One of the senior centers' residents was very thankful for her Thanksgiving meal. (Source: JCCGI)

Teams from the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island hit the streets this Thanksgiving, delivering traditional Thanksgiving meals – with all the trimmings – to 1,041 local area seniors.

Thirty-one staff members and 59 volunteers sacrificed a part of their own festivities to make deliveries to four senior centers - Haber House Senior Center, Surf Solomon Senior Center, Jay-Harama Senior Center and Ocean Parkway Senior Center – as well as to a slew of home-bound clients.

“When the staff of an organization not only perform their required duties well, but also demonstrate sincere caring for its client population and unique dedication to the organization’s mission — such performance is remarkable and is deserving of special recognition and praise,” Rabbi Moshe Wiener, JCCGCI’s executive director, told the volunteers.” The fact that you sacrificed part of your own Thanksgiving holiday to enable our elderly clients to enjoy the holiday is very sincerely appreciated by the management and Board of Directors of Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. The positive impact of the Thanksgiving celebration that you enable will fondly remain with our clients throughout the year and will be eagerly anticipated by them in years to come. May the knowledge that your personal sacrifice made so many seniors so happy in such a significant manner continue to brighten your life and that of your dear family for the year and years to come.”

View more photos from the event on JCCGCI’s Facebook page.

Sheepshead Bites reader Stan Kaplan recently passed along a copy of the May 10, 1973, edition of Scepter, the student newspaper of Kingsborough Community College. Its yellowed pages commemorated the 10th anniversary of the school’s establishment, illustrating the complex story of Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and the higher education institution through original materials, reprinted news articles and historical advertisements. Headlines like “KCC Will Not Open on Manhattan Beach Site” remind us that the school has always played a tug-of-war with the community in which it exists, and the reporting reminds us that journalism, indeed, is only history’s first draft – and quite a rough one at  that.

With permission from Kingsborough Community College, Sheepshead Bites brings you a digital version of the newspaper in full, with an introduction from former Brooklyn Historian John Manbeck, who also served as faculty adviser to the paper at the time of publication.

Read Manbeck’s introduction, and view the newspaper in full.

Happy 70th, MBCG! Source: Revengeshot

The Manhattan Beach Community Group is celebrating a milestone birthday and they want you to be a part of the fun, during their annual membership meeting, December 7, 8:00 p.m., at Public School 195, Irwin Street and Hampton Avenue.

The civic group, founded in 1941, will be celebrating its 70th birthday with an awards ceremony paying homage to some of the community’s big movers and shakers, a special guest speaker, a rich program of presentations, and a delicious buffet befitting such a grand milestone.

The award recipients are as follows:

Community Service Award: Victor Angurov, Kathleen Higgins, Yehuda Lindenblatt, Cy Schoenfeld

Dana Borell Award: Gail Alwais

Friend of MB Award: Theresa Scavo

An election and installation of the 2012 Officers and Board of Directors will be held, followed by the MBCG President’s Report – Treasurer’s Report, as well as remarks from guest speaker, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and greetings from various local elected officials.

To contact the Manhattan Beach Community Group, email or call (718) 200-1845.

Here is the info we received in the email:

Attached photo was taken in Sheepshead projects, summer of 1958. Most of the kids are from side-by-side buildings at 3641 and 3645 3661-63 Nostrand Avenue.

Let us know if you are one of the kids in the photo, or recognize anyone in it. Leave your memories in the comments.

Photo courtesy of Neil Friedman

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I’ve always felt that these “open threads” were never really truly open. Oh I know that you’re all free to talk about any topics, but Ned always seems to write the threads to spark discussion on a thing that interests him. And then you loyal minions usually follow suit by commenting only on the suggested subject.

So today, I want to spin it a little differently. Today I want to open this thread up to your gripes. What’s pissing you off? It can be anything, just no personal attacks.

My gripe this week – I’m tired of people dumping on my property. From the one-shot liquor bottles tossed on my lawn, to a computer monitor that was dumped in my bush, to the television that was left in my driveway; I’ve seen it all. And to the ape that keeps tossing banana peels over the fence, one day, you’ll get yours!

So, what’s your gripe this week? Mouth off!

Natalia Pelevine tells voters to deface Russian ballots on the Boardwalk in Brighton Beach (Source: Alissa Ambrose/

A small group of Russian activists were urging Russian emigres in New York to go against the opposition on the December 4 election by defacing their ballots, challenging Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s attempt to regain that nation’s presidency.

The United Russia party – led by Putin – suffered a huge lose in yesterday’s election amidst controversy of voter interference, though still took a majority of the votes. It’s that kind of outcome that local activists were fighting against by telling eligible Russian expat voters to deface their ballots.

“It is a way of saying, ‘Go to hell’ to those in power,” said Natalia Pelevine in a New York City News Service article.

Pelevine is a Russian activist who formed the Democratic Russia Committee. The group is made up of opposition activists in New York that are leading a protest movement against the Russian elections and Putin’s attempt to regain the presidency. The Democratic Russia Committee was doing this by a technique called “Nacht-Nacht.” The voter marks their ballot with a large X or an offensive phrase. The technique is a longstanding tradition that has been around since the Soviet era.

A week before the election, Pelevine and other activists handed out fliers detailing where to vote and instructions on how to deface the ballots, or even suggesting to vote against the opposition. There are two Russian polling stations in New York, one at the concert hall Millennium Theatre at 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue and the other at the Russian Consulate on East 91st street.


From our friends at the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association:

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Police are on the hunt for a suspected anti-Semitic vandal after several Jewish artifacts were ripped off doorways in a Brighton Beach apartment building over the weekend, in the latest Southern Brooklyn bias crime.

Police are investigating this as a hate crime. Get the details.

Eric Kaplan, 47, shows off the street sign immortalizing his mom, Brighton Beach activist Frances Kaplan. Photo by Erica Sherman

Dozens of friends, loved ones, community leaders and elected officials came out Friday afternoon to witness the unveiling of a new street sign on the corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Brighton 1st Place, renamed “Fran Kaplan Way” after Frances Kaplan, a kind-hearted community stalwart who owned the dry cleaning establishment, York Cleaners, with her father Louis Levine for more than 60 years.

Read more about Kaplan, and view photos from the renaming.

Tzar Restaurant is celebrating its fifth birthday and, to help commemorate, in conjunction with the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club, they will be holding their “Toys for Tots” drive at 6:00 p.m., December 12 at Tzar, 2007 Emmons Avenue.

While the event is billed as being “in the Russian-speaking community,” monetary donations and new toys will be distributed as holiday gifts to all needy children. According to Tzar, “Bringing joy and happiness to the deprived kids is the best present.”

You can either donate a new, unwrapped toy, or you can make a check payable to the “Community First Toy Drive” in the amount of $25 minimum to send a message of hope to kids whose families may be struggling to make ends meet during this time of economic uncertainty. All donations for “Toys for Tots” are tax-deductible.

Food will be provided. You must RSVP prior to December 9 by calling Sam Khalitov at (862) 242-6678 or Raisa Chernina at (347) 613-5332.