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GOP and Green nominees say they’ll beat Lander (maybe)

Election: Now that he’s won the Democratic nomination for the 39th Council District, Brad Lander is facing two challengers: Republican Joe Nardiello and Green Party nominee David Pechefsky. We checked in with both upstarts to see if they stand a chance against the better-funded, better-known Democrat. Comments (16)

Totonn-YES! Famed Coney pizza landmark to reopen next month!

One of the world’s greatest pizzerias, Totonno’s in Coney Island, will reopen next month. Comment

Hey, sports fans: Here’s what baseball was like before it was great

An afternoon of “vintage baseball” shows how far our national pastime has come. Comment
Shopping: If your all-star team includes Henry David Thoreau before Henry Aaron, Edgar Allen Poe before Edgar Renteria, and Walt Whitman before … Walt Weiss, then you’re in luck. Comments (4)
Summer is over and it’s time to put away foolish things like the beach and get back into the rhythm of urban life. To help, The Brooklyn Paper has assembled this full guide to fall fun. Comment

And from the mailbag...

Letters: Our letters column opens with a scathing attack on our editor! Comments (2)

Get some great food in a church basement!

Shopping: The best new place to get homemade, specialty and ethnic foods isn’t some fancy gourmet place, but a church cafeteria. Comment

Roofus’s take on the Atlantic Yards planning process

Atlantic Yards: Here’s our cartoonist’s take on the latest Atlantic Yards development. Comments (1)

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s hate speech!

Downtown: Hate and profanity filled the skies over Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday when an anonymous pamphleteer threw hundreds of copies of an obscene, anti-Obama poem from the top of a building in the Metrotech office complex. Comments (8)
Prospect Heights: Prospect Heights, long seen as the ne’er-do-well sister of Park Slope, is about to become the city’s 97th historic district. Comments (1)
Downtown plan: A city panel approved a $20-million federal stimulus bailout for a stalled Downtown development on Tuesday, pushing ahead plans for a mall, residential units and office space where the Albee Square shopping center once stood. Comments (2)

Oh So Feisty One doesn’t call — and Smartmom freaks out

Smartmom: Suddenly, Smartmom goes from protective to overprotective to veryoverprotective in one day. Comments (2)

It’s Primary Day! Check out these last-minute endorsements!

Election: One guy got endorsed by a former pop singer while another was endorsed by a living, breathing minor footnote to history. Click on the race you care about below to read all about it. And remember: Vote today!
Atlantic Yards: Enjoy the new renderings of the Barclays Center while you can — because if the economy gets back on track, the look of the rippling steel building will be altered radically to include new buildings, including one atop the arena’s signature entrance way. Comments (12)

Mormons give Hipsterville a good cleaning

Greenpoint: Wake up, Williamsburg! While you were sleeping last Saturday morning there were real live Mormons cleaning up McCarren Park. Comments (14)

That was some party!

Williamsburg: A guy hosts a great bash on McKibbin Street — then he and his guests are burglarized! Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct. Comment
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Mike McLaughlin leaves The Brooklyn Paper!

Podcast: Award-winning Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin has moved on. Enjoy our tribute video now! Comments (8)

Tomorrow is Primary Day — here’s your last chance to bone up!

Election: In one last effort to get you focussed on Tuesday’s Primary Election in several hotly contested Brownstone Brooklyn districts, we’re reposting our debates featuring all the candidates. Find the district below and click to see our exclusive footage! And remember to vote on Sept. 15.
Red Hook: Organic plants, not concrete plants! Comments (11)

Mike likes The Speech — but wants more details

McMahon on Line 1: Freshman Rep. Mike McMahon checks in with The Brooklyn Paper after President Obama’s big health care speech. Comments (1)

Does anyone know how to run a popcorn machine at the Court Street Cinema?

Downtown: Apparently not — the multiplex had its second fire in a month on Saturday night. Comments (2)

There’s a new cookie in town

Shopping: Little Buddy Biscuit Company opens in the South Slope. Comment
Downtown plan: Call it the “Battle of the Bailout.” Comments (1)

Challenger: Call her Sara ‘Gone’-zalez

Election: Insurgent candidate Robinson Iglesias lobbed the ultimate hand-grenade in his longshot bid to defeat Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez in Tuesday’s primary for the Red Hook-Sunset Park seat — he’s gone after Gonzalez’s poor attendance record. Comments (3)

Marty’s ‘Potato chip’ gets stale

Marty’s ‘Potato chip’ gets stale

Big Coney Island ampitheater is delayed, perhaps to answer complaints of some critics. Comments (2)
Art: The King of Pop — a god? Comments (18)
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Frank’s wild about Judge Schack!

