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DeBlasio caught in the act

Editorial: The Brooklyn Paper has put incoming Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio on notice, thanks to his quite-un-public effort to help a Carroll Gardens school last week. Comments (10)

Here’s a live poultry market with a Yuppie coffee bar twist

Shopping: Every Brooklynite has a discount card for his friendly neighborhood coffee shop — buy 10 coffees, get one free. Finally, this vital customer service has come to live poultry. Comments (3)

Goodbye blue Monday — Ratner’s tax-free bonds may go on sale within days

Atlantic Yards: Get ’em while they’re hot! The tax-exempt bonds that are critical to financing the Atlantic Yards arena are set to go on the market next week — and they’re expected to sell faster than you can say “land grab.” Comments (7)
Bushwick: The City Council’s Land Use Committee passed the controversial Broadway Triangle plan this week, all but clearing the way for approval from the full body — despite continuing outrage from a Bushwick councilwoman who opposes it. Comments (9)

The mailbag is full

Letters: We received letters about the ongoing restaurant labor controversy in Park Slope, Fresh Direct trucks, Norah Jones’s windows, shoddy construction and, of course, ourselves! Comments (1)

Another year on tap for ‘pool’ parties in East River State Park

Music: At ease, hipsters, it now looks like the “pool parties” will be back this summer. Comment

Drummer tapped

Carroll Gardens: A musician is found dead in his Carroll Gardens apartment. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (2)
Williamsburg: It looks like an instrument out of the Mos Eisley cantina in “Star Wars,” and appropriately enough, its eccentric inventor has dubbed it “Guitar2-D2.” Comments (2)

Bill-der-dash! DeBlasio backtracks on exemption for private school

Carroll Gardens: Outgoing Councilman Bill DeBlasio has backtracked on his secretive effort to allow a politically connected private school to move ahead with a two-story extension atop of the courtyards that give Carroll Gardens is very character. Comments (6)
Bridge ‘Park’: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s ill-fated Piers 2 and 3, which were essentially put on the back-burner when the park’s price tag topped $300 million last year, would be back in the picture if the city is given control of the long-delayed greenspace. Comments (7)

Lutheran synod finally speaks out about Bethlehem church battle

Boerum Hill: The governing body of local Lutheran churches has finally fired back — albeit in the form of a press release — against charges that it illegally locked out the congregation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Comments (3)

Returned to senders! Mailman is back at Cadman Towers

Brooklyn Heights: Hundreds of residents of a Brooklyn Heights apartment tower hailed the return of their beloved letter carrier, four months after their building had been removed from his route amid supposed budget shortfalls. Comments (1)
Dining: Finally, there’s a genuine Egyptian hot sauce — made and bottled in Park Slope. Comments (9)
Bloomy in the ’Hood: This pool project is really happening. Get your swim trunks ready — for 2012. Comments (4)

Smartmom chaperones a Marriott sleepover

Smartmom: When Luvbud’s mom bails, Smartmom is called in to be the chaperone for a five-girl sleepover. Comment

Can’t tell a Baa3 from an Aaa? Let the Explainer explain it all to you

The Explainer: The state is about to issue bonds to pay for the Atlantic Yards. But what’s it all mean? We asked The Explainer. Comments (2)

Bloomy: Housing in ‘park’ is still the plan

Bridge ‘Park’: So much for that Daily News “exclusive” this morning. Comments (16)

DeBlasio carves out exception for well-connected school

Carroll Gardens: Has Councilman Bill DeBlasio sold out his district in one of his last official acts before becoming public advocate? Comments (7)
Cobble Hill: BookCourt was slouching towards Bethlehem to be born as Jonathan Lethem finished his “Chronic City” tour with a seemingly endless reading that ended in the wee hours on Saturday. Comment
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Here’s another reason why the would-be developer of an 800-unit apartment complex on the South Williamsburg waterfront is so desperate to get his site’s zoning changed from manufacturing to residential: He’s belly up. Comments (8)

The Butcher has his yuletide hatchet out

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The two pre-eminent Brownstone Brooklyn theater companies — the Heights Players and the Gallery Players — have trotted out hoary old Christmas “classics” this season. How do they stack up? Click on the reviews below to see what our Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension thought of both.
Dining: Take a fashion guru’s interior design skills and mix it with the small plates of Spain and the cocktails of a hipster lounge and you have Bar Celona, the hot new tapas bar in Williamsburg. Comment

Tunnel rat sought

Williamsburg: A thief who spent a lot of time and energy burrowing a hole into a Lee Avenue medical office must have been quite surprised to learn that the money he was hoping to find had been placed somewhere else. Comment

Worldwide march for peace reaches Bklyn

Williamsburg: A historic three-month peace rally through more than 100 countries on four continents arrived to a jubilant welcome in Brooklyn where a convoy of New Yorkers representing more than 100 cultures and including hundreds of children, teachers, religious leaders, city officials and grassroots gladiators feted the international team of marchers with a two-day assembly. Comment

Political news around the borough

Williamsburg: Council member David Yassky is making the rounds this month, saying goodbye to the community groups in his district which meant the most to his professional career. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

Williamsburg: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. 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

Ferry service spinning its wheels

Williamsburg: The New York Water Taxi Service is carrying more than water. Comment

Chamber of Commerce wary of regulation

Williamsburg: 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

Broadway Triangle Postponed, Opponents Edgy

Williamsburg: After a request for a recess from Speaker Christine Quinn, the City Council will not vote on the Broadway Triangle rezoning plan this week as expected, making a vote likely to occur just before the city’s land use process expires on December 9. Comment

