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Yuletide cheer at Guild for Exceptional Children, thanks to Men’s Club of BR

BoroBeat: More than 100 developmentally-disabled youngsters and adults received an early dose of holiday cheer, complete with a food, dancing and merriment Shavana Abruzzo Comment

Panel begrudgingly approves city’s ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ plan

If they could leave it, they would. Comment

Belt out the holiday classics at the Jingle Bell Jamboree on Saturday

Jingle Bell Jamboree at the Old First Reformed Church [Seventh Avenue at Carroll Street in Park Slope, (718) 638-8300], Dec. 18 at 7 pm. Suggested donation of $10, $5 for children. Comment

Check out the Brooklyn Youth Chorus three times this weekend

BrooklynBrooklyn Youth Chorus at Our Lady of Lebanon Church [113 Remsen St. between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 624-7228], Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 18 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets $10-$35. For info, visit www.brooklynyouthchorus.com. Comment

Annual living nativity scene this Saturday in Bensonhurst

ItLiving nativity at New Utrecht Reformed Church [18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th streets in Bensonhurst, (718) 256-7173], Dec. 18 from 3-6 pm. Free. For info, visit www.historicnewutrecht.org. Comment

Dozens remember beloved yeshiva teacher killed in crash

The energetic Midwood yeshiva teacher killed in a booze-fueled crash on Ocean Avenue was a gifted instructor, mentor and breakdancer, dozens of friends, family members and students remembered last week during a heart-wrenching funeral at the school where he molded young minds. Comment

Ikea fought bike lane — now gives workers bikes!

Brooklyn Paper: The Swedish furniture giant Ikea, which strongly objected to a new bike lane in front of its Red Hook store earlier this year, just gave every one of its workers — wait for it! — a new bicycle! Comment

Mugging on Clinton St

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Churches seling like hotcakes

Bay Ridge is becoming the “Neighborhood of Sold Churches.” Comment

PPW hates the bike lane

Brooklyn Paper: Not in our front yard! Comment

Bury the bodies, its business as usual

Perspective: Censure, smensure — who cares. We should all have to go through such horrors as Charlie Rangel has when we mere mortals commit felonies. Comment

Two high schools saved

The city says it will keep open both John Dewey HS and Sheepshead Bay HS, and now both institutions could get a windfall of federal cash to help bring them up to par. Comment

PS 114 to close

The bell has tolled for PS 114. Comment

Bullets over Coney

Bay News: Popping off shots Comment

No entry: Press barred from Gerritsen Beach meeting

The Gerritsen Beach Property Owner’s Association closed its normally public monthly meeting to the press and non-members last week, making good on a promise it made in the wake of a local blogger’s unflattering coverage of the neighborhood. Comment

Garbage time: Fighting the city to this day

Perspective: Mayor Ed Koch stood at the site where more new housing was offered for Coney Island families ready to move in. Subsidized private housing: a novel idea for Coney Island, already loaded with too many tall public housing projects. He pointed to the rows of new private homes when a question arose about the big Sanitation garage across W 21st Street. Comment

Let’s remember Christmas this Holiday Season

Perspective: Wow! Who would dare say that Santa is politically incorrect? Well, with today’s influx of morons and atheists thinking that Christmas is a dirty word that should be phased out, this Santa is gonna throw his own choice words towards them, and guess what? They are not going to be Merry Christmas. Comment

Merry Chris— Happy Holi— ah … whatever

Perspective: The manager of a popular retail store complained to me last January that even though he bought only half the amount of Christmas gift wrap than he did the year before, he was still stuck with almost 90 percent of his inventory. Comment

This photo show is up close and personal

This photographer gets up close and personal. Comment

New Civil Affairs Command chief at Fort Hamilton

BoroBeat: There’s a new chief in town for the fearless military unit which deploys American soldiers to the planet’s far-flung combat zones to act as umpires between us and our enemies. Comment

Giant Hanukkah menorah sheds light at Holocaust Park

BoroBeat: The headstones at Holocaust Park glistened like proud beacons of hope as flames in enclosed lanterns bathed them with incandescent light from above. Comment

Crooked cop crackdown continues

Crime: An investigation into the illegal antics of a renegade Brooklyn South narcotics team known for falsifying arrests and pocketing drugs is still bearing fruit — two years after the group’s misdeeds were uncovered. Comment