Rhythm & News: Frank Hoier recently read about a Brooklyn judge who’s tough on banks that want to foreclose, so the Bard of Bushwick was moved to write his new hit, “Little Judge Schack” for this week’s “Rhythm and News” feature. Comments (1)
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Another intern moves on!

Podcast: We’ve lost another solid intern — Shannon Geis. Please join us for this cupcake-filled tribute, which includes a rare office visit from our puppetry, kids music and mime columnist, Thurston Dooley III! Comment
Atlantic Yards: The basketball arena at the core of the Atlantic Yards mega-project is actually a money pit that will cost city taxpayers nearly $40 million more over the next 30 years than they will get back in revenues, according to a new report issued last week. Comments (13)

Robbed on the rails

Williamsburg: A straphanger was mugged by four thugs as he rode the J train into the Marcy Avenue station last week. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Williamsburg: A Bushwick man who oversaw security for the Museum of Natural History will be facing the next two to six years in a very, very secure environment %u2013 prison, law enforcement officials said this week. Comment

Our Endorsements

Williamsburg: David Yassky Comment

Borough Briefs

Williamsburg: Effective Tuesday, Sept. 8, street cleaning/alternate side parking regulations will be temporarily suspended in small parts of downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights south of Joralemon Street and Boerum Hill due to a changing of signage and regulations. Comment

Bill counts on ‘grassroots’

Williamsburg: It’s a numbers game that’s awfully one-sided: Mayor Michael Bloomberg has $36.5 million set aside for his re-election campaign while New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, his Bed-Stuy born and bred challenger, has a little over $5 million squirrelled away in his bid to unseat him. Comment

Kent: in a round-about way

Williamsburg: In the tenth official debate among the candidates for the 33rd City Council District, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, the theme of transportation naturally dominated discussions. Comment

Jobless crisis looms large in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended. Comment

Two skip 34th Dist. candidates debate

Williamsburg: This week, a crowd of approximately 70 residents, community leaders and reporters from nine newspapers gathered in the basement of 1st Spanish Presbyterian Church expecting a raucous debate among candidates running for the 34th Council District seat. Comment

Lander backs away from Blatt ‘abominations’

Williamsburg: A Borough Park newspaper article about Brad Lander has called the 39th City Council candidate’s views on gay marriage into question. Comment

NYC on guard against h1n1

Williamsburg: Fear of a swine flu resurgence has led the city to offer free flu shots to public school students. Comment

Call for Triangle investigation

Williamsburg: As the proposed rezoning of the Broadway Triangle makes its way through the city’s land use review process, one member of the City Planning Commission, Angela Battaglia, has played a significant but largely behind-the-scenes role in the project’s advancement, making opponents of the plan uncomfortable. Comment

Brewing over bars

Williamsburg: The State Assembly may be in summer recess, but Assemblymember Vito Lopez (D-Williamsburg, Bushwick) has been spending a busy summer meeting with his constituents in Williamsburg to hear their concerns over public safety. Comment

Candidate spotlight on Isaac Abraham

Williamsburg: Hasidic Judaism is filled with Talmudic rules and practices that must be followed in order to live a healthy, kosher life. But there’s only one rule to keep about going to dinner at the Williamsburg institution Gottlieib’s (325 Roebling Avenue) with City Council candidate Isaac Abraham: let Isaac order for you. Comment

‘Chorus Line’ auditions

Williamsburg: The Northside Players is holding auditions for their production of “A Chorus Line” at 7:30 p.m., September 8-9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel auditorium, 3 Havemeyer Street between North Eighth and North Ninth streets. Comment

Everybody in the pool for one last 2009 sun splash

Williamsburg: There was no question whether the popular concert series at East River State Park would reach its capacity of 8,000 for indie-favorite headliners (and Brooklyn residents) Grizzly Bear.The question was when. Comment

Duran shooting: 1 year later

Williamsburg: On July 14, 2008, 22-year-old Williamsburg resident Richard Duran was murdered in a gang shootout near the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, shadowed by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the elevated J-train. Comment

Smokey Robinson to play Recovery Rally%A0

Williamsburg: Over the last six sessions, A&E Network’s “Intervention” reality series has chronicled the lives of 138 men and women suffering with addiction. Comment

Big chains at home in the borough

Williamsburg: Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment

Get ready to party, party

Williamsburg: Over one million people are expected to flood Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, September 7, for Brooklyn’s annual extravaganza, the 42nd annual West Indian Carnival Festival Parade. Comment

Obama makes Hillary Clinton look good

Williamsburg: Ronald Reagan said that we can disagree without being disagreeable. Unfortunately, many who disagree with me are both downright unreasonable and extremely disagreeable. Just because I don’t agree with them I am now, according to those with the political power of the press, un-American, unpatriotic, a member of the mob, Astroturf, a hooligan and a political terrorist. Comment

Cheese it! Eating showdown is on!

