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Terminated! Biggest loser in Council vote is democracy

Politics: The biggest loser in the City Council vote to rescind term limits was democracy. Click below for our full coverage.
Digital editions: Not to sound snarky, but we’ve done it again! Our print edition — available wherever fine free newspapers are distributed — is jam packed with great stories, including an interview with “Daily Show” star and Park Sloper John Hodgman, full coverage of the disastrous term-limit battle, our Decision 2008 special, a preview of Sunday’s Marathon and, of course, all our comprehensive calendars. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Mike McMahon for Congress

Editorial: Often on Election Day, the voters’ choice boils down to which of the two candidates is the least objectionable. Fortunately, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst voters have a chance to cast their ballots for a worthy candidate for Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 4: Councilman Mike McMahon. Comments (1)

Marathon, man

Event: Neighborhood by neighborhood, we tell you the best places to relax after taking part in the the excruciating task of watching people run! Comment

LICH official speaks!

Checkin’ in with: Our exclusive interview with the head of Long Island College Hospital’s “restructuring” — which critics think will be the death of the 150-year-old hospital. It’s an interview you’ll read nowhere else but The Brooklyn Paper. Comment

Hedge Hodgman

Hedge Hodgman

Books: Author John Hodgman, whose new book, “More Information than You Require,” is out this week, sits down with The Brooklyn Paper to talk about being on TV, his Apple ads and his ascension to minor celebrity status. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: This week, our award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming offers his view on the Council term-limit vote. Comments (1)

Unknown legends! Brooklyn Rocks fest features great unknowns

Music: For a handful of hungry local rockers, the key to indie superstardom might be a classic, high-school-auditorium-style battle of the bands. Comment

Sex, lies and audiotape

Sex, lies and audiotape

Art: They say phone sex is anonymous. But in DUMBO this week, a one-night-only photo exhibition pulls back the covers on the delights of dialing-up. Comments (1)

Ratner no king for queens

Downtown: They’re here, they’re queer — and they’re going to build a place of their own with or without Bruce Ratner’s help! Comment

Tiki your fancy

Dining: Spencer Rothschild has a dream to make the corner of Fifth Avenue and President Street in Park Slope into a “Latin American beach resort.” Comment

City plan not Coney baloney: The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: Our mailbag contained a response from the commissioner of City Planning about our recent Coney Island editorial. We thank her for joining our spirited debate. Comment

Nobody asked me …

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry and mime gives his annual “Nobody asked me, but … ” column. Comments (1)
Atlantic Yards: One of Borough President Markowitz’s top staffers revealed on Monday that the deal to bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn is as much of a sure thing as Shaquille O’Neal is from the foul line. Comments (4)

Goldblum’s in Bay Ridge!

TV: What was this mega-star doing in Bay Ridge? Comment

Fort Greene fest will honor ‘forgotten’ heros

Fort Greene: One Pulitzer Prize-winning author has replaced another as the marquee name on the upcoming centennial for the Prison Ship Martyrs Memorial in Fort Greene Park. Comments (1)
Prospect Heights: If there’s a knock at your door in the next six months from a formally dressed man or woman, don’t assume it’s the Jehovah’s Witnesses — it may be someone from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comment

‘Hollywood’ style

‘Hollywood’ style

Fashion: Finally, Greenpoint is a destination for more than just hot kielbasa. Comments (2)

Final debate for Heights Senate seat

Brooklyn Heights: A Republican candidate for the Brooklyn Heights state Senate seat took his last licks at favored Democratic newcomer Daniel Squadron during a debate on Tuesday night, charging that Squadron is part of the same “Democratic machine” that clogs up legislation in Albany — but Squadron sat quietly, knowing that his general election victory was all but guaranteed when he won the Democratic primary in September. Comment
Downtown: Bucking a citywide trend, Downtown is about to get two new grocery stores. Comments (2)

Ridge crime wave breaks

Bay Ridge: The surge is working! Comments (2)

SRO rises

Park Slope: Developers of a controversial South Slope SRO broke ground this week on a building that will house 48 low-income residents — including formerly homeless individuals and people with mental illnesses — in the midst of a gentrifying neighborhood. Comments (1)

Crash smash!

Crash smash!

Mean Streets: A silver sedan smashed into a real estate office on the corner of 88th Street and Third Avenue on Oct. 25, hospitalizing the driver. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper enhances print edition

The Brooklyn Paper will resume home delivery in several Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods later this month and will deploy newsboxes in strategic on-the-street locations, Publisher Ed Weintrob announced on Thursday. Comments (1)

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment

Our exclusive family calendar!

