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Page 1: If this edition of The Brooklyn Paper isn’t a collector’s edition, we don’t know anything about the antiques market! Inside, you’ll find great stories about the Gowanus Canal, the crackdown on cyclists, Joe Sitt’s fizzled Coney plans, and so much more. Just click above for all the action. And as we say in the newsroom, keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Windsor Terrace deliman dares thugs to come back and rob him

Windsor Terrace: Go ahead, punks, make Jeff Samaha’s day. Comment

Ain’t this a kick in the kickballs?

Greenpoint: Newly planted trees in McCarren Park have forced Brooklyn Kickball players to reorient their fields — and now players are practically on top of each other! Comments (2)
Coney Island: In an embarrassing setback, Coney Island’s would-be savior, developer Joe Sitt, has postponed the highly publicized grand opening of rides, freak shows and vendors this weekend. Comments (9)

Ridge hero cop loses “America’s Most Wanted” dog and pony show

Bay Ridge: Heroic NYPD officer Susan Porcello won’t be an “America’s Most Wanted” all-star after all — but she doesn’t care anyway. Comments (1)
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A tribute to our intern, Emilia Brock!

Podcast: Another one bites the dust! But Emilia Brock was one of the greats. Comment
Yes, Ringling Brothers is coming to Coney Island — and that’s great for fans of elephants and tigers and bears (oh my)! But this borough is positively busting with smaller troupes that are also worth your time and money. Comments (1)

Will there be any BQE left to fix?

Cartoon: Our cartoonist, Cristian Fleming, thinks this BQE roadwork is taking too long. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: This week, we got a mailbag full of letters about our article about a walking tour of Brooklyn’s mob past. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Heights: This much is clear: Montague Street is knit to be reckoned with these days. Comment
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Crash course on the avenue of death and destruction

Mean Streets: The so-called Avenue of Death and Destruction is still living up to at least part of its name. Comments (2)
Bridge ‘Park’: An evolution-themed artwork that beautified an ugly scaffolding was ripped down by state officials who claimed the artists did their public service without permission. Comments (9)
Mean Streets: Drivers, neighbors and merchants who are forking over handfuls of quarters to pay the newly increased parking meter rates during peak hours on Fifth and Seventh avenues say the city’s so-called “Park Smart” project isn’t living up to its name — because debit cards that render change obsolete aren’t being sold in the neighborhood yet! Comments (5)
Bridge ‘Park’: State officials revealed on Tuesday night that a colossal renovation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway won’t likely begin until 2020 — nearly 30 years beyond the roadway’s original lifespan. Comments (8)

Tailored Pet rises from the dead — thanks to former workers

Brooklyn Heights: The Tailored Pet is back from the dead — reborn as “Rocco and Jezebel.” Comments (10)
Williamsburg: Williamsburg — the jam-packed home to scores of art galleries, hundreds of bands and even 30 kickball teams— just made space for a little history, too. Comments (1)
Cleaning Our Waterways: The feds cast doubt on the city’s plan to clean the Gowanus Canal — but admit that the Superfund plan would not fix the biggest problem: the hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage that end up in the canal whenever it rains. Comments (16)

Dragnet! Cops nab bikers in red-light sting

Mean Streets: Police cracked down on rule-breaking bicyclists in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill last Friday, issuing tickets for running red lights and then slapping offenders with additional summonses for minor infractions, including one bicyclist who didn’t have a bell. Comments (41)
Music: Brooklyn music lovers will no longer have to trek to Austin — or Manhattan — to check out a premiere indie-rock festival. Comments (2)

Smartmom raises her glass to new bar — the one across from the school

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom says she has no problem with a new bar-restaurant across the street from PS 107 in Park Slope. Comments (6)
Park Slope: Brooklyn’s largest historic district would triple in size — and become the biggest in the city — under a proposal unveiled last week by a Park Slope community group. Comments (5)
Music: The best folk festival in the city just got one bold-faced name better. Comment
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Mike McLaughlin, the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension, takes a shot across the bow of the Heights Players’ “Show Boat.” Comments (1)
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A tribute to our intern, Aisha Gawad!

Podcast: Another one bites the dust! But Aisha Gawad was one of the greats. Comment
Mean Streets: A decades-long project to repair a ready-to-collapse section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway finally begins tomorrow night. Comments (4)
Brooklyn Heights: Subway riders got a thrill on Saturday afternoon when Vanessa Francis and Matthew Solly left their wedding ceremony in Brooklyn Heights and headed to the reception … on the 4 train. And she even got a seat! Comments (3)
Parenting: Fantasia, the beloved albino Burmese python at the Children’s Museum, celebrated her 15th birthday this weekend — and was promptly rolled out to her full length for the first time in years. Comment

Daily News garage to become rock-climbing gym

Gowanus: Finally, Brownstone Brooklynites will be able to get their rocks off on, well, rocks. The old Daily News garage on Third Avenue in Boerum Hill is being remade into Brooklyn Boulders, a rock-climbing center that will be a mountaineer’s Nirvana. Comments (1)
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Frank sings about bedbugs!

Rhythm & News: Join the Bard of Bushwick for his first installment of “Rhythm and News.” Comments (2)
Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Heights’ own Notre Dame is in line for a multi-year makeover of Biblical proportions. Comment

Kent avenue Compromise

Williamsburg: The tentative compromise regarding the controversial bike lanes on Kent Avenue that leaked out last week has drawn praise from involved parties. Comment

Crime stats continue to look rosy ‘round here

Kings Courier: A downward spiral is one thing, but crime on the streets of Flatbush is down in six of the seven major felony crime categories and off nearly 24 percent for the year. Comment

‘Our Town’ gets fresh life on an I.S. 278 stage

Kings Courier: The students of Marine Park Intermediate School 278 christened their new “Little Theater” in style. Comment

P.S. 255 hails a bumper crop of kids

Kings Courier: Brooklyn’s best and brightest academicians at Public School 255 were selected to receive Student of the Month honors for “serving as exemplars in their schoolwork, their thoughtfulness, and their kindness for others,” according to the school’s Project Arts Liaison, Miriam Rankin. Comment

Nothing but bright ideas from Green School Alliance

Kings Courier: Brooklyn brothers Robert Wisniewski, 10, and Grant Wisniewski, 8 (pictured), of Public School 236 were given the opportunity to present their concept of energy conservation during the NYC Earth Day Fair at Grand Central Terminal for the Green School Alliance. Comment

Sampson at Fraser Civic town hall

Kings Courier: The Fraser Civic Association’s next meeting will be held May 13, 7:45 p.m. at the Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, 1271 East 35th Street between Avenues K & L. Comment

Some welcome monitors on Bridge

Kings Courier: Having antennas on the Brooklyn Bridge tracking your every movement may give some people reason to pause, but not everyone is convinced it’s a bad idea − especially if it helps alleviate traffic. Comment

Eugene flows with Ocean on the Park

Flatbush: Rumors of City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene’s distaste for the Ocean on the Park historic district have been greatly exaggerated, the Flatbush lawmaker recently insisted. Comment

From the bench to the stars

Canarsie: Midwood forward Jessica Previlon evolved from basketball rookie to bench warmer to star in fours years under coach Artie LaGreca. Comment

Boys & Girls star shines on Merrimack

Canarsie: Tyler Young had a couple of Division I schools that were very interested, he had an offer from NJIT, but Wednesday afternoon he verbally committed to Merrimack College, a Division II program in North Andover, Mass. Comment

Buckley’s−Kennedy’s 5K!

