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Event: Get ready for an arts festival from the Land of the Rising Sun at a Polish community center. Comment
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Someone has caught cat-nap fever in Greenpoint!

Greenpoint: Three cats have vanished in as many weeks. Cops are on the scent. Comments (3)

Gay marriage now

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper’s editorial board supports gay marriage. Now, if the state Senate would only do something. Comments (10)

Our guide to do-it-yourself fun

Our guide to do-it-yourself fun

With the economy the way it is, who can afford the luxury of paying someone to entertain you? Today, the buzzwords are “do it yourself” — and seizing the DIY spirit will not only save you money, but also let the good times roll. Comments (1)

Third Ave merchants want to know what’s on your mind

Shopping: In Bay Ridge, the business owners want to serve you better. But in order to do that, they need to know what you want. Comments (4)

Roofus: This tower is just too big

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Our cartoonist, Roofus, doesn’t think too kindly of a Greenpoint developer who wants to build a 47-story luxury tower. Comment

Drummer’s death is the day the music died for indie rock artists

Legendary indie rock drummer Jerry Fuchs was known for hitting very very hard for the band !!! — but on Saturday night, music fans and performers across Williamsburg received a blow of a different kind after hearing that Fuchs died after falling down a Berry Street elevator shaft. Comments (2)

Cops: We have nabbed Rex and Guder!

Brooklyn Heights: Two Brooklyn Heights graffiti taggers have been arrested, police said. Comments (7)
Mean Streets: Here’s one filmmaking competition that really is on a roll. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: What’s the problem with kids these days? Marlene Hochman says it’s that the tots don’t play anymore. Fortunately, she’s just opened a museum that hopes to play a role in changing that. Comments (1)

Welcome to a winter wedding wonderland

Brooklyn Bride: Here’s our guide for a great off-season affair. Comments (2)

Rep. Mike says ‘no’ to Obama on health care

McMahon on Line 1: He voted against the House health care bill, but freshman Rep. Mike McMahon still says he wants health care reform. Comments (9)

Brooklynite runs for Senate seat — in Idaho!

Politics: He’s never been to Idaho — heck, he’s never been west of Buffalo! — but Bay Ridge resident William Bryk wants to be the Spud State’s next U.S. senator. Comments (4)
Dining: Now that Planet Thailand has closed, what will happen to all the copycats? Comments (14)

Ripping the roof

Fort Greene: Someone is breaking into sunroofs all over the neighborhood. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment

Youth in trouble? It’s great theater!

Theater: Sex, drugs and family dysfunction — it’s all fodder for the young playrights of Off The Hook, a teen troupe that presents its sixth annual production on Nov. 20 and 21. Comments (1)

Is this tower too big for Greenpoint?

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A developer doesn’t think so, but city zoning rules say otherwise. Comments (9)
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Exclusive: Inside the Park Slope Armory

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Exclusive: Inside the Park Slope Armory

Brooklyn Angle: It looks gorgeous — but it’s still weeks away from opening. Still, our exclusive peak inside reveals that if the city ever actually turns it over to the YMCA, the Park Slope Armory will be one heck of a community resource. Comments (7)

Smartmom becomes Joni Mitchell — her life is a circle game

Smartmom: With both her kids pretty much abandoning her, Smartmom is throwing everything she has into her relationship with Ducky, her 5-year-old neice. Talk about a carousel of time! Comments (6)

Chain gang busted

Williamsburg: An area teen was rushed to the hospital last week after a group of thugs whipped him with a chain. Comment

Shooting on Election Day

Williamsburg: A shooting occurred in mid-afternoon in Williamsburg, steps from a polling site where Councilmember Diana Reyna was encouraging registered voters to reelect her. Comment

Williamsburg Runs!

Williamsburg: Bedford Avenue became Brooklyn’s loudest and longest block party this weekend, as tens of thousands of marathoners ran through the typically quiet streets of Williamsburg Sunday morning in the ING New York City Marathon. Comment

Brooklyn Bishop Blesses Vito, Candidates

Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents received a higher calling last week: an automated message from Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio urging voters to support Assemblymember and Kings County Democratic Chair Vito Lopez and his candidates in the election this past Tuesday. Comment

TransGas Appeals to Albany

Williamsburg: Like costumed zombies parading throughout Williamsburg on Halloween, TransGas Energy’s (TGE) power plant proposal may rise from the dead yet again, as attorneys for the energy company filed an appeal this week with the New York Court of Appeals. Comment

Nardiello needling

Williamsburg: Now that everything is said and done, you have to admit one thing about Republican candidate Joe Nardiello: the man has chutzpah. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Williamsburg: If you’re conversant with iambs and dactyls, couplets and sonnets, and have made your mark as a poet from Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz wants to hear from you. Comment

Reggae party at Public Assembly

Williamsburg: Trumystic, a six-piece dub reggae outfit fronted by Kirsty Rock, will perform at Public Assembly, 70 North Sixth Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, November 8,8 p.m., along with DJ Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah, J-San and the Analogue Sons, Subatomic Sound System. Comment

Meet the creators of “The Little General and the Giant Snowflake”

Williamsburg: Join children’s book writer Matthea Harvey, illustrator Elizabeth Zechel, Tin House, and A Public Space for a cocktail party celebrating the publication of the children’s book, “The Little General and the Giant Snowflake,” November 9, 6:30-9 p.m., at A Public Space,323 Dean Street between Third & Fourth avenues in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Tenants Grouse over Kraus Louse

Williamsburg: Tenants of the Southside “Buff Houses” worried about the status of their housing were told to put their fears at bay. Comment

El Puente Garden Rises From the Dead

Williamsburg: In most cultures, death is a somber affair, but in the Mexican tradition on one day a year, the Dia de los Muertos, the spirits of the deceased are revered with food, altars, and artwork. Comment

Sex, Death, and Curators at BETA Spaces 09

Williamsburg: “Curator” is quickly becoming the buzz word of the fall, especially receiving a front page article in the New York Times Style Section on the use of the word beyond the art world. Comment

Reyna Wins Re-Election by 4,000 Votes

Williamsburg: Williamsburg City Councilmember Diana Reyna has won re-election and a third term after a hard-fought rematch against her former colleague, Democratic District leader Martiza Davila. Comment

Petition Drive Underway to Fight Proposed New License Plate Requirement

Williamsburg: Call it a license to get New York residents to dig a little deeper into their pockets. Comment

Campaign ‘tricks’ at former candidate’s home

Williamsburg: Former City Council candidate Gerry Esposito may be the victim of campaign trickery, as his Williamsburg property on Conselya Street was vandalized in the early hours of October 30. Comment

Great gourds almighty! East River State Park hosts spectacular ‘Pumpkin Palooza II’

Williamsburg: Budding eco-buffs had gourds of fun painting orange beauties, listening to music and learning about green energy during “Pumpkin Palooza II” at East River State Park. Comment

Youngsters revel in Cooper Park pumpkin patch

BoroBeat: Bright-eyed youngsters shared the spotlight with an emerald empire sparkling with orange beauties when Cooper Park feted the young and the young-at-heart with a pumpkin patch. Comment

Witches walk in Williamsburg

BoroBeat: Pint-sized witches and warlocks commanded the sidewalk, drawing “oohs,” “aahs” and “awwws” from doting pedestrians as they pounded the pavement during the Third Annual Williamsburg Witches Walk. Comment

Zombies on the loose in greenpoint

BoroBeat: Call ‘em zombies on the run. Comment

Halloween day celebration

BoroBeat: Chills and thrills reigned supreme in Greenpoint where trick o’ treaters headed to the Red Shed Community Garden for a Halloween spooktacle, brimming with family friendly activities for mom, dad and the kids. Comment

More than they bargained for

Brooklyn Courier: Two would-be thieves ended up behind bars last week when they decided to mug the wrong guy on Eighth Avenue. Comment

Millman meaculpa: Pol tries to explain backing Heyer

Brooklyn Courier: She probably knew that this day would come. Comment

Top cops hailed by 78th Precinct Community Council

Brooklyn Courier: Two cops were honored last week by the 78th Precinct Community Council for taking an alleged gun-wielding thug off the street. Comment

