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Choosing appliances to furnish a home can be expensive and time consuming for any homeowner. When a new homeowner purchases a new home they normally want all new appliances when they move in. From new kitchen ovens to new washing machines, they want the whole treatment. Even though a brand new appliance decision is an excellent move, it may the best one for those who can afford it. In some situations, all new appliances may not be possible unless the owner of the home wants to incur a lot of debt when they are moving in. Therefore, it is important for each individual owner to assess his or her financial circumstances before going forward. If they can afford the new appliances with ease, this will be their decision.

Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY

Fortunately, all new appliances are not always the best option, especially if the homeowner had good quality appliances in their previous homes. While some people may not take good care of the appliances that have, others are great at ensuring they call companies like Bear Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY into their homes.

These companies can help the owners to ensure the appliances are repaired right and have the proper maintenance performed on schedule. For instance, Bear Appliance Repair can be called in for regular maintenance and repairs for all of the appliances in the kitchen area as well as other areas of the home. All of the maintenance can be performed in one setting, especially if the homeowner knows how to develop a plan that will work for both the company and the owner of the home. On the other hand, if they have appliances in most areas of the home, the appliance repair technicians may want to break the repair jobs up and perform them on different days and time. This will allow the employees in the company to do a good maintenance and repair job with each individual appliance that is in the home.

If these jobs are done too quickly or these professionals are rushed to complete every appliance at one time, these professionals may not have the time allotments to provide their best quality services.

With regular appliance maintenance, the homeowner will not have to be concerned about buying new appliances when they move into a new home, especially because the appliances that they are already have are kept in mint condition. Therefore, when the appliance repair professionals come into the home, their main objective is to make sure the maintenance and repairs include cleaning the parts that cause performance problems and energy to be loss. For example, when the homeowner contacts the appliance repair Brooklyn staff for air conditioner maintenance services, one of their main jobs is to prepare the air conditioning systems for the winter prior to season. While performing their duties, they will have to clean the filters and other areas of the central air conditioning systems thoroughly. The cleaning they do will help these systems to run efficiently throughout the winter without causing problems for the owner of the home.

Reviewing Warranties

In addition to ensuring regular maintenance is done, the owner of the home should also review their records for warranties on the appliances that they have acquired. If the owner has not moved from one location to another for long and extended periods of time, the warranties for the appliances may be expired. On the other hand, if the owner of the new home moves frequently, the appliances that they have acquired may still be under a manufacturer’s warranty. Therefore, the owner may want to keep the appliances that they have from the previous home because they can replace the appliance instead of fixing it. This is based, however, on the terms of the initial appliance contract.

Brooklyn Appliance repair Hot Lines

When an owner chooses to replace some of their appliances with newer ones, they should review all of the terms listed in the contracts. For those manufactures who want to obtain an edge over the competitors, there are different kinds of incentives and perks for buying the products that they offer. For instance, some manufactures offer their appliances with a variety of different benefits including an outstanding service hotline.

These hotlines are attractive for those buyers that do not like to risks the quality of their appliances with repair people from other repair companies. In fact, these owners prefer the best appliance repair services possible. This means they want services from a representative of the company that manufactures and sells the appliance that they possess. When the manufacturer of their appliance supplies a hotline that they can call for repairs and regular maintenance, they are usually more likely to purchase this brand of appliance from the companies that sell them.

Purchasing OEM Parts for Major Appliances

Another key factor in purchasing appliances from the original manufacture is the quality of their parts offered. The types of parts offered are known as OEM or original equipment manufacturer parts. Even though most consumers may not know the different, others are aware of differences. Therefore, they prefer the original equipment manufacturer parts to ‘after market’ parts. While some repairman may say some aftermarket parts are equivalent to the original equipment of the manufacturer, this not always true. These facts or statements are dependent upon the manufacturer and the part that they are referencing. For instance, some car repairman will replace the OEM parts with aftermarket parts because the insurance company will not pay for the original equipment manufacturer part.

