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Vito weakened, yet Dems in turmoil

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and subsequent admission that he fathered a child out of wedlock hasn’t only thrown the GOP into disarray — it’s apparently done the same thing to Democrats trying to pick a challenger to take on the disgraced congressman. Comment

Long, hot, smelly summer — but lots of parking — in the Slope

Park Slope: Alternate-side-of-the-street parking will be suspended entirely on residential streets in Park Slope starting on May 19 — putting a months-long end to the weekly hassle of moving your car. Comments (2)

‘Union’ splits board

Park Slope: The ongoing controversy over Union Hall bar in Park Slope is tearing apart the local community board as it heads towards Wednesday’s vote on the popular nightspot’s liquor license amid charges that one of the bar’s opponents has a conflict of interest and another opponent made a false 911 call. Comments (2)

Vito’s shame

Vito’s shame

Bay Ridge: Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) will reportedly not seek re-election — a stunning bombshell that capped a topsy-turvy week that began early last Thursday with the congressman’s arrest for drunk-driving in the Virginia suburbs and subsequent reports of a possible extra-marital affair. Comment

Vito must step aside

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper calls for Rep. Vito Fossella to resign now rather than drag his constituents through the ongoing scandal over his drunk-driving arrest and extra-marital affair. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s take on the Fossella drunk-driving arrest. Comment

Rogues gallery

Politics: Vito Fossella is certainly not the first politician to get in trouble with the law. Here’s a handy chart. Comments (2)

‘Vino’ Fossella: The people speak

Vox Pop: What do Bay Ridge residents think of Rep. Vito Fossella since his May 1 drunk driving arrest? We hit the streets to find out. Comments (5)

The Latest Development News

Walentas has ‘Issue’

Downtown: Issue Project Room, a cutting-edge performing arts center, will leave its Gowanus Canal zone and create a theater inside the former Board of Education offices at 110 Livingston St. Comment

Bossert sold?

Downtown: The Hotel Bossert, the swanky Montague Street accommodation that was the site of the Dodgers’ knock-down, drag-out World Series victory party in 1955 and, more recently, was a dormitory for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, has apparently been sold. Then again, no one’s talking. Comment

Writ large

Downtown: A heavyweight Manhattan law firm is transferring some of its back office employees to Metrotech, but the firm’s attorneys won’t dirty their white shoes in Downtown Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Atlantic Yards Coverage

Tale of two renderings

Tale of two renderings

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner and his foes presented starkly different visions for the mega-project this week — one, a scaled-back, Frank Gehry wonderland, the other, a collection of bulky buildings and a basketball arena surrounded for decades by parking lots. Comment

Tale of two rallies

Atlantic Yards: Union hardhats faced off against with stroller moms — and a half-dozen local elected officials — at rival protests in the footprint of the proposed Atlantic Yards project on Saturday. Comments (6)

Tale of the tape: Cory vs. Marty

Atlantic Yards: The mayor of Newark and the Beep of Brooklyn take their fight to win the Nets to the basketball court. Comments (2)

Ratner backer once a pimp

Atlantic Yards: One of Bruce Ratner’s boosters at the pro-Atlantic Yards rally on Saturday was a former strip club manager who testified that he arranged for dancers to have sex with NBA stars. Comments (17)

Austin on ‘Paris’

Austin on ‘Paris’

Theater: In Ovid’s telling of “The Judgment of Paris,” Paris’s dilemma is an embarrassment of riches. Three beautiful goddesses appear before him and he must decide who among them — Athena, Hera and Aphrodite — is the finest. Happily, Austin McCormick’s dance-theater production — which opened on Friday in Carroll Gardens — doesn’t end with any bloodshed and is almost embarrassingly rich, too. Comments (1)

Protests shut down Atlantic Ave

More than 250 protestors shut down traffic in one direction on Atlantic Avenue on Wednesday afternoon to protest last month’s not guilty verdict for the three police officers involved in the shooting of Sean Bell. Comments (1)
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With Vito weakened, Bay Ridge Dems don’t know what to do

Podcast: On the same day that Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) admitted that he’d sired a child with his mistress, Brooklyn Democrats for Change gathered to endorse a candidate to take on the embattled, six-term congressman. But they couldn’t do it — an indication that the race has gotten more serious. Comment

‘Banner’ day for Henry

Brooklyn Heights: Tree-lined, residential Henry Street was briefly turned into one long billboard, but Brooklyn Heights residents erupted after seeing commercial banners on the mostly residential street, so the city removed them. Comment

Elmes grows new roots

Art: On Wednesday, May 14, Galapagos Art Space — the pioneering cultural center that is undergoing a move from Williamsburg to DUMBO — will open to the public for the first time. Although the space will be used to exhibit video for the New York Photo Festival, just as interesting is what founder and Director Robert Elmes has planned for the venue. Comment

Goodbye, neighbors!

