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.

NOT HIS ‘FINEST’ HOUR: Paul Voss, a bank-robbing cop-turned-city-bus -driver, at home over the weekend.

Source: NYPost.com

The New York Post reports:

An infamous dirty cop — who was caught moonlighting as a bank robber in the 1990s — has a new gig driving a city bus in Brooklyn, The Post has learned.

Former Queens cop Paul Voss is now working the night shift driving the B44 bus, some 13 years after his arrest for sticking up five banks — including one when he was on duty.

The MTA knew all about his criminal past, but it decided to hire the badge-betraying bandit last April.

The now-repentant 44-year-old copped to his unorthodox work history on both sides of the law when he applied to the transit agency and in subsequent employment interviews.

But that didn’t preclude him from getting a job, thanks to strict state hiring laws.

State agencies are forbidden from using candidates’ criminal histories against them in most cases.

“He served a five-year sentence followed by eight consecutive years of gainful employment at a single company,” said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

“Mr. Voss further revealed his criminal record and work history to the Background Investigations Unit of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which upheld the hiring decision made by Transit.”

After passing the civil-service bus-driver test, Voss was hired by the MTA at $20.38 an hour.

Glad to see in this down economy a former civil servant can find a job with decent pay…

Source: Sarah Parrott/Flickr

If you’re planning on mailing out holiday cards or gifts, it’s time to get to it. Because this is the busiest time of year for the United States Post Office, mailings can take a little longer. Here’s a list of cut off dates to ensure timely delivery of your cards, letters or packages, courtesy of the USPS.

Check out the 2011 USPS holiday cut off dates.

One of the EMPTIED cans underneath the Sheepshead Bay Road station remains surrounded by trash.

Garbage Gazette: It’s been a while since we’ve had a Garbage Gazette, but it’s certainly not because there hasn’t been anything to write about. Our local Sanitation Department garage continues to leave a mess in its trail – we just got tired of harping on it. The condition of Sheepshead Bay Road today, though, definitely warrants it.

You see, early this morning, Sanitation workers crept up Sheepshead Bay Road, supposedly emptying garbage cans and cleaning the area around them – fulfilling their job description. Or did they? When we wandered down the road this morning, what we found was that they only emptied every other can, leaving several spots with cans overflowing with garbage and debris. At the locations that they did pick up they left the surrounding areas untouched, and they remain piled with putrid filth.

What we also found is that claims the Sanitation Department has used in the past to excuse its negligence are patently false.

Keep reading for photos, and find out why the Sanitation Department is full of it.

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 info@manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org 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

The original image is below the fold…