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

Bill fold! DeBlasio to avoid Marty and run for public advocate instead

Politics: Councilman Bill DeBlasio has abandoned his bid to become the next borough president and will run for public advocate instead — an indication that incumbent Beep, Marty Markowitz, will likely cruise to a third term. Comments (5)
Downtown: A de facto 38th Parallel in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn has emerged along Cadman Plaza East between the federal courthouse and the city’s Office of Emergency Management building. Comments (1)

Five shot in Ft. Greene

Five shot in Ft. Greene

Fort Greene: The two gunmen who killed another man and wounded four bystanders — including an off-duty cop — in a Fulton Street beauty parlor in a classic rubout on Monday afternoon remain at large, cops said on Thursday. Comments (2)

Election special! Debates in two Bay Ridge races

Election special! Debates in two Bay Ridge races

Bay Ridge: Democratic and Republican candidates for a Bay Ridge congressional seat and a Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights assembly seat came to The Brooklyn Paper’s DUMBO offices seeking our endorsement. Click below to watch videos of the two debates.

Revolution blues

Revolution blues

Theater: Our reviewer is shell-shocked by how bad the new play at The Brick Theater is. Comments (2)
Cobble Hill: Santo Matarazzo, who lived on the same Carroll Gardens block since arriving from Italy in the 1950s — and then set about fixing the neighborhood brownstone by brownstone — died on Oct. 23 of cancer. The sculptor, artist, handyman, landlord and beloved neighbor was 79. Comments (6)

Holy Moses! Rabbi and CEO have Wall Street fix

Books: A Brooklyn Heights rabbi has obviously learned a lesson from his faith’s comedians — his new book about the economy (of all things!) certainly has great timing. Comment

Dad is gone, but Smartmom has his car

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Smartmom remembers her dad through his Suburu. Comment
Gowanus: The first large, mixed-income housing project on the banks of the polluted Gowanus Canal scored a key first victory last Thursday night in the lengthy public approval process for the controversial development. Comments (3)
Greenpoint: The mystery of the peculiar tone of Greenpoint has been solved! Comments (9)
DUMBO: Gene Juillierat saw the horse and started crying. Comments (3)
Editor’s Picks: Once again, the invaluable Brooklyn Paper is back with some nice tips for this weekend. Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Comment

Fresh lighting for Avenue J

Canarsie: After receiving numerous complaints from Canarsie residents regarding the unsafe condition created by a lack of sufficient street lighting on Avenue J between East 84th and 86 streets, Assemblyman Maisel contacted the Department of Transportation, (DOT), asking them to conduct a survey to determine if additional street lighting was warranted. Comment

Funds funneled in to fill Victory hospital void

Canarsie: The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment

Ghostly goings-on underground: Brooklyn’s ‘Lost Railroad’ open for Halloween tricks and treats

Canarsie: The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment

Flood of complaints on Ralph: Residents say commercial building source of the problem

Canarsie: Residents on East 59th Street are getting a real soaking, and they think the owners of the commercial buildings on Ralph Avenue right behind them are – to put it frankly – all wet. Comment

DOE money ‘out the door’: Brooklyn parents jeer high-price consultant fees

Canarsie: Frustrated Brooklyn parents lashed out at city officials for putting consultants before schoolchildren. Comment

Cops and the clergy team up

Canarsie: A half-dozen local priests, rabbis and pastors flocked to the 69th Precinct last week for a special group discussion with head Canarsie crime-fighter Captain Milt Marmara. Comment

Great bargains along Ford Street

Canarsie: Schmooze with your neighbors and walk away with great bargains during a block-wide yard sale along Ford Street between Voorhies Avenue & Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay, October 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment

Dumpster vs.cruiser: Cop car, DOT truck collide on Utica Avenue

Canarsie: Cops were called to the corner of Utica Avenue and Avenue J Friday following a multi-vehicle accident involving an NYPD cruiser and a truck belonging to a city agency. Comment

NYU/Poly partnership

Canarsie: Economic crisis or not, New York University has big plans for Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Students on the brink await letters

Canarsie: Parents will soon know if their children are at risk of being left back. Comment

TASER death sparks call for real change

Canarsie: The NYPD needs a new approach in how they handle mentally ill and disturbed residents, one elected official said this week. Comment

27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade

Canarsie: Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Christoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment

St. Francis College welcomes new prez

Canarsie: Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment

Road to recovery over the BK Bridge

Canarsie: The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment

Continuing education workshops, speakers

Canarsie: Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center (ARC) offers continuing education through a series of workshops and speakers in Brooklyn. All families formed through adoption are invited to these events. Comment

Park Cleanup

Canarsie: Join in for a fun filled Park Cleanup on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prospect Park. Help prepare for the biggest weekend of the season, Halloween. Comment

PETA clashes with rabbi

Canarsie: The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment

Inside the term limit battle: Forces pro and con fight for their political lives

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment

Brooklyn gals have designs on the ‘Top’: Talented designers vie to win reality TV’s ‘Top Design’ competition

