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Another newsworthy year!

Another newsworthy year!

A Year-in-Review issue is a time to take a deep breath, pour yourself a Tullamore Dew, and take stock. At The Brooklyn Paper, our assignment is to put 2008 in the dustbin of history with one last look back. Here are some of the stories that made the past 12 months so much fun. (And click below for a special review of the Year in Vito Fossella, the best story of the last 12 months!) Comment
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Marty slams Bloomy in year-end interview!

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Marty slams Bloomy in year-end interview!

Politics: Borough President Markowitz got feisty during his annual end-of-year sitdown with Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman — but he saved his venom for “czar” Mayor Bloomberg’s quest to “gut” and “starve” his office of funding. Comments (2)

A year in our neighborhoods

A year in our neighborhoods

Though not everything we cover makes international headlines, each of the neighborhoods we cover had some great stories that defined 2008 for its residents. Here are our favorite stories from the grassroots level. Comment
Editorial: Our editorial board looks back on an award-winning, opinionated year. Comment
Brooklyn Angle: There was no more important story in the borough this year than the double-fracture of my ankle — not because of its news value, but in the way it predicted a horrible year of bad breaks all around (including my broken heart over the death of Ayveq, the masturbating walrus). Comments (1)

Smartmom in 2008 — anxious as ever

Smartmom: Smartmom looks back on a wild and neurotic year! Comments (2)

Happy holidays — and a glorious New Year!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa — or don’t celebrate anything at all — we at The Brooklyn Paper want to wish you joy, peace and good cheer at this most wonderful time of the year. Our office will be closed from Dec. 22–26 for a well-deserved vacation, and there will be no daily updates at BrooklynPaper.com. Our next print edition — our Year-in-Review special — will be distributed on Friday, Dec. 26, and our unmatched daily online coverage of the borough will return on Dec. 29. And, as always, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!
DUMBO: A proposal for an 18-story residential building near the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO — a project that includes a coveted public middle school and dozens of units of below-market-rate housing — was dealt its first setback on Saturday morning when a community board committee voted against it on the grounds that it would block some views of the historic span. Comments (5)
Shopping: There’s only one way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression — and that’s with reckless, 1928-style abandon. Sure, starting on Jan. 1, 2009, we can all follow a resolution to spend less, but if we’re going to go down, we might as well do it with a bang. Towards that end, GO Brooklyn has curated a list of some true end-of-year splurges that are worth the money. Comment

What to do

What to do

Event: Who says nothing happens during the idyllic week after Christmas and before everyone really gets back to work on Jan. 5? To keep you busy, “The Arbiter” has picked through the dross and found plenty of gold in the last throes of 2008 and the early days of 2009. Comment
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Exclusive video coverage of the first (real) storm!

Podcast: It’s really snowing this time — and, of course, The Brooklyn Paper’s StormTracker 2008 team is out there. Join Gersh Kuntzman, Sarah Portlock, Mike McLaughlin and Ben Muessig as they cover the best storm of the season. Comment
DUMBO: A key community panel voted unanimously in favor of a proposed new middle school in DUMBO — if the far-more-controversial building that woud house it also gets approved. Comments (2)

Update: LICH and Continuum still together

Cobble Hill: The tumultuous marriage between Long Island College Hospital and its parent company ain’t over yet. Comment
Music: The first great concert of 2009 will be Danny Kalb’s show at Jalopy in Red Hook next Saturday night. Comments (1)

Jefferson makes statement with win over Loughlin

The 10-point lead had been erased and the once back-and-forth affair had settled into a half-court, grind-it-out slugfest. The pressure was rising and tension building. Comment

Cyclists steamed over cuts: Hold on bicycle lanes doesn’t sit well with many advocates

Apparently no one can speed away from the city’s fiscal crunch — no matter how fast their sleek new two-wheeler is. Comment

Young Blackbirds can’t overcome another slow start

LIU has been prone to slow shooting starts, but that is not what concerns coach Gail Streigler the most. She is worried about the defensive stops her team is not getting, the ones that would weather such shooting woes. Comment

Van Nest Community Association

Letters: By Ron Kunik Comment

Girls’ PSAL basketball round-up: Boys & Girls matches last year’s win total

Michelle (Milk) Peebles had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Lateefah Salters had 17 points to lead the Boys & Girls girls’ basketball team to a win against Beach Channel on Friday afternoon in Bedford-Stuyvesant in PSAL AA crossover action. Comment

