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St. Mark Church to House Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Girls: Community Board 15 gave the green light to St. Vincent’s Services to move an intermediate care facility into St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, located at 2601 East 19th Street.

The facility’s Associate Executive Director and Managing Director of Developmentally Disabled Services Janice Ashton briefed the Board on the organization’s plan, saying that 14 “profoundly disabled young ladies” between the ages of 25 and 60 will use the existing vacant rectory building – formerly a convent. All of the girls have suffered profound or severe mental handicaps from birth, and will be attended by a staff ratio of two to three clients per staff member.

“I really know these consumers and their families. We have done such a good job that many of them, they never thought they would live so long,” Ashton said. “Usually 30 to 35 [years is the average lifespan]; they’re approaching, some 60s, 50s, and in other facilities, we have 70s and 80s.”

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Pictured with City Councilman Domenic Recchia (second from right) are, from left, Genesis Lodge members Lewis, Allan Greenberg, David Stanger, and Jeffrey Freese.

We received a post-“Shake A Can” update from our friend Errol Lewis, Past Chancellor from the Genesis Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, who informs us that the event they held benefiting victims of Hurricane Sandy was a success.

The Pythians collected food, money, clothing, and more at the Pathmark Supermarket, 2965 Cropsey Avenue off of the Belt Parkway, to help out the people and communities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The Genesis Lodge, affiliated with the largest and oldest non-sectarian fraternal organization in the world, meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the St. Mark School, 2602 East 19th Street.

For further information, contact Lewis at (718) 375-9229 or via email at

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The Genesis Lodge of the Knights of Pythias is holding a “Shake A Can” event this Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pathmark Supermarket, 2965 Cropsey Avenue off of the Belt Parkway (situated directly behind the Parkside Diner).

The lodge, affiliated with the largest and oldest non-sectarian fraternal organization in the world, will be collecting food, money, clothing, and more to help out the people and communities that are in need.

The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the St. Mark School, 2602 East 19th Street.

For further information, contact Genesis Lodge Past Chancellor Errol Lewis (not related in any way to the host of Inside City Hall, Errol Louis) at (718) 375-9229 or via email at

Photo: Crab and Brisket Burger by Smoke in da Eye

They tell me  you could smell the smoke from Grillin’ on the Bay at the train station on Saturday. I still smell like smoke; mixing and mingling with barbecue teams will do that to you. I like it.

Saturday’s Grillin’ on the Bay proved to be another great neighborhood event. About 1,500 people showed up to sample ribs, pulled pork parfaits, grilled burgers and hot dogs and imbibe some hops while cheering on the cooks.

Navigating the schoolyard with its vendors and teams proved to be an interesting experience. Three Men and a Baby Back were selling ribs,  pulled pork sandwiches, corn bread and soda. The school itself was selling hamburgers, hot dogs, pickles, snacks and soda. Befriend the teams and be in the right place at the right time and you could have eaten free. Timing is everything in life.

By mid-afternoon, the schoolyard was packed with teams and people poking around to taste the “left overs” as teams handed out tastes of their “rejects”, or the food not good enough to submit to the judges. One team, The Smoke’n Pit put out full trays of ribs and chicken wings for the public to sample. More than one person exclaimed in delight and wonderment, “If these are rejects, imagine what the judges are eating!”

Find out more about the event, and view the photo gallery of all the scrumptious foods!

Capuchin Franciscan preacher, Father Richard Hart

As part of the Parish Mission program — designed to renew faith and strengthen convictions within a parish setting — St. Mark Parish will be hosting Milwaukee, Wisconsin Capuchin Franciscan preacher and author Father Richard Hart.

Father Richard — the author of several books, including Powerlessness: Passion for the PossiblePreaching: The Secret to Parish Revival, Preacher as Risk Taker, and How Christian Are You? — will be conducting a parish mission at the church, 2609 East 19th Street, March 4-8.

The theme of the renewal is “Sharing Our Faith.” There will be evening programs on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., followed by a closing Eucharistic liturgy on Thursday night.

Father Richard will be preaching at the weekend services. There is no charge for this event.

For further information about this parish mission, call (718) 891-3100. You can also learn more about the Capuchins by going to their website.

The scaffolding  surrouning the St. Mark Roman Catholic Church’s steeple (2609 East 19th Street) was removed last week, unfettering the the iconic tower from the industrial look that has marred the Sheepshead Bay skyline for nearly a year.

Work on the exterior tower wrapped up towards the end of 2011. It was part of a series of restorations done throughout the church for the parish’s 150th anniversary. The scaffolding on the sidewalk, we’re told, will be removed any day now, with all exterior work complete.