Park Slope: Park Slopers were justifiably outraged to hear that the neighborhood’s A-list acting couple, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, had put their Prospect Park West mansion on the market and were headed to, say it ain’t so, Manhattan. Comments (2)

An unholy ‘Union’

Park Slope: Controversial Park Slope bar Union Hall suffered a setback on Thursday night as a community board subcommittee said the tavern should lose its right to serve booze. Comment
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A glimpse inside Ft. Greene Park monument

Fort Greene: Eighty years is a long time to wait, so forgive us if we were a bit underwhelmed by our first glimpse inside the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument inside Fort Greene Park, which opened for the first time in decades this Sunday. Comments (1)

475 Kent is home again

Williamsburg: Three and a half months after the city evacuated more than 200 tenants from a Kent Avenue building because of an illegal matzo factory in the basement, the first residents returned to their apartments on May 1 — and after 101-days of couch surfing, they’re happy to be home. Comment

Pynchon a no show at birthday party

Columbia St Waterfront: Author Thomas Pynchon didn’t show up at a party in his honor on Sunday at Freebird Books. Then again, if the reclusive author of “Mason & Dixon” and “V” had shown up, would anyone even know? Yes, say fans at the Columbia Street bookshop. Comment

Time’s up: Last-minute gifts for mom

Shopping: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, so if you haven’t yet fulfilled your filial duty, you don’t have much time. Luckily, there are still plenty of options for local, last-minute gifts, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ideas. Comment

Cell hath no fury

Bay Ridge: Verizon tried to make peace with Bay Ridge, but parents at Ridge Avenue’s PS 185 hung up on the offer. Comments (1)

Three-alarm firehouse deal

Williamsburg: Two firehouses decommissioned amid intense protests in 2003 will be reborn — one as a home for the borough’s nomadic orchestra and the other as community center. Comment

Last call at Mooney’s

Prospect Heights: Mooney’s, an Irish pub in Prospect Heights, has lost its fight to stay in its Flatbush Avenue home and will close for good by the end of June. Comment

Ferry good news

Bay Ridge: The Bloomberg Administration announced this week that it will provide more than $1 million in subsidies to bring ferry service back to Sunset Park next week. Comments (1)

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Gersh’s ankle: An update

Podcast: A Brooklyn Angle exclusive: Gersh gets the prognosis from his doctor, Tom Lyon of Lutheran Medical Center. Comments (1)
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Inside the monument in Fort Greene Park!

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman Comment
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Gawker: Dorky Brooklyn Paper Podcasts are totally ‘awesome’

Podcast: Just two weeks after reporters at The Brooklyn Paper started posting quick-hit Podcasts on the award-winning BrooklynPaper.com Web site, our efforts were noticed by Gawker.com. Comments (1)

Butler Street all ‘crack’ed up?

Carroll Gardens: Residents of Butler Street in Boerum Hill say police aren’t doing enough to crack down on drug dealing and prostitution stemming from two abandoned houses on their block. But cops say they’re doing their best. Comment

Changing of the ‘Guard’

Nightlife: Things weren’t so quiet at the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library when the Brooklyn Vanguard had its last event. A phalanx of young Brooklynites, clad in their nightclub best, streamed into the library’s Dweck Center on Grand Army Plaza, but this was no study group. Comments (2)

Kinder plates

Books: While most foodies have been made aware of the inhumane techniques used to keep calves — which are turned into veal — and geese, whose livers are fattened up for foie gras, author Gene Baur exposes even more unappetizing ways our meat and dairy products come to the table in his new book, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food.” Comment

Your family

Jen and Paul: We hardly knew ye!

Smartmom: Smartmom weighs in on actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany’s move from Park Slope to, gasp, Manhattan. Comment

No lie: This ‘Pinocchio’ rocks

Parenting: Our critic gives Puppetworks’ “Pinocchio” a rave review — and his nose remains fixed in place. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comment

Pot of gold

Nightlife: On Monday, May 12, supporters of the Brooklyn Philharmonic are invited to gather around the piano at the Rainbow Room in Manhattan, where award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch will be tickling the ivories. Comment

The gun, fake; the horror, real

Park Slope: Three teens were arrested after holding up a woman at gunpoint — or at least what she thought was gunpoint — on 13th Street on April 27. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

See and say

Fort Greene: A man and woman stole a car that had just been dropped off by a customer at an Atlantic Avenue garage on April 27. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

College try

Downtown: Three crooks calmly looted an unlocked college dorm room in the famous St. George hotel building on Henry Street on April 25. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown, and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comment

Bad delivery

Williamsburg: Thugs roughed up a deliveryman on May 4, punching him in the face and stealing his cellphone. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comments (1)

Empty crime

Williamsburg: Crooks bored a hole into the roof of a Richardson Street warehouse on April 29, but they didn’t steal anything. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment

