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BAILOUT! State cuts new deal to save stalled ‘Atlantic Yards’

Atlantic Yards: State officials threw Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner two lifelines this week in an effort to salvage the bare bones of his original 16-skyscraper office, residential and basketball arena complex. Comments (19)
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Williamsburg: Here it is, folks: Ben Muessig’s full “reporter’s cut” version of the Broadway Triangle saga. It’s a story you won’t want to miss. Comments (6)

New poet laureate will have big muse to fill

Brooklyn Angle: Brooklyn begins the search for a successor to late great poet laureate Ken Siegelman. Comments (3)

Williamsburg’s ‘Taj Mosquito’

Williamsburg: Check out these far out pictures. Comments (1)

The best thing we ate this week: The ‘Greenpoint’ Vietnamese sandwich

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: If the banh mi sandwich is a symbol of French colonialism in Vietnam, then the Polish-style banh mi at Silent H in Williamsburg is an emblem of the gentrification of North Brooklyn. Comment

City pedals Hamilton Ave bike lane

Mean Streets: The ever-expanding network of bike lanes will penetrate deeper into Carroll Gardens and Red Hook later this summer as the city paints fresh routes on Ninth and Columbia streets. Comments (5)

Road awakening at Ikea

Road awakening at Ikea

Mean Streets: Fewer people are driving to the one-year-old Ikea in Red Hook than the Swedish superstore expected, but big box traffic is exacerbating backups at a historically pesky intersection, a new study finds. Comments (1)

City makes ‘history’ in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights: Prospect Heights has joined its better-known upscale neighbor Park Slope as Brooklyn’s latest historic district. Comments (1)

And from the mailbag

Letters: More letters objecting to our pro-Atlantic Yards arena editorial. Comment

‘Fix’ is in! Sound Fix to relocate — and live music will return

Shopping: Yes, one of Brooklyn’s best record stores is moving out of its home of five years, but Sound Fix owner James Bradley has some good news for his customers, too: Live music performances will return! Comments (1)
Music: Forget the BBQ and drop those hot dogs this Fourth of July — and get ready for a real celebration of indie-pendence. Comment

These are the ‘dog’ days of summer

Parenting: On Fathers Day, I did not sleep late or relax in bed with the coffee and newspaper that my darling children had brought me. Instead, I rushed outside with plastic bags sticking out of my pants pockets and picked up after the dog that joined our family since last Fathers Day. His name is Wilson and he is cute, cuddly, delightful and a pain in the butt. In fact, this creature’s impact has pretty much followed the stereotypical script involving the chaos of a home littered with squeaky, rubber toys that I trip over; and children who swore on everything sacred that they would help with the walking, feeding and cleaning up after the dog, but now would rather watch reruns of “The Simpsons” then put on their shoes and drag the dog around the block. Comment

Four boro filmmakers need your help!

Cinema: Believe it or not, but four out of 10 young auteurs in a Netflix-sponsored filmmaking contest are from Brooklyn. But all four are trailing in the balloting. What’s up with that? Comment

MTA full board rubber-stamps Ratner bailout

Atlantic Yards: As expected, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a massive public bailout of the struggling Atlantic Yards project today, changing the project’s financing to save developer Bruce Ratner hundreds of millions of dollars. Comments (5)

Papacito’s is burglarized

Greenpoint: Banditos raided the beloved Manhattan Avenue Mexican restaurant Papacitos early on June 21 and escaped with a safe loaded with $10,000. Comments (1)
Shopping: Robicelli’s Gourmet Market has found the perfect cure for the recession blues: cupcakes. Comment
Mean Streets: Flatbush Avenue would become a walkable, livable, shoppable boulevard — no, really! — under a new plan being put forward by a local business group that is frustrated by the dour, traffic-choked strip between Grand Army Plaza and Atlantic Avenue. Comments (17)
The planned rehabilitation of the crowded and dangerous section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO — a roadway that includes a stretch with 10 times more accidents than the state average — may not bring the aging interstate up to federal highway standards, officials admitted last week. Comments (9)

No fly zone! Quidditch game in McCarren Park did not get off the ground

Greenpoint: They came to play Harry Potter’s favorite game — but these would-be wizards and witches failed to take off. Comments (16)

A surprise on Teen Spirit’s birthday — he DOES want a party

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it must be Smartmom day at BrooklynPaper.com. This week, Teen Spirit admits that he wants a party on his 18th birthday. Comment

Myrtle Ave building collapse looked bad, but injuries are minor

Clinton Hill: A startling building collapse on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill on Sunday has left more than a dozen families homeless. Comment

So here’s the deal: Ratner to get huge break from MTA

Atlantic Yards: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will move ahead with a massive public bailout of the struggling Atlantic Yards project, changing the project’s financing to save developer Bruce Ratner hundreds of millions of dollars. Comments (14)

Williamsburg to city: Our streets are clean enough

Williamsburg: North Brooklynites are demanding a reduction in street cleaning — and with it a cut in the number of days that drivers must shuffle their cars due to alternate-side parking regulations. Comments (10)

Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s poetic voice, is dead

Brooklyn’s poet laureate, Ken Siegelman, died on Friday at his home in Gravesend. He was 63. Comments (2)
Park Slope: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will not step in and save the job of a beloved Catholic elementary principal — despite an outpouring of support from parents at the Park Slope school. Comments (44)

Cafe Grumpy opens in Park Slope!

Dining: There’s nothing grumpy or obnoxious about this great new coffee bar. Comments (2)

You want mermaids? We got mermaids

It was raining, but a fun time was had by most at this year’s Mermaid Parade. Enjoy our photo feature. Comments (2)

Happy birthday to the NYPD’s longest-serving civilian

The NYPD’s oldest civilian employee, Teri Pellicano, was honored on Friday with a birthday bash thrown by her pals in the department’s Coney Island transit station. Comment

How sweep it is! Cyclones take two from hated Yanks

Cyclones: There is joy in Metville once more: The Brooklyn Cyclones swept their two-game, rain-shortened opening weekend series from the hated Staten Island Yankees, reigniting a cross-Narrows rivalry just as intense as the big-league Subway Series. Comment

Two takes on Ringling Brothers’ new Coney circus

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey opened their new “Boom a Ring” one-ring circus in Coney Island last night — so The Brooklyn Paper brought out the big guns: Puppetry, juggling and mime reviewer Thurston Dooley and theater critic Mike McLaughlin, “The Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension.” Both critics weigh in below.
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Frank’s singing the Coney blues

Rhythm & News: In his latest “Rhythm and News” feature, the Bard of Bushwick, Frank Hoier, sings the “Ballad of Coney Island.” Comment
Mean Streets: A city search to fix the polluted and ugly trench portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens is no longer as ambitious as it once was. Comments (3)

Beep backs off on Holocaust exclusion

Williamsburg: The Holocaust Memorial Park Committee has asked for Borough President Marty Markowitz’s support in their push to stop the city from adding stones that would include homosexuals, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses killed in the Holocaust −− but it doesn’t look like Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleader is going to race to their aid. Comment

Dropout foes drop in on City Hall

Williamsburg: As City Council members negotiate a multifaceted city budget, scores of parents, teenagers, and education advocates stormed the steps of City Hall last week to remind local legislators about the importance of dropout prevention programs. Comment

Five legislators back Davila’s City Council run

Williamsburg: City Council candidate Maritza Davila welcomed the endorsements of five state legislators on the steps of City Hall last Friday, as she finished a long week of petitioning to be on the ballot for September’s primary. Comment

Parents say ‘tweaking’ mayoral control won’t cut it

Williamsburg: The state Assembly’s mayoral control bill “just doesn’t go far enough” in providing a real checks and balances system, parents say. Comment

Funding to be cut from Brooklyn public schools

Williamsburg: Public schools will lose $452 million this September. Comment

Summer to turn up heat on Coney rezoning

Williamsburg: The city’s comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already gone through an arduous review, but the toughest battles have yet to be fought. Comment

Embattled rabbi quits Corrections Dept.

