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path and the waterfront are one of our community’s greatest treasures. To have it exist in a dangerous manner was not right. I am confident that this funding will be utilized to restore the integrity of the bike path, insuring the safety of all those who bike ride, jog, and walk across the Narrows. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrain Benepe added, “It’s one of our most popular recreation facilities in the borough—thousands of Brooklynites use it to stretch their legs and find respite along the Narrows.”

An example of the path after the project is complete

Next week is a monumental week for the history of this publication. After months of discussion among the staff of the “Brooklyn Skyline,” the decision has been made to change the name of the newspaper to “Brooklyn View.” The move signifies Zygot Publishing’s vigor to supply the borough with a paper that is as informative and concise as the name it carries. We will continue to work with passion and tenacity to supply Brooklyn a paper that focuses 100 percent on local issues. News that happens in your backyard will be our top priority. “Brooklyn View” will continue the tradition the “Skyline” has established in its over fifteenyears of community news and advertising. This transition will continue with even higher standards of journalism and accuracy. In the words of William Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose?by any other name would smell as sweet.” We look to the future with optimism and confidence under the new, and more dynamic name “Brooklyn View.” Best, Edmund DeMarche, Editor

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When you drive along the Belt “I run here about every night Parkway headed east underneath and honestly, if the sun sets, that’s the Verrazano, and you look out it—it would be rather dangerous towards the water, it is not for me to run with the sidewalk the uncommon to find bikers, runners, way it is,” said Paul Crawford, a and fisherman, taking advantage Brooklyn resident and avid of the beautiful scenic image of runner. “I think this should be a the Narrows Inlet and the major priority for the City to fix Verrazano because the Bridge. But if Spring is you take a almost here closer look you and people would notice will begin to that the track frequent this and seawall the place more joggers are and more.” utilizing are Shore hardly on par Road’s bike with the view. path and Cracks, seawall has bumps, been misplaced, dried Bike Path along the Belt Parkway under deteriorating cement piles, and construction for years and a depleted wall is residents are omnipresent. satisfied that Runners need to look down to the senator worked so diligently to make sure their feet will not fall correct the problem. into a gap in the pavement. But, “Community Board 10 has made State Senator Marty Golden is the seawall replacement a top making strides to improve the path. priority for many years. I would On Thursday the senator like to thank Senator Golden for announced that he has fighting and securing $7 million successfully allocated $7 million for the restoration of the seawall,” towards the completion of the said Craig Eaton, chairman of renovation of the bike path along Community Board 10. Shore Parkway. Senator Golden said, “ The bike

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Valentine’s Day Love for Schools He has already announced it in several argue that it promotes the idea of more parents schools throughout Brooklyn and he’s taking it sending their children to private rather than on the road as well. public schools. After announcing his idea to P.S. 207, in The senator explained that the public school Marine Park, State Senator Martin J. Golden system is overcrowded and the situation needs continued to pitch his proposed to be dealt with. education tax credit to parents Governor George Pataki and teachers, both at St. highlighted a credit of $500 Bernadette’s School, in Dyker per child for parents of Heights and last Wednesday at St. children who live in school Edmund’s School, 1902 Avenue T. districts with If eligible, parents will receive an underperforming schools annual tax credit of up to $1,500 and the legislation is per child or $3,000 per family. intended to help parents pay The tax credit would also for academic enrichment provide an annual tax credit of services, such as tutoring, no more than $250 to teachers after school programs, and who use their own money to tuition to private or parochial purchase instructional supplies. schools. The Senator expects 80 percent Parents of students in of the tax credits to go to parents parochial and private schools of public school students. are especially supportive of “We haven’t hit a home run yet, the credit because many say but we have about three more that it would help them meet Principal Jean McEvoy of St. innings to go,” said Golden, who high education costs, which Edmund’s Elementary School also announced that he would be range in thousands of dollars taking his fight to Albany on per year. Valentine’s Day, at a meeting on Wednesday, at The announcement of the tax credit comes in St. Edmund’s. light of the growing concern over the “We have been united in a strong and Campaign for Fiscal Equity’s (CFE) lawsuit, determined partnership with different which was filed to ensure adequate resources communities and we need to have our presence for New York City schools. On February 14, in Albany,” the senator added. 1993, the New York State Supreme Court The legislator plans to hold a rally with parents ordered the State to fund city schools. Back in and teachers from various schools on February 14. 2005, the Court again sided with the CFE and Many who criticize the tax credit proposal affirmed the Special Master’s finding that New

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York State must provide schools with an additional $5.6 billion in operating aid and an additional $9.2 billion in facilities funds. He also explained that the tax credit would not affect any funds sent from the State. He urged all area parents and grandparents to join him in an effort to send a strong message to his colleagues in Albany that this tax credit is necessary. Over 10,000 are expected to attend. For more information on the rally, contact your child’s school or local schools in your district, or the Senator’s office at 718 238-6044 or 718 627-3659. On a sidebar, St. Edmund’s Elementary School Principal, Jean McEvoy, who had been heading the school for over two years, urged the public to consider another important issue, an issue of bullying at schools, which is one of the leading concerns in schools nationwide, especially following the event of the shootings at Columbine High School, in Colorado, in spring of 1999. McEvoy voiced her concern with bullying in City schools in public, parochial, and private -with an increasing trend of students bullying students online, in chat rooms, during instant messaging, and especially communicating through a website, myspace.com, which allows fourteen-year-olds and older to enter the site, create profiles, post photos, sometimes halfnaked pictures, and enter into chat-rooms. “I urge that everyone considers finding a way to work with their kids to prevent bullying or detect it and to put parental controls on the sites that kids enter,” said McEvoy. “It’s very important that kids find positive ways to communicate with each other.”

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Fire Rips Through Homes in Midwood BY DEXTER HENRY

Borough President Marty Markowitz today, its more important today that the celebrated the Chinese New Year in Brooklyn’s children have a chance to get away,” said Chinatown last week. Markowitz celebrated the Markowitz. “It is the only time I’ll let them leave New Year or “the year of the dog” with a Brooklyn, when they go to camp!” fundraising dinner to support Camp Brooklyn, Last summer, Camp Brooklyn sent 264 a program that sends Brooklyn kids (between the underprivileged children and ages of 7 and 16) for two-week teens to summer camp. stays outside of an urban The celebration took place at environment. The Summer two locations in Sunset Park, Camp Opportunities Provide both the Ming Gee and an Edge (S.C.O.P.E) Program Diamond Eight restaurants. of the American Camp Many guests from a diverse Association is Camp group of local organizations Brooklyn’s partner in the came out to support the event project. and were treated to an evening The five individuals honored of delicious food, entertainment, by Markowitz at the event and special gifts. were Reuben Bankhead, The Chinese New Year president of the Brooklyn Old Paul Curiale and Marty celebration was presented by Timers; Debra Howard, Markowitz at the Chinese New Borough President Markowitz Executive Director of Pratt Year Celebration and Best of Brooklyn, a not-forArea Community Council; profit organization that strives to improve the Kimberly Maier, executive director of the Old quality of life for all Brooklynites, particularly Stone House; Rick Miranda, president and CEO young people. Both Markowitz and Best of of the Brooklyn (Kings County) Hispanic Brooklyn feel that programs such as Camp Chamber of Commerce; and Paul Curiale, Brooklyn are important for Brooklyn’s youth. executive director of Millennium Development, “From the money we raise tonight, 68 children Administrator at Bergen Beach Youth and Mill in Brooklyn primarily from low income public Basin Civic Assocation president. Markowitz housing will have a summer vacation at sleep recognized each honoree for their outstanding away camp this summer,” said Markowitz. work within the Brooklyn Community. While the Borough President thanked the “It was a great honor to represent the guests of the fundraiser, he also mentioned how organizations with which I am actively summer camp programs were important to involved…It is another example of our borough him growing up in Brooklyn. “I know what president doing great things to improve camp meant to me in 1955 and I know even Brooklyn,” said Curiale.

