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Surging Cyclones sweep Vermont

Cyclones: It took 14 innings, but the Cyclones are now over .500 — thanks to a heroic win over the Vermont Lake Monsters. Comment
Newly crowned Miss New York Leigh-Taylor Smith silences her critics with a big admission: She’s 100 percent real. Comments (7)

Hasta la vista, babies

Cobble Hill: Cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital wants to close its popular, but costly, maternity department and will sell off additional property to reduce its deficit and pay down a $170-million debt. Comments (1)

Pork store gets smoked

Pork store gets smoked

Park Slope: You can say this pork is well-done. Comments (1)

Flea market meeting gets heated

Fort Greene: Shoppers and merchants rallied last weekend in support of a popular flea market against criticism that the weekly bazaar has become a nuisance for neighboring residents and churchgoers. Comment

Classic ‘Frock’

Classic ‘Frock’

Shopping: It’s August and the heat and humidity are still on the rise. But for Lexi Sacchi, the buyer for Frock, a new vintage boutique in Park Slope, it’s almost time to break out the winter threads. Comment

Heights elementary school to grow — could middle school be next?

Brooklyn Heights: A city plan to build an annex at an increasingly popular Brooklyn Heights elementary school had local power brokers and parents excited that, for the first time, there is clear city support of a new middle school in the district. Comments (1)
Park Slope: The discovery of the dead body of a homeless man inside Prospect Park early on Wednesday is being investigated as a homicide, cops said. Comment

Three cheers

Nightlife: Even though The Trophy Bar in Williamsburg has only been open for three months, it already has the feel of an established neighborhood watering hole. Comment
Greenpoint: Seven months after his death, actor and former Brooklynite Heath Ledger will still have one more new project: a Greenpoint bar. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comments (1)

A ‘path’ to safety

A ‘path’ to safety

Windsor Terrace: Prospect Park’s bridle path got some much-needed grooming on Tuesday — a long-overdue Band-Aid for what some horse owners say is an equine booby trap. Comments (2)

G is a broke down, dirty train

Carroll Gardens: The G train still stinks, a new report shows. Insert sarcastic joke here. Comments (1)

What a drag for Ridge bank

What a drag for Ridge bank

Bay Ridge: A Sovereign Bank on Fifth Avenue was robbed by a man in full female regalia — including fake boobs! Comments (4)

GOP pol has a lot of promises

Bay Ridge: In an early swipe at an opponent in the race to succeed scandal-ridden Rep. Vito Fossella, former Republican Assemblyman Robert Straniere assailed Councilman Mike McMahon as a tax-and-spend Democrat, one of the oldest curses in an old political book. Comment

Get on board

Fitness: Starting Aug. 2, you’ll get the chance to explore the East River on a kayak or rowboat — no experience necessary. Comment

An Rx for the Slope

An Rx for the Slope

Parenting: They say a spoonful of sugar will help the medicine go down, but when that won’t work, Park Slope parents can turn to KidsRx. Comment

The empty nesters of Park Slope

Smartmom: Sleepaway camp has really changed since the days Smartmom was a camper at various northeastern summer getaways. Comment

The MTA’s un-fare-ness

Editorial: Our editorial board slams the MTA for a lack of common sense in the latest Metrocard snafu. Comment

Reel people

Art: Our coastal borough hasn’t lost all traces of its maritime ways, as photographer Christian Johnston and writer Shamar Hill reveal in their exhibition “Fishermen of Sheepshead Bay,” on display now at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene. Comment

Powell tells Hasids: “I’ll bring home the bacon”

Congressional hopeful Kevin Powell promised constituents that he would “bring home the bacon” if he wins a House seat — but unfortunately he was speaking before Hasidic community leaders who all keep Kosher. Comments (11)

‘Best Painting’

Books: When art writers Deanna MacDonald and Geoff Smith set out to write their book, “100 Best paintings in New York,” they knew from the get-go that our borough would be a great place to visit. Comment

Builder: I was too nice

Carroll Gardens: Add this to the “no good deed goes unpunished” category: A developer of a controversial condo project says his building is stalled because he was so responsive to neighborhood complaints that the city had time to implement the very zoning changes that made his previously legal project suddenly illegal. Comments (1)

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Artful spreads

Artful spreads

Art: A group of Brooklyn quilters are redefining the way we think of the folksy blankets with their latest show, “Stitch by Stitch: Works in Fabric,” on display now at Brooklyn College. Comments (4)

He’s got a problem with those who don’t want to ‘Flea’

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters about the suddenly controversial flea market in Fort Greene, The Paper’s coverage of the Red Hook vendors, Ed Shakespeare’s great Cyclones columns and the thef of our editor’s bike. Comment

The Kitchen Sink

All the bric-a-brac, potpourri, gossip, rumor and tidbits from your neighborhood! Comment
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Family calendar

Parenting: Our local kid-friendly event listings. Comment

Downtown goes to the dogs

Downtown goes to the dogs

Downtown: Downtown is dealing with an unlikely problem — a growing dog population. And the new wave of residents is asking for relief. Comments (5)

Busy chef closes! Co-owner’s arrest led to demise

Brooklyn Heights: The disgraced Busy Chef restaurant empire has closed amid a criminal investigation into former partner Dan Kaufman, who is accused of swindling $25,000 from customers’ credit card numbers. Comments (10)

New York Crimes — solved!

Cops say they have arrested a man who may have been stealing weekend editions of the New York Times from front stoops in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Park Slope since the fall. Comment

Pols on park repairs: Wait til next year!

Windsor Terrace: Twenty angry parents let two City Councilmembers have it on Tuesday afternoon, accusing the lawmakers of breaking their promise to renovate an outdated, unattractive and unsafe Windsor Terrace playground. Comment

84th Precinct CO gets promotion

Brooklyn Heights: Crime rates have plummeted so dramatically in the 84th Precinct that its Brooklyn-born commanding officer just got promoted. Comment

Can you help find Mushkah?

Park Slope: All of the South Slope is trying to help find this lost cat. Comments (1)

A ‘Bonnie’ good time! Youth squad heads to World Series

Park Slope: A group of pre-teen sluggers is going from Park Slope to Puerto Rico this week in search of baseball immortality. Comments (3)
Bridge ‘Park’: Demolition teams have made short work of the iconic Purchase Building beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to clear space for a piazza that will be part of the controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park project. Comment

Cyclones win a must-win game

Cyclones: The Cyclones needed a win over their hated cross-Harbor rivals — and got it. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: Heights Books, says it hopes to reopen in a new Heights location after it is forced to move from its Montague Street home Comment

A ‘Flea’ for all?

Fort Greene: Shoppers and merchants rallied in support of a popular flea market against criticism that the weekly bazaar has become a nuisance for neighboring residents and churchgoers. Comments (1)

Club: Don’t blame us, blame our customers

Greenpoint: Greenpoint residents are demanding action against a Banker Street disco, but club reps say the venue isn’t at fault — its patrons are. Comments (2)

Grimaldi’s tax back into good graces

DUMBO: New details — and charges — have emerged about the state’s five-hour shutdown of Grimaldi’s last week over unpaid taxes: the pizzeria owed as much as $165,000. Comments (1)

Hasids to Powell: Jew have our support

Politics: Congressional upstart Kevin Powell is already a vegan, but an endorsement tonight might make the House hopeful consider keeping Kosher. Comments (23)
Vinegar Hill: We invited a member of each side of the Admirals Row debate to hash it out, head to head. It’s a smackdown, baby! Comment
Cyclones: The surging Cyclones had a real chance to do some damage against the first-place Staten Island Yankees, but couldn’t rise to the occasion, dropping two of three — with the last game of the four-game series tonight in Staten Island. Comment
Bay Ridge: The city shot down preliminary plans for a residential building at the site of Fourth Avenue’s soon-to-be-demolished “Green Church” — but the rejection didn’t deter church officials and builders from their controversial plan to level the 109-year-old house of worship to construct condos and a smaller church. Comments (5)

Coney comes alive! Frampton will play on July 31

Music: Do you — you! — feel like we do? You should, because legendary guitarist Peter Frampton will play a free concert on Thursday, July 31 in Coney Island. Comment

Flea market meeting gets heated

Fort Greene: Opponents and organizers of a popular, new flea market met in a heated, ethnically charged summit last night that ended without any solutions to the chasm that separates the sides. Comment

Kevin on the couch

Politicrasher: Is running for Congress the new therapy? Comments (8)
Park Slope: For South Slope coffee drinkers, the glass isn’t half empty — it’s totally gone. Comments (6)

Cyclones slay Monsters — Could this team be turning it around?