Canarsie: The 29th Annual Buckley’s−Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run is set for May 17, at 10 a.m. The run, in memory of Tom Killen and Theresa “Dee Dee” Muir, will begin and end in Riis Park, on the Queens side of the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Comment

There’s no ‘I’ in Nick Punzone’s soccer squads

Canarsie: If there’s a single description about soccer teams coached by Nick Punzone, it’s that they are never, ever marked by a superstar. There’s never a player who does it all, because that kind of team, he says, will never amount to anything. Comment

Coach posts stellar 22 years at Kearney

Canarsie: Cathy Crockett never imagined coaching for more than 20 years. In fact she had another dream. She wanted to be work for the New York City Police Department and, at 22 years old, was just waiting for the call from the academy to get started. Comment

Blue Devils are heaven sent

Canarsie: Mildred Piscopo has been coaching the Poly Prep softball team for 21 years with plenty of success. The Blue Devils are a perennial powerhouse in the Ivy League and always fair well in the NYSAISAA playoffs. Comment

Brooklyn nurse out to draw blood on May 23

Canarsie: Nevada−bound grappling goliath Phillipe Nover – a former nurse at Coney Island Hospital – stayed close to his Canarsie roots when he selected Aviator Sports and Recreation to get in some last−minute practice before heading to the Silver State for the Mixed Martial Arts Ultimate Fighting Championship 98, May 23. Comment

Winning doesn’t change Ft. Hamilton Tigers’ attack

Canarsie: There was no wild celebration. No hugging. A couple of high fives was as jubilant as it would get. Comment

Big crowds cheer on pint−sized runners

Canarsie: Big−hearted warriors stepped up the battle to combat autism during a benefit run in Bay Ridge for Autism Awareness Month. Comment

Jury still out on ‘All−Star’

Canarsie: The next fugitive to be exposed on “America’s Most Wanted” is... the villainous computer bug that screwed up the show’s All Star competition and left a Bay Ridge cop’s dreams of winning in a holding pattern. Comment

Come on ‘a knockin’, the bandshell will be rockin’

Canarsie: David Byrne is about to get some company – a lot of it. Comment

Borough to host Little People confab

Canarsie: Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment

When your home becomes your biggest enemy

Canarsie: For millions of Americans, “allergy season” never ends. Colder temperatures that eliminate the problems of grass and tree pollens also drive people indoors where they meet troublesome dust mites, animal danders, and mold spores. Most indoor environments actually trap airborne allergens where they can pose a risk to respiratory health. Comment

Unity showcase ’09

Canarsie: Sunday’s bright sunshine was bouncing off police badges and wide smiles alike as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment

Asthma on the rise

Canarsie: Asthma is a rapidly growing public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comment

Thumbs way down for mayoral control

Canarsie: Under mayoral control, parents are “exhausted,” politicians are the “enemy” and superintendents are “number−crunchers.” Comment

‘Nurturer’s Day Festival’ coming

Canarsie: Every Sunday morning, a multiethnic crew of adults leads a multiethnic group of kids for two hours of ethical consciousness−raising at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, across the street from Prospect Park. Comment

Flu poses specific risks

Canarsie: As news of the swine flu situation develops, it is important for those with asthma or other respiratory conditions to be aware of the basic facts about influenza and how it is spread, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Comment

Queens of the chess board

Canarsie: These girls got game. Comment

Brooklyn garbage sent out on a rail

Canarsie: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Waste Management of New York, LLC announced that New York City has taken the next step in implementing its historic Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) by exporting North Brooklyn’s residential and municipal solid waste by rail instead of truck. Comment

Tenants demand more protection after murder

Canarsie: Following a recent unsolved murder near the Glenwood Houses on Ralph Avenue, local residents are lobbying for a larger police presence in and around the public housing complex. Comment

Heartbreak in Coney Island

Canarsie: Tears were flowing freely in Coney Island Tuesday as a packed house of mourners held a weepy farewell at Our Lady of Solace Church for Jessica “Jessie” Giudici, who was killed in a fatal−attraction scenario too grisly for Hollywood. Comment

Violet Longobardi Award winner

Canarsie: Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment

Read all about it, and don’t stop

Canarsie: The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment

Rally for September 11 hero

Canarsie: Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment

Look out! The Vikings are coming!

Canarsie: The Scandinavian East Coast Museum will host their annual Viking Fest, May 16 in Bliss⁄Owl’s Head Park, 68th Street and Colonial Road, from 12−5 p.m. Comment

Youngsters lace up sneakers for annual 2−mile benefit run

Canarsie: Dyker Heights youngsters will be putting their best foot forward, as part of a fundraiser to benefit the children of servicemen and women who were killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Help clean up ugly ‘floatables’

Canarsie: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment

Suny Downstate Community Health Fair

Canarsie: SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is extending an invitation to all residents of Brooklyn to attend its annual Community Health Fair, May 16 (rain or shine), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the hospital’s 445 Lenox Road entrance, between East 35th and East 37th streets. Comment

Alternative treatment for your eczema

Canarsie: New research where traditional Chinese medicine was found to safely and effectively treat patients with persistent atopic dermatitis — or eczema, as it’s commonly known — could lead more physicians to prescribe complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat the allergic condition. Comment

Lovebirds clear to wing their way to paradise

Canarsie: Their wedding bells may be more than a year away, but lucky Queens lovebirds JoAnn Porcello and Vincent Burner already have the icing on their cake – an all−expenses−paid Caribbean honeymoon, courtesy of this newspaper and the company which “knows why you fly,” American Airlines. Comment

Residents urged to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger!’

Canarsie: The letter carriers of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, are joining forces with the Food Bank For New York City as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger! food drive effort. The food drive will culminate May 9, marking the nation’s largest single−day food drive. Comment

Understanding all the wheezing

Canarsie: Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is the most common long−term disease of children, but adults have asthma, too. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs. Comment

Hypoallergenic dog − facts & myths

Canarsie: The search for the “hypoallergenic presidential dog” dominated the headlines recently, with the search for a “hypoallergenic” dog. Comment

Ahoy! It’s BayFest

Canarsie: The 18th annual BayFest, Sheepshead Bay’s yearly festival of the fleet presented by the Bay Improvement Group (BIG), will be held from 12−6 p.m., May 17 along Emmons Avenue. Comment

swine time live!

