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Covering: Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Starrett City, Flatbush, Flatlands, Georgetown, Kings Highway, Midwood

Board votes to raise rents citywide

Flatbush: Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases. Comment

Bringing art and music to PS 249

Flatbush: Pint-sized Rembrandts and Michealangelos shared the spotlight with budding virtuosos during an art fair at Public School 249. Comment

Building prices up

Flatbush: The price per square foot of elevator and mixed-use apartment buildings in Brooklyn posted solid increases in the second half of 2007, according to the latest figures from the Massey Knakal Realty Services New York City Income Property Report. And while the total number of apartment buildings sold in Brooklyn was down, the number of elevator buildings sold jumped. Comment

Closing the books

Flatbush: Community Board 14 has broken for the summer, but not without first taking care of some business. Comment

Award-winning essayists recognized

Flatbush: Brooklyn’s budding scribes were hailed for their inspirational masterpieces during an essay contest presented by the Kings County American Legion. Comment

A new home for 70: Precinct on track to move

Flatbush: It’s not happening any time soon, but someday – if things continue moving forward as they now are – the men and women of the 70th Precinct will have a new place to call home. Comment

Teen Challenge of BK

The oldest, largest, and most effective private agency of its kind, “Teen Challenge of Brooklyn,” celebrates 50 years as a free faith-based residential recovery center that trains and restores victims of substance abuse and other life controlling addictions. Comment

Thomas Jefferson Democratic club gala

A realtor and a clergyman shared the honors with other notables when the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club of Kings County held an awards dinner in Mill Basin. Comment

TKTS Booth debuts

Brooklyn’s getting a taste of the Great White Way. Comment

Toasting Caribbean culture: Borough celebrates region’s rich traditions and people

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Special Assistant to the Borough President Yvonne Graham joined members of Brooklyn’s Caribbean community for a day of festivities in celebration of the annual National Caribbean-American Heritage Month observance in Brooklyn. Comment

Conserving energy: LICH earns award for doing its part

Flatbush: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn received an award from Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS) for its role in energy management during crisis conditions. ECS is a prestigious energy-management organization working with New York State to control its electricity supply and demand. Comment

Don’t dis the horseshoe

Flatbush: Gateway National Recreation Area is showing some respect to Earth’s elders. Comment

PS 235 celebrates Mexico

Flatbush: Hundreds of National Dance Institute (NDI) schoolchildren from PS 235 performed in their end-of-year performance, “Celebrating Mexico,” a culmination of the dancers’ year-long study of the richness of Mexican history, culture, and art, realized in dance and music. Comment

PS 152 kids fling into spring spirit

Flatbush: Pint-sized performers stole the show when they united on stage for a spring fling at Public School 152. Comment

PS 249 shows off its spring best

Flatbush: Acrobats, singers and a mock circus brought the academic year to an end with flourish and showmanship as students and staffers celebrated with a spring concert at Public School 249. Comment

Residents protest Prospect Lefferts Gardens condos

Flatbush: Proposed construction of a 23-story glass-enclosed tower next to the Prospect Park subway stop on the B and Q line brought out a determined group of picketers to Lincoln Road this weekend. Comment

Parents may sue over arts money: CEC22 veep intones threat of lawsuit looms over Department of Ed

Flatbush: Parents have long complained about a lack of sufficient arts education in public schools and now they may finally do something about it. Comment

New magazine puts kids at the helm: KidSpirit explores issues of spirituality with editorial board made up of teens and ’tweens

Flatbush: Two years of hard work by a group of local youngsters came to fruition this past week with the launch of KidSpirit, a new magazine published in Brooklyn that explores spiritual issues among young people. Comment

Fashionistas strut their stuff at Kings Plaza

Flatbush: Youngsters turned cool catwalk cats as they strutted their stuff – plus shed the spotlight on local designers – during a fashion show, presented by the Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Comment

Home-furnishing giant opens: Ikea comes to Red Hook; throngs wait in line for free sofa

Flatbush: With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

LICH marks 150 years of saving lives

Flatbush: Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn, founded in 1858, is celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary — 150 years of service to Brooklyn. Comment

Locals get first dibs at coveted Ikea jobs

Flatbush: Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Take the ‘Roud to Healthy Skin’

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour presented by AVEENO® and Rite Aid, with support from Columbia Sportswear, has hit the road, offering free full body skin cancer screenings conducted by local board-certified dermatologists. Comment

Take the Cyclone home: Free replicas being distributed to fans at KeySpan Park

The world famous Coney Island Cyclone, known for its thrilling drops and blazing speed, might have achieved landmark status 20 years ago, but it will truly be immortalized this summer at KeySpan Park. Comment

Gangs: stay away: Cops crack down on pier security

Cops in Canarsie and an assemblage of borough gang members clashed again Saturday with the Canarsie Pier acting as the NYPD’s line in the sand. Comment