Mr. Figaro’s new style

The cop son of a legendary singing barber in Sheepshead Bay has reopened his father’s shop with a brand new look — months after an accident forced the place to close, and a minor stroke ended his popular pop’s clipping career. Comment

Hoop legend John Starks gives Lincoln coach a grand greenback boost

BoroBeat: Varsity gridiron gladiators at Abraham Lincoln High School are also dairy kings — thanks to Coach Shawn O’Connor. Comment

Fast food freak hits Canarsie stores

Canarsie: Franchise fiend Comment

Flatbush Park Jewish Center draws flock for Hanukkah revel

BoroBeat: Hebrew School student Ethan Brod gleamed with pride on Sunday as he showed his teachers and classmates the menorah he made from pasta for Hanukkah. Comment

Grating over botched robbery

Kings Courier: Ave. M menace Comment

Gunmen raid home

Mill–Marine Courier: Unlucky number Comment

Parents: We don’t trust city on school plan

Mill–Marine Courier: Angry parents gave a resounding “no” to city officials who they’re afraid want to fill 300 empty seats in Marine Park JHS with a new, autonomous high school, claiming that the move would scare off potential students — but the city says no such plan exists. Comment

Stabbed over cigarettes

Brooklyn Heights: 84th Precinct Comment

Amnesia Supper Club helps provide memorable Xmas for kids in need

BoroBeat: Big-hearted staff and patrons at Amnesia Supper Club in Bay Ridge made sure children in need had an unforgettable Christmas Day when they teamed up with one of the nation’s largest good Samaritan organizations for a toy drive. Comment

Trash piles up at Flatbush Gardens as lockout drags on

Flatbush: Mountains of trash have been piling up at the curbside at Flatbush Gardens, where management locked out unionized maintenance workers on Nov. 29, hiring temporary workers to do their jobs. Comment

A vendetta in a Jetta

68th Precinct Comment

Narrows Community Theater stages holiday extravaganza at St. Pat’s Church

BoroBeat: Saint Patrick’s Church was alive with the sound of Yuletide music when the Narrows Community Theater performed a song and dance extravaganza with enough cheer to fill Radio City Music Hall. Comment

Bells or bellows: Ringing controversy at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Quasimodo has nothing on Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Comment

Pistol punk on Conover Street

Brooklyn Paper: 76th Precinct Comment

Cut by machete man

Flatbush: Machete attack Comment

Wyckoff farmhouse Museum hosts ‘Sinterklaas’ for St. Nick’s Day

BoroBeat: This Santa was no pot-bellied man in a red suit. Comment
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Stephen Brown departs — a video tribute

Podcast: He was only here for a year, but in that time, reporter Stephen Brown broke stories, broke hearts and broke promises about letting us watch his black Lab when he’s out of town. Join us for a touching video tribute. Comments (2)
Brooklyn Angle: The federal massacre of 300 geese and baby geese this summer in Prospect Park has provoked outrage, protests, and endless coverage by our staff. Now, it’s even become the subject of an iconic piece of art. Comments (33)

Parker beats the rap in ‘assault’ on Post photographer

Park Slope: State Sen. Kevin Parker escaped serious jail time — and will likely get to keep his office — as a jury on Tuesday acquitted him of felony assault charges stemming from a 2009 scuffle with a New York Post photographer. Comments (1)

Raccoon tests positive — but park critics are rabid

Meadows of Shame: A Prospect Park raccoon has tested positive for rabies — and park advocates are slamming city and park officials for being part of the problem. Comments (6)

Feds may watch the Gowanus Canal’s waste line

Federal environmental officials may be getting their hands dirtier than they expected as they embark on a massive clean-up of the fetid Gowanus Canal. Comments (2)
Mean Streets: The Swedish furniture giant Ikea, which strongly objected to a new bike lane in front of its Red Hook store earlier this year, just gave every one of its workers — wait for it! — a new bicycle! Comments (8)

Lightning rod! Church goers say Diocese closed Montserrat because of outspoken pastor

Bedford-Stuyvesant: The Brooklyn Diocese will shut a struggling 60-year-old church in Bedford-Stuyvesant — and parishioners believe the house of worship was targeted because its pastor took on church hierarchy and local pols. Comments (2)

Who does Steve Levin represent — you or Vito Lopez?

