Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’s mobile community office will be visiting the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library at 2115 Ocean Avenue, on Friday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.

A staff member will be in attendance to discuss local issues and answer questions from the community.

Call (718) 743-4078 for more information.

A T-Mobile store is opening at 1507 Sheepshead Bay Road, and employees were there today putting the finishing touches on the storefront. The Ameritel-operated exclusive T-Mobile dealer plans to open on Tuesday, April 12, if not sooner, they told Sheepshead Bites.

Ameritel operates mobile phone retailers all over the globe, including several others in Southern Brooklyn.

The opening apparently put additional stress on the Boost Mobile vendor next door, at 1505 Sheepshead Bay Road. Owner Craig Shulman learned of the opening in February, and said he had words with the landlord, who owns both properties. He decided to close his shop on April 1.

Preparations for BayFest 2011 will be held in the Comfort Inn meeting room at 3218 Emmons Avenue tonight, April 6, at 8:00 p.m.

Help Bay Improvement Group prepare for this year’s 20th Annual BayFest this May, where they hope to rock out with a ton of bands never before seen at the event. They need volunteers, so come down this evening and let them know you care.

 

Photo by Robert Fernandez.

It’s finally happened.

With violent crime on the rise in Sheepshead Bay, including multiple stabbings, out of control cars, and the deadly saga of Maksim Gelman, it was only inevitable the gateway horror that would follow.

Yes, friends… the zombie apocalypse is finally upon us, and from the looks of things in the photo above, their first stop was the Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue, slated to close its doors for good on April 15.

As shoppers take advantage of prices slashed 30 to 60 percent throughout the entire store, the walking dead probably figured it was an ideal spot for them to find a surplus of juicy brains.

 

The last bunch of Morning Mug photos have shown the prettier elements of our neighborhood. Here’s one that shows the other side of things.

Photo by Erica Sherman, taken on Knapp Street.

We just received the following note from Reeves Eisen, Councilman Lew Filder’s chief of staff:

I just spoke to Principal Debbie Garofalo, who said that it was a small, construction material related fire on roof. Fire didn’t come into building, but FDNY broke open ceilings on the top (3rd floor) to check, and that was the only interior damage That’s all been cleaned up. Air quality testing will be done tonight, and results should be available around 10. They are hoping to reopen tomorrow, assuming the results are good. Parents are being told to call 311 after 11 tonight. If the building isn’t clear to open for morning classes, the contingency plan is for grade 6 to report to PS 207 and grades 7 and 8 to PS 222.

Traffic safety, property taxes and public transportation all came up at last night’s Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association meeting, but the issue that had the membership most fired up was charcoal grilling in the Manhattan Beach park.

The group voted unanimously to send letters to city agencies demanding that barbecuing be banned and the charcoal pits uprooted from the park, a move that would eliminate one of the borough’s seven parks that legally allow grills, and one of only two in Southern Brooklyn.

The vote was made after the group’s president, Dr. Alan Ditchek, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, brought up a recent study linking airborne particulate matter with elevated incidents of stroke.

“I would like to question the city, who wants to legislate against smoking at the beach or smoking outdoors, how could they possibly allow the continuation of barbecue grills here on Manhattan Beach, jeopardizing the health of not only the residents of Manhattan Beach, but everyone on the beach, and everyone in the playground, and everyone on the ballfield,” Ditchek said in front of an audience of about a dozen residents. “If this study mentions particulate matter and risk of stroke – proven risk of stroke – then the city better get down here and shut down these barbecue grills as soon as possible.”

Keep reading about Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s proposed ban on barbecuing, and weigh in on the issue.

Your problems, that is. Not the garbage itself. That would be rude, sir.

The Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association will be discussing issues of trash removal and other sanitation-related quality-of-life problems at their meeting tonight, and have invited officials from the Department of Sanitation to join the conversation and respond to concerns. We all know litter is a huge problem in the neighborhood; let the agency see a packed room at this meeting and know the community is serious about demanding more attention.

Aside from the usual garbage (har har!), the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association is also moving forward with Memorial Day Parade planning. We went last year for the first time, and the 500-person-strong event was a joyous and colorful celebration of our servicemen. They’re looking for volunteers, so come by tonight and offer to lend a hand!

The association meeting kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Baron De Kalb-Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue. There will be munchkins and coffee, which usually ensures my attendance.

Can’t make it but want to share your concerns with the civic? E-mail sbpbcivicassociation@hotmail.com.

God bless America, where our political leaders don't look like 1980s movie villains. They just look like clowns.

Daily Jewish Web mag The Tablet ran a compelling feature story this week by Alexander Zaitchik on the ever-changing politics of America’s Russian-Jewish immigrants.

Zaitchik claims that, when Russian Jews arrived in the U.S. after the collapse of the Soviet Union, because of their eagerness to assimilate with indigenous Americans combined with the urgency to leave the hardships of Communism behind, they comprised “a reliably Republican voting bloc.” But, things change, Zaitchik explained, and as children of Russian immigrants are raised as first-generation Americans, their politics are a little “harder to pin down.”

Keep reading for an excerpt and our assessment, and weigh in with your personal experience.

Cemal Cansev

A Brighton Beach dad is grappling with the heartbreaking news that his young son, discovered drowned in the waters off the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge, is never coming home.

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