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Park Slope: A Park Slope building designed to house a Jewish ritual bath — a mikvah — faces revocation of its construction permit after the Buildings Department challenged the sponsor’s plans to have hotel units and a conference center on site. Comments (2)
Digital editions: This week’s typeset version of The Brooklyn Paper is a veritable collector’s edition, packed with more on the bike-car war, Brooklyn’s reaction to the financial meltdown, the declining health of Long Island College Hospital and an editorial about everyone’s favorite cheerleader, Borough President Markowitz. And as we say in the newsroom, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Read more…

On the edge

On the edge

Brooklyn is getting anxious about the Wall Street crisis — here are some snapshots from a borough on the brink. Comments (1)

Marty: Don’t question me!

Perspective: Our editorial board thinks Borough President Markowitz needs to provide answers. Comments (2)

Pedestrians are the latest road warriors

This majority will be silent no more. Comments (3)

Very good Ames

Very good Ames

Books: Author Jonathan Ames is back — this time with a racy, randy, raucous new graphic novel, “The Alcoholic.” Is it about him? What do you think? Comment

Deaf in DUMBO

Deaf in DUMBO

DUMBO: Now hear this: DUMBO may be the city’s most-fashionable neighborhood, but the arty area down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass is so noisy that even its own community association president just moved away because she couldn’t take it anymore. Comments (5)

It’s true — ignorance is bliss

The Search: Our columnist learns the most important life lesson after a break-up: stop trying to learn important life lessons after a break-up. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming looks at the declining health of Long Island College Hospital. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: Jane Walentas — wife of DUMBO megadeveloper David Walentas — is ramping up an effort to get her pet project, a 1920s-era carousel, included in the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park development site. Comments (1)

Pour it on

Dining: Anyone who’s seen “Sideways” knows the basics of wine tasting — swirl glass, stick in nose, inhale — but how do you go about tasting a Jim Beam? Or a Basil Hayden’s, for that matter? Comment

Arty development

Waiting in the Wings: Our weekly roundup of upcoming theatrical productions. Comment

Hookers to get BJ’s in a mall

Red Hook: The BJ’s Wholesale Club destined for the Red Hook waterfront might be part of a six-level shopping plaza with several other stores and even some residential units, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (17)

Booze news

Booze news

Shopping: Soon, Windsor Terrace will have a little more Beaujolais and a little less boxed wine. Comment

A regular Joe’s

A regular Joe’s

Shopping: By the time you read this, Trader Joe’s will be open at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. Yes, that sound was your stomach grumbling. Comment

Mets stink — but teach kids lesson

Dooley Noted: Our columnist explains why the Mets’ futility is good for kids. Comment
Fort Greene: A key neighborhood panel voted against a city proposal to change alternate-side-of-the-street parking schedules in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Downtown for fear that streets would become filthy parking lots for out-of-towners. Comments (1)

Surge rejector

Surge rejector

Bensonhurst: A string of summer blackouts on Bay 46th Street could have killed a lung-damaged woman — so her son turned their backyard into a miniature power plant. Comment

Torah, torah, torah!

Torah, torah, torah!

Prospect Heights: It may have looked like a wedding processional, but this “father of the bride” was giving away a new torah. Comment
Shopping: A Fifth Avenue grocery is uncapping a new strategy to tap into Greenwood Heights’ shifting demographics — widening its already expansive beer selection. Comments (1)

Arrest-aurant row

Arrest-aurant row

Fort Greene: A criminal tormenting Fort Greene merchants with burglaries and vandalism for months defaced one restaurateur twice over the past week and tried to break into a second eatery. Comment

This soldier’s story is pro-Palin

Letters: A soldier goes after Smartmom, plus other letters on Grand Army Plaza, term limits and failed congressional candidate Kevin Powell. Comment

New Orlean

Books: Susan Orlean’s first children’s book started out as a joke. Comment

Oral text

Park Slope: A Park Slope high school is looking for a few good old men (and women). Comment

Thieves fighting plaque

Greenpoint: Thieves stole two bronze plaques from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Sept. 9 — capping off a string of plaque thefts that left five Williamsburg and Greenpoint houses of worship and one park missing commemorative signs. Comment

Civic calendar

Event: All the local events you should be going to. Comment

Family calendar

Parenting: All the fun you could be having with your kids. Comment

Yassky: Advertising is garbage!

As if advertising wasn’t trashy enough, a city councilman now wants to sell ad space on city garbage cans, saying that the plan could reap $2.5 million. Comments (3)

Happy New Year — now, atone!

Jews all over the world — and, more important, Brooklyn — will ring in the year 5769 on Monday night, marking the beginning of the holiest period in the Jewish calendar. Comment

Hospital boss: We’ll close peds and dentistry wings, too! LICH in deep trouble

Cobble Hill: After the maternity wing got axed, Long Island College Hospital is now facing the closing of its pediatrics and dentistry wings, hospital administrators announced on Monday. Comments (4)
Shopping: Starbucks just served one of its most-loyal customers a double shot of disappointment. Comments (4)

Photo of the week: No Park(ing) Day

Williamsburg: Here’s how one group of anti-car activists celebrated No Park(ing) Day in Williamsburg. Comment

Smartmom in the morning

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist tries to get her family going in the morning. It’s not easy being mean. Comments (1)

City: Smite the ‘Green’ Church

Bay Ridge: The city has paved the way for the destruction of the so-called “Green Church,” issuing a demolition permit that answers the prayers of a congregation that has long sought to tear down its historic house of worship. Comment
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In the land of Hawaiian shirts! Inside Trader Joe’s

Shopping: The Brooklyn Paper takes you inside the new Trader Joe’s in Cobble Hill, five days before the store’s grand opening on Friday. Comments (3)

Marty is in Israel! Beep says he’s there for tourism business, not sightseeing

Politics: Borough President Markowitz was in Israel this week promoting tourism between Brooklyn and the Jewish state, he told The Brooklyn Paper. Comment

Mike is Bloomy’s McMahon!

Mike is Bloomy’s McMahon!

Bay Ridge: Yet another Republican — well, sort of — has endorsed Democratic Councilman Mike McMahon for the Bay Ridge congressional seat long held by the GOP. Comment
Cobble Hill: Disaffected doctors, nurses and technicians at financially troubled Long Island College Hospital say they can restore the Cobble Hill medical center to profitability without closing any departments or selling any real estate, as the hospital’s management says it must do to stay afloat. Comment
Theater: What should you do this weekend? You should see “The Underpants” at the Gallery Players in Park Slope, says our reviewer. Comment

Counting down to another Ragamuffin parade

A salute to the honorees, plus a congratulatory iced cake, ushered in the frolic as Ragamuffin Parade festivities got underway with a luncheon at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Celebrate the fall equinox in the Park

The “Become As You Are” celebration, a Spirit Circle commemorating the fall equinox and the transition from summer to fall, will be held September 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Prospect Park. Comment

Callous vandals hurt special needs kids: Repeated attacks on park swing leaves children without recreation

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

Fear for Green Church’s hidden history: Cornerstone contains time capsule full of 19th-century artifacts

As the wrecking ball continues to hover over the Green Church, some of the activists who had worked to save the venerable structure are turning their attention to something it contains – a time capsule inserted into the church’s cornerstone in 1899. Comment

Free ballroom dancing

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

Great Irish Fair

The 27th Great Irish Fair — a two-day celebration of Irish heritage with great music, food, dancing, family activities and all around good craic — will be held September 20-21 at Keyspan Park in Coney Island, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment

Gosh! The Freedom Award

Oshkosh OhMyGosh! Oshkosh Corp. announced that it is slated to receive the Defense Department’s top award for supporting its employees who volunteer to serve in the National Guard and reserves. Comment

Golf outing to benefit diabetes

The Brooklyn/Queens branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host its Third Annual Golf Benefit (JDRF), a day of golf, food and fun and, most importantly, to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Comment

Business workshop

The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation present a free workshop for new small businesses and entrepreneurs, “Self Funding Your Own New Business,” October 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the BEDC office, 175 Remsen Street, Suite 350. Comment

Brooklyn royalty comes home

There was applause enough to go around when two pageant queens shared the spotlight during a homecoming in Fort Greene, presented by the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Program. Comment

Gun buy-back hits the mark once more: Police program convinces many to turn in their deadly weapons

Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

A new year at St. Anselm: Vicar welcomes students, holds ‘08-‘09 opening mass

Father Michael Gelfant, parochial vicar of St. Anselm Parish, welcomed students, faculty and parents at the Opening Mass for the 2008-2009 school year. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Evil apartment hunters Comment
APO BROOKLYN

Hold the eye rolls and give me a margarita to go

In this issue we begin a new bi-weekly feature column, APO Brooklyn, a series of essays on military life written from the perspective of a military spouse. It is meant to entertain, but, more importantly, educate people about the life, the joys and challenges, of being a military family member. The stories represent, solely, the point of view of the author based on her experiences over the last 23 years. Comment

Bearded wonders reign supreme

It wasn’t hormones or hair gel—it was Hashem who helped catapult a Brooklyn rabbi to victory at the First Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition last weekend. Comment

Brooklyn knockin’ on the door of peace

Brooklyn For Peace joined Million Doors for peace, which will mobilize 25,000 volunteers from all 50 states, September 20, to contact one million people and ask them to sign a petition urging the next Congress to bring US troops home from Iraq within one year. Comment

Brain waves on the battlefield

The 1982 Clint Eastwood thriller “Firefox” seemed like the ultimate military science fiction story: A former Vietnam War pilot steals a state-of-the-art Soviet fighter plane armed with weapons controlled solely by thought. Comment

Advice to moms: pack the veggies, lose the sweets

Put down that sugary soda and pick up some veggies. Comment

Some tell city where to stick new trees

Life for some Dyker Heights residents is the pits — thanks to the city’s obsession with tree pits. Comment

Now the DOE wants to test tiny tots

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

New addition to St. Anselm: Parishioners welcome installation of outdoor crucifix

Parishioners basked in the glow of their new spiritual symbol when St. Anselm’s Church celebrated the installation of a crucifix outside the Bay Ridge house of worship. Comment

National Guard confronts Ike

Wading into the waist-deep storm surge from Hurricane Ike members of the Florida Army National Guard helped local law enforcement officers avert what could have been a disaster for some people ignoring safety warnings. Comment

Pols pushing the limits: Opponents cry foul as some try to overturn public will

While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment

Record enrollment for Bay Ridge Prep

Bay Ridge Preparatory School began the 2008-2009 academic year by welcoming a record number of 325 returning and new students to its school community this year. Classes began at the lower & middle schools, 8101 Ridge Boulevard, and the high school, at 7420 Fourth Avenue. Comment

Special salute to champions of HOPE: Borough Hall salutes outstanding seniors

The unsung heroes of Brooklyn, those senior citizens who give freely of their time and efforts to better their communities will be officially recognized at a gala, September 23 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Youth-on-youth crime low across 61st Pct.: Cops report four instances as kids return to class

Bay News: With the school season in full swing, area children are back to pencils, books, and, of course, cell phone thefts. Comment

Sanitation workers host tidy end to summer

It was probably the cleanest picnic on record. Comment

Murder in Brooklyn homes: Partners responsible for almost half of women killed

Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a staggering city report released this week explains. Comment

Molinaro backs McMahon: Conservative Staten Island prez leaps over party lines

The borough president of Staten Island, a member of the Conservative Party, is the latest politico to jump on the Mike McMahon bandwagon. Comment

Living symbol of recovery

Thousands of recovering addicts, their families, treatment providers and advocates from across the country will join together to form a human chain — a living symbol of recovery — and walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and proceed to a rally at City Hall Park, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the promise of recovery. Comment

Holocaust monument

While the world looked away, the Bergson Group — led by the heroic efforts of Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook) — spoke out, and played a key role in rescuing 200,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Comment

9/11 heroes and victims honored on 7th anniversary

Inspirational speeches, a candle-lighting ceremony and a 21-gun salute helped pay tribute to the sacrifices of the dead during a 9/11 memorial at Marine Park. Comment

Man found Dead: 95th St. man’s demise is a mystery

A night of heavy drinking could have led to the demise of a man found inside a 99th Street apartment Thursday, officials said this week. Comment

Map to Bklyn cultural treasures

A pirate with more than a passing resemblance to Captain Jack Sparrow opened the treasure chest. Comment

MJH volunteers

Calling all volunteers. Comment

Military feeling sagging economy’s bite

Military members, like everyone else, are feeling the financial crunch, however, they are receiving some relief from buffers through benefits like housing and meal allowances, commissaries and a strong support network. But even the buffers are not enough these days and finance professionals who work directly with service-members say they are seeing more requests for help from soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Comment

Harvey entertains troops

Soldiers assigned to the New York City Recruiting Battalion, in Manhattan, accompanied comedian Steve Harvey as he entertained and educated approximately 400 high school-aged students while hosting the Army’s Planning for Life Program at Brooklyn’s Saint John’s Recreation Center. Comment

All the ingredients for block party fun on 72nd St

Bay News: Kids on 72nd Street between 19th and 20th avenues had a wet and wild time recently as their neighbors participated in their annual block party. Comment

A new vision of the GAP: Designs to go on display at Soldiers & Sailors’ Arch

Bay News: Imagine Grand Army Plaza with a green ‘canopy’ bridge over Flatbush Avenue, which becomes the main vehicle route while a network of ramps and paths link the entire area. Comment

Beachside wrestling match

Bay News: The fight for control of Manhattan Beach’s private security patrol continues. Comment

Bklyn royalty comes home

Bay News: There was applause enough to go around when two pageant queens shared the spotlight during a homecoming in Fort Greene, presented by the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Program. Comment

Square dance fun

The Greenpoint Autumn Square Dance, featuring the East Kentucky’s Clack Mountain String Band, takes place October 4 at The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street at Nassau Street in Greenpoint. Comment

Allen Avenue chases out traffic, brings in the fun

Bay News: Simple summer pleasures… Comment

Job training for youths

Bay News: Registration is open for the September and February programs of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization providing job training and job placement to out-of-school youth 17-21. Comment

Jaffrey St. entrance shut: P.S. 195 cites safety concerns

Bay News: A Manhattan Beach elementary school is taking steps to keep children safe. Comment

A living symbol of recovery

Bay News: Thousands of recovering addicts, their families, treatment providers and advocates from across the country will join together to form a human chain — a living symbol of recovery — and walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and proceed to a rally at City Hall Park, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the promise of recovery. Comment

Captain promoted

Bay News: Congrats on the promotion! Comment

Cat left at footbridge

Bay News: A white and sand-colored adult cat was found abandoned in its carrier on the footbridge connecting Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach, with a note inside requesting that someone take care of the feline as its owner had passed away. Comment

Gun buyback hits mark again

Bay News: Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

Head of the class

Bay News: Senator Carl Kruger visited two borough schools — PS 195 and Roy H. Mann IS 78 — on the first day of school to greet students and teachers and wish them well in the new academic year. Comment