Canarsie: It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment

Transfer H.S. could run into legal fight

Canarsie: If the Department of Education (DOE) decides to put a transfer high school into a new school building now being completed at 965 East 107th Street, they can expect a fight. Comment

Panel discussion to tackle animal care

Canarsie: Members and friends of the Dyker Heights Civic Association are invited to attend a special panel to address “How Animals Help Our Community and How The Community Can Help Animals,” May 12, 8 p.m., at St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 80th Street and 11th Avenue. Comment

Critics open up floodgates of opposition to hike

Canarsie: As members of the city’s Water Board listened dispassionately, Marine Park homeowner Bob Antonucci expressed outrage that his water bill climbed some 60 percent in just a few years. Comment

Budding filmakers at Tribeca Film Fest

Canarsie: Ever since watching “Jurassic Park” at the age of eight, Roberto Beltre knew he wanted to be involved in film as a screenwriter. Comment

Of English & Jack Armstrong

Bay News: All right, you old fogies, who remembers Jack Armstrong, All American Boy? Comment

Go green and save green, climate group urges

Bay News: Taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for your pocketbook, too. Comment

On guard against the MTA

Bay News: Brooklyn! We have to triple our guard. This is their season and they’re dribbling through our legislatures trying to sink tolls on our bridges. Comment

Borough to host Little People

Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment

Beware diseased raccoons

Forget swine flu. Comment

A ticket that wouldn’t die

It’s a scenario straight out of Kafka. Comment

Big top tix go on sale!

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment

Flu bug scare subsides at schools

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment

Shooter busted without a shot

The man who wounded two people outside the Glenwood Houses this past March would have gotten away with the crime if it weren’t for the 63rd Precinct’s neighbors up north. Comment

Boo−ya! Big top circus tickets go on sale

Squealing schoolkids from P.S. 288 and a performing Asian elephant trucked in from Connecticut marked the official start of ticket sales this week for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s Boom A Ring in Coney Island. Comment

Marty wades into Coney plan

This past week saw Borough President Marty Markowitz finally issue his list of conditions for supporting the city’s controversial Coney Island redevelopment plan. Comment

Nabe a safer place to Live

A downward spiral is one thing, but crime on the streets of Flatbush is down in six of the seven major felony crime categories and off nearly 24 percent for the year. Comment

Borough prez wades into Coney debate

This past week saw Borough President Marty Markowitz finally issue his list of conditions for supporting the city’s controversial Coney Island redevelopment plan. Comment

It all adds up for NYPD blue

A downward spiral is one thing, but crime on the streets of Flatbush is down in six of the seven major felony crime categories and off nearly 24 percent for the year. Comment

Swine Time Live!

It was back to reading, writing and hand−sanitizing for three Brooklyn schools shuttered last week because of suspicion of swine flu. Comment

68th Precinct salutes fantastic five

Five police officers from the 68th Precinct, which serves Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton, were named March’s cops of the month. Comment

Esteemed auxiliary cop grabs captain’s bars and her place in New York Police Department history

Linying Gong still hasn’t gotten used to people calling her captain and she still has a hard time fastening the new shield to her uniform, but her family and co−workers agree, no one is more deserving of the post. Comment

Owens: We don’t want to micro−manage school

Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment

Two day book fair

The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment

DWI, auto break−ins continue

The 68th precinct has seen a decline in crime — but DWI and car break−ins remain a major concern. Comment

DOD launches online e−learning

The Defense Department announced that the 4th edition of its Web−based e−learning standard, used by government, commercial and international agencies, allowing organizations to easily exchange online learning, training and educational content is now in use.. Comment

Bronze star for wounded WWII vet

Pfc. Clarence Wallaert was shot in the hip by a German sniper while fighting against the German Winter Line in Italy Dec. 30, 1943. Wallaert bandaged his own wound and provided 12 hours of automatic rifle support for his Army comrades advancing into the Liri Valley−the “gateway to Rome.” Comment

Cops hunt cat burglar

Bay News: Cops are looking for a nocturnal creature that, like most things that go bump in the night, scurries off when they’re discovered. Comment

‘State Senator For a Day’ finalists

Bay News: The finalists have been selected in State Senator Martin J. Golden’s Seventh Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest. Comment

New ‘Safety Net’ for Brooklyn pets in crisis

Bay News: The increase in the number of animals up for adoption in Brooklyn may have less to do with the flagging economy than with the sheer mass of the borough, according to an official with Animal Care and Control of New York City. Comment

Department of Education urged to equip school buses with GPS

Bay News: Council Member Michael C. Nelson, responding to recent unsettling events, is urging the NYC Council to adopt legislation requiring the Department of Education to equip all 7,000 DOE school buses with GPS tracking systems. Comment

Developers get more FAR

Bay News: The city is one step closer to creating affordable condos in Brooklyn. Comment

Elephant outrage: activists to protest circus

Bay News: Elephants haven’t always had an easy time of it in Coney Island − they publicly fried one back in 1903 − but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus promises to treat its performing pachyderms with the utmost care when the Coney Island “Boom A Ring” debuts next month. Comment

Marty jeers ‘theater critics’

Bay News: Borough President Marty Markowitz is reacting angrily this week to opponents who want to block construction of his new $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment

P.S. 215 on Amazon safari

Bay News: Pint−sized eco−buffs at Public School 215 rained cheer on visitors by entertaining them with a show about the world’s most captivating canopy — the Amazon jungle. Comment

Youngsters have a ‘field day’ in Bergen Beach

Bay News: Fit−smart Public School 254 students from Sheepshead Bay locked friendly horns over a tug−o−war battle, relay races and sprint dashes – among other the fun games – during a field day at the Malone Center in Bergen Beach. Comment

Buff in your golden years

Bay News: The “Seniors in Shape” Fifth Fitness For Life Expo, sponsored by EmblemHealth at Aviator Sports & Recreation in Floyd Bennett Field, brought more than 800 attendees from all over Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens. Comment

Sunday Psychedelic on Pier 5 is coming

Bay News: Get psyched for Sunset Psychedelic on Pier 5, Furman and Joralemon streets in the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, from 6−9 p.m., June 4. Come celebrate the beginning of park construction and help kick−off a summer of fun on the waterfront. Comment

Raccoons make things rocky

Bay News: Forget swine flu. Comment
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This Frontier Needs Heroes lives up to its name!

Smash or Trash: The Smash or Trash team loves this Williamsburg-based band. Comment

Irish author with a ‘Brooklyn’ accent

Books: Meet Colm Toibin, author of “Brooklyn,” his sixth book. Comments (1)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

‘Far out’ far eastern ways at home here

Williamsburg: One world, one breath. Comment

All aboard with the L train’s all−pro point man

Williamsburg: Greg Lombardi, the general manager for the L line, the lifeline of Williamsburg, spends around half his time in his office at the Canarsie−Rockaway Parkway station, the line’s terminus. Comment

Deeply Rooted in Our Parks.

