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Page 1: Why wait to read the print edition of The Brooklyn Paper when it hits the streets tomorrow? Dive right in and read all our big stories, including full coverage of Tuesday’s primary elections, dueling beauty pageants, the death of two bikers, the fat choir singing for the Green Church, and our final week of Cyclones coverage (wait ‘til next year!). It’s all in your Brooklyn Paper — keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…
A bike rider was run over and killed by a school bus on a busy Park Slope street on Wednesday — the second cyclist killed in four days. Comments (20)

It’s our Fall Preview guide!

It’s our Fall Preview guide!

It’s fall, people, so it’s time to put the flip-flops away and start getting out there — and, of course, GO Brooklyn is there to guide you. Click on the links below to learn about all the upcoming events throughout the fall.

The French Connection!

The French Connection!

Park Slope: The French apparently hold the key to fixing Grand Army Plaza. Comment
Bay Ridge: Mike McMahon wins the Democratic nomination in the 13th congressional district and will face Robert Straniere for the seat being vacated by scandal-tarred Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Raise a glass (or two!)

Nightlife: Let’s get ready to mumble! Comments (1)

Wait ‘til next year! Cyclones eliminated from playoff contention

Cyclones: A rare late-season loss, combined with a Jamestown Jammers doubleheader sweep upstate, ended the Cyclones’ Cinderella run to the playoffs. Wait ‘til next year! Comment
DUMBO: Ordinary Brooklynites are fighting for the right to fight. Comment

Fake pageants, real nudity

Fake pageants, real nudity

Event: Brooklyn got a double dose of half-naked irony last Friday with dueling satirical beauty pageants glorifying Coney Island’s trashy vaudeville soul and celebrating Williamsburg’s famous irony. Comment
Dining: Here’s an offer you can’t pass up: Free food. On Sept. 18, dozens of eateries along Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue — the dowdy older brother to hot hip restaurant rows on Fifth Avenue and Smith Street — will be doling out hors d’oeuvres and other toothsome samples in the latest phase of the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s “Buy in Brooklyn” campaign. Comment
Editorial: Our editorial board is opposed to politicians’ backroom maneuvers to gut the current two-limit for city office holders. Comments (1)

Ride on!

Coney Island: Astroland owner Carol Albert is selling 20 rides on the Web site www.rides4u.com. If you want to recreate the Space Age–themed playland, you can buy them all for $1.847 million, or, choose individual rides. Here’s some of what’s available. Comment
Bay Ridge: It might be too late to save the “Green Church,” but preservationists are hoping they can rescue a tiny piece of the emerald-stoned house of worship’s history before the wrecking ball arrives next week — a time capsule. Comments (3)

Smartmom loses her dad

Smartmom: Smartmom’s dad, Monte Ghertler, dies. Comment

Our prof doles out the grades

Play’s the Thing: Our columnist doles out his end-of-season awards. Comment

Chop chop

Dining: Come on, admit it: you want to learn how to butcher a pig. Comment

Now there’s no park!

Now there’s no park!

Park Slope: Two sets of playing fields in J.J. Byrne Park have been rendered useless as the city began renovating the northern section of the park before a private developer finished his long-overdue, and city-mandated, rehab of the southern park. Comment

There is no god

Event: The leading lobbyist for one of the largest, but weakest, special interest groups — the “non-theistic” — is coming to Park Slope to champion the oft-elusive separation of church and Sarah Palin. Comment

Editor’s neighbor not pleased with beer bust story — The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: As always, the mailbag is filled — this time with letters from a Park Sloper who believes people drinking a beer on their stoop should be ticketed; two letters from fans of our illegal barbecue coverage; support for trees damaged by the “New York City Waterfalls” project; and the mosquito problem this summer. Comment

DUMBO is rejoined! Mr Bloomberg tore down that wall

DUMBO: Now that the city has rejoined the two halves of DUMBO by return turning a long-blocked road to the public, it’s time to look at customs and cultures on each side of the hip neighborhood in our first-ever East DUMBO vs. West DUMBO tale of the tape. Comment

Family calendar

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

Civic calendar

Event: All the local events you should be going to. Comment

Get your Gersh on

TV: Our editor is back on TV! Comment

Full primary results!

