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Vito admits it: He has a lovechild!

Politics: Embattled Rep. Vito Fossella admitted today to fathering a daughter with the woman who bailed him out of an Alexandria, Virginia jail after his arrest last Thursday for drunk driving. Comment
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Manhattan firm to Brooklyn

Development: The Atlantic Yards project may be falling apart on Bruce Ratner, but the developer released some big news for his Metrotech office complex Downtown: the Manhattan law firm of Weil, Gotshal is moving part of its office to Brooklyn. Comments (4)

The new ‘Miss Brooklyn’

Atlantic Yards: “Miss Brooklyn” is dead — but Bruce Ratner has released new renderings of the 511-foot tower that he hopes will take her place. Comments (2)

Fossella arrested for drunk driving

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge) was arrested early Thursday morning in Alexandria, Virginia for driving while intoxicated. Comments (3)

Nets to stay in Jersey?

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner and his executives have met with New Jersey investors and officials about a plan that would keep the developer’s Brooklyn-bound Nets in the Garden State, the Newark Star-Ledger reported this week. Comments (2)
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Bay Ridge Key Food to close

Bay Ridge: Shoppers in the southern part of Bay Ridge will be left with just one supermarket thanks to the imminent closure of the Key Food on Third Avenue — and locals were angry. Comments (7)

No kidding in Slope and Heights apartments

Discrimination against kids — in Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope? No way, say real-estate brokers, in the wake of last week’s lawsuit by a Manhattan couple who claimed that agents from Brown Harris Stevens twice refused to show them apartments because they had a baby. Comments (2)

Pols cut curb cuts

The city has chosen planting over parking, passing new regulations that will make it harder for residents of parking-starved neighborhoods to turn their front lawns into private driveways. Comments (1)

‘Park’ pool floats to Bronx

Downtown: The Bronx is up in at least in one important category: the northernmost borough has successfully stolen away the Floating Pool from Brooklyn. Comment

Atlantic Yards Coverage

City lets Ratner off the hook

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner downsized Atlantic Yards — and it turns out that the city gave him the green light to do so. Comments (1)
Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner was called generous when he bought out tenants in the footprint of his proposed basketball arena in 2004 — but he could afford to be because he was paying with taxpayer money. Comments (3)

The Latest Development News

Port to stay put

Columbia St Waterfront: The company operating the last active shipping docks in Brooklyn will remain on the Columbia Street Waterfront District for 10 more years — a victory over city officials who had long sought to evict them to make room for housing, a maritime attraction and a beer garden. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: Forget the Apple store — what about the city’s first Microsoft store? That’s what the new brokers at One Hanson Place say they may have on tap at the borough’s premier retail space, the landmark former Willliamsburgh Savings Bank in the renovated residential building’s ground floor. Comments (6)

Other Voices

Grand Theft Auto comes to Bklyn

Perspective: Our columnist drives a fictional car through a not-so-fictional Brooklyn in the hot new video game. Comment

City: We’ll get Coney land without eminent domain

Letters: The mailbag is filled with missives about the city’s Coney Island plan, “old” Brooklyn, generic development around town, Atlantic Yards and Rep. Vito Fossella’s flirtation with Dick Cheney. Comment

A fight worth having

Editorial: A community board hearing about a supposedly menacing Park Slope bar offers a chance to debate the future of our neighborhoods. Comment

All drawn out

Bridge ‘Park’: Our artist’s weekly take on the issues of the day. Comments (1)

‘Designs’ on you

‘Designs’ on you

Shopping: Finding a place to live is never easy, but beginning Friday, furnishing your home with style and originality can be a cinch. This year’s edition of BKLYN Designs, the annual bazaar of avant-garde furniture and house wares, will convene 70 exhibitors who design or manufacture goods in the borough. Comments (3)

Il barbiere di Sunset Park

Il barbiere di Sunset Park

Sunset Park: The wooden cash register in Tony’s Park Barbershop in Sunset Park perpetually reads $2. Long ago the prices exceeded the cash register’s ability to count. So when Tony Garofalo rings up a $10 haircut, he taps the metal $2 key five times, the register’s bell ringing with each tap. Comments (1)

Irony: ‘Union’ divides neighborhood

Park Slope: Union Hall, the thriving bar and concert venue in Park Slope, is a victim of its own success — or rather its neighbors say they’re victims of the nightspot’s success. Comment

‘Sakura’ modern

While the Japanese tradition of celebrating cherry blossoms might be ancient, this year’s edition of “Sakura Matsuri” at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden features a slate of utterly contemporary theater, fine art and more. Comment
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Vito in his own words

Bay Ridge: Rep. Vito Fossella called the press to a hotel in Staten Island to address his Thursday morning drunk-driving arrest in Virginia. Here is the six-term congressman’s opening statement, as captured by BrooklynPaper.com cameraman Ricky Barlin. Comment

Edge of his seat

Edge of his seat

Theater: A review of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” starring Park Slope’s own John Turturro, Elaine Stritch, Alvin Epstein and Max Casella (remember “Doogie Howser, M.D.”?). Comment
Fort Greene: It’s the MTV kid versus the golden oldie for Congress. Comments (2)
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No dogs in DUMBO

DUMBO: Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Senor Editor Vince DiMiceli head for the new hot dog stand in DUMBO — but both big eaters are sorely disappointed when they get there. Watch how it all went down — or, in this case, didn’t! — on May 2, 2008 near our DUMBO offices. Comment
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BrooklynPaper.com is best Web site finalist!

The Web site you’re now reading is one of the three best weekly paper sites in the country, two national magazines announced on Tuesday. Comment

Hodg-podge

Hodg-podge

Books: Lock up your history books! On Tuesday, May 6, author, Park Sloper and “Daily Show” contributor John Hodgman will read from his new book, “More Information Than You Require,” a collection of fake trivia, at a benefit for PS 107. Comment

Your family

Miley and Teen Spirit shed things

Smartmom: Smartmom knows all about the Miley Cyrus debacle. After all, she has a 16-year-old with a self-induced crewcut. Comments (2)

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun and games for you and your family. Comment

Psychic RV is right on target

PS … I Love You: Our columnist gets her palm read — from a woman in an RV! Comments (5)

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comment

Morning mayhem at the diner!

Park Slope: Two women attacked two other women in an early morning, alcohol-induced knock-down, drag-out brawl at a popular 24-hour diner on Fifth Avenue on April 27. Plus all the other crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment

Gunning for him

Downtown: Two men robbed another man at gunpoint near the victim’s Hicks Street apartment on April 25. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, DUMBO, and Downtown’s 84th Precinct. Comment

‘Rape’ and rob

Williamsburg: A vicious crook threatened to rape a Williamsburg woman on April 25, but when she fought back, he snatched her purse and ran. Plus all the other crime news from Williamsburg and Bushwick’s 90th Precinct. Comment

Gunpoint mug

Bay Ridge: A perp tried to rob a man at gunpoint on Fourth Avenue early on April 26. Plus all the crime news from Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct. Comment

Gun mug

Carroll Gardens: Two men, one with a firearm, robbed a woman on Pacific Street early on April 25. Plus all the other crime news from Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Deliverance

Williamsburg: Two teens roughed up a deliveryman on April 23, but cops had no trouble delivering the suspects to justice. Plus all the crime news from Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct. Comment

BOOZIN’! Thieves steal the spirit from an Atlantic Avenue bar

Carroll Gardens: Thieves stole dozens of bottles of booze from an Atlantic Avenue nightclub’s basement on April 24. Comment

Slice of life

Fort Greene: Police arrested a man for stabbing another man after verbally harassing a woman on Lafayette Avenue on April 26. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Green and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment
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Metrotech deal debunked!

Development: It turns out that Forest City Ratner overstated a deal that it signed with that big Manhattan law firm, Weil, Gotshal. The white shoe firm just told BrooklynPaper.com that it will not be relocating its front office to Metrotech, but rather some back offices. Comment

Growing Gowanus

Dining: Ever wonder how the letters in alphabet soup are made? Across the country they are created with extrusion dies made at Maldari & Company in Gowanus. Comment

Not again! Dean St. is PO’d at being peed on

Carroll Gardens: Three houses and one car on a Boerum Hill block were doused with large quantities of human waste again this week — the latest examples of a recurring form of moist vandalism on Dean Street. Comment

More than ‘Zero’

Cinema: “America has always seemed to hate its poets,” said Ken Siegelman, a Gravesend resident and Brooklyn’s poet laureate. “But to see a film done about me — it’s really given me a new lease on life.” Comments (1)
When the Long Island Restaurant, a decades-old fixture on Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, closed in August, a note on the door suggested the eatery was just shuttered for a short vacation. It’s now a nine-month respite. Comments (2)

Good ‘Eats’

Dining: On Wednesday, April 30, over 500 hungry people crowded into Steiner Studios for the 11th year of “Brooklyn Eats,” a celebration of food and entertainment from throughout the borough. Comments (3)

Third death at the Gregory

Bay Ridge: A woman committed suicide inside of a Bay Ridge hotel room on April 25, making her the third person in just six months to die inside the Best Western Gregory Hotel on Fourth Avenue. Comment

Fasten your seatbelts! Two councilmen want a smoother ride

Bumpy pavement is creating a rough ride for motorists — and two councilman say the city has to crack down on the people making the potholes. Comment

Get your Gersh on

Our inimitable editor, Gersh Kuntzman, once again seized the moderator chair for the latest episode of Brooklyn Independent Television’s “Reporter Roundtable.” Comment
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Annual Rosé Wine Festival

Rosé wines, which are dry, not sweet wines, are the “official” wines to drink when the weather gets warm, says Darrin Seigfried, sommelier of Red, White and Bubbly in Park Slope. Rosé wine is perfect to enjoy at a summer picnic, and goes well with salads, sandwiches, fish, shrimp, and a number of meats. It has an aromatic and flavorful quality that people around the world find hard to resist, and make a grand Mother’s Day gift, too. Read more…

The Kitchen Sink

What’s going on in your neighborhood? Here’s all the gossip! Comment

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

Free for all!

In the spirit of encouraging a free exchange of ideas, The Brooklyn Paper makes this space available to our readers. Comments (1)
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Vito was really really drunk!

Politics: Disgraced Rep. Vito Fossella had more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream when he was arrested for drunk-driving on early Thursday morning in Virginia — and the six-term congressman is facing a mandatory sentence of five days in the slammer. Comments (2)

Walking on water

Art: Galapagos Art Space, the Williamsburg institution that is preparing to re-open in a newly renovated space at 16 Main St. in DUMBO, will feature a lake outfitted with walkways and tables, allowing club goers to lounge on top of the water. Comment

Yellow Jackets rule the hive: Squad looks to take another run at division title

Williamsburg: In Brooklyn’s West “A” Division, the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets have proven to be formidable force to be reckoned with as they are atop the division with an 8-1 record. After not defending the division title, last season, Coach Ed D’Alessio’s team is poised and ready for another run. But standing in their way is the New Utrecht Utes, who are 7-1 and are only a half game behind them, are also locked and loaded for a run at the title. The bragging rights for the division’s top spot have not been determined, thus, making for an exciting second half of the season. (Ed. note: All records and stats as of press time.) Comment

Tennis aces run in this family: Xaverian star follows brother

Williamsburg: There’s a saying that goes, “Like father like son.” Comment

Students get the grand tour of Brighton Beach

Williamsburg: Brighton Neighborhood Association’s Pat Singer and teacher Alan Folstein, hosted 50 students from Public School 225 on a tour of Brighton Beach. Comment

Sharks shut out Chiefs: Ace pitcher Martinez helps clinch 10-0 victory over Canarsie

Williamsburg: It was a day that no ballplayer of either team would ever forget. Gracing the same field that future prospects of the New York Mets would is something that the players of the Sheepshead Bay Sharks and the Canarsie Chiefs would hold dear to their hearts for a lifetime when the two teams played KeySpan Park on April 17. Comment

PSAL campaign meets halfway point: Lincoln, New Utrecht look to take down powerhouse Madison squad

Williamsburg: As the midway point approaches the girls of the PSAL softball circuit, there is still no clear-cut front runner for the title of the division’s best team. Although a supreme powerhouse of Madison (10-1) owns the division’s best record but Lincoln (9-2) and New Utrecht (5-4) both feel that they still have a fighting chance to claim the division championship. With half of the marathon in the books, there is one more half and a postseason before the league can crown a champion. All statistics in this article are of press time. Comment

McCarthy Memorial 5K

Williamsburg: The 17th Annual Major Eugene McCarthy Memorial 5K Race […] Comment

Madison on the rise: Lady Knights softball going strong this season

Williamsburg: James Madison H.S. has been dominating Brooklyn softball, with its lone loss so far in the season against Staten Island’s Tottenville. Comment

Lions look sharp in black ties: Group celebrates more than 50 years serving the community

Williamsburg: Fond words and a trip down memory lane marked the occasion when the South Brooklyn Lions Club celebrated more than 50 years of community service with a black-tie charter night at Sirico’s. Comment

Knights charge ahead: Madison ladies 4-for-4 in recent play

Williamsburg: Heading into Spring Break, the Madison lady Knights knew that they needed some momentum by trying to win a few games down this crucial stretch. They did more than just win a few games; they went 4-for-4 in last week’s games as they beat three divisional opponents and a Staten Island rival. After loosing 5-1 to Tottenville on April 12, the lady Knights have strung together a four-game winning streak heading into the recess with a 10-1 record. But the Lincoln lady Railsplitters are not rolling over and letting Madison run away with division. They went 3-for-3 with two wins against divisional opponents to post up a 9-2 record, just a mere one game behind the lady Knights, as of press time. Comment

Knights: Best team on paper

Williamsburg: Through the first half of the season, the Madison Knights have proven that they can dominate play in the Brooklyn East “A” Division with an untouched 7-0 record. There is no doubt that the Knights have the best team on paper and their play on the field fully supports that statement. Coach Vincent Caiazza’s team has posted a 14-2 record for the past three consecutive seasons, this season, they’re well on their way to ending with that same record. (Ed. note: all statistics are as of press time.) Comment

Jean-Baptiste, player of the year

Williamsburg: Richard Jean-Baptiste, who led the Brooklyn College Basketball Team to a turn around season, was chosen as all-Metropolitan College Player of the Year among Division III colleges in the tri-state area by the Met Basketball Writers’ Association. Comment

From Lincoln to the big show: Former Railsplitter Nelson Figueroa stands tall on the hill for the Mets

Williamsburg: In a neighborhood that is known for breeding superstar basketball players, a Major League baseball player has emerged. Comment

East beats West on the diamond

Williamsburg: In another edition of “East meets West,” the East dominated as the Madison Knights, Brooklyn Tech Engineers, and Sheepshead Bay Sharks all earned victories against their respective West division rivals. Despite getting blown out 11-1 by Madison, the Telecommunications Yellow Jackets (8-1) still holds a slight half game lead over New Utrecht (7-1) heading into Spring Break recess. Comment

Cyclones return to Coney: Tickets now on sale for exciting 2008 summer season

Williamsburg: Grab your cape, secure your eye patch and prepare to joust. No, it’s not the Freak Show, but rather, Coney Island’s other famous institution […] Comment

Brooklyn stars shine in Jordan Brand Classic

Williamsburg: Brooklyn boasted three high school basketball stars in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic, which features the top players from the metropolitan area in a City versus Suburban showdown at Madison Square Garden. Comment

Barrio brightens Park Slope dining scene

Williamsburg: Park Slope’s latest dining gem […] Comment

Thugs face stiffer penalties

Williamsburg: Senior citizens aren’t easy targets anymore. Comment

Hunt is on for note-passing bank robber

Williamsburg: Police have released a photo of a note-passing bank robber whose own specifications could have been his undoing. Workers at the Capital One Bank at 2150 76th Street said told police that the thief, described only as a six-foot tall black male in his mid-thirties, entered the bank at 5 p.m. on April 16 and handed a teller a note. The note reportedly made no threats, indicating only: “100s, 50s and 20s.” The teller didn’t quite know what to make of his note, officials said. Frustrated, the thief stormed out of the bank empty-handed and hasn’t been seen since, officials said. Expecting a repeat performance from the bank robber, cops are asking anyone with information regarding this man’s identity or whereabouts to come forward. Comment

Gavel comes down on ex-judge: Michael Garson forced to resign from NY State Bar

Williamsburg: A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment

Crime busters in the drivers seat: 60th Police Precinct hails cops of the month

Williamsburg: A car thief who was the bane of motorists throughout Staten Island had his emergency brake pulled during a recent holy day pilgrimage to Coney Island, officials said last week. Comment

Crime-buster & lifesaver: Local cop pulls jumper back from brink of disaster

Williamsburg: A three-and-a-half year veteran of the NYPD was honored last week for saving a suicidal man from himself. Comment

‘Race and New Media’ coming to City Tech: First-ever conference to address pressing issues to take place May 3

Williamsburg: “Race and New Media,” the first-ever conference of its kind, will take place at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., in the campus’ Voorhees Building, 186 Jay Street. Comment

‘Anatomy of a Brownstone’ educational seminar April 26

Williamsburg: Anatomy of a Brownstone: Green Roofs, Green Homes,” an educational seminar for people who live in and love Brownstones, will be presented by New York City College of Technology, Division of Continuing Education and Brooklyn Economic Development Council, April 26. Comment

Wasted funds in schools: Teacher’s union charges DOE squandered $153 million

Williamsburg: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Walking for a cure to cystic fibrosis: Hundreds to converge on Marine Park this Saturday to raise money for research

Williamsburg: Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

Tunnel maven hopes for movie deal: Will give tour to producers

Williamsburg: Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment

TransGas not giving up: Company moves to challenge defeat of power plant bid

Williamsburg: Attention Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents: Hold the phone on the celebration! Comment

