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Councilman recognized as outstanding library advocate

One day after his re-appointment as chair of the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Libraries, Councilman Vincent Gentile received statewide recognition for his advocacy on behalf of the public institutions and was named the New York Library Association’s 2009 Outstanding Advocate of Libraries. Comment

Bringing servicemembers and their families together:

During this holiday season, Rebecca Tapia also used the computer she received from a nonprofit charity for its intended purpose: staying in touch with her deployed husband, Pfc. Joseph Tapia, a cannon-crew member with 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist Brigade). Comment

Heathrow Airport to institute full-body scanners

Authorities have announced that full-body scanners will be introduced at London’s Heathrow airport as part of an effort to prevent terrorists from smuggling explosives onto flights. Comment

Bay Ridge parents organizing to shine spotlight on reckless driving

Speeding cars. Vehicles that run red lights or stop signs. Illegal U-turns. Comment

Pols rally to fight Brooklyn bus cuts

Gowanus resident Betty Lester isn’t ready for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s version of doomsday — no matter what form it might take. Comment

Seminara, CB 10’s first female chair, sworn in to lead board through 2010

With a fair amount of pomp, and some serious warnings about the future of community boards, as an institution, Community Board 10’s officers were sworn in, during the board’s January meeting. Comment

Brigham St. home invasion

Crime: Brigham St. home invasion Comment

Motoring menace

Crime: Motoring menace Comment

Enthusiastic support for changes in curb cut rules

After extensive study and discussion, Community Board 10 has voted resoundingly to support changes to the city’s zoning code that will curtail the creation of new curb cuts. Comment

Hikind endorses Lazar in city council race

If there ever was a heimishe Goliath, Assemblymember Dov Hikind fits the bill. Comment

Felony car stop earns cop award

Flatbush: Making a felony car stop is one of a police officer’s more dangerous jobs,but it also earned one of the 67th Precinct’s finest his first “Cop of the Month” certificate. Comment

84 Precinct honors Cop of the Year

Brooklyn Heights: Local streets are safer thanks to the efforts of Police Officer John Bolden, named Cop of the Year by the 84th Precinct Community Council last week. Comment

Fulton Takes a Bite Out of Crime

Williamsburg: Crime has been on the decline in North Brooklyn for the past year, but Deputy Inspector Dennis Fulton wants community members to take crime prevention into their own hands. Comment

Hasid vs. Bikester Debate Settles Little

Williamsburg: A debate between the Hasidic community in South Williamsburg and cycling advocates over the removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lanes revealed that both sides have irreconcilable differences over improving transportation in Williamsburg. Comment

Crime in Canarsie heading upwards at start of year

Canarsie: Crime in Canarsie may have hit a historic low in 2009, but, so far, in 2010, it appears to be going in the opposite direction. Comment

Downtown street closures explained at cop meeting

With construction of the Barclays Center arena underway, developer Forest City Ratner and the city continued their outreach to the community regarding parking and traffic changes. Comment

Car stop leads to cop shooter

Sometimes a car stop ends with a warning or a traffic ticket, but other times cops get a whole lot more than they bargained for. Comment

Triple homicide rocks East Flatbush

Flatbush: Blood has little meaning to Jermaine Ruiz, unless it’s his own blood. Comment

Boxing and writing comes to East Flatbush

Flatbush: At first thought, there isn’t a lot in common between boxing and an essay writing contest, but both are being used to help youth stay on the straight and narrow in East Flatbush. Comment

Canarsie cops honored for key collars

Canarsie: Four of the 69th Precinct’s officers were honored as cops of the month during the most recent meeting of the precinct’s Community Council. Comment

Prospect YMCA offers new Americans civics/citizenship course

The Prospect Park YMCA’s New Americans Welcome Center — whichsuccessfully assisted 16 new Americans on their path to passing their Citizenship Exam — is offering a free US Civics/Citizenship Preparation Course to help new Americans achieve their goals and dreams. Comment

Apply for an internship at the White House

Deadline for the 2010 Summer Internship at the White House in Washington, D.C., is February 7. Comment

Beep in siren song

Brooklyn’s top boss sure knows how to make a grand— and noisy —entrance. Comment

Medal of Honor Foundation seeking civilian heroes

A national foundation is scouring the country looking for citizen heroes for membership in an elite club — and Brooklyn is being asked to nominate its best and brightest. Comment

TV’s MSG Guy is regular Ridgite

The TV spots are a mere 60 seconds in length. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Urban umbrellas at your service Comment

Marine Park receives high marks for mulching

Marine Park is mad about mulching. Comment

Ford comes to Brooklyn seeking support

Potential U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford came a-courting on Kings County Democratic County leader Vito Lopez in Brooklyn last week. Comment

Kings Plaza to shoppers: buck up!

Note to consumers: take an extra buck with you if you want to park your car inside the Kings Plaza Shopping Center garage. Comment

A decade of nursing excellence recognized at LICH

The winning nurses were Gina Colon, RN; Claudette Prince, RN; Yolaine Charles, RN; Iris Bailey; and Lynn Jampayas-Gomez, RN. Comment

Legendary b-ball coach is focus of free LIU conference

Coaching legend Clair F. Bee, whose innovations on the hardcourt earned him the nickname “Mr. Basketball,” will be the subject of a one-day conference at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in February. Comment

NYM launches pulmonary rehabilitation program

Pulmonary rehabilitation, a new program offered at New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), is a specific treatment for COPD, which addresses exercise intolerance by improving muscle strength and stamina. The primary goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to improve the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system so that the lungs are less stressed and can function for prolonged periods of time — enabling the patient to walk, exercise and perform regular activities. Comment

One Hanson Place is back!

They came, they saw, they ate cupcakes. Comment

Brooklyn students give back

Bay News: With 15 bags of clothes, Sheepshead Bay students are helping the less fortunate. Comment

Paterson budget plan draws more jeers than cheers

From cuts in education to selling wine in grocery stores to shelling out more money on soda and cigarettes, Gov. Paterson’s $134 billion proposed 2010-11 state budget will affect Brooklynites of every social stratum. Comment

Brooklyn jobless rate continues to grow

After seven months of unemployment, Novia Watson, a single mother in Flatbush, said she’s cut down on the extras to pay for rent, light and gas. Comment

“Attack” on Brooklyn high schools

Four of southern Brooklyn’s “persistently lowest achieving” high schools may be closing. Comment

State senator to survey express bus riders

Express bus riders angered by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plans to slash the services they use will have the opportunity to speak out, early next month, as one local elected official takes to the streets with a petition and a survey. Comment

What’s up with that, Chachi?