Deadly auto crash

Brooklyn Courier: A 38-year-old woman was killed Tuesday by an unlicensed driver who, ironically, was already on his way to prison. Comment

Improvements in store for Brooklyn Bridge ramp

Brooklyn Courier: By year’s end, roadway relief is in store for stressed-out travellers navigating across the Brooklyn Bridge, officials announced this week. Comment

John Liu elected to city comptroller post

Brooklyn Courier: In a landslide election, Queens City Councilmember John Liu (D-Flushing) was elected as city comptroller and the first Asian-American to win a citywide election. Comment

Oceans 8 anniversary bash

Brooklyn Courier: Oceans 8 Sports Bar and Grill at Brownstone Billiards will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on Flatbush Avenue, November 10 from 6-9 p.m. at 308 Flatbush Avenue, for their longevity in the district and for their community work with an event hosted by the North Flatbush Business Improvement District (BID). Comment

Quit smoking and be a winner at LIU

Brooklyn Courier: “Quit and Win,” a free program of the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B’32 Academic Nursing Center at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb and Flatbush avenues in downtown Brooklyn, will prepare those who want to quit smoking, on November 19, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Day. Comment

New York City College of Technology hosts open house

Brooklyn Courier: New York City College of Technology’s Fall 2009 Open House, November 8, from 1-4 p.m., in Downtown Brooklyn, is your chance to find out about the enormous opportunities available to students. The Open House will be held in the Klitgord Center Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary). Comment

Winter lights on Montague St.

Brooklyn Courier: The Montague Street Business Improvement District announced that more than 15,000 LED lights would illuminate Montague Street this winter. In a pilot installation of this ‘green’ technology, the lights will decorate a selection of trees on each block of the district. The installation will be lit during the first week of November and is expected to remain up through February 2010. Comment

Surviving the Economic Downturn in Cobble Hill

Brooklyn Courier: The Cobble Hill Association’s fall general meeting, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., will feature a panel discussion, “Surviving the Economic Downturn in Cobble Hill,” and will be held at Long Island College Hospital, 339 Hicks Street at Atlantic Avenue in Avram Conference Room A. Comment

Lander wins seat

Brooklyn Courier: This morning there was a reprise of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” at City Council nominee Brad Lander’s Park Slope homestead. Comment

Slope’s 21123 mystery revealed

Brooklyn Courier: Local numerologists can stop wracking their brains — 21123 is not an arcane biblical prophecy of doom, but something a bit more mundane: the address of a new condominium development in the South Slope. Comment

Flatbush pol pushes for gay marriage

Brooklyn Courier: A new push to call the State Senate’s Marriage Equality Bill to a vote is coming from an unlikely place -- Flatbush. Comment

De Blasio wins in landslide to become Public Advocate

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s own Bill de Blasio was elected in a landslide to become the city’s next public advocate. Comment

$12M ‘gingerbread house’

Brooklyn Courier: A Bay Ridge popular landmark -- which is also an official New York City landmark -- has hit the market. Comment

Coven of witches discovered at Prospect Pk

BoroBeat: Terrified screams, ghoulish howls and agonizing moans resonated through the emerald empire as trick a treaters put their most spooktacular foot forward for the annual Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival in Prospect Park. Comment

Drawer devil

Brooklyn Courier: A 47-year-old man was arrested last week after he allegedly attacked another man with...a dresser drawer? Comment

Green near for Sponge Park

Brooklyn Courier: Sponge Park came one step closer to absorbing some cash last week, a federal lawmaker announced. Comment

Cobble Hill goes out of its gourd!

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids came dressed to thrill, celebrating the year’s most spooktacular day with an eye-popping amble in Cobble Hill. Comment

Public School 58 dresses to impress

BoroBeat: Spooktastic Public School 58 students received an A-plus for creativity when they hailed the year’s zaniest day with a literacy parade. Comment

Chase caper

Brooklyn Heights: A note-passing bandit scored a payday during a recent visit to a local bank. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge Park picks up national honor

Brooklyn Heights: A national organization recently bestowed Brooklyn Bridge Park with an award for their Comprehensive Waterfront Plans. Comment

Halloween 2009: Brooklyn Heights is a howl

BoroBeat: Bopping gourds tripped the light fantastic with Kermit the frog %u2013 and pretty princesses romped with ghouls %u2013 as the young and the young-at-heart hailed the year’s most whimsical day with a rip-roaring parade at the Brooklyn Heights Playground. Comment

Precinct Council Honors Night Out Helpers

Indeed, there was a flurry of certificates of appreciation and plaques at the October meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council, as council President Ilene Sacco and the 68th Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, feted those who gave of their time and money to make the early August event a resounding success. Comment

Frustration about District 18’s CEC vacancy

By Michèle De Meglio Comment

War of amphitheater words

It’s a war of the flyers. Comment

Late borough bard Ken Siegelman gets street named for him

Brooklyn’s late poet laureate along with several longtime community activists will soon have intersections in southern Brooklyn named for them. Comment

BK’s National Park

Nationally, parks mean Old Faithful, Yosemite and delightful black bears hungry for picnic baskets. Here in Brooklyn it’s swings, a seesaw - maybe a ball field or two. Comment

Historic day for Ocean Avenue homes

A row of Ocean Avenue homes built on land once owned by a forebear of one the country’s wealthiest families was designated a historic district last week by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comment
Boerum Hill: The battle between the congregation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the church’s governing body could soon shift from the kingdom of heaven to a New York court. Comments (7)
Boerum Hill: Handwriting may be a lost art, but some Brooklyn teachers used a day off this week to re-educate themselves on this vital skill. Comments (1)

These guys are cocoa nuts

Dining: Get ready for the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment! Comment
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some tips for a great weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comments (1)

The billion-dollar bridge!

The billion-dollar bridge!

Greenpoint: Costs for a new Kosciuszko Bridge are skyrocketing. But look at what we’ll get! Comments (11)

Panel says no to DUMBO dance club

DUMBO: Is a dance club a good thing or a bad thing for a neighborhood? Comments (9)
Downtown: Now that the city’s school system has started to dole out flu shots, adults are apparently realizing that they should get one, too. Comment
Downtown: Well, it’s certainly more inviting than an overpriced studio in Park Slope. Comments (3)

Old grudges

Kings Courier: Cops from the 63rd Precinct were called to a Flatlands home last week to arrest a 58-year-old woman who had attacked her 77-year-old husband. Comment

Hudson River yacht club gets spooky

Kings Courier: Wacky witches partied hearty with reveling phantoms as Halloween festivities got underway at the Hudson River Yacht Club. Comment

Club carnage puts cops on edge

Kings Courier: Two shootings near Flatlands nightclubs -- one of which occurred just paces away from a crew of police officers -- took place within 45 minutes of each other last weekend, police said. Comment

Dispatcher blamed for delay

Kings Courier: Cops from the 63rd Precinct weren’t sitting on their hands after all. Comment

Historic day for Ocean Avenue homes

Kings Courier: A row of Ocean Avenue homes built on land once owned by a forebear of one the country’s wealthiest families was designated a historic district last week by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comment

“Rocking” Victorian Flatbush: Plans for H Station Rehab Include Artwork for Porch

Kings Courier: The long-awaited renovation of the historic train station at Avenue H will include something not often seen at Brooklyn stations: Sculpture that is not only meant for viewing, but also as a perch for passengers. Comment

Fidler wins a walk

Kings Courier: There’s four more years of Lew Fidler on the horizon. Comment

Midwood suffers through swastika smear

Kings Courier: A teenager was arrested for allegedly turning a small part of Midwood into a swastika-laden horror show this Halloween weekend. Comment

Flatlands volunteers dedicate new ambulance

BoroBeat: The Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps proudly unveiled the latest jewel in its cache of emergency rescue vehicles %u2013 plus hailed the memories of two dearly departed %u2013 by ceremoniously dedicating a brand new ambulance at its operating base. Comment

Three wounded in club shooting

Flatbush: One person was dead and two others were wounded following an argument outside a neighborhood nightclub, police said Tuesday. Comment

