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Councilman Mark Treyger kicks off a food drive today at his two district offices, as part of a citywide initiative honoring Mother Teresa’s 104th birthday.

Items can be dropped off between now and Friday at 2015 Stillwell Avenue or 445 Neptune Avenue during regular office hours. According to his office, the greatest need is for canned vegetables, tomato sauce, soups, canned and dried fruit, peanut butter, canned meat and stews, rice, pasta, cereal and baby food.

New York City is in the midst of a food crisis at pantries serving the homeless and needy, including at local pantries. Treyger is hoping to fill that gap locally by sending the donations to the Gravesend Houses Tenants’ Association in Coney Island – home of the city’s poorest census tract. Other Council members are organizing food drives to benefit organizations in their community.

For more information about donating, contact Inna Lukyanenko at (718) 373-9673.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to be avoiding Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods that supported his electoral rival, Joe Lhota, including Sheepshead Bay and Bensonhurst, according to a report in the New York Observer.

The outlet reports that de Blasio has held press conferences in neighborhoods where he performed well in November’s elections, but has failed to appear at all in the more conservative enclaves of Southern Brooklyn.

Mr. de Blasio, a Brooklynite, held press conferences in Democratic strongholds like Williamsburg, Bushwick, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York over the first seven and a half months of his administration. But along the southern swath of Brooklyn–in neighborhoods including Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Boro Park, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mill Basin and Bergen Beach–Mr. de Blasio has not scheduled a public appearance since becoming mayor in January.

Mr. Lhota bested Mr. de Blasio in those southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, in some election districts winning as much as 80 percent of the vote. Citywide, Mr. Lhota was crushed, winning only 24 percent of the vote to Mr. de Blasio’s 73 percent.

Prior to the elections, de Blasio sightings were fairly common in areas like Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach. After votes were cast overwhelmingly in favor of Lhota in those neighborhoods, he hasn’t been heard from. The Observer reports that some in the Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst neighborhoods are complaining of the same.

Public appearances are one measure of the mayor’s responsiveness to a community. Another could be the dispatching of high-ranking officials to those neighborhoods, and on that there appears to be mixed results. The Department of Transportation commissioner and Build it Back head have both engaged Southern Brooklyn communities and appeared responsive.

At the same time, the mayor’s office gave a last-minute denial to the Santa Rosalia Society’s request for a date change of the 18th Avenue Feast. The request was made to address community concerns about garbage pickup after the event, but the mayor’s office offered no explanation for the denial despite multiple requests.

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We now have a wide range of all-new programs, many available through MBBC/Nash Jew After School for the first time this year. Our programs include:

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  • Music and vocal programs
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D LINE

There are no subway service advisories scheduled at this time.

N LINE

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

R LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St—take the N. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St, Brooklyn.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

F LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 23 St and 14 St.

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

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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:

Historic Kings Theatre set to reopen soon [Ditmas Park Corner]

NY1 reporter on journalism and raising a family in Brooklyn [Park Slope Stoop]

Preet Bharara is a real life superhero and you need to know who he is [NY Times]

Sausage lover? Get to Der Kommissar! [South Slope News]

The 8 most popular street names in NYC [Untapped Cities]

Burglar trapped overnight in restaurant’s air vent [Sheepshead Bites]

Broken muni-meters on the rise [AMNY]

9 of 10 buildings fail basic energy code requirements [Crain's]

Preservation laws keeping Ditmas family out of home after 2012 fire [DPC]

Photos: Coney Island sand sculpting contest [SB]

De Blasio first mayor to celebrate Pakistan’s independence at Brooklyn Mela [KensingtonBK]

Catcalling (and worse) is why one woman stopped running in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]

Does your 6-year-old need pampering? There’s a new salon for that [Fort Greene Focus]

Politics and corruption in governor’s race [The New Yorker]

Saturday is the 10th anniversary of Fort Greene Park Literary Festival [FGF]

What the mayor’s rhetoric says about his values [Crain's]

New Utrecht Avenue, 1978 (Source: Whiskeygonebad/Flickr)

D LINE

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from 36 St to Stillwell Av.

N LINE

From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, there are no N trains between Lexington Av/59 St and Queensboro Plaza – take the 7 instead. N service operates in two sections:

  1. Between Stillwell Av and Lexington Av/59 St.
  2. Between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd.
    • For service between Queens and Manhattan, take the 7. Transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St and/or Queensboro Plaza.

All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

R LINE

From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, R service is extended to the 179 St F station.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, R trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between Manhattan and Queens.

