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Get set to buy in Brooklyn

Get set to buy in Brooklyn

Shopping: Brooklyn shoppers started reeling in the bargains — and some free sake! — on Thursday as Park Slope’s second annual “Snowflake Celebration” returned with expansive deals at boutiques and restaurants throughout Park Slope. Comments (1)
Digital editions: It doesn’t get better than this: The Brooklyn Paper’s full print edition — online now! Click below and you’ll be able to download our entire Dec. 6 issue, featuring stories about a rogue pizza deliveryman, a sucker-punching Sanitation enforcement agent, and a possibly reckless dog owner. Plus, don’t miss our kids music and mime review Trey Dooley’s take on Hollywood trailers! This week, as always, “Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn!” Read more…
Brooklyn Heights: Mama mia! A saucy Papa John’s deliveryman sliced up a Brooklyn Heights elevator like it was a piping hot pie, but little did he know that a security camera recorded every last scratch. Comments (3)
Clinton Hill: Yes, those are city summonses — 116 of ‘em to be exact — all written by one Sanitation enforcement agent. Now a Clinton Hill pet-grooming shop is in danger of going under. Comments (14)
Mean Streets: Transportation Alternatives — a bicycle advocacy group — is waving the white flag in its fight to make Prospect Park car-free. Comments (15)

A dog gone shame!

A dog gone shame!

Red Hook: It’s bad enough that Red Hook’s famed key lime pie man’s dog disappeared (or was he stolen?) — but now he’s barking back at critics who say the whole thing was his fault! Comments (1)

Someone bought the haunted house!

Brooklyn Heights: One of Brooklyn Heights’s most-famous — and most-haunted — houses has sold for $4.95 million. Comment
Park Slope: New York Methodist Hospital says it will hire new pediatric nurse practitioners and treat patients faster in its emergency rooms amid an online outcry from some Park Slope residents. Comments (3)

Hey, Hollywood! Turn that noise down!

Dooley Noted: The world’s foremost authority on puppetry and mime takes his great-granddaughter to the movies — and all heck breaks loose. Comment

A real gift

A real gift

Event: Holiday shopping gets a backbeat this Sunday, as kids music legend John Carlin (pictured, center with his band) headlines a Hanukkah gift fair in Brooklyn Heights. Comment
Park Slope: Some call it whitewashing history and some call it righting a wrong — but a dead borough president’s name was stripped off a Park Slope park on Wednesday so that the greenspace could be renamed for George Washington. Comments (1)

Jobs by the truckload for Red Hook

Red Hook: A city deal to relocate a major beer distributor to the Red Hook waterfront is hailed as a crucial job-saving maneuver, but others say more jobs could have been created if the beverage company had been moved to a different Brooklyn pier nearby. Comment

All drawn out

Cartoon: Our cartoonist Cristian Fleming looks at efforts to curtail car traffic in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Death by chocolate

Death by chocolate

Books: Gourmet Brooklynites with a sweet tooth are getting ringside seats to a saccharine smackdown as two competing cookbooks battle for a place on their shelves, their pantries and, more important, their (cream-filled) hearts. Comment

Buy local, stay local

Editorial: Our editorial board wants to you — to spend locally. But not for the obvious reason. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: He tore it down, now he’s putting it up for sale. Comments (5)
Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The city has broken a $2-million promise to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, snatching $550,000 away from tenant advocacy groups that try to keep longtime residents from being washed away in a tide of gentrification. Comment

Aim high! Author takes flight with jet pack

Books: Jetpacks are cool. Jetpacks are fast. Jetpacks may not exist. But that didn’t stop one Windsor Terrace author from writing a fun book about them. Comments (1)

Beautiful noise


Beautiful noise

Music: If you hear a cacophony of chirps, beeps, buzzes and screetches this weekend, don’t worry; it’s not space invaders. Comment
Bridge ‘Park’: Developers started a new effort this week to attract retail tenants at the massive condo building at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (1)

