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Page 1: When we say this week’s print version of The Brooklyn Paper is a juggernaut, we mean that it’s packed with more “Mean Streets” coverage, another installment in our award-winning Brooklyn Angle column, another great Smartmom piece and all the news, arts and features you expect from Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Clash of the Titans!

Clash of the Titans!

Politics: Mayor Bloomberg’s bid to end term limits is setting up an epic race for borough president, pitting incumbent Beep Marty Markowitz against powerhouse Councilman Bill DeBlasio. Comments (9)

Parole scare!

Brooklyn Heights: Federal officials are scrambling to calm Brooklyn Heights parents after a wanted man bolted from a controversial parole office at the corner of Pierrepont and Clinton streets and sent gun-toting cops scrambling in hot pursuit moments before classes at the St. Ann’s School let out for the day. Comments (2)

Locals: Keep cars in Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Countering a wave of bike-friendly initiatives, community groups rallied on Thursday against cycling activists’ calls for a car-free Prospect Park — saying that such a scheme would clog their neighborhoods with the hundreds of vehicles that currently use park roads during morning and evening rush hours. Comments (15)
Downtown: State Supreme Court judges have agreed to no longer park their cars on a walkway in Columbus Park — yet hours later, went ahead and seized an entirely different part of the park for their automobiles. Comments (5)

‘War’ comes home

Theater: Could there be a better time to stage a remake of “The War of the Worlds”? Comment

Barack concerts

Politics: Brooklyn loves Barack — but don’t worry, McCain supporters, there are events for you, too. Comments (1)
Greenwood Heights: Our nightlife team takes you through the hot and cool new micro-neighborhood of Greenwood Heights. Comments (3)

Anxiety on Main Street

Anxiety on Main Street

Brooklyn Angle: Who knew that the “Main Street” that all those congressmen have been talking about is right here in Brooklyn? Comment

Ring the ‘Bell’

Ring the ‘Bell’

Nightlife: The boys from Floyd and Union Hall have done it again. Comment
Dining: The best gelato doesn’t come from a cooler in Sicily, but rather a tanning salon in Bensonhurst. Comments (3)

A death in the family

Editorial: The New York Sun closes — and our editorial board ponders the role of the print product in this supposedly online age. Comment

‘Pop’ over

‘Pop’ over

Bridge ‘Park’: As it turns out, the success of the temporary “pop-up park” at Pier 1 came down to a clear trifecta: Brooklynites and tourists really wanted to spend the evenings enjoying sunsets on the water, reposing on park benches, and drinking a cold beer. Comments (4)

Everyone has a stake in the car-bike battle

Letters: Our mailbag is full again — and features two letters about the ongoing conflict between bike riders and car drivers, plus missives about term limits, Smartmom’s disgust about Sarah Palin, and the just-closed Starbucks in Bay Ridge. Comments (1)

New horses? Of courses!

Dooley Noted: Our columnist really loves the new miniature horses at the zoo. Comment

‘Charter’ effort

Parenting: Parents from Park Slope to Red Hook will get a chance to send their kids to an artsy charter school — just in time to assuage local fears about existing middle schools. Comment

Windsor menace!

Windsor Terrace: Cops have arrested a hammer-wielding punk who terrorized Windsor Terrace, smashing at least 30 car windows, until he was finally caught in action with two accomplices. Comments (1)

Civic calendar

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

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment
Mean Streets: Bike riders won a huge victory in their ongoing battle with drivers for control of the roadways as the city painted a new bike lane on busy Smith and Jay streets. Comments (1)

Update: Ridge Greenmarket may wither on vine

Bay Ridge: The Greenmarket that’s about to take root in grocery-starved Bay Ridge won’t survive the winter unless it makes some serious green. Comment

Dishing it out to revive a classic

Books: A new cookbook is a tribute to the casserole. Comment

A Great Depression or a little depression?

Smartmom: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist considers what to tell the children about the economic crisis (hint: tell them that their piggy bank is safe!). Comments (1)
Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development suffered a legal blow on Monday when a state court refused a request by development officials to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the project’s reliance on eminent domain. Comments (3)

City says ‘go’ directly to jail

Downtown: The city brushed aside widespread opposition to its plan to reopen and double the size of the controversial Brooklyn House of Detention by hiring architects to begin the conversion. Comments (3)

Debate takes ‘Toll’ on Gowanus

Gowanus: The battle for the soul of the Gowanus ended in a stalemate. Comment
Boerum Hill: There’s a new blockbuster on Atlantic Avenue, and after two years, $8 million, and many gallons of fresh, brightly colored paint, newcomer developer Barbara Koz Paley is ready to show off her work on eight consecutive townhouses between Third and Fourth avenues. Comment

X-Men on the right track: Xaverian’s varsity squad jumps out with two early wins

With two victories in this young season, the varsity football team at Xaverian High School is on the right track in having a turn around season and possibly going all the way in the Catholic High Schools Football League. Comment

Running in big shoes for 20 years: Chris Hoban Memorial 5-mile run boasts competitive field

John Pollina’s debut in the 20th annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial 5-mile run was a complete success this past Sunday in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Pete Gillen leaves mic for ‘Hall’ induction: BK Prep product comes home for honor

Pete Gillen is well remembered for his coaching days at Brooklyn Prep and Nazareth high schools in the early 1970s. The native of Brooklyn went on to the college ranks where he continued on his success. He is now a basketball analyst on television and radio. Comment

Brooklyn martial artists strike silver

Brooklyn martial artists took three gold medals and four silver medals during the 2008 Wong Fei Hung Northeastern All Kung Fu Championships, an annual tournament, which celebrates Chinese martial arts (known as “kung fu”) and attracts martial artists from all over the country. Comment

Barons win two

In their second game of the season, the Brooklyn Barons Rugby marched away with two more decisive victories. The Brooklyn Barons A and B sides beat Gotham RFC 38 - 0 and 60 - 0, respectively. Comment

Amerikick brings home trophies

Once again, Amerikick of Brooklyn has shown that hard work and dedication brings out the winner in each of its students and instructors. Comment

‘Wheel’ anxiety on the road: Truck cargo sparks concern among many

Kings Courier: Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

‘We had incredible summer,’ C.O. sez: 70th Pct. commander lauds crime stats

Kings Courier: Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment

‘Boom! Boom! Boom!’