Cyclones: The Cyclones have won two in a row. Comment

Same old, same old at the polls: Few fresh faces for voters next time out

Canarsie: It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

Search for Wyckoff descendants is on

Canarsie: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum at 5816 Clarendon Road is searching for descendants of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff and Gretje Van Ness Wyckoff, who established the farmhouse in 1652. Comment

She’s the heart of Brooklyn

Canarsie: Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), a partnership of six leading cultural institutions in central Brooklyn, welcomes Carol Enseki as its newest board president. Enseki is a founding Heart of Brooklyn board member, and the long-standing president of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Mark’s Avenue. Comment

Strong push back against discriminatory lending practices

Canarsie: New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. joined the NAACP Brooklyn Branch, elected officials, clergies, advocates, and homeowners recently as they gathered on the steps of City Hall to highlight the issue of discriminatory lending practices by the mortgage industry and to support the lawsuit filed by the NAACP against 14 of the country’s largest lenders. Comment

Thursday night concerts at the pier

Canarsie: Gateway National Recreation Area is sponsoring a series of weekly Thursday night concerts at the park’s Canarsie Pier site at 6:30 p.m., now to August 28. Comment

Rx for successful careers in medicine

Canarsie: Brooklyn College is nurturing some of the brightest minds in the borough. Comment

Stars come out for softball challenge

Canarsie: Wanna play ball in Coney? Comment

New historic landmark district forming

Canarsie: The Landmarks Preservation Commission will “calendar” the Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step toward protecting one of Brooklyn’s finest — and most endangered — historic neighborhoods. Comment

Messy Seaview avenue median gets a top-notch cleanup

Canarsie: After receiving several complaints from South Canarsie residents concerning the condition of the median along Seaview Avenue, Assemblyman Alan Maisel contacted Brooklyn Parks officials to ask for a cleanup. Comment

Youths pitch in for local cleanup

Canarsie: Millennium Development just kicked off a Youth Leadership Summer Program, serving youth ages 11-14, which enables campers to participate in community involvement projects. Comment

Miss Brooklyn wins: Beauty vying to become Miss America

Canarsie: While the newly crowned Miss New York, via Miss Brooklyn, may not actually be from the borough, she has planted some roots here and expressed gratitude for being allowed to represent Brooklyn. Comment

Move over batman, lifesavers go hi-tech

Canarsie: Lutheran Medical Center officially launched into service its latest high tech ambulance units at a special unveiling ceremony attended by EMS workers and members of Lutheran’s executive staff. Comment

On the fast track to Sundance: Brooklyn ‘Tunnel’ film garners more buzz

Canarsie: A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Medical community challenged to save Jewel

Canarsie: You wouldn’t think anything was wrong with little Jewel Sulker when you first meet her, but her mother and a state senator have been desperately scrambling to save her life. Comment

Praise from the TOP: Parker gives boost to tabernacle

Canarsie: State Senator Kevin Parker presented a check for $100,000 at the Tabernacle Of Praise to support the (TOP) Tabernacle Of Praise Development Corporation, a non-profit organization committed to assisting members of the Flatbush and East Flatbush community by addressing the population’s needs through advocacy, programs, services and community partnerships. Comment

Consumers’ Corner

Williamsburg: Hey, there’s no reason why you should have to head out on your next shopping safari alone. It can be a jungle out there, so why not bring your pals at the Consumer Corner along to help out. Just take a few minutes to read the space here and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Comment

Panthers stay hungry: Talented squad hosts college showcase at Wagner

As one more college showcase remains on their schedule, the New York Panthers’ fast pitch softball team is preparing to wind down their sizzling summer season. Comment

Next stop: the Olympics: Gleason’s Gym sends top boxers to world stage

Legendary Gleason’s Gym was where ring titans from the United States Olympic Boxing Team tweaked their jabs, refined their upper cuts and added polish to their punches before departing for Beijing on July 21. Comment

Player of the Week: Jordan Abruzzo rules the plate

This past week catcher Jordan Abruzzo was by far the “Player of the Week” for the Brooklyn Cyclones. In his eight games since being sent to Brooklyn to play with the Cyclones, Abruzzo is batting a solid .321, with nine hits in 28 at bats including two doubles, a home run and four RBI’s. Comment

Spending time in the cellar: Brooklyn goes from first to worst in 2008

A season that began with high hopes has found the Brooklyn Cyclones scuttling in mediocrity, with a 14-18 record as of Monday. Comment

Local church adopts navy chaplain

Canarsie: The Bay Ridge United Church of Bay Ridge has adopted another chaplain under the Adopt-A-Chaplain Program. The church has been involved in Adopt-A-Chaplain with Chaplain 1LT Virginia Emery who was in Iraq but has returned to the states. Comment

Gavel to Gavel: What’s on the court calender

Williamsburg: Who works for who? Comment

Joe Torre kids become champs

With an emphatic 17-2 victory over Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Inner City Little League last Thursday, the Joe Torre East Highway Little League took home the Brooklyn championship for the “Majors” division (ages 10-12). Comment

Graduating with honors: Nazareth, Xaverian standouts cap off stellar careers

Len Smith of Nazareth Regional and Dominick Scavelli of Xaverian took some major special awards to climax and officially end their high school careers. Comment

Battle for the night: Cops to meet with club owners

Flatbush: Cops from the 67th Precinct have started a new dance with East Flatbush club owners. Comment

Ave. D merchants: We want more cops

Flatbush: If they want to see more of the green that comes from happy, secure customers, Avenue D merchants feel they should see more NYPD blue first. Comment

Educrats seek input on spending

Kings Courier: Parents: you can tell the city Department of Education (DOE) how to spend $63 million. Comment

Battling biceps, fighting forearms

The Astella Development Corporation and New York Arm Wrestling Association will joined forces to present the 26th Annual Kingsboro Arm Wrestling Championships in conjunction with the 18th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest, July 26 at 12 p.m. the Coney Island boardwalk between West 10th and 12th streets in front of Astroland Amusement Park. Comment

Exile from Brooklyn: John Servidio back from purgatory

To get a more intimate glimpse into the world of minor league baseball, Courier-Life has been following the season of Cyclones right fielder John Servidio, a recent 26th round draft pick out of Barry University in Miami. Comment

Brooklyn Aces hit the ice

For the last eight seasons Brooklyn has belonged to pro baseball. Comment

Police Blotter

Canarsie: Welcome to Canarsie Comment

Hatin’ on de Blasio endorsements: Political rivals take issue with Bill’s congressional supporters

Canarsie: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Teens help spread literacy

Bay News: “Teens Teach Reading” at St. Edmund Preparatory High School, moderated by Joan Kowkabany, and which encourages children to read and write, instituted a new project this year. Comment

‘Crown’ street festival

Bay News: Crown Ministries International Church will host its annual community street fair, the “Crown Festival,” August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Glenwood Road between East 104th & East 105th streets. Comment

Summer Fun supercedes traffic on 84th Street

Bay News: Bensonhurst homeowners rose to the command with gusto during a block party along 84th Street. Comment

Saint Clare debut: New home for women on Ave. T

Bay News: A home for women with “personal troubles” will open inside a vacant convent across the street from a Gravesend church, this paper has learned. Comment

Orlando theme for Coney: Zigun’s formula for success is sheer ‘fantasy’

Bay News: Rebuild the Thunderbolt roller coaster and invite the Big Apple Circus to establish a new home inside the Shore Theater. Comment

‘Mayor Marty’ up in the polls: Borough prez ranks high among voters

Bay News: “Mayor Marty” continues to have a nice ring to it with city voters, according to the latest poll related to the 2009 mayoral race. Comment

Youths make summer special for seniors

Bay News: Golden revels were on the social calendar for seniors at Holy Family Nursing Home, who celebrated the lazy, hazy days of summer with an outdoor party. Comment

Graffiti-busting fleet rolls out

On a sultry July day, passersby sauntering in the vicinity of Third Avenue and 76th Street might have noticed something a bit unusual — a fleet of slightly humpback trucks, each emblazoned with the Graffiti Free NYC logo — parked curbside, as a group of workers, clad in orange, milled about. Comment

Prayer for justice: Murdered couple laid to rest

Kings Courier: Friends and family members of Marine Park divorce attorney Mark Schwartz and his wife Christine Petrowski-Schwartz prayed for justice Sunday as detectives continued to pour over evidence that may lead them to the killer who took their lives. Comment

Brooklyn storage company is evicted: Clients are urged to collect their belongings before they’re lost forever

Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

Brooklyn hunger pangs by the numbers

Shirley Fineman, executive director for the Bensonhurst Council of Jewish Organizations, doesn’t need to look far to know that Brooklyn residents’ bottom line is getting thinner. Comment

Zigun faces a tough sell

Bay News: Resurrecting the Thunderbolt roller coaster and pitching a permanent “big top tent” for the Big Apple Circus in Coney Island sound like intriguing ideas, but it looks like it’s going to take more than a little magic to make them a reality. Comment

New historic landmark in the making

Bay News: The Landmarks Preservation Commission will “calendar” the Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step toward protecting one of Brooklyn’s finest — and most endangered — historic neighborhoods. Comment

New director for ‘Bethlehem’

Bay News: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the founder and sponsor of the Bay Ridge Center for Community Service, has hired a new executive director. Comment

Battered banner is replaced

Bay News: The United States Postal Service replaced the bedraggled American flag drooping outside its retail station in Sheepshead Bay — and will be reviewing all its flags across the borough, following inquiries by this newspaper. Comment

Blind eye in Manhattan Beach: NYC Transit is cool with Oriental Boulevard’s hot summer rush

Bay News: Manhattan Beach residents complain that overcrowding is making waiting for a bus on Oriental Boulevard a dangerous game. Comment

Bad timing on Bay streets, say seniors

Bay News: Seniors living in and around the Warbasse Houses went toe-to-toe this week with New York City Department of Transportation brass demanding the city reverse new changes made in their community. Comment

American Dream scholarships

Bay News: Commerce Bank announced the recipients of its annual American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $1,000 to local graduating seniors who achieve both academic excellence and serve the community. Comment

