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Woohoo! Tonight is the Sheepshead Bites Fourth Birthday Party, celebrating four years of coverage and community-building that we’re quite proud of.

But before the party kicks off, here are a few things you should know:

  • Music and festivities begin at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
  • The venue’s location is 3000 Emmons Avenue, at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue. We are not using the main entrance; there is a walkway on the side of the building that leads to the bar and pier entrance.
  • There is very limited parking, so we advise that you either walk, take public transportation or use car service.
  • We have a suggested donation of $10 that helps cover our event costs, with the remainder put aside for our freelance writer budget. This ensures we can produce more original stories about our neighborhood. If you’re broke, we get it. No one will be turned away. However, if you read and enjoy Sheepshead Bites, we urge you to help keep our mission alive and give generously beyond the $10 suggestion.
  • Do not come hungry. While there is free food at this event, it is not a “foodie” event and is not meant to replace a meal. Bassett’s Caterers has generously provided a limited number of sandwiches and salads, and food will only be available while it lasts. On this note, we will also have someone giving out the food – not the free-for-all we had last year.
  • We apologize to those who cannot make it because of the Sabbath. Unfortunately, it was the only date available to us. We hope you can join us at a future event.
  • New York City is currently under a heat advisory. It will be in the mid-80s when our party is in full swing. Water will be available throughout the night, and the bar itself is air conditioned. Please stay hydrated.
  • We can’t wait to see you! If we’ve never met before, don’t hesitate to come up and introduce yourself to any member of the team.

Image courtesy of the Southern Brooklyn Democrats

The Southern Brooklyn Democrats group will be hosting a meet and greet with local pols Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.

Another guest speaker who may be in attendance is from the Transit Workers Union.

The meeting will be held on Monday, July 2 at 7 p.m. at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road.

The group plans on discussing upcoming events and initiatives that pertain to the community.

Residents are encouraged to come and ask the politicians questions about policies and plans.


Source: Environmental Protection Agency via Wikimedia Commons

Last Thursday marks the adoption of a bill that would force plant operators to tell the public if and when municipal sewage is spilled into New York’s bodies of water.

This is great news for Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas as this coastal community with five nearby beaches is especially susceptible to sewage spillovers.

The Senate voted in favor of the The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act. It was part of a larger environmental package of bills called the Earth Day Package.

The measure states that sewage plant operators will have to notify local health departments within four hours of the waste release, as well as issue a public news release letting the public know when raw or partially treated sewage is discharged into New York waters.

It is the hope of environmental groups who worked on the bill that the public would receive water quality notifications through the press similar to the ozone, pollen and severe weather warnings.

Assemblyman Bob Sweeney said the measure will give people a choice to “avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful sewage pollution,” according to a media release.

The federal EPA estimates that between 1.8 million and 3.5 million Americans become ill annually from contact with sewage in recreational waters.

The bill still requires a signature from Governor Andrew Cuomo before becoming a law.

Once the notification system is in place, you can bet Sheepshead Bites will be broadcasting alerts about any such discharges locally.


The following is a greeting paid for by Ridgewood Savings Bank

Happy fourth birthday Sheepshead Bites. Here’s to many more years of serving the community together!

 – Ridgewood Savings Bank, 2520 East 17th Street & Avenue Y (718) 615-4810

The above is a paid greeting from Ridgewood Savings Bank.  If you would like to make an announcement or send a greeting to tens of thousands of Sheepshead Bites readers, e-mail advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com

All of  our readers, your friends and family are invited to Sheepshead Bites Fourth Birthday Party on June 29 at 8:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb, Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue, sponsored by Big Apple Sewer and Drain, entertainment sponsored by TD Bank and food provided by Bassett Caterers.

Activists blast Community Board member selection process, demand more transparency: The president of a local civic association and another active member of the community slammed the Community Board appointment process for a lack of fairness and transparency at Community Board 15′s final meeting of the season on Tuesday.

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association President Ed Jaworski led the assault. He insinuated that there is a conflict of interest for members or advisers who also have business connections to buildings-related cases that come before the Board.

Keep reading for more of the activists’ criticism, and other Board matters from Tuesday’s meeting.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Is everyone ready for ShadowLock to throw a conniption over the sign design? No? Too bad. He’s going to do it anyway.

Whatever. Infinity Cut’z Barber Shop is now open at 1618 Sheepshead Bay Road.

Try not to hurt yourself wondering if Cut’z is pronounced cuts, cutzzz, cut-ts, cute-z….

Source: WBUR/Flickr

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and it is extremely popular in Brooklyn. And high school teams are picking up steam.

Who knew?

The top cricket players of New York City’s high schools were selected to partake in the 2012 NYC Mayor’s Cup High School Cricket All-Star Game this Saturday at Spring Creek Park Cricket Field, 355 Gateway Drive, Brooklyn.

The group consists of 57 players from high school teams in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Locally, Sheepshead Bay High School, Abraham Lincoln High School and Midwood High School are sending two players each. Franklin D. Roosevelt High School is sending three athletes.

The first of the matches will take place at 10 a.m., while the final, the championship, will begin at 4 p.m.

Interested in playing cricket?  Beyond the high school level, there are several cricket teams based in Brooklyn. Among these teams are the Brooklyn Warriors, the Knight Riderz, and the Kings Country Warriors. Individuals can request to join the team, or they can email the captain of the team here.

Marine Park also has a cricket field on the corner of Filmore Avenue and Marine Parkway. To reserve a cricket field for organized play, you must first obtain an Athletic Field Permit.

For a moment I thought, “Why is he sending my a photo of a train from the ’40s,” until I realized that he gave it the old vintage sepia treatment using the now-defunct Picnik. It was shot just a month ago, using a Samsung SGH-I727 (a smartphone).

Photo by Allan Shweky

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