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Digital editions: Hope is alive in Brooklyn, thanks to the new president. The Brooklyn Paper provides full coverage of the local angle, plus major stories on Brooklyn Bridge Park and the mayor’s Coney Island plan (hint: Nathan’s could be torn down). This issue is packed, and features all the arts stories, listings and columns you expect from The Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn’s real newspaper for 30 years. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Smartmom’s kids: Write is so wrong

Parenting: Smartmom’s kids have dropped a momshell! Comments (24)

The future of Coney Island is no longer porn

Coney Island: The Web site created by Coney Island landowner Joe Sitt to herald “the future of Coney Island” is no longer an adult-only site that hawks “the best porn on the Net.” The Brooklyn Paper solves one of the strangest Coney mysteries since the Fiji mermaid. Comment
Politics: From a packed assembly at a Clinton Hill elementary school to a full crowd at Borough Hall to even the apartment of a John McCain supporter, Brooklyn lived up to its adopted name — Baracklyn — on Tuesday, cheering as Barack Obama finally received his new title: president of the United States. Comments (1)

Make ‘park’ a real park

Editorial: Our editorial board calls for the Brooklyn Bridge Park development to be scrapped and reconceived as a real public park. Comments (8)
Fort Greene: One year into an ambitious, five-year, $300-million fundraising mission, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has already netted half of the coveted cash. But can the arts center raise the rest at in a time when other arts institutions are seeing sharp declines in donations? Comments (1)

All drawn out

Atlantic Yards: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming offers his take on the mayor’s Coney Island plan. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual with letters. Obviously, people have a problem with some of our stories, like the lady from Kensington, who didn’t like our front-page story on “Stable Brooklyn.” Also, check out more angry mail about Gersh’s takedown of Peter Luger. Comment

Rock of aged: Bay Ridge bands never die — and they don’t fade away either

Music: Neil Young said that it’s better to burn out than it is to rust. Obviously, he’s never rocked in Bay Ridge. Comments (11)

Brook-vin opens tonight!

Dining: A new wine bar opens on Seventh Avenue — so lift a glass of the great house red. Comment

Council $eat becoming two-man race

Park Slope: Just-released campaign finance filings by the six candidates seeking to represent a broad swath of Brownstone Brooklyn in the City Council show a shift in momentum. Comments (1)
Williamsburg: The city is aiming to protect at least one Williamsburg block from the high-speed development that has forever changed the neighborhood’s shape. Comment
Art: The economy may stink, but that isn’t stopping the owners of two new art galleries. Comment

Eat here

Eat here

Dining: It’s on an unlikely block — yet Vinegar Hill House has become a destination restaurant almost overnight. Comments (3)

‘Circuit’ breaker

‘Circuit’ breaker

Shopping: Bay Ridge’s booming 86th Street is about to be unplugged. Comments (9)

Drunk drivers are no match for this cop

Brooklyn Heights: The only people not toasting police officer Larry Santiago are the drunk drivers he busts. Comments (1)

Our exclusive family calendar!

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comments (1)

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment

Care Bears on Fire are ready for prime time (even on a school night!)

Music: Finally, the Care Bears on Fire are not just for kids anymore. Comments (8)

Cartoonist has gone country

Cartoonist has gone country

Music: One of the coolest acts to come out of Brooklyn’s music scene is a country-crooning Jewish cartoonist from the New Yorker magazine who has two creaky chords and a voice that sounds like it was run over by the kind of beat-up Dodge that rumbles through his songs. Comment

Death claims woman — and pet store

Brooklyn Heights: It looks like the Tailored Pet is going to die with Serena Bellino. Comments (1)

Bridge ‘park’ housing now also on hold

Bridge ‘Park’: Yet another key part of the scheme for funding Brooklyn Bridge Park — housing units inside the “park’s” footprint — have been quietly shelved, one week after officials announced that they were no longer planning a hotel either. Comments (1)

Smartmom’s family hates her column

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom says her family is revolting — revolting against her column, that is. Comments (10)
Bay Ridge: The plan to build a school on the site of Bay Ridge’s now demolished “Green Church” earned an A+ from an influential neighborhood group last week. Comments (6)
Coney Island: The city’s plans for turning Coney Island into a year round tourist destination may lead to the demolition of the world famous Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand. Comments (9)

Yes you can — can watch the inauguration, that is

Event: Everyone keeps asking us, “Where can we watch the inauguration?” Well, here’s where. You’re welcome. Comment
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Hotel is true bleu!

Park Slope: Something’s up at Hotel LeBleu on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope — but it’s not the occupancy rates, as this exclusive podcast reveals. Join Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli as they uncover the blue news at Hotel LeBleu. Comments (1)
Theater: Our critic has a problem with the Sam Mendes-directed production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” at BAM. Comments (2)

Ace of clubs! Author Henkin will visit your book group

Books: Call him the anti-Salinger. Call him a shameless self-promoter. Hey, just call him — he’ll show up at your book club! Comment
Nightlife: A look at Community Board 2’s strict approach to drinking. Comments (2)

The weekender! Here’s what you should do on Saturday and Sunday

Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Methodist Hospital rolls a lucky seven with Park Slope Parents

Park Slope: New York Methodist Hospital has pacified the famously irascible Park Slope Parents. Comment
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Most egg-cellent podcast! Paper team makes news on coldest day

DUMBO: The Brooklyn Paper’s “Stormtracker 2009” team hit the streets on the coldest day of the year to see once and for all whether you can freeze an egg on the sidewalk. The results — disgusting! Comment

Merry Christmas for these seniors

Greenpoint: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Assemblymember Vito Lopez thanked dozens of volunteers at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center Christmas morning as they delivered more than 2,000 homebound meals to seniors throughout North Brooklyn. Comment

Local voter heads to the big leagues

Greenpoint: America’s Election Day is generally believed to be the first Tuesday in November, but the actual vote for president took place on Dec. 15, when a select group of party loyalists comprising the Electoral College met in state capitals across the nation to cast their votes. Comment

Parks in the new year: What 2009 may have in store for area parkland

Greenpoint: Several inches of snow and frozen ground soil will do little to detour the Parks Department’s plans to create new and maintain existing parkland in North Brooklyn. Comment

Holiday tree recycling event in BK

Greenpoint: Borough Hall’s giant holiday tree will be turned to mulch at Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, January 10, as Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and Richard J. Moylan, president of Green-Wood Cemetery preside at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Green-Wood Cemetery’s Seventh annual “Holiday Tree Recycling and Wood Chip Mulch Giveaway” at 10 a.m. Comment

Mind your furry friend

Greenpoint: It’s always heart wrenching to read about a missing pet. Comment

Relief for bike lane headaches

In response to complaints by residents, business owners, and elected officials, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has taken measures to ameliorate the effects of the bike lanes it installed on both sides of Kent Avenue last October. Comment

Cyclists gone but not forgotten

Greenpoint: Stark black and white symbols of a horrific reality appeared throughout the borough Sunday as bicyclists paid homage to riders killed on city streets. Comment

CB1 chair speaks out on Toro dismissal

Greenpoint: More than two weeks after stripping Teresa Toro of her Transportation Committee chairmanship, Community Board 1 Chair Vincent Abate offered a written explanation for his decision. Comment

Bklynites organize Kadamba meeting

Greenpoint: Brooklynites struck by big news from abroad are beginning to organize here. Comment

Secure borders

Greenpoint: I’m desperately begging the Senate to pass H.R.6633, a long term extension of E-Verify. Comment

