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Page 1: We gotta say: this issue of The Brooklyn Paper is amazing. Just check out our exclusive story on Whole Foods, our insightful coverage of the coming repairs to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway, a piece about plans to turn Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West into two-way streets and all the features and entertainment coverage that you expect from Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Triple threat

Triple threat

Bridge ‘Park’: State transportation officials say they will overrule their engineers so that repairs to the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway will not affect Brooklyn Bridge Park. Residents are skeptical. Comment
Editorial: Our editorial board explains why our esteemed leaders must be questioned at all times — because they lie. Comments (2)
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Manhattan guys win the Vendy! Gersh cries fowl

DUMBO: Brooklyn’s own Rafael Soler was snubbed at Saturday night’s Vendy Award ceremony, but that doesn’t mean our own editor, Gersh Kuntzman, had a bad time. Comment
Gowanus: Whole Foods now says it can’t build its supermarket at Third Avenue and Third Street without a development partner — but could that mean a shopping mall, businesses, housing? Comments (4)

Green Church is gone

Green Church is gone

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge’s so-called “Green Church” is now a verdant pile of rubble — so let the blame-casting begin! Comments (3)

The signs look good

The signs look good

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Some Williamsburg residents aren’t shy about voicing their political leanings. Comment
Mean Streets: Major changes are coming to one of the worst intersections in Brooklyn — changes that would give pedestrians a leg up on cars for the first time in years. Comments (1)

Smith-Ninth rehab will cost more and take longer

Carroll Gardens: It’s the same F-ing story at the crumbling Smith-Ninth Street station: repairs are going to cost more — much more — and take much longer. Comment

Average ‘Joes’

Average ‘Joes’

Brooklyn Angle: The nation now knows that “Joe the Plumber” is a myth. But Joe the plumber is real. Comment

Pinup girls: The ‘I ♥ Bklyn Girls’ are back

If a man hangs a pin-up calendar above his desk at work, he’s an ogre. If a woman does it, she’s a sexual trend-setter. Comment
Politicrasher: Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery in “real America,” but in Park Slope, the liberal ladies who dressed up like Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday decided it’s definitely not sincere and it’s certainly not flattery. Comment

No más! Hook vendors season ends

Red Hook: The first year of the city’s tightened control of the vendors in Red Hook Park is drawing to a close this weekend and no one is happy with the results. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at the imminent demise of Long Island College Hospital. Comment

Nightmare on Montague Street! One World Symphony’s Halloween Treat

Music: You gotta hand it to One World Symphony. Where other classical music outfits are content to do the same old thing, One World’s evil genius maestro, Sung Jin Hong (pictured), has crafted a shrewdly sinister Halloween program at the St. Ann and the Holy Trinity church. Comments (1)

Shea’s rebellion! Nathan’s hot dog man earns Coney kudos

Event: George Shea, the P.T. Barnum of bile, the Bob Barker of barf, will be honored next Monday night by the freaks, geeks and other wonders of human curiosity at the Coney Island sideshow. “George turned a small event into an international sport on ESPN,” said Zigun, himself a connoisseur of publicity stunts. “I take all my hats off to him, including my derby and my straw.” Comment

Vegetarians speak: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag is full again — and features missives about our recent cover story about the decline of vegetarianism. Comment

Rock and roll revolution

Theater: What if the American colonists didn’t rebel against England — until 2008? Comment

Say hello to Kevin’s

Say hello to Kevin’s

Dining: Is the revitalization of Red Hook back on schedule? Consider the latest evidence: a former Van Brunt deli is now the upscale New American bistro Kevin’s — a sit-down eatery with a local feel. Comments (4)

Your Halloween calendar

Event: Picking up where we scarily left off last week, here are the rest of the events in our frightful fortnight of fun. Comment

Crime wave washes over Ridge

Bay Ridge: A horrifying uptick in burglaries has residents of one of the borough’s safest neighborhoods living in fear. Comments (1)

Gates of hell!

Gates of hell!

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents are urging shop owners to install see-through roll-down security gates — and are moving toward proposing an out-and-out ban if storeowners do not replace their solid metal shutters in favor of the fence-like guards. Comments (3)

Correction

Correction: Our recent story, “Prospect Park no longer goes to the dogs” (Oct. 18), suggested that the newly installed “No dogs” signs barred leashed canines from the Long Meadow. In fact, the restrictions only apply to paths around the ballfields at the southern end of the meadow. Leashed dogs are still allowed on the grass at all hours and are allowed off-leash during specified hours. The Brooklyn Paper regrets the error. Comment

Our exclusive family calendar!

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

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment

Bailout! Feds save Ratner millions with new ruling

Atlantic Yards: The Treasury Department has bailed out Bruce Ratner. Comments (5)
Williamsburg: Finding a cheap apartment on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg? Priceless. Paying $550 a month to lay your weary head inches from a toilet? A little disgusting. Comments (2)

Trey loves a parade!

Dooley Noted: Our columnist previews the annual Halloween Parade in Park Slope. Comment
Boerum Hill: Residents of Dean Street are caught in the middle of a battle between the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Education that has left the area near PS 261 so filthy that some neighbors are tossing the school’s garbage bags back over the fence into the yard. Comments (2)

In Clinton Hill, one-way is DOA

Mean Streets: A request to turn several Clinton Hill blocks into one-way streets hit a dead end amid vehement opposition from residents. Comment

Layoffs begin at LICH!

Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital laid off 100 employees this week in the first wave of what will likely be a much-larger downsizing to save the tottering hospital from closure. Comment

Downtown to MTA: Sell 370 Jay St

Downtown: A myriad of Downtown Brooklyn boosters rallied outside an empty and decrepit Metropolitan Transportation Authority office building on Jay Street on Monday to call for the cash-strapped agency to sell the building — but the MTA says it has a better idea. Comments (1)

Smartmom and Hepcat need to get a life

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, we learn why Smartmom is not going to be a very good empty nester! Comments (1)
Theater: If we could all just be up front about our crushes, the world would be a better place. Plenty of people act on urges, sure, but there’s something to be said for growing a pair and telling a girl that you think she’s cute. Comment

Gowanus plan gets stink-eye

Gowanus: The stench of raw sewage in the Gowanus Canal may get worse before it gets any better. Comment
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A portion of the Williamsburg waterfront will open for public access later this month, giving residents of the park-starved neighborhood some of the open space that was promised under a contentious 2005 rezoning. Comment

Park Slope to city: Change thruways to two-ways

Mean Streets: A group of Park Slope residents is urging the city to convert the one-way speedways of Prospect Park West and Eighth Avenue into two-way streets in hopes of avoiding the kinds of car-bike conflicts that killed a cyclist last month. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: The city has had 100 years to prepare for next month’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument centennial, but workers are still racing to restore the centerpiece of Fort Greene Park to its former glory in time for the big day. Comment
Red Hook: One park in Red Hook is going to the dogs — but some residents are growling. Comments (1)

Guilty! ‘Vino’ Fossella convicted in drunk-driving case

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge is represented in Congress by a convict, now that Rep. Vito Fossella was found guilty last Friday of drunk driving, stemming from a May 1 arrest in Virginia as the seven-term congressman was on his way to a night-time rendezvous with his mistress. Comments (5)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment
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We win...again!