Brooklyn Courier: Bensonhurst’s Bob Coccodrilli recently lost 20 pounds, but this weekend, he might be gaining it all back at a cheesesteak-eating competition in Clinton Hill. Comment

Skaller family’s blessed event

Brooklyn Courier: City Council candidate Josh Skaller took a few days off the campaign trail last week when he and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a new member of the family, daughter Selah. She was born at New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope after a difficult delivery. Comment

Shops take part in ‘Fashion Night Out’

Brooklyn Courier: Calling all Brooklyn retailers to participate in this year’s “Fashion Night Out,” a citywide effort to promote retail, boost consumer confidence and celebrate fashion. Comment

Stop-gap measure keeps LICH school-based clinics running

Brooklyn Courier: The cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital (LICH) received a boost last week thanks to a state government stop-gap measure. Comment

Aviator Sports and Recreation

Brooklyn Courier: Aviator Sports and Recreation’s popular Seniors in Shape program will resumeits schedule of activities September 8 with a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the facility on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

Waterfront festival

Brooklyn Courier: The Carroll Gardens Association’s Second Annual Waterfront District Fall Festival will be held September 12 from 12-6 p.m., rain or shine, along two thoroughfares: Columbia Street from DeGraw to Union streets, and Union Street from Columbia to Hicks streets. Comment

Nutty behavior at BK town halls too

Brooklyn Courier: From protesters outside depicting President Obama as Hitler to catcalls and shouting from audience members, Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s latest health care reform town hall meeting was marked by decidedly uncivil behavior. Comment

Jutrzenka Society celebrates milestone

Brooklyn Courier: Thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and choral director Izabella Kobus-Salkin,South Brooklyn’s Jutrzenka Singing Society #226, the female chorus of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, is reaching 75 years of existence this September. Comment

Help fight cancer

Brooklyn Courier: In recognition of September as National Ovarian Cancer Month, the first annual 5K TEAL (“Tell Every Amazing Lady” about ovarian cancer) Walk will be held in Prospect Park on September 12. Comment

Matching funds power their runs

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s City Council candidates entering the stretch run of their exhausting campaigns received a welcome pick-me-up last week: matching funds. Comment

Outsiders challenge Democratic stronghold

Brooklyn Courier: In Democratic Party circles, names like Roland Rogers may not ring many bells, but he has made it on the ballot to run in the Democratic primary for mayor. Comment

‘Funtasia’ fights MHE

Brooklyn Courier: On Sunday, September 13, at The El Caribe Country Club, located at 5945 Strickland Ave, Susan Eaton and her family, will be hosting their third benefit called “FUNTASIA.” Comment

Recession Dance wkshop

Brooklyn Courier: Come by yourself, with a friend, or with your kids and work with choreographer Lynn Neuman, composer Leanne Darling, and the company of dancers to learn steps and rhythms that inspire “Recession Dances, and so can you!,” which draws from the dance and music styles of previous 20th century recession eras in the United States Comment

Xaverian senior:%A0 ‘a scary matchup’%A0

High School Sports: Everything Mario Tull was looking for Syracuse had to offer. Comment

MIDWOOD COACH HAPPY WITH CAMP

High School Sports: In each of Steve Basile’s first eight seasons as the football coach at Midwood, he has taken his team out of the city for training camp. It is meant to build team chemistry while also testing the Hornets’ commitment with several intense practices each day. Comment

RANDO TAKES OVER AS XAVERIAN QB

High School Sports: Greg Rando isn’t fazed by the situation he is walking into and the player he is replacing. He welcomes it. Comment

Kiddie Corner grand opening

Brooklyn Courier: Chabad of Brooklyn Heights invites all to celebrate the grand opening of Kiddie Korner on Montague/Clinton with a Jewish New Year Street Fair, featuring a live Torah Tots concert, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 13. Comment

Major league thrill for Brooklynites

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites were in for a major league thrill last week when NY Met David Wright worked out with the Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park. Comment

Run the basepads

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Cyclones honor the wind in their whirl — the fans — at their last home game, September 6th at 5 p.m. Comment

Fragments with Focus’ exhibit

Brooklyn Courier: Spoke the Hub is hosting an opening for the visual art exhibit, “Fragments with Focus,” September 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the newly renovated Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center, 748 Union Street at Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. This exhibit will be showcasing new work done by seven students from the most recent Collage and Mixed Media class taught by artist and art educator Susan Fleminger. Comment

