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Page 1: This week’s print version of The Brooklyn Paper is yet another collector’s edition, featuring exclusives (like Mike McLaughlin’s story on Long Island College Hospital), great news stories (like Sarah Portlock’s story about a smokey new hotel Downtown) and all the other features (Smartmom! Calendars! Police blotters!) that you get every week in Brooklyn’s real newspaper. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Bring the noize! Big rap party on Heights pier

Bridge ‘Park’: Pier 3 along the Brooklyn Heights waterfront will play host to a massive block party on Saturday night — but residents in the quiet hilltop community nearby are already complaining about the noise. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: A key — and much-hyped — design element of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park development that would have created Boardwalk-like promenades over the East River has been quietly abandoned by state officials who deemed it harmful to aquatic life. Comments (5)

Team coverage: The 2nd presidential debate!

Politics: On Tuesday night, tens of millions of Americans watched the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain. With that many people engaged in something so big, you can be sure that The Brooklyn Paper’s “Best Community Newspaper Political Team in the Whole Darn Business” was out on the beat, watching the debate, too. Here is our exclusive full-team coverage. Comment
Mean Streets: The public has spoken: Grand Army Plaza should be completely transformed to once again connect it to Prospect Park, bury Flatbush Avenue underneath a land bridge, and make pedestrians, not cars, the dominant users. Comments (3)

LICH cash woes came on so quickly

Cobble Hill: A 2006 audit of the Cobble Hill hospital was rosy. Twelve months later, the scenario was dire. Is the hospital’s management company being straight with us? Comment
Mean Streets: The scene of a biker’s death has become macabre memorial — a lasting reminder of the mean streets that claimed his life. Comments (2)

Let go my momo

Let go my momo

Dining: So a Tibetan restaurant has opened in Ditmas Park, prompting at least one important question: What is Tibetan food? Comments (2)

Feliz viaje!

Event: It’s the end of the vine for Feliz Red. The popular red table wine — a 2005 vintage created exclusively by Park Slope liquor store Red, White and Bubbly — has sold out. Your last chance to get a bottle is this Thursday. Comment

B-I-N-G-O!

Event: When the economy tanks, what else is there to do but play Bingo? That’s how Spencer Rothschild explained the new “Bingo Night” at his popular Barrio restaurant on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comments (1)

‘Railway’ history no longer underground

Downtown plan: At long last, Brooklyn will soon get its own Abolition trail, thanks to a just-announced $3-million project to commemorate the borough’s rich history in the battle against slavery. Comment
Mean Streets: Merchants and pedestrians on Myrtle Avenue are calling for the city to fix a hazardous stretch that forces straphangers to straddle a narrow median between two lanes of traffic while they wait for buses. Comment

Nu Hotel’s growing pains

Nu Hotel’s growing pains

Downtown: Overnight residents at the Nu Hotel on Smith Street are dealing with two unwanted guests: bus exhaust and unwanted guests. Comments (2)

They’re Dugan it!

They’re Dugan it!

Brooklyn Heights: Ice-cream socializing. Comment

Our exclusive family calendar

Parenting: Here it is: All the fun you could be having with you and your kids. Comments (2)

Civic calendar

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

Spiked! Lee won’t make movies, just ads, in DUMBO

DUMBO: It turns out that filmmaker Spike Lee will not be making Hollywood magic in DUMBO after all. Comments (1)

A salt of the earth!

Finally, we have proof: The New York City Waterfalls is a tree-killing monster! Comments (3)
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It’s Mike’s 1-year anniversary! A video tribute

Podcast: Senior Reporter Mike McLaughlin is marking his one-year anniversary at The Brooklyn Paper today, Oct. 8. In this exclusive video, he looks back on the great stories he covered with his boss, Editor Gersh Kuntzman. Comment

This stabbing is vicious

Williamsburg: A mugging was nearly fatal when a vicious crook stabbed a 26-year-old woman with a steak knife so roughly that the blade broke off inside her on Oct. 2. Comments (3)
Park Slope: How did developer Shaya Boymelgreen get away with commandeering a city park? Well, the city let him, that’s how. Comments (3)

Meet the new farmers

Vox Pop: A Saturday Greenmarket is blooming in Bay Ridge, offering grocery-starved neighbors a satiating solace after the shuttering of a beloved Key Food. Here’s a breakdown of the farmers and food purveyors who will be hawking their wares at the corner of Third Avenue and 95th Street from 8 am until 5 pm every Saturday until December. Comments (1)

Baking it up for Barack

Park Slope: Brooklyn backed Barack by baking brownies. Comments (1)
Politics: Brownstone Brooklyn pols in city and state government are on the front lines of the battle to stop Mayor Bloomberg from getting a third term — but their motives might have as much to do with their own political ambition as it does with civic virtue. Comments (5)

BBQ on the BQE

BBQ on the BQE

Mean Streets: Traffic was finally back to normal this morning, almost 18 hours after a truck exploded in a collision in the Queens-bound lanes on the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway underneath Columbia Heights. Comment

It’s fare game

Dining: The proof is in the pupusa for a beloved Latino food vendor from Red Hook Park whose simple snacks may be named the best street food in the city next week. Comment

Brooklyn goes two the dogs

Brooklyn goes two the dogs

Dining: Meet two men of meat. Comments (3)

Smartmom does some babysitting

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, everyone’s favorite Park Slope mom finds herself traumatized about the prospect of babysitting for her 4-year-old niece. Comments (1)

Save the date: DDDB walkathon as Yards looks shaky

Atlantic Yards: The annual walkathon to raise money to fight Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development is going undercover — under cover of darkness, that is. Comment
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Merritt’s Monday Minute!

