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It’s official: Park Slope’s Halloween parade is better than Manhattan’s!

Event: The Greenwich Village Halloween parade and Park Slope’s Halloween parade may celebrate the same holiday, but they march to the beat of very different drummers. Comment
DUMBO: In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, DUMBO development titan David Walentas has put on the market the borough’s most-expensive apartment. Comments (6)

New state-Ratner deal has ‘clause’ for concern

Atlantic Yards: Has the state let the developer off the hook on his affordable housing promise? Comments (6)
Carroll Gardens: A three-year fight against “out of scale” buildings in Carroll Gardens is heading towards victory on Monday, as the City Council is expected to approve a downzoning that would cap building heights in most of the picturesque neighborhood. Comment

‘Sex and the City’ writers bring new Texas-tinged soap opera to DUMBO

Theater: From “Sex and the City” to “Soap Opera on the Prairie”? Comment

And from the old-style mailbag…

Letters: Republican City Council candidate Joe Nardiello writes us to complain about our coverage … of him! Comment
Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge resident Richard Mahany is mad as hell — and he’s not going to rake it anymore! Comments (15)
Shopping: The minds behind Robicelli’s Gourmet Market in Bay Ridge have decided to close their beloved Third Avenue store so they can go national with their even-more-beloved cupcakes. Comments (9)

Health care road show comes to Bay Ridge — and Rep. McMahon is too conservative!

Bay Ridge: While the rest of the country brought out torches, pitchforks — and in some cases, handguns — this summer to protest “socialized medicine,” Bay Ridge residents stormed Tuesday’s town hall meeting on health care to demand that their Democratic congressman be more liberal on the issue. Comments (4)
Dining: Here it is, folks — the photo op of the week: Borough President Markowitz caresses a pastrami sandwich at the Mill Basin Deli! Comments (5)
Shopping: Finally, a chance to pretend that your living room is the 2 train. Comments (1)

A two-man gun team is on the loose!

Brooklyn Heights: A pair of heavily armed muggers is running wild in and around Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, robbing at least three men in a six-day blitz last week. Comment
Williamsburg: The city’s contentious plan to allow residential development inside the largely commercial “Broadway Triangle” was rubber-stamped by the City Planning Commission on Monday, as commissioners said that the project’s ends — affordable housing — justified the sometimes ugly means that were involved in drafting the plan. Comments (20)
Bay Ridge: But is a ferry next? That’s unclear. Comments (5)

Murder near Myrtle Avenue!

Fort Greene: The third murder of the year is reported. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comment
Books: For one weekend in November, Brooklyn will become the center of the comic universe. Comment
Election: What other newspaper lets you into the boardroom when we grill three candidates for City Council who are seeking our endorsement? Comment

Author ponders death — at Green-Wood Cemetery

Books: There’s nothing better than a reading about suicide at Brooklyn’s best boneyard. Comments (1)

Teen Spirit is doing well at Gap Year University

Smartmom: He didn’t go away to college, but Smartmom’s son, Teen Spirit, is learning plenty. Now, if he only had a bank account. Comments (5)
Development: The Brooklyn real-estate bust is showing signs of bottoming out. Comments (1)
Greenpoint: One day after the federal government gave residents 30 more days to complain about the Newtown Creek, the fetid waterway’s congresswoman revealed last Friday that she supports designating the creek as a toxic Superfund site. Comments (6)

Skate Rage

Williamsburg: A road rage incident landed on a whole new level of crazy last week when a motorist was attacked by a skateboarder testing out tricks on Berry Street. Comment

Push for new sick%A0day legislation

Williamsburg: Barely two weeks after the Democratic primary, several hundred Latino immigrant workers and students pressed City Council members new and old to pass paid sick days legislation in a mass demonstration across the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

More mammograms, fewer deaths

Williamsburg: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. Comment

Sugar-Sweets Bake Festival on Havemeyer St.