One of the main reasons for this decision is the premium amount that would have to be paid. In order to save money, insurance companies and repair shops will install these parts with or without the consumer’s approval. However, if the car owner wants to pursue or contests the issue, the customer can install the OEM parts but they will have to pay the difference between the OEM part and the aftermarket part. With this being said, most people who have a choice will often choose the OEM part instead.

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Glass door smashed, thief grabs cash

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

62nd Precinct

Bensonhurst—Bath Beach

Rock and stole

A brazen thief threw a rock through a glass store door on 86th Street on Nov. 12 before stealing $10,900 in cash from the shop and fleeing on foot.

The thief broke smashed the front door of the shop at 16th Avenue just after midnight, according to a police report. He stole the hefty sum of cash from assorted places inside, and then fled towards 16th Avenue.

Holding the phone

Three punks stole a woman’s iPhone 6 while she was waiting on a Manhattan-bound N train platform at 20th Avenue on Nov. 8.

The pack of perps approached her at the station between 63rd and 64th streets around 3:45 p.m, grabbed the phone from her hands and took off, according to police.

Name game

A miscreant sprayed another man with a chemical agent on 18th Avenue on Nov. 12, causing pain and redness to the man’s eyes, according to police.

The crook sprayed the man on 68th Street at around 5 pm. When a suspect was apprehended shortly after, he knowingly gave a false name and date of birth, investigators said.

Blade knaves

A pack of three no-goodniks stole $300 cash from a man in the lobby of a Shore Parkway building on Nov. 11 after one of them threatened the man with a knife.

The louts approached the man in the lobby of the building near 20th Lane at around 9:30 pm, when one placed a knife on the man’s neck and took $300 from his right front pocket before they fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police are reviewing cameras in the area.

Failed fisticuffs

Police arrested two men who unsuccessfully tried to steal from a man before they punched him in the face, causing pain and laceration to his lip, on Bay Parkway on Nov. 11.

The pair approached the man near W. Seventh Street just after 8 pm, and asked him if he lived in the area. They then put their hands into the man’s pockets and tried to steal from him, but he fought them off by pushing them away, at which point they punched him in the face. The man went to Lutheran Hospital to be treated, and the perps were arrested on the scene after a witness called 911.

Forgotten, and gone

An unknown nogoodnik stole a man’s bag of electronics from a public Bay Parkway parking lot on Nov. 9 after he left it on the ground and drove away before remembering where he left it.

The man was loading up his car with merchandise in the parking lot of a store near Shore Parkway when he put a bag of electronics on the ground. But he forgot about the bag when he drove off, and when he finally realized his error later and returned to the spot, the bag was gone. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area.

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Creepy break-in

A good-for-nothing broke into a woman’s Bath Avenue apartment through a rear window on Nov. 7, then spooked the occupant and fled before taking anything.

The perp entered the apartment at Bay 41st Street at 1 am and walked upstairs and encountered the woman and flashed a light in her face. The lowlife(s) didn’t take anything from the house, but caused damage to the window.

Low blow

Police arrested two teenage boys who assaulted a woman by punching her in the face after they attempted to steal from her on W 10th Street on Nov. 11.

The boys approached the woman around 7:50 pm at Avenue P, where they grabbed her by the arm and demanded money. When she refused and said she had no money, they asked for her cell phone. And when she refused to hand that over, the boys punched her in the face, causing pain and a nosebleed. They fled on foot, but the victim was able to lead police to the pair of perps, who were then cuffed.

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Pricey cellphone was real, thief’s money was fake

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Phone and phony

A double-talking thief stole an iPhone X and handed the owner $1,400 in fake money before fleeing on 86th Street on Nov. 5, according to police.

The two men connected on Craigslist, where the gray phone was listed for sale, and agreed to meet between 11th and 12th avenues around 11 pm to finalize the sale. And when the iPhone owner handed the Apple product over to the thief, the perp gave him an envelope with a wad filled with $1,400 in fake $50 bills before fleeing in an unknown direction in a white vehicle.