Teresa Toro Resigns

Williamsburg: Greenpoint resident Teresa Toro has announced her resignation from Community Board 1, where she has served as its Transportation Committee chair for the past seven years. Comment

Rose Plaza pruned

Williamsburg: Community Board 1 decisively rejected the Rose Plaza developer’s application to rezone 3.7 acres of land on the South Williamsburg waterfront for residential use, giving the project a negative recommendation as it advances through the city’s ULURP process. Comment

City officials meet to discuss Newtown Creek response

Williamsburg: City officials met with elected official representatives and North Brooklyn community leaders this week to outline their response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund recommendation for Newtown Creek. Comment

Nets arena go-ahead gets more good news

Williamsburg: It’s all systems go for the Brooklyn Nets arena, and perhaps an NBA championship banner hanging from the rafters following the 2011-12 playoffs in the borough. Comment

Focus on Health:%A0The sobering truth about ‘brain attacks’

Williamsburg: A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Comment

Children struck on Marcy Avenue

Williamsburg: Two children were rushed to the hospital following a harrowing Friday afternoon motor vehicle accident on Marcy Avenue. Comment

Brunch with Santa

Williamsburg: It might be his busy season, but Santa is still making time to have brunch on December 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 N. 3rd Street at Berry Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Comment

Education re-imagined

Editorial: New Yorkers have given Mayor Michael Bloomberg a mandate to improve education for our children for another four years. You’d think that after the battle to restore mayoral control of the schools and endless pre-election political jousting, people would be tired of the subject, but the intensity of Education Voters’ community dialogues show that this is clearly not the case. Comment

Who really cares what the D.C. sniper had for his last meal?

Williamsburg: Whenever I’m bored, which is rarely, or I can’t sleep, which is often, I pass the time by reading the major newspapers of different American cites on the Internet. On the night after the DC […] Comment

High time for a global convention on Islam

Williamsburg: The seamy South Side, Chicago, enclave in which President Obama polished his political chops is no match for the planet’s crummiest ghetto: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Comment

Grandma Roses has a hot plate waiting for you

BoroBeat: If nostalgia for Italian Williamsburg were a meal, there is no doubt Grandma Roses owner John Ricco would find a way to put it on his menu. Comment

Comics festival conquers Williamsburg

BoroBeat: Zoinks! Comment

Surprise visitor

Brooklyn Courier: A 33-year-old man returned to his apartment on Eighth Avenue to find an unwanted visitor admiring his things. Comment

PS Civic Council hosting the 15th Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Brooklyn Courier: Brighten the holidays for a needy child by donating a book or toy to the Park Slope Civic Council’s 15th annual Toys for Tots drive. From Thanksgiving until New Year’s the Civic Council collects new unwrapped gifts for children ages ten and under at several locations in the Slope. All the toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need. You can drop your gift off at the following locations: Astoria Federal Savings (both sites), Back to the Land Natural Foods, Citibank, the Community Book Store, Little Things Toy Store, the Old First Reformed Church, Orrichio Anderson Realty, the Church of St. Saviour, St. Augustine Church, New Millennium Real Estate, Scottadito Restaurant, and the Prospect Park YMCA. Comment

Fleet footed cops honored

Brooklyn Courier: Keen instinct and fast feet earned a duo of cops top honors last week from the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Brooklyn Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Cope With Increased Demand

Brooklyn Courier: More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment

Civic meetings

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Come and celebrate healthy food

Brooklyn Courier: Come to the Brooklyn Food Coalition Winter Party on December 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 388 Atlantic Avenue, in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Local kid takes on corporate giant

Brooklyn Courier: Two days before his scheduled showdown with corporate giant Dow Chemical, Boerum Hill resident Akash Mehta pondered some of the things that really bug him about the world today. Comment

Santa Claus gives reindeer the day off

Brooklyn Courier: Santa traded his sleigh for a rickshaw and will be greating, waving and riding down Flatbush Avenue from Bergen St. to Plaza Street, in the Park Slope/Prospect Heights section, on December 12from 2 to 5pm,. Comment

Gay marriage vote shot down despite Brooklyn support

Brooklyn Courier: The State Senate didn’t heed the call to approve gay marriage Wednesday as they voted the measure down 38 to 24, despite a rally by Brooklyn senators. Comment

Focus on Health: The sobering truth about ‘brain attacks’

Brooklyn Courier: A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Comment

Nabe not giving up on Norah’s home

Brooklyn Courier: They may have had a door %u2013 or should we say window %u2013 slammed in their faces, but the Cobble Hill Association is not giving up on the neighborhood’s historical architecture, even if a Grammy-winning singer wants it changed. Comment

Magnificent Brooklyn holiday house reopens for season

Brooklyn Courier: The Seddio family announces the opening of their Annual Holiday Display on December 6, at 5 p.m. at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Comment

Greater police presence for Gregory Place, residents urge

Brooklyn Courier: Used condoms have replaced crack vials as the litter du jour along tiny Gregory Place in Park Slope, a street where conditions nonetheless hearken to a more treacherous time, according to local residents demanding an increased police presence there. Comment

Red Hook street corners to be dedicated to firefighters

Brooklyn Courier: If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment

$8M war on weeds

Kings Courier: The Army Corps of Engineers will be taking aim shortly at very specialized trespassers in a portion of southern Brooklyn, the invasive phragmites plants that have taken over portions of the Salt Marsh area of Marine Park. Comment

MTA vows holiday ‘gift’ to F line riders

Kings Courier: Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment

P.S. 236 take spelling bee challenge

Kings Courier: You could hear a pin drop when budding wordsmiths switched on the concentration and brainstormed for answers and bragging rights during a spelling bee at Public School 236. Comment

Republican Club embraces Rudy Giuliani

Kings Courier: Trying terrorists in Gotham? No way! Comment

Sharing and caring%A0 during the holidays

Kings Courier: The borough’s underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with turkey and trimmings %u2013 during a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church. Comment

Rescheduled 70th Pct. meet

Kings Courier: Due to the holidays, the 70th Precinct Community Council has changed the date of its next meeting to December 16, instead of the usual last Wednesday of the month. Comment

Better late than never!