Kings Courier: That’s how eyewitness Jacob Gruenberger described the massive three-car crash on the Prospect Expressway on Thursday, September 18. The accident occurred at 8:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes approximately 100 feet north of the Church Avenue exit. Comment

Violent backlash to bus convoy

Kings Courier: An armada of buses is transforming Bergen Beach from a quiet residential enclave to a noisy blur of school bus yellow — and local residents have had enough. Comment

Tow truck drivers set Guinness World Record

Kings Courier: Ready, set, start your engines, please. An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks […] Comment

Third Avenue Festival coming soon

Kings Courier: On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

The future of congestion: Workshop tackles Brooklyn traffic tie-ups

Kings Courier: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

St. Edmund freshmen off and running

Kings Courier: The freshmen successfully completed their first week at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School. Comment

Parents: Let sun set on mayoral control

Kings Courier: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

New prez at helm of Fraser Civic

Kings Courier: A stalwart community organization recently began another era under a new president. Comment

New group home put on hold: CB18 tables vote on controversial Mill Basin facility

Kings Courier: A proposal for a group home in Mill Basin now resides in limbo, after the sponsor admitted last week that it had not bothered to notify neighbors about its planned arrival. Comment

New cell tower emits bad vibes

Kings Courier: Another cell phone tower has sprung up in Marine Park and residents are fighting mad. Comment

Macy’s invests in Public School 269 students

Kings Courier: Bookworms at Public School 269 can now embark upon exciting word and cyber expeditions in a brand new library, funded by Macy’s. Comment

Knights of Pythias benefit seventeen

Kings Courier: Seventeen diverse citywide charities received a financial boost from Brooklyn when Genesis Lodge 64 of the Knights of Pythias held an allocation night in Canarsie, dispensing a total of $10,000 to the non-profits. Comment

High noon on Kimball St.: Hearing set on controversial six-story building

Kings Courier: Next month, the future of a controversial residential building will be decided. Comment

Give ’em all an ‘a’ for perfect attendance!

Kings Courier: It was almost like going back to school. Comment

Furniture shop goes up in flames

Kings Courier: Firefighters raced to the corner of McDonald Avenue and Kings Highway recently after an all-hands fire broke out in the H&I Custom Furniture Shop. Officials said that the blaze started on the first floor of the building – inside the store – just before 8 p.m. on September 16. The fire was put out in a matter of minutes and no injuries were reported. Witnesses said that there was extensive fire and water damage to the entrance of the store, but it was unclear just how far the damage extended inside. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation as this paper went to press. Comment

Cops probe Parker dispute

Kings Courier: As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment

Cops hunt for rapist

Kings Courier: The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment

Cops downplay burglaries

Kings Courier: Rumors of a burglary spike in Marine Park are unfounded, according to local police officers. Comment

Borough hall hosts 5th annual ‘be proud’ celebration

Kings Courier: Brooklynites were encouraged to be proud at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Be Proud Foundation at Borough Hall. Comment

‘Incredible summer,’ sez C.O.

Flatbush: Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment

Woman critical after bike crash: Cyclist collides with pedestrian on 12th Avenue and Dahill Road

Flatbush: A 38-year-old woman was clinging to life this week after she was struck down by a bicyclist pedaling through Kensington, officials said. Comment

TA puts breaks on Nostrand express service

Flatbush: Those who were hoping that a bus rapid transit route promised to run along Nostrand Avenue would speed up their commute shouldn’t expect relief any time soon. Comment

P.S. 217 students host the class of ‘55

Flatbush: What was Brooklyn like in 1955? Comment

P.S. 229 is in tune with new assistant principal

Flatbush: A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment

New prez at helm of Fraser civic

Flatbush: A stalwart community organization recently began another era under a new president. Comment

Key to Flatbush: New historic guide debuts

Flatbush: The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) celebrated the release of the “Flatbush Neighborhood History Guide,” the newest addition to its popular Neighborhood History Guide series, during a launch event at BHS, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street. Comment

Holy Innocents prepares for centennial: Venerable Roman Catholic church looks to fully restore house of worship

Flatbush: As the centennial of the Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church in Flatbush approaches next December, the historic house of worship has a long wish list of improvements necessary to fully restore it to its original prominence. Comment

Grass is greener some say: Critics see disparity in the maintenance of Prospect Park

Flatbush: For some residents, the maintenance of the southern perimeter of Prospect Park raises a huge question – is that side of the park getting short shrift compared to areas of the park adjacent to other neighborhoods? Comment

Give ‘em all an ‘A’ for perfect attendance

Flatbush: It was almost like going back to school. Comment

Flatbush rezoning moving forward

Flatbush: It’s full speed ahead for the rezoning of Flatbush. Comment

Cold shoulder for the mentally ill

Flatbush: The East Flatbush community is embroiled in a struggle to keep a residence for people with mental illness out of their neighborhood. Comment

Atlantic Ave. viaduct to get makeover: Important Long Island Railroad stretch to undergo major restoration

Flatbush: More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Crime: Boxed in Comment

‘Wheel’ anxiety rolling thru: Dangerous truck cargos spark concerns about safety

Canarsie: Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

‘Errors’ is a hit for seniors

Canarsie: Seniors from the Midwood Senior Center’s Midwood Active Adult Program performed William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” for more than 100 community seniors. Comment

Trucking into the World Book of Records

Canarsie: Ready, set, start your engines, please. An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks […] Comment

Trader Joe’s makes BK debut: Doors open this week on first store in the borough

Canarsie: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Third Ave. Festival

Canarsie: On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Steering towards more road congestion

Canarsie: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Role Models of Distinction Awards

Canarsie: United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Roy L. Austin, headlines a list of outstanding individuals who will be presented with CACNY Role Models of Distinction Awards in October. Comment

Rag-tag parade of masked tots returns: Annual Ragamuffin Parade to attract thousands of participants for day of fun

Canarsie: This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

Parents: DOE needs oversight: Some say sun gotta set on mayoral control of schools

Canarsie: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

Makeover for Atlantic Ave. viaduct: Century-old Long Island Railroad stretch to be completely rehabilitated

Canarsie: More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

Hunt for rapist: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

Canarsie: The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment

Hope fading fast for Astroland

Canarsie: “It’ll take a miracle.” Comment

Hockey scores for fallen U.S. troops: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

Canarsie: It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum

Canarsie: The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment

Fresh new take on Grand Army Plaza: Vital traffic hub gets upgradefor 21st century traffic

Canarsie: Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment

Free T-shirt design classes

Canarsie: Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment

Foreclosure central

Canarsie: While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

Empowering BK youth: Borough group to hold conference Oct. 10-12

Canarsie: Brooklyn Youth Empowerment, whose mission is to bring encouragement, hope and practical living steps to Brooklyn’s youth and make them aware of their abilities and the power they possess within to take charge of their situations and positively affect their environment, will be hosting a three-day conference, October 10-12, in hopes of challenging Brooklyn’s youth. Comment

Dynamite Youth Center annual walk-a-thon

Canarsie: To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

Dream is over for controversial school: Lacking a location, team withdraws proposal for BK charter school

Canarsie: A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Doggie Olympics IV coming

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Crack-up on the Expressway

“Boom! Boom! Boom!” Comment

Cops step up patrols for Jewish holidays: Security enhanced around Brooklyn synagogues and religious centers

Canarsie: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Cops probe Parker clash with staffer

Canarsie: As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment

Cops grapple with fluctuating crime

Canarsie: While crime in Canarsie is beginning to level off, cops from the 69th Precinct aren’t going to be happy until they hit zero. Comment

Cop cars jam up residents: Double-parked cruisers are a problem on East 98th St.

