Features

December, 2013

Big Screecher

Carmine’s column almost didn’t happen this week!

What happens when the Screecher gets a shot he doesn’t want? Read this week’s Screech to find out! Comment.
Standing O

Capital One Bank is back in business in Sandy-rocked Sheepshead Bay

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s column almost didn’t happen this week!

What happens when the Screecher gets a shot he doesn’t want? Read this week’s Screech to find out! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

NYPD cuffs reporters in police blotter blackout

Police blotters are among the top reads of this paper, but a recent NYPD decree obstructed reporters from accessing victim complaints at Brooklyn stationhouses. That means readers won’t get all the facts about lawless activity in their communities, making the directive a crime against community, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Flatbush BID welcomes new executive director

Standing O give a shout out to Lauren Elvers Collins, the new executive director of the Flatbush Business Improvemement District. Comment.
Standing O

Age is just a number for 91-year-old housing delegate Sarah Simpkins

Standing O sends a messaqge of goodwill to a lady who defies the odds. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Merry Christmas from Jo, and her monther’s elf!

This week, Joanna fondly remembers her mother’s elf on a shelf. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan rewinds, and hands out his awards

This week, out columnist reflects on the year’s most interesting occurrences. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine borrows deep thoughts from acclaimed author

This week, the Screecher falls back on cut-and-paste to make his word count. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Remember this holy season that Christians have made the world a better place

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ — and remember how Christianity has been an unmatched force for goodness for more than 2,000 years, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

New York Methodist makes new strides in heart treatment

Brooklyn’s premier hospital is on the cutting edge — again Comment.
Standing O

Volunteer rescue workers feted at Buckley’s Restaurant

Life savers at the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps are lauded for their community service. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

I’m letting Food Network go

Who would have thought that admitted drug use passes for acceptable behavior these days. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

It’s Stan’s anniversary, so celebrate!

This week, our columnist cheers himself, his colleague, and the rest of us! Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine refuses to pay for his free PBS

This week, the Screecher wants to remind you to donate to good causes — even though he can’t because he needs his money for the snacks he eats while watching channel 13. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Nelson Mandela was ‘no angel’

The late anti-apartheid revolutionary gained adulation that was akin to Jesus Christ, but he was also a man who refused to renounce violence, and lived to see South Africans mourn the loss of segregationism, writes our columnist. Comments (4).
Standing O

Standing O salutes SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum for his award-winning youth work

Standing O is the biggest, badest booster around. Comment.
Standing O

St. Edmund Prep students go above and beyond at a blood drive

Big-hearted students are the true heroes of the season for giving the gift of life. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O welcomes two new moos to the zoo

Prospect Park Zoo is abuzz with excitement over its miniature zebus. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s sweet smell of success

This week, our national affairs columnist reveals what she’s got cooking in the oven. Comments (4).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on Social Security, technology, and the beauty of Fox News

This week, Stan peppers his column with lots of interesting stuff. Click away! Comments (9).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s mouth is the only thing open on holidays!

This week, the Screecher points out that it is better to spend time with family on the holidays then with strangers at a store. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

DeBlasio is already blundering — and he hasn’t even been inaugurated

Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio’s coziness with Al Sharpton is inviting chaos for his administration, writes our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Statistically, she’s a winner

Standing O gives an A plus to award-winning High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology math teacher Eleanor Terry. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O drives home the gratitude for the do-gooding dealership

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

‘W’ is for welcome to the M Center for Arts and Wellness

New space offers all-around health, healing, and learning Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Katy Perry’s Japanese show was not offensive

This week, Joanna demands we lock up the Proper Police. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan ponders Obamacare, lies, and nicknames

This week, our columnist once again tells it like it is, according to him. Comments (8).

November, 2013

Big Screecher

It’s the holiday season, and Carmine is paying the price!

In this week’s Screech, Carmine laments the fact that toys today aren’t as much fun as they were when he was a kid — and they cost too darn much! Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Let everyday be ‘Thanksgiving’ in the land of the free and the home of the brave

Be thankful for living in the greatest nation on earth, writes our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

Slope teen is making her directorial debut

Bravissima to Taylor Taglianetti for her acceptance into film school. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O shouts out to Dr. Chaim Bernstein

The physician delivers a whole lotta “wholeness” at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Kings Highway Division. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Obama is disrespected because he is the worst

This week, our national affairs columninst investigates a concept put forth by Oprah Winfrey that determined the president gets attacted because he is black. Comments (9).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan navigates his veterans’ charities

This week, Stan shows you who you should give your money to — and who you shouldn’t. Comments (5).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s in the wrong wing of the hospital!

This week, the Screecher finds out he’s been relegated to the geriatric wing of the hospital, and he’s not happy about it! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Zero tolerance for thugs

Our columnist thinks liberal leaders had a comatose reaction to suspected Bryant Park skating-rink shooter Corey Dunton, who spewed racial epithets and f-bombs during his perp walk. She asks, “What are they afraid of?” Comments (3).
Standing O

‘Tis the season for giving at Community Board 7

Shoutouts to board do-gooders for making the season a little brighter for many. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O! — to Community EcoDock

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Investors Bank kicks off the holidays with a new branch manager, and a cash-prize contest. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Hey, Mayor Mike! Don’t let the door hit you

This week, our national correspondent thanks Mayor Bloomberg for 12 years of columns. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s mailbag is chock full of stuff

This week, Stan goes through his letters. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

What the what? Carmine can’t remember nobody’s name!

Carmine had a blast at this party, but he just wishes he knew people there. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Mr. Brooklyn was our ambassador, and simply the beeping best

Borough President Markowitz’s successor has tall shoes to fill, writes our columnist, as she recalls the sweet — and not-so-sweet — memories of Mr. Brooklyn. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O salutes new Commanding Officer Bill Taylor

The 62nd Police Precinct welcomed it’s new Commanding Officer Bill Taylor and Standing O is shouting it out to the community. Comment.
Standing O

Bootiful thanks to the Scotto Funeral Home

Standing O is “Boo”sting out thanks for a great party. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

What happened to reflecting on Veterans Day?

This week, our columnist wonders if the world has gotten too commercial. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan celebrates the big 75 — on his 95th Cruise

Happy Birthday to Stan. After reading this column, you’ll know what to send him — on a cruise! Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Here’s what Carmine learned on Interweb this week!

