…before you walk into the side of the house.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

This is a paid announcement from The Mazel Day School, a co-educational private day school for students in pre-nursery through fifth grade.

Mazel Day School is holding an open house on Wednesday, December 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They are located at 2901 Brighton 6th Street (corner of Neptune Avenue).

You are invited to discover the difference a quality, nurturing school can make! You’ll see for yourself how the synergy between academic excellence and Jewish knowledge creates the learning environment that every child deserves. We’re a co-educational private day school for students in pre-nursery through grade 5.

We offer small classes in a warm, caring child-centered environment. Our talented faculty work together with students and their families to create a close-knit school community.

At Mazel Day School, our goal is to graduate children who love learning, respect human diversity, and are able to make positive choices about their lives. We strive to attain this goal by offering an outstanding academic program of general, Judaic and Hebrew studies and a focus on community service. Our language immersion programs build English, Hebrew and Russian literacy and communication.

The open house is a great opportunity to tour the school facilities, hear directly from our faculty and Mazel parents and learn about our program and philosophy.

We hope you can join us!
RSVP @ Mazelparents@yahoo.com

Mazel Day School

2901 – 2915 Brighton 6th Street (corner of Neptune Ave.)

Brooklyn, NY 11235 • 718-368-4490

Visit us on the web at www.mazeldayschool.com

The above is a paid announcement by The Mazel Day School. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

No, Turner and his aides weren't shopping on Sheepshead Bay Road. But they did buy pizza locally for their fundraiser here!

Congressman Bob Turner expressed his support of small businesses as well as his frustrations on the government’s approach to fixing the country’s economy in an editorial for Yeshiva World News, published yesterday.

“The best thing the government can do to grow the economy is to create an environment that allows American businesses and entrepreneurs to create real, lasting jobs for Americans,” Turner said in the article.

The House of Representatives has already passed more than 25 bipartisan bills aimed to help businesses get started and grow by cutting regulations and increasing capital, he wrote. The bills are currently waiting on Senate approval.

“We all know that small businesses are unquestionably the economic engine of the U.S. economy,” said Turner in the editorial. “The start up or small business of today is the Apple or Facebook of tomorrow.”

As for his frustration with the government, Turner said for every dollar we spend we are borrowing 40 cents from other nations. Also, he attributes our debt of $15 trillion and an unemployment rate of eight percent to the raising of taxes.

“It is a short term band-aid for very deep wound in our economy,” said Turner.

What do you think? Is our debt tied to the tax rates? Is the government doing enough for small businesses?

We got word from two local businesses that they’re participating as a Toys for Tots collection point, and offering special deals for any neighbors who make a donation.

Over at Top Brgr (2267 Emmons Avenue), they’re offering a complimentary order of fries with a purchase of a burger to anyone who brings in a toy. The cutoff date is December 19.

And at T-Mobile (1507 Sheepshead Bay Road), they’re offering donors a card to waive their activation fee if them or anyone they know wants to activate a line at the store. Donations must be made before December 14.

Toys for Tots collects toys from various companies, organizations, families, and individuals to provide the needy and underprivileged children of New York City a happy holiday. Toys must be new and unwrapped.

If you own a business or know of a business offerings special deals for Toys 4 Tots donations, please let us know at tips [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Welcome back to The Bite, 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.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I just had my salad tossed by a large burly man behind the counter at Bagel Boy.

[Ed. -- Strap yourselves in, folks. Robert is about to beat the heck out of a dead horse.]

Like a cattle being led to slaughter I joined the long lunch-time line, slowly inching to the counter where I requested a romaine salad, $4.25 with three additional items tossed in. I watched as the gentleman, oh, please be gentle [Ed. -- Whack!], nonchalantly donned a pair of rubber gloves and opened a container of lettuce.

“What do you want in your salad?” he asked, as if tossing another man’s salad in a crowded store was an everyday experience [Ed. -- Whack! Whack!]. I choose my “toss-ins” and dressing. “All those toss-ins are soft. Why don’t we add something hard for some crunch?”, he suggests. I add in some candied nuts. [Ed. -- I bet you did! Woo!]

