Ack! I’ve fallen way behind on a ton of work, which is why today’s schedule is all mixed up, and we’ve failed to bring you the videos from the mosque rally last Sunday. They’re coming at you soon, I hope.

How ’bout you? Things going well? Are you behind on anything?

Original photo by Lisanne.

Missed the Oscars a few weeks ago? How about checking out these Oscars honoring people you may actually know.

On Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m., the Bay Improvement Group is holding its Annual BIG Oscar Awards Dinner for Distinguished Community Service. The event is at Il Fornetto at 2902 Emmons Avenue.

Prices for the event are $45 per person in advance and $55 at the door. Every ticket includes a four course meal accompanied by wine, dessert, and coffee. There will also be dancing, a cash bar, a Live DJ, and raffles.

R.S.V.P. by April 7 by calling 718-646-9206 or by emailing

View the flier.

Nolastname stands an egg up on the spring equinox every year. She wanted me to post it yesterday to remind everyone to try it themselves, but I didn’t have a chance. It makes a pretty photo, though, don’t it?

Got a photo you’d like to have considered for Morning Mug? Send it to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

We just received word that there has been another accident on Shore Boulevard near Exeter Street, and it seems at least one person is injured.

FDNY and EMS are on the scene, and it looks like the driver of an SUV took the turn too quickly, slamming into the rear of a parked car.

Shore Boulevard begins to curve near the footbridge at Exeter Street, and community groups frequently complain to the city that the lack of lights or other traffic controls that limit speeding makes it a hot spot for accidents. At least one fatality has occurred at the same spot, and other accidents we’ve reported on or near that intersection include this one, this one and this one.

The city has agreed to do additional traffic studies in Manhattan Beach, but has not provided a timetable for action.

Thanks to Shane for the photo and tip.

Correction: The original version of this article mistakenly referred to Shore Boulevard as Shore Parkway. Whoops!

From State Senator Marty Golden’s Office:

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has invited Senator Golden and our local small businesses to a free Credit Ready NYC Credit Fair, next Tuesday March 22, 2011.

Please register at if you would like to attend.  Flyer attached to this email.  Feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested.

According to the flier, which you can view here, there will be a small business panel discussion with elected officials and small Business lenders. They’ll discuss access to credit, and how to apply for small business loans. On site counseling will be available.

Last year's Purim Carnival (Source: Kings Bay Y)

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA on 3495 Nostrand Avenue will be holding their Annual Purim Carnival this Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For children, the carnival will include rides, sand art, face painting, mask and crown making, carnival games, holiday performances and a costume contest. Free hamentashen cookies (which are delicious, we hope they have these for adults, too) and raffle prizes will also be awarded. Expect music and fun for everyone.

The event is free and open to the public.

Our friends at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay are inviting everyone in the community to their Purim costume party tomorrow night, Saturday, March 19.

The event kicks off just after Shabbos ends at 7:45 p.m. It begins with the reading of the Megillah at 8:10 p.m., and then the party kicks into gear at 8:45 p.m. There will be hamentashen, graggers, Purim bags, prizes, raffles and more.

The synagogue is located at 3903 Nostrand Avenue. There will be a Megillah reading Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. as well. For more information, call the synagogue at (718) 934-5176, or email

The detour route. Have fun.

Uh-oh. The eastbound Belt Parkway is going to temporarily close.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 21, the Belt Parkway will fully close between Flatbush Avenue and the Mill Basin Bridge because of an urgent repaving operation by the Department of Transportation. There will be a local traffic detour during this operation (see map), with assistance on hand.

(Please be advised that earlier notices of this closure published in other outlets noted that the road would be closed as of 11:00 p.m. on the days indicated; the DOT amended the schedule today, and the information here reflects the most up-to-date available.)

As long as mother nature keeps our weather tame and civil, the work is scheduled to finish Saturday, March 26 at 7 a.m.

Overnight Eastbound Lane Closures are as follows:
Weekdays: Monday to Thursday, 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Weekends: Friday to Saturday, 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Here is a Detour:

  1. Exit Belt Parkway at Flatbush Avenue and travel north to Utica Avenue.
  2. Bear right onto Utica Avenue and proceed to Flatlands Avenue.
  3. Turn right onto Flatlands Avenue and proceed to East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue and proceed to Seaview Avenue.
  5. Bear left onto Seaview Avenue and proceed to Rockaway Parkway.
  6. Turn right onto Rockaway Parkway and proceed to the eastbound entrance to the Belt Parkway.
  7. And there you go, you’re driving on the Belt Parkway again.

View the flier from the Department of Transportation [pdf].

From a distressed reader:

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Please help us find our beloved Parrot-Ruby.  She was lost on 2/13/11 in Gravesend Area, Brooklyn NY.

Ruby needs special care and if not given the appropriate care may get very sick. Her foot is banded.

If you hear anything or find her Please Call Me Anytime 917 204 9170.

Losing Ruby has caused great distress in our family. We are very heartbroken and can’t wait for Ruby to come back home soon.

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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.