He’s done it again! The Screecher learns a thing or to from the World WIde Internet! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Illegals are turning the U.S. into the world’s largest welfare state

Lax immigration policies are giving illegal immigrants more rights than legal immigrants, writes our columnist. Comments (11).
Standing O

Red Ribbon Banners are waving high at Brookdale

Standing O is shouting out to Brookdale for its continued dedicaiton to the community. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

Shout out to Daisy Award winner

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

What it takes to offend Joanna

This week, our colunist gives you the top things that piss her off! Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s got the digits, now he wants the names

This week, our columist lets you know, once again, that the numbers don’t lie. Comments (10).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s seeing red over his name!

This week, the Screecher can’t believe his name doesn’t actually mean “Dances with Wolves.” Comment.
A Britisher’s View

How DeBlasio and his family ruined our Christmas party

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio showed his true colors at this newspaper’s holiday party, writes our columnist. Comments (7).

October, 2013

Standing O

Fighting breast cancer at Xaverian

Breast cancer research gets a boost from Standing O and Xaverian High School. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is standing tall for Ridge merit scholars

Standing O is boosting outstanding seniors at Xaverian High School. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

Israel Bond Drive raises money and lifts spirits

A thousand-and-one thanks to Arthur Feigenbaum and Pearl Feigenbaum. The giving couple was recently honored during the annual Israel Bond Drive held at the Avenue Z Jewish Center for their dedication and commitment to the community and the center. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna knows exactly what Obama is up to

This week, our columnist takes on the leader of the free world. Comments (3).
It’s Only My Opinion

You are pre-approved to read this column

This week, Stan wonders why he has to fill out anything if he has been approved in advance. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Only Carmine can get Carmine where Carmine has to go

In this week’s Screech, the Screecher complains that he’s the only one who knows how to get around this great borough. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Brooklyn rises after Sandy

The tough get going when the going gets tough — and Brooklyn’s stamina only grows stronger a year after Hurricane Sandy, writes our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Happy 30 anniversary to Tasty Bagels

Family run buisness celebrates 30 years of boiling and baking. Comment.
Standing O

Jaivaun Francis and the new lift

Shout outs to United Cerebral Palsy of New York City for one heck of a makeover. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is back, and Brooklyn couldn’t be prouder!

Poly senior awarded the first ever Junior Benefactor in the history of the Guild for Exceptional Children. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Jo hates the black hole at the end of the line

This week, our columnists says she’s mad as hell, and she’s not going to take it anymore. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

For Stan, he who laughs last, laughs best!

This week, Stan puts his column to song. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

Carmine is tired of the sporting life

This week, the Big Screecher worries that kids are playing too many sports too early. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

President Obama sweeps dead American war heroes under the rug

Uncle Sam left it to up to a veteran’s charity to pick up the burial costs of dead U.S. war heroes during the federal shutdown, dealing a terrible morale blow to U.S. troops still battling the enemy on the frontlines, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Happy B-day to Dorothy

Shout outs to Dorthy Fund on celebrating 106 years young. Comment.
Standing O

Happy birthday, Sharon, and many more

Standing O screeches Sharon Santa Maria a very happy day and many more. Comment.
Standing O

Rejoice the good tidings and celebrate

Standing O congratulates the elders of Bay Ridge United Church. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Thanksgiving: Just another day to shop

This week, our columnist wonders what happened to the good ole days, when all you did on Thanksgiving was eat, watch football, and sleep. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan loves Fox News, including the liberals

This week, our columnist points out that his favorite news channel isn’t as right as it could be. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Federal shutdown is easy money for Brooklyn’s elected oaf-icials

The government shutdown hasn’t stopped Brooklyn’s congressmembers and senior senator from holding themselves to a higher standard, writes our columnist, whose survey revealed that Brooklyn’s representatives on Capitol Hill were holding onto their fat salaries for the course of the shutdown, despite being off the job. Comments (1).
Standing O

Hallelujah to the St. Francis Cabrini Church Choir

The house of worship has a new choir - and that’s something to sing about. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Gourmands awarded Brooklyn restaurant Chop Stix the seal of excellence. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster sends a shout out to the record-breaking girls’ soccer team at St. Saviour High School. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

It’s time our politicians paid the piper

This week, our national issues columnist takes on the government shutdown, and the people that made it happen. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan spells it out, and its chutzpah

This week our columnists says it takes some gall, nerve, and audacity to do some of the things people do. Comments (5).
A Britisher’s View

Focusing on Islam, Part III: What tomorrow holds

In the final installment of her three-part series, “Focusing on Islam,” our columnist writes about a global future, where a quarter of all world citizens will be followers of Islam, predict world watchers. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O snips the ribbon on rich opportunities at Investors Bank’s new Sheepshead Bay branch

Brooklyn’s biggest booster sends shout-outs to outstanding Brooklynites and borough institutions. Comment.
Standing O

Strike up the batons for the ‘Madison’ band

Shout outs to the James Madison High School marching band, which petrformed at the Tunnel to Towers Run in memory of late 9-11 hero, Firefighter Stephen Siller. SIller raced through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the burning World Trade Center, carting more than 70 pounds of firefighting equipment. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Get the wooden spoon out for the parents — and the kids!

In this week’s dispatch, Joanna points out that sometimes, kids get what they deserve. And now is one of those times. Comment.

September, 2013

It’s Only My Opinion

Stan finds more stuff in his pockets

This week, our columnist once again digs deep and finds gold. Comments (6).
Standing O

Bishop Kearney students are in a class of their own

A Standing O goes out to Kearney’s outstanding students. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t believe how bad the road is on this sidewalk

This week, the Screecher sounds off on a terrible sidewalk he has dubbed the White Cliffs of Dover! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Focus on Islam, Part II — an interview with an apostate

The second part of A Britisher’s View’s three-column series, “Focusing on Islam,” features an interview with a Brooklyn woman who renounced her Muslim upbringing. Comment.
Standing O

The bright lights of Broadway in Park Slope

Bay Ridge native the Best Actor ever! Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

The path to Nirvana and house cats

This week, our colunist ponders life’s mysteries, and figures it must be great to be a cool kitty. Comment.
Standing O

Panera helps fight breast cancer with pink bagels

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O does it again

KIngs Bay Y boardmember is also a generous benefactor. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan finds these gems in his pockets

This week, our columnists let you know the things he’s thinking about when he has time to write it all down. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Treyger wins, proving Carmine is right again!

