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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.

Councilman Mark Treyger

Councilman Mark Treyger

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

To help make sure that every parent has an opportunity to enroll their child in a pre-kindergarten program for this coming school year, Council Member Mark Treyger is hosting a NYC Department of Education enrollment specialist at his Bensonhurst district office (2015 Stillwell Avenue) this Monday, August 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The enrollment specialist will help provide parents with information needed to enroll their children in free pre-kindergarten programs in local public schools or community-based organizations for the 2014-2015 school year. In order to serve the entire community, interpreters will be available to assist parents who speak Spanish, Russian or Chinese. All New York City children who were born in 2010 and turn four years old by December 31 are eligible to enroll this year. As a former public school teacher for eight years before taking office, Council Member Treyger is urging all parents of eligible children to take advantage of this great chance to have their child enrolled in a free program right in the community.

“As a former educator, I am thrilled that our city is making these vital pre-kindergarten programs a priority for our children. This is a great opportunity to give your child a head start and a great foundation for their education. I am hosting this service to make sure that every family has the information needed to make an informed decision for their child and get them enrolled in a program for the coming school year. Anyone who hasn’t yet located a suitable program should stop by Monday’s information session for information about the different options available for local families,” said Council Member Treyger.

In addition, Council Member Treyger is publicly thanking Assembly Members Bill Colton and Alec Brook-Krasny, Senator Diane Savino and all of his colleagues in state government for passing a budget that provides funding for this critical city initiative.

For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/prek or contact Dilyora Rahimova in Council Member Treyger’s office at (718) 307-7151.

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Police forces across the nation will celebrate National Night Out Against Crime for the 31st year, and NYPD precincts in all five boroughs will be celebrating on Tuesday, August 5. The event is celebrated in more than 15,000 communities across all 50 states, representing the communities reclaiming their streets from violence and crime.

Locally, the 62nd Precinct opens its doors and streets to the community with a fair tomorrow, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The party will take place in front of the stationhouse at Bath Avenue and Bay 22nd Street. There will be a DJ, food, rides and information tables from various community groups.

This is an annual, family-friendly event open to everybody. For further information, please call (718) 236-2519.

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Sasha Papernik (Source: sashatheband.com)

The New Utrecht branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will be turned into a concert hall tomorrow morning, with accomplished Russian-American pianist-singer-songwriter Sasha Papernik turning out an eclectic mix of tunes.

Brooklyn Public Library announced today that it’s partnering with Lincoln Centers’ educational unit to bring free music, theater and dance perfomances to branches throughout the rest of the summer. The New Utrecht performance will be the first of the series.

Papernik, and the performers at other branches, got the spot after being selected by library patrons through a ballot vote at each branch, as well as on the library’s website.

Papernik and her band perform classical selections, songs by the American Songbook masters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, reimagined Russian folk tunes and inspired originals while telling lively stories about the music, composers and the times they lived in.

Watch the video below for a taste, or check out the band’s website.

Join Papernik’s band beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the 1743 86th Street branch. The show is free and lasts an hour. The suggested age is 5 and up.

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Is your kid the next Roger Federer or Anna Kournikova? They could be, and now there are free programs at local schools to help them get there.

The New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) organization launched their free community tennis summer programs for kids earlier this month, and registration continues to be open.

The program provides free use of tennis racquets, qualified instructors and lessons to kids ages 5 to 18. Participants will learn the basics of tennis strokes and how to rally, and then be put to the test in competition with others of similar skill levels.

The summer season kicked off July 7, but there are no deadlines to register and no wait lists to slog through. Registration is done on-site, and parents or guardians must accompany the child during the registration process. It’s a six to eight week program which runs three to six hours a day, five days a week – although schedules vary from site to site.

Locally, kids can sign up and begin playing at the following area schools during the days and times indicated:

  • P.S. 229 – 1400 Benson Avenue - Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Site director: Colin Clarke
  • McDonald ParkMcDonald Avenue at Avenue S – Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Gennady Shuminov
  • P.S. 238 – 1633 East 8th Street - Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Colin Clarke
  • Andries Hudde Junior High School Playground2500 Nostrand Avenue – Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Site director: Bob Spigner

More information can be found here. The full list of sites citywide can be found here.

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The sediment-filled waste coming out of a covered sewer overflow pipe. (Source: Pete Castro)

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Event flier. Click to enlarge.

We broke the story last week about neighbors’ concerns over potentially toxic runoff from a Department of Environmental Protection operation to clean out the sewers in Coney Island. Now Councilman Mark Treyger is keeping good to his word, organizing a public meeting with the agency to bring its representatives into the community to hear residents out and answer questions.

Treyger announced yesterday that the meeting will take place Tuesday, July 8, at 4:00 p.m. at the Coney Island YMCA (2980 West 29th Street). The topic isn’t just the spillage occurring on West 33rd Street, where black gunk is flowing from a sewer outfall pipe into Coney Island Creek. It’s also about the project behind it – a long-awaited effort by the agency to clear out blocked sewer lines peninsula-wide, which they say will reduce the amount of street flooding during storms.

The local pol will be at the meeting, joined by Deputy Commisioner for Water and Sewer Operations Jim Roberts, and they’ll be giving an overview of the project and answering questions from the public.

The meeting is open to everybody. For more information, contact Treyger’s office at (718) 307-7151.

The following is a press release from the offices of Council members Mark Treyger and David Greenfield:

Councilmembers David G. Greenfield and Mark Treyger invite all local residents and families to attend a free screening of the classic, “The Wizard of Oz” this Sunday, June 29th. The movie will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. in Colonel Marcus Park at Avenue P & East 5th. Residents are invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy this great family event.

The 1939 Technicolor film, “The Wizard of Oz,” tells the tale of Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, whose farmhouse is swept into tornado and lands in the magical Land of Oz. She sets out on a mission to return home to Kansas with the help of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But when Dorothy’s house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, her evil sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, schemes to thwart Dorothy’s plans and avenge her sister’s death.

Starring Judy Garland, the Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films in American pop culture. In 1956, it began airing annually, reintroducing the musical to a new generation and cementing its status as one of the most famous films ever made. It earned six Academy Award nominations, including one for best song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

“I am excited to bring our annual Family Movie in the Park to the Midwood and Gravesend neighborhoods this Sunday. I look forward to seeing many families and children at this event. Please be sure to bring a blanket or chair and join me great event on Sunday, June 29,” Councilman Greenfield said.

“This is a great chance for residents to come together and enjoy a classic film in a great setting at Colonel Marcus Park. My thanks to the New York City Parks Department and Council Member Greenfield for their help organizing this free event right in our neighborhood. The entire community is invited, so please spread the word and bring your family, friends, and neighbors with you on Sunday,” said Councilman Treyger.

“The Wizard of Oz” will be shown in the large asphalt area at Colonel Marcus Park, located at Avenue P between East 4th and East 5th Street. For more information, please contact Councilman Greenfield’s office at (718) 853-2704 or Councilman Tregyger’s at (718) 307-7151.

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