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All Drawn Out

Cartoon: This week, our cartoonist looks at Borough President Markowitz’s purchase of two bikes for his office. Comments (1)

Hook vendors in the red; city rules, delays cause lo$$es

Red Hook: The beloved Latino food stalls of Red Hook Park will return to their traditional haunt this weekend — and the grand re-opening couldn’t come a moment too soon for vendors, who have racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt to comply with tightened city regulations. Comments (6)
Vinegar Hill: Councilwoman Letitia James now says “some” of the tumbledown, historic houses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard should be saved, though she still supports the city’s plan to tear down the rotting Admirals Row to build a much-needed supermarket. Comment

Cyclones win a slugfest

Cyclones win a slugfest

Cyclones: A Monday night rubber-game win over the State College Spikes. Comment

Checkin’ in with…Victoria Bailey, TKTS-maestro

Checkin’ in with: The Brooklyn Paper checks in with Victoria Bailey, the woman who brought a TKTS booth to Downtown. Comment
Greenpoint: A plan to convert a vacant Greenpoint church into condos is meeting with widespread approval, but neighbors are cursing a decision to remove religious icons from the landmarked house of worship — an alteration that the project’s architect said he made in hopes of not scaring away potential tenants. Comment
Bay Ridge: Congressional hopeful Mike McMahon’s bid to replace retiring Rep. Vito Fossella got a boost on Sunday when Sen. Charles Schumer threw his weight behind the Staten Island councilman’s campaign, despite a longstanding practice of not endorsing during intra-party squabbles. Comments (3)

Cyclones’ lost weekend; split with Spikes keeps team below .500

Cyclones: Two out of three ain’t good when you’re a struggling team trying to get back in the playoff hunt. But after a can’t-hold-the-lead loss in Jamestown on Friday night, the Cyclones split the first two games of a home series against the State College Spikes, setting up a must-win rubber game on Monday night at Keyspan Park (not that home cooking is helping the 12-14 Cyclones get out of last place: they’re only 6–7 within the friendly confines of Keyspan). Comment
Brooklyn Heights: There goes the “there goes the neighborhood” story. Comments (3)
Brooklyn Heights: Maybe it should have been called “The Confusing Placement of Stone.” Comment
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A tour of our new studio!

Podcast: The Brooklyn Paper’s award-nominated podcasts took a step towards immortality this week, as Paper reporters and editors burned the midnight oil to build a new video studio. Editor Gersh Kuntzman and reporter Ben Muessig take you on a guided tour. Comment
Editorial: The Federal Government’s seizure of Cadman Plaza East (for use as a judicial parking lot) presents a unique opportunity to bring trolley service back to Brooklyn. Comments (4)

The wheel world! Borough Hall is on a roll

The wheel world! Borough Hall is on a roll

Downtown: Borough President Markowitz is often cruising around the borough in a chauffeur-driven hybrid SUV, but now his office has purchased two bicycles for the exclusive use of Borough Hall staffers. Comment

Summer ‘Knights’

Summer ‘Knights’

Art: Next weekend, “The Dark Knight,” the latest movie in the Batman franchise, opens in theaters nationwide. Hidden away in Red Hook, however, is another look at the Caped Crusader — and what it lacks in box office glitz, it more than makes up for in graphic authenticity. Comment

Your family

OSFO moves on — and Smartmom follows

Smartmom: Hepcat and The Oh So Feisty One spent the night before her graduation from PS 321 coloring her hair blue. Hepcat is quite the artiste when it comes to applying Manic Panic hair color with a paintbrush (it must be all those painting classes he took with renowned abstract artist Elizabeth Murray at Bard College back in the 1970s). Comment

Monkey business at jungle gym

Cobble Hill: Long Island College Hospital says it’s going to fix up dilapidated playgrounds on its Cobble Hill campus this summer after a flurry of complaints from parents thrust the beleaguered hospital into action. Comments (1)

‘Lighten up’ still on diet — but look what it did for this man!

“Lighten Up, Brooklyn” has slimmed down further from its already reduced heft of last year — but Borough President (and Weight-Watcher-in-Chief) Markowitz said the two park walks he’ll lead this weekend are more than enough to get people to finally make good on those New Years resolutions. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun things you could be doing with your kids! Comment

Eat to the beat

Eat to the beat

Music: Just because Brooklynites are ga-ga for outdoor summer concert series, it doesn’t mean that bands prefer them to the confines of a nightclub. “I like playing indoor shows, hearing the reverb and the natural sound of the guitars coming off the wall,” said Britt Daniel, lead singer of Spoon. “Some people love nature — I love nature in doses.” Comments (1)
Bridge ‘Park’: Decades of planning will culminate in a small, but usable, Brooklyn Bridge Park by the end of 2009, state planners promised this month — but the same officials admitted that they don’t know when, or if, key parts of the 85-acre open space and condo development will be completed because of a lack of public funding. Comments (2)

The Latest Development News

Working it

Cobble Hill: The old Independence Bank building at the corner of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue is finally beginning to look more like a Trader Joe’s. Insiders say the supermarket, the quirky chain’s first in Brooklyn, is on pace to open in late September. Comment
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents might be able to breathe a little easier this summer. Comment

Monty on Sunday — Paris it ain’t

Brooklyn Heights: If Paris was the inspiration for a car-free pedestrian plaza on Montague Street that began on Sunday, the stretch instead looked a more like, well, a normal quiet Sunday on Montague Street. Comment
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Fancy schmancy

Dining: Sweat dripped from customers’ chins into their mugs of Sixpoint beer. The fumes of grilling pork rose to meet the smell of close, hot bodies. And then it began to pour. This was the second annual UnFancy Food Show, a celebration of Brooklyn food artisans and small producers in a defiantly un-fancy setting in Williamsburg. Comment

La Brooklynais

Two Smith Street restaurants are baring their Bastille Day pride with an enormous “petanque” tournament on Sunday. Comment

METALHEADS! More thefts of copper all over the borough!

Crime: There were at least four major thefts of copper piping in three neighborhoods last week, the latest in an ongoing spike in thefts of the increasingly valuable golden brown metal. Here are the sordid details. Comment

Cell fiends rob store — but one gets hooked

Bensonhurst: Two armed thugs held up a cellphone store on Bay Parkway on July 7 — but one was later disconnected from the scheme by police. Comment

Three’s company at third

Play’s the Thing: Fans using merely literal vision see only one person at third base when the Cyclones are in the field, but those baseball aficionados gifted with more figurative sight can see three persons at the hot corner for Brooklyn — Zach Lutz, and standing behind him, his parents. Comment

Bastille Day beckons

Dining: Fort Greene bistro Chez Oskar to celebrate Bastille Day — and its 10th anniversary — with live music, fire-eating, a prix-fixe menu and more! Comment

Cyclones do the walk of death

Ups & Downs: Monday was a beautiful day for a walk on Coney Island — too bad that Cyclone pitchers took that literally. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Dumb perp punches cop

Brooklyn Heights: Cops arrested a 31-year-old thug in Brooklyn Heights after he tried to steal an off-duty correction officer’s gun, cops said. Comment

Horrifying early morning mugging in heart of Slope

Park Slope: A thief grabbed a woman by the throat and swiped her handbag in an early morning mugging on Carroll Street on July 6. Comments (1)

Denmark’s dozen

Denmark’s dozen

Theater: Each year, there are more Shakespearean productions in the borough than we can count, but on Friday night at the McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, fans of the Bard got more for their money with the Woodshed Collective theater company’s “Twelve Ophelias.” Comment

He fell for the old ‘Let me show you something’ trick

Cobble Hill: A man walked into a mugging on Centre Street after a Sharpie deceived him on July 1. Comment

An ‘immaculate’ crime as Catholic HS is robbed cleanly

Fort Greene: A Catholic high school on Clermont Avenue reported that someone stole $7,000 from its vault between June 25 and 26. Comment

Car accident gets even uglier

Prospect Heights: A woman was arrested on July 5 after fighting with another driver with whom she collided. Comment

Man with knife terrorizes M-train gal

Williamsburg: A blade-wielding villain mugged a 21-year-old woman as she waited for an M train at the Hewes Street station on July 6. Comment

Let’s go, Tzyklons! Keyspan goes Kosher on July 13

Ups & Downs: The Cyclones have truly become the Chosen people. Comment

Portobanco, Clones first-season star, is dead in car crash

Ups & Downs: Luz Portobanco, the starting pitcher in the first game in Cyclones’ history, died in a car accident on July 5 near Managua, Nicaragua. Comments (11)

Watch out for the thug on the bike!

