Brooklyn Courier

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Williamsburg

Tunnel rat sought

A thief who spent a lot of time and energy burrowing a hole into a Lee Avenue medical office must have been quite surprised to learn that the money he was hoping to find had been placed somewhere else. Comment.
Williamsburg

Worldwide march for peace reaches Bklyn

A historic three-month peace rally through more than 100 countries on four continents arrived to a jubilant welcome in Brooklyn where a convoy of New Yorkers representing more than 100 cultures and including hundreds of children, teachers, religious leaders, city officials and grassroots gladiators feted the international team of marchers with a two-day assembly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Political news around the borough

Council member David Yassky is making the rounds this month, saying goodbye to the community groups in his district which meant the most to his professional career. Comment.
Williamsburg

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Williamsburg

Ferry service spinning its wheels

The New York Water Taxi Service is carrying more than water. Comment.
Williamsburg

Chamber of Commerce wary of regulation

Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment.
Williamsburg

Broadway Triangle Postponed, Opponents Edgy

After a request for a recess from Speaker Christine Quinn, the City Council will not vote on the Broadway Triangle rezoning plan this week as expected, making a vote likely to occur just before the city’s land use process expires on December 9. Comment.
Williamsburg

Teresa Toro Resigns

Greenpoint resident Teresa Toro has announced her resignation from Community Board 1, where she has served as its Transportation Committee chair for the past seven years. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rose Plaza pruned

Community Board 1 decisively rejected the Rose Plaza developer’s application to rezone 3.7 acres of land on the South Williamsburg waterfront for residential use, giving the project a negative recommendation as it advances through the city’s ULURP process. Comment.
Williamsburg

City officials meet to discuss Newtown Creek response

City officials met with elected official representatives and North Brooklyn community leaders this week to outline their response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund recommendation for Newtown Creek. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nets arena go-ahead gets more good news

It’s all systems go for the Brooklyn Nets arena, and perhaps an NBA championship banner hanging from the rafters following the 2011-12 playoffs in the borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

Focus on Health:%A0The sobering truth about ‘brain attacks’

A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Comment.
Williamsburg

Children struck on Marcy Avenue

Two children were rushed to the hospital following a harrowing Friday afternoon motor vehicle accident on Marcy Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brunch with Santa

It might be his busy season, but Santa is still making time to have brunch on December 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 N. 3rd Street at Berry Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Comment.
Editorial

Education re-imagined

New Yorkers have given Mayor Michael Bloomberg a mandate to improve education for our children for another four years. You’d think that after the battle to restore mayoral control of the schools and endless pre-election political jousting, people would be tired of the subject, but the intensity of Education Voters’ community dialogues show that this is clearly not the case. Comment.
Williamsburg

High time for a global convention on Islam

The seamy South Side, Chicago, enclave in which President Obama polished his political chops is no match for the planet’s crummiest ghetto: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Comment.
BoroBeat

Grandma Roses has a hot plate waiting for you

If nostalgia for Italian Williamsburg were a meal, there is no doubt Grandma Roses owner John Ricco would find a way to put it on his menu. Comment.
BoroBeat

Comics festival conquers Williamsburg

Zoinks! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Surprise visitor

A 33-year-old man returned to his apartment on Eighth Avenue to find an unwanted visitor admiring his things. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fleet footed cops honored

Keen instinct and fast feet earned a duo of cops top honors last week from the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Cope With Increased Demand

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Civic meetings

The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-260-2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Come and celebrate healthy food

Come to the Brooklyn Food Coalition Winter Party on December 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 388 Atlantic Avenue, in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Local kid takes on corporate giant

Two days before his scheduled showdown with corporate giant Dow Chemical, Boerum Hill resident Akash Mehta pondered some of the things that really bug him about the world today. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Santa Claus gives reindeer the day off

Santa traded his sleigh for a rickshaw and will be greating, waving and riding down Flatbush Avenue from Bergen St. to Plaza Street, in the Park Slope/Prospect Heights section, on December 12from 2 to 5pm,. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gay marriage vote shot down despite Brooklyn support

The State Senate didn’t heed the call to approve gay marriage Wednesday as they voted the measure down 38 to 24, despite a rally by Brooklyn senators. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Focus on Health: The sobering truth about ‘brain attacks’