Adopt-A-Chaplain: Local church welcomes Yolanda Gillen

Bay News: The Bay Ridge United Church of Bay Ridge has adopted another chaplain under the Adopt-A-Chaplain Program. The church has been involved in Adopt-A-Chaplain with Chaplain 1LT Virginia Emery who was in Iraq but has returned to the states. Comment

Borough Hall rolls: Bicycles added to staff’s transportation fleet

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Transportation Alternatives to unveil Brooklyn Borough Hall’s new environmentally-friendly bicycle program. Comment

B’hurst man charged with sex attack

Bay News: A 31-year-old man forever scarred a 14-year-old boy and smeared the good name of peace officers everywhere in a sex abuse attack, investigators said. Comment

Local kids help plan park

Bay News: Now the kids are getting into the act. Comment

Millions for new bandshell

Bay News: Borough President Marty Markowitz brought home nearly $90 million worth of bacon in capital funding from the fiscal year 2009 city budget, according to Borough Hall documents. Comment

Kids take back Polar Street from cars

Bay News: Mom, dad and the kids bonded with neighbors over simple pleasures as Coney Island sizzled with block party fever. Comment

Foes take jabs at de Blasio: Criticize candidate’s congressional endorsements

Bay News: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Express run all the way to Sundance: ‘Tunnel’ film gaining buzz

Bay News: A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Robert Straniere: ‘No shot in hell’: Grand Old Party’s congressional woes continue with latest hopeful

In the days to come, Republican Congressional candidate Robert Straniere will be hitting the streets of Brooklyn. Comment

Coney Island career opportunity fair

Bay News: The Coney Island Career Opportunities Fair will be held August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Keyspan Park, 1901 Surf Avenue near West 19th Street. Comment

Community health fair

Canarsie: New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a community health fair and blood drive, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brooklyn College Student Center, East 27th Street and Campus Road. Comment

DOE hearings on $63 million pot of gold

Canarsie: Parents: you can tell the city Department of Education (DOE) how to spend $63 million. Comment

Challenge to mayoral control

Canarsie: Brooklyn parents are forming a citywide coalition to examine mayoral control. Comment

Cancer survivors celebrate life

Canarsie: More than 350 cancer survivors, their family members, friends, and New York Methodist Hospital staff members gathered together to collectively celebrate the courage that the hospital’s patients display while overcoming the disease during Cancer Survivors Day. Comment

Brooklyn storage company evicted: Clients urged to collect their belongings before time runs out

Canarsie: Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

Down on the BK fish farm: Borough’s own ‘Aquaman’ raises a fin-tastic new crop

Canarsie: How does sautéed tilapia with a side of grilled zucchini served on a bed of fresh Bibb lettuce and arugula sound? Imagine then that it was all grown organically and purchased locally right here in Brooklyn. Sounds tasty, right? So tasty, you wouldn’t even know the secret ingredient is fish poop. Comment

Events at the BPL

Canarsie: The summer may be coming to an end but the excitement has only just begun at Brooklyn Public Library. There are tons of activities, programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public. Comment

Same old, same old at polls: Voters bound to meet a dearth of fresh faces

It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

From dump to eden: Close-up look at new parkland

Canarsie: Once known for their putrid odors, the former Fountain and Pennsylvania landfills are being transformed into a lush greenery with birds and butterflies fluttering on bluffs overlooking Jamaica Bay. Comment

Free ballroom dance instruction

Canarsie: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction for youngsters and seniors in its popular inter-generational dance classes at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment

Free aquarium admission

Canarsie: The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment

Financial break for returning vets

Canarsie: City employees called to serve in Afghanistan or Iraq will now receive a little more financial security thanks to a recently signed state law. Comment

Brooklyn hunger pangs by the numbers: Latest statistics track demand put on borough’s emergency food pantries

Canarsie: Shirley Fineman, executive director for the Bensonhurst Council of Jewish Organizations, doesn’t need to look far to know that Brooklyn residents’ bottom line is getting thinner. Comment

Fighting back against Chernobyl’s legacy

Canarsie: The Kings Bay YM-YWHA opened its doors to Project Chernobyl, the funding for which was spearheaded by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and which enabled 15 victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster potentially in risk of thyroid cancer to undergo medical screening. Comment

A heaven-sent appointment in Brooklyn: Bethlehem Lutheran Church hires new executive director

Canarsie: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the founder and sponsor of the Bay Ridge Center for Community Service, has hired a new executive director. Comment

Aid for disaster victims

Canarsie: During a ceremony at the Pacificana Restaurant, 813 55th Street, Assemblyman Bill Colton, together with Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and state Senator Martin Golden, congratulated neighborhood groups for raising more than $72,000 for victims of the massive May earthquake in China. Comment

A better way to commute: NY Methodist Hospital honored as a true ‘Innovator’

Canarsie: New York Methodist Hospital won a 2008 Regional Commuter Choice Innovator Award for providing commuter benefit programs that encourage employees to use environmentally friendly means of transportation like carpooling, vanpooling, and mass transit. Comment

Taking a bite outta crime: ‘National Night Out’ returns for another year

Residents from across the borough are about to mark the longest-running war in the nation’s history. Comment

Tell the DOE how to spend $63M: Series of public hearings to begin

Parents: you can tell the city Department of Education (DOE) how to spend $63 million. Comment

Brookdale ‘sickle’ grant

Canarsie: A leader in education, outreach, treatment and patient support, Brookdale University Hospital’s multidisciplinary sickle cell disease program is one of 17 programs in the country to have received a much contended grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Comment

Annual ‘Crown’ festival

Canarsie: Crown Ministries International Church will host its annual community street fair, the “Crown Festival,” August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Glenwood Road between East 104th & East 105th streets. Comment

A greener way for borough hall to commute

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Transportation Alternatives to unveil Brooklyn Borough Hall’s new environmentally-friendly bicycle program. Comment

BK home sales plummet: Sale price of residences decline as well, report finds

Canarsie: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Blood drive saves lives: City has urgent need now

Canarsie: Democratic Councilman Simcha Felder blood drive sponsored by Bikur Cholim Borough Park. The New York Blood Center has reported a blood shortage in Greater New York and an urgent need for blood donations. This blood drive collected 96 pints of much needed blood for the New York area. Comment
BOFFO IN BROOKLYN

tkts outlet opens

Canarsie: Broadway and Off-Broadway lovers can now get their discounts right here in Brooklyn without any of the crowds and elbow-shoving of Manhattan. Comment

Bishop Kearney H.S. sports awards: Winning teams are hailed before proud crowd of family and friends

Canarsie: This year, Bishop Kearney High School’s Sports Awards Dinner was a very special event, honoring winning teams and winning players. More than 300 parents, coaches and members of Kearney’s administration gathered at the Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street, to congratulate all those who had taken part in the year’s activities. Comment

Audit is hard on DEP: Agency lax on hospital collections, investigation finds

Canarsie: The city’s method for billing private hospitals for water use is headed for the ER unless steps are taken to resuscitate it soon, an audit released this week concluded. Comment

Storytime

Brooklyn Paper: Come to the Hoyt Street Association’s free “Stories in the Garden” series, every Tuesday at 7 p.m., now to July 29 at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Sweeter sweeping: New rules, signs in effect

Brooklyn Paper: The alternate side of the street shuffle began anew this week in Park Slope, as a two-month suspension of parking regulations came to an end. Comment

Victory for Latino food vendors: Food stand favorites pass city inspections; customers hungry for return

Brooklyn Paper: Authentic Latin American fare will finally return to Red Hook this week or next — but it might cost you a bit more to enjoy it. Comment

Summer’s cooler inside the library: Events and programs for the entire family to come and enjoy

Brooklyn Paper: The summer may be half over but the excitement has only just begun at Brooklyn Public Library. There are tons of activities, programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public. Comment

Another fan favorite

Letters: Editor’s Note: Shavana Abruzzo is not Jewish. Comment

Simple politics of fear

Letters: The only title worthy of Shavana Abruzzo’s recent column (Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties”) would have been “Guilt By Association On Steroids.” Comment

Still time for these summer kids programs

Brooklyn Paper: Shockingly, the summer is half over. But for Windsor Terrace youngsters ages 4-6, it’s not too late to take advantage of two free programs designed to foster appreciation of their neighborhood and natural environment. Comment

Bad, bad Bwana

Letters: Editor’s Note: The following letters are in response to “Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties,” by Shavana Abruzzo’s “A Britisher’s View,” 7-3 issue. Comment

BK attorneys reel after budget cuts: Legal service organizations fear the coming

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s non-profit attorneys expressed shock and disappointment upon hearing news that the newly passed $59.1 billion New York City budget will include cuts that will hinder legal service organizations from providing counsel to Brooklyn’s most vulnerable populations. Comment

And yet another

Letters: The desperation that Shavana Abruzzo and people that share her mindset now feel is palpable. Comment

Pork store feels the pinch: A&S looks for new digs as Fifth Avenue rents skyrocket

Brooklyn Paper: Skyrocketing rents are causing a Park Slope staple to pack up and move on. Comment

Mum on ‘Straight Pride’

Brooklyn Paper: Organizers aren’t being straight up about their straight pride parade. Comment

More voter prefer Marty: ‘Mayor’ Markowitz ahead in Quinnipiac poll

Brooklyn Paper: “Mayor Marty” continues to have a nice ring to it with city voters, according to the latest poll related to the 2009 mayoral race. Comment

