Source: Turner's office

Congressman Bob Turner met with the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday to discusses 9th District projects with District Commander Col. John Boule. Among the items discussed was the Plumb Beach restoration project. No new developments have been announced, but it was a necessary meeting to bring the newly-elected congressman up to speed. Below is a press release from Turner’s office:

Last Friday, Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) met with Col. John R. Boule, District Commander of the New York District Army Corps of Engineers, to discuss the Army Corps of Engineers’ projects in the 9th Congressional District. Projects discussed included ecosystem restoration in Jamaica Bay, the Jamaica Bay Federal Channel (at Rockaway Inlet) Navigation project, the Storm Risk Reduction Project at Plumb Beach, and a Reformulation Study on the Rockaway Peninsula.

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Community residents pal around on the dance floor during last year's BNA holiday party. Photo by Erica Sherman

As a gift to the community, the Brighton Neighborhood Association will be holding its annual holiday party tonight, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the Millennium, Brighton Beach Avenue between Brighton 12th Street and Brighton 13th Street.

There will be lots of music, courtesy of DJ Peter Joseph; dancing, and refreshments, so bring your loved ones, and get ready to have a great time ushering in the holiday season with your friends from the community and BNA.

Admission is free of charge.

For more, contact Pat Singer at (718) 891-0800, visit them on the web, or “Like” BNA on Facebook.

Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah published the following scanned ad yesterday from Hamodia, a Brooklyn Jewish newspaper. We agree with what his tipster told him: that it’s the “opening salvo” in Councilman Lew Fidler’s unannounced-but-widely-expected State Senate campaign.

Paybarah writes:

Fidler hasn’t formally announced he’s running for the seat, but he’s term-limited from the Council after 2013, and Kruger is facing corruption charges (although the case is not proceeding smoothly).

The real wild card here is redistricting. Both Fidler and Kruger are Democrats but Kruger previously had good relationships with the Republican Senate majority which, like the Assembly Democrats, is theoretically in a position to control the current redistricting process. “Theoretically,” because Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to veto whatever lines the lawmakers produce, which would likely trigger court involvement in the process, which could mean, in terms of the effect on individual district lines, almost anything.

We touched on what one redistricting scenario could mean earlier this week.

Anyway, here is the ad, touting the $15 million dollars in city funding Fidler has passed to Jewish groups over the years. What do you think?

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Source: Thefuntimesguide.com

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

Need to spend down your FSA? How’s about a colonoscopy?

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA), created in 2003 under President George W. Bush, allows you to contribute an amount you designate to a special account for your use for qualified health care expenses for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. Your contributions to your FSA are funded with pre-tax dollars, and therefore are not subject to income or social security taxes. Therefore, if you are in the 25 percent tax bracket, your Federal savings are $250 for every $1,000 you contribute. If your contribution is $5,000, your Federal savings are $1,250.

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Divided we poop?

Photo by Boris Shekhman

Okay, so you’ve spent hours on the ladder, stringing those darn lights up. You’ve plugged in your mechanical Santas. You’ve got the music going, and everything’s all glitzed up.

Now what?

Share it with the world!

Sheepshead Bites wants your photos of holiday lights and displays from around the neighborhood. Photos do not to be of your own property. Whether its houses, businesses or otherwise, we want to show the world how Sheepshead Bay celebrates the season to be merry.

Send photos by e-mail with “Holiday Lights” in the subject line to photos [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s Annual Holiday Meeting-Party will be held December 15 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kings Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street.

The evening will include refreshments, music by the Marine Park Junior High School 278 jazz combo, as well as the opportunity to meet neighbors, elected officials, 61st Precinct officers, and community leaders. The meeting-party is free and open to the public.

There will be no MMHCA meetings in January or February. For more, call (718) 375-9158.

Source: Jaszek Photography via Flickr

A local advocate is proposing a marked bike lane on Emmons Avenue to make cycling on the busy stretch safer. The only problem is community leaders don’t care one iota for the plan.

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Sasha, a teen from the Kings Bay Y, holds up a Marines Toys for Tots poster while helping out with the toy drive mailing.

Hoping to shatter last year’s astounding record of a mind-boggling 7,790 toys, members of the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club, Councilman Lew Fidler, and Club Executive Director and Toy Drive Founder Bryan A. Lee are holding this year’s Community First Toy Drive Grand Finale Party on Thursday night, December 15, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the club, 2952 Avenue R and Haring Street.

Find out how you can donate, and attend the party yourself!

Erik Palanker brought five toys to donate to less fortunate children

Tzar Restaurant (2007 Emmons Avenue), in conjunction with the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and the Be Proud Foundation, held a Toys for Tots drive on Monday, to celebrate its fifth anniversary and give a special holiday season to less fortunate children.

This year’s Toys for Tots drive was the the third time that the event has been organized by Be Proud Foundation and hosted by Tzar. The event is a local off-shoot of the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club drive, a massive effort across Southern Brooklyn that nets more toys for disadvantaged children than anywhere else in New York City.

The effort is in full-swing, and if Monday’s donations are any indication, the club is poised to once again claim their mantle as the city’s top tot toy target. Tzar and Be Proud collected more than 100 toys and raised $1,100 in donations, which enabled the organizers to purchase 400 more toys for the children.

“This number will be a major part of the overall goal of over 8,000 toys our club toy drive is aiming for in order to be the largest collecting Toys for Tots chapter in all of New York City for the sixth straight year,” declared Bryan Lee, 41st Assembly District Democrats Club executive director and Toy Drive founder.

– Taylor Reynolds