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The Chappelle (No) Show: Comic skips Powell fundraiser

Politics: Comedian Dave Chappelle disappointed voters and raised doubts about congressional upstart Kevin Powell’s campaign by blowing off the candidate’s highly promoted Wednesday night fundraiser. Comments (6)

City: Cyclones are hitting foul balls

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Cyclones owe the city $129,692 in back taxes and fees, according to a city audit. Comment

Terror Street

Terror Street

Downtown: The feds giveth and then the feds taketh away. Comments (4)
Red Hook: An 18-foot-tall, corrugated wall obstructing the waterfront view in Red Hook Park must come down, a state court ruled, but some parents would rather see the barrier stand tall. Comments (1)

Bases on bawls! Walks undo Cyclones in day game disaster

Cyclones: As Frankie Frisch used to say, “Oh, those bases on balls!” — and he’d be rolling in his grave if he heard that Cyclone pitchers walked seven batters in a row in the fifth inning en route to a horrifying, depressing, demoralizing day-game loss on Monday. Comment

Two out of three ain’t bad; Cyclones on a roll

Cyclones: The mediocre Cyclones headed into the July 4 weekend in third place and ended it in second, behind the surging (and hated) Staten Island Yankees. Here’s how the action played out. Comment
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The Greatest! Chestnut beats Kobayashi in historic playoff

Brooklyn Angle: Joey Chestnut, the greatest eater in modern history and, perhaps of all time, outdid even himself on July 4 at Coney Island, tying former six-time world champ Takeru Kobayashi with 59 hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute contest — and then shoving down five more HDBs in an unprecedented one-on-one stuff-your-faceoff to beat Kobayashi by mere seconds. Comment

What’s wrong with this picture?

Parenting: A mother is busted for taking pictures of her daughter in a city park. Out of control? Actually, yes. Comments (7)

Cyclones Go to Church

Cyclones: Brooklyn truly became the “Borough of Church’s” when rehabbing Met star Ryan Church joined the Cyclones on June 26 and 27. Comment
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Brooklyn goes fancy — at the Fancy Food Show

Podcast: Brooklyn-based food companies came out in force at the annual Fancy Food and Confection show at the Javits Center this week in Manhattan — and, naturally, Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was there, schmoozing, interviewing and, of course, tasting. Comment

The party’s over! Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP leaders split over Vito race

Politics: The death of would-be Republican congressman Frank Powers has split the Staten Island and Brooklyn wings of the so-called Grand Old Party. Comments (2)

Politics

The British Royal Air Force Red Arrows flying team soared past the Statue of Liberty a few days before England’s former colony celebrated its 232nd year of independence from the motherland. Comment

Transit candidate on a roll?

Politicrasher: Our political insider takes the measure of Council candidate Gary Reilly, eternal optimist. Comments (2)
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Brooklyn goes fancy

Dining: Food producers from all over the world flocked to the annual Fancy Food and Confection show at the Javits Center, but Brooklyn companies came out in full force. We tasted everything and present this year’s report. Comments (1)

‘Girl’ goes sour: Kosher chocolate store closes

Park Slope: The Chocolate Girl — a Seventh Avenue shop that sought that most oxymoronic place in the marketplace, gourmet kosher chocolate — has closed just shy of a year after opening, forced out because of a high rent. Comments (3)

‘Bear’ish on Metrotech

Workers eliminated any remaining trace of BearStearns’s Brooklyn back office on Tuesday night, removing the company’s logo from One Metrotech Center — the last indignity for the disgraced investment firm. Comments (1)
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We need an intern!

Podcast: Devastated by the departure of our ace photo intern, Sebastian Kahnert, The Brooklyn Paper is searching for a new photo intern to work July and August under Editor of the Year Gersh Kuntzman. This is a rare opportunity for a motivated pro who wants to learn from the ground up — in Brooklyn. Whatta paper, whatta summer! Comment

Holt tosses no hitter (through five)!

Cyclones: Brad Holt threw a no hitter in his Keyspan Park debut on June 26. Comment

Your family

That’s one cool proposal

DUMBO: A penguin lover proposes to a woman in a DUMBO penguin store. This is a love story for the ages! Comment

Smooth ‘Trans’ition

The city’s much-ballyhooed trans-fat ban went into full effect on Tuesday, but in Brooklyn at least, butchers, bakers and even candlestick makers (OK, we made that part up) had little problem complying with the city’s new zero-tolerance approach to the pernicious Frankenfats. Our ace reporter Michael Lipkin hit Fifth Avenue to see how the ban was working on its first full day. Comment

Late-night mugging horrifies this Slope man

Park Slope: Three gun-toting thugs mugged a man on Fourth Avenue on June 22, getting away with his laptop and fancy phone, cops said. Plus all the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Giuliani aide to fight Bloomy on House of D plan

Boerum Hill: One of former Mayor Giuliani’s top aides will fight the Bloomberg Administration’s $440-million plan to reopen the Brooklyn House of Detention and double the jail’s capacity. Comments (1)
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The heir apparent

Podcast: Eleven-month-old cub reporter Ben Kuntzman pays his dad a visit in The Brooklyn Paper’s DUMBO newsroom on July 1, 2008 — and the young would-be scribe shows off his love of newspapers in his first ever podcast. Comment

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Play’s the Thing: The Bard of Brooklyn Baseball continues his look at the 2008 Cyclones by deconstructing the pitching staff. Comment

Blue light special

Red Hook: The hype and possible corporate fortune generated by the brand new Ikea will likely draw other big-box retailers into Red Hook, putting the once thriving port neighborhood in the middle of an ongoing debate about national chain stores and the future of retail in urban areas. Comments (1)

Victory wins!

Dyker Heights: Victory Memorial Hospital closed for good on June 30 — but an unexpected 11th-hour deal will keep the Dyker Heights medical center in good health. Comments (2)

Thrilling Monday night at Keyspan

Cyclones: The Cyclones snatched a victory from the jaws of yet another disappointing defeat on Monday night, thanks to Ike Davis’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth that sent the Hudson Valley Renegades home muttering what might have been. Comment
Cobble Hill: Car owners in a wide swath of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Gowanus will not have to move their cars for alternate-side-of-the-street parking for the next six to eight weeks — but at the same time, a similar suspension on parking rules in Park Slope will end on Monday after eight weeks. Comment
Art: From The Brooklyn Paper to a date with Angelina Jolie — that’s the JG Jones story. Comments (2)

A lost weekend

Cyclones: It could have been the best of times — the surging Cyclones got into sole possession of first place with a win on Friday night — but it ended up as the worst of times, with back-to-back defeats at home to send the mini-Mets back to third place, just one-half game ahead of the hated Staten Island Yankees. Comment
Red Hook: Quiet Red Hook streets became bumper-to-bumper traffic jams when hordes of furniture-crazed shoppers flocked to the newly opened Ikea on its debut weekend. Comments (10)
Coney Island: The city’s controversial plan to redevelop Coney Island with new rides, attraction, hotels and housing got a dressing-down during a boisterous public meeting on Tuesday. Comment
Downtown: A cook at Junior’s Restaurant turned shellfish — stealing lobsters from the Downtown institution, cops said. Comments (2)
Carroll Gardens: A new law drafted with a controversial Hoyt Street bar in mind would make it harder for proprietors to open saloons near schools and places of worship. Comments (3)

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The public pools are open!

Podcast: The city finally opened the public pools on Friday — and, of course, The Brooklyn Paper swim team was there. Join Pool Bureau chief Gersh Kuntzman and Pool Bureau reporters Mike McLaughlin, Sarah Portlock, Ben Muessig and Sebastian Kahnert (he’s East German, you know!) as they take the plunge and officially christen the Summer of 2008. Comment
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Ayveq is dead — a video tribute

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper, which revered the New York Aquarium’s masturbating walrus, presents an exclusive video tribute Comments (2)

More cutbacks at LICH

Cobble Hill: Two weeks after its staff issued doom-and-gloom predictions about the long-term health of Long Island College Hospital, the Cobble Hill medical center said it would shut a program for sex crime victims on June 30. Comment

Welcome to cell: Montague block gets third phone shop

Brooklyn Heights: The Garment District is for clothing, the Diamond District is for jewelry, and Montague Street is for cellphones? Apparently so, now that AT&T is moving to Monty. Comment

Politics

Powers outage has GOP in flux

Bay Ridge: The death of Frank Powers, who was briefly the Republican standard bearer to succeed disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella, has thrown the race for the Staten Island–Bay Ridge congressional seat into its natural state: turmoil. Comment

Recchia: Bad loan not my fault

Bay Ridge: Councilman Domenic Recchia said a case of internal corruption at a non-profit that he funded has nothing to do with him. Comments (2)

No doubt about it — rum helps pols make a splash

Politicrasher: Our political insider makes the scene. This week: Council candidate Jo Anne Simon’s mojito party! Comment

Sky lights

Event: Brooklyn is the perfect place to catch the nation’s largest display of fireworks, the 32nd annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.” This year, the show will feature a number of fireworks that float on the water. Find out where the best spots in the borough are to watch them! Comment

Mermaids on parade!

Coney Island: Our photographer brings you all the color — and titillation — of this year’s Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Comment

Cool your (noisy) jets

Park Slope: The mysterious increase in noise in Park Slope from airplanes en route to LaGuardia Airport has been solved — perhaps — and the din could die down as soon as next month, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (4)

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The balance of power?

Editorial: Our editorial board shares its disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an Atlantic Yards appeal. Comments (18)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The city signed off on a new plan that would save the iconic Domino Sugar sign on the Williamsburg waterfront — and also pave the way for a glassy luxury addition atop the century-old sugar refinery building. Comments (2)

Cheap beer!

Cheap beer!

Nightlife: A night on the town never comes cheap. But if you’re drinking Baladine Xyauyu, you could bust your budget on just one drink. At $95 for 17 ounces, Baladine Xyauyu is one expensive brew, available only at Beer Table in Park Slope. Since GO Brooklyn is slow in both putting down drinks and picking up tabs, we decided to eschew the high-class hooch. Here’s every penny-pinching beer sippers’ must visit list. Comments (1)

Park is BBQ crazy!

Park is BBQ crazy!