Politics: From an upset in a Brooklyn Heights state Senate seat to another win by longtime incumbent Rep. Ed Towns to a landslide by a Democratic Councilman who wants to replace scandal-tarred Rep. Vito Fossella and represent Bay Ridge in Congress, The Brooklyn Paper brings you all the election results. Click on the races below or read this round up. Comments (3)

Squashed! Eco-grocer can’t survive in green Slope

Shopping: It wasn’t high rent, but overly zealous environmentalism, that ultimately did in the Pumpkin’s Organic Market — an irony, considering that the one neighborhood where the eco-friendly grocer might have had a chance was crunchy ol’ Park Slope. Comments (20)
Art: In one of the noisiest parts of DUMBO — the Pearl Street Triangle — two local artists will soon establish an oratory oasis: a “speaker’s corner,” where people can stand on soapboxes and rant and rave, or just talk to their hearts’ content. Comments (1)
Downtown: Here’s our photo op of the week — all five borough presidents (who are they again?) dining with our own Beep, Marty Markowitz, at Junior’s on Monday. Comments (1)

Here they are: Your police blotters!

Park Slope: If it’s Wednesday, it must be Police Blotter Day at BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below or click above to start in Park Slope’s 78th Precinct, where a robber makes a score with just a few words of Spanish and a lot of hand gestures. Comment
Dining: Downtown Brooklynites will be unsuspecting guinea pigs at a new deli on Court Street: the Italian-sounding F. Martinella delicatessen near State Street is actually a retail concept store for the Boar’s Head cold-cut conglomerate. Comments (2)

Seamus O’Toole, Montague Street tavern legend, 58

Brooklyn Heights: Seamus O’Toole, the co-owner of the beloved Brooklyn Heights bar and restaurant Eamonn’s and a de facto “Mayor of Montague Street,” has died. He was 58. Comments (1)
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Goodbye Astroland — or maybe not?

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Goodbye Astroland — or maybe not?

Coney Island: Coney Island’s beloved Astroland amusement park closed on Sunday — apparently for good, despite a last-ditch city effort to eke out another year for the 46-year-old carnival. Comments (1)
DUMBO: Long-divided DUMBO was reunited on Monday when the city finally reopened a walkway under the Manhattan Bridge overpass to pedestrian traffic. Comment
UPDATE

Towns disses rival’s plan

UPDATE

Towns disses rival’s plan

Fort Greene: House hopeful Kevin Powell might have a plan, but he doesn’t have a clue, according to the incumbent Rep. Ed Towns. Comments (2)
Politics: Just five days before voters hit the booths, congressional upstart Kevin Powell finally gave them a reason to hit the books. Comments (8)

Cyclones eliminated from playoff contention!

Cyclones: A rare late-season loss, combined with a Jamestown Jammers doubleheader sweep upstate, ended the Cyclones’ Cinderella run to the playoffs. Wait ‘til next year! Comment

Astroland is truly dead

Astroland is truly dead

Coney Island: Astroland will close for good on Sunday. Comments (9)
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Mike’s shopping for a bed

The Search: This week, our senior reporter shops (optimistically, we believe) for a bed. Comments (3)
Dining: The city reversed itself and halted work on an embattled raw bar being built on a residential block of Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Another Cyclone win — another step towards the playoffs

Cyclones: The Cyclones won their 12th game out of their last 15 to retain a half-game lead in the race for the last playoff slot with just two games to play. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Back on the ballot Comment

Pull the lever for Simcha Felder

Williamsburg: When addressing the hotly contested race for the 21st State Senate District in Flatbush, incumbent Kevin Parker tells both the press and longtime supporters that he is a victim of “term limits.” Comment

Michael McMahon should be your man in Congress

Williamsburg: With two strong candidates to choose from on Primary Day, September 9th, Democrats in the 13th Congressional District are fortunate. Comment

Maisel for Assembly

Williamsburg: With Albany facing tumultuous times ahead with its economy, residents of the 59th Assembly District will need someone who can surf through this political tsunami. Comment

Ed Towns for the 11th District

Williamsburg: When Democratic voters in the 11th Congressional District go to the polls next week, they’ll be asked to choose between longtime incumbent Edolphus Towns and hip-hop writer Kevin Powell. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Barack & Joe and John & Sarah

Williamsburg: Well, now it’s done, and everyone has a running mate. Obama has Joe Biden and McCain has Sarah Palin. If it weren’t so frightening it might almost be funny. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Forget the Mets, take a cruise instead

Williamsburg: Your letters and emails are the property of this newspaper and may be published. Please keep them short. For verification purposes only, all correspondence must contain your real name, address and telephone number. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Some things are just too hot to handle. No one wants to rap their fists around a boiling pot or slap a bare foot down on scorching asphalt. But there are some things that are always better served hot – like a hot bargain. Sizzling savings are around every corner, and don’t worry you won’t have to work across a bed of burning coals to get to ‘em, all you have to do is read the Consumer Corner. Let’s see what out there this week. Comment

‘Fire’ is hot enough for the title

Brooklyn’s own Keisher McLeod-Wells, better known in boxing circles by her nickname “Fire,” added to her crowded trophy case this summer, her last as an amateur boxer before she soon turns pro. Comment

Terriers terrific in the pool!