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While many Brooklynites prepared to turn in for the night last Thursday, several residents in Midwood battled a 3-alarm blaze that ripped through three of their houses. Residents living at 1782 East 18th Street (Avenue R) where the blaze started and residents from 1775 and 1801 East 18th St. are now homeless. No one is sure how the fire spread so far, but realize that wind may have been a factor. The Red Cross has offered to help those displaced by the fire, but many have already found relatives to stay with. It may take from six to eight months to fix the damage. “The fire sounded like an explosion, it was just terrifying, I was so scared, those poor people, at least they survived it,” said Lori Kaye, who came to visit a friend that night who lives on the block.

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Most people who live in Brooklyn surely have beautiful and it’s always exciting to see flats. The open waters of Gerritsen Creek are heard of, or visited Prospect Park or other everything bloom in the spring, especially,” Di an important refuge for ducks, geese and other beautiful recreational areas the borough has to Cario added. waterfowl. This wetland ecosystem can be offer, but how many of you know about the Salt The Center, which has been around for over viewed from nearly five miles of shoreline. Marshes that six years, has become known not only The Center currently has a favorite turtle grow in as a nature facility but as a home base named Fern and Mr. Crab, who is usually the Marine Park? to many programs, such as after bud of a good joke because of his cute physique Not many— school programs, senior citizen and also two beehives. that’s because programs, children’s programs, salt Across the left side of the center, there lies the it has been marsh trail tours, exhibits, and invisible remnant of a former famous Mill, and has monthly educational activities. which is dated somewhere in the 1700’s, while remained a The Salt Marsh Alliance is a not-forsome historians argue that it was built in the hidden profit organization formed in 2002 to 1600’s. Curious budding historians and treasure. supplement city funding archaeologists “It’s for the Center. attempted to dig definitely a The Nature Center’s the site in the hidden gem, it state-of-the-art educational recent memory appeals to exhibits and displays and in hope of you, it’s a require ongoing care, finding remains Park Ranger Kristy Di Cario points to the place that maintenance and security. of the Mill. Salt Marshes. people visit to The grounds, including the Most of the find peace, tranquility, and to heal,” said Park one-mile loop trail, must be area was known Ranger Kristy Di Cario, as she stood on a hill patrolled for the safety of visitors to be part of a admiring a long stretched out creek and salt and nearby residents. Litter must be landfill and marshes growing in the Marine Park area. picked up and, unfortunately, before 1920, The ranger has been working with the Salt graffiti and vandalism must be Gerritsen Creek Marsh Nature Center, located on Avenue U, for taken cared of. The Salt Marsh which runs over five years, first involved as a volunteer and Alliance will provide items and Park Ranger Kristy Di Cario shows turtle along the then as a full fledged ranger; one of the few “Fern” to a junior visitor. services as needed, including pathways ran up rangers that are assigned to Brooklyn. supplies and labor. to Kings “I moved to New York from California and as The Center opened on Earth Day in April Highway. In the post 1920 era, Marine Park soon as I moved to Marine Park, I found this 2000. In addition to a salt marsh, its grounds began to be filled up and the rest of the area place and I can’t get enough of it; it’s so include upland meadows, waterways and tidal was filled up between 1940-1960.

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a track record of performance in the community. On the other hand, even stores and service providers who have years of service under their belts and a successful financial track record still have trouble getting proper attention from established financial institutions. Even when banks do indicate that they will extend credit to an entrepreneurial venture, the application process can be extremely paper intensive and time consuming. Especially for businesses that are just starting out, one of the best sources of capital is trade credit. Vendors who sell or lease products to businesses are often willing to extend items like furniture, computers, and even professional services based in whole or in part on the venture-customer’s promise to pay under a written contract. Payment terms can often be extremely generous. Over the years, our law firm has represented entrepreneurs who have both extended trade credit to their customers and who have sought and received trade credit themselves. Sometimes we are brought in to advise clients how to avoid problems at the beginning of these relationships. More commonly, we come in when things have already gone wrong. Many problems could have been avoided if our clients had considered a few of the issues discussed below. First, businesses that extend credit to customers should make a reasonable effort to find out if the recipient of trade credit is responsible. Second, for ventures seeking trade credit, the almost hidden terms of the vendor contract, known as “fine print,” can contain oppressive provisions that can trigger serious disruptions in vital service when the provider

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finds itself under pressure, financial or otherwise. Third, any business, even a bank, is only theoretically perpetual. Just because that business makes an agreement today does not necessarily mean that it will be there to live up to its obligations tomorrow. Anyone doing business with a corporation should have confidence in the integrity of the company and its principals. New ventures often succeed, and old ones, like some large airlines and steel companies, sometimes fail, but warning signs are almost always there. Good business people—and consumers—trust their instincts in choosing and dealing with their suppliers and their customers, and they should. But even minimal research into entities with which a business enters into any type of extended financial relationship, will help avoid the overwhelming majority of trade credit problems. One final word of advice. Pressure from anyone, especially a potential creditor, is a sign that there is something to avoid. Responsible business people give each other the courtesy to reflect and deliberate over any substantial commitment, and the opportunity to rescind, or cancel, an agreement within a reasonable period of time is an excellent sign of an enterpreneur’s integrity. Those who lend and owe should follow these P’s and Q’s. This column is dedicated to my colleague at the bar, Bruce Baron, Esq. Bruce has been a great friend of our law firm and is a prominent advocate with a track record of taking interest in our community. Last week, he was honored by the Highway Democratic Club at its annual dinner at El Caribe. For his professional courtesy, and for his kindness to our firm, we stand in his debt.


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Boxing Comes to Brooklyn SPORTS

Last week the Daily News Golden Gloves tournament made its way to Brooklyn. For consecutive evenings some of the best fighters in the City and Brooklyn were on display in Red Hook and Brownsville. This year’s event marks the 79th consecutive year of the Daily News Golden Gloves, which is the oldest and largest amateur boxing tournament in the world. The annual tournament has showcased boxing legends such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Patterson, and Riddick Bowe. The Daily News Golden Gloves tournament started on Jan. 25 at the

Copacabana, and consists of approximately 26 nights of elimination bouts that are held throughout the City over a period of ten weeks. During that span nearly 600 fighters, including more than 60 women, will compete in the tournament. More than 70 fighters will advance to the finals at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on April 6 and 7. On February 7 and 8 many talented fighters competed at Micco PAL (Red Hook) and Van Dyke Community Center (Brownsville). The Van Dyke Community Center featured some exciting match-ups from both the 178 lb and 201

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It’s all over for the Canarsie Chiefs Boy’s Basketball team. Well not exactly all over; the Chiefs still have some work to do in the postseason. After wrapping-up their regular season with a blowout 76-37 home win over the Eagles of Paul Robeson, the Chiefs ended their season undefeated in their division. The victory marked the 14th time the Chiefs were ahead of their opponent with zero’s left on the clock at the end of four quarters in the last 14 divisional games. The victory for Canarsie (14-0) marked the first time in school history that the boy’s basketball team has finished the regular season undefeated. It is an accomplishment that Head Coach Tom Allen, his staff, and his players are proud of. “It’s a good feeling. The kids had a challenge in front of them and they stepped up,” said Allen. Stepping up is exactly what the Chiefs did in their final regular season game as they jumped out to an early lead on the Eagles and never looked back. In fact, in their last four games Canarsie has trounced their opponents by an average of 27 points per game. Nathaniel Lester topped that number as the forward poured on 28 points for the Chiefs in the

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lb weight class. Aubin Debreaux (178 lb weight class), from Starrett City, defeated Cameron Clark in one round. Craig Buffa, also of Starrett City, defeated Michael Calcagano in the first round from 201 lb weight class. Other Brooklyn winners at the Van Dyke Community Center included Sheldon Burnett (Starrett City) and Ricardo Campbell (East NY PAL). This is not the only time the tournament will stop in Brooklyn this year. Upcoming fight nights include March 2 at the Red Hook PAL and quarter-final fights on March 16 at the Van Dyke Community Center.