Health advocates champion their community

Bay News: Healthy Families Brooklyn, a joint program of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, continues to train community members to be health advocates in their communities. Comment

Good Shepherd turns 100: Parishioners celebrate Lutheran church’s centennial

Bay News: Congregants at one local house of worship are celebrating their church’s centennial this month. Comment

Free ballroom dancing lessons

Bay News: The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction for youngsters and seniors in its popular inter-generational dance classes at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment

Fall equinox celebration

Bay News: The “Become As You Are” celebration, a Spirit Circle commemorating the fall equinox and the transition from summer to fall, will be held September 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Prospect Park. Comment

Fond farewell at Harama: Foscale leaves after 21 years

Bay News: Misty eyes and congratulations accompanied the send-off for departing elder advocate Darlene Foscale, who retired from the Jay-Harama Senior Center after 21 years as program director. Comment

Knockin’ on the peace door

Bay News: Brooklyn For Peace joined Million Doors for peace, which will mobilize 25,000 volunteers from all 50 states, September 20, to contact one million people and ask them to sign a petition urging the next Congress to bring US troops home from Iraq within one year. Comment

Learn to avoid a dangerous fall: Tips on improving your balance and health

Bay News: One of the most common causes of accidents inside and outside the home is accidental falling. Comment

27th Great Irish Fair

Bay News: The 27th Great Irish Fair — a two-day celebration of Irish heritage with great music, food, dancing, family activities and all around good craic — will be held September 20-21 at Keyspan Park in Coney Island, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment

The true spirit of Kearney H.S.

Bay News: Over the spring, the faculty of Bishop Kearney High School was asked to nominate students who embodied the Kearney spirit…in a different way. Comment

Small business workshop

Bay News: The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation present a free workshop for new small businesses and entrepreneurs, “Self Funding Your Own New Business,” October 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the BEDC office, 175 Remsen Street, Suite 350. Comment

Third Annual Golf Benefit

Bay News: The Brooklyn/Queens branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host its Third Annual Golf Benefit (JDRF), a day of golf, food and fun and, most importantly, to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Comment

Tidy and terrific picnic: Strongest party together

Bay News: It was probably the cleanest picnic on record. Comment

When ‘I do’ turns to murder

Bay News: Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment

West 23rd Street caps off summer of 2008

Bay News: Coney Island residents squeezed every last drop of summertime pleasure they could out of a fun-filled block party on West 23rd Street between Surf and Mermaid avenues recently. Comment

United Way day of action: Volunteer fest kicks off on Brooklyn Bridge

Bay News: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is calling on New Yorkers to “Live United” to help raise awareness about the need to bridge the gaps in education, income and health in New York City by walking together across the Brooklyn Bridge, September 20, and to attend a volunteer festival co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Volunteer Center at Cadman Plaza Park. Comment

Salute to champions of Bklyn ‘Hope’

Bay News: The unsung heroes of Brooklyn, those senior citizens who give freely of their time and efforts to better their communities will be officially recognized at a gala, September 23 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

9/11 portrait is unveiled: Abe Zelmanowitz’ selflessness immortalized on canvas

Bay News: If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Abe Zelmanowitz’s kind and gentle smile, emanating from his portrait, is proof enough of the humanity of the 9/11 victim, fondly known by his family as “Uncle Abremel.” Comment

Molinaro backs McMahon: Borough prez says Mike has always been there for S.I.

Bay News: The borough president of Staten Island, a member of the Conservative Party, is the latest politico to jump on the Mike McMahon bandwagon. Comment

Mighty whiskers in the winner’s circle

Bay News: It wasn’t hormones or hair gel—it was Hashem who helped catapult a Brooklyn rabbi to victory at the First Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition last weekend. Comment

Life in Coney writ large: New mural depicting neighborhood scenes debuts

Bay News: It’s a piece of art that has all of the neighborhood’s fingerprints on it. Comment

Nail in Astroland’s coffin: Owner stalls for time; City officials come up empty

Bay News: The rides are all up for sale, Thor Equities seems intractable and local elected officials appear to have thrown up their hands. Comment

New Holocaust monument

Bay News: While the world looked away, the Bergson Group — led by the heroic efforts of Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook) — spoke out, and played a key role in rescuing 200,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Comment

Pack the veggies, lose the sweets

Bay News: Put down that sugary soda and pick up some veggies. Comment

Next BWECC meeting

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its next community meeting at 8 p.m., September 22 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low-IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th & West 12th streets. Comment

‘American Dream World’: Concert to benefit children

Bay News: Kirk McMillian of Atlanta, on the rise as a new face in an ever-growing community of singer songwriters with his new record “American Dream World,” will be performing September 24 at Spike Hill in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as part of a benefit for his charity Kirk4kids. Comment

East 37th Street families party outdoors

Canarsie: Summer may be nearly over but its sparkle remained for revelers who embraced the rays during a block party in Marine Park. Comment

The new face of the GAP: Traffic designs on display at Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument

Canarsie: Imagine Grand Army Plaza with a green ‘canopy’ bridge over Flatbush Avenue, which becomes the main vehicle route while a network of ramps and paths link the entire area. Comment

Stacked up tight on community drives

Canarsie: Community drive problems are rearing their ugly heads again in Canarsie. Comment

Square dancing

Canarsie: The Greenpoint Autumn Square Dance, featuring the East Kentucky’s Clack Mountain String Band, takes place October 4 at The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street at Nassau Street in Greenpoint. Comment

The ups and downs of Canarsie crime

Canarsie: Murders are way down, as are grand larcenies, but in some other areas, crime in Canarsie has been on the rise in recent weeks. Comment

The ‘dirt’ on fast food

Canarsie: Nearly half of the ‘dirty dozen’ — considered the filthiest eateries in the city — can be found in Brooklyn, a state lawmaker announced this week. Comment

Where all the jobs are in Brooklyn: Chamber report looks at how workers in the borough are faring

Canarsie: Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment

Vollies wanted

Canarsie: Calling all volunteers. Comment

Toxic mess jeered: Residents gather against facility

Canarsie: Canarsie residents are saying a loud and clear “no” to a medical waste transfer facility proposed for East 100th Street and Farragut Road before their time runs out to do so. Comment

Senator’s Manor bashes spark questions: Concern about Marty Golden’s spending stem from catering hall parties

Canarsie: While constituents may have thought he was out of the catering business, a Bay Ridge lawmaker is still managing to pull himself back in. Comment

P.S. 255 observes 7th anniversary of WTC attacks

Canarsie: National songs, a moment of silence and a giant flag marked the memorial as Public School 255 students recalled the supreme sacrifices of 9/11 victims with a pomp-filled outdoor ceremony. Comment

Moore lends star power to kids: Acclaimed actress fights to create better shelters for children

Canarsie: Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment

Mindless vandalism hurts kids: Park swing for special needs children is repeatedly destroyed

Canarsie: It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

Marine park reflects on September 11 attacks

Canarsie: Inspirational speeches, a candle-lighting ceremony and a 21-gun salute helped pay tribute to the sacrifices of the dead during a 9/11 memorial at Marine Park. Comment

Murder strikes at home: More women killed by partners than by strangers

Canarsie: Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a staggering city report released this week explains. Comment

New Holocaust Monument

Canarsie: While the world looked away, the Bergson Group — led by the heroic efforts of Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook) — spoke out, and played a key role in rescuing 200,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Comment

Pending decision: Ruling on Hebrew charter school coming

Canarsie: City officials are now deciding if a Hebrew-themed charter school will open in Brooklyn. Comment

New ‘treasure map’ to Brooklyn culture: Venerable institutions team up for new campaign introducing many to borough riches

Canarsie: A pirate with more than a passing resemblance to Captain Jack Sparrow opened the treasure chest. Comment

Whiskers whisk ‘em into winner’s circle: Outlandish rabbi wins wacky beard contest

Canarsie: It wasn’t hormones or hair gel—it was Hashem who helped catapult a Brooklyn rabbi to victory at the First Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition last weekend. Comment

‘12’ is the magic number of electeds: Incumbents facing ouster make moves to extend terms in office

Canarsie: The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment

America still not ready

Letters: Stanley Gershbein, after reading your column (“It’s Only My Opinion”) in the 8-22 issue, I simply had a good laugh. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

The ants come marching two by two….