The St. Francis College Terriers were selected #12 in the pre-season 2008 Men’s Varsity Poll by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The University of California-Berkeley was picked to defend their title this year. Comment

Player of the Week: Ratliff gets it done at the plate

This past week was the best week of the season for the Brooklyn Cyclones. At the start of the week the Cyclones were trailing in the race for the Wild Card spot in the New York –Penn League playoffs by two games. However, on the strength of their seven straight victories, the Cyclones cut their deficit to a mere half a game thanks in part to their strong pitching, solid hitting and stellar defense. Comment

Panthers are kings of the jungle

Brooklyn’s baseball Panthers, pictured, went on to win the Kiwanis 2008 15-16 year division championship in three games against Parkville, a top notch team in their own right. Comment

In wild card contention: Stellar play puts squad within striking distance

This year’s Brooklyn Cyclones may not be as dominant as the 2007 version, which finished with the best record in the New York-Penn League but came up short of a championship. Comment

Fighting for a leg up: Top scorers look to power up

The top scorers from each of the Brooklyn Division I colleges in the Northeast Conference return to their respective college squads, which should improve over last year’s under .500 records. With the added year of experience from their holdovers, the booters should move up in the standings. Comment

Coney teen shines at Open

Like tens of thousands of New Yorkers, Gail Brodsky of Coney Island has played at the famed courts of the U.S. Tennis Association in Flushing Meadows before. New York players, amateurs and pros alike, use the facilities to take lessons, practice, play matches and tournaments at the giant complex. Comment

Bocce for a good cause: Bowlers take the field to aid children in need

Dozens of Bocce ball lovers flocked to Coney Island’s KeySpan Park last week where they participated in a special charity tournament for children. Comment

9-ball Championships: Top cue artists go head-to-head on McDonald Avenue

Shooting stick has never been as tense as it was at Skyline Billiards, 2515 McDonald Avenue, last month as 61 professional pool players cued up for a share of the $3,900 purse, as well as chance for nine-ball glory. Comment

‘Meter thief’ busted: Suspect’s own mom turned in alleged parking pilferer

Kings Courier: If Maurice Mizrahi’s mom had a quarter for every stolen parking meter she’s found secreted in her house at one time or another, she’d be one rich woman. Comment

‘Massacre every 4 days’: Many speak out on scourge of gun violence

Kings Courier: Across the United States, said anti-gun advocate Shaina Harrison, “One child or teen dies every three hours from gun violence. It’s like having a Virginia Tech massacre every four days.” Comment

Spotlight on top kids

Kings Courier: Each summer, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein attends block associations’ parties, taking an opportunity to speak with constituents throughout her district. Comment

Reps oppose state cuts: Many don’t like the way axe fell

Kings Courier: Last week’s rush to slash $427 million from New York State’s budget in order to stave off a looming deficit hit a few roadblocks along the way thanks to a handful of Brooklyn legislators. Comment

Red Hat ladies enjoy social tea

Kings Courier: Dozens of new members joined the Red Hat Chapter during a Red Hat Ladies Social Tea “New Member Orientation,” held at the Midwood Senior Center. Everyone enjoyed entertainment, dance, and refreshments during the successful open house. The Red Hats Society is a global society of women approaching the age of 50 or beyond that connects and supports women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, and fulfillment. New members are welcome to the Red Hat Ladies chapter at the Midwood Senior Center, 1694 Ocean Avenue. For more, call 718-253-5557. Comment

Locals suspected in Manhattan robberies: Cops: credit card crooks could be from Bklyn

Kings Courier: They’ve been hunting in Manhattan but spending their ill-gotten gains in Brooklyn. Comment

Lifesaving kids are a hit

Kings Courier: Saint Edmund Preparatory High School is a winner in the 2007-2008 New York Yankees High School Blood Donor Championship. Members of the student body and school nurse Kathy DeMello, RN were honored at a New York Yankees game for their tremendous contribution and for making a difference in the lives of so many. Comment

Kings Bay youths debut new mural at Coyle St. courts

Kings Courier: Kids enrolled in the Kings Bay Youth Organization are in a league of their own. Comment

Dems hail Civic Rights champion, others

Kings Courier: Famed civil rights attorney Norman Siegel topped a list of honored guests at the El Caribe, 5945 Strickland Avenue, as members of the 42nd AD Democratic Club, held their annual awards luncheon. Comment

Cops: Turn in a gun, get cash: Success of past programs prompts new effort this month

Kings Courier: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Cold case couple: ‘No smoking gun’ in murders

Kings Courier: The investigation into the murders of Marine Park attorney Mark Schwartz and his wife Christine Petrowski-Schwartz is over a month and a half old and is quickly becoming one of the neighborhood’s first cold cases in recent years, police and prosecutors said last week. Comment

