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Trapped cat drives man to psych ward

Carroll Gardens: It took animal rescuers, neighbors and a concerned pet owner 15 days — and one trip to the psych ward — to save a 7-year-old kitty that was trapped in a narrow shaft in a Carroll Gardens apartment building. Comments (21)

Busy Chef in hiding as new charges loom

Brooklyn Heights: Busy Chef Dan Kaufman has spent the week out of view after being charged with stealing nearly $25,000 — and attempting to steal $46,000 more — from unwitting customers in a massive identity theft and credit card forgery case. Comments (14)

There she is! Miss Brooklyn is now Miss New York

Of course, it’s no surprise to readers (and lookers) of The Brooklyn Paper, but Miss Brooklyn Leigh-Tayor Smith is now Miss New York! Comments (2)

This pork is fishy

This pork is fishy

Park Slope: Could this pork be smoked? Comments (1)

Heads roll at wobbly LICH

Cobble Hill: A surprise shakeup in the executive offices of Long Island College Hospital has renewed fears that the 150-year-old hospital may be doomed. Comment
Boerum Hill: No location is too unlikely for a new hotel in Brooklyn, not the manufacturing district around the Gowanus Canal and, now, not even a lot next to the soon-to-reopen Brooklyn House of Detention. Comments (2)
Brooklyn Heights: The organizer of an old-fashioned Soapbox Derby has zoomed right past the disapproving elders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who last year blocked the gravity-fueled go-cart race along Brooklyn Heights’ legendary “Suicide Hill” because of liability issues. Comments (5)

State: Grimaldi’s cooked books

DUMBO: State officials shut down Grimaldi’s on Wednesday, saying the internationally renowned DUMBO pizzeria owed $150,000 in taxes — but the cash-only joint reopened to cheers a few hours later as its owner downplayed the whole thing as just an “accounting error.” Comment
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Our man grills the commish

Brooklyn Angle: Our columnist went to the official “Welcome Back” ceremony for the Red Hook vendors — but found himself getting nauseus from all the politicians taking credit for “saving” the vendors from the very bureaucracy they set up to ensnare them! Comments (3)

Red tape tastes bad

Editorial: Our editorial board think the city could have done better in dealing with the Red Hook vendors. Comment
Red Hook: It’s become a bus-aster at Borough Hall. Comments (4)

Striking Gould

Striking Gould

Cinema: To grow up Jewish in the 1970s was to be in the thrall of Elliott Gould. Sure, the suburban teenage Semite had his Woody Allen for comic relief and his Paul Newman for confirmation that he was, indeed, a member of a Chosen People, but the sight of the mangy, Jew-fro-covered head of Gould on the big screen during that long-forgotten decade got more than a few movie geeks through adolescence. Here, Gould talks with GO Brooklyn about those films, which will be screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in August. Comments (1)

Viva la Vespa!

Viva la Vespa!

Shopping: Gas is topping $4 per gallon. Parking, even in a cheap lot, can cost more then some people make in a day. And keeping a car in the city is enough to make anyone long for the subway. But there are a growing number of Brooklynites who don’t have to worry about such things anymore, as scooters — especially the Mod-throwback Vespa bikes — are taking the borough by storm. Comments (3)

A criminal of ‘fence’!

Bensonhurst: Oy vey! In the no-good-deed-goes-unpunished category, a Bensonhurst synagogue that was simply trying to make its facility more accessible to the disabled was the victim of an unholy theft when someone made off with its $15,000 exterior fence. Comments (1)

Coney does Disney?

Coney does Disney?

Coney Island: The state of Coney Island is not strong, one of its most vocal boosters said this week. Comments (10)

Over the Hill

Over the Hill

Theater: What do a dancing CEO, patriotic terrorist and neurotic Jewish man (who drugs his wife in order to keep her from cheating) have in common? They will soon be under the direction of Ian Hill at Williamsburg’s Brick Theater. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

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

Heights iTour

Event: Until now, tourists roaming through Brooklyn Heights were immediately recognizable thanks to their bulging fanny packs and unwieldy maps. But not anymore! Thanks to “CityListen Audio Tour,” a self-guided trek that downloads to any MP3 player, tourists can roam the borough with ear buds — just like us! Comment

Courageous choreography

Dance: There’s no room for trepidation at the Genesis Dance Company’s “Be Fearless! Experience Genesis Dance!” performances this weekend in Downtown Brooklyn. Meet the artists at the opening night gala. Comment

All Drawn Out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment
Cyclones: Now that’s a switch! Comment

‘Hot’ prospect

‘Hot’ prospect

Art: Prices might be low, but drama will be high at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s summer art exhibition — dubbed “Hot!” — that opens on Saturday. Comment

Power down! Ridgites get a wake-up call from Con Ed

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents received a wake-up call — literally — on Sunday that would cause most people to get up on the wrong side of their bed: Con Ed was begging people to use less power in the midst of the summer’s second prolonged heat wave. Comments (1)

Only ‘Human’

Dance: Prospect Park will be the stage for Human Landscape Dance’s “Rituals of the First Year” — an innovative dance performance that explores new parenthood — on Sunday. Comment

Song and askance man

Dooley Noted: Our columnist reviews Randy Kaplan’s concert in Carroll Park on Wednesday. Comment
Bay Ridge: Ridgites are furious about a lengthy construction project on 86th Street that has torn up the vital commercial strip and turned a block between Third and Fourth avenues into a dumping ground. Comments (1)

Of course, Marty isn’t running — why should he?

Letters: Our mailbag is filled once again with letters about Borough President Markowitz’s run for mayor, the ticket blitz in Park Slope, a woman who got a stern warning for taking pictures of her daughter in a Brooklyn park, the greatness of Montreal and a federal plan to permanently close off Washington Street in Downtown. Comment
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Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comments (1)

The Kitchen Sink

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

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to! Comment

‘Flea’ causing an itch in Ft. Greene

Fort Greene: The runaway popularity of a flea market on Lafayette Avenue bothers some neighbors who complain it’s made parking scarce and garbage plentiful on their brownstone blocks. Comments (3)
Atlantic Yards: The city is moving toward protecting a wide swatch of Prospect Heights — but the proposed “historic district” would not hinder a project that some neighbors think is the biggest destroyer of the area’s history: Atlantic Yards. Comment

Youth vote? That’s a laugh

Politicrasher: Our columnist follows around congressional hopeful Kevin Powell as he courts that most-elusive of political prizes: the youth vote. Comments (1)

Call it ‘Real Hook’ MTV anchors on Van Dyke

Red Hook: MTV isn’t talking about where it will film the 21st season of its “Real World” reality show, but in Red Hook, everyone knows the real deal. Comments (2)
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Spicy vendor action

Podcast: Editor Gersh Kuntzman set out to be objective when he covered the return of the Red Hook vendors on Sunday, July 20, 2008. But when the politicians — the very people who sent the hard-working immigrants through the meat grinder of the city bureaucracy — started patting themselves on the back for “saving” the vendors, Kuntzman could take it no longer. Watch as he grills Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe so harshly that Sen. Charles Schumer had to step in! Comment
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Cyclones take Yankees deep

Cyclones: Brooks win the rubber game against their nefarious cross-Narrows rivals. Comment

Green begets green

Green begets green

Downtown: Adams Street now has a green spine. Comment
Park Slope: Monday mornings have become a stinking mess at Prospect Park this summer, where overflowing piles of trash, rotting food, and more litter than you can shake a half-eaten chicken leg at have become a weekly ritual. Comments (8)

Burglary Row in Fort Greene

Burglary Row in Fort Greene

Fort Greene: A repeat burglar — or a team of crooks — has tormented DeKalb Avenue restaurants, seemingly striking at will and with precision over the last two months. Comment
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Clones send Yanks to ‘rubber’ room! Brooks take two of three from hated rivals

Cyclones: The Cyclones are on a roll, thanks to taking two of three from the first-place Yanks. Comment
Bay Ridge: The news that Starbucks would abandon one of its four Bay Ridge locations was greeted like the classic David vs. Goliath story in the neighborhood this week — and we all know who the David is. Comments (9)

OSFO in camp, Smartmom on retreat — and Hepcat is blue

Smartmom: This summer, the Oh So Feisty One is at camp and Smartmom is on her retreat to Block Island. What will Hepcat do? Comments (1)
Red Hook: Only six of the 13 Latino food vendors in Red Hook Park returned this weekend and were greeted by adoring fans and long lines — a long-awaited comeback that was delayed for months amid tightened city control over the 34-year-old, previously unregulated mercado. Comments (3)

Miss Brooklyn is now Miss New York!