Art: Our correspondent, Merritt Gurley, headed to DUMBO last week for the Art Under the Bridges festival to figure out the age-old question, “What is art?” Along the way, she meets artists, sees finished work and even licks a salt sculpture. Comments (1)

One cell of a problem

One cell of a problem

Bay Ridge: One woman can’t seem to escape Verizon’s cellphone antennas. Comments (7)
Boy, there’s something about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that Brooklynites want to openly mock. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Canarsie: Teen stabbed Comment

‘Wheel’ big anxiety: Truck cargos spark concern

Bay News: Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

Salvatore Alba dies

Bay News: Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment

P.S. 229 strikes a new chord: Former music teacher named assistant principal

Bay News: A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment

Many give a hoot about stinky Owls Head plant: Persistent odors cause slew of complaints

Bay News: Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment

LICH: Answering the call since 1858: Emergency care since horse & buggy days

Bay News: What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment

Forecast on Brooklyn congestion

Bay News: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Demo permit for Green Church: Venerable house of worship faces destruction

Bay News: It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment

A little too close for comfort: Residents sound alarm over Shore Road cell phone antennae

Bay News: The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment

Youth hockey scores for fallen heroes: Patches campaign benefits U.S. families of the deceased

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

77-year-old tries to write off fortune in sex

Doing your taxes is rarely an arousing activity. Comment

‘Lost tunnel’ in business for another 10 big years: City renews permit for popular underground tour

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

‘Green Your School’ contest launched: Elementary and middle school kids invited to take part in competition

Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment

2008 ‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon: The triumph of recovery over substance abuse

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

‘Dreams’ die in Brooklyn: Controversial charter school proposal put on the shelf

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Trader Joe’s debuts: Trendy grocer opens Brooklyn outlet

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Tools for combat–and marriage: For soldiers, communication is key in both scenarios

“Communication saves lives on the battlefield. It saves marriages, too.” Comment

Third Avenue Festival is here

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Stars & stripes fly over 9/11 site

As darkness fell over the nation’s capital, about 200 volunteers busily posted nearly 3,000 full-sized American flags near the site of the Pentagon Memorial to be officially dedicated on the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Comment

Rob out, Vito in?

There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment

Remembering 9/11 overseas

More than 300 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians gathered at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against America. Comment

Prosperity over insurgency

The Iraqi-Based Industrial Zone initiative is helping 14 Iraqi-owned businesses — six of them industrial and eight retail — operating on Q-West. Comment

Neighbors in community care: Cobble Hill Health Ctr., LICH celebrate

Cobble Hill Health Center hosted a reception for its neighbor in care, Long Island College Hospital, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment

Military Family of the Year

A positive attitude and giving back to their community has earned a Colorado Springs, Colo., family the National Military Family Association’s title of 2008 Family of the Year. Comment

Many give a hoot about stinky ‘Owl’

Residents are still making a stink about the odors emanating from the Owls Head water treatment plant. Comment

Make way for the William McKinley Junior high school extension project

State Senator Martin J. Golden, a member of the State Senate Education Committee, joined IS 259 Principal Janice Geary, District 20 Superintendent Karina Costantino, District 20 Community Education Council President Laurie Windsor, and local elected officials in the ceremonial construction groundbreaking of the extension to be built in the school yard of William McKinley Junior High School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Comment

Maimonides in Top Ten

American Rights at Work Education Fund, in its Annual Labor Day List of notable employers, designated Maimonides Medical Center among its 2008 Top Ten, in recognition of the hospital’s partnership with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR). Comment

Increased security for Jewish holidays: Cops step up patrols around religious sites

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Haunted Hotel

Halloween comes early this year for New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech) Gravesend Inn — a Haunted Hotel. The general public may “check in” to this theme park-quality attraction October 16 and continue doing so through October 31, at the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

From the pulpit to the kitchen

There are many reasons why someone chooses to join the army, either to take advantage of the educational opportunities, job security, or fulfill patriotic duty. There are even those that come from another country and enlist. Comment

Demo permit for Green Church

It’s end times for the Green Church. Comment

Commerce bank opens latest branch

“America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment

Canine crowd to vie for glory in Doggie Olympics

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Bumper-to-bumper future: Borough Hall hosts workshop on congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar: Coveted grant provides for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment

Blue Ribbon winner

US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that St. Bernadette School in Dyker Heights will be one of only 320 schools in the entire country awarded the highly regarded No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon distinction. To qualify for this honor a school must either show dramatic gains in the achievement of their students or be judged as academically superior by the US Department of Education. Comment

BK stickball

All are invited to play stickball with the Brooklyn Stickball Old Timers, celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, at 1 p.m., September 27 on 80th Street between Third & Fourth avenues in Bay Ridge. Comment

Bay Ridge welcomes back masked tots: Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to neighborhood streets once more

