Mill–Marine Courier

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Role Models of Distinction Awards

United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Roy L. Austin, headlines a list of outstanding individuals who will be presented with CACNY Role Models of Distinction Awards in October. Comment

Rag-tag parade of masked tots returns: Annual Ragamuffin Parade to attract thousands of participants for day of fun

This year, thousands of children will take to the streets of Bay Ridge, garbed in elaborate costumes, to take part in what has become not only a yearly ritual, but a rite of passage. Comment

Steering towards more road congestion

Transportation planners were all ears this week, gauging borough residents’ fear, and loathing for current and future traffic conditions. Comment

Third Ave. Festival

On Sunday, September 28, Bay Ridge will strut its stuff at the annual Third Avenue Festival, which will take place between 69th and 94th Streets, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comment

Trucking into the World Book of Records

Ready, set, start your engines, please. An unusual record rumbled its way into the Guinness Book of World Records – blasting the competition to smithereens – when approximately 300 tow trucks […] Comment

Trader Joe’s makes BK debut: Doors open this week on first store in the borough

Brooklynites who have been licking their lips in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Trader Joe’s should get ready to pounce. Comment

Parents: DOE needs oversight: Some say sun gotta set on mayoral control of schools

The next form of school governance should reestablish the power of local school districts and create a system to oversee the city Department of Education (DOE), according to Brooklyn parents and education activists. Comment

Makeover for Atlantic Ave. viaduct: Century-old Long Island Railroad stretch to be completely rehabilitated

More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

Hands-on fun at the Children’s Museum

The newly expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s daffodil yellow building will be bursting with hands-on activities, animal shows, and other special events in September as the grand opening fun continues. Comment

Fresh new take on Grand Army Plaza: Vital traffic hub gets upgradefor 21st century traffic

Ooh, la, la, Grand Army Plaza is about to undergo a rebirth – as Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe. Comment

Hockey scores for fallen U.S. troops: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

It was last autumn when Charlie Gili, a Marine Park resident who coaches youth hockey, launched a campaign to raise money – and appreciation – for families of soldiers killed in the line of duty of Iraq and Afghanistan. Comment

Hope fading fast for Astroland

“It’ll take a miracle.” Comment

Hunt for rapist: Wanted sex fiend wields screwdriver

The hunt for the man responsible for last week’s rape on Fort Hamilton Avenue isn’t a simple task. Comment

‘Errors’ is a hit for seniors

Seniors from the Midwood Senior Center’s Midwood Active Adult Program performed William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” for more than 100 community seniors. Comment

‘Wheel’ anxiety rolling thru: Dangerous truck cargos spark concerns about safety

Residents along the borough’s designated truck corridors continue to express concerns about the types of trucks that rumble through their neighborhoods. Comment

P.S. 229 is in tune with new assistant principal

Flatbush: A union rep turned educator is staying put in District 20. Comment

New prez at helm of Fraser civic

Flatbush: A stalwart community organization recently began another era under a new president. Comment

P.S. 217 students host the class of ‘55

Flatbush: What was Brooklyn like in 1955? Comment

TA puts breaks on Nostrand express service

Flatbush: Those who were hoping that a bus rapid transit route promised to run along Nostrand Avenue would speed up their commute shouldn’t expect relief any time soon. Comment

‘Incredible summer,’ sez C.O.

Flatbush: Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment

Woman critical after bike crash: Cyclist collides with pedestrian on 12th Avenue and Dahill Road

Flatbush: A 38-year-old woman was clinging to life this week after she was struck down by a bicyclist pedaling through Kensington, officials said. Comment

Key to Flatbush: New historic guide debuts

Flatbush: The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) celebrated the release of the “Flatbush Neighborhood History Guide,” the newest addition to its popular Neighborhood History Guide series, during a launch event at BHS, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street. Comment

Holy Innocents prepares for centennial: Venerable Roman Catholic church looks to fully restore house of worship

Flatbush: As the centennial of the Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church in Flatbush approaches next December, the historic house of worship has a long wish list of improvements necessary to fully restore it to its original prominence. Comment

Cold shoulder for the mentally ill

Flatbush: The East Flatbush community is embroiled in a struggle to keep a residence for people with mental illness out of their neighborhood. Comment

Atlantic Ave. viaduct to get makeover: Important Long Island Railroad stretch to undergo major restoration

Flatbush: More than a century after it was built, the Atlantic Avenue viaduct that carries Long Island Railroad trains through eastern Brooklyn is being reconstructed. Comment

Flatbush rezoning moving forward

Flatbush: It’s full speed ahead for the rezoning of Flatbush. Comment

Give ‘em all an ‘A’ for perfect attendance

Flatbush: It was almost like going back to school. Comment

Grass is greener some say: Critics see disparity in the maintenance of Prospect Park

Flatbush: For some residents, the maintenance of the southern perimeter of Prospect Park raises a huge question – is that side of the park getting short shrift compared to areas of the park adjacent to other neighborhoods? Comment

Free T-shirt design classes

Beginning October 11, the Midwood Development Corporation will offer free classes in T-shirt design for individuals with developmental disabilities (Medicaid eligibility required). Comment

Foreclosure central

While Wall Street is being pounded from the continuing mortgage crisis, homeowners throughout working-class Brooklyn aren’t faring too well either, according to several borough non-profits working locally on the issue. Comment

City renews permit for 10 more years of tunnel tours

The city last week renewed the permit allowing a subterranean tour guide to continue his wildly popular descents into the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Comment

Cop cars jam up residents: Double-parked cruisers are a problem on East 98th St.

