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Bay Improvement Group did it again!

The group had its 24th annual holiday bash this past Sunday, bringing together more than 150 people to rock out to tunes and collect toys for some of the area’s neediest kids.

The do-gooders, with help from sponsors including Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Assemblywoman Helen Weinstein, as well as businesses like Jimmy’s Famous Heroes and the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus, raked it more than 850 brand new toys.

After the party, the toys were distributed to the group’s longtime partner, a local shelter for battered women, as well a new recipient, Coney Island Hospital’s pediatric unit, where they’ll be given out to terminally ill kids.

“The people and toys kept coming, we didn’t have time to open the many bags [at the event],” BIG President Steve Barrison wrote to Sheepshead Bites. “It was a success and all the toys were delivered to the shelters and Coney Island Hospital pediatrics!”

Vanilla Fudge's Vince Martell. Source: Wikipedia

Vanilla Fudge’s Vince Martell. Source: Wikipedia

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) is teaming up with Councilman Chaim Deutsch to sponsor BIG’s 24th Annual Celebrity Holiday Caroling Free Concert and Toy Drive for Battered Women, Needy and Terminally Ill Children.

The yearly outreach event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Baron Dekalb, 3000 Emmons Avenue at Nostrand Avenue, Sunday, December 14 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. From a press release sent out by BIG:

Join in HOLIDAY CAROLING with Vince Martell – Vanilla Fudge “You Keep Me Hanging On”; US Navy Vet; Denver recording artist Peg Pearl of PBS “Love-In: A Musical; Dom “Randy” Safuto original lead singer of Randy and the Rainbows (“Denise”); Celebration with Ben Vereen, and others to be announced!

Admission is free with your donation of new and unwrapped toys, which will be distributed locally prior to Christmas. Toys can be dropped off at the Knights of Columbus, from now until Sunday between 12:00pm and 8:00pm.

For more information, call BIG President Steve Barrison at (212) 750-5560 or (718) 646-9206, email bayimprovementgrp@gmail.com or visit BIG on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and on www.bigbayfest.org and www.bayimprovementgroup.org.

Students from St. Mark School served as Santa's little helpers at the event, piling the donated toys and greeting guests.

Students from St. Mark School served as Santa’s little helpers at the event, piling the donated toys and greeting guests.

The Bay Improvement Group’s  23rd annual concert and toy drive on Sunday saw hundreds of toys piled on stage as Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge jammed for the crowd.

The 225 toys collected will go to a shelter for battered women and their children located in the heart of Sheepshead Bay. It’s a toy drive in our community that ensures toys stay with the needy of our community, said BIG Executive Director Steve Barrison.

“We have a battered women’s shelter down the block and they were not getting anything [from other drives]. And that’s really the heart of it,” Barrison told Sheepshead Bites at the event, which took place in the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue). “We’ve got to fill the need right here in our own community, and we know where the toys go.”

The event started 23 years ago, when Barrison and Martell, who previously met at a diner, decided to spend the holiday season driving around in a limo, popping out at random places and singing to pedestrians for donations for children’s toys. Since then, the event has moved around the neighborhood, including the old Lundy’s restaurant, various local businesses, several years at St. Mark School and now, for the first time, at the Knights.

Vanilla Fudge's Vince Martell. Source: Wikipedia

Vanilla Fudge’s Vince Martell. Source: Wikipedia

The 23rd Annual Bay Improvement Group (BIG) Celebrity Caroling Toy Drive, featuring Vanilla Fudge lead guitarist Vince Martell, Colorado recording artist Peg Pearl, Steam’s Greg Bravo (famed for “Na Na Na Na, Goodbye”) and more will be held this Sunday, December 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue.

Admission is free with your donation of a new unwrapped toy, which will go toward brightening up the Christmas of a less fortunate child.

For more information, call BIG President Steve Barrison at (212) 750-5560 or (718) 646-9206, email bayimprovementgrp@gmail.com or visit BIG on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and on www.bigbayfest.org and www.bayimprovementgroup.org.

The Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus, at 3000 Emmons Avenue, will hold a fundraiser this Saturday to restore their badly damaged pier.

In the five years of Sheepshead Bites’ existence, the Baron has been a gracious host to us, our readers and to other organizations. They hosted our first and second A Taste of Sheepshead Bay events, when we brought together hundreds of neighbors with dozens of local restaurants for a sampling of our community’s best foods. They also lent their pier over to our site birthday parties, allowing us to feature live music on the pier while readers gathered for free food and affordable drinks. When we organized a town hall meeting to restore the B4 bus service after cuts – which was a success - Baron again opened its doors for us.