All Saints’%A0Day slaying

Flatbush: Residents of Kensington are being haunted by a Halloween-weekend slaying that’s rattled a quiet, tree-lined block that most Brooklynites never heard of. Comment

DOT invites public to help improve Church Avenue

Flatbush: The New York City Department of Transportation invites residents, business owners, and others to attend a public input session about improving Church Avenue between McDonald Avenue and Utica Avenue,November 10, 7 p.m. (sign in begins at 6:30) at Erasmus High School Auditorium, 911 Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Shootist nabbed

Canarsie: A local resident accused of firing three shots at a man he was arguing with ended up in deeper trouble when he pulled a gun on the 69th Precinct detectives who tried to take him in for questioning last week. Comment

Waitresses: No one gives a Hooters

Canarsie: Brooklyn Federal Court was awash with lycra tank tops and beige panty hose last week when a contingent of Hooters girls came a calling, looking to file claim against their employers. Comment

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Canarsie: Ask not what Brooklyn can do for you, but what you can do for Brooklyn. Comment

Let the syrup flow

Canarsie: A student, Dean Jeziorkowski, who attends Commack HS in Long Island, was tossed from school this past Halloween because he dressed as Aunt Jemima and wore black-face.As he went from room to room offering the students syrup for their pancakes, the teachers asked him to remove his black-face. The staff felt his costume was in poor taste and he was being racist. When they asked him to remove the make-up, and he subsequently refused, theysent him home for the day. Why?? Comment

From clunkers to Mickey Mouse and Goofy

Canarsie: Some of us who thought the goal was to put Americans back to work might wanna rethink our thinking. We already know that the “Cash for Clunkers” program was so successful that General Motors reopened several GM assembly plants. And where were some of those plants? In the U.S., of course, and %u2026. Drum roll please%u2026.In Canada and Mexico. Comment

Twirlers sponsor fun’raiser

Canarsie: The Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLOPH) Twirlers are sponsoring a Penny Social/Family Funday, November 15 at 12 p.m. Comment

Petition Drive Underway to Fight Proposed New License Plate Requirement

Canarsie: Call it a license to get New York residents to dig a little deeper into their pockets. Comment

Focus on Health:%A0Third leading cause of death

Canarsie: During this year’s observance of “World Stroke Day,” October 29, the American Heart Association and its division, the American Stroke Association, joined international organizations with a unified message about the global threat of stroke. This year’s theme is, “What Can I Do?” Comment

Gentile Has Easy Win in Council Race

Canarsie: While southwestern Brooklyn is often a political minefield, the expected battle for the City Council seat in the 43rd district never reached that level, with the Democratic incumbent, Vincent Gentile, scoring an easy victory over his Republican opponent, Bob Capano. Comment

Martha Stewart takes Brooklyn!

Canarsie: Holy cupcakes! Martha Stewart’s in Brooklyn! Comment

Palliative caring

Canarsie: Metropolitan Jewish Hospice and Metropolitan Jewish Palliative Care invite caregivers to join them for an educational experience, November 10 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street in New York City. Comment

911 dispatcher causes delay

Canarsie: Cops from the 63rd Precinct weren’t sitting on their hands after all. Comment

Bubbes on parade

Canarsie: For eight years in a row, the grandmothers of New York are preparing to showcase their talents, inner beauty, dignity and maturity in the 2009 “Your Highness Grandmother” Pageant, November 15, 1 p.m. at the “National,” 273 Brighton Beach Avenue in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment

Heaven-sent robo calls? Almost

Canarsie: Brooklyn residents received a higher calling last week: an automated message from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio urging voters to support Assemblymember and Kings County Democratic Chair Vito Lopez and his candidates campaigning in Tuesday’s election. Comment

Student and Parents Want to Know: Where’s the Soap?

Canarsie: While the city’s Department of Education (DOE) has been promoting free inoculations to protect students against the swine flu, at least one Canarsie school has been lacking until recently in a more common defense, soap and paper towels, according to the parents of a student at the school. Comment

Local Civic to Hold Fundraiser

Canarsie: A local civic group is reaching out to the community for help. Comment

Scribe alert!

Canarsie: If you’re conversant with iambs and dactyls, couplets and sonnets, and have made your mark as a poet from Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz wants to hear from you. Comment

Staying fit and fabulous at fifty

Canarsie: SUNY Downstate Medical Center and its community partners — The Brooklyn Tabernacle, AARP New York, the NYC Department for the Aging, and the Fort Green Council, Inc. — will provide a triple treat for baby boomers and seniors: free talks, health screenings, and a nutritious meal, November 6. Comment

Bloomberg re-elected for a third term

Canarsie: In a nail biter of a race Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was narrowly elected for a third term over his Democratic challenger and Brooklyn native William Thompson. Comment

Focus on Health:%A0Warning signs of a stroke

Canarsie: Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts. Comment

Pearl Room%A0to host U.S.%A0war veterans

Canarsie: The Pearl Room Restaurant, 8203 Third Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, will open up its doors for America’s wounded soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan, November 9 at 7 p.m. Comment

Cops insist area crime is down

Canarsie: The gang-related slaying and sexual assault which made headlines recently may have left Canarsie painted in ugly shades, but they’re not the whole picture. Comment

Chamber wary of gov’t regulation

Canarsie: Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment

The world runs through Brooklyn

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue morphed into an international highway of dreams as a record-breaking human ribbon of marathon runners from across the globe pounded the pavement and challenged their spunk during the world’s largest epic race %u2013 complete with a sweet serenade awaiting them at 38th Street from local cover band “Lovebutton.” Comment

Sheepshead holds on against Canarsie

High School Sports: If there was one thing Sheepshead Bay learned this year, it’s to never judge a team based solely on its record. Comment

Erasmus loses game, star quarterback

High School Sports: Erasmus Hall had its perfect season ruined last Friday night in a 21-8 loss at Tottenville in PSAL City Championship division football. But, with the playoffs this weekend, the Dutchmen have bigger problems. Comment

Fort Hamilton finishes what it started

High School Sports: Still smarting from a heartbreaking loss in the PSAL city championship game to Port Richmond, Fort Hamilton coaches and players met in its musty weight room. Comment

New Utrecht has no answers for dominant Fort Hamilton

High School Sports: Curtis Smith stood in perfect position, waiting for Frank Laino’s underthrown pass at the goal line. New Utrecht’s top cornerback had his hands on the ball, but from behind came Brandon Reddish. The junior tipped the ball away from Smith not once, but twice, and to himself for a 29-yard touchdown reception. Comment

Breukelen Houses goes trick or treating

BoroBeat: Chills and thrills were just the tip of the spooktastic iceberg awaiting intrepid trick o’ treaters at the Breukelen Houses. Comment

An ‘arresting’ halloween with local cops

BoroBeat: Howling festivities were the order of the day at Public School 272 where students and staffers received an A-plus for putting on the dog and teaming up for a Halloween frolic, co-presented by the 69th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Upending the flag on your next mailing

Bay News: This idea came to me after my wife asked me for a stamp to mail a letter. I gave her a $.42 cent flag stamp and an additional$.2 cent stamp to make up the difference for the $.44 cent required postage.Sharon peeled off the self sticking stamp which dropped to the floor.She quickly retrieved it and put it on the letter unknowingly upside down.The flag was upside down, which is a signal of distress. Comment

Lander takes 39th District

This morning there was a reprise of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” at City Council nominee Brad Lander’s Park Slope homestead. Comment

Bloomberg back for a third term

In a nail biter of a race Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was narrowly elected for a third term over his Democratic challenger and Brooklyn native William Thompson. Comment

John Liu elected to city comptroller post

Canarsie: In a landslide election, Queens City Council member John Liu (D-Flushing) was elected as city comptroller and the first Asian-American to win a citywide election. Comment

De Blasio wins in landslide to become Public Advocate

Brooklyn’s own Bill de Blasio was elected in a landslide to become the city’s next public advocate. Comment

Fidler takes 46th District

There’s four more years of Lew Fidler on the horizon. Comment

Gentile has easy win in Council race

While southwestern Brooklyn is often a political minefield, the expected battle for the City Council seat in the 43rd district never reached that level, with the Democratic incumbent, Vincent Gentile, scoring an easy victory over his Republican opponent, Bob Capano. Comment

