Like moths to light, Sheepshead Bites’ readers are drawn to car fires.

We received a whole slew of photos and phone calls from readers who passed by a car that burst into flames on Ocean Avenue near Avenue Y.

One reader approached the driver – well after the fire was put out – and asked what happened. But she refused to talk and only laughed and shook her head.

We’re waiting to hear back from the police with details on the incident. Until then, marvel at these photos from nolastname, BrooklynQ and  Julie K. And a tip of the hat to BrooklynBus, who was the first to call us (though couldn’t snag a photo).

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The United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay (3087 Ocean Avenue) is holding a “giant” flea market this Saturday, December 11.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., vendors will pack into two floors of the historic church to sell “gifts and bargains for one and all.”

For more information, contact (646) 361-9624.

A delivery man riding a motor-scooter was struck by a short school bus at 1:45 p.m. today.

The accident occurred in front of 3030 Emmons Avenue, near Nostrand Avenue. The delivery man is around 30 years old and appears to have suffered only minor injuries.

More information will be posted soon.

*This story was updated with more information about the delivery man..

Above is a map from the District Attorney’s office showing the reach of the sewage from leaking pipes along Knapp Street and Harkness Avenue.

The authorities used green dye to track the source of the leak and its reach.

Eight people and four businesses – including TGI Fridays and United Artists theater – were charged yesterday for allowing the abuse to go on since at least 2003.

Local cops are facing a resurgence of pickpocket-related thefts over the past few months, and buses appear to be the thugs’ preferred venue.

The revelation came during last night’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting, when Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas said that a slew of career criminals are back on the streets and targeting mass transit users.

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Online jigsaw puzzles from JigsawSite.com

It used to be that if the loved one in your life wanted cheap toys or pool equipment (and who doesn’t?!), you’d head here. Last we checked, they still sold the pool equipment. Anyone know about the toys?

Photo by Erica Sherman.

The city has taken the option to close Sheepshead Bay High School and John Dewey High School off the table, opening the doors to hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds to turn the schools around, according to Courier-Life.

But the decision to keep the schools open – and charter free – comes with a cost. Major faculty changes are on the way that may include wiping out and replacing more than 50 percent of the staff.

Sheepshead Bay H.S. (3000 Avenue X) and Dewey H.S. (50 Avenue X) were both included in the city’s list of schools in need of a turnaround as part of the federal Race to the Top grant program. Municipalities given the award receive up to $500,000 for every school it attempts to reform.

But reform must be done following one of four methods – turnaround, transformation, restart and closure. For Sheepshead Bay and Dewey, the city has nixed closure from its list for the two schools, along with restart – in which the school is handed over to a charter operator.

That leaves turnaround and transformation. The transformation model requires that the city replace the principal and use a “rigorous and equitable evaluation system” for teachers and other administrators to separate the good and the bad. With the more aggressive turnaround model, the school replaces at least 50 percent of its faculty and administrators.

There is no word yet from the city or the schools on which direction they’re going.

The 61st Precinct Community Council is meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is hosted by the Bainbridge Center at 3093 Ocean Avenue, between Shore Parkway and Voorhies Avenue (across from Waldbaums).

Photo courtesy of Dan Cavanagh, GerritsenBeach.net

Officials arrested eight people and charged four businesses, including Regal Cinemas and TGI Friday’s, with dumping raw sewage and restaurant grease into Shell Bank Creek.

The charges were announced this morning by Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, who blasted the alleged polluters for their years of abuse.

“There is no excuse for the disgraceful pollution of our waterways and beaches,” said Hynes.

Keep reading to find out how these businesses were illegally dumping, and the penalties they face.

You know how in zombie movies, before the massive zombie attack, there are always news reports in the background about smaller attacks and nobody’s paying attention? It’s pretty much the same thing with shopping carts.

Trafficked, abandoned, rejected, abused… shopping carts are working corners, lurking in alleys and hiding in yards. All alone, with nothing to do but think about their vengeance on the humans.

So when the above report came on about a small town mayor looking to halt the start of a cart-ocalypse by charging fines for stealing the vehicles, we bet you weren’t paying attention.

But you should have. For the most renowned prophet of shopping carts makes an appearance about halfway through, and you would be wise to heed her words.

Heed them!