Perspective: It started quite innocently enough, one or two ants by the doorway. I didn’t worry. After all, I live on Staten Island, insects are part of the scenery and after six years I’ve learned to deal with them. Their end came quickly with one spritz of ammonia and a damp paper towel. I thought they might have been two rogue ants hopping a ride on a shopping bag or got lost and wandered in for the night. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Questions for your next cocktail party

Perspective: My Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary offers twelve different definitions for the word ‘question’. To most of us a question is a word or sentence for the person doing the inquiring to collect information. Often the question is asked, not to gather knowledge but to make a statement. The following is a collection of both. Jot them down. You might want to use them at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows to a boring whisper. Comment

Presidential blood ties

Letters: Long Island University Professor Jose Sanchez in responding to Shavana Abruzzo (“A Britisher’s View”) points that presidents don’t necessarily yield to blood ties. There is just as much a case that they have. Comment

Recchia responds

Letters: In regard to your recent article, “Recchia heirs on Coney plan,” I am disappointed to find that the people looking to succeed me know so little about the redevelopment proposed for our community. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Not that privileged Comment

The one and only Patti Labelle brings down the house

Nightlife: Rocking with a “New attitude”… Comment

Traffic whiz

Letters: I mostly agree with Lou Powsner’s letter, “More Traffic Controls” and would like to add to his list of DOT delays and broken promises. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Caribbean Charlie’ is about to have a ‘bad day’

Perspective: Sometimes, making mistakes does mean that you have to sacrifice your career – and your reputation. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Hey, there’s no reason why you should have to head out on your next shopping safari alone. It can be a jungle out there, so why not bring your pals at the Consumer Corner along to help out. Just take a few minutes to read the space here and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Comment

Back to ‘nam: Cinema looks at the USA’s other hated war

Cinema: The conflicting facets that make the Vietnam War one of the most controversial military conflicts of the 20th century will be revisited and reviewed on the movie screen through a special borough film series highlighting the tarnished glories and failed victories that nearly caused a country – ours – to implode upon itself. Comment

Your guide to BK history

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) celebrated the release of the “Flatbush Neighborhood History Guide,” the newest addition to its popular Neighborhood History Guide series, during a launch event at BHS, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street. Comment

100 years of worship and devotion: Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd celebrates milestone

Canarsie: Congregants at one local house of worship are celebrating their church’s centennial this month. Comment

Nicholas Cage is lost in the far east

Cinema: Nicolas Cage opens “Bangkok Dangerous” with a deep, authoritative narrative outlining the do’s and don’ts of the murder for hire biz — then in the next 90 or so shallow minutes that follow, blindly proceeds to break all of those commandments. Comment

Vin gets biblical in far out sci-fi romp

Cinema: Vin Diesel’s career as an action star officially ran out of gas in “Babylon AD,” a stilted post-apocalyptic thriller that in the end implodes on itself and leaves everyone in the theater confused. Comment
BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE

Discover Alternative Choice Home Care

Williamsburg: The good news is that people are living longer. As a result, many of us are fortunate to have our parents remain part of our lives as we age. Yet, this situation may sometimes bring heartache because it means watching as our parents struggle with everyday tasks, and in many cases, knowing that we, ourselves, cannot provide the fulltime care they need. Comment
BUSINEESS BROOKLYN STYLE

Accessorize with Something Else

Williamsburg: No matter how stunning, your outfit isn’t standing out until it’s jazzed up by the perfect accessory, be it a scarf, small pin, or a complementary pair of earrings. Comment

Life’s a picnic for sanitation workers: Families celebrate a special summer day

Canarsie: It was probably the cleanest picnic on record. Comment

Lid on Astroland coffin being nailed shut: Owner leaves room for resurrection, but rescue appears doubtful

Canarsie: The rides are all up for sale, Thor Equities seems intractable and local elected officials appear to have thrown up their hands. Comment

Tough trash talk: Station foes fight on

Opponents of a proposed waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay who argue that the facility will cause immeasurable damage to the local environment are keeping their legal options on the table, a state lawmaker reported. Comment

Fios poles coming to Beach: Service will only require installing four new poles, officials say

Manhattan Beach should expect to see some new telephone poles popping up around the neighborhood pretty soon. Comment

Dumb vandals hurt kids: Special-needs swing is the target of repeated attacks

It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

Volunteer ‘buddies’

Calling all volunteers. Comment

Where to find all the Brookyn jobs

Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment

Be there for free ballroom dancing

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

‘12’ is the magic number for officials: Pols facing unemployment look to stretch terms

The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment

‘Undemocratic’ challenge! Opponents jeer efforts to overturn term limits

While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment

DOE now wants to test tots

A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

Decision due on Hebrew charter school

City officials are now deciding if a Hebrew-themed charter school will open in Brooklyn. Comment

Warrior Adventure Quest

Earlier this year, a Fort Rucker, Ala., soldier died when he lost control of his new sport motorcycle in a curve, hit the culvert, was ejected off the bike, and slammed into a light pole. He was wearing a helmet, but had not attended the motorcycle safety course, and did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his license. Comment

USS Kearsarge brings aid to Haiti: Food and water transported to victims battered by series of storms

Aerial delivery of relief supplies to Haiti began from USS Kearsarge on September 8, as three helicopters launched from the flight deck to transport food and water to areas suffering from the after-effects of tropical storms Fay, Gustav and Hanna and Hurricane Ike. Comment

United Way ‘day of action’

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is calling on New Yorkers to “Live United” to help raise awareness about the need to bridge the gaps in education, income and health in New York City by walking together across the Brooklyn Bridge, September 20, and to attend a volunteer festival co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Volunteer Center at Cadman Plaza Park. Comment

Where all the best jobs are in BK: Chamber looks at wages throughout the borough

Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment

‘Flip-flop’ on 100th, 101st streets

Twenty two years after it was first suggested, the idea of reversing the direction of traffic on 100th and 101st streets, between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Fourth Avenue, has resurfaced, with residents of 100th Street asked for relief from the incessant vehicular onslaught they experience. Comment

Bath Beach rezoning due up

The Department of City Planning is now reviewing a proposal to downzone Bath Beach. Comment

‘12’ is magic number for pols: Incumbents look to overturn term limits; shoot for 3rd

The debate over term limits for city elected officials may have reached a new pitch now that a pivotal player has lost a bid for higher office. Comment

Bill Brown Park host 7th anniversary 9/11 observance

Canarsie: Poignant tears and testimonials helped uplift the memories of the murdered during a 9/11 memorial at Bill Brown Park. Comment

Bridging the gap: United way of NYC ‘day of action’

