Just one of the 133 pieces that will appear in the show.

There are those kids who can color inside the lines, and then there are the prodigious children of Bensonhurst’s IrArt Studio.

The youngsters, pupils of the award-winning artist and IrArt founder Irina Zavyalova, created 133 fine art pieces, which will be exhibited at the exclusive Trask Gallery of the National Arts Club in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park for the school’s “8th Annual Kids Art Show,” running through May.

Pretty awesome for a bunch of middle-schoolers, if you ask me.

There will be an opening reception for the pint-sized painters, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Trask Gallery (15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan).

For gallery hours, call (212) 475-3424, (718) 449 5654 or (917) 207-8273, e-mail 20info@dashevsky.com, or go to http://www.irart.com/show or to their facebook page.



Frank Guariglia

A life-long Marine Park resident, and teacher at Marine Park Junior High School, is looking to you to save his life.

Frank Guariglia is currently on emergency medical leave from I.S. 278 as he battles polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. Guariglia is in urgent need of the live-saving organ donor. His family members and friends were not a match or were disqualified for personal health problems, leading him to turn to the general public.

The 43-year-old social studies educator first discovered the problem at 24, but doctors at the time told him it was unlikely the disorder would become problematic until his sixties. But, despite a healthy lifestyle, Guariglia said it “destroyed kidney function sooner rather than later.”

It’s not the first time Guariglia has been on the prowl for a kidney donor. His donor hunt began on the job in 2008. Twenty-one people were tested on Guariglia’s behalf, seven of them parents of former students. In January 2009, one passed through all screening becoming a donor.

But, for a year and half, his body wrestled with the newly-implanted kidney, and with complication after complication, it was ultimately rejected.

Guariglia began circulating fliers and turned to social media for help, and we’re helping pass one the word.

If you’re 21 years or older, in good physical and mental condition, and have blood type O, positive or negative – volunteer for testing by e-mailing webg@optonline.net. Free Sheepshead Bites t-shirt for any reader that ultimately donates. That’s something, right?

Source: 427/Flickr

Telling Tips, formerly Tuesday Tips, is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

Okay, so you’re saying ‘Reisman’s tax season was too much for him.’

No, says I. What I’m saying is to make your tax preparation easier and more profitable.

Keep reading for a list of things you can do to make next year’s filing simpler and more profitable.

Members of the Russian-Jewish youth movement EZRA USA @ Brooklyn will be hosting their annual commemoration of Yom Ha’Shoah — Holocaust Memorial Day — in remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

The ceremony, May 1 at 3 p.m. inside the Sea Breeze Jewish Center (311 Sea Breeze Avenue), will feature a talk by a Holocaust survivor, a recitation of poems and selected readings, and a candle-lighting.

For more, call (718) 368-9200 or (718) 701-1527, or click here.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

And now for something completely different...

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.

Take a moment to re-read that last line of The Bite’s intro blurb. “If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.” When Robert and I conceived of The Bite, it wasn’t to be just prepared foods served at restaurants and cafes, but also bottled and canned goods and other assorted comestibles unique to the area’s ethnic grocers. So, with more than a dozen great reviews of traditional foods under our belt, I began harassing Robert to try something a little more… fringe. On a visit to New York Mart yesterday, I told him that if he wanted to keep his job he’d eat and review whatever I bought him. To warm him up to the idea, I said I’d eat it, too. Below is his writeup. My thoughts are in parenthesis. – Ned.

Find out what we thought about the canned roasted eel we purchased from New York Mart.

Tonight Baskin-Robbins is holding its Fifth Annual 31 Cent Scoop Night. Partnering with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), Baskin-Robbins is paying tribute to America’s Firefighters and thanking their loyal customers by lowering the price of Baskin-Robbins scoops to just 31 cents*!

All of our local Baskin-Robbins stores are taking part and you can get your cheap-o scoops from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Even if you’re not a loyal customer, they’ll still honor the deal.

And just in case you don’t know, we’ve got a lot of B-R in the neighborhood:

  • 3701 Nostrand Ave
  • 1815 Avenue U
  • 1427 Sheepshead Bay Rd
  • 711 Brighton Beach Ave

*Plus applicable tax. Limit 3 2.5 oz scoops per person. At participating stores while supplies last.

As if the city’s bike lane battles weren’t serious enough – what with top-less protests, Holocaust comparisons, and misplaced priorities - Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz kicked it up a notch by skewering the city’s bike line obsession, and fanatical proponents, in a song and dance routine. Literally.

Joining the cast of Symphony Space’s political cabaret Thalia Follies during the production’s first Brooklyn performance, Marty Markowitz took to the stage to voice the plight of Brooklyn drivers, besieged by the city’s fast-and-furious implementation of lane alterations citywide. Bus lanes and bike lanes and sidewalk cafe lanes – all given a tribute of sort to the tune of “Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

“Strollers and schlepers and skaters and joggers,/ Holiday lanes just for all the egg-noggers,/ Let’s not forget cars, it’s getting insane./ Welcome to Brooklyn the borough of lanes,” Markowitz crooned in his Elmer Fudd-like voice.

Keep reading to find out the backstory.

Source: NYTimes.com

Well, lookey here. The New York Times has discovered Gravesend. Yeah, you know, “Gravesend, Brooklyn, near Bensonhurst.”

And wonders of wonders, Gravesend has “a family-run cafe” called the Cafe Kiev (1739 West 7th Street). “It’s a refreshing contrast to the borough’s many banquet facilities and dingy holes-in-the-wall serving cuisines of the former Soviet Union.” Nice to hear, but I hate to break this to the staff of the old grey lady, but there’s a lot of family-run cafes in our neck of the woods and many of them are “prettied up with pastel walls, framed prints and chandeliers, and buoyed by gentle lounge music.”

I’ve never been to Cafe Kiev. It sounds great and I can’t wait to try it out, but c’mon New York Times. Have you ever been to the restaurants of Southern Brooklyn? With comments like these I have to wonder.

The floor staff, managed by a young married couple, Artem Surjko Iurasov and Alina Allakhveranova, speaks fine English.

Prices that prompt a double-take. No item exceeds $7.

Check out The Times take on Cafe Kiev.

Community Board 15 is having its meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsborough Community College Faculty Dining Room (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

The meeting was rescheduled from yesterday out of respect for the Jewish holiday. We know what you’re thinking – “It would’ve been nice to know that yesterday.” Well… whoops. My bad.

Come to the meeting to discuss issues of concern to the neighborhood and meet your local politicians. It’ll be fun. Promise.