It’s a par-ty at Dyker Beach

Event: Couples might soon frequent the Dyker Beach Golf Course — and we’re not talking about the one named Fred. Comment
Park Slope: Residents of a Park Slope co-op who fought for years to keep cellular phone transmitters off the roof of their Eighth Avenue building are finally off the hook. Comments (3)

Art felt support

Art: Borough President Markowitz has long been known as a champion of cheesecake — but now the portly beep wants to be known as a patron of the arts. Comment

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled as usual, this time with two letters on the bike lane war in Williamsburg. Comment
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge residents are angry about major proposed cuts to their bus service. Comment

School goes Fourth

School goes Fourth

Bay Ridge: The city might turn a shuttered stereo shop, a closed car wash, and a vacant lot into a new elementary school — with or without the consent of the owners of the Fourth Avenue properties. Comments (1)

Family calendar

Parenting: This week’s fun things to do with your kids. Comment

Civic calendar

All the community meetings you should be going to. Comment
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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli delivered this year’s Joseph Silver, MD, Memorial Lecture at New York Methodist Hospital on Dec. 2. The annual lecture series was established five years ago, in honor of Dr. Silver, who was affiliated with the hospital for over 40 years, and who served as chief of orthopedic surgery for 20 years. Read more…
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Brooklyn Heights: Police are investigating a possible bias crime in Brooklyn Heights after a Pineapple Street resident found an anti-Semitic note taped to her front door on Tuesday morning. Comment

Toys evolve

Toys evolve

Shopping: Most people don’t want to take the Christ out of Christmas. But one former Brooklynite wants God to share some space in the toy chest. Comment

Meet the city’s best principal!

Brooklyn Heights: The best principal in the city is in Brooklyn Heights. Comment
Mean Streets: The roadway of Prospect Park would be cut in half under a compromise plan that will be presented tonight. Comments (8)

Breaking chews! Bar Tano/Bar Toto empire expands in Slope

Dining: The owners of Bar Toto and Bar Tano — the sleek, Euro-modern bar-cafes — are expanding their mini-empire to include an all-day cafe in the Eighth Avenue storefront just vacated by the failed Pumpkins Organic Market, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (6)

Hook bus company robbed at gunpoint

Red Hook: Four masked men held up a charter bus company on Sigourney Street in a brazen midday heist on Nov. 25 that was reminiscent of Red Hook’s lawless past — except this robbery came with a twist: someone called to tip off the victim seconds before the crime went down. Comment

Giving thanks for Thanksgiving

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at This week, Smartmom’s family makes Hepcat feel welcome at the Thanksgiving table — as always. Comments (1)

BID-ing war on Fulton Street

BID-ing war on Fulton Street

Clinton Hill: A band of Fulton Street merchants is trying to fend off the formation of a business improvement district along their Fort Greene and Clinton Hill corridor, claiming that they won’t get enough bang for their buck from the mandatory dues they will have to contribute. Comments (1)

Massage sent

Spa: We work our interns pretty damn hard over here and we certainly don’t pay them in anything except matchless experience — so we were pleased when we heard that Susan Stratton of Sage Spa in Park Slope was offering free massages to “deserving individuals in special need of some personal pampering and care.” Comments (3)
Transit: Hate the F train? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it wants to hear from you. Comments (3)
TV: MTV gave The Brooklyn Paper a screener of the first episode of “Real World: Brooklyn,” now filming in Red Hook. Naturally, rapier-wielding critic Sarah Portlock has a strong opinion. Comments (2)

Big-hearted local opens free gym for kids

Bay News: Help Our Neighborhood Kids (HONK) just opened in Sheepshead Bay as a center for children looking for fun activities after school. Comment

B4 bus earns its share of local gripes: Riders complain Bensonhurst-Bay Ridge line slow, infreqent

Bay News: It’s slower than molasses on a blustery day and Dyker Heights Civic Association members let a New York City Transit official know it at their recent meeting. Comment