Here’s medical care at its very finest: 2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards

Members of the Calvary Hospital medical and nursing team were on hand at the “2008 Nursing Spectrum Nurse Excellence Awards” ceremony to cheer on their colleague, Luz Hernandez, MS, APRN, BC, NP. Hernandez was one of six NY/NJ Region finalists in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.” Comment

Jamaica Bay gets swept: Abandoned vessels pulled out of local waters

Operation Clean Bay was in full swing last week, as workers continued to rid Jamaica Bay of derelict vessels. Comment

Land swap made inside cultural district: Two Trees Development to move into former Brooklyn Public Library site

In development circles, they could be considered taking lemons and making lemonade. Comment

Coney Island loses star walrus at 14

Ayveq, the Pacific walrus who rose from orphaned Alaskan calf to beefy harem leader at the New York Aquarium, died on June 22. He was 14 years old. Comment

Brooklyn’s 54th Summer Fancy Food Show

Local and proud of it — that is the hallmark of the Brooklyn food manufacturers showing at the 54th Summer Fancy Food Show under the Real Brooklyn™/Brooklyn Goes Global banner (booths 5414 and 5416), June 29-July 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Whether it’s fudge from an old family recipe but suited to today’s discerning foodie, or hot sauce that is truly “fuel for food,” Brooklyn will be well represented. Comment

A very special day at Nelly

“No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a handicapped child.” Comment

Baby walrus celebrates b’day with fans

Brooklyn’s beefiest baby tipped the scales at 115 pounds at birth and boasts a legion of smitten fans, many of whom helped name him in a competition on the Today show to mark his first birthday. Comment

Benefit for the needy

The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service — one of Brooklyn’s first and largest providers of social services to 13,000 disadvantaged children, families and adults with disabilities — will celebrate its 142nd anniversary and honor “The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund” at its annual fundraising event, June 25 at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn, 6-9 p.m. Comment

Blue & yellow fever hits Brooklyn: Shoppers flock to Swedish furniture store opening

With visions of Ivars and Billys dancing in their heads, thousands of Brooklynites filed into the borough’s brand new Ikea on opening day, Wednesday, June 18th. Comment

Learn how to glide across the ballroom

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) this summer will sponsor free ballroom dance instruction for youngsters and seniors in its popular inter-generational dance classes starting July 8 at FIAO’S Beacon Program at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 12th and West 13th streets. Comment

Local residents get first crack at employment

Ikea is open for business – with Red Hook residents manning the store. Comment

Rolling Thunder festival

Kickstart your choppers and come on down to the Ninth Annual Veterans’ Recognition Day in the Park, June 29 from 12-7 p.m., at the Asser Levy Seaside Park bandshell, Surf Avenue & West Fifth Street. Comment

Salsa on the Waterfront

The Boricua Festival Committee’s Annual “Salsa at the Waterfront,” this year moving to Sunset Park, will be held June 28 at the 58th Street Pier, First Avenue and 58th Street. Comment

Shopping for clues at vacant stores

For Canarsiens, it’s a depressing sight. Comment

Stars & stripes on the move: Fresh route for this year’s Independence Day parade

The stars and stripes will be moving from Third to 13th Avenue for this year’s Independence Day parade. Comment

Red Lobster cooking for pier

The anglers at Canarsie Pier may have a high-powered companion trawling for a catch way bigger than the ordinary fluke or bluefish. Comment

P.S. 272 students ease on down the road

Starry-eyed youngsters transformed the auditorium into a local Great White Way during a song and dance extravaganza to celebrate the end of the academic year at Public School 272. Comment

Meltdown at the Rent Control Board: Tenants socked with new round of increases; validity of entire system challenged

Amid the hoots and ear-piercing whistles that echoed throughout the Great Hall at Cooper Union’s vaulted ceilings, the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted 5 to 4 to increase rents by 4.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the city’s rent-stabilized tenants renewing one- and two-year leases. Comment

Nature’s ugliest eyesore: Fed up residents want Fresh Creek area cleaned up

A Canarsie nature preserve continues to vex nearby residents, who say that it is more concrete jungle than urban oasis. Comment

No religion at Hebrew school promised: School’s lead applicant responds to parents concerns

The brains behind the Hebrew-themed charter school proposal offered parents details about the school’s curriculum – and reiterated that religion would not be taught at the school. Comment

Posthumous awards: NYPD hails fallen heroes

A Brooklynite killed in the line of duty and two fallen auxiliary officers were given the Police Department’s most prestigious honor last week during the NYPD’s Medal Day ceremony. Comment

Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing

The Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School & St. Augustine Diocesan High School alumni associations are holding their 12th Annual Lion/Lancer Open Golf Outing, June 26 at The Middle Island Country Club, 275 Yaphank Road. Comment

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