Speaking the same tongue: Wyckoff Hospital’s translation services lauded by group

Williamsburg: Wyckoff Heights Medical Center earned high marks from Make the Road New York this month in a comprehensive report showing that the availability of language assistance is improving throughout New York City hospitals. Comment

Solving city’s problems through design: New York City high schoolers participate in Cooper-Hewitt ‘Design Your Hood’ workshop

Williamsburg: After six weeks of commuting an hour and a half each way from the Bronx to Fulton Street Mall, students in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Your Hood” workshop presented their finished design proposals to revitalize the Mall’s communal space. Comment

Remembering a fallen hero: Memorial walk in honor of Brooklyn firefighter Martin Egan May 4

Williamsburg: Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment

Parishoners ready to vote after church registration drive

Williamsburg: Members of the Voter Registration Committee of the Polish American Congress helped parishioners fill out their registration forms during a busy Sunday morning at Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth, Queens. Comment

Opening day at Roberto Clemente field

Williamsburg: Budding Derek Jeters headed to their local green for rites and a game when the Roberto Clemente Little League celebrated opening day at its namesake ball field. Comment

On the scene at Brooklyn Street Art’s launch party at Ad Hoc

Williamsburg: The bidding started at 7 p.m. but the fun lasted all night as the Ad Hoc Art Gallery in East Williamsburg auctioned off 28 pieces from noted graffiti artists including Swoon, Judith Supine and Skewville to celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Street Art, a photography book by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington. Comment

On the prowl for armed robbers

Williamsburg: Cops are on the lookout for a trio of suspects wanted for an armed robbery on Gerry Street. Comment

No space, no service: Merchants mad over lost parking spots

Williamsburg: Merchants along Graham Avenue’s Business Improvement District are upset. Comment

Mighty Mommies get fit post-baby: New workout class at McCarren Park gets new moms, and dads too, in shape

Williamsburg: Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment

Marking Arbor Day with famous faces

Williamsburg: By 2017, the Big Apple will boast one million more trees. Comment

Lights out for power plant: Preservationists lament loss of 102-year-old building

Williamsburg: A defunct power plant that once powered the Brooklyn Rapid Transit is being demolished, much to the displeasure of neighborhood preservationists concerned about maintaining the waterfront’s industrial heritage. Comment

Healthy Families honors: Bklyn health advocacy program welcomes new grantees

Williamsburg: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment

Green with anger: Protest at Earth Day festival

Williamsburg: A local activist group staged a mock oil clean up to protest ExxonMobil’s sponsorship of the Go Green Festival, celebrating Earth Day at McCarren Park. Comment

Greenpoint goes green for Earth Day

Williamsburg: The verdant lady received a green thumbs up from mom, dad and the kids during an Earth Day celebration at McCarren Park. Comment

Green plans grow in North Brooklyn: Community residents discuss McCarren, Transmitter and other park plans

Williamsburg: Spring is in full swing, and so are plans for park spaces in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment

From Brooklyn to Antarctica & back: Williamsburg high school senior traveled the globe with Students on Ice

Williamsburg: It’s a long way from Brooklyn to Antarctica, but then again, there is no earthly distance that can contain the boundless curiosity and energy of Iraida Cabrera. Comment

Family fun at Mamalu: Williamsburg cafe hosts kid-friendly events in May

Williamsburg: Come join in the fun at Mamalú Caf […] Comment

Breathing ain’t easy in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

All not grand with street rezoning

Williamsburg: At first, it seemed like something the whole neighborhood could get behind. Comment

East River waterfront park efforts in progress

Williamsburg: The State Parks Department recently announced plans to begin work on a “Master Plan” for the renovation of East River State Park, the waterfront park on Kent Avenue between North Seventh and Ninth streets, sometime in 2009. Comment

Earth Day at Grand Street Campus: Williamsburg high school to hold green festivities, as well as musical performances

Williamsburg: Combining the last of seven high-definition screenings of the Metropolitan Opera with a celebration of Earth Day, the Grand Street Campus High Schools will host a day-long arts and environmental festival on Saturday, April 26. Comment

Crime on the rise, reports precinct

Williamsburg: Nearly a third of the way into the year, the streets of the 90th Precinct are not nearly as safe as they were last year. Comment

Cell phone battle not dead yet

Williamsburg: A judge knocked out parents’ legal challenge to the city’s ban of cell phones in public schools […] Comment

Celebrate the Bklyn Bridge’s 125th: City Reliquary to mark anniversary with exhibit of New York City artifacts, memorabilia

Williamsburg: A fortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment

BURG ‘n’ POINT: An artistic voice in Greenpoint: Abstract painter & local artist Mott McCampbell’s work on view at t.b.d. on Franklin St.

Williamsburg: Dear Greenpoint: Don’t take offense at what I’m about to write. It’s just that it’s been quite difficult to find your artists. I had an idea that they existed, or at least I suspected as much, but gathering proof has been quite a chore. Perhaps I haven’t been trying hard enough. Perhaps I’ve been focusing too much on writing about art openings and haven’t made the connection that art doesn’t just hang on gallery walls. Either way, this week made me realize that until now, I’ve failed miserably at capturing Greenpoint’s artistic voice. Comment

Brooklyn home costs on the rise: Average home price in the borough up 3 percent compared to same time last year

Williamsburg: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Bklyn rabbi sentenced to probation: Rabbi Kolko, charged with molesting yeshiva students, pleads guilty to lesser charges

Williamsburg: A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment

Bklyn body looter could get 60 years: Ringleader of body harvesting operation faces time with guilty verdict in bench trial

Williamsburg: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

Bishop of Brooklyn leads welcome wagon for Pope

Williamsburg: It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment

Addressing the foreclosure crisis: Brooklyn officials host forum on predatory lending; call for government bail out

Williamsburg: As the mortgage foreclosure rate continues to escalate in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes joined Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and State Senator Martin Connor at the Brooklyn campus of Boruica College to inform Williamsburg residents about the dangers of predatory lending. Comment

Addressing the foreclosure crisis in BK

Williamsburg: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

A-B-Cs and PCBs: Bklyn official calls for investigation of toxins in schools

Williamsburg: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Kingdom of knuckleheads

Letters: I went to the Alpine to see “Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li recently and while it was an entertaining film, it was marred in part by the behavior of seven or so youths sitting in the right of the room. Comment

Clinton & Clark Kent

Letters: Hi, Stanley Gershbein (It’s Only My Opinion), not to worry about Superman. Comment

Cell phone headaches

Letters: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Let’s tax the Big Mac & fries

Williamsburg: Mayor Mike was recently on the Fox morning news show bombasting his way through the broadcast while sullenly shuffling his feet under the desk as he talked about losing his congestion pricing plan. The mayor, truculent that his bill was stillborn, complained about the loss of all those federal dollars he counted on, that would have, could have, allegedly fixed our transit woes. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

‘Quit Hillary Quit,’ and a whole lot more

Williamsburg: As I go about my day I frequently have a thought or hear a line that I may be able to use in one of my weekly efforts. I might hear it on the radio, in the gym or at the barbershop. Rather than take the […] Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Saving the planet: It’s in the bag

Williamsburg: For months, I had been eyeing the cloth shopping bags in the front aisle of the supermarket. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Sean Bell succumbed to his own foibles

Williamsburg: Justice has been served. Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Savings at the Hutch

Williamsburg: Spring is in the air and all thoughts turn to The Hutch and its exciting collection of gifts, keepsakes and more. Comment

‘Kingdom’ comes for Chan, Li

Williamsburg: In the pantheon of chop-socky cinema, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li ranks right up there with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Comment

‘Anamorph’ focuses on murder

Williamsburg: There’s an artsy killer on the loose in “Anamorph,” a gloomy, detached film weighed down by its own esoteric concept and ultimately dismembered by clich […] Comment

Brooklyn Filmmakers screening

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) presents the annual Brooklyn Filmmakers screening, May 9 at the museum, as part of the 42nd BAC International Film Festival. Comment

Big Movies for Little Kids

Williamsburg: Big Movies for Little Kids, Cobble Hill Brooklyn’s own popular, film series for children, continues with two screenings this month. Comment

‘Heroic Flourishes’ and plenty of brass

Williamsburg: Organist Gregory Eaton will be joined by six brass players, percussion, and flute in a concert of “Heroic Flourishes,” April 27 at 7 p.m., at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Montague and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

‘Crossing Culture’ debuts

Williamsburg: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery present “Crossing Cultures,” an exhibition that demonstrates how emigration and the experience of uprooting can be the lens through which an artists’ works are conceived. Comment

Vaudeville days are here again at LIU

Williamsburg: The wide-ranging cultural impact of vaudeville and the historic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in the 1920s and 30s will be the topic of a special conference at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, April 25. Featuring panels with writers, critics and researchers along with rare film clips and a musical performance and reception, the event is free and open to the public. Comment

The Searchers

Williamsburg: The Front Room Gallery presents The Searchers, Sasha Bezzubov and Jessica Sucher, now to May 4; Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment

Talkin’ ‘bout books

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the National Book Awards “Eat, Drink & Be Literary” series closes another season next month. Comment

Swing Along Broadway

Williamsburg: The best tunes from the Broadway stage will be heard at Regina Opera’s upcoming “Swing Along Broadway” concert, presented at 3 p.m., May 6 at Regina Hall, 65th Street and 12th Avenue, Brooklyn. Comment

Spike Lee and ‘Dark Days’

Williamsburg: Moviehouse presents two films, May 4 at 8 p.m., about ordinary New Yorkers doing extraordinary things. Come see Spike Lee’s Brooklyn masterpiece “Do The Right Thing” or experience the tragic and hopeful story of the underground homeless community of “Dark Days” at Galapagos Art Space. Comment

Slam Show springs ahead

Williamsburg: Action addicts, thrill seekers and adventurous audiences looking for the next frontier in entertainment can leap into spring with Slam Show 11 at STREB’s Action Factory, S.L.A.M. at 51 North First Street in Williamsburg. Comment

Shop in Mother’s Nature’s own bodega

Williamsburg: Naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous Wild Food and Ecology Tours of Marine Park in Brooklyn, May 4. This vastly under-appreciated park offers all the best wild foods of the rich seashore habitat. Comment

Sheep shearing

Williamsburg: The warm weather has finally arrived, which means it’s time for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo annual Sheep Shearing events, May 3-4. This fleece-filled weekend of fun will feature live wool-processing demos, music, arts-and-crafts, and of course, the zoos’ wild and wooly sheep. Comment

Sakura Matsuri: The Cherry

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) celebrates the 27th annual Sakura Matsuri May 3-4 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with more than 50 performances, demonstrations and exhibits designed for visitors of all ages […] Comment

Orquestra Universal

Williamsburg: Just in time for the warm weather, St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts announces that popular salsa band Orquesta Universal will play at St. Joseph’s Latin Dance Night, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. Comment

One Family: Two Artists

Williamsburg: Joan Eastmond will host an exhibition, “One Family: Two Artists,” consisting of paintings, prints, sculpture, and pottery of Rosalie and Robert Scott at her Brooklyn home, April 25-27 and May 2-4. Comment

No windmill is safe from Don Quixote

Williamsburg: The Gallery Players presents the final musical of its successful 41st season, “Man of La Mancha.” With book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, The show runs April 26-May 18. Comment

Mexican partying

Williamsburg: With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner, Flatbush Farm & Bar rolls out a little Mexican-inspired cuisine for its next outdoor BBQ from 3-6 p.m., May 4. Comment

MANI Chamber

Williamsburg: The MANI chamber music group announces their second home at 295 Douglass Street in Park Slope; this in addition to their regular series at Greenpoint’s Church of the Ascension. Comment

Green-Wood walking tours

Williamsburg: An exciting array of historic walking tours and events conclude Green-Wood Cemetery’s spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment

Grab a stage full of culture

Williamsburg: Kingsborough Community College’s series of free cultural events taking place on campus continues this month. Performances take place on the KCC campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Comment

Free screening of ‘Fading to Zero’

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honors Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman with a free screening of “Fading To Zero,” a feature length documentary depicting the work and life of Siegelman. Comment

Explore the life and times of Green-Wood Cemetery

Williamsburg: An exciting array of historic walking tours and events conclude Green-Wood Cemetery’s spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment

Brooklyn Philharmonic puts modern spin on Stravinsky’s ‘Pulcinella’

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Philharmonic is joined by Complexions Contemporary Ballet and its Co-Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson to choreograph Stravinsky’s ballet, “Pulcinella,” bringing a modern, multicultural spin to the work. Comment

Brooklyn Museum

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Museum offers free family programs in May with events ranging from a Japanese print-making class to May’s Target First Saturday. Comment

They bring your old Kentucky home to DUMBO

Williamsburg: In the first Saturday in May, a bit of Kentucky will come to Brooklyn. Comment

Meerkats, fullbacks, and Michael Jackson zombies

Williamsburg: The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, announced the return of its popular community free events, the Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 23-May 4. All these family events are free and open to all. Comment

Catch the unfolding saga of ‘Monduna’ live on stage

Williamsburg: Lily Maase has one week to learn several pieces of new music before she hits the road for a month for a lecture tour and a few concerts with her band. With the first installment of their graphic novel performance work, “Monduna,” completed, Maase and producer Drayton Hiers are contemplating future chapters before her trip to the southwest. Comment

‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’

Williamsburg: From May 1-11, the Brooklyn College Department of Theater presents William Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” directed by Valerie Clayman Pye, an alumna of the college. Performances will take place at The Gershwin Theater on the Brooklyn College campus. Comment

‘The Threat of Chance:’ New hope in very hard times

Williamsburg: After being handed the keys to the Ad Hoc Art Gallery, Chris Stain and three other graffiti artists have decided to turn the space into a 1930s era shantytown complete with village houses made from found wood and particle board for the gallery’s latest exhibit, “The Threat of Chance,” opening on May 2. Comment

‘Endgame’ comes to BAM

Williamsburg: Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” debuts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) featuring a cast that includes John Turturro (Hamm), Max Casella as Clov, veteran classical actor Alvin Epstein will play Nagg and the legendary Broadway actress Elaine Stritch will play Nell. Comment

Twinkle Truth

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Philharmonic closes this season of its free “Music Off The Shelves” chamber music concert series at the Brooklyn Public Library with a concert the whole family can enjoy, “The Truth About Twinkle,” April 26. Comment

Provocative Japanese print

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. On May 3, the museum presents an exciting lineup of live music, […] Comment

Opera Company of Brooklyn adopts ‘Korczak’s Orphans’

Williamsburg: Since forming eight years ago, the Opera Company of Brooklyn has grown, from performances in the borough to gigs all over the city. Comment

NURTUREArt: An incubator of creativity

Williamsburg: In an environment where it is increasingly a struggle for emerging artists to show their work in galleries and for emerging curators to have any kind of guidance whatsoever, NURTUREArt provides a home for many Brooklyn-based artists and curators to put together exhibitions in a professional space. Comment

New museum enjoys a ‘sporting’ chance of success

Williamsburg: The Sports Museum of America (SmA), www.sportsmuseum.com, the nation’s first and only interactive, multi-media all sports museum experience, is set to open in Manhattan May 7. Comment

Make a new musical ‘French Connection’

Williamsburg: French Connection, a program of music by Couperin, Loeffler and Faur […] Comment

James Laudano photo show

Williamsburg: Con Edison’s Exhibiting Space presents a photographic exhibit by James Laudando May 2-30 in Con Edison’s building, 30 Flatbush Avenue Extension between Livingston and Nevins streets. Comment

Freedom Day at Harriet’s

Williamsburg: Harriet’s Alter Ego, a lifestyle boutique and art gallery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn is hosting Freedom Day @ Harriet’s. Comment

Flax & Fleece Fest

Williamsburg: It’s a wild and wooly adventure in Prospect Park May 3-4. The Flax & Fleece Fest comes to the Lefferts Historic House while the Fleece Festival is at the Prospect Park Zoo. Comment

The heart of Coney Island beats at Bond Street Gallery

Williamsburg: With its crisp, bright walls adorned by images of a Coney Island from yesteryear and its finished brickwork, it’s hard to picture the image photographer Robert DiScalfani found when happening upon 297 Bond Street in August of last year. Comment

Celebrate Brooklyn Jazz Festival

Williamsburg: The Andy Kirk Research Foundation, Inc. presents, as part of the Ninth Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, a three day tribute to the late jazz icon Dr. Maxwell Lemuel Roach. Comment

Bay Ridge rockers strike a chord with the troops

Williamsburg: In the wake of the tsunami that devastated South Asia and East Africa in December 2004, Bay Ridge bands gathered together for a benefit at Peggy O'Neill's to raise money for UNICEF. After Hurricane Katrina, the community united to raise money for New Orleans. Comment

You just can’t win

Brooklyn Courier: The bank sent me a five-dollar check in the mail. I like checks in my mail. This is a good surprise especially since I live on a budget. My rent, my utilities, my food, medicines are disbursements. Money goes out, but where are my revenues? Comment

Yoga Thursdays

Brooklyn Courier: If you are a caregiver of an older loved one, take a break and join other caregivers for “Yoga Thursdays” at Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center. Classes start May 1 and are conducted by Amma Wilson. Comment

‘Wide’ loophole closing: Community Bd. 6 supports zoning text amendment

Brooklyn Courier: Efforts to protect Carroll Gardens from out-of-character development are poised to yield some tangible results this week. Comment

‘Wheel’ cool cats on the prowl

Brooklyn Courier: One of the road’s cool cats made a smooth swerve onto the realty highway when the Brooklyn Board of Realtors presented a Jaguar showcase as part of its agents day in Mill Basin. Comment

‘Top Model’ cast-off speaks out

Brooklyn Courier: She’s fierce! Comment

‘Time Out’ on Atlantic Yds.

