Looking to do some good for the world this Sunday? Stop by the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park (3000 Fillmore Avenue) between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to donate blood. The drive is organized by the Knights of Columbus Saint Bernard Council 14269.
All you need to do is bring photo identification, be in generally good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be between the ages of 16 and 76. That’s almost everybody, so eat a well-balanced meal that morning, and stop by the center to help save lives. Sixteen-year-olds require parental consent forms, available here.
4.5 million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions each year.
40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States.
New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.
1 out of every 3 people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime during their lifetime.
Transfusion recipients include cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, newborn babies, transplant patients, mothers delivering babies, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, etc.
Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) rely on blood transfusions.
Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.
Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.
Bone marrow transplants may require platelets from over 100 donors and red cells from over 20 people.
Blood products are perishable: Donated red cells last only 42 days; Donated platelets last only 5 days; Plasma can be frozen for a year.
The need for blood never takes a holiday.
For more information, contact (800) 933-2566, or to find other blood drives in the area call (800) 933-BLOOD.
From our friends at the Knights of Columbus Council #126. They write:
Sean Casey’s Animal Rescue located in Brooklyn, New York is a not for profit organization whose endeavor is to aid unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life. They take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations. These animals are cared for, and/or rehabilitated to the best of their ability and means until which time they can be found healthy, happy homes – whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
But, here we are, reminding you again because we want to make sure you join us. It’s one of our greatest pleasures and privileges to meet our readers, so come on out for the fourth birthday party, have a bite on us and a discounted beer from our friends at the Knights of Columbus.
We’re still hammering out last minute details, but we’ll be announcing the live bands any day now, and, if all goes well, some additional entertainment, too.
Here are the event details:
When: Friday,June 29, at 8:00 p.m. (rain or shine!) Where: Pier behind the Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue (at Nostrand Avenue) Price: Free! Though we’re asking for a suggested donation of $10 to help cover costs and replenish our freelancer’s fund, ensuring more great original reporting about the neighborhoods we cover!
We’re also proud to announce Big Apple Sewer & Drain as one of the event’s sponsors. Big Apple is a business born and bred in Sheepshead Bay, whose owners are born and bred in Sheepshead Bay, and which is constantly giving back to Sheepshead Bay through fundraisers and event sponsorships. And to show you I put my money where my mouth is, I’ve used Big Apple’s services in my own home. If you’ve got a plumbing issue, give them a call at (855) CLOG-911 or check out their website.
Local elected officials pledged support to bringing back full B4 bus service and other public transportation improvements to the area at last night’s Sheepshead Bay Transit Town Hall, organized by Sheepshead Bites, Transportation Alternatives, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association.
More than 50 people turned out for the event to share their experiences with mass transportation in the area, emphatically expressing the community’s desire to restore the B4 to a 24/7 bus line after service cuts in 2010 eliminated the line east of Ocean Parkway on weekends and off-peak hours on weekdays. The Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association presented elected officials with a petition signed by more than 1,000 people, and when a representative from Transportation Alternatives asked the crowd how many of them were affected by the B4 cuts, every hand in the room went up.
“Over 90 percent of our residents in this community rely on mass transit regularly,” Cymbrowitz said in his opening statements. “Ideas that appear brilliant on paper often fail to deliver in practice. One example? The decision to provide B4 bus service to Knapp Street and Voorhies Avenue during peak periods Monday to Friday, leaving thousands of potential riders without viable mass transit services.”
So what’s the deal? Well, our gracious hosts at the Knights of Columbus – Baron De Kalb have again agreed to let us use their scenic pier and waterfront tap room to have a grand ol’ get-together. And, yes, they’ve also agreed to serve up some brewskis at rock-bottom prices. And, yes, we’ll also serving up some free food (and distributing it much more wisely than last year!).
As for the rest of the details, we’ll be teasing you with bits of info as we get closer to that date.
Oh, the date! I didn’t even mention it, did I?
June 29 at 8:00 p.m., 3000 Emmons Avenue. Suggested donation only $10.
More than 300 people came to party on the pier at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus Saturday night, celebrating the third year of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, our new Bensonhurst news venture.
The Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association is holding its first meeting in many, many months tonight at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus. The group has been on hiatus for quite a while; first for summer recess, and then a cancelled meeting in September because it coincided with a holiday.
SB/PB Civic is the only civic association serving the flagship neighborhood covered by Sheepshead Bites. We encourage all of our readers to attend and get involved, as the civic association’s (and the neighborhood’s) power grows only as the group swells in numbers and diversity. Take action now, and help your community take its rightful place as the premiere hub of Southern Brooklyn!
Date: Tuesday, October 5 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Baron DeKalb K of C; 3000 Emmons Avenue
Refreshments will be served