Of course, it’s no surprise to readers (and lookers!) of The Brooklyn Paper, but Miss Brooklyn Leigh-Tayor Smith is now Miss New York! Comment

Cyclones win one! Rubber game against hated Yanks is tonight

Cyclones: The Cyclones evened the three-game series against their hated, cross-Narrows rivals with a lead-from-the-start-but-almost-collapse win that sets up a climactic rubber game tonight in Staten Island. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Angle: OK, so maybe the one-man sword fight in “Macbeth” left too much to the imagination. And maybe the 16-comedy ferry ride felt a little rushed. And, yeah, that 25-second “Julius Caesar” lost some of the angst of Brutus’s existential struggle, but you try doing 31 Shakespeare plays in three hours. Comment
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Man breaks Shakespeare show record in Red Hook

Podcast: OK, so maybe the one-man sword fight in “Macbeth” left too much to the imagination. And maybe the 16-comedy ferry ride felt a little rushed. And, yeah, that 25-second “Julius Caesar” lost some of the angst of Brutus’s existential struggle, but you try doing 31 Shakespeare plays in three hours. Comment

Busy chef is sprung! But more charges are coming say cops

Brooklyn Heights: Busy Chef Dan Kaufman was sprung from jail late Friday by his girlfriend — even as more victims of his alleged credit card scam are coming forward, law enforcement authorities said. Comment

Yanks take first of three! Clones in dead last

The struggling Cyclones crossed the Narrows on a listing ship — and promptly ran into a tidal wave by the name of Melky Mesa. Comment

Star-studded events at Brooklyn concert series

Williamsburg: Music lovers wait all year long for summer to bring some of the most acclaimed recording artists on today’s music scene to a Brooklyn stage – and this year is no exception. Comment

Snoop to turn KeySpan into the ‘dogg pound’

Williamsburg: Coney Island is for the doggs. Comment

Right in your backyard: Music to make the summer swing

Williamsburg: Fireworks. Capture the flag. Dance parties. Comment

Music at the Bridge ‘spans’ the musical spectrum

Williamsburg: Though Brooklyn’s concert venues have been struggling in recent years, a new program by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is music to their ears. Comment

Starving for space: Artists, musicians call attention to lack of studios in BK

Williamsburg: Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment

School programs saved in BK

Williamsburg: There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Protecting against foreclosure: State Legislature, governor reach agreement on mortgage legislation

Williamsburg: After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment

Plan kicked to the curb: City postpones repairs for several North Brooklyn streets

Williamsburg: The streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are riddled with potholes, concrete divots and uneven roadways, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) won’t do any street repairs in the district until June 2010. Comment

Penny-pinching in Brooklyn: As food prices rise and food-stamp allocations run out, local pantries feel the crunch

Williamsburg: Danny Wendling, a volunteer at the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry, 138 Milton Street, has seen an increase since the beginning of the year in the number of people who use the pantry. Comment

Ken Baer fights the green fight: Environmentalist dedicates himself to race for Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District

Williamsburg: When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment

Home-grown talent at El Puente

Williamsburg: El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, the South Williamsburg high school affiliated with the renowned community-based social justice organization, went out with a bang this school year with its 12th annual Integrated Arts Project showcase in the form of Almost Grown: Rites and Resistance, a home-grown theatrical production. Comment

Green Point comes ‘home’: Australian wine maker to sponsor local film festival

Williamsburg: Green Point Wines may be located in Green Point, Australia, but that does not mean that the winemakers from Down Under are not interested in expanding their market to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Comment

Get outdoors with urban workouts: Williamsburg resident John Famulary launches citywide fitness network

Williamsburg: Most New Yorkers wouldn’t dispute Williamsburg resident John Famulary’s contention that “New Yorkers lead a very indoor kind of existence.” Comment

Get on the bike: 21 miles of lanes planned

Williamsburg: The Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to work on an ambitious network of bicycle lanes in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, neighborhoods with the highest concentration of cyclists in New York City. Comment

Gear up for the Giglio: Annual Italian festival coming to Williamsburg’s streets

Williamsburg: Joe DeStefano has been making zeppoles and calzones at the Giglio Feast in Williamsburg for more than 50 years with a technique passed down through generations. Comment

New pork feeds BK Bridge Park

Williamsburg: While many community-based organizations received less or no funding in the recently passed $59.1 billion 2009 fiscal year city budget, Brooklyn lawmakers were still able to bring some serious pork home to the borough. Comment

Downtown Brooklyn beats the trends

Williamsburg: It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment

Cool fun underground: Bob Diamond’s tunnel tour to feature live performance

Williamsburg: Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment

Coney scaled down: City reduces amusement district from 16 to 9 acres

Williamsburg: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment
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Fresh bagels at any time of the day

Williamsburg: Hungry bar-crawlers looking to grab a late-night snack before hopping on the L train can now avail themselves of Bagelsmith, the bagel shop on Bedford Avenue between North 6th and 7th Streets that recently became open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Comment

BURG ‘n’ POINT: One on one with Robert Lanham: FREEwilliamsburg.com founder dishes on his handbook; just don’t call him a hipster

Williamsburg: Maybe you’ve heard of him. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you visit his website everyday looking for alternative ways to spend your evening other than melting into your sofa. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you carry his book, The Hipster Handbook, around with you everywhere you go, double-checking your lingo so that you remain tight with the cool kats. Or maybe you hate everything he and his hipsterly heroes stand for. Comment

Best in nursing: Calvary Hospital staff receives honors

Williamsburg: 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

A lesson from Martha: Magazine editors lend helping hand to BK students

Williamsburg: For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment

No love for Myers’ latest

Williamsburg: “The Love Guru” is an inane, humorless comedy sure to leave audiences unrequited. Comment

Movies with a View

Williamsburg: Come to the park for Movies With a View 2008, featuring great films, plus Brooklyn Radio setting the scene each night with pre-movie mood music from some of New York City’s best DJs. Comment

Cuddly Wall-E will rock your world

Williamsburg: WALL-E,” the story of a plucky little sanitation droid with a heart of gold polymer, manages to make us laugh, cheer out loud, and encourages us to think about our environment and the perils of rampant commercialism -- without being too preachy, mind you – in a lightning-fast, fun-filled 103 minutes. Comment

‘Suspicious Package’ at The Brick Theater

Williamsburg: he Brick Theater, Inc. extends the iPod noir, “Suspicious Package,” with performances now on sale through July 27. Comment

‘Slavic Soul’ and more

Williamsburg: ingsborough Community College continues its free sizzling concerts in July. The free performances, held rain or shine, take place at the bandshell on the KCC campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. The college provides 1,000 seats; patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets (In case of rain, the performances are moved to the 700-seat performing arts center). Comment

The Cake Man cometh with extra sweet confections

Williamsburg: ne of the city’s foremost cake kings is showing that his sweet side doesn’t just pertain to his confectionary creations. Comment

Strongman draws strength from ‘Camp Sunshine’ kids

Williamsburg: teve Extance can pull a truck with his teeth, but he won’t be the strongest person at an upcoming fundraiser in Coney Island. Comment