Brooklyn Courier: As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment

‘Rainbow’ girls

Brooklyn Courier: A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment

‘Green’ your everyday life

Brooklyn Courier: Want to live a greener life inside and out? “Greening Your Everyday Life” is an evening of down-to-earth discussions led by acclaimed environmental experts who are also parents of PS 321 students. Comment

‘Great Strides’ against cystic fibrosis: Marine Park fundraising walk to help raise money for new research

Brooklyn Courier: Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

Waterfront Museum

Brooklyn Courier: New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment

Walk to remember a 9/11 hero: Memorial for firefighter Martin Egan

Brooklyn Courier: Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment

Volunteer for Bike New York

Brooklyn Courier: Bike New York will present its 31st annual tour, May 4, which draws 30,000 cyclists of all ages. Comment

Upcoming civic meetings

Brooklyn Courier: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

UFT: DOE blew it on class size

Brooklyn Courier: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Two-car crack-up on Prospect Expressway

Brooklyn Courier: Firefighters were called to the Prospect Expressway Saturday night after two cars collided near the Fourth Avenue exit ramp. Officials said that the accident took place on the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel-bound side of the span at 10 p.m. on April 26, causing at least one of the vehicles to spin out of control and slam into the side of a Fifth Avenue supporter pillar. One of the drivers was seriously injured and was taken to Lutheran Medical Center. The cause of the accident was still under investigation as this paper went to press. Comment

Tai Chi Day

Brooklyn Courier: Tai Chi practitioners from all over the borough […] Comment

Students hold all the strings to puppet parade

Brooklyn Courier: Drizzle didn’t dampen the spirit of students from Saint Ann’s School, who transformed Brooklyn Heights into marionette heaven for their annual puppet parade. Comment

Students get creative and get down to work

Brooklyn Courier: After a week of sketching, stenciling and spray-painting during their week off from school, teenagers christened the Starting Artists’ new Smith Street headquarters with a colorful wall-length mural celebrating the nonprofit’s motto, “Get inspired. Get Creative. Get to Work!” Comment

Stronger shield to safeguard children: New program helps volunteers recognize and fight child abuse

Brooklyn Courier: A village shouldn’t just raise a child; they should protect the child as well. Comment

Step up, Janele

Brooklyn Courier: I am writing in response to Assemblywoman Janele Hyer Spencer’s recent public statements, concerning her role in working to keep Victory Memorial Hospital open. Comment

Stamps on display: African-Americans honored

Brooklyn Courier: A mural depicting more than 80 African-Americans on U.S. postage stamps and their biographies was set up in the lobby of Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza Station, 1368 Fulton Street. Comment

Spring show & sell

Brooklyn Courier: “Corduroy Kid” and “Small Magazine” are hosting a Spring Show & Sell, May 4 from 3:30-5 p.m. at 388 Atlantic Avenue. Comment

Solar-powered lanterns light Montague St.

Brooklyn Courier: In honor of Earth Day, trees along Montague Street were decorated with eco-friendly solar-powered lights. The decorative light installation, “Spring Lights,” was sponsored by the Montague Street Business Improvement District (BID). Comment

See the latest in home architecture: May 4 event shows off Fort Greene’s finest

Brooklyn Courier: This year’s 29th Fort Greene House Tour, May 4 from 12-5 p.m., is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable ever. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view the first New York work of acclaimed young British architect, David Adjaye [www.adjaye.com], a spectacular 4,000 square-foot artists’ studio. Comment

Revitalizing BK’s Fulton St. Mall: NYC students present design proposals

Brooklyn Courier: After six weeks of commuting an hour and a half each way from the Bronx to Fulton Street Mall, students in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Your Hood” workshop presented their finished design proposals to revitalize the Mall’s communal space. Comment

Recchia forgets his roots

Brooklyn Courier: In explaining his vote for the congestion tax, Councilmember Domenic Recchia said he was elected to lead. Apparently, he forgets who he is leading. When he voted with the mayor to raise our property taxes by 18.5 percent, he said he was doing it for his constituents. Comment

Rabbi gets probation in sex case: Accused of abusing kids; pleads down to lesser charge

Brooklyn Courier: A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment

Prospect Pk Craft Fair

Brooklyn Courier: The Prospect Park Craft Fair […] Comment

Pressure on to roll back cuts

Brooklyn Courier: The heat is on. Comment

Preservation honors: DNA, DDDB awarded

Brooklyn Courier: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

Pinocchio marionettes

Brooklyn Courier: The Puppetworks will present Carlo Collodi’s 1882 adventures of a wooden marionette, “Pinocchio,” in its Brooklyn Theatre, 338 Sixth Avenue, on Saturdays and Sundays from May 3 to August 17 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Comment

Old Stone House

Brooklyn Courier: The Old Stone House of Brooklyn is the perfect intimate setting for a new jazz series curated by Charles Sibirsky, pianist and founder of Slope Music. Comment

No Brooklyn love for Oliver House

Brooklyn Courier: Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment

Museum preview

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment

Multiple Sclerosis group

Brooklyn Courier: Approximately 400,000 Americans are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and each week 200 additional individuals are diagnosed. New York Methodist Hospital is offering a free support group for individuals diagnosed with MS in the past two years. Comment

MS 51’s transoms

Brooklyn Courier: The William Alexander Middle School 51 Art Department will host a special fundraiser exhibit called the “Transom Project.” Comment

Mighty Mommies run the gauntlet: Workout program helps get new moms 

Brooklyn Courier: Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment

May’s packed at BPL: Brooklyn Public Library has things to do all month long

Brooklyn Courier: Spring is the growing season, and all through the month of May, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has programs to match. Comment

Long Island University hosts annual peace fair

Brooklyn Courier: Borough peaceniks joined a cavalcade of local groups to spread the good word during a peace fair at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Comment

Log on to FishNet to aid New Orleans

Brooklyn Courier: Fort Greene residents Wayne Taylor and Karrie Myers have launched FishNet, an internet-based project that connects donors with grassroots organizations that are successfully helping to rebuild lives affected by Hurricane Katrina. Comment

Life Lines turning 25: Group seeks out former members for reunion

Brooklyn Courier: The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment

Lessons of Vietnam

Brooklyn Courier: Historian Marilyn B. Young, author of “The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990” will host “Vietnam: Lessons Learned and Forgotten,” a panel discussion presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history exhibit: “In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans,” May 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. Comment

Lambda holds 30th anniversary dinner party

Brooklyn Courier: Lambda Independent Democrats held their 30th Anniversary Dinner Party to honor a number of pioneers in the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender community. Comment

Know your PCBS: Toxins in public schools

Brooklyn Courier: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Jail for body snatcher: Christopher Aldorasi faces 60 years in prison

Brooklyn Courier: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

Jackson on housing crisis

Brooklyn Courier: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

It’s off to the (go-cart) races at Prospect Pk

Brooklyn Courier: Gentlemen, start you engines, please […] Comment

It’s a sunny Earth Day at public school 58

Brooklyn Courier: Budding eco-buffs marched into the yard and offered Mother Nature a tall salute during Earth Day festivities at Public School 58. Comment

Housing prices on the rise: But numbers fall in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill

Brooklyn Courier: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Historic magnolias

Brooklyn Courier: Since their first planting in 1932, the magnolias have been a key collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), and to this day their sweet scent and showy blossoms are among the early signs of spring at the garden. Comment

Hilton strikes gold in Brooklyn: Oro Towers to house chain’s hotels

Brooklyn Courier: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

Health seminars open

Brooklyn Courier: Those on a quest for health can look no further than Greenpoint this weekend when a trio of health seminars begin their run at Top English Group. Comment

Health day

Brooklyn Courier: In observance of Mother’s Day, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a free Women’s Health Day, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical Office Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

Headstone honors Irish freedom fighter: Green-Wood Cemetery unveils monument

Brooklyn Courier: Joined by a representative of the Montana National Guard, the Green-Wood Historic Fund unveiled a gravestone honoring Irish Freedom Fighter and Civil War Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher. General Meagher, who commanded troops in the storied Fighting 69th and Irish Brigades during the America Civil War, disappeared on the Missouri River in 1867. His body was never found. The new grave marker will lie beside the final resting place of Meagher’s widow, Libby. Comment

Greenway bike run

Brooklyn Courier: Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) for a 10-mile ride at a family pace, starting in Greenpoint and ending at Red Hook’s spectacular waterfront, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Comment

Green space for canal

Brooklyn Courier: Yes, the Gowanus Canal is sponge worthy. Comment

Green for Bklyn Center: BCUE receives state funds for new headquarters

Brooklyn Courier: One of Brooklyn’s most environmentally friendly buildings received an infusion of a different kind of ‘green’ last week. Comment

Grand prospect hall plays host to Carroll Gardens association gala

Brooklyn Courier: A distinguished quartet of honorees was hailed for its leadership and service to the community when the Carroll Gardens Association held an awards dinner at Grand Prospect Hall. Comment

Grandparents reach across the pond: British and Brooklyn caregivers meet

Brooklyn Courier: In a unique cultural exchange, Brooklyn grandparents raising their grandchildren had the opportunity to speak to a group of teens from Britain being raised by their grandparents. Comment

Gowanus Canal ‘flushed’ with changes: Butler Street pumping station to receive $130 million upgrade

Brooklyn Courier: The flushing tunnel and pumping station that helped transform water quality in the Gowanus Canal is scheduled for a bit of a makeover of their own. Comment

Governor Paterson in Bklyn for NAACP honors

Brooklyn Courier: Governor David A. Paterson took a detour into Brooklyn to attend a benefit reception, coordinated by the Brooklyn branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Comment

Going beyond ‘tolerance’: Brooklyn forum promotes understanding instead

Brooklyn Courier: If there was one word in the English language that Hassan Askari would like to redefine, it would be the word “tolerate.” Comment

Getting out the vote

Brooklyn Courier: Members of the Voter Registration Committee of the Polish American Congress helped parishioners fill out their registration forms during a busy Sunday morning at Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth, Queens. Comment

Get help keeping your apartment

Brooklyn Courier: The People’s Firehouse (PFI) and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), in partnership with the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Tenant Anti-Displacement Collaborative, are co-hosting a Tenant Aid Workshop in order to help tenants living in the Northside neighborhood that are at risk of being displaced from their homes. Comment

Get a better night’s sleep: Hospital opens clinic for snooze disorders

Brooklyn Courier: Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) threw open wide the doors of its new Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center (SDDC), in an effort to help shut the door on sleeplessness in Brooklyn. A small ribbon cutting reception, with an open house tour followed immediately after. Comment

Fun for you at Mamalú: May is a great month at neighborhood institution

Brooklyn Courier: Come join in the fun at Mamalú Caf […] Comment

Funds for Park Slope organizations: Local civic council awards its neighborhood grants to 18 community groups

Brooklyn Courier: The Park Slope Civic Council has awarded its 2007-2008 Neighborhood Grants and is “delighted to support these local groups, as they reflect the range and variety of active, creative organizations in Park Slope and they contribute greatly to the diversity and vitality of our community.” Comment

Ft. Greene House Tour: Famed architect to lead walk

Brooklyn Courier: This year’s 29th Fort Greene House Tour, May 4 from 12-5 p.m., is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable ever. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view the first New York work of acclaimed young British architect, David Adjaye [www.adjaye.com], a spectacular 4,000 square-foot artists’ studio. Comment

Free film on immigration

Brooklyn Courier: Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and film professor (University of Texas) Anne Lewis visits Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Avenue (at Eighth Street), at 7:30 p.m., May 2 to screen her film about the affects of immigration on a small town’s labor force in Tennessee. Comment

Finish what you start

Brooklyn Courier: Waiting, waiting, waiting. Comment

Fifteen minutes of fame

Brooklyn Courier: Shavana Abruzzo, I found your article to be very offensive [“He simply isn’t ready to be our commander-in-chief,” A Britisher’s View, 3/27 issue]. Comment

Ex-judge is ‘benched’: Michael Garson forced to resign from bar

Brooklyn Courier: A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment

Enhanced training for auxiliary cops: Force gets more instruction

Brooklyn Courier: The NYPD is adding more self-defense and police procedural instruction to the training of their auxiliary force […] Comment

Earth Day flotilla launches eco-activists

Brooklyn Courier: The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy held its Ninth Annual Gowanus Canal Earth Day Flotilla, which began with a guided historical and educational eco-cruise of the Gowanus Canal aboard the organization’s unique 32-foot Indian shipping canoe. Comment

Driving down costs

Brooklyn Courier: The installation of a Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program in Brooklyn should certainly assist in bringing the high cost of auto insurance down in Brooklyn by providing thousands of new customers to the auto insurance companies. Comment

District 15 CEC

Brooklyn Courier: The District 15 Community Education Council will hold a special working session for “friends and colleagues” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 6. Comment

Dirty 10th District

Brooklyn Courier: With the inauguration of New York’s first black governor and the democrats seriously considering a black nominee, this should be the year that we celebrate the ascendancy of the new black politician. Comment

Dinner, auction

Brooklyn Courier: St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Park Slope will hold its Spring Dinner & Auction from 6:30-11:30 p.m., April 26. Comment

Crime busting is a lot of fun when cops and the community team up

Brooklyn Courier: The looming clouds did little to break the camaraderie between the cops and the community last week as Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment

convention

Brooklyn Courier: The Polish Singers Alliance of America’s (PSAA) member choruses of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will participate in their 59th District Seven Convention, hosted this year by the Jutrzenka Singing Society, female chorus # 226, May 31. Comment

Concessions unmet on Caton

Brooklyn Courier: Two years after their small corner of Brooklyn was up-zoned to accommodate the plans of an individual developer, residents of an apartment building in East Windsor Terrace are still waiting for the developer to make good on his promise to revise his plans to provide a 16-foot buffer between that building and the one he is planning to erect next door. Comment

Cleaning out the Gowanus canal, one kayak load at a time

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids helped sustain a marine habitat undergoing a rebirth during the ninth annual flotilla spring clean up along the Gowanus Canal for Earth Day. Comment

Changing the world, Brooklyn style: Couple featured in Bill Clinton’s ‘Giving’

Brooklyn Courier: Former Lincoln High School teacher Mark Grashow and his wife, Sheri Saltzberg, residents of Park Slope, Brooklyn, have been featured in former President Bill Clinton’s latest book, “GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World” because of their endeavors to save schools and schoolchildren in Zimbabwe. Comment

Chamber champs

Brooklyn Courier: Saint Ann’s School ninth grader Katie Coates and junior Monica Greco were the first prize winners in the High School Chamber Music Competition, sponsored by the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Bishop Loughlin High School, 357 Clermont Avenue. Comment

Canarsie closing blues

Brooklyn Courier: Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

Brooklyn Real Estate roundtable

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable will hold its second quarterly luncheon for 2008, May 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, in Brooklyn Heights. A networking reception will begin at 12 p.m. and the luncheon and a program featuring four speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn Peace Fair

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn For Peace and the Long Island University Student Government Association are co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair from 11 a.m to 6 p.m., April 26 on LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, Flatbush & DeKalb avenues. Comment

Brooklyn Children’s Museum series

Brooklyn Courier: Cuentos Para Niños (Stories for Children) continues through May with new bilingual programs at neighborhood libraries. This month, explore the theme “home” through stories in Spanish and English and meet an animal that carries his house wherever he goes. The museum kicks off its summer outreach series with BayFest, May 18 from 12-6 p.m. Look for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community festivals in the coming months. Comment

Breathing Toxic air: BK air quality gets ‘D’ grade

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

Botanic Garden doles out honors

Brooklyn Courier: In recognition of Brooklyn’s outstanding community leaders, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) honored the extraordinary achievements of four individuals at the annual Forsythia Day awards ceremony. Comment

Bklyn Indie Mkt

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Indie Market will kick off its seasonal opening with an Indie Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 3 at Smith Street between Union and President streets in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Bklyn artifacts: City Reliquary opens up

Brooklyn Courier: The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Author speaks to local yeshiva students: ‘Infidel’ conducts provocative workshop with young neighborhood scholars

Brooklyn Courier: Children everywhere are warned not to take candy from strangers, but when Nonie Darwish was growing up in Cairo, she was taught to refuse sweets from people she didn’t know because they could be Jews “trying to poison” her. Comment

American Stevedoring wins new lease deal

Brooklyn Courier: For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment

ACORN keeps head up: Remains confident Atlantic Yards be seen through end

Brooklyn Courier: The non-profit organization working with developer Forest City Ratner on the affordable housing portion of the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project said they remain confident that the project will get done. Comment

A bit hard to swallow

Brooklyn Courier: While it may seem like a simple action, swallowing is a complicated process that plays a vital role in both the physical and mental wellness of an individual. Comment

A bargeload of music

Brooklyn Courier: Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment

‘Spirit of Life’ walkathon in bergen beach

Kings Courier: Family, friends and neighbors united to hail the memory of one of their own with a “Spirit of Life” walkathon in Bergen Beach. Comment

Winner: cops; loser: robbers: 66th Police Precinct salutes alert crime-buster

Kings Courier: To the 66th Precinct’s newest “Cops of the Month,” all of the accolades and praise are just icing on the cake. Comment

Wedding of ‘Mr. Q & Ms. U’: P.S. 255 students revel in wonderful wordplay

Kings Courier: Hundreds of guests dressed for a ball flocked en masse to the grand auditorium of Public School 255 to witness the much-anticipated wedding of “Mr. Q” to “Ms. U.” Comment

