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Art: A group of Brooklyn quilters are redefining the way we think of the folksy blankets with their latest show, “Stitch by Stitch: Works in Fabric,” on display now at Brooklyn College. Comments (4)

Move over batman, lifesavers go hi-tech

Lutheran Medical Center officially launched into service its latest high tech ambulance units at a special unveiling ceremony attended by EMS workers and members of Lutheran’s executive staff. Comment

New historic landmark district forming

The Landmarks Preservation Commission will “calendar” the Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step toward protecting one of Brooklyn’s finest — and most endangered — historic neighborhoods. Comment

On the fast track to Sundance: Brooklyn ‘Tunnel’ film garners more buzz

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Miss Brooklyn wins: Beauty vying to become Miss America

While the newly crowned Miss New York, via Miss Brooklyn, may not actually be from the borough, she has planted some roots here and expressed gratitude for being allowed to represent Brooklyn. Comment

Praise from the TOP: Parker gives boost to tabernacle

State Senator Kevin Parker presented a check for $100,000 at the Tabernacle Of Praise to support the (TOP) Tabernacle Of Praise Development Corporation, a non-profit organization committed to assisting members of the Flatbush and East Flatbush community by addressing the population’s needs through advocacy, programs, services and community partnerships. Comment

Messy Seaview avenue median gets a top-notch cleanup

After receiving several complaints from South Canarsie residents concerning the condition of the median along Seaview Avenue, Assemblyman Alan Maisel contacted Brooklyn Parks officials to ask for a cleanup. Comment

Hatin’ on de Blasio endorsements: Political rivals take issue with Bill’s congressional supporters

City Council member Bill de Blasio may yet wind up succeeding term-limited Marty Markowitz as borough president, but the race won’t be a Sunday walk in Prospect Park. Comment

Local church adopts navy chaplain

The Bay Ridge United Church of Bay Ridge has adopted another chaplain under the Adopt-A-Chaplain Program. The church has been involved in Adopt-A-Chaplain with Chaplain 1LT Virginia Emery who was in Iraq but has returned to the states. Comment

Medical community challenged to save Jewel

You wouldn’t think anything was wrong with little Jewel Sulker when you first meet her, but her mother and a state senator have been desperately scrambling to save her life. Comment

Same old, same old at the polls: Few fresh faces for voters next time out

It doesn’t appear that this year’s big political shake-up in Albany is going to trickle down to its representatives in Kings County. Comment

She’s the heart of Brooklyn

Heart of Brooklyn (HOB), a partnership of six leading cultural institutions in central Brooklyn, welcomes Carol Enseki as its newest board president. Enseki is a founding Heart of Brooklyn board member, and the long-standing president of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Mark’s Avenue. Comment

Police Blotter

Crime: Welcome to Canarsie Comment

Ave. D merchants: We want more cops

Flatbush: If they want to see more of the green that comes from happy, secure customers, Avenue D merchants feel they should see more NYPD blue first. Comment

Battle for the night: Cops to meet with club owners

Flatbush: Cops from the 67th Precinct have started a new dance with East Flatbush club owners. Comment

A better way to commute: NY Methodist Hospital honored as a true ‘Innovator’

New York Methodist Hospital won a 2008 Regional Commuter Choice Innovator Award for providing commuter benefit programs that encourage employees to use environmentally friendly means of transportation like carpooling, vanpooling, and mass transit. Comment

Youths pitch in for local cleanup

Millennium Development just kicked off a Youth Leadership Summer Program, serving youth ages 11-14, which enables campers to participate in community involvement projects. Comment

Thursday night concerts at the pier

Gateway National Recreation Area is sponsoring a series of weekly Thursday night concerts at the park’s Canarsie Pier site at 6:30 p.m., now to August 28. Comment

From dump to eden: Close-up look at new parkland

Once known for their putrid odors, the former Fountain and Pennsylvania landfills are being transformed into a lush greenery with birds and butterflies fluttering on bluffs overlooking Jamaica Bay. Comment

Strong push back against discriminatory lending practices

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. joined the NAACP Brooklyn Branch, elected officials, clergies, advocates, and homeowners recently as they gathered on the steps of City Hall to highlight the issue of discriminatory lending practices by the mortgage industry and to support the lawsuit filed by the NAACP against 14 of the country’s largest lenders. Comment

Search for Wyckoff descendants is on

The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum at 5816 Clarendon Road is searching for descendants of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff and Gretje Van Ness Wyckoff, who established the farmhouse in 1652. Comment