Kings Courier: Better late than never!World War II Vet and Brooklyn native Herbert Jawitz waited over six decades to straighten out his army records and in the process received long over due recognition fordecorations that were never awarded to him. Comment

BK veterans return home to joblessness

Kings Courier: War might be hell in the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but finding work back home in Brooklyn is no cakewalk, according to government statistics. Comment

Meet the good sneaker Samaritan

Kings Courier: Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment

70th Pct. favorite retires after 20 years

Flatbush: He’s seen the good and bad in Flatbush, and now a mainstay of the 70th Police Precinct is handing in his badge. Comment

Shot down on Flatbush Ave.

Flatbush: Police have identified the 41-year-old man gunned down outside a neighborhood nightclub on Flatbush Avenue near Avenue H. Comment

MTA’s ‘gift’ to F riders

Flatbush: Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment

Thanksgiving theft

Brooklyn Courier: A woman spending Thanksgiving weekend in Virginia wasn’t in a very thankful mood when she learned that someone had broken into her Degraw Street apartment. Comment

New street dedications for firefighters

Brooklyn Courier: If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment

Boerum Hill church continues to grapple with its future

Brooklyn Courier: The national Lutheran organization that wrested control of a century-old Boerum Hill Church from locals parishioners broke its silence last week to this newspaper. Comment

Familiar face to Gowanus watchers to helm DEP

While the mayor introduced the city to the new head of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection this week, Caswell F. Holloway IV has been a familiar face to those concerned about the future of the Gowanus Canal for several months. Comment

Greater demand on BK pantries

Brooklyn Courier: More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment

No summer lovin’ for Marty

Canarsie: The next time Borough President Marty Markowitz visits Asser Levy Seaside Park in Coney Island, he may want to wear a flak vest. Comment

69 celebrates “lucky 13”

Canarsie: Thirteen may be an unlucky number to most people, but not to the cops from the 69th Precinct, who are celebrating a double-digit fall in crime this year. Comment

Residents: Plumb Beach needs more than a band-aid

Canarsie: Plumb Beach’s latest thrashing at the hands of Mother Nature has left area residents demanding a long-term solution to what they see as a rapidly deteriorating situation. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

After a long wait, Coney Island’s famed Totonno’s Pizzeria, 1524 Neptune Avenue, is expected to reopen in the next two weeks. Comment

Rankin-Healy salutes Bay Ridge Vets

Canarsie: Rankin-Healy VFW post is hosting a holiday party to honor the Service of Bay Ridge Veterans and Military Personnel on December 13 at 1 p.m. at the post; 9312 4th Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Fire consultants, target scofflaws, Colton says

Canarsie: Embarrassing scofflaws into paying back taxes, granting a tax amnesty program and getting rid of unnecessary consultants. Comment

Painful party favors

Canarsie: A man was shot in the arm and torso as he and a friend left a party on Glenwood Road early Saturday morning. Comment

Christmas tree lighting

Canarsie: State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, will host Christmas Tree lightings in Gravesend and Bay Ridge. Comment

Caring and sharing at the heart of the nabe

BoroBeat: The borough’s underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with turkey and trimmings %u2013 during a community Thanksgiving dinner at the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church. Comment

Buzz words: students take on spelling bee challenge

BoroBeat: You could hear a pin drop when budding wordsmiths switched on the concentration and brainstormed for answers and bragging rights during a spelling bee at Public School 236. Comment

Thanksgiving assembly of song and prayer

BoroBeat: The faithful in Canarsie gave thanks and displayed their solidarity during a brotherhood service at Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie. Comment

Beaten for iPhone

Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Heights straphanger was punched repeatedly when he wouldn’t give up his iPhone during a heated exchange on an outbound Q train. Comment

City sues itself over Brooklyn House of Detention

Brooklyn Heights: If the city were jailed and went to court, it might have a good case for pleading insanity when it comes to the Brooklyn hoosegow. Comment

Pitt Bull’s demise affects dog thrower’s plea deal

Brooklyn Heights: A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment

Peace and non-violence now!

Brooklyn Heights: A historic three-month peace rally through more than 100 countries on four continents arrived to a jubilant welcome in Brooklyn where a convoy of New Yorkers representing more than 100 cultures and including hundreds of children, teachers, religious leaders, city officials and grassroots gladiators feted the international team of marchers with a two-day assembly. Comment

MetroTech all lit up for the holidays

BoroBeat: MetroTech ushered in the holiday with its annual tree lighting. Comment

‘Santa Claus’ takes in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Bay News: This Santa’s Great Xmas Present “Miracle on 34 St.” Santa Sings!Part I Comment

School lines fallout

Bay News: Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment

Caring ‘sneakerhead’ puts his best foot forward

Bay News: Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment

MTA gives ‘gift’ to F line straphangers

Bay News: Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment

Cops Offer Advice to Motorists, Beginning With, Don’t Drink and Drive

As happens every year, local motorists have been on the receiving end of advice that is intended to make sure that everyone’s holiday is merry: Don’t drink and drive. Comment

