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The UJA Federation, MET Council,  FEGS, NYLAG, and COJO-supported job fair held at the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst (7802 Bay Parkway) on October 24 from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., promises to give job seekers access to recruiters, employers and professionals who will help groom them in order to land a job.

“It’s an amazing community resource and we are expecting over 40 different employers and recruiters to be in attendance,” said Alena Gomulina, JCH’s Director of Community Engagement and Communication.

Register for the event by calling 646-449-6178 or visiting www.JCHB.org and clicking “Brooklyn Job Fair.” Don’t forget, on the day of the event, make sure you wear your business attire best and bring plenty of copies of your resume.

Good luck on that job hunt folks.

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This vintage postcard showed up on Ebay and it is indeed Bensonhurst Park at Cropsey Avenue as it looked in 1911. The going price for the card is $16, which may be a too much for some. However, the view of Gravesend Bay in the distance may sweeten the deal.

I’m assuming this is the Westernmost edge of the park.

The seller credits photographer S. Strauss for the image, though no further information for the photographer could be found.

A nice bit of image nostalgia for you, enjoy.

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The New York Daily News examined the records of the borough’s lawmakers and compiled the numbers. While some came out on top with the most bills passed, others came out topping the truancy list, having missed the most meetings and hearings.

Councilman and Council finance chair Domenic Recchia was our most active local politician. He introduced 25 new bills, though many were “technical budget measures.”

As for the rest, some fared quite low. For example, City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy of East Flatbush missed 23.9 percent of council meetings and only introduced 3 bills since 2011.

The numbers do not take into account any co-sponsored bills.

As council member Eric Martin Dilan of East New York put it, “There’s always room for improvement.”

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State Senator Marty Golden accepted at least one interesting in-kind campaign donation: expensive cigars.

Campaign records show a donation receipt worth $1,237.50 of cigars from Scott Bendett, owner of a cigar shop located in Albany, according to the New York Post.

Bendett’s Habana Premium Cigars store was also was the site of an August fundraiser for Golden.

Perhaps the aficionado gifted the senator with the tobacco because the senator sponsored legislation that would “cap state cigar taxes at the lesser of $1 per smoke or 75 percent of the wholesale price.”

A spokesperson for Senator Golden stated that the cigars were given away to golfers at an outing the senator held in Kingston, NY some time ago.

In-kind donations are not unheard of, but re-gifting campaign stogies might just be a new one.

Grimm/Simons courtesy of Facebook

After all of the suicide tragedies that have occurred on the Verrazano in recent times, a story of two officers saving a young life offers a powerful contrast.

On Wednesday night, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Officers Edward Grimm and Lee Simons responded to a call on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge about a stationary 2012 Honday Pilot on the lower-level.

Officer Grimm, who is no stranger to heroic deeds, approached the car on foot. Because of the tinted windows, Grimm was unable to see what was happening inside and he was cautious to act quickly. Yet, he had on a hunch that something wasn’t right. As he came closer, he heard yelling and the scene became clearer.

A woman was screaming for help because her 8-year-old son had his seat belt wrapped around his throat and was on the verge of strangling himself to death.

“He had a seat belt wrapped around his neck, I would say… eight times,” Grimm said to the Staten Island Advance. “It was like a piece of tape around his neck. You actually saw his skin coming over the belt because it was so tight, and the kid was turning colors. He wasn’t talking.”

Not long after Office Lee Simons, a 9-year veteran, arrived. The men started to work on saving the boy’s life. They realized that the belt had become so tightly wound that they could not get their fingers between the belt and the boy’s neck to free him.

Simons reached into his pocket and pulled out a folding knife. The officers cut the seat belt and the boy started breathing shortly after.

“I was in the right place in the right time,” said a humble Simons. “Anybody in that situation would have done the same thing.”

He was taken by an emergency response team to Lutheran Medical Center, where he made a full recovery.

Though  no one knows the exact circumstances that led to the horrific scene, officers assume the boy may have been playing around in the car when the belt became too tight.

“This is like lessons for life,” said the boy’s mother after the accident.

With a rich and colorful history, it is no wonder Bensonhurst and its cast of characters continues to be an inspiration for films, television shows and books.

Author and former Bensonhurst resident John Biscello just released his book of short stories called Freeze Tag dedicated to his childhood in the area and the inspiration he drew from his experiences there.

He grew up on 62nd Street and 18th Avenue and he sets most of his stories on the familiar 18th Avenue. Though Biscello now calls Taos, New Mexico his home for the past ten years, his childhood plays a major part in his present day literary career.

Biscello recalls his Brooklyn roots:

When I was younger, before I started traveling into the City which at that time was practically a foreign land to me, my neighborhood felt like the entire universe.  When I was very young the block on which I lived was my universe; as I grew older my universe expanded to include 18th Avenue.  That’s the fascinating thing about neighborhoods, the way in which they shape our identities and attitudes, how they function as enclaves and bubbles, both for better and for worse.  Even after I left Bensonhurst, I began working and hanging out in the City when I was 18, then started traveling, and eventually moved to Taos, New Mexico, where I have lived for the past eleven years, the neighborhood, and all of its stories and characters stayed with me, have lived inside me deeply and I wanted to give voice to these ghosts and memories.  There’s a quote, ‘When you leave Brooklyn, you ain’t going nowhere.’ Eleven years in New Mexico, but I’m still very much a Brooklyn boy at heart.