A mix of outrage and sorrow: Memorial follows bias attack

More than 1,200 Brooklyn  residents and community activists assembled in Bushwick Sunday afternoon for a vigil in memory of Jose Sucuzhanay, a victim of an anti-Latino and anti-gay hate crime that occurred on Bushwick Avenue the previous weekend. Comment

Boys’ PSAL basketball round-up: Automotive improves to 5-0 in Brooklyn A West

Automotive improved to 5-0 in Brooklyn A West with an 89-44 demolition of Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research on Monday. Jonathan Delacruz led the Pistons with 16 points and Eli Richardson and Clareld Stabler had 12 apiece. Comment

‘Little things’ add up for Jefferson’s Keith Spellman

Keith Spellman has changed. Comment

Xaverian guards handle Edison’s size in easy win

Thanks to a brutal scrimmage schedule, Jack Alesi was already confident his all-guard lineup – the tallest starter is 6-foot-4 senior Rasheem King –could handle a bigger opponent. Sunday’s 47-40 win over Thomas Edison in Big Apple Basketball’s PSAL-CHSAA Challenge at Baruch College in Manhattan just reaffirmed the Clippers’ coach belief. Comment

CHSAA boys’ basketball round-up: McClancy can’t stop Chaz

Despite facing a box-and-one defense, Chaz Williams finished with 38 points, seven assists and five steals for Bishop Ford, which used a 29-7 fourth-quarter run to rout Monsignor McClancy, 80-48, on Friday night in Brooklyn. Comment

Burglaries spike at the 61 Pct

Sometimes fighting crime is a lot like using a finger to plug a small hole in a dam. You may have stopped the leak, but another crack can form at any minute. Comment

From church to school: Deal could bring new classrooms to ‘Green’ site

The city is working on a deal to construct a school on the Green Church site. Comment

Stick-up trio is busted: Men suspected of robbing grocery stores, gas stations

A slew of gas station and grocery story robberies have been connected to three Flatbush men, officials said. Comment

Lundy gets okay: Cherry Hill Mkt. moves ahead

Lundy’s landlord Steve Pappas is hailing the Department of Building’s November 17 decision to lift a stop work order on his Cherry Hill tenants this week - while opponents say that the new tenants still won’t be able to proceed with their original plans. Comment

Choking on toll proposal

For Bergen Beach resident Jay Fromer, whose Jay’s Way Moving business operates in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, the thought of tolls on the East River Bridges leaves a bad taste in his mouth. Comment

R.I.P. for bridge left turns

The city is expected to announce the permanency of changes meant to tame a menacing intersection near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

NYPD drills for mumbai-style terrorist attack

The NYPD held a special war games scenario inside Marine Park’s Floyd Bennett Field on December 5, where they practiced how to prevent a Mumbai-style attack in New York City. Comment

Term limit showdown coming

Brooklyn will host the upcoming courtroom battle to determine the legality of the City Council’s recent vote to extend its stay in City Hall for another four years, it was determined this week. Comment

Bleeding $6K from each class

Governor David Paterson’s proposed $255 million budget cut for New York City schools “can’t be done,” according to a Brooklyn state senator. Comment

Sheila Nelson dies at 63: Educator and activist fought six-year battle against cancer

Sheila Nelson, the spirited community activist, educator and devoted wife of City Councilmember Michael Nelson, died Dec. 10 at New York Community Hospital. She was 63 years old. Comment

Gil shut out again! Hodges denied entrance into Hall of Fame

Gil Hodges, the wildly popular power hitting first baseman from the Brooklyn Dodgers, was once again denied enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, officials announced this week. Comment
DUMBO: David and Jed Walentas’s proposal for an 18-story building next to the Brooklyn Bridge is so controversial that when all of the angry opponents and passionate supporters were finished speaking at the first public hearing on the project, members of the community board no longer had time to vote. Comments (7)

More Yards turmoil — Gehry lays off design team!

