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The doctor is in — and hip!

Williamsburg: Meet the new face of medical science in Williamsburg: A “chief imagineer” who is more inspired by the Apple Store than the old adage about an “apple a day.” Comment
Bay Ridge: Preservationists intent on saving Fourth Avenue’s so-called “Green Church” were praying for help from state Sen. Marty Golden — but even after they showed him 1,179 signatures in support of rescuing the 109-year-old house of worship, they couldn’t convert the influential politician. Comments (4)
Digital editions: This week’s print edition of The Brooklyn Paper is a juggernaut, packed with stories on the latest delay at Brooklyn Bridge Park (plus our editorial), a yogurt war on Court Street, news from Coney Island, our Eye of the Storm Cyclones coverage, Bob Dylan’s show in Prospect Park and all the happenings in our award-winning GO Brooklyn section. Read more…

The ‘park’ stops here

The ‘park’ stops here

Bridge ‘Park’: The highly touted first phase of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park — a grand, Euro-style piazza and skating rink under the Brooklyn Bridge that was supposed to open next fall — will be delayed at least five years. Comments (3)

Join the ‘Cult’

Join the ‘Cult’

Cinema: The new feature film “Cult of Sincerity” is like a National Geographic documentary on the feeding, mating and social rituals of Williamsburg’s twentysomething hipsters. And sometimes, the truth hurts. Comment

Yogurt war!

Yogurt war!

Downtown: Court Street will get a brain freeze in the next few weeks when three different upscale frozen yogurt shops open within four blocks of each other. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Heights: Mayor Bloomberg — a billionaire former Republican — has inserted himself into the Democratic race for a Brooklyn Heights state Senate seat, endorsing a well off newcomer against longtime incumbent Marty Connor as payback for votes against him in Albany. Comments (6)

Heaven help us

Heaven help us

Theater: Theater for the New City’s latest show, “It’s the Economy Stupid! or The Turning Point” — their 32nd annual Summer Street Theater production — is a musical writ large as a children’s allegory that follows the earnest adventures of the Angel Gabriel. The heavenly production comes to Prospect Park on Aug. 23. Comment

Yards ‘domain’ case has some eminence

Atlantic Yards: Legal experts agree on one thing about the latest lawsuit to block the Atlantic Yards project — the plaintiffs have put together a crafty argument to combat the project. Comments (3)

‘Grand’ party

Shopping: Business owners on Grand Avenue in Clinton HIll are banding together to throw a truly grand block party on Saturday. Comment

Korean ‘Indy’

Korean ‘Indy’

Cinema: The 2008 New York Korean Film Festival comes to Fort Greene on Aug. 29 with Korea’s answer to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Once Upon a Time.” Comment

Cyclone loss drops team further back

Cyclones: The Cyclones were asleep on their bats on Wednesday night. Comment

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming pokes fun at our self-aggrandizing, bike-riding editor. Comment

Pub of contention

Pub of contention

Park Slope: It’s the story of our time: A once-forsaken urban strip becomes a nightlife hangout — and residents who were there through it all are angry. Comments (1)

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Keith Richards — my mentor

The Search: Our columnist — newly dumped and homeless — begins his quest to solve both problems in our new weekly feature. Comment

Ripper on the loose!

Ripper on the loose!

Park Slope: Vigilante or hero? You decide. Comments (14)

Thorn-y issue

Music: It’s hard to believe that the final show of the Seaside Summer Concert Series is upon us, but that night — Aug. 21 — is drawing near. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters about Long Island College Hospital’s finances, a city plan to expand a Brooklyn Heights elementary school, a congressional race in Bay Ridge, legislative pay raises, and a controversial developer in Carroll Gardens. Comments (1)

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment
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Business Briefs

The latest merchant news from our Advertising Department. Read more…

Civic Calendar

Event: All the meetings and civic events you should be going to! Comment
Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist gives his review of the event of the season: Bob Dylan in Prospect Park. Comments (11)
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Gersh’s new bike!

Park Slope: Famously biking Editor Gersh Kuntzman is back on top — of a set of two wheels, at least. After a cigarette-toting thief stole his bike last month, Kuntzman was forced to ride the F train until he finally purchased a new (old) set of wheels through the Park Slope Parents Web site. Now Kuntzman is back to his old self again, showing up sweaty in the office and cursing about aggressive drivers, rather than lame F service. Nothing like a death-defying ride to the office to get you going, we always say. Here’s a video tour of Gersh’s new wheels. Comment

Cyclones surge continues with 6–2 win

Cyclones: The Cyclones got great hitting, better pitching — and three errors by the Auburn Doubledays in their 6–2 win on Tuesday night. Comment

Meal ticket to City Hall

Politicrasher: Our columnist gets a free meal off of mayoral wannabe, Rep. Anthony Weiner. Comments (2)

Mom and daughter foil thief!

Park Slope: If it’s Wednesday, it must be Police Blotter day on BrooklynPaper.com. From our Park Slope bureau, a mom and daughter foil a robbery — plus all the other crime news from the neighborhood’s 78th Precinct. Find your neighborhood below. Comment
Carroll Gardens: A wider swath of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill — plus the Columbia Street Waterfront District — will now get the same freedom from the stresses (and joys!) of alternate-side-of-the-street parking starting on Monday. Comment
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Meet our Dylan winner

Event: Will Bob Dylan do a tribute to Isaac Hayes tonight in Prospect Park? If so, you can thank our Dylan ticket contest winner, Mike Wood. Meet him in this exclusive video! Comments (1)
Coney Island: Coney Island’s historic Astroland will close up for the season in just over a month — and when it does, it may be closing for good. Comments (6)
Red Hook: When the rail-car-style Cheyenne Diner relocates to Red Hook from Manhattan next month, it will have waterfront views, a beer garden and an upgraded menu from the standard greasy spoon fare, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)

It’s Teen Spirit’s wild years

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom Day on BrooklynPaper.com. In this week’s installment, Smartmom reveals what it’s like to have a strong-willed, moody 17-year-old in the house. Comments (4)

A hitters dozen at Ladies’ Day clinic

Ups & Downs: Twelve women attended the Cyclones’ fifth annual “Ladies’ Clinic” at Keyspan Park on Sunday, a tutorial run by Cyclones’ director of communications Dave Campanaro, and Brooklyn pitchers Scott Shaw and Chris Schwinden. Comment

Not a total loss for scrappy Cyclones

Cyclones: Two out of three ain’t bad — especially when one is a bottom-of-the-10th win. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Gitmo defense wrong about the rights of thugs

Bay News: Allowing suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Salim Ahmed Hamdan to speak with his wife by phone from Guantanamo Bay – plus providing him with reading material and fish sandwiches – seems a pretty friendly way of getting him to spill the beans about Osama bin Laden. Comment

Hooligans caught on tape

Bay News: Thanks to a carefully placed surveillance camera, cops have perfect pictures of three fresh-faced hooligans wanted for breaking into a Sheepshead Bay law firm last week. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Delta’s problems with ‘wide bodies’

Bay News: By the time this column goes to press, Senator Barack Obama will have spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Iraqi Prime Minister Noural al-Maliki and several top […] Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

No John, Paul, George or Ringo, but Bros. are fab

Bay News: Taking our daughter to the Jonas Brothers concert this past weekend transported me back 43 years to an August day in 1965 — when I was a tween, and was screaming, crying and jumping up and down in response to the band. But instead of listening to three boys from Wyckoff New Jersey, my hysteria was directed at four fabulous lads from Liverpool, namely John, Paul, George and Ringo. Comment

Half Foods! Whole Foods’ Brooklyn plan being retooled

Gowanus: Whole Foods is “revising” its secretive plans for their first Brooklyn store, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)

Dom the Benchwarmer!

Politicrasher: Our political insider covers a councilman’s ribbon-cutting at a post office. Man, how the mighty have fallen. Comments (6)
Bay Ridge: Congressional hopeful Mike McMahon is a little bit of Al Gore, a lot of Barack Obama and even a little bit of Richard Nixon on energy and the environment. Comment

Dog day in Brooklyn Heights

Dog day in Brooklyn Heights

Bloomy in the ’Hood: A fifth pet store in the neighborhood has tails wagging and humans talking. Comments (1)
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Mike’s Search

The Search: Join our senior reporter as he looks for love — and a place to live — in today’s Brooklyn. Fasten your seatbelts, readers, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Comments (7)
Bay Ridge: Students at Bay Ridge’s venerable Adelphi Academy may have to find a new place to hit the books come September — and famed billionaire developer and mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis is right there in the middle of it. Comments (5)
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8-8-08!