Canarsie: People living near the 69th Precinct station house have a straightforward message for some of the cops assigned there – don’t block our driveways. Comment

City renews permit for 10 more years of tunnel tours

Canarsie: The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

CB18 opposes medical waste station

Canarsie: Community Board 18 last week joined with opponents of a proposed medical waste transfer facility in Canarsie, calling for the state to postpone the application until all concerns are addressed. Comment

BK’s most powerful pen: Brooklyn Tech student is named ‘Best of the Borough’

Canarsie: A Brooklyn Technical High School graduate is the “best of the borough.” Comment

BK illustrator draws a ‘ray of light’: Partnership gives new hope to brave dad fighting cancer battle

Canarsie: Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Mount Etna erupts

Bay News: For a quick flashback, last week’s column dealt with my favorite carbonated drink Manhattan Special erupting each time I opened a bottle to drink. Last time I likened it to Mount Vesuvius erupting and this time I compared it to Mount Etna in Sicily. After all the families that founded the Manhattan Special Bottling Company in 1895 came from both Naples and Palermo, the two areas that had live Volcanoes in Italy. Comment

Viaduct to get makeover

Bay News: More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

Salvatore Alba dies

Bay News: Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment

P.S. 229 strikes a new chord: Former music teacher named assistant principal

Bay News: A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment

Many give a hoot about stinky Owls Head plant: Persistent odors cause slew of complaints

Bay News: Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment

LICH: Answering the call since 1858: Emergency care since horse & buggy days

Bay News: What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment

Holy snakes!

Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits. Comment

Forecast on Brooklyn congestion

Bay News: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Demo permit for Green Church: Venerable house of worship faces destruction

Bay News: It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment

A little too close for comfort: Residents sound alarm over Shore Road cell phone antennae

Bay News: The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment

‘Wheel’ big anxiety: Truck cargos spark concern

Bay News: Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

‘Tear down this wall’: J.J Byrne Pk rehab starts

Handball players took a forced vacation from J.J. Byrne Memorial Park this week, as workers demolished their courts, all in the name of progress. Comment

‘Nowhere’ Park plan: Privatization cheats public, activist sez

Judi Francis thinks that the residents of downtown Brooklyn have been cheated out of a park. Comment

‘Metal head’ robs church: Six 9/11 memorial plaques stolen

Two additional bronze plaques have been stolen from a local church as police are still investigating a series of scrap metal thefts in the northern sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg near Meeker and Morgan avenues. Comment

‘Fix’ is in at 202 Franklin: Landlord to put up bond for repairs

A crucial step toward returning tenants into their former building at 202 Franklin Street in Greenpoint was taken in Housing Court in downtown Brooklyn last Friday, as a judge issued a bond order for the landlord to follow to make necessary repairs to the building. Comment

Playing the blame game: Agencies duck rap for missed signals

Sometimes, late isn’t better than never. Comment

Cops probe parker fight: Altercation with staffer under scrutiny

Flatbush: As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment

Charges of Ugly trash: P.S. 207 playground comes under fire

Kings Courier: Trash and teens are pitting parents against community residents. Comment

300 blocks ‘reinvented’: CB18 backs ambitious rezoning plan

Canarsie: Community Board 18 last week gave its blessing to the city’s rezoning plan for Canarsie, the largest initiative of its kind in the borough’s long history. Comment

Bad vibes on Shore Road: Residents decry installation of cell towers

The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment

Youth hockey scores for fallen heroes: Patches campaign benefits U.S. families of the deceased

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

77-year-old tries to write off fortune in sex

Doing your taxes is rarely an arousing activity. Comment

‘Lost tunnel’ in business for another 10 big years: City renews permit for popular underground tour

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

‘Green Your School’ contest launched: Elementary and middle school kids invited to take part in competition

Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment

2008 ‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon: The triumph of recovery over substance abuse

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

‘Dreams’ die in Brooklyn: Controversial charter school proposal put on the shelf

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Truckin’ to a new world’s record

An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks chugged across Queens and Brooklyn in […] Comment

Trader Joe’s debuts: Trendy grocer opens Brooklyn outlet

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Tools for combat–and marriage: For soldiers, communication is key in both scenarios

“Communication saves lives on the battlefield. It saves marriages, too.” Comment

Third Avenue Festival is here

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Stars & stripes fly over 9/11 site

As darkness fell over the nation’s capital, about 200 volunteers busily posted nearly 3,000 full-sized American flags near the site of the Pentagon Memorial to be officially dedicated on the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Comment

SJC Spirit Day

As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Rob out, Vito in?

There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment

Remembering 9/11 overseas

More than 300 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians gathered at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against America. Comment

Prosperity over insurgency

The Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone initiative is helping 14 Iraqi-owned businesses — six of them industrial and eight retail — operating on Q-West. Comment

Neighbors in community care: Cobble Hill Health Ctr., LICH celebrate

Cobble Hill Health Center hosted a reception for its neighbor in care, Long Island College Hospital, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment

Military Family of the Year

A positive attitude and giving back to their community has earned a Colorado Springs, Colo., family the National Military Family Association’s title of 2008 Family of the Year. Comment

Many give a hoot about stinky ‘Owl’

Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment

Make way for the William McKinley Junior high school extension project

State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Education Committee, joined IS 259 Principal Janice Geary, District 20 Superintendent Karina Costantino, District 20 Community Education Council President Laurie Windsor, and local elected officials in the ceremonial construction groundbreaking of the extension to be built in the school yard of William McKinley Junior High School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Comment

Maimonides in Top Ten

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

Increased security for Jewish holidays: Cops step up patrols around religious sites

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Haunted Hotel

Halloween comes early this year for New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) Gravesend Inn — a Haunted Hotel. The general public may “check in” to this theme park-quality attraction October 16 and continue doing so through October 31, at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

From the pulpit to the kitchen

There are many reasons why someone chooses to join the army, either to take advantage of the educational opportunities, job security, or fulfill patriotic duty. There are even those that come from another country and enlist. Comment

Demo permit for Green Church

It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment

Commerce bank opens latest branch

“America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment

Canine crowd to vie for glory in Doggie Olympics

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Bumper-to-bumper future: Borough Hall hosts workshop on congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Brooklyn youngsters give peace a chance

Prospect Park became a verdant platform for borough peaceniks, who joined a cavalcade of speakers and performers at the band shell to spread the good word as part of an international peace vigil. Comment

Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar: Coveted grant provides for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment

Blue Ribbon winner

US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that St. Bernadette School in Dyker Heights will be one of only 320 schools in the entire country awarded the highly regarded No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon distinction. To qualify for this honor a school must either show dramatic gains in the achievement of their students or be judged as academically superior by the US Department of Education. Comment

BK stickball

All are invited to play stickball with the Brooklyn Stickball Old Timers, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, at 1 p.m., September 27 on 80th Street between Third & Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge. Comment

Bay Ridge welcomes back masked tots: Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to neighborhood streets once more

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

A working summer for some: Prep students analyze results of public school study

Under the tutelage of Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor Emily Horowitz, four New York City students from the Prep for Prep Program and two additional student volunteers from Bronx public high schools spent the summer analyzing research for a study on public school utilization and overcrowding that Dr. Horowitz will be publishing later in the fall. Comment

Artist draws a ‘ray of hope’

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

Advancing medicine on Pike’s Peak: Military research occuring a stone’s throw away from bustling tourist spot

