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A classroom at PS 254 (Source: Schools.nyc.gov)

A classroom at PS 254 (Source: Schools.nyc.gov)

Congratulations are in order! Sheepshead Bay’s PS 254 Dag Hammarskjold Elementary School is one of only 337 schools in the country and two schools in Brooklyn to have received a 2014 Blue Ribbon School award.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors outstanding public and private elementary, middle, and high schools each year based on their general academic achievement as well as their success in closing achievement gaps among subgroups of students. This year, PS 254 at 1801 Avenue Y received an award in the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category–an honor in which Clinton Hill’s PS 11 can also revel.

All of 2014’s winning schools will be presented with a National Blue Ribbon School plaque and flag, and will be honored at ceremonies–where educators are invited to discuss their methods and ideas for continued academic excellence–on November 10 and 11 in Washington, DC.

“You, the 2014 National Blue Ribbon award winners, are absolutely a national treasure,” said US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a congratulatory message. “[I]t’s a great, great privilege to celebrate your success. Thank you for what you do every single day to foster the curiosity, and persistence, and the joy of learning for our nation’s children.”

Denis Volchkin (Source: Facebook)

Denis Volchkin (Source: Facebook)

She called police to defend her from her own son, and now says they went too far.

Liliya Pilipenko, 54, said cops didn’t need to kill her son, 28-year-old Denis Volchkin, when he lunged at officers armed with a knife.

“It’s not a gun, it’s not a big knife, why shoot him?” Pilipenko said to the Daily News. “It’s a horrible situation.”

Volchkin was shot dead Friday evening after police responded to Pilipenko’s 911 call of a domestic dispute. Officers had been at the East 26th Street home earlier in the day when Pilipenko said Volchkin was choking her. Volchkin fled, and returned around 7:10pm armed with knives.

Pilipenko met officers in front of the house, led them through the back door to Volchkin, who was brandishing the weapons. Cops ordered he drop the blades. Instead, he lunged, police said.

Photo by Clare K

The scene outside of Volchkin’s East 26th Street home on Friday night. Photo by Clare K.

The officers opened fire, hitting Volchkin in the chest. He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

The Daily News adds that Volkchkin had a checkered history with his family:

Between 2004 and 2009, cops were called four times to his home by Volchkin’s parents, police said. They arrested Volchkin twice for assaulting his mom, including once with a knife.

He has 11 unsealed prior arrests, cops said. Open cases include two Brooklyn busts for speeding drunk without a license that landed him in jail for 11 months, records show.

TMZ reports that back in May, Volchkin allegedly came at “Keeping up with the Kardashians” regular Jonathan Cheban with a knife in Mikasa sushi on Gravesend Neck Road, before Cheban’s bodyguard punched him.

Photo by Clare K

Photo by Clare K

UPDATE 10/4, 8am: Police have identified the man as 28-year-old Denis Volchkin, and say the shooting occurred after officers responded to two domestic incidents involving Volchkin and his mother.

The NYPD reports they initially responded to a dispute between him and his mother at their home on E 26th St at about 5:30pm Friday, in which Volchkin allegedly choked his mother and fled.

At just after 7pm, police say the mother called 911 to report he had returned armed with several knives, and when the same two officers who responded earlier arrived, the mother led them to the back of the home to its rear entrance. Once inside, cops say they found Volchkin in the living room with the knives, and that once he saw the officers, he advanced toward them brandishing knives.

“The officers backed away from the suspect while giving verbal commands to drop the knife,” the NYPD said in a release to the press. “The suspect did not comply with police commands and lunged at the officers.”

According to the NYPD, one of the officers then fired on Volchkin, striking him in the chest. EMS responded and transported him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The two officers were transported to Lutheran Hospital for Tinnitus.

TMZ reports that back in May, Volchkin allegedly came at “Keeping up with the Kardashians” regular Jonathan Cheban with a knife in a sushi place in Brooklyn, before Cheban’ bodyguard punched him.

EARLIER: A man who allegedly lunged at police with a knife is dead after being shot by cops this evening.