BK housing services award their best: Tenant advocacy group honors those who fight the good fight in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Housing and Family Services, the 37-year-old non-profit tenant advocacy organization, held its annual awards dinner recently. Comment

Lower sex drive

Brooklyn Paper: One issue that often is overlooked is the importance of sexual intimacy. It may be surprising to know that approximately 40 million American women suffer from some type of sexual disorder — the most common being Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), sometimes referred to as low sex drive. Comment

Playmates make Coney Island hotter

Brooklyn Paper: They’re always playful and oftentimes amusing – so Coney Island was a no-brainer for them. Comment

Prospect Heights making ‘history’: Neighborhood moves closer to official landmark designation

Brooklyn Paper: The Landmarks Preservation Commission will “calendar” the Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step toward protecting one of Brooklyn’s finest — and most endangered — historic neighborhoods. Comment

School fair

Brooklyn Paper: Parents and students interested in attending a brand new middle, high or transfer school in September are invited to attend “The New School Information Fair,” presented by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the NYC Department of Education. Comment

Same old, same old at the polls

Brooklyn Paper: It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

Residential sales plummet

Brooklyn Paper: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Small business workshops

Brooklyn Paper: The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center, Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, and Capital One Bank present a free workshop for new small businesses and entrepreneurs. Comment

Storefront eyesore: CB 1 calls for action at vacant sites near public housing

Williamsburg: In a neighborhood whose real estate has become highly prized in recent years, it is somewhat curious to observe the vacant storefronts surrounding the Williamsburg Houses, the 20-building, 1,628 unit New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing development stretching from Leonard Street to Bushwick Avenue between Maujer and Scholes streets. Comment

Towering Giglio rises high over bklyn once more

Williamsburg: Last Sunday, as Festival Capo Phil Manna shouted a series of commands in Italian, 120 men braced themselves and lifted the three-ton, 65-foot Giglio tower off the ground to the roaring approval of a crowd of 12,000 people assembled in Williamsburg’s streets. Comment

Third time’s the charm: Councilman Yassky to reintroduce stalled bike bill

Williamsburg: City Councilmember David Yassky is redoubling his efforts to push a bill requiring office buildings to accommodate bicycle parking for employees. Comment

The elderly and the fresh-faced, living together: Home sharing program helps match young and old

Williamsburg: 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

Tunnel maven sets eyes on small screen: Top cable producers court Bob Diamond, who gives tours under Atlantic Avenue

Williamsburg: A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

‘Moore’ to come from street market

Williamsburg: It appears as if the Moore Street Market (aka “La Marqueta de Williamsburg”), the venerable fresh-produce market that has fallen on hard times in recent years, will not close any time soon. Comment

Life, law and teens

Brooklyn Paper: Blacks and Jews in Conversation, Inc. and The Red Hook Community Justice will sponsor the judicial panel, “Youth Courts Workshop, Against Crime: Judges Share Lessons on Life and Law with Brooklyn’s Teens,” July 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, 88-94 Visitation Place. Comment

‘The Girls Next Store’ hit the town: Playboy Bunnies strut their stuff on Coney’s boardwalk & get an official welcome

Williamsburg: They’re always playful and oftentimes amusing – so Coney Island was a no-brainer for them. Comment

‘Straight Pride’ parade planners silent: LGBT community unsuccessful in reaching out to TCOOO record label

Williamsburg: Organizers aren’t being straight up about their straight pride parade. Comment

Public schools in the money: City Council awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to BK institutions

Williamsburg: Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Property sales drop in BK, sez study: But Greenpoint & Williamsburg see increase compared to same time last year

Williamsburg: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Early bird gets backlash: Pols call de Blasio beep endorsements ‘premature’

Williamsburg: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Center for nursing celebrates 30 years of caring in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

New works all in the name of art: A new graffiti store, a one-man show and ‘trash art’ dominate the weekend scene

Williamsburg: Williamsburg Every Second was back in all its glory this weekend, but luckily for me it wasn’t the only cool thing going on around town. Alphabeta, a newly opened graffiti supply store in Greenpoint, hosted an opening this past Thursday for Austrian street artists in collaboration with Overspray Magazine. The party was packed, thanks to the hot-but-not-too-hot summer swelter which carried over into Friday bringing a smile to those out enjoying their monthly culture fix. Comment

Day in court for ‘Finger Building’

Williamsburg: The final battle in the protracted war over the “Finger Building” on 144 N. 8th Street will take place next Tuesday at the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals. Comment

Get your tickets right here in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Broadway and Off-Broadway lovers can now get their discounts right here in Brooklyn without any of the crowds and elbow-shoving of Manhattan. Comment

Nothing’s stopping these scholars from reaching great heights

Williamsburg: The Children’s Hospital at Downstate awarded scholarships to Jurrell Rodgers and Kyron Galvez for achieving academic excellence while overcoming chronic asthma. Comment

Keeping cool at Mccarren Park pool

Williamsburg: Brooklyn residents took a respite from their barbecues and the heavy humidity to cool down at Sunday’s McCarren Pool Party (780 Lorimer Street) sponsored by the Open Space Alliance and JellyNYC. Comment

Help for war-torn country right here: Local man wages campaign to help the children of his native Sierra Leone

Williamsburg: A Coney Island immigrant is on a one-man crusade to help young amputees crippled from the “Blood Diamond” Civil War in Sierra Leone, Africa. Comment

Bklyn bids farewell to fallen officer: Funeral for 1st Lieutenant Daniel Farkas

Williamsburg: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Dead end for street light: DOT denies request for busy corner

Williamsburg: The Department of Transportation (DOT) has denied a move to install a traffic light at the corner of Humboldt and Withers streets again, despite the efforts of residents who remain concerned about cars speeding through the intersection throughout the day. Comment

Foes jeer de Blasio endorsements

Brooklyn Heights: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Daisy cooks at home in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights: The fresh fragrance of cilantro filled the air. Comment

Check into the ‘Nu Hotel’

Brooklyn Heights: The borough’s portfolio of hotels got fatter last week, with the opening of Nu Hotel, in Boerum Hill. Comment

Inside high-rise living

Brooklyn Heights: From a former piano factory to luxurious condominiums. Comment

Literacy opens whole new worlds

Brooklyn Heights: A beaming group of New Yorkers, including 50 year-old Linda Swinson of Sheepshead Bay, 46 year-old Adwoa Nyamekye of Flatbush and 34 year-old Mourad Dahmoun of Fort Hamilton, took center stage and demonstrated skills that would have been unimaginable just a year ago: they read out loud from essays, stories, and poems that they themselves had written. Comment

Residential sales in BK plummet: Latest real estate figures show decline in selling prices as well

Brooklyn Heights: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

New signs, new parking rules take effect: Revised regulations should be huge relief for neighborhood motorists

Brooklyn Heights: The alternate side of the street shuffle began anew this week in Park Slope, as a two-month suspension of parking regulations came to a end. Comment

Brooklyn students go ‘glossy’

Brooklyn Heights: For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment

Something ‘Nu’ in Boerum Hill

Brooklyn Paper: The borough’s portfolio of hotels got fatter last week, with the opening of Nu Hotel, in Boerum Hill. Comment

Opponents jeer de Blasio endorsements

Brooklyn Paper: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Residental sales in Brooklyn nosedive: New realty report finds selling prices on the decline as well

Brooklyn Paper: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Revamped street cleaning: New rules give motorists more time to breathe

Brooklyn Paper: The alternate side of the street shuffle began anew this week in Park Slope, as a two-month suspension of parking regulations came to an end. Comment

Hot guns equal cold hard cash

Brooklyn Paper: With the Lord’s help, the streets of Fort Greene will be gun free. Comment

Doubts surround ‘Straight’ parade

Brooklyn Paper: Organizers aren’t being straight up about their straight pride parade. Comment

Taking a wrong turn downtown: New report is critical of development; says many have been displaced

Brooklyn Paper: A report released last week slammed Downtown Brooklyn’s redevelopment, alleging its 2004 rezoning has displaced scores of residents and small businesses. Comment

Checking into something ‘Nu’: A close look at a new hotel from the inside out

Brooklyn Paper: The borough’s portfolio of hotel’s got fatter last week, with the opening of Nu Hotel, in Boerum Hill. Comment

Same old, same old at the polls: Brooklyn voters will faced with few challenges on election day

Brooklyn Heights: It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

Schools score more

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Oliver House forces closure of subway entrance

Brooklyn Paper: Six to eight months. Comment

Livin’ large on Rockwell Place

Brooklyn Paper: From a former piano factory to luxurious condominiums. Comment

Hatin’ on big Bill’s endorsements: Opponents jeer de Blasio’s congressional supporters for borough prez

Brooklyn Paper: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Popular stands pass muster

Brooklyn Paper: Authentic Latin American fare will finally return to Red Hook this week or next — but it might cost you a bit more to enjoy it. Comment

Residential sales in Brooklyn plummet: Selling prices on the decline as well

Brooklyn Paper: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Kings County Democratic Committee gala: Governor, speaker attend awards ceremony with local elected officials

Brooklyn Paper: Shedding their differences after endorsing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, Brooklyn’s political elite came together to honor community leaders and celebrate what could be a banner year for Democrats at the polls at the Kings County Democratic Committee’s annual cocktail party and dinner. Comment

