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Joe Gilette, organizer of the Bergen Beachh, Mill Basin and Marine Park chapter of Relay for Life, sent us a note and some photos of this year’s event, in which they raised approximately $100,000 for the American Cancer Society during their June 7 event.

Gilette writes:

We recently held our 3rd annual Relay for Life on June 7th. I am proud to say we expect our final tally this [year is] to total $100,000!! We owe a great deal of success to our FIGHT BACK WITH FITNESS program in which we brought volunteer fitness instructors into over 24 schools to hold fitness classes. This was all in furtherance of our agenda of spreading cancer awareness and prevention through the positive message of fitness and a healthy lifestyle.


By comparison, the 2012 Relay for Life event brought in $50,000.


Featuring live entertainment, food, raffles, and a variety of interactive and fun activities for the whole family, community members form teams and walk around Aviator Sports Center’s outdoor track for eight continuous hours, symbolically conveying their message that, until there is a cure, the fight against cancer never ends. It’s highlighted by the Luminaria Ceremony, in which paper bags decorated by neighborhood children are illuminated in memory of loved ones who have passed away from cancer.


The whopping $100,000 total is in addition to the $20,000 the group raised by putting together Brooklyn SINGS!, an inter-school SING! competition that pitted Murrow, Midwood and Madison high school students against each other for a good cause and bragging rights. The events Gilette organizes just keeps getting more diverse. Last year he also helped put together the world’s largest indoor zumba class, with more than 400 people participating.

Keep up the good work for a good cause!

To learn more about the Bergen Beach, Mill Basin & Marine Park Relay for Life, contact Nancy Colt of the American Cancer Society at (718) 622-2492 extension 5134 or visit their website.


More than 400 participants shook, danced and jumped away the calories during the Relay For Life of Bergen Beach, Mill Basin & Marine Park’s largest indoor Zumba class ever, hosted at the Aviator Sports Complex, according to Record Setter.

Organized by “Zumba Daddy,” Joseph Gillette, co-chairman of Brooklyn’s annual Relay For Life of Bergen Beach, Mill Basin & Marine Park, the event, which drew 419 participants, was held to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

Zumba, a Colombian fitness program involving dance and aerobic elements, incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves.

The video featured above gives you a look at the scope of the event and the joy of the zumba participants, all working out for a good cause.

“They’re here for zumba, but more importantly, the American Cancer Society,” said Gillette. “Its a successful day, a tremendous day. I couldn’t be happier.”

For more information on the Relay For Life and zumba, you can visit them on Facebook.

Source: Paul J Everett/Flickr

Ice skating is one of the most romantic activities in New York City, at least according to all the TV shows and movies. Because of this, you can be damned sure that hipsters of all stripes will be eager to hit the rinks when air freezes in a month or two. Sadly, they’ll have to trek far outside the comfort zones of their favorite neighborhoods to do so.

According to the Village Voice, plans to open up all of Brooklyn’s ice rinks have been delayed this year, leaving only Southern Brooklyn locations for the borough’s 2.5 million residents.

On the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, plans to convert the recently opened McCarren Park Pool into a skating rink fell through due to a missed September deadline caused by limited cash flow (what, no trust fund?).

With their own neighborhood offering no ice, desperate romantics of North Brooklyn would most likely try to flock to Prospect Park’s rinks, but would quickly discover that the massive $74 million dollar Lakeside Project has temporarily closed those rinks down this winter as well.

With the trendiest spots unavailable, a premium will be put on the touristy rinks of Central Park. And, really, if you flew all the way here from some cow-town just so you could say, “Like, yah, I’m from Brooklyn,” would you go skating in Manhattan’s Central Park?

That just leaves the rinks we have down here, the Aviator Sports & Events Center at 3159 Flatbush Avenue, and the Abe Stark Rink at Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street. Locals, look out.

Professional hockey in Brooklyn is no more!

After two seasons at Floyd Bennett Field, the Brooklyn Aviators have folded due to financial issues.

The team’s owners are looking for “alternative sources of income,” according to Brooklyn Daily, who first reported the news.

A spokesperson for the Aviator facility confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that the Brooklyn team folded, and its slot will be filled by a franchise in Dayton, Ohio. The team’s Wikipedia entry has already been updated to reflect the disbandment of the Aviators, and the Aviator’s website now redirects to the website of the Dayton Devils.

Rob Miller, who coached the team to the the Finals during it’s inaugural 2010-2011 season, signed a contract with the Augusta RiverHawks, a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

“It was fun. It gave me my first opportunity to coach professional hockey, it’s got a little place in my heart for sure,” Miller said, adding he plans to bring several of his former Aviator players along with him to Georgia.

The Brooklyn Aviators debuted in 2009 as part of the North East Professional Hockey League and moved to the newly formed FHL in 2010. Their 2010-2011 season was highlighted by a 21-game winning streak and a trip to the championship.


Area residents, their lives touched by cancer, came together to celebrate those who have battled the disease, remember those who lost their lives to it, and pledge to continue fighting to find a cure, during Aviator Sports’ inaugural Bergen Beach, Mill Basin & Marine Park Relay for Life.