This week, a guy Carmine once honored became a councilman, proving the Screecher was right all along. Comments (14).
A Britisher’s View

Britview focuses on Islam, Pt. 1

A Britisher’s View kicks off its three-part series, “The Muslims,” with an overview of Islam and its believers. Comments (10).
Standing O

Standing O for eye-opening photog

Standing O shouts out to ace shutterbug Anoop. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is stepping up to congratulate Downstate’s Class of 2013

Pre-school graduates from SUNY Downstate’s Infant and Child Learning Center are in a class of their own. Comment.
Standing O

Allstate’s Lina Bennardo is hailed for being a good Samaritan

Standing O boosts a shout-out to an Allstate agent with a big heart. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna needs a haven from “Haven”

How long did it take you to figure out what happened on “Haven?” For Jo, it took four screenings. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan on Iraq, Syria, and the dead rapists

I was not thrilled when America went to war in Iraq. I remember answering the question, “Don’t you feel sorry for those poor people over there?” Comments (6).
Big Screecher

Carmine contemplates the unthinkable after making a mess

This week, the Screecher tries to avoid the wrath Sharon after he makes a mess of her beloved kitchen. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

America needs to stay out of the Syrian civil war

Accusations of neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism are around the corner, if the U.S. enters the Syrian conflict, writes our columnist. Comments (1).
Features

Charles Hynes’ dramatic rise and fall — a retrospective of the borough’s former top prosecutor

The ousted district attorney made a career out of prosecuting criminals and political adversaries, alike. Comment.
Standing O

Anthony Wilson hits the big time at TD Bank

Standing O is shouting out to TD Bank again. Comment.
Standing O

Spine surgery no longer a pain at Park Slope hospital

Standing O is standing tall for New York Methodist’s neurosurgery department. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O hands out a tiara to pageant winner

Standing O shouts out to Cassandra Nicole Fellows, the new teen Miss Elite Beauty 2013. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

A hate crime is a hate crime no matter what race you are

Shocker, the New York Times got it wrong again. Comments (12).
Speak Out

Lou recalls South Dakota — and Coney Island

Who knew that Lou Powsner slept on an egg crate as a child? Lou Powsner, that’s who. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

On Sept. 11, we became Americans

This week Stan remembers where he was and how the attack on America affected him. Do you? Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Damn Newton! Carmine can’t handle gravity!

This week, the Screecher battles his arch nemises — the force that keeps him from floating away. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Shavana is back, and she is cheering on America

Our columnist has a 9-11 message for America’s sworn enemies — look up at One World Trade Center, on your way down to hell! Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

An old man dies, and nobody cares

This week, Joanna looks for the outrage after a senior is killed in Spokane, Washington, but doens’t find it. Comments (2).
Standing O

Standing O is boosting bigger than ever

Standing O shouts out the best of the borough with a welcome to TD Bank’s new veep at its Canarsie branch. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O tosses cheers to a pair of stellar lifeguards

Heroic lifeguards Brianna Minogue and Inez Zuska swam to the aid of a sinking swimmer. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan talks Oprah, and the Trackchair

This week, our columnist lets you know that looks matter, and that it time to give to a worthy cause. Comments (7).

August, 2013

Big Screecher

Carmine’s birthday is ruined again!

When will people remember that the biggest day of the year is the day we remember when Carmine was born? Comment.
Standing O

Pinning the wings on Eagle Scout.

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

A Britisher’s View is on vacation

Columnist Shavana Abruzzo will be back in September. Comments (4).
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

There’s a new New York’s Finest and Standing O is shouting it out.

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Miley Cyrus’s achey breaky performance got me sick

This week, our columnist wonders what Billy Ray’s daughter was thinking Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

When will we die? Stan doesn’t want to know.

This week, our columnist questions those who want to know exactly when they will leave this planet. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

With Dr. Strauss gone, who’s going to keep me alive?

In a very special screech, Carmine says goodbye to his favorite doctor. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

A Britisher’s View is on vacation

Columnist Shavana Abruzzo will be back in September. Comments (1).
Standing O

It’s a wheeling engagement

Standing O shouts out happy engagement to Bryan and Jaimie. Comment.
Standing O

Happy 105th Louise

Uber centenarrian is Standing O’s biggest fan Comments (1).
Standing O

Farm standing is the job for Dominique

Shouting out to the greenest thumb around. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Mega-phone! Joanna can’t wait for her big Galaxy

This week, our columnist salavates over the Galaxy Mega. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Face it. Hillary Clinton is a liar

This week, Stan says he can’t wait to see the how many lies will show up in all the movies about Hillary Clinton. Comments (9).
Big Screecher

Jeopardy! Carmine can’t believe what he saw!

This week, the ol’Screecher has a few more words for arch nemesis, Alex Trebek. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

A Britisher’s View is on vacation

Columnist Shavana Abruzzo will be back in September. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

City Tech professor is busy keepng our structures safe.

Standing O shouts out to City Tech expert. Comment.
Standing O

Is that Standing O in your hand?

Come and celebrate Mae West’s Birthday with two performances in Manhattan. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

What the flip is Flipping?

This week, our columnists weighs in on selling stolen dogs on CraigsList. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s questions don’t need answers

This week, our columnist queries himself, and gets little response. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Carmine cleans out his filthy office

Look, at some point you gotta just throw stuff away. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

A Britisher’s View is on vacation

Columnist Shavana Abruzzo will be back in September. Comment.
Standing O

National Grid training program inspires youth to develop vital skills

Standing O stands behind future National Grid engineers. Comment.
Standing O

Odds are there’s a math genius in town

Standing O shouts out to Akiva Weinberger, math whiz from the Yeshiva of Flatbush. Comments (1).
Standing O

You can bank on ‘Investors’ new branch in Sheepshead Bay

Standing O puts out the welcome mat for new Investors Bank, and branch manager, Gene Svetnikov. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Stop making excuses about gun violence

“I’m not saying that he’s the best one,” said Shanise Farrar, the mother of 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse, who police shot and killed after he allegedly failed to put down the gun he used to squeeze off a number of shots. “But he’s my angel.” Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Vacationers are standing their ground in Florida

This week, Stan says it is going to be tough to get people to boycott Florida — and orange juice. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

For Carmine, it would have been good to be the king

This week, the Screecher wonders what it would have been like to be royalty on the other side of the pond. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

A Brooklyn woman remembers the bombing of Hiroshima

Tuesday commemorates the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing that altered the course of history. A Britisher’s View interviews a Flatlands woman, who survived the attack that birthed the age of nuclear terror. Comments (1).
Standing O

Mazel tov to the bride and groom

Standing O is sending Italian toasts of congratulations and good wishes to the happy couple. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O stands tall for Stuyvesant grad Jahwa Hossain

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is shouting out to Brooklyn’s best. Comment.
Standing O

Eco-friendly Sloper is proud to be a greenie

Budding conservationist Angelica Chery is a Parks Department “green girl.” Comment.

