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This Friday — The Brooklyn Paper inside your New York Post!

Now, Friday editions of the New York Post will include The Brooklyn Paper as an insert. Comments (9)
You have until Nov. 24 to apply to be the borough’s new poet laureate. Comments (1)

Choppers! Heights group fights helicopter invasion

Brooklyn Heights: If you think helicopter noise over Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and other waterfront neighborhoods is bad now, wait until this spring, when chopper traffic is expected to at least double. Comments (3)

Last gasp of the GOP in Bay Ridge?

Election: The battle between a Democratic incumbent and a Republican upstart isn’t just a race for Bay Ridge’s Council seat — it’s a litmus test for conservatives in the borough’s longtime right-wing stronghold. Comments (6)
Art: Our reviewer gives a rave to “Who Shot Rock & Roll,” opening on Friday at the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1)

Editorial: Let’s go — gulp — Yanks!

Editorial: Our editorial board weighs in on the Issue of Our Time: What is a Met fan to do with a Yankees-Phillies World Series? Bite the bullet and root for the team from the Bronx. Comments (1)

Ready, set, plant! Daffodils will fill Montague Street

Brooklyn Heights: It may be turning cold, but Operation Daffodil is about to launch. Comments (1)
Transit: The weekend shuttle bus system that has been the bane of F-train riders for the past three weekends, is over — for now. Comments (2)

Keeping the peace — Brooklyn style!

Watch out, trouble-makers — our bartenders are packing heat under the counter. Comments (2)

‘Dead’ worker stops traffic in Downtown

Downtown: Downtown office workers did a double take when they saw a coffin propped up on the sidewalk outside National Grid’s building on Jay Street. Comment

Help the NYPD find this rapist

Greenpoint: Cops are hunting this vicious thug who brutally raped a woman in the vestibule of a Greenpoint building on Oct. 20. Comments (5)
Dining: The beefsteak is back! Comments (9)

And from the old-style mailbag…

Letters: One man writes in to praise Democratic City Council candidate Brad Lander, while Republican candidate Joe Nardiello writes us — again! Comments (5)

Bolton has created a holy lamb in Prospect Heights

The Best Thing We Ate This Week: Saul Bolton’s merguez sausage at his new restaurant, The Vanderbilt, is the best thing we ate this week. Comments (1)

Jesus! Madonna and child statue stolen

Boerum Hill: Cops have nabbed the homeless man whom they say swiped a wooden statue (like the one pictured) of the Virgin Mary and her baby from the chapel of St. Vincent’s Services in Boerum Hill on Oct. 19. Comment
Art: Stephen Wiltshire hails from London, but his knowledge of Manhattan’s skyline could stump any New Yorker. Comments (3)

Celebrity butcher Tom Mylan is too busy to call us!

Shopping: This butcher shop is so cutting edge, it’s going to have a press preview. Comment

Roofus: The lack of sparkle isn’t the only problem Downtown

Downtown plan: Our cartoonist, Cristian Fleming, thinks some community activists have too much time on their hands. Comment

Darn! Alternate-side parking returns to parts of Brooklyn Heights and area

Mean Streets: The holiday is almost over for Downtown, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene. Comments (4)

This smartphone thief is dumb!

Fort Greene: He steals a Blackberry, but then doesn’t know how to use it! Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (1)
Dining: Meet James Gosper — an Australian who keeps winning chili contests. Comments (2)

Someone wants to buy this couch?

Smartmom: Could it be true? Someone actually wants to buy Smartmom’s 18-year-old IKEA couch? Comments (10)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Gallery Players has done the impossible: presented a musical about two comedians that doesn’t have a single laugh in it. Comments (1)

Cop car crash causes injuries

Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Paramedic David Moskowitz renders aid to a motorist at a vehicle crash in Marine Park Saturday. Comment

Fed money to remember Abolitionist movement

Remembering Brooklyn’s history in fighting off the evils of American slavery will get easier thanks to two federal grants totaling $1.336 million. Comment

Crime Continues to Plummet in the Nabe

By Helen Klein Comment

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce keeps rolling

Keeping an eye on government regulation over small businesses, continuing economic research on trends, and maintaining essential services was the mantra at the recent Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual convention. Comment

International flavor for Columbus

Bay News: The Chinese Dancers of David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies-IS 228 led a contingent of 50 marching students from the school down 18th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn during the borough’s Columbus Day Parade. Comment

OUTRAGE Truck Survey Continues

One local group is tired of too much traffic. Comment

Thirsty malls in need of relief

The grassy malls running through Victorian Flatbush are 100 years old and boy, are they parched. Comment

Egg on their faces -

By Thomas Tracy Comment

Lander finds himself surrounded -- by Republicans!

Brooklyn Paper: Even though he’s already won the Democratic primary for the 39th District, City Council candidate Brad Lander is still learning a thing or two about “the game” -- especially the unwritten truth that any event, no matter how important or benign, could turn into a political rally. Comment

Hero cops nab suspect and recover gun

Quick thinking and use of solid police tactics helped take another gun off the East Flatbush streets. Comment

Toxic%A0finding%A0at schools

Bay News: Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

Living Off 5th Avenue

Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue Committee brought its board members and financiers on a Prevost bus this week for a tour of its latest construction projects, and its staff members were repeatedly greeted with the same question: When can we move in? Comment

Parents protest school bake sale ban

BY MICHÈLE DE MEGLIO Comment

Going gun gaga

Brooklyn Heights: Going gun gaga Comment

Total Recall: Brooklyn leads faulty foods

Williamsburg: Every year since 2005, Brooklyn has been the borough with the greatest number of food products recalled because of a host of violations, data compiled by a federal lawmaker revealed this week. Comment

G train jollies

Brooklyn Paper: Blotcg632 Comment

Possible zoning changes for P.S. 128 and I.S. 690

BY MICHÈLE DE MEGLIO Comment

Condo prices plunge; new rentals flood the market

Canarsie: Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment

Heavy weight humor

Canarsie: City Councilmember Lewis Fidler (D-Mill Basin, Marine Park) is bringing some wry humor to bear on his re-election campaign. Comment

Street%A0tree%A0walking%A0tour

Canarsie: Sustainable Flatbush is inaugurating its Fall Street Tree Walking Tour, October 24 at Sacred Vibes Apothecary, 376 Argyle Road, just south of Cortelyou Road. Tours depart at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., are one mile in length, and take approximately two hours to complete. Comment

Legislation Takes Aim at Stalled Construction Sites

Canarsie: Faced with an increase in stalled construction projects -- which often turn into neighborhood eyesores -- the City Council has passed legislation whose goal is to encourage developers to keep up their properties. Comment

New Skate Park for Canarsie Moving Forward

Canarsie: By next fall, work on the new skate facility for Canarsie Park should be underway. Comment

Fire erupts inside Rogers Avenue apartment house

Canarsie: Firefighters and paramedics spread out across Rogers Avenue near Avenue D Tueday morning after a fire threatened to eat its way through two floors of a Flatbush apartment building. Comment

BK Housing%A0Family%A0Services’%A0good%A0health fair

Canarsie: Brooklyn Housing & Family Services with Maimonides Medical Center will be presenting the Good Homes! Good Health! Fair Fall 2009, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kings Plaza Mall, near thesecond floor movie theatre, Flatbush Avenue & Avenue U. Comment

