Photo by Tinx Chan.

THE COMMUTE: “Making Every Dollar Count” has been Jay Walder’s slogan since taking over as Chairman of the MTA, but is he really doing that? Last week’s article focused on restoring the B4. I suggested that a service restoration resulting from last June’s service cutbacks could be paid for by operating separate school open schedules for Fridays on certain routes because of lower bus usage on Friday afternoons. I stated that buses leaving Kingsborough College around 3:00 p.m. left the school nearly empty because of a half-day Friday schedule. So on Friday, April 29, I decided to count buses and passengers for two hours from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Oriental Boulevard and West End Avenue to see how correct I was.

Keep reading to find out what Rosen found.

An example of a speed camera (Source: DaveBleasdale/Flickr)

Community Board 15 overwhelmingly voted down a proposal to place cameras automating speed limit enforcement along the city’s most dangerous roadways, citing Big Brother and revenue manipulation concerns.

A five-year trial program is being pushed by Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit advocacy group for mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The plan would place a maximum of 40 cameras, similar to the currently installed red-light cameras, throughout the five boroughs in locations where speeding and speed-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities are prevalent. Owners of vehicles found to be driving in excess of the posted speed limit would receive fines, and the violations will be administered under the Parking Violations Bureau. The penalty will not include points against the violator’s insurance.

But the idea of more cameras keeping tabs on residents has some leaders feeling uncomfortable.

“It’s becoming a little too many cameras watching what individuals are doing, and on top of that you’ve already got red light cameras, you’ve got the police with license plate readers,” said Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, “How many more cameras do you need?”

Keep reading for the pros and cons of this program.

Health Star Pharmacy (Source: Google Maps)

Apothecaries, beware.

A brazen, firearm-brandishing drugstore cowboy has been making the rounds through nearly half a dozen of Southern Brooklyn’s mom-and-pop pharmacies since March 3, demanding potent painkillers, including the highly addictive OxyContin, from terrified apothecaries, The New York Times is reporting.

Cloaking himself in a heavy winter coat, ski cap and blue jeans, the methods of the armed robber — whose most recent break-in was in Health Star Pharmacy, 1422 Avenue U in Homecrest — “are strikingly consistent” and are leading police to believe that the thief, possibly in search of his next fix, lives in the neighborhood.

Police have stepped up their efforts to catch the man, whose voice and conduct, according to a druggist at J Drugs on Avenue J, suggest that “he may have been an addict who was robbing to feed his addiction.”

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.

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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.