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

Bad vibes on Shore Road: Residents decry installation of cell towers

The latest front of the cell tower wars is at Shore Road and 87th Street. Comment

A working summer for some: Prep students analyze results of public school study

Under the tutelage of Sociology and Criminal Justice Professor Emily Horowitz, four New York City students from the Prep for Prep Program and two additional student volunteers from Bronx public high schools spent the summer analyzing research for a study on public school utilization and overcrowding that Dr. Horowitz will be publishing later in the fall. Comment

Artist draws a ‘ray of hope’

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

Advancing medicine on Pike’s Peak: Military research occuring a stone’s throw away from bustling tourist spot

Looming in the distant skyline in Colorado Springs, Pike’s Peak is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors on its 14,110-foot summit each year. Comment

‘Wheel’ anxiety on the road

Bay News: Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

‘Green Your School’

Bay News: Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment

‘Dynamite’ walk-a-thon

Bay News: To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

West 23rd street revels in summer finale

Bay News: Neighbors – among them local track star Anthony Killiebrew – shared the last rays of summer by uniting for a block party in Coney Island. Comment

Wanted: ‘Miracle’ worker: Hope fading fast to resurrect Astroland for 2009

Bay News: “It’ll take a miracle.” Comment

Underground tours for another 10 years: Permit granted to Diamond’s ‘Lost Tunnel’

Bay News: The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

T-shirt design

Bay News: Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment

Traffic fear and loathing: Forecast on congestion

Bay News: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Trader Joe’s set to open: Trendy grocer makes its Brooklyn debut this week

Bay News: Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Thor lashes out: Developer denies any plans to let Coney lie fallow

Bay News: Coney Island’s largest outdoor amusement property owner this week ripped into the person charged with spearheading the city’s massive rezoning of the area. Comment

Tall salute to a terrific trio: 61st Pct. cops credited with busting woman’s attackers

Bay News: The quick arrest of four teenage goons that robbed an elderly woman in Manhattan Beach was credited to the actions of three fast-thinking police officers named “Cops of the Month” last week. Comment

Stepped-up patrols for Jewish holidays: Cops to increase security around Brooklyn religious institutions

Bay News: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

St. Edmund Prep freshmen off and running

Bay News: The freshmen successfully completed their first week at Saint Edmund Preparatory High School. Comment

Silver star celebrates 40 years of service

Bay News: While other mom-and-pop businesses are folding faster than you can say “mozzarella balls,” one local family-owned grocery store is living high on the hog – and even expanding after 40 years in the food industry. Comment

Sal Alba, baker, 87: Innovator took pride in every cannoli

Bay News: Salvatore Alba, whose popular Bensonhurst bakery shop counted Donald Trump and Frank Sinatra as customers, died September 17 at the Sunrise Assisted Living at Sheepshead Bay. He was 87 years old. Comment

Race for 13th takes new turns: Straniere turns down judgeship to run

Bay News: There’s never a dull moment in the race to succeed Vito Fossella in Congress. Comment

P.S. 229 is in tune with newest AP

Bay News: A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment

Prepping for a hurricane

Bay News: Summer is over but hurricane season isn’t. Comment

Parenting workshops

Bay News: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presents the Brooklyn Parents Academy, which will be holding two workshops at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street between Court & Adams streets. Comment

No wiggle room

Bay News: Traffic along 60th Street between Bay Parkway and 21st Avenue was halted temporarily Thursday after a bus ended up jammed into a small common driveway between two buildings. Witnesses told police that the school bus was making a U-turn on 60th Street just after 9:30 a.m. on September 18 when the driver lost control. The driver said that his brakes locked, although police said that they found skid marks at the scene. As fate would have it, the driver navigated the bus into a residential driveway, but not before smashing through a resident’s front yard. Police said that no one was injured in the street or on the bus, which was empty. Comment

New way to turn youngsters on to history

Bay News: History is interesting, sure. But, from a kid’s perspective, is it really fun? Taught as a muddle of dates, tangled with the names of people long dead, is there anything for youngsters to connect to, to keep them coming back for more? Comment

New DM at helm of CB11

Bay News: In a “bittersweet” celebration, Community Board 11 welcomed a new district manager and bid farewell to the man who held the position for 31 years. Comment

Nearly 5 percent jump in felonies

Bay News: While crime dipped slightly over the summer, cops in Coney Island and Brighton Beach are still trying to get a handle on the nearly five percent crime jump that residents have suffered through over the past nine months. Comment

Museum uncoils something new

Bay News: Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits. Comment

MBNA, News 12 tangle for charity

Bay News: Big-hearted waterfront activists took to the field and emerged winners when they squared off against the local press during a benefit softball game in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Hot ideas and feuds

Bay News: Manhattan Beach Community Group President [MBCG] Ira Zalcman has big dreams of transforming the Manhattan Beach Bathhouse into a solar power plant capable of powering the entire community, but the hottest thing on the group’s agenda this week continues to be the future of the Beachside Security Patrol. Comment

Hoban runners hit the asphalt

Bay News: John Pollina’s debut in the 20th annual Police Officer Christopher Hoban Memorial 5-mile run was a complete success this past Sunday in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Green-Wood fundraiser Oct. 3