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry has reportedly laid off more than two dozen workers on the mega-project’s team, indicating that perhaps the project is more doomed than previously thought. Comments (9)

Prowling creep at P.S. 52

A friendly stranger who approaches Sheepshead Bay grade-schoolers at a Nostrand Avenue park has educators — and now parents — on edge. Comment

Permit mill slows down: Census pegs drop in new building at 88 percent

The Wild West atmosphere of Brooklyn residential development seems to have gone the way of the buffalo, according to recent building permit data. Comment

Surf’s up at Shell Bank

A tree grows in Brooklyn — thanks to a middle school’s new aquarium. Comment

Borough honors palliative care

Brooklyn Borough Hall was illuminated in purple to honor National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the color chosen because of its association with nobility, spirituality and self-esteem. Hospice gives end-of-life patient dignity, care and caring. It was Brooklyn’s own Metropolitan Jewish Health System which initiated the idea, brought to fruition by Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

Banneker enjoying stay in Class A division

When Wendell Saunders broke the news, the first reaction from reaction from his players was to bow their heads. The second was to lash out. Finally, the Benjamin Banneker boys’ basketball team accepted the move down to the PSAL Class A division, the league’s second tier. Comment

MTV housemates get ‘Real’: An insider’s look at BK pad

Living in a converted warehouse on a Red Hook pier overlooking the Statue of Liberty — that’s the life of a typical Brooklynite. Wait, what? Comment

Mom scams juror: Goes undercover to free son

It’s a story that sounds more like a screenwriter’s pitch than anything else: A grief-stricken mom goes undercover to find damning evidence to free her son, who was convicted of ordering the death of a handsome college gridiron star. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Bum borrowers deserve some blame too

Perspective: Good morning, everyone. Before I offer you my thoughts for this week, I want everyone to turn toward that pretty lady sitting at the desk across the room. The one with the accent, mostly British, but here and there she blends in the “tawk of a Noo Yawka.” Yup. That’s her. Shavana. Comment

MTA cutting too close to safety

Tough economic times and public transportation cutbacks should never go hand in hand. Comment

The East River bridge tolls for thee: Brooklynites oppose new revenue scheme

For Bergen Beach resident Jay Fromer, whose Jay’s Way Moving business operates in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, the thought of tolls on the East River Bridges leaves a bad taste in his mouth. Comment

Traffic light victory

Letters: We received the official word from Department Of Transportation (DOT) — a traffic light has been approved for installation on Irwin and Oriental Blvd.. Comment

‘Oud’, not ‘Sitar’

Letters: In the article by Elaine Meyer on the above subject, she referred to the instrument played by a Palestinian musician as a “sitar.” Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Cutting remarks — no pun intended — are at the heart of a libel suit brought before a Brooklyn Federal Judge over, of all things, allegations that a Queens man was not circumcised when in fact he was. Comment

Fa la la Fossella sent to prison: Disgraced pol appeals sentence; hopes for ‘clean slate’ on appeal

There are clearly better places to spend Christmas Eve than in the clink. Comment

Remembering our vets

Letters: I attended the 14th annual salute to veterans at Public School 216 on Avenue X in Brooklyn. Comment

Mikvah backlash

Letters: I am writing with total disgust to your recent front page article, “Ritual bath brawl.” The article is so biased, and does not represent the same Community Board 15 Zoning and Board meetings that I attended. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Ho, ho, ho – not again

Perspective: It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed and I have yet to learn my lesson from previous years. Comment

Anti-Muslim rhetoric

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, (“A Britisher’s View”). I just wanted to write and tell you that your anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic writings are not only offensive to Muslims, and to all people of Middle Eastern descent, it is offensive to us Americans, at large. Comment

It’s always the ‘G’

Letters: It seems that the first thing out of anyone’s mouth any time there is a budget cut is the G Train. It seems like these budget cuts give them the excuse to do what they have been wanting to do for years, officially end the line at Court Square. Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Hospice care: Making the most of life

Perspective: What would you do if you learned you were facing a terminal illness? Comment

Flu shots urged

Bay News: The winter months are upon us and the Veterans Administration-NY Harbor Healthcare System is taking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s message – “Don’t Get the Flu. Don’t Spread the Flu. Get Vaccinated” – to heart, encouraging each and every veteran to get a free flu shot this year. Comment

Gunmen prey on gas stations, stores: Duo wanted in connection with 19 robberies

Bay News: If these guys continue to do what they’re doing, the price of gas and bread could go up again. Comment

Holiday toys

Bay News: Reaching-Out Community Services, a volunteer outreach agency, which provides food subsidies and other programs for families and individuals who face hardship, is collecting unwrapped toys for 500 underprivileged children from low-income families now until December 18. Comment

