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The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be tomorrow, October 23, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

Scheduled speakers include a representative from New York Rising, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to develop grassroots planning for storm resiliency. A meeting held earlier this month for the Sheepshead Bay area saw residents offering their own proposals to protect from future disasters, which will be studied by the state.

“Please help us send a direct message to [the state] about our streets, storm basins, sewer lines, Sheepshead Bay and the Atlantic Ocean,” MBCG President Ira Zalcman wrote in the event’s announcement. “This is your chance to present other ideas.”

The meeting will also feature opportunities to discuss community news and issues. A number of public officials will be in attendance.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email arigina@aol.com, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

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A sweeping City Council candidates’ forum hosted by the Manhattan Beach Community Group last Wednesday touched on topics including stop-and-frisk, discretionary funding, and the overhaul of the Riegelmann Boardwalk. But the audience, which included active civic association leaders from around the district, was eager to question the candidates on their plans to wrestle some local control back from City Hall and back into the community.

The Democratic candidates vying to replace term-limited Michael Nelson in the 48th District fielded a volley of wonkish questions about Community Board reforms, community-based planning, and a potential dismantling of a city agency that many civic boards fault with turning a blind eye to over-development in the area.

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Clockwise from top left: Chaim Deutsch, Theresa Scavo, Igor Oberman, Ari Kagan.

From our friends at the Manhattan Beach Community Group:

The Manhattan Beach Community Group is proud to announce a debate for Democrats vying for the Democratic nomination. We will be hosting the event on August 28th, 8PM at PS 195 on Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach. Everyone is welcome, Manhattan Beach resident or not.

There are many issues, especially after Hurricane Sandy, that need to be addressed by the next Councilman. If you have any questions please email them to [arigina@aol.com].

We  hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you on August 28th.

Sheepshead Bites has not received information about which of the candidates have confirmed their attendance.

UPDATE: We just heard that the following candidates will be in attendance:

Natraj Bhushan
Chaim Deutsch
Ari Kagan
Igor Oberman
Theresa Scavo

Photos (see inset) by Allan Rosen. Click to enlarge

Photos (see inset) by Allan Rosen. Click to enlarge

THE COMMUTE: As the MTA contemplates today and on Wednesday how many more service reductions from 2010 they will restore, let’s focus today on a local matter.

During the past two weeks, NYCDOT repainted the much maligned and nearly totally worn out zebra stripes and bicycle lanes on Oriental Boulevard. This was the first restriping in about nine years since four traffic lanes were reduced to two.

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The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be tonight, April 17, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street. The meeting will focus on community news, a new flood zone plan, DOB plans, and more. A number of public officials will be in attendance.

Scheduled speakers include an expert on solar energy and a representative from the MTA to discuss the community’s issues with the buses on Oriental Boulevard.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email arigina@aol.com, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

Built for expansion: This owner of this Beaumont Street home violated the terms of their special application, so they tore down their home and rebuilt this structure so they could apply again. (Source: CB15)

Bullet Points” is our format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.

Enlargement denied: Community Board 15 said a Manhattan Beach homeowner’s request to expand his home would set a bad precedent after learning that the homeowner previously dodged zoning laws, got caught, tore down his home and rebuilt it – all to try for the permit for a second time.

Owners of the home at 282 Beaumont Street, one house in from the water, sought to expand their two-story home by adding a third story, bulking out the building in the front and the rear, and doubling the floor area allowed by zoning standards. But, during questioning at the public hearing, Community Board members expressed concern that the homeowner had previously got caught dodging zoning, and rebuilt a shoddy house with the intention of coming before the Board for a new application.

“Since [violating zoning laws and having the permits revoked,] the owners constructed a new home that appears to be purposely built to be destroyed,” said neighbor Samuel Falack, who lives on the block and also spoke on behalf of the Manhattan Beach Community Group. “It has a shabbily built second floor and a flat roof that has pipes leading to what they hope will be an attic or a third floor with the expectation that a second special permit will be granted.”

Falack called the application disingenuous, and urged the Board to oppose it.

Keep reading to find out what happened, and other information from the Community Board 15 meeting.

PS 195. Source: Google Maps

The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be tomorrow, March 13, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street. The meeting will focus on community news, a new flood zone plan, DOB plans, and more. A number of public officials will be in attendance.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email arigina@aol.com, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

Kingsborough Community College administrators have moved the drop-off location of the yellow school bus that shuttles students from campus to subway station and back, no longer allowing it on the school’s property. The new location has a local civic group fuming that the school is piling on more traffic problems along the problem-prone Oriental Boulevard.

The school made a decision approximately five years weeks ago barring the Safe Coach bus from entering the campus out of a concern for safety, said Ruby Ryles, the school’s spokesperson.

