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Page 1: We know you love the feel of The Brooklyn Paper in print, but our Web version of Brooklyn’s real newspaper is a juggernaut. This week, we’ve got stories on some un-American judges, Mayor Bloomberg’s begrudging support for embattled ally Marty Markowitz, and coverage of a city push to “save” Coney Island. And, of course, this issue has all the features you expect: comprehensive calendars and listings, news you can use and our award-winning editorial cartoonist, Cristian Fleming. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

City buys a key Coney parcel

City buys a key Coney parcel

Coney Island: The city won a key battle in the block-by-block war for the future of Coney Island by buying a parcel of land once coveted by Mayor Bloomberg’s bitter rival. Comments (2)

Bloomy’s Coney baloney

Editorial: Our editorial board says that Mayor Bloomberg’s scheme to rezone Coney Island is actually an end run around the community. Comments (14)

Vegetarianism is dead — long live meat!

Dining: Even the organizer of next week’s Brooklyn vegetarian restaurant week admits that vegan and vegetarian cuisine is going the way of the dodo bird (which, apparently tasted good). Comments (18)
Brooklyn Heights: Not only have State Supreme Court judges commandeered a part of Columbus Park to leave their cars during the day — but 93 percent of the cars are foreign-made! Comments (13)

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at Mayor Bloomberg’s bid to extend his term. Comment
Politics: The city is being torn to shreds in the debate over term limits, and Councilman David Yassky is nowhere to be found on the issue. Comments (4)

What’s with crime going up in F’Greene and C’Hill?

Clinton Hill: Property crime is way up this year in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — fueling new worries that the tanking economy and rapid gentrification are creating a perfect storm for crooks. Comments (1)

Wilco’s ‘Golden’ boy

Wilco’s ‘Golden’ boy

Music: Playing in a successful rock band can be a double-edged sword — just ask Mikael Jorgensen. The Fort Greene musician is the keyboardist for legendary Chicago group Wilco — but as he leads a band of his own and prepares to release the group’s solo album, he’s finding that notoriety is both a blessing and a burden. Comment

Our readers speak: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag is full again — and features missives about term limits, the fight to fix the Gowanus Canal and how one man is certainly not shedding any tears for the just-closed Starbucks in Bay Ridge. Comment

Who owns the flag?

Who owns the flag?

Park Slope: Why are these kids jumping all over the flag? Relax, it’s for Obama! Comments (1)

Cuts for kids

Cuts for kids

Spa: During these tumultuous economic times, many adults try to pamper away their stress. But do kids need the same treatment? Comments (2)
Dining: Park Slopers who are still bemoaning the loss of the Tea Lounge will be able to satisfy a different craving when the beloved Vietnamese sandwich shop Hanco’s opens in the Seventh Avenue space. Comment

Your Halloween calendar

Event: The spookiest time of the year is upon us again, and before you know it the streets of Brooklyn will be crawling with little ghouls and goblins threatening tricks and demanding treats! If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the traditional house-to-house routine, here are loads of great activities, parades, festivals and concerts. With so much to do, this year’s Halloween could turn into a fortnight festival of fright — so here’s GO Brooklyn’s definitive clip-and-save calendar. Comment

Our exclusive family calendar

Parenting: Here it is: All the fun you could be having with you and your kids. Comment

Get your Gersh on

Our editor is on BCAT again. Woo-freakin-hoo. Comment

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
Bloomy in the ’Hood: Mayor Bloomberg offered only lukewarm support on Tuesday for his embattled ally Borough President Markowitz, who’s come under intense ethical scrutiny since The Brooklyn Paper reported last month that his private charity has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bruce Ratner, the Atlantic Yards developer who has enjoyed strong support from Markowitz. Comments (3)
Cobble Hill: Politicians, medical staff and community residents rallied to support Long Island College Hospital on Tuesday, but their ongoing struggle shows no sign of bearing fruit as the hospital’s parent company remains intent on closing the maternity, pediatrics and dentistry departments. Comment

Parking? Lots! More nabes follow alternate-side trend

Fort Greene: Street cleaning schedules in a swath of Boerum Hill, Downtown, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will change drastically after a key neighborhood panel voted to approve a city proposal to cut the hours by half. Comments (1)
Cinema: Film crews use Brooklyn as a backdrop for everything from detergent commercials to Hollywood blockbusters — but when the director calls “cut,” our borough is left holding the bag in the form of tons of needless waste. Comments (1)

Like he likes it

Theater: All the world is a mall in the new musical at Gallery Players in Park Slope. Comment

BAM! New theater on the map

BAM! New theater on the map

BAM District: They say the neon lights are bright in Fort Greene, thanks to the arrival of an acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company to the brownstone neighborhood. Comments (2)

‘College’ education

‘College’ education

Dining: The New College Restaurant looks like it’s been taking finishing classes. It’s now a hipster hot spot called “South Slope.” Comment

Prospect Park no longer goes to the dogs

Park Slope: New “No dogs” signs in Prospect Park have unleashed a fury from dog owners who say park officials are arbitrarily enforcing regulations and unfairly targeting their four-legged friends. Comments (13)

Smartmom has no kids to drop off

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom gets a bit sad to walk past PS 321 and know that she no longer has a kid at that school. Comment
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Brooklyn wins at Burger Bash!