  • Trains skip 5 Av/59 St, Lexington Av/59 St, and Queens Plaza in both directions.
  • To/from 5 Av/59 St and Lexington Av/59 St, use the N instead. Transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St.
  • To/from Queens Plaza, use the E instead. Transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St/Port Authority. Note: E trains run local in Queens.

All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

F LINE

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, F trains run local in Queens.

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Enough of the hand-wringing: the Festa di Santa Rosalia is here!

Affectionately known as the 18th Avenue Feast, the 10-day event kicks off today at 5:00 p.m. It begins with a procession at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street, following mass at Santa Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue).

The 10-day festival, now in its 37th year, packs 18th Avenue from 67th Street to 75th Street with food, music, vendors and amusement. On weekdays, it runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weekends get an earlier start, running from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The event honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily, where their own Festa has been celebrated continuously since 1624. Organizers of the Bensonhurst event say it’s the larges Italian-American festival in Brooklyn.

For the first time in its nearly four decade history, the 18th Avenue Feast organizers sought a change in date. Always kicking off on the third Thursday in August, organizers hoped to bump it up one week to help address neighbors’ concerns about trash. The mayor’s office, however, issued a last minute denial to their application, forcing organizers to keep to their traditional date.

raccoon 

A raccoon that died after attacking a litter of feral cats on the 7800 block of 16th Avenue tested positive for rabies, a city Department of Health spokesman has just informed us.

The raccoon may have exposed the feral cats, and at least two litters of kittens, to rabies, and the Health Department said it’s working to identify the cats so they can undergo testing as soon as possible.

“It’s important for members of the community to be aware that feral cats in the area have potentially been exposed to rabies, and we are urging people to avoid feeding or handling any stray or unfamiliar animals,” Health Department Deputy Press Secretary Levi Fishman wrote to us.

Residents are reminded to immediately seek medical attention and call 311 or Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 if they are bitten by a stray or wild animal.

Fishman noted that only two other animals in Brooklyn – both raccoons – have tested positive for rabies this year. For more information on rabies, you can go here.

To help prevent the further spread of rabies among cats, dogs, and other household pets, the Health Department said to take the following steps:

  • Get your cat or dog vaccinated for rabies. It’s the law.
  • Check with your vet to see if your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations. Pets need a rabies booster shot every one to four years.
  • Call 311 or visit nyc.gov and search for “rabies” for information on rabies.
  • Always keep cats, even vaccinated cats, indoors and supervise your dog when it is outdoors. Cats and dogs that roam could come into contact with a rabid animal, get infected – and then expose you.
  • Avoid wild, stray or unfamiliar animals. Keep children and pets away from them too.
  • Avoid any wild, stray, sick, or injured animal, no matter how helpless it looks. Even stray cats can be dangerous.
  • Raccoons, skunks, and bats are more likely than other animals to have rabies. Be careful around them—especially if they appear sick or behave strangely. Strange behavior includes normally tame animals, like cats, acting aggressively, or wild animals acting too friendly; night animals, such as raccoons, walking around during the day; or animals having difficulty walking around.
  • Call 311 and ask for Animal Care and Control to find out what to do.
  • Keep garbage in tight containers to avoid attracting animals.
  • If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water immediately, consult a doctor, and call 311 or Poison Control at (800) 222-1222 to report the bite. Talk to a doctor right away to see if you need a tetanus shot or a rabies evaluation. If you don’t have a regular doctor, go to a hospital emergency room.

Photo via Tambako The Jaguar.

Former Councilman Domenic Recchia, who is challenging embattled Congressman Michael Grimm, released his campaign’s first television ad this week. The message appears to be an attempt to boost his Staten Island credentials.

The ad, called “Saturday,” follows the Democratic candidate on what it claims is a “typical Saturday.” He heads to Staten Island to take care of mom, back to Brooklyn to shuttle his daughters around, returns to the Island for a nephew’s ballgame, then Brooklyn again, then the Island, then… you get the idea.

If you were hoping the ad might have something about his stance on federal issues like, say, military spending or corporate tax incentives or a federal marriage equality proposal – well, keep hoping. It ain’t in this ad. Instead it says he’ll fight for lower tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge – a state issue – because he doesn’t want to go broke spending all that time in Staten Island.

But, hey, there’s a lot of Staten Island in there. That’s probably a response to the often-touted political wisdom that a Brooklyn candidate can’t represent the Island, which has made us wonder whether an Island rep can represent Brooklyn.

It’s not the only campaign advertising going around. Grimm, a Republican, seems to be short on the ad front, which probably has something to do with his mounting debt and fundraising issues. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is piling on with a video ad that’s been bombarding my Pandora account, called “Charges.” It looks like a pretty good flick.

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