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OBITUARY: Brita Immergut, longtime Heights resident and Poly Prep professor

On Aug. 1, 2013, at 84, Brita Immergut, revered math professor, and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died of natural causes. Brita was the beloved wife of Edmund H. Immergut (Ed), caring mother of Ellen, Eva and Karin Immergut, loving mother-in-law to Jens Alber, Anders Carlson and Jim McDermott,  and adoring grandmother of Michael Alber, Kristina Carlson and Jessica and Elsa McDermott. Brita was devoted to her family, friends and students. She made it her life's mission to spread the joy of math to others.


Chinese national, in Brooklyn Federal Court, admits smuggling high-tech fiber to China

On Monday, at the Brooklyn federal courthouse, Ming Suan Zhang, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, pleaded guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by attempting to export massive quantities of aerospace-grade carbon fiber from the U.S. to China.  


Brooklyn appeals court limits liability of school in student’s death

A panel of Brooklyn Appellate Court judges ruled that a Queens high school may not be wholly liable for the death of a student who collapsed to her death during a physical education class.

According to court papers, 11th grader Schermiela Palmer collapsed and died after walking and running around a track at Beach Channel High School. Palmer’s parents filed a suit against New York City, the New York City Department of Education and the school itself, asserting that the parties were negligent in the supervision of their child.


‘Drinking Buddies’ director thrives on improvisation

Filmmaker Joe Swanberg is the first to admit that not all actors would want to work with him. “I love improvisation and there are some actors who don’t,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Not your average cup of Joe: Global origins of Brooklyn’s Toby’s Estate explored in new book

Most Brooklynites love their coffee, but even those who drink upwards of four cups per day probably think little about the origins of their precious pick-me-up. Right here in Brooklyn, Toby’s Estate – the only U.S.


Lhota to Democrats: Stop attacking Ray Kelly!

Democrats running for mayor are unfairly attacking Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in the wake of a federal judge’s decision about the constitutionality of the stop-and-frisk policy, Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota charged.

“I’m incredibly disappointed with my opponents in this race who continue to vilify Commissioner Kelly and the brave men and women of the NYPD rather than be honest with New Yorkers about how to keep our streets safe,” Lhota said in a statement.


Haiti Cultural Exchange hosts Haitians from the Diaspora: A photo exhibition

Haiti Cultural Exchange will present Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus. The photo exhibition will open on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 5p.m. to 7p.m. at Five Myles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The closing reception will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6p.m.


Letter to the Editor: Understanding alcohol abuse in women

As a society we strive towards gender equality in all aspects of life, from work to home environments, and lately, even in cases where equality is detrimental to health. It has become more apparent that the gap in the levels of alcohol use, especially binge drinking, between men and women has been narrowing. Unfortunately, the narrowing gap is contributing to alcohol-related deaths, chronic diseases and mental health issues.


Gretsch, famed guitar and drum firm, remembers B’klyn roots

When people across the world see famous musicians playing Gretsch guitars, drums and other instruments, many aren’t aware that the company itself not only had its start in Brooklyn but remained here for more than 80 years.



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