Williamsburg: Williamsburg resident Rabbi Leib Glanz, a chaplain with the City Corrections Department, resigned Tuesday after serving a two−week suspension for arranging a bar mitzvah and engagement celebration for an Orthodox Jewish inmate in a Manhattan jail. Comment

Mayor, Council agree on budget

Williamsburg: The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment

Seneca Club draws in politicos

Williamsburg: Anyone and everyone in Brooklyn running for public office in 2009 was spotted at the Seneca Club’s annual dinner at the Polonaise Terrace (150 Greenpoint Avenue) last week. Comment

Cops look at the little things

Williamsburg: Crime in the 90th Precinct is down 21 percent this year, leaving Deputy Inspector Michael Kemper and his officers to focus on the little things. Comment

2nd annual crest fest ‘09 art show

Williamsburg: Crest Hardware’s Joe Franquinha has outdone himself this year, meticulously curating his store’s second annual Crest Fest 2009 Outdoor Art Show this past Saturday. Comment

Borough Hall salutes top precinct chiefs

Williamsburg: There were a lot of cop cars, but no criminal activity at Borough Hall Wednesday. Comment

Schism over sex abuse bills

Williamsburg: A group of Orthodox Jewish sexual abuse victims is calling out to Albany. Comment

‘burg waits for slice of the stimulus pie

Williamsburg: Congress passed a $787 billion federal stimulus package earlier this year, but Williamsburg residents still wonder how much of that amount will find its way to their community and into which programs. Comment

Break for drivers

Williamsburg: Williamsburg’s car owners may soon be breathing easier. Comment

New fight over turf

Williamsburg: Hundreds of residents run and play on the McCarren Park track every day without realizing that the rubberized pellets underneath the artificial turf may be hazardous. Comment

Library invests in marigold magic

Williamsburg: A few rain showers did little to dampen the spirit of some of Williamsburg’s youngest gardeners as they planted marigolds in the garden of the Leonard Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment

Letters to the editor

Letters: Wheel trouble Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Williamsburg: Even with this down economy, more than 90% of us still have our jobs. Some of us who have been working hard and still doing well financially are being constantly told that we are to be taxed our “fair share.” Exactly what is my “fair share?” Twenty percent? Thirty−five percent? Fifty percent? That’s a number that’s hard to define, especially when almost half the population pays nothing. Now that’s very dangerous. Comment

A Britisher’s View

Williamsburg: What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s way? Comment

GALLOP gala showcases riders’ talents

Williamsburg: Join GALLOP for a day in Prospect Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21, as GALLOP students — riders whose disabilities include autism, down syndrome, CP, and emotional and learning disabilities — will be showcasing the riding skills they have learned throughout the past year. Spectators can meet a horse or pony and learn about horses, GALLOP, and horseback riding from the students. Comment

Lincoln’s Fuentes wishes she was blessed with a little more time

Katharine Fuentes has her fair share of regrets. The Lincoln senior wished she played more travel softball – she played just a few games with the Brooklyn Cyclones last summer. But more than anything else, she wants to soak up some more knowledge from new Railsplitters coaches Kim Procida and Nicole Adisano. Comment

Thomas takes home two state titles for Sheepshead

John Thomas’ start can pretty much decide the finish to most races. Comment

‘Barack and roll’ at KeySpan Park

Brooklyn Courier: For one night this summer, the Brooklyn Cyclones will be transformed into the Baracklyn Cyclones, honoring the President of the United States, Barack Obama, June 23. Comment

Brooklyn’s cup runneth over with beauty

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope beauty queen Magdalena Buszniewicz, 18, has plenty to smile about after being crowned Miss Polonia 2009. Comment

Brooklyn: Always lookng fashion−forward

Brooklyn Courier: Fugghedabout Paris, Milan and London – it’s Brooklyn that has the fashionistas swooning this summer. Comment

Ballet troupe moves onto Schermerhorn

Brooklyn Courier: File this one under lowbrow living meets highbrow art. Comment

City looks for new ‘ditch’ remedy

Brooklyn Courier: The city said this week it is looking for companies capable of devising a scheme to make tolerable the concrete and asphalt channel carved out by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Comment

‘Salvation’ for a principal

Brooklyn Courier: Parents hope Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will come to their rescue but, apparently, help isn’t on its way. Comment

BK pol is elevated in Albany

Brooklyn Courier: If one wants to make sense of all the madness brewing from last week’s Republican hijacking of the State Senate, southern Brooklyn State Senator Carl Kruger has a clear and concise explanation. Comment

DOT takes crack at improving the circle

Brooklyn Courier: Navigating the notoriously congested Park Circle in Windsor Terrace can sometimes resemble a scene from a Peter Sellers “Pink Panther” movie. Comment

Local man busted for impersonating dead ma

Brooklyn Courier: The last six years had been one long drag for Thomas Parkin. Comment

Committee votes to okay ‘utlimate fighting’ here

Brooklyn Courier: When the Barclays Center Arena gets built at the Atlantic⁄Flatbush Avenues intersection, it may one day play host to mixed martial arts fighting. Comment

Candidates say they’ve earned spot on ballot

Brooklyn Courier: Well, that was fast. Comment

Seventh Ave. P.O. safe − sort of

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue post office won’t be shuttered — at least for now. Comment

Calvary@Home encourages more volunteers to join

Brooklyn Courier: Make a difference in 2009 −− Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment

CB6: No hi−rises in Park

Brooklyn Courier: Community Board 6 last week threw its support behind an alternative plan to finance the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, one that eliminates the construction of two high−rise apartment buildings amid the birds and the trees. Comment

Ikea trees wilt

Brooklyn Courier: When IKEA celebrates its one−year anniversary in Red Hook this week, several trees along the store’s 3.5−mile public esplanade won’t be part of the party. Comment

LGBT community rallies for marriage

Brooklyn Courier: Dozens of advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bi−Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) causes gathered together at Washington Park in Park Slope Sunday to demand that Albany says “I do” to gay marriage. Comment

Community Bd. 6 exodus derails ‘code of conduct’ effort

Brooklyn Courier: Approval of Community Board 6’s code of conduct for responsible contractors will have to wait until July. Comment

Merchant busted for allegedly peddling fireworks

Brooklyn Courier: Police have popped a neighborhood merchant allegedly caught selling fireworks out of his Third Avenue bodega. Comment

Madison can’t halt the Pirates’ six−peat

High School Sports: Bill Dumont knew the situation would eventually find his James Madison softball team against Tottenville. Comment

Coney’s Shaq shines

High School Sports: Shaquille Stokes spent his first year in Coney Island desperately seeking to fit in. He adhered to seniors and listened intently to his coaches. He desperately wanted to please. Comment

For the love of the game

High School Sports: Jai Kellman’s commute this summer creates a whole new meaning to the word. Comment

Mariners draft LIU star

Brooklyn Courier: When Long Island University junior James Jones took the mound this spring, his every pitch was closely scrutinized by dozens of Major League scouts. Comment

“Peter Pan” at Public School 217

Flatbush: Rapt visitors enjoyed a joyous trip to Never, Never Land when starry-eyed students staged a delightful, homespun version of “Peter Pan” at Public School 217. Comment

Ateret Avot Senior Residence

Flatbush: Members of Scharf’s Ateret Avot Senior Residence who couldn’t attend the Salute to Israel Parade, held along Fifth Avenue on Manhattan, attended their own parade at the Midwood senior center, 1410 East 10th Street. Comment