Here’s the scoop on the Ice Cream Girl’s latest contest

Williamsburg: Kings Highway ice cream truck driver is serving up more than just sweet treats this week by hosting an indulgent fundraiser for a sick Brooklyn teen. Comment

Genesis Dance

Williamsburg: ong Island University’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, located at the University’s Brooklyn campus, invites you to experience Genesis Dance Company, July 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Free park shuttle

Williamsburg: isitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park can ride a free shuttle bus again this summer. The service transports passengers from major subway stations to the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Summer ’08 @ Pier One,” providing public access to the pier and spectacular views of the New York Harbor and the New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson. Comment

‘Fahrenheit 451’ burns hot at Prospect Park Bandshell

Williamsburg: decidedly music-heavy series, Celebrate Brooklyn has boasted such talent as Isaac Hayes, Feist and Spoon. Comment

Wild Arts Weekend at the Prospect Park Zoo

Williamsburg: alling all art and animal fans. Comment

Ghost story

Williamsburg: he Brick Theater, Inc. presents a Bone Orchard production of “The Stubborn Illusion of Time,” a multi-media ghost story about living. Comment

The Cyclones: Going to work at the plate

John Servidio, a 22-year-old outfielder for the Brooklyn Cyclones, wakes up every morning around 10:30. Comment

Runners pound the b’walk: Cosme 5K Charity Run brings athletes to the shore

Jonevan Hornsby took a short trip from his residence in Prospect Heights to Coney Island and made his debut in the Cosme’s 5K Boardwalk Charity Run a successful one. Comment

Player of the Week: Flashes of brilliance

After the first two weeks of the season, the Brooklyn Cyclones have shown flashes of brilliance. Offensively the team has a very strong lineup, and in the field the players have been nearly flawless. Pitching wise the staff has yet to be consistent, but Cyclones pitching coach Hector Berrios feels that he has a strong staff. Comment

Aces on the tennis court: KCC men’s team secures 4th place in national contest

Kingsborough Community College’s men’s tennis team placed fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III Men’s Tennis Championships with a score of 21 team points. Comment

‘Tunnel’ trailer hits YouTube channels: Documentary on Brooklyn’s ‘lost’ railroad chugs onward

Brooklyn Courier: Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment

‘Butcher’ gets jail time

Brooklyn Courier: Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment

Time out for seniors: Millman fair provides support and resources

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Senator Martin Connor held their annual Senior Fair hosted by St. Francis College. The fair was a resounding success — bringing together nearly 400 local seniors with representatives from 40 federal, state and local government agencies and organizations that serve senior citizens. Free refreshments and giveaways ensured that no one left the fair empty-handed. Comment

Suspended parking rules return

Brooklyn Courier: In Park Slope, independence from parking “tyranny” will end a week after the July 4th weekend, officials announced this week. Comment

SJC ‘love’ conference

Brooklyn Courier: St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Sinning at the cinema

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Sidewalk Sales Day

Brooklyn Courier: The Fulton Mall Improvement Association will be hosting the Fulton Street Mall’s fourth annual Sidewalk SalesDay — called “the largest shopping event in the borough” — featuring outdoor shopping and entertainment, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along Fulton Street Mall between Adams Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension. Comment

Search for the perfect chord: and space: Musicians lament dearth of available space to create songs in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment

Screen for stroke

Brooklyn Courier: Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment

Schools escape staggering cuts

Brooklyn Courier: There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Scavenger Hunt: Family event coming to Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment

Old pollution, new planning

Brooklyn Courier: Gowanus Green may be the future at Public Place, a massive, city-owned site along the canal, but some locals are still focusing on its polluted past. Comment

McKinney Living magazine debuts: Talented students join together to produce new publication

Brooklyn Courier: For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment

LICH hails some of its finest: Annual Employee Service Awards recognize great work

Brooklyn Courier: In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment

Learn to swim now

Brooklyn Courier: Parks & Recreation and the City Parks Foundation (CPF), with the support of the American Red Cross, announce the kick-off of this summer’s annual Learn to Swim program. Comment

In search of some new landmarks

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Preservation Council already is compiling a list of sites in Brooklyn to commemorate and landmark, even as it is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit foundation. Comment

Heart of a fighter powers father: Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

Brooklyn Courier: It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

Green powered run: Former Sierra Club chair vies for city council

Brooklyn Courier: When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Council District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment

Going medieval

Brooklyn Courier: Re: “US Supreme Court delivers junk justice, ” A Britisher’s View by Shavana Abruzzo, 6-19 issue. Comment

Free concerts

Brooklyn Courier: The Old First Reformed Church presents “Free Summer Concerts” every Wednesday in July at 8 p.m. Comment

For book lovers

Brooklyn Courier: Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout July. Comment

Crime time live: Cops issue latest statistics

Brooklyn Courier: It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment

Coney Island scoping meet: City plan under attack

Brooklyn Courier: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

Concerts

Brooklyn Courier: The Carroll Park Concert Series continues with Lloyd Miller at 4 p.m., July 9 at Carroll Park, President & Smith streets in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Community boards’ sigh of relief

Brooklyn Courier: Community boards were spared the unkindest cut last week, when it was announced that their budgets will remain intact—for now. Comment
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MCS Specialized Private Fitness

Brooklyn Courier: Summer has arrived. Are you in shape? Comment

Bringing home BK pork: Breakdown of the 2009 fiscal year city budget

Brooklyn Courier: While many community-based organizations received less or no funding in the recently passed $59.1 billion 2009 fiscal year city budget, Brooklyn lawmakers were still able to bring some serious pork home to the borough. Comment

BK hookers still like streets: Cyber-prostitution surges but not in old-fashioned borough

Brooklyn Courier: As many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession partake in a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment

Bid for new foreclosure buffer: Effort would help shield Brooklyn homeowners in trouble

Brooklyn Courier: After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment

An American in Korea

Brooklyn Courier: This July, Debbie Zlotowitz, head of the Mary McDowell Center for Learning, will travel to South Korea as a participant in the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators. Comment

‘Uncle June’ shares a song with Brooklyn seniors

Kings Courier: Members of the Midwood Senior Center polished up on their vocal chords and put out a welcome mat for Uncle Junior when the Sopranos star stopped by for a sing-song and a chat. Comment

‘Tiger cubs’ tee off at golf center

Kings Courier: Council Members Vincent J. Gentile and Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., along with the City Parks Foundation, sponsored a Community Family Fun Day at the new CityParks Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge. Comment

WOMB conference

Kings Courier: Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

Weinberg out: but not really

Kings Courier: After years of people complaining to him about the appearance of conflict of interest with Harold Weinberg, New York City Councilmember Mike Nelson has decided not to reappoint the engineer to Community Board 15. Comment

United progressive Dems salute special eight

Kings Courier: Eight “outstanding” boroughites were hailed for contributing to the “betterment of their communities and fellow man” during an awards tribute, presented by the United Progressive Democratic Club. Comment

Touro hails late grad

Kings Courier: Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment

Taking steps against Cystic Fibrosis

Kings Courier: Big-hearted boroughites battled a chronic disease by putting their best foot forward for a benefit walk-a-thon in Marine Park – raising $81,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Comment

Smashup at Whitney Ave.: Gerritsen Ave. collision leaves area motorcyclist near death

Kings Courier: A 29-year-old motorcyclist was left clinging to life Tuesday after a devastating vehicular accident in Gerritsen Beach. Comment

Sitt mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’: Coney Island debate boils over at latest scoping meeting

Kings Courier: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

Salute to Nursing at its very finest

Kings Courier: For the second year in a row, a Sephardic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center nurse received the Nurse of Distinction Award. Comment