Canarsie: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is calling on New Yorkers to “Live United” to help raise awareness about the need to bridge the gaps in education, income and health in New York City by walking together across the Brooklyn Bridge, September 20, and to attend a volunteer festival co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Volunteer Center at Cadman Plaza Park. Comment

Gun buy-back program hits the mark: Police hold another drive; convince people to turn in deadly weapons

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s holy rolling gun grab continued this past weekend, with a Coney Island church leading the borough’s efforts to rid the streets of illegal firearms. Comment

Golf outing benefits diabetes

Canarsie: The Brooklyn/Queens branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host its Third Annual Golf Benefit (JDRF), a day of golf, food and fun and, most importantly, to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Comment

Get out there: Active Aging Week is here in Brooklyn

Canarsie: Older adults can discover a way to choosing an active life by participating in Active Aging Week, September 22-September 26, a health promotion event for adults over 55 years sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging and hosted by Millennium Development. Comment

Here comes the Great Irish Fair

Canarsie: The 27th Great Irish Fair — a two-day celebration of Irish heritage with great music, food, dancing, family activities and all around good craic — will be held September 20-21 at Keyspan Park in Coney Island, 1904 Surf Avenue. Comment

Hey, Mom! Pack the veggies now! Parents urged to skip the sugar drinks and give kids nutritious meals instead

Canarsie: Put down that sugary soda and pick up some veggies. Comment

Job training for Bklyn youths

Canarsie: Registration is open for the September and February programs of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization providing job training and job placement to out-of-school youth 17-21. Comment

It’s all about ‘HOPE’: Special salute to seniors

Canarsie: The unsung heroes of Brooklyn, those senior citizens who give freely of their time and efforts to better their communities will be officially recognized at a gala, September 23 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

HR Clarke undaunted; says he’ll run again in 2010

Canarsie: He’s 0-2, but Harvey HR Clarke believes that, for him, three times will be the charm. Comment

Star power helps make shelters better for kids

Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment

Free small business workshop

Canarsie: The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation present a free workshop for new small businesses and entrepreneurs, “Self Funding Your Own New Business,” October 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the BEDC office, 175 Remsen Street, Suite 350. Comment

Community arts and crafts market

Canarsie: PLG Arts announces the third annual “ArtMart 11225,” a community arts and crafts market, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date: October 5) on Lincoln Road between Ocean and Flatbush avenues. Comment

Celebrate the fall equinox

Canarsie: The “Become As You Are” celebration, a Spirit Circle commemorating the fall equinox and the transition from summer to fall, will be held September 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. at Prospect Park. Comment

Brooklyn’s beauty: Stunning gals put best face on borough

Canarsie: There was applause enough to go around when two pageant queens shared the spotlight during a homecoming in Fort Greene, presented by the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Program. Comment

First Annual Spirit Day at SJC

Canarsie: As a way of saying thanks to the community, St. Joseph’s College will hold its First Annual Spirit Day, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue. Comment

Don’t look now-term limits in danger: Drive is on to extend limits despite two prior public referendums

Canarsie: While several city elected officeholders continue to champion extending term limits, others remain steadfast that the will of the people prevail. Comment

Extended food stamp service

Canarsie: With Brooklynites struggling through an economy that has been slow to add new jobs and bracing for rising costs in food and energy, Congress hopes to extend food stamp benefits for able-bodied individuals searching for work. Comment

Healthier living for senior citizens: ‘Active Aging Week’ comes to Brooklyn promoting fitness

Bay News: Older adults can discover a way to choosing an active life by participating in Active Aging Week, September 22-September 26, a health promotion event for adults over 55 years sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging and hosted by Millennium Development. Comment

Door-to-door peace campaign

Canarsie: Brooklyn For Peace joined Million Doors for peace, which will mobilize 25,000 volunteers from all 50 states, September 20, to contact one million people and ask them to sign a petition urging the next Congress to bring US troops home from Iraq within one year. Comment
Bay Ridge: The wrecking ball is about to swing, but the finger pointing over the coming demolition of Fourth Avenue’s beloved “Green Church” is already in full motion. Comments (6)

Capturing the lives of bustling commuters

Parenting: Getting Around: City Transportation Images, is the new show at the Object Image Gallery, captures both the hustle and bustle of city life as well as the occasional solitary relationship New Yorkers have with their modes of travel. Comment

Annual Chris Hoban run

The 20th Annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Five-Mile Memorial Run will be held September 21, 10:30 a.m. at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road in Bay Ridge. Comment

Allstate real estate agent and ‘Hero’

Allstate Agent Anna Scaduto-Gialanella was recently named an “Agent Hero” by Allstate Insurance Company’s New York Region for awarding a $1,000 grant to a local youth program. Scaduto-Gialanella, whose office is located at 6902 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, donated a $1,000 grant to the Brooklyn Extreme Flag Football League. Comment

All star talent on the field ... and the grill

The 68th Precinct Youth Council, based in Bay Ridge, had its annual Labor Day All-Star Games, Home Run Derby and BBQ. The events took place at the Frank Schnurr baseball fields on 83rd street and Shore Road, and 79th Street and Shore Road, respectively. Comment

Astroland: over and out: Amusement park pulls down the gates in Coney Island

Astroland’s 45-year-old ride into the space age appears to have finally come to an end on Surf Avenue. Comment

Beep wants to extend term limits

Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

Designing duo in D.C.

Keith Kaseman’s and Julie Beckman’s proposal for the memorial’s design was chosen from more than 1,100 submissions in March 2003. Soon afterward, the New Yorkers moved to Alexandria, Va., near Washington, where for more than three years they worked with construction plans and fine-tuned design details. Comment

Captain takes on pentathlon: Air Force officer lives lifelong Olympic dream

Air Force Capt. Eli Bremer predicted there would be a shakeup in the shooting and fencing portions of the Olympic men’s modern pentathlon. Bremer, however, got all shook up during his first two shots of the five-sports-in-one-day event. Comment

Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln

The USS Abraham Lincoln currently stationed somewhere in the North Arabian Sea recently had some very special visitors. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Kidnapped and robbed Comment

Who or that?

Bay News: Stanley Gersbein (It’s Only My Opinion), in your column of August 8, every person you mentioned was referred to as “that” as in “very sorry for those that” or “some of them are part timers that.” Comment

Waterfront festival

Bay News: Brooklyn’s First Annual Waterfront District Fall Festival, featuring international foods, crafts, and rides, will be held September 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Who’s your momma?

