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ACORN initiative aims at halting foreclosures

Several dozen members from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) gathered outside a Midwood dwelling last week to spotlight mortgage lenders not adjusting loans under a federal program to help homeowners stave off foreclosures. Comment

Support for Yassky slipping

City Comptroller candidate David Yassky is finding that his failed race for Congress is beginning to erode political support in his home borough. Comment

Questions swirl around Stewart newsletter

The newsletter in which City Councilmember Kendall Stewart printed the now-infamous list of false endorsements may itself be a violation of state election law. Comment

West Nile Virus returns to Brooklyn

Residents in central Brooklyn are being warned this week to protect themselves from mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus. Comment

Bklyn’s newest STEMI Center debuts

Lutheran Medical Center and its clinical partner in cardiac care, The Mount Sinai Hospital, recognized Brooklyn’s newest STEMI Center. More than 60 health professionals attended the reception including cardiac experts, executive staff, area paramedics and FDNY EMS personnel. Comment

Barack supporters weigh support for comptroller

One year after organizing hundreds of phone banking and fundraising events to elect Barack Obama president of the United States, Brooklyn For Barack members have turned their attention to raising awareness about citywide races such as the Democratic primary for Comptroller. Comment

Avella talks mayorship

Calling for the ouster of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council member Tony Avella faced reporters from the Community Newspaper Group last week to make his case for being the next mayor. Comment

Youngsters revel at youth happen’n event

BoroBeat: Local children saluted the summer season in style as they took part in the uber-kid friendly Youth Happen’n celebration. Comment

‘Cookies’ can help you slip back into school

On September 9, students from pre-K to high school go back to school. Many of New York public school students as well as private school students will be wearing uniforms. Comment

MTA says ‘beat it’ to city councilmember

A local City Council member wants some type of recognition at the subway station commemorating Michael Jackson’s video masterpiece, Bad, being filmed there. Comment

$25M condo on the market; could be BK’s priciest property

Say brother, can you spare $25 million? Comment

Borough Politics

Political observers and campaign staffers are still talking about Senator Chuck Schumer’s endorsement of Steve Levin for City Council in the 33rd District, and the timing of Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-Upper East Side, Queens) announcement that she would not challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) in a Democratic primary next year. Comment

Go, go, go, go the trolleys!

Just as Mayor Bloomberg hinted that he was interested in bringing streetcar service back to Red Hook and other waterfront areas, a local businessman is looking to divest himself of his fleet of four trolleys laying fallow on his Van Brunt Street property for years, this paper has learned. Comment

Fines just trash

Flatbush: Merchants along Church Avenue may be beginning to feel like they have a target on their backs. Comment

What’s it like to grow up as a Muslim?

Perspective: The name of the subject has been changed to preserve anonymity %u2013 ABV. Comment

BPL pulls book off shelves

Flatbush: The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Bloomie: Coney deal close

Flatbush: Coney Island could get revitalized a lot sooner than you think. Comment

Candidates face off in heated debate

Flatbush: Sparks flew as candidates in the 40th Council District came face to face during a debate held at this newspaper’s office. Comment

Great Scott! Bomber doesn’t deserve compassion

Perspective: On December 21, 1988, just four days before Christmas, my husband and I were putting up our tree and getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas in our new apartment. We had upgraded from a one-bedroom walk-up to a two-bedroom walk-in. Comment

Ten must-do Coney Island summer activities

If the rain has kept you away from The Coney Island BOOM A RING this summer, if you haven’t feasted on the smorgasbord of entertainment that Coney Island has to offer, why not consider these 10 must-do activities — but hurry: Labor Day is right around the corner. Comment

BPL pulls ‘offensive’ book

The Brooklyn Public Library pulled a book off the shelves after it was deemed racially offensive. Comment

Why the mess, Mayor Mike?

That was the question many had recently when hundreds of Mayor Michael Bloomberg campaign placards were found strewn about Coney Island Avenue. Comment

Candidates butt heads

Sparks flew as candidates in the 40th Council District came face to face during a debate held at this newspaper’s office. Comment

Benefit bonanza for local pols

If you want to stump long-standing state legislators, you don’t have to ask them about gay marriage, the economy or mayoral control of city schools. Comment

Say hello to the real ‘Thelma Evans’

It’s okay if you call Bern Nadette Stanis “Thelma.” Comment

Cops grapple with gang war

Flatbush: Two clusters of gangs are being monitored closely and are largely blamed for the uptick in violent crime on the streets of East Flatbush, police officials said last week. Comment

Newspaper ink helps mend sidewalk

Flatbush: “It’s a miracle.” Comment

Teen is a millionaire from ‘scratch’

Flatbush: A 19-year-old from Midwood is the latest winner of the New York Lottery’s Millionaire instant scratch-off game. Comment

