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November, 2014

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Carroll Gardens marks Veterans Day

Neighbors and pols gathered in Carroll Gardens on Tuesday morning to pay their respects to military veterans on Veterans Day. Comment.

October, 2014

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Dogs strut their stuff at Fort Greene Park costume contest

There were no Spike Lee costumes. Comment.
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Stroll patrol: Brooklynites on the march against breast cancer

Thousands of do-gooders flooded Prospect Park last Sunday to honor people killed by breast cancer, celebrate survivors, and raise money to end the disease. Comment.
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Prospect Park’s got talon: Raptor Fest touches down in Brooklyn’s backyard

Call it a talon show. Comments (1).
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Zumba for a cause

A sea of Zumba dancers decked out in pink braved the rain to shimmy for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Comment.
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Athletes take on boot camp-style race

The Civilian Military Combine at Aviator Sports and Events Center on Sept. 27 separated the alpha athletes from the rookies with a fierce four-mile obstacle course. Comment.
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Tot trot

The 48-year-old Bay Ridge Ragamuffin Parade drew thousands of children and kids at heart decked out in their best costumes to Third Avenue on Sept. 28. Comment.

September, 2014

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Antics on Atlantic: Massive street fair hits 40

The 40th anniversary of a massive street fair Comment.
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Cosmos soccer clinic out of this world

Slope kids kicked for the stars this week at a soccer tutorial hosted by the Long Island pro team the New York Cosmos. Comment.
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Patriotism shines

Marine Park residents wore red, white, and blue to honor those dear to them at the 13th annual Marine Park 9-11 Memorial on Thursday. Comment.
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It’s electric

Electric Run at Aviator Sports Center on Sept. 5 and 6 provided beer for the grown-ups, fun for the kids. Comment.
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Brooklynites: Bless these Mets

Brooklyn turned out to celebrate its love for the orange and blue this weekend at a Mets–themed shindig in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday called Mets Jam. Comment.
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‘Swan Lake’ dances into Brighton Beach

A professional ballet company for young adults wowed the seniors at Shore View Nursing Home with their second performance at the center. Comment.
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The Eastern Parkway way: Plumage procession at West Indian Day Parade

Hundreds of thousands of revelers flocked to Crown Heights on Sept 1. to shake a tail-feather and scarf a jerk-chicken leg or five as part of the annual West Indian American Day Parade. Comment.

August, 2014

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Cyclones ’90s night was, like, totally awesome

A ’90s throwback theme night at MCU Park featured a live version of the decade’s popular “Double Dare” show, quintessentially ’90s prizes, and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell. Comment.
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Pint-sized dancers compete to represent Nets

Kids from all over the city flooded Long Island University in hopes of dancing their way into the coolest after-school gig in the borough. Comment.
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Brighton Jubilee a hit

This year’s annual Brighton Jubilee on Aug. 24 got rave reviews from attendees. Comment.
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Water, water everywhere: Kids splash around Aviator

Aviator Sports and Events Center treated its members to a day of splashing around with water slides, bounce castles, and games on Aug. 17. Comment.
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Grain of doubt: Sand sculpture winners pull through after last-minute collapse

A 10-foot-tall, high-rise sand castle that almost didn’t happen took first place of the team division in the annual Coney sand sculpting contest on Aug. 16. Comment.
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Residents get down at annual block party

Residents enjoyed the last stretch of summer with games, dancing, and food for Pearson Street’s annual block party between Avenues T and U on Aug. 16. Comment.

July, 2014

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Total fluke: Mystery fish found near Coney Island Creek

Fifth graders from Coney’s PS 188 were excited to find a mystery fish during a hands-on lesson about the creatures of the deep. Comment.
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Green Girl power

Girls 11 to 13 years old visited Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center on July 24 to learn about plant and animal lifecycles. Comment.
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Splash down

Newly renovated pools at Aviator Sports Center are making a splash with the center’s campers. Comment.
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Good vibes at Aviator neon run

Neon-painted runners stood out on Saturday night at the Neon Vibe run at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Comment.
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Gorging on gray matter

This zombie brain-eating contest in Coney Island was the undead’s answer to the annual gluttony tournament at a certain nearby hot-dog stand. Comment.
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What a colorful world!