Bay News: I am a former National Organization for Women (NOW) member. Disappointed with NOW inaction, I let membership lapse. Comment

‘Buckethead’ gets busted: Fight with wife leads to arrest of suspected bank bandit

Bay News: In the end, it wasn’t his threatening notes or his love of bucket hats that doomed bank robber Richard White. Comment

‘Silver’ athletes go for the gold, too

Bay News: Olympic fever came to Coney Island as 120 seniors, 70-90 years of age, competed in the Eighth Annual Senior Olympics hosted by Metropolitan Jewish Health System on the Coney Island Boardwalk near Shorefront Jewish Geriatric Center. Comment

‘Lost tunnel’ tours to continue through winter

Bay News: Neither rain, hail, sleet nor snow will keep irreverent urban explorer Bob Diamond from leading his wildly popular tunnel tours. Comment

End days for Green Church: Demolition permit filed with the Department of Buildings

The end is likely near for Bay Ridge’s beloved Green Church. Comment

Last ride brings on the tears

Renee Shervington’s grandson Joshua will be five years old this week and thanks to his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, he’ll be able to one day tell friends that he was at Astroland Amusement Park. Comment

Khalil Gibran Academy finds new quarters: Controversial school debuts inside P.S. 287

The Khalil Gibran International Academy has a new home but who knows for how long. Comment

Just back from Camp Bernie

More than 20 Brooklyn kids returned home after a special two-week camp experience sponsored by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC). Comment

Losing the battle: Golden challenge to gay marriage fails

A court ruled this week that Governor David Paterson had every right to demand that state agencies begin acknowledging gay marriages that were performed legally outside New York. Comment

Lost tunnel tours to continue thru winter

Neither rain, hail, sleet nor snow will keep irreverent urban explorer Bob Diamond from leading his wildly popular tunnel tours. Comment

5 more charter schools

The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

Military spouses get help starting businesses

Starting a business requires cold, hard cash and moral support, both of which are now available to military spouses through a Virginia-based organization. Comment

It’s all free at your BPL: Programs parents should know about

With NYC parents working to save in this tightening economy and managing the costs associated with school supplies, after-school activities and tutors, many are feeling a strain on their wallet and looking for ways to cut corners when it comes to back-to-school expenses. Comment

Heights library open daily

Later this month, a Dyker Heights library will become just one of seven in the borough to be open to the public seven days a week. Comment

Fall festival

Brooklyn’s First Annual Waterfront District Fall Festival, featuring international foods, crafts, and rides, will be held September 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Face front for veteran art: Brooklyn VA puts spotlight on creativity of troops

The Brooklyn Campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System (VANYHHS) is calling for “Veteran-Centric-Art” for a National Poster Project on the Afghanistan/Iraq War. The Veteran Art National Poster Project deadline for submissions of veteran art for the 13”x19” National Afghanistan/Iraq War Poster is September 15, 2008. Comment

Filling a needed Rx for laughter

As summer ends, so goes the summer TV season, which means many favorite shows will go into hibernation for the winter. Comment

Golden backs ‘Dreams’

A local elected official backs a controversial charter school proposal in spite of parents’ opposition. Comment

Health fair

The Block Institute, a non-profit organization serving more than 1,000 developmentally disabled children, adults and their families, will be holding its Fifth Annual Circle of Life Health Fair, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 2214 Stillwell Avenue. Comment

Happy NIA campers shine center stage

Children enrolled in the Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) summer camp program took to the stage last week during a special summertime sendoff. Comment

13th St. says so long to summer

Bay News: The fun went round and round… Comment

Three cheers to the ambulance corps.

Bay News: Saving lives for two decades… Comment

Manor shindigs raise eyebrows: Marty Golden’s spending comes under scrutiny

Bay News: While constituents may have thought he was out of the catering business, a Bay Ridge lawmaker is still managing to pull himself back in. Comment

Last ride is a sad affair

Bay News: Renee Shervington’s grandson Joshua will be five years old this week and thanks to his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, he’ll be able to one day tell friends that he was at Astroland Amusement Park. Comment

300K enough to fix courts, Parks sez

Bay News: Not to worry, New York City Councilman Mike Nelson says, the shuttered Manhattan Beach basketball courts will indeed be rehabilitated. Comment

Marty won’t give up on Dreams: State Senator backs controversial charter school

Bay News: A local elected official backs a controversial charter school proposal in spite of parents’ opposition. Comment

Mill Basin day camp kids mark the end of a special summer in Brooklyn

Bay News: Kids enrolled in the Mill Basin Day Camp traded in their play clothes for elaborate gowns, party duds and carnival masks as they participated in the camp’s annual black tie gala, highlighting the end of another successful summer. Comment

62nd Pct. meeting

Bay News: The 62nd Precinct Community Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m., September 16 at the stationhouse, Bath Avenue & Bay 22nd Street. Comment

More parents, less mayor: Many go for changes in school governance

Bay News: It’s time for Community Education Councils (CEC) to finally have a real say in school matters, group members asserted. Comment

Jealousy & swastikas

Bay News: It began with a girl, and ended in an 11-month-stint in prison. Comment

Hands off my seat! Extend term limits, sez beep

Bay News: Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

Bus stop feuding

Bay News: I take exception to your one-sided reporting “Bus stop mystery solved.” Comment

Add five more charter schools

Bay News: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

CB12 meet

Bay News: Community Board 12 will meet on September 23 at 7 p.m. at the Amico Senior Center, 5901 13th Avenue. Comment

Court tosses out gay challenge: Ruling is a loss for Brooklyn senator

Bay News: A court ruled this week that Governor David Paterson had every right to demand that state agencies begin acknowledging gay marriages that were performed legally outside New York. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Bay News: Judge shoots down NYPD suit Comment

Doggone waste of cash

Bay News: I want to thank Tom Tracy for the insightful article in your August 21 issue, describing how just two Manhattan Beach residents have gotten a $150,000 pledge from Councilman Mike Nelson to spend unnecessarily. Comment

62nd St. takes the party outside

Bay News: “Why don’t you come by and sit awhile?” Comment

New effort to firm up middle: 14 Brooklyn schools take part in launch of ‘Success’ campaign

Bay News: The middle school makeover continues. Comment

Stormy skies shut down pkwy

Bay News: While the whistling wind drowned out the sound of a tree cracking in half off the Belt Parkway, the curses from stranded motorists were loud and clear Saturday afternoon, officials said. Comment

Stinky first day

Bay News: Upon arriving at school for a new academic year, the children of PS 207 had to walk past piles of trash left in front of the Kimball Street entrance. Comment

Sea Rise demands more security: Many feel unsafe after man is lured into building and shot dead

Bay News: The recent killing of a man lured to the Sea Rise apartments in Coney Island has residents of the complex demanding more security guards. Comment

Sunset Park Street Festival

Bay News: The Sunset Park BID will be hosting its annual 15-block Street Festival September 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Fifth Avenue from 44th to 59th streets. Comment

S’head Bay couple marries on the beach: Coney Island plays host to outdoor nuptials of pastor and his lady love

Bay News: Coney Island is a destination for thrilling amusement rides, classic hot dogs and, apparently, weddings. Comment

The first day of school

Bay News: Senator Carl Kruger visited two borough schools — PS 195 and Roy H. Mann IS 78 — on the first day of school to greet students and teachers and wish them well in the new academic year. Comment

20th Annual Hoban Run

Bay News: The 20th Annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Five-Mile Memorial Run will be held September 21, 10:30 a.m. at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road in Bay Ridge. Comment

Search for missing man

Bay News: State Senator Carl Kruger is seeking the community’s help in locating a Brooklyn senior citizen who has been missing since the evening of September 4. Comment

Run, Jo Jo run!

Bay News: Re: Re: “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono. Comment

New Utrecht reunion

Bay News: New Utrecht High School’s Class of 1958 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary reunion this year with a buffet dinner and open bar at Sirico’s Caterers, 8015 13th Avenue, October 19 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

New exercise classes

Bay News: The Exercise Studio, Brooklyn’s premier fitness and yoga center, continues its 25th anniversary open house series with a spectacular program for new students only, September 13-14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Comment

NIA summer campers enjoy life at center stage

Bay News: Children enrolled in the Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) summer camp program took to the stage last week during a special summertime sendoff. Comment

Nuthin’ but praise

Bay News: Re: “Barack & Joe and John & Sarah,” “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono, 9-4- issue. Comment

Presidential forum

Bay News: Park Slope Hadassah and Hadassah Brooklyn Region are sponsoring “Find Your Voice: A Political Forum,” at 6 p.m., September 15 at Congregation Beth Elohim, Garfield Place and Eighth Avenue. Comment

Power outage sparks concern in Coney: Infrastructure can’t support new development, says City Council candidate

Bay News: Last week’s blackout on Coney Island lasted only about an hour, but for New York City Council hopeful Brian Gotlieb, it should have been long enough to convince government of the dangers of pushing forward with unsupported new development. Comment

2,765 Newborn babies and counting....

