports and Recreation’s popular Seniors in Shape program will resumeits schedule of activities September 8 with a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the facility on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment.
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Waterfront festival

The Carroll Gardens Association’s Second Annual Waterfront District Fall Festival will be held September 12 from 12-6 p.m., rain or shine, along two thoroughfares: Columbia Street from DeGraw to Union streets, and Union Street from Columbia to Hicks streets. Comment.
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Nutty behavior at BK town halls too

From protesters outside depicting President Obama as Hitler to catcalls and shouting from audience members, Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s latest health care reform town hall meeting was marked by decidedly uncivil behavior. Comment.
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Jutrzenka Society celebrates milestone

Thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and choral director Izabella Kobus-Salkin,South Brooklyn’s Jutrzenka Singing Society #226, the female chorus of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, is reaching 75 years of existence this September. Comment.
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Help fight cancer

In recognition of September as National Ovarian Cancer Month, the first annual 5K TEAL (“Tell Every Amazing Lady” about ovarian cancer) Walk will be held in Prospect Park on September 12. Comment.
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Matching funds power their runs

Brooklyn’s City Council candidates entering the stretch run of their exhausting campaigns received a welcome pick-me-up last week: matching funds. Comment.
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Outsiders challenge Democratic stronghold

In Democratic Party circles, names like Roland Rogers may not ring many bells, but he has made it on the ballot to run in the Democratic primary for mayor. Comment.
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‘Funtasia’ fights MHE

On Sunday, September 13, at The El Caribe Country Club, located at 5945 Strickland Ave, Susan Eaton and her family, will be hosting their third benefit called “FUNTASIA.” Comment.
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Recession Dance wkshop

Come by yourself, with a friend, or with your kids and work with choreographer Lynn Neuman, composer Leanne Darling, and the company of dancers to learn steps and rhythms that inspire “Recession Dances, and so can you!,” which draws from the dance and music styles of previous 20th century recession eras in the United States Comment.
High School Sports

Xaverian senior:%A0 ‘a scary matchup’%A0

Everything Mario Tull was looking for Syracuse had to offer. Comment.
High School Sports

MIDWOOD COACH HAPPY WITH CAMP

In each of Steve Basile’s first eight seasons as the football coach at Midwood, he has taken his team out of the city for training camp. It is meant to build team chemistry while also testing the Hornets’ commitment with several intense practices each day. Comment.
High School Sports

RANDO TAKES OVER AS XAVERIAN QB

Greg Rando isn’t fazed by the situation he is walking into and the player he is replacing. He welcomes it. Comment.
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Kiddie Corner grand opening

Chabad of Brooklyn Heights invites all to celebrate the grand opening of Kiddie Korner on Montague/Clinton with a Jewish New Year Street Fair, featuring a live Torah Tots concert, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 13. Comment.
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Major league thrill for Brooklynites

Brooklynites were in for a major league thrill last week when NY Met David Wright worked out with the Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park. Comment.
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Run the basepads

The Brooklyn Cyclones honor the wind in their whirl — the fans — at their last home game, September 6th at 5 p.m. Comment.
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Fragments with Focus’ exhibit

Spoke the Hub is hosting an opening for the visual art exhibit, “Fragments with Focus,” September 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the newly renovated Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center, 748 Union Street at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. This exhibit will be showcasing new work done by seven students from the most recent Collage and Mixed Media class taught by artist and art educator Susan Fleminger. Comment.
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Solid opposition to cement

A proposed concrete plant in Red Hook has already managed to cement opposition throughout the neighborhood, which is planning to take to the streets next week to show its dismay. Comment.
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Burglary burp; crime stats drop

Despite a recent bump in burglaries and assaults, overall crime continues a steady decent in the 76th Precinct, police statistics show. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Citizens Union hosts 33rd candidates at SFC

Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Fear of ‘Wild West’%A0 ‘copters

As the city prepares to move the entire tourist helicopter business directly across the East River from DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, pressure is mounting on the industry to be better regulated and for the city to be more responsive. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Cops bust suspects in cabbie capers

The thieves responsible for a spree of cabbie robberies in Boerum Hill aren’t hailing anyone anymore. Comment.

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