Greenpoint: A bike-riding thug shoved a 55-year-old man to the ground and stole his wallet on June 30. Comment

He wakes her up and tells her the bad news — it’s a robbery!

Bay Ridge: A man robbed an unsuspecting woman at gunpoint inside her 10th Avenue home on July 6. Comment

Clones get a rare thing: a day off

Ups & Downs: The 11–10 Cyclones finally had their first off-day on Tuesday, July 8. Comment

Cyclones sputtering along

Cyclones sputtering along

Cyclones: The 11–11 Cyclones can’t seem to get on a roll. For every heroic, come-from-behind win this season, there seems to be a blown save or a seven-walk inning to bring the Brooks back to earth. Here are all the game summaries since our last edition. Comment

The party’s over! Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP leaders split over Vito race; Republican leader predicts defeat

Bay Ridge: The death of would-be Republican congressman Frank Powers has split the Staten Island and Brooklyn wings of the so-called Grand Old Party. Comment

Mind your Q’s

Art: Brooklyn Paper photographer Tom Callan is a star at “Click!,” the publicly curated photo show currently hanging at the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1)

For the birds

Event: Of all the immigrants who’ve made homes in Brooklyn, there’s still one group that doesn’t quite fit in: the parrots. Comment

‘Sign lady’ is back — this time just fixing

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s beloved sign lady has gone from sign maker to sign doctor. Comments (2)

Flower power

Shopping: The Hibiscus Day Spa, open since 2005 in Stuyvesant Heights — and going on two months in its new location — has unveiled its latest beauty treatment: a retail shop stocking skin care essentials, lounge clothing and spa accessories. Comment
Williamsburg: Ferry service returned this week to Williamsburg and DUMBO after seven months out of water, but operators say the service will run aground again this winter if the city doesn’t provide funding. Comment

It’s a bus-aster! Bklyn ridership soaring — and MTA can’t keep up

Bus ridership in Brooklyn has jumped more than 25 percent over the past decade, but service has only increased 8 percent, according to a new study. Comment

Ft. Greene cop dead in Afghanistan

Fort Greene: A New York City cop who lived mere feet away from the war memorial in Fort Greene Park died on July 4 in Afghanistan in a “non-hostile incident,” according to Department of Defense. Comment
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Kevin Powell speaks! Candidate explains Chappelle ‘no-show’

Podcast: Congressional candidate Kevin Powell promised that comedian Dave Chappelle would headline a fundraiser for him in Manhattan on Wednesday night — but when Chappelle didn’t show, Powell was left to clean up the mess. Here he is, in his own words, from the stage of the hip-hop club Eugene in Manhattan on July 9, 2008. Comment

Mourning paper

Park Slope: Call it the New York Crimes. Comment

Church men homeless no more

Park Slope: The last of four homeless men who camped out at Old First Church is now sleeping elsewhere, though he still commutes to “work” every day. Comment

Pay per view

Downtown: Cadman Plaza looked more green than ever on Thursday when a plastic case loaded with what appeared to be $100,000 popped up on the pedestrian plaza near the statue of Henry Ward Beecher. Comment

Angry about Supreme Court ‘Yards’ dismissal? Back these bills

Letters: You recently reported on the saving of Victory Memorial Hospital (“Victory wins!” July 1). While it is good news that SUNY Downstate will continue to provide some health care services for our community as a walk-in clinic or urgent care center, we still will not have an emergency room or access to the full range of services that once existed at this location. Comments (1)

Bike town, BK! North Brooklyn rolls ahead in bicycle bragging rights battle

Williamsburg: Bicycle traffic across the Williamsburg Bridge is soaring, just-released statistics show — and neighborhood bike advocates are claiming victory in their bloodless battle for bike bragging rights over Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (2)
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It's official: Koby cheated! Scandal casts shadow over Chestnut victory

Podcast: Though no one noticed it at the time, former world hot-dog-eating champion Takeru Kobayashi clearly cheated in the closing seconds of his battle against champion Joey Chestnut on July 4 at Nathan’s in Coney Island. This video, shot by Kobayashi’s counter and Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman, shows the last 10 seconds of the contest. Watch how Kobayashi continues to chew new food, even after announcer George Shea has completed his countdown to the finish. Comment
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DUMBO goes to the dogs (finally)!

Podcast: After a fairly egregious false alarm, DUMBO has finally achieved true neighborhood status: The area down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass now has a bona-fide hot dog stand. Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman and Señor Editor Vince DiMiceli bring you the full story, including a flashback to our prior video about the faux hot dog stand a few months back. Comment

The Kitchen Sink

All the news, gossip, tidbits, bric-a-brac and potpourri from your neighborhood. Comment

Civic Calendar

All the important meetings you should be going to. Comment

St. Finbar’s school graduates its final class

Bay News: Misty-eyed pupils donned their mortar boards and put up a brave front for the final graduation day at St. Finbar’s School. Comment

Rent control fiasco

Kings Courier: Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases, respectively. Comment

P.S. 207 students sing the best of broadway

Kings Courier: Talented Public School 207 students wowed the crowd when they hailed the year’s end with a tribute to the Great White Way. Comment

Rezoning and sunscreen on the mind: Community Board 14 presses neighborhood concerns before summer break

Kings Courier: Community Board 14 has broken for the summer, but not without first taking care of some business. Comment

Skin cancer test

Kings Courier: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, with support from Columbia Sportswear, has hit the road, offering free full body skin cancer screenings conducted by local board-certified dermatologists. Comment

Special kudos to outstanding educators

Kings Courier: Outstanding borough educators received an “A” for “awesome” when state Senator Marty Golden held his annual “Teacher of the Year” awards ceremony at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Special day at Astroland for special youngsters

Kings Courier: “No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a handicapped child.” Comment

Pop, snap, fizzle: Crackdown on fireworks

Kings Courier: The wick has been lit on the NYPD’s 4th of July fireworks crackdown. Comment

Olympic spirit burns bright at the John Malone Center

Kings Courier: Tomorrow’s athletes got a jump start on sportsmanship today during a junior Olympic skills competition at the John Malone Center. Comment
FIRST BASE

KRISSY DEMASI, Fontbonne

In her best season on varsity, the slugging first baseman batted to a team-high .589 BA with four dingers and 22 RBI on a team that won their third straight division crown. Comment

Legion invests in developing writers

Kings Courier: Brooklyn’s budding scribes were hailed for their inspirational masterpieces during an essay contest presented by the Kings County American Legion. Comment