Rx for successful careers in medicine

Brooklyn College is nurturing some of the brightest minds in the borough. Comment

Bishop Kearney H.S. sports awards: Winning teams are hailed before proud crowd of family and friends

This year, Bishop Kearney High School’s Sports Awards Dinner was a very special event, honoring winning teams and winning players. More than 300 parents, coaches and members of Kearney’s administration gathered at the Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street, to congratulate all those who had taken part in the year’s activities. Comment

Blood drive saves lives: City has urgent need now

Democratic Councilman Simcha Felder blood drive sponsored by Bikur Cholim Borough Park. The New York Blood Center has reported a blood shortage in Greater New York and an urgent need for blood donations. This blood drive collected 96 pints of much needed blood for the New York area. Comment
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tkts outlet opens

Broadway and Off-Broadway lovers can now get their discounts right here in Brooklyn without any of the crowds and elbow-shoving of Manhattan. Comment

Brookdale ‘sickle’ grant

A leader in education, outreach, treatment and patient support, Brookdale University Hospital’s multidisciplinary sickle cell disease program is one of 17 programs in the country to have received a much contended grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Comment

Audit is hard on DEP: Agency lax on hospital collections, investigation finds

The city’s method for billing private hospitals for water use is headed for the ER unless steps are taken to resuscitate it soon, an audit released this week concluded. Comment

Annual ‘Crown’ festival

Crown Ministries International Church will host its annual community street fair, the “Crown Festival,” August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Glenwood Road between East 104th & East 105th streets. Comment

A greener way for borough hall to commute

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Transportation Alternatives to unveil Brooklyn Borough Hall’s new environmentally-friendly bicycle program. Comment

Free ballroom dance instruction

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

A heaven-sent appointment in Brooklyn: Bethlehem Lutheran Church hires new executive director

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the founder and sponsor of the Bay Ridge Center for Community Service, has hired a new executive director. Comment

Aid for disaster victims

During a ceremony at the Pacificana Restaurant, 813 55th Street, Assemblyman Bill Colton, together with Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and state Senator Martin Golden, congratulated neighborhood groups for raising more than $72,000 for victims of the massive May earthquake in China. Comment

Brooklyn hunger pangs by the numbers: Latest statistics track demand put on borough’s emergency food pantries

Shirley Fineman, executive director for the Bensonhurst Council of Jewish Organizations, doesn’t need to look far to know that Brooklyn residents’ bottom line is getting thinner. Comment

BK home sales plummet: Sale price of residences decline as well, report finds

Reflecting a troubled economy, the sales of residential properties borough-wide dropped nearly 44 percent this quarter compared to the prior year’s quarter, according to a recently released study. Comment

Events at the BPL

The summer may be coming to an end but the excitement has only just begun at Brooklyn Public Library. There are tons of activities, programs and events that the whole family can enjoy. All programs are free and open to the public. Comment

Down on the BK fish farm: Borough’s own ‘Aquaman’ raises a fin-tastic new crop

How does sautéed tilapia with a side of grilled zucchini served on a bed of fresh Bibb lettuce and arugula sound? Imagine then that it was all grown organically and purchased locally right here in Brooklyn. Sounds tasty, right? So tasty, you wouldn’t even know the secret ingredient is fish poop. Comment

Fighting back against Chernobyl’s legacy

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA opened its doors to Project Chernobyl, the funding for which was spearheaded by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and which enabled 15 victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster potentially in risk of thyroid cancer to undergo medical screening. Comment

Brooklyn storage company evicted: Clients urged to collect their belongings before time runs out

Hundreds of residents who rented space from a Carroll Gardens storage facility could be in danger of losing their most prized possessions, city officials said this week. Comment

Free aquarium admission

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment

DOE hearings on $63 million pot of gold

Parents: you can tell the city Department of Education (DOE) how to spend $63 million. Comment

Financial break for returning vets

City employees called to serve in Afghanistan or Iraq will now receive a little more financial security thanks to a recently signed state law. Comment

Community health fair

New York Methodist Hospital will sponsor a community health fair and blood drive, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brooklyn College Student Center, East 27th Street and Campus Road. Comment

Challenge to mayoral control

Brooklyn parents are forming a citywide coalition to examine mayoral control. Comment

Cancer survivors celebrate life

More than 350 cancer survivors, their family members, friends, and New York Methodist Hospital staff members gathered together to collectively celebrate the courage that the hospital’s patients display while overcoming the disease during Cancer Survivors Day. Comment

