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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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Witnesses driving across the Verrazano Bridge said they saw a man jump from the right lane of the Staten Island-bound upper level before 4 p.m. yesterday. The search for the man took several hours and it was unclear if there had actually been a jumper. However, MTA officials did confirm later in the day that there was indeed a jumper, according to SI Live.

The male driver’s identity has not been revealed at this time.

Prior to the first incident to happen this year, there have been five suicides on the bridge since December of 2011, including thwarted several attempts.

The MTA has attempted to stop the increase of suicides on the bridge by putting up suicide prevention  signs which read “Life is Worth Living,” along with contact numbers for suicide prevention agencies.

Emergency response officials searched the waters for several hours but no body has been found yet.

This is kind of an odd tour, but here it is. There are several of these videos showcasing the everyday shops in and around our area. I don’t know about you, but I like shouting at the screen when I see places I know on T.V. or the internet.

Take a look at places you probably see every single day.

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From the Department of Sanitation:

The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees.

Collections will take place beginning on Wednesday, January 2 through Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period.

DSNY asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city.

New Yorkers can also participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing their holiday trees to designated sites throughout the five boroughs on Saturday or Sunday, January 12 & 13, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.

All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City. Before dropping off your tree, please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees.

Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations —bring a bag if you would like to take home some mulch.

Photo by Susan Armitage

When John Sandano learned in September that the owners of Maple Lanes were in contract to sell the property the bowling alley sits on to a developer, he mourned the loss of his “home away from home,” where he’s been a regular bowler for more than 25 years.

“A lot of people are going to miss this place,” said Sandano, 67, of Bensonhurst.

But in his loss, others in the community may find new homes of their own. Plans to replace Maple Lanes with a 112-unit residential development is likely to advance to the next frame.

On December 19, the City Planning Commission held a public hearing on the zoning change requested by the developer, Fairmont Lanes, LLC. Maple Lanes, at 1570 60th Street, near the Borough Park-Bensonhurst border, is in an area currently zoned for manufacturing, not residential use.

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Photography is an art form that documents life. In this case, it’s also a medium to create abstract art. This week’s photo feature by @Bitchyy_McFlyy is a reminder that blurry photography can be cool too.

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For many in Southern Brooklyn 2012 was a challenging year. Now that it’s behind us, we can all hope for a happy and healthy 2013.

Here’s to a joyful and prosperous new beginning! Happy New Year to you and yours.

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Alternate Side Parking and parking meters are not in effect for Tuesday, January 1. Stopping, standing, and parking, is permitted, except in areas where these rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, “No Standing Anytime”).

The Department of Sanitation will be not be collecting garbage or recycling January 1.

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Planning on heading to see the ball drop at Times Square on New Year’s Eve? I’m totally kidding, I know that no one would willingly agree to that. So, ignore these MTA instructions unless you are being blackmailed.

Here’s how the MTA advises you to get to Times Square today:

New York City Subways and Buses

Customers heading to Times Square for the celebration should avoid using the 42 St-Times Square complex, since they may not be allowed to exit onto the street. In addition, the northbound platform at 50 St 1 and both north and southbound platforms at 49 St N Q R will be closed from 7 p.m. until after midnight. Riders are urged to exit at stations at 57 St or 59 St-Columbus Circle instead and walk to Times Square.

Buses are not recommended for traveling to Times Square because of the numerous street closures in the area. Regular overnight bus service will resume as streets reopen after midnight. Following the celebration, trains on lines in and around Times Square will run every 8 to 12 minutes until approximately 3 a.m. The 42nd Street shuttle S will operate all night.

On Tuesday, New Year’s Day, subways and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule with longer waits on some bus routes.

If you’re going, good luck and Godspeed. Also, send us photos.

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Poly Prep Country Day School and the 12 plaintiffs who accused a longtime football coach of sexual abuse have reached a settlement.

In 2009, a suit was brought against the elite private school at 9216 Seventh Avenue for covering up a 25-year scandal and putting the reputation of the school before the safety of the students.

The suit claimed officials at the school knew that coach Phil Foglietta was sexually abusing boys, but chose to ignore the complaints because they wanted to protect their prestigious reputation.

The suit, which sought $20 million for each of the twelve plaintiffs, also named faculty members as witnesses to the abuse. One plaintiff stated that former Poly Prep athletic director Harlow Parker saw Foglietta abuse him in the shower and did nothing to stop the coach.

Another plaintiff stated that the coach abused him everyday starting when he was just 10-years-old.

“This is the end of a long and difficult journey for these twelve plaintiffs who were victimized many years ago,” said Kevin Mulhearn, the lawyer who represented the plaintiffs. “Both the litigation and the settlement process were quite contentious but in the end both sides were able to achieve a measure of peace and healing through compromise.”

The case was a rather unusual one because attorneys for Poly Prep argued that the statute of limitations had expired on filing the claims. However, U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block ruled that parts of the suit could proceed because officials at the school could have lied about when they became aware of the claims.

The suit states that school administrators covered up the abuse since 1966, the year the coach was hired. The first boy to come forward told officials of the abuse just months after Foglietta took the position. Poly Prep officials said they didn’t find out about the abuse until 1991.

“We hope that the settlement brings a measure of closure to those members of the Poly community who were abused by Philip Foglietta,” headmaster David Harman said in the statement, according to a New York Daily News article. “Poly Prep has established itself as a model for the prevention of abuse to those within our care and we will do everything in our power to insure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

The settlement details have not been made public.