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Saturday, March 12, 2005

VINTON AT BCBC

For those of us over a certain age, the name Bobby Vinton brings back memories of long summers, slow dancing and perhaps a first kiss. When Vinton burst onto the music scene in the early ’60s, rock ’n’ roll was at its height - but so was the romantic love ballad. And Vinton, with his curly hair, heart-melting smile and beautiful blue eyes (think Frank Sinatra) crooned those gooey songs with a sincerity that went straight to our young hearts. Comment.

FEAST TO SAINT

The Roman Catholic tradition of St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on March 19, originated in Sicily during the Middle Ages. Comment.

HAPPY CAMPERS

A prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany may seem an ideal place to set a tight, suspenseful drama. But it’s not so obviously the source of in-your-face comedy. Nevertheless playwrights Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski found the setting perfect for both in their 1951 Broadway hit "Stalag 17." Comment.

BAY RIDGE MAKEOVER

Samm’s Restaurant and Lounge has been around for six years, gaining a reputation for fine, simple American cuisine with a few international touches. In May, Michael Brocking bought the restaurant and, like a smart businessman, decided not to fix what wasn’t broken. Comments (1).

BOURNE ORIGINAL

Joseph Losey’s 1963 film "The Servant," scripted by playwright Harold Pinter, tells a sinister tale of the scheming title character (played with nasty gusto by Dirk Bogarde) who gradually begins controlling his master’s very existence. Set in the modishly swinging London of the early ’60s, "The Servant" doesn’t seem to be the kind of movie anyone would necessarily think to make into a dance-theater piece. Comment.

WOODY GOES SCHIZO

Years after emigrating to Manhattan, filmmaker Woody Allen still credits his Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn for much of his inspiration and comic sensibility. Comments (2).

BAG LADY

Borough Park native Debbie Brooks unveiled her spring line of handbags at Artexpo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on March 3. Called the Crystal Butterfly Collection, Les Pappillon, prices for her bags range from $160 to $350, depending on the materials chosen by the customer. Comment.

PARENT TRAP

"If you’ve tried and tried and just can’t have one of your own, adopt." Comment.

GET BAKED

Not too far from the Red Hook cocoa port, a team of sugar-loving business partners, including Matt Lewis of Manhattan’s Chocolate Bar (pictured above with Rafi Avramovitz, center, and Renato Poliafito, right), have opened Baked, a sleek little cafe with an emphasis on cake. Comment.

In Bay Ridge, Fedders doesn’t mean cool

When investors from across the country descend on tiny Liberty Corner, N.J., next month for the Fedders Corporation’s annual stockholders meeting, much will be said about weather and its effect on the air conditioning manufacturer’s bottom line. Comment.

Coney Island property a hot commodity

A soon-to-be-released plan for the redevelopment of Coney Island that is intended to restore the former seaside resort area to its place as the borough’s main attraction has sparked a real estate boom, say real estate agents and land owners. Comment.

Singing  the blues

Members of the Brooklyn Heights Association, in an attempt to block a nine-story development planned for a lot adjacent to 20 Henry St., are rallying to save a courtyard garden. Comment.

City, state & Bruce agree: ‘Yards the place for Nets

Atlantic Yards: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. George Pataki and real estate developer Bruce Ratner signed a “memorandum of understanding” March 3 that officially spells out Ratner’s plan to build a basketball arena and 17 residential and office high-rises on 21 acres of property emanating from the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. Comment.

WHO KNEW! Residents slam park planners over ‘non-publicized’    meeting

Brooklyn Bridge Park planners were chastised this week by community members who said they might have viewed a model and presentation of park plans had they only known of the March 3 public meeting. Comment.

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