Williamsburg: The City Reliquary is closing Havemeyer Street for the Sugar-Sweets Bake Festival, October 10 from 12-6 p.m. Comment

School, day care ctr. showcase

Williamsburg: Town Square and Council Members Diana Reyna and David Yassky invite all to the educational showcase Schoolfest at PS 147 & the Brooklyn Latin School, 325 Bushwick Avenue in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Truck traffic backlash

Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents are taking traffic matters into their own hands. Comment

McCarren Tennis Rallies to Fix Courts

Williamsburg: Williamsburg resident Sean Hoess has been playing tennis on McCarren Park’s popular courts for the past seven years.On awarm fall weekend, the courts could often be occupied for several hours. Comment

1-year creek study

Williamsburg: After making an initial recommendation to put Newtown Creek, one of the most polluted waterways in the nation, on the federal Superfund list, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials noted that it will take approximately one year of testing to determine whether the federal government will begin cleaning pollution along the creek. Comment

Markowitz draws Dems’ ire

Williamsburg: Borough President Marty Markowitz’s endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg is not sitting well with Brooklyn’s Democratic leaders. Comment

Focus on Breast Cancer: Online resource aids in%A0fight

Williamsburg: The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services. Comment

Focus on Breast Cancer: Confronting illness head on

Williamsburg: Thanks to early detection and recent medical advances, women are surviving breast cancer, remaining disease free and living longer, healthier lives. Yet, despite this encouraging news, being diagnosed with breast cancer can still be an overwhelming experience. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, remember that no one has to face this disease alone. Comment

Let there be ‘Light’ at fest

Williamsburg: Williamsburg, Brooklyn will get a bit brighter with the grand opening of Light-Up Brooklyn, an unprecedented lighting concept shop, whose inception will be marked with an Oktoberfest block party celebration from 2-8 p.m., October 17. Comment

Vollies wanted for canal clean

Williamsburg: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is looking for volunteers to participate in their next monthly Clean & Green event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 17 at Degraw Street off Bond Street, west of the Gowanus Canal. Comment

Modern day streaker!

Williamsburg: I’m a doorman in a building in Midtown. Comment

13 charged as scam artists

Williamsburg: Thirteen Brooklyn con artists were pulled from a life of riches and luxury cars to a jail cell and a shared toilet after falling into Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes’ ever widening fraud net. Comment

GOPers return Eaton as county chairman

Williamsburg: GOP chair Craig Eaton was overwhelmingly re-elected to another term last week, besting challenger and longtime borough Republican politico Arnaldo Ferraro. Comment

Thompson opens up campaign office here

Williamsburg: Amid a cheerful crowd spilling out onto the street and chanting “Eight is Enough!”, City Comptroller William Thompson, the Democratic nominee for mayor, officially opened his Williamsburg campaign office on October 2. Comment

Transit wait times to go digital

Williamsburg: In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

It’s time to hold rogue Iran accountable

Williamsburg: “Confronting the Zionist regime is a national and religious duty,” fumed Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to worshippers in Tehran during the recent annual anti-Israel rally, which ironically consecrates the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan and raises disturbing concerns about the focus of Iran’s controversial nuclear desires. Comment

The Gershbeins will boycott the Beck boycott

Williamsburg: The Gershbein family will no longer dine at Applebee’s. Red Lobster? We never ate there anyway. Tried it twice and didn’t care for what and how they served. We have switched from Crest toothpaste to Colgate. Folger’s coffee will no longer appear on our shopping list. We will never again fill a prescription at CVS.Instead of shipping packages to my son via UPS, I will drive up the block to FedEx. No thank you to Campbell soups. Some of the others on the shelf look tasty.Tylenol for pain? It’s not aseffective as Aleve anyway.We’re buying the Eveready brand instead of Duracell. Comment

Most Holy Trinity Church blesses nabe’s pets

BoroBeat: The courtyard of Most Holy Trinity Church morphed into an outdoor altar, drawing pet lovers from across the neighborhood for the annual blessing of the animals. Comment

Time for fun and games at new P.S. 110 playground

BoroBeat: There’s a brand new playground at Public School 110 %u2013 and the kids are jumping for joy over it. Comment

‘Mr. Karate USA’ wows Kings Kids youngsters

Brooklyn Courier: Martial Arts Superstar Paul “Mr. Karate USA” Mormando and his demo team put on a spirited demonstration for members of their Kings Kids Club, as well as to teach them some self-defense moves. Comment

Downward spiral

Brooklyn Courier: Park Slope is continuing its trend toward becoming a crime-free zone. Comment

Borough Hall showcases ‘Dreamland Bell’

Brooklyn Courier: Poised majestically on Dreamland Pier, it used to announce the arrivals and departures of steamships traveling from Brooklyn and the tip of Manhattan. Comment

Pechefsky:%A0Brad means%A0’politics as usual’

Brooklyn Courier: Who says that Green party candidates are nothing but tree huggers? Comment

BK on the%A0march to D.C.