Backpick

Prospect Heights: Someone broke into a Dean Street house sometime during the day on May 1. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

With a gun

Bay Ridge: A gun-toting thug robbed a 92nd Street bodega early in the morning on May 1. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

RAPE! Teen sexually assaulted at Library

Park Slope: Two men sexually assaulted a teenager in the bathroom at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch on Grand Army Plaza on April 14, cops said. Comments (5)

Elementary

Carroll Gardens: A man’s Amity Street home was burglarized on April 27. Plus all the crime news from Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Little Bangkok

Little Bangkok

Dining: Park Slope is turning into a veritable Little Bangkok. On Seventh Avenue, between Eighth and 15th streets, GO Brooklyn has counted at least four Thai restaurants. This reporter likes pad Thai as much as the next guy, but is there really room for all of these eateries? Comments (1)

Block buster lineup

Event: The Federal-style houses on State Street in Brooklyn Heights will grace movie screens across the country this summer in the Coen brothers’ new film, “Burn After Reading,” but ticket holders to the upcoming Heights house tour can peek inside the homes even sooner. Comment

Yards foes: Let’s set the records straight

Letters: Here are this week’s letters, with missives about Atlantic Yards (what else?!), the Green Church in Bay Ridge, Rep. Vito Fossella’s drunk-driving arrest and our recent story about the Microsoft store. Comment

‘Black’ is back

Theater: A production by the National Theater of Scotland, “Blackwatch” follows a regiment of soldiers as they fight in the Iraq war. The previous 23 performances, which took place last fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, all sold out. So the producers vowed to bring it back. Comment

Is this not art?

Art: Dust off your energy dome hats and radiation suits — Devo is back! On Saturday at 8 pm, the seminal New Wave band will be honored with “The Super Thing: NYC Goes Devo,” a night of art, live music and costumes at Williamsburg arts fortress 3rd Ward. Comment
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Eco-Friendly Spa opens on Montague

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Sarah Portlock joins the staff!

Podcast: A new podcast to show off our new staffer, Sarah Portlock, and our new podcast sponsor, Brooklyn Wine Co. Comment

The Kitchen Sink

All the juicy tidbits from your neighborhood! Comment

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comment

Trailblazers on the track

Williamsburg: In the 1940s, a time when black girls were often not even permitted to compete in high school sports, twin sisters Martha Benton DeSaussure and Mary DeSaussure Sobers broke barriers and opened the door for young African-American women and other minority youngsters to compete in sanctioned sports. Comment

Mad scramble to PSAL top: Time’s running out for teams

Williamsburg: With just a week remaining in the PSAL softball season, every team that on the cusp of a playoff berth is fighting hard for every win, as it means the difference between the post-season and the off-season. Comment

Jackets, Knights set the standard: Squads lead division races

Williamsburg: Brooklyn baseball is dominated by a team of warriors and a team of bees. The Telecommunications Yellow Jackets posted a perfect 3-for-3 week by outscoring their opponents, 39-4 en route to a 11-1 record, leading the “A” West Division by 2.5 games over New Utrecht (8-3). In the East “A” Division, the Madison Knights still has an unblemished record by posting their ninth consecutive win of the season by going 2-for-2 in last week’s action. With a 9-0 record, the Knights maintain a 2.5 games lead over Sheepshead Bay, who is in second place, while leading Brooklyn Tech, who is in the third slot, by 3.5 games. Comment

Half marathon gets runners’ full attention: Marathon attracts 7,812

Williamsburg: Runners from all over the United States from right here in Brooklyn and from as far away as London, Illinois, California and Florida came to Prospect Park last Saturday morning for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Comment

Figueroa gets hero’s welcome: Mets star pitcher returns home to halls of Lincoln H.S.

Williamsburg: Coney Island native and New York Met Nelson Figueroa returned to his home turf to speak about his days at Abraham Lincoln High School, wowing students with his tales about growing up in Brooklyn. Comment

Buckley’s to Kennedy’s Run

Williamsburg: The 28th Annual Buckley’s to Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run is set for May 18 at 10 a.m. The Run, in memory of Joan “Chickie” Murray and Battalion Chief Jimmy Savastano, will begin and end in Riis Park, on the Queens side of the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Comment

Toothless signage

Letters: I am contacting you because you are the only paper that responded to the speeding on East 66th Street. Comment

Obstacle course

Letters: I am writing this letter to voice my concern about a growing problem. Some time ago two car dealerships expanded into the heart of Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton. Comment

Good word of mouth

Letters: I have lived in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and can not imagine living anywhere else. Brooklyn has been a great gift to me in that it provides a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Flat-leaving, finking-out coward

Williamsburg: By Joanna P. DelBuono Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Darn the caribou, let the drilling begin

Williamsburg: By Stanley P. Gershbein Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Sick and tired of Catholic bashing

Williamsburg: By Carmine Santa Maria Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Yo, Vito, ‘learn’ this: don’t drink & drive