New scorecard on ‘inhumane’ elected officials

Flatbush: If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment

Advocates push for more rides in Coney

Flatbush: With the City Planning Commission set to render its verdict on the Coney Island development and rezoning proposal this week, ride advocates returned to the steps of City Hall last Wednesday afternoon with a last-ditch plea: “Don’t shrink Coney Island.” Comment

Public School 315 Concert

Flatbush: The auditorium was alive with the sound of music when starry-eyed Public School 315 students performed a spring concert to celebrate the end of a successful academicyear. Comment

Red Hook can finally ‘can it’

Brooklyn Courier: Trash cans finally arrived in Red Hook — less than a week after this newspaper reported their scarcity along the commercial strip. Comment

Smile! P.S. 32 students step up for free dental exams

Brooklyn Courier: Assemblywoman Joan Millman teamed up with the New York University College of Dentistry to provide free dental exams for students at Public School 32. The NYU Smiling Faces Going Places mobile dental van, outfitted with dental chairs, was parked nearby to serve classrooms of children throughout the day. Comment

Concrete fit on Columbia

Brooklyn Courier: United States Concrete, the Texas−based construction giant, could be poised to open a plant in Red Hook, this paper has learned. Comment

Sixth Annual Children of Abraham Peace Walk

Brooklyn Courier: In Brooklyn, we get along. Comment

A schoolhouse divided on Sullivan Street

Brooklyn Courier: P.S. 15 in Red Hook is a war zone, complete with “incidents” in bathrooms and students stalking each other in stairwells, parents claim. Comment

Dance Theater Etcetera presents 16th annual show

Brooklyn Courier: A sunset salsa party, rapping lyricists, a free kayak ride – and a showcase of emerging local talent – were among the sizzling crowd−pleasers when Dance Theatre Etcetera presented its a weekend−long arts festival at Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier. Comment

Not for Nuthin’

Perspective: It all started with a poster. “Be a lifeguard,” it read.“Earn money for the summer.” Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Canarsie: Even with this down economy, more than 90% of us still have our jobs. Some of us who have been working hard and still doing well financially are being constantly told that we are to be taxed our “fair share.” Exactly what is my “fair sharei” Twenty percenti Thirty-five percenti Fifty percenti That’s a number that’s hard to define, especially when almost half the population pays nothing. Now that’s very dangerous. Comment

Motorcycle enthusiasts support nation’s war heroes full throttle

Canarsie: Historic Floyd Bennett Field was the launching pad for motorcycling patriots and their families from across the metropolitan area, who put the pedal to the metal for American war heroes %u2013 past and present - during a pomp-filled commemorative bike ride to Manhattan. Comment

Financial pros needed

Canarsie: In today’s challenging economy, a number of people find themselves in career transitions as a result of the ailing job market. The US Department of Labor just revealed that the economy lost around 650,000 jobs in March. According to the Associated Press, the US unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February, and economists recently announced that the national jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in March. Comment

Juneteenth block party celebration

Canarsie: In honor of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the announcement of African-American freedom from enslavement, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is throwing a Juneteenth Block Party in celebration of African-American people, culture, and community, June 21 from 12-8 p.m. on Macdonough Street between Lewis Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard. Comment

Poetry Walk

Canarsie: A sea of ode lovers embarked upon a literary pilgrimage to indulge their passion for balladry during a twilight poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge which, according to aficionados, “could just make you fall in love with New York all over again.” Comment

Veep’s bride delivers KCC address

Canarsie: Lifelong educator and “deputy first lady” Dr. Jill Biden was among the notables in attendance as students marked the end of a successful scholastic year with graduation day rites and festivities at Kingsborough Community College. Comment

City would like to sell Canarsie Cemetery.

Canarsie: No matter who owns it, Canarsie Cemetery must be reincarnated to reflect the stature it rightly deserves, Community Board 18 urged this week. Comment

Fun-filled day of games, activities, delicious BBQ

Canarsie: Every year, the East Midwood Hebrew Day School takes their children and parents out for a fun-filled day of games, activities, delicious BBQ and all around fun to celebrate and honor Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer,in the Jewish calendar, as counted from the second day of Passover until the holiday of Shavuot. Pictured here, the students participate in a Tug ’O War. The East Midwood Hebrew Day School is located at 1256 East 21st Street. Comment

GALLOP showcases disabled riders

Canarsie: Join GALLOP for a day in Prospect Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 21, as GALLOP students — riders whose disabilities include autism, down syndrome, CP, and emotional and learning disabilities — will be showcasing the riding skills they have learned throughout the past year. Spectators can meet a horse or pony and learn about horses, GALLOP, and horseback riding from the students. Comment

One heck of a year: Dist. 20 hails school family

Canarsie: The end of the school year means parties — and awards. Comment

DKNY...and now an R.N. to boot!

Canarsie: Call her “Nurse” Donna Karan — an honorary title the internationally renowned fashion designer earned at the graduation of the largest class in the history of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. Along with 114 students who completed the rigorous associate degree program, Karan received her honorary diploma from Phillips Beth Israel Co-Chairs Janet Green and Ruth Nerken, who presided over the ceremonies. Comment

Kids can learn how to play tennis for free

Canarsie: The New York Junior Tennis League’s annual spring program is offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Comment

Hop a kayak at Canarsie Pier

Canarsie: A fleet of kayaks will be the star attraction at the Canarsie Pier this summer. Comment

Celebrity-autographed photographs

Canarsie: Veteran celebrity hound Louis Schlamowitz boasts his nose for news, and a venerable collection of celebrity-autographed photographs, which seem to fit the bill for the headline of the day. Comment

Kids can learn how to play tennis this summer for free!

Canarsie: The New York Junior Tennis League’s annual spring program is offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations throughout Brooklyn. Trained coaches will provide a comprehensive schedule of instruction, practice and play for all levels. Comment

Politics

Canarsie: The Albany fallout Comment

Spanish development angers Satmars here

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment

Cricket field, Canarsie Park

Canarsie: The “fastest growing sport in New York City” now has its own ‘field of dreams’ at refurbished Canarsie Park. Comment

New fears about the safety of our drinking water

Canarsie: The machinations of energy companies in upstate New York could have a devastating impact on Brooklyn’s drinking water, a local lawmaker warned last week. Comment

Canarsie High School’s got rhythm %u2013 not rage.

Canarsie: Starry-eyed students there joined peers from Sheepshead Bay High School to audition for a “My School has Rhythm Not Violence” rap contest, presented by the NYPD School Safety Community Outreach Unit. Comment

Flatlands Civic Association brought the politicians to the people

Canarsie: The Flatlands Civic Association brought the politicians to the people for a frank discussion of issues such as poverty, term limits, education, and skyrocketing water bills. Comment

Annual health fair coming

Canarsie: Community residents are invited to participate in the fifth Annual Health Fair/Street Fair, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, One Brookdale Plaza betweenRockaway Parkway and Linden Boulevard. Comment

New fears about your drinking water

Canarsie: By Gary Buiso Comment

Days numbered for St. Ann’s Warehouse

Brooklyn Heights: The controversial Dock Street project might have garnered City Council approval recently, but it also started the clock ticking for one of DUMBO’s most important cultural institutions to find a new home. Comment

Seeking soup kitchen volunteers

Brooklyn Heights: St. John’s Bread & Life, Brooklyn’s largest soup kitchen with an array of social service programs, is seeking volunteers for the summer months. Specifically needed are Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Polish and Russian translators who are fluent in one of those languages and English to help guests apply for social service programs. Other volunteers are being sought for data entry. Comment

Road work ahead

Brooklyn Heights: DUMBO is getting the mother of all road infrastructure improvements beginning next month. Comment