Canarsie: Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment

Group home gets a-ok: CB18 backs E.53rd St. facility

Over the objections of the local civic association, Community Board 18 last week voted overwhelmingly to support the arrival of a group home in Mill Basin. Comment

Home sale slide begins: Price of BK houses fall

Wall Street’s pain is beginning to pinch Brooklyn, as home prices in the borough fell 5.6 percent in the third quarter, a recent study revealed. Comment

Look who’s moving in: Charter school looks for space

Another charter school battle could soon begin in Red Hook. Comment

Deadly lake outing: Boating accident claims lives of 3

They were relatives by chance but best of friends by choice — lifelong buddies who played on the streets of Brooklyn together as children and then worked together as young adults. Comment

All fired up: Shootings, arrests rile locals

Overall crime incidents in the 94th Precinct may be stabilizing, but community members expressed concern about several high-profile incidents that happened in Greenpoint this fall. Comment

BQE rehab’s On deck: Work to jibe with park plans

Much needed infrastructure work on the triple cantilever section of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Downtown Brooklyn doesn’t appear likely to affect the development of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Not a class act: Sex-abuse charges for aide

A former school aide from Junior High School 126 was arrested Tuesday for groping student cheerleaders, as well as being way too open about his personal life, police alleged. Comment

Shootings spark action: Cops name brand-new ‘Impact Zone’

To combat a rash of crimes in the area, a new impact zone has been established in East Flatbush. Comment

Bay View Houses meeting

Canarsie: The Bay View Houses General Membership Meeting will be held at 7 p.m., October 23 at the Bay View Houses Community Center, 5985 Shore Parkway. Comment

Borough Hall goes purple to highlight Alzheimer’s fight

Canarsie: For the first time ever, the façade of Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated purple — the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter — from October 24-26, as part of the annual “Week to Remember.” Comment

Thousands flock to festive Atlantic Antic

A sun-kissed autumn lark – and then some – was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Atlantic Antic. Comment

A doggone good way to have some fun: Beloved Brooklyn canines square off for annual Doggie Olympics

Canarsie: Marine Park is going to the dogs – with awards to follow. Comment

A better way to park it: Search is on for the ultimate city bike rack

Canarsie: Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment

2-way safety push: New effort to alter traffic

There’s a two-way approach to protect bicyclists rolling through Park Slope. Comment

‘Must-have’ robberies: Cops blame spike on lust for gizmos

Robberies are on the rise throughout Brooklyn, but the economy is not to blame – at least not yet, according to NYPD officials. Comment

Brooklyn high schoolers make a run of it: Borough as top finishers at 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet

Canarsie: Brothers Paul Gilhuley and Joseph Gilhuley finished among the top 20 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ Division of the 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in The Bronx on a delightful, sunny Saturday last weekend. Comment

Green City conference at Brookyn Borough Hall

Kings 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

Tricks & treats for little ghosts and ghouls

Canarsie: Count on Brooklyn’s master crafter John Zammit to wow festive frolickers with his All Hallows Eve display. The annual showcase transforms Zammit’s house, 653 58th Street, into a whimsical exhibit of Halloween wonders complete with a boo-erific assortment of ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and other seasonal crowd-pleasers. Happy Halloween, John. Comment

Kings Theater tops wish list

Kings Courier: After a pair of public hearings at which not a single member of the public spoke out, Community Board 14 has affirmed its budget priorities for the next fiscal year. Comment

P.S.197 din dents the peace: Some local residents rail against construction

Kings Courier: Last week’s Day of Atonement was more like a day of aggravation for Midwood resident Steve Goldberg. Comment

Hebrew school OK

Kings Courier: The city Department of Education (DOE) has approved the creation of a Hebrew-themed charter school. Comment

Feathers fly over rites: Chicken ritual sparks clash between PETA, rabbi

Kings Courier: The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment

Bensonhurst loves a parade — especially chris’

Kings Courier: Italian-Americans jumpstarted Columbus Day festivities by fêting parade honorees with a brunch in Bensonhurst. Comment

Cop car, DOT dumpster collide on Utica Avenue

Kings Courier: Cops were called to the corner of Utica Avenue and Avenue J Friday following a multi-vehicle accident involving an NYPD cruiser and a truck belonging to a city agency. As this paper went to press, it […] Comment

Ribbon cut at new community living ctr.