Awesome: Our burgermeister Gersh Kuntzman brings you to the Burger Bash in this exclusive video. Comment

A must ‘Watch’!

A must ‘Watch’!

Awesome: Our reviewer raves about “Black Watch,” the searing anti-war show at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Comment
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Four decades Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Back to work — I need a rest

Williamsburg: Vacations have been around as long as people have worked and wanted a little R&R. Pharaoh kicked back, removed his headdress and let the sandals hang loose, Caesar rested between chariot races and Henry VIII took vacation breaks between each merry wife. But the official start dates back to about the 17th century. As aristocrats felt the need to partake in rest and relaxation after a grueling schedule of riding their workers into the ground and watching all the commoners struggle to stay alive, vacations proliferated. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

‘Mr. Globetrotter’ weighs in on ‘Fleeced’

Williamsburg: One of my favorite readers, Joan Applepie, has dubbed me “Mr. Globetrotter.” That handle has absolutely nothing to do with my basketball skills. I attribute those to my height. She calls me “Mr. Globetrotter” because every time we communicate I’m either heading towards or coming back from somewhere special. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

RIP: Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Williamsburg: “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know,” [John Keats, 1795-1821]. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: It’s hard to ask people to just get out there and shop considering all the challenges the country faces nowadays. But we here at the Consumer Corner will try our best to continue to help shoppers find the best bargains Brooklyn has to offer. From Greenpoint to Sea Gate, from Red Hook to Cypress Hills, we’ll scout out shops that pride themselves in service and affordability. And if we come up short in our attempts, we can also blame the government. Let’s see what’s out there this week. Comment
BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE

The Hutch: Your gift HQ

Williamsburg: Weddings, graduations, barbecues, bridal showers, baby showers, and get-togethers are on the horizon all summer. Comment

September 11 memorial tourney

Assemblyman Bill Colton, front right, spoke during the opening ceremonies at Floyd Bennett Field for the Sixth Annual September 11 Memorial Soccer Tournament, organized by the Veteran’s Sports Association and its president, Eduardo Luchin. The memorial tournament, which had 12 teams competing from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, was instituted together with the September 11th Family Group to keep alive the memories of those neighborhood heroes whose lives were lost in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attack. Comment

Crossing the line at Lundy’s: New tenants run into trouble with city, critics

After months of prepping for their debut inside the landmark Lundy’s building at 1901 Emmons Avenue, the operators of Cherry Hill Market have run afoul of both the city and some in the community this week. Comment

Bocce ball showdown! Top players clash in Marine Park Championships

Leisurely, sporting fun was on the agenda when top players squared off for the semi-finals of the annual Citywide Bocce Championships in Marine Park. Comment

BK squads come up empty: Borough teams find tough going on the gridiron

Four was an extremely unlucky number for Brooklyn last week. In four games that featured Brooklyn teams against outer-borough rivals, all four Kings County teams lost. Of course, all of this action took place in what was a miserable week four of PSAL football action in general. Comment

Barons extend winning streak

The Brooklyn Barons extended their winning streak and their domain in Suffolk, comfortably defeating Suffolk’s Bull-Moose RFC 38-12, and 29-3 bringing both their A and B sides to a 3 -0 inaugural season start. Comment

Answering the call from horse & buggy days: Long Island College Hospital’s commitment to emergency service goes back to 1858

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

Woman dies after hit by bicycle

Kings Courier: A 38-year-old woman who suffered severe head injuries following a freak collision with a bicyclist has died. Comment

Wired for Fios service: Work to be completed in 2009

Kings Courier: Most residents of Flatbush and Midwood should have FIOS service before the end of next year. Comment

Tell your story walking, Mahmoud

Kings Courier: “Get Out of New York!” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a decidedly unwelcome reception on his recent trip to New York – at least from an outspoken group of Brooklyn seniors, who took their message all the way to the United Nations in time for the nuclear nutter’s speech to the General Assembly. Toting placards, emblazoned with messages of dislike in Yiddish and English, members of the Kings Bay Y boarded a bus outside the community facility, Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U, and headed for United Nations Plaza in Manhattan, where they rallied against the Persian Gulf nation’s controversial regime. Comment