Bay News: The Green-Wood Historic Fund will hold its first annual fundraiser, October 3 from 6-9:30 p.m., to support the array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street. Comment

From buggies to sirens: LICH emergency service

Bay News: What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment

Family first: Batchelder Street is fun for all

Bay News: A special child-size choo-choo train guided residents of the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses to their annual Family Day block party on Batchelder Street between avenues W and X recently. Comment

Dream ends for new school

Bay News: A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Crooks target teens with cell phones

Bay News: Now that school’s back in session, teen-on-teen crime is in full effect. Comment

Commerce opens latest Brooklyn branch

Bay News: “America’s most convenient bank” arrived with fanfare when industry officials joined area dignitaries to celebrate the grand opening of a new Commerce Bank in Dyker Heights. Comment

Brooklyn gal a Gates Millennium Scholar: Fund pays for entirety of Richaela Primus’ higher education

Bay News: Richaela Primus, a 2008 graduate of Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) is one of 1,000 students honored with a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) award. Primus was selected from a candidate pool of more than 13,000 high school students nationwide from the ninth to 12th grade. The coveted scholarship is noteworthy because it funds the tuition of each recipient’s entire course of higher education, from undergraduate through Ph.D. work. Comment

BK street enjoys a bevy of block party fun

Bay News: Block party madness hit Gerritsen Beach with the force of one of those big hammer-shaped balloons last week as residents of Bevy Court between Channel and Devon avenues held a special last summer blast celebration with all the trimmings. Comment

And the survey sez...DOT to deliver results of traffic-light study

Bay News: Manhattan Beach won’t have to wait much longer to find out if it’s going to get a new traffic light on Oriental Boulevard. Comment

A better way to evacuate local kids: ‘Safe Spaces’ provides reassuring environment for children during crisises

Bay News: Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comments (1)
Art: Our critic takes on the massive Gilbert and George retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment
Mean Streets: Skateboarders are leading a push to turn a Boerum Hill park into a sanctuary for their gnarly tricks as an alternative to Brooklyn’s mean streets — but their dreams of “carving up the bowl” aren’t likely to happen unless someone comes up with some big bucks. Comments (2)

‘Metal head’ robs church: Six 9/11 memorial plaques stolen

Williamsburg: Two additional bronze plaques have been stolen from a local church as police are still investigating a series of scrap metal thefts in the northern sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg near Meeker and Morgan avenues. Comment

Writer provides ray of hope for artist: Brooklynite hosting benefit on Oct. 4 for illustrator battling rare form of cancer

Williamsburg: Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

Up on the roof: carrots & peppers: Students at PS 257 development rooftop garden through United Nations program

Williamsburg: Thanks to the school’s participation in a worldwide United Nations food and educational program, an otherwise drab roof area on P.S. 257 (60 Cook Street) is now home to an unlikely garden sprouting carrots, peppers and basil in the middle of a neighborhood notoriously deprived of fresh produce. Comment

Trucking into the Book of World Records

Williamsburg: Ready, set, start your engines, please. An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks […] Comment

Traffic fear & loathing: Transportation officials give forecast on congestion

Williamsburg: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Taking a stand for equal rights

Williamsburg: Holding posters that said “Equal Rights Now” and “Love Makes a Family,” more than a dozen members of Revolution Church NYC held a vigil for local residents to speak up for equal rights in the LGBT community last week. Comment

Schoolfest draws over 2,000 locals: Families explore their area education options at first annual school festival

Williamsburg: More than 50 Greenpoint and Williamsburg schools, day care centers, and after-school programs partook in the first annual Schoolfest, a fun-filled event designed to promote and celebrate these area educational options. Comment

Republican looks to shake things up: Gay Senate candidate could draw votes from BK’s Daniel Squadron

Williamsburg: Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment

Pedestrians reclaim the streets

Williamsburg: If you thought those three lush strips of sod in the middle of Bedford Avenue last Friday were an incongruous but pleasing site, well, that was the point. Comment

New homes for seven lucky felines: Empty Cages Collective holds successful kitten adoption event at the Beehive Salon

Williamsburg: Last Saturday, some of Williamsburg’s cutest kittens gathered in the backyard area of the Beehive Salon and Downtime Spa (115 N. 7th Street). They were the showcased items of a kitten adoption event put on by Empty Cages Collective, a local animal advocacy group. Comment

Making strides against HIV/AIDS: Activists march across Brooklyn Bridge to urge pols to work towards ending disease

Williamsburg: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

Locals get green thumbs: New community garden in South Williamsburg marked

Williamsburg: South Williamsburg residents celebrated the opening of a new community garden last Friday as the neighborhood traded an unsightly vacant lot for a much-needed touch of green. Comment

Jewish New Year coming: Locals prepare for Rosh Hashanah with Torah dedication, march

Williamsburg: With only days remaining before Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Lee Avenue bustled with members of Williamsburg’s Hasidic community celebrating the dedication of a new Torah and shopping for supplies to prepare for the upcoming high holidays. Comment

Hockey helping heroes: Bklynite raises money for soldiers’ families with patches

Williamsburg: It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Brooklyn resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