Kings Courier: A $100,000 grant in Coney Island can go a long way. For the Institute for Community Living (ICL) West 12th Street Residence, home to nine men and women with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities, it means a new van, garden patio, kitchen cabinets and counters, wood flooring and huge smiles. Comment

Seven hurt in fire: Burnett St. residents burnt out

Kings Courier: A retired cop was left clinging to life this week after a fire erupted in his Marine Park apartment building. Comment

Brooklyn rugby back on track

Brooklyn rugby is back to winning ways. Comment

Playoff season within sight

As week six of the PSAL football season came and went last week, the home stretch to the campaign was right around the corner. Comment

Step up for BC soccer

Off to a slow start, the soccer team at Brooklyn College has picked up and gradually improved to a possible title in its division of the City University of New York Athletic Conference(CUNYAC). Comment

55 years of matrimonial bliss

Kings Courier: Congratulations to Stanley and Sandy Roher on celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. Comment

‘Backseat’ music & art

Kings Courier: Arts education in public school is “hanging on by a string,” according to the head of a local parents’ group. Comment

27th annual Brooklyn Columbus parade

Kings Courier: Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Christoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment

The importance of a plan: Residents learn the ABC’s of emergency preparedness

Kings Courier: In an emergency, being prepared can make all the difference. Comment

A ‘Dynamite’ way to beat alcohol and drug abuse

Kings Courier: Big-hearted Brooklynites waged war against two potential killers by putting their best foot forward during a benefit walk to mark “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” Comment

Inside the term limit battle: Brooklyn elected officials take sides in political tug-of-war

Kings Courier: As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Shooter sought Comment

CB12 members at odds: Israel challenges Greenfield appointment to board

Flatbush: Hell hath no fury like a community board member who believes that a recent appointment to the board doesn’t reside or work in the community. Comment

Community Board 17 members get an ‘A’ for perfect attendance

Flatbush: Eleven members of Community Board 17 went “back to school,” so to speak, receiving perfect attendance awards from Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

‘Twilight’ screening

Canarsie: A screening of “Twilight Becomes Night,” a documentary film by Virginie-Alvine Perrette, will be held on November 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in The Kane Street Synagogue, 336 Kane Street. Comment

A better way to park your bike: Brooklyn firms compete in design contest

Kings Courier: Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment

Writers talking politics

Canarsie: Brooklyn College will present “Brooklyn on My Mind,” a special evening featuring prominent writers who will discuss the 2008 Presidential race, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. The event, titled “Election 2008: Left and Right,” will be held at Brooklyn College in the Whitman Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue. Comment

‘Jump ball’ for District 18 CEC

Canarsie: Brooklyn parents are giving children a reason to run, jump and play. Comment

Construction leads to more work on CI Ave.

Flatbush: Underground work is causing aboveground disruption on Coney Island Avenue. Comment

‘Ollie’ all ya want at new BK skate park: 2.5-acre site downtown eyed for construction of new sports facility

Canarsie: A 2.5-acre park that straddles Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus is being touted as a strong candidate for the borough’s second permanent skateboard park. Comment

Volunteers turn Kensington lot green: Community uses paint to turn eyesore into neighborhood work of art

Flatbush: A rusted gate protecting a vacant Kensington lot recently received a ‘green’ makeover, courtesy of a newly formed local civic group. Comment

Ditmas Park woman marks 108th year

Flatbush: When Ditmas Park resident Theresa Anderson was born, the population of North America was 82,000,000, William McKinley was president and construction began on the first subway line linking Manhattan to Brooklyn. Comment

Saint Francis college faculty, students inaugurate 18th president

Flatbush: Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment

Slow drop in East Flatbush crime stats

Flatbush: Crime in East Flatbush continues to drop, although a bit more slowly than in the past. Comment

Reddock reigns again

Flatbush: Through changes of commanding officers and watching violent crime plummet over the past dozen years, Patricia Reddock remains a pillar in the East Flatbush community. Comment

Kings Theater tops CB14 ‘wish list’

Flatbush: After a pair of public hearings at which not a single member of the public spoke out, Community Board 14 has affirmed its budget priorities for the next fiscal year. Comment

Promoting peace at Public school 119

Flatbush: In celebration of their third annual International Peace Day, Public School 119, the Magnet School for Global and Ethical Studies, organized and participated in a number of events to promote peace within the school and around the world. Comment
Windsor Terrace: An owner of the legendary Windsor Terrace watering hole Farrell’s Bar and Grill committed suicide last week — and regulars say they never saw it coming. Comments (3)

MTV delivers again

Letters: Re: “Music-Schmusic VMA Was A Bust,” “Not for Nuthin” column by Joanna P. DelBuono, 9-11- issue. Comment

Outrageous rent hike

Letters: I have lived in a rent-stabilized apartment for over 30 years in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Give the money here

Letters: Instead of handing wall street close to a trillion-dollar bailout and bankrupt ‘main street,’ maybe the feds should hand every legal head of household a check for $100,000. Comment

Anti-abortion booster

Letters: Voicer Julie Kirshner, president of Brooklyn-Queens National Organization of Women, says, “Sarah Palin is anti-woman because she doesn’t believe in the ERA, embryonic stem-cell research, or the right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest.” Comment