Williamsburg: By Shavana Abruzzo Comment

‘David et Jonathas’ premiere

Williamsburg: The American Opera Theater presents the New World Premiere of Charpentier’s rarely performed opera, “David et Jonathas,” with performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), May 9-10 in the Opera House. Comment

Unlock the secrets hidden inside Green-Wood Cemetery

Williamsburg: An exciting array of historic walking tours and events make up Green-Wood Cemetery’s ongoing spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment

The ‘quiet icons’ of city life

Williamsburg: The Object Image Gallery presents its second exhibit in the yearlong series, “City Images,” featuring the work of Michael Calabrese and Jo Pendola. Comment

Reconnect with Sunset Park’s ‘Life Lines’

Williamsburg: The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment

Moms say the funniest things: Get ready for Mamapalooza

Williamsburg: You may have heard of Lollapalooza. Now get ready for Mamapalooza. Comment

Moms crack a few eggs whipping up fresh art

Williamsburg: Run out of ideas for what to get mom this Mother’s Day? Here’s something guaranteed to keep both you and mom entertained […] Comment

Meet the masters of Japanese print making

Williamsburg: During May, the Brooklyn Museum will present an exciting array of public programs for adults, including a talk series celebrating the special exhibitions […] Comment

Jam, Junk, more

Williamsburg: BAMcaf […] Comment

Come face to face with your food before it hits the plate

Williamsburg: A reading and booksigning for “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” by Gene Baur will be held May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Bookstore of Park Slope, 143 Seventh Avenue. Comment

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory finale

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theater wraps up its 2008 Play Reading Salon Series with two beautiful Brooklyn vistas: a rooftop view of Park Slope by night and a floating barge view of NYC harbor by day. Comment

A century and a half of Gowanus manufacturing

Williamsburg: From the third generation family business D. Maldari and Sons, the only pasta extrusion die company in the western hemisphere that makes the ‘ABC’s for Campbell’s Alphabet Soup, to J & M, the company that creates special effects for Late Night with David Letterman, the exhibit “Gowanus-Transformations” shows the face of contemporary manufacturing along the canal. Comment

‘New Day Dawning’ for reggae’s Judah Tribe

Williamsburg: Revival Reggae Sundays will host the soul reggae band Judah Tribe, May 11 at 9 p.m. Led by vocalist Josh David, Judah Tribe is already blazing trails with its trademark blend of soul, rhythm & blues and roots reggae. Comment

Rocking and rolling against Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan

Williamsburg: I n its four-year battle against Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn has had substantial backing from the artist community. From its who's who advisory board, including writers Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Safran Foer, to benefit projects like the novel Brooklyn Was Mine, where proceeds went to the organization, Brooklyn's artistic community has found creative ways to support the organization while raising awareness about what it sees as irresponsible and undemocratic development of their neighborhood. Comment

James Reams & The Barnstormers

Williamsburg: May is Bluegrass Music Month, so get your family and friends together and go to hear James Reams & The Barnstormers, May 9 at 8 p.m. with two sets of old-school bluegrass music at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, 53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

Internationally flavored jazz

Williamsburg: On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. All performances take place at The Ink Well, 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. There is a $5 admission. Comment

Expert pickin’ and ‘a grinin’

Williamsburg: Two fabulous country bands join forces for a night of amazing music. Wayne “The Train” Hancock and the Jack Grace Band will play at the Jalopy Theatre, May 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 718-395-3214. Comment

Conchita Campos is ready for a ‘Grand’ time in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: After having moved around most of her life, living in Pasadena, Philadelphia and the Philippines, singer Conchita Campos came to New York nearly five years ago and has called Brooklyn home for the past two. Comment

Big Ben: Franklin live on stage like you’ve never seen him before

Williamsburg: For those still craving a Founding Fathers fix after the HBO miniseries John Adams, a forthcoming play by the Bath Beach-based Ryan Repertory explores the complex psyche of another American pillar. Comment

Beyond Ikea: Three days of the hottest in home decor

Williamsburg: Each spring, thousands of design cognoscenti and furnishings lovers from around the world descend upon the Big Apple to take part in the much acclaimed New York Design week. Comment

‘Spring ahead’ into a new world of art on the waterfront

Williamsburg: New York’s biggest artist-run art show will open May 10 on the waterfront in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. “Spring ahead” will present new works by more than 330 artists. Wide ranging styles from cutting edge to classic in both 2D and 3D media will be shown. Comment

Talented artists cross the line with drawings

Williamsburg: Kentler International Drawing Space’s presents its “100 Works On Paper” Benefit, celebrating its 18th year, May 15 at 6 p.m. Comment

Shapeshifting New York painters

Williamsburg: Sharon Horvath, associate professor of Painting at Purchase College School of the Arts, School of Art + Design, showcases her painting “Snake House,” as part of “Shape Shifters: New York Painters,” a traveling abstract exhibition by 24 Brooklyn painters. Comment