Doomsday scenario

Greenpoint: Today, New York’s public transportation provides residents with low-cost, 24/7 access to most of the city. This means that every New Yorker is a potential customer, employee, visitor, or member at every business, event, or place of worship. Comment

First stop for military enthusiasts

Greenpoint: With an unprecedented recession looming and temperatures dropping below freezing, it looks like Brooklyn is in for a long and unspeakably bleak winter. Comment

East river lockdown: Assemblyman pushes to keep park open

Greenpoint: East River State Park in Williamsburg closed over the past weekend, but sources indicate that a plan to reopen the park for the remainder of the winter may ultimately be approved by the state. Comment

Graffiti arts supply store makes noise

Greenpoint: A conflict between a Greenpoint arts supply store and neighbors concerned about excessive noise has led to declining revenues at the store and reportedly several residents moving out of their apartments. Comment

‘Super’ site in nabe: State designates area within Meeker Ave. plumes

Greenpoint: After 18 months of investigations, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has added one industrial site in East Greenpoint to the state Superfund program, the first such designated site within the Meeker Avenue plumes. Comment

High tides eat away at beach

Kings Courier: Reality may have blown holes in that aphorism about rising tides lifting all boats - but there’s no denying that high tides around Plumb Beach are having a corrosive effect on the bike and pedestrian path running alongside the Belt Parkway. Comment

Grants to help keep the lights burning

Kings Courier: Twenty Brooklyn churches received an early holiday gift when representatives from Maimonides Medical Center presented them with grants to help defray the costs of their Christmas displays. Comment

Murder rate on the rise: Homicide jump 35 percent

Kings Courier: Despite a decrease in overall felony crime, murders on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South jumped more than 35 percent in 2008, according to the unofficial year-end police statistics. Comment

Seniors ‘spin to win’ during Chanukah celebrations

Kings Courier: Dreidels spun out of control as nearly 50 seniors representing four of Metropolitan Jewish Health System’s facilities competed in the organization’s annual spin-to-win dreidel tournament at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center in Borough Park. Comment

Roadwork ahead in DUMBO; streets to be repaved

Brooklyn Paper: DUMBO residents may take pride in their historic cobblestones, but the uneven Belgian block and asphalt roadway can leave your muffler dangling like a loose tooth. Comment

CPC hails great educators

Kings Courier: Four local educators were honored for their commitment to the Homecrest community during an awards dinner, presented by the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC). Comment

Brooklyn Residents greet 2009 with friends and family

Kings Courier: Year 2009 arrived with a bang for thrill seekers, who converged at Grand Army Plaza to welcome Father Time amid a dazzling display of fireworks. Comment

Trolleys may roll once again in Bklyn: NYC Transportation Committee exploring rail-based development in the borough

Greenpoint: Changes to a federal transportation plan could one day return that once familiar ‘clang-clang-clang’ to local streets. Comment

Stopping traffic

Greenpoint: I had the occasion to be in Downtown Brooklyn, recently, for the first time in a while, and noticed that traffic on Joralemon Street was at an absolute halt for at least 10 minutes with about seven buses on the block. Comment

Turmoil abroad hits home: Brooklynites react as Israel and Hamas fight on the Gaza strip

Greenpoint: One is a Palestinian-American from Bay Ridge and the other is an Israeli-American from Flatbush, but the two people share a very real concern over the latest Middle Eastern conflict going on in the 26-by-6 mile piece of land on the Mediterranean coast known as the Gaza strip. Comment

Your guide to local civic meetings

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

Boat goes up in flames

Kings Courier: Firefighters stretched their hoses to the limit Sunday night as they tried to extinguish a boat which had caught fire in the marina behind Kings Plaza. Officials said that the fire erupted inside the watercraft at 6:45 p.m. on January 4. No one was inside the boat at the time. Firefighters put out the raging all hands blaze in about 40 minutes, officials said. No injuries were reported. As this paper went to press, the fire was being treated as suspicious pending further investigation. Comment

Sign up for sports

Greenpoint: Registration for the 2009 season at Inner City Sports Little League will be held January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Long Island University, 1 University Plaza (corner of Flatbush and DeKalb, across from Junior’s Restaurant). Comment

Wal-not, thank you

Letters: This is in response to writer Chris Bischof’s recent letter about why Wal-Mart is not in the New York Metro area. Comment

Big tussle for Toll Bros. plan

Brooklyn Paper: Home builder Toll Brothers’ massive Gowanus project continues to wend its way through a lengthy public review, this week getting an airing before the City Planning Commission. Comment

Writing on the wall

Letters: Kudos to your reporter Joe Maniscalco for the excellent story on the proposed Asser Levy Park amphitheater (11-20-08 issue). Comment

City seeks sites for new school buildings-SCA enlists public help in identifying locations

Brooklyn Paper: The city is asking Brooklynites for help. Comment

New report blasts Millman

Brooklyn Paper: The Brennan Center for Justice has released a report this week that appears to have one Brooklyn official in its crosshairs for not conducting enough legislative oversight in the State Assembly. Comment

Taking the oath

Brooklyn Paper: Newly elected State Senator Daniel Squadron was officially sworn in during a special ceremony on the Senate floor in Albany Monday. Squadron took over the spot from Martin Connor after besting the 30 year incumbent in a hotly contested Democratic primary for the 25th State Senate District, which includes Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg and downtown Manhattan. Upon taking the oath, Squadron was immediately made chair of the State Senate Cities Committee, which is responsible for legislation pertaining to major metropolitan areas throughout New York state. Comment

Markowitz backs reopening jailhouse-Borough president says prison population should be kept at current capacity

Brooklyn Paper: Borough President Marty Markowitz last week said he supported the reopening of the Brooklyn House of Detention at its current capacity. Comment

Trouble at hotline

Kings Courier: An investigation prompted by Senator Carl Kruger into a security breach at the state’s child abuse hotline has resulted in a report by the inspector general calling for increased security measures to protect the identities of callers. Comment

Trashy writing

Letters: In your most recent issue, Shavana Abruzzo describes Muslins and members of the democratically-elected Hamas citizens of Gaza as “idiots,” “terrorists,” “ultra-militants,” “assassins,” “thugs,” “gangsters,” “trouble makers,” “suicide bombers,” “baby killers,” “demented and radical extremists,” “predators,” “murderers,” “monsters,” “savage beasts,” and “fanatics” [“Islam’s idiots are at it again,” A Britisher’s View, 1-1 issue]. Comment

Fun in Mill Basin

Letters: Public School 771 on East 63rd Street in Mill Basin want to thank Frank and Connie, the owners of Pinocchio’s Restaurant, 5811 Avenue N, for hosting a Christmas party for at least 60 Special Education students and their teachers on December 17, which was funded by the Lions Club. Comment

Favored perspective

Letters: Re: The declaration by Professor Muhammad Sven Kalisch, who teaches Muslim theology at the University of Munster, that the Prophet Mohammed never existed, “at least not in the way that the received version of Islamic tradition claims he did.” Comment

Golden years rethink

Letters: Re: “Senior center backoff,” 12-12-08 issue. Comment

Make ’em accountable

Letters: Working people should not have to fund the MTA’s mismanagement. Comment

On the wrong track

Letters: I’m an entertainer, pursuing my dream in the big city. Comment

76th Pct. shake-up-Michael Kemper transferred to ‘burg

Brooklyn Paper: The new year brought new changes to the command structure of two area police precincts. Comment

Toasts & tusks to ‘09

Brooklyn Paper: Eighteen-month-old Akitusaaq, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium baby Pacific walrus, waves goodbye to 2008 and welcomes 2009 as he runs through some of his enrichment behaviors with animal keeper Paul Moylett. Comment