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victory. Robeson’s starting point guard Malcom Grant was the only Eagle to get it going offensively as he scored 16 of his teams 37 points in a losing effort. Next up for Canarsie is the Borough Playoffs, which begins this week. Coach Allen feels as though the team is ready for the playoffs and a run at the city championship; he hopes the team can build off their success in the regular season. “Hopefully we are [ready]. We really came to play today and today, the way we played and the way that we shot, we wish that we could put that in a bottle and open it up anytime we want to,” said Allen.

Momentum for Medgar Evers

If you are looking for some good competitive collegiate level men’s basketball in Brooklyn maybe it is time you checked out the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to head over to the Medgar Evers College campus in Crown Heights to watch the home Cougars take on visiting Brooklyn College and I was treated to a competitive game. The Cougars won their third consecutive game defeating BC 85-77. The Cougars jumped out to an eight point half-time lead after withstanding a 16 point first half performance by Brooklyn College’s star Damek Mair. Mair added 14 more points to the stat sheet in the second half, but the Cougars held on for the victory. Medgar Evers hit their free throws down the stretch and was sparked by the great clutch play of point guard Perry Wilkes off the bench. Wilkes hit numerous big shots in the second half including a three point field goal off glass right in the face of a BC defender. The Cougars, who started their season winning five of their first twelve games before

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spiraling into an eight game losing streak, have now seemed to have found their stride thanks to second year Head Coach Merrill Davis Jr., who has lead the Cougars (8-15) to the playoffs in his first two seasons. Davis, who formerly coached Thomas Jefferson High School, has turned Medgar Evers into a competitive program. The Division III program has faced larger non-conference programs such as Iona and Ramapo in order to gain experience and valuable exposure for Medgar Evers Basketball. As the Cougars enter their final regular season game before the CUNY playoffs at the College of State Island, Coach Davis feels that his team, who currently holds a three game wining-streak, can do some postseason damage. “I’d rather start late than start early,” said Davis. “Say you have a team like Baruch who is undefeated right now, all the

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pressure is on your back. Right now there is no pressure at all...we are coming in as the eighth or seventh spot and all we want to do is take the city (championship), and that is our focus.” Davis knows Wednesday’s win over Brooklyn College (6-17) can go a long way to his team winning it all. ‘Tonight is a very important night for us,” Davis said after the game. “We kept our winning streak going and we are winning at the right time.” Medgar Evers has one more game at the College of Staten Island before they begin the CUNY playoffs on February 18 which will also be held at CSI. So, if you are still looking for some good basketball, you may want to check out the Cougars of Medgar Evers or one of the nine other CUNY men’s basketball programs.


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Next Stop: “Inaudible” How man times were you riding on the subway and found it impossible to hear what the conductor was saying, or had no idea why the train did not move for the last half hour? The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released its annual Subway Announcements Survey which showed improvements for the most part in most City trains. According to the survey, overall subway announcements and transfer information improved. But still, 65 percent of delays and disruption went without any announcement, leaving the passengers in the dark. The policy says, “If there is a delay, [the conductor] must make an announcement immediately [and again] within 2 minutes after that.” The survey was produced by 75 volunteers between January 2, 2005 and May 9, 2005. They made 6,600 observations on 22 subway lines of opportunities to make car announcements. Our surveyors experienced and rated 203 delay and service change announcements during the

same survey period. The survey follows eight similar surveys conducted between 1997 and 2004. The only trains that were surveyed that

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about train arrivals and delays on most of the 1 through 6 lines in the fall 2006. This survey was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a leader in supporting assessment of public services across the United States. The full survey charts and tables can be found on the Internet at: http://www.straphangers.org.

showed significant worsening in basic announcements on three lines, the B, N and W. Ten lines showed no real significant difference— the 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, D, F, M, Q, and V. It is noted New York City Transit plans to start a communications system to give riders on subway platforms printed and oral information

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I got some problems I need help with. 1) I met a girl who has a boyfriend and they don’t really get along too well. I’ve known her for 3 months now and we have been hanging out a lot. I think I’m falling in love with her. What should I do? 2) I’ve been taking care of her a lot like buying her food and cough medicine. Do you think she is using me for things? She tells me her boyfriend never takes care of her… 3) Also recently I have confronted her about leaving her boyfriend for me so that she could be happy and she keeps telling me she doesn’t want to hurt his feelings. Is that normal? Thanks! Dear Billy, I feel like I should answer Questions one and three together, since they are linked. I would have told you to confront her about your feelings and see if she is really serious or just using you (which brings in #2 also). It’s obvious from her answer that this is just another selfish girl among many who wants to have

her cake and eat it too. We’ve seen this many times in the past. A girl is involved with a guy, she starts to get bored with the relationship so she looks elsewhere for the things that are lacking in the relationship. In you, she may have found someone sensitive, someone who has genuine feelings for her, and someone who will take care of her, for example: when she’s sick. That’s a lot more than most men offer so why would she want to give it up so easily? But, breaking up with her boyfriend is a big step and some people do not respond well to change. She may feel a sense of security knowing her poor boyfriend is going to be there for her, and is gullible enough to not know she’s cheating on him. Which brings up another relationship rule I stand by: do not get involved with someone cheating on their significant other with you. It should be fairly apparent that when the next better thing comes along that you can’t provide, they’re going to do it all over again and this time, to you. Being selfish does not come with care instructions for the other people involved. All that matters to the selfish are themselves. And remember, a zebra doesn’t change its stripes. It’s not normal for her to say she doesn’t want to leave him so as to not hurt his feelings because she’s hurting your feelings in the

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process. Maybe she is using you for what she needs until you get bored or fed up and just leave her. Then she can move on to the next guy willing to buy her things because she knows how to turn on the charm. You don’t want somebody who can just sweet talk anyone. You want someone interested in you, not just what you have to offer. Stop jumping every time she says “when” and tell her that if she really wants to be with you, then she has to be with only you. That is, if you can trust her enough to even take that kind of chance. After her behavior, I don’t think that I would bother. But if you do and she doesn’t, well then what are you going to do? Wait around and be her booty call when she’s lonely and spend the rest of your nights waiting by the phone hoping that she calls? Don’t be a doormat. It’s not very becoming of a man. Find a real woman, not some little girl looking to play mind games.

If you want to know the truth, why not ask someone that’s not afraid to tell you? Melissa would love to hear from you. Send questions and comments to: UnderTheCovers05@yahoo.com.

What was the most romantic thing that anyone has ever done for you?

Adele Merlino “What I thought was romantic was when someone had given me a rose.”

David Gomez “I think that it was very romantic when my girlfriend took me out to a nice dinner at a restaurant, that’s what really sticks out in my head.”

Anne Smith “I think someone giving me flowers is very romantic.”