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman was about to break some big news in an exclusive Brooklyn Paper podcast, but all of a sudden, a special delivery changes the agenda in our DUMBO newsroom. Guess we’ll never find out what the actual “breaking” news story was. Comments (1)

Report: Brownstone bust is upon us

Development: Nerves about our collapsing national economy have finally sent jitters through Brooklyn’s real-estate market, with the number of property sales down more than 24 percent over the last three months — and the prices on those apartments and homes that did sell down almost four percent, a new report revealed this week. Comments (1)

Right on the money

Letters: Stanley Gershbein’s recent column concerning the projected cost of attending baseball games at the new Mets Citifield (why not Gil Hodges?) Stadium was right on the money, and I do mean money (“It’s Only My Opinion”). Comment

McSame song & dance

Letters: If Senator John McCain truly cares about veterans, why is he always voting against their interests? Comment

Making Obama look good

Letters: This is in response to the recent letter from Deb Sugar who seems to think Sarah Palin is the greatest thing to come down the pike since the invention of the light bulb and sliced bread. Comment

Lenore will be missed

Letters: Editor’s Note: The following pays tribute to the late Lenore Friedman, a life-long resident of Sheepshead Bay who was also an active member of the Bay Improvement Group (BIG). Comment

Hurricane relief

Letters: Having seen on TV, on CBS several weeks ago, one of the places to donate food and other supplies for victims of Hurricane Ike is: 1612 Stillwell Avenue, The Bronx, New York. Comment

Fighter for the nabe

Letters: School District 20 has truly lost a legend in the education community with the passing of Lucrecia Marsigliano. Comment

Double-crossing ‘Judah’

Letters: There is a new scam going around today that I feel that your readers – particularly grandparents – should be made aware of. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN

Gold-medal grocery unpacking

Williamsburg: What compels us to think that we can manage to unload the trunk all in one shot? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Palin’s eyeglasses are a hit

Williamsburg: Now that we’ve had a few weeks to digest some information about Governor Palin, the question that is running around the Internet is – Did Senator McCain make the right choice when he chose her to be his running mate? Results from the CNBC poll – 51% Yes, 37% No and 11% just don’t know. Results from Vote.Com – 85% Yes, 15% No! Results from the Bill O’Reilly poll – 91% Yes and only 9% No. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

End the reign of puffed-up pols

Williamsburg: As the eighth richest American with a net worth of $20 billion, he must protect his assets – and those of his wealthy cronies, too. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Heck of a job so far, ain’t it? With the economy in the tank becoming a bargain hunter is now more imperative than ever. If you weren’t a comparison shopper before, you going to want to become one now. The Consumer Corner, as always, is here to help spotlight some of the best shops to check out in Brooklyn. Comment

Victory Field spells defeat for Falcons: Bishop Ford gets off to a shaky 1-3 start to season

Off to a slow start, the Varsity Falcons football team at Bishop Ford could have a rough time of a possible title in the Class ‘AA’ section of the Catholic High Schools Football League. Comment

Students study overcrowding: Teens pour over date and uncover illuminating trends

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

Standing tall on the v’ball court

Brooklyn’s own Hannah Cassius is one of the top female volleyball players in New York. She got her start playing wallyball at the Eastern Athletic Club (EAC) in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

On a medical mission to Al-Anbar

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

Lundy tenants move ahead with plans

A stop-work order may have put the brakes on illegal work being performed outside the Lundy’s building on Emmons Avenue, but the new tenants are moving ahead this week with their plans to open the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market inside the landmark structure. Comment

Health & spirituality

Lutheran HealthCare will host its fourth annual Health and Spirituality Lecture, October 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Lutheran Medical Center’s main campus, 150 55th Street. Comment

Dentist sinks teeth into Marathon: 76-year-old doc is game for competition

With the New York City Marathon fast approaching, the runners are tapering down their training mileage, and are getting into proper condition to complete their 26 mile 375 yard journey. Comment

BK Barons blanked

They say that every boxer has a plan until they get hit. Well last weekend the Brooklyn Barons, a local rugby team, were not only punched hard, they were knocked down. The Barons A side team lost 32-0 and B side lost 24-0, both teams being shutout for the first time. The Barons seemed to have failed a very tough test, to beat the defending division champs on the road on a bad weather day. Comment

All-out action in week five: Brooklyn PSAL squads play with high-stakes mindset

Usually in week five of a football season, there isn’t a lot of statement games, but in the PSAL, when only nine games are played, week five might as well be the home stretch. Comment

POLIC E BLOTTER

Kings Courier: Causing a stir Comment

Top cop at 66th Police Pct.

Kings Courier: It’s a quiet summer afternoon on Ocean Parkway and three teens run past your car – two of them hot on the heels of the third. Comment

Tenants live in houses of horror

Kings Courier: Civil court attorneys and housing advocacy groups have noticed increased measured by landlords to use harassment to force tenants from their homes, despite the City Council’s passage of the Tenant Protection Act this past March. Comment

Standing ‘O’ for Comedy of errors

Kings Courier: Seniors from the Midwood Senior Center’s Midwood Active Adult Program performed William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” for more than 100 community seniors. The cast, pictured, received a standing ovation after the show. The comedy featured the music of various Broadway musicals, including the current hit, “Dancing Queen” from Mama Mia. The Midwood Senior Center is located at 1694 Ocean Avenue. Comment

Senator calls for new ‘crisis’ team: Call follows death of man who was Tasered

Kings Courier: The NYPD needs a new approach in how they handle mentally ill and disturbed residents, one elected official said this week. Comment

Question state officials

Kings Courier: Representatives of the New York State Attorney General, the Brooklyn Borough President, and the 61st Police Precinct all are on the agenda for the next Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s first meeting of the fall season, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Power pooches vie for Olympic glory

Kings Courier: Marine Park is going to the dogs – with awards to follow. Comment

New market presses on at Lundy’s

Kings Courier: A stop-work order may have put the brakes on illegal work being performed outside the Lundy’s building on Emmons Avenue, but the new tenants are moving ahead this week with their plans to open the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market inside the landmark structure. Comment

Live, damn you, live!

Kings Courier: Easy does it. Emergency Medical Technician Joseph Auerbach (right shares a life-saving technique with Jack Wasserman during a demonstration at the John Malone Community, 2303 Bergen Avenue. The drill was among a variety of activities offered locally for Active Aging Week. Comment

Keeping tabs on your car: Cops offer safeguarding tips

Kings Courier: Take commonsense precautions to keep your car and its contents safe. Comment

IMAX coming to local UA: S’head Bay cinemas to go big

Kings Courier: Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment

Guild to hold 50th anniversary gala

Kings Courier: 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

For Council, all options on the table

Kings Courier: When they laid out their plans in a political universe shaped by term limits, attorney Terry Hinds, teacher Rodrick Daley and former Community Board 17 Chair Michael Russell thought they would be running for an open council seat in 2009. Comment

Fighting diabetes

Kings Courier: 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

Feathered, fluffy and four-legged pals are blessed

Kings Courier: The courtyard of Mary Queen of Heaven was transformed into an outdoor altar as the annual blessing of the animals got underway. Comment

Crime-fighting excellence: 63rd Police Precinct honors outstanding officers

Kings Courier: Some Johnny-on-the-spot cops are quick in snatching up both criminals and “Cop of the Month” honors – which they received last week. Comment

Car-free tug-o-war

Kings Courier: Seeing that a car-free Prospect Park would bring more traffic to streets in the southern end of the 585-acre green space, local community board members are demanding that the city alert them to any and all traffic changes. Comment

Buyback brings in huge haul: Our Lady of Refuge Parish accepts 65 deadly weapons

Kings Courier: A Flatbush man of the cloth recently saw firsthand how swords can be beat into plowshares. Comment

