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Page 1: Some like us in print, but now you can enjoy the entire paper version of The Brooklyn Paper online right here. This week’s Paper has it all: coverage of big local events, breaking news stories, features, and even a recipe for the best apple pie you ever ate! As we say in the newsroom, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Read more…

More Coney baloney

Editorial: Our editorial board is horrified by the city plan to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer money — and subvert the very notion of a free market — on Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island folly. Comments (26)
Coney Island: The city is moving forward with a controversial plan to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars to buy out Coney Island’s principal landowner and end a years-long standoff to control the amusement area’s destiny. Comments (4)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming clearly thinks a fare hike is a joke. Comments (1)
Dining: The age-old assumption about restaurants is that there’s fast food, and there’s fancy food, and nothing in between. But denizens of Bay Ridge are the latest to discover how incorrect that old maxim can be. Comments (5)
Brooklyn Heights: The owner of a historic Brooklyn Heights apartment complex buried his own plan to put a garage in the courtyard — and the city approved it! Comments (1)
Nightlife: Park Slopers have long regarded Third Avenue as depressing — but now there’s finally a place to drink away those blues. Comment

40 stories and a rule

40 stories and a rule

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A 40-story tower will rise on the horizon for the Greenpoint waterfront — if the city allows the developers to build 10 stories higher than the current zoning permits. Comments (6)

The fire this time

The fire this time

Park Slope: Two long-empty storefronts on Seventh Avenue won’t be fixed up until the right tenant comes along, the owner says. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with letters on the Council’s term-limit vote, Bruce Ratner, the victory of Barack Obama and, perhaps most important, Peruvian pipe players in Borough Hall park. Comment
Fort Greene: The long-awaited construction of the Long Island Rail Road’s Flatbush Avenue terminal at the chaotic intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Hanson Place will be done by next spring, agency spokeswoman Susan McGowan said on Wednesday. Comment

New eatery is a team ‘Playa’

Dining: Drinks at the Cabana, then seafood on la Playa. Comment

Ommm-bama

Park Slope: Barack Obama won the election — whew! Now it’s time to do some serious yoga! Comment

This pooch is an SUD

Check out the wheels on the new … German Shepherd?! Comment

City seeks ‘stable-izing’ effect in Kensington

Kensington: The city moved forward with rezoning an eight-square-block area near the Kensington Stables — a move that concerned locals hope will protect the area from large-scale development encroaching on their turf. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: This week’s fun things to do with your kids. Comment

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
The Heart of Brooklyn trolley is back in business — but the van’s opening weekend revealed that it’s still mostly Brooklynites who take it, not the Manhattan tourists that organizers hoped to spirit around the borough. Comments (1)
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Morton’s offers sneak preview — and The Brooklyn Paper is there

Dining: Morton’s the Steakhouse — a national chain that will open on Nov. 21 in hopes of taking the legendary Peter Luger by the horns — offered The Brooklyn Paper a sneak preview of its Adams Street dining room and menu this week. Our full-team coverage — including Gersh Kuntzman, Ben Muessig, Sarah Portlock, Mike McLaughlin and Vince DiMiceli — bring you inside for a mouth-watering exclusive look at their lunch that you’ll only see on BrooklynPaper.com. Comments (3)
Williamsburg: Dozens of hipsters — and the old-timers who resent them — stormed a community meeting on Monday night, showing the ongoing clash of cultures that collided when people flooded the streets after Barack Obama’s election win on Nov. 4. Comments (12)
Boerum Hill: One day after the city confined inmates overnight in the Brooklyn House of Detention for the first time in five years, a coalition of jail opponents sued to block the city’s plan to reopen and expand the 11-story prison. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Heather Hamilton has hardly changed a thing in Long’s Wines & Liquors since she purchased the Bay Ridge booze shop from state Conservative Party Chair Mike Long in March — but there’s one big difference: and it ain’t the wine selection. Comment
Cobble Hill: Reversing an earlier reversal, the Bloomberg administration has ruled that rooftop structures on a surprisingly controversial apartment building on Atlantic Avenue exceed the height restrictions of the Cobble Hill Historic District. Comments (3)

Albee darned! Square will get megabucks makeover

Downtown plan: The city will close the western end of DeKalb Avenue in order to nearly triple the Albee Square pedestrian plaza on Fulton Mall in Downtown, officials announced on Tuesday. Comment

