Mill–Marine Courier & Canarsie Digest

Young Fireflies burning brighter than ever: Innovative martial arts program helps autistic kids grow and develop

When a child steps onto Lisa Chin’s colorful tumbling mat, something beautiful happens. Comment

‘Suite’ deal for Hilton: Hotel chain moving into Gold Street tower

The Hilton Hotel chain announced last week that two of their hotel products […] Comment

‘Stamp’ out hunger: Postal employees food bank team up

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Comment

‘Practical’ author to lead healing circle

Laura Day, bestselling author of “Practical Intuition,” “The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life” and “Welcome To Your Crisis,” will lead a healing circle at The Exercise Studio, 2073 86th Street, May 16 at 7 p.m. This will mark her first appearance in Bensonhurst. Comment

‘Green’ building preview

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host a sneak preview gala, May 12, offering a look inside its newly-expanded “green” building at 145 Brooklyn Avenue, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Violy. Comment

Wyckoff Farmhouse

The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum will host a free celebration of the Pinkster holiday with various family activities, May 17 from 12-4 p.m. Comment

Visitation Academy annual spring concert

The Upper School of Visitation Academy will present its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances of the Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and the eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street, May 9 at 7 p.m. Comment

UFT blasts DOE: Says city lost change to reduce class size

The city Department of Education (DOE) squandered an opportunity to reduce class size, according to the teachers’ union. Comment

Guns on the streets: Neighborhood suffers seven shootings in ’08

There have been seven shootings so far this year in Canarsie. Comment

Tavis Smiley to deliver LIU commencement address

A dynamic political voice of today, celebrated journalist and advocate Tavis Smiley will be the commencement speaker at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus May 15 at 10:15 a.m. on the campus athletic field near Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Spring 2008 is busting out all over Bklyn

Get up close and personal with the queen of green. Comment

Sampson update

An article in last week’s Canarsie Digest referred erroneously to “weekly” meetings being held by State Senator John Sampson with community leaders. The meetings are held on a monthly basis. Comment

Rockaway Pkwy speedway: Local residents fed up with out-of-control motorists

Speeding along Rockaway Parkway is causing problems for residents along the strip as well as endangering those who walk and drive there. Comment

Reverend Jesse Jackson weighs in on Bk housing crisis

If one issue comes to define the arena of economic populism in the first decade of the 21st century, that issue may well be the epidemic of foreclosures afflicting middle and working class Americans who watch as government bailouts and subsidies seem to go to the country’s richest corporations and residents. Comment

Mighty Mommies get in gear: Fitness class for moms

Is there a more busy group of people in the world than mothers of newborn babies, who must juggle the non-stop demands of child rearing with life’s other obligations? Comment

Mayor’s school budget cuts called ‘despicable’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s continued support of school budget cuts is “despicable,” according to local parents. Comment

Many are paying half their income on rent

Disposable income? Fuggeddaboutit. Comment

LHC 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) and its board of trustees’ 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance celebrity performer will be standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker David Brenner. Comment

K-9 Good Citizen Test

If you’ve ever wondered if your dog is socially acceptable, there’s only one way to find out. Comment

Hall of fame violinist

Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. Comment

Ground zero for the subprime lending crisis: Distressed area homeowners sound alarm at Flatlands Avenue town hall

The middle-aged Canarsie man waited patiently to speak with a staff counselor from the Kings County District Attorney’s office and then turned to speak with this reporter. Comment

Grandparents reach across the pond: Caregivers from Great Britain meet their counterparts here in Brooklyn

In a unique cultural exchange, Brooklyn grandparents raising their grandchildren had the opportunity to speak to a group of teens from Britain being raised by their grandparents. Comment

GOPers stick with Vito following DWI bust: Congressman Fossella faces five days in jail; says he won’t resign

Disgraced lawmaker Vito Fossella may have been busted in Virginia, but in Brooklyn, his friends still got his back. Comment

Fresh Creek advocates push for cleanup

A group of people living near the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve have begun a petition drive to get the area cleaned up. Comment

Fresh capital funds

Brooklyn College and the Coney Island boardwalk are expected to be two of the big-ticket items that will get capital funding from the state’s new $121.7 billion 2008-09 budget. Comment

Free tennis instruction for kids

The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) has begun its annual spring program offering free tennis to youngsters ages six to 18 at various locations in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Comment

Forum on DOB violations

A former special prosecutor for the New York City Department of Buildings, John Cox, will discuss some possible remedies for violations to the City Building Code at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association meeting, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment

Fit in your golden years

City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Spring 2008 Season of “CityParks Seniors Fitness,” a free program now through June 20, offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in nine parks across New York City, including Marine and John J Carty parks in Brooklyn. Comment

ESU public information forum

Empire State College of the State University of New York will hold public information sessions about its undergraduate degree programs at 6 p.m., May 12 and 3 p.m., May 22 at the college’s Brooklyn location, 20 New York Avenue, corner of Herkimer Street, third floor, in Williamsburg. Comment

Daisy cooks with area kids: TV chefs inspire local students

On a recent Monday evening, an especially appetizing smell wafted out of the kitchen at Mark Twain Intermediate School I.S. 239. Comment

Curves for Women

With more than four million members worldwide, most would think the Curves women’s fitness franchise has nothing to prove. But the company is going above and beyond and looking for participants in the Bensonhurst area to be a part of the Curves/Avon Fitness Study to ensure that everyone knows the power of the Curves workout program. Comment

Councilmen to contractors: Clean up your mess

New York City Council Members James S. Oddo and Simcha Felder called on the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a new rule requiring those who make cuts into public streets, as part of the construction of one, two, or three family dwellings, to restore the pavement back to its original condition from curb to curb. Comment

Great food deals

Spring is party time and that means good grub. Here’s a great place to get some of the best party viddles in town. Comment

Constitution Parade

Spring is here once again so that means it’s time to join the Norwegian-American 17th of May Committee in celebrating the 57th Annual Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. Comment

Comedy Night fubdraizer May 15

The Parents’ Association of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences presents its Second Annual Comedy Night, a fund-raising event that will be held May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn. Comment

CERT recruiting: Special squad ready to swing into action

Two years after it was first formed, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for southeastern Brooklyn continues to recruit new members. Comment

BK bicycling in May

The City Reliquary is presents a number of events for the month of May, commemorating NYC Bike Month and the 125th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment

Annual UHF hospital achievement awards

Beth Israel Medical Center volunteers Linda Karasavva and Phyllis Maresca were honored by the United Hospital Fund during its 15th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

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