Bergson Group honored at Holocaust Memorial Pk

Kings Courier: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch helped administer the rites when Holocaust Memorial Park unveiled a memorial stone in honor of a group of Jewish resistance fighters, who “spoke out while the world looked away” and helped rescue 200,000 Jews from the Holocaust. Comment

West Indian American Progressive Action Council awards dinner

Flatbush: Eleven local notables were up for honors when the West Indian American Progressive Action Council held its annual dinner and award ceremony at Glen Terrace. Comment

The term limit game-changer: Challengers shift gears for likely Kendall Stewart run

Flatbush: When they laid out their plans, in a political universe shaped by term limits, attorney Terry Hinds, teacher Rodrick Daley and former Community Board 17 Chair Michael Russell, thought they would be running for an open council seat in 2009. Comment

Super-sized cinema: IMAX coming to Brooklyn

Flatbush: Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment

Salute to cops of the month

Flatbush: Police work usually involves chasing down criminally-minded people or removing dangerous weapons from the street, but sometimes it involves deeds that save lives. Comment

Roadblocks to proper medical attention

Flatbush: The city recently released a health report focused on 11 neighborhoods whose residents face the most acute shortages of primary care access. One of the neighborhoods included in the study was Flatbush, specifically zip code 11226, an area roughly bounded by Parkside Avenue and Parkville Avenue to the north and south, Argyle Road to the west, and New York Avenue to the east. Comment

Post office goofs with senior line

Flatbush: Senior citizens concerned about the lost of a dedicated line at the Rugby Post Office on weekday mornings will be happy to know that, according to the United States Postal Service, it was all a big misunderstanding. Comment

New C.O. at 67th Pct. helm

Flatbush: With more than a little praise, members of Community Board 17 welcomed the new commanding officer of the 67th Precinct at their September meeting. Comment

Gun buyback reaps huge haul: Parish involved in getting deadly weapons off the streets

Flatbush: A Flatbush man of the cloth recently saw firsthand how swords can be beat into plowshares. Comment

Community check-up: Woodhull Medical Center to host Health Forum

Flatbush: On October 16, Woodhull Medical Center will host a Community Health Forum open to call city residents, presented by the City Council and the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). Comment

Charter school OK

Flatbush: Two new charter schools are closer to opening their doors. Comment

Bless all the creatures great & small

Flatbush: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Rose of Lima Church. Comment

Answering the distress call: Top cops on the scene when it mattered the most

Flatbush: It’s a quiet summer afternoon on Ocean Parkway and three teens run past your car – two of them hot on the heels of the third. Comment

Write like a viking!

Canarsie: 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

Woodhull takes pulse of the community

Canarsie: On October 16, Woodhull Medical Center will host a Community Health Forum open to call city residents, presented by the City Council and the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). Comment

Use martial arts against a bully

Canarsie: Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts of Bensonhurst will be hosting a Bully Prevention Seminar for children and parents of the community, October 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Tiger Schulmann’s of Bensonhurst, 8501 New Utrecht Avenue. Comment

Two thumbs up for Youth Happen’n

Canarsie: Benefactors and participants in this summer’s Youth Happen’n were feted by Community Board 17 at the board’s September meeting. Comment

Top cops answer distress call

Canarsie: When you’re a cop, a life and death decision can come at any moment. Comment

Third Annual Special Education Forum: Event is an opportunity for parents to learn about available help and resources

Canarsie: Help is on the way for special education students and their parents. Comment

The term limit game-changer: Challengers shift gears against likely Kendall Stewart run

Canarsie: When they laid out their plans, in a political universe shaped by term limits, attorney Terry Hinds, teacher Rodrick Daley and former Community Board 17 Chair Michael Russell, thought they would be running for an open council seat in 2009. Comment

15th Annual Remembrance Vigil: Volunteers to fill the streets to highlight the continuing problem of domestic violence

Canarsie: The Park Slope Safe Homes Project, an anti-domestic violence organization that provides support for survivors, will hold its 15th annual Remembrance Vigil on October 16 to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Brooklyn. Comment

Tenants tell horror tales

Canarsie: Civil court attorneys and housing advocacy groups have noticed increased measured by landlords to use harassment to force tenants from their homes, despite the City Council’s passage of the Tenant Protection Act this past March. Comment

Super-size cinema: IMAX coming to Brooklyn

Canarsie: Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment

Straight & narrow over the BK bridge

Canarsie: The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment

Starrett City moves closer to sale: Crowded Field now narrowed down to two prospective buyers

Canarsie: It’s down to two bidders for the purchase of the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Comment

Senior Home Sharing Program

Canarsie: Far more women than men in New York City are seeking the benefits of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Home Sharing Program, the unique free matching service and affordable housing opportunity available to New Yorkers of all ages. Comment

Seddio bows to Fidler run

Canarsie: Frank Seddio has joined a growing list of potential City Council candidates backing away from an ’09 run now that it’s almost assured that local Council members will be given at least one more run for City Hall. Comment

Rape & incest help line: Beth Israel program tailored to specific cultural groups

Canarsie: Victims of rape and incest often have few places where they can turn to deal with the emotional and physical toll of the crimes committed against them. And in certain societies where discussions even remotely of a sexual nature are conducted in extreme privacy, many victims are left with no alternative but to suffer — sometimes for decades — in silence. Comment

Put it to a public vote, they say

Canarsie: Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

Push is on to allow bicycles in Brooklyn buildings

Canarsie: City Councilmember David Yassky and other cycling advocates convened on the steps of City Hall last week to push Yassky’s bill requiring office buildings to accommodate bike parking for people who work in them. Comment

Pet owners step up for heavenly wishes

Canarsie: Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at St. Jude’s Church. Comment

Parental resource: Education forum offers aid and solutions

Canarsie: State Senator Martin J. Golden will host a special education fair for families and students of School District 20, 21 and 22, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marine & Academic Center Rotunda at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Obama, McCain look-alikes “campaign” here

Canarsie: ‘Mac’ and ‘Bam’ caused quite a stir when they showed up for a homecoming at Kingsborough Community College. Comment

Loud opposition to waste: Opponents flood officials with letters and petitions

Canarsie: The voices of Canarsiens have been raised loud and clear against a medical waste transfer station that one entrepreneur wants to site in the community. Comment

LICH announces new appointment

Canarsie: Tucker Woods, DO, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn. Dr. Woods, who has been at LICH since 1999, has served as the department’s vice chair since 2006. Comment

Help for homeowners

Canarsie: If you’re currently behind in your mortgage, or expect to be behind, come to Neighborhood Housing Services every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m., or twice a month from 6-8 p.m. at 2806 Church Avenue between Nostrand & Rogers avenues, to have your mortgage reviewed. Comment

Guild to hold anniversary gala

Canarsie: 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

Getting out the vote

Canarsie: Faculty members Julio Martinez (left) and Andre Montero stump as presidential contenders “Bam and Mac” during homecoming festivities at Kingsborough Community College. Comment

From waste to fuel: Landfill gas converted into power

Canarsie: Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WMI) announced that it plans to use its expertise as the nation’s largest developer of landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) projects to partner with private and municipal landfill owners to develop the country’s untapped landfill gas resources. Waste Management is the first in the waste management industry to launch such a program. Comment

Free SAT prep classes

Canarsie: The Federation of Italian Americans is offering free SAT classes at the Beacon Program at Seth Low JHS, 99 Avenue P at West 11th Street, Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. Comment

Free GED courses

Canarsie: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn is offering free GED and free computer classes for the community. Classes will be offered at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P at West 11th Street. Comment

