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I.S. 228 champions and Chess Master Bruce Fuchs and Principal Dominick D’Angelo via Facebook

The chess team of David A. Boody Middle Schools I.S. 228 (228 Avenue S) took home the title of Junior High School Novice Level at the 47th Annual Greater NY Chess Championship Competition this previous weekend.

The school’s students are no strangers to chess domination, as they have won the title several times in previous years too.

The borough-wide competition is held annually and Brooklyn’s schools have shown a strong presence for some time now. Another Brooklyn school, Edward R. Murrow High School, qualified for the next round of competition.

The David A. Boody chess team is coached by chess master Bruce Fuchs, who has won many state championships and titles himself, and has helped bring the I.S 228 team to victory since being coached out of retirement by the school’s principal, Dominick D’Angelo.

The state level championship happens in Saratoga Springs in the coming month. Good luck to the Brooklyn teams and especially the budding masters at I.S. 228.

Is your child taking the SAT’s soon? The Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst is hosting an SAT practice test at 7802 Bay Parkway.

The test starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs through 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to all high school students. Please RSVP at 718-943-6396 or email as space is limited.

Students will gain real test-taking experience and a breakdown of their scores.

Also, don’t forget to bring an ID to the exam and whatever writing utensils the SAT exam now requires. What is it, iPads? No, I’m seriously asking.

From the offices of Council Members Lew Fidler and David Greenfield:

Council Members Lew Fidler and David Greenfield, along with several of their Council colleagues representing diverse backgrounds and parts of the City, mailed a letter today to the President of Brooklyn College, Karen Gould, objecting to her school hosting and ‘co-sponsoring’ a “BDS Movement Against Israel” event, on February 7th. The Council Members criticized the school for officially supporting viewpoints they described as “either anti-semitic or simply ignorant” and that “promote the worst kind of hate.”

At this event, the boycotting, divestment and sanctioning of Israel will be called for. Two of the invited speakers reportedly have a history of troubling and hateful statements, such as equating Israelis with Nazis and describing the terrorist organizations of Hamas and Hezbollah as socially progressive movements. Even worse, the event lists Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department as an official “co-sponsor” of the event, giving it a stamp of legitimacy and official approval that such a wrongful event does not deserve.

Councilman Fidler said, “I understand the right of students to express their various viewpoints, no matter how much I may disagree with them. A line is crossed, however, when the school itself is painting a veneer of legitimacy over something that is so clearly offensive to me and to so many of the people in our community. This event is wrong, their viewpoint is wrong and the event being co-sponsored by school itself is doubly wrong.”

“I share the anger and shock of many of my constituents and colleagues who are appalled that Brooklyn College would deem it appropriate to sponsor and host this type of hateful, offensive event. I am especially disappointed in the lack of judgment from Brooklyn College’s administration. Institutions like Brooklyn College that rely on public funding and support must ensure they do not serve as an outlet for groups spreading divisive, odious anti-Israel messages,” said Councilman Greenfield.

The CUNY schools, including Brooklyn College, heavily rely on funding from the tax dollars of the State and City of New York. Every year these schools ask their local legislators for additional funding to support programs and events. The Council Members expressed their belief that events such as this one are not what the taxpayers of New York City – many of whom would feel demonized and targeted by this event – would want their tax dollars spent on.

The Council Members have called on President Gould to either cancel this event or remove any official sponsorship or support.

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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.


We have some sad news to report today: Gino’s Focacceria, located at 7118 18th Avenue, may be closing down.

The news comes from local resident John G., who was unable to get any more details as to why the neighborhood staple will be shut.

On several occasions, I devoured the stuffed artichokes. Their closing truly creates a gap in family-owned Italian dining.

A call to Gino’s went unanswered, so unfortunately, I don’t know why they’re closing either.

If anyone out there knows, or wants to head over and there and convince them to remain on 18th Avenue, we’d love to hear from you.

Source: Carmen T.