From Brooklyn to Iraq: Local doctor attends medical teaching conference

Williamsburg: Patricia Kavanagh, MD, assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, was one of two US-based physicians traveling to Al-Anbar Province in Iraq this summer to participate in a medical teaching conference for the benefit of Iraqi healthcare workers. This was the first such conference in Anbar since 2003, the province having been the site of major violence until recently. Comment

Everything but pie at this apple contest

Williamsburg: Pie was definitely not the apple of the eye when the Brooklyn Kitchen held a benefit contest, aptly entitled, “Apples: Anything But Pie.” Comment

Cops prepare for Jewish holy days

Williamsburg: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

BK historian receives ‘genius’ distinction: Nancy Siraisi 1 of 8 New Yorkers named a MacArthur Fellow

Williamsburg: Park Slope resident Nancy Siraisi has received armfuls of accolades over her long academic career, but last week was a new one: genius. Comment
BURG ‘N’ POINT

From artsy jewerly to the healing arts: Greenpointer Lisa Levine does a career 180 with the start of her new yoga studio

Williamsburg: This Sunday a jewelry store in the rough of East Williamsburg will be selling its last gems, so to speak. Lisa Levine Jewelry, located at 536 Metropolitan Avenue, is closing up shop after two years of selling designer necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings. Levine’s flair for mixing animal elements like feathers and quills into her pieces landed her collections in fashion mags Elle, Lucky and Marie Claire, to name a few. Comment

Commitments looking for a repeat: Brooklyn Kickball league defending champions head into semifinals at McCarren Park

Under the harsh lights of McCarren Park field this past Sunday, the defending champion Commitments outlasted the third-seeded New Frontiersman, taking two of three games from their plaid shirt-outfitted opponents in the nightcap of the day’s quarterfinal matches of the Brooklyn Kickball league. Comment

‘Fix’ is in at 202 Franklin: Landlord to put up bond for repairs

Greenpoint: A crucial step toward returning tenants into their former building at 202 Franklin Street in Greenpoint was taken in Housing Court in downtown Brooklyn last Friday, as a judge issued a bond order for the landlord to follow to make necessary repairs to the building. Comment

Strides against AIDS: Activists cross Brooklyn Bridge to raise awareness

Greenpoint: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

Remaining after it’s a wrap: Councilman wants to keep post-production work in New York City

Greenpoint: After seeing New York filmmakers leave for neighboring states and Los Angeles to complete their projects, Councilmember David Yassky is proposing additional tax credits to keep post-production work in the city that so many people in the film industry call home. Comment

Museum uncoils something new

Greenpoint: Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits Comment

More 9/11 plaques stolen from churches

Greenpoint: Two additional bronze plaques have been stolen from a local church as police are still investigating a series of scrap metal thefts in the northern sections of Greenpoint and Williamsburg near Meeker and Morgan Avenues. Comment

‘Mars’ crash lands on Dean St.

Brooklyn Courier: Traveling through time… Comment

Spike in auto thefts

Brooklyn Courier: Fort Greene became a motorized mecca for car thieves that flocked to the nabe last week, taking seven vehicles off area streets, police said. Comment

Shopping Trader Joe’s Brooklyn aisles: Inside the hotly anticipated shop

Brooklyn Courier: The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs — bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s — marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment

Scary good fun at your local library

Brooklyn Courier: Ghost and goblins beware, Brooklyn Public Library offers programs and activities that are sure to scare. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise notes. Comment

New era for Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Courier: The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment

More security for Jewish holidays: Police to step up patrols around religious sites

Brooklyn Courier: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Local doc goes on Iraq mission: Physician helps teach Iraqi health care workers

Brooklyn Courier: Patricia Kavanagh, MD, assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, was one of two US-based physicians traveling to Al-Anbar Province in Iraq this summer to participate in a medical teaching conference for the benefit of Iraqi healthcare workers. This was the first such conference in Anbar since 2003, the province having been the site of major violence until recently. Comment

Jeers for privatization

Brooklyn Courier: Judi Francis thinks that the residents of downtown Brooklyn have been cheated out of a park. Comment

Fight over a car-free Prospect Park

Brooklyn Courier: Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment

Economy be damned! Full speed ahead with Atlantic Yards, Beep sez

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s top elected official last week said the softening economy is all the more reason why Forest City Ratner Companies’ proposed Atlantic Yards project should get underway. Comment

Cross-prognosis for LICH: Corporation, staff feud over how to save it

Brooklyn Courier: As the 150-year old Long Island College Hospital teeters on the brink of possible closure, the institution’s corporate parent and the medical staff remain at odds on how to save the facility. Comment

Celestial celebration at GaP

Brooklyn Courier: Spirited boroughites flocked to Grand Army Plaza to view an astronomical wonder as it crossed the skies – at exactly 6:23 p.m. Comment

AIDS activists call on candidates to do more

Brooklyn Courier: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

‘Green Your School’ contest

Brooklyn Courier: Councilmember Bill de Blasio announced the commencement of the “Green Your School” contest, co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The contest invites all District 39 elementary and middle school students to submit a one-page essay on the best way to make their school more environmentally friendly or “green.” Comment

Turmoil for Kings County Dems: ‘We need better leadership than this,’ says committee rep

Brooklyn Courier: Tensions simmered at the Kings County Democratic Meeting at St. Francis College (180-182 Remsen Street) in downtown Brooklyn this past Monday as newly elected members of the party’s County Committee were repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to introduce new motions, fill vacancies and create additional committees within the party structure. Comment

