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Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Tuesday through Friday, April 15 to 18 for Passover, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. Wednesday is the anniversary of the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border between the United States and Canada, and we think the Department of Transportation is also looking to honor this, although they have not said so.

All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

You can download your own 2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar from the NYC DOT’s website.

A traditional Passover seder plate. Source: Wikipedia

A traditional Passover seder plate. Source: Wikipedia

For the fifth year in a row, the Be Proud Foundation will host its annual Passover Food Distribution Event, tomorrow, April 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Aqua Health Rehabilitation Center, 2753 Coney Island Avenue.

More than 600 people of limited means will join Be Proud and its friends at the annual event. Recipients will be able to take home kosher food packages for Passover, including matzah, the “bread of affliction” and symbol of salvation and deliverance.

This event is made possible because of the generosity of private donations.

“Passover is the best time for us to show that we care about our neighbors. By giving out food we are going to share our happiness with the people who count on us more than ever in this current economic climate,” said Raisa Chernina, executive director of the Be Proud Foundation.

State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting two annual Easter egg hunts for the children and families of his district. Each Easter Egg Hunt event, in Marine Park and Bay Ridge, includes games, music, and activities for the whole family, as well as prizes for the children.

The first one will be held April 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place, followed by the second one, which will be held April 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Shore Road Park, at Shore Road and 79th Street.

To learn more, call Golden’s District Office at (718) 238-6044.

A traditional mishloah manot care package for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Source: nweiss81/ Flickr

A traditional mishloah manot care package for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Source: nweiss81/ Flickr

The following is a press release from the UJA-Federation:

UJA-Federation of New York’s fourth annual “Pack It Up For Purim” food drive runs now through March 16, 2014, and aims to provide more than 3,000 food packages to hungry New Yorkers. Food will be collected at JASA Brighton/Manhattan Beach Senior Center, 60 West End Avenue in Brooklyn; JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center, 161 Corbin Place in Brooklyn; Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn; and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, 3300 Coney Island Ave in Brooklyn.

Drop-off times for JASA Senior Centers are Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop-off times for Kings Bay YM-YWHA and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The initiative follows one Purim tradition of offering mishloach manot, or charitable food baskets, to friends, neighbors, and those in need. Fanning out over New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, over 40 UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, synagogues, day schools, and other organizations are collecting food donations and many are organizing food-packing projects to help inspire community-building and charitable giving.

“Approximately 2.6 million New Yorkers – or nearly one in four – have difficulty affording food for themselves and their families and we need to come together to help feed our neighbors,” says Susan Kohn, executive director of the Volunteer Leadership Development Department at UJA-Federation of New York. “In the spirit of Purim, we are so grateful to our food collection sites and encourage all New Yorkers to come out and help members of our community who are just trying to feed their families.”

“Our goal for last year was to deliver over 2,000 food packages, and this year we raised that goal to 3,000 to further alleviate pressure on food distribution sites and increase the number of families we can serve,” said Kohn.

Each Pack It Up for Purim food package will contain nutritious, nonperishable items such as whole-grain cereal or oatmeal, canned vegetables, canned tuna, pasta, beans, granola bars, and peanut butter.

The festival of Purim, celebrated annually by Jews around the world, commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

For more information on how to volunteer and to find a list of the food collection sites, please visit www.ujafedny.org/purim. For information about these “Pack It Up For Purim” food collection sites, please contact:

  • JASA Brighton/Manhattan Beach Senior Center, Anna Bella: (718) 646-1118 / abella@jasa.org
  • JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center, Sheila Galvez: (718) 646-4100 / sgalvez@jasa.org
  • Kings Bay YM-YWHA, Laura Mezhiborsky: (718) 648-7703 ext. 227 / lora@kingsbayy.org
  • Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Ariella Angert: (718) 646-1444 ext. 332 / Ariella@shorefronty.org

The following is a paid announcement from il Fornetto Italian Restaurant & Caterer (2902 Emmons Avenue), Sheepshead Bay’s premier waterfront dining experience.

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January 31, 2014, marks the first day of the 15-day-long Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, and we would like to wish our Asian neighbors a hearty gung hay fat choy!

It’s the year of the horse, a symbol of energy, warmth, intelligence and ability. People born during the year of the horse are believed to be born communicators; clever and talkative. They can also be superficial and hot-blooded. But we like them anyway.

Some celebrities born the year of the horse include Harrison Ford, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Kobe Bryant, and Emperors Kangxi and Yongzheng of China’s Qing Dynasty. Duh.

A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you all!

In the first meeting of the 61st Precinct Community Council of 2014, the 61st Precinct’s executive officer, Captain Faison, reflected on the past year, focusing on the increase in domestic violence.

Filling in for precinct’s commanding officer, Captain John M. Chell, Faison noted that crime was down overall, but that instances of domestic violence were still on the rise.

“We ended the year below 2012 [figures] in all categories with the exception of felony assaults, mainly due to domestic violence,” Faison said.

Currently in charge of the traffic program, Faison talked up year-end reductions in road accidents. “We are down in collisions,” he said.

For the month, all crime was down as well, except robberies, according to Faison.

“We had a couple of bank robberies,” Faison said, citing Chase as one of the banks that was targeted.

“One individual went to two banks; one bank he hit twice,” he said.

The perpetrator was identified and arrested, Faison added.

Other robberies, he said, included attacks on Chinese food delivery men throughout the area.

– Steven Volynets

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In 2013, nearly 700,000 people visited Sheepshead Bites more than two million times. We published 1,861 new articles about Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding communities, growing the total archive of this blog to 7,359 posts. You, our readers, submitted somewhere in the vicinity of 45,000 comments.

All I have to say is thank you. Thank you for another terrific year of building the Sheepshead Bites community.

When I started Sheepshead Bites as a hobby nearly six years ago, I never expected it to grow to this size. Fueled by your tips, comments and notes of support, we’ve become the largest repository of online information about Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods.

A much deserved thank you goes out to our business supporters, too. Local institutions like il Fornetto Restaurant and Fillmore Real Estate have provided tremendous support that allows us to do what we do, all day, every (week)day. So make sure to stop by and say thank you to the various businesses you see advertising on this site, because they do it not just to promote themselves, but because they recognize the important role that online news plays in our community.

Thank you as well to the small army of people who help out Sheepshead Bites – writing, reporting, submitting tips and photos and so much more. There are too many to name, but you know who you are, and I cannot express my gratitude enough.

This year has been a very tough one – for us, for you, for the local businesses – as we all continue to rebound from Superstorm Sandy. But to see our neighbors plod along – especially our local businesses – and double down their investment in our community not only gives me hope, but inspiration.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. We’ll see you January 2!

The answer is “yes.”

The Department of Transportation suspends alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. So if you have too much of a good time tonight and can’t get out of bed in the morning, there’s some relief for you.

Take note, though: all parking regulations are in effect on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31.

Check out the full NYC 2014 parking calendar.

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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