NYPD suicide leads to lawsuit

Crime: A grieving widow of a decorated New York Police Lieutenant who committed suicide after a decision he made ended the life of an emotionally disturbed Bedford Stuyvesant resident is suing the city, claiming that the investigation into the incident drove him to take his own life. Comment

Sunday morning shooting

Crime: A man was shot in the hip during a skirmish on 93rd Street and Third Avenue Sunday morning. Comment

Golden hosts Christmas Tree lightings

State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, will host Christmas Tree lightings in Gravesend and Bay Ridge. Comment

School diversity in doubt

Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment

Neighborhood cops employ a bit of ‘e-crime-fighting’

Ask Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, and he’ll tell you that the success of the 68th Precinct in fighting crime and averting problems in the neighborhood has as much to do with the residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights as it does with the cops. Comment

Holiday Art showcase applauds 400 students

Dozens of students from area schools, accompanied by proud parents, filled the auditorium at Fort Hamilton High School for the Bay Ridge Community Council’s presentation of its annual Halloween Art awards. Comment

Many plead for pruning

For residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, overhanging branches on street treesare not only unsightly, they are potentially dangerous. Comment

Bark the Herald Angels Sing!

Deck your pooches in holiday finery and come and join Tony Chiappelloni, president of FIDO to celebrate the holidays in this annual Bark The Herald Angels Sing event on December 12 (rain date 12/13), from 8 to 10 a.m. at Prospect Park at the Long Meadow beside the Picnic House in Brooklyn. Comment

Shop Bklyn kicks off

Shop local, folks! Comment

Calvary upgrade

The Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations announced that they are forming a partnership with Calvary Hospital and the Calvary Fund, to raise money to restore and enhance the patio garden in the name of the late Rosemarie O’Keefe, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Comment

Corrections officer loses gun

Some play musical chairs. Others play musical handguns. Comment

Telfair kin arrested

Bay News: The sister of Coney Island-born basketball star Sebastian Telfair has been arrested in connection with a mugging on Mermaid Avenue. Comment

MTA ‘gift’ to F train riders

Bay News: Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment

‘Sneaker head’ puts best foot forward

Bay News: Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment

Consumers urged to shop local

Bay News: Shop local, folks! Comment

Zoning some out

Bay News: Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment

EPA in no rush to Superfund; more tests coming for filthy canal

Cleaning Our Waterways: Hopes for the Gowanus Canal to quickly be designated a Superfund site were reined in last Thursday night as a top federal official cautioned that it is very rare for a proposal to be approved in less than a year. Comments (6)
Park Slope: The long-delayed Park Slope Armory’s rebirth as a neighborhood recreation center really is now imminent, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (1)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Cate Blanchett is Blanche DuBois in BAM’s production of “Streetcar Named Desire,” but Liv Ullmann’s direction fails to rely on the kindness of strangers. Comments (1)
Dance: Move over Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov’s old ballet company is coming to Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn Heights: A Brooklyn Heights small business owner faces thousands in fines — even though she only posted one thing on a Court Street lamppost. Comments (11)

Suit: Coney rezoney was baloney!

Coney Island: The main opponents of a city plan to rezone Coney Island’s faded amusement area in hopes of encouraging the development of housing, retail and a new 12-acre ocean-front amusement park have sued the city on the grounds that the new theme park isn’t big enough to attract the hordes of tourists needed to sustain the long-sought revitalization. Comments (3)
Boerum Hill: The mayoral election has been resolved, but Mayor Bloomberg is still bashing outgoing Comptroller Bill Thompson — this time over the controversial Brooklyn House of Detention. Comments (3)

District 20’s CEC votes on zoning

Several District 20 schools may soon be revamped. Comment

Residents: Plumb Beach needs more than a band-aid

Plumb Beach’s latest thrashing at the hands of Mother Nature has left area resdents demanding a long-term solution to what they see as a rapidly deteriorating situation. Comment

Teresa Toro Resigns

Greenpoint resident Teresa Toro has announced her resignation from Community Board 1 where she has served as its Transportation chair for the past seven years. Comment

F train meeting next week

The F train will rumble onto center stage next week, when the often frustrating subway line will be the focus of a public meeting. Comment

City says no to roll down metal shop gates

Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment

Pitt Bull’s demise affects dog thrower’s plea deal

A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment

Manga! Grandma Roses serves up old world-flavor

If nostalgia for Italian Williamsburg were a meal, there is no doubt Grandma Roses owner John Ricco would find a way to put it on his menu. Comment

Familiar face to Gowanus watchers to helm DEP

While the mayor introduced the city to the new head of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection this week, Caswell F. Holloway IV has been a familiar face to those concerned about the future of the Gowanus Canal for several months. Comment

NYPD suicide leads to lawsuit

NYPD suicide leads to lawsuit Comment

Electeds Face Down “Dangerous” Proposal for Flatbush Avenue Site

A plan that was a day-after-Election-Day shocker from the city administration was stopped in its tracks by outrage from local elected officials. Comment

Boerum Hill church continues to grapple with its future

The national Lutheran organization that wrested control of a century-old Boerum Hill Church from locals parishioners broke its silence last week to this newspaper. Comment

Food Vendor Outside High School Raises Hackles

A food vendor cart parked outside Fort Hamilton High School has parents and area residents crying foul. Comment

Ambulance leaves sedan needing repair

Firefighters look over the sideswiped black sedan that ended up on a Flatlands sidewalk after colliding with a Hatzolah Volunteer Ambulance last week. Comment

Corrections officer loses gun

Some play musical chairs. Others play musical handguns. Comment

Critics say Carroll Gardens jeopardized by de Blasio bill

A city lawmaker who battled to preserve the architectural character of Carroll Gardens could be laying the groundwork for its eventual dissolution, local residents charged this week. Comment

“Seven in heaven” to be remembered in street renaming

If all goes according to plan, three Red Hook street corners will be renamed in honor of neighborhood firefighters killed on September 11. Comment

Back to the Bulge: Brooklyn WW II vet to be honored

When the nation of Luxembourg commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, a lifelong Brooklynite will be among the six American honorees, a representative of veterans boroughwide, many of whom left their blood frozen in the snow during that vicious World War II campaign. Comment

Shot down on Flatbush Ave.