Park Slope: Barbecuing has gotten out of control in Prospect Park this summer. Comments (6)

Judge allows a ‘lot’ more parking

So much for compromise! The judge who oversees the Supreme Court workers who park their cars in a section of Columbus Park next to Borough Hall will now allow more people to use the lot! Comments (1)

Triple-threat Cyclones coverage

Keyspan is electric

Cyclones: TV star Bradley Whitford and his family were in the west wing of Keyspan Park on Monday night watching his beloved Cyclones fall 3–2 to the Renegades. Comment
Ups & Downs: What happens when a switch-hitter faces a switch-pitcher? A great story, that’s what! Comment

Bard to you: Who’s on 1st

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist takes you through the Cyclones’ infield. Comment

Mixed week for Clones

Mixed week for Clones

Cyclones: You win some, you lose some — and in this up and down week, the Cyclones lost four and won only two, bringing their record to a mediocre 4–4. And it had started so promisingly, with two resounding wins over the hated Staten Island Yankees. Well, as we say in Brooklyn, “Wait ’til next week!” Comment

The Baby Bums

Cyclones: These Massachusetts kids learned about the Brooklyn Dodgers — and then won their Little League title. Just a coincidence? We wish. Comments (2)

Hitting the high notes

Music: There are plenty of outdoor concerts happening in the borough this summer, from classical music to noise rock, but no series draws the big names — and songs — of the Borough President’s “Seaside Summer Concert Series” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series”: Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, Brian Wilson, Liza Minnelli, Huey Lewis and the News and more. Comments (1)
Ayveq, the walrus whose bizarre, though oddly compelling, masturbation rituals made him an international sensation at the New York Aquarium, has died. He was 14. Comments (2)

A rail pain: MTA nixes station renovations

Transit: A plan to renovate 15 deteriorating Brooklyn subway stations has been derailed by skyrocketing costs and budget shortfalls, Metropolitan Transit Authority officials announced this week. Comment

Not dog! Food vendor ban strikes 86th St

Bay Ridge: A Bay Ridge community board voted unanimously last Wednesday to ban food vendors along a stretch of busy 86th Street. Comments (7)

Vintage victuals

Vintage victuals

Dining: For Carolina Capeheart, slow cooking isn’t about basting a chicken in fat and leaving it in the Crockpot all day — it’s about plucking that bird, churning that butter and roasting the whole thing herself over an open fire. Comment

Bedford cuts automobiles

Williamsburg: Bedford Avenue will become a pedestrian mall this summer. No, really. Comments (1)

Save the receipt

Dining: Historic cookery specialist Carolina Capehart shared three “receipts” — or recipes — which she believes will be “fairly easy for readers to try.” Comment

‘Girls’ wanna rock

‘Girls’ wanna rock

Music: Of all the noises made by patrons after a trip to Acapulco Deli & Restaurant — a bare bones Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint — those of the Vivian Girls were surely the least expected. Comment

Arrest in late-night Slope slashing!

Park Slope: An ex-con has been collared for viciously slashing a woman walking home from her shift at the Park Slope Food Co-op on June 17. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Shattered glass

Downtown: Cops arrested two thugs in Brooklyn Heights after they beat up a man and tried to steal his wallet on June 22. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment

Sneak attack

Fort Greene: A jogger on Clinton Avenue was thrown to the pavement and mugged by two hooligans on June 15. Plus all the crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1)

CANNED! A Port-A-Potty posse beats up a security guard

Williamsburg: Here’s a dirty crime: Thugs broke into a Lombardy Street parking lot and locked the security guards in a portable toilet. Comments (1)

Banks are safer

Carroll Gardens: A woman told police that someone stole $4,000 from her home on Bond Street between April 15 and June 7. Plus all the crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Cinema under the stars

Cinema: While enjoying a summer blockbuster inside a movie theater has its advantages — air conditioning! snacks! — there’s much to be said about watching a flick al fresco with your Brooklyn neighbors. Here’s a roundup of the borough’s outdoor movie festivals. Comment

Spammed

Bay Ridge: The ol’ fake e-mail trick fooled an Oliver Street woman into handing over $4,500 on June 6. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

Green thief

Prospect Heights: Someone with a green thumb — and sticky fingers — made off with more than $150 in tools from a Vanderbilt Avenue back yard on June 19. Plus all the crime news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment

RED-FOOTED! Bank robber’s shoes, stained with dye, give him away

Park Slope: Cops caught a bank robber red-footed on June 19, nabbing a dye-stained man who was still carrying thousands in booty that he allegedly took from the Astoria Federal branch on Fifth Avenue. Comment

Cops crack 93rd St drug den

Bay Ridge: Police nabbed five suspected drug dealers who turned a peaceful Bay Ridge street into a block of fear and intimidation over the past three years. Comments (6)

Bedford brawl

Williamsburg: Two pugilists hospitalized a 21-year-old man after he left a Bedford Avenue bar early on June 16. Comment

Martyrs monument mischief

Fort Greene: The Parks Department has fired the electrician rushing to complete the restoration of the Prison Ship Martyrs’ monument in Fort Greene Park in time for its 100th anniversary in November — and now the agency is scrambling to finish the work on time. Comment

Tower of power

Event: Every year, the now-scattered descendants of Williamsburg’s Italian community return to the ‘hood with one essential goal: to lift an 80-foot tall, three-ton tower known as the “giglio” onto their shoulders and “dance” with it through the streets as part of the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Paulinus of Nola in Williamsburg. Comment

School’s out forever

Downtown: The controversial deal to turn the independent Polytechnic University into a part of New York University has been approved by the state, the final arbiter on the merger. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Your family

Rain on ‘Parade’

Dooley Noted: Our columnist gives a new kids’ book a lukewarm review. Comment

The end of the PS 321 line

Smartmom: Smartmom’s days are numbered at PS 321. After 11 years as a very involved parent at this illustrious school, she’s is about to say adieu. Comment

Family calendar

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

Summer delight

Nightlife: Master mixologist Toby Maloney, a Williamsburg resident, shares his recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. Comment

‘Monkey’ biz

Nightlife: Monkey Town, the Williamsburg restaurant and performing arts space, closed on June 23 for six weeks of renovations. Although it often seems that when a “closed for renovations” sign is posted on a window in Brooklyn, it’s code for “we’re out of business,” Monkey Town’s owner assures us they’ll be swinging from the branches again come Aug. 2. Comments (2)

Armory won’t open until 2009!

Park Slope: More delays at the $16-million Armory. Comment

Get ‘Hip’

Music: Beginning July 10, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will pack a whole season’s worth of programming into one long weekend. Comment

No scrubs

Fashion: Last Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, stars like Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC, actress Caryn Ward and blogger Necole Bitchie converged at “The Female Success Factor,” an entrepreneurship seminar for women. Comment

Other Voices

Men are domestic-violence victims, too

Letters: The mailbag is filled with letters about Wal-Mart, Ikea, school rezonings, divorce and the Metropolitan Opera show in Prospect Park. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. This week: the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an Atlantic Yards case. Comment

Get your Gersh on

Our editor is, once again, in the BCAT hot seat. Comment
Bay Ridge: Ten years after it turned a city park into a trailer park, the Department of Education says it is almost ready to remove two temporary classrooms from a Leif Ericson Park — but neighbors worry that the tin-walled learning boxes may have become permanent fixtures. Comment
Art: The waterfalls are flowing in the East River. Comments (1)

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

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Suit falls like a lead balloon Comment

Cops unmask bandit

Williamsburg: A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment

Cops: Thug attacked others: Catholic school teacher’s attacker implicated in more crimes

Williamsburg: The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment

Happily shipwrecked on the sudsy shores of Beer Island

Williamsburg: A new site off the Coney Island Boardwalk has been attracting thirsty revelers. Comment

142 years of helping families in need

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service — one of Brooklyn’s first and largest providers of social services to 13,000 disadvantaged children, families and adults with disabilities — will celebrate its 142nd anniversary and honor “The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund” at its annual fundraising event, June 25 at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, 6-9 p.m. Comment

‘Spending power’ vs. budget cuts

Williamsburg: A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment

‘Ghost ships’ plucked from Jamaica Bay: Abandoned vessels stop short of Davy Jones’ locker, so feds give ’em the heave-ho

Williamsburg: Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment

Water bill cap: New effort to help residents

Williamsburg: Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate and several of his assembly colleagues introduced legislation (A.11382/S833) that would cap water and sewer bills for all New York City residents. The bill would prohibit the City of New York from imposing rent upon the New York City Water Board. Comment

Vying to be Beep: Yvonne Graham throws hat into the ring

Williamsburg: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Vets’ Day

Williamsburg: Kickstart your choppers and come on down to the Ninth Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day in the Park, June 29 from 12-7 p.m., at the Asser Levy Seaside Park bandshell, Surf Avenue & West Fifth Street. Comment

Verizon tiptoes in Manhattan Beach

Williamsburg: Verizon may have set off a firestorm of controversy in Marine Park last year when it started sticking 45-foot tall poles in front of people’s homes, but the chair of Community Board 15 says the same thing is not going to happen in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Teacher layoffs feared: Cloud hangs over Twain Gifted & Talented program

Williamsburg: Parents are taking action to protect I.S. 239, the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. Comment

Spotting trouble before it starts

Williamsburg: A new state bill on the verge of being signed into law seeks to educate parents on recognizing signs of child predators. The law addresses what many child advocacy experts consider an education gap between children and parents when it comes to sex offenders. Comment

Sights set on Council: Brooklyn activist Ken Diamondstone want’s Yassky’s seat

Williamsburg: Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment

Shining a light on the housing crisis: Brooklyn group CHANGER holds foreclusure vigil on steps of BK Supreme Court

Williamsburg: Brooklyn homeowners, livid about the financial institutions and predatory lenders that led to their foreclosures, built a mock village out of foreclosure rescue advertising signs and held a candelight vigil as the sun retreated behind Brooklyn Supreme Court last Thursday. Comment

Sharp turnaround for 60th Precinct

Williamsburg: It’s a team effort. Comment

Shaolin team takes home the gold

Williamsburg: The NYC Shaolin kung fu team, based in Williamsburg, attended the United States of America Wushu and Kung Fu Federation’s U.S. National Championships in Willamantic CT. Comment