Featuring live entertainment, food, raffles, and a variety of interactive and fun activities for the whole family, community members formed teams and walked around Aviator’s outdoor track for eight continuous hours, symbolically conveying their message that, until there is a cure, the fight against cancer never ends.

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Relay For Life "Luminaria" bags.

Live entertainment, food, raffles, and a variety of interactive and fun activities for the whole family will be on tap as the Aviator Sports Complex on Flatbush Avenue hosts its very first Relay for Life for Bergen Beach, Mill Basin and Marine Park, June 2 from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Live music will include performances by Donnie Klang of MTV’s Making the Band and teen singer Tayla Cornelia, both backed by the DJ Swivet, as well as the troupe from Acting Out and Edward R. Murrow High School’s dance troupe led by Roberta Raymond.

Face painting, caricatures, tennis demonstrations, video game setups sponsored by Best Buy, and more, will be ongoing throughout the day. Additionally, Ms. New York America Helen Troncoso, a noted women’s health advocate, will be a guest speaker during the Relay’s opening ceremonies. She will also be available for meet and greet photo opportunities.

As the lights go out when the sun goes down, the outdoor track at Aviator will be lined with hundreds of Luminaria Bags created by neighborhood children, donors and volunteers to honor those who are fighting cancer now, those who have survived cancer, and loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer. The bags will be illuminated by candles, and all in attendance will participate in a solemn walk around the track to view the bags. The walk will be led by the nationally-acclaimed FDNY Emerald Society Pipes & Drum Band.

To learn more and get involved, contact Joe Gillette at

Hipsters, like the ones pictured above, will likely travel en masse to Southern Brooklyn for the Jelly Rock Beach music festival. Source: Flickr/♔ philea ♔

So much for “talentless, ironic, trend sucking, wanna-be urban, pseudo pioneers” not crossing south of the red line on Die Hipster’s map of Brooklyn. Beginning July 9, after a prematurely false non-start, or whatever that was, show promoters Jelly and Topman are teaming up to launch “Rock Beach,” a series of free music festivals at the Aviator Sports Complex at Floyd Bennett Field through September.

There will be performances on July 9 by Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang, and Monogold. Brooklyn Vegan has all the deets:

The series of six free weekend events will deliver the hottest acts and new talent from its brand new home and will also — for the first time ever — offer festival camping for the last three events in the series at the Floyd Bennett Field — the setting of New York’s first ever airport.

[Ed – They’re camping here too? Oy. Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife!]

“After 5 years of Pool Parties in Williamsburg, we are very excited to be moving out to the Aviator Sports Complex near one of our favorite summer destinations, Fort Tilden Beach. We are looking forward to leaving Bedford Ave behind offering an ultimate weekend destination and adventure for all ages.” – JELLY

The whole ROCKBEACH experience will deliver weekends of the coolest music and total fun to festival-goers with the likes of slip n slides, dodgeball, beach volleyball and most importantly — swimming pools filled with ice cold water and giant inflatables.

Entry to the festival is free — all festival-goers need to do is register online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US In addition, there will be a ROCKBEACH festival shuttle bus with roundtrip rides costing $20 — but there are 100 lucky bus tickets up for grabs for each event which can be won by registering online at WWW.ROCKBEACH.US.

Hipsters camping in tents and sleeping bags, playing dodgeball, and flinging themselves across a Slip ’n Slide in Floyd Bennett Field. I wonder what my new hero, Rocco Perna (Note: NSFW due to salty language), thinks of all this.

Photo by Allison F.

I received this letter yesterday from an ecstatic parent, gushing over an appearance by teammates of the Brooklyn Aviators hockey team. We wrote about the Aviators recently, and noted its rising profile as another great Southern Brooklyn pro-sports team. Read what the parent, Allison F.,  had to say:

We had three local hockey players from NY Aviators come to visit our kids in PS 195 today.  It was so nice.  They spent about an hour answering kids questions and signing autographs.  They gave out free tickets to one of their games for the kids.  Nicholas Kuqali #6, Jarrett Rush #4 and Michael Thompson #7.  Mr. Forman principal of PS 195 introduced them to the kids, who had a fantastic time asking questions and making “statements.”  This was held in the gym at the school during the schools fund raising book fair.  After the Q&A the players spent time with the parent coordinators answering questions. One of the little girls from younger class, who was in a wheelchair was overheard by one of the players (Nicholas Kuqali) that she did not have any money with her to buy a pen she really wanted during the book fair, he took money out of his pocket and paid for the pen for her.  THAT WAS SO SWEET!!!!

Sweet indeed. Thanks to the Aviators for making a pit-stop (blade-stop?) in the neighborhood!


by Samantha Diaz

Look out Brooklyn Cyclones. Very soon, you may not be the only minor league team in Southern Brooklyn to wrangle attention from sports fans and media.

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We got a call this morning that police were “swarming” the Aviator Sports and Recreation Center at Floyd Bennett Field. We were told that there were numerous police vehicles in the area, but we don’t know the reason. A later message suggested it may be an extremely large traffic detail making a show of force, with “numerous radar guns” along Flatbush Avenue.

Sounds like they’re trying to send a message. How do we get these guys to Oriental and Shore boulevards?