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Notable Brooklynites of 2012

Check out this round up of profiles on important neighbors.

Out here in Brooklyn we have celebrities, politicians, musicians and entrepreneurs. 

And here at Brooklyn Patch we caught up with a bunch of notable people living in the borough during 2012. So, take a look at our profiles on some interesting people amongst all of us.  

Bed-Stuy

Alicia Ashley is one of the most accomplished and revered female boxers that have ever played the sport.

Ashley was one of the first women to begin boxing professionally. And now, at age 44, she continues to dominate the sport, so much so, the Guinness Book of World Records is reviewing Ashley as the oldest active professional female boxer to hold a world championship.

To read more about this Bed-Stuy resident, click here.

Today, well into her 70s, Judge Betty Staton is still walking, every day, to and from Restoration Plaza, where she works as executive director at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services.

Staton grew up during a time when racial segregation was the norm, and she has seen a great degree of social injustice. But, she says, segregation wasn’t really the reason she decided to go into law.

To read more about Judge Staton, click here.

Carroll Gardens

Celebrating 72 years of business, owners Joe and Mat Chirico share some old-school secrets of succeeding in Carroll Gardens. 

Many things have changed along Court Street since 1940. But a handful of original mom-and-pop businesses still dot the landscape, seemingly resistant to the souring economy and changing trends. One symbol of such miraculous longevity is Marietta's Dry Goods Store, currently celebrating 72 years of operation. 

To read Joe and Matt’s secrets to their success, click here.  

Lisa and Jim Dolan, owners of Lee Lee's Valise, debuted as the stars of TLC's "Big Brooklyn Style" on Tuesday, May 29.

After providing makeovers for curvy and plus-sized women out of their Court St. shop for the last five years, the Brooklyn-bred couple will be bringing their style tips to a national audience twice a week as part of the cable channel's new summer lineup.

To read about the duo, click here.

Ditmas Park

On East 16 St. between Caton and Church Avenues, nestled inside one of the neighborhood's many Victorians is Practical Learning Center, a co-ed, nonsectarian private school for pre-school through third grade, as well as a day care center for children ages 2-12.

Though someone walking down the block might not notice the institution, it has been a part of the neighborhood since 1980, when owner Netty Brown opened the doors of the building with one goal in mind: to educate. To read more about Brown, click here.

Park Slope

This past summer reggae master Jimmy Cliff came to Prospect Park and made Brooklyn dance and groove. To read the story and see the pictures, click here.

We also have to give it up to the restaurant triumvirate, for opening up two of Park Slope’s hottest spots. This year, the team brought the neighborhood Talde and Pork Slope.

And we cannot forget to remember Everett H. Ortner, a writer, editor, photographer and preservationist of Park Slope, who died in New York Methodist Hospital on Tuesday, May 22 due to complications after a bad fall. Read the profile on Ortner, who is remembered as the man who turned Park Slope from disinvestment and degradation to the neighborhood it is today.

Fort Greene

As voters head to the polls this election day to choose a replacement for Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, the name they may have not recognized was Martine Guerrier.

While opponents Walter Mosley and Olanike Alabi are both Democratic Party district leaders with many political and union endorsements, Guerrier comes to the race from a behind-the-scenes career in education policy and with New York Times endorsement.

To read about Guerrier, click here.

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