P.S. 193 students in KeySpan Park spotlight

Kings Courier: Students from the Midwood-based P.S. 193 Gil Hodges School (located at 2515 Avenue L) sing the National Anthem prior to a Brooklyn Cyclones game against the team's cross-Verrazano Bridge rival Staten Island Yankees. The 'Clones opened their 2008 season with a 3-1 win over the team. Comment

Not in my yard: Some balk at playground plan

Kings Courier: In Marine Park, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Comment

Note-passing bandits hit 3 banks

Kings Courier: When the weekend rolls around, some people pull cash out of their banks with their ATM cards. Comment

Murders, robberies on the rise: Local homicide figures mirror grim trend citywide

Kings Courier: A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment

Maimonides hails dedicated volunteers

Kings Courier: Big-hearted boroughites were lauded for their “hard work and selflessness” during a volunteer recognition luncheon presented by Maimonides Medical Center. Comment

Latest ‘green stree’ takes root here

Kings Courier: Assemblyman Alan Maisel and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Julius Spiegel officially inaugurated Brooklyn’s newest Green Street along Strickland Avenue in Mill Island. Comment

Laptops and printers power local PTAs

Kings Courier: Local Parent-Teacher Association presidents can now take their work to the next level, thanks to a high tech donation by Assemblymember Rhoda Jacobs and the Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC). Comment

Jail time for ‘Butcher’

Kings Courier: Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment

Gun-busting cop of the month

Kings Courier: Two patrol cops doing a routine car stop got more than they bargained for, and in doing so received “Cop of the Month” certificates at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

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

Felony assaults nosedive

Kings Courier: With 2008 just about at the halfway point, crime within the 70th Precinct is down slightly — less than three percent — compared to the halfway mark in 2007. Comment

Family Scavenger Hunt

Kings Courier: The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment

Family, friends honor late teen’s life

Kings Courier: A Mill Island teenager who perished in a jet ski accident two years ago was recalled with tears by family and friends who assembled for a wreath-casting ceremony near the waters that tragically claimed his life. Comment

Clergy versus criminals: Leaders of local faiths meet with cops to combat crime

Kings Courier: The 70th Precinct practiced some of that good old-time religion last week to get the word out to the community about police matters. Comment

Cheers to ‘Venus’ bar

Kings Courier: The gods smiled on Venus this week, as Community Board 18 approved a liquor license for the proposed Utica Avenue bar/restaurant. Comment

Aviator hosts seniors in Shape guest day & BBQ

Kings Courier: Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment

A little bit of israel comes to Nostrand Avenue

Kings Courier: Children bounced in the “Dead Sea” and visited a “kibbutz” right on Nostrand Avenue when the Kings Bay Y held its annual Israel celebration in honor of the Land of Milk and Honey’s 60th birthday. Comment

Whipping out the goods: New wave’s Devo headlines McCarren Park Pool

It was a beautiful world when Devo played McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint last week. Comment

Starving for space in Brooklyn: Artists, musicians call attention to borough’s lack of studios and rehearsal spots

Greenpoint: Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment

Protecting against further foreclosure: State Legislature, governor reach agreement on subprime mortgage legislation

Greenpoint: After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment

Prostitute crack down: BK law enforcers turn attention to oldest profession

Greenpoint: While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment

Penny pinching in BK: Local pantries feel the crunch as food prices rise

Greenpoint: Danny Wendling, a volunteer at the Greenpoint Reformed Church Food Pantry, 138 Milton Street, has seen an increase since the beginning of the year in the number of people who use the pantry. Comment

Local parks looking for some friends

Greenpoint: With parks in North Brooklyn in various stages of development and disrepair, members of the Open Space Alliance are looking for community residents to join groups to support nearby parks that could use a little love. Comment

Kicked to the curb: City delays street repairs

Greenpoint: The streets of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are riddled with potholes, concrete divots and uneven roadways, but the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) won’t do any street repairs in the district until June 2010. Comment

Helping hand from Martha: Editors assist BK students with magazine

Greenpoint: For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment

Green Point wine comes ‘home’: Australian wine maker to sponsor local film festival at McCarren Park Pool

Greenpoint: Green Point Wines may be located in Green Point, Australia, but that does not mean that the winemakers from Down Under are not interested in expanding their market to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Comment

Foul play for Brooklyn Cyclones: Owner of hometown team owers the city nearly $130,000, sez city comptroller

Greenpoint: The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

Dial ‘R’ for robbery: Greenpoint cops on the hunt for cell phone snatchers

Greenpoint: They’re the bane of cell phone store workers everywhere. Comment

Cool fun under Brooklyn’s streets: Beat the summer heat with Bob Diamond’s tunnel tour, featuring a live performance

Greenpoint: Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment

Concrete jungle workouts: Local launches citywide online fitness network

Greenpoint: Most New Yorkers wouldn’t dispute Williamsburg resident John Famulary’s contention that “New Yorkers lead a very indoor kind of existence.” Comment

Brooklyn dad has heart of ‘gold’: Two-time winner Stephen Feldheim gears up for this year’s Transplant Games

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

BK mom top graduate: Sarah Roth valedictorian of Phillips Beth Israel school

Greenpoint: At a touching and solemn ceremony, class valedictorian and summa cum laude Sarah Roth, 30, led the largest class to graduate from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. The Borough Park resident and mother of three young children, completed an intense two-year Associate’s degree program at the top of her class and was the recipient of The Seymour J. Phillips Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement. Comment

‘McKinney Living’ makes its debut: Students join together to produce magazine

Brooklyn Courier: For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment

Tunnel tour goes global: Documentary about Atlantic Ave. tube maven released

Brooklyn Courier: Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment

Thor mouthpiece to Coney Island: ‘It’s our land’

Brooklyn Courier: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

44th annual PACC benefit in Ft. Greene

Brooklyn Courier: Action-geared residents received a lesson in grassroots administration –plus helped induct a new slate of officers – when the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) held a benefit in Fort Greene. Comment

St Joseph College annual youth conference on ‘love’

Brooklyn Courier: St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Schools escape staggering cuts: Mayor backs off, reaches agreement with city council members

Brooklyn Courier: There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Park czar talks: Myer issues BBP timetable

Brooklyn Courier: A mixture of optimism and skepticism greeted the new Brooklyn Bridge Park czar last week when she gave her first public report on the progress of the park’s construction. Comment

On Montague, autos out, shoppers and strollers in

Brooklyn Courier: Three blocks of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights will be open for relaxing strolls and outdoor lounging every Sunday in July. Comment

Old pollution nags new development: Future of Gowanus stands on a past full of contamination

Brooklyn Courier: Gowanus Green may be the future at Public Place, a massive, city-owned site along the canal, but some locals are still focusing on its polluted past. Comment

Looking for landmarks: Brooklyn Preservation Council investigates new sites

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Preservation Council already is compiling a list of sites in Brooklyn to commemorate and landmark, even as it is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit foundation. Comment

LICH honors some of its very finest: Annual Employee Service Awards

Brooklyn Courier: In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment

In search of the perfect melody – and space

Brooklyn Courier: Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment

Dad has heart of a champion: Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in games

Brooklyn Courier: It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

Cyclones behind in the count: Comptroller says club owes more than $129,000

Brooklyn Courier: The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

concerts

Brooklyn Courier: The Old First Reformed Church presents “Free Summer Concerts” every Wednesday in July at 8 p.m. Comment

Budget windfall for PACC

Brooklyn Courier: The Pratt Area Community Council appeared to be one of the bigger Fort Greene/Clinton Hill recipients from the recently passed $59.1 billion fiscal year 2009 city budget. Comment

Brick-and-mortar hookers: Bklyn DA targets streetwalkers in E. NY, Red Hook, Sunset Pk

Brooklyn Courier: While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment

BK homicides and robberies by the numbers

Brooklyn Courier: It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment

Your guide to upcoming civic meets

Flatbush: 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. 332. Comment

WOMB conference at New York Marriott

Flatbush: Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

70th Precint: By the numbers

Flatbush: With 2008 just about at the halfway point, crime within the 70th Precinct is down slightly – less than three percent — compared to the halfway mark in 2007. Comment

