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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.

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If you’re walking your dog and not picking up their poop, you and your pooch may end up on our news blog. The picture above was submitted by a frustrated resident after having had enough of the poop she sees all throughout her neighborhood.

“This lady like many people in Bensonhurst didn’t clean after her dog. Lots of poop every day on 19th Avenue,” writes Carmen Tamacas.

Now, Bensonhurstians, how about we pitch in, clean up after our four-legged friends and keep our streets free of that nasty stuff?

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority released a proposal earlier this week that outlines options for the fare hike that will take effect in March of 2013. The proposal is full of various combinations for increases in the single ride, weekly and monthly cards as well as proposed increases for toll bridges and buses.

Keep reading to see the proposal.

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Former 62nd Precinct police officer Admir Kacamakovic was arraigned for illegally running license plates in the NYPD database. As a result, Kacamakovic is threatening suicide.

He plead guilty to the felony crime and had an emotional breakdown after leaving the federal court.

“I don’t know why I didn’t commit suicide yet,” said Admir Kacamakovic to the New York Daily News. “I can’t take it anymore.”

Kacamakovic was on the force for eight years before he got into trouble. After he was indicted for illegally running license plates, he admitted his guilt for a lesser crime of handcuffing a man outside of a bar.

Last October, the officer went outside to break up a fight in front of his cousin’s Bensonhurst bar. The man outside was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed by Kacamakovic after the victim threatened to file a complaint.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch stated that Kacamakovic abused power and subjected the victim to injury when he unlawfully detained him.

Kacamakovic admitted to seeing a psychiatrist since his arrest. That did not stop him from raging out during his trial.

“I have been working in the most corrupt police department, and I want to start somewhere else,” he said.

Judge Kuntz, who was presiding over the trial, offered some counseling to the torn up former cop.

“God is good, life is long and suicide is not on the table,” Kuntz said.

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Acupuncture clinic, Healing Acupuncture, opened at 8635 21st Avenue, Suite 1A.

The ancient Chinese pain management needle technique is administered by Ada Kulagina, LAC.

On her Linked In page she writes, “I treat my patients through the Chinese art of acupuncture for various medical conditions. I have worked in multiple pain management clinics in New York with excellent results for my patients.”

The staff at Healing Acupuncture state that acupuncture can treat anything from headaches and migraines to insomnia.

Call 718-548-4100 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York City places all over the city are hosting awareness nights in order to combat domestic violence through education programs and outreach.

The 62nd Precinct at 1925 Bath Avenue is hosting an event on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

Mayor Bloomberg’s staff have also compiled a calendar of all NYC domestic violence awareness events as well as a comprehensive resource directory which includes everything from safe houses to counseling services.

The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) asks that anyone “visiting or referring a domestic violence victim to any of the organizations listed should first contact the organization to ensure that appropriate services are available. In addition, you can contact the New York City 24-hour, toll-free domestic violence hotline (1-800-621-HOPE) for up-to-date service information and assistance in over 150 languages.”

On Wednesday October 17, CEC 21 will hold their monthly meeting at PS/ IS 238 The Anne Sullivan School at 1633 East 8th Street.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. with the business session taking place first and the calendar session second.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect:

Business Meeting:

  • Call to order
  • Roll call
  • New business
  • Old business
  • A.A. items
  • Adjournment
  • Entertainment by student of P.S./I.S 238

Calendar Meeting

  • Call to order                                                                               
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Roll call                                                                         
  • President’s report                                                   
  • Vote on resolutions
  • Approval of August 15 and September 12, 2012 minutes
  • Superintendent’s report                                                      
  • Guest speakers
  • Public speaking time

Public attendance and participation is encouraged for the second half of the meeting. Guest speakers will include Karen Alford, UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools and Lauren Lefty, Associate Planner, Brooklyn Planning Team Office of Portfolio Management.

Alford will discuss a UFT initiative to support and assist six schools, including PS 188, in their development of a community learning school’s model and Lefty will cover the work of the Portfolio Team and some specific planning scenarios regarding D21, especially I.S. 303 and Coney Island Prep.

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A man was found stabbed to death in front of 1360 40th Street in Borough Park over the weekend.

Police responded to a distress call on Friday evening shorty after 11:30 p.m. and found the victim with a stab wound to the stomach when they arrived, according to CBS New York.

The man was dead when the cops arrived.

Police are investigating the crime and have no further details to release at this time.

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Late Sunday afternoon, a man was found by the NYPD Harbor Unit in the waters below the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Except, unlike the recent and tragic stories of those who jumped the 228 feet, this man was found alive.

“He was in critical condition but alive,” U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said to the Staten Island Advance.

The man was seen getting out of his car on and then jumping from the Upper Level section of the bridge. NYPD searched the waters for him, and pulled him out alive. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital for care.

According to the Advance, there were eight suicide attempts since last December. Three of those were stopped.

The alarming numbers has caused the MTA to install signage which reads “Life is worth living,” along with suicide prevention telephones that connect to a suicide prevention service.

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Real estate giants Massey Knakal have put the space at 6601 18th Avenue up for sale. The 4,000-square-foot Bank of America branch location is currently under construction.

Located on the corner of 18th Avenue and 66th Street, this heavily-trafficked site can have a net operating income of $450,000.

Here’s what they write about the sale:

18th Avenue, also known as Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard, is undoubtedly one of the neighborhood’s most visible and heavily-trafficked thoroughfares, making it an obvious location for the popular national bank. Ground leased for 20 years, the property offers prospective purchasers a high yield, management free investment opportunity in the
heart of one of Brooklyn’s fastest growing middle-class neighborhoods. The current net operating income is approximately $450,000. Please contact us for more information.

Ah yes, and the asking price is a cool $9, 750,000. Who is in?