And they’ve done the same for a slew of local civic groups who’ve held meetings, forums and workshops there.

The Baron is a community gem, giving back to neighbors far more than it ever takes.

Now they need our help. Like other waterfront locations, the Baron’s building was submerged in Sandy’s waters. Its pier, jutting out into Sheepshead Bay and offering some of the best outdoor waterfront views, was nearly demolished as the waves knocked the platform off the foundation, moving it several feet. Its planks took damage from a large sailboat that tumbled onto the wooden boards before coming to rest at the foot of the building.

While the building has been repaired and is back open, the pier will need tens of thousands of dollars poured into it to recover.

Those looking to help have two options – you can donate $100 (“Pledge a Plank”) and have your name engraved on a pier dedication sign. Or you can attend this Saturday’s fundraiser for $25, for an afternoon of basket raffles, super sweeps, gift certificates, DJ entertainment, food and beverages.

You can also make donations in other amounts by dropping them off or mailing them to the Baron. All the information for that and more is in the flier below.

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This is a sponsored announcement from Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue):

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We’re only 10 days away from A Taste of Sheepshead Bay 2012, hailed by some as “the biggest tasting this side of the East River.”

Sponsored by Il Fornetto, A Taste of Sheepshead Bay features favorite dishes from 20 local restaurants, giving neighbors, foodies and city media a place to try out the best foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m in the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue).

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And now were proud to present the full slate of participants, a perfect blend of the community’s food offerings, from old school Italian restaurants and bakeries, to gourmet chocolate makers, to Uzbeki staples and Asian fare!

What’s more, the as-yet-unopened Chayhana Salom at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road is debuting at A Taste of Sheepshead Bay 2012. The family-owned Uzbeki restaurant will feature kababs and homestyle Uzbeki foods and is looking forward to celebrating its grand opening with our readers at the event.

The other first-time participants are:

  • Anatolian Gyro
  • Sushi Mikasa
  • Cevabdzinica Sarajevo II
  • T & D Bakery

Those returning are:

  • Il Fornetto
  • Anthony’s Place
  • Arbuz
  • Bassett Caterers
  • Chop Stix
  • Jimmy’s Famous Heros
  • JoMart Chocolates
  • KBCC Culinary
  • Maria’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Masal Cafe
  • Nargis Cafe
  • New Cats Cafe
  • Tête-à-Tête
  • Turkish Cultural Center
  • Wheeler’s Restaurant

Tickets have been flying out the door, and we’ve limited the event to just 250 people – so be sure to get yours now!

Admission is $25 online, or $35 at the door. Find more information at the link below.

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The spectacular evening view from Baron DeKalb's pier (Photo by Joe Comperiati)

This is a sponsored announcement from Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus:

Looking for a fun, cheap activity to fill your Sunday afternoons?

Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus will be hosting a weekly “Back From the Beach Barbecue” every Sunday throughout August, beginning this Sunday, July 15.

The event is being held on the Baron’s pier, jutting out over Sheepshead Bay’s waters – the same place Sheepshead Bites held its birthday party. It offers one-of-a-kind views of the Bay for you to enjoy while you kick back with the bar’s low-priced drinks.

Back From the Beach will run from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m, featuring DJ-spun music, while food and drinks are served.

Admission to the event is $5 for members, and $10 for non-members. This price includes one hamburger, one hot dog, and a choice of a soft drink or beer.

For more details and information, call (718) 743-6626.

The above is a sponsored announcement by the Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you represent a business or organization and would like to make an announcement to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Approximately 200 people braved the hot, humid weather on Friday, June 29, to party down on the pier for Sheepshead Bites fourth birthday party, proving yet again what an awesome, vibrant and supportive community the Sheepshead Bites readership is.

Those that came got to enjoy some awesome live music, free food and party favors, and cheap, cold beverages to fend off the summer heat.

My favorite part, easily, was getting the chance to gab with Sheepshead Bites commenters like LostInService, Andrew Kent, BayResident, Allen Shweky and more – many of whom I met for the first time.

Keep reading and view the photos.

The following is a greeting paid for by Friends of State Senator Marty Golden:


The above is a paid greeting from Friends of State Senator Marty Golden. If you would like to make an announcement or send a greeting to tens of thousands of Sheepshead Bites readers, e-mail advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com

All of  our readers, your friends and family are invited to Sheepshead Bites Fourth Birthday Party on June 29 at 8:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb, Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue, sponsored by Big Apple Sewer and Drain, entertainment sponsored by TD Bank and food provided by Bassett Caterers.

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