Schools score more cash

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Dwight Street neighbors stop traffic for fun and games

Brooklyn Paper: Red Hook was jumpin’ with block party fever as residents of Dwight Street banded together for the annual community frolic. Comment

Doubt follows ‘Straight Pride Parade’: Gay advocates, elected officials fail to get meeting with organizers

Brooklyn Paper: Organizers aren’t being straight up about their straight pride parade. Comment

Taking a very wrong turn downtown: New report is critical of development; says many have been displaced

Brooklyn Heights: A report released last week slammed Downtown Brooklyn’s redevelopment, alleging its 2004 rezoning has displaced scores of residents and small businesses. Comment

Storage Co. is evicted

Brooklyn Heights: Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

37 years of family building: Brooklyn Housing & Family Services holds gala

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Housing and Family Services, the 37-year-old non-profit tenant advocacy organization, held its annual awards dinner recently. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: It’s raining cement Comment

DeGraw delights in summer

Brooklyn Paper: Carroll Gardens bubbled with block party fever as homeowners and their friends celebrated summer with an outdoor revel. Comment

Belly up on Bond Street

Brooklyn Paper: Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

Rockin’ the joint on Rockwell: It’s high living in the lap of luxury for condo owners

Brooklyn Paper: From a former piano factory to luxurious condominiums. Comment

Victory for Latino food vendors: Many fan favorites pass city tests

Brooklyn Heights: Authentic Latin American fare will finally return to Red Hook this week or next — but it might cost you a bit more to enjoy it. Comment

Cutting-edge cardiology: NYM Hospital does atrial fibrillation

Brooklyn Paper: New York Methodist Hospital began offering a complete range of treatments for atrial fibrillation, including a procedure called ablation. Doctors performing an ablation who are specialists in the cardiology subspecialty known as electrophysiology, use an advanced mapping system to locate the source of the patient’s heart arrhythmia, and then eliminate this source with techniques that may involve applying radiofrequency energy. Comment

Even asthma can’t hold back these youngsters

Brooklyn Paper: The Children’s Hospital at Downstate awarded scholarships to Jurrell Rodgers and Kyron Galvez for achieving academic excellence while overcoming chronic asthma. Comment

Final farewell to an Iraq war hero: Funeral services for Daniel Farkas held at Ocean Avenue synagogue

Brooklyn Paper: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Council funds BK students: Special school projects receive money to continue

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Coney Island man aids children of ‘blood’ war: Non profit helps support orphaned kids

Brooklyn Paper: A Coney Island immigrant is on a one-man crusade to help young amputees crippled from the “Blood Diamond” Civil War in Sierra Leone, Africa. Comment

Check into ‘Nu Hotel’: 93-room facility debuts on Smith Street

Brooklyn Paper: The borough’s portfolio of hotel’s got fatter last week, with the opening of Nu Hotel, in Boerum Hill. Comment

Concerts

Brooklyn Paper: The Old First Reformed Church presents “Free Summer Concerts” every Wednesday in July at 8 p.m. Comment

French claim Brooklyn for their very own

Brooklyn Paper: Vive la France! Comment

Get your stuff; storage closing

Brooklyn Paper: Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

Same old, same old at polls: Few new choices for voters come election day

Brooklyn Paper: It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

Kayakers are all wet: Sportsmen get too close to Brooklyn waterfall

Brooklyn Paper: They’re beautiful and breathtaking, but dangerous if you’re boneheaded enough to get too close. Comment

Hatin’ on the endorsements: Political rivals jeer de Blasio’s congressional support

Brooklyn Paper: City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Greenbacks for Thomas Greene Pk

Brooklyn Paper: The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park announced that $800,000 in capital funds has been allocated towards renovating Thomas Greene Park. The park abuts a popular swimming pool (the “Double D”) to the west and is bordered by Third Avenue, Douglass and DeGraw streets. Comment

Golden’s ‘payback’ to U.S. veterans: New law gives returning veterans more time to pay off financial debt

Brooklyn Paper: City employees called to serve in Afghanistan or Iraq will now receive a little more financial security thanks to a recently signed state law. Comment

Graham delivers address: Markowitz aide at Touro College School of Health Science

Brooklyn Paper: Yvonne J. Graham, assistant to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, addressed 23 graduates of the Touro College School of Health Sciences at a pinning and awards ceremony that attracted a crowd of approximately 300. Comment

Brooklyn students score scholarships

Brooklyn Paper: Commerce Bank announced the recipients of its annual American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $1,000 to local graduating seniors who achieve both academic excellence and serve the community. Comment

Fourth annual Brooklyn hip hop festival

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn was fly as mom, dad and the kids packed da house for the fourth annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in DUMBO, headlined by the legendary KRS-One and DJ Premier. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Naughty neighbor Comment

School programs score extra cash

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Brooklyn bids sad farewell to fallen officer: Funeral for 1st Lieutenant Daniel Farkas

Greenpoint: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

88th Pct. chief has eye for small stuff

Brooklyn Paper: When it comes to fighting crime, Captain Anthony Tazzo plans to sweat the small stuff. Comment

Taking a very wrong turn 2 deck: New report slams downtown development

Brooklyn Paper: A report released last week slammed Downtown Brooklyn’s redevelopment, alleging its 2004 rezoning has displaced scores of residents and small businesses. Comment

Storage company is booted out of its own space: Clients urged to pick up their stuff

Brooklyn Paper: Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

‘Straight Pride’ parade planners silent: LGBT community unsuccessful in reaching out to record label that announced plans

Greenpoint: Organizers aren’t being straight up about their straight pride parade. Comment

Yassky renews push for bike bill

Greenpoint: City Councilmember David Yassky is redoubling his efforts to push a bill requiring office buildings to accommodate bicycle parking for employees. Comment

BK kickballers vie for all-star glory: Local teams duke it out on McCarren Park’s fields during weekend tournament

Not even the stadium lights cutting off at 11 p.m. could slow down the Brooklyn Motorboats from claiming their first Kickball All-Star title, outlasting an exhausted and depleted Atlanta team, 8-1. Comment

Stop on traffic light: DOT denies community request for busy corner

Greenpoint: The Department of Transportation (DOT) has denied a move to install a traffic light at the corner of Humboldt and Withers streets again, despite the efforts of residents who remain concerned about cars speeding through the intersection throughout the day. Comment

Thumbs up for Transmitter Park plans

Greenpoint: At this month’s Community Board 1 meeting, residents embraced the Parks Department’s updated renderings for Transmitter Park, which will give Greenpoint residents rare access to the East River waterfront by 2010. Comment

Renewed call for Newtown: Officials urge EPA to clean up creek

Greenpoint: Congressmembers Anthony Weiner and Nydia Velazquez urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate Newtown Creek a Federal Superfund site, despite the near-depletion of funding available for the program over the past ten years. Comment

State Senate, Assembly seats sceure: No Albany shakeup foreseen in ’09 as pols run unopposed & only a few face primaries

Greenpoint: It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

Property sales drop in BK, but nabe sees increase

Greenpoint: Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Fighting the green fight in the nabe: Locals spruce up trees along Manhattan Avenue through Parks Department initiative

Greenpoint: Parks Department staff and volunteers from the community spread out on Manhattan and Greenpoint avenues Saturday morning to give Greenpoint’s trees a little tender loving care. Comment

Keeping cool at McCarren Park pool

Greenpoint: Brooklyn residents took a respite from their barbecues and the heavy humidity to cool down at Sunday’s McCarren Pool Party (780 Lorimer Street) sponsored by the Open Space Alliance and JellyNYC. Comment

New crop of seasoned cops: A fresh flood of NYPD blue to hit Brooklyn streets

Bay News: Dozens of new -- but experienced – officers are flooding the streets of Brooklyn South. Comment

Millions for FIAO center

Bay News: Brooklyn’s Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) can soon break ground on their planned community center thanks in large part to the recently passed 2009 fiscal year city budget. Comment

Playboy playmates make boardwalk even hotter

Bay News: They’re always playful and oftentimes amusing – so Coney Island was a no-brainer for them. Comment

New charter schools on the horizon

Bay News: Coney Island could soon be home to two new charter schools. Comment

Victory resuscitated

Bay News: It’s only a small victory – in more than one sense. Nonetheless, local officials are celebrating the news that limited medical care will continue to be available to those in need at the old Victory Memorial Hospital, which shut its doors at the end of June. Comment

Ain’t too proud to hate: Rappers promise ‘Straight Pride Parade’

Kings Courier: They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

‘Lost Tunnel’ hooks cable

Bay News: A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

The most memorable graduation — Part 3

Perspective: To quickly recap the last week two weeks’ columns, this year’s graduation at P.S. 128 was the one I will never, ever forget. I had sat next to Barrie Feibershon, a veteran P.S. 128 teacher who had helped set up the wonderful video slide presentation. Comment

Society of Old brooklynites looks swell at 128

Bay News: A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment

Express run all the way to Sundance: ‘Tunnel’ film gaining buzz

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Bolton enjoys BK love affair: Concert series kicks off

Soft rock and fireworks ignited the summer spirit in Brighton Beach when Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton jump-started the free Thursday night concerts at Asser Levy Seaside Park by wrapping his famous tenor vocals around a ribbon of his most famous hits. Comment

‘Tiger cubs’ tee off in grand style: Youngsters hit the links at Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge

Council Members Vincent J. Gentile and Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., along with the City Parks Foundation, sponsored a Community Family Fun Day at the new CityParks Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge. Comment