Worker Bees cause an artistic buzz on Tillary

Brooklyn Heights: Downtown Brooklyn is now an open−air public art gallery, thanks to a 200−foot−long mural painted along the Tillary Street concrete traffic barrier, which offers viewers a kaleidoscopic narrative of the similarities between humans and the common bee. Comment

Looking good on Atlantic

Brooklyn Heights: Community Board 6 last week threw its support behind an alternative plan to finance the maintenance of Brooklyn Bridge Park, one that eliminates the construction of two high−rise apartment buildings amid the birds and the trees. Comment

School kids ‘break out’ of the classroom

Brooklyn Heights: A fun−filled revel was on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers to kick off a spring arts festival at Public School 307⁄Middle School 313 in DUMBO. Comment

Bargains and bellyaching at Brooklyn Bridge Flea Market

Brooklyn Heights: Never deny a New Yorker’s God−given right to complain about living in the city. Comment

Child’s death spurs more flu fears

Canarsie: The death of a Brooklyn public school student has reinforced parents’ fears about swine flu. Comment

Beep backs away from Holocaust exclusion

The Holocaust Memorial Park Committee has asked for Borough President Marty Markowitz’s support in their push to stop the city from adding stones that would include homosexuals, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses killed in the Holocaust -- but it doesn’t look like Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleader is going to race to their aid. Comment

Candles burn for the dead

Once again, they’re saying never again. Comment

Windows on public artistry

Brooklyn Heights: By Stephen Witt Comment

Borough prez salutes top precinct chiefs

What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s wayi Comment

Late Brooklynite’s cancer fight is not over

Cancer robbed Patty Cavallo of her brave daughter Sienna last summer, but the disease has only strengthened the South Park Slope mom’s resolve to battle for a cure. Comment

Class goes green

The City Council has given its blessing to the use of the Green Church site for a new school, bringing the proposal one step closer to fruition. Comment

Golden cheers Albany coup

New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

Too much democracy for Markowitz

Former President George W. Bush was always fond of saying how much easier governing the United States would be if only it were a dictatorship. Old Number 43 may be history, but that sentiment about our democracy has apparently not faded out with him. Comment

Pols rated on animal rights issues

If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment

Community boards rally against budget cuts

Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment

Boom−A−Ring circus tent rises!

The Coney Island “Boom-A-Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment

Asser star slum

Canarsie: With the lack of toilet facilities and overall poor state of the bandshell at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Borough President Marty Markowitz says “it’s a miracle” that any celebrities have agreed to perform at his annual summer concert series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment

Raw sewage leak forces closure of Brooklyn beaches

A sewage leak caused the closure of several Brooklyn beaches last Sunday, but the situation was soon rectified and the beaches were reopened again Monday morning. Comment

Mayoral control a ‘boo−boo’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have never been put in charge of the public school system, according to a local politician. Comment

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s chocolate man, Jacques Torres, is branching into the soft stuff. Comment

Bloomberg administration touts mayoral control

Learn NY’s grassroots coalition of 78 education programs, community−based organizations and faith−based institutions kicked−off a five−borough bus tour to highlight the overwhelming public support for mayoral control. With the deadline for renewing the mayoral control law just weeks away, parents and educators came together to thank the State Legislature for enacting mayoral control in 2002 and to call on them to renew the law this June. Comment

BK teens on tobacco road

Brooklyn Courier: More teens in Brooklyn use tobacco than in any borough, according to a federal lawmaker promoting legislation he hopes will help young lungs curb the harmful habit. Comment

‘Boot camp’ for children

Chelsea Shivers, a sixth grader at Heidelberg Middle School in Heidelberg Germany,alongwith other classmates with deployed or recently redeployed parents had the opportunity to be like their Soldier parents - by participating in “Kids’ Boot Camp.” Comment

Call her “Nurse” Donna Karan

Call her “Nurse” Donna Karan — an honorary title the internationally renowned fashion designer earned at the graduation of the largest class in the history of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing. Along with 114 students who completed the rigorous associate degree program, Karan received her honorary diploma from Phillips Beth Israel Co-Chairs Janet Green and Ruth Nerken, who presided over the ceremonies. Comment

Gavel to Gavel

The manslaughter case over the death of Paul Zaccaria was thrown into turmoil this week when a juror stated that she has had enough. Comment

New Secretary of the Navy installed

Ray Mabus, former Mississippi governor and U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was sworn in as the 75th Secretary of the Navy. Leading the Navy and Marine Corps,Mabus will be responsible for an annual budget in excess of $150 billion and almost 900,000 people. Comment

Borough Briefs

Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez, originally from Sunset Park, pulled himself out of drug dealing and street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now, he is the subject of “New Muslim Cool,”which kicks off P.O.V.’s 22nd season on PBS on June 23 at 10 p.m. Comment

‘Real Warriors’ seek help for PTSD

Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Hopper returned home from his second deployment from Iraq and knew that “something was definitely wrong” with him. Comment

Star-spangled salute at Fort Hamilton

Old Glory reigned supreme during a Flag Day celebration at Fort Hamilton Army Base, which drew patriots, young and old, to hail the nation’s emblem. Comment

Grateful community honors aux captain

Music from a lone bagpipe filled the air. Ceremonial units from the NYPD stood at attention. Mourners wiped away tears. This was the somber scene outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Bay Ridge as family and friends came to pay their final respects to 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Captain Linying Gong, who died early last week after a long battle with cancer. She was 60 years old. Comment

Tabata tests army men’s mettle

Seven soldiers of Company A, 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, grunted and moaned as they lifted Humvee shock springs to build strength and endurance in preparation of upcoming missions. Comment

Vice prez to Air Force grads: shape a new history

Vice President Joe Biden called upon the newest graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy to shape a new history for the country as they said goodbye to academia and welcomed their new challenges as second lieutenants in an ever-changing U.S. military and world. Comment

Canines prove to be the best medicine

Trained in explosives detection, narcotics detection and more, military working dogsare now assisting in a different type of fight: The fight to rehabilitate patients at the Air Force Theater Hospital. Comment

For all Poland

Park Slope beauty queen Magdalena Buszniewicz, 18, has plenty to smile about after being crowned Miss Polonia 2009. Comment

Homeowners assistance program expands, says DOD

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced details for the temporary expansion of the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).The $555 million allocated to the HAP will be used to provide benefits to eligible military and DoD civilians who face financial losses selling their primary residence during the current housing downturn. Comment

Amalgamated names new bank manager

Amalgamated Bank’s Rosemarie Gentiliaco has been named vice president and manager of the bank’s newest branch, 426 86th Street in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. The branch is scheduled to open in June. Gentiliaco grew up and still resides in the borough. Comment

Stop, go and other bumps in the road

Those who have a speed bump on their block want it gone. Comment

Help clear the beach of ugly floatables

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment

Responding to a disaster area

Whether a terrorist attack, a massive flood or the swine flu, being prepared for an emergency is crucial. Comment

League of Conservation Voters don black ties

More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all-star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment

Mayor, City Council hammer out $59.4 billion budget

The new $59.4 billion budget agreed upon by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council has good news and bad news for Brooklynites. Comment

Calvary@Home urges more to become volunteers

Make a difference in 2009 -- Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment

Construction at Sixth Avenue off-ramp coming

Ridgites can look forward to a protracted period of construction at the Gowanus Expressway’s Sixth Avenue off-ramp. Comment

Ticked off with the AHDO, new UADO forms

There’s no quarrel, he insists, but one Bay Ridge Democratic powerhouse has formed a new political club to give shelter to local activists unhappy with the direction of one area club. Comment