The Color Run at Aviator Sports and Events Center on July 5 and 6 brightened the day with splashes of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. Comment.
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Kids tee off in Marine Park

Mini golfers ages 6 to 16 learned fundamentals of the game in the citywide free sports summer program CityParks Golf. Comment.
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Eco Dock makes a splash

The city’s first Eco Dock at the 69th Street Pier thrilled Brooklynites on June 28 — with an oyster gardening program, a water display from an FDNY boat, and a tour of a historic fishing schooner. Comment.
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Kings Bay sluggers knock it out of the park

Kings Bay baseball players celebrated a great season at an trophy ceremony luncheon on June 29. Comments (1).
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Friends and family remember beloved late teen

Family, friends, and motorcycle club Rolling Thunder members paid tribute to Mill Basin teen Paul Zaccaria in the seventh annual remembrance of the teen who died tragically in a 2006 jet ski accident. Comments (1).
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Now that’s Old Brooklyn

The Society of Old Brooklynites turned 134 years young, and threw down in grand style at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment.
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Coaching from the mound

Mets legend and Bensonhurst resident John Franco ran drills with kids at a free clinic at MCU Park. Comment.

June, 2014

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Throngs in thongs

This year’s Mermaid Parade brought hundreds of thousands to Sodom by the Sea. See our slideshow for all the fishy fun. Comment.
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Foam on!

The 5K Foam Fest mixed obstacles, mud, and foam at Aviator Sports and Events Center on June 21. For all the sudsy fun, see our slideshow. Comments (3).
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Cha cha cha:! Students dance like pros at Memory Day

PS 207’s Early Childhood Center had its annual Memory Day on June 19 — when students showed off dances they learned throughout the school year. Comment.
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Fund-raising — more like fun-raising

Kids rock climbed, ice skated and played carnival games to raise money for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Aviator Sports and Events Center. Comment.
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Students and seniors sing and shimmy through ‘Grease’

Grease was the word at JASA Trump 4 US on June 17, when students from PS 100 and seniors from the W. Fifth Street complex performed the classic together. Comments (1).
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Sound the alarms: Emergency services workers teach kids importance of safety

Safety Day at Floyd Bennett Field sounded the alarm for excitement as emergency services showed kids the importance of safety on June 15. Comment.
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Brooklyn congratulates the Class of 2014 with pomp-filled ceremonies

Brooklyn high schools aced graduation day, with joyous ceremonies across the borough. Comment.
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Swell under the el

Crowds flocked to the 86th Street Festival on June 8, which sprawled a full three blocks. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Shake your Boody

David A. Boody Junior High School dance students cut a rug on May 29 and 30 during a recital dubbed “The Life of a Dancer.” Comment.
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The Fifth element! Crowds cram avenue for annual festival

The Fifth Avenue Festival featured vendors, bands, and the 10th annual pizza-eating contest on Sunday. For all the fun, see our slideshow. Comment.

May, 2014

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Brooklyn College congratulates Class of 2014 with pomp-filled ceremonies

Glowing graduates enjoyed the fruits of their labors during commencement day at Brooklyn College. Comment.
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Off to see the wizard! Grammar school brings ‘Oz’ to life

Third-graders from PS 192 brought their own rendition of “The Wizard of Oz” to the stage on May 22 and 23. Comment.
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It’s a home run!

Elementary kids had a ball testing their skills at the Pitch, Hit, and Run Challenge held at PS 236 on May 19. Comment.
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Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club gives the gift of life to a Haitian boy, bringing him to the U.S. for life-saving surgery

Lil’ Kevens Loctomar, 5, is returning home to Haiti with the hole in his heart repaired, thanks to generous members of the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club, and Gift of Life International. The pair’s collaboration brought Kevens to the U.S. for free heart surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. Comment.
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All’s fair in Southern Brooklyn

Newcomers to the annual Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports Center said Brooklyn’s largest carnival is a real gem. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Kinetic kids

PS 236 kids took the morning off on May 7 to participate in a massive Zumba fitness class to celebrate raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Comment.

