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Two men are wanted by the police for allegedly mugging an elderly man on Avenue U and Batchelder Street on Monday.

Cops say the men came up behind their 83-year-old victim at approximately 5:10pm on November 10. One grabbed the victim and placed his hand over his mouth. The other rifled through his pockets, snatching $400. The two then ran off.

Thankfully, the victim was not harmed during the incident.

Cops are turning to the public in their search for the suspects, sharing photos from a surveillance camera that filmed them entering a building. They’re described as two black men in their late teens or early twenties.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Photo by Albert Dashevsky

Photo by Albert Dashevsky

Photo by Albert Dashevsky

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The Brooklyn Chamber’s week-long wellness initiative is underway, and there’s still time to take advantage of a deal at a local gym.

Through November 16, you’ll have the chance to check out a number of fitness spaces across Brooklyn, and by mentioning “BK Fit” at participating venues, you can get a sweet discount to kick-start a healthy new you.

Here are some local spaces and what they’re offering:

MatchPoint NYC, 2781 Shell Road
Free one day pass

Harbor Fitness – Marine Park, 2825 Nostrand Avenue
Free three day pass

CrossFit Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
Free one week class

See the full list of participating gyms, including a bunch in Bensonhurst and Mill Basin, here.

Love your library? Whether your go-to branch is Homecrest, Kings Highway or Brighton Beach, you can help it win $20,000 in the second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards.

To nominate a location, neighbors are asked to fill out a short survey about the branch’s services and strengths. Anyone can vote, including library staff, elected officials, and representatives of businesses or community groups (and, of course, locals not affiliated with any of those things)–just be sure to do so before December 12 at 11:59pm.

Out of 25 semifinalists and 10 finalists, five libraries across NYC will ultimately be selected as winners. Last year’s top five included Queens’ Corona Library, Staten Island’s New Dorp Library, the Lower East Side’s Seward Park Library, and Brooklyn’s Macon and, most notably, Sheepshead Bay libraries. You can see that one’s video nomination from last year above. Just note that last year’s winner is ineligible to win again this year – but that’s okay; we’ve got plenty of other great libraries in the area that can snag top honors.

Sheepshead Bay Memorial Day Parade 2010

Councilman Alan Maisel is teaming up with two organizations during the week of Veteran’s Day to bring cell phones for active military members deployed abroad, and food for stateside veterans in need.

The pol is asking neighbors to bring non-perishable food to his district office at 2424 Ralph Avenue between now and Thursday, November 20. Close to 30 percent of New York City’s veterans and their families rely on emergency food, according to information from his office, and local food pantries and soup kitchens need the items to assist those who’ve served with hot meals for the holiday season. The items will be collected from his office and brought to pantries by Food Bank for New York City.

Meanwhile, he’s working with Cell Phones for Soliders to collect used cell phones so some of the 200,000 troops currently abroad can make free calls to family and friends back home. The phones are recycled and the funds are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards for servicemembers. For every donated phone valued at $5, the organization provides two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Phones can be dropped off at Maisel’s district office. For more information, e-mail AMaisel@Council.NYC.Gov or call (718) 241-9330.

The 61st Precinct Community Council Meeting will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 12, at YDE School, 2533 Coney Island Avenue.

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.

For further information, or if you have questions or comments concerning Community Affairs, call (718) 627-6847.

Local veteran Thomas Bowers, during Sheepshead Bay’s 2013 Memorial Day Parade.

On this Veterans Day, our deepest gratitude goes out to those who’ve served our nation at home and abroad. We hope you have a terrific day!

Service, of course, has many meanings. Though Veterans Day intends to honor those who’ve donned the uniform, the rest of us can help our neighbors and live up to our nation’s highest ideals by dedicating some time this month (or, better yet, over many months) to giving back in our community through volunteering.

Here’s a list of volunteer and community service opportunities around Brooklyn. Check it out and sign up today to truly honor the service members past and present who’ve put their life on the line for our freedoms.

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

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This is a paid announcement from American Fine Craft Show:

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Two weeks from now, the American Fine Craft Show will hit the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway between Washington and Underhill Avenues) for the second year–and with it, handmade pieces from 90 US artists, including talented neighbors from Brighton Beach and beyond.

From 12-6pm on Saturday, November 22 and 11am-6pm on Sunday, November 23, attendees will be able to browse an enormous range of stunning jewelry, clothing and other fiber arts, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, and more in the museum’s two-level Beaux-Arts Court. There’s also an exclusive Brooklyn Museum members’ preview from 11am-12pm on Saturday for those who can’t wait to see the beautiful crafts available.

In addition to a selection of carefully curated items including glass vessels from neighbor Nick Leonoff and fiber art from Jean Lugrin Ferlish, archguitar player Peter Blanchette will provide a live score for the event.

Tickets for Saturday’s preview hour, regular admission for students, and regular admission for Brooklyn Museum members is $6; regular admission for adults is $12 (discounted to $10 if purchased before November 15); regular admission for seniors is $11, and kids under 10 get in free. While student and senior tickets are only available for purchase with cash and a valid ID at the show’s door, you have the option of reserving standard adult tickets ahead of time here. Tickets also include admission to the rest of the museum.

Images via the American Fine Craft Show

Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Starting tonight, there will be several nighttime closures on eastbound and westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway to accommodate construction. The work is part of the Seven Bridges Project, a renovation of the highway’s seven bridges and overpasses that began in 2009, and will continue through March 2015.

Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1)

At 11pm, the westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1) will be shifted right, to the newly completed section of the Belt Parkway Bridge at Bay Ridge Avenue. The two lanes of the eastbound roadway will remain in their current configuration. This traffic shift will allow for a work zone in the center of the bridge in order to begin the second stage of the bridge rehabilitation.

Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Gerritsen Inlet Bridge

Beginning tonight at 10pm, and continuing for approximately three weeks, overnight roadway paving will take place on both the eastbound and westbound Belt Parkway at the Gerritsen Inlet Bridge (between Exit 9 and Exit 11).  Closures will begin in the first lane at 10pm, followed by the second lane at 11:30pm. During the paving operation, one lane will remain open to traffic at all times, however delays should be expected. All travel lanes will re-open at 5am each morning, and all work will be completed in one direction before the opposite direction begins.

Work will be suspended for the holidays, on Friday, November 21, from 6am to 11:59pm, and again from Monday, November 24, 6am through Thursday, January 2, 11:59pm.