Shot down on Flatbush Ave. Comment

Painful party favors

Painful party favors Comment

Sunday morning shooting

Sunday morning shooting Comment

Brooklyn Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Cope With Increased Demand

More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment

Bye Bye Bedford Bike Lane

Bicycle commuters taking Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg this week found that several bicycle lanes mysteriously vanished. Comment

Ballet company of Baryshnikov inks deal with BAM

Move over Lincoln Center, the ballet company of Baryshnikov is coming to Brooklyn. Comment

Fleet footed cops honored

Keen instinct and fast feet earned a duo of cops top honors last week from the 78th Precinct Community Council. Comment

69 celebrates “lucky 13”

Thirteen may be an unlucky number to most people, but not to the cops from the 69th Precinct, who are celebrating a double digit fall in crime this year. Comment

Coney Island youth programs debated

With gangs on the rise in Coney Island and a recent spate of violent crimes, one local activist is saying more programs for youths are desperately needed. Comment

Armed robbery thwarted in progress

Paying attention and keeping one’s eyes open are essential to good policing and it also earned officers Sam Dorisme and Regina Meyer “Cop of the Month” awards at the recent 60th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

No presidential pardon for him

Williamsburg: Hal Turner, a self proclaimed “white nationalist,” white supremacist, blogger and radio host who was arrested this summer for encouraging his listeners to take up arms against three judges, found himself in deeper trouble when federal prosecutors alleged that he may have also made threats against President Barack Obama. Comment

Best of four?

Williamsburg: The teen busted for allegedly robbing three people back on November 14 now has a fourth arrest on his jacket. Comment

Stricter penalties for driving drunk

Williamsburg: Assemblyman Peter Abbate announcedthe Assembly passage of legislation he sponsored which protects our children and every New Yorker by cracking down on all drunk drivers. Comment

Shop Brooklyn in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: The Northside Merchants Association, in partnership with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, has launched“Shop Brooklyn” - a borough-wide awareness campaign highlighting the uniqueness of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and thriving shopping corridors. Comment

Skee-ball Comes Full Circle

Williamsburg: Skee-Ball, the hundred-year-old coin-operated boardwalk game for misfits, cheats and beach bums, is receiving its due in an unlikely yet inevitable setting: a Williamsburg bar. Comment

Shop Brooklyn: consumers urged to keep it local

Williamsburg: Shop local, folks - every time! Comment

Woodhull Releases Cookbook Good Enough to Eat

Williamsburg: It was not enough that Woodhull Medical Center and a collection of Brooklyn senior centers released a cookbook promoting traditional, inter-generational family recipes for North Brooklyn residents.The hospital wanted to get their patients to cook with them. Comment

Brooklyn’s all decked out for the holidays

Williamsburg: As it does every year, the holiday season starts slowly. Comment

Rena Kanokogi, Judo champ, dies

Williamsburg: Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment

Atlantic Yards nets big court win

Williamsburg: New York’s top court ruled this week that the state is within its right to seize privately held land required for the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project to proceed. Comment

‘Rescue Me’ films in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s set to smoke out the competition as crew members prep an army of trailers along Berry Street, off North 4th Street, for the filming of FX’s “Rescue Me” drama about the lives of a group of Gotham firefighters in the fictional Ladder 62/Engine 99 firehouse, starring Denis Leary. Comment

Save money and water in your commercial kitchen

Williamsburg: Looking to save money in your restaurant? Comment

Unemployment lines await U.S. veterans returning home to Brooklyn

Williamsburg: War might be hell in the desert of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but finding work back home in Brooklyn is no cakewalk, according to government statistics. Comment

‘Time’ for reflection during the holidays

Williamsburg: Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus... “But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably” Comment

Keeping it civil for Thanksgiving

Williamsburg: Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Did you remember to take the turkey out of the freezer and give it a few days to defrost? You did? Good for you. Save the fligel for me. Comment

Bam’s bow dips Oval Office to a new low

Williamsburg: The American Revolution has been in vain if the president makes a doormat of himself and invites leaders of sovereign nations to wipe their feet on the United States. Comment

Shot in leg

Brooklyn Courier: A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg during a violent exchange on Third Avenue. Comment

EPA not ready to name Gowanus superfund site

Brooklyn Courier: The future of the Gowanus Canal will not be made less murky at a Dec. 3 meeting being convened by the Environmental Protection Agency. Comment

Holiday deals with Heart of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Enjoy the holidays in Brooklyn thanks to with special initiatives through Save Heart. Comment

Union St. could lose parking

Brooklyn Courier: In a neighborhood where parking spots are at a premium, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to remove some from Union Street %u2013 all for the good of the neighborhood. Comment

Park Circle slated for improvement

Brooklyn Courier: For years, Park Circle at the mouth of Prospect Park has been more akin to the seven circles of hell. Comment

Swap meet coming to Kent Avenue

Brooklyn Courier: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Drop off your gently used bedding, books, clothes, shoes and toys. A$5 donation will allow unlimited access to the treasures of others. Comment