DUMBO: Here’s ace reporter Sarah Portlock’s take on 8-8-08! Comment
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8-8-08!

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8-8-08!

DUMBO: Here’s ace reporter Sarah Portlock’s take on 8-8-08! Comment

Clones one-hit Lowell

Cyclones: The Cyclones traveled to Taxachussetts to take on the Lowell Spinners — and the weaving industry-inspired team was punchless all night, getting only one hit and falling 2–0. Comment

OBGYN in the house: New post for Lutheran Medical Ctr. doc

Kings Courier: 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

New Sickle Cell grant

Kings Courier: 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

Race’s red hot rhetoric: Parker, Stewart, Felder in fierce war of words

Kings Courier: The upcoming 21st Senate District Democratic primary on September 9 is turning ugly. Comment

NYC Pet Adoption Festival

Kings Courier: 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

Summer at your local library

Kings Courier: 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

New center — now that’s Italian!: FIAO gets capital funds to build facility

Kings Courier: 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

Summertime fun & games fit these neighbors to a ‘T’

Kings Courier: Sporting challenges, family frolics and more fanned the flame of friendship as residents gathered for block party festivities in Bergen Beach. Comment

5 stars for Maimonides

Kings Courier: Maimonides Medical Center has been recognized with a five-star rating for clinical excellence in women’s health services, based on a recently published study by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. This designation places Maimonides in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for women’s health programs in stroke, cardiac and maternity services. Comment

Realty roundtable

Kings Courier: Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation, will be among the speakers at the next quarterly Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable Luncheon, August 5. Comment

Financial break for U.S. troops: New measure to make ‘pay back’ easier for returning veterans

Kings Courier: 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

High on the hog: Look whose tax bill is the lightest

Kings Courier: It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment

Help for lowered sex drives

Kings Courier: 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

Food stamps ‘go green,’ big time

Kings Courier: Food stamp use at city Greenmarkets has skyrocketed, an encouraging development that could help bridge the nutrition gap, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said last week. Comment

Walls come tumbling down

Kings Courier: One would think they were “giving way” to future changes. Comment

Kimball Street revels in summertime fun & games

Kings Courier: Young water warriors beat the heat with cooling dunks in the aqua slide while mom and dad fired up the grill for a sizzling block party in Marine Park. Comment

Kimball Street waits and waits: Stop-work order remains on building

Kings Courier: If it’s really a victory, Marine Park residents haven’t been able to enjoy it yet. Comment

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

Move over batman, Lifesaving goes hi-tech

Kings Courier: 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

Little Jewel’s challenge: Top docs needed to help save child’s life

Kings Courier: 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

New call for parent volunteers: Community Education Councils find recruitment tough going

Kings Courier: There are vacancies on several Community Education Councils (CEC) but parents seem unwilling to fill the spots. Comment

Looking for a safer way to build: Legislative package to impact new construction here

Brooklyn Courier: In the wake of several fatal crane accidents on construction sites in Manhattan, the New York City Council passed stringent construction safety legislation this week that will have a significant effect on large development projects in downtown Brooklyn and on the Williamsburg waterfront. Comment

In search of Wyckoff descendants

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Golf clinics: Learn to tee off free of charge

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Getting out the vote

Brooklyn Courier: Staten Island became the latest site to host the Polish American Congress’s 2008 Voter Registration Drive. The PAC’s mobile registration unit visited Holy Rosary and St. Stanislaus Kostka […] Comment

Get help going green at your home: Waste Management site offers consumers recycling solutions and resources

Brooklyn Courier: Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, launched ThinkGreenFromHome.com (www.thinkgreenfromhome.com), a streamlined online service for the recycling of universal household waste including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), batteries, and eventually other household electronics. Comment

James E. Davis remembered

Brooklyn Courier: A New York City Councilman, who was gunned down in a peculiar instance of skewed political rivalry inside City Hall, was recalled for his charisma and anti-violence measures at a prayer vigil in Fort Greene on the fifth anniversary of his assassination. Comment

Judah Tribe live

Brooklyn Courier: Controversial soul reggae group Judah Tribe invades the Brooklyn Museum for Target 1st Saturdays, August 2. Judah Tribe is already stimulating a debate over its soon to be released single, “Judgment.” Written in tribute to Sean Bell, killed by NYPD officers, “Judgment” features guitarist and father-in-law of Sean Bell, Les Paultre. The show will take place as part of the Reggae Retro/Revival Reggae Sundays outdoor dance party featuring Judah Tribe, DJs Silence, Jase and Styff. Comment

Filthy and dangerous: Comptroller raises alarm over BK senior centers

Kings Courier: Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

Methodist Hospital fair

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Lightening the load: New law gives returning veterans a financial break

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Gearing up for education overhaul: Special town hall held on the future of school governance

Brooklyn Courier: The New York City public school system could undergo a drastic makeover next year — and now’s the time for parents to play a part in the redesign process. Comment

Food pinch hits: Pantries see rise in demand

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Boost for new amphitheater: Millions to help outdoor venue take shape in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Big bite outta crime: ‘National Night Out’ returns once more

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

Bank robbing can be a drag

Brooklyn Courier: What’s happening, Tootsie! Comment

Camp Brooklyn starts at Borough Hall: Neighborhood youngsters enjoy a summer packed with fun and adventure

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz played camp counselor as a group of young campers gathered at Borough Hall to enjoy “bug juice” and other camp goodies and to help kick off another season of Camp Brooklyn. Comment

Cutting the fat

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

Fidler secures $1 million for father’s legacy

Brooklyn Courier: City Councilmember Lew Fidler has proven to be a productive lawmaker and an even better son. Comment

Farm fresh fins and gills: Brooklyn’s ‘Aquaman’ raises edible fish in tanks

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Danny’s got a ton of cash for run

Brooklyn Courier: State Senate hopeful Daniel Squadron is smiling all the way to the bank. Comment

Ballroom dance lessons

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Ends don’t meet: Many forced to food pantries

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

$1 million for father’s legacy: Councilman secures funds for Fidler-Wyckoff Park

Brooklyn Courier: City Councilmember Lew Fidler has proven to be a productive lawmaker and an even better son. Comment

Filthy and dangerous senior ctrs.: Shocking new audit released; comptroller says the elderly are at risk

Brooklyn Courier: Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

Miss Brooklyn wins again: Beauty to represent state in Miss America Pageant

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Down on the Bklyn fish farm: Borough’s own ‘Aquaman’ grows a fin-tastic crop in tanks

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Outdoor theater gets a big boost

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Parents form new coalition challenging mayoral control

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

The best place for family bonding

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (BCBC) was selected as Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding as part of Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect’s First Annual Parents’ Picks Awards. Comment

Swipe at Fort Greene Flea Mkt.