Scout earns his wings helping others

Williamsburg: When Brooklyn scout Giancarlo Rindone embarked upon his Eagle Scout project, he wanted to do something that would not only help his community, but be heartfelt and meaningful, too. Comment

Scarano caught in scam: Infamous architect busted for false statements to DOB

Williamsburg: Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, whose name has become synonymous with the borough’s rapid development and what some characterize as an unregulated “Wild West” mentality surrounding it, was brought up on charges by the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Investigations last week. Comment

Ronald’s safe on 86th St.: Drive-thru wins support

Williamsburg: A lax developer and red-headed clown with a thing for hamburgers will probably continue to do business in Bensonhurst thanks to a couple of approvals from Community Board 11 this week. Comment

P.S. 254 students put on their dancing shoes

Williamsburg: The schoolyard was abuzz with the sound of music and the fancy footwork of budding Alvin Aileys as starry-eyed students teamed up for a song and dance extravaganza at Public School 254. Comment

New tool to help to get fit in NYC

Williamsburg: Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment

Nabe crime spike: Grand larcenies, robberies up

Williamsburg: It has been a rough year for 90th Precinct, where crime is up 18 percent from its levels of June 2007. Comment

Music matters for Brooklyn kids

Williamsburg: Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment

Mayor’s plan is fair, Taconic sez

Williamsburg: The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment

Make Music NY returns

Williamsburg: The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment

Lucky guy goes from doorman to made man: Blue-collar worker strikes it big in Mill Basin

Williamsburg: Richard ‘Sonny’ Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment

Lion/Lancer Golf Outing

Williamsburg: The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School & St. Augustine Diocesan High School alumni associations are holding their 12th Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing, June 26 at The Middle Island Country Club, 275 Yaphank Road. Comment

Lights out for Bay Imaging: Court order bans president from radiology business

Williamsburg: The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

Laying the foundation for the BK Greenway

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment

Kingsborough’s 43rd commencement exercises

Williamsburg: A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment

Kids show there’s more to school than tests

Williamsburg: Music and artwork marked the end of a successful academic year at Public School 52. Comment

Kids do more than just name that tune: Brooklyn schools excel in Riverside Symphony’s 2008 Music Memory Finals

Williamsburg: Nonie Donato’s fifth-graders from P.S. 193 in Midwood placed first in the Riverside Symphony’s 2008 Music Memory Finals competition, followed closely by Michael Tornick’s fifth-grade class from P.S. 236 in Mill Basin, which finished second. Comment

Kane Street Synagogue Goodstock

Williamsburg: Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

I.S. 98 reflects on the Holocaust: Event designed to inform youth of ugly past

Williamsburg: A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered at the Bay Academy I.S. 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue, recently for the Holocaust Memorial Committee’s 24th annual ceremony, an enduringly emotional event opening the emotional wounds wrought by the horrors of the Holocaust. Comment

IKEA power browsing

Williamsburg: With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

Green Thumbs converge on Hewes St.

Williamsburg: Through the hard work of dedicated community members, an unsightly vacant lot on the corner of Hewes and South 4th streets will soon become a verdant community garden. Comment

Gay pride on parade through local streets

Williamsburg: Sunlit frolics, followed by a moonlit jaunt, drew mom, dad and the kids to Brooklyn Pride festivities in Park Slope. Comment

Free HIV testing

Williamsburg: Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, in collaboration with Brownsville Multi-Services Family Health Center, will offer free HIV testing in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Forum on foreclosure: Borough leaders address ‘uncertain economic times’

Williamsburg: The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment

Feuer retires from CB11: District manager was there from the very beginning

Williamsburg: This summer Community Board 11 will do something it has never done before: look for a new district manager. Comment

Family fair

Williamsburg: The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment

Reform urged for RGB ‘sideshow’

Williamsburg: City councilmembers and state legislators are scrambling to pass resolutions, seeking to significantly reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as it decides whether to increase rent for rent-stabilized tenants citywide. Comment

D.I.Y. renegades unite at McCarren Park

Williamsburg: Hipsters far and wide descended on McCarren Park Pool last weekend for the Renegade Crafts Fair, the annual smorgasbord of alternative arts, crafts and clothing. Comment

Disgraced Vito leaves GOP in primary pickle

Williamsburg: Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more convoluted, the race to succeed Representative Vito Fossella has taken another unexpected turn. Comment

Cut day rap: Sides debate police actions

Williamsburg: NYPD tactics used in this year’s Senior Cut Day crackdown have been called into question, with community leaders charging that cops barred black teens from entering Manhattan Beach, even though the public beach should have been open to all. Comment

Cops: Thug attacked others

Williamsburg: The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment

Coney takes good health to the streets

Williamsburg: Area residents received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well being – plus enjoyed a revel or two – during a community health and street fair in Coney Island, presented by the United Community Baptist Church. Comment

Charter school hearing

Williamsburg: Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment

BSSU Marchers make Mermaid Avenue merry

Williamsburg: Marching bands, floats, and banner groups flocked to the streets to hail Brooklyn-Queens Day with a parade presented by the Brooklyn Sunday School Union (BSSU). Comment

BK History Fair

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment

Bill over & out

Williamsburg: A visibly appalled Bill Guarinello announced his resignation from Victory Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees last week, predicting a dire situation in the months ahead. Comment

Bensonhurst packs 86th Street with fun & games

Williamsburg: Bensonhurst brimmed with spring fun, drawing mom, dad and the kids to a multicultural fair, presented by the 86th Street Merchants Association. Comment

Bandit unmasked: False beard and glasses betray crook

Williamsburg: A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment

Annual Lena Cymbrowitz health fair

Williamsburg: Hundreds of local residents learned about the merits of having and maintaining good health, all in an enjoyable atmosphere, during the Fifth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Health Fair. Comment

Air thick with complaints: Upset residents sound off at town hall meeting

Williamsburg: A gamut of complaints and community concerns were aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment

A history of Jews in New York: Scholar and author Oscar Israelowitz to host lecture at the Williamsburg Library

Williamsburg: On June 24, the Williamsburgh Library (240 Division Avenue) will host a lecture on the history of Jews in New York by renowned Jewish architect, scholar and author Oscar Israelowitz. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Empty nesting and not liking it

Williamsburg: It started on Thursday. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Clinton doesn’t get the ‘W’

Williamsburg: After a marvelous, well-fought, scheming campaign, Senator Hillary Clinton finally packed it in. The headlines of one of our local newspapers shouted that she went kicking and screaming. After all of the energy and dollars that were put into her colossal effort, I don’t blame her. She actually had eighteen million fans believing in her reasoning that she deserved the nomination. The rules called for the delegates and super delegates to choose the nominee. To heck with the rules. Senator Clinton felt she was entitled to the nomination because 1) she was leading in several polls, 2) she’s more popular according to the numbers, and 3) examining the last three months of the campaign she had “momentum” in her favor. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

US Supreme Court delivers junk justice

Williamsburg: “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head,” self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has gloated about his 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (1963-2002), whose wife gave birth to their first child three months after his cruel and cold-blooded execution. Comment

It’s not easy being green at the movies

Williamsburg: This week at the movies was no time to cross anything green. Comment

Sufi trance rock

Williamsburg: Haale descends upon New York in June, bringing her sufi trance rock. On June 22, for Celebrate Brooklyn!, Haale is opening for the legendary Malian Griot performer Salif Kaita in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Comment

Strolling & cruising by twilight

Williamsburg: Thursday Night Twilight Tours in Prospect Park return for the summer, with excursions on June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7, 14, 21 and 28. This special event runs 7-9 p.m. at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Comment

Live opera in your park

Williamsburg: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment

Hansel & Gretel

Williamsburg: Once upon a time a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel lived with their mother and father at the edge of a very great forest…” begins the classic children’s fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel,” presented by the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, June 21-22 and 28-29 at 3:30 p.m. Comment

Fin-tastic fun for the younger set

Williamsburg: The raucous colors and sights of Coney Island’s famed Mermaid Parade come to life for young readers in a new picture book, Mermaids on Parade. Comment

Carroll Pk concerts

Williamsburg: The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment

Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds live

Williamsburg: Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 30th season of free entertainment continues June 26 at 7:30 p.m. with the double bill The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Dixie Hummingbirds. Comment

Western swing is the thing at Jalopy this month

Williamsburg: Smokey Hormel’s Western Swing comes to Jalopy, with Frank Schaap opening June 20 at 9 p.m. ($10 cover charge). Comment

Tom Moran: Happy to be ‘Starting Over’ again

Williamsburg: Tom Moran, 43, had a difficult time growing up in Brooklyn with vice and disappointment constantly coloring his childhood. He eventually succumbed and started drinking at a fairly early age – a decision that would come to haunt but eventually inspire him as an adult. Comment

Revel in the richness of the Caribbean

Williamsburg: The new Caribbean-American Heritage Day, a part of the free Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival, may just be the most exciting program in the whole 2008 National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a celebration first made official by Congress and the president in 2006. Comment

Performing a bit of ‘Self Surgery’

Williamsburg: Choreographer and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Dance Artist in Residence (2007-09) Sam Kim presents a work in progress showing of “Self Surgery,” June 20-21 at 8 p.m. and June 22 at 6 p.m. Comment

Pass Kontrol brings the dance party beat back home

Williamsburg: The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment

Our Brooklyn accent has developed a country twang

Williamsburg: In a recent piece in the Village Voice, the headline said it all: “Country music grows in Brooklyn.” Comment

Music in the streets: Annual fest turns on the Big Apple

Williamsburg: For the second straight year, New York City’s streets will give themselves over to music on June 21 for the Make Music New York festival, a nascent tradition that began last year and was met with enthusiasm across the five boroughs. Comment

After the Jump busts out of the blogosphere in a big way

Williamsburg: Last summer, music blogs banded together to promote 14 of their favorite bands, as well as raise money for a good cause – under-funded city music programs – at the After the Jump Fest. Comment

Jamel photography expo

Williamsburg: A collective photography exhibition curated by Jamel Shabazz, which explores photography beyond its subject matter, highlighting the “Posivity,” the definite moment when the lens captures and shines on an individual or object, is on view now to July 26, with an opening reception June 22 from 4-7 p.m. Comment

