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cloudyThe following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger:

Council Member Mark Treyger and NYC Parks Department are hosting the final free movie in the park event of the year on Saturday with a showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on the big screen at Kaiser Park in Coney Island. The movie will begin once it gets dark, so residents are urged to bring a chair or blanket and arrive at around 7:30 p.m. The park is located at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue in Coney Island and the event is free and open to all residents. In addition, the Parks Department will have a barbeque grill available so that children can make their own s’mores.

“This is a great chance for the community to enjoy one last movie in the park event before the outdoor weather comes to an end for the year. Come on out to Kaiser Park this Saturday for this great free event, and be sure to bring your family, friends and neighbors. My thanks to the Parks Department for their help putting together one more event as we conclude a wonderful summer of movies in the park in southern Brooklyn,” said Council Member Treyger.

This marks the second movie night that Council Member Treyger has hosted at Kaiser Park this year, in addition to two other screenings that he held in the northern portion of the district with Council Member David Greenfield. Based on the popularity of these events and the feedback from residents, Council Member Treyger plans on working with NYC Parks to host more of these free movie nights throughout the district next summer. Please contact his office at (718) 307-7151 for more information about Saturday’s showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

American Flag on 4th Avenue

Today marks 13 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition to visiting the 9/11 Memorial site, the Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, and pledging to do a good deed, here are some ways to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who helped on that day:

  • The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee is hosting its annual memorial and candlelight vigil at Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, at 7pm, rain or shine.
  • State Senator Martin Golden will host two memorials: in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, at 6pm, and then at 7:30pm on the American Veterans Memorial Pier at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue.
  • The September 11 Family Group is holding a ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Square in Asser Levy Park at 4pm. The park is at Ocean Parkway and Surf Avenue, by the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk.
  • The Children of Abraham Peace Walk returns to Cobble Hill at 6pm, starting at Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes at 236 Kane Street.
  • At 7pm, Brooklyn Heights’ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church are hosting their annual public interfaith memorial service on the Brooklyn Promenade at Montague Street.
  • Bargemusic will hold a free Memorial Concert at 8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by violinist Mark Peskanov and featuring music by Bach, Haydn, Schubert, and more. No reserved seating; doors open at 7:30pm.

Do you know of a local memorial service that we missed? E-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com or let us know in the comments.

Chancellor Farina (Source: DOE)

The head of the New York City Department of Education, Chancellor Carmen Farina, will take questions from the public at a town hall hosted by Community Education Council District 21 tonight.

The local advisory council is urging neighbors and parents to attend the meeting, where parents can bring up issues and ask questions about the city’s educational policies directly with Farina. Speaking time is limited to two minutes per speaker, and must sign-up to speak before the meeting begins. Interpretation services will be available.

The council is also holding a high school admission workshop tonight, featuring an expert who will guide parents through the process, and give tips on things to look for when considering a school for your child.

Community Education Councils are advisory bodies that replaced school boards. They help guide policies at local schools, and serve as advocates for their district’s needs to the larger government. District 21 includes schools throughout Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Gravesend and parts of Sheepshead Bay and Bensonhurst. You can see a full list here.

The high school workshop begins at 5pm. The town hall with Chancellor Farina begins at 6pm. The regularly scheduled meeting begins at 7pm.

The meeting will be held at I.S. 226 Alfred D. Be Mason, 6006 23rd Avenue.

Seniors. Idols. Senior idols.

Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition this Monday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium for Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, an annual contest that draws upon the talent of senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this fall.

State Senator Martin J. Golden, in partnership with Xaverian High School, is hosting the contest. Senior citizens trying out for the singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.

The contest finalists selected from those who audition will compete at Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, to be held at Xaverian High School on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. The winner will be selected through the votes of the audience and the judges.

“Every year, Brooklyn’s Senior Idol attracts great talent from our Borough and many fans show up to cheer on our contestants at the show. This year, as we set our sights on the crowning this year’s Brooklyn Senior Idol, I look forward to another successful event which has come a very popular tradition. So if you can sing, be sure to try out. And if you want to see a great show, don’t miss the show,” said Golden, in a press release.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can only be purchased at the door, with all proceeds to benefit the Xaverian High School Music Scholarship Fund and to purchase new instruments to support the Xaverian High School music program.

Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at the 71st Street door).

For more information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

There will be a baked goods and jewelry sale this Saturday, September 6 at 12:00pm outside of New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street, followed by guest pastor EJ Emerson delivering the annual Blessing of the Animals at 2:00 p.m.

“Like Francis of Assisi and many others, Pastor EJ takes particular delight in animals of all kinds, believing they are God’s special gift to people,” a press release reads. “Our pets bless and care for us with unqualified love and faithfulness. They’re a source of great joy. This is our opportunity to thank God and to invite a special blessing for them.”

According to the release, pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome, as long as they are polite in public and adequately restrained for their own safety and that of others.  Human companions are also requested to be prepared to clean up any droppings their pet may deposit on the property.

The blessing is free to all. Proceeds from the baked goods and jewelry sale will go to the restoration fund for the church sanctuary, which was built in 1828-1829.

For more information, call (718) 232-9500.

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Photo by Elle Spektor

Community Board 11 with hold its first general meeting since it went on summer vacation, taking place Thursday, September 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare (1740 84th Street).