Big chains sold on Bklyn

Kings Courier: Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment

BBG wants you in the picture

Kings Courier: Brooklyn Botanic Garden is calling all cameras for its seasonal photo contest, Me @ BBG! — and asking visitors to focus on themselves. Comment

Bloomy: no new cops on the beat

Kings Courier: Brooklyn won’t be getting an influx of new officers anytime soon. Comment

Candidates say children are short-changed

Kings Courier: Education was the subject as four of the challengers in the 45th Council District Democratic primary debated at a forum held in East Flatbush. Comment

Jutrzenka Singing Society

Kings Courier: Thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and choral director Izabella Kobus-Salkin,South Brooklyn’s Jutrzenka Singing Society #226, the female chorus of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, is reaching 75 years of existence this September. Comment

Fire threatens East 31st St. home

Kings Courier: Firefighters scramble to douse a blaze that threatened to consume a home on East 31st Street near Avenue I last Monday afternoon. Witnesses said that the homeowner was not present when the fire broke out on August 24. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation as this paper went to press.Photo by Arthur De Gaeta Comment

New effort to honor late poet laureate

Kings Courier: Many knew him as Brooklyn’s poet laureate, but to those who live in the tight-knit Gravesend community, the late Ken Siegelman was also a beloved friend and neighbor. Comment

‘Sunshine’ aids local charities

Kings Courier: The convention hall was packed to capacity as the Alpha-Genesis Sunshine Foundation, the charitable arm of the Genesis Lodge No. 64 of the Knights of Pythias, presented their contributions to the charitable organizations they support throughout the City of New York. Comment

Bank collects school tools for students

Kings Courier: The cost of purchasing school supplies can be prohibitive for many families, especially in these challenging economic times. However, Astoria Federal Savings is committed to making sure that children do not go without essential back-to-school supplies such as backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, and invites the community to join in its 10th annual Kids Tools for School collection drive. Comment

PAL-ing around with NYPD at Parade Grounds

Kings Courier: More than 500 youngsters, ages six to 16, from the Police Athletic League Play Streets and Day Camps throughout Brooklyn gathered for PAL’s Brooklyn Borough Celebration Day at Parade Ground Park. Comment

Here’s the suit to help land a job

Kings Courier: Determined to empower unemployed men by providing them with the necessary professional attire that will build their self-esteem and help “sell themselves” during job interviews, Men’s Wearhouse will hold its second annual National Suit Drive, now to September 30. Comment

School is cool, advocates stress

Kings Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the fourth annual Back to School/Stay in School rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall, organized by the Borough President’s Office, the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP, the New York City Department of Education and WNET.org. Comment

Kids take part in ‘animal education seminar’

BoroBeat: Wide-eyed kids from I.S. 218’s Beacon program sat wide-eyed as they were introduced to the four-legged performers of the Coney Island Boom A Ring circus. Comment

Spotlight on children’s artistry

Kings Courier: More than 50 youngsters from The Jewish Guild for the Blind’s Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn School, showcased their artistic talents at The Children Art Foundation’s 2009 International Children’s Art Exhibition held at the Asian Cultural Center Art Gallery in mid-town Manhattan. Comment

Big chain%A0stores forge many BK links

Flatbush: Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment

Kids short-changed, candidates charge

Flatbush: Education was the subject as four of the challengers in the 45th Council District Democratic primary debated at a forum held in East Flatbush. Comment

AIDS, crime top concerns

Flatbush: The high rate of HIV/AIDS, violent crime and controversial facilities such as halfway houses dominated the Community Newspaper Group debate among the candidates for the 41st City Council District. Comment

Fire strikes East 31st Street

Flatbush: Firefighters scramble to douse a blaze that threatened to consume a home on East 31st Street near Avenue I last Monday afternoon. Witnesses said that the homeowner was not present when the fire broke out on August 24. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation as this paper went to press.Photo by Arthur De Gaeta Comment

Polish singers

Flatbush: Thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and choral director Izabella Kobus-Salkin,South Brooklyn’s Jutrzenka Singing Society #226, the female chorus of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, is reaching 75 years of existence this September. Comment

East 52nd St. has all the ingredients for fun

BoroBeat: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party along East 52nd Street. Comment

Police officers and kids play well together

BoroBeat: Despite a litany of differences, East Flatbush kids and cops from the 67th Precinct found some common ground at the fields at Paerdegat Park at Albany Avenue and Farragut Road where a special Sports Festival was held. Comment