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklyn will be well-represented in Washington D.C. this Sunday as hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) residents prepare to join the historic National Equality March. Comment

Campaign reunion at%A0Atlantic Antic

Three candidates for the 33rd District City Council race had a reunion of sorts on October 4 at the Atlantic Antic, the annual street festival that celebrates everything Brooklyn. Comment

Boo! Check into the ‘Gravesend Inn’

Brooklyn Courier: Prepare to be scared! Comment

Self-service library book check-out

Brooklyn Courier: You’ll be able to check out your own books at the Park Slope library by the time its roster of improvements is completed. Comment

Lander lands a big one

Brooklyn Courier: He’s not just the bona fide winner: He’s the certified winner. Comment

Walk to help beat back breast cancer and heart disease

Brooklyn Courier: Throw on a pair of sneakers and you can join the fight against heart disease and breast cancer. Comment

Woof and amen: area church blesses furry flock

Brooklyn Courier: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Peter St. Paul Our Lady of Pilar Church. Comment

Fresh haunt for Halloween parade

Brooklyn Courier: Fifth Avenue has finally joined the parade. Comment

Yards traffic suit

Brooklyn Courier: Community groups will soon file a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of a modified plan for the Atlantic Yards project, arguing that the Empire State Development Corporation accepted skewed data and failed to meaningfully engage the public during its review of the controversial plan, this paper has learned. Comment

Free Book Swap on tap soon

Brooklyn Courier: The Cobble Hill Association is sponsoring a free Book Swap, October 17from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Long Island College Hospital Sitting Park,corner of Henry and Pacific streets in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Good vibrations

Park Slope’s favorite sex shop is doing its part to fight cancer. Comment

Spanning the years: the Manhattan Bridge at 100

Brooklyn Courier: The youngest of the four East River bridges is a fully-fledged golden oldie. Comment

Candidates: just how democratic are we?

Brooklyn Courier: With Brad Lander’s primary win all but assuring him a seat in the New York City Council come January, Monday night’s candidates forum on 7th Avenue was more about how we conduct elections in this city than who might actually be the best person to represent the 39th District. Comment

Cell phone tower ‘check-ups’

Brooklyn Courier: The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment

Cancer claims Issue Project Room’s Suzanne Fiol

Brooklyn Courier: Suzanne Fiol, the stylish, spirited artist and founder of Issue Project Room, the experimental music venue in Gowanus, died October 5 at New York Presbyterian Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 49. Comment

New funding for Gowanus Canal cleanup study

Brooklyn Courier: The US House of Representatives approved $134,000 in federal resources for the US Army Corps of Engineers study currently underway at the Gowanus Canal and Bay. The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations conference report.Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez applauded the funding as the next step toward completing this important study. Comment

Catch up with BK’s modern streaker

Brooklyn Courier: I’m a doorman in a building in Midtown. Comment

Marty earns Democrats’ ire

Brooklyn Courier: Borough President Marty Markowitz’s endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg is not sitting well with Brooklyn’s Democratic leaders. Comment

Clean and Green event

Brooklyn Courier: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is looking for volunteers to participate in their next monthly Clean & Green event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 17 at Degraw Street off Bond Street, west of the Gowanus Canal. Comment

Commuter clock coming

Brooklyn Courier: In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

Hockey always stays in the blood

Brooklyn Courier: They dangled for their dearly departed. Comment

Big plays help Cougars ground Falcons

High School Sports: The feeling was mutual among the Bishop Ford players. Comment

Brooklyn Tech loses two-touchdown lead, game to Erasmus

High School Sports: Brooklyn Tech was nursing a lead with 35 seconds left in the first half. The Engineers were hoping to steal another score before the break, so coach Kyle McKenna reached into his bag of tricks and called for a halfback pass. Comment

Thousands pack Atlantic Avenue for Antic

BoroBeat: A sun-kissed autumn lark %u2013 and then some %u2013 was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Atlantic Antic. Comment