Summer’s time for ‘block mobilization’

Flatbush: While, for some people, summer means a slowdown, for some advocates in East Flatbush, the season will be an opportunity to build community. Comment

Safer at home: 67th reports burglary drop

Flatbush: With a 24-percent drop in burglaries over the past year, the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush is in pretty good shape. Comment

Public School 269 dreams of peace

Flatbush: A peace movement grew in Brooklyn from the mouths of babes when pint-sized pacifists sowed the seeds of harmony and self-reflection during a peace rally at Public School 269. Comment

P.S. 399 toasts 27 years of excellence

Flatbush: Public School 399 celebrated 27 years of academic excellence and cultural development by hosting their 22nd International Rainbow Festival Celebration. Comment

Niew Amersfort Civic honors top P.S.119 kids

Flatbush: Public School 119 students Ishara St. Phard and Kensey Seraphin are in a class of their own after being proclaimed “outstanding” young citizens by the Niew Amersfort Community Civic Association. Comment

More indictments for ex-aides: Reid, Anderson hit with additional ‘slush-gate’ charges

Flatbush: The end of June meant another indictment for two former City Council aides. Comment

Mayoral control of schools challenged at Brooklyn education forum

Flatbush: Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a beating in Brooklyn last weekend. Comment

Man accused of flashing

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment

Making music on Church Ave.

Flatbush: The summer solstice kicks off with steel drums and rock and roll outside the Dutch Reform Church, where local bands “Black Love” (left) and “The Streaking Healeys” share the spotlight for Brooklyn’s Make Music New York festival at the house of worship, Flatbush and Church avenues. Comment

Lifesaving screenings against stroke

Flatbush: Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment

Keeping a steady helm: Community Board 17 re-elects executive board

Flatbush: With a minimum of fanfare and fuss, members of Community Board 17 re-elected the existing executive board to serve for another year at the group’s helm. Comment

Gun-busting police officers

Flatbush: Two patrol cops doing a routine car stop got more than they bargained for, and in doing so received “Cop of the Month” certificates at the recent 70th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment

Flatbush makes music in the streets

Flatbush: Make Music New York! Comment

Flatbush Avenue BID street festival

Flatbush: The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment

Fire ravages Ocean Ave. apts.

Flatbush: Fire Department investigators are trying to determine what sparked a raging two-alarm fire on Ocean Avenue that injured over a dozen people and left an area family homeless. Comment

Family scavenger hunt

Flatbush: The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment

DOE starves kids of the arts

Flatbush: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

District 22 showcases talented kids

Flatbush: Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment

Clergy teams up to fight crime

Flatbush: The 70th Precinct practiced some of that good old-time religion last week to get the word out to the community about police matters. Comment

Celebrating the bridge: Schwerin Library exhibit extol virtues of Brooklyn span

Flatbush: The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. Comment

Brooklyn South stats tell grim story

Flatbush: A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment

Audit: Cyclones owe city

Flatbush: The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

Wyckoff Street produces a summertime winner

Brooklyn Courier: Mom, dad and the kids made merry with their neighbors during a block party along Wyckoff Street. Comment

Tool & die goes green: Roof to help reduce runoff

Brooklyn Courier: A little green is coming to Red Hook. Comment

They are the TrashMasters: Sanitation Department salutes Patrick F. Daly School

Brooklyn Courier: The PS 15-Patrick F. Daly School was named this year’s citywide winner for the Department of Sanitation’s TrashMasters program and has received the Golden Apple Award for its school-based recycling project. Comment

Teens on the move

Brooklyn Courier: Just call ‘em leaders among their peers. Comment

SJC ‘love’ conference: Event runs July 9-12

Brooklyn Courier: St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Sigh of relief for community boards

Brooklyn Courier: Community boards were spared the unkindest cut last week, when it was announced that their budgets will remain intact—for now. Comment

Schools escape terrible cuts: Mayor backs off, reaches deal with city council members

Brooklyn Courier: There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Red hook fence must come down

Brooklyn Courier: “A huge victory for Brooklyn.” Comment

Parking rules suspended: Gardens to get reprieve from alternate side of the street parking

Brooklyn Courier: In Park Slope, independence from parking “tyranny” will end a week after the July 4 weekend, officials an-nounced this week. Comment

LICH hails great nurses: Grateful hospital hosts Employee Service Awards

Brooklyn Courier: In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment

Homicide by numbers: Cops release latest statistics on BK murders

Brooklyn Courier: It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment

Green powered candidate: Former Sierra Club chair vies for 33rd Council District

Brooklyn Courier: When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Councilmanic District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment

Diamond ‘Tunnel’ trailer hits YouTube: Documentary filmmakers go underground for unique Brooklyn story

Brooklyn Courier: Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment

Cyclones fall behind in the count: Comptroller William Thompson says club owes more than $129,000

Brooklyn Courier: The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

Courageous heart beats within dad: Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

Brooklyn Courier: It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

Built on muck: Contaminated Gowanus clouds future development

Brooklyn Courier: Gowanus Green may be the future at Public Place, a massive, city-owned site along the canal, but some locals are still focusing on its polluted past. Comment

Buffer against foreclosures

After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment

BK hookers offline and on the streets

Brooklyn Courier: While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment

‘Butcher’ gets jail time; victims’ relatives confront body snatcher

Canarsie: Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment

WOMB conference at the Marriott

Canarsie: Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

Thor mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’: Feud over Coney Island’s future boils over at latest scoping meeting

Canarsie: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

Tears at Touro College: Late graduate is remembered fondly

Canarsie: Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment

Seniors make golden years look good

Canarsie: Seniors from across Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx converged on Aviator Sports & Recreation for Aviator’s and Seniors in Shape’s first Senior Guest Day and BBQ Blast. Comment

Polytechnic, NYU merger gets the green light

Canarsie: The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment

NYCHA struggles with cuts: Agency considers eliminating programs and consolidating ctrs.

Canarsie: Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment

New help for ‘old fogies’: Authorities step up efforts to protect horshoe crabs

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

Murder rate on the rise: Brooklyn south precincts record grim crime stats

Canarsie: A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment

Mayor backs off on school cuts: Bloomberg, council agree on city budget

Canarsie: There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Man in Maxima accused of flashing little girls

Canarsie: A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment

Lions make a good ‘kase’ for charity

Canarsie: If you’re like most people you have a closet full of knapsacks/backpacks and suitcases you no longer use. “Kases for Kids,” an international Lion’s project will take them off your hands. Comment

LICH gets the job down in crunch time

Canarsie: 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

Left with Bingo: Director’s exit devastates seniors

Canarsie: Three months after a popular program director was removed from her position at the Remsen Senior Center, those who attend the center are still mourning her departure. Comment

Hijacker-busting cops shine: 69th Police Precinct salutes stellar five-member team

Canarsie: A gun-toting crew allegedly responsible for raiding a DHL truck was carted off to a jail cell thanks to a team of savvy Canarsie cops. Comment

Get screened and avoid a stroke

Canarsie: Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment

Flatbush Avenue BID street fair

Canarsie: The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment

Farm bill has far-reaching roots here: Representatives hope for bigger subsides for food stamp program and pantries

Canarsie: Brooklynites are hoping for higher subsidies for food stamps, food pantries and other emergency programs after the House of Representatives passed the comprehensive Farm Bill last week. Comment

Family Media Scavenger Hunt

Canarsie: The Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP) will hold its first annual Family Media Scavenger Hunt in Prospect Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 12. Comment

Economic Development Corporation deadbeats: Agency owes $4.5 million in unpaid water bills, according to comptroller

Canarsie: 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

DOE deaf to music and art education

Canarsie: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

District 22 showcases talented students

Canarsie: Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment

Courageous dad has heart of a champion: Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