Looming in the distant skyline in Colorado Springs, Pike’s Peak is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors on its 14,110-foot summit each year. Comment

Police hunt for rapist: Attacker wields screwdriver during sex attack

Crime: The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Apartment predators Comment

True to your school

Letters: Re: “Letters to the Editor” about Public School 207, 9-11 issue. Comment

P.S. 207 controversy

Letters: I am a proud parent of two students of PS 207. Comment

Later to Sarah Palin

Letters: Regarding the letter from Ms. Deb Sugar, we of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women have no intention of supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. Comment

In P.S. 207’s corner

Letters: First, as an editorial policy, I would recommend that letters that the writer does not want to own up to and sign their name, should not be given a public platform in a widely-read community paper. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

The fall of Rome, part deux

Perspective: It has been many centuries since the fall of the Roman Empire and a lot of time has passed to discover why it actually fell. Historians, intellectuals and theorists, being what they are, are still debating over the one, if any, of the diverse causes that precipitated the eventual downfall. However, they all agree that the main event that signaled the beginning of the end was actually on or about September 4, 476, AD, when Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed by Odoacer and the faro hit the fan. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Even more cocktail party questions

Perspective: Last week I offered you a bucket full of questions. Some were genuine questions. Others were really making statements. Here are some more. Feel free to read them at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows to a dull lull. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Crazy Muslim cleric spews network ‘fatwa’

Perspective: When push comes to shove, the Saudis sure know which side their pita is buttered on. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Saving every cent and stretching a dollar is even more important than ever now that our esteemed elected officials are poised to give away the store to the fat cats in the financial industry. The whole corrupt bunch could learn a lot about fiscal responsibility from savvy Brooklyn shoppers. Let’s see what’s out there this week. Comment

‘Wheel’ anxiety on the road

Bay News: Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

‘Green Your School’

Bay News: Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment

‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon

Bay News: To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

West 23rd street revels in summer finale

Bay News: Neighbors – among them local track star Anthony Killiebrew – shared the last rays of summer by uniting for a block party in Coney Island. Comment

Wanted: ‘Miracle’ worker: Hope fading fast to resurrect Astroland for 2009

Bay News: “It’ll take a miracle.” Comment

Underground tours for another 10 years: Permit granted to Diamond’s ‘Lost Tunnel’

Bay News: The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

T-shirt design

Bay News: Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment

Traffic fear and loathing: Forecast on congestion

Bay News: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Trader Joe’s set to open: Trendy grocer makes its Brooklyn debut this week

Bay News: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Thor lashes out: Developer denies any plans to let Coney lie fallow

Bay News: Coney Island’s largest outdoor amusement property owner this week ripped into the person charged with spearheading the city’s massive rezoning of the area. Comment

Tall salute to a terrific trio: 61st Pct. cops credited with busting woman’s attackers

Bay News: The quick arrest of four teenage goons that robbed an elderly woman in Manhattan Beach was credited to the actions of three fast-thinking police officers named “Cops of the Month” last week. Comment

Stepped-up patrols for Jewish holidays: Cops to increase security around Brooklyn religious institutions

Bay News: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

St. Edmund Prep freshmen off and running

Bay News: The freshmen successfully completed their first week at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School. Comment

SJC First annual Spirit Day

As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Silver star celebrates 40 years of service

Bay News: While other mom-and-pop businesses are folding faster than you can say “mozzarella balls,” one local family-owned grocery store is living high on the hog – and even expanding after 40 years in the food industry. Comment

Salute to Jamaican independence

Bay News: Ah, Jamaica — land of sun, sea, world-class Olympic runners and…outstanding physicians. Comment

Sal Alba, baker, 87: Innovator took pride in every cannoli

Bay News: Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment

Ready... Set... Start your engines, please

Bay News: An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks chugged across Queens and Brooklyn in […] Comment

Race for 13th takes new turns: Straniere turns down judgeship to run

Bay News: There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment

P.S. 229 is in tune with newest AP

Bay News: A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment

Prepping for a hurricane

Bay News: Summer is over but hurricane season isn’t. Comment

Parents: DOE needs oversight

Bay News: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

Parenting workshops

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presents the Brooklyn Parents Academy, which will be holding two workshops at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street between Court & Adams streets. Comment

Old-time stickball

All are invited to play stickball with the Brooklyn Stickball Old Timers, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, at 1 p.m., September 27 on 80th Street between Third & Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge. Comment

No wiggle room

Bay News: Traffic along 60th Street between Bay Parkway and 21st Avenue was halted temporarily Thursday after a bus ended up jammed into a small common driveway between two buildings. Witnesses told police that the school bus was making a U-turn on 60th Street just after 9:30 a.m. on September 18 when the driver lost control. The driver said that his brakes locked, although police said that they found skid marks at the scene. As fate would have it, the driver navigated the bus into a residential driveway, but not before smashing through a resident’s front yard. Police said that no one was injured in the street or on the bus, which was empty. Comment

New way to turn youngsters on to history

Bay News: History is interesting, sure. But, from a kid’s perspective, is it really fun? Taught as a muddle of dates, tangled with the names of people long dead, is there anything for youngsters to connect to, to keep them coming back for more? Comment

New DM at helm of CB11

Bay News: In a “bittersweet” celebration, Community Board 11 welcomed a new district manager and bid farewell to the man who held the position for 31 years. Comment

New day dawns at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined Brooklyn Children’s Museum President Carol Enseki and Chair of the Board of Trustees William D. Rifkin, as well as 50 Brooklyn school children, to open the newly-renovated Brooklyn Children’s Museum, an $80 million expansion project that doubles the size of the facility. Comment

Nearly 5 percent jump in felonies

Bay News: While crime dipped slightly over the summer, cops in Coney Island and Brighton Beach are still trying to get a handle on the nearly five percent crime jump that residents have suffered through over the past nine months. Comment

Museum uncoils something new

Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits. Comment

MBNA, News 12 tangle for charity

Bay News: Big-hearted waterfront activists took to the field and emerged winners when they squared off against the local press during a benefit softball game in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Masked tots to hit the street: Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to Brooklyn

Bay News: This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

Illustrator given a ray of light: Partnership with Brooklyn writer gives stricken dad hope

Bay News: Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

Hot ideas and feuds

Bay News: Manhattan Beach Community Group President [MBCG] Ira Zalcman has big dreams of transforming the Manhattan Beach Bathhouse into a solar power plant capable of powering the entire community, but the hottest thing on the group’s agenda this week continues to be the future of the Beachside Security Patrol. Comment

Hockey scores for fallen troops: Patches raise money to help support families of the deceased

Bay News: It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Hoban runners hit the asphalt

Bay News: John Pollina’s debut in the 20th annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial 5-mile run was a complete success this past Sunday in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Green-Wood fundraiser Oct. 3

Bay News: The Green-Wood Historic Fund will hold its first annual fundraiser, October 3 from 6-9:30 p.m., to support the array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street. Comment

Gerritsen puts cancer on the run: Benefit raises $16,000 to battle disease

Gerritsen Beach became a battlefield for a killer disease when big-hearted boroughites laced up their sneakers and took fighting steps during a benefit run for CancerCare For Kids – raising $16,000 in a matter of hours. Comment