Fight for Mercy Convent

Brooklyn Paper: A miracle is needed, or at least some good old-fashioned community grassroots organizing. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

Flatbush: 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. 332. Comment

for Ft. Greene-Civic group has new leadership

Brooklyn Paper: A new sworn-in president setting a fresh direction may sound familiar in Washington D.C., but the theme is being echoed, albeit on a smaller scale, in Fort Greene. Comment

Marty backs jailhouse return-Borough president: capacity should be maintained

Brooklyn Paper: Borough President Marty Markowitz last week said he supported the reopening of the Brooklyn House of Detention at its current capacity. Comment

New round of BK street dedications-14 blocks in Brooklyn reserved for outstanding activists and luminaries

Brooklyn Paper: Famed civil rights activists and color barrier breakers head a list of new street renamings set to take place across the borough in the next few weeks. Comment

Timoshenko verdict shocks comrades

Flatbush: While prosecutors hammer out a new trial date for accused cop killer Lee Woods, cops from throughout the borough are still reeling from the heartache they suffered in a Kings County courtroom. Comment

Salute to cops of the month

Flatbush: An eight-year NYPD veteran who has spent all of her years patrolling East Flatbush was awarded recently for plucking a very bad apple branching out to the detriment of the community tree. Comment

Church Avenue BID online

Flatbush: After years talking about needing one and a couple of false starts, the Church Avenue BID is now online with a brand new website, www.churchavenue.org, targeted toward shoppers, residents and businesses of Church Avenue. Comment

Waterfront beer buzz-Distributor faces tough sell

Brooklyn Paper: The city this week formally announced its intentions to bring Phoenix Beverages, the region’s largest beer distributor, to the Red Hook waterfront, a move some say represents an anachronistic step backward in plans to revitalize the area. Comment

More cops to combat Flatbush crime

Flatbush: An infusion of rookie cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South will help the 70th Precinct breathe new life into a dwindling Impact Zone. Comment

Murder most foul in ’08: Homicide rate skyrockets by over 35 percent

Flatbush: Despite a decrease in overall felony crime, murders on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South jumped more than 35 percent in 2008, according to the unofficial year-end police statistics. Comment

On the scene

Flatbush: Firefighters raced to Coney Island Avenue near Beverley Road in Kensington last week after a two-alarm fire erupted in a second-floor apartment over a storefront. No injuries were reported in the 11:15 a.m. blaze on January 5, which was brought under control within an hour. The cause of the blaze was still being investigated as this paper went to press. Comment

Phoenix floats sudsy plan for the waterfront-Some have issues with distributor’s efforts to set up shop at Pier 11

Brooklyn Paper: The city this week formally announced its intentions to bring Phoenix Beverages, the region’s largest beer distributor, to the Red Hook waterfront, a move some say represents an anachronistic step backward in the plan to revitalize the area. Comment

The one-and-only Ernie Hawkins-‘Meet the Musicians’ series on PPW

Brooklyn Paper: In its ongoing effort to build a new audience for American roots music, the producers of the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor have initiated the pre-concert “Meet the Musician” series. This January 9, 7 p.m. at 53 Prospect Park West and Second Street, meet Ernie Hawkins. Comment

Church group not so united

Williamsburg: The climate of contentiousness within Churches United Corp., the collective of North Brooklyn churches formed in 2003 to advocate for affordable housing, has not abated since late November, when Father Jim O’Shea resigned as the organization’s executive director in what many claimed to be a move coerced by politically motivated church higher-ups. Comment

Christmas celebration at St. Brigid’s

Williamsburg: Hundreds of Ecuadorians celebrated Christmas with an 11 a.m. mass and a traditional post-mass feast at St. Brigid’s Church, 409 Linden Street. Comment

Community lifesaver-Local praised for returning found checks to Los Sures

Williamsburg: The holiday season is over, but a memory of the spirit of generosity that defines that time of year comes courtesy of Maxine Holder, a maintenance worker at LaGuardia Playground near S. 4th and Roebling streets. Comment

Deadly call to action-Ghost ride honors fallen bikers

Williamsburg: Stark black and white symbols of a horrific reality appeared throughout the borough Sunday as bicyclists paid homage to riders killed on city streets. Comment

Grooving to the bomba beat-El Puente plays host to celebration of the ‘Afroboricua’ music with dancing, drumming

Williamsburg: Last month, El Puente, the renowned Southside human rights organization, hosted an afternoon-long celebration of bomba, the “Afroboricua” music and dance genre known for its frenetic pace and improvisational energy. Comment

Fight goes on for park-Pol tries to keep East River park open as lock comes down

Williamsburg: East River State Park in Williamsburg closed over the past weekend, but sources indicate that a plan to reopen the park for the remainder of the winter may ultimately be approved by the state. Comment

Chess champions

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented citations to students at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, in honor of their incredible victories at a national chess championship in Florida last month. Teams from the school, 101 Walton Street in Williamsburg, pictured with Markowitz, center, won the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade titles among 1,200 players from more than 100 schools that participated in the National Scholastic K-12 Championship sponsored by the United States Chess Federation. Comment

CB 1 chair speaks out on dismissal

Williamsburg: More than two weeks after stripping Teresa Toro of her Transportation Committee chairmanship, Community Board 1 Chair Vincent Abate offered a written explanation for his decision. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

More Mid-East mediation? Groan!

Perspective: With Israel’s offensive deepening in the Gaza, and Hamas taunting, ‘bring it on,’ Barack Obama must be trembling in his commemorative Nike Air Force Ones, right about now. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: As long as you’ve got losing weight, quitting smoking and being nicer to your friends and family on your list of New Year’s resoutions, you might as well put becoming a savvy shopper on there too. The first three will help you body and soul - and that last one will keep a few more dollars in your pocket. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

My kingdom for a set of keys

Perspective: My husband always means well. Unfortunately, his road to good intentions is always accompanied by pot holes and avalanches. So why is it that when I say yes, I know that I should say no? New Year’s Eve day, my husband jumped out of bed ready, willing and able to drive me where ever I needed to go. He said, as he looked outside and saw the snow covering the lawn, “I will be your chauffeur. The weather is awful, it’s snowing like crazy and I don’t want you to drive in this.” I agreed. Comment

Bike lanes once not so controversial

Williamsburg: Somewhat forgotten in the controversy surrounding the October installation of bike lanes along Kent Avenue is this: When the Brooklyn Greenway (to which the current Kent Avenue lanes are prelude) came before Community Board 1 for vote in April, CB 1 approved it by a near-unanimous 39-2 margin. Comment

Billyburg on the map

Williamsburg: A new study that hopes to examine and address the root causes of rape will use Williamsburg as one of its laboratories, along with the Lower East Side and the South Bronx. Comment

Headway for preservationists-Austin, Nichols & Co. Warehouse on Kent Ave. on its way to being preserved

Williamsburg: Despite not being an official city landmark, the Austin, Nichols & Co. Warehouse at 184 Kent Ave. is a safe bet to be preserved in a way that pleases neighborhood preservationists. Comment

Holiday cheer with pol

Williamsburg: For the fifteenth straight year, Assemblyman Vito Lopez hosted his annual holiday party, bringing together Williamsburg residents and community leaders at St. Cono’s di Teggiano’s Social Hall on Ainslie Street. Comment

90th Precinct’s new blood

Williamsburg: The new year brought new changes to the command structure of two area police precincts. Comment

State marks ‘super’ site

Williamsburg: After 18 months of investigations, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has added one industrial site in East Greenpoint to the state Superfund program, the first such designated site within the Meeker Avenue plumes. Comment

