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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.

Bowl for free this Saturday, August 11 in celebration of the first annual National Bowling Day. Bowling centers across the country, including local spots Maple Lanes and Shell Lanes, are participating with free game coupons.

To access a coupon for a free game, stop by GoBowling.com or “Like” GoBowling’s Facebook page. Then, print the coupon out and bring it with you to redeem the game. Remember, it is limited to one free game per person, so no gutter balls!

Maple Lanes, located at 1570 60th Street, is open from 9 a.m. till midnight every Saturday.

Get your Fred Flinstone bowling stance, your “Big Lewboski” references and get ready to X (that’s a strike for the uninitiated). Oh and if you go, make sure to tell them that the Bean sent you.

Source: Google Maps

From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield and Sephardic Bikur Holim have joined together to launch a memorial fund in support of the family of Isaac Kadare, who was murdered late last Thursday night. Mr. Kadare, a 59-year-old father of four, was murdered inside his discount store, Amazing 99 Cent Deals, on 86th Street in Bensonhurst. This senseless murder of Mr. Kadare has left his wife and four children overcome with grief and struggling to comprehend life without the family’s breadwinner.

After mourning with the family yesterday at their Midwood home during a shiva visit, Greenfield worked with Ronnie Oved at Sephardic Bikur Holim to establish the fund in support of Mr. Kadare’s children, which includes Kadare’s youngest – a seven year-old girl. Greenfield personally donated $250 to start the fund and encourages everyone in the community to give within their means. Mr. Kadare is described by friends as a devoted father and hard worker who was dedicated to his family and community and never hesitated to help those in need.

“This was a dedicated family man who was murdered while simply trying to earn a living and better life for his wife and children. This could have happened to anyone, and it is our responsibility as a community to come together in support of the Kadare family and make sure they are helped following this devastating loss. I urge everyone in the community to join me in giving what they can to this memorial fund, which hopefully will help the family as they struggle to come to grips with this tragedy,” said Greenfield.

“In this time of need, we must do what we can for the Kadare family. I know that our entire community has been shaken by this horrific crime. We now have the chance to help Mr. Kadare’s wife and children during this terrible and difficult time and give them one less thing to worry about,” said Ronnie Oved of Sephardic Bikur Holim.

One hundred percent of all proceeds collected will directly benefit the Kadare family. The fund is being administered by Sephardic Bikur Holim, which received Charity Navigator’s 3 star rating for exceeding the industry standard in sound fiscal management in 2012. To contribute to the fund please make a check out to “Sephardic Bikur Holim” with “Kadare Memorial Fund” in the memo and send it to their office at 425 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, New York 11223. Donations can also be made online by going to sbhonline.org and clicking on the link to contribute to the Kadare Memorial Fund.

In addition to establishing the memorial fund for the Kadare family, Greenfield teamed up with the Sephardic Community Federation to offer $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for Mr. Kadare’s death. In the days since, the reward fund has grown to $22,000 through donations from the NYPD, Crime Stoppers and other elected officials including Senator Martin Golden. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

We got a call last night from Mimma Careri, owner of Gravesend’s Italia Pizza and Restaurant (307 Kings Highway), who told us that just days after we published a report about her son’s wrongly-suspended driver’s license, the DMV reinstated his driving privileges.

“From your piece, my son was able to get his license back in less than a week,” Careri told Bensonhurst Bean. “It was huge.”

Her son, Saverino Careri, who helps run this business, managing the counter and – when he had his driving privileges - making deliveries, was the victim of identity theft more than a year ago. Careri’s problems started after another man named Anthony Cabrera began racking up moving violations using the pizzeria owner’s recovered drivers license. When Cabrera was arrested on a DWI charge and gave Careri’s name, authorities released him before receiving the results of his fingerprint identification, according to Careri’s mother Mimma, which would have nailed him as an ID thief and saved Careri a headache.

Instead, Careri later learned that his license was suspended. In the spring, his license was restored after a court hearing – but no one informed the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Careri said the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office was dragging their feet.

But after our report – which was later picked up by the Daily News – the DA contacted DMV officials, who cleared Careri’s record on Wednesday. Now he can finally drive that Mercedes he signed a lease for just before the ordeal kicked off. He can also resume making deliveries for his family business, easing some of the strain on the long-standing neighborhood pizzeria.

“It feels great,” Mimma Careri told us about the news. “We’re very, very excited. Me and my son are very happy it’s all over with and he can finally drive.”

Image courtesy of Lucretia Regina-Potter's Facebook page

The Republican District Leader of the 49th Assembly District and Director of Communications of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, Lucretia Regina-Potter, announced her candidacy for the New York State Assembly’s 46th District seat on Monday.