Box office washout

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

Steel and sunsets

Letters: Re: “The Bones of September.” Comment

Take the fear out of HS

Williamsburg: Starting high school is often a strange and stressful time for new students. Although they had previously visited the high school, heard the positive stories (and some negative) and feel ready to move on, there is still a certain inclination to stay put in the safety of primary school. Comment

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Williamsburg: Sued for Comment

A man for all seasons

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo, (“A Britisher’s View”), I just read your beautiful column on Paul Newman [RIP: Paul Newman, 1925-2008). Comment

Resources for college applicants

Williamsburg: The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (clcu) has released four new resources for students, parents, and school counselors to assist current and aspiring college-bound students. The 2008 editions of Your College Search, Admissions and Financial Aid Bulletin, College Quick Tips, and a new color poster mapping independent campuses throughout the state, clarify the college search and financial aid process, and provide suggestions for making the most of the college experience. Comment

Fear removed for college aid

Williamsburg: If you need financial aid to help meet college costs, you are very likely to receive it. Many colleges also offer merit scholarships where financial need is not a factor. Always apply for aid and meet the deadlines. Comment

Tireded of NYMTC

Letters: You reported that one of the attendees at September’s transportation workshop, sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), attributed the low attendance to poor publicity. Comment

Sticking up for P.S. 207

Letters: I am currently a sixth grade teacher at Public School207. It has come to my attention, that some of our neighbors, have been saying unkind things about our school. Comment

Policing Afghanistan: 200 newly trained recruits bulk up National Police

Two months ago, the 200 men standing at attention before their leaders were students preparing for the Focused District Development police training course. Under a hot Afghan sun, the graduates now stood ready to serve as fully trained guardians of their respective communities. Comment

S’head Bay store clerk gunned down: Cops on the hunt for duo wanted in connection with six other crimes

Bay News: A pair of masked gunmen are being sought for shooting a Sheepshead Bay liquor store employee during a brazen gunpoint robbery – the seventh that the duo has reportedly committed since the beginning of September, according to police. Comment

27th Annual Brooklyn christopher Columbus parade

Bay News: Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 27th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Christoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment

Twain steps up to challenge: Students help raise funds to battle breast cancer

Bay News: When Elizabeth Calise saw that her school, Mark Twain IS 239, raised the second most of any school in Brooklyn for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, she wasn’t satisfied. She knew they could do better. Comment

Writers talking U.S. politics

Bay News: Brooklyn College will present “Brooklyn on My Mind,” a special evening featuring prominent writers who will discuss the 2008 Presidential race, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. The event, titled “Election 2008: Left and Right,” will be held at Brooklyn College in the Whitman Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue. Comment

Something wicked underground: Time for Halloween ghost stories inside Brooklyn’s ‘Lost Subway’ tunnel

Bay News: The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment

SFC chooses its new president: Profs, students celebrate the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan

Bay News: Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment

Prayers for shattered life: Mom’s killer still at large

Bay News: A Bensonhurst street was awash in candlelight last week as mourners remembered a young mother murdered during a brazen early-morning heist. Comment

P.S. 52 Garden honors Principal Michael Carr

Bay News: A garden grows in memory of Principal Michael Carr at Public School 52. Comment

Ribbon cut on new group home

Bay News: A $100,000 grant in Coney Island can go a long way. For the Institute for Community Living (ICL) West 12th Street Residence, home to nine men and women with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities, it means a new van, garden patio, kitchen cabinets and counters, wood flooring and huge smiles. Comment

‘Agent Heroes’ reporting: Allstate Insurance Company salutes Brooklyn staffers

Bay News: Allstate Agents Gennaro De Simone and Christina De Simone, whose De Simone Enterprises office is at 7023 Avenue U, were named Agent Heroes by Allstate Insurance Company’s New York Region for awarding a $1,000 grant to a local youth program. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Crime: Anti-Asian arrest Comment

Blocks of bargains

Schmooze with your neighbors and walk away with great bargains during a block-wide yard sale along Ford Street between Voorhies Avenue & Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay, October 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment

Brothers keep a step ahead: Gilhuleys finish among Interscholastic’s top 20

Brothers Paul Gilhuley and Joseph Gilhuley finished among the top 20 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ Division of the 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in The Bronx on a delightful, sunny Saturday last weekend. Comment

Bus full o’ complaints: Survey reveals dissatisfaction

Overcrowded buses and long waits are the main complaints of riders who use express buses in southwestern Brooklyn. Comment

Aviator to host cancer benefit: Ice skating & carnival

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation will sponsor its second annual “Make a Difference Day” family ice skating and carnival, October 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Aviator Sports & Recreation, Hanger 5 Floyd Bennett Field. Comment