Asthma can’t hold back these remarkable kids

Kings Courier: The Children’s Hospital at Downstate awarded scholarships to Jurrell Rodgers and Kyron Galvez for achieving academic excellence while overcoming chronic asthma. Comment

‘Straight Pride Parade’ promised

They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

It’s a wild race for the U.S. House

The unexpected continues to rear its head in the race to succeed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

A better way to cycle: Greenway connector to link park to bike path

Bay News: Cyclists can look forward to an easier transition between the city streets and the Shore Road bike path. Comment

Full House race: Vito void creates crowded field

Bay News: The unexpected continues to rear its head in the race to succeed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Dumpster diving

Bay News: It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

Celebrating 30 years of top-notch care

Bay News: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment

Here there be dragons — lots of ‘em: I.S. 228 magically whips up a whole colony of fanciful creatures

Bay News: Students at I.S. 228 David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies took a stand against violence in a rather surprising way. Comment
GUEST OP-ED

A ‘Golden’ opportunity for change

Perspective: State Senator Marty Golden is a name familiar to many of us. He has made it a habit to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Not that anyone asked him to, but he has and one might say he’s a little obsessed with the topic. And not in a good way. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Iran’s nuke dreams become an official nightmare

Perspective: As far as fork-tongued nations go, Iran tops the list. Comment

War hero’s final farewell

Kings Courier: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Towns, Powell showdown: Young challenger taking on entrenched incumbent

Kings Courier: The incumbent is a political veteran. The opponent comes riding the Obama wave of African-Americans who have come of age in the post-Civil Rights generation. Comment

Robber shot in face

Kings Courier: A would-be robber was shot in the face Sunday night as he tried to take an off-duty correction officer’s motorcycle, officials said this week. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

General Motors: Running on empty

Perspective: On July 2, one headline in the business section shouted, “GM OVERTAKES TOYOTA AS NATIONS NUMBER ONE AUTO MAKER”. Sounds great. Right? Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Pop go the summer headlines

Perspective: It’s not even the dog days of August yet and the headlines have already gone to the doggie in the window. Comment

‘Heart of Brooklyn’ beats anew

Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), a partnership of six leading cultural institutions in central Brooklyn, welcomes Carol Enseki as its newest board president. Enseki is a founding Heart of Brooklyn board member, and the long-standing president of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Mark’s Avenue. Comment

‘Mass’ dissatisfaction

Letters: I have to applaud Shavana Abruzzo’s “A Britisher’s View” column on the “MTA not going your way” for focusing on the arrogance and indifference of the MTA board to the daily plight of New York City commuters (“MTA not going your way,” 6-26 issue). Comment

Dying for energy

Letters: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment

Priced out of the boro

Kings Courier: 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

No competition for Clarke

Kings Courier: What a difference 18 months make. Comment

Gere’s here for shoot

Kings Courier: No, Richard Gere has not joined the NYPD. Comment

Feed the meter -Cost of Kings Hwy parking explodes

Kings Courier: It’s usually difficult to find a parking spot on Kings Highway, and in the fall, it will also be more expensive once you land one, city officials announced last week. Comment

Board counts on community for clout: Community Board 14 toasts before taking break

Kings Courier: Members of Community Board 14 toasted supporters and welcomed their new compatriots at an end-of-season party. Comment

Bank bandits on the loose

Kings Courier: Cops are looking for two note-passing bandits wanted for three area bank robberies. Comment

Ghost hydrant haunts local man: $200 ticket turns into long fight

Kings Courier: Simon Belsky says he gets no respect. And he may just have a $200 ticket and the pictures to prove it. Comment

Long Island College Hospital honors some of its finest

Kings Courier: In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment

New members join Community Bd. 12: Three join ranks of neighborhood group

Kings Courier: Three new members were welcomed at Community Board 12, at the group’s June meeting. Comment

More cops to hit the streets

Kings Courier: Dozens of new — but experienced – officers are flooding the streets of Brooklyn South. Comment

Aviator hosts seniors in shape guest day & BBQ

Kings Courier: Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment

Latest bus balk issued: Report says ridership has outpaced services on routes

Bay News: While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment

CB13 is mad for Marion Cleaver: Incumbent chairwoman wins reelection unopposed

Bay News: She’s still in charge. Comment

Batten down the hatches

Bay News: At the time of this writing, Hurricane Bertha – the first hurricane of the 2008 season – was packing 90-mile-per-hour winds and bearing down on Bermuda. Comment

Aviator sports throws door open to seniors

Bay News: Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment

Congressional four-way for GOPers: Republicans scour ranks, look outside party for candidate to succeed disgraced Vito

Bay News: A four-way primary – including two candidates from outside the party – could be in the offing for Republicans in Brooklyn and Staten Island as they scramble to find a candidate to run in the 13th Congressional District. Comment

Crime and surveillance: Manhattan Beach thievery revives plan for security cameras

Bay News: It may be among the safest neighborhoods in the entire city, but some thieves still insist on letting their sticky fingers do the walking in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Expres run all the way to Sundance: ‘Tunnel’ film gaining buzz

Bay News: A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Dreamland rink ready to roll again

Bay News: Retro roller skating enthusiasts wondering if it was all just a dream back in March take heart: Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink is returning very soon. Comment

Anthony Neglia dies: B’hurst businessman was 80

Bay News: Anthony Neglia, a pillar in the Bensonhurst business community whose generosity was only surpassed by his kind spirit, died in South Nassau Communities Hospital on July 12. He was 80 years old. Comment

‘CLEAR’ way to new Coney

Bay News: Another Coney Island scoping meeting has come and gone, and neighborhood residents still want to know where they fit into the city’s plans for the future. Comment

Ameriyah substation debut: Facility to provide vital services to Iraqi citizens

Iraqi security forces, civic leaders, local townspeople and coalition forces gathered in the Ameriyah community in Baghdad’s Mansour district for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to acknowledge the opening of the biggest public works substation in the Iraqi capital. Comment

Bank scholarship

Commerce Bank announced the recipients of its annual American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $1,000 to local graduating seniors who achieve both academic excellence and serve the community. Comment

Boffo in Brooklyn

Broadway and Off-Broadway lovers can now get their discounts right here in Brooklyn without any of the crowds and elbow-shoving of Manhattan. Comment

A fresh flood of NYPD blue: New crop of seasoned cops to hit Brooklyn streets

Dozens of new — but experienced – officers are flooding the streets of Brooklyn South. Comment

A better way to bike in Bay Ridge

Cyclists can look forward to an easier transition between the city streets and the Shore Road bike path. Comment

‘Officer’ & a gentleman

Bay News: No, Richard Gere has not joined the NYPD. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Flim-flammer search Comment

Final farewell to war hero: Funeral services for Daniel Farkas held at Ocean Avenue temple

Bay News: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Forum on new citizenship

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden, along with the City University of New York, are hosting a citizenship event July 19 in the cafeteria of Our Lady of Angels School, 337 74th Street. Comment

Senior citizens own the ‘beach idol’ stage

Bay News: Move over Carrie and Clay, there are some golden kids on the block and they’re stealing your thunder – at least in Brooklyn. Comment

Rappers vow ‘Straight Pride Parade’

Bay News: They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

Phantom hydrant haunts man: $200 ticket becomes long fight

Bay News: Simon Belsky says he gets no respect. And he may just have a $200 ticket and the pictures to prove it. Comment

Shop til you drop: First look at ‘Station Plaza’

Bay News: Renderings of a proposed development in Sheepshead Bay were revealed last week, shedding light on a vision that could potentially transform the once quaint fishing village into a glitzy shopping destination. Comment

Work begins on new health ctr.

Defense Department Secretary Robert M. Gates, alongside two other department secretaries, top military leaders, recovering wounded warriors and the namesakes of the Fisher House Foundation joined to break ground for what will become the National Intrepid Center of Excellence for psychological health and traumatic brain injury at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Comment

Thieves find gold in recycled garbage

Bay News: It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

Society of old brooklynites toasts 128th anniversary

Bay News: A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment

Old glory has seen better days on Avenue X: Tattered American flag flies over post office

Bay News: It’s not supposed to be: ‘I pledge allegiance to the tattered flag of the United States of America.’ Comment

New charter schools for Coney

Bay News: Coney Island could soon be home to two new charter schools. Comment

Latest bus balk issued: MTA failing to keep pace with ridership, report sez

Bay News: While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment

Here there be dragons: lots of ‘em: I.S. 228 creates colony of fanciful creatures

Bay News: Students at I.S. 228 David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies took a stand against violence in a rather surprising way. Comment

Millions for FIAO center: Group has funds to build Italian-American cultural facility

Bay News: Brooklyn’s Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) can soon break ground on their planned community center thanks in large part to the recently passed 2009 fiscal year city budget. Comment

Motorist trapped after collision

Bay News: An area motorist was rushed to the hospital Thursday after his car slammed into a parked school bus in Coney Island. Officials said that firefighters had to rip away the crushed remains of the victim’s sedan to free him following the morning crash at West 27th Street and Neptune Avenue. Stunned witnesses said the motorist was heading eastbound when it rammed into the back of the parked bus – its nose falling under the rear bumper. Comment

Money allocated for busted b-ball court

Bay News: Dig out your basketball and lace up your Converse because it looks like this time the dilapidated courts at Manhattan Beach are finally going to get a facelift. Comment

