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I.S. 228 champions and Chess Master Bruce Fuchs and Principal Dominick D’Angelo via Facebook

The chess team of David A. Boody Middle Schools I.S. 228 (228 Avenue S) took home the title of Junior High School Novice Level at the 47th Annual Greater NY Chess Championship Competition this previous weekend.

The school’s students are no strangers to chess domination, as they have won the title several times in previous years too.

The borough-wide competition is held annually and Brooklyn’s schools have shown a strong presence for some time now. Another Brooklyn school, Edward R. Murrow High School, qualified for the next round of competition.

The David A. Boody chess team is coached by chess master Bruce Fuchs, who has won many state championships and titles himself, and has helped bring the I.S 228 team to victory since being coached out of retirement by the school’s principal, Dominick D’Angelo.

The state level championship happens in Saratoga Springs in the coming month. Good luck to the Brooklyn teams and especially the budding masters at I.S. 228.

Is your child taking the SAT’s soon? The Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst is hosting an SAT practice test at 7802 Bay Parkway.

The test starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs through 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to all high school students. Please RSVP at 718-943-6396 or email as space is limited.

Students will gain real test-taking experience and a breakdown of their scores.

Also, don’t forget to bring an ID to the exam and whatever writing utensils the SAT exam now requires. What is it, iPads? No, I’m seriously asking.

From the offices of Council Members Lew Fidler and David Greenfield:

Council Members Lew Fidler and David Greenfield, along with several of their Council colleagues representing diverse backgrounds and parts of the City, mailed a letter today to the President of Brooklyn College, Karen Gould, objecting to her school hosting and ‘co-sponsoring’ a “BDS Movement Against Israel” event, on February 7th. The Council Members criticized the school for officially supporting viewpoints they described as “either anti-semitic or simply ignorant” and that “promote the worst kind of hate.”

At this event, the boycotting, divestment and sanctioning of Israel will be called for. Two of the invited speakers reportedly have a history of troubling and hateful statements, such as equating Israelis with Nazis and describing the terrorist organizations of Hamas and Hezbollah as socially progressive movements. Even worse, the event lists Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department as an official “co-sponsor” of the event, giving it a stamp of legitimacy and official approval that such a wrongful event does not deserve.

Councilman Fidler said, “I understand the right of students to express their various viewpoints, no matter how much I may disagree with them. A line is crossed, however, when the school itself is painting a veneer of legitimacy over something that is so clearly offensive to me and to so many of the people in our community. This event is wrong, their viewpoint is wrong and the event being co-sponsored by school itself is doubly wrong.”

“I share the anger and shock of many of my constituents and colleagues who are appalled that Brooklyn College would deem it appropriate to sponsor and host this type of hateful, offensive event. I am especially disappointed in the lack of judgment from Brooklyn College’s administration. Institutions like Brooklyn College that rely on public funding and support must ensure they do not serve as an outlet for groups spreading divisive, odious anti-Israel messages,” said Councilman Greenfield.

The CUNY schools, including Brooklyn College, heavily rely on funding from the tax dollars of the State and City of New York. Every year these schools ask their local legislators for additional funding to support programs and events. The Council Members expressed their belief that events such as this one are not what the taxpayers of New York City – many of whom would feel demonized and targeted by this event – would want their tax dollars spent on.

The Council Members have called on President Gould to either cancel this event or remove any official sponsorship or support.

Source: joo0ey via Flickr

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is quite possibly one of the most beautiful modern bridges in the world. Completed in 1964, the bridge remained the longest suspension bridge on the planet for 19 years, and, at 4,260 feet, is still the longest bridge span in the Americas. Its soaring towers are to the Southern Brooklyn coastline what the Empire State Building is to the Manhattan skyline – a shining, defining beacon seen from miles away.

Often in our inbox we receive photos of the beautiful bridge or links to those on Flickr. So we hit the photo sharing site to look for the 10 most stunning photos with Creative Commons licenses for us to share. Without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite shots of the glorious bridge, in no particular order. Think you can do better? Send your photos to nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

View the photos.

Source: FAArepublicans via flickr

The House Majority PAC, a “Super-PAC” with the goal of winning back the House Majority for the Democrats, is targeting Michael Grimm as a vulnerable Republican candidate in a competitive district, according to a press release from the group.

The language in the press release describes Grimm in, uh, grim terms, lumping him in with conservatives like the controversial Minnesota representative Michelle Bachman, who is also being challenged by the PAC.

“In 2012, House Majority PAC built a strong record of success and in 2013 we are ready to hit the ground running to hold these Republicans accountable and communicate with swing voters about their extreme records and backwards priorities,” said Alixandria Lapp, Executive Director of House Majority PAC.

“Whether it’s supporting the end of Medicare as we know it, backing tax cuts for the wealthy, working to roll back the clock on women’s rights or opposing stem cell research, these Republicans are simply out of step with the districts they represent. House Majority PAC will work to ensure voters know the truth.”

With the House Majority PAC’s record of success, defeating 63 percent of the Republican opposition they contributed funding to, Grimm is in for a hard fight to keep his seat.

The announcement comes just days after news broke that Coney Island Councilman Domenic Recchia is considering pulling out of the race for Brooklyn borough president, with an eye towards challenging Grimm in 2014.

Source: ctamacas via Twitter

This past week, we ran a story describing the plight of disabled Brooklyn residents hounded by dog poop lining the streets, ruining both their wheelchairs and their quality of life. It seems like a local concerned Bensonhurst citizen has taken the cause to the streets, posting pictures of negligent dog owners failing to clean up after their dogs. Carmen T. sent this pic to us via twitter, helping spread the “campaign of shame” needed to motivate these lazy dog owners into cleaning up the streets and following the law. Thanks, Carmen, and remember, for the sake of the disabled and everyone else, please clean up after your dog!

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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.


We have some sad news to report today: Gino’s Focacceria, located at 7118 18th Avenue, may be closing down.

The news comes from local resident John G., who was unable to get any more details as to why the neighborhood staple will be shut.

On several occasions, I devoured the stuffed artichokes. Their closing truly creates a gap in family-owned Italian dining.

A call to Gino’s went unanswered, so unfortunately, I don’t know why they’re closing either.

If anyone out there knows, or wants to head over and there and convince them to remain on 18th Avenue, we’d love to hear from you.

Source: Carmen T.

Our lovely reader and tipster Carmen T. sent us this photo of Matreshka (8022 20th Avenue) along with the following note:
Matreshka store, under new management. Russian, Middle Eastern and Latino style hot food to go!!
Sounds delicious. I wonder if I can order the chilly soup even though I am not Spanish?

Officers from the 60th Precinct are looking for the public’s help in finding the man photographed above. Described as a 25-year-old male, 5’6″, he is wanted for robbery of a livery cab driver on January 26. The robbery took place at West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, in Coney Island.