Swindler’s wish

A crooked auto broker cheated a man out of $2,200 after their Nov. 2 phone conversation from the man’s 94th Street home.

When the pair spoke on the phone around noon — the man calling from his apartment between Marine Avenue and Shore Road — they agreed to meet up in person for the man to pick up the car after he wired the money. But the perp never showed up, alleged the victim in a Nov. 7 police report. The same broker has been named in numerous reports filed for similar incidents, police said.

Swiped, and ran

A quick-acting thief stole nearly $850 after picking up a wallet with two credit cards and $200 cash inside after a woman dropped it on 93rd Street on Nov. 9.

The lowlife began making charges using the two cards shortly after grabbing the billfold at the corner of Third Avenue before 7 pm. The following morning, the woman received a text message from her bank reporting the charges, and she reported it to the 68th Precinct just after 11 am.

Stolen and rollin’

A no-goodnik stole a man’s 2013 Honda Odyssey valued at $24,500 from its Colonial Road parking spot at some point between Nov. 7 and 8.

The man parked his car in his driveway behind his home between 88th and 89th streets at 7 pm on Nov 7. When he returned to the car the next morning just before 10 am, it was gone, according to the report. The car owner said he kept a spare valet key for the car inside the front glove compartment. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area, according to the report.

— Julianne McShane

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Punk punches bike-toting subway rider, gets busted later

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

61st Precinct

Sheepshead Bay—Homecrest—
Manhattan Beach—Gravesend

Subway scoundrel

Cops cuffed a guy for punching a victim in the face inside the subway station on Kings Highway on Nov. 7, police said. The 24-year-old victim told police he was on a Coney Island-bound Q train at about 8:30 pm when the suspect came up to him and said “I like your bike, give me your bike,” according to authorities. The guy hopped off the subway near E. 16th Street and the suspect followed him and then punched him in the face, officials said. Police later caught up with the assailant and arrested him.

Cash and cologne

Some baddie broke into a guy’s Homecrest Avenue home and stole his cash and other property on Nov. 6, police said. The victim told police the nogoodnik entered his house near Gravesend Neck Road through the first floor kitchen window at about 8 pm and swiped cash, an iPhone charger, and Mont Blanc cologne worth a total of $80, according to authorities.

Backdoor bandit

A malefactor broke into an E. Second Street home and stole a guy’s wallet on Nov. 7, police said. The homeowner told police the lout broke into the home near Avenue Y sometime between noon and 4 pm, ransacked the two bedrooms, and swiped cash, an iPad, and a wallet worth a total of $355, officials said.

Evidence left behind

A cretin swiped a wad of cash from a guy’s work van parked on Avenue U on Nov. 8, police said. The guy told police he had parked his van near E. 17th Street at about 2:15 pm and when he returned about thirty minutes later, realized the lummox had stolen the $2,000 in cash he had inside but left a Samsung phone, according to authorities.

Jewel thief

A cur broke into a guy’s Bedford Avenue home and stole thousands in cash and jewelry on Nov. 9, police said. The victim told police he left his home near Avenue Y at about 8 am and when he returned a little over an hour later, realized the sneak had broken in through a first floor window and stole a Swarovski ring and earrings, a gold ring, emerald ring, and cash worth a total of $9,300, according to authorities.

Quick grab

A rascal stole a wad of cash from a guy’s car on Avenue U on Nov. 10, police said. The victim told police he had left his vehicle near E. 15th Street at about 4:20 p.m. to make a pickup and when he got back to his car about 10 minutes later, realized that someone had stolen a blue bag with about $3,000 cash inside from under the driver’s seat, according to authorities.

— Julianne Cuba

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Tomb raiders: Celebrity D&D players stream live game from Williamsburg

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By Bill Roundy

Brooklyn Daily

This show is a critical hit!

A party of celebrity nerds will raid a dungeon, battle monsters, and trigger deadly traps live on stage this weekend in Williamsburg. “Force Grey: Survive the Tomb,” happening at Villain on Dec. 18, will feature five veteran performers playing Dungeons & Dragons in front of a live audience — and though the action is purely verbal, the entertaining cast, led by voice actor Matt Mercer, will have audience members on the edge of the seats, said the organizer of the event.