Frank Caiaiti “I think that romance shouldn’t be taken lightly, it should be well nurtured and treated with the utmost care and respect. I can’t really speak of one romantic moment, for romance can be found in the most insignificant things in the world.”

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“I think that receiving flowers was once very romantic for me.”

“What I think was romantic was when my son had surprised me with flowers and that was very special.”

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“Romance is the most precious thing in the world, and being in love with someone is not enough to consider yourself a hopeless romantic. I remember once, during a white night, when my first love took me for a walk on a bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia. I felt like I was on top of the world; he walked me towards the end of the bridge, grabbed me by my shoulders and kissed me.”

“I think that a romantic thing would be washing the dishes because it showed me that he cares.”

“I don’t necessarily think of romance as just between a couple, I remember when my 8-year-old son had given me a mermaid ring from tickets he won at Fun Time USA, and I thought that was caring and romantic.”

Sara Afridonidze “Flowers, definitely, flowers.”

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Edward R. Murrow: “The Yankees of Chess”

In baseball you have the Yankees; in football can only learn by making. Chess, when played you had the Cowboys and Patriots; in basketball right, is a game that has three parts. Coach the Bulls; in high school chess you have Edward Weiss says that every move is important and his R. Murrow. The team is a dynasty; they won the students agree. Mikhal Furman, a freshman Nationals in chess in who is an expert in 1992, 1993, 1994, 2004, slow theoretical chess, and 2005. eloquently said: “To win In the world of high chess you have to make school activities the 40 good moves; to lose chess team will never all you need to do is garner the respect make one bad move.” the football team Most of the team receives; they will plays chess every day never draw crowd to remain sharp. We’re support like a division not talking about basketball game Yahoo! Chess, the against arch rivals; students play on but they also have the specific sites on the opportunity to do Internet with worthy something the other opponents. It is Junior, Nile Smith contemplating next move. teams will never do: seemingly impossible to sit quietly at a table, dart an icy stare at an practice a game that can manage so many opponent and say calmly, “check mate.” different looks, but practice is meant to make On January 29, 2006, Murrow High School won mistakes. The most effective lessons taught are the City Championship and now looks to the New the mistakes that take place at practice with the York State Tournament and Nationals. The State mentality “if I make the mistake now, I will finals are in March and Nationals are in April. learn and not make the same mistake again.” Since the program informally began at Chess is a game based on strategy, a direct Murrow H.S. located in Midwood, Brooklyn in link can be made to a student who excels in 1983 by Coach Eliot Weiss, the team has never mathematics and excels in chess. Of coarse, looked back. Not only are they the team to beat being sharp at chess does not necessarily mean in New York, Murrow happens to be the team a student is good in literature. to beat in the United States. Year after year “When I go to my math class, I can see how Murrow Chess stonewalls the competition. Just chess is intertwined with some of the lessons,” last week, during a close match against rival said Sal Bercys. Eliot Weiss, their coach, is a Stuyvesant in Manhattan, Junior, Nile Smith calculus teacher. from Murrow clinched victory hence retaining “I feel chess offers a healthy balance between the title as top high school chess team in NYC. school and leisure. When you play chess, you And now the team has their eyes set on the don’t think of anything else. It doesn’t make you nationals held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. forget school, but it allows you to think on your The team meets once a week for an hour own,” said Mikhal Furman. where they discuss different strategic moves The activity does not come without a price. including how to spot a mistake, analyzing The price for one student to compete in positions, and also making mistakes that you competitions across the city usually come with a

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price tag, and thanks to donators like Rita, who asked to omit her last name, the team at Murrow can compete all across the City. Competitions can be grueling at times. Although most games have time limits, some can last for four-hours. During some of the longer matches, players will often leave their seats and stand behind their opponent in part for intimidation and in part for the need to stretchout their legs. During competitions it is illegal for players to talk to their opponent. No trash talking. If a player makes a bad move the best option they can execute is starring at another side of the board and drawing attention to another spot. Ilya Kotlyanskiy, a senior, has witnessed a lot

Coach Weiss (Far Right) with chess team.

of chess matches, against a lot of schools nation wide. “Chess is the most amazing game. No game is ever exactly the same, and because of that, the game will always interest me,” said Kotlyanskiy. The team won a total of 14 City Championships and 10 State Championships. On December 15, 2004 at 11 a.m., met President George W. Bush in the Oval Office, when the team was ranked top chess team in the country.

Teachers Learn About Money Management

The New York Urban League (NYUL) along with Citigroup Financial Connections have been actively involved in helping members of the community manage their money effectively. Last Monday, at the Region 6 Office located on Flatlands Avenue, the NYUL presented a Citigroup Financial Connections Workshop to members of the Board of Education. The workshop focused on educational ways to put more dollars into your pocket. Topics discussed during the workshop included maintaining good credit, managing credit challenges, and avoiding predatory lending, identity theft, and bankruptcy. Diana Coleman, the Program Director of NYUL’s Finance Division, coordinated the threehour-long workshop. Coleman, who has been with the Urban League for approximately five and a half years, started conducting financial workshops in July 2004. Coleman has many participants join her program for many different reasons. The workshop opened with an ice-breaker session, where participants described their debt status and shared their reason for attending the workshop. Reasons for attending varied on the individual. “I came to talk about identity theft preventative measures,” said Michelle, a former victim of identity theft. Others attened

because they just “thought it would be beneficial” and just came to learn. “I am back in first grade today,”claimed one attendee. Coleman began the workshop by discussing the importance of having good credit. She praised the efforts of Senator Chuck Schumer in getting New York residents a free annual credit report. New York residents can now obtain an annual credit report free of charge online at www.anualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. “This is great and you can obtain your credit report in less than two weeks,” said Coleman. Credit card usage was a hot topic at the workshop. Coleman urged attendees to stay away from high interest rates and use the cards wisely. “Before you use your credit card at that one-day sale at Macy’s, think about how you are going to pay that off,” stated Coleman. Keys to establishing good credit that were mentioned include: paying bills on time, having both a checking and savings account at a local bank (or savings online), and avoiding late fees. Coleman also taught attendees how to avoid predatory lending scams when purchasing a new home and discussed who is usually a common target of predatory lending. The Center for Responsible Lending describes the ideal target as “an uneducated widow who is on

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a fixed income—hopefully from her deceased husband’s pension and Social Security; who has her house paid off, is living off of credit cards, but having a difficult time making payments; one who must make a car payment in addition to her credit card payments.” According to Coleman, situations like these occur more frequently than you think. Attendees were encouraged to watch out for predatory lending programs and go with reputable programs such as the Neighborhood Assistance Corporations of American. The workshop concluded with Jose Molina the Regional Vice-President for Primerica Financial Services (a member of Citigroup) talking about long-term investments. Molina pointed out some shocking statistics including the fact that 137 American’s file for bankruptcy daily. Molina introduced the guests to Primerica’s free-of-charge financial consulting program. Molina like Coleman feels the more educated you are about your finances, the better off your future will be. “Everyday we play the money game but if you don’t know the rules you have a much less chance of winning,” said Molina. Are you going to lose the game? For more information on future workshops contact Diana Coleman of the New York Urban League at (212) 926-8000.