It’s been a long flight for Hueys from LZ X-Ray

Amid the tangle of scrub brush, ravines and sun-baked termite hills near the Chu Pong Massif in Vietnam’s Ia Drang Valley, the then Capt. John Ghere maneuvered his UH-1 Helicopter close to the deck in search of a landing zone. Comment

Bay Ridge loses community stalwart

Philip Schirripa, a lifelong Bay Ridge resident, who worked as a bartender/manager in Antiquity’s Pub (now Kopperfields), The Full Moon Saloon and The Schnitzel Haus. and was one of the owners of The Full Moon Saloon from 1998-2005, died last month. He was 56 years-old. Comment

Bay Ridge rallies to help put cancer on the run for good

Mom, dad and the kids help wage war on a killer disease %u2013 plus hailed the courage of victims and survivors %u2013 during the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Relay for Life benefit in Bay Ridge. Comment

Letters to the Editor

Letters: Why are posters of a woman with missing fingers in my face all over the subway Comment

A Britisher’s View

Perspective: What use is a president, who backpedals, cannot differentiate terrorists from common criminals and appears carefree about placing Americans in harm’s wayi Comment

Youngsters give School of fish some company

Bay News: Curious young minds received a lesson in subterranean treasures in their very own ‘classroom on the pier,’ courtesy of a pair of professional divers, who geared up in their scuba suits and led an expedition of the historic treasures that lie beneath Coney Island. Comment

Snap, crackle, fizzle: cops warn against fireworks

Bay News: Light fireworks anywhere in the confines of the 61st Precinct this July 4 and you’re the one going to be popped. Comment

Child’s Death Spurs More Flu Fears

Bay News: By Michèle De Meglio Comment

Brighton residents say gangs are on the prowl

Bay News: Following an exclusive story about gang activity in Brighton Beach two weeks ago, this newspaper has received several tips from Hispanic sources that the problem is escalating. Comment

Amphitheater opponents remain unswayed

Bay News: A two-hour face-to-face meeting with the borough president has not tempered Mendy Sontag’s opposition to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to construct a $64 million amphitheater at Asser Levy Park. Comment

Rezone Nixed in Brighton

Bay News: Brighton Beach will not be downzoned. Comment

Teen charged with mowing down senior

Bay News: Manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges have been filed against a teenage driving student who ran down a 65-year-old man waiting for a city bus in Bensonhurst last week. Comment

Forum tackles dementia

Bay News: Many seniors and their caregivers often keep to themselves persistent concerns that may be considered taboo for discussion. Questionsabout depression, dementia and delirium can be aired openly and answered candidly at Beth Israel-Kings Highway Division, June 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. Comment

Cops dispatch mobile command ctr. to Houses

Bay News: The police are paying closer attention to the Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses. Comment

Authorities: no deal in senator’s assault case

Bay News: Rumors of State Senator Kevin Parker’s plea deal with the Kings County District Attorney’s office have been exaggerated. Comment

86th Street construction can’t end soon enough

Bay News: By Helen Klein Comment

The graffiti clean-up

Bay News: A graffiti-strewn block of buildings that’s plagued the Glenwood Houses for some time has been given new life thanks to a new initiative sponsored by the Kings County District Attorney’s office. Comment

Sampson rises out of dust up

If one wants to make sense of all the madness brewing from week’s Republican hijacking of the State Senate, all one has to do is ask Mill Basin/Sheepshead Bay State Senator Carl Kruger. Comment

A skate park, a music pavilion and extended trails are in the offing for Canarsie Park.

Bay News: With the first phase of the park’s reconstruction -- including a new cricket oval -- now complete, attention is turning to construction of the second phase of the project, said Marty Maher, Brooklyn parks chief of staff for the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation, during a presentation to members of the United Canarsie South Civic Association (UCSCA). Comment

‘Sun is about to set’ on mayoral control of schools

Bay News: The public school system may be revamped in just two months — so Brooklynites should make their voices heard now. Comment

Become a calvary volunteer

Bay News: Make a difference in 2009 -- Volunteer for Calvary@Home. Comment

Ribbon cut on new Kings Hwy Library

Bay News: The Kings Highway Library is up and running again %u2013 following a $7.5 million makeover. Comment

Summer heat is on Coney Island rezoning proposal

Bay News: The city’s comprehensive development and rezoning plan for Coney Island has already gone through an arduous review, but the toughest battles have yet to be fought. Comment

Stellar Xaverian run falls just short

High School Sports: By Five Boro Sports Comment

Utes’ dream of glory fizzles out

High School Sports: By Five Boro Sports Comment

Knights ready now for ‘next year’

High School Sports: By Five Boro Sports Comment

Bishop Ford girls varsity basketball coach to retire

High School Sports: By Five Boro Sports Comment

Pressure on Lincoln’s Shaq

High School Sports: By Five Boro Sports Comment

Gavel to Gavel: What on the Court Calendar

Williamsburg: Juror bails out of Jet Ski crash case Comment

Furor over bike lane plan rages

Williamsburg: Dissent over the Kent Avenue bicycle lane plan has not abated, as several Williamsburg residents vigorously protested this week the Department of Transportation’s proposal to reroute truck traffic onto North 11th Street and restrict vehicular traffic to a one−way northbound lane. Comment

Members unanimously elect new Community Board 1 chair

Williamsburg: Community Board 1 members overwhelmingly elected Greenpoint resident Christopher Olechowski as their new chair this past Tuesday night, replacing Williamsburg resident Vincent J. Abate, Jr., who has served in the position for nearly 30 years. Comment

Boards see cuts as a threat

Williamsburg: Facing a proposed budget cut of nearly $35,000, Community Board 1 member Chris Olechowski and District Manager Gerry Esposito joined more than 200 New Yorkers from community boards citywide at a City Hall rally this past Tuesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision. Comment

Candidates under the gun to get on ballot

Williamsburg: Let the petitioning begin! Comment

Jews, justice and Obama

Williamsburg: Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

BK pol cheers GOP coup

Williamsburg: New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

Conservation voters don black ties

Williamsburg: More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all−star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment

Carroll Pk food vendor sought

Williamsburg: Carroll Gardens activists were caught off guard last week to learn that the city Parks Department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to put a food vender in Carroll Park. Comment

Activists are toasted at Teddy’s Bar

Williamsburg: In honor of Brooklyn Day, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honored Brigitte Veneski and several Williamsburg activists at Teddy’s Bar and Grill (96 Berry Street) who have been raising money for the Northside Town Hall Community Cultural Center in the former site of Wythe Avenue’s Engine 212. Comment

Brooklyn schools put on swine flu ‘watch list’

Williamsburg: The city Health Department has placed several Brooklyn schools on a “watch list.” Comment

Rapper helps inspire greater literacy in kids

Williamsburg: Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment

Ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog − but seniors love ‘em

Williamsburg: In collaboration with The Good Dog Foundation, the Cobble Hill Health Center held its first Dog Show, which brought out animal−loving residents, who enjoyed the parade of pups, which included a Labrador Retriever, Pug, Dachshund, Shiatsu, Miniature Maltese, Spinone, amongst others. Comment

Brooklyn teens firmly on tobacco rd.