From buggies to sirens: LICH emergency service

Bay News: What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment

Family first: Batchelder Street is fun for all

Bay News: A special child-size choo-choo train guided residents of the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses to their annual Family Day block party on Batchelder Street between avenues W and X recently. Comment

Dream ends for new school

Bay News: A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Doggie Olympics coming

Bay News: The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Crooks target teens with cell phones

Bay News: Now that school’s back in session, teen-on-teen crime is in full effect. Comment

Commerce opens latest Brooklyn branch

Bay News: “America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment

Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar: Fund pays for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Bay News: Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment

Borough hall hosts ‘Be proud’ celebration

Brooklynites were encouraged to be proud at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Be Proud Foundation at Borough Hall. Comment

BK street enjoys a bevy of block party fun

Bay News: Block party madness hit Gerritsen Beach with the force of one of those big hammer-shaped balloons last week as residents of Bevy Court between Channel and Devon avenues held a special last summer blast celebration with all the trimmings. Comment

Annual Third Avenue Festival: Thousands to flock for fun and games

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

And the survey sez...DOT to deliver results of traffic-light study

Bay News: Manhattan Beach won’t have to wait much longer to find out if it’s going to get a new traffic light on Oriental Boulevard. Comment

A better way to evacuate local kids: ‘Safe Spaces’ provides reassuring environment for children during crisises

Bay News: Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment

DUMBO the right thing for Spike Lee

DUMBO: Acclaimed local filmmaker Spike Lee will set up an annex of his famed “40 Acres and a Mule” film company in DUMBO. Comments (3)
Shopping: Trader Joe’s became the newest addition to the growing family of national retailers in Brooklyn when the long-awaited supermarket on Court Street last Friday morning. Comments (2)
Red Hook: Ikea will slash the free water taxi and shuttle bus service that it provides to help mitigate traffic at its Red Hook store. Comment

The bailout: Our cartoonist weighs in

Cartoon: With Congress still debating the $700-billion Wall Street bailout, our editorial cartoonist Cristian Fleming did some extra work this week and crafted this bit of political opinion-making. Comments (1)

Veggie good news for Ridge! Greenmarket is coming

Shopping: Grocery-starved Bay Ridge will soon get its first farmer’s market — and the fruit and vegetable venders will set up in the former Key Food parking lot, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)

Kids mowed down in Dyker crash

Dyker Heights: Five children were injured when an elderly woman lost control of her car in front of PS 127 on Fort Hamilton Parkway last Friday morning. None of the youngsters had life-threatening injuries in the horrific crash, near the corner of 78th Street, cops said, though two were in serious condition. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents are ecstatic that the owners of a former mansion turned crackhouse have booted a group of vagrants that had turned their tree-lined block into an eternal nightmare. Comment

Parking holiday in Bay Ridge!

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge motorists are about to catch a break. Comment

Soccer returns to St. Edmund’s Prep

Soccer is back at St. Edmund’s Prep. Comment

New skippers at the helm: Nazareth, Xaverian start season with fresh faces

With the high school football season underway here in Brooklyn, two Catholic schools sport new head coaches-one at Nazareth and the other at Xaverian. One school engages in an independent schedule and one private school also plays an independent slate. The fans, usually the students in the competing schools, and families of the players, pack the stands cheering on their student athletes and some ‘fathers get into the game.’ Comment

MBNA defeats News 12: Softball clash benefits Autism Speaks

Big-hearted waterfront activists took to the field and emerged winners when they squared off against the local press during a benefit softball game in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Cyclones ‘08 highlights: No ring, but squad has plenty to be happy about

Although the Brooklyn Cyclones ended their 2008 season on a down note when they failed to make the New York- Penn League playoffs, the team still performed very well finishing the year with a 45 –30 record, which was actually fourth best in the 14 team league. Comment

Chiefs lose in an season-opening squeeker: Fort Hamilton Tigers have enough bite to defeat Canarsie rivals

The difference between a 2-0 and a 1-1 record was a matter of just two points this past week in PSAL football. After scoring the overtime, game-tying touchdown, Fort Hamilton capitalized on a 2-point conversion to beat Canarsie 22-20 in an extra session. Comment

Barons travel north for opener

The first regular season game of Brooklyn’s inaugural season in the Metropolitan NY Rugby Union was played in the small upstate town of Saugerties, NY. The NY Americans based in New Paltz, NY, proved to be a well-rounded and respectable first test. Comment

The Paper wins again!

Stop the presses! The Brooklyn Paper won a series of top honors today at the annual conference of the Independent Free Newspapers of America in Seattle, Washington. Comment

Summer crime slowdown

Williamsburg: More than nine months into 2008, crime in the 90th Precinct remains significantly higher than it was at this point last year. But its rate of increase slowed considerably over the summer – while crime is still bad, it’s not as bad as it was at the beginning of the year. Comment

Staggering foreclosure stats: More than half of mortgages in central Brooklyn in state of foreclosure

Williamsburg: While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

Satmar school faces suit: Former student alleges molestation; wants teacher fired

Williamsburg: A Greenpoint man is suing his former Williamsburg Satmar Talmudic school, alleging that the school’s principal repeatedly molested him when he was an eight-year-old student in 1993. Comment

Post primaries, third term an option: With officials like Simcha Felder almost out of office, term limit debate battles on

Williamsburg: The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment

Parents: give power to schools

Williamsburg: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

Kirk McMillian live at Spike Hill

Williamsburg: Kirk McMillian of Atlanta, on the rise as a new face in an ever-growing community of singer songwriters with his new record “American Dream World,” will be performing September 24 at Spike Hill in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as part of a benefit for his charity Kirk4kids. Comment

Foundation spreads literary love

Williamsburg: Public School 250 youngsters were among the beneficiaries of the legacy of a 9/11 bookworm from Oyster Bay, who told her family on the eve of the terror attacks that “there was more to life than making money.” Comment

Where Conner lost it all

Williamsburg: In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment

Electeds want four more: But some hopefuls advocate against a third term

Williamsburg: While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment

Copper thefts at Cooper Pk

Williamsburg: A rash of petty thefts has a Williamsburg neighborhood that sits on the border between two police precincts on edge. Comment

Construction site accident: Worker falls two stories, seriously injured at Union Avenue building

Williamsburg: A construction worker sustained serious injuries when he slipped and fell two stories while working on a renovation of a Williamsburg building last Thursday afternoon. Comment

Clash of Democratic titans at meet: Newly elected Kings County Democratic Committee members call for change

Williamsburg: Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment

Charitable locals come out for benefits

Williamsburg: Two fundraisers were happening simultaneously on a recent Saturday off Bedford Street in Williamsburg, and the massesw came out to benefiting their causes. Comment

Billyburg’s Boiy Krazi falls into fashion

Williamsburg: While Fashion Week was wrapping up under the rain-soaked tents of Bryant Park, friends and fashionistas traveled across the East River to Joann Berman’s new store, Boiy Krazi (622 Metropolitan Avenue) to view the debut of her Fall 2008 Collection. Comment