Local cops collar career criminal

Kings Courier: A career criminal with nearly three dozen arrests under his belt could be spending the next three dozen years behind bars thanks to the quick actions of the 61st Precinct’s “Cops of the Month.” Comment

Local hoop stars charge the lane

Kings Courier: Budding Michael Jordans pressed flesh with the long arm of the law when cops from the 63rd Precinct squared off against local youngsters during a hoop tourney at Marine Park. Comment

Mardi Gras time in Midwood

Kings Courier: Midwood morphed into a sun-kissed emporium of fun and festivity as residents joined forces with their neighbors for the annual Midwood Mardi Gras. Comment

Stock scammer slammed

Kings Courier: An alleged Sheepshead Bay swindler is facing 45 years in prison for masterminding a stock scam that bilked $540,000 from six investors peppered across the country. Comment

Stop in the name of safety

Kings Courier: The all-way stop sign at the corner of Avenue K and East 72nd Street has finally been restored. Comment
CATCHER

JONATHAN MENDEZ, Xaverian

The senior and starting catcher is a dedicated and coachable leader on the team. A good defensive catcher on the field and four-year player, he intends to continue his baseball career at a Division I college. Comment
CATCHER

JAMIE CONROY, Bishop Ford

Despite heading to Northeastern University on a basketball scholarship, this talented backstop certainly showed that she can block the dish as well as score baskets. Touted as the “best catcher in the borough,” Conroy has certainly shown that same prowess in the batter’s box with .500 BA and 18 RBI. Comment
COACH OF THE YEAR

FRANK MARINELLO, Fontbonne Hall

Despite losing in the second round of the playoffs for a second consecutive year, Marinello, in his fourth season as head coach, has guided Fontbonne Hall Academy to four consecutive playoff appearances and three straight division titles. In 2008, Marinello finished a career-best 15-2 with an opening round 6-4 playoff victory against Christ the King, but fell 5-1 to Archbishop Molloy. But despite back-to-back setbacks, Marinello seems to be the perfect fit at “The Academy,” as the skipper will look for that elusive second round playoff win and a championship title next season. Comment

Coney run/walk

The Coney Island Sports Foundation will host the 16th Annual Coney Island Boardwalk Race/Walk at 9:30 a.m., June 29. Comment
DESIGNATED HITTER

JOSEPH CESPUGLIA, Xaverian

Used as a DH, Cespuglia, a junior, is also a first baseman, who came through in clutch situations. In 21 games, he batted .290 and drove home 12 runs. Comment

Brooklyn boys come on strong

Following a season that saw them ride a hot start to the New York-Penn League’s McNamara Division title, the Brooklyn Cyclones have come out strong again in 2008. Comment

Brooklyn Aces skate into Aviator Sports

Borough hockey buffs now have their very own team to root for – the Brooklyn Aces. Comment

Topsy-turvy turn

Kings Courier: A skateboarder flips for fun off a staircase near Stewart Street and Fillmore Avenue, engaging spectators with his fancy footwork. Comment

The art of learning at Public school 255

Kings Courier: At PS 255, Principal Linda Singer supports the arts because she knows that nothing motivates, stimulates, and reflects culture the way the arts do. Most of their 713 students at the school, 1866 East 17th Street, are English language learners, but they catch on quickly when immersed in the universal language of music and art, as evidenced by their improving NYSESLAT scores. Comment

Tying the knot all over again: Matrimonial bliss is part of senior residence celebrations

Kings Courier: The bride wore white, the groom a lush shtreimel topper and the two held hands like newlyweds during their mock nuptials at Scharf’s Ateret Avot Senior Residence in Midwood. Comment

Blue collar power at bat

Henry Williamson, a 6-foot-5, 233 pound right-hander for the Aberdeen IronBirds, kicked his leg and let loose a 92 mile per hour fastball toward the upper inside quadrant of the strike zone. Comment

Borough hosts Mayor’s Cricket Cup showdown

The “fastest growing sport in New York City” engaged spectators with its grace and showmanship when the Parks Department hosted the Mayor’s Cricket Cup. Comment

Lawsuit brewing against DOE

Kings Courier: Parents have long complained about a lack of sufficient arts education in public schools and now they may finally do something about it. Comment

Kings county Thomas Jefferson Club awards dinner

Kings Courier: A realtor and a clergyman shared the honors with other notables when the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club of Kings County held an awards dinner in Mill Basin. Comment

Fashionistas strut their stuff at Kings Plaza

Flatbush: Youngsters turned cool catwalk cats as they strutted their stuff – plus shed the spotlight on local designers – during a fashion show, presented by the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment

Don’t dis the horseshoe

Flatbush: Gateway National Recreation Area is showing some respect to Earth’s elders. Comment

Home-furnishing giant opens: Ikea comes to Red Hook; throngs wait in line for free sofa

Flatbush: With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

LICH marks 150 years of saving lives

Flatbush: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, founded in 1858, is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment

New magazine puts kids at the helm: KidSpirit explores issues of spirituality with editorial board made up of teens and ’tweens

Flatbush: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Locals get first dibs at coveted Ikea jobs

Flatbush: Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Conserving energy: LICH earns award for doing its part

Flatbush: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn received an award from Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) for its role in energy management during crisis conditions. ECS is a prestigious energy-management organization working with New York State to control its electricity supply and demand. Comment

Closing the books

Flatbush: Community Board 14 has broken for the summer, but not without first taking care of some business. Comment

Award-winning essayists recognized

Flatbush: Brooklyn’s budding scribes were hailed for their inspirational masterpieces during an essay contest presented by the Kings County American Legion. Comment

A new home for 70: Precinct on track to move

Flatbush: It’s not happening any time soon, but someday – if things continue moving forward as they now are – the men and women of the 70th Precinct will have a new place to call home. Comment

Board votes to raise rents citywide

Flatbush: Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases. Comment

Bringing art and music to PS 249

Flatbush: Pint-sized Rembrandts and Michealangelos shared the spotlight with budding virtuosos during an art fair at Public School 249. Comment

Building prices up

Flatbush: The price per square foot of elevator and mixed-use apartment buildings in Brooklyn posted solid increases in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Massey Knakal Realty Services New York City Income Property Report. And while the total number of apartment buildings sold in Brooklyn was down, the number of elevator buildings sold jumped. Comment

Parents may sue over arts money: CEC22 veep intones threat of lawsuit looms over Department of Ed

Flatbush: Parents have long complained about a lack of sufficient arts education in public schools and now they may finally do something about it. Comment

PS 235 celebrates Mexico

Flatbush: Hundreds of National Dance Institute (NDI) schoolchildren from PS 235 performed in their end-of-year performance, “Celebrating Mexico,” a culmination of the dancers’ year-long study of the richness of Mexican history, culture, and art, realized in dance and music. Comment

Ghoul gets jail sentence: Michael Mastromarino faces as much 27 years in can

Kings Courier: If he whiled away his nights looting corpses for profit behind a pair of rose-colored glasses, Christopher Aldorasi’s seeing everything much clearer now. Comment

First annual senior prom in Midwood

Kings Courier: Active adults and seniors from various communities, will dance, skip, and hop at the first annual Senior Prom, sponsored by Millennium Development, held at Midwood Active Adults Center, 4815 Avenue I, June 27. Comment

Hebrew without religion: Charter school founders insist program is secular

Kings Courier: The brains behind the Hebrew-themed charter school proposal offered parents details about the school’s curriculum – and reiterated that religion would not be taught at the school. Comment