Honors for Markowitz

Bay News: Brooklyn-based FDR Lodge #613 of the Knights of Pythias will honor Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at its Second Annual Pythian Recognition Night, December 12, 8:30 p.m. at the “Castle Hall” Midwood Masonic Temple, 1348 East 64th Street, off Ralph Avenue and Avenue N. Comment

Jewish Jeopardy

Bay News: What is challenging and fun? Why, it’s a night of Jewish Jeopardy at Temple Sholom, December 17 at 7:45 p.m. Comment

Free gallery crawl coming: Learn about the BK art scene

Bay News: Galleries are now just a hop, skip and jump away in Brooklyn with the the smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop. Comment

The out-of-towners: Inside the ‘Real World’

Bay News: “The Real World: Brooklyn” cast members Devyn (front) and Katelynn lounge in their bedroom. The show will premiere on MTV on January 7th. Comment

Smith thumbs his nose at Kruger

Bay News: The fight for State Senate Majority Leader was once again thrown into chaos this week when Senator Malcolm Smith thumbed his nose at a deal with southern Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger and his notorious “gang of three.” Comment

Be ‘Knighted’ in BK: Knights of Pythias chapter seeks new members

Bay News: Men 18 years of age and older are invited to join the Genesis Lodge #64, the Canarsie branch of the nation’s oldest non-sectarian fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias. Comment

Brighton feels Mumbai tears: Murder of popular Brooklyn couple hits home

Bay News: Tears, poignant speeches and hope for peace marked the solemnity when the Chabad Lubavitch of Brighton Beach held a memorial service for the two Brooklyn outreach workers killed in the Mumbai terror attacks. Comment

Donate a holiday toy; grab a bagel

Bay News: For the fifth year in a row, Coney Island Bialys and Bagels, 2359 Coney Island Avenue, will be collecting Toys For Tots. Anyone bringing in a new, unwrapped toy will receive up to one (1) dozen bialys and/or bagels. Comment

Live carols

Bay News: “The Wise Women” by Conrad Susa, originally supposed to be presented December 14 by Union Church Concerts, is postponed until the 2009-2010 season. Comment

Local Toys for Tots drive

Bay News: Big-hearted Brooklynites are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or toys to the Eighth Annual Holiday Toy Drive sponsored by the “Community First Chapter of Toys for Tots.” Comment

Sunflower seeds of hate: Net Cost Market sells bigoted bags of snack foods

Bay News: A hateful image excavated from the annals of an unfortunate history has found its way on a package of sunflower seeds, of all places. Comment

the next 25 days

Bay News: Fuggedabout the dollar…all you need is a dream. Comment

Winter coats for the needy

Bay News: Ivana Boutique’s “Warmth from the Heart” program, in participation with onewarmcoat.com, finished their first ever coat drive, collected more than 120 coats for women, men and children. Comment

YM-YWHA Chanukah party

Bay News: The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its “Annual Chanukah Celebration,” December 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Y’s facility at 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenues U and V. The entire day will be filled with festivities for all ages, including the “Chanukah Extravaganza” for children of all ages and a special party for 250 Holocaust survivors. Comment

Star spangled salute to vets at P.S. 216

Bay News: Resplendent in red, white and blue boaters, pint-sized patriots at Public School 216 showed their true colors by offering a pomp-filled salute to local war heroes in honor of Veteran’s Day. Comment

Shop early, shop local

Bay News: Leaving the borough to shop for the holidays has never made less sense. Comment

Marching for healthy babies

Bay News: Public School 204 students received an ‘A’ for effort when they pounded the pavement to help the helpless during a benefit ‘Wonder Walk’ for the March of Dimes Foundation. Comment

Mumbai pain felt here: BK mourns for slain couple

Bay News: Tears and candlelight added to the heartbreak as mourners recalled the Brooklyn couple killed in the Mumbai terror attacks with a moving memorial at Shell Bank Jewish Center. Comment

New AIDS lab opens here: Researchers in Brooklyn could one day find vaccine

Bay News: The long-languishing Brooklyn waterfront took one giant step toward a 21st century rebirth with the recent opening of a new lab dedicated to the development of a vaccine for AIDS. Comment

P.S. 52 students take steps against diabetes

Bay News: Big-hearted youngsters at Public School 52 learned a lesson in helping the afflicted when they pounded the pavement for the American Diabetes Association. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Bay News: A gun-toting thug opened fire on a 20-year-old man as he waited for a friend inside the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses Sunday afternoon, officials said. Comment

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