Brooklyn boy gets it done

Brooklyn Native, Col. Richard “Flip” Wilson, left, is pictured discussing the problems facing the Taji Qada, northwest of Baghdad, with a sheik from the area. He spends hours ensuring every possible means of support is given to the Iraqi leaders so they can take full control of the area. Wilson is the commander of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warrior,” 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. Comment

Angry bus-stop backlash: Manhattan Beach calls on MTA to take action

Bay News: “Someone’s going to get killed.” Comment

Ready to rock and roll once again: Diana Carlin’s ‘Dreamland’ Roller Rink to reopen for the summer

Retro roller skating enthusiasts wondering if it was all just a dream back in March take heart: Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink is returning very soon. Comment

School info fair

Parents and students interested in attending a brand new middle, high or transfer school in September are invited to attend “The New School Information Fair,” presented by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the NYC Department of Education. Comment

Seniors are in good shape for golden years

Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment

Quality caring when it counts

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

Playboy Playmates make Boardwalk even hotter

You had to be a blind man not to see the Playboy Bunnies who make up “The Girls Next Door” strutting their stuff along the Coney Island Boardwalk last week, filming an episode for the next season of their racy reality TV series. Comment

On Sesame Street

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street and the USO (United Service Organizations) announced the Sesame Street Experience for Military Families: a free traveling tour to military installations across the country. Comment

Phantom hydrant haunts motorist: $200 ticket turns into long, drawn-out fight with city for one local man

Simon Belsky says he gets no respect. And he may just have a $200 ticket and the pictures to prove it. Comment

Society of old brooklynites celebrate 128th year

A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment

Bus service lagging, report says: MTA is failing to keep up with ridership, according to straphanger group

While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment

Volunteer to help the MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers to answer phones and help out behind the scenes at this year’s Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethin, airing on MY-9 WWOR-TV August 31 and September 1. Comment

War hero laid to rest: Services held on Ocean Ave.

Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Wild house Race: Vito’s shameful exit leaves ever-evolving field

The unexpected continues to rear its head in the race to succeed Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Verizon smartphone, PDA workshop

Ask anyone what they need more of and the answer will most likely be ‘time.’ It’s our most valuable commodity and why so many consumers are turning to Smartphones and PDAs to help manage it. Wireless customers who apply business principles to manage their personal lives can save time, be more productive and, ultimately, carry a lighter load at work and at home. Comment

The legacy of the ‘Blood Diamond’ war: Brooklyn man’s non-profit lends aid to the maimed orphans of Sierra Leone

A Coney Island immigrant is on a one-man crusade to help young amputees crippled from the “Blood Diamond” Civil War in Sierra Leone, Africa. Comment

Sticky-fingered crooks target recyclable trash

It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

Surgeons and medics deliver needed aid: Adults and children at the Al Herea School in Iraq benefit from help

More than 200 adults and 80 children received medical care during a combined medical engagement at the Al Herea School in Farisiyah, Iraq. Comment

New post for OBGYN chair: Lutheran Medical Ctr. doc elected to national organization

Iffath Hoskins, MD, Lutheran Medical Center’s chair of OBGYN, was elected to serve as vice president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). ACOG, a national medical organization representing more than 52,000 members who provide health care for women, announced the selection at their 56th Annual Clinical Meeting in New Orleans. Comment

30 solid years of delivering quality care

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment

49er’s head coach choppers in

Head coach Mike Nolan of the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and former defensive back Eric Davis visited with U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines at three forward operating bases in Afghanistan on the second day of a tour with radio talk show host Ron Barr of Sports Byline. Comment

Guild for exceptional children at 50

The Guild for Exceptional Children celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing comprehensive services, and programs for more than 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, and their families. Comment

Help for women suffering from low sex drive

One issue that often is overlooked is the importance of sexual intimacy. It may be surprising to know that approximately 40 million American women suffer from some type of sexual disorder — the most common being Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), sometimes referred to as low sex drive. Comment

DEP lax with water collections, Thompson sez: Comptroller charges agency with failing to keep up with water and sewer charges

The city’s method for billing private hospitals for water use is headed for the ER unless steps are taken to resuscitate it soon, an audit released this week concluded. Comment

Citizenship forum

State Senator Martin J. Golden, along with the City University of New York, are hosting a citizenship event July 19 in the cafeteria of Our Lady of Angels School, 337 74th Street. Comment

New HQ for Community Board 10: City leases new space for group; move expected in September

After years of anticipation, Community Board 10 could at last be in its new home by this September. Comment

Caring on the Iraqi front lines

After originally enlisting to become a combat medic in the Army Reserve nine years ago, Army 1st Lt. Khara Keegan, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, enrolled in the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y., where she graduated and received her commission in the Military Intelligence Corps. Comment

Jayhawks line up with veterans

The University of Kansas national champion men’s basketball team began their victory lap in the nation’s capital by visiting wounded warriors and signing autographs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Comment

Even asthma can’t hold back these remarkable kids

The Children’s Hospital at Downstate awarded scholarships to Jurrell Rodgers and Kyron Galvez for achieving academic excellence while overcoming chronic asthma. Comment

Lost ‘subway’ bound for Sundance: Filmmakers pushing hard to bring fascinating Brooklyn story to light

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

National guard indy car revs up for racing

The new 230-mph, No. 4 National Guard IndyCar was unveiled at the Army National Guard Readiness Center at Arlington Hall in Arlington Virginia. Comment

New director for church

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the founder and sponsor of the Bay Ridge Center for Community Service, has hired a new executive director. Comment

Leukemia claims Anthony Neglia: Giant in the Bensonhurst business world was 80 years old

Anthony Neglia, a pillar in the Bensonhurst business community whose generosity was only surpassed by his kind spirit, died in South Nassau Communities Hospital on July 12. He was 80 years old. Comment

Local reaction to ‘gun’ ruling: Brooklyn officials debate impact of Supreme Court’s latest decision

Some of Brooklyn’s elected leaders remain wary over the recent Supreme Court recent 5-4 decision upholding an individual’s Second Amendment right to keep a handgun for use in their home. Comment

Leaving the city behind for the great outdoors

This month marked the start of Fresh Air summer vacations for hundreds of Brooklyn children. Comment

Kings County Democrats celebrate: New York State governor, speaker attend gala awards event

Shedding their differences after endorsing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, Brooklyn’s political elite came together to honor community leaders and celebrate what could be a banner year for Democrats at the polls at the Kings County Democratic Committee’s annual cocktail party and dinner. Comment

Expanded home sharing program

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

Cyclones: Fits and starts for Brooklyn

This year has been a season of fits and starts for the Brooklyn Cyclones, who came into the year with high expectations after a division title but are now a mediocre 12-14. Comment

Inside the Ring of Combat: Hard-hitting brawlers meet for XX showdown

Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat XX brought plenty of excitement to the Jersey Shore. The event was highlighted by an impressive performance from Tom Gallicchio as he successfully defended his USKBA Welterweight Title against Doug Gordon with a rear naked choke in the first round. Comment

Martial arts masters

Advanced brown and black belt Brooklynites showed off some of their most dangerous moves during the Amateur Athletic Union’s Karate Championship in Madison Square Garden. Comment

Celebrity softball game

Two teams of New York celebrities will step up to the plate to help raise awareness about autism and funds for autism research during the Third Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Softball Game at 12:30 p.m., July 27 at Coney Island’s Key Span Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment

You’ve got a right to party: Cops lift block party ban on E. 92nd Street

Flatbush: There’s good reason for one East Flatbush street to start celebrating, but the celebration will need to be postponed to next year. Comment

Moneyball Night

The Brooklyn Cyclones will try to ease the stress of bankers, accountants and financiers by celebrating their hard work with Moneyball Night, a night of fun and games at 7 p.m., July 23 at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. There will be fireworks immediately following the game, and after every game that week. Comment

‘Toto’ faces fraud charges in Brooklyn

Flatbush: The founder of a Haitian death squad is on trial this week in Brooklyn—not for human rights violations, but for mortgage fraud. Comment

AVP Crocs Tour returns to Coney: Volleyball stop leads to Beijing games

Gluttons stuffing their face with hot dogs may still be the hottest draw in Coney Island, but the glistening, barely clad young bodies of Olympians competing on the beach is catching up. Comment

Batter up at KeySpan Pk

KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, celebrated Bat Day at a recent game. The first 1,250 kids to arrive at the park received a 28-inch wooden bat, presented by the Daily News. Pictured are (left to right) Julie, Liz, and Rachel Sirett with their dad, Greg, and their prized bats. Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Summer recreation & deals

Williamsburg: If you weren’t a savvy comparison shopper before, you’re probably learning very quickly. The Consumer Corner is here to help. Each week we look around the borough for the best deals that Brooklyn merchants have to offer. Check out what we have this week. Comment

Straw helps fans glimmer & shine

Former Met and current Sportsnet analyst Darryl Strawberry helped one Brooklyn Cyclones fan get on the ball. Candy Valenti, posing with Strawberry and her two daughters, Victoria and Paige, won the Cyclones’ “Dirtiest Car in the Parking Lot” contest, held before the team’s second game against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Her prize: a package courtesy of Spongetech, a one-step wash and wax system, presented by Strawberry himself. Comment
BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE

Always in good hands with Allstate: Complete Insurance coverage for today’s modern challenges

Williamsburg: “You’re in good hands with Allstate,” is not just rhetoric. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Toxic workout Comment

3-way race for State Senate: Councilmen Felder, Stewart challenge Parker for post

Flatbush: With the filing of petitions in the 21st Senatorial District by midnight on July 10, battle lines appear to be drawn for a three-way race for the seat currently held by State Senator Kevin Parker. Comment

Sitting in the best seats in the house...