Brooklyn Courier: Despite neighborhood complaints, city officials and Fort Greene Flea Market organizers remain confident that issues surrounding the popular Sunday event can be worked out. Comment

Parents get say on schools

Brooklyn Courier: The New York City public school system could undergo a drastic makeover next year — and now’s the time for parents to play a part in the redesign process. Comment

Dangerous corner gets new light: Enhanced traffic control for McDonald Ave. and Windsor Place

Brooklyn Courier: The intersection of McDonald Avenue and Windsor Place is an accident waiting to happen, according to neighborhood residents who are pressing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a traffic light. Comment

Cutting out the fat - surgically

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

Tiny Jewel needs medicine’s best: Medical community challenged to help save BK girl

Flatbush: 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

Ticket leads to all-out manhunt for fleeing motorist

Flatbush: Police in riot gear converged on Rugby Road Friday after a scooter cop was injured during a break-neck chase with a car in Flatbush, officials said. Comment

Stories in the Garden

Flatbush: 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

Vanderveer parties in the streets

Flatbush: A deejay provided the musical spark and dancing in the streets ignited it when block residents shared the spirit on block party day in Flatbush. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: Murdered on Nostrand Comment

City Tech Scholarships

Brooklyn Courier: New York City College of Technology (City Tech) hospitality management student Theresa Gwizdaloski, left, was awarded the 2008 Les Dames d’Escoffier/International Culinary Center’s “Make a Difference Scholarship” valued at $40,000. Comment

Brooklyn Cyclones going medieval

Brooklyn Courier: Baseball fans are welcomed to the Isle of Coney (that’s Coney Island) in the Kingdom of the Brooklyn Cyclones for Medieval Times Night, August 4 at 7 p.m. Comment

Big tax break for Park Slope neighbors

Brooklyn Courier: It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum On-the-Go

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Children’s Museum On-The-Go takes a walk on the wild side in August. Comment

Debating mayoral control: Pol calls for changes to decision-making process

Greenpoint: The New York City public school system could undergo a drastic makeover next year — and now’s the time for parents to play a part in the redesign process. Comment

Boost for amphitheater

Kings Courier: 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

Boffo in Brooklyn: TKTS outlet opens

Kings Courier: 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

Belgians on the hunt for ‘birthday twins’

Kings Courier: April 29, 1933. December 27, 1979. July 24, 1982. Comment

A ‘colossal’ job for cadman Plaza park cleaners

Kings Courier: City conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded sculptures at Cadman Plaza Park with painstaking detail as part of a restoration program to reclaim the handsome limestone statues from the ravages of time. Comment

Borough prez parties with East 58th Street

Kings Courier: “Mr. Brooklyn” received a warm borough welcome on block party day when he stopped by East 58th Street for a bite to eat and a smile to share with residents of East 58th Street. Comment

Camp brooklyn makes a hot summer cool

Kings Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz played camp counselor as a group of young campers gathered at Borough Hall to enjoy “bug juice” and other camp goodies and to help kick off another season of Camp Brooklyn. Comment

Discriminatory lending under fire

Kings Courier: 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

DEP lax on collections: Comptroller says agency is owed millions in charges

Kings Courier: 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

Children’s museum president is the ‘Heart of Brooklyn’

Kings Courier: 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

A prescription for success in medicine: Brooklyn College students chart bright medical careers

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

Anti-graffiti fleet in action

Kings Courier: 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

Food pantries feel hunger pains

Greenpoint: 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

Even closer to coming home: Four-year saga for residents of 202 Franklin Street drawing to an end

Greenpoint: After being displaced from their Greenpoint apartment building for nearly four years, tenants could soon be moving back to 202 Franklin Street, as attorneys neared a settlement in housing court this week. Comment

Dozens of pets looking for a home: Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to hold Pet Adoption Festival on August 2

Greenpoint: 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

Improving Newtown Creek walk: Local committee brainstorms as four-year anniversary of park draws near

Greenpoint: With the one-year anniversary of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk fast approaching, Greenpoint community members made suggestions to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Parks Department officials for making the walk more accessible to residents and tourists alike. Comment

Man-made return to nature: Tour of southern Brooklyn landfills shows a lush, green landscape near Jamaica Bay

Greenpoint: Once known for its 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

Active adults

Kings Courier: In the interest of promoting active healthy lifestyles for mature adults, 55 and above, Millennium Development has created an Outdoor Marine Park Active Adults Program (MPAA), open to all seniors, near the tennis courts in Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue & Stuart Street. Comment

Shot down again: TransGas rehearing denied

Greenpoint: They’re not budging. Comment

Saying goodbye to Giglio, priest: Father Fonti’s departure from Mount Carmel announced as festival drew to a close

Greenpoint: Father Joseph Fonti approached the altar to lead one of dozens of celebration masses in honor of San Paolino and Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the last time last week. Comment

Educrats seek input on spending

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

August is packed with music & art

Williamsburg: Tillie’s of Brooklyn, 248 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene, offers music and art events throughout August. Comment

Cake man raven makes the world taste good

Williamsburg: Sweet treats amounted to more than just cake when Fort Greene uber-baker Cake Man Raven held his annual block party – complete with cash prizes, scholarships and a “cupcake” parade. Comment

Brewery looking for new home: Local business eyeing other parts of borough to make hometown beer

Williamsburg: The borough’s hometown brewery squeaked and now it appears the city is applying some grease. Comment

Bklyn’s own fish farm: Fin-tastic crops grown locally from organic farming

Williamsburg: 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

Anglers cast their lines into Prospect Park lake

Williamsburg: Armed with bamboo rods and corn bait – and cheered on by Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull – a horde of eagle-eyed anglers had big fish to fry as they challenged mettle in the four-day-long Macy’s Fishing Contest at Prospect Park. Comment

City Council watch on construction: New safety legislation could effect developments along Williamsburg waterfront

Williamsburg: In the wake of several fatal crane accidents on construction sites in Manhattan, the New York City Council passed stringent construction safety legislation this week that will have a significant effect on large development projects in downtown Brooklyn and on the Williamsburg waterfront. Comment

City hopsitals’ water weight: Rehaul of DEP billing method called for as $13.4M in charges owed

Williamsburg: 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 recently concluded. Comment

Debating mayoral control: Parents, educators want share in decision-making

Williamsburg: Democracy has suffered under mayoral control. Comment

Curators of great Bk art

Williamsburg: LB Brown, founder and director of the Clinton Hill Art Gallery, far right, congratulates the gallery’s guest curator Anna Annus Hagen, third from right, at the recent artist reception for the BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition) group exhibit. Also pictured at the reception and exhibit, held at the Clinton Hill Art Gallery, 154 Vanderbilt Avenue between Myrtle & Willoughby, were curator and artist Gwen Black and curator Linda Salavaria. Comment

Critics blast ‘oily’ McCain

Williamsburg: Rallyers protest soaring gas costs and douse John McCain’s presidential bid in displeasure in front of a Shell gas station in Brooklyn Heights. The placard-toting group crusaded against the Republican candidate, who when asked recently by the Orange County Register about the last time he pumped his own gas and how much it cost, replied: “Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters.” Comment

Small TV, big problem

Letters: I think a very serious problem has been created by the switch to digital television. Comment

Misbegotten mess

Letters: Joe Maniscalco is correct in his assessment that Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries’ plan to create a new governance structure for the Forest City Ratner Corporation’s Atlantic Yards project proposal ‘went over like a lead balloon.’ Comment

Big Red’s back with a vengeance

Williamsburg: or a film about a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping demon, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” manages to mingle gravitas with humor, and tenderness with frenzied, fantastical action. Comment

Wood works at Indie Market

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Indie Market brings together a couple of distinctive craft artisans working in wood, introducing a new addition to the primarily fashion and art focus of the market. Comment

Take the Big Onion Walking Tour

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn-based Big Onion Walking Tours hosts a number of walks spotlighting the borough. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Ahh, the finer things in life…but who can afford ‘em? Yeah, we all know that you’re not benefiting from all those tax breaks the guys running the White House love to brag about. Heck, you’re not a millionaire – you work for a living. But you can appreciate beautiful things just like the blue blood elites even though you’re only a blue collar guy, or gal. How? By being a savvy consumer. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Gitmo defense wrong about the rights of thugs

Williamsburg: Allowing suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Salim Ahmed Hamdan to speak with his wife by phone from Guantanamo Bay – plus providing him with reading material and fish sandwiches – seems a pretty friendly way of getting him to spill the beans about Osama bin Laden. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

No John, Paul, George or Ringo, but Bros. are fab

Williamsburg: Taking our daughter to the Jonas Brothers concert this past weekend transported me back 43 years to an August day in 1965 — when I was a tween, and was screaming, crying and jumping up and down in response to the band. But instead of listening to three boys from Wyckoff New Jersey, my hysteria was directed at four fabulous lads from Liverpool, namely John, Paul, George and Ringo. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Delta’s problems with ‘wide bodies’

Williamsburg: By the time this column goes to press, Senator Barack Obama will have spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Iraqi Prime Minister Noural al-Maliki and several top […] Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Taking action against unsolicited advertising

Williamsburg: Property owners know the feeling: They come home after a hard day’s work or back from vacation only to find piles of unsolicited and unwanted advertising material on their lawn. This unwelcome material, which the homeowner has no choice but to gather and pick up, can be more than an annoyance and an enormous waste of paper. As it piles up while the homeowner is away on vacation, this material does its job in an unexpected way, “advertising” the fact that no one’s home, giving would-be robbers the green light to come in and help themselves. Comment