Shop Brooklyn: shoppers urged to keep it local

Brooklyn Courier: Shop local, folks - every time! Comment

Brooklyn merchants in ‘Survival Mode’ - seek help

Brooklyn Courier: For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment

Celebrity readers are a boon for bibliophiles

Brooklyn Courier: Tinseltown titan, Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Heights resident Gabriel Byrne assumed a new role as a tale-teller when he helped celebrate the written word during a star-studded literacy benefit in DUMBO, hosted by Public School 8. Comment

Angry moms, dads

Brooklyn Courier: It’s time for phase two of the “unity and healing” plan for St. Saviour in Park Slope. Comment

Snow White, just in time for white snow

Brooklyn Courier: Company XIV presents the family holiday show ofthe children’s classic, Snow White, and for the adult only set, the seductive and sensualrevivals of Le Serpent Rouge and The Judgment of Paris. Comment

Drama, Comedy at Broadway Triangle Hearing

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. Comment

St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church to mark World AIDS Day

Brooklyn Courier: Mark World AIDS Day in Park Slope with a candlelight service and memorial ribbon project at the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church. Comment

F line going fa-la-la-la-la%A0

Brooklyn Courier: Feel free to take the F train this holiday season. Comment

Rena Kanokogi, Judo pioneer, dies

Brooklyn Courier: Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment

In search of the very best coquito maker

BoroBeat: The salutations flowed as easily as the silken beverage when Soulfrito Nuevo and the International Coquito Federation sponsored a contest to crown the Big Apple’s best coquito maker with the Brooklyn qualifying round hosted by United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE). Comment

Avenue U burglar bust

Kings Courier: A glass-shattering goon wanted for two burglaries on Avenue U was arrested last week after he attempted to break into his third neighborhood business, police alleged. Comment

The Bells toll, neighbor jeers

Kings Courier: Church bells are making life near a Marine Park house of worship a living hell — and critics are raising Cain about the alleged din. Comment

DOT traffic calming leaves locals nervous

Kings Courier: If it ain’t broke, the city’s Department of Transportation might just fix it. Comment

Extra police near Kings Plaza

Kings Courier: The NYPD is stepping up its patrol of Kings Plaza this holiday season. Comment

Police brass honor

Kings Courier: It was a well deserved “atta’ boy” from the top of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South chain. Comment

Brooklyn medical student makes house call %A0

Kings Courier: LICH: dog’s best friend, and man’s too! Comment

Grammy winner in tune with Landmarks

Kings Courier: Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment

‘Boxes of%A0 Love’ through Thanksgiving campaign

Kings Courier: Kind-hearted vollies helped make the holidays brighter for underprivileged neighbors by giving them “Boxes of Love” during a Thanksgiving outreach campaign, presented by the Salt & Sea Mission. Comment

Hog wild for the coming Christmas season

BoroBeat: Just call ‘em reindeers on the run. Comment

PS 255 celebrates its Students of the Month

BoroBeat: All the students at PS 255 located at 1866 E 17th Street in the Midwood section, work hard, they do their schoolwork and participate in their classrooms. Comment

Senior league of flatbush salutes volunteers

BoroBeat: Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Senior League of Flatbush. Comment

Borough hall outfitted with all the trimmings

BoroBeat: Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham was talking turkey, turkey and more turkey as she helped dispense tons of holiday cheer outside Borough Hall during the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Comment

70th Precinct honors some of its very finest

Flatbush: A pair of 70th Precinct police officers were honored as “Cops of the Month” for their efforts to preserve the life of an injured child at the most recent gathering of the 70th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Cool kicks and even cooler generosity

Flatbush: Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment

I.S. 62 makes nice

Flatbush: Not too many years ago, Ditmas Junior High School was the scourge of the neighborhood — its playground rife with local youths hanging out or causing vandalism to and from school. Comment

Spirit of volunteerism burns bright here

Flatbush: Big-hearted senior vollies received a golden salute for their selflessness during a tribute ceremony at the Senior League of Flatbush. Comment

Pistol-whipped and robbed

Brooklyn Courier: Cops are looking for two “hoods” responsible for mugging a 30-year-old on West 9th Street last week. Comment

Good shepherd repast with neighbors

Brooklyn Courier: Underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with moist turkey and succulent trimmings %u2013 when Good Shepherd Services hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in Red Hook. Comment

TV ‘Losers’ spread healthy message

BoroBeat: Although they’ve lost more than 120 between them, 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

Clubbing on Rockaway Parkway

Canarsie: An allegedly drug-addled 37-year-old woman found herself behind bars last week after she took her frustrations out on a car she found on Rockaway Parkway, police alleged. Comment

Med student makes house call

Canarsie: LICH: dog’s best friend, and man’s too! Comment

Norah Jones: In tune with Landmarks rules%A0

Canarsie: Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment

In ‘Survival’ mode%A0

Canarsie: For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment

One injured in two car crack-up

Canarsie: A man was rushed to the hospital Thursday following a two-car smash-up that left him trapped inside his auto for a brief time. Comment

Church Ave. BID toasts volunteers who make an impact

Canarsie: Budding grassroots gladiators and a pair of Finest from the 70th Precinct were honored for making “a unique contribution” to the community during a meeting of the Church Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

It may be “Black Friday” to everyone else, but to borough residents it will be “Brooklyn Friday.” Comment

Holiday Troop Drive

Canarsie: StateSenator MartinGolden is again hosting a holiday troop drive to support our heroes this holiday season. Comment