Williams coasts to victory over defiant Stewart

It may have been one of the dirtiest campaigns in years, but City Councilmember Kendall Stewart’s Hail Mary pass sputtered and died as voters in the 45th Councilmanic District voted to elect his opponent, Democratic candidate Jumaane Williams, to replace him at City Hall. Comment

Reyna wins re-election by 4,000 votes

Williamsburg City Councilmember Diana Reyna has won re-election and a third term after a hard-fought rematch against her former colleague, Democratic District leader Martiza Davila. Comment

Shots fired in Williamsburg

A shooting occurred in mid-afternoon in Williamsburg, steps from a polling site where Councilmember Diana Reyna was encouraging registered voters to reelect her. Comment

Bloomberg re-elected in close contest

If the mayoral election were determined by Brooklyn votes alone, William Thompson would be doing a victory dance as the mayor-elect. Comment

TransGas Appeals to Albany

Like costumed zombies parading throughout Williamsburg on Halloween, TransGas Energy’s (TGE) power plant proposal may rise from the dead yet again, as attorneys for the energy company filed an appeal this week with the New York Court of Appeals. Comment

Prison guard sent to prison following woman’s death

Officials said that New York State Corrections Officer Damon Padmore, also 38, was taken into the custody after the fatal pedestrian accident for allegedly driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor. Comment

Tough Times for Newkirk Plaza

Flatbush: By Helen Klein Comment

Millman meaculpa: Pol tries to explain backing Heyer

She probably knew that this day would come. Comment

Markowitz celebrates borough president re-election

He isn’t often referred to as “Party Marty” for nothing. Comment

Marine Park becomes home for unlocked and looted cars

Canarsie: By Michèle De Meglio and Thomas Tracy Comment

Lawmakers come up with $21 million for Luna Park

Several lawmakers representing Coney Island’s Luna Park announced last week a $21 million grant for critical structural repairs of the complex if it remained in the Mitchell-Lama program for at least another 20 years. Comment

Buff Houses status update

Tenants of the Southside “Buff Houses” worried about the status of their housing were told to put their fears at bay. Comment

Flatbush pol pushes for gay marriage

A new push to call the State Senate’s Marriage Equality Bill to a vote is coming from an unlikely place -- Flatbush. Comment

All Saint’s Day slaying in Brooklyn

Residents of Kensington are being haunted by a Halloween-weekend slaying that’s rattled a quiet, tree-lined block that most Brooklynites never heard of. Comment

Plan to save arts education in District 18

School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) is fighting to save arts programs. Comment

Late borough bard Ken Siegelman gets street named for him

Brooklyn’s late poet laureate along with several longtime community activists will soon have intersections in southern Brooklyn named for them. Comment

Chase caper

Chase caper Comment

Sex, Death, and Curators at BETA Spaces 09

“Curator” is quickly becoming the buzz word of the fall, receiving a front page article in the New York Times Style Section.For Arts in Bushwick’s Steve Weintraub, who manages a gallery in Chelsea, the notion is silly. Comment

Brooklyn Bridge Park picks up national honor

A national organization recently bestowed Brooklyn Bridge Park with an award for their Comprehensive Waterfront Plans. Comment

63 pct on 27-minute delay: It was 911 operator’s fault, not ours

Cops from the 63rd Precinct weren’t sitting on their hands after all. Comment

Crime begins to ebb in Coney Island

By Stephen Witt Comment

Williams Coasts to Victory Over Defiant Stewart

It may have been one of the dirtiest campaigns in years, but City Councilmember Kendall Stewart’s Hail Mary pass sputtered and died as voters in the 45th Councilmanic District voted to elect his opponent, Democratic candidate Jumaane Williams, to replace him at City Hall. Comment

Reyna Wins Re-Election by 4,000 Votes

Williamsburg City Councilmember Diana Reyna has won re-election and a third term after a hard-fought rematch against her former colleague, Democratic District leader Martiza Davila. Comment

Jeers for “Soulless” CB13

Community Board 13 members are “soulless” for failing to join Brighton Beach residents in opposing Borough President Marty Markowitz’s controversial $64 million amphitheater project for Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment

Laptop looting

Crime: Thirty-two mini laptop computers were swiped from I.S. 259, the William McKinley school, in what police described as a well-thought-out heist. Comment

Brooklyn tastes better in red velvet

If the borough of Brooklyn has a signature dessert, it may be red velvet cake. Comment

Going your way?%A0Nah!

The Transportation Workers Union’s arbitration triumph is short-lived as charged members pack Cadman Plaza %u2013 en route to City Hall %u2013 for a “day of outrage” to battle the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s appeal, filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, which claims that an 11 percent raise over three years is “just and reasonable.” Comment

John Turturro among judges for Gottschalk sculpture

Five prominent Americans from the fields of art, academia, music and film have been named to a special Green-Wood Historic Fund selection committee, which will choose a new “Angel of Music” sculpture to grace the gravesite of legendary 19th century American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) in Historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment

Curb cut remedy gets some sour reviews

Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment

Fontbonne first Brooklyn team to make B/Q final since 2001

There’s a banner hanging up inside the gym at Fontbonne Hall listing the years of the Bonnies’ girls volleyball championships. The season accompanying the section labeled CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens titles is 1994. Comment

Bay Ridge’s Storybook Home on the Market

A Bay Ridge popular landmark — which is also an official New York City landmark — has hit the market. Comment

Bay Ridge Prep faculty run NYC Marathon

The day after running 26.2 miles through the five boroughs of New York City, five of Bay Ridge Prep’s longtime faculty members still showed up for work at 8 a.m. It might have been harder than usual to climb the stairs, but that is the small price to pay for being among the 40,000 runners from all over the world who gathered to run in the ING New York City Marathon. Comment

5th avenue car service gets halloween boost

BoroBeat: Fontbonne Hall Academy students are also spooktacular Rembrandts, judging from their Halloween artwork. Comment

Spooky happenings reported at Owl’s Head Pk

BoroBeat: If you thought daylight couldn’t send shivers down your spine, then you missed the spooktacular haunted walk at Owl’s Head Park. Comment

Community Board 10 lauds BRAVO ambulance

BoroBeat: BRAVO ambulance was in the spotlight at the October meeting of Community Board 10, as the volunteers that have kept the group running were lauded for their efforts on behalf of a late board member. Comment

Valley National bank goodies

BoroBeat: Valley National Bank employees at the store’s Bay Ridge location, 7726 Third Avenue, offered complimentary goodies — including frisbees, footballs, piggy banks, and pens — to potential clients signing up for free business checking accounts, free regular checking accounts with free on-line banking, and competitive residential mortgages. Comment

Sister slasher

Bay News: A broken computer in a Sheepshead Bay home sparked a bloody scene %u2013 on Halloween, no less -- in which a 28-year-old man slashed and stabbed his sister 15 times right in front of their pleading mother. Comment

Sunrise seniors prove%A0 trick or treating isn’t just for kids

Bay News: Sheepshead Bay seniors could hardly cloak their joy when they donned masks and ushered in All Hallow’s Eve with a hearty party at Sunrise Assisted Living. Comment

Brooklyn dancer has all the%A0right moves for reality TV

Bay News: She’s got the moves! Comment

Manhattan Beach to KCC: Corral speeders!