It’s official. Lutheran Medical Center recognizes another 125th anniversary birth — the 2,765th baby born this year. Comment

New fitness classes at the Exercise Studio

The Exercise Studio, Brooklyn’s premier fitness and yoga center, continues its 25th anniversary open house series with a spectacular program for new students only, September 13-14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Comment

Dance auditions

Williamsburg: Auditions for Dancewave’s Kids Company is open to all talented teens, and will take place September 13 and 17, 4:30 p.m. at PS 77, 62 Park Place in Park Slope. Comment

Afro-beat jazz

Williamsburg: Afro Jazz Sundays at Tamboril Restaurant brings live music from African, the Caribbean and Latin traditions woven together with jazz. Comment

Read all about it: Brooklyn Book Festival returns!

Williamsburg: Brooklyn is a literary hub, a destination for aspiring writers by sheer coincidence or simply due to more affordable rates than another writerly beacon, Manhattan. On September 14, more than 150 authors converge upon Borough Hall for the third annual Brooklyn Book Festival, an all-day literary fair featuring those long on the scene and those just new to it. Comment

Join the chorus

Williamsburg: The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, Mark Mangini, conductor, is seeking choral singers. They offer a mixed repertoire of theater and classical music and perform two annual free concerts on the Kingsborough campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in December and May. Comment

Pete Malinverni at the piano

Williamsburg: Catch a solo piano performance by one of New York’s most inventive composers, Pete Malinverni, who is now at Brooklyn’s The River Café at 1 Water Street on the water in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Art in Free Fall at BWAC

Parenting: The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents “Art in Free Fall,” their fall group art show, September 13-October 26, weekends from 1-6 p.m. Brooklyn’s largest exhibition of contemporary art will be shown in the historic Red Hook warehouse that has housed the shows since 1992. Comment

11th Annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree

Williamsburg: A performance by two of the founding members of the New Lost City Ramblers — the highly influential string band that jump-started the folk music revival (some called it the “folk scare”) in the 1950s — will be one of the highlights of the 11th annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree when it returns September 12-14. Comment

Contemplate the depths of ‘Shimmering Matter’

Williamsburg: Get captivated by Christopher Harrington's shimmering matter as it graces the walls of Williamsburg's Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art gallery this fall. Comment

You’re just never too young to be a Brooklyn Cyclones fan

Cyclones players Reese Havens (right), Roy Merritt (center) and Chris Schwinden (left) join their young fans and their parents at the “Baby’s Fist Ballgame” promotion at Keyspan Park. For the special event, the Cyclones provided a stroller valet at the front gates and conducted a “diaper derby” contest between innings. After the game, parents and their budding baseball players brought their strollers right onto the field for a “stroll around the bases.” Comment

‘Cash for Guns’ locked and reloaded

Building on a successful program held recently in the northern part of Brooklyn, cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, working with Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, will be holding a Cash for Guns Day on which people who own illegal guns can bring them to half a dozen churches in the borough and turn them in. Comment

Tunnel tours to continue in winter

Neither rain, hail, sleet nor snow will keep irreverent urban explorer Bob Diamond from leading his wildly popular tunnel tours. Comment

KCC Wave builds on momentum

Last fall the young soccer team from Kingsborough Community College lost in the final of the City University of New York Athletic Conference to the Borough of Manhattan CC. The Wave entered into the Region XV National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, only to lose in the first round to a stronger Nassau CC squad to finish with a 6-8 record. Comment

Olympic siblings bring silver home to Brooklyn

The swashbuckling efforts of two Brooklyn born and bred siblings recently netted each a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics. Comment

Return to the PSAL gridiron: High school action begins anew

Despite the weather not having that fall crisp to it, PSAL football kicked-off last Saturday afternoon with a whole slate of games featuring many Brooklyn teams that have serious title aspirations. Sheepshead Bay, touted as the city’s number one team, got things started as they pummeled neighborhood rivals, Grady, 42-6. Canarsie, last season’s first runner-up, opened their season with a 30-22 victory over New Dorp. Fort Hamilton, starting the Legree-less era, opened their campaign with a nail-biting 21-20 defeat of Wagner. Comment

Playoff campaign fails: Brooklyn misses out on post-season play

For Brooklyn baseball fans, Friday, September 5, 2008 will forever be known as Black Friday. Comment

Cast your line in with the Fishermen of Sheepshead Bay

Parenting: As they were wont to do, friends Christian Johnston and Shamar Hill would go to a pier in Sheepshead Bay and fish. Well, Johnston would fish and Hill would just hang out. Comment

Howard Hawks retrospective

Parenting: BAMcinématek presents “Hawks,” September 15-30, a 16-film retrospective of director Howard Hawks featuring genre classics and rare films including “Scarface” (1932), “Ball of Fire” (1947), “The Big Sleep” (1946), “The Big Sky” (1952), “The Road to Glory” (1936) and “Tiger Shark” (1932). Comment

‘Spirited’ clown performances

Parenting: The Brick Theater, Inc. presents “A Glass Of Wine,” as part of The 3rd Annual New York Clown Theatre Festival. The show was created and is performed by Daniel Forlano. Comment

‘Running into walls’

Parenting: What would you do if your daily routine were interrupted by mortality, the ultimate interruption? How far would you go to fulfill a promise? Is a eulogy for oneself called a melogy? Even in faraway Portland, Oregon, they struggle with these imponderables. Comment

‘Minstrel Show 2008’ starts with reception

Parenting: Gallery on Dean (inside the restaurant Tavern on Dean) begins its fifth season with a provocative exhibit, “The Minstrel Show 2008,” a large solo show of paintings and drawings by Bed-Stuy resident Lasharn Yamel Cupid. Comment
BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE

Power up at Fitness Zone Plus

Williamsburg: When we were kids, we played stickball, hopscotch, and games like “May I Take a Giant Step?” Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: It’s a new season…well, almost – time to make a fresh start and scrap old bad habits. It’s the perfect time, in other words, to start becoming a savvy consumer. It’s a perfect time to start comparison shopping. It’s a perfect time to become a bargain hunter. It’s the perfect time to start a relationship with your friendly neighborhood Consumer Corner. Let’s take a look at what’s out there this week. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Honor America on September 11

Perspective: Today is the anniversary of – to borrow a phrase – a day that will live in infamy. I ask you now to stop and take half a minute out of your busy schedule to say a prayer for the families, […] Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

9/11 victims should not have died in vain

Perspective: Seven years ago this week, Muslim terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial jets, flew two of them into the World Trade Center, rammed the third into the Pentagon and crashed the fourth in a field in pastoral Somerset County, Pennsylvania – leaving close to 3,000 people dead by lunchtime on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Comment

‘Fall’ into the best street fests in town

Parenting: The autumn street fairs held across the borough not only provide an afternoon of family fun, but also offer a unique perspective on the communities in which they occur. Comment

Tune into ‘Red Hook High’

Parenting: Dance Theatre Etcetera, a community-based arts organization in Red Hook, announces that “Red Hook High,” a new independent television pilot produced and directed by filmmaker and Dance Theatre Etcetera board member Trac Minh Vu, has been selected to premiere at the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition. Comment

Make this ‘Crossing’

Parenting: The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) presents the first major New York solo exhibition by British artist Sarah Beddington. “Crossing” is a site-specific, mixed media installation responding to DAC’s ship-like interior and past maritime activity of the waterfront neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn. Comment

Just a’ fiddlin’ and a’ pickin’

Parenting: Flat picks and hot licks are on tap as Virginia sends its best fiddlers and pickers to Brooklyn on September 14 at 7 p.m. Comment

Monk parakeet safari

Parenting: Brooklynites are used to seeing pigeons and the occasional seagull flying through their skies. It may be surprising to hear that the borough also has a significant parrot population. Comment

New Hub home

Parenting: After a dramatic year-long renovation, Spoke the Hub Dancing (STH) introduces the community to its new space and to a new roster of movement and arts classes for the whole family. Comment

Tillie’s is terrific in September – come down!