Williamsburg: Councilman Steve Levin’s loyalty to his political mentor and the embattled Bushwick-based nonprofit where he got his start is so strong he is giving the out-of-district group more than three-quarters of a million dollars to develop a housing facility 10 blocks from any of his nearest constituents. Comments (23)

Survey says! Prospect Park West bike lane is a hit!

Mean Streets: Mend it — don’t end it! Comments (22)
Downtown plan: The Municipal Building could become a place to buy things rather than pay parking tickets under a city plan to convert two floors of the stolid Downtown office building into a retail store, restaurant or, if Borough President Markowitz has any say over the matter, an Apple store. Comments (4)
Manhattan has its own eponymous cocktail, but Brooklyn now has two gins — and this being Brooklyn, the makers are in a street fight over who’ll get to use our borough’s great name. Comments (14)

Runaway bride now ‘married’ to Greenpoint

Greenpoint: After breaking her engagement, a woman goes ahead with her nuptials — as a fundraiser for a local soup kitchen. Boy, some people have an odd way of saying, “I do.” Comments (3)

Brooklyn man fine-tunes ‘Santa Bot 2.0’

That’s right, people: SantaCon is this Saturday. Comments (2)

Gallery Players’ ‘Lughnasa’ is something to dance about

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The last thing anyone needs is another “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the Brian Friel drama that made its debut 20 years ago before earning three Tony’s on Broadway and more acclaim for Meryl Streep in the subsequent movie version. Comment

Adams: I did not lie about Aqueduct gaming debacle

Fort Greene: A once-time rising star in the state Senate is in full damage-control mode after a state investigation questioned his role in the corrupt bidding process over turning Aqueduct race track into a video gaming hall. Comments (5)

Parker to the pokey? His fate is in the jury’s hands

Park Slope: A jury began deliberating felony assault charges against state Sen. Kevin Parker as the four-term lawmaker’s trial for attacking a New York Post photographer concluded on Monday. Comments (1)

Another Hasidic man beaten in hate crime

Williamsburg: Police arrested two teenage suspects for beating up a Hasidic man on Monday night — and charged them for a similar bias attack against a Yeshiva teacher on the same South Williamsburg street a week ago. Comments (2)

‘Whitham’ sampler — learning not to yell

Fearless Living: Our columnist takes you inside a session on “No Yell Parenting.” Good luck with that. Comments (1)

A real low ‘Budget’ crime

Fort Greene: A woman is mugged after being forced into a rental car company driveway. Plus all the other crime news from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (3)
Art: Kurt Dietrich Wilberding’s photographs bring you into the lives of longtime Carroll Gardens residents. Comments (1)

Name that bar! New space in Greenpoint is cool, but lacks a moniker

Nightlife: Greenpoint’s most anticipated bar opening is so new it doesn’t even have a name yet. Comments (4)
Park Slope: Exactly 50 years ago this Dec. 16, a United DC-8 slammed into Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, killing 136. Here’s our look back. Comments (15)
Atlantic Yards: The Nets owner is a big player on the basketball team’s new Russian-language website. Comments (8)

The nerds get nude at ‘Nerdlesque’ show on Saturday night

Nightlife: “Star Trek” never looked so good. Comments (2)
Art: Many artists find inspiration in the bottle — but Joe Milazzo did it literally. Comments (4)
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Our man gets in the middle of a gin war

Podcast: No one downs booze in the name of work better than Gersh Kuntzman. Comments (3)

The must ‘Nut’! Mark Morris’s disco-era version of a classic

Dance: If there’s one “Nutcracker” production worth checking out this holiday season, this is it! Comment
Politicrasher: News analysis: Good ideas are few for avoiding housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (11)
Park Slope: A nod to Stonehenge and to the desert in the design for a spiffy new gateway to Prospect Park. Comments (14)

Rent hike! Bedford Avenue’s Deli Mart is closed

Williamsburg: A popular corner store on Williamsburg’s busiest block closed this week after its landlord demanded a 40-percent rent increase by the end of month. Comments (10)

Sen. Parker is a thug, prosecutor says as trial opens

Park Slope: The four-term Flatbush Democrat is on trial for assaulting a New York Post photographer. Opening day didn’t go so well for the pol. Comments (4)

Paging Dr. Javastein! Fort Greene gets ‘coffee lab’

Dining: Now sleepy Fort Greene residents can get the perfect cup of coffee four very different ways. Comment

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