The photo above was taken at around 10:30 a.m. on Voorhies Avenue, spitting distance from the Belt Parkway exit ramp. Our tipster, Steve Zeltser, writes:

Seems like emergency personnel had been on the scene for a while (fire trucks and an ambulance.)  I didn’t see any other car that may have been involved in this accident.  However, a car parked along the curb was struck, drivers side is all banged up.  DOT employee was directing traffic at the intersection of Voorhies and Sheepshead Bay Road because there was such a backup because of the accident.

Time to play “Guess how this happened!”

My guess? The driver of the flipped car came down the exit ramp too quickly, went through the stop sign, lost control, hit the parked car, swerved and flipped over.

Wouldn’t be the first time a car came off that ramp too quickly and lost control; remember when this car burst into flames after slamming into the fence of the old Verizon lot? We’ve heard a bunch of other accidents at that spot, too. Short of demanding people be better drivers, because we know that ain’t gonna happen, any ideas for fixing this problem?

Here’s a second photo we just received from Alex T:

From Vos Iz Neias:

New York – New York City is planning to join a number of municipalities around the nation that are charging motorists involved in accidents for emergency-response services. The FDNY is scheduled to begin sending out bills on July 1.

The practice has drawn widespread outrage, and ten states have already banned it – Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Missouri,Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana. Sen. Kruger said he feels “very strongly that New York has an obligation to become the eleventh.”

The job of the New York City Fire Department should be to serve and protect, not serve and collect, says Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), who is introducing legislation (S. 2277) outlawing the so-called “crash tax” – otherwise known as an “accident response service fee.”

“We’re already paying for emergency response services in the form of taxes. This practice amounts to double taxation,” he said.

Insurance companies have already expressed an unwillingness to foot the bill, Sen. Kruger said, leaving motorists who are at fault responsible for the charges – scheduled to be $490 for a crash or car fire with an injury, $415 for a car fire without injuries and $365 for a car wreck in which no one is hurt.

Full article here.

Photo by Rafi Greenstein. It was taken on the supposed last day of Astroland. Can you identify the people in the photo?

The MAC Playhouse at Kingsborough Community College

Leon M. Goldstein High School is putting together a performance of epic proportions: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Join them for the ride through Shakespeare’s 37 plays, performed in 97 minutes by seven actors.

Directed by English and Drama teacher Victoria Sottile, the work is open to the public and will take place on the Kingsborough campus. Here are the details:

WHAT: The Complete Works of Willliam Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
WHERE: The MAC Theatre, Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard)
WHEN: Friday, January 21, and Saturday, January 22 at 7:15 p.m.
COST: $10

Congressman Anthony Weiner launched into a blistering “half-time” report in the middle of today’s House debate on healthcare reform, scolding Republicans for misrepresenting facts, demonizing the bill and using red-herrings to argue their opposition.

“I just want to advise people watching at home playing that now popular drinking game where you take a shot whenever a Republican says something that’s not true, please assign a designated driver, this is going to be a long afternoon,” Weiner said in front of his colleagues.

The Congressman said the Republicans have been pulling “canards out of the sky,” alleged falsities that were also brought up during the first round of healthcare fights. New agencies, a swelling federal workforce, death panels and more – the Republicans have been “making stuff up,” Weiner said.

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Reader Janelle F. spotted this at one of Avenue U’s numerous Asian salons, and we quickly ripped it off her Facebook page. It’s not quite as chuckle-inducing as Ka Ka Bakery, or stomach-wretching as “pee soup,” but the tongue-defying “Perhangnt” has a special charm in that it’s totally unrevealing. Just what the hell does that mean?

Regardless, I’m hoping to get that hair treatment that’ll blind everyone taller than me: the hight light. At $50 a pop, it’s totally worth it.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll 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.

Chicken Masters. Who hasn’t heard of it? It’s been an institution in Sheepshead Bay for 14 years, but by including its previous incarnation as Well Bred Chicken, Vinnie and his crew have been serving fried chicken, burgers, ribs and more to  the residents of Sheepshead Bay for over 30 years! What? You haven’t heard of Chicken Masters? How about Eat My Chicken? Yeah, that’s the place; the place that stuffs two or three menus in my door each week which I quickly discard. Maybe they should try advertising on Sheepshead Bites instead!

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Photo by Erica Sherman.

Just a reminder: The Manhattan Beach Community Group, in collaboration with several other Southern Brooklyn civic associations, will be hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow at 8 p.m. at P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street). The group is bringing together residents, local politicians and representatives from several relevant agencies to discuss the problems Southern Brooklyn faced during the December 26 blizzard, and seeking solutions to ensure that our area will not be neglected in the future.

Though most residential neighborhoods across all five boroughs faced challenges, Sheepshead Bay and Southern Brooklyn communities were hit the hardest and left for the longest. This meeting, open to the public, is your opportunity to be heard by local authorities. Residents will be permitted to make statements about their experiences.

Also, the Brooklyn Delegation of City Council meetings will be holding a hearing earlier in the day at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Residents can provide feedback on the city’s management of the blizzard. It is one of six public borough-based hearings over the next two weeks. The meeting kicks off at 6 p.m. at 209 Joralemon Street at Court Street.

The second – and last – Brooklyn-based City Council meeting on the blizzard will be hosted in Southern Brooklyn, at I.S. 278 (Marine Park Junior High School) at 1925 Stuart Street.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz and staff members manning his Mobile District Office at a local community fair. His Mobile “DO” will continue to reach out to community residents visiting local libraries and community centers, as well as street fairs and other community events.

Below is an Op-Ed piece from Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz of the 45th Assembly District.

The tragic events that occurred in Tucson were much more than an attack on a Member of Congress, her staff and constituents; it could very well turn out to be an attack on our democracy – if we let it.  Rep. Gabriella Giffords was targeted as she was practicing democracy, reaching out to her constituents, communicating with them right in the community.  This “Corner Congress” was a vivid example of our form of government functioning at its best.  The nation was justifiably horrified when they learned about the shootings.  In its aftermath, as the investigators and prosecutors were investigating, we the people were looking for causes and wondering what we have to do to make sure that this never happens again.  In seeking an explanation for this carnage we have to ask was the gunman provoked by something other than insanity?  Could inflammatory speech, which was uttered by so many during the electoral process that ended only a few months ago, be a motivating factor?

Keep reading for Cymbrowitz’s take on the violence in Arizona.