Hip-hop, jazz, pop and more

Williamsburg: BAMcafé Live, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, the performance series curated by Brooklyn Academy of Music Associate Producer of Music Darrell M. McNeill, continues its line-up for June with all performances (unless otherwise stated) beginning at 9 p.m. Comment

440 Gallery Small Works Show this month

Williamsburg: The 440 Gallery presents its fourth annual “Small Works Show,” June 26 through July 27 with an opening reception June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Comment

A photographic journey

Williamsburg: The Front Room presents Edie Winograde’s “Place and Time,” now to June 29, and on view Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment

‘Clones to avenge ‘07

Last year was a dream season for the Brooklyn Cyclones, but it was the kind of dream that ended abruptly and disturbingly. Comment

What a good way to hoop it up

The senior members of the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball team finished their career at St. Edmund Preparatory High School with a bang — by taking on members of the faculty in a hot game of hoops. […] Comment
THIRD BASE

MARIA MANTAGAS, Madison

The best offensive infielder in the borough and on Madison, Mantagas can be touted as the sophomore sensation as she led the division with 30 RBI while hitting to the tune of a .604 BA. Comment
THIRD BASE

BRIAN CUBERO, New Utrecht

Despite being on the varsity level for his first season, the senior Ute batted to the tune of a .361 batting average while playing a solid “hot corner” for New Utrecht. Comment

17th Annual McCarthy run: Memorial 5K honors life of an American hero

The memory of a heroic Midwood resident – and the first American fatality of the Persian Gulf War – was delivered a tall salute when boroughites teamed up at Marine Park for the 17th Annual Eugene McCarthy Memorial Run. Comment

Sixth grader is a slamming success

Tennis player Dan Kerznerman is a name to watch out for in future years, and he’s only in the sixth grade. Comment
SHORTSTOP

LIZA ACEVEDO, Lincoln

Acevedo has played a great shortstop for Lincoln; while she has got it done in the field, she has also got the job done in the batter’s box, posting a .532 BA and driving-in 19 runs. Comment
SHORTSTOP

JAMES WONG, Madison

Madison’s secret weapon in the infield. Not only was he clutch in the playoffs by hitting a double that broke open game three of the semifinals, but Wong flashes the best glove in the borough. Comment
SECOND BASE

ASHLEY MAWAD, Midwood

The most improved player on Midwood in her freshman season, she batted only .190; this season, Mawad skyrocketed to a .537 BA and a .756 slugging percentage while having 22 hits. Comment
PLAYER OF THE YEAR

KAYLA HILL, Madison

The future is extremely bright for Madison as Hill has emerged as the key pitcher for the Lady Knights. In her first season on the varsity level, Kayla has only allowed five earned runs while fanning 56 opposing batters in 46 innings tossed. Not only has she done the job on the mound, Hill’s bat is lethal as she has batted to the tune of .373 BA, 4 HR, and 14 RBI. Hill has stepped up to be one of the borough’s most terrific stars as she still has three more years to dazzle fans and scouts while frustrating opponents. Comment

PITCHER- MARIE ONETO, Madison

Simply touted as the ace of Brooklyn, Oneto was unhittable as she tossed 46 shutout innings en route to a spotless 6-0 regular season record. In the playoffs, the ace struck out 14 batters in 15 frames tossed. Comment
PITCHER

DANIEL PERRI, Tele

In only his first season as a starter, Perri has powered Telecommunications’ starting rotation with a 5-1 record. But the freshman’s most impressive statistic was that he only surrended six earned runs in 29.2 innings pitched. Comment
OUTFIELD

STEVEN DEVALLE, Tele

In only his second season on the varsity level, Devalle went from batting .297 in 2007 to a solid .500 in 2008. The junior posted up 11 RBI and 28 hits. Comment
OUTFIELD

KRISTINA BERMUDEZ, Lincoln

While she is not at the hot corner, Bermudez roams the Lincoln outfield. The freshman stole 24 bases in only her first season on the varsity level. Comment
OUTFIELD

KEVIN LAIDLAW, Madison

Madison’s biggest outfield threat. Kevin has laid the law with a .440 BA while slugging at .500 for his final season roaming the Knights’ outfield. Comment
OUTFIELD

JENNIFER GABAY, Madison

Gabay has been a terrific outfield anchor for the Lady Knights as her glove is one of the best in Brooklyn. Her .429 BA and 24 RBI offensive output is among the top on Madison and in the division. Comment
OUTFIELD

GEENA BELL, Midwood

The leading offensive player for a team that struggled this season, Bell rung up opposing pitching for a .467 BA, .867 slugging percentage and produced a team-high 18 RBI and 21 hits. Comment
OUTFIELD

ALEXANDER WARDEN, New Utrecht

Warden has charted New Utrecht’s course into battle with a solid 2008 campaign (.308 BA and 13 RBI). His RBI total is tied for the team lead. Comment
FIRST BASE

RICHARD ADAMES, Tele

After finishing 2007, hopes were high for Adames to put up the same numbers (.413 and 13 RBI) as he did in a down year for Tele. But in a year when they won the division, Adames went out with a bang, batting .333 with 17 RBI. Comment
FIRST BASE

NIKKI PANARO, Madison

Madison’s slugger, Panaro plays a terrific first baseman and is the anchor on the Lady Knights’ infield. Additionally, her numbers solidify her position as that slugger (.474 BA, 27 H, and 27 RBI). Comment
DESIGNATED HITTER

JON PIERRE GARCIA, Tele

Although his natural position is behind the dish, Garcia has been the sparkplug for the Yellow Jackets’ offense. The slugging DH has batted to the tune of .455 BA, 2 HR and 19 RBI. Comment
COACH OF THE YEAR

CARLOS GONZALEZ, Lincoln

Gonzalez’s leadership during a late season controversy solidified him as our candidate for coach of the year. But it is his on-the-field guidance that has been the key in Lincoln’s success. In only his second season as the ‘Splitters’ skipper, Gonzalez has turned this program around from an 8-9 finish and a game under the .500 to a 15-2 season and a co-share of the division title. Speaking of the controversy, Gonzalez handled the “chin strap” incident with class and dignity, which he had passed on to a roster that carried a bulk of upper classman that fed off of his attitude on and off the diamond. Comment
CATCHER

LISA MORRO, New Utrecht

When she is not toting the hill, Morro has played a superb backstop and has posted terrific offensive numbers (.545 BA, 23 R and 23 RBI) for her final season as a Ute. Comment
CATCHER

JASON GALEANO, Tele

The best offensive backstop in the borough (.366 BA and 18 RBI), and it was only his first season as a Jacket. The freshman has proven to be a superb addition to the Telecommunications’ infield. Comment

Broomstick kings return

Sewer-to-sewer dingers wowed the crowd as golden street-warriors squared off against each other during a reunion stickball game in Sheepshead Bay, proving that when it comes to pounding the pavement, all roads lead back to Coyle Street. Comment

BK’s new generation of Tiger Woods golfers: Free golf center for children debuts

The Brooklyn site where the late father of Tiger Woods learned golf and fell in love with the sport is now also home to the nation’s first free golf center for children, complete with a six-hole course and pointers from the pros. Comment

Arrgh! It’s ‘Pirate Night’

The Brooklyn Cyclones will host the Aberdeen IronBirds on “Pirate Night” at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, June 26 at 7 p.m. Comment

‘Goodstock’ coming

Brooklyn Courier: Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Waterfront benefit

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment

4th St. enjoys summer jumpstart

Brooklyn Courier: Summer fun was on the menu – not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights – when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party in Park Slope. Comment

Teen Challenge of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: The oldest, largest, and most effective private agency of its kind, “Teen Challenge of Brooklyn,” celebrates 50 years as a free faith-based residential recovery center that trains and restores victims of substance abuse and other life controlling addictions. Comment

Stocking the shelves with spoiled goods: Attorney general cites Rite Aid stores

Brooklyn Courier: There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment

St. Charles Jubilee

Brooklyn Courier: The CCNS St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center will hold its 35th anniversary celebration from 1:30-3 p.m., June 25 at the center’s facility, the Pierrepont House, 55 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. Everyone 60+ and their guests are welcome to enjoy free food, music and dancing. Comment

Smith Street Fun Day

Brooklyn Courier: The eight-block-long Smith Street Fun Day Sunday is coming to town, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

2008 senior citizen fair

Brooklyn Courier: Senator Martin Connor and Assemblywoman Joan Millman invite you to attend their 2008 Senior Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 27 at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street. Comment

Polytechnic graduates 153rd class

Brooklyn Courier: “Be bold and be brave and strive to break the thinking that something can’t be done,” urged Arthur C. Martinez in his commencement address to Polytechnic University’s 153rd graduating class at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Comment

Pol pushes teen agenda

Brooklyn Courier: State Senator Velmanette Montgomery called for the adoption of her three-pronged Teen Health Agenda aimed at safeguarding New York’s young people from sexually-transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy. Comment

Picnic for Pooches & People

Brooklyn Courier: Treat your best furry friend to a fun-filled walk in the park as FIDO — the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners — hosts its annual “Summer Picnic for Pooches & Their People” from 5 p.m. to dusk, June 27 in Prospect Park’s Nethermead. Comment

New plan to govern Yards

Brooklyn Courier: Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment

New chief of urology at Methodist: Ivan Grunberger, MD, FACS, takes over department’s helm

Brooklyn Courier: New York Methodist Hospital recruited Ivan Grunberger, MD, FACS, to become the hospital’s new chief of urology. Dr. Grunberger treats diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract in men and women, and the reproductive system of men. Comment

Meeting bullies head on

Brooklyn Courier: The staff at the Windsor Terrace branch of the Brooklyn Public Library really try to use additional resources in helping children in all areas of education. Comment

Mayor’s plan is fair, Taconic sez: Major landowner signs on to city’s plan to redevelop Coney Island

Brooklyn Courier: The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment

Madison Street dresses for success: Block association wins Mollie Parnis Award

Brooklyn Courier: The Madison Street Block #3 Association has been named the first ever recipient of the Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Award in recognition of engaging neighborhood youth and residents in the renovation of the area community garden, announced The Citizens Committee for New York City. Comment

