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The team at Sheepshead Bites wishes all of our readers a Merry Christmas.

The greatest gift of all is getting to serve you, our readers and the community, all year long, and we hope we all share in a happy, healthy and prosperous year to come.

While we do love bringing you news, information and commentary from around the neighborhood, even we need a break. So we’re taking Christmas Day off, and will be back on Thursday with our stomachs filled and our minds cleared.

Have a great holiday!

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Trying to get around the city this Christmas? Make sure you account for the following change:

  • On December 25, trains will run on a Sunday schedule, meaning no B service, and Q service ends at 57 St-7 Av. R service runs via the Manhattan Bridge.
  • If you’re driving, alternate side parking rules and parking meters are suspended on Wednesday, December 25. Stopping, standing, and parking, is permitted, except in areas where these rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, “No Standing Anytime”).
  • Parking meters and alternate side parking are IN EFFECT during Christmas Eve.

Visit the MTA’s website or the alternate side suspension calendar for more information.

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The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots local drive organized by Councilman Lew Fidler’s 41st Assembly District Democratic Club is again the largest such drive in New York City for the eighth consecutive year, scoring 7,750 holiday gifts for needy and disadvantaged children.

While the number is impressive, an even more impressive number came out of it: 55,430. That’s the number of toys collected in the 13 years since the drive’s establishment in 2001, when they first bundled together just 79 toys for kids.

The event will continue in the future, but it’s the final year that Fidler will preside over it as a member of the City Council. He’s term limited out come January 1, to be succeeded by Assemblyman Alan Maisel. As the event wrapped up, Fidler gazed over the mountain of toys that covered nearly half the floor space of his club from floor to ceiling.

“This is what the holidays are supposed to be about. Not throwing yourself a party, not drinking a lot of egg nog. Helping children, that’s what we do. It’s great to look at this mountain of toys,” he told Sheepshead Bites. “Today was my last Council meeting. Yeah, it’s bittersweet, but at the end you look back and you know you had a good run, you didn’t waste anyone’s time, and I didn’t waste my time, and it’s very gratifying.”

Read more about the event, and see photos and video.

The Friends of Gerritsen Beach Library is assisting with the Secret Sandy Claus Project, by operating as a toy donation location. The Secret Sandy Claus Project is the brainchild of Gravesend resident Michael “Sandy Claus” Sciaraffo, who decided to don a Santa suit and distribute toys to children who lost their own in Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Rockaways, and parts of New Jersey, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

If you can, please donate new, unwrapped toys at the Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, from now until December 20. Library hours are Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

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From the Department of Sanitation:

The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees.

Collections will take place beginning on Wednesday, January 2 through Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period.

DSNY asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city.

New Yorkers can also participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing their holiday trees to designated sites throughout the five boroughs on Saturday or Sunday, January 12 & 13, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.

All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City. Before dropping off your tree, please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees.

Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations —bring a bag if you would like to take home some mulch.

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The following is a press release from the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue):

Over 8,000 toys have been distributed by the Shorefront Y to go directly to children who have been affected by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in south Brooklyn.

On December 20, 2012 a huge tractor trailer arrived at the Shorefront Y filled with children’s toys. Thousands of toys for children of all ages were donated to the Shorefront Y by Jezreel International, with sponsorship of UJA Federation of NY.

As the Shorefront Y’s disaster relief efforts have been done in collaboration with many local organizations, Shorefront Y reached out to more than 30 local community leaders and organizations offering to share this incredible resource of holiday gifts. Within one day, 17 organizations from Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach and Canarsie each came to pick up hundreds of toys to distribute to children and families with whom they are engaged. All packages included books, stuffed animals, wall posters, toy trucks, & much more.

“To be able to so quickly and effectively share this incredibly generous donation with families living in all of our south Brooklyn impacted neighborhoods has been incredible and inspirational.” says Sue Fox, Executive Director at the Shorefront Y.

The diversity of the groups who received these donated toys also reflected the diversity of our communities; civic groups, faith based organizations from the Christian, Muslim, & Jewish communities and local immigrant community leaders from the Latino, Haitian, Russian, Filipino, South Asian and Turkish communities all benefitted from the generosity of Jezreel International’s wonderful donation and the Shorefront Y’s collaborative spirit.  “We all need to continue to work together to make sure that all of our south Brooklyn communities and our families continue to recover,” says Fox.

The following is a holiday greeting paid for by Friends of Marty Golden.

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Taking public transit this Christmas? Make sure you account for the following change:

  • Buses and trains run on a Saturday schedule on Christmas Eve. Reduced hours will be enacted for December 25. On December 26, trains will run on a Sunday schedule.

If you’re driving, alternate side parking rules and parking meters are suspended on Tuesday, December 25. Stopping, standing, and parking, is permitted, except in areas where these rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, “No Standing Anytime”).

Visit the MTA’s website or the alternate side suspension calendar for more information.

The following is a holiday greeting paid for by Friends of Steven Cymbrowitz.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season

May our hope and strength as a community grant us resiliency in the face of life’s storms. A healthy and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year to all.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

2658 Coney Island Avenue (Temporary Office)
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 743-4078

cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us

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‘Tis the season for giving, and despite the continued struggles they themselves face after Superstorm Sandy, Southern Brooklyn residents proved their generosity by doling out more than 9,000 toys for last night’s Toys for Tots closeout party at the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club.

Santa’s little helpers paraded around the mountain of dolls, games, books and crafts carrying signs of the toy totals from every year since the drive kicked off in 2001. Without going down even once, the numbers grew from just 79 to a whopping 9,004, unveiled by Mr. Met and Sandy the Seagull, making a 12-year total of 47,680 gifts given to the program.

“There will be 10,000 young people who will get a gift, put a smile on their face, that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. And that is certainly the gift that we have to give on the holidays,” Councilman Lew Fidler told the dense crowd that packed into the small Marine Park clubhouse at 2952 Avenue R.

Keep reading about our community’s generosity, and view photos and video from the event.

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