Bath Beach ‘war zone’: Cops net arsenal after traffic stop

An assault weapon more likely to be found in the pages of “Soldier of Fortune” than the streets of Brooklyn was recovered from a Bensonhurst apartment building during a recent gun bust, officials said. Comment

Budget axe ‘scares’ parents: Fear cuts will force doors closed to after-school activity

Bay News: The prospect of additional budget cuts for Brooklyn public schools is “scary,” parents say. Comment

A bit of italy in brooklyn

Bay News: Elders put on the glitz and grooved to la dolce vita as they tripped the light fantastic during an Italian-themed senior ball at the Crown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Comment

Hats off to outstanding Italian-Americans

Bay News: A group of “outstanding” Italian Americans were hailed for their contributions to the community when State Senator Marty Golden honored a diverse group of notables for heritage pride month. Comment

Free morning tennis for kids

Bay News: The New York Junior Tennis League offers its early morning winter program with free tennis to Brooklyn youngsters, ages six to 18, at the Prospect Park Tennis Center, 305 Coney Island Avenue, Saturdays, 6:30-8 a.m. and Heights Casino, 75 Montague Street, Sundays, 6-8 a.m. Comment

Commuters wary of MTA cuts

Brooklyn transit riders were dealt a severe blow by the service cuts and likely fare increases announced by the MTA last week in a troubling sign of the dire financial straits that plague an agency that recently announced a budget deficit of $1.4 million. Comment


Bay News: The Dyker Heights Civic Association is sponsoring a Dog Coat and Blanket Drive on November 22, from 12 to 4 p.m. Comment

Hope for rebate yet: Pols push for $400 checks

The $400 property-tax rebate could be in your home for the holidays. Comment

I.S. 96 principal Fein to retire: Caring man ‘devoted a lifetime to students’

Bay News: After nearly four decades in the public school system, a veteran educator is retiring. Comment

Recchia-rename ruckus: Paperwork snags auditorium rededication plans

What’s in a name? In the end, it depends on whose name it is. Comment

Run on Obama tickets

Obama-mania has hit Coney Island. Comment

Nostrand Starbucks gets OK

Giant coffeehouse chain Starbucks is closer to opening up a new outlet on Nostrand Avenue this week after Community Board 15 threw its support behind the proposed project. Comment

‘Divine’ light on Oriental

Manhattan Beach residents are hailing the city’s decision to install a new traffic light on Oriental Boulevard as a true lifesaver this week. Comment

It’s that time of year again

Santa and Black Piet share a moment of calm before the holiday storm at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, where they helped dispense glad tidings with a program of cheer. Comment

New school down pipeline

A new school is coming to School District 22 — in six years. Comment

Weiner: Obama’s deputy a ‘good choice’: Rahm Emanuel knows his way around Washington, congressman says

The borough’s large Jewish community can rest assured that Israel has a good friend in the White House. Comment

Mother of 4 stays strong on tour

A mother’s job is not an easy duty, especially for a soldier mom serving in Iraq, thousands of miles away from home. That’s why one service-member looks to her own mother to help with her four children. Comment

Unfit to ride: Shore Rd. Drive a fatal stretch

The scenic beauties of Shore Road Drive notwithstanding, the roadway linking Fourth Avenue and Belt Parkway at 67th Street may also be one of the neighborhood’s most hazardous. Comment

Kingsborough tennis ladies make the cut: Will travel to Arizona for Nationals May 2-9

Kingsborough Community College (KCC) women’s tennis team won 25 of 27 matches to win the New York State Region 15 championships, qualifying the team for the Nationals to be held in Tucson, Arizona, May 2-9, 2009. Comment


Flying the biased skies Comment

‘Tis the season

Santa and Black Piet share a moment of calm before the holiday storm at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, where they helped dispense glad tidings with a program of cheer. Comment

An unwelcome ‘gift’: Dist. 21 gifted programs closed to outsiders

School District 21’s gifted programs are no longer open to students outside of the district. Comment