What’s up with that, Chachi? Comment

Park Slope Jewish Center re-traces its past

In hopes of organizing an historical exhibit, the Park Slope Jewish Center — whose research team has discovered missing huge gaps of its history — is researching its past. The synagogue, located on the corner of 14th Street & Eighth Avenue, is casting a wider net into the broader Brooklyn community in hopes of finding people with information. Comment

Knights Of Pythias sponsors “Pitch & Putt”

The Knights of Pythias Juvenile Diabetes Research Association is sponsoring a “Pitch & Putt” Golf Tournament at Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway, June 12, starting at 8:30 a.m., open to professionals and beginners. Comment

Local church setting up food pantry in Canarsie

Canarsie: One local house of worship is hoping to help residents of Canarsie who are in need. Comment

Tom passes, neighborhood remembers

Brooklyn Paper: The passing of a neighborhood stalwart has not gone unnoticed in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. A makeshift memorial has been erected at Court and Baltic Streets to note the passing of Tom, a homeless man who endeared himself to local residents.On most days, according to local blog Pardon Me for Asking, he would be sitting on a milk crate near a Court Street deli. Blog author Katia Kelly said he was never pushy about asking for money. “It was clear that this was his little corner and he would sit there very comfortable and just say ‘hi’ to you when you walk by. He was a fixture there.” Comment

“Freecycling” swap meet in the ’Burg

Williamsburg: Town Square presents a bring some/take some “Freecycling Swap” at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 29 Russell Street between Nassau & Driggs avenues, February 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comment

Seven-hour Draw-A-Thon transfixes ‘Burg

Williamsburg: Michael Alan’s plaster-covered models writhed, twisted and fluttered in a series of poses on January 23 in a Williamsburg loft teeming with sundry antique objects scavenged over two decades by the loft’s tenant. Comment

Calling all artists who want to hang their art in public

Williamsburg: Satellite Lounge is looking for some Williamsburg artists who are interested in hanging their art on their walls at Satellite Lounge. Comment

TransGas appeal rejected

Williamsburg: Williamsburg residents are claiming victory and relief after the State Court of Appeals refused to hear TransGas Energy’s appeal to be allowed to build an underground power plant on the Williamsburg waterfront. Comment

“Mix and Mingle” at 9inety North 5th

Williamsburg: Join aptsandlofts.com and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate & Development (RED) Committee for an evening of networking, drinks and hors d’œuvres in architect Robert Scarano’s latest development, 9inety North 5th, 90 North Fifth Street between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in North Williamsburg, February 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. Comment

Police blotter: Masked marauders sought

Brooklyn Paper: Masked marauders sought Comment

Jeep hunt

Kings Courier: Jeep hunt Comment

Short lived crime spree

Mill–Marine Courier: Short-lived crime spree Comment

Weekly events at Barnes & Noble Park Slope

Brooklyn Paper: Barnes & Noble Park Slope invites the public to participate in its weekly events. Here’s what’s on tap this week. Comment

Valentine’s Day dance for the whole family

Williamsburg: Town Square will hold a Family Valentine’s Day Dance Party featuring dancing, refreshments, and arts & crafts, February 14 from 3-5 p.m. at the Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, 347 Grand Street between HavemeyerStreet & Marcy Avenue. Comment

Police blotter: Flaming buses

Williamsburg: Flaming buses Comment

Marine Park residents challenge cops

Marine Park residents want answers from the 63rd Precinct about a series of robberies. Comment

Diner debacle: Rumors swirl about Kings Plaza Diner’s possible closure

It’s a plan of expansion and contraction that’s bound to give local diner lovers indigestion. Comment

New life for Herr’s

Marine Park is trading potato chips for pediatricians. Comment

No-Strand Avenue Being Cut from Junction Streetscape Project

If Nostrand Avenue were a person, it would undoubtedly be feeling pretty left out. Comment

Contretemps over East 80th Street ticketing

Canarsie: Canarsie residents are clearly tired of cops hanging out at Avenue J and East 80th Street during the morning rush hour, waiting for cars to make a left turn that is illegal at that hour. Comment

Williamsburg power plant bid officially over

Williamsburg residents are claiming victory and relief after the State Court of Appeals refused to hear TransGas Energy’s appeal to be allowed to build an underground power plant on the Williamsburg waterfront. Comment

Woman struck down on Ralph Ave.

Police said that the woman was crossing the heavily-traveled thoroughfare near Avenue K at 8:30 p.m. January 21 when she was hit by a passing vehicle. Comment

EWVIDCO “Cooks” Up Industrial Space in Burg

Williamsburg: Light manufacturing is dead. Long live light manufacturing! Comment

Fire rips through Midwood Home

Kings Courier: A firefighter from Ladder 157 takes a quick breather as he and his team put out a near-fatal fire on East 15th Street near Avenue K in Midwood. Comment

Gunned down on Beverley

Flatbush: Gunned down on Beverley Comment

DOE: PAVE can stay at P.S. 15

Brooklyn Paper: The PAVE Academy Charter School is staying put in P.S. 15’s building. Comment

Cops to target Park Slope egg bandit

Brooklyn Paper: Hard-boiled cops are vowing to step up patrols in order to scramble Park Slope’s egg-tossing bandit. Comment

City Reliquary Needs Your Help

Williamsburg: The little storefront museum that celebrates Brooklyn’s underdog spirit with exacting curatorial detail and a passionate devotion to artifacts large and small may be in danger of closing. Comment

Charter school relocation

Brooklyn Paper: The Summit Academy Charter School may have found a new home. Comment

Seven Hour Draw-A-Thon Transfixes Burg

Michael Alan’s plaster-covered models writhed, twisted and fluttered in a series of poses on January 23 in a Williamsburg loft teeming with sundry antique objects scavenged over two decades by the loft’s tenant. Comment

Infamous Idiotarod Rides Again

Williamsburg: Registration has been a discombobulated mess, no one knows the route, and it is expected to be 26 degrees with a 50 percent chance of snow on Saturday, but that has done little to diminish Brooklynites’ unbridled enthusiasm for the 2010 Idiotarod. Comment

CB 18 wants footbridge over congested Flatbush Avenue

If they can’t get across Flatbush Avenue, why not go over it? Comment

EPA: Superfunded Gowanus won’t discourage lending

There’s plenty of indication in and around the Gowanus Canal that designating the fetid waterway a Superfund site will have little impact on the ability to secure a mortgage, the Environmental Protection Agency insisted this week. Comment

Mortgage Man Runs for Congress

After a life of advising New Yorkers on obtaining mortgages to buy their homes, Bruce Hirschfeld wants to help his neighbors in an even more profound way: as a U.S. Congressman. Comment

Public schools in danger

The city Department of Education (DOE) will close Metropolitan Corporate Academy — and possibly eight other schools in the borough. Comment

Nominate Burg’s Most Eligible Bachelor!

Williamsburg: Have you ever attended an East River summer concert, hung out at Union Pool or wandered into a community board meeting and thought, “Who’s that cute boy in the corner?” Comment

Changing of the guard at the 66th Precinct

In a ceremonial changing of the guard, Inspector Peter DeBlasio handed over the reins of the 66th Precinct to his successor as he bid farewell to residents of Kensington and Borough Park, thanking them for nearly five years of friendship and camaraderie. Comment

Playing Catch-Up on the Brighton Line, but Aiming for an On-Time Finish

The rehabilitation of five stations along the Brighton line is moving forward, with the goal of completing work on the southbound side by September. Comment

Hospital establishes proactive approach to Haiti relief efforts

Flatbush: Kings County Hospital Center, a member facility of NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), has responded with urgency to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. HHC President Alan Aviles appointed Antonio D. Martin, senior vice president of the Central Brooklyn Family Health Network, to be coordinator for HHC’s corporate-wide initiative. This network includes Kings County Hospital Center, lead facility, located at 648 Albany Avenue in the heart of NYC’s Haitian Diaspora in East Flatbush. Comment

War on warehouses

Brooklyn Paper: War on warehouses Comment

Writing workshop for teens

Author Ned Vizzini will facilitate a writing workshop for teens at Barnes & Noble Park Slope, 267 Seventh Avenue between Fifth & Sixth streets, 5-7 p.m., February 26. Comment

Screening of live organ-accompanied silent version of DeMille’s Ten Commandments

The next film on tap in the series is Cecil B. DeMille’s original 1923 version of “The Ten Commandments,” February 13, 7 p.m. at the Brooklyn Baptist Temple, 360 Schermerhorn Street at Third Avenue in Boerum Hill. The admission charge is $10; $5 for seniors/students. Comment

