Photo by Gus.

Manhattan Beachs private security forces are hampered by economy, selfishness, and politics (Photo courtesy of davidsonscott15 via Flickr)

Source: davidsonscott15/Flickr

Manhattan Beach Community Group President Ira Zalcman published on the group’s website a screed against Courier-Life’s (Bay News) reporting of their latest meeting, which oversimplified a long, complicated division with the neighborhood’s private security force – Beachside Patrol – and threw fuel onto the supposed rivalry between the MBCG and the newer Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association. In it, Zalcman bashed the paper for misrepresenting or distorting facts, erroneous statements and sensationalism.

See what the MBCG thinks Bay News messed up, and what our take on the story is.

Cupcake Kings (1613 Voorhies Avenue) capped their first annual cupcake eating competition on Saturday with an outrageous and dastardly claim: Sheepshead Bites brought in a ringer!

After a cancellation left them with an empty seat at the competitors table, Cupcake Kings owners Dennis Roitman and Larry Kopylov turned to the crowd demanding a volunteer. A lone challenger stepped forward: Sheepshead Bites’ marketing assistant Jobana Soto. Clad in the golden insignia that is the Sheepshead Bites t-shirt, Soto claimed the top prize in the women’s category.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that she was the only woman at the table. And that there was no woman’s category. But that didn’t stop the accusations of cheating.

But regardless of these facts and falsities, Soto kept pace with the men, cramming 14 cupcakes in her mouth in the 10-minute competition, besting others, but not all. She joined our other representative at the table, competitive barbecue chef Jim Ryan (above), in making the site proud for their notable capability to jam sugary dough puffs in their pie-holes.

Keep reading about the cupcake conquerors and view photos from the event.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Here at Sheepshead Bites, we are all about spreading the love, even if it means posting porely-spelt “Missed Connections” from Craigslist.

u were walking to subway on sheepshead bay road… – 27 (Sheepshead bay)

…I drove pass and we made heavy eye cocntact a few times. u looked good, masculine and seemed interested, but hesitant. hit me up if this sounds familiar around 620am. let me know

Not that I am one to dole out romantic advice to anyone, but if you want to try to really ‘wow!’ a member of the opposite sex, or even a member of the same sex, while you are cruising at 6:20 a.m. underneath the train trestle, try giving the impression that you graduated from fifth grade. Although, truth be told, I have not had much luck with that tactic myself.

Hey, Valentine’s Day is less than eight months away — why not get a head start?

Detectives from the 61st Precinct are on the hunt for the man photographed above on suspicion of Grand Larceny.

In early June, the suspect approached an unsuspecting woman from behind and snatched her purse. The theft occurred on East 17th Street between Avenue X and Avenue Y.

After fleeing the scene, credit card records show he made several purchases using her account at stores along Avenue U.

Please help keep our streets and property safe! If you have seen this man, call Detective Stephen Cavendish of the 61st Precinct’s Detective Squad at (718) 627-6620.

This is the second in a three-part series by Allan Rosen, examining why service cuts are bad, how ineffective planning hurts the system, and how the MTA can deliver better results.

THE COMMUTE: Yesterday, I mentioned that the MTA is proposing cuts to Manhattan’s bus service as part of its routine service adjustments it does quarterly. These cuts will save the MTA $900,000 per year.  So what is the rationale behind saving this money if, as NYCT President Thomas Prendergast said, the purpose of the cuts is not to save the MTA money?

Did overall patronage in Manhattan go down by one percent to merit a one percent reduction in service? If so, why is it that when bus patronage increased by 10 percent when the economy was doing well, bus service only increased by three percent? The explanation given at the time was that the existing service was able to absorb most of the additional ridership. Perhaps that was a valid explanation, but if service doesn’t increase one for one, it shouldn’t decrease one for one either. What percent of service does $900,000 per year represent? The MTA owes us an explanation.

Between 2005 and 2010 bus ridership declined by 13.2 percent, but subway ridership rose by 12.6 percent. Yet both bus and subway service was cut last year. If subway ridership is continuing to increase, why is it that the routine service adjustments do not reflect this with service being added? The MTA will say that the increases were not great enough to merit the addition of extra trains, which were supposed to be added when the Service Planning Guidelines are exceeded.

What are the guidelines? No one knows! Keep reading…

Photo by Boris Shekhman.

Requiescat In Pace, Carmela "Chubby" Versace | Source: John J. Healey Funeral Home

Ever read an obit and think that you cannot possibly relate less to the person you are reading about? Take Huguette Clark, for instance — the reclusive 104-year-old copper heiress and daughter of a former U.S. Senator from the state of Montana. Who among us was “reared in Beaux-Arts splendor in a 121-room Fifth Avenue mansion” awash in the works of Rembrandt, Donatello, Rubens and Degas?

But then, I happened upon a loving tribute for Sheepshead Bay resident Carmela “Chubby” Versace, 85, who leaves behind a grieving family larger than those of the Bradies and Partridges combined, and I thought, “I could have known this lady,” because she is as salt of the earth as they get.

Born in Greenwich Village, Carmela moved to Sheepshead Bay in 1940 and, like so many people I know who are 65 and older, sold Stanley Home Products door-to-door (or, alternately, Fuller Brush). But you know what really separates this sassy, loving, family-oriented Brooklyn gal from the stodgy old fuddy duddy Huguette? One sentence: “In the words of Chubbs ‘I have two words for you and it’s not Happy Birthday’.”

Check out Versace’s obit.

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The following is a press release from the office of State Senator Marty Golden:

SENATOR GOLDEN, ASSEMBLYMAN BROOK-KRASNY, ANNOUNCE STATE LEGISLATURE’S PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROHIBIT SALE OF HOOKAHS, WATER PIPES AND SHISHA TO MINORS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Alec Brook Krasny (D-Brooklyn) are announcing legislation passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature, S. 4269-A/A.6037-A, that amends the public health law to prohibit the sale of hookahs, water pipes and shisha to minors. The lawmakers introduced this legislation in response to concerns from parents of their Brooklyn districts.

The bill, which will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration to become New York State Law, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, shishas, rolling paper or smoking paraphernalia to those 18 and younger.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “I commend my colleagues in the State Senate for their unanimous support of this legislation which was introduced so to protect the health and well- being of New York’s children. As hookah bars become more popular amongst teenagers, parents have raised significant concerns and I believe this legislation properly addresses those apprehensions.”

(Check out Bensonhurst Bean’s take on the issue.)

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When summer comes, so do breaks for many of the tireless advocates of the Sheepshead Bay community. Several of the local civics and the community board suspend meetings until fall comes around, meaning if you’ve got something to say, you better get to one of groups’ final meetings in the weeks to come.

The most important of which is tomorrow night, when Community Board 15 holds its final meeting. As usual, the meeting kicks off at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard). Come meet your local politicians and express any concerns or complaints you have about local services or government, and get the word out before things slow down for summer!

Refreshments will be served. Community Board 15 meetings will resume in September.