Circuit City opens at Junction

Kings Courier: Six months after it welcomed its first shoppers, the Target anchor store at the Junction has some company. Comment

Boost for Bklyn study

Kings Courier: Brooklyn, whose unique neighborhoods, people and history have inspired countless works of literature, music, and film will now have an expanded policy and research “think tank” at Brooklyn College under a landmark $300,000 grant. Comment

Bloomy backs Felder run

Kings Courier: City Councilmember and State Senate hopeful Simcha Felder brought longtime government colleague and supporter Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the Midwood Senior Center, 4815 Avenue I last week. Comment

Annex open, but not to public: Neighbors say Midwood library was supposed to be accessible to all

Kings Courier: Midwood High School’s state-of-the-art science annex is now open – but not to the public. Comment

A better way to ‘trash it’ on Kings Hwy

Kings Courier: The Kings Highway Beautification Association (KHBA) has just completed the next step on the way to restoring Kings Highway to its former splendor. Pedestrians will now find that the old, standard wire-meshed cans have been replaced by 18 brand new high-end trash receptacles. Comment

Wyckoff Farmhouse

Canarsie: Come celebrate the harvest and everything apple at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, during its annual Apple Festival, September 27. Comment

That’s my boy!

Canarsie: It’s a topsy-turvy triumph for budding scholar Joshua Semilfort as he gets in a last minute romp with dad Jean Marra on the first day of school at PS 272. Marra accompanied his son to the Canarsie school, East 102nd Street and Seaview Avenue, as part of a worldwide Million Father March. Comment

Summer sun shines on East 103rd Street

Canarsie: Family fun was on the menu Saturday as residents of East 103rd Street between Avenues L and M gathered together to take part in their annual summertime block party. Comment

Stabbed on 1st day of school: Canarsie High School student knifed not far from class

Canarsie: A typically quiet first day of class for one Canarsie High School student erupted into a bloody confrontation with a knife-wielding perpetrator who stabbed him in the chest on Rockaway Parkway Tuesday morning. Comment

September 11 observances around Bklyn: Borough memorials to recall 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center

Canarsie: The seventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is being observed across Brooklyn in a variety of ways. Comment

Scientific frontiers are snap for teens: Bright high school students become partners in science this summer

Canarsie: Many high school students spend their summers searching for fun in the sun at the Jersey Shore. But 41 New Jersey teens are using this time to invest in their futures, working with scientists in labs across the state and conducting research that could potentially improve the lives of people all over the world. Comment

Science annex debuts amid controversy: Upset public will be excluded from new library facilities

Canarsie: Midwood High School’s state-of-the-art science annex is now open – but not to the public. Comment

School is cool for all

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the annual Back to School/Stay in School rally, organized by the Borough President’s Office, the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP, and the New York City Department of Education. Comment

Schizophrenia drug

Canarsie: Imagine going through the day without the ability to concentrate and focus on the things you enjoy and important tasks that you need to complete. Think what it would be like, struggling to remember what you just talked about or learned a short time ago. Consider how you would feel if you couldn’t even accomplish simple tasks, such as making a phone call, grocery shopping or scheduling an appointment. Comment

Public advocate sets up schools hotline for parents

Canarsie: As the school year begins, there’s extra assistance available for parents trying to improve their children’s education. Comment

Pals cover cost of kitty’s nine lives

Canarsie: Helping a furry friend in need… Comment

Julius LaRosa shares stage with greats

Canarsie: Her name was Jeannette and in the eyes of young Julius LaRosa, she was just about the prettiest girl in Grover Cleveland High School. Comment

Honors for radiation grads at New York Methodist

Canarsie: New York Methodist Hospital’s Center for Allied Health Education held ceremonies for two of its four schools, the School of Radiation Therapy and the Bartone School of Radiography. Both occasions were joyous ones as the two graduating classes were praised for successful completion of their rigorous two-year programs. Comment

High marks for Maimonides

Canarsie: “Hospital Compare,” the US government website that helps the public review the quality of care in hospitals, has just published the most recent data on mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients. Of nearly 5,000 hospitals in the nation, only nine performed better than the national rate in treating heart attacks; 41 in treating heart failure; and 41 in treating pneumonia. Comment

Herbicides irk green thumb gardeners

Canarsie: Clearly, it’s not easy being green. Comment

HEAT is super cool for Brooklyn: Borough Hall celebrates a job well done during the summer of 2008

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrated the completion of a job well done when he welcomed Summer HEAT (Help Employ Ambitious Teens) participants and employers to Borough Hall. Summer HEAT is the Borough President’s summer youth employment program, which encourages Brooklyn businesses to invest in young people through employment. Comment

Handlebars & mutton chops: First Annual Coney Island Beard & Mustache Competition

