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.

To learn more, call (917) 747-5863.

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:

  1. It takes time to transport the workers to and from the job site;
  2. All work must take place during non-rush hours so work must stop at a certain time even if the job is incomplete, and
  3. 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.

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Shot in Marine Park.

Photo by Andy Baum

This one was confusing as hell. Good luck.

Photo by nolastname

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.”

Capuchin Franciscan preacher, Father Richard Hart

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 PossiblePreaching: 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.

You can read the full text of the bill here.

What do you think of diverting taxpayer money to private and religious schools?

Ildar Gazizulin

Ildar Gazizulin and a map showing the distance between his last known location and where his body was found. (Source: / Google Maps)

The skeletal remains of a Brighton Beach Russian immigrant who vanished in 2009 have been found, providing authorities with a new lead in a cold case.

Brighton Beach businessman Ildar Gazizulin, 39, vanished the morning of June 20, 2009. He had spent the night and early morning hours partying at Fusion (2007 Emmons Avenue) to celebrate his becoming a U.S. citizen.

Times Herald-Record reports:

He was last seen alone outside the Fusion nightclub on Emmons Avenue near Brighton Beach at around 2 a.m. His 2007 Jeep Cherokee was parked near the club. Eleven months later, on May 11, 2010 about 90 miles north of the city, a hiker found the skeleton lying above ground roughly 150 feet into thick woods and brush and near the bank of Loch Sheldrake Creek, a tributary to the Neversink River. The remains included most of the skeleton, a skull, lower jaw and teeth with expensive dental work.

Gazizulin emigrated to the United States in 1992, and lived in Brooklyn, exporting car and truck parts to his native Russia, Browne said. After his disappearance Gazizulin’s relatives in Russia told the NYPD that they believed his disappearance had something to do with his work, according to Russian media reports.

The remains were not identified as Gazizulin’s until recently, when authorities sent the remains to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, who matched the DNA using the CODIS database.

The New York Post adds that Gazizulin had $150,000 in the bank at the time of his disappearance, which remains untouched.

The state police’s Major Crimes Unit is working with the 61st Precinct on the case.