Mill–Marine Courier

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

Fun in Mill Basin

Letters: Public School 771 on East 63rd Street in Mill Basin want to thank Frank and Connie, the owners of Pinocchio’s Restaurant, 5811 Avenue N, for hosting a Christmas party for at least 60 Special Education students and their teachers on December 17, which was funded by the Lions Club. Comment

Golden years rethink

Letters: Re: “Senior center backoff,” 12-12-08 issue. Comment

Make ’em accountable

Letters: Working people should not have to fund the MTA’s mismanagement. Comment

On the wrong track

Letters: I’m an entertainer, pursuing my dream in the big city. Comment

Favored perspective

Letters: Re: The declaration by Professor Muhammad Sven Kalisch, who teaches Muslim theology at the University of Munster, that the Prophet Mohammed never existed, “at least not in the way that the received version of Islamic tradition claims he did.” Comment

DOT gets lost

Letters: I had the occasion to be in Downtown Brooklyn, recently, for the first time in a while, and noticed that traffic on Joralemon Street was at an absolute halt for at least 10 minutes with about seven buses on the block. Comment

Too many bricks for Tigers

Things will be much quieter the next time the Bishop Kearney girls’ basketball team works on its free throw shooting. Comment

Whole new year at Brooklyn Public Library

The holidays may be over but the fun has just begun at the Brooklyn Public Library, which has exciting new programs across the borough for the brand new year. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Comment

‘Meager’ NYPD class sparks anger: Councilman balks at dearth of new officers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s agreement to allow a small NYPD academy class next year is a step in the right direction, but not enough to protect this city adequately, city legislators said this week. Comment

Trashy writing

Letters: In your most recent issue, Shavana Abruzzo describes Muslins and members of the democratically-elected Hamas citizens of Gaza as “idiots,” “terrorists,” “ultra-militants,” “assassins,” “thugs,” “gangsters,” “trouble makers,” “suicide bombers,” “baby killers,” “demented and radical extremists,” “predators,” “murderers,” “monsters,” “savage beasts,” and “fanatics” [“Islam’s idiots are at it again,” A Britisher’s View, 1-1 issue]. Comment

Wal-not, thank you

Letters: This is in response to writer Chris Bischof’s recent letter about why Wal-Mart is not in the New York Metro area. Comment

Salute to cops of the month

Flatbush: An eight-year NYPD veteran who has spent all of her years patrolling East Flatbush was awarded recently for plucking a very bad apple branching out to the detriment of the community tree. Comment

Timoshenko verdict shocks comrades

Flatbush: While prosecutors hammer out a new trial date for accused cop killer Lee Woods, cops from throughout the borough are still reeling from the heartache they suffered in a Kings County courtroom. Comment

Your comprehensive guide to upcoming civic meetings

Flatbush: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, or any comments pertaining to organizations not yet covered, call this newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 332. Comment

On the scene

Flatbush: Firefighters raced to Coney Island Avenue near Beverley Road in Kensington last week after a two-alarm fire erupted in a second-floor apartment over a storefront. No injuries were reported in the 11:15 a.m. blaze on January 5, which was brought under control within an hour. The cause of the blaze was still being investigated as this paper went to press. Comment

Murder most foul in ’08: Homicide rate skyrockets by over 35 percent

Flatbush: Despite a decrease in overall felony crime, murders on the streets of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South jumped more than 35 percent in 2008, according to the unofficial year-end police statistics. Comment

Writing on the wall

Letters: Kudos to your reporter Joe Maniscalco for the excellent story on the proposed Asser Levy Park amphitheater (11-20-08 issue). Comment

Church Avenue BID online

Flatbush: After years talking about needing one and a couple of false starts, the Church Avenue BID is now online with a brand new website,, targeted toward shoppers, residents and businesses of Church Avenue. Comment

More cops to combat Flatbush crime

Flatbush: An infusion of rookie cops in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South will help the 70th Precinct breathe new life into a dwindling Impact Zone. Comment