Brooklyn home values slide, sales up

Canarsie: Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

We’re Gonna Have an Edible Schoolyard at PS 216

Perspective: Everyone knows I have a penchant for food -- wow, that’s an understatement for you -- and the best way to insure my coming to any occasion, event, meeting or happening is to include these words in the invitation: “Refreshments will be served, or Food!”Hearing that P.S. 216 will be hosting a walk-through of their proposed Edible Schoolyard (ESY), the magic word “edible” drew me to the school’s location at 350 Ave. X like a moth to a flame, a bee to honey, a fly to garbage. With the help of my former CEC21 colleagues Mr. Eng and Dr. Law, we transported this 300-pound hulk to P.S. 216 to partake in eating the Edible Schoolyard. Comment

Electeds absent; amp critics keep punching

Bay News: Not a single invited elected official attended this week’s town hall at the Sea Breeze Jewish Center, but that didn’t stop opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to transform sleepy Asser Levy Park into a major new concert hub from pressing their case. Comment

Boerum Hill seeks rezoning

Brooklyn Heights: “It’s a hard knock life” for Boerum Hill and rezoning appears more than a day away. Comment

Housing market shows%A0signs of life in Bklyn

Brooklyn Heights: Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Top nurses always have the right Rx

Brooklyn Heights: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, acknowledges the outstanding performances of three employees from the staff of its skilled nursing facility who have received awards:Marcelle France, Clinical CNA; Georgia Stewart, RN, and Kay Cato, CNA. Comment

CityPoint to unveil new design

Brooklyn Heights: The city’s Public Design Commission (PDC) is expected to see initial designs for the long-stalled CityPoint tower project next week, according to city officials. Comment

Italian-American center to debut

Bay News: The Big Apple’s first Italian American cultural community center will be in Bensonhurst. Comment

Kings Bay YM-YWHA back to school open house

Bay News: The Kings Bay YM-YWHA held its second annual Back to School Open House, a free event, which allowed families to celebrate the start ofthe new school year and discover the children’s programs offered at the Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue. Comment

PCB scare%A0at schools

Bay News: Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

Marty critics:%A0‘We’re%A0just getting started’

Bay News: Not a single invited elected official attended this week’s town hall at the Sea Breeze Jewish Center, but that didn’t stop opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to transform sleepy Asser Levy Park into a major new concert hub from pressing their case. Comment

Blood on the tracks

Bay News: A 20-year-old woman nearly bled to death following a violent altercation at the Sheepshead Bay Road subway stop last week. Comment

Cop Indicted

Bay News: Even though he scored a 0.0 on a breathalyzer test, a grand jury found enough evidence to bring drunk-driving charges against a Bay Ridge cop who mowed down a preacher’s daughter last month. Comment

Dribbling for the Sudan

Bay News: With nary a hoop in sight, about 20 basketball dribblers bounced their way across the three East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to raise money and awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Comment

Houses of worship poised for historic distinction

Bay News: Their prayers have been answered. Comment

Italian-American center to debut soon

Bay News: The Big Apple’s first Italian American cultural community center will be in Bensonhurst. Comment

Hot wheels doused

Bay News: Police recovered and secured a stolen car after two would-be thieves abandoned their hot wheels at the corner of East 29th Street and Quentin Road Tuesday afternoon. Comment

Battle for the 43rd District%A0

Bay News: While not exactly Lincoln-Douglass, the recent debate between Democrat incumbent City Councilmember Vincent (The Little Giant) Gentile and Republican Bob (The Grocer) Capano provided entertaining theater and ripe political discourse. Comment

Blossoming Kearney runs Xaverian past Mount

High School Sports: No one knew Zack Kearney could be this good this fast. Comment

An International flavor at Columbus march

BoroBeat: The Chinese Dancers of David A. Boody School for Magnet Studies-IS 228 led a contingent of 50 marching students from the school down 18th Avenue in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn during the borough’s Columbus Day Parade. Comment

Sharks lose Fyffe, game to Port Richmond

High School Sports: The game at hand seemed rather meaningless for Sheepshead Bay for about 25 minutes in the second half. Comment

Second-half surge gives Madison fourth straight division crown

High School Sports: Abraham Bravo had a piece of advice for James Madison teammate Richard Hernandez as he readied to take his 30-yard free kick. Comment

Brooklyn home values slide,%A0sales up

Bay News: Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Ford tough: Falcons soar over Christ the King

High School Sports: James Caicedo knew of Bishop Ford’s reputation well before he first entered the Park Slope school. Comment

An evening of awareness on women

Bay News: Hadassah Brooklyn Region, in cooperation with the Sisterhood of East Midwood Jewish Center, presents “An Evening of Awareness on Women’s Health” featuring the doctors and staff of Maimonides Medical Center, November 4from 5-8 p.m. at the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue. Comment

Toxic scare at area schools

Canarsie: Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

Visitation Academy goes to the polls

Democracy was putinto action as fifth through eighth graders at Visitation Academy held schoolwide elections for student council, class president and vice president. Comment

Toxic%A0scare%A0at%A0area%A0school buildings

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

Your guide to civic meetings

The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this 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

Housing mkt%A0signs of life

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Green thumbs up for kids

Each of the pretty bulbs represents the wish of a dying child. Comment

Brooklyn Housing Family Services

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services with Maimonides Medical Center will be presenting the Good Homes! Good Health! Fair Fall 2009, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kings Plaza Mall, near thesecond floor movie theatre, Flatbush Avenue & Avenue U. Comment

‘Lil’ Mama’ helps inspire kids to read more

Lil’ Mama was in da house to take budding bookworms on a record-breaking word journey at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment

Ahoy, Bay Ridge: 69th Street Pier Will Soon Have an Eco Dock

In the very near future, visitors will be able to approach Bay Ridge by water. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to civic meetings

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

Your weekly newsbriefs

The 61st Precinct will once again be hosting ghouls, goblins and all types of tiny creatures that go bump in the night during their annual Halloween party. Comment

Condo prices plunge; more rental units available

Bay News: Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment

City Council okays Sunset Park downzoning

Sunset Park is the latest community to be downzoned. Comment

Senator Golden Visits Cubscouts pack 313

State Senator Marty Golden discussed the importance of being a good citizen within the community, his job as a legislator, and the importance of getting a good education when he met with members of Cub Scout Pack 313 of St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church. Comment

Board Calls for Traffic Study of Accident-Prone Intersection

Concerned about the abundance of accidents at one Bay Ridge corner, a local volunteer group is calling on the city to make improvements there. Comment

Have gun, will order around

Crime: Cops are looking for a gun-toting thief who barked orders at his 29-year-old victim as he waved his pistol around. Comment

Special salute to nursing trio

Brooklyn Paper: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, acknowledges the outstanding performances of three employees from the staff of its skilled nursing facility who have received awards:Marcelle France, Clinical CNA; Georgia Stewart, RN, and Kay Cato, CNA. Comment

Green-Wood Historic Fund%A0

Brooklyn Paper: The Green-Wood Historic Fund held its second annual benefit in support of the impressive array of preservation projects, community outreach events and educational programs that take place at Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center recieves funding