Doesn’t it look pretty? I think it looks pretty.

More than 100 members braved Sunday’s winter chill to celebrate the final event of St. Mark Catholic Church parish’s 150th anniversary with an outdoor dedication of a newly-installed prayer garden.

The Marian Prayer and Memorial Garden, located on Jerome Avenue between Ocean Avenue and East 19th Street, replaces a decades old magnolia tree adjacent to the church. With a hand-etched granite memorial depicting Mother Mary and a baby Jesus Christ in front of the iconic St. Mark steeple, as well as several smaller memorials, the garden provides congregants an outdoor place to reflect and pray.

“This is a special project … that really is the culmination of our anniversary year and marks the last official service of Father Grimaldi,” noted George Donnelly, the business manager for St. Mark.

After 12 years of service, Grimaldi will soon leave the community to serve as a vicor to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, where he’ll work closely with the bishop.

The 150th anniversary was celebrated throughout 2011 with historical walks, in-church exhibits and special events – as well as by a massive fundraising effort to make major restorations throughout the church.

Donnelly said that the unveiling of the monument not only capped the anniversary year, but also was the last important project to be completed with the $916,000 the church raised – a handsome sum that exceeded the congregation’s goal of $750,000.

With those funds, interior and exterior repairs were completed to the bell tower, and the scaffolding will soon be removed. It also allowed for sidewalk repairs around the institution and the renovation of several of the church entrances.

“Only with the help of many of our practitioners we were able to pull this off,” Donnelly said.

View photos of the memorial and the dedication service.

Yes, boys and girls, it is that time of year again — for the wildly popular Sheepshead Bay tradition in which we get to guzzle copious amounts of beer (mmmmm…beer), cram our cakeholes with juicy roast beef sandwiches, and bet on the ponies — all for a good cause.

The St. Mark School’s annual “Beef and Beer: A Night at the Races” will be held in the school’s gymnasium, East 18th Street and Avenue Z, May 14 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00, the first race is at 7:00 p.m.).

Folks, I confess… I was born in Sheepshead Bay and have lived here for most of my life, but I have never been to this time-honored fundraiser, and for that I am deeply ashamed. That said, when I read Ned’s account of the event last year…

We were joined by three of the coolest little old ladies this side of Nevada. We gambled and lost – over and over – while the three little ladies won – over and over – and rubbed it in our faces. My friends and I wolfed down a couple of pitchers and roast beef sandwiches, and yelled exaggerated cheers and jeers for the galloping horses on the screen.

…I was like, “Whoa. That’s some crazy s—!” Strapping young 20-somethings betting on horsies with little old ladies? Yeah, I definitely think I need to check that out.

Beef & Beer raises funds for the St. Mark School and St. Mark Sports Program. Deets are as follows: Tickets are $15, which include the roast beef sandwiches and beer, and are available at the door of the St. Mark gym, in the St. Mark Sports office, in the St. Mark Business office, or by calling either (718) 769-5374 or (347) 274-0573. Tables of 10 are available for reservation, and you MUST be 21 or older to attend.

The St. Mark RC Parish is commemorating its 150th anniversary this year and, as part of the festivities, the church will be holding its Annual Family Day celebrations, May 22, in the St. Mark schoolyard at Avenue Z and East 18th Street.

Just to give you an idea of quite how old St. Mark is, commemorative sesquicentennial events were also held this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first shots of which officially ignited the American Civil War in April 1861. Abraham Lincoln was in his first year in office during St. Mark’s rookie season.

But on a lighter note, as part of this celebration of family and community, St. Mark invites you to chow down on some hot dogs and burgers, enjoy the local entertainment, and meet representatives of the community’s various service organizations, including your friends from Sheepshead Bites, who, like last year, will be giving away stickers and other exciting goodies at our own table.

But to kick things up a notch, they’re also having a design competition in the weeks leading up to it to come up with the t-shirt that symbolizes the day. It’s the first time they’re opening up the design competition to the entire community.

Keep reading for details.

I’m a huge fan of Grillin’ On The Bay. It’s not just that I’ve become good friends with the event organizer, Robert Fernandez, or that Robert is now a writer for Sheepshead Bites. It’s for one really simple reason.

Grillin’ On The Bay and The Brooklyn Chili Smack Down is a thriving event that recognizes Sheepshead Bay for the lively and joyous neighborhood it is. And we need more events like that.

Keep reading and find out why you should compete!

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