Intermediate school 381 unveils new signpost

Kings Courier: Now, even passers-by can find out about upcoming news at Intermediate School 381. Comment

I.S. 278 makes beautiful music in 2008

Kings Courier: As the school year comes to an end so, too, does one of the most successful years of Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s music programs. Comment

Fashion-minded teens shine at Kings Plaza shopping mall

Kings Courier: Youngsters turned cool catwalk cats as they strutted their stuff – plus shed the spotlight on local designers – during a fashion show, presented by the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment

Cooler conditions at P.S. 312: Broken air conditioning system fixed in time for graduation

Kings Courier: To one local elementary school, Senator Carl Kruger is known as “Mr. Cool” for his role in fixing an electrical problem that left kids and teachers sweltering. Comment

PS 249 shows off its spring best

Flatbush: Acrobats, singers and a mock circus brought the academic year to an end with flourish and showmanship as students and staffers celebrated with a spring concert at Public School 249. Comment

PS 152 kids fling into spring spirit

Flatbush: Pint-sized performers stole the show when they united on stage for a spring fling at Public School 152. Comment

Residents protest Prospect Lefferts Gardens condos

Flatbush: Proposed construction of a 23-story glass-enclosed tower next to the Prospect Park subway stop on the B and Q line brought out a determined group of picketers to Lincoln Road this weekend. Comment

Caring at its very finest

Kings Courier: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment

Coney’s Baby walrus celebrates birthday with his fans

Kings Courier: Brooklyn’s beefiest baby tipped the scales at 115 pounds at birth and boasts a legion of smitten fans, many of whom helped name him in a competition on the Today show to mark his first birthday. Comment

Toasting Caribbean culture: Borough celebrates region’s rich traditions and people

Canarsie: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined members of Brooklyn’s Caribbean community for a day of festivities in celebration of the annual National Caribbean-American Heritage Month observance in Brooklyn. Comment

Bring the picnic basket to Bay Ridge this July 4th

Williamsburg: In small town U.S.A., Independence Day means community-wide festivities, at which young and old turn out enthusiastically, waving flags, toasting the occasion and engaging in old-fashioned activities such as picnics and parades. Comment

Summer science adventures at the Botanic Garden

Williamsburg: Join the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) for a fun-filled 94th summer in Miss Shaw’s Children’s Garden. Comment

Summer fun at the library

Williamsburg: Summertime has arrived and so has a full schedule of great events at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) including classes, workshops, music and more. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

Sweet sounds of Hot Peas ‘N Butter this summer

Williamsburg: For those who grew up in the New York City, hot peas and butter wouldn't be just the name for a side for dinner. Comment

This one’s for the dogs: Nathan’s contest coming

Williamsburg: Talk about tough economic times: Even the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island isn’t immune to cutbacks. Comment

Blues fest

Parenting: BAM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech into July. Comment

Walk BK, from Weeksville to Red Hook

Williamsburg: The Center For The Urban Environment (formerly BCUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Brooklyn, concludes its current season with a series of walks throughout the borough and beyond. Comment

Online laughs with ‘The Burg’

Williamsburg: Early last year, Thom Woodley and Kathleen Grace were heading up the elevator of the Pierre Hotel to meet Michael Eisner in his private hotel suite. Eisner was launching Tornonte, his new Internet media venture that provided users with original comedic content and he wanted to meet some emerging talents. Comment

Mermaids mix fun & activism

Williamsburg: This weekend’s edition of the 26th Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island had all the fanciful flotsam and jetsam you’d expect – but serious political dissent was never more than a couple of nautical leagues away. Comment

TKTS Booth debuts

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Your mouse the judge in latest Bklyn Museum show

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum has appointed you the judge, jury and exhibitioner for their latest photography project, "Click!" Comment

Get down & dirty with the Dirty Boogaloo

Williamsburg: At the bottom of the uneven cement staircase, patrons squeezed through two shoddy wooden double-doors. Ten bucks got them past the bar and down the bench-lined corridor, lit mostly by gaudy gold-painted walls. But in the cavernous back room, their surroundings mattered little as the dulcet tones of the Dirty Boogaloo began to fill the performance space. Comment

Get ‘In the Moment’

Williamsburg: Celebrate with Moshe Weidenfeld, a Brooklyn-based guitarist who pulls from Latin, jazz and Jewish music, for the release of his new CD, “In the Moment,” this June 29 at Park Slope's Jewish Music Cafe. Comment

ISO Symphonic Band sounds trumpet for heroes

Williamsburg: The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment

Cash in at Kingsborough

Parenting: Kingsborough Community College presents seven free sizzling concerts in July including a Johnny Cash Tribute & Sing-Along, Zydeco music from Louisiana, and a special concert just for kids. Comment

Last chance for CIRCUSundays

Parenting: The Waterfront Museum, located on a permanently moored barge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, concludes its CIRCUSundays series, which brings the circus to this shorefront area. Comment

Caviar & food stamps

Letters: Editor’s Note: These following letters are in response to Stanley Gershbein’s recent “It’s Only My Opinion” column about food stamps. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

They shoot pigs, don’t they?

Perspective: I fear rivers overflowing; I hear the voice of rage and ruin… Comment

Dangerous fireworks

Letters: As we prepare to enter the summer season, the July 4th holiday is fast approaching, and firework prevention is a major initiative in keeping our communities safe. Comment

Never go generic

Letters: I enjoy reading your column every week! The week of the 22nd in your column was right on target! You have no idea how right you were. If you care to talk in length about that specific column I will leave my name and number at the end of this. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: No toying around Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

The carpool starts right here

Perspective: Some of us may have already noticed subways and buses becoming a bit more crowded than usual. Sitting in traffic is becoming more unbearable – strike one. Parking fees, whether on parking lots or at meters, are costly – strike two. The cost of a gallon of gas…..Do I have to tell you how I feel? Strike three. You’re out. I am now learning all about mass transit in my area. I know that if I stay away from the crowds during rush hour, I will get a seat and be able to read a newspaper. According to USA Today, the number of riders on public transportation is up three percent nationwide. This is one of those “That’s good – that’s bad” things that we played as youngsters. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

MTA not going your way

Perspective: A perk for perk’s sake is just beserk. Comment

Twilight Tattoo

Parenting: The Army’s most popular outdoor ceremonial program, the Twilight Tattoo, will be presented at Marine Park, June 28 at 6 p.m. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sounds of the US Army’s Jazz Ensemble, which starts playing at 5:30 p.m. Comment

See fish for free

Parenting: The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment

Waterside salsa

Parenting: The Boricua Festival Committee’s Annual “Salsa at the Waterfront,” this year moving to Sunset Park, will be held June 28 at the 58th Street Pier, First Avenue and 58th Street. Comment

Wild food tour

Parenting: Naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, July 6. Prospect Park is a great place for wild foods, and the summer is an especially rich season. Comment
CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Summer Steals

Williamsburg: Here’s your chance to save some money. We’re heading into a new month and a new season. Now’s the time to develop a new attitude about shopping. Comparison shopping is still the best way to save a buck, so here are a few places to start. Comment

Young minds at work

Williamsburg: The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) presents “Art in the Life of Young Minds,” an exhibit created by students aged eight to 14 under the mentorship of artist Al Johnson. Comment