Pol: Why can’t cops run park?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: If one North Brooklyn lawmaker has his way, the boys in blue will keep one of the neighborhood’s few open spaces green this winter. Comment
Park Slope: The oft-delayed renovations of J.J. Byrne Park’s handball courts are finally done — and just in time for winter! Comments (3)
Carroll Gardens: The city backed neighborhood preservationists in Carroll Gardens and dodged a showdown with the local councilman by announcing on Monday night a fast-track plan to limit new building heights in the residential community. Comments (1)
Shopping: Borough President Markowitz proposes some retail therapy for the dire city economy: shop — but do it locally. Comment

Merchants: Bike lane is a retail pain

Mean Streets: A controversial pair of newly painted bike lanes are great for Williamsburg and Greenpoint bike riders, but they’re hurting Kent Avenue business owners. Comments (5)

Turquoise turmoil for OSFO

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, the tear-filled final chapter in the saga of the Oh So Feisty One’s turquoise hair. Comments (4)

Breaking news: LICH divisions saved!

Cobble Hill: The state Department of Health has turned down Long Island College Hospital’s request to close its maternity, pediatrics and dentistry divisions in what the hospital’s management company portrayed as a last-ditch effort to stave off financial ruin at the 150-year-old medical center, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (2)
A one-way street in Fort Greene was quietly converted into a two-way road last week, wreaking havoc on pedestrians and drivers. Comments (6)

Monumental day in Fort Greene Park!

Awesome: The eternal flame is living up to its name again. Comment

Atomic blast! City wing joint comes to Brooklyn

Dining: Just in time for that other bird holiday, Atomic Wings opened its first outlet in Park Slope on Nov. 4, giving Brooklynites a taste of what many believe has been the most-elusive snack in the borough — the perfect Buffalo chicken wing. Comments (3)

To-Toll victory for Gowanus project

Gowanus: The first major project to build new housing along the polluted Gowanus Canal inched forward with a decisive show of community support. Comments (2)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Ayo shows Bayside the door, leads Sheepshead romp

The game was tied at 12 early in the second quarter when a positive turned into a negative and spoiled Bayside’s upset plans.  The 12th-seeded Commodores had Ayo Isijola, No. 5 Sheepshead Bay’s talented senior running back, trapped in the backfield, set up for a six-yard loss. Comment

Sophomore, Kangaroos hop over Campus Magnet

Boys & Girls was on the cusp all season. The Kangaroos played tough against the highest level of competition – teams like Curtis, Sheepshead Bay and Kennedy. But heading into the playoffs, they were still looking for that signature win. Comment

PSAL football round-up: Midwood avoids upset against Adams

Scott Dorante did everything he could to keep Midwood from being upset by John Adams. He carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns, made six tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown to help give No. 3 Midwood a 34-32 win against No. 6 Adams in the opening round of the PSAL Bowl division playoffs Sunday. Comment
Williamsburg: A Union Avenue gas station might become the coolest place to spend a night in Williamsburg. Comment

Unhappy meals! Feds say day care honcho stole kids lunch money

Boerum Hill: Federal prosecutors charged a man on Wednesday with stealing more than $500,000 in government aid meant for school meals for poor children in the Boerum Hill day care center he ran. Comment
Cobble Hill: The city is going through one of the worst retail nosedives in decades, but you wouldn’t notice from the inside the beloved Court Street shop, BookCourt, where the literati continue their love affair with the printed word in the store’s new wing. Comment

Fort Hamilton O-Line leads undefeated Tigers

Port Richmond has Zamel Johnson, Torian Phillips and Jeremy Ramos. Curtis has Dominique Easley and Naykwan Johnson. Tottenville has Tremaine Wilson, Canarsie has Steven Rene and Sheepshead Bay has Ayo Isijola. Comment

Cinderella Tech has nothing to be ashamed of

Most coaches on the wrong side of a 6-1 score in the playoffs would be irate with their team. Comment

College round-up: LIU tops Monmouth in women’s soccer

Freshman Ariana Calderon scored twice to lead the Long Island University women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Monmouth. The victory gives LIU the Northeast Conference regular season crown with a 9-0-0 mark against conference foes. The Blackbirds also finish the regular season with a program-best 15-3-1 record. Comment