A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Nabe not giving up on Norah’s home

They may have had a door %u2013 or should we say window %u2013 slammed in their faces, but the Cobble Hill Association is not giving up on the neighborhood’s historical architecture, even if a Grammy-winning singer wants it changed. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Magnificent Brooklyn holiday house reopens for season

The Seddio family announces the opening of their Annual Holiday Display on December 6, at 5 p.m. at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greater police presence for Gregory Place, residents urge

Used condoms have replaced crack vials as the litter du jour along tiny Gregory Place in Park Slope, a street where conditions nonetheless hearken to a more treacherous time, according to local residents demanding an increased police presence there. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Red Hook street corners to be dedicated to firefighters

If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thanksgiving theft

A woman spending Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia wasn’t in a very thankful mood when she learned that someone had broken into her Degraw Street apartment. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New street dedications for firefighters

If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Boerum Hill church continues to grapple with its future

The national Lutheran organization that wrested control of a century-old Boerum Hill Church from locals parishioners broke its silence last week to this newspaper. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Greater demand on BK pantries

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Beaten for iPhone

A Brooklyn Heights straphanger was punched repeatedly when he wouldn’t give up his iPhone during a heated exchange on an outbound Q train. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

City sues itself over Brooklyn House of Detention

If the city were jailed and went to court, it might have a good case for pleading insanity when it comes to the Brooklyn hoosegow. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pitt Bull’s demise affects dog thrower’s plea deal

A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Peace and non-violence now!

A historic three-month peace rally through more than 100 countries on four continents arrived to a jubilant welcome in Brooklyn where a convoy of New Yorkers representing more than 100 cultures and including hundreds of children, teachers, religious leaders, city officials and grassroots gladiators feted the international team of marchers with a two-day assembly. Comment.
BoroBeat

MetroTech all lit up for the holidays

MetroTech ushered in the holiday with its annual tree lighting. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Williamsburg

No presidential pardon for him

Hal Turner, a self proclaimed “white nationalist,” white supremacist, blogger and radio host who was arrested this summer for encouraging his listeners to take up arms against three judges, found himself in deeper trouble when federal prosecutors alleged that he may have also made threats against President Barack Obama. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best of four?

The teen busted for allegedly robbing three people back on November 14 now has a fourth arrest on his jacket. Comment.
Williamsburg

Stricter penalties for driving drunk

Assemblyman Peter Abbate announcedthe Assembly passage of legislation he sponsored which protects our children and every New Yorker by cracking down on all drunk drivers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shop Brooklyn in Williamsburg

The Northside Merchants Association, in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, has launched“Shop Brooklyn” - a borough-wide awareness campaign highlighting the uniqueness of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and thriving shopping corridors. Comment.
Williamsburg

Skee-ball Comes Full Circle

Skee-Ball, the hundred-year-old coin-operated boardwalk game for misfits, cheats and beach bums, is receiving its due in an unlikely yet inevitable setting: a Williamsburg bar. Comment.
Williamsburg

Shop Brooklyn: consumers urged to keep it local

Shop local, folks - every time! Comment.
Williamsburg

Woodhull Releases Cookbook Good Enough to Eat

It was not enough that Woodhull Medical Center and a collection of Brooklyn senior centers released a cookbook promoting traditional, inter-generational family recipes for North Brooklyn residents.The hospital wanted to get their patients to cook with them. Comment.
Williamsburg

Brooklyn’s all decked out for the holidays

As it does every year, the holiday season starts slowly. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rena Kanokogi, Judo champ, dies

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment.
Williamsburg

Atlantic Yards nets big court win

New York’s top court ruled this week that the state is within its right to seize privately held land required for the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project to proceed. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Rescue Me’ films in Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s set to smoke out the competition as crew members prep an army of trailers along Berry Street, off North 4th Street, for the filming of FX’s “Rescue Me” drama about the lives of a group of Gotham firefighters in the fictional Ladder 62/Engine 99 firehouse, starring Denis Leary. Comment.
Williamsburg

Save money and water in your commercial kitchen

Looking to save money in your restaurant? Comment.
Williamsburg

Unemployment lines await U.S. veterans returning home to Brooklyn

War might be hell in the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but finding work back home in Brooklyn is no cakewalk, according to government statistics. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Time’ for reflection during the holidays

Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus... “But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably” Comment.
Williamsburg

Keeping it civil for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Did you remember to take the turkey out of the freezer and give it a few days to defrost? You did? Good for you. Save the fligel for me. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bam’s bow dips Oval Office to a new low

The American Revolution has been in vain if the president makes a doormat of himself and invites leaders of sovereign nations to wipe their feet on the United States. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shot in leg

A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg during a violent exchange on Third Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

EPA not ready to name Gowanus superfund site

The future of the Gowanus Canal will not be made less murky at a Dec. 3 meeting being convened by the Environmental Protection Agency. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Holiday deals with Heart of Brooklyn

Enjoy the holidays in Brooklyn thanks to with special initiatives through Save Heart. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Union St. could lose parking

In a neighborhood where parking spots are at a premium, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to remove some from Union Street %u2013 all for the good of the neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Park Circle slated for improvement

For years, Park Circle at the mouth of Prospect Park has been more akin to the seven circles of hell. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swap meet coming to Kent Avenue

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Drop off your gently used bedding, books, clothes, shoes and toys. A$5 donation will allow unlimited access to the treasures of others. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Shop Brooklyn: shoppers urged to keep it local

Shop local, folks - every time! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn merchants in ‘Survival Mode’ - seek help

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrity readers are a boon for bibliophiles

Tinseltown titan, Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Heights resident Gabriel Byrne assumed a new role as a tale-teller when he helped celebrate the written word during a star-studded literacy benefit in DUMBO, hosted by Public School 8. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Angry moms, dads

It’s time for phase two of the “unity and healing” plan for St. Saviour in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Snow White, just in time for white snow

Company XIV presents the family holiday show ofthe children’s classic, Snow White, and for the adult only set, the seductive and sensualrevivals of Le Serpent Rouge and The Judgment of Paris. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church to mark World AIDS Day

Mark World AIDS Day in Park Slope with a candlelight service and memorial ribbon project at the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

F line going fa-la-la-la-la%A0

Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rena Kanokogi, Judo pioneer, dies

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comments (1).
BoroBeat

In search of the very best coquito maker

The salutations flowed as easily as the silken beverage when Soulfrito Nuevo and the International Coquito Federation sponsored a contest to crown the Big Apple’s best coquito maker with the Brooklyn qualifying round hosted by United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Pistol-whipped and robbed

Cops are looking for two “hoods” responsible for mugging a 30-year-old on West 9th Street last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Good shepherd repast with neighbors

Underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with moist turkey and succulent trimmings %u2013 when Good Shepherd Services hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in Red Hook. Comment.
BoroBeat

TV ‘Losers’ spread healthy message

Although they’ve lost more than 120 between them, Crown Heights newlyweds Nicole Brewer and Damien Gurganious, of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser for Couples” fame, are no shrinking violets when it comes to helping kick-off the annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” campaign outside Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK merchants in ‘survival’ mode

For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

DUMBO readers get star ‘Treatment’

Tinseltown titan, Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Heights resident Gabriel Byrne assumed a new role as a tale-teller when he helped celebrate the written word during a star-studded literacy benefit in DUMBO, hosted by Public School 8. Comment.
BoroBeat

Eating healthy is the sweetest thing

Health-smart visitors savor the lowdown on personal wellness during the inaugural Livin’ It Sweet: Healthy Alternatives food festival at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, presented by the Institute for Community Living in conjunction with eight other New York City behavioral health agencies. Comment.
BoroBeat

Good Shepherd repast with neighbors%A0

Underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with moist turkey and succulent trimmings %u2013 when Good Shepherd Services hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in Red Hook. Comment.
BoroBeat

Church Women United presents McLean-Davis with community service award

Executive Director of the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Winsome McLean-Davis, was presented with the Church Women United Community Service Award by Ophelia Perry, president of the Brooklyn Chapter of Church Women United, during the organization’s award luncheon. Comment.
BoroBeat

TV ‘Losers’ help launch health screening campaign

Although they’ve lost more than 120 between them, Crown Heights newlyweds Nicole Brewer and Damien Gurganious, of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser for Couples” fame, are no shrinking violets when it comes to helping kick-off the annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” campaign outside Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment.

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