Canarsie: Eric Brown has been carefully growing his muttonchops for two years, conditioning the coarse hair, occasionally trimming it, and above all, nurturing it. Comment

Fighting for healthier communities

Canarsie: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a joint program of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, continues to train community members to be health advocates in their communities. Comment

Farmhouse sows a lot of interest in history

Canarsie: Picnicking through history… Comment

E. 86th Street brings the party outside

Canarsie: Broad smiles and striking poses were abundant as the kids of East 86th Street between Avenues J and K took control of their block. Comment

Come and explore the ‘Secret City’

Canarsie: On a drizzly Monday morning in October of 1963, the jackhammers arrived piercing the pink granite of New York City’s Pennsylvania Station and the monumental act of vandalism began, writes Lorraine Diehl, author of “The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station.” Comment

Candidates forum at local church

Canarsie: The East Flatbush Coalition Political Awareness Committee is sponsoring a Primary Election Candidate’s Forum at 7 p.m., September 5 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 3714 Avenue D (entrance on East 38th Street). Comment

Budget axe cuts too deep: Brooklyn officials unhappy with hack and slash

Canarsie: Last week’s rush to slash $427 million from New York State’s budget in order to stave off a looming deficit hit a few roadblocks along the way thanks to a handful of Brooklyn legislators. Comment

Brooklyn reps in the house for Obama: Local officials on hand for historic nomination acceptance speech

Canarsie: History was made in the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this week, and Brooklyn shared in the political milestone. Comment

Brooklyn hails Revolutionary War heroes: Memorials held as the County of Kings is moved with the Spirit of ’76

Canarsie: A love of history was mixed with the acrid smell of gun smoke and a pinch of patriotic pride Sunday as Brooklynites remembered a pivotal Revolutionary War battle that exploded over what is now Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Green-Wood Cemetery, but is rarely given a mention in today’s history books. Comment

Beach Clean Up

Canarsie: Thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups, students, scouts, dive clubs, civic organizations, corporations, government agencies, and the general public will participate in a “Volunteer for New York State Beach Cleanup” event, September 20. Comment

Backlash against senior ctr. cuts: Many protest potential loss of vital neighborhood service

Canarsie: At a Monday press conference in front of City Hall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined seniors and their advocates to protest the potential closing of the city’s 135 senior centers and 136 community centers located in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing developments. Comment

Al e Mo square dancing season returns

Canarsie: The new season of the Al e Mo Squares square-dancing club — dedicated to the teaching, preservation and promoting of traditional American square-dancing — begins September 10 at 7 p.m. Comment

Time ticks down: Last fight for waste station foes

If they want to keep a medical waste transfer station out of Canarsie, area residents are going to have to make a lot of noise, and do it quickly. Comment

Sad farewell to Angelo’s

A beloved Bensonhurst bakery has filled its last cannoli shell, ending over a delizioso half century of neighborhood tradition. Comment

Owls Head stench hangs in the air

Despite promises made back in June that, this summer, the Owls Head water treatment plant wouldn’t set Ridgites’ noses wrinkling in displeasure, people living near the facility have gotten an olfactory workout in recent weeks. Comment

Losing Green Church bit by bit: Dismantling of celebrated house of worship begins

Slowly and deliberately, on the last Wednesday in August, workmen removed portions of the rose window from the façade of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. Comment

Cash for guns locked & reloaded

Canarsie: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Brooklyn trio sought in credit card heists

They’ve been hunting in Manhattan but spending their ill-gotten gains in Brooklyn. Comment

Bklyn pols say no to state budget cuts

Last week’s rush to slash $427 million from New York State’s budget in order to stave off a looming deficit hit a few roadblocks along the way thanks to a handful of Brooklyn legislators. Comment

‘Al e Mo’

The new season of the Al e Mo Squares square-dancing club — dedicated to the teaching, preservation and promoting of traditional American square-dancing — begins September 10 at 7 p.m. Comment

‘Agent Hero’ comes thru

Lisa Perez of the Lisa Perez Agency at 6301 Fifth Avenue was named an “Agent Hero” by Allstate Insurance Company’s New York Region and awarded a $1,000 grant for a local youth program. Perez donated her $1,000 grant to South Brooklyn Youth Organization. Comment

The gang’s all here for 82nd Street’s block party

It’s Fat Tuesday – Dyker Heights style. Comment

Taking jujitsu to the mat

Nothing keeps Army Sgt. Scott Sperling down, not even a tour of duty in Iraq. Comment

81st Street replaces traffic with good times

It was like having a carnival in your front yard. Comment

Staff sergeant goes the distance: Country Music Marathon awaits remarkable athlete

When Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Hess, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, left Fort Campbell, Ky., for Baghdad with the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, he weighed 229 pounds. Comment