Livin’ life off the leash

Brooklyn Courier: The Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners (FIDO), along with NYCDog, celebrated the anniversary of FIDO’s first off-leash event in Prospect Park. Also on hand to join in the festivities was Assistant Parks Commissioner Bob Ipcar and members of FIDO’s steering committee. For more about FIDO, go to www.fidobrooklyn.com. Comment

KC Arts owner dies

Brooklyn Courier: Clementine S. Elia, owner and manager of KC Arts, 252 Court Street, died June 4, 2008. Comment

Juneteenth Arts Fest: Gala celebration marks end of U.S. slavery

Brooklyn Courier: The Cooperative Culture Collective, an association of Brooklyn-based artists and entrepreneurs, presents the Eighth Annual Juneteenth Arts Festival, which will feature performances, vendors, and workshops, June 21 from 12-6 p.m. in Culyer Gore Park, corner of Fulton & Greene streets in Fort Greene. Comment

History fair

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment

Heaven on earth: specifically 7th Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: Summer revelers were in “Seventh Heaven” as Park Slope’s annual frolic of community friendship and spirit transformed the neighborhood into an outdoor emporium of seasonal fun. Comment

Hear jets’ roar: Many jeer flight paths

Brooklyn Courier: It’s not a bird, it’s a plane—many planes—flying overhead at a prodigious rate and disrupting life in pastoral Park Slope, fed up residents said this week. Comment

Good business goes to the dogs

Brooklyn Courier: Councilmember David Yassky, chair of the City Council Committee on Small Business, presented his Small Business Community Excellence Award to robbie dawg, inc., in Red Hook. Comment

Goin’ to ‘town’

Brooklyn Courier: Townhouses may rise at 110 Amity Street after all. Comment

Friday the 13th turns lucky

Brooklyn Courier: A Park Slope rental store leased the superstitious some good fortune this past Friday the 13 when its veep traveled up from Texas and randomly handed out Brooklyn Cyclone tickets to 1,000 lucky boroughites. Comment

Foreclosure ‘field’ crops up here: Homeowners sound alarm outside court

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn homeowners, livid about the financial institutions and predatory lenders that led to their foreclosures, built a mock village out of foreclosure rescue advertising signs and held a candelight vigil as the sun retreated behind Brooklyn Supreme Court last Thursday. Comment

Fighting obesity

Brooklyn Courier: Obesity is an epidemic that impacts more than nine million Americans, and more and more people who are affected by obesity are seeking to learn about surgical weight reduction. Comment

Family Support Fair

Brooklyn Courier: The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment

DUMBO farmer’s market

Brooklyn Courier: The Dumbo Improvement District’s DUMBO Farmers’ Market will operate every Sunday, now to mid-November, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the corner of Main and Plymouth streets (entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park). Comment

Dream home turns to jail cell: Convicted assemblywoman faces six years behind bars

Brooklyn Courier: A scheme for a dream home left State Assemblymember Diane Gordon in a small dingy jail cell – one that a judge ordered her to stay in for the next six years. Comment

DOB smacks Scarano: Local reaction to charges aimed at controversial architect

Brooklyn Courier: It’s about time. Comment

Diamondstone plans Council run: local activist announces bid for Yassky’s 33rd District seat

Brooklyn Courier: Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Bibliophiles rejoice this month

Brooklyn Courier: Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout June. Comment

BAM land swap made

Brooklyn Courier: In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment

70th hails stats: 31 fewer victims of crimes this year

Kings Courier: While 2008 may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start for the 70th Precinct, crime is now down approximately three percent for the year. Comment

Shovels in the ground; Carro center coming

Kings Courier: The groundwork to immortalize a deceased grassroots leader was laid with pomp when local dignitaries assembled at Marine Park to begin construction on a new $11-million community center in honor of Carmine Carro. Comment

School hearing

Kings Courier: Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Red light, green light

Kings Courier: Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined students from the Christian Heritage Academy, Steven Yamin, president of Nieuw Amersfort Community Association and community residents in celebrating the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Avenue J and East 42nd Street. Comment

Narcisse vies for City Council

Kings Courier: Fully realizing the uphill climb she has in front of her, Canarsie activist Mercedes Narcisse officially announced her run for City Council last week. Comment

Lights out for Bay Imaging

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

Kimball St. building clipped: DOE orders top floor removed

Kings Courier: Lop it off. Comment

It’s a tale as old as time at Roy H. Mann JHS

Kings Courier: A time-honored classic ignited the stage when students at Roy H. Mann Junior High School presented “Beauty and the Beast.” Comment

Hard work and studying pays off for top students at Public School 255

Kings Courier: The close of the month has brought with it the newest batch of Brooklyn’s best and brightest as Public School 255 named their “Student of the Month” honorees. Comment

Grandma and Grandpa ... this one’s just for you

Kings Courier: In recognition of grandparents throughout the community, Millennium Development Senior Services sponsored the Third Annual Grandparents Appreciation Day, held at the John Malone Center, 2303 Bergen Avenue. Active adults and seniors from various centers and their families attended the breakfast/event with their families. Comment

Gil Hodges students put on a showstopper

Kings Courier: Starry-eyed students took to the stage – drawing rave reviews for their stellar showmanship – during the annual talent show at the Gil Hodges School P.S. 193. Comment

DOE tries to gloss over school cuts

Kings Courier: A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment

Deluxe station house in the sky: Efforts to construct new 70th Police Precinct inch forward

Kings Courier: It’s not happening any time soon, but someday – if things continue moving forward as they now are – the men and women of the 70th Precinct will have a new home. Comment

Bklyn History Fair

Kings Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment

St. Cecilia’s closes doors for good

Greenpoint: Parents and teachers are still reeling as St. Cecilia’s School prepared to close its doors this week during its final year of classes after serving Greenpoint and Williamsburg for more than 100 years. Comment

Shaolin team brings home the gold

Greenpoint: The NYC Shaolin kung fu team, based in Williamsburg, attended the United States of America Wushu and Kung Fu Federation’s U.S. National Championships in Willamantic CT. Comment

Scarano caught in scam: Infamous developer busted for false statements to DOB

Greenpoint: Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano, whose name has become synonymous with the borough’s rapid development and what some characterize as an unregulated “Wild West” mentality surrounding it, was brought up on charges by the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Investigations last week. Comment

Reform urged for rent board ‘sideshow’

Greenpoint: City councilmembers and state legislators are scrambling to pass resolutions, seeking to significantly reform the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) as it decides whether to increase rent for rent-stabilized tenants citywide. Comment

Reaching great heights: BK native scales Mt. Hood to raise cancer research funds

Greenpoint: As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment

New Tool to help you get fit in NYC

Greenpoint: Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment

Meet Eustacia Raymond: New Greenpoint liasion for Councilman David Yassky

Greenpoint: City Councilmember David Yassky welcomed Eustacia Raymond, a new district aide for Greenpoint and Williamsburg, to his staff this past month. Comment

Know the signs: Education effort against pedophiles

Greenpoint: A new state bill on the verge of being signed into law seeks to educate parents on recognizing signs of child predators. The law addresses what many child advocacy experts consider an education gap between children and parents when it comes to sex offenders. Comment

BK TKTS booths

Greenpoint: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Changing of the guard: New officers elected to 94th Precinct Community Council

Greenpoint: The 94th Precinct Community Council elected new officers this week, voting in longtime Greenpoint resident Betty Hulsen as the council’s president for the coming year. Comment

Bay Imaging owners gone for good: Court order permanently bans corrupt businessmen from working in radiology services

Greenpoint: The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

Year-end bash at Prospect Heights H.S.

Brooklyn Courier: Pupils at Prospect Heights High School put the “F” in fun when they wrapped up the academic year with a rollicking party. Comment

Volunteers land in the winner’s circle

Brooklyn Courier: Fort Greene resident, 65-year-old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment

Robberies, burglaries on the brain

Brooklyn Courier: Despite the overall reduction of crime in Fort Greene during the year, community residents remain alarmed at the preponderance of robberies and burglaries that have been happening overnight in their neighborhood. Comment

Lights out for shady diagnostics center

Brooklyn Courier: The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

Kingsborough’s 43rd commencement day exercises

Brooklyn Courier: A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment

Brutality discussion in wake of Bell verdict: Fort Greene Peace holds forum

Brooklyn Courier: Questions of NYPD racial profiling and police brutality were discussed at length during an eye-opening forum held by Fort Greene Peace. Comment

Big chain peddles bad goods: Attorney general finds some rotten things at Rite Aid stores

Brooklyn Courier: There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment

BAM land swap: Two Trees to build in Cultural Dist.

Brooklyn Courier: In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment

Atlantic Yards reform: New effort to increase public input

Brooklyn Courier: Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment

As wacky and tacky as they want to be

Brooklyn Courier: To offset some of the stress stemming from end-of-year Regents and final exams, Bishop Ford High School held a “Wacky Tacky Tuesday,” in which students and faculty dressed up in wacky outfits. Mike Satira, physical education teacher and director of Student Activities at Ford, 500 19th Street, organized the event and explained that in addition to defraying test-taking anxiety, “Wacky Tacky Tuesday” also serve as a great way to build school spirit. Yukking it up are seniors Mary Bruns and Jamie Conroy, with Satira, center. Comment

The Power of the penny

Flatbush: An “easily forgotten” copper coin was transformed into a “powerful tool for youth action and service” – plus a pot of gold – when Public School 119 presented the fruits of its Penny Harvest fundraising labors to an organization which helps the needy. Comment

Red light, green light 1...2...3

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined students from the Christian Heritage Academy, Steven Yamin, president of Nieuw Amersfort Community Association and community residents in celebrating the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Avenue J and East 42nd Street. Comment

Public forum on Hebrew charter school

Flatbush: Now’s your chance to weigh in on a plan to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Police urge cell phone protection

Flatbush: A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment

Parents’ patience wears thin: Superintendent forced to admit school budget ‘cuts’

Flatbush: A discussion about school budget cuts turned into a heated exchange between parents and a city Department of Education (DOE) official. Comment

Newkirk Plaza merchants celebrate remarkable 100-year history

Flatbush: They’ve come to hold a fond place in the hearts of locals. Comment

Make Music NY ’08

Flatbush: The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment

Haitian pride on parade in Brooklyn

Flatbush: The streets of Brooklyn were alive with the spirit of the Caribbean, as the Seventh Annual Haitian Day Parade made its way down Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard which, in “Little Haiti,” is better known as Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Graham: I want to be the Beep