July, 2013

Not for Nuthin’

Chaucer, Joanna, and Access-A-Ride

This week, our columnists tries to find a new way to work. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O wishes Lee Rosenberg all the best on turning 100 years young

Birthday candles and flowers to a cute Coney Island centenarian. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has the answers when he meets with ‘one of those’

This week, our columnists is prepared for the type of person how speaks without knowing enough about the subject at hand. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Atlantic City is trying to kill Carmine!

This week, our hero agian heads to Atlantic City, and again almost dies a horrible death. Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Affronted masses should respect the George Zimmerman verdict

Race-baiting mobs tarnished Trayvon Martin’s memory, when they looted, rioted, and dissed cops in the days after George Zimmerman’s acquittal, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

114 years old and still gathering those candles

Brooklyn’s biggest shouts out the world third oldest person. Comment.
Standing O

Scout beautifies church grounds to earn his organization’s highest award

Standing O boosts budding Eagle Scout Michael Migdal. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Food fight? I’d rather put that on my BLT

This week, our columnist wonders why people make poor use out of a perfectly good tomato. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan gets all Larry King on you

To the readers who enjoy the many thoughts that are scribbled on those tiny scraps of paper I find when I empty the pockets of my shirts and trousers — these are for you. Comments (12).
Big Screecher

Here’s the pitch: Screecher goes to a game

This week, Carmine and the gang head to MCU Park and have the time of their lives! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Squealing Edward Snowden is headed to the curbed world — where he belongs

Edward Snowden sold out his nation like a puffed-up stool pigeon, but he is about to discover the harsh realities of living in a truly oppressed land, if he hunkers down in Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Bolivia, all of which have offered the traitorous American asylum, writes our columnist. Comments (5).
Standing O

Standing O welcomes a new vitamin shop

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting Everyday Vitamin, a new natural supplement store in Bensonhurst. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O spotlights a pair of stellar eigthth graders

Narrows Community Theater presents scholarships to budding thespians Jessica Sparacio and Sarah Rodriguez. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O welcomes new head at BCF

A shout-out to Cecilia Clarke, the incoming CEO and president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

We need more truth in the news

Ever since man decided to write the day’s events and post it on a pole in the fork in the road, we the public have had an unhealthy fascination with all things news. What once let us know how many ruts there were in the road and how to avoid them has become a giant media circus with huge corporations running the show and vying for the number-one spot. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan empties his wallet and learns a little about himself

“What’s in your wallet?” I seem to hear that question every time I flip on the TV. Comments (4).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s television has gone ka-plooey!

This week, the Screecher tries to figure out what to do now. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

No re-Morsi for Egypt’s ousted president

Booted Mohammed Morsi was a failure as president of Egypt, but the country is doomed to more grim repercussions if Egyptians don’t get their act together, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O gives a thumbs-up to award-winning OLG grad

Three cheers to Brooklyn student Alyssa Siriano for winning the Lorraine Buckley Scholarship. Comment.
Standing O

Farewell to departing community pillar Marilyn Gelber

Standing O gives a stellar shout-out to the exiting founding president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Stop the blame game and start educating

Here we go again. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan warns you about more scams

Be aware of trickery lurking on the internet. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t wait for this year’s election

I’m madder than Gary Busey after he accidentally stumbled into a Nick Nolte look-a-like convention — and nobody recognized him — over the fact that I have no idea who I’m going to elect mayor once I release my all-powerful endorsement. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Wannabe mayors need to stop gunning for ‘stop-and-frisk’

The NYPD’s stop-and-search program is contentious, but it’s also an important weapon in NYPD’s crime-prevention arsenal, writes our columbnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Genesis students are off and running

Standing O congratulates Xaverian’s middle-school Class of 2013. Comment.
Standing O

Budding musicians wow with African beats at talent show

Standing O sends a stomping, shout-out to starry-eyed students at the Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy. Comment.
Standing O

IS 201 principal retires after 50 years

Standing O bids a fond farewell to departing principal Madeleine Brennan. Comments (1).
Not for Nuthin’

Off with her head — or at least her show

This week, our columnist wonders if powerful women on television have a target on their backs. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Wrong again, Mr. Biden. Bush won fair and square

This week, Stan calls the vice-president on his latest untruth. Comments (1).

June, 2013

Big Screecher

Face it, you won’t see Carmine on the carousel

This week, the Screecher heads to Coney Island to check out a light show. Comment.
Standing O

Wedding bells are ringing again

Standing O sends out a champagne toast to Courier deputy editor Bill Egbert and his lovely bride Yeon on their recent nuptials. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Happy Birthday to the land of the free and the home of the brave

On Thursday, July 4, the U.S. turns 237 years old, giving liberty lovers everywhere an opportunity to salute her incomparable contributions to humanity, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

PS 128 teacher earns an A-plus

Brooklyn elementary school teacher Cartherine Downey is in a class of her own, after winning the first citywide Big Apple Award. Comment.
Standing O

Stand up and cheer for HeartShare

Great shout-out to HeartShare Human Services of New York. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna breaks out the Kleenex again!

