It’s more costume madness! Purim celebrations hosted by various community organizations continue throughout the week, but the Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue) helped kick it all off with a Purim party on Sunday.
Hundreds came out to the event, donning costumes and noshing away at scrumptious hamentaschen. They took to the rock climbing wall, the inflatable rides and the arts and crafts table, with a judged costume contest wedged in there as well.
Shorefront Y said they were proud to host the event, and happy so many people in the community participated.
“Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Purim Carnival, it was a real blast!” said Anna Bronfman, program director at Shorefront. “Purim is a wonderful holiday and we are happy to celebrate it together with our family of community members.”
Turner’s rep at the meeting, Mike Tracey, had trouble answering those questions.
To be fair, the representatives for legislators are not generally expected to know specifics about the bills and positions put forward by their bosses. They’re meant to be a conduit for channeling news from the legislator to local community groups, and forwarding questions and concerns back up the chain. Tracey, lest it be perceived that we’re attacking him, has always performed his job efficiently and with professionalism.
But we still thought the above video was interesting, as it shows concerns from residents who appear to be critical to the bill. One compared the break to the controversial school voucher system, another asked where the funds would come from, and a third pointed out that under the logic of this tax break, taxpayers with no children also deserve to pay less.
And while Tracey responded to the questions with “I’ll have to get back to you on that,” we decided to go higher up the chain and put the same questions to Bob Capano, Turner’s district director.
The questions and their answers are as follows:
If you don’t use a public school, you get a $5,000 tax credit?
This will be a $5,000 tax credit per family, per year. If families send their children to a non-public school they would qualify for a tax credit up to $5,000 per family. Taxpayers filing a joint return or filing as an unmarried individual will receive a $5,000 tax credit. Taxpayers who are married filing a separate return will receive a $2,500 tax credit.
How does the congressman plan to make up for the lost revenue from the tax credits?
We will be working on the funding mechanisms as this bill and the budget process moves forward.
If a person doesn’t have children and so doesn’t cause a burden on the tax system, shouldn’t they be entitled to the tax credit?
The goal of this bill is to provide economic relief to parents who choose to send their children to private or parochial schools.
Sergeant Kerry Carty gave the above police report at last night’s Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association, noting crime activity for the last 28-day period.
In addition to the crimes, Carty urged residents to protect themselves from the continuing scourge of theft of personal property, often resulting from valuables left in cars.
“We can do things to prevent ourselves from being victims, and some of them are not leaving very valuable things in your vehicles,” Carty said. “Even though you have a right and an expectation that you should be able to do that, we all have to realize where we live and that there is crime out there.”
Surveillance images released by NYPD (via Daily News)
Police are on the hunt for two men, photographed above, accused of sexually assaulting a 60-year-old woman at a Marine Park auto leasing company yesterday morning.
Authorities released the surveillance photos above, which show the two men and the red Honda Civic they used to flee the scene. The assailant accused of the sexual assault is described as black, about 5-foot-10, wearing a brown jacket, blue pants and a Yankees hat. His accomplice is described as black, about 6-feet tall, and was wearing a dark jacket, a light blue hoodie over his head, dark sweatpants with a broad white strip down the side and an A’s baseball cap.
THE BITE:Anthony’s Place over on Ave X claims to have invented garlic knots. Now I don’t know if that’s true, but they do make some good garlic knots. However, Five Brother’s Pizza, 2650 Coney Island Avenue, has just upped the game.
In a move so simple that I’m amazed that no one has thought about this before, Five Brother’s takes the lowly garlic knot, slices it open and makes a ham and cheese sandwich out of it. What a fantastic concept. In keeping with the food world’s obsession for sliders, for only 75 cents, they have created the first garlic knot slider. Another foodstuff invented in Brooklyn!
Now, I don’t know definitively if Five Brother’s is offering the only garlic knot slider on the planet, but this is the first I’ve seen of it in my travels. I am a little disappointed by the limited selection as they currently offer only ham and American cheese sliders, but, hey, great inventions take time to develop.
I would love to see the offering expand to a greater variety of cold cuts and cheeses. I am hoping that they create sliders more in the tradition of an Italian Salumeria by offering a wide variety of Italian cured meats, sausages, salami, prosciutto, and various types of bologna.
To me, the perfect slider would consist of some extra sharp provolone, topped with Prosciutto di Parma and sun dried tomatoes. What’s yours?
Five Brother’s Pizza, Pasta and Grill, 2650 Coney Island Avenue, (718) 648-1600.
The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
There was Mario and Luigi, and big ol’ bees, Avatar wannabees and dolled up Barbies. And it’s not even Halloween!
Approximately 1,000 neighbors donned costumes and turned out for Kings Bay YM-YWHA’s annual Purim Carnival this past Sunday, enjoying kiddy rides, clowns, games, giveaways and, of course, Hamantashen cookies.
“This was the largest Purim Party in Brooklyn,” Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y, told Sheepshead Bites.
The Jewish holiday commemorates the rescue of the Jewish people from ancient Persia, and has featured costumes since at least the 15th Century to reflect God’s “hidden” role in the miracle of their survival.
Not hidden at the event was Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, as well as representatives of State Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Lew Fidler, Assemblymember Helen Weinstein and Councilman Michael Nelson – who all turned out to partake in the festivities.
Congregation Israel of Kings Bay has two Purim events lined up. Firstly, they will hold a Megillah reading at 6:30 p.m., March 7, followed by a Purim party at 7:10 p.m. at 3903 Nostrand Avenue. The party will feature delicious hamantashen (yummy, triangle-shaped, fruit-filled pastries), graggers (noisemakers), Purim bags, prizes, a raffle and more. The next morning, the synagogue will hold a second Megillah reading, on Purim itself, at 7:00 a.m., March 8. For additional information, call the synagogue at (718) 934-5176.