Douglass Street is decked out in summer fun

Williamsburg: Carroll Gardens bopped to the tune of community camaraderie when mom, dad and the kids helped fan the flame of friendship during a block party along Douglass Street. Comment

Coney goes Medieval

Williamsburg: Baseball fans are welcomed to the Isle of Coney (that’s Coney Island) in the Kingdom of the Brooklyn Cyclones for Medieval Times Night, August 4 at 7 p.m. Comment

Live ‘Music At The Bridge’

Williamsburg: usic At The Bridge, a new free summer music series being presented in the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, continues to attract huge crowds. Comment

JDub celebrates first five years with Brooklyn friends

Williamsburg: rooklyn talent unites on July 20 to help JDub celebrate five years of promoting Jewish artists here and aboard. Comment

BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival finale ends on a high note

Williamsburg: AM and MetroTech Center conclude their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech this month and next. Comment

Afro Jazz Sundays: Always live

Williamsburg: fro Jazz Sundays is Brooklyn’s newest summer event for live music from African, Caribbean and Latin traditions woven into jazz. Comment

Now you can tour the treasures of the deep for free

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

Seaside Summer Concert Series

Williamsburg: he Seaside Summer Concert Series, celebrating an incredible 30 years of the very best in free entertainment, continues at Asser Levy/Seaside Park with consecutive Thursday night concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Celebrity baker sued Comment

Viva La France – with lots of banjos and ukuleles

Williamsburg: arlez-moi d'amour. Il m'a vue nue. Presque oui. Comment

Siren Fest: Still hip to the Coney Island music scene

Williamsburg: ast year everyone was singing the Siren Festival's swan song. Comment

$upport for our troops: More time for city employees to pay back salaries

Williamsburg: 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

Taking over the streets in Billyburg: First installment of Williamsburg Walks, a car-free Bedford Ave., deemed a success

Williamsburg: A summer heat advisory was not enough to prevent the successful kickoff of “Williamsburg Walks” last Saturday, the first of four Saturdays this summer during which Bedford Avenue will be closed to traffic. Comment

Heart of Brooklyn welcomes prez

Williamsburg: 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

Goodbye to Giglio, priest: Father’s plans announced as festival drew to a close

Williamsburg: Father Joseph Fonti approached the altar to lead one of dozens of celebration masses in honor of San Paolino and Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the last time last week. Comment

Food pantry patrons on the rise

Williamsburg: 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

Man-made return to nature: Tour of southern Brooklyn landfills show a lush, green landscape near Jamaica Bay

Williamsburg: 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

Now you’re cooking: vendors return

Williamsburg: It’s open season for vendors hawking delectable delights at Red Hook Park. Comment

Summer camp now even better: School Settlement Association day camp receives $40,000 grant for field trips

Williamsburg: Thanks to a $40,000 grant, the School Settlement Association day camp (120 Jackson Street) will take better field trips than ever before. Comment

Reeling af ter death: Shooting suspect on the lam

Williamsburg: The close-knit block of S. 3rd Street between Marcy Avenue and Havemeyer Street is still reeling from the loss of resident Richard Duran, 22, who died last Monday from gunshot wounds sustained after midnight Friday at the MTA bus depot on Broadway and Roebling Street. Comment

Prescription for success at BK College: Two recent graduates recipients of prestigious Salk Scholarship for medical school

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

Ride the Carousel free

Williamsburg: The best family fun ride in the heart of Brooklyn just got better: Prospect Parks 1912 Carousel is free for kids under the age of 12 every Thursday in August, courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings. Comment

Outdoor shopping

Williamsburg: Naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, August 3 and again on August 30. Prospect Park is a great place for wild foods, and the summer is an especially rich season. Comment

Cyclones: Staten Island beats back Brooklyn charge

For a minute last week, it looked like the Brooklyn Cyclones were ready to turn the corner on their disappointing start to the 2008 season. Comment

Champ on and off court: St. Francis College grad is Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year

The Northeast Conference named St. Francis College graduated senior Katja Bavendam (Hambergen, Germany/Osterholz-Scharmbeck) its 2007-08 Women’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Bavendam, a women’s basketball player, receive the honor by virtue of her exceptional 4.00 grade-point averages (GPA). Comment

Beachside battleground for Olympians: Misty & Kerri, Phil & Todd triumphant at AVP Pro Volleyball Crocs Tour

With the Summer Games less a week away, members of the US Olympic Beach Volleyball team bumped in some last-minute practice by spiking a few rounds on Coney’s famous white sands in the AVP Pro Volleyball Crocs Tour. Comment

‘The’ place for family bonding

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (BCBC) was selected as Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding as part of Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect’s First Annual Parents’ Picks Awards. Comment

Fighting the slump: John Servidio battles back at the plate

John Servidio’s professional baseball career got off to an auspicious start. During the season’s first couple weeks, the 26th round draft pick hit his way to the Cyclones regular right field job, providing a spark for the offensively-challenged Cyclones with his line-drive stroke and extra-base pop. Comment

Kuhn Golf benefit

Xaverian’s High School’s “Dr. Jack Kuhn Alumni Golf Outing” at the Richmond County Country Club, an all-day golf outing honoring the legacy of the beloved Bay Ridge resident and avid golfer, was successful in its endeavors to raise funds for the school’s Jack Kuhn Memorial Scholarship. Comment

Brooklyn jazz rhythms inspire ‘Portraits in Blue’

Williamsburg: During the July and August months of 2008, Brooklynites will be seeing jazz. That is, of course, works of visual art inspired by the rhythms and tones of jazz music. Comment

Audition workshop

Williamsburg: The 37-year old Narrows Community Theater (NCT) has opened a full arts education program this summer. On August 7 at 8 p.m., NCT sponsors “How to Audition for the Professional Theatre,” a pair of workshops designed to expand on the art of auditioning. Comment

Player of the Week: Holt is hot hurler

This past week on Irish Heritage night at Keyspan Park, Brad Holt put on one of the most dominating pitching performances in Brooklyn Cyclones history. Facing the Vermont Lake Monsters, Holt allowed no runs and recorded 14 strikeouts in 6 innings of work to improve his record to 3-2. Comment

‘Real World’ switcheroo

Brooklyn Courier: All the hype about MTV’s “The Real World” coming to Red Hook may not be so real. Comment

Volunteer with the MDA Telethon

Brooklyn Courier: 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 Telethon, airing on MY-9 WWOR-TV August 31 and September 1. Comment

Parents flexing their muscles: New coalition to challenge mayoral control of schools

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

Off-leash fun

Brooklyn Courier: FIDO in Prospect Park invites pet owners and pet lovers to the 10th anniversary of off-leash in Prospect Park from 7-9 a.m., August 2 in the Long Meadow below the Picnic House. Comment

Neighborhood pride and kids: Youngsters take part in innovative summer programs

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Park Slope living – on the cheap!

Brooklyn Courier: It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment

Push for new light at 10th Ave.

