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For those of you following the very emphatic Facebook page of THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, you know that the class of 1990 and friends of Sheepshead Bay High School alumni are planning a special summer get together and reunion for anyone who graduated from the school.

The event will have a sports spin with a planned basketball game. Here is the information in a cut-and-paste from the Facebook page (date clarification added). There is also a mingling party planned at TGIF restaurant in Sheepshead Bay the night before the reunion. There’s not much time left to pay the entrance fee, unless you use the PayPal payment option.

Check out the details of the Sheepshead Bay High School gathering

Shopping cart hanging on the ledge. (Photo courtesy of nolastname)

My photograph was submitted way back in November of 2009! Yes, I said 2009.

Apparently, the editors were afraid of the mixed messages that might be sent by a shopping cart sitting on a window ledge. But, what’s the big deal? Let people think what they want. So, I’m an undersized cart perched precariously on a window ledge where there are no child-safety bars. So, what? I may be small, but I’m no kid and I don’t think I’m Superman. I was just hanging out enjoying a quiet morning view, so please don’t call the ACS (Administration of Cart Services) or they’ll arrest my owner for neglect.

It’s not like I’m thinking of ending it all or planning revenge by throwing myself headfirst onto some unsuspecting human.

Vacation Bible School flyer distributed by Bethel Baptist Fellowship 2010

The Bethel Baptist Fellowship church distributed these flyers to residents in the Sheepshead Bay area. You are invited to bring your child to their Vacation Bible School (VBS) next week during the evenings. There will be crafts, games, Bible lessons, snacks, and stories.

Here are the details:

Vacation Bible School – Adventures With The Creator
Monday through Friday, July 19-23, 2010
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Age 4 through 6th grade

Bethel Baptist Fellowship
2304 Voorhies Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Near East 23rd Street on Voorhies Avenue

Carts put out with the garbage. (Photo by Ray Johnson)

By the time you see me, it will most likely be too late. I’ll be gone, gone, gone. Oh, but it’s not just me this time, it’s me and a small-sized pedestrian cart that got stuffed into me. Sure, that little thing is not as sturdy as I am, being more susceptible to breakdowns — but he is still recyclable!

I feel like a piece of garbage. The funny thing is, there’s nothing wrong with me. I have all my wheels about me. But, even if I’m missing a couple of screws, I’m sure it’s easily fixed. What’s wrong with these shoppers? They drag me all the way from my job at Pathmark Supermarket (3785 Nostrand Avenue) and leave here on the street. Who knows how many hands pushed me around since then, and why those hands left me here in front of P.S. 254 (1801 Avenue Y) for garbage pickup?

Why didn’t the Sheepshead Bay Pathmark supermarket pick up when a Good Samaritan tried to call? Let’s hope the New Jersey headquarters can get through to the store manager in time. If not, I might try and convince the driver of this yellow school bus to take me to Boro Park. Life can only be better over there at that school. Just so happens the only Hebrew word I can think of is, “chaim”. It just might be the one word I can utter to save my life!

2nd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride (Graphic Courtesy of Transportation Alternatives)

How many of us have lived in Brooklyn almost all of our lives and still are not aware that there is accessible waterfront other than Sheepshead Bay? How many of us, thanks to storms that washed out a portion of it, just recently became aware of the fact that there is a well-trafficked bicycle path running through Sheepshead Bay?

Well, thanks to the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, the Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, the Regional Plan Association (RPA), and the National Park Service (NPS) we can put two and two together this Sunday with a moderately-paced (12+ miles/hour) bike ride around the perimeter of Brooklyn’s waterfront. These groups have organized this great ride to highlight “the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway”.

Space is limited, so if you didn’t get to sign up on time, you might want to head out to Sheepshead Bay on Sunday to cheer on the cyclists.

Get the details.

Flyer for Summer 2010 KBCC PAC events.

On Sunday July 18, 2010, the Kingsborough Community College Peforming Arts Center will present Hudson Valley’s acclaimed mask and puppet theater in a special event for kids. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and be a Bright Summer Day, because that’s what the organizers are calling this event.

There will be performances with fantastically painted puppet figures and masked characters. Children ages 5 and up are invited to participate in The Parade of Fishes and a workshop of dancing and movement.

Reservations are not required for the general activities, but due to limited space, reservations are required for the workshop. As of today, there is no more availability for the workshop, but you may be placed on a waiting list, if spots become open. Call the KBCC PAC box office at (718) 368-5596.

View the details after the jump.

UPDATE: See July 13, 2010 event

The 2010′s Asser Levy Tuesday night free concerts (and a movie) are as follows:

Asser Levy Park Bandshell
West 5th Street and Surf Avenue
Coney Island, Brooklyn

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the screening of Mamma Mia! The Movie, which starts at 8 p.m. Viewers are encouraged to bring a blanket or a chair to sit on. Dates are as listed.

Check out the flier and full schedule after the jump.