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Quote of the Week Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence. ~ Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

James; WNBA stars Tamika Catchings, Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi; NASCAR drivers, Bobby Labonte and Kyle Petty. Schools that are going to be participating in “Live It” will feature posters with these athletes on them with their own personal tips on how to incorporate physical activity and healthy eating into everyday life. Plus the program will feature Lance Armstrong in a short school video explaining the program and its importance for students. As for the students from P.S. 260, after the half hour skate around at Wollman Rink they were told that they might keep the skates they wore on the ice. Bonnie Blair is retired from the Olympic world now has two children, a daughter and son. As funny as it sounds, she actually named her daughter “Blair,” hence creating a bit of a problem for her daughter being named “Blair Blair.” Luckily, her daughter

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be of dire importance. “I feel it’s so important to encourage youth to make physical activity and healthy eating habits a priority in their lives. The “Live It” program provides useful suggestions for how teens can easily get more activity and nutritious foods into their lives, and most importantly, have fun doing it,” said Blair. “Live It” will begin to provide schools with health specified tools so student can track their progression and stay on track. Children will be provided a Stepometer, that will log the students amount of steps taken on a given day; Activity cards that suggest fun ways to achieve 10,000 steps daily as well as make healthy eating choices throughout the day. “There are many factors at play in helping our young people build balanced lifestyles,” said Don Knauss, president of Coca-Cola North America. “Because of our long-time partnership with America’s schools, Coca-Cola wants to play a positive and effective role in helping promote healthy, active lifestyles among students nationwide.” Bonnie Blair talked about her training when she was in middle school. She used to wake up an hour early and skate, then, after school she would do other exercises that did not include skating. Her major training did not begin until high school. When asked how much talent is required in speed skating Blair replied: “Honestly talent has some to do with it, but I think that it is important that kids have a facility that is easily accessible, most kids don’t have the facilities easily accessible to speed skate in America.” Other key athletes who are taking part in this program include: six time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong; NBA All-Star, LeBron

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Five Ideas To Spark-Up Romance, Without Leaving Brooklyn BY: MARIA GALLO It’s that time of year once again. The time of year every couple says, “We don’t need to celebrate Valentine’s Day; we love each other all year round.” A week later that changes to “you couldn’t even surprise me with anything on Valentine’s Day.” We have heard it all before. So save yourself some of the aggravation and heed this helpful advice. Here are five restaurants, all guaranteed to impress and let your loved one know how grateful you are that they are in your life. Because after all, that is what the day is all about.

River Café—The Impresser 1 Water Street 1-718-522-5200 If you want to show how successful and appreciative of haute food and décor you happen to be this is the place for you. Well the

Teresa’ Restaurant— The Busy 80 Montague Street (718) 7973996

This restaurant is located on one of the trendiest strips of eating in Brooklyn Heights. The restaurant serves big Teresa’s Restaurant portions of Polish food and offers every diner helpful and friendly service. At night the restaurant has a very romantic yellowish glow that warms the senses. This is the perfect restaurant to just get off your train at Borough Hall and walk two blocks toward the promenade. This is the place for the couple that just needs a few hours to calm down and enjoy a good meal with each other. Couples should expect to pay $80 for the meal and drinks. Goodfellas—The Young Couple 9606 3rd Ave. Bay Ridge (718) 833-6200

Tuscany born Chef Paolo Nozzolio will be serving a fourcoarse meal on a price fixed menu. Anyone who arrives there before six p.m. will be charged $45 dollars per person. After six, customers will be charged $65 per head. But, this price includes a fourcourse meal made with fresh ingredients that starts with a free bottle of Italian champagne named “Prosecco.” The meal will begin with sashimi tuna followed by wild duck breast. After the dinner you will be served chocolate mousse, a major aphrodisiac, with raspberry and white-chocolate sauce. These restaurant are a sure-fire way to impress even the most difficult date, but the bottom line is enjoy the holiday with the one you love. Tuscany Grill 8620 Third Avenue (718) 921-5633 This is our sixth recommendation because, in Brooklyn, you can never have enough good Italian restaurants. Tuscany Grill is another sure thing when it comes to good Italian eating. The restaurant is very cozy and perfect for the “quite couple.” Expect to pay about $100 for a dinner for two.

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River Café is the supreme romantic restaurant in Brooklyn. Pricey, yes, but the view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge is priceless. And seeing how impressed she gets when you nail the name of that wine may very well be enough to thin-out your wallet. They serve seafood as well as items such as duck breast and lamb shank. Expect to pay, for a three-course meal and drinks, $200 per couple. Goodfella’s

Pete’s Downtown—The Worldly 2 Water Street (718) 858-3510 Located directly across the street from the aforementioned, the River Café— Pete’s Restaurant offers an enormous array of Italian cuisine with breathtaking views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. The restaurant is quite cozy and a bit more affordable than the River Café. This restaurant is for the couple that does not need to impress, rather eat good food and enjoy each other’s company. The place was established in 1894 so I assume they did something right. This is One Old Fulton Street for the person who does not need to impress their date, but still show them their importance. For a three-course meal and drinks, expect to pay $100 per couple.

This place is the gold standard of pizza in Brooklyn. The pizza is world-renowned. Not only were they featured on “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee” they won nation-wide competitions in making pizza. Perhaps, a major reason for their success is because they handmade the 18,000 pound wood-burning oven that cooks up the pizza. The dress is casual and it is absolutely impossible to leave there hungry. Although it does not offer the views like some other restaurants, it can certainly compete in intimacy. Couples expect to pay $60 for dinner and drinks.

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With all the recent talk about State funding not being spent adequately on our public schools and after-school programs, two organizations have joined forces to make a difference. The Church Avenue Merchants Block Association (CAMBA) and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) are making a difference in the lives of NYC students outside

The new OST program includes a three-year, $200 million initiative that will provide a mix of academic, recreational, and cultural activities for young people after school, during holidays, and in the summer. About 550 programs were added to the public school system free of cost, in every neighborhood across NYC. The programs, which are operated by 200 community-based

examples of what we intend to do, which is to address the diversity of activity. I see this as a really exemplary program and opportunity,” Mullgrav said. Mullgrav is not in a league of her own when it comes to appreciating the CAMBA after-school programs and OST funding. CAMBA workers along with parents and students feel that the time children spend out of regular classroom

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The DYCD has recognized the need of parents in the community and has delivered. In fact they have filled a need when schools are not in session. There is now also OST Holiday Programming which will include sites being open from 8am-6pm on any 20 of the 29 closed school days. During those hours children are “doing something positive instead of sitting at home.” Breakfast, lunch and a snack are served to each child and occasionally field trips are held. “Our goal is to offer our service to every kid that needs it,” said Michael Nolan, a special assistant to Commissioner Mullgrav. Mullgrav and DYCD plan to expand the program in the upcoming years. Right now there are 194 OST programs in Brooklyn, serving 15, 610 children. OST will serve more than 47,000 elementary, middle, and high school students this school year, and is expected to grow substantially to serve at least 65,000 next September. “OST has allowed us to serve neighborhoods we were not able to serve before. It allows us to expand the program and to serve more kids,” said Valerie Barton, CAMBA’s Deputy Executive Director. “We will be expanding the program starting July 1 and we will be moving to a $76 million initiative. My goal is that we move towards universal after-school programs and we will continue to work on that,” said Mullgrave. “This is something that parents, community leaders, and of course children want. And you can’t miss the smiles on their faces.”

Students take part in after-school programs.

