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Seniors. Idols. Senior idols.

Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition this Monday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium for Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, an annual contest that draws upon the talent of senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this fall.

State Senator Martin J. Golden, in partnership with Xaverian High School, is hosting the contest. Senior citizens trying out for the singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.

The contest finalists selected from those who audition will compete at Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, to be held at Xaverian High School on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. The winner will be selected through the votes of the audience and the judges.

“Every year, Brooklyn’s Senior Idol attracts great talent from our Borough and many fans show up to cheer on our contestants at the show. This year, as we set our sights on the crowning this year’s Brooklyn Senior Idol, I look forward to another successful event which has come a very popular tradition. So if you can sing, be sure to try out. And if you want to see a great show, don’t miss the show,” said Golden, in a press release.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can only be purchased at the door, with all proceeds to benefit the Xaverian High School Music Scholarship Fund and to purchase new instruments to support the Xaverian High School music program.

Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at the 71st Street door).

For more information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Photo by William P.

Photo by William P.

It looks like Aqua Blu Supper Club, an Italian restaurant at 152 Highlawn Avenue, is closed for good.

According to tipster William P., it shut its doors at the end of July and hasn’t reopened. “For rent” signs went up shortly afterwards.

The Italian restaurant sat on a rather sleepy block, adjacent to the N train subway station. The business opened up about two years ago, selling brick oven pizza and Italian fare.

The owner said goodbye on Facebook:

We wish the owner luck on their future endeavors!

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

Cops are investigating an apparent homicide in Coney Island, in which a 23-year-old man was found shot once in the head.

The grisly scene unfolded at the Sea Park Apartments at 2980 West 28th Street just after 8:00pm. Cops arrived to find the victim’s body in the hallway of the 17th floor.

The NYPD is not releasing the victim’s name, pending family notification.

They are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

There will be a baked goods and jewelry sale this Saturday, September 6 at 12:00pm outside of New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street, followed by guest pastor EJ Emerson delivering the annual Blessing of the Animals at 2:00 p.m.

“Like Francis of Assisi and many others, Pastor EJ takes particular delight in animals of all kinds, believing they are God’s special gift to people,” a press release reads. “Our pets bless and care for us with unqualified love and faithfulness. They’re a source of great joy. This is our opportunity to thank God and to invite a special blessing for them.”

According to the release, pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome, as long as they are polite in public and adequately restrained for their own safety and that of others.  Human companions are also requested to be prepared to clean up any droppings their pet may deposit on the property.

The blessing is free to all. Proceeds from the baked goods and jewelry sale will go to the restoration fund for the church sanctuary, which was built in 1828-1829.

For more information, call (718) 232-9500.

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Source: Dan Nguyen/Flickr

Sure, public schools open tomorrow. But maybe you’re a last minute kind of person – or one of any number of things got in the way – and you still need to get your kid registered for school, pre-k or free lunch.

Fortunately, the Department of Education is making things a little easier with new temporary registration centers spread across the five boroughs to make it easier to enroll students or get questions answered. And they’ve launched online tools to apply for free lunch (deadline tomorrow) and pre-k.

As for the temporary registration centers, not everybody needs to head to one. New elementary and middle school students who have zoned schools, including those with an Individualized Education Program, should register at their zoned school beginning tomorrow, September 4. You can find your zoned school here or by calling 311.

Registration centers are for those who live in a neighborhood without a zoned school, as well as all new high school students (including those with an IEP).

There are three Brooklyn registration centers:

  • Edward R. Murrow High School, 1600 Avenue L
  • Clara Barton High School, 901 Classon Avenue
  • Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Green Place

The centers are open from now through Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Here’s the information from the DOE on what to bring:

Parents must bring their child(ren) with them to register. The following documents are required:

  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s latest report card/transcript (if available)
  • Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable)

In addition, parents must demonstrate proof of residency by bringing any of the following two documents*:

  • Utility bill in the resident’s name (National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority); must be dated within the past 60 days
  • Water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 90 days
  • Original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence
  • Current property tax bill for the residence
  • Official payroll document from an employer [example: payroll receipt]; must be dated within the past 60 days
  • Document or letter from a federal, state, or local government agency indicating the resident’s name and address [example: document from Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)]; must be dated within the past 60 days

* If the parent is not the leaseholder of residence, he/she must submit a Residency Affidavit.