Over-caffeinated

Kings Courier: A 34-year-old Flatlands woman was arrested on assault charges Thursday after she allegedly attacked another woman with the help of her old friend Joe %u2013 as in “cup of.” Comment

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association to meet

Kings Courier: The first meeting of the season for the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will be held at 7:30 p.m., October 15 at the King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Job losses & declining pay

Kings Courier: The borough is bleeding jobs and personal income continues to fall, according to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s annual Labor Market Review. Comment

70th Precinct: ‘Better than last year’

Kings Courier: In terms of crime reduction, the 70th Precinct is “doing three times better than last year.” Comment

Cop faces indictment in crash%A0

Kings Courier: A grand jury is expected to be called this week to weigh the charges against a drunken Bay Ridge cop arrested for mowing down a 33-year-old woman in Mill Basin. Comment

St. Columba Church blesses a very furry flock

Kings Courier: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away when St. Columba Church held its annual blessing of the animals to honor St. Francis of Assisi. Comment

Ace crime-busters at the%A0‘7-0’

Kings Courier: A pair of 70th Precinct police officers were honored as “Cops of the Month” for their efforts to preserve the life of an injured child at the most recent gathering of the 70th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Man’s best friend goes for the gold!

Kings Courier: Marine Park has gone to the dogs %u2013 complete with a wag-nificent awards ceremony. Comment

Brooklyn teen leads fight against MHE

BoroBeat: A Brooklyn teen who is battling a rare disease received a boost from Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a fundraiser for the Bay Ridge youth at the El Caribe Country Club. Comment

Annual Senior Idol is a show-stopper

BoroBeat: Move over, Carrie and Clay, there are some golden kids on the block and they’ve stolen your thunder %u2013 at least in Brooklyn. Comment

Brutal baby rearing

Flatbush: A five-month-old boy was clinging to life at a local hospital Monday after his mother took a knife to his throat because he wouldn’t stop crying, police alleged. Comment

‘3x better than last year’

Flatbush: In terms of crime reduction, the 70th Precinct is “doing three times better than last year.” Comment

Mark on the badge

Flatbush: A grand jury is expected to be called this week to weigh the charges against a drunken Bay Ridge cop arrested for mowing down a 33-year-old woman in Mill Basin. Comment

Fire rips through Flatbush Ave. apartment

Flatbush: Two people were injured Tuesday morning after an all-hands fire erupted inside a Flatbush Avenue apartment near Foster Avenue, officials said. Comment

Roads, sprinklers top CB 14 priorities

Flatbush: Among the items that Community Board 14 will consider, when it develops its list of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, are the resurfacing of Church Avenue and the installation of a sprinkler system on the malls in Fiske Terrace. Comment

Swastika smear

Brooklyn Courier: A woman walked out of her home on Strong Place between Degraw and Kane streets last week to find that someone had scrawled a swastika on her front door. Comment

13 charged as scammers

Brooklyn Courier: Thirteen Brooklyn con artists were pulled from a life of riches and luxury cars to a jail cell and a shared toilet after falling into Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes’ ever widening fraud net. Comment

Catch up with Bklyn’s modern-day Streak

Brooklyn Courier: I’m a doorman in a building in Midtown. Comment

MTA promises new ‘clock’

Brooklyn Courier: In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

Council reacts to ‘bad vibes’

Brooklyn Courier: The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment

There’s a brand new bishop in town

Brooklyn Courier: Long Island’s new Brooklyn-born Episcopalian leader received a warm borough welcome %u2013 complete with the skirl of bagpipes and a Chinese lion dance %u2013 when he arrived for a “meet and greet” service with his new flock at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew. Comment

Bad birthday wishes

Canarsie: A bullet ripped through a teen’s wrist as he celebrated his 17th birthday last week. Comment

Ring a ding dunce

Canarsie: A bone-headed Brooklynite who tried -- and failed -- to hire a hit man to take out his estranged wife was singing the jailhouse blues Monday when he was sentenced to two to six years in prison. Comment

The Gershbeins will boycott the Beck boycott%A0

Canarsie: The Gershbein family will no longer dine at Applebee’s. Red Lobster? We never ate there anyway. Tried it twice and didn’t care for what and how they served. We have switched from Crest toothpaste to Colgate. Folger’s coffee will no longer appear on our shopping list. We will never again fill a prescription at CVS.Instead of shipping packages to my son via UPS, I will drive up the block to FedEx. No thank you to Campbell soups. Some of the others on the shelf look tasty.Tylenol for pain? It’s not aseffective as Aleve anyway.We’re buying the Eveready brand instead of Duracell. Comment

