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Dr. David Greuner, a local cardiovascular surgeon with NYC Surgical Associates, was featured last night on the TV show, “The Doctors.”

Aside from being a specialist in minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery for cardiovascular diseases, varicose veins and new techniques and technologies, he is also one of 12 doctors on the cover of a special calendar called “The Most Beautiful Doctors in America,” produced by “The Doctors.” The proceeds of the calendar will be donated to the American Red Cross.

On last night’s episode, Dr. Greuner gave advice on mitral valve prolapse and on a an episode that aired earlier in the month, he gave his expert opinion on vein disease.

The show is an Emmy-winning program that asks specialists to explain various medical issues and procedures in a non-jargon kind of way.

His Bensonhurst office is at 8717 21st Avenue, so go ahead and ask him to sign your copy of the calendar if you have one, but you’ll probably have to make an appointment first.

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Can anyone remember where the mural of this fancy lady once stood? If you want the answer, as well as a reminder of what happened to her, click here.

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Closeout Heaven, a new discount store, has opened at 2215 86th Street. According to tipster Howard W., the store sells “second hand products Costco stuff and clothes.”

There are quite a few discount variety stores on 86th Street, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one fares. Welcome to the neighborhood Closeout Heaven.

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From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield is demanding that the MTA honor all MetroCards being used by parents escorting children to school as a result of the school bus strike expected to begin tomorrow morning. Councilman Greenfield was just made aware by school administrators that it will take between 24 and 48 hours for parents’ cards to be activated, meaning that parents will not be able to ride city buses with their young or special education children tomorrow on the first day of the strike. Moreover, Councilman Greenfield has learned that MetroCards will be deactivated if a parent attempts to use it to board a bus before Thursday, meaning parents in areas without subway service who rely on bus service cannot use public transit to drop off or pick up their children at all on Wednesday.

In response, Councilman Greenfield is demanding that the MTA do the right thing and allow any parents who are escorting their children to school tomorrow morning to ride alongside their children without paying fare out of their own pockets. This will not cost the MTA any additional expense since the city Department of Education has already purchased MetroCards for parents’ use during the strike, but the MTA won’t be able to activate them until as late as Thursday.

“I was shocked to learn this morning that parents who need to escort their young or special education children to school tomorrow will have to pay out of pocket because the MetroCards they will be given will not work. This will likely lead to chaos during the morning commute as tens of thousands of parents attempt to escort their children to school. The MTA needs to do the right thing and allow any parent escorting a child to board all buses so they are not forced to pay out of their own pocket as a result of the school bus driver strike,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Councilman Greenfield is calling on the MTA and DOE to ensure that MetroCards will be available to parents and activated in time for the expected work stoppage on Wednesday morning. If this is not possible, Councilman Greenfield is demanding that the MTA allow parents to ride with their young or special education children for free until the MetroCards are activated.

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The Shore Parkway seawall was all but destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit. Local pols and leaders have been rallying since to get the seawall repaired as soon as possible. Luckily, it has been announced that the seawall will undergo emergency repairs by the Parks Department.

At Community Board 11′s most recent meeting, district manager Marnee Elias-Pavia stated that the seawall will be repaired starting in February, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

The hazardous conditions of the damaged seawall were a great concern for many in the neighborhood. Senator Marty Golden has been sending letters to FEMA officials and other leaders to urge not only a repair of the seawall, but an overview of the entire structure.

In a letter to Colonel Paul E. Owens of the Army Corps of Engineers, Golden wrote, “It is imperative that work on the damaged section being immediately to prevent further erosion as well as to protect the safety of the community and use of the Belt Parkway.”

Congressman Michael Grimm has also echoed the same sentiments. Both pols want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the entire section of the damaged wall and assess it for safety in the case that another major storm hit the area.

About 250-feet of the seawall saw the greatest damage near 17th Avenue. Many residents use the walkway path adjacent to the seawall for exercise and outdoor activities, and now parts of it are in dire need of repair.

“The district manager of Community Board 10 and I have requested a meeting with the Parks Department so that we can review the plans,” said Elias-Pavia at the CB11 meeting.

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Beginning Wednesday, January 16, there will be a strike by bus drivers who provide school bus transportation to the public and non-public school students. This means that there will be no transportation for most or all school-age students.

Early Intervention or pre-K bus services may not be affected, however, parents or guardians may face interruptions in services as well.