Canarsie: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (Kingsbrook) has received a $15.8 million funding award from the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) Capital Restructuring Initiatives program to facilitate furthering its cooperative initiatives with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center/University Hospital of Brooklyn (Downstate/UHB), including developing a regional core clinical laboratory, consolidating pediatric services, and coordinating adult inpatient resources. Comment

Condo prices here plunge; new rentals enter the market

Brooklyn Paper: Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment

Body Sculpt of New York helps address Bklyn’s health disparities with exercise initiative

Brooklyn Paper: Body Sculpt of New York has answered the call from the New York City Department of Health to address health disparities in African-American, Latino, Asian, and low-income communities at the Good Health Brooklyn Health Initiative, October 24 from 12-4 p.m. at Bartel Pritchard Square in Prospect Park. Comment

Dating safeguards and political bullstats

Perspective: Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes a scam that you haven’t. In Motor City, Michigan, a lovely young lady was asked out to dinner by young Mr. Handsome. Since Mr. H does not own a car our pretty princess consented to picking him up on a corner near where she resides. They made their way to a wonderful restaurant and enjoyed a bottle of red with their romantic dinner. When the check arrived Mr. H was dreadfully embarrassed. “I left my wallet in your car. May I please borrow the keys? I’ll be right back.” Comment

Pistol packing hamburglar

Brooklyn Paper: A 41-year-old man was arrested last week after he tried to stick-up the McDonalds on Fourth Avenue near First Street. Comment

$33M for stamping out Asian long-horned beetle

Brooklyn Paper: This is one beetle invasion Brooklyn can live without. Comment

Egg on their faces

Brooklyn Paper: They may hate the residents of Prospect Avenue, but not because of their religion. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

Brooklyn Paper: The following is a list of community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this 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

Report: Brownstone residential rents sliding

Brooklyn Paper: It’s a renter’s market in Brownstone Brooklyn, according to a report released last week that found “dramatic” reductions in residential rents in the third quarter. Comment

Don your spookiest Halloween duds during DUMBO art crawl

Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn Arts Council & Artlog.com present a special one night Halloween themed art crawl, Collect Dumbo, in partnership with Two Trees Management & the Dumbo Improvement District, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. Check-in is at 111 Front Street & 55 Washington Avenue. A portion of all proceeds from the ticketed event go to supporting BAC. Comment

Game, set and match...and you’re invited

Brooklyn Paper: Steve Carberry, tennis director at the Regina Pacis Tennis Center, will be offering a free tennis open house from 1-2 p.m., November 1at the center, 66th Street between 12th and 13th avenues in the Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Old Stone House pumpkin patch is oodles of fun

Brooklyn Paper: A bounty of pleasures awaited mom, dad and the kids as they united for harvest festivities at the Old Stone House. Comment

Kids get to practice voting during Election Day celebrations at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Paper: Kids get to practice voting for New York City Mayor during Election Day celebrations at Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House, November 3 from 12-5 p.m. Comment

Toss UN report where it belongs

Perspective: Enough already! Comment

Somebody should’ve kept balloon boy on a short leash

Perspective: You’ve got to pick up every stitch, must be the season of the witch - Comment

Crime is Down but Noise Still Nettles

Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents feel under siege from excessive noise and late-night rowdiness from local bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Comment

Condo prices plunge; more rentals

Williamsburg: Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment

Bright idea on North 11th Street

Williamsburg: Williamsburg is set for a brighter future with the grand opening of Light-Up %u2013 174 North 11th Street, between Bedford and Driggs avenues %u2013 where owners Lars and Susanne Dahlhaus celebrate the arrival of their “unprecedented lighting concept shop,” featuring an innovative new formula which allows shoppers to browse competitors’ websites on special in-store computer kiosks. Comment

Triangle plan moves ahead

Williamsburg: After weeks of deliberations, the City Planning Commission swiftly approved the rezoning plan for the Broadway Triangle, a 31-acre industrial site in South Williamsburg, by a vote of 12-1-1, setting the stage for City Council to take up the issue in a public hearing within 50 days. Comment

Cop indicted

Williamsburg: Even though he scored a 0.0 on a breathalyzer test, a grand jury found enough evidence to bring drunk-driving charges against a Bay Ridge cop who mowed down a preacher’s daughter last month. Comment

Slashed on Broadway

Williamsburg: An area man was slashed in the face after getting into an argument with a 31-year-old man. Comment

Hoopster philanthropy is on the ball

Williamsburg: With nary a hoop in sight, about 20 basketball dribblers bounced their way across the three East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to raise money and awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Comment

Bklyn housing market stirs this quarter

Williamsburg: Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Poetry foundation finds a Brooklyn home

Williamsburg: From Walt Whitman to Hart Crane, Brooklyn has historically been a location that attracts poets. Comment

OSA holds annual meeting to discuss park plans

Williamsburg: Join the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) to hear about plans to create new parks, and give your feedback on improving existing parks during the group’s next meeting, 6-7:30 p.m., October 29 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 275 North Eighth Street at Havemeyer Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Comment

Witches Walk The Line

Williamsburg: Halloween tends to bring out the child in everyone, but in Williamsburg, it’s happening literally. Comment

Burglaries, Robbers, and Graffiti Writers Apprehended

Williamsburg: 94th Precinct Deputy Inspector Dennis Fulton is optimistic about an autumn where crime is down and arrests have been made after several burglaries and robberies in Williamsburg. Comment

El Puente Remembers Friends Lost, Celebrates Life Continued

Williamsburg: Lemon Andersen may be enjoying a six-week run for his solo show at the Public Theater in Manhattan, but it was El Puente (211 South 4th Street), the pantheon-like theater space in Williamsburg where Anderson got his start, that hosted its own emotional night of performances to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS in Brooklyn. Comment

BK housing market stirs

Brooklyn Paper: Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

Flatbush Avenue protectors honored

Flatbush: Thanks for the assist... Comment

Crime slides in 76th Precinct

Brooklyn Paper: Three seems to be a charm for the 76th Precinct. Comment

New effort to force cell phone tower check-ups

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

CO fumes clear out day care center

Flatbush: Firefighters were dispatched to a Flatbush day care center after carbon-monoxide fumes gave the phrase “nap time” a new meaning. Comment

Dollar vans swarm RadioShack

Kings Courier: Dollar van drivers have a new hangout spot. Comment

Loud bullets

Flatbush: A heated argument on East 49th Street in East Flatbush ended in a man’s death Saturday when a gun was thrown into the mix. Comment

Boerum Hill looks to rezone the nabe

Brooklyn Paper: “It’s a hard knock life” for Boerum Hill and rezoning appears more than a day away. Comment

Brooklyn housing market shows some signs of life

Brooklyn Paper: Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

The Annual Spirit of Life celebration!