Audie Murphy still inspires heroes

During a World War II battle in Holtzwihr, France, a wounded US soldier climbed into a burning tank, took a spot behind a .50-caliber machine gun and fired until the enemy was vanquished. Comment

Aid mission brings airman back home

The California Air National Guard’s 163rd Medical Group brought much-needed relief to thousands of Guatemalan citizens during a recent medical readiness training exercise mission, but for one airman, the humanitarian effort meant more than just helping people. It was a walk down memory lane. Comment
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Little pieces of home

Since graduating from college, and commissioned in the Army in 1985, I’ve moved 18 times. That’s a lot of moving in 23 years. The first few times I moved, I didn’t even need the Army to do it for me. I was single, and, almost all my worldly possessions fit neatly into the trunk of my Honda Civic. Besides, why on earth would I want to buy furniture when I could buy clothes? In 1988, when I married my husband, I’d acquired some furniture, but I didn’t even own a TV. My husband always says that was his lure; he had a TV, VCR, matching dishes, and, the holy grail, a washer and dryer. Comment

A step ahead of disaster: City Tech professional leads climate change committee

Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis. Almost on a daily basis, a natural disaster occurring somewhere on our planet makes headlines. “Improving our ability to predict such events is essential if we are to achieve our goal of substantially minimizing the death and destruction that occur in their wake,” says Reginald Blake, a physics professor at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY). Comment

Pediatric cancer

Bay News: The Pediatric Cancer Foundation will sponsor its second annual “Make a Difference Day” family ice-skating and carnival, October 26 from 1-4 p.m. at the Aviator Sports & Recreation, Hanger 5 Floyd Bennett Field. Comment

Park cleanup

Bay News: Join in for a fun filled Park Cleanup on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prospect Park. Help prepare for the biggest weekend of the season, Halloween. Comment

DOB raps Windjammer: 15 rooms forced to close

Bay News: A Sheepshead Bay motel with a problematic prior history was hit with 15 building code violations last week. Comment

Fierce Condo blaze: 7 hurt on Burnett Street

Bay News: A retired cop was left clinging to life this week after a fire erupted in his Marine Park apartment building. Comment

Ford St. bargains

Bay News: Schmooze with your neighbors and walk away with great bargains during a block-wide yard sale along Ford Street between Voorhies Avenue & Avenue Z in Sheepshead Bay, October 18 at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Comment

Funds funneled into Victory void: Surrounding hospitals get help to upgrade and expand services

Bay News: The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment

Designs on ‘Top’ spot: Two vie for cable TV glory

Bay News: Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment

Chicken ritual sparks PETA squawk

Bay News: The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment

A better way to park your bicycle: Brooklyn firms compete in design contest

Bay News: Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment

Brothers keep a step ahead: Gilhuleys impress in Interscholastic Cross Country Meet

Bay News: Brothers Paul Gilhuley and Joseph Gilhuley finished among the top 20 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ Division of the 36th annual Manhattan College Interscholastic Cross Country meet over the 2.5 mile Van Cortlandt Park course in The Bronx on a delightful, sunny Saturday last weekend. Comment

Car crashes through photo shop

Bay News: A quiet afternoon on Brighton Beach Avenue near Brighton 6th Street was shattered with the sound of exploding wood, brick and glass last week as a wayward motorist slammed through the front of a neighborhood photography store. Officials were told that the elderly driver got behind the wheel at 1:30 p.m. on October 8 and somehow mistook the driving gear for the reverse gear. When he hit the gas, he reportedly hopped the curb and backed up right into the store. A woman inside the store was hit by flying glass, but no other injuries were reported, officials said. Comment

Golden paints rosy outlook: Running unopposed, senator is upbeat on economy

Bay News: Economic hard times were the subject when Republican State Senator Marty Golden stopped by at a recent candidates’ forum. Comment

Health care system that’s killing you

Bay News: There’s no reason why Brooklynites have to die from cancer, according to a health advocate. Comment

New advisory committee

Bay News: The 60th Precinct Community Council is now forming a Council Advisory Committee, that will work as part of the council and will be vital in helping interaction with the police department. Comment

Next BWECC meeting

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its monthly Open Community Meeting at 8 p.m., October 27 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P. Comment

Noxious spill hits Bay: ‘Overpowering’ stench sparks multi-agency response

Bay News: Officials still don’t know exactly what that oily stuff was pouring into Sheepshead Bay last Friday afternoon, but it made more than a few people nauseous. Comment

Molinari backs Cochrane run

Bay News: There’s a new show horse on the political merry-go-round that keeps turning, non-stop, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

Kids & adoption

Bay News: Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center (ARC) offers continuing education through a series of workshops and speakers in Brooklyn. All families formed through adoption are invited to these events. Comment