Bath beach ‘war zone’: Heavy weapons taken off streets

Bay News: An assault weapon more likely to be found in the pages of “Soldier of Fortune” than the streets of Brooklyn was recovered from a Bensonhurst apartment building during a recent gun bust, officials said. Comment

You go, boys and girls

Budding David Beckhams rejoice in their sporting achievements during a medal ceremony presented by the 68th Precinct Youth Council at Xaverian High School. Comment

A bigger, ‘better’ Coney: Nine acres? Try 25

Nine acres is just not large enough to build a new world-class amusement park in Coney Island. Comment

‘Ghoul’ pleads guilty to looting: Body harvesting scam draws to a close in court

The lid is about to be sealed on the coffin of the four ghouls responsible for looting hundreds of corpses in a Brooklyn-based body harvesting scam. Comment

Bay Ridge Prep honors

Rachel Fernandes and Alexandra Singer, members of Bay Ridge Preparatory School’s Class of 2010, have been named First Team — All Conference in the Private School Athletic Association’s Varsity Volleyball League. The news was made official at the recent PSAA meeting. Comment

Patchwork for a cure: AIDS quilt on view Dec. 1-3

Bay News: As part of the international commemoration of World AIDS Day, December 1, sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 90,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view December 1-3 at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, 357 Clermont Avenue. This free display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt is being hosted by Bishop Loughlin Campus Ministry and visitors may attend December 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Comment

Obama ticket blitz

Bay News: Anticipating the “end of an era” and the start of a new chapter in American history, Brooklynites this week have flooded the offices of their representatives in Congress with requests to see Barack Hussein Obama officially sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Comment

Narcotics team makes the grade: Kudos for cops of 60th Pct’s SNEU

Bay News: Teamwork, courage, observation — they are all hallmarks of a police precinct’s street narcotics enforcement unit, also known as SNEU. Comment

Topsy-turvy bus tweaks

Bay News: To the chagrin of parents, school bus routes may be revamped — again. Comment

Toys for Tots collecting

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden, will be collecting gifts for the 2008 Toys for Tots Drive, sponsored by the United States Marines with collection boxes available at both of Golden’s district offices, 7408 5th Avenue and 3610 Quentin Road. Comment


Crime: Gunning for bank dough Comment

‘Body snatcher’ awaits sentencing

Bay News: The lid is about to be sealed on the coffin of the four ghouls responsible for looting hundreds of corpses in a Brooklyn-based body harvesting scam. Comment

Lucia Fest

Bay News: The Scandinavian East Coast Museum will holding its annual Lucia Fest at 7 p.m., December 5 at Salem Lutheran Church, 450 67th Street. Comment

Teen vampires suck

Cinema: After watching “Twilight” the always brooding, oftentimes boring (that is, unless you’re a teenage girl with raging hormones) vampire love story, only one thought came to mind: When did these creatures of the night turn from horrific monsters into moody teenagers? Comment

Watercolors to whet your artistic whistle

Williamsburg: Members of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society will be showing recent paintings at the WAHcenter, on Williamsburg, during four weekends in December starting December 6, 12-6 p.m. Some 30 members will contribute more than 80 works of art to the show. Comment

Warm to the Land of Ice

Williamsburg: The Brick Theater, Inc. and Piper McKenzie present “The Granduncle Quadrilogy: Tales from the Land of Ice,” the first of three exclusive podcasts available for download at Comment

Funk Buddha wishes you a Hip-Hop Holiday this year

Williamsburg: For nearly two decades, Akim Funk Buddha has been pushing the boundaries of hip-hop, while also preserving the fundamentals of the old school. Comment

Warriors overcome tragic death of teammate to win ‘B’ title

One day after celebrating the school’s first PSAL Class B girls’ volleyball championship, the Benjamin Banneker players and coach Wendell Saunders were in tears Sunday. Comment

Liverpool, Erasmus fall in Bowl championship game

Danny Landberg wasn’t looking for excuses. Sure, his starting quarterback, Justin Johnson, was out with a high ankle sprain and broken fingers in his throwing hand. And yes, his star running back, Kristen Liverpool, has been nicked up all season. Comment