Trolleys may roam BK again

Williamsburg: Changes to a federal transportation plan could one day return that once familiar ‘clang-clang-clang’ to local streets. Comment

Turmoil abroad hits home in Bklyn

Williamsburg: One is a Palestinian-American from Bay Ridge and the other is an Israeli-American from Flatbush, but the two people share a very real concern over the latest Middle Eastern conflict going on in the 26-by-6 mile piece of land on the Mediterranean coast known as the Gaza strip. Comment

Strangler’s release sparks widespead anger: Victim’s family says decision threatens public safety

Williamsburg: To Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, the release of a cop turned convicted murderer is not only a travesty of justice, but a signpost warning us about Brooklyn’s dangerous future. Comment

Your guide to January civic meetings

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

Sign up now for city little league

Williamsburg: Registration for the 2009 season at Inner City Sports Little League will be held January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Long Island University, 1 University Plaza (corner of Flatbush and DeKalb, across from Junior’s Restaurant). Comment

Merry christmas for these seniors

Williamsburg: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Assemblymember Vito Lopez thanked dozens of volunteers at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center Christmas morning as they delivered more than 2,000 homebound meals to seniors throughout North Brooklyn. Comment

Live folk music with Christine Lavin

Williamsburg: Internationally known singer-songwriter Christine Lavin leads off the 2009 First Acoustics Live Folk & Jazz Concert Series at 8 p.m., January 10 at the First Unitarian Church, Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Comment

New open space for the nabe

Williamsburg: Pier 5, the 400-foot pier at N. 5th Street that was built with the Northside Piers waterfront development, opened to the public last Saturday, becoming the first publicly accessible parcel of open space resulting from the private development of the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. Comment

Parks in the new year-What 2009 may have in store for area parkland

Williamsburg: Several inches of snow and frozen ground soil will do little to detour the Parks Department’s plans to create new and maintain existing parkland in North Brooklyn. Comment

Recycling event

Williamsburg: Borough Hall’s giant holiday tree will be turned to mulch at Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, January 10, as Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and Richard J. Moylan, president of Green-Wood Cemetery preside at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Green-Wood Cemetery’s Seventh annual “Holiday Tree Recycling and Wood Chip Mulch Giveaway” at 10 a.m. Comment

CHSAA girls’ basketball round-up: Ford upsets Molloy

It was quite a quick turnaround in a touch situation for Bishop Ford. The Falcons were blown away by Amanda Burakoski and Mary Louis on Tuesday and two days later had to visit defending CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens champion Archbishop Molloy, which looked to be hitting its stride. Comment

St. Francis College guard adjusting well to new role

Ricky Cadell grew up a point guard. It was all he knew as a young player in the Bronx. It was his position at St. Raymond’s, The Patterson School in North Carolina and the spot he was recruited to play at St. Francis College. Comment

From merry to mulch

Brooklyn Paper: Borough Hall’s giant holiday tree will be turned to mulch at Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, January 10, as Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and Richard J. Moylan, president of Green-Wood Cemetery preside at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Green-Wood Cemetery’s Seventh annual “Holiday Tree Recycling and Wood Chip Mulch Giveaway” at 10 a.m. Comment

Cycling deaths in the spotlight

Brooklyn Paper: Stark black and white symbols of a horrific reality appeared throughout the borough Sunday as bicyclists paid homage to riders killed on city streets. Comment

Kruger gets coveted Finance post-Becomes 3rd highest-paid state senator

Brooklyn Paper: Hostage negotiations over the coveted State Senate Majority Leader post officially ended Wednesday with Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger and the rest of his “Gang of Three” supporting Queens legislator Malcolm Smith for the job. Comment

Live Folk & Jazz Concert

Brooklyn Paper: Internationally known singer-songwriter Christine Lavin leads off the 2009 First Acoustics Live Folk & Jazz Concert Series at 8 p.m., January 10 at the First Unitarian Church, Pierrepont Street between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Comment

New schools slated

Brooklyn Paper: The city Department of Education (DOE) wants to build new schools in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Marty backs jailhouse return

Brooklyn Paper: Borough President Marty Markowitz last week said he supported the reopening of the Brooklyn House of Detention at its current capacity. Comment

City probes return of the trolley-Committee looks at ‘light-rail’ service

Brooklyn Paper: Changes to a federal transportation plan could one day return that once familiar ‘clang-clang-clang’ to local streets. Comment

Brooklynites react to latest violence in Gaza

Brooklyn Paper: One is a Palestinian-American from Bay Ridge and the other is an Israeli-American from Flatbush, but the two people share a very real concern over the latest Middle Eastern conflict going on in the 26-by-6 mile piece of land on the Mediterranean coast known as the Gaza strip. Comment

Become a part of Community Bd. 6-Committee positions now available

Brooklyn Paper: It’s that time of year again, when Brooklyn Community Board 6 reconstitutes the composition of its standing committees. Comment

Author & day care expert

Brooklyn Paper: Author Shannan Ramsey will be selling a signed copy of her new book, “How To Become A Successful Business Owner Caring For Children In Your Home,” January 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment

Beer suds could be a dud-Phoenix distributor faces tough sell on the waterfront

Brooklyn Paper: The city this week formally announced its intentions to bring Phoenix Beverages, the region’s largest beer distributor, to the Red Hook waterfront, a move some say represents an anachronistic step backward in the plan to revitalize the area. Comment

Bon voyage, Dubya!

Brooklyn Paper: Galapagos Art Space will hold a “Bon Voyage, Bush Party,” featuring some of NYC’s hottest DJs, comedians and live performers at 7 p.m., January 19 at Galapagos, 16 Main Street at the corner of Water Street in Dumbo. Comment

Borough of potholes-More road hazards found in BK then rest of city

Brooklyn Paper: The pungent scent of hot asphalt is something that Brooklynites probably ought to get used to. Comment

NYM protects hearts

Brooklyn Paper: In the United States, coronary artery disease (CAD) is the number one killer, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women each year. The disease develops when a combination of calcium, plaque and fatty materials build up in the arteries, restricting the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart. Comment

Rock ’n’ roll kids

Brooklyn Paper: Gumbo, a boutique of unique items for families and people of all ages, invites all to rock and roll and sing and dance with local children’s band, “Rolie Polie Guacamole,” Saturdays, beginning January 17 from 3-4 p.m., at its Boerum Hill location. Comment

The High does it again to Lance, knocks off Lincoln

Mike Taylor didn’t have to read the newspaper or surf the Internet to hear the doubters. They came to him – in the form of classmates – predicting a Lincoln blowout everywhere he went: in class, in the school’s hallways, even the cafeteria. Comment

‘Verva’ returns

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklynites struck by big news from abroad are beginning to organize here. Comment

Lance doesn’t get enough help from mates in loss

It took just 3:01 for Lance Stephenson to wow the capacity crowd. Two layups, a left-handed runner and foul, a deep 3-pointer from the left wing and one-handed slam followed by trash talk propped Lincoln up early, 12-4, over Boys & Girls. Comment

Soph’s big second half leads LIU over Bryant

Halftime didn’t seem to quell the momentum Long Island University built to close the first half. Instead it only enhanced it, especially for Kyle Johnson. Comment

PSAL girls’ basketball round-up: Previlon’s double-double propels Midwood

Senior forward Jessica Previlon had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Midwood girls’ basketball team to a 54-40 win against Banneker on Wednesday in PSAL Brooklyn AA action. Comment

Toll Bros. tussle continues

Brooklyn Paper: Home builder Toll Brothers’ massive Gowanus project continues to wend its way through a lengthy public review, this week getting an airing before the City Planning Commission. Comment