Tolls and trepidations trip up officials

While state lawmakers from Brooklyn are unanimously upset about the severe service cuts and fare increase announced by the MTA last week in its 2009 budget, they remain, to various degrees, deeply uncomfortable with the prospect of implementing tolls on East River bridges to lessen the severity of the budget. Comment

70th Precinct revels in Christmas

Mirth and merriment reigned supreme when the 70th Precinct Community Council feted disadvantaged children with a holiday party in Flatbush. Comment

Homeowners get rebate checks – and bigger tax bill

The property tax rebate checks will soon be on their way, as will higher property tax bills. Comment

Kid carolers at kings plaza mall

Talented Public School 361 students polished up on their vocal chords and ushered in the holidays with a concert of show-stopping tunes, which had shoppers at Kings Plaza Mall smiling and toe-tapping along. Comment

Kris Kringle tangles with the city

“Santa” – Chip Cafiero – protests a parking ticket he received last month while delivering toys in Bay Ridge as State Senator Martin Golden presides. Last month, Cafiero was making his way south on Third Avenue with a horse-drawn carriage and an SUV full of elves behind him. With the convoy stopped, a traffic enforcement agent emerged and slapped the SUV with a $115 ticket for double parking. Comment

Giant menorah lit: Beep ushers in the Festival of Lights

“Mr. Brooklyn” wished observers a happy holiday by boarding a cherry picker to illuminate a 29-foot-tall menorah as part of Chanukah festivities in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Free counseling for homeowners

Homeowners behind in their mortgage or facing foreclosure can get free counseling and legal assistance from Greater Sheepshead Bay Development Corp. (GSBDC), Midwood Development Corporation (MDC), and Legal Services NYC (LSNY-BB). Comment

Boarding – Brooklyn style!

A community activist wants to unite Brooklynites with skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding. Comment


WOR Radio and Calvary Hospital announced a first for both companies: a joint on-air public service initiative in which they will encourage WOR listeners to support non-profit organizations at the critical end-of-year holiday season. Comment

Cops double as Santa’s little helpers: Officers help make season brighter for kids

Kids from Sunset Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sheepshead Bay and others from Harlem to the Bronx who sent their wish lists to Santa at Manhattan’s main post office on 34th Street this year will have their dreams come true, thanks to Cedric D. Raymond, Captain and Executive Officer at the 72nd Precinct in Brooklyn. Comment

Minimally invasive treatment options for Brooklyn patients

Interventional radiology is a minimally invasive technique that uses advanced body image scanning to guide wires, tubes or other instruments inside a patient in order to diagnose or treat a variety of conditions. The technique is being used successfully by Dr. Berkowitz’s team at Beth Israel to remove blockages, shrink fibroids, and deliver treatment directly to malignant tumors. Comment

Murrow concerts

During the month of January, Edward R. Murrow High School’s Music Department and Music Institute, with the support of the Murrow Music Sponsors, will present a series of musical concerts for the Brooklyn community. Comment

Seniors in Shape program – 55 and over

The Seniors in Shape Program is kicking off its winter session beginning January 5 and running to March 21 for anyone 55 years of age and older. Comment

Sunday shut down at BPL: Move to save money as funding reduced

Count out Sunday as your day to check out the library. Comment

Prospect Park makes wintertime even more exciting

Here’s a rundown of all the special and ongoing events this month at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s favorite greenspace. Comment

Network of bike lanes suffers under crunch

Apparently no one can speed away from the city’s fiscal crunch — no matter how fast their sleek new two-wheeler is. Comment

Next Lost Tunnel tour

Old Man Winter isn’t about to faze tunnel trailblazer Bob Diamond. Comment

Patriots play for pride

The Lafayette girls’ basketball players come into gyms with all the usual equipment: jerseys, sneakers, kneepads and headbands. But they’re also wearing something else — a huge chip on their shoulders. Comment

2009 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Cultural institution has a lot on tap for families to enjoy in the New Year

There are lots of new and exciting programs at Brooklyn Children’s Museum just in time for the New Year. Here’s what BCM has on tap for January. Comment

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