Polish paper tigers roar

Williamsburg: Entropy Of Art, the Kurier Plus Gallery’s First International Exhibition of Works on Paper, opens with an artists’ reception, May 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery, 145 Java Street in Brooklyn. The show runs through May 30. Comment

Patricia Smith: City of One

Williamsburg: The Front Room presents Patricia Smith: “City of One,” running May 9-June 1, with an artist’s reception May 9 from 7-9 p.m. The gallery is open Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment

Moody Southern elegance

Williamsburg: Brooklyn artist Amy Williams, in her third solo exhibition at 440 Gallery, presents a series of dramatic large-scale color photographs depicting the classic, moody image of Southern elegance. Comment

Homespun artistry inspired by arachnid web spinners

Williamsburg: Pocket Utopia will put forward a new definition of web design, as local artists Audra Woloweic and Brece Honeycutt will be installing fabric wall drawings and homespun wool and plastic fabric swatches for the gallery’s next exhibition opening on May 9. Comment

Gowanus: Incubator of art

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Artists Gym (BAG) Gallery presents Project for Calendar Studies, with an opening reception May 16 from 6-9 p.m. with the show running May 15-19. Comment

Vito Fossella faces jail time: Republican congressman awaits sentencing for DWI

Kings Courier: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

UHF hails auxiliaries

Kings Courier: Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

Ugly graffiti mars the rites of spring

Kings Courier: The ying and the yang collide […] Comment

ST. SAVIOUR STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS

Kings Courier: St. Saviour Elementary School honored its students who have earned scholarships to the following schools: St. Saviour High School, Loyola, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bishop Ford, Bishop Kearney, Xavier, Xaverian, Dominican Academy, Saint John’s Prep, Notre Dame, Suyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and Midwood High School. The scholarship winners are Vincent Martorano, Christine Pusz, Dianisbeth Acquie, Sherrel Mike, Yustyna Yaremchuk, Grace Littlefield, Bria Coaxum, Tyler Newton, Sebastian Gerard, Charles Guirart, Thomas Leopoldi, Michael Green, Christopher Ciliento, Shannon Cush, Lauren Denninger, Lianne Devery, Dylan Gresl, and Alexandra Reeves. The St. Saviour School is located at 701 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Rise in murder, rape, robbery: 70th Police Pct. reports uptick in felony crime

Kings Courier: Major felony crime is inching up within the 70th Precinct, according to the latest statistics. Comment

Programmed to be victorious

Kings Courier: Senator Marty Golden (pictured, third from right) helps cheer on Xaverian High School’s robotics team, the “Brooklyn Blacksmiths,” during the regional F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. Comment

OLYMPIC FENCER INSPIRES Public School 255 KIDS

Kings Courier: Budding fencers at Public School 255 received tips from the top when Olympic fencer Akhnaten (Aki) Spencer-El stopped by to lead a class. Comment

Mayor’s cuts face City Council fight: Fidler vows to oppose lean budget

Kings Courier: Enough with the funding cuts already. Comment

Many take steps to stamp out ovarian cancer

Kings Courier: An “outgoing” Old Mill Basin woman, who was devoted to her family, was immortalized when her community organized a memorial walk in honor of the late Debbie Moss. Comment

I.S. 278 stages a show-stopping production of ‘Annie, Jr.’

Kings Courier: Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Intermediate School 278 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment

Home Foreclosure crisis backlash

Kings Courier: Devastated by subprime mortgages and foreclosures, Brooklyn homeowners take their battle to the steps of Brooklyn Supreme Court on Cadman Plaza West where 317 properties have been auctioned off since November 2007, according to data compiled by CHANGER. Comment

Helping women shed the pounds

Kings Courier: With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Fresh plumes bloom in BK Botanic garden

Kings Courier: Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment

DOE bungled class size, sez UFT: Union blames city for squandering a chance to make positive change

Kings Courier: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Couldn’t do it without ya: Salute to volunteers

Kings Courier: Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Midwood Senior Center. Comment

Bicycle in May

Kings Courier: The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Your guide to civic meetings: Get involved at the grassroots level this month

Flatbush: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 332. Comment

UHF Beth Israel staffers: Annual Hospital Auxilian & Volunteer Achievement Awards

Flatbush: Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

Support for name swap: P.S. 230 close to Civil War switch

Flatbush: P.S. 230 Doris Cohen School is another step closer to changing its name in spite of objections from Cohen’s family. Comment

Sendoff for Inspector Harris

Flatbush: A thunderous outpouring of love and camaraderie greeted Inspector Tom Harris as he descended the steps of the 70th Precinct as a commanding officer for the last time. Comment

