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.
With temperatures hitting 95 degrees, Con Edison reduced voltage by five percent to some neighborhoods in Brooklyn due to problems with electrical equipment.
The voltage-reduction areas include Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and others.
The voltage reduction was done as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as company crews work to repair the problems.
While crews are making repairs, Con Edison is asking customers in those two areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers and microwaves. They can keep refrigerators on, but are asked to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to help save energy.
Customers can report power interruptions or service problems as well as view service restoration information online at www.ConEd.com and on their cell phones and PDAs. Customers may also call Con Edison at (800) 752-6633. When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
The equipment problems have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.
Tomorrow promises to be just as hot, so expect more brownouts.
Irina Shelikhova was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport after two years of hiding out in the Ukraine. She was the last fugitive wanted in the biggest Medicare fraud case ever.
Shelikhova, who worked at Bay Medical Care in Bath Beach scammed the system out of $47 million, according to the New York Daily News.
Patients were paid to get bogus and non-existent physical therapy treatments up to three times a week for over a year. The clinic would then bill the treatments to Medicare.
Shelikhova disappeared in July of 2010 after the law caught up with the fraudulent practices.
Shelikhova managed the clinic and was an authorized signatory on the clinic’s bank accounts. She also managed two nearby clinics that took part in the theft. The clinics involved in the scheme include Bay Medical Care PC at 8686 Bay Parkway, SVS Wellcare Medical PLLC at 7616 Bay Parkway and SZS Medical Care PLLC at 8686 Bay Parkway.
“Nobody needs that much physical therapy,” said Thomas O’Donnell, a special agent who investigated the scheme.
The cases against all the defendants are ongoing. Shelikhova is charged with conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks, health care fraud and money laundering.
JoAnn from Bensonhurst is an internet phenomena. The wife and mother turned local commentator always has something colorful to say.
Here’s Joanne’s latest viral rant about where to stick your money. You tell ‘em JoAnn.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral Basilica at 250 Cathedral Place on Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m.
Of the six, one has been a local religious figure for most his life.
Father Lawrence Ryan, 63, was born and raised in the Church of Saint Ephrem at 929 Bay Ridge Parkway. He attended St. Ephrem’s School; Cathedral Prep, Brooklyn; Columbia University; New York University School of Law, and Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.
During summers while at Holy Apostles, he attended the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha and studied Spanish in Mexico.
“Shortly after college, I began what turned out to be a long and happy career as a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service,” said Father Ryan. “During my early years, I investigated different types of customs crimes. Later I was an agent-instructor at the Customs Academy and worked as an agent supervisor and manager in several cities, including New York and Washington, DC.”
He also served as a member of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and later as an officer in the Coast Guard Reserve. Following September 2001, he participated in the merger of the Customs and Immigration functions into the new Department of Homeland Security.
“Although I always attended Sunday Mass, I was like many Catholics in that I was not that active in my faith during my young adult and early middle-age years,” he said. “However, as time went by I began to attend daily Mass more regularly, to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist more frequently, and to think and pray about becoming a priest. After much prayer and thought, I entered Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut in January of 2007.”
Father Ryan will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of St. Ephrem on Sunday, June 24 at 12 p.m.
This Saturday, June 23 is the Relay for Life of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights. It is being held at the Fort Hamilton athletic field at 8301 Shore Road.
Come out to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and support the fight against cancer.
Sheepshead Bites posted an article about the ongoing heat wave warnings for our area and tips on how to stay cool. Read the article here.
In the meanwhile, follow these tips from the National Weather Service to keep safe during the warm weather:
- Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
- Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
- Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
- Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
- Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle
- Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.
Apparently, the police have been cracking down on illegal flower vendors throughout Brooklyn.
Florists complained that unlicensed flower stands were costing them between $5,000 and $10,000 a week, according to TLJ-News. Around holidays, that number skyrockets. The unregistered florists don’t pay taxes on their businesses.
So, does a rose smell just as sweet if sold by an unregistered florist or are we doing a disservice to our local shops by buying from the street?
“What the What?” is a new photo feature looking at odd, weird and interesting things in the neighborhood. If you have photos of what the what happenings in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights or the surrounding areas send them to lvladimirova [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.
The NYPD released a video that shows the two men suspected of spray-painting swastikas on a store gate, truck and other places.
The vandalism on film occurred at Fischman’s Food Center at 4421 16th Avenue and around the corner at 1605 46th Street, according to DNA Info.
The video shows one man to be in black shorts, black shoes, glasses and a light-colored sweatshirt, and the other man is in light-colored shorts, a T-shirt and baseball cap.
Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
The Department of Transportation has asked for companies to submit Statements of Qualification if they are interested in managing and operating the city’s parking meters.
Companies will have to run a designated number of parking spaces to be considered and have $100 million in collateral. There are about 80,800 on-street parking spaces up for grabs.
Based on the responses from businesses, a decision will be made as to whether or not the project will take foot.
A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said that the city would keep control of meter rates and violation enforcement, according to Voz Iz Neias.
Statements are due July 31.