Solid opposition to cement

Brooklyn Courier: A proposed concrete plant in Red Hook has already managed to cement opposition throughout the neighborhood, which is planning to take to the streets next week to show its dismay. Comment

Burglary burp; crime stats drop

Brooklyn Courier: Despite a recent bump in burglaries and assaults, overall crime continues a steady decent in the 76th Precinct, police statistics show. Comment

Burglary trifecta

Canarsie: Police are trying to locate a thief who may have committed three burglaries in one day. Comment

Crooks clean out photog

Canarsie: Cops and one outraged photographer are looking for a crew of thieves who burglarized a Marine Park garage and looted thousands of dollars in camera equipment found in the victim’s car. Comment

Death ain’t no do wah ditty: it comes in threes

Perspective: An old wive’s tale intones that bad things happen in threes. So being the un-superstitious person that I am, every time I hear that someone passes away, I hold my breath waiting for the other two shoes to drop. Celebrities are no exception to this rule, so last week when I heard that Senator Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy passed away at the ripe old age of 77, I just knew that at least two more would follow. Sure enough the next day, August 26,the papers listed the deaths of Dominick Dunne, 83, novelist, journalist at Vanity Fair and bon vivant, and Ellie Greenwich. Comment

A salute to the%A0 hard-working stiffs

Canarsie: September 7 is Labor Day, and a time to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Comment

Focus on Child Health: Youth cancer on the rise

Canarsie: “Your child has cancer.” Words no parent ever wants to hear. But every day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. Every day 15 children die from their disease. Every day children — from babies to teens — receive chemotherapy, radiation treatment, surgery, spinal taps, bone marrow transplants, stem cell transplants, transfusions, hoping that the weeks or years of torture will save their lives. The parents of these children spend more than 50 percent of their annual income in this fight, all the while wishing that pediatric cancer was an oxymoron. Comment

Cool threads: shops taking part in ‘Fashion Night Out’

Canarsie: Calling all Brooklyn retailers to participate in this year’s “Fashion Night Out,” a citywide effort to promote retail, boost consumer confidence and celebrate fashion. Comment

Focus on Child Health: Understanding child ear infections

Canarsie: To understand earaches you must first know about the Eustachian tube, a narrow channel connecting the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. The tube allows drainage — preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. In a healthy ear, the fluid drains down the tube, assisted by tiny hair cells, and is swallowed. Comment

Paterson in Bklyn to help launch fest

Canarsie: Governor David Paterson was on hand to honor the life-blood of the West Indian Day Parade and Carnival, which enters its 42nd year this Labor Day. Comment

Early intervention for a lifetime of smiles

Canarsie: It’s never too early to keep an eye on your child’s oral development, say the professionals at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Your pediatric dentist can identify malocclusion — crowded or crooked teeth or bite problems — and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth. Orthodontic treatment early can prevent more extensive treatment later. Comment

Jutrzenka Singing Society milestone

Canarsie: Thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and choral director Izabella Kobus-Salkin,South Brooklyn’s Jutrzenka Singing Society #226, the female chorus of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, is reaching 75 years of existence this September. Comment

Our endorsements

Canarsie: David Yassky Comment

Gloomy Bloomy: no new cops

Brooklyn won’t be getting an influx of new officers anytime soon. Comment

Your guide to neighborhood civic meetings

Canarsie: The following is a list of 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 718-260-2529. 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

It’s back to school for children: and cops too!

Canarsie: As the school bell rings and children throughout southern Brooklyn head off to class, cops from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South are going to be right behind them. Comment

New prez for Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Canarsie: The Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Children’s Museum announced the appointment of Georgina Ngozi as president and chief executive officer of the world’s first museum created expressly for children, effective September 21. Comment

Kids short-changed, they say

Canarsie: Education was the subject as four of the challengers in the 45th Council District Democratic primary debated at a forum held in East Flatbush. Comment

Happen’n

Canarsie: Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined thousands of children and volunteers at the “Youth Happen’n Day 2009,” sponsored by Community Board #17 in conjunction with the 67th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Bill: It’s not all about cash

Canarsie: It’s a numbers game that’s awfully one-sided: Mayor Michael Bloomberg has $36.5 million set aside for his re-election campaign while New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, his Bed-Stuy born and bred challenger, has a little over $5 million squirrelled away in his bid to unseat him. Comment

Focus on Child Health: Childhood cancer awareness

Canarsie: September 13 is now recognized as “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” as a result of a Senate resolution introduced last year by U.S. Senators Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Comment

Moonwalk for Michael

A sea of 10,000 braced the rain in Prospect Park Saturday to pay tribute to the “Baddest” performer of them all -- Michael Jackson. Comment