April, 2014

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Synagogues pay tribute to victims and survivors in Holocaust Remembrance Day events

Two Mill Basin synagogues are making sure their younger generations never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust. Comment.
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Fair fun on Church Ave.

Thousands made the pilgrimage to the Church Avenue Business Improvement District’s street fair on April 27. See our slideshow for all the fun. Comment.
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Arbor yay! Nets give trees to Coney kids

Fifty families took home 50 trees and met retired Nets players, cheerleaders, and the team’s mascot on April 8. Comment.
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The hunt begins

Brooklyn kicked off its Easter celebration on April 5 and 6 with the first wave of egg hunts planned for this month. For all the fun, see our slideshow. Comment.
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Parade in the shade

Rain didn’t stop Gerritsen Beachers from marching in the neighborhood’s fifth annual Saint Patrick’s Festival Parade on March 29. Comment.
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Learning by doing

The Bay Academy held a science night for its students, with teachers and professionals doing demonstrations for the kids. Comment.
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Sharing is caring

The social-service group HeartShare raked in $700,000 at its centennial gala. Comment.

March, 2014

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BWECC-tacular! Carmine throws a party

Carmine “Big Screecher” Santa Maria threw his 35th annual party for his 53-year-old civic group at El Caribe on March 19 — honoring neighborhood leaders and eating some delicious food. Comment.
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Special guest readers encourage tiny bookworms for Read Across America Day

Alan Maisel stopped by the Mill Basin library branch to make kids’ reading time extra special for “Read Across America Day.” Comment.
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Ugly duckling finds beauty and love in PS 207’s ‘Honk! Jr.’

Students of PS 207’s Drama Club took to the stage to put on their version of the musical “Honk! Jr.” last week. Comment.
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Southern Brooklyn high schools Sing! for good cause

The multi-school Sing! competition returned for the first time in decades, pitting Edward R. Murrow, James Madison, and Marine Park high schools against each other to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Comments (2).
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Gala celebrates People’s Playground

Coney Island’s movers and shakers came out in droves for the Alliance for Coney Island’s second annual winter gala on March 6. Comment.
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Little dancers and artists show their skills

Students from PS 326 in Flatlands presented the district’s superintendent with a dance show and hand-painted pictures to decorate her office. Comment.
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All downhill from here

Boy Scouts from across the borough competed for pinewood derby supremecy at Kings Plaza on March 1. Comment.

February, 2014

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Can you tell me how to get to Fort Hamilton?

The beloved “Sesame Street” Muppet stopped by the base to delight 75 children on Feb. 7 — part of a Valentine’s Day gift to the service members. Comment.
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Barack attack! Ridge Dems toast Bam on State of the Union night

Two dozen members of the Bay Ridge Democrats club gathered inside Third Avenue’s Longbow Pub on Jan. 28 to cheer on President Obama as he laid out his agenda for the coming year. Comment.

January, 2014

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Long live King! Ridge vigil honors slain civil rights giant

Anti-war group Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition held its third annual candlelight vigil to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday. Comment.
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Too cool for high school school

The Brooklyn School for Collaborative Services threw a party on Jan. 17 for its students who finished semester-long internships that the school says better prepare them for college and the workforce. Comment.
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L & M Tours celebrates 15 years in business with a party for staff and customers

The Bay Ridge bus-tour operator and full-service travel agency hailed its milestone anniversary with a fete for customers and workers on Jan. 11. Comments (1).
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Gotham’s first New Year’s baby was born in Brooklyn — at the stroke of midnight!

The city’s first newborn of the year is from Brooklyn! Adorable Shannon-Lee Willis jockeyed for attention with the Times Square ball drop when she made her dazzling entrance at New York Methodist Hospital — right at the moment the calendar page turned. Comment.

December, 2013

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Pre-K tots travel to Grady HS for Christmas party

Students from PS 253’s pre-K class traveled to William E. Grady Career and Technical High School on Dec. 20 for a lunchtime visit with Santa Claus. Comment.

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