Truce in ugly ‘Stripes’ feud: Car service operator smooths over clash with CB18, officials

Kings Courier: If small business owner Richard Tetelman has learned anything from Community Board 18, it is this: You can catch more bees with honey than vinegar. Comment

Trash gets sticky for residents: Taking out the garbage is an increasingly complicated chore

Kings Courier: Generating trash is the easy part […] Comment

Toxic test on schools: Pol sees PCB dangers in classrooms

Kings Courier: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Top students earn the coveted blue sash

Kings Courier: The best and brightest of Public School 255 were recognized with “Student of the Month” honors for all the hard work they do, in addition to excellent attendance records and exhibiting kindness towards others. Comment

16 too young to vote, say Bklynites

Kings Courier: Efforts to give kids as young as 16 an opportunity to join local community boards as full-fledged voting members are likely to face a tough sell here in Brooklyn. Comment

Teenage girl is struck down crossing Avenue U

Kings Courier: A 17-year-old Sunset Park girl was struck and killed last week after trying to run across a busy Marine Park street with friends, police said. Brunida Santiago was pronounced dead upon arrival at the […] Comment

Stripped bare in Mill island: Crooks target high-profile automobiles

Kings Courier: Flashy car rims and tires can certainly be attention grabbers. Comment

Stiffer penalties for cheap thugs

Kings Courier: Senior citizens aren’t easy targets anymore. Comment

Sneak peek inside the old Lott house

Kings Courier: A tour of the grand hallway and parlor room, a panel exhibition and rare archaeological finds lured the curious on a trip to the Marine Park of yesteryear when a local grassroots group helped organize […] Comment

Setting the stage for healthier families

Kings Courier: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment

Revised zoning shakes up Coney: Many wonder which way new rides will go

Kings Courier: Coney Island stakeholders are wondering this week just how much they stand to gain and how much they’re likely to lose now that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has decided to modify its proposal to rezone Coney Island. Comment

Rabbi beats sex rap

Kings Courier: A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment

Norton playground ready for fun and games

Kings Courier: Norton Playground is sparkling from a state-of-the-art makeover […] Comment

Madison taps de Blasio

Kings Courier: Members of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association enlisted some extra help this week in their ongoing campaign against non-contextual building. Comment

Latest rezoning effort could grow: Some say too many blocks will still be left out

Kings Courier: As it stands now, Canarsie’s rezoning would be the largest in the history of Brooklyn […] Comment

Judge upholds cell phone ban

A judge knocked out parents’ legal challenge to the city’s ban of cell phones in public schools -- but the fight isn’t over yet. Comment

Housing price tags rise higher: Average costs up, sales decline

Kings Courier: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Harris bids fond farewell: Retiring inspector says goodbye to community

Kings Courier: The praise flowed freely when Inspector Thomas Harris, the commanding officer of the 70th Precinct, stopped by during Community Board 14’s April meeting to bid adieu to board members. Comment

Gloves off in race for Congress

Kings Courier: The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment

Gioia bid for advocate

Kings Courier: A Queens City Council member running for public advocate next year crossed over the borough line recently to make his case before the Midwood Civic Action Council. Comment

Gavel comes down on former BK judge

Kings Courier: A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment

District 21 school kids score better on exams

Kings Courier: District 21 is getting back on track, according to a city Department of Education (DOE) administrator. Comment

Cutting close to the bone: Community boards hit with more funding cuts

Kings Courier: More budget cuts are coming down the pike for the city’s community boards. Comment

Cops deny pattern of automobile break-ins: Despite talk about East 27th St. crimes, police say incidents are not being reported

Kings Courier: Despite rumors of car break-ins around East 27th Street between avenues L and N, police at the 70th Police Precinct say there is no pattern of such crimes. Comment

Comprehensive guide to civic meets

Kings Courier: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3323. 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

Caton Pl. condo shut down: Stop work order issued after contractor pulls out

Kings Courier: A massive condominium project in Kensington has been shut down following an apparent falling out between the developer and the contractor. Comment

Brooklyn body snatcher faces 60 years in jail

Kings Courier: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

Broadcaster inspires P.S. 255 students: Art McFarland visits East 17th St. school

Kings Courier: Popular Education News personality Art McFarland visited PS 255 for a birthday salute, put on by the students, to famous authors such as Shel Silverstein. Comment

Bishop of brooklyn leads welcome wagon for the pope

Kings Courier: It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment

Baron dekalb k of c marks stellar milestone

Kings Courier: Pomp-filled rites accompanied the milestone occasion when Baron DeKalb Council, Knights of Columbus hosted a 50th anniversary celebration for the St. Pius X Council of Canarsie on its 50th anniversary. Comment

Barclay’s Ctr. blood sport: Ultimate fighting has its Brooklyn supporters

Kings Courier: The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

Annual unity showcase festival

Kings Courier: The looming clouds did little to break the camaraderie between the cops and the community last week as Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment

Waterfront master plan: Renovations in gear for E. River park

Greenpoint: The state Parks Department recently announced plans to begin work on a “Master Plan” for the renovation of East River State Park, the waterfront park on Kent Avenue between North Seventh and Ninth streets, sometime in 2009. Comment

Wasted funds: Union charges DOE squandered $153M

Greenpoint: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Tunnel maven hopes for movie deal: Will give tour to would-be feature financiers

Greenpoint: Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment

Tips on avoiding displacement: Tenant aid workshop to be held at Mt. Carmel RC Church on April 28 by PFI, NAG

Greenpoint: The People’s Firehouse (PFI) and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), in partnership with the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Tenant Anti-Displacement Collaborative, are co-hosting a Tenant Aid Workshop in order to help tenants living in the Northside neighborhood that are at risk of being displaced from their homes. Comment

The ABCs of PCBs: Official calls for investigation of toxin in public schools

Greenpoint: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Speaking the same language: Advocacy group lauds Wyckoff Hospital’s translation services

Greenpoint: Wyckoff Heights Medical Center earned high marks from Make the Road New York this month in a comprehensive report showing that the availability of language assistance is improving throughout New York City hospitals. Comment

Remembering a 9/11 hero: Walk to honor Brooklyn firefighter and WTC responder Martin Egan

Greenpoint: Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment

Park plans in gear for North Bklyn

Greenpoint: Spring is in full swing, and so are plans for park spaces in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Comment

Outcry over shooting: Greenpoint community reacts after nightclub inicident

Greenpoint: Reassurances from Captain Dennis Fulton that crime remains low in their Greenpoint community fell on deaf ears following a shooting at a local nightclub as fed-up residents demanded answers of the 94th Precinct. Comment

New study: breathing ain’t easy in Bklyn

Greenpoint: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

More foul news with Dupont St. sludge tank

Greenpoint: The restlessness of Greenpoint residents surrounding the long-delayed demolition of the Dupont Sludge Tank was exacerbated recently at a Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee (NCMC) meeting with officials from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Comment

Mighty Mommies get fit post-baby: Exercise class at McCarren Park helps get new moms 

Greenpoint: Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment

House prices on the rise: Cost of a Bklyn home up 3 percent vs. same time last year

Greenpoint: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Green with anger: Protest at Earth Day event

Greenpoint: A local activist group staged a mock oil clean up to protest ExxonMobil’s sponsorship of the Go Green Festival, celebrating Earth Day at McCarren Park. Comment
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Your guide to local community meetings in May

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

Ultimate fighting bouts may call Brooklyn home

Greenpoint: The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

Brooklyn Eats answers the culinary question: What’s for dinner?

Williamsburg: If you enjoy the flavor of Brooklyn neighborhoods as much as the flavor of the borough’s food, then the latest incarnation of Brooklyn Eats will be just your piece of cake. Comment

Bklyn body looter could get 60 years: “Pawn” in body harvesting operation faces time with guilty verdict in bench trial

Greenpoint: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

Addressing foreclosure: Brooklyn officials call for government bailout

Greenpoint: As the mortgage foreclosure rate continues to escalate in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes joined Assemblymember Joseph Lentol and State Senator Martin Connor at the Brooklyn campus of Boruica College to inform Williamsburg residents about the dangers of predatory lending. Comment

‘Time out’ on Ratner

Brooklyn Courier: As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment

‘Grassroots’ efforts lauded with awards: Bklyn orgs recognized for preservation wor

Brooklyn Courier: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

UFT: City bungled funds

Brooklyn Courier: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Stevedores settle in on waterfront: Cargo co. gets new lease deal

Brooklyn Courier: For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment

Save our nabe: Locals: expand historic district

Brooklyn Courier: Preservationists from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill continued their push to get expanded historic districts in their neighborhoods with a recent pitch to Community Board 2. Comment

Patrol Borough Brooklyn South celebrates unity

Brooklyn Courier: The looming clouds did little to break the camaraderie between the cops and the community last week as Patrol Borough Brooklyn South held their annual Unity Showcase Festival. Comment

Outrage at bell outcome: Brooklynites express dismay

Brooklyn Courier: The pews of Brown Memorial Baptist Church were filled last week in a town hall meeting to address the acquittal of three police officers in the killing of Sean Bell. Comment

Mud starts slinging in Towns/Powell showdown: Congressional candidates launch verbal attacks

Brooklyn Courier: The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment

Literacy unlocks a whole new world

Brooklyn Courier: Most people don’t go back to school at age 47 […] Comment

Kid-tested, mother-approved playground

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (back row, third from left) donned a “playground hat” as he joined Out2Play Executive Director Andrea Wenner (second from left) to unveil renderings of a new playground on property shared by the Brooklyn New School-PS 146, 610 Henry Street and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies-MS 448, 284 Baltic Street. He also joined students from the two schools, many of whom helped design the playground, which will replace the barren asphalt lot that has served as the schools’ only outdoor play space. The beep's office and Out2Play additionally bring two new playgrounds to PS 191, 1600 Park Place and PS 93, 31 New York Avenue. Comment

Judge upholds Bklyn Bridge Pk plan: Condo opponents call ruling ‘a sad day for public parks’

Brooklyn Courier: The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court last week unanimously dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn the approved plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Hilton coming to Oro: Luxury condo building to get hotel rooms

Brooklyn Courier: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

Gasp! BK air quality stinks!: American Lung Association survey gives borough a ‘D’ rating

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

Earth Day done delicious: Restaurateur draws crowds to Habana Outpost

Brooklyn Courier: The restaurateur who brought you the city’s first solar-powered restaurant outdid himself last weekend with a two-day Earth Day Expo in the courtyard of his Fort Greene eatery. Comment

Carroll Gardens is not amused: Residents irked by Oliver House project; lash out at de Blasio

Brooklyn Courier: Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment

Boro home prices up despite sales drop

Brooklyn Courier: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

‘Infidel’ author challenges yeshiva kids: Writer Nonie Darwish delivers provocative talk to Jewish teenagers

Flatbush: Children everywhere are warned not to take candy from strangers, but when Nonie Darwish was growing up in Cairo, she was taught to refuse sweets from people she didn’t know because they could be Jews “trying to poison” her. Comment

Working to build healthier BKlyn families

Flatbush: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment

Well versed in poetry at P.S. 119

Flatbush: There once was a pupil and poet […] Comment

Ultimate fighting at the Barclay’s Center

Flatbush: The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

St. Saviour scholarship winners

Flatbush: St. Saviour Elementary School honored its students who have earned scholarships to the following schools: St. Saviour High School, Loyola, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bishop Ford, Bishop Kearney, Xavier, Xaverian, Dominican Academy, Saint John’s Prep, Notre Dame, Suyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and Midwood High School. Comment

Special community salute to neighborhood preservationists

Flatbush: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

Some ‘Wheel’ cool cats

Flatbush: One of the road’s cool cats made a smooth swerve onto the realty highway when the Brooklyn Board of Realtors presented a Jaguar showcase as part of its agents day in Mill Basin. Comment

Slashed to the bone: Boards face more budget cuts

Flatbush: More budget cuts are coming down the pike for the city’s community boards. Comment

Robberies spike in E. Flatbush: Gunman uses Craig’s List cover to pull off crimes

Flatbush: Crime is down more than eight percent in East Flatbush, so far this year. Comment

Revamped Gravesend Park is ready for fresh round of fun & games

Flatbush: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined City Council Member Simcha Felder, Community Board 12 District Manager Wolf Sender, 66th Precinct Inspector Peter DeBlasio, and students from PS 48 and Yeshiva Stolin to cut the ribbon on renovations at Gravesend Park, 18th Avenue and 56th Street, and officially opened the park to the community. Comment

Reid indictment shakes community

Flatbush: Shaken. Sick at heart. Unbelieving. Comment

Rabbi beats the sex rap: Joel Kolko enters guilty plea; given probation

Flatbush: A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment

P.O.’ed at Vanderveer P.O.: Customers complain about problems with mail delivery

Flatbush: Long lines and misdelivered mail are just some of the problems that area residents have with the Vanderveer post office. Comment

Pens, pencils and poison: New call to test schools for toxins

Flatbush: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Over 80 African-american heroes adorn mural

Flatbush: A mural depicting more than 80 African-Americans on U.S. postage stamps and their biographies was set up in the lobby of Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza Station, 1368 Fulton Street. Comment

Lott house on the road to restoration

Flatbush: A tour of the grand hallway and parlor room, a panel exhibition and rare archaeological finds lured the curious on a trip to the Marine Park of yesteryear when a local grassroots group helped organize […] Comment

Local streets get a sinking feeling

Flatbush: The condition of some of the streets in East Flatbush has residents seeing red. Comment

Kid runners lace up for run: Second annual mini-marathon gears up this month

Flatbush: Brooklyn kids, get your running shoes on! Comment

HOPE you can really sink your teeth into

Flatbush: Underprivileged New Yorkers have found a friend in Kensington chiropractor Dr. Elana Brown, who organized a local food drive just in time for the holidays. The big-hearted annual effort […] Comment

Harris bids farewell: Retiring inspector thanks community

Flatbush: The praise flowed freely when Inspector Thomas Harris, the commanding officer of the 70th Precinct, stopped by during Community Board 14’s April meeting to bid adieu to board members. Comment

Gioia courts voters: Queens councilman looks to be public advocate

Flatbush: A Queens City Council member running for public advocate next year crossed over the borough line recently to make his case before the Midwood Civic Action Council. Comment

Ghoul gets justice: Convicted body snatcher faces 60 years

Flatbush: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

Gavel comes down on former judge: Michael Garson is forced to resign from the New York State Bar

Flatbush: A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment

Fight identity theft at the 1st annual NYC Shred Fest

Flatbush: It might sound like a rock concert, but Shred Fest NYC might do more for you than just damage your eardrums. Comment

Enhanced training for auxiliary cops: Brooklyn volunteers schooled in self-defense and police procedures

Flatbush: The NYPD is adding more self-defense and police procedural instruction to the training of their auxiliary force […] Comment

Cops report drop in felony crime

Flatbush: While crime is up in many of the city’s 76 commands, it continues to plummet within the confines of the 67th Precinct. Comment

Cops release sketch of suspected shooter: Hunt is on for corrections officer’s killer

Flatbush: Armed with a sketch of one of the suspects, area police have begun a full-court press in their search for the duo that shot and killed a respected Corrections Officer in a hair-brained robbery attempt. Comment

Community Bd. 10 backs group home: New York Ave. site would be nabe’s 16th

Flatbush: It wasn’t by any means a runaway, but Community Board 17 has given the go-ahead to a group home for East Flatbush. Comment

Call to expand Church Ave. study

Flatbush: The city is planning a major traffic study of Church Avenue, between McDonald Avenue and Utica Avenue. Comment

Breaks put on Caton Place condominium development

Flatbush: A massive condominium project in Kensington has been shut down following an apparent falling out between the developer and the contractor. Comment

Bishop of brooklyn leads welcome wagon for pope

Flatbush: It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment

Baron DeKalb k of c marks stellar milestone

Flatbush: Pomp-filled rites accompanied the milestone occasion when Baron DeKalb Council, Knights of Columbus hosted a 50th anniversary celebration for the St. Pius X Council of Canarsie on its 50th anniversary. Comment

Apply now for block party permits

Flatbush: With summer fast approaching, East Flatbush residents and block associations have to scurry to get in applications if they want to hold a block party. Comment

Anger on the ‘side’: Neighbors rip Caton Pl. developer

Flatbush: Two years after their small corner of Brooklyn was up-zoned to accommodate the plans of an individual developer, residents of an apartment building in East Windsor Terrace are still waiting for the developer to make good on his promise to revise his plans to provide a 16-foot buffer between that building and the one he is planning to erect next door. Comment

Afghani immigrant is top cop

Flatbush: Ridding the streets of criminals is simply his way of giving back. Comment

Yoga Thursdays in Park Slope

Brooklyn Courier: If you are a caregiver of an older loved one, take a break and join other caregivers for “Yoga Thursdays” at Leeza’s Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center. Classes start May 1 and are conducted by Amma Wilson. Comment

‘Green’ your life

Brooklyn Courier: Want to live a greener life inside and out? “Greening Your Everyday Life” is an evening of down-to-earth discussions led by acclaimed environmental experts who are also parents of PS 321 students. Comment

Two injured in Nelson Street collapse: Workers hospitalized after plywood floor gives way at constuction site

Brooklyn Courier: Two construction workers suffered minor injuries when the plywood floor they were working on gave out underneath them, officials said. Comment

Remembering a piece of Bklyn history

Brooklyn Courier: The corner of Dwight and Delevan streets is now also known as ‘Red Hook Lane […] Comment

Relax outside at World Tai Chi Day

Brooklyn Courier: Tai Chi practitioners from all over the borough […] Comment

PCBs in Brooklyn schools: Pol calls for testing, abatement of toxic chemical

Brooklyn Courier: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

New park to ‘Sponge’ up pollution

Brooklyn Courier: Yes, the Gowanus Canal is sponge worthy. Comment

New home for Manhattan diner: Red Hook to house ousted eatery

Brooklyn Courier: Manhattan’s culinary loss is Brooklyn’s gain. Comment

Music, a bargeload at a time: Former violinist brings culture to the water’s edge

Brooklyn Courier: Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment

Much too large: Carroll Gardens locals decry Oliver House plans

Brooklyn Courier: Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment

Lots of earmarks come Bklyn’s way: Pork includes $1.5M for work on Fulton Ferry State Park

Brooklyn Courier: While all the pork barrel dust hasn’t settled from the state’s recently passed $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget, several large entities on the northern end of Brooklyn did appear to get large allocations. Comment

Jackson: home crisis worse: Says borough at epicenter of foreclosures

Brooklyn Courier: If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

It’s time to ‘play ball!’ in Red Hook

Brooklyn Courier: Red Hook Stadium morphed into a “field of dreams” for budding A-Rods, who took to the green to launch the Little League season of the national pastime. Comment

Hilton hotels to set up shop at 313 Gold St.