Brooklyn Courier: The intersection of McDonald Avenue and Windsor Place is an accident waiting to happen, according to neighborhood residents who are pressing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a traffic light. Comment

Summer concerts

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

Still fighting discrimination

Brooklyn Courier: 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 […] Comment

Rx for huge success: College students chart careers in medicine

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

Fire! Festival

Williamsburg: Fire!, a new play festival, opens August 6 at 7 p.m. at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene. Comment

Here’s your treasure map to culture off the beaten path

Williamsburg: A pirate with more than a passing resemblance to Captain Jack Sparrow opened the treasure chest. Comment

Liza, Badu and many, many more

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz continues his 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy/Seaside Park and the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, with some of the biggest names in music coming to Brooklyn to celebrate an incredible three decades of free music. Comment

Live Burkinabe music

Williamsburg: Burkina Electric, the first electronica dance band from the West African country of Burkina Faso, brings traditional Burkinabe music and Western club electronica dance to Brooklyn. Comment

Let the music play through the summer

Williamsburg: The annual summer concerts series, in parks throughout from Bay Ridge to Marine Park, continues with the performances sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Parks Task Force and CERT1NYC. Comment

Hoge at Union Hall

Williamsburg: The acclaimed singer, songwriter and American roots rocker Will Hoge will continue to trek across North America this summer after returning from his first-ever tour of the UK. Comment

True stamp of approval for a special Brooklyn artist

Williamsburg: For over the last ten years, you may have come across the work of illustrator and portrait artist Michael Deas. Comment

BBG flower power

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is offering a number of special events and activities this summer. Just a few include. Comment

Clowns that don’t blow up the city

Williamsburg: The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars returns to Brooklyn this week, with performances now to August 3 at Aviator Sports and Recreation. Comment

Catch the spirit of exploration

Williamsburg: The Center for the Urban Environment (CUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, continues its current season with a host of walks throughout the borough and beyond. Comment

Bring in the Clones

Williamsburg: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) presents a special advance screening of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an exciting new addition to the Star Wars universe and the first animated feature film from Lucasfilm. Comment

God and guitar guides this Brooklyn street musician

Williamsburg: Sheepshead Bay residents and visitors may not know Kenny Schaffer personally, but they certainly know and appreciate his work. Comment

Drink deeply: The Sippy Cups return

Williamsburg: The audience at Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell (corner of Prospect Park West and Ninth Street) is turned over to the kids, August 2 at 4 p.m., when The Sippy Cups return with a musically fresh, theatrically ambitious whirlwind of a show for kids and families. Comment

So, is this really a democracy?

Williamsburg: Long Island University’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, located at the University’s Brooklyn campus, invites you to “Building Community for Change, Are We Democracy?”, August 2 at 2 and 4 p.m. Comment

Prospect Park welcomes Alvin Ailey Dance troupe

Williamsburg: The internationally renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings its contemporary works to Brooklyn with a performance from its troupe, Ailey II, this month in Prospect Park. Comment

Hit the museum for free

Williamsburg: Before the summer months slip away, families in search of artistic and recreational refreshment can take advantage of Bank of America’s “Museum on Us” program, August 2-3. The program provides an opportunity to visit more than 70 leading cultural institutions across the United States, including museums, historical sites and science centers, on the first weekend of each month for free. Comment

Stitch by Stitch: Works in Fabric

Williamsburg: Brooklyn College is hosting “Stitch by Stitch: Works in Fabric,” a colorful art exhibition of 25 quilts crafted by members of the Quilters Guild of Brooklyn, on display at the Brooklyn College Library at 2900 Bedford Avenue, through August 22. Comment

26th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition presents “Relative Environment,” the 26th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show, now to September from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Comment

Sexually abused at knifepoint

Flatbush: Police are looking for a knife-wielding fiend responsible for a sex attack in East Flatbush. Comment

‘Nothing’ but Bill

Williamsburg: Communicable Arts presents William Shakespeares “Much Ado About Nothing,” the bard’s tale of love gone wrong until it goes right. Comment

Wave your Caribbean colors proudly

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum offers family programs in August. The Target First Saturdays August event is Caribbean Carnival-Wave Your Flags! Comment

More praise for Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Courier: The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. The exhibit features a detailed scale model of the bridge, multimedia displays on its history, and facsimiles of photographs from the collection of Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger. The exhibit is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays through the end of August when the college is in session. Comment

Samba time at the zoo

Brooklyn Courier: Come watch the animals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo get into the ‘swing’ of things. Comment

Tritter history tour

Explore the history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side between 1820 and today with historian Thorin Tritter as he traces wave after wave of immigrants who settled there, explaining why they came to this particular part of New York, the lives they made for themselves, and what remains of their communities today. Comment

Summer in the park

Here’s a listing of what’s on tap at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s favorite greenspace, this month. Comment

Slugfest for nurse candidate: May takes on Schack for district leadership post

An insurgent candidate for the 46th Assembly District’s female leader slot is finding out just how hard it is to buck the Democratic machine in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Sarge is ‘master’ on the mic, too

Army Master Sgt. Isaac Alexis, a Houston native, has the fast-flowing lips of a rap artist whose lyrics don’t stumble. His songs tell stories instead of just describing hanging emotions and he rhymes with passion and recites his own words as if he were creating them on the spot. Comment

Two brothers, one war: Arkansas siblings serve their country together

Deployments usually separate families, but for two brothers from Arkansas, deployment to Iraq actually brought them closer. Comment

Wingers help battle the CA. flames

The 146th Airlift Wing at the station in Port Hueneme isn’t equipped to drop fire retardant, but the California Air National Guard unit has found another mission that will keep them involved in the effort to battle wildfires. Comment

Council chips in for schools: Members step up to fill in gaps to keep programs afloat

Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Can’t make ends meet: Food pantries, soup kitchens face greater demand

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

‘Sea monsters’ land: Air Force delivers giant squids to the Smithsonian

No it’s not the title of a Sci-Fi movie, it’s the real deal - Giant Squids land at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Comment

‘Mayor Marty’ scores in polls

“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

Real World mixup

All the hype about MTV’s “The Real World” coming to Red Hook may not be so real. Comment

NY Methodist graduates stellar 8

Staff members, family, and friends gathered together to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s eight graduates of New York Methodist Hospital’s School of Medical Technology. The graduates earned this well-deserved praise by completing a rigorous fulltime program that encompasses both the theory and practice of medical technology. Comment

Higher authority rules on church: Dept. of Building nixes condominium applications

The city recently rejected plans for the contentious conversion of a Bay Ridge church into condominiums and a scaled-down house of worship. Comment

Greener households

Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, launched ThinkGreenFromHome.com (www.thinkgreenfromhome.com), a streamlined online service for the recycling of universal household waste including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), batteries, and eventually other household electronics. Comment

Food stamps at greenmarkets

Food stamp use at city Greenmarkets has skyrocketed, an encouraging development that could help bridge the nutrition gap, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said last week. Comment

Family wellness fair

The Brooklyn College Student Center has partnered with the New York Presbyterian Community Health Plan to hold a Family Wellness Day for the Flatbush community, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center building, Campus Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Marching with the People’s army

“The difference between the noncommissioned officers of the People’s Liberation Army and those of the U.S. military is the difference between technicians and leaders,” said Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. James A. Roy, senior enlisted leader of U.S. Pacific Command upon returning from a recent trip to China. Comment

Military kids tee off with the pros: Youngsters go full swing on Congressional Country Club course

Jeffrey Dahl, 9, of New Jersey and Margaret Rollins, 13, of Virginia, both military children, teed up with golf pro Fred Couples to hit the ceremonial “shot from around the world” concluding the opening ceremonies and officially start the week’s tournament-related events at the AT & T National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda Md. Comment

Nothing like a package from home

Then — Patton’s tanks rolled across North African desert sands and letters of encouragement, love and support from family back home connected 1st Armored Division soldiers to loved ones left behind. Comment

New intelligence center debuts

Snip, Snip Hooray! Pictured from left, Air Force Col. Anthony Rizzo, National Center for Medical Intelligence director; Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, Defense Intelligence Agency director; James R. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence; and Charles E. Allen, undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, Department of Homeland Security. Comment

Mothers support group

This fall, Brooklyn Women’s Services will begin an ongoing Parenting Support Group for Mothers, which will offer support and teach skills needed to parent effectively while looking at how our own experience as children impacts our parenting styles. Comment

Docs challenged to save tiny Jewel

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

Food stamps ‘go green’ big time

Food stamp use at city Greenmarkets has skyrocketed, an encouraging development that could help bridge the nutrition gap, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said last week. Comment

Calling all MDs: help save Jewel

Bay News: 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
BIG SCREECHER

The return of the robber barons

Bay News: The worse part of this column is that everything in it is true. I’m sure that all of you have credit cards, and will agree with me that the worst ones to deal with are the ones from of our biggest banks. Chase, NA and Bank of America I find are the most ruthless to their customers. Forget the illegal usurers. They are nothing compared to the unbelievable legal antics of these giant banks — the very same banks spending fortunes on advertising to get you to open an account. Comment

Big boost to new amphitheater

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

Beer boys brew up a big move: Brooklyn Brewery looks to expand

Bay News: The borough’s hometown brewery squeaked and now it appears the city is applying some grease. Comment

Dog days of summer are cooler in the park

Bay News: Here’s a listing of what’s on tap at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s favorite greenspace, this month. Comment