DOT gets lost

Letters: I had the occasion to be in Downtown Brooklyn, recently, for the first time in a while, and noticed that traffic on Joralemon Street was at an absolute halt for at least 10 minutes with about seven buses on the block. Comment

Slope Health and Fitness

Brooklyn Paper: This new year, resolve to get serious about health and fitness. Comment

Sites for new schools sought

Brooklyn Paper: The city is asking Brooklynites for help. Comment

Strangler’s release sparks anger-Victim’s family says decision threatens public safety

Brooklyn Paper: To Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, the release of a cop turned convicted murderer is not only a travesty of justice, but a signpost warning us about Brooklyn’s dangerous future. Comment

Street dedications for 14 blocks in BK-Mayor signs off on Chisholm tribute, more

Brooklyn Paper: Famed civil rights activists and color barrier breakers head a list of new street renamings set to take place across the borough in the next few weeks. Comment

Term limit decision awaits

Brooklyn Paper: Oral arguments made in Federal Court last week in the lawsuit challenging the extension of term limits on all city elected officials produced rhetoric, but no decision. Comment

Two Thumbs up for neighborhood lifesavers

Kings Courier: Volunteer emergency rescue workers were delivered a tall salute for their life-saving work during an awards ceremony presented by the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps (FVAC). Comment

Patriots play for pride

Canarsie: The Lafayette girls’ basketball players come into gyms with all the usual equipment: jerseys, sneakers, kneepads and headbands. But they’re also wearing something else — a huge chip on their shoulders. Comment

Community’s contributions

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes used a standing room only Chanukah celebration he hosted at his office to formally thank members of Brooklyn’s Jewish community for their support over the years as he fought to prevent and reduce crime. Comment

Community Boards forced to go lean

Community boards are already among the leanest of city agencies. Comment

Cell phone company squeeze: Brooklyn pols look to charge carriers larger fees

The city should be dipping deeper into the deep pockets of cell phone companies to help balance the budget, say two Brooklyn legislators. Comment

Coney at the crossroads: Certification of rezoning plan fast approaches

With the start of the New Year, the city believes it is now just a few short weeks away from certifying its rezoning plan for Coney Island with an eye toward wrapping up the entire Uniform Land Use Review Procedure by summer’s end. Comment

Dallas ‘cowboy’ thrives in Bklyn

Vernell Blackman didn’t like basketball growing up. Comment

Falcons turn back Patriots

Francis Lewis was pushing Bishop Ford to its mental breaking point. The Falcons saw their lead evaporate and were down 11 with 1:40 left in the third after the Patriots used a 3-2 defense to spark a torrid 18-0 run. Comment

Dreadlock santa is generous with cheer

The man from the North Pole and a bag of gifts was feted in style when he courted kids with good cheer during a holiday party in Flatbush. Comment

Catch up with Seniors in Shape

The Seniors in Shape Program kicked off its winter session and is running to March 21 for anyone 55 years of age and older. Comment

Canarsie: sick of medical waste station proposal

With a critical public hearing scheduled to take place next week, Canarsie residents are pushing forward with efforts to keep a medical waste transfer station out of their neighborhood. Comment

Basking in a hometown glow

Jennifer Blanding was happy to be home last weekend. Comment

Annual toy drive reaps timeless moments of joy

Hundreds of Time Warner Cable employees embraced the holiday spirit by purchasing, wrapping, and donating toys to underserved children and bringing gifts and food to families in need, continuing a 25-year tradition at the company. Comment

Boots on the ground in Iraq

Many times, National Guard soldiers often find them selves doing a job outside of their military occupational specialty. Army Capt. Jaime Hernandez, who serves in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 36th Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is one such soldier. Comment

Borough of potholes: More craters here than in any other part of the city

The pungent scent of hot asphalt is something that Brooklynites probably ought to get used to. Comment

Brothers & sisters in arms

Brother and sister team, Army Sgt. Shandy Erisman, of Little Rock, Ark., and Army Sgt. Abbi Erisman, of Mountain Home, Ark., both serve as Arkansas National Guardsmen together in Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment. Comment

BPL takes readers beyond the book in ’09

The holidays may be over but the fun has just begun – the Brooklyn Public Library has all new programs for the brand new year. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

Fallout from Gaza: Brooklynites react to violence

One is a Palestinian-American from Bay Ridge and the other is an Israeli-American from Flatbush, but the two people share a very real concern over the latest Middle Eastern conflict going on in the 26-by-6 mile piece of land on the Mediterranean coast known as the Gaza strip. Comment

Fit for holiday revelry: Seniors in Shape don their best for festive frivolity

A revel — and then some — was in store for members of the Seniors In Shape program at Aviator Sports & Recreation where seasonal festivities kicked off with food, dancing — and a bissel of exercise. Comment

Maybe he was too ‘Speedy’

A driver from Speedy Rent-A-Car found himself sliding into Gowanus Bay last week following a traffic mishap inside Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal. Officials said that the accident took place on Dec. 23 inside the yard near the corner of 43rd Street and First Avenue. Witnesses said that the driver apparently lost control of the van, which quickly found itself sliding on the waterfront’s icy edge. The vehicle plowed through the gate and vaulted down the slope just above the shoreline, officials said. It took rescuers about 15 minutes to get the driver out of the teetering vehicle. No injuries were reported. Comment

Making the Army Reserve her choice

Like many high school seniors, Megan Schlotthauer wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after graduation. Her grades weren’t the best, and college is expensive. Comment

Local reaction to bloodbath in Gaza: Brooklynites with Palestinian and Israeli roots sound off on latest round of violence

One is a Palestinian-American from Bay Ridge and the other is an Israeli-American from Flatbush, but the two people share a very real concern over the latest Middle Eastern conflict going on in the 26-by-6 mile piece of land on the Mediterranean coast known as the Gaza strip. Comment

Milestone for memorial: Holocaust site reflections

Robert Bielsky has seen the new war drama “Defiance” 30 times and counting, but it’s a story he could tell equally well sight unseen. Comment

More street dedications: Mayor signs off on designating 14 new blocks in Bklyn

Famed civil rights activists and color barrier breakers head a list of new street renamings set to take place across the borough in the next few weeks. Comment

Nation owes veterans, says doc

A civilian orthopedic surgeon who has seen service-members’ sacrifices firsthand said he believes the nation owes them a debt of gratitude, and that he’ll bring techniques he saw in the military health system to his own practice. Comment

Murder rate on the rise: Homicides jump 35 percent

Despite a decrease in overall felony crime, murders on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South increased more than 35 percent in 2008, according to the unofficial year-end police statistics. Comment

Little League

Registration for the 2009 season at Inner City Sports Little League will be held January 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Long Island University, 1 University Plaza (corner of Flatbush and DeKalb, across from Junior’s Restaurant). Comment

Irrigation systems in Afghanistan

The provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Konar province is working to restore an irrigation system in the province’s Manawara district that has become a casualty of decades of war. Comment

Floater lifts South Shore

All it took was one shot for Baytania Newman to realize the fourth quarter would belong to her. With the score tied with 4:42 left, Newman connected on a one-handed floater in the lane to give South Shore the lead for good. Comment

Fit for reveling!: Special night out with Seniors in Shape

A revel — and then some — was in store for members of the Seniors In Shape program at Aviator Sports & Recreation where seasonal festivities kicked off with food, dancing — and a bissel of exercise. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Judge Arthur Schack didn’t waste any time in 2009 to recuse himself from a case that comes between himself and his suit against the city. Comment