Brooklyn Courier: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

Groups honored for ‘grassroots’ work: Four Brooklyn organizations recognized for efforts to preserve the borough

Brooklyn Courier: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

Come see the transoms at Middle School 51

Brooklyn Courier: The William Alexander Middle School 51 Art Department will host a special fundraiser exhibit called the “Transom Project.” Comment

Cleaning the canal, one kayak at a time: Floating do-gooders help clear gunk out of pulluted Gowanus

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids helped sustain a marine habitat undergoing a rebirth during the ninth annual flotilla spring clean up along the Gowanus Canal for Earth Day. Comment

Cash infusion for green group: $250K check goes to Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment

Brooklyn Courier: One of Brooklyn’s most environmentally friendly buildings received an infusion of a different kind of ‘green’ last week. Comment

BK home prices rise, even as sales slump: Still, prices down in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Greenpoint and Clinton Hill

Brooklyn Courier: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Bike New York May 4

Brooklyn Courier: Bike New York will present its 31st annual tour, May 4, which draws 30,000 cyclists of all ages. Comment

‘Wide’ loophole closing up

Brooklyn Courier: Efforts to protect Carroll Gardens from out-of-character development are poised to yield some tangible results this week. Comment

Waterfront Museum fun

Brooklyn Courier: New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring. Comment

UFT: City bungled change to reduce class size for kids

Brooklyn Courier: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Toxic air in Brooklyn: American Lung Association gives borough poor grade

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

Take steps against Cystic Fibrosis

Brooklyn Courier: Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

Station flush with change: Rehab for pumping station

Brooklyn Courier: The flushing tunnel and pumping station that helped transform water quality in the Gowanus Canal are scheduled for a bit of a makeover of their own. Comment

Specially designed for fun and games

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (back row, third from left) donned a “playground hat” as he joined Out2Play Executive Director Andrea Wenner (second from left) to unveil renderings of a new playground on property shared by the Brooklyn New School-PS 146, 610 Henry Street and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies-MS 448, 284 Baltic Street. He also joined students from the two schools, many of whom helped design the playground, which will replace the barren asphalt lot that has served as the schools’ only outdoor play space. The beep’s office and Out2Play additionally bring two new playgrounds to PS 191, 1600 Park Place and PS 93, 31 New York Avenue. Comment

School park christening: Patrick F. Daly/PS 15 playgrounds to open May 6

Brooklyn Courier: Next week will mark the official opening of the Patrick F. Daly/P.S. 15 playgrounds, a collaborative effort that turned a humdrum schoolyard into a vibrant community space. Comment

Relics of Brooklyn’s past

Brooklyn Courier: A fortuitous coincidence of seeing a child’s drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg and the coming 125th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge inspired the City Reliquary’s upcoming exhibit. Comment

Podcast walking tours

Brooklyn Courier: Two Downtown Brooklyn BIDs unveiled a podcast walking tour of Downtown Brooklyn. The Fulton Mall Improvement Association (FMIA) and the MetroTech BID partnered to create and produce a free 45-minute self-guided tour of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Parents fight to roll back cuts: Pressure on city to fund schools

Brooklyn Courier: The heat is on. Comment

Judge okays ban: Parents vow to fight for cell phone

Brooklyn Courier: A judge knocked out parents’ legal challenge to the city’s ban of cell phones in public schools […] Comment

Guide to civic meetings

Brooklyn Courier: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. Comment

Ex-judge ‘benched’: Michael Garson forced to resign from bar

Brooklyn Courier: A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment

Congressional mudslinging

Brooklyn Courier: The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment

Calling for a ‘time out’ on Atlantic Yards

Brooklyn Courier: As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment

Body snatcher faces 60 years in prison: Christopher Aldorasi found guilty on charges involving ghastly body parts scheme

Brooklyn Courier: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

American Stevedoring settles in on waterfront: City and cargo co. have agreement

Brooklyn Courier: For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment

Adult learning group hails BK woman: Crossing guard ends 47 years of illiteracy

Brooklyn Courier: Most people don’t go back to school at age 47 […] Comment

Yom Ha’ Shoah

Canarsie: Temple Sholom is sponsoring a special Yom Ha’Shoah program entitled “Justice Served: A Story of Wartime Retribution” at 7 p.m., May 1 at the synagogue, 2075 East 68th Street. Comment

Yom HaShoah

Canarsie: The East Midwood Jewish Center and Madison Jewish Center will host their annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Day Service in remembrance of the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at the Madison Jewish Center, 2989 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

‘Stripes’ feud is settled: Upset business owner smooths over row with pols

Canarsie: If small business owner Richard Tetelman has learned anything from Community Board 18, it is this: You can catch more bees with honey than vinegar. Comment

‘Infidel’ speaks to yeshiva kids: Author Nonie Darwish visits Brooklyn

Canarsie: Children everywhere are warned not to take candy from strangers, but when Nonie Darwish was growing up in Cairo, she was taught to refuse sweets from people she didn’t know because they could be Jews “trying to poison” her. Comment

Warm breezes make library cooler

Canarsie: Spring is the growing season, and all through the month of May, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has programs to match. Comment

Walk against Cystic Fibrosis: Hundreds expected for fundraising campaign at Marine Park

Canarsie: Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

UPD Club annual dinner dance

Canarsie: The United Progressive Democratic Club of the 47 AD (UPDC) has been serving the community for over 80 years and will hold its 42nd Annual Dinner Dance at the Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street, on May 1, to honor eight outstanding citizens who have contributed greatly to the betterment of their communities and fellow man. Comment

Towns, Powell get down & dirty: Mud starts to fly in contentious race for congressional seat

Canarsie: The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment

The Brooklyn Indie Market opens new season in May

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Indie Market will kick off its seasonal opening with an Indie Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 3 at Smith Street between Union and President streets in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Teens help design the future: Students focus on Fulton Mall revitalization project

Canarsie: After six weeks of commuting an hour and a half each way from the Bronx to Fulton Street Mall, students in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s “Design Your Hood” workshop presented their finished design proposals to revitalize the Mall’s communal space. Comment

Tapped into the nabe: Sampson begins weekly meetings

Canarsie: An extended network of Canarsie activists is now meeting regularly with one local elected official, who hopes to garner from them information about issues of concern to the community as well as to hammer out approaches to those issues. Comment

Tai Chi course at Prospect Park

Canarsie: Tai Chi practitioners from all over the borough […] Comment

Support group for sufferers of MS

Canarsie: Approximately 400,000 Americans are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and each week 200 additional individuals are diagnosed. New York Methodist Hospital is offering a free support group for individuals diagnosed with MS in the past two years. Comment

Support for Ultimate Fighting debut in BK

Canarsie: The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

St. Saviour scholarships

Canarsie: St. Saviour Elementary School honored its students who have earned scholarships to the following schools: St. Saviour High School, Loyola, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bishop Ford, Bishop Kearney, Xavier, Xaverian, Dominican Academy, Saint John’s Prep, Notre Dame, Suyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and Midwood High School. Comment

St. Pius X Council marks 50th Anniversary

Canarsie: Pomp-filled rites accompanied the milestone occasion when Baron DeKalb Council, Knights of Columbus hosted a 50th anniversary celebration for the St. Pius X Council of Canarsie on its 50th anniversary. Comment

St. Columba Youth council hits the field

Canarsie: A cheery crop of little leaguers from St. Columba Youth Council jumpstarted the local season of the national pastime with a Mass and a march to Marine Park. Comment

31st Annual Bike New York tour

Canarsie: Bike New York will present its 31st annual tour, May 4, which draws 30,000 cyclists of all ages. Comment

Spring into Beauty

Canarsie: Elena Solitario, College of Staten Island Class of ’82 and owner of Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon, is inviting all CSI alumni to Pilo Arts’ Third Annual “Spring Into Beauty” event from 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 5 at the day spa and salon, 8412 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

Spring cleaning and pothole repairs

Canarsie: State Senator Marty Golden is seeking community input in an effort to repair local streets and roadways in the coming weeks following the cold days of winter. Comment

Special salute to heroes

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented citations to three heroes who sprang into action after the stabbing of Paul Robeson High School honors student Kyle Owens inside the school, 150 Albany Avenue. Comment

Someone to lean on: Caregiver support groups

Canarsie: Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division has announced the addition of twice a month evening caregiver support group meetings to help caregivers for the sick and disabled. Comment

Sketch of murder suspect released

Canarsie: Armed with a sketch of one of the suspects, area police have begun a full-court press in their search for the duo that shot and killed a respected Corrections Officer in a hair-brained robbery attempt. Comment

Shred it all right here

Canarsie: It might sound like a rock concert, but Shred Fest NYC might do more for you than just damage your eardrums. Comment

Shoppers flock to giant ‘flea’

Canarsie: It’s bliss for bargain hunters and a super-souk for savvy shoppers. Comment

Shocking Reid indictment: Money laundering, mail fraud charges shake community

Canarsie: Shaken. Sick at heart. Unbelieving. Comment

Self-defense training for auxiliary officers

Canarsie: The NYPD is adding more self-defense and police procedural instruction to the training of their auxiliary force […] Comment

Scout shoots for the Court of Eagles

Canarsie: Billy Loesch, a Bay Ridge resident and local student, is seeking to become an Eagle Scout and has begun his work on an Eagle Project to reach the highest rank in Scouting. Loesch is a member of Troop 310 of the Boy Scouts of America based at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. Comment

Say no to war at annual peace fair: Fifth annual event to take place on the campus of Long Island University

Canarsie: Brooklyn For Peace and the Long Island University Student Government Association are co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair from 11 a.m to 6 p.m., April 26 on LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, Flatbush & DeKalb avenues. Comment

Salute to spiritual leader: Rabbi Dr. Moshe Z. Sokol to mark 18-year career

Canarsie: The Yavneh Minyan of Flatbush will honor and give Hakarat Hatov to its Mora D’Atra, Rabbi Dr. Moshe Z. Sokol as he celebrates 18 years as the spiritual leader of the minyan. Comment

Running in a hero’s footsteps: 2nd Annual Martin J. Egan 5K Memorial Run/Walk

Canarsie: Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment

Reconnect with ‘Life Lines’

Canarsie: The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment

Rabbi gets probation in sex rap

Canarsie: A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment

P.S. 119 students are well versed in poetry

Canarsie: There once was a pupil and poet […] Comment

Posters poke fun at borough prez: ‘Marty For Life’ flyers start circulating

Canarsie: Someone is having fun with Photoshop and Borough President Marty Markowitz’s mug. Comment

Pol pushes to test for toxins in area schools

Canarsie: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Ouch! Foreclosure crunch sparks demonstration

Devastated by subprime mortgages and foreclosures, Brooklyn homeowners take their battle to the steps of Brooklyn Supreme Court on Cadman Plaza West where 317 properties have been auctioned off since […] Comment

New SFC president

Canarsie: After almost 40 years in the banking industry, Chairman and CEO of Metro New York/New Jersey Division of Sovereign Bancorp, Brendan J. Dugan ’68, is joining the world of higher education; becoming the 18th president of St. Francis College, effective July 1. Comment

Narrows Botanical Gardens this spring

Canarsie: Enjoy the music and art of the Narrows Botanical Gardens during their Spring Festival, May 3 (rain date: May 4), which includes a number of events including “Art in the Park,” as well as a plant sale, craft fair and art show. Comment

More than 80 African-American heroes adorn new mural on Fulton St.

Canarsie: A mural depicting more than 80 African-Americans on U.S. postage stamps and their biographies was set up in the lobby of Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza Station, 1368 Fulton Street. Comment

Meeting of realty professionals

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable will hold its second quarterly luncheon for 2008, May 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, in Brooklyn Heights. A networking reception will begin at 12 p.m. and the luncheon and a program featuring four speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Comment

Lions take pride in 50-plus years: Members don black ties for gala celebration toasting group’s community service

Canarsie: Fond words and a trip down memory lane marked the occasion when the South Brooklyn Lions Club celebrated more than 50 years of community service with a black-tie charter night at Sirico’s. Comment

Learn how to ‘green’ up your life

Canarsie: Want to live a greener life inside and out? “Greening Your Everyday Life” is an evening of down-to-earth discussions led by acclaimed environmental experts who are also parents of PS 321 students. Comment

Kid runners lace up sneakers: Second annual children runners’ marathon coming

Canarsie: Brooklyn kids, get your running shoes on! Comment

Judge upholds cell ban

Canarsie: A judge knocked out parents’ legal challenge to the city’s ban of cell phones in public schools […] Comment

International Order of the Rainbow Girls

Canarsie: A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment

Inside the Lott House’s 21st century makeover: Exterior restoration of historic Dutch Colonial farmhouse moves ahead

Canarsie: A tour of the grand hallway and parlor room, a panel exhibition and rare archaeological finds lured the curious on a trip to the Marine Park of yesteryear when a local grassroots group helped organize […] Comment

Home price tags rise; sales decline

Canarsie: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Holocaust Memorial

Canarsie: The Canarsie Jewish Community’s Annual Holocaust Memorial will be held at 8 p.m., May 6 at the Congregation AAA Sfard of Canarsie, 1385 East 94th Street and Avenue L. Comment

Help save a puppy from death row: Animal adoption event coming to Regina Pacis; many pets available

Canarsie: A group of “animal loving volunteers” will host an adoption event for animal at the local kill shelter, April 27 at Regina Pacis, 1230 65th Street. Comment

Guide to upcoming civic meetings

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

Green roofs, Green homes: Anatomy of a Brownstone offers tips to homeowners

Canarsie: “Anatomy of a Brownstone: Green Roofs, Green Homes,” an educational seminar for people who live in and love Brownstones, will be presented by New York City College of Technology, Division of Continuing Education and Brooklyn Economic Development Council, April 26. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Pols drop suit against the MTA Comment

Gale, you gotta be kidding: Efforts to allow kids on community boards faces tough sell

Canarsie: Efforts to give kids as young as 16 an opportunity to join local community boards as full-fledged voting members are likely to face a tough sell here in Brooklyn. Comment

Free Women’s Health Day for mom

Canarsie: In observance of Mother’s Day, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a free Women’s Health Day, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical Office Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

Forum on hate crimes against LGBTs

Canarsie: Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes presents “A Voice After Violence: Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes Against the LGBT Community” at 6 p.m., April 28 at The Prospect Park YMCA, 357 Ninth Street in Park Slope. Comment

Food drive offers hope to families

Canarsie: Underprivileged New Yorkers have found a friend in Kensington chiropractor Dr. Elana Brown, who organized a local food drive just in time for the holidays. The big-hearted annual effort […] Comment

Fitness open house

Canarsie: The Exercise Studio, a leading fitness and yoga center in Brooklyn, rolls out an “Open House for Kids and Teens,” April 30 […] Comment

Enhanced safeguards against child abuse

Canarsie: A village shouldn’t just raise a child; they should protect the child as well. Comment

Demolition begins on Albee Sq. Mall

Canarsie: Demolition of a Fulton Mall site located at a key Flatbush Avenue intersection commenced last week, this paper has learned. Comment

Dance spot wows the crowd at Marine Park civic

Canarsie: A fancy-footed group from Dance Spot commands the spotlight at the monthly meeting of the Marine Park Civic Association at Public School 207, 4011 Fillmore Avenue, where it engaged a rapt audience with a sweet repertoire. Comment

Crooks hone in on flashy automobiles

Canarsie: Flashy car rims and tires can certainly be attention grabbers. Comment

Cops seek graffiti-busters

Canarsie: 61st Precinct Officers Vincent Ferrante and Jonathan Simons are kicking off the Spring 2008 NYPD Law Enforcement Exploring Program by issuing an invitation […] Comment

Coney Island reacts to rezoning shakeup: Ride advocates, landowners scramble to figure out how revisions affect them

Canarsie: Coney Island stakeholders are wondering this week just how much they stand to gain and how much they’re likely to lose now that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has decided to modify its proposal to rezone Coney Island. Comment

Community kudos for neighborhood preservationists

Canarsie: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

Combatting the legacy of Chernobyl: New York State Assembly okays funding for thyroid cancer screening project

Canarsie: Members of the New York State Assembly announced second year funding for lifesaving health screenings for many Russian-American New Yorkers. Comment

Casimir card party

Canarsie: The Catholic Ladies Guild of Our Lady of Czestochowa-St. Casimir Parish will be holding its fundraiser card party from 2-6 p.m., May 4 in the lower school hall, 183 25th Street in South Brooklyn. Comment

Building healthier families: Advocates train to aid the community’s well being

Canarsie: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable: Industry professionals to speak at Brooklyn Historical Society event