Canarsie: It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

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

City wants to give more food stamps

Canarsie: The City Council, in partnership with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Food Bank of New York, will launch a wide-ranging outreach program to identify 211,801 Brooklyn households who are eligible for food stamps but may not be enrolled in the program. Comment

Celebrating our bridge

Canarsie: The Ursula C. Schwerin Library exhibit at New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn celebrates the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883. Comment

BK Cyclones fall behind in the count: Comptroller William Thompson says ball club owes city in excess of $129,000

Canarsie: The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

A taste of the Caribbean in Brooklyn

Canarsie: Delegations from Guyana, Suriname and Haiti shared the spotlight with a pulsating Trinidadian steel drum band and an information table manned by Air Jamaica during the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Conference at Borough Hall. Comment

A Fashionable turn for youngsters

Canarsie: 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

‘Tunnel’ trailer hits YouTube: Documentary on Brooklyn’s ‘lost’ railroad chugs ahead

Brooklyn Heights: Instead of going to the beach, tunnel maven Bob Diamond has a novel way to beat the sweltering July heat: go underground. Comment

‘McKinney Living’ debuts: Students join together to produce new magazine

Brooklyn Heights: For students at Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, assistance from the editors of Martha Stewart Living in producing their own school magazine was definitely “a good thing.” Comment

Swim class

Brooklyn Heights: Parks & Recreation and the City Parks Foundation (CPF), with the support of the American Red Cross, announce the kick-off of this summer’s annual Learn to Swim program. Comment

SJC annual ‘love’ conference

Brooklyn Heights: St. Joseph’s College will host the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s (CSSJ) UN-NGO Ministry’s annual Youth Conference, entitled, “Love Thy God and Neighbor Without Distinction” at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Schools escape staggering cuts: Mayor backs off on budget, agrees to deal with City Council

Brooklyn Heights: There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Room to make music

Brooklyn Heights: Lily Maase, a jazz guitarist from New Mexico, has had difficulty finding rehearsal space in Brooklyn. For two years she moved around several spaces in downtown Brooklyn and Gowanus before settling into a loft in Bushwick. Her various ensembles make use of rooftop spaces in Brooklyn as well when performing. Comment

Park czar talks: Predicts major progress in 4 years

Brooklyn Heights: A mixture of optimism and skepticism greeted the new Brooklyn Bridge Park czar last week when she gave her first public report on the progress of the park’s construction. Comment

Montague St. cars nosed out: ‘Summer Space’ every Sunday

Brooklyn Heights: Three blocks of Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights will be open for relaxing strolls and outdoor lounging every Sunday in July. Comment

Looking for more landmarks: Brooklyn Preservation Council compiles list of sites

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Preservation Council already is compiling a list of sites in Brooklyn to commemorate and landmark, even as it is in the process of establishing itself as a nonprofit foundation. Comment

Lionhearted dad battles on: Remarkable transplant recipient to compete in upcoming games

Brooklyn Heights: It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

LICH honors some of its very finest: Employee Service Awards gala

Brooklyn Heights: In the presence of dozens of friends, colleagues and families, Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated its annual Employee Service Awards. Special guest of honor was Faith Somme-Burges, RN, BS, CWON, of the Division of Nursing. Comment

July is hot for bibliophiles

Brooklyn Heights: Barnes & Noble Court invites the public to participate in its full calendar of events throughout July. Comment

Helping stem the foreclosure tide

Brooklyn Heights: After several months of negotiations, the State Legislature and Governor David Paterson reached a compromise over legislation that would protect borrowers from subprime legislation and further regulate an industry that has come under fire from Brooklyn housing organizations. Comment

Green machine powers candidate: Former Sierra Club chair vies for 33rd Council District

Brooklyn Heights: When the mosh pit known as the race for downtown Brooklyn’s 33rd Councilmanic District is over, Ken Baer will always be remembered as the “green candidate.” Comment

Fulton sale

Brooklyn Heights: The Fulton Mall Improvement Association will be hosting the Fulton Street Mall’s fourth annual Sidewalk SalesDay — called “the largest shopping event in the borough” — featuring outdoor shopping and entertainment, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along Fulton Street Mall between Adams Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension. Comment

First-class caring all the way

Brooklyn Heights: At a touching and solemn ceremony, class valedictorian and summa cum laude Sarah Roth, 30, led the largest class to graduate from the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. The Borough Park resident and mother of three young children, completed an intense two-year Associate’s degree program at the top of her class and was the recipient of The Seymour J. Phillips Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement. Comment

BK murder by the numbers: Cops release latest statistics on borough homicides

Brooklyn Heights: It seems that cops in downtown Brooklyn are bucking a criminal sea change that’s flooding the city. Comment

BK hookers keep it in the streets

Brooklyn Heights: While many purveyors of the world’s oldest profession celebrate a randy renaissance on the Internet, prostitutes in Brooklyn are still digging their spiked heels into the familiarity of the street corner. Comment

Behind in the count: Comptroller says Cyclones owe over $129,000

Brooklyn Heights: The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

‘Tiger cubs’ line up and tee off at Junior golf center

Bay News: Mom, dad and the kids headed to the links at the new Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, where a community fun day helped the nation’s first free children’s golfing facility tee-off to a dynamic start. Comment

Visitation Academy takes close look at its carbon footprint

Bay News: Visitation Academy Middle School students delivered the lowdown on “Ecology and the Environment” when the school held its Annual Math/Science/Technology project for grades five to eight. Comment

Thanks for the attention

Bay News: Thank you so much for giving the prominent space and coverage to the Salem Fields visit by the Kings County Council, Jewish War Veterans, in honor of Memorial Day. Comment

Stepping up for Ferraro Awards: Outstanding students are honored

Bay News: Bensonhurst and Bath Beach’s future was honored at St. Finbar’s last week as the 62nd Precinct named their 2008 Michael J. Ferraro award winners. Comment

Special salute to everyday hero

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented a citation to Mohammad Dolah of Bay Ridge, an everyday hero who rescued his neighbor and her father from their burning home. Comment

Sitt mouthpiece: ‘It’s our land’: Thor equities says ride advocates ‘lack understanding’

Bay News: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

Shavana fan

Bay News: Re: “A Britisher’s View” by Shavana Abruzzo. Comment

Rezoning battle: Brighton split over new plan

Bay News: The city’s rezoning plan for Brighton Beach was finally unveiled to the public – and resulted in a war of words among neighborhood residents. Comment

Parents: Charter will cost us

Bay News: If a Hebrew-themed charter school opens in District 22, area schools will lose money, according to parents. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Who needs manuals? Just give me the pictures

Bay News: For someone who never ever relies on manuals — who needs them as long as you have the picture? — I found myself referring to them twice in one week. Not for nuthin’, but what’re the odds? Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Let freedom ring on the Fourth of July

Bay News: “…. July 3, the eve of the 210th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the torch of the newly restored Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor will be lit again……What could be more fitting than to celebrate this moment with the joyful clamor of bells?” - President Ronald Reagan, 1986 Comment
GUEST OP-ED

Here’s how to save Bay Ridge’s ‘Green Church’

Bay News: First it was the Bay Ridge Methodist Church (the “Green Church,” where I was baptized), now it’s the Bay Ridge Jewish Center and possibly Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. What’s next — St. Anselm’s parking lot? Trinity Lutheran on Third Avenue? All are selling or considering selling their properties. Why is this happening? Are they greedy and looking to make a killing in the inflated real estate market? What is the reaction of the Bay Ridge community? Comment

Green is groovy at neighborhood eco-festival

Bay News: The longest day of the year provided a local group with reason enough to nurture the community with a family-friendly eco-fest in Bay Ridge. Comment

