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Mourners gather during last year’s Brooklyn / Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial, the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Photo by Erica Sherman

Tomorrow, our area will hold a number of memorial services in honor of all the men and women whose lives were lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

As we remember the tragic events that befell our nation 11 years ago, try to make some time to visit one, or all, of these heartfelt community-organized memorials. It is a meaningful way to come together as a community, to mourn, to honor, to stand as a nation truly united, and to also let your neighbors — many of whom lost mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, family and friends, on that awful day — know that their loved ones will not forgotten.

  • The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee’s 9/11 Memorial And Candle Vigil: Remember the 11th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history. Bring a candle, bring a chair, bring your memories, thoughts and prayers. Rain or shine. Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gerritsen Beach 9/11 Ceremonies: announces that the area around the Larry Veling Memorial Field has been spruced up in time for Gerritsen Beach’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony. Larry Veling Field Gerritsen Avenue between Cyrus Avenue and Seba Avenue, 7:00 p.m.
  • State Senator Martin J. Golden Annual September 11th Memorial in Marine Park: State Senator Martin Golden will host a Marine Park memorial — expected to attract a number of residents from the community who will gather to mourn and remember the tragic events — that will feature a program of inspirational speeches, patriotic song selections, and a candle-lighting vigil. Family members of those lost at the World Trade Center will also be in attendance. Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, 6:00 p.m.

UPDATE (9/11/12 @ 9:00 a.m.): Ari Kagan notes in the comments that there’s one more event we were unaware of:

One more ceremony is going to take place tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Asser Levy Park (9/11 Memorial Square). It is organized by September 11 Family Group (President – Larry Savinkin).

Thanks, Ari!

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries defeated Councilman Charles Barron in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District last night, setting the stage for a general election battle against Republican businessman Alan Bellone and third party candidates in November.

Jeffries supporters outnumbered Barron supporters at the polls by a wide margin, with the victor racking up 25,712 (71.9 percent) votes to Barron’s 10,063 (28.1 percent), according to the New York Times. It was one of the most well-attended elections in New York State last night, with more than 35,000 voters turning out  - putting it neck-and-neck with the much more widely promoted primary for Charles Rangel’s seat.

Meanwhile, Congressman Bob Turner, who currently represents Sheepshead Bay, may be out of a job come January. His district is being eliminated, and last night he lost his bid for the Republican nomination to take on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Turner received 35.6 percent of the vote, losing out to Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long, who took 50.9 percent.

In the 9th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Yvette Clarke won the party’s nomination to proceed to November’s election, handily defeating upstart Sylvia Kinard, who took in only 11.7 percent of the vote. Clarke will now face off against Republican candidate Daniel Cavanagh.

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You’d think after the Halloween shenanigans, Gerritsen Beach parents would learn that “pedophile” blogger Danny Cavanagh of is unstoppable. He’s forever on the prowl, documenting the warpath of the neighborhood’s hooligans.

But no; they don’t learn. The neighborhood is like the angry aunt that gets drunk every Christmas, tells everyone what’s wrong about them, and then falls down a flight of stairs. We all act horrified and concerned, but, come on, there’s a bit of satisfaction to it. We look forward to next Christmas.

So… they don’t learn, and once again the future inmates of America’s detention facilities rampaged through the streets, destroying public property and harassing neighbors. is reporting, “Local kids are throwing ice and snow at cars, bm4 and b31 buses from everrett and devon. Taking one bm4 temporarily out of service.

As the photo above shows, the kids also took out yet another bus shelter‘s glass, and also threw ice at Cavanagh’s car as he filmed them bombarding the bus. He called 911 and received no response from the local precincts, he said.

At least no pedestrians were targeted this time. Cavanagh told Sheepshead Bites that it was only cars and buses, since neighbors thought better of stepping foot outside. It seems someone is learning…

Despite outrage from Gerritsen Beach residents towards the teen-induced terror on Halloween, the issue was barely a footnote at last week’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting.

None of the parents, business owners or victims affected attended the Wednesday night meeting to request a stronger police response for next year’s Halloween. Nor did the incident make it into Deputy Inspector Mastrokostas’ 5-minute report [above].

The issue did surface briefly, though, when a Sheepshead Bay resident expressed concern for the victims, and Mastrokostas said the issue has been on his mind. [5:00 in video above]

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Remains of a pumpkin lobbed at the blogger's family home.

Upset residents of Gerritsen Beach are taking up arms – and pumpkins – against local blogger Daniel Cavanagh following his posts outing several teenaged hooligans terrorizing residents on Halloween.

At least one angry neighbor turned to property damage to settle scores, lobbing a pumpkin at the blogger’s family’s home over the weekend. The pumpkin cracked the house’s vinyl siding when it was hit on Saturday night, around 10 p.m. Cavanagh said he filed a police report with the 61st Precinct.

Keep reading about some of the harassment Daniel Cavanagh faces in Gerritsen Beach, as well as what he says he’s doing about it.

Gerritsen Beach grappled with its latest controversy during last night’s Gerritsen Beach Property Owner’s Assocation meeting, as they tackled the Halloween “bombing” that saw violence and destruction spill through the community.

The solution put forward by most? Silence the blogger who put the nefarious youths in the spotlight.

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I was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay. And yet, despite its proximity, I stay out of Gerritsen Beach. That’s how I like it, and it seems that’s how they like it, too.

But I decided to venture into the tick-filled taint of Brooklyn and see for myself just how unwelcoming it is.

What I found was a neighborhood dynamic that begs for quietude and autonomy, and sees the slightest glance from a stranger’s eye as a threat to its independence from the rest of the city.

Read more about a Gerritsen Beach civic’s groups attempts to silence journalists, and why it’ll fail.

Apparently, the financially beleaguered developer Stephen S. Jemal is finding creative ways to raise funds after being slapped with a $5.6 million lawsuit: he’s turning around and suing bloggers.

Following’s investigation revealing the Riviera developer was the target of a civil suit filed by his investors, Jemal responded by having his legal team send a cease-and-desist, and request $20,000 to cover his legal fees. The story isn’t that simple though. Just before receiving the letter, was hit by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, which temporarily crippled the server. Apparently, the DoS originated from a party connected to Jemal.
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