Ford gala coming to BK

Canarsie: After 10 years of holding the Bishop Ford Charter Dinner/Hall of Fame Induction at the New York Athletic Club, the dinner will now be held in Brooklyn. Comment

Dollar van ‘plague’ spreads to more neighborhoods

Canarsie: Dollar vans are wreaking havoc in Marine Park. Comment

DOE Charter charge is on! Two new schools poised for debut

Canarsie: Two new charter schools are closer to opening their doors. Comment

Daisy keeps Brooklyn on the menu: Celebrated TV chef digs down to hometown roots for her best dishes

Canarsie: The fresh fragrance of cilantro filled the air. Comment

Cops claim success in battling burglaries

Canarsie: The 69th Precinct has gotten a handle on Canarsie’s robbery problem. Comment

Call for more courts

Canarsie: The borough needs more community courts. Comment

Bookkeeping class

Canarsie: The Nonprofit HelpDesk is offering a Nonprofit Bookkeeping and Accounting Program Certified by Brooklyn College’s Department of Professional Advancement and Continuing Education this spring. Comment

Biggest catch of all

Canarsie: Dr. Paul V. Loiselle, an ichthyologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium received the ultimate honor. After discovering a new species of freshwater fish in 2007 on the African island nation of Madagascar, a team of biologists named the new species of cichlid Ptychochromis loiselle in his honor. Comment

Bergson Group recalled at Memorial Pk

Canarsie: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch helped administer the rites when Holocaust Memorial Park unveiled a memorial stone in honor of a group of Jewish resistance fighters, who “spoke out while the world looked away” and helped rescue 200,000 Jews from the Holocaust. Comment

Beep looks to keep seat: De Blasio denounces efforts to change rules

Canarsie: Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement last week that he will seek to legislate through the City Council one additional term to the current two-term limit on all city elected office-holders cast a pall on the borough’s top elected position. Comment

A safer way to cross the street: New traffic signal goes up at Farragut Road & East 78th Street

Canarsie: Illuminating the way… Pedestrians can now travel with more safety – thanks to a new traffic light at a busy intersection in Canarsie. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

BWECC network leader 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. I will be celebrating my 28th year as president of the Bensonhurst West End Community Council and, as my custom every year, will spotlight each honoree in this column, so you will know their credentials, their merits, and their outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted “BWECC Year” award. Comment

Two takes on homelessness in NYC: Brooklyn official challenges mayor’s rosy numbers

Bay News: While the city claims to be winning the war against homelessness, one borough lawmaker is saying that much more must be done, especially in a fiscally fragile time when living on the streets could be a very real possibility for thousands of cash-strapped Brooklynites. Comment

46th AssemblyShowdown

Bay News: One is a former community activist turned assemblymember. The other is a community activist with hopes of snagging the other’s seat. Comment

Sam Horowitz marks 90th

Bay News: Retired Councilman Sam Horwitz was joined by more than 100 family members, friends, former City Council colleagues and supporters during a 90th birthday celebration held in his honor at the exclusive Manhattan Club. Comment

Push for hard right turn

Bay News: Two years after unsuccessfully trying to unseat veteran Democratic Assemblymember Peter Abbate, one local GOP political wannabe is back for a second try. Comment

Obama, McCain look-alikes pal around together

Bay News: ‘Mac’ and ‘Bam’ caused quite a stir when they showed up for a homecoming at Kingsborough Community College. Comment

Just two guys hanging out

Bay News: Faculty members Julio Martinez (left) and Andre Montero stump as presidential contenders ‘Bam’ and ‘Mac’ during homecoming festivities at Kingsborough Community College. Comment

Just a ‘lull,’ Golden says: Incumbent is upbeat on dismal economic outlook

Bay News: Economic hard times were the subject when Republican State Senator Marty Golden stopped by at a recent candidates’ forum. Comment

Janele vs. the cop: Hyer-Spencer, Cammarata tangle

Bay News: Citing promises kept and promising future crusades to improve the quality of life in the 60th Assembly District, a first-term assemblymember met with Brooklyn residents to ask for their support as she runs for re-election. Comment

IMAX coming to Brooklyn: S’head Bay UA to host super-size cinema experience

Bay News: Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment

Domestic violence vigil

Bay News: The Park Slope Safe Homes Project, an anti-domestic violence organization that provides support for survivors, will hold its 15th annual Remembrance Vigil on October 16 to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Brooklyn. Comment

Daisy cooks with Brooklyn: Celebrity chef keeps hometown on the menu

Bay News: The fresh fragrance of cilantro filled the air. Comment

Crowd around Vito’s seat: Field of four vie to succeed disgraced congressman

Bay News: The contrasts were clear as the four candidates vying for the congressional seat being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella had the opportunity to make contact with Brooklyn voters during a recent forum organized by the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board. Comment

Coney charter school OK

Bay News: A new charter school is one step closer to opening in Coney Island. Comment

CB10 public hearing

Bay News: Community Board 10 will be conducting a public hearing to review and ranks the board’s capital and expense priorities for the Fiscal Year 2010 municipal budget at 7:15 p.m., October 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1305 86th Street. Comment

Call for new ‘crisis’ unit: Senator wants NYPD changes

Bay News: The NYPD needs a new approach in how they handle mentally ill and disturbed residents, one elected official said this week. Comment

Bay Ridge Credit Union expands

Bay News: Snip snip, hooray! The Bay Ridge Credit Union – the place “where people are worth more than money” – has expanded to Sheepshead Bay. On hand to open the lender’s new branch at 1609 Avenue Z are: President Gene Brody, State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Mike Garthaffner, vice president of the Bay Ridge branch, 9000 4th Avenue (from right) For more information call 718-680-2121. Comment

You want it, vote for it: Term-limit redux challenged

Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

‘Edge’ right on in: Lottery for housing complex

Apartment units in the “affordable” portion of the Williamsburg Edge, a gleaming multi-building complex currently under construction along the Williamsburg waterfront, are now available via lottery. Comment

Putting health on the map: Project seeks local medical histories

Residents living in Greenpoint and East Williamsburg have been inundated with news about the oil spill and the environmental effects of the accumulation of pollutants in the areas surrounding Newtown Creek for much of the past decade, but the effect of the pollution on individuals health remains unknown. Comment

Pool slay Bust: Man charged with murder

A 20-year-old man with a lengthy rap sheet has been arrested for allegedly gunning down a Parks Department night watchman at the Douglass Street pool this past August. Comment

Playground backlash: P.S. 208 project angers some on East 48th St.