Canarsie: Every year for the past 20 years, the New York Congregational Home for the Aged Foundation hosts a Spirit of Life Celebration, whose theme this year was “thank you,” to honor those who devote their time and energy to help enrich people’s lives and contribute to the success of the organization. Comment

Crime stats%A0continue fall

Canarsie: Crime continues to come down in Canarsie. Comment

Cooking with gas: student chefs get new kitchen

BoroBeat: After 15 years of learning how to prepare mouthwatering meals in a makeshift-if-serviceable kitchen, excited teen chefs at the High School for International Studies snipped the ribbon on a brand new culinary arts classroom %u2013 celebrating the special occasion with bragging rights and a buffet dinner. Comment

Bright lights planned for Red Hook field

Brooklyn Paper: Red Hook might soon have its own version of Friday Night Lights. Comment

Back to drawing board for Slope storefront

Brooklyn Paper: Against the recommendation of its Land Use/Landmarks Committee, Community Board 6 last week rejected the vision for a new storefront in the Park Slope Historic District. Comment

Students of the Month at PS 255

Kings Courier: Pint-sized intellectuals in Public School 255’s grades Kindergarten through five were selected to receive Student of the Month honors for “serving as exemplars in their schoolwork, their thoughtfulness, and their kindness for others,” according to the school’s Project Arts Liaison, Miriam Rankin, who spearheaded the monthly initiative as a way to recognize all the school’s young learners. Comment

Renovation reveals PCBs

Flatbush: Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

Prayer to the bishop

Brooklyn Paper: About 16 parishioners and parents demonstrated at St. Saviour this week to call attention to their “divided” parish. Comment

Sustainable food comes to Fort Greene

Brooklyn Paper: Talk, listen and learn (and eat!) at the Fort Greene Food Conference, a grassroots, neighborhood-based event, sponsored by Council Member Letitia James in support of a just, sustainable, healthy and delicious food system in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Comment

Mistakes prove costly for Lincoln

Brooklyn Paper: Shawn O’Connor made sure to applaud and pat each one of his players on the back. The Lincoln football coach saw their heads down and shoulders slumped. Comment

Child’s Play

Political wonks felt like kids all over again as they dove into the “Pechefsky for City Council Activity Book” distributed by the Green Party candidate for the 39th District. Comment

Kid conundrum! 39th candidates rail over public school muck-up

Brooklyn Paper: Here’s a quick question for you: How many candidates in the race for the 39th City Council District have children in public school? Comment

‘Wild things’ are right here

Kings Courier: Possums and raccoons and skunks, oh my! Comment

Cut for a cigarette

Kings Courier: A 31-year-old man had his face ripped open after he gave a sinister stranger a cigarette last week. Comment

Atlantic Yards critic turns conciliatory

Brooklyn Paper: In something of an about-face, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries last week praised the Atlantic Yards project as “a major economic development venture that is vital to the economy and the future of Brooklyn.” Jeffries, who has recently been critical of the project, made his comments in a letter co-signed with fellow Assemblymember N. Nick Perry and State Sen. John Sampson written to Developer Bruce Ratner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who recently bought majority ownership of the NBA’s Nets contingent on them moving to Brooklyn. Comment

Toxic scare at%A0area%A0schools

Kings Courier: Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

Kudos to Community Members from the 70th Precinct

Kings Courier: Local law enforcement officers saluted members of the public who went above and beyond to aid the police and and the neighborhood in which they live. Comment

Hats off to crime-busters

Kings Courier: Even when they’re on loan, the cops from the 63rd Precinct go above and beyond the call of duty. Comment

Bergen Beach is an NYPD desert, some say

Kings Courier: When it comes to the police, Bergen Beach is starting to feel like a forgotten step-child. Comment

Cops to council: keep your kids gang-free

Kings Courier: Would you know if your child belonged to a gang? Comment

Jamaica Bay’s marshes to be restored

Kings Courier: Jamaica Bay’s marshlands will soon see a bit more green than usual — in the form of a multi-million dollar restoration project, officials announced last week. Comment
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And now, a folk song plucked from our police blotter!

Rhythm & News: It’s Frank Hoier’s “Rhythm and News” — and it’s only on BrooklynPaper.com. Comments (1)
Downtown: The chairman of the local community board says he’s underwhelmed by the sparkle that the city said it put into new sidewalks on the Fulton Mall. Comments (6)

Hasids fight for naming rights

Williamsburg: You can believe everything you read in The Brooklyn Paper — unless it’s in the comments section of our award-winning Web site. Comments (17)

Baltic instinct

Carroll Gardens: Armed muggers slug and rob a man on Baltic Street. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comments (4)

Kids Make a Difference Annual Family Ice Skating & Carnival

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Chapter of Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s youth group, Kids Make a Difference, will host its annual Family Ice Skating & Carnival event at Aviator Sports & Recreation Center at Floyd Bennett Field on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Exit 11S on the Belt Parkway, October 25. Registration starts at 12 p.m. and the event runs from 1-4 p.m. Comment

Community divided on Metropolitan Wine Bar

Williamsburg: A restaurant applying for a liquor license in the ground-floor space of a building off a quiet stretch of Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg has divided a community frustrated with outdoor noise levels but passionate for sophisticated late-night dining. Comment

Friends With Benefits fundraiser for the Numu Arts Collective

Williamsburg: The Numu Arts Collective presents Friends With Benefits: A Benefit for the Numu Arts Collective, October 23, 7 p.m., at their Bushwick headquarters, 75 Stewart Avenue. The event will raise funds and present work by members of this new Brooklyn-based collective. Comment

CMJ coming to Brooklyn

Williamsburg: With over 1,300 artists and over 75 venues participating in this year’s CMJ, from October 20-24, chances are, any show you go to those five days will be part of the marathon music showcase. Comment

Rest in peace, Spc. Kevin O. Hill [1986-2009]

Perspective: If you love freedom, thank a vet. Comment

McCarren Pk. pumpkins

Williamsburg: Bright-eyed youngsters shared the spotlight with an emerald empire sparkling with orange beauties when McCarren Park feted the young and the young-at-heart with a pumpkin patch. Comment

Mmm...Havemeyer Sugar-Sweets Bake Festival%A0

BoroBeat: Sweet Havemeyer Street! Comment

Democrat? Republican? What’s the difference?

Perspective: Does it really make a difference if the Democrats are in or the Republicans? Rhetorical as it may be - it’s been on my mind the closer Election Day gets. Comment

David’s next move?%A0Birthday party!

Williamsburg: Now that Councilmember David Yassky (D-Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights) lost the race for City Comptroller, twice, many pundits are wondering what the retiring elected official will be doing next. Comment

Blossoming Kearney runs Xaverian past Mount

No one knew Zack Kearney could be this good this fast. Comment

‘Words of Bonds’ project at MSG

Williamsburg: The rallying call to ‘Never Forget’ is one of the major themes of the Brooklyn-based non-profit School News Nationwide (SNN). Comment

City Council to Jump-Start Stalled Construction Sites

Williamsburg: Standing before a backdrop of a featureless boarded-up vacant Williamsburg lot where construction has ceased for several months, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and six Councilmembers introduced a new bill earlier this week that will allow developers to restart stalled construction sites if they agree to increased safety standards. Comment

Boxed in

Williamsburg: A 16-year-old thief armed with a box cutter carjacked a motorist on Berry Street Monday. Comment

Ringling Bros. seeks return to BK

Williamsburg: The Coney Island Boom-A-Ring was such a big hit this summer that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus not only wants to come back to Brooklyn again next year - they’re interested in making it an annual event. Comment

Gifted & Talented wanted for ‘Burg

Williamsburg: A new gifted and talented primary school may be coming to Williamsburg. Comment