Our friends at Sheepshead Bites posted a list of transportation resources courtesy of the Department of Education:

  • All students who currently receive yellow bus service may receive a MetroCard. MetroCards should be requested through the school’s general office. The DOE has informed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that it may need to accommodate additional riders.
  • Parents of pre-school and school-age children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and require transportation from their home directly to their school, as well as parents of general education children in grades K-2, may also request a MetroCard to escort their children to school.
  • Parents of children who receive busing from their home or are in K-6 and do not live in areas where public transportation between home and school is available, may request reimbursement for transportation costs. Parents who drive their children to school will be reimbursed at a rate of 55 cents per mile. Parents who use a taxi or car service to transport their child to school will be reimbursed for the trip upon completion of reimbursement forms that includes a receipt for provided services. Requests for reimbursements should be made weekly on forms that will be available on the DOE web site,www.schools.nyc.gov, and in schools’ general offices. Families who plan to drive or use a car service to carpool are encouraged to carpool with their neighbors whenever possible.
  • In the unfortunate event that students cannot get to school, the Department will be posting materials online for every grade and core subject so that students can continue their learning at home during the strike.

For more information and updates, please check schools.nyc.gov or call 311.

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We’re sad to report that the Cristoforo Colombo Bakery & Pastry Shop at 6916 18th Avenue has closed. Last week, the staff held an auction of all of the store’s fixtures, according to an anonymous tipster.

The bakery was a neighborhood fixture and well-known for their seeded semolina bread.

Calls to the bakery were not returned.

Goodbye Cristoforo Colombo Bakery, you will be missed.

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The threat of a school bus strike looms over New York City. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 represents 9,000 people who provide transportation for students on a daily basis has not confirmed or denied the possibility of a school bus workers walkout. However, reports are stating that a strike could happen as of Wednesday.

In a press release, Councilman Vincent Gentile writes:

“The dispute is simple – it’s about saving money – but the message it sends is absolutely despicable. How we treat those who care for our children reflects directly upon how we value our children. Playing chicken with the men and women who provide safe and reliable transportation to hundreds of thousands of New York City school students on a daily basis in the name of protecting the city’s bottom line is reprehensible. It is not the union treating our students as pawns but the administration!”

Gentile has asked that Local 1181 to provide at least 48 hours notice before the strike so that families have time to consider an alternative mode of transportation. Thus far, no announcements have been made.

According to a New York Times Article, “A strike could affect as many as 152,000 public and private school students who rely on yellow bus service.”

City officials have said that they would provide MetroCards and reimburse fares paid to taxis and car services for those without access to public transportation.

The threat of a strike started because the Department of Education said that it “accept competitive bids for transporting 22,500 special-needs children, who require special services. The contracts would cover 1,100 bus routes, about a sixth of the city’s total.”

As for Gentile, he is most concerned about the issues a strike would bring to parents and caregivers who rely on school bus transportation.

“This is between the union and the administration, let’s leave the kids out of it,” he said.

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Four people were injured after an accident involving five cars occurred on the Brooklyn-bound upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Two victims had to be freed from the wreck and taken to Staten Island University Hospital, according to the Staten Island Advance.

Three Brooklyn-bound upper levels and two upper Staten Island-bound levels were shut down for 70 minutes.

Luckily, it seems that none of those involved in the accident sustained life-threatening injuries.

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From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield and City University of New York are partnering to provide constituents with free immigration legal services by appointment at his Borough Park district office each month beginning next Wednesday, January 16th. All district residents with questions or issues concerning immigration law are urged to take advantage of this great opportunity to receive pro-bono legal advice directly and confidentially from an experienced immigration attorney. Services available include assisting lawful permanent residents file applications for citizenship following a consultation to determine their eligibility, among other topics and issues.

“I am proud to partner with CUNY to bring free professional legal services directly to my constituents. I know how important it is for people to get quality legal advice regarding immigration. I urge anyone with immigration-related questions or issues to schedule a confidential appointment immediately,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Meetings are by appointment only and take place during business hours on the second Wednesday of each month through June, so residents are urged to contact Councilman Greenfield’s district office to schedule a time to meet with the immigration attorney. Councilman Greenfield decided to bring these services directly to his constituents in his convenient Borough Park office due to the high number of immigration and citizenship cases his office has received. Since many residents were born abroad or have family in other countries, issues related to citizenship and immigration are very important locally. As a result, Councilman Greenfield and his staff have assisted with dozens of cases involving issues related to citizenship, green cards, visas, and renewing passports or expediting applications.

“Given the large number of foreign-born residents throughout the community, I am pleased to provide this legal service at no cost to my constituents. I hope that this initiative will save residents the trouble and expense of hiring an attorney, and I look forward to assisting many residents with their immigration or citizenship issues,” added Councilman Greenfield.

For more information or to schedule a free, confidential appointment with an immigration attorney, please call Councilman Greenfield’s office at (718) 853-2704.