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It’s summer, and you’re going to be out more, hopefully enjoying America the Beautiful. You may or may not think about it, but what do you do if your wallet or purse is lost or stolen? The first step is ‘think about it.’

What to do if your wallet gets stolen or lost, and how to prepare for the worst.

Photo by Randy Contello.

Parents of children attending P.S. 254 (1801 Avenue Y) received the following letter today, after a suspicious man approached one of the elementary school students. The man is described as a white man driving a Ford Mustang, wearing a black leather jacket and a cap or bandana. Here is the letter:

While Congressman Anthony Weiner finally lays low following the revelation of Twitter romances – and the lies that preceded his eventual confession – at least one civic group publicly expressed its support and gratitude for the embattled politician.

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Enraged parents from the overcrowded Intermediate School 303 in Coney Island are taking immediate legal action to stop a similarly cramped charter school from moving into their building, 501 West Avenue at West 5th Street, the Daily News is reporting.

Worried that an additional 270 students from Coney Island Prep, located inside the Carey Gardens public housing project at 2315 Surf Avenue, will not only cause the school to “lose all the ground it’s made up after a 2004 reorganization,” but parents also fear that “it will disrupt programs for 750 kids who attend I.S. 303, Rachel Carson High School and a school for students with special needs already located in the building.”

Department of Education officials plan to move 270-seat Coney Island Prep because the two-year-old charter is outgrowing its space in a community center at the Carey Gardens public housing project.

Butt and other IS 303 parents have appealed to state Education Commissioner David Steiner to stop the DOE’s plan on the grounds that it will disrupt programs for 750 kids who attend IS 303, Rachel Carson High School and a school for students with special needs already located in the building.

IS 303 is a once-troubled school that recovered from a state-mandated overhaul in 2004 to earn A’s and B’s on recent city progress reports.

Butt and other parents believe the city’s plan will ruin the comeback by eliminating a schedule where students spend much of their time in a single classroom — with teachers moving from class to class.

The stakes are equally high at Coney Island Prep, which has been housed in an eight-room space that is so tight students have to eat lunch at their desks.

“It’s painful to even think about staying. Our kids deserve access to a traditional public school building,” said Jacob Mnookin, executive director of the charter school.


In the wise words of the venerable 50 Cent, “Go, go, go shawty/ It’s your birthday/ We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday.”

Sheepshead Bites just had its third birthday, meaning we’ve finally outgrown our terrible twos and are ready to socialize. So now we’ve got a little sister-site, Bensonhurst Bean, covering all the news in Bensonhurst. And we’re finally ready to bring y’all together for some fun and festivities!

That’s right, to celebrate the third birthday of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first event!

Keep reading for the details on this totally FREE event.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

With all this talk about wieners, I had an overwhelming urge to bite into some balls, so I high-tailed it over to G & S Pork Store at 2611 Avenue U to get some prosciutto balls.

This is more than a bit upsetting. I just realized that my introduction to Italian balls was at the hands of a little Italian grandmother when I first moved to Sheepshead Bay. Nona introduced me to Struffoli, arancini, suppli and she introduced me to the “bro-jhoot” ball. I guess I’d be more upset if I was introduced to Italian balls by an Italian grandfather! Ah, memories.

Some say Italian cuisine is the best in the world. These Italian fritters, along with their cousins, arancini (Sicilian rice balls, stuffed with meaty ragù) and supplì (Roman rice-and-cheese croquettes), certainly lend themselves to the argument. This is true comfort food. Cheap, tasty, filling and satisfying.

But wait, I haven’t even put these balls in my mouth yet! Keep reading.

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Oy! I’m schvitzing!

If you thought yesterday was hot and muggy, brace yourself for the rest of the week. New York City – and much of the Northeast – will be swept up in a heat wave, with temperatures hovering in the mid- to high-90s through Thursday, before settling down to a brisk 82 degress on Friday (and some weather models are putting Friday in the 90s, too). Oh, and the heat index (the actually “this feels like…” measurement) is put above 100 degrees.

We’re not expected to see much relief at night, either. Tonight, the temperature will be in the 80s, giving you no time to cool off and dramatically increasing chances of heat stroke or death.

So what do you do? Follow these tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
  • Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle
  • Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

Don’t have an air conditioner? The city is opening up cooling centers tomorrow. We’ve got at least five in the area, so look for the one closest to you using this Office of Emergency Management tool.

Lastly, if you have neighbors that are seniors or disabled, check on them a couple of times during the week and make sure they’re doing okay. Even if you think they’re smart enough to take care of themselves, at the very least you’ll have earned some brownie points. And, who knows, maybe they’ll make you some brownies for it.

Stay cool!

Looks like we’re hitting the first dog days of summer. This dog has had enough of it, and felt like going for a swim behind the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus on Emmons Avenue.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

Reader Aleksey P. sent in the following report of an accident on Avenue W and Ocean Parkway:

The crash on W and ocean parkway was a one car accident. a 2010 Nissan Altima was traveling towards brighton in the right lane, swereved, jumped the crub a bit and hit the lamp post. only the driver was in the car. a white male around 50+. police think he had a heart attack. i was the first to see the accident and call 911. his left turn signal was on, which leads me to believe he wanted to switch lanes, then saw a car in the blind spot, and swerved right. he was taken away by ambulance. the car is in fairly good shape, just front, bumper, and front side damaged, engine looks good. this happened at 8:39pm, site was cleaned up by 9:40pm