Street closed for partying

Simple pleasures were on the menu during block party day along East 57th Street. Comment

Police sports

Come and enjoy a day of spirited competition when the community plays against the police during the 67th Precinct’s Community/Police Sports Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 22 at Paerdegat Park, Albany Avenue between Foster Avenue & Farragut Road. Comment

Federal funding for Holocaust survivors

Two Jewish non-profit organizations are divvying up $300,000 in federal money to bring community support services to Brooklyn’s Holocaust survivors. Comment

70th Pct. anti-crime team gets guns off the streets

When shots are fired people usually scatter, but for the 70th Precinct’s anti-crime team it’s time to converge on the crime scene. Comment

Summerfest on the Aviator tarmac

Parenting: The Aviator Sports and Events Center will host Back-to-School Summerfest by Reithoffer Shows, August 27-30 on the outdoor tarmac area. Summerfest will feature rides, games, food and music as well as a variety of sports games and activities at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, on Flatbush Avenue, just south of Belt Parkway Exit 11S. Comment

Postal workers roll strikes for the MDA

BoroBeat: Big-hearted postal workers morphed into cool alley cats, stamping out the competition, during a benefit bowl-a-thon at Maple Lanes. Comment

No traffic today, just lots of fun & games

BoroBeat: Summer fun was on the menu %u2013 not to mention a generous helping of potluck delights %u2013 when neighbors jumpstarted the season of fun in the sun with a block party along East 23rd Street. Comment

Newkirk ave. Neighbors enjoy Summer sun splash

BoroBeat: A downpour didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of reveling Flatbush residents, who soaked in equal parts of spirit and community camaraderie during a block party along Newkirk Avenue. Comment

District 22 salutes parental participation

BoroBeat: Every now and then, parents deserve an award. Comment

Summer Variety concert is a real hit

BoroBeat: The sound of music echoed through the trees at Paerdegat Park, Foster Avenue near Albany Avenue last week as Community Board 17 held its Annual Summer Variety Concert. Comment

Beauty and the beasts reign in at the circus

BoroBeat: Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment

Many taking long walks on new pier

The newly renovated portions of Canarsie Park are getting a workout from neighborhood residents. Comment

New health zone pondered

Brooklyn leaders know that while New Yorkers should be eating more fruits and vegetables, there are not enough grocery stores in many city neighborhoods. Comment

Beauty and the beasts reign at Coney Island circus

BoroBeat: Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan was recently honored as Guest Ringmaster at the Coney Island Boom A Ring, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue. Comment

Summer variety concert is%A0 a real show-stopper

BoroBeat: The sound of music echoed through the trees at Paerdegat Park, Foster Avenue near Albany Avenue last week as Community Board 17 held its Annual Summer Variety Concert. Comment

Advocating for the advocate: candidates fight for foothold

Flatbush: Despite a dwindling budget to do the job, the four candidates for public advocate participated in an often spirited exchange in their latest encounter. Comment

Circus dream comes true

Flatbush: West Virginia teen AlisaAnne Scamehorn’s dream has always been to see “the big circus.” This week her wish came true in Coney Island. Comment

Stewart tied to landlords

Flatbush: Flatbush City Councilmember Kendall Stewart’s campaign is being built on the backs of local landlords, one of his challengers alleged last week. Comment

Iron Mike tightens school grip

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded control of the city’s public schools just days ago but that isn’t stopping him from introducing new rules and regulations. Comment

Watchdog wannabees bear fiscal fangs

From saving city money to doling out discretionary funds to Atlantic Yards, the four candidates for city comptroller took off the gloves in their latest verbal battle. Comment

Congressman Weiner urges single-payer health care reform

Claims of moving toward Communism and taxes paying illegal immigrants’ medical bills were heard, but last week’s town hall meeting on establishing a National Health Care (NHC) system proved tame compared to similar meetings held around the country. Comment

Feasting with very good friends

Friends, food and fun were on the menu as congregants from Canarsie’s St. Albans Church got together for another memorable block party celebration. Comment

Farm fresh goodness comes to Flatbush Ave.

This week’s delivery included cabbage, kale, beans, lettuce, dill and summer squash. Low-income Flatbush families can now bring fresh produce to their dining tables, while also supporting a regional farm, thanks to a new agronomical project that melts away the middleman. Comment

New breast imaging department debuts

A new Breast Imaging Department at Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division (KHD) opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by elected officials whose efforts helped bring to the Brooklyn community the latest innovation in digital screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound and interventional breast procedures. Comment

New designers and artists

Society HAE, a destination site for the indie set and art/fashion/music enthusiasts, has teamed up with metroPCS to host BK PoP, August 23 from 2-7 p.m. at The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street at the intersection of Pearl and Water streets in DUMBO. Comment

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