From State Senator Marty Golden’s Office:

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has invited Senator Golden and our local small businesses to a free Credit Ready NYC Credit Fair, next Tuesday March 22, 2011.

Please register at if you would like to attend.  Flyer attached to this email.  Feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested.

According to the flier, which you can view here, there will be a small business panel discussion with elected officials and small Business lenders. They’ll discuss access to credit, and how to apply for small business loans. On site counseling will be available.

Last year's Purim Carnival (Source: Kings Bay Y)

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA on 3495 Nostrand Avenue will be holding their Annual Purim Carnival this Sunday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For children, the carnival will include rides, sand art, face painting, mask and crown making, carnival games, holiday performances and a costume contest. Free hamentashen cookies (which are delicious, we hope they have these for adults, too) and raffle prizes will also be awarded. Expect music and fun for everyone.

The event is free and open to the public.

Our friends at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay are inviting everyone in the community to their Purim costume party tomorrow night, Saturday, March 19.

The event kicks off just after Shabbos ends at 7:45 p.m. It begins with the reading of the Megillah at 8:10 p.m., and then the party kicks into gear at 8:45 p.m. There will be hamentashen, graggers, Purim bags, prizes, raffles and more.

The synagogue is located at 3903 Nostrand Avenue. There will be a Megillah reading Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. as well. For more information, call the synagogue at (718) 934-5176, or email

The detour route. Have fun.

Uh-oh. The eastbound Belt Parkway is going to temporarily close.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 21, the Belt Parkway will fully close between Flatbush Avenue and the Mill Basin Bridge because of an urgent repaving operation by the Department of Transportation. There will be a local traffic detour during this operation (see map), with assistance on hand.

(Please be advised that earlier notices of this closure published in other outlets noted that the road would be closed as of 11:00 p.m. on the days indicated; the DOT amended the schedule today, and the information here reflects the most up-to-date available.)

As long as mother nature keeps our weather tame and civil, the work is scheduled to finish Saturday, March 26 at 7 a.m.

Overnight Eastbound Lane Closures are as follows:
Weekdays: Monday to Thursday, 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Weekends: Friday to Saturday, 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Here is a Detour:

  1. Exit Belt Parkway at Flatbush Avenue and travel north to Utica Avenue.
  2. Bear right onto Utica Avenue and proceed to Flatlands Avenue.
  3. Turn right onto Flatlands Avenue and proceed to East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue and proceed to Seaview Avenue.
  5. Bear left onto Seaview Avenue and proceed to Rockaway Parkway.
  6. Turn right onto Rockaway Parkway and proceed to the eastbound entrance to the Belt Parkway.
  7. And there you go, you’re driving on the Belt Parkway again.

View the flier from the Department of Transportation [pdf].

From a distressed reader:

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Please help us find our beloved Parrot-Ruby.  She was lost on 2/13/11 in Gravesend Area, Brooklyn NY.

Ruby needs special care and if not given the appropriate care may get very sick. Her foot is banded.

If you hear anything or find her Please Call Me Anytime 917 204 9170.

Losing Ruby has caused great distress in our family. We are very heartbroken and can’t wait for Ruby to come back home soon.

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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.

Just another reminder:

All times until Fall 2011
Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Avenue M and Avenue H stations.

11:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Mar 18 – 21
No Q trains between 57 St-7 Av and Prospect Park.
For service between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Pacific St — Use the N or R trains.
For service between Atlantic Av and Prospect Park — Use free shuttle buses instead.

Yesterday we posted about how the 77-year-old roundhouse that sits just off the tip of the Manhattan Beach peninsula is going to be removed. The roundhouse has been a navigational aid that longtime sailors in our area have relied on. The mariners in our community are very against its removal.

Sailor and community activist Stan Kaplan e-mailed us yesterday to elaborate on why keeping the roundhouse is imperative.

I am advocating for keeping the Roundhouse. As my point of view has been published, I am attaching The US Coast Guard’s current “Notice to Mariners.”

On page 5 at the top, it suggests that using floating aids to navigation can have “varying degrees of reliability.” It also suggests to “utilize bearings from fixed objects and aids to navigation on shore” is much more reliable.

It is my understanding that the Roundhouse is in shallow water. To make safe passage, it will have to be dredged. As it has been suggested, a floating aid to navigation, a.k.a. a BUOY, will have varying degrees of reliability. It would be prudent for the Corp of Army Engineers to put a tower as a replacement. The Roundhouse is a large masonry structure that boats will avoid. This structure has been there for over 70 years, and it will probably last another 70.

View the Coast Guard’s Notice to Mariners [pdf].

A Gravesend native is saving our environment. His secret? It’s all in the name.

Solar Bawabeh, 31-years-old, of Syrian descent, remembers being teased as a child for his unusual first name, but now his uncommon moniker is the inspiration behind his new company, Solar Rainbow, that installs solar panels and sells the energy to businesses.

“My whole life, people were making fun of my name,” Bawabeh told the Daily News. “But now, it’s an icebreaker in business.”

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Photo taken by Sasha L. from Il Fornetto Restaurant (2902 Emmons Avenue) on Wednesday.

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