I wonder what happened to that sack of hundreds after the photo was taken. Source: 401k / Flickr

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

If you have a child, you probably want to save to pay for their college education. Remember, however, before you save for college, save for your own retirement. Children may not go to college, or they may receive a scholarship, or they have the option of student loans. You, on the other hand, will retire one day, you will not receive a scholarship to retire (lottery excepted), nor will you get a loan to retire. So, after taking care of yourself, here’s a rundown of what you can do to save for your child’s college education.

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I took a photo of it taking a photo of me taking a photo of it.

We got a call a few minutes ago that the Google Maps Street View vehicle, with mounted phallic-cam, just turned from Ocean Avenue onto Avenue Z. Being near Avenue Z, I snagged my camera and got outside and caught it at East 14th Street just in time. It turned up East 13th Street.

Thank you, Google. I’m sure I’ll be using your new photos soon.

Yesterday’s shooting in Brighton Beach, in which a 17-year-old William E. Grady High School student was hospitalized, occurred as the victim was trying to break up a robbery attempt.

DNAinfo reports:

The victim stood up to four would-be robbers who accosted a 16-year-old boy in a park, at the intersection of Brighton Fourth Street and Brighton Fourth Road, adjacent to William E. Grady Career and Technical Educational High School, police, EMS and education officials said.

About 2:50 p.m., one of the suspects opened fire, striking the good Samaritan in the chest.

The boy was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The victim of the attempted robbery was unharmed. Both were students of the school.

Police arrested four individuals and recovered a .9 mm handgun.

Matilda Raffa Cuomo

Matilda Raffa Cuomo, wife of former Governor Mario Cuomo, will deliver the address at Kingsborough Community College’s 47th commencement ceremony, the school has announced.

Matilda and Mario Cuomo will also be honored with the President’s Medal at the ceremony, which takes place June 12 on the school grounds at 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

From the school’s press release:

As first lady of New York, Mrs. Cuomo was dedicated to service. She diligently worked full time as a volunteer with state and elected officials, as well as community leaders, to establish programs to prevent child abuse, strengthen families, promote adoption for foster care children and prevent school dropout. She is the founder of “Mentoring USA,” an organization that has provided supportive mentors to more than 5,000 children. Mrs. Cuomo has been described as the most active first lady in New York’s history.

“We are honored that Mrs. Cuomo will deliver Kingsborough’s commencement address,” said [Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College]. “She is an inspirational and dynamic leader whom I have admired for many years. She recognized the necessity for broad range support and mentorship for young people in need across the state and graciously fulfilled it. Her dedication to education and community service is unparalleled and is a model for our Kingsborough students. I am extraordinarily pleased to award her and Former Governor Cuomo the President’s Medal in recognition of their devotion and commitment to serving the people of New York State.”

The Class of 2012 valedictorian is Nelli Sidorova. Ms. Sidorova, 27, is a native of Russia, a business major and has a perfect GPA of 4.00. She has been actively involved in the Honors Program, served as an Honors representative and has been a leader in a number of Business Clubs and activities.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/06/4542958/matilda-raffa-cuomo-former-first.html#storylink=cpy

Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Marty Golden will host a Flag Day concert from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., June 10 in Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway.

The concert will feature performances by the Kings County American Legion Headquarters Band and others. The event will commemorate the United States Army’s 237th Birthday and the gathering will allow for a show of support for the men and women of the military.

“As Americans plan celebrations of the Flag of the United States and the soldiers of our Army, we will honor the greatness of our nation and the service of the men and women heroes of the U.S. Army.” Golden said. “We must encourage patriotism among our citizens so that we never forget that we live in the greatest Nation on Earth.”

For additional information, call (718) 238-6044 or visit his Senate website.

Photo by Randy Contello

Grady High School (Source: GothamSchools.org)

A 17-year-old has been shot on Brighton 4th Street and Brighton 4th Road in Brighton Beach, near William E. Grady High School.

The victim has been transported to the hospital. The extent of his injuries remains unknown. It is also unknown at this time if the shooter has been detained.

NYPD is on the scene establishing a crime scene.

The shooting did not happen on school grounds, though it’s unclear if the victim or suspect are affiliated with the school in any way.

UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): Police sources tell Sheepshead Bites that the 17-year-old victim was a male. He was shot in the back chest, and the injury does not appear to be life threatening.

He has been taken to Kings County Hospital Lutheran Medical Center.

Police have recovered the gun and taken four individuals into custody. No charges have yet been filed as the investigation is ongoing. It is not believed to be a gang-related incident.

The police source was unable to elaborate on the condition of the victim, or say whether anyone involved in the incident was affiliated with the school.

UPDATE (4:46 p.m.): A source tells Sheepshead Bites that the victim was a student at Grady High School.

UPDATE (6/7/2012 at 12:00 p.m.): The victim was trying to stop the suspects from robbing a 16-year-old boy who was also a student at the school. New details say he was shot in the chest, not the back, and was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, not Kings County Hospital.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

A last-minute entrant took the top prize at Top Brgr’s first annual Burger Eating Competition on Sunday, gobbling down more hamburgers than his younger, more experienced opponents.

Sheepshead Bay resident Mike Gordin, a barrel-chested, keg-stomached plumber, scoffed down six-and-a-half burgers in 10 minutes, defeating regulars on the amateur competitive eating circuit, other locals, and even neighborhood champion Alex Mamutin, who won a local cupcake eating contest last year.

At least one contestant made a run for the garbage can, tapping out less than halfway through the competition. When we asked the champion if he needed to join him after the contest, he laughed off any suggestion of such a ventral vulnerability.

“No, it’s okay,” Gordin said. “I feel good. Free lunch.”

Gordin won a $150 gift certificate to Top Brgr (2267 Emmons Avenue), two tickets to a Yankees game and a big ol’ trophy. Gordin was a surprise entrant, volunteering to join the competition after two scheduled competitors failed to show.

View photos from Top Brgr’s Burger Eating Competition.

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New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is collaborating with organizations and public officials across New York on a campaign to lower the excessive amount of stops-and-frisks in New York, and the coalition has now launched a website and petition to bring the practice to a halt.

BloombergActNow.com is the online destination to educated New Yorkers about the policy, and provide a rallying point and petition source to urge the NYPD and mayor’s office to reform stop-and-frisk activities.

According to Anthony Baker the Public Advocate’s office, every 36 seconds another New York pedestrian is stopped and frisked. Additionally, he believes that these practices have damaged the sense of trust between the residents of New York and the local police.

Public Advocate de Blasio says these factors and statistics call for immediate action.

The Public Advocate started his campaign by calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to produce an Executive Order that will decrease the amount of unjustifiable stops. His office has drafted a petition in order to gain supporters and further encourage Bloomberg to act.

The campaign hopes to engage 100,000 New Yorkers through a series of events that can help bring about a reduction in the amount of stops in New York.  These events include the petition for Bloomberg, town hall meetings in the five boroughs of New York where the issue of stop-and-frisks will be discussed, as well as other outreach efforts. Participants in the campaign are also encouraged to head to their local community board, block association, or civic group and encourage them to adopt a resolution against stops and frisks.

What do you think of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy? Is it helping reduce crime? Or is it fostering distrust between communities and the NYPD?


Last week we brought you the first two NYPD Community Affairs Unit’s safety tips videos. This is the third of four, in which the officers talk about drug use among children and teens, and how parents and educators can spot bad habits.

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.