To the Editor: the classroom. CAMBA is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that provides a variety of employment, education, housing, legal, social, business development, and youth services to approximately 30,000 individuals each year. Since 2003 CAMBA has teamed up with P.S. 170 to provide an after-school program for students in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge. The DYCD works with organizations such as CAMBA by implementing programs such as “Out of School Time.” OST is a comprehensive coordinated system that offers developmentally appropriate environments for children and youth during the time they spend outside of the classroom including after school, weekends, and during school vacations. New York City’s Out of School Time Programs are the largest in the nation, and last fall Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and DYCD Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav announced the launch of the City’s new OST initiative.

organizations, are located anywhere from schools and community centers to libraries and Parks Department facilities. One of the community-based organizations that received funding from OST was CAMBA. The funding has allowed CAMBA to expand their after-school youth programs to four brand new sites in high need zip codes. Prior to OST funding, CAMBA received funding from The After School Corporation (TASC) where Mullgrav was Vice President of External Relations. Last Wednesday, the DYCD Commissioner took a tour of CAMBA’s after school program at P.S. 170. Mullgrav saw children engaged in various stimulating after-school activities such as making bead necklaces, working on their own stories, or even engaged in a Community Circle, where the children were able to discuss issues regarding CAMBA and how they can make it better. Mullgrav was impressed with what she saw. “What we saw today were

hours are extremely important. “The parents response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said P.S. 170 site coordinator, Jessie Weisstein. “We have so many parents that love it. The biggest question at the beginning of the year for parents was how can I get into CAMBA this year?” “It is wonderful for the kids too; they are not sitting in front of the TV. They are around people that really care for them, they are around their peers and they are getting work done and doing projects that they love all the time,” said Weisstein. One parent who loves the program is Ruba Youchaa. Youchaa is a CAMBA staff member, mother of a 5th grade student at P.S. 170 and PTA President. “I love CAMBA,” Youchaa told the Skyline. “It’s wonderful for parents who work. I work and my daughter is in the program; a lot of parents need it. It is a much needed program for parents who can’t afford babysitting and tutoring.”

Re: Article by Marianna Hernandez, “Unfair Tickets” (January 30) So-called Community Leader Carmine Santa Maria was given a ticket for “double parking.” (Wrong #1) He called the traffic agent a “gorilla.” (wrong 2) He flaunted his City Hall connections. (Wrong #3) If his car was “idling” with his “foot on the brake,” he was polluting the air. (Wrong #4) Oh, Yes Mr. Santa Maria eventually apologized “after” being reprimanded by other community people. P.S.— Councilman Dominick Recchia, Jr. was a student of mine when he attended J.H.S. 228. We met each year at a graduation ceremony—he met me with a hearty and respectful “Mrs. Rosiello.” He is trying to help solve the parking problem. Ugo Rosiello


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Rated: R Fox Searchlight Something new comes along only once in a while. I don’t mean the usual slight variation on what we’ve seen before, a new coat of paint slapped on the same old stuff—I mean something revolutionarily new. The last time we got something new in this country was “The Matrix.” That was bold, new and different. Even its two sequels failed to live up to the promise of the first. Well, there’s a new trilogy in town, and the first movie in the series is as promising as “The Matrix.” We can only cross our fingers that its sequels are as good as its opening shot. That film is the sensational new horror film out of Russia, “Night Watch,” and it is as new a take on the old Heaven/Hell scenario as one could want. Yes, you that have a prejudice against subtitles, will have to get over yourselves, but trust me, it is definitely worth it. The story: Set in contemporary Moscow, the film highlights a 1,000-year standoff between the forces of Light and Darkness. A truce, of sorts, was formed between the two sides, one leaving Light as a sort of police force

JEWTOPIA It isn’t easy being Jewish; there are so many stereotypes, both positive and negative and whatever non-Jews don’t say, Jews say about themselves. So it was, that two young comics Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson shared their stories and comedies about being single and Jewish and wrote a skit. From a 15-minute sketch, the show grew to 2-hours and Jewtopia emerged as one of the longest running comedies in L.A. and has just arrived in N.Y. Now at the Westside Theatre Downstairs, Jewtopia manages to cover most of the myths, while being funny, silly, and off-color at the same time. The story tells of two 30-something year-old guys looking for the right girls. Chris (Fogel) has found the perfect matchmaking tool, Jdate, a dotcom to connect Jewish singles; he instructs his friend Adam (Sam Wolfson) in the art of meeting Jewish girls online. The catch is that Chris is in actuality an Irish Catholic masquerading as a Jew. Chris longs to find the right Jewish girl because he says “he’s tired of making decisions.” Although the two men show talent as comic writers, they are mediocre actors. The show actually tells two stories which both go on a bit too long. Placing his profile online, Adam poses as four different types and winds up going on a series of nightmarish dates. He is the artsy type, a jock, a hip-hop

By: C.J. Henderson (the Night Watch) that licenses the Dark forces of the world, watching over their behavior even as the Dark ones have the “Day Watch” which polices the actions of the Light. Everyone on either side was once human. It seems some people are born with hidden powers. Once they come out, it is up to the individual as to whether they will side with Light or Darkness. Things are out of control at the moment, however, as an ancient prophecy is about to be fulfilled. The most powerful “Other” of all is about to be born. When they are, whichever side they choose will gain control of everything. Admittedly, the idea is not that revolutionary. What puts this film in a class by itself is the incredibly inventive camerawork and editing of director Timur Bekmambetov and his crew. The director took fast and slow motion, rapid cutting, 360 revolving camera work

and every other trick in the filmmaker’s handbag and turned them all on their ear. One of the most impressive innovations is the film’s use of its subtitles. Many of them don’t just roll along the bottom of the screen. When a vampire is mentally calling to its prey, the words are blood red, and dissolve as the voice fades away. Words are blown off the screen by gale winds and shatter when people shout. The amazing thing is this should be a clunky device, but somehow in this film it becomes amazingly effective, as does just about everything on the screen. Is the look of the film as crystal clear as a Hollywood production? No, it’s not. But, then again, the film was made for a mere $4 million dollars. But that didn’t stop it from breaking box office records in Russia when it was released. Surpassing both “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” and “Spider-Man 2” at the Russian box office, in a country that had never seen a native film make more than $2 million, “Night Watch” went on to gross eight times that number. It does have some small problems—one of its two climaxes ends awfully abrupt, and the idea of a vampire designing a video game based on how it would like the future to come out, and then playing it for practice so it will be ready when the future arrives is a bit silly, but these are small things in the face of what is otherwise a tremendous accomplishment. This one is worth anyone’s time. Not overly bloody, or sexual, intelligently written with both humor and horror throughout, it is the first truly innovative film of the year. And, the preview trailer we saw for the sequel ... all I can say is ... wow! Our Final Word: 5 stars out of 5.

by Elyse Trevers guy, and a religious man. Although the scenes are a bit absurd, they remind us of the horror of blind dates. Jackie Tohn plays each of the girls, with each being worse than the one before. Reminiscent of the late Gilda Radner, Tohn is funny and quite skilled. (My friend who does wedding invitations told me that she did seven weddings last year for couples who met through Jdate. Based on what occurs onstage, it’s hard to believe anyone ever gets together this way.) The talented Cheryl David plays two overbearing Jewish mothers. Her scene at the Passover table, when with butter knife in hand she invokes Jewish guilt, is hysterical. In the meantime, Chris gets instruction from Adam on how to be Jewish. Adam teaches him vocabulary and there are even terms listed in the Playbill. He tells him how to behave like a Jew in a restaurant. (Always complain about your seat, change what’s on the menu and then be sure to send your food back.) Again the humor gets a bit stretched, but there are some clever one-liners. Intermingled with the Jewish humor are some observations about non-Jews. Chris is distressed when he observes his fiancée fixing a bathroom appliance because it proves that she isn’t really Jewish. After all, only nonJews use tools. There is the suggestion that non-Jews are undemonstrative with their children.

