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What’s News for May 23-26

May 23, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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A mother whose son was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Marines came to a Bay Ridge Catholic school Friday morning to tell students about her child and to urge the kids to proudly fly the American flag on Memorial Day. Julie Schrock, of Lone Tree Colorado, who was in Brooklyn to serve as one of the grand marshals in the Kings County Memorial Day Parade, visited Saint Anselm Catholic Academy on 83rd Street, where she told a group of students how she is coping with the loss of her son. Her son, Marine Cpl. Max Donahue, died in Afghanistan in 2010. See brooklyneagle.com.

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On Wednesday, May 28 at noon, Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer and Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz, along with elected officials and community members, will unveil a series of signs and markers throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park that tell the history of the Brooklyn waterfront and highlight the ecological and sustainable features of the park. Placed from Pier 1 to Pier 6, the signs and footnotes reference little-known historical facts tied to the specific location, tell the story of the ecology present, or point out sustainable features used to build the beloved park.  To further enhance the visitor experience, an accompanying website (brooklynwaterfronthistory.org) delves deeper into the history, ecology and sustainability of the park, and is meant to serve as a walking companion for mobile device users.

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A Brooklyn man is getting the chance of a lifetime, serving on a nuclear submarine as a member of the U.S. Navy, where he is realizing his leadership qualities. Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephon R. Maynejackson, a 2009 graduate of Automotive High School in Williamsburg, is serving aboard the USS Columbia, a submarine currently based in Hawaii.

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According to The New York Times, tech startup Livestream — inspired by the “energy” of Brooklyn — is leaving its Chelsea offices to take over 3rd Ward’s old space at 195 Morgan Ave. in Bushwick. The rent is a third of what it was in Chelsea. Etsy, Kickstarter and Vice magazine are other companies that have recently taken office space in Brooklyn. (brownstoner.com)

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Original Music Workshop, a nonprofit based in Williamsburg, is creating a haven where unknown musicians can perform and record in a former sawdust factory at Wythe Avenue and North 6th Street. Designed by Bureau V LLC, the century-old building at 80 North 6th Street will eventually house a large chamber hall that will have the acoustic isolation of a recording studio. The double-height room also has a balcony for extra seating and can fit as many as 350 people standing on both levels. A 70-person orchestra can record in the performance space, which includes two isolated mixing rooms and a video editing room. There will also be a double-height lobby with a bar and an independently operated 74-seat restaurant. (brownstoner.com)

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard became a nationally-recognized landmark last week, after the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service added the iconic 300-acre industrial park to the National Register of Historic Places. Navy Yard officials believe the new status will make it easier to obtain federal funding for new projects. (NY Daily News)

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A Brooklyn judge that found abuse in a Brooklyn Family Court case has still allowed the child to return to her parents. Since the removal of their children, the parents have done “everything [ACS] has asked them to do and they have cooperated with every single court order,” Judge Lillian Wan noted. Observing that the child had spent “more of her life in foster care than…in the care of [a] parent,”   the judge concluded that “[t]he harm of continued removal outweighs the risk of harm posed by a release to the parents under ACS supervision.” See page 16.

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Jason Stevens, the fugitive owner of shuttered event space reBar, appeared in court last week and was indicted on tax evasion charges. Though many couples who had weddings planned at the space are now left in the lurch with their deposit money nowhere to be found, Stevens’ attorney insists those allegations are separate from the other charges. That doesn’t mean, though, that the couples are moving on. “There is talk about a class action suit,” said one man.

 


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