Specter of closure hangs over senior centers: Borough president joins protest against possible cuts

At a Monday press conference in front of City Hall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined seniors and their advocates to protest the potential closing of the city’s 135 senior centers and 136 community centers located in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing developments. Comment

Signing ceremony

Members of the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee and William Guarinello, president announced the upcoming Army Community Covenant Signing Ceremony will be held on September 10 at noon on The Bluff at Fort Army Base. Comment

September 11 observances: Borough to reflect on the anniversary of WTC attacks

The seventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is being observed across Brooklyn in a variety of ways. Comment

NYS beach cleanup

Thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups, students, scouts, dive clubs, civic organizations, corporations, government agencies, and the general public will participate in a “Volunteer for New York State Beach Cleanup” event, September 20. Comment

New cash for guns buyback

Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Militia man and Olympic champ

Imagine the Olympic Games without the specter of terrorists, tests for outlawed drugs or gold medals. That was the Olympics that a soldier who served in the Massachusetts militia experienced in Greece in 1896. Comment

Maimonides rated a top-10 employer: Medical Ctr. on Labor Day list

American Rights at Work Education Fund, in its Annual Labor Day List of notable employers, designated Maimonides Medical Center among its 2008 Top Ten, in recognition of the hospital’s partnership with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). Comment

LaRosa on ‘That’s Amore’

Her name was Jeannette and in the eyes of young Julius LaRosa, she was just about the prettiest girl in Grover Cleveland High School. Comment

IRS: Not to late for ‘stimulus’

The Internal Revenue Service reminded qualifying retirees and veterans that it is not too late to file for an economic stimulus payment and announced it will send a second set of information packets to 5.2 million people who may be eligible but who have not yet filed for their stimulus payment. Comment

Iraq vet’s duty is to give: Soldier devotes rest time to helping others

Whether it involves time with their families, their personal comforts or even their lives, the duty of soldiers eventually requires sacrifice. Certain soldiers, though, go beyond that call of duty and give more, especially Army Spc. Timothy Roy of 5th Signal Command’s C Company, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. Comment

150 in the street: Victory staffers seek ‘Justice!’

Chanting, “What do we want? Justice!” health care workers employed at the nursing home within the old Victory Memorial Hospital took to the street in front of the facility to send a message to the company that reached a deal to purchase it earlier this year – they want their union contract honored. Comment

H.S. library annex debuts with controversy: Many upset that public will not have access to new facility

Midwood High School’s state-of-the-art science annex is now open – but not to the public. Comment

Hotline to fill in for chilly DOE: Public advocate says service will help where city has failed parents

As the school year begins, there’s extra assistance available for parents trying to improve their children’s education. Comment

He’s the ‘go to guy’

According to Capl Jack Condon, he joined the Army, mostly because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but he also had another reason in mind. Comment

Handlebars and mutton chops! 1st annual Beard & Moustache Competition

Eric Brown has been carefully growing his muttonchops for two years, conditioning the coarse hair, occasionally trimming it, and above all, nurturing it. Comment

Gentile enters the blogosphere: New York City councilman debuts new online blog

With the number of blogs increasing by the day, it’s no surprise that one enterprising elected official has gotten into the act. Comment

Front lines of love & war: Military couple shares parallel lives and careers

Majs. Lesley and Dennis Ortiz, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and deployed to Multinational Division Baghdad, developed and fostered a loving relationship while simultaneously serving parallel military careers by working together and communicating effectively. Comment

From Guatemala to the U.S. Army

In 1993, Army Spc. Noe Barrientos moved to the United States with his parents from war torn Guatemala. He was just 7 years old when his parents escaped the dangers of the violent drug trade. Comment

Fresh start at Kearney

Bishop Kearney High School’s school year will be off to a great start, agreed School President Erin Tierney and Student Council officers, as they were inducted into their elected offices at Kearney’s End-of-Year Assembly. Tierney encouraged her classmates to work with their elected representatives. “Our goal for next year is to get each of you involved in every school event, to increase school spirit. With your ideas, cooperation and support, we know this will be possible.” Comment

Free screenings and health information for better living

Lutheran’s celebration of National Health Center Week provided communities with six separate health education events. Lutheran Family Health Centers held free screenings and offered health information, underscoring the vital role of our nation’s community health center networks and building awareness for prevention and early detection. Comment

Forecast for Brooklyn traffic ahead...Borough Hall to host congestion workshop

The good news is that traffic conditions in Brooklyn aren’t forecast to deteriorate—any more than they already have—for the foreseeable future. Comment

Credit card crooks: Cops hunt Brooklyn trio in connection to spree

They’ve been hunting in Manhattan but spending their ill-gotten gains in Brooklyn. Comment