Hottest tickets in town: Locals vie for a seat at the presidential inauguration

Bay News: Obama-mania has hit Coney Island. Comment

Boys & Girls cut down to size by No. 1 Port Richmond

Boys & Girls advanced to the PSAL semifinals by controlling the clock, executing on both sides of the ball, tackling well, and making the opposition pay for mistakes. Comment

Very Hungry Caterpillar sighted in Brooklyn

Parenting: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2008-09 Target FamilyFun Series with the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites on November 30 at 2 p.m. Comment

Area robberies down

Robberies, particularly teen-on-teen muggings, are starting to even out under the watchful eyes of cops from the 61st Precinct. Comment

Pardon the turkey

Letters: Barack Obama has risen from humble beginnings to the power of the presidency. But, every one of us has the presidential power to pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving. Comment

Sick & tired

Letters: After the many months of electioneering, demeaning of candidates and the promises made, I’m tired and bored of listening, watching and reading about it all. Comment

Unions needs their due

Letters: I am a New York City teacher and union member. My union membership provides me with a living wage, health benefits and a pension plan. In short, the basic requirements for economic security. Comment

Not done yet

Letters: Shavana Abruzzo means well (“A Britisher’s View,” 11-14, but (s)he should know better than to equate Obama’s election with the end of institutionalized racism in America. Minorities as a group continue to trail whites in areas like health, wealth, housing, education, employment — in short, just about everywhere — and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. While Americans may justly congratulate themselves on the results of this year’s election, the last thing we need to do right now is to pretend that racial inequalities don’t exist in our country, or that they are simply the result of individual bad choices. Comment

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ The lure of the supermarket sale

Perspective: All I wanted was six rolls of toilet paper. Seems simple enough -- go to the store, buy six rolls, put them in a bag and come home. But not for my husband. No, the six rolls turned into six pounds of ricotta cheese, six packages of instant cookie mix and two cans of baked beans. Comment

Limousine liberals sing NIMBY blues

Perspective: A jail is a repellent sight. It penetrates our belief system, and puts a brick face on human delinquency — something few law-abiding citizens want to, or should have to, confront in their daily lives. Comment

One digusted movie goer to another

Perspective: Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Let me see, by a show of hands, how many of you took the bird out of the freezer a few days ago because you remembered that a frozen turkey needs a couple of days to defrost? Hmmm. Most of you. That’s good. A message to the rest of you — a frozen 18-pound turkey cannot be defrosted in two hours. Turkey chow mein eaten from those little white boxes is not so terrible. Save the bird for Christmas — Only please remember to remove it from the freezer about December 21. Comment

Hector lifts Banneker to final one day after car accident

Angelica Hector almost never made it to Hunter College on Thursday night. Comment

Frank Laino, Fort Hamilton pull off late-game magic

There was no new strategy for the Fort Hamilton football team as it was driving down the field with less than four minutes left. The Tigers were down four points and 3:46 away from their season coming to a close. Comment

Shot in the street: School zone violated by gunshots

Canarsie: Two men were sprayed with gunfire last week just paces away from South Shore High School, officials said. Comment

’Tis the season for merriment: Every part of Brooklyn is alive with yuletide fun and holiday joy

Canarsie: With the advent of December, there’s suddenly a new sparkle in the air. Comment

Jefferson tabs legend Pearl Washington as girls’ hoops coach

Boys & Girls basketball legend Dwayne (Pearl) Washington was announced as the Thomas Jefferson girls’ basketball coach today, four days before the season opener, has learned. Comment

Getting together to break down walls: Muslims, Christians, Jews talk turkey at 7th Annual Interfaith Teach-in

Canarsie: Christians, Jews, Muslims and agnostics gathered at the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights on Sunday for the Dialogue Project’s 7th Annual Interfaith Teach-in. Organizer and founder Marcia Kannry estimated that 185 people participated in the Teach-in, which was sponsored by a variety of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim organizations in New York City. Comment


Canarsie: Black Friday is here and you probably already have one foot out the door. But before you hit the shops to take advantage of the best bargains of the year, take a minute to check out a couple of destinations you probably shouldn’t overlook. Comment

Don’t get mad at telemarketers – get even!