Guide to civic meetings

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

Help keeping the festive lights burning

Twenty Brooklyn churches received an early holiday gift when representatives from Maimonides Medical Center presented them with grants to help defray the costs of their Christmas displays. Comment

Heavenly sounds from St. Anselm RC Church

Members of St. Anselm RC Church Children’s Choir received a special blessing from Father Martin Kull during a 10 o’clock mass, in which the musicians of all ages were presented with gifts to thank them for their tireless service to the parish. Comment

A little piece of old Bethlehem in the neighborhood

Parishioners felt the spirit of the season during a living Nativity presentation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Comment

A harvest of caring and concern: I.S. 201 joins together to aid those in need

Securing food for New York’s hungry was on the agenda of students and staff of the Dyker Heights Intermediate School 201. Comment

Fitness-minded senior citizens make merry

Bay News: A revel — and then some — was in store for members of the Seniors In Shape program at Aviator Sports & Recreation where seasonal festivities kicked off with food, dancing — and a bissel of exercise. Comment

Fallout from Gaza bloodbath hits home: Brooklynites with Palestinian and Israeli roots sound off on latest violence

Bay News: One is a Palestinian-American from Bay Ridge and the other is an Israeli-American from Flatbush, but the two people share a very real concern over the latest Middle Eastern conflict going on in the 26-by-6 mile piece of land on the Mediterranean coast known as the Gaza strip. Comment

Moving to Brooklyn’s groove

Bay News: The NBA’s Nets may not be in Brooklyn yet, but two of their star time-out performers have already made the move. Pictured are Nets dancers Jerese Kimbough, left, and Allison Barnes who have moved to Brooklyn from Michigan and Alabama respectively to pursue dance careers. The two talented ladies say they love their new home borough and can’t wait for the team to relocate to Brooklyn. Comment

Flood of obsolete televisions is feared: Move to digital sparks concern about old sets

Bay News: Like it or not, the future of television broadcasting is digital – and that could lead to a “tsunami” of electronic waste that could pose an imminent danger, a state lawmaker warned last week. Comment

Hall of Fame Martial Arts: Legends to showcase their talents at Garden showdown

Bay News: Martial arts will get the red carpet treatment at an upcoming event, billed as the “Academy Awards” for the sport. Comment

Holiday giving

Bay News: Council Member Michael C. Nelson, continuing his holiday tradition, presented gifts for the holiday season. In cooperation with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty which arranged for the donations, Nelson delivered and distributed toys to the children of the New York City Housing Authority Sheepshead/Nostrand Housing Development at the holiday parties of the Sheepshead Tenants Association and the Nostrand Tenants Association. Comment

Help the Aces take out cancer

Bay News: Brooklyn’s new professional hockey team, the Aces, will be hosting a special fundraising night to benefit the Brooklyn Regional Office of the American Cancer Society on January 17th, 2009. Comment

Dinner with Kruger: Constituent hosts state senator at home

Bay News: Senator Carl Kruger, a longtime member of the Aging Committee, visited the apartment of Chana Reiss, a Midwood senior citizen who graciously invited the lawmaker to sample her homemade latkes (potato pancakes). Comment

Coney island crossroads: ULURP to start up soon

Bay News: With the start of the New Year, the city believes it is now just a few short weeks away from certifying its rezoning plan for Coney Island with an eye toward wrapping up the entire Uniform Land Use Review Procedure by summer’s end. Comment
SPEAK OUT

MTA says damn the handicapped

Perspective: The MTA Digs Deeper Into NY’s Pockets - Raise the Fares, Damn the Handicapped! Comment
BIG SCREECHER

New Year’s resolutions

Perspective: First and foremost, here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. And in keeping with tradition, here is my first New Year’s resolution -- to start my diet as soon as we’ve finished all the holiday goodies. After all, we shouldn’t waste food especially in this economy. As a matter of fact, I am still trying to finish some of the cookies I received last Christmas. My second resolution is to stop cursing all those friends who insist on sending Christmas cards with sparkle that eventually land on my clothes, floor, eyes and mouth. I hate those cards, no matter how pretty, and it takes me all year to find all that fell. Comment

Aki welcomes in the New Year

Bay News: Eighteen-month-old Akitusaaq, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium baby Pacific walrus, waves goodbye to 2008 and welcomes 2009 as he runs through some of his enrichment behaviors with animal keeper Paul Moylett. Comment

Borough of potholes: More road hazards found in BK then rest of city

Bay News: The pungent scent of hot asphalt is something that Brooklynites probably ought to get used to. Comment

Child abuse hotline probe

Bay News: An investigation prompted by Senator Carl Kruger into a security breach at the state’s child abuse hotline has resulted in a report by the inspector general calling for increased security measures to protect the identities of callers. Comment

Business Brooklyn Style: Two paws up for Lee’s World Pet Supplies

Bay News: Organic food is the healthier choice for people, so it stands to reason it’s better for your pets too. Comment

Mistrial shakes police ranks: Ruling in Timoshenko murder case leaves many stunned

Bay News: While prosecutors hammer out a new trial date for accused cop killer Lee Woods, cops from throughout the borough are still reeling from the heartache they suffered in a Kings County courtroom. Comment

NY1 Dominic Carter live

Bay News: The Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center invites the public to attend its first Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration & Celebration, featuring NY1’s veteran journalist Dominic Carter. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to civic meetings

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

‘Verva’ is returned home

Bay News: Brooklynites struck by big news from abroad are beginning to organize here. Comment

‘Survivor gene’ in Brooklyn: ‘Defiance’ has BK roots

Bay News: Robert Bielsky has seen the new war drama “Defiance” 30 times and counting, but it’s a story he could tell equally well sight unseen. Comment

Sharing and caring

Bay News: Seasonal spirit added to the joy of glad tidings when the Coney Island Lighthouse Mission coordinated a holiday outreach drive for its neighbors in need. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Missing in Coney Comment

A frigid leap into 2009

Fugghedabout Hawaii, hardy Brooklynites donned their swimsuits and embrrrrraced Year 2009 by frolicking in the frigid waves off Coney Island — with smiles as wide as the sun. Comment

Above the rest

Kadeem Campbell knew exactly what went wrong. Comment

Welcome to the big beautiful world, baby!

Bay News: Father Time didn’t forget Brooklyn as he toiled around the perinatal clock. Comment

toys and books for neighborhood kids

Bay News: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and State Senator Carl Kruger teamed up to give toys and books to the children in Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn. The two elected officials went from bed to bed visiting with the young patients and their families and presented each child with a gift. Comment

Plumb beach washout: Concern grows over corrosive threat to bike path

Bay News: Reality may have blown holes in that aphorism about rising tides lifting all boats - but there’s no denying that high tides around Plumb Beach are having a corrosive effect on the bike and pedestrian path running alongside the Belt Parkway. Comment

Parolee ID’d as cabbie killer

Bay News: A parolee with a long rap sheet has been apprehended as the gunman who allegedly killed a Sheepshead Bay cabbie during a botched robbery on Avenue Z last week. Comment

Rally around comatose comrade: NYPD brass, family and friends hold vigil at officer’s bedside

Bay News: Sometimes it’s the involuntary responses — the ones that take no thought at all — that matter most. Comment

Senior citizens ‘spin-to-win’ at dreidel championship

Bay News: Dreidels spun out of control as nearly 50 seniors representing four of Metropolitan Jewish Health System’s facilities competed in the organization’s annual spin-to-win dreidel tournament at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center in Borough Park. Comment