“I think the dynamic performances of the cast, and the vocal talents of Matt, will keep people entranced,” said Greg Tito, from Wizards of the Coast, the company that publishes Dungeons & Dragons.

In addition to Mercer, the group features “True Blood” actors Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll, child-actor-turned-Williamsburg-mead-brewer Dylan Sprouse, Utkarsh Ambudkar, from “The Mindy Project,” and voice actress Marisha Ray, portraying an elite group of adventurers creeping their way through a deadly, trap-filled tomb.

This weekend’s four-hour game, which will also be broadcast live, serves as a sort of season finale for the 18-part series “Force Grey: Lost City of Omu.” That adventure was recorded at two marathon game sessions in Los Angeles, said Tito, but the latest session moved to Brooklyn to accommodate the shooting schedule of the actors — and to take advantage of the neighborhood’s cachet, said the former Williamsburg resident.

“Brooklyn is a cool place in general,” said Tito.

The actors will play on a small stage, set up like a typical living room, with the audience on risers nearby. Video screens will capture details that might escape the audience, including dice rolls and an elaborate miniature dungeon created by Williamsburg model crafter Stefan Pokorny, who, said Tito “made it look as bad-ass as it can be.”

Before the dungeon-crawl starts at 3 pm, audience members can check out game products, gawk at an elaborate model of a ruined jungle city, and examine sculptures of fantastic creatures mounted on the wall like hunting trophies.

“It’ll be like walking into a D&D museum,” said Tito.

The audience for Dungeons & Dragons games was once limited to those who could fit around a basement gaming table, but a collection of “actual play” podcasts and videos over the last few years has opened up the game to a whole new crowd, said Tito.

“The fact that we can watch these expert performers for three to four hours, playing D&D, live and streamed to an audience of thousands — I’m still flabbergasted that we can do this,” he said.

“Force Grey” at Villain (307 Kent Ave. at S. Third Street in Williamsburg, www.wizards.com/dnd). Nov. 18 at 2 pm. $30–$37.50.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at broundy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507.
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Arts in the parks: Artists and locals hope to spruce up Bay Ridge parks

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

A walk in these Bay Ridge parks is about to get even better.

A new art installation is coming to a favorite Bay Ridge park, according to the parks department, and a group of artists and community members who also want to install another project in a separate neighborhood park. The artistic additions to Owl’s Head Park — and Narrows Botanical Gardens, if the project is approved — will bring in Brooklynites and New Yorkers from beyond the borough to appreciate the art, said the chair of the local Community Board 10’s parks committee.

“These projects are going to be great, and will attract people from all over the city,” said June Johnson.

A Williamsburg artist who also lives and works on the Greek island of Crete designed five sculptures made of recycled objects that she found on the city’s streets and then cast in concrete. They will be installed in Owl’s Head Park late this year or early next, and will remain for six months, according to the parks department. The artist said she made the sculptures — which incorporate plastic bottles, bags, drawers, chairs, and suitcases — to resemble sea vessels to honor the journeys of immigrants who approached New York’s shore on the same waters that the sculptures will look out on.

“The whole idea is that they are representing the need of people to escape, because we all need to escape,” said Eirini Linardaki. “It’s a need that’s essential to human life, to the human condition. And to me, it was symbolically connected to the immigration stories in the area.”

Linardaki learned about Owl’s Head Park after she organized a collaborative mural project between a group of Fort Hamilton High School students, who visited Crete in February 2016, and students at the island’s School of European Education of Heraklion. She used a friend’s studio in Park Slope to create the sculptures and is so-far self-funding the $5,000 project, though she’s hoping to receive grants from local arts organizations. But Linardaki said that the experience is worth it even if she has to pay everything out of pocket.

“I think making art is a necessity,” she said.

Each of the five sculptures will weigh several hundred pounds and will be anchored to the ground using spiral stakes, according to Johnson.