Residents living near Public School 208 are hopping mad over a new playground being built in the school’s yard. Comment

Mom’s death could have been accidental

The young mother killed in last week’s robbery hostage drama in Bensonhurst may have been shot by accident, police officials said this week. Comment

It’s lawyer against cop: Hyer-Spencer, Cammarata tangle

Citing promises kept and promising future crusades to improve the quality of life in the 60th Assembly District, a first-term assemblymember met with Brooklyn residents to ask for their support as she runs for re-election. Comment

Holy war on the streets: CB6 clashes with feast backers

A recent Catholic street feast in Carroll Gardens is continuing to leave a bad taste in the mouths of locals — made even more bitter by what some have called “anti-Semitic venom.” Comment

Drug-fueled sexcapades: Teens run wild in Lindower Pk

At Lindower Park in Mill Basin, the grass and the trees are being uprooted by the birds and the bees. Comment

DOE Charter charge is on!: Two new schools poised for debut

Two new charter schools are closer to opening their doors. Comment

Call for new subway entrance

A new entrance at the Fourth Avenue subway station in Park Slope might not only improve safety at this harried intersection, it could help enliven an otherwise moribund street scene, according to a local civic group. Comment

All quiet on Court Street: Nighttime street work now complete

Those recent middle-of-the-night sounds of machinery rattling Brooklyn Heights residents out of their beds ended last week, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comment

‘Obama’, ‘McCain’ help get out the vote

Faculty members Julio Martinez (left) and Andre Montero stump as presidential contenders “Bam” and “Mac” during homecoming festivities at Kingsborough Community College. Comment

Waste to power

Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WMI) announced that it plans to use its expertise as the nation’s largest developer of landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) projects to partner with private and municipal landfill owners to develop the country’s untapped landfill gas resources. Waste Management is the first in the waste management industry to launch such a program. Comment

War Veteran’s salute: Council to hold parade, invocation and more

Members of the United War Veteran’s Council of New York will honor veterans Nov. 11 with a parade an invocation, and an annual Hospitality Street. Comment

Two takes on homelessness: City, councilman at odds

While the city claims to be winning the war against homelessness, one borough lawmaker is saying that much more must be done, especially in a fiscally fragile time when living on the streets could be a very real possibility for thousands of cash-strapped Brooklynites. Comment

46th Dist. showdown

One is a former community activist turned assemblymember. The other is a community activist with hopes of snagging the other’s seat. Comment

15th Annual Remembrance Vigil: Survivors, supporters stand together against domestic violence

The Park Slope Safe Homes Project, an anti-domestic violence organization that provides support for survivors, will hold its 15th annual Remembrance Vigil on October 16 to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Brooklyn. Comment

Taser death sparks call for change

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

Suspected rapist dozed in Dyker Pk: Ralph DiMassi also eyed in chain snatchings

In the days leading to his arrest, suspected rapist Ralph DiMassi was reportedly sleeping in Dyker Park and may have been responsible for several chain-snatchings in Bay Ridge at the same time he attacked a woman on Fort Hamilton Parkway, police officials alleged. Comment

Special forum

Help is on the way for special education students and their parents. Comment

Six ‘Hidden Treasures’: BRCC hails special group

Six community activists and one organization have been named “Hidden Treasures of the Community” by the Bay Ridge Community Council. Comment

Put a bully in her place

Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts of Bensonhurst will be hosting a Bully Prevention Seminar for children and parents of the community, October 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Tiger Schulmann’s of Bensonhurst, 8501 New Utrecht Avenue. Comment

Pets step up for blessings: Owners hope for divine help

Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Ephrem’s Church. Comment

New Utrecht Class of 1958

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

Mayor throws down gauntlet

Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement last week that he will seek to legislate through the City Council one additional term to the current two-term limit on all city elected office-holders cast a pall on the borough’s top elected position. Comment

Jockeying for position: 4 square off for Fossella’s seat

The contrasts were clear as the four candidates vying for the congressional seat being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella had the opportunity to make contact with Brooklyn voters during a recent forum organized by the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board. Comment

Home repairs

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

Hero agent

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. Comment

Health & spirits

Lutheran HealthCare will host its fourth annual Health and Spirituality Lecture, October 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Lutheran Medical Center’s main campus, 150 55th Street. Comment

Gun goes off, mother dies: Cops probe mysteries surrounding shocking crime

The young mother killed in last week’s robbery hostage drama in Bensonhurst could have been shot by accident, police officials said this week. Comment

Golden: expect a ‘lull’: Running unopposed, senator paints upbeat economic picture

Economic hard times were the subject when Republican State Senator Marty Golden stopped by at a recent candidates’ forum. Comment

GED classes

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn is offering free GED and free computer classes for the community. Classes will be offered at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P at West 11th Street. Comment

Fresh look at express bus service operations

State Senator Martin J. Golden has authored an express bus survey and distributed it at local bus stops and through his office to riders of the X 27/X37 and the X 28/X38 bus routes. Comment

Fourteen-year mystery may be solved: Missing Ridge student thought to be found in mob graveyard exhumation

A 14-year search for a missing Bay Ridge college student may have finally ended with the discovery of a mob graveyard on Long Island. Comment

3-day youth conference: October 10th rally to kick off events

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

Daisy cooks with BK spice

The fresh fragrance of cilantro filled the air. Comment

Community Bd. 10 public hearing

Community Board 10 will be conducting a public hearing to review and ranks the board’s capital and expense priorities for the Fiscal Year 2010 municipal budget at 7:15 p.m., October 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1305 86th Street. Comment

Challenge to term limit threat

Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

Challenger goes after Abbate

Two years after unsuccessfully trying to unseat veteran Democratic Assemblymember Peter Abbate, one local GOP political wannabe is back for a second try. Comment

Blessings upon man’s best friends & pals

Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at St. Anselm’s Church. Comment

BK son aces Drill Camp

Xavier HS student Raymond Brown of Bay Ridge has successfully completed the Norwich University Drill Camp, NUDC, held this past June at the nation’s first military college in Northfield, Vt. Comment

Beyond the call of duty at 90: WVA stalwart continues to serve and inspire

“Look them in the eye and be there to receive what they have to give.” Comment

Bay Ridge shoppers go green

Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm-fresh delights at the new Bay Ridge green market. Comment

Axed liaisons anger parents

Brooklynites are demanding that parent liaisons be rehired for local public schools. Comment

A ‘covenant’ with the troops

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

A soldier’s care: everyone’s duty

In May, the center’s Soldier/Family Support Service Division began providing services that include suicide prevention, family support and transition back from active duty to military personnel. Comment
APO BROOKLYN

Cats and paperwork just don’t mix

In this issue we begin a new bi-weekly feature column, APO Brooklyn, a series of essays on military life written from the perspective of a military spouse. It is meant to entertain, but, more importantly, educate people about the life, the joys and challenges, of being a military family member. The stories represent, solely, the point of view of the author based on her experiences over the last 23 years. Comment

Admiral spurs on recruiters

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told more than 100 military recruiters that their work is vital to mission accomplishment, especially in an environment in which people who influence potential recruits are reluctant to steer them toward service in uniform. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Murdered priest mystery Comment

Viking essay contest

Bay News: 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

Two takes on NYC homelessness

Bay News: While the city claims to be winning the war against homelessness, one borough lawmaker is saying that much more must be done, especially in a fiscally fragile time when living on the streets could be a very real possibility for thousands of cash-strapped Brooklynites. Comment

The gang’s all here again: Sheepshead Bay H.S. Founder’s Alumni Association Hall of Fame

Bay News: Old friends reunited and picked up where they last left off during Sheepshead Bay High School’s Founder’s Alumni Association’s Third Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, held at Il Fornetto restaurant, 2902 Emmons Avenue. Comment

15th Annual Remembrance Vigil: Many take a stand against domestic violence

Bay News: The Park Slope Safe Homes Project, an anti-domestic violence organization that provides support for survivors, will hold its 15th annual Remembrance Vigil on October 16 to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Brooklyn. Comment

Tenants tell tales of landlord terror

Bay News: Civil court attorneys and housing advocacy groups have noticed increased measured by landlords to use harassment to force tenants from their homes, despite the City Council’s passage of the Tenant Protection Act this past March. Comment

Tenants press on at Lundy’s: Cherry Hill Gourmet Market tries to get SWO lifted

Bay News: A stop-work order may have put the brakes on illegal work being performed outside the Lundy’s building on Emmons Avenue, but the new tenants are moving ahead this week with their plans to open the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market inside the landmark structure. Comment