Fleet-footed winners

Bay News: Few experts expected the Sheepshead Bay High School Boys 4x100 Track Team to vie for the national title at the USA Nike Nationals North Carolina A&T University because few PSAL boys teams have prevailed in the recent past. Comment

Energized BK Activists put cancer on the run

Bay News: An overnight party with a purpose drew mom, dad and the kids to Bay Ridge where they paid tribute to cancer victims and survivors at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life benefit. Comment

City invites Coney development

Bay News: A thatch of land in the northernmost part of Coney Island may soon be in the hands of a commercial developer. Comment

Children flashed

Bay News: A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment

Celebrating 60 years of marital bliss

Bay News: Long-time Bay Ridge residents Howard and Mae Dunn (second and fourth from left) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Bay Ridge Manor. Also pictured are their daughter Jerry and State Senator Marty Golden, who recognized the couple with an award on their special night. Comment

Brooklyn GOPers still reeling: Search for congressional candidate continues as time ticks down

Bay News: With just days to go before the end of the petitioning period, local Republicans still haven’t settled again on a candidate to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Representative Vito Fossella. Comment

Bravo! Man applauds lifesavers

Bay News: A Brooklyn man, who was on the brink of death a year ago, returned to the scene of his revival to personally thank the crew of paramedics who helped save his life. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

This graduation I will never forget—Part 1

Bay News: I must have attended over hundreds of graduation exercises throughout these past 30 years. These started, of course, with my own children’s graduations in District 21, but I have also attended many school graduations as a community leader, distributing Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) Community Service medals and/or BWECC’S Project L.E.A.R.N. medals. Spending 18 years on Community School Board 21, I had to attend four or five graduations each year presenting the school board’s awards in memory of Herb Eisenberg and Abe Cohen. My membership on the Community Education Council these past five years necessitated going to schools to present the CEC21 awards. Comment

A Scholar and a gentleman

Bay News: Adelphi Academy student Zain Ahmad from Brooklyn, has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Comment

Alleged ‘drug brothers’ indicted: Siblings accused of dealing dope on Bay Ridge block face jail stretch

Bay News: The neighbors nobody wanted have a new address. Comment

A celebration of academics and religion

Bay News: To mark the end of another successful school year, St. Anselm Catholic School celebrated a special Mass with the seventh grade students giving readings, petitions, presenting the gifts of bread and wine as well as altar serving. Monsignor Michael Phillips, pastor, was the celebrant and welcomed students, faculty and parents for making the academic year “truly a blessing.” Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

Questions loom about Bam’s blood ties

Bay News: It is easy to romanticize Barack Obama’s personal melting pot and reconcile his qualifications to govern the planet’s most powerful country because of it. Comment

New heart powers dad in games: Remarkable transplant recipient determined to overcome obstacles

It was 11:30 p.m. on May 30, 2000, when a nurse came into his room at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and told him a heart had just become available. Comment

Murder, robberies on the rise: Crime stats show grim trend across southern Brooklyn

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment

Mayor backs down on school cuts

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

‘Tiger Cubs’ line up and tee off at Junior golf center

Mom, dad and the kids headed to the links at the new Junior Golf Center in Dyker Heights, where a community fun day helped the nation’s first free children’s golfing facility tee-off to a dynamic start. Comment

‘Butcher’ gets jail; victims’ relatives jeer

Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment

WOMB confab

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

Upcoming civic meetings

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

Two that inspire the whole neighborhood

Two local residents were honored recently by the 68th Precinct. Comment

Time ticks down on groggy GOP

With just days to go before the end of the petitioning period, local Republicans still haven’t settled again on a candidate to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Representative Vito Fossella. Comment

87th Street wall still stands: Cinderblock obstruction remains despite Dept. of Buildings order

Nothing much has changed on 87th Street in the past year. Comment

86th St. food vendors turn some stomachs

Fourteen years after the city banned street vendors from portions of 86th Street in Bay Ridge, local activists are asking that the ban be extended to include food vendors. Comment

Thor to Coney: ‘It’s our land’: Latest scoping meeting boils over with anger

While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

The Marines answer his prayers

Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew E. Nelson doesn’t mind admitting he very easily could have amounted to nothing in life. Comment

Summer Play Street

New York City youngsters can now play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL), which launched its 2008 Summer Program in Brooklyn. Comment

Some hi-tech toilet troubles

Questions as to whether the planned automated public toilet at the 69th Street Pier will be accessible to people in wheelchairs have the local community board requesting clarification on the subject from the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Comment

Sherry Rd. memorial

A local youth sports powerhouse is one step closer to being honored with a street sign in his memory. Comment

Proposal to put cap on water and sewer bills

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate and several of his assembly colleagues introduced legislation (A.11382/S833) that would cap water and sewer bills for all New York City residents. The bill would prohibit the City of New York from imposing rent upon the New York City Water Board. Comment

Polytech, NYU merger gets the okay

The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment

NYCHA faces challenges: Agency forced to consider cuts, consolidation

Facing a budget deficit of $611 million, the New York City Housing Authority is considering cutting programs and consolidating community centers, while continuing to make payments of $226 million to the city for a number of services the city provides. Comment

Murders, robberies on the rise: Local crime statistics mirror rising homicide rate citywide

A small increase in killings, as well as a rash of teen-on-teen crimes, has created a criminal sea change for the cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. Comment

Mayor backs off on school cuts: City Council, Bloomy strike deal; schools escape devastating losses

There will be no budget cuts for public schools this September. Comment

Masonic lodge helps fight juvenile diabetes

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

Lions make a ‘kase’ for charity

If you’re like most people you have a closet full of knapsacks/backpacks and suitcases you no longer use. “Kases for Kids,” an international Lion’s project will take them off your hands. Comment

Lifesaving stroke screenings

Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment

Kids find solace in ‘Good Grief camp’

Losing a parent or sibling who served in the military can be devastating to children, but they don’t have to cope alone. Comment

Iraqi tot finds hope in U.S.

When Noor Majeed came into the world, her doctors didn’t expect her to live a week, but the spunky one-year-old Iraqi girl has defied the doctors by overcoming her initial prognosis. And although Majeed has beat the odds so far, without proper medical care she’s still in shaky waters. Comment

Gladiator troops up close

Task Force Gladiator soldiers of 101st Headquarters Support Company serve as the first line of defense here, manning entry-control points and ensuring base security. Comment

Gasparino leaves District 20

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

Found dead in church: Custodian discovers body of young man

Parishioners at Our Lady of Angels made a horrific discovery at their house of worship last week. Comment

FIAO ballroom

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

Effort to address hunger

In an effort to address the growing issue of hunger in the community Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs is not only working with local food pantries to get food to families and to help people who are eligible for food stamps, she is also announcing a free summer meal program for children, being offered at various locations in Brooklyn. Comment

Dope dealer requiem: Brothers indicted on drug charges

The neighbors nobody wanted have a new address. Comment

DOE starves children of the arts: Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum issues scathing new report

An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

Dad, coach and Army 1st Sgt.

