A Message From The Publishers
This Is YOUR Canarsie Courier!
As we celebrate its 80th year of publication, the Canarsie Courier reaffirms its commitment to the residents and businesses of Canarsie and surrounding neighborhoods.
Over the years, many changes have taken place and the Canarsie Courier has been there to chronicle the events and happenings of the day. For decades, a mostly Jewish and Italian community, the local area now also includes a wide ranging population of those of African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian and Russian descent.
If we are to continue to thrive as the "small town in the big city" we must all find a way to come together to keep alive the community spirit that has long been the tradition here. In these increasingly complicated times, more than ever, it is critical to reach out to others to discuss the issues that affect the quality of our daily lives. We need to support the community organizations and the local businesses which are the life blood of our community.
Although few realize it, the Canarsie Courier gives each of its readers open access to participate. As a completely independent newspaper with no political agenda of its own, all area residents, businesses, school, sports, civic, religious and community organizations are sincerely encouraged to tell us about news and events that are important to them and to others in the community. If you have a special story, a poem, a recipe, an interesting photograph or something else you would like to share with your neighbors, all you need to do is to call us or send it to us and, chances are, it will be published in the Canarsie Courier. Our incredible staff is "user friendly" and is here for you.
From schools to sports to politics to religion to shopping, every week the Canarsie Courier informs readers and helps them to make sense of what’s happening around them. Unfortunately, all too often, the front page headlines portray what is worst about society and, although, for the record, we personally would like nothing more than to publish only positive stories, we are required to report the bad news as well. However, by writing us and telling us what is important and good in your life, on your block and around the corner, together we can achieve some type of balance and bring some spirit of community to an often dysfunctional world.
This is no longer your grandfather’s Canarsie Courier. It belongs to you! Make it your own and, together, we will strive to improve the quality of life in our community well into the future.
Donna M. Marra