Ain’t too proud to hate: Reggae rappers promise ‘Straight Pride Parade’

Flatbush: They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

Celebrating 30 years of delivering top-notch care

Flatbush: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment

Board counts on community for clout

Flatbush: Members of Community Board 14 toasted supporters and welcomed their new compatriots at an end-of-season party. Comment

Cakewalk for Clarke

Flatbush: What a difference 18 months make. Comment

30 years of caring for the community

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR), a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services (BAFHS), celebrated 30 years of caring for the community with an Awards Ceremony and Reception recognizing individuals who have given invaluable contributions to CNR, the healthcare industry and the Brooklyn community. Comment

Sundance buzz builds for ‘last tunnel’ film: Filmmakers push hard to bring fascinating Brooklyn story to life

A documentary starring Brooklyn tunnel maven Bob Diamond is already attracting robust attention from top cable channels, the film’s co-producer told this paper this week. Comment

Crooks find gold in recycled trash

Flatbush: It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

Society of old brooklynites at 128

A Reconstruction-era organization, founded when the borough was still a city, hailed a milestone when the Society of Old Brooklynites celebrated its 128th anniversary in Bay Ridge. Comment

Straphangers group jeers MTA buses: Report finds service lagging far behind increasing ridership

While bus ridership in Brooklyn has soared over the past decade, gains in service have been less robust, a new study released this week found. Comment

Vacant seats on education council: Parent volunteers urged to help fill three District 18 vacancies

Summer may be in full swing, but it will soon be time to send children back to school. Comment

3-way state senate race: Councilmen Felder, Stewart challenge Parker for post

With the filing of petitions in the 21st Senatorial District by midnight on July 10, battle lines appear to be drawn for a three-way race for the seat currently held by State Senator Kevin Parker. Comment

You’ve got a right to party: Cops lift block party ban on E. 92nd Street

Flatbush: There’s good reason for one East Flatbush street to start celebrating, but the celebration will need to be postponed to next year. Comment

Transformation for Community Bd. 17: Three new members take up posts as former members move on

Flatbush: There’s been a slight but perhaps telling shift in membership on Community Board 17. Comment

3-way race for State Senate: Councilmen Felder, Stewart challenge Parker for post

Flatbush: With the filing of petitions in the 21st Senatorial District by midnight on July 10, battle lines appear to be drawn for a three-way race for the seat currently held by State Senator Kevin Parker. Comment

‘Toto’ faces fraud charges in Brooklyn

Flatbush: The founder of a Haitian death squad is on trial this week in Brooklyn—not for human rights violations, but for mortgage fraud. Comment

Sign up to take steps against breast cancer

In preparation for 15,000 Brooklynites getting together for the borough’s largest fundraising walk and cancer event, October 19, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” will hold a Team-Leader kick off August 12. Comment

Raising Health consciousness

Flatbush: Democratic Council Member Simcha Felder, left, visited the Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Caribbean-American Family Health Center Pre-Independence Day Event. Comment

New crop of seasoned cops to hit the streets

Flatbush: Dozens of new — but experienced – officers are flooding the streets of Brooklyn South. Comment

Funeral services held for Iraq war hero

Flatbush: Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

Merchants mull new BID: Alliance would effect Newkirk Plaza and beyond

Flatbush: Merchants in one section of Flatbush are on the cusp of a sea change. Comment

New charter schools loom on horizon

Flatbush: School officials visited Canarsie last week to provide information about the possible opening of two new charter schools – but some important details were omitted. Comment

New commander at 67th Police Precinct

Flatbush: Area residents and NYPD honchos are putting their faith in Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues as the new commanding officer of the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush begins reaching out to religious and community groups. Comment

Flatbush is fun for the whole family

Flatbush: Summer spectacles abounded in the neighborhood when the Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) held a street fair, featuring fun for the whole family. Comment

A better way to bike along Shore Road cycle pathway

Cyclists can look forward to an easier transition between the city streets and the Shore Road bike path. Comment

Brooklyn man aids victims of ‘blood’ war: Non-profit helps orphaned kids of Sierra Leone

A Coney Island immigrant is on a one-man crusade to help young amputees crippled from the “Blood Diamond” Civil War in Sierra Leone, Africa. Comment

City out, fresh air in

This month marked the start of Fresh Air summer vacations for hundreds of Brooklyn children. Comment