Toy Museum debuts

Canarsie: Take a step into the recently opened Toy Museum of Brooklyn and the faint strain of carousel music captures the ears, harkening you back to the innocence and fantasy of childhood. Comment

Food addicts in recovery

Canarsie: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meets on Mondays at the Midwood Library, East 16th St. between Avenue I and J, 6:30-7:45 pm; and on Wednesdays at the Kings Highway Library, Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. Comment

‘Theater for One’ on Jay Street

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology will host “Theatre for One,” a unique live performance by one actor for one audience member, December 3 from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment

Rena ‘Rusty’ Kanokogi, women’s judo pioneer, dies at 74

Canarsie: Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment

Heavyweight help

Canarsie: Israeli world boxing champ Yuri Foreman knocked out the holiday blues for local families in need when he made a guest appearance at the Met Council Parking Lot to help give away turkeys for Thanksgiving. Comment

School bake sale battle

Canarsie: Brooklyn parents groups are waging war against the city Department of Education (DOE). Comment

Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings

BoroBeat: Local students and staffers celebrated the season of gratitude with a Thanksgiving community feast at Intermediate School 211. Comment

Cops nick note-passing bandit

Crime: Detectives from the Major Case Squad have allegedly connected a 28-year-old area man to two attempted bank robberies %u2013 including the near hold-up on Fulton Street. Comment

BK merchants in ‘survival’ mode

Brooklyn Heights: For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment

DUMBO readers get star ‘Treatment’

Brooklyn Heights: Tinseltown titan, Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Heights resident Gabriel Byrne assumed a new role as a tale-teller when he helped celebrate the written word during a star-studded literacy benefit in DUMBO, hosted by Public School 8. Comment

Eating healthy is the sweetest thing

BoroBeat: Health-smart visitors savor the lowdown on personal wellness during the inaugural Livin’ It Sweet: Healthy Alternatives food festival at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, presented by the Institute for Community Living in conjunction with eight other New York City behavioral health agencies. Comment

Good Shepherd repast with neighbors%A0

BoroBeat: Underprivileged families received a generous helping of good cheer %u2013 complete with moist turkey and succulent trimmings %u2013 when Good Shepherd Services hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in Red Hook. Comment

Church Women United presents McLean-Davis with community service award

BoroBeat: Executive Director of the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Winsome McLean-Davis, was presented with the Church Women United Community Service Award by Ophelia Perry, president of the Brooklyn Chapter of Church Women United, during the organization’s award luncheon. Comment

TV ‘Losers’ help launch health screening campaign

BoroBeat: Although they’ve lost more than 120 between them, 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

Brooklyn today: hookah pipes and belly dancers

Bay News: Who would have thunk 60 years ago that Bensonhurst, an enclave of Italians and Jews, would also be home to so many other cultures and religions today?Who would have thunk that this non-smoking Italian/American boy would be smoking and enjoying a hookah pipe on Bath Avenue?Do you know how many Technicolor movies I watched in my youth with sultry Maria Montez, John Hall, and Sabu in Grandiose Palaces, Bazaars and Cafés where patrons enjoyed smoking their hookah?A hookah should not be confused with hookers, another form of very popular ancient entertainment to be savored, and one of the very oldest professions. Comment

Full throttle Santa Claus

Bay News: Just call ‘em reindeers on the run. Comment

The Partnership of Cops and Community Adds Up to Safer Streets

Ask Deputy Inspector Eric Rodriguez, and he’ll tell you that the success of the 68th Precinct in fighting crime and averting problems in the neighborhood has as much to do with the residents of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights as it does with the cops. Comment

New Look Coming to Marine Park Nature Trail

The Army Corps of Engineers will be taking aim shortly at very specialized trespassers in a portion of southern Brooklyn, the invasive phragmites plants that have taken over portions of the Salt Marsh area of Marine Park. Comment

Quarreling couple force cops into turkey trot

A quarreling couple sent borough police in a tailspin Tuesday morning after bogus claims were made that a man had abducted his estranged girlfriend and child. Comment

Marauders with badges

Crime: Cops are looking for a crew of masked thugs who entered a 71st Street teen’s home by flashing badges and passing themselves off as police officers. Comment

Celebrate Santa Lucia

Start the holiday season with one of Scandinavia’s most cherished rituals %u2013 Santa Lucia.The Scandinavian East Coast Museum’s welcomes all to its annual Lucia Fest at Salem Lutheran Church, 450 %u2013 67th Street, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn on December 4th at 7 p.m. Comment

Rena Kanokogi, judo pioneer, dies

Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, a Coney Island scrapper who will always be remembered as the Mother of Woman’s Judo, has died following a prolonged bout with leukemia. She was 74. Comment

Cooler kicks and even cooler generosity

Brooklynite Kiante Young is a sneakerhead without a collection — and that, incredibly, is by his own choosing. Comment

‘Theatre for One’

New York City College of Technology will host “Theatre for One,” a unique live performance by one actor for one audience member, December 3 from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment

Parent meetings with school’s chancellor called a ‘waste’

Community Education Council (CEC) presidents are no longer meeting with schools Chancellor Joel Klein each month — and some Brooklynites could care less. Comment

P.S. 69 divided

A change in P.S. 69’s zoning lines may decrease diversity at the school, P.S. 69’s principal says. Comment

Expert tips on how to write the perfect resume

The St. Anselm Workforce Ministry, together with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, held a resume development workshop for members of the Bay Ridge Community who are looking for jobs or are desiring a career change. Comment

Get help with food addiction

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meets on Mondays at the Midwood Library, East 16th St. between Avenue I and J, 6:30-7:45 pm; and on Wednesdays at the Kings Highway Library, Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. Comment

Are Parker’s days%A0numbered?