Kearney shuffles off to Buffalo after stunning Fontbonne in B/Q final

Charlie Candela has never been to Buffalo before. Comment

PSAL football Week 9 round-up: Fort Hamilton puts up 50 at Tottenville

Fort Hamilton stayed perfect with an impressive 50-14 win over Tottenville in PSAL City Championship division football Saturday night under the lights in Huguenot. The win also keeps Tottenville from earning a home game in the first round of the playoffs. Comment

LIU keeper honored for work in classroom

Long Island University senior goalkeeper Amy Johnson was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I University Division second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced. Comment

Loughlin hires King as interim boys’ basketball coach

With three days left before the official day of practice, Bishop Loughlin named Rudy King, an assistant and junior varsity coach with the Lions for five years, as interim boys’ basketball coach, Loughlin Athletic Director Angela Proce confirmed with FiveBoroSports.com. Comment

Linares digs SFP out of trouble, into finals

The St. Francis Prep girls’ volleyball team was in need of a spark. Big time. Comment

Top of the Hill: TMLA bests Kearney to reach finals

Better late than never. That’s the philosophy the Mary Louis girls’ volleyball team was living by Tuesday night. The Hilltoppers dropped the first set to Bishop Kearney in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens semifinals at St. Francis Prep HS in Fresh Meadows and won the next two, but didn’t play their best volleyball. Comment

With one two-minute burst, Madison sends ND home

With each passing minute and missed scoring opportunity, Madison exuded an odd aura of confidence. Instead of panicking with its season possibly coming to a close – down a goal late in the second half in an opening-round PSAL Class A ‘P’ bracket playoff game against No. 7 New Dorp – the second-seeded Knights’ heads remained held high, their will and skill picking up, owning play even. Comment

Shark attack: Sheepshead blanks Boys

Fred Snyder was already worried about Saturday’s showdown against upstart Boys & Girls before he did research on his opponent. Then, after watching the tape of the Kangaroos’ loss to Curtis and seeing that 33 of the Kangaroos’ 45-player roster were seniors, the Sheepshead Bay coach felt even worse. Comment

Sounding the Horn: Fordham Prep beats Xaverian

Pete McNamara has been coaching soccer at Fordham Prep for almost a quarter of a century and he is usually quick to rationalize game situations, positive and negative. But when the Rams dominated the first half of a CHSAA Class A intersectional quarterfinal game against Xaverian with nothing to show for it, McNamara didn’t have an answer. Comment

Fontbonne shocks, stops Molloy in five sets

The attack from Archbishop Molloy was out. It was the fifth set, match point. But the players on the Fontbonne Hall Academy girls’ volleyball team didn’t celebrate. They didn’t do anything. Comment

In rematch with Ford, McClancy’s feet do the talking

By Five Boro Sports Comment

Volleyball round-up: Sheepshead escapes with win over New Utrecht

Estefania Rodas had four kills and Wing Lam Chan had four digs as the Sheepshead Bay girls’ volleyball team defeated New Utrecht, 23-25, 25-20, 25-12, on Wednesday at Midwood HS in Brooklyn 3-A action. Comment

Kearney, extending its two streaks, rips Fontbonne

Bridget Dalton heard plenty of trash-talking from Fontbonne Hall over the last month, dating back to the first meeting, won by Bishop Kearney in five, grueling sets. It was talk that Dalton has heard before. Comment

PSAL football rankings: JFK, Sheepshead emerge

We couldn’t ignore Brooklyn’s lesser-known – and underrated – programs, Boys & Girls and Grady, any longer. While neither team knocked off an elite opponent this weekend, their 5-2 records in the second toughest borough speak more than loudly enough. Two established powers – JFK and Sheepshead Bay – won rivalry games to move up, too, impressing us with their toughness and fortitude. Our three undefeated teams – Curtis, Port Richmond and Fort Hamilton – remained perfect with predictably ho-hum victories. Comment

Lincoln phenom faces legal trouble

The IS 8 Tip-Off Fall Classic final between the Playaz Seniors of New Jersey and the Juice All-Stars took a back seat to Coney Island phenom Lance Stephenson on Sunday afternoon. But it wasn’t for any crossover dribble or slam dunk. Comment