Chef Leah at the Greenmarket: Expert tips on preparing fresh produce

With the overflowing stands of seasonal fruits and vegetables at farmers markets this season, eating local has never been easier. Nonetheless, because the sheer variety of available produce can be overwhelming, it’s not uncommon for shoppers to get stuck in recipe-ruts. Comment

Business awards

The New York Enterprise Report announces its Best Practice finalists for the Small Business Awards and two of the finalists come from Brooklyn The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala, September 17 from 6-10 p.m. at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Comment

Brooklyn’s ‘Survivor’ queen: Leggy Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper is sweet on television series

Actress, pin-up girl, and “Survivor” contestant Jessica ‘Sugar’ Kiper might not be Brooklyn born, but she certainly is borough tested. Comment

Brooklyn reps oppose state cuts: Many don’t like the way axe fell

Last week’s rush to slash $427 million from New York State’s budget in order to stave off a looming deficit hit a few roadblocks along the way thanks to a handful of Brooklyn legislators. Comment

Brooklyn in the house for Obama: Local Democrats on hand for historic acceptance speech

History was made in the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this week, and Brooklyn shared in the political milestone. Comment

Brooklyn hails Revolutionary War heroes

A love of history was mixed with the acrid smell of gun smoke and a pinch of patriotic pride Sunday as Brooklynites remembered a pivotal Revolutionary War battle that exploded over what is now Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Green-Wood Cemetery, but is rarely given a mention in today’s history books. Comment

Brooklyn GOP high on McCain/Palin ticket: Party officials call moose-eating Sarah ‘great’ and an ‘excellent choice’

The borough’s top Republicans last week expressed confidence that Arizona Sen. John McCain and his vice-presidential running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, are poised to win the White House in November. Comment

Baghdad born, U.S. proud: U.S. Airman traces roots to capital of Iraq

Air Force Airman 1st Class Murad Mohiadeen's story crosses two continents and spans more than 7,500 miles. It began with his birth in Iraq 20 years ago and continues today as the story of an American airman who is part of the coalition's efforts to win the peace in Iraq. Comment

Auxiliaries to join Afghan force

After completing a 10-day basic training course followed by three years on-the-job training, Afghan National Auxiliary Police officers can convert to be regular Afghan National Police officers. Their last hurdle is to complete a three-week continuation course taught by coalition Police Training and Advisory Team instructors. Comment

An end to ‘revolving door justice’

To Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, the key to reducing crime lies in putting a rubber stopper in the courthouse’s infamous revolving door -- starting with those who just ended their rotation. Comment

Advocates for healthier neighborhoods: Training gives nabe a stronger voice

Healthy Families Brooklyn, a joint program of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, continues to train community members to be health advocates in their communities. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Cell phones and stitches Comment

‘Cash for guns’ locked and reloaded

Bay News: Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

West 10th St. revels in summer fun

Bay News: If there were such a thing as a Block Party Blue Ribbon Committee, they would have given the residents of West 10th Street between Avenue S and Highlawn Avenue top honors for a salute to summer that had everything one would need. Comment

Vinny Gentile enters the blogosphere: New York City councilman debuts new blog

Bay News: With the number of blogs increasing by the day, it’s no surprise that one enterprising elected official has gotten into the act. Comment

60th Pct. finds crime inching up

Bay News: With Labor Day approaching and another summer setting on Coney Island, crime in the area is inching back up, according to the latest 60th Precinct statistics. Comment

Stop and shop...and politicking, too

Bay News: Brooklyn and Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner took staff members from his Queens office to the Key Food parking lot, as part of his “mobile office tour.” Comment

Stolen meters found at S’head Bay home

Bay News: If Maurice Mizrahi’s mom had a quarter for every stolen parking meter she’s found secreted in her house at one time or another, she’d be one rich woman. Comment

Star-spangled mural ‘unfurled’ on Coyle St.

Bay News: Kids enrolled in the Kings Bay Youth Organization are in a league of their own. Comment

Square dancing season

Bay News: The new season of the Al e Mo Squares square-dancing club — dedicated to the teaching, preservation and promoting of traditional American square-dancing — begins September 10 at 7 p.m. Comment

Solar power for Manhattan Beach: MBCG prez has plan to transform shuttered bathhouse

Bay News: In the battle to win the hearts and minds of Manhattan Beach residents, this one may be impossible to top. Comment

September 11 memorials

Bay News: The seventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks is being observed across Brooklyn in a variety of ways. Comment

Saint Edmund Preparatory H.S. lifesavers

Bay News: Saint Edmund Preparatory High School is a winner in the 2007-2008 New York Yankees High School Blood Donor Championship. Members of the student body and school nurse Kathy DeMello, RN were honored at […] Comment

Rosary procession on Bay 47th St.