Police blotter: Paying dearly

Brooklyn Heights: Paying dearly Comment

Help find him

Canarsie: Help find him Comment

Brooklyn home values skid, sales up

Home values in Brooklyn plummeted 8.7 percent in the fourth quarter from the year prior, representing the ninth consecutive quarterly decline, according to a recent report. Comment

Marine Park ‘trashes’ Sanitation Department

The city Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is dumping on Marine Park — literally. Comment

Erotic art shop invites you and your sweetie to a provocative supper

SHAG is a new fine art gallery and retail shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, whichspecializes in locally made, handcrafted products of an erotic nature. Comment

Galapagos channels the 1940s with ‘Speak Easy’

Brooklyn’s got a speakeasy on its hands. Comment

Israel Ballet performs new interpretation of Don Quixote

Originally staged in four acts and eight scenes, “Don Quixote” is based on an episode taken from the famous novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes. It tells the story of a knight errant in search of Dulcinea, the lady of his dreams. Accompanied by his loyal squire Sancho and armed with a failing mind and a shaving basin, the knight battles windmills and imaginary monsters as he follows his quest. Comment

Passion Pit to help celebrate Brooklyn

While we may be in the throes of winter, the summer will be here before you know it. And it’s not a bad time to think about it either, with acts slated for Celebrate Brooklyn! already being released. Comment

BAM presents Mark Morris’ “Socrates” and other works

Mark Morris Dance Group returns to BAM in a program featuring the world premiere of “Socrates,” the NY premiere of “Looky,” and an acclaimed repertory work, “Behemoth.” Comment

Free Black History Month events at City Tech

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York will celebrate Black History Month with free events during February at 300 Jay Street (at Tillary Street) in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn hearts tUnE-YaRdS

Merrill Garbus feels the Brooklyn love. Comment

Mason seeing game mature in second season at Ford

High School Sports: Diani Mason said she is starting feel more of a vibe as all the aspects of her game begin to sync together. Comment

On point: Edwards leads CK over Bishop Loughlin

High School Sports: Corey Edwards loves everything about Bishop Loughlin — climbing the three flights of stairs to the cramped gym, playing in front of a large and boisterous crowd. But most of all he loves facing Jayvaughn Pinkston. Comment

Romero, fourth-quarter run propel TMLA past Kearney

High School Sports: It has become a matter of if not when for The Mary Louis Academy. The Hilltoppers have made long scoring runs off their fullcourt press and trapping defense a norm in games this season. Against Bishop Ford last Wednesday, they turned a 10-point halftime deficit into an 11-point, third-quarter lead. Comment

Toro goes off after Ford loss to Woodson

High School Sports: Playing right with a nationally recognized team for four quarters might have earned the Bishop Ford players a pizza party in previous years. But things are different in Park Slope now. Expectations are heightened. That’s what happens when you beat Christ the King and St. Michael Academy in the same season. Comment

Kitchen Klutz’s Food Network showdown

“The Kitchen Klutz” and one of the “Worst Cooks in America” have joined forces to destroy the Food Network’s pristine kitchens. Not intentionally, of course. Comment

Master classes, part of “Jazz Clinic and Concert Series” at LIU

Tabla player Samir Chatterjee, pianists Orrin Evans and David Berkman, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi will conduct master classes as part of the “Jazz Clinic and Concert Series” this winter and spring at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Comment

Annual auction to benefit Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

There will be silent, live and online auctions of fine goods and services, including guitars signed by Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Amy Ray and Kaia Wilson, as well as a microphone signed by Tori Amos. Comment

Now and then

By Meredith Deliso Comment

Puppetworks brings two beloved tales to life

Adapted for the marionette stage by Puppetworks’ Artistic Director Nicolas Coppola, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” tells the tale of a vain emperor who buys a set of ‘invisible’ clothes, only to march down the street in his underwear. The play is accompanied by the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. Comment

Kiwanian celebrates milestone birthday by recognizing achievements of others

Embracing the spirit of giving for which the organization he belongs to is internationally recognized, Kiwanis International Club of Mount Olive, New Jersey’s Distinguished Lieutenant Governor Cedric L. Roach wanted to give back to his community. Comment

Forum on Jewish educational institutions — where should you send your child?

Two Brooklyn educational institutions — The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn and The East Midwood Hebrew Day School — will present “The Next Generation: Educating Jewish Children in Brooklyn,” January 31 from 3-5 p.m.. Comment

BAX performance and discussion series highlights acrobatics

The show features Artichoke Dance Company withLynn Neuman, Aidan O’Shea, Paradizo Dance, Chriselle Tidrick of Above and Beyond Dance and Rebecca Stronger of STRONGERcircus. Performances will be followed by a moderated discussion lead by Klein. Comment

BAMcafé Live announces its February lineup

February 5 brings The Dred Scott Trio, and February 6, The Sweet Divines. Both performances are part of Sounds Like Brooklyn Music Festival. February 12 stars Tracy Bonham; February 13, Maiysha; February 19, East West Quintet; February 20, Red Baraat; February 26, Beat Kaestli “Far From Home: A Tribute to European Song” and February 27, Eric Person & Metamorphosis. Comment

“Heart” art on display at Slope café

N. Francine Keating presents her he’ART project at Roots Café in Park Slope during February. The project showcases images of hearts taken from everyday objects found around the globe. Comment

The pink elephant speaks: exhibition on gentrification opens at MoCADA

Gentrification in Brooklyn is like a topic you shouldn’t bring up at dinner. Comment

Ebony Bones coming to Brooklyn

Like a lot of acts these days, thanks to the powers of DIY, Ebony Bones is a self-taught musician, picking and mixing from different genres on her laptop using Pro Tools. Comment

African Diaspora showcased in BAM film fest

From February 19-24, BAMcinématek, in collaboration with the African Diaspora Film Festival, presents The Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival. This six-day series showcases 18 films that enjoyed popular acclaim during the 17th annual African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF). Comment

Peguero, Hornets buzz by Bloomfield Tech

High School Sports: There has been no questioning Midwood’s frontcourt this season. Northeastern-bound center Jewel Tunstull is a major presence in the paint. Junior small forward Francess Henry has emerged as one of the city’s best 3-point shooters. Comment

Enduring “accents” showcased at BRIC

Despite the grand claims that globalization has expedited a gradual process of cultural homogeneity, the works in this exhibition suggest that accents endure as un-copy-able markers of difference. They might fade slightly but they rarely disappear completely. They resist, remaining stubbornly present, forcing us to adapt. Comment

Ecumenical teach-in and roundtable discussion

Enjoy food, stories, and study as the Dialogue Project presents its Eighth Bi-Annual Citywide Interfaith Teach-In, January 31 from 1:30-4 p.m. at Grace Church Episcopal, 254 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

29-year-old challenger to Golden’s seat

Twenty-nine-year-old Gravesend resident Mike DiSanto is still in grad school, but he wants to be your next state senator. Comment

Brooklyn deli wars

Purists beware — there’s a new deli in town. Comment

Cyclones promote “YOUniform” jersey design contest

Students between the ages of five and 16 have the opportunity to submit a baseball-and/or-Brooklyn-themed jersey design for consideration. A Cyclones panel will determine five finalists, whose designs will be posted on the team’s official Web site, brooklyncyclones.com. Fans will then vote online for their favorite jersey, and the winning design will be announced March 17. Comment

Brooklyn delegation gets juice in city council

It was Christmas in January at City Hall and as first reported by this newspaper, Coney Island City Councilmember Domenic Recchia received the biggest present. Comment

Empire State College at Brooklyn to hold information session

Empire State College, of the State University of New York, will hold public information session(s) about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs at its Brooklyn location, Suite 600, 177 Livington Street, February 8 at 6 p.m. and February 11 at 3 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn represents in Empire State Building Run-Up

