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As of last year, the local Toys for Tots drive has collected 55,430 toys for needy children.

The 41st Assembly District Democratic Club has organized the largest Toys for Tots drive in New York City for eight years straight, and they’re aiming to make it nine this year.

Help keep the title in Southern Brooklyn by bringing new, unwrapped toys to the club tomorrow night, from 7:30pm to 9pm at 2952 Avenue R.

Sandy the Seagull will be in attendance, and there will be food, music and lots and lots of happy kids. Also, plenty of elected officials, if that’s what does it for you.

If you can’t make it but want to make a donation to purchase toys for needy children, send a check to the address listed in the flier above.

ToysForTotsInvite

Source: Hanukkah-gifts.com

Source: Hanukkah-gifts.com

This evening at sundown (4:13pm) will begin the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah — aka Chanukah, or חֲנֻכָּה — the joyous eight-day “Festival of Lights,” which recalls the miracle of the oil and ancient rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the revolt of the Maccabees. You can learn more about Hanukkah by going here or here.

A reminder to readers who mistakenly think that Hanukkah is the Jewish Christmas because there are presents involved: It’s not. But yay, presents! What does that mean for you? Well, all parking regulations, including metered parking and alternate side of the street parking, remain in effect; garbage collection continues as usual; the post office and other government offices will be open, and (drum roll): you still have work on Wednesday.

To all of our readers: Sheepshead Bites wishes you a warm and festive Hanukkah. And Erica, the author of this post who for some reason decided to break into third person, wants you to send her more Morning Mug photos to photos [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com!

Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

Carmine Carro Community Center

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is holding its Annual Holiday Meeting-Party tonight, and the entire community is invited. The meeting / shindig will be from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Carmine Carro Community Center inside Marine Park on Fillmore Avenue between Madison Place and Marine Parkway.

Mark Chiusano, author of the new book “Marine Park,” will be on hand. Copies of the book will be on sale at the party for $15 each.

Meet your neighbors and elected officials, enjoy some refreshments, and try your luck at 50/50 and raffle prizes. Don’t forget to bring a friend, relative or neighbor.

For information, call (718) 375-9158.

This is what robot-facilitated sex assault looks like.

This is what robot-facilitated sex assault looks like.

T.G.I. Fridays wants to make dinner a little hotter this holiday season, so they’re deploying drones equipped with dangling mistletoe to hover over diners’ heads and encourage a little heavy petting.

The Sheepshead Bay Fridays at 3181 Harkness Avenue will become the second location in the United States to feature the drones, with the weaponized make-out makers taking to the air inside the restaurant from 5pm to 9pm.

A fleet of the drones was released on U.K.-based T.G.I. Fridays last month, and made their first appearance earlier this week in Westbury, New York. If the gimmick proves popular with diners, it will continue in other Fridays across the United States.

The drones are equipped with cameras that point down towards their target. As they hover over a dining duo, the pair are broadcast onto large screen televisions throughout the restaurant, as well as on Fridays’ social media accounts – and those who hook-up get a gift card.

But Eater notes that even those who can’t make it into the restaurant can participate by posting a photo of you and your beau sucking face under the mistletoe on social media using #happyfridayholiday to have a chance to win a gift card.

The intrepid reporters over at the Daily News attended the Westbury event, where apparently most Fridays patrons are douchebags:

“I’m drinking Jack [DANIELS], so I was like, ‘Let’s go,’” said Joe, a Westbury customer who declined to give us his last name…

“He has a girlfriend – but she doesn’t live in New York so it doesn’t count,” said Hazel, 25, who not only declined to give her name, but asked the News to keep the randy recon off Facebook…

…”Some people might be on a date with their side chick and wouldn’t want their face up on the screen,” said Waterbury native Billy Casseus, 20. “I’m keeping it PG.”

Translation: If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you, son. I’ve got 99 problems and they’re all chain restaurant social media promotions.

All we know is with Fridays’ new look post-Sandy, all you can eat appetizers, and now this, our local Applebees better up its game. We recommend prophylactic-filled pinatas on Cinco de Mayo, or maybe for the Hannukah crowd, some LSD latkes.

"The First Thanksgiving 1621" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899) | Source: Wikipedia

“The First Thanksgiving 1621″ by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899) | Source: Wikipedia

We’re taking a long weekend, so we here at Sheepshead Bites, Bensonhurst Bean, and Corner News Media wish all of our friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for so much, particularly our friends, family, and our family of readers who continue to make community journalism… a thing to be especially thankful for.

Just a reminder to those of you who aren’t traveling, here is what’s doing with government offices, parking, sanitation, transportation and libraries. Basically, everything is closed, not happening, or running on a holiday schedule, so kick back, relax (unless you’re doing the cooking), watch some football, enjoy time with your loved ones, and most importantly, stay safe! We’ll see you back here on Monday morning.

Thanksgiving Turkeys via Brooklyn Public LIbrary

Thursday, November 27 is Thanksgiving, and if you’re headed out of town, here’s hoping your travels are safe and easy despite the crummy weather. If you’re sticking around the neighborhood, here’s some information you might need to know:

Government Offices, Parking, And Sanitation

Government offices, post offices, public libraries, courts, and the Department of Motor Vehicles are closed.

There is no mail delivery.

Public schools are closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.