The Board serves as a local conduit to the government of New York City, representing neighbors’ needs and concerns. If you have a problem with a city agency or quality of life issue, the Board exists to relay your concerns and spur action.

There will be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.

For more information, call (718) 266-8800.

West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

Following a shooting yesterday in broad daylight that left one dead, and other recent violence in the neighborhood, fed up residents of Coney Island are holding a rally to call for an end to area violence.

The rally will kick off today, August 27, at 6:00 p.m. on West 24th Street and Mermaid Avenue – the site of yesterday’s fatal shooting.

It is being organized by the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative, which formed in December after a spate of fatal shootings in Coney Island around Christmas last year.

Local elected officials were slated to hold a legislative softball game at MCU Park this evening, but they canceled it out of respect following the shooting. Several, including Councilman Mark Treyger and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, will attend the rally instead.

Source: shaletann / Flickr

Source: shaletann / Flickr

For the fourth year in a row, Reaching-Out Community Services will be distributing more than 500 backpacks with school supplies for children in need during its Big Backpack Giveaway event, tomorrow, August 28 at 1:00 p.m.

According to an email from the group: “This is not a handout, its charity with intelligence. How do we know the children need it? It’s a no brainer… the kids are recipients of our emergency food pantry program. So we know they need the help.”

Reaching-Out Community Services is a non-profit organization that provides vital services to struggling community members, including helping them apply for Social Security, Medicaid and also serving as a food pantry. 

The event, sponsored by Empire State Bank, Cpex Real Estate Services, Northfield Bank, Project Hope NY and Fillmore Real Estate, will be held at Reaching-Out Community Services headquarters, 7708 New Utrecht Avenue.

To learn more, go to www.rcsprograms.org.

The cast of "Despicable Me 2." Source: Fanpop

The cast of “Despicable Me 2.” Source: Fanpop

The following is a press release from the office of City Councilman Mark Treyger:

Council Member Mark Treyger is inviting all residents, especially families and children, to a free showing of the Hollywood hit movie Despicable Me 2 on a big screen at Kaiser Park this Sunday, August 24th. The movie will begin as soon as it gets dark, so residents should arrive at Kaiser Park at around 8 p.m. and are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. The park is located at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue in Coney Island and the movie is open to all residents, so do not hesitate to invite your friends, family and neighbors to this great community event.

“There is nothing like joining your friends and neighbors to watch a great movie in a beautiful outdoor setting right in our neighborhood. I am pleased that I was able to work with the Parks Department to bring this great southern Brooklyn tradition of movies in the park to Coney Island before the end of summer. The entire community is invited to join me under the stars at Kaiser Park on Sunday evening, so be sure to round up your friends and neighbors for this free family-friendly evening,” said Council Member Treyger.

After co-hosting several movie events this summer the northern portion of the district with Council Member David Greenfield, Council Member Treyger worked with the Parks Department to bring this event to Coney Island in time for the end of summer. Council Member Treyger also plans to hold additional free moving screenings throughout Coney Island, Bensonhurst and Gravesend next summer. Please contact his district office at (718) 307-7151 for more information on Sunday’s showing of Despicable Me 2.

Photo courtesy of Priscilla Consolo

From a previous clean-up. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Consolo

Assemblyman Bill Colton and Councilman Mark Treyger are teaming up to sponsor their second “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” event of 2014, and they’re looking for volunteers to join them in keeping the streets clean.

The event kicks off Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 2:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet up at 29 Bay 25th Street, between 86th Street and Benson Avenue. They’ll head to 86th Street, tidying up from 25th Avenue to 16th Avenue, and then move on to 18th Avenue from Benson Avenue to 82nd Street. They’ll also clean the area surrounding Bensonhurst Park.

If you’d like to volunteer, just show up at the meeting time and location, or contact Colton’s district office at (718) 236-1598.

Here’s more information about the event from Colton’s press release:

Volunteers, who are local youth from neighborhood schools and organizations, have signed up to clean a large stretch of 86th Street from 25th Avenue to 16th Avenue, and 18th Avenue from Benson Avenue to 82nd Street, as well as the streets surrounding Bensonhurst Park. In addition to cleaning up, participants will also pass out flyers, in different languages, and speak to residents and businesses about sanitation rules and guidelines to encourage them to “do their part” and help keep the neighborhood clean.

This clean -up event will mark the second effort of the year for the ongoing “Speak-Up & Clean -Up” campaign, after the last event was held on May 17, 2014, also with Councilman Mark Treyger. Previously, Colton has hosted clean-up events in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In addition, this Saturday’s clean-up event will also be the fourteenth initiative for the campaign since it began three years ago.

… The list of volunteers include: members of District 9 High School Key Club, students from New Utrecht High School, members from Our Lady of Grace Teen Group, students from Midwood High School’s Key Club, students from Brooklyn Technical High School’s Red Cross Club and Key Club, students from Edward R. Murrow’s Key Club, members from Bensonhurst Cluster Youth Ministry, students from Madison High School’s Key Club, members from Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School’s Key Club, members from John Dewey High School’s Key Club, among others.

Additionally, the Department of Sanitation will supply the groups with tools, gloves, and trash bags to assist them in the clean –up effort. All volunteers will receive community service hours and be treated with free refreshments in appreciation of their hard work.

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