My Facebook page was full of graduation news this week — from high schools, colleges, kindergartens, pre-ks, elementaries, and middle schools, all the way up to graduate schools, family and friends celebrated the flying diplomas, caps, and tassels. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s got nothing to hide, so here’s his secret recipe

This week, our columnist spills the beans on his family’s famous cholent. Comments (6).
Big Screecher

It’s Carmine to the rescue when Sharon gets sick

This week, Carmine explains how he used quick thinking — and his nephew — to help save his lovely wife Sharon’s life. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

‘Turmoil’ in Middle East has non-Muslims in crosshairs

Muslim persecution is a mirage compared to the bigotry against Jews and Christians in the Muslim world, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Brooklyn’s marionette man

Standing O pulls some strings to boost a borough son. Comment.
Standing O

‘Buono fortuna’ to St. Savior freshman

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is sending out sweet Italian dreams to its pals. Comment.
Standing O

Brooklyn Chamber of Business does the borough proud

Standing O welcomes the Chamber to the neighborhood. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Trash talk: Why I hate mayor’s compost plan

This week, our columnist begins her countdown to the day Mayor Bloomberg is out of office. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan tackles the great bottled-water debate

This week our columnist figures you can’t tell the difference. Comments (3).
Big Screecher

Carmine gets the respect he commands

This week, the ol’Screecher gets thanked for his hard work as a cake judge at this year’s Relay for Life in Bergan Beach. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

On Flag Day, show your true colors!

The Stars and Stripes exemplify the unique, American identity — and Flag Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the most famous banner in the world, says our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is standing tall for Eagle scouts

Standing O is Brooklyn’s biggest booster. Comment.
Standing O

TD Bank boosts our parks

Standing O shouts out to TD Bank Comment.
Standing O

NY Methodist appreciates its voluntters

Boosting volunteers at NY Methodist gets a double boost from Standing O Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Sir Paul was a blast in Brooklyn

This week, our columnist reviews Paul McCartney’s concert in Brooklyn. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan teaches lessons learned the hard way

This week, our columnist has some nifty advice for the Class of 2013. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine eats his way through Bob’s Discount Furniture!

Yep, the ol’Screecher knows where to find free food wherever it is. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Hate mail isn’t always what it’s cut out to be

Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama are in fine company when it comes to being the target of loons, according to our columnist, who reminisces about this newspaper’s brush with “poisonous” hate mail. Comment.
Standing O

Medgar Evers student breaks 10-year record

Standing O moves the tassles over for stellar Medgar grad. Comments (3).
Standing O

Assemblyman helps out his flock, one bird at a time

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is cheering the cheerleaders

Brooklyn cheerleaders get a boosting cheer from Standing O! Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Game, set, match for ‘Game of Thrones’

This week, our television afficionado gives you the lowdown on HBO’s “Game of Throwns.” Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

You’ve got comments, and Stan has answers

Regular readers of this column know that I close every episode with my e-mail address, inviting readers to submit to me their thoughts. And many of you do. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine enjoys a martini made the right way — with Grey Goose!

No body had more fun at the United Federation of Teachers dinner at El Caribe than the Screecher himself! Comment.

May, 2013

A Britisher’s View

Troubled Muslim psyche is a world problem

The Rocky Horror Muslim Show continues, writes our columnist — from holy warriors beheading a soldier in Great Britain, to Palestinian Muslims arrested in the U.S. for a cigarette-smuggling scheme that allegedly funnelled funds to terror groups. Comment.
Standing O

MCU pops it out of the park

Shout-outs to MCU and Regal Cinemas for a day at the movies. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

I’ll take menopause over another kid

This week our columnist determines she is happy with her hot flashes. Comments (3).
Standing O

Fairway helps Sandy victims to recover

Standing O shouts out to Fairway Market! Comment.
Standing O

Standing at attention for Standing O!

Standing O salutes borough son on his military graduation. Comments (1).
Standing O

Grandma dives into her bucket list

Standing O jumps for joy at brave granny’s fearsome sky jump! Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan says buy American — if it exists

This week, our columnist wonders whatever happened to “Made in the U.S.A.” Comments (9).
Big Screecher

Carmine goes where no Carmine has gone before

This week, the Screecher has an adventure he’ll never forget, and learns a valuable lesson in the process. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Shavana: Scandal is the poison of choice for the Renouncer-in-Chief

Chronic denials, scandals, and kerfuffles are the hallmarks of the Obama Administration, writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Toques off to the Culinary Scholars

Baking their way to scholarships. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O salutes budding scribes at Poly Prep

Brooklyn’s biggest booster boosts students, mini-marts, and banks. Comment.
Standing O

Xaverian students are in a class of their own

Standing O boosts Xaverian middle-schoolers! Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

The great gravy debates ends now

This week, our columnist rules: it’s gravy, not sauce. Comments (5).
It’s Only My Opinion

Yes, Stan knows all about denial

Mommies and daddies can learn a lot from our columnist — or so he thinks. Comments (1).
Big Screecher

Carmine references Star Wars

This week, the Screecher pulls out all the stops in an attempt to get hits on his web page by mentioning the hit move “Star Wars” and two of its characters. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Benghazi proves that President Obama should be impeached

The Benghazi terror attacks, and the federal cover-ups that marked their atrocious aftermath, are proof that President Obama needs to step down — or face impeachment — writes our columnist. Comments (2).
Standing O

Police Athletic League youngsters are ‘eggscelent’

Standing O shouts out to big fry at the Brownsville’s PAL Beacon Center. Comment.
Standing O

Wedding Bell Bliss for the newlyweds

Standing O is showering a happy new couple with even happier wishes. Comment.
Standing O

The Screecher clan gets a kosher Mom’s Day

Standing O shouts out “Happy Mother’s Day” to Mrs. Big Screecher. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Hiring the handicapped to beat the lines at Disney is an abomination

This week, Joanna wonders how far the rich will go to beat the system. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s Weiner poll: Let me know your opinion!

This week, Stan tells you where he stands on Anthony Weiner. Now tell him where you stand. Comments (9).
Big Screecher

When Carmine has a breakfast, everybody shows up!

Carmine’s latest gathering brought together Brooklyn education power brokers! Comments (2).
A Britisher’s View

Is the line between radical and moderate Muslims blurring?

Our columnist thinks so. Comments (1).
Standing O

Go postal with goPost

Standing O gives the United States Post Office a big stamp of approval. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Park Slope student is in a class of her own, as she heads to Wharton. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

The MTA can kiss Joanna’s app

This week, our columnist wonders if the her smartphone will ever figure out the MTA. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has some talking points for a faithful readers

This week, Stan lets you know what to say when the volume goes down. Comments (8).
Big Screecher

Carmine’s had it with fishing!

