The following was sent to us from the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers:

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) in Queens and Kings Counties, New York.  The Commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity.

This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project.  Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EIS.  Please note that the scoping period will close on June 25, 2012.

You can read the full release here.

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A New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Missing Adult Alert has been issued for the disappearance of Khalik Phillip, male, age 19, from Brooklyn.

He was last seen near Coyle Street and Avenue V in Brooklyn wearing an orange sleeveless sweatshirt and blue jeans. Khalik suffers from Autism.

If this person is seen, call 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit tips at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.

That was the subject of the email in which the above photo was sent. It made me LOL.
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NYCHA's Green Guide. Click to enlarge.

City Councilman Michael Nelson emerged as a proponent of green initiatives of public housing, backing a plan to monitor energy and water usage that would save the city money and reduce waste.

The initiative, a part of the Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System, will be deployed at 25 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings, pairing technology startups with municipal buildings to track usage in an effort to cut-down NYCHA’s annual $500 million energy bills. Additionally, using EnergyScoreCards in the 25 buildings, the program will identify NYCHA buildings in need of upgrades.

“Any reduction in those costs releases funds that could be used elsewhere,” NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea told NYCHA Journal.

Launched in April, the Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System is a program that pairs tech startups with municipal buildings, allowing them to test their green tech products in the buildings to prove their effectiveness in real-world conditions.

“The availability of city owned property for testing products under real world conditions will improve the environmental performance in buildings and will provide a new source of jobs for New Yorkers outside the traditional financial sector, and contribute to the growth of new companies and industries in New York City,” Nelson said when the program launched in April.

The system is an initiative led by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Nelson and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

Pelame Top Design, minutes after a “For Lease” sign was hammered onto the façade. Photo by Erica Sherman

Just barely a year after they opened on Sheepshead Bay Road, Pelame Top Design is closing up shop. The purveyors of fur, leather and shearling apparel sported a liquidation sale sign, just to the right of the 50 percent off summer clearance sale sign in their storefront window at 1730 Sheepshead Bay Road. The Premiere Properties “For Lease” sign just went up yesterday afternoon.

One need not look further than the comments section of our original Pelame post in order to gain almost prophetic insight into the store’s impending closure.

“Perhaps it’s the bad economy,” reader Truth wondered a year ago, since he had “never seen so much business turnover [on Sheepshead Bay Road].” He believes Sheepshead Bay Road has been “inflicted with some sort of business curse.” Commenting on the warm temps surrounding Pelame’s inauspicious May 2011 grand opening, Truth speculated: “Will anyone on their way to the beach look at these furs and say ‘Yes this is what I am missing right now?’”

Prior to Pelame, the Sheepshead Bay Road storefront was occupied by kids clothing and accessory store, Rascals.

Best of luck to the owners of Pelame in their future endeavors.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz greets a resident at last year's Health Fair. Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Cymbrowitz' Office

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is sponsoring the Ninth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community Health Fair, in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Kiwanis International, June 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. along Emmons Avenue from Sheepshead Bay Road to Ocean Avenue.

In addition to the free health screenings and health information, the fair will include a special drug giveback repository, so residents can safely drop off their no longer-needed prescription medications, which will be accepted with no questions asked. The drug giveback is being coordinated with the New York City Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The fair will also feature NYU’s Smiling Faces Dental Van as well as lots of free give-a-ways. Children can explore a functioning ambulance and fire truck, and will be entertained with magic, a clown, face painting and a caricaturist.  Local schools are scheduled to perform and there will also be a live band and DJ.

“I’m happy that I was able to arrange this special prescription drug giveback opportunity, because the National Drug Giveback day was held on a Saturday in April, preventing many of our neighbors from participating,” said Cymbrowitz.

For more information, call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.

Things only ever get weirder around here.

The man nabbed after attempting to rob Apple Bank for Savings at 1321 Kings Highway on Wednesday was a world record holder for his ability to rapidly chomp down on glass lightbulbs. With talent like that, we’ve got to wonder what he ever needed the money for.

Oh, and he also robbed or attempted to rob at least 10 other banks.

The New York Post reports:

R.J. Williams, 22, who holds the world record for wolfing down a light bulb in a stomach-destroying 33 seconds, was busted yesterday after a failed bank robbery attempt in Brooklyn, cops said.

Williams, who lives on the Upper West Side, allegedly scored nearly $14,000 after knocking off seven branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

He was nabbed when he fled an Apple Bank yesterday in Midwood. Williams had begun to write a note to a teller on a deposit slip at one of the counters when employees started staring at him, police said, because he previously tried to rob the bank on Friday.

He left and bank staffers hit the silent alarm and dialed 911, then two employees followed Williams to the corner of 13th Street where Williams ducked into a doorway and started changing his clothes, police said.

Williams was wearing a blue jacket with a cream strip going down the arms and cream colored baseball hat.

… Eventually police brought the bank teller out to positively identify him.

The teller easily recognized Williams by his Elvis-esque sideburns.

“That’s him, 100 percent,” the teller told cops.

Inside Williams pocket was a pre-written demand note, police said.

He allegedly confessed to 11 capers. His spree began April 23, when he scored a paltry $268 from the HSBC bank in Sheepshead Bay, sources said.

You can see Williams win the world record in the video above.

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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.

Above is the fourth of four videos, in which NYPD Community Affairs officers give tips to the community. In this video, officers give several crime prevention tips, including a rundown of several programs offered at all local precincts to help you protect your property.

The videos come from a recent event in which NYPD officers from the 60th Precinct, 61st Precinct, 62nd Precinct, 70th Precinct and Brooklyn South’s Community Affairs Unit converged on Tzar Restaurant (2007 Emmons Avenue), for the first ever Community Awareness Meeting organized by the Be Proud Foundation and the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District.

Click here to see their video on bullying.
Click here to see their video on preventing cell phone theft.
Click here to see their video on identifying drug use among kids.