Bay News: Monsignor Joseph Rosa, pastor of Most Precious Blood, 70 Bay 47th Street in Bensonhurst, walked and recited the Rosary around the streets of the parish along with parishioners and friends. The procession was coordinated by Anna Maria Walsh, Joseph Debenedetto, Mario Caldarera, Marie Lamicela, the Holy Name Society, Peter C. La Bella Funeral Chapel, and Jennie’s Flowers. Georgio Lantierio led the procession in songs and, afterwards, participants were treated to a boxed lunch from Bassett Caterers. Comment

Recchia heirs on Coney plan

Bay News: Whether he deserves the thumbs-up or a raspberry for his role in shaping the redevelopment of Coney Island thus far, the clock is ticking down on New York City Councilmember Domenic M. Recchia’s time in office. Comment

Pols to judge ‘Idol’ contest

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden, City Councilman Vincent Gentile and a surprise celebrity judge will be judging Brooklyn’s Second Senior Idol Contest, also featuring a guest appearance by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

Nuthin’ but friends and fun at St. Rosalia fest

Bay News: Fun and festivity took center stage last week in what has become a beloved Brooklyn tradition: the Santa Rosalia Festival. Comment

Now that’s really Amore! Brooklyn’s own Julius LaRosa featured in PBS special

Bay News: Her name was Jeannette and in the eyes of young Julius LaRosa, she was just about the prettiest girl in Grover Cleveland High School. Comment

Mill Basin Day Camp children celebrate summer memories to last a lifetime

Bay News: Youngsters enrolled in the Mill Basin Day Camp ended their fun-filled summer program in style recently at a gala ball held at the El Caribe on Strickland Avenue. Comment

Mike, MBCG make up: Councilman makes appearance at last meeting

Bay News: City Councilmember Mike Nelson and the leadership of the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) have buried the hatchet. Comment

Manhattan Beach ‘babies’: MBCG president rips into latest round of attacks

Bay News: Dismissing his critics in the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) as nothing but a group of “third-grade babies,” Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) President Ira Zalcman last week responded to the latest barbs against him and his group with visible anger and disgust. Comment

H.S. library debuts amid controversy

Bay News: Midwood High School’s state-of-the-art science annex is now open – but not to the public. Comment

High rank for Maimonides: Hospital excels in cardiac care

Bay News: “Hospital Compare,” the US government website that helps the public review the quality of care in hospitals, has just published the most recent data on mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients. Of nearly 5,000 hospitals in the nation, only nine performed better than the national rate in treating heart attacks; 41 in treating heart failure; and 41 in treating pneumonia. Comment

Handlebars and mutton chops

Bay News: Eric Brown has been carefully growing his muttonchops for two years, conditioning the coarse hair, occasionally trimming it, and above all, nurturing it. Comment

Credit card crook: Spree linked to Brooklyn trio

Bay News: They’ve been hunting in Manhattan but spending their ill-gotten gains in Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn reps in the house for Obama: Local elected officials on hand for senator’s historic acceptance speech

Bay News: History was made in the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this week, and Brooklyn shared in the political milestone. Comment

Brighton Beach jubilee back for 32nd year

Bay News: Brighton Beach Avenue was booming with activity as thousands of music lovers and bargain hunters participated in the nabe’s 32nd Annual Brighton Jubilee. Comment

Break into the film business

Bay News: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting present the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. This free skills training and job placement program aims to promote diversity in NYC’s production industry and create new career opportunities for young adults who are unemployed or low-income. Comment

Boost for Brooklyn studies: $300,000 grant for Brooklyn College ‘think tank’

Bay News: Brooklyn, whose unique neighborhoods, people and history have inspired countless works of literature, music, and film will now have an expanded policy and research “think tank” at Brooklyn College under a landmark $300,000 grant. Comment

Bishop Kearney H.S. off to a quick start

Bay News: Bishop Kearney High School’s school year will be off to a great start, agreed School President Erin Tierney and Student Council officers, as they were inducted into their elected offices at Kearney’s […] Comment

Betsy: Hotline fills in for DOE

Bay News: As the school year begins, there’s extra assistance available for parents trying to improve their children’s education. Comment

Backlash against senior center cuts: Borough President Markowitz joins fight against grim proposal

Bay News: At a Monday press conference in front of City Hall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined seniors and their advocates to protest the potential closing of the city’s 135 senior centers and 136 community centers located in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing developments. Comment

Slip at the top: Grad rates fall at prestigious schools

Kings Courier: While still prestigious, some of the borough’s brightest academic public high schools have lost some luster, according to four-year graduation rates released recently by the state. Comment

bad news buzz: West Nile Virus back again

Flatbush: Call it revenge of the skeeter. Comment

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