Second Annual Comedy Night

Flatbush: The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment

Sean Bell verdict schockwave: Panel discusses ramifications of judge’s ruling

Flatbush: The pews of Brown Memorial Baptist Church were filled last week in a town hall meeting to address the acquittal of three police officers in the killing of Sean Bell. Comment

Report: BK works just to pay the rent

Flatbush: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Parents call mayor’s budget cuts ‘despicable’

Flatbush: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls: ‘Prospective Members Day’ to be held at Masonic Hall this month

Flatbush: A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment

Danger on the streets: Murder, rape, robbery and more on the rise

Flatbush: Major felony crime is inching up within the 70th Precinct, according to the latest statistics. Comment

Brooklyn air quality slapped with a ‘D’

Flatbush: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

A ‘PAL’ to kids: Cops reach out to children

Flatbush: With the summer months around the corner, the 67th Precinct’s community youth police officer, Tanya Barry, is beginning to shift gears. Comment

A fresh round of capital funding: Non-profits, cultural institutions get slice of $121.7 billion budget pie

Flatbush: Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment

Young Fireflies burning brighter than ever: Innovative martial arts program helps autistic kids grow and develop

Canarsie: When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

‘Suite’ deal for Hilton: Hotel chain moving into Gold Street tower

Canarsie: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

‘Stamp’ out hunger: Postal employees food bank team up

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment

‘Practical’ author to lead healing circle

Canarsie: Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment

‘Green’ building preview

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment

Wyckoff Farmhouse

Canarsie: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will host a free celebration of the Pinkster holiday with various family activities, May 17 from 12-4 p.m. Comment

Visitation Academy annual spring concert

Canarsie: The Upper School of Visitation Academy will present its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances of the Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and the eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street, May 9 at 7 p.m. Comment

UFT blasts DOE: Says city lost change to reduce class size

Canarsie: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Guns on the streets: Neighborhood suffers seven shootings in ’08

Canarsie: There have been seven shootings so far this year in Canarsie. Comment

Tavis Smiley to deliver LIU commencement address

Canarsie: A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Spring 2008 is busting out all over Bklyn

Canarsie: Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment

Sampson update

Canarsie: An article in last week’s Canarsie Digest referred erroneously to “weekly” meetings being held by State Senator John Sampson with community leaders. The meetings are held on a monthly basis. Comment

Rockaway Pkwy speedway: Local residents fed up with out-of-control motorists

Canarsie: Speeding along Rockaway Parkway is causing problems for residents along the strip as well as endangering those who walk and drive there. Comment

Reverend Jesse Jackson weighs in on Bk housing crisis

Canarsie: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

Mighty Mommies get in gear: Fitness class for moms

Canarsie: Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment

Mayor’s school budget cuts called ‘despicable’

Canarsie: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment

Many are paying half their income on rent

Canarsie: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

LHC 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Canarsie: Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) and its board of trustees’ 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance celebrity performer will be standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker David Brenner. Comment

K-9 Good Citizen Test

Canarsie: If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment

Hall of fame violinist

Canarsie: Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment

Ground zero for the subprime lending crisis: Distressed area homeowners sound alarm at Flatlands Avenue town hall

Canarsie: The middle-aged Canarsie man waited patiently to speak with a staff counselor from the Kings County District Attorney’s office and then turned to speak with this reporter. Comment

Grandparents reach across the pond: Caregivers from Great Britain meet their counterparts here in Brooklyn

Canarsie: In a unique cultural exchange, Brooklyn grandparents raising their grandchildren had the opportunity to speak to a group of teens from Britain being raised by their grandparents. Comment

GOPers stick with Vito following DWI bust: Congressman Fossella faces five days in jail; says he won’t resign

Canarsie: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Fresh Creek advocates push for cleanup

Canarsie: A group of people living near the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve have begun a petition drive to get the area cleaned up. Comment

Fresh capital funds

Canarsie: Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment

Free tennis instruction for kids

Canarsie: The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) has begun its annual spring program offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Comment

Forum on DOB violations

Canarsie: A former special prosecutor for the New York City Department of Buildings, John Cox, will discuss some possible remedies for violations to the City Building Code at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association meeting, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Fit in your golden years

Canarsie: City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program now through June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment

ESU public information forum

Canarsie: Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment

Daisy cooks with area kids: TV chefs inspire local students

Canarsie: On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment

Curves for Women

Canarsie: With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Councilmen to contractors: Clean up your mess

Canarsie: New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment
CONSUMERS CORNER

Great food deals

Canarsie: Spring is party time and that means good grub. Here’s a great place to get some of the best party viddles in town. Comment

Constitution Parade

Canarsie: Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

Comedy Night fubdraizer May 15

Canarsie: The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment

CERT recruiting: Special squad ready to swing into action

Canarsie: Two years after it was first formed, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for southeastern Brooklyn continues to recruit new members. Comment

BK bicycling in May

Canarsie: The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Annual UHF hospital achievement awards