Beach cleanup coming: New York volunteers sought for September 20 event

Williamsburg: 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

Astroland owner keeps fingers crossed: Carol Hill Albert still holding out for city deal to keep famed amusement park alive

Williamsburg: The rides are all up for sale, Thor Equities seems intractable and local elected officials appear to have thrown up their hands. Comment

Whole lotta yakking

Letters: Stanley Gershbein (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I enjoyed your recent column. Comment

Sign of the times

Letters: I have been a resident of the South Williamsburg area for over two years and love the combination of vitality and quiet of my block on South 6th and Berry. Comment

Out-of-towner backlash

Letters: I am a resident of Williamsburg. I am a little tired of picking up a copy of your paper and all I seem, to read about are artists who cant find a suitable place to work, or about McCarren Pool which, by the way, my father helped build, back when there was no work and where I grew up enjoying every summer day and night when I could cool off. I lived directly across the street. At that time the rent was about $60 a month. Comment

Non-sugary boost

Letters: Motivation with those fries? Comment

Hands offa m’gun

Letters: I’m responding to “BK reacts to gun ruling” by Aaron Short. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

All that shimmers: WAS is back: ‘Shimmering Matter,’ ‘Personal Doping’ are two favorites at Williamsburg Every Second

Williamsburg: What do men who hang from the ceiling, birds with human heads, long swirling shadows and the Grand Canyon have in common? You guessed it! They are all mental byproducts of this week’s Williamsburg Every Second. Comment

‘12’ is the magic number for officials: Pols facing ‘unemployment’ look to stretch terms

Brooklyn Courier: The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment

‘Undemocratic’ challenge: Opponents jeer efforts to overturn term limits

Brooklyn Courier: While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment

‘Baby Fingers’ at Gumbo

Brooklyn Courier: “Baby Fingers – Sign Language and Music Classes” with Ana Vianna Balzano, Sign teacher, and Dan Golden, guitar, meets Tuesdays at Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins Street & Third Avenue, from 10:30-11:15 a.m., for nine weeks. Interested persons may drop in for a sample class. Comment

Workshop looks at congestion woes

Brooklyn Courier: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Where Connor lost it all: Post election tally breaks down numbers

Brooklyn Courier: In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment

Water worries run deep: Mural puts spotlight on conservation & preservation

Brooklyn Courier: Budding conservationists turned to a new canvas to issue a call to save one of the planet’s most important resources — a wall in Park Slope for a mural about water preservation. Comment

Volunteer ‘pals’

Brooklyn Courier: Calling all volunteers. Comment

United Way day of action

Brooklyn Courier: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is calling on New Yorkers to “Live United” to help raise awareness about the need to bridge the gaps in education, income and health in New York City by walking together across the Brooklyn Bridge, September 20, and to attend a volunteer festival co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Volunteer Center at Cadman Plaza Park. Comment

Underground tours for another 10 years

Brooklyn Courier: The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

Turmoil for Kings County Dems -‘We need better leadership than this,’ committee rep says

Brooklyn Courier: Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment

Trader Joe’s set to open

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

8th Street is first in block party fun

Brooklyn Courier: Food and friendship courted the whole family as homeowners shared the spirit along 8th Street for block party day. Comment

6th Street chases out cars, welcomes pals

Brooklyn Courier: A sun-splashed day was just the ticket for homeowners to bond over a block party along 6th Street. Comment

Suspected car thieves busted

Brooklyn Courier: A rash of car break-ins in Windsor Terrace may have been brought to a quick end last week with the arrest of three thieves. Comment

SJC Spirit Day

Brooklyn Courier: As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Seeds of a lasting memorial: Friends move to honor the life of slain 10th Avenue merchant

Brooklyn Courier: A lasting memorial for a beloved Windsor Terrace merchant is one step closer to becoming a reality. Comment

Salute to Jamaican independence

Brooklyn Courier: Ah, Jamaica — land of sun, sea, world-class Olympic runners and…outstanding physicians. Comment

Recovery rally coming

Brooklyn Courier: Thousands of recovering addicts, their families, treatment providers and advocates from across the country will join together to form a human chain — a living symbol of recovery — and walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and proceed to a rally at City Hall Park, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the promise of recovery. Comment

Rebirth of Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn Courier: Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment

Peace day service

Brooklyn Courier: The Church of Gethsemane will host its annual International Interfaith Peace Day Service, September 21 at 1:30 p.m. Comment

On the waterfront: Nothing but big smiles

Brooklyn Courier: Borough revelers embraced the onset of the golden season — plus celebrated their nabe’s culture by flocking to Carroll Gardens for the Waterfront District Fall Festival. Comment

No traffic today, just lotsa good times

Brooklyn Courier: Community spirit flowed as freely as the good cheer as Park Slope residents ignited the flame of friendship with a block party. Comment

Neighborhood tag sale

Brooklyn Courier: Starting Artists, Inc., a new nonprofit arts center that benefits Brooklyn middle and high school students through training in arts & entrepreneurship, is hosting a neighborhood tag sale, the first fundraiser of the 2008/2009 school year. Comment

JHS 51 observes anniversary of 9/11

Brooklyn Courier: Patriotic students lifted their voices heavenward and sweetly serenaded the heroes during a 9/11 tribute at Junior High School 51. Comment

Foreclosing on Brooklyn dreams: Startling number of residents face losing it all

Brooklyn Courier: While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

Filthy feasts at Brooklyn restaurants: Borough hosts almost half of New York City’s foulest eateries

Brooklyn Courier: Nearly half of the ‘dirty dozen’ — considered the filthiest eateries in the city — can be found in Brooklyn, a state lawmaker announced this week. Comment

Fall equinox

Brooklyn Courier: The “Become As You Are” celebration, a Spirit Circle commemorating the fall equinox and the transition from summer to fall, will be held September 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Prospect Park. Comment

DOE to start testing tots

Brooklyn Courier: A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

Dean Street delights in final rays of summer

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

Cut education costs at your local library

Brooklyn Courier: School’s back in session and Brooklyn Public Library has everything you need to fall into the fun. The new state-of-the-art Dweck Center has tons of programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs will be held in the Dweck Center of the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza unless otherwise noted. Comment

Cry for change after cyclists die

Brooklyn Courier: While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment

Brooklyn youngsters give peace a chance

Brooklyn Courier: Prospect Park became a verdant platform for borough peaceniks, who joined a cavalcade of speakers and performers at the band shell to spread the good word as part of an international peace vigil. Comment

Brooklyn knocks on the doors of peace

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn For Peace joined Million Doors for peace, which will mobilize 25,000 volunteers from all 50 states, September 20, to contact one million people and ask them to sign a petition urging the next Congress to bring US troops home from Iraq within one year. Comment

Bottlemania author speaks: Award-winning writer Elizabeth Royte on Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope’s Old First Reformed Church and Community Bookstore and local advocacy group Park Slope Neighbors are joining forces to present a reading and community forum featuring award-winning investigative journalist — and Park Slope resident — Elizabeth Royte. Comment