Despite the stereotypes, Jewtopia generally isn’t offensive, although there are sexual references and some tasteless jokes. There’s a grandfather who only perks up with conversations of sex and kinky websites. There’s also a rabbi who is a comic character himself. Adam and his family have strange anxiety attacks and the physical humor is quite funny. The show has two levels of humor. The Jewish jokes and Yiddishisms have appeal and that works primarily for those who understand it. The writers have changed their show to reflect a New York setting. At one point Chris gives Adam a Jewish test, asking him questions about the Torah and Israel. Adam fails; Chris knows more than his friend, thanks to the Learning Annex and Chabad commercials. There are familiar characters onstage and audience members recognize their friends and family, but of course, never themselves . The show will be comical to those who have tried online dating. Between JCupid, Eharmony, and Match.com along with other internet services, dating has shifted from the bars to the computer. It still isn’t easy but at least in Jewtopia it’s funny. What a fun place to have that blind date. Meet at Jewtopia. At least you will have something to talk about afterwards.

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COMMUNITY Feb.13 Soon to be Parents Author of “City Baby Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide for Parents from Pregnancy Through Preschool,” gives a talk on what to expect during pregnancy. $40 per couple, $25 for moms only. 7 pm to 9 pm. 250 Baltic St. (718) 237-1862. COOKING CLASS Chef David Shea from Applewood Restaurant, helps you plan a Valentine’s Day menu. Limited to six participants. $85 per person; $150 per couple. Call for time and reservations. 501 11th St. (718) 768-2044.

BAM Bam Cinema presents a Valentine’s Day screening of “Ball of Fire” (1941). Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck star. $10. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 30 Lafayette Ave. (718) 777-FILM. www.bam.org.

DeKalb Avenue. (718) 4881015. The exhibit is free. Meditation Class Class with a Western Buddhist nun. $10. 7 pm to 9 pm. First Unitarian Congregational Society, 48 Monroe Place. (718) 496-5514.

live, work or attend school in Bay Ridge, or be a member of a BRCC organization. Contest levels are students (grades 5 through 12) and adults. Mail entry to: Bay Ridge Community Council, Photo Contest c/o McLaughlin and Sons, 8225 Third Ave. Must be received by March 20. (718) 745-3314. Free.

Abe Stark Senior Center Sponsored by Millennium Development, the Abe Stark Senior Center is “your home away from home.” Located at 103-15 Farragut Road, this adult day program for seniors 60 plus offers nutritious breakfast and lunch. Transportation provided. There is a Valentine’s Day Party on February 14.

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Long Island University hosts a reception for the painting and watercolor exhibit by Brazilian artist Rene Nascimento. 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Salena Gallery, Flatbush Avenue Extension at

Feb.16 Library Brooklyn Public Library presents “Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War,” by author Jimmy Briggs at 7 p.m. (718) 230-2100. Arts At St. Ann’s: “Major Bang, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb.” The price is $25 per person.

Feb.17 Contest “People and Places” photo contest open to entrants who

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General Announcements ANGELS HAVE WHEELS Medicare recipients may be eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare if they suffer from conditions like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disorders. For further information call Gregory Coleman at (800) 810-2877.

Film Brooklyn Public Library, presents Friday Night at the Movies with “Brotherly Love,” a movie about a new AfricanAmerican leadership for freedom and rebellion in Haiti. Grand Army Plaza. Call for time. (718) 230-2100. Free.? Running Dedicated runners are invited to take part in three loops around Prospect Park in the Prospect Park Track Club’s Cherry Tree Run. 10 a.m. Register at www.PPTC.org.

Ellen Hoyt at (718) 338-7281 for information and registration. DANCE WORKSHOP The R.C. Church of St. Finbar will sponsor an after-school Dance Workshop, offering classes in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Classes will be held on Thursdays at the St. Finbar Center, Bath Avenue and Bay 20th Street. For further information call Yvonne Maida at (718) 259-1332.

JCC ADULT COURSES The Hebrew Educational Society of the JCC Association, 9502 Seaview Avenue, is offering adult courses including Oil Painting, Belly Dancing for Women, Yoga and more. For further information call Sarit at (718) 241-3000, ext. 31. COMMUNITY CRAFT SHOW The Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Avenue U and East 32 Street, is seeking fine crafts for their weekend show on February 25 and 26. Call

MY TURN COLLEGE CLASSES Kingsborough Community College is offering a special program for NY residents, ages 60 or older, who are interested in attending regular college with regular students. Courses include art, music, history, health education, literature and more. No tuition, but a registration fee is required. For further information call (718) 368-5079.


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AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM The Brooklyn Recreation & Urban Park Rangers present the Salt Marsh Nature Center Afterschool Program. It meets in Marine Park, Avenue U and East 33rd Street, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. For further information call (718) 421-2021.

UNITED CIRCLE OF FRIENDS The United Circle of Friends, an organization for young adults ages 17-35 with learning and/or social disabilities, is seeking new members. For further information call (718) 763-8452.

MUSICIANS WANTED Brass and woodwinds (all levels) needed for the American Legion Concert Band. You don’t have to be a Legionnaire to be in the band. For further information call Irwin at (718) 769-2818 or Elliot at (718) 531-8130.

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Lifeguard Certification lessons will be given at the El Caribe by W.S.I. with instructor Matt Lesser. For further information call (718) 251-8341 or (917) 841-9562.

A Brooklyn Singles Group for ages 35-50 meets for dinner on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Meet quality singles and socialize. For further information call Robin at (718) 373-1016.

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The Park Slope Safe Homes Project provides counseling, support, shelter and advocacy to victims of domestic violence. They serve all areas and all services are free in

The Brooklyn Chess Club meets at Seaview J.C., East 98th Street between Seaview Avenue and Avenue N. There is plenty of free parking and beginners to advanced are

Spouses and Partners MS Support Group meets at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center, 405 81st Street, on Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For further information call (212) 463-

Victory Memorial Hospital, 669 92 St., offers free pregnancy tests, prenatal care, sonograms and more to women who qualify for the State-funded Prenatal Care Assistance Program. For further information call (718) 439-7579 or (718) 567-2502.

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Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom, a Reform temple located at 1515 46th Street, will conduct services every Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. They host a variety of family activities. For further information call (718) 372-0933.

The elementary school announced that they are happy that one of their girls are winners of scholarships at Bishop Kearney High School. Bishop Kearny has congratulated Principal DeMaso and her faculty on the fine elementary program that they provide.

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VISUALLY IMPAIRED The Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Ave., sponsors a Visually Impaired Senior Adult Group with free transportation every Wed. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further information call Bernie at (718) 648-7703 ext. 230.

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Family members and friends who are new to Alzheimer’s disease are invited to an informative orientation meeting on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. It is conducted by Matt Kudish, MSW, and takes place at the Family Resource Center, 1 Prospect Park West. For further information and registration call (800) 272-3900.

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High volume 99 cents store in high traffic area, long term lease, annual gross approx 400K, owner will train.

Reduced $159,000 Ref #BB1055

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Very busy Hillside Ave mixed use bldg, 3000 sq ft retail store + 2 lg 4 bdrm apts, additional 8000 sq ft bldg + lot, must see... call for details.

Too New For Photo 2 Family in excellent condition, offers HW FLS, new windows, kitchen & Just as you wished for, lovely 1 family semi-detached 3 bedroom duplex sitting pretty in the heart of Bergen Beach, special features include: new siding, windows, modern eat-in-kitchen, private driveway.

Ref #BB1058

Asking $659,000

bath, detached garage, very clean.

Asking $769,000 Ref #BB1071

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MARINE PARK 2139 EAST 35th STREET

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1 family attached brick 3 bedroom duplex, living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 3/4 new baths, finished basement, new roof, skylights.

1 family attached high stoop brick 3 bedroom duplex, large living room, formal dining room, kitchen,finished 3 room basement with 3/4 bath.