Push to honor P.S. 235 teacher

Flatbush: Fond memories of a longtime Public School 235 educator are the driving force in the effort to have a street near the school named in her memory. Comment

Party time at Veronica Pl. Community garden

Flatbush: Mom, dad and the kids headed for fall fun at the Veronica Place Community Garden. Comment

NY Congregational home hosts 19th annual spirit of life celebration

Flatbush: This past September, New York Congregational Home for the Aged Foundation held their 19th Annual Spirit of Life Celebration at the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. This year they focused on “choices.” At New York Congregational Nursing Center, having choices allows one to retain a sense of control over what happens during the course of a day. Each day, in so many ways residents and patients are encouraged to exercise their choices in activities, therapies, nursing care delivery, meal selection, and clothing to wear. Comment

Look who’s looking out for the flu

Flatbush: Councilman Lew Fidler has partnered with Beth Israel Kings Highway Hospital to provide flu shots to more than 700 adults, age 18 and over, during this month-long “Flu Prevention” effort. Comment

Fraser Civic

Flatbush: The next meeting of the Fraser Civic Association, on November 12 at 7:30 p.m., will address the homeowner’s financial crisis. The meeting will be held at Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, 1271 East 35th Street between Avenues K and L. Comment

70 cops flood ‘Impact Zone’

Flatbush: The cavalry has arrived in the form of 70 new cops to one of the crime areas in the 67th Precinct. Comment

Charges rekindle ‘Louima’ memories

Flatbush: The Kings County District Attorney’s office has empanelled a special grand jury to investigate an alleged molestation at a Flatbush train station that’s brought everyone in the borough back to the summer of 1997, when the horrid assault on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima brought police-community relations to an all new low. Comment

Brooklyn home sale prices slide

Flatbush: Wall Street’s pain is beginning to pinch Brooklyn, as home prices in the borough fell 5.6 in the third quarter, a recent study revealed. Comment

WWII vet ends his six-decade wait

Canarsie: After more than six decades, 86-year-old Brooklyn veteran Fred Futterman was be awarded Navy medals for his distinguished service during World War II, after Brooklyn/Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner secured the medals, ensuring that Futterman is finally awarded the honors he deserves. Comment

Wrestling stars thrill Bay ridge fans: East Coast Professional Wrestling sports new heroes and legends

Canarsie: St. Patrick’s Church morphed into a benefit bump ring for grappling gladiators from East Coast Professional Wrestling, who staged a match to raise money for the Bay Ridge house of worship and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Comment

Trio sought in robberies

Canarsie: Cops are looking for three thugs who are partial to auto parts stores. Comment

25th annual Harbor Fitness Race attracts 100 runners

Canarsie: About 100 runners, and some 25 dogs, turned out for the 15th annual Harbor Fitness Race this past Sunday. Comment

Tall salute for troops: Aviator Sports hosts special ceremony

Canarsie: Pomp, circumstance and a poignant reflection marked the occasion when borough patriots delivered a tall salute to New York’s military heroes during a troop tribute at Aviator Sports & Recreation, coordinated by the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. Comment

Shark defense rules ‘tank’: Sheepshead Bay blanks veteran Kangaroos

Canarsie: Fred Snyder was already worried about Saturday’s showdown against upstart Boys & Girls before he did research on his opponent. Then, after watching the tape of the Kangaroos’ loss to Curtis and seeing that 33 of the Kangaroos’ 45-player roster were seniors, the Sheepshead Bay coach felt even worse. Comment

Obama outruns McCain: ‘Obamathoner’ shirts far outpace rival at Brooklyn shop

Canarsie: Barack Obama is cleaning John McCain’s clock – at least on 7th Avenue. Comment

New Living Judaism conference

Canarsie: Now in its fifth year, the Institute of Living Judaism (ILJB) in Brooklyn will hold its fall conference, “The Believers Next Door: How Mainstream Jews Interface with the Muslim, Evangelical, and Haredi” at 4 p.m., November 2. Comment

More muggings on local streets: 63rd Police Precinct reports uptick in neighborhood robberies

Canarsie: Often considered one of the saving graces of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, the 63rd Precinct is slowly finding itself following the borough’s increasing robbery epidemic. Comment

