Sometimes I think how very weird and kind of scary it is that there is a gigantic fireball looking straight at us, and what’s stopping it from crashing into our planet and rendering us space cinders? Rod Serling, that’s what.

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They come in threes now.

Another candidate has stepped forward with the intention of running for Councilman Lew Fidler’s City Council seat, says Politicker NY.

“If the seat opens, I will be contesting it,” Ivrol Hines, the publisher of the New York City Liberal Liberty Star, told Politcker. “I just think we need someone who actually lives in the community, cares about the community, and shares the concerns and the problems that regular citizens do. And that’s why I’m getting in there.”

At the moment, Hines would be up against Frank Seddio and Mercedes Narcisse for the Democratic nomination. They both showed interest for Fidler’s seat roughly a week before Hines did.

While Hines’ publication dubs itself as “New York’s first choice for Caribbean news,” he doesn’t mind splitting the Caribbean vote with Narcisse.

“I’m not really worried about that. I think the more people we have out there, the better it is. Let’s get all of the issues on the table,” said Hines.

His campaign is firmly standing on the education approach.

“Each year, our budget gets cut. More and more kids are coming into our classrooms,” he said. “There’s nothing a teacher can do when you have 30 plus kids, 7, 8, 9 years old, sitting in one class room.”

An exact date for the race is still unclear. Fidler is running in the March 20 special election to replace disgraced State Senator Carl Kruger. If he wins, another special election will likely be held for Fidler’s council seat. If not, Fidler is term-limited out of the council in 2013.

Correction: 1/27, 4:35 P.M. The newspaper was incorrectly titled in the post above. Mr. Hines publishes the New York Liberty Star, not the New York City Liberal Star.

A statue of Brooklyn's own Joe "JoePa" Paterno in front of Beaver Stadium, home to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Source: Wikipedia

College football fans all over the country mourned the passing of the Brooklyn-born Penn State titan, Joe “JoePa” Paterno, who succumbed to complications lung cancer this past week at 85.

Approximately 12,000 mourners attended a final tribute yesterday to the Penn State Nittany Lions’ beloved long-time leader, who was born in Flatbush, grew up in Marine Park, attended Good Shepherd Roman Catholic School and church (1950 Batchelder Street), and was credited with being the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history.

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The “transportation advocacy organization,” Transportation Alternatives — whose mission it is “to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives” — will be bicycling over to our neck of the woods this weekend, and I know all of you will give them a hale and hearty welcome… right?

According to the TA Brooklyn Committee calendar, for its “Monthly Ride,” members of the group will ride this Sunday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m., to Emmons Avenue, “since there has recently been discussion about problems for cyclists there and recommendations for improvement.” From the calendar item:

The riders will meet at the corner of Washington Ave/Eastern Parkway in front of the Brooklyn Museum at 11AM. We will ride a couple of blocks on Eastern Parkway, then make a right on Bedford Avenue and ride Bedford all the way to Emmons Avenue, where we will get a chance to see first-hand the current layout and what we can suggest to improve the situation for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. We will make a left on Emmons and ride until Knapp St, where we will make a left, go a few blocks and wind up at Jordan’s Lobster Dock, where we can warm up with some clam chowder, lobster rolls, grilled salmon sandwiches or other delights. Be sure to bring a lock so you can comfortably leave your bikes and head inside to eat. Heading back, we can take Bedford Avenue again, or we can ride Emmons a little further and hook up with Ocean Parkway. The ride will be 16-17 miles round trip including the lunch stop. Approximate time for people heading all the way back to the Brooklyn Museum location would be 2.5-3 hours.

For additional information, call (212) 629-8080 or go to www.transalt.org.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Just a friendly reminder that there will be major disruptions along the Q train line this weekend.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Q trains will only run between Stillwell Avenue and Prospect Park, meaning no service into Manhattan or downtown Brooklyn. Free shuttle buses will be provided to take riders to and from Prospect Park and Atlantic Avenue, where riders can connect with other subway options.

Hooray.

A 60th Precinct squad car at the scene of the mezuzah thefts, 3000 Ocean Parkway

The seemingly never-ending scourge of anti-Semitic property defacement throughout Southern Brooklyn continues, as the vandal suspected of ripping seven mezuzot off the doorframes on the 15th, 18th and 19th floors of 3000 Ocean Parkway in Brighton Beach has likely struck again.

According to a 23-year-old resident of the Trump Village Apartments, their mezuzah — a small, encased parchment inscribed with Hebrew Torah verses and affixed to the doorframe in accordance with Jewish law — was stolen on Sunday night.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is continuing to probe the thefts, but the building has no surveillance cameras monitoring its hallways, making it difficult to determine who is committing the crimes, and when.

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Shot on campus around a month ago.

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‘New York State’

Following the lead of Congress, the New York State Legislature also accomplished little this year. To their credit, though, the business ranking of New York in the area of the ‘cost of doing business,’ went from the bottom at number 50 in 2010 to number 48 in 2011, and in the area of business friendliness, went from number 45 in 2010 to number 36 in 2011. The quality of the workforce, however, remained at number 49, with Ohio the only worst state. To add insult to injury, New Jersey beat out New York in all these categories, according to CNBC. But this post is concerning the personal tax area.

General Changes For 2011:

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Better Life Medical Supplies at 1403 Avenue Z recently expanded into a vacant storefront next door, more than doubling its size. It looks like they plan to keep the original location, and have built an interior doorway connecting the two units.

The old storefront – 1405 Avenue Z – was previously occupied by 4Wires.com, a security system specialist. 4Wires moved out in July 2011, and the storefront has been vacant ever since.