Bay News: Manhattan Beach residents are fed up with Kingsborough Community College students speeding through their community and parking illegally, and they want school administrators to do something about it. Comment

Life’s a beach: or it should be, park advocates say

Bay News: Fuggetabout the geese — local residents want Gateway’s beaches for their own fun in the sun. Comment

Parks doesn’t rule out amphitheater ULURP

Bay News: The “as-of-right” plan to construct a new $64 million amphitheater inside Asser Levy Park on Sea Breeze Avenuemight require community input after all, this paper has learned. Comment

Part of Lundy’s colorful history is sold

Bay News: Brooklyn archivist and historian Brian Merlis has announced the sale of his 1930s mosaic crest, which stood next to the entrance of Lundy’s Sheephead Bay Restaurant from the time it opened in the now-landmarked building, until its late 1980s closure. Comment

Location change for CEC 21 November meeting

Bay News: Community Education Council of District 21 has changed the location for its November 18 meeting to Public School 128, 2075 84th Street. Comment

Coney Island streets change directions, motorists surprised

Bay News: In Coney Island, modifications to help calm snarled streets are causing stress for motorists who say they had no clue when the changes would be initiated, or which streets would be affected. Comment

TV ‘Losers’ help launch ‘Take Your man to the Doctor’

Bay News: Although they’ve lost more than 120 pounds betweenthem, Crown Heights newlyweds Nicole Brewer and Damien Gurganious, of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser for Couples” fame, are no shrinking violets when it comes to helping kick-off the annual “Take Your Man to the Doctor” campaign outside Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street. Comment

Jeers for ‘soulless’ Community Bd. 13

Bay News: Community Board 13 members are “soulless” for failing to join Brighton Beach residents in opposing Borough President Marty Markowitz’s controversial $64 million amphitheater project for Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment

Twain students construct ‘solar ovens’

BoroBeat: Savvy students at Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented offered eco-buffs food for thought when they transformed empty pizza boxes into unique solar ovens, and then teamed up for a yummy field test. Comment

Hudson River Yacht Club gets spooky

BoroBeat: Wacky witches partied hearty with reveling phantoms as Halloween festivities got underway at the Hudson River Yacht Club. Comment

Former Giants running back fires up I.S. 288 students

BoroBeat: Former New York Giants running back Lee Rouson delivered a motivational speech to approximately 900 students at David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies-IS 228, urging them to “decide who you truly are.” Comment

State of Israel Bonds drive

BoroBeat: Mazel tov. Comment

Rapist search

Williamsburg: Police are asking area residents for any information about a sex attack in nearby Greenpoint. Comment

Mom killer fights%A0“exigent search”

Williamsburg: A man accused of killing his girlfriend and critically injuring the woman’s son in their Flatbush apartment has asked a judge to suppress the search where the slaying took place, even though cops busted in after they heard screams from inside the apartment and saw bloody handprints on the door. Comment

TV star hearts Brooklyn

Williamsburg: He’s a TV star, author, executive chef and Brooklynite! Comment

Brooklynite shines on

Williamsburg: She’s got the moves! Comment

Huge turnout at KCC College fair

Williamsburg: A-plus for attendance! More than two thousand students from across New York City seek the lowdown on higher education during a college fair at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Paul Martinka Comment

‘In Pursuit of Freedom’

Williamsburg: Remembering Brooklyn’s history in fighting off the evils of American slavery will get easier thanks to two federal grants totaling $1.336 million. Comment

Mr. Perfect: Brooklyn teen rolls 300 game

Williamsburg: Just call him the Walter Ray Williams of Brooklyn. Comment

Tricks & treats on parade

Williamsburg: Howling festivities were the order of the day as mom, dad and the kids joined like-minded frolickers for a Halloween parade in Williamsburg, accompanied by the snazzy sounds of the NYPD Jazz Band. Comment

Brooklyn senior poses nearly nude

Williamsburg: A 90-year-old borough native has become a pin-up in an upcoming 2010 calendar. Comment

Meeting on Newtown Creek Superfund status

Williamsburg: The Newtown Creek Alliance has invited the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address their recent Superfund recommendation for Newtown Creek, one of the state’s most polluted estuaries. Comment

34th Race Hinges on Churches with One Week to Go

Williamsburg: These council candidates are sending out a prayer. Comment

Guv Woes? No! K-Bridge A Go-Go.

Williamsburg: Kosciuszko Bridge plans are moving forward. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Williamsburg: Add City Councilmember Domenic Recchia to the chorus of Coney Island watchers directing jeers at Broadway bigwig Andrew Lloyd Webber. Comment

Special delivery to%A0homebound neighbors

Williamsburg: Homebound seniors won’t go hungry if Old Man Winter delays delivery of their meals %u2013 thanks to new emergency food program by Citymeals-on-Wheels. Comment

Caregivers resource fair

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition & Long Island University’s Department of Social Work, NYC Department for the Aging, Grandparents Resource Center present a Fall Resource Fair for Kincaregivers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 6 in the Paramount Gym at LIU, corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues. Comment

The Pearl Room salutes America’s Wounded Warriors

Williamsburg: The Pearl Room Restaurant, 8203 Third Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, will open up its doors for America’s wounded soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan, November 9 at 7 p.m. Comment

Nestle Gives $350K for New Park Playground

Williamsburg: One year after the State Parks Department revealed they would close East River State Park during the winter months, state officials announced that a new playground will be constructed along the East River in a public-private partnership with Nestlé USA. Comment

New York City Now Has Its Own Billy’s Law

Williamsburg: Four years after New York State passed legislation to mandate oversight and accountability when developmentally disabled youngsters are sent out of state for education and treatment, the city has enacted its own legislation meant to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens. Comment

Brooklyn Brewery receives state funds

Williamsburg: The bootlegging barons of the prohibition era must be smiling in their graves. Comment

Paper Garden Playground At 3rd Ward

Williamsburg: 3rd Ward Brooklyn (195 Morgan Avenue, Williamsburg) is quickly becoming the go-to venue for vibrant, multipurpose arts and music performances. Comment

Change they can’t believe in

Williamsburg: Anti-war protesters in Brooklyn marked the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan last week with a rain-swept vigil outside Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Bernard Kerik: from crime-fighter to crook

Williamsburg: When a cop commits a crime, the corrupted line of blue makes law-abiders see red. Comment

Finding sisterhood inside ACIM’s warm embrace

Williamsburg: There’s something to be said for women’s groups. Yes in the liberating 60’s, women wanted to get into men’s clubs. And I must admit as a youth I wanted that as well. Why shouldn’t women be allowed in -- we’re all equal, aren’t we? Comment

Didja misplace $20K too?

Williamsburg: WWW.NAUPA.ORG - that’s the Internet address that may make you a few bucks richer. I’ve written about it several times and received some nice thank you notes from readers who were able to recover […] Comment

iGrab

Brooklyn Courier: Cops are looking for a fast-moving thief who swiped an iPhone from an area woman. Comment

Halloween treat: 39th District race is - interesting!

Brooklyn Courier: Historically, Brooklyn politics are never looked at as an “anything can happen” paradigm. Usually whoever wins the Democratic primary wins the general election. That’s it. Case closed. End of story. Comment

Black Solidarity Day at Tech

Brooklyn Courier: Accomplished scholar and historian Dr. Clarence Taylor and Abyssinian Baptist Church Reverend Violet Dease will discuss “Black Church, Politicsand the African American Community,” as part of “Black Solidarity Day” at New York City College of Technology, November 2, 11 a.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary Street), Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Celebrity chef’s main ingredient - BK

Brooklyn Courier: He’s a TV star, author, executive chef and Brooklynite! Comment

Chamber wary of%A0government regulation

Brooklyn Courier: Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment

Living Off 5th Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue Committee brought its board members and financiers on a Prevost bus this week for a tour of its latest construction projects, and its staff members were repeatedly greeted with the same question: When can we move in? Comment

Halloween trick or treating with social consciousness

Brooklyn Courier: The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District celebrated its fourth annual Halloween Spooky-tacular event, hosted by the Pacific Street Bears Community Garden.More than 150 children from the Park Slope/Prospect Heights neighborhoods attended. Comment

Kid masks are no Halloween treats

Brooklyn Courier: Local teens from Starting Artists, a non-profit benefiting underserved Brooklyn teens through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship, started an “Airborne Contaminants Masks” project at their local, artspace, 211 Smith Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, in response to their feelings about living near the polluted waters and banks of the toxic Gowanus Canal. Comment

St. Michael watches over Santo Matarazzo

Brooklyn Courier: One of the last wishes of “Mr. Brownstone” has come true. Comment

Shoppers serenaded along 5th Avenue

BoroBeat: Music always makes it snazzy. Comment

Come See a muppet classic

BoroBeat: Regal Entertainment Group will host a very Muppet evening with “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and special guest speaker Roscoe Orman aka “Gordon” from “Sesame Street” to help support the charitable outreach of the non-profit Puppetry Arts on November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Stare smackdown