Term limit hussle & tussle

Bay News: Amid claims of strong-arming tactics, the involvement of yet another billionaire and a circus-like atmosphere in the City Council chambers, the term limit debacle remained undecided at press time. Comment

Street dedications for 14 blocks in BK: Mayor signs off on Chisholm tribute, more

Bay News: Famed civil rights activists and color barrier breakers head a list of new street renamings set to take place across the borough in the next few weeks. Comment

New call for safeguards on child abuse hotline

An investigation prompted by Senator Carl Kruger into a security breach at the state’s child abuse hotline has resulted in a report by the inspector general calling for increased security measures to protect the identities of callers. Comment

New street dedications: Shirley Chisholm leads latest round of renamings

Famed civil rights activists and color barrier breakers head a list of new street renamings set to take place across the borough in the next few weeks. Comment

2009 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Cultural institution has a lot on tap for families to enjoy in the New Year

Canarsie: There are lots of new and exciting programs at Brooklyn Children’s Museum just in time for the New Year. Here’s what BCM has on tap for January. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: Left in stitches Comment

Toasts and tusks to ’09

Brooklyn Heights: Eighteen-month-old Akitusaaq, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium baby Pacific walrus, waves goodbye to 2008 and welcomes 2009 as he runs through some of his enrichment behaviors with animal keeper Paul Moylett. Comment

Boarding – Brooklyn style!

Canarsie: A community activist wants to unite Brooklynites with skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding. Comment

Calvery

Canarsie: WOR Radio and Calvary Hospital announced a first for both companies: a joint on-air public service initiative in which they will encourage WOR listeners to support non-profit organizations at the critical end-of-year holiday season. Comment

Free counseling for homeowners

Canarsie: Homeowners behind in their mortgage or facing foreclosure can get free counseling and legal assistance from Greater Sheepshead Bay Development Corp. (GSBDC), Midwood Development Corporation (MDC), and Legal Services NYC (LSNY-BB). Comment

Cops double as Santa’s little helpers: Officers help make season brighter for kids

Canarsie: Kids from Sunset Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sheepshead Bay and others from Harlem to the Bronx who sent their wish lists to Santa at Manhattan’s main post office on 34th Street this year will have their dreams come true, thanks to Cedric D. Raymond, Captain and Executive Officer at the 72nd Precinct in Brooklyn. Comment

Taking the oath...

Brooklyn Heights: Newly elected State Senator Daniel Squadron was officially sworn in during a special ceremony on the Senate floor in Albany Monday. Squadron took over the spot from Martin Connor after besting the 30 year incumbent in a hotly contested Democratic primary for the 25th State Senate District, which includes Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg and downtown Manhattan. Upon taking the oath, Squadron was immediately made chair of the State Senate Cities Committee, which is responsible for legislation pertaining to major metropolitan areas throughout New York state. Comment

Roadwork up ahead-DUMBO to be repaved

Brooklyn Heights: DUMBO residents may take pride in their historic cobblestones, but the uneven Belgian block and asphalt roadway can leave your muffler dangling like a loose tooth. Comment

Haunting ‘pale riders’-Bklyn activists put death of cyclists in the spotlight

Brooklyn Heights: Stark black and white symbols of a horrific reality appeared throughout the borough Sunday as bicyclists paid homage to riders killed on city streets. Comment

City seeks sites for new schools-Asks public for ideas

Brooklyn Heights: The city is asking Brooklynites for help. Comment

Term limit hustle and tussle

Bay News: Amid claims of strong-arming tactics, the involvement of yet another billionaire and a circus-like atmosphere in the City Council chambers, the term limit debate remained undecided at press time. Comment

Jazz it up

Brooklyn Heights: Share a warm toast to Brooklyn’s newest cool park: Thomas Greene Park, Third Avenue between Douglass and Degraw, January 24 from 1-5 p.m. at Puppets Jazz Bar, 481 Fifth Avenue near 11th Street in Park Slope. The door charge is $10. Food and drinks are extra. Comment

Marty backs jail’s reopening

Brooklyn Heights: Borough President Marty Markowitz last week said he supported the reopening of the Brooklyn House of Detention at its current capacity. Comment

New Brennan report blasts Joan Millman-Assemblywoman accused of failing to provide legislative oversight

Brooklyn Heights: The Brennan Center for Justice has released a report this week that appears to have one Brooklyn official in its crosshairs for not conducting enough legislative oversight in the State Assembly. Comment

MLK Day

Brooklyn Heights: The Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center invites the public to attend its first Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration & Celebration, featuring NY1’s veteran journalist Dominic Carter. Comment

Giant menorah lit: Beep ushers in the Festival of Lights

Canarsie: “Mr. Brooklyn” wished observers a happy holiday by boarding a cherry picker to illuminate a 29-foot-tall menorah as part of Chanukah festivities in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Homeowners get rebate checks – and bigger tax bill

Canarsie: The property tax rebate checks will soon be on their way, as will higher property tax bills. Comment

Sunday shut down at BPL: Move to save money as funding reduced

Canarsie: Count out Sunday as your day to check out the library. Comment

St. Nick makes time for P.S. 6 students

Canarsie: Here comes Santa Claus. Comment

Seniors in Shape program – 55 and over

Canarsie: The Seniors in Shape Program is kicking off its winter session beginning January 5 and running to March 21 for anyone 55 years of age and older. Comment

70th Precinct revels in Christmas

Canarsie: Mirth and merriment reigned supreme when the 70th Precinct Community Council feted disadvantaged children with a holiday party in Flatbush. Comment

Tolls and trepidations trip up officials

Canarsie: While state lawmakers from Brooklyn are unanimously upset about the severe service cuts and fare increase announced by the MTA last week in its 2009 budget, they remain, to various degrees, deeply uncomfortable with the prospect of implementing tolls on East River bridges to lessen the severity of the budget. Comment

Whole new year at Brooklyn Public Library

Canarsie: The holidays may be over but the fun has just begun at the Brooklyn Public Library, which has exciting new programs across the borough for the brand new year. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

Too many bricks for Tigers

Canarsie: Things will be much quieter the next time the Bishop Kearney girls’ basketball team works on its free throw shooting. Comment

Prospect Park makes wintertime even more exciting

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

Kris Kringle tangles with the city

Canarsie: “Santa” – Chip Cafiero – protests a parking ticket he received last month while delivering toys in Bay Ridge as State Senator Martin Golden presides. Last month, Cafiero was making his way south on Third Avenue with a horse-drawn carriage and an SUV full of elves behind him. With the convoy stopped, a traffic enforcement agent emerged and slapped the SUV with a $115 ticket for double parking. Comment

Kid carolers at kings plaza mall

Canarsie: Talented Public School 361 students polished up on their vocal chords and ushered in the holidays with a concert of show-stopping tunes, which had shoppers at Kings Plaza Mall smiling and toe-tapping along. Comment

Minimally invasive treatment options for Brooklyn patients

Canarsie: Interventional radiology is a minimally invasive technique that uses advanced body image scanning to guide wires, tubes or other instruments inside a patient in order to diagnose or treat a variety of conditions. The technique is being used successfully by Dr. Berkowitz’s team at Beth Israel to remove blockages, shrink fibroids, and deliver treatment directly to malignant tumors. Comment

Murrow concerts

Canarsie: During the month of January, Edward R. Murrow High School’s Music Department and Music Institute, with the support of the Murrow Music Sponsors, will present a series of musical concerts for the Brooklyn community. Comment

Next Lost Tunnel tour

Canarsie: Old Man Winter isn’t about to faze tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond. Comment