Book signings and more

Brooklyn Courier: Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its calendar of events throughout September. Here’s what’s on tap this week. Comment

A nail in Astroland’s coffin: Owner stalls for time; City officials come up empty

Brooklyn Courier: The rides are all up for sale, Thor Equities seems intractable and local elected officials appear to have thrown up their hands. Comment

All the ingredients for fun on 11th Street

Brooklyn Courier: The neighborhood rang with good cheer as homeowners fired up the barbies and ignited the fun with a block party along 11th Street. Comment

New path for MTA: Council readies to draft new plan after meet

Greenpoint: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Nassau headache relief: DOT releases reconstruction plans for local roadways

Greenpoint: Greenpoint residents hope that traffic congestion on Nassau Avenue will be eased in the near future, following the Department of Transportation’s extensive reconstruction plans for area roadways. Comment

Keeping smells at bay near the creek

Greenpoint: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials have been working to reduce odors from three distinct sources inside the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Comment

Beach cleanup

Greenpoint: 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

Electeds want four more years: But some Council hopefuls advocate against a third term for New York City officials

Greenpoint: While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment

Church’s 9/11 plaque swiped: Police on the hunt for memorial stolen from St. Cecilia’s

Greenpoint: On the eve of the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks, police were searching for the vandals who stole a plaque dedicated in remembrance of three parishioners of St. Cecilia’s Church who died in the tragedy. Comment

Where Martin Connor lost it all: Post election tally breaks down voter preferences

Brooklyn Courier: In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment

Turmoil besieges Kings County Dems: ‘We need better leadership than this,’ committee rep declares

Brooklyn Courier: Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment

Trader Joe’s set to open its doors here

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Shock waves from two-wheel tragedies: Call for change after cyclists die

Brooklyn Courier: While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment

New Hoyt St. bike lane

Brooklyn Courier: Bicyclists rejoice! Comment

Kids march for a car-free Prospect PK: Students go over Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Courier: As the Who song goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment

Gun buyback hits the mark again

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

Foreclosing on Brooklyn homeownership dreams

Brooklyn Courier: While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

Forecast for Brooklyn traffic: Workshop looks at how bad congestion is likely to get

Brooklyn Courier: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Crime stats down, sez 88th pct.: ‘Crime wave’ talk in contrast to numbers

Brooklyn Courier: Belying a spate of negative media attention earlier this year, crime in the 88th Precinct, which includes both Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, is actually down 3.6 percent from its 2007 levels. Comment

Changes to parking

Brooklyn Courier: Community Board 2 residents are confronting the old axiom, “be careful what you wish for.” Comment

Boon for Fort Greene bibliophiles: A new bookstore will soon debut in the neighborhood

Brooklyn Courier: In a borough known for its wordsmiths, Fort Greene stands out proudly as a neighborhood that boasts a good many of them past and present. Comment

BK parents: DOE needs oversight

Brooklyn Courier: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

A more ‘humane’ Myrtle Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: Imagine a Myrtle Avenue public plaza full of pedestrians enjoying their newspaper or laptop while lunching at an outdoor table and watching a street performer. Comment

Wyckoff Street chases out traffic, brings in the fun

Brooklyn Courier: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party in Boerum Hill. Comment

Where Martin Connor lost it: Post-election tally breaks down the numbers and tells the tale

Brooklyn Courier: In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment

Wannabe Palin is fair game in Red Hook

Brooklyn Courier: A ‘pit bull with lipstick’ has found a temporary home in Red Hook. Comment

Trader Joe making BK debut: Trendy food retailer opens its doors on Court St. next week

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Tough living in Bklyn

Brooklyn Courier: While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

3rd Street families party outdoors

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

Postal service restored - sort of

Brooklyn Courier: A week after the powers that be broke the news to Carroll Gardens residents that not only were they not getting a new post office, they would be losing supplemental postal service as well, new word has come that some much needed service is being restored to the community after all. Comment

No love for Oliver House at CB Six

Brooklyn Courier: Time, so far, is not on William Stein’s side. Comment

New bike lane here

Brooklyn Courier: Bicyclists rejoice! Comment

Kids call for car-free Prospect PK: Student action brings them over the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Courier: As the Who song goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment

Ikea shuttle buses don’t truck with many: Red Hook residents say that vehicles pose a threat on neighborhood streets

Brooklyn Courier: Red Hook residents complained that the Ikea store’s buses pose dangers to pedestrians and are a source of pollution at Community Board 6’s monthly transportation meeting last Thursday. Comment

Call for change after cycling tragedies

Brooklyn Courier: While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment

Brooklyn parents: DOE needs oversight

Brooklyn Courier: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Driving dangers Comment

Wyckoff street chases out traffic, brings in the fun

Brooklyn Heights: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party in Boerum Hill. Comment

World peace starts on the streets of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Heights: Prospect Park became a verdant platform for borough peaceniks, who joined a cavalcade of speakers and performers at the band shell to spread the good word as part of an international peace vigil. Comment

Where Martin Connor lost it all: Post-election tally tells the tale of 30-year incumbent’s defeat

Brooklyn Heights: In the final analysis, State Senator Martin Connor just didn’t have the numbers to defeat challenger Daniel Squadron in last week’s primary. Comment

Trader Joe’s to open its doors soon

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Teens demand car-free park: March over Brooklyn Bridge to oust traffic

Brooklyn Heights: As the Who song goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment

3rd street families party outdoors

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

One heck of a moustache

Brooklyn Heights: It wasn’t hormones or hair gel—it was Hashem who helped catapult a Brooklyn rabbi to victory at the First Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition last weekend. Comment

New designs on the future of GAP

Brooklyn Heights: Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment

More room to bike it: New lane on Hoyt Street

Brooklyn Heights: Bicyclists rejoice! Comment

Kings County Democrats in turmoil: ‘We need better leadership,’ critic says

Brooklyn Heights: Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment

Gun buy back program hits target once more

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

Fear and loathing of BK traffic: Workshop tries to forecast the future of congestion

Brooklyn Heights: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Cycling tragedies hit hard: Renewed calls for enhanced safety measures ring out

Brooklyn Heights: While downtown Brooklyn is more bike-friendly than ever before, more must be done. Comment

Columbia Street enjoys a day of fun

Brooklyn Heights: Homeowners embraced the final rays summer sunshine as block party fever seized homeowners along Columbia Street. Comment

Clean sweep of parking rules: Residents debate pros & cons of street cleaning shake-up

Brooklyn Heights: Community Board 2 residents are confronting the old axiom, ‘be careful what you wish for.’ Comment

Carroll Street has a block party blast

Brooklyn Heights: Kids romped on the traffic-free block and neighbors prepared grilled goodies to share with loved ones as block party festivities unfolded in Carroll Gardens. Comment

’Burg will never forget: Community marks 9/11 with candlelit vigil

Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents joined their city and country in commemorating the attacks of September 11, 2001, banding together for a candlelight vigil led by City Councilmember Diana Reyna. Comment

Waste war diary: Transfer station foes battle on

Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay who argue that the facility will cause immeasurable damage to the local environment are keeping their legal options on the table, a state lawmaker reported. Comment