Legal Services Makes Motion to Merge Brooklyn Offices

Williamsburg: 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

Bobko defeats Moshan; McCarren Tennis Wins

Williamsburg: In the inaugural Williamsburg Open, Arthur Bobko defeated a feisty opponent, Michael Moshan, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, but McCarren Tennis was the real winner this past weekend. Comment

‘Dark & Deviant’

Williamsburg: The Tiger Lillies return to St. Ann’s Warehouse, October 16-17, 8 p.m.,with “Dark and Deviant,” a show, which celebrates 20 years of the Lillies’ dark, deviant and highly twisted theatrical music. Comment

Brooklyn’s Toxic Past

Brooklyn Paper: The legacy of Brooklyn’s industrial past and the spectrum of pollution in which we live are captured in Robin Michals’ photography exhibition, “Toxic City: Brooklyn’s Brownfields,” at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 Fourth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, October 25 through November 8. Comment

BJ’s Wholesale Club partners with Canarsie Schools

As it prepares to open a new location in Canarsie, BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering a deal to local public schools. Comment

Local hero dives in to help drowning mother

Hey, Keith Gorman! You just saved a woman from drowning in her own car. What do you do next? Comment

Green-mobile hits Borough Hall.

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s Enviromedia Mobile — a 48-foot traveling urban nature center and maritime museum — will rumble into Borough Hall Plaza next week for an official unveiling, part of a borough-wide mission intended to teach and enlighten. Comment

Hero firefighter is honored for saving life

Firefighter Adam Rivera stood straight, feet slightly apart and stared expressionless as his proud mother, Lynn, stood beside him and several local politicians praised him at the recent Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting. Comment

Ring of Combat

Promoter and three-time World Kickboxing Champion Louis Neglia put together another loaded card with 14 matches featuring some of the best fighters on the east coast at the 26th installment of the East Coast’s longest running Professional MMA Promotion, The Ring of Combat. Comment

Free tennis open house for learners of all ages

Steve Carberry, tennis director at the Regina Pacis Tennis Center, will be offering a free tennis open house from 1-2 p.m., November 1at the center, 66th Street between 12th and 13th avenues in the Dyker Heights/Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Comment

Public Comment Period on Superfund Extended Amid Concerns

While a Superfund designation for Newtown Creek may help the waterway, some local residents are worried it may be bad for business. Comment

Bay Ridge United Methodist “Green” Church sold for close to $10 million.

In one of the busiest summers over the past few years, Massey Knakal is reporting the closing of a number of transactions in Brooklyn with an aggregate value of almost $27 million. Comment

Fundraiser for The Friends of Douglass/Green Park

The Friends of Douglass/Greene Park are hosting a fundraiser at “Building on Bond,” corner of Bond & Pacific streets, October 19 from 7-9 p.m. Comment

B-Ball dribbling marathon goes through Brooklyn

With nary a hoop in sight, about 20 basketball dribblers bounced their way across the three East River bridges from Brooklyn to Manhattan to raise money and awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Comment

Lil’ Mama encourages young readers

BoroBeat: Lil’ Mama was in da house %u2013 to take budding bookworms on a record-breaking word journey at the Brooklyn Public Library. Comment

Hey Mr. Mayor, aren’t our security priorities askew?

I was at the Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) Open Community meeting at the FIAO Beacon Community Center at Seth Low IS 96 when this startling information hit me.The New Executive […] Comment

Maintaining Existing Community Character Key to Sunset Park Rezoning

Sunset Park is the latest community to be downzoned. Comment

Fresh teeth to bite curb cuts

Community Board 11 is getting set to weigh in on a new zoning text amendment from the Department of City Planning aimed at curbing the “concrete jungle.” Comment

Art installation bolsters Flatbush Avenue Extension

When the economy gets tight, it’s time to call in the artists. Comment

Swine flu prevention kicks into high gear

Kings Courier: The first batch of swine flu vaccines has hit local schools, as the city steps up its efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. Comment

Local boy is soldier for a day

Members of the New York National Guard welcomed a new “recruit” to the Army National Guard when they fulfilled the dream of nine year old Jacob Kaminski, a local boy battling Leukemia. Comment

We’re Gonna Have an Edible Schoolyard at PS 216

Everyone knows I have a penchant for food -- wow, that’s an understatement for you -- and the best way to insure my coming to any occasion, event, meeting or happening is to include these words in the invitation: “Refreshments will be served, or Food!”Hearing that P.S. 216 will be hosting a walk-through of their proposed Edible Schoolyard (ESY), the magic word “edible” drew me to the school’s location at 350 Ave. X like a moth to a flame, a bee to honey, a fly to garbage. With the help of my former CEC21 colleagues Mr. Eng and Dr. Law, we transported this 300-pound hulk to P.S. 216 to partake in eating the Edible Schoolyard. Comment

Drop in Crime Continues in Canarsie

Crime continues to come down in Canarsie. Comment

New Brooklyn Bridge Park organization announced

Brooklyn Heights: The 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park now under construction is quickly garnering the distinction of being the project with the most acronyms. Comment

Jamaica Bay’s marshes to be restored

Jamaica Bay’s marshlands will soon see a bit more green than usual — in the form of a multi-million dollar restoration project, officials announced last week. Comment

Resource fair for grandparents to be held at LIU

The Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition & Long Island University’s Department of Social Work, NYC Department for the Aging, Grandparents Resource Center present a Fall Resource Fair for Kincaregivers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 6 in the Paramount Gym at LIU, corner of DeKalb and Flatbush avenues. Comment

Student elections held at Visitation Academy

Democracy was putinto action as fifth through eighth graders at Visitation Academy held schoolwide elections for student council, class president and vice president. Comment

Residents to mayor: Fix the potholes!

Enough with the potholes! Comment

Brooklyn home values slide, sales up

Home values in Brooklyn continued to slide, but sales activity is showing signs of life, surging for the second consecutive quarter, according to a recent report. Comment

District 20 honors Mafalda DiMango

Three cheers for Mafalda DiMango! Comment

Atlantic Yards lawsuits filed and heard

Lawsuits against the Atlantic Yards project continue to fly. Comment

Racist Obama stencils hit Mill Basin

Canarsie: It’s a sad commentary on today’s world but, yes, we can find President Barack Obama’s name in hate-filled messages about race. Comment

Help is on the way for F train

Brooklyn Paper: A ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves. Comment

Unspeakable conditions prevail at two at two Flatbush apartment buildings

Even the rats are likely disgusted with the conditions at a pair of Flatbush buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Comment

Hero’s daughter awarded college scholarship

America is free because there are heroes who are willing to sacrifice life and limb to protect its people, ideals, and borders.Robert Kross, a veteran of the United States Army is one of those heroes. Comment

The battle of the Long-Horned Beetle has begun

This is one beetle invasion Brooklyn can live without. Comment

Gentile, Capano slug it out in debate

While not exactly Lincoln-Douglass, the recent debate between Democrat incumbent City Councilmember Vincent (The Little Giant) Gentile and Republican Bob (The Grocer) Capano provided entertaining theater and ripe political discourse. Comment