After eight rounds of chemotherapy and six surgeries in her battle against breast cancer, Jennifer Bolstad was so weak she didn’t think she’d be able to climb her stairs again, let alone run. Comment

Vikings get after it despite absence of Odom

High School Sports: For Anwar Gladden, there was one major difference between his team’s losses to Midwood and Francis Lewis – and it had nothing to do with the absence of star guard Jasmine Odom in the latter. Comment

Neighbors at odds over health care reform

Brooklynites this week demonstrated just how split they are on the future of health care reform. Comment

Williamsburgh Bank Building; A Work of Art

Wherever artist Robert Goldstrom walked in Brooklyn he could not get away from that tower. Comment

Registration for Fresh Air Fund summers now open

The winter cold will soon turn to warmer weather, bringing with it Fresh Air Fund summers. Comment

Ride advocates push to save Coney’s past

The same Coney Island group that is fighting rezoning efforts it says short-changes “the People’s Playground” is also pushing hard this week to save some of the storied amusement district’s most historic sites. Comment

Congregation affected by Haiti quake presents benefit concert

Kingsboro Temple Church in Park Slope, whose congregation suffered a number of losses during the earthquake in Haiti, is partnering with the Adventist Development Relief Fund (ADRA) to present “March On,” a Haiti relief benefit concert, February 6, to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. All proceeds will be donated to ADRA. Comment

Brooklyn borough president setting sights on banks too

Barack Obama’s not the only president who’s getting tough on banks. Comment

State: Ave U site good to go

Bay News: The state this week deemed the cleanup of a toxic Gravesend site to be complete, paving the way for the construction of a residential building and synagogue. Comment

Slow start again dooms South Shore

High School Sports: Slow starts have become too much the norm for South Shore. Comment

“Gone Country for Coney” jamboree to benefit advocacy group

Citigrass, Piñataland, 2009 Fiddle Champion Rob Hecht, Central Valley Wildfire and Animal Pharm will headline the bill atthe “Gone Country for Coney” Jamboree, a special event benefitting the advocacy group “Save Coney Island.” Comment

PS 222 welcomes Alliance for Quality Education

The Alliance for Quality Education will be Community District Education Council 22’s guest, February 4, 7 p.m. at Public School 222 – The Katherine R. Snyder School, 3301 Quentin Road between East 33rd & East 34th streets in Marine Park. Comment

Life expectancy on the rise

Kids may not grow up to make more money than their parents, but according to the latest stats from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, they might very well live longer than their moms and dads. Comment

New commander of 60th precinct checks out nabe

Bay News: Between Coney Island’s streets on the western end, the infamous Coney Island amusement district in the middle and the Russian-American enclave of Brighton Beach on the eastern end, Dep. Inspector Peter DeBlasio is enjoying his new role as commander of the 60th Precinct. Comment

DOE “slaps” Brooklyn parents

The city Department of Education (DOE) has delivered a “slap in the face” to parents in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Canarsiens urged to be counted in 2010 Census

Canarsiens count, and they need to be counted when the next Census is taken, later this year. Comment

CB 18 butt heads with DEP over new digs

They got the rent money and the nod from City Hall. They even got the boxes. Comment

Comprehensive guide for City Kids and City Parents released

Lowenstein tackles the entire city finding unique experiences for families from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and beyond. Comment

Give a cat a new home

Potential cat owners can have the pick of the litter, after officials removed 35 cats and kittens from a one bedroom apartment last week in East New York. While the owner tried to care for the animals, the situation — and the cat population — grew out of control as the original male and female continued to breed. The owner was able to keep two original cats, after they were spayed and neutered. The rest will receive medical exams and full behavior evaluations before they go up for adoption. For more information, call the Mayor’s Alliance at 212-252-2350 or the ASPCA at 212-876-7700. Comment

Felder race carries political implications

Brooklyn Paper: The upcoming special election to succeed Simcha Felder for the 44th District City Council seat is shaping up as a political version of David versus Goliath, according to Hassidic and Orthodox Jewish political pundits in Borough Park. Comment

Lachman considers race for 44th City Council District

Brooklyn Paper: A blast from the past could be throwing his hat in the ring in the 44th District City Council special election. Comment

Help for Haiti fundraiser at Slope restaurant

Brooklyn Paper: Dine at Palo Santo Restaurant in Park Slope, January 31, and half of the money that you spend will go to the Rural Haiti Project, which is working to provide much needed relief to people affected by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Comment

Coney Island in for a new ride this summer

Brooklyn Paper: The biggest things to hit Coney Island last summer were Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants. This year it’ll be thrill rides from an Italian outfit called Zamperla. Comment

Forum on Afghanistan war

Brooklyn Paper: All welcome to attend an evening with David Wildman, executive secretary of Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries and co-author of “Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer,” as he discusses “Afghanistan: A First Hand Report,” January 25, 7-9 p.m. at the South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street (just off Fulton Street). Comment

District 15 CEC PA/PTA Share Fair

Brooklyn Paper: The District 15 Community Education Council invites all to join them for a PA/PTA Share Fair, January 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at PS 124 %u2013 The Silas B. Dutcher School, 515 Fourth Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. Comment

Station break

Brooklyn Paper: Station break Comment

Nadler says Lander is best above rest

Brooklyn Paper: Nadler says Lander is best above rest Comment

King Remembered In Brooklyn Birthday

Brooklyn Paper: Swayed by the inspiring sounds of the New Life Tabernacle Choir, Brooklynites lifted their voices in song to celebrate the progress that has happened since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death as well as catalyze the social change that needs to come. Comment

Tractor trailer sparks slippery situation

Brooklyn Paper: A 53-foot tractor trailer was left resting on a concrete divider as its contents spilled out on the roadway following a collision at “the top of the world.” Comment

Wounded soldier asks for relief

Brooklyn Paper: Wounded soldier asks for relief Comment

You can save a life

Brooklyn Paper: A Brooklyn Heights father needs your help. Comment

New commander of 60th precinct checks out nabe

Between Coney Island’s streets on the western end, the infamous Coney Island amusement district in the middle and the Russian-American enclave of Brighton Beach on the eastern end, Dep. Inspector Peter DeBlasio is enjoying his new role as commander of the 60th Precinct. Comment

Seminara, CB 10’s first female chair, sworn in to lead board through 2010

With a fair amount of pomp, and some serious warnings about the future of community boards, as an institution, Community Board 10’s officers were sworn in, during the board’s January meeting. Comment

Enthusiastic support for changes in curb cut rules

After extensive study and discussion, Community Board 10 has voted resoundingly to support changes to the city’s zoning code that will curtail the creation of new curb cuts. Comment

Hurricane Lee is full of hot air

Perspective: Someone once said, “A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice.” Comment

TV’s MSG Guy is regular Ridgite

The TV spots are a mere 60 seconds in length. Comment

One Hanson Place is back!

They came, they saw, they ate cupcakes. Comment

CB 18 butt heads with DEP over new digs

They got the rent money and the nod from City Hall. They even got the boxes. Comment

Williamsburgh Bank Building; A Work of Art

Wherever artist Robert Goldstrom walked in Brooklyn he could not get away from that tower. Comment

Kings Plaza to shoppers: buck up!