Williamsburg: Just in time for the warm weather, around 250 volunteers descended upon Williamsburg and Greenpoint last Saturday to spruce up the area’s parks. Comment

Foodies urge you to go slow

Williamsburg: The name Slow Food USA basically says it all about this organization founded to counter America’s fast−food culture. Comment

Going deep with watsu water massage

Williamsburg: Although I had been covering Williamsburg for nearly two years, I had never been to this part of the neighborhood: that stretch of Ainslie Street that veers west 30 degrees from Union Avenue. I had also never experienced what I was about to experience: A “watsu” massage, an underwater massage influenced by the Japanese shiatsu style, which seeks to facilitate the flow of the “chi,” or life force, through the body. Comment

Kangol crook threatens to shoot

Williamsburg: We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment

Grid gives superfund cleanup some gas

Williamsburg: National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment

Flu fears force 3 Brooklyn schools to close

Williamsburg: Suspicion of swine flu was enough to quickly shutter three Brooklyn schools this week — against the recommendation of the city’s Department of Health (DOH). Comment

‘Wine−ing’ helps fight breast cancer

Williamsburg: Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment

Sink or swim with rate hike

Williamsburg: With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment

‘Power to Learn’ marks 10th

Williamsburg: Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment

Live ‘Woodsheding’

Williamsburg: A bitingly satiric take on “Slumdog Millionaire?” A kazoo and ukulele duet? A dog who can answer final jeopardy questions (according to its owner)? Comment

Cheers! Vox Pop is back in business!

Williamsburg: Vox Pop is open and running again. Comment

Congresswoman blasts rezoning

Williamsburg: The Greenpoint−Williamsburg Tenant Anti−Displacement Collaborative, a coalition of local community organizations, hosted a tenant aid workshop last Saturday at Boricua College (9 Graham Ave.) for residents of a neighborhood all too familiar with gentrification pressures and displacement. Comment

EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green

Williamsburg: The Students of Sustainability Reach (SOSreach) and Theatreworks at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will produce an eco−friendly vintage fashion show, “EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green,” May 8 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Stock up at your local Green Market, Millman sez

Williamsburg: Assemblywoman Joan Millman heralds spring and the opportunity to enjoy local produce, dairy, meat and seafood at New York City Greenmarkets. Comment

Waste Management rings the bell

Williamsburg: Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment

Dock Street protest goes to City Hall

Williamsburg: As the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project moves to the final city rezoning process, opponents staged a protest in front of City Hall last week. Comment

’burg flies high with these kites

Williamsburg: It was the warmest day of the year, a somewhat out−of−nowhere emergence of full−blown spring on the last weekend of April. It was a perfect day for the fifth annual Williamsburg Kite Festival in McCarren Park, 780 Lorimar Street, presented by the parents of P.S. 132 (320 Manhattan Ave.). Comment

Violet Longobardi Award ‘09

Williamsburg: Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment

Ex pol rips mayoral control of schools

Williamsburg: Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment

Actress Glenn Close helps plant new trees in Sternberg Park for Arbor Day

Williamsburg: Golden Globe and Emmy Award−winning actress Glenn Close came to Williamsburg’s Sternberg Park last Friday, helping to plant trees in honor of Arbor Day. Comment

Tips on landing a book deal

Williamsburg: The JLove Book Publishing Seminar Series #3 presents “How Do I Get A Book Deal?” featuring highly respected publisher Richard Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press), May 13 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (the exact location will be given to those who register). Comment

Poly Prep beats Fieldston

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Learn how to land a book deal

Brooklyn Courier: The JLove Book Publishing Seminar Series #3 presents “How Do I Get A Book Deal?” featuring highly respected publisher Richard Nash (formerly of Soft Skull Press), May 13 from 5:30−7:30 p.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn (the exact location will be given to those who register). Comment

Stevedors offer salty apology

Brooklyn Courier: Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment

SpaceBuster tests creativity of many

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn−Queens Expressway became the dome for a vibrant traveling art gallery when the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and Storefront for Art and Architecture hosted a community workshop under the causeway, inviting art−smart boroughites to beautify the rugged space with their own creative ideas. Comment

Rock ‘em, sock ‘em rugby gals enjoy home field advantage

Brooklyn Courier: Since forming two years ago, the Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team has traveled the Northeast, going out−of−state to play teams from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Comment

Swine flu fears hit home

Brooklyn Courier: Suspicion of swine flu was enough to quickly shutter three Brooklyn schools this week — against the recommendation of the city’s Department of Health (DOH). Comment

‘Dazzle Me Forum’ fails to produce any standout stars

Brooklyn Courier: They were called in to dazzle the audience, but they were the ones who were seeing stars in the end. Comment

Grime−busters volunteer to sweep through park

Brooklyn Courier: Prospect Park is sparkling for spring – thanks to the handiwork of big−hearted grimebusters, who spruced up the verdant lady for Hands on New York Day. Comment

‘Waste’ executives ring stock bell

Brooklyn Courier: Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment

Cabrini Green egg hunt!

Brooklyn Courier: Dozens of families turned out to hunt for eggs, pet a real life Easter bunny, and eat yummy treats during the first annual Spring Egg Hunt at the Cabrini Green Urban Meadow in the Columbia Waterfront District. Comment

‘Be Seen in Green’

Brooklyn Courier: The Students of Sustainability Reach (SOSreach) and Theatreworks at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will produce an eco−friendly vintage fashion show, “EcoEnvy: Be Seen in Green,” May 8 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Some trash gets sent out on a rail

Brooklyn Courier: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and Waste Management of New York, LLC announced that New York City has taken the next step in implementing its historic Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) by exporting North Brooklyn’s residential and municipal solid waste by rail instead of truck. Comment

Dedicated Park Slope cyclist pedals hard against cancer

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment

New effort to sink water rate hike

Brooklyn Courier: With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment

Little People confab at the Marriott

Brooklyn Courier: Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment

PTA 5K in Prospect Pk

Brooklyn Courier: The PTAs of Brooklyn’s elementary schools are coming together to sponsor the second annual five−kilometer race⁄walk⁄stroll⁄toddle⁄bike (kids) in Prospect Park, May 2. Comment

Kangol crook strikes bank

Brooklyn Courier: We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment

Bonnies best their Kearney rivals

Brooklyn Courier: Nearly all involved expected the type of game that was played between Fontbonne Hall and Kearney. Comment

Longobardi Award

Brooklyn Courier: Susan S. Rai will be honored May 13 at a benefit hosted by the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, Brooklyn’s only Quaker school for children with learning disabilities. Comment

A flotilla of fun sails down the Gowanus

Brooklyn Courier: Eco−volunteers explored the fetid waters of the Gowanus Canal last weekend for the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s 10th Annual Gowanus Canal Earth Day Flotilla Spring Clean−Up. Fifty brave souls from across the city were offered a close and personal perspective into the environmental issues that challenge the water, soil and air quality in and around the canal, which is being considered for inclusion in the federal Superfund program. Comment

Architects to honor IDC executive

Brooklyn Courier: Vincent C. Battista, executive director of the Institute of Design and Construction (IDC), will be honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at its biennial dinner dance, May 7 at El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Comment

Bklyn’s ‘Wine−ing’ helps strike a blow against breast cancer

Brooklyn Courier: Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment

Forewarned and forearmed seniors

Brooklyn Courier: Retired teachers received a lesson in how to shake off swindlers during a Smart Seniors forum in downtown Brooklyn, presented by the Office of State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Comment

Power to Learn at 10

Brooklyn Courier: Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment

Legionnaires deliver special salute to crime−busters

Brooklyn Courier: It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment

2−day book fair on Pierrepont

Brooklyn Courier: The First Unitarian Church’s annual two−day BookFair will be held May 8−9, 2009 in its chapel on Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Comment

Westward ho for far eastern practices

Brooklyn Courier: One world, one breath. Comment

Spring spruce−up at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Courier: Grimebusters polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes during a cleanup at Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO. Comment

Canal sweep has some gas

Brooklyn Courier: National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment

Thousands turn out in show of Unity

Brooklyn Courier: Sunday’s bright sunshine was bouncing off police badges and wide smiles alike as members of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment

Owens: Schools need a bailout — pronto!