Truckin’ to a new world’s record

Brooklyn Courier: An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks chugged across Queens and Brooklyn in […] Comment

Solemn salute to war heroes

Brooklyn Courier: The ultimate sacrifice of Brooklyn patriots was recalled during a memorial service presented by Corrigan-Kiernan Memorial Post 8160 in Windsor Terrace. Comment

Shopping Trader Joe’s aisles

Brooklyn Courier: The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs — bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s — marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment

Rehab for Atlantic Avenue viaduct

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

Playing the blame game: Agencies duck rap for missed signals

Brooklyn Courier: Sometimes, late isn’t better than never. Comment

Muddled ‘treatment’ for LICH: Hospital staff and corporate parents at odds

Brooklyn Courier: As the 150-year old Long Island College Hospital teeters on the brink of possible closure, the institution’s corporate parent and the medical staff remain at odds on how to save the facility. Comment

Mounting challenge to DOE power

Brooklyn Courier: It is “critically important” that parents join the citywide discussion on the future of school governance, according to a local parents’ group. Comment

Heightened security measures: Cops increase patrols around Jewish institutions

Brooklyn Courier: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

From horse & buggies to tricked out rides

Brooklyn Courier: What makes a neighborhood a good place to live? Friendly people, good schools and — of course — a horse-drawn ambulance stabled right in the community. Comment

First look at ‘Freedom’ designs

Brooklyn Courier: Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment

Cool under fire: Cops chase down dangerous gunman

Brooklyn Courier: For two cops from the 76th Precinct, a simple mechanical error could have been the difference between a September of accolades and a summer of sadness. Comment

Challenge to Squadron

Brooklyn Courier: Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment

BSA defers Oliver decision: Stein attorney seeks more time to review challenges

Brooklyn Courier: A Department of Buildings Stop Work Order against William Stein’s Oliver House development in Carroll Gardens remains in effect this week after the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decided to punt on a ruling that will ultimately determine the project’s fate. Comment

AIDS activists flood Brooklyn Bridge: Urge presidential candidates to take stronger stand on eradicating disease

Brooklyn Courier: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

A bumper-to-bumper future: Workshop forecasts vehicular congestion

Brooklyn Courier: Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Bubble trouble Comment

‘Nowhere’ Park plan: Privatization cheats public, activist sez

Brooklyn Heights: Judi Francis thinks that the residents of downtown Brooklyn have been cheated out of a park. Comment

‘Mars’ crash lands on Dean Street

Brooklyn Heights: The corner of Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights looked like a photo from the disco-crazed 1970s Monday as film crews shot a scene from the new ABC show “Life on Mars.” Vintage cars from the Ford administration (pictured above) added a special touch to the story line, in which a present day detective is thrown back to the 1970s to solve crimes there without modern investigative luxuries like CSI teams. The show, based on a BBC hit, stars Harvey Keitel, Lisa Bonet and “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli. Comment

Viaduct to get makeover

Brooklyn Heights: More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

84th Pct. salutes outstanding cops

Brooklyn Heights: Two cops from the 84th Precinct with a hand—and handcuffs—in two separate arrests this summer were recently recognized for their heady police work. Comment

Stepped-up patrols for Jewish holidays: Police to increase security around Brooklyn religious institutions

Brooklyn Heights: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Shopping at Trader Joe’s: Inside the new Court Street super market

Brooklyn Heights: The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs – bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s – marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment

Parents: DOE needs oversight

Brooklyn Heights: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

New Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Heights: The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment

Mary Madonna on procession through the nabe

Brooklyn Heights: The faithful flocked to the streets to hail their Blessed Mother as the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows got underway in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Local doc goes on Iraqi mission

Brooklyn Heights: Patricia Kavanagh, MD, assistant professor of neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, was one of two US-based physicians traveling to Al-Anbar Province in Iraq this summer to participate in a medical teaching conference for the benefit of Iraqi healthcare workers. This was the first such conference in Anbar since 2003, the province having been the site of major violence until recently. Comment

LICH split over ‘treatment’

Brooklyn Heights: As the 150-year old Long Island College Hospital teeters on the brink of possible closure, the institution’s corporate parent and the medical staff remain at odds on how to save the facility. Comment

Ground zero for foreclosures: Brooklyn homeowners see their American dreams slowly fizzle

Brooklyn Heights: While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

Green City conference at Borough Hall

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn’s going green, and some of the borough’s top eco-experts were on hand to illustrate the point during a Green Brooklyn, Green City Conference at Borough Hall. Comment

Good day sunshine on State Street

Brooklyn Heights: Fall fun was on the menu – not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights – when neighbors jumpstarted the golden season in the sun with a block party along State Street. Comment

Gay GOPer challenges Squadron: John Chromezak runs on reform platform

Brooklyn Heights: Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment

From parking spot to outdoor playpen

Brooklyn Heights: Sustainable Fort Greene took the high road to reclaiming the neighborhood from motorists by transforming a parking spot into an outdoor playpen. Comment