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Commisioner Nigro with NYPD Detective William O'Connor, Jr., the son of one of the fallen firefighters.  (Photo by Mike T. Wright)

Commisioner Nigro with NYPD Detective William O’Connor, Jr., the son of one of the fallen firefighters. (Photo by Mike T. Wright)

Friends, family and FDNY colleagues gathered at Saint Brendan’s Church in Midwood on Saturday, marking the 36th anniversary of an historic blaze at the Sheepshead Bay Waldbaum’s that claimed six lives.

The August 2, 1978 fire broke out at Waldbaum’s, then located at Ocean Avenue and Avenue Y (now the site of Staples). As the blaze ripped through the building, area firefighters wrestled to bring it under control. At approximately 9:02 a.m., the roof gave in, plunging at least a dozen of New York’s Bravest into the inferno.

Attendees gather in front of the church after the service. (Photo by Mike T. Wright)

Attendees gather in front of the church after the service. (Photo by Mike T. Wright)

In all, six firefighters died and another 34 were injured in what became the largest loss of firefighters in a single fire in Brooklyn history.

In 1999, the city renamed the corner “Firemen’s Corner.” A street sign and plaque continue to honor the fallen.

FDNY's Emerald Society Pipes & Drums performed at the service  .(Photo by Mike T. Wright)

FDNY’s Emerald Society Pipes & Drums performed at the service .(Photo by Mike T. Wright)

The heroic firefighters who died in the blaze on August 2, 1978, are FF George Rice, 38, Ladder 153; FF James McManus, 48; Cov. Lt. James Cutillo, 39, 33rd Battalion; FF Harold Hastings, 39, 42nd Battalion; FF Charles Bouton, 38, Ladder 156; and William O’Connor, 29 of Ladder 156.

The service in Midwood this weekend was attended by newly appointed FDNY Comissioner Daniel Nigro, who said that the event spurred additional training regimes to protect future fire-eaters, and that the department will continue to come together every August 2 to recognize the victims of the Waldbaum’s blaze.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.  (Photo by Mike T. Wright)

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. (Photo by Mike T. Wright)

For the 2010 anniversary, John Dwyer of JGDwyerPhotography put together the below slideshow. Dwyer has been photographing the FDNY in action since the 1970s.

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A tow truck driver allegedly slammed into five parked cars on Ocean Avenue and Avenue Y before fleeing the scene early Thursday morning, according to CBS News.

Police told the outlet that they tracked down the 26-year-old driver, Igor Lyakhovetsky, arresting him with charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and leaving the scene. Lyakhovetsky allegedly ditched the truck and fled on foot.

The truck appears to have been owned by Dependable Towing, although the company denies that it or its vehicles were part of the incident.

The station reports:

[CBS] stopped by the address for the towing company to ask about the driver and the company’s reaction to the story. A man who identified himself as the manager said CBS 2 had the wrong company and that his company had nothing to do with it.

However, all phone numbers trailed back the address. The phone number that was seen on the tow truck itself was prominently displayed on the wall outside the business, and a dispatcher who picked up the phone when [CBS] called said that the business was indeed “Dependable” and confirmed the address.

The damage to some of the vehicles was extensive, according to CBS. The car above was involved in the incident and is now parked on a nearby street, with both its rear and front ends crushed by the tow truck.

Colgan (Source: P.S. 254)

Colgan (Source: P.S. 254)

Teachers, students and faculty gathered in the cafeteria of P.S. 254 (1801 Avenue Y) yesterday to honor the passing of a longtime school aide by renaming the facility Mary Colgan cafe in her memory.

Colgan served 43 years in the New York City school system, first at P.S. 52 on Nostrand Avenue, and then at P.S. 254, where she stayed for more than 33 years. She passed away from cancer on September 21, 2013.

The beloved school aide was born May 13, 1935, and grew up with a large family of 11 brothers and sisters. She married Ronald Colgan in 1955, and had two children, Donna and Ronald, who she raised in Sheepshead Bay. In addition to her six grandchildren, Colgan found herself with an even larger extended family – that of the entire P.S. 254 community – which grieved her passing.

The Tuesday ceremony featured student performances in her honor, while colleagues, students and her family shared recollections. In addition to renaming the cafeteria, the school is launching the “Mary Colgan – You Have to Believe Award,” which will be given to a student leader who fosters a positive attitude.

