Chipp Neopolitan Pizza, at 2971 Ocean Avenue, is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow by feeding the poor… college students. Poor college students. Well, not necessarily poor – but hungry. They’ll be feeding hungry college students.
To get down to the nitty gritty, Chipp is offering a free pie for one day only to college and university students, faculty and staff, as long as a valid academic ID is presented. So, if you’re a student, of have a really good fake student ID or something, get a free pie. And tell them you read about it on Sheepshead Bites.
The New York City Department of Transportation has suspended Alternate Side Parking Regulations Citywide for Monday, February 21, for Presidents Day. All other regulations, including parking meters will remain in effect throughout the city.
In an unusually frank 45-minute speech in front of neighbors, Manhattan Beach Community Group President Ira Zalcman dished on the group’s three-year feud with the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, including a “sabotaged” attempt to reunite the two civics.
“We have been sabotaged in almost all of our efforts by one elected person in particular, and some other people,” Zalcman said. The politician went unnamed. On the city and state level, Manhattan Beach is represented by City Councilman Michael Nelson and State Senator Carl Kruger.
It’s been a few weeks since the last time we ran the CompStat report, and we’re happy to bring it back again. But we’re even happier to see that, in the time we missed, the NYPD has added three new categories to the reports – petit larceny, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor sex crimes. The three new categories don’t figure into the total – which only accounts for the seven major categories – but do give us a better idea of how minor crime incidents are affecting our area. What we see is that, while the major crimes remain down, all three minor crime categories are up in the year to date, as well as the 28 day. We’ll have more on this soon.
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.
Valentina Kovalienko, one of the Brooklyn defendants nabbed in yesterday's crackdown, exiting Brooklyn federal court after posting bail Thursday. (Source: AP via Wall Street Journal)
Ten Brooklyn residents were among 114 people busted in a nationwide crackdown on Medicaid and Medicare fraud yesterday, including a slew of Southern Brooklyn residents and medical offices. Sheepshead Bites received reports of agents raiding two local offices, one on Sheepshead Bay Road between Voorhies and Shore Parkway, and another on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Shore Parkway.
The single largest scheme in the nationwide sweep involved seven Russian immigrants that bilked taxpayers out of $57 million in a three-year scheme, involving three clinics in the Sheepshead Bay area.
Jennifer Scarpati-Imparato (Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Guy “Zap” Zappulla strangled Jennifer Scarpati-Imparato, a Sheepshead Bay native and prostitute, to death at the Golden Gate Motor Inn in 1998. Thirteen years later, he somehow joined a Facebook tribute group to her from prison, outraging friends and family of the victim.
“Zappulla states there were times when multiple individuals in the community managed his account. When he learned that at least one individual was representing himself as inmate Zappulla, he apparently changed passwords so this couldn’t occur again,” DOCS (Department of Correction Services) spokeswoman Linda Foglia told the Eagle.
Upset neighbors, though, say the excuses are all a bunch of bologna.
“It doesn’t account for all the pictures that he had on there. They want to say it wasn’t him, but who took the pictures of him?” asked Annmarie O., Scarpati’s former neighbor in Sheepshead Bay. “There was postings coming up every day, and he’s full of crap if he wants to say somebody else was doing it. There were things every day. Things they were doing, people who were visiting [in prison].”
Inmates in New York state prisons are not allowed any internet access, according to DOCS, but no displinary action was taken since no threats towards others have been linked to Zappulla.
Still, Zappulla is finding a way to cause trouble. According to the Eagle, at Clinton Correctional Facility, Zappulla has so far received 13 disciplinary tickets for fighting, refusing direct orders and drugs.