Brooklyn Today: February 13, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 44th day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1849) of Sir Randolph Churchill, British politician and father of Winston Churchill.
Well-known people who were born today include U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), actress Stockard Channing (Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves), singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel (“Sledgehammer”), actress Kim Novak (Bell, Book and Candle; Vertigo), TV host Jerry Springer and singer-actor Peter Tork of the Monkees.
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Today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., violinist Gregory Fulkerson will be performing Sonata No. 1 in G Minor and Partita No. 2 in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Fulkerson has performed with the New York Music Ensemble, the Audubon Quartet and the Cleveland Orchestra. …There will be no garbage collection, recycling pickup or street cleaning today for Lincoln’s Birthday. Residents who normally receive Monday garbage collection should place their trash out at curbside after 4 p.m. Those who receive Monday recycling collection will not have their recycling picked up until Tuesday, Feb. 21.
The Daily News revealed recently that Rajiv Garg, the former CEO of debt-ridden Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in northern Brooklyn, was chauffeured to and from work in a hospital-issued stretch limo. His successor, Ramon Rodriguez, is selling the limo and several other cars that Garg used, saying the hospital cannot afford them. 
A Brooklyn sewage plant is offering tours for lovers on Valentine’s Day. The tour host and superintendent of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Jim Pynn, says it will be a unique date, and one that special someone will never forget. Pynn says the highlight of the tour will be the plant’s giant egg-shaped digesters, which break down noxious waste into harmless sludge and gas. Each Valentine’s Day visitor will also get a Hershey’s kiss.
On Thursday afternoon, two men were found unconscious inside a building at 202 62nd St., Sunset Park. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office is now looking into the deaths. The victims were identified as Christopher Tirrito, 53, of that address; and Lawrence Modica, 18, of 351 Marine Ave. Tirrito’s teenage daughter reportedly discovered the bodies.
According to the Brooklyn Heights Blog, the Brooklyn Heights Cinema’s Thursday night showing of Heather Quinlan’s work in progress, If These Knishes Could Talk, was a success. The completed film will be a documentary on the New York accent. The preview attracted more than 100 guests, who were treated with accordion music, knishes and egg creams. Borough President Marty Markowitz also gave a talk on the Brooklyn accent, which many people consider the purest form of the New York accent. The blog says that Quinlan plans to interview speakers of other regional dialects in New Orleans and the East End of London and add them to the film.
February 13, 2012 - 10:03am



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