Kings Courier: Forget AIG — give public schools a bailout. Comment

D.A. salutes animal rescue groups

Kings Courier: They’re always there for us, so we should be there for them. Comment

Teaching faith, and ABCs

Kings Courier: A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment

Weiner wants new marshes for Bay

Kings Courier: A little “stimulation” might go a long way to save Jamaica Bay’s disappearing marshlands, a federal lawmaker said last week. Comment

Fraud−busters: beware of scam artists

Kings Courier: “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.” Comment

Zoning in on 180 blocks

Kings Courier: Community Board 14 last week overwhelmingly approved a rezoning proposal for Flatbush, a measure expected to preserve the architectural uniqueness of this diverse neighborhood — while not obstructing growth along commercial strips. Comment

City hopes to pump new life into Erasmus

Kings Courier: The city is attempting to find a tenant willing to occupy Erasmus Hall Academy, a decaying landmark with aging rooms filled with mismatched furniture and long−ago memories. Comment

Salt Marsh gets a good scrub

Kings Courier: Grimebusting Boy Scouts from St. Edmund’s Parish in Sheepshead Bay helped tranform an eyesore into a sight for sore eyes by sprucing up the Salt Marsh Nature Center for Earth Day. Comment

Marine Park plays it safe

Kings Courier: Only a relatively small percentage of the crime committed in the 63rd Precinct takes place in Marine Park. Comment

I.S. 278 has the best of luck with ‘Sky’

Kings Courier: Under the direction of teachers Victoria Turoff and Amy Wilkinson, a cast of nearly 30 students in Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s performing arts department wowed the crowd with singing, dancing and comedy as they performed the classic “Guys and Dolls” in front of two sold−out audiences. Comment

Devastating cuts for CB 14

Kings Courier: Community Board 14’s anticipated budget cuts just got a bit deeper. Comment

Board backs rezoning

Flatbush: Community Board 14 last week overwhelmingly approved a rezoning proposal for Flatbush, a measure expected to preserve the architectural uniqueness of this diverse neighborhood — while not obstructing growth along commercial strips. Comment

CB14 struggles under the budget axe

Flatbush: Community Board 14’s anticipated budget cuts just got a bit deeper. Comment

Detective: Streetwalkers bring ‘poor quality’ peeps

Flatbush: Prostitution is sometimes called a victimless crime, but that’s not true, according to Det. Barbara Harper from the NYPD vice squad. Comment

Salute to Cop of the Month

Flatbush: Two of the more harrowing incidents that police on the beat face every day is the possibility of having a gun pointed at you and having to shoot someone. Comment

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey in Bklyn

Flatbush: Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages will have 84 opportunities to catch a miniature version of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in the heart of Coney Island this summer. Comment

Law and order awards gala

Flatbush: It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment

Kangol crook threatens to shoot!

Brooklyn Courier: We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment

Mayoral control of schools likened to a ‘dictatorship’

Brooklyn Courier: Mayoral control of public schools is unnecessary, according to a former Brooklyn congressman. Comment

Top cops save schizophrenic man

Brooklyn Courier: Two cops from the 84th Precinct recently proved that the brain is mightier than the Beretta. Comment

Rough room for NYCHA boss

Brooklyn Courier: The boss of the New York City Housing Authority visited the Red Hook Houses last week, vowing to cut costs at agency headquarters and listen more to residents who make up the vast housing network. Comment

National Grid girds for cleanup

Brooklyn Courier: National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment

Richard Sherry Way debuts; late firefighter is remembered lovingly

Brooklyn Courier: A veteran Bravest and humble grassroots gladiator who “left the world a better place than when he entered it” was immortalized when his community hosted a street co−naming in Bay Ridge for the late Richard Sherry. Comment

Shut out of ‘Summit’

Brooklyn Courier: Red Hook parents claim their children were deprived of the opportunity to attend a new charter school. Comment

Pardon our salt mountain

Brooklyn Courier: Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment

Marriott hosting Little People’s confab

Brooklyn Courier: Several thousand dwarfs and family members will be descending on the borough this summer from July 4−10 as the Brooklyn Marriott hosts the 2009 Little People of America (LPA) National Conference. Comment

No Kronas for the kids

Brooklyn Courier: IKEA is refusing to play ball. Comment

Stimulus cash to safeguard the Bay

Canarsie: A little “stimulation” might go a long way to save Jamaica Bay’s disappearing marshlands, a federal lawmaker said last week. Comment

A Change of Face’ focuses on Beth Israel Medical Ctr. docs

Canarsie: Renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Milton Waner, MD, Monica Tadros, MD and Mark Smith, MD, from Beth Israel Medical Center and Roosevelt Hospital will be profiled in an upcoming three part documentary series, “A Change of Face,” scheduled to air on MSNBC−TV, May 3, 10 and 17 from 10−11 p.m. Comment

Tie the knot with help from Isabella’s Wedding Center

Canarsie: Even in a tough economy, people want to go all out for their weddings. Comment

Brooklyn scribe wins Pulitzer

Canarsie: As accolades and awards continue to pile up for Boerum Hill playwright Lynn Nottage, her heart and soul remains rooted in Brooklyn. Comment

Sign up to play ball with the 69th Precinct Community Council

Canarsie: Registration for the 69th Precinct Community Council’s 2009 baseball season, now in session, is open to boys and girls, ages five to 14 years of age (birth certificate is required). Comment

Best blocks in Brooklyn recognized

Canarsie: Grassroots gladiators were delivered a tall salute for being committed to their communities during a Block Association Recognition Day, presented by Community Board 17. Comment

Six murders in six weeks

Canarsie: A staggering spree of violence in the western end of Coney Island has sparked six murders in six weeks and has put the police and the community on edge. Comment

‘Hall’ up for rent

Canarsie: The city is attempting to find a tenant willing to occupy Erasmus Hall Academy, a decaying landmark with aging rooms filled with mismatched furniture and long−ago memories. Comment

Kids for a Better Life annual walkathon

Canarsie: Kids for a Better Future, a non−profit organization run by kids, which supports children’s rights all around the world, will hold its Third Annual Walkathon starting at 10:30 a.m., May 9. Comment

Dismembered body found

Canarsie: A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment

On track with ‘Seniors in Shape’

Canarsie: The “Seniors in Shape” Fifth Fitness For Life Expo, sponsored by EmblemHealth at Aviator Sports & Recreation in Floyd Bennett Field, brought more than 800 attendees from all over Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens. Comment

‘The Tree Book for Kids’

Canarsie: Arbor Day is swiftly upcoming on April 24 and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating with its very special, “sure−to−be−a−classic” The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown−ups. Comment