Eggs Over Easy: Open House NY Visits Newtown Creek

The crowds came to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in droves this weekend, eager to see what exactly goes on inside the mysterious sewage plant that resembles a half-dozen package of eggs and emits a faint indigo glow at night. Comment

Crime is Down but Noise Still Nettles

Crime continues to remain low in Williamsburg, though many residents feel under siege from excessive noise and late-night rowdiness from local bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. Comment

Green-mobile hits Borough Hall

BoroBeat: The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy’s Enviromedia Mobile — a 48-foot traveling urban nature center and maritime museum — will rumble into Borough Hall Plaza next week for an official unveiling, part of a borough-wide mission intended to teach and enlighten. Comment

Brooklyn’s finest salutes its dedicated ‘eyes and ears’

Bay News: The “eyes and ears” of Brooklyn’s Finest received a tall salute during an awards ceremony for the 60th Precinct’s Auxiliary unit in Coney Island. Comment

Keeping on the straight and narrow

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

Additional Funds for CB 11

Bay News: There was a great deal of applause as City Councilmember Vincent Gentile delivered a check for $1,000 to Community Board 11. Comment

Motorist Killed

Bay News: A 26-year-old drunken driver sparked a horrendous chain of events that not only led to the death of a 48-year-old motorist but nearly his own demise as well, cops from the 62nd Precinct said this week. Comment

Kaleidoscope celebrates its first decade

BoroBeat: Mom, dad and the kids were in for a phantasmagoric experience when Kaleidoscope turned 10 years young.The rollicking toy store, 8722 3rd Avenue, was the proud recipient of variegated well-wishes from customers, who stopped by throughout the day to offer their congratulations. Family-owned-and-operated, Kaleidoscope offers “everything” from unique craft kits to collectible figurines, with all of its toys meeting government safety requirements. “We research all companies to ensure they are use environmentally safe production practices,” boasts its website. Comment

Coke-using firefighter uses 9/11 defense

Bay News: A New York City firefighter who was fired after failing a random drug test has filed suit against the FDNY and the city for improper termination. Comment

Brooklyn college cuts ribbon on West Quad

Bay News: It took 50 years, but the “most beautiful college campus in America” now also boasts a handsome, state-of-the-art, athletic and student services wing %u2013 complete with ball courts and a swimming pool open to the community. Comment

High-powered circumcision draws pols

Bay News: For being only eight days old, little Joshua Zev Greenfield showed the kind of political clout at his circumcision that would be the envy of many a power broker. Comment

St. Edmund Prep steps off

Bay News: The sun appeared from behind the clouds in time for Saint Edmund Preparatory High School students to participate in their 10th annual Walk-a-thon around Marine Park. Comment

Seven decades of matrimonial bliss

BoroBeat: Happy anniversary! Comment

Walgreens opens its 7,000th store

BoroBeat: A milestone was reached when the “nation’s largest drugstore chain” opened shop in Sheepshead Bay with its 7000th store. Comment

Always a howl at Halloween time!

Bay News: What a spooktacular sight%u2026 Comment

Guild for Exceptional Children 51st anniversary

Bay News: The Guild for Exceptional Children will celebrate its 51st anniversary during a gala dinner dance to be held at 6:30 p.m., October 23 at the El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Avenue. Comment

LICH town hall on H1N1

Bay News: The Dexter McKenzie Community Resource Center will host a town hall meeting on the H1N1 Virus — which has reached pandemic proportions, according to a June 2009 World Health Organization (WHO) bulletin — October 22, 7 p.m., at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 3714 Avenue D in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment

Love nourishes Bay Ridge garden

BoroBeat: Tucked away in a little corner of Bay Ridge lies a secret garden filled with bowers of flowers. Alive with pink coreopsis, Shasta daisies, cornflowers, geraniums and lilacs the backyard oasisis lovingly tended to by Flo Troiano, (pictured here). Comment

Acclaimed author at Visitation academy

BoroBeat: Author Angie Sage delivered a presentation and signed copies of her booksduring a visit with the students of Visitation Academy, 8902 Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge. Comment

Blessing of the beasts

Blessed be the beasts. Comment

Traffic woes cause worry near Bergen Beach school

Kings Courier: Traffic conditions outside a Bergen Beach parochial school have become an unholy mess, according to a parent urging officials to heed his warning to blockade the street in order to safeguard students and faculty. Comment

Charity softball game in Manhattan Beach to benefit Autism Speaks

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association will hold a charity softball game pitting MBNA versus News12-Brooklyn, with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks, Inc. Comment

Food, friends and fun as Bay Ridge Food Co-op launches membership drive

The Bay Ridge Food Co-op celebrated the official launch of its membership drive with food, libations and music at the Bay Ridge Public Library, 7223Ridge Boulevard. Comment

Bobko defeats Moshan

In the inaugural Williamsburg Open, Arthur Bobko defeated a feisty opponent, Michael Moshan 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, but McCarren Tennis was the real winner this past weekend. Comment

Coney Island Hospital Art

Coney Island Hospital and the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group are collaborating on the exhibit, “A Celebration of the Arts” at Coney Island Hospital, 2601 Ocean Parkway, corner of Avenue Z in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. Comment

Gifted and Talented Coming to Williamsburg

A new gifted and talented primary school may be coming to Williamsburg. Comment

Cash for clunker crime

Crime: An employee from Giuffre Kia was robbed of over $125,000 in receipts -- as well as his wheels -- just as he was about to drop off the cash and checks at a local bank, officials said. Comment

Haunted Walk at Prospect Park

The beloved Haunted Walk in Prospect Park is back on October 31 from 12-3 p.m., and more fun than ever. Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Comment

Massey Knakal reports latest summer transaction

In one of the busiest summers over the past few years, Massey Knakal is reporting the closing of a number of transactions in Brooklyn with an aggregate value of almost $27 million. Comment

St. Anselm’s Church welcomes new pastor

BoroBeat: The faithful at St. Anselm’s Church have a new pastor.Monsignor John W. Maloney, formerly of Queens, was installed as the incoming spiritual leader of the house of worship, 356 82nd Street, during an installation Mass conducted by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.A reception in the school auditorium followed the rites. Comment

Bay Ridge Senior citizens celebrate the Shore Road Garden

BoroBeat: A luncheon sprinkled with live music drew local seniors to the Shore Road Garden where they helped usher in the golden season with a picnic hosted by State Senator Marty Golden. Comment

Local Not-for-Profit Asks for Help

A Bay Ridge-based organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities is turning to the community to help it cope with funding shortfalls. Comment

School open house

The New York City Department of Education and PS 503-The Magnet School for Ecology and the Urban Environment will be hostingfree open houses October 20, November 17 and December 15 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the school, 330 59th Street on the Bay Ridge/Sunset Park border. Comment

Community Board 10 public hearing on expense budget

Community Board 10 will be conducting a public hearing to adopt and supportthe board’s capital and expense priorities for the Fiscal Year 2010 municipal budget at 7:15 p.m., October 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1305 86th Street. Comment

Third Ave. Merchants awarded market study grant

The Merchants of Third Avenue Civic Improvement Association, a non-profit serving the Third Avenue retail corridor for more than30 years, has been awarded an Avenue NYC Economic Development grant from the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment

Cops In Coney Island Save a man and recover guns

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

Bloomy: nothing in common with us%A0

Perspective: I was at the Bensonhurst West End Community Council’s (BWECC) Open Community meeting at the FIAO Beacon Community Center at Seth Low IS 96 when this startling information hit me.The New Executive […] Comment

78th Precinct cops honored

Brooklyn Paper: A pair of cops were honored by the 78th Precinct Community Council this week for two separate arrests, which took three alleged bad guys — and two guns — off the street. Comment

Forget baseball, it’s bocce ball time!