Express route to Sundance

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

Home sales take a dive: Report finds property sales drop dramatically

Bay News: 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

Hatin’ on big Bill’s 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

Filthy and dangerous: Alarm over BK senior centers

Bay News: Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

Farmhouse free Thursdays

Bay News: Bring a blanket, pack a picnic dinner, and have some fun during the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum’s free Thursday evening events, now to August 28 from 5-7 p.m. There will be lots of hot colonial cooking and games, so relax while gardening and re-discover the oldest structure in New York City. Comment

A ‘Real World’ switcheroo in Brooklyn: MTV buzz is they’ll move locale of next season’s house

Bay News: All the hype about MTV’s “The Real World” coming to Red Hook may not be so real. Comment

A ‘colossal’ job for Cadman Plaza park cleaners

Bay News: City conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded sculptures at Cadman Plaza Park with painstaking detail as part of a restoration program to reclaim the handsome limestone statues from the ravages of time. Comment

New trolley ain’t folly

One of the keys to turning Coney Island into a world-class amusement park, according to Coney Island USA’s Dick Zigun, is keeping automobiles out. Comment

Lighter tax load for some

It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment

Greener households: New website shows you how

Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, launched ThinkGreenFromHome.com (www.thinkgreenfromhome.com), a streamlined online service for the recycling of universal household waste including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), batteries, and eventually other household electronics. Comment

Fresh crop of cops to hit the streets: Neighborhood precincts welcome detail of additional officers

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

Senior citizens at risk: Centers pose threat, audit finds

Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

‘Zap’ trial tears at family: Relatives of slain woman forced to relive pain

It wasn’t a trip back to the borough that Roberta Cambria was looking forward to. Comment

A prescription for success

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

A few more bucks: Council chips in for schools

Bay News: Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

A break for troops

Bay News: 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

Dojo update

In the story “Martial arts masters” in the July 17 edition of “The Bay Ridge Courier,” the address for Hoteikan Dojo was listed incorrectly. The correct address is 7017 Fort Hamilton Parkway. We regret the error. Comment

Docs challenged to aid Jewel: Youngster needs lifesaving help

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

It was a life-size Hot Wheels

Bay News: Sheepshead Bay firefighters were dispatched to Bragg Street near Avenue V recently after a red SUV got really red, and smoky. Witnesses said that the car was rolling down the street Monday when a small blaze – possibly sparked by an electrical short – erupted behind the dashboard. Alerted by the smoke, the driver pulled the car over. Both he and his passenger pulled the car over as they called for FDNY support. No injuries were reported. Comment

Hooligans caught on tape

Bay News: Thanks to a carefully placed surveillance camera, cops have perfect pictures of three fresh-faced hooligans wanted for breaking into a Sheepshead Bay law firm last week. Comment

Hiroshima Day observance

Bay News: Hiroshima Day, August 6, observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches, is held to commemorate the dropping of the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Comment

Help subsidize your Park Slope pals

Bay News: It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment

Little Jewel’s challenge: Top docs needed to help save child

Bay News: 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

Missing bus stop mystery continues: DOT unclear on where removal plea originated

Bay News: The bus stop at Ocean Avenue and Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach has been gone for almost three years now, but questions are lingering this week about who exactly requested the removal. Comment

One ‘colossal’ cleanup in Brooklyn

Bay News: City conservators undertook the tall task of preserving a pair of heralded sculptures at Cadman Plaza Park with painstaking detail as part of a restoration program to reclaim the handsome limestone statues from the ravages of time. Comment

Nurse finds politics rough: Challenger for female leadership post finds it tough going

Bay News: An insurgent candidate for the 46th Assembly District’s female leader slot is finding out just how hard it is to buck the Democratic machine in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Museum president is the ‘Heart of Brooklyn’

Bay News: 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

Mom support

Bay News: This fall, Brooklyn Women’s Services will begin an ongoing Parenting Support Group for Mothers, which will offer support and teach skills needed to parent effectively while looking at how our own experience as children impacts our parenting styles. Comment

Hearing on ‘Brooklyn Dreams’

Bay News: Parents have a chance to determine the future of their children’s schools. Comment

Educational Tour

Bay News: Intermediate School 285-Meyer Levin’s Dream Team will hold a car wash/fundraising event in support of Meyer Levin’s “Educational Tour,” the school’s study abroad program. Comment

Blogging and bullying: Developer feuds with authors of two local web sites

Bay News: A simple case of bullying. Comment

Big money for big-time projects

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

Barbequing comes with the badge...

Bay News: Members of the 61st Precinct Community Council embraced the summer season last week with a special barbecue at the Bainbridge Center. Comment

A freaky National Night Out Against Crime

Bay News: The National Night Out Against Crime celebration in Coney Island is guaranteed to be the freakiest one on record. Comment

Blow it out of your trunk!

Bay News: A pampered pachyderm has a ton of fun getting the bath-time brush-off from a devoted handler as the gentle Goliath is primped for his close-up at the Cole Bros. Circus at Aviator Sports and Recreation, through August 3. For information, visit www.gotothecircus.com, or call 1 (800) 796-5672 (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Comment

Brewing up a new move: Brooklyn Brewery looks to expand in the borough

Bay News: The borough’s hometown brewery squeaked and now it appears the city is applying some grease. Comment

Celebrate doggie freedom

Bay News: FIDO in Prospect Park invites pet owners and pet lovers to the 10th anniversary of off-leash in Prospect Park from 7-9 a.m., August 2 in the Long Meadow below the Picnic House. Comment

Cabrini Mission president

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

Brooklyn homes sales take a nosedive: Sale prices on the decline as well according to new real estate study

Bay News: 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

Park workshop for kids

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

Public hearing

Bay News: Community Education Council 20 will hold a public hearing open to anyone interested in learning about the proposed charter school application for Brooklyn Dreams Charter School, August 6 from 7-9 p.m. at 415 89th Street, Fourth Floor Conference Room. Comment

Brooklyn hunger pangs: Huge demand put on local food pantries, soup kitchens

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

Brewing up a really big move: City helping Brooklyn Brewery find a new place to set up shop

The borough’s hometown brewery squeaked and now it appears the city is applying some grease. Comment

Big bucks for big projects

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

Battlefield-tested medical students

Medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences are getting a healthy dose of the challenges in providing battlefield medicine during two concurrent field exercises under way in Fort Indiantown GAP, Pa. Comment

Cash boost for Bklyn schools

Brooklyn public schools are thousands of dollars richer. Comment

Charter hearing

Community Education Council 20 will hold a public hearing open to anyone interested in learning about the proposed charter school application for Brooklyn Dreams Charter School, August 6 from 7-9 p.m. at 415 89th Street, Fourth Floor Conference Room. Comment

DEP lax in collecting dough: Comptroller says med centers owe agency over $13.4M in water 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

Danger for the elderly: Audit finds big problems with BK senior centers

Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

DA Hynes increases number of ‘satellites’

His spacious offices at 350 Jay Street notwithstanding, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has spread his net wide, opening an increasing number of satellite offices in various corners of the borough. Comment

Cyclones go medieval

Baseball fans are welcomed to the Isle of Coney (that’s Coney Island) in the Kingdom of the Brooklyn Cyclones for Medieval Times Night, August 4 at 7 p.m. Comment

A wistful Rx for motorists: Assembly candidate petitions Walgreens to allow parking in lot

Good neighbors share, even the big corporate ones. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Three shot in Sheepshead Bay Comment

Tell Community Board 13 what to do

Bay News: Coney Island residents — now’s your chance to make your voices heard. Comment

Support group

Bay News: New York Methodist Hospital offers a free support group for mothers and their newborns (from birth to three months old), the Breast Feeding Support Group. A certified lactation consultant leads the group. Comment

Seaview avenue gets a top-notch cleanup

Bay News: 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

Randazzo’s rated number 1

Bay News: Eat your heart out, Eric Ripert. Comment

Very unsafe surf: Questions about lifeguards

Bay News: Last weekend’s tragic drowning in Coney Island has raised concerns about the number of lifeguards supervising local beaches. Comment

Wellness Day

Bay News: The Brooklyn College Student Center has partnered with the New York Presbyterian Community Health Plan to hold a Family Wellness Day for the Flatbush community, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center building, Campus Road and East 27th Street. Comment