Millions in unclaimed cash: ‘Stimulus’ checks, tax refunds sit idle

Canarsie: About 4,700 Brooklynites are owed federal money and the Internal Revenue Service wants them to get it. Comment

Magnet forum

Canarsie: The New York City Department of Education will be hosting a Magnet Information Session, November 5 at 415 89th Street, fourth floor conference room, Brooklyn, New York from 9-10:30 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Comment

Ladies of Distinction

Canarsie: The Gotham Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction will be hosting its Area II Leadership Conference at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel, October 30-November 2. Comment

Kearney on solid footing: Coach gets tremendous output from outstanding squad

Canarsie: Bishop Kearney High School’s soccer team had an exciting season so far this year, as they played their hardest under the direction of coach Charlie Candela, with the support of captain senior Kristina Iudica and co-captain junior Brigid Tennesen. Comment

IMAX movies come to Brooklyn: Sheepshead Bay United Artists Theater transforms screen into new cinema experience

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s first IMAX theater opened last week in Sheepshead Bay, giving borough moviegoers an immersive cinematic experience that previously was only available in Manhattan. Comment

Hockey skates with U.S. troops

Canarsie: A young hockey player recites the names of the 212 soldiers from New York who have made the supreme sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was one of dozens of pucksters who gathered at Aviator Sports, Hangar 5 at Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue, as part of the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. For more information, visit www.nyshockeyplayerssupportourtroops.com. Comment

High expectations at SFC: Senior Jamaal Womack leads promising team

Canarsie: Jamaal Womack heads an improved St. Francis College basketball team for the upcoming season that opens with three straight road games, including one against Big East rival Seton Hall at the Prudential Center in Newark on Nov. 14. Comment

Helen Keller Sound & Light Gala: Brooklyn Navy Yard hosts 32nd annual gala salute to friends & supporters

Canarsie: With more than 250 in attendance, Helen Keller Services for the Blind held its 32nd Anniversary Sound & Light Gala at Steiner Studios’ Stage 6 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Comment

Health Services Expo on Nov. 10

Canarsie: The Bay Ridge Center for Community Services presents its Health Expo, November 10 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 414 80th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Happy to keep Sitt out: Ward family deals land to city to keep amusements alive

Canarsie: The family that recently sold a key acre in Coney Island to the city for $11 million said they are relieved that developer Joe Sitt did not buy the property. Comment

Hall opens for ‘Dylan of Doo Wop’

Canarsie: In 1975 while most of us boogied to “King Fu Fighting” and swayed to “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Kenny Vance and the Planotones were looking for an echo. Comment

Foreclosed homes become crime dens

Canarsie: The foreclosure virus inflicted on Canarsie has had many negative side effects. Comment

Fidler already picking up flack for term limit vote

Canarsie: By voting to extend term limits, City Councilmember Lew Fidler ignored the wishes of his constituents, according to angry Marine Park residents. Comment

FCC meeting draws apathetic crowd: Few turn out for forum on 2009 transition to digital broadcasts

Canarsie: As every viewer knows, Friday isn’t a great day for TV. Comment

Easier breast self-exams: Canarsie Curves offers local women ‘Liv Aid’ kits

Canarsie: Curves, the international women’s fitness franchise, is no stranger to the fight against breast cancer. Over the last several years, Curves locations, including the one in Canarsie, have participated in various fundraising and charitable events to raise millions for the cause. Now, to continue their efforts, Curves of Canarsie will be offering the Liv Aid breast self-exam kit during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help women become more comfortable performing their monthly at-home exams. Comment

Dollar van backlash

Canarsie: Hendrickson Street is the prime target for speeding dollar van drivers, according to Marine Park residents. Comment

Clippers fall to Fordham

Canarsie: Pete McNamara has been coaching soccer at Fordham Prep for almost a quarter of a century and he is usually quick to rationalize game situations, positive and negative. But when the Rams dominated the first half of a CHSAA Class A intersectional quarterfinal game against Xaverian with nothing to show for it, McNamara didn’t have an answer. Comment

Children to vote, too

Canarsie: Kids get to practice voting for the President of the United States at the Lefferts Historic House, November 4 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

Caution: major traffic changes ahead

Canarsie: Starting November 8, several traffic and bus changes are coming to intersections and streets in the Fort Greene area and around the Atlantic/Flatbush/3rd/4th Avenue hub. Comment