He then began to toss my salad, all in complete indifference. When he was done he led me to the cashier, where he placed my salad in a brown paper bag, added a plastic shopping bag (now he uses protection), and asks for payment. Meekly, I pay and leave.

[Ed. --- Whack! Whack! Whack!]

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Source: Golden's office

State Senator Marty Golden is taking back his initial support of the proposed bill that would allow livery cab to pick up street hails in areas outside of downtown and midtown Manhattan.

The plan is to issue permits to about 30,000 specially-marked livery cars to accept hailing pedestrians from Upper Manhattan and the other boroughs. The new class of taxis will include metered fares and credit card payments.

Golden was an original sponsor for the proposed bill, but now claims he didn’t “understand the repercussions” and that the amount of proposed livery permits is too high, according to Transportation Nation.

Many yellow cab drivers are complaining that by allowing the livery cabs to accept hails from pedestrians, the value of their medallions would decrease. Though the city sells them for roughly $650,000, the private trade of them has become a lucrative side business – at least one medallion netted more than $1 million earlier this year.

Meanwhile, existing livery cab companies also have their doubts, saying these permits will hurt their code of business.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has mentioned that he will try to revise the plan, but hasn’t said what will happen. If he doesn’t sign the bill by December 31, it will be no more.

Source: lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com

Sheepshead Bay’s oldest bar, Towne Cafe, is on the chopping block.

The bar, located at 1418 Avenue Z, on the corner of East 15th Street, is one of Sheepshead Bay’s more depressingly bizarre venues.

During the day, a handful of older folks sit quietly at the bar, sipping musky wine or Bud Lights and muttering about better days. Then, at night, in one of the weirder nocturnal metamorphoses of our neighborhood, it turns into a Russian-American karaoke hall, attracting wafer-thin men donning leather jackets and dodgy glances paired with fur-clad, makeup-slathered women.

In the years I’ve passed this joint, no one has ever looked happy. It smelled like stale cigarette smoke and desperation.

These are not nice things to say, but I mean it in perhaps the most positive way I can. I don’t want to see Towne Cafe go. Dark, grim and old, it is a concrete reminder of Sheepshead Bay’s seedier underbelly – even if nothing particularly seedy was going on there. It sparked the imagination, and, sitting on that corner for as long as it has, lent character to an otherwise boring intersection.

Keep reading, and find out about Towne Cafe’s possible history as a speakeasy.

Dr. Raymond Wheeler conducts The Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band. Credit: Chestnut Brass Company / Paul Nixdorf

Under the direction of Conductor Mark Mangini, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, together with The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Raymond Wheeler, will be performing their annual holiday concert at Kingsborough Community College’s Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Among the works being performed by the chorus will be a medley from the Broadway musical “Oliver!”, as well as works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and other holiday favorites.

Admission is free, and parking (on campus) is also free. No tickets are required, and seating is first-come first-served.

For more, call the Kingsborough Community College Box Office at (718) 368-5596.

Something looks like it’s about to go down.

Photo by Boris Shekhman

With the holidays just around the corner, we’re all looking for some great deals this holiday season. And with the economy in the tank, local leaders are reminding constituents that shopping local is an important part of keeping money in the community. In a lot of instances, you’ll find better deals. But even if you pay a little more at the register, the money stays in the community, keeping people employed, helping the neighborhood thrive, and funding important local services.

For every $100 spent in local shops, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If half of the employed population were to spend $50 a month in local stores, that will generate $42.6 billion a year, according to The 3/50 Project.

Small business success is critical to the nation’s overall economy, as well. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses create two out of three jobs each year and have created 64 percent of the new jobs in the past 15 years.

So for today’s poll, we’re asking if you’re considering shopping locally for the holiday season. We hope you will, and support the important businesses that give our neighborhood character and revenue.