‘United’ effort in Coney Island

Bay News: Clarity and unity might be two things in short supply in Coney Island this week as yet anther grassroots organization has emerged to take on the city’s redevelopment plans. Comment

‘Spike’ answers the call: 70’s television inspires LICH paramedic’s career

Bay News: As part of its 150th celebration, LICH is profiling some of the individuals who make the hospital a great community resource. Comment

‘Real World’ switcheroo: MTV producers mix up Brooklyn locals

Bay News: All the hype about MTV’s “The Real World” coming to Red Hook may not be so real. Comment

Making a difference

Bay News: -New York City College of Technology (City Tech) hospitality management student Theresa Gwizdaloski, left, was awarded the 2008 Les Dames d’Escoffier/International Culinary Center’s “Make […] Comment

Medieval Times

Bay News: Baseball fans are welcomed to the Isle of Coney (that’s Coney Island) in the Kingdom of the Brooklyn Cyclones for Medieval Times Night, August 4 at 7 p.m. Comment

Challenge to mayoral control: Coalition takes aim at DOE

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

Big break for Park Slope neighbors

Brooklyn Courier: It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment

‘Real World’ house ‘falls through’ on Pier 41

Canarsie: All the hype about MTV’s “The Real World” coming to Red Hook may not be so real. Comment

‘Joust’ for fun at Aviator Sports

Canarsie: Just call it Aviator Sports & Recreation-shire! Comment

Danny’s got more bucks than Marty

Brooklyn Courier: State Senate hopeful Daniel Squadron is smiling all the way to the bank. Comment

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

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Hungry but help’s out there: Many fail to apply for food stamps

Brooklyn Courier: Fruits, vegetables—and food stamps—should be part of a nutritionally balanced is urging. Comment

Gearing up for an education overhaul

Brooklyn Courier: The New York City public school system could undergo a drastic makeover next year — and now’s the time for parents to play a part in the redesign process. Comment

Filthy and dangerous centers: Comptroller says senior citizens are at risk

Brooklyn Courier: Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

emergency food pantries

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Who says latin is a dead language?

Canarsie: This year, all of Bishop Kearney’s Latin students participated in the National Latin Exam in the spring, and 40 students received awards for their outstanding performance. Freshman Deirdre Hynes achieved a perfect score. Seven students received gold summa cum laude certificates and medals; nine received silver maxima cum laude certificates; 10 received magna cum laude certificates and 14 received cum laude certificates. Kearney’s Latin Scholars are pictured with Sister Thomasine Stagnitta CSJ, principal, language department chairperson Christine Wisniewski and Latin teacher William Biondolino. Comment

Website helps residents maintain greener households

Canarsie: Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, launched ThinkGreenFromHome.com (www.thinkgreenfromhome.com), a streamlined online service for the recycling of universal household waste including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), batteries, and eventually other household electronics. Comment

Rockaway Pkwy party ends with two shot

Canarsie: Two people were injured Saturday when a shooting at a party led to a mass panic that ended with cops reportedly firing upon escaping suspects, officials said. Comment

Prognosis positive for medical students: Brooklyn College graduates earn Salk Scholarships; future looks bright

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

Parenting support groups for moms

Canarsie: This fall, Brooklyn Women’s Services will begin an ongoing Parenting Support Group for Mothers, which will offer support and teach skills needed to parent effectively while looking at how our own experience as children impacts our parenting styles. Comment

Singing the bridge’s song

Canarsie: The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. The exhibit features a detailed scale model of the bridge, multimedia displays on its history, and facsimiles of photographs from the collection of Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger. The exhibit is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays through the end of August when the college is in session. Comment

Summer page-turner at the BPL: Brooklyn Public Library goes beyond the book covers this month

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

Vigil for Esmin Elizabeth Green: Protesters rally against events surrounding patient left to die

Canarsie: A Brooklyn woman, who lost her job and apartment days before meeting her death in the waiting room of Kings County Hospital, was mourned by a crowd of angry protestors, who assembled outside the medical facility for a vigil in memory of Esmin Elizabeth Green. Comment

Tenant group hails Felder

Canarsie: Democratic Council Member Simcha Felder was honored by Larry Jayson, executive director of Brooklyn Housing and Family Services — the largest local tenants association in the State of New York, protecting the rights of tenants and assisting tenants in accessing services — during their annual dinner. Comment

Taking the pulse of the community: Family Wellness Day coming to Brooklyn College Student Center

Canarsie: The Brooklyn College Student Center has partnered with the New York Presbyterian Community Health Plan to hold a Family Wellness Day for the Flatbush community, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center building, Campus Road and East 27th Street. Comment

James E. Davis remembered 5 years after slaying

Brooklyn Courier: A New York City Councilman, who was gunned down in a peculiar instance of skewed political rivalry inside City Hall, was recalled for his charisma and anti-violence measures at a prayer vigil in Fort Greene on the fifth anniversary of his assassination. Comment

$1M for father’s legacy

Brooklyn Courier: City Councilmember Lew Fidler has proven to be a productive lawmaker and an even better son. Comment

Greener commute for borough hall

Flatbush: 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

Down in the mud: Stewart, Felder, Parker get dirty

Flatbush: The upcoming 21st Senate District Democratic primary on September 9 is turning ugly. Comment

DOE’s $63M hearing: Southern neighborhoods see slump, report finds

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

Cops to meet with club owners

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

Hatin’ on big Bill’s big-time endorsements: Political rivals fume over candidate’s early congressional support

Flatbush: 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

Hats off to new nursing graduates: Beth Israel school of nursing sends off largest class

Flatbush: At a touching and solemn ceremony, class valedictorian and summa cum laude Sarah Roth, 30, led the largest class to graduate from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. The Borough Park resident and mother of three young children, completed an intense two-year Associate’s degree program at the top of her class and was the recipient of The Seymour J. Phillips Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement. Comment

Parent volunteers in demand: CECs find it tough filling new vacancies

Flatbush: There are vacancies on several Community Education Councils (CEC) but parents seem unwilling to fill the spots. Comment

MTV’s ‘Real World’ pulls plug on Pier 41 spot

Flatbush: All the hype about MTV’s “The Real World” coming to Red Hook may not be so real. Comment

It’s the same old, same old at the polls: Voters to find few fresh new faces when they enter the voting booth

Flatbush: 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

Here’s looking at you: Skywatch security camera rises over Flatbush Ave.

Flatbush: Those walking past the corner of Flatbush and Church avenues found themselves gazing up in the sky this weekend as they feasted their eyes on the area’s newest resident – an NYPD “SkyWatch” tower. Comment

City Council chips in for schools

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

Brooklyn home sales take a nosedive: Residential sale prices on the decline as well, new report finds

Flatbush: 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

A Brooklyn educator in South Korea: McDowell chief participates in program to enhance understanding

Flatbush: This July, Debbie Zlotowitz, head of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, will travel to South Korea as a participant in the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators. Comment

Zoning rules changed

Brooklyn Courier: Developers in Carroll Gardens are faced with a new reality this week. Comment

Teen historians dig deep: BPL offers students a treasure trove of resources

Brooklyn Courier: Anybody who walks through the doors of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch from now until the end of August is in for an unexpected treat. Comment

Millions for new amphitheater

Brooklyn Courier: 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

A bumper crop down on the Brooklyn fish farm

Flatbush: 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

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

Big bucks for some big-time projects

Flatbush: 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

Beverly road basks in summer glory

Flatbush: The spirit of summer had neighbors jumping with joy as they bonded over block party festivities along Beverly Road. Comment

Beer boys brew new move: City helping Brooklyn Brewery find larger quarters

Flatbush: The borough’s hometown brewery squeaked and now it appears the city is applying some grease. Comment

No summer break for student advocates: Community Education Council members continue to meet during school vacation

Canarsie: School is out of session but parents are still advocating for their children’s schools. Comment

Nickelodeon votes BCBC a top ‘Parents’ Pick’ at 1st annual awards

Canarsie: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (BCBC) was selected as Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding as part of Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect’s First Annual Parents’ Picks Awards. Comment

Drive on for new traffic control: Many say signal is needed at Windsor Pl. intersection

Brooklyn Heights: The intersection of McDonald Avenue and Windsor Place is an accident waiting to happen, according to neighborhood residents who are pressing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a traffic light. Comment