Williamsburg: More teens in Brooklyn use tobacco than in any borough, according to a federal lawmaker promoting legislation he hopes will help young lungs curb the harmful habit. Comment

Renegade Craft Fair has nice threads

Williamsburg: With McCarren Park Pool locked up and fenced away, more than 300 designers surrounded the McCarren Park track (Bedford and North 12th Street) to sell their homemade wares at the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend. Comment

Tips on getting your band booked

Williamsburg: For most musicians looking to play in Brooklyn and the city at large, you go about doing it the hard way, learning from your mistakes gig by gig. Comment

Despite rain, Boom−A−Ring big top rises in Coney Island

Williamsburg: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s “Boom−A−Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment

New Views 2009 benefits the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway development

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold New Views 2009, its fourth annual benefit for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 18 from 6−9 p.m. at IKEA Brooklyn’s Erie Basin Park. Comment

Thompson, Avella at mayoral candidates forum

Williamsburg: Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment

Annual golf outing honors U.S. servicemen and women

Williamsburg: The Capt. John McKenna and LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment

Jews only at Holocaust Park

Williamsburg: A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment

Triangle feud grows acute

Williamsburg: Department of Housing Assistant Commissioner Champa Chanda barely finished the first sentence of her Broadway Triangle rezoning presentation before more than 100 community residents erupted in repeated chants of “Open process!”, commandeering Tuesday night’s Community Board One meeting for nearly an hour. Comment

Not for Nuthin’

Williamsburg: Ever since the dawn of time, men have had a problem with laundry. Lacking in their genetic make−up is the ability to mix furs, pelts and coloreds. They can beat a rock over the head of an elk − but are unable to beat the rock out of delicates. Comment

A Britisher’s View

Williamsburg: Could you identify the national flag of Botswana as, readily, as Botswanians could peg Old Glory? Comment

It’s Only My Opinion

Williamsburg: And still more thoughts from those scraps of paper that have been accumulating in my pockets. Comment

Hajjar pitches Xaverian to 9-2 win against Xavier

As the Xaverian bus rolled into the parking lot adjacent Kaiser Stadium on the campus of St John’s University, Clippers coach Dennis Canale noticed a look in senior Anthony Hajjar’s eyes not seen before today. Comment

Vargas, Telecom move one step closer to final round

Glenn McCartney told his hitters before the sixth inning to take a strike before swinging away. The Telecommunications softball coach wanted to make InTech Academy reliever Araya Henry work. Comment

New look for Flatbush Ave.

Brooklyn Courier: The North Flatbush Business Improvement District will unveil 30 nylon silkscreened banners, June 22 from 9−10 a.m., all of which will be displayed on all street lampposts on Flatbush Avenue from Plaza Street to Atlantic Avenue and in front of Burrito Bar and Kitchen, at the corner of Prospect Place and Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Jews, Social Justice, & the Obama Era

Brooklyn Courier: Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Bklyn pol cheers GOP’s Albany coup

Brooklyn Courier: New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

Super sized jeers

Brooklyn Courier: The city extended an olive branch to critics of a plan to build a new school for P.S. 133, but residents were unmoved and said that officials are “not sincere at all.” Comment

Thumbs up for rezoning

Brooklyn Courier: In a strong show of support, the executive committee of Community Board 7 voted unanimously to recommend a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of Sunset Park’s waterfront at a public hearing on Tuesday night. Comment

Thompson, Avella at candidates forum

Brooklyn Courier: Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment

Hikind: Only Jews allowed in Holocaust Memorial Park

Brooklyn Courier: A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment

Schools on swine flu ‘watch list’

Brooklyn Courier: The city Health Department has placed several Brooklyn schools on a “watch list.” Comment

Sweet Adelines chorus

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is hosting open house rehearsals at 7:45 p.m., June 22. Comment

City seeks public input on the future of Tillary Street

Brooklyn Courier: All it takes is a dream, and a meeting to present it. Comment

Dean backs Skaller...um, and Lander as well

Brooklyn Courier: For former governor, presidential nominee and progressive Democrat champion Howard Dean, promises made at parties can get sticky. Comment

NY Cares urges you to become a volunteer

Brooklyn Courier: New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers hundreds of ways for Brooklyn residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects. Comment

4th annual Greenway gala

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) will hold New Views 2009, its fourth annual benefit for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, June 18 from 6−9 p.m. at IKEA Brooklyn’s Erie Basin Park. Comment

Pride Agenda calls for up or down vote on gay marriage

Brooklyn Courier: After Monday’s Republican coup, the chance of a vote being called for gay marriage in the State Senate was thrown to the four winds. Comment

Ride advocates urge city to go big in Coney Island

With the City Planning Commission set to render its verdict on the Coney Island development and rezoning proposal in just a few short days, ride advocates returned to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday afternoon with a last−ditch plea: “Don’t shrink Coney Island.” Comment

A bit of the emerald isle in the slope

Brooklyn Courier: Prospect Park sparkled with emerald frolics as visitors enjoyed a day of national pride – Irish−style – during the annual Tara Festival at Bartel Pritchard Circle, attended by the consul general of Ireland. Comment

Fallen tree causes cracked ribs, concussion

Brooklyn Courier: A tree fell in Prospect Park last week, injuring four teens, one seriously, a police official said. Comment

Lambda Dems support Zuckerman campaign

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope City council hopeful Bob Zuckerman secured the support of the Lambda Independent Democrats, the borough’s leading LGBT political club, last week in an election where candidates aren’t taking anything for granted. Comment

Spanish development angers Satmars here

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment

Annual golf outing honors U.S. military

Brooklyn Courier: The Capt. John McKenna and LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment

Same−sex marriage rally on June 14

Brooklyn Courier: Advocates for gay marriage will demand that the tumultuous state senate votes on the pivotal issue during a rally at Washington Park at Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street this Sunday, June 14. Comment

Daughtry slams Yards critics

Brooklyn Courier: Following an animated showing at the recent Senate hearing regarding Atlantic Yards, one of the project’s most ardent supporters continued to lambast opponents. Comment

Free study for residents 60−plus

Brooklyn Courier: The My Turn Program at Kingsborough Community College is offering a special program for New York residents, 60 and older, who are interested in attending regular college with regular students. Comment

Car−free days of summer on Vanderbilt avenue

Brooklyn Courier: Pounding the pavement is a sweeter prospect in Prospect Heights this month. Comment

Lil mama inspires kids to read

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment

Boards balk at budget cuts

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment

Treat dad like an MVP at KeySpan

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Cyclones invite fans to show dad he’s MVP this Father’s Day, June 21st at KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, by inviting him for a special catch in the outfield grass prior to the team’s 5 p.m. game. Comment

Coach likes ‘pure soccer brain’

High School Sports: When Carlo Acquista sat down and evaluated what he wanted to upgrade in his team, the Adelphi University men’s soccer coach wrote down a few important characteristics: natural ability, ability to break teams down, technically and tactically sound, great vision. Comment

Falcon to roost close to home

High School Sports: Kasciem Graham needs a certain level of control. It’s one of the reasons the Bishop Ford senior loves being on the mound so much. Comment

Bishop Ford runners to share same track at St. Francis College

High School Sports: If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Comment

Loughlin girls return to Division I

High School Sports: After two seasons playing in CHSAA Brooklyn⁄Queens Division II, the Bishop Loughlin girls’ basketball team will move back up to Division I next season, according to athletic director Angela Proce. She, varsity head coach Rocco Romano and his staff came to the decision two weeks ago and the move was approved by the league. Comment

7th Heaven Fair

Brooklyn Courier: The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 35th Annual “Seventh Heaven” Street Fair will be held along Seventh Avenue, from Flatbush Avenue to 16th Street, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Farmers Market

Brooklyn Courier: With brand new vendors and live music, the Sunday Farmers Market in Dumbo is a one−stop−shop for healthy, local food and neighborhood fun this season. The farmers market will be held at the entrance of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Main Street, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 22. Comment

Carroll Park Kids’ Concert Series

Brooklyn Courier: The Carroll Park Kids’ Concert Series kicks off with Astrograss at 4 p.m., June 14. Comment

It’s good to be the goat in this scenario

Kings Courier: The latest adventure for the Builders Club at Marine Park Intermediate School 278, 1925 Stuart Street, has been to raise money in order to buy a goat through Heifer International, which provides employment opportunities and education to people in developing areas, including the United States. Comment

