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If you ask me, Sheepshead Bay could definitely use some more crocuses. Source: Wikipedia

If you ask me, Sheepshead Bay could definitely use some more crocuses. Source: Wikipedia

New York Cares, which runs volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools, will join forces with the Bay Improvement Group (BIG) to restore and revitalize three garden sites hard hit by Superstorm Sandy, this Sunday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers will weed, plant bulbs for the springtime, and place fall surface plants in areas to beautify the neighborhood.

The group will begin at the site at Sheepshead Bay Road and Shore Parkway and 9:00 a.m. sharp, and will offer free bagels and coffee for all volunteers.

For more information, call (718) 646-9206.

Source: Kalexanderson / Flickr

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the lasting repercussions from Superstorm Sandy, the Bay Improvement Group (BIG) will be partnering with Project HOPE to offer a 90-minute support group session with professional counselors for Sheepshead Bay residents impacted by the storm.

The session will be held behind closed doors from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 24, in a conference room in BIG’s Mobile Command Center (Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol), just west of 3031 Emmons Avenue.

If you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to share your frustrations and, in the process, help others, please attend. There is no requirement to sign up or give your name — just show up. According to BIG Founder and President Steve Barrison, “If enough people show, we’ll set them up with Project HOPE,” which conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.

If you feel you or someone you know needs to speak to someone immediately, contact (800) 543-3638.

Correction (January 29): The original version of this article stated that HOPE stood for Health Opportunities for People Everywhere. The was incorrect. Health Opportunities for People Everywhere is a different Project HOPE, and is an international program. The Project HOPE discussed in this article is not an acronym, and is a New York State-funded program. 

Last year's concert (Photo by Clare)

The Bay Improvement Group is holding its 20th Annual Holiday Toy Drive and Celebrity Concert this Sunday, December 19.

The group is inviting all members of the community down to St. Mark Catholic School auditorium to contribute unwrapped new toys for needy kids throughout the area, and enjoy a free musical performance.

Enough toys were gathered last year to cheer up approximately 180 children in local shelters, and they’re looking to help out even more this year.

Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge will be on hand, along with Peg Pearl and Greg Bravo, to bring some holiday merriment and sing some old-school hits.

When: December 19, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Mark’s auditorium on Jerome Avenue and East 19th Street
Cost: Free, but please bring a new, unwrapped gift for the kids!

BIG President Steve Barrison with Vince Martell and other performers (Photo courtesy of Clare)

Despite bitter cold, roughly 100 people joined Bay Improvement Group organizers at St. Mark’s Catholic School last night for their annual Holiday Caroling and Toy Drive and Celebrity Concert. President Steve Barrison said approximately 180 kids benefited from this year’s drive, with more than 205 toys collected last night. An additional 40 to 50 had been delivered on December 20, after their original date was delayed because of the snowstorm. All the recipients this year were under 10 years old, he added. (More photos to come.)

We interrupt this holiday vacation to bring you news of a very special event.

Bay Improvement Group’s 19th Annual Holiday Caroling and Toy Drive is holding it’s rain/snow date today! The group originally planned to have the event December 19, but snow pushed it back to post-holiday times. As a result, they’ve dropped the “caroling” from the title and added “celebrity concert.” But most importantly, they need your donations.

From BIG:

The snow storm really hurt this special annual event and we really need your help here.

PLEASE help promote, publish, PSA’s, etc. to get the word out for the few hundred needy children mostly under 10 years old that are counting on us to come through this year.

We will be there for a Special New Year’s snow date Toy Drive Celebrity Concert!

Please tell people we need toys this year for the needy, battered woman’s shelter and terminally ill children at our southern end of Brooklyn, in the Sheepshead Bay area.

St Mark, RC School Auditorium, Jerome Av & East 19th St,
Parking enter on Ave Z…
JUST Bring a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY and get a GREAT FREE Celebrity Holiday Concert and Toy Drive!

BIG adds that 200 kids under 10 years old stand to benefit from the event.

The info, one more time:
When: Tonight, January 3 @ 5 p.m.
Where: St. Marks RC Church; East 19th Street and Jerome Avenue
Cost: Free! Just bring an unwrapped gift for the kiddos!

bayfest performers stage up close 2009

Although it was a cold, spring afternoon this past Sunday, May 17, 2009, with skies threatening to rain, the turnout was still in the thousands. The band that played, “Legendary Lead Guitarist of Supergroup Vanilla Fudge Vince Martell” sounded great and performed one song after another. We arrived later in the afternoon and they were still going strong, playing rock classics, and making the crowd feel nostalgic.

bayfest 2009 kids bouncing floatChildren were bouncing in the moon bouncers, falling (and laughing) in the obstacle course and shooting hoops at the basketball blow up. When they came out of the inflatables, they picked up their shoes that had been guarded over by some very friendly people, who gladly agreed to take a picture if you gave them your camera.

A hearty thanks goes out to the Bay Improvement Group and its sponsors for bringing this great event to the Sheepshead Bay community. We’re wondering if maybe next year, the organizers would consider running this event in the summer.

Photo: Rainy Day at Bayfest


It was fun none-the-less. Thanks to Bay Improvement Group for the good time. Attendance numbers and more are forthcoming.

Bayfest Draws Near!


Tomorrow marks the 16th year of Bayfest, Sheepshead Bay’s annual waterfront street fair organized by the Bay Improvement Group (BIG). The event takes place on Emmons Ave and kicks off at noon.

From the event’s website:

Bayfest is Brooklyn’s biggest waterfront event and is the only vendor-free street fair in all of NYC. Now in its 16th year and completely free, Bayfest is an all-day celebration of Sheepshead Bay, a unique community minutes from the Atlantic Ocean that includes a party boat fishing fleet, historic structures, and marine recreational activities–all in one beautiful harbor. Held alongside our piers, Bayfest offers a festival of continuous music and fun both as a service to the community and to raise New Yorkers’ awareness of this treasure by the bay.

The fair will feature amusement rides, face painting, cartoon characters & arts ‘n’ crafts, a FDNY fireboat display, wildlife talks – with real animals – by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, NY Aquarium & the Department of Environmental Conservation, sailing demonstrations and views of historic sailboats, as well as a 50-50 raffle.

Oh, and let’s not forget THIS GUY:

Vince Martell, “lead guitarist of Vanilla Fudge, U.S. Navy veteran, classic rock legend and Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee” will be jammin’ on the bay from 3pm-6pm. And let’s just say, we REALLY hope he’ll be bringing that jacket.

Also playing is the folk band Stout (12pm), classic rock group Girls on Top (1pm) and Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band, featuring The Shots (2pm) — a rock group with bagpipes!

And again, don’t forget… THIS GUY!

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