Source: Regal Entertainment Group

As a member of the struggling demographic known as “Nowhere Near Being Rich and Not Yet Famous,” who also loves going to the movies, and who furthermore is not ashamed to use coupons and look for good bargains, I was dismayed that a very good bargain tried to slip by me unnoticed.

That’s right — I’m talking to you, Regal Cinema, which is holding a nine-week-long “family friendly movie festival” at United Artists Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX, 3907 Shore Parkway, where all the films are just $1. The catch? There always is one: All the films, which are screened midweek on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (perfect for the poor, beleaguered, unemployed soul), begin at 10 a.m.

Brokelyn lists the complete lineup of “Summer Movie Express 2011” and, having finally read the book last year, I may just pony up to the box office with my $1 to see “Charlotte’s Web.”

The best part? A portion of the proceeds from the film festival are going toward the Will Rogers Institute, whose mission is “to perpetuate the memory of Will Rogers by promoting and engaging in medical research pertaining to cardiopulmonary diseases and educating the public on topics of health and fitness.”

So, in the memory of Will Rogers and keeping healthy, go sit down in a dark room for a couple of hours, eat some nachos with liquid cheez, and wash it down with soda from a cup large enough to bathe a toddler in. Enjoy!

Photo by Erica Sherman.

Organizers at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA said yesterday’s Israel Expo – the largest celebration of Israel in Brooklyn – was a stellar success, with approximately 5,000 people once again packing Nostrand Avenue between Avenue V and Gravesend Neck Road.

Kids enjoyed tables of crafts, a petting zoo, inflatable amusements and live music entertainment while parents perused tables selling handmade goods like yarmulkes and jewelry. Sheepshead Bites also had a table, as well as El Al Airlines and the Israel Ministry of Tourism, since we all have so much in common, and all gave away information and goodies throughout the afternoon event.

City Councilman Lew Fidler, State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and State Senator Marty Golden stopped by to express their commitment to Israel and the Kings Bay Y. You can check out video of their statements after the jump.

Check out video and photos from the event.

Don’t forget that this Saturday, June 18, at 8:00 p.m., Sheepshead Bites/Bensonhurst Bean is thanking all of you wonderful readers with a party!

FREE FOOD, CHEAP DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC - A Party On A Pier!

The event will be at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue), who generously offered us their pier for the evening. Bassett’s Deli and Caterers (1404 Avenue X) will provide food, and Cupcake Kings (1613 Voorhies Avenue) will throw in desserts (while it lasts, anyway!). As for the music, so far we’ve booked the Penniless Loafers – a lively ska-influenced rock band whose drummer is a Leon M. Goldstein High School graduate – and Nelson – a longstanding local band that has been playing the area for at least 18 years, headed up by Sheepshead natives Nelson F. Ferrer and Ralph Favilla.

Officially, we’ll be celebrating the third birthday of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean. But it’s more than that. It’s our great, big thanks to all of you who continue to support us by tuning in every day. We’re looking forward to meeting you face-to-face, and hope you bring a lot of friends for this free event.

There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to help replenish our freelance budget. The donation is not required, but if you can spare it, it will go a long way in helping us provide you with more original reporting. (And, if you’re feeling extra generous, you can certainly donate more than the suggested amount!)

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association is meeting tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the P.S. 195 (133 Irwin Street) auditorium. It should be an interesting meeting, as they’ve announced a discussion of “important NYC Zoning information for our neighborhood,” a topic that has been quiet in Manhattan Beach since the MBNA split from the Manhattan Beach Community Group four years ago. The MBCG has always maintained that the difference between the two groups is over zoning, saying that the MBNA wants upzoning while the MBCG wants to keep the current zoning. This meeting could be the first volley fired in the latest zoning and development battle in Manhattan Beach.

Aside from that, the MBNA will discuss their meeting with the Parks Department’s Brooklyn Commissioner, and updates on their requests to the Department of Transportation.

Tysha Jones was a junior at Norman Thomas High School and lived in a Harlem apartment with her mother, Cynthia, her brother and sister, according to friends.

Tysha Jones (Source: Twitter)

Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect named Iloune Driver in connection with Thursday’s bloody Brighton Beach shooting that left one dead and four wounded. Authorities say they’re still on the hunt for a second suspect.

Driver has been charged with second-degree murder and assault with intent to cause serious physical injury.

Tysha Jones, a 16-year-old bystander, was shot dead Thursday after a bullet struck her under the left arm. Four others were also injured as bullets flew wildly on the Riegelmann Boardwalk near Brighton 6th Street, including a patron at Tatiana Restaurant.

According to the New York Post:

Cops said there had been a scuffle in which one youth was hit over the head with a bottle and another was struck with a beach umbrella as hundreds of teens gathered.

As tempers cooled, one of the young men joined three friends — including Jones, of East Harlem — on a boardwalk railing. Two other pals stood nearby.

Two thugs then strode onto the boardwalk and opened fire. Cops said it was unclear whom they were aiming at.

Other media outlets say the person was hit with a bottle, not a beach umbrella. They’re also reporting that it is not believed to be gang related

Police recovered five .380-caliber shells at the scene of the shootout.

Additional coverage:
(Brighton Beach Shooting Wounds Five, Two Critically)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View photos of the scene, as police canvassed the area.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View a video from a restaurant patron taken moments after the shooting.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: Two more graphic videos.)

THE COMMUTE: This week’s Commute is for those of you who walk or run on the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which is in danger of extinction as we know it. The latest proposal calls for a 12-foot wide concrete strip for motorized vehicles, yielding to opposition from those who opposed a boardwalk entirely made of concrete. Now here is the latest development.

The new concrete boardwalk, laid last year, has already developed numerous hairline cracks after only one winter. The 300-foot segment between Ocean Parkway and Brighton 1st Road is already showing signs of age, although the city favored concrete over choices such as natural wood, kebony-treated wood and recycled plastic lumber. Also, the concrete is staining and shows off gum spots remarkably well.

Read about the city’s false claims, and what Rosen thinks will happen next.

Photo by George B.

Photo by Erica Sherman.

Photo from last year's event. (Source: Cymbrowitz's office)

From Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowtiz’s office:

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community Health Fair, in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Kiwanis International on Sunday, June 12th, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The fair which will be held on Emmons Avenue from Sheepshead Bay Road to Ocean Avenue, includes free health screenings, health information, NYU’s Smiling Faces Dental Van and free give-a-ways. Children can explore a functioning ambulance and will be entertained with magic, a clown, face painting and a caricaturist.  Local schools are scheduled to perform and there will be a live band plus a DJ to keep things lively.  For additional information, please call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.  In case of rain, the fair will be held in Bay Academy, 1401 Emmons Avenue.