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable will hold its second quarterly luncheon for 2008, May 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, in Brooklyn Heights. A networking reception will begin at 12 p.m. and the luncheon and a program featuring four speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn Greenway 10m ride

Canarsie: Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) for a 10-mile ride at a family pace, starting in Greenpoint and ending at Red Hook’s spectacular waterfront, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Comment

Bringing home the bacon to BrooklynFresh round of state funding for Empire Fulton Ferry State park, others

Canarsie: While all the pork barrel dust hasn’t settled from the state’s recently passed $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget, several large entities on the northern end of Brooklyn did appear to get large allocations. Comment

Bright future awaits journalism student: Canarsie’s Aisha Al-Muslim earns full scholarship to CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Canarsie: Canarsie resident Aisha Al-Muslim, a graduating-senior at Lehman College, had a tough but exciting decision to make this semester. She was accepted into seven graduate schools, including Northwestern and Syracuse universities but, in the end, a full scholarship from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism helped the multilingual journalism major make her choice. Comment

Body-snatch ‘ghoul’ convicted

Canarsie: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

300 blocks ain’t enough: Critics find weakness with rezoning effort

Canarsie: As it stands now, Canarsie’s rezoning would be the largest in the history of Brooklyn […] Comment

Blacksmiths forge award-winning robo-team

Canarsie: Senator Marty Golden (pictured, third from right) helps cheer on Xaverian High School’s robotics team, the “Brooklyn Blacksmiths,” during the regional F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. Comment

BK students abolish the n-word: Comrie awards essayists

Canarsie: Council Member Leroy Comrie of Queens, with co-sponsors Abolish The N-Word Project Inc. and the UniverSoul Circus, honored the winners of his second annual Black History Month Essay Contest, which asked middle school students in New York City to consider abolishing the N-word. Comment

BK does its part to change the world: Local residents featured in President Bill Clinton’s book ‘Giving’

Canarsie: Former Lincoln High School teacher Mark Grashow and his wife, Sheri Saltzberg, residents of Park Slope, Brooklyn, have been featured in former President Bill Clinton’s latest book, “GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World” because of their endeavors to save schools and schoolchildren in Zimbabwe. Comment

Bishop of Brooklyn leads welcome wagon for pope

Canarsie: It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment

Big dreams in lost tunnel: Producers take Diamond tour

Canarsie: Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment

Area kids lend a hand to mother Earth

Canarsie: Mom, dad and the kids teamed up for a day of eco-friendly family fun during an Earth Day celebration at the Salt Marsh Nature Center. Comment

Annual Holocaust Commemoration program

Canarsie: Hundreds of community leaders, elected officials, clergy and community members will gather at 5 p.m., May 4 for the Annual Holocaust Commemoration Program at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Fest

Canarsie: State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting his Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival May 4 from 1-5 p.m. at McKinley Park, Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton parkways, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage, throughout May. Comment

All-day conference on race and new media

Canarsie: “Race and New Media,” the first-ever conference of its kind, will take place at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., in the campus’ Voorhees Building, 186 Jay Street. Comment

A garden of delights for local senior citizens

Canarsie: Public School 255 students helped put the bloom on spring for Brooklyn seniors by visiting a local elder facility for a day of beautification. Comment

African-Americans in history

Canarsie: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will present a lecture by Dr. Sherrill D. Wilson on the history of African-Americans in New York City from 1637-1865. Free and open to the general public, the event begins at 12 p.m., May 17 at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road. Comment

Advancements in chronic wound treatment: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center employs hyperbaric technology to aid many

Canarsie: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center has been making huge strides in its advancement to chronic wound treatment. Comment

A comprehensive approach to addressing MS: Hospital hosts symposium for patients with MS and their caregivers

Canarsie: According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, approximately 400,000 Americans have multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. Comment

Self-defense for auxiliary cops: Volunteers get better training

Bushwick: The NYPD is adding more self-defense and police procedural instruction to the training of their auxiliary force […] Comment

Become a graffiti-buster: Cops invite young people to help clean up neighborhood

Bushwick: 61st Precinct Officers Vincent Ferrante and Jonathan Simons are kicking off the Spring 2008 NYPD Law Enforcement Exploring Program by issuing an invitation […] Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

To clip or not to clip coupons

Bushwick: Has anyone else noticed that a regular loaf of white bread that used to cost only $1.50 now costs $3? Not for nuthin', it’s not only the bread that’s risen: it’s the milk, the veggies, the rice and even the pasta, the surefire go-to meal that would always feed an army on very little. Sadly, no more. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Lower gas prices - yeah right!

Bushwick: While campaigning for office during the mid-term elections of 2006 the candidates spoke about many things […] Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Cancer patients cheer congestion pricing demise

Bushwick: I was not a fan of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but I am now. With all the hullaballoo of Mayor Bloomberg pushing for his congestion pricing plan that would have divided the boroughs into haves and have-nots, guess which four boroughs were the have-nots? Certainly not Manhattan, where the Mayor resides in his luxurious townhouse, and where he rules the roost of his money empire. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

It’s tough to vote for puffed-up pols who vie to lie

Bushwick: The next president of the United States should keep in mind that even on a good day, politicians give nice people gas. Comment

‘Wide streets’ loophole closing: Community Board Six backs new Zoning Text Amendment

Brooklyn Heights: Efforts to protect Carroll Gardens from out-of-character development are poised to yield some tangible results this week. Comment

‘Time out’ on Atlantic Yds.: Protesters to rally against Bruce Ratner project

Brooklyn Heights: As this paper went to press, a rally this Saturday by opponents hoping to put a freeze on the Atlantic Yards project is expected to be met by a counter-rally from supporters of the project, according to sources. Comment

‘Green’ building sees cash boost: Center for the Urban Environment gets $250K

One of Brooklyn’s most environmentally friendly buildings received an infusion of a different kind of ‘green’ last week. Comment

‘Grassroots’ efforts lauded with awards: Bklyn orgs recognized for preservation work

Brooklyn Heights: Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

Ugly mud flies in Towns/Powell showdown: Candidates launch verbal attacks on each other

Brooklyn Heights: The 10th Congressional primary race has barely begun and it’s already turning into a down-and-dirty affair. Comment

UFT: DOE blew it

Brooklyn Heights: The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Tunnel maven hopes for movie deal: Diamond to give tour to potential financiers

Brooklyn Heights: Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment

Taking a robber off the street: Cops of the Month Colao and Catania make the 84th Pct look good

Brooklyn Heights: Fast-acting cops earned special recognition last week for taking an alleged robbery suspect off the street. Comment

Stevedores settle in

Brooklyn Heights: For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment

St. Ann’s holds the strings to puppet parade

Brooklyn Heights: Drizzle didn’t dampen the spirit of students from Saint Ann’s School, who transformed Brooklyn Heights into marionette heaven for their annual puppet parade. Comment

Shoppers flock to Brooklyn flea market

Brooklyn Heights: It’s a bliss for bargain hunters and a super-souk for savvy shoppers. Comment

Seniors get fit

Brooklyn Heights: City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program on June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment

Recognizing a piece of Red Hook history

Brooklyn Heights: The corner of Dwight and Delevan streets is now also known as ‘Red Hook Lane […] Comment

Podcast the best of Downtown BK: New self-guided walking tour introduced

Brooklyn Heights: Two Downtown Brooklyn BIDs unveiled a podcast walking tour of Downtown Brooklyn. The Fulton Mall Improvement Association (FMIA) and the MetroTech BID partnered to create and produce a free 45-minute self-guided tour of Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

PCBs in our local schools: Pol sees toxins in classrooms

Brooklyn Heights: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Park to soak up grime: Greenery would help clean up the Gowanus

Brooklyn Heights: Yes, the Gowanus Canal is sponge worthy. Comment

Parents rally to roll back cuts

Brooklyn Heights: The heat is on. Comment

Oliver House irksome to Carroll Gardens: Angry residents taking aim at de Blasio

Brooklyn Heights: Artfully rendered Valentine’s hearts stamped to the big blue construction fence surrounding 360 Smith Street aside, there’s little love for developer William’s Stein’s Oliver House this week. Comment

NY Methodist Hospital Candlelight Gala: Outstanding trio of honorees up for special salute from medical community

Brooklyn Heights: New York Methodist Hospital will honor three distinguished individuals for their commendable service to the hospital and the Brooklyn community at the 2008 New York Methodist Hospital Board of Trustees “Candlelight Gala,” to be held May 3 at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Comment

Jackson: home crisis growing

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

Hotel of gold: Hilton coming to Oro

Brooklyn Heights: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

Great Strides Against Cystic Fibrosis: Marine Park Fundraising walk to help raise money for new research

Brooklyn Heights: Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

Gowanus Canal ‘flushed’ with changes: Butler Street pumping station slated for $130 million restoration

Brooklyn Heights: The flushing tunnel and pumping station that helped transform water quality in the Gowanus Canal are scheduled for a bit of a makeover of their own. Comment

Getting ready for a new batch of fun & games

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (back row, third from left) donned a “playground hat” as he joined Out2Play Executive Director Andrea Wenner (second from left) to unveil renderings of a new playground on property shared by the Brooklyn New School-PS 146, 610 Henry Street and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies-MS 448, 284 Baltic Street. He also joined students from the two schools, many of whom helped design the playground, which will replace the barren asphalt lot that has served as the schools’ only outdoor play space. The beep's office and Out2Play additionally bring two new playgrounds to PS 191, 1600 Park Place and PS 93, 31 New York Avenue. Comment

Earth Day done delicious

Brooklyn Heights: The restaurateur who brought you the city’s first solar-powered restaurant outdid himself last weekend with a two-day Earth Day Expo in the courtyard of his Fort Greene eatery. Comment

Cleaning out the Gowanus Canal, one kayak load at a time

Brooklyn Heights: Mom, dad and the kids helped sustain a marine habitat undergoing a rebirth during the ninth annual flotilla spring clean up along the Gowanus Canal for Earth Day. Comment

Cheyenne coming to Red Hook: O’Connell to preserve Manhattan diner

Brooklyn Heights: Manhattan’s culinary loss is Brooklyn’s gain. Comment

Boro home prices rise despite sales drop

Brooklyn Heights: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Body snatcher faces 60 years in jail: Christopher Aldorasi found guilty of charges involving ghastly body parts scam

Brooklyn Heights: One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

BK Bridge Pk plan upheld: It’s a sad day for parks, say critics

Brooklyn Heights: The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court last week unanimously dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn the approved plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Air quality (cough) gets a ‘D’

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn might be a hip place to live, but its air quality isn’t exactly happening, a recent report showed. Comment

A bigger piece of history: CB2 locals fight to expand historic districts

Brooklyn Heights: Preservationists from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill continued their push to get expanded historic districts in their neighborhoods with a recent pitch to Community Board 2. Comment
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Five boroughs survive mayor’s assault

Bay News: The Mayor’s scheme to sever our five-borough city was scrapped after long study by my Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver. Representing a district on both sides of the lower Manhattan-Brooklyn bridges, Silver wisely let the Bloomberg $8 toll bill die aborning. Comment
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English only in Little Italy, Chinatown

Bay News: I graduated Brooklyn Tech High School in 1954, so it’s safe to say that an awful lot has changed in the education system these past 60 years. I’m adding the years spent in elementary school PS 130 down in Chinatown/Little Italy. Comment

Your identity: stolen!

Bay News: Identity theft is very real and it is happening right here in southern Brooklyn. Comment

‘Wheel’ cool cats prowl Strickland Ave.

Bay News: One of the road’s cool cats made a smooth swerve onto the realty highway when the Brooklyn Board of Realtors presented a Jaguar showcase as part of its agents day in Mill Basin. Comment

Working hard to build healthier Brooklyn families

Bay News: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment

Ulmer Park epilogue: City takes title of Bath Ave. building

Bay News: The contentious battle between the city and the owners of the Ulmer Park Branch Library is coming to an end. Comment

Twain runs out of cash

Bay News: The Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented is feeling the heat from the city’s budget cuts. Comment

86th Street ‘disaster’: Sewer main project causes headaches

Bay News: The replacement of water mains and sewers along 86th Street has been long-awaited in the community as an essential project. Comment

68th Precinct Grime-busters roll up their sleeves

Bay News: The long arm of the law polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform eyesores into sights for sore eyes during a cleanup in Bay Ridge, coordinated by the 68th Precinct. Comment

The beauty of early detection: life!

Bay News: Lutheran Family Health Centers’ main site in Sunset Park and local Avon representatives held a special beauty and cancer awareness workshop to educate area women about cancer screening and early detection. Comment

Sweating bullets and dropping extra pounds

Bay News: Through a recent weeklong sweatfest of benefit group fitness classes and a fundraising drive, Harbor Fitness was able to raise more than $3,500 for HeartShare Human Services’ Autism Programs. Comment

Stakeholders react to Coney bombshell

Bay News: Coney Island stakeholders are wondering this week just how much they stand to gain and how much they’re likely to lose now that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has decided to modify its proposal to rezone Coney Island. Comment

Robberies up in Bensonhurst: Crimes up almost 24 percent

Bay News: If it weren’t for all the robberies, Bensonhurst would be almost crime-free. Comment

PCBs in our local schools: New effort to test buildings for potentially dangerous toxins

Bay News: Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Parents flip lids over gang gear

Bay News: Angered about the spread of gang violence throughout their communities, Brooklyn mothers and community activists from more than a dozen police precincts visited the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to learn how to identify gang members and the local businesses that cater to their interests. Comment

Matzah and the road to independence

Bay News: Russian-American Jewish children from all walks of life, from public schools, yeshivas, day schools and preschools, were able to relive the Hebrew exodus from Egypt during the Chabad Neshama Center of […] Comment

Local couple helps change the world: Brooklynites featured in President Bill Clinton’s book ‘Giving’

Bay News: Former Lincoln High School teacher Mark Grashow and his wife, Sheri Saltzberg, residents of Park Slope, Brooklyn, have been featured in former President Bill Clinton’s latest book, “GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World” because of their endeavors to save schools and schoolchildren in Zimbabwe. Comment

Lenten soup supper at St. Anselm R.C. church

Bay News: St. Anselm R.C. Church hosted the Fifth Annual Cluster “Lenten Soup Supper” at the school’s meeting hall, 365 83rd Street. Comment

Jeers for Vito Fossella: Opponents protest outside swanky fundraiser

Bay News: A late April fundraiser for Republican Rep. Vito Fossella, held at the Manhattan residence of billionaire David Koch and attended by Vice President Dick Cheney, drew a great deal of attention from groups opposed to Fossella’s continued tenure in the House of Representatives. Comment

Greenway ride

Bay News: Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) for a 10-mile ride at a family pace, starting in Greenpoint and ending at Red Hook’s spectacular waterfront, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Comment

FIAO hails distinguished Italian-Americans

Bay News: Since its inception in 1976, the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) has continued its mission to better serve the cultural, educational, spiritual and environmental life of their community, as reflected with pride on the growth and indispensable services provided by the federation. Comment

Eaton to exit Community Bd. 10

Bay News: The former chairperson of Community Board 10 has announced that he is stepping down from the board. Comment

District 21 students score better: Schools are meeting achievement targets, superintendent reports

Bay News: District 21 is getting back on track, according to a city Department of Education (DOE) administrator. Comment

District 21 kids score better

Bay News: District 21 is getting back on track, according to a city Department of Education (DOE) administrator. Comment

Cropsey Avenue reinvented: New $4.5 million development in the making; new retailers coming

Bay News: This isn’t your grandparents’ Cropsey Avenue anymore. Comment

Changing of the guard at St. Francis College

Bay News: After almost 40 years in the banking industry, Chairman and CEO of Metro New York/New Jersey Division of Sovereign Bancorp, Brendan J. Dugan ’68, is joining the world of higher education; becoming the 18th president of St. Francis College, effective July 1. Comment

Brooklyn lions roar loud and clear

Bay News: Fond words and a trip down memory lane marked the occasion when the South Brooklyn Lions Club celebrated more than 50 years of community service with a black-tie charter night at Sirico’s. Comment

BPL looks to ‘draft’ war veterans: Work begins on Veterans History Project

Bay News: American veterans are being encouraged to tell their personal stories through an oral history project being conducted by the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). Comment

Bklyn Real Estate roundtable: Meet at Historical Society

Bay News: The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable will hold its second quarterly luncheon for 2008, May 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, in Brooklyn Heights. A networking reception will begin at 12 p.m. and the luncheon and a program featuring four speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Comment

Toxic pcb scare: Pol sees chemical danger in schools

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

The greener power plant

A power plant sitting on the 29th Street pier in Sunset Park is about to undergo an environmentally friendly makeover with solar panels, “green” walls and rooftop gardens. Comment

Shocking Reid indictment

Shaken. Sick at heart. Unbelieving. Comment

Ripped off on the web

Identity theft is very real and it is happening right here in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Body snatcher faces 60 in prison

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

‘Wheel’ cool cats prowl the streets

One of the road’s cool cats made a smooth swerve onto the realty highway when the Brooklyn Board of Realtors presented a Jaguar showcase as part of its agents day in Mill Basin. Comment

‘Infidel’ challenges yeshiva students: Provocative author Nonie Darwish talks with Brooklyn teens

Children everywhere are warned not to take candy from strangers, but when Nonie Darwish was growing up in Cairo, she was taught to refuse sweets from people she didn’t know because they could be Jews “trying to poison” her. Comment

‘Huge’ cancer problem in BK

Cancer rates in Brooklyn among the highest in New York City; mortality rates from the disease are also high in the borough, according to physicians at one local medical center. Comment

‘d list’ star visits Walter Reed

It was all a big joke for service members and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Fisher House when comedian Kathy Griffin came to visit. Comment

Working hard for Brooklyn families

Healthy Families Brooklyn, a community-based health advocacy program under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, welcomed its newest round of grantees with a recognition and grant awards ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Comment

Troops honor sergeant’s bravery

Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 51st Medal of Honor recipient was a husband, father, soldier and leader, but at Camp Victory, Iraq he was remembered simply as a hero. Comment

Trinity Lutheran Pre-K open house

Trinity Lutheran School has been providing quality education for children in Pre-K through Grade 8 for over 40 years. Comment

60 tons of popcorn

SupportOurTroops.Org shipped 445,698 free servings of popcorn good-will gifts to the men and women in the US Army in Iraq […] Comment

The dead stand in the way of development in Bay Ridge: Bodies are dug up inside ‘Green Church’ yard to make way for demo

By 9 a.m. on April 24th, a bulldozer loomed over the churchyard at the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, as the remains of 211 church elders […] Comment

The beauty of early detection: Life!

