Attorney General's Office, Department of Environmental Conservation to host meeting on grant money for Greenpoint

Next Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a meeting on the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund ("GCEF") to offer guidance to community members with viable environmental improvement projects. 


Brooklyn judge sanctions insurance company for failure to follow ethics rules

An employee of an insurance company embroiled in a personal injury lawsuit was sanctioned $10,000 for an attempt to make contact with plaintiffs without the plaintiff’s attorney.

New York’s Code of Professional Conduct prohibits contact with a party to a lawsuit when it is known that an attorney represents the party. The “no contact rule” mandates that all communication be directed exclusively to the party’s attorney.


Bishop names Msgr. Harrington rector of St. Joseph Co-Cathedral

As of this year, Brooklyn’s Catholic community has two cathedrals – the traditional seat of the bishop. Saint James, in downtown Brooklyn, has been a cathedral since the founding of the Brooklyn Diocese in 1853. But in February, in one of his last acts as pope, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI elevated Saint Joseph’s Church in Prospect Heights to the status of co-cathedral alongside St. James.


Kerouac's 'Mexican Girl' brought to life in ‘Mañana Means Heaven’

As Jack Kerouac described her, she was "the cutest little Mexican girl" who happened across his path at a bus stop in Bakersfield, Calif., and became "Terry" in his classic novel, "On the Road." In reality, Kerouac scholars knew she was a woman named Bea Franco, but despite many efforts over the fog of years, none could find her. Until now.


Gonzalez provides funding for psychosocial treatment program

Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) announced that she has obtained $268,000 in City Council funding to support a program at Lutheran Family Health Centers that helps people suffering from serious mental illnesses to lead productive lives.

The Psychosocial Program has helped hundreds of people, officials said.  Lutheran Family Health Centers is a network of small clinics around southern Brooklyn afflicted with Lutheran HealthCare, the umbrella organization which runs the hospital Lutheran Medical Center at 150 55th St. in Sunset Park.


Levin calls on city to develop a ‘cultural plan’

“Art isn’t easy,” is the lyric from a number in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” about the artist George Seurat’s struggles with creativity and commerce.

City Council members Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Woodside-Sunnyside) would probably agree with Sondheim. Art isn’t easy, especially for those who live and work in New York City.


Head of Kings County Criminal Bar Association weighs in on diminishing use of 18-b panel attorneys

One of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s missions during his three-term stint as mayor was to eliminate, or at least reduce, the use of private attorneys to defend indigent criminal defendants where a conflict exists. Early in September, Bloomberg announced that he was putting his plan into action, to the consternation of many bar associations.


Outdoor fun: 'Summer Space' comes to Montague Street on Sunday

Take a free yoga class, play a game of life-sized chess, or send the kids on a scavenger hunt at the first of two Summer Space events on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights on Sunday, September 15.

If you’d rather explore, the Brooklyn Historical Society will be leading a free walking tour of Brooklyn Heights at 12:30 p.m. Afterwards, you can relax in the sun at one of the tables scattered along Montague Street – merchants will be handing out food samples and discounts, and the Uni Project is providing a pop-up library.


BREAKING: Brooklyn judge nullifies LICH closure plan

Supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) celebrated in Cobble Hill on Thursday night after learning that state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes had issued a ruling that throws a wrench into the state Department of Health’s approval of SUNY Downstate’s closing plan for LICH.

Justice Baynes wrote in his 20-page decision that the state’s regulations for closing hospitals were “unconstitutionally vague,” and that DOH did not take the needs of the community into consideration when it approved SUNY Downstate’s plan to close LICH.


St Francis opens up Brooklyn Bridge Park home schedule with a win

It was a big game for St. Francis Brooklyn as its men's soccer club opened up its new home field at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Before that game, the Terriers had played at "home" before, but home was at Aviator Sports Complex which is a 17.5 mile drive away and drew no home fans. Now they had over 250 in attendance cheering them on.

However, for junior Kevin Correa it was a big game for an entirely different reason and there was only one fan that he wanted to impress -- his mother, who had came to see him play for the first time in his college career.



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