Freshman seen as reformer

Canarsie: While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany. Comment

Brooklyn Politics

Constituents of City Councilmember Kendall Stewart have been the recipients of a robo-call, taped by the pol, charging an unnamed opponent or opponents with taking extreme measures to unseat him. Comment

Lightning victim clinging to life

Canarsie: After over a month of hospitalization, the 41-year-old cricket player struck by lightning July 26 after a freak storm swept across Marine Park, is still fighting for his life. Comment

Here’s your chance to break into the movie business

Canarsie: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is now accepting applications for the 16th cycle of The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. Comment

Focus on Child Health: Back-to-school health check for parents and children

Canarsie: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides a health and safety checklist for children returning to school. Comment

It’s Carnival time again!

Canarsie: Over one million people are expected to flood Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, September 7, for Brooklyn’s annual extravaganza, the 42nd annual West Indian Carnival Festival Parade. Comment

Chain stores sold on BK

Canarsie: Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment

Growing jobless crisis looms large in Brooklyn

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended. Comment

Kids enroll in Boom-A-Ring’s%A0 ‘animal seminar’

BoroBeat: Wide-eyed kids from I.S. 218’s Beacon program sat wide-eyed as they were introduced to the four-legged performers of the Coney Island Boom A Ring circus. Comment

Moms hail hardline against drunk drivers

BoroBeat: Thanks for all your help... Comment

Flatbush frolics along East 52nd Street

BoroBeat: Festive frolickers soaked in equal parts sunshine and community spirit during a block party along East 52nd Street. Comment

Citizens Union hosts 33rd candidates at SFC

Brooklyn Heights: Those battling candidates for the open 33rd City Council district seat continued to get in their digs at each other and plead their case last week. Comment

Fear of ‘Wild West’%A0 ‘copters

Brooklyn Heights: As the city prepares to move the entire tourist helicopter business directly across the East River from DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, pressure is mounting on the industry to be better regulated and for the city to be more responsive. Comment

Cops bust suspects in cabbie capers

Brooklyn Heights: The thieves responsible for a spree of cabbie robberies in Boerum Hill aren’t hailing anyone anymore. Comment

Crook cleans out photojournalist

Bay News: Cops and one outraged photographer are looking for a crew of thieves who burglarized a Marine Park garage and looted thousands of dollars in camera equipment found in the victim’s car. Comment

Happiness was Just a Guy Named Joe

Bay News: I often write of individuals honored for their exemplary contributions to the community. The legendary Ethel Waters in the Broadway/Movie blockbuster Cabin in the Sky sang “Happiness is a just a […] Comment

Bloomberg: no new police

Bay News: Brooklyn won’t be getting an influx of new officers anytime soon. Comment

Big chain stores have strong BK links

Bay News: Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment

Crime stats: a mixed bag

Bay News: With the exception of murder, major felony crime continues to plummet on the streets of Coney Island and Brighton beach, according to the latest police statistics. Comment

Jutrzenka singing group

Bay News: Thanks to its dedicated and loyal members, and choral director Izabella Kobus-Salkin,South Brooklyn’s Jutrzenka Singing Society #226, the female chorus of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, is reaching 75 years of existence this September. Comment

Thumbs up for Brooklyn ‘bay watchers’

BoroBeat: Thanks for another safe summer! Comment

The endorsements are in!

With the primaries approaching September 15, here are our endorsements of the candidates. Comment

Health care forum turns raucous

From protesters outside depicting President Obama as Hitler to catcalls and shouting from audience members, Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s latest health care reform town hall meeting was marked by decidedly uncivil behavior. Comment

Road to recovery leads through Brooklyn: with Smokey Robinson

Over the last six sessions, A&E Network’s “Intervention” reality series has chronicled the lives of 138 men and women suffering with addiction. Comment

Bugged by all the changes in Park Slope

Saying farewell to summer (and everything else). Comment

Locals set to blast concrete plant

A proposed concrete plant in Red Hook has already managed to cement opposition throughout the neighborhood, which is planning to take to the streets next week to show its dismay. Comment

Pressure to curb chopper tour traffic boils up

As the city prepares to move the entire tourist helicopter business directly across the East River from DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, pressure is mounting on the industry to be better regulated and for the city to be more responsive. Comment

Campaign face-off in Sheepshead Bay

Republican challenger Gene Berardelli finally went toe-to-toe with the man he’s trying to unseat, City Councilmember Lew Fidler. Comment

Yiddish article about Lander sparks gay marriage debate

A Borough Park newspaper article about Brad Lander has called the 39th City Council candidate’s views on gay marriage into question. Comment