Network of bike lanes suffers under crunch

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

Probe into child abuse hotine

Bay News: An investigation prompted by Senator Carl Kruger into a security breach at the state’s child abuse hotline has resulted in a report by the inspector general calling for increased security measures to protect the identities of callers. Comment

NIA children celebrate with jolly ol’ St. Nick

Bay News: The holiday season in Brooklyn wouldn’t be complete without festive live performances from area children, merriment and food with family and friends, topped off by a visit from Santa. That’s exactly what happened at the NIA’s Annual Holiday celebration at Regina Hall in Dyker Heights, 1230 65th Street. Comment

Strangler released: Victim’s family outraged at judge’s ruling

To Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, the release of a cop turned convicted murderer is not only a travesty of justice, but a signpost warning us about Brooklyn’s dangerous future. Comment

Seniors ‘spin to win’ at dreidel championship

Dreidels spun out of control as nearly 50 seniors representing four of Metropolitan Jewish Health System’s facilities competed in the organization’s annual spin-to-win dreidel tournament at Metropolitan Jewish Adult Day Health Center in Borough Park. Comment

Seniors in Shape winter session

The Seniors in Shape Program kicked off its winter session and is running to March 21 for anyone 55 years of age and older. Comment

Strangler walks out of jail: Victim’s family cries foul over Arnold Kane’s release

To Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, the release of a cop turned convicted murderer is not only a travesty of justice, but a signpost warning us about Brooklyn’s dangerous future. Comment

Surgeons rotate into Iraq war zone

Optimally managing the unique head and neck injury patterns seen in Iraq and Afghanistan has led to a successful initiative at Wilford Hall Medical Center in Texas. Comment

Term limit hustle and tussle continues

Amid claims of strong-arming tactics, the involvement of yet another billionaire and a circus-like atmosphere in the City Council chambers, the term limit debate remained undecided at press time. Comment

Team sniffs out trouble on Baghdad streets

Army Sgt. James Harrington, a military policeman and dog handler attached to the 1st Special Troops Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, along with Ryky, his canine partner, keep the streets and communities of southern Baghdad’s Rashid district a safer place for soldiers and citizens by searching for weapons. Comment

Safeguard your vision in ‘09: Make protecting your eyesight a priority in the new year

Every seven minutes, someone in America will become blind or visually impaired. The Jewish Guild for the Blind, one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit health care agencies, is encouraging New Yorkers to make a New Year’s resolution to get their eyes checked. Comment

Rockette inspires kids at P.S. 9

Radio City Rockette Lauren Gibbs helped kick off the holidays for fans on this side of the East River by legging it over to Public School 9 for a holiday celebration and talk. Comment

Operation ‘Deck the Halls’

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers gathered at the Ironhorse Oasis Dining Facility and celebrated Christmas in the traditional way by decorating Christmas cookies. As Christmas movies played in the background, the soldiers sat around a table filled with colorful frosting, sprinkles and cookies shaped as snowmen, angels and Christmas trees and remembered their own Christmas’s long ago. Comment

Officer material despite loss

The blast of a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle resulted in the amputation of a portion of Richard Ingram’s left arm, but it did not rob him of his dream of becoming an Army officer. Comment

Pothole borough: Bklyn leads the way in asphalt craters

The pungent scent of hot asphalt is something that Brooklynites probably ought to get used to. Comment

Praising Dr. King

The Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center invites the public to attend its first Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration & Celebration, featuring NY1’s veteran journalist Dominic Carter. Comment

Ringing in the new year with Brooklyn pride

Year 2009 arrived with a bang for thrill seekers, who converged at Grand Army Plaza to welcome Father Time amid a dazzling display of fireworks. Comment

Probe into child abuse hotline

An investigation prompted by Senator Carl Kruger into a security breach at the state’s child abuse hotline has resulted in a report by the inspector general calling for increased security measures to protect the identities of callers. Comment

Threat from old sets

Like it or not, the future of television broadcasting is digital – and that could lead to a “tsunami” of electronic waste that could pose an imminent danger, a state lawmaker warned last week. Comment

Timoshenko ruling aftermath

While prosecutors hammer out a new trial date for accused cop killer Lee Woods, cops from throughout the borough are still reeling from the heartache they suffered in a Kings County courtroom. Comment

Flood of obsolete televisions is feared

Like it or not, the future of television broadcasting is digital – and that could lead to a “tsunami” of electronic waste that could pose an imminent danger, a state lawmaker warned last week. Comment

Borough of potholes

The pungent scent of hot asphalt is something that Brooklynites probably ought to get used to. Comment

Polar bears forego hibernation for fun

Brooklyn Paper: Fugghedabout Hawaii, hardy Brooklynites donned their swimsuits and embrrrrraced Year 2009 by frolicking in the frigid waves off Coney Island — with smiles as wide as the sun. Comment

Brighton man killed in bus accident

Williamsburg: A 21-year-old area man was killed last week after he was struck by a city bus and dragged for 100 feet, officials said. Comment

Boat catches fire behind Kings Plaza

Bay News: Firefighters stretched their hoses to the limit Sunday night as they tried to extinguish a boat which had caught fire in the marina behind Kings Plaza. Officials said that the fire erupted inside the watercraft at 6:45 p.m. on January 4. No one was inside the boat at the time. Firefighters put out the raging all hands blaze in about 40 minutes, officials said. No injuries were reported. As this paper went to press, the fire was being treated as suspicious pending further investigation. Comment

It’s murder out there: Local homicides leap 35 percent in 2008

Bay News: Despite a decrease in overall felony crime, murders on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South jumped more than 35 percent in 2008, according to the unofficial year-end police statistics. Comment

Clock ticks on Coney island: ULURP coming; many still at odds

Bay News: With the start of the New Year, the city believes it is now just a few short weeks away from certifying its rezoning plan for Coney Island with an eye toward wrapping up the entire Uniform Land Use Review Procedure by summer’s end. Comment

Murder rate skyrockets in 2008

Despite a decrease in overall felony crime, murders on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South jumped more than 35 percent in 2008, according to the unofficial year-end police statistics. Comment

Your guides 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

Vigil for comatose cop: NYPD brass, family and friends rally around officer

Sometimes it’s the involuntary responses — the ones that take no thought at all — that matter most. Comment

Toys and books for neighborhood kids

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and State Senator Carl Kruger teamed up to give toys and books to the children in Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn. The two elected officials went from bed to bed visiting with the young patients and their families and presented each child with a gift. Comment

Welfare ‘success stories’ doubted

With the city’s welfare rolls continuing to shrink and unemployment increasing, City Councilmember Bill de Blasio last week questioned if the city agency responsible for administrating public assistance was closing cases prematurely. Comment

‘I still say I’m from New York’

He split his time growing up in both Georgia and Brooklyn and chose Wheeler (Ga.) over Lincoln for his high school of choice. But Phil Taylor isn’t conflicted when it comes to his hometown. Comment

‘Verva’ returns home

Brooklynites struck by big news from abroad are beginning to organize here. Comment

‘Man-Child’ makes his mark: Pinkston leads Bishop Loughlin to ‘Jubilee’ victory

PATERSON, N.J. — When the Jingle Bells Jubilee tipped off Saturday, Jayvaughn Pinkston was targeted, both by Paterson Eastside (N.J.), which bloodied his nose, and by the capacity crowd, which didn’t want to believe the hype that the Bishop Loughlin forward was considered the top junior in New York City. Comment

‘Meager’ NYPD class sparks anger: Councilman balks at dearth of new officers

Canarsie: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agreement to allow a small NYPD academy class next year is a step in the right direction, but not enough to protect this city adequately, city legislators said this week. Comment

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