Families can still register for universal pre-k and can find more information at nyc.gov/prek or by texting “prek” to 877877.

Aside from getting registered, the Department of Education is also making it easier to get enrolled in the free meals program.

Breakfast is at no charge to all students, while lunch normally costs $1.75. Some students qualify for free meals - but the application must be in before tomorrow, September 4, the start of school. You can apply online here. If you have any questions, please contact The Office of SchoolFood at (877) 363-6325.

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Congressman Michael Grimm’s trial on fraud and tax evasion charges is set to begin on December 1 after a federal judge yesterday denied a request from the lawmaker’s defense team to delay it.

The trial will take place after the November election, but not long enough after it to satisfy Grimm’s defense who worry the jury will be tainted by campaign ads focused on the pol’s alleged misdeeds.

Capital New York reports:

“We’re obviously in the heart of an election cycle right now,” Jeffrey Neiman, an attorney representing Grimm, told the court. He noted that the DCCC has begun featuring ads attacking Grimm that showcase his corruption trial, including a new one that began airing locally yesterday, which includes a clip of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announcing the 20-count indictment against Grimm.

“We’re concerned about ensuring Mr. Grimm has a fair trial, and if the jury sees these repeated ads, we’re concerned that there may be prejudice,” Neiman said, asking for “a bit of a cooling-off period post-election” that he said would “more than ensure a fair trial for Mr. Grimm.”

Neiman requested a one month postponement, but the judge assured him that the court was capable of ensuring a fair trial for a high-profile defendant.

Grimm was slapped with a 20-count indictment for tax evasion, fraud, conspiracy and illegal hiring practices earlier this year, all in connection to an Upper East Side restaurant he once owned. The pol has denied wrongdoing.

Long before those charges, the congressman was dogged by probes of his fundraising for the 2010 campaign. While no charges were filed against the pol, two associates including an ex-girlfriend face charges.

Diana Durand, the reported former flame, is accused of using straw donors to steer more than $10,000 in illegal donations to Grimm. She is scheduled to enter a plea deal in court today.

Grimm faces a challenge from former councilman Domenic Recchia, who is trouncing the incumbent in fundraising with help from national Democrats.

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The Department of Transportation announced this morning that the Belt Parkway lane closures set to begin last night have been postponed indefinitely.

Two lanes of the eastbound Belt Parkway at Gerritsen Inlet Bridge were set to be closed for road repairs beginning last night and continuing through the weekend. A representative for the agency could not say what caused the postponement or when would would occur.

These closures are being done to facilitate the replacement of the bridge, which is part of the city’s Seven Bridges project, a large-scale renovation of seven spans on the Belt Parkway that began in 2009.

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Photo by Elle Spektor

Community Board 11 with hold its first general meeting since it went on summer vacation, taking place Thursday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare (1740 84th Street).

The Board serves as a local conduit to the government of New York City, representing neighbors’ needs and concerns. If you have a problem with a city agency or quality of life issue, the Board exists to relay your concerns and spur action.

There will be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.

For more information, call (718) 266-8800.

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Cops say the man in the photo above attacked and robbed an 80-year-old woman and left her injured in the streets.

The man approached his victim from behind in Coney Island and violently grabbed at her purse, authorities say. She was knocked to the ground and left with minor injuries, while he fled.

The suspect was last seen wearing a grey tank top, dark pants, black du-rag and carrying a dark colored backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Update (1:22 p.m.): We’ve learned that this incident actually happened on Bay 46th Street in Bath Beach – not Coney Island as we previously reported. The story has been amended.

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Two lanes of the eastbound Belt Parkway at Gerritsen Inlet Bridge will be closed for road repairs beginning tonight and lasting through the weekend.

The first lane, between Exit 9 and Exit 11, will close at 10pm tonight, followed by a second lane at 1am. During the closure, one lane will remain open to traffic at all times, and all lanes will reopen at 5am.

Weather permitting, this pattern will continue each night for approximately five nights, according to the Department of Transportation.

These closures are being done to facilitate the replacement of the bridge, which is part of the city’s Seven Bridges project, a large-scale renovation of seven spans on the Belt Parkway that began in 2009.