We just received this press release from Councilman Nelson’s office. Read it, and see if you have the same concern I do.
(City Hall) – Council Member Michael C. Nelson proudly announces the installation of “Keep Intersection Clear” signs at Voorhies Avenue and East 18th Street. Councilman Nelson requested the installation of the signs on behalf of his constituents who had expressed the burden that many drivers endure when attempting to make a left or right turn from East 18th Street onto Voorhies Avenue. Having also personally been stuck in traffic in this area, Councilman Nelson immediately contacted the Department of Transportation to investigate this location.
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Moshe Berkowitz (Photo: flatbushscoop.com)
A 25-year-old yeshiva student died after his car was swiped by an apparent drunk driver yesterday.
Moshe Berkowitz was heading north on Ocean Avenue near Avenue N when a southbound Volkswagen Passat hit him just after 11:30 p.m.
Police believe the 23-year-old driver of the other vehicle was drunk and charges are pending. He and his female passenger were taken to Kings County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Berkowitz, a student at Yeshiva Ohr Yitzchok in Flatbush, was pronounced dead at Maimonides Medical Center.
Tuesday Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.
It’s hard enough for a couple, but for a single parent, the managing of the family, running the house, and holding down a job is next to impossible; but you do it. Dropping the kids at daycare, chauffeuring them to little league or dance, cooking up breakfast and dinner, helping with homework. I could not do it, but I’d like to make a few suggestions in the financial planning area which are also suggested by various CPA societies.
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Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association collected scores of canned goods.
Fifiteen families in all received boxes brimming with Thanksgiving goodies, following a food drive by Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association and King’s Chapel.
The recipients included seniors, unemployed and under-employed in Madison, Marine Park, Midwood and Flatbush. They got a slew of Thanksgiving-related canned and dried goods, as well as stuffing, vegetables, potatoes, yams, pies and frozen turkeys. To sweeten the deal, Jo Mart Chocolates on Avenue R threw in a score of their specialty chocolate bars.
Many of the frozen turkeys were donated by local politicans, including Councilman Lew Fidler and State Senator Marty Golden. Helene Weinstein sent gift cards for Key Food. The businesses that hosted the group’s donation bins also threw in generous donations.
Photo: SheepGuardingLlama via Flickr
Sheepshead Bay is home to cyber-bully number one, Vitaly Borker, a cut-throat online retailer exposed in a New York Times article over the weekend.
Borker, through his online eyeglass store DecorMyEyes, specializes in belittling customers and terrorizing them with not-so-thinly veiled threats of violence as part of his sales strategy.
And business is booming.
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UPDATE: It appears it was not an emotionally disturbed person, but an elderly driver who was in a minor accident, losing his side mirror. The man pulled over and was trying to recover the mirror. Police took him off the road.
We just received word that an emotionally disturbed man is wandering in and out of traffic on the Belt Parkway.
The man is on the westbound side of the Belt Parkway on the Paerdegat Basin bridge. We’re told a construction worker involved in reconstructing the bridge called police.
This is a breaking story and we will update it as new information becomes available.
Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG) is currently sponsoring an exhibition of work by the students of Mark Twain Middle School and Abraham Lincoln High School in the gallery at Coney Island Hospital. The exhibition consists of 47 pieces, including watercolors, graphite sketches, ink drawings and photographs. True to its slogan, “Creating opportunities for artists and art lovers of all ages,” BSAG will be hanging student exhibitions between regular shows of its professional artists at the hospital. All schools with budding artists are welcome to participate.
The current crop of student artwork will come down later this week, when BSAG begins to hang works from their adult artists.
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Councilman David G. Greenfield is demanding the immediate suspension of two police officers after an incident on Friday night in which the patrolmen from the 61st Precinct allegedly forced an Orthodox man to violate Jewish law.
According to Yeshiva World News:
[A] resident of Midwood was walking home from synagogue on Friday night, wearing the traditional black hat and jacket worn by observant Jews, when he admittedly jaywalked across the street. While jaywalking, he was stopped by two police officers from the 61st Precinct who demanded his identification in order to issue him a summons.
The man was happy to give his name and address to the police officers, but he had no identification at the time. The man was not carrying his driver’s license because observant Jews do not drive, and are also prohibited by Jewish law from carrying items, on the Sabbath. The young man asked the officers if they would walk him to his home down the block where he would then provide the officers with his driver’s license. The officers refused and threatened to arrest him for jaywalking. The young man pleaded with the officers, but to no avail. Under threat of arrest, they forced the young man to violate Jewish law by writing his name and address down and then issued him a summons.
“Our constitution guarantees us the right to practice our religion without fear of persecution,” Councilman Greenfield proclaimed. “Are there no major crimes occurring in this city that these two officers can spend their evenings ticketing jaywalkers in residential neighborhoods? Why couldn’t these officers simply have escorted this religious person to his home? There was no reason to force this observant Jew to transgress the Sabbath by forcing him to write when the officers knew that they were going to write down his information anyway to hand him a summons.”
Greenfield is a Sephardic Jew representing Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst.
Business must be going well at Sofia Pizza Restaurant (2822 Coney Island Avenue), which we deemed a serious competitor to local stalwarts like Del Mar Pizzeria and Bay Pizzeria shortly after they opened.
The year-old pizza joint is opening a second location, aptly named Sofia Pizza II, at 3033 Avenue V. Employees of the original location said that the owners are waiting for some paperwork to clear before they can open, and it could be anywhere from a few days to weeks.
We’ll call it the Bites Bump (Eat your heart out, Colbert!).
Thanks to Arthur Borko for the photo and tip.
With just over one month left until the New Year, I’m getting a head start at a fresh slate.
A number of things in both my personal and professional life are turning around. Some for better, some for worse, but all different. The changes pile on, one after the other, tipping the scales in favor of wholesale evolution.
And I feel good about it. Really good.
That’s not to say I’m not nervous, or that I don’t look at the new tasks and challenges in front of me and consider a run for the hills. But why get stuck on that?
So here we are, this Monday morning, a new week shortly before a new year, and in me a new yearning for achievement.
But not everything is new. You are not new. I’ve faced a lot of “new” in the past two and a half years since Sheepshead Bites launched, from jobs to housing situations to social circles and more. But the one constant has been you.
So thank you, readers, for giving me roots. And for allowing me the opportunity to do what I do, the first job of mine that instills such immense pride and contentment. Without you, the fresh slate, the current challenges, the blank pages ahead would seem insurmountable.
Keep reading, folks. Otherwise I wouldn’t know what else to do.