Narrows Botanical Gardens will also see an art installation as soon as the parks department officially approves the plan, which has already been approved by the local community board and funded by state Sen. Golden’s office to the tune of $100,000. A local artist will design seven 15-foot-tall concrete tablets and three crossbars to be permanently installed in one of the park’s interior pathways.

The artist said that even though his installation will merely ape that of Stonehenge, a chief source of inspiration, the project will still be a unique one for the borough.

“It’s inspired by Stonehenge but it is still an original creation,” said Alexander Ryan, who specializes in hand carving, texturing, and staining concrete to resemble natural stone. “We’re calling it ‘Brooklynhenge.’ ”

Ryan plans to use water and acid-based stains to age the faux stones, and he’ll carve and add texture to the concrete like he usually does in order to make it look more realistic, he said.

“I’m going to make it look like it’s a couple thousand years old,” he said. “Stones are not perfect. I’m making it imperfect, which makes it look very natural.”

He said he uses concrete rather than stone because it is cheaper, lighter, and easier to work with. The project will take fives weeks to complete, he said, and the concrete will be reinforced with steel on the inside to stay durable over time.

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The landscape architect who designed Narrows Botanical Gardens more than two decades ago came up with the concept for the project. He said that the vibrant — and fairly safe — Ridge community is the perfect home for the Stonehenge doppelg?nger.

“This is a testament to the Bay Ridge community that we can do a project like this without fear of vandalism or destruction,” said Jimmy Johnson.

The parks borough commissioner Martin Maher said in a Nov. 1 email to June Johnson that the department first needs to officially add the “Brooklynhenge” project to the Shore Road Overall Conceptual Plan, a multi-million-dollar bid to revitalize and overhaul the stretch of street, before the project can officially be approved, but said that this was mostly a formality.

The Overall Conceptual Plan contains multiple components — including sprucing up the park, roads, and sidewalks — but the parks department has approved it piecemeal, greenlighting the Shore Road Park Conservancy-backed “Shore Line” project, which focuses chiefly on the park and the nearby sidewalks, but not yet reviewing the Overall Conceptual Plan as one proposal, according to Maher.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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Trolley-ho! Advocates of Brooklyn–Queens tram line reveal life-size streetcar model

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By Bill Parry

Brooklyn Daily

It’s the rail deal.

Proponents of the mayor’s plan to build a $2.5-billion trolly line connecting Brooklyn and the outer borough of Queens unveiled on Monday a true-to-size model of the system’s streetcars in front of a crowd of city officials and other local leaders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The reveal offered the group a glimpse of the future if the 14-mile Brooklyn Queens Connector is approved, according to a main supporter of the transit initiative.

“Today we’re providing New Yorkers with their first real taste of what the BQX would look and feel like, and calling on the city to bring light-rail service to areas long underserved by reliable mass transit,” said Ya-Ting Liu, the executive director of advocacy group Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector.

Backers of the project showcased a 46-foot Citadis 405 car, which workers constructed in France before shipping it to Kings County. The vessel contained 23 seats for would-be straphangers in addition cushioned components that fatigued commuters can rest on, according to a New York Post report.

Mayor DeBlasio first announced the ambitious light-rail line — which would connect transit-starved nabes along the waterfront from Sunset Park to Queens and is still in its planning stages — last year.

Borough President Adams, who said he supported the Brooklyn Queens Connector in principle after Hizzoner proposed it, echoed that stance at the streetcar unveiling, noting how the service would bring public transportation to areas that need it most, but that sorting the plan’s finer points will be key to getting it off the ground.

“At my inauguration nearly four years ago, I laid out a vision for a new transportation link for Brooklyn’s waterfront, a line to connect historically underserved transit deserts. That vision is captured by the BQX proposal,” the beep said. “To be sure, there are key details that need resolution before this project can advance. I am confident that the city can work productively in a community-led process on issues such as route design, financing structure, and MTA fare integration.”