Flatbush: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Friendly fish out of water

Flatbush: A majestic ice princess is ready to reign supreme at the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, coming June 21. Comment

Flatbush fears the rise of McMansions

Flatbush: As if with one voice, residents of Victorian Flatbush spoke out at a public hearing on the rezoning of their neighborhood to demand that the Department of City Planning (DCP) effectively under-zone the community, to protect it from over-development. Comment

Fewer crime victims: Cops hail latest statistics

Flatbush: While 2008 may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start for the 70th Precinct, crime is now down approximately three percent for the year. Comment

East 34th St. backs tomorrow’s leaders

Flatbush: The civic-minded were delivered a tall salute when the East 34th Street Block Association held its annual scholarship benefit at Café Omar. Comment

Deadbeats at EDC

Flatbush: The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment

Conquering Mt. Hood today, cancer tomorrow: Remarkable woman touches roof of the world in search of a cure

Flatbush: As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment

Click online, then get out there and play

Flatbush: Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment

Clean sweep for bay: Parks Service targets abandoned vessels

Flatbush: Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment

Classroom retooling for 13 schools

Flatbush: Local Parent-Teacher Association presidents can now take their work to the next level, thanks to a high tech donation by Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs and the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC). Comment

Caring that always wins: CNR honors Alisa Huggins for her exemplary work

Flatbush: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment

Brooklyn is Barack Obama country: Hillary Clinton super delegates officially switch support to Illinois senator

Flatbush: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Another winning year at Wingate campus

Flatbush: A multi-media showcase of student talent celebrated the end of a successful academic year at the schools of Wingate Campus. Comment

Yards critics laud bill

Brooklyn Courier: Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment

Scarano smack down: Local reaction to charges filed against architect

Brooklyn Courier: It’s about time. Comment

Rite Aid stocks shelves with expired goods: State attorney general cites Brooklyn chain stores

Brooklyn Courier: There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment

43rd commencement exercises at KCC

Brooklyn Courier: A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment

Meatballs, anyone? Consumers flock to opening of superstore

Brooklyn Courier: With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18. Comment

Locals get first stab at Ikea jobs

Brooklyn Courier: Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Kids dance their way to Lincoln Center

Brooklyn Courier: Twenty charter school students from Clinton Hill made their first visit to Lincoln Center a memorable one: by dancing on center stage. Part of the American Ballet Theatre’s “Make a Ballet” program, the students designed, choreographed, constructed, produced and performed their own original performance, “Cinderella and her Prince,” on stage at Lincoln Center. Comment

Inspiring black history

Brooklyn Courier: The Town Hall and Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. presented awards to five winners of their Black History Poster/Essay Contest during a ceremony at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in New York City. Comment

Health conscious and living fit in Red Hook

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on the merits of living a long and stress free life during a health fair outside at the PAL Miccio Head Start Center in Red Hook. Comment

Council races gets crowded

Brooklyn Courier: Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment

Connor confident of victory

Brooklyn Courier: When State Senator Martin Connor was endorsed by the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender political club, he was pleasantly surprised. Comment

Clean sweep for park’s Tennis House

Brooklyn Courier: Burly Bruce Ratner has given Prospect Park the brush-off. Comment

CB6 members go to ‘town’: Board backs Amity Street townhouses

Brooklyn Courier: Townhouses may rise at 110 Amity Street after all. Comment

Caring for your neighbor: Residents honored with Volunteer Leadership awards

Brooklyn Courier: Fort Greene resident, 65 year old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment

Bklyn: Get your TKTS here

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

‘Goodstock’ at Kane Street Synagogue

Canarsie: Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Woman climbs the heights for cancer cure: Brooklyn native tackles Mount Hood in quest to battle deadly disease

Canarsie: As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment

Shocking thug attacked others, police say: Catholic school teacher’s attacker implicated in a series of other heinous crimes

Canarsie: The teenage terror who bowled over a beloved Catholic school teacher has been implicated in a host of other crimes, police and prosecutors announced this week. Comment

Seventh Annual Haitian Day parade on nostrand

Canarsie: The streets of Brooklyn were alive with the spirit of the Caribbean, as the Seventh Annual Haitian Day Parade made its way down Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard which, in “Little Haiti,” is better known as Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Senator pushes Teen Health Agenda: Campaign is aimed at educating youngsters about dangers of unprotected sex

Canarsie: State Senator Velmanette Montgomery called for the adoption of her three-pronged Teen Health Agenda aimed at safeguarding New York’s young people from sexually-transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy. Comment

School is a Hebrew hotbed of controversy: New charter school raises separation of church and state questions

Canarsie: A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment

Residents take stock of their good health

Canarsie: Mom, dad and the kids received the lowdown on how to maintain a lifestyle of well-being during a health fair presented by St. Alban’s Health Guild. Comment

Reflections on the Holocaust

Canarsie: A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered at the Bay Academy I.S. 98, 1401 Emmons Avenue, recently for the Holocaust Memorial Committee’s 24th annual ceremony, an enduringly emotional event opening the emotional wounds wrought by the horrors of the Holocaust. Comment

Reaching out across the borough

Canarsie: A high-stepper rises to the occasion during a Brooklyn Day rally and celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Raptors roost high atop Gil’s bridge

Canarsie: Talk about a bird’s eye view. Comment

Pol. sentenced to six years in housing scam

Canarsie: A scheme for a dream home left State Assemblymember Diane Gordon in a small dingy jail cell – one that a judge ordered her to stay in for the next six years. Comment

Picnic for Pooches & Their People

Canarsie: Treat your best furry friend to a fun-filled walk in the park as FIDO — the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners — hosts its annual “Summer Picnic for Pooches & Their People” from 5 p.m. to dusk, June 27 in Prospect Park’s Nethermead. Comment

Phony glasses & beard can’t hide crook: 68th Precinct cops see right through bank bandit’s pitiful disguise

Canarsie: A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment

Open a door find a millionaire: Blue collar guy becomes set for life after walking into local mini-mart

Canarsie: Richard “Sonny” Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment

New ground broken in Weeksville

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Weeksville Heritage Center Executive Director Pam Green and others to break ground on the new Education and Cultural Arts Building at the Weeksville Heritage Society’s historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Comment

New Cabrini CEO

Canarsie: Eugene R. McCormick has been selected as the new president and CEO of The Cabrini Mission Foundation (CMF). Comment

Mural for the whole neighborhood

Canarsie: An eyesore becomes a sight for sore eyes. Comment

Mayor’s plan for Coney is fair, Taconic says: Major landowner signs on to city’s controversial redevelopment plan

Canarsie: The developer that owns the Childs Restaurant Building and about six other acres in Coney Island last week endorsed the city’s rezoning plan for the area. Comment

Marty aide says she wants to be borough prez

Canarsie: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Make Music NY ‘08

Canarsie: The Flatbush Development Corporation, and Flatbush Avenue, Church Avenue, and Flatbush Nostrand Junction BIDs (business improvement districts) have collaborated to organize and publicize the Flatbush edition of “Make Music New York,” an annual citywide free music event, June 21. Comment

Jailhouse door open for home scammers: Crafty duo faces 25 years in prison for trying to bilk homeowners

Canarsie: In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment

It’s lights out for shady imaging ctr.: Court order bars company’s president, manager from working in radiology

Canarsie: The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

I.S. 211 coins put to work fighting cancer

Canarsie: A simple copper coin morphed into a powerful tool for youth action and service – plus an impressive pot of gold – when Intermediate School 211 presented the fruits of its Penny Harvest fundraising labors to an organization which helps the needy. Comment

Indie Market fashion designers

Canarsie: Join Brooklyn Indie Market designers for a day of cool and unusual craft projects at BIM — a weekend market of emerging fashion and product designers — corner of Smith and Union streets, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment

Home sharing emerges in the borough: Program expands to include younger people looking to share living expenses

Canarsie: Younger New Yorkers have responded to New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ expanded Home Sharing Program, a unique affordable housing option and free matching service, which has recently allowed younger “hosts” under the age of 60 to share their homes with older “guests.” Comment

Go for the green: Gala to benefit revitalized waterfront

Canarsie: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment

First Kings Masons band together to help fight diabetes

Canarsie: The First Kings Masonic District is continuing its fight against diabetes. Comment

District 22 students demand the spotlight

Canarsie: Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment

Cut too deep, pols vow to block budget: City councilmembers say they won’t support plan until school funding is restored

Canarsie: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Condos + foreclosures = big squeeze: Brooklynites scramble to find affordable housing in the borough

Canarsie: The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment

Click on your favorite sporting event

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment

City Tech graduates top class: Borough prez delivers stirringsend off to students

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s father died when Marty was nine, also leaving behind a wife and Marty’s two younger sisters, ages four and a half and 18 months. The family went on welfare and Marty had to work at night and on the weekends to help make ends meet. They ended up having to move into public housing when they could no longer afford their apartment. When it was time for Marty to go to college, he had to go part-time at night and it took him nine years to graduate. Comment

Cell phone snatch & grab: Cops offer VIN etching to protect devices

Canarsie: A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment

Brooklyn Public Library: More than its books

Canarsie: Summertime has arrived and so has a full schedule of great events at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) including classes, workshops, music and more. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

Brooklyn is Obama country: Hillary super delegates switch support to Barack

Canarsie: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Brooklyn History Fair

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Grand Army Plaza Library and Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger will present a free “Brooklyn History Fair,” June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the library. Comment

Brookdale 58th Annual Service Awards: Staffers are hailed for their many years of outstanding service to hospital

Canarsie: The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center’s 58th Annual Service Awards ceremony honored 397 employees of the hospital and its Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation who have attained from 10 to 40 years of service. Comment

Borough president salutes some of Brooklyn’s best young scholars

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment

BK Bridge Boot Camp

Canarsie: Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, founded by Ariane Hundt, is inviting fitness enthusiasts to “Boot Camp Workouts” on the Brooklyn Bridge, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. Comment

Bay View Houses

Canarsie: The Bay View Houses Residents Association will hold its general membership meeting at 7 p.m., June 26 at the Bay View Community Center, 5985 Shore Parkway. Comment