Parenting: Tillie’s of Brooklyn welcomes the month with a host of new shows. Comment

Portraits of powerful NYC personalities

Parenting: An extraordinary collection of rarely-seen, classical portraits of leading figures from New York’s art world, taken from 1981 to 1990, will be exhibited in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, September 18-October 26. There is an opening reception September 18 from 6-9 p.m. Comment

Shot dead on Douglass St.: Night watchman is slain on the job; cops hunt for suspects

Cops are pulling out all the stops in their search for the man who killed a security guard as he manned his post at a city-owned pool, officials said. Comment

Rescuers save tangled fowl: Seabird gets on the wrong end of a fish hook

Sometimes, it takes a village to save one seabird’s life. Comment

Ramadan presents challenges for U.S. forces overseas

According to military officials at the Pentagon the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is one of the most complex periods for coalition forces to conduct operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and being culturally aware of the environment is critically important. Comment

Questions swirl around Golden’s Manor: Catering hall shindigs put spotlight on state senator’s spending habits

While constituents may have thought he was out of the catering business, a Bay Ridge lawmaker is still managing to pull himself back in. Comment

Prevent falls

One of the most common causes of accidents inside and outside the home is accidental falling. Comment

Reading bridges the gap for families

Separation has been commonplace, as deployments have remained consistent for soldiers and family members of the 4th Infantry Division. Comment

Sailors stays sharp as combat barbar

In a perfect world, military personnel on deployment always would be assigned to jobs within their specialties. But it’s not a perfect world, and some sailors assigned to provincial reconstruction teams, PRT, are serving in general service positions, meaning prior military training is not required. Comment

Sgt. of Song: NCo sings for comrades

Sgt. Victor Cole, began his singing career by singing gospel music at his local church in Indianapolis when he was only 4 years old, now at 21, he finds himself on center stage, showing off his vocal abilities. Comment

Senior citizen missing: 85-year-old Alzheimer’s man disappears

State Senator Carl Kruger is seeking the community’s help in locating a Brooklyn senior citizen who has been missing since the evening of September 4. Comment

Pols cheer Ratner

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) netted more than $1 million this past week, during its annual Builder’s Luncheon honoring Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. Comment

PAL kids cap off a season of fun in the sun

Police-community relations wrapped in friendly competition was high on the menu Wednesday as the kids throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South enrolled in the Police Athletic League’s summer program bid a fond farewell to a season filled with fun and games. Comment

New president takes helm at Adelphi

Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn’s oldest private, independent school, in its 146th year, has appointed Dr. Roy J. Blash as its new president. Comment

New market takes shape

Agricultural leaders, provincial government officials, Iraqi security forces and coalition forces recently participated in the Central Euphrates Farmers Market and Agricultural Center Foundation-Stone Ceremony in an open field just north of Kalsu, Iraq. Comment

Night of prayer & worship: Sisters of Visitation host service at Agape Ctr.

Founded by St. Francis de Sales, who was a man for the laity and a man of joy, the Sisters of Visitation shared an evening of prayer and worship with the Agape Center. One Monday each month the Agape Center come together in the Visitation Chapel at Ridge Boulevard & 89th Street to praise God and “to give people an opportunity to experience God’s desire for wholeness of mind, body and spirit.” Comment

Not that dangerous: Brooklyn schools look to shed dubious distinction

If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Registration is open for the September and February programs of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a non-profit organization providing job training and job placement to out-of-school youth 17-21. Comment

Olympians & bros.: Divers don’t let the military separate ‘em

Like two jet fighters in formation, Justin Dumais and his younger brother, Troy, perfectly executed their turns and spins in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Comment

Sunset Park BID street fest

The Sunset Park BID will be hosting its annual 15-block Street Festival September 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Fifth Avenue from 44th to 59th streets. Comment

Man made waterfalls cause problems

The Public Art Fund, which commissioned the New York City Waterfalls, put the wet attractions in the barrel last week and decided to cut back on their hours of operation. Comment

Ikea shuttle bus shake-up on the streets: Dispatchers added to route

The traffic mess spawned by shuttle buses ferrying passengers to Red Hook’s IKEA seems to have cleared – for now. Comment

Forecast for Brooklyn traffic ahead

The good news is that traffic conditions in Brooklyn aren’t forecast to deteriorate—any more than they already have—for the foreseeable future. Comment

Moving off the danger list

If they have their way, several Brooklyn schools will no longer be considered “persistently dangerous.” Comment

On the right track: Feds fund 86th St. station rehab

After years of waiting, Ridgites can finally celebrate the impending renovation of the dilapidated 86th Street subway station. Comment

NYS Beach Cleanup

Thousands of volunteers from local environmental groups, students, scouts, dive clubs, civic organizations, corporations, government agencies, and the general public will participate in a “Volunteer for New York State Beach Cleanup” event, September 20. Comment

Brooklyn’s ‘Survivor’: Beauty is sweet on TV

Actress, pin-up girl, and “Survivor” contestant Jessica “Sugar” Kiper might not be Brooklyn born, but she certainly is borough tested. Comment

Astroland hits ‘eject’ button: Shuttered park spells uncertain future for Coney Island

Astroland’s 45-year-old ride into the space age appears to have finally come to an end on Surf Avenue. Comment

‘Dream World’

Kirk McMillian of Atlanta, on the rise as a new face in an ever-growing community of singer songwriters with his new record “American Dream World,” will be performing September 24 at Spike Hill in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as part of a benefit for his charity Kirk4kids. Comment

‘Buckethead’ bank robber is finally busted: Spat with wife leads to suspect’s ultimate arrest

In the end, it wasn’t his threatening notes or his love of bucket hats that doomed bank robber Richard White. Comment

‘Progress’ reported: Army general sees gains in Iraq

According to Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, deputy commanding general for operations for Multinational Division Center, during a call with military bloggers, improvements in the security situation south of Baghdad have enabled economic and political progress, and the continued development of the Iraqi security forces will advance those gains. Comment

Add five more charter schools to BK

The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

Assault on term limits: Pols look to keep seats

Add Borough President Marty Markowitz to the list of officials asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stake out a definitive position on extending or overturning term limits for all elected city officials. Comment

A new home for Khalil Gibran: Academy debuts inside P.S. 287

The Khalil Gibran International Academy has a new home but who knows for how long. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Music, Schmusic: VMA was a bust

Perspective: This past Sunday was a bright spot for me and my husband because my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and family threw us a lovely anniversary party. Nothing fancy, just backyard, pool and good food. We had a great time and then, as we usually do, after coffee and cake, we parked ourselves in front of the TV, talked and surfed the many channels of not much of anything to watch and hoped for something — anything— decent to pop up on the screen. Comment

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