Down on the BK fish farm: College researcher is raising a ‘fin-tastic’ crop

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Danny’s got more cash than Marty

Brooklyn Heights: State Senate hopeful Daniel Squadron is smiling all the way to the bank. Comment

Dangerous and filthy senior centers: Audit reveals devastating conditions; comptroller says elderly are at risk

Brooklyn Heights: Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

Kid historians uncover the past: BPL treasure trove aids research

Brooklyn Heights: Anybody who walks through the doors of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch from now until the end of August is in for an unexpected treat. Comment

$1 million for dad’s legacy: Councilman secures funds for Fidler-Wyckoff Park

Brooklyn Heights: City Councilmember Lew Fidler has proven to be a productive lawmaker and an even better son. Comment

Short on food: Emergency pantries in demand

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Scholarships

Brooklyn Heights: New York City College of Technology (City Tech) hospitality management student Theresa Gwizdaloski, left, was awarded the 2008 Les Dames d’Escoffier/International Culinary Center’s “Make a Difference Scholarship” valued at $40,000. Comment

Ready for education overhaul: Town hall held on the future of school governance

Brooklyn Heights: The New York City public school system could undergo a drastic makeover next year — and now’s the time for parents to play a part in the redesign process. Comment

Millions for amphitheatre

Brooklyn Heights: 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

Bond Street bandit molests woman

Brooklyn Heights: A 24-year-old woman was robbed and then sexually abused near the corner of Schermerhorn and Bond street this weekend, police said. Comment

BK Children’s Museum On-the-Go

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Children’s Museum On-The-Go takes a walk on the wild side in August. Comment

Summer is sensational for 81st Street neighbors

Bay News: Bay Ridge bopped as block party fever seized homeowners along 81st Street. Comment

Same old song at the polls: Candidates offer voters few new choices

Bay News: 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

New home debut: Group residence to hit 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

National Night Out Against Crime

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 your dough

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

68th Street clears traffic for games

Bay News: The spirit of summer had neighbors jumping with joy as they bonded over block party festivities in Bay Ridge. Comment

Big tax break for Park Slope

Brooklyn Heights: It pays to live in Park Slope. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Look, I’m just here for my health

Bay News: My sister Jennie pressured me to visit the Health Fare at Saints Joachim and Anne in Coney Island; and I’m glad she did. As health fairs go, it wasn’t the largest that I’ve been to, but by far it was the friendliest. It was a wonderful experience and it introduced me to the Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located between the Boardwalk and Surf Avenue. With such a glorious view of the beach and ocean, I was sort of hesitant going indoors on this beautiful sunny afternoon on June 6th. The Health Fair was from 11 AM to 2 PM held in the lobby of this facility, which is an affiliate of Catholic Charities. Comment

Who says Latin is a dead language?

Bay News: This year, all of Bishop Kearney’s Latin students participated in the National Latin Exam in the spring, and 40 students received awards for their outstanding performance. Freshman Deirdre Hynes achieved a perfect score. Seven students received gold summa cum laude certificates and medals; nine received silver maxima cum laude certificates; 10 received magna cum laude certificates and 14 received cum laude certificates. Kearney’s Latin Scholars are pictured with Sister Thomasine Stagnitta CSJ, principal, language department chairperson Christine Wisniewski and Latin teacher William Biondolino. Comment

Take that, Mr. Mayor: Parents coalition to challenge DOE power

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

A place with the royal guards

Canarsie: Captain Doctor Ugo d’Atri, president of The Istituto Nazionale per La Guardia D’Onore all Reale Tambe del Pantheon (The National Institute for the Royal Guards at the Royal Tombs of the Pantheon) in Rome, Italy has announced the appointment of Gravesend, Brooklyn resident Comm. Prof. Eric J. Ierardi a resident of Brooklyn, New York and Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, PA as the United States Delegate for the Royal Guards. Comment

Knights of Pythias elect new chancellor commander

Canarsie: Genesis Lodge #64 of the Knights of Pythias, an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, has elected new officers and Eric Platt of Gravesend has been elected Chancellor Commander of the local lodge. Comment

Judah Tribe goes live

Canarsie: Controversial soul reggae group Judah Tribe invades the Brooklyn Museum for Target 1st Saturdays, August 2. Judah Tribe is already stimulating a debate over its soon to be released single, “Judgment.” Written in tribute to Sean Bell, killed by NYPD officers, “Judgment” features guitarist and father-in-law of Sean Bell, Les Paultre. The show will take place as part of the Reggae Retro/Revival Reggae Sundays outdoor dance party featuring Judah Tribe, DJs Silence, Jase and Styff. Comment

I.S. 285 car wash

Canarsie: Intermediate School 285-Meyer Levin’s Dream Team will hold a car wash/fundraising event in support of Meyer Levin’s “Educational Tour,” the school’s study abroad program. Comment

80 graduate from DTAP program: Class celebrates success overcoming drugs

Canarsie: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes honored 80 graduates of his Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison (DTAP) program in the ceremonial courtroom of Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn. Denise E. O’Donnell, commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, gave the keynote address. This year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to Alfred A. Isaacs. Comment

Moms support group

Canarsie: New York Methodist Hospital offers a free support group for mothers and their newborns (from birth to three months old), the Breast Feeding Support Group. A certified lactation consultant leads the group. Comment

New Utrecht H.S. Class of ‘58 reunion

Canarsie: New Utrecht High School’s Class of 1958 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary reunion this year with a buffet dinner and open bar at Sirico’s Caterers, 8015 13th Avenue, October 19 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

New post for Lutheran OBGYN chair

Canarsie: 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

More support for Dancewave troupe

Canarsie: The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust has awarded a $50,000 two-year grant to Dancewave. The fund provides support for talented, economically disadvantaged young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. The grant will provide full fellowships for five of Dancewave’s Kids Company and Kids Company II members over the next two years. Comment

More help for LICH

Canarsie: For the past several months, the Board of Trustees and senior staff from Continuum and Long Island College Hospital have been discussing approaches and options to secure a bright and prosperous future for LICH. The issues that must be addressed are complex, and the ultimate plan of action will require particular expertise and experience. Comment

Free Ailey performances

Canarsie: In celebration of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s (AAADT’s) 50th anniversary and its mission of making dance accessible to everyone, Ailey will present a special series of free performances and dance classes in Brooklyn, August 7. Comment

Food stamp use at BK greenmarkets

Canarsie: Food stamp use at city Greenmarkets has skyrocketed, an encouraging development that could help bridge the nutrition gap, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said last week. Comment

Brooklyn Cyclones get medieval with fans

Canarsie: Baseball fans are welcomed to the Isle of Coney (that’s Coney Island) in the Kingdom of the Brooklyn Cyclones for Medieval Times Night, August 4 at 7 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn aids victims of chinese quake

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 […] Comment

Boost for HIV partnership

Canarsie: SUNY Downstate’s HIV Center for Women and Children has received a grant for $160,000 from the American International Health Alliance to establish a “twinning partnership” with the Centre for Health Systems Research & Development at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The grant is supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services as part of President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Comment

Beer boys brew a big move: City working with Brooklyn Brewery to find larger home

Canarsie: The borough’s hometown brewery squeaked and now it appears the city is applying some grease. Comment

Brooklyn Dreams public hearing

Canarsie: Community Education Council 20 will hold a public hearing open to anyone interested in learning about the proposed charter school application for Brooklyn Dreams Charter School, August 6 from 7-9 p.m. at 415 89th Street, Fourth Floor Conference Room. Comment

Brooklyn hunger pangs: Huge demand placed on food pantries, soup kitchens

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

East 42nd Street has block party fever

Canarsie: Mom, dad and the kids bonded with neighbors over simple pleasures as Flatbush sizzled with block party fever. Comment

DEP lax collecting dough: Report finds hospitals owe agency millions in charges

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

Come celebrate doggie independence

Canarsie: FIDO in Prospect Park invites pet owners and pet lovers to the 10th anniversary of off-leash in Prospect Park from 7-9 a.m., August 2 in the Long Meadow below the Picnic House. Comment

Senior ctrs. a threat to elderly clients

Flatbush: Lack of city oversight has rendered some senior centers not only shamefully filthy, but also dangerous, an audit revealed last week. Comment

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