The 46th Assembly District, currently represented by Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, currently includes sections of the Coney Island, Dyker Heights, and Brighton Beach neighborhoods.

Regina-Potter, 56, has a reputation for “jumping down people’s throats,” while standing up for her principles. Earlier this year, she released a statement harshly condemning a plan that would create a 51 percent Asian district in Sunset Park and Bensonhurst. Regina-Potter blamed the Republicans and Democrats for gerrymandering, and stated that the new district was “arbitrary, capricious and politically motivated.”

Furthermore, after Governor Andrew Coumo promised to veto proposed redistricting plans in January, she wrote a letter accusing political operatives of trying to remove her from the position of District Leader and eliminate the foundation of her constituency.

Regina-Potter now enters the scene with a new accusation. Currently being challenged by another Republican candidate, she filed objections to her adversary’s petition signatures. Some of her objections were successful, while others were dismissed by the New York City Board of Elections. A press release issued by Regina-Potter’s campaign stated that the Board of Elections shelved many of Regina-Potter’s objections by “giving more importance to an obscure and inconsequential technicality over the validity of her opponent’s petition signatures.” As a result of this decision, a primary election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Regina-Potter has expressed her excitement and anticipation for the upcoming primaries, while criticizing her opponent and the nature of the election.

“I feel very optimistic about this challenge, which in ordinary circumstances should have been prevented and avoided by those people who have the responsibility to strengthen the Republican Party instead of creating such divisiveness that weakens the Republican Party in Brooklyn,” Regina-Potter said, according to a press release.

Regina-Potter was born in Brooklyn, and currently resides in Bath Beach. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, and works as a Design Consultant at Bari Tile and Stone in Brooklyn. Regina-Potter is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Kings County Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, and the National Federation of Republican Women.

Chicken’s BBQ & Rotisserie at 2433 86th Street has closed. If you fell in love with their skinless fried chicken, potato wedges, spare ribs or otherwise, they have three locations open in Long Island.

How about a Chicken’s road trip?

Source: Billy Figueroa/ twitter.com/billytypedthis

No matter how many times I see this in the neighborhood or anywhere else, like represented on a Brooklyn Nets t-shirt, I always think of home.

If you have photos taken in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights or the surrounding areas and you want to see them published, send them to lvladimirova [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

Source: US Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

The New York City Department of Health issued a warning for the residents of Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge: If possible stay indoors this evening because they will be spraying for mosquitoes.

The DOH will spray pesticide from trucks in an attempt to prevent any spread of the West Nile Virus between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The zip codes to be affected are: 11209, 11214 and 11228.

“These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high or increasing mosquito populations,” they state on their website.

Other than staying indoors, here are some more precautionary measure residents can take to limit their expore to the pesticide spray:

  •  People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.
  • Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Though nothing is mentioned about covering vegetable gardens, it may be a good idea since the area boasts quite a few small-scale food grow operations.

In the event of bad weather, spraying will occur during the same hours on August 9.

For more information call 311 or go to the DOH website.


What’s our favorite neighborhood mom up to? Coupled with her usual tough love advice, JoAnn from Bensonhurst is talking about something a little sweeter: Her love for her dog, Gizmo.

Of course, she never lets you have too much of her softer side, because midway through her new episode, she’s back to the tough cookie we all know her as.

Check out JoAnn’s latest about pets and dog parks. Whatever you do, make sure you catch Gizmo’s “Godfather” trick starting at the 2:44 mark.

Source: Greg McMullin/Flickr

On My Block Films (OMBF) is inviting New Yorkers to use their filmmaking talents while getting to know their neighbors better.

New Yorkers from all boroughs are invited to participate in the inaugural Neighborhood Filmmaking Challenge, which aims to promote stronger communities through the process of filmmaking.

Participants must shoot a one- to five-minute narrative or documentary film that takes place on their street, either inside or outside. The entire cast and crew must be made up of real neighbors.

From August through October 31, films can be uploaded to the OMB website and the public will be able to vote on a film by liking it on Vimeo. The 30 films with the most Vimeo likes will proceed to be judged by an official panel during the first week of November. Awards will be presented to the Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, and Best In Show.

OMBF was created earlier this year to bring New Yorkers closer together and showcase the diversity and unique identities of people in the city. The organization is hoping to put together a number of films about each borough and in the process bring together neighbors who might otherwise be strangers.

To sign up for the challenge or for additional information, please contact Mary Crosse at mary@onmyblockfilms.com or visit onmyblockfilms.com.

And remember, if you make a film, let us know so we can encourage fellow readers to vote for you!