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Local author of ‘B Is For Brighton Beach’ is all about giving back

“B Is For Brighton Beach” is a recently published children’s book with a story and a back-story. On one level, the book, a loving tribute to Brighton Beach written by Mikhail Salita and lavishly illustrated by Elena Stekacheva, is a clever, engaging way for pre-K students to learn the alphabet and prepare for reading. But on another level it’s the story of a Brooklyn resident who emigrated from Ukraine about 25 years ago and has embraced his new home and is making important contributions to early childhood education.


Almonte, Palsha shine in All-Star roles

Gaby Almonte didn’t get to start and Alex Palsha wasn’t permitted the opportunity to finish.

But both Brooklyn Cyclones hurlers tossed a perfect inning Tuesday night for the South squad during a 4-2 loss to the North in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game in front of a crowd of 3,622 at Aberdeen’s Ripken Stadium.


Harry Potter castle, dragons appear at Coney Island’s 25th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest

The beach at Coney Island was teeming with crocodiles, octopi and all manner of creatures — real and imaginary — Saturday morning as Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) and Astella Development Corporation staged its annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. Now in its 25th year, this year's day-long festival featured 79 teams that tested their skills at shaping moistened sand and drew thousands of onlookers.


High school students excel in AT&T science program

High school students from all over the borough got a chance to show off their skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) when they presented project at Kingsborough Community College during a graduation ceremony for the AT&T Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative.

The initiative seeks to foster interest among high school students in STEM-related careers, according to Kingsborough officials. The program, an intensive five-week course of study, included 17 high school juniors who are enrolled in College Now programs at their schools.


Savino: Cops should patrol ‘other’ Coney Island

Coney Island residents are growing increasingly concerned and frustrated by gun violence plaguing their streets, according to a lawmaker who represents them in Albany and who established her district office in the community in a show of solidarity.

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FOX 5 reporter visits Coney Island on her new lifestyle show

Simone Boyce, an entertainment reporter for WNYW/FOX 5, launched her new lifestyle program, “Simone in the City” on Saturday morning by paying a visit to Coney Island.

But Boyce didn’t come to Coney Island to ride the Cyclone. The experienced reporter, whose new show is dedicated to uncovering the hidden gems of New York, bypassed the usual tourist attractions and instead paid a visit to the Coney Art Walls, where she spent time with Bay Ridge artist Kaves, whose real name is Michael McLeer.


Once a Coney Island sideshow, former preemies praise doctor years later

At age 95, Brooklyn native Lucille Horn often reflects on her long, full life, with a husband and five children, and how it might not have happened if not for the renegade doctor who put her in a Coney Island sideshow when she was just days old.


Cyclones safe at home after brutal trip

Second-year manager Tom Gamboa called his Brooklyn Cyclones arguably the worst hitting team in all of professional baseball.

And that was after Jeff Diehl and Tucker Tharp homered to power the Baby Bums to a 6-3 victory over visiting Hudson Valley in front of 7,382 sweat-soaked Brooklyn baseball fanatics at Coney Island’s MCU Park on Wednesday night.


City to study post-Sandy communications structure

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, there were widespread outages in phone, Internet and cable services that prevented victims from getting in touch with their family members or 911, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger, who said the City Council has passed a bill he introduced to prevent such a breakdown from happening again.


Author turns young adult genre on its ear by blending paranormal urban fantasy with Coney Island history

Glenn Herdling, a former editor and writer at Marvel Comics, has announced the publication of “Piper Houdini: Apprentice of Coney Island,” a novel for supernatural thrill-seekers about a 12-year-old orphan who learns that she is the niece of the legendary Harry Houdini.

“I’m really excited about returning to the creative fold,” Herdling said. “And I’m thrilled to be returning to the genre I enjoyed the most — heroic fiction.”



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