President Obama: Twisting & turning

Canarsie: My Grandma Jenny never went to school, but she really knew how to teach life lessons. I didn’t understand them then, but the older I get the more her stories have come back to me with a renewed understanding. Comment

A helluva time with church

Canarsie: Nighttime activities at one Canarsie church have neighbors praying for peace and quiet. Comment

MJHS salutes ‘Most Valuable Employees’

Canarsie: Three of Metropolitan Jewish Health System’s (Metropolitan) “Most Valuable Employees” received special citations from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Comment

Dems balk at Marty’s Bloomberg plug

Canarsie: Borough President Marty Markowitz’s endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg is not sitting well with Brooklyn’s Democratic leaders. Comment

MTA to introduce ‘countdown clock’ to Bklyn

Canarsie: In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

Hats off to the%A0’midnight watch’

Canarsie: If they had the technology to clone cops, Captain Milt Marmara of the 69th Precinct would want Police Officer Matthew Woods at the front of the line. Comment

Berardelli ‘whacks’ Fidler

Canarsie: The debate over who should lead the 46th City Council District has reached the Internet, but not in a way that anyone would have thought. Comment

Crime down%A0in Canarsie

Canarsie: Nearly three quarters of the way through 2009, crime is down more than 14 percent in Canarsie, compared to 2008. Comment

69th Pct.%A0’Cops of the Month’

Canarsie: For their successful crime-fighting efforts, six 69th Precinct police officers have snagged Cop of the Month honors. Comment

School District 18 CEC elects prez

Canarsie: School District 18’s Community Education Council (CEC) finally has a president. Comment

New%A0’dorm’%A0dawning for Brooklyn College students in the spring

Canarsie: Brooklyn College’s new dormitory could be open as soon as next spring. Comment

Walk to beat heart%A0disease, breast cancer

Canarsie: Throw on a pair of sneakers and you can join the fight against heart disease and breast cancer. Comment

St. Rose of Lima blesses pets

BoroBeat: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Rose of Lima Church. Comment

Kid Cudi helps give a ‘boost’ to Flatbush ave.

BoroBeat: Hip hop artist and local Brooklyn resident, Kid Cudi, was on hand to introduce Boost Mobile to the community and helped present a $10,000 donation to the Urban Assembly School of Music and Art during the opening of New York’s first Boost Mobile exclusive retail store. Comment

Sign up for a flu shot

BoroBeat: Seasonal flu shots will be given October 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Prospect Park Residence, 1 Prospect Park West in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

New school ‘quake’

A Quaker school could make life a living hell for area homeowners if it rises at the northeast corner of State and Hoyt streets, local residents politely charged this week. Comment

New effort to monitor cell towers

Brooklyn Heights: The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment

Commuter countdown coming%A0

Brooklyn Heights: In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

Return of the Streak: Naked runner hits town

Brooklyn Heights: I’m a doorman in a building in Midtown. Comment

Yards challenge

Brooklyn Heights: Community groups will soon file a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of a modified plan for the Atlantic Yards project, arguing that the Empire State Development Corporation accepted skewed data and failed to meaningfully engage the public during its review of the controversial plan, this paper has learned. Comment

70 years of matrimonial bliss

Bay News: Here is a sterling example of the “Six Degrees of Separation” theory. In case you are not familiar with it, basically it goes something like this -- I know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody%u2026 who knows somebody that knows Marilyn Monroe or Frank Sinatra or whatever celebrity past and present you know. My claim to fame is I have a cousin whose mother-in-law is a Daughter of the American Revolution.So do you get the picture? Comment

Big bucks poured into area beaches

Bay News: You can’t beat Mother Nature, but a federal lawmaker is hoping that a few million greenbacks might at least appease her. Comment

Jeers for CB13%A0‘iron curtain’

Bay News: “The former Soviet Union no longer exists, but it looks like it’s alive and well on Community Board 13.” Comment

Eaton keeps seat as GOP chair

GOP chair Craig Eaton was overwhelmingly re-elected to another term last week, besting challenger and longtime borough Republican politico Arnaldo Ferraro. Comment