First look at ‘Freedom’: Designs for Underground Railroad memorial unveiled

Brooklyn Heights: Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment

Call for 3-month car ban in park

Brooklyn Heights: Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment

Beep: Full speed ahead with Yards

The borough’s top elected official last week said the softening economy is all the more reason why Forest City Ratner Companies’ proposed Atlantic Yards project should get underway. Comment

AIDS activists on the move: Hundreds march over the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Heights: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

Take back the power

Letters: Our 50 states can save us from federal tyranny. Comment

Rides yes, malls no

Letters: I was at Coney Island recently. It was a beautiful day, and the rides were all going strong. There was a big crowd at Astroland because people had heard that it was to be the last day for the rides. Comment

Now jeers McCain/Palin

Letters: Regarding the letter from Ms. Deb Sugar, we of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the National Organization for Women have no intention of supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. Comment

Drug dealing, USA

Letters: While visiting Brooklyn, I read with interest the well-written article by Helen Klein, “Residents rail against chronic drug dealing.” Comment

Cinematic mess

Letters: I am very disappointed in the quality and content of movies, lately. Comment

Bugged on Second St.

Letters: I have a major mosquito problem in my backyard, which is on Second Street between 6th and 7th avenues. Comment

A ‘wee’ problem

Letters: Re:“Tree advocate boxed out on Clinton Street,” 9-12 issue. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Brooklyn Courier: Domestic disturbance Comment

Youngsters dance for peace

Brooklyn Courier: Thirty young people from National Dance Institute (NDI) performed on September 11, 2008 at the plaza at Rockefeller Center as part of The September Concert. Comment

‘Tear down this wall’: J.J Byrne Pk rehab starts

Brooklyn Courier: Handball players took a forced vacation from J.J. Byrne Memorial Park this week, as workers demolished their courts, all in the name of progress. Comment

Vandals hurt the innocent: Special kids suffer after swings are repeatedly targeted

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

United we stand and march! Campaign trumpets education

Brooklyn Courier: Filling the gap between the education, income and health of New Yorkers was as easy as a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge when United Way of New York City held its “Live United” festival jaunt along the historic viaduct. Comment

Two Brooklynites MacArthur Fellows: Their life’s work exemplifies ‘human spirit’

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope resident Nancy Siraisi has received armfuls of accolades over her long academic career, but last week was a new one: genius. Comment

Traveling through time

Brooklyn Courier: The corner of Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights looked like a photo from the disco-crazed 1970s Monday as film crews shot a scene from the new ABC show “Life on Mars.” Vintage cars from the Ford administration (pictured above) added a special touch to the story line, in which a present day detective is thrown back to the 1970s to solve crimes there without modern investigative luxuries like CSI teams. The show, based on a BBC hit, stars Harvey Keitel, Lisa Bonet and “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli. Comment

7th Street revels in food, family and fun

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope residents took the command with a dollop of joy when they united with neighbors for their annual block party. Comment

12th Street enjoys best of summer

Brooklyn Courier: The onset of autumn had neighbors jumping with joy as they bonded over block party festivities in Park Slope. Comment

6th St. chases traffic, invites good times

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope bopped as block party fever seized homeowners along 6th Street. Comment

Third annual ArtMart 11225

Brooklyn Courier: 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

The market be damned!: Full speed ahead with Atlantic Yards, sez beep

Brooklyn Courier: The borough’s top elected official last week said the softening economy is all the more reason why Forest City Ratner Companies’ proposed Atlantic Yards project should get underway. Comment

Tall salute to nation’s war heroes

Brooklyn Courier: The ultimate sacrifice of Brooklyn patriots was recalled during a memorial service presented by Corrigan-Kiernan Memorial Post 8160 in Windsor Terrace. Comment

Stepped-up security: Cops increase patrols around Jewish institutions

Brooklyn Courier: The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Shuttle revamp: Ikea shakes up free service

Brooklyn Courier: IKEA announced this week that it will amend the daily schedule for its water taxi and shuttle bus services that bring customers to and from its Red Hook superstore. Comment

Role models

Brooklyn Courier: United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Roy L. Austin, headlines a list of outstanding individuals who will be presented with CACNY Role Models of Distinction Awards in October. Comment

Renewable energy

Brooklyn Courier: The 6/15 Green Community Garden will participate in the American Solar Energy Society’s Annual Green Buildings Tour, October 4. Comment

Recycled bike art show

Brooklyn Courier: In participation with the 2008 DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, Recycle-A-Bicycle will host its second annual recycled bike art show and reception, featuring various pieces made by NYC youth, September 26 from 7-10 p.m. at Recycle-A-Bicycle, 35 Pearl Street at the corner of Plymouth Street. Comment

Ready... Set... Start your engines, please

Brooklyn Courier: An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks chugged across Queens and Brooklyn in […] Comment

Pioneering treatment: Help for emphysema sufferers

Brooklyn Courier: Early this year, New York Methodist Hospital began participating in an international clinical trial to investigate an important new, minimally invasive option for people with advanced widespread emphysema. Comment

Parents foment systemic change of DOE: Many call for more oversight and greater voice for moms and dads

Brooklyn Courier: The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

Parents calling for change

Brooklyn Courier: It is “critically important” that parents join the citywide discussion on the future of school governance, according to a local parents’ group. Comment