Brooklyn Cyclones fans of all ages enjoy an afternoon of baseball at KeySpan Park (1904 Surf Avenue) from the view at the Courier-Life box. The season kicked off last month, with play all summer long in Coney Island. For more information on the hometown team, go to www.brooklyncyclones.com. Comment

Sexy ‘Seniors in Shape’

The “Seniors in Shape” summer program at Aviator Sports, for persons ages 55 and older, runs through August 16 and meets Mondays and Thursdays from 4:15-8:30 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Comment

Play by play...

Hey coaches and parents, have sports news? Little league scores? Big game coming up? Let us know about it! Comment

Player of the Week: Yuri makes it a game

This past week was one that the Brooklyn Cyclones would love to forget as they lost five straight games. While it was not a good week by any means, the pitching staff did not fare as bad as it sounds as the Cyclones lost on consecutive days by scores of 4-3; 2-0; 3-2 and 1-0. With a timely hit or two the loses could have easily turn into wins, but it was just not meant to be. Comment

Prospect Park hosts 5K workouts

Runners training for a long distance race or just looking for some running motivation are encouraged to come out for a 5K workout every other Wednesday night in Prospect Park. Comment

On the right track: Metro SportsMed backs kids

Three college-bound students received a green helping hand when Metro SportsMed presented them with $3,500 for their higher education during a ceremony at KeySpan Park. Comment

Phantom hydrant still haunts motorist: $200 ticket turns into long, drawn out fightagainst the city for Brooklyn man

Canarsie: Simon Belsky says he gets no respect. And he may just have a $200 ticket and the pictures to prove it. Comment

Kings County Democrats hold gala: New York State governor, speaker on hand for special awards and accolades

Canarsie: Shedding their differences after endorsing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, Brooklyn’s political elite came together to honor community leaders and celebrate what could be a banner year for Democrats at the polls at the Kings County Democratic Committee’s annual cocktail party and dinner. Comment

Free golf clinic for kids

Canarsie: The Finer Life Golf Foundation is offering free golf clinics to children ages eight to 17, July 26 and August 2, 9, 23 and 30 at the Von King Park on the Large Lawn at the corners of Greene, Marcy, Lafayette, and Tompkins avenues. The clinics will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Comment

for ‘Toto’: Haitian death squad leader up on tax rap

Canarsie: The founder of a Haitian death squad is on trial this week in Brooklyn—not for human rights violations, but for mortgage fraud. Comment

Literacy and a new lease on life: Graduates celebrate with essays, stories and poems

Canarsie: A beaming group of New Yorkers, including 50 year-old Linda Swinson of Sheepshead Bay, 46 year-old Adwoa Nyamekye of Flatbush and 34 year-old Mourad Dahmoun of Fort Hamilton, took center stage and demonstrated skills that would have been unimaginable just a year ago: they read out loud from essays, stories, and poems that they themselves had written. Comment

Local reaction to latest ‘gun’ ruling: Elected officials consider impact of Supreme Court decision on the borough

Canarsie: Some of Brooklyn’s elected leaders remain wary over the recent Supreme Court recent 5-4 decision upholding an individual’s Second Amendment right to keep a handgun for use in their home. Comment

New charter schools on the horizon in Dist. 18

Canarsie: School officials visited Canarsie last week to provide information about the possible opening of two new charter schools – but some important details were omitted; the proposed locations of the schools. Comment

Master wireless devices

Canarsie: Ask anyone what they need more of and the answer will most likely be ‘time.’ It’s our most valuable commodity and why so many consumers are turning to Smartphones and PDAs to help manage it. Wireless customers who apply business principles to manage their personal lives can save time, be more productive and, ultimately, carry a lighter load at work and at home. Comment

Manhattan heavyweights in Brooklyn: SL Green real estate developers move in on Court Street property

Canarsie: How hot is Downtown Brooklyn’s commercial real estate market? Comment

Local woman on a roll at 100 years young

Canarsie: A surprise birthday party for a spry senior added to the pleasure when members of the Marine Park Bocce Club held a tournament at the emerald gem followed by a revel for member Anne Vincent, who had turned 100 years young days earlier. Comment

Crooks find gold in recyclable trash

Canarsie: It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

City out, fresh air in

Canarsie: This month marked the start of Fresh Air summer vacations for hundreds of Brooklyn children. Comment

An ‘officer’ and a gentleman

Canarsie: No, Richard Gere has not joined the NYPD. Comment

A better way to bike along Shore Road cycle pathway

Canarsie: Cyclists can look forward to an easier transition between the city streets and the Shore Road bike path. Comment

Final farewell to an Iraq war hero: Funeral services for Daniel Farkas held at Ocean Avenue synagogue

Canarsie: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Anti-gay rappers promise ‘Straight Pride Parade’

Canarsie: They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

Asthma can’t hold back these youths

Canarsie: The Children’s Hospital at Downstate awarded scholarships to Jurrell Rodgers and Kyron Galvez for achieving academic excellence while overcoming chronic asthma. Comment

Boardwalk bunny hop for Playmates: Borough President takes stroll with lovlies

Canarsie: They’re always playful and oftentimes amusing – so Coney Island was a no-brainer for them. Comment

Brooklyn man aids victims of ‘blood’ war: Non-profit helps orphaned kids of Sierra Leone

Canarsie: A Coney Island immigrant is on a one-man crusade to help young amputees crippled from the “Blood Diamond” Civil War in Sierra Leone, Africa. Comment

Boffo box office as B’way comes to BK: TKTS outlet debuts downtown offering discount tickets to the Great White Way

Canarsie: Broadway and Off-Broadway lovers can now get their discounts right here in Brooklyn without any of the crowds and elbow-shoving of Manhattan. Comment

New school info fair

Canarsie: Parents and students interested in attending a brand new middle, high or transfer school in September are invited to attend “The New School Information Fair,” presented by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the NYC Department of Education. Comment

Pet adoption festival at Prospect Park

Canarsie: The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will hold its Pet Adoption Festival, August 2 in Prospect Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine) to find welcoming homes for the cats and dogs awaiting adoption from the alliance’s participating shelters and rescue groups. Comment

Flatbush is fun for the whole family

Flatbush: Summer spectacles abounded in the neighborhood when the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) held a street fair, featuring fun for the whole family. Comment

Crooks find gold in recycled trash

Flatbush: It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

Celebrating 30 years of delivering top-notch care

Flatbush: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment

Cakewalk for Clarke

Flatbush: What a difference 18 months make. Comment

Funeral services held for Iraq war hero

Flatbush: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Merchants mull new BID: Alliance would effect Newkirk Plaza and beyond

Flatbush: Merchants in one section of Flatbush are on the cusp of a sea change. Comment

Raising Health consciousness

Flatbush: Democratic Council Member Simcha Felder, left, visited the Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Caribbean-American Family Health Center Pre-Independence Day Event. Comment

New crop of seasoned cops to hit the streets

Flatbush: Dozens of new — but experienced – officers are flooding the streets of Brooklyn South. Comment

New commander at 67th Police Precinct

Flatbush: Area residents and NYPD honchos are putting their faith in Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues as the new commanding officer of the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush begins reaching out to religious and community groups. Comment

New charter schools loom on horizon

Flatbush: School officials visited Canarsie last week to provide information about the possible opening of two new charter schools – but some important details were omitted. Comment

Board counts on community for clout

Flatbush: Members of Community Board 14 toasted supporters and welcomed their new compatriots at an end-of-season party. Comment

Ain’t too proud to hate: Reggae rappers promise ‘Straight Pride Parade’

Flatbush: They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

Straphangers group jeers MTA buses: Report finds service lagging far behind increasing ridership

Canarsie: While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment

Society of old brooklynites at 128

Canarsie: A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment

Sign up to take steps against breast cancer

Canarsie: In preparation for 15,000 Brooklynites getting together for the borough’s largest fundraising walk and cancer event, October 19, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” will hold a Team-Leader kick off August 12. Comment

Public forum on American citizenship

Canarsie: State Senator Martin J. Golden, along with the City University of New York, are hosting a citizenship event July 19 in the cafeteria of Our Lady of Angels School, 337 74th Street. Comment

Sundance buzz builds for ‘last tunnel’ film: Filmmakers push hard to bring fascinating Brooklyn story to life

Canarsie: A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Vacant seats on education council: Parent volunteers urged to help fill three District 18 vacancies

Canarsie: Summer may be in full swing, but it will soon be time to send children back to school. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Meat grinder Comment

30 years of caring for the community

Canarsie: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment

3-way state senate race: Councilmen Felder, Stewart challenge Parker for post

Canarsie: With the filing of petitions in the 21st Senatorial District by midnight on July 10, battle lines appear to be drawn for a three-way race for the seat currently held by State Senator Kevin Parker. Comment

Transformation for Community Bd. 17: Three new members take up posts as former members move on

Flatbush: There’s been a slight but perhaps telling shift in membership on Community Board 17. Comment

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