‘Power to Learn’ marks its 10th year

Canarsie: Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment

Ringling Brothers is coming to town

Canarsie: Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages will have 84 opportunities to catch a miniature version of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in the heart of Coney Island this summer. Comment

One more toke over the line: push to O.K. pot

Canarsie: Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment

Seniors armed against scammers

Canarsie: One of the state’s top guardians helped rip the veil of senior scams, identity theft and other cons during a community information meeting, presented by the National Council of Jewish Women, Brooklyn Section. Comment

Rally for late hero

Canarsie: Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment

All aboard with the L line’s all−pro ‘point man’

Canarsie: Greg Lombardi, the general manager for the L line, the lifeline of Williamsburg, spends around half his time in his office at the Canarsie−Rockaway Parkway station, the line’s terminus. Comment

Rogers’ Gift Shoppe: something special

Canarsie: No matter what the economy, we need to celebrate special occasions, and let friends and family know how important they are. Comment

P.S. 230 spring fest flea market

Canarsie: Public School 230 will hold its first annual Spring Festival Flea Market & PTA Plant Sale, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (raindate: May 3) at 1 Albermarle Road between McDonald Avenue & Dahill Road. Comment

Zone’s Fatal Flaws

Canarsie: Members of the South Canarsie Civic Association are encouraging residents to speak out against what they believe is a flawed rezoning initiative. Comment

Calvary graduates its largest class of CCTs ever

Canarsie: Calvary held its 48th Graduation Ceremony for their Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. It was their largest graduating class ever, 29 CCTs, who will work at the Bronx Hospital and their Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center, 150 55th Street. Comment

Researchers make rats ‘senile’

Canarsie: A group of Brooklyn neuroscientists have discovered a way to make rats quite literally fuggedaboutit. Comment

New anti−hunger campaign launched

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s “Stamp Out Hunger!” campaign at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment

Silhouette Mind⁄Body Fitness

Canarsie: Urban life is stressful. Especially for women. Comment

‘Small minority of crime’

Canarsie: Only a relatively small percentage of the crime committed in the 63rd Precinct takes place in Marine Park. Comment

Back pain and arthritis relief

Canarsie: Metro SportsMed will present a free lecture on “Back Pain and Arthritis,” featuring guest speaker Nicola Hawkinson, NP – affiliated with Frank Schwab, spine surgeon, New York Methodist Hospital⁄ Hospital For Joint Diseases⁄ NYU. Comment

Bank teller menaced

Canarsie: In these troubled financial times, people are trying to do everything to pad their 401K plan. Comment

‘Wine−ing’ for a good cause

Canarsie: Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment

Obama gear is just too hot

Canarsie: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment

Legionnaires hail NYPD

Canarsie: It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment

Water Taxis on call in a watery emergency

Canarsie: In Brooklyn, when you’re part of the nabe, you’re part of the nabe. Comment

Brooklyn woman pedals hard against cancer

Canarsie: Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment

Kangol crook jumps line to rip off Court St. bank

Brooklyn Heights: We don’t know what’s more criminal, the fact that he took $18,000 from a local bank or the fact that he jumped an entire line of customers to get to the loot. Comment

Cheers! Vox Pop is back in business once again

Brooklyn Heights: Vox Pop is open and running again. Comment

Stock up at your local Green Market, Millman urges

Brooklyn Heights: Assemblywoman Joan Millman heralds spring and the opportunity to enjoy local produce, dairy, meat and seafood at New York City Greenmarkets. Comment

Terrible teens busted

Brooklyn Heights: The teenage terrors responsible for a wave of neighborhood muggings have been apprehended, cops from the 84th Precinct said this week. Comment

Dock Street protest reaches City Hall steps

Brooklyn Heights: As the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project moves toward the final steps of the city rezoning process, opponents protested it in front of City Hall. Comment

Top cops save schizophrenic man from doom

Brooklyn Heights: Two cops from the 84th Precinct recently proved that the brain is mightier than the Beretta. Comment

New effort to sink latest hike in city’s water rates

Brooklyn Heights: With the city’s Water Board poised to hike water rates 14 percent, a state lawmaker is urging the use of federal stimulus funds to reduce the increase on fees to residents. Comment

National Grid’s ‘super’ clean up

Brooklyn Heights: National Grid, the gas company already committed to cleaning land abutting the heavily polluted Gowanus Canal, may soon be compelled to get its feet wet. Comment

Stevedors issue salty apology

Brooklyn Heights: Blame New Jersey for Red Hook’s salty dust−up. Comment

Owens: ‘Schools need bailout’

Bay News: Forget AIG — give public schools a bailout. Comment

‘Small minority’ of crime inside Marine Park

Bay News: Only a relatively small percentage of the crime committed in the 63rd Precinct takes place in Marine Park. Comment

Marbury basketball tourney getting bounced

Bay News: After 14 years, NBA star and Coney Island native Stephon Marbury will soon see his annual hoops tournament in the neighborhood booted from its public housing development basketball court. Comment

Obama gear just too hot

Bay News: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment

Grisly end for beauty

Bay News: A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment

Bay Pkwy couple slain

Bay News: A 70−year−old man and his live in girlfriend were found murdered in their Bay Parkway duplex apartment last Thursday in a building that the down−on−his−luck senior once owned, officials said. Comment

Murders plague Coney

Bay News: A staggering spree of violence in the western end of Coney Island has sparked six murders in six weeks and has put the police and the community on edge. Comment

Rallying for late firefighter

Bay News: Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment

Bank bandit menaces teller, escapes with cash

Bay News: Looking for an illegal bailout... Comment

Lottery for senior housing coming

Bay News: The new Surf Gardens housing development in Coney Island catering exclusively to low−income senior citizens will be ready to accept residents by 2010, this newspaper has learned. The seven−story development, now taking shape between West 31st and 32nd streets at Surf Avenue, will offer residents age 62 and older 77 units of new housing through a lottery system. Comment

Weiner wants new marshes for Jamaica Bay

Bay News: A little “stimulation” might go a long way to save Jamaica Bay’s disappearing marshlands, a federal lawmaker said last week. Comment

Making room for religion

Bay News: A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment

Bklyn officials votin’ for some tokin’: Local lawmakers introduce bill to legalize medical marijuana

Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment

Cherry Hill blasts critics, vows to open inside Lundy’s

The lights may be burning bright inside the Cherry Hill Gourmet market on Emmons Avenue this week but the doors still remain tightly shut on the landmark Lundy’s building. Comment

Rally for September 11 hero: Friends and supporters coming to the aid of late firefighter’s family

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn-born-and-bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9/11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment

Devil driver: ‘I killed her’ Area woman stabbed, dismembered

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment

Legionnaires salute NYPD

It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment

‘toking’ it over the line

Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment

NY Methodist Hospital gala

New York Methodist Hospital’s annual Board of Trustees “Candlelight Gala,” will be held May 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hospital’s Institute for Neurosciences. Comment

Kids for a Better Future annual walkathon

Kids for a Better Future, a non−profit organization run by kids, which supports children’s rights all around the world, will hold its Third Annual Walkathon starting at 10:30 a.m., May 9. Comment