Candidates Talk Traffic, Transit

In the tenth official debate among the candidates for the 33rd City Council District, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, the theme of transportation naturally dominated discussions. Comment

Death becomes Al Pacino

Death never looked so good! Comment

Stop gap money comes to LICH

The cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital (LICH) received a boost last week thanks to a state government stop-gap measure. Comment

Duran’s anniversary passes by

On July 14, 2008, 22-year-old Williamsburg resident Richard Duran was murdered in a gang shootout near the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza, shadowed by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the elevated J-train. Comment

Battaglia’s Broadway Triangle “Burden”

As the proposed rezoning of the Broadway Triangle makes its way through the city’s land use review process, one member of the City Planning Commission, Angela Battaglia, has played a significant but largely behind-the-scenes role in the project’s advancement, making opponents of the plan uncomfortable. Comment

Fringe Primary Candidates bring forth views

In Democratic Party circles, names like Roland Rogers may not ring many bells, but he has made it on the ballot to run in the Democratic primary for mayor. Comment

Cops crack cabbie mugging ring

The thieves responsible for a spree of cabbie robberies in Boerum Hill aren’t hailing anyone anymore. Comment

Crime down in 76th Precinct

Despite a recent bump in burglaries and assaults, overall crime continues a steady decent in the 76th Precinct, police statistics show. Comment

Positive Reception in Flatbush to Health Care Reform Proposal

There was nary a vacant seat in the large meeting room at the Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church as area residents descended en masse on the house of worship to take part in a town hall on health care sponsored by Representative Yvette Clarke. Comment

Old time%A0take down

Crime: Cops are looking for a thief who swiped a man’s iPhone after throwing him against the wall and demanding his “radio.” Comment

Classes for older adults

Marking its thirty-third year of providing Brooklyn seniors with an excellent educational program at minimal cost, the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education will start its fall 2009 semesterSeptember 9, offering nearly 80 courses and lectures, live music and theatrical performances. Comment

Cops go back to school, too

As the school bell rings and children throughout southern Brooklyn head off to class, cops from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South are going to be right behind them. Comment

Bay Ridge man fights bum ticket; to get refund

One Ridgite appears to have bucked the odds, successfully fighting an unjust parking ticket. Comment

Coney Island still rolling

If the rain has kept you away from The Coney Island BOOM A RING this summer, if you haven’t feasted on the smorgasbord of entertainment that Coney Island has to offer, why not consider these 10 must-do activities — but hurry: Labor Day is right around the corner. Comment

Senate newbie makes waves in Albany

While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany. Comment

Get a jump on dangerous weather

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is encouraging everyone to sign up for a new, free program that will keep New Yorkers informed of urgent and emergency conditions that could effect them. Comment

Thor brings hammer down on Dreamland

“This summer will be the best we have had in decades.” Comment

Reflections on September 11 attacks

It’s been eight years since New York City suffered the wounds of the 9/11 attacks, and, as they have done every year since then, Brooklynites will gather together to remember those who perished and to honor those who served at Ground Zero on September 11th and in the following months. Comment

Waste not, definitely want not

A state lawmaker last week appealed to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioner to prevent a waste transfer station from coming to Gravesend Bay. Comment

Go to the head of the class at the Back to School Fair

Some lucky Brooklyn children were treated to a Back to School Fair at the Excel Learning Center, part of the HCS Bensonhurst Center, 7907 New Utrecht Avenue, created to meet the needs of Southern Brooklyn growing Asian community. Comment

Wakeman Place wakes up to summer

BoroBeat: Saying goodbye to summer in style... Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: After turning up nothing incriminating in, on and under a Sea Gate home owned by a pair of alleged grifters, investigators haven’t ruled out Dmitriy and Julia Yakovlev in the disappearance of Irina Malezhik. Comment

Murder up, felonies down

Bay News: With the exception of murder, major felony crime continues to plummet on the streets of Coney Island and Brighton beach, according to the latest police statistics. Comment

Kennedy legacy lives on in Bklyn

Bay News: Remembering a great leader... Comment

Anti-waste station forces%A0 keep pressure on state DEC

Bay News: A state lawmaker last week appealed to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioner to prevent a waste transfer station from coming to Gravesend Bay. Comment

Senate newbie makes reformist waves in Albany

Bay News: While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany. Comment

Jobless crisis looms here

Bay News: Brooklyn’s unemployment numbers for the first half of the year are discouraging %u2013 over 10 percent of the population %u2013 and state labor workers warn that a crisis could be coming if unemployment benefits are not extended. Comment