Cash-strapped city bags leaf collection program

Canarsie: A year after the city put finishing touches on an ambitious program for leaf composting that would have required homeowners in many parts of the city to bag leaves in brown paper or put them loose in a can for pickup, the program has been put on hold. Comment

Candidates put plans on hold: Many wait for dust in term-limit lawsuits to settle before running

Canarsie: With the City Council recently extending term limits to a third four-year term, and less than a year before the September primaries, several upcoming races remain in the air. Comment

Broadway shines on local kids: I.S. 278 students tapped for Broadway League performance

Canarsie: Seventeen Marine Park Intermediate School 278 students were invited to perform at the Broadway League Dinner honoring Chairman of the Schubert Organization Gerald Schoenfeld, and New York City School Chancellor Joel Klein. The two gentlemen were awarded with the first ever “Schoenfeld Vision for Arts in Education Award.” Comment

Bonnies on track for another title

Canarsie: Victor Popovsky knew it long before Colleen Ryan ever enrolled at Fontbonne Hall, long before the sophomore scored against rival Bishop Kearney in a 2-0 victory at Verrazano Narrows Complex in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon. Comment

Bonnies bask in win: Brooklyn dispatches tough Molloy squad

Canarsie: The attack from Archbishop Molloy was out. It was the fifth set, match point. But the players on the Fontbonne Hall Academy girls’ volleyball team didn’t celebrate. They didn’t do anything. Comment

BK home sale prices on the decline

Canarsie: Wall Street’s pain is beginning to pinch Brooklyn, as home prices in the borough fell 5.6 in the third quarter, a recent study revealed. Comment

Biggest bill producers: NYPIRG scorecard rates Brooklyn reps in Albany

Canarsie: When it comes to drafting legislation in Albany, some Brooklyn lawmakers are eager bill writers. Comment

Barons lock up playoff opportunity

Canarsie: As of last week, the Brooklyn Barons rugby team had locked up a playoff birth. Their seeding was dependent upon two factors: their final regular season game with North Jersey and the Hudson Valley versus Danbury matchup. Comment

Aki’s dental plan covers tusks!

Canarsie: Sixteen-month-old Pacific walrus Akituusaq shows off his new set of titanium crowns at his home in Sea Cliffs at the New York Aquarium. “Aki” was fitted with these crowns by Wildlife Conservation Society Global Health Program veterinarians working with a dental consultant to protect his tusks from damage during growth. Aki seems to be adjusting well to his new armor. The New York Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West Eighth Street in Coney Island. For more, call 718-265-FISH or visit www.nyaquarium.com. Comment

‘Nuisance’ dollar vans: Hendrickson St. residents cry foul on their block

Bay News: Hendrickson Street is the prime target for speeding dollar van drivers, according to Marine Park residents. Comment

Spotlight on Columbus parade grand marshals

Bay News: Italian-Americans jumpstarted Columbus Day festivities by fêting parade honorees with a brunch in Bensonhurst. Comment

Smile, you’ve got dental coverage

Bay News: Sixteen-month-old Pacific walrus Akituusaq shows off his new set of titanium crowns at his home in Sea Cliffs at the New York Aquarium. “Aki” was fitted with these crowns by Wildlife Conservation Society Global Health Program veterinarians working with a dental consultant to protect his tusks from damage during growth. Aki seems to be adjusting well to his new armor. The New York Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West Eighth Street in Coney Island. For more, call 718-265-FISH or visit www.nyaquarium.com. Comment

Park vandals continue damage

Bay News: Vandals are setting benches and swings in Marine Park ablaze, according to residents. Comment

Milking motorists for cash

Bay News: With approximately 40,000 tickets written citywide on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, it should come as no surprise that Brooklyn residents feel they are the cash cows the city is milking to line its coffers. Comment

Fidler faces backlash: Voters jeer ‘self-serving’ NYC councilman

Bay News: By voting to extend term limits, City Councilmember Lew Fidler ignored the wishes of his constituents, according to angry Marine Park residents. Comment

Brooklyn biggest bill producers: NYPIRG scorecard on local legislators

Bay News: When it comes to drafting legislation in Albany, some Brooklyn lawmakers are eager bill writers. Comment

