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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Source: Listverse

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Source: Listverse

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction classes for teens and seniors for its 16th year in a row.

Led by indefatigable dance instructor Carmine Santa Maria, classes are held Wednesday nights beginning October 1 and run through late June at the Beacon Community Center auditorium at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th Street and West 12th Street. The three hour classes begin at 6:00pm.

Santa Maria, who leads the instruction along with advanced students from previous classes, has been teaching ballroom dancing for close to 60 years.

Partners are not necessary to learn basic Meringue, Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha and Swing moves, he says, and advanced students practice their Peabody, Rumba, Mambo, Waltz and Samba steps alongside the newcomers.

“You learn to dance by dancing and teaching each other,” says Santa Maria. “But I’ll always be there watching and correcting,” he said, according to a release.

Call Director Joe Rizzi at (718) 232-2266 to sign up and learn more.

 

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D LINE Beginning 8:30pm, Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound D trains run local from 36 St, Brooklyn to DeKalb Av. Beginning 10pm, Monday to Thursday, Coney Island-bound D trains run local from DeKalb Av to 36 St, Brooklyn. From 10:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av. N LINE Beginning 8:30pm, Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound N trains run local from 59 St, Brooklyn to DeKalb Av. Beginning 10pm, Monday to Thursday, Coney Island-bound N trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St, Brooklyn. From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Wednesday, Coney Island-bound N trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge from Canal St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, skipping DeKalb Av. Use nearby 4 stations instead. From 11:45pm to 5am, Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound N trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use nearby 4 stations instead. R LINE From 9:45pm to 12 midnight, Monday to Thursday, 71 Av-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to 71 Av. From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, there are no R trains between 95 St and 36 St, Brooklyn. R trains skip Union St, 4 Av-9 St, Prospect Av, and 25 St, in both directions. Use free shuttle buses and D and N trains. F LINE From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from 71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge. From 9:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd. From 10:15am to 3pm, Tuesday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

The following was sent to us by Community Education Council 21:

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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

A speed camera in Sheepshead Bay issued 6,000 tickets in one day, according to a City Council member. The DOT says it’s not true, but flubbed their own numbers. [Sheepshead Bites]

A PS 249 science teacher was arrested and charged with sexually abusing five students. [Ditmas Park Corner]

17-year-old Nicholas Isaac and 21-year-old Daquan Jackson were arrested for sexually assaulting a woman twice in one hour on August 31. [Fort Greene Focus]

A new 30-story tower is coming to Sheepshead Bay, four times larger than any other building in the area. [SB] 

Permits have been filed for the final and tallest building in former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis’ Myrtle Avenue Development Master Plan. [FGF]

An ex-Brooklynite seeks answers to what’s behind New York’s perfect bagels and pizza. [Narratively]

Luke’s Lobster is now open on 5th Avenue. [Park Slope Stoop]

Prospect Park’s Long Meadow Ballfields are closed this winter for revitalization. [South Slope News]

South Slope has a new holistic fitness studio. [SSN] 

A Community Board 9 meeting on upzoning in Prospect Lefferts Gardens went bonkers. [Q at Parkside] 

Residents fight to keep their community garden from being destroyed by landlords with a criminal history. [DPC]

The state unveiled plans to make Ocean Parkway safer. [KensingtonBK]

Interfaith Hospital in Bed-Stuy has the longest ER wait in the state. [NY Daily News]

Details emerge on Clinton Hill’s forthcoming first Karl Fischer building, which is now for sale. [FGF] 

Yeah that’s Robert De Niro, just chilling in Park Slope. [PSS]

Beware this Rock, Paper, Scissors hustler! [Gothamist]

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Education Department and Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program invite you to participate as they conduct a shoreline survey of various types of marine debris, work to keep our local beach free of debris by picking up trash and contribute to a healthy ocean that both people and wildlife can benefit from.

The event will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, September 27, at the beach at Kaiser Park, near West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. The event is recommended for ages six and up. An adult must accompany children between the ages six and 14 at all times.

All participants must complete and sign a photo release form and a volunteer waiver upon checking in for this event. Both of these types of forms can be found on the NYA Education webpage at www.nyaquarium.com/nyaeducation. Youth ages six to 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.

To sign up, fill out the registration form by going here.

For your safety: wear work gloves (consider bringing your own), closed-toed shoes, sun screen, and a sun hat. Please bring water to keep you hydrated. During the cleanup event, do not pick up or collect needles for any reason — notify the site leader who will collect it safely.

 

2152 73rd Street

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Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Two Floor Townhouse in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,200,000
Viewing: September 27, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: 2152 73rd Street
Description: This house has a body of water in the backyard. Yes, it may just be a Koi Pond, but still. Speaking of bodies of water, there’s also a jacuzzi. This apartment is big enough to rent out a part of it that’s semi-detached, according to the realtor.

Four Bedroom, One Family Home in Gravesend
Price: $1,099,000
Viewing: September 28, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 2467 West Street
Description: As winter approaches, the status of a home’s gas boiler is pretty important, so I hear. Well, this house’s boiler is new as is the water heater, which is really important since there are three bathrooms in this brick house. There’s also a backyard with an above-ground pool.
Contact: Michael Napolitano, RE/REMAX METRO, (718) 612-3088

Two Bedroom Home in Bath Beach
Price: $649,000
Viewing: September 28, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 241 Bay 23rd Street
Description: This house is small but in a cozy, which tends to soothe the claustrophobia. The bricks have been “repointed.” That may be a good thing.
Contact: RE/MAX METRO, (718) 612-3088

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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D LINE

From 11:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, there are no D trains between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq – take the F, N, Q, R, or special shuttle train instead. D service operates as follows:

  1. Between Stillwell Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr).
  2. Between 34 St-Herald Sq and 205 St.
  3. Special shuttle train operates every 20 minutes between Grand St and W 4 St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St.
    • For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the N, Q, or R. Transfer between D and N, Q, or R trains at 34 St-Herald Sq and/or Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
    • For W 4 St and B’way-Lafayette St, take the F instead. Transfer between D and F trains at 34 St-Herald Sq.
    • For Grand St, take the special shuttle train; transfer between trains at B’way-Lafayette St. Or, use the N, Q, or R at the nearby Canal St station.

N LINE

From 11:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, N trains run local in Brooklyn and stop at DeKalb Av.

From 5:45am to 10am, Sunday, Coney Island-bound N trains run express from Astoria Blvd to Queensboro Plaza.

R LINE

From 5:30am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

From 11:45pm to 6:30am, Friday to Sunday, and from 11:45pm Sunday to 5am Monday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St – take the N instead. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.

F LINE

From 11:15pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.

From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains run local in Queens.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is deep in a campaign to register new voters across the nation in their hopes of taking back the House. In the 11th District, currently represented by Michael Grimm, the initiative has seen 6,600 new voters enter the fray.

The nationwide effort is being hailed as “an unprecedented field operation” and has already racked up more than 60,000 new voter registrations. It’s fueled by a well-financed campaign committee war-chest that dwarfs the Republican’s coffers by about $33 million.

With more than 500 paid staffers dispatched to 48 districts around the nation, the 11th District held by Grimm is being seen as a top-prize.

It’s Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia who stands to benefit from the new registrants. Although not all the new voters are bound to be Democrats since even DCCC employees must sign up anybody that asks, it’s more than likely they focused their new enrollment efforts in neighborhoods – particularly including Brooklyn – that lean Democratic.

To get an idea of the effect 6,600 new voters can have on this election, keep in mind that in the 2012 election only about 37,000 votes were cast – so 6,600 votes would be approximately 20 percent growth.