But some transportation experts blasted the idea following its announcement, claiming proponents market the trolley as a service for low-income residents in transit-starved nabes, but that it will actually benefit wealthy property owners along its proposed routes, which traverse Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Downtown, and Red Hook and could require banning traffic on certain streets and building new bridges.

The pros also questioned the mayor’s claim that the tram will pay for itself via increased property taxes, arguing there would need to be a ton of new development in certain nabes in order for that to happen, and suggested the proposed funds for the project instead be invested in upgrading and expanding the city’s current transit system.

And the Brooklyn Queens Connector proposal still faces a lengthy public-approval process, but if it gets the green light, construction could begin in 2019 with service scheduled to start in 2024.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260?4538.

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A cinematic return: Spike Lee debuts new boro-based series with gala premiere at Ft. Greene theater

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

It was a bright night for a local film legend!

Stars lit up the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Nov. 11 for the premiere of Spike Lee’s new Netflix television series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” which is based on the director’s beloved Brooklyn-set movie. And though the famous filmmaker no longer lives in his native Fort Greene, he wanted to celebrate his special night at the esteemed local arts hub, his wife said.

“To be able to do it at such an iconic place as BAM was great,” said Tonya Lewis Lee, who is also an executive producer of the series. “It was such a beautiful space to do the premiere with a crowd from Brooklyn.”

The 10-episode show stars actress DeWanda Wise as protagonist Nola Darling — also the titular character of Lee’s 1986 film — and tells the story of a young woman maintaining relationships with three lovers, a plot Lewis Lee said will appeal to many viewers.

“As someone said to me that night, everybody can find a character to identify with in the show,” she said.

The program’s director and stars lined the event’s red carpet, including Lee, Wise and Anthony Ramos — an alum of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” who portrays Mars Blackmon on the new show.

Critics lauded Lee’s original movie as boundary-pushing for its dialogue about black female sexuality, and the new series’s executive producer said she looks forward to the conversations it will spark.

“I can’t wait until it comes out. I can’t wait for people to see it, binge it, talk about it,” Lewis Lee said.

And hosting a homecoming for Lee — who now lives in Manhattan but keeps Fort Greene offices for his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks — was an honor, according to a Brooklyn Academy of Music honcho, who praised the director’s latest work for its creativity and focus on important local issues.

“It was an honor to host the premiere of Spike Lee’s new work at BAM,” said Gina Duncan, the cultural space’s associate vice president of cinema. “Grappling with issues like black female sexuality and gentrification, the show builds on many of the themes presented in Lee’s early work.”

“She’s Gotta Have It” debuts on Netflix on Thanksgiving day.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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Singing her praises: Dyker fixture and founder of Regina Opera Company dies at 86

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

Local operatic trailblazer Marie Cantoni passed away on Oct. 28 at the age of 86.

Cantoni founded the Regina Opera Company in 1970 with her neighbor, Nick Tierno, after she learned that Tierno’s brother sang opera as a tenor and had no place to perform. Cantoni went on to transform the company into a renowned local favorite, beloved by both Brooklynites and opera-lovers beyond the borough alike for its affordable pricing and professional productions — which gained acclaim even in their school-auditorium venues.

Cantoni and Tierno began staging small concerts at the Regina Pacis Youth Center in Dyker Heights, staging their first full opera — Giuseppe Verdi’s three-act “La Traviata” — to piano accompaniment in 1971. But over time, the company grew to regularly draw crowds of around 300 people to classic productions like “Madame Butterfly,” “Marriage of Figaro,” and “Carmen.”

The company even attracted now-famous singers to its stage before they got their professional starts: Dolora Zajick, who went on to become an acclaimed mezzo-soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, tested out her lungs with the Regina Opera in 1980, before it even featured a full orchestra.

The company also became known for presenting operas in their original languages and projecting their own unofficial English translations above the stage for audiences to follow during the shows — a practice not commonly found outside of performances staged by the Metropolitan or New York City operas, according to Cantoni. And even when the company faced tough times and was on the verge of closing in the 1970s and ’80s, the heritage of the Dyker Heights neighborhood that Cantoni called home helped her and her performers sustain their success over time, she told this paper in 2010.