Brooklyn Paper: The young and the young-at-heart had a ball in Marine Park, squaring off for the playoffs of the 15th Annual Citywide Bocce Championships. Comment

Chemistry is major for Brooklyn Tech girls volleyball

High School Sports: Margaret Kwateng and Karolina Kowalska might as well be joined at the hip. The Brooklyn Tech seniors are close friends, share the same major at school and are both stars on the Engineers girls volleyball team. Comment

Laughing with the Saints on Duffield St.

Brooklyn Paper: Father James Martin, SJ, author of the memoir, “Laughing with the Saints,” will show how the saints and the great Christian spiritual masters used humor as part of a healthy spiritual life. All this and a few good jokes, too Comment

Ecology event

Brooklyn Paper: Find out what lives in the East River and help clean the shoreline to create a healthy habitat for the variety of species that call it home, October 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Main Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park (meet directly underneath the Manhattan Bridge). Comment

Help clean the Slope during Fall Civic Sweep event

Brooklyn Paper: Make a clean sweep of your home and neighborhood by joining the Park Slope Civic Council’s annual beautification, clean-up and recycling event, the Fall Civic Sweep, October 17. Comment

H1N1 Townhall meeting at Long Island College Hospital

Brooklyn Paper: Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn will host a community town hall meeting about H1N1 and Seasonal Flu, hosted byDavid Wlody MD, Chief Medical officer and Tucker Woods DO, chairman of Emergency Medicine,October 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. at LICH, 339 Hicks street at Atlantic Avenue, in the Avram Conference Center, Rooms A and B. Comment

Vital veers Lincoln toward bounce-back win

High School Sports: Andrew Vital has mastered the art of deception. The Lincoln quarterback does his best Houdini impression every time the play “Veer” is called. Tailback Doug Butler runs up the gut and Vital has the option of handing off to him or faking it and carrying it himself. Comment

Celebrate turkish culture

BoroBeat: Whirling dervishes, folklore teams and mouthwatering cuisine whetted the appetites of revelers, who headed to Prospect Park for a taste of “Turkish days in New York.” Comment

‘Hog wild’ to fight cancer%A0

Kings Courier: Health crusaders took their battle against breast cancer on the road when Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson teamed up with the Brooklyn Cyclones for a benefit motorcycle tour through borough streets. Comment

Fanatical about fall: Autumn makes a big splash at the salt marsh nature center

BoroBeat: Salt Marsh Nature Center morphed into a pulsating emerald empire as the nimble-footed ushered in the golden season with a harvest dance. Comment

Italian pride on parade along Colombo Blvd.

BoroBeat: Spectacular floats, marching bands and costumed strollers were among the crowd pleasers as festive frolickers embraced the dolce vita by kicking off the 28th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade along Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard. Comment

61st Precinct CC goes award crazy!

Kings Courier: They’re the wind beneath the 61st Precinct’s wings. Comment

Booze-fueled slashing

Kings Courier: A 48-year-old man at the wrong place at the wrong time ended up in the hospital last week after he was allegedly attacked by three drunken, knife-wielding goons. Comment

Park Slope farmers’ market makes its debut

BoroBeat: Ripened fruits and crisp veggies were just the tip of the iceberg for discerning boroughites as they made a beeline for farm-fresh delights on opening day of the Park Slope Farmers’ Market. Comment

A special salute to outstanding nurses

BoroBeat: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, acknowledges the outstanding performances of three employees from the staff of its skilled nursing facility who have received awards:Marcelle France, Clinical CNA; Georgia Stewart, RN, and Kay Cato, CNA. Comment

Adult bereavement support at Calvary

Brooklyn Paper: Calvary Hospital has announced it will host adult bereavement support groups in downtown Brooklyn. Thanks to a donation of space through Premier Home Health Care Agency groups will meet weekly at a Court Street location. Comment

Mike Rouse album release party

Brooklyn Paper: Composer, filmmaker, director and solo performer Mikel Rouse will release his new album, Gravity Radio (Exit Music 1012), November 3 on iTunes and at all major retailers. Comment

Something’s fishy...

Brooklyn Paper: A thief snipped the locks to Park Slope Seafood, 215 Seventh Avenue, last Sunday night, taking $400 in receipts. Comment

Bloomberg on the Gowanus waterfront

Brooklyn Paper: The city’s top boss last week arrived at the fetid foot of the Gowanus Canal, touting an alternate scheme for its clean-up and predicting a bright future for the polluted waterway — provided the city steers its revival. Comment

Prospect Heights shows off her stuff during biennial house tour

Brooklyn Paper: The Prospect Heights biennial house tour will be held October 18 from 12-5 p.m. The self-guided tour will include 11 wonderful homes and apartments. Comment

Sharks lose Fyffe, game to Port Richmond

The game at hand seemed rather meaningless for Sheepshead Bay for about 25 minutes in the second half. Comment

Ford tough: Falcons soar over Christ the King

James Caicedo knew of Bishop Ford’s reputation well before he first entered the Park Slope school. Comment

Mistakes prove costly for Lincoln

Shawn O’Connor made sure to applaud and pat each one of his players on the back. The Lincoln football coach saw their heads down and shoulders slumped. Comment

Consistent Fort Hamilton marches on

No matter who was asked the question – what does the 21-game regular-season win streak mean? – the reaction was the same. Comment

Music on Fifth

Brooklyn Paper: The Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, in conjunction with the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, hosts Music on Fifth, in which at least 15 musicians and groups will be performing along Fifth Avenue from Dean to 18th streets, October 22 & 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. Comment

‘No Parking Funeral Today’ opens

Brooklyn Paper: The 440 Gallery presents “Daniel John Weiner: No Parking Funeral Today,” now to November 29, with an opening reception October 23, 7-9 p.m. The gallery is at 440 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Bookswap comes to Cobble Hill

Brooklyn Paper: The Cobble Hill Association is sponsoring a free Book Swap October 17 at the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) Sitting Park at Henry and Pacific streets in Cobble Hill, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Let the Work Begin: Groundbreaking on New Library Later This Month

Brooklyn Paper: The construction of the new Kensington library will get underway later this month. Comment

Locals worry about Kensington crime

Brooklyn Paper: From tires getting slashed to burglaries to hate crimes, several residents complained about an uptick of crime and lack of police presence at the recent Community Board 12 meeting. Comment

ACORN supporters turn out at rally

Brooklyn Paper: For Leroy Johnson, a compactly built man with a lilting West Indian accent, standing up for ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a matter of giving back to the organization that saved his apartment. Comment

Return of the Fabulous Flea Market%A0

Brooklyn Paper: The Fabulous Flea Market returns to The Royale Bar, 506 Fifth Avenue between12th & 13th streets in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, October 18 from 3-8 p.m. Comment

First Acoustics

Brooklyn Paper: Guitarist Patty Larkin continues the successful second season of First Acoustics, October 17. Larkin will perform at First Unitarian Church, PierrepontStreet between Monroe Place and Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, with a discount when purchased in advance. Comment

Data shows a possible wide-spread presence of PCBs in Brooklyn schools

Recently obtained School Construction Authority (SCA) data reveals that between 2008 and now, over 30 recently-renovated Brooklyn schools contained high levels of PCBs, a toxic chemical compound that was banned in 1978. Comment

P.S. 255 puts its best foot forward

BoroBeat: Young eco-buffs pounded the pavement to promote a healthy, safe and green life during an awareness walk at Public School 255. Comment

Ralph gun bust...