By Joe Maniscalco Comment

Ford comes to Brooklyn seeking support

Potential U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford came a-courting on Kings County Democratic County leader Vito Lopez in Brooklyn last week. Comment

29-year-old challenger to Golden’s seat

Twenty-nine-year-old Gravesend resident Mike DiSanto is still in grad school, but he wants to be your next state senator. Comment

The brave people of Haiti are down, but not out

Perspective: Given the inequity of life, many of us will never experience the pain, suffering and losses of Haiti’s earthquake victims. Comment

DOE “slaps” Brooklyn parents

The city Department of Education (DOE) has delivered a “slap in the face” to parents in southern Brooklyn. Comment

Bell House shows strength through unity for Haiti benefit

The horrors of the earthquake in Haiti have been broadcast to us here in New York over the past week. Comment

Marine Park ‘trashes’ Sanitation Department

The city Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is dumping on Marine Park — literally. Comment

Brooklyn home values skid, sales up

Home values in Brooklyn plummeted 8.7 percent in the fourth quarter from the year prior, representing the ninth consecutive quarterly decline, according to a recent report. Comment

Levin talks community involvement at start of term

Brooklyn Heights: Newly elected 33rd District City Councilmember Steve Levin is vowing to hit the ground running - or at least with his eyes open. Comment

Fallon joins BK rockers for Haiti benefit

Brooklyn Heights: The horrors of the earthquake in Haiti have been broadcast to us here in New York over the past week. Comment

Life expectancy on the rise

Kids may not grow up to make more money than their parents, but according to the latest stats from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, they might very well live longer than their moms and dads. Comment

Searching for Pammy Fisher

Brooklyn Heights: The arrest of a politically-connected Brooklyn reverend who held a demonstration questioning Brooklyn’s judicial selection process has revealed a growing fissure within the Kings County Democratic Party. Comment

New opposition to Berkeley Carroll expansion

Brooklyn Heights: A preeminent Brooklyn Heights preservationist is blasting the expansion of a Park Slope private school, saying its plan has the potential to frustrate the fundamental values of the historic district. Comment

Brooklyn delegation gets juice in city council

It was Christmas in January at City Hall and as first reported by this newspaper, Coney Island City Councilmember Domenic Recchia received the biggest present. Comment

Pols rally to fight Brooklyn bus cuts

Gowanus resident Betty Lester isn’t ready for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s version of doomsday — no matter what form it might take. Comment

School lunch questions

School lunches need an overhaul, starting with mozzarella sticks, according to a leading parent advocate in School District 20. Comment

Streetscape improvements planned for 86th Street

Now that the water main work along 86th Street is history, one local merchant group is looking to the future. Comment

Millions of dollars are available for job programs

Editorial: What would you say if we told you that over the last year, the State of New York, in the face of soaring unemployment rates and a crippling deficit, left tens of millions dollars of federal funding for jobs programs on the table? Comment

Start to subway station rehab

Work has begun at last on the $13.5 million renovation of the 86th Street station on the R line. Comment

Giving their pitch: Republican Gubernatorial candidates address Bklyn GOP

Two of the leading Republican candidates hoping to unseat Governor David Paterson brought their platform of reducing spending and lowering taxes to Brooklyn GOPers last week during a packed meeting held at the Bay Ridge Manor. Comment

Give a cat a new home

Potential cat owners can have the pick of the litter, after officials removed 35 cats and kittens from a one bedroom apartment last week in East New York. While the owner tried to care for the animals, […] Comment

Brooklyn borough president setting sights on banks too

Barack Obama’s not the only president who’s getting tough on banks. Comment

Lander takes City Council oath of office

Brooklyn Paper: The Brad Lander era has officially begun. Comment

Bay Ridge parents organizing to shine spotlight on reckless driving

Speeding cars. Vehicles that run red lights or stop signs. Illegal U-turns. Comment

Brooklynites urged to donate to reputable groups to help Haiti

For Brooklynites, the earthquake that devastated Haiti sent shock waves across the borough, which has some 75,000 Haitian residents, making it one of the largest communities of Haitians outside the island. Comment

Lessons learned from gas explosion

Brooklyn Heights: While no one was hurt when three manhole covers blew their stacks and popped out of their housings Monday, residents in Brooklyn Heights want to make sure they’re not subject to another bout of underground indigestion. Comment

Tractor trailer sparks slippery situation

A 53-foot tractor trailer was left resting on a concrete divider as its contents spilled out on the roadway following a collision at “the top of the world.” Comment

Haiti horror’s political%A0repercussions

Haiti horror’s political repercussions Comment

Brooklyn reps applaud temporary protected status for Haitians

Brooklyn elected officials applauded the move by the federal government to grant temporary protected status to Haitians living in this country. Comment

Canarsiens urged to be counted in 2010 Census

Canarsiens count, and they need to be counted when the next Census is taken, later this year. Comment

State: Ave U site good to go

The state this week deemed the cleanup of a toxic Gravesend site to be complete, paving the way for the construction of a residential building and synagogue. Comment

Ride advocates push to save Coney’s past

The same Coney Island group that is fighting rezoning efforts it says short-changes “the People’s Playground” is also pushing hard this week to save some of the storied amusement district’s most historic sites. Comment

Atlantic Yards foes protest homeless shelter closing

A homeless shelter shuttered days before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday became a cause célèbre among elected officials and opponents of the Atlantic Yards project. Comment

Interview with a hitchhiker: Globetrotting Frenchman makes Brooklyn pitstop

Frenchman Jeremy Marie is depending on the kindness of strangers to help him through a multi-year, global hitchhike that has taken him from the pyramids of Egypt to the tundra of Alaska — and he’s not even halfway through his journey yet. He began his trip in October 2007, and intends to keep going until some time in 2012. This week, he arrived in Brooklyn, which he said impressed him for its authenticity and diversity, and took some time to talk about his experiences. Comment

City eyes uses near Red Hook terminal

Brooklyn Paper: The city is planning to enliven the area adjacent to Red Hook’s cruise terminal, an area critics charge has yet to live up to the promise city officials once touted, this paper has learned. Comment

Dunked into cell

Brooklyn Paper: Dunked into cell Comment

DOE okays bake sales for Haiti

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) may sell cupcakes to raise money for Haiti — but are restricted in selling desserts to benefit Brooklyn schools. Comment

Red Hook woman battling for biker rights

Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts say city policy is sending them on a highway to hell. Comment

Brooklyn deli wars

Purists beware — there’s a new deli in town. Comment

Running with scissors

Brooklyn Heights: Clark St. attack Comment

P.S. 15 vs. PAVE

Brooklyn Paper: Red Hook parents and teachers took to the street to demand that the PAVE Academy Charter School vacate P.S. 15’s building. Comment

Neighbors at odds over health care reform

Brooklynites this week demonstrated just how split they are on the future of health care reform. Comment

CB 2 brings cyclists, pedestrians and motorists together

Brooklyn Heights: It’s like trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East without Israel at the table. Comment

Paterson budget plan draws more jeers than cheers

From cuts in education to selling wine in grocery stores to shelling out more money on soda and cigarettes, Gov. Paterson’s $134 billion proposed 2010-11 state budget will affect Brooklynites of every social stratum. Comment

Brooklyn jobless rate continues to grow

After seven months of unemployment, Novia Watson, a single mother in Flatbush, said she’s cut down on the extras to pay for rent, light and gas. Comment

Brooklyn students give back

With 15 bags of clothes, Sheepshead Bay students are helping the less fortunate. Comment

What’s up with that, Chachi?

