Saturday, August 23, 2014

Service for Caro Heller, Brooklyn Heights Artist, Crack Shot and Reuniter of Lost Family Members

Caro Heller, an amazing Brooklyn Heights woman -- Saint Ann's mom, artist, voodoo princess -- had a quiet vocation: she and her husband reunited more than 80 families members who had lost each other over the years.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, August 23 at 3 p.m. at Brooklyn Friends Meetinghouse, 110 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

The full story of her life, which will no doubt be made into a movie one day, can be found at the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Core: Weird Stuff Going On with NYC's State Test Numbers?

Photo: Renato Ganoza
 Leonie Haimson, the Executive Director of Class Size Matters, reveals some odd discrepancies in the number of kids the state says took the NYS Common Core tests, and the number the city says took them.

The state initially said more than 22,000 NYC kids opted out of the NY state ELA exams and more than 26,000 the math exams. This is more than three times last year.

It seems the state would have failed its own math exams.

"State officials suspect there was an error in the way a large group of city students were coded in the state database of third- through eighth-graders who took the tests," the state told the News.

Haimson said, "My response to all this: with such erratic and unreliable information, how can anyone trust any of the test score data from NYSED?"

Full story by Haimson here.

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Gas Main Break on Flatbush Ave. Thursday Night; FDNY, National Grid on Scene

From the scanner:

At 10 p.m. Thursday night, numerous FDNY units were called in to respond to a broken 8-inch gas main break at 2900 Flatbush Ave., 200 feet north of the Belt Parkway (near Ave. V).

Dispatch reported that it is a "high-pressure main." An excavator hit the gas main while working there.

A further report came in that a building was evacuating.

National Grid told to 9-1-1- that they would be there "within the hour."

UPDATE: National Grid shut down the valve at roughly 10:23 p.m.

UPDATE: OEM reports situation is under control.

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DOH Issues Rabies Alert in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

The New York City Health Department issued a Rabies Alert on Wednesday for Bensonhurst after a dead raccoon found on 16th Avenue tested positive.

The raccoon may have infected feral cats and kittens before it died, DOH said.

DOH offers advice for residents, including keeping your dog on a leash and your cat indoors, and avoiding wild animals, especially is they act sickly.

Also: Make sure your pet's rabies vaccine is up to date.

Full Health Dept. alert here.

FAQ about rabies answered here.

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Brooklyn: Marchers for Palestine Demand Sanctions Against Israel

Palestinian supporters in Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn. Photos: MK Metz
Pro-Palestinian activists called for sanctions against Israel on Wednesday as they rallied in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn and set off over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The marchers carried flags and banners made in the colors of the Palestinian flag. While they marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, someone unfurled a huge banner reading, "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" from the Manhattan Bridge. (A bit of a security breech?)

Many spoke about the almost 2,000 Palestinian deaths since the fighting began in Gaza. Others read poetry or urged the city to divest itself of investments in Israel.

A father and son played and sang, "We shall overcome."

Photos: MK Metz, McBrooklyn
Some Orthodox Jews, for religious reasons, are against the state of Israel. On Wednesday, they threw their support behind the Palestinians, too.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schneider Charges Nurse with Overbilling . . . Brooklyn Still Waiting to Hear About SUNY

Eric Schneiderman caught a nurse stealing Medicaid money. Bravo! Glad to hear Medicaid fraud won't be tolerated.

We assume that SUNY and Gov. Cuomo are next on his hit list?

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Does the Brooklyn Bridge Have a Clown Problem?

Brooklyn Bridge cables. Photo by MK Metz
 The NYPD called out the whole arsenal -- air, sea and land defenses -- after receiving a report of someone climbing on the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

The perp was described as having red hair and wearing blue Bermuda shorts . . .

Sounds kinda familiar...
Wikimedia, Andy Amyx

UPDATE: Full story on NYC's response to what was obviously a menace.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

George Washington Returns to Brooklyn on Saturday, and More Brooklyn Briefs

A sneaker hangs from Brooklyn Bridge cable. Photo: MK Metz

 - This Saturday: re-enactment of the evacuation of the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington, from DUMBO. [BHB]

- Farina’s former school district in Brooklyn scores high on state tests. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Big names coming to this weekend’s Afropunk Fest lineup. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Brooklyn 3-year-old dies in a bungalo fire at a camp upstate. [News 12 tweet]

- Whip out those cameras: $125K awarded to Brooklyn man arrested while videotaping stop-and-frisk.[Gothamist]

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Someone Hit by Q Train in Brooklyn Tuesday Morning, Service Interrupted

From the scanner:

According to 9-1-1 dispatch, someone is "under the train" at the Prospect Park Q train station in Brooklyn.

The call came in sometime after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

MTA has turned off the power to Track #1 south of Dekalb Avenue and north to Church.

MTA issued the following guidance at 4:25 a.m.:

Due to a police investigation of a customer injury at Prospect Pk, the following service changes are in effect:

* Southbound Q Subway Line Icon trains are running on the N Subway Line Icon line from DeKalb Av to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

* Northbound Q Subway Line Icon trains terminate at Kings Hwy.

* Southbound Q Subway Line Icon trains terminate at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

* There is no Q Subway Line Icon train service between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr in both directions.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Mulling a Teachout Endorsement

After hearing Teachout’s stump speech, many members of the CBID wanted to get behind her, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

Since rules stipulated that they couldn’t vote on Thursday, those members called for an emergency meeting two weeks later, at which time they would have another vote.

Full story at the Eagle.

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