Perspective: Akim Tamiroff was an old wonderful character actor with a Russian accent, who I don’t even know is still alive, and what suddenly brings him to mind is what he once said in a movie…Don’t provoke me! Three simple, but succinct words that has remained with me as an integral part of my temperament. Comment

Bklynite pushes for mixed Martial Arts

Canarsie: In a sense, Lou Neglia is karate-chopping his way through Albany’s red tape. Comment

P.S. 160 battle gets nasty as meeting is closed early

Flatbush: The battle for a new annex for P.S. 160 took an ugly turn last week. Comment

Crime up in the 7-0: But assaults and burglaries down

Flatbush: Crime remains on the rise for the year in the confines of the 70th Precinct. Comment

Shot on the street: Gunfire erupts near South Shore HS

Kings Courier: Two men were sprayed with gunfire just paces away from South Shore High School last week during a heated argument about — of all things — a dance contest, officials said. Comment

Welcome to VIP day…

Kings Courier: Singing students provide a sweet serenade during a day of intergenerational fun at the East Midwood Hebrew Day School. For more, turn to Page 31. Comment

Coney Island ‘potato chip’: Architects plan bold design for new amphitheater

Kings Courier: Imagine Liza Minnelli belting out “New York, New York” underneath a giant potato chip. Comment

Public park for PS 222

Kings Courier: Another Marine Park school will soon be home to a public park. Comment

Narcisse sticks to Council run

Kings Courier: Mercedes Narcisse wants everyone to know one thing — she’s got no strings on her. Comment

New school slated for district: Construction to be completed by July 2014

Kings Courier: A new school is coming to School District 22 — in six years. Comment

Claudia Corwin, Downtown legend, is dead

Downtown: Claudia Corwin, a community leader and the longtime president of the board of directors of Concord Village in Downtown Brooklyn, died suddenly on Nov. 25. She was 61. Comments (4)

Happy Thanksgiving, humans!

Happy Thanksgiving, humans!

At least two turkeys have reason to be thankful this Thanskgiving — not only are they alive, but they’re kicking! Comment

Opposites attract: PR, Boys set for semis showdown

When Port Richmond and Boys & Girls meet Saturday afternoon in Staten Island, it will be two teams from opposite sides of the spectrum. Comment

Trying to get a handle on thefts-

Bay News: If the cops from the 62nd Precinct can get a handle on all the robberies going on, life would be perfect in Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. Comment

Nativity lighting

Bay News: Visitation Academy will host its annual Advent Nativity Lighting ceremony, November 30 at 6 p.m. on the grounds of Visitation Academy, 8902 Ridge Boulevard. Comment

Moving closer to new skating rink

Bay News: By Helen Klein Comment

More power to Powsners

Bay News: Pictured is the Courier’s own Lou Powsner proudly doting on new one-week old, great granddaughter, Amanda Ivy Powsner. Congratulations! Comment

Lost tunnel tour in December-Subterranean adventure lies underneath Atlantic Avenue

Bay News: Old Man Winter isn’t about to faze tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond. Comment

New bill to kill 3rd terms-Brooklyn legislators back measure to upend mayor

Bay News: “It ain’t over until it’s over.” Comment

Odd man out in the Brooklyn delegation-State Senator Marty Golden faces difficult assignment in realigned legislature

Bay News: With Democrats grabbing a majority in the State Senate for the first time since the 1960s, most Brooklyn legislators are jubilant. Comment

Serial bandit wanted in 16 bank jobs

Bay News: A poker-faced thief armed with menacing missives is making a career out of robbing Brooklyn’s financial institutions. Comment