‘Poets of the Paste’ at Ad Hoc Art

Williamsburg: Fresh off their dense, shantytown-themed exhibit “The Threat of Chance,” Ad Hoc Art gallery pulls a Monty Python with something completely different. The gallery welcomes Elbowtoe, Armsrock, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster, artists who often work with wheat paste, contributing several of their mixed media pieces in a show called “Poets of the Paste,” now open. Comment
PITCHER

ASHLEY SCHIRIPPA, Fontbonne

Touted as the “ace” of Fontebonne’s pitching squad by her coach, Schirippa certainly has the numbers to prove it. The junior hurled to the tune of a 7-1 record while batting .582 with four home runs and 21 RBI. Comment
OUTFIELD

KERRY KING, Bishop Kearney

The senior outfielder sparked a solid Bishop Kearney team with .532 BA, but it was her leadership in the outfield that guided Kearney to a 13-4 record. Comment
PITCHER

KASCEIM GRAHAM, Bishop Ford

Only a junior, Graham developed to be the ace of the staff and seems to be improving each year. He has a live fast ball, change-up and slider and throws in the mid-80s. He had a 6-2 record and 2.23 ERA. Comment

Pitching clinics

Long Island University’s Blaire Porter, Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year, and 2008 Easton All America, Second Team, will oversee pitching instruction in clinics for small groups and individuals. Comment
SECOND BASE

BRITTANY BOWEN, St. Saviour

In her second and final season on the varsity level, Bowen batted a career .300 over her two seasons as a Panda. Her repertoire includes not only her bat, but her glove as well, as Bowen has flashed the leather in the middle of the St. Savior infield. Comment
PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CORINE FITZGIBBONS, Fontebonne Hall

The Fontebonne backstop was labeled by her coach as “clearly the best player in the borough.” To some that might be just a coach placing his player on a pedestal. But for the junior, it cannot be more true, as she was a pure all star behind the dish as she succeeded in calling signals for a team that went 15-2, including a playoff victory. In 2008, Fitzgibbons was downright tearing the cover off of the softball as she led the team in two of the three major offensive categories with a .556 BA, 11 HR and 28 RBI. The all-star catcher still has one more season to get some unfinished business done – a second round playoff victory and possibly a CHSAA title to her resume. Comment
OUTFIELD

JULIA MORRIS, St. Saviour

Roaming the St. Saviour outfield wearing the label as captain, this lifetime .300 hitter has amazing versatility in every position that she has played (shortstop, first base, but mainly center field). To add to her offensive stats, Morris displays a tremendous gun in the Pandas’ outfield that would be sorely missed next season. Comment
OUTFIELD

JEREMY SILVA, Bishop Ford

The spark plug of the line-up, the junior possesses exceptional speed, and defensively can cover ground in the outfield. He also has a strong arm. The lead-off batter, he was a .301 hitter, and stole 23 of 25 bases. Comment

Madison Street dresses for success: Members honored with Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Award

The Madison Street Block #3 Association has been named the first ever recipient of the Mollie Parnis Dress Up Your Neighborhood Award in recognition of engaging neighborhood youth and residents in the renovation of the area community garden, announced The Citizens Committee for New York City. Comment

Madison rules courts: Borough’s best play for local high school

This year’s PSAL handball bragging rights belong to Midwood High School. Comment
OUTFIELD

A.J. PASSIONE, Xaverian

A two-year varsity player, Passione was known for his defense, as he covered all the ground in the center field. Offensively, the senior drew a lot of walks and was a .300 hitter. A four-year player in the program, he has speed on the base paths and in the outfield. Comment
OUTFIELD

ANTHONY HAJJAR, Xaverian

A junior, Hajjar demonstrated his ability on the mound, in the outfield and at the plate, enough to have college recruiters put him high on their lists for next season. He batted around .400 and, more importantly, hit a three-run double, struck out seven and walked four in the CHSAA championship. Comment
OUTFIELD

JANIE WADE, Bishop Ford

Being the “gun” in the outfield for the Lady Falcons, Wade has shown that she has the stuff to throw runners and likes to dig for extra bases. But the senior has gotten it done with the bat also (.494 BA, 3 HR, and 16 RBI). Comment
SHORTSTOP

JOHN FOGuRILE, Xaverian

A two-year varsity player, Fogurile is the best shortstop Coach Dennis Canale has ever had in his 16 years at Xaverian. He’s a tremendous base runner, had excellent speed and will do well at Molloy College. Comment
SHORTSTOP

LAUREN DELAROSA, Bishop Ford

One of the more versatile players in the borough, the Manhattan College-bound Delarosa batted a .486 with 11 RBI. in her final season as a Lady Falcon. Comment

The granddaddy of all collectives at Papa B Studios

Williamsburg: How does one start an artist collective in Brooklyn? Step one: put together a business plan and acquire an affordable commercial space. Step two: renovate and design it to your needs. Step three: develop a word-of mouth campaign and hold a killer opening party attracting hundreds of people. Comment

Prospect Daydream

Williamsburg: PLG Arts presents “Daydream” in Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground, at Ocean Avenue between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Performance dates are June 28-29 and July 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20. All performances are and include post-show activities for children. Comment

The world is flat at the Kentler drawing space

Williamsburg: Kentler International Drawing Space presents the work of 19 artists from The Kentler Flatfiles in a show guest-curated by Charlotta Kotik, curator of Contemporary Art Emerita, Brooklyn Museum. Comment

Time is an illusion

Williamsburg: The Brick Theater, Inc. presents a Bone Orchard production, “The Stubborn Illusion Of Time” as part of The Film Festival: A Theater Festival. Comment

‘Grotesque Histories’

Williamsburg: Grotesque Histories” presents the work of three artists who deploy iconographies based in history, both ancient and recent, to address the current world condition. The show will be held at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, July 2-August 8 with an opening reception July 2 from 7-9 p.m. Comment

New Cinderella spin

Williamsburg: Youth on Target Theater Company presents a new take on “Cinderella,” playing in Brooklyn, June and July. Veering from the familiar Disney telling, this production offers children a relatable tale rooted in the Italian tradition of the classic story. Comment

Factory Fresh goes ‘Rotten’ with latest visual works

Williamsburg: Less than a month after opening, the East Williamsburg gallery Factory Fresh is living up to its promise for bringing in fresh new art. Comment
THIRD BASE

MARY BRUNS, Bishop Ford

Labeled by her coach as a player that “always comes prepared,” the SUNY Cortlandt-bound Bruns has certainly proved that with a .500 BA and by driving in 16 RBI. Comment
THIRD BASE

LOUIS MASTRANDREA, Bishop Ford

A junior, Mastrandrea has a strong arm, played many key roles, batted fifth in the line-up and had numerous clutch hits. A versatile player, he can also pitch and appeared as a closer and reliever. Offensively, he batted .329 and drove home 15 home runs. Comment

‘Knights’ story update

In a June 12 article titled, “Knights fall to Trojans,” Joseph Hecker was incorrectly identified as Jason Hecker. In a play, he also reached on a Mike Antonio infield hit to first base, not a throwing error. We regret the errors. Comment

‘Take your base’

The Brooklyn Cyclones will host their Fourth Annual “Take Your Base 5K Run/Walk” and “Superhero Night” at 4 p.m., June 28 at Keyspan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment

Artists respond to 3rd Ward’s open call in ‘Suits’

Williamsburg: Jeremy Leichman’s playful take on the modern working man and all his costumed glory is on display at Bushwick's 3rd Ward Gallery in “Suits,” the gallery’s 2008 Spring Solo Show, opening on June 28. Comment
FIRST BASE