St. Edmund Prep observes September 11 anniversary

Kings Courier: St. Edmund Preparatory High School commemorated the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in a remote field in Shanksville, PA, with prayer during the opening school Mass. Comment

Special permits shot down: Preservationists go 3 for 4 at Community Bd. 15

Kings Courier: No one really believes that the tide is changing at Community Board 15 when it comes to backing special permits, but three of the four items on this month’s agenda did get shot down. Comment

Sign of the times at Lundy’s: New market slapped with violations

Kings Courier: After months of prepping for their debut inside the landmark Lundy’s building at 1901 Emmons Avenue, the operators of Cherry Hill Market have run afoul of both the city and some in the community this week. Comment

Senior Center cuts Ribbon on new veranda

Kings Courier: Now, seniors at the Sheepshead Nursing & Rehabilitation Center can feel the gentle golden breezes of fall from the comfort of their brand new veranda. Comment

Safest summer ever, sez 70th Pct.

Kings Courier: With major crime on the downswing in the 70th Precinct, Dep. Inspector Ralph Monteforte was quick to credit the men and women under his command. Comment

Non-surgical cancer weapons

Kings Courier: Surgery is most frequently the front-line treatment for malignant tumors; however, not every patient is considered a good candidate for surgery, due to frailness, age, or other factors. For these patients, New York Methodist Hospital’s Department of Radiology has recently begun offering cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation (RFA), two minimally invasive treatments for cancer. These techniques are often combined with other treatment options, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Comment

New prez for Adelphi

Kings Courier: Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn’s oldest private, independent school, in its 146th year, has appointed Dr. Roy J. Blash as its new president. Comment

Lutheran hosts OR nursing conference

Kings Courier: Lutheran HealthCare will host “The Power of Perioperative Nursing…It’s Not Just the OR!,” October 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Comment

Hunt for ‘Big Bonnie’: Couple violently attacks and robs victims

Kings Courier: They’re the 21st century’s Bonnie and Clyde. Comment

Homeowners warned about heavier taxes: Mayor, City Council could amend summer’s budget, Fidler tells Marine Park

Kings Courier: Brooklyn homeowners take note – your property taxes could soon increase. Comment

Guide to civic meeting

Kings Courier: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3323. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

Ground broken on new Lubavitch community center

Kings Courier: Religious leaders joined worshippers for rites and prayers in Mill Basin as they broke ground for a new community facility to serve the borough’s Lubavitch community. Comment

Cops credited with big collar

Kings Courier: What two beat police officers thought was an aggravated harassment collar led to a confession and arrest of an alleged serial bank robber who held up 30 city banks. Comment

Community Board 12 turmoil

Kings Courier: Hell hath no fury like a community board member who believes that a recent appointment to the board doesn’t reside or work in the community. Comment

Clearing the way: Field house demolished in advance of new ctr.

Kings Courier: The Field House in Marine Park has finally been torn down and construction will soon begin on the long awaited Carmine Carro Community Center. Comment

Burglary spike hits Kensington

Kings Courier: A burglary spike in Kensington has residents on edge. Comment

Budget cut fears loom yet again

Kings Courier: Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Get ready for a fresh spate of fun coming at you this month

Kings Courier: There’s lots to do this month at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, as children and their families learn about different cultures and nationalities around the globe, without ever having to leave Brooklyn. Here’s what’s on tap. Comment

BK Columbus Parade

Kings Courier: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn will sponsor the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, October 11 at 1 p.m. Comment

‘It’s going to be bad,’ CEC president laments

Flatbush: Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

Woman dies after being hit by bicyclist

Flatbush: A 38-year-old woman who suffered severe head injuries following a freak collision with a bicyclist has died. Comment

70th Precinct cops of the month

Flatbush: What two beat police officers thought was an aggravated harassment collar led to a confession and arrest of an alleged serial bank robber who held up 30 city banks. Comment

Thieves hot for gizmos: Cops launch new effort to safeguard electronic devices

Flatbush: With the proliferation of Sidekicks, iPods and other small electronic equipment being stolen throughout the borough, the new commanding officer of the 67th Precinct is instituting an innovative idea. Comment

Rash of burglaries

Flatbush: A burglary spike in Kensington has residents on edge. Comment

Man shot in the chest, later dies

Flatbush: Cops are close to apprehending a suspect in the murder of a Flatbush man. Comment

Lot to be rescued with art: Volunteers want to attack Church Avenue eyesore

Flatbush: Kensington resident Debbie Wallace doesn’t see trees or flowers in the vacant lot around the corner from her house. Comment