Youth cancer on the rise

Bay News: “Your child has cancer.” Words no parent ever wants to hear. But every day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. Every day 15 children die from their disease. Every day children — from babies to teens — receive chemotherapy, radiation treatment, surgery, spinal taps, bone marrow transplants, stem cell transplants, transfusions, hoping that the weeks or years of torture will save their lives. The parents of these children spend more than 50 percent of their annual income in this fight, all the while wishing that pediatric cancer was an oxymoron. Comment

Your chance to break into the movies

Bay News: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations — a nonprofit organization — and The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is now accepting applications for the 16th cycle of The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. Comment

60th Pct. council meet

Bay News: Due to this year’s primary elections, the 60th Precinct Community Council will meet on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. instead ofTuesday, September 15. Comment

Focus on Child Health: Safeguarding tips for children returning to school

Bay News: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides a health and safety checklist for children returning to school. Comment

Focus on Child Health: Understanding Ear Infections

Bay News: To understand earaches you must first know about the Eustachian tube, a narrow channel connecting the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. The tube allows drainage — preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. In a healthy ear, the fluid drains down the tube, assisted by tiny hair cells, and is swallowed. Comment

Brighton beach bathers socked with $250 fines

Bay News: Charges that the Bloomberg administration has enforcement agents ticketing residents and businesses to increase the city’s bottom line surfaced again last week after Parks Department police (PEP) ticketed several elderly women for bathing in shallow waters off Brighton Beach at about 6:45 p.m. Comment

Open late for cutting-edge couture

Bay News: Calling all Brooklyn retailers to participate in this year’s “Fashion Night Out,” a citywide effort to promote retail, boost consumer confidence and celebrate fashion. Comment

Big chains, strong BK links

Bay News: Brooklyn may be the borough of mom-and-pop shops, but it’s no slouch when it comes to national retail stores, according to a recently released Center for an Urban Future study. Comment

Comptroller candidates court Barack backers

Bay News: One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama President of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

Engaging courses for older adults

Bay News: Marking its thirty-third year of providing Brooklyn seniors with an excellent educational program at minimal cost, the Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education will start its fall 2009 semesterSeptember 9, offering nearly 80 courses and lectures, live music and theatrical performances. Comment

Back to school for cops, too

Bay News: As the school bell rings and children throughout southern Brooklyn head off to class, cops from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South are going to be right behind them. Comment

Health care fever hits

Bay News: All in all, it amounted to a couple of dozen protesters holding signs and American flags, marching and chanting outside the Bay Ridge office of Rep. Michael McMahon. Comment

Guv in Brooklyn to salute West Indian Carnival

Bay News: Governor David Paterson was on hand to honor the life-blood of the West Indian Day Parade and Carnival, which enters its 42nd year this Labor Day. Comment

Ceremonies mark 8-year anniversary of 9/11

It’s been eight years since New York City suffered the wounds of the 9/11 attacks, and, as they have done every year since then, Brooklynites will gather together to remember those who perished and to honor those who served at Ground Zero on September 11th and in the following months. Comment

New prez for BK Children’s Museum

Bay News: The Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Children’s Museum announced the appointment of Georgina Ngozi as president and chief executive officer of the world’s first museum created expressly for children, effective September 21. Comment

Focus on Child Health: Early intervention for a lifetime of smiles

Bay News: To understand earaches you must first know about the Eustachian tube, a narrow channel connecting the inside of the ear to the back of the throat, just above the soft palate. The tube allows drainage — preventing fluid in the middle ear from building up and bursting the thin ear drum. In a healthy ear, the fluid drains down the tube, assisted by tiny hair cells, and is swallowed. Comment

Back to School Fair in session

Bay News: Some lucky Brooklynchildren were treated to a Back to School Fair at the Excel Learning Center, part of the HCS Bensonhurst Center, 7907 New Utrecht Avenue, created to meet the needs of Southern Brooklyn growing Asian community. Comment

Marine Pk Civic meet

Bay News: The Marine Park Civic Association will host their monthly meeting on September 15, at 8 p.m. at PS 222, 3301 Quentin Road. Comment

Dozens turn out to annual hoop-a-thon

Dozens of area kids flocked to Aviator Sports on Flatbush Avenue last week to participate in the NBA FIT/WNBA FIT “Dribble, Dish & Swish” tryouts presented by Pepperidge Farm Flavor Blasted Goldfish. Comment

JAMES MADISON MOVES ON FROM TOUGH SEASON

High School Sports: The James Madison football team would like to forget 2008. Comment

‘Hot corner’ star heats up ‘clones

Bay News: Brooklynites were in for a major league thrill last week when NY Met David Wright worked out with the Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park. Comment

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