Brooklyn Courier

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Foxy fake out Comment.
Williamsburg

Your guide to 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 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. 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

‘Moore’ of market to come - BEDC takes reins of La Marqueta with five-year lease

After months of speculation, it’s officially official: The Moore Street Market, known locally as La Marqueta de Williamsburg, will continue to exist. Comment.
Williamsburg

Velazquez weighs in on bike lane controversy

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who secured funding for the proposed Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, has weighed in on how to solve the problems along associated with the proposed Greenway and temporary bike lanes installed as placeholders. Comment.
Williamsburg

Three more sites get ‘super’ status

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added three more sites in Greenpoint to the state Superfund list in late January, bringing the total number of possible originators of the Meeker Avenue Plumes to four. Comment.
Williamsburg

Residents happy to call Bklyn home - Survey finds a majority of Brooklynites satisfied, eager to improve their neighborhood

A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment.
Williamsburg

Remembering Montello

Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Preventing a heart attack

February is American Heart Month. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Reduce your chance of developing coronary heart disease by taking steps to prevent and control risk factors. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pol lambasts mayor on school cuts

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Williamsburg

Owners: stores still suffering - Business along Kent Ave. has not improved despite DOT’s efforts

Despite some efforts by the Department of Transportation to ameliorate the situation, businesses along Kent Avenue still say they are suffering as a result of bike lanes the DOT installed in October as a prelude to the eventual Brooklyn Greenway. Comment.
Williamsburg

NYPD blues

Police investigators are asking the public for help in their search for five bogus cops wanted for raiding a Williamsburg home back in October. Comment.
Williamsburg

New start for Williamsburg venue - Chez Bushwick to receive $150,000 cultural fund; looks to strengthen arts community

Jonah Bokaer paces around the soft, well-worn hardwood floors of the East Williamsburg performance venue, Chez Bushwick, setting up pillows and chairs for the evening’s event, a film series on modern dance curated by Michael Kelley. Comment.
Williamsburg

Monkeying around

Going ape over new arrivals is an occupational hazard at the Prospect Park Zoo where a family of Geoffrey’s tamarin monkeys is giving new meaning to the phrase, “monkey business” with the birth of baby BonBon, snuggled here betwixt proud parents, Cannoli and Napoleon. View the precious primates at the wildlife preserve’s Animal Lifestyles building, 450 Flatbush Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Magnet information

The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a free Magnet Information Session, February 12 and March 25 at 415 89th Street in Bay Ridge, fourth floor conference room, between 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Comment.
Williamsburg

Keeping cool in a wild market

Investors should stay calm during the current financial crisis regarding their current investments, IRAs and 401(k) plans and adequately protect their finances, advised members of the Personal Financial Planning Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Comment.
Williamsburg

Games and guises - ‘Idiotarod’ returns to nabe

The past two years of the Idiotarod, the hipster-driven shopping cart marathon held every January in Williamsburg, have been dispersed by police officers before the race even began. Comment.
Williamsburg

Fire kills Holocaust survivor

A 100-year-old Holocaust survivor died Saturday morning when the 144 Division Ave. apartment he shared with his family became engulfed in flames. Comment.
Williamsburg

Emegency mode - Protecting yourself from economic crisis

The year 2008 has been a difficult one for many families. A once invincible economy has fallen into recession, unemployment has risen and the stock market is in the dumps. Heading into 2009, many families are justifiably edgy about their financial situation. Here are some financial moves that might help families make the best of these times, courtesy of experts from the Financial Planning Association. Comment.
Williamsburg

City Council race heats up in Bklyn - Thies, Simon lead the way in fundraising as six candidates vie for Yassky’s seat

Editor’s note: Due to a production error, the most up-to-date version of this story did not run in our Jan. 30 paper. Here is the correct version. We regret the error. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrating Brooklyn’s long-standing sweethearts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment.
Williamsburg

Braving the cold waters - Brooklyn-trained swimmers cross the Strait of Magellan

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Williamsburg

Bracing for the cuts - Local pols react to Bloomberg’s proposed budget

Brooklyn councilmembers braced for what promises to be difficult cuts in city departments and services as Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the city’s preliminary budget last week in City Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Beware of gift card pitfalls

Many people find gift cards to be a convenient and thoughtful way to allow friends and family to choose their own presents. While this may be true, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants warns of some potential pitfalls to be aware of when giving or receiving a gift card. Comment.
Letters

Too soft on terrorism

Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I happen to agree with you wholeheartedly about the relaxation of wire tapping on calls from unfriendly nations. Comment.
Letters

Earth to Shavana

I am responding to Shavana Abruzzo’s column, “Thank you Mr. Prez for a job well done,” A Britisher’s View, 1-15 issue. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Those temperamental home appliances