What’s up with that, Chachi? Comment

Landmark proposal continues to raise eyebrows

Brooklyn Paper: A plan to expand the Carroll Gardens historic district is prompting the neighborhood’s“silent majority” to have their voices finally heard. Comment

State senator to survey express bus riders

Express bus riders angered by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plans to slash the services they use will have the opportunity to speak out, early next month, as one local elected official takes to the streets with a petition and a survey. Comment

Bake sales for Haiti

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) may sell cupcakes to raise money for Haiti — but are restricted in selling desserts to benefit Brooklyn schools. Comment

“Attack” on Brooklyn high schools

Four of southern Brooklyn’s “persistently lowest achieving” high schools may be closing. Comment

Work proceeding along Gowanus

It might not be a Superfund site, but that’s not stopping the feds from treating the Gowanus Canal like one. Comment

Brooklyn represents in Empire State Building Run-Up

After eight rounds of chemotherapy and six surgeries in her battle against breast cancer, Jennifer Bolstad was so weak she didn’t think she’d be able to climb her stairs again, let alone run. Comment

CB6 OKs Berkeley Carroll expansion

Brooklyn Paper: Community Board 6 this week gave its blessing to the expansion plan posed by an elite Park Slope private school, determining that the controversial scheme would not spell doom for the neighborhood’s historic district. Comment

Beep in siren song

Brooklyn’s top boss sure knows how to make a grand— and noisy —entrance. Comment

Medal of Honor Foundation seeking civilian heroes

A national foundation is scouring the country looking for citizen heroes for membership in an elite club — and Brooklyn is being asked to nominate its best and brightest. Comment

B67 Bus: Now on Twitter

Brooklyn Paper: For decades, bus riders waiting for the B67 bus had little idea how far away the next bus would be arriving beyond the MTA’s scheduled timesheet. Comment

70th Pct. records sharp decline

Bay News: The 70th Precinct ended 2009 on a high note, with another significant drop in overall crime. Comment

69th Precinct has ‘best year on record since 1973’

Canarsie: After a record low year in crime, Canarsie cops are poising for the challenge of keeping the downward trend on track. Comment

Songs of Love hope to strike a chord

Canarsie: Chase Bank has teamed up with a popular social networking site in a Community Giving initiative. Comment

Remembering life on bustling 86th St.%A0

Perspective: When this newspaper was on 86th Street, the shopping under the West End Line was phenomenal and shoppers came from all over. The local shoppers were different then, mostly Italian and Jewish reflecting the resident population, but the stores and restaurants drew everyone from afar to what the 86th St. Board of Trade’s Stan Roher called the greatest outdoor shopping Mall in New York City Comment

Adult education opportunities at KCC

The My Turn Program at Kingsborough Community College is offering a special program for New York residents, 60 years or older, who are interested in returning to college. Comment

Bklyn Flea moves indoors

Canarsie: The Brooklyn Flea moved indoors to Skylight One Hanson, the new high-end event space at One Hanson Place in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn.The nearly two-year-old vendor marketplace will occupy 20,000 square feet of ground floor and basement space in the former landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank Building every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the next 11 weekends, until the Flea moves back outdoors in the spring. Dozens of vendors will offer a variety of items ranging from antiques and vintage furniture to artisanal chocolates, clothing and jewelry. Comment

Gordon Foundation winners

The Michael Gordon Foundation awarded scholarships to nine students at Bishop Kearney High School. Kearney’s Principal Sister Thomasine Stagnitta presented the awards totaling $31,440 in recognition of their scholastic achievement and academic promise. Comment

Dyker Heights gives thumbs down to bus cuts

Nestled between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights has always been hard to reach via public transportation. Comment

Forum on Jewish educational institutions

Two Brooklyn educational institutions — The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn and The East Midwood Hebrew Day School — will present the first in a series of forums, January 31 from 3-5 p.m., aimed at helping Brooklyn parents choose Jewish programs for their children — day school, Talmud Torah, religious school, pre-K, Hebrew high, or some combination thereof. The program will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue. Comment

Robbed before drop off

Crime: Robbed before drop-off Comment

86th St. subway rehab on

Bay News: Work has begun at last on the $13.5 million renovation of the 86th Street station on the R line. Comment

Foodies flocking to Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn

Flatbush: Flatbush residents appear to have a major appetite for good food these days. Comment

Ave. J bias attack

Kings Courier: Ave. J bias attack Comment

300 fewer crimes

Kings Courier: The 70th Precinct ended 2009 on a high note, with another significant drop in overall crime. Comment

Tourist business takes Brooklyn Public Library

A business that created a win-win situation became the big winner itself in taking the Brooklyn Public Library’s top prize in their 6th annual PowerUP! competition. Comment

East Flatbush crime down in 2009

Flatbush: The streets of East Flatbush are still rough and tough, but crime plummeted in 2009, according to unofficial year-end statistics. Comment

Kidnapper capture

Flatbush: Kidnapper capture Comment

Parker could face same fate as Monserrate

If State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Flatbush, Midwood) is wondering what will happen once the criminal charges against him are adjudicated, all he has to do is look at fellow Senator Hiram Monserrate. Comment

PS 255 students help the homeless

Kings Courier: In response to Chancellor Klein’s Community Service Initiative, students from Public School 255 have taken on the responsibility of providing essential items to a local homeless shelter. Comment

Public option will not RIP!

Kings Courier: Rallyers Paul and Linda Grebanier turn holiday carolers in front of Rep. Yvette Clarke’s district office, 123 Linden Boulevard, as they sing their support for the “public option” clause in the Senate health care reform bill. Comment

Voluntary Angioplasty now performed at Brookdale

Canarsie: In the past, when a patient underwent a coronary angiogram, a diagnostic test to detect arterial blockage, and the result was positive, it was necessary for that patient to transfer to another facility for elective angioplasty. An angioplasty is performed to restore normal blood flow to the heart muscle. Comment

Electronic voting coming to a polling station near you this fall

Canarsie: Very soon, a rite of passage for many Brooklynites will be only a memory, as New York finally retires its venerable lever voting machines. Comment

300 fewer crimes: 70th Precinct touts latest statistics

Flatbush: The 70th Precinct ended 2009 on a high note, with another significant drop in overall crime. Comment

No rookies for 63rd Precinct

Kings Courier: None of the 250 NYPD rookies who threw up their gloves in celebration at their graduation late last month will be showing up for work at the 63rd Precinct anytime soon, this paper has learned. Comment

History swoops into Floyd Bennett

Kings Courier: An authentic C-54 Skymaster touches down on the tarmac of historic Floyd Bennett Field where it will remain on display at Hangar B through the winter and spring months. Comment

Students fortuitously bump into Rudy during school trip

Kings Courier: After a school trip in Manhattan, Public School 255 fourth graders in Ashley Venturino’s class got an unexpected lesson in civics when, upon leaving the building, Venturino spotted former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Comment

Fillmore CEO elected president of Brooklyn Board of Realtors

Canarsie: John P. Reinhardt, president and chief executive officer of Fillmore Real Estate, New York City’s largest privately-owned and operated real estate firm, has been elected president of the Brooklyn Board of Realtors (BBOR) for 2010. Comment

Discuss the future of Coney Island

Bay News: The Coney Island HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) Center will meet at 7 p.m., January 26 at 2701 Mermaid Avenue, corner of West 27th Street. Comment

Cops honor cops at Coney Island Medal Day

Bay News: Cops from Coney Island’s 60th Precinct took a moment to pat each other on the back last week during their annual Medal Day celebration. Comment

New amphitheater could leave neighbors with concrete slab

Sixty-four million dollars is a lot of cash, but it still won’t be enough to pay for a skate park or ice skating rink at thenew “Coney Island Center.” Comment

New vessels won’t rock the boat, city says

Just because the city is entertaining permits for two new charter boats in Sheepshead Bay, that doesn’t mean it’s ready to throw the fishing fleet overboard. Comment

Meet the new commander of the 62nd Police Pct.%A0

Bay News: The Bensonhurst West End Community Council(BWECC) will hold its next meeting, January 25, 8 p.m. at the FIAO Beacon Community Center at Seth Low Intermediate School 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th & West 12th streets. Comment

Kings Plaza Theater closes doors

It seems that the curtains have finally closed on the AMC Loews’ Kings Plaza movie theater. Comment