Lutheran Family Health Centers’ main site in Sunset Park and local Avon representatives held a special beauty and cancer awareness workshop to educate area women about cancer screening and early detection. Comment

Teen combat medic accepts Silver Star: World leaders attend NATO summit conference; alliance allies given tall salute

Deep within the cavernous marble walls of the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania sat two Texans, casually talking about, “what else,” Texas. Comment

Sweating bullets, dropping pounds

Through a recent weeklong sweatfest of benefit group fitness classes and a fundraising drive, Harbor Fitness was able to raise more than $3,500 for HeartShare Human Services’ Autism Programs. Comment

Struggling through multiple deployments

Dealing with a loved one’s deployment can be difficult. But for Marine families based thousands of miles from home, the challenges might seem even more daunting if not for an active family support network in place to help them. Comment

Stronger safeguard for kids: New effort to help volunteers identify child abuse

A village shouldn’t just raise a child; they should protect the child as well. Comment

Story of Wartime Retribution

Temple Sholom is sponsoring a special Yom Ha’Shoah program entitled “Justice Served: A Story of Wartime Retribution” at 7 p.m., May 1 at the synagogue, 2075 East 68th Street. Comment

St. Mark School reunion

The Alumni Association of St. Mark School has finalized its plans for their 2008 Reunion, to be held in the school’s auditorium, 2602 East 19th Street, April 26. Tickets are $40 per person and advance reservations are required. Comment

1st-ever conference on race & new media: All-day event to take place at New York City College of Technology

“Race and New Media,” the first-ever conference of its kind, will take place at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., in the campus’ Voorhees Building, 186 Jay Street. Comment

St. Anselm R.C. Church hosts Lenten soup supper

St. Anselm R.C. Church hosted the Fifth Annual Cluster “Lenten Soup Supper” at the school’s meeting hall, 365 83rd Street. Comment

Spring cleaning and roadwork

State Senator Marty Golden is seeking community input in an effort to repair local streets and roadways in the coming weeks following the cold days of winter. Comment

Sleepless in Brooklyn: Insomnia solutions

Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) threw open wide the doors of its new Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center (SDDC), in an effort to help shut the door on sleeplessness in Brooklyn. A small ribbon cutting reception, with an open house tour followed immediately after. Comment

Scouts vies for Eagle status

Billy Loesch, a Bay Ridge resident and local student, is seeking to become an Eagle Scout and has begun his work on an Eagle Project to reach the highest rank in Scouting. Loesch is a member of Troop 310 of the Boy Scouts of America based at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. Comment

Say no to war at the annual peace fair

Brooklyn For Peace and the Long Island University Student Government Association are co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair from 11 a.m to 6 p.m., April 26 on LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, Flatbush & DeKalb avenues. Comment

Salute to Bay Ridge patriot: CB10 Honor of the Pledge goes to Howard Dunn

A longtime civic activist and advocate for veterans was the recipient of Community Board 10’s Honor of the Pledge for April. Comment

Saddle up and bike New York

Bike New York will present its 31st annual tour, May 4, which draws 30,000 cyclists of all ages. Comment

Running in the footsteps of a hero -2nd Annual 5k memorial run in May

Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment

Robo-win for students

Senator Marty Golden (pictured, third from right) helps cheer on Xaverian High School’s robotics team, the “Brooklyn Blacksmiths,” during the regional F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. Comment

Rev. Jesse Jackson in Brooklyn: Activist speaks out on borough’s home foreclosure crisis

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

Revised zoning plan shakes up Coney

Coney Island stakeholders are wondering this week just how much they stand to gain and how much they’re likely to lose now that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has decided to modify its proposal to rezone Coney Island. Comment

Realty roundtable

The Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable will hold its second quarterly luncheon for 2008, May 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, in Brooklyn Heights. A networking reception will begin at 12 p.m. and the luncheon and a program featuring four speakers will begin at 12:30 p.m. Comment

Raising healthier and happier children: Exercise Studio presents special open house for kids and teens; yoga among classes

The Exercise Studio, a leading fitness and yoga center in Brooklyn, rolls out an “Open House for Kids and Teens,” April 30 […] Comment

Rabbi beats sex abuse charges: Joel Kolko enters guilty plea; gets probation

A Brooklyn rabbi accused of molesting two young yeshiva students was allowed to plead to a lesser charge and sentenced to probation after the prosecution’s case against him fell apart, officials said. Comment

Practice Tai Chi

Tai Chi practitioners from all over the borough […] Comment

Pontiff’s visit unites Brooklyn Catholics

It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment

Parents flip their lids over gang gear: Call on MBL to stop marketing hats, etc.

Angered about the spread of gang violence throughout their communities, Brooklyn mothers and community activists from more than a dozen police precincts visited the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to learn how to identify gang members and the local businesses that cater to their interests. Comment

Opponents jeer Fossella ‘oily’ ties

A late April fundraiser for Republican Rep. Vito Fossella, held at the Manhattan residence of billionaire David Koch and attended by Vice President Dick Cheney, drew a great deal of attention from groups opposed to Fossella’s continued tenure in the House of Representatives. Comment

NYC Recruiting Battalion Adjutant

Captain Timothy Lee Jenkins Jr., is the New York City Recruiting Battalion’s Adjutant, arriving from Ft. Lee, Virginia, last January. Comment

No guitars, just a lot of shredding: Shred Fest NYC wants to safeguard the public against identity theft

It might sound like a rock concert, but Shred Fest NYC might do more for you than just damage your eardrums. Comment

New book on Navy

Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed to sailors and Marines that were assembled on the afterdeck of the USS Connecticut flagship of the Great White Fleet, “Others may do as you have done, but they’ll have to follow you.” Comment

Naval Militia

Major General Robert Wolf assumed command of the New York Naval Militia, a component of New York State’s Military Forces in a formal ceremony held at the State University of New York Maritime College, in New York City. Comment

Marty depicted as grasping politician: Term-limit posters poke fun at the Brooklyn borough president

Someone is having fun with Photoshop and Borough President Marty Markowitz’s mug. Comment

Man and mutts team up for grime-busting duties

Grimebusters polished up on the elbow grease and joined forces to spruce up a local emerald empire. Comment

Local Lions roar loud and clear

Fond words and a trip down memory lane marked the occasion when the South Brooklyn Lions Club celebrated more than 50 years of community service with a black-tie charter night at Sirico’s. Comment

Learn how to go ‘green’: Environmentalists offer tips to parents and children

Want to live a greener life inside and out? “Greening Your Everyday Life” is an evening of down-to-earth discussions led by acclaimed environmental experts who are also parents of PS 321 students. Comment

Kudos to preservationists

Four Brooklyn neighborhood organizations were recently named as recipients of citywide Historic Districts Council (HDC) Grassroots Preservations Awards. Comment

Kings Bay YM-YWHA to host annual Holocaust Commemoration

Hundreds of community leaders, elected officials, clergy and community members will gather at 5 p.m., May 4 for the Annual Holocaust Commemoration Program at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Judge upholds cell phone ban: Parents vow to continue fight

A judge knocked out parents’ legal challenge to the city’s ban of cell phones in public schools […] Comment

It’s the Changing of the guard at SFC

After almost 40 years in the banking industry, Chairman and CEO of Metro New York/New Jersey Division of Sovereign Bancorp, Brendan J. Dugan ’68, is joining the world of higher education; becoming the 18th president of St. Francis College, effective July 1. Comment

Irish official addresses Bay Ridge group

National pride was given a boost when members of St. Patrick’s Society of Brooklyn enjoyed an unprecedented honor […] Comment

Infants’ saviors are cops of the month

Two police officers who saved a choking toddler have been honored as cops of the month by the 68th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Honoring our veterans

America’s war heroes […] Comment

Home is only a mouse click away

Staying involved in the lives of loved ones is a challenge for many deployed soldiers. Comment

Hilton Hotel chain moves in on Gold St.

The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

Heritage festival

State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting his Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival May 4 from 1-5 p.m. at McKinley Park, Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton parkways, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage, throughout May. Comment

Helping women get into shape

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Health screenings for mom

In observance of Mother’s Day, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a free Women’s Health Day, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical Office Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

Guide to upcoming civic meetings in May

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

Great strides against Cystic Fibrosis: Marine Park Fundraising walk to help raise money for new research

Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

Get out there and ride!: Greenway 10-mile bike run to tour waterfront

Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) for a 10-mile ride at a family pace, starting in Greenpoint and ending at Red Hook’s spectacular waterfront, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Comment

Gavel comes down on ex-judge

A former Brooklyn Supreme Court judge was forced to resign from the New York State bar last week after pleading guilty to bilking a deceased aunt’s estate. Comment

Forum on LGBT hate crimes

Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes presents “A Voice After Violence: Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes Against the LGBT Community” at 6 p.m., April 28 at The Prospect Park YMCA, 357 Ninth Street in Park Slope. Comment

Female fliers at the flight controls: Air Force women pilot the U-2 Dragon Lady at 70,000 feet in the air

In its 50 years of flight, only six women have flown the U-2 Dragon Lady. Three of those six are currently in the Air Force, and two of those three are currently fighting in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, the only U-2 squadron in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. Comment

Eaton leaving Community Bd. 10: Former chair cites GOP responsibilities

The former chairperson of Community Board 10 has announced that he is stepping down from the board. Comment

Early warning signs of cancer

While lung cancer cases are down, cancers in the head and neck appear to be increasing. Fortunately, most head and neck cancers produce early symptoms and are curable if caught early. Comment

dinner dance

The United Progressive Democratic Club of the 47th Assembly District, serving the community for more than 80 years, will hold its 42nd Annual Dinner Dance, May 1 at the Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street, to honor eight “outstanding citizens.” Comment

Dedicated grime-busters roll up their sleeves

The long arm of the law polished up on the elbow grease and helped transform eyesores into sights for sore eyes during a cleanup in Bay Ridge, coordinated by the 68th Precinct. Comment

Crackdown on cyber fiends: Parents urged to monitor children’s ‘buddy lists’

If you want to protect your child from Internet predators, all you have to do is follow the old adage, “Be your child’s buddy.” Comment

Courageous boy becomes soldier for a day: 5-year-old is given the honorary rank of sergeant in the Army Medical Department

Gavin Cox could have traveled to any exotic locale or tried any profession in the world, but this 5-year-old with leukemia had just one wish: to be a soldier. Comment

Cops eye July 4: Clampdown on illegal fireworks begins now

Brooklyn cops are getting an early start on fireworks enforcement. Comment

Coney rolls out the barrel: Ordinary trash cans given extra special pizzazz

Art-smart boroughites had barrels of fun painting […] Comment

Clean scene for ‘Baby mamas’

Lutheran Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery Department launched a new initiative to promote an infection free facility and protect the health of its employees, patients and visitors. The Clean Campaign reminds hospital employees of the importance of infection prevention through hand washing, maintaining a clean work environment and using clean equipment. Comment

Chernobyl project screens for cancer

Members of the New York State Assembly announced second year funding for lifesaving health screenings for many Russian-American New Yorkers. Comment

Casimir Parish card party

The Catholic Ladies Guild of Our Lady of Czestochowa-St. Casimir Parish will be holding its fundraiser card party from 2-6 p.m., May 4 in the lower school hall, 183 25th Street in South Brooklyn. Comment

caregiver support

Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division has announced the addition of twice a month evening caregiver support group meetings to help caregivers for the sick and disabled. Comment

Call to test schools for toxins

Toxic chemicals are lurking in dozens of Brooklyn schools and the city has no plans to remove them. Comment

Brooklyn indie mrkt.

The Brooklyn Indie Market will kick off its seasonal opening with an Indie Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 3 at Smith Street between Union and President streets in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Brooklyn blood sport

The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

Bringing home the bacon to Brooklyn: Big bucks for Empire Fulton Ferry State Pk

While all the pork barrel dust hasn’t settled from the state’s recently passed $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget, several large entities on the northern end of Brooklyn did appear to get large allocations. Comment

BRCC to host town hall meet

The Bay Ridge Community Council will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m., May 1 at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road. Comment

BPL looks to ‘draft’ veterans

American veterans are being encouraged to tell their personal stories through an oral history project being conducted by the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). Comment

Boys & gals in blue salute civilians: Crossing guard among those honored

Community members were among those who were recognized by the 68th Precinct Community Council for their efforts at the group’s most recent meeting. Comment

Body snatcher faces 60 years in jail

One of the “cutters” in Brooklyn’s morbid body-looting case is facing 60 years in jail after being found guilty of 20 of the 22 criminal counts against him. Comment

BK home prices rise even as sales slump: Latest figures reflect mixed bag for market

The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Ben Stein is ‘money’ for DOD: Television personality wins Exceptional Public Service Award

A jack of many trades and master of the deadpan delivery, Ben Stein recently added one more title to a list that already includes actor, economist, educator and writer: that of exceptional public servant. Comment

Art in the park

Enjoy the music and art of the Narrows Botanical Gardens during their Spring Festival, May 3 (rain date: May 4), which includes a number of events including “Art in the Park,” as well as a plant sale, craft fair and art show. Comment

Army staff sgt. ‘pays it forward’

Army Staff Sgt. Steven Atlas has tried to live by one philosophy: “Pay it forward.” Comment

Army brothers embark on Baghdad mission

Throughout their military careers, Army Staff Sgt. Shane Hansen and his brother, Army Sgt. 1st Class Zane Hansen, have always been on opposite sides of the world. Comment

Annual Father’s Club golf outing

The Father’s Club at Visitation Academy will hold its Annual Golf Outing beginning at 11 a.m., May 5 at the Beaverbrook Country Club in Annandale, New Jersey. Comment

Animal adoption

A group of “animal loving volunteers” will host an adoption event for animal at the local kill shelter, April 27 at Regina Pacis, 1230 65th Street. Comment

Amputees slap on the skies

In seventy-four years, Bob Eiden has faced many experiences, however as he stood on a snow bank overlooking Snowmass Mountain he really had to mentally prepare himself for his first experience on skis, 16 months after having his right leg amputated. Comment

African-American heroes inpire kids

Council Member Leroy Comrie of Queens, with co-sponsors Abolish The N-Word Project Inc. and the UniverSoul Circus, honored the winners of his second annual Black History Month Essay Contest, which asked middle school students in New York City to consider abolishing the N-word. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Pedophile penned Comment

Where’s the money?