Razing the roof in Coney

Bay News: Imagine Liza Minnelli belting out “New York, New York” underneath a giant potato chip. Comment

Public school ‘brain drain’

Bay News: Educators fear public school students will jump ship for private and parochial schools. Comment

Pink power strikes a blow against breast cancer

Bay News: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and of Lutheran’s 125th Anniversary, Lutheran HealthCare staff and visitors participated in Think Pink Day. More than 125 employees, visitors and members of the community dressed in pink and gathered in the hospital’s main lobby, 150 55th Street, to pose for a photograph. Attendees were provided with information on breast cancer and a free mammogram was raffled off. For additional information you may visit the web at Comment

Longer youngsters get a little holiday help

Bay News: Pat Singer, founder and executive director of the Brighton Neighborhood Association (BNA), abandoned her broom from last year and added a web for this year’s Halloween celebration, donning a Spider Woman costume. Comment

LIU to host day care fair

Bay News: Council members Letitia James and Bill de Blasio will host a Day Care Fair on November 22 from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. at the Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, 1 University Plaza. Comment

Get along slow poke! B63 ranked the slowest bus ride in the borough

Bay News: If time is of the essence, Brooklyn commuters should take special care to avoid the B63. Comment

Fall crafts fair

Bay News: The Bay Ridge Festival of the Arts is hosting their 2nd annual Autumn Craft Fair on November 22 from 12 — 5 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Church. Comment

DOE opens budget gripe mail box- Brooklyn parents invited to forward criticism and complaints via e-mail

Bay News: Parents can now voice their frustrations directly to the city Department of Education (DOE). Comment

A BIG cleanup effort

Bay News: Pictured from left are Richie Arneman, Zach Berliner, Dr. Brian Berliner and Steve Barrison, Esq., president of Bay Improvement Group, (BIG), in front of Ocean Avenue Garden, Ocean Avenue and Shore Parkway (south side). The Garden is one of the three BIG Adopt-A-Highway sites that are cared for and maintained by the grassroots group. This year, a tree was planted in honor of Lenore Friedman who was a founding board member and recently passed away. The tree was donated by her two children Harvey and Debbie (not pictured). BIG would also like to thank Brett Berliner, Harvey Friedman, the Parks Department; the Partnership for Parks, Home Depot; Knapp Street Deli and Munchennette for their support of this year’s annual clean up. Comment

Hip-Hop gear at War VI-Boutique offers half-off sale on every item in the store

Bay News: If life sometimes seems like a battle, surrender to the comforts offered at War VI (8707 Fifth Avenue, 718-238-3773), a clothing store. Comment

Hope for Black Friday

Bay News: The holiday season is fast approaching, and there’s a major push on to showcase the borough’s retail opportunities, with the goal of keeping shopping dollars on this side of the East River. Comment

LGBTs clash with Mormons

Bay News: Borough Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples upset at the success of California’s Proposition 8 are taking their fight to the source of their opposition: the Mormon Church. Comment

Kruger’s gang cross Gov. Paterson-Legislators stand in the way of leadership appointment, gay marriage

Bay News: The legalization of gay marriage tops the list of legislative goals currently being held hostage by State Senator Carl Kruger and the mavericks that make up his “independent caucus.” Comment

JWV reflects on lives lost during Nazi holocaust

Bay News: The memories of those, who perished in the horror — plus those who lived to tell the tale — were offered a poignant tribute during a Holocaust memorial at Washington Cemetery. Comment

Shot dead in his tracks: Cops defend Coney shooting

Bay News: The NYPD is defending the actions of a police officer who shot and killed a homeless man during a tense confrontation outside a Coney Island church. Comment

Spitzer muckraker

Bay News: William Rashbaum, the New York Times reporter who broke the story of the scandal involving former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, will speak at an upcoming breakfast lecture at Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek. Comment

Big step up for King

With three days left before the official day of practice, Bishop Loughlin named Rudy King, an assistant and junior varsity coach with the Lions for five years, as interim boys’ basketball coach, Loughlin Athletic Director Angela Proce confirmed with Comment