Activist vies for Council Seat: Canarsies Mercedes Narcisse launches ‘underdog’ campaign

Canarsie: Fully realizing the uphill climb she has in front of her, Canarsie activist Mercedes Narcisse officially announced her run for City Council last week. Comment

A clean sweep of Jamaica Bay wreckage

Canarsie: Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment

Yearning to bring local kids a touch of Belize

Bushwick: James Lovell tuned his guitar along with the other musicians in the common room of the Biko Center while dreaming of what could happen soon. One day he hopes to be teaching dozens of children guitar, piano, saxophone, drums and other instruments in the Garifuna music of his native Belize. Comment

Trying to shatter the glass ceiling, with their fists

Bushwick: “Just like the boys,” as the saying goes, they put in hours of grueling work, absorb punches, and spit blood in buckets. Comment

PS 120 honors cultures

Bushwick: Students and teachers at PS 120, the Carlos Tapia Magnet School (18 Beaver Street) bounced from country to country, passing through customs desks in order to celebrate their fourth annual Multicultural Day with families and members of the community. Comment

Pols agitate for school funding: City Council members boycott city budget unti education money restored

Bushwick: Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Pass Kontrol keeps it ‘loose’: N. Brooklyn band dishes on striving to make it big, and making it thru the border unscathed

Bushwick: The theatrical, roving dance-party band Pass Kontrol, which plays primarily in the friendly venues of Bushwick and Williamsburg, would prefer to be nowhere else. A recent road trip to Toronto might keep it that way. Comment

Obama captures Brooklyn super delegates

Bushwick: In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment

Nabe crime down: Still, 8.3 percent murder uptick

Bushwick: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly came to Bushwick last week to deliver good news about the long-term reduction in crime citywide while community members demanded more officers patrolling their neighborhood blocks. Comment

Mortgage fraudsters could face 25 years: DA: Alleged schemers used straw buyers, forged deeds to bilk home purchasers

Bushwick: In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment

Local pride at Bushwick Day Parade

Bushwick: Tenants and workers peered out of the windows in their buildings to gawk and shout at a river of marching bands, youth baseball players, Girl Scouts, and artists flowing through the streets of Bushwick during the third annual Bushwick Day Parade. Comment

Know your rights

Bushwick: Last year during the Puerto Rican Day festivities, Jesus Gonzales saw several police officers positioned on rooftops and riding horses down two blocks on Grove Street telling residents to leave their stoops and go inside. Comment

It’s tenants versus landlords: Groups urge Rent Control Board to back moratorium on increases

Bushwick: Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment

IKEA set for Red Hook launch: Swedish furniture giant blitzes Brooklyn with quirky campaign

Bushwick: Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment

Helping Bushwick’s Mexicans

Bushwick: The Mexican Consulate chugged through Bushwick giving hundreds of Mexican citizens new passports, renovating their existing passports, and distributing counsular IDs to residents who stopped by hosted by Make the Road New York’s Bushwick headquarters (301 Grove Street) last week. Comment

Design info sessions

Bushwick: The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment

Brooklyn kids embody boro’s best

Bushwick: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment

Brooklyn housing market still afloat: Condo prices rose 4 percent in first quarter of 2008, new statistics show

Bushwick: Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment

Board blasts Wyckoff

Bushwick: A few months ago, Tom Perrin fell down the stairs in his home and suffered a knee injury. After waiting in the emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for eleven hours, he received a hospital bed. Comment

Be proud of your borough: 12th annual Brooklyn Pride kicks off June 14

Bushwick: New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment

Art and acrobatics at Open Studios Fest: Jazz-inspired kickoff party, other attractions wow Bushwick crowds

Bushwick: Brooklyn’s art and music fans braved three days of sweltering 90 degree heat to navigate Bushwick’s asphalt jungle of more than 150 art studio lofts, music sets, and performances this past weekend during the second annual Bushwick Open Studios festival. Comment

Volunteers and winners too

Brooklyn Heights: Fort Greene resident, 65 year old Tim Gibson, and 27 year old Joshua Marland, from Clinton Hill, each received a 2008 New York Cares Volunteer Leadership Award at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond to help out New Yorkers in need. Brooklynites Tim and Joshua were among ten selected for this prestigious award. Comment

Scarano under fire

Brooklyn Heights: It’s about time. Comment

Maraia speaks to K-boro grads

Brooklyn Heights: A renowned molecular scientist returned to his Brooklyn alma mater to congratulate graduating students in front of the same teacher who had inspired the former high-school drop-out to aim for the skies. Comment

Locals get first crack at Ikea jobs

Brooklyn Heights: Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Lights out for shady Bay Imaging: Court order bars president, manager from radiology business

Brooklyn Heights: The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

LICH looks back at 150 years of Brooklyn caring

Brooklyn Heights: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, founded in 1858, is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment

$600K for a part of Henry Street: Developer moving ahead with plans for former Mitchell-Lama property

Brooklyn Heights: Trees are making way for a four-story building in Brooklyn Heights, as work on a controversial development project near 20 Henry Street appears to be moving forward. Comment

Keep noise down: Neighbors slam ‘loud’ pub

Brooklyn Heights: St. Marks Place resident Marisol Sang can’t use her patio anymore, and she doesn’t dare open her windows. Comment

Get your tix here

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Council race more crowded

Brooklyn Heights: Ken Diamondstone jumped out of the frying pan just so he could step into a fire that won’t heat up for another few months. Comment

Connor confident of win: Incumbent ready to defend state Senate seat

Brooklyn Heights: When State Senator Martin Connor was endorsed by the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender political club, he was pleasantly surprised. Comment

Clinton Street brings the party outside

Brooklyn Heights: Sporting challenges, family frolics and more fanned the flame of friendship as residents gathered for block party festivities in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Click first, then get out there and get in the game

Brooklyn Heights: Now, even couch potatoes don’t have an excuse. Comment

Clean sweep for Prospect Park Tennis House

Brooklyn Heights: Burly Bruce Ratner has given Prospect Park the brush-off. Comment

Boon for Yards critics

Brooklyn Heights: Advocates supporting the creation of a new Atlantic Yards Trust and Stakeholders Council say that their proposal will remedy a long list of criticisms that have so far marked the massive downtown development project. Comment

Blue-and-yellow fever: Brooklyn shoppers flood new Ikea superstore

Brooklyn Heights: With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

Big chain Rx bungle: Attorney General slams Rite Aid drug stores

Brooklyn Heights: There’s something rotten going on at your local Rite Aid store. Comment

Area students dance their way to Lincoln Center

Twenty charter school students from Clinton Hill made their first visit to Lincoln Center a memorable one: by dancing on center stage. Part of the American Ballet Theatre’s “Make a Ballet” program, the students designed, choreographed, constructed, produced and performed their own original performance, “Cinderella and her Prince,” on stage at Lincoln Center. Comment
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Another grandfather takes pride

Bay News: Let me retract what I said in my previous column that going to pay respects cost nothing. It cost me a quarter of a tank full of gas at $4.17 a gallon for regular to make the visit. My grandchildren, for whom I wrote this column, and for whom I include all these family names for history, range in age from 1 to 8. Their generation is of huge flat screen TVs, computers, GPS navigation systems, handheld computer games, cell phones, Blackberries, iPods, hybrid cars, DVDS and, most likely, gasoline that will probably cost more than $5 a gallon by the time you’ve read this column. So here you find this grandfather’s gift to his grandchildren, a gift of their heritage, before everyone forgets the names of their relatives who preceded them. Comment

United Progressive Dems salute special eight

Bay News: Eight “outstanding” boroughites were hailed for contributing to the “betterment of their communities and fellow man” during an awards tribute, presented by the United Progressive Democratic Club. Comment

Twain on verge of teacher layoffs: Questions swirl around gifted & talented

Bay News: Parents are taking action to protect I.S. 239, the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. Comment

Top-notch policing

Bay News: Sounds like the police did a great job putting an end to student “cut day” on Manhattan Beach. Comment

Teens take ballroom dance challenge at Mckinley JHS

Bay News: Take your partners for the waltz, tango and fox trot, please. Comment

Ronald McDonald safe on 86th Street: CB11 backs renewal of McDonald’s drive-thru permit

Bay News: A lax developer and red-headed clown with a thing for hamburgers will probably continue to do business in Bensonhurst thanks to a couple of approvals from Community Board 11 this week. Comment

Kudos to custodians

Bay News: I am the parent of a former student at Public School 207, and am writing in response to the recent unsigned letter, “Not All Fun and Games.” Comment

Kids excel in the scientific method

Bay News: How activity influences memory, how chewing mints affect the mind and how silver kills killer organisms were unraveled by budding Einsteins during a science fair at FDR High School. Comment

Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial scholarships

Bay News: Sixteen local students have received a total of $30,000 in scholarships given in memory of a pair of community activists. Comment

Jobs that are never done

Bay News: To the letter writer of, “Not all fun and games,” I am a retired custodial worker, who worked in schools for over 25 years. Comment

Gripes fly at Golden town hall

Bay News: A gamut of complaints and community concerns was aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment

Grateful community

Bay News: Students cut schools for Brooklyn-Queens Day in Manhattan Beach, but thanks to the expertise and professionalism of Captain Mastrokostas and his staff of the 61 Precinct, it was just as peaceful as any other day. Comment

Get your cell phone VIN etched here

Bay News: A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment

Former Markowitz aide steps out: Yvonne Graham says she wants to be the next Brooklyn borough prez

Bay News: The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Endgame for St. Finbar School: Final class graduates with tears

Bay News: An era is coming to an end. Comment

Dyker grills DOB: Heights rips rep on building woes

Bay News: Residents of Dyker Heights questioned the Department of Buildings (DOB) Deputy Borough Commissioner of Operations about dilapidated buildings, vacant lots and unsafe scaffolding at the last Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting before the fall. Comment

Chew on this, Mike

Bay News: I read that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see energy taxed dramatically. Comment

Brighton Beach fiasco

Bay News: Re: Rezoning to Preserve and Save Brighton Beach). Comment

A storybook ending

Bay News: Thank you for the beautiful article on our storybook day, written by Helen Klein. Comment

