Erica Sherman was on assignment last week and snapped this photo. Can you guess where she is?
By Councilman Lew Fidler
There they go again. They big boys are fighting and you know who is going to pay the bill.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, Fox and Cablevision will have settled their dispute and returned control of channels 5 and 9 to the viewing audience. Until then, Cablevision subscribers will have to do without many of our favorite programs, not to mention Giants’ football, the National League Championship playoffs and—perish the thought—the World Series. But even if the media giants manage to settle, the bill will be passed on to the little guy—the consumer.
Some folks may be old enough to remember when our neighborhood movie theaters—wait, do you even remember neighborhood movie theaters?—all posted signs that read “Stop pay TV” on their marquis. The newly burgeoning cable TV system response was that “pay TV”, now known as cable TV, was for enhanced service. But the 1992 Cable TV Act changed all that when broadcast stations were permitted to seek “retransmission fees.”
What is a “retransmission fee”? That is the fee that broadcast stations seek from cable providers to permit them to air the exact same content that broadcast networks provide over free public air space. Before the 1992 Act, when cable was used more generally to provide TV programming to areas that could not receive clear air signals, broadcasters relied on the “must carry” provision of the law, allowing broadcasters to actually compel cable providers to carry their content. How the worm has turned!
After months of trying, opponents to the proposed Sheepshead Bay Islamic Center nearly got what they’ve been demanding from Community Board 15: a vote.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
Several speakers continued their monthly plea at last night’s meeting for the board to express opposition to the planned mosque at 2812 Voorhies Avenue, and this time an opportunity was briefly in sight.
Executive board member Robert Gevertzman opened a can of worms when he asked Chairperson Theresa Scavo about the possibility of a vote. His curiosity was openly received by the opposition, who burst into applause.
With the topic on the floor, Scavo moved quickly to explain the pointlessness – and inappropriateness – of such a vote.
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is inviting residents down for four hours of free document shredding on Thursday, October 28.
The initiative is part of an effort to raise awareness about identity theft, and will help safely destroy unwanted records and documents. The event is co-sponsored by the New York Consumer Protection Board.
Here are the event details:
Thursday, October 28
Bay Academy School Yard
1401 Emmons Avenue
(located directly behind school – enter from East 15th Street)
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Can’t make it to the event? Here are some tips from the Consumer Protection Board to avoid credit card and identity theft:
- Never carry your Social Security card. Carry only those credit cards you actually need.
- Watch your credit and debit cards to prevent a stranger from skimming your card’s data.
- Do not give out personal information over the phone unless the call was initiated by you and you know to whom you are speaking.
- Exercise caution when using an ATM.
- Select businesses that avoid using your Social Security number as an identifier.
- Close any unused credit card accounts and notify the three major credit reporting agencies they’ve been closed.
- Use complex passwords for all of your accounts on and off-line.
- Examine all transactions on your bank and credit card statements closely.
- Cross shred documents displaying personal information.
- Review and get a free copy of your credit report annually from the three major credit reporting agencies. (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union)
Find more tips and tools on the Consumer Protection Board website.
The MTA Board is expected to pass a slew of proposed bridge and tunnel toll hikes around the city today, including a new $13.00 charge to cash-paying commuters crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
For E-ZPass users the Verrazano will raise to $9.60 from $9.14.
The original plan was to raise all tolls on bridges and tunnels 10 percent across the board. But the Staten Island Borough
Jackass President proposed that the raises only affect cash customers, slapping them with a 27 to 33 percent increase. That structure would have saved Staten Islanders quite a bit of cash, as the borough has the highest rate of E-ZPass users, representing yet another attempt by Staten Island to shift its financial responsibilities onto the other boroughs.
Regardless, a modified plan won out that increased E-ZPass tolls by some (5 percent), and the cash tolls by more (18 percent).
Locally, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will rise to $3 from $2.50 for cash payments, and $1.80 from $1.42 for E-ZPass payments.
If passed, the increases will go into effect on December 30.
What a cool shot [mementosis] [via Flickr] took on Nostrand Avenue off Avenue Z. What magic HDR lends to a photograph. Coolio…
When most people think about pizza in Gravesend, the conversation begins and ends with L&B Spumoni Gardens. But Slice, the Serious Eats pizza blog, published not one, but two great Gravesend pizza stories today.
It was a cold day for warm memories as family, friends, local leaders and activists converged on Plumb Beach to memorialize the life – and brutal death – of Michael Sandy.
The Friday morning event came shortly after the four year anniversary of Michael Sandy’s killing, and celebrated the dedication of a bench and plaque for Sandy and all victims of violence and hate crimes, placed near the parking lot where he was attacked.
“We dedicate this bench because we want to say something to one another. We want to say how important it is that we remember this story and the full breadth of it,” Congressman Anthony Weiner told the crowd at the dedication. “We should recognize that the violence that took Michael from us is not something that should be ignored and not something that should be swept under the rug. This has reached the point of epidemic.”
Members of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association trounced the faculty and staff of Kingsborough Community College in an aggressive softball match on Sunday.
(View the photo gallery by Sheepshead Bites’ Erica Sherman below.)
“It was highly competitive,” said Michael Goldstein, the school’s director of alumni relations and public information. “I didn’t think it was going to be, but it turned out the gentlemen from the MBNA came out to play.”
But Goldstein and his team aren’t feeling so sore over the loss. The game raised funds for Kingsborough programs. Money is still coming in, but the group said they will present Dr. Saul Katz, dean of continuing education, with a check for more than $1,000 at their meeting next Monday.
“It was a beautiful community effort, one for the sake of the school,” said MBNA Public Relations Chairperson Edmond Dweck. “It brought together our community with the Kingsborough community, which is important for the future.”
The final score was 10 to 8, and with MBNA pulling ahead towards the end of the nine-inning game that lasted more than two hours.
The ceremonial first pitched was tossed by Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, and the MBNA featured some celebrity pitchers, including Councilman Michael Nelson and Civil Court Judge Eugene Schwartzwald.
“It was for a great cause, everyone had a great time, a lot of laughs,” said Goldstein. “It was really, really very nice of them to do this for students. That’s how you raise money – by having a lot of fun.”
The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets has issued a Food Safety Alert, warning consumers not to eat “Salted Holland Herring” from Brighton Bazaar as it may be contaminated by Botulism.
Food inspectors discovered that Brighton Beach Bazaar, at 1007 Brighton Beach Avenue, was selling uneviscerated herring.
It is the second such warning for the establishment in less than a year. The agency put a similar alert out in January, after Brighton Bazaar sold uneviscerated “Treknas Atlantic Herring” to consumers.
The viscera are the internal organs of the chest or abdomen. Processed fish that has not had the viscera removed are prohibited by the state because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated there than any other portion of the fish, and it has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning.
Symptoms of Botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.
The “Salted Holland Herring” was offered for sale by Brighton Bazaar as a bulk item in the seafood cooler. The product is uncoded and is a product of Russia.