Ryan Visitor Center
Jamaica Bay remains one of New York City’s most important natural jewels, a network of marsh islands and waterways spanning from Rockaway Inlet and Sheepshead Bay to JFK International Airport.
Tonight, you can get involved and learn more about preservation and restoration efforts at the park during the Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting at Floyd Bennet Field’s Ryan Visitor Center.
The group is a coalition of community groups, non-profits, city and state agencies and other local stakeholders. More often than not, the group meets in Queens, so a meeting at Floyd Bennett Field is an opportunity for Southern Brooklyn residents to more easily attend.
The group will discuss oyster bed restoration projects, an update on endangered features of its landscape like the marsh islands and the West Pond, marine debris removal and a progress report on the budding Science and Resilience Institute that will one day bolster research and preservation efforts in Jamaica Bay.
The meeting is today at 6:30pm, at the Ryan Visitor Center (50 Aviator Road, off Flatbush Avenue).
The following is from our friends at the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association:
Public School 195 is located at 131 Irwin Street. For additional information, call (917) 747-5863.
From a recent pet blessing in Bensonhurst. (Photo by Erica Sherman)
Saint Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church is hosting a Blessing of the Animals and pet adoption event in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron and protector of animals.
The pet adoption event is being done in coordination with Kensington’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue, who will have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats for adoption beginning at noon. The blessing of the animals begins at 1pm. Both events take place in the church’s driveway on Avenue T, between East 19th Street and Ocean Avenue.
It’s entirely free to have your animals blessed, and it’s not just for pets: children can also bring stuffed animals. If animals are unable to attend (well-behaved animals only, the church asks) you can also bring a photo, collar, toy or anything else. They’ll also say prayers for deceased pets.
Each pet and caretaker will receive a memento of the event to bring home, and be entered into a free raffle. There will also be pet treats and food from Bargain Bow-Wow pet shop.
More information can be found here.
Community Board 15 is meeting tomorrow, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulavard) in the faculty dining room. It’s the first general meeting of the season.
The Board was slated to have a full vote on the proposed 10,000 square foot expansion of Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza, but it has been postponed for further review. Because there’s a full agenda of nine other local projects, the Board held a special meeting last week for the zoning committee to hold public hearings. A final vote on those projects from the full Board will come tonight.
The nine projects are:
- 1601 Gravesend Neck Road – An application to legalize an existing physical culture establishment. This project, for FG Fitness Gallery, was previously denied by the Board after owners failed to send representation in June 2013. The Board at that time also voted to refuse to consider the matter again in the future.
- 2442 East 14th Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
- 2137 East 12th Street - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
- 4167 Ocean Avenue - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
- 325 Avenue Y – An application for a special permit to allow a school within a M1-1 Zoning District
- 1937 East 14th Street - An application for a special permit to allow the conversion of a two family dwelling into a single family dwelling.
- 1981 East 9th Street - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
- 1977 Homecrest Avenue - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
- 2268 West 1st Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement and conversion of an existing two family residence to a single family residence.
The board’s chairperson and district manager and various committee heads will deliver their monthly reports. There will also be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss the reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.
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It’s hard to believe that summer isn’t even officially over, and yet Rosh Hashana will be upon us this week.
To that end, Kehilat Moshe of Sheepshead Bay, under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Segal, invites all to usher in the spirit of the High Holiday season with a Selichot service and concert, this Saturday evening, September 20 at 8:30pm.
The concert, featuring the beautiful violin and piano music of the High Holy Days, will be held at 2801 Emmons Avenue between East 28th Street and 29th Street. No fee is required but you must RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling (347) 850-4170.
Some of the damage in Sea Gate, at the tip of Coney Island, left by Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman
The following is a message from the offices of Councilman Chaim Deutsch:
As the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Council Member Chaim Deutsch is reuniting various first responders who were instrumental in assisting thousands of residents during Hurricane Sandy in affected neighborhoods throughout the 48th District.
Council Member Deutsch is organizing an event for his constituents that will offer training under the auspices of Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in crisis intervention, emergency response and disaster preparedness.
Participating in the kick off will be members of United Search & Rescue, Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, Rockaway Safety Patrol, New York Rescue Response Team, East Flatbush Safety Patrol, volunteer establishments and community residents.
Council Member Deutsch is inviting members of the community who are interested in learning more about how to become a first responder for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to join him. The event takes place on Thursday, September 18th, at 7pm at the Shorefront Y located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue.
For more information please call the Council Member’s District Office at 718-368-9176.
The intersection of Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Source: Google Maps
The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) will be Wednesday, September 17 at 8:00pm inside Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street at Hampton Avenue.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch will be the guest speaker. Also on the meeting’s agenda: a police report, the status of efforts to reduce speeding throughout Manhattan Beach, the traffic light at Ocean Avenue and Oriental Boulevard, the recent electrical outage, paving the streets, improvements to the Manhattan Beach Park, MBCG Nominating Committee, and more.
The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. For more, contact MBCG at (718) 200-1845 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.
The following was sent to us by the Brighton Neighborhood Association:
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Today marks 13 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition to visiting the 9/11 Memorial site, the Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, and pledging to do a good deed, here are some ways to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who helped on that day:
- The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee is hosting its annual memorial and candlelight vigil at Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, at 7pm, rain or shine.
- State Senator Martin Golden will host two memorials: in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, at 6pm, and then at 7:30pm on the American Veterans Memorial Pier at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue.
- The September 11 Family Group is holding a ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Square in Asser Levy Park at 4pm. The park is at Ocean Parkway and Surf Avenue, by the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk.
- The Children of Abraham Peace Walk returns to Cobble Hill at 6pm, starting at Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes at 236 Kane Street.
- At 7pm, Brooklyn Heights’ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church are hosting their annual public interfaith memorial service on the Brooklyn Promenade at Montague Street.
- Bargemusic will hold a free Memorial Concert at 8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by violinist Mark Peskanov and featuring music by Bach, Haydn, Schubert, and more. No reserved seating; doors open at 7:30pm.
Do you know of a local memorial service that we missed? E-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com or let us know in the comments.