Kings Courier: A 34-year-old man was attacked with a baseball bat when a simple stare-down went horribly awry, police alleged. Comment

Parched malls in need of irrigation

Kings Courier: The grassy malls running through Victorian Flatbush are 100 years old and boy, are they parched. Comment

Bike lanes jeered on Gerritsen

Kings Courier: Talk about bad timing. Comment

China goes to the head of the class

Kings Courier: Educators traveled all the way from China to visit the students and staff from Public School 255, selected from a pool of hundreds of public schools in New York City as a model of excellence, to host the visitors from the Peoples’ Republic. Comment

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic collects non-perishables for Thanksgiving drive

Kings Courier: The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is collecting donations of non-perishable foods for distribution to needy members of the community in time for Thanksgiving. Comment

Stalled construction%A0gets goosed

Kings Courier: Faced with an increase in stalled construction projects -- which often turn into neighborhood eyesores -- the City Council has passed legislation whose goal is to encourage developers to keep up their properties. Comment

Temple gets O.K. to expand

Kings Courier: A city panel earlier this month approved a briefly controversial variance request by a local synagogue, giving its unanimous blessing to the house of worship’s expansion plans. Comment

Parents protest school bake sale ban

Kings Courier: Don’t hate on cupcakes! Comment

High turnout at Manhattan beach college fair

BoroBeat: A-plus for attendance! More than two thousand students from across New York City seek the lowdown on higher education during a college fair at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach. Photo by Paul Martinka Comment

Special salute to the literary lion cubs of summer

BoroBeat: Pint-sized wordsmiths at Public School 207 took a word journey on the road to success when Assemblymember Alan Maisel feted them with awards for completing a summer literacy assignment. Comment

Livery looting

Flatbush: A livery cab driver was robbed of his property as he took two passengers through East Flatbush last week. Comment

‘Big boxes’ at home in Bklyn

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

East Flatbush streets plagued with violent crime

Flatbush: Despite hard-working cops, violent crime continues to ebb up on the streets of East Flatbush, according to police statistics. Comment

New Kensington library to be ‘eco-friendly’

BoroBeat: The Brooklyn Public Library is going green %u2013 and to mark the occasion officials joined local students and area dignitaries to break ground on the archive’s first eco-friendly building in Kensington. Comment

Lobby looting

Brooklyn Courier: Two gun-toting toughs are being sought for a robbery on Baltic Street. Comment

Curtain goes up on a Muppet classic

Brooklyn Courier: Regal Entertainment Group will host a very Muppet evening with “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and special guest speaker Roscoe Orman aka “Gordon” from “Sesame Street” to help support the charitable outreach of the non-profit Puppetry Arts on November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Restaurant Mecca Welcomes New Culinary Arts Cooking Class

Brooklyn Courier: On a recent Tuesday afternoon, room B31 in the basement of Carroll Gardens’ High School For International Studies at 284 Baltic St, was filled up with a mouth watering smell. Inside, 15 students and their teacher, all dressed in white chef coats, were cutting tomatoes, pealing onions, and mixing ingredients in silver bowls and pans, preparing a wide range of dishes, from rice pudding, to gazpacho soup and tasty empanadas. “I like creating and mixing things, it’s very fun,” smiles Kassandra, 15, who was in the process of baking rice pudding. “It takes out a lot of the stress from school.” Comment

Special delivery for the homebound

BoroBeat: Homebound seniors won’t go hungry if Old Man Winter delays delivery of their meals %u2013 thanks to new emergency food program by Citymeals-on-Wheels. Comment

All aboard for a trip to the market

BoroBeat: Welcome aboard the “Market Ride.” Comment

Gang link to shooting

Canarsie: Detectives believe that the ongoing rivalry between the Bloods and Crips street gangs may have lead to last week’s shooting death of a 17-year-old. Comment

Bernard Kerik: From crime-fighter to crook

Canarsie: When a cop commits a crime, the corrupted line of blue makes law-abiders see red. Comment

Life’s a beach: or should be, they say

Canarsie: Fuggetabout the geese — local residents want Gateway’s beaches for their own fun in the sun. Comment

Halloween Walk and Fair

Canarsie: State Senator Marty Golden is hosting the 2009 Halloween Walk & Fair, October 31, beginning at 2 p.m., at Owl’s Head Park, 67th Street and Colonial Road in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Foreclosures put Canarsie homeowners on edge

Canarsie: Hard-pressed Canarsie homeowners struggling to keep their American Dream alive turned out for State Senator John Sampson’s Community Advisory Meeting held this weekend at Holy Family Church on Flatlands Avenue. Comment

Campaign Aims to Put Pressure on DOE to Restore Arts Education

Canarsie: In order to retain arts in public education, parents need to make some noise. Comment

CB18 wishes for survival

Canarsie: High on Community Board 18’s list of items it wants the city to address in next fiscal year’s budget is something close to its heart — its own existence. Comment

Brooklyn Politics

Canarsie: Green Party candidate David Pechefsky may or may not be victorious in his bid for the 39th District’s New YorkCity Council seat next week, buthe’s sure injected some sorely-needed adrenaline into an otherwise anemic election cycle. Comment

No love for Webber

Canarsie: Add City Councilmember Domenic Recchia to the chorus of Coney Island watchers directing jeers at Broadway bigwig Andrew Lloyd Webber. Comment

At the head of the Columbus Parade

Canarsie: The 28th annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, sponsored in part by the Federation of Italian-American Organization (FIAO) honored FIAO Grand Marshals Louise Verdemare-Alfano, Anthony W. Cromwell and Hon. Luigi R. Marano. Comment

Hadassah focuses on women’s health

Canarsie: Hadassah Brooklyn Region, in cooperation with the Sisterhood of East Midwood Jewish Center, presents “An Evening of Awareness on Women’s Health” featuring the doctors and staff of Maimonides Medical Center, November 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue. Comment

Boost for%A0‘In Pursuit of Freedom’

Canarsie: Remembering Brooklyn’s history in fighting off the evils of American slavery will get easier thanks to two federal grants totaling $1.336 million. Comment

Afternoon horror: Canarsie teen attacked, nearly raped

Canarsie: A 14-year-old girl was grabbed and nearly raped during a confrontation with a knife-wielding lunatic Tuesday, police said. Comment

New York City College of Technology hosts open house

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology’s Fall 2009 Open House, November 8, from 1-4 p.m., in Downtown Brooklyn, is your chance to find out about the enormous opportunities available to students. The Open House will be held in the Klitgord Center Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary). Comment

Kingsbrook hosts Breast Cancer forum

Canarsie: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Day, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lillian Minkin Ballroom on Kingsbrook’s main campus, 585 Schenectady Avenue between Winthrop Street and Rutland Road. Comment

Underage voters at the polls

Canarsie: Kids get to practice voting for New York City Mayor during Election Day celebrations at Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House, November 3 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

Cinema wrestlers to grapple in Bklyn

Canarsie: Two stars from this year’s Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning drama, “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke in an historic comeback role, will square off in the ring at the St. Athanasius parish auditorium, 6120 Bay Parkway, Saturday night, May 16. Comment

Martial Arts throwdown is a show-stopper

Canarsie: Combat at the Capitale, presented a night of Mixed Martial Arts, (MMA),in Chinatown. Numerous fighters paired up to demonstrate their talents in Kickboxing and Muay Thai, an ancient martial arts style developed in Thailand. Comment

Product recalls rock BK

Canarsie: Every year since 2005, Brooklyn has been the borough with the greatest number of food products recalled because of a host of violations, data compiled by a federal lawmaker revealed recently. Comment

Kincaregivers’ resource fair

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition & Long Island University’s Department of Social Work, NYC Department for the Aging, Grandparents Resource Center present a Fall Resource Fair for Kincaregivers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 6 in the Paramount Gym at LIU, corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues. Comment

Flatbush follies: Mud flies in Stewart

Canarsie: When it comes to campaign politics, City Councilmember Kendall Stewart has gone to the dark side. Comment