Boating accident victims laid to rest: Mourners pay final respects to young men

Bay News: As the morning sunlight accentuated the stained glass window depicting Mother Mary cradling the baby Jesus, two beloved youths from Dyker Heights were mourned at Regina Pacis Church before a visibly moved community. Comment

Black eye for E. 24th St. permit

Bay News: Concern over inadequate notification to nearby residents of a proposed Midwood home expansion has caused Community Board 14 to vote at its October meeting to oppose the a special permit for 1155 East 24th Street. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Barry Fein, BWECC’S 2008 Man of the Year

Bay News: At the Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s 48 Gala being celebrated at the beautiful El Caribe on Wednesday, November 19th where BWECC will honor its Man, Woman, Couple, Parent , Educator and Network Leader of the Year, the guests will be treated to the dry humor of Barry Fein for the last time, inasmuch as Barry will be retiring in December. Comment

Your granny at risk: Streets prove dangerous for seniors

Senior citizens are increasingly risking life and limb just crossing Brooklyn streets. Comment

Ritual bath brawl: Turmoil over new mikvah

The religious organization seeking to replace a colonial-style home at the corner of East 28th Street and Avenue R with a new facility for ritual baths won the blessing of Community Board 15 this week – and the consternation of some of its neighbors. Comment

Ramp repair ripped: Many see problems on 65th St.

Members of Community Board 10 are not entirely satisfied with plans for repairing the Gowanus Expressway where it runs above 65th Street. Comment

Guns, gangs & grief: Shootings blamed on hoodlums

Most of the gun smoke wafting out of Canarsie was created by either gang violence or retaliation attacks. Comment

Gifted & talented ‘exodus’: Fewer programs spark fears of families packing up

The existence of fewer gifted programs in local public schools has renewed fears of families leaving Brooklyn for the suburbs. Comment

Doubt leaks into Nets move: Borough Hall sends mixed messages

Borough Hall’s Director of Planning and Development Jon Benguiat raised some eyebrows last week when he suggested that Brooklyn might not become the new home of the New Jersey Nets after all. Comment

Brooklyn home sale price slide

Wall Street’s pain is beginning to pinch Brooklyn, as home prices in the borough fell 5.6 percent in the third quarter, a recent study revealed. Comment

40 years of safeguarding our children: Special proclamation for school crossing guard Maria Tarzia

A crossing guard with 40 years experience was a center of attention at the October meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council. Comment

‘Think Pink Day’: Visitation Academy students have big plans

Students in Visitation Academy’s upper school elected new members of their student council, for the purpose of organizing functions for the for the school and various charities for the school year. Comment

‘Marathon’ of prayer

On Marathon Sunday, November 2, New Yorkers will gather for a “Marathon of Prayer & Praise” to support the runners at a church directly on the marathon route. Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting an inter-denominational service to pray for the runners as they safely continue their way through Brooklyn and the other boroughs. Comment

‘Go-to-guy’ sweats the small stuff

The phone at the desk is ringing and a soldier is hovering, asking for help with getting lights for an event to be held later. Comment

Victims of boating accident laid to rest: Mourners bid final farewell to young men

As the morning sunlight accentuated the stained glass window depicting Mother Mary cradling the baby Jesus, two beloved youths from Dyker Heights were mourned at Regina Pacis Church before a visibly moved community. Comment

u.S. Africa command reports for duty

A new U.S. unified command that seeks to meld civilian expertise with military planning and logistics raised its flag during a Pentagon ceremony today. Comment

Upcoming races on hold

With the City Council recently extending term limits to a third four-year term, and less than a year before the September primaries, several upcoming races remain in the air. Comment

Unclaimed windfall: ‘Stimulus’ checks, tax refunds wait for owners

About 4,700 Brooklynites are owed federal money and the Internal Revenue Service wants them to get it. Comment

Top priority: clean up foul ‘Owl’

Reiterating past requests, and underlining one that is critical to their own ability to serve the neighborhood, members of Community Board 10 voted at the board’s most recent meeting for their capital and expense budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2010. Comment

Teen fitness

Harbor Fitness is offering free trial classes for its new Fiteenz program, November 3-13. Harbor Fitness knows that the communities it serves needs fun activities for young people to help stay active, and so is launching a fitness program for young adults. Comment