Hebrew charter school OK: DOE gives green light to controversial program

Bay News: The city Department of Education (DOE) has approved the creation of a Hebrew-themed charter school. Comment

Hospital to nowhere

Bay News: I’ve been following the saga of Victory Memorial in your paper, and the last story of the 150 leads me to write. Comment

Inside the battle over term limits: Pols choose sides in the battle of their political lives

Bay News: As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment

BWECC meet

The Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC) will hold its monthly Open Community Meeting at 8 p.m., October 27 at the FIAO Beacon Center at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P. Comment

Church going brick by brick

Up in the clock tower of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, workers could be seen, in silhouette through a gauze of netting, removing bricks. Comment

Delay’s foul stench: Time runs out on Owls pledge

Bay News: Leave it to a Ridgite to come up with a heretofore unexpressed reason for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to change his position on term limits. Comment

Driver slams into teen walking her dog

Bay News: A young girl suffered a broken ankle after she was struck by a wayward van in Sheepshead Bay. Witnesses to the Tuesday afternoon tragedy said that a van was zipping past the corner of East 28th Street […] Comment

Feathers fly over religious rites: PETA clashes with rabbi

Bay News: The debate over the arcane Orthodox ritual of kapparot – in which Jews ritually sacrifice chickens as they purge themselves of their sins before Yom Kippur – has turned into a snarling dog fight between a borough religious leader and animal rights activists. Comment

Funds funnel into Victory void: State spends millions to allow other hospitals to improve

Bay News: The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment

Brooklyn pivotal in 60 AD race

Bay News: Brooklyn’s part of the 60th Assembly District may hold the key to victory for the candidates, this November 4th. Comment

BK designers vow to be ‘tops’ on reality show

Bay News: Brooklynites are taking Bravo by storm. Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Design” that is. Comment

Twilight screening

A screening of “Twilight Becomes Night,” a documentary film by Virginie-Alvine Perrette, will be held on November 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in The Kane Street Synagogue, 336 Kane Street. Comment

Walk this way for scares: Traditional Halloween fest returns for 14th year

On a sunny autumn day, the whistling winds and eerie shadows of Halloween seem far away – that is, if you don’t happen to notice the odd assemblage of individuals gathered outside the Colonial Road gate of Owls Head Park. Comment

Bay Ridge United Church adopts new chaplain

Bay News: The Bay Ridge United Church of Bay Ridge has adopted another chaplain under the Adopt-A-Chaplain Program. The church has been involved in Adopt-A-Chaplain with Chaplain 1LT Virginia Emery who was in Iraq but has returned to the states. Comment

Inside term limit battleground: Pols take sides in fierce political game of tug-of-war

Bay News: As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment

Molinari backs Cochrane: Former S.I. president ‘delighted’ in pick

Bay News: There’s a new show horse on the political merry-go-round that keeps turning, non-stop, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Unless people start demanding change thirsty working families waiting for some economic relief to “trickle down” can probably wait to hell freezes over – it just ain’t gonna happen under these house rules. Still, the Consumer Corner is here to help you uncover the best bargains and deals in town so that you can get the most out of your consumer dollar. Comment
A BRITISHER’S VIEW

‘Muckity-Mac’ leaves a lot to be desired

Perspective: This is the first installment of a two-part column on presidential challengers John McCain and Barack Obama — ABV. Comment
IT’S ONLY MY OPINION

Palin, Biden, O’Reilly — oh my!

Perspective: According to Nielsen Media Research almost seventy million viewers tuned in to watch the VP debate between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Delaware Senator Joe Biden. We know that the VP debate record […] Comment
SPEAK OUT

Abe Stark Rink: Coney’s secret handout

Perspective: It is some five, or more years since Mayor Mike Bloomberg “took over” Coney Island as a leader on his agenda. Comment
BIG SCREECHER

Madelene Taub-Chan: Woman of the Year

Perspective: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council will celebrate its 48th Gala on November 19 at the beautiful El Caribe. As you well know by now, I will be celebrating my 28th year as President of the BWECC and as is my custom every year, I spotlight each honoree in this column, so you know their credentials, their merits, and their outstanding contributions to the community that earned them their coveted ‘BWECC Year” award. Now I will spotlight this wonderful lady, Madelene Chan. Comment

Mother’s killer remains at large

Bay News: A Bensonhurst street was awash in candlelight last week as mourners remembered a young mother murdered during a brazen early-morning heist. Comment

Recovery project walks across Brooklyn bridge

Bay News: The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment

St. Francis College chooses its new president

Bay News: Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, elected officials and religious leaders attended the culmination of a week-long celebration marking the inauguration of Brendan J. Dugan as the 18th President of St. Francis College. Comment

Tipping the scales in the 60th AD

Brooklyn’s part of the 60th Assembly District may hold the key to victory for the candidates this November 4. Comment