Kearney senior ‘hungry’ after missed season

For Kaitlyn Rose last year, the pain of sitting out and watching her Bishop Kearney girls’ basketball team from the sidelines was secondary only to the pain in her knee. On Jan. 10, very early in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens league season, Rose tore her ACL and was ruled out for the rest of the year. Comment

Super soph has ignited Boys in football playoffs

Wilbert Lee wanted to start his high-school football career early. Once he got his acceptance letter to Boys & Girls the spring before his freshman year, he personally introduced himself to coach Barry O’Connor. Comment

Brooklyn’s Smith taking advantage of opportunity

It seemed like every step of Jerell Smith’s football career included a road block. Comment

Blackbirds ‘bummed’

If you hear Jim Ferry tell it, his Long Island University men’s basketball team didn’t lose to St. John’s on Friday night. The Blackbirds gave it away. “We gotta win this game,” the coach said. Comment

Chaz: ‘I’ve arrived’-Ford Point guard goes Div. I

Chaz Williams had already led Bishop Ford to its first CHSAA Class A city and state championship and earned recognition as one of the best point guards in the city. But it wasn’t until he put pen to paper Friday afternoon that the senior felt he had silenced his doubters. Comment

Rushing king leads Sharks

Ayo Isijola leads the city in rushing yards and is among the league leaders in touchdowns. He has been offered a full scholarship by Hofstra. Cornell came to visit him. Rutgers and UConn are duly interested, and may offer sometime this winter. Comment

Recharged ‘Roos in semis

Barry O’Connor didn’t want to just win games when he returned to Boys & Girls in 2002. The football coach, in his second go-around at the Brooklyn school, had visions of turning the Kangaroos into a city power. So even though Boys made the 16-team city playoffs in 2004 and 2005, O’Connor wasn’t satisfied. Comment

Fort Hamilton H.S. Tigers win big

The Fort Hamilton football team was able to come up with big play after big play to beat Tottenville, 32-7, in the quarterfinals of the PSAL football playoffs Saturday in Brooklyn. Comment

Police Blotter

Bay News: Police have released a surveillance photo of the man responsible for robbing the Dime Savings Bank at 2172 Coyle Street. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

Bay News: Not going to the principal’s office Comment

Tolls rear their ugly heads-Bleak economic climate revives call to charge bridge fees

Bay News: Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, talks are again promoting tolls for borough motorists crossing East River bridges. Comment

The check ain’t in the mail for homeowners-Community backlash for mayor’s $400 property tax rebate ax

Bay News: Mayor Michael Bloombergís controversial plan to axe the $400 property tax rebate appears to have tripped over itself. Comment

18th Ave. merchants cry foul-Rash of complaints raise questions about validity of claims

Bay News: A flurry of anonymous 311 calls funneled through to the city Departm ent of Buildings has merchants on the busy 18th Avenue commercial corridor feeling like they are being targeted. Comment

S’head Bay motorcyclist struck

Bay News: A 24-year-old motorcyclist was clinging to life Sunday following a horrific crash at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue W. Comment

Tougher road to street renamings

Bay News: Local residents should expect to see fewer blocks named in honor of their late friends and neighbors now that the city has instituted new guidelines regulating the practice. Comment

Traffic light anger grows

Bay News: The New York City Department of Transportation just doesn’t care, isn’t listening, or is fast asleep. Comment

Consumer’s Corner

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

Win a trip to Hawaii

Bay News: A school lunch form could earn a trip to Hawaii. Comment

Tunnel king’s mom passes away-Elsa Diamond dies at the age of 85

Bay News: Elsa Diamond, the indefatigably enthusiastic mother of urban explorer Bob Diamond, died Nov. 9 at Maimonides Medical Center. She was 85 years old. Comment

Spirits exceed expectations

Before last year, Dalliana Toussaint was the pseudo coach of the Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research girls’ volleyball team. Except there were no games and, well, there wasn’t exactly a team, either. Comment

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