Canarsie: Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

You break it, you fix it, councilmen say: Officials try to compel contractors to repair damaged streetscape

Bay News: New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment

Summer camp blues

Bay News: The Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Third Annual summer camp for children in Dyker Heights could be in jeopardy. Comment

Rezoning plan delayed 

Bay News: A concrete plan to downzone Brighton Beach will be unveiled next month. Comment

Parents, Verizon on different wavelengths: P.S. 185 moms & dads reject offer to study cell phone towers

Bay News: Parents from Public School 185 have turned down an offer from Verizon Wireless to provide funding for a study of radio frequency data from the company’s cell towers situated on a building across the street from the school. Comment

New ferry service launches: ‘Blue highway’ to stop in Bklyn

Bay News: Ferry service is coming back to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Comment
GUEST OP-ED

An old cavalry man looks back on 90

Bay News: By By Sol Polish Comment

Asser Levy transformed

Bay News: The city is poised to invest $36 million into Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park, transforming the now modest summertime concert venue into a “world-class” amphitheater. Comment

Vito’s got friends: Brooklyn GOP backs DWI pol

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Brooklyn rent slaves: Startling new report issued

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Air quality (cough) gets a ‘D’

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

‘Aida’ graces a neighborhood stage

The time-honored tale of an Ethiopian princess, captured and brought into slavery in Egypt, commanded a rapt audience in Bay Ridge when starry-eyed students performed “Aida” at Xaverian High School. Comment

Victory Hospital to flat line: ‘We’re basically gone,’ board of trustees chairman says

It is the final countdown for Victory Memorial. Comment

UFT says city bungled funds

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Third Ave. Key Food to close: Loss of neighborhood supermarket has many up in arms

Another Bay Ridge supermarket is shutting its doors, leaving many residents wondering just where they are going to shop for food. Comment

Tavis Smiley at LIU: Broadcaster to deliver commencement address

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Cam-pus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Taking time out to clown around

Children normally are told to quit clowning around, but at a child development center at Fort Myer in Virginia, it was actually encouraged. Clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus entertained more than 100 youngsters there. Comment

Surprise birthday bash for Chip Cafiero

Bay Ridge native Chip Cafiero was the toast of the town when the community feted the Brooklyn activist with a surprise birthday revel at Xaverian High School. Comment

Summer camp blues in Dyker: P.S. 229 work jeopardizes program

The Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Third Annual summer camp for children in Dyker Heights could be in jeopardy. Comment

Spring concert

The Upper School of Visitation Academy will present its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances of the Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and the eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street, May 9 at 7 p.m. Comment

Senior fitness at your local park

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program now through June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment

Recruits enlist with biometric technology

When 20 recruits gathered at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station to sign their enlistment contracts, none needed a pen. Comment

Parishioners reach out to neighbors

Big-hearted youngsters at St. Anselm’s Church reserved a thought for their underprivileged neighbors by coordinating a drive during Lent at the Bay Ridge house of worship for Lent. Comment

Parents reject Verizon study: P.S. 185 moms & dads remain wary of cell phone tower safety

Parents from Public School 185 have turned down an offer from Verizon Wireless to provide funding for a study of radio frequency data from the company’s cell towers situated on a building across the street from the school. Comment

Order of the Rainbow

A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment

Night of comedy

The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment

New effort to fight hunger

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment

Mayor’s budget cuts called ‘despicable’: Parents outraged by Bloomberg’s refusal to restore funding to schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment

Lutheran Medical staff rejoices in center’s 125th year

Lutheran HealthCare continues its yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary by honoring every 125th baby born at Lutheran Medical Center. Comment

Life at home for an Army wife: Spouse finds ways to deal with challenges of deployment

Friends, yoga, a family support group, online courses, a trip to England and a toddler lifted 24-year-old Samantha Windell out of her funk when her husband, Chase, went to war. Comment

Helping women lose weight

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Heading back to Iraq: Wounded intelligence specialist returning to combat

Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy F. Boutwell, 23, knows a thing or two about honor, courage and commitment. Comment

Guardsman finally laid to rest in USA

The remains of Colorado Air National Guard Maj. Perry H. Jefferson, who vanished during an observation flight 39 years ago over the jungles of South Vietnam, were at last laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Comment

Get out there and ride in May

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Get a sneak peek inside ‘green’ building: Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers a preview

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment

Fresh funding for Brooklyn College, b’walk: Non-profits, cultural institutions get slice of $121.7 billion budget pie

Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment

Fort Hamilton commander bound for Baghdad

Trailblazing Fort Hamilton Army Base chief, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson was bid a fond farewell when the Rankin Healy post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars feted her with a reception in Bay Ridge. Comment

Ferry service returns to BK

Ferry service is coming back to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Comment

ESC public info

Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment

Developing Fireflies burning bright: Martial arts help children with special needs