Giving kids the power to learn

Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment

Four stars: special salute to outstanding women

Four local women were hailed for their “outstanding” service to Brooklyn during an awards ceremony presented by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment

Robber menaces teller

A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged Looking for an illegal bailout... Comment

Golden breaks with Brooklyn delegation

One local legislator has bucked the entire New York City delegation in Albany, by opposing legislation that could help protect residential neighborhoods against the siting of potential dangerous facilities. Comment

Charter school makes room

A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment

Brooklyn writer Lynn Nottage wins international acclaim and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for ‘Ruined’

As accolades and awards continue to pile up for Boerum Hill playwright Lynn Nottage, her heart and soul remains rooted in Brooklyn. Comment

Inside ‘penalty pricing’

Do you know what penalty pricing is? Well, read the fine print on your credit card agreement and you may find out that because you were just a few days late making a monthly payment you were not only charged a late payment fee, but the lower rate you signed up for is now as high as 29.99%. Comment

P.S. 153 marks grand centennial

When Public School 153 opened its doors in 1909, a new home cost under $3,000, astronomers sighted Pluto and the nation of Cuba became a republic. Comment

Rogers’ Gift Shoppe: get something special

No matter what the economy, we need to celebrate special occasions, and let friends and family know how important they are. Comment

A ‘super’ guy gets the Honor of the Pledge

A lifelong educator took center stage at the April meeting of Community Board 10. Comment

Guild for Exceptional Children brunch shines

Public officials, community leaders and officers of the Guild for Exceptional Children attended the agency’s third annual Legislative Brunch, held at 260 68th Street, which was followed by a tour of Guild programs and casual meetings with developmentally disabled participants engaged in the day’s activities. Comment

Owens: our schools need a bailout!

Forget AIG — give public schools a bailout. Comment

Paws down, they’re the best

They’re always there for us, so we should be there for them. Comment

Silhouette Urban Mind⁄Body Fitness

Urban life is stressful. Especially for women. Comment

Your guide to civic meetings

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

Building a more physically fit soldier

The Army’s newest resiliency training, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, is a program designed to improve the emotional and psychological fitness of soldiers and their families, announced the program’s director said. Comment

Afghan girl flies to the USA; gets help

Nazia Gardezi, a 2−year−old girl from Afghanistan’s Gardez province and her family flew to Cincinnati earlier this month to have reconstructive surgery on her trachea, a procedure made necessary after she swallowed a battery last year. Comment

BRAVO volunteers hit the road in an effort to keep vital ambulance corps running

Usually, they are engaged in a race against time, with lives possibly hanging in the balance. Comment

Holiest day for St. Anselm RC Church

Father Michael Gelfant led the community in a solemn Palm Sunday procession as St. Anselm RC Church began its celebrations of Holy Week. Comment

Waste Management execs ring the bell

Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment

Welcome: Visitation Academy girls host students from Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Visitation Academy, an all girls elementary school spanning nursery to eighth grade hosted Mendota Heights Visitation Academy from Mendota Heights, Minnesota. The visit celebrated 400 years of Salesian spirit. Comment

Obama gear is just too hot to handle

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment

Residents urged to contribute to food drive

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s “Stamp Out Hunger!” campaign at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment

Water taxis: on call in an emergency

In Brooklyn, when you’re part of the nabe, you’re part of the nabe. Comment

Most wanted police woman in America

A Bay Ridge cop whose selfless act of kindness drew national attention is poised to be an America’s Most Wanted “All Star.” Comment

The ‘Miracle on the Mountainside’

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Roy, a 36 year veteran, stretched his legs out in front of a rolling fire and reflected on the magnitude of the day. Comment

Rallying for late firefighter’s family

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment

Senior housing lottery coming up

The new Surf Gardens housing development in Coney Island catering exclusively to low−income senior citizens will be ready to accept residents by 2010, this newspaper has learned. The seven−story development, now taking shape between West 31st and 32nd streets at Surf Avenue, will offer residents age 62 and older 77 units of new housing through a lottery system. Comment

Norwegian Constitution Day coming soon!

Brooklyn’s Viking heritage will be in the forefront as Scandinavians turn out en masse in mid−May to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day. Comment

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary students take their hats off to spring

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary greeted the spring with renewed spirit. After hearing the news that they would be remaining open, the students, filled with school spirit, participated in the annual Easter Hat Parade. Comment

‘Home is where the military sends you’

As I grew up and progressed through my 20s and 30s, I thought I had outgrown many things; my tendency to get homesick, my insecurities, my weakness for all Drake’s products and, unfortunately, my size 7 Jordache jeans. As I reflect back on those alledged accomplishments, I realize that some of them haven’t really ‘taken.’ I still have some insecurities, I still crave Devil Dogs, and I still get homesick. But hey, at least the Jordache thing has stuck!!! Comment

Reach out & touch somebody

Soldiers need to move a little closer into each other’s personal space after deployments to help prevent problems that may lead to suicide, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for personnel told Army National Guardsmen and others at a suicide prevention meeting. Comment

Bad brew of traffic, trash and graffiti

Trash and traffic were the subjects du jour at a town hall held by a local politician. Comment

Sip wine, benefit cancer research

Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment

Poly Prep alum takes Jeopardy challenge

Marine Park−raised Kadeem Cooper isn’t fazed by bright lights or big questions. Comment

Mobile ‘Wall’ hits the road to help heal Vietnam War’s wounds

Richard Lyons and his wife Debbie Frederick have a new job they’re proud to perform −− bringing honor and respect to the troops who never returned from the Vietnam War. Comment

Calvary graduates large class of cancer care techs

Calvary held its 48th Graduation Ceremony for their Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. It was their largest graduating class ever, 29 CCTs, who will work at the Bronx Hospital and their Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center, 150 55th Street. Comment

Marbury basketball tourney gets bounced

Bay News: After 14 years, NBA star and Coney Island native Stephon Marbury will soon see his annual hoops tournament in the neighborhood booted from its public housing development basketball court. Comment

State denies Project Esteem’s bid to open

Bay News: The state’s decision to block a new drug and alcohol treatment center from opening on Mermaid Avenue is being widely applauded in Coney Island this week. Comment

P.S. 153 cheers first 100 years!

Bay News: When Public School 153 opened its doors in 1909, a new home cost under $3,000, astronomers sighted Pluto and the nation of Cuba became a republic. Comment

Cancer Care Techs graduate!

