“The sun sun shines on everyone.” – Petronius, Satyricon Lybri 100

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Are you a fan of Kingborough’s radio station? Well, we can explain that deafening silence you’ve been getting when you tuned in these last few days.

WKRB 90.3 FM, Sheepshead’s local college radio station hosted by Kingsborough Community College, is currently off the air. According to their Facebook page, the live feed went off air on Friday, February 10, while they renovate the station. They estimate they will resume broadcasting in April or May.

Worry not! Fan’s of the college station won’t miss a beat. Though the live feed will be down you can still listen to an automated version of the station’s playlist by going to WKRB.org.

The approximate location of the proposed natural gas pipeline.

After the House of Representatives passed a bill last week approving the construction of a three-mile gas pipeline, running underneath Jamaica Bay through Brooklyn and Queens, environmentalists and local leaders are outraged, claiming they were kept in the dark about it.

“It was done behind the public’s back,” said Ida Sanoff, Chairperson of the Natural Resources Protective Association.

Find out what the plan is, and why environmentalists say they’re being left out of the process.

The current State Senate district lines in Southern Brooklyn, showing District 27 (former Senator Kruger's district) and District 22 (Golden's). It is known as one of the worst examples of gerrymandering in New York State. The latest proposal is no better.

Looking at political district maps for Brooklyn and the city, you might think you’re gazing at an elaborate jigsaw puzzle. Yet, the process seems to get more complicated, not to mention inequitable, when the lines are redrawn every 10 years.

Nevertheless, the best laid district lines of Democrats or Republicans usually don’t count much towards a representative democracy, but rather for the ruling political party.

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On Valentine’s Day, we love our ladies. We love our local businesses. But we sure as heck don’t care for illegal vendors.

The NYPD is making rounds along the district’s commercial corridors, finding and squashing attempts to set up illegal flower stands.

Setting up shop on a sidewalk without proper permits is illegal any time of the year, but the problem gets particularly bad on holidays like Valentine’s Day. According to Sergeant Kerry Carty of the 61st Precinct Community Affairs Unit, within an hour of being out on Kings Highway today they had already shut down three illegal vendors.

“The florist shops pay a lot of money for their space,” Carty said, noting that illegal vendors are undercutting brick-and-mortar flower shops.

Storefront florists need to charge a little more to cover long-term costs like rent – and pay taxes – while fly-by-night vendors seize an unfair advantage, hurting the stability of the community. Illegal vendors in New York City can be fined between $250 and $1,000 and, if charged, face imprisonment of up to three months.

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The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden: 

The New York State Senate today  passed legislation (S. 1746) introduced by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, that would prevent convicted felons currently confined as an inmate in any correctional facility, on parole, or on probation, from being able to legally change their name.

The legislation is a result of a 2000 civil rights law amendment that established a process for violent felons so to petition for a legal name change that includes crime victim and community notification. The process gives victims a chance to voice their opposition to such name changes.

Senator Golden stated, “Isn’t it enough to be a victim of a crime, and then to have to proceed with a trial, looking the one who caused you harm right in the face for days, weeks and sometimes months.  This court ruling now adds to the pain of New York’s victims, in it causes people to vividly recall the incident, in an effort to keep a felon from changing their name.”

Golden continued, “This bill stops criminals from victimizing law abiding citizens again in a court of law. New York needs to stop coddling criminals at the expense of victims. We should never consider the rights of the criminals in advance of those of the victims.”

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

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The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for the disappearance of Mara Gorelik, female, white, age 69, from West 5th Street and Neptune Avenue in Brooklyn. Gorelik suffers from Alzheimers and is unfamiliar with her name and surroundings; she is not carrying I.D. or a phone. She is 5’9″ tall, 190 lbs., with brown hair, grey eyes, wearing a large white sweater, blue jeans, and glasses, last seen today at 8:15 a.m. near her home. If seen, please call 911.

The scene of the fire at 2775 East 12th Street on Saturday evening. (Photo by Ian Sellick)

Residents of the Bel-Air building at 2775 East 12th Street are being allowed to return to their homes after a fire forced them to evacuate on Saturday.

Sheepshead Bites visited the building today and found residents buzzing about the building’s entrance, many carrying bags. It was hopefully the end of the two-day ordeal, in which the residents relocated to the homes of friends and family, and American Red Cross also provided an emergency shelter at Bay Academy Junior High School.

However, not everyone is being allowed back to their apartments, according to one Sheepshead Bites commenter. She writes:

Apparently they are turning the lights on in order of your apartment, but not everyone is guaranteed to be allowed into their apartment tonight. The power in the building is restored but not all the wings have power. They are urging everyone to have someone stop by and speak to the super so he can verify if your apartment will have power.

On Sunday, management for the Bel-Air building taped a typed statement onto the front door’s of the building.

“Building management is on site and is working with our licensed engineers and Con Edison representatives to restore power as soon as possible. We will organize escorted access during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm,” said KQR Management LLC.

The management company did not return calls for comment by the time this story went to press.

The fire broke out in the electrical room at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, at first causing power outages to the apartment units.

“At first I thought it was just my apartment, but then I found it happened to everyone else,” said a resident.

“It was hectic on Saturday, there was a lot of commotion,” said another resident.


Valentine day

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.

Some say that this is the day of the year to celebrate and cherish the one you love. Others claim it’s a manufactured holiday, conjured up by the greeting card and candy manufacturers as a ploy to lure us all into the stores.

Either way you look at it, there’s a lot of pressure on all of us to spend some cash on our significant other(s). Ya gotta put out!

So, let’s hear it folks. What’s your best Valentine’s Day story? Tell us all about that magical day when love was in the air and romance blossomed. Or tell us your Valentine’s Day horror story. We all have one of them, now don’t we?