MATT TROISI, Xaverian

It’s always a luxury to have a 6’4” first baseman on the team. The senior will continue his diamond career at Manhattan College. A two-year starter and four-year player in the program, Troisi can also pitch, and bats close to .400. Comment

Stars & stripes fly high over John Paul Jones Pk

Bay News: Brooklynites transformed John Paul Jones Park into a patriot’s haven during a Flag Day ceremony, coordinated by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment

Take our money, CECs say: Presidents offer to sacrifice funding to save schools

Bay News: Don’t take money away from public schools – take it from Community Education Councils (CEC). Comment

Take home the Coney Island Cyclone

Bay News: The world famous Coney Island Cyclone, known for its thrilling drops and blazing speed, might have achieved landmark status 20 years ago, but it will truly be immortalized this summer at KeySpan Park. Comment

This time out prom is strictly for the senior set

Bay News: Elders put on the glitz and tripped the light fantastic during a senior prom at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Comment

Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club awards dinner

Bay News: A realtor and a clergyman shared the honors with other notables when the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club of Kings County held an awards dinner in Mill Basin. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Washed ashore Comment

Tug of war: Beach patrol’s future in flux

Bay News: Manhattan Beach’s own little civil war has broken out on a new front this week – right behind the wheel of its private security force. Comment

S’head swindler busted: Man charged in over half-million-dollar stock scam

Bay News: An alleged Sheepshead Bay swindler is facing 45 years in prison for masterminding a stock scam that bilked $540,000 from six investors peppered across the country. Comment

Students take on the teachers at P.S. 52

Bay News: Budding athletes squared off against their teachers during a softball game at Public School 52. Comment

Picnic with your pooch

Bay News: Treat your best furry friend to a fun-filled walk in the park as FIDO — the Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners — hosts its annual “Summer Picnic for Pooches & Their People” from 5 p.m. to dusk, June 27 in Prospect Park’s Nethermead. Comment

Outstanding educators earn a special ‘A’

Bay News: Outstanding borough educators received an “A” for “awesome” when state Senator Marty Golden held his annual “Teacher of the Year” awards ceremony at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Showcase for public school 95 artists

Bay News: Budding Rembrandts were in a class by themselves when they exhibited their masterpieces during an art show at Public School 95. Comment

St. Finbar’s school graduates its final class

Bay News: Misty-eyed pupils donned their mortar boards and put up a brave front for the final graduation day at St. Finbar’s School. Comment

61st Pct. puts kibosh on career criminal

Bay News: A career criminal with nearly three dozen arrests under his belt could be spending the next three dozen years behind bars thanks to the quick actions of the 61st Precinct’s “Cops of the Month.” Comment

Abandoned boats plucked from Jamaica Bay

Operation Clean Bay was in full swing last week, as workers continued to rid Jamaica Bay of derelict vessels. Comment

Blue and yellow fever: Borough shoppers flock to Ikea grand opening

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

Free replica Cyclones

The world famous Coney Island Cyclone, known for its thrilling drops and blazing speed, might have achieved landmark status 20 years ago, but it will truly be immortalized this summer at KeySpan Park. Comment

Guardsmen rev up Dale

Hours before his seventh-place start and fourth-place finish in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked fresh and rested as he visited National Guard members at an infield area. Comment

Hard time awaits convicted body snatcher: Aldorasi’s jail stint based on over 1,000 corpses

If he whiled away his nights looting corpses for profit behind a pair of rose-colored glasses, Christopher Aldorasi’s seeing everything much clearer now. Comment

Ivy league flips for local kid: Lukasz Zbylut is accepted into eighteen top universities

Lukasz Zbylut, a New Utrecht High School senior, won the college jackpot. Comment

Head to 13th Ave. this 4th

The stars and stripes will be moving from Third to 13th Avenue for this year’s Independence Day parade. Comment

Free full-body skin cancer test

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, with support from Columbia Sportswear, has hit the road, offering free full body skin cancer screenings conducted by local board-certified dermatologists. Comment

Exiting angry at CB10

The removal of a long-time member had caused a bit of a ruckus at Community Board 10. Comment

Brooklynites get first crack

Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Boot classrooms, CB10 says: Members want park retuned and ‘temp’ structures gone

Ten years after the School Construction Authority (SCA) set up temporary classrooms for the High School of Telecommunications Arts & Technology, community activists are asking that they be removed. Comment

Calvary Hospital Medical nursing team hailed: 2008 Nursing Spectrurm Nurse Excellence Awards

Members of the Calvary Hospital medical and nursing team were on hand at the “2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards” ceremony to cheer on their colleague, Luz Hernandez, MS, APRN, BC, NP. Hernandez was one of six NY/NJ Region finalists in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.” Comment

Community council slate runs unopposed

In a quiet election that provided a dramatic contrast with the hotly contested election held two years earlier, members of the 68th Precinct Community Council chose a new slate of officers, who all ran unopposed. Comment

Coney loses star walrus: Popular Ayveq was 14 years old at the time of his death

Ayveq, the Pacific walrus who rose from orphaned Alaskan calf to beefy harem leader at the New York Aquarium, died on June 22. He was 14 years old. Comment

On the front lines against diabetes: Masons hold gala to bash juvenile disease

Bay News: The First Kings Masonic District is continuing its fight against diabetes. Comment

Old glory on the move: Independence Day Parade on 13th Ave.

Bay News: The stars and stripes will be moving from Third to 13th Avenue for this year’s Independence Day parade. Comment

Cries from Coney: Housing advocates oppose city plan

Bay News: Two activists opposed to the Bloomberg administration’s plan to redevelop Coney Island were talking about a new alliance this week just prior to Tuesday night’s public scoping meeting held at Abraham Lincoln High School. Comment

Coney Island loses star walrus

Bay News: Ayveq, the Pacific walrus who rose from orphaned Alaskan calf to beefy harem leader at the New York Aquarium, died on June 22. He was 14 years old. Comment

Crime inches up at the 60th

Bay News: Nearly halfway through 2008, crime in the 60th Precinct is up a modest six percent from its levels of 2007. Comment

District 20 advocate exits

Bay News: School District 20 is saying farewell to one of its most dedicated education activists. Comment

Doggone it, they’re trouble

Bay News: His bottle was worse than his bark. Comment

DOE lawsuit brewing

Bay News: Parents have long complained about a lack of sufficient arts education in public schools and now they may finally do something about it. Comment

Cheers to Brooklyn Martini glass designer: Local woman wins ‘On the Rocks’ contest

Bay News: Whether it’s shaken or stirred, the martini just got a whole lot cooler thanks to one Greenpoint resident. Comment

B’way box office hits Brooklyn

Bay News: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Annual blessing of the fleet: Flotilla to fill S’head Bay

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden will throw the memorial wreath from the lead boat in the 17th annual Blessing of the Fleets in Sheepshead Bay at 12 p.m., June 29. Golden will be aboard Commodore Bill Woodroffe’s ketch “Kalunamoo,” of the Deep Creek Yacht Club, which will lead a projected 100 plus boat flotilla from six local yacht and boat clubs. Comment

A clean sweep for Jamaica Bay

Bay News: Operation Clean Bay was in full swing last week, as workers continued to rid Jamaica Bay of derelict vessels. Comment

Baby walrus spends birthday with his fans

Bay News: Brooklyn’s beefiest baby tipped the scales at 115 pounds at birth and boasts a legion of smitten fans, many of whom helped name him in a competition on the Today show to mark his first birthday. Comment