Special education forum: Resources, aid for parents

Bay News: Help is on the way for special education students and their parents. Comment

SAT classes

Bay News: The Federation of Italian Americans is offering free SAT classes at the Beacon Program at Seth Low JHS, 99 Avenue P at West 11th Street, Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. Comment

Sam Horwitz marks 90th: Retired councilman celebrates birthday with friends

Bay News: Retired Councilman Sam Horwitz. was joined by more than 100 family members, friends, former City Council colleagues and supporters during a 90th birthday celebration held in his honor at the exclusive Manhattan Club. Comment

Runaway SUV slams into supermarket

Bay News: A freak accident in Coney Island led to an SUV plowing through the front of a Mermaid Avenue Fine Fare Supermarket last week. Police said that a shopper inside the supermarket, located between West 29th and West 30th streets, was pinned under the vehicle following the crash at 3:15 p.m. on October 3. Witnesses told police that the driver of the SUV lost control of his vehicle outside the supermarket, slammed into a parked car and crashed through the store window. Shoppers were able to pull the woman out from underneath the SUV as paramedics arrived. Both she and the driver of the SUV, also a woman, were rushed to Lutheran Medical Center for treatment. Comment

Robbed and then shot: Cops probe mom’s death

Bay News: The young mother killed in last week’s robbery hostage drama in Bensonhurst could have been shot by accident, police officials said this week. Comment

Regina-Potter vs. Abbate

Bay News: Two years after unsuccessfully trying to unseat veteran Democratic Assemblymember Peter Abbate, one local GOP political wannabe is back for a second try. Comment

Reaching across the pond

Bay News: The girls at St. Edmund Preparatory celebrated their fifth year of partnership with the girls at St. Edmund Prep in Salisbury England by sending beautiful cards, essays, poems and displays placed in folders for presentation to the families of 9/11 victims. Comment

Parents want liaisons back

Bay News: Brooklynites are demanding that parent liaisons be rehired for local public schools. Comment

New probe into express bus service

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden has authored an express bus survey and distributed it at local bus stops and through his office to riders of the X 27/X37 and the X 28/X38 bus routes. Comment

New Emergency chief

Bay News: Tucker Woods, DO, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn. Dr. Woods, who has been at LICH since 1999, has served as the department’s vice chair since 2006. Comment

New effort to boost film: Pol backs incentive for movie crews to stay local

Bay News: After seeing New York filmmakers leave for neighboring states and Los Angeles to complete their projects, Councilmember David Yassky is proposing additional tax credits to keep post-production work in the city that so many people in the film industry call home. Comment

New addition to Dist. 21 CEC

Bay News: District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has a new member – a parent who was rejected from the group just a few months ago. Comment

Martial Arts put bullies in their place

Bay News: Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts of Bensonhurst will be hosting a Bully Prevention Seminar for children and parents of the community, October 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Tiger Schulmann’s of Bensonhurst, 8501 New Utrecht Avenue. Comment

Make room for bikes: Push is on to open up Brooklyn buildings

Bay News: City Councilmember David Yassky and other cycling advocates convened on the steps of City Hall last week to push Yassky’s bill requiring office buildings to accommodate bike parking for people who work in them. Comment

Library dedicated to hero

Bay News: A 25-year-old Brooklyn firefighter with a verve for life, who made the supreme sacrifice on 9/11, was immortalized when his local parish dedicated a school library in memory of Firefighter Joseph P. Henry. Comment

Learn how to fix up your home

Bay News: 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

IMAX coming to S’head Bay

Bay News: Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment

help

Bay News: If you’re currently behind in your mortgage, or expect to be behind, come to Neighborhood Housing Services every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m., or twice a month from 6-8 p.m. at 2806 Church Avenue between Nostrand & Rogers avenues, to have your mortgage reviewed. Comment

Heavenly blessings on the nabe’s favorite pets

Bay News: Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at Good Shepherd Church in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Health and Spirituality: Fourth annual lecture coming

Bay News: Lutheran HealthCare will host its fourth annual Health and Spirituality Lecture, October 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Lutheran Medical Center’s main campus, 150 55th Street. Comment

Guild to mark 50th

Bay News: 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

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Bay News: Local rabbi faces Comment

Freaky Night Out Against Crime: Coney Island residents take back the night

Bay News: By far, this past August’s National Night Out Against Crime was the freakiest Coney Island has seen in a long time. Comment

Four chase Vito’s seat: Candidates vie to succeed disgraced congressman

Bay News: The contrasts were clear as the four candidates vying for the congressional seat being vacated by disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella had the opportunity to make contact with Brooklyn voters during a recent forum organized by the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board. Comment

Diabetes fight

Bay News: 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

Daisy cooks with BK heart: Celeb keeps borough on the menu

Bay News: The fresh fragrance of cilantro filled the air. Comment

Crooks’ latest dodge

Bay News: Cops have cracked down on thieving apartment-hunters who were scouring the area for more than low-priced flats. Comment

Coney charter school gets DOE O.K.

Bay News: A new charter school is one step closer to opening in Coney Island. Comment

classes

Bay News: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn is offering free GED and free computer classes for the community. Classes will be offered at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P at West 11th Street. Comment

Clarification

Bay News: Please note… Comment

Challenge to power grab

Bay News: Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

CB13 appeals for boardwalk rehab

Bay News: Community Board 13 is asking the city to fix the Riegelman Boardwalk – again. Comment

Call for change after Taser death: Time for the creation of a new crisis unit, some say

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

Brook-Krasny, Capano tangle

Bay News: One is a former community activist turned assemblymember. The other is a community activist with hopes of snagging the other’s seat. Comment

Auxiliary cops on the beat

Bay News: As the Jewish community in Brighton Beach celebrated the High Holy Days, members of the 60th Precinct’s auxiliary squad were out in droves making sure everyone was safe. With a mobile command base stationed at the corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue Wednesday, auxiliaries held a high visibility patrol through the neighborhood, ensuring that everyone felt safe and secure. Pictured: (from right) Police Officer Thomas Hopkins, 60th Precinct Auxiliary Coordinator, Auxiliary Deputy Inspector Peter Morici, Auxiliary Chief Tony Christo, Inspector Van Gostein of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and members of the 60th Precinct’s Auxiliary Patrol. Comment

Assault on term limits: Mayor leads charge to overturn public referendums

Bay News: Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement last week that he will seek to legislate through the City Council one additional term to the current two-term limit on all city elected office-holders cast a pall on the borough’s top elected position. Comment

Add green power to Brigham Park: Planners explore using solar energy and more at two-acre site

Bay News: Solar-powered trash compactors, composting toilets and maybe even a little wind power thrown in. Comment
Park Slope: A group of Park Slope activists are begging the MTA to make minor repairs at the dour Fourth Avenue subway station because they don’t believe that the cash-strapped transit agency will make good on its promise to fully renovate the station. Comments (4)

‘NAGging’ about community issues: Neighbors Allied for Good Growth holds town hall to find out what’s on your mind

Williamsburg: On the night of the vice presidential debate, with politics on their minds, a diverse group of community members found themselves mostly talking about local community-building issues at the NAG (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth) Town Hall Organizing Meeting on Williamsburg’s north side. Comment

‘Fall’ into the McCarren Park Greenmarket

Williamsburg: Fall’s cooler temperatures mean different types of produce at the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Comment

Welcome, Dugan: St. Francis College inducts new president

Williamsburg: Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment

Venting about Bedford Ave. vendors: Entrepreneurs call out competitors for lack of proper licensing, garbage piles