This week, the Screecher wants everyone to know that despite what theat e-mails says, he is not stuck in the Phillipeans! Comment.
Features

Month in Review: Brooklyn bloomed news in April

A ticket tribute to Dem Bums, an extended Di Fara’s menu, and a bike lane on the Verrazano Bridge were some of the stories to grace our pages and website last month. Read on for more! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Muslims ho hum after Boston

Prominent Muslim Americans are keeping typically mum about Islam’s terrorists after the marathon bombing, writes our columnist, adding her media survey confirms her suspicions. Comments (1).
Standing O

100 bowers of flowers for Rose D’Anna

Standing O blows out the candles for centenarian Rose. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Join in our shout-outs this week to a brilliant junior, a big-hearted grassroots group, a music historian, and more. Comment.
Standing O

Sweet donation

The ice-cream giant donated sweet mega-bucks to Hurricane Sandy’s relief efforts. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Jo on America: Love it or don’t come to it

This week, our columnist suggests that people who don’t like this country should stay out of it. Comments (3).

April, 2013

It’s Only My Opinion

Stan has a plan for bomber

This week, Stan suggests justice the old-fashioned way. Comments (13).
Standing O

To sleep or not to sleep!

Standing O is wishing everyone to sleep tight. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine will be the judge — of the cake!

This week, the Screecher lets you know that he will determine who makes the best cake in Brooklyn. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Islamo-fiends have a ferocious foothold in the land of liberty

A reaffirmation of our war on terror — and a moratorium on Muslim immigration — should be first on our agenda to halt radical Islam, writes our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Boxing babes beat the odds

Standing O is boosting Slugging sisters in Team Serrano Comment.
Standing O

Standing O gives Dan a ra-ra sis boom bah!

Nobody does it better than Dan Foster Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna has all the answers

You’ve got questiona about the problems this nation has? Joanna has anwers. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan is back at the Office of Government Waste

This week, out columnist checks out how some of your tax dollars are being thrown away. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine eats his way through El Caribe’s cocktail hour

The clock is ticking and the Big Screecher has just 60 precious minutes to taste everthing he has to offer? Can he do it? Click and find out! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Boston Marathon bombings show that Americans are terror targets, around the clock

Terror alert: Bloodlusty cowards can’t stand to see Americans happy, according to our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

If he designs it, he will win

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is shouting out to Poly Prep senior. Comment.
Standing O

Pint-sized pageant winner

A tiara fit for a tween! Comments (1).
Standing O

‘The Heat’ is on

Standing O is knocked out by undefeated boxer Heather “The Heat” Hardy Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Mea culpa! My left-foot!

Joanna thinks she has the answer to get her church on track. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan empties his pockets, and remembers some things he wanted to tell you

This week, Stan the Man wonders out loud about why things are the way they are. Comment.
Letters

Reader: Bike paths aren’t a new plan for Verrazano Bridge

It may not be good idea, but this reader says the plan to put a pedestrian and bicycle path across the Narrows has been around for ages. Comments (2).
Big Screecher

It’s party time, and Carmine is there!

This week, the Screecher once again stuffs his face for free. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

New York’s laundry list of dirty politicians grows longer by the day

Rogue lawmakers need tougher laws to stem their dirty dealings — and longer prison terms – writes our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

500 Hours of pure giving!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster celebrates 500 hours of service. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

There has not got to be a morning after!

This week, our columnist takes on a judges ruling that allows “Plan B,” a controversial morning-after contraception pill, to be distributed to 16 year olds. Comments (1).
Speak Out

Lou remembers Coney Island, the way it was

This week, America’s columnist recalls the way things could have been — and were. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan once again cleans out his pockets

This week, Gershbein tells it how he sees it. Comments (2).
Letters

Thanks — and no thanks - Shavana

Readers take on the important issues of the day — on the best letters’ page around! Comment.
Big Screecher

The Big Screecher survives a shower of terror

I’m madder than a Titanic survivor who choked on an ice cube and fell in a puddle, where he was promptly struck by lightning and bit by a malarial mosquito over the fact that water safety just isn’t a priority at some hotel bathrooms in this country. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Jwoww, the Housewives, and DA Hynes? It’s time for a reality check!

Brooklyn’s top crimefighter lost the case for sanity when he agreed to star in a reality TV show about the district attorney’s office, according to our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Brooklyn legal eagle joins NYPD charity

Brooklyn lawyer joins the board of New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. Comment.
Standing O

Arts grants for borough artists

The art-smart get big bucks to advance their talents – plus Standing O’s to brighten up their day! Comment.
Standing O

Students go a’marching in Park Slope on St. Patrick’s Day

From merry, green-clad St. Pat’s Day marchers, and TIbetan meditation, to a hoop educational program, and the Finest cop bosses - Standing O has all the shout-outs fit to print! Comments (1).
Features

Month in Review: The stories that shaped March

We look back at the month that was. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Can women priests be far behind?

Holy smokes Not for Nuthin’ takes on the Holy See Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

One-man show honors Jewish Nazi hunter

An award-winning stage portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal informs, moves, and reminds. Comment.

March, 2013

Letters

Sheepshead Bay HS, a gem until open enrollment

Our comemntariat tosses its weight behind important issues of the day — from open enrollment in high schools and the new pope, to NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and Puxatawny Phil! Comments (1).
Standing O

Citizens on patrol

The police department needs extra eye and ears. Comment.
Big Screecher

Screecher preaches about teacher’s sweetness

I’m madder than I was back in high school when the Brooklyn Tech yearbook club failed to name the then Young Screecher “most likely to Screech” about the way people forget how education shaped their minds and the minds of tomorrow. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Bam’s Pales-whine in Israel

President Obama should have addressed the epidemic of Palestinian-stoked violence, instead of laying the blame for Mideast unrest at Israel’s doorstep, according to our columnist. Comments (2).
Standing O

Gather those rose petals

Brooklyn’s utlimate cheerleader is leading the cheering squad by issuing well-deserved Standing Os to the borough’s good citizens. Comment.
Standing O

Reading across Brooklyn

Reading to the borough’s wee ones Comment.
Standing O

Mom and daughter boutique

Salon thanks regulars Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Saying ‘I Do’ shouldn’t be a constitutional decision

Stop the presses! The Supreme Court justices, all nine of them, have had to decide on marriage — the same-sex kind that is — in the appeal against California’s Proposition 8. In the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the judges have to determine, is it constitutional or is it not? Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s no fool, but he plays one in April

This week, our colomnist breaks out some of his best pranks. Comments (3).
Letters

Not for Nuthin’ Jo, ‘Nanny’ Mike’s a reader’s main man

From local to national — readers chew the fat over the health of New Yorkers, NIMBY for an area drug rehab facility, and immigration. That’s among the food for thought dished on the most widely read letters page in town — ours! Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine met an angel, and his name is Sid!