NYC gridlock

Brooklyn Courier: The New York Transit Museum will present a screening of the documentary “Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock,” October 2 at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion led by Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, Paul Steely White. This evening about sustainability and transportation will take place at the Transit Museum’s subway station home, 130 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It is free to the public. Comment

New on campus

Brooklyn Courier: Bishop Ford High School opened its 2008 school year by welcoming Brother Thomas Barton, OSF as the school’s new Campus Minister. Brother Tom (center) is welcomed by Bishop Ford President, Dr. Raymond Nash (left) and the school’s Chaplain, Fr. Peter Rayder, also the Pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. Bishop Ford High School is located at 500 19th Street in Windsor Terrace. Comment

Museum uncoils something new

Brooklyn Courier: Hizzoner tries to keep his cool as Fantasia, a 20-foot-long Burmese python, makes her slinky entrance at the grand opening of the newly expanded and eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where an $80 million makeover has doubled the archive’s size and boosted its attractions and exhibits Comment

Masked tots to hit the street: Annual Ragamuffin Parade returns to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

Latest budgetary crisis makes parents see red: After dodging $99 million bullet, schools now face loss of $185 million

Brooklyn Courier: Just three months ago, public schools narrowly avoided a $99 million budget cut. Now they could lose $185 million – and Brooklyn parents are fuming. Comment

Katrina stories

Brooklyn Courier: August 29, 2008 marked the third anniversary of the horror that Hurricane Katrina inflicted upon the north-central Gulf Coast. Its devastation is a wound not yet healed and its survivors are the subject of Brooklyn-born Joseph Rodriguez’s fourth powerHouse Book, “Still Here: Stories After Katrina.” In it, he documents the ongoing expressions of hope, perseverance, and suffering in the affected communities. Comment

Internet safety tips

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes hosted an informative Internet safety seminar for parents at Public School 58, 330 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Inside Trader Joe’s aisles: Shopping Court Street’s trendy new supermarket

Brooklyn Courier: The light streaming in from 40-foot-high windows illuminated the shelves of foodstuffs — bags of frozen organic strawberries, bottles of glistening extra virgin olive oil, boxes of Joe Joes and Joe’s O’s — marching down the aisles of Brooklyn’s new Trader Joe’s. Comment

Illustrator given a ray of light: Partnership with Brooklyn writer gives stricken dad hope

Brooklyn Courier: Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

Hockey scores for fallen troops: Patches raise money to help support families of the deceased

Brooklyn Courier: It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

High Holy days

Brooklyn Courier: Twenty- and 30-somethings are invited by Ohel Ayalah to worship with them and hear the shofar during the Jewish High Holidays at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Services are free…just walk in. Comment

Green-Wood makes bid for support

Brooklyn Courier: The Green-Wood Historic Fund will hold its first annual fundraiser, October 3 from 6-9:30 p.m., to support the array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street. Comment

Green Brooklyn, Green City conference

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s going green, and some of the borough’s top eco-experts were on hand to illustrate the point during a Green Brooklyn, Green City Conference at Borough Hall. Comment

Glenn Mohr Chorale

Brooklyn Courier: The Glenn Mohr Chorale, the talented and versatile vocal ensemble, presents performances of the original musical production: “Memorare: Mary Remembers” at 4 p.m., October 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas 249 Ninth Street in Brooklyn (718-768-9471) and 7 p.m., October 19 at Our Lady of the Snows, 258-15 80th Avenue in the Floral Park section of Queens (718-347-6070). Comment

Gay GOPer vies for Senate: John Chromczak runs on reform platform

Brooklyn Courier: Some could call him a walking contradiction. Comment

First look at ‘Freedom’

Brooklyn Courier: Plans for a memorial dedicated to Downtown Brooklyn’s abolitionist and Underground Railroad past were released last week. Comment

Doggie Olympics coming

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Celestial celebration at GAP

Brooklyn Courier: Spirited boroughites flocked to Grand Army Plaza to view an astronomical wonder as it crossed the skies – at exactly 6:23 p.m. Comment

Call for 3-month car ban in Park

Brooklyn Courier: Last week’s teen-inspired march demanding a car-free Prospect Park has created a new push for a three-month pilot program that would finally determine just how traffic would be impacted if the city officially closed off the 585-acre green space to vehicles. Comment

Business seminar

Brooklyn Courier: 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

Blessing of the animals

Brooklyn Courier: FIDO in Prospect Park welcomes all pets and their owners to the annual blessing of the animals at 7:45 a.m., October 4 at Prospect Park. Comment

BK at 35,000 ft.

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Brooklyn Tourism office is partnering with “US Airways Magazine” to provide guidance for a 25-page profile on the borough, to run in the award-winning in flight publication of US Airways, which reaches more than five million affluent business and leisure travelers each month. Comment

Atlantic viaduct rehab

Brooklyn Courier: More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

A special salute

Brooklyn Courier: Cynthia King is being honored by the Women’s Ministry of Flatbush Tompkins Congregational Church, October 3 at Autun’s in Queens, NY. Comment

AIDS activists flood Brooklyn Bridge: Hundreds urge presidential candidates to take stand to end disease

Brooklyn Courier: More than 600 HIV/ AIDS activists marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Wednesday to rally at City Hall urging presidential candidates and city councilmembers alike to work to end the epidemic disease. Comment

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