Sheepshead Bay High School Track Team

Coach John Padula and members of Sheepshead Bay High School's track team proudly display their First Place trophy for beating 800 teams and coming in first at the Bishop Loughlin Games this month. (Photo: Michèle De Meglio)

Sheepshead Bay High School is under fire for what the city considers to be lackluster student achievement, but the school is more than graduation rates and Regents scores.

The school (3000 Avenue X) boasts the best track and field team in the country with 12 All-American athletes.

“We won the national championships four years in a row,” said John Padula, who is one of three coaches leading the co-ed team.

The team practices running and weight training until 5:30 p.m. every day to prepare for Saturday meets against teams from all over the country. At those competitions, the Brooklyn squad generally comes in first place. These accomplishments make the students feel like rock stars.

“It’s great to be part of the team and being an All-American is a big accomplishment,” said Richmond Ahadzi, a hurdle jumper who is a 10-time All-American, which means he placed in the top five in the country.

Keep reading about the extraordinary achievements of the Sheepshead Bay High School track team.

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

One out of every five senior citizens has been the victim of a financial scam, according to a recent survey by Infogroup/ORC. He are a few suggested tips from CPAs and other tax professionals.

Read the tips.

We're guessing they're still cleaning up from this (Photo by Randy Contello)

The Q will terminate at Kings Highway instead of Coney Island on Tuesday and Wednesday during the midday.  No reason is given for the service change, but it is probably due to track work between Brighton Beach and Coney Island.  Below is the description of the change and alternate travel advice from the MTA website.

Here’s the most important nugget:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be no Q train between Kings Highway and Stillwell Avenue. B trains and a fare free B68 bus will provide alternate service.

Keep reading for more detailed alternate routes.

A record-breaking 1,500 people hit the shores of Coney Island on Saturday for the Polar Bear Club’s annual swim.

The waters were a brisk 35 degree, but that didn’t stop revelers from diving in, with many wearing nothing more than a speedo.

Ever wonder what that must feel like?

“It was like 10,000 knives stabbing you at once!,” Tim Henshall told the Daily News. “It’s a great way to remind you you’re alive.”

It’s true; when I need a reminder that I’m not dead, I stab myself repeatedly.

Luckily for us, reader Lloyd Mitchell was on hand to take these shots. Thanks Lloyd!

See the photos.

Alishba Waseem (Source: CBS 2)

Brooklyn’s first baby was born at Coney Island Hospital just seconds after the stroke of midnight, hospital officials said.

Weighing in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces, Alishba Waseem Rasool, arrived at Coney Island Hospital at 12:00:05 a.m. on January 1, making her the third child of Mill Basin couple Mehnaz and Muhammad Waseem Khan.

“I was about to do my last push and then the whole staff counted down for me like when it was 10 seconds left [to midnight],” Rasool told 1010 WINS.

Both the child and her mother are doing well, the hospital reports. Big brother Aimen, 7, and big sister Anisha, 6, await the homecoming of their little sister.

“We are honored to deliver baby girl Rasool at Coney Island Hospital and want to wish her a very happy birthday,” said Dr. Toni Stern, Chair OB/GYN, Coney Island Hospital.   “In 2010 we helped bring over 1200 newborns into the world and today we join Mr. and Mrs. Khan in celebrating the birth of their little girl in the first few seconds of 2011.”

But baby Rasool isn’t the only “first Brooklyn baby of 2011.” The honor is split this year between her and another little girl, delivered at SUNY Downstate, named Princess Avana Andrews.

City Hall (Source:

With just about all of the roads finally clear, outrage at the city’s bungled response to the December 26 blizzard is now spreading beyond the Mayor’s office and the Sanitation Department. Flatbush Scoop, a blog owned by Yeshiva World News, is laying into our local City Council representatives for being MIA as residents struggled to cope.

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January 3. The first Monday of the New Year. That’d be 2011, if you hadn’t figured it out.

And if you hadn’t figured it out, your number one resolution should be to work on your powers of observation.

But that’s what this is all about. Resolutions. Because it’s the first Monday of the New Year, and that means we’re obligated to talk about resolutions.

What’s yours? Wait. Before you answer that, we don’t want to hear about the stuff like, “I want to quit smoking,” or, “I want to lose weight.” What do you think this is, News 12?

No, we want to hear your more interesting resolutions. “This year I will give money to homeless people, not syphilis,” or, “I want to reduce the number of hookers I bury in my basement.”

Stuff like that. Lay it on me. What’s your crazy New Years resolution?

Feel free to make stuff up. This is a no judgement zone.

From Notify NYC:

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, has suspended Alternate Side Parking Regulations for Monday, January 3, 2011 to facilitate snow removal. All other regulations, including parking meters, will be in effect.

This year was a terrific time for Sheepshead Bites, as the site grew beyond expectation and its content matured. We’re writing stronger pieces every day, burrowing deeper into the heart of the community. We’ve welcomed some talented new additions to our team, and launched new features we hope help you feel more connected to the neighborhood. Expect more of that in 2011.

All of it, every single bit, is thanks to each and every one of you. On these joyful occasions - New Years, Thanksgiving, etc. – I get to embark on the task I enjoy most: thanking all of you. The readers, commenters and tipsters make this site so much more than just a news site. It’s a hub where the Sheepshead Bay community is reflected and strengthened; it bridges the divide between digital communities and concrete neighborhoods.

Thank you all for being a part of this rewarding endeavor. I look forward to serving all of you in 2011.

Have an excellent New Year, filled with happiness, health and prosperity!

Budget cuts will cause major Sanitation problems in 2011. (Photo by Paypaul)

Heading into 2011, there are already some hints to which issues will drive local news coverage throughout the year. Here’s what we think will be the major focus for the next 365 days.

Read our list of stories to expect in 2011.