Carving a park out of a parking space

Flatbush: Sustainable Flatbush took the high road to reclaiming their neighborhood from motorists by transforming a parking spot into an outdoor playpen. Comment

benefit seventeen

Flatbush: 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

AIDS activists on the move: Protesters put pressure on presidential candidates

Flatbush: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

‘It’s going to be bad,’ CEC prez sez

Canarsie: Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

‘Calling All Radicals’: Special PACC book reading event

Canarsie: The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), one of the most active not-for-profits in Brooklyn, which prioritizes low and medium income housing issues, is hosting a book reading by author and former PACC community organizer, Gabriel Thompson. Comment

Trader Joe’s makes its Bklyn debut: Hundreds line up for ribbon-cutting ceremony outside Court Street store

Canarsie: To the staccato rhythm of steel band music, Brooklyn’s first Trader Joe’s opened promptly at 9 a.m. on September 26, and a couple of hundred hungry customers – undeterred by the steady rain that had started the night before – filed into the emporium, grabbed carts or baskets and began shopping. Comment

4th annual ‘Don’t Destroy’ walk-a-thon: Funds to aid in ongoing fight to oppose massive Atlantic Yards development

Canarsie: Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) will hold its Fourth Annual “Walk Don’t Destroy” walkathon, October 18 from 6-11 p.m. (rain or shine) to raise funds for and awareness of the continuing legal struggle against Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project in Prospect Heights. Comment

15th Annual Bus Festival

Canarsie: The New York Transit Museum will partner with the Atlantic Antic street fair to present its 15th Annual Bus Festival, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment

13 streets to be renamed in Brooklyn in honor of diverse group

Canarsie: A Marine Park realtor, a Canarsie historian and a group of guys who love to take really cold baths will all have streets renamed after them in the coming months, city officials announced. Comment

Special OR nursing conference

Canarsie: Lutheran HealthCare will host “The Power of Perioperative Nursing…It’s Not Just the OR!,” October 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Comment

School workshops for BK parents

Canarsie: 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

Prospect Park in October: Crafts, games, scary stories and a whole lot more

Canarsie: Here’s a sampling of events, special and ongoing, this month at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s favorite greenspace. Comment

NYM Hospital pioneers new treatment

Canarsie: Early this year, New York Methodist Hospital began participating in an international clinical trial to investigate an important new, minimally invasive option for people with advanced widespread emphysema. Comment

New computer center opens for youths

Canarsie: Youngsters enrolled in the Friends United Block Association Youth Center have a new place in which to surf the Web – a brand new computer laboratory with the compliments of local Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein and Alan Maisel. Comment

Kids get a kick out of soccer clinic

Canarsie: The Claudio Reyna Foundation (CRF) and the Hebrew Educational Society (HES) held the first of four free soccer clinics for children ages nine to 12 years of age at Seaview Park in Canarsie. Comment

Jeers for ‘private’ parks

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

Green fun in Coney Ire-land

Canarsie: Pretty Taylor Farrell has eyes the color of shamrocks as she celebrates her national pride with fellow frolickers during the Great Irish Fair at KeySpan Park. Comment

Get expert tips on how to make home repairs

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology’s Division of Continuing Education presents eight individual sessions of “Hands-On Home Repairs: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Home (But Were Afraid to Ask),” Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m., October 16 through December 7. There will be no class November 27. Comment

Diabetes campaign

Canarsie: Members of the Knights of Pythias’ Genesis Lodge No. 64 in Canarsie will actively support the fraternal order’s statewide participation in the Knights of Pythias Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the fraternal order’s fight against Juvenile Diabetes. Comment

Death on Kings Hwy: Six-year-old boy caught in two-car collision

Canarsie: A six-year-old boy was ripped from his mother’s caring hand last week in a fatal multi-car accident in East Flatbush. Comment

3-day youth conference

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

Dancing for peace & harmony

Canarsie: Thirty young people from National Dance Institute (NDI) performed on September 11, 2008 at the plaza at Rockefeller Center as part of The September Concert. Comment

Columbus Parade

Canarsie: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn will sponsor the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, October 11 at 1 p.m. Comment

Civic meetings guide

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

City pushing ahead with Coney rezone

Canarsie: Michele De Meglio Comment

Canarsie suffers deadly shootings

Canarsie: Two people were killed in Canarsie this weekend in separate slayings, police announced. Comment

Call for 3-month car ban: Advocates urge trial period in Prospect Park

Canarsie: Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment

Brooklynites named MacArthur Fellows: Outstanding 76-year-old among latest crop of prestigious award winners

Canarsie: Park Slope resident Nancy Siraisi has received armfuls of accolades over her long academic career, but last week was a new one: genius. Comment

Brennan Cop of the Year awards: NYPD brass honors police officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan

Canarsie: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was among the list of dignitaries to honor a Brooklyn police legend and two borough cops who lived by his example. Comment

Blessing of the Animals

Canarsie: FIDO in Prospect Park welcomes all pets and their owners to the annual blessing of the animals at 7:45 a.m., October 4 at Prospect Park. Comment

Bishop Loughlin 75th anniversary gala

Canarsie: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, October 9. Comment

AIDS activists mobilize; put pressure on candidates

Canarsie: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

A bit of the emerald isle comes to Brooklyn

Canarsie: Coney Island morphed into Coney Ire-land as Brooklynites donned their shamrocks and united for two days of blarney and merriment at KeySpan Park for the Great Irish Fair. Comment
SPEAK OUT

Coney under Trump’s thumb

Bay News: At the far western border of the walk-around Coney Island amusement area, Steeplechase Park was its proud western anchor. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

BWECC Couple of the Year

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe, and as my custom every year, will spotlight each honoree, so you will know their credentials, merits, outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted ‘BWECC Year” award. Comment

Thousands flock to the Third Avenue Festival

Bay News: An end-of-summer adventure – and then some –was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of one of Brooklyn's premier parties – the Third Avenue festival. Comment

The real P.S. 207

Bay News: I normally would never respond to a “Name Withheld” letter, but the letter you printed from this angry and very mistaken writer left me no choice. Comment

Sex fiend bust: Suspected rapist in custody

Bay News: Suspected Bay Ridge rapist Ralph DiMassi cut a swath of violence through two states before cops apprehended him last week. Comment

Rides, not malls!

Bay News: I was at Coney Island recently. It was a beautiful day, and the rides were all going strong. There was a big crowd at Astroland because people had heard that it was to be the last day for the rides. Comment

Residents sign ‘covenant’ with U.S. troops overseas

Bay News: Area patriots made a pact to support our troops overseas and their families at home by signing a covenant during a pomp-filled ceremony at Fort Hamilton Army Base. Comment

Pint-sized parade

Bay News: Pretty Marileana Rodriguez is set for a “spooktacular” stroll in her bewitching garb as the Bay Ridge munchkin stands poised to join other costumed tots in the annual Ragamuffin Parade. Comment

Picture-perfect article

Bay News: Michèle De Meglio, just a note to thank you so much for the great article that you’ve written regarding our wedding on Brighton Beach. Sorry you weren’t able to join us, it would have been great to meet you. Comment

Parker questions

Bay News: To the voters of the 21st State Senate District, the allegations regarding my opponent State Senator Kevin Parker are quite disturbing. Comment

Parents, students brace for deep cuts: ‘It’s going to be bad,’ District 21 Community Education Council president says

Bay News: Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

PACC book reading

Bay News: The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), one of the most active not-for-profits in Brooklyn, which prioritizes low and medium income housing issues, is hosting a book reading by author and former PACC community organizer, Gabriel Thompson. Comment

New president at helm of BRCC: Arlene Keating now leads 58-year-old civic organization

Bay News: Refining existing programs rather than reinventing the organization is the paramount goal of the new president of the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC). Comment

New gig for retired principal: Former P.S. 200 administrator joins CEC

Bay News: A veteran administrator has joined a local volunteer parents’ group. Comment

More pain for BK parents, kids

Bay News: Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

Last night at Astroland

Bay News: We were blessed to be part of the “ Night of Faith,” sponsored by Thor Equities in August. They sponsored 1000 free tickets for five hours of free rides at Astroland Amusement Park. Little did we know that a few weeks later, Astroland would close its doors for good. Thor also gave us 1000 ice creams and 20 I- pods’s to give away. Comment

Honor of the Pledge for Golden

Bay News: The president of Ragamuffin was in the spotlight at Community Board 10’s most recent meeting. Comment

Ends just don’t meet

Bay News: I am an American citizen who cares that expenses in Brooklyn are on the rise. Rents are so high, gas bills, Con Edison, health care, taxes, drugs, food, the list goes on an on. Comment

Cops respond to chain snatchings: Women become target of thieves

Bay News: A series of chain-snatchings involving one of Bay Ridge’s most vulnerable populations is putting cops on alert and a concerned community on edge. Comment

Cops credit crime drop to teamwork

Bay News: Felony crime is down 10 percent in the 62nd Precinct and officials there are quick to credit the teamwork and diligence of the rank-and-file cops. Comment

Ballroom dance

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

AIDS activists on the move: Hundreds march over the Brooklyn Bridge

Bay News: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge this month to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

Yards held back: Court refuses to toss challenge

The anticipated late 2008 groundbreaking of the Barclays Center Arena set to house the NBA’s Nets as part of the Atlantic Yards project appears to be on hold. Comment