Help for Haiti fundraiser at Slope restaurant

Dine at Palo Santo Restaurant in Park Slope, January 31, and half of the money that you spend will go to the Rural Haiti Project, which is working to provide much needed relief to people affected by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Comment

DOE okays bake sales for Haiti

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) may sell cupcakes to raise money for Haiti — but are restricted in selling desserts to benefit Brooklyn schools. Comment

Brooklynites urged to donate to reputable groups to help Haiti

For Brooklynites, the earthquake that devastated Haiti sent shock waves across the borough, which has some 75,000 Haitian residents, making it one of the largest communities of Haitians outside the island. Comment

New Coalition forms in response to Coney Island violence

Bay News: Coney Island stakeholders have launched a new effort to confront the rising tide of violence in their community. Comment

Nabe leaders start donation drive for Haiti earthquake victims

Neighborhood residents will soon be joining the ongoing effort to help the thousands of families devastated by last week’s earthquake in Haiti. Comment

Corner of Canarsie to go green

Canarsie: A blighted corner should soon be transformed into an oasis of green. Comment

Repavings improve Canarsie thoroughfares; more to go

Canarsie: Canarsie streets are not as much of a roller coaster ride as they used to be. Comment

Sen. Sampson at war with McDonalds

Canarsie: An ongoing push to have a notorious 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant on Rockaway Parkway and Conklin Avenue closed at night was given new life last week when State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson joined the anti-fry fray against real-life hamburglars. Comment

Tackling homeowner insurance issues head-on

Canarsie: Its coastal location may have drawn many residents to Canarsie. Comment

Car-jacker busted on birthday

Canarsie: Car-jacker busted on birthday Comment

More than just an apple for this teacher

Bay News: A physics teacher at John Dewey High School has made the grade. Comment

New boss of the 62nd Pct.

Bay News: If you’re one of those people who believe the old adage “You can never go home again,” then you should talk to Deputy Inspector James Rooney. Comment

Fire threatens Dutch Reformed Church property

Investigators are probing the cause of a blaze that ripped through a community building behind the historic Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church. Comment

Gerritsen Beach bash

Bay News: Gerritsen Beach bash Comment

Lachman considers race for 44th City Council District

A blast from the past could be throwing his hat in the ring in the 44th District City Council special election. Comment

The brave people of Haiti are down, but not out

Perspective: Given the inequity of life, many of us will never experience the pain, suffering and losses of Haiti’s earthquake victims. Comment

Dale Bagels in Sheepshead Bay: classic Bklyn nosh

Bay News: Veteran Brooklyn dough-puncher Paul DiSpirito doesn’t believe in taking short cuts when it comes to making bagels “the old-fashioned way.” Comment

Old-world quality at Brenman’s Meat Mkt.

Bay News: Think you must be “old” if you can remember going to the butcher and having meat cut to order? Comment

Hurricane Lee is full of discourteous hot air%A0

Perspective: Someone once said, “A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice.” Comment

In defense of DOE school closings

Editorial: On February 11, I will begin my 39th year with the New York City public schools. I started as a teacher, and have served as an assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent, and district superintendent. I am currently the Chief Schools Officer, a position in which I support and evaluate the 1,600 schools overseen by the Department of Education. Over these four decades, I have watched schools rise to greatness and great schools fall. That’s the cycle of a school system as we work to ensure that our classrooms are fulfilling their most basic obligation to educate children and put them on the path to graduation. Closing schools is a difficult, but necessary, part of this cycle. Comment

‘State senator for a day’

State Senator Martin J. Golden will be hosting his Eighth Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest and has invited junior high school, public, private and parochial school students within grades six, seven and eight, and throughout Districts 20, 21, and 22 to participate. Comment

Dyker Heights Civic swearing-in

A pomp-filled ceremony accompanied the rites when grassroots gladiators from the Dyker Heights Civic Association took the oath of office during an officer installation at St. Philip’s Church in Bay Ridge. Comment

Wounded soldier asks for relief

Crime: Wounded soldier asks for relief Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

‘Master of Coney Island’ remembered Comment

61st Precinct can’t top Mother Nature

Captain George Mastrokostas, the commanding officer of the 61st Precinct, has a bone to pick with Mother Nature. Comment

Flier denouncing mosque goes around Sheepshead Bay

Bay News: An anonymous flyer distributed in parts of Sheepshead Bay last week proclaimed that the Muslim organization behind a proposed mosque and community center supports terrorist groups and encourages suicide bombings. Comment

Felder race carries political implications

The upcoming special election to succeed Simcha Felder for the 44th District City Council seat is shaping up as a political version of David versus Goliath, according to Hassidic and Orthodox Jewish political pundits in Borough Park. Comment

You can save a life

A Brooklyn Heights father needs your help. Comment

Schools go heavy on the salt

Bay News: A Coney Island City Councilmember is taking the city to task — over seasoning. Comment

Brooklyn reps applaud temporary protected status for Haitians

Brooklyn elected officials applauded the move by the federal government to grant temporary protected status to Haitians living in this country. Comment

District 21 staffing changes

School District 21 is one step closer to having a new leader. Comment

King Remembered In Brooklyn Birthday

Swayed by the inspiring sounds of the New Life Tabernacle Choir, Brooklynites lifted their voices in song to celebrate the progress that has happened since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death as well as catalyze the social change that needs to come. Comment

Haiti horror’s political%A0repercussions

Haiti horror’s political repercussions Comment

Learning from art & dance

This season has been a productive one for Young Dancers in Repertory’s Out of School Time (OST) program at Public School 127 in Dyker Heights. Comment

Dunked into cell

Brooklyn Paper: Dunked into cell Comment

Beaten for cell phone

Beaten for cell phone Comment

Tractor trailer sparks slippery situation

A 53-foot tractor trailer was left resting on a concrete divider as its contents spilled out on the roadway following a collision at “the top of the world.” Comment

CB 2 brings cyclists, pedestrians and motorists together

Brooklyn Heights: It’s like trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East without Israel at the table. Comment

Station break

Brooklyn Paper: Station break Comment

Running with scissors

Brooklyn Heights: Running with scissors Comment

Red Hook woman battling for biker rights

Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts say city policy is sending them on a highway to hell. Comment

Burglaries, Strippers Roil 94th Precinct

New year, same pressing concerns. Comment

Lessons learned from gas explosion

Brooklyn Heights: While no one was hurt when three manhole covers blew their stacks and popped out of their housings Monday, residents in Brooklyn Heights want to make sure they’re not subject to another bout of underground indigestion. Comment

Interview with a hitchhiker: Globetrotting Frenchman makes Brooklyn pitstop

Frenchman Jeremy Marie is depending on the kindness of strangers to help him through a multi-year, global hitchhike that has taken him from the pyramids of Egypt to the tundra of Alaska — and he’s not even halfway through his journey yet. He began his trip in October 2007, and intends to keep going until some time in 2012. This week, he arrived in Brooklyn, which he said impressed him for its authenticity and diversity, and took some time to talk about his experiences. Comment

City eyes uses near Red Hook terminal

Brooklyn Paper: The city is planning to enliven the area adjacent to Red Hook’s cruise terminal, an area critics charge has yet to live up to the promise city officials once touted, this paper has learned. Comment

Brooklyn students participate in MoCADA show

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) hasn’t always been “family friendly.” Comment

Nadler says Lander is best above rest

Nadler says Lander is best above rest Comment

Burg Prices Hit Floor, Brokers Say

Isaac Newtown theorized that what goes up must come down. Williamsburg’s real estate developers are hoping for the opposite. Comment