Bay News: Calvary held its 48th Graduation Ceremony for their Cancer Care Technician (CCT) Program. It was their largest graduating class ever, 29 CCTs, who will work at the Bronx Hospital and their Brooklyn Campus at Lutheran Medical Center, 150 55th Street. Comment

A special salute to outstanding women

Bay News: State Senator Martin J. Golden hosted an event in conjunction with the national celebration of Women’s History Month, and honored Eddie Bellochino, girl scout leader, St. Frances Cabrini; Sylvia LaCerra, former principal, PS 200 and member of Community Education Council District 20; Alice Lee, assistant principal, PS 105; Police Officer Susan Porcello, NYPD, 68th Precinct, and Janice Yang, Asian Community Outreach Department, Maimonides Medical Center. Comment

Brooklyn cyclist pedals hard to defeat scourge of cancer

Bay News: Park Slope resident Lisa Indovino had always been an athlete ever since her Venice, Florida childhood, when her father tossed her softball pitches and taught her how to ride a bike. Comment

African vibe: P.S. 52 students celebrate continent’s richness

Bay News: Pulsating rhythms and delightful ditties hailed the continent credited with being the birthplace of mankind when starry−eyed students at Public School 52 performed a musical tribute to Africa. Comment

Charter school wants to make room for religion

Bay News: A new charter school seeks to open in Brooklyn and have students learn religion in the same building – but it doesn’t matter which religion, according to the school’s leaders. Comment

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ effort launched

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s “Stamp Out Hunger!” campaign at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment

Waste Management executives ring NY Stock Exchange bell for Earth Day

Bay News: Waste Management executives and employees kicked off Earth Day on Wall Street by sounding the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell to mark the 39th international observance of environmental awareness. Comment

Hate to drop a call: cops collar cell phone speeder

Bay News: The high−speed car chase through the streets of Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay reminded some law enforcement agents of a scene out of the TV show “Cops.” Comment

Obama gear too hot to handle

Bay News: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes doesn’t get upset over too many things. Comment

Sparkling field of dreams

Bay News: Budding Derek Jeters had a ball heading over to their local green for rites and a game during opening day of the Grace−Gravesend Little League. Comment

Big appetite for upcoming Brooklyn Food Conference at John Jay High School

Bay News: Everything we eat is food for thought −− at least according to organizers of the Brooklyn’s Food Conference, which seeks to explore issues ranging from sustainability to healthful eating, in ways that borough residents old and young can both learn from and enjoy. Comment

Bank bandit menaces Dime teller

Bay News: Looking for an illegal bailout... Comment

Glittering prizes for Kings Bay youth

Bay News: Watch out, Eli Manning! Comment

Blood drops lead to arrest of burglary crew

Bay News: A crew of crackerjack investigators helped take down a burglary crew allegedly led by a violent ringleader who has had his fair share of run−ins with the law. Comment

Rally for September 11 hero

Even though he was retired from the New York City Fire Department, Brooklyn−born−and−bred Anthony Incarbone came back to New York after 9⁄11 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Comment

Coney suffers six murders in six weeks

Bay News: A staggering spree of violence in the western end of Coney Island has sparked six murders in six weeks and has put the police and the community on edge. Comment

Wine−ing’ helps fight breast cancer

Bay News: Raise a toast to research aimed at finding a cure for breast cancer, and help those afflicted by the disease. Comment

‘Change of Face’ to air in May

From left, Milton Waner, MD; Monica Tadros, MD and Mark Smith, MD. Comment

Kids for a Better Future 3rd annual walkathon

Bay News: Kids for a Better Future, a non−profit organization run by kids, which supports children’s rights all around the world, will hold its Third Annual Walkathon starting at 10:30 a.m., May 9. Comment

Bklyn officials votin’ for some tokin’

Bay News: Brooklyn state legislators have high hopes for a renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in New York. Comment

Legionnaires salute crime−busters

Bay News: It was a tall salute from one group of heroes to another. Comment

‘Arms race’ draws 5,000 onlookers

The 32nd Annual White Castle NYC Big Apple Grapple International Arm Wrestling Championships attracted more than 5,000 spectators throughout the day at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Comment

A bam−boozled president yields to yobos

Bay News: President Barack Obama must be trying to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for befriending the most bullies during his first 100 days in office. Comment

Brooklyn author claims ‘09 Pulitzer Prize for ‘Ruined’

Bay News: As accolades and awards continue to pile up for Boerum Hill playwright Lynn Nottage, her heart and soul remains rooted in Brooklyn. Comment

This ‘Wonder Woman’ leads the charge

Kristen O’Neill needed a moment before she stepped back into the batter’s box. Kearney’s Joanna Emilio, who had walked, just moved to third when Fontbonne Hall catcher Tommasini Faratro threw the ball into shallow centerfield as Emilio tried taking second on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Comment

Brooklyn Chamber pushes borough agenda in Albany

Bay News: Energy, healthcare and Health insurance topped the list of legislative issues that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce members brought to Albany in the annual lobbying trip. Comment

Singer: ‘Civilian of the Month’

Bay News: Longtime civic activist Pat Singer (third from right) received the “Civilian of the Month” honors at the recent 60th Precinct community Council meeting. Comment

Devil driver: ‘I killed her’

Bay News: A woman who grew up in Coney Island lost her life there Sunday when she was stabbed to death and then dismembered allegedly by an unhinged livery cab driver obsessed with the young beauty, police said. Comment

Lottery for new senior housing coming up

Bay News: The new Surf Gardens housing development in Coney Island catering exclusively to low−income senior citizens will be ready to accept residents by 2010, this newspaper has learned. The seven−story development, now taking shape between West 31st and 32nd streets at Surf Avenue, will offer residents age 62 and older 77 units of new housing through a lottery system. Comment

Power to Learn marks 10th year

Bay News: Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting K−12 education in the tri−state region through technology. In Brooklyn alone, Power to Learn has benefited more than 400 schools and libraries. Comment

Schools need a bailout, Owens declares!

Bay News: Forget AIG −− give public schools a bailout. Comment

Stimulus money brings smiles to the Coney Island boardwalk

Bay News: Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and Alec Brook−Krasny applauded Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to allocate $15 million of federal stimulus money for repair of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which forms the southern border of each assemblyman’s district. Comment

Veterans discuss USA’s role overseas

Bay News: American war heroes, including a 21−year−old soldier serving in Afghanistan, mulled over Washington’s foreign policy during a panel discussion in Coney Island, presented by the Veterans Outreach Project of Urban Neighborhood Services. Comment

Kid Power & the Planet Protectors wow neighborhood kids

Bay News: Health−smart eco−buffs at Public School 277 received a lesson in the value of personal and environmental preservation from ‘Slim Goodbody,’ himself, when actor Bruce Wilson stopped by with the low−down on how to keep the body and the planet ticking soundly. Comment

NY Methodist Hospital gala event

Bay News: New York Methodist Hospital’s annual Board of Trustees “Candlelight Gala,” will be held May 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hospital’s Institute for Neurosciences. Comment

‘Oscar’ night for the nabe’s boys in blue

Bay News: A wave of dress blue uniforms crashed down on Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach recently as the 61st Precinct passed out its 2008 Medal Day awards. Comment

Farm fresh goodness at returning Greenmarket

Bay News: The Bay Ridge Greenmarket is coming back. Comment

Knights tired of all that buzzing

Madison had heard all about Telecommunications. The Yellow Jackets’ pitching and their potent lineup. They read about it online and in the newspapers, how Telecomm was the team to beat in Brooklyn. They listened to the chatter from a distance, seething. Comment

Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team plays tough

Bay News: Since forming two years ago, the Brooklyn Women’s Rugby team has traveled the Northeast, going out−of−state to play teams from Philadelphia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Comment

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