Williamsburg: Paul and Ann Tivorsky have been selling vintage clothing, jewelry, and fine art at The Stand on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street for three years but have noticed several unlicensed vendors started joining them. Comment

Teens get into action at new garden: Students from St. Nick’s program continue work on S. 4th Street community jewel

Williamsburg: A new community garden opened last week on South 4th and Hewes streets. Very quickly, it was put to good use. Comment

Spooks and ghosts underground: Bob Diamond’s next tunnel tour on Oct. 19 to catch the spirit of Halloween

Williamsburg: The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment

Show of support for local cancer patient

Williamsburg: “This neighborhood is like a small town in a big city. We know how to rally around each other and take care of our own. People really pitch in here to make this a community. It’s been very humbling, and I’m unbelievably touched to live around these people.” Comment

Remembering lives lost to violence: Park Slope vigil on Oct. 16 honoring those who died as a result of domestic abuse

Williamsburg: The Park Slope Safe Homes Project, an anti-domestic violence organization that provides support for survivors, will hold its 15th annual Remembrance Vigil on October 16 to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Brooklyn. Comment

High-end cinema here: IMAX screen coming to a theater near you by 2009

Williamsburg: Soon, Brooklyn moviegoers won’t have to travel as far to super-size their cinematic experience. Comment

Firearms dropoff here: Local churches to host gun buyback program Oct. 11

Williamsburg: Crime-fighters are once again putting their faith in the Kings County District Attorney’s office gun buy-back program. Comment

BK pols want you to decide if Mike can run again

Williamsburg: Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

BK’s top designers: Two locals acompeting on reality TV show

Williamsburg: Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment

As vote nears, calling out for change: Williamsburg activists gather for a phone party to sway swing voters to go blue

Williamsburg: In one of the most left-leaning neighborhoods in one of the most Democratic cities in the country, the push to get Sen. Barack Obama into the White House is on. Comment

Absolved of sin

Williamsburg: A South Williamsburg woman waves a chicken over her head during kapparot, a Jewish ritual practiced during the week before Yom Kippur in a symbolic attempt to transfer one’s sins to the animal. Comment

Bushwick Wolfpack leads the way

With the premature demise of the Mets and Yankees, the focus of the New York sports world now turns to football. Comment

Bacon Bits taste glory: They’re your Kickball League champions for 2008

The Bacon Bits are your 2008 Brooklyn Kickball League champions! Comment

Workers forum

Brooklyn Courier: New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse will speak alongside Dan Cantor, founder of New York’s Working Families Party at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Two experts in the field of labor advocacy, Greenhouse and Cantor will discuss challenges facing the US workforce in the context of the current economic crisis, and with an eye toward the elections in November. Comment

1-woman show

Brooklyn Courier: “The Desert Island Project,” a one-woman show featuring Belinda McGuire in four world premieres by choreographers Kate Alton (Toronto), Andrea Miller (New York) and Idan Sharabi (Israel/Netherlands), as well as a work by McGuire herself, is presented at 8 p.m., October 10-11, at the 303 Bond Street in Carroll Gardens, followed by a final weekend of shows October 17-18. Comment

The littlest grime-buster

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids including Danny Clarke (above), polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a neighborhood clean-up in Park Slope. The grimebusters teamed up with like-minded neighbors for the day of beautification along DeGraw Street, between 4th and 5th avenues, where the vollies bagged trash, planted trees and distributed new recycling tags and “No Menu” signs for every building on the block. The clean-up was co-sponsored by City Councilmember David Yassky. Comment

St. Saviour’s Church opens to local pets

Brooklyn Courier: The courtyard of St. Saviour’s Church was transformed into an outdoor altar as the annual blessing of the animals got underway. Comment

13 streets in Brooklyn to be renamed: Brooklyn changes part of 85 new designations to be made citywide

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Stats show a decrease in Slope crime

Brooklyn Courier: There’s good news on the streets for residents of Park Slope – crime in the neighborhood is down over seven and a half percent, more than twice the citywide average. Comment

Something wicked in the tunnel: Halloween ghost stories and the ‘lost’ railroad

Brooklyn Courier: The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment

Solar Energy Society Green Buildings Tour

Brooklyn Courier: When the sun smiles, the urban oasis comes to life, beckoning the contemplative to come and rest by its gentle waterfalls, and reflect by its ponds purring with fish. Comment

Search for Dean Playground bucks: Community group works to advocate for recreational space

Brooklyn Courier: With ground freshly broken on a $1.6 million synthetic turf ball field for a neighborhood park, locals are already looking for additional funding. Comment

Saint Francis of Assisi: a canine’s best friend

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s emerald empire provided a grassy altar for four-legged parishioners as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at Prospect Park. Comment

Pumpkins get pretty in advance of the witching hour

Brooklyn Courier: Creative youngsters had gourds of pre-Halloween fun when Mazzone’s True Value hosted a pumpkin-painting party. Comment

Paling around with Palin

Brooklyn Courier: Voicer Julie Kirshner, president of Brooklyn-Queens National Organization of Women, says, “Sarah Palin is anti-woman because she doesn’t believe in the ERA, embryonic stem-cell research, or the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest.” Comment

Ollie all ya want: new skate pk here

Brooklyn Courier: A 2.5-acre park that straddles Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus is being touted as a strong candidate for the borough’s second permanent skateboard park. Comment

Mayoral control: Forum on DOE’s future

Brooklyn Courier: A local elected official is asking parents for their opinions on mayoral control. Comment

Making Obama look good

Brooklyn Courier: This is in response to the recent letter from Deb Sugar who seems to think Sarah Palin is the greatest thing to come down the pike since the invention of the light bulb and sliced bread. Comment

Greenest block in BK: Winners awarded in annual contest

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblywoman Joan Millman joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Botanic Garden President Scot Medbury and Independence Community Foundation Executive Director Marilyn Gelber to award winners of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. The project is sponsored by Greenbridge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s community horticulture program, Sovereign Bank, the Independence Community Foundation and Borough President Markowitz. The purpose of the project is to encourage neighbors and businesses to spruce up their blocks and in doing so take pride in their surroundings. Comment

Free walking tour

Brooklyn Courier: Join the Urban Park Rangers at 11 a.m., October 12 at the park at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Tillary Street and Cadman Plaza West for a free walking tour showcasing the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Comment

Church anniversary

Brooklyn Courier: The 50th anniversary of the Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fort Green, Hanson Place & South Portland Avenue, will be observed with celebration and song, October 12 & 19. Comment

CB6 clashes with church members: Vitriol flies as district manager tangles with advocates of traditional feast

Brooklyn Courier: A recent Catholic street feast in Carroll Gardens is continuing to leave a bad taste in the mouths of locals — made even more bitter by what some have called “anti-Semitic venom.” Comment

Car-free, no thank you!: Opponents decry efforts to shut autos out of Prospect Pk

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope Assemblymember Jim Brennan has joined the fight demanding due process and community involvement when it comes to traffic changes in Prospect Park. Comment

Brooklyn designers vie to become the ‘Top’: Two land a spot on hit Bravo reality show

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment

Band plays on for Harvey Schultz: Bandshell dedicated to late luminary

Brooklyn Courier: Harvey Schultz, a longtime Brooklyn public servant and the former Commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who died last September, was immortalized this week when the city dedicated the Prospect Park bandshell near Ninth Street in his honor. Comment