Letters: There’s a phrase I remember, “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” I think it was about 30 years ago that someone came up with an idea about how to fund the City’s public schools. A lottery wish which I believe cost $1. Comment

Thanks for aiding Jack

Letters: Please accept this long overdue thank you for running my grandson Jack’s story, and to all the wonderful people who acted on it. Jack’s illness ( he is still fighting hard) has brought the realization to my family and I that people care. Comment

Tax luxury condos

Letters: In the last few years, our community had changed radically with the construction of expensive condominium apartment buildings and the destruction of solid older buildings. Comment

Shavana offends

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, I found your article to be very offensive [“He simply isn’t ready to be our commander-in-chief,” A Britisher’s View, 3/27 issue]. Comment

Money for nothing

Letters: The bank sent me a five-dollar check in the mail. I like checks in my mail. This is a good surprise especially since I live on a budget. My rent, my utilities, my food, medicines are disbursements. Money goes out, but where are my revenues? Comment

Hoping for a ‘Victory’

Letters: Victory Memorial Hospital […] Comment

Homeless jamboree

Letters: I’m sure that the homeless population of Bay Ridge is very grateful that Inspector Eric Rodriguez, of the 68th Precinct, has provided them with such an excellent place to congregate. Comment

Councilman knucklehead

Letters: In explaining his vote for the congestion tax, Councilmember Domenic Recchia said he was elected to lead. Apparently, he forgets who he is leading. When he voted with the mayor to raise our property taxes by 18.5 percent, he said he was doing it for his constituents. Comment

Behind the swastika

Letters: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports that there is an increase in Anti-Semitic crimes in the metropolitan area and the state as a whole, but your March 13, article on the subject cites some interesting facts on these statistics. Comment

Barclay’s Center blood sport: Ultimate fighting has its supporters

Bay News: The new Barclay’s Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets that is expected to open sometime in 2010, may also feature Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to civic meets

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

Yom Ha’Shoah

The East Midwood Jewish Center and Madison Jewish Center will host their annual Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Memorial Day Service in remembrance of the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at the Madison Jewish Center, 2989 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

‘You gotta be kidding’: Plan to allow teens on community board gets booed

Bay News: Efforts to give kids as young as 16 an opportunity to join local community boards as full-fledged voting members are likely to face a tough sell here in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Wheel’ cool cats on the prowl: El Caribe Country Club hosts special Jaguar showcase

Bay News: One of the road’s cool cats made a smooth swerve onto the realty highway when the Brooklyn Board of Realtors presented a Jaguar showcase as part of its agents day in Mill Basin. Comment

‘Spring into Beauty’ with CSI

Bay News: Elena Solitario, College of Staten Island Class of ’82 and owner of Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon, is inviting all CSI alumni to Pilo Arts’ Third Annual “Spring Into Beauty” event from 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 5 at the day spa and salon, 8412 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

‘Spirit of Life’ walkathon in Bergen Beach

Bay News: Family, friends and neighbors united to hail the memory of one of their own with a “Spirit of Life” walkathon in Bergen Beach. Comment

‘Barging’ into hall of fame: City salutes Olga Bloom

Bay News: Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment

Women’s health

Bay News: In observance of Mother’s Day, New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a free Women’s Health Day, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical Office Pavilion Lobby, 263 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

Walk to remember a 9/11 hero: Second annual Capt. Martin J. Egan Memorial 5K coming May 4

Bay News: Hundreds of people will flock to Staten Island next week to participate in an annual run honoring a fallen Brooklyn Heights firefighter who didn’t think twice about racing over to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Comment

Walk against multiple sclerosis

Bay News: Approximately 400,000 Americans are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), and each week 200 additional individuals are diagnosed. New York Methodist Hospital is offering a free support group for individuals diagnosed with MS in the past two years. Comment

Visitation spring concert

Bay News: The Upper School of Visitation Academy will present its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances of the Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and the eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street, May 9 at 7 p.m. Comment

Twain runs out of funds

Bay News: The Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented is feeling the heat from the city’s budget cuts. Comment

Tunnel maven hoping for movie deal: Bob Diamond to give tour to group of potential feature financiers

Tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond may be leading his most important tour this Friday. Comment

Teachers of the year

Bay News: Nominations for the New York 2007-2008 TOTY™ (Teacher of the Year) are being accepted through April 30. The announcement came from the TOTY Award™ sponsor, Teachers’ Insurance Plan™, a car insurance program exclusively for members of the educational community. Comment

Take some Matzah for the journey

Bay News: Russian-American children from all walks of life, from public schools, yeshivas, day schools and preschools, were able to relive the Hebrew exodus from Egypt during the Chabad Neshama Center of Brighton […] Comment

Tai Chi day

Bay News: Tai Chi practitioners from all over the borough […] Comment

S’head Bay seniors toast anniversary

Bay News: Sunrise Assisted Living […] Comment

St. Vincent de Paul society commemorates 175 years

Bay News: The faithful flocked to St. Mark Church to help laud a charity that has been helping underprivileged people for 175 years. Comment

St. Saviour students collect scholarships

Bay News: St. Saviour Elementary School honored its students who have earned scholarships to the following schools: St. Saviour High School, Loyola, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bishop Ford, Bishop Kearney, Xavier, Xaverian, Dominican Academy, Saint John’s Prep, Notre Dame, Suyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and Midwood High School. The scholarship winners are Vincent Martorano, Christine Pusz, Dianisbeth Acquie, Sherrel Mike, Yustyna Yaremchuk, Grace Littlefield, Bria Coaxum, Tyler Newton, Sebastian Gerard, Charles Guirart, Thomas Leopoldi, Michael Green, Christopher Ciliento, Shannon Cush, Lauren Denninger, Lianne Devery, Dylan Gresl, and Alexandra Reeves. The St. Saviour School is located at 701 Eighth Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Story of wartime retribution: Yom Ha’Shoah program at Temple Sholom

Bay News: Temple Sholom is sponsoring a special Yom Ha’Shoah program entitled “Justice Served: A Story of Wartime Retribution” at 7 p.m., May 1 at the synagogue, 2075 East 68th Street. Comment

Stipends for community activism: New program looks to reward civic involvement at NYCHA sites

Bay News: In an effort to encourage community involvement among public housing residents, a pair of area legislators have teamed up to secure funding for a pilot program designed to reward active citizens. Comment

Staying put on the Bklyn waterfront: American Stevedoring gets lease agreement

Bay News: For those who make their livelihood along Red Hook’s waterfront, a year of anxious uncertainty ended last week, with official announcement of a long-term lease agreement between a container terminal and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment

Staying one step ahead of prostate cancer

Brooklyn internist Dr. E. Barry Gordon delivers the lowdown about advances in the care and treatment of patients during a prostate cancer support group at the Nalitt Institute on Staten Island. The physician spoke about how the loss of testosterone affects cardiac, diabetic and prostate problems affects at the group’s monthly meeting, sponsored by University Hospital in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Joining him are Dr. Peter Albert (left) and moderator Art Mazza. For more information about this and other cancer support groups call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org. Comment

Spring cleaning, repaved streets

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden is seeking community input in an effort to repair local streets and roadways in the coming weeks following the cold days of winter. Comment

Slavery in old New York

Bay News: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will present a lecture by Dr. Sherrill D. Wilson on the history of African-Americans in New York City from 1637-1865. Free and open to the general public, the event begins at 12 p.m., May 17 at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road. Comment

Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Fest: Program to include dance & demonstrations

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting his Sixth Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival May 4 from 1-5 p.m. at McKinley Park, Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton parkways, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage, throughout May. Comment

Shore Blvd. mall to open: Access to be returned soon

Bay News: Just in time for summer strolling, the Bay News has learned that sections of the long-shuttered Shore Boulevard Mall will soon be reopened. Comment

SFC names Frank’s successor

Bay News: After almost 40 years in the banking industry, Chairman and CEO of Metro New York/New Jersey Division of Sovereign Bancorp, Brendan J. Dugan ’68, is joining the world of higher education; becoming the 18th president of St. Francis College, effective July 1. Comment

Scout boosting troops’ morale

Bay News: Billy Loesch, a Bay Ridge resident and local student, is seeking to become an Eagle Scout and has begun his work on an Eagle Project to reach the highest rank in Scouting. Loesch is a member of Troop 310 of the Boy Scouts of America based at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. Comment

Salt & Sea mission honors pillars of the nabe

Bay News: A big-hearted group is honored for its service to the needy during a benefit awards in Coney Island, presented by the Salt & Sea Mission. The tribute at Gargiulo’s restaurant, 2911 West 15th Street, honored: Judy Orlando, Astella Development, “Woman of the Year”; Brooklyn School for Global Studies, “School of the Year”; Keosha Chance and Rosangela Negron, “Students of the Year”; Frank Walsh, “Volunteer of the Year”; and William Ammatuna, John Adesso and Sean Ahearn, “Community Service” (not in order). Comment

Robbery spike in Bensonhurst

Bay News: If it weren’t for all the robberies, Bensonhurst would be almost crime-free. Comment

Ribbon cut on Spa & Wellness Center

Bay News: Beauty in Bay Ridge has gone green […] Comment

Reconnect to ‘Life Lines’

Bay News: The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment

Ready for fresh round of fun & games: Ribbon cut on Gravesend Pk

Bay News: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined City Council Member Simcha Felder, Community Board 12 District Manager Wolf Sender, 66th Precinct Inspector Peter DeBlasio, and students from PS 48 and Yeshiva Stolin to cut the ribbon on renovations at Gravesend Park, 18th Avenue and 56th Street, and officially opened the park to the community. Comment

Reaction to Coney bombshell

Bay News: Coney Island stakeholders are wondering this week just how much they stand to gain and how much they’re likely to lose now that the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has decided to modify its proposal to rezone Coney Island. Comment

Rabbi Sokol to be honored

Bay News: The Yavneh Minyan of Flatbush will honor and give Hakarat Hatov to its Mora D’Atra, Rabbi Dr. Moshe Z. Sokol as he celebrates 18 years as the spiritual leader of the minyan. Comment

Protesters denounce Fossella re-election bid: Opponents demonstrate outside high-priced fundraiser for Republican congressman

Bay News: A late April fundraiser for Republican Rep. Vito Fossella, held at the Manhattan residence of billionaire David Koch and attended by Vice President Dick Cheney, drew a great deal of attention from groups opposed to Fossella’s continued tenure in the House of Representatives. Comment

Price tags for new houses rise, sales drop

Bay News: The average Brooklyn home price inched up three percent to $627,324 in the first quarter of 2008, despite a 15 percent decline in sales volume, according to a study by Brooklyn-based real estate consulting and appraisal firm HMS Associates. Comment

Pontiff’s visit unites Brooklyn catholics

Bay News: It’s a day that Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Xaverian High School Band are not likely to forget. Comment

Pols say city stiffing Bklyn

Bay News: City Hall is dissing the neighborhoods of Brooklyn […] Comment

Pinkster holiday

Bay News: The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will host a free celebration of the Pinkster holiday with various family activities, May 17 from 12-4 p.m. Comment

Peek-a-boo: Bank bandit is caught on tape

Bay News: Police have released a photo of a note-passing bank robber whose own specifications could have been his undoing. Comment

Passover food drive in Brighton

Bay News: Selfless Brooklynites helped make the holidays brighter for needy neighbors by banding together for a Passover food drive at the JASA Brighton Beach Scheuer House. Comment

Parking update

Bay News: All vehicle owners should be aware of summer parking regulations which go into effect May 15. These regulations prohibit parking on most streets in Manhattan Beach on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Comment

Over 60? Get help staying in shape: ‘Senior Fitness’ program includes tennis, yoga, walking

Bay News: City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program that runs April 28-June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment

No guitars, just a lot of shredding: ‘Shred Fest NYC’ wants to help you combat identity theft

Bay News: It might sound like a rock concert, but Shred Fest NYC might do more for you than just damage your eardrums. Comment

New Dancewave Center to open

Bay News: Dancewave, an Brooklyn-based arts and education organization, is opening a new Dancewave Center at 45 Fourth Avenue on the corner of Dean Street, one block from the Atlantic Avenue subway. Comment

Neighbors helping neighbors

Bay News: Selfless Brooklynites helped make the holidays brighter for needy neighbors by conducting a Passover food drive in Bensonhurst. Members of the Bensonhurst Council of Jewish Organizations collected community donations of non-perishable kosher food items at the community facility, 8635 21st Avenue, and packaged them into boxes to be handed out to underprivileged area families in time for Passover. The observance celebrates the liberation of Israelites from persecution in ancient Egypt. Comment

More ways to get back into shape: Curves offers weight management options

Bay News: With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Media conference

Bay News: “Race and New Media,” the first-ever conference of its kind, will take place at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), May 3 from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., in the campus’ Voorhees Building, 186 Jay Street. Comment

Many break a sweat to help beat autism: Harbor Fitness raises $3,500 for HeartShare Human Services programs

Bay News: Through a recent weeklong sweatfest of benefit group fitness classes and a fundraising drive, Harbor Fitness was able to raise more than $3,500 for HeartShare Human Services’ Autism Programs. Comment

Magnificent magnolias: BBG marks 75th anniversary of Judith D. Zuk Plaza

Bay News: Since their first planting in 1932, the magnolias have been a key collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG), and to this day their sweet scent and showy blossoms are among the early signs of spring at the garden. Comment

Mad science, music, more

Bay News: Spring is the growing season, and all through the month of May, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has programs to match. Comment

Librarys land in city’s hands: Family-owned land now under final price negotiations

Bay News: The contentious battle between the city and the owners of the Ulmer Park Branch Library is coming to an end. Comment

LGBT meeting

Bay News: Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes presents “A Voice After Violence: Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes Against the LGBT Community” at 6 p.m., April 28 at The Prospect Park YMCA, 357 Ninth Street in Park Slope. Comment

Judge upholds cell phone ban: Parents vow to keep fighting school policy

Bay News: A judge knocked out parents’ legal challenge to the city’s ban of cell phones in public schools […] Comment

Join the Rainbow for Girls

Bay News: A “Prospective Member Day” and open house for the young women of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is scheduled for May 17 at the Midwood Masonic Hall, 1348 East 64th Street at 12 p.m. Comment

It’s pesach at the Warbasse houses with ORT

Bay News: Observers recalled the history of Passover during a model seder at Warbasse Houses, presented by the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (ORT) America. Comment

Holocaust memorial

Bay News: Hundreds of community leaders, elected officials, clergy and community members will gather at 5 p.m., May 4 for the Annual Holocaust Commemoration Program at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Hilton strikes gold in Brooklyn: Oro Towers to house chain’s hotels on Gold Street

Bay News: The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

Hall of Fame honors ‘Nile’ doc

Bay News: In the summer of 1999, Dr. Deborah Asnis, an infectious diseases specialist from Brighton Beach, alerted local health officials of the existence of West Nile Encephalitis in New York City. She had detected a “cluster” of patients with unusual and severe symptoms that were potentially deadly. Comment

Great Strides Against Cystic Fibrosis: Marine Park fundraising walk to help raise money for new research

Bay News: Hundreds of walkers are expected to descend on Marine Park this Saturday, May 3, to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Comment

Granville T. Woods Way debuts in Coney: Many come to honor inventor

Bay News: The corner of Stillwell and Mermaid avenues is now Granville T. Woods Way in memory of the Ohio-born inventor and brainchild behind more than a dozen devices to improve electric railway cars and many more to control the flow of electricity. Comment

Going beyond ‘tolerance’: Forum pushes understanding

Bay News: If there was one word in the English language that Hassan Askari would like to redefine, it would be the word “tolerate.” Comment

Frozen plan generates heat: New petition for hot meals

Bay News: Council Member Vincent Gentile is launching a petition drive against the City’s Department for the Aging’s (DFTA) proposal to incorporate the delivery of frozen food to homebound seniors. Comment

Fighting Chernobyl’s legacy in Brooklyn: Assembly funds thyroid cancer screenings

Bay News: Members of the New York State Assembly announced second year funding for lifesaving health screenings for many Russian-American New Yorkers. Comment

FIAO honors and scholarships: Stellar trio singled out for special community salute

Bay News: Since its inception in 1976, the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) has continued its mission to better serve the cultural, educational, spiritual and environmental life of their community, as reflected with pride on the growth and indispensable services provided by the federation. Comment

Exercise Studio Open House

Bay News: The Exercise Studio, a leading fitness and yoga center in Brooklyn, rolls out an “Open House for Kids and Teens,” April 30 […] Comment

Eight wonderful years: By Joe Maniscalco

Bay News: Sunrise Assisted Living […] Comment

Early cancer detection saves lives

Bay News: Brooklynite Dan Foster’s colorectal cancer was discovered in the emergency room. He never had the preventive screenings that could have detected and removed pre-cancerous polyps or found his cancer at an early stage, when it was easily treatable. Comment

DOE to parents: sound off

Bay News: Log on now. Comment

District 21 schools score better

Bay News: District 21 is getting back on track, according to a city Department of Education (DOE) administrator. Comment

Dems to dine out

Bay News: The United Progressive Democratic Club of the 47th Assembly District, serving the community for more than 80 years, will hold its 42nd Annual Dinner Dance, May 1 at the Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street, to honor eight “outstanding citizens.” Comment

Crack-upped: Hit on the road: Pedestrian accidents soar

Bay News: Accidents happen. Recently, a 20-year-old man driving down Ocean Parkway crashed his car into a female pedestrian. Witnesses say he stopped the car, got out and took a look at the 70-year-old victim lying in the street. Then, he took off and left the scene. Comment

Cops help P.S. 209 students plan for the future

Bay News: What shall I be when I grow up? Comment

Caregiver support

Bay News: Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division has announced the addition of twice a month evening caregiver support group meetings to help caregivers for the sick and disabled. Comment

Bust grime with 61 cops: Graffiti paint-over April 27

Bay News: 61st Precinct Officers Vincent Ferrante and Jonathan Simons are kicking off the Spring 2008 NYPD Law Enforcement Exploring Program by issuing an invitation […] Comment

Brooklyn Peace Fair: April 26 event at LIU

Bay News: Brooklyn For Peace and the Long Island University Student Government Association are co-sponsoring the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair from 11 a.m to 6 p.m., April 26 on LIU’s Brooklyn Campus, Flatbush & DeKalb avenues. Comment

Brooklyn Greenway 10-mile ride

Bay News: Join Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) for a 10-mile ride at a family pace, starting in Greenpoint and ending at Red Hook’s spectacular waterfront, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. BGI’s Sixth […] Comment

Botanical Gardens

Bay News: Enjoy the music and art of the Narrows Botanical Gardens during their Spring Festival, May 3 (rain date: May 4), which includes a number of events including “Art in the Park,” as well as a plant sale, craft fair and art show. Comment

Blacksmiths forge winning robot team

Bay News: Senator Marty Golden (pictured, third from right) helps cheer on Xaverian High School’s robotics team, the “Brooklyn Blacksmiths,” during the regional F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition at the Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street. Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road. Comment

BK’s ‘Glamour’ girl: Junior wins Ruth Whitney Scholarship

Bay News: Stefania Sainato, a junior in the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University, double-majoring in English and communication studies with a minor in journalism, has been awarded The Ruth Whitney Scholarship from “Glamour Magazine.” Comment

Big changes on Cropsey: Major new retailers coming to commercial strip

Bay News: This isn’t your grandparents’ Cropsey Avenue anymore. Comment

Beep depicted as grasping politician: Posters take jabs at borough president

Bay News: Someone is having fun with Photoshop and Borough President Marty Markowitz’s mug. Comment

Baron Dekalb K of C marks stellar milestone

Bay News: Pomp-filled rites accompanied the milestone occasion when Baron DeKalb Council, Knights of Columbus hosted a 50th anniversary celebration for the St. Pius X Council of Canarsie on its 50th anniversary. Comment

Adopt a pet this week: Regina Pacis to host event

Bay News: A group of “animal loving volunteers” will host an adoption event for animal at the local kill shelter, April 27 at Regina Pacis, 1230 65th Street. Comment

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