A reader sent in the above photo over the weekend, showing a former sidewalk tree well that has taken on a new life as some sort of insatiable garbage filtering organism.
It looks pretty gross to us, but the reader provided a rather succinct description that hammers home just how nasty this is: “It stinks like atrophying, rotten shit in the area.”
Well, it is on Voorhies Avenue, near the 7-Eleven on Knapp Street and across the street from the shit factory sewage treatment plant.
Regardless, this is something we’re always seeing in the area – tree wells that local businesses, homeowners and the city have failed to maintain, and which collect cups, bags, cigarettes and whatever other crap uncaring individuals drop on the streets.
A little tip to the city and property owners: the group of children who cleaned up a stretch of East 14th Street have found that planting flowers and other niceties in these wells has resulted in less litter found in them. So summon up some neighborhood pride and buy a freakin’ bulb, would ya?
The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) will be tonight, March 5, 8:00 p.m. at the Public School 195 Elementary School, 131 Irwin Street between Shore Boulevard and Oriental Avenue.
The meeting will feature reports from their traffic, quality of life and zoning committees. The public is invited to attended to share their relevant opinions and experiences.
A 30-year-old man appears to have taken his own life on the sands of Brighton Beach this morning, having shot himself in the head.
According to police, who arrived on the scene shortly after 9:00 a.m., the victim was a white male who died of a single gunshot wound to the head in an “apparent suicide.” The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
The victim was declared dead when police arrived on the beach at Brighton 14th Street.
Todd Maisel, a Daily News photographer, got to the scene around the same time as police. On Twitter, Maisel wrote that it appeared he had burned papers before shooting himself with a handgun. Police could not confirm either of those details to Sheepshead Bites.
THE COMMUTE:A system that is over 100 years old needs to be rebuilt and it also needs to be expanded. Since the MTA provides service 24 hours a day, maintaining the system is difficult. Several years ago, there were TV stories about how track workers were being paid for an eight hour shift and actually worked for only four hours a day. The reasons were several:
It takes time to transport the workers to and from the job site;
All work must take place during non-rush hours so work must stop at a certain time even if the job is incomplete, and
Sometimes there are delays in delivering materials to the job site.
Recognizing these problems, the MTA recently started a program called FASTRACK, whereby an entire line is shut down for a week or so from 10:00 p.m. to about 6:00 a.m. to speed up the work to be done. They claimed that on the three subway lines — the Lexington, the Broadway-7th Avenue, and the Sixth Avenue — where it has already been tried, it has been a huge success.
The Shorefront Y will be holding a “Purim by the Ocean” Carnival, March 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Shorefront Y of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, corner of Brightwater Court.
The event will feature a costume contest, gifts and prizes, delicious holiday treats, inflatables, wall climbing, face painting, and arts & crafts. Admission is $8/person; kids under two get in for free. For more, call (718) 646-1444, go to their website, or visit them on Facebook.
Republican State Senate contender David Storobin told attendees of a civic meeting this week that he supports implementing term limits for members of the state legislature, and explained that his proposal to give tuition vouchers for private school students would be funded by “existing revenue streams.”
Storobin appeared before the Manhattan Beach Community Group on Wednesday, February 29, as part of the civic’s Candidate’s Night – although his Democratic opponent was forced to cancel for health reasons. Storobin took questions for about 40 minutes, touching on issues including his thoughts on job creation, reducing regulations and fees affecting businesses, and his support for charter schools.
The Republican candidate didn’t elaborate more on what he meant by funding tuition vouchers with existing revenue streams, though he did say that the tuition vouchers would match per-child spending in public schools, and hinted that – if parents remove their children from the public school – the funding would come out of city and state education spending.
“Every child at this point gets a certain amount of money – which is about $18,000 … When it comes to that money, the parents would get it and they would be able to have a choice of what to do with that,” he said. “If they want the student to go to public school, they would get the same exact budget they got before.”
As part of the Parish Mission program — designed to renew faith and strengthen convictions within a parish setting — St. Mark Parish will be hosting Milwaukee, Wisconsin Capuchin Franciscan preacher and author Father Richard Hart.
Father Richard — the author of several books, including Powerlessness: Passion for the Possible, Preaching: The Secret to Parish Revival, Preacher as Risk Taker, and How Christian Are You? — will be conducting a parish mission at the church, 2609 East 19th Street, March 4-8.
The theme of the renewal is “Sharing Our Faith.” There will be evening programs on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., followed by a closing Eucharistic liturgy on Thursday night.
Father Richard will be preaching at the weekend services. There is no charge for this event.
For further information about this parish mission, call (718) 891-3100. You can also learn more about the Capuchins by going to their website.
Congressman Bob Turner will appear on the steps of a Queens Catholic school today to announce his sponsorship of a new bill providing tax relief to families with children in private schools.
The congressman introduced the Tax and Education Assistance for Children (TEACH) Act of 2012 on February 17. If passed, the bill will provide an annual $5,000 tax credit to parents with children in private or religious schools. Congressmen Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) and Peter King (R-Long Island) are among the co-sponsors of the bill, formally known as H.R. 4075.
If approved, any taxpayer with one or more dependents in a non-public school will get the credit beginning in 2014 (for tuition paid in 2013). The credit amount does not increase with the number of dependents in private school.