The nose knows where to find fun

Kings Courier: Before the Ringling Bros. Circus takes over Coney Island, performers gave Brooklynites a sneak peek of what’s in store this summer. Comment

Spanish development angers satmars here

Kings Courier: Brooklyn’s Satmar Orthodox Jews are making no bones about their distaste for what they say is the ongoing desecration of their holy cemeteries in Toleda, Spain. Comment

Public school 225 celebrates student diversity

Kings Courier: It’s been a busy month for the students and staff at Public School 255. Comment

Senior issues on the agenda

Kings Courier: Seniors from the Midwood Active Adults Program joined Millennium Development administrators in Albany to meet elected officials, such as Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, and State Senators Martin Golden, Carl Kruger, John Sampson, and others. Comment

No money for new station house

Kings Courier: It’s old, ill−placed and rumors are rife that the building is haunted, but cops in the 70th Precinct better not hold their collective breath waiting for a new place to hang their hats. Comment

Patchwork of caring counts for a lot

Kings Courier: The Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s Builders Club continues to find fun and unique ways to help their community. Comment

Fidler pinch−hits for tardy Bill Thompson

Kings Courier: The Flatlands Civic Association brought the politicians to the people for a frank discussion of issues such as poverty, term limits, education, and skyrocketing water bills. Comment

Block Associations pow−wow with police

Flatbush: Local notables were rewarded with plaudits and words of appreciation when the East 49th and East 48th Street Block Association held an awards reception at Fellowship Hall. Comment

Rezoning right on!

Flatbush: One more time, a chorus of approbation sang the benefits of the rezoning of Flatbush, this time before the City Planning Commission (CPC). Comment

Candidates launch all−out effort to get on ballot

Brooklyn Courier: Let the petitioning begin! Comment

Station house boasts the safest command in all of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Crime continues to decline in the 76th Precinct, the safest command in Brooklyn — and ranked third citywide. Comment

Full house fears

Brooklyn Courier: The city extended an olive branch to critics of a plan to build a new school for P.S. 133, but residents were unmoved and said that officials are “not sincere at all.” Comment

Van Brunt Street waits to can it

Brooklyn Courier: In Red Hook, the numbers just don’t seem to add up: Three years, tens of thousands of dollars, and still no new trash cans along Van Brunt Street. Comment

BK pol cheers GOP coup in Albany

Brooklyn Courier: New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

Carroll Gardens honors the life of Frank Verderame

Brooklyn Courier: A community advocate received a lasting, verdant memorial last weekend in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Christie’s Auction House in Red Hook

Brooklyn Courier: Christie’s, the white glove Manhattan auction house, will find a home in Red Hook, it was reported this week. Comment

76th Precinct cop of the month is well above average

Brooklyn Courier: Officer Adnan Mohsin was named “Cop of the Month” by the 76th Precinct Community Council last week, a recognition of sustained excellence and consistent results. Comment

Letters to the editor

Letters: Talking tough turkey Comment

Bloomberg administration touts mayoral control

Canarsie: Learn NY’s grassroots coalition of 78 education programs, community−based organizations and faith−based institutions kicked−off a five−borough bus tour to highlight the overwhelming public support for mayoral control. With the deadline for renewing the mayoral control law just weeks away, parents and educators came together to thank the State Legislature for enacting mayoral control in 2002 and to call on them to renew the law this June. Comment

Lions Club golf outing

Canarsie: Fore! The South Brooklyn Lions Club is hosting their annual Memorial Golf Outting, on June 12 at the Dyker Beach Golf Course. Comment

Golden cheers Albany coup

Canarsie: New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

Conservative Voters gala

Canarsie: More than 500 environmentalists, policy makers, elected officials, corporate leaders and VIPs attended the New York League of Conservation Voters 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Dubbed “Celebrating a Greener New York,” the gala featured an all−star political and corporate lineup of honorees. Comment

Jacques Torres has a new soft spot for Brooklyn

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s chocolate man, Jacques Torres, is branching into the soft stuff. Comment

That’s what Friends are for: Beep salutes civic

Canarsie: It was a night for celebration. Comment

Too much democracy for Markowitz

Canarsie: Former President George W. Bush was always fond of saying how much easier governing the United States would be if only it were a dictatorship. Old Number 43 may be history, but that sentiment about our democracy has apparently not faded out with him. Comment

Progressive Jews

Canarsie: Brad Lander for City Council is sponsoring a forum, “Jews, Social Justice, and the Obama Era,” June 14 from 12−2 p.m. at Union Hall, 702 Union Street, just above Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Mayoral control a ‘boo−boo’

Canarsie: Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have never been put in charge of the public school system, according to a local politician. Comment

NY Cares volunteers

Canarsie: New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, offers hundreds of ways for Brooklyn residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects. Comment

Dov Hikind: Jews only at Holocaust Memorial Park

Canarsie: A Brooklyn legislator is criticizing the city’s plan to include the Nazis’ other victims at Holocaust Memorial Park, claiming that one of the most horrific times in the 20th century was “a uniquely Jewish event.” Comment

‘Support Our Troops’ rally

Canarsie: State Senator Martin J. Golden will host a rally to “Support Our Troops,” June 14 in Marine Park at 2 p.m. (enter at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway). Comment

Golf outing dedicated to U.S. military

Canarsie: The Capt. John McKenna and LCPL Glover Foundation will host the New York Honors Her Military Heroes: Third Annual Golf Outing⁄Dinner at the newly renovated Dyker Beach Golf Course, June 15. Comment

Community boards rally against budget cuts

Canarsie: Brooklyn’s community boards took to City Hall this week, decrying budget cuts they fear could cripple their ability to function. Comment

Annuity workshop at Aviator

Canarsie: Adam Abraham of First United American Life Insurance Company will present an annuity workshop at the Aviator Sport and Recreation Complex, 5 Hangar Drive in Floyd Bennett Field, June 16 from 12:30−1:30 p.m. Comment

Tour of MeadowWood Condominiums

Canarsie: Teachers were in a class of their own when Fillmore Real Estate presented an open house for educators at MeadowWood at Gateway. Comment

Rezone moves ahead

Canarsie: The rezoning of Canarsie has passed its penultimate stage. Comment

South Canarsie Civic candidates forum

Canarsie: The South Canarsie Civic Association will hold a candidates forum open to all Canarsiens at 7:30 p.m., June 22 at Congregation AAA Sfard, 1385 East 94th Street and Avenue L. Comment

Mayoral candidates forum set for this month

Canarsie: Five hundred faith and community leaders from Brooklyn Congregations United, a coalition of 20 faith congregations representing more than 10,000 families from throughout Brooklyn, will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, “Our Voices, Our Future!” at 7 p.m., June 16 at Our Lady of Refuge, 2020 Foster Avenue (corner of Ocean Avenue). The forum is open to the public. Comment

Loughlin girls returning to Division I

High School Sports: After two seasons playing in CHSAA Brooklyn⁄Queens Division II, the Bishop Loughlin girls’ basketball team will move back up to Division I next season, according to athletic director Angela Proce. She, varsity head coach Rocco Romano and his staff came to the decision two weeks ago and the move was approved by the league. Comment

Mayor’s Cup title winner!

High School Sports: Hannah Berner was one more loose game from being pushed to a third set. She wasn’t playing particularly well, double faulting and sitting back on the baseline too cautiously. Comment

Bob Leckie back behind the bench

High School Sports: When it came to legendary Bob Leckie, it took Ed Gonzalez less than the time he needs to draw up a play during a 30−second timeout to decide on an assistant. Comment

Canarsie Bridges Festival is a hit

Canarsie: Live entertainment, awards presentations and plenty of seasonal fun was on the agenda when the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie presented the Canarsie Bridges Festival. Comment

Kings Bay Y ‘Israel on Nostrand Ave.’