‘NAGging’ about the nabe: Group holds town hall to find out what’s on your mind

Greenpoint: On the night of the vice presidential debate, with politics on their minds, a diverse group of community members found themselves mostly talking about local community-building issues at the NAG (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth) Town Hall Organizing Meeting on Williamsburg’s north side. Comment

Woodhull honors green thumbs: Brooklyn Botanic Garden judges award top gardens at the hospital

Greenpoint: A collaboration between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Woodhull Hospital has helped turn the fifth-floor Psychiatry Department into the greenest floor at Woodhull. Comment

Pols want you to vote on bids for third terms

Greenpoint: Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

One blessed pooch

Greenpoint: A beloved pet awaits the holy rites at the annual blessing of the animals at St. Anthony of Padua. Comment

Four-legged friends get blessed

The courtyard of St. Anthony of Padua was transformed into an outdoor altar as the annual blessing of the animals got underway. Comment

Fundraiser for cancer patient

Greenpoint: “This neighborhood is like a small town in a big city. We know how to rally around each other and take care of our own. People really pitch in here to make this a community. It’s been very humbling, and I’m unbelievably touched to live around these people.” Comment

BK’s own top designers: Two locals competing in Bravo reality television show

Greenpoint: Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment

Bacon Bits taste glory at finals: After defeating the John Cougar Mellencamps, team takesr Kickball League champs

Greenpoint: The Bacon Bits are your 2008 Brooklyn Kickball League champions! Comment

NYU, Poly partnership moves forward

Brooklyn Courier: Economic crisis or not, New York University has big plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Hospital greenery is the best prescription: Botanic Garden teams up with Woodhull

Brooklyn Courier: A collaboration between the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Woodhull Hospital has helped turn the fifth-floor Psychiatry Department into the greenest floor at Woodhull. Comment

Court Street milling causes a late night racket: Necessary roadwork elicits slew of complaints

Brooklyn Courier: Those recent middle-of-the-night sounds of machinery rattling Brooklyn Heights residents out of their beds ended last week, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comment

Blessed be the furry flock

Brooklyn Courier: Lucky’s fortune receives a spiritual boost from Rev. Mark Lane, who douses the pet pooch with holy water under the watchful eye of owner Nicole Matthew during a Blessing of the Animals at St. Boniface Church in Fort Greene. Comment

An about face on two local streets

Brooklyn Courier: Southern Clinton Hill residents are being asked to weigh in on two possible street direction changes at a public hearing slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. Comment

‘Tis the season for flu: Docs recommend vaccinations against this year’s strains

Brooklyn Courier: This year, five to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu, a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The effects vary, but more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications and at least 36,000 people die from flu each year. Comment

Too tall for the neighbors: Carroll Gardens balks at height of Toll Bros. development

Brooklyn Courier: Already feeling besieged by large, out-of-context buildings from within, now Carroll Gardens has to worry about the prospect of looming towers from without. Comment

Saint francis of Assisi: a canine’s best spiritual friend

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s emerald empire provided a grassy altar for four-legged parishioners as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at Prospect Park. Comment

P.S. 58 library reopening

Brooklyn Courier: Public School 58’s Principal Giselle McGee and Assistant Principal Jayme Perlman will welcome local officials, parents, students and staff to a celebration for the much-anticipated opening of the newly renovated PS 58 Library, 330 Smith Street, October 14 at 9 a.m. Comment

Ninth St. truck traffic instills fear

Brooklyn Courier: Trucks are barreling down Ninth Street and someone is going to get killed. Comment

Mike faces term limit challenge

Brooklyn Courier: Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

Hired hand for Gardens rezoning: Grad student on the job; study still a wait

Brooklyn Courier: The effort to protect Carroll Gardens against overdevelopment got some extra help this week, but advocates hoping to get on the fast track to “downzoning” probably shouldn’t expect to zip to the head of the line. Comment

God bless Brooklyn’s animals great and small

Brooklyn Courier: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Paul’s Church. Comment

Divine critter

Brooklyn Courier: Ebullient pooch Stitch’s holy rites are administered by Rev. Peter Cullen during a Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s Church. Comment

Car-free for some, a parking lot for others: Opponents decry barring autos from Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope Assemblymember Jim Brennan has joined the fight demanding due process and community involvement when it comes to traffic changes in Prospect Park. Comment

Burglary spike dulls

Brooklyn Courier: Police in Carroll Gardens say that they have gotten a handle on the up-tick in burglaries they have been experiencing for the past month. Comment

Arrest in Douglass Pool murder: Cops bust 20-year-old man

Brooklyn Courier: A 20-year-old man with a lengthy rap sheet has been arrested for allegedly gunning down a Parks Department night watchman at the Douglass Street pool this past August. Comment

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St. Paul’s church opens doors to neighborhood pets

Brooklyn Heights: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Paul’s Church. Comment

Small, but truly excellent: Yassky hails Robbie Dawg, Inc. recipe for success

Brooklyn Heights: Councilmember David Yassky, chair of the City Council Committee on Small Business, presented his Small Business Community Excellence Award to Robbie dawg, inc. in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Comment

Sit, roll over, accept heaven’s blessing!

Brooklyn Heights: Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at St. Boniface Church. Comment

Seeking chills and thrills

The masquerade begins here as Brooklyn gears up for the year’s most ‘phantastic’ day with a spine-tingling, bone-teasing, eye-popping line-up of delights, featuring nerve-jangling jaunts here, ‘spooktastic’ contests there and howling festivities just about everywhere across the borough. Comment

Saint Francis of Assisi: A Brooklyn canine’s best friend

Brooklyn Heights: The borough’s emerald empire provided a grassy altar for four-legged parishioners as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at Prospect Park. Comment

Safety town hall

Brooklyn Heights: Council Member Letitia James will hold a public safety town hall meeting from 7-9 p.m., October 15 with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and staff, 88th Precinct Captain Anthony Tasso, 84th Precinct Captain Alan Abel, and PSA 3 Captain Brian McGinn. Comment

One-way on St. James Place: Hearing set on proposals to alter traffic flow at two locations

Brooklyn Heights: Southern Clinton Hill residents are being asked to weigh in on two possible street direction changes at a public hearing slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. Comment

NYU, Poly partnership moves forward: School to expand university’s reach

Brooklyn Heights: Economic crisis or not, New York University has big plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Let voters decide term limits

Brooklyn Heights: Two Brooklyn lawmakers last week proposed city legislation that would enable voters to decide if all city elected office-holders can run for a third four-year term. Comment

Just too tall for the neighbors: Alternative plan for Gowanus advanced

Brooklyn Heights: Already feeling besieged by large, out-of-context buildings from within, now Carroll Gardens has to worry about the prospect of looming towers from without. Comment

Car-free is bust for them: Opponents say Prospect park changes will hurt nabe

Brooklyn Heights: Park Slope Assemblymember Jim Brennan has joined the fight demanding due process and community involvement when it comes to traffic changes in Prospect Park. Comment

Blessed furry flock

Brooklyn Heights: Lucky’s fortune receives a spiritual boost from Rev. Mark Lane, who douses the pet pooch with holy water under the watchful eye of owner Nicole Matthew during a Blessing of the Animals at St. Boniface Church in Fort Greene. Comment

all quiet on court street: Nighttime street work now complete

Brooklyn Heights: Those recent middle-of-the-night sounds of machinery rattling Brooklyn Heights residents out of their beds ended last week, according to the city’s Department of Transportation. Comment

More car break-ins!

Windsor Terrace: Despite an arrest, there were more car window smashings. Plus the other crime news from Windsor Terrace’s 72nd Precinct. Comments (1)

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