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The 15-foot light that sits at the center of the Holocaust Memorial Park is an “eternal flame,” a symbol of remembrance for the millions who died in the Nazi Holocaust. And, this week, it went out.

But don’t panic – it happens periodically, said Pauline Bilus, director of the Holocaust Memorial Committee, which oversees the park at the western end of Sheepshead Bay. Like all light bulbs, it simply needs to be changed.

The strange part is that the Parks Department changed the bulb about 10 days ago, said Bilus, who was surprised to hear about the malfunction. It worked the last time she saw it, but she hasn’t passed by in recent days.

Bilus will contact the Parks Department to have the problem fixed so Holocaust victims will be properly memorialized once again. She noted that the department is “generally pretty good about replacing it,” but that the city can only order new bulbs with their usual bulk orders, and may not be able to fill special requests.

Capt. Robert Sapanara of the Brooklyn VI (Source: NYTimes.com)

New York Times published a beautiful tribute to Chuck Geller, a local fisherman and World War II veteran, who passed away earlier this week. Here’s an excerpt:

At nearby piers, other fishing boats bobbed idly. As sunlight broke through the windows of the charter boat, the Brooklyn VI, its disappointed crew settled into the passenger booths and talked about loss: of the customers who once filled the fishing boats all year round, of the neighborhood’s vanishing landmarks, of a freedom to drift at sea without tightening government restrictions.

But mostly they talked about their friend Julius Geller, a former bomber pilot and an incurable lifetime angler who had died two days earlier, a week before he was to turn 94.

For decades, Mr. Geller was a constant, welcome presence on Brooklyn’s fishing boats. For years, he sat at a table in the cabin of the Brooklyn VI playing poker with a group of regulars as they sailed to the best fishing spots, like 17 Fathoms or Mud Buoy.

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The following op-ed is by Allan Rosen, a Manhattan Beach resident and former Director of MTA/NYC Transit Bus Planning (1981). For a complete list of his contributions to Sheepshead Bites, which includes many articles about the bus cuts, MTA and DOT, click here.

The MTA recently released the results of its first system-wide Customer Satisfaction Survey. Several years ago a survey of bus passengers gave the system a grade of C. For this survey, a ten-point scale was used, and you were either satisfied, dissatisfied, very satisfied or very dissatisfied. This is one of the most biased surveys I have ever seen.

Keep reading to find out why.

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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.

Courtesy of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA

by Alexandra Ushakova

Local Jewish teens gave victims of a major Israeli fire some small-but-sweet relief, collecting $450 through a bake sale fundraiser on Sunday.

Shocked by news reports earlier this month of a fast-spreading wildfire that claimed dozens of lives and displaced many more around Carmel, Israel, 17-year-old Elizabeth Zavoyskiy organized “Desserts Galore” to help provide aid to those affected. With help from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA’s (3495 Nostrand Avenue) Teen Department, the Midwood High School senior cobbled together 19 teenagers between the ages of 15 to 17 in the lobby of Kings Bay Y.

“The bake allowed me to give back to a cause I really care about,” said Zavoyskiy. “It let me help others while taking the lead in my community.”

The teens baked most of the pastries themselves after collaborating with local businesses such as Pomegranate Kosher Supermarket and Glatt Mart, who sponsored the ingredients for this project. Additionally, they raised awareness of the fire by putting up educational stands which informed the visitors of the devastating event and what the proceeds would do to help.

The buyers of these scrumptious sweets consisted mainly of parents who bring their children to Sunday programs at the Y.

“At the Kings Bay Y, we know that helping those in need is our responsibility,” said Shawn Master, 15. “The event was a great success and the personal experience of knowing that you are helping someone is even a greater success.”

We just received the above photo and a reader report from Sophia T., saying that an accident has occurred on Ocean Parkway and Avenue S. She said that it appeared as if the blue car rear-ended the red car, getting snagged underneath it. She added that no one looked hurt, despite the ambulance.

The accident is causing “major traffic” on Ocean Parkway.

We’ll let you know if we hear any more.

I don’t publish many of the rants I receive, but this guy deserves it. He used the word “supine,” and that counts for something.

Do you get many complaints about the B3 bus? I just sent off a complaint to the MTA about the B3. A couple of years ago, the T.A. was running those “coach” style buses which made riding unbearable, but at least at last they junked them for an upgrade. Of course, Manhattan gets the newest, best, equipment, But my complaint is about lack of service, not which model bus I ride. Last night as usual the wait was 14 minutes and then two buses showed up. This is common. I don’t know if the drivers are lonely or just have fun leap-frogging each other all the way east to Mill Basin. This A.M. I waited nearly 15 minutes and of course the bus got so crowded that many people were left standing at various stops along the route to the Q subway station. If I ran the MTA, I would fire the NYCT bus dispatchers who serve no purpose and then warn and admonish the drivers to stick to their timetable. Riders are so supine no-body complains, do they? Maybe Mayor Bloombucks and his acolyte Ms. Sadik Khan will eliminate busses and replace with bike lanes.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz helping Madelaine Cleaners’ owner, Eric Lederman, load winter coats onto Met Council’s Machson Mobile for distribution to the needy.

Source: Assemblyman Cymbrowitz's office

It’s really cold out. Like… really freakin’ cold. So here’s a bit of warmth from Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’s office:

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is once again collecting wearable winter coats – both adult’s and children’s – to be distributed to the needy.  The coats may be brought to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road.

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Source: Darny via Flickr

Boaters traversing the Verrazano Narrows will now have to contend with a 110-yard “safety zone” implemented by the U.S. Coast Guard yesterday.

The temporary safety zone marks off the area where 1,500 artillery shells and munitions were discovered in October by local diver Gene Ritter. It sits just underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The discovery, which the New York Post just can’t stop calling the “bombshell revelation” – get it? – is thought to be a lost stockpile that spilled into the bay during a military accident in 1954.

Coast Guard officials said the safety zone will stay put at least until the end of June, or until the explosives are removed. But with the Navy claiming the shells aren’t their responsibility, it’s unclear who’s leading the cleanup effort.

Bonus: Ten points to any local boaters who can get me a photo of the safety zone!

Photo by WallyG, via Flickr.