Cell phone tower check-up

The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment

Legal Services makes motion to merge Brooklyn offices

Legal Services of New York City, the largest federally-funded civil legal services program in the country is considering a move to consolidate its Brooklyn offices in order to centralize operations. Comment

LGBT Brooklynites to storm DC

Brooklyn will be well-represented in Washington D.C. this Sunday as hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) residents prepare to join the historic National Equality March. Comment

Killed at Internet cafe

Crime: A 25-year-old was killed and two other young men were wounded Sunday following a bloody knife fight in an Internet cafe on 61st Street near Seventh Avenue. Comment

Countdown clock for commuters

In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

Strivelli show-stoppers

Lauren Gibaldi, Danielle Giovinazzi, Lucia Mazzone and Amanda Giorgio (from left), part of the Strivelli Players, tirelessly rehearsed for the new musical revue, "Show-stoppers and Standards,” to be held at the Christ Church in Bay Ridge, 7301 Ridge Boulevard, October 9-11. Comment

Dems balk at Marty’s%A0endorsement of Bloomy

Borough President Marty Markowitz’s endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg is not sitting well with Brooklyn’s Democratic leaders. Comment

Arm yourself%A0against flu season

Seasonal flu shots will be given October 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Prospect Park Residence, 1 Prospect Park West in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Bloomberg keeps in step with ragamuffins

Jaunty floats, pulsating music and a surge of revelers transformed the area into a dazzling boulevard of fun and frolics as the annual children’s Ragamuffin Parade got underway in Bay Ridge %u2013 with a visit from Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Comment

Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union marks 75th

The Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Comment

Instead of reading them, Jay makes headlines%A0

TV host Jay Leno is donating his customized Star V-Max motorcycle for an Oct. 10 auction to benefit Bailey’s Cafe community center, 196 Albany Avenue. Comment

Seniors shine in the spotlight

Move over, Carrie and Clay, there are some golden kids on the block and they’ve stolen your thunder %u2013 at least in Brooklyn. Comment

Cop faces indictment%A0in woman’s death

A grand jury is expected to be called this week to weigh the charges against a drunken Bay Ridge cop arrested for mowing down a 33-year-old woman in Mill Basin. Comment

Walk to help overcome heart disease and breast cancer

Throw on a pair of sneakers and you can join the fight against heart disease and breast cancer. Comment

GOPer-in-charge

GOP chair Craig Eaton was overwhelmingly re-elected to another term last week, besting challenger and longtime borough Republican politico Arnaldo Ferraro. Comment

Cell tower check-ups

The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment

Overwhelming generosity

Building on community response to a devastating fire earlier this year, a group of Ridgites wants to found a pantry for clothing and other necessities that would be accessible to those who are in need. Comment

Thousands enjoy%A0’green’%A0Third%A0Avenue%A0festival

BoroBeat: An end-of-summer adventure %u2013 and then some %u2013 was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of one of Brooklyn’s premier parties, the Third Avenue festival, which this year went green for the first time in its 36-year history. Comment

Pet lovers ask church to bless fido

BoroBeat: Some of the “parishioners” had four legs and their howls, yelps and chirps could be heard from blocks away as the annual blessing of the animals got underway at St. Anselm Church in Bay Ridge. Comment

Brutal boyfriend

Bay News: Cops have arrested a 27-year-old man allegedly responsible for sneaking into his ex-love’s apartment, nearly stabbing the young woman to death and then running off with her car, police said. Comment

Bloomberg’s record of failure

Bay News: Noting that he was a billionaire from the Boston area, with a widowed mother, we wondered where did he get so wealthy and how? Then we noted that he had his own stock-oriented NYC radio station and a similar TV network. Big Business for a little guy, mixing neatly on big Wall Street in our City. Comment

Join the fight against breast cancer, heart disease

Bay News: Throw on a pair of sneakers and you can join the fight against heart disease and breast cancer. Comment

District 21 schools move from ‘needy’ to ‘good’

Bay News: School District 21 is in the clear. Comment

Not so ‘amped up’ anymore

Bay News: When is an amphitheater not an amphitheater? Apparently, when the people expected to live next to it decide they don’t want it. Comment

Instead of reading them, Jay makes headlines

Bay News: TV host Jay Leno is donating his customized Star V-Max motorcycle for an Oct. 10 auction to benefit Bailey’s Cafe community center, 196 Albany Avenue. Comment

Big bucks for beach protection

Bay News: You can’t beat Mother Nature, but a federal lawmaker is hoping that a few million greenbacks might at least appease her. Comment

Ace crime-busters at%A0‘6-0’

Bay News: From pulling a man out of rough seas to grabbing guns off the street and locking up perpetrators, the 60th Precinct had a busy summer. Comment

Swine flu has got to go!

