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Officials congratulate NYPD on capture of hate-crime suspect

Following news that the person of interest in the Williamsburg mezuzah-burning case, 35-year-old Ruben Ublies, has been apprehended, elected officials and community leaders congratulating NYPD on their investigation.

As the Eagle has reported, on April 9, 11 mezuzot, or Jewish religious symbols posted on doorposts, were set on fire at 85 Taylor St. The following day, one fire-damaged mezuzah was discovered at 130 Clymer St.


Brooklyn BookBeat: Talmud scholar to speak at Park Slope Jewish Center

Maggie Anton, acclaimed author of the “Rashi’s Daughters” series, is coming to Park Slope Jewish Center on April 21 to discuss her book “Rav Hisda’s Daughter: Book I: Apprentice” (Plume Original). In this novel that blends third-century Babylonian history with elements of magic, Anton’s protagonist, Hisdadukh, comes of age through her intertwinement with ancient sorcery.


Cops ID suspect In Williamsburg hate crimes

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for questioning in regard to 12 incidents of arson against religious Jews in Williamsburg.

As the Eagle has reported on April 9, 11 mezuzot, or Jewish religious symbols posted on doorposts, were set on fire at 85 Taylor St. The following day, one fire-damaged mezuzah was discovered at 130 Clymer St.


Federal lawsuit may have been prevented if Brooklyn taxi company was chosen

Late last week, a federal court in New York City cleared the way for a major class action lawsuit brought by New Yorkers who use wheelchairs to challenge the “Taxi of Tomorrow.”  


Hundreds rally at 'Keep the Promise' AIDS concert in Downtown Brooklyn

Rev. Al Sharpton: 'A civil rights issue'

Hundreds gathered at a bandstand and Jumbotron set up in Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn on Saturday to hear advocates, politicians and entertainers call on the government to “Keep the Promise” on AIDS funding in New York City.
Speakers said a recent $2.7 million budget cut as a result of sequestration will mean 68,000 fewer HIV tests in the city.


Brooklyn BookBeat: Senior citizens to share writing at St. Francis College

On Monday, April 15, St. Francis College will present “The Rainbow Bridge of Light: Voices From the Universe,” featuring poetry and prose by members of Professor Mitch Levenberg’s senior citizens writing class.

The senior citizens writing class is one of several programs hosted at St. Francis College; other classes and events include swimming, yoga, tai chi, and lectures taught by St. Francis College professors. Each of these programs is free and open to all members of the senior citizen community. 


Tax time! College kids help people file returns

April 15 is right around the corner, but don’t panic if you haven’t filed your tax return yet. The deadline for filing is next Monday, so you have a few days to prepare.

For those who need assistance with their tax returns, a program offered by the Brooklyn-based non-profit group St. John’s Bread & Life could be the answer. The program, which usually offers food to the homeless, is expanding its mission to include helping residents file their tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.


Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber to leave in June

Alan Fishman, chair of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, has announced that founding President Marilyn Gelber would step down from her position at the end of June.


Residents vote to fund $1M worth of projects

This weekend, 2,812 residents of City Councilman Brad Lander’s Brooklyn district, which stretches from Cobble Hill through Park Slope to Kensington, voted in New York City’s second “participatory budgeting” election, a groundbreaking initiative that lets community members decide how to spend their own tax dollars on projects in their neighborhood. 


Red Hook march to save LICH draws hundreds

Roughly 500 supporters chanting "Health care, not condos!" joined nurses, doctors and elected leaders in Red Hook for a march to Long Island College Hospital (LICH), to keep the Cobble Hill institution open.

While the hospital serves a swath of Brooklyn from Red Hook to Williamsburg, Red Hook residents say their lives depend on LICH; the neighborhood is designated a “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services.



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