WALK TO WATER! Newly renovated, 2 bedroom detached ranch, vaulted ceilings, living room, kitchen, & full bath. Close to shopping, restaurants & transportation.

$590’s

$550’s

$290’s

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2 family semi detached brick 5 rooms over 4 rooms over 3 rooms, fin bsmnt w/summer kitchen, full bath on every level, enclosed screen porch, 1 1/2 car garage. House in great condition!

WALK TO TRAIN!

$630’s

$630’s

1 family semi-detached 2 large bedroom duplex, living room/dining room, eat-in-kitchen, new full bath, nice rear yard, w/beautiful deck, carport.

2 family detached 3 bedroom duplex over 1 bedroom rental. Delivered vacant. 2 car private parking.

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MARINE PARK

$419,000

MARINE PARK

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2 family attached brick 3 bedroom duplex, over 2 room walk-in, hardwood floors thru-out. Custom kitchen, new appliances, Anderson windows, detached garage.

1 family semi-detached 3 bedroom duplex, living room, formal dining room, new kitchen w/breakfast nook w/sliders to large deck w/pool, finished basement, shed, carport.

1 family detached 3 bedroom duplex, living room, dining room, eat-in-kitchen, finished basement w/full bath, new boiler, large backyard, carport.

$560’s

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$660’s

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Well kept 2 bedroom ranch, living room, dining room, full bath & basement. Lots of parking!

WATERFRONT LOCATION! Huge 1 family detached 4 bedroom duplex, large living room, dining room, eat-in-kitchen, family room, bath on every level, 2 car garage and private driveway.

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COLDWELL BANKER Mid Plaza Real Estate 3350 Nostrand Ave. • (718) 646-3600

Attached brick 4 1/2 - 3 1/2 split, private driveway, 1 car garage, full basement, new pointing & front steps, new rubber roof, new kitchen/bath.

ASKING

$479,000

Call Cathy

Ref. #CF532

Great for investors! ASKING

$399,000 EACH

Call Cathy

Ref. #CF533, 534, 535

Full one bedroom co-op w/separate LR, EIK w/window, foyer, full bath, 3 closets, terrace, pets ok, laundry in basement, 100% co-op, parking - waiting list.

1 bedroom, 1 bath, large terrace great view, maintenance $535/mo.

$199,000 Ref. #CF529

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$159,000

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ASKING

$549,000 Ref. #CF525

Ref. #MF011

OLD MILL BASIN

2 family on large corner property, private driveway - 1 car parking, all new windows/doors, new baths/kitchens, all new hardwood floors, large yard, vacant on title.

Ref. #CF539

• 2 BR/2 bath co-op apartment: LR, foyer, BR, new kitchen with window, new bath, large master BR w/bath, hardwood floors, 5 closets, excellent condition. Ref. #CF536. Asking $319,000 • 1 BR co-op: LR, large BR, new bath with Jacuzzi, 3 closets, new hardwood floors. Ref. #CF537. Asking $199,000 • 4 BRs, 3 new baths, Jacuzzi, FDR, LR, foyer, new EIK with window, 8 closets, hardwood floors, excellent condition. Ref. #CF538. Asking $519,000 ALL INCLUDE LAUNDRY IN BASEMENT, PARKING SPACE AVAILABLE TO RENT, PETS & SUBLEASING OK, CLOSE TO M TRAIN!

GERRITSEN BEACH 1 family attached brick, excellent condition, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. All new concrete, roof & front steps. Brand new appliances, finished walk-in basement, garage & private driveway.

Fully detached two family brick, private driveway, 2 car garage/plus 2 car parking, new EIK’s, new heat, 50 gal hot water tank, 50 x 100 lot.

PRICE BREAK

$669,000

CO-OPS

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ASKING Call Cathy

CO-OPS

BATH BEACH

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Beautiful one family: 3 BR, 1.5 baths, new EIK’s/baths, finished basement, driveway w/one car garage, stand-up attic, 50 gal. hot water tank, new forced hot air.

2, 3 & 4 family homes for sale on Greene Ave. & Lewis Ave. in Bedford Stuyvesant. Being sold “As Is”. R-5 Zoning.

CO-OPS

ASKING

MILL BASIN

BED STUY

OLD MILL BASIN

$649,000

Call Cathy

“WE BUY HOMES ALL CA$H” Find out the value of your home FREE MARKET ANALYSIS CALL CATHY (718) 646-3600

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PRICE BREAK

$499,000

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Ref. #CF524

CANARSIE Laundromat, 1020 sq ft, lot 17 x 60, electric $400/mo. gross rent: $18,000/yr., gross income: $102,000/yr., water $9,200/yr.

ASKING Call George or Cathy

$115,000 Ref. #CF541

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BROOKLYN ESTATES & PROPERTIES REALTY 718 763 2599 Louis Koss

Tremendous brick 2 family, 4-5 bdrm duplex w/FDR, EIK, 2 1/2 bths & family rm, lg living rm, terrace & yard + lg 2 bdrm rental & fin bsmt w/sep ent, too good to be true. CYPRESS HILLS Georgeous renovated brick 1 family plus finished basement, large yard. priced to sell PROSPECT HEIGHTS Brick 2 family semi detached with 3 units 2 bedroom duplex + (2). 2 bedroom apartments. Great location. Call for details BAY RIDGE Detached brick 2 family, huge 3 bedroom duplex with 2 decks, porch & garage + big 1 bedroom rental. $825k MILL BASIN 2 family S/D Brick Prime Block, 3 bedroom duplex over 2 bedroom walk-in apartment oversized property- mint condition $899K Owner wants all offers. OLD MILL BASIN CO-OPS (Vicinity of Georgetown/Kings Plaza/Flatlands) Spacious JR. 4 bedroom co-op, doorman, building, laundry & parking available, others available. Please call for details. $160K

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Beautiful 1 family: 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths, new EIK’s/baths, finished basement, driveway with one car garage, stand-up attic, 50 gallon hot water tank, new forced hot air. Ref. CF539 Asking $669,000

1 family attached brick, excellent condition, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. All new concrete, roof & front steps. Brand new appliances, finished walk-in basement, garage & private driveway. Ref. CF540 Price Break Asking $499,000

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MARINE PARK/STUART ST Brick semi detached 2 family 3 floors + basement bathroom on every level 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath duplex, 2 bedroom walk-in + finished basement with sep ft entrance interior stair case pvt drive owner will take $750,000

ROCKAWAY/BCH 145 Open bridge views from this 2 bedroom, 2 full bath modern home on a 40 x 100 lot backing gateway national park, private drive garage, full basement. Asking $759,000

SHEEPSHEAD BAY Ultra ultra modern 2 bedroom ranch on street near bay central air Jacuzzi a real WOW. Asking only $399,000 COOP FOR SALE

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 4 room, 1 bedroom, 3rd floor apartment windows in kitchen and bathroom, 100% coop building wood floors, mt 465 G&E inc. Ask $189,000

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RENTALS

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When you become a member of the El Caribe Fitness and Spa, not only will you enjoy our complete fitness room, sauna, pool and parking, you also have your very own personal trainer. • All Nautilus Nitro Circuit, A compact strength training system. • Free weights • Large Indoor Pool • Life Cycles • Stair Master • Whirlpool Sauna & Steam Room • Safe & Secure on site • Parking for 500 cars • Use of our outdoor facility

ERIN GUNTMACHER

Kevin Bowen Certified Trainer & Manager

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718-251-8341

The Club for All Seasons and Reason

Erin Guntmacher General Manager

Fitness & Spa

5945 Strickland Avenue, Mill Basin

251-8341

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