THE COMMUTE: I have better things to do on Memorial Day than watching buses. But after last year’s mayhem, I thought it was my duty to at least check out the crowding this Memorial Day, especially after the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s (MBNA) request for additional beach shuttle buses, which I do not believe is necessary. There was no mayhem this year, but things did not go smoothly either.

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Photo by Michelle.

A collision with a car left one motorcyclist hospitalized and his bike shredded into multiple pieces, after an accident that happened minutes after 3:00 p.m. today.

Find out the story and view more photos.

Ah, Memorial Day, and the wonderful three-day weekend it offers. The barbecues, the beers, the beaches. Family and friends together; the first summer holiday, kicking off good spirits and good weather.

With such merriment abounding, it’s easy to forget that Memorial Day is a somber event, created to honor the heroic servicemen who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect America and its values.

No, we’re not trying to put the kibbosh on the happy stuff. Be happy. Have fun. Go shopping (after all, what’s more American?).

But take a minute of your time this weekend to think about those who’ve given their lives, and the tens of thousands that still remain in harm’s way in our ongoing international struggles, and pay tribute to their sacrifices with a moment of gratitude.

Then go enjoy the barbecues, the beers and the beaches.

Sheepshead Bites will return on Tuesday, May 31. Unless, of course, we miss you that much and just can’t stay away.

Gee, I wonder if this is why the subway has rats? Photo by PayPaul.

Source: Be Proud Foundation

A local preschool assembled its students outside yesterday for a flag raising in honor of those who’ve given their lives to defend freedom, teaching them the meaning of Memorial Day before the holiday weekend.

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Cymbrowitz during the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee’s hearing on underage drinking. (Source: Cymbrowitz's office)

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, as chair of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, recently held a hearing on underage drinking. Through testimony presented at the hearing, the assemblyman concluded that underage drinkers comprise 17 percent of New York State’s alcohol purchases, representing a major public health issue, and resulting in an unacceptable number of deaths and diseases. Cymbrowitz has a history of vocal opposition to expanding access to alcohol, most recently when he bashed Governor Paterson for his push to permit wine sales in bodegas, gas stations and grocery stores. With testimony from the hearing bolstering his case, Cymbrowitz is now calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce or eliminate underage drinking throughout the state.

Read the full press release from Cymbrowitz’s office.

Photo by Corey K.'s unnamed friend

Will Smith is again saving a slice of Southern Brooklyn history… sort of.

You may have thought we saw the last of Zig Zag Records when they closed down in December, after 35 years in business as a Southern Brooklyn cultural staple. But no. The store is getting ready for its close up, and will soon be immortalized on the silver screen in Men in Black III.

Find out the story and see more photos, including of the original signage.

Photo by Michelle.

We received some photos and kind words from a reader, who really wanted us to put a spotlight on Michael Rodriguez, crossing guard at P.S. 206 (2200 Gravesend Neck Road) and commander of Kings County American Legion Post 391.

Here’s what our reader had to say:

This is his bike, his school, his business card and the corner he keeps safe. This man, rain or shine, is there every single day. He is working, not talking to passerbys. I have seen him for years. I am sending the pics along with compliments and a thank you to his post, 391 of The American Legion. With all the bad rap crossing guards get – and deserve – his outstanding performance should be noted.

Is there a neighborhood fixture you think should be thanked publicly? Let us know!