This week, the Screecher cheers on Sid Schatzman, in his own words. Really, they are Sid’s words. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Rioting disgraces Kiki’s death

Community leaders like Councilman Jumaane Williams should have decried rioting in the wake of the shooting death of Kiki Gray, instead of using “anger” as an excuse for the lawlessness, says our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Kristen smoked the competition

Standing O is singing Brooklyn’s praises again. Comment.
Standing O

Washers, and wingnuts, and motherboards Oh my!

Shouting out to the Lego masters. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

I believe there should be promsequences!

This week, our colomnist says proms shouldn’t take place unless all kids graduate. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s vocabulary keeps on growing

This week, our columnist learns some new words. Comments (1).
Letters

Stan did great remembering Koch

Fond Koch-era memories, slaps for a “Catholic-bashing” columnist, and a NIMBY shout-out to a drug detox facility were among the hot-button issues Courier readers tackled on our well-lathered soapbox. Read on for more! Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine rails against change — for the worst!

I’m madder than a caterpillar that had a big meal, made himself a nice bed, fell asleep, and woke up in a whole new body with wings that he never asked for over the fact that no matter what I do, I can’t stop the constant change that interrupts our lives over and over and over again. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Hugo’s curtain call no ‘Chavesty’

Another one bites the dust, much to the delight of our columnist who celebrates the final exit of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Comment.
Standing O

Never forget

Students remember, lest we forget. Comment.
Standing O

Boot camp for mad men

Standing O is mad for these ad men. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is giving out 10s to the team

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Jo’s kiss off: keep it simple, stupid!

This week, our columnist goes off on the creators of Facebook and aluminum foil! Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

When Stan cruises, he eats … a lot!

This week, our columnist breaks down his itinerary for his days on the high seas or in various ports-of-call. Comment.
Letters

Joanna DelBuono is ‘correct’ about meanies

Our letters page delivers all the news that’s fit to be hashed out by critical thinkers. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t believe how inconsiderate stars are today

I’m madder than a criminal on the lam who gets caught because he complained to the Post Office that his name was misspelled on his wanted poster over the fact that celebrities today are only interested in themselves and their own precious fame, and don’t care at all about the communities that prop them up for doing such important acts as looking pretty or handsome. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Oppression of Muslim women needs to be addressed

An international day set aside for women is an apt time to shed light on the problem of female oppression in the Muslim world, writes our columnist. Comments (1).
Standing O

Poly Prep alumna makes it to Carnegie Hall

Standing O sings Brooklyn’s praises. Comment.
Standing O

There’s a new pastor in town

Brooklyn’s biggest booster counts our blessings Comment.
Standing O

Pat Fogarty is the Apple of Brooklyn’s eye

Say it loud, say it proud — say it Standing O-style. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

The Mayor adds nutritionist to his accomplishments

He knows all, sees all —he is the Magnificent Mayor of Oz — who is that man behind the curtain? None other than our very own Mayor Bloomberg. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan isn’t cursing cruise lines

This week, our columnist lets you know it is still safe to set sai. Comments (3).
Letters

Met building in Brighton Beach a mold depot after Sandy

Readers chew over the fat about mold, the Second Amendment, Shavana Abruzzo, store solicitations — and more — on the most talk-tastic letters page in town. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t take acronyms!

This week, the Screecher unloads letters that mean nothing, and he honors BWECCs! couple of the year! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

The Pope’s exit not divine

Pope Benedict’s resignation is nothing to sanctify, says our columnist, who feels he should have hung in there till the bitter end to guide, direct, and deliver justice to the faithful. Comment.

February, 2013

Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Mama Mia! That’s a whole lot of scarolla! Comment.
Standing O

Brainy Beauty and more!

Standing O gives Brooklynites the true-blue salute they deserve! Comment.
Standing O

Princesses to the rescue

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

On Oscar night, MacFarlane was the boob

Finally! Joanna gives her take on the Oscars! Comments (4).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan brings you America by the numbers

Our columnist is back with the percentages that get you thinking. Comments (1).
Letters

Stan remembers Holo-horrors so we won’t forget

Diversity washes our soapbox, as readers take the opportunity to air their opinions on a wide range of issues — from the Holocaust, cash solicitations at store checkouts, and the ghostly B37 bus, to parking hogs, the Second Amendment, and Mayor Ed Koch. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine’s cheering on this year’s Parent of the Year!

This week, the Screecher begins his annual tribute to those he admires most. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

No, Jews did not have their say at Brooklyn College

At last check, this was America — not the West Bank or Gaza — writes our columnist about the anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College that delivered a lesson on forbiddance, not free speech. Comments (5).
Standing O

New leaders for Lutheran Medical Center Auxiliary

Congratulations Lutheran ladies! Comment.
Standing O

Smart green energy powers Beth Israel

Beth Israel Medical Center goes green! Comment.
Standing O

Mr. Brooklyn honors young poet

Brooklyn’s Youth Poet Laureate gets a Standing O! Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Let’s scale down the meanness

This week our columnist wonders when we got so darn mean. Comments (1).
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan remembers Mayor…uh…uh…Koch

This week, our columnist looks back fondly on our deceased mayor. Comments (2).
Letters

Our letters are back, and better than ever!

Thank you, Shavana Abruzzo (“A Britisher’s View”) for your column on the Tawana Brawley hoax and fiasco (“Time to come clean, Tawana,” Feb. 8). Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine has a life insurance story for you

This week, the Screecher thinks he’s found a way to pay for his funeral, but has the rug pulled out from under him by a game show host! Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Christian persecution — the forgotten epidemic

Violence against Christians living in Muslim lands is ignored by Islam’s faithful who are too busy crying wolf, sez our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Mr. Honka goes to Washington

Ronald Honka, Jr. was invited to attend the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Comment.
Standing O

Girls’ Golden essays!