People living near the 69th Precinct station house have a straightforward message for some of the cops assigned there – don’t block our driveways. Comment

CB18 opposes medical waste station

Community Board 18 last week joined with opponents of a proposed medical waste transfer facility in Canarsie, calling for the state to postpone the application until all concerns are addressed. Comment

BK’s most powerful pen: Brooklyn Tech student is named ‘Best of the Borough’

A Brooklyn Technical High School graduate is the “best of the borough.” Comment

300 blocks ‘reinvented’: CB18 backs ambitious rezoning plan

Community Board 18 last week gave its blessing to the city’s rezoning plan for Canarsie, the largest initiative of its kind in the borough’s long history. Comment

BK illustrator draws a ‘ray of light’: Partnership gives new hope to brave dad fighting cancer battle

Matthew Tomao has never met Josh Medors. The two worked together on a graphic novel this past year, but with Tomao, the writer, living in Brooklyn and Medors, the illustrator, in Ohio, communication was conducted via the Internet or through an editor. Their relative anonymity to each other isn’t stopping Tomao from doing what he can to help Medors, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer late last year. Comment

Cops grapple with fluctuating crime

While crime in Canarsie is beginning to level off, cops from the 69th Precinct aren’t going to be happy until they hit zero. Comment

Cops probe parker fight: Altercation with staffer under scrutiny

Flatbush: As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment

Dynamite Youth Center annual walk-a-thon

To kick off the September 2008 “National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month” observance, Dynamite Youth Center (DYC), a Brooklyn-based adolescent substance abuse treatment program, will hold its 11th Annual Walk-a-thon, September 28 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bay Parkway on the Shore Road Bike Path. Comment

Cops probe Parker clash with staffer

As the aftermath of a violent dispute between a local legislator and a former staffperson in his office plays itself out in the public eye, there’s a great deal of he-said, she-said going around. Comment

Dream is over for controversial school: Lacking a location, team withdraws proposal for BK charter school

A controversial proposal to open a new charter school is off the table – for now. Comment

Empowering BK youth: Borough group to hold conference Oct. 10-12

Brooklyn Youth Empowerment, whose mission is to bring encouragement, hope and practical living steps to Brooklyn’s youth and make them aware of their abilities and the power they possess within to take charge of their situations and positively affect their environment, will be hosting a three-day conference, October 10-12, in hopes of challenging Brooklyn’s youth. Comment

Cops step up patrols for Jewish holidays: Security enhanced around Brooklyn synagogues and religious centers

The NYPD wants to keep the upcoming High Holy Days the safest on record. Comment

Doggie Olympics IV coming

The Brooklyn Canarsie Lions will sponsor the Doggie Olympics IV, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marine Park. Use the street entrance on Fillmore Avenue at Madison Place, between Marine Parkway & Burnett Street. Comment

Klein nixes name change

Flatbush: The city Department of Education (DOE) rejected P.S. 230’s request to rename the school, this paper has learned. Comment

Marlborough Road revels in summer fun

Flatbush: You’re never too old for block party fun. Comment

Moore lends star power to children: Actress in Brooklyn to help OEM improve emergency shelters for kids

Flatbush: Children will be safer in emergencies, thanks to a global relief agency, a city agency, and a bit of star power. Comment

Killers in the home: Women’s partners turn deadly

Flatbush: Women in Brooklyn are more likely to be murdered by their husbands and lovers than complete strangers, a city report released last week explains. Comment

HR Clarke undaunted: Unsuccessful candidate says he’ll run again in 2010

Flatbush: He’s 0-2, but Harvey HR Clarke believes that, for him, three times will be the charm. Comment

More charter schools: Doors open on five new places in Brooklyn

Flatbush: The school year is now in session and so are several new charter schools. Comment

Kids suffer from mindless vandalism

Flatbush: It’s not often that nine-year old Matthew Barone smiles. Comment

Report on BK workers

Flatbush: Despite the continued struggles of Wall Street, Brooklynites looking to make big bucks should enter into the finance and insurance fields. Comment

‘An incredible summer’: 70th Precinct commander trumpets drop in crime stats

Flatbush: Crime stats in Flatbush and Midwood have done a turn-around. Comment

Flatbush frolic is a feast for the senses

Flatbush: An end-of-summer adventure – and then some –was in store for revelers as they marched to the jaunty beat of Brooklyn’s premier party, the Flatbush Frolic. Comment

Talk of new Reid plea deal abounds: Defendent’s lawyer denies claims

Flatbush: Five months after being indicted for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, the former chief of staff to City Councilmember Kendall Stewart may be trying to work out a plea deal. Comment

Pack up the veggies, lose the sugary sweets

Flatbush: Put down that sugary soda and pick up some veggies. Comment

Now the DOE wants to test tiny tots!: Kindergarten kids next up to be tested; opponents call exams unreliable

Flatbush: A new pilot program testing Brooklyn’s youngest students in reading and math has renewed complaints that standardized testing is too prominent in public education. Comment

No traffic today, just lots of good fun

Flatbush: Grooving to the sounds of summer… Comment

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