‘Bad’ budget cuts: Schools to lose whopping sum

Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

Wing and a prayer: Butterfly mission on

Windsor Terrace doesn’t need more cops, traffic mitigation or new businesses. Comment

Here we go again: Nabe rezoning in the works

Plans are in the works to contextually rezone the eastern and northern portions of Community Board 1, a measure that would preclude the construction of taller buildings that have irked many community residents who see them as out of scale with their neighborhood. Comment

Fear of toxic cargo: Some say trucks are unsafe

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

Drug ctr. boos: CB13 opposes opening

The opening of a controversial alcohol and substance abuse clinic could be kaput. Comment

Drivin’ people nuts: Dollar vans irk Marine Park

Dollar vans are wreaking havoc in Marine Park. Comment

Crisis team now: Senator wants NYPD changes

The NYPD needs a new approach in how it handles mentally ill and disturbed residents, one elected official said this week. Comment

Bike lanes flap: Safety – not skin – at issue

At a recent Community Board 1 meeting, many of the board’s Hasidic Jews strenuously objected to the Department of Transportation’s plan to install a temporary bike lane on Kent Avenue. Comment

Arrest in area rape: Man busted in Ft. Ham Pkwy attack

Suspected Bay Ridge rapist Ralph DiMassi cut a swath of violence through two states before cops apprehended him last week. Comment

Anger over Oliver: Stein paid $35K to lobby de Blasio

It’s not a fair fight. Comment

‘Underground’ designs

Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment

“Get Out of New York!”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a decidedly unwelcome reception on his recent trip to New York – at least from an outspoken group of Brooklyn seniors, who took their message all the way to the United Nations in time for the nuclear nutter’s speech to the General Assembly. Toting placards, emblazoned with messages of dislike in Yiddish and English, members of the Kings Bay Y boarded a bus outside the community facility, Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U, and headed for United Nations Plaza in Manhattan, where they rallied against the Persian Gulf nation’s controversial regime. Comment

Write like a viking: Annual essay contest open to grades 4-6

During the month of October, the Scandinavian East Coast Museum will be holding its Annual Viking Essay Contest. Children in grades four through six are eligible to compose an essay on the theme of “Scandinavian Explorers.” Comment

Truck cargo raises safety concern

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

Trader Joe’s makes its much-anticipated debut: Hundreds on hand for opening of new Court Street store

To the staccato rhythm of steel band music, Brooklyn’s first Trader Joe’s opened promptly at 9 a.m. on September 26, and a couple of hundred hungry customers – undeterred by the steady rain that had started the night before – filed into the emporium, grabbed carts or baskets and began shopping. Comment

Third avenue festival a hit

An end-of-summer adventure – and then some –was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of one of Brooklyn’s premier parties – the Third Avenue festival. Comment

Take command of your local police pct.

Students attending school within the boundaries of the 68th Precinct should sharpen their pencils and their wits. Comment

Staff sergeant sees progress in Iraq: ‘They’re happy that we’re there, that we’re putting generators and lights in the neighborhood’

A Spring, Texas native, Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Radcliffe, who’s serving his second tour in Iraq, has seen Baghdad’s Sadr City district in both perspectives, as the scene of heavy fighting and as a community with a promising future. Comment

Special nursing conference

Lutheran HealthCare will host “The Power of Perioperative Nursing…It’s Not Just the OR!,” October 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Comment

Quilt memorializes fallen female soldiers

A red, white and blue patchwork quilt commemorating the 113 U.S. military women who’ve died during the global war on terrorism was unveiled for public view at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial on September 17 in Washington DC. Comment

PACC book event

The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), one of the most active not-for-profits in Brooklyn, which prioritizes low and medium income housing issues, is hosting a book reading by author and former PACC community organizer, Gabriel Thompson. Comment

13 new street names coming: Changes honor a diverse group of Brooklynites

A Marine Park realtor, a Canarsie historian and a group of guys who love to take really cold baths will all have streets renamed after them in the coming months, city officials announced. Comment

New president at the helm of the BRCC: Arlene Keating in charge

Refining existing programs rather than reinventing the organization is the paramount goal of the new president of the Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC). Comment

New green market for Bay Ridge

At 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, the ribbon will be cut on Bay Ridge’s new Greenmarket. Comment

New gig for retired principal: Former P.S. 200 administrator joins Dist. 20 Community Education Council

A veteran administrator has joined a local volunteer parents’ group. Comment

Muppet preparedness! Sesame Street helps children at emergency workshop

When Rosita, a Sesame Street Muppet, showed up at John Tyler Elementary School in Washington DC, she had a flashlight, batteries, a shiny new radio and a message for about two dozen of the school’s pre-kindergarteners: “Be prepared.” Comment