Toxic mess jeered: Residents gather against facility

Canarsie residents are saying a loud and clear “no” to a medical waste transfer facility proposed for East 100th Street and Farragut Road before their time runs out to do so. Comment

Rubber hits the road: Kids want car-free park

Brooklyn Courier: As the song by The Who goes, “The kids are all right.” Comment

Rabbi ‘sex’ shock: Man claims principal molested him

Greenpoint: A Greenpoint man is suing his former Williamsburg Satmar Talmudic school, alleging that the school’s principal repeatedly molested him when he was an eight-year-old student in 1993. Comment

P.S. 8 left back: School balks at failing grade

Brooklyn Heights: Two months ago, P.S. 8 was called a success. Now it’s called a failure. Comment

Man found Dead: 95th St. man’s demise is a mystery

A night of heavy drinking could have led to the demise of a man found inside a 99th Street apartment Thursday, officials said this week. Comment

Looking for a fighter: Critics urge de Blasio to step up

Brooklyn Courier: Local residents who feel they aren’t receiving nearly enough support from City Councilmember Bill de Blasio in their upcoming showdown with developer William Stein at the Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) this month are letting their local elected official know about it. Comment

Gun buyback hits mark again: Brooklynites turn up to turn in deadly weapons

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

From worst to first: Failing P.S. 270 scores an ‘A’ this year

Brooklyn Courier: Last year, P.S. 270 was a failing school. Now it’s one of the best in the city. Comment

‘HOPE and the Power of One’

Kings Courier: The unsung heroes of Brooklyn, those senior citizens who give freely of their time and efforts to better their communities will be officially recognized at a gala, September 23 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Where to find all the Brookyn jobs: Chamber looks at employment figures

Kings Courier: Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment

Now they’re testing tots! Kindergarten kids up next for examinations

Kings Courier: A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

Nottingham

Kings Courier: The next meeting of the Nottingham Association will be held at Public School 193, Bedford Avenue and Avenue L (in the basement) at 8 p.m., September 25. Comment

Nabe waits for BSA ruling on Ave. S: Much anticipated decision could still be two months off

Kings Courier: The fate of a controversial Homecrest development could be decided in roughly two months, ending almost a year of construction limbo for both the builder and aggravated local residents. Comment

Mindless destruction: Vandals repeatedly target swings for special kids

Kings Courier: It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

Marine Park reflects on September 11 attacks

Kings Courier: Inspirational speeches, a candle-lighting ceremony and a 21-gun salute helped pay tribute to the sacrifices of the dead during a 9/11 memorial at Marine Park. Comment

H.R. in the house in ‘10: Clarke shrugs off latest election loss to Maisel

Kings Courier: He’s 0-2, but Harvey HR Clarke believes that, for him, three times will be the charm. Comment

Gun buyback program hits target once more

Kings Courier: Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

Green light for synagogue: CB14 backs new house of worship on Avenue M

Kings Courier: By the narrowest of margins, Community Board 14 has given the go-ahead to a new synagogue on Avenue M. Comment

Decision due on Hebrew charter school

Kings Courier: City officials are now deciding if a Hebrew-themed charter school will open in Brooklyn. Comment

Death at home: Report: husbands killing wives

Kings Courier: Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released this last explains. Comment

Dangerous ‘dominos’ on Avenue N

Kings Courier: Paramedics pull a woman from a multi-car accident at the corner of East 3rd Street and Avenue N last week. Police were told that the crash, which involved a minivan and a sedan and then caused a domino effect on cars parked on the Midwood street, took place on the afternoon of September 9. At least one person was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The rest were treated at the scene. Police said that none of the injuries was considered life-threatening. Comment

Crack up with cars, bus

Kings Courier: Several people were injured following a multiple vehicle crash that involved two cars and a city bus. Comment

A new GAP for the 21st century: Ambitious designs go on display at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Kings Courier: Imagine Grand Army Plaza with a green ‘canopy’ bridge over Flatbush Avenue, which becomes the main vehicle route while a network of ramps and paths link the entire area. Comment

‘An incredible summer’: 70th Precinct commander trumpets drop in crime stats

Flatbush: Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment

Talk of new Reid plea deal abounds: Defendent’s lawyer denies claims

Flatbush: Five months after being indicted for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, the former chief of staff to City Councilmember Kendall Stewart may be trying to work out a plea deal. Comment

Report on BK workers

Flatbush: Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment

Pack up the veggies, lose the sugary sweets

Flatbush: Put down that sugary soda and pick up some veggies. Comment

Now the DOE wants to test tiny tots!: Kindergarten kids next up to be tested; opponents call exams unreliable

Flatbush: A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

No traffic today, just lots of good fun

Flatbush: Grooving to the sounds of summer… Comment

More charter schools: Doors open on five new places in Brooklyn

Flatbush: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

Moore lends star power to children: Actress in Brooklyn to help OEM improve emergency shelters for kids

Flatbush: Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment

Marlborough Road revels in summer fun

Flatbush: You’re never too old for block party fun. Comment

Klein nixes name change

Flatbush: The city Department of Education (DOE) rejected P.S. 230’s request to rename the school, this paper has learned. Comment

Killers in the home: Women’s partners turn deadly

Flatbush: Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment

Kids suffer from mindless vandalism

Flatbush: It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

HR Clarke undaunted: Unsuccessful candidate says he’ll run again in 2010

Flatbush: He’s 0-2, but Harvey HR Clarke believes that, for him, three times will be the charm. Comment

Flatbush frolic is a feast for the senses

Flatbush: An end-of-summer adventure – and then some –was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Flatbush Frolic. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Evil apartment hunters Comment
SPEAK OUT

Crime in Coney Island high-rise houses

Bay News: Through the throes of the Depression petty crimes made early appearances in Coney Island perhaps a notch more because the closed-down amusement area was a target for petty break-ins or in some cases, for torch jobs. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Drink like an authentic Italian

Bay News: Growing up in Little Italy necessitated that I would get hooked on Manhattan Special. Any Italian or Italian American knows of this delicious beverage that was found only in Italian neighborhoods. It is my favorite drink and I defy anyone to gulp down a bottle faster than me. It is espresso coffee soda at its finest. The company established in 1895 always displayed its Gold winning award on its label and as a child that impressed me. Wow, this delicious soda went beyond the neighborhood. Comment

Waste war diary: Transfer station foes battle on

Bay News: Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay who argue that the facility will cause immeasurable damage to the local environment are keeping their legal options on the table, a state lawmaker reported. Comment

99th St. man found dead at home

Bay News: A night of heavy drinking could have led to the demise of a man found dead inside a 99th Street apartment Thursday, officials said this week. Comment

Testing the tots: Kindergarten kids up next for DOE exams

Bay News: A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

Murder comes home to Brooklyn

Bay News: Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment

Callous vandals target special swing: Park equipment repeatedly torched

Bay News: It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

BWECC meet

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its next community meeting at 8 p.m., September 22 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low-IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th & West 12th streets. Comment

Arboreal abominations! Residents resist planting of new trees

Bay News: Life for some Dyker Heights residents is the pits -- thanks to the city’s obsession with tree pits. Comment

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