Our lovely reader and tipster Carmen T. sent us this photo of Matreshka (8022 20th Avenue) along with the following note:
Matreshka store, under new management. Russian, Middle Eastern and Latino style hot food to go!!
Sounds delicious. I wonder if I can order the chilly soup even though I am not Spanish?

Source: Echolocation

New York City has become a major player in the world of tech start-ups. The push has been felt by New Yorkers all over the five boroughs. For example, commuters can now use MTA phone apps to determine more accurate train or bus arrival times.

Another new Brooklyn-based start-up has also just rolled out an iPhone app to help connect community members with other locals, whether they need access to a specific store location or a dose of community news. Echo by Echolocation connects users with their location through 140 character messages. It’s similar to Twitter except that it automatically detects which city you’re in, and provides you with the most recent content from Echo users in that city.

“Our goal for Echo is to provide people in Bensonhurst with an effective way to communicate with other people in the community. As part of the roll out  we’ve integrated content from Bensonhurst Bean so people can easily get access to your blog directly from their mobile devices,” writes Echolocation founder Brian Donohue.

Is it wrong that we love the integration of our blog into this app’s usage? If it is, we don’t want to be right. Nice job developers. We hope to see more Bensonhurst-inspired apps in your future.


From the office of Councilman Vincent Gentile:

Do you have questions about your property taxes? Want to know how you can appeal them? Are you looking for ways to lower property taxes?

Councilman Vincent J. Gentile invites you to a presentation and Q&A on “How To Appeal Your Property Taxes”.

Have your questions about residential, commercial, condo, and co-op property taxes answered by the Honorable Kirk P. Tzanides, Commissioner of the New York City Tax Commission.

Monday, February 11th at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Angels Auditorium (7320 4th Avenue). Parking will be available in the OLA lot.

For more information, call Councilman Gentile’s office (718) 748-5200, extension 203.

(l t r) President Treyger’s parents Norman and Tatyana Treyger, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and UPDC President Mark Treyger

Local community advocate Mark Treyger marks his 10th year anniversary as president of the United Progressive Democratic Club at their general membership breakfast. The guest speaker was New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

“I was re-elected president of the club, which marks the 10th year anniversary for me as club president. The UPDC is a powerhouse grassroots organization located in Bensonhurst that is involved in numerous community issues,” says Treyger.

Treyger has been working with club members and other community stakeholders since he was a mere 20-years-old. His presence has been felt at many of the neighborhood’s most important rallies and events. For example,he worked alongside Assemblyman William Colton to help bring back the B64 bus route and has been integral in assisting neighborhood cleanup efforts.

Congrats Mark! May you continue to be a positive influence on our community.

Source: Bill Tucker via

This Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m., the teachers and students of David A. Boody Art Magnet are putting on an art show. “An Artistic Winter Evening: An Exhibition of Student and Teacher Art,” is a collaborative show from the school’s Art Magnet department.

Under the direction of Ms. Lisa Banker, Art Magnet Teacher at I.S. 228, students created over two hundred pieces of artwork that will be auctioned off to benefit the School’s Art Program, according to a release.

Proceeds from the auction will equipment and an art facility. David A. Boody is located at I.S. 228, 228 Avenue S.

“Our Art Program consists of many talented student artists. At Boody, the arts are a major component of our academic program. We want to build well-rounded talented students who are college ready and beyond,” said Domenick D’Angelo, Principal of I.S. 228.

Teachers and artists from The Barsky Gallery in Hoboken, New Jersey have also donated professional works to be auctioned off.

All community members are invited to check out the collection in the lobby and interact with the artists. The silent and live auctions will take place in the school’s brand new auditorium. I.S. 228’s music students will entertain guests and light refreshments will be served.

Tickets will be sold at the door, or in advance at $10.00 per adult. Students are free with accompanying adult. For reservations or information, call the PTA of I.S. 228 at 718-375-7635 at extension 1301.

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