Here’s the statement from the school:

Mary Colgan’s NYCDOE Start of Employment was January 1, 1970 at PS 52, and then start of employment in our school, PS 254 was September 8, 1980. She worked in our school for over 33 years. She devoted a great amount of her life to providing the BEST opportunities to students in our school community. From ensuring a safe morning arrival, supervising breakfast being served, requesting busing for school/class trips, monitoring student daily attendance, to calculating after school snacks, calling parents, distributing/receiving/organizing important legal school documents to directing an Extra Curricular After-school program for the Greater Sheepshead Bay; she did it all and then some!

Mary Colgan’s face, spirited voice, and her passionate work mostly took place in our school cafeteria each day. She ensured the safety of our students who arrived early on the school bus, that those students who needed to eat breakfast, did so, timely and that they had enough recess-time before morning line-up at 8am.

Mary was an active, outspoken member of several school committees such as: the SLT, Safety/BRT, Attendance and subcommittee member for various school Performances, such as a Ticket Agent/Distributor and Collector, Ice Cream Purchaser and School Trip Coordinator. She also believed in the importance of UNITY. She diligently represented and supported school DC37 Union members as their Shop Steward. These are just few titles and duties Mary Colgan upheld to the best of her ability however, she did WAY MORE than just maintain these responsibilities.

Mary added joy and sometimes a sprinkle of humor to the school’s Main Office as she sat at her desk situated at the very front counter. She welcomed concerned parents, visitors of many titles; from Mom, Dad, Sibling or Relative to Superintendent, District Representative, Salesperson, Prospective Educator, Substitute or Teaching Observers completing their Educational Prep Courses. Mary was the First Impression of the Heart of our school. She demonstrated the general pulse of the school without hesitation as guests arrived. She always remembered that she herself was a Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, and Wife and therefore treated our guests as if they were a member of this school family. She never hesitated to help ANYONE or to give a SWEET TREAT to someone in our school community.

Her passion was for the child who needed it the most. Whether their needs included: nurturing, daily structure, routine, a commanding voice, a soft voice with a Grandma-like hug telling them that they are special, a coat, supplies, or some extra food; Mary gave it to them! At times she may have said “I don’t care!” The reality is, she DID care and sometimes she cared so much that she was frustrated with the limited outcomes or results she saw in short time periods. She ALWAYS gave to those special students that may have been looked at as needing a little more than the norm because they held a special place in her heart as she did in theirs!!!!

Mary rarely missed work unless she had to go shopping for more matching JETS or METS apparel to wear on T-Shirt Tuesday. However, on a more serious note, Mary worked through her colds, coughs and illnesses. She truly LOVED coming to our school each and every day. She was frustrated and saddened when she took ill and just couldn’t beat the discomfort she was in. Each day, she attempted to continue to walk the 12 blocks to and from home to get to work. She finally gave in and accepted car rides from her colleagues at least on the days of inclement weather. Mary fought through and made her impact on all of us in our school community, all the way up to the very last day of the 2012-13 School Year.

When we think of Mary Colgan… we think of a STRONG-MINDED, PASSIONATE WOMAN, who was a DEDICATED, ORGANIZED, HARD WORKER, with PRIDE and CONFIDENCE. She was a SPORTS FAN, DAILY NEWS Reader, SMOKER, LOUD & OUTSPOKEN, TELL-YOU-LIKE-SHE-SEES-IT kind of woman. She was SELFLESS and GENEROUS, THOUGHTFUL, THOROUGHLY ENCOURAGING, SUPPORTIVE and truly a GREAT FRIEND! We were very fortunate to have had her in our school community for such a long period of time.

Mary Colgan is and will always be missed at PS 254 but she will remain in our hearts and memories.

theif

Reader Zaed M., a resident of Avenue Y near East 28th Street, asked us to pass along this photo of a man he and neighbors believe to be responsible for thefts from their yards. He writes:

Attached is an image of an individual looking through my property and who had stolen a wagon that belonged to my tenant. The wagon is a low dollar item but with the increase of crimes in sheepshead bay I wanted to see if we can share the photo with other sheepshead bite readers to make them aware of this individual.

