Folks, in the words of Sheepshead Bay’s native son and Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi, “If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.”

Well, we think you’re a winner, and we’re out to prove it. We’re offering Sheepshead Bites readers the chance to go see Lombardi free of charge. That’s right, we’ve got two free tickets to go see the critically-acclaimed Broadway play Lombardi at Circle in the Square on almost any day from now through mid-June.

All we’re asking of you is to sign up to our newsletter (details below). Pretty simple, huh? But you need to hurry. You need to complete sign up by Sunday, May 7, 2011 at 11:59 p.m., and we’ll be picking the lucky winner randomly from the pool of e-mail subscribers.

We’re all winners here, but when it comes to this contest, Lombardi winners will be announced on Monday, May 8.

Cool! What do I have to do?

Next to nothing! All we want is for you to sign up to our daily newsletter by putting your e-mail address in the form below, and press “Subscribe.”

You see, we’re relaunching our newsletter, which gets e-mailed every day at 7:00 p.m. Our new e-mail packs brief snippets of each day’s posts, with more color and style than our last design. And as we unroll new features in the coming months, they’ll be hooked into the newsletter so that you can keep up-to-date on all of the site’s content from your inbox. You’ll never miss another article.

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What’s Lombardi?

Sport produces great human drama and there is no greater sports icon to bring to theatrical life than coach Vince Lombardi, one of the most inspirational and quotable personalities of all time. Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and two-time Emmy Award winner Judith Light head the cast of Lombardi, a new American play by Academy Award winner and Steppenwolf Theatre Company member Eric Simonson. Though football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Lombardi the man—his inspirations, his passions and ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Directed by Tony nominee Thomas Kail (In the Heights), Lombardi is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss. Lombardi is playing at Circle in the Square, whose lobby has been transformed into a museum-quality installation featuring Vince Lombardi and Green Bay Packer memorabilia.

What’s the catch?

Nothing! We were looking to let people know about our great newsletter. The Lombardi producers were looking to get Sheepshead Bay residents to check out this critically-acclaimed show based on one of our neighbors. So teaming up for those two goals was our only intention.

We will not sell or distribute your e-mail address under any circumstances. We will not spam you. That’s our promise.

There are some blackout dates that apply to the Lombardi tickets. Tickets are transferable, but resale is strictly prohibited by law.

Sign up now! Good luck!

There were many things that ran through my mind last night as I heard the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. A spark of morbid pleasure, fear of retaliation, disgust at the images the media chose to broadcast, and a bit of that bombastic American idealism that delights at justice delivered.

The last thing we need is another article drudging up the emotions and memories of September 11. But, like you, I remember it. I was here. That day holds meaning for me. And now, with the death of Bin Laden, some are saying we’ve come full circle and ended a chapter of history. I won’t muse on that.

But this narrative of 9/11 and Bin Laden, it’s a New York City narrative as much – if not more – than a national and international one. To New Yorkers, the pursuit of Bin Laden wasn’t just a story about a global struggle against terrorism. It was the story of our families, friends and loved ones, real people, for whom our nation metes out justice.

Now we’ve certainly ended a chapter that for us rings so much closer to home than a withdrawal of troops from some far-flung land or the election of a new politician. We’ve ended one that affects New Yorkers’ personal need for closure more than any. And we’ve ended a local story, a personal story, a concrete story.

What does Osama Bin Laden’s death mean to you?

A reader snagged this photo of a car that plowed through a neighbor’s yard and into her stoop on Saturday night.

The incident happened at 2295 East 22nd Street, on the corner of Avenue W. According to those at the scene when the reader showed up, the driver ran the stop sign and nipped another car, before peeling off towards the residence.

Both airbags deployed, so there may have been a passenger. Either the driver or passenger may have sustained minor injuries.

“I took this photo of Coney Island Creek a few weeks ago. It looks much better than it did years ago. The photo was taken from Shell Road, from where I was standing and going east Coney Island Creek runs through a culvert. I do not know how far east the culvert runs.” – Lisanne.

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA is putting the finishing touches on their annual exhibition of local artists, and they’re inviting you down to tonight’s opening celebration. The event kicks off at 9:00 p.m. at 3495 Nostrand Avenue, and the suggested donation is $10 per person.

There will also be food. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details.

View biographies of the featured artists.

Today is the first day of the Gerritsen Beach Library Book Sale. Help support the library and stock your shelves by picking up some “gently used and like-new books,” as well as DVD, VHS tapes (what are those?), and more. The sale is going on all weekend until Monday at 5:30 p.m. (UPDATED: The library is closed during the weekend thanks to budget cuts. The sale is today and Monday only. Apologies for any confusion.)

You can also buy a 50/50 raffle ticket for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held Monday at 5:00 p.m.

The library is at 2808 Gerritsen Avenue and can be reached at (718) 368-1435.

View the event flier.

The heat around a proposed barbecue ban on Manhattan Beach continued to intensify this week, this time at the Community Board 15 meeting. But the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation said they have no plans to halt one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Parks Department Brooklyn Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey listened intently to arguments for and against the ban at the Wednesday night meeting, but appeared unmoved by the opponents’ concerns. And, according to a statement from his office, no ban is likely in the near future.

“Commissioner Jeffrey has been in touch with the Community Board regarding their concerns,” a Parks Department spokesperson told Sheepshead Bites. “At this time there are no plans to eliminate barbecuing at Manhattan Beach.”

Despite the apparent defeat, MBNA leaders say they’ll continue to push for a ban. Keep reading to find out how.

Zagat, the definitive guide to NYC restaurants, has just released the 2011 New York City Food Lover’s Guide and Southern Brooklyn is finally getting some respect. Over 150-Brooklyn based specialty food shops are included in this year’s guide. While most of the top spots where in the outer borough of Manhattan, some of our local places pulled in some sweet praise.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.


Stanislav Rozovsky at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn Wednesday where he was arraigned on allegations of criminal sexual acts on a child and driving with a suspended license.


The owner of Dynamo NY Soccer Club, based on the Sheepshead Bay-Gravesend border, was imprisoned on Wednesday after being charged with molesting an 8-year-old player last summer.

Stanislav Rozovsky stands accused of attacking the girl at his Manhattan Beach home after dropping off other players last August. The incidents went unreported until December, when she told a school staffer.

Authorities first scooped up Rozovsky in February, and he quickly posted bail. But the judge called Rozovsky back to court, where she tripled his bail to $75,000, an amount he couldn’t immediately post.

What brought the judges wrath was a series of actions that showed “no respect to court mandate,” the judge said. After posting bail in the February arrest, Razovsky returned to his day job, teaching soccer to his predominantly Eastern European children and adult clients at Dynamo – based out of the Brooklyn Racquet Club (2781 Shell Road). And even with nearly 50 license suspensions, Rozovsky continued to drive his players to and fro.

It appears he’ll remain behind bars until his trial.