Rent control meltdown: Tenants socked with another increase; system challenged

Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases, respectively Comment

One sad day: Contender for Vito’s seat dies of heart attack

Politics collided with the personal in a particularly devastating way, as Republicans in Brooklyn and Staten Island reeled from the latest disaster to befall them in the 13th Congressional District – the death of congressional candidate Frank Powers. Comment

Home-furnishing giant opens: Ikea comes to Red Hook; throngs wait in line for free sofa

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

‘Lt. Dan’ rocks troops

Award-winning actor and part-time rocker Gary Sinise and the “Lt. Dan Band” jammed for a standing-room-only crowd in the courtyard of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Comment

‘Goodstock’ this month

Now in its fourth year of providing non-denominational learning while promoting a modern approach to their ancient religion, the Institute of Living Judaism in Brooklyn will present “Goodstock,” June 22 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Very, very crafty

The creative and talented seniors who make up the “Heights and Hill Handicrafters” are busy. At holiday time, they donated all the hats, scarves, dolls and blankets they had spent the year […] Comment

The summit of cancer fight: BK native conquers Mt. Hood

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment

Teens take ballroom dance challenge at McKinley JHS

Take your partners for the waltz, tango and fox trot, please. Comment

Squadron chief finally heading home: Committed helicopter major extended his Iraq tour twice

Maj. Jiro McCoy, commander of Mi-17 multirole helicopter advisors for 770th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, is finally heading home to Fort Rucker, Ala., after voluntarily adding more than 18 months to what was supposed to be a six-month deployment. Comment

Recalling the past, praying for the future: Survivors gather and recount harrowing ordeal of the Holocaust

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment

Reading challenge

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. reminds children and families that the New York State Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Comment

Procession of the Blessed sacrament

Hundreds of St. Anselm RC Church parishioners, escorted by the 68th Precinct and led by Monsignor Michael Phillips, Father Martin Kull, and Father Michael Gelfant, processed throughout the streets of Bay Ridge carrying the Blessed Sacrament. Comment

Pray for an angel: Advocates lean on Golden to help save Green Church

For activists working to save Bay Ridge’s beloved Green Church, the question for a long time has been, “Where’s Marty?” Comment

Patrick Sullivan 9/11 Memorial Way debuts: Local residents applaud special 79th Street designation

Councilman Vincent J. Gentile was joined by family, friends and other elected officials for a street renaming ceremony in honor of Patrick Sullivan of Bay Ridge. Gentile had introduced legislation that was passed by the City Council to have the city’s Department of Transporta-tion rename 79th Street between Third and Fourth avenues, “Patrick Sullivan 9/11 Memorial Way.” Comment

Next generation of leaders: Mission to Dominican Republic inspires young church-goers

The Bay Ridge United Church hosted the youth group “LNG” — Leaders of the Next Generation — from Fort George Presbyterian Church in Washington Heights to hear of LNG’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic, which included a visit to Tu Puedes, a school being built near San Cristobel. Bay Ridge United has also visited Tu Puedes. Comment

Marty aide wants to be Beep: Yvonne Graham vies to become next Brooklyn Borough President

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment

Lookng for a better way to bank: Gentile urges financial institutions to enhance community outreach

In a new effort to spotlight the role of local banks in the revitalization of their local communities, City Councilman Vincent Gentile spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Bay Ridge branch of the Park Avenue Bank. Comment

Lights out for shady imaging center

The owners of a once-thriving chain of Brooklyn imaging clinics are being put out of the radiology business for good, the state attorney general announced this week. Comment

Jamaica Bay picked clean of wrecks: National Parks Service goes after derelict ocean vessels

Derelict boats foundering in Jamaica Bay have met their match: Operation Clean Bay. Comment

Hail to the exiting chief of Fort Hamilton

Trailblazing Fort Hamilton Army Base chief, Col. Tracey E. Nicholson was bid a fond farewell when the community feted her with a reception at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Guild for Exceptional Children awards

A packed room of supporters attended the Guild for Exceptional Children’s Community Appreciation Awards Luncheon, held at the non-profit agency’s main building, 260 68th Street. Comment

Gripes fly fast & furious at town hall

A gamut of complaints and community concerns was aired as State Senator Marty Golden held a special town hall for his constituents in Bensonhurst. Comment

Grid’s ‘power of action’

To honor National Grid employees who serve in the armed forces, National Grid employee and Iraq War Veteran Panaupio Louis threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea Stadium when the New York Mets played against Los Angeles Dodgers. Comment

Greenway benefit

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold its Third Annual benefit — “New Views: Connecting Brooklyn’s Waterfront” — supporting the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 25. Comment

Greening the ridge

The environment will take center stage as Bay Ridge debuts its first annual Greening the Ridge Festival on the 69th Street Veterans Memorial Pier. Comment

Good health inspires scribes

In celebration of Lutheran HealthCare’s 125th anniversary and to generate awareness among Brooklyn’s youth about the importance of good health, Lutheran held a unique essay contest: “What Does Good Health Mean to Me?” Comment

Fossella leaves rocked Republicans in primary pickle: Staten Island doc makes bid for GOP nomination

Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more convoluted, the race to succeed Representative Vito Fossella has taken another unexpected turn. Comment

Family support

The largest annual gathering of individuals, families, advocates, agencies, and friends of individuals with developmental disabilities in Brooklyn is scheduled for June 24. Comment

Dyker Heights confronts DOB: Residents detail litany of woes plaguing the community

Residents of Dyker Heights questioned the Department of Buildings (DOB) Deputy Borough Commissioner of Operations about dilapidated buildings, vacant lots and unsafe scaffolding at the last Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting before the fall. Comment

Doorman unlocks millions: Blue-collar guy becomes a millionaire at mini-mart

Richard ‘Sonny’ Randazzo isn’t just one in a million—he’s one in 6.3 million. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

With the economy in the toilet, gas prices soaring and the dollar getting whipped around the globe, now is a good time become a bit more discerning with your money. If you’ve never been a comparison shopper before, now is a perfect time to start. The Consumer Corner is here to help you on your way. Comment

Caught in the big squeeze, many seek answers: Borough’s quality of life suffers as condo boom continues unabated

The high rate of foreclosures, the shrinking number of affordable rentals and predatory lending were all covered in a recent forum on housing in Brooklyn. Comment

Captain enlists with ‘Army Wives’

The road to Hollywood is rarely paved with combat boots and camouflage, but a Hollywood of sorts is exactly where one soldier landed. Comment

Budget showdown: Cut too deeply, pols vow to oppose mayor

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment

Brooklyn’s own state of emergency

Almost half of all emergency building declarations issued in New York City over the past year were made in Brooklyn, a recent study revealed. Comment

Bill Guarinello: over and out

A visibly appalled Bill Guarinello announced his resignation from Victory Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees last week, predicting a dire situation in the months ahead. Comment

Big leaguers step up to the plate

The Heroes of the Diamond Tour brought four retired Major League Baseball players to visit service-members at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Comment

Bid to pull off food co-op coup: Bay Ridge residents respond to Key Food supermarket exit

Instead of waiting on the sidelines for a new outlet to open in supermarket-starved Bay Ridge, a group of residents has taken the grocery shortage into its own hands, by taking steps to form a food co-op. Comment

Beep takes a shine to poets

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment

Bandit unmasked

A bank robber whose disguises were far from masterful was arrested recently when cops from the 68th Precinct saw right through the alleged thief’s thick sunglasses and flimsy stick-on beard. Comment

A Woman of Distinction: Activist Aida Y. Nicolaou awarded special honor

State Senator Marty Golden named Bay Ridge resident and activist Aida Y. Nicolaou a 2008 “New York State Senate Woman of Distinction,” recognizing “Aida’s outstanding work on behalf of our community” during a ceremony in Albany. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Free-wheeling stabbing Comment

Winthrop’s real winner: Teacher wins Siemens Science Award for outstanding work

Flatbush: An award-winning teacher works at the East Flatbush Community Research School. Comment

Top cop recovers .357 magnum following shooting

Flatbush: A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment

The farm comes to Flatbush: Fresh greenmarket produce being sold on local streets

Flatbush: The greening of Flatbush is well underway. Comment

Teens try on police brass for size: Kid commissioners see what it’s like being a big city crime-buster

Flatbush: The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment

Student artists in the winner’s circle

Flatbush: The Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) and the Avenue J Board of Trade announced the winners of its 12th Annual Students Art Show. Comment

Merchants eager to welcome MTV neighbors

Flatbush: “The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment

Making beautiful music together At P.S. 219

Flatbush: Assemblyman Nick Perry recently visited PS 219-The Kennedy-King School and was welcomed by Principal Winsome Smith, Music Teacher Anthony N. Lucas, UFT Representative Ellen Mandleberger, and students from classes 4-404 and 3-316 in their new high-tech music classroom. Comment

$1,000 makes for a good read at P.S. 249

Flatbush: Literacy is the good word for members of the Newkirk Area Neighborhood Association, who take Public School 249 students on a tale-telling journey to promote the love of reading after donating $1,000’s worth of books to the Flatbush school, 18 Marlborough Road Comment

Long Island College Hospital marks 150th b’day

Flatbush: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment

Junior’s smoking essay earns class a trip to ‘Bodies’

Flatbush: Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment

DOE school squeeze play: Funding being cut from your kid’s education

Flatbush: Schools in Canarsie and Flatbush will lose thousands of dollars this September. Comment

D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks: Real estate scammers face 25 years in prison

Flatbush: In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment

Congestion sticks in Flabush’s craw

Flatbush: Residents of Flatbush joined with representatives of the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the omnipresent congestion on Church Avenue. Comment

Chess wiz puts marty in check

Flatbush: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Comment

Capt. vows to keep residents in the loop

Flatbush: With serious felony crime statistically flat for the year, the new commanding officer of the 70th Precinct vowed last week to keep local residents in the loop regarding crime trends. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Free-wheeling stabbing Comment

New traffic signals coming

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment
GUEST OP-ED

‘How can a church help solve the world’s water problems?’

Bay News: How does a church in Brooklyn, New York get connected to a mission school in Najayo near San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic through Trenton, New Jersey and Louisville, Kentucky? This article will tell how one Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA)/Reformed Church in America (RCA) accomplished it. Comment

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