Brooklyn Today: February 29, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 60th day of the year. It is Leap Year Day, which only happens every four years. Traditionally, Leap Year Day is a day in which women can propose marriage to men.
Well-known people who were born today include hockey player Simon Gagne, astronaut Jack Lousma, actor Anthony Sabato Jr. and actor Dennis Farina (“Law & Order”).
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Today, Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) will introduce a package of bills aimed at reducing the use of stop-and-frisk tactics by the NYPD. ...  This evening at 7 p.m., New York Times best-selling author Patrick Taylor (the Irish Country series) will come to the Carroll Gardens Library to discuss his novels. The library is located at 396 Clinton St. ... The Interfaith Center’s Free Legal Clinic will be coming to Brooklyn today. A team of volunteer attorneys will be providing free, private legal consultations to needy people at the Union United Methodist Church, 121 New York Ave., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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A group of Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish women are starting a women-only ambulance service called Ezras Nashim, or “Helping Women” in Hebrew. The group, which will focus on helping mothers in labor, hopes to train 50 EMTs and birthing assistants, according to the Daily News. Last year, some of the women had tried to join the all-male Hatzolah Orthodox Jewish ambulance service but were turned down because the men felt that male and female EMTs working together could violate religious modesty laws.
According to the New York Times, the Prospect Park administration plans a radical change for the Prospect Park Loop (a roadway that is completely inside the park, not to be confused with adjacent streets like Prospect Park West). It would reduce the space for cars to a single lane and create one lane for pedestrians and another for bicycles. The change was reportedly made in response to a series of collisions between walkers and bicyclists.
The New York Post says time is running out for an 8-week-old Yorkie puppy who was kidnapped several weeks ago from Puppy Paradise on Flatbush Avenue in Marine Park. The owner, David Dietz, says the pup needs a special diet and feedings four times a day to survive. A surveillance camera captured two people snatching the dog from its cage while staffers were busy with other customers.
According to Gawker, a small group of neo-Nazis who wear Nazi insignia has surfaced in Greenpoint. The blog identifies them as recent Polish immigrants.
February 29, 2012 - 9:53am



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