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Boroughwide: We ran into Borough President Markowitz at the Brooklyn Bridge footpath ceremony and were reminded that the countdown continues: The Beep will need a new job in one year, seven months and one week. …

Gowanus: The clock is ticking on the Bloomberg administration to deliver its rezoning of the so-called “Gowanus Corridor” before the mayor leaves office. The Department of City Planning will update Community Board 6 on May 29 at PS 32 (Hoyt Street, between Union and President streets), 6 pm. Call (718) 643-3027 for info. …

Park Slope: Councilmember Bill DeBlasio (D–Park Slope) drummed up overwhelming support in the chamber last Wednesday to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a bill setting standards for recycling televisions, computers and other electronics. Citywide “e-waste” recycling will begin next summer. …

Berkeley Carroll senior Natasha Scantlebury will be honored next month by Princeton University for her work in race relations. Natasha co-founded a campus discussion group in 2006 that focuses on “people of color,” the school told us. …

Our gay/politi­cal/social work/write­r/Democratic insider pal Christopher Murray was happy to report that he’s now licensed as a social worker by New York State and has set up a private practice. First on the agenda? Life-coaching sessions with gay men or men with a history of substance abuse (or both?). Contact him at www.christophermurray.org. …

Longtime 78th Precinct Det. Felix Padilla had his retirement party at Two Toms on May 22. Finally, a retirement bash with good eats (at least for people who ordered the pork chop with vinegar peppers). …

Our beloved cartoonist Sam Ferri got hitched on May 10 in his South Slope backyard to his longtime love Shani Manor. In a slightly unusual ceremony, guests bashed pinatas of the happy couple’s heads. The after-party was at the Living Room Lounge. …

Downtown: Our chums at the Metrotech Business Improvement District have created 25 college scholarships at $1,000 each for newly enrolled students at colleges in Downtown Brooklyn, such as Long Island University, City Tech, Polytechnic University, Pratt Institute, St. Francis College and St. Joseph’s College. Ask your guidance counselor for information. …

Brooklyn Heights: First, we lost the floating pool to the Bronx, now we’ll have to go without ferry service to Governor’s Island this summer. A scant 400 yards separates Kings County and Governors Island, but the private New York City Water Taxi company will only shuttle visitors from Manhattan to the flyspeck isle this summer. …

Fort Greene: Alumni of Brooklyn Tech HS have set the fundraising bar higher than ever. A group of grads have pledged to raise $21 million for the school. …

Carroll Gardens: The neighborhood looks like it will live up to its name, thanks to a Community Board 6 zoning amendment approved last Wednesday that will reduce the scale of new construction on more than a dozen blocks by changing the official definition of the streets from “wide” to “narrow.” …

Cobble Hill: Keep your eyes on the landmark Cobble Hill Towers on Hicks Street. The Hudson Companies is the new managing company for the rent-stabilized complex. Our pal David Kramer, the company’s honcho, wouldn’t reveal specifics about what will happen to the 188 apartments (186 of them are rent-controlled), but said, “We want to be as creative as possible about the property.” We certainly like creativity (in our museums and moviehouses — not in our rent-controlled buildings). …

DUMBO: Real-estate insider — and former David Walentas spokesman — Chris Havens doesn’t celebrate birthdays, but he does celebrate June 14, 1978. Don’t remember that day? Chris does: It’s the day he moved to New York City. The 30th anniversary of that fateful day will be feted at Low Bar on Washington Street from 9 pm until whenever the partying subsides. …

Clinton Hill: How widespread is Green Fever? Now Brooklyn has a “green” storage facility! Hall Street Storage called us the other day to say that its facility on Flushing Avenue is “the only green alternative for storage in the city, or the nation.” How green? Well, 100 percent of the warehouse’s electricity is from renewable energy sources and all of its packing peanuts are biodegradable. …

Bay Ridge: Lutheran Health Care’s annual fundraiser/dinner raised $1.2 million, thanks to celebrity wrangling by New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark, “Sopranos” star Tony “Paulie Walnuts” Sirico, and a set by comic David Brenner.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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