Kid philanthropy at Aviator Sports complex

Canarsie: “Kids Make a Difference.” Comment

Area teen rolls a perfect game

Canarsie: Just call him the Walter Ray Williams of Brooklyn. Comment

Lions%A0masquerade

Canarsie: Whatta phantastic frolic! Comment

HEAP assistance Information

Canarsie: Severe weather and a poor economy pose serious risks to working families and the elderly during the winter. To help those vulnerable households meet their home-heating needs this winter, it’s strongly encourage that eligible residentssign up for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP is a federally funded program that issues financial assistance to help with a household’s heating cost. Comment

Kearney, Xaverian douse Firebirds

High School Sports: Caution: Zack Kearney is slippery when wet. Comment

McMillan leaves Lincoln, returns to Uniondale

High School Sports: Devon (Fatty) McMillan’s second stint at Lincoln lasted barely over a month. The Hofstra-bound senior, who spent his first two years of high school at the Coney Island powerhouse, is back at Uniondale (L.I.). Comment

Mazel Tov: Mill Basin Deli celebrates 36th Anniversary

BoroBeat: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, shared a pastrami on rye with deli owner Mark Schachner during a recent stop at the Mill Basin Kosher Deli, 5823 Avenue T. Comment

Read it loud, read it proud

BoroBeat: Storytellers wowed an eager-eyed bunch with the good word during a literacy day at Public School 249. Comment

110 years of worship on East 19th Street

BoroBeat: The faithful helped hail a milestone when the Flatbush Tompkins Congregational Church celebrated its 110th anniversary with a special service in Ditmas Park. Comment

Fifth annual Brooklyn town hall forum held in the Menorah Home and Hospital.

BoroBeat: The Metropolitan Jewish Health System and the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC) brought together leaders from state and city offices as well as the caregiving community for the fifth annual Brooklyn town hall forum. Comment

CNR honors community leaders

BoroBeat: Pictured from left are Dr. Wesner Moise, Richard Kuo, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Clari Gilbert, Suleika Cabera-Drinane, and Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries. Comment

Make way for the ‘Enviromedia mobile’

BoroBeat: Brooklyn’s “traveling nature and maritime museum on wheels” cruised into Borough Hall Plaza, drawing “oohs” and “aahs” from visitors smitten by its treasure trove of eco-friendly exhibits and nuggets of information about the urban estuary and watershed. Comment

Rap superstar helps inspires kids to read

BoroBeat: Lil’ Mama was in da house to take budding bookworms on a record-breaking word journey at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment

Curtain goes up on ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan’

Brooklyn Heights: Regal Entertainment Group will host a very Muppet evening with “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and special guest speaker Roscoe Orman aka “Gordon” from “Sesame Street” to help support the charitable outreach of the non-profit Puppetry Arts on November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 12, 106Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Heads up, tix coming

Brooklyn Heights: Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill residents have to start being on the lookout for traffic enforcement officers. Comment

Shredding events sponsored by the Hoyt Street Association

Brooklyn Heights: Mark your calendar for two shredding events sponsored by the Hoyt Street Association: November 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoyt Street Garden, corner of Hoyt Street and Atlantic Avenue; and November 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the David Foulke Garden, Bergen Street, west of Nevins Street. Comment

Woof, woof and trick or treat everybody

Brooklyn Heights: Happy Howl-a-ween! Comment

Drunk drivers targeted in 84th Precinct

Brooklyn Heights: It’s never a good idea to drive while intoxicated — especially in the 84th Precinct, where chances are you’ll be caught. Comment

Rubbed on the rails

Brooklyn Heights: A 37-year-old straphanger was arrested last week after he rubbed up against a woman on a local 4 train rolling through downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Top cop honored

Brooklyn Heights: Officer Cesar Valerio isn’t wasting any time. Comment

Ballroom gives way to belly dancing

Bay News: Loyal readers know that I’ve taught ballroom dancing for over 53 years and still teach classes twice a week at Seth Low IS 96 for the FIAO Beacon Community Center. My readers also know the size of my girth and probably cannot fathom where I could ever find a ballroom large enough to accommodate my belly dancing or a structure strong enough to sustain my belly’s gyrations on it, which was been recorded as 3.2 on the Richter scale Comment

Campaign ‘tricks’ at former 34 candidate’s home

Former City Council candidate Gerry Esposito may be the victim of campaign trickery, as his Williamsburg property was vandalized in the early hours of October 30. Comment

Brooklyn bishop bestows blessing on Dem boss’ candidates

Williamsburg residents have been receiving a higher calling this week: an automated message from Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio urging voters to support Assemblymember and Kings County Democratic Chair Vito Lopez and his candidates in next Tuesday’s election. Comment

Project Envision Wants to Prevent Sexual Violence in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Overall crime may be down in Williamsburg, but a new study focusing on sexual violence indicated that 48 percent neighborhood residents surveyed in focused groups have experienced unwanted sexual advances after the age of 15, and 34 percent have before the age of 15. Comment

Wagner Casts Shadow over BLS Consolidation

As scores of Brooklyn residents and legal advocates began publicly protesting plans to consolidate the branches of Brooklyn Legal Services, the memory of deceased attorney Rick Wagner loomed large over the demonstrations. Comment

Down to the wire with Dave

Williamsburg: Green Party candidate David Pechefsky may or may not be victorious in his bid for the 39th District’s New YorkCity Council seat next week, buthe’s sure injected some sorely-needed adrenaline into an otherwise anemic election cycle. Comment

Board Calls for More Precise Language from DCP

Those on the front lines of the curb cut wars are pleased that the Department of City Planning (DCP) is trying to eliminate loopholes in the city’s zoning text that allow noncontextual driveways to be constructed in front of attached homes in areas where they were supposed to be prohibited. Comment

Tenants Take to the Street to Protest Living Conditions

Tenants of two Flatbush apartment buildings gathered last week outside the Williamsburg home of their landlord to shine a spotlight on the horrific living conditions they are forced to endure. Comment

Pulaski Bridge Defenders Make Bid to Form Coalition

North Brooklyn and Eastern Queens community leaders have formed a nascent coalition to address finding a way to better accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and motorists using the congested Pulaski Bridge. Comment

Dem’s Brooklyn roots may help him in fight for the 50th

If you want to fight the Republicans on their own turf, you need a fair share of Brooklyn moxie. That’s something Democrat James Pocchia has plenty of. Comment

Bare fiction: World’s Fastest Nudist isn’t real

Williamsburg: The World’s Fastest Nudist is as fictional as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, it was revealed this week. Comment

Talking Trash at Local Civic

They’re not quite Hansel and Gretel, but students at two local educational institutions have been leaving quite a trail behind them as they walk to and from school. Comment

Say Cheesecake! Brooklyn Pols Hobnob at Juniors

Halloween stands for costumes and candy for most Brooklynites, but for the borough’s left-leaning political leaders, the haunted holiday can only mean one thing: Junior’s. Comment

“Rocking” Victorian Flatbush: Plans for H Station Rehab Include Artwork for Porch

The long-awaited renovation of the historic train station at Avenue H will include something not often seen at Brooklyn stations: Sculpture that is not only meant for viewing, but also as a perch for passengers. Comment

Ghoulish gangs to hit the streets this Halloween

Canarsie: On this All Hallow’s Eve, ghouls and goblins won’t be the only ones seen hitting the streets of Canarsie. Comment

Cops Planning for Peaceful Halloween with Treats, Not Tricks

Local cops are reaching out to community residents and businesspeople for help in controlling Halloween mischief. Comment

Clarke urged to support Superfund

Brooklyn Courier: Despite most of her colleagues in local government offering an opinion on the designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site, Rep. Yvette Clarke has largely remained silent — and the Carroll Gardens Coalition for Respectful Development (CORD) is hoping she speaks up soon. Comment

Mom killer fights “exigent search”

Mom killer fights “exigent search” Comment

Heights residents fight tourist choppers

Brooklyn Heights: As this paper went to press, the Brooklyn Heights Association was set to meet with city officials over the helicopter tourist industry’s increase of traffic in their neighborhood. Comment