Canarsie: The Kings Bay Y will present “Israel on Nostrand Avenue,” their annual Israel expo, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

‘09’ stellar for KCC squad

Kingsborough Community College’s men’s tennis team completed its 2009 seasons with a five wins and one loss record. Comment

Big win in Tucson!

The Kingsborough Community College Women Tennis Team won the Division III Junior College Championships in Tucson, Arizona. The community college, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, placed players in all nine final flights and won six of the final matches. Comment

Rapper Lil Mama inspires greater literacy in kids

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn−raised MTV Music Award−nominated American teen rapper Lil Mama lent her voice to literacy, helping kick off the Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program with a block party at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. Comment

Sunset benefit aids Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Heights: Psychedelic surf music, mythical revelry – plus a visit by Hizzoner – helped step off summer fun along the Brooklyn waterfront when the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy hosted its annual sunset benefit in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Dock Street project a go

Brooklyn Heights: As this paper went to press, the City Council overwhelmingly approved the controversial Dock Street DUMBO project as modified by the City Planning Commission. Comment

Candidates launch all−out drive to get on ballot

Brooklyn Heights: Let the petitioning begin! Comment

Ken Lowy joins CB 2

Brooklyn Heights: Kenn Lowy, who recently took a leave of absence from the Independent Neighborhood Democrats after the political club endorsed conservative Democrat John Heyer for the upcoming 39th District City Council primary, was officially appointed to Community Board 2 last week. Comment

Grecian festival ‘urns’ the affection of crowds

Brooklyn Heights: Melt−in−your−mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and special attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun – Grecian−style – in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Bklyn pol cheers GOP coup

Brooklyn Heights: New York State is back in good hands, according to a Bay Ridge Republican who cheered the coup that wrested control of the State Senate from the Democratic majority this week. Comment

Speak Out

Bay News: She sat along the westside skyline of Manhattan, aglow with the flowing crowds that came to bask in the sunny Memorial Day activities re−awakening that over−trafficked highway. Comment

Shut it down & clean it up

Parents sent a message to the city this week: “Close our children’s school.” Comment

Free tennis lessons for Brooklyn kids

Councilman Vincent Gentile celebrated the beginning of a free community tennis program at PS 186, 7609 19th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. The program, operated by the New York Junior Tennis League, provides free tennis instruction and practice to children ages six to 18. Comment

Ralph Fabrizio School dedicated

Public School 170 is now also called ‘The Ralph A. Fabrizio School.’ Comment

Community Board 7 backs Sunset Pk rezoning

In a strong show of support, the executive committee of Community Board 7 voted unanimously to recommend a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of Sunset Park’s waterfront at a public hearing on Tuesday night. Comment

Bay Ridge celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage

Leif Ericson Park morphed into a Byzantine gallery of “oohs” and “aahs” as traditional Chinese lion dancers shared the spotlight with Buddhist martial artists – and Japanese sword−fighters divvied up the attention with Tahitian steppers – during the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival in Bay Ridge. Comment

Financial pros needed

In today’s challenging economy, a number of people find themselves in career transitions as a result of the ailing job market. The US Department of Labor just revealed that the economy lost around 650,000 jobs in March. According to the Associated Press, the US unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February, and economists recently announced that the national jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in March. Comment

Mayor putts around here

Rain doesn’t dampen the spirit of Hizzoner, who comes out swinging to kick off his annual Mayors Cup Golf Tournament at Dyker Beach Golf Course, enjoying a day on the links and hitting his first ball in Hole 4. Comment

Volunteer to help clean the beach of ugly floatables

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Marine Sciences Section is sponsoring “Volunteer Floatables Beach Surveillance” for the summer of 2009. Comment

Bay Ridge closing in on new food co−op

It’s taken a year, but the idea of a Bay Ridge food co−op is coming closer to becoming a reality. Comment

86th Street nudge

Bay Ridge residents do not take kindly to messy sidewalks. Comment

BRCC marks its 58th year

Hundreds of Bay Ridge residents flocked to the El Caribe Country Club last week to celebrate their community and the activists who help to make it the unique place that it is. Comment

Pride calls for up or down vote on gay marriage

After Monday’s Republican coup, the chance of a vote being called for gay marriage in the State Senate was thrown to the four winds. Comment

New UADO club enters the political fray; first meeting held

On the eve of the start of petitioning, a new Democratic club was launched in Bay Ridge by a long time political activist. Comment

Free tennis lessons for kids

Bay News: Councilman Vincent Gentile celebrated the beginning of a free community tennis program at PS 186, 7609 19th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. The program, operated by the New York Junior Tennis League, provides free tennis instruction and practice to children ages six to 18. Comment

Big Screecher

Bay News: From a swinging bachelor who could never stand kids in his heyday, to a grandpa who can never see enough of them, I was thrilled to be invited to my granddaughter Cassandra’ first recital at C.W. […] Comment

Chamber announces winners of the 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards

Bay News: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and its Real Estate & Development Committee announced the winning projects for its 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards. The largest annual real estate industry event in the borough, the Building Brooklyn Awards (BBA) recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and economy. Comment

Fr. Thomas Murtaugh Library debuts

Bay News: Our Lady of Grace parish in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn opened the Fr. Thomas Murtaugh Library with a program that included coffee and cakes for churchgoers, and a blessing from Pastor Thomas F. Leach. Comment

Salute to Coney luminaries

Bay News: Coney Island’s past, present and future generations were celebrated with words of appreciation and plaques of gratitude when Urban Neighborhood Services held an awards night at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. Comment

New Key Food supermarket on neptune

Bay News: Coney’s new Key Food supermarket – Neptune Avenue and East 34th Street – is opened to shoppers with a ribbon−cutting, attended by area officials and industry representatives. Comment

All jazz hands on deck

Bay News: Members of the Jazz Band from David A. Boody Middle School−IS 228 in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn performed on the aircraft carrier Intrepid as part of “Take Action NY,” a Global Youth Service Day program of Children for Children. Comment

Boom−A−Ring circus tent rises!

Bay News: The Coney Island “Boom-A-Ring” big top rose high over West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island this week. The circus performers and animals are expected to follow shortly. Comment

State okays mixed martial arts fights

Bay News: When the Barclays Center Arena gets built at the Atlantic⁄Flatbush Avenues intersection, it may one day play host to mixed martial arts fighting. Comment

Mayoral election forum

Bay News: “There is a Choice in the 2009 NYC Mayoral Election” will be the discussion topic for the Madison−Marine−Homecrest Civic Association’s next meeting, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Raw sewage leak forces closure of Brooklyn beaches

Bay News: A sewage leak caused the closure of several Brooklyn beaches last Sunday, but the situation was soon rectified and the beaches were reopened again Monday morning. Comment

Community Board 13 chair: We are broke

Bay News: Community Board 13 needs some cash. Comment

Asser star slum

Bay News: With the lack of toilet facilities and overall poor state of the bandshell at Asser Levy Seaside Park, Borough President Marty Markowitz says “it’s a miracle” that any celebrities have agreed to perform at his annual summer concert series on Sea Breeze Avenue. Comment

Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community health fair

Bay News: The husband of a Brooklyn lawmaker who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2000 makes sure his wife didn’t die in vain by organizing a community health fair each year to help save others from a similar fate. Comment

Pols rated on animal rights issues

Bay News: If they had opposable thumbs and could pull an election booth lever, the borough’s pet population would vote these animals out of office! Comment

Eco−minded civic action at its greenest

Bay News: Miss Brooklyn added the eye−candy, helping with spring plantings, a recycling drive and other creative art projects that transformed trash into treasure during an Earth Day frolic at the Block Institute. Comment

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