B-ball courts remain ‘foul’: Ditchek confronts comish

Bay News: It’s an ugly part of Manhattan Beach that few notice unless they enter the park looking to play some ball. Comment

Brooklyn in the house for food show

Bay News: Local and proud of it — that is the hallmark of the Brooklyn food manufacturers showing at the 54th Summer Fancy Food Show under the Real Brooklyn™/Brooklyn Goes Global banner (booths 5414 and 5416), June 29-July 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Whether it’s fudge from an old family recipe but suited to today’s discerning foodie, or hot sauce that is truly “fuel for food,” Brooklyn will be well represented. Comment

Extra special day for youngsters at Nelly Bly

Bay News: “No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a handicapped child.” Comment

First annual senior prom coming

Bay News: Active adults and seniors from various communities, will dance, skip, and hop at the first annual Senior Prom, sponsored by Millennium Development, held at Midwood Active Adults Center, 4815 Avenue I, June 27. Comment

iPhone crooks don’t get far: 60th Precinct cops converge on knucklehead teens

Bay News: As police officers are quick to point out, the key to catching criminals is the timely reporting of their crimes. Comment

High praise for school vollies

Bay News: Dedication and hard work – that’s what makes local parents vital to the school system. Comment

Ivy League flips for him: New Utrecht student admitted to 18 top schools

Bay News: Lukasz Zbylut, a New Utrecht High School senior, won the college jackpot. Comment

Legion spotlights outstanding scribes

Bay News: Brooklyn’s budding scribes were hailed for their inspirational masterpieces during an essay contest presented by the Kings County American Legion. Comment

Motorcyclist critical following Knapp St. accident

Bay News: Cops look over a bashed motorcycle at the center of an accident which left one motorist clinging to life Saturday. Officials said that the owner of the Yamaha motorcycle was traveling southbound on Knapp Street in Sheepshead Bay at 7:30 p.m. on June 21 when it was hit by a Nissan traveling in the opposite direction. The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries in the crash and was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition late Saturday night. Police do not believe any criminality was involved in the crash and no arrests have been made, officials said. Comment

Help for ailing Coney b’walk

Bay News: The weary wooden warrior received a financial boost to the tune of $10 million when Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and Alec Brook-Krasny presented the Parks Department with funds to retool the Coney Island Boardwalk. Comment

Hebrew without the religion: Charter school founders insist programs will be secular

Bay News: The brains behind the Hebrew-themed charter school proposal offered parents details about the school’s curriculum – and reiterated that religion would not be taught at the school. Comment

Globe keeps spinning at P.S. 200

Bay News: What could have been a disastrous situation for parents turned into a happy ending. Comment

Full body skin cancer test

Bay News: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, with support from Columbia Sportswear, has hit the road, offering free full body skin cancer screenings conducted by local board-certified dermatologists. Comment

Golden Gate strangler convicted

Bay News: A mob associate accused of strangling a woman to death and stuffing her body in a captain’s bed at Sheepshead Bay’s Golden Gate Inn was convicted of murder Tuesday – 10 years after the gruesome crime took place. Comment

Golden must go, LGBT voters say

Members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community blasted State Senator Marty Golden for signing onto a lawsuit that could block New York’s acceptance of same-sex marriages from other states. Comment

Hard time for ghoul: Cell awaits convicted body snatcher

Bay News: If he whiled away his nights looting corpses for profit behind a pair of rose-colored glasses, Christopher Aldorasi’s seeing everything much clearer now. Comment

June’s top police officers

Two 68th Precinct police officers have snagged “Cop of the Month” honors for June after they apprehended five individuals suspected of stealing a popular cell phone from someone in the street whom they had assaulted. Comment

Keep on truckin’ – just not near us

Residents of 70th Street crowded into a local restaurant to hear exactly what they were hoping to hear – that the management of a Walgreen’s that will soon be their neighbor will do everything it can to keep truck loading and unloading off of their residential street. Comment

Gangs: stay away: Cops crack down on pier security

Canarsie: Cops in Canarsie and an assemblage of borough gang members clashed again Saturday with the Canarsie Pier acting as the NYPD’s line in the sand. Comment

Coney Island loses star walrus at 14

Canarsie: Ayveq, the Pacific walrus who rose from orphaned Alaskan calf to beefy harem leader at the New York Aquarium, died on June 22. He was 14 years old. Comment

Here’s medical care at its very finest: 2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards

Canarsie: Members of the Calvary Hospital medical and nursing team were on hand at the “2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards” ceremony to cheer on their colleague, Luz Hernandez, MS, APRN, BC, NP. Hernandez was one of six NY/NJ Region finalists in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.” Comment

Jamaica Bay gets swept: Abandoned vessels pulled out of local waters

Canarsie: Operation Clean Bay was in full swing last week, as workers continued to rid Jamaica Bay of derelict vessels. Comment

Learn how to glide across the ballroom

Canarsie: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) this summer will sponsor free ballroom dance instruction for youngsters and seniors in its popular inter-generational dance classes starting July 8 at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment

Land swap made inside cultural district: Two Trees Development to move into former Brooklyn Public Library site

Canarsie: In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment

Brooklyn’s 54th Summer Fancy Food Show

Canarsie: Local and proud of it — that is the hallmark of the Brooklyn food manufacturers showing at the 54th Summer Fancy Food Show under the Real Brooklyn™/Brooklyn Goes Global banner (booths 5414 and 5416), June 29-July 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Whether it’s fudge from an old family recipe but suited to today’s discerning foodie, or hot sauce that is truly “fuel for food,” Brooklyn will be well represented. Comment

Blue & yellow fever hits Brooklyn: Shoppers flock to Swedish furniture store opening

Canarsie: With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing

Canarsie: The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School & St. Augustine Diocesan High School alumni associations are holding their 12th Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing, June 26 at The Middle Island Country Club, 275 Yaphank Road. Comment
SPEAK OUT

The Old Coney Island in this new regime

Perspective: When the Mayor Bloomberg administration was new he held an annual, balmy pilgrimage to the sun-soaked Boardwalk in Coney Island. Comment

A very special day at Nelly

Canarsie: “No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a handicapped child.” Comment

Baby walrus celebrates b’day with fans

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s beefiest baby tipped the scales at 115 pounds at birth and boasts a legion of smitten fans, many of whom helped name him in a competition on the Today show to mark his first birthday. Comment

Benefit for the needy

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service — one of Brooklyn’s first and largest providers of social services to 13,000 disadvantaged children, families and adults with disabilities — will celebrate its 142nd anniversary and honor “The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund” at its annual fundraising event, June 25 at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, 6-9 p.m. Comment

Local residents get first crack at employment

Canarsie: Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Meltdown at the Rent Control Board: Tenants socked with new round of increases; validity of entire system challenged

Canarsie: Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases. Comment

Stars & stripes on the move: Fresh route for this year’s Independence Day parade

Canarsie: The stars and stripes will be moving from Third to 13th Avenue for this year’s Independence Day parade. Comment

Shopping for clues at vacant stores

Canarsie: For Canarsiens, it’s a depressing sight. Comment

Take the Cyclone home: Free replicas being distributed to fans at KeySpan Park

Canarsie: The world famous Coney Island Cyclone, known for its thrilling drops and blazing speed, might have achieved landmark status 20 years ago, but it will truly be immortalized this summer at KeySpan Park. Comment

Take the ‘Roud to Healthy Skin’

Canarsie: The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, with support from Columbia Sportswear, has hit the road, offering free full body skin cancer screenings conducted by local board-certified dermatologists. Comment

