The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet tomorrow, December 11, at the Bainbridge Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue at 7:30 p.m.
The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Captain John M. Chell, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.
For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.
PS 195. Source: Google Maps
The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) invites the public to attend its next meeting this Monday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. inside Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.
Mark Entin, CPA, will discuss The Affordable Health Care Act. He will touch upon such issues as: How does the new Affordable Health Care Act affect your family or business? Will you be paying higher taxes or penalties in 2013? Are you aware of the all the new Insurance Mandates?
Also: The MBNA Community Service Award will be presented to City Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch.
Refreshments will be served.
To learn more, call (917) 747-5863.
The 72nd Annual MBCG Membership Meeting will be taking place this Wednesday, December 4, 8:00 p.m. in the Public School 195 auditorium, 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.
The Dana Borell Award, The Friend of Manhattan Beach Award and community awards will be presented to “very deserving recipients,” according to an email from the group.
Among those attending will be keynote speaker and Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams, as well as New York City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and New York City Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch. Adams will be swearing in new directors and officers. After six years, MBCG President Ira Zalcman will be stepping aside, and Judy Baron will be sworn in as the new president.
Additionally, a vote will be held by the group’s entire membership to amend their by-laws to allow the leadership of their “adversarial group” to return as directors.
The meeting promises “real good FOOD. Also, Kosher bagels with good stuff to put on them.”
For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.
I am such a nerd. (Source: east_mountain/Flickr)
A local holistic wellness center on Avenue Z is offering acupuncture sessions to any Superstorm Sandy-affected neighbors this Saturday.
Advaita Center, located at 2618 Avenue Z, second floor, let us know earlier this week about the offer. It’s open to anyone feeling the effects of the storm.
Wendy Henry, who runs the center, tells us that it’s a group event and no appointment is required. The acupuncture is done by a licensed acupuncturist.
If you stop by, donations are welcome to keep the center going. They also advise that you eat earlier in the day.
A note to any handicapped visitors – there is no elevator to the second floor.
The Shorefront Y is hosting a Children’s Book Fair on Sunday, November 24, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to help raise money for the institution’s special needs children, seniors and early childhood programs.
There will be tons of kids books, as well as readings, raffles, arts and crafts and a special performance by an Israeli dance troupe. No kids event would be complete without photo opportunities with Cinderella, Harry Potter, Iron Man and Shrek.
The fair will have specially priced books and educational product including from popular series, award-winning titles, new releases and best sellers from more than 100 publishers.
If you can’t make it, you can still help the Shorefront Y raise some much-needed money for their programs by making purchases through their online book fair, available until December 7. Just visit please visit www.scholastic.com/bookfairs, click “FIND A FAIR” and enter 11235 in the zip code field.
The Shorefront Y is located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue, and the rair runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last year’s Chanukah Extravaganza. Source: Kings Bay Y / Facebook
The largest Chanukah event in Sheepshead Bay is slated for this Sunday, November 24 at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA holds its annual Chanukah Extravaganza for the entire community. The festival will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. inside the Y’s main building, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.
Featuring a fun-filled array of activities for the entire family, in addition to a symbolic menorah-lighting ceremony, the program will include a holiday performance, presentations from various Kings Bay Y programs and a special toddler area.
“The Festival of Lights is all about celebration and community,” said Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y. “This event gives families the opportunity to come together as a community, have a great afternoon and see what the Kings Bay Y has to offer.”
The Chanukah Extravaganza is free and open to the public. Community leaders and local businesses will be participating.
2012 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2011 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2010 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
If there’s one takeaway from all the Superstorm Sandy-related meetings we’ve attended lately, it’s that there’s still a lot of questions about the New York City Build it Back Recovery Program. Registration for the program is now closed, but registrants have many lingering questions as outreach has only begun to ramp up.
To help bring clarity for those registered, Build it Back Program Director Kathryn Mallon will be attending a town hall meeting to clarify requirements and regulations and answer questions about priority, application status and types of assistance through the program.
Unfortunately for our local readers, the meeting is being held in Coney Island, at 2865 West 19th Street. But it’s worth attending: it may be the only chance you have to interact directly with the program’s head honcho.
Details are in the accompanying flier.
In conjunction with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) Free Mobile Mammography Program, State Senator Marty Golden will host free mammography screenings outside of his district office, 3604 Quentin Road, this Friday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Staffed completely by women, the mammography screenings take about 30 minutes to complete inside the 37-foot mobile mammography van.
The AICF’s Free Mobile Mammography Program aims to break down the barriers to breast cancer screening, which results in many underserved women losing their lives to breast cancer due to advanced disease at diagnosis.
Women interested in appointments must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram in the past year. Results will be sent to you and/or your doctor within 10 business days. Uninsured women will be covered by the AICF’s funding.
An appointment, which is necessary, can be made by calling (718) 238-6044.
Residents identified assets and potential projects during October’s workshop.
The second public engagement meeting of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to restore and protect Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach will be held tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in the Amity School (3867 Shore Parkway).
The first engagement meeting took place in October, with a workshop for residents to guide state planners on how to spend millions of dollars to protect local infrastructure. The program is part of a $750 million initiative announced in July by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
During tomorrow’s meeting, officials and consultants will unveil a set of proposals and priorities devised, in part, by community residents. They are soliciting feedback for further refinement before issuing their final report, which will be the roadmap for state investment going forward.
A draft of the plan, which will be the topic of tomorrow’s meeting, is available for review here. You can comment on the plan in person at the meeting, or submit comments online.
Some of the many donations to the civic’s 2010 food drive.
The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association has kicked off its annual Thanksgiving food drive to assist the needy. The group is collecting non-perishable food items, both kosher and non-josher, along with monetary donations to put towards turkeys.
The food drive has been underway for a few weeks now, with collection boxes at area businesses including Michael’s Bakery, JoMart Chocolates, Pronto Pizza (all three of which are on Avenue R at Nostrand Avenue); Tom’s Cleaners and Henry’s Deli (on Avenue S at Nostrand Avenue); G & S Pork Store, Avenue U Fish Market, and T & D Bakery (all on Avenue U ); and, Roosevelt Savings Bank (Avenue U and Nostrand Avenue).
Goods will be used to support the needy served by the large food pantry book at Our Lady of Refuge Church, in Flatbush.
The drive concludes with a meeting and party on Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the King’s Chapel (Quentin Road and East 27th Street).
Expected guests at the meeting are Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Comptroller John Liu, 61st Precinct commanding officer Captain John Chell, and Fr. Michael Perry, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Church.
Checks to purchase turkeys, payable to “Madison-Marine Civic Association,” also may be brought to the November 21 meeting or sent to: M.M.H.C.A., PO Box 432, Homecrest Station, Brooklyn, NY 11229. For further information, call(718) 375-9158.