Crooks find gold in recyclable trash

It may just be recycling, but it’s the city’s recycling – so keep your mitts off it! Comment

Boffo box office as B’way comes to BK: TKTS outlet debuts downtown offering discount tickets to the Great White Way

Broadway and Off-Broadway lovers can now get their discounts right here in Brooklyn without any of the crowds and elbow-shoving of Manhattan. Comment

Boardwalk bunny hop for Playmates: Borough President takes stroll with lovlies

They’re always playful and oftentimes amusing – so Coney Island was a no-brainer for them. Comment

Anti-gay rappers promise ‘Straight Pride Parade’

They’re straight, they’re proud and they want to beat up gay people. Comment

Final farewell to an Iraq war hero: Funeral services for Daniel Farkas held at Ocean Avenue synagogue

Police and military brass, along with rank-and-file members of the NYPD and military, stood three deep at attention along Ocean Avenue last week to bid a final farewell to one of their fallen comrades. Comment

An ‘officer’ and a gentleman

No, Richard Gere has not joined the NYPD. Comment

Asthma can’t hold back these youths

The Children’s Hospital at Downstate awarded scholarships to Jurrell Rodgers and Kyron Galvez for achieving academic excellence while overcoming chronic asthma. Comment

for ‘Toto’: Haitian death squad leader up on tax rap

The founder of a Haitian death squad is on trial this week in Brooklyn—not for human rights violations, but for mortgage fraud. Comment

Free golf clinic for kids

The Finer Life Golf Foundation is offering free golf clinics to children ages eight to 17, July 26 and August 2, 9, 23 and 30 at the Von King Park on the Large Lawn at the corners of Greene, Marcy, Lafayette, and Tompkins avenues. The clinics will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Comment

New charter schools on the horizon in Dist. 18

School officials visited Canarsie last week to provide information about the possible opening of two new charter schools – but some important details were omitted; the proposed locations of the schools. Comment

New school info fair

Parents and students interested in attending a brand new middle, high or transfer school in September are invited to attend “The New School Information Fair,” presented by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the NYC Department of Education. Comment

Pet adoption festival at Prospect Park

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will hold its Pet Adoption Festival, August 2 in Prospect Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine) to find welcoming homes for the cats and dogs awaiting adoption from the alliance’s participating shelters and rescue groups. Comment

Phantom hydrant still haunts motorist: $200 ticket turns into long, drawn out fightagainst the city for Brooklyn man

Simon Belsky says he gets no respect. And he may just have a $200 ticket and the pictures to prove it. Comment

Master wireless devices

Ask anyone what they need more of and the answer will most likely be ‘time.’ It’s our most valuable commodity and why so many consumers are turning to Smartphones and PDAs to help manage it. Wireless customers who apply business principles to manage their personal lives can save time, be more productive and, ultimately, carry a lighter load at work and at home. Comment

Manhattan heavyweights in Brooklyn: SL Green real estate developers move in on Court Street property

How hot is Downtown Brooklyn’s commercial real estate market? Comment

Kings County Democrats hold gala: New York State governor, speaker on hand for special awards and accolades

Shedding their differences after endorsing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the Democratic primary, Brooklyn’s political elite came together to honor community leaders and celebrate what could be a banner year for Democrats at the polls at the Kings County Democratic Committee’s annual cocktail party and dinner. Comment

Literacy and a new lease on life: Graduates celebrate with essays, stories and poems

A beaming group of New Yorkers, including 50 year-old Linda Swinson of Sheepshead Bay, 46 year-old Adwoa Nyamekye of Flatbush and 34 year-old Mourad Dahmoun of Fort Hamilton, took center stage and demonstrated skills that would have been unimaginable just a year ago: they read out loud from essays, stories, and poems that they themselves had written. Comment

Local reaction to latest ‘gun’ ruling: Elected officials consider impact of Supreme Court decision on the borough

Some of Brooklyn’s elected leaders remain wary over the recent Supreme Court recent 5-4 decision upholding an individual’s Second Amendment right to keep a handgun for use in their home. Comment

Local woman on a roll at 100 years young

A surprise birthday party for a spry senior added to the pleasure when members of the Marine Park Bocce Club held a tournament at the emerald gem followed by a revel for member Anne Vincent, who had turned 100 years young days earlier. Comment

Public forum on American citizenship

State Senator Martin J. Golden, along with the City University of New York, are hosting a citizenship event July 19 in the cafeteria of Our Lady of Angels School, 337 74th Street. Comment

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