Teen Challenge of BK

Canarsie: The oldest, largest, and most effective private agency of its kind, “Teen Challenge of Brooklyn,” celebrates 50 years as a free faith-based residential recovery center that trains and restores victims of substance abuse and other life controlling addictions. Comment

Salsa on the Waterfront

Canarsie: The Boricua Festival Committee’s Annual “Salsa at the Waterfront,” this year moving to Sunset Park, will be held June 28 at the 58th Street Pier, First Avenue and 58th Street. Comment

Rolling Thunder festival

Canarsie: Kickstart your choppers and come on down to the Ninth Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day in the Park, June 29 from 12-7 p.m., at the Asser Levy Seaside Park bandshell, Surf Avenue & West Fifth Street. Comment

No religion at Hebrew school promised: School’s lead applicant responds to parents concerns

Canarsie: The brains behind the Hebrew-themed charter school proposal offered parents details about the school’s curriculum – and reiterated that religion would not be taught at the school. Comment

Nature’s ugliest eyesore: Fed up residents want Fresh Creek area cleaned up

Canarsie: A Canarsie nature preserve continues to vex nearby residents, who say that it is more concrete jungle than urban oasis. Comment

Posthumous awards: NYPD hails fallen heroes

Canarsie: A Brooklynite killed in the line of duty and two fallen auxiliary officers were given the Police Department’s most prestigious honor last week during the NYPD’s Medal Day ceremony. Comment

P.S. 272 students ease on down the road

Canarsie: Starry-eyed youngsters transformed the auditorium into a local Great White Way during a song and dance extravaganza to celebrate the end of the academic year at Public School 272. Comment

Red Lobster cooking for pier

Canarsie: The anglers at Canarsie Pier may have a high-powered companion trawling for a catch way bigger than the ordinary fluke or bluefish. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Hey, mayor...Do something big for schools

Perspective: Nearly seven miles of streets, from the Brooklyn Bridge along a stretch of Park Avenue to 72nd Street, will be closed to traffic for three Saturdays this summer as part of an effort to create more open space for recreation in a program called Summer Streets. Comment

Verrazano lower level reopens

Bay News: All of the westbound lanes of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge are now open to traffic, approximately two weeks ahead of schedule, after a community-wrenching project that had kept them closed for approximately a year. Comment

Sailing ‘Mighty Mo’

Calling all officers and sailors that served on, “Mighty Mo” the USS Missouri, from 1944 to the present for a “ship shape” good weekend. Comment

Residents rail against chronic drug dealing

It’s not just the occasional joint. Comment

Salsa festival

The Boricua Festival Committee’s Annual “Salsa at the Waterfront,” this year moving to Sunset Park, will be held June 28 at the 58th Street Pier, First Avenue and 58th Street. Comment

Salute to veterans

Kickstart your choppers and come on down to the Ninth Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day in the Park, June 29 from 12-7 p.m., at the Asser Levy Seaside Park bandshell, Surf Avenue & West Fifth Street. Comment

Thwart theft: register your cell phone

A variation of an old police tactic could help borough cops fight the ever-rising trend of cell phone robberies among teens. Comment

Soldiers off the field, in the classroom: College enrollment surges for 3rd Infantry Divison as they rack up 15,000 credits

While 3rd Infantry Division was serving its third deployment to Iraq within five years, its soldiers set records amassing college credits during precious downtime between missions. Comment

Rent Control Board becomes sideshow: Tenants socked with new round of hikes; entire system is called into question

Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases. Comment

Posthumous salutes: NYPD hails officers who gave all to the job

A Brooklynite killed in the line of duty and two fallen auxiliary officers were given the Police Department’s most prestigious honor last week during the NYPD’s Medal Day ceremony. Comment

LGBT voters: Golden must go: State senator’s opposition to same-sex marriage lands him in hot water

Members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community blasted State Senator Marty Golden for signing onto a lawsuit that could block New York’s acceptance of same-sex marriages from other states. Comment

Kudos to outstanding Brooklyn educators

Outstanding borough educators received an “A” for “awesome” when state Senator Marty Golden held his annual “Teacher of the Year” awards ceremony at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Lower level lanes reopen on VZB: Westbound roadway returned to motorists ahead of schedule

All of the westbound lanes of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge are now open to traffic, approximately two weeks ahead of schedule, after a community-wrenching project that had kept them closed for approximately a year. Comment

Mechanics: Keeping U.S. troops moving

Multinational Division Baghdad mechanics in the motor pools have an important job for the success of the overall mission in Iraq. They ensure every vehicle leaving the base for a mission is in top working order, is safe and is going to be a reliable ride if something bad were to happen. Comment

One sad day: Contender for Vito’s seatdies of heart attack

Politics collided with the personal in a particularly devastating way, as Republicans in Brooklyn and Staten Island reeled from the latest disaster to befall them in the 13th Congressional District – the death of congressional candidate Frank Powers. Comment

Veterans are ‘Outward Bound’

An offshoot of a nonprofit educational program founded in England during World War II to prepare young sailors to endure adversity at sea during wartime is helping U.S. war veterans today. Comment

Warriors Walk grows in Georgia

Three additional trees were planted along Warriors Walk in Fort Stewart Georgia, bringing to 411 the number of Eastern redbud trees in the memorial honoring fallen 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who died in Iraq. Comment

Precision military marriage

Bay News: Lieutenant Colonel Lee Anderson (second from right), head of the Army Junior ROTC Cadets at Fort Hamilton High School, 8301 Shore Road, tied the knot with lovely Fort Hamilton High School Art Teacher Sabrina Milo during a ceremony at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Staten Island. Comment

New TKTS booth to open in Brooklyn

Bay News: Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Safe at PS 200: Dual-language program to survive

Bay News: What could have been a disastrous situation for parents turned into a happy ending. Comment

Take our money, CEC heads say: Presidents want to sacrifice funding to offset school cuts

Bay News: Don’t take money away from public schools – take it from Community Education Councils (CEC). Comment

Tall salute to school volunteers

Bay News: Dedication and hard work – that’s what makes local parents vital to the school system. Comment

Longest serving DM to retire

Bay News: This summer Community Board 11 will do something it has never done before: look for a new district manager. Comment

LGBT voters blast Golden: Pol must go after he opposed same-sex marriage, they say

Bay News: Members of the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender community blasted State Senator Marty Golden for signing onto a lawsuit that could block New York’s acceptance of same-sex marriages from other states. Comment

Classrooms out, park in: After a decade, CB10 votes to boot out ‘temporary’ buildings

Bay News: Ten years after the School Construction Authority (SCA) set up temporary classrooms for the High School of Telecommunications Arts & Technology, community activists are asking that they be removed. Comment

‘Drug den’ raided on 93rd St.

A “neighborhood cancer” was excised from the streets of Bay Ridge Friday when cops raided a notorious drug den on 93rd Street near Fourth Avenue. Comment

Deadbeats: EDC owes $4.5M water bill

Bay News: The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment

Dope dealing backlash

Bay News: It’s not just the occasional joint. Comment

Growing concern about ‘new’ Coney

Bay News: Two activists opposed to the Bloomberg administration’s plan to redevelop Coney Island were talking about a new alliance this week just prior to Tuesday night’s public scoping meeting held at Abraham Lincoln High School. Comment

Thomas Jefferson Democratic club gala

Canarsie: A realtor and a clergyman shared the honors with other notables when the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club of Kings County held an awards dinner in Mill Basin. Comment

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