This weekend the Kingsborough Community College Performing Arts Center will be presenting its annual outdoor summer concert series, also known as HOT SUMMER NIGHTS!

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 8 p.m., Patriotic Pops, a Brooklyn community wind and ensemble concert band, will be welcoming our nation’s Independence Day.

Below is a list of the upcoming concerts and performances scheduled. For those of you who have never made it to any of these concerts, you are missing out on something rare and wonderful. Gentle summer breezes, great music, seating near the water, free parking or just take public transportation, all at no cost to you. As an added bonus, in case of rain, the concert moves indoors to the theater. That’s a guaranteed evening of summer fun.

Here are the details:
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235
in Manhattan Beach
Public transport & Directions: Take the B1 or the B49 to the last stop (Mackenzie Street)

Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 8 p.m.: Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band
Brooklyn’s beloved band, conducted by Ray Wheeler, pays musical tribute to Independence Day with their ever-popular Stars and Stripes Forever Concert.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 8 p.m.: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
PRO’s Scott Joplin and the Original Kings of Ragtime Concert saluted by the New York Times as “abidingly energetic fun”.

Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.: The Danny Repole Swing Band
Audiences will be dancing in the aisles at the ever-popular Swing Under the Stars Concert, featuring such golden chestnuts as Moonlight Serenade, Tuxedo Junction, and Take The A Train.

Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.: Vagabond Opera
This highly accomplished – and seriously madcap – concert performance is equal parts New Opera, Vintage Americana, European Cabaret, and old world Yiddish theatre.

Note: Links added.

Be Proud Foundation Raisa Chernin - Ceremony for Rachel Rodin 2010

Raisa Chernina, President and Founder of Be Proud pictured with Anna, Rachel and Elvira Rodin (Photo courtesy of Antonina Kapchonava)

On Thursday, July 1, 2010, the Be Proud Foundation, headed by Raisa Chernina, honored two young leukemia survivors: 9-year-old Rachel Rodin and 2-year-old Jack Rubin.

The event, held at New York Steakhouse (2007 Emmons Ave) was called Celebrating Lives and celebrate life is exactly what the honorees, attendees, and speakers did!

Although “The Rock” (Jack’s nickname) and his family were unable to make it to the event, a video set to the tune of — what else, but — the Rocky theme was shown with the now healthy toddler playing, jumping, and preparing for his life as a sports star. But, a star is what Jack was from the moment he was born. When he was just a few months old, he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH, a.k.a. Histiocytosis X).

With the help of Be Proud and other organizations, Jack’s family was able to access the resources he needed to get a bone marrow transplant. Yesterday’s video may not be uploaded, yet, into YouTube, but you can see Jack “The Rock’s” before and after videos with hospital tubes, then fully recovered and celebrating life in some other recently posted videos.

In another picture of health (see above) is Rachel Rodin. According to her mother, Elvira, Rachel was first diagnosed with leukemia when she was 3 years old. After the first set of treatments, the blood disorder reappeared. Her doctors said that she would need a complete blood marrow replacement, and advised her family that a suitable match would likely come from someone of Eastern European descent.

Rachel’s family headed out to Brighton Beach with announcements calling out for possible blood match donors to be tested, but came home feeling despondent. Mrs. Rodin said that it was very difficult to see that many flyers handed out were thrown onto the ground and heartbreaking to see”the face of your child being stepped on.”

That was when Raisa Chernina stepped into their life, and offered to do whatever she could. She called a press conference to bring the message out to the community and draw them in for blood match drives. Although, a sufficient blood match was not found in time to treat the Rachel’s progressing leukemia, Raisa’s parents were relieved to find out that stem cells could be used. Mrs. Rodin counts her family “lucky” to have met Raisa Chernina and thanks her for all of the work she has done to help her daughter.

Sweet and thriving Rachel, who received gifts from Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus and TADA! Youth Theatre, said, “I’m feeling very, very happy.”  Although Rachel spent much time in the hospital, she was still required to hand in her school assignments, but said they were “easy”. Still, we’re sure that Rachel could use that long-awaited vacation abroad she’s going on soon to get some rest and relaxation. When the family comes back home, it’s straight to Coney Island and the circus to celebrate life as a survivor!

Doing service in a basement garage.(Photo courtesy of Boris G)

This photograph of me was taken way back in January. Why they didn’t post me until now is a mystery to me. I’m just as glamorous and colorful as all those other carts rolling around the streets. It’s not my fault that I got captured and put into service here at this Ocean Avenue building’s dark and dismal parking garage. So, my resolution and color is not the best, but at least you can still see my always garaged race car-t red. See how I stand out against that drab car seat and credenza? Just because cell phone cameras aren’t made to take pictures in low-light conditions does that mean that I can’t be featured?

And the nerve of the Shopping Cart Post “writer” trying to explain away why it took so long to get me up, “Oh, oops, I’m sorry. I could have sworn I posted you earlier. I even remember someone (Lisanne?) writing in a comment about this being a basement…or something. I guess I was just dreaming.” Pfffft!

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