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

From Sept. 8 for between 6-8 weeks, all parking signs marked with a broom symbol will be suspended within the following borders until further notice:

Joralemon Street (not included) from Furman Street to Boerum Place; South: Atlantic Avenue (not included) from Furman Street to Court Street; Court Street (not included) from Atlantic Avenue to Wyckoff Street; Wyckoff Street/St. Mark’s Place (included) from Court Street to 4th Avenue; 4th Avenue (not included) from St. Mark’s Place to Pacific Street;

Fourth Avenue (included) from Atlantic Avenue to Pacific Street; Atlantic Avenue (included) from 4th Avenue to Classon Avenue; and Furman Street (included) from Atlantic Avenue to Joralemon Street.

The changes do not affect 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. parking rules or meter regulations, or any other parking rules that are not street cleaning regulations.

New regulations will take effect in Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Fulton Ferry, and Brooklyn Heights (Joralemon Street and north) starting Sept. 14.

The Department of Transportation’s Kent Avenue construction plan has been underway this week, to the delight and dismay of residents along the Williamsburg waterfront.

While 203 people have signed an online petition to keep Kent Avenue a two-way street, the cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has been collecting petition signatures in favor of the project over the past two weeks.So far, they have collected 309 signatures and expect more through the coming week.

“As one of Brooklyn’s fastest-growing corridors for bike commuting, the new Kent Avenue bike lane is going to be an instant hit with riders. And it will provide safer conditions for all street users who increasingly live, work and recreate on Kent,” said TA spokesperson Wiley Norvell.

Three federal lawmakers representing Brooklyn championed their role in bringing home $186,552 in federal money for Brooklyn College’s child care program.

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, and Rep. Ed Towns said the money, which came through the Department of Education FY09 Appropriations Bill, would pay for essential child care services for student parents at Brooklyn College at a time when city colleges are facing looming budget cuts.

Brooklyn College’s Early Childhood Center supports more than 80 low-income student parents each year through child care services on-campus. A parent can send his/her infant, toddler or young child to an on-site day care or evening program. Children engage in activities including block building, art, dramatic play, science and math and literacy-based projects that develop their skills and expand their interests.

According to a June report released by Gillibrand’s office, the cost of child care in Brooklyn is rising by $1,612 per year. Each year, the average Brooklyn family spends approximately $16,250 per year for an infant, $11,648 for a toddler and $9,620 for a school-age child.

Brooklyn students return to public schools on Wednesday, September 9, but there’s still time for parents to register their kids for classes.

For elementary or middle schools, parents can visit their child’s zoned school, which is determined by your home address, starting on September 9. To find your zoned school, call 311 or visit http://schools.nyc.gov/FindASchool/AdvanceSearch.htm?level=01.

Parents of students without zoned schools should visit a Student Registration Center. Brooklyn has four sites %u2013 Brooklyn High School of the Arts, 345 Dean Street; Clara Barton High School, 901 Classon Avenue; The Montauk, 4200 16th Avenue; and Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place. The centers are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., from now until September 18.

To register a child at the center, bring two proofs of residence, such as a utility bill or payroll stub, as well as the child’s birth certificate or passport, immunization records, latest report card or transcript, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan, if applicable.

To register a child in a special education program in elementary or middle school, visit a Special Education Enrollment Site %u2013 5619 Flatlands Avenue (for School Districts 17, 18, 22), 415 89th Street (Districts 20, 21), 131 Livingston Street (Districts 13, 14, 15, 16), and 1665 St. Mark’s Avenue (Districts 19, 23, 32).

All students seeking high school placement may now visit a Student Registration Center.

For more details about registering for the new school year, visit http://schools.nyc.gov.

After over a month of hospitalization, the 41-year-old cricket player struck by lightning July 26 after a freak storm swept across Marine Park, is still fighting for his life.

Stephen Gibson, who is currently receiving treatment at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, is still in serious but stable condition suffering from injuries to his lungs, kidneys and liver as well as burns to his arms and legs, according to the New York Daily News.

As he recovers — getting stronger and stronger each day, friends said — teammates and friends of the East Flatbush electrician have put together a fund to help pay for rising hospital costs.

Anyone interested in helping them bring Gibson back home can send a donation to any HSBC Bank branch into account number 661760197 or send a check to the Stephen Gibson Appeal Fund c/o Brooklyn Cricket League, 518 East 42nd Street, Brooklyn NY, 11203.

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