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

Daisy cooks with BK kids: Celebrity chef visits Twain

On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment

Councilmen push ‘pottery barn’ doctrine: Pols back new measure to compel contractors to repair damaged streetscape

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transporta-tion (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment

Constitution Day Parade

Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

Caring for ‘Our Military Kids’: Nonprofit provides grants for children of military personnel

Our Military Kids, is a nonprofit organization that provides grants that keep children of deployed National Guardsmen and reservists engaged in extracurricular activities. The non-profit recently honored these children as special members of the military community. Comment

Canine Good Citizen test being administered

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment

Bumper-to-bumper nightmare: Residents demand solution to Verrazano traffic jams

Area lawmakers are touting new solutions to ease Brooklyn’s maddening traffic crunch. Comment

Brooklynites breathe in a toxic brew

Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

Author’s healing circle: Acclaimed ‘Practical Intuition’ scribe comes to Brooklyn

Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Delivery man stabbed Comment

You break it, you fix it

Bay News: New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment

‘Designs’ on Asser Levy makeover

Bay News: The city is poised to invest $36 million into Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park, transforming the now modest summertime concert venue into a “world-class” amphitheater. Comment

‘Big’ night at the ‘Oscars’ in Sheepshead Bay

Bay News: The red carpet was laid out for six community stalwarts […] Comment

UHF hails volunteers

Bay News: Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

Tug-of-war on Corbin Place

Bay News: The wrecking ball is swinging precariously over a century-old home on the border of Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach. Comment

Spring has sprung... graffiti, too

Bay News: The ying and the yang collide […] Comment

Smiley coming to LIU

Bay News: A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Shedding pounds

Bay News: With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Scrambling for section 8

Bay News: The Brighton Neighborhood Association held a community meeting at the Brighton Beach Library to discuss the new bill on Section 8, which mandates that landlords must not discriminate against a tenant who is on this program. Comment

Rezoning under wraps: Councilman mum on Brighton Beach plan

Bay News: Brighton Beach residents are anxiously awaiting the city’s rezoning plan […] Comment

1-2-3-4! P.S. 216 strikes a chord with the whole district

Bay News: Welcome to the real School of Rock! Comment

Pomegranate power

Bay News: Two students at Touro College’s Lander College of Arts and Sciences […] Comment

Parents push back against mayor

Bay News: The heat is on. Comment

Norwegian pride

Bay News: Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

New funding for Brooklyn College, b’walk: Borough non-profits, cultural institutions get slice of $121.7 billion budget

Bay News: Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment

New effort to stamp out hunger pains in Brooklyn

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment

Mighty Mommies: Fitness after pregnancy, for moms and dads

Bay News: Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment

Master musicians jazz up the joint on 84th St.

Bay News: Friends of Historic New Utrecht welcomed the Jazz Big Band and Jazz Ensemble from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, who performed the repertory of seminal jazz figures such as Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk, as well as the works of lesser known figures and original compositions as. Comment

LHC 125th anniversary

Bay News: Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) and its board of trustees’ 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance celebrity performer will be standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker David Brenner. Comment

Jesse Jackson in BK: Reverend weighs in on home foreclosure crisis

Bay News: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

Harder to make ends meet: More are paying 50 percent of their income on rent

Bay News: Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

Green building sneak peek

Bay News: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment

Grab your bike and ride in May

Bay News: The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Free health fair

Bay News: Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year about 700,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke. Comment

Forum on building code violations

Bay News: A former special prosecutor for the New York City Department of Buildings, John Cox, will discuss some possible remedies for violations to the City Building Code at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association meeting, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Fireflies burning bright: Martial arts course opens up worlds for children

Bay News: When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

FIAO community building

Bay News: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn has announced its most ambitious fund raising effort to date: the “Building a Stronger Community Campaign,” which officially kicked off during FIAO’s gala celebration of 31 years in operation. Comment

Drivin’ and cryin’: Vito Fossella refuses to resign

Bay News: Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Daisy cooks with Mark Twain students: Television gourmand inspires kid chefs to cook in Coney Island

Bay News: On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment

Community kudos to preservationists

Bay News: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

City Planning a no-show, again

Bay News: A concrete plan to downzone Brighton Beach will be unveiled next month. Comment

Canine citizens

Bay News: If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment

Borough of kite flyers: Festival to have many looking to the skies

Bay News: On Saturday May 17, you can tell Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents to go fly a kite […] Comment

Bernie Sanders, others join Madison wall

Bay News: A double Academy Award winner, a senator and a major league baseball player were among the diverse crop of notables immortalized when James Madison High School dedicated its Wall of Distinction with a pomp-filled ceremony. Comment

Author healing circle

Bay News: Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment

Annual summer camp in jeopardy: P.S. 229 construction could impact NIA kids

Bay News: The Neighborhood Improvement Association’s Third Annual summer camp for children in Dyker Heights could be in jeopardy. Comment

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