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TOMORROW: Coney Island Library reopens after Hurricane Sandy

On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Public Library will celebrate the reopening of the Coney Island branch. The Coney Island Library was the most severely flooded and damaged branch in Brooklyn, and much of its structure and facilities had to be replaced or renovated. The new and improved branch contains innovative design features as well as new technology and more public space. The five other BPL branches damaged by Hurricane Sandy reopened earlier this year – Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Brighton Beach, Red Hook and Gerritsen Beach.


Treyger: Send Super Bowl money to Coney Island

City Council candidate Mark Treyger is throwing a flag down on a play by the National Football League to donate $2 million to New York City to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

Treyger, a Democrat running for the seat in the 47th Council District (Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst), said he doesn’t object to the fact that the NFL and the Super Bowl host committee plan to give the money to the city for Sandy-related projects. The problem, he said, is that Coney Island isn’t on the list of communities that will receive the financial help.


Savino’s message to women: Get tested for cancer

Constituents who live in state Sen. Diane Savino’s district opened their mailboxes this week to find a brochure from the lawmaker. But the mailing wasn’t a campaign brochure.

The subject of the brochure was health, not politics.


Borough President joins Italian consul general, Caruso grandson at Enrico Caruso Museum

To hear the Honorable Consul General of Italy Natalia Quintavalle cordially calling Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz “Marty” was music to our ears. Both Markowitz and Quintavalle, accompanied by her deputy, Lucia Pasqualini, were visiting the Enrico Caruso Museum of America for the first time on Monday, Oct. 7


Dwight Gooden pitches for Sheepshead Bay bank

 New York Mets legend Dwight Gooden met hundreds of fans when he made an appearance at the Ridgewood Savings Bank in Sheepshead Bay on Oct. 5. “Doc” Gooden, he was known by fans that watched him pitch for the Mets in the mid-1980s, was the featured guest at the bank’s Community Appreciation Celebration.


Brook-Krasny praises law banning smoking in playgrounds

The state and city have banned smoking in most public places, including restaurants, bars and concert venues, over the past 10 years by enacting legislation. But the ban needed more teeth, according to Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny.

Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) said that soon, people won’t be able to light up a cigarette near a child on the monkey bars. He was among several lawmakers in Albany who pushed through legislation that would ban smoking in playgrounds and parks.

The new ban goes into effect this month.


Lincoln must stay focused as it piles up wins

Expectations are big for Lincoln this year. So big, in fact, that after it beat Brooklyn's fourth ranked team in New Utrecht 26-6, most of the players walked off the field frustrated they didn't score 40 or shut the Utes out.

Lincoln, along with Erasmus Hall, has pulled away from the pack. It's really those two teams and everybody else in the Public School Athletic League in Brooklyn. Those two teams will likely be undefeated when they face each other on Oct. 18, and it will be unlikely that either team finishes with more than one loss all season.


Sandy documentary 'The Storm' premieres at Coney Island Film Festival

Coney Island History Project director Charles Denson rode out Superstorm Sandy in Sea Gate, where his apartment and car were destroyed by the storm surge. On Sunday, September 22, his documentary "The Storm" is premiering at the Coney Island Film Festival. The 20-minute film shows rare and dramatic footage of the storm coming ashore on the evening of Oct. 29, 2012, as well as preparations for the storm, the surge at Coney Island and Sea Gate, and the storm's aftermath.


Bay Ridge lawyers walk to cure Alzheimer’s

A Bay Ridge law firm that specializes in helping elderly clients is organizing a team to take part in the country’s biggest fundraiser for research into a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Representatives from Grimaldi & Yeung, a law firm at 9201 Fourth Ave. will be walking on the Coney Island Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept, 22 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s a nationwide fundraising event. The law firm took part in four previous Walk to End Alzheimer’s events.


Never on Saturday: Cops corral 'Shomer Shabbos' drug dealers

A Sheepshead Bay-based drug crew strictly observed the Jewish Sabbath each week while dealing oxycondone, heroin and other drugs in New York City, authorities said Tuesday in announcing charges against five men.

Investigators cited mass text messages sent to customers warning them to get their orders in before sundown Friday or else wait until after sundown Saturday.



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