It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally here!

The re-opening of the East 8th Street Bridge – a.k.a. the Guider Avenue Bridge – is scheduled for tomorrow, December 2, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

That means motorists heading from Brighton Beach to the westbound Belt Parkway will no longer be forced over the Coney Island Avenue Bridge, through the heavily-congested Avenue Z intersection, and down a residential block in order to get to the highway. After nearly two years of construction, they’ll finally return to the faster, more direct route of the Guider Avenue Bridge.

The opening was original planned for last week, but rain prevented the installation of the final pavement sealant. It’s not the first delay on the bridge – construction was intended to be completed in spring of 2011, was pushed back to fall, and, well, the latest completion date is slated to be in February 2012 – two full years after it began.

Though the road will be open tomorrow, the bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic until all work is complete, according to the Department of Transportation. Temporary barriers and fencing will also remain in place until then.

From our friends at the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn:

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The Brighton Beach Post Office (3157 Coney Island Avenue) has been on the chopping block for more than two years, but it and four other Brooklyn post offices have escaped closure yet again.

The announcement was made by Don Brown, Community Board 15′s liaison to the post office, during the board’s meeting on Tuesday. We asked Brown to elaborate, and he explained the situation by e-mail:

First and foremost let me make it clear about my reporting.  I am not a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee nor a representative thereof.  My position is one of a delegate from Community Board #15 to the USPS’ Consumer Advisory Council, who meets with the Brooklyn Post Office’s  Officer In Charge, his staff and delegates from other Brooklyn Community Boards.   I’ve prefaced my response with a caveat for journalistic purposes.

My report to Community Board #15, on 11/29/11, was meant to reflect the fact that the USPS had completed a study of the possible closing of five (5) postal offices in our Borough.  There are more than 3,000 offices being studied for closing throughout the country.  When I mentioned locally, I was expressing the fact that Brooklyn’s reasons for maintaining continued service ( for the 5 local stations in Brooklyn) had passed muster and thus the Brighton Beach Station had been saved.  There is always the possibility that a review by the Nation’s Postmaster, in Washington, DC could result in further reviews down the road.  But for now, it appears that the Brooklyn Post Offices have escaped, unscathed.  The City or State has no role in this process.  Some of the main areas that are critiqued are; customer traffic, revenue generation & alternative options in the neighborhood (such as businesses that are contracted by USPS to provide limited services such as the sale of stamps, postcards and packages).

The Brighton Beach Post Office was first slated to close in 2009, when new landlords took over the building and pushed higher rents that the post office could not afford. The government increased the pressure by targeting it for closure for financial reasons. It did ultimately sign a five-year lease, but a postal review continued to eye it for closure as local leaders pleaded with the Postmaster General to keep it open.

The latest study indicates the Brighton Beach Post Office, and the nearby post offices that would be forced to pick up its clientele, has been spared to government’s budget axe.

Daffy Duck (from "Ali Baba Bunny") is "in the money."

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

Just as Frank Sinatra‘s song, “My Way,” begins: “and now the end is near,” tax planning season is ending… Okay, okay, so my recollection of his song isn’t exact, but it is the accountants’ version. And while the president and Congress took a (well-deserved?) Thanksgiving break, I hope they were thinking about ways to un-stuff the federal budget. For you, my suggestion is to take as many deductions this year as you can. Next year is totally uncertain.

Some of the tax benefits you have been enjoying come to an end as of December 31 (unless extended by Congress):

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A Brighton Beach couple living in the ritzy Oceana condo development has been arrested for illegally collecting thousands of dollars in Medicaid benefits by claiming to be poor. The wife said on application forms that she was single, and the man who is really her husband, a doctor with a practice in Sheepshead Bay, was just a friend who could attest to her poverty.

Find out the details of this case.

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We still haven’t heard back from the police regarding yesterday’s armed robbery in Manhattan Beach, but the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association said they have.

According to the group, an arrest was made in the afternoon and the perp was hit with charges relating to two robberies in the community. The incidents – yesterday’s, and one the day before – allegedly involved the same perp using a silver revolver.

Both incidents occurred on Corbin Place, according to MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck

We will update this post if we receive any further information from the 61st Precinct.

I couldn’t decide which one of these two I liked better, so I combined them into a composite image.

Photos by Aleks

If you’re a parent of an autistic child and looking for potential play dates, then we have found the group for you.

From their Facebook page, the group “Autism in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn” hopes to gain more members. Their goal is to set up playgroups for children with autism who live in the area or near it.

By joining the group on Facebook, you’ll get updates on locations were the group will plan to meet.

For more information or if you’re interested and not a Facebook user, contact Arlene at Arlener2470@aol.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.

After an uneventful evening of long meetings, flavored rum samplings and cold rain dodging, a hot drink was in order. But what and where? Coffee and tea were out. I craved something stronger. Grog – that’s the ticket. It’s exactly what was called for on this dreary evening.

Enter Anyway Cafe (111 Oriental Blvd, Manhattan Beach) If any place in the neighborhood was going to offer grog, Anyway Cafe would be it. Ned and I sat down and immediately confused our waitress by ordering grog. She had no idea what we were looking for, so we asked for mulled wine which deepened her confusion. Finally, after some back and forth, she offered hot wine – which was exactly what we were looking for. Hot wine infused with spices and fruit juices.

Ned and I smugly sat back and discussed our waitress’ naivety about wine, whether or not the term grog was used in the Russian community, or if she was just some special case. It turns out that grog is not mulled wine, or even hot wine for that matter. Grog is a rum drink. We’re the “special” cases. Our bad.

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Maksim Gelman, suspect in stabbing of Aleksandr Kuznetsov

Maksim Gelman pleaded guilty to killing four people and wounding four more in the 28-hour stabbing spree that began in Sheepshead Bay.

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