Bay News: It was a meeting of the minds as State Senator Marty Golden, Brooklyn parents and health experts discussed ways to prevent the spread of swine flu in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Countdown clocks’ coming in 2010

Bay News: In the near future, waiting might not be the hardest part. Comment

Jeers for CB13 ‘Iron curtain’

Bay News: “The former Soviet Union no longer exists, but it looks like it’s alive and well on Community Board 13.” Comment

BK Chamber finds silver lining

Bay News: The borough is bleeding jobs and personal income continues to fall, according to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s annual Labor Market Review. Comment

Scam artists target the elderly

Bay News: Con artists posing as National Grid workers are preying on the elderly in Coney Island. Comment

New dorm dawning at Brooklyn College next spring

Bay News: Brooklyn College’s new dormitory could be open as soon as next spring. Comment

New bid to monitor cell phone towers

Bay News: The struggle to limit the proliferation of cell phone antennae in New York City has been a frustrating one. Comment

WFP weak on Thompson?

Bay News: Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson was the “third happiest man” in New York City last week following run-off victories by Working Families Party-endorsed Bill de Blasio and John Liu, one longtime politico observed. Comment

Your guide to civic meetings

Bay News: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-260-2529. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

Hockey stays in the blood

Bay News: They dangled for their dearly departed. Comment

Interceptions cost Clippers in%A028-14 loss to Iona Prep

High School Sports: The Iona Prep answer came too quickly and too easily for Joe DeSiena’s liking. Comment

Trash talk spurs on Chiefs RB

High School Sports: Steven Rene plans on sending a thank you card to Campus Magnet linebacker Jhaleel Oswald sometime soon. Before Saturday’s PSAL City Championship division tilt, Oswald offered some choice words not suitable to print for the Syracuse-bound back. Comment

14-year Tiger reign ends%A0

High School Sports: The streak is over. Comment

Big plays bring fighting Falcons low

High School Sports: The feeling was mutual among the Bishop Ford players. Comment

Hall uses ‘hammer’ to best Tech%A0 %A0

High School Sports: The Erasmus Hall football team broke up a huddle around coach Danny Landberg and began walking toward the locker room. Senior Jauvan John trotted along toting a sledgehammer in his right hand. Comment

Tricks yield no treats

High School Sports: Brooklyn Tech was nursing a lead with 35 seconds left in the first half. The Engineers were hoping to steal another score before the break, so coach Kyle McKenna reached into his bag of tricks and called for a halfback pass. Comment

Bonnies bask in glow of historic victory

High School Sports: Kara Egan took a swing from the back row and the ball hit right on the white tape at the top of the net. There it hung for seconds, but it seemed like minutes, hours even. Comment

‘Robert M. Buonvino Place’ debuts in B’hurst

BoroBeat: The legacy of a neighborhood crusader who was “everyone’s friend and unselfish servant” %u2013 and who preserved the history of the Town of New Utrecht by delivering homespun lessons to the community %u2013 will live on for future generations, thanks to efforts by his peers and family to co-name a street corner in Bensonhurst “Robert M. Buonvino Place.” Comment

Brooklyn Teen leads fight%A0against MHE disease

BoroBeat: A Brooklyn teen who is battling a rare disease received a boost from Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a fundraiser for the Bay Ridge youth at the El Caribe Country Club. Comment

St. Edmund’s church blesses a furry flock

BoroBeat: The courtyard of St. Edmund’s Church was transformed into an outdoor altar as the annual blessing of the animals got underway. Comment

On your marks...get set....go! at Kaiser park

BoroBeat: Start your non-engines, please! Comment

God bless all the creatures great and small

BoroBeat: Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at Good Shepherd Church in Sheepshead Bay with the rite spirit. Comment

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