June 20 was a special day for Army 1st Sgt. Anthony Farinosi. A quick ceremony on a flight line in the middle of a combat zone marked his first day as a full-fledged, diamond-wearing first sergeant. Comment

Brooklyn man accused of flashing children: Cops say suspect targeted three girls under the age of 7

A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment

Bravo! man applauds lifesavers

A Brooklyn man, who was on the brink of death a year ago, returned to the scene of his revival to personally thank the crew of paramedics who helped save his life. Comment

BK Cyclones fall behind in the count: Comptroller William Thompson says club owes city nearly $130,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

Bay Ridge’s Declaration of Independence

Waving Old Glory with pride, jubilant patriots took to the street to hail the nation’s 232nd birthday and its Declaration of Independence with a rollicking parade in Dyker Heights. Comment

Army’s secret weapon: a pen

Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson, a syndicated editorial cartoonist, arrived here two months ago as one of 20 members from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Comment

An ‘affinity’ for you

St. Anselm R.C. Church received a donation from TD Commerce Bank in the amount of $3,036.65 for its participation in the bank’s Affinity Program. Comment

A kick for soldiers’ families: Many treated to D.C. United’s Armed Forces Day

Hundreds of troops and their families were treated to a professional soccer match on Flag Day during D.C. United’s 9th Annual Armed Forces and Veteran’s Appreciation Day at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, DC. Comment

‘Tiger Cubs’ tee off at new Junior golf center

Bay News: Council Members Vincent J. Gentile and Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., along with the City Parks Foundation, sponsored a Community Family Fun Day at the new CityParks Junior Golf Center in Bay Ridge. Comment

‘Costly’ charter school: Parents fear Hebrew school will drain district funding

Bay News: If a Hebrew-themed charter school opens in District 22, area schools will lose money, according to parents. Comment

‘Butcher’ gets jail

Bay News: Those who suffered from a multi-million dollar tissue harvesting scam were given the opportunity last week to pick apart the criminal mastermind behind the plot as 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino was sentenced to 18 to 54 years in prison. Comment

‘Bucks’ for Brigham Pk: Local residents and designers brainstorm together

Neighborhood residents dreaming of a new park at the end of Emmons Avenue dug deep into beach plum jam and “Brigham bucks” inside the Comfort Inn last week. Comment

Touro graduate

Bay News: Touro College’s School of Career and Applied Studies commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music stopped for one tearful moment to honor the memory of Alma Hope Devone, a recent graduate-school degree winner who died May 2. Comment

Thor to Coney: ‘It’s our land’

Bay News: While preservationists provided most of the histrionics at last week’s scoping meeting on the rezoning of Coney Island, the amusement district’s largest property owner continued to dig his heels into the ground over negotiations with the city. Comment

They don’t know: Future of Verizon lot cloudy

Bay News: Demolition work might be proceeding on a Sheepshead Bay property, but it still remains uncertain what will one day take rise on this massive site. Comment

The WOMB conference

Bay News: Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment

Taking positive steps against cystic fibrosis

Bay News: Big-hearted boroughites battled a chronic disease by putting their best foot forward for a benefit walk-a-thon in Marine Park – raising $81,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Comment

S’head man busted as flasher

Bay News: A Sheepshead Bay man was arrested Thursday for flashing and sexually abusing three little girls all under the age of seven, officials allege. Comment

Stepping up for the Ferraro Awards: 62nd Precinct salutes outstanding students

Bay News: Bensonhurst and Bath Beach’s future was honored at St. Finbar’s last week as the 62nd Precinct named their 2008 Michael J. Ferraro award winners. Comment

Salute to Brooklyn 13 CERT

Bay News: Members of Brooklyn 13 CERT were honored at Gracie Manson for their life-saving services, along with other CERT teams from throughout New York City. Comment

Rezoning splits Brighton

Bay News: The city’s rezoning plan for Brighton Beach was finally unveiled to the public – and resulted in a war of words among neighborhood residents. Comment

P.S. 52 musicians strike a chord with audiences

Bay News: Budding virtuosos commanded the spotlight – and wowed the crowd – when they teamed up for a recital at Public School 52. Comment

Polytech, NYU merger okayed

Bay News: The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Comment

On the job in District 20: Administrators elevated to assistant principal posts

Bay News: Two educators have joined the School District 20 team. Comment

OK for chicken shack redo: Community Board 15 backs restaurateur’s apt. bid

Bay News: Community Board 15 sure loves its chicken – at least they love Vinnie Mazzone’s chicken. Comment

2008 Nurse Excellence Awards

Bay News: 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

Next civic meetings

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

Local youths inspired to sing

Bay News: It was sweet music to their ears. Comment

Lifesaving screenings

Bay News: Residents living in and around Brooklyn can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke when Life Line Screening Radiology hosts a program at the Best Western Gregory Hotel, 8315 Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, July 10; appointments begin at 9 a.m. Comment

Late DOS worker honored: Memorial for Allen Gormely

Bay News: A Coney Island sanitation worker who suffered a fatal heart attack on duty was honored for his municipal service when his agency renamed his base in memory of the departed Strongest. Comment

Kids cut in gang initiation: Classmates slice Public School 253 students with razor

Bay News: Over a dozen students at a Coney Island public school had their arms sliced open so they could emulate the violent Hispanic street gang known as MS-13, officials learned last week. Comment

It’s caring at its very finest

Bay News: For the second year in a row, a Sephardic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center nurse received the Nurse of Distinction Award. Comment

Flatbush Avenue festival

Bay News: The Flatbush Avenue BID (Business Improvement District) Street Fair will be held July 6 from 12-6 p.m. along Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road. Comment

Festival fun in the sun on 20th Avenue

Bay News: Amusements for the young and the young-at-heart – plus vendor stalls brimming with retail delights – jump-started the season of fun in the sun with a street festival along 20th Avenue. Comment

Farber ballet dancers enthrall fans

Bay News: Budding Margot Fonteyns and Rudolph Nureyevs wowed the crowd with their fancy footwork during a ballet recital at Kingsborough Community College by the Leonid Farber School of Ballet. Comment

DOE starves kids of art: Advocate issues scathing report

Bay News: An elected official has joined the list of people accusing the public school system of failing to offer sufficient arts education. Comment

Dad forced to give up seat: Dist. 22 CEC prez resigns as daughter heads to high school

Bay News: The president of District 21’s Community Education Council (CEC) has resigned – again. Comment

Cyclones fall behind the count: Comptroller says ballclub owes more than $129,000

The city’s comptroller has the owner of the Brooklyn Cyclones caught in a squeeze play, an audit released this week reveals. Comment

Cops eye kid bikers

Bay News: Underage hot wheelers in Gerritsen Beach beware – the cops just might be coming to your house. Comment

Change coming to W. 15th St.: Economic Development Corp. reviews proposals

Bay News: A thatch of land in the northernmost part of Coney Island may soon be in the hands of a commercial developer. Comment

CB 15’s Weinberg out: but not really

Bay News: After years of people complaining to him about the appearance of conflict of interest with Harold Weinberg, New York City Councilmember Mike Nelson has decided not to reappoint the engineer to Community Board 15. Comment

Beaumont Street bid is beaten back: Opponents reject special permit application

Bay News: It was a rare loss for attorney Eric Palatnik at Community Board 15 last week as members rejected a special permit application to enlarge a house on Beaumont Street. Comment

A little bit of Israel comes to Nostrand Ave.

Bay News: Children bounced in the “Dead Sea” and visited a “kibbutz” right on Nostrand Avenue when the Kings Bay Y held its annual Israel celebration in honor of the Land of Milk and Honey’s 60th birthday. Comment

Busted Chef! Heights food shop owner arrested on identity theft, forgery

Brooklyn Heights: One of the owners of Busy Chef, the popular Brooklyn Heights upscale take-out joint, was arraigned today for stealing nearly $25,000 from unwitting customers in a massive identity theft and credit card forgery case — and will remain in jail at least until Wednesday because the court would not accept a bail payment from an accused forger. Comments (6)
Downtown plan: An embattled condo project on Myrtle Avenue will come back to haunt its billionaire developer if he goes ahead and runs for mayor, his critics say. Comments (2)
Politics: Could it be that political gadfly John O’Hara has clawed himself back to respectability? Comment
Coney Island: Here’s a great way to spend next Saturday! Comments (2)

Steve Harrison fires back

Bay Ridge: Steve Harrison, the spurned man in the race to succeed Rep. Vito Fossella, says Sen. Charles Schumer’s endorsement of Councilman Mike McMahon this week just goes to show that the Staten Island councilman is not a true progressive Democrat. Comments (2)

Cyclones lose another; skid at two

Cyclones: A four-run Oneonta fifth inning plucked victory away from the underachieving Cyclones — who remain in last place in the McNamara Division. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

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