More honors for Timoshenko: Brennan award for fallen cop

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was among the list of dignitaries to honor a Brooklyn police legend and two borough cops who lived by his example. Comment

Meeting on Owls Head stench: State Senator Golden to host public forum

Responding to ongoing concerns of local residents regarding the construction project at the Owl’s Head Waste Water Treatment Plant and continuing odor problems stemming from the plant, Senator Martin J. Golden will host a community meeting with officials from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection at 6:30 p.m., October 7 at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road. Comment

Loughlin milestone

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, October 9. Comment

LMC drills for emergency: LMC staff simulates dangerous chlorine spill

Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) demonstrated its commitment to community safety, staff preparedness and Joint Commission requirements when it recently practiced a toxic chemical accident drill, a hypothetical scenario involving a large influx of patients from a chlorine spill. Comment

Jeers for privatized parks: Advocate says public loses when condos go up

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

Investing in Green-Wood: Historic Brooklyn cemetery to hold fundraiser

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

Honoring those who gave all

Hundreds of relatives celebrated the lives of departed loved ones lost in the war on terrorism during a national remembrance ceremony on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Comment

Guild dinner gala

The Guild for Exceptional Children will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a gala Dinner-Dance, 7 p.m., October 17 at the El Caribe Country Club. The fundraising event will support the non-profit agency’s $7 Million Capital Campaign, which will provide expanded services for individuals with developmentally disabilities, and their families. Comment

Guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time, however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

Green Building

The 6/15 Green Community Garden will participate in the American Solar Energy Society’s Annual Green Buildings Tour, October 4. Comment

DeLuca leaves CB 10

After 29 years at her post, one local stalwart has called it quits. Comment

3-day youth meet

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

Costumed cuties own streets at ragamuffin parade

Jaunty floats, pulsating music and a surge of revelers transformed the area into a dazzling boulevard of fun and frolics as the annual children’s Ragamuffin Parade got underway in Bay Ridge. Comment

Columbus parade

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn will sponsor the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, October 11 at 1 p.m. Comment

Cheers for the Ragamuffin: CB10 honors parade organizer

The president of Ragamuffin was in the spotlight at Community Board 10’s most recent meeting. Comment

Chain-snatchers target women: Bay Ridge residents on alert after spree of attacks

A series of chain-snatchings involving one of Bay Ridge’s most vulnerable populations is putting cops on alert and a concerned community on edge. Comment

Central Brooklyn: Foreclosure central

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

Blessing of the Animals at Prospect Park with FIDO

FIDO in Prospect Park welcomes all pets and their owners to the annual blessing of the animals at 7:45 a.m., October 4 at Prospect Park. Comment

BK’s bravest retrace footsteps

Red, white and blue reigned supreme and a dove release added to the pomp when Brooklyn’s Bravest joined runners from around the world for a “Tunnel to Towers” run, retracing the footsteps of a valiant Park Slope firefighter, who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. Comment

Ambassador receives honors

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

Alternate side of the street parking suspended: 86th Street sewer and water main project causes more problems

Alternate side parking has been suspended in sections of Bay Ridge affected by the city’s replacement of water mains and sewer lines. Comment

Airmen salute force’s 61st b’day

ombined Security Transition Command Afghanistan servicemembers celebrated the 61st anniversary of the US Air Force during a ceremony at Camp Eggers. Comment

AIDS activists on the move

More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Sea change Comment

‘Calling All Radicals’: PACC to host Thompson book reading

Bay News: The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), one of the most active not-for-profits in Brooklyn, which prioritizes low and medium income housing issues, is hosting a book reading by author and former PACC community organizer, Gabriel Thompson. Comment

Work underway on Surf Avenue Sea Garden

Bay News: An unused plot behind a Coney Island building for people with behavioral health needs is about to be transformed from an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes – thanks to the handiwork of its green-thumbed clients. Comment

Two-way street on Avenue W urged

Bay News: Assemblyman William Colton is lauding the Department of Transportation (DOT) on its investigation and conclusion that Avenue W between Van Sicklin and West Sixth streets should become a two-way street. Comment

Trader Joe’s makes its Brooklyn debut: Doors officially open on Court St. store

Bay News: To the staccato rhythm of steel band music, Brooklyn’s first Trader Joe’s opened promptly at 9 a.m. on September 26, and a couple of hundred hungry customers – undeterred by the steady rain that had started the night before – filed into the emporium, grabbed carts or baskets and began shopping. Comment

Three-day youth conference

Bay News: 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

Take a ride on vintage Brooklyn buses: 15th Annual Bus Festival coincides with Atlantic Antic; admission free

Bay News: The New York Transit Museum will partner with the Atlantic Antic street fair to present its 15th Annual Bus Festival, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment

St. Edmund Prep observes September 11

Bay News: St. Edmund Preparatory High School commemorated the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in a remote field in Shanksville, PA, with prayer during the opening school Mass. Comment

Spate of new street renamings

Bay News: A Marine Park realtor, a Canarsie historian and a group of guys who love to take really cold baths will all have streets renamed after them in the coming months, city officials announced. Comment

Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses celebration

Bay News: Mom, dad, the kids – and even grandma and grandpa – added to the frolic when Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses residents bade summer a fond farewell with a family day. Comment

Proliferation of guns: Success of buyback highlights problem

Bay News: News that more and more guns are being pulled off the streets of Coney Island comes with an ammunition magazine filled with mixed emotions for the cops of the 60th Precinct. Comment

Preservationist go 3 for 4: Special permits shot down at Community Board 15

Bay News: No one really believes that the tide is changing at Community Board 15 when it comes to backing special permits, but three of the four items on this month’s agenda did get shot down. Comment

New Year starts with charity

Bay News: A new year began with a thought for the underprivileged when the Ocean View Jewish Center held a food distribution to hail the first High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah. Comment

New face on District 20 CEC: Former principal joins parents advisory group

Bay News: A veteran administrator has joined a local volunteer parents’ group. Comment

62nd Precinct meet

Bay News: The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., October 21 at the stationhouse, Bath Avenue & Bay 22nd Street. Comment

Meet with cops

Bay News: The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., October 21 at the stationhouse, Bath Avenue & Bay 22nd Street. Comment

Major disruptions on the Brighton line

Bay News: Q train riders listen up: your commute is about to undergo a major shake-up courtesy of the MTA. Comment

Loughlin celebrates

Bay News: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, October 9. Comment

Local doc goes on mission to Iraq: Assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate goes to Al-Anbar Provence

Bay News: Patricia Kavanagh, MD, assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, was one of two US-based physicians traveling to Al-Anbar Province in Iraq this summer to participate in a medical teaching conference for the benefit of Iraqi healthcare workers. This was the first such conference in Anbar since 2003, the province having been the site of major violence until recently. Comment

Knights of Pythias benefit

Bay News: 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

In the ‘market’ for trouble: New Lundy’s tenants draw violations from city, jeers from critics

Bay News: After months of prepping for their debut inside the landmark Lundy’s building at 1901 Emmons Avenue, the operators of Cherry Hill Market have run afoul of both the city and some in the community this week. Comment

Institute debuts new garden

Bay News: A former Institute for Community Living executive, who successfully solicited a $100,000 improvement grant for the Coney Island residence, reaped the fruits of her labors when the institute dedicated its new garden in her honor. Comment

In Coney, the writing’s on the wall

Bay News: Bust out your spray can and bag that graffiti. Comment

Green buildings

Bay News: The 6/15 Green Community Garden will participate in the American Solar Energy Society’s Annual Green Buildings Tour, October 4. Comment

Felony crime drops 10 percent

Bay News: Felony crime is down 10 percent in the 62nd Precinct, and officials there are quick to credit the teamwork and diligence of the rank-and-file cops. Comment

Coney rezone moving ahead: Community Board 13 to hold certification meet with city

Bay News: Ready or not, here it comes. Comment

Coney Island son returns to walk the beat

Bay News: You can never go home again, but you can always protect it from criminals. Comment

Clumsy crook is caught on tape: Ocean Avenue bank bandit free for now

Bay News: We think it’s the first-time jitters. Comment

Civic meetings

Bay News: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

Central Brooklyn: foreclosure ground zero

Bay News: 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

CEC prez: ‘It’s going to be bad’

Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

BWECC 48th Annual Dinner Dance

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its 48th Annual Dinner Dance, November 19 at the El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m. Comment

Brennan Cop of the Year awards: Honors go to police officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan

Bay News: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was among the list of dignitaries to honor a Brooklyn police legend and two borough cops who lived by his example. Comment

Blue ribbons: Honor for St. Bernadette

Bay News: 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

Annual Circle of life health fair

Bay News: Heart-smart clients of the Block Institute shared their trips for personal well-being during a community health fair in Bensonhurst. Comment

Allstate Agent Hero

Bay News: Allstate Agent Sandy (Hwei-ching) Hsiao was named an Agent Hero by Allstate Insurance Company’s New York Region for awarding a $1,000 grant to a local youth program. Hsiao, whose office is located […] Comment

AIDS activists flood Bklyn Bridge: Hundreds urge presidential candidates to take stand to end disease

Bay News: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

A hand for freshmen

Bay News: Incoming freshmen attended a brunch at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School to help them become familiar with the school and meet some of their new classmates. Comment

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