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Park Slope’s favorite sex shop is doing its part to fight cancer.

During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Babeland will donate 20 percent of the sale of any “Pink October” toy to organizations providing mammograms for women in need.

Babeland is located at 462 Bergen Street. For hours, contact the store at 718-638-3820.

Instead of reading them, Jay makes headlines

TV host Jay Leno is donating his customized Star V-Max motorcycle for an Oct. 10 auction to benefit Bailey’s Cafe community center, 196 Albany Avenue.

Leno has been a longtime friend of the program’s founder, Stephanie Siegel; the two met when they were college students in Boston.

The bike is expected to be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson car auction at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Pre-auction estimates for the bike are in the range of $100,000. Buyers can also bid online, at www.barrett-jackson.com.

The former host of “The Tonight Show” said Bailey’s Cafe “is a wonderful arts program,” according to a report.

Two Trees Management Co. announced last week that two DUMBO-based stores, Journey Home, a store which showcases home furnishing, furniture and accessories and P.S. Bookstore, are relocating to large and attractive retail spaces at 70 Washington Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The two leases completed the total 10,000 square feet of retail space available at the building.

“We are delighted that both Journey Home and P.S. Bookstore have chosen to stay in DUMBO and make 70 Washington their new homes,” said Caroline Pardo, Director of Leasing for Two Trees Management.

Both Journey and P.S. Bookstore are relocating from 68 Jay Street to 70 Washington, where P.S. Bookstore will now occupy the 2,138 square-foot corner retail space. A lease was signed for 10 years and 2 months.

The book store specializes in used and rare books, first editions and a wide array of written works. Journey Home carries exotic goods and gifts from local artists.

TransGas Energy, the Williamsburg-based company behind the controversial power plant proposal on Kent and North 12th Street, will appeal their case after the State Supreme Court Appellate Division (2nd Judicial Department) dismissed their motion on September 22.

“We are filing a motion to appeal with the Court of Appeals.We don’t have an automatic right to appeal, it’s up to the court to take our appeal,” said John Dax, TGE lead attorney.

Dax said that he will argue his case on the same grounds he presented in front of the Supreme Court, that the State Environmental Siting Board has the authority over city streets to make a decision to allow the plant to be constructed in Williamsburg.

“We think the 2nd Department Appellate Division got it wrong,” said Dax.“Maybe the siting board likes not having authority so they don’t have to make tough decisions.They used to think they had that authority, but they decided for the first time that they didn’t have that authority.”

The New York State Court of Appeals is expected to choose whether they will hear oral arguments on the case, though there is no guarantee they will take the case.

Attorney and Williamsburg activist Adam Perlmutter believes that the final denial of any right to appeal would be complete in the first quarter of 2010.

“At that point, the city will be able to move forward with completing condemnation of the Bayside Fuel Depot for the Bushwick Inlet Park,” said Perlmutter.

On October 1, the 3 to 6 percent increases, approved by the Rent Guidelines Board in June for rent-stabilized properties throughout the city, went into effect, and several incoming and re-elected councilmembers called for a rent freeze.

“There’s been great displacement not only in Downtown Brooklyn but in Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Fort Greene,” said Councilmember Letitia James (D-Fort Greene).“They’re feeling the pressure to decide between medicine and paying their rent and other emergency measures.That’s why we’re calling for a rent freeze.”

The rally, sponsored by the Real Rent Reform Campaign (R3), is a coalition made up of several tenant advocacy groups, including Brooklyn-based Pratt Area Community Council, Bushwick Housing Independence Project, and 5th Avenue Committee, whose tenant organizers have been protesting the RGB decision for the past year.

Jon Furlong, an organizer with PACC in Central Brooklyn, noted that tenants he works with who live in Section 8 buildings are being forced to take on two or three jobs just to make rent, if they aren’t being forced to leave first.

“The common complaint is landlord harassment, trying to empty their buildings to convert to luxury buildings and make more money,” said Furlong.

The founder of a Brooklyn volunteer ambulance service is on track to have a street named in his memory.

At its most recent meeting, Community Board 10 in Bay Ridge voted unanimously to rename the southeast corner of 85th Street and Seventh Avenue, where BRAVO ambulance has its headquarters, for Hank Vogt, who was a moving force in the service’s establishment.

“No one in the community is ignorant of the vital contributions it has made to the quality of our life,” noted Brian Kieran, the chair of CB 10’s Transportation Committee.

BRAVO has made the difference between life and death for countless area residents, noted Joe Keeler, a former CB 10 chair, who had submitted the application to rename the street, and who called Vogt “one unique man dedicated to serving the community” who had “a set of values beyond reproach.”

The founding of BRAVO, Keeler added, was Vogt’s “greatest accomplishment.

“Wherever help is needed,” he went on, “BRAVO is there. Now it’s our time to be there for him.”

Brooklyn is leading the city in teenager texting while driving fatalities, according to a recent report put out by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office.

The report shows that sixteen vehicular fatalities involving teenagers can be attributed to texting while driving over the last five years %u2013 a five borough record.

Brooklyn was followed by Queens (14 fatalities), Manhattan (10) the Bronx (8) and Staten Island (3). The borough’s fatality rate was overshadowed by Nassau and Suffolk counties, who had 17 and 27 fatalities that can be attributed to texting while driving respectively.

Schumer released the report to show “the severe danger of texting while driving posed to New York City area teenagers” and again urge President Obama and his administration to back his legislation to ban texting while driving across the country.

“My legislation, which bans this practice, will go a long way in saving young lives from unnecessary accidents,” Schumer said. “I hope President Obama hears my calls and supports this bill so these tragedies can be prevented.”

Members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South’s Auxiliary Patrol will be hosting a blood drive at Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 10th Avenue, on October 13 and 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Auxiliary Chief Tony Christo said that the drive is being done in the memory of Arnold Jablon, a former auxiliary deputy inspector and father of Doug Jablon, vice president of patient relations at Maimonides.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the blood drive can contact (718) 283-7412.

The city Health Department has created a Web site offering info about how Brooklynites can drop unwanted pounds and get healthy.

The site provides info about local exercise classes, gyms and recreational teams in your nabe.

There’s also details about “how to keep yourself healthy while having fun.”

Check it out at www.nycgovparks.org/befitnyc.

Lantern, the Brooklyn-based book publisher and web developer responsible for such environmentally and socially conscious tomes as “The Green Belt Movement” and “World Peace Diet,” will celebrate its first 10 years in business on October 8 with a gala celebration at Jivamukti Yoga Center in Manhattan (841 Broadway) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“Both the publishing industry and the Internet have changed and evolved since we first opened our doors in August 1999,” said vice-president and director of publishing Martin Rowe.

Lantern has published over 150 titles in the last 10 years and pioneered office sustainability, printing on 100 percentpost-consumer waste recycled paper and sourcing its energy from wind power.

They even compost all their food waste.

For more information about this week’s anniversary event, call 212-414-2275.

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