“You do a show where you sing Italian opera in an Italian neighborhood — the people just come,” Cantoni said.

Cantoni joined three older siblings when she was born at her Brooklyn home on 75th Street between 11th and 12th avenues in November 1930. She went on to attend PS 176 and New Utrecht High School. In 1957, she married her first-grade sweetheart, Matthew Cantoni, and soon gave birth to her daughter Linda in 1958. Her son Mark followed two years later.

Cantoni stayed involved with the Regina Opera Company, directing it as a labor of love — for which she was never paid — until she retired a few years ago. Her daughter, Linda, began directing operas at the company in 1986, and now serves on the board of directors and as the executive vice president, secretary, and legal advisor.

Marie Cantoni told the Brooklyn Paper that her love for opera began as a child, when she would listen to radio performances by the Metropolitan Opera with her mother.

“Every Saturday morning, my mother and I would listen to ‘Live from the Met’ on the radio — this was in the 1930s,” she said. “My mother would translate the singing for us. I was 6- or 7-years-old, and I enjoyed the music. It was exciting, and could be touching.”

And according to Cantoni’s daughter, Linda, even though her mother was too shy to appear on stage, she threw herself into her work any other way she could.

“Mom did just about everything for the company except sing — casting, scenery, set decoration, furniture, props, costumes, accounting, publicity, box office, administration — you name it,” she said. “She was amazingly creative and could draw, paint, sew and wield a hammer with the best of them.”

Cantoni said in 2010 that she doubted her idea to start the Regina Opera Company from the beginning, but that her work ethic and love for the art of opera kept her in it for the long haul.

“Me, start an opera company?” she said. “I thought it was crazy, I can’t even read music! But I loved it and I was willing to work hard.”

If you missed catching a performance with the Regina Opera Company in Cantoni’s heyday, have no fear, for the show must go on. You can catch the company’s performance of the same show they started with 46 years ago, “La Traviata,” on four dates in November in Sunset Park.

“La Traviata” at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy (5902 Sixth Ave. between 59th and 60th streets in Sunset Park, www.reginaopera.org). Nov. 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 3 pm. $25 ($20, seniors and students under 25-years-old).

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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Seagate man charged with murder of Sheepshead Bay woman in horrific slashing

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

A 42-year-old Sheepshead Bay woman died on Nov. 7, nine days after a 40-year-old Seagate man allegedly slashed her throat at his home, police said.

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The victim, Larsya Saad, was making tea at the Seagate home of her 38-year-old female friend, who had just recently ended her relationship with the suspect, when the man allegedly climbed into the apartment through a window and slit Saad’s throat just before midnight on Oct. 28, the New York Daily News reported. The man allegedly then raped his ex-girlfriend and stabbed her in the leg and throat while he held her hostage for nearly five hours as Saad lay dying, according to the Daily News.

Police responded to a 911 call from the Beach 45th Street home near Atlantic Avenue just before 5 am, they said, and emergency personnel immediately rushed both women to Coney Island Hospital, where Saad remained until she died nine days later. Baimov’s ex-girlfriend was treated and released.

The suspect was arrested at the scene on Oct. 29 and charged with assault, rape, burglary, and attempted murder. He has not been arraigned on murder charges following Saad’s death, according to the District Attorney’s office, but prosecutors expect to bring a charge of second-degree murder.

The killing and assault came as a rare occurrence in the quiet and close-knit gated community of Seagate. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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Man wanted for vandalizing Bay Ridge mosque

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

A man was caught on camera using a hammer to destroy a camera and windows at a Bay Ridge mosque in Sunset Park on Nov. 11, according to police.

Footage captured the man wielding the hammer and pounding it against the camera and multiple windows at the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center of Bay Ridge, at the corner of 63rd Street, at about 5:15 pm on Saturday, according to the report. He then fled on foot towards 62nd Street.

The man was last seen wearing a black hooded coat, blue jeans, and white sneakers, according to police.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477, or for Spanish, (888) 577-4782. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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