Alternate side parking and meters are suspended. No stopping, no standing, and no parking regulations are suspended except where those regulations are in effect seven days a week or at all times.

There is no garbage or recycling pick-up. If Thursday is your regular garbage collection day, put your items out after 4pm Thursday evening. If Thursday is your regular recycling day, wait until next week to put out your recyclables.

Subways And Buses

All trains and buses will be running on a Sunday schedule — remember that means no B train.

Libraries

All branches of the Brooklyn Public Library will be closed on Thursday.

Photo via Brooklyn Public Library

Source: Robert S. Donovan | Flickr

Source: Robert S. Donovan | Flickr

The next meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will be held tomorrow evening, November 20, 7:30pm, at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway.

The meeting will feature a discussion and analysis on what the implications of the most recent election for Brooklyn mean, particularly in the southern end. Featured participants include Jerry Kassar, chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party and vice chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, and Lew Fidler, Democratic District Leader of the 41st Assembly District and former New York City councilman.

Additionally, Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic is concluding its Thanksgiving food drive to help its less fortunate neighbors. Residents are being asked to please donate non-perishable foods, kosher and non-kosher, that you might serve on Thanksgiving to the following places: Michael’s Bakery, JoMart Chocolates, and Pronto Pizza (all situated on Avenue R at Nostrand Avenue); Tom’s Cleaners (2917 Avenue S); the Avenue U Fish Market (2704 Avenue U), G & S Pork Store (2611 Avenue U), T & D Bakery (2307 Avenue U), and the Roosevelt Savings Bank (2925 Avenue U). Food items and donations may be brought to the civic meeting on November 20 and checks to purchase turkeys, payable to “Madison-Marine Civic Assn.” can also be sent to: MMHCA, PO Box 432, Homecrest Station, Brooklyn, NY 11229.

For additional information, call (718) 375-9158.

Local veteran Thomas Bowers, during Sheepshead Bay’s 2013 Memorial Day Parade.

On this Veterans Day, our deepest gratitude goes out to those who’ve served our nation at home and abroad. We hope you have a terrific day!

Service, of course, has many meanings. Though Veterans Day intends to honor those who’ve donned the uniform, the rest of us can help our neighbors and live up to our nation’s highest ideals by dedicating some time this month (or, better yet, over many months) to giving back in our community through volunteering.

Here’s a list of volunteer and community service opportunities around Brooklyn. Check it out and sign up today to truly honor the service members past and present who’ve put their life on the line for our freedoms.

Some of the goods collected from a previous drive.

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association gathers a literal ton (give or take) of food for the needy before Thanksgiving every year, and is now accepting donations for the 2014 season.

The group is collecting both kosher and non-kosher items from now until November 20. They’ve placed collection bins in cooperating businesses around the Homecrest and Marine Park area, and hope you’ll drop off some non-perishable foods that you might serve on Thanksgiving.

Drop off locations include:

  • Avenue U Fish Market, 2704 Avenue U
  • G & S Pork Store, 2611 Avenue U
  • T & D Bakery, 2307 Avenue U
  • Roosevelt Savings Bank, 2925 Avenue U
  • Michael’s Bakery, 2923 Avenue R
  • JoMart Chocolates, 2917 Avenue R
  • Pronto Pizza, 2928 Avenue R
  • Tom’s Cleaners, 2917 Avenue S

There will also be a one-day collection event at Key Food on Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U, on Saturday, November 15, from 10am to 3pm.

Additionally, food items and donations can be brought to the group’s last-day collection party on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park.

Want to give money so the group can buy turkeys for those who need it? Make checks payable to “Madison-Marine Civic Assn.,” also mailt to: M.M.H.C.A., PO Box 432, Homecrest Station, Brooklyn, New York, 11229. For more information, call (718) 375-9158.

A reader submitted photo from Halloween 2011.

Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. Just leave the poisoned candy and razor-blade apples in the pantry.

This Halloween, as all Halloweens, we should take extra precautions to be safe. While it’s the biggest, bestest holiday for the kiddos, it’s also open season for creeps, pervs, thieves and vandals. Here are a few tips we’ve cobbled together to ensure you have a safe and happy Halloween.

  • Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision, even if they are traveling with a group of friends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times; be familiar with the neighborhood you plan on visiting.
  • Avoid poorly-lit areas and homes of people you do not know.
  • Avoid displaying your valuables or electronic devices.
  • Thieves will use this holiday to hide behind a mask to commit crimes.
  • Do not use your cellphones when crossing streets.
  • Place emergency identification information discreetly inside clothing of small children, in case of accidental separation.
  • Halloween treats should only be consumed if they are packaged appropriately in their original, unopened packages. Avoid homemade or unpackaged treats.
  • Avoid hallways and deserted areas that are dimly lit.
  • Do not enter a stranger’s home or car.
  •  Walk on the sidewalk and not in the street.
  • Do not wear costumes that block your view.
  • Do not wear clothing or accessories that suggest that you are affiliated with a gang.
  • Carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Explain to children of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism which could be a criminal offense.

If you feel that you are in any kind of danger, look for houses of worship, stores or places of business where you can go in case of an emergency, and where you can access help and information. Try not to be alone at any time.

As usual, one more: if you’re the parent of a teenager in Gerritsen Beach, lock up the hammers and potatoes this year.

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