Flatbush: A teen party at an East Flatbush club ended in gunfire Sunday, police said. Comment

Canarsiens Seeing Double Over Double-Parking Tix

Canarsie: Canarsiens are tired of being ticketed. Comment

‘Big Six’ big in win

High School Sports: Donovan Edwards was given a nickname by his teammates on the Midwood football team. Comment

Eyes & ears of the police: Tall salute to auxiliaries

BoroBeat: The “eyes and ears” of Brooklyn’s Finest received a tall salute in Canarsie during a pomp-filled awards ceremony for the 69th Precinct’s Auxiliary unit. Volunteer officers were lauded for their crime-fighting assistance at a full-court program %u2013 held at PS 66, 845 East 96th St. %u2013 which featured appearances by police brass from Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and the 69th Precinct, 9720 Foster Avenue. Comment

Ringing in a bit of Coney Island history

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

$33 million to squash this devilish insect

Canarsie: This is one beetle invasion Brooklyn can live without. Comment

City considering expansions for P.S. 279 and I.S. 211

Canarsie: Two Canarsie schools have officially requested grade reconfigurations. Comment

Race against violence

Canarsie: The 11th Annual Race Against Violence 5k Run/Walk will be held at John Paul Jones Park, 101st Street and Fourth Avenue in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, October 18. Comment

Hog wild for health: bikers rev up ‘Ride to live’

BoroBeat: Health crusaders took their battle against breast cancer on the road when Maimonides Medical Center and Brooklyn Harley-Davidson teamed up with the Brooklyn Cyclones for a benefit motorcycle tour through borough streets. Comment

Slashed over cigarette

Brooklyn Heights: A 22-year-old man had his face ripped open during an argument sparked by a pack of smokes. Comment

Blessing of the animals at St. Boniface

BoroBeat: Yelps and howls filled the air as the blessing of the animals got underway at St. Boniface Church. Comment

Beautiful new Brooklyn mural

BoroBeat: Downtown proprietor Barry Jacobson is no slumlord. Comment

New amphitheater%A0is a bad fit

Perspective: As we head into the elective campaigning season, let us try to clarify both sides of the Asser-Levy Seaside Park controversy that is a raging bone of contention. Comment

Governor helps celebrate Sukkot on Kane st.

BoroBeat: Governor David Paterson joined the faithful in recanting traditional tales, singing festive songs and displaying model dwellings when he stopped by the Kane Street Synagogue to help usher in the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Comment

Condo prices cut in%A0effort to attract buyers

Brooklyn Heights: Wanted: people with money looking to live in luxury new rentals or condos in downtown Brooklyn! Comment

Lawsuit filed to stop Dock Street project

Brooklyn Heights: An offshoot of the DUMBO Neighborhood Association filed a lawsuit last week to stop the controversial Dock Street project. Comment

Levin on lookout for HQ

Brooklyn Heights: Democratic City Council nominee Steve Levin is looking for a home for his new district office, and Boerum Hill appears to be the front-runner. Comment

13 caught in D.A. Hyne’s fraud sweep

Canarsie: 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

Boom-A-Ring return in the works

Canarsie: The Coney Island Boom-A-Ring was such a big hit this summer that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus not only wants to come back to Brooklyn again next year - they’re interested in making it an annual event. Comment

Bike thief busted

Brooklyn Paper: A free-wheeling 37-year-old was arrested last week after he allegedly tried to ride off with another man’s bike on Cheever Place. Comment

P.S. 15 makes a merry noise

Brooklyn Paper: Mural arts, salsa dances and more lured mom, dad and the kids to a cultural arts festival at Public School 15. Comment

Apply for Hoyt St. Association funding

Brooklyn Paper: Submit your proposal to the Hoyt Street Association Community Funding Project (HSACFP), an annual grant program, initiated by the Hoyt Street Association, to help fund neighborhood improvement projects in Boerum Hill. Comment

Trash Can Thieves Strike Victorian Flatbush

Flatbush: It could be dubbed the Case of the Traveling Trash Pails. Comment

Salute to Narcotics Cops for Operation Spinal Tap

Flatbush: Members of the Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit came in for special thanks during the September meeting of the 70th Precinct Community Council. Comment

Remembering Cozmik: 18-year-old roller blader slain

Flatbush: A skilled roller blader was killed Monday night as a gunman opened fire on him and his two friends at a Flatbush donut shop. Comment

Unspeakable Conditions Prevail at Two Flatbush Apartment Buildings

Flatbush: Even the rats are likely disgusted with the conditions at a pair of Flatbush buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Comment

Pumpkin painting: no tricks, 100 percent treat

BoroBeat: Creative youngsters had gourds of pre-Halloween fun when Mazzone’s True Value hosted a pumpkin-painting party %u2013 complete with 25,000 pounds of orange beauties, paint and tools to spawn the most spooktacular squash, plus a strolling clown to tickle the funnybone. Comment

Pit Bull vs. Bullets

Canarsie: Cops from the 69th Precinct opened fire on a loose pPit bull as it threatened to attack an area resident Thursday. Comment

Brookdale surpasses standards

Canarsie: A team of six surveyors spent four days at Brookdale Hospital, the Family Care Centers and Brookdale Home Care evaluating hospital policies and practices, conducting interviews with staff on all levels, reading charts, observing procedures, inspecting the structure and operation of the organization and going through every nook and cranny. They left no stone unturned. Comment

B.J.’s offers $5 cashback to schools

Canarsie: As it prepares to open a new location in Canarsie, BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering a deal to local public schools. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Want to taste the best bagel in New York City? Then head to Bagel Hole at 400 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comment

Economist shares financial advice with students

Canarsie: Beth Kobliner will beoffering practical advice and insight on a wide range of economic and financial matters based on her New York Times best-seller, “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties” to 100 Kingsborough Community College students. Comment

Breavement Groups come to Court Street

Canarsie: Calvary Hospital has announced it will host adult bereavement support groups in downtown Brooklyn. Thanks to a donation of space through Premier Home Health Care Agency groups will meet weekly at a Court Street location. Comment

A pocket full of political musings

Perspective: The following are from the scraps of paper and backs of business cards that have been accumulating in my pockets. Comment

‘Words of Bonds project’

Canarsie: The rallying call to ‘Never Forget’ is one of the major themes of the Brooklyn-based non-profit School News Nationwide (SNN). Comment

Second-half surge gives Madison fourth straight division crown

Abraham Bravo had a piece of advice for James Madison teammate Richard Hernandez as he readied to take his 30-yard free kick. Comment

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