Midwood woman, turning 107, shares her memories of turn-of-the-century Brooklyn

She remembers when streetlamps were lit by hand, and when subways cost five cents a ride.

She remembers when Borough Park and Flatbush were mostly farmland and her family bought their fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers.

Dorothy Horowitz Fand, of Avenue M and 15th Street, Midwood, is turning 107 on Oct. 9, and though her hearing and eyesight aren’t what they used to be, her memory is as sharp as a tack, says her daughter Susan Moses, 74.

“Things I forget, she remembers,” Susan told the Brooklyn Eagle.


St. Patrick students walk in memory of academy's maintenance coordinator

It isn’t just the teachers who influence students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy. The students dedicated this year’s annual school walk-a-thon, which took place on Oct. 2, to the memory of Thomas J. Strafaci, the maintenance coordinator for the Bay Ridge school, who died in July after a nine-year-long bout with cancer. He was 73 years old.


Grand Street rebounds from loss to Lincoln by beating New Utrecht

Grand Street Campus was leading New Utrecht 19-6 early in the fourth quarter as the Utes were steadily marching downfield toward the end zone.


Residents fear for Vitagraph smokestack, last remnant of silent film studio

Midwood residents fear the last remnant of an historical film era may soon be demolished.

“The legendary Vitagraph smokestack is in danger of being torn down!” said Ellen Levitt, a lifelong Brooklynite and Midwood resident since 1971.


Mary Nolan wins O’Dwyer Award for service

Bay Ridge resident Mary Nolan, president of the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, received the Paul O’Dwyer Award at the Great Irish Fair held recently in Coney Island. The award is named in memory of Paul O’Dwyer, a native of Mayo County, Ireland, who championed progressive causes and served as president of the New York City Council from 1974 to 1977.


Italian Opera Company to perform Neapolitan folk songs at library

Putting opera aside for an evening, members of the Italian Opera Company, a Brooklyn-based performance troupe, will entertain audiences with Neapolitan folk songs in a special concert at the Dyker Heights Library on Oct. 14.


Malliotakis meets with Bay Ridge business owners

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who has been endorsed for re-election by the National Federation of Independent Business, a group representing owners of small businesses across the country, recently met with merchants in Bay Ridge to discuss steps taken in Albany that she said will help improve the economic climate.


Golden bill would force businesses to reveal security breaches

State Sen. Marty Golden says he will continue to push for passage of legislation he introduced to protect the privacy of New Yorkers from online hackers. Golden said, among other things, his bill would require rapid notification of any breach of email accounts or credit cards and enforce penalties against the owners of email and web services when breaches occur.



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