P.S. 15 vs. PAVE

Brooklyn Paper: Red Hook parents and teachers took to the street to demand that the PAVE Academy Charter School vacate P.S. 15’s building. Comment

Atlantic Yards foes protest homeless shelter closing

A homeless shelter shuttered days before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday became a cause célèbre among elected officials and opponents of the Atlantic Yards project. Comment

Draw Your “Family” with Michael Alan

In one of the last remaining fully-occupied artist warehouses in Williamsburg, artist Michael Alan hastily arranged a series of highly intricate ink drawings and papier-mâché cast figures. Comment

Coney Island in for a new ride this summer

Brooklyn Paper: The biggest things to hit Coney Island last summer were Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants. This year it’ll be thrill rides from an Italian outfit called Zamperla. Comment

Senior trapped in car following wreck

Firefighters scrambled to free a senior citizen trapped inside his Honda following a car accident at the corner of Kings Highway and East 29th Street. Comment

Tourist business takes Brooklyn Public Library’s top entrepreneurial prize

A business that created a win-win situation became the big winner itself in taking the Brooklyn Public Library’s top prize in their 6th annual PowerUP! competition. Comment

Kidnapper capture

Flatbush: Kidnapper capture Comment

Corner of Canarsie to go green

Canarsie: A blighted corner should soon be transformed into an oasis of green. Comment

Repavings improve Canarsie thoroughfares; more to go

Canarsie: Canarsie streets are not as much of a roller coaster ride as they used to be. Comment

Landmark proposal continues to raise eyebrows

Brooklyn Paper: A plan to expand the Carroll Gardens historic district is prompting the neighborhood’s“silent majority” to have their voices finally heard. Comment

Car-jacker busted on birthday

Canarsie: Car-jacker busted on birthday Comment

B67 Bus: Now on Twitter

Brooklyn Paper: For decades, bus riders waiting for the B67 bus had little idea how far away the next bus would be arriving beyond the MTA’s scheduled timesheet. Comment

CB6 OKs Berkeley Carroll expansion

Brooklyn Paper: Community Board 6 this week gave its blessing to the expansion plan posed by an elite Park Slope private school, determining that the controversial scheme would not spell doom for the neighborhood’s historic district. Comment

District manager reflects on 20-year gig

Craig Hammerman has spent the past two decades working for Community Board 6,where he was recently honored by local lawmakers for his sustained and dedicated service. As manager of an area that encompasses […] Comment

They’re off and running at 86th Street station

Work has at last begun on the $13.5 million renovation of the 86th Street station on the R line. Comment

Meet “The Attitude Girl”

Sometimes it pays to have a little attitude. Comment

Foodies flocking to Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn’s new culinary melting pot

Flatbush residents appear to have a major appetite for good food these days. Comment

Senior rumble leads to arrest

Gersh Gofman gives new meaning to the term elder abuse. Comment

Civic OK with private school plan

An influential civic group needed less than a week to decide that a controversial expansion plan would not harm Park Slope’s historic district. Comment

Haiti horror’s political repercussions

Haiti horror’s political repercussions Comment

Fire threatens Dutch Reformed Church property

Investigators are probing the cause of a blaze that ripped through a community building behind the historic Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church. Comment

Driver killed by own minivan following accident

A 32-year-old motorist was killed during a harrowing East Flatbush accident involving a minivan, a pothole and a telephone pole, officials said this week. Comment

Bake sales for Haiti

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) may sell cupcakes to raise money for Haiti — but are restricted in selling desserts to benefit Brooklyn schools. Comment

Parker could face same fate as Monserrate

If State Senator Kevin Parker (D-Flatbush, Midwood) is wondering what will happen once the criminal charges against him are adjudicated, all he has to do is look at fellow Senator Hiram Monserrate. Comment

Odors, Construction Delays Rankle NCMC

Less than two weeks on the job, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Cas Holloway is already receiving pressure from North Brooklyn community activists to reduce odors from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and expedite city construction projects nearby. Comment

Work proceeding along Gowanus

It might not be a Superfund site, but that’s not stopping the feds from treating the Gowanus Canal like one. Comment

Land(er) Ho! Brad Becomes a Council Member

The Brad Lander era has officially begun. Comment

Tackling homeowner insurance issues head-on

Canarsie: Its coastal location may have drawn many residents to Canarsie. Comment

Sen. Sampson at war with McDonalds

Canarsie: An ongoing push to have a notorious 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant on Rockaway Parkway and Conklin Avenue closed at night was given new life last week when State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson joined the anti-fry fray against real-life hamburglars. Comment

East Flatbush crime down in 2009

Flatbush: The streets of East Flatbush are still rough and tough, but crime plummeted in 2009, according to unofficial year-end statistics. Comment
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How about these gay recipes!

Dining: Brooklyn will soon be home to the city’s first gay cookbook. Comments (4)

Zanes’s song-and-dance act falls short

Dooley Noted: Is there nowhere that Dan Zanes won’t allow his musical muse to go? Comment

Dancewave is victimized by a travel agent scam

Park Slope: A Park Slope youth dance troupe that was selected to perform at an elite international competition had its airfare money stolen by a fly-by-night travel agent — and it’s unclear if the kids will be able to attend the prestigious event. Comments (13)

Great bike debate on Monday in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: It’s not Lincoln vs. Douglas, but bike lane activists and opponents will participate in the 2010 version of the great debate at Pete’s Candy Store on Monday night. Comments (14)

Lawyers: Yards neighbors will enjoy decades of blight

Atlantic Yards: State officials condemned Prospect Heights to 21 years of upheaval by ignoring the implications of giving Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner more time to build his mega-development when they renegotiated their deal with the builder last summer, project opponents alleged in court on Tuesday. Comments (10)

Reason to R-ejoice for Ridge straphangers

Bay Ridge: Work has finally begun to overhaul the 86th Street R train station in Bay Ridge. Comments (3)
Park Slope: There are now three families of swans living together in peace and harmony. In avian circles, this is a big deal! Comments (14)

Keepin’ it ‘Ruff’ at new Greenpoint dance party

Nightlife: Campbell’s Soup: Our columnist finally gets freak nasty at new Germs NYC party. Comments (3)

Smartmom resolves that this year is going to be different

Smartmom: Smartmom is making a list of ways to improve herself (and even getting her column in on time). But come on, this is Smartmom! There’s no way she pulls this off (especially the thing about her deadlines!). Comments (3)

This ‘Iris’ has a focus on breakfast

Dining: A new restaurant on a quiet block serves up great eggs and sandwiches. Comments (7)

The Butcher says that ‘Murder’ is most fair

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: A so-so review for the Brick Theater’s new play. Comments (1)
Brooklyn Heights: No major damage, but a lot of frayed nerves. Comments (2)

Honor ‘the dream’ today

We’re commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. by not updating our site today. Check out our list of things to do today. And check back on Tuesday for news and arts updates. Thanks. Comments (2)

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Brooklyn’s best restaurant is now an Arby’s. Comments (3)

G whiz! Weekend service eliminated from Church Ave to Greenpoint

Greenpoint: Greenpoint was cut off from the rest of the city last weekend — and will be again for the next three weekends as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority eliminates service on the G train until Feb. 8. Comments (5)

Slope burger shop starts the poutine revolution

Dining: Corner Burger on Fifth Avenue is the first to roll out a full poutine menu. What’s poutine? If you have to ask, you don’t deserve poutine. Comments (8)

Marty not satisfied with Borough Hall repairs

Downtown: Well, it’s a start. Comments (4)
Cleaning Our Waterways: We mean that literally! Comments (1)

Dude, check out the new skate spot in Thomas Greene Park

Gowanus: The birdman has swooped down to give a dilapidated park in Gowanus some decent skateboarding equipment. Comments (1)

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