Brooklynite shines on “So You Think You Can Dance”

She’s got the moves! Comment

Condos for the poor

A coalition of non-profit groups came to Downtown Brooklyn last week demanding the city take over troubled condos and stalled construction sites, and turn them into housing for very low-income residents. Comment

Carroll Gardens rezoning approved, 100th in city

Brooklyn Courier: The City Council this week unanimously approved a rezoning plan for Carroll Gardens, a measure intended to preserve in perpetuity the neighborhood’s charming low-rise aesthetic. Comment

Middle school search in District 15

With the middle school application process underway, parents and students should consider all of the junior highs in School District 15 and not just the ones with the best reputations. Comment

Canarsie Parking Lot Becomes Ad Hoc Thoroughfare

Speeding cars continue to be a problem in the southernmost portion of Canarsie. Comment

Third Street concerned over Slope Halloween parade

Brooklyn Courier: Everyone loves a parade, don’t they? Comment

Gun collar lead to Cop of the Month awards

When crime spikes in an area of a precinct, a police conditions team is dispatched to catch the bad guys and bring order back to the streets. Comment

Manhunt remains for killer caught on videotape

While crime continues to plummet on the streets of Flatbush, one killer remains at large and police continue to seek the public’s help. Comment

Armory to open in November

Three months behind schedule, the renovated athletic facility in the Park Slope Armory is expected to open its doors in November, an official there said this week. Comment

Rep. Towns subpoenas documents dealing with sub-prime mortgage scandal

Brooklyn Courier: Police are continuing to monitor an assortment of gangs that continue to flourish in the Coney Island and Brighton Beach area. Comment

Synagogue expansion gets city nod

A city panel earlier this month approved a briefly controversial variance request by a local synagogue, giving its unanimous blessing to the house of worship’s expansion plans. Comment

BSA frustrates CB14

Kings Courier: Community Board 14’s frustration with the Board of Standards & Appeals and its tendency to ignore their special permit recommendations has some members wondering why they even bother considering building applications in the first place. Comment

Diabetic devil

Crime: Over $2,600 in blood glucose strips were swiped from an area Duane Reade pharmacy, police were told last week. Comment

Board Sets Budget Priorities for Next Fiscal Year

For those who have attended Community Board 10 budget hearings over the years, the board’s choice of priorities will come as no surprise. Comment

Third Avenue salutes community stars

Members of the Bay Ridge business community %u2013 among them, a restaurateur, a banker and an accountant %u2013 were hailed for their efforts to revitalize the local commercial strip when the Merchants of Third Avenue held its annual civic awards ceremony at Cafe Remy. Comment

Garden Club’s roots are deep at 75

From tracking the deadly Asian Long-horned beetle to beautifying theneighborhood with trees, Brooklyn’s ‘gold coast’ can attribute much of its lushness to the Garden Club of Bay Ridge. Comment

Breaking the bank for big bucks in Bay Ridge

Hundreds of men, women and families from Bay Ridge and around Brooklyn crowded into Amalgamated Bank’s Bay Ridge branch at 426 86th Street to take a shot at “Breaking the Bank” and winning $100,000. Comment

St. Anselm hosts Resume workshop

The St. Anselm’s Parish Pastoral Council’s Workforce Ministry Committee will host a “Resume Writing Techniques and Critiques Workshop,” November 5, 7 p.m., at St. Anselm’s School, 365 83rd Street. Comment

Full Speed Ahead for O’Keefe Tribute

Rosemarie O’Keefe loved Bay Ridge, and it’s clear that Bay Ridge loved her, too. Comment

Praise the Lord! Mortgage free at last

After Sunday’s service, Rev. Paul Knudsen, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, set fire to the church’s mortgage, leaving the Bay Ridge institution debt free for the first time in nearly 50 years and for only the second time in the church’s 105-year history. Comment

Adelaide Kassenbrock Dies

Adelaide Kassenbrock, the grand lady of Bay Ridge whose generous spirit and unflagging sense of volunteerism earned her local acclaim, died Oct. 22 in Highland Lakes, NJ. She was 91 years old. Comment

Guild celebrates 51 years

Anniversary celebrations were on the agenda for the Guild for Exceptional Children when the service agency, who “builds brighter futures,” marked 51 years of service to Brooklyn’s disabled community with a dinner dance at El Caribe Country Club. Comment

Crime Continues to Plummet in the Nabe

Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights are safer than they were a year ago. Comment

No pistols at Bay Ridge health care town hall

Bay Ridge resident Kirsten Firminger listened quietly through the entire event. Rep. Michael McMahon, who had called the health care town hall, spoke first, going through a slide show of charts and graphs outlining the primary prospective reform bills — HR 3200 in the House and the recently-passed Senate finance committee bill — before opening the floor for questions with two caveats: no signs, no yelling. Comment

Costumed canines prowl the neighborhood

BoroBeat: Happy Howl-a-ween. Comment

Leif Ericson Pk hosts haunted halloween bash

BoroBeat: The emerald empire sparkled with bright-eyed youngsters, who united for gourds of fun during a Halloween frolic at Leif Ericson Park. Comment

Help find them

Bay News: Police are seeking the public’s help in their search for two people reported missing over the last week. Comment

Time for voters to speak at the polls

Bay News: This year’s city-wide election is deeper in the hands of the voters than ever before. Comment

District 21 CEC welcomes new president

Bay News: School District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has finally elected a president. Comment

Construction at Fort Hamilton Will Support Specialized Hazmat Team

Bay News: There’s going to be even more construction at Fort Hamilton. Comment

Possible zoning changes for P.S. 128 and I.S. 690

Bay News: Two Bensonhurst schools want to form a partnership. Comment

Weiner reunites hero with family he saved from Sheepshead Bay

Bay News: Representative Anthony Weiner reunited, for the first time since the accident, Keith Gorman with Alla Yelizarov and her two daughters Rebecca and Tayla, the family he rescued from Sheepshead Bay after their car plunged into the water. Comment

Community Education Council holds New School Teams meeting

Bay News: District 20 invites all to attend a Community Education Council (CEC) 20 meeting on “Presentations by Potential New School Teams,” proposals submitted to the office of Portfolio & Development for new school sites in District 20. Comment

Weichert Realtors celebrate opening of new outlet in Dyker Heights

Bay News: Bogeymen boogied with friendly fiends and ghoulies pressed flesh with ghosties as thrill seekers followed the yellow brick road to the grand opening of Weichert, Realtors-The Franzese Group’s new location in Dyker Heights %u2013 complete with a Halloween romp for the community. Comment

Gang-land: Brighton, Coney

Bay News: Police are continuing to monitor an assortment of gangs that continue to flourish in the Coney Island and Brighton Beach area. Comment

Eagle court of Honor’s new 9%A0

Bay News: Nine Troop 531 scouts were hailed with the organization’s highest laurel when they were inducted into the Eagle Court of Honor during a pomp-filled ceremony at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church. Comment

Something wickedly fun on the block

Bay News: Brrr-ave Halloween frolickers are in for a bone-chilling thrill when they happen upon the Lagonigro residence this All Hallow’s Eve. Comment

Testifying to dark history

Bay News: The fortitude and indomitable spirit of Holocaust survivors was celebrated with words of awe and wonder during a luncheon tribute at Shang Chai Restaurant. Comment

‘Lovers & Other Strangers’ in Ridge

Bay News: The Ridge Repertory Company presents “Lovers & Other Strangers,” a 1968 comedy by Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna about love & relationships, November 1 at 4 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn gas main break leads to evacuation

Bay News: A gas main break led to over a dozen homes being evacuated in Bath Beach Thursday. Comment

Bishop Kearney High School brings “Flapper!” to stage

BoroBeat: The students and staff of Bishop Kearney High School’s Kearney Players are hard at work on their production of “Flapper!,” a little known gem from Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., combining Tim Kelly’s flair for madcap comedy with Bill Francoeur’s witty lyrics and lively music. Comment

Brooklynites race against violence with W.A.V.

BoroBeat: Big-hearted Brooklynites pounded the pavement against the perils of aggressive behavior during the 11th annual “Race Against Violence” at John Paul Jones Park. Comment

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