Zaed said the police have been informed, a report filed. If you recognize the person in the image, police told Zaed’s tenant, call the 61st Precinct directly at (718) 627-6611.

i-am-the-tree

I spotted this sign hanging from a tree on Avenue Y and East 13th Street the other day. It was a pity I didn’t have a better camera on me.

Hopefully more stuff like this pops up around the neighborhood. It was a welcome sight to shake me from my post-accountant shell-shock. (Speaking of things to nail to a tree…)

Anyone know the story here?

 

Source: FSSP via Twitter

Source: FSSP via Twitter

A new group has launched with the goal of expanding the services of shomrim, or Jewish civilian patrol, into a broad swath of Gravesend.

Community Safety & Security (CSS) is an affiliate of the Sephardic Community Federation, and is working on a recruitment drive to bring volunteers to the well-established Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, which could begin patroling the area.

The borders of the area under consideration are Avenue I to the north, Avenue Y to the south, Coney Island Avenue to the east and McDonald Avenue to the west.

“CSS is a new organization that will work to keep our communities safe by establishing initiatives to help reduce crime and increase public safety. We hope to work with the public, law enforcement and community watch groups to achieve these goals,” said Avi Spitzer, executive director of the Sephardic Community Federation.

Spitzer said they already have a core group of volunteers, and hope to build up operations and activities over time. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz has offered to help the group identify potential sources of funds for their project. CSS is headed by Jack Cayre, the scion of developer and real estate magnate Joseph Cayre.

CSS is not formally affiliated with Flatbush Shomrim.

Flatbush Shomrim Executive Coordinator Bob Moskowitz said that they have not started patrolling the new area, nor have they made a decision on whether or not they will.

“It’s under consideration right now. It’s not a done deal. There’s a lot of logistics involved,” Moskowitz said. “I’d like to help them out, but we have to look at it and see if we can do it. But we can’t help every community that asks us to. Right now it’s still up in the air. If it’s something that’s doable, we’d love to.”

Spitzer said the goal of CSS’s effort right now is to bolster shomrim’s manpower with volunteers from the proposed coverage area, which would provide the resources needed for patrols.

Flatbush Shomrim was founded in 1991 by now-Councilman Chaim Deutsch. Shomrim volunteers patrol the neighborhoods in marked and unmarked vehicles, calling 911 when they see an emergency, monitoring the activities of people they believe to be suspicious, and calling for other volunteers if they feel the need. They can often be the first to respond to a scene of a low-level incident, where they can make a citizen’s arrest if necessary.

Community shomrim patrols have also been the source of controversy. Critics say they can sometimes be overzealous in their duties, inflame ethnic tensions and, at times, an obstacle to police investigations within the Jewish community. Some patrols receive taxpayer funds and resources through the offices of elected officials.

If you’d like to volunteer for shomrim patrols, contact CSS at (347) 781-4679 or by email at CSS@SephardicFederation.org

The Americans shooting inside Nargis (Source: Nargis' Facebook)

The Americans shooting inside Nargis (Source: Nargis’ Facebook)

Back in October 2013, we told you about The Americans, an FX television series starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, which was shooting around and inside Nargis Cafe at 2818 Coney Island Avenue.

“You know you have an authentic central Asian restaurant when a great show about cold-war spies wants to film in your restaurant,” said Nargis’ owner and chef, Big B. “We were so happy to have the cast and crew enjoy our cuisine while they worked, and we welcome them back any time.”

Season 2 premiered last night, February 26, and it included the scene shot inside Nargis. It’s a pretty bad-ass three-minute ride, involving some Afghanis, some daggers, some head-shots and, of course, some really delicious-looking food. Nargis posted the clip on its Facebook page:

The show, which debuted last January, is set during the Cold War and is the story of two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C., where they struggle to keep their cover under the gaze of their neighbor, an FBI Counter-Intelligence Agency.

I haven’t seen it yet, but now I’m looking forward to checking it out.

It’s also not the first time Nargis has graced television screens. The Cooking Channel featured their lagman soup on The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia episode, “Scent of a Baron.”

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