There’s a new incumbent-most-likely-to-be-challenged in Flatbush. Comment

You’re invited to a Winter Wonderland with CERT

Join State Senator Marty Golden, CERTINYC, SWB Parks Task Force and Adelphi Academy as they celebrate “A Winter Wonderland,” on December 4 from 6 - 9 p.m.and December 5 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Adelphi Academy, 8515 Ridge Blvd in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Annual tree lighting in Sunset Park

It’s lights, carols - Christmas! The Sunset Park BID hosts their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 3 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Comment

Grammy winner in tune with Landmarks commission

Despite pleas for reconsideration, the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission has decided not to give Grammy Award-winning recording artist Norah Jones’ worrisome window proposal on her Cobble Hill home another look. Comment

2009 Turkey trot shifts into high gear%A0

BoroBeat: A cardio-canter got the juices jumping, just in time for turkey day, when industrious students at the Bay Ridge Preparatory School joined festive forces for their 12th Annual Turkey Trot, and raised more than $65,000 for the independent learning institute. Comment

Arab American Association of New York awards

BoroBeat: Accolades for local notables, a screening of a post 9/11 movie and a guest address by a New York City commissioner capped the special occasion when the Arab American Association of New York held a gala awards ceremony in Dyker Heights. Comment

XO Creperie fire suspicious

Bay News: The early-morning fire that ate through a Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza restaurant may have been arson, FDNY officials said this week. Comment

Man shot during robbery

Bay News: A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg during a terrifying confrontation with three masked muggers in Bath Beach last week. Comment

Community meetings this month%A0

Bay News: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. 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

Dear Santa, give me a tax break%A0

Bay News: For Alexa Sokolov, the upcoming Hanukkah and Christmas season is make or break time for her Rich Frog Toys shop at 211 Church Avenue. Comment

Amendment to COBRA allows longer coverage period

Bay News: Assemblyman Alan Maisel announced the Assembly has passed an amendment to the COBRA benefits law allowing a group of individuals who were covered at the time the law became effective %u2013 yet were unable to receive the extension if their benefits expired before their contract was renewed %u2013 to continue receiving coverage (A.40006). Comment

Help for food addiction

Bay News: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) meets on Mondays at the Midwood Library, East 16th St. between Avenue I and J, 6:30-7:45 pm; and on Wednesdays at the Kings Highway Library, Ocean Avenue and Kings Highway, 6:30-8 p.m. Comment

North Shore Pops comes to Bensonhurst

Bay News: The North Shore Pops Concert Band returns to the Parish House at the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 1827 84th Street, Bensonhurst, for a free Holiday with Pops concert on December 5, at 7:30 p.m. Comment

A turkey in almost every pot

Bay News: Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s office was turned into a “turkey warehouse” as hedistributed 100 turkeys to local community organizations and the area’s police precincts and firehouses to help make Thanksgiving a little more cheerful for those in need. Comment

Cops: Youth Explorers help keep the peace

Bay News: Everyone benefits from the NYPD Youth Explorers. Comment

No barriers between actors and audience members at

Bay News: New York City College of Technology will host “Theatre for One,” a unique live performance by one actor for one audience member, December 3 from 12:30-6 p.m. in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment

Here comes Santa Claus

Bay News: Brooklyn’s most famous Santa Claus, Carmine Santa Maria, will make his first stop of the holiday season at 11 a.m., December 5 in Bensonhurst’s Historic New Utrecht Reform Church Parish House, 18th Avenue and 84th Street, for the 11th annual “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack 20 and Boy Scout Troop 20. Comment

Amphitheater backlash shuts CB 13 meeting down

Bay News: Community Board 13 is way too amped up over Borough President Marty Markowitz’s controversial $64 million amphitheater planned Asser Levy Seaside Park. Comment

Turkey drop in Coney Island

Bay News: When Councilmember Domenic Recchia talks turkey, the grateful hordes gobble it up. Comment

Noel! Brooklyn decks the halls once again

As it does every year, the holiday season starts slowly. Comment

1,000 turkeys at Borough Hall: just for the holiday

Bay News: Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham was talking turkey, turkey and more turkey as she helped dispense tons of holiday cheer outside Borough Hall during the annual Thanksgiving food drive. Comment

Orange Wave of emotion

High School Sports: Taji Randle played football for Thomas Jefferson from 1991 to 1995 and when he graduated from the East New York school, he didn’t have a victory to show for it. Comment

Kangaroos look to leap higher

High School Sports: Mismatch. Comment

Mistakes derail Dutchmen against Tottenville

High School Sports: Shaquell Jackson didn’t mince words. He knew why No. 2 Erasmus Hall fell to No. 3 Tottenville, 33-18, in the PSAL City Championship semifinals last Saturday in Brooklyn. Comment

Lincoln relying on youth to defend dynasty

High School Sports: Dwayne (Tiny) Morton has a message he often repeats to his young, inexperienced Lincoln boys basketball team: you have nothing to do with the last four city championships or eight straight trips to Madison Square Garden. Comment

Tigers fail to end on a perfect note

High School Sports: There was a dazed look on the faces of almost every Fort Hamilton football player as they walked around the field aimlessly. One of those “what just happened?” reactions. Comment

Bikers throttle up the holiday season

BoroBeat: Just call ‘em reindeers on the run. Comment

‘Boxes of Love’ for Thanksgiving

BoroBeat: Kind-hearted vollies helped make the holidays brighter for underprivileged neighbors by giving them “Boxes of Love” during a Thanksgiving outreach campaign, presented by the Salt & Sea Mission. Comment

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