Psst! I’m going to let you in on a secret. All new home appliances are sentient beings. When they’re in the store, they behave just like old ordinary appliances – docile, performing their task to the best of their ability just so you will be impressed and buy them. But as soon as they arrive in your home, they communicate with your other appliances and form a cohesive underground unit. Their purpose is to shut you down when you least expect it, or when the warranty expires, whichever comes first. Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - 18-month wait for operations in Toronto

According to a very recent Rasmussen poll, 43% of American voters believe that health care in America will get worse if run by the government, 33% believe that the quality will improve. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - Prez to terrorists: Puhleeze be our pal

Softness is for toilet paper companies to manufacture — not the new leader of the Free World as he begins his dealings with religious terrorists, their sponsors and their mollifiers. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Fortunately for consumers there are no shortages of places to shop in Brooklyn - if you’re willing to travel a little bit around the borough. But you might need some help finding out the best places to check out. That’s where the Consumer Corner comes in. Let’s see what’s out there this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

What’s happening

After dark Comment.
Williamsburg

No easy ‘fix’ for venue

Sound Fix Lounge, a popular music venue with a burgeoning underground comedy scene, is voluntarily closing its doors in late February or early March instead of fighting several pending charges of violations at an upcoming Liquor Control Board hearing. Comment.
Williamsburg

A lager with your love

Who needs roses, dimly lit restaurants, and a tab so hefty that your credit card might get rejected? Comment.
Greenpoint

‘It ain’t gonna happen’ - Brooklyn pol lambasts mayor’s school announcement

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Greenpoint

Tolls, express bus service in the works

It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first -- tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment.
Greenpoint

Toasting Brooklyn’s sweethearts

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife, Jamie Snow-Markowitz, will fête hundreds of Brooklyn sweethearts for whom “love and marriage” has gone together like a “horse and carriage” for 50 years or more, February 13. Comment.
Greenpoint

Three more Superfund sites

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) added three more sites in Greenpoint to the state Superfund list in late January, bringing the total number of possible originators of the Meeker Avenue Plumes to four. Comment.
Greenpoint

P.S. 250 Feb. 7

The Evangelical Movement Inc., in conjunction with the Christian Crusade Youth Ministry, will host a youth rally at 6:30 p.m., February 7 in Public School 250 the George H. Lindsey School, 108 Montrose Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment.
Greenpoint

Praise for Allocco - Honored for $50,000 donation to the community

Greenpoint’s community leaders praised Michael Allocco of Allocco Recycling for his company’s generous $50,000 donation benefiting local organizations committed to creating and maintaining park space in the neighborhood. Comment.
Greenpoint

Meeker Ave. plume meet

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol invites members of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community to a meeting to learn about the Meeker Avenue Plume from the State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) and the State Department of Health (DOH). Comment.
Greenpoint

Marty blasted for Rent-a-Center ties

Rebels against dodgy Rent-A-Center consumer practices took their fight to Borough Hall last week, where they claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had taken money from the rent-to-own retail chain. Comment.
Greenpoint

Local 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 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. 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.
Greenpoint

Hobby ‘discrimination’ - Metal detector enthusiasts react to Prospect Park ban

In Prospect Park, city officials are learning never to underestimate the mettle of treasure hunters with steely resolve. Comment.
Greenpoint

Hints at change for CB1 - Abate: ‘I know what I’m going to do’ at Feb. 10 meet

The protracted saga over the removal of Teresa Toro as Community Board 1 Transportation Committee hearing may be drawing to a conciliatory end. Comment.
Greenpoint

Happy to call BK home - New survey finds majority satisfied to live in borough

A majority of Brooklynites are content to call the borough home, and are eager to get involved in making their neighborhood’s better. Comment.
Greenpoint

Games and guises - Idiotarod returns to nabe

The past two years of the Idiotarod, the hipster-driven shopping cart marathon held every January in Williamsburg, have been dispersed by police officers before the race even began. Comment.
Greenpoint

Criminal Justice day at Gethsemane

The Church of Gethsemane, a worship service led by formerly incarcerated persons from Gethsemane, will hold its annual Criminal Justice Sunday, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK-trained swimmers brave the Megellan Strait

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Greenpoint

BK pols bracing for city-wide cuts

Brooklyn councilmembers braced for what promises to be difficult cuts in city departments and services as Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the city’s preliminary budget last week in City Hall. Comment.
Greenpoint

Bklyn remembers Gerry Montello

Friends of Gerry Montello will present a benefit for the deceased Department of Environmental Protection worker in Bay Ridge, February 7 at 4 p.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Violent crime decline - Ft. Greene numbers actually low

Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Swimmers train here for Magellan challenge - Duo hits Coney Island’s frigid surf

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

7, not 11, on the waterfront - Phoenix beer distributor to debut on Red Hook pier

Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned. The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Mayor’s talk earns him flak - Bloomy’s judgment questioned following teacher remark

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Fast-tracking funds for the BK Navy Yard

The Bloomberg administration appears to be fast-tracking federal stimulus money for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

City Council moves to cut idling engine fumes

An idle mind may be a devil’s workshop, but idling buses create unwelcome air pollutants that can increase adult and child asthma rates throughout North Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bridge tolls, bus cuts coming

It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first — tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

175 years of Solemn worship - First Unitarian Church marks milestone

With great fanfare, one of the oldest congregations in the borough – the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn (First Unitarian Church), originally organized in a Brooklyn Heights living room in 1833 – celebrated its 175th anniversary. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Sake Samurai’

Just call City Tech Professor Roger Dagorn the ‘wine warrior’ of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

S’no mean feat!

Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Latest stats on violent crime - Numbers reflect gains & losses at neighborhood precincts

Elected officials may have gotten high media mileage after a recent rape in Fort Greene, but 2008 year-end statistics reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Larger pack chasing big Bill

The race for the 39th district City Council seat is becoming crowded as 7th Avenue on a Saturday. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Humphrey backlash

A volunteer parents group sent a resolution to the city Department of Education (DOE) criticizing the closure of P.S./M.S. 27, the Agnes Y. Humphrey School for Leadership. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

From cha-cha to amore - Remarkable couple celebrates a half-century love affair

One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn: Arctic training ground for swimmers - Duo trains here before taking on Strait of Magellan

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Bloomy talk draws flak

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Seven, not eleven on the waterfront - Phoenix beer distributor coming to Pier 7

Before ever moving to Red Hook’s Pier 11, Phoenix Beverages has already been reborn – on nearby Pier 7, this paper has learned. The city’s Economic Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Stevedoring International, the container terminal that currently occupies Pier 7, and Phoenix have hammered out a bombshell deal that would bring the region’s largest beer distributor to Pier 7, according to information received by this paper. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

MTA links buses with tolls - ‘It’s a package,’ head honcho sez

It’s not exactly the chicken and the egg, but the MTA boss came to Brooklyn last week and answered the borough-wide question: Which comes first -- tolls over the East River bridges or more express bus service to Manhattan? Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Love blooms from the cha-cha - Over a half-century of marital bliss for this remarkable BK couple

One fateful night in October 1957, William David Binn went to a dance for young single adults at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in Borough Park. The dance was a fundraiser, sponsored by a socially conscious group of young men and women to which Binn belonged, with its proceeds pledged to go for the support of 75 children living in the group foster home. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lakeside center in 2011

By the winter of 2011, Brooklyn ice skaters can look forward to a brand new rink that would also enable year-round recreational use. The new facility — dubbed “The Lakeside Center” — would replace the somewhat dilapidated Wollman Rink, which opened in 1961 and sits unused during the non-skating season. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Killer crime stats - Precincts post gains and losses

Year-end statistics for 2008 reveal that murder and rape plummeted in the trendy brownstone neighborhood of Fort Greene. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ice, ice, baby: chilling out at the beach

Brrr -ave bathing beauty Laura Simon defies Mother Nature as she cavorts on the snow-clad sands of Coney Island with fellow thrill-seeking Polar Bears Tony Nastro, Louie Scarcella and Paul Glasser, following their daring dip in the icy Atlantic (from left). Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Funding faucet for Navy Yard

The Bloomberg administration appears to be fast-tracking federal stimulus money for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Aces skate hard against cancer

Aviator Sports & Recreation became an attack zone for a killer disease as it swayed the big-hearted to part with their cash — plus take in a game of hockey — during a benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bloomy bashed for comments - Mayor’s talk of firing 15,000 teachers sparks outrage

A Brooklyn politician says Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that public schools will lose 15,000 teachers “is not going to happen.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Bloody Sunday ’09 - Brooklyn seeks justice for slain Irish activists

With today’s fiscal crisis looming over everyone’s heads, we’re all having our fair share of troubles. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK: Arctic training ground - Duo swam Coney waters in preparation for Magellan strait

At the edge of the icy water where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, two intrepid swimmers had thoughts of Brooklyn on their mind. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Beep blasted for Rent-A-Center tie

Rebels against dodgy Rent-A-Center consumer practices took their fight to Borough Hall last week, where they claimed Borough President Marty Markowitz had taken money from the rent-to-own retail chain. Comment.

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