Here are the winners of the Innovative Essay Contest! Comment.
Standing O

New doc and top chops!

There’s a new chief doc at Beth Israel Medical Center. Comment.
Standing O

New money for our schools!

Eight schools get money for laptops. Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

A bad review for Rex Reed

This week, our columnist unloads on the famous movie critic for making fun of an actor’s weight. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou rambles about the Gamblings

This week, our columnist goes on and on about his favorite radio station — and program — which he’s listened to since the 1920s. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan writes about the Holocaust, so we remember the Holocaust

This week, our columnist reminds us of what did happen. Comment.
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t believe what that hack did to his column

I’m madder than one of my throngs of loyal readers who was left scratching his head last week when some hack rewrote my column without my permission or approval. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Tawana Brawley can run, but she can’t hide from the truth

The teenage girl whose name became synonymous with racial tensions and lies is now a woman who needs to ‘fess up to her falsehoods, writes our columnist. Comments (2).
Not for Nuthin’

Joanna rates the Super Bowl commercials

Talk about your firsts. Sheesh. Comments (2).
Features

POLL: Who was the best leader of the Big Apple?

Mayor Koch is gone, and that got us wondering who was the best mayor in the history of New York City. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan unloads on gun haters

This week, Stan wonders how safe his guns are from the government. Comments (10).
Big Screecher

Carmine never goes out of style

Henceforth, Carmine will be an absolute pleasure to read. Comment.
A Britisher’s View

Brooklyn College is no place for an anti-Israel rally

Brooklyn College is in a lowly class of its own for welcoming pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel rabble-rousers on campus, writes our columnist. Comments (6).

January, 2013

Not for Nuthin’

Deck the living room — all year long!

Yule be glad that you left the Christmas tree up, sez our columnist, hoping to start a new, year-round trend. Comment.
Standing O

A big Standing O ‘Hello’ to TD Bank on Kings Highway!

Yippee, a new TD Bank has opened, the 100th no less, and guess who was on hand to celebrate? Standing O and Borough President Markowitz. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Standing O

Wow! Another great bank!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than ever. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Cruise ships, Key West, and Hillary Clinton

This week, our columnist discusses Hil’s spill. Comments (9).
Letters

Indiana reader wants lowdown on Coney

My class is reading “A Walk Across America,” a book about Peter Jenkins walking across America to learn about the country. We decided to pick a state and learn about it, just like Peter. I picked New York for the state, and Coney Island as my “city.” Comment.
Big Screecher

Oh, man. Carmine has really had it with Sovereign Bank

This week, Carmine reiterates his disdain for Sovereign Bank. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

France takes on radical Muslims

The United States is a multicultural monarch, but its head is in the sand when it comes to radical Islam, leaving nations like France to act against shariah-shriekers looking to gain ferocious footholds across the globe, says our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than usual Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

E-readers- Nook, line and sinker

This week the Nook hooked our columnist. Comment.
Speak Out

The Mayor, the Boardwalk, the Radio, and Lou Powsner

This week, Lou recalls a radio a recent radio broadcast, and his time on the air. Comments (2).
It’s Only My Opinion

Once again, Stan’s got the numbers

This week Stand provides the statistics Comment.
Big Screecher

How Sovereign bank is ruining my pal’s life

This week, the Screecher fights to defend what is sacred — and $110. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Be Penta-gone, Chuck Hagel

Former Nebraskan Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Pentagon head is a boon for world despots, but a bust for advocates of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, according to our columnist. Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Brooklyn’s biggest booster is boosting bigger and better than usual Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

‘Girls’ wins at the Globes? I don’t think so

This week, Jo can’t figure out how the HBO series “Girls” can win anything. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Stan got some questions for you to answer

This week, our columnist wants to know what you think about the ramblings in his head. Comments (15).
Big Screecher

Carmine can’t take it when cars are ticketed for no reason!

This week, Carmine unloads on overzealous parking agents! Comment.
Standing O

Standing O is at it again!

Get ready for Brooklyn’s biggest pat on the back! Comments (2).
Standing O

Babes in Toyland

When the Marines called the students at IS 228, they answered — with toys that is, lots and lots of toys. This year, the annual Toys for Tots Drive sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves found willing Santa’s helpers in the form of students Diamond Middleton, Josueth Martinez, Carlos Gonzalez, Julia Cao, Vito DiMola and Monika Youssef, plus the staff at IS 228 (Standing O’s alma mater!). Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

Jo takes a trip down memory lane

This week, our columnist takes us on an oldies road trip. Comment.
Speak Out

Lou misses his WW II reunion … for the last time

Getting me on my way these days is a family affair, it is, that includes a check of the vitals. Comment.
It’s Only My Opinion

Look, they’re Stan’s opinions, and he’s sticking to them.

This week, Stan continues his “Best” and “Worst” lists for 2012. Comment.
Big Screecher

He did it!

This week, Carmine witnesses the cops in action. Comments (1).
A Britisher’s View

Not gun-ho for Piers Morgan

Our columnist has a blast from the past for anti-gun loony — and disgraced British journalist — Piers Morgan, who is the subject of a petition to have him deported for his rabid denouncement of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms Comments (1).
Standing O

Standing O is lifting those spirits again

Need a hand writing essays for those standardized tests? Not to worry, folks, Professor Rob Ostrom and Professor Caroline Hellman, educators du jour, have prepared a handbook that prepares City University of New York students for the writing test that qualifies them for college composition and future writing courses. The handy, dandy handbook, “CATskills: Mastering the CATW and College Writing,” is the GPA of navigating the College Assessment Tests in writing. Comment.
Standing O

Fa, la, la - holiday show

Who needs the bright lights of Broadway when you have the talented students at PS 255? The staff and multi-faceted, entertaining students put on a holiday show that rivaled any Broadway revue. The junior chorus, led by music specialist Margo Wallasch, entertained the audience with a soulful rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as well other carols and Kwanzaa and Chanukah favorites. What’s the holidays without a little “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel?” Comment.
Not for Nuthin’

On the radio pranking is just a fancy name for bullying

At what point does a silly prank become just plain bullying? And at what point do we say “enough is enough?” Comments (1).

December, 2012

It’s Only My Opinion

Stan’s ‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ list for 2012

This week, our columnist reminds us of the highlights — and lowlights — of the year that was. Comment.
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