“Public Safety feels they can scrutinize students and others entering the campus on foot better than on the bus,” Ryles told Sheepshead Bites.

The solution they came up with was to begin dropping students off in the same turnaround the MTA uses at Mackenzie Street for its B1 and B49 buses. The problem is, they never asked the MTA’s permission, and the Manhattan Beach Community Group said they feel like the school snubbed them by not asking their opinion.

“They just do things without telling us,” said the group’s president, Ira Zalcman. “They’re in our community, but they never bother listening to our concerns. This has been going on for years.”

Zalcman said he notified the MTA to find if the agency okay’d the co-location. The MTA said absolutely not.

“MTA New York City Transit runs very frequent service out of that loop,” MTA spokesperson Deirdre Parker told Sheepshead Bites. “We feel there is not enough room to accommodate Safe Coach in addition to NYCT buses at that location.  We are looking into our options which includes restricting the stop to Transit buses only.”

The school today agreed to move the location again – this time to Oriental Boulevard just outside of the gates. But they still won’t enter.

“The matter is now resolved,” Ryles said.

Not to the Manhattan Beach Community Group, though.

“Kingsborough almost capitulated. Almost,” Zalcman said when he heard the news. He pointed out that there No Stopping Anytime signs all along that stretch of Oriental Boulevard, which the DOT defines as “you may not wait, stop to load/unload packages or merchandise at curbside, or drop off or pick up passengers at this location.”

“We’re going to call the police station and we expect them to enforce all existing laws. They can’t stand there,” Zalcman said.

The problem, he claims is that it adds to traffic and safety concerns to have a large vehicle there, and to be unnecessarily dumping Kingsborough students into the community. He wants the school bus – and the MTA buses, for that matter – to drop off students on campus.

“It’s enough that we have cars sitting there all day waiting for students. We think they should have a waiting area that should also be on campus. The MTA turnaround should be on campus, the waiting area should be on campus, the yellow bus should be on campus” he said. “We have enough car safety issues in the community, and they just don’t want to listen to our concerns.”

Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the decision to discharge students off campus was made five years ago. It was five weeks ago, and the article has been corrected.

Hours before Superstorm Sandy rolled in, Manhattan Beach was already under water. (Photo by Max T.)

The Army Corps of Engineers canceled plans to speak before the Manhattan Beach Community Group less than 24 hours before tonight’s meeting, according to the group’s president, who claims that the corps is “embarrassed” by their lack of coastal protection plans.

The Army Corps of Engineers contacted the group yesterday to inform them a representative would not attend, said MBCG President Ira Zalcman, despite weeks of planning that included a dozen or so demands from the agency.

“They gave us a list of things that they wanted, like security, parking, it was 10 to 15 items. We were trying to do them, and reassure them that security would be okay,” Zalcman told Sheepshead Bites. “But they just kept on wanting things, then they wanted to get a different person to speak to us, blah blah blah.”

Zalcman said he’s not entirely sure of what spurred the last-minute dodge, but he’s got a theory.

“I don’t think they have anything to say, to be honest. I don’t think they wanted to be embarrassed,” he said.

“Either they have no plans or they’re afraid of,the grey tigers of Manhattan Beach,” Zalcman wrote on the organization’s website.

The Army Corps of Engineers recently received $20 million to study flood prone areas affected by Sandy and offer solutions for future storms. The study is still in the planning stages, according to a report yesterday.

MBCG was heavily promoting the meeting as a must-attend event for those in Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach and other coastal communities, as neighbors would have the opportunity to hear the corps’ plans for long-term protection from future storms like Superstorm Sandy, as well as offer input as the people with the the most at stake.

“I wanted them to keep us informed on an ongoing basis. We have a right to know what they’re thinking of, and they have to communicate with us,” Zalcman said. He added that the group has been working on the issue for several years before Superstorm Sandy, as Manhattan Beach has seen flooding – particular from the Bay and not the ocean – several times in the past two decades. “Whatever group, whatever forum, they need to start speaking to us.”

The Army Corps of Engineers did not immediately return a request for comment.

Tonight’s Manhattan Beach Community Group’s (MBCG) meeting will be held at 8:00 p.m. inside Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

The Manhattan Beach Community Group’s (MBCG) next meeting will be held February 20 at 8:00 p.m. inside Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

The group will feature a presentation from mold specialists that will go beyond FEMA’s current recommendations, which have become a source of dispute. Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers will also be on hand to explain their plans to rebuild the waterways around the community, and protect the shores from future storms.

Scott Stringer, the leading candidate for City Comptroller, is also expected to attend.

The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.

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