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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Local college team wins $1m Smart Gun Design Competition

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday announced the winner of his $1 million Smart Gun Design Competition, awarding the capital grant prize to New York University Tandon School of Engineering (NYU Tandon) on behalf of its student team Autonomous Ballistics. Comment

Kingsbrook hosts New York State Alumni Association Behavioral Health Fair

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Medical Center, The New York State Alumni Association, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as community providers of addiction and mental health services will present the third Annual Recovery Month Health Fair to educate the community and persons who are in recovery to learn about the intersect of behavioral health and primary care. Comment

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Basketball stats: There’s an app for that

Brooklyn: It’s a slam dunk app! A pair of Brooklyn brothers have created a platform that collects and archives basketball statistics for the sport’s data enthusiasts. East Flatbush siblings and basketball players, Nigel and Vaughn Caldon, innovated the idea for Ballstar — an online medium that documents all basketball figures from the NBA to even local school teams. Inspiration for the application spawned from conversions the two would hear at sidecourt neighborhood games, said Nigel Caldon. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

CACNY honors Caribbean -American role models

Brooklyn: A celebration of the community’s distinct. The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) honored 10 Caribbean Americans at their annual 2017 Role Models of Distinction Awards and Scholarship Benefit Gala at Grand Prospect Hall on Sept. 8. Comment

A taste of the tropics: Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery serves island-inspired flavors

Food: Savor the Caribbean, one scoop at a time! A recently opened Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery is churning out colorful homemade blends fused with popular Caribbean flavors that offer sweet-toothed patrons a taste of its owners’ heritage. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Popular Caribbean incumbents secure wins

Haiti: Two popular Caribbean incumbents were victorious Tuesday in New York City Democratic Primary Elections. Haitian Dr. Mathieu Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, and Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, representative for the adjacent 45th Council District in Brooklyn, were re-elected in the low-voter turn-out. Comment

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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Back to life: Painter revives carnival with artwork

Arts & Theater: Carnival is coming back to life. A Florida-based artist is showcasing his carnival-inspired artwork at Medgar Evers College library through Sept. 22. The second annual “Art of Carnival” exhibit is going to have 23 paintings on display — all based on images that Trinidadian-born artist Weldon Ryan took at various carnivals across the country. With the West Indian Day parade over until next year, he is keeping the spirit of the joyous celebration alive in his life-like representations of it — something not often found in Caribbean art. Comment

Brownsville football league awarded 5K

Brooklyn: A Brownsville-based football league was presented with a $5,000 grant from SportsNet New York (SNY) at Floyd Paterson field on Sept. 7. As part of the organization’s Play Ball program, every year the organization provides local leagues with trips to NFL games, equipment, and reward some with money to support their teams. The Brooklyn United Youth Football League was this year’s recipient of the grant and the young footballers could not have been happier, said the leaugue’s co-founder and coach. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Vincentians contest Council seat in Brooklyn

St Vincent: Two Vincentians are among 11 candidates vying for a City Council seat in next Tuesday’s Democratic Party Primary in Brooklyn. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert spared violence this year

Arts & Theater: New York Police Department (NYPD) and other officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert in Brooklyn has been spared this year the violence that has marred the festival in recent years. Comment

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Restrained revelry: Heightened J’Ouvert security prevents fatalities, changes atmosphere

Arts & Theater: It was the dawn of a new J’Ouvert. Comment


Music: Some island vibes took over Coney. Labor Day weekend kicked off with one of the city’s biggest Caribbean music events on Sept. 1. Thousands of concert-goers attended “On Da Reggae and Soca Tip” at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk for the annual concert hosted by radio station Hot 97. Comment

Junior costume bands revel like pros

Arts & Theater: Once again, junior revelers showed their carnival prowess, shaking their costume tails, frames, and frills, to light up the streets of Crown Heights during a stirring presentation on Saturday, Sept. 2, that began the 50-year festivities of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. Comment