Comprised of five stories and a novella, the book takes readers inside the heart of Bensonhurst where a boy teaches himself how to disappear as his family collapses around him, group has their last desperate hurrah at a dive strip club, a comic book artist returns home to grieve his lost childhood love, and a middle-aged woman uses baby-talk to seduce her daughter’s boyfriend.

Here’s an excerpt from Biscello’s book:

I found out about Ilya’s death from Petey. I lived in San Francisco, Petey still lived in Bensonhurst, and because he was unmarried, he still lived with his mother, Rosa.  It was an unspoken custom in Bensonhurst that sons, no matter what their age, would live at home until they got married. (There were, of course, exceptions to this custom, but for the most part it was observed.) Sons stayed at home because of their mothers. Fathers, in this particular equation, were not necessities but more like living fixtures that came with the house. Sons stayed at home because of their mothers, and if they never got married they never left, and if they got married then later divorced, they’d immediately move back in with their mothers.

Looks like Bensonhurst, even for those who have moved all the way out to New Mexico, continues to be a major inspiration for artists and writers.

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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.

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From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

In his latest effort to spruce up local neighborhoods and help improve the environment, Councilman David G. Greenfield is hosting a free tree giveaway this Sunday, October 21 at Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School. The event, held in partnership with MillionTreesNYC and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), will begin at noon and last until 2 p.m. or until the 100 tree allotment has been distributed. Interested residents can register for their free tree ahead of time online, and a limited amount of trees will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Sunday.

“This is a great way for residents to help spruce up their neighborhood. Trees improve our air quality and add to the beauty of our community, so I am proud to bring this great program to the district. I encourage anyone interested in breathing a little easier and doing their part to help the environment to register today for a free tree,” said Councilman Greenfield.

The giveaway is part of the city’s ongoing MillionTreesNYC initiative, which is a joint venture between the New York City Parks Department and New York Restoration Project that aims to plant and care for one million new trees across the five boroughs over the next decade. The goal is to increase the city’s urban forest, which is comprised of street trees, park trees and trees on public, private and commercial land, by 20 percent. This event is limited to one tree per household. The trees must be planted within the five boroughs, and cannot be planted along streets, in city parks, in containers or on roofs. In addition, the resident or family accepting the free tree is responsible for properly watering and maintaining it.

This marks the latest chapter in Councilman Greenfield’s community beautification projects that he has undertaken since taking office. Greenfield recently joined Assemblyman Bill Colton for several community cleanup days in Bensonhurst and has worked with various city agencies to combat illegal dumping and truck idling along Bay Parkway. He has also allocated millions of dollars to improve neighborhood parks and increase the amount of green space residents have access to.

“I am proud of all the progress we have made towards cleaning up and beautifying Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst over the past few years. I will continue to work with city agencies, my colleagues in government and community groups to build on this progress with future events and initiatives aimed at making our streets nicer and improving our quality of life,” added Greenfield.

For more information about Sunday’s tree giveaway, contact Councilman Greenfield’s district office at (718) 853-2704. Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School is located at 5800 20th Avenue. To register ahead of time for a free tree, visit www.nyrp.org/milliontreesnyc.

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On Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friends of Kaiser Park, Avenue P Project, Beneath the Sea, Inc., Brooklyn Community Board 13, City Parks Foundation Coastal Classroom, Cultural Research Divers, Diver’s Academy, John Dewey High School, The New York City Aquarium, Partnerships for Parks Catalyst Program and the Roddenberry Dive Team will host Beyond the Sea Waterfront Celebration and coastal clean-up as part of It’s My Park Day at Kaiser Park at Neptune Avenue.

The groups are looking for volunteers to help with all sorts of activities like food set-up, giveaway distribution, beach clean-up and more.

This free event is family friendly and kids are encouraged to attend. The day is chock full of family and marine education activities, arts and crafts, food, underwater robots and music is planned. This includes special guests like Bill Evans, meteorologist from WABC-TV, and the Roddenberry Dive Team’s Rod Roddenberry, who is the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

This event will also officiate the initial launch of a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), which is a product of the City Parks Foundation’s Coastal Classrooms program in partnership with students from John Dewey High School. Educators hope that the ROV will allow students to better see and understand the world located underneath our local waterways.

For more information, please call Anthony Feliciano, Partnerships for Parks at 646-325-5317 or go to www.facebook.com/kaiserparknyc. If you would like to volunteer, please email Afeliciano@CityParksFoundation.org or call Feliciano at 646-325-5317.

Image courtesy of Councilman Greenfield’s offices

Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School students, staff and Councilman David Greenfield were overjoyed to cut the ribbon yesterday afternoon on their brand new $3 million athletic field.

FDR’s (5800 20th Avenue) football, softball, soccer and other teams did not have their own field to practice on. The Cougars, FDR’s the football team, have been known to practice on any free green space they could find. This includes practicing in Gravesend Park, without the proper permissions.

The new 50-yard field was built over the asphalt lot at FDR. Initially started by then Councilman Simcha Felder with the support of Mayor Bloomberg, the project continued with the support of many local politicians including Greenfield.

“It was a pleasure to join the entire FDR family to celebrate this great new football field and the investment it represents in this terrific school. I am proud that years of effort and advocacy have paid off with this state of the art field, which will be used by generations of FDR student-athletes in the years to come. Today’s ribbon cutting shows what we can accomplish by working together towards a common goal and refusing to give up,” said Councilman David Greenfield in a release.

Also in attendance for the big event were Principal Steven Demarco, former Principal Geraldine Maione, Assistant Principal of Physical Education Bob Pertsas, coaches, team members, cheerleaders and the FDR marching band.