Step right on up for some tricks and treats

What a spooktacular sight… Count on Brooklyn’s master crafter John Zammit to wow festive frolickers with his All Hallows Eve display. The annual showcase transforms Zammit’s house, 653 58th Street, into a whimsical exhibit of Halloween wonders complete with a boo-erific assortment of ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and other seasonal crowd-pleasers. Happy Halloween, John. Comment

Homefront ‘action’ is the best Rx

More than 50 recently wounded veterans, including troops being processed through the disability evaluation system, are experiencing the healing power of recreation here through the first National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Pilot Program. Comment

Inside the term-limit battle: Pols take sides in tug-of-war to decide their political lives

As the City Council debates several bills concerning term limit extensions for all citywide offices, Brooklyn lawmakers, good government groups and the legal profession continue to parade their views publicly while jockeying their positions behind the scenes. Comment

Love that defies the test of time

Congratulations to Stanley and Sandy Roher on celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. The Rohers were feted to a surprise gala event held at El Caribe, Strickland and Mill Avenues, by family and friends. The Roher’s, long time owners of Mother and Daughter in Bensonhurst, were very active in community-life participation, as attested by the many party guests that recalled their long time involvement in community elevation efforts. Stanley served as President of the 86th Street Bensonhurst Board of Trade as well as Chairman of the Joint Council of Kings County Boards of Trade. The many party goers came from the various corners of the City as well as Floridians, who have gotten to know participate with the Rohers, during their winter vacations; still active there as well. Comment

Miracle of birth through Web cam

Like most soon-to-be first-time fathers, Marine Lance Cpl. Jovan Rodriguez anxiously awaited the birth of his child and looked forward to being by his wife’s bedside. Comment

Haunted subway: Halloween hijinks deep underground

The season of the witch has gotten to urban explorer Bob Diamond. Comment

Hall goes purple for Alzheimer’s

For the first time ever, the façade of Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated purple — the signature color of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter — from October 24-26, as part of the annual “Week to Remember.” Comment

Delay’s foul stench: Mayor on the hook for cleanup

Leave it to a Ridgite to come up with a heretofore unexpressed reason for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to change his position on term limits. Comment

First-ever ‘Fall Festival’: St. Anselm RC Church hosts special community event

St. Anselm RC Church hosted its first-time ever “Fall Festival,” which brought families from the parish and community together to enjoy a hefty dollop of food, games, rides, and fun, and show their support for the vibrant house of worship. Comment

Funds funneled in to fill Victory void

The state sent millions of dollars to local hospitals to cope with the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital. Comment

Molinari backs Cochrane: Former Staten Island borough prez ‘delighted’ with candidate

There’s a new show horse on the political merry-go-round that keeps turning, non-stop, in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vito Fossella. Comment

MTA to pay for rusty mess

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is fessing up, and has said it’s willing to pay up, too. Comment

Search for a better city bike rack: Top designers vie for winning concept

Two Brooklyn design firms are among the 10 finalists in an international competition destined to propel bicycle racks from ho-hum street furniture to utilitarian works of art. Comment

Special adoption workshops: Programs help tackle thorny family questions

Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Resource Center (ARC) offers continuing education through a series of workshops and speakers in Brooklyn. All families formed through adoption are invited to these events. Comment

Special education fair: Forum for families in School Districts 20, 21 and 22

State Senator Martin J. Golden will host a special education fair for families and students of School District 20, 21 and 22, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marine & Academic Center Rotunda at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Recovery project walks across Brooklyn Bridge

The long road to self-healing took a step in the right direction when the Recovery Project presented a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to confront the stigma of addiction. Comment

Pool side fracas lingers on

A six-year-old battle between a school administrator and a crew of physical education teachers at Fort Hamilton High School in what could be best described as a poolside political struggle is still alive and well, thanks to a civil suit that apparently will not end. Comment

$13.2 M ‘HEALs’ a lot of ills

Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has been awarded $13.2 million in HEAL NY Phase 7 funding. The grant will support a major expansion of the medical center’s Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Comment

New park to ‘ollie’ all ya want: New skate facilities eyed for Douglass/Greene Park

A 2.5-acre park that straddles Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Gowanus is being touted as a strong candidate for the borough’s second permanent skateboard park. Comment

Political talk

Brooklyn College will present “Brooklyn on My Mind,” a special evening featuring prominent writers who will discuss the 2008 Presidential race, October 20 from 7-9 p.m. The event, titled “Election 2008: Left and Right,” will be held at Brooklyn College in the Whitman Auditorium, 2900 Bedford Avenue. Comment
NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Pearls of wisdom from my father

Perspective: The other morning, while sipping on a hot cup of coffee and enjoying a family breakfast moment, my husband turned to my daughter and said, “You know, you should never chew food when you have to sneeze.” Comment

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