Surviving September 11

Seven years ago Army Col. William Stoppel dropped his 9-month-old son, Will, at day care and went to work. Comment

Strength and stamina: Combat fitness test measures Marine readiness

Ask Marines deployed aboard the USS Iwo Jima what they think of a new Marine Corps test to assess their combat fitness, and one might be surprised by the lack of complaining. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Hit and run Comment

Next 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

Military families donate kid clothes

Donations of school supplies and children’s clothing from military families and friends at home are helping deployed New York Army National Guard soldiers in their mission to mentor and train the Afghan national security forces and support the Afghan people. Comment

Master of chow hall

When you step into the chow hall in Trebil, Iraq, the first thing you notice is the smell of gourmet coffee, then the orderly array of shelf-stable meals displayed in cubbies along the plywood walls, available to the post’s Marines 24 hours a day. If you come during morning or evening chow hours, you will find home-cooked meals, made mostly from scratch. Comment

Living Judaism forum

Now in its fifth year, the Institute of Living Judaism (ILJB) in Brooklyn will hold its fall conference, “The Believers Next Door: How Mainstream Jews Interface with the Muslim, Evangelical, and Haredi” at 4 p.m., November 2. Comment

17 lay claim to Cop of the Month honors

Some of them cracked major cases. Others have helped to build bridges between the police and the community. Comment

Kids to cast their votes, too: Election Cake and ballots for all at Lefferts House

Kids get to practice voting for the President of the United States at the Lefferts Historic House, November 4 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

It’s a festive Halloween hoe-down, Bay Ridge style

Bright-eyed youngsters shared the spotlight with an emerald empire sparkling with orange beauties and gourds of thrills when Leif Ericson Park hosted its annual Halloween festival. Comment

IMAX comes to Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s first IMAX theater opened last week in Sheepshead Bay, giving borough moviegoers an immersive cinematic experience that previously was only available in Manhattan. Comment

Hockey skates with the troops: Players pay tribute to American heroes at Aviator Sports

Pomp, circumstance and a poignant reflection marked the occasion when borough patriots delivered a tall salute to New York’s military heroes during a troop tribute at Aviator Sports & Recreation, coordinated by the New York State Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign. Comment

Help for expanding Afghan army

The Consolidated Fielding Center is a new organization that is improving the Afghan National Army’s ability to move capable forces from its training center to the operational commands. Comment

Health Expo

The Bay Ridge Center for Community Services presents its Health Expo, November 10 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 414 80th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Halloween’s for the dogs

Happy Howl-a-ween… Comment

Hall opens for Vance

In 1975 while most of us boogied to “King Fu Fighting” and swayed to “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Kenny Vance and the Planotones were looking for an echo. Comment

Divided right gives McMahon edge: But insiders say Corchrane could give Straniere a shot at win

The four-way race to replace Rep. Vito Fossella – with three of the candidates ranged along the right flank – appears to give the advantage to the Democratic candidate, City Councilmember Michael McMahon. Comment

disinterested locals

As every viewer knows, Friday isn’t a great day for TV. Comment

CB10 Honor of the Pledge

Advocates for the mentally ill were in the spotlight, during Community Board 10’s October meeting. Comment

Bikers throttle up in race for breast cancer cure

Health crusaders took their battle against breast cancer on the road when Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson teamed up with the Brooklyn Cyclones for a benefit motorcycle tour through borough streets. Comment

Barack ‘outruns’ McCain

Barack Obama is cleaning John McCain’s clock — at least on 7th Avenue. Comment
APO BROOKLYN

A bunch of military brats under one roof

I live with a bunch of “brats.” Military brats, that is. The term military brats has been around for a long time and refers to the children of military life, not to be confused with “being a brat” (although there have been times ...). My husband and all four of our children are military brats. I, on the other hand, grew up civilian. As a parent, I often reflect on the differences between being raised a civilian (my childhood), my husband’s experiences and now our children’s experiences. Comment

Almost 25-year fight for marine science lab goes on: Advocate’s dream for Denyse Wharf refuses to die

Back in 1985, Tom Greene – then a staffer at Fort Hamilton High School – broached the idea of building a marine science lab for student use at Denyse Wharf, an unused pier on federally-owned land in the shadow of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Comment

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